By: Anthony “Zute” George
Hello folks… yes it has been awhile. While I was away on break, boxing seemed to be pretty stagnant. Obviously the big news, once again, is the non fight. Yes, ever since Manny Pacquaio received the ultimate gift against Juan Manuel Marquez, the rumbles of the top two P4P fighters actually deciding it in the ring gained traction… AGAIN!
This time, yes this time, many believed this would be it, Floyd and Manny for it all… think again. How many times are we going to let them get away with this folks?
Any boxing fan/journalist worth their salt should NEVER mention this fight again, unless it is signed, sealed and delivered. And even then… buyer beware.
This time around the blame seems to fall on Manny and Arum exclusively. But who really cares? It is sad that fans have to put through this.
If you really want to make a statement, don’t point fingers; instead, don’t show up the next time Arum features Pacquiao for his company, and his wallet. Don’t do it!
The good news in all of this is Floyd settles for Miguel Cotto instead. This fight does have some bit and, for me, it will show just how good, or overrated, both of these fighters really are.
I am not convinced Floyd is as great as his groupie’s thinks he is. I am smart enough to know his undefeated record (which is bogus BTW) does not mean his is one of the best fighters of all time.
If this is the case, then Joe Calzaghe is also one of the greatest fighters of all time and Rocky Marciano is the greatest heavyweight of all time. We all know neither of those is true, so let’s stop with the 41 up and 41 down nonsense.
However, if Floyd truly dominates Cotto, and I mean with his fists as well as his feet, then his stock will go way up in my book. The only book that counts
For Cotto, I truly believe he is the most underrated and underappreciated fighter of our time. He needs to really perform well and win serious rounds against Floyd to help my argument.
Looking forward to see the outcome.
The boxing action that has taken place in 2012 so far has been lukewarm at best. HBO featured a very good doubleheader, on paper, that did not pan out to fireworks.
Nonito Donaire is losing stock on the Zute Market very fast. The one moment that he really had Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in trouble, he turned southpaw and looked very amateurish. His supposedly great trainer needed to get on him and get on him good. HBO did not do a good job of picking up on the situation, so there is no way of knowing how Donaire’s trainer responded to such a terrible move.
JC Superstar Jr. then took on Marco Antonio Rubio in a fight, save the last two rounds, was very dull. Rubio looked as if he was pulling his punches and “The Son” looked sluggish throughout, with some bursts of brilliance. The last two rounds were different and, what we hoped to see during the whole fight.
After the fight, if you want to be a realist, you once again saw, why boxing will never be considered a top sport in the United States ever again. As the Kid was saying he wanted Sergio Martinez next, Bob Arum, the man who many blame for Floyd/Manny, had a sly grin on his face, which said to me ‘ain’t gonna happen.’
I am not sure what Arum is going to give us next with the Son Of, but I know it is not what we all want to see. A shame that people actually make excuses for this guy. He is killing our sport. Stop letting him get away with it.
The worst thing that happened while I was away was too many deaths in boxing. Referee Wayne Kelly’s untimely death was the biggest shock. I had Wayne on my show and spoke with him frequently on facebook and on the phone. Wayne was always talking about working out and loving life. RIP friend.
The boxing world also lost Marvelous Marvin Haglers’ head trainer, Goody Petronelli. Goody’s best night in the Marvelous One’s corner was the night he fought Roberto Duran.
Hagler started off slow, as the game plan of Hagler counter punching an aggressive Hands of Stone was not panning out, because Duran was leaning back and playing the role of counter puncher. Hagler was frustrated by this tactic and was not fluent with his punches in the early rounds. Goody picked up on this and urged Hagler to stop trying to load up on punches “that is not the game of the game” were part of his instructions.
Hagler seemed to settle down around round four and staggered Duran and seemed to be controlling the fight in the middle rounds with his brilliant left jab.
A late rally by Duran got the pro No Mas crowd back in the fight. Sensing danger on the scorecards, Goody urged Hagler to turn it on after round 13. Hagler responded and dominated the last two rounds with an aggressive attack not yet showcased by the Brockton Blockbuster during the fight.
The move turned out to be true, as Hagler would have lost the fight had he not won the last two rounds on all three scorecards. Goody Petronelli earned his coin for the rest of his career that night.
Goody was also a head trainer who was a brilliant cut man, a rarity in boxing.
The other brilliant trainer who holds his own as a cut man also passed away recently. Angelo Dundee. Dundee is really a legend among legends. No one can claim to be better than Dundee. A great strategist when he needed to be, a fantastic motivator when the situation called for it. Even before he told Ray Leonard he was blowing it, Dundee would often tell Muhammad Ali to turn tiger, when he felt his fighter was down in a fight.
Angelo was also incredibly cunning. Cutting the glove of the Greatest, to kill time, when Ali was practically out on his feet in the Henry Cooper fight and holding out on the Ray Leonard/Hearns’ fight, until there was millions to be made, instead of thousands.
And knowing when to say enough is enough in the incredibly sad Holmes Ali fiasco.
Dundee was unique in so many ways. He certainly would have told Nonito Donaire about himself in his last two fights. Never again will we see the likes of him.