Former WBC light-middleweight champion Oscar De La Hoya had a lot of success during his days as a professional boxer, winning titles in multiple divisions and earning larger purses than any of his counterparts back then.
Oscar’s smooth transition to the promotional side of things has been just as impressive, with his Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) organized bout against Floyd Mayweather still holding on to the record for the largest pay-per-view numbers for a non-heavyweight bout in boxing history.
GBP’s prized fighter, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs), will be the second half of what many consider to be the biggest boxing match since then when he squares up against Mayweather (44-0-0, 26 KOs) on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mayweather vs. De La Hoya — primarily the build-up on the then-newly launched HBO’s 24/7 series — propelled Floyd to superstar status, thanks to his amusing/annoying bravado (depending on your sense of humor), consistently clowning Oscar — and even his pets, giving boxing fans the type of colorful entertainment that turned Muhammad Ali into a household name all over the world.
Of course, Mayweather’s antics won’t have meant much if he didn’t emerge victorious, which he did via split decision.
The split decision came as a bit of a surprise, since Floyd clearly controlled a majority of the rounds, elegantly evading a vast majority of Oscar’s attacks while landing crisp counters.
However, Oscar and a few others saw things differently, and “The Golden Boy” still feels he should have been declared the victor that night.
“Mayweather got the decision, but I feel that I beat him,” De La Hoya recently stated while giving Canelo pointers for his upcoming showdown against Floyd.
While awful scoring has been a consistent problem in boxing over the years, the only judge working the Mayweather vs. De La Hoya bout who turned in a questionable scorecard was Tom Kaczmarek — who scored the bout 115-113 in Oscar’s favor.
De La Hoya could have probably made it a much closer fight if he was focused throughout the bout. He had some success with his jab, which he scarcely used, but Oscar spent most of his time trying to game the judges, settling for wild barrages of punches — most of which missed their target — while the primarily anti-Mayweather crowd cheered on, oblivious to the fact Oscar’s aggression was rather ineffective.
An incompetent judge could have easily been fooled by such tactics, but judges Chuck Giampa and Jerry Roth weren’t, rightly scoring the fight 116-112 and 115-113, respectively, in Mayweather’s favor.
Oscar De La Hoya wasn’t given a raw deal by the judges when he faced Mayweather in 2007; he gave Floyd the victory when he decided to stop boxing intelligently, instead, relying on the crowd’s cheers to sway the judges his way.