QUOTE(caneman @ Dec 10 2008, 05:16 PM) [snapback]415647[/snapback]
Ben, did you read this ish man? http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=17369
I think he will say anything for attention these days! I can't wait til Hatton & Pacman fights!
Didn't have to read it to know he felt that way...that's kind of what he was getting at when he was doggin' on Nacho.
I do think there's some truth to what he speaks.
Whether or not De La Hoya could actually beat Pacquiao is questionable, but I do think Oscar would have given a much better account of himself had he never got rid of Big Floyd. Mayweather Sr. has been working with Oscar for a very, very long time and there are certain things that went on in this camp regarding Oscar's conditioning that Floyd Sr. would have NEVER allowed to go on had he been training Oscar. In fact, in the past, Big Floyd has bitched and complained quite a lot about Oscar's strength and conditioning coach and made it clear that if certain things didn't stop, he would walk...and Oscar would actually listen to Big Floyd and oblige.
So actually, I do think there's some truth to what he's saying...I think Oscar's best shot of beating him would have been to keep Floyd Sr...from the gameplan, to the weight loss...everything! Floyd Sr. has worked with Oscar the longest and knows him the best. He knows when to push his fighter and when to hold back. When you're preparing for a fight, although only one guy enters the ring, an entire team gets him ready to do battle. You can't just dump the people you've been working with for years, replace them and expect everything to work smoothly in just a matter of months. Take Hopkins for example...his experiment with bringing Freddie Roach in probably cost him the Joe Calzaghe fight...as soon as he gets rid of Roach and let's Richardson and Jackson take over, the same guys he's been accustomed to working with, he laid a beatdown on Pavlik. There's just certain things that go on behind the scenes that most people have no clue about when it comes to fighters and it's extremely important to have a solid and familiar team in place to support them. As soon as Oscar dumped Big Floyd and brought in his own "Dream Team", he pretty much made the first big mistake in regards to the fight...and he knew after the first round...you can tell by the look on his face.
So I respect Floyd Sr. for saying exactly how he feels regarding the situation. Would he have made a difference in Oscar's performance? Absolutley! Would he have made a difference in the outcome? Debateable, but personally, I don't think so.