The Weekend in Sports

5/7/12 in Boxing   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

It was a huge weekend for sports with major UFC, Boxing, NBA, Baseball and Horse Racing events taking place. Just in cased you missed it here’s what happened over the weekend.
Alvarez Vs Mosley: Canelo Alvarez put on a masterful performance against boxing legend Sugar Shane Mosley on the under card of Mayweather/Cotto. Alvarez was the bigger and stronger fighter and continually beat Mosley to the punch with thudding power shots to the head and body. It’s a credit to Mosley that he was able to survive the onslaught without being knocked out. Alvarez is on the verge of super stardom with possible showdowns with Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao on the horizon. Mosley on the other has had a brilliant career and should gracefully ride off into the sun as a boxing legend.

Mayweather Vs Cotto:
May 5, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather backs up to the ropes during the sixth round against Miguel Cotto at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Miguel Cotto pressures Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Main event of the boxing weekend was the spectacular brawl between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto. Cotto challenged Mayweather in ways few opponents ever have and, for a while during the middle rounds, may have been winning the fight. But of course Mayweather responded over the last four rounds and dominated an overmatched and exhausted Cotto. After the fight Mayweather said he’s ready to fight Manny Pacquiao in the fall. Here’s hoping it actually happens.
UFC on Fox:
The UFC put on an exciting card as a prelude to Mayweather Vs Cotto. The always exciting Pat Barry suffered another knock out defeat at the hands of Lavar Johnson, and has only one win in his last four bouts.
Johnny Hendrix busted up Josh Koscheck’s surgically repaired eye socket in a close decision win. Hendrix has defeated two top 10 Welterweights in as many outings and is next in line for the winner of GSP vs Condit.
Nate Diaz capped off the card with an exciting submission victory over Jim Miller. Dana White stated that Diaz gets the next title shot after the Henderson and Edgar bout.
The Thunder swept the defending champs out of the playoffs. The Lakers split games with the Nuggets and are leading the series 3-1. The Clippers played another exciting game against the Grizzlies and lead the series 2-1. And the Spurs blew out the Jazz yet again to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.

May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) drives to the basket between Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh (1) and shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) during the second half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-87. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Carmelo Anthony during a 41 point night

In the Eastern conference the Bulls continued to struggle and now trail the 76ers 3-1 after losing Joakim Noah to injury during game 3. The Heat and Knicks split games over the weekend with Carmelo Anthony dropping 41 points in game 4 at MSG. Boston continued to dominate the Hawks and have a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Pacers beat the Magic in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead as well.

The major news coming out of the weekend centered on two players. Albert Pujols finally ended his home run drought by hitting one during an Angels win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. The streak officially lasted 33 games and 139 at bats.
May 6, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jay at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Pujols celebrating after hitting his first homerun

The other big story of the weekend was Bryce Harper’s spectacular performance in a 9-3 loss to the Phillies on Sunday. Harper went 2 for 3 with a double and stole home base in the first inning. The clip has already gone viral, and is just another reminder about how great this kid is going to be. Just in case you missed it, I’ll say it again, HE STOLE HOME BASE!
Kentucky Derby: ‘I’ll Have Another’ won the 2012 Derby with a fantastic come from behind win.
There you have it, the weekend in sports.
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