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I realize the Knicks gave up a lot and I realize that the Knicks have a lot of work to do to become a true contender.

That being said…damn, I love a good promo. As a Knicks fan this has to give you some goosebumps. Knicks fans have been so good and so loyal for so long, they deserve to have someone of Anthony’s stature to come home.


 

Donaire moments after referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight. (Photo:Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Nonito Donaire is well on his way to becoming a mega boxing star. In the same way that his Filipino comrade, Manny Pacquiao, has shot up the P4P rankings and won titles in 8 different weight classes on his way to becoming the most recognized man in boxing, this could be the beginning of a fantastic rise for the 28-year-old Donaire.

 

I don’t mean to infer that Donaire is going to win titles in 8 weight classes or become a congressman and totally destroy everything in his path.

Although he could destroy everything in his path as he has destroyed his last 9 out of 10 opponents by KO/TKO by the 8th round, the one exception being Rafael Concepcion when he won a unanimous decision in summer 2009.

Considering the man is now 26-1, 18 KO’s and his one and only loss came in his second career fight against, potential footnote in history, Rosendo Sanchez back in early 2001. Come next month the man will have gone 10 years without a loss. Add in that, to my knowledge, he has never been knocked down.

The last of that streak came last night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark when he completely obliterated Fernando Montiel who was, at the time, The Ring Magazine’s #1 ranked bantamweight.

I had expected at least a multiple round slugfest. What I got was less than a round and a half of domination from The Filipino Flash.

Thinking of the short-term Donaire would be best suited in challenging one of the alphabet title holders in the super bantamweight division before jumping up to featherweight. At featherweight waits a man named Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 15 KO’s). That is a potentially great and infinitely action packed showdown. Read the rest of this entry »


I have watched Shane Mosley fight for half my life. He has been one of my favorite fighters to watch. He always tried and always-showed effort even when it seemed as if that effort would still amount to a loss. That means something to me. I mean there are some fighters that fold their hand as soon as the pot is raised (see Devon Alexander and his pitiful effort in basically quitting against Timothy Bradley).

Say what you want about Shane, but he has never backed down and his record shows it, hell, his last effort against Sergio Mora showed some of the effects of all the punishment he has taken throughout his Hall of Fame career.

 

Wouldn't it be something if Mosley could land a few of these on Manny?

When I say Mosley deserves this payday, I don’t mean to confuse anyone with the fact that this is a bad fight and a terrible matchup, because it’s both of those things. I just mean to say that after all he has given us as boxing fans, all the thrilling fights (both De La Hoya fights, his destructions of Antonio Margarito & Fernando Vargas, and many more…) and all the fights he forced the action in and kept from being boring. He kept those fights from being boring at the expense of actually using his superior talent, which would have led to him fighting more like the most recent incarnation of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Which is to say Shane, unlike Floyd, isn’t afraid to exchange and force the fight and that, more times than not, will lead to a more entertaining fight.

 

(Side note: Remember at one point Shane Mosley was 38-0, 35 KO’s, he was Floyd before Floyd.)

I suppose I just have a soft spot for “Sugar” Shane. This leads me to have a dual personality for the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Mosley fight (May 7, Showtime PPV).

On one hand I use my brain and the logic it has to tell me that Manny the Great is going to completely overwhelm Shane inside of five rounds resulting in a KO/TKO victory. On the other hand my heart is hoping against all hope that Mosley can do as some all-time greats do and pull that one last great effort out of his hat and not only be competitive in a fight he has no business being competitive in, but actually have a chance to win.

I realize that what my logical brain is telling me is true. I also know that I won’t be able to stop myself, my boxing fan self, from openly rooting for one of my long time favorites being able to bring his ending career one last great fight.

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