Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

El Corrido de Canelo vs Chavez Jr

May 6, 2017

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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao Pre Fight Analysis

May 2, 2015

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The moment that boxing fans have been waiting for has arrived. In the next couple of hours, the Sports world will pay its attention to Las Vegas, Nevada and witness the most anticipated fight of this century.

Yesterday at the weigh-in, thousands of fans packed the arena to witness Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao tip the scales. First was Manny Pacquiao who weighed at a comfortable 145 pounds, followed by Mayweather who tip the scales at a solid 146 pounds.

The traditional stare down didn’t offer any pre-fight fireworks but this is the moment where the fighter can gain the psychological advantage over his opponent. Mayweather was serious who kept staring into Pacquiao, while Manny appeared at ease and peaceful. Pacquaio later that day was quoted as saying that he saw in Mayweather’s eyes a lot of worry.

Before the main event starts, there will be 2 fights on the undercard, which is strange in the PPV business since in the past there have been 3 undercard fights then the main event. The first fight will be Lomachenko vs Rodriguez and the co-main event will be Leo Santa Cruz vs Sepa La Bola (aka WHO). Santa Cruz is fighting a guy who got the fight on a week notice while Abner Mares was willing to fight on a 3 week notice and Al Haymon, Santa Cruz manager decided to not make that fight.

As a boxing fan, I am disappointed that the promoters of this event failed to provide a great undercard where they could have taken advantage of the millions of viewers who will be tuning into the fight and possibly turn some of those viewers into fans. This was supposed to be The Super Bowl of Boxing and for that the promoters should have treated it as such and gone out of their way to please the true boxing fans and the sports world in putting together one of the best cards in Boxing history. I would have loved to have seen Victor Ortiz vs Brandon Rios, Danny Garcia vs Adrian Broner and Marcos Maidana vs Amir Khan 2 on the May Pac undercard. A card stacked like this would have been no problem for fans to pay $100 for the PPV because any one of those fights could potential be a fight of the year candidate. Instead we will see two fights that no one cares about before the main event.

The fight that was supposed to be made in 2009 has finally come! Tonight we will find out who is the best fighter in our generation. Tonight’s winner will be crown the undisputed Pound for Pound Champion. Below are my analysis of each fighter and what they would need to do to come up victorious.

First with the underdog, Manny Pacquiao. This is the first time in awhile that Pacquiao is stepping into the ring as an underdog but he has embraced this role well throughout his camp.  For Manny to win this fight, he has to put pressure on Mayweather from the start. Pacquiao has the speed and footwork to give Floyd problems. He has to use his jab early and throw a lot of punches from different angels. Manny has to make Floyd fight at his pace. He cannot let Floyd dictate the tempo of the fight. If Pacquiao is throwing punches in bunches from different angles and putting pressure on Floyd, the chances of Floyd suffering his first loss will increased. If he allows Floyd to control the ring and the tempo of the fight then I see Pacquaio getting frustrated and not being able to find a rhythm to press his attack.

For Floyd Mayweather to win, he has to do what he always does and that is to keep his patience and stick to his style, which is not very fan friendly. A lot of people don’t understand that Floyd is a BOXER, not a FIGHTER and Manny is a FIGHTER, not a BOXER. To give a baseball analogy, seeing Floyd fight is like watching a pitchers duel and Pacquiao is like watching a homerun derby. There are those that appreciate the beautiful craft of boxing in Floyd and others the aggressiveness in Pacquiao. Also, a lot of fans fail to understand that Mayweather approaches every fight like a chess match. His objective is to checkmate his opponent. Mayweather has a tremendous boxing IQ and is able to adapt as the fight goes on. Mayweather will try to use the distance between him and Pacquiao and out jab Manny. Floyd’s counter punches will take Manny out of his rhythm. Mayweather has to stay away from the ropes and find an answer to Pacquaio’s left hand. If Floyd maintains the fight in the center of the ring and takes advantage of Pacquiao’s frustration from the lack of toe to toe action, then psychologically speaking, Mayweather will have already defeated Pacquiao.

It will be very interesting to see how Pacquiao starts the first round. If he starts the round by putting pressure and taking the fight to Floyd and doing that for the whole fight then one can expect a very entertaining fight. But, if Pacquiao starts the first round trying to study Floyd, then one can expect the first round to go to Floyd. The best way to beat a thinking boxer like Floyd is to not make him think. And in order to do that Manny has to throw punches in bunches from different angles and apply that same rhythm for the whole fight.

I see Pacquiao starting strong the first couple of rounds, but by round 4, Floyd will have made the adjustments necessary to take away Pacquaos’ ammo. Floyd will also capitalize on Pacquiao’s “jumpy” and impatient ability by countering him and taking him out of his game plan. Pacquiao will have couple clean shots but his lack of body punches will benefit Floyd in the later rounds. I will not be surprise if Floyd knocks down Pacquaio just the same way if Pacquaio knocks down Floyd. Ultimately, Floyd’s superb defense and ability to make adjustments throughout the fight will prove the difference as he will go on to win via a unanimous (I want to say controversial) decision. Mayweather in 12.

Floyd Mayweather Wins Majority Decision But Marcos Maidana Wins The Crowd

May 5, 2014

This past Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, boxing fans saw Floyd Mayweather win a majority decision over Marcos “El Chino” Maidana.  The judges scored the fight, 114-114, 117-111, 116-112. I scored the fight a draw.  This fight could have been scored 8-4 or 7-5 either way. With the win, Mayweather was able to unify the WBC and WBA Welterweight belts. This was not your typical Mayweather win as many fans booed him when it was announced that he had won the fight. This was the first time in a long time that Mayweather was tested and many observers believe Maidana won the fight. Maidana may not have walked out with the belts but he won the crowd with his great performance. His stock in Boxing went up the roof with his performance on Saturday night.

Maidana started off strong and his pressure took Mayweather off guard. Maidana went into this fight with no remorse. He kept his focus and showed no respect to Mayweather inside the ring. When Floyd got cut in the 4th round, it appeared that after the round, Floyd was crying, “I can’t see.” His cut man did a great job at healing that cut which stopped completely as the fight went on.

Floyd in my score cards was losing the fight entering the 6th round but the beauty of Mayweather is his ability to make adjustments. He made the appropriate adjustments and was out boxing Maidana in the middle of those rounds. I got flashbacks of Mayweather vs Ortiz when in round 8, Floyd tried the same tactic of touching the gloves but Maidana was too smart for that. Throughout the fight, Floyd was complaining a lot to Referee Tony Weeks but Weeks being the great Ref that he is did not bowed down to his demands and let the fight move on. It was interesting to hear that Mayweather was disappointed at Weeks and stated that he wouldn’t want him to be the ref at his next fight. Could it be that Floyd was bothered when he was treated like any other normal boxer?

When the fight was over and people were booing the decision, Jim Gray asked Mayweather if he would give Maidana a rematch and he said yes, the response that had people in cheers was when Maidana was asked if he would fight Floyd in September, Chino responded with his classic, “I will give him the rematch because I won. So yeah if he wants the rematch I will give it to him.”

What few casual fans noticed was that Chino Maidana was not fighting with the boxing gloves that were approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Boxing fans recalled that Floyd was threatening to cancel the fight if Maidana didn’t wear Grant gloves. What strikes me as odd is why did the commission allowed to have Team Mayweather that much control to decide which gloves his opponent wears. Maidana practically fought Mayweather with Sparring Gloves. Could this be Floyd taking another short cut to maintain his undefeated streak. In his fight with Marquez he refused to fight at the 144 limit therefore paying Marquez camp so he can tip the scales at 146. In Boxing, 2 pounds makes a huge difference. In his fight with Canelo, he ended fighting him at 152 rather than the maximum weight of 154. And now with Maidana, we see him force Maidana’s camp to wear a different pair of gloves. It his rumored that Maidana’s camp received a substantial amount of money to fight with the gloves that  were worn. I don’t blame Maidana’s camp but it would have been interesting if they would have kept their stance and walked out to the gloves that the commission approved. Floyd would not have cancel the fight. It would have been Mayweather’s first loss if he did.

So with Mayweather and Maidana on board for the rematch fight on September, will see Maidana fight with his preferred gloves? Will Floyd learn his lesson and go back to what he does best or would he engage in another brawl with Maidana? Who  will be on the undercard. If I was Richard Shaeffer or De La Hoya, these are the fights I would go with:

Mayweather vs Maidana 2

Broner(Garcia) vs Matthysse

Santa Cruz vs Frampton

Love/Ishe(only cuz he is a Floyd fighter) vs Angulo

 

 

 

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.

 

Was the Canelo vs Angulo Fight Fix?

March 9, 2014

Last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, many boxing fans expected Saul Canelo Alvarez to get his first real test as he was fighting Alfredo El Perro Angulo, whose punching power and pressure style fighting can cause a lot of trouble. What ended happening was leaving many fans wondering if the fight was fix. 

The fight left true boxing fans with many suspicions. The first round, Angulo looked slow and when he was throwing punches it appeared that he was throwing them with no intention to hurt Canelo. It look like they were merely slaps.

The first half of the fight looked like that. Angulo looking slow and throwing punches without that killer instinct that made him a fan favorite. It wasn’t until the later rounds that Angulo looked like his punches were thrown with such great force but those moments were very few.

Canelo kept landing hard solid punches and he did beat up El Perro pretty bad. But Boxing fans, expected to see the Angulo’s punching power and pressure style at full force and give Canelo problems. The question coming into the fight was can Canelo take Angulo’s punch? Can Canelo fight with Angulo pressuring the whole fight? Those questions were not answered because the Angulo that many fans were expecting never showed up.

Angulo in the boxing community is known as a fighter with a serious punch. A fighter who will hunt you down with his intense pressure. Fans did not see that last night. Yes, Angulo was charging and moving forward but Canelo kept landing solid punches and good combinations. That is to be expected since Angulo is not known for his defense. What fans didn’t get to see was the Angulo that fought Erislandy Lara. The Angulo who was cutting the ring, putting pressure and neutralizing Lara’s superb boxing skills. The Angulo who knock down Lara twice in their fight. The Angulo whose punching power has been his most feared reputation was not there.

Was the plan to use Angulo’s name to fill seats in the MGM Grand? Was the plan to use Angulo’s resume as a puncher who goes “Toe to Toe” but not necessarily engage in “Toe to Toe” since doing so could knock out Canelo and therefore ruin Golden Boys’ plans just the same way that Marcos Maidana ruined Golden Boys’ plans when he knocked out Victor Ortiz. Was the Maidana vs Ortiz fight a reminder of the dangers that GBP could see themselves if the fighters actually went to Toe to Toe. Were there outside forces controlling the fight that journalist and boxing fans are not aware of? Was Angulo forced to fight a fight that was meant to make Canelo look good? 

Boxing fans were left with a sour taste from last nights’ fight. If the fight was made to make Canelo look good then the promoters succeeded. No one would ever know if the fight was indeed fix. It is hard to believe that in this day in age, promoters would fix fights simply to take care of their prize fighter. Then again, in boxing like in any business, money talks. As long as the money keeps coming in the business will flourish. If the money stops then the business takes a huge cut. I don’t think Golden Boy was going to let Canelo take a huge hit especially considering that he is their cash cow at the present moment.

Juan Manuel Marquez vs Timothy Bradley Pre Fight Analysis

October 12, 2013

Juan Manuel Marquez vs Timothy Bradley Pre Fight Analysis

Today’s fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley will be Marquez first fight since knocking out Manny Pacquiao. It will not be an easy fight for Marquez since he will be going up against one of the best condition boxers in Bradley. Marquez tipped into the scales yesterday at 144.5 lbs while Bradley came in at a ripped 146 lbs.

Juan Manuel Marquez took this fight to try to cement his legacy as he will look to become the first Mexican boxer to win titles in five different divisions. Standing in the way will be Bradley, who is trying to expand his fan base and deserves to be cashing on the big money fights.

One question in people’s mind will be the age of both boxers. Marquez is a 40 year old who seems to have rejuvenated his career. Bradley is a 30 year old whose condition his second to none. Will Marquez age finally get the best out of him? Will Bradley be able to take Marquez power punches? These will be interesting questions come fight night.

For Bradley to win, he is gonna have to depend on his boxing skills and superb condition. If he engages with Marquez, this fight will not go the distance. Bradley needs to be a smart fighter and try to box himself into a decision.

For Marquez to win, he needs to use his ring IQ and his counter punching ability to set up different angles. Marquez is a masterful technician that will capitalize on Bradley’s mistakes. I think with a boxer like Bradley, Marquez is gonna have to work the body in hoping the shots to the liver will slow down Bradley.

I see this fight being a great boxing match not an all action fight. Eventually, Marquez will find open shots to outbox Bradley. If this fight ends in a knockout, I see Marquez stopping Bradley sometime between the 7-10 rounds and becoming the first Mexican to win titles in 5 different weight divisions.

Timothy Bradley

Marquez

Bradley vs Marquez Face Off

Did Bob Arum Fix the Fight?

June 11, 2012

Last night in Las Vegas, the sport of Boxing suffered a knock out when Manny Pacquiao was robbed of his 55th victory. Instead of winning a unanimous decision, Pacquiao lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley, the new WBO Welterweight Champion. While many of us are still in shock over the decision, was this all planned? Did Bob Arum somehow orchestrated Manny Pacquiao to lose the fight so he can make more money in a rematch fight in November? Bob Arum is quoted as saying,  “I’m going to make a lot of money (with the rematch). But who is going to take this sport seriously? Is that why is he is trying to hire an independent investigator to look if there were “outside influences.”

One thing that comes to mind about Bob Arum is that the man is a freakin lawyer. And it sounds to me like he prepares fights just the same way an attorney would prepare his cases. No attorney will pick up a case if he knows he is going to lose. Just the same way that Arum doesn’t select guys where his boxing stars are going to lose.
I know that Timothy Bradley created a rematch poster leading up to last night’s fight and at the time I thought it was a creative way to play psychological games on Manny Pacquiao. Now it makes me think if this was all part of the set up.
Here is my conspiracy on why Bob Arum fix the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley fight. Bob had couple options for Pacquiao’s next opponent. The clear favorite should the Mayweather fight not be made was Juan Manuel Marquez. But that choice was taken out of the list when Juan Manuel Marquez refused to fight in July against Brandon Rios. By refusing to fight Rios at Cowboy Stadium in July, Marquez single handedly force Arum to lose millions of dollars in that fight. I don’t blame Marquez for refusing to fight Rios who in April won a controversial fight against late replacement Richard Abril. In that fight, Rios was clearly outboxed by Abril who just like Pacquiao was robbed by the judges. Rios had to win so there was no way that Abril was going to stop Arum from staging a Rios vs Marquez fight. But, Marquez seeing Rios struggle to make weight and not being discipline enough provided the knock out punch that Abril couldn’t give to Arum.
With Marquez forcing Arum to lose millions of dollars, Arum blacklisted Marquez and took him off the list to fight Pacquiao. Arum now turns to Miguel Cotto to see if he can try to convince Cotto to drop in weight to fight Pacquaio in a rematch. Now, this is the same Arum who force Miguel Cotto, the WBO Champion , in 2009 to come down to 145 so Manny Pacquiao can challenge him for his belt. How many times does one promoter forces his fighter who is a champion to kill himself in weight by agreeing to 145 just so that challenger can have an edge to win the belt? Never has a champion has drop down to the demands of a challenger. Yet, that is what happen in 2009 when Arum promoted the Cotto vs Pacquiao fight. Miguel Cotto knowing how that fight affected him most likely stood his ground this time and told Arum if Pacquiao wanted to fight him it was going to be at 154lbs.

With Marquez and Cotto out of the picture, a Pacquiao win over Bradley would have put Arum in a difficult situation. He would not have had any solid boxers within Top Rank to challenge Pacquiao in November. A Pacquiao win would have force Arum to look outside of Top Rank to try to find Pacquiao’s next foe. I personally feel that if this was the case and assuming Victor Ortiz beats Josesito Lopez, a Victor Ortiz vs Manny Pacquiao fight for Pacquiao’s WBO belt would have been a great fight. But, we all know the beef that Golden Boy has against Top Rank and as much as boxing fans would have like to see Pacquiao challenge another young lion in Ortiz, Arum was not going to take those chances.

Not having Marquez and Cotto “available” the next plan was to somehow find a way for Bradley to win so that Pacquiao can exercise his rematch clause and fight him in November. What better way to sell the fight in November than by creating controversy? And that is exactly what happen last night. With the world shock and still in disbelief, a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley would build momentum and according to Bob make him earn a lot of money.

What do people think? Did Bob Arum fix the fight to make millions of dollars in November? Or are we all not giving Timothy Bradley the credit that he deserves and he beat Pacquiao by landing more body shots and according to some of the judges, outboxing Manny.