|Krusher Kovalev gets the last laugh in Atlantic City|
Boxing fans are being sold a bill of goods but the goods they're buying aren't all that good, in fact lately they've been little more than predictably uncompetitive mismatches. Some recent examples of this trend include: Sergey Kovalev 120-106 Bernard Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao 120-102 Chris Algieri, Wladimir Klitschko KO5 Kubrat Pulev, Gennady Golovkin KO2 Marco Antonio Rubio, Terence Crawford 120-108 Ray Beltran, Keith Thurman 120-107 Leonard Bundu, Amir Khan 120-108 Devon Alexander, and Adonis "Superman" Stevenson KO5 Dmitry Sukhotskiy. Boxing should be better than glorified sparring sessions. Who's to blame for these shutouts and wipeouts? Is it matchmakers, promoters, and "advisers" or the fans who willingly sop it all up with a biscuit? Not every match-up has to be a war for legacy like Marvin Hagler KO3 Thomas Hearns or Juan Manuel Marquez KTFO6 Manny Pacquiao IV but the fight game under Al Haymon's direction is getting stale and stagnant.
Judging The Judges — In order to comprehend the subtle complexities that go into the scoring of big-time professional boxing matches by judges who get paid to do their jobs, one should think in terms of the fine-tuned calibration of casino slot machine payouts and the "social game" aspects of how players are voted off the long-running CBS TV-reality show Survivor. Understand how these two elements work together to produce "favorable" results and you can almost always tell who the judges will favor in a close fight or who they will be inclined to favor to balance the scales of "justice" for boxing's powerful paymasters and well paid power brokers.
|Is Mayweather looking for Pacquiao at ringside?|
|Will Mayweather fight Manny for the money?|
Regarding Floyd, I do believe that his timing and defensive style inside the ring are a perfect metaphor for these same traits that he exhibits outside the ring managing his career. More than just winning fights and cashing big checks, Money Mayweather sets his own schedule and so accordingly, he is not subject to the brutal whims and unavoidable cruelties that boxing can more easily inflict on lesser influential fighters. It's still a dangerous dance and Floyd does in fact risk it all every time he steps in with men like Cotto and Maidana but he's got all the "champion's advantages" consolidated and amplified in a way that make it slighter safer for him to shake his groove thing. As for Manny, I really think Mayweather "fears" him in the same way Sugar Ray "feared" the dangerous Aaron Pryor but not because he feels inferior as a fighter but rather because he is worried that Manny (like Pryor) would do anything (or put anything in his body) to win, and so that (health) risk for $80 million is avoided when there are ways to make the same purse fighting opponents who can be more easily manipulated and controlled. Coming up from flyweight to welterweight as Pacquiao did while carrying his power and riding a wave of brutal beatdowns is not only suspicious to Mayweather, it should raise eyebrows to anyone who has ever believed in so-called sports heroes like Lance Armstrong and Alex Rodriguez. — Thanks for writing, KO.
|Garcia likes good media and bad media|
KO's Boxing INBOX II — "Wladimir Klitschko. I am formulating him into my perception of the top all-time heavyweight kings, and he fits right in there. Head to head is always a different matter that few seem able to comprehend (versus historical significance). How do you see Klitschko (the Wlad of last month versus Kubrat Pulev) doing with prime Ali (1967), Holmes (1979) Tyson (1988) Lewis (2000) Bowe (1992) Frazier (1971) Louis (1938-1941-ish) and Marciano (title reign version) and Holyfield (1996)?" — Mike P.
|Klitschko entertains with a KO of Pulev|
If Wlad defeats a few more top heavyweights and retires as champion, he's demonstrably top ten, maybe even top five, hell maybe even #1—but try telling that to biased American boxing fans (and media) who can't accept we lost the Cold War, that Rocky 4 was BS (but only because Rocky won in Russia), and that heavyweight boxing is "alive and well" and doing much better globally than it was ever doing in just America during the 70's, 80's, and 90's we all cling to as the gold standard. When Muhammad Ali fought Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium in New York City, know what they had there? Empty seats. They don't have those when Wladimir fights "bums" in Europe. Wlad K is indeed an all-time great, heavyweight boxing is doing better than ever, and it's America that's in decline and slipping in relevance, not the heavyweight championship of the world, that's for sure. — Thanks for writing, KO.
|Chavez was vicious|
Comebacking Victor Ortiz appears to have lost his mind, declaring to the boxing media — "I want to be the pound for pound king. I know what it takes to get there. I will be one of the greats like Mayweather or Julio Cesar Chavez, I just don’t know when. I have been told by a lot of people to hang it up, but I make my own decisions and I am going to keep boxing. It's what I love to do. I never lost any confidence in myself."
|Believe it when you see it|
Undefeated American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder addresses the notion on media conference call that his entire boxing career (32-0, 32 KO's) has been carefully choreographed — "The things I do, it makes the eyes don't believe and the mind definitely plays tricks on you. On the outside of the ring, you see one thing but on the inside of the ring it's a whole different thing, it's almost like a magic trick. It's unbelievable that how in the world does it happen like that? On January 17th, we'll see what's choreographed for sure."
WBC heavyweight champ Bermane Stiverne warns Deontay Wilder to beware of B. Ware — "I'm not an entertainer or a promoter like my opponent. It's going to be a short painful night."