As many of you may know, this weekend of Cinco de Mayo will be host to the superfight between Oscar “The Golden Boy” de la Hoya and Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather. Unlike most other fights now a days, I have a vested interest in this fight because of the fact that Oscar, like myself, is Mexican and he is fighting the pound for pound champion of the world. As a simple show of the magnitude of this fight, Oscar de la Hoya stands to make $25 million dollars and the pretty boy should make around $10 million. This fight sold out ticket sales in the first three hours totaling sales of $19 million at the gate, and for the musicians out there this will also be the first time that rapper 50 Cent performs his new track “Straight to the Bank” off of his upcoming CD “Curtis.” Rumors have it as well, that 50 Cent has made a bet of $1 million dollars on Mayweather. Simply put, this may be the biggest selling fight in all of boxing history.
However, the main argument here is not how large the fight will be or how much it will gross, but who will emerge the victor from this spectacle. As Oscar has repeatedly resisted the urge to sink to Mayweather’s level of trash-talk, I will take a civil approach in showing why Oscar will emerge victorious in the biggest fight of his life:
- Experience – This is where Oscar shines leaps and bounds above the Pretty Boy. Mayweather has had 37 professional fights with 37 victories 24 coming by way of KO. He comes from a legendary boxing family and has grown up living and breathing the sport. Mayweather also has an impressive amateur career of 84 wins and 6 losses with several golden gloves championships at the feather and super-light weight classes. An impressive resume, no doubt, but let us take a look at Oscar. Oscar has had 42 fights with 38 wins and 30 coming by way of KO. Oscar also comes from a legendary boxing family dating back as far as his great grandfather. He grew up in
E ast LAfighting every damn chance he got. What does this get you? An absolutely astonishing amateur career of 223 wins and 5 losses. 163 of these wins came by way of KO. Oscar de la Hoya has knocked more people out then Mayweather has fought in his entire career. These fights didn’t come at the featherweight or super-light weight classes either. These all came from the middleweight category. Oscar has experience fighting at this weight and this is where he has been most of his life. Mayweather is moving up in weight to fight at this level and has yet to truly show any skill at the middleweight level.
- Training – Much controversy regards this aspect of the upcoming fight as Floyd Mayweather Sr. will no longer be training de la Hoya and instead he will be over in
as a consultant for the fight. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has opted out of using his father’s possible advantageous knowledge against Oscar by refusing to install him as coach. Instead, he chose to go with the hard-to-understand Roger Mayweather. Roger had taken over coaching Jr. after a 1997 fight after which Jr. fired his own father. Floyd Sr. was the man who taught Pretty Boy the shoulder roll defensive technique which has made him the boxer he currently is, while Roger has only trained Floyd after he achieved his fame. Also, Junior is Roger’s only client—Roger has never trained another boxer, let alone one of Floyd Jr.’s caliber. Floyd Sr. is also currently training two other reigning boxing champions and is considered a much more experienced trainer than Roger. A confusing setup over at the Mayweather complex indeed. Oscar de la Hoya refused to meet Floyd Sr.’s outrageous $2 million dollar demand for training and has decided to go with the famous Freddie Roach instead. Freddie Roach was voted boxing trainer of the year in 2003 and 2006. Mr. Roach has helped to train Manny Pacquiao, James Toney, Mike Tyson, and Peter Manfredo Jr. to championship careers. He is highly touted as one of the best in the business and seems to be at home training Oscar de la Hoya. Camp Mayweather
- Physical and Mental – This is the only area in which I believe Oscar concedes anything. I understand and have no delusions about how goddamn quick Mayweather is, and I believe Oscar understands this. That said, I believe Oscar is a stronger fighter, and his height will give him the advantage of being able to punch down at Floyd, giving him a little extra sting with his jabs and crosses. Oscar of all people understands Floyd’s defensive stance and should be able to set traps for Floyd to make him fight the fight he wants. Roach is an excellent coach in helping boxers understand their opponent’s weaknesses and utilize them to set traps that truly devastate. On the other hand, I doubt Roger Mayweather can spell “trap,” much less figure out how to set one. Roger Mayweather is about as smart of a coach as DJ Gelner is able to resist a bucket full of peanuts (Ed’s Note: It’s true. I love my in the shell peanuts—it’s like being at a ballgame everyday. I eat them like a starving elephant. They’re too fucking good.) Oscar may seem calm and collected but underneath lies the spirit of a true Aztec. Mayorga felt that power painfully. This coming Saturday Mayweather will too.