KP’S MID WEEK BOXING NOTEBOOK
Los Angeles, CA- All of the outrage of Manny Pacquaio’s (53-3-2, 38 KOs) dominant decision victory over “Sweet and Low” Shane Mosley Saturday night on PPV is unwarranted. Anyone with half a brain that follows the sport knew that Mosley had little to no chance to be competitive, let alone pull off the upset. Those who thought Shane would be able to make a fight of this were dreaming!
ARCE MADE MANNY & FLOYD LOOK LIKE BE-ACHES
The fight itself was disappointing, but Manny won every round and at least appeared to try to finish off a fighter who was totally unwilling to engage. On a positive note, former light flyweight (108 lbs) and super fly (115) champion Jorge Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) put on a thrilling performance in winning the WBO 122lb title from unbeaten titleholder Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) by 12th round stoppage, a bout that those in attendence of my fight party really enjoyed. Purchasers who thought they somehow were heisted by the terrible main event deserved what they got. I paid my money for the PPV, but invited friends over and had a great time. Being in the company of friends and with the aid of alcohol made me forget how friggen dull the main event was. So if you expected Mosley to somehow to start throwing some 80 punches a round, when he normally outputs 40 to 50, that in his prime of a decade, you were either smokin’ some good weed or got caught up in the hype.
THE TIRED MANNY-FLOYD ARGUMENT CONTINUES
It is getting sickening having to be asked time and again who will win between Paquaio and Floyd Mayweather. This is beginning to remind me of the arguments that go on still to this day on who really won between victor “Sugar Ray” Leonard and Marvin Hagler (Leonard won via 12 round split decision to take Hagler’s middleweight (160) crown). In hindsight, at least they fought. I am starting to feel not-so confident that Pacman-Floyd will ever happen. Regardless of which side you are on in relation to how or who’s to blame for negotiations falling apart (or in Floyd’s case they weren’t negotiations), as I’ve stated many times, both guys could fight me (or Pedro Fernandez) or both of us in the same night) and still sell a crap load of PPV buys.
MAINSTREAM MEDIA ARE A BUNCH OF DUMMIES!
This is one of the major hurdles in making this bout become a reality. When the mainstream media only decides to put boxing on the highest stage when either Manny of Floyd fights they are doing the sport a disservice. This in my opinion needs to stop. If so much emphasis wasn’t put on Mayweather’s undefeated record, or Pacquiao’s deceiving eight titles in allegedly eight different weight classes (lets get real, only four of those are lineal titles), I think it would be better on the sports image to the mainstream public. More emphasis needs to be put on competitive matchups, where the results weren’t mailed in ahead of time. One major problem with the mainstream sports media is that when it covers boxing, the majority of the sports journalist assigned wouldn’t know a left hook, from a fish hook, thus they lack any knowledge beyond it’s premier performers, and at the same time have very little personal interest in boxing. I myself only wasted time on a 300 world article on the aforementioned fight because in my mind Shane Mosley is more name than fighter at this stage of his career.
FLOYD AND MANNY BOTH EQUALLY HAVE CONNED THE PUBLIC
The reality is Floyd’s resume is thin as a welterweight (147), and Manny has lately been fighting handpicked pushovers. The only difference here is Pcaquiao enters the sqared circle more than once a year, and Floyd basically sits on the sidelines only making headlines when getting arrested. When mainstream media only focuses on two fighters who basically don’t appear to be meeting in the ring anytime soon instead of some of the other bouts that can be made, the future of the sport is in dire straights. Media moguls continue to worship these two fighters by giving them a get free passes, they keep chiming that in reality no fight in the general public’s mind matters beyond Manny-Floyd.
PEOPLE SPIN THIS FIGHT LKE A TOP!
However the spin doctors, whether they be promoter Top Rank, Mayweather, the general sports media, and the fighters psychotic and maniacal fans will continue to tear up message boards with the same old tired arguments. In what may be the first time in history the two top fighters in the sport are currently in the same weight class, and for this fight to not happen isn’t just a major blow to boxing but sports in general. The reality is, Floyd has only fought twice in the last three years( versus lightweight (135) champion Juan Manuel Marquez and “Sugar-less” Shane Mosley) and is almost irrelevant at this point. Pacquiao who actually fights more than once a year has pretty much ran out of legitimate opponents that the public will accept from this point forward.
Kevin “KP” Perry