Boxing Lost a Warrior in Corrales

I heard some truly sad news while at work Monday night, FOX Sports Radio anchor Tomm Looney reported that boxer Chico Corrales had died in a motorcycle accident. Immediately I pictured Chico in the ring, tattoos emblazoned across his body, just whaling on an opponent, and taking punches as tough as the ones he was landing. I pictured blood coming from his mouth, matching the red on his fists. While being far from one of my favorite fighters, I respected Diego. He always gave the audience a show, and you could never accuse him of not trying his hardest. Anyone who questions his toughness can be directed to his fight against Jose Luis Castillo. And just like Phillips who posted an excellent tribute to Corrales at Rumors and Rants, HG at YOU BEEN BLINDED, and MJD who did the same at FanHouse, I’d like to leave you with some video highlights of his finest moments, from his legendary bouts against Castillo. But before I present the video, I want this incident to serve as a reminder that motorcycles are extremely dangerous (yes, you know who you are). And to further articulate this message, I will also leave these details regarding the cause of death:

He said a motorcyclist was northbound on Fort Apache at about 7:15 p.m. when he drove into the rear of a 1997 Honda Accord.

The victim was thrown from the motorcycle and flew into an oncoming 2004 two-door Mercedes-Benz sedan, McDonald said.

Corrales was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

McDonald said the motorcyclist was wearing a full-face helmet.

The saddest part is that the death was avoidable. On a brighter note, check out Chico in some of his finest moments ever, bouncing back from being floored twice in the 10th round, to scoring a TKO in the SAME freakin’ round. Man was he awesome:

Macho Camacho Hates Computers

It’s actually quite the irony because I was having a discussion with a friend over email about the Mayweather Jr./De La Hoya fight, and check out the line he threw out there: “I really think boxing’s missing a personality. Even a Hector Macho at least had a little flair…” Well, turns out Macho Camacho has more than just a flair for personality (and check out his curl in the picture, that trademark was tight). Dudes heading to the slammer for busting up a computer store.

A warrant was issued for Camacho on Dec. 22, 2004, for a November burglary of a computer store. He was arrested in January 2005 on the burglary charge, and was also charged with drug possession after police allegedly found ecstasy in his hotel room at the Imperial Palace. Trial on the drug charge is tentatively set for June.

Camacho had bought a laptop from the business but had left it there for work on technical problems. He was trying to retrieve his computer, his attorney, David Morrison, said. The break-in was “a momentary lapse in judgment,” he added.

Can you say drunk-much? Or high much? Kind of reminds of the scene from Office Space where Samir and Michael Bolton start stomping on their “going away present.” Gotta love the line from the attorney — a momentary lapse of judgment. Or stupidity. Whatev. Hector Camacho faces up to seven years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, but he won’t wind up paying or serving a third of either. Gotta love that the judge sent him to jail because a bail bond man was having trouble tracking Macho down for two years. Guess Camacho took one too many blows to the dome during his day. Poor guy.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Did Not Impress Me

Look, he’s supposed to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He’s supposed to come out of fights looking “pretty.” He was supposed to show tremendous skill and dismantle Oscar. But I can’t help but say that I wasn’t at all impressed by Mayweather Jr.’s effort on Saturday night.

I scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Floyd, but that’s hardly a convincing margin. In fact, it’s not a stretch for me to have seen how others had Oscar winning. I’ve seen Oscar get embarrassed by Sugar Shane Mosley. I’ve seen the Golden Boy look foolish against Pernell Whitaker. I’ve seen De La Hoya get pounded by Bernard Hopkins. But on Saturday night, all I saw was Floyd Mayweather Jr. barely outpoint Oscar (just the outcome I predicted, mind you).

So yes, the margin for the fight was very close. I had Oscar winning the fight early on due to his aggression, dominance, ring presence, and ability to land more powerful combinations. However, the fight completely swung after the 8th round. From that point on, I had Mayweather Jr. winning all the rounds. It’s not so much that he closed well, as it was that De La Hoya faded in his typical fashion. Gone were all the combinations and flurries he threw early on. Dead was the intense footwork and exemplary ring control. Oscar lost his advantage.

But I’ll say this, I would’ve liked to see that fight go another three rounds like the old days. Had it gone 15 (as my man GP John suggested), then we could have truly seen a difference in skill, and some separation on the score cards. But as the fight stood, Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not impress me at all.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. In a Split Decision

If you’re this far down and still reading, it probably means you have at least a mild interest in my analysis of tonight’s fight. That being the case, I urge you to read my story at The FanHouse explaining why this will be an extremely disappointing fight. Your call, you can check it out now, or after you read the following analysis:

Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr. is much quicker and more athletic than Oscar. He’s as fast and sharp a boxer as De La Hoya’s faced since Pernell Whitaker. And we all know how that fight turned out (Sweet Pea was robbed off a decision). Which is exactly what I fear to be the outcome in this fight. PBF will dance around the ring, wisely avoiding toe-to-toe action with the bigger and stronger De La Hoya. He will shrewdly stick jabs and quick combos before ducking away from contact. He will win the fight by out-pointing De La Hoya in what figures to be a close decision — most likely split. I am extremely confident that this fight will last all 12 rounds.

However, I would not be inclined to bet on this fight. The reason is simple — Oscar has knockout power. The Golden Boy’s good looks are deceiving; he’s as tough as it gets in the ring, coupling tremendous courage with a powerful left hook. If PBF ever starts feeling pressure to create action and excitement, it will open up the window for Oscar to floor him with one deadly punch. Furthermore, Oscar was able to steal a decision against Whitaker because he threw more punches and was constantly the aggressor — something ringside judges reward. I have no doubt Oscar will win several rounds tonight 10-9 because of his aggression. Heck, even his trainer Freddie Roach said their strategy would be to attack Mayweather.

If you’re a casual boxing fan reading this, here’s your warning: tonight will not be an exciting fight. Read this story to find out why.

Who the Athletes and Celebs Like for De La Hoya vs. Mayweather

Here’s a nice little list compiled by the PR crew for the fight of the century (check back tomorrow for my pick and analysis)

Peeps Liking the Golden Boy

  1. Donald Trump – “Oscar has always been under-rated—he will win!”
  2. Vinny from Entourage – “Hmmmmmmhmmmm, De La Hoya.”
  3. Chris Tucker – “I love both of them…Oscar.”
  4. Jeremy Piven – “Oh man, you know, that’s a tough one you know because Mayweather may be the pound for pound best. But I love Oscar and I love his heart. I’m gonna have to go with Oscar. I want De La Hoya and I’m not a gambling man because I bet with my heart, so I say De La Hoya.”
  5. Justin Verlander – “Oscar De La Hoya is going to take this one. He’s a boxing legend and it could be his last fight. He’s going out on top.”
  6. Roberto Duran – “De La Hoya has the stronger punch. Mayweather is not used to facing bigger men. [ Carlos] Baldomir didn’t have the talent of De La Hoya and Mayweather couldn’t finish him. If De La Hoya cuts him early, Mayweather is going to be limited. De La Hoya by decision.”
  7. Sugar Ray Leonard – “As far as my prediction, I lean toward Oscar. I’ve changed my mind a couple of times. But Oscar has a little bit more desire, strength, size. Oscar has never one that big one, the most defining moment in his career. I think that this allows him to rise to the occasion. But if Mayweather wins then he can be called great, because right now it’s premature, but if he beats Oscar that label fits him fine.”

Peeps Liking Pretty Boy Floyd

  1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – “Mayweather has a huge edge in a few key areas—speed and defense being two. Floyd is closer to the prime of his career and Oscar is way past his. I like the fact that Oscar was willing to take this fight. It would be a great story if he should stop Mayweather. Mayweather will be just too much for him to handle though. It might go the distance with a small percentage of a TKO in the late rounds. Win to Mayweather.”
  2. LeBron James – “Mayweather”
  3. Bow Wow – “Mayweather is going to win. Pound for pound he’s the best. And I like his style, he is young, rich, and flamboyant. I like the fact that he is confident. And his drive and passion for what he does. Plus DeLaHoya can’t take the speed. That’s what’s going to kill him.”
  4. Barry Sanders – “Floyd wins because he is young and hungry. The fight will be close and goes the distance because Oscar raises his game to the level of his opponents and the challenge especially when he fights in his weight class. Both are too good to allow the other to dominate.”
  5. LaDainian Tomlinson – “I’m a big boxing fan so hopefully I’ll be there. Man it’s tough, you know. It’s hard to go against Floyd because he hasn’t lost a fight and he’s pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world. And I think Oscar’s gotta have a good game plan against Floyd. If he does that, I think he’ll have a chance. But I’m gonna go with Floyd.”
  6. Caron Butler – “Mayweather is the best fighter of this era. He has overcome adversity, works hard, and will win on Saturday night.”
  7. Willis McGahee – “Mayweather is going to dominate the whole fight. He’s going to knock De La Hoya out.”
  8. Vernon Wells – “I gotta go with Floyd Mayweather Jr. He’s one of the best, pound for pound. De La Hoya’s getting a little old. I’m gonna go with Floyd.”
  9. Justin Morneau – “They don’t call you the best in the world unless you can back it up. Mayweather without a doubt. He’s so fast and elusive in the ring. Oscar is not going to be able to pull this one off.”
  10. Julius Jones – “Mayweather’s speed and power will be too much for Oscar to handle. Oscar is tough and prideful…this will work against him as he’ll be standing toe-to-toe and taking Mayweather’s best shots. Mayweather in a unanimous decision. Oscar hits the canvas at least once.”
  11. Jermain Taylor – “I’m looking forward to seeing De La Hoya and Mayweather on May 5th. I think is going to be a great fight and it’s a fight that’s good for boxing, but I think Floyd’s speed and youth will work well for him in this fight. I think the fight will go 12 rounds with Floyd winning a close decision over De La Hoya.”

Seems pretty clear who the favorite is … Check back tomorrow for my analysis and pick.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Says Oscar De La Hoya has No Personality

The Golden Boy — known for his charm, looks, and personality — was called out by Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr. in PBF’s most recent conference call leading up to their May 5th bout (it’s only nine days away!). When asked if he had seen the “24/7″ special that’s been running recently to promote the fight, here was Floyd’s response:

Oh, yes, I watched them. I checked them out. It was cool, it was funny. It really – it was really exciting, it’s just that his was a little boring. His was a little boring and mine a little bit – you know mine – as I said before, my life is – my life is about excitement. I’m happy. I’m happy and it’s me, man. I’m going to tell the truth, I’m not going to bite my tongue for nothing, like I always said, only God can judge me.

He’s dry. There’s no personality.

Well how about that. I have known Oscar to be many things, namely tough, courageous, charismatic, amiable, but never, never, never boring. Man, looks like Pretty Boy’s bringing out all the stops with this one.

I also thought it was quite notable that PBF said Oscar lost to Pernell Whitaker — a sentiment with which I’ve agreed since the night Pernell got robbed. I think PBF is stretching it however when he suggested that Ike Quartey also beat Oscar (which many people believe), and that Oscar really beat Trinidad (not even close).

Anywhoo, I know boxing has fallen off most people’s radar, but not mine. Expect plenty more coverage throughout next week as we lead up to Cinco de Mayo.

The Day in Hollywood, De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr.

I told you I’d be checking in today at the final stop of the 11 city tour promoting the May 5th bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr., and let me tell you, it was a lot of fun.

The conference took place at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in the heart of Hollywood, right on the Walk of Fame. Pretty Boy Floyd wasted no time trying to go “LA” on the crowd. Let me tell you, they weren’t having any of it. Oscar was the real hero of the city.

Pretty Boy did most of the talking, matter of fact, all of the talking. Oscar was quite humble in his approach. There’s the photo below (explained in my audio recap of the day) and plenty more pictures if you continue reading.

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