New York, NY— Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) just isn’t that good. Pacquiao, who will be remembered as the greatest Filipino boxer to ever live despite being a contemporary of Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), got a taste of his own medicine last night when Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) avenged his stolen victories with a knockout that left Pacquiao cold on the canvas for almost a minute. With Pacquiao’s career dead—finally, mercifully— boxing is ready to once again thrive.
A SPECTACLE FOR THE AGES
Last night’s was a spectacle for the ages—six rounds heavy on the drama, with several knockdowns, a rapidfire pace and an audience adorned with the brightest gems in America’s pop culture repertoire (well, ok, just Mitt Romney). Had his chin, indisputably Pacquiao’s best quality as a boxer, come through for him, he could have won this match. He, too, put Marquez down. But not hard enough, not as often, and certainly not with the force that Marquez finished the fight– a victory he dedicated to new Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
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.”
San Francisco, CA- Even though I praised and backhanded both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao yesterday in an article entitled, “The Good & Bad of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather,” not one of the scathing emails and blogs that I received were from the Mayweather contingent. Seeing I all but called Floyd a “sissy” of sorts, still it was the “in denial” Filipinos that were spewing truculent and racist comments. Is it just me, or are there an extraordinary excessive amount of Filipino knuckleheads per capita than there are in any other ethnic background?
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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San Francisco, CA– It is tough to talk Philippine boxing these days sans mentioning boxing’s king Manny Pacquiao. That being said, Nonito Donaire is looking to make a statement at 118 lbs., one that the Pacman never did in any weight class, and that is being the undisputed champion.
BOXREC.COM TOP TEN BANTAMS
According to BoxRec.com, Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) is head and shoulders above anybody else at 118. The #2 guy is IBF beltbearer Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) who lives in the Bronx by way of Africa. He is 4-1 in IBF title scraps, losing only to Yohnny Perez (20-1, 14 KOs) whom he beat in a recent rematch. He is slated to meet #4 Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) in April as part of Showtime’s 118 lb. tourney.
WBA CHAMP A LITTLE MORE THAN LUCKY?
Being a Panamanian or Venezuelan is seemingly an advantage when you are a WBA champ. That being said, Panamanian Anselmo Moreno (30-1, 10 KOs) has had eight WBA title tiffs, winning them all, with the last two being split decisions over nondescript Nehomar Cermeno (20-3, 12 KOs) Having not fought since last August, I’d make the “Filipino Flash” a 3-1 favorite over any of these guys.
MMA WORLD IS ON FIRE RIGHT NOW! Bethlehem, PA– You know MMA has finally arrived when only one week has passed since the last major fight card on pay-per-view and you start to feel like you can’t wait till the next one. On the heels of Strikeforce’s electric card last weekend and Anderson Silva’s front kick heard around the world at UFC 126, just two weeks ago, we are less than one week away from UFC 127 in Sydney, Australia.
AUSSIE FANS TO PACK THE JOINT FOR SURE
This potential ‘Thunder from Down Under‘ is highlighted by a possible number one contender’s match between former lightweight (155 lbs.) champion B.J. ‘The Prodigy’ Penn, now fighting at welterweight (170), and Jon Fitch, winner of five straight. Also on the card is the guaranteed throwdown between middleweight (185) contenders Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Jorge ‘El Conquistador’ Rivera, along with some other intriguing match-ups.
B.J. PENN, DOES HE STILL HAVE IT AT 170?
Of course, it’s all about the main event and it includes one of the most fan favorite fighters of all-time; B.J. Penn (16-7-1, 7 KO’s 6 subs), who continuously reinvents himself every time you think his best days are behind him. It’s strange to say this about a 32 year old fighter, who should be considered to be in his prime, but ‘The Prodigy’ has been in this game 10 years come this May. Read more
World Memorial Hall, Osaka, Japan Oleydong Sithsamerchai (35-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Kazuto Ioka (6-0), 4 KOs) WBC 105 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Oley 4-1. Based on nine title fights, a ton more experoence, it’s tough to go against Thailand here in Japan. This could end up being Japanese home cooking at its worst! Don’t bet it!
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
(ESPN 2) Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7 KOs) vs. Shamone Alvarez (21-3, 12 KOs) Odds/Prediction:Decarie 3 1/2 rto 1. Alvarez lost three of his last five, he ain’t winning here unless he pulls lightning out a bag! Ionut Don Ion (27-1, 15 KOs) vs. Steve Forbes (35-8, 11 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Don Ion 2 1/2 to 1. Forbes is the “opponent” here. Stevie must win convincingly or expect to lose.
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(Showtime) Rico Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 18 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Read more
“FAT ASS” MARY ROSE WILCOX IS BOTH POLITICAL & BOXING TRASH!
Mary "The Skunk" Wilcox
San Francisco, CA– If I have ever said anything good about ex-Arizona Boxing Commissioner and currently indicted Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, it was that she had a big fat ass! Her derrière is so large that one of her constituents took aim at Wilcox with a gun and hit her dead center in the butt! The reason why I can make light of this shooting is three fold. 1. Mary Rose survived. 2. The wound was not life threatening. 3. She escaped serious injury because the bullet couldn’t go through the abundance of junk (fat) she has in her trunk.
I’M SURE YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS CRAP!
Mary Rose Wilcox’s husband, Earl Wilcox, who as an aide to then Governor Janet Napolitano (now head of Homeland Security) walked into the chambers of Judge Carlos Mendoza with boxing promoter Peter McKinn. Not only did Peter McKinn have an outstanding arrest warrant issued by Mendoza’s court. Wilcox, according to Mendoza, intimidated him, threatened his court’s budget, and all but told him if he Read more
Hollywood, CA– In what was a truly disgusting move to me, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has named linear and undisputed middleweight (160 lbs) king Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) the “Emeritus champion” of their sanctioning mob. Get ready to puke, interim champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) has been anointed the title of “Super champion”. When you consider that Martinez has only held the WBC belt for less than a year and hasn’t had a reasonable amount of time to make the mandatory defense against the unworthy interim guy, see this as yet another attempt by the WBC to generate more money for the struggling group.
DON’T FORGET THE WORLD OF BUNCO & ANARCHY!
The only thing worse than the WBC’s antics that put further scar the image of the sport of boxing, is the “trendsetting” World Boxing Association (WBA). Currently they have three world champions at middleweight. Their Super champion is Germany’s Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KOs), regular champion is power puncher and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) of Kazakstan, and interim champion is Hassan N’ Dam N’Jakim (25-0, 17 KOs) from Cameroon.
– Bennie Briscoe, one of the best never to win a world title (when world titles meant something) and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia (the 1970s) passed away Tuesday at 5.52pm EST. He had been in Temple University hospital for about a week before being moved to hospice. His wife Karen Briscoe, who I have been in contact with over the last two weeks, called me with the bad news. (Note: RT.com will do a feature on Briscoe in the coming days)
San Francisco, CA– The king of boxing Manny Pacquiao is reportedly spending New Years in Australia. He returns to the ring May 7 vs. Shane Mosley. As a newly elected Philippine Congressman, Manny has been working on some minor legislation. Why doesn’t Congressman Pacquiao bring his country into the 21st century, at least as far as women’s rights are concerned and get them to legalize divorce in the Philippines?
LIVING A LIFE THAT IS A NIGHTMARE
The power men have over women in the Philippines can be viewed as antiquated by some, barbaric by others. I couldn’t envision not being able to get out if I were to marry the wrong person. Flipping the coin, I can’t imagine a woman being trapped in a horrible life with a man until death do they part. Is this because of the Catholic Church’s power? One of the few religions that force priests and nuns to live a life of celibacy, we’ve seen where that has gone with priests around the world and their abuse of children.
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(Showtime) Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 20 KOs) (IBF 118 lb. belt) Odds/Prediction: Perez 11-5. Rematch here as Perez dropped Ghanian fighter in UD 12 title grab. Go with Perez here, but not with anything more than beer and pizza money, $110 to win $50 on the Mexican to retain. Agbeko did beat Vic Darchinyan UD in July 2009.
Will Vic Darchinyan Ever Rematch Nonito?
STILL SUPER VIC? DARCHINYAN ON SHOWTIME TOO!
Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (20-0-1, 14 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Vic 9-5. As mentioned Vic licked in 2009, and of course KTFO on 7-7-07 by Nonito Donaire. Idea is to build Vic back up, unbeaten Mares will make him work. I like Abner’s style.
AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON?
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(HBO) Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) vs. Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) (WBA 140 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Read more
San Francisco, CA– Seeing this is the third and final installment of this series on Roberto Duran, it is probably a good idea if you read Parts I & II before proceeding. Here are the links to each Click for Part I: Duran's Last Stand & Click for Duran's Last Stand Part II. Flying the US Air red eye from San Francisco to Philadelphia, PA, I used to wonder why we couldn’t just fly into Atlantic City for the big fights that were held on the Boardwalk in the 80s & 90s. I eventually did end up utilizing the AC airport, but it was much later than my arrival in Philly at 6:45 AM on this cold snowy day of February 24, 1989.
STUCK IN PHILADELPHIA NOT EVER A GOOD THING
Usually you can get a shuttle, take the train, there a few ways to get to what was before the advent of Indian casinos, Sin City East AKA Atlantic City, NJ. Except when it is snowing! When I went into the car rental place, they advised me that even if I were allowed by the New Jersey Troopers to drive to AC, doing so in this weather was a risk. Meanwhile, I’m starting to freak out as hours are passing by and I’m still at the airport. That’s when I heard the radio broadcast that saved the day, “Four wheel drive vehicles are being allowed on the Atlantic City Expressway.” I rush back to the car rental place and you guessed it, they had ONE four-wheel drive car available!
San Francisco, CA– Although he is considered by most pundits as one of the ten best fighters ‘pound for pound’ in boxing, Nonito Donaire, the former World 112 & 115 lb. champ who relinquished (not lost) his titles is this week fighting at bantamweight (118 ) in Anaheim, CA for an interim WBA title. Imagine if the “Filipino Flash” would have fought his foe this Saturday, Volodymyr Sydorenko (22-2, 7 KOs) in a supporting bout under Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito?
WORKING FOR PEANUTS NO THANKS TO PACQUIAO
Having been making in the neighborhood of $200 to $250, 000 per fight, had Donaire been supporting Manny on any of his cards, his purse would be five to ten times what it is. If you broach this subject with Manny, he’ll defer to promoter Bob Arum who handles both fighters. If you ask Donaire, he won’t say it, neither will his “on the ball” wife Rachael, but Manny Pacquiao, either jealous or insecure, is the guy that has passed (screwed) over Donaire.
KO OF VIC ONE OF GREATEST EVER!
Folks, Nonito Donaire, highlight reel of all time KO of Vic Darcinyan in 2007 aside, the young man from Newark, CA of Filipino heritage is making peanuts and yet he maybe better skilled than Manny Pacquiao. Knowing this, Manny would not want to start a national debate as to who the better fighter was by putting him underneath Pac in any of these mega-events. If he were to have once put Donaire on an undercard, Nonito would have been able to display his skills in front of millions of people, not the 70-100,000 homes on a Latin Fury PPV show. Read more
San Francisco, CA– To begin, Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather is deader than Tupac. Yet the promotional folks surrounding Pacquiao, they continue to feed pabulum to the gullible boxing media that the Mayweather fight is their #1 priority. Please! All promoter Bob Arum wants to do is extend the Pacquiao gravy train as far down the financiaL track as he possibly can. When I told you that Shane Mosley was next, the Filiipino’s many minions assailed me for punking out Manny because Manny is picking a “name” fighter with a faint pulse.
Or is this Manny Pacquiao?
MAYWEATHER NOT THE ONLY GUY RUNNING!
I flat out stated that if you believe Mayweather is afraid of Manny, you have to also come to the same conclusion that Manny Pacquiao is running from Juan Manuel Marquez, period! There is not a shred of doubt in my mind that Manny wants no part of the aged Mexican counterpuncher. That being said Mr. Congressman, how could a fighter of your stature be so light in the scrotum?
BIGGEST FIGHT OUT THERE BESIDES KENTUCKY FRIED FLOYD!Read more