April 17th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DON’T DISMISS ALEX ARIZA WHEN HE SPEAKS
Ariza has had his share of red flags working behind the scenes and in the corner. It has been alleged Manny Pacquiao was on Steroids and because of Ariza’s position in the camp, fingers were pointed at him. During the Maidana upset win over Adrien Broner, it appeared to some that Ariza gave Maidana “smelling salts” to revive him between rounds. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. came up dirty, Brandon Rios tested positive in China last year with Ariza on hand. While this is not a pretty picture, so what. My feeling is that Ariza knows his stuff and that you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
PACLAND FANATICS NOT KIND TO ALEX READ MORE…
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.
NOTHING BUT RERUNS & MARKS IN TOP RANK CLOSET READ MORE…
April 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
SAW ARCHIE MOORE LETTERS NOW IN HALL OF FAMESan Francisco, CA- In the late 1980s, the late Godfather of boxing writers Jack Fiske showed me a number of handwritten letters from then light heavyweight challenger Archie Moore. “The Old Mongoose” eloquently penned letters to boxing journalists around the world before Joey Maxim was “pressured” by the media to defend against Moore who won the title with a UD 15 in 1952.
ARCHIE (MANNY) BEING IGNORED BY MOB (MAYWEATHER)
Had Moore not taken the initiative, he would’ve never gotten the title shot regardless of who was champion. Moore wasn’t keen on the Mob (Blinky Palermo & Frankie Carbo) handling him. Knowing Moore was anti Mafia, Palermo and Carbo for years kept the title away from Moore who everybody knew was the uncrowned light heavyweight World champion. Archie kept winning and his being ignored continued until he got a pen and paper to write to journalists.
DESIGN A BUS WITH FLOYD’S KENTUCKY FRIED EMBLEM
With newspapers all but dead in today’s Internet driven media, that probably would not work for Pacquiao. But like Cassius Clay embarrassed Sonny Liston by driving his personalized bus up to Sonny’s house and throwing a bear trap on his lawn, following Sonny from here to there which annoyed Liston immensely as he had to answer to the media. Manny needs to think outside the box. The media was all over this and this helped Clay, later Ali, get the title fight that nobody thought he had a chance of winning.
LISTON GOT PISSED & THE FIGHT WAS MADE
Sonny was so taken aback and embarrassed that he agreed to fight the upstart loudmouth who called himself “The Greatest,” upset huge odds and the rest is sports history. When Manny Pacquiao said post fight Saturday that “The (telephone) line is open,” that was about as ineffective as a thermometer in hell.
MANNY DID NOT SOUND STRONG READ MORE…
April 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
MANNY PACQUIAO SHAKES GHOST OF TIM BRADLEY
WHAT DOES BEATING BRADLEY SET UP?
With a record of 56-5-2, 38 KOs, Congressman Manny Pacquiao appears to be out of super fights unless you consider he and Juan Manuel Marquez for the 19th rime. Speaking of, JMM may have bitten off too much with a May fight with Mike Alvarado (time for a low back injury). Now I realize the brains at Top Rank think this is a winnable fight for Marquez, I’m not so sure he doesn’t get out boxed by the Colorado fighter. Were he to lose, Marquez vs Pacquiao would not have the market value it does would today.
SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT ANOTHER MARQUEZ FIGHT
From a fan’s perspective, should Juan win they need to make the 19th Pacquiao fight while it still smells like Downy treated clothes and not a used sock. As for Bradley, now 31-1, 12 KOs, that thumping Ruslan Provodnikov put on him is telling. Working behind some type of “mental block” Tim failed to really do anything but clown around defensively as if he were Roberto Duran, when the reality is that Tim was only in this fight because he got a gift the first time and beat Provodnikov on the official scorecards, but NOT the Neurological ones.
FORGET MAYWEATHER FIGHT….PLEASE READ MORE…
April 11th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
BRADLEY-PACQUIAO REMATCH NOT TOO TOUGH TO CALL
BRADLEY TO WIN AT ALL COSTS
Over the course of Tim Bradley’s career, I’ve been one to pick against him. I’ve seen him dropped and hurt on occasions by ESPN level talent on more than one occasion, and at times thought he was out on his feet. I didn’t think Bradley would beat Devon Alexander and I didn’t see him beating Manny the first time or even Marquez when they fought. The Provodnikov fight was one Bradley was “hurt” often. But Tim won all of the aforementioned bouts and has consistently done what needed to be done to win his contests. Simply put, Tim Bradley is a proven champion.
PACQUIAO & PROVODNIKOV FIGHTS ONLY SCRATCHES
But if there is a blemish on Bradley’s resume, it is the controversial bout he won against Manny Pacquiao. While most would say Pacquiao won, Bradley himself believes that he won the fight, 8-4 in rounds. He also feels he beat Ruslan Provodnikov. Although I agree that Tim should not have won the Pacquiao fight, I can see that Manny was not as effective against Bradley as many generally believe. And Bradley also suffered injuries to both feet in the bout. But with public opinion against his favor, it’s up to Bradley to prove he can do what he hasn’t done, to beat Manny Pacqauio definitively.
IS IT FIRE OR FUMES REIGNITE PACQUIAO?
Manny Pacquiao was once thought of as the baddest man in the sport who’s only rival was Floyd Mayweather. READ MORE…
April 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- He wasn’t rich and reportedly had just a single sweat suit to his name. But this kid that could barely speak English who was sitting outside this Potrero Hill district gym on a bench waiting for a ride in 2001 was none other than Manny Pacquiao. The upstart IBF 122 lb. claimant who had upset Ledwa Ledwaba for the strap was set to battle the Ric Flair of boxing, the late Dominican Agapito Sanchez who was the “dirtiest player in the game.”
HALL OF FAME REFEREE DENKIN MADE RIGHT MOVES
In other words, “anything goes” was alright with Sanchez who met a violent demise in his homeland a few years back. But he gave Manny Pacquiao the toughest test he has ever had as both a man and a boxer. Slick low blows, an occasional elbow and some well placed head butts had Manny bleeding and looking for a way out. Because of his many decades near the top of refereeing, Marty Denkin kept things in check and the fight that could have went either way was ruled a Technical Draw.
PACQUIAO WENT ON HISTORIC ROLL READ MORE…
March 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Raimundo Ortiz of SportsWorldNews.com wrote the following after talking with Las Vegas Police on Floyd Mayweather and his alleged direction of a beatdown of two men. “So I’ve been trying to put this rumor to rest all week,” Laura Meltzer, a Las Vegas Police Department public information officer said. “We’ve had a variety of reports that have come out stating this event occurred. We have not had a victim come forward and make a report like what is being alleged. So if this event occurred, it’s something where the victim has not come forward to the police to make an official complaint.”
POINTED ALLEGATIONS NUMBERED
1) Floyd is said to have believed that two guys who had worked at the boxing king’s palace had fleeced him out of some of bling. 2) A meeting was set up where Mayweather’s alleged Godfather-like behavior was in plqy as his crew worked these guys over breaking a number of bones in different parts of the body.
3) The men are alleged to have been hospitalized and lawyered up for an anticipated truck full of cash.
4) The Las Vegas Police are mum until now as has been the Las Vegas Media. 5) Floyd has not Tweeted a word about anything related. All of this came from TMZ Sports, not exactly the New York Times.
TMZ NOT SHOWING CARDS OR ABOUT TO FOLD? READ MORE…
March 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- This article is the first in what will be a series on some much needed improvements regarding the safety of boxing. This first installment looks at the current system of weighing fighters in the day prior to a fight.
THE NOW “FAKE” WEIGHT CLASSES
Having myself been a big jr. welter (140 lbs), while at the same time an undersized welter (147), nobody was more concerned at most of my weigh ins than yours truly. Once I weighed 143 and change for a welterweight bout in Las Vegas at the Showboat Hotel. Having hit the scale early in the week for the Golden Glove National Regionals, when I looked across the ring five days later at a 165 lb. Ernie Chavez, I thought, “That must be his brother.” After almost beheading me, southpaw Ernie would later rock Meldrick Taylor’s world before losing and then retiring soon thereafter.
ALMOST EVERYBODY NOW DOING WHAT ERNIE DID
With the exception of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and maybe Grandpa Nard’ Hopkins, just about every professional fighting today at the championship level (except heavyweights) is fighting at least one weight class lighter than what he should be. Example: Jorge Arce was under 112 lbs. for a flyweight title at the weigh in. Time and again Jorge would weigh over 125, sometimes as much as 128 + stepping into the ring. At the same time his foes were coming into the ring circa 115-118. Can you imagine what a ten pound advantage is at that weight?
LIST IS TOO LONG TO PRINT READ MORE…
March 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
“PULITZER PEDRO” RIGHT AGAIN!
San Francisco, CA- Having received a slew of messages saying, “You’re full of s*it” or “You’re just a Floyd hater, etc.,” all I can say is that having written for others to read for some 40+ years, only a fool would think I would be foolish enough to tangle with a millionaire that has a posse of attorneys in addition to thugs. This kind of behavior is what Floyd Mayweather is all about!SUPPORT GROUP HAS BEEN MUTED
The beatings sustained by two former Mayweather employees can at the very least bring about Attempted Murder and Mayhem charges for all involved. Some of Floyd’s faithful claimed that TMZ and Mayweather were running a P.R. game together, when it’s pretty obvious they were not. Hate to be the first to tell you this, but it’s possible that Floyd Mayweather may in time meet the “Tossed Salad” man of comedian Chris Rock fame.
FLOYD PRESENT DURING AMBUSH
Sources close to the case say that Floyd Mayweather was indeed present when his posse beat the snot out of these two so far unidentified male victims whi were former Mayweather employees that he accused of stealing some of his bling. As a former San Francisco Policeman and Private Investigator, I can’t see Floyd getting out of this because he was there.
LIST OF THE REPORTED INJURIES
Broken right pinkie; Broken left ulna; (Ulna is a bone near the elbow); Cracked right ulna; Multiple fractures in left hand that required pins to reset the bones. Reports say the left arm of one man was so badly broken that doctors had to drill into the bone to attach a titanium plate.
FLOYD IS A “STUDIO GANGSTER” READ MORE…
March 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- With rumors that Floyd Mayweather had been arrested being bantered about, I called the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, NV early Friday morning in order to try and determine whether or not this was true. “He is not in our system, right now,” said a female who put me on hold to check.
JAILER HAD SLIGHT PAUSE IN ORATORY
Being a former San Francisco Policeman and licensed Private Investigator, I found her answer both revealing and puzzling in that I’m almost certain that she put a verbal comma after, “He is not in our system, right now.”
MR. TWITTER HASN’T TWEETED S*IT!
The alleged beatings of two former employees, if it turns out to be true, and there is no reason not to think so considering Mayweather aka Mr. Tweet hasn’t chirped any denials via his Twitter or Instagram page. Look, I know a bit about writing about controversial subjects and when TMZ ran with the story and never pulled it, this too leads me to concur that these allegations are true as Mayweather’s lawyers would have put TMZ in check soon after they ran with it. .
ANYBODY CRYING FOR FLOYD?
Outside of his family and his sycophant like servants, who will care really? And no this is not Justin Beiber’s bodyguard shoving a cameraman, this is the World welterweight champion who is alleged to have orchestrated a vicious attack that is said to have resulted in broken arms and legs. While there are certainly lawyers involved, even if the purported victims opt for a cash settlement, I don’t think that would prevent the District Attorney from filing Felony charges against the biggest moneymaker in boxing history.
DON’T FORGET ORENTHAL JAMES (O.J.) SIMPSON READ MORE…
March 12th, 2014 By RingTalk
Las Vegas, NV- Floyd Mayweather allegedly orchestrated a savage attack on two of his employees he suspected of stealing his jewelry … TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports … the two men had been hired to work on Floyd’s Vegas homes … but when jewelry went missing, Floyd pointed the finger at them. We’re told the men claim they were contacted several weeks ago and instructed to meet Floyd at an off-site location.
SET UP MEETING FOR BEATINGS
When the men arrived, they claim Floyd was waiting for them — along with a number of his “people” — who proceeded to beat the living crap out of them with various weapons, including clubs. Our sources say the attack was so brutal the men could have easily died. Both men had broken arms and legs and were hospitalized for several days.
“BREAKING BAD” KIND OF S*IT? READ MORE…
March 5th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- In his first PPV as an A-side draw, former 154 lb. champ, Saul “Canelo’ Alvarez (42-1-1 30 KOs) is set to return and meet Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo (22-3 18 KOs) in the ring on Saturday. With both Mexican pugilists coming off defeats, winning should have meaningful implications. The match could potentially solidify Canelo as a true rising star in boxing and inversely could add a significant win to Angulo’s resume, resulting in larger paydays and exposure.
CANELO LOSS VS. MAYWEATHER FORGOTTEN & FORGIVEN
There is little shame for the youthful Alvarez to have lost his first professional bout to the sports ‘numero uno’ athlete, Floyd Mayweather. Canelo did what he could to catch the slick and elusive Mayweather but came up short, as every other opponent before him did when they glanced at Floyd across the ring. Canelo accepted the defeat like a champ and now must prove if he can overcome the hurdle and continue on his trajectory to become one of the biggest names in the sport.
“EL PERO” (THE DOG) WILL BE LOOKING TO BITE!
Angulo in many ways is the perfect test for Canelo as he is rugged and will not go away quietly. He is known to slug and absorb punishment with some of the best in his division, and Canelo should have his hands full if Angelo is up for the challenge.
IS THERE ENOUGH “DOG” THERE TO DOG CANELO? READ MORE…
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.
SECOND CHANCE TO EXPOSE TOP RANK CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE READ MORE…
February 26th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) will soon reach the midpoint in his lucrative 6 bout deal with CBS & Showtime when he faces Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) on the 3rd of May in Las Vegas. Although it appeared that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) was originally prepped to get the nod, some Mayweather detractors are of the opinion that Khan didn’t deserve the shot, being unproven at welterweight (147 lb.). Thus, to Khan’s dismay the tide shifted towards Maidana, despite a Mayweather poll on Floyd’s website that appeared to elect Khan as the fan favorite to face Floyd via popular vote. But with all hoopla aside, is a predictable Maidana really the the bigger threat between himself and Amir Khan?
MARCIS JUST MORE FODDER FOR FLOYD
If there is a typical opponent that Floyd has faced over the past few years and much of his career, it’s the slightly crude puncher. From Ricky Hatton to Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz, many of Floyd’s recent bouts have materialized against fighter’s who’ve relied on power and aggression more than skill, speed or finesse to unseat Floyd from his perch atop boxing’s elite. Against Floyd, these types were easily beaten and or stopped. Only Mosley, the FASTEST of the aforementioned three managed to give Floyd a real run for his ‘Money’ namesake, and that was only in one round.
MAIDANA RESUME BETTER THAN AMIR KHAN? READ MORE…
February 17th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” is the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years.. Pedro talks Mayweather, Pacquaio and the Floydcott! Mr. Fernandez also discusses the current state in boxing with guest “KP” KEVIN PERRY, writer and webmaster for Ringtalk.com.
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