By: The Mad Boxing Genius
The last couple of weeks have been absolutely insane. If November of 2010 was dubbed “November To Remember” by boxing fans, then April of 2011 should be “The Month Of The Upsets”. It has really given boxing fans something to talk about and has either directly or indirectly changed the landscape of boxing. So, with that said, let’s get to the week that was professional boxing!
- I can’t help but think that with all the upsets we’ve been witnessing lately that this is an omen to Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley. On another note, I’m sorry to see that the Humberto Soto/Urbano Antillon fight is off and won’t be featured on the Pac/Mosley undercard. Pac/Mosley is okay but the underneath is what is going to avoid any kind of boycott of the fight and no Soto/Antillon is a blow in my eyes.
- Since I’m Canadian, we don’t get to the shows were supposed to on time like Pacquiao VS. Mosley Fight Camp 360 or HBO’s 24/7. So I wait a little while and watch 2 or 3 episodes in a row online. I caught the first episode of Pacquiao VS. Mosley Fight Camp 360 and I gotta say it sucked! I even watched it twice to see if it was me but no… it sucked! Not sure what the problem was, I’ve enjoyed the other Fight Camp installments but this one seemed really off.
- If I said it once I’ve said it a million times, the only way that Vicious Victor Ortiz was going to regain the respect of boxing fans was to get into a knockdown, drag out dog fight and win just like Vitali Klitschko did against Lennox Lewis after he quite against Chris Byrd while he was ahead years ago. Victor Ortiz did just that against an equally game Andre Berto and has become a Fight of the Year (FOY) candidate for 2011. I can only hope that Victor has his warrior mentality back for good because I’ve missed watching him fight without disdain.
- Although I admire Andre Berto’s heart, he really should of boxed and refrain from slugging it out. I don’t buy that he was so tired that he had no choice because he’s done it before and he did show some consistent boxing during the fight. It’s kinda funny how a lot of us say more often than not that fighters need to put those “nuts and guts” on the line but now I’m telling Berto to forget the warrior mentality and box more. I really thought he lost a golden opportunity when he knocked down Ortiz for the second time around. He went all crazy (brawling) trying to finish him off instead of picking his shots and creating openings.
- While watching the Andre Berto/Victor Ortiz fight, I couldn’t help but think of Arturo Gatti, one of the last true warriors and dying breed in boxing. I wanted to see if Berto could really pull it out and if he did, he wouldn’t only be an elite fighter, but special. Arturo Gatti was not an elite fighter IMO, but he was special and only a handful of people could have done what he done, comeback from the absolute brinks of defeat to win. Diego Corrales did it he was special. Arturo Gatti did, he was special. Andre Berto didn’t do it. He’s not special at least for now.
- I hope someone tells Andre Berto’s brother to shut up next time around or take a seat in the stands. Does he really think that speaking over the trainer with his “motivational” yelling was helping? Although I have all the respect in the world for Ronnie Shields but he wouldn’t be my trainer of choice if I were a pro boxer. But, he knows how to handle a corner. How great was it when he was manning Mike Tyson’s corner during the Lennox Lewis fight and told everyone to shut the hell up 🙂
- I couldn’t help but send a message to BoxingIQ.com former writer Rachel Garcia when I saw Berto’s brother over talking the trainer. I know her father is a no-nonsense boxing trainer and I asked her what her dad would do if everyone was talking in the corner. She wrote me back with… “Ahahahahaaa!!!! Joseph! Why was I thinking the SAME thing!?!?….He’d tell everyone to shut the *&^%#@!@#%&(*^$@!@%($@#$ up! =D!” Doesn’t get any better than that, or any more right!
- Did anyone else find it weird that Oscar De La Hoya, the president of the promotional company that holds his name attended the “gimme” fight for Amir Khan against Paul McCloskey rather than the more important fight between Andre Berto vs.Victor Ortiz?
- After all the crap that Bob Arum has been shoving down our throats, I can’t help but think that some people are happy that Juanma Lopez lost his fight to Orlando Salido screwing up Arum’s plans for a money making showdown between Juanma Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa. He waited and waited for Lopez and Gamboa to take out the division so he can make as much money as possible but karma bit him in the ass on Saturday night! Payback’s a bitch Bob!
- How classless is Gus Johnson of Showtime? I could care less if Juanma spoke about his marital problems during the fighter meetings – why do you need to go that in-depth about it on air? It’s not your dirty laundry to air. The action in the ring is entertainment enough we don’t need your “National Inquirer” like play by play!
- I’m very happy to see Chris John healthy and in the ring!
- It’s been back up for a while, but this is the first time I’ve actually commented on it but I’m happy to have BoxingIQ.com up and running again along with The Mad Boxing Genius Boxing Fan Page on Facebook. BoxingIQ.com isn’t quite there yet but I was itching and needed to get back to boxing business. The site will still be going through some changes but the same high quality content that makes you think is better than ever!!! Don’t forget to comment on all the articles that come across the site because I’m sure when you read the genius (no pun intended) of my writers, you’ll have something to say, good or bad!