Category Archives: Mayweather

Floyd says good-bye

By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Floyd Mayweather wins his 49th without a lost as he simply took Berto apart, not that this was not predicated.  The best one could hope for going into this match was for Mayweather to act his age and maybe Berto strike lightening but alas, it did not happen.

Mayweather simply boxed around Berto and at times, Berto seemed mesmerized by Mayweather who seemed to hit Berto whenever he wanted and Berto had enough trouble finding much to hit.  As for the fight itself, it was even more one sided as the one-sided scorecards 120-108, 118-110, 117-111.  I suspect that two of judges gave Berto rounds for simply showing up but it was hard to give any rounds to Berto other than out of sympathy.

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Mayweather unanimous decision over Berto, in final fight of career

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By David Martinez /

I didn’t actually watch the fight LIVE as did others, as I knew it would be a predictable cake walk decision win for Mayweather, and it was.  But – I did watch it delayed tape next day.

WBC / WBA  welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (49-0 / 26 by KO) easily outpointed Andre Berto (30-4 / 23 by KO) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

With his victory, at age 38, Mayweather tied the unbeaten 49-0 ring record of the great Rocky Marciano.

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Mayweather vs. Berto … and Other Thoughts

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By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America, and contributor since 2008

The upcoming Mayweather-Berto is one of those fights that would have been attractive years ago when Berto was undefeated and whose career was on the rise.  Now, Berto career as an elite championship caliber fighter has been on life support for years and he lost to two of Mayweather previous opponents; so there is little chance that he will win.    The Berto who beat Freddy Hernandez five years ago might have the potential of producing a competitive fight but today’s Berto is not capable of providing a competitive fight unless Mayweather fights like he is 59 as oppose to the 39 he is presently.

A better question is why did Mayweather chose Berto for his “last fight” and his opportunity for 49 straight victories without a defeat.  The answer is maybe, he wanted a chance to pick a fight that he could paint one more Picasso against a fighter who would come to him but not be a major threat to win.  It is interesting who he didn’t pick including Keith Thurman, Kell Brook, or Amir Khan among others and some pundits have written that maybe Mayweather should have taken on triple G’s for the Middleweight title.

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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao by a unanimous decision

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Floyd Mayweather did what no one expected, turn what was supposed to be the fight of the century into a sparring session.  His defensive wizardry was the key as he simply out maneuvered Manny Pacquiao.  Mayweather is one of the underestimated undefeated fighter as we pundits consistently find ways that this guy is supposed to lose and yet he simply uses his defensive wizardry and simply turn most fighters into putty in his hand.

From the first round Mayweather strategy became obvious; use his jab to establish real estate between him and the smaller Pacquiao while launching occasional right hand.  Rarely did Pacquiao ever trap Mayweather on the rope nor did he ever hurt Mayweather.  You can count on your hand the numbers of effective left hands that Pacquiao landed and Mayweather managed to nullify Pacquiao’s offense as he did to other past good fighters like Canelo Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao … “My early prediction”

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By David Martinez /

Last month on February 20, 2015 it was made official that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBA/WBC welterweight champion) and Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight champion) would “finally” meet in a boxing ring after years of talk and speculation.

I have always contended that this bout would happen because of the large amount of money it will generate for all. So now this huge match is set for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view.

This fight is the most anticipated in boxing since Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali, March 8, 1971. That fight was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and it certainly was when two undefeated champions met in their primes for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship.

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

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By David Martinez /

Last week it was officially announced that finally Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 2, 2015.

The two best boxers of their time, in our time today, will decide who is the best in the ring.

I have always contended that this fight would happen because of the huge amount of money it will generate for all.

The fight isn’t the most anticipated in my era of boxing , though ; Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971 was that.  Two undefeated champions at the pinnacle of their careers for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship of the world.

However, boxing will get a big fight with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.  The build up will take us back 44 years to what it was like for Frazier and Ali, and like that fight … this fight is good for boxing in this generation!

(click onto link below to view promo fight video)

Mayweather – Pacquiao … why they will fight $$$

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By Tom Donelson / Writer for since 2008

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Will he or won’t he? That is the question vexing boxing fans as they wonder if the fight that has been promised for the past five years will ever happen; Mayweather-Pacquiao.  Certainly there is one reason that fight happens: money. There was a time that Pacquiao could attract big PPV numbers but against Algieri and Rios, those numbers dropped below 500,000 and Mayweather big numbers came when he fought big names just as Canelo Alvarez but his last bouts were south of million so while he attracted bigger PPV numbers than the PAC Man, he has not match the big numbers that Showtime was hoping when they signed him to a six fight contract.

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Floyd Mayweather … what’s next?

MayweatherBy TOM DONELSON / Member Boxing Writers Assoc.

So what does Floyd Mayweather do now after his rematch win over Maidana?   The number one criteria for Mayweather will be which fighter can bring big PPV’s numbers since the name of the game is big PPV numbers.  Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 (September 13, 2014) had sales of 925,000 buys, which is a slight increase over their first fight and so far since Mayweather signed his six fight contract with Showtime; only one of his fight has gone over million, that being his fight with Canelo Alvarez which exceeded 2 million buys.   This was considered the highest PPV event of the year but there is a decline in PPV buys with both Mayweather and Pacquiao no longer consider automatic 1 million plus buys by themselves.

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Mayweather defeats Maidana to unify welterweight belts


By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association

Floyd Mayweather and Marco Maidana was the main event but on the undercard, there two big fights that would have significant effect on the future of the Welterweight and junior Welterweight division.    Two fighters, Adrien Broner and Amir Khan found themselves in bouts that could determine their future. Amir Khan bout with Luis Collazo would have a direct effect on Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes.   Khan thought he was going to be the main event but Maidana got the call instead.  If Khan wins, he is on his way to a big fight with Mayweather. Lose and it could be Collazo who will be picked.  As for Khan, a loss would set back his career.

RECAP – Last Week’s Showtime Card and Mayweather vs. Maidana Thoughts



By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association and has contributed “dmboxing” since 2008


Keith Thurman last Saturday night victory showed constant growth as he used all his arsenal against Julio Diaz.  The first round showed the mismatch quickly as Thurman showed he was more than ready for the grizzly veteran Diaz as he simply hit Diaz at will. The second round saw Thurman throw punches from different angles as Diaz had no answer defensively.  One combinations forced Diaz to his knee and it was a matter of time. The only drama was when the end was coming. 


In the third round, Diaz managed to land the his only real meaningful punch of the night as he nailed Thurman with a left hook but a Thurman right to the body hurt Diaz’s rib.  Diaz went back to his corner and he was barely able to breathe; leading his corner to stop the fight.  Thurman showed defensive nuance and able to avoid many of Diaz’s haymakers and he showed quick hands to go with the power.


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