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  1. #1 Cannibasity, Nov 16, 2015
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    The Blunt and Scathing letter from De La Hoya to Floyd.. DAMN👊👊
    Dear Floyd:
    You did it. You made it to the 49–0 mark, a milestone that you like to say only the great Rocky Marciano reached but that was actually achieved by others, including my idol Julio César Chávez-but who's counting? And now you're retiring. Again. (The first time was after our fight in 2007.) This time you say it's for real. You're serious about hanging up the gloves. On to bigger and better things. So I'm writing to you today to wish you a fond farewell. Truth be told, I'm not unhappy to see you retire. Neither are a lot of boxing fans. Scratch that. MOST boxing fans. Why? Because the fight game will be a better one without you in it.
    Let's face it: You were boring. Just take a look at your most recent performance, your last hurrah in the ring, a 12-round decision against Andre Berto. How to describe it? A bust? A disaster? A snooze fest? An affair so one-sided that on one judge's card Berto didn't win a single round? Everyone in boxing knew Berto didn't have a chance. I think more people watched Family Guy reruns that night than tuned in to that pay-per-view bout. But I didn't mind shelling out $75 for the HD broadcast. In fact it's been a great investment. When my kids have trouble falling asleep, I don't have to read to them anymore. I just play them your Berto fight. They don't make it past round three.
    Another reason boxing is better off without you: You were afraid. Afraid of taking chances. Afraid of risk. A perfect example is your greatest “triumph,” the long-awaited record-breaking fight between you and Manny Pacquiao. Nearly 4.5 million buys! More than $400 million in revenue! Headlines worldwide! How can that be bad for boxing? Because you lied. You promised action and entertainment and a battle for the ages, and you delivered none of the above. The problem is, that's precisely how you want it. You should have fought Pacquiao five years ago, not five months ago. That, however, would have been too dangerous. Too risky. You've made a career out of being cautious. You won't get in the ring unless you have an edge. Sure, you fought some big names. But they were past their prime. Hell, even when we fought in 2007-and I barely lost a split decision-I was at the tail end of my career. Then later you took on Mexican megastar Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, but he was too young and had to drop too much weight.
    Me? I got into this business to take chances. I took on all comers in their prime. The evidence? I lost. Six times. After 31 wins, my first loss was to Félix Trinidad, and I learned a valuable lesson that is true both in the ring and in life: Don't run. I didn't stop taking on the best of the best. After beating Derrell Coley, I took on “Sugar” Shane Mosley at the height of his powers-undefeated and considered by many to be the pound-for-pound best in the world. Again, I lost. After four wins against more top-ranked fighters I took on Mosley again. We can debate who actually won the rematch, but the judges had me losing that one as well.
    Did I go easy after that? No. I moved up to middleweight to win a belt and faced one of the greatest middleweights of all time, Bernard Hopkins. After a body shot that I'm still feeling took me out of the fight, I took on two more guys at the height of their power who, many years later, would finally face each other at the ages of 36 and 38-Manny Pacquiao and you. When fighters do that-when they risk losing-that's when everyone wins. The mantra of my firm Golden Boy Promotions is simple: the best taking on the best. It's too bad you didn't do the same.
    You took the easy way out. When you weren't dancing around fading stars (show idea for you: Dancing Around the Fading Stars), you were beating up on outclassed opponents. A lot of your opponents were above-average fighters, but they weren't your caliber. You're a very talented fighter, the best defensive fighter of our generation. But what good is talent if you don't test it? Muhammad Ali did. Sugar Ray Leonard did. You? Not a chance. You spent 2000 to 2010 facing forgettable opening acts like Victoriano Sosa, Phillip N'dou, DeMarcus Corley, Henry Bruseles and Sharmba Mitchell. There were guys out there-tough scary opponents like Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams-but you ran from them. Were you ever on the track team in high school? You would have been a star.
    Boxing will also be a better place without the Mouth. Your mouth, to be precise, the one that created “Money” Mayweather. I know you needed that Money Mayweather persona. Before he-and Golden Boy Promotions-came along, nobody watched your fights. You couldn't even sell out your hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Mouth made you money. More money than you could spend in a lifetime. (Wait, I've seen those episodes of 24/7. You probably will spend it all.) But the Mouth doesn't have a place in boxing; save it for the WWE. Unless you're someone like Ali, whose fights were as scintillating as his banter, the all-talk, no-entertainment model cheapens our sport. Boxers should speak with their fists and with their hearts. They don't have to say anything to prove themselves. You're going to have a legacy. You'll be remembered as the guy who made the most money. As for your fights? We've already forgotten them.
    Now that you're stepping aside, attention can be turned to the sport's real stars: the brawlers, the brave, the boxers who want nothing more than to face the best and therefore be the best. There's Canelo, Kazakh KO sensation Gennady Golovkin, ferocious flyweight Román González, slugger Sergey Kovalev and a host of up-and-comers including Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko and Keith Thurman. Want to see what a monster fight looks like? Canelo takes on Miguel Cotto on November 21. It won't do 4.4 million in PPV buys, but everyone who watches it will be thrilled. And that's no empty promise.
    You're moving on to a new phase of life now, a second act. I'm sure it will be nice not to have to train year-round. To get out of the gym and spend time with your family. But I'm wondering what you're going to do. You have a lot of time and, at the moment, a lot of money. Maybe you'll put your true skills to work and open a used-car dealership or run a circus. Or maybe you'll wind up back on Dancing With the Stars. It's a job that's safe, pays well and lets you run around on stage. Something you've been doing for most of your career.

  2. it doesn't matter if you win by a mile or by an inch a win is a win a loss is a loss...with that said de la hoya you my friend are a sour puss.. congrats on the whole TMT familly the ones who really put the hard work and determination into their training regiments the ones that came to all the fights and witnessed first hand what precise boxing is all about.. keeping ya A game not only in the ring but in the minds of all the fans who have watched over the years... and really its 49.0 thats 49 wins and zero losses who is complaining with that record come on floyd leaderboard champ nuff said... he didnt fight for you he fought for us the watchers the readers the listeners the 4 am joggers the night time stalkers he fought and won every fight like David he beat Goliath... you can boast all you want about being a savage monster in the ring who would wish nothing but to eat the opponent alive or you could just educate the win and educate the minds of those who watched and realize why you have won.. that my friend is boxing having a strong friendship with the shadow you facing having a relationship with the heartbeat of the ring and knowing when to attack like a hunter.. i honer money mayweather and his attitude towards his oppositions because you know what hes not your friend he is a fighter a true blooded fighter think first before you claim the logic of a looser.. your not a spartan and you never was too clumsy you failed to beat him in the ring and this is your apology shut up you garbage...
  3. #3 Nugagerube, Nov 23, 2015
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    I'm Oscar de la Hoya and eff you. I'm a savage monster in the ring. And I got lots of money. Get lost.
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  4. Nice Read! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Oscar De La Hoya is 100% right though. I bet you can't name 5 exciting highlights from Mayweather fights... Because they don't exist. Like he said, Floyd has a defensive strategy. Avoid getting punched. Although effective, it is boring as all hell.

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  6. Floyd is a great talent and a true defensive wizard. With that said Vasyl Lomachenko is the most talented fighter out there right now.
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  7. A letter to Floyd Mayweather?


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  8. Boxing is about hitting a not getting hit, I don't like Floyd as a person but he is the best boxer our generation will see. He mastered defence and counter punching not to mention the way he tucks that chin into his shoulder. I've had many conversations with old guys(All ex boxers) in their 60s, 70s and 80s about Floyd and they all pretty much said the same thing, All the people that don't fully understand boxing hate Floyds style. Everyone wants to see a Ko or a all out war( My self included) but Floyd is smart, He makes em miss and then counters lightening fast which breaks down his opponent mentally. I agree he should of fought Manny along time ago but I believe the out come would of been the same.

    26 wins by KO, If you can't find 5 highlights in just those fight YOU DON'T KNOW SHIT ABOUT BOXING!!!!!.
  9. My point about the 5 highlights wasn't that they aren't there.. you just can't name 5 of them (without google). I can name every Iron Mike knockout in his pro career because he was a truly exciting fighter to watch. Mayweather doesn't even come close. Smart boxer, yes. Defensive boxer, yes. Exciting boxer? Hell no. Boring. Probably seen 12-15 entire Mayweather fights and they are soooooo lame.

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