With all due respect, if you expected anything other than what you got, you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been paying enough attention.
Floyd MayweatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s systematic destruction of Shane Mosley on Saturday night wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the most exciting fight, as per usual. But it was a rare chance to see an athlete at the absolute top of his craft, and one who knows perfectly how to market himself at the same time.
Floyd Mayweather messed with Manny Pacquiao for so long that he completely played himself.
It turns out I was right about Floyd Mayweather winning his match against Juan Manuel Marquez by decision, and also that MarquezÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history of being a slow starter would hurt him, as Floyd downed him in the second round and dominated the early portion of the fight. But what I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t right about is that Marquez would make an impact in the middle rounds, as he was pretty much completely shut out.
I knew Floyd was bigger than Marquez, but I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect him to show up two pounds heavier than the catch weight at the weigh-in, a significant amount. He had to pay per pound to allow the fight to go off. And though Floyd doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fight like a big man, using his fluidity and quickness to his benefit, he obviously used his size advantage.
Mayweather lost a deal of respect by being either unable or unwilling to make weight, essentially making this a fight between a good big man and a good small man. The good small man never wins that fight. This isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the Tour De France.
Unlike Arturo Gatti, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know a lot about Vernon Forrest, who was murdered in cold blood in an apparent attempted robbery recently. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen a bunch of his fights, but he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make the impact on me that Gatti did.
The fact that Forrest was not the star that Gatti was does not make it any less sad what happened to him. In fact, in certain ways itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sadder, because from all accounts, Forrest was one of the truly good guys in the sport.
In a sport where often the louder you talk, the more opportunities you get, he rarely talked excessively before fights and was still able to win three world titles, despite the media treating him with disdain for not being a great quote. He represented our country proudly at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to think, all anyone ever mentions from those Games is Oscar De La Hoya. He overcame several injuries that would have ended most careers, persevering after, for example, a rotator cuff tear.