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Thursday, August 20, 2009

What the Fans want to see!

By James Dayap

Two very anticipated megafights are on their way, Mayweather Vs. Marquez for September, and Pacquiao Vs. Cotto for November. By far, it's obvious that the Pacquiao fight is selling far more tickets than the Mayweather fight. Pacquiao is the higher draw now, and Mayweather must accept that. Many true boxing fans will buy both PPV fights, or actually see the fights live, but several people who aren't even boxing fans, will be watching the Pacquiao fight.

Watching the ups and downs of the world of boxing, I've seen fans leave and go. The irrigation of the heavyweight division left fight fans looking for something spectacular. Boxing is a sport, yes, but it also is a form of entertainment. As humans we are entertained by the physical and mental limits of the human body. My point is that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not that entertaining of a boxer, and he tries to make up for that outside of the ring with his antics. Manny Pacquiao on the other hand is a very entertaining boxer, never a dull moment in the ring for him, and his actions outside of the ring are well payed attention too, making him the higher draw in boxing.

True boxing fans may find it boring to see the tactical war of Mayweather and Marquez. Two counterpunchers who spend time learning each other. There is no doubt there will be clashing, but that wont be until round 10 or so, when both fighters are unsure how far they are on the score cards. Marquez and Mayweather both operate well on the backpedal, so it will be a coin in the air who will apply pressure.

Pacquiao and Cotto will be an all our war. From the beginning, Pacquiao doesn't waste his time and will apply his gameplan. Pacquiao himself has become quite the ring tactician, a long with his strong ability to fight. Cotto will be one of the toughest opponents Pacquiao has ever faced, but is likely to get cut hard and early on.

Pacquiao Vs Cotto - Packed MGM Grand, high PPV sales.
Mayweather Vs Marquez - Quite a Few Empty Seats MGM Grand, Low PPV, Boycotted, other free streaming sources)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's On! Pacquiao Vs. Cotto and more....

By James Dayap

It's officially on, Manny Pacquiao will be facing Miguel Cotto for his WBO Welterweight belt at the catchweight of 145lbs. After a couple months of deliberating and Cotto's refusal to make this a title fight, both sides eventually found themselves happy with the deal, and pen to paper was met. Bob Arum worked his magic, and his in house deal of both fighters being under his stable is on it's way. The fight is dubbed "Firepower" in the wake of the destructive punching power possessed by both fighters.

In the shadow of this even, Mayweather Vs. Marquez is barely being talked about, as it seems like an event that isn't even pulling in much revenue ticket wise. It's really unfortunate that the Mayweather VS Pacquiao fight wasn't made this year, but I feel like Mayweather is using Marquez as a measuring stick. When I say that, I mean that if Mayweather can outbox Marquez, he thinks he can handle Pacquiao.

In other news, it seems Oscar De La Hoya is going to fight Shaq. Shaq is staring in a new ABC series named "Shaq Vs.", where he takes on the best of the best athletes in a variety of sports. I am assuming Shaq weights around 300 or less, with Oscar De La Hoya being only around 170-175 max for fight day possibly. With no weight limit in the air, we could only assume Oscar would come in weighing somewhere past middleweight range to bring more power up to challenge the freakishly large Shaq. For Shaq's own safety, it can be assumed he didn't challenge someone who was a heavyweight because their punches would be far more deadly than Oscar's(A super welterweight).

JP Out.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pacquiao,Cotto,Mosley and Bob Arum's Shinanegans

By James Dayap

What seemed to be a fight that would solidify quickly, is turning out to be a bigger mess than we imagined. Uncle Bob's intent on having an in house Top Rank only boxing match, has caused massive scrutiny. Where the ball should be in Pacquiao's court when it came to deciding terms for the Pacquiao/Cotto fight, it seems Cotto has taken the upper hand. Cotto has refused to put his belt on the line for a fight at 145lbs against the Philipino Superstar. Could it be he is afraid the 2 pounds will be his downfall? Miguel Cotto is also willing to lose his belt to the WBO over this fight, instead of losing it to Manny Pacquiao. What will happen next, Miguel might end up asking for a bigger share of the purse. Something tells me that Cotto's random running in with Oscar De La Hoya at a golf course has a little to do with this. While the two would not disclose what they spoke about, it's obvious that something is making Cotto act like this. His contract is almost over with Uncle Bob, and he senses Arum's urgency to please Cotto, all along with pleasing Pacquiao. Cotto is using his title as leverage, and the fight seems to be going in the following ways:

1. Pacquiao Moves up to 147 fully to challenge for the title.
2. Cotto wont budge on the title shot, losing his title, and still fighting Pacquiao.
3. Pacquiao drops the Cotto fight and takes Shane Mosley's challenge.
4. Out of Nowhere, the Marquez/Mayweather fight gets rearranged into Mayweather/Pacquiao.
5. Nothing happens this year anymore.

Shane Mosley's offer still stands and is a better deal for all the fighters, no matter who fights Pacquiao, it will be a mega fight. Mosley is willing to go down to 140lbs, take a smaller purse, and put his belt on the line. But of course, the rich only want to get richer, and it's all about Bob Arum's show. Uncle Bob needs to stop thinking about his pockets and consider what all the fans want, that can end up making more money anyways.

My advice to Manny Pacquiao -
If Cotto wont budge on the belts, ditch him, it's not worth it. If you want to move up to 147 fully, go for it, I don't really see a difference because Cotto will hydrate up to 160 either way from 145-147. Overall, I say take on Shane Mosley if things don't go right, he'd almost meet you at lightweight(135) if it came to it. I know you'll fight anybody

My advice to Miguel Cotto -
Ease up! You are demanding too much for possibly the biggest pay day of your life. Win or Lose, you will make a lot of money! A lot of people want to fight Pacquiao, you are lucky! Who cares if he's been whooping all his opponents, every fighter has a chance. Either your afraid, or De La Hoya whispered something strange into your ear. To go as far as tell everyone you would rather give up the belt than have it put on the line, is a show of how afraid you are of Pacquiao.

My advice to Shane Mosley-
Keep trying, because this Pacquiao/Cotto deal seems to get worse because everybody has demands and limits. You keep sweetening your deals, and somebody will eventually sink their teeth into it. I admire you completely for all the sacrifices you are willing to make. Right now, at this moment, I consider you a true warrior, and you have my utmost respect. I feel Bob Arum has disrespected you in undermining your prowess as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao.

My advice to Bob Arum -
Let the fans decide a bit, I know you are an "expert", but right now it just seems to be you are an expert at filling your pockets. Do things right and convince your fighters to negotiate before announcing things. To ease things over, get some pocket change out and maybe front all the sanctioning fees, that will win over some love from the public.

PS- Tell Manny to get rid of Michael Koncz, that guy creeps me out.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My Cat Mango's Situation

By James Dayap

This may be a boxing blog, but I decided to post my cat's situation here as well.

126$ Raised so far! Thanks so much!

As most of you know, or maybe for the first time, Mango,my girlfriend and I's cat has been diagnosed with a severe heart disease.

Mango is now 2 and I am glad he got to turn 2 so far.

The vet costs have tallied up to almost $2000, which has severely effected Mika and I's budgets, but also in turn has helped saved Mango's life. On June 29th, 2009, Mango almost died and was rushed to the pet hospital, but made a quick recovery during the day after a procedure was done to remove fluid from his lung area. A recent call from a passionate vet that now works with Mango, has given me a possible hope that Mango can life a normal life. By increasing the Taurine level in his blood, and a new medication, he may live like a normal cat.

Unfortunately all the treatments still require money, and the costs of the upcoming treatments wont be as much as the first ones, but are digging deeper into the pockets of his caretakers. We are taking on the bigger parts of his coming health bills, but any donations help a lot!

If anybody has met Mango before, you know he is a high energy cat, who loves to be pet, loves to play, and loves being around people. He lives to entertain and have fun with people who visit and play with him.

I'm not one to ask or beg for money, nor should I be in the position to beg or ask, but Mango needs help to get better. If anybody can help at all, all proceeds will go straight to Mango's treatment. Any amount can help, 20$, 10$, 5$, even 1$ can help him for vitamins,medications, and even vet exams. The link below is a paypal donation link, it's secure and safe!

If anybody has any ideas for fund raising for Mango, please let me know!

If anything, please keep our cat Mango in your prayers...

Click Here to Donate to Mango's Health Fund
Click Here to Donate to Mango's Health Fund
Thank you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Save the Date, Manny Pacquiao Fights in November

By James Dayap

Pacquiao will deliver an early Thanksgiving.

While no details have been fleshed out, it has been slated by Top Rank that Manny Pacquiao will be throwing his massive punches again on November 14th. Although the date has been chosen apparently, Bob Arum has not disclosed who will be his opponent. The radar is looming around Miguel Cotto, but some signs point at the ultimate showdown, Pacquiao Vs Mayweather.

Of course, Pretty Boy Floyd would argue it should be called Mayweather Vs Pacquiao, being he has a lot of pride in being what he thinks is a big draw. No doubt, everyone will love to watch Floyd Mayweather fight, and lose. If Floyd were to suddenly take a fight with Pacquiao, that would leave Marquez dazed and confused. As everyone has heard, it is a rumor that ticket sales were not so good for the Mayweather/Marquez fight, and in agony, Mayweather somehow got a rib injury because of that. Bob Arum's statement that a 50/50 purse split for Pacquiao and Mayweather may have also caused the rib injury, or atleast played part in it.

It also seems that Shane Mosley has been left out in the rain, being labeled as the lowest potential draw, and possibly the most dangerous fight for Pacquiao. The Pacman will fight anyone they put in front of him, be it a semi truck or Oprah Winfrey, but Bob Arum is keeping his biggest interests in mind as a promoter, money.

Overall it seems to be Cotto who Pacquiao will fight next, but his name is written in pencil, or rather chalk. We may see Uncle Bob grab his eraser and write in something different. The potential fighters are judged by their potential money draw, danger level, and overall fame.

Here is my simple list for November 14:

#1. Miguel Cotto - Safe, High Puerto Rican/Philipino Draw, Rising Star, Willing to Fight Pacquiao.

#2. Shane Mosley - Dangerous but Older, High Philipino/American Draw, Established Star, but not as strong PPV draw, REALLY WANTS TO FIGHT PACQUIAO.

#3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Apparently Safest, High Draw Worldwide(Because a lot of people want to see him get beat), Original P4P King, Not sure if he wants to fight Pacquiao.

Let's see what Uncle Bob does, maybe nobody off my list will fight him.

Jp Out.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Jab Jab, Straight Left Hand

By James Dayap

Remember when Manny Pacquiao was just a one handed fighter? You can actually order a dvd of all his fights on, and see that for the longest time, he simply dominated almost all of his opponents with his lightning fast, strong left hand. The young Manny Pacquiao indeed was a sight to see though, bringing monsterous talent to the table, and limitless(which now seems unlimited) potential. His knockout losses in his early career didn't phase him like how some boxers do, they only fueled his need to improve, thus eventually finding him at the door of the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood in 2001.

Under the teachings of Freddie Roach, early on, Manny started using his Jab more, combonations, and punches started to fly in at different angles. His raw strength, speed, and talent allowed him to beat some of the greatest boxers in the sport, unfortunately, when he met Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, he found out that he needed to learn a lot more.

Moreso after his third defeat by decision to Erik Morales, Manny Pacquiao went back to the drawing board and came back an improved boxer. Right hooks appeared, and a slighly tighter defense. Soon El Terrible was no match for the Pacman. But Pacquiao's skills would take quantum leaps a few years later in 2008.

Although it is common to say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, that may apply to Ricky Hatton, but no Manny Pacquiao. After a very close decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao went back to the drawing board again at the Wildcard. Pacquiao walked into the ring with David Diaz to show what he had learned.

David Diaz was an opponent to be feared, having a great record including a defeat of Erik Morales, Diaz seemed to be a good cantidate to fight Pacquiao. For Pacquiaos debut at 135, the Philipino destroyed David Diaz with a combonation of boxing, power punching, and counterpunching. Pacquiao had developed his right hook and uppercut massivly before this fight, giving him a strong edge. Diaz was planted onto the floor face first by a Pacquiao left hand.

Oscar De La Hoya issued a challenge to the Philipino, asking him to meet him at 147lbs, the welterwieght division. With Freddie Roach's quick approval, and a battle over the purse shortly, the fight was made for December 2008. Manny Pacquiao was the 2-1 underdog for the fight, but he broke Vegas odds and soundly defeated Oscar De La Hoya in 8 rounds via TKO corner retirement. The Pacman dominated Goldenboy throughout the whole fight, taking little damage himself. Combonations, straight left hands, and jabs ruined the face of De La Hoya that night.

Come 2009, Pacquiao was set to fight Ricky Hatton, at the light welterwieght limit of 140lbs. Because of Pacquiao's performance against De La Hoya, he predicted to be the winner. Hatton was set as the underdog, and was actually quite mad about it. Although modest, Hatton was extremely confident he would win, having never lost at 140lbs, he was ready to bring it. Unfortunately come fight night, Ricky Hatton went down faster than Erik Morales's third fight with the Pacman. Taking two knockdowns in the first round, and absorbing Pacquiao's massively stronger right hook, a massive left hand created one of the most brutal knockdowns in boxing. Hatton got hit flush on the chin, was knocked out on impact, and hit the floor very hard.

Whomever Pacquiao faces next, dont judge him by his old fights, he and Freddie Roach seem to plan out great gameplans. Mayweather is an idiot to judge Pacquaio by his knockout losses in the 90's. Watch out Money, Cotto, Mosley, Marquez(again), and anyone else who challenges this guy, it's dangerous!

JP Out.