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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?