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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. – Theater of the Expected

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It’s happening again. All over again, just as it has for the last seven years.

(Main image courtesy of Showtime)

While planet Earth is indeed the third pebble from the mighty sun, the Sweet Science’s mighty son (whether gained or proclaimed) has officially returned to the boxing forefront and the crowds that are likely to follow can beckon memories of Times Square.

Earlier this week, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) announced that among other attestations he would retire in a year’s time once his mammoth contract with Showtime has run its respective course.

He also was quick to shoot down suggestions that a long awaited (a kind estimate) mega fight with Manny Pacquiao is nowhere on his radar.

Clearly, any news even if it’s not news is still just that. We’ve basically sensed that “Money” Mayweather is the tamer and not the lion. Still, many of us don't take Floyd's claim of putting the fans first in terms of unusual statistics in his fight with Marcos Maidana last May to be neither accurate nor completely honest.

As unbelievably talented as the unbeaten champion is, it's still somewhat difficult to fathom that he willingly risked six full rounds as well as the first cut of his career just to please the masses. Granted, he did turn on the jets when it mattered most and earned what most saw was a hard fought win that night last Spring. Floyd stressed the need to please at the final press conference for the promotion known as "Mayhem" when he commented,

"The first time out, we gave the people excitement and it’s all about blood, sweat & tears. So, I just want to go out there, perform and give you want you want to see. Hopefully, this one will be a lot more exciting. He deserves a rematch."

To some, Floyd became the scourge of boxing in the eyes of many no sooner than when he changed his persona from "Pretty Boy" to "Money". He knew that acting like a garrulous statesman wasn't enough, so he pulled out the respective stops to get under Oscar De La Hoya's skin during the prelude to what was then known as "The World Awaits".

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Jump forward to 2014 and Mr. Mayweather has gone through various opponents as well as a plethora of legal battles, allegations and verbal disputes. The war of words seem to mean more to some just because he's viewed as the best of the best. Nevertheless, his road at least as a fighter is coming to an end.

If his goal is to retire at 49-0, then best of luck to him.

However mythical the late Rocky Marciano's ledger of the same amount appears to some, the veil of nostalgia has long since blinded a few of them. The nonsense of putting fighters of different eras against one another is beyond ridiculous. However, the discussion of the '71-'72 Lakers and the '95-'96 Chicago Bulls is permissible.


Come fall 2015, we may ask ourselves just for a moment if we'll miss Floyd the fighter or Floyd the antagonist.

There's no feasible reason to think that the outcome for this Saturday's contest will favor anyone other than Las Vegas' adopted resident. Expect a shutout akin to Floyd's 2006 bout with Carlos Baldomir. Not even the jazzy jacket adorned by Marcos Maidana (which looked more like the sun bleached pelt of Chester Cheetah) at yesterday's final presser will help him come Saturday evening in Las Vegas. The shocker is just not in the cards. The glaring and added advantage for Floyd will be present not just in his ability, but two of the three ringside judges as well.

While Dave Moretti was seated by the canvas for "The Moment - Mayweather vs. Maidana I" and scored it accordingly at 116-112 for Floyd, take just a "moment" of your own to examine the credentials of the other two arbitrators.

Queens, New York resident John McKaie's record as a judge can only boast Gennady Golovkin and Karim Mayfield, respectively to his credit and there are virtually no big name fights to be found therein. He has been judging fights for over fifteen years however, so perhaps a fresh set of eyes can help. Judge Guido Cavalleri of Italy's past is a bit more decorated. Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto, Carl Froch and even the aforementioned Oscar De La Hoya are more commonly spoke of names that can be found on his record.

Perhaps Floyd will find more solace once he retires provided he stays just that. One has to wonder if he’ll really appreciate a different lime of limelight as a promoter as some of his fighters experience losses throughout their respective careers. Can the perfectionist deal with imperfection?

In the meantime, let’s see just how long it takes for another fighter to match Floyd’s successes in and out of the ring. Love him or hate him, we must admit. There are many stars within the boxing world, yet it’s only Floyd Mayweather, Jr. who is the sport’s Coca Cola.


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