Mayweather ends career with easy win

first_img unanimous decision LAS VEGAS (AP): His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph. After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow. Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight Saturday night, using his defensive wizardry to frustrate Andre Berto on his way to a decision so lopsided, one judge gave him every round. The $32 million he earned was pocket change compared to what he got for Manny Pacquiao in his last fight. But the more important number was win No. 49 in the final fight of his unblemished career, tying the mark of the late heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano. “You gotta know when to go. I’ve had a great career,” Mayweather said. “I’m leaving with all my faculties. I feel like I’m smart and sharp.” Mayweather wasn’t about to change what he does best in his last fight. Both dominant and defensive, he used all the tricks learned in a pro career that began in 1996 to take a unanimous decision over Berto and retain his welterweight titles in what he insists was his final fight. Mayweather won yet again in a fight where he was chased but never really tested. He piled up points with a sharp jab and quick counter punches, leaving Berto swinging at air most of the night. By the late rounds, Mayweather was both talking to Berto (30-4) and taunting him, secure in the knowledge he was winning big against the 18-1 underdog. The ringside scorecards reflected Mayweather’s dominance, with one judge scoring a 120-108 shutout. The other scores were 118-110 and 117-111, while The Associated Press had Mayweather winning 119-109.last_img read more

This Chelsea star has the lowest rating of any regular Premier League starter this season

first_imgHis lacklustre defensive showings have also hindered his attacking approach, limiting his influence pressing forward. His average of 0.4 key passes per game is his lowest, while only 31% of Chelsea’s attacks are coming down his side of the pitch, a stark contrast to the left (39%). A labourious Ivanovic is not only faltering defensively, but failing to leave his mark on games in the final third, which is one of his strongest assets. Indeed, of outfielders to start every Premier League match this campaign, Ivanovic has the lowest rating (6.56), with that figure far and away his lowest in the last seven league seasons. Given Blues boss Jose Mourinho isn’t short of options at full-back, it’s something of a miracle that the Serbia international is yet to be dropped. On the contrary, Ivanovic is one of two Chelsea players – along with Eden Hazard – to play every minute in England’s top tier this season.It’s got to the stage where opposition sides are specifically targeting him as a means of getting in at goal. The opening day of the season set the benchmark, where Jefferson Montero routinely exploited Ivanovic’s defensive deficiencies in Swansea’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea. The full-back struggled to contain the Swans wideman at Stamford Bridge and, since the stalemate, it’s been more of the same for the right-back. Opposition managers have clearly pinpointed Ivanovic as the weak link in the Chelsea backline, reinforced in that he’s being dribbled past an average of 1.4 times per game, that return its highest in the Premier League.Of course, he isn’t the only player who can be blamed for Chelsea’s lackadaisical start to the campaign. The entire Blues defence has been culpable of a series of errors that have seen them ship 17 league goals already this season; only Sunderland (18) have conceded more. Thibaut Courtois’ injury concerns have not helped matters either, but it would be unfair to place the blame squarely at Ivanovic’s feet. Branislav Ivanovic As such, Ivanovic has been forced into taking drastic measures in order to stem the flow of attacks down his side of the pitch. His average of 1.8 fouls per game is his joint highest average in the Premier League in the last seven seasons, while he already has 3 yellow cards to his name. One would not bet against him matching or bettering the 12 cautions he received in the 2010/11 season. Football statistics analysts take a close look at a Chelsea star whose performances and consistent selection are mystifying Blues fans. Check out more Chelsea stats at was a moment in the second half of Southampton’s 3-1 win over Chelsea at the weekend where one felt nothing but sorrow for Branislav Ivanovic. Having seconds earlier hooked a ball back into his own box the right-back was one-on-one with compatriot Dusan Tadic, yet was unable to rob the Saints star of possession. After being spun by the winger, Ivanovic fell to the floor and looked a defender bereft of confidence. The 31-year-old has started the season abysmally following a consistent campaign in the Blues backline last term.center_img The Serbian defender has hardly been offered the necessary protection from teammates, particularly those in midfield. Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic’s performance levels have dropped significantly, the former especially guilty of shirking his defensive responsibilities. On two occasions this season alone, Fabregas has failed to track the opposition goalscorer, coming against Newcastle and Saints. The lack of work off the ball has indeed left Ivanovic isolated and with his advancing years; the defender is clearly struggling. 1 Mourinho has hinted that he is willing to drop his big name players in order to improve Chelsea’s fortunes, with Ivanovic surely at risk of losing his starting spot in the foreseeable future. Given Cesar Azpilicueta is a more than adequate stand in at right-back and summer arrival Baba Rahman is capable of coming into the side, the powerful Serb must be fearing for his place in the starting XI.For more stats on Branislav Ivanovic, click here to view his player pagelast_img read more