Just a few things here, after seeing the magnificent beating the DLH put on Mayorga (who actually looked very dangerous last night).
This Oscar that we saw last night was the most DANGEROUS I've ever seen him. I had never seen him be so vicious, so exacting, so brilliant, and just altogether MEAN.
First of all, he has a new right hand that I've never seen before. Delahoya always had an effective left hand (double jabs, that killer left hook or lead uppercut), but tonight, we saw him FINALLY bring out a right hand that is brutal and accurate. It's a weird right in that it's thrown kind of like an overhand, but has the effect of a stiff cross. This punch setup his beautiful left hook.
His left hook, thrown famously as a counter, was thrown solely last night as part of a purely redesigned OFFENSE. Totally unreliant on speed or fakes, his low jab/overhand right/left hook was so on the money.
After the first knockdown, Oscar did something I've never seen him do before: he just stood there, and stared directly at his downed opponent, as if to say "who's the MARICON now?!?" It was so uncharacteristic of Oscar, because usually he doesn't sport an attitude in any form. When he knocks opponents down, he jogs to the neutral corner. I think this is the sign of a more confident, more self-possessed Oscar, as opposed to the Oscar who kept playing at Mr. Nice Guy, because his father told him to.
Notice that after the first knockdown, it was OSCAR who was cutting the ring. Unheard of! I've never seen him be so aggressive in EVERY way.
Not a mark on his face. Mayorga's punchstats was at 14%; in the 4th round (I believe) Mayorga threw 58 punches, landing only 8.
IMHO, the Oscar we saw last night should be his last fight...as the "Golden Boy." The "Golden Boy" was crushed by a liver shot by Hopkins in his last fight, and frankly died in the 20 months that he took the layoff.
This NEW Oscar is someone totally different, someone that frankly took me by surprise. Even in his "greatest" victory against Vargas, he didn't look half as good (or "bad"?) as the one I saw last night. Much more mature and self-confident. He's much more settled into his bodyweight, stronger. Less reliant on "youth" attributes, relying solely on executing strategy, precising timing, and newfound power. Totally redesigned offense, much slicker on the defense...and just not afraid to show the mean-streak he's either just found or has been suppressing all these years.
I think this is a new phase in his career, and I think he has 2-3 really good fights left in him. I hope we see more of the "new" Oscar.