Before the fight was even underway there was already talk of who would win based on the rematch potential.
I watched the fight at a random club I found on the east side. $25 to watch the fight, have 2 drinks and get a subway sandwich was a pretty good deal. The crowd clearly favored De La Hoya. In fact the guys I sat with wanted me to note that they were Latino and not Mexican BUT had showed their personal support of Cinco De Mayo by hiring two Mexicans to clean their place, tipping them well and sharing celebratory shots of tequilla with them when the job was done.
As we are watching the undercard, predictions, bets and challenges are being yelled throughout the place. "$20 says De La Hoya wins it." "Whatever, don't be surprised when De La Hoya gets stunned by Mayweather's first punch." Another yells out, "We all know De La Hoya is going to win because his company is promoting the fight." And random other comments were made including 50 Cent/Curtis/snitch jokes. But really the joke is on all of us that watched because both De La Hoya and Mayweather, in the words of 50 Cent, are "laughing straight to the bank with this...hahahahahahahahahahaha"
One guy felt the need to seriously explain his winning logic on the fight to me personally. "De La Hoya is going to win this fight because Mayweather has no losses. Then there will be a rematch in December because Mayweather will talk about how he was robbed. Next fight he'll come back to win and then there will be 3rd match to settle the draw. Vegas is going to milk this rivalry for at least a year."
Guy next to him says, "I agree there will be three fights but Mayweather will win this one. De La Hoya will passionately pursue redeeming himself and drawing Mayweather out of retirement. He'll win the second. And the third will be won by Mayweather."
Besides sounding like the storyline to a WWE fight, which guy was right? Yes Mayweather won BUT will there be a rematch? will there be three fights? Did this match do anything to "save" boxing cause I think I saw a better match on Sunday when Steve Nash and Tony Parker collided. By the end of the game they both looked like they had been in a boxing ring. And what is up with early retirement? Mayweather trying to retire at 30 and Kim Clijisters retiring at 23. How about this for a plot twist...make the next match be about father versus son. Have Mayweather Sr. come back to train De La Hoya so he can beat his son.