During the run-up to Saturday's fight Floyd Mayweather gave Oscar De La Hoya a lot of shit for sparring with Shane Mosley. He said that the Golden Boy had only beaten sparring partners in his career and even lost to a few, Mosley beat him twice, and after losing by a split decision it's likely that De La Hoya has spent some time looking for reasons why. Interestingly, it may be his choice of sparring partners that did him in. But not Mosley.
Mario Lopez, an Oscar De La Hoya fan since the latter won a gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, told me he sparred with De La Hoya on Monday.
Everyone who's anyone knows that A.C. Slater was an ace high school wrestler and after watching this video it becomes clear that De La Hoya may have bitten off more than he could chew. I think Oscar was still trying to recover from running into that buzzsaw earlier in the week and that's why he stopped agressively attacking Mayweather as Saturday's fight went into the late rounds. I understand why De La Hoya would have thought Lopez was a good sparring partner, his appearance on Dancing With The Stars, proves that he has twinkletoes to rival those of Pretty Boy Floyd, but I think he underrated the violent streak that runs through Bayside's most decorated grappler.