Beef. It might be what's for dinner, but it can also be the face that launches a thousand ships. Maybe even a million or more. Think of this in terms of paying customers who felt robbed.
When Erik Morales initially retired from the ring in 2007, after losing four consecutive bouts, most ringside observers felt that they had seen the last of "El Terrible" in the squared circle...at least at the world class level.
Few would argue that Lennox Lewis in some way falls short of the designation 'gentleman boxer'. He is a great athlete, well-spoken and conducts himself with dignity.
In the main event of the highly anticipated "Star Power" Pay-Per-View spectacle, WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz defended his title against perennial pound for pound fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Though HBO commentators and some in the boxing press would have you think 'Canelo' Saul Alvarez failed in some way by choosing a subtle strategy against a solid Alfonso Gomez (now 23-4-2, 12 KO), careful viewing reveals something quite different. Alvarez, who improved his record to 38-0 with 28 KO's, dominated the fight. He even dominated the rounds he lost.
When a fighter first starts in the gym, he often has two adages drilled into his ears. The first is "protect yourselves at all times." The second is "behave like a fighter". Floyd Mayweather did both, Victor Ortiz did neither.
By now you know how the Ortiz vs. Mayweather WBC welterweight title fight ended. It ended essentially as most expected. Mayweather won. He now has a new belt for his collection.
Whenever a boxer is said to be "old school" it probably means he knows more trickery and tactics than many of the opponents he faces. Floyd Mayweather in the ring is as old school as any active fighter today.