Category Archives: boxing
Before I go off on this rant, let me disclose the following.
I grew up on boxing.
My dad introduced my brother and I to the sweet science shortly after I learned how to ride a bike. I still remember the day my Dad bought us a Marvelous Marvin Hagler boxing set, complete with a mini punching bag and two pairs of gloves.
I remember watching major fights on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I also remember watching the likes of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard on on certain weekends on CBS.
Having shared my love of boxing, I must say I am disappointed in the state of the sport. I am more saddened that boxing has taken a turn for the worse after tonight’s Floyd Mayweather, Jr./Manny Pacquiao “fight”.
I mean talk about a pillow fight.
Both fighters were not but so aggressive. I found myself tuning in and out mentally during the fight.
Hell most of the people at the fight party I attend were mad that they even bothered WATCHING the fight. Folks were mad that their time was wasted watching a glorified pillow fight.
We all know that Mayweather is such a great defensive fighter, even to the point of being hard to watch at times. But Manny of all people should have been aggressive. He knew he would have a hard time being Mayweather on points.
Manny is usually a very aggressive fighter, but for some reason he was tentative. That tentativeness not only cost Manny the undisputed welterweight title, it cost the sport of boxing more fans.
Let’s be honest about something here, this “fight” did not do wonders in rejuvenating interest into this fading sport. Instead, it has turned more of those casual fans to MMA.
It’s about damn time.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I can’t wait, and guess what: y’all can’t wait too.
I know a lot of y’all are mad that this fight too five years too long to happen. It was supposed to have gone down when both fighters were in their prime.
Mayweather was schooling boxers in the ring with his defensive wizardry and speed. Pacquiao took out fighters with his unique blend of power and speed.
It was only a matter of time that fans would clamor for both fighters to get in the ring and settle the “Best Pound-for-Pound” debate once and for all.
However, a one thing got in the way: the method of drug testing in the lead-up to the fight. Mayweather demanded random blood and urine testing and Pacquiao declined to accept the specific protocol Mayweather wanted.
As a result, the deal fell apart. Pacquiao also sued Mayweather for defamation for accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs; the case was eventually settled out of court, but the bad blood remained on both sides for years.
But on February 20, 2015, the fight that boxing fans young and old had been clamoring for had finally materialized.
Props to Mayweather for not budging off the May 2nd date and working with Pacquiao to ensure that the fight would become reality. Props to Pacquiao for staying aggressive to force Mayweather to set the fight up and for being humble to negotiate and accept the terms. And perhaps most importantly, props to promoter Bob Arum for staying the hell out of the way.
This fight may have been five years too late, but one thing is for certain: both Floyd and Pacquiao are STILL the two best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. And deny it all you want: most of y’all are going to at least tune in to that fight on May 2nd.
I know I will be…
Love him, or hate him. Loathe him or respect him.
Y’all have got to give it up for Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
In beating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a majority decision (what the hell caused it not to be unanimous is beoynd me) Saturday night, Mayweather unified the junior middleweight world titles: WBC welterweight champion, WBA super welterweight champion, and the WBC diamond super welterweight belt. For those scoring at home, here is a list of major titles in Mayweather’s war chest:
- WBC Super Featherweight Champion (130 lbs)
- WBC Lightweight Champion (135 lbs)
- WBC Light Welterweight Champion (140 lbs)
- IBF Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBC Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBA Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
Before I go any further, I am not a diehard fan of Mayweather’s. I’m still mad that he was not able to get that fight with Manny Pacquiao. I also think Floyd needs a lesson or two in humility.
That being said, you cannot deny this brother’s talent. I mean, Mayweather is 45-0 with 26 KOs, 36 years old and looks as if he could fight for another five years.
Mayweather keeps himself in such great shape. And the fact that he has climbed up several weight classes while staying undefeated is nothing short of remarkable.
Look at the clinic he put on the younger and more powerful Canelo. Even though all the judges did not give Floyd every round, it looked like he should have won every round (ESPN gave Floyd every round, scoring it 120-108).
Speaking of judges, what in the hell was C.J. Ross thinking in scoring it a tie (114-114)? By the way, she was the judge who gave Timothy Bradley Jr. a decision win against Manny Pacquiao.
But I digress…
Mayweather has not only proven to be the best pound-for-pound fighter of all time, he is THE BEST – period.
As I am STILL attempting to recover from my child-free weekend on the Jersey Shore – you know, the drinking, partying that comes with such a thing – I am also STILL in shock over Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley, Jr. Saturday night.
What I am struggling to understand is why did the judges reward a man for losing a fight. Pacquiao connected on 253 punches to Bradley’s 159. Furthermore, Compubox statistics showed Pacquiao landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds. ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael scored it 119-109 for Pacquiao.
However, you wouldn’t know it if you heard it from the judges. Check out this gem from one of those “judges” Duane Ford:
“I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson. I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly.”
I really do not know what to think of boxing at this point.
This is the same boxing I grew up loving as a child. I remember watching title fights on “The Wide World of Sports” on ABC in the early eighties. Hell, I remember the “Marvelous Marvin Hagler” boxing set my dad gave my brother and I when we were kids.
Now, this is the same boxing that thrives off corrupt judges and even more corrupt promoters (Don King and Bob Arum I am looking at you both). This is the same sport that for some reason will not give us fights that we want to see – Floyd Mayweather, Jr./Pacquiao and a late as hell Roy Jones Jr./Bernard Hopkins tilt come to mind.
I never want to say never, but I am pretty much close to done with boxing. Professional wrestling thinks that boxing is a fraud.
And I do not simply mean the greatest fighter.
Ali could be argued as having the greatest impact on our culture. He was unafraid when it came to speaking his mind, and going against the grain during a time where tolerance of anything deviating from the norm was not accepted.
Born Cassius Clay, Ali came up during the Civil Rights Movement, when he was not afraid to mouth off to White America how great he was. He joined the controversial Nation of Islam, where he changed his name to Ali. He hung with the likes of Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad, both of whom were hated and feared by the great number of white people.
Ali also peaked during the Vietnam War era, and was drafted to go into Vietnam. While reportedly he would not even had to see a day of combat (more so an “ambassador” of sorts if you will), Ali did not believe in the war in Vietnam and stood his ground. Being that a “draft dodger” was not a popular thing to at the time, Ali was punished by having his world heavyweight title stripped and banned from boxing for three years.
Ali was hated by mainstream America for what he did, and was loved by young Americans at the same time. He was seen as inspirational by many – whites and blacks – for the stand he made.
In reclaiming the heavyweight title from George Foreman in Zaire a.k.a. “The Rumble in the Jungle”, Ali officially moved into “iconic” status. Ali would go on to become the first and only three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Oh, and who could ever forget this:
There may not be another person who could be like Muhammad Ali. Perhaps that is the real reason why he is called “The Greatest”.
I am fed up with boxing.
Why it cannot deliver Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is beyond me. Hell why one seems to take turns in running from the other is beyond me.
That fight would be the biggest money-maker the sport will ever see. Both fighters would be guaranteed at least $50 million. Don’t you think Floyd would love to get his hands on that green?
I mean, one minute Mayweather imposes tests upon tests on Manny to make sure he is not taking any performance enhancers. The next minute Floyd balks at the money distribution.
Now Floyd has taken to Twitter for calling out Manny, telling him to fight on May 5th while calling him a “punk” in the process. And guess what, now Manny’s camp is balking at the date. His promoter Bob Arum is making Manny appeared scared of Floyd by shunning the proposed May 5th date.
This is why boxing is dying a slow death. Desirable matchups are hard to be made because of greedy, stupid-ass promoters getting in the way. Boxers also hide behind such barriers if they want to avoid certain fighters.
Now if this was MMA – namely Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – this fight would have happened a long time ago. UFC boss Dana White matches up fighters to give the fans what they want – and maximize Pay-Per-View $$$. He doesn’t give a damn what those fighters say, and that’s the way it should be.
As for boxing, well it is what it is. Just expect the sport to be irrelevant within 10 years.