TOMMY “THE DUKE” MORRISON: NOW & THEN!

Tommy Morrison 2013

Tommy Morrison 2013

HIV HAS TAKEN TOLL ON “THE DUKE”

Tommy Morrison 1990

Tommy Morrison 1990

San Francisco, CA– One of the exciting heavyweight fights I called for television was the 1995 Tommy Morrison-Razor Ruddock clash in Kansas City. Although he was gifted and could fight a little, the beating Ray Mercer put on Tommy in 1991, in my mind, nobody comes back from that. But come back he did to go on and grab the WBO title and net a controversial decision over George Foreman.

NEVER SAID HOW HE GOT HIV

Tommy slept with a lot of women, I could just imagine the anxiety of those hundreds of women as they had to get tested after the Nevada Athletic Commission broke the news in 1996 that he was HIV Positive and that he could not fight that same evening. Whether it was from sex or taking Steroids with dirty needles, Tommy (48-3-1, 42 KOs) never really came clean on that. When the Y 2K thing was happening January 2000, Tommy bought himself an underground mine and lived there for an extended period of time fearing anarchy. Here are two pictures of Tommy, one from his prime and the other taken recently.  Tommy Morrison is 44 years old.

Pedro Fernandez

“MAD MANNY” WISHES MIGUEL COTTO WELL…BUT HE’S MAD!

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto

MIGUEL COTTO WON’T “GO AWAY”

San Juan, Puerto Rico– After not adhering to the advice of thousands of fans who when asked if ex-champ Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) should retire, almost everybody agreed, everybody but Cotto!  The one-time upper echelon boxer will be fighting with a new trainer Freddie Roach working his corner after months of negotiations with Showtime who wanted nothing to do with a Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez (28-6-3, 16 KOs) fight.  So he went back to Top Rank and HBO will put him and Rodriquez in the NBA Orlando Magic’s home, the Amway Arena in Orlando FL on October 5.

FIGHT TO HELP LOCAL ORLANDO ECONOMY

At a recent press conference in Orlando, Cotto said this fight will help the city’s economy and that there hasn’t been professional prizefighting in town in decades.  Rodriquez, a Dominican said, “I‘m going to give my people a good show” in what he admits is a  “Do or die opportunity for me, because if I beat Cotto I will get the recognition.“

TWO HISPANICS GOING IN HEAVY HISPANIC AREA

A huge part of the local population, Hispanics abound in Orlando especially Puerto Ricans.  In the neighbor city of Kissimmee, the Civic Center Arena has been a venue professional boxing has been going on for a while .  Combining those groups spread over two cities, and you would expect a good turnout, except for the fact it is live on HBO.

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MANNY PACQUIAO: PEDRO & BOXING GREATS

Manny "Wapakamn" Pacquiao

Manny “Wapakman” Pacquiao

MANNY PACQUIAO DOES “LITTLE MANILA” AKA FRISCO!

San Francisco, CA– Sometimes there are people you meet that go on to unforeseen if not incredible heights. Case in point, Manny Pacquiao. A mere professional boxer in 2001 when I met him, here was the Philippine Congressman, possible Presidential candidate in 2016, Manny Pacquiao was green as a fighter and not yet a “man” really at the age of 22 when we met in 2001.

PACMAN & FLOYD MAYWEATHER SHARE BILL

Here in the City by The Bay, a Filipino bastion of Phil-Am residents, but Pacquiao, even though he had defeated the favored (32-1) Lehlo Ledwaba for the IBF 122 lb. trinket, Pacquiao was not yet a star, let alone the icon that he is today. The card topped by Floyd Mayweather-Jesus Chavez and Pacquiao vs. “the dirtiest player in the game” in the late Agapito Sanchez, drew a less than packed house in an arena we used to sell out with Golden Gloves tournament cards.

CANNOT PASS UP MENTION OF JAY EDSON

Although I won’t go into depth, this was the last Top Rank event that Event Coordinator Jay Edson would be part of before terminal Cancer struck him down. Many things have been said about Bob Arum, but the manner in which the Top Rank skipper handled his ailing employee/friend was one of class.  It saddens me to even write this, but after I had Jay’s room papered with flowers, he took some other flowers he took with him that brought some peace and solitude to one of the greatest men you’ll ever have met if you ever did.

PACMAN SITTING ON BENCH OUTSIDE OF GOLD’S GYM

When I walked up to the Gold’s Gym of the Potrero Hill neighborhood, there was Manny Pacquiao sitting in what appeared to be his only embroidered jogging suit, the same one I would see hanging in Manny’s hotel shower later.  As I look back at that day and the subsequent fight with Sanchez, who was murdered in his Dominican homeland a few years ago, there was nothing that even remotely hinted at Pacquiao becoming a mega star.

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WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: WHO TAKES OVER AFTER WLAD LEAVES?

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko

WLAD HAS NO THREAT EXCEPT AGE!

Los Angeles, CAWladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) will retire in the next few years without putting any more blemishes on his professional record. He may have his naysayers, but there is no doubt Wlad is head and shoulders above any other heavyweight in the world. As the younger Klitschko begins wrapping up an extended reign, the division he leaves behind will be much more competitive to say the least.

KLITSCHKO’S OWN 21ST CENTURY

I do not believe there is a fighter out there currently who will be able to do what the Klitschko brothers have done for the better part of this millennium. There are decent contenders out there, but I see the lineal championship being passed around for a while before somebody has the skills and resume to take over.

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BOXING PIC OF DAY: GREATEST FIGHTER “POUND FOR POUND” EVER?

Roberto "Manos De Piedra" Duran

“HANDS OF STONE” ONE OF TEN BEST EVER!

San Francisco, CA– If you look at history and the careers of the fighters that you could truly call great, Roberto Duran is right there with Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and a select few others. Without going into depth, which in this instance is not the intent, the picture is supposed to speak a thousand words or so they say. From my estimations, this is July 1980 and Duran was at one of many pinnacles in his boxing life having just beaten Ray Leonard.

DURAN DETRACTORS CITE SECOND LEONARD FIGHT

The November 25, 1980 “rushed” rematch between Roberto Duran and “Sugar Ray” Leonard ended when Duran said, F*** it” and quit. Well, actually he said, “No Mas” and quit. I asked the aforementioned Ray “Sugar Ray” Robinson after the Tommy Hearns KO of Duran in June 1984 about Duran’s place in history. Said Robinson, “Duran is a great fighter. Hearns maybe great to some seeing he knocked Duran out, but Duran will go down as the greater fighter.”

I LOOK AT PHOTO AND SEE THE BEST!

Having seen most, if not all of the greats of the past 45 years, nobody was a better “Pound for Pound” fighter than Roberto Duran. From his lightweight (135 lb) title win in 1972 until the 1989 clash with Iran Barkely at 160, in between there were flashes of pure pugilistic brilliance that have never been duplicated.

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TIM BRADLEY NEEDS MANNY PACQUIAO NEXT

Ruslan Pirodnikov-Tim Bradley

THE BRADLEY-PROVODNIKOV “WAR”

New York, NY– Following last weekend’s exciting welterweight (147 lb) match up between WBO champion, Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) and Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs), fans may wonder what’s next for California’s ‘Desert Storm‘. To date, Bradley has managed to defeat every one of his opponents almost entirely on pure will. And despite looking less than stellar at times, he is clearly a threat and a very good fighter. Bradley recently mentioned that he would like to fight more often, possibly three times a year with his current promoter being Top Rank. There are a couple of names on his current promotional roster that provide excellent match ups but the biggest name is Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2 38 KOs).

JMM NOT AVAILABLE, BRADLEY-PAC II ONLY REAL FIGHT

Manny Pacquiao may be eying a fifth showdown and revenge against Juan Manuel Marquez, but JMM isn’t and declined, thus a match versus Bradley makes sense for both the Pacman and Bradley. If Manny plans to make a significant impact on the current rankings, Bradley is a name he could use to get back in the mix. After suffering a devastating knockout to Marquez in December of last year, Bradley appears to be the softer touch, with an equally high profile. Tim also needs to make it clear that he can beat Pacquiao decisively and deserves the credit the public never afforded him the first time they met. It’s a win, win for all parties involved.

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