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A Time to Flush~Floyd Mayweather vs Andre Berto

This scorching, boring, simmering summer has spawned yet another canned Floyd Mayweather Jr “event,” this time with Andre Berto in perfect metronomic sequence as befits the stupendous Mayweather Showtime contract. As always, to be “contested” within the climate controlled confines of MGM Floyd in Las Vegas on a Mexican Independence Day weekend, September 12th this year. To be officiated by the usual well stuffed cabbages who will manfully tuck in Mayweather’s bib and cut up his steak into teensy bits before bowing and scraping to all his majesty as they spoon feed him the most ethereal, nothingness points wins in history.

The Marketing

The Marketing

Toddlers in a game of tiddly winks generate more explosive action than a Mayweather fight. If he were a baseball team, every game would be in his home park and in every scoreless innings he would be automatically awarded a run, 2 if need be. If a football team, he’s always playing at home and in every scoreless possession he’d be automatically awarded a touchdown. In a tennis match on his personal court, every time a deuce score came up he would be awarded the game. Everytime absolutely nothing happens in the ring as in the first round against Manny Pacquiao @ MGM Floyd, his cheerleaders burst out of their shorts with, “Mayweather wins the first round EASY,” as one silly putty scribe tried to convince us in his report. That’s why we have to see the “events” to better place in context where all this phoney Haymon/Golden Boy News of the Ring World baloney comes from. I’ll guarantee that if boxing ever goes to scoring even rounds 10-10, or better yet, 0-0, the unceasing scoring outrages Boxing self-creates every fight week would be reduced by a factor of 10. The unwashed public could better see who really wanted to fight and who really wanted to run and duck and cry, but then Boxing would lose that extra control of the fight results and subsequent rewards. We likely won’t see that happen as they continue to dumb down the fight game near to zero relevance with the public because they can still make their silly money as they have done with Pacquiao and Mayweather and now projected to do with Canelo.

Three judges are supposed to have scored the last “event” for Mayweather in the red corner when he was really in the blue corner. Manny was in the red corner, so Manny in the red corner wins the fight, right? So the question arises who ever really wins in Vegas when these commish anointed clowns can’t even fill out their cards correctly not to mention historically adding up their scores “wrong” requiring “recalculations” after the fact along with other gross errors that would shame an 4th grader? Conveniently, they have no shame. Circuses are run better than boxing because when they make mistakes, people get chewed up by lions and tigers or quashed by elephants. Las Vegas gets away with it because they’re part of the untouchable gaming industry that always ensures the odds favor them before the rubes ever set foot in their casinos. My previous musings regarding the irredeemable ills of modern scoring here:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/boxing-101-how-to-score-ugly-or-mora-vs-mosley-the-no-win-non-fight-of-the-year/

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/boxing-101how-to-score-ugly-part-iialvarez-vs-mayweather/

Sure, Mayweather knows to dole out just enough warm, squishy mush for the punch monkeys to swoon over much like he tosses out $100 dollar bills at his strippers. Once in a blue moon he might even score a showy direct hit, but it’s mostly running around with his back turned, twisting and ducking down below his waist before arm locking or choking fighters while lacing their faces in between displaying his patented Hopkins upperbutt, and so much more if we include his patented hitting on the break and the rest of his monkeyshines. It’s been an interesting odyssey watching him morph into a quitting, bawling, superannuated Bernard Hopkins in his later years. I can’t ever think of a pair of lessor “American greats” but it is what it is, a new American era of posing and crotch grabbing that produces non-fighters posing like Tarzan, yet not even able to put up a fight so much as Jane.

Mr. Pinky Finger Comeuppance Mr. Pinky Finger Comeuppance

Cry Baby, Cry

Cry Baby, Cry

How did American boxing ever come to stink so much as this after so much glory with Sugar Ray Robinson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Marvin Hagler, and so many other great fighting champions? You could write an biographic encyclopedia of a hundred and twenty years of the most wondrous American fighters known to mankind.

In hindsight however, it does seem apt that Mayweather’s biggest events befit our new millennium that has now seen the US Supremes overturn in one fell swoop tens of thousands of years of world history to rewrite the marriage contract between men and women to also include same sex and presumably other alternative sex marriages. Such turns out to be the perfect national backdrop as Al Haymon and Floyd Mayweather in cahoots with the Nevada commish have gone even further by redefining boxing rules of scoring without even needing to rewrite the existing rules…BRILLIANT!

When Mayweather enters the ring, he has no need for any definitive offensive effort which is why so many fighters want to be his next dancing partner, it’s the easiest work they’ll ever have and quite lucrative as we know. His new game of winning is by not playing, leveraging his defense of refusing to fight that has replaced the 100+ year history of the sweet science to usher in a new type of American stink science. He claims victory by making everyone look as stink as him, except his stink don’t stink according to Vegas officials who always hose down his cards in rosewater. His fans claim preeminence by use of punch monkey numbers as they endlessly troll out the ol’ platitude of “hit and don’t be hit,” except with Mayweather it’s more like a toddler’s game of tag with him posing a single punch one at a time that almost never makes an impression on the pillows he wears as gloves because he’s at full extension at the furthest distance he can safely maintain, the most minimal if any contact possible before he takes off on a duck and run. It’s no wonder that little UFC girl Ronda Rousey challenged him, he can’t dent a gummy bear to save his life. He’s afraid of gummy bear being too close and might hit him. Unless of course Mayweather  decides to foul by grabbing, choking, and lacing until the ref can break them up and warn Mr. Gummy Bear that he’s in danger of being disqualified.

The New Age of Touch

The New Age of Touch

Andre Berto, ahem, was ranked 22nd by Boxrec less than 6 weeks out from the fight, the 13th rated American if we want to really be technical. No need to beat up on him as the latest Mayweather TBA chosen on short notice since he’s already being terribly savaged as worse than unworthy by antisocial media misanthropes. Of course this always happens in every Mayweather event. According to Mayweather’s diehard subjects, none of Mayweather’s opponents are ever worthy to fight him until he records a win over them, and then poof, they suddenly become some of the best ever fighters that he’s beat, “beat” of course being the nonoperative word here. Look up featherduster in the dictionary and see his gloved hands pictured. He missed his calling as a housemaid me thinks what with his speed afoot combined with his featherdusters, but housemaids don’t make his kind of money, so can anyone blame him for making free money that they throw him for showing up to pose, foul, duck, and run?

Where else can Mayweather opponents make that kind of easy noncombatant money in such luxurious air conditioned facilities with all those glittery ladies of the night hanging out at the ready for post fight fun?

One trend about Mayweather continues that is inescapable, some of his judges and many of his fans have started to turn against him for poor performances. We’ve seen this before when he emotionally melted down over the pressure of his fans constantly haranguing him as to why he wouldn’t fight Manny. Predictably, his Mayweather genes took his frustration out against defenseless women that resulted in his 2012 incarceration. In 2014 he had consecutive Majority Decisions against Canelo and Marcos Maidana where he was marked down with draw scores after some judges officially failed to see his ring genius that his minions insist upon. In particular he clowned away the last round against Canelo that turned out to be relatively close on the cards. He lost that final round on all the cards that his loyal subjects subsequently cried about, but the canned nature of his fights has so stroked out his ego that he now tends to act out in nonprofessional ways that his loyal subjects project as “dominance.”

Moreover he always needs his usual performance boost with cortisone injections for his fragile hands as authorized by the Vegas commish, something they denied Manny for his fragile right shoulder that was operated on a week after their fight. That was never ever going to be a fair fight as I first noted in my lead up to their grossly mislabeled “Fight of the Century.”  At one point Manny landed 3 consecutive right hands in a row that knocked him well backwards. With the injections in a fair contest, that sequence might have resulted in Mayweather going down and so on. Mayweather was widely derided by most fans after that nonperformance, and now, he, through his sugar daddy Al Haymon, is currently being sued for $300 million by Golden Boy and $100 million by Top Rank for illegally trying to take over boxing. Additionally, thirty two separate lawsuits have been filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing his injured shoulder that Team Mayweather and the USADA knew about. Mayweather is also listed in most of those suits, so now the stink of boxing’s greed is being booted up the shark chain of civil lawyers for a good ol’ fashion turkey carving.

Will Mayweather clown away this fight against Berto? Here’s a compilation of some of the more recent athletic boners in track, football, soccer, biking, and baseball from lessor athletes.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/25/434585015/not-over-til-its-over-runners-early-celebration-costs-her-the-bronze

Bookies have Mayweather as the favorite variously listed as a range from a cartoonish 80 to 1 down to 40 or 50 to 1 over Berto as he looks to “smash,” re: tie Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record which of course he could never do because Rocky also had 43 KNOCKOUTS packed into some of the most violent 8 year careers of boxing history, his last fight being just after turning 32. Mayweather has languidly feathered in his 49 over a 19 year span with 26 KO, in his 9th year of posing his last of 12 “events” at the MGM Floyd. That’s 9 years of averaging a meek 1.3 fights a year, but hey, ho, it’s all about the money stupid. That’s really all that really counts to his loyal subjects when they talk about him, his PPVs and purses.

No surprises with officiating.

Kenny Bayless was chosen as the ref, now in his 4th out of the last 5 “Mayweather events.” Judge assignments went Adalaide Byrd in her 3rd run of Mayweather’s 12 consecutive “events” at MGM Floyd, and Dave Moretti in his 9th of those 12 “events.” Steve Weisfeld of New York is the imported rookie Mayweather likes to use for his 3rd judge to ostensibly keep everything “fair.” Each judge officially earns $8,000, but unofficially?

Mayweather is saying he’ll retire after this, but he said that a few times already and always came crawling back to Golden Boy and HBO before finally landing his Showtime contract, so his word is about as good as the drug tests his team has failed and he has alleged to have personally failed. Not once has his team or the unholy alliance with the USADA and Vegas commish ever officially answered the allegations against him to the public. As it turns, Berto is also the 2nd fighter having used PEDs in the past that Mayweather will give a big payday in spite of vowing to “clean up” boxing.

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/the-ped-mess-part-one

How could Floyd ever cope with eternal life in the Great Pantheon of Boxing? In Valhalla where all the greats go, mo’ money has no value. Greats lust to fight the best every day, so they’re still waiting on Floyd Mayweather’s little pinky to man up to fight Manny Pacquiao. Even his own daddy refuted him for running from Manny. That he essentially refused to fight in his most signature career moment may well turn to be his lasting legacy in the ring. Now any correction may be too late for him, but like the now broke Mike Tyson, he earned all that money.

My guess is that Berto’s has been daily watching one of the few truly dynamic upsets this year when Krzysztof Glowacki rose from certain death off the canvas to utterly obliterate the record setting Marco Huck. Lord knows the shaky boxing Berto’s confidence is in desperate need of stoking these days, so his time is now or never.

 Americans do so love to prop up their “special” fighters at the end of their careers like Ali who was finally embarrassed one time too many by a crazed amateur lightheavy novice, Neon Leon Spinks. Larry Holmes managed to straggle to a disputed 48-0 before Leon’s younger brother, Michael Spinks, slapped him upside his noggin with Rocky Marciano’s big jock strap. Anything is possible in boxing, especially if officials decide to stage a fair fight, but, nahhh, probably not this time. Next year’s silly money is already in the queue…

BIG vs little

BIG vs little

Manny vs Floyd~Dumbed Down 4.0 Version Fo’ Duh $$$

OK, Manny vs Floyd, Vegas, MGM Floyd, May 2nd, Cinco de Mayo weekend @ MGM Floyd…most $$$$$ evah…all time great legacies on the line…blah, blah blah and such, the endless steaming, streaming consciousnesses of “boxing experts” blushing forth orgasmic prematurity. We get it. We the poor, the huddled, the bedeviled, the unwashed rubes are supposed to be impressed.

Yo...Yo...'sup

Yo…Yo…’sup

Impressive: The projection for just the live gate is $74 million, more thrice the gate record of $20 million set by Mayweather in his 2013 “event” against Canelo Alvarez. Projected $200-400 million net PPV projections aside, from a historical fighter’s perspective, this megamillions boxing lottery has all the impotent impetus of the “For The Money Only” rubber match between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran when both were in their late 30s. Leonard ran like a chicken thief in the chilly Vegas night against an ancient fighter with over 90 fights on his odometer, about as classic as most of your modern day garden variety American runners and squawkers gloved in pillows tiptoeing and blowing kisses at each other today in empty arenas. Whats left of today’s few American boxing fans love their humongous big events with showy ring entrances, all while ogling oodles of rich celebs and screaming announcers preening and strutting their stuff. The main bout typically  produces opiate  inducing sleep properties late at night needed for drunken, besotted insomniacs who populate the fan base. Unless, of course, blatant Referee interference or Judges’ scoring bias insults the public, resulting in uproarious bowels befouling and clogging up the antisocial media boxing sites as feeble attention spans fizzle out to reload for the next outrage of boxing.

Not so impressive: Floyd is near that same gunshy, semi-retired Leonard level and style now propped up by the powers that be, but the hope is for those hardcores who pain over the dismal future of boxing that Manny’s still relative high level relevance will be able to close those retreating, clinching, running gaps to corner Floyd to make a fight of the century out of it. If it takes two to tango, then it follows that it takes two to tangle, and to put it simply, Floyd ain’t built for the big tangle. He did supposedly shake loose with a credible tango in his foray into Dancing With the Stars and was willing to be jangled by Big Show in his Pro Wrestling Foray, but he ran from Manny for 5 years. That’s Cinco Cinco de Mayos ago until finally forced by his Showtime masters and sugar daddy Haymon to make this fight so they could make their money back on his stupendous contract before his wheels fall off.

Forgive me my lifetime of hard earned cynicism: I first saw Floyd on the main card against Jesus Chavez with Manny on the supporting card against Agapito Sanchez. I tuned in to specifically watch Floyd as he was being heavily touted by various internet aficianados. Floyd struggled immensely against the tiny, but game Chavez who was quick on his feet, a very dynamic pressure fighter. The HBO crew had Chavez winning, but finally Floyd got untracked with a very sharp combination just before the end of round 9. Chavez’s mercenary for hire trainer, Ronnie Shields, brought in to give Chavez credible leverage against referee bias, immediately stopped the bout during the rest time in spite of ballistic protests of the bogus stoppage by Chavez’s real trainer, Richard Lord. I’d never heard of Manny who was also fighting a smaller tough guy, Agapito Sanchez, not so skilled as Chavez, but rather very much nastier with 90% of his offense consisting of low blows and headbutts anytime Manny jumped in for a flurry. I thought it quite stupid that Manny couldn’t figure out to just box and move at a distance and take the easy decision. Instead, even after Sanchez was deducted a measly 2 points when he should have been disqualified, the ring doc stopped the bout in the 6th round based on a horrendous cut exacerbated by the final headbutt on Manny to send the bout to the cards. The Three Blind Mice then rendered a bogus draw, so I could see boxing was back in business on this card in all it’s shamelessness. All my statements and conclusions that follow are based upon extensive study of the histories of their careers both before and after that night above when neither looked like more than a decent fighter at best.

Included are well deserved relevant observations about referees and judges that are less than complimentary.

Plain P4P facts: Manny Pacquiao is the best P4P fighter in the history of boxing as measured by available data, win, lose, or draw in this “event.” No matter if all the Al Haymon/Golden Boy News of the Ring World ‘arses and all the Ring’s metromen lack the Ring IQ to understand by Ring’s own historical ratings enough to put anything truthful together again, P4P, Manny looms over the rest of his era. That would be Wladimir Klitschko and then Floyd Mayweather specifically.

Manny’s official record against Ring rated P4Pers is 8-3-1, 5 KO, a record that could easily have been 10-2, 7 KO but for bungling refs and judges in the first two JMMarquez fights and the first Tim Bradley fight. Manny’s hit list including Erik Morales x3, Marco Antonio Barrera x2, Juan Manuel Marquez x4, Ricky Hatton x 1 and Timothy Bradley x2. That’s 12 P4P fights as opposed to Floyd Mayweather’s 6 total Ring rated P4P fights, the last two P4Pers being installed just weeks before Floyd fought them in a blatantly dishonest yet futile Ring attempt to close that gap between he and Manny.

Comprehensive P4P breakdown here after their first two proposed fights collapsed:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/modern-p4p-rankings-manny-pacquiao-vs-floyd-mayweather-jr/

A review of current Ring P4P ratings: Whoops, this just further exposes just how weak Floyd’s resume is in comparison. Manny has fought Ring P4Pers JMMarquez and Timothy Bradley x 6 for an “official” career record of 3-2-1 that should be more properly 5-1. Floyd has fought only a poorly prepped Marquez that one time 6 years ago when he made Marquez jump up two divisions at that Floyd didn’t even bother to make the contract weight of 144lbs. Manny fought a prime Marquez at Marquez’s two best weights and then twice faced the Balco trained Marquez, a much bigger, stronger, and better prepared version than the pisswater sipping, rock throwing version Mayweather faced. Moreover, Manny has been a Ring ranked P4Per already in his 12th consecutive year, almost 600 weeks by the time of this fight. Wlad Klitschko, ranked over him at #2, is in his 5th year and Ring #1 Floyd is in his 4th year, combined not even coming close to equaling Manny. Both Bradley and Marquez have also been currently P4P ranked longer than Floyd and also have more current P4P fights than him, so it’s not just Manny looming P4P over him, it’s become a collection of Floyd’s peers who have been fighting legit P4P fights to much less acclaim, but, yupsir, it’s Floyd with the supreme Al Haymon/GoldenBoy News of the Ring World media ranking and the biggest, most profane money.

Folks, I don’t make this stuff up, but enough of the easy pickings of Ring’s rotten, low hanging fruit, it’s too easy to digress tapping into all of boxing’s servile idiocy. What about the actual fight comparisons?

It’s all Manny again: He is clearly the fighter and the slugger in this shotgun arranged wedding as Floyd wears his veils of extra wraps, extra glove padding, and extra large doses of cortisone to protect the fragile china in his hands. It should go without saying that when the unknown, scrawny 19 year old Filipino waif was fed to the highly regarded prime aged Thai champ, Chatchai Sasakul, in  Thailand in his own backyard, the kid not only dethroned the champ in a big highly partisan outdoor stadium type fight Asians are noted for, but utterly brutalized him before knocking him cold out. That single act is much greater than any single act Floyd has ever accomplished while being carefully preened, promoted, and protected by the two biggest promoters in the world, Bob Arum’s Top Rank and later Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy the entirety of his career. This is his 11th straight fight at the MGM Floyd and 14th of his career, about 30% of his career…. More telling, the last 9 years going into this fight he has been fighting in the MGM Floyd, almost half his career by the timeline.

Whereas Manny is used to fighting away from home and getting the royal screw at the MGM Floyd starting with the first Marquez fight. Manny knocked Marquez down 3x in the first round, breaking his nose only to secure a draw. Most refs would have stopped the bout after the 3rd KD, but worse, one of the judges later admitted to a mistake in shortchanging Manny by a point in that first round that would have secured him the split decision. Several MGM egregious errors and outrages against Manny later, here he is willing to fight Floyd within the strict straight jacket officiating confines of Floyd’s self styled boudoir. It was always probable the judges and ref chosen will be the usual suspects carefully selected over these many years to consistently favor Floyd, so yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus on Mexican Holidays at MGM Floyd if your name is Floyd Mayweather. The Floyd Platinum Protection Plutonium Plus Program has been rolled out in full force for this fight with the appointment of his buddy Kenny Bayless as ref with Burt Clements and Dave Moretti of Nevada along with Glenn Feldman of Connecticut as judges. Manny will surely be wearing Bayless as a ball and chain in the ring and the judges as a wet blanket all night.

OK, surely Floyd has some legit natural attributes over Manny, right?

Of course, not the least being that his 72″ reach is significantly greater than the stubby 67″ reach of Manny and he’s likely to be a few pounds heavier on fight night. He’s also the dirtiest fighter and the best grappler with the better overall defense. It must be noted though that he seldom faced any of the acclaimed sluggers in his era, overall his chin has been topnotch, meaning Manny has his work cut out to be able to knock him out, the only probable way Manny can win the fight if Manny can manage to stay clear of the clutches of Bayless for a few seconds here and there to pick his spots.

Where Floyd really reigns supreme is his sheer audacity as the most numismatic fighter in history, indulging his every whim in his own boudoir that he has made the MGM Floyd. That “his team” could entice Forbes magazine to lie about his being the highest paid athlete by using 2 years of earnings instead of one the year before he actually did become the highest paid athlete speaks volumes about the American muscle and money backing his career, perhaps also revealing the fatal crack in his supposed ring invincibility. He has been the most insecure supposed great to ever done gloves, always needing a sugar daddy massaging his ego and a literal ton of security beefsters/gofsters/ guarding his spare public appearances.

What’s he afraid of, assassination?

Floyd's team vs Manny's team

Floyd’s team vs Manny’s team

The unspoken X rated factor favoring Floyd: Manny’s previously stated political stance against gay marriage in a liberal state headed by the US senate majority/minority leader Harry Reid. What with Mayweather Sr publicly “outing” Mayweather Promotions prez, Leonard Ellerbee, as being the biggest &*#*& in Vegas combined with Mayweather’s avowed mancrush on Justin Bieber, we can more additionally presume the politically appointed judging won’t be going Manny’s way much like the first Bradley fight where his press planted comments first surfaced days before the fight. Manny stepped on a land mine in that one, but the next fight it was his team that betrayed him during the hellacious 4th fight with Marquez. Unbelievably they allowed former presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the dressing for a conference minutes before the fight. “Hi, I’m Mitt Romney and I just lost the presidential election” was the way of his introduction, a horrid way to mentally prep for what was known in advance to be a very tough fight against the BALCO trained Marquez, a disastrous team mistake.

And speaking of BALCO: In the truth being stranger than fiction world of Floyd and boxing, after all his self-promoted publicity of wanting to clean up boxing with Olympic style drug testing, his own fighters failed conventional drug tests and he’s refused commentary on 3 of his own alleged tests that can be said to have been covered up by GoldenBoy and the USDA since they refuse to address the issue. Now Floyd is on record as refusing a $5 million penalty for failing a drug test for this fight. Of course the private drug testing terms were already agreed to by contract, so this can be seen as the first shot across the Floyd bow by Manny who previously won his lawsuit settlement from Floyd for slandering him, making Manny 1-0 against Floyd in advance of this fight:

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/12518712/floyd-mayweather-jr-rejects-5-million-penalty-failed-drug-test-manny-pacquaio-fight

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-bo…-mess-part-one

Four fights ago: Manny was knocked out in a knockdown, dragout fight for the decade against freshly BALCO trained JMMarquez, but since has recovered with three domineering wins over slugger Brandon Rios, P4P boxer Timothy Bradley, and undefeated Chris Algieri, all significantly bigger, stronger, with awkward styles, and all in their prime years. Compare four fights ago when post prison  Floyd promised a toe to toe battle against Robert Guerrero, but backed out of that promise after Guerrero’s father publically accused Floyd of being serial women beater. Floyd instead ran for 10 of the 12 tap-tap rounds to claim another noneventful hometown decision. Then the anticipated fight of undefeateds against Canelo Alvarez where Floyd finished a nothing opening round with what is now his best punch, a leaping upperbutt to no warning by his buddy Kenny Bayless. A few rounds later a frustrated Canelo was warned severely by Bayless for being choked and laced by Floyd before responding with a light, “What are you doing” tap on the thigh. Thereafter the thoroughly frustrated Canelo was “guided” into exchanging long distance taps for taps that Floyd could only win two judges over with a majority decision. He replicated those types of scores against Marcos Maidana who pretty much beatup Floyd as he wished. That lead to a rematch where Maidana scored a delayed but uncalled hard knockdown in the first round when Floyd rebounded off the ropes and collapsed at his feet, unable to even weakly grab Maidana on the way down. In the 5th round only a second before the end of round bell, Maidana landed another concussive right that spun Mayweather a full 180 degrees into his corner as the bell sounded. Later on it was a sad moment for future boxing historians when Floyd quit in the middle of round 8 to go cry in his corner to his daddy. Floyd was using his signature move of trying to choke Maidana in a headlock while lacing his face for cuts and stuffing his glove up his mouth. Crying served it’s purpose though, buying Floyd plenty of time and the sympathies of a clearly muddled Kenny Bayless who couldn’t quite understand the intergalactic magnitude of The Best Evah Floyd’s little pinky being so viciously nipped with a soft rubber gum shield through the extra padding in his gloves. He eventually had to do something to get the fight going again, so he warned Maidana with disqualification, no kidding.

The Real Pretty Boy Floyd Old gods are terrible to look at when they weep, all bloated like spoiled fish.

Never been a fan of ring interviewers always grilling confused, concussed fighters in the immediate aftermath of such a tough fight, but reading the tea leaves in the fighter comments points to a disturbing trend for Floyd. He’s been getting clocked hard and often, and the judges have been marking him down a few grades, but here he is his own words:

Floyd Mayweather: ” …I felt dry and dead…I’d give myself a C-…I got hit with some shots tonight I should’t have got hit with…”

Marcos Maidana: “… if judges like to give the fight to fighters that run I guess they gave it to him…“He kept holding and pushing, but the ref wouldn’t do anything about it. Instead he took points away from me…”

Punch Monkey Adjustment: If Compuhoax and the rest of the punch monkey world had a shred of honesty, they’d multiply Maidana’s punch totals by a factor of FIVE which is about how much harder Maidana hits in comparison with the tap-tap pitty-patty popcorn Floyd gets credited with. They’d also tabulate feints, throw away punches, and concussive punches, but that would destroy the myth of their marketing tool used support various vacuous “boxing experts” in desperate need to fill in some fluffy nonsense in their dim noggins.

Common Opponents: Manny pretty well shuts out Floyd here. Fought prime JMMarquez, busting up him so badly that Marquez turned down a record rematch payday to go get trounced in Indonesia for literally peanuts. Nobody runs from record paydays against Floyd as Marquez proved when he jumped two divisions and accepted a $3 million purse plus a bonus $600K that Floyd paid as a penalty for being 2 lbs over the 144 contract weight. Manny knocked out a prime version of Miguel Cotto who years later turned down their rematch with and a record purse for considerably less against Floyd because Cotto thought he could beat Floyd even with the short notice for training. Floyd did fight a rusty version Shane Mosley first, but was lucky to survive the first two rounds with an assist from Kenny Bayless who kept Mosley from roughing up Floyd on the ropes in the rounds that followed. Manny completely dominated a better prepped albeit year older Mosley, effectively making him quit trying after knocking him down early, many more knockdowns over these common opponents than Floyd has.  Manny also beat the unholy dingdongs out of Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton, making Oscar quit, and coldcocking Ricky  out in a brutal slaughter, both relatively easy fights for Manny. Floyd may have fought them first, but, he struggled and then suddenly retired as both were in heavy training preparing for their rematches with him. Manny took up their cause, even moving down to Hatton’s best weight to retire both Oscar and Ricky permanently. Beat’em so bad they fell prey to drug and other substance abuse and needed much rehabilitation to reclaim their lives.

Fact, nobody “runs” from a fight with Floyd: The irony has been lost in this new short attention span generation that he’s become the ultimate poster boy for the typical opponent running from Manny. Eric Morales was the only fighter ever wanting to fight Manny immediately after their first fight which brings us to the legacy factor after that great trilogy. Manny has some great all time series against Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, JMMarquez, Tim Bradley, all top P4Pers of their era. Floyd has no great series of fights period though he has had a few somewhat great fights, but his cautious, hometown, defensive style and matchmaking lacks the flash and power that most every truly great fighter had.

Nonetheless, periodically there are inexplicable twists in the time continuum and this could be one. The last man to beat Floyd did so in the Olympics of 1996, Serafim Todorov of Bulgaria, yesssss, that Serfim Todorov!

Serafim Todorov

Serafim Todorov

The Styles: As to how the likely scenario of the way this past it’s sell date “event” will be fought, we might as well have some fun with an analogous situation from way back, 1835, when Bendigo, the preeminent defensive specialist of his day met Ben Caunt for a spurious trilogy thanks to the negative, spoiling fighting style of Bendigo anytime he faced a physically superior foe. Bendigo was also the epitome of Floyd’s long rapsheet, typically being in and out of jail for “disturbing the peace.” The inexperienced but bigger and stronger Caunt was only 20 years of age the first go round and found himself thoroughly ticked off by Bendigo running around the ring before flopping down with every Caunt swing. These were London Prize Ring Rules fights to the finish with knockdowns only meaning the round was over. Caunt finally stormed to the Bendigo corner at the end of the 21st round.

“Wilt thou stand up and fight fair thou damned hound?”

Caunt then delivered a single sweeping backhand that knocked Bendigo and his trainer to the turf, thereby earning an immediate disqualification. The rematch was even worse, some 75 tedious, tortuous rounds with Bendigo defensively “flopping” most all of those rounds before finally being ruled as to have flopped without taking a blow. That finally earned Bendigo the disqualification which led to Caunt subsequently being jumped in the ring riot to be roughed up by the maniacal supporters of Bendigo upset over the verdict. And by Jove, it only got worse for the rubber, some 93, count em, 93 ever more tortuous rounds, amplified by Bendigo supporters storming into the edges of the ring while fighting with spectators, thereby sending the referee fleeing for his life. Floyd had a fight like that when his Uncle Roger stormed the ring to go after Zab Judah and Richard Steele, leading to a ring riot that took 10 minutes to quell, normally a disqualification under modern rules that preclude a corner for even having a foot on the ring apron. After heavy persuasion, the ref returned to even more fighting and threats during which Caunt landed a legal knockdown blow before walking to his corner to sit down as per the rules of the day. Bendigo jumped up to follow yelling along with his anarchic supporters that Caunt went down without taking a blow, Caunt was thus stuck with a disqualification by the faint ref only wishing to wash his hands of this misbegotten bout ASAP to save his hide. Bell’s Life, a much more independent boxing magazine of the day than the current Ring Mag mouthpiece for Golden Boy and Al Haymon, lamented, “a disgraceful and disgusting exhibition…a blow has been given to the boxing school from which it can never recover. Boxing Illustrated started with, “For years the practice of pugilism has been revolting to mankind,” and on and so forth…

The Venue: Perhaps such an olde English bare knuckled match stretches modern comparisons for some, so let us return several years later, 1858, for the American bout that first established boxing on those shores that ultimately led to a century of American domination of boxing. The New York Tribune scathingly noted the derelict nature of the gamblers, crooks, murderers and sports, “the most vicious congregation of roughs that was ever witnessed in a Christian city,” noting by the conclusion of the bout, “…so much rowdyism, villainy, scoundrelism, and boiled down viciousness concentrated on so small a space.”

And no, they weren’t referring to Austin, Texas or Washington, DC, the most prominent American capitols of cretaceous era cretin legislatures bulldozing the locals whilst filling their pockets with always handy lobbyist cash and perks, nor were they referring to Las Vegas which had yet to be founded, but what goes around ultimately comes around in boxing. American “hero” John Camel Heenan took on John “Old Smoke” Morrissey whose best offensive weapon had been the persuasion of the drawn guns of his supporters. The bout had to be held on a barren island on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario to evade American law enforcement, so Buffalo, New York was the steamship departure point. Heenan had been confined to bed the week before the fight, deathly ill because of an infected leg, all well known in advance. He went for the KO early to beat the stink off Ol’ Smoke who was in his prime at 27 years of age. And Heenan almost got the knockout before soon running out of steam, launching a big swing that screwed him face down in the turf for for good much like the asthma challenged Shannon Briggs against Lennox Lewis. Like I mentioned, what goes around in this world usually comes around again as world and boxing history has shown us.’

On the ultimate historical side note, it’s an old story, the most ancient, but worth a retelling again.

This is the “approximate” 5000th year anniversary of the first ever recorded fight of rivals, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Sumerian King of Uruk, first chiseled in clay tablets circa 3000 BC, but the story theme is doubtless much older, passed along by oral storytelling emanating from the mists of time at the dawn of human development. Gilgamesh was 2/3rds God and 1/3rd man when he spontaneously erupted into combat with Enkidu, the great natural beast-man of the Steppes who ran with the antelopes and drank at the springs with lions. Enkidu had been seduced by the prostitute sent out by Gilgamesh in the first recorded sexual ensnarement of a man by a woman. Enkidu had been scaring the holy bejabbers out of the local “ranchers” as it were before being tamed, and then inexplicably led into the city for the showdown.

They leapt at each other’s throats like wolves, bellowing like bulls, gasping for breath like horses having run all day as they crashed into the great gate of the Marriage House, crushing it. Great billows of dust bellowed up as the people shrieked and children cried. Dogs tore in between their legs as they engaged in the dance of life that hovers near death. The battle was in a freestyle form with no hometown referees to spoil the action, no deliberate fouls committed, no gamblers…errr…perhaps a few spontaneous wagers made we would have to assume knowing what we do about general populations. No weapons were used, just an innate code of honor. Innocent bystanders served as the judges as the two finally fell against each other in utter exhaustion and profound respect, so a noncontroversial draw was the first recorded fight result and the rest is history.

The #1 Bauble:All Emerald All Emerald

Dominating personal intangibles: Manny emerging from his teeming, cockfighting, disposable impoverished Filipino kid culture to become the most internationally known fighter on the planet based on his compelling raw fighting talent is the irresistible intangible he brings to the ring. Floyd endowed with his stubborn Mayweather family pride, training all year round for fights he knows well in advance as his American heritage is the immovable intangible that sustains him in time of need.

Curse of the Haymon/GoldenBoy News of the Ring World Experts: Floyd is the slight betting favorite but most of the money in advance is on Manny, a fight seen as “even” overall. Yet Ring “experts” are picking Floyd by a margin of 42-6-2. Well, now, guess they looked around and saw the same location venue, refs, judges, ect as the previous 11 straight Floyd decisions the past 9 years, so maybe boxing experts ain’t as dumb as they look to outsiders. Still, the grazing herd mentality of the fighting boxing press stands out in sharp contrast to what boxing under fairly regulated rules is supposed to represent, and speaking of…

What the non boxing cognoscenti are saying about boxing…Greed Rules, not Marquis of Queensbury Rules:

Boxing Fans Shift Focus To Small Men, Big Money : NPR

How can Floyd ever cope with eternal life? In the Great Pantheon of Boxing Valhalla where all the greats go, mo’ money has no value. Greats lust to fight the best every day, and since some days are better than others, taking a loss is of no consequence other than the temporary loss of bragging rights. It’s not easy living like a boxing god if you can only claim to be a greedy mortal.

We could go on forever about natural attributes and styles to no avail: We can hope for the epic great fight, but unfortunately this is as much about the ref and the judges not to mention the immediate aftermath of a bleak future for boxing. Will the 3rd world Filipino wonder get the justice he deserves in the corrupt Vegas setting? He did score big in the  largest alltime great poll poll staged by some scribes in Las Vegas that drew in millions of international votes. Manny was chosen #2 all time between #1 Sugar Ray Robinson and #3 Muhammad Ali and the #1 featherweight all time as I recall. Floyd could only secure #3 lightweight alltime, so I guess in advance Manny moves to 2-0 against Floyd not to mention Freddie Roach is currently 1-0 against fellow trainer Senior who took the knockout hit on Ricky Hatton against Roach and Manny, so let’s make that 3-0 for Manny.

Manny and Freddie Roach always wanted the fight, but it was Senior that put it in Junior’s noggin that Manny was too dangerous to fight. Fast forward cinco Cinco de Mayas later, thanks to big boxing bosses’ preference for past their sell date bouts, here Junior is against his worst nightmare come true. Will Floyd’s little pinky finger be able to man up against Manny or is this a repeat of his last Bayless orchestrated crybaby fest? The darnedest things he did to avoid the fight, backing off both the date, March 13th, 2010, and venue at MGM Floyd to avoid going head to head on PPV against Manny vs Joshua Clottey in their Cowboy Stadium debut and so on and so forth. Now each finally poised to rake a bigger purse than all but a few fighters have exceeded in their career earnings. That my friends is the sad legacy of this fight in a nutshell…R.I.P.

Edit: Wow, Only two days before the greediest fight in history, this blackeye hits the news outlet:

http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/abc-calls-on-u-s-attorney-general-to-launch-investigation-of-haymon-288802

Boxing Dies on Vine, Gushes Greed Over Pacquiao vs Mayweather

How boxing stuff works: Half a decade later after the fight has lost all primacy from when it was first scheduled back in March 13th, 2010. The Hayman/Golden Boy News of the Ring World orifices immediately gushed forth in gratuitous greed over the stupendous money the freshly minted Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather event will generate for boxing’s trickledown economy. The event is ominously scheduled at the MGM Floyd for the Cinco de Mayo Mexican holiday, May 2nd.

Or at least that’s the new schedule, of what, version 4.0 of the fight that never was that insiders in the know have previously provided us. As the great humorist Will Rogers was often want to remind his audience, “I only know what I read in the papers.” As that applies here, there are an endless barrage of projected fights and cancellations that boxing undergoes every year as we, the unwashed, non-insider rubes are left to muse over the reasons for these scattershot mispronouncements. There is almost nothing in the queue to replace the current approaching age 40 fighters, Ring and Boxrec P4P rated:

1. Floyd Mayweather

2. Wlad Klitschko

3. Manny Pacquiao

All are the biggest purse generators of their generation. There is nobody in the waiting to replace them save possibly the 24 year old Canelo Alvarez who barely has any more opponents to fight, even if he ups to the middleweight division.

Assuming the face value in this instance of what the boxing media is telling us, the sheer unmitigated greed of boxing stands out like a grotesquely ugly edifice, a monumental gravestone to a sport dying on the vine thanks a lack of promotional foresight these past 20 years. When the fight was first proposed both fighters were in their primes, but now Floyd will be a shopworn 38 and Manny 36, and Manny can’t even be said to be a full time fighter since being elected to the Filipino congress some 5 years ago.

The fight would have sold itself back then it was so hot and provided a tremendous boost to the ever dwindling competitive profile of boxing, but now the fight has regressed to another dreary, climate controlled, small hall, canned Floyd fight, his 11th straight such fight in 8 years now at inflated PPV prices, $90-100 for this dumbed down version of what could have been a Fight of the Millennium. Make no mistake, the original outdoor, multicasino supported spectacle with specially built grandstands holding 40,000 rabid fans as envisioned by Bob Arum would have made the fabled, frenzied Ali/Frazier Fight of the Century in 1971 look like a church social.

The Best Evah in Caricature

The Best Evah in Caricature

Arum’s vision for Floyd was always too much, hence their long played out acrimonious divorce, but now Floyd has the last word, or does he? Even a dumbed down fight of this magnitude will have a huge undercard that takes place before official ring hostilities begin. The undercard in no particular order:

Promoters- Interlopers Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather allied with stealth bunkered promoter Al Hayman and Richard Schaefer vs HOF legend Bob Arum who made Oscar and Floyd the huge names they became by savvy development. On paper Arum looks to be the B side promoter for the first time in many decades, but make no mistake, the wily Arum knows where the dead bodies are buried and where the hidden buttons are and when to push them. There was speculation that he influenced the initial losing split decision to Timothy Bradley so as to make Pacquiao seem more vulnerable, thus making Floyd brave enough to cross that terrible risk threshold for the big reward. It didn’t work and then Manny suffered a legit setback with the KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez which pushed the fight further back. My speculation is that all those Macao shows Arum has been putting on has given him cozy contacts with various big Macao players who greased the skids with “the means” to make this fight even more financially lucrative than the Floyd side, but we’ll likely never know anymore than the officially released purse numbers, gate, and PPV numbers.

Venue-MGM Floyd vs Macao- As international gamblers flock to these gambling meccas to indulge their most depraved perversions and braggadocio, it’s foretelling to the future of boxing how the gambling action is likely to be bigger in Macao than in Vegas where the fight actually takes place, a preview of future Asian/USA political developments.

Trainers vs Trainer- Floyd Mayweather Sr and Roger Mayweather, after previously running scared from the specter of Freddie Roach, a future HOFer and one of the best in history, are now forced to man up in the pressers against a little guy who still battles for his life everyday because of his Parkinsons. Freddie goes in as favorite having already beaten Floyd Sr when Manny knocked out Ricky Hatton in a spectacular fight.

Showtime vs HBO- The true neverending cable story, so call this a baited breath draw as competing hot gaseous announcers blow out enough noxious vapors out their shorts to greatly accelerate global warming to a critical state, perhaps asphyxiating a few tiny nations.

Anti-social misanthrope vs anti-social misanthrope- Turning the internet forums a dribbling stinking brown with some of the nastiest stuff ever seen emanating from where the sun don’t shine.

Floyd opens as a slight favorite with the bookies, but Manny is currently running away with the Hayman/Golden Boy News of the Ring World poll where Manny is favored by either 40.52% to win by KO or 23.98% to win by decision in 8631 votes, so obviously things ain’t all what they seem in this mega money bout.

Marcos Maidana Tracks Down Adrian Broner

Looks like Marcos Maidana gets another shot at redemption against Adrien Broner at the Alamodome in San Antonio December 14th. Maidana has actually done quite well for himself after his torpid debut at welterweight against Devon Alexander last year. He is really a small framed junior welter, but he takes his orders from Golden Boy who wanted him in a more glamorous division where they needed quality name opponents, opponent being the operative word here. Maidana has been used in the non starring role against heavily hyped Golden Boy “stars.”

The Golden Boy promoted Maidana got off on the wrong track with  when he knocked out their Oscar de la Hoya heir apparent Victor Ortiz in a spectacular encounter. It didn’t help that competing manager contract disputes over his services soon combined with a terrible traffic tragedy in Argentina that made his services in the US problematic for a spell. He was then poorly served by unsporting officiating in the big name Amir Khan and Eric Morales debacles, yet onward he punched with a current 84% KO average, one of the highest in boxing in support of his 34-3 record.

Tubs & Lean

Tubs & Lean

Adrian Broner has been the heavily hyped Al Hayman fresh flash posterboy, yet now looking quite corpulent around his corpus, seemingly so “flush” as to “dump” $20 dollar bills during his potty sessions if his inflated ego video productions offer up any proof. After being touted as the next Floyd Mayweather Jr by the Hayman/Golden Boy combine, he’s been matched against an assortment of carefully selected featherweights, dwarfs, and feather dusters who have actually done quite well against his plodding defenseless version of the Floyd Mayweather shoulder roll. Now he goes against a true  slugger in Marcos Maidana who has knocked out the bigger, stronger, more talented Victor Ortiz and the tougher Josesito Lopez.

While only 24 years and still developing, Broner is still officially unblemished at 27-0, 22 KO, 81% knockout ratio. Most of those fights were at 130 or 135 divisions before completely jumping over the 140 division, now in his 2nd fight at 147. Likely he’ll never make 140 and why should have have to if the bigger money is in 147?

Yet ridiculously the Gimpy Ring ratings continue to rank him at both welter and lightweight and P4P, a total failure of logic other than being a rubber stamp for the Hayman/Golden Boy paymasters who have taken over the spare bones and mangy hide of what used to be a proud magazine in the days of Nat Fleischer.

Fortunately for Broner, Maidana is no Fancy Dan in the boxing department though he can box some when he has a mind to. Unfortunately for Broner the Maidana power is proven at higher weights. Broner has shown poor defense in his career, probably due to being in against little guys with little demonstrable power at those lighter weights. Hard to say if he can improve his defense, but on any fair playing field, Maidana must be salivating at the thought of an easy to hit plod forward style, a perfect stylistic match up for him, but that may be illusory.

The reason being that Maidana is seemly yet again “the opponent” if recent form of Hayman/Golden Boy fights follows script. They continue to prop up Broner and Amir Khan as stars for example against all evidence of their limitations with the hope they can maybe make a decent PPV with Floyd Mayweather Jr who doesn’t have any credible Golden Boy fighters left to dance with. No problem, this combine will manufacture cardboard cutouts for Mayweather to “fight.” 

Golden Boy has actually had some really great fights over the past few years, like James’ Kirkman against Carlos Molina and Angulo for example, but poor Kirkman can’t seem to stay out of trouble and jail. He’s recently been released from captivity, signed with his new 50 cent manager, and rushed on a ‘Top Rank card this weekend in Madison Square Garden, so strike him as savior for Hayman/Golden Boy when Mayweather retires. Keith Thurman has discipline and potential, but he’s been way underpromoted for whatever reason. Meanwhile the GB Argentinians, Matthyse and Maidana, they’re poor boys from a poor country, so they’re willing to brave the ring officials stacked against them, yet against the odds they somehow managed to make some the best fights in boxing.  And you wonder why they claim boxing is dying when the best, most exciting fan friendly fighters willing to fight anytime, anywhere get the short straw in what should be their biggest opportunities.

Perhaps there’s some hope in that the fight is in San Antonio which has a rich boxing tradition. San Antonio is where Manny Pacquiao burst into the spotlight in his demolition of P4P great Marcos Antonio Barrera not that many moons ago, but another era in the flash primes of typical fighters. The dubious Laurence Cole is the likely assigned ref, a dissertation of all his ring transgressions being the perfect submission for the ambitious business or a law grad. I should note his near flawless handling of his last fight I witnessed, the Alvarez vs Trout highly technical boxing match. He only made one mistake when he broke them up in the first round while they were in an exchange. He immediately recognized his error before laying back to enjoy one of the cleaner boxing exhibitions this year, so maybe there’s some hope for this fight since it could be a great slugfest if there is no interference..

We’ll be watching.

Juan Manuel Marquez & Timothy Bradley Fight For Respect

Coming up fast under the wire like a nuclear studded stealth fighter comes the Timothy Bradley/Juan Manuel Marquez confrontation Saturday, October 12th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Hard to know how this bout is going to shake out because of the polar opposite styles and attributes of the two longtime P4P fighters. Prior to each fighting Manny Pacquiao, I would have favored the unrelentingly awkward frenzy of the quicksilver Bradley over the traditional, upright, stationary countering style of Marquez.

The boxing landscape has since rumbled massively on the Richter scale, swallowing up the Manny Pacquiao phenomenon of the last two decades that left him twisting cruelly in the forever hot winds of his critics. Nor have the two fighters responsible for that tectonic shift been able to escape venomous strikes against them. Timothy Bradley may have won the judges’ hearts in a split decision win over Pacquiao, but he lost a lifetime of respect built up over his considerable career thus far because nobody but his family thinks he came close to winning that fight.

Billions upon Billions...

Billions upon Billions…

Who to thank in Vegas for yet another rinse and repeat “rubber stamped” hack job? Insert Carl Sagan intoning “billions upon billions” of hack jobs littering the great boxing galaxy in perpetuity it would seem.

Speaking of Vegas, their favorite fighter not named Floyd Mayweather Jr just happens to be Juan Manuel Marquez. He may have finally scored a highlight knockout for the ages over his long time nemesis, but all was for naught on the respectometer due to the sordid reputation of his BALCO associated physical trainer Angel “Memo” Heredia who transformed Marquez’s modest physical frame into Hulk Jr. This ain’t your tubby, pissoir tonic guzzling Juan Manuel Marquez of the Floyd Mayweather Jr fight anymore, that’s for certain.

As to physical frames, Timothy Bradley is right out of a Superman comic book, clearly engaged in a lifetime of body building that he apparently pares down with a vegan diet during training camp if what I have read is correct. He loves to flex and pose, so it will be interesting to see the weigh in contrast between what used to be the modestly composed Marquez who used to let his fists do his talking in the ring.

Hulk Jr vs Superman Jr?

Hulk Jr vs Superman Jr?

Bradley was coaxed into a comeback of sorts after his one year rest period to recover from serious ankle injuries sustained in the Pacquiao bout. The deranged death threats against him and his family along with the failure of the boxing community to rally round his huge “upset” put a rust on his insecure form against Ruslan Provodnikov, a brutal bout Bradley spent much time out on his feet as he staggered around looking for a place to fall. We’ll see soon enough if he’s recover full use of his ankles and chin since this new form of Marquez punches harder than ever.

Marquez found out the hard way that hiring BALCO associated trainers won him no new fans either. This fight was cobbled together after a last ditch compromise that sees Bradley being tested by the illicit VADA drug testing cartel while Marquez is drug tested by some fly by night illicit drug testing cartel because of longtime down and dirty disputes between Victor Conte and Memo Heredia who claim to be cleaning up boxing with their magic elixirs. Yeah, and I’ve got some lovely ocean frontage in Afghanistan for sale too, just send me your bank account numbers for a steal….errr….the deal of the century!

It also goes without saying that neither of these guys can carry a PPV on their own, so it will be interesting how those numbers pan out. Both could’ve earned much more against Pacquiao, but their egos insisted on parity if not the lions share of that purse, so this fight is also when their high flying rockets make a hard return to the boxing business world they live in.

Bradley could get careless and pop like a burnt out light bulb, or he might do light saber pirouettes around the bulked out form of Marquez. Don’t know who the favorite will be since Marquez is 40 years old to Bradley’s 30, but like I say, Vegas loves Marquez, thus he can be seen as both the money and the home town fighter for this bout and likely the modest betting favorite.

Be a nice change of pace to see an exciting, well contested, well officiated, and well scored fight to make up for the last couple of big duds this year. Marketing grossly exceeded the quality of the officiating and fighting of the year’s big “events.” Mayweather vs Alvarez and Klitschko vs Povetkin were anticlimactic compared to the hype of their big money promotions, so maybe next year boxing can get quality back into big events…..always a next year.

Zer0 Sum~~Nuevo Canelo Alvarez Battles Viejo Money Mayweather For PPVs

Since any Mayweather fight now begins and ends with PPV numbers, let us begin with the September 14th Saul Alvarez vs Floyd Mayweather bout being projected to break the De La Hoya/Mayweather PPV record of 2.4 million, or at least that’s the hyped target. Whether or not the resulting PPVs will be enough to adjust the negative red ledger of the much ballyhooed Mayweather Showtime contract into the black is unknown. Showtime wisely didn’t publicize losses from the Guerrero fight, perhaps anticipating this fight to make up their losses. 

150 lbs in training....

150 lbs in training….

Both fighters have almost identical undefeated records, Alvarez at 42-0-1, 30 KO to Mayweather’s 44-0, 26 KO, in theory an Las Vegas based dream fight, but look again. Both are pure boxers though Mayweather started off as a powerhouse of note and Alvarez has a healthy knockout punch when he choses. They both fought boxer types in their last bouts generally accorded as fairly dull in terms of fight action.  Mayweather refused to engage more than his footwork save for two modest rounds of action and Alvarez mostly feinted and countered a cautious counter puncher though he did score a nicely timed highlight knockdown that briefly got the San Antone crowd rocking.

Let us travel far far away to a distant galaxy of reality when once upon a time there was the Montreal classic between Panamanian legend Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard to conjure up another huge Latino vs USA fight. The 24 year old undefeated Leonard was still a little wet behind his Olympic Gold medal ears and not yet the American legend he would become, but he was making his second defense of his WBC title won off 21 year old wiz Wilfredo Benitez. The 29 year old wildman Duran was at his raging never to be seen again peak with 71 victories, mostly by KO after having dominated the lightweight division against a single loss avenged twice by knockouts for good measure, the days when boxers were still fighters, not the posers and preeners of today. 

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The first Duran/Leonard pillar to post donnybrook got the juices roiling most everywhere within and outside of boxing, but frankly, I don’t see this fight in the same legendary vein in terms of international legacy or terms of ring action. Mayweather is well off his prime days no matter how much the Al Hayman Golden Boy News of the Ring World and Showtime want to promote him beyond his sell date, and in spite of the Mexican hype, Alvarez lacks the US public awareness of the heavily touted Gold Medalist Leonard or the international legend of Duran for this fight.

165 lbs in training

165 lbs in training

However, Alvarez is the latest thing to hit the boxing big stage at this point, so figure on the promotion to leverage his cherubic youth for all it’s worth since he doesn’t look the prototypical Mexican assassin to the rest of the world. It will be heresy if the usual antisocial media muffins littering the internet ever find out that the just turned 23 year old Canelo is actually further along in the fight game compared to Leonard and Mayweather when they had just turned 23. He’s also ahead of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and the great Duran when they had just turned 23.

If Alvarez wins this fight, “if” being the major sticking point pending results, he would be well ahead of any listed above. He is in the same ballpark for now as all the great Latino fighters in that “boxing experts” never project a young 3rd world Latino fighter to be an all time great until after the fact becomes glaringly obvious by consensus opinion of three blind mice. The 17 year old Wilfredo Benitez was one obvious exception with monumental things being predicted for him that he ultimately never achieved in spite of his HOF accomplishments.

Just turned 23 year old phenoms ahead of Alvarez would include Mike Tyson who had completely unified 3+1 Ring belt , and incredibly Wilfredo Gomez who was 11-0, 11 KO in WBC title fights by the time he turned 23. Fellow Mexican Salvador Sanchez was closest to Alvarez, 8-0, 4 KO in WBC title fights by age 23, not bad company at all to be in league with not to mention the Sanchez record was almost identical when he turned 23, 42-1-1, 31 KO, veeerily eerie that one. By then Sanchez had also claimed the Gomez undefeated scalp by spectacular knockout if we want to consider just how quickly forgotten the sublime genius Sanchez has become in this modern era of tinman greats making millions upon millions for too often showing more bravado in their prefight pressers and ring entrances than their fights themselves.

“All knowing experts” were also saying that Alvarez was too young and inexperienced for Mayweather before the fight was announced, ignoring the perfect promotional track that Alvarez has been on for 3 years now designed exactly for the Mayweather challenge. The kid clearly has ambitions far beyond the speed at which he’s been developed, so now a chastened herd of experts scramble to give him his chances in order to get the promotional bandwagon moving. The slick Giampa News of the Ring World P4P Czar even maneuvered Alvarez into a Ring P4P slot once the fight was agreed much like they did for Robert Guerrero when he signed against Mayweather. They must have had a frightful shock when they came across my Ring P4P history of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather here that Pacquiao has only added to since:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/modern-p4p-rankings-manny-pacquiao-vs-floyd-mayweather-jr/

Ring couldn’t be more disingenuous if they tried, but they do try hard in their dishonorable quest so late in the game to make up for the lost P4P years of Mayweather’s career.

In spooky contrast, the 36 year old Mayweather is eerily on the same track as the in and out of retirement version of Sugar Ray Leonard who chose a stink and run style to “defend” his ill begotten “WBC supermiddleweight title” against 38 year old Duran in their belated rubber match. There are are precious few fighters able to chase a Leonard or a Mayweather around the ring for 12 rounds for a clean KO as Robert Guerrero recently tried which is the only way a fighter can bypass the political decisions and preferential referee treatment star fighters receive, especially since this fight is being contested in Mayweather’s home, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

The 35 year old Leonard finally met his Waterloo when he came out of retirement the next year to challenge 23 year old young gun Terry Norris who delivered a beating and a half on Leonard he was lucky to survive. Eerie number correlations and fight styles aside, every fight and fighter is different even if career parallels can be drawn. Mayweather has been much cagier in his career to limit his physical damage and stays in training year round for his one fight, but now he’s going for his 2nd fight of the year, a huge leap for him.

Lest anyone think I’m “hating” on Mayweather, his record speaks for itself, a “perfect” 44-0, but exclusively a WBC union card fighter until recently, never having once unified a title and never holding more than 25% of the available titles in any of his 5 divisions of 21 title fights. Wladimir Klitschko has held all but the WBC title that his brother Vitali holds, 20-2 in title matches overall, considerably more impressive than Mayweather’s WBC fetish as an example of an era peer comparison. The same could also be said of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr as two other multiple belt P4P stars, Jones especially owning just about every Lightheavy title fabricated by the worldwide ABCs.

Alvarez also happens to be WBC centered and with Golden Boy Promotions as is Mayweather, thus the impetus for making this fight conveniently inevitable in spite of a recent “promotional” spat the two fighters had earlier in the year. Alvarez is primarily a ring centered boxer/puncher who can slug, fight, or box as needed, but he’s never had to chase down a sprinter wearing track shoes in the supersized ring dimensions this fight will be contested, dimensions that likely will never be published but can be inferred when the fighters enter the ring. The fight could only be made at a 152 lb catchweight with no details on rehydration limits imposed on Alvarez.

While the Canelo final legacy has many more years of hurdles to come, he gave early notice of his potential as a precocious 15 year old when he outpointed future IBF lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez and in the rematch two years later. Alvarez probably could have handled a title shot in 2010 when he easily defeated the likes of Mayweather sparring partner Lovemore N’dou after blasting out Carlos Baldomir whom Mayweather scarcely dented in a wide points decision. In 2011 he won his title by beating Matthew Hatton who had been an early frontrunner for a Mayweather fight the year before. That’s three Mayweather associated fighters in a row Alvarez has used to play pin the donkey on Mayweather on his way to the 154 lb WBC title.  

Using the Boxrec comparison of a fighter’s last 6 bouts, incredibly the Mayweather inactivity stretches way back to 2007 against Ricky Hatton.  In 2007 Saul Alvarez was just 17 years old, a year before his American debut on his way to adding 24 more wins to his undefeated record that now includes a 6-0 WBC title record for his last 6 fights. That includes two more title fights than Mayweather has been engaged his last 6 years, so these are two different worlds they currently operate in.

Since Mayweather has been extremely inactive compared to the hyperactivity of Alvarez, perhaps his last 3 fights would be a more informative “up to date” comparison: Mayweather last played Mr. Chickenman, “he’s everywhere, he’s everywhere” against Robert Guerrero to cop the decision after promising to go toe to toe. The only two fighting rounds were when Mayweather had the better 7th round than Guerrero had the better 8th round, otherwise Mayweather refused to engage and Guerrero couldn’t catch up to him. The year before he traded heavy artillery against Miguel Cotto in a fan classic to pull out the win, leading the herd of “experts” to conclude Mayweather’s legs would be suspect against Guerrero and he would be forced to fight, no kidding! Lastly, who can forget his choreographed farce with Victor Ortiz and Joe Cortez in a superb remake of the all time Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Jersey Joe Walcott travesty? Thanks to that Academy performance Vic Ortiz got a big offer to star in the Expendables “muscled up” action cartoon fantasy that Hollywood specializes in, so he set aside boxing for acting, I kid you not!

Which Mayweather will show up come fight night depends much on the referee tapped for the fight and the selection of judges. Alvarez coasted an easy decision based on the WBC open scoring rules for his last fight against Austin Trout for example. Some criticized Alvarez for a lack of action compared to previous efforts, but why should a boxer take unnecessary risks with his eye butted open when the Mayweather fight been so long planned for?

We do know now the well experienced Kenny Bayless is the ref, but when I first tried to check his record, all I could get on Boxrec was a glossy promotional page promoting this fight.  I do know he messed up the Pacquiao/Marquez rematch when he failed to call the obvious 2nd knockdown after correctly calling the first knockdown, then to compounded his error, he had to grab the wobbly Marquez from sitting on Pacquiao’s corner stool to guide him to the Marquez corner so out on his feet poor Marquez was.

Nor could I check on the announced judges, Dave Moretti, CJ Ross and Craig Metcalfe after the same glossy promo interference popped up. Offhand I recall CJ Ross as one of the two butchers of the Pacquiao/Bradley much derided scoring. It’s a shame that the supposed independent organization of Boxrec has allowed these promotional ads to interfere with their operations, but such is a prime example of the reach of a big promoter and broadcaster, so I need not bother with any more research into the ring officials. It is what it is.

History will show that the legend of Mayweather automatically upgraded to the best American boxer 9 years ago after the legend of Roy Jones took a guided missile on the  tiny sliver of his exposed chin left open for Antonio Tarver to crack. It is unfortunate that Mayweather and current P4P American compatriot Andre Ward can scarcely be bothered to fight but once a year these days, but that seems to be OK with the new generation of American boxing media and fight fans who seem more oriented on talking about all the fighters they could beat rather than see them in action actually beating someone.

Today’s softer and kinder American punchers can’t compare to the straight up wars that Duran, Leonard, Hearns and Hagler waged in multiple fights with each other not so long ago featuring high level action in thrilling encounters. The last two prime American P4Pers who fought in the traditional Americanno quarter asked or given”  style were Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, regrettably retired now before they ever had a chance to fully develop.

Such is the current American boxing scene that  Alvarez faces as the staked out sacrificial goat for another canned hunt that could ultimately see Mayweather tied with Rocky Marciano at 49-0. Look a little closer and you might just see Oscar de la Hoya duking it out with Al Hayman for future promotional stakes projected when the 81 years ancient Bob Arum finally rolls over to the great Valhalla in the sky. Golden Boy and Hayman would then be thrown into a perfect storm for control of boxing.

Just think of the Roman Empire and the hundred plus “Ceasars, Augusti, Emperors, Popes and assorted sordid split titles of command they created after most every new leader was poisoned or stabbed to death when not run out of town skewered on a split rail. Boxing may be less vicious than the Roman Empire, but when big money is at stake, Ides of March power is leveraged until stability of leadership is reestablished.

Monkey business alert: Oscar De La Hoya had been providing spooky updates on his substance abuse recovery all while Mayweather skewered him at a press conference for being no more than a front man for GBP. Then De La Hoya entered drug rehab 4 days before the fight, leaving his number one star “unprotected” against the hometown Vegas fighter.

Incommunicado….really?

The sly Hayman has been using Golden Boy to promote his growing stable of fighters and on record as saying he could “easily” come to control boxing as he steadily moves to the forefront in stealth mode.  Golden Boy provides a handy tool to organize the complicated often nasty work of a fight card without the need for Hayman to set up shop for himself. As manager/advisor of Floyd Mayweather, his number one client makes both Hayman and De La Hoya more money for the year than the rest of their fights and fighters combined. That they finally sweet talked Mayweather into “speeding up” his career by dangling the Showtime plum indicates they can at least cooperate to obtain such a sweet goal, but Showtime is currently in financial dispute with Time Warner cable going into this fight. Maybe they can kiss and make up, when we can’t know.

Hmmmm…..

Oscar De La Hoya has been desperate for a mega star since his own star faded and may well have found him in Alvarez. This kid has managed to keep his head mostly screwed on outside of boxing and let his fists do the talking inside the ring. Oh, there was the unseemly publicized dustup with former fly champion Archie Solis who reportedly tried to make time with Canelo’s girlfriend and a child born out of wedlock, all pretty mild stuff for a young fighter who has literally had much of Mexico at his feet since he was a teen phenom. 

We could have some prefight fun by superimposing their last fights: The action starts with the usual light sparring to make the rubes think a legit boxing match is shaping up with some light tapping and movement. In the 2nd round Canelo backs to the ropes slipping and ducking imaginary punches as Money contorts his body bouncing off ropes on the other side of the ring running from his imaginary pursuer.

Certainly stranger scenarios have played out in boxing, but for boxing to have a shred of respect left, this, the “biggest” fight that can be made this year needs to be a legitimately officiated without the WWE choreographed farce of recent Showtime and Golden Boy involved “events.”

All that glitters....

All that glitters….

Speaking of WWE, here’s the WBC first ever first edition superduper special “solid gold” blarney belt for the coronation, promoted as having “two kilograms of gold” in it. Such blarney shall have to suffice as tribute by the WBC poohbahs of boxing to this “event.”

Superduper WBA Bauble

Superduper WBA Bauble

Not to be outbuffooned, the WBA answered by creating it’s own superduper bauble belt. This “event” pits their “co-super” beltholders against each other for the WBA superduper unification bauble. Yes folks, truth is stranger than fiction in the current boxing world.

Interestingly enough Mayweather shares an obsession with large bags of money just like the undefeated heavyweight Rocky Marciano if we want to examine further eerie connections. Marciano died in a tragic plane crash without anyone ever stepping forward to tell where he squirreled away his stash of millions in cash. His family was left impoverished dependent on various benefits and sympathetic contributors. No need to be a brain surgeon or genius forensic scientist to see that publicly stashing millions in cash in your home is a tragedy in waiting, but Mayweather does employ a squadron of NFL sized behemoths to guard his 150 lb prized perfect record from being folded, spindled or mutilated. Presumably that would include his greenery and gold.

The Golden Ring Zer0

The Golden Ring Zer0

Mayweather is currently closing in on the record of another “25% percenter” era peer Joe Calzaghe who posted a perfect 46-0 before retiring at age 36. Calzaghe unified at age 33 on his way to 21 title defenses before moving up to claim the Ring lightheavy title from Bernard Hopkins. Mayweather  has 13 title defenses of his credit though he did climb through 5 divisions to claim belts, but since has been silly gobslopping willy nilly around winning belts he never defends as he flits in and out of retirements or jail.  Further comparison shows Calzaghe also suffered from glass hands in his last years similar to Mayweather’s china hands, but a big difference between the two was that Calzaghe was almost completely ring center offensively oriented combination puncher whereas Mayweather uses defensive strategies as his major orientation of avoiding contact in a contact sport to more carefully select his punches.

Aside from PPVs, I see Mayweather’s greatest boxing “legacy” of being pretty much a self trained fighter not needing much fight input other than someone to work the pads for him. His family of trainers, Floyd Mayweather Sr and uncle Roger Mayweather, they are not the HOF trainers most all time greats were fortunate to hook up with. Their corner advice is usually either unrelated to any problem or incomprehensible Mayweatherese dialect not readily translated. Where would Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard be without Angelo Dundee for example, or Thomas Hearns without Emmanuel Steward? Trainers like that are like having another ring general at your side to break down strategy or replenish sagging fortitude.

The worst boxing legacy of Mayweather will be his insistence on drug testing changes that have thrown boxing into a sewer of bogus drug testing experimentations that have been laughable in their oversight. The resulting freefall has allowed the infamous BALCO associated duo of Victor Conte and Angel Heredia into training camps to foist their majic elixirs of performance on selected fighters. Mayweather and his promotional team have yet to answer for Mayweather Promotion fighters Mickey Bey and J’Leon Love being busted by standard drug testing procedures,  nor have they answered well publicized allegations of failed drug tests by Thomas Hauser here:

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/the-ped-mess-part-one

Noteworthy of mention are the two other biggest fights of the year being staged after Mayweather/Alvarez. Two weeks later the top British heavyweights square off in jolly olde England as Tyson Fury and Mr. David Haye vie for contender supremacy. One week after that many belted heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko defends against Russian Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. There is nary a single American heavyweight in Ring rankings. Aging welterweight Mayweather is the last untarnished American legend standing between the history of boxing and near American oblivion. Most of the top fighters these days with American addresses are Eastern Europeans and latino nationals, a sure sign of the future face of boxing, and there isn’t a whole bunch of them either.

We’ll have to see which boxing jurisdiction, the US, the UK, or Russia will stage the type of reputable classic that would boost the faltering boxing corpse on the gurney. The time is now to forsake these posturing three ring circuses that have driven the newer generation of fans to the UFC and other MMA related martial sports, but will American boxing ever learn or will it continue in decline with the average sporting fan. Mayweather paydays have outsized the actual fighting of his career, but Americans have spoken with their pocketbooks, so be it.

Check in September 14th on Showtime to find out if the featured undercard of Danny Garcia vs Lucas Martin Matthysse outfights the main feature of the suits. It sure could happen that way.

Big Mouths Mauling~~Adrian Broner vs Paulie Malignaggi

Boxing‘s newest wunderkind and jail’s latest bait Adrian Broner steps up 2 divisions to welterweight to challenge WBA champ Paulie Maliganaggi. The “bout” is today, June 22nd at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Big Broner vs Tyny Rees

Big Broner vs Tyny Rees

It was no surprise when Broner was arrested down Miami way not long ago for biting another man during a fracas outside a hotel. He seems hell bent on duplicating the style and the life of his mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr by way of flushing money down toilet videos to the accumulating rap sheet. Arrangements were quickly made and he was released on bond to be whisked straightaway into a training camp where his minders kept him on the short leash with no muzzle until ready to be released in the ring today.

As mouthy fighters go, these gentlemen are among the mouthiest with mouth flapping apparatuses in a freeflowing spewage of raw uncut sewage, not that many of us could ever bother listening, but that’s what the cacophony of headlines screamed in the leadup.

Broner will likely be the much bigger guy come fight night after rehydration. His team carefully selected the nominal WBA welter titlist Malignaggi as the smallest, weakest link in the Golden Boy stable of available fighters as the least risk to his division climbing ambitions. As with Mayweather, Broner previously had his JC Castillo moment of being beat up when former banty and featherweight champ Daniel Ponce De Leon more noted for his slugging prowess easily gave Broner a thorough boxing lesson, but was just too small to really do more than sting him at will. It takes a knockout to derail a touted Hayman/Golden Boy fighter, something Malignaggi is not likely to deliver.

For the big knockout, go to the supporting undercard where Al Hayman touted heavyweight Seth Mitchell hopes not to replicate his snake eyes exit against Klitschko promoted Johnathon Banks in their rematch. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

Paulie Malignaggi is not only a weak champion, but something of an underachiever, best known for the game losing scrap he gave Miguel Cotto when both were undefeated in full pomp at the start of their primes. Since then he’s been more of a poser than fighter, a preener rather than a boxer, though former lightweight champ Juan Diaz had the pressuring style to put him in an entertaining pair of fights that they split. He did seize opportunity to beat the aging undefeated Vyacheslav Senchenko on a stupendous cut that ended his KO drought, but then lucky to scrap himself off the canvas to secure a hometown split in his first defense against Pablo Cesar Cano.

Of the few fights I’ve seen Broner in, he’s been a plodder, easy to hit in his Mayweather shoulder roll defense, but he has the power to overcome light swatters who stand in front of him like DeMarco and Rees did most recently. Malignaggi can stick and move pretty all night to make this fight tough unless his marching orders from Hayman/Golden Boy News of the Ring World are to stand and trade. Broner told Larry Merchant that he’s like dog doodoo on his opponent’s shoe once they sign the contract to face him, perhaps the most apt descriptor of his touted career progress thus far.

Black and Blue....yeah, right....

Black and Blue….yeah, right….

Could be modestly entertaining or more likely deadly dull, but never destined to be a great fight after The Problem leapt over the strongest division in boxing, the junior welts, to have an easier go at Paulie. It is what it is, a soundtrack of profaned and befouled sound and fury to promote a weak era in boxing where promoters rely on gimmicks after having done nothing to redevelop boxing into the spectacle sport it used to be.

GOD, Guns, & Holy Ghost Robert Guerrero vs Showtime Debut of Floyd Mayweather Jr

Cinco de Mayo got a whole lot more interesting this year when Floyd Mayweather Jr signed a mega six fight deal with Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions. A preposterous figure of around $220 million was quoted, but regardless, the first installment comes against the interim WBC welter titlist Robert The Ghost Guerrero for the supreme claim to the WBC welterweight title being defended by Mayweather. That’s Saturday, May 4th, but look out and be forewarned all ye Mayweather team and fans. Robert Guerrero says God is on his side and he enjoys packing heat when away from home as happened recently at JFK airport in New York City.

Yes, Virginia, this “event” seems to have taken on a personality of it’s own, perhaps not even being a fight any more. Or it could be one of the greatest fights of this era, or just another Mayweather and Showtime sham. See the Mayweather/Victor Ortiz fight and the Showtime Super Six and Super Banty tourneys for reference.

It’s certainly not the all time P4P matchup of the millennium like Pacquiao vs Mayweather would have been. That horse bolted the gate 3 yrs ago and ain’t been seen in these parts since then. Nor is it the fascination when two big heavyweights meet in that rare ripple of time where the fate of the world almost seems to hinge on the result. This fight takes place in an odd shift where overlapping boxing eras intersect with the supermega money of politics, media business rivalries, and global realignments.

We also have the unseemly specter of the dad trainers polluting the promotion, Ruben Guerrero vs Floyd Mayweather Sr. They vowed to beat the tarballs out of each other in the ring or in the parking lot, so who knows where that goes? Crazy uncle Roger Mayweather started a ring riot years back when he attacked Zab Judah in the middle of a round and wrestled with the referee Richard Steele in a disgracefully officiated match that should have been an automatic disqualification loss for Mayweather according to the standard rule long been in force.

Mayweather thus far in his career has received every benefit of every foul ruling and final decision to accumulate one of the best known safety records of his era. He trains year round but only exposes himself to one fight a year against a carefully selected opponent for the past 7 years, all while a golden era of welters fought each other tooth and nail for supremacy.

Getting back to boxing basics, on paper the Ghost only has a ghost of a chance, but look again. It took a Ghost to track down the ghost of the ever elusive Mayweather and badger him into signing the fight contract, so already Guerrero is up on the cards of opportunity. Speaking of opportunity, the Mayweather main supporting undercard bolted to ol’ San Antone for greener pastures when Saul Alvarez took his WBC/WBA unification fight with Austin Trout there to score one of the higher level checkmate boxing wins of this era. The antisocial media howler monkeys hate him, but Alvarez has officially arrived as the A side to any proposed match for him in boxing, including the aborted fight with Mayweather. The pressure is now on Mayweather to see if he can keep up with the rapidly advancing 22 year old kid in the perfect record department, 42-0-1, 30 KO compared to the Mayweather 43-0, 26 KO record. Moreover, can Mayweather recover the considerable Mexican PPVs lost with the Alvarez defection?

There are many other variables affecting this fight, so it’s hard to touch on all of them in an orderly manner, but let’s start with the Guerrero losses. How a fighter loses and his reaction to it is often informative. His first loss was to Gamaliel Diaz, an unheralded fighter who has since maintained a high Ring rating until a loss dropped him only a few weeks ago. The Ghost lost the split on the official cards, but I scored it for him by a couple points in a sloppy uninteresting fight where he looks to have fought down to the level of his opponent. He knocked him clean out in the rematch with solar plexus shot in the 6th, very impressive in that Diaz had never been put down before much less out.

Then the Orlando Salido fight that Guerrero lost, yet was overturned when Salido tested positive for steroids. I had it a close competitive fight with Salido eeking the win, but what was telling is that Salido had most of the fire and offensive activity. Guerrero looked like he was sleepwalking at times, scarcely even bothered when Salido landed flush and also looked painfully slow. I’m thinking he was probably tight at the weight given his ample frame that has marched rapidly through four more divisions since then. That was also 6-7 years ago, light years in time as applied to a boxer’s short career, but nonetheless a window into the boxing development of Guerrero. Perhaps it is not without coincidence that 6-7 years ago is when Mayweather began to command his biggest purses and most acclaim and that Guerrero is also light years younger at age 30 to Mayweather’s 36 and the hungrier fighter by far.

The conclusion is that Guerrero has never been beaten up and seems to have found his perfect niche at welter where he recently relished the combat against undefeated raging bull Selcuk Aydin and then long time former WBC #1 and mandatory, later the WBC  champ, Andre Berto. Guerrero’s new tough inside roughhouse style is always difficult for the pure boxer of Mayweather because the Ghost also possesses decent boxing chops out of the southpaw stance, so the long odds I hear around the 10 to 1 range might shorten up considerably by fight night as big players take a harder look at this fight.

The Eyes Know

The Eyes Know

In a fairly officiated contest, I see Mayweather needing to work extra hard for a win like he did against Miguel Cotto in his last dukem up. Guerrero is a considerably fresher boxer on a long time upswing than was Cotto who has been in some all time wars and is winding down his career. Mayweather has certainly not recently looked the P4P juggernaut the boxing industry has made him out to be, another example being the Victor Ortiz “incident,” a prearranged orchestration ala his infamous dustup with Big Show. If the Ortiz knockout is to be in the record, then the Big Show brass knuckles knockout should be also, both preferably in the official WWE record where they could be better savored as a matching pair of great heel performances of modern times.

Vs Miguel Cotto

Vs Miguel Cotto

Anyone seriously contemplating the Guerrero fight should consider the context of the Mayweather career as he winds down. He turned pro making good money on HBO shows where they promoted him as the P4P successor Roy Jones Jr. Regardless of what anyone thinks of the Manny Pacquiao fight that never was, Mayweather ended up squeezed off between the all time boxing legends of Roy Jones in the 1990s, superseded by Manny Pacquiao in the 2000s by consensus accolades, a snub with a building pressure that put an edge on him. He finally boiled over with a blizzard of felony assault and other charges in 2011 leveled against him resulting in a plea bargain stint in The Big House in 2012. That edge has forced his hand into the type of unsavory comments and accusations against his rivals that he knows will anger his critics and bolster his substantial fan base, so in his world perhaps there is a rhyme to his reason.

His recent regius remunerations have been due to a seismic shift in modern American culture in that his serious felony transgressions have greatly appealed to the hip hop culture where prison time lends street credibility. The troubled man-child, Mike Tyson, had been their posterboy in the past, so Floyd became their unholy mantraman as the national plates of identity shifted with unstable modern American culture.

Thing is, when the historians take over and look at careers to talk about all time rankings and legacies, his record becomes The Big Lie after he leaves Top Rank for Golden Boy. There are huge gaps in his record at a time when equally talented fighters are challenging themselves more frequently with more fights against as good or better competition, but such is the nature of the promotional business that could care less about truth or boxing legacy, they just want the bottom line of his considerable PPV sales when he fights.

And that’s another part of The Big Lie, that he’s the PPV king. His promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, is the all time PPV king by record, and if you average out all of Mayweather’s 8 PPV fights, two with Top Rank and six with Golden Boy, they are almost identical in numbers to Manny Pacquiao’s last 8 , but Pacquiao has many more PPVs that easily put him over the top as the first ever featherweight to be put on PPV promotions. Most Mayweather fans could care less about the facts, it’s the perception that in spite of losing out on accolades, they desperately need to affirm he’s the best not unlike Mike Tyson was made out to be even as his career wound down against vastly inferior competition compared to his peak years that were cut short by long stays in the pen. Tyson was also signed to a Showtime blockbuster contract, but Tyson supposedly did not receive the full value of his contract when Showtime elected to pay more pressing bills stay in business rather than go under, thus leading to Tyson’s infamous bankruptcy.

And you know it’s The Big Lie when Forbes, and other mainstream media outlets report that Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world, using his 2 year reported income figures to everyone’s one year figures. Yes folks, it’s not just the boxing press with collective cognoscenti up each other’s arrears, the history of the “mainstream” media is rift with tabloid sized lies, mistruths, and deceptions. They’ve been drafted into action not because of any inherent interest in his boxing career, but because there’s an immense amount of money to be made picking his bones apart before he departs boxing.

Even the infamous Mayweather drug testing program has taken a back seat to this nonpromotion that has scarcely seen Mayweather do more than go between his Vegas lairs at his gym and at home. Noteworthy is that near as I can see, NSAC, Golden Boy, Al Haymon, and Mayweather have refused to address the two part article Thomas Hauser put together last year concerning Mayweather’s alleged positive drug tests and cover up by USADA illicit drug testing cartel:

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-boxing-news/the-ped-mess-part-one

Meanwhile, recent inroads of BALCO associated trainers Victor Conte and Angel Heridia AKA Hernandez into boxing have stirred up a hornet’s nest of disputatious minor infractions resulting in a NSAC one year suspension and millon dollar fine of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for smoking marijuana, yet only a minor fine and disregarded suspension of Conte trained Mayweather stablemate Andre Berto for trace steroids. Berto merely moved his show to California to fight Guerrero which is where the Mayweather/Guerrero fight was birthed. 

Boxing has a way of eating it’s own, taking down better, more honorable fighters throughout history than Floyd Mayweather. I’m sensing a lot of rat traps being set around the perimeters as boxing may well be moving past the old into the new as Macao and Singapore and Dubai move to supplant Las Vegas for big fights. More telling is Floyd sporting the “Oscar” shiner of surrender going up against a new gunslinger single handedly promoting the fight in unlikely religious and political circles of God and Gun constituents. Lord knows what happens outside the ring when they clash with hiphoppers in the MGM after typical grevious ring shenanigans fire up the riff raff.

Put on the blindfold to be spun around to toss your dice and throw your darts to pin the ragged tail on the donkey, there’s your winner, but we’ll just have to see for ourselves. 

Shine On Souvenir

Shine On Souvenir

Trout Fishing For a Whopper–Canelo Alvarez vs Austin Trout.

The year 2013 looks to be a big transition year in boxing and one of the bigger transitions is Austin Trout finally landing the biggest whopper of his fight dreams against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for a light middleweight WBA/WBC unification. This “dream” bout takes place Saturday, April 20th  in ol’ San Antone for any Texas fight fiends still interested in the finer science of fisticuffs.

The unification story is just small patooties stuff. The orgs will quickly split the belts off at the most opportune time in the near future as is the transitory nature of titles these days. Canelo won the belt vacated by Manny Pacquiao who won the belt stripped off Sergio Martinez after he won their WBC middleweight belt. Sergio in turn won his 154 lb WBC belt from the stripped Vernon Forrest. Incredibly the WBA belt Trout first won has more strippages than a Red Light District No Tell Motel in Vegas, and so it goes in the strippage crazy merry-go-round world of ABC orgs.

Miss Corona, Canelo, Oscar, Jesse James, Austin

Miss Corona, Canelo, Oscar, Jesse , Austin

For Trout, these are new opportunities giving him the recognition he believes he deserves. Win, lose, or draw, he’s in a bigger mix for as long as he produces good fights. Golden Boy has a big stable of potential 154 lb fights to keep him busy for years. The venue came about because of bold moves by Canelo who has been ahead of the opportunity sweepstakes as soon as Golden Boy Promotions signed him as an 18 yr old Mexican sensation. With a record of 41-0-1, 30 KO, he has not yet disappointed like so many touted phenoms, yet he’s only 22 years of age with plenty of gas left in the tank.

The disclaimer: Canelo Alvarez vs Money Mayweather may soon be archived in the dusty bins of The What If Library of Fantasy Fights” if recent trends hold. Alvarez was the first fighter of record to reserve the Cinco de Mayo weekend as the perfect date for the Mayweather fight, something Golden Boy Promotions has been pointing to with some four co-promotions between the two over the past few years. Alas, Mayweather negotiations are always a prickly, back stabbing, down and dirty affair, so ultimately Alvarez refused to support the Mayweather trump card again and staked out his claim as the headliner in his own venue to play his own wild cards.

The unvarnished facts of today are that Alvarez is already ahead of the pro career of Floyd Mayweather Jr at the same age when both were holding their first WBC belt. Alvarez has more defenses against a higher grade of fighter than Mayweather faced at age 22, fact, and he won his title a year earlier than did Mayweather, fact. Not only that, but he’s well ahead of Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar de la Hoya at the same age with his own cracking promotional company staging boxing matches in boxing crazy Mexico, fact.

Unvarnished facts are heresy to regrettable Americans anchoring the current hunkered down HBO vs Showtime vs Golden Boy vs Top Rank entrenched lockout that threatens to put a stranglehold on American boxing. The kid takes a lot of profane stick and cheap shots in the antisocial media websites, yet precious few boxers have ever accomplished more than Alvarez at the same age. He can take heart knowing that Julio Cesar Chavez had more than his fair share of rabid detractors as happens when any boxer surges to the top.

At the kickoff presser to official announce the big dukem up, the prime aged 27 year old Austin Trout announced, “I don’t think he has his man strength yet. I will impose my will on him. I am going to take him out of his comfort level.”

Such tepid fodder well short of the usual doomsday beatings of a lifetime, knock you into the next county morgue stuff typical fighters utter in the build up to their fights, but perhaps indicative of a more direct sweet science approach the southpaw Trout is looking to apply to the hide of the orthodox Alvarez.

Since Alvarez made his Golden Boy American debut against aspiring fellow prospect, Larry Mosley, a close relation to Shane Mosley, Canelo has gone 19-0, 15 KO against a much stronger line up of prospects, fringe contenders, and former champs than the mostly journeyman padded record of local fighters Trout has been promoted with.

An added amusing aspect to the proceedings is watching the hordes of antisocial media critics eat their brown stained shorts when Alvarez signed the fight. Such is their nature that they almost immediately took to moaning that Trout will not get a fair shake in the officiating.

Meanwhile, the self appointed Ring “boxing experts” got exposed recently after some 20 odd “experts” picked Brandon Rios to knock out Mike Alvarado in their dynamic rematch, ouch! Almost the same number picked Donaire over Rigondeaux, ouchie~ouchie! Figure on a panel of baboons to be able to pick around 50% winners by chance alone, but no matter, Ring and too many other experts have been too blinkered to understand the timeline of Alvarez accomplishments in the lead up to the fight.

An interesting parallel is this bout somewhat reprises the Mayweather/Corrales fight. Both were similarly undefeated and highly regarded though still relatively unproven at the elite level. The slightly younger 23 year old Corrales at 33-0 had higher quality defenses with more wins than the 24 year old Mayweather at 24-0, but Mayweather had the advantage of the biggest name, Genero Hernandez in his record. Mayweather also had a Ring P4P ranking, similar to Alvarez who has a Boxrec #8 P4P ranking and looking to crash the Ring P4P list.

In spite of fewer fights against lesser competition, I will use his moniker to prove a point, there is No Doubt that Trout is a quality operator with a decent chance to win this fight. He did what he had to do against the home favorite Miguel Cotto, waging an aggressive no quarter asked war as Cotto’s best shots bounced harmlessly off him like popcorn. Alvarez was similarly put through his paces against Shane Mosley.

One advantage on paper for Alvarez runs contrary to the claim Alvarez has not faced legitimate 154 lb fighters. Fact is he beat the Ring ranked #4 Ryan Rhodes, a big southpaw who had fought as high as super middle, as big or bigger than Trout. The result was a lopsided beatdown for Alvarez who was only 20 years of age at the time, not even needing his full “man strength” as I suspect southpaw Austin Trout will learn once they step into the ring. Facts are that Canelo has been matched hard and often in Mexico since age 15, so he knows how to beat bigger, stronger, “man strength” fighters and now he’s matured into a physical match for Trout with more power. Speculation has it that Trout has more speed, but Alvarez is certainly speedier than Cotto who had no problems catching up to Trout.

I like Alvarez in this fight for all of the above reasons, but I have to wonder what happens as the sometimes farcical Golden Boy promotions aligns with the farcical Showtime. Thus far Canelo has been immune from the dubious officiating and dirty fighting of Hopkins and Mayweather fights because he comes to actually fight and thus far has scarcely struggled save a competitive bout against Mosley. On his worst day he has yet to quit as Hopkins is prone to do.

This being a Texas fight, that also means the inglorious Laurence Cole is the “chosen” ref, the lousiest ref in boxing since the lamentable Joe Cortez thankfully exited the ranks. Cole pulled Danny Garcia off the knocked down and out on his feet Eric Morales in their first bout to nurse Morales to the closing bell Joe Cortez style. He was one of the Showtime cabal of dirty refs in some of the most ham handed officiating and judging of recent years. He DQed Arthur Abraham for knocking out Andre Dirrell in their supersix tourney in spite of being blocked way out of position to even see the details of what transpired.

We have no idea what GBP options are on Trout or any other machinations going on behind the scenes. The Showtime banty tourney featured some of the most blatantly dirty fighting ever seen as Abner Mares merrily fouled his way to spurious wins Andre Ward style to claim the tourney.

Making The Big Splash

Making The Big Splash

I can’t say for how long Golden Boy will have Alvarez signed, but the kid could turn out to be the Mexican Oscar De la Hoya Golden Boy looking to expand north, so Alvarez has much to lose in the short term if he loses to Trout. In turn, Golden Boy will have at least temporarily staved off another competitor in promotions.

I’m trying to ignore my well justified cynicism as I close up. If the fighters have any say so, it’s a great night featuring high level boxing, plenty of guts and heart, and some big challenges to overcome. Let’s cross fingers X X and hope the poohbahs, judges, and ref keep their sticky fingers out of the fight and let the fighters decide how best to proceed without the usual monkeys on their backs.

To quote the reknown Latin Lover of Linguistitudes, Lupe Contreras, “Quien es mas macho?”

Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Austin No Doubt Trout

Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Austin No Doubt Trout

Lance Armstrong vs The World & Manny Pacquiao vs Boxing

Lance Armstrong vs The World & Manny Pacquiao vs Boxing

Modern Alchemy in Parts Per Trillion

Modern Alchemy in Parts Per Trillion

Sample equation

 

Drug Screens are reported as PASS, or FAIL with urine reported invalid or adulterated.

OK, you’ve seen the header, so you ask yourself, “Now what in the Sam Hill Dickens to Betsy????”

Patience, por favor as I neatly tie all this together.

DRUG TESTING-how many times are the modern day common folks gonna have that little two word-three syllable phrase shot through them like a never ending sequence machine gun fire before they pass out of this world finally free of drug tests and the talking of drug tests?

Let’s just simplify that to DRUGS and tie up the Gordian knot with the best cyclist and best boxer in the world. Why not since DRUGS seems to be most of what we hear associated with their names in the tabloid media that pass as the source of news these days.

To put this in context, until the US Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the public at large had nothing to do with drug tests, rarely even understanding the light drug testing administered to pro cyclists and Olympic athletes of the era.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug-Free_Workplace_Act_of_1988

Just 20 yrs later, there are near 200 substances/results banned from athletic competitions, half of which can be bought off the shelf at drug stores, grocery stores anywhere:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_drugs_banned_from_the_Olympics

It is doubtful that few if any athletes have ever existed who has taken and passed more drug tests than Lance Armstrong who signed a waiver to allow testing 24/7/365 days a year, every second of the years he was in competition. Modern pro bike leaders are guaranteed to get tested nearly every day they’re in the top standings, near day to day for a 7X  Tour de France winner like Armstrong used to be before the nattering nabobs of the congenitally dirty pro cycling and drug testing cartels stripped him of his titles.

Manny Pacquiao is the Filipino firecracker who has fought, beat, knocked down, and knocked out more Ring P4Pers in history, there’s nobody even close to him, all in between fighting top ranked fighters in his 8 divisions. Nonetheless, the ever rotating gangs of commissioners, Poohbahs, and existential conmen who historically float in and out of pro boxing, a sport that was birthed in freefall and organized as free for all Battle Royale for most of it’s existence due to a lack of unifying leadership, well, they stripped him of his title and rank earlier in the year. His long time Boxrec/Ring #1 P4Per rank was stripped before he ever entered the ring. The next month his WBO welter title got taken away by the usual assorted sordid panel of boxing “judges” hired not to fairly judge according to accepted rules of scoring a bout, but to “appoint” a new champion who had to hang his belt on the wheelchair he was convalescing in after the bout.

The WBO appointed a panel of judges to review the fight and they awarded Pacquiao with a lopsided unanimous decision, yet the original decision still stands, who to thank?

A family of convicted felons currently operating in boxing had already attempted to strip him of his honor with drug accusations, but Pacquiao fought back, winning every court round before accepting a private settlement after the court ordered the thugs to pay the preliminary legal fees of his legal team. Pacquiao also got a public apology out of them, all of which means very little in that substantial portion of the boxing world that is devoid of any honor.

Lance Armstrong is also a fighter who has won near all his battles against his enemies, really his friends and admirers who cheered him on and built him the tallest pedestal in the world to perch him on for worship before they yanked it out from under him and cheered his crashing fall, such wonderful friends they were. The US Feds dropped their investigation of him because the only evidence they had against him was the ever changing lies from the sociopathic pack of liars and cheats in the bike world who were busted for performance enhancing drugs and/or otherwise forced into making statements to save their own bacon. Any spare kernel of truth gets buried in the pile of refuse streaming out of their dirty mouths, but to be fair, that only drops pro bike athletes down to the level of the common politician or businessman who shape the world in which we all live.

Historically, lying has as often as not been an accepted way of life though they can hit a citizen with felony perjury charges if the evidence shows they lied under oath on the witness stand. That’s what dragged down the infamous presidency of Willy Clinton who was impeached by Congress, but then cleared by Congress, now go figure that.

So if you head up a big nation like the US of A, lying is OK, an accepted part of the job description of a politician. Lying is obviously OK with corporate America as evidenced by the quarter billion dollar yearly tax returns the impeached former president been filing since he managed to finish his term of disgrace.

Luckily he never had to pass Lance Armstrong testing, nor did the dim dummy who followed him.

In the Lance Armstrong case, there is zero physical evidence, instead relying on the testimony of known liars who shift their stories in response to threats by federal investigators and prosecutors after an expensive waste of taxpayer money investigation was dropped. The Feds finally managed to get enough teammates and peers to testify against Armstrong in private hearings conducted by the USADA.

So, the Manny Pacquiao team should ask themselves, why bother agreeing to non standard drug testing demands by a family of felons and a boxing promoter of liars when the cleanest athlete by the most drug testing in the world has been stripped of everything?

You could expand that to include every common man and woman in the world. It really doesn’t matter if anyone uses drugs any more if the drug tests are worthless and count for nothing when they show nothing.

Or, if a single one comes back positive for trace parts in millions, billions, or even trillions as has happened to a stablemate of Floyd Mayweather Jr, Andre Berto, his former WBC #1 mandatory that he conveniently never fought, well, it killed his rematch with Victor Ortiz in what would have been a lucrative IBF/WBC unification in Las Vegas. In boxing, no problem, Berto just moved his damaged act to California where CSAC isn’t so fussy about sanctioning fighters with positive drug tests.

Yet the felon that ran the BALCO show, Victor Conte and his hunched helper Angel Heredia aka Hernandez, why they’ve made further inroads into the eroding leadership of boxing, now training some top fighters with a pharmacy full of pharmacological dosages of black majic elixirs designed to create supermen. Additionally Conte has been spokesman for WADA, VADA, USADA dummy drug testing that he had already proven to be virtually worthless.

When his client Andre Berto tested positive for traces of a steroid byproduct that wouldn’t put muscles on an anemic ant, Conte fled to the hills when the story broke instead of accepting responsibility for his athlete. The sorry system he now promotes comes about after he crossed seamlessly from one dark seamy side to the other dark sleazy side as easily as a slimy shape shifter.

Who on God’s Green Acres is buying this sociopathic model of fairplay the rules of boxing are supposed to stand for?

Most boxers are the poorly financed boxers, they often have very little choice as to who their trainers are because they are nobodies in the boxing world as far as generating cash at the gate and broadcast booth. If Conte, Heredia aka Hernandez and their ilk are correct and their fighters turn into legal supermen with even more advantages over the poor club fighter types, that’s OK by the ABC orgs and the boxing and athletic commissions who oversee boxing?

Wow, who’d have ever thunk boxing could sink any lower?

Other pros in the publicly subsidized sports of basketball, baseball, football, they do minimal drug testing, but nobody is on their cases about performance enhancing drug use even though they all show all the expected results of steroid use, bigger, stronger, faster than athletes in the past. Remember, the BALCO scandal revealed that the Olympians involved had passed hundreds of drug tests, so it wasn’t drug tests that busted them along with Barry Bonds and even a boxer, Shane Mosley, it was a physical investigation into the illegal operations of BALCO itself.

Could the NBA, NFL, and MLB really endure a Lance Armstrong style investigation? Could be since big business can pool legal resources not available to a single individual to go up against the Federal juggernaut.

Could the NBA, NFL, and MLB really endure a Lance Armstrong style testing program? Of course not, kiss those publicly subsidized millionaire businessmen and athletes goodbye and watch the dwindling American economy take another hit not to mention the hue and crybabying from millions of fans and voters who support dirty business, so that’s why that ain’t ever gonna happen.

Status Quo stink don’t stink in Status Quo world.

Le Tour de France is a huge European industry making tons of money with TON$ of corporate sponsors financing their own teams, but you won’t hear TDF honchos talking about how their first TDF winner was stripped of his 2nd title the very next year and suspended along with a host of other cyclists. Their supposed top cyclist in history now that they stripped Lance Armstrong is 5x  Tour de France winner  Eddy Merckx. He only had to take a fraction of the tests that Lance Armstrong and other modern cyclists take, but he failed at least one of the few he took and was suspended, something than never happened to Armstrong, but are they stripping Merckx of his titles and good name?

Of course not. If the  Tour de France started applying modern witch hunt standards to their history, why they’d be left with nothing, zip, zilch, bankrupt with a bank vault of new shiny conmen men taking their place to run a new show of pro bike fraud.

Walking Stick That Bonked  Président de la République Française

Walking Stick That Bonked Président de la République Française

They don’t tell you that the Tour de France was founded on a lie to begin with after a French soldier,  Alfred Dreyfus, was charged with selling military secrets to the Germans and sentenced to Devil’s Island, an aptly name place of torturous living conditions. The scandal was a typical French riotous farce that saw the world’s premiere maker of the finest automobiles in the day, Count Albert de Dion, crack his silver and jewel encrusted walking stick on the French President’s noggin that raised a big enough knot to land him a jail sentence. De Dion was so enraged by the time of his release that he created a new paper to take on the existing Paris daily that had supported the acquittal of Dreyfus.

De Dion’s new paper struggled until they created the first Tour de France bike race, considered a physically impossible race with no significant entries until they sweetened the pot with big prizes. Suddenly they were deluged with entries, a resounding success too big to properly manage, but serving it’s purpose by quickly overtaking and then bankrupting the newspaper that correctly supported the innocent Dreyfus.

So, the business running the Tour de France based on the lie of Dreyfus’ guilt was rewarded by French citizens who went with the LIE, and they’ve been rolling downhill in lies ever since, now stuck in the bottom in a pit of lies and gnashing teeth as their world has been exposed, yet still in denial about their glorious, storied premiere bike race in the world.

Armstrong in his comeback posted his mandatory drug results ONLINE for the web community to see and comment on, something he did voluntarily, and he placed 3rd that year in his unprecedented comeback from retirement and a broken collarbone that hindered his training going into the race, AND THEY EVEN STRIPPED HIM OF THAT INSPIRING RESULT!!!!!!!!!!!

Folks, I can guarantee that if you tested ALL the honchos at all money sucking drug testing cartels currently siphoning off money from pro sports with dubious drug tests often based on trace results in parts per trillion, why ALL WOULD FAIL!

Lance Armstrong passed all his tests, yet somehow athletes who are pulled from the general populace are held to higher standards than the folks who do the testing and the folks who run the show, now why is that?

Same deal in business and politics all over the world. 98% of the big and little honchos who run the world couldn’t pass a Lance Armstrong drug test because the test has no rational basis for existence other than making money for the illicit drug testing cartels and holding the power of scientific voodoo over business and political leaders too corrupt to meet standards they require in others.

Now, I ain’t interested in saving cycling, ball sports, or any of the other sports, but boxing is the great, great, too many greats to mention great grandaddy of pro sports. Top fighters were almost always at the top of the heap in acclaim and earnings going back to even before the Greeks.

I’m not stupid enough to think I can save boxing which has survived without any of my input for thousands of years, but being stupid would at least alleviate the pain I feel when hard training, hard fighting pros are set up to be fleeced and knocked down on their future earnings or even bounced out of the sport. But I tell you that this, the drug testing lie promoted by much of the tabloid boxing press has got to go. It ain’t Olympic Drug Testing, not even close, but that’s all most of them drone about, introducing Olympic style drug testing. What most of the media monkeys shoeshining the public know about Olympic drug testing wouldn’t even merit a strawman ranking.

Golden Boy Promotions owner, Oscar de la Hoya, he publically apologized to Manny Pacquiao as part of a settlement of his lawsuit against them. Floyd Mayweather Jr apologized for his family and settled out of court, so the only honorable thing for Ring Magazine to do is apologize to the public at large, a front and center cover, the whole nine yards.

I’m talking about the GBP/Ring promotion of previous specious drug testing baloney about cleaning up the sport marketed to the public. They’ve done no such thing. It’s no good for the sport and promotes such a gutter level foulness and profanity in their comments section that would gag a sewage pond. None of their social media commentators could pass Olympic or Lance Armstrong styled drug testing anyway any more than any of the Ring staff could.

But, it ain’t my business they’re dragging down. If they want to shoot off their feet, pluck out their eyes and drink poisoned illicit drug testing cartel koolaid, well then, let it be so. They already killed the biggest promotion in the history of the sport, Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr by insisting on what they claimed was Olympic Style drug testing. Now that fight has gone bust just as sure as Mayweather went bust and had to serve out a 90 day prison term on reduced multiple felony charges. Now Mayweather’s alleged to have failed at least three of the drug tests that he had insisted on that were covered up by his promotional agreement between GBP and the USADA. Here is the first of a two part investigative report by renown boxing author Thomas Hauser:

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/max-bo…-mess-part-one

In a perfect world, judicious intelligent folk would take a look at the Byzantine world of drug tests and come up with a modest random program to fit the unique situation of boxing. How the program would be administered is the devil of the details what with all the feudal state commissions and ABC orgs littering the boxing landscape vying for their piece of the boxing pie, but in a perfect world, judicious intelligent folk could easily figure this out.

Oh, the irony would be sweet indeed, but judicious intelligent folk appear to have gotten the evolutionary heave-ho from the business of boxing judging by their failure to make the richest boxing match in their history not to mention the more obvious evidence of dumbed down modern fans befouling the comments sections of their media articles.

So much for the evolutionary model of the ascension of man. Like I stated, it doesn’t matter if anyone uses drugs any more if the drug tests are worthless and count for nothing when they show nothing. Damn the torpedoes and full steam ahead, more and more drug tests, this time testing for parts in quadrillions!