By Don Donatello
On September 9th of this year I wrote an article about the sinking of Floyd Mayweather’s ship. The link is provided here: THE SINKING OF MAYWEATHER’S SHIP
Before that, I wrote the following article in which I wrote the following: “This fight will prove the true drawing power of Floyd Mayweather Jr.” FLOYD MAYWEATHER BLAMES HBO FOR POOR TICKET DEMAND
There wasn’t much interest in those articles. But with rumors about the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight not doing well in PPV sales, I thought I would bring them back. I saw this coming. After Mayweather’s fight against Oscar De La Hoya, each successive foe was less formidable and the hype progressively got louder in propping up the worthiness of the chosen opponent.
Coming off a split decision win over Oscar De La Hoya, instead of fighting one of the top guys at his own weight division at Welterweight for his next fight and fight somebody like Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, or Paul Williams, Mayweather chose to fight a smaller opponent, the Jr. Welterweight champ in Ricky Hatton. Hatton would not have beaten Oscar at Welterweight at the time. So Mayweather chose a lesser opponent after beating Oscar.
It gets worse. After Mayweather fought an opponent who was one division smaller than him, he followed that by fighting an opponent who was two divisions smaller, Juan Manuel Marquez. At 144 pounds Ricky Hatton would just bull through Marquez and stop him. Even the light fisted Juan Diaz rocked Marquez at 135 pounds. Ricky Hatton is more accomplished, bigger, stronger and hits harder than Juan Diaz.
It gets worse still. Juan Manuel Marquez had a record of 50 wins and 4 loses when he fought Mayweather. Mayweather followed the fight against Marquez by fighting an older guy with a worse record than that of Marquez, Shane Mosley. Shane’s record when he fought Mayweather was 45 win and loss 6. Add that to the fact that Mosley had 16 weeks to be overtrained and drained before stepping into the ring against Mayweather due to the cancellation of Shane Mosley vs Andre Berto. Mosley showed the effects when he seemed to be gassed out after the second round.
In Mayweather’s last fight, he fought someone who quit while still fresh and able. Victor Ortiz was young and inexperienced when he quit against Marcos Maidana. His actions and loss against Mayweather further proves that. As you can see, Victor Ortiz is not going to end his career being compared to the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Shane Mosley. Even Ricky Hatton’s legacy looks better right now than Victor Ortiz’s.
Mayweather is on the same path as Tiger Woods and Lebron James. They are figures in sports who were at one time loved and celebrated greatly for their ability. But bad press had KO’d that. Even by winning Mayweather loses. His life outside his sport arena are in shambles. He has multiple litigation’s against him. His relationship with his father is once again non-existence. Now add his name to the list of being a cheap shot and dirty fighter.
Floyd Mayweather’s drawing power as I stated before were from fighting opponents who had a good fan base. Oscar, Hatton, Marquez, and Mosley had a huge fan base of their own. Of course Mayweather sees the draw being created solely by him. Victor Ortiz does not have a big fan base. And the PPV numbers in the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight proves what I have stated in my previous articles.
As Mayweather’s public face declines, Manny Pacquiao’s seems to rise higher. Add Manny Pacquiao’s name to recording artist, Congressman, and PPV king. Add Mayweather’s name to dirty fighter, fugitive, defendant, and recipient of karma.
Floyd Mayweather’s act is old. In closing, George W. Bush sums it best. . . . well, not best. . . . but you know what I mean.
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