10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY
Muhammad Ali Training For Larry Holmes
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing, this after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King (only eight years into promoting) convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on October 2, 1980, 34 years ago today. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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Ali Adams Banned Two Years!
TWO YEARS “STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION”
San Francisco, CA- Heavyweight boxer (13-4-1, 5 KOs) Ali Adams has been suspended for two years after testing positive for steroids. The Iraqi-born professional tested positive for Stanozolol following his four-round points loss to former Olympic champion Audley Harrison (28-5-2, 21 KOs) on May 26. )Harrison fights David Price (13-0, 11 KOs) next week. Harrison has no chance here unless Price is a total fraud!
THIS ALI NOT MUHAMMAD OR TERENCE ALI!
Oh yeah, Ali Adams is who we’re talking about and his use of an antiquated steroid in Stanozolol which according to the Brit’s “is banned at all times in sport, there is no reason for it to be found in an athlete’s system.” The banishment will expire June 13, 2014. As for picking out and using Adams as the British Steroid “Poster Boy,” they are singling out a guy that isn’t going anywhere. Wasn’t one of the big names, but had been in the press and of course this makes headlines all over Europe.
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NOT A BIG FAN OF FLOYD THE BOXER OR PERSON…BUT!
Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather?
San Francisco, CA- Having been writing longer than most of you have been alive, I’ve seen a lot in boxing. There were great fights, great nights, highway robberies, I’ve even watched two men die from the front row at ringside. Along the way, I’ve witnessed great fighters apply their trade, inferior fighters try to, strong fighters prevail and weak ones run and hide.
MAYWEATHER IS BOTH SKILLED & LOONY!
All that being said, there is really nothing more that I can say about Floyd Mayweather except that he has tremendous talent, and at the same time, can be for the lack of a better word, a complete asshole. I’ve even had a near fist fight with his father, Floyd Sr. Now that I’ve laid out for you my feelings about both Floyd’s, I will turn my attention to Manny Pacquiao.
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PAC PULLING RAY LEONARD-LIKE NEGOTIATING
Manny "The God" Pacquiao
San Francisco, CA- When I asked Donny Lalonde, then the WBC light heavyweight (175 lbs) champion why he was willing to fight “Sugar Ray” Leonard at 168 lbs., a weight he hadn’t seen in a couple of years, he said at the San Francisco Airport Hilton Hotel, “That’s the only way Ray will fight me.” Now while I’m the first to recognize that Manny Pacquiao is a “great” fighter, and let me add there is no doubt that sans the Pacman there would little if any real interest in the fight game right now.
CATCH WEIGHT FIGHTS & THE 400 LB. GORILLA IN ROOM
That being said, the crap Ray pulled on both Donny Lalonde and then again Thomas Hearns (162) in their 1989 rematch that ended in a draw, a fight Ray would later all but admit he lost, is the same s*it Manny is pulling on opponents by having them fight at unnatural weights. Throw out the Antonio Margarito fight, although it was a catch weight of 150 lbs., this for a 154 lb. paper title, as Margarito was a limited brawler who may have won all of his major bouts with “loaded” gloves. But Pac insisted Miguel Cotto scale 145, and rumors have it he will ask his next foe, one Juan Manuel Marquez, a featherweight who unlike Manny never really grew out of the 126 lb. weight class to weigh between 143 and 145!
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HAS MOSLEY THE GUTS TO STILL BE A “REAL” FIGHTER?
Did Shane's Balls Stay On the Deck After He Got Up?
Las Vegas, NV- If you even pretend to be a fight fan, you have seen the YouTube clip from Fight Camp 360 on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosely” where Mosely supposedly wants to quit, and his trainer Nazeem Richardson won’t let him.
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Bethlehem, PA- One ends and another begins; it’s not just the cycle of life, but the cycle of MMA as well. With the completion of Bellator’s fourth season, let’s take a quick look back on this season’s Bellator highlights and preview next weekend’s big fights. Bellator Fighting Championships mantra, “where title shots are earned, not given,” was never more evident than this past Saturday night when their first ever light-heavyweight (205 lbs) champion was crowned. Known for creating new MMA stars by giving relative unknowns an opportunity in their tournaments, Bellator appears to have found just that in Christian M’Pumbu (18-3-1, 7 KO’s 8 subs).
BLACK GUY THAT SPEAKS FRENCH CAN FIGHT!
The French fighter, by way of the Democratic Republic of Congo, became the first African born champion in any major MMA organization Saturday night the same way he got to the finals, by TKO. In the finals against Rich ‘Rare Breed’ Hale (17-4-1, 6 KO’s 8 subs), M’Pumbu bided his time until the third round when he finally found his range and knocked down the bigger opponent with a solid right to the chin. Hesitant for a moment thinking he had finished him with one punch, he pounced on the fallen fighter pummeling him with more strikes till the referee stepped in to stop the onslaught.
‘TONTON’ CAN GO WITH ANYBODY IN MMA WORLD
M’Pumbu (pictured above), AKA known as ‘Tonton‘, hits like a “ton” of bricks as he knocked out all three of his opponents in Bellator’s first ever light-heavyweight tournament to become champion; pretty impressive considering he literally walks around no heavier than 200 lbs. Other tournament winners this season who’ve earned title shots in their respective divisions include Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire who will get a chance to avenge his only loss next season when he faces off against featherweight (145 lbs.) champ Joe Warren.
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DANA WHITE GETS HIS WAY………AGAIN!
Nick "No BS" Diaz
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing quite like a fight in which the masses are unclear as to who will win. That’s why Manny Pacquiao’s reputation and aura among non-Filipinos has faded dramatically in the last year because Manny has been fighting “set ups.” That being said, the signed boxing match between Strikeforce MMA welterweight champ (170 lbs) Nick Diaz and boxer Jeff Lacy is dead in the water.
UFC COUNTERED WITH MONEY, TITLE FIGHT & POSSIBLE TV ROLE
It appears that Diaz of Stockton, CA, whom I picked to beat Jeff Lacy, a 2000 Olympic boxing and ex-IBF champ at 168 fighting out of Florida, was “snuffed out” during a 2 PM PT conference call on Monday that had Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie, UFC czar Dana White and other plugged in. The word from a source, to which Gracie would neither confirm or deny is that Diaz will get a bout with the Canadian “greaser” Georges St. Pierre, considered by many the best MMA fighter in the world.
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BOXING’S KING SHOULD STOP THE B.S. NOW!
San Francisco, CA- Without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao has become “the darling” of the boxing world. Having risen from poverty to that of a multi millionaire, the Filipino Congressman has surpassed all expectations of even his most ardent followers. From 107 lbs., titles at 112, 122, 130, 135, 140, 154*, and now 147, there is no way you can sell him short. But in all honesty, in all of the aforementioned weight classes, Pacquiao has been never been the “undisputed” champion.
GREAT FIGHTERS OFTEN TAKE CURVY ROAD TO TOP
That doesn’t mean he is not a great fighter, as certainly his near 11 year run with only one defeat, which he avenged twice to Erik Morales, the man from General Santos City, is “Mr. Boxing.” But in his last three fights, Pacman, like it or not has “milked” that lofty position by fighting boxing’s version of The Three Stooges, Larry, Curly and Moe, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and a fortnight ago, “Sugarless Shane” Mosley. Only the weight drained and pugilistic disgrace Margarito even made any attempt at winning.
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Bethlehem, PA- With a (28-4, 16 KO’s, 5 subs) record, UFC middleweight (185 lbs) champion Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva is arguably the number one fighter in the world right now. Therefore, it’s safe to say he’s without question the best middleweight in the world; or is he? Or is he? The man who has slipped through the cracks is Bellator middleweight champion Hector ‘Lightning’ Lombard (29-2-1, 16 KO’s 6 subs), quite possibly Silva’s biggest threat at 185 pounds who is not in the UFC.
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PREPONDERANCE OF EVIDENCE ENOUGH FOR ME
San Francisco, CA
Superman Is Fiction
- There was an article floating around the Internet yesterday that claimed a sparring partner had shot Manny Pacquiao
up with steroid injections. I posted the article and then when the original source pulled it, I did as well. That being said, having been a boxer with over 40 years of involvement, it wasn’t that I didn’t believe the story, but when the original link went south, I decided to go in another direction.
MANY THINK MANNY TOOK STEROIDS & THE LIKE
Look, this is not a subject that should be taken lightly. Being suspected of wrongdoing can be a heavy cross to bare. That being said, I find it hard to NOT believe that Manny Pacquiao has used Performance Enhancement Drugs. The king of all sport cheats, the now reformed Victor Conte of BALCO Labs fame, is the opinion that nobody can bulk up the way Pacquiao has on fish and rice alone. Now while I disagree on certain matters with Conte, personally I feel he is biting his tongue on the this and the Barry Bonds matter. Having personally watched Pacquiao grow from a skinny 122 lb. fighter personally to a 145 lb. monster, to me this is not from a diet of fish and rice.
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THE FARCE THAT WASN’T IF YOU HAD CLEAR VISION
Jorge "Show Stealer" Arce
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.
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WHO WOULD WANT TO WATCH THIS FIGHT AGAIN?
San Francisco, CA- The genius of promoter Bob Arum lining up the Pacquaio-Mosley was thwarted by Shane Mosley totally uninspiring performance against Manny Pacquiao. It was so bad that Black fans, mainly the females at Ricky’s Sports Theater in San Leandro, CA, that they were calling Shane the lazy N-word! Many African-Americans were shamed by Mosley’s lack of effort. And seeing the fight will be re shown on CBS TV in the next week or so, much like the Floyd Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya high profile fight of 2007, it was such a major turnoff that there is no way it can cultivate new boxing fans.
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SO FAR AHEAD OF SOME MEDIA TYPES, I GET LONESOME!
San Francisco, CA- Having broken this story a fortnight ago on the radio, and then had Nick Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie confirm such a week later, I don’t want to say I told you so, but I did. Diaz is not facing some club fighting stiff, although Jeff Lacy is not the powerhouse he was once was as IBF 168 lb. champ. Shoulder surgeries, the shutout by the betting underdog Joe Calzaghe, in addition to other setbacks against lesser foes, Lacy has a name, a decent left hook and will probably be pummeled by Diaz of Stockton, CA.
ACCUSE ME OF SHILLING AGAIN…WON’T SOME OF YOU?
When I saw Nick Diaz fight in preliminary MMA matches in San Jose, I knew that there were few that could tame this lion from Stockton, CA if he continued to progress. Having won the Strikeforce welterweight (170 lbs) title and being the one guy that could probably handle UFC counterpart Georges St. Pierre, the Canadian would prefer to not face Diaz, instead pad his record with lesser types. Look for Diaz to bust Lacy up, this mainly to prove that he can. Don’t know if he would continue professional boxing after making such a statement, but the man that does Triathlons shouldn’t be taken lightly by anybody and is certainly the top MMA fighter in Strikeforce.
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SHANE MORE LIKELY TO MAKE A STAND THAN TO FALL EARLY
New York, NY- This weekend will showcase what will be undoubtedly the biggest match up of the year, when Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2 38 KOs) faces “Sugar Shane” Mosley (46-6-1 39 KOs) in Las Vegas. This matchup will feature two legends although ‘on paper’ there will be a huge gap in ability. Although I may be playing a little devils advocate here, I believe many in the media are dead wrong if they think that Manny will easily cut through Mosley like a hot knife through butter. I’m not saying Mosley should be the favorite but I do believe that he will bring it, despite being the elder statesman and make this match competitive for as long as it lasts.
MOSLEY HAS NOT LOOKED AS BAD AS PEOPLE SAY
Mosley is the same fighter he has always been. He’s never looked good against slick boxers and he’s always excelled against brawlers. Pacquiao isn’t a typical Mosley opponent in this sense, but he will provide openings that Mosley can exploit if he lands. Let’s remember that in Mosley’s last two performances, he lost a lopsided decision to an undefeated pure boxer in Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0 25 KOs) and followed that by earning a disputable draw against a slick and naturally bigger Sergio Mora (22-2-2 6 KOs). I would challenge anyone to produce solid evidence that those outcomes would have been much different had Mosley been in his prime.
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Friday, May 6, 2011
Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, NV (ESPN 2) Diego Magdaleno (18-0, 6 KOs) vs. Gilberto Leon (31-8-2, 11 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Diego 11-5. If Diego could punch, he’d be an overwhelming favorite. Crafty Leon should make him work for win.
Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA (Telefutura) Librado Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) vs. Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-3, 11 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Andrade 3-1. Dropping $900 beans to garner $300.
Randy Caballero (9-0, 5 KOs) vs. Francis Ruiz (9-4, 4 KOs) Odds/Prediction: 4-1. Randy a notch or even two above foe. If you can find a place to bet this fight, run with Caballero.
- Rene Alvarado (13-0, 8 KOs) vs. Eliecer Lanzas (9-0, 5 KOs) Odds/Prediction: 12-5 ex-champ & Managua Mayor Alexis Arguello was murdered, just like Arturo Gatti. Alvarado 11-5, looks like the better prospect here.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV(Showtime PPV) Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) vs. Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) (WBO/World 147 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Read more