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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Dear Readers,

2012 has been a wonderful year for the sport of boxing in general. We are treated and entertained with match up like this, that really live up to the hype and expected action. September is loaded with the most action-packed matches. But December is also unforgettable—performances of Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez and Filipino star Nonito Donaire that voted as ‘fighter of the year’ by several leading boxing websites.

Here in Shuttlepen, I would like to wish you all a happy and flourishing new year. Hope you guys will continue to visit this tiny web blog for the sport we love.

I am expecting a lot of rematches in 2013. What do you expect in boxing come next year?

Friday, December 28, 2012

RingTv picks Pacquiao-Marquez 4-round 5 as 'round of the year'

RingTv (ringtv.craveonline) picked Pacquiao-Marquez 4-round 5 as the 'round of the year' for 2012. It is in this round that former ten-time and eight division champion scored a knockdown against his long-time nemesis and now tormentor--Mexican boxing icon Juan Manuel Marquez.

In round five Pacquiao was obviously mentally and physically recovered from a knockdown in the third round. Pacquiao was flat on his back when Marquez threw an overhand right that landed flush on Pacquiao's face.

Pacquiao stepped up the pace and went for a broke and Marquez was game. A compact left hand landed on Marquez face made him out of balance and eventually hit his glove on the canvass--technically a knockdown.

Marquez although unhurt adhere to referee Kenny Bayless mandatory eight count. Marquez broken nose was bleeding intensely. Pacquiao equalizing the knockdown now ahead of the scorecards. Sensing all these factors, Pacquiao thinking that he got Marquez continue the onslaught and wobbled Marquez.

However, the Mexican champion answered back countering Pacquiao and ended the round still standing although bleeding profusely from a broken nose. And in the sixth round Marquez finally ended the eight year rivalry knocking out the Filipino superstar cold in what became 'knockout of the year' for almost all of the leading media and boxing sites.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Marquez-Pacquiao named KO of the year by

Photo via Google Images named Marquez-Pacquiao fourth fight on December 8 as knockout of the year. The big right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez gave a definitive end of a rivalry that spanned for eight years. Former eight division champion Manny Pacquiao was knocked out cold in round six and was motionless for a few minutes.

The knockout was the culmination of their controversial three previous fights.

Also included in the list;

Mikkel Kessler KO4 Allan Green (May 19 at Copenhagen, Denmark)
Nonito Donaire KO3 Jorge Arce (Dec. 15 at Houston)
Danny Garcia KO4 Erik Morales II (Oct. 20 at Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Shinsuke Yamanaka KO7 Tomas Rojas (Nov. 3 at Sendai, Japan)
Adonis Stevenson KO1 Jesus Gonzalez (Feb. 18 at Montreal)
David Lemieux KO1 Alvaro Gaona (Oct. 12 at Montreal)
Angelo Santana KO5 Juan Garcia (Nov. 16 at Miami)

This year was big for Philippine boxing. Two Filipino boxers made it for ESPN. Earlier Nonito Donaire was named fighter of the year and now Manny Pacquiao for Marquez-Pacquiao as knockout of the year. This time it is Pacquiao who was knocked out.

In 2009, Pacquiao's KO win against Hatton was ESPN's knockout of the year.

Who Donaire might fight next Mares or Rigondeaux?

Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire mention that he will fight WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares. He also said that after Mares, WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will be next. Donaire made this statement during an interview with veteran HBO boxing analyst and commentator, now retired--Larry Merchant, after his big win against Jorge Arce in Toyota Center.

Why Donaire wanted Mares first over Rigo?

Many boxing fans wanted Donaire to fight Rigo. They even think that Donaire is ducking Rigo. Right after Donaire knocked out Nishioka, fans are talking about Rigo to be Donaire's next opponent. But he dismissed the idea. Rigo needs to prove himself more as an opponent.

Now let us see how feasible Donaire vs. Mares. Donaire is being promoted by Top Rank while Mares under Golden Boy promotion. We all know that these two promotions have differences. It is easier to mix water and oil thoroughly than to put Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya in one production.

Donaire-Mares is a very good fight. The fighting style is perfect. Two masters of their respective styles, both champions and in their prime. This could be another Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry. Mares has his own fan base. No doubt about Donaire of his.

However, a fight with Rigondeaux is easier to materialize. Arum promoted both. Rigo at 11-0 may not have the same fan base as Mares but this is still a big fight.

Do you think Donaire will be granted his wish list? That is to fight Mares first, then Rigo.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Who is your "fighter of the year" for 2012?

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The year 2012 is great for boxing. What makes it even greater is the stunning achievements of those boxers who excel this year. Every year, there should the best among the best fighter. Who do you think deserve to be the "fighter of the year" for 2012?

Here is my short list.

1. Nonito Donaire
2. Sergio Martinez
3. Juan Manuel Marquez

Out of my short list who do you think will get the award this year? You may pick your fighter by leaving a comment below. If your bet is not listed above you may name it below.

Write few sentences why you choose such fighter.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2012: A Great Year for Boxing

Many believed that boxing is dying. Many said that the sport lost its grandeur when the likes of Mike Tyson in the heavyweights retire from boxing. Gone were the days that every Sunday morning in the other half of the planet and Saturday night in the other half, were watching boxing.
Okay, I agree at some degree, maybe. But 2012 I believed is really great for boxing. A lot of great events happened this year. The "dying sport" as what they said produce the top two boxers in Forbes list of highest paid athlete for 2012. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at number one and two spot respectively.

Nevertheless, not all events are good for boxing. There were sad news too. In this year, two of boxing legends passed away. In March, boxing veteran journalist Bert Sugar and boxing analyst, commentator, trainer Emanuel Steward died.

Recently, boxing analyst and HBO commentator Larry Merchant announced retirement after the Donaire-Arce bout. I am personally, sad on his retirement. I cant imagine watching boxing without Larry Merchants voice on air and post fight interviews along with his striking questions.

Apart from retiring and passing of boxing legends, the stunning loss of Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao to Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez capped this year's great events.

Positive and negative stunning events of boxing is always good for boxing. With the above being said. Do you believe boxing is dying? For the casual fans? Maybe.

However, for the fans wherein a weekend will never be complete without watching boxing match. A day that never be complete without reading boxing article even in between a very busy day in their offices. Fans that read from the biggest and leading boxing websites all the way to the smallest boxing blog like this--boxing is always alive.

If you are one of boxing fans that I am referring above that gives time to read this blog, then congratulations and thank you. Boxing needs you--to keep it alive.

Together, we will hope for the best for the sport that we love for the coming year 2013. As a preparation for the coming year this blog will say goodby to its present URL. Yes, goodby to and welcome

This blog will undergo this step to make little improvements for the coming year. I hope you will continue to visit. For suggestion to help improve this blog please leave your comment below.
Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Donaire knocked out Arce in Round 3

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Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire knocked out Jorce Arce in Round 3 with his killer signature punch--the left hook, moments ago at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Donaire retains WBO super-bantamweight title.

Arce was very cautious in round one. I expect him to came forward early. But Arce fight from the distance and Donaire 31-1-0 (20) dominated with his jab. I begin to think that Arce is coming here only to collect his paycheck.

However, before I even convinced that he just came to survived; Arce step up the pace and start swarming Donaire. Arce landed good shots to the body. But Donaire is very quick to counter and scored a knockdown. Arce survived the round and advised his corner that he is alright.

In round three, again Arce started strong--throwing punches with real bad intentions and tried to tied up Donaire once he missed or landed. Donaire pushed Arce whenever he got tied up.

Donaire finally exacted revenge that the Filipino fans wanted, when he knocked out Arce with his left hook. Arce was flat on his back unable to get up or I think, thinking not to get up.
In an interview with Larry Merchant after the fight Donaire said that Filipino fans really wanted him to take Arce but said "I love Mexico". He added that his Coach, Robert Garcia is a Mexican too.
Donaire was asked who he will fight next, and he said "bring them all on". Larry wanted him to name names and Donaire told him he wants Mares first, then Rego, because "he calls me out" Donaire continued.

This is Donaire's fourth straight victories in 2012. He is more active this year compared to only two fights last year.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Donaire vs. Arce Prediction Analysis: "The Filipino Flash" by TKO Round 7

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"The Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire will share the squared circle against veteran Mexican warrior Jorge Arce 61-6-2 (KO 46) in a twelve Round WBO and WBC-Diamond super bantamweight title. The fight will be in Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA on December 15, 2012. Referee Laurence Cole will be in charge of the action.

Donaire 30-1-0 (KO 19) is in virtual pressure to win this fight from his Filipino legion of fans and supporters. Filipino fans expected Donaire to exact revenge for their fallen boxing hero—Manny Pacquiao from the big right hand of Arce's countryman.

The former Eight Division champion was knocked out cold by his arch-rival “the magical man” Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8, 2012 at the historic MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada to close their historic rivalry spanning eight years.

I expect Arce to come forward early and throw a lot of punches—that is his trademark. He will pressure Donaire and try to pin him to the ropes to unleash damaging blows to the body. I see Arce emulating Abner Mares, when he (Mares) fought Anselmo Moreno. Arce needs to let Donaire fight his fight to become effective.

However, to do this he needs to keep up his stamina. Arce at 33 years old may not have a stamina problem in the early going. But half way to the fight, this might be an issue, depending on how he prepare for this fight.

In the past, I saw Arce wearing his opponent down the stretch. The accumulation of blows from Arce made his opponents kiss the canvas for good. Meaning he does not have that single lights-out punch which Donaire have.

Focus is the key for Arce. If he will make a mistake; like Pacquiao did, against a counter-puncher then, goodbye.

Donaire will definitely use the entire ring and his ring savvy to evade a raging Arce. He will use his footwork to keep Arce at bay and always ready to let his hands go whenever Arce leaves off guard. Donaire should take this fight in the center of the ring wherein he can use his reach and height advantage.

Donaire needs also to take care of his left hand which he injured in the past fights. Donaire’s left hook is big factor in this fight.


I see Donaire knocking out Arce in Round 7. Arce will be a bloody mess. This fight will be like Arce-Mijares the only difference is that Donaire’s power will be too much for Arce to finish the entire 12 Rounds.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Manny Pacquiao: The three knockout losses in his career

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The Filipino boxing fans and the fans of lone 8 Division Champion Manny Pacquiao around the world is still in the state of shock. Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Marquez in their fourth fight in MGM Grand, Las Vegas Nevada on Saturday, 8 December 2012.

Pacquiao went down face first after Marquez landed a powerful counter right hand. Pacquiao was motionless for few minutes before he finally recovered.

Like any other competition, in boxing there is always a winner and a loser. It is just happened that Pacquiao is in the losing end which is a rare sight for the Filipino boxing icon.

In a span of 17 years as a professional boxer, Pacquiao defeated five times. He lost two by decision and three times by stoppage.
Pacquiao was first knockout by a fellow Filipino—Rustico Torrecampo in February 1996. Pacquiao is undefeated at that time with 11-0-0 (KO 5) record in the flyweight division. A left hand to the body sent Pacquiao down and unable to continue. His eyes are crossed while grimacing in pain.

Pacquiao’s second knockout loss was in the hands of Thailand’s Medgoen Singsurat while defending his WBC Flyweight title on September 1999. Singsurat already won in the scale for this fight as Pacquiao did not make it to the division limit at 112 pounds.

A body shot knocked out the dehydrated young champion. After that defeat start the extraordinary journey of one the greatest boxer ever to lace a pair of gloves. Pacquiao move up from division after division bulldozing every opponent put in front of him.

The Filipino whirlwind compiled 13 wins via stoppage and drawn two in 15 fights from 1999 to 2004 before losing to Erik Morales in 2005. One of the draw came from the first fight against his archrival and recent tormentor—Juan Manuel Marquez.

The third loss was the most devastating of all as Pacquiao remain unconscious for few minutes.  A knockout that put his remarkable career into question whether he will continue or retire.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in Round 6

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The 39 year old Mexican warrior was vindicated and proved that he was the better boxer, knocking Pacquiao out in Round 6. He perfectly timed Pacquiao’s assault and countered with his fully-powered right hand, a second before the bell sounded at 2:59. Pacquiao went down face first to the canvass for good. It took few minutes before Pacquiao finally sat on a stool.

Before that, Marquez scored a knockdown in Round 3 that put Pacquiao flat on his back. He caught Pacquiao with a beautiful overhand right. Pacquiao seemed not badly hurt and continue the action. In the fourth round Pacquiao fought cautiously and landing couple of lefts.

In the fifth round Pacquiao scored a knockdown to equalize the knockdown earlier scored by Marquez. He caught Marquez with his signature double right jab left straight combo. Marquez glove hit the floor. After scoring the knockdown, Pacquiao got his confidence back. The same confidence that made him reckless on his aggressiveness. This leads to his mistake that he paid dearly.

Marquez capitalized that mistake. He perfectly countered, which I guess team Marquez fight plan—how to counter Pacquiao’s signature combination—double right-jab, left-straight combo.

Finally in Round 6 when Pacquiao throw the double right jab, Marquez duck a bit and position his right hand to counter without moving his feet. Then, throw the counter-right quickly in the middle while Pacquiao lunging in (leaving his left side open) to throw the left. Marquez right hand landed on Pacquiao’s face. The Filipino boxing icon dropped face first. His wife Jinky broke into tears as the MGM Grand crowd erupted.

Pacquiao humbly admitted his defeat, "He got me good. That's boxing," "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose"

Marquez hands finally rose to victory. This is the moment that has been longing for since he first met Pacquiao in 2004. Marquez closed the eight year rivalry in a brutal manner. He made sure of excluding the judges in the equation and not even bothering the referee to count. His big right hand decided the ending of the fight.

Pacquiao’s extraordinary career is put into question. Either he will continue or retire. Arum said he might schedule a fifth fight “Why not”, Pacquiao answered.

The next question is: how about the super-fight between Pacquiao and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. With Pacquiao’s devastating defeat against Marquez, will this fight ever or most likely to happen? Maybe it will be a mere fight but not super at all.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 Fight Result: Gamboa win over Farenas in 12

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Yuriorkis Gamboa 22-0-0 (KO 16) is expected to put on show for his comeback tonight in MGM Grand Garden Arena. I believed he did. Gamboa scored knockdowns in rounds two and seven.

Nevertheless, Michael Farenas 34-4-4 (KO 26) is a no easy opponent for Gamboa. He scored also a knockdown of his own in round 9. He caught Gamboa by a counter left on the ropes. That is when Gamboa engaged exchanges. For the record, Farena's was the only boxer so far that put Gamboa to the canvass.

Even after 15 months of inactivity, Gamboa merely showed ring rust. He still at the top of his game. He is fast and accurate in his punches.

The official scorecards read 117-109, 118-108 and 117-108 all for Gamboa.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 Fight Result: Vazquez schooled Gesta in 12

Mercito Gesta 26-0-2 (KO 14) failed to win world title against a sneaky fast opponent Miguel Vazquez 33-3-0 (KO 13). Let me put this fight into simple words what had happened from round one all the way to 12.

Vazquez is doing what he does best. He continues to move around Gesta while setting his punches. When Gesta tried to close to gap Vazquez tied him up. Simple. Vazquez moves around, throw combination and again moves around. Gesta tried to counter, swinging wildly stalk Vazquez, closes in and gets tied up. The above action times 12. That's what happened.

Gesta was almost no idea what he is up to or it is just Vazquez to good for him? I don't know if he trained for the style of his opponent for this fight. Anyway, really "styles make fights".

The official scorecards 117-111, 119-109 and 118-110 all for the winner by unanimous decision--Miguel Vazquez.

Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 fight result: Fortuna dominates Hyland in 12

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Javier Fortuna 20-0-0 (KO 15) dominates Patrick Hyland 27-0-0 (KO 12). Fortuna is too slick and too fast for Hyland. Fortuna mimicks middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez. He was throwing fast combinations and use his feet to move around. Hyland's corner is telling him to let his hands go.

In round nine, Fortuna took a low blow from Hyland. They went for a broke after they get back. Fortuna was cut and beginning to slow down a bit in round 10. This was Fortuna's first full 12 round fight.

Hyland stepping up his game in the championship round as Fortuna seems tired. But Fortuna is too way ahead from the judges scorecards.

The official scorecards 118-110, 116-112, 115-112 for a unanimous decision in favor of Javier Fortuna.

Pacquiao vs Marquez 4: Tonight all questions will get answers

Tonight, Manny Pacquiao 54-4-2 (KO 38) will finally meet Juan Manuel Marquez 54-6-1 (KO 39) in a squared circle for the fourth time at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada, USA, to answer all the questions: Who is the better fighter? Can Pacquiao knockout Marquez? Or can Marquez knockout Pacquiao? Will the fight go to the distance?

These and many more questions that lingers around the grandest rivalry in our time might get a conclusive answer tonight. So do not miss this fight. If you do not have PPV subscription--click here. It might solve your problem. But I am not sure. Just try.

After each fight of this card, I will post the result. But I will post only the below under-cards, plus of course, the main event.

Mercito Gesta 26-0-1 (KO 14) vs. Miguel Vazquez 32-3-0 (KO 13).
Yuriorkis Gamboa 21-0-0 (KO 16) vs. Michael Farenas 34-3-4 (KO 26).

Mercito Gesta is a promising undefeated Filipino pugilists that slowly but surely climb into the ranks of boxing while keeping his unblemished record. A very exciting match-up also that you should not miss.

Yuriorkis Gamboa wanted to comeback big-time also tonight after 15 months of inactivity. He will be up against Michael Farenas for the interim WBA World super featherweight title. Farenas, also a Filipino, has nothing to lose but have everything to gain. Farenas might spoil Gamboa's grand return.

Oh! I love upsets. And I love undefeated boxers losing that big "O" in their records.

Curious about my prediction about Pacquiao-Marquez 4? Click here.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Pacquaio vs. Marquez 4 Prediction: Another competitive and entertaining fight

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Manny Pacquiao will face Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time on December 8, 2012. The fight will be held in MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas Nevada, USA. Kenny Bayless will be the referee. The judges are Adalaide Byrd (Nevada), Steve Weisfeld (New Jersey) and John Keane (UK). This is a 12 round fight and the winner will take special WBO belt “Fighter of the Decade”.

Pacquiao and Marquez first meet on May 8, 2004 for WBA and IBF title. Pacquiao floored Marquez three times in the first round but the Mexican warrior got up and continued until the final bell—sweeping most of the remaining rounds. The fight ended in a draw.
Marquez felt he won the fight. Pacquiao wanted a rematch. But the rematch did not materialize until May 15, 2008—almost four years. Pacquiao won a split decision. A fight that could went either way. Roach believed that the third round knockdown made the difference. Marquez felt he was robbed.

For the third time the arch-rival fought once again on November 11, 2011; promising a decisive conclusion of their rivalry. Many believe Pacquaio will knock-out Marquez this time. This prediction is based on Pacquiao’s blockbuster performance against bigger opponents in higher weight class that includes David Diaz, Oscar De la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley.

Nevertheless, we are entertained with the same outcome—a very competitive fight that could go either way. Pacquaio won via majority decision.  Marquez felt he was robbed for the third time. He was so upset that he talked about retirement but willing to face his tormentor for a fourth time.

However, Pacquiao believed that he has nothing to do with Marquez and fought undefeated American Timothy Bradley in June—losing in a very controversial decision.

My prediction for Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4 is simple. “Styles makes fight”. This will be again a very competitive and entertaining fight that could go either way that will make it controversial again; déjà vu of the second and third fight. Why? It is because they are too familiar to each other. The element of surprise will not be there.

At this late stage of their career it is almost impossible for them to change dramatically their style. Levels of motivation might be different.

However, a single punch can change everything. Pacquaio can do that. Marquez said that it is difficult to knockout Pacquaio but it is possible.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV: What would be Manny's perfect game plan against Juan Manuel?

Style make fights.

Freddie Roach transformed Pacquiao from a single fisted brawler into a well rounded fighter. He added techniques to Pacquiao's built in strength--power and speed--a lethal combination. Pacquiao dominated every single opponent that Bob Arum put in front of him.

He dominated all but not Marquez: this is simply because of style. Every fight Pacquiao learned one or two new tricks that might be effective at some point during a fight but can be easily adjusted by a counter puncher like Marquez.

Pacquiao will easily knockdown brawlers like Rios or Katsidis. Because they will trade punches with Pacquiao. Power vs. power, but Pacquiao’s speed will be the edge.

However, if you put Marquez or Mayweather Jr.--both are brilliant counter punchers--Pacquiao will always have difficulty. There is always a never ending debate whose style will prevail if Pacman and Mayweather will finally meet.

Back to Marquez. Why Pacquiao unable to knockout Marquez or unable to score even a knockdown during the third fight? Pacquiao was not able to throw and land the same volume of combinations during the first fight. Why? because Pacquiao knows very well Marquez and Marquez knows very well Pacquiao.

Pacquiao knows that once he throw a punch, Marquez is waiting to counter. In the third fight Pacquiao after throwing combos, would pull back his hands to cover--defending the counter, although Marquez not thrown a punch. Because Pacman anticipated that Dinamita will fire and while Marquez also anticipated that Pacman will throw more than 3 combos.

To beat Marquez is to fight the way he fight Marquez in the first round of the first fight. Speed… speed... speed… combo... combo.. combo… aggression… aggression… overwhelm Marquez. Pacman should not give Marquez the time to think--keep him busy evading his fast combo.

Pacman is faster than Marquez, Pacman can absorb Marquez best shot while Marquez cannot. So why not let his hands go and bombard Marquez with bombs till he drop.

But this is easier said than done. Pacquiao needs to train hard as he can and his oxygen full and be in his old self because Marquez is highly motivated not only looking to counter but to knockout his arch-rival.

In a video, Marquez looked very sharp and rip--hulking up muscles. I'm sure he will not look like a bloated lightweight come fight night.

If Pacquaio and Marquez both look to end this fight before the final bell then brace yourself, but if not, then even the idea of a fifth fight would make me cover my ears--not to hear the same drama.

Friday, November 16, 2012

50 Cent vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: A scripted Stunt

50 Cent, rapper that turns into a boxing promoter created buzz on twitter after throwing several insult against his former buddy and best friend, boxing pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. You may find here, if you want to see exactly the words both 50 Cent and Mayweather Jr. tweeted.

50 Cent who has around eight million follower and around three million for Floyd, generated tens of thousands re-tweet. It was the trending topic on that day. Upon checking every major sport sites—this is the topic being discussed.

Many believed that this is only a mere stunt and faked. Who knows this two were together when they insulted each on tweeter.

I also wonder what 50 and Floyd would benefit from insulting each other. Maybe to simply catch attention. Then I remember one book that mentioned some part of 50 Cent life story before he become successful as a rapper.

The book is entitled “The 48 Laws of Power” written by Robert Greene. This book enumerates 48 (obviously) laws with actual examples from well-known individual in each law on how to become a powerful person.

Law number six says “Court attention at all cost”. I think this Law now is in action not only for 50 Cent but also for Floyd. They become more popular being enemies than friends—so why not throwing insults on tweeter.

Now that 50 got the attention he wanted, my next question is how he will utilize it? Well, as a boxing promoter it helps to market his boxer—undefeated featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa who is scheduled to fight in the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV.

This is Gamboa's fight after a year of inactivity. Gamboas “no show” during a press conference to his suppose fight with Brandon Rios—added delay on his ring return.

Apart from this, 50 Cent also is trying to match Gamboa to Floyd that made Floyd Sr. and Roger Mayweather laugh off. 50 even willing to gave additional 20 million to the winner. For me it is like giving his money to Floyd for nothing.

How stupid it is in my opinion for a boxing promoter to feed your 126 pounder boxer to the best fighter fighting at 154 pounds or even 147 pounds.

Anyway, either it is true or not it is only Floyd and 50 know it. We like it or not we need personalities like these to make boxing more lively and merrier.

Abner Mares wants a Nonito Donaire-fight as birthday gift

Abner Mares who came from a fresh victory over Anselmo Moreno last week—mauling him for twelve rounds and got the unbelievable unanimous decision, tweeted in twitter for a fight with Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire.

“Well my bday is coming up on the 28 of this month, And all I want for my bday is a fight VS Nonito ..#maresdonaire #walkformaresdonaire”
It seems that Abner Mares is very interested for a fight with the Filipino star Nonito Donaire. I’m sure this could be a great fight. Imagine the roughhousing of Mares collide with Donaire’s counter punching skills.

Whose style will prevail? Nonito Donaire’s upcoming fight with Mexican volume puncher Jorge Arce would be a good barometer to test how good Donaire to swarming and mauling style.

However, at this point Mares has a good chance at Donaire, not to mention his out of the book tricks—that is disappointing to watch (Watch Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno highlights last week) from a young and talented guy who could win without doing such tricks.

Here is also a video that talks about the ridiculous judging.

I like this match-up if Donaire get past Arce.

Will a fight with Donaire could be a nice birthday gift for Mares? Well, of course defends on the outcome of the fight—if this one will materialize, he better hope it will be on his favor, otherwise he might  stop asking for a birthday gift like this because this might be a bad idea.

In my opinion—to all super bantamweight boxers—Donaire might not be a cool birthday gift. Money wise yes! then not bad for a birthday gift.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Toshiaki Nishioka announces retirement

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The veteran Japanese star Toshiaki Nishioka announced retirement from boxing and is hanging up his boxing gloves for good. Nishioka was knockout by Donaire in his previous super bantamweight championship fight in hope to regain world title.

In a post written by Bad Left Hook's Brent Brokehouse from a quote from Asia One.

"I have done what I should do. I am fully satisfied with my boxing career," the 36-year-old left-hander told a press conference in Tokyo. "I have experienced excitement many times through 18 years as a pro boxer." ...

"I am confident of becoming champion again if I fight boxers other than Donaire," said Nishioka, who is set to open a gym and train young boxers.

"But I cannot think of any better fight than the one I had with him."
Before his fight with Donaire I have a feeling already that if Nishioka will be beaten and shall we say will be knockout badly by Donaire--he will definitely retire from boxing. The aging Nishioka who had a sterling career deserve to call it quit after defeated by one of  boxing pound for pound best.

Nishioka during that fight, not just come to survive but to come to win, although he knows that he is up for a younger and powerful fighter he didn't refuse to bring it on that is why he got open and Donaire capitalize the opportunity and knocked him out inside round eight.

I salute to Nishioka and good-luck to his new gym and his intention to train young fighters who love the sweet science.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mares vs Moreno: Boxing's another bad call

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Abner Mares won against Anselmo Moreno, retain his super bantamweight title, in a manner that you will dubbed him not just simply tricky no more, but pure and plain dirty. Not so good statement yeah? for Mares fans but that is how it is. Mares is a very talented and nice guy minus the ring, gloves and opponent. Mares I think without using those foul maneuver could win a fight in a fair shake.

What really hurt the image of the sport in this fight is the way it is being officiated. I don't how many times Mares hit Moreno in the groin, all I can hear is referee Caiz Jr. keep on saying like after every other round saying "keep 'em up" without deducting a point but deducted Moreno for pushing Mares head down.
Al Bernstein tweeted that "abner's head get's pushed down in every fight because of way he lunges in."
I think Moreno pushed Mares head down when Mares crouched in front of him thinking that Mares will hit him again another illegal blow. If that is the case, Moreno could have cover his balls instead of his chin and start shelling Mares balls also and this could have been a boxingball.

Apart from this, judging was very pro-Mares. In my opinion even if Mares did a good job in an all out aggression whatever it is to win the fight--and he really did win that fight but not in a score of 120-106. I don't know how judge Dr. James Jen-Kin scored the fight. It was like he was seeing Moreno's hand tied on his back.

A 114-112 would be somewhat near the line not a shootout. Even a draw would not raise anyone's eyebrow. I feel that referee like this bias should be penalized. Sometimes maybe we are unfair but in a way that it can be digested. Something not OA; this one is really exaggerated.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Martirosyan vs. Lara Live Streaming Saturday November 10 2012

Watch Vanes Martirosyan vs. Erislandy Lara Live Streaming on Saturday November 10 2012. Martirosyan  You can watch live streaming for this fight by just clicking the link above. This boxing double header will be brought to you by HBO boxing after dark.

Vanes Martirosyan is an undefeated boxer that looked so impressive against his last opponent. The winner of this fight could possibly challenge Saul "Canelo Alvarez for world title at light middleweight.

Undefeated Mikey Garcia vs.  Jonathan Victor Barros will co-feature. Garcia coming from four knockout winning streak, seeks to continue winning to build his own name in boxing and could possibly headline a card on HBO in the near future. 

Watch below the preview of this card.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Francisco vs. Rigondeaux: Drian apparently not known enough to fight Rigo

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Filipino prospect Drian "Hands of Gold" Francisco is reported to have a shot of ex-Cuban Olympic gold medalist Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux in the undercard of the fight between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce in Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, USA on December 17.  I told to myself that this could be a chance of another Filipino to become a world champion.

However, in an article written by Ed de la Vega of, Rigondeaux 11-0-0 (KO 8) will instead fight Thai ex-champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. That was depressing for Francisco who was in the US for some time looking for a fight.

De La Vega hinted two reasons why the fight did not materialize. First, it is simply "business-wise". HBO prefer for the Thai fighter because mainly of penetrating the Thai market—also a country that follows boxing. Besides the veteran and former champion has a huge following locally.

Unlike Francisco, it becomes redundant since the Filipino boxing fans would definitely watch because of Donaire being the main event.

Second reason cited that allegedly, Rigondeaux viewed Francisco as a "high-risk" but "low-return" (I don't know if this is another term for being scared) opponent. I think it is true because in my opinion Francisco would really give Rigo some problem. I know that Rigo is being groom to gain more and more popularity for a possible mega showdown with Donaire.

After Donaire dispatched Nishioka in his last fight, Rigondeaux name afloat and there are some claim that Donaire should fight Rigo next. Nevertheless, Donaire was quick to dismiss the idea that Rigo needs to probe him and fight more quality opponents. This position of Donaire started some fans telling that he is ducking Rigo.

I think if Rigo wanted a shot of Donaire it is vital for him to fight Drian. If he could beat Drian then Donaire might think that he is the one he should fight next. Donaire being also a Filipino knows well what Drian could bring.

However, if the real reason is really about “business”, then what he can do? Boxing is a big business after all.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Donaire vs. Arce: Travieso play as the underdog

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Veteran Mexican star Jorge Arce is the clear underdog in his fight against Filipino star Nonito Donaire 30-1-0 (KO 19) in Toyota Center, Houston, Texas on December 15, 2012. But Arce is confident that he can knockout Donaire.

Well, in my opinion yes why not. Arce 61-6-2 (KO 46) is a volume puncher—offense is his defense. He throws a lot of them as if his way to catch his breath is to throw a punch. The more I feel that he is tired in a fight, the more I see him throw a lot more punches. He doesn’t care how many his opponent will land as long as he throws his own. Arce also has heart of a true champion. He is okay being the underdog but fight the way he used to and not intimidated nor unfazed by the situation.

Arce also continues to come forward and never back down to whatever adversities he will face in the course of the fight because he bleeds easily. I remember when he fought Hussein Hussein—that was classic. Arce was bleeding through his eyes and face but his willingness to win was tremendous and he knockout Hussein in round 10 in the first match. It was a very exciting match that lead to a rubber match that Arce won again just in the second round.

Arce’s fight also with Vazquez Jr. was the same story; he was the underdog, bleeding and was the older lion against the younger Vazquez but come out and won the fight. Donaire also defeated vazquez.

However, what I noticed is that both Hussein and Vazquez are fighters that love to fight toe to toe. This is the type of style that suited to Arce because he throws a lot so the chance of landing more is high against a come-forward fighter.

Darchinyan, another brawler and loves toe-to-toe action but defeated Arce because this guy is a heavy puncher. In my opinion, Arce has problem in his style if his opponent—although fights toe-to-toe but has the power. Arce is prone to be hit. And once hit with a heavier puncher then he is done.

Cristian Mijares, this guy is a different fighter among the three I mention but defeated Arce. Mijares is a technical boxer. He moves around, uses lateral, good footwork, and uses jab. Arce was always off balance when he fought Mijares. This only means that Arce has also a problem with less powerful but technical fighters that is why Mijares won unanimously.

Now, it happens that Donaire, in my opinion is the heavier puncher and a technical fighter too, that will give Arce twice the problem not to mention the age factor. Now, you decide whether or not Arce could pull an upset being the underdog.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. get nasty on twitter

Former 'buddy' and 'best-friends' 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange nasty tweets against each other. It all started from 50 Cent tweet that said.
"I can't hang out with Floyd no more,I'm tired of running from manny pacquiao"
Floyd Maywearther Jr. responded with the following stream.

"SMS = Snakes Maneuver Slick".
"SMS = Sisters Managing Sports".
"SMS = Similar Mayweather Show".
"A male boxing groupie.. hold my belts because your album sales have declined".
"F@ck Boy you look cute in that jacket".
"I respect the shooter not the one who got shot".
"Hold my money Fuck Boy".
"Wayne, Kanye, Ross and Drake are running the rap world.".
"Men lie.. women lie numbers don't lie. Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Kanye please help this boy".
If you are curious it is up for you to follow them on twitter. 50 Cent @50cent and Floyd mayweather Jr. @FloydMayweather. I believed because it is already started, there will be more of like this coming.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV: Undercards

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The final installment (I hope this would be the last) of bitter rivals in boxing, Filipino boxing icon Manny ‘Pac-man’ Pacquiao and Mexican star Juan Manuel ‘Dinamita’ Marquez revealed the undercards. 

Gamboa ‘a no-show’ during the presser of a suppose bout with Brandon Rios will be in action after almost a year of inactivity. He last fought Daniel Ponce De Leon in September last year and won via 8 round technical decision. 

IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez of Mexico will defend his title against undefeated Filipino Gesta. It has been a while that Gesta is fighting the ranks to become another Filipino world champion; this is his shot at the IBF champion.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV: Marquez muscle-packed in a sparring, still drinks urine?

In a recent video uploaded by oscar8874 on Youtube, Juan Manuel Marquez looked bigger and stronger.  Marquez did a sparring for almost three minutes.

In Pacquiao-Marquez III, Marquez does not look bloated at all at 144 catchweight. To some degree I could say that he even look like the regular welter compared to Pacquiao that night. Referring to this video I think Marquez would be more comfortable now—full welterweight limit at 147.

I just hope the added weight and muscle would not slow him down. But if you look at the video, it seems speed is not a problem and the fact that Pacquiao’s speed had lessen to some extent, Marquez added weight means more power that may absorb Pacquiao’s best shot without his ass kissing on the canvas.

Marquez combine power and technique plus speed that can catch up Pacquiao’s pace might finally give Marquez the big win that he is looking for since 2004 when they first met. A possible knockout also might happen that he is nagging for—to beat his rival.

I wonder if drinking its own urine is still part of Marquez preparation and bulking up muscle in this fight. If so, I am just curious if how many liters of urine Marquez is drinking up to this point in his preparation. In your opinion how many liters?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Emanuel 'Manny' Steward: My Ten bells

Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward an inductee of the International Boxing Hall Of Fame, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame pass away at the age of 68. The boxing world loses one of boxing great stewards.

Steward was also a boxing analyst and commentator of HBO. He trained more than 40 champions throughout his career. Notable boxer that he used to train was Thomas Hearns.

Steward was also a boxer having 97 total fights and won 94 with only 3 losses.

It is hard to imagine that this year alone we lost two boxing legends—Bert Sugar in March and yesterday Emanuel Steward.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Azkals vs. Al Azraq: Three things to note

On Tuesday I sat on the Kuwait Sports Club bleacher in Kaifan, watching Azkals to exact revenge against their FIFA World Cup Qualifier tormentor—Al Azraq (The Blue Team)—Kuwait's national football team. But Azkals was again routed by the mighty Kuwaitis 1-2. You may find my article of the game here.

I note several things during the game that I try to streamline into three. I am no expert about this sport but to compare the previous game in July 2011 and on Tuesday's game is a 'no brainer'. So, I just put my observations in simple words without much of football’s terminology.
Speed and superior ball handling skills
It was the same speed and superior ball handling skills that lifted the Kuwaitis to victory. 'Speed kills' as what they said. I saw how a Kuwait striker outrunning Angel Guirado in the flank that suppose to be an all alone attack towards the goal while Kuwaiti defenders advanced deep down the midfield leaving their goal keeper alone. There were several opportunities for the Azkals that were defended well by the Kuwaitis utilizing their speed.

Midfield control
Azkals made great improvement in controlling the middle. In their first encounter in July 2011—Azkals was scoreless and very weak in the middle. The Kuwaitis took a lot of ball possession from the middle either from intercepting a pass or a steal. It is reported that Azkals control 44% of the ball during the game compare to a very low percentage last year. In this game I am impressed how Azkals was able to minimized steals. Take a look at the video below for one of the most notable play (aside from goals of course) that I took.

Very few Filipinos
Last year it was reported that around 15,000 chanting Filipinos showed up to support Azkals and I agree with that. I was not able to get in that time through the gate instead I jump off the fence. Personnel that controls the gates were pretty fucked up by the large number of Pinoys, including me that wanted to get in. The fact that Qadsiya Stadium is even bigger than Kaifan stadium but it is really full.

However last Tuesday’s game was the opposite. The stadium was smaller but the Filipinos were very few that it looks empty especially the opposite side. The total spectators, I believed not even occupied one fourth of the stadium. I feel maybe because of the following;

•    Azkals were not as popular.
•    The match was not well-promoted.
•    The match was held during midweek.

In your opinion why the Azkals did not gain the same support from the Filipinos in Kuwait like last time? Feel free to leave your answer/s in the comment box below.

Here some action photos during the FIFA sanction friendly match.

Both Teams warming up

Opening Ceremony

Opposite of my location that looks empty

The handshake

Al Azraq indirect free-kick

Knockout Kuwaiti baller

Group hug before second half kicks-off

Younghusband takes the penalty kick

Jubilant Pinoy's after Azkals scores the equalizer

Young Azkal fans

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Azkals fails revenge: Kuwait wins friendlies, 2-1


The Philippine Football National team Azkals failed to avenge their FIFA World Cup Qualifier tormentor—Al Azraq—Kuwait’s National Football team during their FIFA sanction friendly match in Kuwait Sports Club in Kaifan. The speed and superior ball handling skills was Kuwait’s main weapon to edged Azkal into a 2-1 victory.
Neil Etheridge, Azkal goalkeeper made an excellent saves to deny Kuwait early assault in the 6th, 7th and 22nd minute of the first half. The Filipino fans were on their feet for every successful catch Etheridge did for the Azkals. In the 27th minute Guirado gave up a tackle in the penalty area enabling Bader Al Mutwa for the penalty kick but again Etheridge defended it well.

However, Etheridge good start was short lived when a Kuwaiti striker slip in the first goal to their advantage in the 35th minute of regulations first half that silenced the Filipino fans.

The silenced Filipino fans after Kuwait's first goal
It is very evident that Al Azraq’s game plan was to attack and attack Azkals in the early going that resulted to three unsuccessful attempts, a penalty kick and a goal in the first half alone.

In the second half, Azkals is under pressure to score a goal to equalize the game and be back in the drawing board. Azkals pressed the action and awarded a penalty kick after a handball.

Younghusband took the penalty kick and sunk it in after a helpless Kuwaiti goalkeeper. The Filipino fans gone wild and was up on their feet once again chanting Azkals! Azkals! Azkals!

Jubilant fans after the penalty kick
However, the desired draw for the Azkals was again denied by the Kuwaitis when Al Enezi made a penalty kick that was awarded to them in a penalty call that Etheridge failed to defend. The Kuwaitis cruised to a 2-1 victory.

Etheridge tweeted after the game,
“Hard game... But the team played well, another day maybe a better result but overall we did well. Let's keep improving”.
In my next post I will try to breakdown my observation and assessment of the game and more photos. Stay tuned.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Azkals vs. Al Azraq: Azkals returns in Kuwait to face World Cup Qualifier tormentor

The Philippine Azkals is in Kuwait for a friendly match against Kuwait National Team Al Azraq tomorrow, October 16, 2012 at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kaifan. According to a report of Michelle Fe Santiago from Arab Times, the friendly match will kick-off at 6:50 pm. Tickets are available at the stadium box office and priced at KD 1, KD 2 and KD 3.

On July 2011, Philippine Azkals was denied by Kuwait National Team on their hope for the 2014 FIFA world Cup in a home and away series. The mighty Kuwaitis crushed Azkals, 3-0 on that night in the eyes of 15,000 strong Filipino supporters in Kuwait. While in the Philippines, Kuwait scored 2 goals against 1 earning a 5-1 aggregate to advance in the third round. Kuwait was then defeated by South Koreans in the third round.

In a tweet from Neil Etheridge at 3:27 pm today, it seems that they are headed for training and is happy for the weather in Kuwait which is 30 degrees at that time. Azkals was enduring around 40 degrees heat last year that might have a dramatic effect on their performance.

In this match Azkals wanted revenge on their tormentor and will give a competitive game. Azkals have new players like Matthew Uy, Demet Omphroy, and striker Denis Wolf who scored a hat trick—three goals in one game, during the Peace Cup.

Goal keeper Neil Etheridge and the Younghusband brothers—Phil and James will also rejoin Team Azkals after missing the Peace Cup which the team was the champion.

According to their Coach Michael Weiss they wanted keep their defense up and to at least secure a scoreless draw. But they train to win.

Azkals held a much higher ranked Bahrain on a scoreless draw on Friday. Azkal vs. Kuwait friendly match is the final leg of Middle East matches for Azkals preparation for the Suzuki Cup in November.

In feel that this game was not as hyped as last time but I still expect a lot of support from the Filipinos in Kuwait and count me in too because I will be there. See you all in Kaifan Pinoys in Kuwait.

Guys what is your take on this game? Do you believe the Azkals will win this time? Feel free to leave your comment below.

Update16 October 2012 at 10PM: The Kuwaiti National Team 'Al Azraq' wins against Team Azkals 2-1 moments ago at Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kaifan. The mighty Kuwaitis showed once again their superior ball handling skills and a whole lot faster than the Azkals.

(I will be posting my piece along with some photos of the action soon, stay tuned.)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Donaire stops Nishioka in Round 9, retains title

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Nonito ”The Filipino Flash”once again dominated opponent now in Toshiaki Nishioka and eventually knocked him out in round nine. Nonito was clearly in control in the early going of the fight. He was fast and as I expect a whole lot stronger in the third time at 122 pounds.

Nishioka showed that he aged and was not able to catch-up the phase of Donaire and was very cautious. Nishioka had a very high respect of Donaire's left hook—he pasted his right hand to his right chin—sacrificing his right jab and as a result he can’t also throw his left straight.

A hesitant Nishioka in the early rounds made the fans booed—it is evident that the crowd was looking for the same action between Rios and Alvarado. The referee yells at him to box—this is boxing not dancing.

Donaire continue what he does best in the early rounds, looking only to counter and patiently waiting for opening. But Nishioka refused to engage and was still hiding in his shell just faking his punches but not throwing anything. The impatient crowd of Carson California increased the volume of boos.

Nishioka steps up the gas after Donaire’s left uppercut find his target on his chin and he was down—his ass first to the canvas. The crowd becomes excited but Nishioka stood and continue.

In the beginning I was thinking that Nishioka wanted only to survive because he seemed accepted that Donaire is a different animal. But Nishioka rallied in round nine and looking for his own way to win—to knockout Donaire because he is way behind the scorecards.

However, Nishioka got tagged with a hard straight right counter from Donaire to his mouth and again he trip to canvas—now flat on his back. He stood right away but was so wobbly although the referee allowed him to continue. But after a single punch from the raging Donaire—the referee stopped the fight.

In a quick words Donaire was simply the stronger, faster and younger while Nishoka has aged and rusty due to 11 months of inactivity. With Nishiokas sterling career and at 36, I think it is time to hang his gloves for good

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rios vs. Alvarado: Rios demolishes Alvarado in Round 7

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As expected the fight between undefeated fighters Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado was pure fire versus fire from the beginning till the end. Both fighters open fires punches that has brutal intention. Alvarado's punishing uppercuts find its target almost at will at Rios's head and body. While Rios has his left hook landed from the inside. Both brawlers absorb each other punches well—superb conditioning.

However, it is Rios's big right hand—the one that Alvarado did not see coming while he ducked—that hurt and sent him to the ropes. Rios followed up with left right combinations that opted the referee to stop the fight just right in time at 1:57 in Round 7.

In my unofficial scorecards, I've got Alvarado leading four rounds to two. Alvarado was the fighter who try to mix it up. He throws snapping jab from the outside and circle around Rios. His uppercuts was the telling blows before the knockout.

Rios comes straight forward to Alvarado and absorb those crushing uppercuts but he comes back with his own punches. Rios's left hook finding his mark also at Alvarados chin.

The end comes in round 7 when Alvarado was caught by a hard right that hurt him badly, followed by a combination. Alvarado backed to the ropes really wobbly and Rios fired left and right and the referee step in to stop the fight.

I would like a rematch for this fight it was unbelievable fight and ended in a knockout. Unbeleivable fighters that really stood their ground and pleased the knockout hungry fans. In the end it was Alvarado's "O" that go.

This a sure "fight of the year" candidate.

Donaire vs. Nishioka and Rios vs Alvarado double header Live Blog

Round 7 Hard right to the chin Alvarado was hurt. Alvarado was in serious trouble. He was wobbly. Referee stops the fight. Oh my God. Official result 1:57 in round 7. Up next: Donaire vs, Nishioka

Round Six Rios start with a left hook. Again in the inside left hook Rios. Uppercut Alvarado Short crosses Alvarado. Hard right Alvarrado. Rios comes back with body shots. Alvarados round.

Round 5 Alvarado tries to circle around with his jab. Rios closes in with body shots. Back and forth action. Alvarado round for me.

Round 4 Alvarado mix it up from the inside and out. Good uppercut by Alvarado but Rios refuse to backdown. Good body shot for Rios. Nice combo for Alvarado. I got it for Rios.

Round 3 Alvarado try to adjust. Try to jab that snaps Rios head back. Again they fight in the inside. Back and forth dropping bombs. Alvarados uppercut always find his mark. Alvarado got this round.

Round 2 Rois throws crushing left hook that find its target at Alvarados chin that absorbs it, no problem. Alvarado nice uppercut. Rios smiled. Rios counters. I give this round for Alvarado for that telling uppercut. 

Round 1 No sizing made for both fighters. Throwing bombs from the inside no one refuse to back down. Fireworks as expected from this very round. Round could go either way but I got it for Rios

One of the best match up anticipated to be fireworks. Many boxing pundits believed that it will gonna be Gatti vs. Ward. Besides both fighter are undefeated.

Live Rios vs Alvarado Round by round report

Friday, October 12, 2012

Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka: Prediction/Analysis

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Once again I will breakdown my prediction and analysis of the fight between Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ and the Japanese super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBO world title.

I watch again the fight between Toshiaki Nishioka and Rafael Marquez on replay. I noticed that Nishioka is successful with his right jab, straight left combo that landed in the head and body of Marquez.

Before I go on further let me set the scene on that fight. Marquez is the orthodox while Nishioka is the southpaw fighter. So, Nishioka's lead foot is his right while Marquez is his left. In this kind of matchup the fighter that would create better attacking opportunity is the one that can position his lead foot outside the lead foot of his opponent while throwing his left hand for the lefty and the right hand for the righty in the middle.

Nishioka was the fighter who did this every time he launches attack on Marquez.  Nishioka did this by stepping his lead foot outside Marquez’s lead foot while throwing his right jab followed by his left straight either to Marquez’s body or head and then circle to his right (Marquez’s own left side).

With this move, Nishioka was able to land those punches while evading Marquez's counter right hand which is his power hand. Marquez reacted to this move by pivoting his back foot to the right finding Nishioka towards his left and firing his own punches which is by then Nishioka will disengage smartly, circling away to the opposite direction (clockwise) to let Marquez follow him towards his left.

Then again Nishioka will repeat the same maneuver. To neutralize this move is to throw a counter left hook. Which happen to be the money punch of Donaire.

Therefore, if Nishioka will apply the same tactic to Donaire; he will be eating that left hook all night. However, Donaire must keep his right hand pasted to his right chin because Nishioka’s left also will be there after that right jab. Although the left hook will travel faster, Nishioka will be beaten by the punch.

In Donaires’s previous fight, I saw some flaws that might be seen also in this fight. After he scored a knockdown against Mathebula, he is hunting for that single lights-out-punch that never happen. He become too eager to land that shot and was so impatient. Donaire started to showboat when Mathebula also connects. That only means to me that he is desperate for that knockout. Nishioka may utilize this kind of immaturity to his advantage.

Nishioka is a veteran fighter—experience might be in his side. I expect that Nishioka will adjust his game plan on this fight especially if Donaire’s left hook will start to find its spot. What adjustment he will do is very exciting to watch.

One more thing that interests me also is Donaire’s versatility to switch from right to left stance. One way or the other it will confuse Nishioka.

I see Donaire being too fast and has the skill set to win unanimously in 12 rounds.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka: A Pure Tactical Fight

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Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash Donaire will share the squared circle with fellow Asian Toshiaki Nishioka 39-4-3(KO 24) in a twelve round championship bout for the WBO and WBC-Diamond Super bantamweight title at the Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA on Saturday 13 October 2012.

I am personally excited with this fight. Why, because? Donaire 29-1-0 (KO 18) in most of his fight is dominating his opponent. In his fight with Fernando Montiel, one the best at 115 and 118 pound division was knockout cold in just round two. Donaire caught Montiel with his money punch—his left hook.

With Nishioka, for sure Donaire is up for a totally different challenge. Nishioka is a left hander southpaw. He is around boxing for sometime so experience would be on his side although father time may not at 36.

I watched Nishioka on replay against Rafael Marquez. Nishioka dominated Marquez by just doing the basics in footwork. He circles around Marquez in counter clockwise direction with his jab followed by his left straight. He did this with his lead foot (his own right foot) moving forward outside the lead foot of Marquez.

With this movement, Nishioka is circling away from Marquez dominant right hand and throws his left straight. This maneuver of Nishioka gives Marquez difficulty to counter, wherein the best counter for this move is to throw a left hook which happens to be Donaire’s signature punch.

Now this is where the fight is going to be exciting. What will be Nishioka’s adjustment? If he will do the same move against Marquez—he will be eating Donaires left hook all night. Nishioka is known for his durable chin, we will see if how durable it is with Donaire’s power left hook.

Donaire vs. Nishioka is available on HBO PPV.

On Friday I will be posting my prediction of the fight.

Friday, October 5, 2012

IKEA overwhelms United COE, advances to Semis

Al Khalijia School Regai, Kuwait–Home furnishing leader IKEA knockout defending champion United COE in a one sided (perhaps COE's worse defeat ever) season quarterfinal battle of the ongoing Philbacks 8th conference basketball tournament Inter-company division.

IKEA dominates United COE early on the game that keep on sinking points at will under the paint, in the perimeter, and three point areas. United COE has no answer for IKEA’s superior firepower but tries to counter with its usual tough-to-crack defense.

We can recall that IKEA also routed United COE in a very thrilling passion during the elimination round that went into overtime.

In the first quarter, United COE manages to match IKEA in scoring. But IKEA pull it off finishing the first stanza leading with two digits going into the second quarter.

The second quarter becomes too rough for United COE (struggling in every department due to the absence of some key players), with Romy Navarro in foul trouble. IKEA’s shooting started to capitalize and piling up points after points.

The same turns up in the third quarter, IKEA pouring in 20 point lead with the momentum in their side while United COE is under pressure to cut down the lead before entering the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, United COE executes their best man-to-man defense that cut down the lead to 15 points. In the later minutes, IKEA is in penalty, opting 7th season MVP to attack and attack the basket fishing for foul after foul sinking in eight out ten free throws in this quarter alone.

IKEA sensing a possible rally pound a heartbreaking three-pointer that shut United COE's chance to cut the lead into single digit.

The effort of Romy Navarro and the rest of United COE team is not enough to outlast the more determine and well organize IKEA.

IKEA will advance with the other three teams to the semi-final round.

A quote from IKEA’s Head Coach, referring to their victory and United COE team.

“We win because I am screening too much”… “but for me you are still the best…”.

Here are some photos of the action.

I will update this blog for more action photos.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Why Pacquiao Submit to all Mayweather Jr’s demands?

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When fighter of the decade Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao loss to a controversial split decision against Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, I try to think of all the possibilities, why it happened? Many believed Pacquiao clearly won, if not dominating Bradley that night.

First, I try to watch the fight closely with sounds off—just to focus on the action not the commentary that obviously favored Pacquiao. In this way the anchor’s comment will not influence my judgment.

However, in my opinion Pacquiao still clearly won the fight. So, I try to think again other possibilities.

Second, I try to think what will be the effect of this controversial decision to both Pacquiao and Bradley’s future fight.

So I think ah! Perhaps they let Bradley won the fight so that there will be a rematch. Bob Arum did mention after the fight that,

    "I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous."

But I am not sold in this reason although Arum promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley because the fight didn’t generate the anticipated amount. There is no demand also for a rematch—except Bradley who slams Pacquiao after he chose Marquez to fight in December for a very obvious reason.

So, I try to think of something else, this time on Pacquiao fight against Mayweather—if it will ever happen.

In my opinion, that is why Pacquiao is now submitting to all Mayweather’s demand because this is the real reason why he was robbed against Bradley. Force Pacquiao to give in.

Now that Pacquiao finally give in let us see who's ducking who.