How in the name of fuck does it make sense for Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya to fight again? Their first match was generally accepted to be a cautious and unexciting turd that highlighted why average people finds boxing boring. While people much smarter than I in the field of boxing may have been able to appreciate the strategy behind the first fight, they’ll also be the same people who’ll tell you a second bout would most likely end exactly the same.
For me, the big upset is that De La Hoya is squandering one of his last fights, if not his last. I understand why HE specifically wants the rematch … he thinks he can beat Mayweather, and what better way to go out than avenging that loss? This I suppose is the problem with the fighters being the promoters … there’s no one out there to put a collar on them and make them fight who they should fight.
There was early speculation that a Hatton / De La Hoya fight was in the works, but Hatton’s loss to Mayweather was probably just too decisive to make it really sell. Plus I don’t think Hatton wants to fight higher than light welterweight any more – every time he fights up in weight he has a hard time of things. Past that, who does Oscar have to choose from? Cotto? That’s the fight people want to see, and that’s the big money fight right there. There was even some early talk about it, but it’s a bad choice for De La Hoya because the odds are Cotto would win.
Again, it’s too bad these guys get to run the show, because it certainly robs boxing fans of the opportunity to see the fights that should really happen.