Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

J. Mayweather: Orlando Salido Owned Juanma Lopez

By Chris Robinson

When WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez was stopped this past weekend in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, the boxing world was thrown a definite curve ball. Undefeated in thirty fights with twenty-seven knockouts to his credit, Lopez was a huge favorite to upend former titleist Orlando Salido and further pave his way towards a unification tilt with WBA champion Yuriorkis Gamboa but saw those immediate plans go up in flames.
 
Lopez controlled the early rounds against Salido but suffered a wicked knockdown in the fifth after eating a left-right combination and wasn't the same afterwards. He was again rattled in the eighth and despite trading with Salido along the ropes and appearing to have most of his bearings about him, referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. had seen enough and saved the champion from any further punishment.
 
As he sat watching the fight unfold in his Las Vegas bases, trainer Jeff Mayweather, who has had a vested interest in Lopez in recent times, seemed to think that the call was just.

"I thought he was clearly getting beaten," Mayweather told me earlier tonight. "I think they saved him some embarrassment when they did [stop it] because it looked like he was going to get knocked out anyways as opposed to physically stopped. He showed good moments in the fight as well but for the most part Salido owned Lopez." 
 
Mayweather has had his eye on Lopez for well over a year as he trains former WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero, who for years has been clamoring for a collision with Lopez. For the longest time Lopez has seemed to shy away from such a contest and took some shots at Caballero last November following his shocking upset to Jason Litzau, claiming that the loss was proof that the Panamanian was never on his level to begin with.
 
When I asked Mayweather if Lopez's recent meltdown makes him look especially bad after seeing him go out of his way to diss Caballero, the mild-mannered yet outspoken coach seemed to agree. Mayweather also addressed Lopez's claims that Caballero wasn't a big enough draw to warrant such a fight, noting that the Puerto Rican's previous fight against Rafael Marquez inside of the MGM Grand was far from a sellout.
 
"Of course it makes him look bad," Mayweather remarked. "Basically it goes to show you that it is karma. And one thing, he may be huge in Puerto Rico but here in Vegas he's nothing because he only had five-thousand people here or less. I mean that fight belonged in a small ballroom not a place that seats ten or fifteen-thousand."
 
Without trying to spit too much venom towards Lopez, Mayweather simply pointed out that what Lopez went through on Saturday night in Puerto Rico was similar to Caballero's disappointing outing against Litzau, who was presumed to be inferior to him in nearly every capacity.
 
"Everybody is entitled to an off night and that's what Celestino had. It's the same thing that happened with Lopez. It's the exact same scenario. But Lopez got stopped. Celestino at least moved up in weight and fought a bigger guy," Jeff said.
 
Caballero is back in Las Vegas and was recently seen inside of Floyd Mayweather's personal facility on the West side of town training with Jeff. The duo is looking towards a crack at WBA champion Jonathan Barros and Mayweather insists Caballero is coming to camp with a definite chip on his shoulder, as he did when they first linked up in January of last year.
 
"That's the fight. That's what we are training for. The fight is either going to be in Argentina or in Panama. He's like the old Celestino who came to me. When he first came to me I didn't really know much about him and it was a situation where it's like 'You don't know who I am but I'm going to show you who I am' and that's what he did. He made a statement in camp and he impressed a whole lot of people. And that's where he's at again."

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here , and he can be reached at [email protected]
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by puga on 04-20-2011

salido is a PED freak...that is a fact!......the stoppage was bullsh1t...

Comment by Capo Loko on 04-20-2011

[QUOTE=SluggerFan;10405865]PRBOXINGCOTTO is a dumbsh*t. And no reason to respond to his posts because he never responds back. It's because he is so stupid he doesn't know how to use the reply button to quote somebody, he spouts off his stupid…

Comment by theplayerpimp on 04-20-2011

[QUOTE=mrjoeblive;10410755]juan ma made his biggest mistake by trying to out slug salido. he should have used his boxing skills and took salido into the later rounds and then thought about going for the ko. also he has to tie up…

Comment by Ray* on 04-20-2011

[B]Which one of these idiot called Litzau a bum?[/B]

Comment by mrjoeblive on 04-20-2011

[QUOTE=WitherGlove;10407640]I just watched the fight and lopez wasn't getting owned he just needs to work on keeping his hand up in defense of the right hand. And as a champion and undefeated fighter the ref ****ed up. I know u…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (26)
Top Headlines CompuBox Statistical Update: Lomachenko Now #1 Defender Ravshan Hudaynazarov Return Scratched, Justin Thomas Wins Lomachenko Manager: No Surprise Rigondeaux Quit, It's a Shame Canelo vs. Golovkin Rematch Deal is "Getting Very Close" Photos: Francesco Patera, Edis Tatli Ready For Rematch Battle Former Manager: Rigondeaux Will Be Remembered For Quit Job Cletus Seldin Vows To Put Real Hurt on Ulysse in HBO Clash Lomachenko vs. Linares a Possibility, Says Golden Boy President Saunders: When I Beat Lemieux, Would Love to Fight Canelo Next Photos: Katie Taylor, Jessica McCaskill - Face To Face at Presser Hearn: Joshua vs. Parker Deal is Close, We're Ready To Overpay BJ Flores Expects Boost, Big Fights From Salita Promotions Deal Tyson Fury No-Shows UKAD Hearing, Creating Further Delay Kell Brook vs. Sergey Rabchenko on March 3 in Sheffield Weekend Review: Lomachenko Rises, Rigondeaux Sinks Frank Warren: DeGale Used Wrong Tactics, He is Not Washed Up Arum Not Least Bit Surprised Lomachenko Made Rigondeaux Quit Andre Ward: Lomachenko vs. Mikey Garcia is 50-50 Super Fight! Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux: Post-Fight Report Card Corcoran: I'll Bring Horn Right Back To 9th of Pacquiao Fight Coldwell on a "Crazy" 2017: Bellew vs. Haye, McDonnell, More Darren Till, UFC Fighter, Inks Pact With MTK Global Parker: I Think We're Close To Locking in Anthony Joshua Fight Jeff Horn Angry: Online Keyboard Warriors Say I Fight Dirty! Wilder: I'll Make Cuban Sandwich Out of 'Bubbles The Chimp' Ortiz! When is a Loss Not a Loss? Photos: Jeff Horn, Gary Corcoran - Face To Face at Final Presser Luis Ortiz: Deontay Wilder is a Coward, I Saw Fear in His Eyes! Arum Denies Pacquiao-McGregor Talk: It's Total Nonsense Salido: All of The Wars Caught Up With Me, I'm an Old Fighter Now Andre Ward: Farmer Robbed, But He Can Bounce Back From This Arum: Lomachenko is Superhuman, Rigo Was Totally Bewildered! Video: Francisco Vargas Talks Comeback Win, Future Plans Lomachenko: Gary Russell Really Doesn't Want a Rematch With Me DeGale Unsure of Career Future, To Decide After New Year White Warns Arum: We'll See Where You Stand When Smoke Clears! Video: Miguel Roman Reflects on KO of Salido, Future Opponents Tevin Farmer: I Worked Too Hard To Get Robbed, I Deserved Win Video: Andre Ward on Loma-Rigo, Salido, Kovalev Return, More Lomachenko On Rigondeaux Injury: I've Fought With One Hand
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement