I was pumped for this fight. The night before I woke up twice, because I was certain that I had overslept and was missing all the action.
For a moment I wondered if I had a fight on the undercard and simply didn’t know about it.
When I got to my regular sports bar to watch it, the atmosphere was slowly building. I got there in the middle of the first bout on the undercard. Since my viewing of that fight was incomplete, I won’t dwell too much on it other than from what I saw, Cano deserved the decision.
MOLINA VS SMITH
I’ve always viewed Carlos Molina as something of a spoiler in boxing and he’s hung in there with some of boxing’s best. He had a close fight with a young Julio Cesar Chavez Jr; lost a majority decision to Mike Alvarado; managed a draw against my man Erislandy Lara; outboxed Kermit Cintron; was all but winning against James Kirkland when he suffered a bogus disqualification and won a one-sided fight against Cory Spinks.
In front of him was veteran boxer and former ‘Contender’ contestant, Ishe Smith. Smith may have come in as the champion, but somewhere between the ring walk and the first bell he must have forgotten how to fight like a champion.
Molina was the one constantly pressing the action and Smith was content just to move and try to counter. At some point his shots looked wild and amateurish. I was wondering at what point was he going to try to impose his will.
It may not have been a unanimous decision, but it was clear that Carlos Molina was the winner in this fight.
Who would have thought three years ago that Carlos Molina would win a title belt before James Kirkland?
MATTHYSSE VS GARCIA
If Angel Garcia lived in Canada, he would be one of those douchebags you see acting like an idiot at a kid’s hockey game. I think there was a lot of validity when Lucas said that Angel wants to become more popular than his son.
However, if that is Angel’s true motive, it’s going to be very hard to pull off after the surprising victory his son earned against the hard hitting and heavily favoured Lucas Matthysse.
The fight was even and Danny was taking some hard shots however, once the right eye of Matthysse began to swell, Garcia was starting to get into his groove and time Matthysse’s shots.
To me it also seemed that Lucas wasn’t throwing as much as he could have. He would land something and then stop almost as if he was asking, “Aren’t you supposed to fall down now?”
The twelfth round was exciting as hell, because it looked like Danny was trying to go for the knockout, something everyone expected Matthysse to get in all the predictions I saw for him. He showed that he’s the real deal and that in his next fight, he won’t be made the underdog… unless he’s fighting Floyd Mayweather.
MAYWEATHER VS ALVAREZ
The crowd in the bar was going nuts. Last time I was there was for the Robert Guerrero fight. It was probably me and two other tables watching the fight. This time, the whole area was filled with fight fans; I even ended up sharing my table with a European couple and their kid because there was so little seating room.
And like the Robert Guerrero fight, the performance from Floyd was flawless. Boxing, moving, angles, superior defense as well as offence.
And yet while flawless… it was still flawed.
The problem now is after this huge mega-fight, possibly the biggest in the history of the sport (in terms of money made, not anticipation), where Floyd was facing his biggest chance of defeat in years, he comes out and makes it look like an amateur against a professional; it wasn’t very exciting either.
As the fight went on, the noise level in the bar got lower and lower. At one point someone shouted, “Another Mayweather fight-BORING!!!”
Again, it was flawless, but there was no flair for the dramatic. No knockdown, no knockout (something a LOT of us would have liked to have seen), not even any blood.
The closest we got to anything dramatic were the occasional fouls from Canelo and when Floyd posed for photographers during round 11.
A few weeks after the Guerrero fight I spoke to Billy Calogero from “Talkin’ Boxing with Billy C” and told him that it was a great performance from Floyd but not something we’ll be watching over and over on YouTube.
The same can be said for this fight. And if this fight was going to be his toughest test in years and he passes it with flying colours, how are we supposed to get excited about his next fight where it’s unlikely the opponent will be as highly touted as Canelo was?
Let’s move from flawless to flawed and look at Canelo now.
I gave him the first round and it was a very close round. The European guy would always shout “Good body shot!” and was insisting that Mayweather’s punches weren’t hurting him. I was too busy taking notes and watching the fight, but I wanted to ask, “If they’re not bothering him, why isn’t he doing anything?”
There were times where Canelo was content to stand with his back against the ropes and let Mayweather fire off first. He kept saying in camp how he was going to do what Cotto and Oscar de la Hoya did, but it seems that like de la Hoya, Canelo just stopped using his jab and there were moments that it looked like the jab was bothering Floyd… but then he just stopped.
If you’re going to try and counterpunch, it better be against someone who is slower than Floyd Mayweather.
Like Al Bernstein and Steve Farhood, I scored the fight 119-109 for Floyd Mayweather.
Now let’s move from flawed to freakishly stupid.
The whole bar gasped when we heard the words “Majority Decision”. I had previously expressed concern over C.J. Ross being a judge for this fight after her awful job on the Pacquiao/Bradley fight and my concerns were justified.
She is either trying to show off her incompetence as a judge or this is a cry for help, asking that she no longer judge big fights. Dave Moretti is no saint by the way. 116-112? Yeah it was for the right guy, but I can’t help feel that there might have been something really sinister going on behind the scenes.
The day before the fight, I called into Billy Calogero’s show and briefly talked with him the idea of a robbery. I dismissed it, saying that if Jose Suliaman couldn’t rig Martinez/Chavez for his own godson, he wasn’t going to do it for the red-headed stepchild.
Maybe Billy Calogero knows more than I.. or more than I want to believe.
Where does Floyd go from here? Good question. There aren’t a lot of people out there who bring in the cash or fans like Canelo did and I doubt Showtime wants another Robert Guerrero-esque caliber fighter (one who no one is betting on). It’s going to be interesting to see who gets the call.
It’ll be even more interesting to see how they try and sell it to us.
In fact, let me go ahead and say that if/when Danny Garcia gets the call, the only reason we’ll be interested is because of the trash talking between Angel Garcia and Floyd Mayweather Sr..