– Hell hath no fury like a Mayweather scorned…
With regards to the Miss Jackson fight week controversy, if any athlete in any other sport did what Mayweather did, he would surely lose all sponsorship and credibility, and their career and reputation would be left in absolute tatters.
Imagine for a moment if Adam Scott or Novak Djokovic posted a photo of aborted twins on Facebook and Instagram?!
It is something that could only happen in the often absurd soap opera world of fight sports.
The more relevant business of the implications of the outcome of Mayweather-Maidana will be discussed below
– Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa has just been confirmed for June in Crawford’s home town in Omaha.
As pointed out by @boxingadvocate on twitter, Gamboa, a career featherweight, will be facing height and reach deficits of 2.5″ and 5″ when he faces fellow unbeaten ex-amateur standout Crawford
I hope Crawford finally puts an end to the hype of the underwhelming, PED-using Gamboa (whose shameful links to the Biogenesis doping lab in Miami were exposed last year)
– Speaking of fighters who have been linked to illicit doping doctors, Jr. Featherweight titlist Kiko Martinez continues to enjoy his sudden late career burst of form, destroying former pound for pound top ten entrant Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan.
I have said for a while that there is a good chance we’ll see him come to the UK again to defend against unbeaten contender Scott Quigg in a big summer showdown, and going by the latest Leo Santa Cruz quotes, he is another who prefers a Quigg fight to one with Quigg’s domestic rival Carl Frampton, who could be left out in the cold in a self-imposed Boxnation wilderness
– Stuart Hall vs. Paul Butler has been confirmed at 118lbs., as arguably boxing’s worst titlist, Hall, continues his sure to be brief tour on top.
After his prior all-UK title fight with the spectacularly undeserving Martin Ward ended in an unsatisfying early technical draw, Hall will be the underdog in this one to the skilled, but unproven, super flyweight Butler.
In other bantamweight news, Jamie McDonnell fights for the WBA’s vacant ‘regular’ trinket on the Froch-Groves II undercard. This is another example of an odiously unnecessary sanctioning body belt, as the WBA’s actual titlist, the excellent Anselmo Moreno, is active and has made more than 10 defences.
Poor Lee Haskins, who owns wins over both McDonnell and Hall, still can’t get a look in at world level
– The biggest news in boxing that not enough people are talking about is the ongoing Manny Pacquiao contract extension negotiations with Top Rank.
The Filipino superstar has one fight remaining on his current deal (expected to be an end of the year meeting with the Marquez-Alvarado winner), and is, according to Bob Arum, close to signing an extension which would encompass four more fights to take place in 2015 and 2016, i.e. the rest of Pacquiao’s elite level career.
Signing this would effectively kill the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight forever, unless there is a sudden thaw in the Golden Boy/Top Rank cold war in the relatively near future.
Pacquiao’s alternative of leaving Top Rank after his next fight to sign with Golden Boy would likely mean the Mayweather fight would finally be on, and there would be a slew of fresh faces for him to face afterwards.
This is, of course, all hypothetical and probably irrelevant if he re-signs, and also does not take into account what might happen if Richard Schaefer and Al Haymon abscond from De La Hoya’s Golden Boy with much of his promotional stable, as is rumoured to be a possibility (more information on that here – https://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/dan-rafael-details-the-oscar-de-la-hoya-presser-to-discuss-the-schaefer-rift-as-one-of-boxings-biggest-stories-comes-to-a-boiling-point/)
– It was make or break for Amir Khan on his return from a 13 month layoff against Luis Collazo on the undercard last weekend: win and he would look likely to cash a winning ticket in the Mayweather sweepstakes and get a shot at the pound for pound king; lose and his career would be in tatters, at its lowest ebb.
In his welterweight debut, Khan looked physically huge and completely dominated the spoiler Collazo, who had ended Victor Ortiz’s comeback with a single punch in January, save for a brief moment in round 8 when he was wobbled.
Due to Maidana’s brilliant display against Mayweather in the main event, as well as Khan’s desire to observe Ramadan in July, an immediate Mayweather-Maidana rematch is likely for September.
However, I would tab Khan as the favourite to get next year’s Cinco de Mayweather date, provided he gets past a probable further welterweight test at the end of the year
– Finally, what did the surprisingly thrilling and closely contested Mayweather-Maidana fight tell us?
Chino was the much bigger man on fight night, 165lbs to Mayweather’s 148, and he really imposed that size advantage in a way we haven’t seen since Jose Luis Castillo. I was impressed by Mayweather’s body attack in the middle to late rounds when he, shockingly, struggled to land clean to the head throughout. The typical Mayweather adjustments, throwing more combinations and left hooks than usual, were the key to his victory.
Great credit must go to trainer Robert Garcia, as this was not the same Maidana offensively or defensively that we’ve seen in recent times get schooled by Alexander (prior to joining Garcia), hurt by Soto Karass, and dropped by Josesito Lopez. He was a revelation.
This fight made the Cotto fight look like a cakewalk. I always thought that fight’s competitiveness was overstated, but this was the real deal. It was the first time we’ve seen Mayweather’s legs looks their 37 years. As mentioned before, his incredible timing and accuracy also seemed off. He is clearly past his prime, and I was as unsure as he was when Jimmy Lennon Jr. read out the scorecards.
As for the inevitable rematch, I can see a similar situation to what happened with Castillo. Mayweather having some problems again, but winning more easily than the first time.
But one never knows. Maybe this was Mayweather’s ‘Roy Jones-Antonio Tarver I’ moment — a last stand before a precipitous fall from the top..