QUOTE (AussieLad @ Apr 24 2010, 03:53 AM)
Merely pointing out that floyd had a very close fight with a guy that hype acknowledges is "NOTORIOUS for poor training habits...resting in the middle rounds...it's always just a matter of time with Zab"
So either Zab does what he always does and fades, or mayweather took control of a fight he was losing by making adjustments? Could he have taken control because of zab fading, as he has a track record of doing?
Except the problem with that logic is that I never said or thought that it was a "close" fight.
8 rounds to 4 or 9 rounds to 3, which is what I believe I scored it, is NOT, in my opinion, a close fight. In fact, the judges didn't really see it as a close fight either: 119-109, 116-112, 117-111.
So Floyd NEVER HAD a very close fight with a guy that I aknowledge is "NOTORIOUS for poor training habits...resting in the middle rounds...it's always just a matter of time with Zab". The fight went exactly as expected...Zab was in the fight for the first four rounds (like he always is), his opponent made adjustments (like every opponent who's beaten him has done), they took over in the middle rounds while Zab was being lazy and then in the late rounds, it was too late for Zab. That's not to say Zab couldn't have rectified the situation, as he's tried to in previous fights (i.e. Cory Spinks), however, depending on who he was fighting, if he knew he could come back, he'd try (i.e. again, Cory Spinks), but if he knew he was beat, he'd check out (i.e. Clottey and Mayweather).
So Floyd did exactly what he was supposed to do against an opponent who already had a blueprint on how to beat him. I'm not saying Floyd deserves a bunch of credit for figuring Zab out, because, quite frankly, I think he already knew what Zab was about. Not once did Floyd really look concerned in those first four rounds...he remained calm, took his time, picked him apart and dominated him down the stretch. Where this misconception about it being a close fight is coming from, I have no idea, but it was NOT a close fight.
And while we're at it, Floyd's fight with De La Hoya was NOT a close fight either, and yet, somehow, some judge actually gave the fight to De La Hoya. LOL. Unbelievable. I'm sure there's a few people around here who would argue a similar point...."If De La Hoya would've kept jabbing, he could've won the fight."
Yeah...okay...IF he would've kept jabbing...IF he would've landed a hayemaker...IF, IF, IF...you can say that about any fight, but the point is, it DIDN'T happen, and there's a reason why it DIDN'T happen. There's a reason why De La Hoya stopped throwing that jab and that reason is Floyd Mayweather Jr., who kept countering his ass over the top of that jab. Oscar's no fool...he knew what the fvck was happening to him, so he shut it down and went into "pretend-fight" mode. Wise decision on his part. Marquez did the exact same thing against Floyd...went into "pretend-fight" mode. Ricky Hatton, on the other hand, did not...and he got knocked the fvck out. The question is, what's Mosley going to do? Is he going to go into "pretend-fight" mode too once he finds out he's gettin' whooped or is he going to continue to "bring it"? Emanuel Augustus continued to bring it.