QUOTE (TRU @ May 3 2010, 03:16 PM)
What does "decent speed" have to do with this strategy? Mosley has no functional speed which is the only thing that matters in a boxing ring. He can't counter-punch, no jab, no defense... is that a fact or opinion?
And please tell me about how Mosley is "somewhat technically skilled". Based on what?
Richardson should get criticized for not knowing the mental of his fighter and not being to able to understand that Mosley would have NO chance fighting on the outside. If he had a different horse to implement his strategy, it might have been more effective but you have to understand the fighter you're working with.
I'm not saying that I know more than Richardson at all... I'm not a trainer. I'm just saying... if someone told me that Team mosley planned to fight Floyd from the outside... I would have bet way too much money on Floyd. Regardless of what happened in "round 1".
As in he's got enough hand speed and knowledge of the fundamentals of boxing to at least give Floyd something to think about. We're not talking about Antonio Margarito or a freakin Carlos Baldomir here. Shane's not an idiot...he's smarter than a Ricky Hatton when it comes to boxing skills. If Shane would have been able to continuosly do everything that he did in the first round, he stood an excellent chance of keeping it close, making Floyd uncomfortable and possibly scoring a big knockdown. In order to do that, however, he had to change some things...and that's what you work on in training camp. I mean, Manny Pacquiao didn't just fucking wake up and start throwing right hooks when he fought Hatton...he practiced that shit, got it down and stuck to the game plan once the fight happened. From my understanding, speaking to individuals who were actually IN camp, Shane was doing just that...working behind a stiffer jab, setting up his shots better and sticking to the game plan. They "typical" Shane Mosley style of loading up on the right hand, holding and not working on the inside, just wasn't going to get it done. But like I said, from what I understand from the people in camp, Shane was following the game plan just fine.
The problem is that he didn't follow the game plan at all once the fight started. I mean, the first round, he did okay, sitting down and stiffening up on his jab. It was a close round...one that some people thought he won...and if he could have maintained that and just mixed it up with the big right hands every now and then (instead of over and over and over again), he likely could have pulled out something better than whatever the hell he just did on Saturday. On Saturday, he reverted back to what he's been doing for a long time. As soon as he landed that big right, he get excited, shot his wad and that was it. Shit, Shane was done as soon as the fight even started...he was jumpy, nervous...he exactly what the task was before him. Floyd is a tough motherfucker to beat and I think any real fighter or any person who just trains and spars regularly knows that some of the shit that Floyd does is just nasty and scary to deal with if the opportunity should arise. It's like being a cornerback and having to face Peyton Manning...you might hate the motherfucker or think you're better than them, but you still got respect his abilities and what he brings to the table. To put it simply, I think Shane was nervous the minute the fight started. I don't think the strategy was the problem at all...and yeah, I think Shane is actually skilled enough and fast enough to implement a game plan that involves "boxing". It's just he was so amped up from the nerves, the game plan went out the window midway through the second round. That was Shane's fault...not Richardson's fault at all. In fact, he kept trying to keep him on track...told his ass settle down on the nerves after the first round. LOL.
Which type of strategy would have worked better is debateable, but irrelevant. The point is that Shane is a smarter fighter than what he's become...the right-hand happy headhunter. I'm sure what was worked on in training camp is not what was on display Saturday night.
But hey...I was preaching that shit for MONTHS leading up to the fight and THAT'S the reason why I had FULL CONFIDENCE that Mayweather was going to make this one look "EASIER THAN THE ZAB JUDAH FIGHT!" Yeah...I know a lot of you out there are keeping quiet about it, but you knew it was coming...I TOLD YOU SO!!!! I knew full well Naazim's chemistry with Shane was not where it needed to be...which is the reason why I knew Shane WOULD NOT listen to him and eventually resort back to what he's always done. I mean, as a trainer, you hope that it gets to the point where that chemistry is there, but when you're dealing with a stubborn fighter, it's hard to force it...you just got hope it all works itself out. But ultimately, I don't think Naazim deserves any criticism...you can't blame him for not being able to make a stubborn fighter follow the game plan that was worked on throughout training camp. You can almost see Shane being stubborn and throwing a tantrum in the corner when he was crying about the water on his face and demanded the ice pack. LOL. But anyway...I'm rambling...you get what I'm saying, I'm sure.
I think, ultimately, it had nothing to do with what Naazim's game plan was and everything to do with Shane being nervous and getting his ass lit up in the process.
I told ya'll that jerry curl juice was going to be flying on May 1. I told ya'll about the snowboarding accident before the proposed Berto fight. Was a coincidence that he had to get a neck injury checked out after the fight?
LIKE I SAID BEFORE, THE MAYWEATHER IS THE POUND-FOR-POUND KING! WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I'M RICH BIATCH!