Thoughts on……”The One”

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By Mateo Banegas

Don’t worry, I am not going to tell you that the Blood Money Team told you so, but I am going to use a few lines to share some thoughts from last night.

First – Definitely not The One:

Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina. As a good friend of mine, who is a HUGE boxing fanatic, once told me – boxing is like sex, any is good. What does this have to do with anything, you ask? Well, the IBF super-welterweight championship bout between Smith and Molina was a perfect example of this expression. While it may not have been an action-packed fight, fans were able to see professional boxing between two of the 2nd-tier boxers in the welterweight division, even though it was for a belt. Congratulations to Molina for capturing the IBF title. But I don’t see Molina holding on to this belt for long. Especially, if his next bout comes against any of the fighters who should be in the running for that belt and happen to be in the top-tier of the middleweight division, like Trout, Lara or Alvarez.

Second – Soon, may be The One:

Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse: All I can say is that Danny Garcia was impressive last night. Garcia not only confirmed his technical soundness, he also showed the world his patience, ability to move effectively and ring intelligence. Neither Garcia nor Matthysse fought in their typical aggressive style, but a lot of this has to do with Garcia. He eliminated Matthysse’s biggest threat, punching power, by using the ring to his advantage. By doing this Garcia was able to exploit Matthysse’s defense, landing powerful shots, including several of his famous left hooks. Garcia’s left hook ended up being the defining punch of the fight, turning Matthysse into a one-eyed boxer who couldn’t see Garcia’s dangerous lefts coming in for the landing. Regardless, no one can deny Matthysse is a warrior and, had his eye not closed, it would have been a completely different fight. But, in the end, Garcia fought like a true champ and showed why he is a force to be reckoned with in the junior welterweight division.

Last – Why he is “The One” 

Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez: There is not much that needs to be said about this fight. Money May did what he does best, display defensive superiority and calculated offense, while showing everyone why Canelo just isn’t ready to take his throne yet. Don’t get me wrong. Canelo had some moments of light – backing Mayweather against the ropes, landing some good right hand shots and quick combos.  But most of his shots either missed Floyd or hit his gloves. Mayweather, on the other hand, was able to pick Canelo apart, landing punches at will against the outmatched Alvarez. Even though we are all aware of Mayweather’s talent, he never ceases to amaze as he picks apart every opponent who steps up. In the end, while the pound-for-pound king remains on his thrown, us fans welcome the next worthy combatant, excited to see if Mayweather will ever be dethroned.

U Can’t be Serious: Garcia vs Matthysse in September!

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By Rudy Mondragon

Historically, September has been a highly sought out month for boxing. Specifically, the weekend of or leading into September 16th as it marks the day that many Latina/o American countries celebrate their independence from colonial forces. Boxing promoters exploit this date, sell a high number of Coronas and margaritas and it makes for a huge pay day.

Come September 14, 2013 boxing fans will have a real treat as their main event feature will be Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) versus Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs). As fight fans, we love it. What we love more is when an undercard fight will also carry some serious weight. This is the case with the recently announced undercard fight between Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) and Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs).

With the power that both fighters have, its hard to say that this fight will not end in dramatic fashion (via KO or TKO). With Matthysse clearing out his last few opponents via KOs, many felt that Garcia was avoiding the powerful Argentinian fighter. However, according to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, it was Danny Garcia who in fact requested the fight.

Many are underestimating the power of Danny Garcia in comparison to the power that Matthysse brings. It is valid to say that about Danny given how he struggled in the late rounds against Zab Judah in his last outing. Zab made Garcia look like a rookie in the later rounds as Zab’s experience and ring wisdom helped him make that a more competitive fight. What Matthysse brings is high pressure, a good chin and power. If Danny was a better boxer with speed, i would give him the advantage in this fight. However, Danny has shown to be flat footed at times, throwing really round punches, leaving him wide open for straight shots. Advantage in my opinion will go to Matthysse in this one.

Although the Mayweather and Canelo fight seems to be the big draw for September 14th, it is the Garcia and Matthysse fight that really makes this card complete. Mayweather will most likely box all night and collect points. His best offense will be his defense and countering Canelo. Unless Canelo can catch Mayweather, I can see this fight being limited in action, but a great demonstration of boxing IQ and skill. For boxing purists, this will be a good one to watch. For those who like brawls and nonstop action, Garcia and Matthysse will deliver for you.