By Don Donatello
The numbers are there, the video below shows it. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s (FMJ) 41-0 record is a fraud. Deep in his mind Mayweather knows he lost the first fight against Jose Luis Castillo. That is one of the reasons why he keeps repeating that he is undefeated. If one is confident of a truth, he will not constantly be trying to convince people as hard as Mayweather does.
Mayweather is very insecure about his record because he knows he is not undefeated. He is living a lie. He knows it, and everyone around him knows it. But who around Floyd Mayweather is going to tell him the truth? Even his own father now suggest that his son is not living right.
CompuBox numbers from the first Mayweather vs. Castillo fight:
Jose Luis Castillo:
Jabs landed – 30
Power punches landed – 173
Total punches landed – 203
Floyd Mayweather Jr:
Jabs landed – 91
Power landed – 66
Total punches landed – 157
FMJ has surrounded himself with “yes men.” No one is going to disagree with him, except his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. By now practically every boxing fan has seen what happens if one disagrees with FMJ. In HBO’s promotional series 24/7, Mayweather Sr. had a differing opinion on a matter from Mayweather Jr.’s. Senior was then yelled at, cursed, disrespected, and booted out from the gym by Junior; Junior went even as far and low as calling his own dad a “cab driver” and was no good as a fighter.
Up until now, FMJ has been making the right decision regarding his chosen opponent. He has safely been cherry picking the old, smaller, and the spent. The Mayweather hype machine would build up and manufacture a viable opponent from these inferior fighters.
After FMJ beats these manufactured foes, camp Mayweather then follow through as if he had just beaten Sugar Ray Robinson. While FMJ struggled here and there against the mutual opponent, Pacquiao exposes FMJ’s perpetuated fraud by showing how easily he beats the same opponents.
Let’s take a look at all the cherry picked opponents of Floyd Mayweather Jr.. Carlos Baldomir from Argentina is a journeyman fighter who was KO’d by Saul Alvarez last September. Oscar De La Hoya was already spent, Ricky Hatton was one dimensional and a natural Junior Welterweight, Juan Manuel Marquez is a natural Jr. Lightweight who went up three divisions and gave Mayweather around a 15 pound advantage at fight time. And Shane Mosley was old and drained by training for two fight camps, one in preparation of the cancelled Andre Berto fight, and the subsequent bout against FMJ. As you can see, FMJ ensured he got a huge advantage by way of age, size, and weight.
But something strange has intervened in FMJ’s decision making. FMJ’s recipe of cherry picking the old, smaller and the spent has been abandoned for some odd reason. FMJ has been masterfully cherry picking and side-stepping legitimate opponents at his own weight like Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, and Paul Williams year after year. Karma has come to visit Floyd Mayweather Jr.
I think the pressure of avoiding a fight with Manny Pacquiao has forced him to abandon his cherry picking recipe. FMJ wants to redeem himself in the public eye without having a fight with Manny Pacquiao. Sticking to his old cherry picking recipe would not redeem him, not even with his own fans. Victor Ortiz is not older, smaller, or over the hill. The only clear advantage that FMJ has over Victor Ortiz is experience.
On paper, Ortiz is younger, stronger, bigger, and hits much harder than FMJ. Additionally, Victor Ortiz fights left handed, a stance that FMJ had problem with in the past. If we get the same Victor Ortiz that fought Andre Berto, then FMJ is going to struggle. I think that tough talk by Ortiz is exactly the right thing to do to get into FMJ’s head. Antonio Tarver did the same thing against Roy Jones Jr. The tough talk worked and Jones was clearly affected by it.
After losing the first fight to Roy Jones via majority decision, Tarver took every opportunity to announce that he beat Roy Jones in their first fight. Tarver ridiculed, berated, and disrespected Roy Jones’ record and ability. In their two subsequent fights, the much inferior fighter Antonio Tarver beat Roy Jones. In their 2nd bout Tarver KO’d Jones in the second round, Tarver won again in their 3rd fight by unanimous decision. Tarver fights in a southpaw stance, a lefty.
I have always said that Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) and FMJ have an almost identical life and career. Both fighters were trained by their father. Both claimed that the father abused them physically. They were not on speaking terms with their father for a very long time. FMJ and RJJ were known to be risk-averse when it came time to picking their opponents. The two were also named after their father. Both have problems against southpaw fighters.
Because of their upbringing by a very dominant and very abusive father, the remnants of their childhood pervades in their life and psyche. A tough talking opponent that doesn’t give them any respect is the father that they greatly fear. A father that disrespected, constantly belittled, and told them that they were no good. Up to now not one of FMJ’s opponent has done what Victor Ortiz is doing, telling him he is no good and not giving him any respect. Victor has called FMJ an “old man.” He also said that FMJ’s record has been “manufactured,” and that FMJ “is done.”
Floyd has been trying to destabilize his opponent before they get into the ring. Don’t we all assume what works on us will work on someone else as well? I’m sure FMJ and RJJ feared their father. Both fighters know really well what fear can do to a fighter.
It make them unsure of themselves and their ability. It destabilize them. Who ever came up with the blueprint for Victor to do what he is doing knows his game. Victor Ortiz fares much better than FMJ’s past four opponents in comparison. Carlos Baldomir is very slow, immobile, and one dimensional.
Victor is none of that and a world better than Baldomir. Oscar De La Hoya was a seasoned pro with great skills, but time has eroded the skills of the old pro. Victor is not as seasoned as Oscar but he is about 10 years younger than FMJ at 24 years old. Ricky Hatton was smaller, slower, and comes in swinging while leaving himself open for a counter. Ortiz is bigger and almost as fast as Mayweather; he also has a much better movement and defense than Hatton. Juan Manuel Marquez is about 4 division smaller than Ortiz, enough said. Mosley could be Ortiz’s grandfather that ran a marathon just before fighting FMJ.
Personally, I give Victor Ortiz a very good chance at pulling an upset. All the cards are there. Age, power, strength, height, youth, and activity all favors Ortiz. Inactivity is not good for an aging fighter, FMJ has fought only twice since after Ricky Hatton in 2007. In almost the same span of time Ortiz has fought 11 times. Mayweather is also saddled by distractions. Such as multiple legal litigation’s against him, and the latest is the crumbling relationship with his father.
FMJ has been getting all the advantages over his past four opponents. This time the role is reversed, it is his opponent that has the advantages over him. I think the most significant factor in Victor’s advantage is his youth and size advantage. In the early rounds Mayweather will be able to move and dodge Victor’s attack. As long as Victor keeps up the pressure and attack, he will wear down Mayweather and catch him in the later rounds.
At 34 years old, Mayweather does not move like he use to. Think of the second Roy Jones/Antonio Tarver fight. In his younger days, Jones would not have been hit by the punch that Tarver knock him out with. Victor will hit Mayweather with punches that Mayweather avoided against his last four opponents.
Boxing is full of sharks, wolves, and shady individuals. A Pacquiao/Mayweather would be the biggest money maker there has ever been in boxing. We are talking about close to half a billion dollars of economic injection to Las Vegas. With that kind of money, anyone and everyone can be bought to preserve the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight. Will we get the Victor Ortiz that fought Andre Berto? Or will he look good for a while and then inexplicably become ineffective in the later rounds of the fight?
Boxing will actually benefit if FMJ gets a loss on his record. Who ever is still counting on FMJ to fight Manny Pacquiao within two years or less is not connecting the dots. As long as FMJ remains undefeated, he will not fight Pacquiao.
HBO and the promoters will continue to give FMJ millions to fight anyone else. So why would FMJ risk his undefeated record against someone that the Vegas odds favored over FMJ? All close rounds will be scored for FMJ. So forget about Victor getting an even shake in a close fight. The only way for Victor to win is by a very dominating performance or by knockout. Win or lose, Mayweather Junior will be soiled and tarnished after the fight. Win or lose, Victim Ortiz will be Victor Ortiz.
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