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The W - Sports that aren't Baseball, Football, Basketball, or Hockey - Finally! The De La Hoya-Mayweather bout is official
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    Originally posted by Dan Rafael, ESPN
    It will be the "Golden Boy" vs. the "Pretty Boy" in the biggest fight that can be made in boxing.

    The "Golden Boy," Oscar De La Hoya, will defend his junior middleweight championship May 5, 2007, on HBO PPV against welterweight champ and pound-for-pound king "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather Jr., De La Hoya told ESPN.com Monday night.

    "Done deal, baby! Done deal," an excited De La Hoya said. "I wanted it. How could I not be excited? I took this fight because, like always, I always want to take on the best, and Floyd is considered the best in the world. Here we go again.

    The site, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, will be either the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where De La Hoya has fought four fights in a row and six of his last eight, or the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he headlined the first card in arena history.

The big question (addressed later in the article) is "Will Floyd Mayweather Sr. stay on as De La Hoya's trainer to help Oscar beat up his son?". The bigger question (at least in my mind) is "Will it matter?". Mayweather Jr. is universally regarded as the current "pound-for-pound" champion, and De La Hoya, who has lost twice to "Sugar" Shane Mosley, may simply be outclassed, regardless of who trains him.

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I'll take Floyd, of course, but I think Oscar will have something for him. Even though De La Hoya lost to Mosley twice they were both close fights (I actually thought Oscar won the rematch). Oscar is obviously a higher class of fighter than Baldomir and Gatti, and they will both be jacked for this fight.

A motivated Oscar is one of the top fighers in the world. Floyd will be moving up AGAIN to 154. It's going to be awesome.



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Ignorant question since I'm only a passive fan of the sport - does Mayweather going up in weight class and getting a shot at the Junior Middleweight Title mean that he has to forfeit the Welterweight Title, or would he only have to do that if he beats De La Hoya?



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Technically, he doesn't HAVE to forfeit the belt, and I don't think Ring would strip him of the only title that matters (their title) until he committed to a division, but theoretically he could bounce back-and-forth from one division to the other. The problem, of course, is that the title belts have madatory defenses that come with them, so when the guys can't or don't make those, that's when they get stripped.

They would be fighting for Oscar's belt at 154, but he's not the Ring champion, as that belt was vacated by Winky Wright when he moved up to middleweight. I suppose they could make Floyd-Oscar for the 154 world title.



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Floyd gave up a lot in the negotiations. First, it's at 154. That's Oscar's comfortable weight, while Floyd's only 3 fights into 147, and I don't think has ever actually weighed in above 146. Most of the predictions were that it was going to be fought at a catchweight of 150 or 151. Eventually, it's going to be too much weight for Floyd. Fighting against a motivated De la Hoya at a new weight where you're only a couple years removed from 140 is a heck of an adjustment.

Second, it seems like Oscar got the lions share of the money. Seconds Out is saying it's going to be 25 mil to 10 mil. Considering Mayweather made 8 mil against Baldomir, that seems like he's giving away a lot.





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