I must admit i didn't see the big fight on Saturday but from what i read and what I was told by those who did, there were several key points that came about from what everyone across the board said was a very exciting and worthwhile event. My cousin ordered the fight but sadly i was unable to make it but I'll be going over the main event and the co main event when it hits Youtube in a day or so.
I call this "Haterade" edition because there are a lot of people hating on one of the featured fighters from last night. Now, you could blame the level of opposition, you could criticize the opponents for being old or past their best, but I still find it difficult to blame the young lion dispatching these former champions as a young lion should. Canelo destroyed Shane Mosley and who here expected anything short of a complete and utter dismantling of the former champ and future hall of famer? Canelo was younger, bigger, and hits harder than this version of Sugar Shane Mosley. And yet I still come across people who refuse to give the redhead wonder his just due. They bring up his opponents and sure he's running through boxing's version of the Gatesworth Retirement Community but still, the point is he's running through these old guys and he's getting starting to polish his technical flaws in every fight. I still think he's an unproven young fighter but there's no doubt his upside continues to increase because at 21 he's this good, if a 21 year old has flaws and is good already, imagine how good he'll be at 24 and 25. I would like to see him step up in competition for his next fight. He called out Mayweather and Pacquiao but i'm in the same camp as other fans who said he should fight Miguel Cotto next. Cotto acquitted himself well last night from what I read and he's far from being a far gone fighter which most boxing fans and experts suspected he was a spent force on severely borrowed time.
Canelo Wish List: Miguel Cotto or James Kirkland, Paul Williams
As for Shane Mosley well, what can you say at this point? He hasn't had a meaningful win since he thrashed Antonio Margarito two years ago at welterweight. Since then he's gotten outclassed by Floyd Mayweather in a fight that happened seven years too late, and most recently before last night we saw Sugar hop on his unicycle and peddle for dear life against Manny Pacquiao. Shane Mosley isn't a shot fighter, he's a blown to bits fighter, he's done beyond the definition of "done" and he needs to end this before he comes across a fighter willing to end it for him. He just can't hang with the young guys at 154 and where would he go at 147? Honestly when you're hanging around two of the most talented and toughest divisions (Junior Middleweight, Welterweight) in the sport and you can barely survive you need to rethink things; seriously. Shane's next stop hopefully is an office at Golden Boy Promotions and then to upstate New York in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Miguel Cotto turned back the boxing clock but for a few more fights on Saturday as he made out with a respectful defeat to a guy who simply cannot lose at this point in my opinion. "Thrashed", "Shot", "Slow", those were the words associated with Cotto during the build up to last night's main event. Fans and experts were convinced that while Cotto would be game, he would get carved up by Mayweather. Instead he utilized a game plan and managed to give Floyd some problems in route to his unanimous decision victory over the hall of fame bound Puerto Rican superstar.
Given that he wasn't beaten up or outclassed to any glaring degree, Cotto just might have some fuel left in the tank for at least three or four more big fights with maybe some titles on the line. There are some issues involving Vanes Martiroysan (I butchered his last name I know), the WBC, and Erislandy Lara in terms of who must face Canelo next, you also have the issue with James Kirkland and Canelo because Golden Boy would rather make that fight next for Alvarez, fans want it as well. But there are other options that are just as viable for Miguel if he can't land a WBC clash with Canelo Alvarez. Paul Williams, James Kirkland, and Sergio Martinez come to mind, and depending on how comfortable Cotto would be, the winner of the Victor Ortiz/Andre Berto rematch is also something to consider. I'm not sure if Miguel would move back down to 147 or if he's content to stay at 154 but who knows.
And really that's something to ask of Canelo as well. Would he consider vacating the WBC version of the 154lb title in order to move down a weight to fight Pacquiao or the winner of the Ortiz/Berto rematch.