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.
San Francisco, CA- When sports entertainment superstar Eddie Guerrero dropped dead in a Minneapolis hotel room in 2005, the cause of death so said the Minneapolis Coroner was a Heart Attack. The World Wrestling Entertainment folks, headed by Vincent Kennedy McMahon, tried to put the best spin on it they could. They implied that Eddie’s Drug (Cocaine) & Alcohol addictions were the major reasons that Guerrero died. Eddie had cleaned himself up, at least as far as the Coke and booze goes, but he had a massive cache of steroids with him when he dropped dead that nephew Chavo Guerrero and Chris Benoit flushed down the toilet before notifying any authorities that the biggest star in the business at the time, Eddie Guerrero was dead at the age of 38. On Friday, June 22, 2007, Chris Benoit tied up his wife, Nancy Benoit, (hands & feet) and then garroted (strangled) her, this before drugging and then breaking his seven year old son Daniel’s neck on Saturday, all prior to hanging himself Sunday.
NO PLAUSIBLE DENIAL FOR MR. MCMAHON HERE!
The bodies of the Benoit family were found by their next door neighbor Holly on Monday around 3 PM ET, who then ran outside and hysterically told two members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Dept. that, “The family is dead.” Again, this was at 3 PM ET and after the WWE had called the cops and asked them to do a “welfare check” at the Benoit house. She had only saw Nancy dead in the upstairs TV room and Daniel’s body in his bed. Both bodies had Bibles next to them, as did the murderer Chris Benoit when he was found dead from hanging himself in the basement weight room. At 5:30 PM ET, Carl DeMarco, the head of the WWE in Canada called Chris’ mother, Margaret Benoit and blurted out the following, “I considered Chris one of my best friends.” Confused and unaware of the three deaths, Mrs. Benoit replied, “Why are you telling me this?” DeMarco then realized that the Benoit’s were unaware of Chris killing Nancy, Daniel, and then himself. Read more
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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Bethlehem, PA- As much I enjoy MMA and the Bellator Fighting Championships, going into its summer season series opener I did question why they were beginning their new season with a featherweight tournament? Especially considering they just ended season four with one in the same weight class (145 lbs.). However, after watching the four quarterfinal matches in this season’s tourney on Saturday night, I now understand the method to the Bellator madness.
CHAMPION IDOL WHILE STUD PAIRINGS AIR ON MTV2
Even though featherweight champion Joe Warren still hasn’t defended his title against the season four tournament winner Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, which takes place next month, Bellator wasted no time in stacking the field for their next featherweight title challenger. Someone else who wasted no time in his quest was tournament favorite Ronnie ‘Kid Ninja’ Mann (pictured at left). Mann (20-2-1, 3 KO’s 10 subs) used all of four minutes to handle his business as he TKO’d challenger Adam Schindler.
FASTEST GROWING SPORT HAS NO FEMS ON LIST 1) Lorenzo & Frank Fertitta,Dana White: UFC co-owners 2) Joe Silva: UFC vice president for talent relations 3) Georges St. Pierre: UFC welterweight champion 4) Jon Jones: UFC light heavyweight champion 5) Anderson Silva: UFC middleweight champion 6) Brock Lesnar: UFC heavyweight 7) Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn: Trainers 8) Cain Velasquez: UFC heavyweight champion 9) Craig Piligian: Executive producer, Pilgrim Films & Television. 10) Bjorn Rebney: CEO, Bellator Fighting ChampionshipsRead more
New York, NY-Victor Ortiz (27-2-2 22 KOs), the newly crowned WBC welterweight (147 lb.) champion is set to engage in the most meaningful bout of his career on September 17th when he faces off against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0 25 KOs). But while Ortiz has many solid attributes, he has also shown a few of his flaws. What remains unknown is how good Ortiz really is, or can be. With a resume scattered with disappointments, lackluster performances, big victories, soft touches and quality opponents, it’s hard to get a good feel for Ortiz as a fighter. Does he really have the goods or is he simply a big puncher with just enough skill to look good against certain fighters? Looking back at his past might provide some clues, but either way, we’ll find out soon enough.
GOLDEN BOY 2.0 PRODUCTION HALTED FOR REDESIGN
Ortiz’s bout against Marcos Maidana (30-2 27 KOs) was a thriller in 2009 and had fans on edge the entire way though. Ortiz blasted and dropped Maidana and received reciprocity until the bout abruptly ended at the request of a dejected Ortiz nearing the end of the fight. He quit and justified the act, stating that he was too young to take, “all of this punishment”. The fall out for Ortiz was not good. Many asked, how could a prizefighter posses such a faint amount of fortitude and quit based on a baseless threshold for punishment? He didn’t have a broken bone. There were no torn muscles or ligaments. So, what was he thinking? Promoter, Oscar De La Hoya had suddenly been tasked with rebounding the career of a rising star that suffered what was essentially a mental breakdown. Read more
San Francisco, CA- Once the “King of Promoting” worldwide, boxing promoter and staunch Republican Don King is almost a footnote in boxing history? I mean, since the “Bite Fight” between Evander “The Victim” Holyfield and Mike “The Predator” Tyson, what has Don King done? Promote John Ruiz, Nicolay Valuev, and the ever so uninspiring Devon Alexander, one could lay a stake to the claim that Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya have run the Donald out of the fight business.
MAYFIELD RELEASE BETTER THAN OLD DON’S
The rotund Mario Serrano, excellent publicist that he is, broke in pushing Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Having done that with superlative results, and oh yeah, the fighter keeps winning, his latest client Karim Mayfield, a welterweight (147 lbs) out of San Francisco, unbeaten at 13-0-1, 8 KOs and fighting Friday on ESPN 2, Mayfield got more media play than Don King this week trying to resurrect Devon Alexander.
SAW VIDEO, KARIM WAS TAGGING MANNY GOOD!
That being said, Karim was kicking Manny Pacquiao’s butt some in training for the Shane Mosley fight. This is the same fighter that Sergio Mora sent home last autumn because Karim was kicking his ass, this as he prepped for Shane Mosley. “Sergio, his sending me home after two days was a badge of honor. I was kicking his ass pretty good,” said the San Franciscan.
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San Francisco, CA- While I usually wouldn’t waste my time writing about this, you fans would not believe the hate filled posts I received mainly from Filipino fans over my falling apart slightly during my interview with the dying Genaro Hernandez on “Ring Talk Worldwide” last Saturday.
THE PAC FANS WERE THE CULPRITS
I’ve often talked about the lack of class that some of Manny Pacquiao’s fans have, but to diss a man as great as Genaro, this in his final days, it clearly showed that there are a lot of mentally deranged Filipinos sitting in Internet cafes that are so unhappy with their own lives that they would make light of a dying man. President Aquino, this is not the first time a number of your countrymen have displayed such ignorance.
BANNED SOME 500+ PEOPLE OVER GENARO ARTICLE ALONE!Read more
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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New York, NY- Although the fight has not been signed, it looks like Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1 38 KOs) has a solid shot at becoming Manny Pacquiao’s (53-3-2 38 KOs) next opponent. But Marquez must first defeat David Diaz (36-3-1 17 KOs) in July, before getting his third shot at the current ‘pound for pound’ king. A third match between JMM and the Pacman seems made to order as Marquez is one of the only opponents to give Manny any trouble in recent years despite being unable to defeat him. But that was a few years ago. With all things considered, could the outcome be any different today?
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New York, NY - 2011‘s stacked boxing schedule of intrigue continues this weekend and is highlighted on Saturday by 46 year old Hall of Fame bound Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs) attempt to become the oldest fighter in history to capture a major world title when he challenges the durable WBC light heavyweight (175) champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in a rematch of their 2010 draw. The bout will be contested over 12 rounds or less rounds at a sold out Bell Centre Arena in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, live on HBO at 10 PM ET.
SAME OLD, SAME…OLD?
For the better part of the past 22 years, Bernard Hopkins (while defiantly kicking ass in the process) has been calling out the biggest names in the sport. The boxing world took notice of the bombastic talents of Hopkins when he displayed a masterpiece performance against Felix Trinidad (W KO 12). After his artistic beat down over Trinidad, Bernard’s take no prisoners “back alley” brawling style had allowed him to go toe-to-toe with (and beat) world elite combatants such as Oscar De La Hoya (W KO 9), Antonio Tarver (W UD 12), Winky Wright (W UD 12) and Kelly Pavlik (W UD 12) with relative ease. On the contrary, as seen in performances where he had elected to fight in spurts against the likes of Joe Calzaghe (L UD 12) Jermain Taylor (L SD 12, L UD 12), and Roy Jones (L UD 12, in their first fight); Bernard has a tendency to become complaisant, over analyze his foe, and get out hustled. Coming into Saturday’s contest, Hopkins has seven wins against four losses and one draw in his last 12 bouts (1 KO). In his most recent bout, Bernard recovered from two early round knockdowns and fought valiantly en route to a hotly disputed 12 round draw against Jean Pascal. Read more
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.
San Francisco, CA- Boxing is fixed! Not saying Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight was, just the sport in general. I’m sure everyone saw how effortless Mosley acted between the ropes. Hey, people have been getting paid to lose fights since Don King had normal hair. Deservedly so, Manny was the favored fighter, some oddsmakers had it 8-1, which is an astronomical number for upper echelon boxing.
SHANE MOSLEY IS NOW AS OLD AS DIRT
Mosley, now 39 and a professional since losing to the late Vernon Forrest in the 1992 Olympic Trials, this long before dropping two lopsided 12-rounders and the welterweight (147 lbs) title to Vernon in 2002. He has a son taking up the sport now and he should no longer be in the ring, Shane its time to take a seat. Besides, with his slurring his words, experts I know say he is headed towards “Pugilistic Dementia,” or to us common folks, he’s getting “Punch Drunk
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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.
DID YOU KNOW UFC BOUGHT STRIKEFORCE?Read more