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Posts Tagged ‘Manny Pacquiao’

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.

Pacquiao Crushes Hatton

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While it sucks for those of you who went the pay-per-view route, it’s hard to dispute Manny Pacquiao’s place in boxing after his absolute destruction of Ricky Hatton. The fight was ended in the second round by a straight left hand that left Hatton out cold, but after two first-round knockdowns, it was clear Pacquiao was the far superior fighter, whose performance leaves boxing scribes wondering just how good the Filipino destruction whirlwind really is.

More fight fallout after the jump >>

SI’s Best Sports Pictures of 2008

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As we draw closer to the end of another year, it’s time for all of those nifty year-end compilations. Sports Illustrated got a little ahead of the game — these things usually come out after Christmas — when they released their Greatest Shots of 08, a 56-image gallery that captures the year in sports quite effectively. As expected, the Olympics are featured prominently, including that famous swimmer guy who attracts cute psychotics who don’t use AT&T Cingular.

More on SI’s images of the year after the jump >>

Marquez, Pacquiao Rematch in High Demand

Professional boxing is not what it used to be and there’s little question about the state of the sweet science. Besides the occasional Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, boxing has been hurting for household names. However, just because there isn’t an Ali or Tyson to hitch your boxing knowledge to, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a bevy of exceptional fighters; fighters that have no qualms about going toe-to-toe with any opponent.

And every so often, these fighters are actually paired up against each other, bringing boxing fans — and every so often, the general public — a fight that catches the collective attention. The most recent being, De La Hoya/Mayweather. However, that particular fight lacked the drama and skill displayed by the first Juan Manuel Marquez/Manny Pacquiao match-up.

The Boxing Times has a brilliant write-up of their first fight, which took place in May of 2004.

Because of the display of boxing put on in the first fight, Juan Manuel Marquez versus Manny Pacquiao II, which takes place this upcoming Saturday, is a hot ticket for the fringe boxing followers dying to see an exciting fight.

These types of fights, the kind that catch the general public’s eye, promise a star-studded lower arena featuring a who’s who of Hollywood boxing fans. Of course, the majority of those sitting in the lower level won’t know why the hype for this fight is so high. However, if they would just take a look at the video from the first round of the previous Marquez/Pacquiao fight, they’d understand:

As indicated, the fight is scheduled for this Saturday at the Mandaly Bay casino in Las Vegas. Let’s hope it lives up the billing of Marquez – Pacquiao I.