Pacquiao-Marquez 3: Judge it with your head, not with your heart (from

I’m not out to change your opinion. If you scored each round and saw that Juan Manuel Marquez was the winner, I respect that. However, if you just “felt” that Marquez won, if you forgot to score the fight round per round, we need to talk.

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The Juan Manuel Marquez Experience

“Carlo, I need you to be the point person of the entourage of Juan Manuel Marquez.”

I received this message while inside our office elevators. At first I didn’t know what to think. I was excited to be up close and personal with the champ. I was eager to ask a billion questions. I was a bit afraid that the communication gap may be too great to overcome.

My duties started on August 31 at about 3 am. Marquez arrived in the Philippines through a PAL flight and they disembarked through NAIA Terminal 2. That day started a whirlwind press tour that I have not completely recovered from yet. We went to the Manila City Hall (where I acted as an all important taga-hawi), then to Mexican embassy, bought four pairs of shoes from Greenbelt, shopped at SM Mall of Asia, heard mass at the Manila Cathedral, then partied at Palladium.

Meeting Marquez was pretty fun.

Meeting Nacho Beristain was equally amazing. Señor Nacho does not speak English very well so I had to rely on context clues to decipher much of what he said but I was also able to ask the other members of the entourage to translate for me in some occasions.

I was lucky enough to get stuff signed by Marquez including a couple of gloves already signed by Manny Pacquiao. I was even able have him sign my credentials for the World Press Tour.

As I’ve said, I still can’t fully comprehend everything that happened on those five days but you can visit for my attempt to put everything together. Click on for the article.

Kimbo Slice: From street fighting to MMA to boxing

Kimbo Slice is an enigma. We all want to see him but we’re never completely sure what to make of him. His fame was brought about by a series of backyard brawls where he oftentimes leaves his opponents bleeding and hurting badly.

Slice, or Kevin Ferguson in real life, was an internet sensation. He was the equivalent of the Numa Numa Guy, Tron Man, and . However, unlike all the aforementioned, Slice was able to crossover to the main stream. He was given the chance to compete in MMA fights under the now defunct Elite XC banner. He had a string of okay wins against Bo Cantrell, Tank Abbott, and Jason Thompson, but his MMA ability was nowhere near his street fighting skill.

Disaster struck when he faced Seth Petruzelli, a late substitute as Ken Shamrock, the original opponent, suffered a cut while warming up in the dressing room.He was knocked out by the pink haired fighter and along with it came the crash of EliteXC.

He then joined the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter reality series where he received the best training he’s ever had. He did not win the competition but his name was big enough so he was given a contract. He won his first UFC fight against Houston Alexander but lost in his next one against former football player Matt Mitione. He was released from his contract after that.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Slice decided to parlay his internet and now mainstream fame into boxing. If you ask me, he should have done this before he went into MMA. It was clear that his only real skill was punching people’s faces in so boxing should have been his first choice.

Slice won his first professional boxing fight with a dominant 10-second one-punch knockout over James Wade.It was a single right uppercut that made Wade go to sleep in one of the best knockouts in boxing this year.

Is Slice the next big thing in heavyweight boxing? Definitely not.

Is it fun and exciting to have someone like him in the boxing ring? Hell yeah.

The only thing we need to do now is to not burden Slice with the insane hype that EliteXC gave him. That promotion basically placed the survival of their company on Slice’s shoulders and the dude clearly was not ready for it. Boxing fans should just wait for Slice knock out a couple of bums and watch him develop.

He is not a young guy by any means so this professional boxing career will not last long. But as how internet fame goes, we should all just sit back and ride it till it’s gone. Slice won’t be getting a shot at the Klitschko brothers anytime soon, or ever for that matter, but it does not mean he’s a failure.

Breaking down Pacquiao’s 2nd ESPY Fighter of the Year Award

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Manny Pacquiao doesn’t need more accolades; however, this will not stop entities from showering the best pound-for-pound fighter with more entries for his already loaded résumé. Pacquiao, for the second time has been voted as ESPY’s Fighter of the Year.

Since its inception in 2007, only Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have won this award. This year Pacquiao was up against two other boxers and two MMA fighters.

Pacquiao didn’t have the best year of his career. He had a tremendous performance against Antonio Margarito but had a lackluster win over Shane Mosley, though the lackluster part was no fault of Pacquiao. When he last won the same award in 2007, it was because of three huge knockout wins over David Diaz, Oscar de la Hoya, and Ricky Hatton. This was, without a doubt, the best stretch of Pacquiao’s career.

The other contenders for the award were WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, UFC Welterweight champion Georges St.-Pierre, and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Now let’s break down the accomplishments of the other four competitors to see why Pacquiao won the award.

Hopkins’ last two fights were both against Jean Pascal. The first fight was ended in a draw and the second was a win for Hopkins which also put him in the record books as the oldest fighter to even win a championship.

Martinez defeated both Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams in the past 12 months; the former by unanimous decision and the latter via a devastating knockout victory. Both were impressive wins and the second was even named as Ring Magazine’s Knockout of the Year.

St.-Pierre was his usual dominant self, defeating Josh Koscheck and Jake Shields. However, what hurt his chances of winning was that he failed to give exciting fights. He was dominant but he didn’t appear to be going in for the kill at any point in those fights.

Among all the contenders, only Jones fought three times in the past 12 months and he clearly had the most devastating results. He knocked out UFC veteran Vladimir Matsyushenko in a single round, submitted Ryan Bader via guillotine choke in round 2, then won the UFC light heavyweight title by dominating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and stopping him in the third round.

Although cases may be made that the other fighters had better years than Pacquiao, the Pacman will be tough to beat when it comes to these awards. The UFC is slowly gaining a following, but boxing is still the bigger sport worldwide and Pacquiao is, quite simply, the most well-known fighter in the world today.

Pacquiao-Mosley may have been a dud but the fact is that Pacquiao is still the most visible fighter out there. The fight sold more than a million pay-per-views and received a lot of attention from mainstream media. What Hopkins did was impressive but people are not inclined to support a fighter as old as him and Martinez, as good as he is, is still a relative unknown outside boxing circles.

As long as Pacquiao keeps winning, accolades such as the ESPY Fighter of the Year award will continue to go his way. Pacquiao has built a huge fanbase and it will take a herculean effort for someone not named Floyd Mayweather to take this award from him. Even though the ESPY Fighter of the Year award should be judged solely on the performance of fighters in the past 12 months, fans who flock ESPN’s website to vote still take the fighters entire career into consideration.

Juan Manuel Marquez and the danger of a tune-up match

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Some fighters feel that they need to get in a good workout before engaging in a big match with a marquee opponent. What they do is get an overmatched opponent to have a tune-up fight with. This is exactly what Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) will do this weekend.

To prepare for his third fight against Manny Pacquiao, Marquez will head on to Cancun, Mexico to fight Likar Ramos (24-3-0, 18 KOs). Marquez is not stupid. He won’t choose an opponent who has a legitimate chance of derailing the completion of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy. Although the record of Ramos makes him look passable for an opponent for Marquez, a quick look at his résumé and you will see that he has not defeated anyone of worth. The only decent names in there are one-time Pacquiao victim Jorge Solis and journeyman Walter Estrada, and guess what, Ramos lost to both fighters.

However, even if Ramos seems like a low-risk opponent for Marquez, we all know that a lot of things can go wrong with these tune-up fights.

Erik Morales and Pacquiao both took tune-up fights before their rematch and the two fought in the same boxing card. Pacquiao knocked out Hector Velazquez but Morales failed to hold his end of the bargain, losing to Zahir Raheem by unanimous decision.

Losses to tune-up opponents are not the only things that make these kinds of fights dangerous. Marco Antonio Barrera took a tune-up fight in Mexico against Freudis Rojas who had an atrocious record of a single win, seven losses, and a draw. It was supposed to be in preparation for a fight against Amir Khan. Barrera did win the fight but he suffered cuts due to headbutts. These cuts came back to haunt Barrera in his fight against Khan.

Marquez needs to win, and win big against Ramos so as not to jeopardize the fight against Pacquiao.

If Marquez loses, then the fight against Pacquiao will automatically be off. For Pacquiao, there will be no sense in defeating a fighter who just lost to someone like Ramos

If Marquez wins a close decision, Pacquiao-Marquez 3 will be a hard sell to fans. And if that happens, Bob Arum can pull the plug on this fight altogether.

Even if Marquez wins convincingly, there are a lot of factors that could go wrong for him. Ramos is not a clean fighter by any stretch. He was given a one-point deduction in his last defeat for punching at the back of the head and he also has a disqualification loss to Edinson Garcia because Ramos bit him the shoulder. A cut here or a slight hand injury there and the fight against Pacquiao may be off for Marquez.

The Mexican veteran must have a perfect fight this weekend. If he fights too cautiously, he might turn off fans. If he fights too wildly, he might get hurt. Marquez needs to find the perfect balance between being careful but still give an exciting fight.

Another reason to love Mike Tyson


Baddest man on the planet.

Youngest heavyweight champion of all time.

Boxing hall-of-famer.

Back up dancer?

Yes, Mike Tyson is at it again. He entertained us with fistic fury the kind of which have never been seen before or will again. Now, he entertains us in other ways. He made us laugh in The Hangover and now he graces with another classic.

Thanks to Chuck Araneta for sharing the video.

Excuse of the year: David Haye’s broken toe

In boxing, there are fighters will humbly accept defeat. “He was just the better man today, I fought my best but it wasn’t enough,” most would say, and they’ll climb out of the ring to modest cheers from the crowd for being brave enough to fight, but more so because they were brave enough to accept defeat.

Then there are those fighters who bury themselves in deeper shit by making all sorts of excuses for losing.
David Haye has no excuse for losing. Truth be told, he duped us all by making us believe he was a legitimate threat to Wladimir Klitschko’s title reign. He talked endlessly about viciously knocking out the unified champion then going on to fight his brother Vitali next.

He talked so well that he was able to land a 50-50 split with Klitschko even though Haye only had four fights in the heavyweight division. He was cocky enough to wear a shirt where a caricature of him holding the decapitated heads of the Klitschko brothers.

He pulled off a horrible performance in the fight but it was his post-fight excuse of having a broken toe that knocked the ball out of the park for Haye. He said that the toe broke three weeks ago. He failed to tell anyone about it, failed to pull out of the fight, and failed to give all boxing fans the fight that they deserved to see.

With that horrible excuse, Haye joins the list of the lamest excuses the boxing world has even witnessed which includes Joshua Clottey’s “I ate bad soup and had diarrhea” excuse, Wladmir Klitschko’s “I was drugged/They put too much Vaseline” excuse, Sakio Bika’s “I was very sick and almost drowned in the hotel pool the day before my fight. I never learnt how swim and decided to cool down after training. I didn’t realize there was a deep end of the pool and jumped straight in; I know I can beat Bute and would not go near any swimming pools before the fight” excuse, and Julio Cesar Chavez’ “My son opened up an old cut before the fight against de la Hoya” excuse.

It’s okay to lose a fight. But to be in the ring and not even try to win is robbery because you don’t give the fans the entertainment they deserve. Coming up with an excuse just takes this whole deal into another level. Once you get into the ring, all injuries, discomforts, pains, and whatnot should be left in the locker room. When you go into the ring, you must fight your heart out. Haye could have simply asked for the fight to be postponed if he needed for time to heal. But the fact that he went on to the ring knowing fully well that the injury could affect his performance just lends more evidence to the claim that Haye did not go in there to win.

From now on, I shall refer to the former WBA champion as David “Craven” Haye.