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I really can not remember ever rooting for Oscar De La Hoya to win a fight. He was the Olympic " Golden Boy " who was turning professional and was going to become the next Sugar Ray Leonard. The hype, the ever present smug smile were just too much for me to take. Things just seemed to come too easily for Oscar. Yes he rang up his winning streak and even captured the WBO junior lightweight title in 1994. Four months later he stopped Jorge Paez to win the WBO lightweight title. He beat the stuffing out of Lorain, Ohio's Carl " Stuff " Griffith but by 1995 Oscar had yet to meet a serious challenge.

Finally the quality of Oscar's opposition improved. He beat John John Molina, Genaro Hernandez, Rafael Ruelas and Jesse James Leija. In 1996 he halted Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez in a bloody affair to win the WBC junior welterweight title. Ten months later he met soon to be Hall Of Famer Pernell Whitaker for the WBC welterweight title. Although the scores were 115-111 and 116-110 ( twice ) for Oscar, a lot of people thought Whitaker had done enough to keep his title.

The Golden Express kept moving along. There were wins over Hector Camacho, Chavez in a rematch, Ike Quartey and Oba Carr. Then in 1999 came his showdown with Puerto Rican hero Felix " Tito " Trinidad. I wanted Tito to win this fight so badly. Trinidad was a tremendous puncher and I wanted him to wipe that golden smile from Oscar's face. On this night though Oscar fought the fight of his life and he boxed Felix silly for eight rounds. Finally Trinidad started to come on. Oscar even danced the last few rounds away feeling he had a comfortable lead but in the end Tito got the verdict but I still feel Oscar got robbed.

In 2000 I thought Oscar suffered his first legitimate loss when he was outpointed by former lightweight titleholder " Sugar " Shane Mosley. In 2001 Oscar captured a title in his fifth weight class out scoring Javier Castillejo for the WBC light middleweight title. Then came his 2002 super fight with arch enemy Fernando Vargas. Talk about bad blood. This was a grudge match for the ages. I was wrong in the opening statement of this article. There was a time I rooted for Oscar and that was the night he battled Vargas. Fernando was brash and showed Oscar no respect. De La Hoya gave Vargas a sound thrashing that evening. Two fights later Oscar again lost to his nemesis Shane Mosley. This one was much closer then their first bout and I actually felt Oscar did enough to earn the decision. So up to this point, in my eyes Oscar had suffered only one un-disputable loss.

Sometimes you reach for something that is just a little to high and you over extend yourself and fall. That is just what happened when Oscar attempted to take Bernard Hopkin's middleweight belt. Bernard halted Oscar in the ninth round. Nearly two years later Oscar challenged Ricardo Mayorga for the WBC light middleweight crown and gives Mayorga a well deserved drubbing. Now a year later Oscar will put that title on the line as he faces undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Why am I rooting for Oscar now ? Well by looking back at his career I've been able to put things into perspective. Oscar was not some well promoted and spoon fed pretty boy. He fought the best of his era and ducked no one. The names on his record read like a who 's who of the best boxers from 135 to 160 pounds. Ruelas, Molina, Genaro Hernandez, Leija, Chavez, Whitaker, Camacho, Quartey, Oba Carr, Trinidad, Mosley, Vargas and Hopkins. Now that is impressive. Respect ? In my book he's earned it and then some.

Will Oscar's strength, punching power and better overall opposition be enough to over come the challenge of Mayweather ? Oscar looked great in stopping Mayorga but there are many who feel that Mayorga has always been a bit over rated and he was the perfect " name " foe for Oscar's return. De La Hoya is now thirty four years old. Since September of 2003 Oscar has had only four fights and has lost two of them. It may very well have been three as he barely got by Germany's Felix Sturm. By bringing in Freddie Roach to train him for this fight I believe Oscar made a very wise decision. Freddie's one of the best trainers in the business today. Still with Roach in his corner or even the ghost of Ray Arcel giving him advice it is obvious that the deck is stacked against Oscar. Mayweather is one of the most naturally gifted boxers I've seen since Sugar Ray Leonard and Roy Jones Jr. He has terrific hand speed and he has a great defense BUT...Does he have the power to get De La Hoya's attention or the chin to withstand Oscar's booming left hook ?

All questions will be answered on May 5th. I say Floyd fights smartly especially in the early going and establishes his speed. He's in, he's out. No foolish exchanges. By the middle rounds Floyd is so dominant that he might go for the knockout. I doubt if he'll get it because Oscar has a good chin. In the end I see Floyd winning a conclusive decision. Still I'll be rooting for Oscar.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Oscar fight most of those big names AFTER Trinidad beat them? I think so.
 

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manosdepiedra said:
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All questions will be answered on May 5th. I say Floyd fights smartly especially in the early going and establishes his speed. He's in, he's out. No foolish exchanges. By the middle rounds Floyd is so dominant that he might go for the knockout. I doubt if he'll get it because Oscar has a good chin. In the end I see Floyd winning a conclusive decision. Still I'll be rooting for Oscar.
Well said. No foolish exchanges! Just pop pop and then whif whif whif. Fight ends and PBF has maybe two scratches :cheeky4:
 

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who cares when he fought them. he still beat them. And he beat tito no matter what the judges say. every1 that knows boxing knows who won that night. some of the guys floyd fought dlh beat before he did so what does that say? dlh's and floyd's opposition dont even compare. floyd is what 29, 30 and just barely stepping up to the plate after 4+ yrs of fighting low caliber fighters? manosdepierda, i agree with you. dlh did fight the best out there. i dont care who fought all those guys before him, they were still the best out there. i believe he did duck one person, winky wright! but every1 was ducking him at the time! I bet 5 yrs from now people wont say floyd didnt fight the best that was out there and cherry picked some of his championships!!!!
 

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daveDaboxingfan said:
Yes Oscar beat them after Tito
And that means allot.
Once a book is written all the next fighter has to-do is read it.
Ask lenox's trainer he said "Oscar is fighting just like Felix did when Felix fought him" (him = mayorga)

It doesnt take genius to figure out how to beat mayorga. any good counter puncher is going to give him trouble as long as they dont try to brawl which forest was guilty of.
 

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PrettyBoyFloyd said:
Well said. No foolish exchanges! Just pop pop and then whif whif whif. Fight ends and PBF has maybe two scratches :cheeky4:
This is a joke right??? PBF will be beaten up in this fight. You will see swelling and blood comming from his face. Oscar is going to ko Floyd.
 

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I wasn't talking about the fight with Oscar. I was referring to the past. But there's no way Floyd will get KO'd.
 

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Oh ok. But yea Floyd will be koed by Oscar.
 

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we'll see Oscar is to big too strong and too skilled.
 

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winkys the best defensive fighter in the sport.
 

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tommygunn said:
winkys the best defensive fighter in the sport.
2nd best. Floyd is the best by far at not getting hit. Don't we already have enough Mayweather vs. DLH threads which all get off topic? I say we just use one thread per topic.
 

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PrettyBoyFloyd said:
2nd best. Floyd is the best by far at not getting hit. Don't we already have enough Mayweather vs. DLH threads which all get off topic? I say we just use one thread per topic.
winkys by far the best fighter defensivly.

wait till floyd and SSM fight i bet floyd gets hit more in that fight than winky did in his 2 fights with shane, if winky had pop and was more agressive he could have been one of the GOAT.
 

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How many weight classes has winky moved up? How many has Floyd? Right. If Floyd was at 130 he would destroy everyone at that weight and wouldn't get touched. I'm pretty sure winky's face looked a lot like Gatti's (after mayweather) after winky fought Taylor
 

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It is obvious that you haven't watched nearly as many of FLoyd's fight as the one's who understand his greatness have. I have seen them all. Floyd, winky, and b-hop are the only 3 fighters in which I have seen all of their fights.
 

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i watch all the fights bar none!!

winkys face looked like it did because he knew if he wanted to be a better PPV draw he he would have to start to man up more instead of just winning fights of his "D", he was also fighting a bigger stronger guy.

winky will be a lightheavy for his next fight well 170 (as good as) so that will be 154, 160, and 168 he moved past. 4th weight.

i wont even debate who has the best "D" now because its silly, winky has clearly got the best "D" when floyds speed declines he will get hit all the time much like rjj winky has the style and could fight without getting hit till he's 60 floyd has 2 years before the speed starts to slow down.
 
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