Shields: Mayweather Should Fight Lara or Relinquish WBA Belt

BY Kelsey McCarson ON February 01, 2014
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LaraTrout Hogan50 0c000“Give it up, or you’ve got to get in the ring with Erislandy Lara.”

That’s Ronnie Shields’ message to Floyd Mayweather. Shields’ fighter, Lara, is the interim WBA junior middleweight titleholder to Mayweather’s super champion, something sanctioning organizations such as the WBA do in order to ensure they have a steady amount of cash flow coming into their coffers.

But Shields told TSS he thinks it’s time for Mayweather to make a decision regarding his version of the WBA strap.

“I think Mayweather has to make up his mind. Am I going to defend this title or am I going to give it up?”

Shields doesn’t believe Mayweather wants any part of Lara.

“I really don’t think Mayweather wants to go that route. Because he realizes Lara is the real deal and that Lara’s a lot better than everyone he’s been fighting. He’s a lot bigger. Lara is a true 154-pounder.”

Shields does not consider Mayweather a true junior middleweight, and said the undefeated superstar’s future is likely at welterweight.

“Look, he has a whole lot of fights at welterweight. There are a lot of fights out there for him. Besides Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, there are so many other fights. He could fight Keith Thurman, Marcos Maidana or Adrien Broner. You have so many guys that Mayweather can turn to [in order to] get to 50-0. He only has three fights left and he says he’s going to quit.”

But what would Shields prefer?

“I prefer Lara get the fight with Mayweather. I do.”

And does he believe Lara would be the first man to defeat Mayweather?

“Without a doubt. I think he has the style, and of course he’s going to be a lot stronger, and Lara’s used to fighting at 154. Mayweather’s not. And Mayweather is used to fighting slower guys. Lara is not a slow guy. He’s a boxer who can punch, and he has speed. So why would Mayweather want to fight someone like that?”

Sources indicated last week that Lara would likely meet former IBF titlist Ishe Smith this spring in a 154-pound bout. But a television industry expert said the bout would have to be part of a Mayweather undercard, as Showtime would not likely be interested in purchasing the fight on its own.

However, Smith is only one of the names being mentioned as a possible opponent for Lara, and no deal has been reached as of Saturday.

“We don’t have a definite date on Lara right now, but a lot of names are being thrown around. I know everybody has been saying Ishe Smith – he’s one of the names being thrown around – but there are a lot of other names out there also…we don’t have anything concrete yet,” said Shields.

No matter who it is, Shields believes Lara will fight on the undercard of Mayweather’s bout this spring, but that it could also be the weekend before or after. Mayweather is expected to fight May 3 in Las Vegas against either Marcos Maidana or Amir Khan.

Lara, age 30, lives and trains in Houston, Texas. The Cuban transplant enjoyed his finest year as a professional in 2013. Lara faced Alfredo Angulo last summer in Carson, California where he stopped “El Perro” in Round 10 of a rugged and fan-friendly fight, landing a vicious left that smashed Angulo's eye into an enormous hematoma to capture the WBA interim title. Then in December, Lara fought fellow southpaw slickster Austin Trout in Brooklyn, New York. The two junior middleweights were by-and-large considered the two most avoided boxers in the 154-pound division, but Lara dominated every minute of every round. He knocked Trout down to his knees with a lead left hand in Round 11 to help him earn a 12-round unanimous decision win.

Smith, age 35, has also been avoided by many in the division. The former star of NBC’s reality series The Contender made a name for himself in the junior middleweight division despite having trouble landing fights against the division’s most popular fighters.

But Smith defeated Cornelius Bundrage by majority decision in February 2013 at the Masonic Theatre in Detroit, Michigan to take Bundrage’s IBF title belt. He outworked and outboxed the rough-styling Bundrage to take a clear win. He lost the belt seven months later by split decision at the MGM in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada against fellow oft-avoided fighter Carlos Molina.

Lara is ranked the No. 1 contender to Floyd Mayweather’s lineal 154-pound championship by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. While Shields conceded a Mayweather bout was only a very slim possibility, he said Lara is ready for any and every opponent at 154.

“It really doesn’t matter who Lara fights right now. The kid is hungry. He wants people to know who he is. He wants to prove he’s one of the best 154-pounders out there. He just wants to fight.”

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Radam G says:

Possibly correct. Money May should be made to fight the top gun in division or give up the title. Holla!

MisterLee says:

What's really gonna happen is Floyd will get past Khan, fight Cotto for the middleweight title, and retire again before he's required to fight GGG, Pacquiao, Lara, or anyone that's fast, good, and hell, even marketable with or without losses... (remember Pacquiao was eliminated b/c of his KO loss just like Khan earned this fight.. ##@$#%#%#*(& ). Floydian logic = no logic, then fans parrot his decisions/irrational perspectives.

stormcentre says:

I think Sheilds is right.

Floyd, particularly at this st/age of his career, probably won't want too much of a well skilled, durable (Angulo fight) and genuine Middleweight with good defence, punch resistance, reflexes, speed and power; that also exhibits a few more skills than Floyd's typical opponents.

Not of that "O" means anything.

stormcentre says:

I think Shields is right.

Floyd, particularly at this st/age of his career, probably won't want too much of a well skilled, durable (Angulo fight) and genuine Middleweight with good defence, punch resistance, reflexes, speed and power; that also exhibits a few more skills than Floyd's typical opponents.

Not if that "O" means anything.

amayseng says:

Exactly you should not be able to hold a belt hostage. Either fight to keep it or let it go. There should be

a universal mandate that a belt holder must fight and defend the belt within 6 months or he is stripped.

Radam G says:

Similar mandate to that what you mentioned, A-Seng, exists. The corrupted alphabet-sanctioning organizations just don't enforce their own rules by having regular, super, in-recess, and all those other types of belt holders. Holla!

SouthPawFlo says:

Everybody thinks their fighter should fight Mayweather, I've heard Khans Trainer, Shawn Porter Trainer, GGG trainer, Maidana trainer, Luis Collazo & now Lara's trainer all saying they want Floyd....

What does Lara bring to the table?I actually like him, I think he got Robbed by Paul Williams but I alse think he "escaped" against Angulo, but it's clear that Money may wants big fights and you think Showtime can Pay him $30-$40M fighting a guy who has never filled an arena......

If this was all about boxing, a Lara fight would be intriguing, but boxing is a business and Erislandy as skill-ful as he is, is not a big enough name to get the Mayweather fighter...

Radam G says:

SPF, you got it! And it's all about the moolah. The corrupted powers that be roll with da big dough, not principles or poor-@$$ rules.

I ain't hating Money May for knowing how to use his head and awesome boksing tools. Holla!

Radam G says:

SPF, you got it! And it's all about the moolah. The corrupted powers that be roll with da big dough, not principles or poor-@$$ rules.

I ain't hating Money May for knowing how to use his head and awesome boksing tools. Holla!

brownsugar says:

I agree with pretty much everything said... Especially about Lara not being a draw. But I'm also seeing a trend where the consumers ..
Casual and hard core fanatics alike, are becoming more adept at spending their hard earned entertainment dollar.
Even homeless bums can now be spotted whipping out government issue smart phones to Google movie titles before plopping down $2 on a bootleg DVD.
the age of information has transformed casual fans into well healed boxing pundits in mere nano seconds.
I'm sure if Mayweather were to select Lara, interest in the fight would go viral.. The Mayweather name would be the bait.. and sports fans would sniff the challenge in the air.
ppv buys could top 1.2 million.
Of coarse they would never take the risk... But I can still dream.

deepwater2 says:

Shields is right . Can't argue with that Floyd just beat gingerbread man so why not Lara? Too much risk? Instead of mentioning khan who never even fought at 147 before and got dropped,knocked out, lost some of his past few fights, why not mention Garcia if your gonna make a 140 guy come up? Too much risk? Hey how bout pacman ? Too much risk. As the face of the sport the P4P man should take the risk that the best would take. Floyd won't be remembered for his car collection, his mansion, his lame $80 tshirts line, his boorish behavior. He will be remembered for ducking the toughest competition at the end of his career. Money comes and goes but his career as a sportsman will suffer when looking back. Lara, khan,maidana, or Garcia . No more no less.

Carmine Cas says:

Solid posts from everyone. He should fight Lara if he wants too keep that belt. Mayweather is a great businessman he can strum up interest in that fight to where the ppv buys are north of a million. But Lara should be placed on undercard for his next fight to showcase his skills. But May ain't taking that fight, Lara is too much of a Cuban cutie.

Carmine Cas says:

Solid posts from everyone. He should fight Lara if he wants too keep that belt. Mayweather is a great businessman he can strum up interest in that fight to where the ppv buys are north of a million. But Lara should be placed on undercard for his next fight to showcase his skills. But May ain't taking that fight, Lara is too much of a Cuban cutie.

The Shadow says:

Solid posts from everyone. He should fight Lara if he wants too keep that belt. Mayweather is a great businessman he can strum up interest in that fight to where the ppv buys are north of a million. But Lara should be placed on undercard for his next fight to showcase his skills. But May ain't taking that fight, Lara is too much of a Cuban cutie.


I disagree quite a bit, bro.

Yeah, he should give up the title. But no, Mayweather is not going to drum up interest in that fight to the point where it does north of a million buys. Not going to happen. At least not at this point in time.

(Sidebar: Because it's become the norm for Mayweather, I don't think people truly appreciate how BIG a 1 million + buys PPV is. That figure used to be an overwhelming success for Oscar De La Hoya, kinda like the 900,000 he did against a very notorious Ricardo Mayorga. People forget that Manny's 700,000 vs. Joshua Clottey actually was a very, very good buyrate.)

However, if Lara's on 2-3 undercards, then yeah, it could become an option, if Lara drops to 147, which I've seen and heard him him say he would.

As for the Lara matchup, Mayweather knows how to beat Lara's style, he's fought and beat Cubans before. So stylistically, he ain't worried about that.

Mayweather's last few fights aren't boxing contests, they're sporting events. Showcase fights. For that, Lara doesn't qualify.

Instead, in order to satisfy that big event requirement, they're in the process of building Danny Garcia as a PPV draw by tapping into the very passionate Puerto Rican fan base.

That's why he's going to the island to knock out this Herrera guy in a calculated attempt to adopt Cotto's fans.

Speaking of Cotto, GBP is using some guerilla tactics with that guy by doing business with the competition instead of Cotto's promotional team, which they were doing before.

Stay tuned on that one.

Carmine Cas says:

I disagree quite a bit, bro.

Yeah, he should give up the title. But no, Mayweather is not going to drum up interest in that fight to the point where it does north of a million buys. Not going to happen. At least not at this point in time.

(Sidebar: Because it's become the norm for Mayweather, I don't think people truly appreciate how BIG a 1 million + buys PPV is. That figure used to be an overwhelming success for Oscar De La Hoya, kinda like the 900,000 he did against a very notorious Ricardo Mayorga. People forget that Manny's 700,000 vs. Joshua Clottey actually was a very, very good buyrate.)

However, if Lara's on 2-3 undercards, then yeah, it could become an option, if Lara drops to 147, which I've seen and heard him him say he would.

As for the Lara matchup, Mayweather knows how to beat Lara's style, he's fought and beat Cubans before. So stylistically, he ain't worried about that.

Mayweather's last few fights aren't boxing contests, they're sporting events. Showcase fights. For that, Lara doesn't qualify.

Instead, in order to satisfy that big event requirement, they're in the process of building Danny Garcia as a PPV draw by tapping into the very passionate Puerto Rican fan base.

That's why he's going to the island to knock out this Herrera guy in a calculated attempt to adopt Cotto's fans.

Speaking of Cotto, GBP is using some guerilla tactics with that guy by doing business with the competition instead of Cotto's promotional team, which they were doing before.

Stay tuned on that one.


Okay you make valid points.

What will Mayweather do to beat Lara?

Is GB still hoping for Mayweather-Cotto II if Cotto beats Martinez for the MW lineal champion?

The Shadow says:

Okay you make valid points.

What will Mayweather do to beat Lara?

Is GB still hoping for Mayweather-Cotto II if Cotto beats Martinez for the MW lineal champion?


No idea, bro If I had to guess, I'd think he'd walk him down. I just don't think he has problems with the style because of his IQ. But unless Lara drops down, I think the size is too much of an issue so I doubt it happens.

They have other plans for that cat, I think.

If Cotto beats Martinez, I think that's a logical fight, yes. Don't you think?

I don't think Cotto comes in higher on fight night than he did in 2012 anyway. 160 is just less weight to cut for Cotto but the public won't see it that way.

As RG would say, it would be another "optical illusion" where Floyd becomes legitimate middleweight champ, which he has said publicly he's considered before. (After beating Shane Mosley at the press conference.)

Politics may get in the way, though.

Carmine Cas says:

No idea, bro If I had to guess, I'd think he'd walk him down. I just don't think he has problems with the style because of his IQ. But unless Lara drops down, I think the size is too much of an issue so I doubt it happens.

They have other plans for that cat, I think.

If Cotto beats Martinez, I think that's a logical fight, yes.

Don't you think? When you think of the first fight and so forth.

Although it would be at middleweight, I don't think Cotto comes in higher on fight night than he did in 2012 anyway. 160 is just less weight to cut for Cotto but the public won't see it that way.

As RG would say, it would be another "optical illusion" where Floyd becomes legitimate middleweight champ, which he has said publicly he's considered before. (After beating Shane Mosley at the press conference.)

Politics may get in the way, though.


I definitely see a Cotto rematch being an order for Mayweather to capture a championship in another division. I'd rather him give Martinez a chance because he's getting old and I feeling it would more compelling bout still. But Martinez is an HBO fighter so that would be an issue.

amayseng says:

Martinez is gonna wipe the mat with Cotto. Trout beat Cotto fairly easily, although SM is wearing down and aging I think if he is healthy and with this time off he gives Cotto quite a beating and stops him on cuts and punishment. When SM sits down on his punches he can absolutely crack.

Radam G says:

With Trout, Cotto had a Cuban trainer and fought the wrong fight. With Martinez, he has TNT Freddie Roach and will fight the right fight.

Martinez has his work cutout for him and will probably lose because of all that wear and tear. And, of course, rust from inactivity.

Cotto will bum rush Martinez and sink that ship. Martinez's legs are tore up, and he has a bad hip. Holla!

amayseng says:

With Trout, Cotto had a Cuban trainer and fought the wrong fight. With Martinez, he has TNT Freddie Roach and will fight the right fight.

Martinez has his work cutout for him and will probably lose because of all that wear and tear. And, of course, rust from inactivity.

Cotto will bum rush Martinez and sink that ship. Martinez's legs are tore up, and he has a bad hip. Holla!


very possible

Reason being why SM should be realistic and sit down early and try to get Cotto out of there. SM should be the bigger guy and used to the heavier weight and put it on Cotto.

The Shadow says:

Guys, I'd really like to see GGG-Lara. Wouldn't be an interesting fight? I favor GGG in that one although I can just easily see Lara boxing the sh*t out of Trips.

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