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Does Mayweather Fear Pacquiao?

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Manny Pacquiao

Now that the Fight of the Century of the Decade of the Year has been called off, thanks to bickering over drug tests, both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been taking verbal shots at each other. I guess that’s better than nothing, right?

Actually, no, it’s not. While these two millionaires gripe at each other from behind their respective managers and handlers, we, the fight fans, are the ones truly being cheated. Thanks to a definitive lack of true heavyweight star power, Mayweather/Pacquiao represents the one event that will bring hardcore sweet science fans and the everyday gawker who loves being apart of a sporting event spectacle. Now that both camps have effectively torpedoed the only fight that has such crossover appeal, the two fighters are moving on — but not before dropping a few more insults at each other.

First was Mayweather, who blamed Pacquiao for the fight not being made, offered this:

In a brutal statement, Mayweather states, “First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass.”

Pacquiao, of course, couldn’t take such jabs without a counter punch of his own, which he offered during the first press event to promote his fight against Joshua Clottey, which takes place in the football mall/church built by Jerry Jones.

“[Mayweather] didn’t want to fight me,” Pacquiao said, shrugging his shoulders. “I think maybe Mayweather is scared to lose.”

While these back and forths make for entertaining reading, they pale in comparison to the build-up of a fight of this magnitude. While both fighters will undoubtedly make incredible paydays for their next fight, the fact they are still “ducking” each other hurts the fans and the sport itself.

In an age where a mega-fight like Pacquiao/Mayweather could very well put the sport back in the same spotlight as MMA — Aside: while MMA is probably more popular among fight fans, the real money is in boxing. Always has been and probably always will be. For instance, Miguel Cotto made $12 million from his fight with Pacquiao. When’s the last time a losing MMA fighter collected such a purse? What about a winning fighter not named “Brock Lesnar?” — the petty antics of both fighters only hurts.

I mean, what other sport do two of the best actively avoid each other or make borderline over-the-top requests, while further damaging their sport’s reputation and alienating their fans? Professional wrestling? Perhaps, but even there, the belt holders still “compete” in the Pay Per Views. By my count, that puts them ahead of the current state of boxing.

Video of Kipton Ramos

During the beginning of November, the Internets were alive with reports of a high school football player from Idaho punching his coach in the face during an on-field scuffle with the opposing team. As indicated by Brooks, Kipton Ramos was arrested for assaulting his coach and breaking his eye socket and his nasal cavity.

Now we have video of the incident, which originated from here, I believe.

If you notice when the fight starts, it’s Ramos that’s doing the pushing of the opposing player. Things simply escalate from there. Another thing I noticed was number 81 for the blue team (Ramos’ side) wants absolutely nothing to do with fracas. In fact, his body language seems to indicate he’s disappointed the brawl started.

As for Ramos, he was obviously kicked off the football team and suspended from school. He’s due to appear in court again on December 15.

EliteXC Says See Ya

Not Happy

If Kimbo’s kid was upset his dad got phantom punched the hell out, he’ll probably blow a gasket when he finds out his father’s bankroll is drying up. Because of a condition called “hemorrhaging money,” EliteXC is closing up shop and they have canceled all of their upcoming events.

More of EliteXC’s fall after the jump. Gina Carano too >>

Found: Someone Wearing Starburys

Starbury

Much has been made of Stephon Marbury’s inexpensive shoes. From the time the price was first revealed to their familiar design; the brand’s struggles and his deal with Amazon, the Starbury brand is pretty infamous around the blogosphere.

However, no one has ever been captured or photographed in the wild with a pair on their feet. Until now. In the image leading this post, we have an daring individual from Kansas City sporting Stephon’s hot fashion. Because the above image is kind of blurry, here’s a screenshot of the Starbury model our young Kansas City-ite is rocking:

Starbury

Personally, I think the brave soul should be commended. You never know when you’ll be out amongst your crew — a group that’s probably unaware of the Starbury brand so you can inflate the value and be even cooler — rocking your Patrick Ewing adidas lookalike Starburys and an enterprising blogger with a camera phone and good timing crosses your path.

The next thing you know, you’re feet* are on the Internet.

*The faces and defining characteristics have been removed to protect the innocent.

Sean Hannity Brings His Fear Mongering To MMA

I’m not a fan of toe-the-party-line, they’re-all-out-to-get-your-children mouthpieces and Sean Hannity is no different. In an apparent Obama/Hillary/McCain dead period, the conscience of America decides to turn his attentions to MMA and the trend that sees younger children participating in the Octagon.

Now, even though Nathan Orand laid out some of the safety precautions in place to protect these younger fighters (shock-resistant head gear, no hitting above the shoulder), Hannity makes it known he thinks these kids are being brutalized and exploited for the organizer’s benefit.

Never mind the fact kids of all ages have been participating in full-contact sparring Martial Arts competitions LONG before Daniel-son ever graced the big screen.

I’m guessing Hannity’s new found enlightenment comes from the fact that John McCain, someone who he will probably support in the upcoming election (sorry about your Huckabee endorsement, there Sean), thinks MMA is equal to human cockfighting.

It’s really not hard to see through his shtick once you realize he’s just trying to create a hot-button issue to support the candidate he’ll have to vote for. It certainly was nice of him to take the “The Children Are Our Future and Must Be Protected” approach.

You know, to be sure he scares all the soccer moms who don’t have the time to flip the channel to something else.

Of course, it’s important to remember Sean Hannity is the same person who dropped a thinly-veiled accusation that Obama could be an anti-Semite and a potential racist because he wouldn’t turn his back on Reverend Wright.

Ah. Isn’t using fear to spread your message a grand, grand way of doing things?

What’s next, Sean? The violence related to Pop Warner football? Well, if McCain or Bush were to speak out against it, you can certainly bet he’d take that route on his next “Scare Em All” expose’.

H/T to the Ultimate MMA Video Blog for the find.

I’m Afraid The Children Are Our Future

God Help Me

These wonder-geniuses above me are the perpetrators of one of the more pathetic Internet-related crimes in memory. As documented by WithLeather and World Of Issac, a group of female cheerleaders detained and beat one of their “teammates” because of some apparent MySpace stuff her attackers didn’t agree with.

So what did they do to correct the situation?

They detained the girl for over 30 minutes and took turns beating the stuffing out of her — all because of a freaking MySpace page. It’s times like these that words begin to absolutely fail me.

Not only were the female badasses stupid enough to execute something like this, they also filmed it in hopes of making a popular Internet video; because, you know, there’s nothing that says viral popularity like detainment and assault.

According to reports:

The 16-year-old suffered a concussion, eye injuries and several bruises. During the attack, two others [the men in the mugshots leading this post] were outside keeping watch according to the sheriff’s office.

In fact, the sheriff said, Lindsay was lured into the home for the sole purpose of capturing and posting the video on the Internet. According to the sheriff’s office arrest affidavit, Lindsay told deputies they “were going to post the beating on MySpace and YouTube.”

Fortunately for the sake of society, the Sheriff’s office is recommending these vapid, self-absorbed, me-firsters be tried as adults. In case you are wondering, here’s the video our cheerleading wonder-geniuses provided.

To quote Chandler Jarrow from The Golden Child, “Brilliance is, the best brilliance is brilliance born not from someone ignorant.” I guess this isn’t an example of “best brilliance” now is it? Sigh. The struggle continues.

By the way, it looks like South Park nailed the YouTube phenomenon quite nicely.

I’m not your fwend, buddy! I’m not your buddy, guy!

Goalie Catches Beer Bottle – With His Face

Recently, I wrote a post over at Epic Carnival discussing overzealous sports fans. I think the moron responsible for the bottle being thrown qualifies. The goalie, Armando Ribeiro, was taken to the hospital but has no apparent permanent injuries.

Thankfully, the wunderkind who threw the bottle was detained by stadium security. Perhaps they should let Ribeiro practice booting the ball… directly at Mr. Soccer Fan’s face.

H/T to on205th.

Olympics: Blogging Yes, YouTube No

Guess what? You can blog—well, accredited people and athletes can—at the upcoming Olympic Games, but you can’t post any media from said events. So yeah, blog posts about incredible displays of athleticism are all good, just don’t post a picture of the medal ceremony…

ReadWriteWeb has the details about the IOC’s brilliant decision, which is just about as smart as NBC’s stranglehold on footage from their Olympic broadcasts.

I didn’t get to appreciate Vince Carter’s incredible dunk until I got a hold of the Internet.

Vince’s sick dunk after the jump ››