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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.

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

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!

Robert Guerrero vs Andre Berto–Guerrero Means WAR!

The Interim WBC welterweight title is up for grabs Saturday, November 24, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California when Robert Guerrero defends against former champ, Andre Berto. Guerrero has been making steady inroads on his way up in the boxing world while Berto has been on the way down after a hard loss of his title to the oft disparaged Victor Ortiz. Then Berto booted their lucrative rematch over a positive trace of nandrosterone in the prefight drug tests done by VADA.

Let's Do It!

Let’s Do It!

Robert The Ghost Guerrero is a fine champion long relegated to the back pages of boxing due a myriad of problems beyond his control.  However, when opportunity came knocking with a chance to secure Floyd Mayweather Jr‘s old WBC welterweight belt, The Ghost jumped all over it. Floyd Mayweather has been in his sights for a couple of years now with Guerrero making some prominent challenges, but he needed to step up 2 or 3 divisions to make the fight, so nobody took him seriously.

Guerrero means Warrior in Spanish, and War is what he waged against Selcuk Aydin, a bruising, brawling undefeated WBC Silver Belt holder from Turkey who always shows up to fight hard. Guerrero fought a tough, gritty fight to show he could step up 2 divisions to handle the strongest fighter he’s ever faced in his career. Mayweather may not be as strong as the young Turk, but he’s got boxing savvy oozing out of his pores and is a tough nut to crack, and tougher to get into the ring, only fighting once a year, so it may take a ghost to track a ghost down, we’ll see.

Enter Mayweather stablemate, Andre Berto, who has taken a different tact from Guerrero. After shoeshining his way up the rankings to become Mayweather’s old WBC #1 challenger, he  won the vacated belt in the cushy way too many modern fighters go about it, that of fighting a set up against a fighter who shouldn’t even be ranked.

Berto was disgraced when he tested positive, a real shame since he scored a TKO on cuts over IBF beltholder, Jan Zaveck to set up the lucrative Ortiz rematch, all blown to smithereens now. Redemption will have to come about the hard way, a classy win over the ascending Guerrero who will be the best fighter Berto has ever faced. He can thank the much beleaguered California commission for giving him a license after his failed drug test. Golden Boy is Cali based, and you know how that works.

Andre Berto’s strengths are a left jab, good conditioning, and some heart he showed against Luis Collazo and Victor Ortiz after he was knocked down. It could also be said he’s the naturally bigger man and easy to hit.

Guerrero looks to be the hungrier fighter with more to prove to himself. He should be the better overall boxer and has more experience. He’s also shown plenty enough grit and heart when needed, so on paper, this is a pretty even match, but Berto will also be the best welter he ever faced, a prime boxer type with some hand speed compared to the brawling, looping Aydin.

I like Guerrero to outbox and outslug Berto when needed. He’s a smart boxing southpaw going against the record of Berto against top boxing type southpaws; a knockout of Carlos Quintana, a disputed win over Luis Collazo who knocked him down, and a hard loss to Victor Ortiz where Berto tasted the canvas again.

I see a fight going the distance since neither is a big puncher at the weight. I only hope the judges can score a bout as well as the fighters are gonna fight it,  likely a highly competitive fight fought at a higher level than the typical boxing judges could ever be counted on.

Beating Berto would be another line drawn in the sand for Guerrero who might be seeing the end of his career coming and is pulling out all the stops trying to make a megafight, but talk is cheap and the best laid plans of mice and men and all that.

Soon enough it will be one fighter mano a mano against the other fighter,  and with luck the ref will stay clear and let them decide who it’s gonna be.

The Fight That Never Was–Saul Canelo Alvarez vs Paul The Punisher Williams

Paul The Punisher Williams used to be known as the fighter who took over the mantle of the most ducked fighter in boxing from Antonio Margarito. Listed as 6-1 with a 79 ” reach on Boxrec for promotional purposes so as not to scare off potential opponents, he was noticeably taller and rangier than stablemate heavyweight Chris Arreola who was listed as 6-3. Fight teams all knew his data was heavily fudged and stayed away from the towering colossus in droves. Even the fearsome Kelly Pavlik looked none too anxious for a battle after twice signing to fight him before pulling out with a series of regrettable health problems.

Saul Alvarez has the opposite problem of Williams. The hottest undefeated darling of Mexico needs his team to beat back the hordes of fighters trying to get at him, so it seemed an incredible convergence of good fortune and opportunity for Williams when he was chosen by Team Canelo for a splashy September 15th defense of the Alvarez WBC belt.

The Punisher

Williams had been struggling according to critics, but of course his critics had him struggling all through his stellar career. Even Beethoven had to endure such ham handed reviews such as “It bodes ill for Beethoven if he continues down his current path.”

Sadly, this potential fight of the year turned into a tragedy when Williams was paralyzed from the waist down after a motorcycle accident, squashing the big payday and the chance for Williams to upset the boxing applecart again.

Lineal light heavy champ Julio Gonzales recently passed from a motorcycle accident as did former champ Diego Corrales a few years back. Going back, fellow Georgian and HOFer Young Stribling was near the same age as Williams is now when he passed in a motorcycle accident, so Williams should thank his lucky stars for surviving with mental faculties intact.

Might even be time for Alvarez to make a test run with his 190 MPH Maserati and decide how much longer fate needs to be tempted.

Ladies and Gents, if you are married with a young family, sell your bike or at least mothball it until they can fend for themselves.

Willie Pep was similarly injured in a 1947 plane crash and told he would never box again, yet five months later he resumed the last 3rd of his stellar HOF career. Paul Williams is not likely to ever be voted into the HOF, but he did have his signature moment when he stood in the pocket all night to carve up Winky Wright like a Thanksgiving Day turkey. There were other great showings like his first round knockout of Carlos Quintana, outworking and outslugging Antonio Margarito in a firefight, and a spectacular give and take fight with current middleweight champ Sergio Martinez that had HBO salivating for the rematch in a classic series.

Alas, far too few American fighters or critics ever took to imposing giants as Jess Willard, Primo Carnera and Nikolay Valuev knew, much less a gangling southpaw giant who was a nightmare to fight, so Williams was left scrambling to find the best of the few opponents willing to test themselves against his formidable reach and work rate. He finishes with a stellar 41-2, 27 KO record.

I wish Paul Williams and his family all the best in his recovery and adjustment to his new life. He has been a great fighter and ambassador for boxing who has been greatly underrated.

Golden Boy Promotions has a well stocked stable of talented junior middleweights available for substitution, but then replacement James Kirkland fell out after citing ongoing shoulder problems. The 3rd choice, Victor Ortiz, had his jaw broken by the unheralded Josesito Lopez in what was supposed to be a mopup fight for Ortiz after his choreographed dive to the canvas in the Floyd Mayweather incident.

So after 3 fruitless rounds of scrambling for an opponent, Golden Boy finally did the right thing and yielded to the inevitability of fate by tapping the surging new boxing hero, Josesito Lopez.

Canelo vs Josesito
Canelo vs Josesito

Naturally boxing critics were instantly set howling in derision since the soon to be 29 years Lopez has never fought at junior middle, but then again he never fought at welterweight before pounding Ortiz into the hospital to ponder next year’s comeback with a rebuilt jaw. As you can see, Lopez looks to have some height and range over Alvarez, so he has plenty of time to pack on some additional pounds if needed.

Canelo is closing in on Floyd Mayweather Jr‘s undefeated record, 43-0, 26 KO. He’ll just have turned age 22 at the Lopez bout and goes to 41-0-1, 29 KO if he wins, so he’s already surpassed Mayweather in knockouts. They have been through a series of co-promotions together and Alvarez holds Mayweather’s old belt, so perhaps next year they meet in the ring for the final say so.

It’s been a troubling year for Golden Boy Promotions. Their #1 star Floyd Mayweather Jr is doing a stint in the federal pen as two of their young stars, Victor Ortiz and Amir Khan suffered humiliating knockouts by unsung underdogs. Their oldest star, Bernard Hopkins is going nowhere faster every day at age 47.

The good news for this card is that Mexican featherweight honchos, Jhonny Gonzalez and Daniel Ponce de Leon, will collide in what promises to plenty of old school slugging. Gonzalez should be the slight favorite, but he’ll have to throw in some nifty boxing for good measure against the southpaw De Leon.

Undefeated American heavyweight Seth Mitchell looks to earn respectability against fellow American Johnathon Banks who has been fighting in Germany on the Team Klitschko cards. All out sluggers Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karrass lock up for contender status, so it’s a pretty good card for free viewing.

That’s September 15 at the MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for those interested in the manly art of self defense otherwise known as prize fighting.

Floyd Mayweather Jr–Will He Really Fight Victor Ortiz?

The fight has been officially announced with attendent press conferences and 24/7 tapings and is now less than a week away. Floyd Mayweather will be coming out of his latest retirement to challenge Vicious Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday, September 17th.

Apparently Mayweather has a residency at the MGM Grand since his last 5 fights spread over these past 5 years have been fought there starting with his hotly contested win over Oscar de la Hoya in 2007. He skipped the previous 5 years at the MGN Grand after his hotly contested win there over Jose Luis Castillo in the first fight, so maybe he has a numerology thing goin, but wait, there’s more.

Mayweather vs De La Hoya
Mayweather vs De La Hoya

Mayweather’s last 5 fights will have also been promoted by Golden Boy, so he has definitely settled into the comfy confines of scheduling in his advancing years. He’s become the proverbial “house” fighter after a career of consecutive WBC belts, flitting in and out of retirements and fights on personal necessity.

Ortiz won the WBC  title from Mayweather stablemate Andre Berto, outboxing, outworking, and outslugging the surprisingly game Berto who looked tired and out on his feet at times but couldn’t be stopped. Then Ortiz shocked the boxing world by announcing via Twitter that he would be fighting Floyd Mayweather who promptly shot down that idea as foolish in a fluster of twitterings that pass as the fighters’ press releases these days.

Mr. Muscles

Mr. Muscles

Then lo and behold, a month later the big announcement that the fight’s on, so Vicious Victor wins the opening salvo, but wait, you just had to know, there’s more.

Mayweather as most know is highly compromised legally, facing down more than a half dozen criminal and civil lawsuits in what may prove to be the meltdown of his career. He has pulled out of fights before and now he’s back needing a new cash infusion, so what happens in the ring?

The usual suspects will run off on the sublime boxing skills of Mayweather, dismissing any chance by the 24 year old Ortiz as too raw, too crude, too inexperienced to properly match up against the highly credentialed Mayweather.

This of course ignores the rich history of aging all time greats being beat by lessor fighters too many times to be counted. Stuff happens, and sometimes it happens for well known reasons that are ignored or glossed over.

The talented Victor Ortiz was heavily promoted by Golden Boy as the new star in the making. Things then came unstuck when he was matched against the huge hitting Marcos Maidana in an entertaining slugfest that saw them swap knock downs until Ortiz pulled the plug. Howls of outrage followed with no shortage of insultive suggestions regarding what Ortiz could do with himself.

Since that time, he’s been sucessfully matched against light hitting, top boxer types, Nate Campbell, Vivian Harris,  Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto, all but former champ Harris being Ring ranked. Ortiz pretty much had his way with them though he was most unfortunate to only secure a draw against Peterson who was knocked down twice. Again Ortiz took criticism for backing off and not going for the kill, but that’s the typical unsupported bias through boxing history used against sluggers when they sucessfully use their boxing skills instead of slugging. We seldom see boxers criticized for knocking out opponents, so go figure the average boxing critic if you dare.

But guess what folks, Mayweather is the tip of the top boxer types who has proven to be a featherduster since he moved to welter. He needed an assist from the turnbuckle to finish off the game Ricky Hatton, a fluke accident rarely seen and not likely to happen again in his career.

Ortiz is still a developing fighter, so it’s hard to gauge his realistic chances, but he has the raw size, strength, and talent to win the fight against the 34 yr old Mayweather who may be losing his focus. Ortiz has at least made the first part of his dream come true, a signed fight with Floyd Mayweather who ain’t the easiest guy to get a pen to.  

The short of it is that the 24 year old Ortiz is in ascendency whereas Mayweather may or may not be in decline, but now is when their career timelines intersect. Does Ortiz have the heart and skill to finish what Sugar Shane Mosley started? Will Mayweather be distracted by legal woes and handicapped by ring rust or will he outclass the kid at every turn? Has Ortiz’s recent stint at modeling underwear gone to his head?

Or my favorite Mayweather question: Any controversial reffing or judging decisions?

I know this, Mayweather was rocked harder than he had ever been rocked by Shane Mosley who has modest power at the weight. He showed great instincts to not only survive, but have Mosley on the back foot by round’s end.

Can he do it again?

The southpaw Ortiz was a very powerful junior welter, so he’s a dangerous fight for anyone, but maybe team Mayweather see the typical flaws of a young gungho fighter still trying to please everyone yet pleasing no one yet. Ortiz has shown he can be put down on a regular basis, so if Mayweather can put Ortiz down, could be he could showboat his way to victory with no further effort.

In an special Golden Boy promotional co-PPV arrangement, unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul Canelo Alvarez will be making his WBC defense of his light middle title against Alfonso Gomez in what should be a breezer. Is this the setup for Mayweather’s challenge to his old WBC belt that he never defended, a battle of undefeateds against Alvarez?

Here they are looking rather chummy as they keep their options hot:

Canelo y Money

Canelo y Money

It’s up to the fighters now. Could well be the kind of fight you’ll remember for the rest of your life or one of the worst, so let’s hope for the best and leave the worst for later.

Something to Prove–Andre Berto vs Victor Ortiz

A very underrated fight takes place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, Saturday, April 9th when WBC welterweight titlest defends his title against young junior welter contender, Victor Ortiz.

Andre Berto

Andre Berto

While Berto looks the part of a skilled operator, truth be told his career has been carefully orchestrated against a series of some of the softest touches in boxing considering the reputation the WBC belts holds in some circles. The only legitimate Ring ranked welter contender he has faced, the light hitting Luis Collazo, knocked him down hard and gave him more than he ever wanted to see in the ring again.  

It’s an odd career for the man who won Floyd Mayweather Jr’s title back in 2008 against the unheralded and never heard from again Miguel Angel Rodriguez. I guess some credit goes to beating former titlest Carlos Quintana, but Quintana has never been up in the contender class again after the montrous Paul Williams knocked him cold in the 1st round back in 2008. And Berto did outpoint Juan Urango, the IBF jr welter titlest, so maybe I’m being a tad harsh, but this is one of the deepest welter divisions in ages and Berto has been largely missing in action, so maybe I’m on target.

Victor Ortiz

Victor Ortiz

Vicious Victor Ortiz just turned 24 and has already been in against stiffer competition overall, and now looks to jump a division for opportunity. The positives about Ortiz are that he is a more skilled, versatile boxer with some killer power, the likes of which Berto has never tasted. The negatives go back to his fight of the year type of bout against Marcos Maidana that saw them trade some hard, highlight quality knockdowns, only to see Ortiz quit on his feet after the last one, earning him the derision of armchair fans and hardened boxing people.

We now know that Maidana was very underrated and has that kind of bone shattering power that causes fighters to question their health once they taste it. I can’t say what was in the kid’s heart that night after having his wiring scrambled by Maidana, but that he continued his career with great success against high caliber oposition tells me he’s still in the game to win and make a difference.

The last time out, Ortiz got a most unfortunate majority draw against Lamont Peterson, a bout I thought he won hands down with his slugging, one knockdown, and comprehensive boxing, but truth be told, the critics savaged him for backing off going for the KO, choosing the more careful route of boxing.

So we have two talented fighters with some serious question marks about their true status as top fighters which leads me to think both will be trying to prove something to the public which usually translates to at least a pretty good fight if not a great fight.