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Mike Tyson with a potential blueprint to beat Floyd Mayweather?

floyd663By Kirk Jackson: Recently, Hall of Fame boxer Mike Tyson was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and gave his opinion on the huge fight taking place May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On the set of ESPN’s “First Take” journalists Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless offer their insight on Tyson’s remarks in regards to the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather 47-0 (26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38 KO’s).

More importantly with what Tyson said, he indicated this will be Mayweather’s toughest fight to date and there is a great possibility of Mayweather getting busted up and losing. Tyson offered great perspective on what Pacquiao should do to secure a victory May 2nd.

“You need to put constant pressure on Floyd, be in front of him all the time by moving side to side and punching from angles,” said Tyson.

“Manny is going to feint Floyd out of position a lot and make him throw more punches than he is used to and that will open Floyd up. He [Mayweather] has never been tested, whatever happens in the fight, I think he’s going to get hit and hurt more than he has ever before; we’re going to see how tough he is.”

Many things to take away from this Mike Tyson quote.

Although this is not a full comprehensive game plan, this is a good foundation on how to attack Mayweather and Pacquiao has the athletic gifts to certainly pull off this game plan. Pacquiao has a herky-jerky style and could very well feint Mayweather out of position, where he can capitalize because of his great foot and hand speed. This is one of the advantages and tactics Pacquiao utilizes over most opponents.

A danger exists, if the fighter kennedy execute this style of fighting efficiently. Moving side to side, while dodging attacks can be physically and mentally taxing, especially if the fighter [Pacquiao] is missing punches are occasionally eating counter punches for his troubles.

The thing is, aside from what Tyson mentioned as keys for success against Mayweather, in order to have just a modicum of success against Mayweather, it can be argued the opponent must possess a solid jab, ala Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, Oscar De La Hoya, Jose Luis Castillo (first fight).

A trait all the fighters mentioned have in common with (De La Hoya) being the exception, is they’re really good pressure / inside fighters. Another thing is all of those fighters mentioned are naturally bigger / stronger than Mayweather.

Pacquiao is the smallest opponent Mayweather has faced since Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2009, the size advantage for Pacquiao will not be there. Pacquiao is not a pressure fighter by nature and rarely fights on the inside, he is more a mid-range fighter.

He uses his speech to advantage, move in and attacks, dashes back or to the side, usually towards his right, away from danger. With all the Pacquiao has in his arsenal, the jab is not necessarily one of his best punches.

Tyson and others are mistakenly labeling Pacquiao as an all out pressure fighter, when that’s not really his game. Tyson maybe implying that he has to fight ferociously like he did in his prime, but in reality, they’re two different styles of fighter.

Many claim Pacquiao lost his “Killer Instinct” over the last couple of years, I think he just he evolved and maximized his strengths as a fighter.

As Chris Algieri 20-1 (8 KO’s) post fight after his defeat against Pacquiao this past November was quoted as saying, “Manny is great at being Manny.”

Fighting Marquez four times probably provided Pacquiao with the realization that he can’t rush in giving caution to the wind against certain fighters, which contributes to Manny’s evolution as a fighter.

Pacquiao may have to continue with the next phase of evolution and change his temperament, in order to apply the Tyson game plan and a defeat Mayweather. He is going to have to learn to cut off the ring, he will have to suddenly develop or at least be effective in using the jab as well.

Maybe Tyson is alluding to the strategy Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach plan to implore May 2nd.

The last and take away from Mike Tyson’s analysis of the fight is the question of Mayweather’s toughness or lack thereof.

It seems as though Mike Tyson doesn’t care for the Mayweather, at least not in this fight. Freddie Roach trained Tyson toward the end of his career and Roach is the current trainer of Pacquiao. Tyson on a number of occasions expressed his displeasure of Mayweather and said he would have liked to have fought Mayweather and expressed pleasure and beating him up.

That’s fine and all, I would expect for him to remain loyal to his former trainer and gravitate towards Pacquiao because he is a fellow action fighter.

For him to question the toughness of a guy who has been a champion for over 17 years, defeated 22 former or current world champions, fought in 24 championship fights across five weight classes says a lot. Mayweather was visibly stunned against DeMarcus Corley, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, bounced back and dominated all of them.

Seems like a ridiculous statement and adds to the notion of people will not be satisfied until they see Floyd Mayweather lose. Loyalty the side, guess we’ll see what happens May 2nd.

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Everybody hates the Bad Guy: Paulie Malignaggi

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By Kirk Jackson: Paulie Malignaggi seems to be one of the more hated fighters in the sport of boxing, or at least by the common boxing fans that actually know of the Magic Man. Actually, there are plenty of people that want to see him disappear. Many may find him repulsive, arrogant, annoying, overly obnoxious, and the list goes on and on. It’s not just his personality that gets crucified by some of the fans, there are many detractors to his fighting style as well.

Some say his boxing style is boring because he gives plenty of movement, and is a hit and move style of fighter. There are complaints of Paulie clowning around too much, or not having too many knockouts on his record. And you know what, to a certain extent, some of his detractors may have a valid argument in some areas. Even I wasn’t a huge fan of the dreaded hair experiment in his second fight against Lovemore N’Dou back in May of 2008.

But you know what despite all of that, I like Paulie, I think he is great for the sport of boxing. Every sport, or genre of performing art, or any form of entertainment, needs its spark. Something to draw you in, keep you interested and entertained. A bad guy to mix things up, can certainly do that. Not to necessarily say Paulie set out to be a bad guy or anything, but it seems especially as of late, the role of being the “villain” has openly embraced him. Good guys need a spoiler, drama and controversy sells.

For the record, I think a majority of his hate is unwarranted, but accusing the current top pound for pound fighter in the sport of taking performance enhancing drugs isn’t going to help your cause and you be labeled negatively by most fans. I think Paulie is a funny guy, with his willingness to be honest and open is a breath of fresh air. Never one to hold his tongue, he has the raw and uncut language, and you never know what you may hear from him. Paulie has a provocative personality, a harsh honesty that you either love or hate about him.

He is a talented boxer, a practitioner of the sweet science. I’m sure there are a few flaws in his game, but there isn’t one fighter that isn‘t flawed in some way. And with flaws, many will bring up his lack of punching power. One of The main reasons for his slick style of fighting and low ko ratio is because of his often broke brittle hands. Despite his frail hands, he still has big heart and is the definition of a true competitor. Honestly just think about it. The fact that Paulie has to basically rely on out boxing or out pointing his opponents to secure victory because of his hand issues, is amazing, it makes me respect his boxing abilities even more.

Paulie Malignaggi has a compelling story. Coming from domestic disputes and hardships, bounced around between two countries, and being able to stay resilient and put forth a successful boxing career says a lot about his character. This is one of the great things about this sport, there are plenty of fighters that come from an unfavorable situation, and they are able to make something of themselves. There is also so many diverse personalities and backgrounds, this creates a huge melting pot of stories and cultures that anyone can relate to.

Because of the kind of personality he has, much is demanded of Paulie by the public, and honestly, he should be held to high standards. If you are going to talk a big game, you have to back it up. For the most part, Paulie has done that. There have been a few stumbles down the road against the likes of Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Juan Diaz. At least the guys he lost to are world champions, and most people including myself believe Paulie won both fights against Diaz. Despite taking a high amount of physical punishment from Hatton, and Cotto more specifically in their respective fights, Paulie displayed a huge heart and iron will to continue with the punishment until the final bell. Or in the case against Hatton, Paulie continued to take a beating until his then trainer, Buddy McGirt, threw in the towel and stopped the fight.

Many things can be said about Paulie Malignaggi. On which ever side of the fence you choose to be on, you can either love him or hate him. This article isn’t intended to sway anyone from one side to another, but I think it’s important to have a certain level of respect for boxers, especially ones competing at the highest level. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and for whatever reasons, people are going to like who they like and vice versa. So on that note, for those in disfavor of the Magic Man, by all means, continue with dislike and poor opinion of Paulie Malignaggi. What kind of bad guy would he be if everybody didn’t hate him right?

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The Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight is Still On!

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By Kirk Jackson: I have been informed from a few reliable sources, the much anticipated mega boxing show down between Pound for Pound Kings Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still on.

It seems like there have been recent developments everyday, going into a range from drug testing disputes, to whatever else the two camps choose to disagree on, and deadlines to come to an agreement have been tossed everywhere.

The main problem with the recent disputes between the two camps, have been trying to come up with an agreement in regards to the random urine and blood testing for performance enhancing drugs. The camp of Floyd Mayweather wants a 14 day cut off, while the camp of Manny Pacquiao wants a longer extended period. From what I have been informed, both camps have scheduled yet another meeting to salvage this fight.

The meeting for the final arrangements are to talk place this Sunday, with the fight still being scheduled for the tentative date of March 13 of this year. It looks like both sides will compromise and agree to a cut off period of 14 – 20 days for the random drug testing.

This will leave them with an opportunity to get off quick press tour before their historic show down in March.

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Abraham – Not Fitting For A King

By Kirk Jackson: King Arthur Abraham, Armenian boxing champion based out of Germany has a reputation for being a well liked and a seemingly modest guy. Perhaps an isolated event shouldn’t grant someone access to judge another person’s character, but with the events stemming from Arthur’s recent fight against Dirrell, and a few other things lead me to believe he isn’t the King many make him out to be.

And this King certainly has a jester or two in his court. His brother, Alexander has shown signs of his incompetence during Arthur’s second fight against Edison Miranda back in 2008. After suffering a knockout loss against Arthur, Miranda while being attended to by ring side doctors was attacked by Alexander Abraham. Slurs and other disrespectful remarks were thrown from both sides as a mini riot almost ensued.

Now going back to his last fight against Dirrell and actually this is really a common thing with a majority of his fights, Arthur seemingly complains every time he is hit in the body. He complains to indicate to the referee or whoever is watching he is being hit low in the groin area, phantom low blows. And usually the referee in Germany, where most of Abraham’s fights take place obliges and the body threat to Abraham is basically nullified. He tried to employ that tactic against Dirrell, but it did not work as the American based referee saw through it. As a matter of fact, not much worked for Abraham against Dirrell as the young fighter from Flint, Michigan put on a boxing clinic in front of his hometown crowd.

Andre Dirrell served as a major problem to the King’s reign, as dominated the fight for most of the night. Andre threw effective combinations, outworked and landed more punches, counter punched, moved around the ring, and basically did everything you should do against a fighter like Abraham. He even knocked Arthur down twice even though only one was counted as an official knockdown.

Arthur did come on strong towards the later stages of the fight, but was still on the losing end and desperately needed a knock out if he wanted to maintain his undefeated record. And with that desperation came unwarranted action. In the 11th round, Dirrell slipped on an advertisement label and went down in a neutral corner, after which Abraham wound up with a right hand and clipped him on the chin. It seemed like an intentional hit while Dirrell was down, evidenced by the fact Abraham said in his post fight interview “I hit him with one punch. This should not be a disqualification. This was normal.”

This was an intentional punch, and it’s an illegal, deplorable foul and should not be tolerated. Abraham was getting outclassed in the ring and was losing on all score cards. Whether severe damage was done to Dirrell or not, the disqualification was definitely warranted. In his post fight interview, it seems as there was no remorse from Abraham, his corner, not even his promoter Wilfried Sauerland, who plans on protesting the disqualification. Whether he was in disbelief for suffering his first loss or whatever reasons may be, Arthur Abraham did not do himself any favors and made himself look like the bad guy in this situation.

Now this isn’t to take anything away from Arthur Abraham as a fighter, because despite his constant complaining of phantom low blows, and questionable rough tactics, he is an extremely tough competitor. There aren’t many fighters who continue to fight with a severely broken jaw against a powerful puncher like he did against Edison Miranda in their first fight. Arthur has many of the technicalities of the sport down including a great jab, is quite powerful himself and he is built like an ox.

But it takes more than punching power and skills to be a King. A King must behave himself accordingly and take responsibility for his actions. Even in defeat, a King must lead by example and show everyone why he is admired and respected as a person.

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Cotto defeats Foreman; Arthur Mercante Jr., a True Professional

By Kirk Jackson: We had a world class fight between two champions in Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto for the WBA Super Welterweight Title in the newly christened Yankee Stadium, and the fight was managed by a world class referee Arthur Mercante Jr.

His father Arthur Mercante Sr. is probably smiling down in approval of his son’s actions tonight, as the fight was in danger of being prematurely stopped in the 8th round when Foreman’s corner threw in the towel.

Concerned for their fighter’s deteriorating health after Foreman slipped and badly injured his knee in round 7.

Foreman somehow found a way to finish and survive the round and would continue his fight in to round 8. With his corner growing even more concerned as time passed and the punishment on their fighter mounted, Foreman’s corner threw in the towel stopping the fight in round 8.

With the fight seemingly over as sides from both fighting camps exchanged pleasantries, Mercante cleared the ring and restarted the fight.

Even though Foreman’s corner threw in the towel, Foreman wanted to continue fighting despite his injury.

Under the state commission rules, only the referee is allowed to stop the fight; Mercante showed his command and leadership clearing the ring and giving Foreman another chance to continue.

Arthur Mercante Jr. has shown decree in previous bouts, as he’s no stranger to rough fights, especially those involving one of tonight’s participant Miguel Cotto.

Mercante was the 3rd man in the ring when Cotto has faced the likes of Zab Judah and Joshua Clottey.

Both fights were rough, foul infested encounters; there were numerous low blows and rabbit punches in bout between Judah and Cotto and head butts, along with wrestling take downs in the fight with Clottey and Cotto.

Although Foreman would eventually succumb to the pressure of Cotto in the following round after Mercante restarted the fight, the great thing is Mercante gave the champion [Foreman] a chance to show the world what he is made of.

Mercante gave the fans another opportunity to see a fight wage on inside the ring.

Unlike times in the past, Mercante cautiously kept a watchful eye on Foreman; carefully gauging and seeing if the fighter could continue amidst all the punishment he was taking.

The point is he utilized great judgment and pleased all sides of the spectrum – fans and the fighter.

Mercante cemented his professionalism and earned the respect of his peers, fans and the fighters with his actions tonight.

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A change of direction for Leo Santa Cruz

By Kirk Jackson: Leo Santa Cruz proved many nay-sayers wrong, improving his record to 31-0-1 (17 KO’s) after defeating former three division world champion Abner Mares via majority decision.

Serving as the headliner of an action packed card for the Premier Boxing Champions brand on the ESPN network, the main event did not disappoint, although the more eye appeasing fights transpired earlier in the evening.

Much of the talk surrounding Santa Cruz entering his fight against Mares was the scrutiny he has faced as of late because of the lack of quality opposition.

Suffering a similar fate like former lineal junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and deemed a “Cherry-picker” by critics, Santa Cruz has fallen out of good graces with some fans. Prior to fighting Mares, the recent opposition of Santa Cruz was shaky at best.

Manuel Roman, Jesus Ruiz and Jose Cayetano don’t exactly scream murderer’s row.

Add to that, Santa Cruz is managed by the one and only Al Haymon. Anyone associated with Haymon for whatever reason, is heavily criticized and at times unfairly so.

There’s a negative connotation, as Haymon has been depicted as the bad guy of boxing, with all of his underlings (fighters) labeled as cherry-picking cowards.

In reality, Haymon and the fighters he manages are just like everyone else in sport for the most part. Al Haymon is not much different from Bob Arum, Don King, Lou DiBella, etc.

From a fighting standpoint, not everyone can be pleased, but from a style of fighting perspective, Santa Cruz initiates the action. Although lacking the punching power especially moving up in weight to score the dramatic knock-out, Santa Cruz is still effective and always in pursuit of his opponent.

He should be commended for that. If we analyze his career thus far, he can be compared favorably even to some of boxing’s biggest stars.

Santa Cruz may not be the superior fighter, but he has a better resume than the highly regarded current IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook 35-0 (24 KO’s).

It can be argued his resume is better if not on the same tier of Terence Crawford 26-0 (18 KO’s) and Gennady Golovkin 33-0 (30 KO’s) as well. And these are current world champions who can be found on any credible critic’s pound for pound list.

Santa Cruz has defeated six former or current world titlists; the most notable names include Cristian Mijares, Eric Morel and most recently Abner Mares.

It can certainly be argued Santa Cruz conveniently avoided fights with stiffer competition in the super bantamweight division.

Names such as Carl Frampton 21-0 (14 KO’s), Scott Quigg 31-0-2 (23 KO’s) and Guillermo Rigondeaux 15-0 (10 KO’s). All three aforementioned fighters are undefeated by the way.

But with the move up to featherweight, Santa Cruz can make amends in one of boxing’s historic divisions. After his initial splash against Mares, Santa Cruz can fight some other big names of the division and solidify himself as one of the pound for pound greats currently fighting in the sport.

The undefeated WBA super world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters 26-0 (21 KO’s) would probably love the opportunity to face Santa Cruz.

Add WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell 26-1 (15 KO’s) who is also managed by Haymon and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko 4-1 (2 KO’s) to the list of hopefuls in the Santa Cruz sweepstakes.

All of these potential match-ups can make sense financially and make sense from a crowd pleasing, competitive, please the fans perspective.

Which path will Leo Santa Cruz take?

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As a boxing fan, I enjoyed watching Ronda Rousey lose

rousey3by Kirk Jackson: Much to the pleasure of many and to the chagrin of a few others, notable mixed martial arts super star Ronda Rousey suffered her first professional defeat this past weekend.

Rousey was dominated in route to a 2nd round TKO stoppage by former world champion boxer and newly crowned UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm.

Ever since this epic upset, social media has had at Rousey, with various memes, gifs, altered pictures popping up left and right poking fun at the once thought of unstoppable force of nature.

Several casual fans, hardcore observers of the sport, celebrities and even some rivals within the realm of mixed martial arts have chimed in with their opinion about the downfall of Rousey.
And that’s to be expected.

When you’re such a polarizing figure, when you’re heralded as the best modern day female fighter and all of these accolades are bestowed upon you before they are actually earned, there will be a lot of attention and there will be some backlash.

From a boxing fan’s perspective, watching the annihilation of Ronda Rousey was great.

First and foremost in all seriousness, its great both Holm and Rousey walked away without serious injuries after putting on a great match for our enjoyment.

As a hardcore boxing fan and supporter, it was wonderful watching Holm overwhelm Rousey with her boxing skills and technique.

Holm established the distance and controlled the range by using her jab. Utilizing lateral movement and showing different angles, Holm set Rousey up for traps and essentially had Rousey running into punches.

Basic boxing 101. Of course of elements of martial arts were used for her strategy but her boxing fundamentals and instincts were pivotal.

Many times, the discipline of boxing is overlooked in mixed martial arts. Many assume if a fighter has learned three or four different fighting disciplines, that fighter is automatically greater and would have the edge against a boxer. That isn’t always the case as it turns out.

Some assume because a boxer has the discipline of stand-up combat, a boxer can’t adjust if thrown in a different element. There is no need to bash mixed martial arts or boxing, this isn’t a boxing vs. mixed martial arts war out on the front.

There is room for both sports to thrive and get along. It would be great to see the continued trend of cooperation between the two sports.

But as of late, Rousey has been involved with disrespecting the sport of boxing.

She had her conflict with Ann Wolfe, who by the way is an eight time world boxing champion across four different weight classes.

Rousey thought she could beat former champion and women’s boxing great Laila Ali.

Rousey also claimed she could beat recently retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather.

Another case of disrespect to boxing was when Ronda Rousey graced the cover of “The Ring Magazine.” This magazine, which is proverbially known as the “Bible of Boxing.”

Rousey wasn’t completely responsible or at fault for this mishap, as the current owner of “The Ring Magazine, boxing great Oscar De La Hoya, ultimately allowed this catastrophe to transpire.

It’s obvious what De La Hoya was doing by allowing Rousey to grace the cover of his magazine.

He wanted to increase subscriptions, he wanted to cash in and sell magazines. Which by all means is fine; it’s necessary to thrive as a business.

But what about the integrity of the sport Oscar?

In the past, De La Hoya ha criticized promoters like Bob Arum and even fighters like former rival Floyd Mayweather in regards to ethics and integrity.

But for an athlete, who is not even a boxer, does not promote boxing or have any involvement in the sport, to grace the cover of a boxing magazine? Really?

Why couldn’t Holly Holm grace the cover of “The Ring Magazine?” Holm was arguably entering the biggest fight of her career and has a boxing background. Why not have Holm on the cover and show her support? The publication doesn’t even have a champion for any of the divisions.

The hype train for Rousey was unbelievable. Constantly a hot topic for ESPN, her reign of “Dominance” was often compared to Mike Tyson.

Yep. An athlete with only 13 fights (Rousey) was compared to another athlete who at his physical prime had well over 30 fights, was destroying former Olympians, world titlists and eventual Hall of Fame caliber fighters. Let alone they compete in two different sports.

Networks like ESPN, listed Rousey as the most dominate female athlete and arguably as the most dominate athlete period. Anyone ever hear of Serena Williams? She has only dominated tennis for the past 15 plus years.

As of 2015, Williams holds the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined amongst active players, male or female. Her record of 36 major titles puts her fifth on the all-time list and second in the open era with: 21 in singles, 13 in women’s doubles, and two in mixed doubles.

Williams is the most recent player, male or female, to have held all four major singles titles simultaneously (2002–03 and 2014–15 [Serena Slam]).

Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in women’s singles and three in women’s doubles, an all-time record shared with her sister Venus Williams.

If we include male athletes in the conversation of dominance, Jimmie Johnson, Roger Federer, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Weidman are just some of the athletes with a more impressive reign of dominance.

Rousey has a great promotional team and is a great promoter of herself. She has the backing of ESPN, UFC President Dana White and many others.

Rousey is entertaining, has a great personality that draws attention and she put in the work as an athlete and entertainer. Much respect should be given to Rousey for her hard work.

But Rousey is not as good as advertised. In her recent bouts, she faced questionable opposition and was exposed when she faced a well-rounded opponent.

There are no excuses. Rousey was dominated plain and simple.

Rousey is not a scrub; she is a former bronze medalist in Judo and made a successful transition into the world of mixed martial arts.

A rematch with Holm appears to be on the horizon for Rousey, even though the rematch will probably be as lopsided as the first encounter, in favor of Holm to the chagrin of UFC President Dana White.

As for now, it’s back to the drawing board for Rousey. The former UFC Bantamweight champion has earned a long vacation and a full course helping of humble pie.

Going forward, Rousey has to be mindful in the world in combat sports. Boxing cannot be taken lightly and disrespecting the sport or the practitioners of the sport will not be tolerated.

Holly Holm’s demolition was not a victory for boxing; it was a hard earned victory for a mixed martial artist who put in the work and had a great game plan.

But as a lifelong supporter of boxing and combat sports in general, I could not help but enjoy the show.