November 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
LAS VEGAS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS!
MAFIA DAYS WERE GOOD
And while the majority of you have never spent time in Mob casinos and hotels, they treated you with class. Is Las Vegas better without Mafia influence is the desired topic of this discussion.
WIFE & KIDS IN THE STATION WAGON
The Mafia treated Mr. & Mrs. Visitor so good that repeat customers to my Mob hangout, the Stardust, would drive in from neighboring states, bring their kids, park outside their rooms in pre-21st century Las Vegas and gamble, spend time by the pool and just relax.
BATTLE OF THE BUFFETS
When the last remnants of the Mob were in power some 25 years ago, you were taken care of. Comps, comps, everybody had comps. While the casinos duked it out with prime rib specials well under a dime, the only less than $10 meal were at McDonalds and Panda Express.
AVERAGE GUY FELT LIKE A KING
The Mob guys that were in charge of casinos and the like, again, they had class and realized customer satisfaction was paramount. And still common sense tells me not to name those who ruled before Corporate America, a Mob slicker and more powerful that the Mafia, took aver.
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November 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I first met Oscar De La Hoya circa 1989, he was a teenager in high school. Having heard nothing but accolades about De La Hoya by some amateur trainers, was he really that good? I got my answer at the Dame’ Boxing Club in the City of Angels when a 16 or 17-year old De La Hoya took apart world ranked lightweight (135 lb.) John Montes. This was greatness at work, at least that’s what I thought as Oscar boxed more like one of history’s greats Alexis Arguello, than a teenager from East Los Angeles.
LATE CECILIA DE LA HOYA USED TO ANSWER PHONE!
When calling for interviews on “Ring Talk” (now on the I Heart Radio Network) Oscar’s mother, the late Cecilia De La Hoya who was a Breast Cancer victim, used to answer the phone. Always polite, Oscar was a kid that would blush when told a dirty joke. The early radio helped De La Hoya get ready for the media blitz that would be his life after winning the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal at 132 lbs.
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October 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY
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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June 9th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava
COLD WAR MAY NOT BE AS OVER AS WE THINK
DON’T BE CONFUSED BY THE HYPE!
The issue at heart here was never Arum vs. De La Hoya & Schaefer. Bob Arum’s real adversary is the powerful and mysterious boxing advisor Al Haymon. Many of the men we have been watching fight under the Golden Boy banner are not even signed to the promotional company but are advised by Haymon who has been using Golden Boy to display his stable on TV. The most famous example of this is Floyd Mayweather, who although not contractually tied to Golden Boy has been had his last nine fights (all against Golden Boy fighters) the lead promoter. Other fighters who fall into this category are Adrien Broner, Ishe Smith, Deontay Wilder and others.
HAYMON & SCHAEFER “BETWEEN THE SHEETS”
There are other fighters who are both signed to Golden Boy and advised by Al Haymon. Although I believe that we will see a joint promotion between Golden Boy and Top Rank for the first time in a few years, my money says it will not include any Golden Boy fighters who are managed by Haymon. Included in this category are Amir Khan, Robert Guerrero, Paulie Malignaggi, Peter Quillin, and Marcos Maidana to name a few. The actual amount of Golden Boy fighters who are not backed by Haymon, such as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Abner Mares are few. This leads us to point number two.
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May 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
OVER THE HILL MARQUEZ GETS FOE WITH WEIGHTY ISSUES
MARQUEZ AN ALMOST .500 FIGHTER OF LATE
WHAT MAKES JMM A “GREAT” FIGHTER?
All of this hyperbole about his being a “great” fighter is just that. Marquez is a good fighter, one that is usually well prepared for battle. But don’t confuse him for a knockout artist, a fighter that spews excitement like Marvin Hagler, no JMM is just a guy that happened to give Manny Pacquiao trouble. Outside of that, what has he done since losing his WBA 126 lb. strap to Chris John in 2006? Even though he bested an old and worn out Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz, the only real JMM “highlight reel” type of stuff is the Pacquiao fights.
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May 4th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
OSCAR DE LA HOYA EMPIRE TO IMPLODE?
OSCAR IN DRAG & SCHAEFER RAN GOLDEN BOY
You see while Oscar was trying to sniff up all the cocaine in Colombia, Richard was running everything and this was before advice nurse Al Haymon came into the Golden Boy picture. Word has it that “Big Al’s” boys are not signed to Golden Boy and that the nondescript Haymon would team with Schaefer and bring his stable of talent to a company he and Schaefer would form to fight on Showtime.
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April 17th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
MANNY PACQUIAO HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE
BRADLEY LEFT TOOLS AT HOME
Tim Bradley was not a betting favorite but appeared determined and motivated enough to earn an undisputed victory over his rival. Although it was the right attitude, his methods proved to be flawed as he burnt himself out early looking to land a knockout punch, which is not something Bradley is known for. A better game plan would have been centered around boxing and out landing Manny, as Tim has the better defense and could have avoided additional punishment by playing it smart.
PACQUIAO BACK NEAR TOP OF ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST?
Some are speculating that Manny has now placed himself near the top of the ‘pound for pound’ lists. The Bradley win coupled with Andre Ward and Sergio Marinez’ inactivity, could conceivably place Manny at a top three to five slot in the minds of some. But given Martinez vs Miguel Cotto in June, the landscape could easily shift again shortly. For now, Manny can at the very least benefit from the perception that he’s still viable against the best in the division.
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March 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ONE SCARY NIGHT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS
DON’T SAY CHAVEZ HAD ONE LOSS COVERED UP!
After conversing in broken Spanglish, I bought a couple of guys a beer as we discussed Julio Cesar Chavez, the so-called greatest Mexican fighter in history. Going through the Chavez resume, which at the time stood at 68 & ZIP was easy. But there was the fight in JC’s hometown of Culican, Mexico, a city controlled by Coke traffickers in which Chavez was disqualified and I’m told and the commission is said to have changed the result the next day. Remembering that puddle of blood at the bar’s entrance, I let my hosts tell Chavez history in their own way before backing out of the joint.
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March 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
VIDEOTAPE OF “GREAT” FIGHT FOR YOUSan Francisco, CA- The stage was set. The grudge filled rivalry that is Mexico vs. Puerto Rico was in play here. In Lupe Pintor’s corner you will see WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Across the ring with champion Wilfredo Gomez was the great late Yamil Charde. Simply put, Yamil Charde was the Godfather of Puerto Rican boxing. The referee was the iconic Arthur Mercante Sr.
AMERICA’S VOICE OF BOXING, TV, MORE!
Introducing the fighters was the late Jimmy Lennon Sr. Being March 3, 1982, this was “old school” boxing at it’s best with Don King in his prime. Lennon Sr., a household face who appeared on countless television shows and feature films, his voice was pure Americana. Mr. Lennon, that’s what I called him, to everybody else he was just Jimmy, passed in 1992.
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March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- We have talked about how Larry Holmes had a hard road to hoe in following Muhammad Ali. That being said, if there was ever a main event that could not live up to the semi-main, it was Thomas Hearns & Wilfred Benitez having to enter the ring after Wilfredo Gomez and Lupe Pintor. The exact date was December 3, 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, with the wirehaired wonder Don King promoting this card at the Louisiana Superdome.
MEET LUPE PINTOR FOLKS
Before we get to the fight, let’s water the plant first. Lupe Pintor was a “rugged” Mexican fighter who went 12-1, 9 KOs in Mexico before coming to the Great Western Forum and meeting Albert Davila in February 1976. In a battle of bantamweights that would both go on to win World titles, Davila prevailed via unanimous decision.
INTER STABLE FIGHT WITH ZARATE
Losing a couple of decisions along the way, Pintor was matched with the great Carlos Zarate (54-1, 53 KOs, only loss to Gomez) in Las Vegas on June 3, 1978. I believe they were both managed by Cuyo Hernandez, and Zarate a top five P4P guy at the time was not going to re-sign with Hernandez. After 15 rounds, judges Harold Buck and Art Lurie both saw it 143-142 Pintor, while Bob Martin scored the fight, are you ready, 145-133 for Zarate. That’s 12-3 in rounds! Feeling he had been screwed, Carlos would retire and not fight again for seven years.
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March 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Attorney Edward Moriarity may have been thinking “St. Valentines Day Massacre of Top Rank,” as the United States 9th District Court of Appeals in this California city was set to hear oral arguments in the case of “Yory Boy” Campas and Joe Diaz vs. Top Rank, et al on Valentines Day 2014. The Top Rank side of the ledger apparently decided against the Oral Arguments and both sides will now submit Written Briefs.
CAMPAS & DIAZ ESQUIRE “WON” BEFORE US SUPREME COURT
The attorney representing Diaz and Campas again is Edward Moriarity, who has won before the US Supreme Court and is considered one of the country’s “Super lawyers.” Moriarity, through the Freedom of Information Act and others, has documents that clearly illustrate that there truly was the “Ongoing Criminal Enterprise” that I said there was in the peak if the Operation Matchbox investigation.
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February 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MAYWEATHER SENDS OUT TWEET AND ASKS FANS TO PICK HIS NEXT FIGHT
This week amidst bad publicity about a potential fight with former 140lb champion Amir Khan(28-3, 19 KOs), a fighter with no credentials whatsoever in the welterweight (147lb) division, WBC welterweight king and pound for pound superstar Floyd Mayweather asked his fans via twitter “Who should I fight? Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana (35-3, 30 KOs)?” Maidana is clearly the better opponent when you consider he’s actually had his last 5 bouts at welterweight.
However when you look closer, while Maidana certainly has earned the fight on the surface, he’s really no world beater to a certain extent. To put it mildly, he has no shot at beating Floyd. He will try, and that makes for what in essence would be a slaughter. Certainly a fighter who will fall right into the supreme counter punchers hands and make him look good. As effective as he was against Mayweather clone, or should I say “wannabe” Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) in a 12 round decision victory in December, Floyd won’t just be standing there to get hit. When he chooses to stay in the pocket against Maidana, expect the Argentiniean to be on the receiving end of hooks and right crosses.
MAYWEATHER POLL MISSING HIS OBVIOUS NEMESIS
If both Floyd and Manny Pacquiao(55-5-2, 38 KOs) win their next bouts, and thats no certainty (Manny must defeat Tim Bradley(31-0, 12 KOs) in their rematch in April), they certainly at the least need to enter some sort of negotiation. For as much as Goldenboy Promotions and Top Rank don’t appear to want to do any business together, Bob Arum and Don King could put their differences aside to negotiate a superfight if need be.
VIDEO:MANNY SAYS HIS LINES ARE OPEN 24/7!
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December 30th, 2013 By RingTalk
Manila, Philippines – Tax experts and veteran officials from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) opined yesterday that it is not the duty of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to file and pay income tax in the United States out of his earnings from boxing there. They said that responsibility lies with his promoter, Top Rank Promotions owned by Bob Arum, under the US withholding tax system upon which the withholding tax system provision in the Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of the Philippines was copied.
The tax experts said that under the scheme, Pacquiao gets his cash prize net of tax and that the same formula is applied when Pacquiao receives his pay for endorsing commercial products and his share from the pay-per view proceeds of his boxing fights. In case of deficits in the payment of the final withholding tax, they said Bob Arum’s obligation is to remit the deficiency to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US and later he should ask Pacquiao to reimburse it because he is considered a non-resident alien. READ MORE…
December 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Having known New Jersey native Joe Diaz for a decade now, I have to tell you this 74-year old boxing trainer who ran the Top Level Gym in Phoenix, AZ for more than 15 years is quite a man. The gym is now shuttered and Diaz has relocated and with a new gym in Montana. There is a plethora of reasons as to why this man deserves accolades, but first up the intestinal fortitude that this David-like character has displayed in a battle against a number of Goliath-like entities is quite telling.
BOXING COMMISSION BRUTALIZED DIAZ
Diaz got nothing in the way of action from the Arizona Athletic Commission after Top Rank agent and promoter Peter McKinn bounced a $5,000 check to boxer Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas in early 2004. The check issue was put before John Montano, Athletic Commission Director and Mary Rose Wilcox, the scandal-ridden Maricopa County Supervisor who was the Boxing Commission Chairperson at the time and they did nothing in almost a year.
ENTER THE PHOENIX POLICE HANDWRITING EXPERT!
So Diaz took his case to the Phoenix Police in January 2005 when Peter McKinn closed the bank account that the bad check was drawn on. With the case about to be heard by Judge Mendoza of Phoenix, Earl Wilcox, Mary Rose’s hubby, but more importantly an aide to then Governor Janet Napolitano, walked defendant Peter McKinn into the “private” chambers of Judge Mendoza in an attempt to persuade the judge to “throw the case out.” Mendoza refused and had the men jettisoned from his office.
IMAGINE BEING CALLED A LIAR/CROOK & YOU WERE NOT?
For years, Diaz was called a “liar.” You see, Peter McKinn was Top Rank czar Bob Arum’s guy in Arizona, a man who all but controlled Arizona boxing promotions. The “Ruin Joe Diaz” campaign was kicked into high gear and it’s effectiveness intensified when two years into the case, yes two years, McKinn produced a $5,000 cash receipt that was signed, “Joe Diaz.” But handwriting experts and the Phoenix Police said Joe’s signature was a forgery.
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December 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Brandon Rios, who just a fortnight ago put forth a dismal effort against Manny Pacquaio, according to three confirmed sources, flunked the post fight drug test given November 24 in Macao. Below is what I could find on the particular drug.
ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS
Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD), weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.
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