ANALYSIS: As "superfights" go, this one left me with an empty feeling. It was a good fight ... but it was far from a great fight. It won't hurt the sport ... but it certainly won't revitalize it either (and it never had a shot of "saving" it as some writers have wishfully suggested). In fact, the big problem with Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was that it went exactly as expected. Boxing is at its best when fulfilling its billing as the theatre of the unexpected. Unfortunately for fight fans, De La Hoya and Mayweather offered only the expected.
DE LA HOYA: De La Hoya was generally the aggressor but rarely an effective aggressor. He found success with his jab in rounds four through eight but then abandoned it as his trademark late round fatigue resurfaced in rounds nine through eleven.
MAYWEATHER: Mayweather displayed an impenetrable defense and great hand speed but never put his punches together. While Mayweather may be peerless in terms of raw physical ability, it's hard to get excited about a fighter who throws 40 punches per round and appears satisfied with doing just enough to win. Fans want to be entertained but Mayweather doesn't care about putting on a show -- he's only concerned with winning. That's his prerogative but it explains why he's wasn't a box office draw before this fight and why he's still not going to be a box office draw after this fight.
SCORING: Judges Chuck Giampa (116-112) and Jerry Roth (115-113) scored the fight for Mayweather. Tom Kaczmarek (115-113) scored in favor of De La Hoya. While De La Hoya appeared to win the twelfth round, Jerry Roth gave it to Mayweather. Had Roth scored the final round for De La Hoya, his card would have read 114-114 and the fight would have been ruled a draw. Click here to view the official scorecard.
PUNCH STATS: De La Hoya landed 122 of 587 total punches (21%) to 207 of 481 (43%) for Mayweather. De La Hoya was also busier but less accurate with his power punches, landing 82 of 341 (24%) to 138 of 241 power punches (57%) for Mayweather.
POTENTIAL CONTROVERSY: Every big fight needs some controversy and this one was no exception. De La Hoya's corner is reportedly considering protesting the decision after noticing that the official master scorecard listed De La Hoya fighting out of the blue corner when he was actually fighting out of the red corner. Sounds minor but boxing officials often have difficulty tabulating scorecards even when they're clear on who's fighting out of which corner.
WHAT NEXT: De La Hoya says he intends to continue fighting but should retire as he has nothing left to prove. Mayweather says he intends to retire (not a chance) but should continue fighting because he has yet to have a career-defining fight. A win over Oscar De La Hoya looks great on the resume ... but there was nothing memorable about this fight.
REPLAY: HBO will replay the fight next Saturday, May 12 at 10PM (ET/PT).