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I love HBO’s production of a fight. They are the crème de la crème of boxing production. From their 24/7 features to their World Championship Boxing, Boxing After Dark, and PPV cards. All are done to the hilt, with a slight few exceptions of course. I mean no one is perfect after all.

All that being said, HBO has done little to expand on the boxing fan base. I’ve heard of possible deals before for boxing to return to broadcast television for years and they have all fallen flat. This seems to me to fly in the face of trying to re-establish your entire sport to a public that has, for the most part, disregarded boxing.

That is why I think this possible pairing of Showtime/CBS and the Manny Pacquiao – Shane Mosley fight is beyond exciting news. The reason it is so exciting to be is because a network station, CBS, is being brought into the fold. The magnitude that this can positively affect boxing is enormous.

If done right. Oh, and if the fight is actually entertaining. People who have no vested interest in boxing need to be engaged. They need to feel like they are emotionally involved in the people involved.

This is where network giant CBS comes in. Per ESPN.com;

According to sources, part of the deal will include CBS promoting the fight by running commercial spots advertising the pay-per-view during prime time programming. Also in the works is a series of preview shows that would run on CBS, or possibly Showtime, which would be similar to HBO’s hit reality series “24/7,” which it uses to stoke interest with weekly episodes during the month leading up to major pay-per-view fights. Pacquiao and Mosley have both had fights featured on “24/7.”

I cannot state enough how huge it would be for CBS to be involved with this fight. The fight itself will have a moderate to large PPV viewership (think 1-1.3 million viewers), but with CBS promoting the fight in the form of advertisements during their primetime programs and, hopefully, a short series in the light of HBO’s 24/7 shows, that could jump the PPV viewership up dramatically (think 1.5-2 million viewers).

This is exciting for longtime fans of boxing, such as myself. If done right, this could be a shot in the arm that semi-dead sport of boxing sorely needs.

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This is where the sport of boxing usually resides.

Boxing can be a real world of strange occurrences and weirdo people.

I have two examples of recent happenings that make you shake your head in amazement. Even though I know boxing shouldn’t amaze me anymore, it does.

Example 1;

On December 21 it was announced that Shane Mosley would be taking on Manny Pacquiao on May 7,
2011
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You heard me right. Bob Arum of Top Rank (Pacquiao’s promoter) decided that the best fight available for Manny Pacquiao was against a man who fought to a draw with Sergio Mora, “‘The Contender’ guy” as Freddie Roach put it.

If this fight was signed before Sugar Shane got utterly dismantled at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. than I would be all for it because at that point I thought Shane really did have something left in the tank. After the Mayweather debacle and his mind-boggling draw with Mora, I don’t think that any longer.

Without getting to in-depth (I’m sure I’ll have a breakdown of this fight sometime before the fight in 2011), I don’t think Mosley has a chance of standing upright past the 7th round. Read the rest of this entry »


I’m not one of the naysayers dismissing a possible third Marquez-Pacquiao fight based off of the most recent accomplishments. If I were to do that Manny would seemingly be able to bludgeon Juan Manuel to death with a sword like no name actor Michael Brea.

I don’t think that is the case at all. I think this fight would be every bit as good as the previous two and probably much better than the, hoped for, super ultra mega mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The first two fights between these men were fantastic, in addition to keeping everyone talking about the results. Even to this day boxing fans still chirp about the score cards of not just one, but both of the fights. They were that close.

The sad truth is even though Marquez-Pacquiao would be the more exciting fight (in my eyes at least) there is no hope of it happening any time soon.

Why?

Because the aforementioned super ultra mega mega fight of Mayweather-Pacqiao has to happen first. There’s just no way around it.

In the whole of boxing there is no fight more talked or written about. And for good reason. It matches the top two people on the mythical Pound-4-Pound list. The two fighters with the most to lose…and gain.

It’s a fight that would break every single boxing PPV viewership record there is, not to mention that the amount of money generated from this fight could support a small third world country for a generation.

Marquez-Pacquiao III would be incredible.

Mayweather-Pacquiao could be legendary.

The fight that NEEDS to happen.


I found a way to watch the fight. I had to.

After seeing the video of Margarito mocking, Pacquiao trainer, Freddie Roach’s Parkinson’s Disease it was more than a little personal for me.

Manny Pacquiao is a stud. That’s the simplest way that I can put it.

He fought a man who (unofficially) outweighed him by 17 pounds and was 4 1/2 inches taller and yet that didn’t make a bit of difference.

The Congressman from the Phillippines simply and purely battered Antonio Margarito into a bloody mess. It was a beautiful and horrible thing to watch.

Unlike when Pacquiao fought Miguel Cotto and beat the soul of out of him and I (and everyone else watching the fight with me) was imploring the ref to stop the fight. It was hard to watch and it all seemed unnecessary. Cotto was beaten to a pulp, but because of his pride and refusal to say, “no mas” the fight continued longer than it should have.

This fight was like that, with the small exception of me and a lot of other people hoping the ref wouldn’t stop it because, really, it seemed as if Margarito had this coming to him.

One of the many punches landed flush by Manny Pacquiao. (Photo courtesy AP Photo/David J. Phillips)

And so, in the short term Manny Pacquiao has once again beaten a larger, physically stronger opponent. Not just beat these men though, he has completely destroyed them. Three have been sent to the hospital.

Even Margarito fell victim to this trend. After the fight he was immediately taken, by ambulance, to the hospital to get his various cuts and swelling checked out. Luckily for him, they found that Manny had fractured his right orbital bone and he will undergo surgery Tuesday in Texas.

To say I was happy with the result of this fight is beyond an understatement. I can honestly say I smiled for the near entirety of the fight, with every one of Manny’s blinding combinations broadening the smile on my face.

It was an A+ performance out of the Pacman.

Now…where is Floyd Mayweather Jr.?


Courtesty of @Boxing360 on Twitter, I came across a video that appears to show Antonio Margarito mocking Freddie Roach’s shaking as a result of his Parkinson’s Disease.

If this is in fact what he (and a member of his entourage) are doing, I hope they rot.

My Aunt died as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. It ravaged her body until she had nothing left to give.

So if this in fact what Margarito was doing…well…I hope that Manny Pacquiao beats him all over the ring, I hope Manny beats his cheating, coward, lying ass all over Cowboys Stadium.

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