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How it will all go down and why

Scouting report ingredients: Get Don Steinberg to watch 552 rounds of boxing and write about key moves. Get EA Sports to simulate fight highlights before they've happened. Blend. Read.

Updated: May 4, 2007, 12:38 PM ET
By Don Steinberg | Special to ESPN.com

To help forecast the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight, Don Steinberg watched video of every professional fight ever waged by either boxer. That's 42 bouts for De La Hoya since his pro debut, in 1992, and 37 for Mayweather since his first fight in 1996. That's 79 fights in all, 552 rounds of boxing, 27 hours of ring action -- not counting replays.

The result of this couch-potato marathon: a revealing prefight analysis that gets beyond the trash talk and backstage melodrama ...

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