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Is Mayweather showing unsportsmanlike behavior by not giving his opponent time to train?

Andre Berto Floyd Mayweather JrBy Yannis Mihanos: They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. While still waiting for the official announcement of the next opponent for unbeaten WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) for his next fight on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, I couldn’t help but thinking that phrase.

Not to give to your opponent, whoever may be, (Andre Berto, Amir Khan…etc.) enough time to train and prepare puts you (Mayweather) immediately ahead of the game.

I consider this unsportsmanlike behavior. Still this is not unusual, because it happens with favorites in boxing quite frequently.

The favorites always have more aces on the table. “The house always wins” like they say in the Casino. Mayweather has always won during his long 19-year pro career in the sport.

Giving short notice to an opponent is something that I have seen happening before.

Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis agreed to fight Vitali Klitshko with a very short notice in their fight in June of 2013, obviously underestimating him and feeling very confident, that fight meant to be his last.

For Mayweather, I don’t think this fight on September 12th will be his last of his career. He is intelligent enough to continue on at least until the next Cinco de Mayo Mexican holiday in May of 2016.

Mayweather wanted an easier challenge for this September, after surmounting the biggest obstacle (Manny Pacquiao) of his career in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision on May 2nd in the “Fight of the Century” in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather wanted to train and prepare less and easier both mentally and physically for his next fight in September.

Matching the record of former heavyweight great Rocky Marciano (49-0) is an important feat even if it was never first on his list of goals. But now I think it is and he can’t ignore it.

Whoever will be his opponent, I wish good luck to him but I am also reasonable enough to expect no big surprises. Of course in boxing everything is possible. The possibility of an upset even if vague it exists.

Did Mayweather misuse his power once more? Well, I’ll let you dear reader to have your opinion and comment on that.


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