Calle 13 Salta La Voz Contra El Materialismo del HIP HOP en ADENTRO

April 16, 2014

WOW!! En este video, Calle 13 se sacaron un “Grand Slam!” Que chingon les salio el video y las letras de la cancion estan genial.

For those who don’t speak Spanish here is a message behind this video:
“The message I’m looking to send to young people by destroying my own car (Maserati), which at one point represented the ostentatious excesses in my life, is infinitely more valuable than the car itself. The fact that society places so much value on these supposed luxuries has resulted in kids who are willing to kill for them. When the legendary Willie Mays, who like Roberto Clemente is one of the most accomplished and respected baseball players of all time, gives me the bat that I use to destroy the car full of guns and bling, it symbolizes the power of wisdom and experience overcoming the shallow goals of gangsterism. It reconnects me with my early grounding in sports and the important life lessons it helped me learn. Mr. Mays was incredibly generous with his time and, as I am a huge fan, it was a dream come true to be in his presence.”- Residente (Rene Perez) of Calle 13

Disfruten del video y ponganle atencion a las letras de la cancion.

Jackie Robinson Strong!

April 15, 2014

As most Americans were remembering the anniversary of the Boston Marathon  tragedy, I was remembering Jackie Robinson. Today is the 10th anniversary that Major League Baseball has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

It is a day where baseball fans get to see their favorite player wearing number 42. A day where baseball pays tribute to the man who broke the color barrier line but more importantly the man who revolutionize the game with his base running.

As a Jackie Robinson fan I must say that I was disappointed that the Dodgers were playing an away game at San Francisco on this day. It was my tradition to go to Dodger Stadium when the Dodgers played on Jackie Robinson Day. It doesnt make sense that the Dodgers would be playing away from their fans on such a special day.

May this day be a reminder of what Jackie Robinson stood for not just as a baseball player but as a human being. Let it be known that as the nation remembers Boston we paused and salute someone who stood up in the face of adversity on this day: Number 42. Mr. Robinson. Thank you Jackie!

Pacquiao Wins Rematch Over Bradley But Pacquiao’s Mom Steals the Show

April 14, 2014

This past Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao won his long awaited rematch against Timothy Bradley via a unanimous decision to capture the WBO Welterweight Championship Belt. The star of the night wasn’t Manny Pacquiao or Timothy Bradley. It was Pacquiao’s mom.

At one point during the early rounds of the fight, HBO showed Pacquiao’s mom with a prayer card and a Rosary but rather than being in peaceful mood and praying for her son, it appeared to the viewers that she was putting a spell on Bradley. The look of her face and the intensity that she showed was not only crazy but very creepy.

For those who haven’t seen the video of Pacquiao’s mom putting a spell on Bradley, check it out:

Maybe her spell worked because in the early rounds of the fight, the fight appeared very close and Bradley was in good health. Bradley stated that he suffered a calf injury during the fight and although he didn’t use the injury as an excuse, one would have to speculate if Pacquiao’s mom “prayer”/”spell” played a role in Bradley’s injury.

I am not saying that Bradley lost because of Pacquiao’s mom. But, it was probably the first time boxing fans saw someone put on a spell on a fighter that was captured on HBO.

Pacquiao speed and boxing ability were big factors in his victory. He is clearly not the same Pacquiao as the one that made him an international superstar. That raw power and aggressiveness is no longer there. At times when it appeared that Pacquiao could go for the kill, he decided to take a step back and box instead.

To Bradley’s credit, he was boxing Pacquiao beautifully and could have made the fight much closer than it was but decided to throw his fight plan away and decided to brawl Pacquiao. He did landed some solid shots and was pounding Pacquiao’s body. But, he almost got himself knocked out had Pacquiao kept up the pressure and used his aggressiveness instead of showing more patience and deciding to box him rather than brawl with Bradley.

With Pacquiao’s victory, the conversations for a Mayweather fight will start again. Bob Arum and Manny will say that they are ready to negotiate the fight that everyone wants to see. The reality is that the only way that fight will be made is if Pacquiao decides to be a free agent. As long as Pacquiao continues to fight under Top Rank, we will never see that fight. Maybe Pacquiao’s mom will put a spell on Mayweather and help her son get the fight that many of us want to see.


Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 2 Pre Fight Analysis

April 12, 2014

Tonight’s fight between Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 has finally arrived. The most talked about rematch in the past year is now upon us. The MGM Grand will be filled with celebrities who always invade Las Vegas whenever Pacquiao fights. Both fighters came weighed in yesterday at 145 lbs, with Bradley coming at a ripped 145.

The build up to the fight was based on Pacquiao being robbed by the judges and Bradley being given a gift. Both fighters have something to prove on this fight. For Bradley, he has to show the world that his victory over Pacquiao was not a gift and has to win convincingly to prove that. For Pacquiao, he has to show he still has that killer instinct that made him one of the best boxers of our generation. He has to erase that “compassionate” tag that has been planted on him by his own trainer.

Soon we will see which fighter has prepared himself mentally and physically for this fight. One thing that people do not talk about a lot is Bradley’s conditioning. He is probably the best conditioned fighter not named Mayweather. The guy is just a monster. Just looking at his abs is crazy! So when it comes to condition and endurance Bradley stands with the best.

For Bradley to win this fight, he has to outbox Pacquiao. Bradley will be dumb if he decides to go Toe to Toe with Pacquiao. That is not going to happen. The last time he tried that he almost got knocked out by Ruslan Provodnikov. I am not expecting a war in tonight’s fight. Bradley has the quickness to box, throw couple combinations and give Pacquiao different angles. If the Bradley that fought Juan Manuel Marquez shows up, his chances of winning are much higher than the Bradley who fought Provodnikov. Bradley has to use his speed and boxing ability to frustrate Pacquiao. One thing that I have noticed with Pacquiao is when he gets hit with a clean shot, he lowers his guard, slams his gloves as if to say, bring it on. If Bradley connects a solid shot against Manny and he ends up slamming his gloves, it is at that point that Bradley should try to connect with at least 2 more shots. I also think that Bradley should focus on attacking the body. Don’t spend to much attention going upstairs when the only way to neutralize Pacquiao’s speed is by taking his legs and that is pounding the body. If Bradley attacks the body early, we may see a tired Pacquiao in the later rounds therefore allowing Bradley to continue to box his way into a potential victory.

For Pacquiao to win this fight, he has to stay focus and discipline. He cannot allow himself to be taken away by the pressure of knocking out Bradley. He has to stick to his game plan and if the knock out comes, it comes. It will be interesting to see what Pacquaio does if he has Bradley very hurt. Will he try to jump on the occasion and go for the kill or will he have flashbacks of the Marquez fight when he tried to be too aggressive and was put to sleep. Pacquiao has to use his speed to his advantage. He has to throw 3-4 combinations, move around, land 2-3 more punches and use the whole ring to his advantage. Pacquiao also has to work the body. Bradley has a good defense so Manny should not focus to much on landing shots upstairs. He needs to pound Bradley’s body hoping that some of those shots will minimize his quickness. It will be interesting how Manny will show his old killer instinct.

If Bradley wins then this might be the end of Manny Pacquiao. Where would Pacquiao go after this loss? Would he consider retiring? Would he want another shot claiming he had a bad night? A Bradley win and it most likely guarantees him as being Arum’s new cash cow. It will put him in the Mayweather sweepstakes. But as long as Bradley is promoted by Top Rank, we can forget about seeing a possible Mayweather vs Bradley fight. I do see a Marquez vs Bradley 2 happening if Bradley wins and Marquez defeats Alvarado. Bradley has more options if he ends up beating Pacquiao.

A Pacquiao victory and it has to be in dramatic fashion, puts him back at the top of his game. Anything short of a knock out or unanimous decision and Pacquiao will not be given the same treatment as Mayweather has received in his previous fights. But a Pacquiao win will again start the rumors of a possible Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight. Boxing fans know that fight will never be made not because both fighters don’t want to fight each other. The fight will not be made because of Bob Arum. If Pacquiao really wants to fight Mayweather, he will need to wait til his contract with Top Rank is over or opt out for this one fight to make this fight. Mayweather will simply not negotiate with Bob Arum to make the fight. The history with Mayweather and Arum dates back to when Arum used to promote Mayweather. Their is a reason why Mayweather left Arum. Why De La Hoya left Arum. Why people in the boxing fraternity have stated that Pacquiao needs to leave Arum and become a free agent like Mayweather in order to make this fight and also to ensure that he receives the majority of his purse earnings.

My prediction is that Bradley going to outbox Pacquiao to still remain undefeated and retain his belt. I feel that Bob Arum is already thinking ahead and try to find out what fight would the winner take to make the most money. I think the question comes down to does a Marquez vs Bradley 2 make more money than a Pacquiao vs Bradley Trilogy. If Bob Arum is thinking about a Trilogy fight then I won’t be surprise if Pacquiao wins a close split decision. I think a close Pacquiao victory allows Bob Arum to use the Trilogy fight as “Plan C” meaning he will again talk about the Mayweather fight being his “first priority,” then he will revisit a potential 5th fight with Marquez but if none of those happen then he will consider a Pacquiao vs Bradley 3. That “plan C” is actually a “plan A,” but being the attorney that he is, he will do a great job as persuading the public that he is trying to give “fans what they want,” and that is a Mayweather fight. That will be all part of the plan.

Promoters do fights that will generate more income to their corporation. A convincing Pacquiao victory will leave Manny with few “in house” opponents, meaning Bob Arum only allows Pacquiao to find fighters that are promoted by Top Rank. The last fighter that Manny fought that was not promoted by Top Rank was Ricky Hatton and that was the last time that we saw a sensational knock out by Pacquiao. If Pacquaio were to score a knock out victory, the options would be Mayweather, Marquez 5, Provodnikov and Mikey Garcia. Mayweather won’t happen. Marquez 5 won’t happen. Marquez would be dumb to take the fight even if he is offered millions of dollars. Let the legacy between his fights with Pacquiao end with that devastating knock out punch. Provodnikov won’t happen because both fighters are trained by Roach but I do feel that if worst comes to worst that fight would have to be made simply because styles make fights. Mikey Garcia needs 2-3 fights before he is considered an opponent. Pacquiao’s pool of opponents would be so low if he ends up winning by a knock out that I would not be surprised if he ends up fighting Mike Alvarado as a “tune up” fight later this year. Having said all this, Pacquiao’s split decision victory over Bradley would allow Bob Arum that option of staging the Pacquiao vs Bradley Trilogy. Or could it be that Arum is already thinking of September and trying to make the Marquez vs Bradley 2 fight around Mexican Independence to increase his chances of profiting over that fight. We will have to see. Let’s hope tonight’s fight is a great fight and the judges score it correctly.

Could The Rematch Between Pacquiao vs Bradley Be Fixed?

April 11, 2014

On Saturday, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the most anticipating boxing rematch will have arrived. The build up to the fight between Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 2 has been the ability to Bradley to convincingly defeat Pacquiao. Could Bradley score a decisive victory over Pacquiao? Does Pacquiao still has the killer instinct that made him famous? Will Pacquiao knock out Bradley? Saturday carries a lot of questions for the two boxers but for fans there weighs certain level of suspicions.

Could it be that Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 is a fixed fight? Could it be that this fight was made because the first fight was fixed? Controversy sells. Curiosity sells. The first fight created a huge controversy. How can the best boxer be robbed? Easy. If you are a promoter and you realize that your best boxer has a small pool of opponents you find a way to make that pool larger. So a possible scenario is to fix a fight so that it creates controversy. Let it pass couple of years and hope that the other opponent gets better and then stage a rematch where the stock of that fight creates buzz and people purchase the fight so that they will no longer be curious and witness for themselves who won the first fight. If you are one of the several boxing fans that think like this then you are not alone. Welcome to a promoters way of thinking. 

One of the reasons why I think Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 maybe fixed is for couple of reasons. For Pacquiao’s case, he needs to win convincingly to maintain his stock up. A decisive victory and especially a knock out over Bradley will put Pacquiao on the sweepstakes vs Mayweather again. As long as Pac is promoted by Top Rank that fight will never happen. A Pac victory will start circulating interest in a possible Marquez 5 fight but Marquez will not take it. A Pacquiao win in a very close decision such as a split decision is good for Top Rank because it can start selling the Pacquiao vs Bradley Trilogy. 

For Bradley’s case, a convincing victory calls an end to the Pacquiao era and puts Bradley as Top Rank’s new cash cow. A very close victory then fans can start thinking of a Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 fight. 

If Pacquiao wins, who does he fight next? Marquez? Don’t think so. Provodnikov? Roach won’t let it happen. Mikey Garcia? He still is 2-3 fights away. Maybe Alvarado as a tune up even if he ends up losing to Marquez. So as we can see, the pool to fight Pacquiao is very small. Given this scenario Top Rank understands that this fight has to have another controversy. Maybe not as bad as the first one but needs one of the fighters to win a very close decision, maybe another split decision, for it to be thinking of staging the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 3.

I don’t like to think that boxing fights are not fixed. But, with recent fights such as Canelo vs Angulo not going the way fans had expected makes one only think certain fights are done to protect certain fighters.

The first round plays a big role into deciding if a fight is fixed. One can tell. But it becomes more obvious in the first 4 rounds. If we see Bradley not moving as fast as he did against Marquez or boxing Pacquaio and using different angles to neutralize Manny’s speed then something is up. If Bradley decides to go Toe to Toe with Pacquiao that is a clear sign to me that Bradley is part of the plan. Boxing fans know and Julio Diaz knows that the way to beat Pacquiao is to not engage in a Toe to Toe battle. In other words, Bradley will not go to war with Pacquiao if he wants to win this fight. Bradley will need to outbox Manny if he wants to make a statement and show the world that his first victory over Manny was not a gift.

Some fans may be boycotting the fight so that Bob Arum won’t make millions and others may simply watch it at a sports bar to not spend $60 for one fight. But, for those who will end up watching the fight, it will be interesting to see how the first couple of rounds play out. Let’s hope that it is a very clean and fair fight. If it goes to the score cards, let’s hope we have great judges that are scoring the fight in a very just manner.


Should Boxing Fans Boycott Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 To Send Bob Arum A Message?

April 10, 2014

What would happen if Boxing fans Boycott the fight between Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley 2? In the first fight, I was one of several fans that felt Pacquiao won. After the fight, Freddie Roach and Bob Arum stated that there was no reason for a rematch.
Here is Bob Arum’s thoughts after the fight:

Here is Freddie Roach discussing why he won’t do a rematch with Bradley.

I know many of us boxing fans are intrigued about this fight because we want some answers. We want to know if Manny Pacquiao still has the same killer instinct. We want to know if Bradley can outbox Pacquiao now that he has look better in his last two fights.

A possible boycott on Pacquiao vs Bradley 2 should not be taken as boycotting Pacquiao’s fight. The idea behind the boycott is to prevent Bob Arum from making millions of dollars at the hands of true boxing fans. Bob Arum feels that he can continue to robbed fans from their hard earn money by simply putting Pacquiao in one of the worst PPV under cards ever. Why should fans spent $60 for one fight? Why hasn’t Bob Arum ever put Nonito Donaire on a Pacquiao under card? When was the last time boxing fans were given a solid under card in a Pacquiao fight?

Bob Arum even went on record to say that he doesn’t care what fans think about the under cards. If Arum feels that he can continue to fatten his pockets through our hard earned money then I feel it is time that we as fans make a loud statement by boycotting the fight.

If fans plan to watch the fight, it might be best to watch it at Sports bars so that the PPV buys would suffer a huge blow and therefore putting a big blow to Arum’s empire.

A time will soon come when we fans play an instrumental role in the negotiations of certain fights. Let it be known that promotional companies make their money because of the fans. If Top Rank’s formula of making millions of dollars continues to be putting one major PPV fight and 3 boring under cards then fans will be forced to continue spending $60 for one great fight.

Bob Arum is the one that is hurting the sport of Boxing. Part of me makes me think that the first Pacquiao vs Bradley fight was fix. What would have happen had Pacquiao won the first fight? Couple scenarios. After the Marquez fight, there would have been few names for Manny. Only Rios and Provodnikov. A Bradley rematch would not have been in the equation. Would Pacquiao seriously have fought Provodnikov after Rios? What other names would there be for him? Arum being the clever promoter that he is probably mapped out the whole thing in advance and realized that a plan for Pacquiao was being limited in terms of opponents. So in order to generate millions of dollars for his company, he probably fixed the Pacquiao fight only to realize that in the near future he can bank even more on a possible rematch. Bob Arum had to play the part to make his master plan work. He had to come out in public and be outrage at the fight so he can sell the rematch.

Could it be that Arum knows that Pacquaio is on the decline and soon he will need a new cash cow and what better way than to use Bradley while Mikey Garcia continues to grow his stock. Could it be that Saturday’s fight will be a very close victory for Pacquiao as to entertain a Trilogy fight in the event that Marquez doesn’t want a 5th fight and Roach won’t let Pacquiao vs Provodnikov fight.  With Bob Arum, you never know. But know this. Next fight for Manny looks like this: Pacquiao vs ____ (no Marquez, Provodnikov which leaves one to think the most logic answer–Bradley 3 since Mikey Garcia is 2-3 fights away from a Manny fight) plus 3 boring under cards equals millions of dollars for him.

So for those true boxing fans who are tired of having Bob Arum make millions of dollars at the expense of our hard-earned money, Saturday is the first step to make a loud statement: Boycott Pacquiao vs Bradley 2.  We all know that HBO will rebroadcast the fight for free the following week. So save your $60 and spend it wisely.

Pictures of Dodgers vs Tigers-Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt Night

April 9, 2014

Last night was zip-up hooded sweatshirt night at Dodger Stadium. It was also Uncle-Nieces Night as I took my two nieces to the game. The sold out game had Max Scherzer and Dan Haren pitching a beautiful game. The surprise of the game came in the bottom of the first inning when Dee Gordon lead off the game with a Solo Home Run to Right Center. Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the 7th inning when Kemp walked, then reached 3rd on Uribe’s double to Right Field. Kemp later scored on a sac fly by Turner.

The Dodgers could have won it but Jensen blew a save when he gave up a 2 out single to Center Field. The Dodgers ended winning the game in the bottom of the 10th inning with Crawford hitting a game winning double to Left Field.

Below are pictures of the game. I took pictures of Scherzer playing long toss as he got ready for his start. I took pics of Hunter, Kemp and Gordon meeting up in CF, Uribe being presented with the Defense player of the year award, Ice Cube throwing out the Ceremonial First Pitch, Kemp’s AB vs Scherzer and Cabrera’s AB vs Haren. Enjoy the pictures.

Check out the highlights by clicking on the video.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron Breaking Babe Ruth’s Home Run Record

April 8, 2014

It was 40 years ago today that Henry “Hank” Aaron made baseball history by breaking Babe Ruth’s Home Run record when he hit #715 off of the Dodgers’ Al Downing.
Here is footage of his home run and I have also included an audio of that at bat in the words of Vin Scully. Many baseball fans forget that the legendary Vin Scully made one of his famous calls when he decided to remain silent and let the voice of the fans take over. Click on the video for the full at bat and to listen to Vin’s comments after Aaron hits the home run

Listen to 3 announcers as they call Aaron’s home run including the great Vin Scully.

Baseball Swing: All Star Jazz Baseball Concert

April 8, 2014

This past Friday night, I attended, Baseball Swing: An All Star Jazz Concert featuring some of the great baseball songs of the sport. It was not only a great concert but a very educational one. I listened to songs that I have never heard before. One song in particular that really was emotional to me was the song, 3rd Base, Dodger Stadium. The song tells the story about Chavez Ravine, the Mexican-American community that was kicked out of their land in the 1950s and eventually became the land where Dodger Stadium was built. As a Dodgers fan and Chicano, I am glad I came across this great song! I have added the song for those who have never heard this great song.

Another cool thing that I didn’t know and I am sure many baseball fans didn’t either was that the famous, Take Me Out To The Ball Game, song that is sung at every baseball game is just the chorus to a song about a women’s love for the game. At the concert/play, the “announcer” made a comment that the song could be interpreted as the first feminist song ever. Here is the complete song of: Take Me Out To The Ball Game.

I have added pictures of the play that I attended and I was able to squeeze a minute of my favorite Jackie Robinson song, Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball. Enjoy the pictures and the video.

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

April 7, 2014

I attended a baseball jazz concert/play and they performed my favorite Jackie Robinson song. I wasn’t able to record the whole song but got almost half of it.
For those who want to hear the full song, here it is. Enjoy!


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