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Mayweather On The Road to Glory

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15.11.05 - By Goran Dragosavac: There has been lot said and written about Floyd Mayweather as the boxer whose skills are on different level from anyone else currently in sport of boxing. To be honest, his talent is out of this world. Watching him switching between offence and defense, between inside and outside, watching his quickness and power is as much art as it is sport.

Mayweather may never achieve mainstream following and recognition, notoriety or charisma like some other top boxers. He may never bring new fans into boxing in the way that others have done, (more by what they done out of the ring than in the ring) - but that's all irrelevant.

When all is said and done, it is what you do in a ring that counts. It is about how deep you go under the surface of this noble sport, it is about how well you utilize all boxing elements that makes you unpredictable, unreadable and unbeatable.

Floyd Mayweather has moved up the boxing to a level that has never been before, and I believe he is only few (big) fights away of rewriting boxing history. So, let us try to imagine hypothetically what are these "glory defining" fights:

Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto:

Intriguing match up, even though Mayweather would have slight advantage in all "departments", it would still be the very challenging and interesting fight. Cotto has faced adversity before and certainly seem to have winning mentality, although it seems that his unbeaten record seem to be nearing to an end with each coming fight. Realistically, I don't see this fight happening any time soon - as both fighters would see it as a high risk - low return fight.

Mayweather vs. Hatton:

This fight is very much on a cards, and it is bound to happen, sooner or later. And when it does - it will be career defining fight for both fighters. In Hatton - Mayweather would face his toughest and strongest opponent. He would be put on relentless body attack, being roughed up and wrestled more than ever before.

And if Mayweather had few problems in his first fight with pressure fighter like Castillo - with Hatton, at junior welterweight division - those problems would rapidly escalate.

Mayweather vs. Zab Judah:

This would be yet another weight division and yet another unexplored territory. In Zab Judah he would be fighting pretty much copy of himself as far as is speed, power, agility (and trash talking) is concerned - but in even bigger package. That would be yet another tough challenge for Floyd.

Mayweather vs. Oscar de la Hoya:

Technically, I see this fight as possibly easiest for Mayweather, since Oscar is winding up his illustrious career, however, for Floyd this would be the fight to bring him to the mainstream followers. Also, this would bring very much "Holywood soap opera" dimension to it, since his in-fall-out father is De la Hoya's trainer. We can just imagine to what levels that would be exploited by the promoters, and the media - which would not necessarily be bad for boxing.

Suffice, to say this fight would bring rainfall of money to Mayweather - and provided he wins that fight too - not much would be left for him to accomplish, apart to risking his own legacy by fighting Mayorga's type of fighters.

And if he ever gets unbeaten through these fights, - it is fair to assume that not only his fame would be of mythical proportions - but his cockiness too, so I could even imagine Pretty Boy challenging names like Tyson or even Buterbean, and I could imagine both of them accepting it for a few dollars more - and regretting it soon after.

Anyway... back to reality, and reality is coming this Saturday in form of Shambee Mitchell.

So, before Mayweather carries on marching his walk to glory - he has tough fight on his hands. Mitchell is certainly not a pushover. He is big, fast and strong, and if Floyd Mayweather cruises to easy victory with Shambee Mitchell - the way he has done with all other his opponents (except Castillo in their first fight), then I sincerely wonder - where are his boxing limits, and does he have them at all?

Article posted on 16.11.2005



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