Boxing’s pound-for-pound king is slated to appear tonight on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson after a guest spot Monday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Mayweather google plus then travels to New York for a round of national media interviews and a studio segment for the HBO replay of the fight Saturday (10 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. CT).
If some fans at home were disappointed after paying $54.95 for the much-hyped WBC super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand, it probably had to do with neither fighter getting knocked out, knocked down or put in trouble during 12 spirited rounds.
What the fans saw instead was Mayweather using his speed and savvy to win a split decision against De La Hoya and remain unbeaten. Mayweather fight news also available on Youtube channels and twitter channels
Aside from a Mayweather right to the face that buckled De La Hoya’s knees in the 10th round, there were few other telling blows except when added up in volume.
According to ringside punch stats, Mayweather fight live connected on 207 of 481 punches (43%) to 122 of 587 (21%) for De La Hoya. Mayweather also landed more power punches, 138-82.
Still, for some, the fight, which was billed as “The World Awaits,” came and went as a letdown, lacking the dramatics of fights such as Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns, Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler, Hagler vs. Hearns and some other great non-heavyweight fights.
On USA TODAY’s boxing blog, many fans say they enjoyed the fight, which featured Mayweather’s elusive speed against De La Hoya’s aggressive power.
But others saw the lack of blood and punishment as evidence why UFC and other forms of mixed martial arts have become popular.
“That stuff is nothing but a fad,” Mayweather says. “Most of those guys couldn’t make a living in boxing, so they had to turn to something else. They try to do anything they can to knock our sport. Boxing is the best sport in the world. Boxing is here to stay.” Mayweather fight live stream available on facebook channels too.
Mayweather (38-0, 24 knockouts) has now won world titles in five weight divisions but says he’s done with the sport. Few believe he will leave the ring still in his prime at age 30. If he fights again, a Mayweather bout that begs making is against Shane Mosley, who has similar speed and is the only fighter to beat De La Hoya twice.
Mosley (44-4, 38 KOs) is now a business partner with De La Hoya as a Golden Boy Promotions vice president and helped the boss prepare for Mayweather fight live .
“I don’t fight sparring partners,” Mayweather said in reference to a potential fight against Mosley. “I’ve proven I’m the best in the world, and there’s nothing left to prove.”
A reminder that retirements from boxing don’t last was the news conference Saturday announcing that Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KOs) will fight Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-3-1, 25 KOs) July 21 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View.
Hopkins, 42, said he was retiring last June after beating Antonio Tarver for the light heavyweight title. During his 10-year reign as middleweight champion, Hopkins beat De La Hoya in 2004 but has since become a Golden Boy vice president.
Another Saturday news conference announced the July 7 rematch in Cologne, Germany, between IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (48-3, 43 KOs) and former WBO champion Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KOs). HBO will televise the bout live at 5 p.m. ET with a 10:30 p.m. ET/PT replay.
Klitschko, who lost to Brewster on a fifth-round TKO in 2004, expects the rematch to be decided by knockout. That’s what many fans felt was missing in Saturday night’s Mayweather vs. De La Hoya bout. sources