De la Hoya on Bradley, the Khan express, Pacquiao, Mayweather’s superiority and unleashing Canelo

14 Nov

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Modern boxing great Oscar de la Hoya reflected on the weekend’s fisticuffs and concluded that Manny Pacquiao‘s struggle to establish an attacking authority over the accurate snap of Juan Manuel Marquez‘s counter-punching tactic shows that undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr is still “superior“. The Golden Boy Promotions founder also looked to the future, and promised to unleash Saul Alvarez on the super welterweight elite in 2012…

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Mayweather returned in September, Oscar expects more domination. Credit: Stacey Verbeek

In a pulsating undercard bout on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, unbeaten power puncher Mike Alvarado (32-0-0, 23ko) was matched with Colombian jabber Breidis Prescott (24-4-0, 19ko).

For the vast majority of the bout, Prescott had boxed his way to great success and a considerable lead, however, he succumbed to a late stoppage defeat – the first time he suffered a technical knockout loss in his career – and de la Hoya wants to pit the big hitting victor with one of his own from the Golden Boy stable.

“Mike Alvarado… ‘knock knock’ who’s there? MAIDANA!”

In the next contest on the Vegas card, recent Top Rank Boxing acquisition Timothy Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) returned to the ring following a ten month hiatus and took on veteran southpaw Joel Casamayor (38-6-1, 22ko). Despite securing his first teekayo since 2007 when he overcame Nasser Athumani in just five rounds, de la Hoya described his performance versus Casa as a “stinker”.

He added: “Bradley should fight Lucas Matthysse or Marcos Maidana,” before explaining that the chances of a lucrative showdown with WBA/IBF unified super lightweight champion Amir Khan is unlikely as: “The ‘Khan Express’ already left the Bradley station. [There are] bigger and better things if he gets past [Lamont Peterson] on December 10, on HBO.”

The main event saw the third installment in the well-documented and highly-debated Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez omnibus. In 2004 and 2008, the Filipino and Mexican played their part in a brace of entertaining and competitive fights and their 2011 duel was no different, however, many observers (including On The Beak in the fight report here), deemed Marquez’s work to have negated Pacquiao’s aggressiveness in the majority of rounds.

De la Hoya, who retired on his stool in a 2008 shocker with Manny, compared Pacquiao’s third performance against Marquez with Mayweather Jr’s one-sided display versus the same fighter, in 2009.

“Pacquiao cannot compete with a counter puncher like Marquez,” noted the Golden Boy. “Juan has the patience to wait and capitalise on mistakes… I think this shows how superior Mayweather is.”

De la Hoya concluded by remarking on Saul Alvarez, the apparent incumbent to the Golden Boy moniker as, like Oscar, Alvarez’s good looks and stylish technique have ensured his popularity has transcended the genders. The 21-year-old, dubbed Canelo, is an active fighter and gets into the ring for the fourth time in 2011 on November 26 as he makes the third defence of his WBC super welterweight world title when he takes on Kermit Cintron.

The development of Alvarez (38-0-1, 28ko) has attracted criticism as his detractors feel that he has been matched too lightly in his championship fights (he won the vacant WBC strap in a match with Matthew Hatton, before making defences against Ryan Rhodes and Alfonso Gomez).

His promoter, de la Hoya, though, has indicated that, should he pass the imminent Cintron examination, then he will be pushed toward the elite next year, including, if negotiations prove positive, an all Mexican showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at a 157lb catchweight.

“Canelo versus Cintron is going to be very interesting because this fight will show me if he’s ready for anybody,” said de la Hoya. “He will fight them all. It’s very impressive that Canelo will fight on a regular basis [but] I am nervous about Cintron. If Canelo wins then next year I will unleash him.”

He concluded by saying: “I am willing to make any fight with any of the Golden Boy fighters. We believe in keeping the fans satisfied. Golden Boy is willing and ready to work with any promoter to make the fights that the fans want to see!”

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2 Responses to “De la Hoya on Bradley, the Khan express, Pacquiao, Mayweather’s superiority and unleashing Canelo”


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