Last night the sport of boxing hosted the Victor Ortiz/Josesito Lopez battle. The goal was simple for Ortiz; defeat Lopez to set up a PPV battle with Saul Canelo Alvarez. Ortiz was originally scheduled to fight Andre Berto but a positive test for performance enhancers derailed that fight and in came Josesito Lopez as a replacement. Well things didn’t pan out so well in a great fight as Victor Ortiz’s jaw was broken by Lopez causing Ortiz to retire on the stool after the ninth round. This decision has put the September 15th mega fight with Alvarez in serious jeopardy. Who would you like to see Canelo Alvarez fight now that there seems to be a lack of an opponent?
For the first time in his glorious career Lebron James will finally get his ring. After certainly being one of the most polarizing figures in sports, Lebron led the Miami Heat to its’ second franchise world championship. Coming out of high school, Lebron was crowned with the moniker “King James” but this is the first time where he’ll actually be sitting atop the throne of the NBA as a champion. This isn’t about how many MVPs he has won, this isn’t about All-Star appearances, this is only a taste of what separates you from the rest. Lebron will no longer be mentioned in the same breath with Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, and other all-time greats who will never know what it feels like to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. This is Dwayne Wade’s second time hoisting the trophy with the first being back in 2006.Lebron’s decision to take his talents to South Beach on national television broke a lot of hearts in Cleveland and was met with a level of hate and scrutiny that we may never witness again. Though it all paid off for Lebron, Wade, Bosh, and the rest of the Miami Heat organization, the next step will be if they can repeat.
The Los Angeles Kings have won their first Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history bringing yet another championship of sorts to the city of angels. The Kings went on to win the the game with a score of 6 to 1 against the New Jersey Devils, who had won two straight games to avoid a sweep.
Last night not only saw the Boston Celtics unable to maintain a lead in the second half of game 7 against the Heat, but something else happened that has already had boxing and sports fans talking. I’m at a lost for words as I sit here writing about it. Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquaio last night in what was a shocking upset who many still can not even fathom how. Though Manny did not really hurt Bradley, he was the much busier fighter and landed more power shots and punches in general. Though there was a slim chance that we would have saw Mayweather lace up the gloves against Pacquaio at some point in the future, you can bet your bottom dollar that the fight of the century will never ever happen for sure. Bradley won in a split decision and I’m perplexed understanding how he even won more than three rounds on a judge’s scorecard. I predicted Bradley to win since it made sense for the future of boxing but I was expecting a closer fight in my eyes. This prediction made it seem like boxing would share something with professional wrestling and that’s the idea of putting a guy over so he too can become a prize fighter, a big star. Why have one star in the sport when you can create another. Some say that this was Bob Arum’s doing, some say Pacquaio was punished for delaying the fight. This may have put a grey cloud over the sport, but it may create more business while Floyd Mayweather Jr remains inactive due to his current incarceration. It looks like a rematch between Bradley and Pac Man was already set in stone for November 10th before the fight even began. Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley did not begin the fight until after the Eastern Conference Finals was over for what was seen as a good PR move. Manny, who was cheering the Celtics in his locker room ultimately suffered the same fate via the judges.
Junior Dos Santos put the icing on the cake in what was billed as the” first heavyweight only UFC PPV in history”. Dos Santos defended his title successfully by putting an end to Frank Mir in the second round. The one thing that UFC has over boxing is that the heavyweight division division is much more exciting and much deeper. Dos Santos’ next opponent could be another clash with Cain Velasquez, but there are quite a few other prospects including Daniel Cormier. What was interesting was the fact that former heavyweight champ, yet currently retired Brock Lesnar attended the show and he appeared to have something to discuss with Dana White. Now while Brock is currently involved in angle with the WWE, he may possibly be looking for a squash match within the octagon in the future if that is even possible for him after what he has endured.
The event of this past weekend was the anticipated fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto. The big fight was preceded by Saul Canelo Alvarez and future hall of famer Shane Mosley in which the former landed hard hitting shots throughout all twelve rounds to secure a unanimous decision against the veteran. The judges in the main event fight scored in a way that made it seem like it was a blowout victory for Mayweather but the fight was much closer than what the score indicated. Overall it was a very competitive fight as Cotto pushed Mayweather to the brink only for Mayweather to show that he can still move up in weight and still be victorious with his defensive prowess. If you missed out on the fight, then you missed out on a very good boxing Saturday as Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr defeated Miguel Cotto to become the new WBA Super Welterweight champion in what was one of the toughest fights of his career. There is no word yet on if there will be a rematch.
A week ago, the Kids Choice Awards took place and was hosted by Will Smith. It was great to see Mr.Smith back on a t.v. screen entertaining for the first time in four years. Bieber’s girlfriend Selena Gomez looked gorgeous and took home a couple of awards for favorite female singer/actress. Kristen Stewart looked great as she won for best female actress. At the end of show, Bieber himself was covered in slime along with Will Smith as Bieber “surprised” the fans by appearing at the show. It was a good show overall and it was also great to see the cast of Victorious and Taylor Swift.