By: Marcus Washington
On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. announced his retirement after a dominant victory over Andre Berto. Floyd showed us the same brilliance he’s shown over the last 20 years, as he continued to personify what the “sweet science” is all about.
Unfortunately, not everyone has appreciated Floyd’s brilliance over his career. Oscar De La Hoya, a constant Mayweather, Jr. antagonist, took to Twitter in what can only be described as a jealous rage, right after the fight was over.
The problem with De La Hoya, and a lot of Mayweather critics, is the out-and-out revising of history. If you look at Mayweather’s resume, it puts De La Hoya’s career to shame. Mayweather has victories over undefeated and hard punching Diego Corrales, two against Jose Luis Castillo, Oscar Dela Hoya (at 154), Ricky Hatton, Canelo Alvarez, Shane Mosely, Miguel Cotto (at 154), Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. Wins over those opponents is what solidifies Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the best boxer of this generation, not an undefeated record. He beat them in every way imaginable. He stopped both Corrales and Hatton. He completely embarrassed Canelo Alvarez. He dominated the second half of the De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.
For all De La Hoya’s bluster, his resume isn’t nearly as impressive. His biggest victories are against an aging Julio Cesar Chavez, a washed up Hector Camacho, Pernell Whitaker and Ike Quartey. De La Hoya lost every big fight he fought. He lost to Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosely (twice), Bernard Hopkins (stopped on a body punch), Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (quit on his stool). De La Hoya was 3-4 in his last 7 fights and that includes the gift he was given against Felix Sturm, a fight most thought he lost.
De La Hoya has been a very successful businessman, but the presence of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. isn’t going away. Mayweather, Jr.’s relationship with Al Haymon will ensure that he’ll still be a thorn in De La Hoya’s side for years to come.
So, when we look back on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Oscar Dela Hoya, it is clear whose era needed to end, and it wasn’t the guy who’s “0” didn’t go.