Herron.., “Before I induct the young Hispanic fighter into the HOF”
Mikey already accomplished more than many HOFers… He’s a 2-Division World Champion and he’s 34-0.
Ingo Johansson is in the HOF… He won 1 of 3 championship fights and couldn’t box worth a nickel.
But that doesn’t mean Mikey is ready for Pacquaio if he beats Gamboa… Mikey has only 2 fights at 130 and 147 is three (3) divisions higher… At this point he’s not big or strong enough to beat Pacman.
If he adds weight and strength naturally, he’ll be ready for Pacquiao in maybe 3 or 4 years… Chances are Pacquiao will not be around that long.. He’s been talking about retirement for 5 years.. Five years ago Pacman said, “Two or three more fights for me… That’s the most.”
I think he’s still here because he considers a Floyd fight an extremely desirable climax to his career. You can always extend your career another fight or 2 to reach a goal that hordes of fans keep reminding you about every day of your life … “When are you gonna fight Floyd?”
Pac.., “Whenever he wants… Any other other questions?”Posted January 29, 2014 7:00 pm
I will comment on two of these.I think Jennings looks for real a threat to the heavyweight throne.I once doubted his good reputation in the ring.I do not any more.Jennings looked very keen in his all around assets in the ring.He has very good defensive skills as well as ring savie.he can punch hard like stiverne with short crisp shots.Stevens can get the B level fighters out but not the A fighters who get him out.Posted January 29, 2014 3:26 pm
“Wow…like Pacquiao much? lol”
LOL. No, really Joseph, it’s not that I like Manny that much. I just feel the same way about him that a lot of fans and experts do about Floyd. There’s a lot more to Manny Pacquiao than meets the eye. But one only finds out what those intangibles are after they step into the ring with him. Then they become very real and hard to deal with.
Brandon Rios broke down and cried after his loss to Pacquiao. He trained his heart out for that fight and even though he lost, he still thought he’d put on a much better performance against Pacquiao. But he just could not deal with his speed and movement–Brandon said so himself. I think Mikey would be in the same boat.Posted January 28, 2014 1:10 am
“We’ve seen the Pacman fight every style imaginable, and we’ve seen him have immense trouble against a tough minded counter puncher who has a great understanding of distance and angles.”
Well Joe, Juan Manuel Marquez is a special breed of fighter. Here’s a guy who keeps his focus, keeps his composure, and keeps his goals in mind even when he’s seriously hurt and under heavy fire like he was in the seconds just before he KO’d Pacquiao. Manny had broken his nose, it was bleeding profusely, and Manny was actually in the process of beating him down, incrementally, until Pac got careless.
I don’t think Mikey has that kind of muster and that’s what he’ll need to beat Manny Pacquiao. Marquez adds a lot of credence to the old saying, “You can’t keep a good man down.”
But hey, if Mikey is ever able to make the weight, I’d love to see him fight Manny. Now there’s a PPV event!Posted January 28, 2014 1:06 am
Hidalgo: “Do you think Mikey thinks he can beat Rios? Who do you think would win a fight between Brandon and Mikey and how do you think that fight would be won? What do you think the outcome would be? Do you think Mikey would dominate Rios the way Manny did? Do you think Mikey would come out of that fight pretty much unscathed like Pacquiao did when he fought Rios? Mikey is certainly a better technician than Brandon, but he is nowhere near as durable and tough and persistent as Rios is.”
Wow…like Pacquiao much? lol
I’m a big fan of the Pac man as well…but, why do you think that Mikey isn’t a durable fighter? As durable as Pacquiao or Rios?
Because he doesn’t allow himself to get hit as much? Because he doesn’t create as many opportunities for his opponents as Manny and Bam Bam?
All that tells us is that he’s a much more defensive minded fighter who let’s his hands go sporadically with power. But it says nothing about his mental and physical durability.
Who knows what the future holds…but my guess is that it’s only a matter of time before most recognize Mikey to be an elite level, P4P talent.Posted January 28, 2014 12:29 am
Hidalgo: “Who has Mikey fought that has anywhere near the handspeed as Pacquiao has? Who has he fought that is as agile and quick as Pac is on his feet? Who has Mikey fought that is as durable and resilient as Manny Pacquiao is? And who has Mikey fought that has anywhere close to the skillset and ring I.Q. that Pacquiao has? Who has Mikey fought who has the workrate of Manny Pacquiao? Salido? Lopez? Burgos? Concepcion? Martinez? Barros? Guzman?”
Easy there, brother…lol
I’m just looking at the style match up…I realize that Pac is an elite level talent and has been at the top of the boxing food chain for quite some time now.
I also understand that Mikey hasn’t faced a who’s who yet in the sport of boxing…but that’s not his fault. He’s been calling out the best fighters in and around his weight division for the past two years…including Gamboa. So far, Mikey has easily and decisively passed every test available to him.
We’ll see if he can handle the speed and precision of a fighter like Gamboa…if he takes care of business like I think he will later this year, there’s no doubt in my mind that he would give the Pacman fits if the two fighters ever met in the ring.
We’ve seen the Pacman fight every style imaginable, and we’ve seen him have immense trouble against a tough minded counter puncher who has a great understanding of distance and angles.
I believe time will tell us that Mikey is cut from the same cloth as Mexican legend JMM.
But before I induct the young Hispanic fighter into the HOF, we do have to wait and see how he handles serious adversity. One of the variables that makes JMM an all time great is his resiliency in the ring. His performance against Pacman in all four outings has become legendary…especially how he came back to score a draw in their first outing after getting floored three times in the first round.
But Garcia’s speed, power, and intelligence is all wrong for most fighters.
That’s why most consider Mikey to be a pound for pound talent, as well as the future of boxing. We’ll find out very soon.Posted January 28, 2014 12:15 am
Joseph, on your show you insinuated that Arum had no intention of matching Manny Pacquiao with Mikey Garcia because Mikey would beat Manny. You said Arum wouldn’t make that fight unless Manny was getting ready to retire.
Well, I wholeheartedly disagree, brother. Who has Mikey fought that has anywhere near the handspeed as Pacquiao has? Who has he fought that is as agile and quick as Pac is on his feet? Who has Mikey fought that is as durable and resilient as Manny Pacquiao is? And who has Mikey fought that has anywhere close to the skillset and ring I.Q. that Pacquiao has? Who has Mikey fought who has the workrate of Manny Pacquiao? Salido? Lopez? Burgos? Concepcion? Martinez? Barros? Guzman?
Do you think Mikey thinks he can beat Rios? Who do you think would win a fight between Brandon and Mikey and how do you think that fight would be won? What do you think the outcome would be? Do you think Mikey would dominate Rios the way Manny did? Do you think Mikey would come out of that fight pretty much unscathed like Pacquiao did when he fought Rios? Mikey is certainly a better technician than Brandon, but he is nowhere near as durable and tough and persistent as Rios is. Brandon would be pressing Mikey for 12 full rounds. And my money says Mikey would win, but he’d be cut and bleeding and know he’d been in a helluva fight.
Of course we know a Brandon will never fight Mikey, but I think imagining a fight between them would be a very good way to hypothetically measure Mikey against Pacquiao.
BTW, I don’t expect you to answer all my questions, LOL! Just asking rhetorically to make my points. But what do you think?Posted January 27, 2014 11:23 pm
“And that will help you to stop Pacquiao by Filipino FLAILING stoppage”
Uh-huh. Just like you predicted Rios would stop Pacquiao?Posted January 27, 2014 10:44 pm
And that will help you to stop Pacquiao by Filipino FLAILING stoppage. Just as Marquez got knockef down but came back to knock Pacquiao out.Posted January 27, 2014 4:20 pm
My chin is like Khan’s, we get wobbled but we always come back strongerPosted January 27, 2014 11:39 am
Both Garcia and Gamboa have vulnerable chins, therefore, who ever gets those “Sunday punches” in first wins.Posted January 27, 2014 5:50 am
I can’t imagine Gamboa beating one of the smartest technicians in boxing at at this point in his career.Posted January 27, 2014 2:11 am
Gamboa will get stopped. Mikey has ELITE level SKILLS and Gamboa doesn’t.Posted January 27, 2014 1:21 am
The Facts !
To Whatever ,, Don’t forget that Gamboa has a questionable chin also ..Gamboa has been down pretty many times ,,Gamboa hasn’t been active and the last two fights he really looked terrible ,,so don’t be so sure that Gamboa can beat Mikey ..Posted January 27, 2014 1:17 am
If he got wobbled by this cab driver, just wait until someone with some power lights him up…. We will see….Posted January 26, 2014 11:48 pm
I said that Garcia will lose when he fights someone with a chin, and can punch with power. The result of the fight is the evidence. Gamboa is going to bust this fraud up. You will see…..Posted January 26, 2014 11:45 pm