Last night, Floyd Mayweather pushed through an early second round scare to demoralize, embarrass, and dominate a helpless 38-year-old Shane Mosley. People around the site have been desperately trying to find ties to liken the 1.5 to 2 million PPV buy machine with our little nook of the world in MMA.
Honestly, it's a fool's errand for a whole number of reasons that would probably lead to me eventually making some reference to uber-feminist 80's glam-band, Tiger Lily...or something along those lines.
To save you all the face-palmage, I've decided instead to focus on being more positive with my MMA coverage.
In its wake I've decided to run down a list of the four things that I think the MMA world can learn from the event that was.
4. Backstage cameras are fun and enlightening.
Leading into the main event of the evening, cameras tracked the two main event fighters around, catching them backstage. This allowed all watching at home the ability to see a wonderfully planned piece of gamesmanship from the wily Shane Mosley come to fruition.
He waited until the last possible moment to start the taping of his hands. Because of this during the Cotto-Alvarez fight, which was fun but typically meaningless, you knew that a hefty delay was coming.
What was great about this was that the audience could see the dastardly nature of the tactic, as shots of Floyd Mayweather in deep warm-up continued to bombard you. As both fighters made their way to the ring, finally, after a near half-hour delay, Mayweather showed he was flustered when he decided to make Shane wait in the ring for as long as possible.
As he paced back and forth scheming with some off-camera production lady, it was a thing of beauty, and sure enough Floyd hit the ring flustered, and he nearly tasted canvas in the second round as a result.
Storylines like this don't get told in MMA like they do in boxing. I hope one day that changes.
3. MMA fighters, step your game up!
Few things in this world are quite as righteous as whatever animal Floyd Mayweather sent to the slaughter for that entrance garb. Couple it with the formerly unemployed Motley Crue roadies he had walk out before him, and you've got a real winner.
Fighters like Jason "Mayhem" Miller and "King Mo" Lawal of Team Thirsty/Get That Paper, know what they're doing here people. It's about time others follow their lead.
And if you disagree with that, then gaze upon this.
2. It's time for MMA fans to embrace defense.
I've heard many MMA fans who watched this fight and detested it. For good reason, it's an insult to the mission statement to MMA; well, at least how we know it now.
And that's a shame. MMA is a sport with many styles, and it would ill behoove us to forsake the more defensively-minded ones (Karate for example) in our lust for fistic medicine. Violence is just a byproduct of combat sports. The intended goal is supposed to be victory, isn't it?
We don't hear people whine too much in the NFL when teams run the football up the middle three times and punt in the forth quarter. We also don't bemoan the parades to the foul line that happen at the end of a basketball game.
However, we constantly hear murmurs from people we respect about Jose Aldo not going for the stoppage or Floyd Mayweather coasting to victory late in the fight.
Fans have trouble seeing that a total lack of engaging (see Kalib Starnes or Anderson Silva) isn't even close to the same as taking the foot off the gas (see the aforementioned Jose Aldo).
It needs to stop.
1. Fights need to go longer than three rounds.
If you gain nothing else from Mayweather-Mosley, I want this to be it: Fights need to go longer than three rounds! If we stopped that fight after the third, the entire complexion of the fight changes.
Instead, a thoroughly convincing performance by Mayweather turns into a dicey, back-and-forth struggle with an unquestionably controversial decision.
All of that was avoided because Mayweather was able to settle into the fight and turn the tables for good in the fourth round, never to lose another round. Even if it was a five round fight, most in the boxing community would be clambering for a future rematch.
It's time for MMA to strongly consider five and seven rounds.
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