Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Man Who Beat Floyd Mayweather

While I may not be as big a boxing fan I used to be, I still follow it to the extent that I can tell you two important things. a) Jose Luis Castillo is one of the finest boxers of his generation (yeah, he's stuck around a little too long but they all do) and b) the dude walloped Floyd Mayweather in their first encounter back in 2002. I make this claim in that not only was Castillo the aggressor throughout the fight, he landed (per Compubox) 107 more power punches (173 to 66) and even connected with a higher percentage (40% to 35%) than Floyd did. Of course, the biggest indicator that this was a shitty decision (yes, Mayweather was awarded the decision) was probably the fact that the Las Vegas (Floyd Mayweather's home town) crowd even booed the thing. Now that is bad.


Rational Nation USA said...

I remember Floyd Paterson - Sonny Liston. Stopped following the fight game when it became all glitzy BS. I did enjoy the golden glove matches and the Ali, Frazier, Formen fights. Oh yeah, Sugar Ray Leonard too. Haven't seen a fight in over 15 years.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

The second Pacquiao-Marquez fight (when both were in their prime, 6-7 years ago) was an absolute classic but I agree that the golden age of the '60s and '70s was better overall.