QUOTE (streetlion1 @ Aug 19 2010, 09:27 PM)
1. Pacquiao is afraid of Mayweather and may be on something.
2. Marquez exposes Khan
3. Hopkins beat CalSlappy 115-113
4. A prime DLH was one of the best boxers ever.
5. Cotto gives Mayweather a tough fight if they were to make it happen.
6. Ward stops Dirrell
7. The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight wouldnt be nearly as close as people think....the Pacman gets K.Oed
1- Pac may or may not be on something. Truth is its only speculation because he's never tested positive for anything and quite frankly there's really no evidence against him. Just baseless accusations by the Mayweather camp and others..... As far as Pac being scared of Floyd, I don't think that plays because its the actions of Mayweather that are suspect here, especially with all the excuses being made like "Floyd doesn't wanna pay taxes", "I just wanna spend time with my family", or people saying that "Roger's situation is unresolved". If anybody is "scared" here, it looks like its Mayweather.
2- I hope so. I can't stand Khan. Cocky unproven bastard. And in a way he's already been exposed. To me, the Con Man is nothing special. Boring style. Fights scared. He's got size, a good jab, and fast hands. Nothing else. One dimensional style with his jab jab jab, right hand, window shut defense. Admittedly, Khan would be favored because of his youth and size. And because Marquez hasn't looked too good recently, also plays part. But you can tell its GBP trying to match Khan as safe as possible and keep him away from Bradley, Alexander, Maidana, etc. I don't even think they'll take a chance and put Khan in with old Judah. They're gonna keep him away from anyone dangerous for the most part.
3- Aha controversial decision. Was a close fight. And when Hopkins would let em go, he seemed to land whenever he wanted. Problem was that Hopkins was throwing one punch at a time for the most part. He would throw a right hand and then run into a clinch. That doesn't often get points with the judges even if your landing the harder and cleaner shots. Joe wasn't landing a whole lot, and the clean shots he did land didn't carry power. But he was more consistent, pressed the fight from bell to bell, and was the one trying to make the fight. Could have gone either way. But Hopkins didn't do enough and it looked he was tiring while Joe was still fresh. Deserved a rematch.
4- De La Hoya was very good. Could have been better. Excellent jab, fast hands, good power, and a good chin. His fake personalty kinda turned me away from him though. And I think it hurt his legacy that he didn't fight Trinidad in a rematch, even if he would have lost. But he was still very good. Wouldn't say he's an all time top 10 welterweight ever, as I don't think he beats any of the likes of Robinson, Leonard, Hearns, Gavilan, Duran, plus some other welterweights. But nonetheless, he was a a really good fighter.
4- He could. PBF is one of those guys that just looks to win a fight efficiently and not take too many risks. He fought the way he did against Mosley I think because by about the 4th rough, he lost complete respect for his power and saw that Mosley was gassing anyway. Cotto would engage Floyd in more of a boxing match early, and then as the fight enters the latter rounds he'd completely take over with his speed and precise counters. He'd have a chance at a stoppage here for sure but odds are that Floyd plays it safe like usual. Cotto won't look terrible but I don't see him coming close to winning the fight necessarily either.
5- Ward is the better fighter and should be favored. But Dirrell's style will give him some problems. Matrix is faster and more athletic, fights well from either stance(Especially the southpaw), and his quick left hand would work very well against Ward who likes to come forward. Plus Dirrell knows him very well. You have to figure they sparred plenty when they were both on Team USA. Ward however seems to have more variety to his game and is probably the tougher of the two. I could actually see it being a trilogy with one guy getting a win over the other. A KO I would not bet on because both are friends. Its hard to have that same killer instinct the same you would for a guy you don't know. I think its close and tight. Could go either way. But Ward deserves to be favored. Probably via decision.
6- Maybe so. It may turn out that way. But I have my doubts of the fight ever happening. I personally feel Floyd doesn't want it. But thats another isssue. If anyone could reduce Pacquiao to a harmless man it would be PBF. By the same token I think Pacquiao could outwork him and hurt him with quick shots he doesn't see. But until PBF rediscovers his confidence, we'll never know.