October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
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 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. 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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May 20th, 2011 By RingTalk
PACMAN BLASTED ON-AIR FOR ENDANGERING LIVES!
San Francisco, CA- With the exception of a few people like tennis star Arthur Ashe who got it from a bad blood transfusion, and people who shoot up drugs with tainted needles, AIDS is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. One of the easiest ways to prevent infection is to use a condom. That being said, the newly proclaimed God of both the Philippines and boxing, whose birth name was Manny Pacquiao, the welterweight champion and Philippine Congressman, yesterday announced that, “The use of condoms is sinful.”
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May 15th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
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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May 9th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Even though he won by way of a shutout on my scorecard, Manny Pacquiao’s stock value dipped a little with his blanking of Shane Mosley. There was no fire in the usually fiery Filipino, except for when referee Kenny Bayless gaffed and called a Mosley push a Pacquiao knockdown in round ten. Outside of banging his gloves together once, the recognized king of boxing just didn’t have any fire in his belly. Of course, fighting Joshua “Handcuffed” Clottey, a weight drained has been in Antonio Margarito and the Tupac Shikur looking (meaning dead) Shane Mosley, none of these guys were expected to be competitive and they weren’t.
HAD REASONS FOR NOT LOOKING STELLAR
Complaining of leg cramps, it is hard not to still consider Manny boxing’s best and #1, with middleweight champ Sergio Martinez if not 1-A, or a close second. The only reason Martinez is able to hang with Pacquiao in the “pound for pound” ratings is that he has fought and beaten excellent competition in Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik, while Pacman has faced, Larry (Clottey), Curly (Margarito) and Moe (Mosley), the equivalent of boxing’s Three Stooges. Had Pacman not been spoon fed the past year, there would no disputing his holding the “P4P” title.
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May 8th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Leandro, CA- People were hollering “fix” and “boring,” while Blacks were utilizing the N word while describing their guy, thus the live crowd in the back room of Ricky’s Sports Theater sounded like a professional wrestling crowd as the Closed Circuit TV audience bellowed negatively throughout the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley main event Saturday night. Some black people, especially a couple of bloggers that have now been banned here, were calling promoter Bob Arum names that were so callous that Larry Flynt might have censored them from Hustler magazine. There were African Americans so ashamed by Shane’s unwillingness to engage the smaller Filipino fighter, they were unlike the loudmouths, mute.
DON’T BLAME BOB FOR GUTLESS MOSLEY, BLAME MOSLEY
Obviously Mosley had trouble making weight. As lean and mean as he looked at the weigh in, the man now more famous for banging model Bella Gonzalez than for his fighting prowess, of which he displayed none Saturday night, looked like a puffy overweight Muhammad Ali when he got in the ring. It wasn’t a slight transformation, more like a metamorphosis. Truth be told, outside of the fight in which he admitted to both blood doping and taking steroids, the Oscar De La Hoya rematch in 2003, Mosley hasn’t looked good since he beat hapless Adrian Stone in July 2001. Essentially, Shane Mosley, and for you overly bitter and racist Anti-Semites, Bob Arum, the two pulled off the biggest con perpetrated on the American public since Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the movie “The Sting.”
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May 8th, 2011 By Edwin Ayala
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
SHOWTIME PPV MAIN WAS A DANCE WITH ONLY ONE DANCER
Las Vegas, NV- Manny Pacquiao (145 lbs), General Santos City, Philippines UD 12 Shane Mosley (147), Pomona, CA. (WBO 147 lb. title) Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) continues his amazing run as he dominated the seemingly ancient Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) over 12 rounds. Pacquiao knocked Mosley in round four (more of a trip) and Mosley returned the favor in round ten in what was more of a push and a gaff by referee Kenny Bayless. That’s about the only drama in this one. Scores were 120-108, 120-107, and 119-108.
ARCE STOLE THE SHOW WITH GRIT & WILL
Jorge Arce (122), Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico TKO 12 Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (122), Caguas, Puerto Rico (WBO 122 lb title) Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) upsets “green” Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a fast paced nail-biter of a fight. Vazquez Jr. stunned Arce at the end of round four with a left hook knockdown, but Arce got up unfazed. He had enough left in the tank in round 12 to begin a nonstop fuselage of punches causing the corner of Vazquez to throw in the towel at :55.
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May 4th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Being the biggest international boxing star since Mike Tyson, Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao has handled the responsibility that comes with such recognition in a classy manner. While there are those that oppose him politically in the Philippines, the Congressman is a sure bet to run for President in 2016. Truth be told, Pacquiao has few detractors in his homeland when it comes to his boxing prowess. The naysayers, they point out two early losses, both stoppages when Manny was in his pugilistic infancy. On the flip side, millions of Philippine citizens adore Pacquaio to the point where he is probably second in popularity among his people, and that only to the possibly fictional biblical character Jesus Christ. This is not a debate on religion, but there are a lot of people who think religion is indeed the opiate of the masses. That being said, Pacquiao is a devout Catholic who has really cleaned up his act, this after having a girlfriend disapear from public view when rumors of her pregnancy spread faster than a sunami in the 7,000 or so islands that make up the Philippines. Having screwed around myself, I realize that men and women, religous or not, do commit infidelity. Unless you’re a Priest abusing young boys, I don’t have a problem with people having a fling.
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May 3rd, 2011 By Kevin Perry
IS MOSLEY A LIVING VERSION OF TUPAC SHAKUR?
Los Angeles, CA- Shane Mosley battles superstar Filipino and WBO welterweight (147 lbs) champion Manny Pacquiao on Showtime PPV this Saturday in what is believed to be the world’s biggest combat sports matchup of this fiscal year. Former lightweight (135), welterweight, and junior middleweight (154) champion “Sugar Shane”, a future Hall of Famer is a 39 year old prizefighter, who at this point is probably only fighting for the prize.
MOSLEY NEEDS THE MONEY AFTER SHARK-LIKE EX-WIFE TOOK HALF!
The reported purse of over $5 million dollars is obviously the motivator. The question isn’t whether Shane turns back the clock, but if Pacquiao’s promotional team, Top Rank would even take the slightest risk if Mosley hadn’t looked great in almost a decade, besides far less than adequate in his last two bouts. First was May 2010 when he laid an egg after stunning Floyd Mayweather in the second round of a welterweight bout where he failed to go for and get the KO, then was dominated in losing by a wide margin on points. In September of the same year he then performed listlessly against former Contender TV star Sergio Mora.
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April 25th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Leandro, CA- Before I get assailed by both irate Pinoys and angry Blacks, what I am about to say has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. That being said, as I sit in Ricky’s Sports Theater in his bayside city San Leandro, CA, the #2 rated sportsbar in all of America, the Manny Pacquiao matchup with Floyd Mayweather is so often brought up that I, as both a writer and fan, I want to puke! The fight would have taken place last March had Pacquiao adhered to Mayweather’s demand of “random drug testing.” That is fact, not conjecture on the part of one of the few un-bought and paid for boxing scribes in the world today. As for Mayweather, I should begin this note with the fact that I feel he is a bit light in his testicular sack.
WHY IS MANNY GOOD FOR BOXING?
As a representative of the Philippines and an elected Congressman, Manny Pacquiao (53-3–2, 38 KOs) has brought both pride and dignity to a nation starved of both. Having met Pacquiao, this when he was staying in a downtown San Francisco hotel when he had but one jogging suit to his name, I am indeed proud of the man born in General Santos City, the Philippines. That being said, Pacquiao has shortcomings, as does every human being, but I don’t believe he is afraid per se of Floyd Mayweather as some have implied. Sitting in Ricky’s Sports Theater of San Leandro, CA, I talked with boxing fans who applaud the Pacman and his undefeated run since the first Erik Morales fight in 2005. There have been no close calls since, as Pacquiao has all but *itch slapped everybody put in front of him.
WHY MANNY IS SORT OF BAD FOR BOXING?
The ridiculous excuses put forth by Team Pacquiao, led by supreme bulls spitter and promoter Bob Arum, the actions put in motion by Arum are beyond appalling. First Manny was afraid of needles. But that lame ass claim was disproved by yours truly when I showed the world a photograph of Pacquiao getting a tattoo, all the while being prodded by needles and bleeding as well. In an interview that I will not publish until, only if and when ailing Emmy award winning broadcaster Nick Charles were to pass, Nick felt that if Pacquiao had nothing to hide, he “should have” submitted to the blood tests.
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April 23rd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
THE SHOW THAT IS OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED!
San Francisco, CA- The Saturday (4-23) edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running, 26 years, fight show in history, featured HBO’s resident Godfather Larry Merchant. As is the norm with Larry, he held nothing back. Also appearing was “Slammin’ Sammy” Perez doing his MMA thing.
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April 14th, 2011 By John Signorella
New York, NY- After consecutive weeks of solid cards featuring furious exchanges in compellingly entertaining high profile bouts; another tumultuous weekend of “misunderstandings” is upon us. As always, let’s first take a look at the storied attraction.
HBO CONTINUES TO BRING DA’ PAIN
In the sixth defense of his WBC welterweight (147) crown; Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) squares off against once promising contender Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs) over 12 or less rounds at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Saturday at 9:45 PM ET on HBO.
MOVING ON PAST TRAGEDY
As a nine year unbeaten veteran of the sport; Haitian born champion Andre Berto had establish himself as one of the sport’s most promising talents. From his accomplishments; Andre found himself on the cusp of engaging in a bout that could have potentially boosted him to superstardom. However READ MORE…
March 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The boxing world, at least it’s knowledgeable fan base, want to see Yuri Gamboa face Juan Manuel Lopez. But will it ever happen? Boxing, both the sport and the business, do not have the balls that fighters from past eras have possessed. In his first professional run, Ray Leonard fought everybody in their prime, unlike Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao who both seem to only want to fight guys on the downside of their careers. The concept of fighting foes that don’t possess much of a threat, while this builds the pocketbooks of Floyd and Manny, it is indeed a pugilistic sin when you look at prior eras.
LENNOX & RIDICULOUS BOWE!
Lennox Lewis had beaten Riddick Bowe in the amateurs. When they were set to face off, Bowe flat out refused to fight Lewis, opting instead to face the likes of Jesse Ferguson. At one point, Lewis was the #1 WBC contender and was Riddick’s mandatory defense. Instead of manning up, Bowe, with manager Rock Newman standing next to him, threw the green WBC title belt in a garbage can. I always have had a problem wit that, partly because at the time, Bowe was the better professional while Lennox was still a little on the green side. It would have been the biggest heavyweight fight in the 1990s outside of a clash with the then incarcerated Mike Tyson.
CARLOS ZARATE FOUGHT WILFREDO GOMEZ
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March 24th, 2011 By RingTalk
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March 14th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Even before this past weekend, if you follow boxing then you knew that World middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Sergio Martinez was “the real deal.” Having lost two fights, one to Antonio Margarito some nine years ago, and the disputed call with Paul Williams in their initial encounter, Martinez should probably be hailed as the “new” king of boxing.PAC SEEING MARTINEZ ROCKET PAST HIM?
Some writers, the ever so capable Ted Sares for one, have the (47-2-2, 26 KOs) Argentine living in Oxnard, CA, “numero uno” on the ‘pound for pound’ list. In his last three fights, Sergio busted up middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, knocked Paul Williams, the man that Pavlik was ducking, into another time zone, this before besting an unbeaten Sergy Dzinziruk Saturday night.
SERGY LOSES FISTIC VIRGINITY
Dzinziruk claimed he had never been knocked down either as an amateur or pro, but Sergy (37-1, 23 KOs) went down five times, thrice in the final round at the hands of Martinez.
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