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Old 06-21-2005, 12:43 PM
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Default ARTURO GATTI vs. FLOYD MAYWEATHER



Gatti, 39-6, 30 ko’s, a 3 ½-1 ‘dog according to WallStreet.com Sportsbook vs. the undefeated Mayweather (33-0, 22 ko’s). Atlantic City, Gatti’s home away from home for his last six fights, will be the site.

In January, Gatti averaged 45 jabs per round, landing 36% before dropping James Leija with a right hand the challenger never saw. The steady jab allowed Gatti to land nearly half of his well-chosen power shots (he landed 10 of 21 thrown). He’ll need to be that conservative with this power shots vs. the pot-shotting Mayweather. Leija managed to land just 56 punches all night-a number the old brawling Gatti often got hit with in a single round.

Gatti made short work of the 5’4” Leonard Dorin last July, stopping fellow Canadian by way of Romania in the second round with a left hook to the lower rib cage. Gatti flicked out 36 jabs in round one, most to the head and 36 more in the second before dropping Dorin for the count with a shot that seemed to originate from the cheap seats of the refurbished Hall. Dorin went down in a delayed reaction, then crawled on his hands and knees in an attempt to beat the count. Gatti later said he didn’t know what to do with himself immediately after the fight. There was no trip to the hospital, no cuts to be stitched, no hands to be x-rayed.

Seven months earlier, Gatti averaged 70 punches per round, 46 of which were jabs in his decision win over the unknown Gianluca Branco. The counterpunching Branco had his moments, landing 32% of his power shots, but wasn’t busy enough, throwing just 54 total punches per round. He managed to close Gatti’s left eye and was behind only 105-82 in power connects when the final bell tolled. Gatti injured his right hand once again (round 5), but that didn’t stop him from dropping Branco, with a left hook, in round 10. Gatti won an interim belt, on loan from the oft-injured Kosta Tszyu, for his effort vs. Branco.

Gatti boxed his way to victories over Mickey Ward in their rematch and rubber match. In their third meeting he averaged 85 punches per round (38 jabs per round) and more importantly kept out of harms way, as Ward landed just 20% of his total punches and just 29% in their rematch. Ward landed 49% of his total punches and 55% of his power shots in their first fight, won by Mickey on a majority decision. Ward landed just 27% of his power shots in their third fight and 32% in the rematch. That’s a 29% dropoff in connect percentage from the first to the third fight by Ward. Gatti averaged 36 jabs per round in rematch after throwing just 26 per round in their first fight. Despite dominating Ward in the rubber match, Gatti lapsed and was dropped late in round six.

This will be Mayweather’s first pay-per-view fight and his third bout at junior welterweight. Last January, as his custom, he systematically took apart the over-matched Henry Bruseles in eight rounds. Not wasting punches, Floyd averaged 55 per round, landing 49%. He also landed 59% of his power shots. Bruseles, blinded by the light, managed just 43 punches per round, landing only 24%.

In his 140-lb debut last May, Floyd took it to former wbo junior welterweight champ Demarcus Corley from the opening bell to the final bell. He landed 47% of his 50 punches per round, outlanding ‘Chop Chop’ 283-150. By comparison, Zab Judah landed 166 of 569 (29%) total punches in his split decision win over Corley in July of 2003. Mayweather’s aggression vs. Corley showed in his power punch output-he averaged 36 thrown per round and 19 landed (53%). Judah landed just 50 power shots over 12 rounds vs. Corley! (Floyd averaged just 22 power shots thrown per round in his victories over Jose Luis Castillo, Carlos Hernandez, Philip Ndou and Victoriano Sosa.) He floored Corley in rounds 8 & 10, landing 28 of 43 power shots (65%) in the 8th and 34 of 50 (68%) in the 10th. Mayweather outlanded Corley nearly 3-1 in power shots (120-44) over the last 5 rounds. Corley landed just 23% of his 55 total punches thrown per round.

Prior to Corley, Mayweather returned to his hometown of Grand Rapids ( 11/1/03) for the first time since his less than crowd-pleasing performance vs. Carlos Hernandez in May of 2001 and destroyed the capable Philip Ndou in seven rounds. Floyd landed 58% of his power punches vs. Ndou, who managed to land just 20% of the 66 punches he threw. Mayweather didn’t waste punches, throwing just 43 per round, 22 less than the lightweight average-the jr. welterweight average is 62 per round. He finished off Ndou, who’d won 21 straight, with three successive, rapid fire right hands. He landed an incredible 32 of 42 (76%) power shots in rounds six and seven. He clearly wanted the knockout to erase the stench from Hernandez whom he says he decisioned “with two messed up hands”. He suffered the only knockdown of his career in the Hernandez fight. After landing a punch on the top of Hernandez’s head, he pulled away in pain and his glove touched the canvas.

Floyd was equally as impressive vs. Victoriano Sosa in April of 2003. He landed 55% of his 47 punches per round. He also averaged 21 jabs per round and limited Sosa to 79 TOTAL CONNECTS over 12 rounds! He outlanded the game Sosa 56-9 in rounds 11 & 12.

Mayweather also has two wins over Jose Luis Castillo (the first one controversial), a knockout win over Jesus Chavez, who gave Erik Morales all he could handle with one arm. He totally dominated Diego Corrales in January of 2001, holding Corrales to single digits in connects in all 10 rounds, plus the decision win over former champ Hernandez. Not too bad a resume.

They have one common opponent- Angel Manfredy. After a fairly even first round in which he won, “Pretty Boy” blew away “El Diablo” in round two of their 12/19/98 fight. He hurt Angel with a right hand midway through the round, then proceeded to land 36 of 62 power shots, leaving Manfredy in a heap along the ropes. Manfredy managed to land just 22% of his punches in his abbreviated effort vs. Mayweather. Eleven months earlier, Manfredy cut Gatti in round one, then dominated, landing 56% of his total punches and 59% of his power shots before the cut worsened by round eight. Gatti, not in top shape, was down in the 3rd but still managed to land nearly half his power shots, never hurting Angel.

Mayweather’s surely talking the talk and one has to believe he can walk the walk. He’s berated Gatti every chance he’s had. Gatti, in response, has fired off some derogatory comments as well. It’s safe to say they don’t like each other. There’ll be 12,000-plus crazed Gatti fans in attendance. Mayweather wants to make his pay-per-view debut a smash hit. As a result, will he brawl with Arturo? Probably not. He’ll be quick enough to get in, land his combinations, retreat, then start again. Mayweather’s only down side is the brittle hands that seemingly have not bothered him in recent fights.

As for Gatti, who’ll have at least a 15-lb weight advantage by fight time-he must fight the perfect fight to avoid annihilation. Jose Luis Castillo was effective in their first fight by crowding Mayweather. Gatti, who hasn’t bled in years, can’t afford to risk swelling and bleeding by fighting Mayweather at close quarters. He has the ability to use his jab (35-40 per round) in an attempt to neutralize Mayweather. As he did vs. Leija, after jabbing, he needs to be selective with his power shots (20 per round) and not over commit. By doing so, he would give the already lightning quick Mayweather more opportunities to counter. Gatti should also attack Mayweather’s body-it’s easier to find than the head-although past Mayweather opponents have found little to hit. 13 of Mayweather’s top opponents landed just 23% of their total punches while Mayweather landed 46% of his 47 punches per round.

Can Gatti use his jab effectively and get Mayweather’s respect with his power shots? If his eyes hold up he’s got a shot. However, it’s not likely. Speed kills. Arturo may get Floyd’s attention, but not enough to alter the “Pretty Boy’s” features. Mayweather was born to fight. Gatti’s had to scratch and claw his way to the Boardwalk. Mayweather by stoppage, before round nine
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Old 06-21-2005, 03:05 PM
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I like Mayweather in this one, but I dont agree about the stoppage. I see this going the distance with a UD for Floyd.

Gatti has simply never faced the level of opponents that Mayweather has. Gatti is a tough guy, but this is too big of a step for him, Mayweather will easily take care of him. The only reason I think it will go the distance is because of the Boardwalk location, but that's not enough to push him over the top and win.

Mayweather in UD.
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Old 06-21-2005, 03:53 PM
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gatti is going to weigh in 160's saturady night.

the way floyd dissmantled the much bigger chico sticks in my mind.

anything can happen but right mayweather is the best fighter going. His accuracy is lazer like.

maybe gatti can catch him with some big body shots to slow him down. outboxing him is not going to be an option.
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Old 06-21-2005, 04:41 PM
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maybe gatti can catch him with some big body shots to slow him down. outboxing him is not going to be an option.
Not going to happen - no way Floyd lets him get inside like that. Plus, I dont think Gatti even has the skills to be able to get inside like that.

If it wasnt for the Mickey Ward fights, Gatti would be a nobody - he simply hasn't fought at the same level as Mayweather.

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Old 06-21-2005, 06:39 PM
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what is the closing line?
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Old 06-21-2005, 06:44 PM
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Gatti has a punchers chance but is WAAAYYYYY outclassed here

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Old 06-21-2005, 08:49 PM
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Gatti has no chance. The odds should be 10 to 1. Arturo is going to get pummeled. His corner is going to throw the towel in.
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Old 06-21-2005, 10:57 PM
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FM will box circles around gatti
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:03 PM
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Gatti has no chance. The odds should be 10 to 1. Arturo is going to get pummeled. His corner is going to throw the towel in.
You're only half-right. The odds should be about 10-1, but NO WAY his corner throws in the towel. Gatti knows how to take a beating, didnt you see the Ward fights? Its Floyd in a UD.
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:42 PM
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Well, Gatti's corner did save him when ODLH was beating his ass. If his face gets to swollen and cut up I wouldn't completely rule it out.
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Old 06-22-2005, 03:37 AM
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If it wasnt for the Mickey Ward fights, Gatti would be a nobody - he simply hasn't fought at the same level as Mayweather.
Totally disagree with this statement. You make it sound like he's some bum who got lucky. Gatti comes to fight everytime.........win or lose. I think most boxing fans realize that Gatti is not as skilled as most boxers................but his f**king desire make him a pleasure to watch. Mayweather may get the best of him, but to call Gatti a nobody..............ridiculous!
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:33 PM
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the more i think about it, the more i like taking a shot with gatti here.

home team
much bigger
better trainer

floyd is by far the better the better boxer but sometimes guys power don't follow them up in weight.
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:38 PM
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VG: I don't think power is the name of the game in this one....

Pretty Boy is gonna stick and move and get Gatti back to the bloody pulp we all used to know and love. Gatti will miss many shots and leave himself open.

This is an easy one.

I'm gonna hold out until the last minute...Gatti $$$ will drive this thing down to around 300
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Old 06-22-2005, 10:57 PM
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I'm gonna hold out until the last minute...Gatti $$$ will drive this thing down to around 300
Let this moment go down in history - I AGREE WITH SPORTMAN.

I'm doing the same thing - there will be some great, late, numbers on FMJ. When that happens, I'm all over him like white on rice.

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Old 06-22-2005, 11:01 PM
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Holy shit. I never been on the right side of a Gatti fight (my fav fighter...but I dont bet with my heart) since he beat Tracey P and now I am matching up with PA. Its the seventh sign.[img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif[/img]
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:07 PM
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Oddessa - I'll tell you the exact moment I lost respect for Gatti as a potential superstar - 1/24/2004 - fight against Branco. He was fighting a European, making his US debut right in Gatti's back yard, NO WAY that fight should have gone distance. I remember how poor Gatti did against a technically sound fighter like Branco that it made me cautious of supporting him. Add to the fact that he's outclassed by FJM and the call on this one is obvious.
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Old 06-22-2005, 11:39 PM
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I guess I'm the only one here on team Gatti for this one. I agree that he is going up against a better fighter, but I think it won't be as onesided as everyone is expecting. JMO

My wagers have been in for a while and now I'm just waiting for Saturday.


Fight nite should be rocking at the boardwalk as it usually is when Gatti is there.




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Old 06-22-2005, 11:51 PM
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gatti by way of ko
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Old 06-23-2005, 12:29 AM
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just saw floyd live on BET's 106 and park.

he is a little too cocky for my taste.
he didnt look good.

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