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UFC & Conor McGregor Looks to Neuter Boxing & Floyd Mayweather Jr.


A resurrected Greatest Show on Earth invades the scene of serial crimes, Las Vegas, a sorta Barnum & Bailey Three Ring Circus with Conor McGregor vs Floyd TUE Mayweather Jr @ T-Mobile ArenaLas VegasRobert Byrd the circus master will be cracking his bull whip on Mac’s overdeveloped torso. Gotta keep them boys in line, wink, wink with May safely swaddled away from any application of brute force, bolstered by his personal judges and drug testing cartel, so on paper Mac ain’t got a chance.

However, in a street fight or in the octagon, we know Mac would quickly bulldoze May without any monkey business help, so the UFC fans are betting BIG on him, over 90% of total bets placed to have his 10 seconds needed to do the dirty job.

Not gonna bother really writing about this, the biggest hoax in boxing history, but rather harvesting the little gemstones scattered about, so in a pottymouth 8th grade schoolboy disassociative freestyle streaming as befits the demographic being tapped into, so here we go:

F***, Bitches & Hoes, F*** You, You F****** Bitch, You Bitch Hoe…..

May expected to net $300 million  and brags about making near $10 million a minute for a 12 round fight.

Mac expected to net $100 million win/lose or draw

Big Mouth Paulie knocked down in sparring:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2853057118050662&id=146505212039213&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fboxrec.com%2Fforum%2Fviewtopic.php&_rdr

http://fightnews.com/easy-money-bettors-back-mcgregor/1286

*** Bookies going crazy with all the surges in betting that keeps changing the odds. Who could ever bet on such a farce when the outcome will probably only be known but a dozen privileged insiders.

Wahhhhhh, my little pinkie boo boo.

Wahhhhhh, my little pinkie boo boo.

http://ekstrabladet.dk/incoming/article5020110.ece/IMAGE_ALTERNATES/p910/Mayweather%20Maidana%20Boxing

IE: Unbeaten former P4P champ Floyd Mayweather should probably be a 100:1 favorite to defeat UFC star Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The current -475 odds are laughably close considering Floyd is shooting to go 50-0 for his Hall of Fame career against an MMA fighter making his pro boxing debut. Nevertheless, wagers have been flowing in heavily on McGregor +325, and if McGregor wins, Vegas casinos stand to get creamed.

Zach Jornlin, sportsbook supervisor at MGM Resorts, told The New York Post: “This would be a really, really bad loss for us.”

Jay Rood, VP of MGM Resorts Race and Sports, told ESPN: “This could be the worst loss in the history of MGM Resorts.”

http://fightnews.com/mcgregor-also-ko-vegas-sportsbooks/3462#comments

Mac calls May a half fighter, maybe because he’s been part time since his first retirement in 2006.

May says he’s a $800 million fighter going against a $3 million fighter

Mac: I’ll be a god of boxing…this is some Bruce Lee shit!

Black Power ESPN article slaps The Great White Hope on Mac.

May to surpass a billion dollars in earnings after collecting the proceeds from this farce.

May throws up a rain of 1000 $1 dollar bills as Mac picks up his back pack to pronounce May running around like a schoolboy who can’t read.

Mac says it takes 3 sec to choke out a UFC fighter, but reckons he can do May in a 2 count, so what’s Byrd gonna do?

Face value of tickets is 500, 1500, 2500, 3500, 5000, 7500, 10,000. What they go for on the street? Who knows, but they ain’t sellin’ like hotcakes.

Have to preregister—

Tickets for the fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, taking place Saturday, Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will go on sale Monday, July 24 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. However, you must register in advance to buy tickets.

Here’s how it works. To thwart bots and scalpers attempting to buy tickets, fans must request a unique offer code and link to purchase tickets. To receive the code, fans must first be verified through a registration process. Registering still does not guarantee you will receive a code, nor have the ability to purchase tickets. However, only fans who do register can receive their unique code and have the chance to purchase tickets — limited to two (2) per offer code.

May calls Mac a quitter because he once tapped out of a UFC match.

Jesse Vargas says Mac KOed in sparring based on insider rumors.

WBC making a belt and title for the fight, ie: The Money Belt with 1.5 kilograms of 24 karat gold, 3360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds, all set off center on the crocodile leather strap.

May guarantee alleged 100-120 mil, Mac guarantee 75 mil.

Mac previously fined $150,000 by the Nevada Commish for throwing a water bottle at Nate Diaz that was later reduced to $25,000, so FYI boys!

May been spending all nights at his personal strip club opened last year to complement his personal gym:

Stamina issue:

UFC title fights last 29 minutes with 5×5 minute fighting rounds in between 4×1 minute rest time, Total rest time is about 1/7th of rest, 6/7ths of fighting, ie: 4/29=0.14 rest, 25/29=0.86 fighting.

Boxing title fights last 47 minutes with 12×3  minute fighting rounds in between 11×1 minute rest time, Total rest time is about 1/4th of rest, 3/4ths of fighting, ie: 11/47=0.23 rest, 36/47=0.77 fighting

Boxing ring dimensions are seldom publicly disclosed, but most fights likely use 20’x20′ dimensions yielding 400 Sq Ft fighting area. The largest sanctioned ring is 24’x24’=576 Sq Ft.

Championship Octagon dimensions are a 31′ diameter approximating 754 Sq Ft of fighting area, net result being boxing rings are 53%-76% the size of the much larger Octagon.

Translation: UFC bouts are more cardio intensive using a larger fighting area over a shorter time whereas boxing bouts are slower paced in a smaller area over a longer time. I look for McGregor to be more explosive under these conditions, but could he ever chase down a caged running chicken stinker? That’s what we’ll find out.

 

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Keith Thurman vs Danny Garcia~Anyone Care?

Not to disparage Keith Thurman, 27-0, 22 KO, and Danny Garcia, 33-0-1, 19 KO, but these are two undefeated American Welters unifying WBA/WBC titles Saturday, March 4th, @ Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, so what if boxing threw a superfight and nobody showed up?

The Combatants

The Combatants

The current state of boxing as of this March 4th is such that little known fresh cruiser champ, Tony Bellew, fights celebrity heavyweight David Haye in London not for a title, but rather for oodles of pounds sterling after staging a feud. Saul Alvarez already notched one big money celebrity bout against Amir Khan and going for his 2nd straight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, likely the biggest fight this year as far as financial numbers go. Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao ran a twitter poll that overwhelmingly picked Khan as his next opponent, so actually the fighters are bringing the people the fights they want to see and thereby raising the stakes for all fighters. Can their light in the loafer promoters, broadcasters, and boxing commissions get their acts together to start making regular, compelling, fairly officiated fights?

Recent history, the only way we can judge our own era, suggests probably not if the powers that be can continue to make their money wagering on limited matchmaking and orchestrated results.

In the meantime, New York boriquas will doubtless show up in force given the Puerto Rican genealogy of Philly born and bred Garcia, and of course boxing hard cores will watch across the country. Thurman deserves kudos for taking this fight in the Garcia back yard so to speak, but will the public at large be watching? I hear this is only the 3rd time in history that two undefeated prime age welters are fighting to unify the title, yet there is no buzz to this fight because both are Al Haymon fighters having been kept out of the glaring limelight of any potential losses so they could be kept propped up for a potential TUE 49-0 fight. With that horse having bolted the stable for his umpteenth retirement, this fight represents their consolation tussle.

The two previous undefeated unifications were 1985’s Donald Curry vs Milton McCrory, not a big fight per say, but they split $1.5 million which was great pay for two good fighters lacking extra public appeal. Then the mega 1997 Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad unification that guaranteed Oscar $21 million and Tito $8.5 million with $71 million of PPVs they each got a piece off. Boxing killed off those days after their major league fraud of 2015, so this fight to be closer to Curry/McCrory given it’s supposed to be on free TV, CBS they say.

The fighters have gotten in on the numbers game now with Thurman wishing for 6 million viewers and Garcia for 10 million. Wishful thinking for sure when today 3 million would be considered outstanding, but when Canelo fought the unknown British Liam Smith in Cowboy Stadium, over 50,000 fans packed the stadium and this was a PPV fight. Over 17 million in Mexico saw that fight broadcast over their own free broadcast networks, and Mexico no way close in population to the 300+ million of the US. Those numbers tell us just how far boxing has dropped as a credible sport in the US.

I gather the numbers will fill us in days after the dust settles, but for now I’m picking Thurman in a fight that could be dramatic or a stinker depending on how Thurman moves. He’s much more versatile with his footwork and faster with his fists than the plodding Garcia who is something of a one trick pony, but then again, a one trick punch is all a fighter needs in boxing, but what if nobody showed up to witness it? 

Old Lion Manny Pacquiao vs Young Lion Jessie Vargas

Jessie Vargas is the WBO welterweight champ holding Manny Pacquiao‘s old title he won from Timothy Bradley Jr back in April before retiring. Now Manny wants to reclaim it come Saturday, November 5th @ the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The collective howls of derision from the antisocial media monkeys who were desperate for Junior Welt champ Terence Crawford to get the call promptly soiled any reasonable public expectations for this fight, but just looking at both the excellent title credentials of Vargas coupled with his natural attributes that include significant height, reach, youth, and presumably strength, this looks like a really good action fight. Manny turns 38 next month with 431 rounds waged professionally and Vargas is in a traditional range of athletic prime at age 27 with 189 professional rounds logged, so this the classic battle of the Old Lion against the Young Lion.

Manny’s PPV numbers for Bradley III were about the same as the Floyd TUE Mayweather PPV against the hapless Andre Berto, in other words the expected blow back of fans against both for their sham “Fight of the Century.” So is the public ready to embrace their former favorite again?

Old Lions vs Young Lions

Old Lions vs Young Lions

Boxing is in a major rebuild thanks to that pathetic grubbing of greed and corruption, so nobody should ever expect big PPV numbers again until some legit new crossover stars are born. The much ballyhooed Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward PPV that follows this probably won’t clear more than 300-400K if even that because Kovalev is Russian and Ward a P4P STINKER who has made himself irrelevant these past few years. And speaking of pathetic, Vargas should be undefeated after knocking out Bradley only to have the silly putty ref change his mind AFTER he stepped in to save Bradley. How could such blatant idiocy ever be more convenient than that? Amazingly Vargas seems not to have let it get to him, instead turning around disappointment for a very excellent upswing after that robbery, a vicious KO of the undefeated Sadam Ali that earned him this fight. That said, if Manny gets in a half decent camp, he should handle Vargas in a great fight for fans, but it’s hardly the given win his critics complain about. See the Bradley/Ali KOs for proof. Young Vargas has the lean and hungry look of being reborn with cracking power and confidence.

Crawford has a chance to grow a few more fans, humility, and the understanding he won’t dictate the weights and finances like he attempted. Manny’s still the boss and most obviously as a welt if he wins back the WBO title. I didn’t see the alleged Crawford shutout of Postol, but I did see a very crafty Crawford using his speed and power to get the two knockdowns that insured in an otherwise well contested fight he would get the win. That was some smart boxing from the kid instead of trying to match brute strength against a bigger, stronger guy. Now he needs to better calculate his appeal after drawing 60K PPVs for that fight. At any rate, Manny is still the fastest in the division with power enough and more experience at top levels than any fighter going today. He too seems to be reborn after his shoulder surgery, so if the Vargas fight reestablishes his star power, he won’t go away quietly if he can come back once every year like clockwork. His greedy Uncle Bob is already talking about the Crawford fight next April, way too much return action for what is now a full time Senator.

And speaking of politics with this being a particularly low brow, low blow waged American presidential election year, the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is as harshly hard line conservative and vulgar as they come. He slandered US President Obama as the son of a whore and demanded US troops stationed there exit the Philippines post haste. America is not his friend, instead looking to Asia and especially China for economic and military allegiances. The last time Manny got caught up in presidential politics during an election year was 2012 when he was baited by the press into offering his negative views of gay marriage in the liberal state of Nevada. That faux pas cost him one of boxing’s worst decision losses ever against Tim Bradley that reduced his earnings by multimillions of dollars. So here we go again with Manny perfectly framed for an identical political crunching moment in time, literally a deer in the Vegas headlights against a really rough, tough, game Mexican for boxing promotional purposes, but who is as native born and endemically American as breakfast tacos have become.

It’s an embarrassment to have to broach the historic reach of boxing corruption in the land of the free and home of the brave where all are guaranteed Constitutional rights in theory, but not boxing decisions. A few days later the big Presidential election occurs, and a few days after that comes the “hated” Russian destroyer Sergey Kovalev  fighting the last American Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward in another title fight in Las Vegas. We will see with these two boxing events just how fair America is for honorable visiting foreign nationals these days.

The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

An interesting development in this fight is the PPV structure will be in house on Top Rank’s own website where they have broadcast fights in the past. The results of this experiment should be interesting, but one problem I picked up early is that the promotion seemed a little weak, and on their website I saw no place to purchase the PPV stream just 2 weeks away from fight time, but we could purchase tickets to the fight, c’mon now Bob. I had to research to google to a completely different website, http://www.toprank.tv/index.jsp where the fight costs $59.99, and which is backlinked to the main Top Rank website. Why their main site has no forwarding link that I see can only be answered by their website designers, but dumb is still dumb by any other name. When I checked back days before the fight, Hallelujah, the forwarding link is there. Better late than never.

The backdrop of this in house PPV was that HBO had already committed to Kovalev vs Ward the very next week and didn’t have the funds left in their reduced boxing budget to finance this, and also didn’t want to have two PPVs on the same month for business reasons known only to them. Top Rank is desperate to develop alternatives after taking a financial bath on both the Manny/Bradley fight and the Crawford/Postal one as well, but criminy, next time put the freaking livestream link on their main site well in advance with the ticket sales for folks to buy the stream at their convenience…duh!

Of course after doing decuple duty, that’s 10x duty as Senator, husband, father,fighter, movie star, basketball player and coach, singer, lover, and the softest touch for money for the needy, Manny could get proverbially old overnight, but I say let him do it his way. He looked dominant in his last P4P battle against Bradley and has earned his chops at least as hard as any fighter in history and harder than most all. Jessie not only earned his opportunity, but is also the hungriest for it in the welterweight division. That counts for a whole lot more than just picking up a payday like many fighters do in big fights these days.

Here they were out of training 2 months away already looking in shape and fight ready. This is gonna be great, guaranteed.

Oh My, SuperFly TNT~Roman Gonzalez vs Carlos Quadras

Gonna be dynamite going off in them Golden Hills of California when #1 Flyweight Roman Gonzalez, 45-0, 38 KO challenges #1 Super Fly Carlos Cuadras, 35-0-1, 27 KO, for his WBC superbelt at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Saturday, September 10th.

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Chocolatito vs Cuadras

Again, boxing seems to be having an exceptional year of sorts regarding top prime matchups that too often failed to be made in the recent past. I guess they had to do something by default after driving their collective state of ship into the rocks with their poorly regulated, past prime, mega blockbuster of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, aka TUE 49-0. The most lucrative fiasco in boxing history generated multi million dollar lawsuits as boxing was exposed nakedly before their largest audience ever as the seedy, greedy, corrupt sport that has been driving away fans in droves these days. Gonzalez is in full HOF sway at 29 years of age and thus far scarcely missed a beat, usually completely outclassing his foes by judicious use of his formidable skills and 84% KO ratio. He is also moving up to his fourth division after holding titles in the 3 lower divisions, so clearly he has been aiming high and means to take no prisoners. Life in boxing has been good to him thus far, currently ranked Ring #1 P4P over all the big boys.

Cuadras has been much steadier at this weight and may possibly be the naturally bigger man though his 5-4 height is not much over the 5-3 of Gonzalez, nor is his 66″ listed reach much over the Gonzalez 64″ just using boxrec listings that tend to be more in a general range of accuracy rather than specific. This will be the 7th defense of Quadras’ title he won back in 2014 and by far the best opponent he’s ever faced, so he’ll be the underdog in this scrap. He seems to be fairly heavy handed also with a KO% of 79%, which given the often hellish pace the little guys usually set, means there’ll be plenty of TNT charges going off in this one in between careful boxing while looking for openings.

Quadras got off the first combination in this fight just days before the weighin when he anointed himself, “I’m faster, more handsome than Chocolatito!” He does have a tall, urbane look to him and maybe in another era might have been a flashy bullfighter moving his red flag with aplomb around the angry beast before dispatching him in an artistic dance of death. So this fight looks to be the movie star against the dumpling playing the role of the bull, except this dumpling much more intelligent and experienced than any bull could be. And one more thing, these little guys bust up the glass ceiling of US boxing headliners not only by dint of their diminutive sizes, but by their nationalities, Gonzalez being Nicaraguan and Quadras being Mexican.

These are two foreigner intruders brought over to American soil to thankfully to provide a real fight for typically soft, modern, plus sized Americans who have rather unfortunately gravitated to the ignoble stink science of the sport rather than the ennobling traditional sweet science of boxing. Let’er rip as the chips fall where they may!

Fatty Chris Arreola Jumps In Against Toothpick Deontay Wilder

Yes, Virginia, the little known, lightly regarded Deontay Wilder plans on defending his ill begotten WBC heavyweight title in the Mecca of Alabama Boxing, Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham against the congenital fatty livewire, the always entertaining and often hard slugging Chris Arreola, 36-4-1, 31 KO.

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

This little in house stag do is part of Al Haymon‘s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes and typical of Wilder’s short notice defenses against fighters seen as fringe contenders at best. Actually, most all of Wilder’s entire career was built against short notice TBAs because he flew so far under of the radar of public notice. The formerly ranked Arreola has been unranked by Ring for some time now, and currently ranked 46th by the expanded boxrec rankings, so he would be the 2nd highest ranked defense of the four fighters Wilder has defended against. Conversely, PBC viewing numbers have been sinking like a rock from this poorly conceived business model that looks to bleed investors dry. They did manage to get a big numbers boost 3 weeks ago from the Keith Thurman/Shawn Porter fight that actually pitted 2 top fighters in a compelling fight compared to the usual Haymon dross. Utterly amazing that they never seemed to think about matching their top fighters this before.

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

A comparison between Wilder’s and Arreola’s most recent common competition saw Wilder struggle mightily against a suspiciously sick Don King fighter, Bermane Stiverne, a terribly sloppy affair. In stark contrast, Arreola had been whoopin’ a much healthier Stiverne a new one before getting coldcocked in the 6th round. Not sure of Deontay could take a tenth of that damage Arreola doled out, but if Wilder happened to be caught, he and Haymon will be forever known as the two dolts who backed out of a $20 mil fight with Povetkin because of a few nanograms of a common prescription drug and they may well still be regardless of this outcome.

Arreola is both literally and financially a massively “hungrier” fighter than Wilder and would take that fight in a nanosecond. And speaking of nanos, a nano gram is one Billionth of a gram folks, more properly expressed as 1/1,000,000,000. If Wilder was entirely made of meldonium, the exotic drug in question, 229 lbs in his last fight, and was divided by a billionth, he wouldn’t be big enough for a microscopic mite to eat, but if that mite accidentally inhaled him, why that mite would test positive in illicit drug testing cartel laboratories, perhaps leading to a suspension by The Mighty Mite Kingdom until Mr. Mite could find a meldonium free zone to do his mighty mite work.  That’s how ridiculously worthless this unholy marriage of Boxing and the illicit drug testing cartels has been. Worse, if Arreola lifts the title and test positive for marihoochi as he’s done twice before, well, it couldn’t happen to a pair of more deserving goofs.

Fortunately for Wilder, the reason Arreola is ranked so low these days is because in his three 2015 fights, he looked lethargic even if he got his weight down to 236 for his last fight. Could be all the spark has gone out of him after Stiverne starched him?

The only thing left is to hope for is a good fight and let boxing sort out if they really want to continue their ever dwindling business model that couldn’t even competently officiate their highest grossing all time fight in history, Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2015. The UFC was recently sold for 4.2 billion dollars, that after an investment of a $2 million some 16 years ago that has consistently posted higher earnings than boxing and pro wrestling for about a decade now. The reason for their success is so simple as to beggar belief: They actually made competitive fights that were fan friendly, it was that simple, so here we are stumbling into Wilder vs Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama, only in boxing!

Mutt & Jeff

Mutt & Jeff

3rd Time The Charm? Manny Pacquiao vs Tim Bradley

Nobody was calling for this rubber match, yet we’ll find Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr scrapping again, perhaps in this 3rd time the charm to daze and amaze us at the MGM Floyd in Las Vegas come April 9th. Amir Khan had been begging to fight Manny and was likely the frontrunner, but as typical, he priced himself out much like he did with TUE. At any rate, Bradley is a much more difficult fight for Pacquiao because he’s just as fast, more awkward, and has already logged 24 rounds of hard earned experience.

Such matchmaking shenanigans are the currency of the current sorry state of coldwar between Top Rank and Al Haymon that this rubber happens to be the most viable option for Manny. JMMarquez has steadfastly refused to sign up for a highly lucrative 5th fight, and most every other notable welter is signed with Al Haymon, a non starter for consideration.

Bradley is coming off his best showings in many years after knocking out Brandon Rios. I never counted his running, fleeing, spare split decision over 40 year old Juan Manuel Marquez in 2013 for much. Marquez was quite miffed about Bradley’s lack of engagement, but then Bradley struggled to secure another split against Argentine club fighter Diego Gabriel Chaves. Next, as he was polishing up an excellent showing against undefeated Top Rank darling Jessie Vargas, he was knocked out according to the rules and the reactions of the ref, Pat Russell, but NOOOOOO, this is boxing we’re talking of, so of course the ref amazingly overruled his previous actions to allow the fight to continue. That neat trick bought Bradley enough time to survive the final seconds of the last round that unluckily for Vargas ended the fight, only in boxing folks.

Pac/Bradley II

Pac/Bradley II

While the previous two Bradley/Pacquiao fights weren’t exactly barnburners, they did showcase solid skills, plenty of speed, action, and an interesting style clash for those of a technical viewing bent. Unfortunately both were terribly scarred from the horrendous officiating of the first fight and it’s been an uphill battle to fortify their careers ever since. With them both being somewhat vulnerable these days, they could make for a closer, more dynamic fight. The odds have closed dramatically in this last week with Pacquiao only a nominal 2-1 favorite now.

One new wrinkle for this bout came out of the blue when Bradley picked a new trainer for the Rios fight, the unsparing, loonytune, and congenital loose cannon, Teddy Atlas, who was mentored by Cus D’amato, but not for long after he pulled a gun on the teenage Tyson. His training resume is sparse, briefly with Michael Moorer and Donny LaLonde a long time ago as his biggest successes, and later dragging down Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin into the depths of despair most recently. He never seemed to have the mental stability needed for the job, most worryingly at one point going looking for LaLonde with a pistol meaning to do criminal harm. Fortunately he didn’t find Donny, but Bradley found Atlas and convinced him to sign on for the Rios fight. Bradley unveiled a new Wlad Klitschko clinch and release style for that fight that finally made use of his previously useless big muscles, limiting the offensive output of the highly dangerous Rios. And to think that Teddy has spent the better part of two decades running down three of the all time boxing talents ever, the Klitchko brothers and Manny Pacquiao, but I guess he finally found a clue with the clinching strategy and swung with it. It was an odd KO by the light punching Bradley with Rios almost looking like he quit, but I tend to think it was one of those moments when the right punch, the Mexicans call it El Gacho, a left hook to the liver that finally landed in a fashion that flattered the disbelieving Bradley.

Pac/Bradley II

Pac/Bradley II

In contrast, Pacquiao last looked terrible in his last outing against TUE 49-0 who refused to engage to take another home cooked decision based on little more than tossing out the sparest of unpopped kernels of popcorn before turning his back to duck and flee the scene of the crime. See my comments on boxing scoring below. Then the post fight revelation of Manny’s shoulder injury leaked out followed weeks later by revelations by Thomas Hauser of Mayweather’s TUE saline flush just before the fight, but wait, there’s more, this is boxing! The scandal further compounded when the USADA’s Theraputic User Exemption was found to be  submitted for approval  to the Vegas commish a full 3 weeks after the fight ended. The Vegas commish are the same folks who allowed TUE’s hand injections while denying Pacquiao’s request for an injection for his injured shoulder…only in boxing folks. To pile on to that blatant bias, the official scorecards showed the Red Corner winning the fight, ie Manny being in the red corner, before the cards were altered after being submitted…only in boxing folks. These yahoos couldn’t organize a garage sale with the correct sticker prices, but they sure managed to screw up the most lucrative signature boxing event in the 3rd millennium pretty good to give boxing another black eye…gee, thanks guys.

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/13621142/floyd-mayweather-took-wada-banned-iv-manny-pacquiao-fight-according-report

Currently there is a combined $400 million combined lawsuit against Al Haymon by Golden Boy and Top Rank on top of a few dozen more lawsuits against the two fighters filed by various fans(re: gamblers) feeling robbed as we all were by the farce that I elaborated about before the fight ever commenced.

And if that wasn’t enough problems to send most mortals to an early grave, the the mainstream tabloid press recently dropped a cluster bomb that went viral when it was revealed in February that Manny had said that homosexuals were lower than animals during an interview conducted in his native language that nobody but Filipinos could understand. That minefield had already been well seeded and won’t be going away anytime soon after Pacquiao’s similar comments in the lead up to the first Bradley fight, one of the all time robberies in boxing when the shocked Bradley was announced the winner. The winner immediately had to recuse himself to a wheelchair because Manny had hit him so hard that his ankles popped loose and had to undergo rehabilitation in order to properly function again. But wait, there’s more. Manny did it again in the 2nd fight, popping Bradley’s knee loose this time.

Let’s be clear though, Manny is running for another high public office, the Senate in the Philippines, so his opponents are going to every length to discredit him. Tabloid media has hundreds of sordid years of history of quoting people out of context or making up lies, but since Manny quickly apologized, he must of said something along those lines even as he added that some biblical quotes attributed to him were made up by the media. While his animal comment is regrettable, the imperious, sanctimonious condemnation by the tabloid press was the much greater abomination. One example would be the boorish Bill Dwyre who says he’s retired from the LA Times and now pens articles for Ring Magazine and Fightnews. This is a guy who toed the dirty corporate tabloid line in his sports reporting like most do if they want to keep their jobs. A prime example would be the media typically pandering the story of Floyd Mayweather wanting Olympic drug testing, when anyone could clearly see he only wanted his very own personalized, well paid for drug testing program, and he got it while most of our dear reporters were collecting paychecks for their dutiful blither that they used to slander Manny as if he was ever opposed to drug testing.

More to the point, in one of Dwyre’s recent condemnations of Manny, he utterly clowned himself by claiming animals of the same sex “procreate” with each other, I kid you not. Sorry to tell you Billy Boy, but no mammals of the same sex can make offspring through a sex act, P-R-O-C-R-E-A-T-I-O-N…DUH, something any 7th grader can tell you about. Animals are animals and serve no gay agenda any more than they do Republican, Democrat, or any other political agenda. Of course many in this world like to anthropomorphize their pets with human characteristics as they also take on the characteristics of their “beloved” pets, the animals. Atheist and anthropologist camps like to note that Humans are animals, so maybe George Orwell did get it right in his classic, 1984, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” 

I can appreciate that gays wanting their due civil rights under the laws of the US constitution, as all self respecting citizens would like their own due civil rights, but unfortunately life often doesn’t respect the US Constitution, so we get trampled, especially in 3rd world countries. The gay agenda has morphed into dirty politics just like Republican, Democrat, religious, and most every other worthwhile philosophy once it crosses over the ideal into the political realm that would include, ahem, a certain Philippine boxer running for office. What was he thinking?

Nonetheless, boxing at it’s worst is almost always more honorable than politics that typically create ideal conditions for intractable poverty, disease, injuries, and fatalities compared to the few negative repercussions of boxing. Boxers tend to spring from the poor multitudes beaten down by dirty politics, only trying to fight their way out of otherwise bleak futures. Maybe Billy hasn’t noticed these days that he’s just being used as clickbait in support of the antisocial media comments underneath his articles, so perhaps he should remove the giant logs from his eyes and venture forth to take a sniff of that filth he sits atop of. The puerile pile steams of the discourse of raw sewage, consistently delivering the most aggressively racist, homophobic, sexist, and nationalistic slurs imaginable not to mention brutally violent threats. Far too many have been against Manny dating from when he came to America two decades ago to obliterate the highly popular Three Mexican Amigos, Barrera, Morales, and Marquez. Please do launder your own dirty laundry first Billy, and maybe buy some vowels for some integrity for once in your subservient, lackey life. The typical morally Imperialistic American with his extended height and belly may loom in self righteous indignation over the diminutive Manny, but rest assured neither you nor you colleagues at your best could ever lift Manny’s jock strap on his worst day.

Even Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum turned on him, conveniently forgetting his own ill advised 15 minute rant at JM Marquez in the post fight presser after the 2nd fight with Manny. How many times and how many ways did he scream at Marquez to go fuck himself? While Marquez had a reprimand coming after stupidly complaining about the result, we had to turn away from the sheer volume of Arum’s poisonous profanity pouring forth. And how about Arum’s comments about the UFC where he opined that “nobody wants to see a bunch of guys humping on the canvas?” Where was the gay community outrage then? My guess is they were too busy planning their next public parades and costume parties replete with cross dressing of sexes for insulting pantomimes of heterosexual men and women and their families that they think is so cute. We could only imagine the international condemnation if Manny chose a Halloween party to cavort around as a gay blade or in black face.

It strikes me that in today’s world, Adolh Hitler was born a century too early. Today he wouldn’t have to militarize Germany to invade Europe. Instead he could easily consolidate power off shore thru pyramiding corporate structures and then direct various governments to make his wars for him. No need for those unsightly genocidal death camps either, just tap the teeming 3rd world backwaters for his disposable slaves, a perpetually renewable source of labor. That’s the ticket for world domination these days.

The above was the backdrop from where a desperate, starving, 98 lb stick of a Filipino kid emerged to upset all the odds stacked against him and his people. Those of the western world shielded by the thin veneer of their poorly constructed bubbles of moral hypocrisy shouldn’t be throwing rocks much less lobbing smart bombs on the poor wretches of the world, yet they surely do just as sure as they still stone people to death in the Middle East. Many “boxing writers” today scarcely know much about boxing past droning on endlessly about idiotic punchmonkey numbers. yet another boxing “genius” recently filled his shorts about how Manny can’t win the election after his gay smear. It’s a crapshoot Einstein, nobody knows how the Philippine election will turn out for Manny, not even Filipinos.

In short, gay community supporters generally lack the high moral ground they wish to claim regarding this episode, but they could learn to roll with his apology and move on to more productive endeavors that affect all citizens that they claim to be a part of. As a homeless kid scrapping for his very existence on the 3rd world streets, Manny doubtless had untold negative contacts with homosexuals that forged his views, something that soft western culture is mostly insulated from.

Now, lecture over and back to the match up. Could be that Loony Uncle Teddy and Bradley were destined for each other since Bradley, and more importantly his wife who from all reports seems to run his show these days, so do they believe in miracles? Word is that Tim has taken to eating meat for this fight, his previous vegan diets thought to be a weakness in his extremely strenuous profession that I alluded to in previous articles after his leg injuries piled up.

His training camp has cloaked this fight in a surreal type of wet and foggy Zen mysticism, labeling it The Log in the Ocean. Against Rios during the heat of battle, Teddy was screaming about them being firemen fighting fires, which I guess sort of ties in with Bradley’s fighting moniker of Desert Storm. Beats drinking Koolaide, but if anything might tip the fight in their favor it will be the incessant clinching, not the motivation factor which Bradley always overflowed with. I don’t think Manny is strong enough to handle extensive clinching though he did OK against TUE in that misbegotten fight.

The Typhoon Manny that stormed the boxing world in the first decade of the millennium has long been tamed by the boxing nuance provided by Freddie Roach. Nobody yet knows how well Manny’s shoulder has recovered after surgery, but he does want to go out in style. This is supposedly his last fight because of the strain of being a congressman and fighter all these years not to mention being a professional basketball coach, player, and all around movie star and recording artist. It’s ridiculously crazy to think anyone could ever do so many things, and true, nobody else but Manny has or ever will. If we look at his overall record, he has the most historically spellbinding rivalries in all modern boxing, Erik Morales x 3, Marco Antonio Barrera x 2, Juan Manuel Marquez x 4, and now Tim Bradley x 3. Everyone of them a certified Ring P4Per with nobody else in boxing history being close to putting up his overall number of Ring rated P4P fights, wins, and KOs, currently 8-4-1, 5 KO going for his 14th P4P fight.

That’s why he so grabbed the international community’s attention during the largest boxing poll ever conducted in 2009 with over a half million frenzied boxing aficionados participating. The poll was staged in Las Vegas by an international group of boxing scribes to oversee the boxing communities phoning in their picks from all over the world.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/179507/sports/boxing/birthday-gift-pacquiao-in-league-with-ring-greats

P4P  #1. Sugar Ray Robinson   #2. Manny Pacquiao   #3. Muhammad Ali

#1 Welterweight:  Sugar Ray Robinson,   #1 Featherweight: Manny Pacquiao,   #1 Heavyweight: Muhammad Ali,  #1 Lightheavyweight: Roy Jones Jr,  #3 Lightweight, TUE 49-0.

And what about the Punch Monkeys who tally up nonsensical Peter Pan numbers for talking airheads to babble about. There’s a good chance these numbers will be just about even for this fight. Some recent fights that show the useless babble of those bubblegum boxing experts would be the Kovalev vs Pascal rematch where Sergey grotesquely outlanded Pascal in a terrible beat down that anyone could see. The announcers are probably contractually obligated to blabber about this corruption of the sport, but they should be obligated to have noted that the fight needed to be stopped earlier since Pascal was slumped head down for most of the fight taking mega punches. Pascal has never been the same since his tangle with Kovalev. The second example is Bradley/Pacquiao 1 and 2. First fight Pac “outlanded” Bradley 253 to 159, or 34% to 19%, yet Manny lost a split decision that anyone could see was wrong without needing the stats. Second fight was slower paced with Bradley slightly improving his performance as Manny coasted more, yet Manny still outlanded Bradley 198 to 141, or 35% to 22%, not as dominate as the first fight, yet this time Manny got a modestly wide decision. So if boxing clearly doesn’t use punch numbers, what good are they? Maidana hits 5x harder than TUE and deserved the decisions according to many, but did judges ever bother to multiply his numbers by that factor to give him the decision? Of course not, boxing and punch monkeys are all about serving up a mystery meat baloney sandwiches as far as their end of the product goes. If they were as half as well trained and half as competent as the fighters, the quality of officiating would shoot up 500% and fans would be flocking back in droves.

The official “ABC” guidelines of scoring that boxing is supposed to adhere to with my commentary to follow:

Judges should avoid scoring a round even. (Complete concentration and application of the scoring criteria will allow Judges to pick the winner of each round.) Boxing the only major sport that won’t score even intervals of competition as even. The “Money or Home” fighter typically gets these even rounds to cause great controversy, usually much of the clamor caused by busted wagers on the fight.

1. Clean punching (power versus quantity). Maidana hits 5x harder than TUE, but got no credit as the most blatant example of judges ignoring their rules.

2. Effective aggressiveness. Highly subjective terminology generally ignored as needed when judges are so directed.

3. Ring generalship. Highly subjective terminology generally awarded to American runners as needed when judges are so directed.

4. Defense. Highly subjective and LAST in value, but first in TUE 49-0 scoring. Judges are directed to use it as needed to boost the favored money fighter.

Since Pacquiao has a history off poor officiating aligned against him, let’s look at the officials this time around. Robert Byrd, the ref in the first Bradley fight will reprise his role. As I recall, he did fine in that bout save missing Bradley touching down in the 5th, but now due to a health issue has been replaced by Tony Weeks. Weeks had previously earned TUE 49-0 wrath by allowing to Marcos Rene Maidana to bludgeon him in a straight up fight instead of protecting him. Weeks was banned from any further TUE fights. Dave Moretti and Burt A. Clements were 118-112 and 116-112 respectively in Manny’s last fight against TUE, but Moretti always gives TUE wide wins. Clements was at least somewhat reasonable in that stinker, but wait, remember it was Clements who manned up to making a mistake in the first Manny/Marquez bout by botching the scoring of the 3 knockdown first round that would have given Manny the split decision. We normally don’t see that level of integrity out of boxing judges, but it’d be nice if the judges were credible this go round given the histories.  Steve Weisfeld  is the 3rd judge. He seems to be reasonable overall, especially in his scoring of the 4th JMMarquez action packed fight, 47-46 for Pacquiao before the KO.

Longtime champ, 36 year old Arthur Abraham, 44-4, 29 KO,  defends his WBO Supermiddle title on the undercard against Top Ranks future Mexican megastar, 24 year old , Gilberto Zurdo Ramirez, 33-0, 24 KO. Abraham is short, but very strong and well tested at 5-9, whereas Ramirez is very tall at 6-3, an untested, rangy southpaw. Big step up for the kid, but he has all the suits and fans in his corner against the German based Armenian who used to inflame the typical US xenophobic hatreds that foreigners Lucien Bute, Manny, Canelo, and the Klitschko brothers also endured. This could be the best fight of the night if the kid can handle himself.

A featured part of this promotion was a name coined by Arum, his “No Trump Undercard,” a political shot across the Republican bow featuring a host of future Latino boxing stars. Even worse, days before the fight a deranged man attacked Manny in an underground garage. Foiled by Manny’s small security team, he heaped an avalanche of the foulest profanities on Manny, presumably upset over his gay remarks. Could have caused a terrible international incident had the nut a knife or gun, no doubt sadly whipped up by the tabloid press in an unstable time in this country.

Of course I still think Manny beats Bradley, I can’t help it even as the Typhoon has calmed down to the last few days of a Monsoon. It’s buried deep in his genetic code, he can’t help it, but I do wish Tim the very best fight he can muster up. Win, lose, or draw, these guys make no bones about teeing it up in the ring which what boxing needs to start rehabilitating the sport. Then they could settle the half billion dollar lawsuits and design a better model starting with their commishes, the scoring and refereeing to go with more reasonable drug testing consistency…nah, ain’t happening anytime soon…only in boxing…

Pac/Bradley III

Pac/Bradley III

 

Why Canelo vs Amir Khan You Ask?

Roughly equivalent to a Boeing 747 crashing into our rooftops, Golden Boy Promotions dropped a big video from the infinite internet cloud in the sky upon boxing this Tuesday by announcing the inexplicable, Canelo vs Amir Khan fighting May 7th in Las Vegas in a venue to be determined, likely the newly constructed T-Mobile Arena. And yes Virginia, this will be Canelo’s first title defense of his WBC title he won over Miguel Cotto at the end of the year as well as his magic 5th 155 lb catchweight fight, now officially known as the Caneloweight class. Who ever said there was no Santa Claus in May?

Big Stars can do such things, and yupsir, slobbering yelps, squawks, squeaks, and pulpy profanities exploded when antisocial media misanthropes responded in collective kneejerk fashion as brain cells shortcircuited and neurons took to spontaneous combustion, all part of the orchestration of the unwashed rubes in advance.

I agree completely, most of us are disappointed, but me thinks this will slowly grow on folks as they consider the alternatives. First off, Canelo has history of fighting opponents associated with TUE who clearly ducked Khan after a well publicised promise to fight him, so here we are with Canelo and Gennedy Golovkin needing full in bouts before kicking off their fall fistic classic that everyone is salivating over. Canelo makes more money for this fight, thus claiming an even bigger % of the Golovkin purse when they do fight and the beleaguered Khan gets yet one more crack at the big time.

We need to take a full view of the heritage and critical habits of boxing to appreciate this development. If you go to the boxrec middleweight rankings link below, it sure looks like kiddies playing hopscotch on the gravestones of great middle champs and contenders of the past. Boxing is currently at it’s lowest ebb ever in the US. There is nobody of note save a few prime middles locked up with Al Haymon, a complete nonstarter in the Khan negotiations as Oscar De La Hoya asserted that made this fight possible. Welters moving up to middle for title shots are as common as any other kind of fight in boxing history, but there are few moderns understanding boxing history much less knowing much about it. Perhaps they’ll be better educated after this bout when it becomes part of their historical memory.

http://boxrec.com/records?sex=m&division=Middleweight

Khan vs Canelo or Chan vs Kanelo?

Khan vs Canelo or Chan vs Kanelo?

Photos can give an idea of size even in this example where the 29 year old Khan is slightly in front of the 25 year old Canelo, giving Khan more size than in a perfect side by side shot, probably the intent of the photographer. That’s a big fist he sports, certainly nothing to sneeze at. Don’t know what his traditional fight night weights at welter were, but I’m guessing somewhere in the high 150s, so he has 3 months to pack on some additional size and strength, no biggie as clearly like most prime aged fighters he’s been starving down to make weight and most certainly walks around at more than the 155 lb contract weight for the fight.

Golovkin and Canelo are expected to win these spring bouts, so then what a perfect time to transform the congenial Canelo into boxing’s bad guy that everyone wants to see beat down. Not many big PPVs left in boxing these days, so isolated promoters like Oscar really need to scramble to reclaim market share from Golden Boy’s heyday before the Schaefer/Haymon meltdown that left GB impoverished in talent. Gonna be an interesting year as new talent attempts to fill in for the retiring generation of great fighters.

Good Sport Updated~Ring Ratings vs Boxrec Ratings~Who You Got?

Well folks, the “boxing experts” who purport to know all about boxing so as to fill our empty noggins with their boxing “expertise” seem to be completely at odds with each other here. No surprises there since boxing is a sport with rules that “boxing experts” often ignore so as to benefit “the chosen” for personal gain or other purpose. Nobody can even say with any degree of certainty from fight to fight which biases the referee will show or how close or far apart the fight scores will be. And for whom? Naturally this is passed on in their ranking systems, in this example being in dire opposition to each other, a perfect draw in boxing terms, but is it really?

You can see some fun I previously had with Ring rankings here, utter hilarity distilled just for you:

https://roberto00.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/ratings-ring-ratings-good-sport/

Anyways, ahem, the current Ring P4Pers were elected by rather large committee circle of…”experts”…are thus:

  • 1. ROMAN GONZALEZ Record: 43-0-0 (37 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 1 | Last Week: 1 | Weeks On List: 68
    Title: RING, WBC flyweight
    2. Andre Ward Record: 28-0-0 (15 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 2 | Last Week: 2 | Weeks On List:
    No title
    3. Sergey Kovalev Record: 28-0-1 (25 KOs)
    Ranking:This Week: 3 | Last Week: 3 | Weeks On List: 28
    Title: WBO, IBF, WBA light heavyweight
    4. Gennady Golovkin Record: 33-0-0 (30 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 4 | Last Week: 4 | Weeks On List: 32
    Title:WBA middleweight
    5. Guillermo Rigondeaux Record: 15-0-0 (10 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 5 | Last Week: 5 | Weeks On List: 109
    Title: RING, WBO, WBA jr. featherweight
    6. Wladimir Klitschko Record: 64-3-0 (53 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 6 | Last Week: 6 | Weeks On List: 268
    Title: RING, IBF, WBO, WBA heavyweight
    7. Terence Crawford Record: 26-0-0 (18 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 7 | Last Week: 7 | Weeks On List: 21
    Title: WBO jr. welterweight
    8. Manny Pacquiao Record: 57-6-2 (38 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 8 | Last Week: 8 | Weeks On List: 617
    No title
    9. Shinsuke Yamanaka Record: 24-0-2 (17 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 9 | Last Week: 9 | Weeks On List: 19
    Title: WBC bantamweight

    10. Kell Brook Record: 35-0-0 (24 KOs)
    Ranking: This Week: 10 | Last Week: 10 | Weeks On List: 2  Title: IBF

    OK, now on to boxrec rankings for comparison. Boxrec uses computer accumulated points which are the first emboldened numbers to go along with each fighter record, the most unbiased rankings regardless of various human errors in assigning the points for various performance measures:

    1. Wladimir Klitschko Dr Steelhammer 1330 64-3 heavyweight

    2. Gennady Golovkin GGG 1078 33-0 middleweight

    3. Saul Alvarez Canelo 1075 45-1-1 super welterweight

    4. Sergey Kovalev Krusher 999 28-0-1 light heavyweight

    5. Manny Pacquiao Pac Man 913 57-6-2 welterweight

    6. Miguel Cotto Junito 887 40-4 middleweight

    7. Kell Brook Special K 863 35 0 0 29 welterweight

    8 Keith Thurman One Time 835 26 0 0 26 welterweight

    9 Erislandy Lara The American Dream 781 21-2-2 super welterweight

    10 Adonis Stevenson Superman 777 27-1 lightheavy

    11. Terence Crawford Bud 760 26-0 jr welterweight

    18. Andre Ward 637 Son of God 28-0 supermiddleweight

    23. Guillermo Rigondeaux 564 El Chacal 15-0  superbantamweight

    29. Roman Gonzalez 519 Chocolatito 43-0  Flyweight

    90. Shinsuke Yamanaka  342 24-0-2 Bantamweight

    OK, first most glaring contradiction in the two rating systems is Roman Gonzalez being first in Ring yet only 29th in Boxrec due to being in a lower weight class of a smaller population of fighters compared to the more populous larger divisions. In context to the way they do their rankings, the Boxrec #1 P4P female, Delfine Persoon who operates in the lightweight division with a population of only 115 total females, she has only accumulated 172 points in contrast to the Gonzalez 519 points with  a male flyweight population of 709. Cecilia Braekhus is the undefeated 27-0 female welter champ widely acclaimed, yet only 10th P4P due to an exceedingly low welter population of 37 females, so fighter population, ie competition, is important to Boxrec rankings.

    If we combine Choco’s two ratings and divide by two for an average, we’d get a 15th rank which seems appropriate even if he has proven to be a beast in his 3 divisions. He could continue to accumulate points in Boxrec to rise further, but let’s move on to other glaring abnormalities.

    Boxrec has Golovkin #2 which seems about right given a general public consensus that he should be #1, but Ring lists the inactive Andre Ward #2 in spite of his gross inactivity in the supermiddleweight division dating back at least 2 years. He also refuses to leave California except when he was forced one single time by the Super Six Tourney, yet he was still at home in New York against a true international fighter in Carl Froch. Boxrec rankings seem more justified in that regard as Ward, 18th, simply wants to sit on his hometown canned record like another American supposed great, TUE 49-0, did for 9 consecutive years.

    Ring has Kovalev and Golovkin ranked 3 and 4 to Boxrec’s Canelo and Kovalev as 3 and 4, so we have only a small measure of congruancy due to Canelo being unranked by Ring in spite of being previously ranked and only losing a majority decision to TUE 49-0, otherwise cleaning out the 154 division at 155lb catchweights as he built to the highly anticipated showdown with Miguel Cotto who is Boxrec ranked. Advantage Boxrec as the Haymon/Goldenboy News of the Ring world simply cannot justify not having Canelo somewhere at this point.

    TUE nose knows it!

    TUE nose knows it!

    Boxrec has Manny Pacquiao ranked 5th, but Ring has dropped him down to 8th in between untested Crawford and Yamanaka in spite of Manny holding the P4P records by a long shot for the most P4P fights, wins, and longest duration in their P4P ratings. We’re talkin’ spiteful Ring ignorance squared x 10 me thinks.

    Moving on, Ring has their former #2, Wlad Klitschko, mysteriously demoted to #6 in spite of starting to tie and break Joe Louis’ heavyweight records set 8 decades ago. Axe to grind? What more can any fighter do than that? He’s sandwiched between the unusually gunshy, barely tested Rigondeaux who hasn’t fought a Ring ranked fighter in two years, preferring to be knocked down by international type journeymen for chump change, and the inexperienced Crawford who is a very good fighter becoming great, but not yet. Wlad has more knockouts than their victories combined and near 5x their combined title wins. Such “boxing experts” represent a gross American bias against foreign greats who have been supplanting their own greats, further magnified by the pitiful dirth of American fighters these days, especially at the contender levels.

    Knocked Cold

    Knocked Cold

    So now we’re down to Ring’s Yamanaka and Brook ranked 9 and 10, so there’s some overlap with Boxrec who ranks Brook 6th, but Yamanaka only ranked 90th down to being inexperienced in a low population of fighters. Yamanaka would be 50th if we combined rankings, not bad, but hardly a P4P top 10. What were Ring’s “experts” ever thinking, or were they? To think or not to think must be the burning question raging inside empty noggins.

    In Boxrec lower 10, they have Miguel Cotto, Keith Thurman, Erislandy Lara, and Adonis Stevenson, none of whom Ring ranks. Cotto I can see because of his long excellence and competitive losses, but Thurman and Stevenson are still relatively unproven being held back by their sugardaddy, Al Haymon. The always running, too scared to fight, feather fisted Lara barely has twenty wins to go with two losses and two draws in terrible performances, but again, there’s not a lot to pick from. Crawford, Ward, Rigondeaux, Yamanaka are all out of Boxrec’s top ten. I could see Crawford and Gonzalez squeaking in based on their startling performances and anticipated years of peak performances.

    Gone is Gone

    Gone is Gone

    I say Boxrec rankings are considerably better, so there it is, the mystery meat of sports, boxing, being served up on the public platter for consumption…yum…who’s on first, no, wait, he’s on third, wait, which way is up and where’s my candy bar and envelope? Only in boxing.