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Floyd Mayweather’s Lose-Lose Situation; Fan’s Take
If you pay attention to some media "experts," Miguel Cotto has absolutely no chance against Floyd Mayweather on May 5 and the fight, itself, is bound to be a one-sided clunker. Of course, this wasn't what they were saying before the bout became a reality.
It's amazing how Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never been able to fight the right fighter at the right time. So many years in the sport, so many fights, yet he can still never get it right. Or could it be that the critics merely change the rules whenever the fighter manages to win the game?
Back in 2005, during Mayweather's brief stopover at junior welterweight, he was accused of ducking undisputed division top dog, Ricky Hatton. In 2006, after Mayweather moved up to welterweight, he was once again maligned for fighting Zab Judah instead of Judah-conqueror and new lineal champ, Carlos Baldomir.
Who could forget the now-infamous 2006 Brian Kenny interview on ESPN where the talking haircut at the helm of the Friday Night Fights desk gave voice to what so many critics had been saying behind their keyboards? Kenny would launch an unprecedented attack against the fighter, insinuating that Mayweather was ducking both Hatton and Baldomir.
"…he's (Hatton) coming to Las Vegas for his next fight and he's probably going to fight for the Welterweight title," Kenny told Mayweather. "What will you do then?"
However, after Mayweather bested Baldomir and Hatton in 2006 and 2007, respectively, history was re-written and the two fighters he was "ducking" were suddenly assessed as never all that good.
Then there was Shane Mosley.
For a substantial period of time, Mayweather was accused of ducking Mosley and, according to the critics, running scared from the former three-division champ. Then, after they actually fought and Mayweather cruised to an easy points victory, those same critics managed to discredit Mosley as old, shot, and/or overrated.
Now, there's Miguel Cotto.
For the longest time, Cotto was the measuring stick by which the critics calculated Mayweather's alleged cowardice. However, now that the fight is actually going to happen, Cotto is, apparently, no longer a viable opponent.
Mayweather, according to the same group of critics, is just so much better than Cotto, especially now that Cotto has been beaten up in two of his fairly recent bouts. By listening to some, the fight is barely worth watching because the two fighters are just not in the same league. Many of the same people who were screaming "redemption" with tears of joy in their eyes after Cotto beat Margarito in last December's rematch, suddenly soured on Cotto when it was announced that he'd be fighting Mayweather.
The idea, in case you haven't caught on by now, is to diminish Cotto and his chances of winning so that there's no possible way Mayweather can impress. If Mayweather makes easy work of Cotto, well, that's what was supposed to happen. If Cotto does better than expected, the tough fight against an overmatched foe will make Mayweather's skills and talents look overblown.
So, anyway you slice it, Mayweather is going to be set-up to look bad.
Admittedly, there is some truth to the Mayweather criticisms. A Cotto fight would've made more sense in 2008 and the 2007 bout with Hatton would've been more significant two years prior in the junior welterweight division. But all fighters could be hit with the "should've, could've" criticism of fight scheduling.
It could also be said that Manny Pacquiao should've fought Miguel Cotto before Cotto's loss to Margarito. He should've fought Shane Mosley before Mosley's loss to Mayweather. He should've fought Antonio Margarito before Margarito's loss to Mosley. There were also many top fighters along the way who, for one reason or another, never popped up on Pacquiao's radar.
But, as those of us who follow the sport know, fair and non-partisan thinking is very atypical of the modern day "expert."
On May 5, win or lose, Mayweather will find himself in the same critical doghouse he has inhabited since leaving the warm, fuzzy, and media-friendly embrace of Top Rank Promotions in 2006. Somehow, someway, he'll come out on the short end of the media stick.
So, the next time Mayweather expresses disdain for the media or for his cyber-dwelling critics, the reaction shouldn't shock or appall anyone. When there's no way to please someone, you just stop trying to please them at all.
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Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
Errol Hyppolite, In Defense of Floyd. A response to ESPN's Brian Kenny's interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr., East Side Boxing
Case Keefer, Floyd Mayweather steadfast in defending his legacy, Las Vegas Sun
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