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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Floyd Mayweather continues his 'Anti-Pacquiao' campaign

Floyd Mayweather is continuing his one man crusade against the drug problem in boxing one interview at a time, and predictably never misses an opportunity to bring Manny Pacquiao into the discussion.

Rather than concentrating on his upcoming fight against Shane Mosley, all Floyd seems to be doing lately is talking about Pacquio and how he backed out of the fight and wouldn't take what he called a '$20 million dollar drug test'.

Before Floyd makes anymore impassioned speeches about cleaning up boxing he should remember two things.

Firstly that Pacquiao has never tested positive for anything so continuously bringing him up and accusing him of backing out of the fight is rather moot.Secondly if anything Mayweather should be keeping quiet about drug use in the sport when he himself has been using a widely banned drug for most of his career.

Perhaps Mayweather thinks that by repeating the same answers over and over again to each interviewer he talks about, he can somehow turn public opinion in his favor. Clearly his baiting is having little effect on Pacquiao and his team, who appear to be making quick progress in preparing for Joshua Clottey.

Along with his recent comments about not caring about the fans and claiming that Manny needed him and not the other way around, Floyd just seems to be digging himself ever deeper into unpopularity.

Billy Rios, Baltimore, Maryland: "If Floyd is overlooking Shane with all this talk about Pacquiao he's in for a shock. I didn't have Shane winning this fight, but if Jr. doesn't focus and take is seriously he's in for a hiding"

I agree to an extent Billy, in that Floyd should drop all the Manny talk now that he has a fight on the horizon. I can't see him coming into the fight out of shape or not focused on the day though. All this talk about Pacquiao is probably just a weak attempt to get people to believe his accusations about Pacquiao.

There isn't any question that Floyd is a great fighter but he isn't going to convince anyone that he's better than a more exciting fighter willing to take on all comers with words alone. He can claim whatever he wants about Pacquiao, but until eh starts backing up his words in the ring there aren't many who will believe him. Even some of Mayweather's most ardent.

Darren Thorpe, Pittsburgh PA: "Why is Fraud (Floyd) so obcessed with Pacquiao, every interview all he talks about is Pacquiao, Shane Mosley barely gets a mention, seriously Floyd, let it go"

Also back by popular demand, I talked to that irascible rogue Bernie Walker again:

Bernie Walker, Pittsburgh PA: "I heard what everyone had to say, and I'm still right. Mayweather has the right to tell everyone how he got ducked by Manny. Notice nothing comes back from Manny? He knows he ducked Mayweather and thats all there is to say about it"

Author: Scott Heritage

Source: examiner.com

Mosley vs Pacquiao is the real fight

As far as marketability a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight would probably make more sense. It would probably generate more PPV buys, and it would probably make the HBO 24/7 episodes a little more interesting, but the real fight would be Pacquiao vs. Mosley.

Mayweather Jr vs. Pacquiao would more than likely not be a fans fight. There would be a pursuing Pacquiao against a defensive countering Floyd Mayweather. If Manny and "Sugar" Shane ever mixed it up, both guys would be coming at one another, and both guys would be throwing bombs.

A Mosley vs. Pacquiao fight is a much more exciting fight. It lacks the good guy vs. bad guy feel, because both guys are good fellas. A Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight definitely has the good guy vs. bad guy feel, but lacks the excitement in the ring. If Mosley can get by Mayweather, and Pacquiao gets by Clottey, it is very likely that the two will meet in the ring next.

If Floyd gets defeated by Mosley I am guessing that he will be thinking hard about tossing 40 million dollars aside over some blood test demands. There are not a lot of times in a man's life when he is offered the opportunity to put 40 million dollars in the bank. The window may very well have opened up and closed on that opportunity.

So even though a Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight wouldn't make the same PPV buys as a Mayweather fight would, it certainly has the makings of a much more exciting fight.

Author: Brad Cooney

Source: examiner.com

PACQUIAO WATCH: No dying out

EVEN if both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr had already found separate foes after a botched negotiation to have them face each other, their destiny and fate seem to be meant for each other.

Until now, many could still not get over with the waste of opportunity and chance to see two of the greatest boxers in this generation square off in their prime.

Pacquiao will face Joshua Clottey a month from now in what many hope will just be a tune up fight for the Filipino champion before he finally meets Mayweather later in the year.

For Manny, the Clottey fight affords him a chance to remain active while earning a few hundred million pesos to bankroll his burgeoning political campaign.

He has done this before. Fighting for the money and bidding his time. In 2004, Manny fought an out-of-his-league Thai boxer Fahsan 3K Battery to have something “for the boys” for Christmas. He was overheard saying this while playing ‘tong-its’ for two straight nights in a makeshift gaming room fashioned out from a videoke bar VIP room in General Santos just three weeks before the fight.

Coach Freddie Roach was not in his corner during the fight, if I am not mistaken.

Despite taking the fight lightly, Manny literally knocked the totally outclassed Thai out of his feet.

It would be a different case when he fights Clottey. The Ghanian is definitely no trial horse. He has an impeccable record of being one of the few welterweights that have never been stopped before.

Overconfidence and complacency could doom Manny’s stature as the highest paid boxer today and Roach definitely has this in mind.

Mayweather on the other hand faces far riskier fight in Shane Mosley, an ageing but still a legitimate marquee welterweight. Had this fight happened ten years before, it would have been one of the best match ups of the decade past.

Despite Pacquiao and Mayweather already penciled to fight different opponents, their camps are still at each other’s throats – Mayweather especially.

The way Floyd has been blabbering, it is obvious that Manny got him under the Filipino’s skin.

Floyd can shout his heart out claiming he is the best in the division and in all of boxing today. A handful will probably believe him but a lot will certainly raise an eyebrow or two.

To his credit, Manny has never bragged about his being considered the number one pound for pound boxer today despite an almost unanimous choice from among virtually all reputable boxing pundits, scribes and publications.

Even if Mayweather beats Mosley, a more formidable opponent than Clottey is to Manny, Floyd still could not dislodge Manny from the top. He can’t reclaim his throne as boxing’s best without defeating Manny atop the ring.

That is precisely the reason why the Pacquiao-Mayweather thing refuses to die down.

Author: Edwin Espejo

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pacquiao vs. Clottey: Texas sadly can't make a decision

DALLAS, TX - While the World Boxing Organization (WBO) had officially secured the services on Wednesday of Texas referee Laurence Cole to work the MannyPacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey fight on March 13, it appears Cole has been reassigned to the co-main event and main event status now goes to another Texan, Rafael Ramos.

Ramos, of San Antonio, has had a long-time allegiance to the WBO while Cole has primarily worked World Boxing Council (WBC) fights.

The biggest fight in the career of Ramos was the fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz last year in Houston, TX.
The decision apparently was made not by the WBO but by William Kuntz, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Kuntz, a state official, doesn't deal with the media unless to his advantage so we will never know the truth as to why the switch was made. But trust me, politics, not smart professional boxing played the biggest part.

The WBO sent an email to the officials involved including Kuntz's office with the news that Cole would referee the main event and with the rest of the March 13 assignments.
Kuntz's decision came the next day.

Texas hasn't even decided what to do with Antonio Margarito yet and then all of a sudden they make a quick decision the day after the WBO made their decision.

"I'm happy for Rafael, but I'm working the WBC fight on the card," said Cole.

Cole is referring to the WBC World Lightweight Championship between Humberto Soto and David Diaz.

Author: Matt Stolow

Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey referee switch: Ramos in, Cole out

He's done so many big fights in Japan he should open up a sushi place in Tokyo.

He's done so many bouts in Texas, particuarly close to Mexico, that he could get a side job with the Border Patrol.

He's also refereed to favorable notices in Ecuador, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, France and Germany.

He's a ringwise veteran with a solid international refereeing resume now in its 11th year.

Rafael Ramos has paid his third man dues, so to speak, now he goes into the big world spotlight on March 13 as word has seeped out to me that it will be Double R and not his Lone Star State colleague Laurence Cole handling the March 13 Joshua Clottey-Manny Pacquiao WBO 147 POUND title bout in Cowboys Stadium (Arlington).

William Kuntz, who oversees all 29 departments of the Texas Licensing and Regulations Board (including boxers, barbers and more), has informed Ramos that he's drawn the big bout assignment.
I picked through Ramos record and nothing jumps out, no hint of controversy or even alleged mistakes. I'd say he is as solid a ref as there is and he's been assigned to world title bouts previously by the IBF and the WBA.

On Jan. 11, Ramos was in Tokyo where he handled the Poonsawat Kratingdaengym-Satoshi Honson WBA super bantamweight title match.

Rafael Ramos was spot in timing and spirit in halting Juan Diaz's game Houston effort against Juan Ma (AP Photo)

Early in his career, Ramos did a lot of bouts in New Jersey, getting his start in Atlantic City.

When Evander Holyfield launched a comeback in Dallas in 2006 against pushover Jeremy Bates, Ramos was the referee.

Juan Diaz on the mat as Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates, ref Rafael Ramos counts (Golden Boy/Hogan Photos)

He also handled Juan Manuel Marquez's TKO 9 in Houston Feb. 28, 2009, against hometown star Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz.

It's no bull, baby or otherwise, that Ramos is a ref fit for the job.

Texas is lucky to have both the competent Cole and the steady Ramos in its officiating ranks.

Author: Michael Marley

Source: examiner.com

Cheated out of the ‘Fight of the Decade

It coulda been a contender - for ‘Fight of the Decade’. America’s Floyd Mayweather Jr, universally regarded as a unique talent, and Filipino star Manny Pacquiao, who has been absolutely sensational as he’s risen through the lower weight classes, are two boxers who appeared destined to meet in the ring. The fight was mooted, hyped, discussed, negotiated - and then collapsed.

The negotiations to make what would have been an extremely lucrative ‘superfight’ were surprisingly smooth until Mayweather’s team demanded blood tests for performance-enhancing drugs. Pacquiao, in perhaps not the most convincing statement in the world, refused because of his ‘superstitions’ about needles and not wanting to be weakened before a fight. However, despite insinuations emanating from Floyd Mayweather’s father that Pacquiao was a cheat (strenuously denied on all sides and now the subject of a defamation case), there is no reason to believe that Pacquiao is guilty of anything. Being an outstanding athlete, and being unwilling to submit to the kind of endless random testing that other athletes are accustomed to, does not mean that Pacquiao’s performances are chemically enhanced.

In any event, there are more effective ways for boxers to cheat - more of that later.

There is no doubt it would be fantastic to see these two in the ring and it is staggering that either man could walk away from the millions each would get for this fight. I wouldn’t fight Floyd Mayweather for $40million, but I definitely would if I was Manny Pacquiao. If the right to call yourself the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world means nothing, what happened to good old greed?

Some have argued that Mayweather torpedoed the fight to keep his perfect record and mighty ego intact. That doesn’t seem right to me, particularly as I’d pick Mayweather to win. Maybe he was trying to mess with Pacquiao’s head, dominate the negotiating process or perhaps project himself as a clean influence on the sport.

But Mayweather has shown himself to be pretty pragmatic when it comes to getting the right opponent for the right money. He’s even given a second chance to the current WBA welterweight champ and veteran of previous super-fights, ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. While the idea of Pacquiao being a cheat is nothing more than insinuation, Mosley has got form for it. He got caught up in the BALCO drugs scandal (which also saw the fall from grace of sprinter Marion Jones) and admitted ‘unknowingly’ taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 before beating Oscar De La Hoya.

Clearly Mayweather isn’t that concerned, then, about the issue of drug-taking. More likely, with Manny Pacquiao having lined up an exciting match against Joshua Clottey in March, Mayweather needed a new opponent and a big name to try to outstrip Pacquiao’s pay-per-view sales. Mosley represents a legitimate, high-profile opponent. Mosley has, of course, agreed to any testing regime Mayweather wants, as long as both fighters submit to the same tests.

All of this confirms that the negotiating process and business of making boxing matches is gloriously Byzantine. On the bright side, Mosley v Mayweather is a fight people have wanted to see for a decade. In the past, Mayweather has never sounded hugely enthusiastic about taking on Mosley. Mosley even leapt into the ring after Mayweather outclassed Juan Manuel Marquez last year to call out Floyd in what became a rather bad-tempered stunt. Mosley is now 38, but fought like a much younger man when he defeated Antonio Margarito to win the welterweight title in January 2009, putting on a storming performance to keep his name right at the top of the sport.

Mention of Margarito brings us back to the sticky subject of cheating. For years, Margarito had been a very good fighter and held the WBO welterweight title, but had never quite graduated to the really top drawer of marquee fights. In July 2008, he took on the highly rated Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, winning the WBA welterweight title by absorbing considerable punishment in the early rounds but ploughing endlessly forward and wearing his opponent down to earn a surprise victory.

However, when he faced Mosley the following year, Mosley’s eagle-eyed cornerman noticed a plaster-like substance being applied to the wraps around Margarito’s hands, basically ‘loading’ his gloves to make them heavier. Margarito was forced to re-wrap his hands several times before being allowed into the ring. After his defeat, Margarito was banned for a year, which seems highly lenient when you consider the damage he might have caused. To my mind, cheating in boxing, a sport where the risks can be so high, is very serious. Some find it easy to call boxing barbaric, but I think it is heroic. However, to box is a choice and to make that choice every boxer must be as fully informed as possible about the risks they are running. In one sense, the rules of boxing are arbitrary. The thresholds for weight classes perhaps or, for example, having eight-ounce gloves rather than 10-ounce gloves. But the important point is that both fighters have the same setup. It seems to me that ‘loading’ your gloves, like Margarito did, is one of the worst crimes you can do in a boxing ring, because it is so effective.

Perhaps I am being na├»ve, but even though some of the sports biggest names have been caught with drugs in their system, I haven’t been too worried about boxers being ‘juiced’. If nutrition in the sport is anything to go by, I don’t think boxing, at least at grassroots level, is at the cutting edge of sophistication. Perhaps only the top boxers can afford the luxury of steroids. But I’m also prone to thinking that, unlike a sprint where tiny fractions of seconds count, the difference between winning and losing in boxing depends more on reactions, experience and timing. I’m not aware of any synthetic stimulants that can help you with that. Of course, having muscles that pack more of a punch will help, but you need to develop good technique to deliver a punch with any power. For those reasons, I fear it may be more in a boxer’s interest, if he’s inclined to win at any cost, to cheat Margarito-style.

Boxing as a sport has many afflictions. But I remain optimistic. At heart it’s about putting together prizefights. It does not have one single, overarching body that can lay down regulations for the game as a whole. There are different commissions, which have different requirements for getting a licence to box. Given this proliferation of rules and bodies, it seems reasonable to me for drug testing regimes to be agreed along with every other detail as part of the negotiating process, especially for the really big fights.

Boxing fans everywhere will hope that Pacquiao and Mayweather do eventually get it on. Pacquiao should drop his lawsuit and trust that the public are perfectly capable of understanding that someone, even a superstar boxer, is innocent until proven guilty. Let’s hope that the Fight of the Decade fell apart for no more complex reason than as the unintended consequence of neither side wanting to back down and expecting the other to relent. But I also hope that Floyd Mayweather can stop worrying about drug testing and learn to love the money.

Author: John Dennen

Anonymous Clottey plods on

Even in his adopted home of the Bronx in New York, nobody knows who Joshua Clottey is.

The Ghanaian slugger, however, gets the chance to make a name for himself on March 13 when he challenges World Boxing Organization welterweight king Manny Pacquiao at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

“Near Yankee Stadium on Anderson Avenue, a muscle-bound man slams the door to his modest apartment,” writes Daniel Beekman of yournabe.com. “On the street, he starts to jog. No one points. No one stares.”

It’s a far cry from what Pacquiao experiences day in and day out over in Los Angeles, where, once, police had to be called in to ensure Pacquiao gets out of the Wild Card Boxing Club premises in one piece in time for a commitment.

“No one knows Joshua Clottey, a Bronx resident since 2003,” says Beekman.

But those who are close to the 32-year-old native of Accra believe Clottey has a puncher’s chance of scoring a huge upset.

“He works so hard,” John’s Gym owner and Clottey cornerman Gjin Gjini. “He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t party. He runs eight or nine miles a day, not on a treadmill, outside in the Bronx. On the street, in his building, no one knows who he is.”

Kwame Asante, who once worked Clottey’s corner, said Pacquiao can be beaten.

“He has a shot. He knows how to fight a southpaw. I know Joshua will win,” said Asante.

Meanwhile, former Hollywood star Jean Claude Van Damme dropped by the Wild Card on Wednesday to see Pacquiao work out, according to noted orthodontist Ed De La Vega, who customizes Pacquiao’s mouthguard.

De La Vega said Pacquiao extended his invitation to Van Damme, known for his kickboxing prowess, to watch his fight with Clottey.

Author: Nick Giongco

Source: mb.com.ph

Roach: If Clottey lays on ropes, he's dead

MANILA, Philippines -- Prized boxing trainer Freddie Roach has seen a loophole in Joshua Clottey’s defense that Manny Pacquiao could take advantage of when the two fighters slug it out on March 13.

“He's pretty strong and he has a good chin and he's a durable guy,” Roach said of the Ghanaian boxer in an interview with FightFan.com.

However, he described Clottey’s defense as very “passive”.

“Sometimes he goes to the ropes. I can't figure it out if he's being lazy and resting or he's trying to punch yourself out. But if he lays on the ropes and he has that passive defense on us, we're gonna kill him,” said Roach.

The trainer said that although Pacquiao did some “rope-a-dope” tactic during his fight with Miguel Cotto last November, he said the Filipino merely tested the Puerto Rican’s punching power.

“He was there for a reason. If he's just being lazy, then there's a problem with it but he has a reason, it's okay. I told him, 'I don't get the idea', but that's being Pacquiao,” said Roach.

The controversial trainer is currently overseeing Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.

He said he’s very impressed with the conditioning of the 7-time world champion, who is making his first title defense against Clottey.

“He looks pretty good... I was very happy with his performances,” said Roach.

Pacquiao will stake his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against the Ghanaian at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas on March 13.

Roach attributed Pacquiao's superb conditioning partly to his brief down time after the Cotto fight. He said the "rest days" have worked wonders for the Filipino.

Pacquiao took a two-month vacation from boxing following his sensational 12th round technical knockout win over Cotto.

“He plays basketball everyday… it's like his favorite sport. He runs and runs the court and he came in to the New York press conference [for the Clottey fight] at 148 pounds,” said Roach.

Author: Dennis Gasgonia

Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Is Floyd Mayweather Sr dipping in the ‘cocaine cookie jar’ when he says Manny is ‘scared' & ‘stupid'

It’s been a few weeks but Floyd Mayweather Sr is back. No defamation suit can scare him off. In a recent interview, the elder Mayweather spoke out about the failed fight between his baby boy and Manny Pacquiao. As usual, Mayweather has an interesting take on the entire situation.

“They’re gonna fight. They’re not gonna take much blood out of you, talking that he gonna get weak before the fight. You’re gonna get weak after he tapped that as* so that’s what he is scared about." Mayweather Sr (source: ABS CBN News)
Let me bust out my Ebonics dictionary and make some sense of these comments. First, growing up in California, the phrase ‘tap that as*’ has a completely different meaning than how I “think” Floyd Sr might be using it. Now, I’m not going to expand on the different meaning but whatever definition you choose, I’m sure Manny is not afraid of it. Second, I don’t believe for one second that Manny Pacquiao is afraid of Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight would be on if Mayweather would have agreed to Manny’s counter.

“Who wouldn’t fight for that kind of money, unless they’re dumb, stupid and crazy. I think it was $40 million, something like that. They will both get that kind of money.”
I think it’s clear by now that it’s not all about the Money for Manny. It’s about fighting the good fight. It’s about becoming a better boxer. It’ about reaching new levels as an athlete. It’s about personal challenges and growth. It’s about his faith. There’s nothing “dumb, stupid and crazy” about this. These things are honorable and respectable. I’m so tired of hearing “It’s all about the money” or “Show me the money”.
Jason Thomas Saramento, CA “Do you even understand what Floyd Sr says half the time?”
Jason, I have no clue most of the time what his logic is. But the bigger question here is “Does Floyd Sr even understand what he’s saying half the time?” I ask this because these latest comments make me think he’s dipping in the “cocaine cookie jar” again.

Carl Doyle Sacramento, CA “Does it bother you that Mayweather Sr keeps attacking Manny?”
To some degree, it’s disturbing. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. The thing that drives me crazy is when these Mayweathers make ignorant and hypocritical comments.

Author: Rick Rockwell

Source: examiner.com


The staff wants to request the above mentioned fans to please refrain from coming to the Gym while the Filipino champion is in training particularly during Saturdays.

"There is just so many parking spaces and we cannot allow them to all come and occupy the parking because we are not the only tenant in the building complex. We need to save space for the laundry downstairs as well as the beauty parlor, the boutique, mini grocery, the Thai restaurant and a couple of other businesses. We have to be good neighbors," Peters said.

The Gym staff also wishes to announce that effective this week, there will no longer be autograph signing sessions after Pacquiao trains.

“Please request them to give space to the champion. He needs some measure of privacy particularly after a hard training day,” Peters said.

As the training session approaches the tail end, Peters also indicated that they will be more strict in implementing the gym rules. “Pacquiao and Roach need all the privacy to train and practice their game plan,” he said.

According to Peters, no one except the immediate members of the training team will be allowed in the Gym between 12:00 noon and 5 PM. No exceptions.

Author: Ed de la Vega, DDS


LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood television and movie star Danny Trejo came to the Wildcard Gym today (Wednesday, Feb 10) to rub elbows with the famous Filipino spitfire, Manny Pacquiao and give him a souvenir from his huge Hollywood movie hit.

Trejo is one of the pride and joy of the Latino community particularly in the Southern California area.

He is a prolific actor, appearing in many movies and television shows albeit mostly as the “bad guy”.

He was in movies that included big names such as Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford among others.

Amongst his movie credits are “Dusk Till Dawn”, Machete and “Desperado” where he appeared with Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek.

He is noted for his distinctive appearance. In addition to his heavily lined face and a mustache, he has a large tattoo of a woman in his chest wearing a sombrero.

Trejo presented Pacquiao a copy of his famous photo from “Desperado” where he shows of his many knives under his long jacket.

Author: Ed de la Vega, DDS

t Cowboys Stadium, big board is the star attraction

ARLINGTON -- Cowboys Stadium's signature feature is not its grandeur, LA nightclub-style bars or plush suites, but rather its TV set. Unless you are directly underneath JerryTron, your eyes seemingly are unable to look at anything else, including the action on the field.

"The awe factor sets in when you walk in the building and you see it," said Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes, who coached the first basketball game in the building in December.

JerryTron, which once again will be the center of attention in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, is another technological creation that creates both intimacy and separation. It's akin to attending a party and texting the friend standing 5 feet from you.

Depending on your point of view, seat in the stands or how much money you spent, JerryTron is the single greatest creation for a live sporting event, or another reason to stay at home and watch the event on your TV.

It is the rare case of something almost being too much of a good thing.

"You can't see it that way. That perception was there before [the stadium opened]," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "But that battleship carrier coming over that screen at you is a lot different than it is in a movie or a TV screen. Or the same picture of the Grand Canyon. Your body understands space -- that's why it's more dramatic to see it in a movie house. It's about space. You see people doing things in a movie. They are bigger than life. You feel that space.

"The screen is telling you a story. It's a part of telling you a story. That same Grand Canyon on TV is one thing. That same Grand Canyon on that screen out there on the board is a totally different deal than at home in your living room."

JerryTron is so big and so awesome that Jones and the Cowboys recruit events with the idea that people will attend primarily to watch the event on the stadium's big TV.

"We're in a new territory," said Paul Swangard, the managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. "The only fair comparison has been... people going to an arena to watch their home team play on the road.

"Nothing I can point to can compare to this environment that Jerry has put together. He's put together a viewing experience that is so different and so unique and so compelling it's all worth the price of admission. You are selling a set of benefits at a price.

"What Jerry has done is added incremental benefits to less-than-the-best seats in the house that has raised the value again. That is a lesson learned for all the teams."

Because Jones wants his new toy to be a major revenue producer, don't be surprised if Cowboys Stadium is open for movies sometime in the near future.

JerryTron was the centerpiece of the Cowboys' pitch to land the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. How could Arlington take away from Las Vegas what was going to be one of the biggest prize fights in history? How do 100,000 people, all likely paying at least $40, realistically watch two men bouncing around a 16-by-25 foot ring and have any prayer of actually seeing it?


"What I hope happens is you don't know what you watched the most of," said Jones, who was inspired to build this massive video board after watching Celine Dion perform in Las Vegas, during which the performer was surrounded by screens.

"[After the show] I couldn't remember if what I saw was her, behind her, the periphery or otherwise. It all blended together."

Pacquiao-Mayweather fell through. Instead, Cowboys Stadium will host Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey on March 13 with the capacity set for 40,000.

From the performer's perspective, JerryTron isn't a problem.

"It's actually an advantage because you feel like you are closed in, on top of you like a ceiling," Barnes said. "Of all the major arenas we've participated in, that's the best one in terms of how big and massive it is, yet it feels closed in.... I think it's going to be an incredible experience for the NBA to come in there and have the All-Star Game."

From the customer's perspective, JerryTron is all about perspective.

Paying $100 for an event ticket and watching the video board more than the actual performance is not an entirely new phenomenon.

As video boards across the country grew larger, and clearer, it's not totally uncommon for fans to remind themselves to look at the action and not the TV set.

What is decidedly different is promoting the experience of watching a video screen in conjunction with the live event.

"There is something uniquely communal about sporting events, and people are drawn to saying I was there at that event rather than 40 acres away from seeing those guys up close and up front," Swangard said. "I don't see it disappearing any time soon. That is a beauty of sport. It's a live experience and a lot of times it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Even if you can't remember if you saw it in front of you, or on JerryTron.

Mac Engel, 817-390-7760



Feb 11, 2010, LOS ANGELES -- Just before Manny Pacquiao started his afternoon training today a little after 3 PM, we spotted Claude Van Damme walked in to the Wildcard Gym to pay his respects to Pacquiao and visit for a while. Van Damme was escorted to the ringside and introduced to Freddie Roach and Pacquiao by security chief, Rob Peters.

Van Damme is the famous Belgian martial arts artist best known in Hollywood and world over for his martial arts action movies.

His most successful films include Bloodsport in 1988, the Universal Soldier in 1992, Hard Target in 1993 and Timecop in 1994. Van Damme who is a former “Mr. Belgium” is also better known as the “Muscles from Belgium”.

Pacquiao invited Van Damme to Texas to see his fight with Joshua Clottey adding to the array of celebrities that will be flying or driving to Arlington ,Texas to see Pacquiao defend his WBO Welterweight Title against the fame slugger from Ghana, Africa.

Author: Ed de la Vega, DDS

Laurence Cole tabbed as Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey referee

I have learned that Laurence Cole, the veteran referee who resides in Texas and runs an insurance business, has been tabbed by WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel as the referee for the Joshua Clottey-Manny Pacquiao welterweight title bout at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on March 13.

I had recently written that Cole, a more than competent referee, would be an obvious choice for the plum assignment.

It was Valcarcel who chose Cole The Younger and not the ref's father Dickie "Old King" Cole, who runs the Texas boxing board.

Laurence just did the WBC lightweight title bout in Monterey, Mexico, between champion Edwin Valero and Antonio DeMarco Saturday night.

Cole also reffed the 2003 bout in San Antonio between Pacman and Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera.

I was speaking with someone today about the burning issue of whether Antonio Margarito will be licensed to fight on the Cowboys Stadium undercard while his California boxer's license is still technically revoked.

Author: Michael Marley

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Peaking Pacquiao might make Clottey look like it's his first rodeo

There was a time in his career, back when he got knocked out twice, that some boxing guys regarded Manny Pacquiao as a claimer, a also ran horse.

This was when he wasn't even regarded as, to use Floyd Mayweather's insuting description, an "ordinary" fighter.

You get banged out by Rustico Torrecampo and and Medgoen Lukchaopormasak--two guys whose names read like the charts at your eye doctor's office--and people say mean things.

But Pacman has turned out to be, sticking with the racehorse analogy, a thoroughbred along the lines of the great Seabiscuit.

But never let it be forgotten that the jockey, Boston Freddie Roach, rides his charge like he's Eddie Arcaro, Laffit Pincay or the legendary Willie Shoemaker.

The other day I heard a smat boxing guy say how the importance of trainers is overrated. That begs the question, though, of why there are so few Roach types around in gyms these days.

I applaud Roach for pulling the reins on Megamanny and cutting back his sparring. Roach is spot on in saying Manny does not need 150 rounds of sparring because it's overkill. As Roach noted, Pacman came to this camp in fine fettle because he bounced from the November Cotto bout to this match.

Sparring, not trainers, really is the most overrated and overdone thing in boxing and it's worse when you let a getting older (like Manny at age 31 and after 55 pro bouts) boxer leave his fight in the gymnasium.

Less is more when it comes to sparring and this strategic limitation by Coach Roach will pay dividends come March 13 against Joshua Clottey.

As for Clottey, is he doing any sparring? Or is he still trying to figure out who is going to train him.

The Clottey camp is beginning to look like "F Troop" while Team Pacquiao rolls along, never missing a beat.

Clottey's got heart but some Big Apple trainers, like Delen "Blimp" Parsley and veteran Lennox Blackmoore, told me Monday night at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn they can't see him derailing the Megamanny Express.

"Clottey will get to a certain point and then he will quit," Parsley said.

"I think Clottey will be competitive but not for too long," ex-fighter Blackmoore said.

Not exactly a rousing vote of confidence from his adopted home city, is it?

Maybe a look at Clottey in camp, now that he is in South Florida, will change my mind but I'm beginning to smell a Texas mismatch. Maybe I'm being too harsh but I wonder if the enormity of the event--the 30,000 fans and all that--might emotionally overwhelm "B side" Clottey.

A peaking Pacquiao might make Clottey look like it's his first rodeo if you know what I mean.

Author: Michael Marley

Source: examiner.com

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Latest Top Rank PPV Built With The Future In Mind

By Jake Donovan (photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank)

You can call it Pinoy Power 3. You can call it Latin Fury 13. The folks at Top Rank couldn’t make up their mind, instead deciding to roll with both titles.

Whatever label you prefer, there’s one thing that this weekend’s card can be referred to as: an event with the immediate future in mind.

All too often these days, fights are put together for the sake of keeping a fighter busy. There’s the promise that something big awaits “in the wings,” but more often than not we’re stick witnessing the gloved version of kick the can.

The lineup presented for this weekend’s show at the Las Vegas Hilton (Saturday, Top Rank PPV, 9PM ET/6PM PT) doesn’t immediately jump out as one that justifies the $40 price tag accompanying it. What can be said about the card, however, is that the winners of each of the televised bouts stand to reap immediate benefits.

You can’t say that about most of the bigger pay-per-view events, which are almost always loaded with showcase mismatches from top to bottom, bouts serving as little more than auditions for yet another televised showcase down the road.

A long-term plan is precisely what the doctor ordered for Nonito Donaire, who headlines Saturday’s card in a super flyweight bout against Mexican journeyman Gerson Guerrero.

The ultra-talented Filipino has been stuck in neutral ever since announcing his arrival with his emphatic fifth-round knockout of Vic Darchinyan on Showtime more than two years ago.

With the win came the accolades and long overdue respect his skills have always warranted. What didn’t follow, however, was the opportunity to cash in on that momentum.

Injuries and contract disputes led to an 11-month forced period of inactivity before joining Top Rank in late 2008. Part of Donaire’s beef in breaking free from Gary Shaw Productions was the belief that he wasn’t being properly moved post-Darchinyan. Further rubbing salt in the wound was the fact that Darchinyan would go on to enjoy a Fighter-of-the-Year worthy campaign, while Donaire spent most of 2008 on the sidelines.

Last year wasn’t much better, though he emerged as a viable draw for Top Rank’s independent PPV’s, enough to where they dedicated an entire series to him (Pinoy Power). Wins over Raul Martinez and Rafael Concepcion served as placeholders, but still failed to establish a long-term plan, as each fight won would merely lead to… another fight.

That dynamic is finally about to change.

On its own, there’s nothing particularly glamorous about this weekend’s matchup with Guerrero (34-8, 26KO). It’s a chance for Donaire to win, and look good doing so, since such opportunity was stolen from him in his last fight – a points win over Concepcion, who showed up more than four pounds heavy for the fight and willingly paid the accompanying fine in lieu of doing the honorable thing and actually try to shed the extra weight.

The strategy worked only in frustrating Donaire, who danced as hard as he could but was at a three-division weight disadvantage by the time the opening bell had rung. Win today, look good the next time, only the next time would be put on hold after injuries forced him to sit out the rest of 2009.

For once, downtime proved to be a good thing. As Donaire returns to the ring this weekend, awaiting him is a somewhat reborn Jorge Arce. There have been talks of the two meeting this summer, a bout that becomes more significant thanks to Arce’s career-resurrecting win over Angky Angkota for a vacant alphabet belt.

Such a matchup is far more meaningful to both fighters than it would’ve been when first discussed more than a year ago. Arce had a chance to prove he still has something left to offer the sport, while Donaire was moved the way he was for the sake of allowing the marketing side to catch up to his physical peak.

The road leading to this point required – and still requires – a lot of patience on the part of Donaire, but the payoff is finally within sight. For the first time in more than two years, the promise of bigger and better things to come is one that a promise that threatens to be kept.


Even better than the knowledge of Donaire looking at a potential breakout year in 2010 is the fact that there’s plenty to look forward to in the immediate future of those appearing on the televised undercard.

There’s no title at stake or any alphabet organization involved in the 10-round featherweight match between Bernabe Concepcion and Mario Santiago, but that hasn’t stopped Bob Arum from selling the pay-per-view curtain raiser as an elimination bout.

Awaiting the winner of what appears on paper to be a pick-‘em, is the right to next face undefeated featherweight titlist Juan Manuel Lopez.

Strangely enough, already connecting the featherweight trio is one fighter – Steven Luevano, whom has faced all three in the span of his last four bouts.

Lopez became a two-division titlist after wiping up Luevano last month in New York. His performance was far more dominant than that of Concepcion or Santiago, both of whom fought on even terms in bouts that represent their lone title shots to date.

Santiago (21-1-1, 14KO) managed to escape with a rightly-scored split-decision draw in their bout two summers ago, while Concepcion (27-3-1, 15KO) threw away a golden opportunity when he was DQ’d for throwing and landing a punch after the bell to end the seventh round.

In today’s era where everyone gets to fight for a title, that such a fight isn’t already a sanctioned eliminator is a bit puzzling. Both have earned the right to stand one fight away from fighting for a major title. They now get that chance, with no greater featherweight prize waiting in the wings than the division’s next potential superstar.

If alphabet protocol is to be adhered to (which is often a long shot), then the winners of the two separate televised bantamweight bouts needn’t look any further for their next opportunity than on the very show on which they will perform.

Had things went as planned in last summer’s perceived tune-up against Alejandro Valdez, current bantamweight beltholder Fernando Montiel would’ve went on to face Eric Morel in the televised undercard portion of what went on to become the most watched pay-per-view telecast of 2009, Manny Pacquiao’s 11-plus round destruction of Miguel Cotto.

But things didn’t go as planned, instead going miserably awry for Montiel (39-2-2, 29KO), who was fortunate to escape Mexico with a technical draw. The Mexican boxer-puncher was well on his way to a knockout victory as early as the opening round before suffering a cut later in the frame, and a world of damage soon thereafter, though a series of controversial events afforded him to avoid what should’ve been an injury stoppage loss.

The damage suffered in the fight – a cut over his left eye, that same eye swelling shut, and a busted nose – forced Montiel to the sidelines for the rest of the year, prompting an interim title matchup between Morel (41-2, 21KO) and Gerry Penalosa (54-7-2, 36KO), a fight that was supposed to happen last year but… didn’t.

Morel and Penalosa finally get a chance to settle their differences in the ring this weekend after the war of words that developed over the past few months.

Considering the interim title status attached to their fight, what should await the winner is the very fighter who’s arm is raised in the evening’s other bantamweight title fight, between Montiel and Ciso Morales (14-0, 8KO).

Montiel’s name has also found its way to the list of fighters Donaire is actively seeking in 2010 and beyond. A more realistic scenario – should he win on Saturday evening – has him facing the winner of the aforementioned bout between aged ex-titlists.

Author: Jake Donovan (photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Source: boxingscene.com

Pacquiao 'stupid, crazy' for refusing $40-M: Mayweather Sr.

MANILA, Philippines – The father of American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. criticized 7-division world champion Manny Pacquiao for dropping the Mayweather bout over a disagreement about Olympic-style drug testing.

In an interview, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. questioned Pacquiao's argument that he would be weakened by the blood test if it was done so close to the fight. He said Pacquiao should have considered the amount of money being offered to the two boxers before refusing the fight.

“Who wouldn’t fight for that kind of money, unless they’re dumb, stupid and crazy. I think it was $40 million, something like that. They will both get that kind of money,” Floyd Mayweather, Sr. told Bev Llorente of ABS-CBN North America News Bureau.

He added: “They’re gonna fight. They’re not gonna take much blood out of you, talking that he gonna get weak before the fight. You’re gonna get weak after he tapped that ass so that’s what he is scared about."

The controversial trainer said that the world does not care about the upcoming bout between Pacquiao and Ghanaian Joshua Clottey, which is scheduled on March 13-- the same date of the bungled Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

He added, however, that he is not closing the door on a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in the future.

Floyd Jr. earlier blamed Pacquiao for their fight’s collapse which was caused by their disagreement on the drug testing procedure.

The undefeated American told RadioPlanet.tv as quoted by FightHype.com: “The question that people want to know is why didn’t Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight? It wasn’t my fault! I’m not duckin’ and dodgin’ nobody. 40 have came and 40 have came up short.”

Pacquiao already filed a defamation complaint against the Mayweathers and other members of their camp for alleging that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Pacquiao is set to fight Clottey at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on March 13.

Floyd Jr., on the other hand, is scheduled to fight on May 1 against “Sugar” Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he and Pacquiao were supposed to face off. – With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Source: abs-cbnNEWS.com

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