Saturday, June 28, 2008

Pac-Man Gobbles Diaz

(photo by Chris Cozzone)

Filipino larger-than-life hero, Manny Pacquiao systematically dismantled grizzled underdog, David Diaz in 9 rounds, though it was practically over after the 2nd.

Pacquiao put on a clinic so commanding in the second, that only a hail mary punch from Diaz would have gave him any chance of victory. Pacquiao boxed as much as he punched former Olympian Diaz. To Diaz' credit, he never stopped coming forward and landed a few strong potshots along his road to Hades, but they were too far and far too few to make any lasting damage.

In the 9th round, pound for pound king by default Pacquiao (ever since the "retirement" of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.) finally stopped hopping like a bunny, settled down on his punches, and landed a straight left on an incoming Diaz' jaw. The punch put the crimson masked Diaz, who had been bleeding form all pores on his face--pr so it seemed--after the 2nd round, face first toward the canvas. Referee Vic Dakulich did not even bother to count what had become at this point a clinic. Pacquiao showed immediate respect to the fallen Chicago-based warrior Diaz and touched gloves with his fallen comrade.

Next up for Pacquiao could be a catchweight fight with either Ricky Hatton or Oscar De La Hoya. Either fight should net him a few more millions of dollars. However, should Juan Manuel Marquez make it past tricky gold medalist and undisputed lightweight champion Joel Casamayor, things could get interestingly difficult for Pacquiao.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Poor Man's Challenge

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After successfully dismantling nemesis Edison Miranda by a relatively unchallenged 4th-round ko and calling out Oscar De La Hoya and middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham is set to defend his IBF title.

Problem is, neither of the above mentioned fighter's appear to be on his immediate dance card. Instead, long-time veteran Raul Marquez is the next victim, err challenger. Marquez, who turned back the clock a few years by besting a younger and undefeated (and wholly untested) Giovanni Lorenzo by unanimous decision, will now have the unenviable task of trying to beat a fighter who is still younger, and much more powerful than he ever was or will be.

Now, does Marquez deserve to fight for the title? Of course, he won an eliminator and we all know once the alphabet misfits hold them they honor the final verdict. But at this stage, Abraham should abandon that scrap for much more meaningful fights. Even a matchup against Winky Wright would've been more intriguing, unless they plan to hold this match at the same venue (Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida) which should be fresh in those customer's mind.

The guess here:

Marquez, as always, brings the fight to his opponent. He most likely will get cut and not by a headbutt. The bout will be stopped because Marquez is a true warrior who never quit even when victory had long abandoned him. Unless Abraham falls victim to hubris, how can a man who couldn't hurt the elite junior middleweights hurt a powerful middleweight?

Kahn He Win a Title?

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Or better yet, when will he fight for a title? The 2004 Olympic silver medalist and latest UK buzz, Amir Khan has been on the cusp of certified superstardom for the last two years now. But after another gutsy performance last night, his promoter, Frank Warren, still doesn't deem the lad as ready for a title. Khan, who has had to rise from the canvas once again, claimed another stoppage victory against unheralded Michael via 5th-round kayo only after rising from a second round knockdown.

Give credit where it's due though: Khan has shown the stomach to get up and fight back. You simply can't teach that.

The guess here is that if he is not ready now, he may never be ready. His chin will not improve, only his defense. And there will always be a fighter whose offense will be the equalizer to a good defense. But Warren should have Khan fighting even more dangerous fighters in different parts of the world, if he's to measure Kahn's greatness.

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