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Last night on Showtime Boxing, Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO’s) picked up his 50th victory, surpassing Rocky Marciano (49-0) and rhode off into the sunset for the last time.  Mayweather knocked out Conor McGregor (0-1, 0 KO’s) in the 10th round.  McGregor looked foolish in the ring from the very beginning, but managed to win the first 3 rounds simply because Mayweather was not throwing any punches.  In the 4th round, Mayweather finally let his hands go, and it was demolition of the MMA superstar.  Floyd was picking McGregor off with timely counters over and over again.

By the 7th round, McGregor looked totally gassed like he was going to collapse at any moment.  The 10th round would mark the end for Conor McGregor, who could barley stand on his feet at that point, as Floyd pinned him into the corner and started throwing combinations.  Mayweather landed a huge right hand followed by a left hook and a series of jabs.  At that point, McGregor really had nothing left in the tank.  He dropped his hands and took the shots.  Without throwing any punches back, and absorbing too much punishment, the referee stopped the fight, and Mayweather cruised to victory.

On the under card, Andrew Tabiti (15-0, 12 KO’s) defeated Steve Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KO’s) in their Cruiserweight bout by a 10 round unanimous decision.  Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KO’s) went at it with Fransisco Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KO’s) and disposed of him with a very questionable TKO victory in the 8th round.  Davis hit Fonseca in the back of the head, and the referee deemed it a clean hit and a TKO for Davis.  Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KO’s) was spectacular in his 5th round TKO victory against Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KO’s).  In his first bout at Light Heavyweight, he bloodied the naturally bigger Cleverly, and took the WBA Light Heavyweight title home in a very impressive victory.

Back to the topic of Mayweather VS McGregor, this analysis will be very opinionated.  The fight was a joke, plane and simple.  I have never seen Floyd not punch at all, even though he usually tends to be a slow starter.  The whole thing just seemed scripted on Floyd’s part, even thought Conor McGregor was most likely not aware of it.  It pains me to say this, being a huge TMT and Mayweather fan, but I almost wish this fight didn’t happen.  Was telling my friends form the beginning, even before fight night, Floyd is going to try to make this a show and let McGregor fight, and then when he decided it was necessary, he would take him out.  People were praising McGregor for fighting a brilliant start to the fight.  He actually did not.  He looked awkward and unsure of himself.  The reason he “looked great” in the first 3 rounds is because Floyd wasn’t fighting.  McGregor is not an experienced boxer, and if Floyd fought rounds 1-3 the way he fought 8-10, he would have taken McGregor out in the first round or two.  But then that wouldn’t have been a show!  Once Mayweather decided that it was time to fight, he was landing at will.  If he decided to not let Conor have a chance at all, and fought the first half of the fight, the show would have been over early, but at least it would have been real!!!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

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-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Floyd Mayweather  —  $100,000,000

VS

Connor McGregor  —  $30,000,000

 

Nathan Cleverly  —  $100,000

VS

Badou Jack  —  $750,000

 

Gervonta Davis  —  $600,000

VS

Fransisco Fonseca  —  $35,000

 

Andrew Tabiti  —  $100,000

VS

Steve Cunningham  —  $100,000

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

1.  Andre Ward                        32 – 0 – 0 (16 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A.

2.  Gennady Golovkin               37 – 0 – 0 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

3.  Roman Gonzalez                  46 – 1 – 0 (38 KO’s)               Junior Bantamweight             Nicaragua

4.  Terence Crawford                31 – 0 – 0 (22 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

5.  Vasyl Lomachenko               8 – 1 – 0 (6 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

6.  Saul Alvarez                        49 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)               Middleweight                        Mexico

7.  Sergey Kovalev                   30 – 2 – 1 (26 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                Russia

8.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 -0 -0 (11 KO’s)                  Junior Featherweight             Cuba

9.  Naoya Inoue                      13 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Mikey Garcia                      36 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

Andre Berto was not the most popular choice of opponent for Floyd Mayweathers’ “last” fight, but he was the WBA #1 contender, so it made sense.  He is also the interim WBA Champion.  With that being said, Mayweather made Berto look like and amateur fighter.  All three judges had Mayweather winning the fight by a landslide.  Judge Adalade Bird scored it 120-108 (Mayweather), judge Dave Maretti scored it 117-111 (Mayweather), and judge Steve Weisfeld scored it 118-110 (Mayweather).  I was paying extra close attention to this fight, being a huge Mayweather fan, and scored it 119-109, giving Berto only the 7th round.  Berto looked really nervous and could not get it going.  When he did, Mayweather showed us something we have forgotten.  He still can fight on the inside, and he still can brawl.  In fact, he almost was able to KO Berto in round 12.

This was Mayweathers most brilliant performance in recent years, even though some might criticize his opponent (Berto).  Mayweather looked faster and sharper then he did in his last fight, and looked just as brilliant as he did in the Canelo Alvarez fight.  Canelo in my opinion also only won 1 round (maybe 2), and Mayweather was brilliant against him.  Mayweather is now 49-0 (26 KO’s), and has tied Rocky Marcianos’ record.  After the fight, Mayweather said he’s done.  I do not believe this, because I think he was sending a subliminal message when he said, “records are made to be broken.”  I think Mayweather will fight again to become 50-0, and then and only then, can he claim to be TBE (the best ever).

Salido Gets Robbed

Who should be the WBO Junior Lightweight Champion?  Not Rocky Martinez, thats for sure.  Orlando Salido beat up Martinez over 12 rounds, and was absolutely robbed via decision.  Only 1 judge got it right, and that was Burt Clements (115-113) for Salido.  Glen Feldman scored it 114-114, and Ptrick Gormay scored it 115-113 for Martinez.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Salido, which was very accurate in my opinion.  I gave Salido rounds 1, 2, 5-8, and 12.  Marinez won 3,4,10, and 11 in my opinion.  This fight was an absolute war, just like their first fight, and the wrong man walked away with the title.

Jack VS Groves

George Groves was making his third attempt at a world title.  Would the third time be the charm?  No it would not!  After being knocked down in the first, Groves dug a hole for himself, but would bounce back nicely.  He fought like a champion, but would ultimately come up short.  he was out boxed by fellow Money Team fighter Badou Jack “The Ripper”.  Jack looked great in his first title defense, and they say you are not a true champ until u defend successfully.

Gonzalez VS Oquendo

Another chapter in the Puerto Rico VS Mexico rivalry is in the books.  Jonathan Oquendo defeated Jhonny Gonzalez via majority decision.  The final tallies were 94-94, 98-90, and 95-93 in favor of Oquendo.  This was a very interesting fight, as it was a chess match in the beginning.  Very strategic and careful were both fighters, as neither could afford to lose.  Unfortunately for Gonzalez, Oquendo was the better man on Saturday night.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Mayweather:  $32 million

Berto:  $4 million

Roman Martinez:  $300,000

Orland Salido:  $150,000

Badou Jack:  $500,000

George Groves:  $500,000

Jhonny Gonzalez:  $50,000

Jonathan Oquendo:  $50,000

Vanes Martirosyan:  $150,000

Ishe Smith:  $150,000

This Saturday, live on Showtime PPV at 8PM eastern time, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s), takes on Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s).  The fight will be for Mayweathers WBAsuper, WBC, and TheRing World Welterweight titles, and is scheduled for 12 rounds.  The co-feature will a WBC Super Middleweight Championsip fight where George Groves (21-2, 15 KO’s) takes on champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KO’s).  Also on the card, Orlando Salido (42-13-2, 29 KO’s) takes on Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KO’s) for the WBO Super Featherweight title, and Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KO’s) takes on Ishe Smith (27-7, 12 KO’s) in a Super Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER

-Record:  48 – 0 – 0, 26 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pounds).  Also rated at:

  • Junior Lightweight
  • Lightweight
  • Junior Welterweight
  • Junior Middleweight.

-Height:  5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

-Reach:  72″

-Born:  2/24/77 (age 38)

-Notable Fights:

  • Jose Luis Castillo  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/20/02.  (Won WBC & TheRing Lightweight Titles)
  • Zab Judah  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/8/06.  (Won IBF & IBO Welterweight Titles)
  • Oscar De La Hoya  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 5/5/07.  (Won WBC Junior Middleweight Title)
  • Saul Alvarez  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Middleweight Titles)
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/2/15.  (Won WBO Welterweight Title)

Mayweather has given us what we wanted with Cotto, Guererro, Alvarez, and Maidana.  Now its time for him to choose his opponent.  He chose Andre Berto, even though the more popular choice would have been Kell Brook or Gennady Golovkin.  Mayweather is looking to tie Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0 with a victory here.  He says he’s done after this, but 50-0 is very appealing, so it remains to be seen what happens.

ANDRE BERTO

-Record:  30 – 3 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 6″ (1.80 m)

-Reach:  70.5″

-Born:  9/7/83 (age 32)

-Notable Fights:

  • Miguel Angel Rodriguez  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 6/21/08.  (Won vacant WBC Welterweight Title)
  • Jan Zaveck  —  Win, TKO 5th round (12), 9/3/11.  (Won IBF Welterweight Title)
  • Robert Guererro  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/24/12.

Andre Berto is the current interim WBA Welterweight champion, which makes him a justifiable opponent for Floyd mayweather. He gets the biggest opportunity and biggest payday of his life.  Berto is coming off of a knockout victory over Josesito Lopez.

Predictions:

Vanes Martirosyan  —  def  —  Ishe Smith  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Roman Martinez  —  def  —  Orlando Salido  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

George Groves  —  def  —  Badou Jack  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Floyd Mayweather  —  def  —  Andre Berto  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE