For me this weekend was one of both joy and disappointment. Joy because my the New England Patriots remain undefeated at 13-0 and disappointment, because Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, lost to “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather in a welterweight title fight. This fight also ended my 3-0 win streak in my picks of championship fights winners.
The New England Patriots became only the fifth team in history to start 13-0. They were totally awesome in their 34-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, remaining unbeaten. Tom Brady passed for 399 yards and scored four touchdowns to demolish the team with the best defense in football. I could not be more pleased!
The Indianapolis Colts also defeated the Baltimore Ravens 44-20. Perhaps we will see a classic Superbowl matchup between the Colts and the Patriots.
The Mayweather/Hatton fight proved to be a fantastic bout. Boxing fans were waiting for this match-up for months and were not disappointed. Mayweather defeated Ricky Hatton in surprising fashion with a tenth round stoppage. The fight showed Mayweather at his best, scoring terrific combinations and displaying simply incredible speed. I do not like Floyd’s personality, but he proved why he is one of the best.
Mayweather feels that he is the best boxer that ever lived and is quite vocal about it, but beating Ricky Hatton has not proven that to me. I must compare him to greats like Sugar Ray Robinson (in my opinion the best ever), Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Aaron Pryor, Ali, Jack Dempsey, etc. In my opinion he has not reached that level of greatness.
Ricky Hatton is a skilled pressure fighter. He put on a great fight, but not enough to defeat Floyd Mayweather. Floyd can be beat, but perhaps not by Ricky Hatton. In my opinion Mayweather would have to move to the middleweight division and defeat Joe Calzaghe and Kelly Pavlik before I consider him one of the best ever. Good luck! Also there is undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight Miguel Coto who would give Floyd the fight of his life. Coto looked great last month in his victory over Shane Mosley.
The Boston Bruins were fantastic Monday night as they posted a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Alex Auld made forty-four saves and looked great in his second straight win for the Bruins since joining the team last Thursday. Marc Savard had a goal and an assist. This was the type of hockey I enjoy, a high scoring game with plenty of action.
The New Jersey Devils ended a nine game winning streak last Sunday. They were shut out by the New York Rangers 1-0 in overtime. The only goal in the game was made by Brendan Shanahan of the Rangers. The Rangers played a brilliant defensive game, scoring the only goal thirty seconds into overtime.