6. Daniel Ponce De Leon: The 32-year old Mexican brawler was considered the bigger puncher when he faced his friend Abner Mares in the evening’s co-feature. De Leon was written off when he was KO-1 by Juan Manuel Lopez in 2008. However, the former Olympian worked hard to tighten up his defensive skills, while polishing his boxing skills. This is the same guy that took Adrien Broner to the final bell in a junior lightweight bout. Against Mares, however, he was out-boxed, out-punched, out-classed and eventually stopped in 9. It was not a great night for De Leon and it is clear that he has reached his ceiling.
5. J’Leon Love: Being a protégé of the Money Team has its advantages. Love remained undefeated, but his reputation took a hit. First he struggled to make weight, which may have led to a sluggish performance. Then he got dropped in a fight that many people felt that Gabriel Rosado won outright.
Love seems like a really nice kid, and he even offered Rosado a rematch. However, he is not very exciting in the ring. I fear he will be to Mayweather what Derrick Gainer was to Roy Jones Jr.
4. Heavyweight Division: Once upon a time the sport of boxing was healthy as long as there was a strong heavyweight division. Now, the consensus heavyweight championship was being contested on a Saturday afternoon on a cable channel that few could even subscribe to if they were interested. Wins against Frans Botha and Oliver McCall may have meant something in 1993, but 20 years later it is simply further proof to how far the glamour division has fallen. You say Pianeta, I say Piñata…..you get the idea.
3. Herb Santos – This is the judge that watched a different fight than his colleagues at ringside, the Showtime announcers, and the millions that viewed the Love-Rosado fight worldwide. I have sat ringside, and I do have an appreciation for how judges could see different things depending on where the action in the ring takes place. However, when everyone considers the fight close, and you give a guy 8 rounds out of ten, it means that you had your card filled out before the fight. Herb, the only reason why you aren’t higher on the list is because there is no doubt that you will end up being paid at a prizefight before either Love or Rosado reenter the ring. When will judges become accountable for the cards they turn in?
2. Robert Guerrero – When the highlight used to promote a PPV shows a fighter holding his opponent behind the head while teeing off on him, It leads the consumer to believe that maybe he doesn’t have the body of work to challenge the world’s top fighter. Truth is, Guerrero did not deserve this shot. However, he has an ace publicist, and an inspiring story that many felt would move the needle. They miscalculated, and after 6 minutes it was clear that Guerrero was in over his head. Luckily, his promoter has their own network so he will get another shot.
1. Ruben Guerrero: The only thing worse than Robert’s performance was that his trainer had zero game plan or strategy. Actually, his strategy seemed to be to act a fool, and try to get under Floyd’s skin. Somehow, this would cause Floyd to forget everything he has learned and practiced his entire life. Team Guerrero did achieve one thing that I felt would be impossible, and that was to make the Mayweather clan likeable.