San Francisco, CA– The sport of boxing has been missing from the TV Guide of the American masses for almost a quarter century. While there are a plethora of reasons why boxing could not get on Network TV, the bottom line is the “Boxing Establishment,” which can easily be described as the games’s top 2% greatly flourished in a time when it’s audience was significantly shrinking.
NO NETWORK TV “INTENTIONAL” BY ARUM, ET AL?
Stop scratching your head and I’ll take you down the road of greed that kept the sport from Network TV and why people like promoters Bob Arum, Don King, et al, really didn’t care whether they had Network TV or not because they were pocketing millions on Pay Per View.
ARUM DIDN’T GET BOXING BACK ON FREE TV
Again, if you’re making hundreds of millions of dollars serving a minuscule percentage of the US population, why would Arum and company need to reach out to the masses? They didn’t need to and apparently didn’t want to put boxing on Network TV because “the boxing establishment” was getting fatter than the late Cedric Kushner in the 1980s sans any Network or free TV.
HAYMON & ARUM HAVE BITTER DIFFERENCES
Al Haymon and Bob Arum are Harvard graduates. That is where the comparisons stop. Haymon is a Black entrepreneur who made money promoting musical acts. Arum is a White ex-US Attorney General and admitted Felon who made his money in boxing and wedlock.
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South San Francisco, CA– While jogging weeks before his death, I literally ran into Eric “The Prince” Martin for the last time. Running through the streets of this little city, a community a few miles south of The City by The Bay, Eric turned the corner at Grand & Maple. He was leaving the Physique Magnifique boxing gym where he was the “House” trainer. We talked, nothing major, exchanged wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead.
“SUPER SIZE ME” DIET KILLED “THE PRINCE”
One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s hands down over a filet, and in the end that would lead to his death. A type 2 Diabetic, that and complications from a tooth extraction brought Eric’s life to an end December 23, 2007 at the age of 48.
CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GREAT BOXER SANS CONNECTIONS
Uncrowned Champ Eric Martin
Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop or drop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be and or beat the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, Eric couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St.
ERIC WAS PIMPED BY THEN MANAGER
Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent who would go anywhere and fight.
DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED
I mentioned Martin had fought seven guys who claimed world titles. Eric made the boxing world take note when he all but bi*ch slapped future World champ Lupe Aquino (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier card in 1983, resulting in an absurd draw. Not impressive physically, but always in shape, Eric needed four rounds to make the “house” judges realize he was in the fight, let alone winning it! Mateo, who died in 2005 from a heart attack really had little regard for Eric, and like a guy in love with a crack addict, Martin put up with Mateo to a point where I might have wanted to end the manager’s role, if not his life.
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CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST ON DAVID A. AVILA San Francisco, CA– About ten years ago I got a hold of the Balco Laboratories Grand Jury transcripts. Balco, what’s Balco? That was the Burlingame, CA firm run by convicted millionaire Felon Victor Conte that supplied Performance Enhancing Drugs to athletes such as Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones, NFL’s Bill Romanowski and a number of MLB players that included home run king Barry Bonds. Jones was stripped of her Olympic medals and records in a number of Track & Field events. Bonds was essentially banished from baseball when the SF Giants let him go and no other MLB team showed any interest.
David. A. Avila
MOSLEY ON STEROIDS IN OSCAR REMATCH
Another athlete that testified before the San Francisco Federal Grand Jury was boxer Shane Mosley. Subpoenaed by the Justice Dept., the Pomona, CA native and former heralded lightweight (135 lb.) and welterweight (147) king admitted to using undetectable Anabolic Steroids dubbed “The Clear” & “The Creme.”
TOOK FOUR YEARS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MENTION
Mosley’s testimony was NEVER reported by another news provider, be it newspaper, radio, magazine, TV news, people whom I assumed had access to the transcripts never mentioned Mosley and Steroids until Sports Illustrated. Having hinted for weeks at what I had, it was clear, like Operation Matchbox I was running solo. Thinking something like this might get you a phone call from the Boxing Writers of America, but no as they are part of The Boxing Establishment.
FACTS DAVID A. AVILA IGNORED
1) Shane Mosley had been ordered to testify here in San Francisco and granted immunity provided he were totally truthful. 2) Under oath Mosley admitted to using banned Anabolic Steroids and EPO (blood doping) provided by Conte. 3) During an investigation, Shane Mosley lied in writing and through his attorney when telling the Nevada State Athletic Commission he had taken NO Performance Enhancing Drugs when they asked. (Shane admitted in 2009 that he did just that in a video posted below.) 4) His urine test was “destroyed” by reps of the Nevada Commission shortly after the Oscar De La Hoya rematch of 2004. 5) Mosley even “beat the machine” as the future Hall of Famer was given a Lie Detector (Polygraph) test arranged by his attorney Judd Burstein and according to the results, the Lie Detector said Mosley was telling the truth in his denial of illegal drug usage, SOMETHING which he admitted to later under oath.
MOSLEY ADMITS STEROIDS & EPO ON VIDEOTAPE
A tit for tat lawsuit with the aforementioned Victor Conte forced Mosley to testify in 2009. In this videotaped deposition, Mosley admits to taking Anabolic Steroids, EPO and get this, he also acknowledged knowing EXACTLY what he was taking before he took it.
MGM GRAND AND GARY SHAW SNATCH PRESS CREDENTIAL
Mosley’s now ex-wife Jin “Ching-Ching” Mosley went to the MGM Grand’s Scott Ghertener and promoter Gary Shaw. On fight day, the press credentials for myself and Favio Flores were pulled for the Mosley-Winky Wright fight.
MOSLEY’S USE AVILA LIKE ATTACK HAMSTER!
A short time later, writer David Avila wrote a scathing story where both Mrs. Mosley and Shane’s father Jack Mosley called me everything but my name. They said not only that was I wrong, but that I was making the Grand Jury admissions up. Like a real journalist, (sic) Avila ate this crap up like popcorn at a movie, not realizing who had bought said popcorn.
AVILA’S PUTRID FAILURES AS JOURNALIST
Taking everything the Mosley’s said as gospel, Avila vilified and trashed me. But the reality is that everything I said or printed, turned out to be true as #’s 1-5 above clearly illustrate. But did David Avila ever print a retraction? Did he ever admit to being punked by the Mosley’s? No, like the people that stick by the JFK story that Oswald acted alone, Avila never bothered to look or investigate BEYOND ANYTHING the Mosley’s said.
DAVID A. AVILA TO “BOYCOTT” AL HAYMON SHOWS
Recently, I read that Avila was whining because he did not get a Press Credential for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. He took it to the masses, voicing how he was so wronged. Ms. Avila, to call you a horrid failure as a journalist is not sufficient. You are a tool of the Boxing Establishment that was used to try and kill the messenger.
FAILED EVERY ASPECT OF JOURNALISTIC ETHICS
Never bothering to check the facts, David Avila failed to practice the most primitive of teachings learned in journalism. Having stated that my sources were aligned with the San Francisco Chronicle, this after writers Mark F. Wada and Lance Williams broke the Balco story before penning “Game Of Shadows.” They had the Mosley evidence only they didn’t use it.
CAN YOU BELIEVE DAVID AVILA?
Recently writing for the SweetScience.com, Avila could have picked up the phone and I would have read the Mosley testimony to him. But he didn’t care as long as this whining little bitch had access to Mosley, got his press credentials and post fight hot dogs. In closing, I don’t think David A. Avila was unwillingly punked by the Mosley’s, for he soon knew that bold out right lies were written under his byline and did nada. In closing, Avila is what he is, a weak tool who somebody bought a computer and thus David A. Avila became a urinal-ist.
WATCH/LISTEN AS MOSLEY ADMITS TO STEROIDS
Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below under the advertising.
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Las Vegas, NV– Bob Arum is the most powerful man in boxing! As the man behind the Top Rank promotional firm, Arum, a Harvard graduate in the late 1950s, became a United States Attorney under then Attorney General Robert Kennedy. While collecting tax money from a Sonny Liston heavyweight title defense circa 1962, Arum was bitten by the boxing bug. After the assassination of President John Kennedy, Arum felt the need to resign his position with the “G” and became a boxing promoter.
THIS “QUOTE” ON ARUM’S TOMBSTONE!
With Muhammad Ali his first client, Arum has been involved in big fights since the mid 1960s. His most famous quote is, “Yesterday I was lying, but today I’m telling the truth.”
MET WITH & SENT BRIBE MONEY TO LEE
In the mid 1990s, Arum committed a host of Felonies when he admittedly gave then IBF President Bob Lee over $100,000 as a “bribe” to allow George Foreman, then heavyweight champ, to fight Axel Schultz instead of a top contender. He accomplished this by laundering the money through Europe with then booking agent Stan Hoffman. Shortly thereafter, Arum admitted such in a US Dept. of Justice affidavit that was published here at RingTalk.com. The fallout saw Arum fined in a number of states, while unable to promote in Arizona.
San Francisco, CA– The plot thickens as more people band together to sue Manny Pacquiao over his entering a ring Saturday with Floyd Mayweather with only one arm. His NOT telling anybody, most notably the governing Nevada State Athletic Commission, that he had a severely torn right (shoulder) rotator cuff muscle is criminal in my mind!
CHANCE OF VICTORY “SLIM & NONE”
Going in, most people not drinking the Pinoy’s Kool Aid realized that a finely tuned and in condition Manny Pacquiao, in other words at his absolute best, was in an uphill battle with Mayweather, considered the far more skilled of the pair. Like Don King said, “His chances are Slim & none, and Slim just left town.”
HOOKS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE WITH SHOULDER CUFF TEAR
An MRI taken a fortnight ago revealed to Team Pacquiao (led by Freddie Roach) the severe tear on the (rotator cuff muscle) right shoulder of the Filipino. Pacquiao, a southpaw (left hander) utilizes the right hand to jab and throw hooks, a punch that requires the shoulder to throw an arching roundhouse (sort of) punch.
MANNY PACQUIAO LEFT TWO OF THREE WEAPONS IN LOS ANGELES
Normally, Manny Pacquiao throws double, sometimes triple jabs. His right jab, even if used to set up a left cross or gauge distance, is something Pac did not have. The right hooks that he utilized with skill and power prior were not part of Manny’s arsenal Saturday night.
THAT LEAVES MANNY WITH ONE HAND/WEAPON
All Manny had at 100 % was the left cross. Do you think celeb Mark Wahlberg, who bet $250,000 on Manny Pacquiao with Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, P Diddy), do you think he would have wagered a quarter of a million dollars if he’d known of Pacquiao’s severely torn Rotator Cuff muscle? Can I get a resounding, “Hell No.”
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San Francisco, CA– A trainer or owner would not have entered a three-legged horse in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. And yet, in boxing’s version of the Kentucky Derby, Manny Pacquiao was just that a three-legged horse and the fact trainer Freddie Roach and company kept this under wraps after a Los Angles MRI seven days prior revealed such, to me this is nothing short of “Fight Fixing” and “Fraud.”
GOD’S CHILD PACQUIAO DECEIVED THE WORLD
Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran are the first of what could be thousands of plaintiffs, conceivably millions of people were duped into thinking Pacquiao was going to fight Mayweather in good physical condition. The plaintiffs feel that anyone who bought tickets, forked out pay per view fees or bet on the fight were deceived as the defendants “knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff.”
CONSPIRACY & FIGHT FIXING CHARGES APPLICABLE?
There were a group of individuals that knew Pacquiao had a “severe” injury to the jab and hooking arm, his right. Having had a slight tear, I know I had problems picking up a soda before I rehabbed the shoulder sans surgery. But the tear to Manny’s shoulder is so severe that surgery will keep him on the shelf for a year.
San Francisco, CA– With “The Fight” days away, the weekend prior to the mega event offered up one surprise in that Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) took the WBC 168 lb. strap from Anthony “Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) via Majority Decision 12. Simply put, the relatively unknown to some, a Black Swede forced the fight from the start until the end. Scores at ringside Hubert Minn 116-112, Rey Danseco 115-113 and Robert Hecko 114-114. As for Jack, a “work in progress,” he wants George Groves in the UK.
KLITSCHKO WINS AGAIN
Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) defended the World heavyweight title for the 19th time with a UD 12 over Bryant Jennings (19-1-1. 12 KOs) with the cards reading Max DeLuca 118-109, Steve Weisfeld 116-111, Robin Taylor 116-111. Giant Gypsy Tyson Fury is next as the fight goes to purse bids within 180 days…
CANCER KILLER PREVAILS
Now 29-1, 26 KOs, Daniel Jacobs, who has beaten Cancer, TKO 12 Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs) in a WBA middleweight (160 lb.) contest (You thought “Triple G” was champ, right?)
San Francisco, CA– After a jaunt around the Bay Area to talk boxing with purists, there is little chance of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao doing anything other than breaking a number of financial records. Because at the end of the day this isn’t Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran I.
WHY IS THERE NO REAL FLOYD-MANNY BUZZ
Nobody seemed to be overly excited, not even slightly animated and on a scale of 1-10 the fight of the century (thus far) has not got the public striving for every word on the fight. Does that bode well for a anticipated 3.5 million PPV buys?
RESPONSE TO FIGHT IS QUEER
A lot of this has to do with Mayweather-Pacquiao being an event like the Grammy and Oscar awards rather than that of a recognized superfight. If you wanted to go, 500 tickets went on sale this week and reportedly were gone in 60 seconds.
San Francisco, CA– Just about everybody, including myself, did the Freddie Blassie act on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after he was routed by Andrzej Fonfara this past Saturday on Showtime.
SON OF A LEGEND ACT “STALE” FOR YEARS
Not only has his being Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s “son of a legend” act grown old, Jr. no longer has the momentum he once had on Bob Arum’s Top Rank plantation. in addition, his skill set is not where it should be after 50 professional fights.
RICH KID TOO WELL FED FOR SUCCESS
Having studied the kid early on, this at a time when he didn’t even shave regularly, I watched this rich Mexican kid work a room of media in San Jose, CA, circa his professional debut AND it was obvious to me that Jr. knew from the start that he could never come close to the heights of Julio Sr.
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San Francisco, CA– Although Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has some ability, he cannot beat up bigger men as Andrzej Fonfara proved Saturday night when Fonfara from the start until the end, lit Chavez Jr. up like the White House Christmas Tree in a light heavyweight (special weight 172 lb.) contest at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA via Showtime.
“SON OF LEGEND” BEATEN UP BAD
Chavez’s only plus was Fonfara had a point taken for a “shoulder butt” by referee Jerry Cantu in the seventh. The Chavez Jr. low light for his devout Mexican fans was his whining to the referee because his own weight woes put him in with a natural bigger and obviously stronger guy.
LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTED UPSET
On “Ring Talk,” the Saturday edition, Larry Merchant picked Andrzej to upset Chavez Jr., taking into account the natural size (body mass) advantage Fonfara has and that he went the route with linear champ Adonis Stevenson in 2014. Post fight, the Hall of Famer said. “The fight went about the way I thought it would. At 160 he had a size advantage. What I can’t believe is that Jr. turned down a $10 million deal to fight Gennady Golovkin from Top Rank (Bob Arum).
AL HEYMON LOSES WITH CHAVEZ
Having cherry picked opponents for years, Chavez Jr., undisciplined, a middleweight (160) if he were semi-dedicated, had been as high as a rumored 215, before making 171 plus change Friday. Fonfara in the upset threw a wrench at a potential Chavez-Stevenson or any Chavez-Gennady Golovkin fight.
San Francisco, CA– In one of a number of conversations with the great Sugar Ray Robinson, Ray clearly indicated that he didn’t think much of then current middleweight (160 lbs.) champ Marvin Hagler. These conversations came six months after Hagler had narrowly defeated Roberto Duran. Ray. He used the term “great” to define two fighters at the time. One being Duran, the other his namesake Sugar Ray Leonard.
ROBINSON THE GREAT ON HAGLER’S GREATNESS?
When I specifically brought up the status of Hagler, Ray who finished a 24 year career in 1965 at 173-19-6, with 108 KOs put it like this. Hagler isn’t yet a great fighter. Duran is, even though he got knocked out last night (Tommy Hearns), a great fighter. He almost beat Hagler last time. Duran’s a little guy compared to Hagler. I think he was out of shape last night, but that punch (Tommy Hearns threw) was beautiful. Switching the subject back to Hagler, something that I realized you had to do with Robinson, who would die less than five years later from Alzheimer’s disease.
RAY STILL HAD HIS WITS ABOUT HIM
Ray continued, “Who did Hagler fight, other than Duran? The Englishman (Alan Minter) wasn’t much. None of the guys that Hagler has fought have been great fighters. And he barely beat a rising welterweight (lightweight) champion (Duran). Hagler comes in good shape, he can fight, and he’s a southpaw. I just don’t know if he’s a great fighter, yet.”
San Francisco, CA– Originally, this was entitled Cocaine, Boxing, Thug Life, the Murders of Robert Quiroga and “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe, which brought back a lot of bad memories for people in boxing that knew both Akeem and Quiroga. A severely brain damaged Anifowoshe, 23-1, 18 KOs, died in 1994 attempting a comeback after deportation back to his native Nigeria. Before I go on, boxing did nothing for Akeem after he nearly died in that 1991 IBF title tilt with Quiroga. A broken young man in many ways turned to hustling Cocaine for which he was busted and deported.
NIGHT ROBERT QUIROGA WAS MURDERED
Robert and some friends had been drinking at a San Antonio tavern for a few hours late one night in 2004. They then grabbed a case of beer and headed for a friends house. Once there, the partying continued and Quiroga started jamming a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, Robert Merla, because Merla stole a Scarface poster years earlier, taking it by threat of force. Felling humiliated, Merla left the party. He then lay in wait until Quiroga, who was drunk, exited the house some 15 minutes later.
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Floyd Talks & Manny Listens
San Francisco, CA– The reason why Ernest Hemmingway’s Hall of Fame boxing writing buddy Jimmy Cannon (1919-1973) proclaimed, “Boxing is the red light district of sports,” is because it is. Truth be told, you won’t find more pimps and whores in any other entity outside of the prostitution trade itself.
LIMO DRIVING FLOYD NEED NOT PICK UP WALKING MANNY
That being said, pimps come in all colors and forms when it comes to boxing. They can be network heads, managers, trainers, advisors, and oh yeah, some boxers are adept at the pimping trade as well. That being said, Floyd Mayweather be pimping and Manny Pacquiao is his Philippine call girl.
San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Fame journalist and broadcater Larry Merchant. Larry brought out that there are no ongoing nogotiations between Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao. There never have been. And he also spelled out Al Heymon’s deal with NBC. Merchant was all about Deontay Wilder.
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New York, NY– The hype train has picked up some steam again and it’s that time of year to hope and pray for amicable negotiations between Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and his former promoter’s (Bob Arum) prized superstar, Emmanuel Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). But just like four years ago, don’t hold your breath.
MIFFED MASSES CAN’T SEE FOREST FOR THE TREES
Since it’s impossible to know what’s really going on behind the scenes, all the fans and media have to rely on are persistent rumors and sound bites. But these things can only offer up parts of the truth and ultimately will leave most up to imagination. This is where indignant opinions and heated debates are sparked from the embers of an overdue fire that continuously burns out.
ARUM KEEPS PEOPLE HANGING ON
Anyone privy to Pacquiao’s promoter, Arum and his blurts about the obstacles facing a potential mega bout assume that Floyd Mayweather is simply full of excuses and never wanted to face Pacquiao. But is that based on evidence, or is it Arum painting an eloquent picture? Could it be, that Arum has simply designed a narrative to keep Manny as a valuable commodity within his own stable of fighters and a loss to Floyd is equivalent to letting the cat out of the bag.
MASSA’ BOB KEEPS PAC ON SHORT LEASH
Manny Pacquiao is Bob Arums most valuable commodity, he’s marketable, like able and has become a real people’s champion in his native Philippines and other parts of the world. This is certainly not a commodity Arum wishes to lose and like any savvy business man, he’s keeping him and the money close. In boxing, it is only at the point when a commodity loses its value.
NOBODY AT TOP RANK READY FOR TOP SLOT
Although Manny’s star power has dimmed in recent years, he is still by far the biggest name under the Top Rank promotional banner. Arum’s insisted over the years that his guy is capable of defeating Floyd Jr. But instead of doing all he could to make the fight, it appears that Bob has simply leveraged Mayweather’s alleged fear to boost the status of the superstar Pinoy.