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In light of recent news of Floyd Mayweather’s postponement of jail sentencing for his domestic issues, once again there has been rumblings of a potential block buster match up between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather.

The only problem is Team Pacquiao.

For those who do not know, Mayweather will not have to serve time in jail until the 1st of June, leaving the original date of May 5th intact. Basically, the dooms day date for Pacquiao if he decides to man up and take the challenge,

In reaction to the postponement of Mayweather’s impeding sentencing and the possibility of matching Pacquiao against Mayweather in May, Bob Arum stated, “I don’t think it has any impact, no impact at all. Manny isn’t going to be ready to fight until summer time.”

Arum continued, “Manny has a severe cut, which Pacquiao suffered in a November win over Juan Manuel Marquez, which would prohibit the Filipino star from fighting until late spring, at the earliest.”

So the fight against Marquez took place in November right? Mr. Arum, you mean to tell the public that Pacquiao would have over five months to heal and prepare for this fight and the cut won’t be healed in time?

Andre Ward recently had a cut that postponed his fight against Carl Froch but the fight was only delayed about a month and a half.

But Pacquiao can’t get ready for a fight in May?

You say he will be ready in June or July, conveniently when Mayweather will be behind bars?

I have said this for awhile, despite all of the effort Top Rank Promotions, the ESPN Networks, even some world renown journalist/sports personalities have tried to deceive the public with, but the fact is Pacquiao has been ducking Mayweather.

He has been ducking competition period, and I’m not even mad at him for doing so.

Pacquiao reserves the right to choose whoever he wants to fight. Ultimately it’s his health, his life on the line. The only problem I have is all of the false accolades and hype these so called sports writers and media personalities want to bestow upon Pacquiao.

But he does not deserve the acclaim he is awarded with, especially for fighting predominately washed up fighters as of late.

His promoter Bob Arum likes to puff his chest out and exclaim certain things, but at the end of the day, he along with his star fighter is all bark and no bite.

“I will fight whoever, I am a fighter of the people.” A common sentence uttered after every one of his fights.

I don’t want to hear that, because you haven’t shown that.

But Mayweather is the one that fights for money, not pride or not for the people

So do you, you’re the same way. As a matter a fact, you’re worse. At least Mayweather is honest about fighting for large checks.

It’s not a problem fighting for large sums of money, but at the end of the day it’s honorable to fight for fair rates, and to fight guys who deserve that chance to go up against you. It’s honorable to test your abilities and fight the best opposition out there.

You claim to be an honorable fighter.

Claiming not to fight for money, but opted to fight against a 39 year old washed up Shane Mosley, who was coming off an one sided, comprehensive beat down from the hands of Mayweather, and a putrid performance that resulted in a draw against the likes of Sergio Mora?

According to Abac Cadero of the Philippine Star, Pacquiao is willing to fight Marquez for a fourth time, but only under the guarantee of receiving no less than a fighting purse of 28 million dollars?

In an interview with local media in his home province, when asked about his next opponent and the possibility of facing Marquez for a fourth time, Pacquiao proclaimed, “basta hindi bababa sa 28 million.”

Pacquiao is basically fighting for money and fighting guys with name recognition even if they are washed up.

The same reasons you opted to fight Miguel Cotto over Mosley a few years back, with Cotto being the larger name. It also didn’t hurt he was coming off a devastating loss and you MADE him meet you at a catch weight, another thing you’re good at.

You have ducked Mayweather for the past three years.

Your reasons being because of the random Olympic testing and what not. There has already been a ton of coverage regarding that whole issue, but at the end of the day, you were not willing to undergo the same testing Mayweather himself would go through as well and the fight never manifested.

To add on, your refusal to undergo testing displays your guilt. I don’t want to hear about your excuses of the blood process sapping your strength, or you being afraid of needles because it is all bull.

You have plenty of tattoos, there is video footage of you giving blood and there are plenty of athletes who get tested on a regular basis before participating in a sporting event and they are not affected by the small loss of blood.

You have always asked for concessions in your major fights, and in this case in particular, Mayweather conceded.

You guys had a 50-50 split on the purse, despite him being the bigger attraction ppv and money generating wise, he made your concession to gloves, ring size, and the 10 million dollar weight penalty, none of which by the way is in the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

All you had to do is take some blood tests. Some blood tests, and risk getting dominated inside the ring for the biggest pay day of your life. Some simple blood tests, for one of the biggest prize fights in history.

The reason you do not want to face Mayweather is you know he will out box you and make you look foolish. Mayweather is basically a stronger, faster, and even more intelligent version of your worst nightmare Marquez. Oh and Mayweather also has a five inch reach advantage over you.

ESPN, HBO and other media outlets do a great job of hiding your true self. You’re not the good character person they make you out to be. And there is no problem being who you are, you have that freedom. Who am I of all people to judge right? But the same thing should apply to Floyd Mayweather, to Mike Tyson, to Oscar De La Hoya, to whoever for that matter, but It doesn’t.

No one mentions your gambling habits, or alcoholic splurges among other things I won’t even mention.
As far as it goes within the boxing ring, you’re definitely a talented fighter, no doubt about that. But you’re not as good as they want to make you seem, and you have not only ducked Mayweather, but ducked other solid opposition for years.

Juan Diaz, Zahir Raheem, Joel Casamayor, Joan Guzman, just to name a few.

You have been ducking Marquez for years and the last fight that took place between you two shows why. Marquez made you look foolish, and you know deep down inside you lost that fight, among the other ones that took place between you two.

That’s probably why you want a guaranteed 28 million for that fight. Guess what, you can make even more than 28 million if you step up and fight Floyd Mayweather.

Take the test, and fight the best guy there is out there for you.

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He accomplished what he sought out to do many years ago. The hard work, dedication, physical and mental toughness came into manifestation this past weekend with the conclusion of the super middleweight Super Six Tournament.

With his victory in the tournament, and display of skills and thorough dominance throughout the past few years, Andre Ward not only solidified himself as the best super middleweight in the world, but also established himself as a pound for pound elite fighter.

Most of the boxing experts did not pick Ward to win the tournament during it’s initial inception. Although many were aware of his talents and latent potential, many did not pick him to win based on his lack of professional experience, opting to go with Arthur Abraham or Mikkel Kessler to win the tournament .

I however, predicted either Ward or Andre Dirrell would emerge as the victor of this prestigious tournament, mainly based on their speed, talent and overall skill level compared to the other participants in the tournament.

High hopes of Ward’s potential was first realized during the Olympic Games in 2004, where he was the only and last American Olympic gold medalist.

Glimpses of his greatness were again realized during his coming of age bout against the multiple, super middleweight titlist and defending champion Kessler, in the tournament’s opening round.

Although Kessler was the strong favorite heading into the tournament, he was clearly outclassed and dominated by the younger, faster, more skillful Ward, en route to a eleventh round technical decision.

After Kessler, Ward easily defeated Sakio Bika, Allan Green, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch this past weekend.

There were doubts about Ward coming out of the Olympics despite his performance, but some experts could see the elite level pedigree lying dormant within Ward. It was just a matter of progressing as a professional, realizing his potential and seeing how he would fare against formidable opposition.

Ward has encountered plenty of obstacles in his professional career. Changing of promoters, his initial lack of exposure, delays to big name fights, nagging injuries, and so on and so forth, but when facing adversity, Ward has handled everything in such a positive manner.

Never complaining, just taking every obstacle in stride and handling his business.

Which such strong resolve, he has passed every single test outside as well as inside the ring with flying colors. Whatever doubts that stood previously in front of Ward should be erased.

He has all of the tools that make a great fighter, especially from a physical standpoint, but most importantly from a mental aspect and he has a solid foundation.

Ward appears to have a great head on his shoulders, saying and doing all the right things inside and outside the ring. He is the equivalent to Tim Tebow, just more skillful in his particular profession.

As far as physical abilities, speed, reflexes and so forth, outside of Andre Dirrell and Chad Dawson he is the most athletic fighter in the super middle weight and light heavyweight divisions.

To go along with his athletic ability, he has the mental toughness and will power to withstand adversity. He has been knocked down before, but rose up from the canvas to win. He has been stunned against some of the heavy hitters in his division, and continued to march on to victory.

Ward has showcased his versatility and ability to adapt and out think his opponents.

Possessing great hand speed, foot speed and overall great lateral movement, Ward has the ability to fight and flourish on the outside. To go along with those physical gifts, Ward is also accurate and throws precision punches, not wasting energy when he attacks. Ward also has the ability to fight effectively from a southpaw stance if he wants to switch it up on his opponents.

Ward does extremely well in the trenches, even against guys who are supposed to be bigger and stronger, guys such as Arthur Abraham and most recently Carl Froch.

And he does all of this without receiving a lot of damage, which will prolong his career.

Simply put, he has the total package. He should be heralded as one of the elite pound for pound fighters in the world.

Ward is a great all around fighter and as far as skills goes, he belongs in the company of Floyd Mayweather and Nonito Donaire. I believe those are the three most well rounded fighters in the sport as of now.

What looms in the future for the king of the super middle weight division?

A potential match against the best fighter that did not enter the Super Six tournament, Lucian Bute, potentially awaits Ward in what can be one of the great fights of 2012. Ward may also have an obligation to face his WBC super middleweight mandatory Anthony Dirrell, the brother of his friend and fellow fighter Andre Dirrell.

Ward can also go against some of the fighters he did not get a chance to face in the tournament, such as Glen Johnson, Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell,

If any of these fights were to ever take place, I believe Ward would beat every fighter just mentioned. Relying on his pin point accuracy and speed advantages, Ward can successfully outbox Johnson from the outside.

Although I believe the Dirrell fight would be highly competitive, and the most interesting of the potential fights, I believe Ward would emerge victorious from battle. Dirrell has the advantages of speed, reach and is equally skillful or even more so in some aspects.

Both fighters possess great lateral movement, and the ability to slip punches and counter punch as well. What separates the two is Dirrell is slightly better than Ward fighting from the outside, but Ward is by far the superior fighter inside the trenches. Ward also has the mental toughness Dirrell lacks.

And Jermain Taylor has fallen from the ranks of the elite in recent years and is finished fighting at high level and would not stand a chance against Ward.

The only person left for him is Bute as mentioned earlier, and that will be a great match up between the two undefeated fighters whenever they decide to fight. Ward should be favored, as he has done everything to merit the acclaim he is being awarded with.

Right now, Ward is the face of Showtime boxing, and will be their main headliner for years to come. He may not be the financial draw like Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, or a Manny Pacquiao of recent years, but he certainly is up there in overall fighting skills.

Ward is the heir to the throne, whenever Money May, Sergio Martinez and Juan Manuel Marquez decide to hang them up for good.

Fans of the Bay Area have two great local products to look forward to for years to come. Andre S.O.G. Ward certainly placed the stamp on his greatness with his performance this past weekend.

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It’s a double dip of rematches headlining the boxing weekend.

The main attraction headlining the HBO line-up features Miguel Cotto seeking revenge against Antonio Margarito.

With the historic rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico boxers already, and the history between the two fighters that even precedes this fight, this is a compelling rivalry that has developed between the two Top Rank fighters.

The first fight between the two was a classic championship welterweight bout that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada back in June of 2008.

Cotto started out strong, displaying his technical superiority in the early rounds but Margarito’s pressure and will overwhelmed Cotto during the middle rounds and well into the later rounds which ultimately resulted in a Tko stoppage for Tijuana Tornado.

This would result in the first loss of Cotto’s career, as well as physical and psychological damage that may be beyond repair as since the fight Cotto has not looked like the same fighter.

A trail of controversy has followed Margarito’s since his win over Cotto beginning immediately when he squared off against Shane Mosley in 2009. It was discovered by Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson, that Margarito was attempting to enter the ring in his fight against Mosley, wearing loaded hand wraps.

Many have suspected along with Cotto himself, is Margarito may have used the same illegal wraps in their bout.

No one but Margarito, his promoter Bob Arum and his trainer at the time Javier Capetillo, knows what really happened that night with the hand wrap situation. I believe this is probably something Margarito has been doing for a long time, and it wouldn’t surprise me if his promoter had prior knowledge of this illegal activity taking place.

Regardless, this is an intriguing match up because of the personal emotions involved. Neither fighter likes each other, they probably do not have any respect for one another, and this fight is personal on many levels.

HBO did a great job hyping up this event, with the Face Off and 24/7 episodes respectively, promoting this fight. Both programs gave an in depth view of the relationships of the fighters, the ups and downs, family life, training camps, basically the paths each fighter has taken since their initial bout three years ago.

As for how the fight will turn out, unfortunately both fighters are shells of their former selves. Cotto has not looked the same physically since his fight with Margarito, and has struggled against Joshua Clottey, got annihilated against Manny Pacquiao, and did not look too impressive in his most recent fight against a washed up Ricardo Mayorga.

Margarito looks like he is on the decline as well. After Mosley utterly destroyed him, he was suspended for a year and looked bad in his comeback fight against Roberto Garcia. Margarito was then steam rolled by Pacquiao, who arguably administered one of the worst beatings in Margarito’s career.

They have both accumulated a lot of damage over the past three years including in their own fight, and I do not expect to see prime versions of either fighter. Margarito also has an eye issue, a n injury he suffered against Pacquiao and I think the injury is worse than what the public was lead to believe. The only reason this fight is continuing is because of the financial implications behind the fight.

As for who will win, I believe Cotto is the emotional favorite, the crowd will support him being there is a strong support for Puerto Rican fighters in New York, and I believe many people sympathizes with his whole story. I am personally rooting for Cotto, but I think if Margarito has anything left in the tank, he has the style that will beat Cotto.

Hand wraps aside, Margarito’s physical and mental pressure wore Cotto down and if that trend continues in the second fight, I see the same result occurring again.

If Cotto is to win this fight I believe he should target Margarito’s body as well as his damaged eye. Cotto would also do well to clinch occasionally and not let Margarito get into a rhythm. Mosley effectively implored this tactic in his win against Margarito, and Cotto would benefit from this as well.

Like stated before if Margarito does resemble some of his old self, I do expect his pressure to overwhelm Cotto.

The promoter of both fighters Bob Arum has other plans, as I’m sure he is hoping for a Cotto victory so he can attempt to pull off a third fight between the two in the future.

Also featured tonight is the bantamweight championship rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko. This fight will take place on Showtime, and while I think this is a great fight and have anticipated this rematch for awhile, I think the timing is bad and Showtime did a poor job promoting this fight.

The first fight between the two was controversial and a great fight overall in itself. I think both fighters deserve the distinction of having the boxing public’s attention and should have all eyes on them during their bout. That won’t be the case with Cotto vs. Margarito airing on HBO at the same time but be as it may, this is going to be a great fight.

The first fight between the two was action packed, and expect much of the same in the rematch. Both fighters hurt each other, with Mares stunning Agbeko in the opening round, and with Agbeko retuning the favor in round four.

Unfortunately, Agbeko was the victim of many low blows that weren’t called by the referee and that may have played a factor in the majority decision that favored Mares.

I do think Mares will attempt to apply a more defensive game plan, and fight a more strategic fight imploring his counter punching abilities.

On the under card of the Mares-Agbeko card is a bout featuring Vic Darchinyan and Anselmo Moreno. Moreno has the style to beat Darchinyan and is very quick, but the question is whether he is ready to step up against great opposition. Darchinyan charges forward and has the power to out opponents out. He is also experienced and very cagey. An interesting fight to say the least.

Back on HBO, on the under card of the Cotto-Margarito head line, features two rising stars in Brandon Rios and Mike Jones.

Mike Jones a skilled, undefeated, powerful punching welterweight goes up against former Margarito opponent, Sebastian Lujan in an IBF title eliminator. I expect Jones to overwhelm Lujan, who after this fight may have to settle for being the division’s gatekeeper.

Brandon Rios, childhood rival to Victor Ortiz, goes up against Manchester’s John Murray in a lightweight championship bout. It was to be for a lightweight tile but Rios failed to make weight and was stripped of the title. Both fighters are young, experienced and talented. Look for Rios to pull out a tough victory in a highly competitive fight, but his body punching will lead him to victory in the end.

From the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, to Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, coast to coast this is a great weekend for boxing.

Whether if you’re a diehard or a casual fan, you’re in for a treat.

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Perhaps by the definition of his job, the title of promoter, Bob Arum is arguably the best to ever do it.

Arum generally promotes his fighters as unbeatable menaces inside the ring, whom every other fighter (not under his Top Rank stable of fighters of course) is afraid of.

He builds guys up, deceives the common fan into mistakenly believing his fighters are the best of the best.

Arum has the tendency to match his star fighters up against tomato cans for the most part and eventually, at some point he matches his star fighters against each other and pockets a ton of cash at the end of the day.

I understand facing soft opposition every once in awhile is a part of the game, it happens all the time. It appears in recent years Top Rank fighters seem to do more often than not, and when they reach the highest level of their profession, generally continue to do so.

To his credit, Arum has promoted some great fighters in his career. Fighters such as Marvin Hagler, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Nonito Donaire just to name a few.

But in recent years, he has been fraudulent in how he has handled business and is one of the main contributors to the demise of boxing. Simply put, he is a poison, and does not care about the future of the sport.

Taking guys that are good fighters and deceiving the public into thinking they are actually great fighters. Fighters such as Antonio Margarito, Kelly Pavlik, Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao just to name a few.

For example.

Arum created some kind of mantra, and actually fooled the public into believing Margarito is the most feared and avoided man in boxing. Please.

Aside from being a full fledged cheater, Margarito was an overrated pressure fighter, who had an exceptional chin and great endurance, but lacked any kind of defense, footwork, or noticeable artistic skill whatsoever. His attribute of power is completely in question in light of his whole “loaded gloves” scandal.

Arum even had the nerve of matching Margarito against his most prized fighter at the time Miguel Cotto, knowing that Margarito was playing dirty.

The result of the match up would produce a great fight, with Cotto suffering his first loss as a professional, and irreversible damage done to him mentally and physically as a result of the relentless pressure from a brick fisted Margarito.

To continue on with Cotto, another disservice to him was matching him up against Pacquiao a year after the Margarito debacle. Especially considering the circumstances behind their fight.

Requiring Cotto to meet Pacquiao at a catch weight to defend his own title is criminal. And because Cotto did not comply with the original orders from general Arum, Cotto was stripped of his WBO welterweight belt and told that even if he were to defeat Pacquiao he would not even win his championship belt back. It would then be vacant.

Also matching Cotto in the fight against Pacquiao and knowing he wasn’t the same fighter is a shame and shows how little Arum thinks of Cotto in my opinion. Any person that follows the sport could tell Cotto wasn’t the same fighter since his encounter with Margarito. His struggles against Joshua Clottey and other opposition since indicates such.

Another thing Arum does with many of his fighters is cater to certain markets or ethnic fan bases, and match particular fighters up against soft opposition, marketing those fighters as great because of the fandom dedication and support. Take Kelly Pavlik and Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. for example.

Pavlik is a fighter who appeals to middle America for a number of reasons. He has an action first appeasing style and he is white. Because of his look, he may appeal to a particular crowd that may also like mixed martial arts and Arum’s goal may have been trying to lure them in with Pavlik. I think Arum tried to hype him up as a “white hope” and did manage to make some money off of it.

Through his career, Pavlik has been matched against inferior opposition and faced about three good or great fighters. Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez.

Entering the Martinez fight, they probably thought Martinez was too small, and in regards to Hopkins based of his performance against Joe Calzaghe, they probably thought he was on his last legs and ready to get wilt and wither away.

Chavez Jr. has pretty much faced nothing but scrubs his entire career. He has been on the receiving end of beneficial scoring and gift decisions. He had life and death bouts against Sebastian Zbik, Matt Vanda, Carlos Molina and Troy Rowland, (who?).

This guy is a WBC middleweight champion and he is fighting guys like Peter Manfredo? Manfredo hasn’t been relevant since the now defunct reality show “Contender” and is hardly a contender nowadays.

But because of the legendary Chavez name, and brilliant promotion and matchmaking, he seems to get a pass.

Look at Manny Pacquiao. A talented fighter in his own right, but he is hyped up as the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’s not even the best fighter in his division.

He has a nice guy personality and an exciting fighting style. Add in biased commentary from huge media networks like HBO and ESPN, and washed up opposition and you have a superstar.

Recently matching Pacquiao against the likes of Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, David Diaz, Miguel Cotto, etc. and looking at the circumstances behind each fight, it’s just terrible.

Even with the Marquez fights, for the second and third fight especially, Arum was banking on Marquez being on the downside and not the same fighter he once was. Especially with Marquez being 38 years old and moving up two weight divisions.

It kind of back fired with Marquez in their most recent bout, because in the eyes of many once again, he looked to have defeated Pacquiao on points. I know Arum didn’t foresee Pacquiao getting schooled by Marquez, otherwise he probably wouldn‘t of made this fight to begin with.

But because of the controversy behind the fight, Arum is trying to make a fourth fight between the two, instead of a fight with Pacquiao facing Mayweather.

Arum plays off the loyalty of the Filipino fan base, among other fan bases, and has the general public fooled.

This guy is a bonafide liar. He has even admitted his deceit in failed negotiations for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Bob Arum Mr. “Yesterday I was lying, today I am telling the truth.”

Ask federal judge Daniel Weinstein about Arum’s deceit. The man has a history of bribery charges stemming back from 1995.

The truth is, he never wanted to make the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. He doesn’t want to make the fight because he knows what is going to happen, and I have been telling people this for years. Arum knows like any other person that has clear understanding of boxing that Mayweather will probably beat Pacquiao, and rather easily.

Mayweather like Marquez is a counter puncher, and the best defensive fighter of his era. He is technically skilled, is just as fast as Pacquiao and has a five inch reach advantage. And he is bigger and stronger than a 38 year old Marquez, who recently gave Pacquiao fits.

You can do the math.

But instead Arum and his buddies at ESPN want to say Pacquiao agreed to every demand, (which they didn’t), and Mayweather is afraid of Pacquiao’s new and improved right hand, (something they have been claiming for years). I’d ask Marquez is Pacquiao’s right hand has improved but he was rarely touched by it.

Based on what we know about Arum, I don’t know whether to criticize him or actually give him props for duping the common fan.

At the end of the day, he is just trying to make money and has no interest in putting out the best fight for the fans and has no intentions of helping the sport of boxing as a whole.

He has a history of screwing fighters over. He makes a ton of money and takes a ton of money from Pacquiao. He did the same with De La Hoya and Mayweather, but they wised up and left.

He is a greedy old man, who will continue to use fans like puppets, in order to make his fair share of money while screwing over boxers and the fans in the process.

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Yes I am sure Mr. Pacquiao and his legions of fans are enjoying the spoils of his recent success and have every right to do so.


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To many of us in the United States, he is celebrated as a great fighter. But around the world, especially in his homeland in the Philippines, he is celebrated as a great fighter, a politician, an ambassador of sportsmanship and acknowledged as a national hero.

But for the last three or four years of his professional boxing career, Pacquiao has not really accomplished anything to be celebrated for. At least not to the degree he currently is being heralded as.

His promoter Bob Arum, the HBO network, some friendly, misinformed ESPN analysts, and others in the different forums of media, have done a great job of marketing him as the figure he is today.

He is heralded as possibly one of the greatest fighters of all time, and currently according to the “Pacquiao promoters,” the greatest fighter of this era.

The question is what has Pacquiao really accomplished throughout his career?

Yes he has dozens of alphabet titles across several weight divisions, and a numerous supply of recognizable names on his resume.

Is he a great fighter? Yes no question, but his accomplishments especially as of late should hold an asterisk next to it.

How about we go over the opponent selection the last three years or so and you can decide for yourself.

While analyzing a fight, many people just look at the names on paper and depending on the names they see and the history of each person, they determine whether it’s a good fight or not.

People see Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya, and because of the history of each fighter come to the conclusion that it’s a good match up.

A funny thing is, people tend to conveniently neglect the circumstances of each fight. You have to look at the styles of each fighter, the recent history, and other things to determine the status of each fighter and the fight itself.

HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant makes a habit of criticizing or finding some sort of flaw in every single opponent Floyd Mayweather has faced.

An interesting note is recently Pacquiao has faced many of the same opponents Mayweather has faced, the same opponents Merchant has criticized, but only after Mayweather beat them.

Strange thing is, whenever Pacquiao goes up against that same opponent, and ultimately beats them, he gets all the praise in the world and there is no criticism from Merchant and some of the other analysts in the boxing world.

Those opponents include Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Shane Mosley. Mayweather and Pacquiao also faced Juan Manuel Marquez, with Pacquiao having faced Marquez before Mayweather.

Speaking of Marquez, he is the first fighter we’ll begin with while analyzing Pacquiao’s opponent selection over the past couple of years.

In 2008, the long awaited rematch between Pacquiao and Marquez for Marquez’s WBC Super Featherweight title took place.

This is the best fight for Pacquiao at the time, and because of the cerebral counterpunching style of Marquez, probably his most challenging. Can’t criticize Pacquiao for this fight, I commend him for this fight and he should get nothing but respect for taking this challenge.

After a tough fight against Marquez, which resulted in a controversial split decision victory for Pacquiao, he decides to move up in weight and fight David Diaz for an alphabet title in the lightweight division.

It should be noted at the time Diaz was the weakest title holder of the division, not really an upper tier fighter, basically a paper champion. He arguably lost to a faded Erik Morales prior to facing Pacquiao.

People remarked on the transformation of Pacquiao in his fight against Diaz. He looked stronger, faster, better conditioned and he outclassed Diaz. Perhaps it was the opponent, the addition of new strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, or maybe a combination of both. Whichever the case may be, he easily disposed of Diaz.

Later on in the year, Pacquiao would take on the faded legend Oscar De La Hoya, in a bout that was advertised as a “Dream Match.”

The fight took place at a catch weight, which was at the welterweight limit, which is a division Oscar has not even stepped in over seven years.

Granted, this was Pacquiao’s first bout above 135 pounds, so you would think there was some risk for him as well.

There would be a risk, if it were against a live opponent, something Oscar clearly wasn’t. His previous fight against Steve Forbes proved that.

Pacquaio’s head trainer Freddie Roach offered his opinions on the current form of De La Hoya to FoxSports.com stating, “From the Mayweather fight, to the Forbes fight, to the Pacquiao fight, there was a steady decline in Oscar.”

And also added, “Don’t kill yourself to make weight, don’t burn yourself out. Fight at a more natural weight, that’s what Pacquiao did.”

“I saw the IV in his arms, I saw the fresh IV marks. They hydrated him too late. He was dehydrated after the fight, I got the report in from the doctors, it was dehydration.”

Anyone who knows boxing could see the deterioration in De La Hoya. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach even said it.

After the demolition of the Golden Boy, Pacquiao sought out England’s Ricky Hatton.

Entering the fight against Pacquiao, Hatton was coming off a devastating knock out loss against Floyd Mayweather and had questionable performances against Juan Lazcano and Paulie Malignaggi.

Some people, including Roach, saw the same decline in Hatton as they did with De La Hoya.

In an interview with FightFan.com, Roach commented on Hatton saying, “He’s not the same fighter as he was before the Mayweather fight, I think Mayweather took something out of him. He looked pretty shaky in the Lazcano fight.”

It’s obvious Hatton was a shell of his former self. It was even noted by the BBC in his sparring sessions leading up to his fight with Pacquiao, as he was getting outclassed by Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara and was dismissed early because of the punishment he was dealing to Hatton.

New trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. turned out to be an experiment gone wrong in the corner of Hatton and he was quickly disposed of.

After failed negotiations with the Mayweather team, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum continues a trend that will be noticeable in upcoming Pacquiao fights.

Matching Pacquiao with fighters on the downslide or at a catch weight, that may also happen to be under Top Rank Promotions.

After the Hatton fight, with Mayweather on the backburner, the match up of Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto came into fruition.

The problem with this fight is, Cotto is a one year removed from the monstrous beating he took from the hands of Antonio Margarito and only a few months removed from his controversial victory over Joshua Clottey.

The hand wrap scandal with Margarito is highly publicized. While it is unknown whether he used illegal hand wraps against Cotto in their bout, it’s clearly evident to most boxing experts and fans that Cotto was not the same person after that fight, and there has been an obvious decline since.

In an interview with therewillbeblood.com, Freddie Roach stated, “The big thing right now is he the same fighter that he once was since the fight with Margarito, how much did that take out of him? He took a lot of punishment in that fight, he hasn’t really looked good since that fight.”

It’s bad enough Cotto struggled against Clottey prior to his fight against Pacquiao. To add to that, he changed trainers after a fall out with his uncle/trainer Evangelista Cotto. If that wasn’t bad enough, in order to secure a fight with Pacquiao, Cotto had to meet him at a catch weight of 145 pounds.

Last I checked, the welterweight limit is 147.

When Cotto decided to make a stand and chose not to defend his title because of the catch weight issue, Cotto was stripped of his welterweight title thanks to his own promoter Arum and WBO president Francisco Varcarcel. Cotto was then informed even if he were to emerge victorious, the title would become vacant.

After defeating Cotto at the catch weight of 145 pounds for the WBO Welterweight title, Pacquiao elected to fight Ghanaian native Joshua Clottey after negotiations with Floyd Mayweather failed again.

Clottey is not a bad fighter and at the time was generally considered a top ten welterweight, some may argue top five. I certainly thought of Clottey as a talented fighter with boxing skills.

The only problem I saw with Clottey is his tendency to fall short in big fights, and from a stylistic standpoint, this was not a good match for him because he lacks mobility and is not a high volume puncher.

At the time of the cancellation of the bout between Shane Mosley and Andre Berto, I’m sure many fans would of liked to see Pacquiao take the challenge and face Mosley. Mosley at the time, was the number one recognized welterweight after his destruction of Margarito.

Everyone has their own opinion on who Pacquiao can choose as an opponent. But to Freddie Roach, it is all to clear.

According to Roach in an interview with Therewillbeblood.com, he states, “We can make twice the amount of money fighting Cotto than we can Shane. So that’s the way we are gonna go, it’s a business right now.”

Roach continued to add, “Shane came to my gym twice to negotiate the fight with me. I say Shane can you make 142, 143, he says no. I say well then there’s no fight. He says you fought Oscar at 147, I say you’re not Oscar.”

“He’s better than Oscar, you know the thing is, why should I give him an advantage you know. Manny holds the 140 pound title, we’re not looking to go up and fight for his title.”

Yet Pacquiao went up and took Cotto’s welterweight belt at the catch weight of 145?

After the one sided beat down of Top Rank compatriot Clottey, Pacquiao decided to face the currently inactive and controversial Antonio Margarito.

Margarito entered his bout against Pacquiao having recently struggled against perennial tomato can Roberto Garcia. Before the Garcia fight, Margarito was suspended a year from boxing because of his illegal hand wrap situation.

Even before his suspension took place, in his first title defense after conquering Miguel Cotto, Margarito was physically dominated and ultimately knocked out by Shane Mosley.

So coming off recent inactivity, a knockout loss and a life and death victory over a fringe contender, Margarito somehow gets a shot against Pacquiao for a vacant junior middleweight title. The same title that was stripped from p4p elite Sergio Martinez. That in itself doesn’t make any kind of sense.

If that isn’t bad enough, there was a catch weight for this fight as well.

The junior middleweight limit is 154 pounds, this bout took place at 150 pounds.

This fight was hyped up and advertised as a David vs. Goliath match up with Margarito being some sort of gigantic, unstoppable force.

But as predicted by actual boxing experts, this fight was heavily one sided in Pacquiao’s favor, although he did have a few scary moments in the fight.

Next up to bat for team Pacquiao, Shane Mosley. This would have been a good fight if the match was made a year or two ago.

But after Pacquiao’s initial refusal to fight, Mosley since went up against and lost a one sided clinic to Floyd Mayweather, and looked dreadful in his draw against Sergio Mora at junior middleweight.

After the two consecutive pitiful performances from Mosley, for whatever reason, Pacquiao decided to face Mosley. What was hyped up as one the great action packed fights of the year turned out to be one of the worst aesthetically pleasing fights of recent memory.

When it was all said and done, it was another one sided victory, over a down the hill, outmatched opponent for Pacquiao.

Which brings us back to Juan Manuel Marquez. They are scheduled to meet in the ring for the third time November 12th of this year.

These two fighters, great in their own right, have a well documented rivalry. Their two previous fights produced a controversial draw and split decision victory for Pacquiao in the second fight.

Honestly, you can make valid arguments for either fighter on as to who won each fight. Many including myself, wanted to see a third fight between the two to cap off the trilogy.

While it is finally happening, I’ll make the case the timing is off and it’s a tad too late for this fight to be happening.

An immediate fight between the two should have followed after the second fight if anything, instead the path Pacquiao chose ran its course, leaving Marquez chasing Pacquiao from division to division.

It was a wise choice for Pacquiao, as his popularity, status in the boxing world and income has sky rocketed because of this path.

Going back to the fight, being that it is at a catch weight of 144 pounds is another problem. The only way for Marquez to get this fight was to agree to fight above 135, where he has no business at.

He tried that once before, and was outclassed against Mayweather in his come back fight after an 18 month absence.

Marquez recently fought a tune up at 140 against some no hoper named Likar Ramos and is body looked terrible. Marquez couldn’t even get up to 140, he weighed in at 138.

In regards to the Pacquiao fight, look, I’ll save you the suspense. Marquez’s style and his ability to counterpunch will always present problems for Pacquiao. Unfortunately for him, he is getting up there in age and he does not carry the extra weight as well as Pacquiao does and is at a disadvantage.

Marquez will have his moments, but I can’t foresee him lasting more than six rounds. The outcome of this fight is not in question. I am curious as to who the next opponent for Pacquiao will be.

Will Pacquiao face recent ko victim Victor Ortiz? Or maybe Zab Judah? Or will it be old rival Erik Morales for a fourth time? Rest assured, I doubt a fight with Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan or anyone who can offer a challenge is on the horizon.

And that’s the thing. The so called p4p king has been facing questionable opposition in recent years. But because he has a nice personality, the backing of major networks and an outstanding promoter, people fail to acknowledge it.

These ESPN and HBO experts either lack the knowledge they claim to have or refuse to acknowledge what the real issue is because they think of Pacquiao as such a nice guy.

Guys like Skip Bayless, Michael Wilbon, Larry Merchant and many others are clearly clueless about the sport or must have some sort of bias.

Sprinkle in some contradicting, biased commentary from old time boxing reporter Bert Sugar and the mission is complete.

One of the few people that calls it like it is and that actually has experience in the boxing world and is renowned for his abilities of being a world class trainer is Teddy Atlas.

Some may ask, who else could Pacquiao have faced to have the legitimacy of being called the p4p king?

At lightweight, or even super featherweight, Pacquiao could of fought guys like Juan Diaz, Zahir Raheem, Joan Guzman, Joel Casamayor or even Michael Katsidis. Instead he fought David Diaz.

At junior welterweight and above, there’s guys like Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather, or even Devon Alexander. But instead it was deteriorated versions of Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

He could of went out and fought Shane Mosley at an earlier time, but he waited for him to show even more signs of decline. He is probably is waiting on Mayweather to do the same.

The intent of this article isn’t to discredit Manny Pacquiao. He is obviously a talented fighter and has achieved a lot especially as of late.

I am pointing out the obvious, and whether you like it or not the truth is in plain sight.

Refusing to take random blood tests is not a valid excuse to duck Mayweather. If you’re a clean fighter as you claim to be, there shouldn’t be a problem. Ortiz agreed to it, as did Mosley.

You can complain and say the random Olympic style testing is beyond the jurisdiction and not part of the Nevada State Athletic Commission regulations and rules, and you‘re correct in stating that.

But neither are the demands you and your team make. Your weight request for the gloves, the ten million dollar weight penalty and the ring size concessions (that oh by the way Mayweather agreed to) are not part of the rules and regulations of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, for welterweight bouts, the gloves are required to be ten ounces unless both parties can agree to a different weight requirement for the gloves. I believe you wanted eight ounce gloves.

Fighting for titles at catch weights, dictating weight penalties, etc. is not a part of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Getting into the whole blood testing thing is a series of articles in itself. With that said, Mayweather is willing to undergo the same random testing you will be going through. There is no advantage.

And if you continue to refuse to fight Mayweather, then fight a decent fighter in their prime. Step up, test yourself and give the fans a legit reason to cheer for you.

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Tonight is the night. Saturday October 15th, live from the Staple Center in Los Angeles, California, living legend Bernard Hopkins defends his light heavyweight crown against the once proclaimed air to the throne Chad Dawson.


Photo: Tom Hogan/HoganPhotos/Golden Boy

This match up tagged as a battle for light heavyweight supremacy, features the two best fighters in the division.

Hopkins enters this fight after a pair of sensational performances against a multiple division champion Jean Pascal.

The first bout between Hopkins and Pascal ended with a controversial draw and the second bout ending with a decision victory for Hopkins, making him at age 46 the oldest man to hold a legitimate championship.

What makes this intriguing is Pascal was the first fighter to defeat Dawson.

For those keeping track as we have it, Hopkins beat Pascal, who beat Dawson, but even with that formula, it is not a given Hopkins will beat Dawson. But being an astute student of the game like Hopkins is, there is certainly some things he can pick up on and use against Dawson tonight.

Dawson is an extremely gifted fighter. Some may argue he is the most talented fighter north of the middleweight division.

Dawson possesses dazzling hand speed, has the ability to throw fluid combinations and has some pop behind his punches.

What has plagued him throughout his career is his inability to maintain focus through the course of an entire fight. There has been a few instances where he has not been very assertive offensively and gives off the impression of a lackadaisical effort overall.

Despite those flaws, Dawson has amassed an impressive record of 30-1 (17 ko’s) and is a multiple division champion. Fans and critics are frustrated because they see the talent, there are just waiting for Dawson to put everything together and be a consistent fighter.

It would be unfair to compare the entire career’s of each fighter when making a case for who is better or who will win tonight’s fight. But a fair assessment can be made by comparing the last few years or even the last five bouts for each fighter.

In that case, Hopkins gets the edge as he looked a little bit better against Kelly Pavlik, Enrique Ornelas, Roy Jones and Jean Pascal, compared to how Dawson looked in his fights against Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson, Jean Pascal and Adrian Diaconu.

The Roy Jones bout was terrible though, a fight that should never, ever take place again.

As how the fight turns out, I expect the executioner to execute a sensational game plan. Hopkins will frustrate Dawson early and often, with his pressure and patented rough house tactics. As the fight progresses, Hopkins will systematically breakdown Dawson.

Dawson excels at a slow pace, and will be better off at a slower pace, unless he is the one initiating the action and taking the fight to Hopkins.

The problem is he hasn’t shown to be assertive offensively in recent fights and if that trend remains in this fight Hopkins will capitalize off that similar to what Glen Johnson did to Dawson in their first fight back in 2008, and like what Pascal did to Dawson last year.

From a physical aspect, Dawson has all of the advantages against the older fighter Hopkins.

Even though Dawson sports the physical advantages, he doesn’t completely dwarf his opponent and Hopkins has enough tools and tactics in his arsenal to overwhelm most of his opponents.

This fight is going to boil down to who has more mental strength. And it seems Hopkins has an unlimited supply.

He knows the weaknesses of Dawson and will use every trick in the book to gain whatever edge or advantage he can in this fight.

He knows how to fight when tired, hurt and knows how to win even when the odds are stacked against him.

Factor all of that in with the recent issues with the Dawson camp, the financial problems, changes with management and most recently with his head trainers, I see Hopkins emerging victorious tonight.

Hopkins by unanimous decision, in a somewhat entertaining fight.

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October 29th, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was the date scheduled for the final bout of the highly publicized, highly regarded, super middleweight “Super Six” tournament.


Photo Credit: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

A tournament featured on ShowTime, has run it’s course over the past two years featuring the best fighters from the super middleweight division.

Participants such as Arthur Abraham, Mikkel Kessler, Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward, Carl Froch and Jermain Taylor.

A tournament featuring substitutes Glen Johnson, Sakio Bika and Allan Green.

The two fighters reaching the finals were certainly underdogs when the tournament first started, and now have emerged as the top fighters of their division and are developing into household names.

Unfortunately, the bout between Andre “S.O.G.“ Ward and Carl “The Cobra” Froch and conclusion of the tournament will have to wait.

During a sparring session, Ward suffered a severe cut above his right eye and according to a medical specialist, will require quite some time to heal.

Both fighters have expressed their disappointment in this unfortunate turn of events.

According to reports from boxingscene, both fighters expressed the opinions on that matter.

Ward said: “This is very frustrating for my camp and I, and I that if the shoe were on the other foot and Froch suffered an injury, I would be extremely disappointed.”

The Bay Area product went even further stating, “I’d like to express my apologies to Showtime, the fans and the Froch camp, but this is a part of boxing. Ward and Froch will still get it on but, unfortunately, the date just has to be pushed back.”

Froch obviously frustrated, stated, “Of course you’ve got to take the medical advice seriously, but for a cut to put you out of a fight five full weeks is ludicrous. To me, he’s showing his weakness. Nothing changes for me. I’ll be ready if and when he shows up.”

Showtime apparently caught the incident on camera and will reportedly show in on one of the upcoming episodes for their program ‘Fight Camp 360.’

A few dates have been mentioned as a potential make up date for the bout, the common mentioned is the date of December 10th, a night that also features a welterweight fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson.

The question is, will the postponement of the fight give either fighter an advantage, or will it hinder their efforts?

It’s hard to judge because both fighters are in the middle of training camp, with a little more than a month to go.

As mentioned earlier, Froch echoed his disappointment in the postponement of the fight, but if anything this may be a blessing in disguise.

Compared to Ward, Froch is a little older, has participated in more bouts and has had a tougher road to reach the finals of the “Super Six” tournament.

When I say tougher road, I do not necessarily mean the level of competition, because Ward has faced great opposition as well.

But because of Froch’s fighting style and lack of reflexes or sophisticated defensive technique, Froch has endured and accumulated a lot of damage in his recent fights.

The Cobra had a war with Jean Pascal and a life and death battle against Jermain Taylor prior to entering the tournament.

Since his entry into the tournament, Froch participated in tough battles against Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Glen Johnson.

As tough as Froch is, a little extra time to recuperate may be beneficial to him.

But it is understandable for him to want get on with the fight, and this interruption may have a negative effect as far as timing goes for his upcoming match up.

Only time will tell.