De La Hoya: Floyd ripe for picking

May, 3, 2012
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LAS VEGAS -- Oscar De La Hoya, the former 10-time titleholder in six weight classes, lost his junior middleweight title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2007 in a fight that smashed all box office records for a fight, including selling nearly 2.5 million pay-per-views.

De La Hoya had success against Mayweather in the first half of the fight with his strong left jab. But he eventually got tired, the jab disappeared and Mayweather won a split decision (even though most observers believed he had clearly won the competitive fight).

Now it's five years later and Mayweather is five years older, yet he remains undefeated, at 42-0.

De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy, which is promoting Saturday's megafight at the MGM Grand between Mayweather and junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto, know how tough Mayweather is to handle in the ring.

"I think anyone who faces Floyd Mayweather will have little chance of winning," he said. "He has great defense, but he is not a perfect fighter. He has never faced Miguel Cotto. Miguel Cotto has the right game plan and the perfect corner [with trainer Pedro Diaz]. It will really come down to who has the better game plan.

"Miguel Cotto is a strategist. He will wait and he will be patient. Will Mayweather be able to dictate the pace? Will Miguel's patience be a problem for Mayweather? It will be very interesting. Mayweather just wants to win the fight no matter what, and if Miguel can have that same mentality, it will be a problem for Mayweather."

De La Hoya thinks Mayweather is ready to be taken.

"If there is a perfect time to beat Mayweather, it is now," he said. "No fighter is invincible. At some point, Mayweather will run into that as well. He is a tremendous talent, but it is not easy to stay undefeated in this game. Eventually that '0' has to go."

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