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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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I have to say that was crazy, action packed night, with a great fight card and pay-per-view event that was memorable to say the least. With of course, the so called “controversial” ending to cap off the evening.

There was a lively crowd in attendance, with electricity mounting as the tension in the MGM Grand building in Las Vegas, Nevada, was intensifying second by second, with anticipation for the potential fireworks to take place in the main event.


Photo: Tom Hogan/Hogan Photos

Amidst all the controversy that occurred later in the evening, the entire fight card was actually an entertaining one.

Jesse Vargas fought a competitive sea-saw match against Josesito Lopez.

Mexican legend Erik Morales fought a blood and guts war against the tough but relatively unknown Pablo Cesar Cano for some form of a WBC Light Welterweight Championship belt.

While at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, rising Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fought a competitive match against a game Alfonso Gomez. A fight that actually had a controversial quick stoppage in itself.

Now to the juicy stuff.

Every pugilist participating in the event is good fighter in their own right, but the entire boxing world was curious to see the return of perennial top p4p performer Floyd Mayweather, and how he would fair against the younger, stronger, exciting young champion Victor Ortiz.

Ortiz went up against Mayweather who was returning to the ring after a 16 month layoff. A great fight was expected, and through four rounds, an exciting one sided fight was taking place.

Seeming to not have any fear at all leading into the event, Ortiz looked the part at least from a physical standpoint, possessing a solid muscular frame, looking like a well polished army tank and even sported a 14 pound weight advantage.

But his eyes and body language throughout the fight told a different story.

From the moment you heard Michael Buffer’s magical voice introduce the fighters, the look in Ortiz’s eyes indicated to me all of the pressure, the gigantic magnitude of this event, the big moment was getting to him.

From the opening bell, Ortiz was feasting on straight right hand leads, check left hooks, jabs, and right handed body punches all night.

Unable to quite figure out the puzzle that is the Mayweather defense, Ortiz would land an occasional body punch, or a glancing blow up top on a few occasions, but most of his punches were blocked or dodged altogether.

Many of his rampant attacks against the ropes were nullified and ineffective. The most effective blows from Ortiz were his rabbit punches to the back of the head which are illegal, and the head butts he intentionally threw and I counted at least three head butts.

As the rounds went on, Mayweather’s dominance became more apparent and Ortiz’s confidence seemed to dwindle.

It was obvious to any unbiased spectator the difference in class between the two fighters, and if they kept the current the pace, Ortiz was going to wilt under the pressure of Mayweather’s pin point accuracy and power punches.

And with that in mind, some people believe Ortiz looked for a way out.

Ortiz pressed on, trying to impose his size and pushed Mayweather into the ropes towards the end of the 4th round, throwing a flurry of punches that mainly missed the intended target.

Perhaps out of frustration, Ortiz did his best impersonation of a billy goat and head butted Mayweather. He even threw a few punches after the intentional foul.

Referee Joe Cortez called for time to deduct a point from Ortiz.

After Ortiz apologized to Mayweather two or three times, including a hug and kiss on the cheek, referee Joe Cortez said “lets go,” to both fighters.

Bam it happened.

Ortiz offered one more ceremonial touching of the gloves while Cortez looked at ringside officials to check the time, and Mayweather landed a quick left hook, right cross combination that sent Ortiz to the canvas.

And that was it, show was over.

Some people call it dirty, I say it’s an eye for an eye.

Ortiz took it there initially and had been doing so with his tactics all night. And you can’t fault that, if you’re going to fight the best, do what you can to win and do your best.

But if you’re going to get rough, expect it in return. Do not blatantly foul someone and then hug them and expect everything is going to forgotten.

Ortiz forgot the cardinal rule in boxing, protect yourself at all times.

Let’s not forget Ortiz was losing badly as well. Perhaps an argument can be made giving him round two, but even that’s generous and the dominance from Mayweather was apparent.

According to Compubox, Mayweather landed 73 out of 208 punches for 35%, while Ortiz 26 out of 148 punches for 18%.

Call Floyd a jerk, an ass, whatever. I am not going to defend his personal life, or what he does outside the ring, that’s for whoever to judge.

But at the end of the day like him or not, you have to respect his skill and accomplishments in the ring, and he is unfairly criticized by many members of the media.

Especially by so called journalists, trainers and analysts working for HBO.

Their lack of professionalism is disturbing, and they should seriously consider hiring a new commentary team.

Individually and collectively as a group you guys are unprofessional. You guys are biased against certain fighters, not just Floyd, and you let your personal feelings get in the way of calling a fight. Call the fight for what it is.

It’s obvious every member on the team dislikes Mayweather, which is not a problem, but it shouldn’t translate over to your professional life.

Jim Lampley arguably is the worse play by play commentator of all time. His inaccuracies are astounding, sometimes I wonder which fight he is watching. Every fight he does folly after folly saying a punch lands when it doesn’t. The only thing saving him is his charismatic voice.

Emmanuel Steward always flips flops and continually harps on Mayweather not constantly throwing combinations, but fails to mention the other positive things Mayweather does do. Not every boxer fights the same, there are different styles and when Mayweather actually did throw some combinations, Steward didn’t even say anything. He talks like he is upset he never had a chance to train him or something.

Larry Merchant, a guy who has contributed immensely to the craft and professions of journalism and television broadcasting should know better by now what is he 83? As the elder statesmen, you should be leading by example and act more professional.

Instead you act just as immature as the fighters you criticize. I’m sure your journalistic contemporary, Rush Limbaugh would be proud.

Especially since you have a history of going at it with black fighters in particular such as Roy Jones, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright, Marvin Hagler, George Foreman, the aforementioned Mayweather and I am sure the list goes on and on.

The commentary from Merchant was terrible and the post fight interview was humoring. At the end of the day, if you act as immature as the people you criticize then you get what you deserve in the end.

Overall from a boxing purist stand point, the event was a success. Most of the fights were competitive, there was action in every fight, there was just an unfortunate ending, brought on mostly by Ortiz himself.

It will be interesting to see what happens from here on out in the boxing world, but I’m sure all eyes will be watching.