De La Hoya-Mayweather bout will highlight how age matters more in boxing than golf
In the world of golf, 36-year-old Jim Furyk defeating the 30-year-old Tiger Woods would hardly count as an upset. While Woods is universally considered the better player, Furyk, at No. 2, is talented, experienced and calm under pressure. Any tournament ending with those two in contention would be a treat to watch, with the ending hardly being a foregone conclusion.
Such is a major difference between golf and boxing, however, aside from all the face punching. In golf, age is but a number until a player starts working his way up through his 40s, and experience is almost always considered a positive thing. It’s why Furyk will be Tiger’s rival for several more years now. In boxing, however, it’s why Floyd Mayweather Jr. will stomp Oscar De La Hoya.
Having recently signed up a mega fight that will occur in May 2007, the Mayweather-De La Hoya bout will be a perfect example of how age is different in boxing than in any other sport. De La Hoya goes into the fight with edges in experience, quality of opposition and weight. He’ll leave the fight bloody, battered and stopped.
Just four years younger, Mayweather has yet to truly have his defining fight in the eyes of the general public, though hardcore boxing fans will look at his demolition of Diego Corrales as the moment his star ascended. De La Hoya, however, to his credit has fought a “Who’s Who” roll call of fighters, including Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins, Fernando Vargas and Felix Trinidad.
That experience, along with blistering hand speed and uncanny boxing ability, is why Mayweather, 29, will obliterate De La Hoya, who will be 34 when the fight takes place. At 34 a pro golfer is enjoying his prime. For a boxer/businessman like De La Hoya, 34 means he is shot.
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One lucky right hand against a weak-chinned Michael Moorer has no effect on my point. A much better example than yours would be Bernard Hopkins, who had (and perhaps will have again) great success as an older fighter. In fact, wasn't that Oscar writhing on the ground after a body shot from Hopkins? All Oscar has done in the two years since that completely humiliating defeat is beat Ricardo Mayorga, who was nothing.
1) The tough fights Oscar has had make him an old 34.
2) Name another great fighter to get stopped by a body shot.
3) If you want to see a preview of the De La Hoya-Mayweather fight, just find a tape of the Sugar Ray Leonard - Terry Norris fight in 1991. Floyd's gonna go Norris on Oscar's ass, all night long.
1) Even IF de la hoya is getting on in years, What shows any indication that he's getting worse? He's looking as good as ever, and to suggest that he'll suddenly move like he's 10 years older when he steps in the ring VS mayweather is ubsurd.
2) I love how you completely fail to mention that the fight is going to take place at 154. This is Mayweathers first fight at this weight class, and here's a tip: He doesn't perform all that well at 147. How will he fare at 154?
3) Mayweather has never, ever, frought anyone as fast or as strong, OR as big as de la hoya. I think that should even things out a bit. Dont you?
4) Your a golf commentator? Weak sauce. Seriously, stick with golf.
I would like to remind you, that Oscar did get knocked up by a stronger, older, wiser, more experienced, and bigger fighter in Hopkins. And that is exactly my point, Mayweather, is going to looking like Oscar did against B-Hop. I think i must also say that I like mayweather as a fighter, but he no match for DLH, because hes letting the hype get to his head. He is not fighting a scrub, hes fighting a world class, proven champion, just like when Oscar fought B-Hop. Carlos Baldomir, and Arturo Gatti, will never be in the same class as DLH, and ok, he's past his prime, but what a prime! And the reason why DLH wanted this fight is because he knows that he's still going to able to get to Mayweather and not only hurt him but knock him out!
Toe to toe Floyd will not be able to handle Oscar's punching power, which will have him running as soon as he feels how hard DLH can hit.
Floyd will not be able to hurt Oscar. Huge advantage for DLH. It will allow Oscar to attack PBF fearlessly.
I hope PBF fans don't go betting their kids college funds on this fight. Come May 5th Floyd is going to be proven to be the biggest jackass in the country for all the crap he's been talking, especially on that HBO show.
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