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Terence Crawford In The Money Pot With Amir Khan

Terence Crawford gets a tiny taste of the money pot in what may be his biggest purse ever against the biggest name he has ever fought, Amir Khan. Crawford, 34-0, 25 KO puts his WBO bauble on the line. Khan, 33-4, 20 KO, has never fought for a welterweight world title and last held a junior welterweight title 7 years ago, but don’t cry for him Argentina. He makes outsized money just based on his name recognition, yet never managed to land his dream Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr fights due to excessive purse demands.

On paper this fight looks like a blowout given that Crawford outstrips Khan in every natural fighting attribute known to mankind as well as in skills, but Khan, currently ranked #10 in Boxrec, does have fairly swift feet and can run and flurry with the best, so however long the fight lasts, it may well be a stinker. As their presser shows, Khan also seems to have some modest size advantage for this fight.

Crawford is signed to Top Rank and the ESPN+ platform for an unknown period, and with the majority of the best welters being signed by  Al Haymon who generally hates to even have his top fighters fight each other, “Bud” may well have to endure a frustrating period in his prime years watching fighters not as accomplished as him like Khan commanding larger purses while fighting lessor talents.

The fight all of boxing truly want to see is Crawford vs Errol Spence Jr, but the moguls who control the sport will seemingly be marinating that fight for a couple of years until perhaps a chink appears on one of the fighter’s arsenal.

The Good News is both Boxrec #1 Crawford and #2 Spence agree they want to fight each other, but for now a sacrificial lamb in the form of “King Khan” stands in their way with Crawford posed at the scratch line like a tiger in waiting for the first dinner bell to sound, so all is well for the here and the now with the future looking so bright and hopeful, we may all need to to be wearing shades…Enjoy!

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.

The Drumbeat For Pacquiao vs Mayweather

History will show that Manny Pacquiao drummed up a lopsided drubbing on the battered noggin of one hard nut by way of Ghana named Joshua Clottey this past March 13th.

He then returned to the Philippines where he is making a run for congress in his district, his boxing on hold except to watch the recent Floyd Mayweather scare against Shane Mosley where Floyd almost didn’t make it out of the 2nd rd.

However, Mayweather proved he is no longer just another Pretty Boy, instead upending the rest of the fight to his favor, delivering a beating and a half on the now stilled carcass of what used to be Sugar Shane Mosley.

So, now both have open schedules again, waiting, waiting and listening to the steady drumbeat of the rest of the boxing world growing ever louder.

The Resurrection of Pacquiao vs Mayweather.

Little has changed since this was penned in January of this year except that each has padded out his record and is ready for TBA:

The Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight will be resurrected eventually, we know that.

It was too oh so too close to fruition, oh so, so flush with the mother’s milk of boxing, money, yet oh so hook us all up to the butt kicking machine, epic deeds flushed away by the scourge of mankind through the ages, the destructive hubris of vain men who should know better.

Face off

Face off

The nature the resurrection takes will depend on the settlement of the lawsuit Manny Pacquiao filed against Golden Boy Promotions, CEO Richard Schaefer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and his son, Floyd Mayweather Jr for libel, slander and defamation. This is a serious lawsuit with some seriously, top shelf lawyers crossing sharp legal briefs with a King’s ransom worth of damages and reputations at stake.

Boxing fans, of course, prefer the good fight in the ring rather than the legal posturings and maneuvers in the courtroom, but it is what it is, so, we move on to the consolation bouts, Pacquiao vs Clottey and Mayweather vs TBA.

With a bit of grace and perhaps some bolts of lightning from some big left hands, both Manny and Floyd will emerge victorious come March 13 so that cooler, more reasoned minds can move to settle the lawsuit out of court.

Surely the good will of a fair settlement would prime the pump of The Fight of the Millennium again so that contracts can be locked in place and the fighters properly primed and loaded into the breech of fistic history?

Well, the fight business is not always a sure thing however. One would think even a den of thieves could come to a mutual agreement over such magnificent spoils, but seldom is the case when any of the parties threatens to upend the whole pot into the roiling maelstrom of life.

Make no mistake, it is ultimately no more than the misguided posturing that each have assumed that has shelved this classic for the ages. Both fighters have their supporters who have already waged the good fight in message forums across the world with a blizzard of hard hitting posts. For the sake of argument, let us assume there is merit in both points of view, after all, the terms were quickly agreed to save the minor details of a single niggling blood test that apparently means more than all the riches in the world.

Gonna be frank here and speak for every man, woman, and child scrambling for a crumb out on the mean streets of this world, the word is out that Manny is afraid of a blood test and that Floyd is afraid to fight someone who might be a threat to his unbeaten record.

Did we hear that right?

Hey, I’m just sayin’ what everyone knows is out there. We, the unwashed masses don’t care about the niggling, numbing details anymore. Just make it happen, The Good Fight, The Fight of the Millennium.

We only have need for a single momentous marker to stamp where we were in our formative years long after you have ascended into The Great Pantheon of Immortals.

TOT

TOT

Make it happen, and I guarantee, win, lose, or draw, you gentlemen will be amazed and astounded at the public support and adoration, not to mention the remuneration ain’t too shabby neither.

“In Manny and Money we do trust.”