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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
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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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cotto Vs Pacquiao and Broken Ribs

By James P Dayap

Well...Cotto's performance against Clottey was nothing short of valiant. The Puerto Rican warrior weathered the storm against the fast hitting, yet strange Clottey. Thanks to the accidental headbutt, the fight tended to go into Clottey's favor, but Cotto found himself hitting with more damaging shots. Harold Letterman saw the fight being won by the first round knockown of Joshua Clottey.

Contrasting this fight to a Pacquiao fight, Cotto has good core movement, and can move his body well, but his punches come slowly. Clottey is much slower than the Pacman, but still he landed several clean shots on Cotto's chin. Manny Pacquiao is a high speed, high power opponent that just also added high boxing skills to his own game. Although the Philipino is a smaller man, I believe he can knock out Miguel Cotto.

Uncle Bob Arum seems to have been given the green light by the Pacman to make this fight happen.... and Floyd Mayweather's broken rib seems to have stalled the fight for next month. Has the absence from the ring for 20+ months caused Pretty Boy Floyd to become fragile?

Rumor has it, below average ticket sales have caused this next fight to be put on hold, if not canceled completely.

JP Out.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Shane Mosley's Sales Pitch

By James Dayap

The other boxer wont fight you on your terms? I will! He wont take a smaller purse? I'd take it any day! I'll even throw in a meet at a catchweight of 143-144lbs! If you order now while this commercial is still going, I'll even throw in a definite rematch clause into our contract, free of charge. Call 1-800-FIGHT SHANE !

It's almost to the point of a payed advertisement on a cable channel at 4:00am.

Sugar Shane Mosley keeps making offers that are tough to refuse. While any fight with Manny Pacquiao will draw millions of dollars in, Shane is willing to take smaller purses, make lower weights, and even... offer a rematch in the case of an upset against the Filipino superstar.

But why is Mosley desperately trying to hard to get a match with Pacquiao? Aside from being the best welterweight at this time and at his age, Sugar Shane has accumilated a good fortune over his many years of boxing, and also has a strong position working for Golden Boy.

As much as Mosley respects Pacquiao, and wants to prove himself against the Pacman, it would seem all of Mosley's true anamosity is going torwards Pretty Boy Floyd.

In a way, it is a sort of dare or taunt towards Mayweather. Mosley proves he can fight on anybody's terms, including the Pacman's, even giving him two chances in the case of an upset the first time. In the next few weeks, we may hear Mosley saying that Floyd is affraid of both Pacquiao and himself.

All in all, Mosley puts up a tough offer to refuse, and the only person in the way it seems, is Uncle Bob, who seems to rather have Top Rank fighters Miguel Cotto or Edwin Valero fight Manny. Having either of the two fighters take on the Pacman, would bring more profit to Top Rank, because revenues would not have to be split with Golden Boy. Shane, being a promotional property to Golden Boy, would make Uncle Bob have to work with Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, spliting profits.

At this point in Manny's career, he would fight light heavyweight Antonio Tarver, or just about anybody his promoter puts in front of him. While Mosley seems to be using Pacquiao to call out Mayweather, he should be warned again, don't take the Pacman lightly. But, there should be nothing but respect for Mosley, making bold moves and taking big risks to reach his goals. Mayweather would be a lot more popular if had atleast half the attitude of Mosley, or 1/10th of Pacquiao's. Rock on Sugar Shane.

Another note, Oscar De La Hoya is barking his typical Pacquiao downplay trash talk again, but it's typical to backup someone signed under your promotional company. But also it's typical to trash talk someone who ended your career as a boxer, and had a legal battle with in 2005-2007. Manny don't hit hard? Good confidence ploy Oscar. Sorry to Ricky, but now you know first hand, Manny does hit hard.

JP out.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pacman's Right Hook - The Ever Improving Pacquiao

By James P Dayap

When you haven't seen it before, you don't expect it. Strangely enough, Ricky Hatton saw the move on tape, but completely dismissed it, even going so far as to make fun of it. The first punch Pacquiao lands is a right hook, this stuns Hatton. Pacquiao starts landing the right hook hard, wobbling the Hitman each time. Two minutes into the first round of a two round fight, Hatton hit the canvas after absorbing a hard and well placed Pacquiao right hook. The Pacman landed his right hook with devastating accuracy, and ducked the left hook of the Hitman.

Ricky Hatton would get up to realize, he wasn't ready for that one.

Pacquiao's assistant coach, Michael Moorer, admitted in an interview after the fight, that Pacquiao would knockdown, if not knockout, Hatton with the right hook. Who would have known the move that Pacquiao rehearsed ever so often with coach Freddie Roach, would be the first one to knock down the Hitman.

Pacquiao would later continue to land his devastating right hook, but it would be his powerful weapon of choice, the straight left hand, which has been a staple to the diet of opponents of Pacquiao for the course of his career, that turned off the lights for poor Ricky Hatton.

What will Pacquiao improve on next?

JP out.

Manny Pacquiao's Next Opponents and How He Will Beat them

By James P Dayap

In Pacquiao's game...Mosley is next....

Being the Pacman, like any person, is open to being beaten by opposition, but once he eats the big white dot, he can eat anything in his way, and all opposition gets sent back to the stables.

Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, and an assortment of other boxers thought they could corner the Pacman before he eats his big white dot, unfortunately for them, Pacman keeps eating the big white dots, all the floating fruits, and even sends back the opponents without eating the big white dot. But enough with video game metaphors, the Pacman, Manny Pacquiao is on a crusade to conquer all challengers.

Here are how the mighty will fall:

1.Shane Mosley stands as the most likely next opponent for the Pacman. Like Ricky Hatton, Sugar Shane likes to bring the fight, but Mosley has more speed, power, and technical skills than the defeated Hitman. Mosley will go toe to toe with Pacquiao, but will start to falter into the 3rd round because of the blinding speed of Pacquiao. The Pacific Typhoon will take it's course in the 7th or 8th round by knockout or corner retirement. Don't get me wrong , I do not dismiss Mosley at all, but age is not on Mosley's side for this fight.

2. Miguel Cotto will bring it, and likely slightly overpower the Pacman in the first two rounds. Of course, Pacquiao will start landing hard shots on Miguel Cotto's chin. By round 4, Cotto will likely hit the canvas, very hard from a Pacquiao straight left. He will recover, but only get sent down again in the 5th. Cotto will join the rest of the people who found out Pacquiao has a lot more power than people think.

3. Edwin Valero - The knockout artist will try to pressure Pacquiao early and often, but this overrated fighter has never met anyone at Pacmans level. He will walk into a lot of shots, and this fight will end early. Realistically, this fight might be too dangerous for Valero, because he hasn't been hit in the ways Pacquiao can hit someone, and he has a pre-existing head injury that made it hard for him to get certified to fight.

4. Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr. - This super welterwieght prospect, son of the legendary Julio Ceasar Chavez, wants to fight Pacquiao. This fight has the least likeliness of materializing because of the vast difference in size, and Chavez's camp calling for a catchwieght of 150lbs. But if this does happen, I don't see this fight going on for long. It will be a 3-4 round boxing lesson for the young Chavez. Pacquiao will instantly outspeed and overpower the young man, and send him to the canvas.

5. Juan Manuel Marquez -A 3rd fight with his ultimate rival. The man who has given Pacquiao his best fights, stands a chance against Pacquiao. A major factor in Pacquiao's favor though, is that Pacquiao has vastly improved since his last fight with Marquez. The Pacman has equiped himself with dangerous weapons coming in the form of powerfull right hooks, and a surprisingly well thought out defensive plan. Pacquiao has learned to adapt and counter, which leads to Marquez getting his 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th final knockdown in his trilogy with the Pacman. The fight can go the distance, but I see in the late rounds, Marquez finally getting knocked out.

6. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - This fight will and should happen. If it doesn't, it would be due to Uncle Bob Arum and Pretty Boy Floyd's stubborness to cooperate. Floyd likely wont take a smaller purse, but due to rumors of his fight with Marquez on the 18th of July being postponed due to low ticket sales, he may...
I see Pacquiao bringing the action to Floyd early. Floyd will have a very hard time adapting to Pacquiao because the Pacman has a tendency to keep mixing his punches well. Pacquiao will land punches in bunches whenever he finds an opening. If Floyd somehow adapts, the fight will go the distance, but if he doesn't, it will end in round 6 by knockout.

7. Antonio Margarito- This large welterweight may come into play once his suspension is over. He will attempt to pressure Pacquiao early, and will keep walking into shots. With his tough chin, he may last into the late rounds, but I don't see him overpowering or even hitting Manny. Margarito's resilience to Pacman's punches will carry him until round 8 or 9, from there he will hit the canvas hard. I can see Freddie Roach watching for those handwrap cheats.

8. Timothy Bradley - Coming off his victory over Kendal Holt, the WBO Super Lightweight / Light Welterweight champion can give Pacquiao a good fight. Bradley has good speed, and a decent chin, he would pressure Pacquiao, but walk into shots constantly. Pacquiao's greatly developed right hook will be taking down Bradley, with a knockdown in the 3rd, and a knockout with a straight left in the 7th.

I might add more to this list later.

JP out.

Juan Manuel Marquez Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight Analysis

By James P. Dayap

On May 1st, 2009, we all received the news that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was coming out of retirement, to fight lightweight champion, Juan Manuel Marquez for a July 18th bout. Mayweather, at the time of his retirement, claimed he had nothing else to prove, being at the top and undefeated. With open challenges from Sugar Shane Mosley and other welterweights, Floyd left the game.

But back to the present, Marquez, a fighter reigning at 135 pounds, is making the Pacquiao leap to 147, to meet the challenge of Mayweather. Although there were words spoken about a possible catchweight of 143-144, it seems the Mayweather camp pushed for the fight to be made at 147.

At a glance, Mayweather is the bigger and faster man. Being a natural welterweight, he carries power that can bother any lightweight. Marquez, losing in size and possibly speed, has good power, and technical skills that can likely match those of the bigger Mayweather. In many ways, this fight is Mayweather's test if he can handle someone who can handle Manny Pacquiao, even if Manny has drastically improved like no other boxer has since he last fought Marquez.

Although both fighters are defensive, Mayweather has the tendency to run. This can make this a potentially boring match up. At the same time, for someone to win, someone has to make a move, and for that, I would say Marquez would make the first moves. I can see from the beginning, Marquez winning the early rounds, countering Mayweather's jabs, and executing his gameplan well.

Both fighters also are slow starters, but I believe in one factor for Marquez's possible victory, heart. Marquez survived through an onslaught of attacks from Pacquiao in his fights with him, being able to leave those two bouts behind with a draw and a loss. If Marquez were to pull off an upset, it would be because he would carry into the fight with the heart he brought with himself into the Pacquiao bouts.

Mayweather is a bigger waiter than Marquez, and will wait for Marquez to tire and make mistakes. Mayweather will and always tends to go into the middle rounds with nearly perfect defenses. Being a quick study himself, he places his punches quickly and accurately.

Here is my analysis:

Round 1:
Marquez will start the pressure, as Mayweather will try to land a few jabs, only to get thrown off by Marquez's quickly timed counterpunches. I can see Marquez edging out Mayweather for this round. 10-9 Marquez

Round 2:
Again, Marquez will start to pressure Mayweather again, but Mayweather will find his jab landing more, and will start to land left hooks and straight right hands. Marquez will start to walk into shots, not quite so ready for the welterweight power, gets knocked down, but not hurt.
19-18 Mayweather

Round 3:
Mayweather will try to pressure a little this round, because Marquez is obviously backing off a little due to the round 2 knockdown, and is studying Mayweather's game. Mayweather throws a swift left hook, only miss and be caught with a counter straight right hand, followed by a left hook that throws him off balance. Seeing this chance, Marquez rallies, and the bell rings. A surprised Mayweather tries to smile off what just happened.
28-28 Tie

Round 4:
Marquez steps backward this round, to let Mayweather apply the pressure, and tries to use the same strategy as last round. This time around though, Floyd is dodging punches and covering up well. Floyd is landing clean punches repeatedly, until Marquez finds an opening again, and knocks Floyd off balance. Seizing the opportunity, Marquez rallies, only to get caught by a counter left hook that knocks him down again. Marquez gets up, but gets caught again by a straight right hand, and hits the canvas once more. Marquez doesn't make the count and cornerman Nacho Beristain throws in the towel.

Winner: Floyd Mayweather

While I see Floyd winning, I dont totally dismiss Marquez, he has the heart factor, that will shine July 18th.

Chance of winning? Mayweather has a 65% chance and Marquez has a 35% chance. Odds in Mayweather's favor, but this is boxing, who knows what will happen. This fight has a lot of potential to go the distance. Marquez may surprise the world, even if he has the disadvantage in almost every area. Nacho Beristain has Marquez doing weight lifting, moving boulders, heavy rocks, sounds like Rocky style training.

Maybe after some episodes of Mayweather/Marquez 24/7 and some more analyzing, I will have another version of this.

JP Out.

Training With Manny Pacquiao

By James P Dayap

The Pacman is one tough man to follow when it comes to training. Being nowhere near an athele's shape, I tried to follow a long on some of his training during spring break 2009(3/15/09-3/20/09).

My brother arrived at the Pallazo apartment brisk and early at 6:00AM on a Wednsday morning. The house is a bustle, Buboy is drinking coffee a long with the rest of team Pacquiao, and everyone is stretching and getting ready for the morning workout. Alex Arisa and Michael Moorer sit next to me on the couch as we wait for the Pacman himself to walk down the stairs. Pacman the dog barks excitedly, knowing he is going to get to go running. Manny comes downstairs, and the entire house vacates towards the parking lot.

A convoy of vehicles drives towards Silverlake. We get there by 6:45am The team is excited because HBO is there to capture some of the first few days of Manny's training. Manny, his brother Bobby, featherwieght prospect Bernabe Concepcion, Pacman the dog, and myself, start the 5 mile run.

Immediately, the boxers set a pace I think I can keep up with, the run is slightly downhill at first...but the there is a climb, and I find myself 1 mile in and out of energy. I slow down to a walk to see Manny and the others have sped off. Big wakeup call to me, get in shape... and maybe become a professional boxer.

At the end of the run, Alex Arisa has Manny do a variety of ab workouts and stretches. Bernabe Concepcion follows suit, and I simply am too tired to even do anything. It is now 10:45am.

We break for lunch, and head back to Pallazo. Manny, his brother, and other members of team Pacquiao start playing darts. Some great meals are whipped up, Manny scarfs down a large amount of rice, and we head to Wildcard by 12:45PM.

Manny's training at the Wildcard gym, forces all other boxers and non essencial personel to leave. Luckily I got to see him train, and watch the brutally devistating power he displays in his fights. Sparing partners would try their best to rally against the Pacman, but would constantly be outboxed by the Filipino superstar. Freddie Roach would work the mits, and Paquiao would demand more rounds, exhausting his coach. After a long day of working out, Manny and the team leave the gym to go eat the the Thai restaurant downstairs by 5:00PM.

People show up and bombard the Filipino Hero for autographs, and he happily signs, then heads to go eat. We get served right away, and the day's sparing tape is replayed on a projector in the restaurant. Everyone watches in awe as Manny's sparing partner for the day takes a brutal beating.

By 6:30, we are all heading back to Pallazo, and for everybody, it's rest and relaxation. First it's a fun game of ping pong, then darts, then some fun and laughing, and finally kareoke. The champ heads to bed around or before 10.

What do I take from the experience? I got to train and hang out with my favorite boxer, and the man has a work ethic that can't be matched. If people keep wondering how he keeps beating bigger and stronger opponents, it's because of his work ethic, natural gifts, and strong will to win.

JP Out.

Revival Of Boxing

The Revival of Boxing(5-14-09)
By James P Dayap

The dressing room is seemingly quiet until the press and trainers get inside. You look at your shorts and count how many advertisers got their patches on you. Your trainer tells you to put your hand up so he can wrap up your hands. The assistant trainer squirts water into your mouth to help hydrate you. The referee walks in to tell you the rules to the engagement. A security guard walks in and signals it is time to make your way to the arena. The hallway is cleared, but many cameramen and media people are still around to document your every move towards the ring. Everybody cheers as they see you walk into the arena. Your opponent is already standing opposite of you, and Michael Buffer is announcing your name and titles. The man you are facing has been favored as the person who will win the fight, with experts of the sport saying you have no chance. Your coaches give you a few more words of advice, and the bell rings. The man opposite of you touches gloves with you, gives you a smile, the throws a huge punch towards your face that wakes you up. It’s a fight. In retaliation, you throw a left and right hook that daze your opponent, and then rush in to throw a straight right. The man from the other corner notices this and counters your punch with a punch of his own. It’s a massive exchange of blows. The crowd roars cheering you on. One man falls to the canvas after six rounds. Luckily, it wasn’t you. Michael Buffer walks to the center of the ring and announces that you won.
What is the sport of boxing? Most onlookers would see it as the brutal collision of two people in a violent slugfest, but to patrons of the sport, it would be known as the sweet science. Fans of the sport would go as far as calling boxing a lesson in physics, using terms relating to physics such as mass, speed, velocity, time, and gravity. The sport of boxing can be dated back to the dawn of mankind, and even documented as a sport as far back if not farther than the time of the Roman Empire. American boxing would be as old as America is, but most of it’s substantial record keeping of the sport, dates a hundred years back. In modern times, boxing rules are unified across the globe, creating organizations and sanctioning bodies that would award a belt, to the highest level contenders of weight classes. It’s popularity would peak in the late sixties and into the seventies and eighties, but start to decline in the nineties. But why was boxing so popular at one point, the decline at another?
The advent of radio and television brought the sport’s popularity up in the 20’s and up to the 60’s. Matches were being heard or watched constantly by people around the world, and fighters were becoming superstars in their countries or worldwide. Great superstars like Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Joe Frazer emerged in the 60s and 70s, and became great superstars of all time. Muhammad Ali would go forth to most likely be the greatest fighter of all time, not just because of his techniques in the ring, but his charisma and dedication to the sport. Being a poet and somewhat of an artist, he gave fans a complete package of a boxer, person, and entertainer. Set aside from the honor and chivalry of boxing, dirty tactics and actions started to come into play early and often. Ali’s match with a man named Sonny Liston, would be slightly tainted by Sonny’s attempt to blind Ali with using acid on his gloves. Unfortunately as boxing grew more popular, it started to become a lot more about money. With money comes a lot of corruption and dirty business. Come the 80’s, a young and powerful boxer named Mike Tyson would emerge as the heavyweight world champion, being devastating in the ring, and uncontrollable out of it. Known for raping a woman, and pushing his mother down the stairs, Mike Tyson would be a prime example of what would cause the downfall of boxing. He would outrageous claims to opponents like when he said ,“I want to rip out his heart and feed it to Lennox Lewis. I want to kill people. I want to rip their stomachs out and eat their children,” or resorting to strange illegal tactics in the ring, like biting the ears off of his opponent at the time, Evander Holyfield. Mike Tyson would eventually end up in prison for his actions, leaving a huge scar on the world of boxing.
Boxer’s actions would not be the only place where boxing would find itself in a dead end. The actions of promoters would often be just as bad. I asked boxer Harry Harnescfeger about boxing promoter Don King and boxer Mike Tyson, he replied ,” Great boxer, terrible personality, as for Don King? Sorry but that man is a piece of shit.” Don King would be known for making match ups that were very flashy, and sometimes dangerous for one or both boxers. He is known for not caring much for his fighter’s safety at times, and also stealing a lot of the prize money for himself.
While being charismatic in boxing is a good thing, cockiness would often decrease a boxer’s fan base substantially. A current boxer named Floyd Mayweather Jr. would have some of the fastest hands, an unbeaten record, and boxing skills like no tomorrow, but because he cant shut his own mouth about how good he is, he often is booed and hated by crowds of boxing fans. Boxing in the 90’s would find it’s savior in the form of Oscar De La Hoya. A young Oscar De La Hoya would win a gold medal at the Olympics in 1992, and forever be known as the Golden Boy. His charisma, humble attitude, and constant will to want to challenge the best, left him as a six division world champion, winning 10 different belts. In wake of his success, he started his own promotional company, named after his nickname, Golden Boy, the company currently sees the highest level of success. “Oh yeah, Oscar De La Hoya is a promoter, I remember he just fought the small Filipino, Manny Pacquiao, “ said Harry after I asked him about Oscar. In Oscar’s recent bout before his retirement, he faced the next savior of boxing, Manny Pacquiao.
The Filipino slugger, Manny Pacquiao came from a life of poverty and hunger. He found himself selling donuts and stolen cigarettes to survive and help his family. He would eventually run away to another island in the Philipines to train as a boxer, in hopes of a better life for himself and his family. He never saw what was coming. Today, he finds himself at the top of the sport, recently becoming a six division world champion, like Oscar De La Hoya, and being named the best fighter in the world, if not of all time. Having charisma and a good attitude, Manny Pacquiao surpasses Oscar, giving a lot to charity, and being overall extremely humble, without a glance of cockiness. “Boxing needed a guy like him, he donates almost all of his money to the poor in the Philipines, and he is very kind and warm hearted. It makes a lot of boxers want to be like him, so yes, he can save the sport because he sets a great example to all the other boxers. He even sets a great example to all atheletes, “ said Harry Harnescfeger, on the topic of Manny Pacquiao, “Manny is a great boxer, most of us boxers look up to him.”
Boxing fans exciting fights, fights where the outcome is either not obvious, or a lot of great exchanges can happen. Champions are looked down upon when it appears they are avoiding or “ducking” opponents that challenge them. Although boxer Floyd Mayweather is an undefeated great, he has been known to duck many opponents, and in some ways wait for some opponents to get older or weaker before he decides to fight them. Manny Pacquiao, who is the currently rated as the number one boxer in the world, has never ducked or avoided any boxer. Manny always steps up not only a level, but weight classes to challenge bigger and stronger opponents, proving he is the best, and entertaining the fans to no limit. His recent bout with United Kingdom’s Ricky Hatton, proved a major stepping stone in his brilliant career. Although Manny Pacquiao had defeated the larger, stronger Oscar De La Hoya months ago, many would dispute Oscar was too old and weak. When Manny took the challenge of Ricky Hatton, it would deem Ricky the underdog, but at the same time you must factor Manny and Ricky are the same age, and Ricky has never been defeated at their agreed weight limit of 140 pounds. Pleasing the fans, Manny Pacquiao destroyed Ricky Hatton in under 2 rounds, nearly sending the British man into coma after the bout.
Aside from all the looking into the promotions, build up, and even the boxers themselves, a large amount of the boxing patrons find themselves a fan of the sweet science of boxing. Fans of this aspect would find themselves watching the slow instant replays of boxing matches, studying the very techniques and decisions that the boxers use. From the very angle the boxer executes the punch from, to the exact area of impact that the fighter decides to unleash their power. This can even lead to documentation of a fighter’s training, allowing fans to view what the fighters are working on to bring into the rings with them. The boxer’s trainers, ever so doting, help mold the sweet science of boxing into their fighters, in hopes of making champions.
While nobody can shut up or stop the negative parts of boxing from happening, it is good to know that great champions and good hearted people can still lead the sport in the right direction. I can see the sport becoming a lot more popular in the next ten years, and a higher interest in more programs to promote the sport.

-JP Out