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Mark Cuban Was in Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Ring Entourage

You’ve already seen my break down of the actual fight, but I just couldn’t resist that screen grab of Wayne Newton. Unbeknownst to me, Mark Cuban, Helio Castroneves, and Wayne Newton, were all in attendance Saturday night to support their Dancing With Stars buddy, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Not only were they there to cheer the man on, but they also formed part of Mayweather’s entourage as he entered the ring. Can you picture a more excited man than the delighted Mark Cuban, who entered bearing a few of Floyd’s championship belts?

To think, Cubes actually abandoned his Mavs for a night to be at this fight. Judging by the smug look on his face, he couldn’t have been more proud. I do have to say, Josh Howard would not be pleased.

Mayweather vs. Hatton: A Clash Along Racial Lines?

The thought hadn’t even entered my mind until late Saturday evening, after Mayweather had already dominated Hatton. I was going for Hatton because I had picked him to win, figuring his combination of power, brawn, and desire would catch an unprepared Mayweather by surprise. I was wrong, but not disappointed. To be upset over an American beating a foreigner in international competition would be unpatriotic, would it not? Well, it was suggested to me Saturday night that support for each fighter was divided upon racial lines — all white guys rooted for Hatton, and all black guys wanted Mayweather. Hispanic fans I guess chose one side or the other, just waiting for Miguel Cotto to get his shot.

As I said, I wanted Hatton to win so as to vindicate my pre-fight analysis. The reason I lost confidence in Floyd, a man whom I’ve backed since his up-and-coming days as a 130 pound featherweight nearly 10 years ago, is because of the way I had been burned before; Mayweather was dominating opponents the way Roy Jones Jr. once had in his weight class, developing a reputation as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Roy quickly became bored with his competition and pursued other interests including professional basketball and music, and wound up getting exposed by Antonio Tarver. Just a few months ago, I saw the same thing in the works with Floyd who was more focused on preparing for Dancing With the Stars than boxing. So was race a dividing factor in this fight? For some, perhaps. For others, myself included, I think it’s Floyd’s pretentious personality that’s a turnoff.

No doubt though, Floyd showed his masterful skill in the ring, living up to his nickname by finished the fight looking pretty. Hatton hardly landed any big shots on Floyd, who maneuvered his way out of the corner of the ring to dance around in the center and utterly dominate the fight. Floyd’s speed caught Hatton off-guard on several occasions, making it seem like Ricky walked into punches. Floyd is the best fighter in the world right now, but he still has a few more fights to take before his legacy is cemented. Next up should be Miguel Cotto, followed by the new Sweet Pea, Paul Williams. Though Mayweather has quickly amassed a fortune of earnings in the sport (back-to-back $25 million fights tells you the sweet science is alive and well), his place in the history books remains in question. I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before Floyd loses focus and falls unexpectedly to an opponent. After all, it’s happened so many times before, hasn’t it?

(incredible photo courtesy Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hatton Calls Out Mayweather

We’re now inside a week away from a great fight to end the year — Mayweather vs. Hatton. Of course, you really didn’t think we could come this close to the fight without some controversies being drummed up, did you? Right on cue was Ricky Hatton, who called Pretty Boy a wussy in so many words:

“I think he’s an insecure person,” Hatton said last week during a conference call. “I think that’s why he surrounds himself with five or six bodyguards. They always seem to be yes men.

“You know, he always needs people whispering in his ear: ‘You’re the man. You’re Number 1. You’re going to do this, you’re going to do that.’

“That’s all a sign of insecurity. . . . If you believe you’re the best, then you don’t need anybody reminding you or reassuring you.”

Hatton would rather roll solo, sipping on some pints. He provides a nice contrast to the flashy Mayweather, who’s been known to make it rain from time-to-time. Funny thing is, I believe that’s going to do Pretty Boy in. While I think Mayweather’s a wildly talented and slick boxer, I’m worried about the Dancing With Stars curse. Anyone who is worrying about improving his 1-2 step rather than his left-right combo doesn’t have his head in the right place. I’m going with Hatton on Saturday night. Be prepared for more pre-fight analysis as the date approaches.

Mayweather, Hatton, Oh, It’s On

When the email crept into my inbox, I was startled, yet excited. Why would Mayweather take the bait? He said after beating De La Hoya — and receiving a monstrous pay day — that he was done. Not like I believed it, but I figured it would take another huge drawing fight to bring him back to the ring immediately, not just some trash talking. Which from the sounds of things, was all it took to get it done. Mayweather says he’ll beat Hatton all the way back to England (which sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?)

“Ricky Hatton has talked nonstop about fighting me for the last two weeks,” said Mayweather. “He has disrespected me and my accomplishments in the ring, and I take that very seriously. I’m going to give him the opportunity to step up and fight the best in the world. I don’t think this punk will take the challenge.”

“Now that Hatton has opened up his big mouth, he might start to think about what he has been asking for,” continued Mayweather. “Does he really want to step into the ring with best fighter of this era and embarrass himself? Being the coward that he is, I doubt he’ll get in the ring. We’ll see what his excuse will be this time.”

Hatton won’t be dodging — he has no reason to. He’s looking to make a name in the U.S., and he’s a skilled fighter. For Ricky, it will be a big pay day. For Mayweather, it’s undoubtedly a challenge. And some money, but not Oscar De La Hoya type. I don’t know why Pretty Boy’s eager to fight Hatton; Hatton is dangerous, Hatton is tough. Hats off to Floyd for showing interest. He’s leaving no room for doubt amongst boxing aficionados by fighting some of the best competition around. Now, we just await the official announcement…

Pretty Boy Floyd Makes it Rain

Look, we all heard about Pacman Jones making it rain at the strip club in Vegas before a near riot ensued, and several people were seriously wounded. Worst part was Pacman was reportedly asking for his money back. We’ve even heard about the D-Train making it rain during spring training with a bunch of his Marlin teammates. But now, we have visual evidence of Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather Jr. making it rain at Body English inside the Hard Rock Cafe, courtesy of TMZ and Spyonvegas.com. Well, since you probably have wondered what it looks like when a prominent figure makes it rain, here ya go:

Now, does it make you lame if you’re scrounging for dolla bills on the dance floor? I think not. But I wouldn’t be caught dead bending over to pick one up.

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.