Monthly Archives: June 2017

Manny Pacquiao Hones In On Aussie Jeff Horn

Manny Pacquiao, 59-6-2, 38 KO defends his WBO welter title down under in the topsyturvy world of Australia this Sunday, July 2nd against Jeff Horn, 16-0-1, 11 KO @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland. That would be late AM hours in Oz as opposed to 11 PM US east coast time working through the time zones to the US west coast 8 PM time. Yes, such time zone warps are the bane broadcast programmers, but such is the modern age we live in.

As we can see, Horn looks to have not only advantage of youth, but that of size, well, except for the massive fist Pac sports. Pacquiao also has a massive number of rounds in the bank, 443 compared to Horn’s 94 professional rounds, but as we all know how ye olde boxing saw goes, Manny could also turn old overnight with all that wear and tear.

The usual hue and cry of derision echoes around the boxing world when when Manny or any acclaimed fighter doesn’t fight the fighters certain fans demand no matter the improbability of the impossible details unknown to them. And let’s face facts, Horn is scarcely known outside of Australia, but make no mistake, this a fighter behind that school marm background. In the last three years, the collective record of those 10 opponents has been 240-29-7 that averages to a 24-3-1 record when they fought him. And of those ten fights, Horn notched 6 KOs, so clearly he’s not one to pussy foot around the business end of boxing. He’s 29 years old, the traditional peak of athletic prime years, and is solidly experienced even if lacking championship experience. Though unranked by Ring, his Boxrec ranking is impressively #12, and Boxrec rankings are comprehensively inclusive of ALL of boxing and less biased because they are coldly formulaic without blind passions that “boxing experts” bring to rankings.

Trainer, Glenn Rushton, taught Horn in a sort of philosophy of fighting, an unpredictable boxing style he calls “broken rhythm pressure fighting.” Don’t know if such is an original idea or an old one put into modern terms for modern fighters, but I could see evidence of a very unique style Horn used to systematically take apart the still powerfully formidable and experienced Randall Bailey, a 3x champ, end result being he retired on his stool after the 7th round. Bailey had been down over half dozen times, a couple of KDs mixed in with obviously weakened legs leaving him off balance and skating around disastrously on thin ice.

Some good background info where Horn admits to being more nerd than natural fighter, so had to be molded much like Gene Tunney. Manny on the other hand, though of course taught at a high level, was a natural born fighter much like Jack Dempsey or Roberto Duran.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39866485

That said, most think Manny dispatches Horn easily, perhaps notching a KO denied him in a couple of previous fights because of illicit maneuvers by dubious referees. Let’s face it, more and more refs are giving extended long counts as much as 20 or more seconds, plenty of time for fit fighters to recover, so let’s expand on that fitness theme. Manny signs his opponents about 4 months in advance that gives them extra time to train with an extended training camp needed to have any chance against Manny and do proper promotional preparations. Compare to the typical Al Haymon fighter like TUE 49-0 or Deontay Wilder who play TBA fighters off each other until the last minute before signing them for peanuts with insufficient time to train for a big fight. Although the rules of boxing were originally designed to provide fair officiating of fights, backroom skulduggery as often as not still has a place at the table of these shady fighter teams.

Horn is a ring centered fighter using angles and nifty footwork for his offense and defense, not the modern contemptible run and duck and stink style that has regrettably led to the sinking of American boxing. So all in all this promises plenty of fan friendly action, and more importantly, since it will be on a late Sunday morning in Australia, it’s gonna be on ESPN, not HBO PPV. 60,000 crazed Aussies are expected to pack Suncorp Stadium for the fight!

Manny’s Uncle Bob says he’s staging a world tour for Manny, ostensibly to  expand his worldwide profile even more than it already registers off the charts in advance of his anticipated Filipino presidential run in the coming years. As such, this may well be the last year for the 38 year old Manny who had a perfect attendance record in the Philippine senate before his last fight.

So why not have the fighting senator go up against the fighting teacher on the world stage? Both could bring home some honor to those professions currently under fire for long standing, seemingly intractable problems born largely of the the political system they operate in.

Former sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting His Life Journey.

Former Filipino sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting Manny’s Life Journey.

Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward~Oh, Dear, That Time Of The Month Again?

Sergey Kovalev, 30-1-1, 26 KO, returns for more Vegas Monkey Business in this regrettable rematch against Andre Ward, 31-0, 15 KO, Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, June 17th.

That is a downsized venue, about 1/2 the capacity compared to the T-Mobile of the first fight thanks to Ward and his promoter, Roc Nation, not bothering to promote this rematch despite holding the exclusive right to do so. Why are they even in the boxing business one has to ask?

Ward’s guarantee is $6.5 million, so why not kick Kovalev even more financially since they cannot otherwise hurt him in the ring. Kovalev’s purse is zero, nada, nothing for this fight. So Kovalev fired the first shot after he finished his portion of the last presser Thursday as he, his trainer, John David Jackson, and manager Egis Klimas walked out on Ward before he could take questions, a clear snub of the smug sense of entitlement by Ward who has done little to hone a hint of popularity in the sport. Kovalev has made Ward $11.5 million, probably treble his modest career earnings for context.

Ward: 100% of the purse guarantees~Kovalev: 0%.

Ward: 100% of the purse guarantees~Kovalev: 0%.

Maternity Ward did very little in their first encounter other than rush head first under Kovalev’s armpit resulting in the lockdown that Kovalev was repeatedly warned for by the dubious ref, Robert Byrd, until the desired straight up head to head buttfest was attained. That was mostly prevented by Kovalev with some nifty head butt feints and slips in close. That makes Kovalev the first fighter in ages who ain’t been headbutted open by Ward, the problem being Kovalev, as the big, strong, Russian born slugger, he ain’t supposed to have better defense than the featherdusting Maternity Ward.

Worse, Ward made himself as small as possible during the promotion of their first fight, highly touted by mainstream press and fans that cleared only 160,000 PPVs. Mainstream Americans don’t know who the last Men’s Olympic boxing gold medalist is, or if they did, they could care less about his heavily orchestrated hometown fights in an international era of boxing. The bogus decision was on the corrupt level of the first Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley Jr fight that sent the fans and the press screaming for justice in this dirty sport, but truth be told, all of this was foreordained in advance by those of us who watch how boxing continues to make itself irrelevant to the greater public. Kovalev does his part with knockdowns and knockouts to little credit or financial reward:

The high & mighty on all fours tail between his legs

The high & mighty on all fours tail between his legs

Then we have Ward signing up with VADA drug testing before backing out weeks before the rematch, all while Kovalev continues his own VADA testing that has led to accusations by fans of juicing by Ward. Now that Bernard Hopkins has retired, is Ward the new King of Stink?

Maternity Ward’s growing shoe collection would be a more exciting look than smelling him stink over the big screen on a traditional celebratory Saturday night for sports fans. Could he make enough money to buy out the shoe collection of his heroine, Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos who sported 3000 pairs of shiny shoes in her pomp, all carefully arranged in a closet about the size of your average 3000 square foot American middle class home?

Sad to say American fighters are now populated with the worst stinkers and poseurs in boxing these days of dwindling boxing interest, so, here we go again with another roll of them dice of destiny in a supposed P4P rematch on PPV that even fewer will watch this time.

Imelda & All Her Precious

Imelda & All Her Precious

....1001, 1002, 1003.....

….1001, 1002, 1003…..

.....2143, 2144, 2145....

…..2143, 2144, 2145….

.....2789, 2790, 2791.....

…..2789, 2790, 2791…..

Maternity Ward Giving Boxing His Kiss of Death

Maternity Ward Giving Boxing The KISS of Death

IBHOF Fight~Regis Prograis vs Julio Diaz Jr

Southpaw Regis Prograis, 19-0, 16 KO, defends his NABF super lightweight title in Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York against fellow undefeated prospect, Joel Diaz Jr, 23-0, 19 KO.

Both prospects plan to leverage this Hall of Fame weekend in New York to move on to bigger, and better opportunity in this rebuilding year of boxing. Lots of HOFers and their fans in town love a good match, so what better HOFer watching is there than at a boxing match next door everyone is keen for?

Oddly, Prograis at age 28 has 5 years of boxing experience to the 25 yr old Diaz 7 years of boxing experience, but by the Boxrec formulac ratings, Prograis at 27th to Diaz 68th has a big paper edge, but that shouldn’t matter since both have been fairly coddled as is the American way these days, and remain at the same untested level.

Let us hope in the overall dire circumstances American boxing is currently stewing in that these fighters make a good enough fight of it to enhance both their games down the road. Good luck and may the best man win. Can you HEAR me officials?