Monday, May 4, 2009

Sweet, sweet science and the real Pacman

Maybe some of you don't know this, but I'm a huge boxing fan. For me, it's somewhere right in between basketball and track and field.

My father bought me a pair of Sugar Ray Leonard-brand gloves when I was about 7, I grew up wanting to be like Iron Mike (in the ring), one of my favorite books is a boxing memoir and a couple years ago, I even tried my hand (hands?) at learning the sweet science.

Those lessons went over about as well as my pre-cal classes did in high school. But I got into tip-top shape and I can easily beat up someone smaller than me.

Unless that person is Manny Pacquiao.

I hate that I missed the Pacquiao-Hatton fight in Vegas on Saturday. But considering that the bout lasted a second shy of two rounds - which comes out to about nine dollars a minute - I guess I'll consider it the appetizer to the main course that all true fight fans are starving for:

On the morning of the fight and at the same MGM Grand venue, Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced that he was retiring from his 16-month retirement. Mr. Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound king, has signed to meet Juan Manuel Marquez -- a superb fighter who had a draw and later lost a controversial split decision to Mr. Pacquiao. After a long monologue about his accomplishments, Mr. Mayweather, who is bigger, at 5 feet 8 inches, than Mr. Pacquiao, sent his oblique message to the Filipino fighter: "A big, great fighter always beats a small, good fighter."

... There can be no doubt that the boxing world is on the march toward a Mayweather Pacquiao Super Bowl-type event.

Pretty much. I'll be setting aside a Grant and some Washingtons right now.

And speaking of second-round knockouts ...


avery said...

i don't think floyd got nothin for him.

blackink said...

Maybe. To me, it sorta depends on how much skill Pretty Boy has been able to retain during this "retirement."

Since his strength is in his defense, I think he could pull it off.

But since so much of his defense is based on his lightning-quick reflexes, which are usually one of the first things to go in elite boxers, I need to see how he holds up in his next fight.

avery said...

yeah, you're right. but i'm also thinkin that i've never seen floyd just jump out there and get it on. like, you take a hagler (different weight classes, but you hear me) hagler could box AND he could just stand there and slug it out. i'm not sure if floyd could hang if it turned into a brawl, but i think pacman could prolly point w/ floyd pretty well.

like you said, we'll hafta see

blackink said...

No doubt. The Hagler comparison was clutch.

And you're right: Floyd really hasn't found a guy who could force him into a brawl. Not Oscar, not Baldomir, and especially not Gatti.

Maybe the Pacman is the guy to do it. But best believe, if he can't, there's not a person out there who can.