Monday, December 7, 2009

Floyd vs Manny- Why it would suck

(Bob Arum)

Mark your calendars for the "real" dream match people. March 13, 2010 is the official date where the two Titans face off.

(Do not mess with the mad scientist)

Despite all the controversies and all the boxing-geek analysis of the Mayweather-Pacquiao match, we are all destined to see it come the 13th of March, despite Freddy Roach's insistence that the fight should at least be on May 1.

Fight analysis comes later on. Allow me to rant about 1) Bob Arum's greed for money; 2) Manny's greed for glory- or maybe money too and 3) about how trash talk against the pacman won't work.

Days ago, Bob Arum flew to the Philippines to talk with the Filipino boxing legend about his supposed fight with Mayweather. It is evident that the Pacific typhoon is hellbent on facing boxing's moneyman Mayweather. After his ravaging of Puerto Rican pride, Miguel Cotto, Pacquiao says "I want to fight Mayweather". Not that he was able to fully construct the sentence in a correct manner, the essence is there anyway. To add to the drama, the crowd chanted "we want Floyd!" Is this a challenge to the Filipino pride? Or just a way of shutting up the blabber mouth that Mayweather is? It wouldn't matter anyway. So maybe after a few snacks and a beer or two, the two (Manny and Bob) settle and agree on March 13.


Bob Arum must already know that his boy, Manny, currently suffers a broken eardrum due to a devastating shot from Cotto. Freddie Roach says that he needs more time to recuperate, which I believe (despite being wrong in all his predictions, e.g., Hatton fight ends in 3 when it ended in 2, Cotto fight ends in 1, 9 or 10 which ended in 12) is a reasonable excuse for the fight to be pushed at least May 1st. I know that Bob just wants to make his boy, Manny, happy- but deep inside every fat-ass corporate tycoon, lies a greedy demon ready to pounce on money. And when money's there, it's there. Just so happens that Bob sealed the deal with Golden Boy out of some alcohol-induced talk and both probably wanted the fight March 13- could've pushed for a later date, but NO.

Manny, on the other hand, fiery and determined as he is doesn't see the punch that he's walking into. The Cotto fight has been his hardest fight ever, says Coach Roach, and he's clearly not out of the woods yet. Cotto dished out a hell of a lot of good shots to the body and I'm pretty sure they hurt. Another thing, the Filipino Dynamo is vying for a place in Congress (like they need more idiots there). This should make focus for the Filipino a lot harder. I mean, preparations for the Cotto fight was hard enough to deal with- a reason why Pacquiao suffered that much, what more the tedious task of political advertising? This guy just won't stop. I know that he serves as a poster boy for filipino hardwork and shit but I suggest he stick to boxing. Politics will just ruin his name.

Floyd Gayweather, on the other hand, talks a lot of trash and maybe he should. Given the filipino's success, insecurity should set in and I can't blame the guy for telling the world that he (mayweather) can beat the filipino pride in an "easy fight". I don't quite call him a fighter yet because he's just some opportunist who backs up every time and chances upon that moment where his opponents are most vulnerable. A fighter is one who's fallen but is able to stand up again. Mayweather hasn't been defeated yet so a fighter, he's not. Just some street thug who happened to learn how to box and flee when the time requires it. Now his trash-talking may have affected his opponents from the past- but not Manny Pacquiao. I think one reason why Manny's a great fighter is because he isn't affected by word play. Business is business, like he says (in filipino, of course). Maybe one reason he isn't touch by verbal mud sling is the fact that he doesn't have full mastery of English. He's too simplistic (wouldn't want to say dumb) to understand that he's being treated like trash-which he is certainly not given his boxing success.

Well. With all that money on the line, the bastard pushed forward for a 65/45 share of the profit. Cowardice or just pure money politics? I wouldn't know. One thing's for sure though. This fight's gonna be one hell of a money maker. Kudos to Boxing and the blood thirsty crowd!

Fight analysis-wise, it's going to be Mayweather's jabs against the flurry of Pacquiao's fists. If we're going to observe the fights of Pacman, he's jarred by jabs and given Mayweather's height advantage, it's going to be one hell of a challenge for the Pacific typhoon. Also, Mayweather is a defensive strategist, so if he's not throwing jabs, he's just sidestepping or moving back, setting something up in the process. Hopefully, Roach thinks of a way to counter that. So it's settled, the typhoon against the king. Place your bets people this is going to be either a very boring fight (thanks to Mayweather's gay tactics) or a very exciting one (thanks to the fists or pacquiao).

For the most part, Manny Pacquiao, please don't go to politics, or singing, or acting. A lot of boxers are respected and loved because they are what they are- fighters. Nothing more, nothing less. But I guess you wouldn't understand that. Bruce Lee is a great fighter, but he never ran for president.

Oh, and Mayweather, prepare for a beating of a lifetime you ass-fuck. Mouth off all you want. You got your money. You got your fame. One day, someone's going to have to take a stand. Someone's going to have to say enough. Maybe Pacquiao didn't say that, but the people did.

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