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Blinded by Money: The Mayweather-Pacquiao Illusion

The bookmakers predicted the fight would go the distance and that Floyd Mayweather would be the victor. Floyd was a 1/2 odds on favourite and he didn’t disappoint, frustrating and befuddling his Filipino foe to win a unanimous points decision. One of the three judges had it 118/110, the other two had it 116/112. Case closed, the defensive magician had done it again. At least that’s how the story goes.

Amidst the feverish emotions that intoxicate the minds fight fans prior to the ringing of the first bell, it is almost impossible to detach yourself from the combatants involved, in order to assess the bout objectively, accurately, and free of bias. Continue reading

Fans Slam “Money-Hungry” Mayweather

It would seem that the fall-out from last Saturday’s fight that never caught light shows little sign of abating and those frustrated at shelling out $100 dollars for a PPV have now aimed pot-shots at Floyd Mayweather – the man who earned himself $2.7 million a minute at the weekend for his efforts.

On social media a link to a story from NYPost.com that shows a picture of Mayweather alongside the following quote, has sparked outrage. “F*** Africa. I don’t need to help nobody but myself. How the f*** I look giving to causes? I want to spend MY money on ME. Not on feeding no damn African’s or anybody else. If you are homeless that’s YOUR problem.”

Its is misleading and sensationalist journalism at it’s very worst. Reading the “quote” and the tone it gives off one could be forgiven for thinking Mayweather is the biggest ahole walking the face of the earth. It implies the “quote” was following the fight too – when it actual fact it WASN’T. Continue reading

Mayweather “open to a rematch with Pacquiao”

The fans may have had too much of Mayweather and Pacquiao for the last several months but the saga continues. Mayweather has stated, or rather texted his wish to have another go with Manny Pacquiao. He sent a text message to Stephen A. Smith from ESPN expressing his interest in a sequel. Pacman cried rematch right after the final bell and the fighters seem unanimous in their decision to finalize their careers with forging a rivalry. The rivalry used to be intriguing before it materialized into “the fight of the century” which failed to meet even the most conservative expectations of aficionados while it satisfied most of the naysayers’ warnings. The numbers have not been released yet but it looks like the fight may have met at least one high expectation that the fans care little about – a grossing pay-per-view record.

Pacquiao announced a shoulder injury after the fight which got him into several kinds of trouble. He did not need an excuse as he did well and even his opponent complimented him, saying “I take my hat off to him”. Team Pacquiao behaved erratically after the fight, they were in denial and showed little class in reconciling with the verdict, fair or not and maintaining dignity. Continue reading

Only In America! Pacquiao Sued For Injury

I’m a Brit so please forgive me if you DON’T find the American legal system slightly farcical at times, yet the BBC is reporting that two “people” have filed a lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao in Nevada for “defrauding ticket buyers, television viewers and gamblers” after the fight on Saturday.

The litigation culture in America is something foreign in the extreme to us and all this mess has stemmed from Pacquiao’s post fight insistence that a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder was to blame for his underwhelming, yet spirited performance that resulted in a UD defeat. Continue reading

Pacquiao and Top Rank make statement about Manny’s shoulder injury

During training, Manny Pacquiao suffered a right shoulder injury. Manny went to see world-class doctors, partners in the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic, who performed tests and, in consultation with Manny, his promoter, and his advisors, concluded that with short rest, treatments, and close monitoring, Manny could train and, on May 2, step into the ring against Floyd Mayweather.

Manny’s advisors notified the United States Anti-Doping Agency (“USADA”) of the shoulder injury and the treatments being proposed by the doctors during training and on fight night. USADA spoke to Manny’s doctors twice, investigated, and confirmed in writing that the proposed treatments, if used, were completely allowed. The medication approved for fight night was a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Toradol). Continue reading

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao To Be Shown In Space

For the first time ever, a pay-per-view blockbuster world championship fight will be seen in space, as SHOWTIME Sports® and HBO Sports® have partnered with NASA to release the welterweight title unification bout between 11-time, five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao to the United States astronaut crew on the International Space Station. At the request of the ISS, the fight was packaged and delivered for the crew to watch at their leisure. Mayweather defeated Pacquiao by unanimous decision in Saturday night’s main event, and remains undefeated with a record of 48-0.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and sponsored by Tecate. The pay-per-view telecast was co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® on Saturday, May 2 live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Manny Pacquaio – The truth behind that shoulder

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I think it’s safe to say that one of the greatest conspiracy comedies of all time is the Robert De Niro/Dustin Hoffman collaboration ‘Wag the Dog’. The film depicts the lengths that unscrupulous spin-doctors will go to in pursuit of a politician’s re-election. The movie is hilarious at times but it is a clever movie throughout and it certainly makes you wonder if you should ever believe more than 50% of what you are fed through the media. I worked in a job for many years where you were advised ‘to believe half of what you saw and absolutely nothing of what you heard’. Having worked there over three decades, I fully concur with that wisdom. People will believe what best suits their interests and, sometimes, the emperor’s new clothes will pass as high fashion if the end result is the one you really want. Continue reading

Boxing’s Deep Blue – Is Floyd Mayweather simply too good to be great?

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Painfully efficient, cold, calculated, elusive, and unforgiving; Deep Blue, a machine built by IBM in the early nineties, came onto the scene and suddenly made masters of the game of chess appear ordinary and vulnerable. Gary Kasparov, a renown chess master known for his aggressive and dynamic play, fell victim to Deep Blue’s strategic dismantling in 1996. Kasparov’s aggression was simply no match for the machine’s lack of emotion and relentless calculations. Continue reading

Fights Mayweather Should Take

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I am going to state the obvious just so everybody knows my point. Floyd Mayweather is a businessman first and a fighter second (maybe). He treats boxing as a business and not a sport. Smart if you are a man driven by money. I realize that Mayweather will not take fights that he thinks will challenge him, which is why Mayweather waited six years to fight Manny Pacquiao. There have been some guaranteed first ballot hall of famers who took fights with high risk and low reward. Continue reading