Bad Guy, Makes For Good Press
By Barbara Pinnella
I’m sure that many of you have noticed how frequently those who
holler the loudest about being the best or guaranteeing their
victories, fall by the wayside. In the business of boxing,
confidence plays a huge part of the game, no doubt about it. But
what we witnessed Saturday night in Las Vegas was a glaring
reminder of just how important it is to put your money where
your mouth is. It was the epitome of good guy, bad guy.
The camps of Manny Pacquiao, (THE NUMBER ONE POUND 4 POUND
FIGHTER IN THE WORLD!) and Ricky Hatton were as opposite as the
proverbial oil and water. In control of Hatton was Floyd
Mayweather, Sr. “In control” might be the wrong choice of words
for both Mayweather and his charge. Both are, for lack of a
better expression at the moment, free spirits. Not that these
characters are not good for boxing, I certainly believe they
are. But the very out-going, rhyme making, and often
dirt-throwing Floyd was on constant attack mode when it came to
the opposition. He set the tone for his corner and Ricky, to a
lesser extent perhaps, followed suit. In a loud and brash
fashion, it was made evident to anyone who would listen how and
why the other side would fall.
Cast your eyes to the other corner. Pacquiao and his longtime
trainer Freddie Roach are almost mirror opposites. Low key and
quiet, they studied the opposition, and with a composed
confidence picked Hatton apart. If the fight had been won on
noisy bragging rights, there would have been no doubt who walked
off the victor. But it was evident as Ricky lay on the canvas
for those several minutes that the power was in the gloves and
not the lungs.
Even after the battle, when the decision for Hatton became not
WHOM he might fight next, but whether or not TO fight again,
Mayweather Sr. had to slam both Ricky and the Pacquiao camp. “He
lost to my son and to lose to someone below that, it’s time to
leave the ring,” he later said.
But we haven’t heard anything yet. Floyd Jr. has announced his
return to the ring, and if anyone believes that this timing is a
coincidence I have some swampland to sell you. His tune-up fight
will happen on July 18th when he will face Juan Manuel Marquez.
All this is in preparation to have a fight with Manny, to prove
that Pacquiao is not the pound for pound champ. And if we
thought that Sr. was boisterous, Jr. has learned his vocal
lessons well from all members of the Mayweather family.
One thing is almost a certainty, however. When these two hit the
ring, sparks will fly. This should be one hell of a fight,
fueled in the month’s prior by what will absolutely be the
diversity of the camps once again. The culmination of all the
training will be confirmed when Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and his
camp will meet Manny Pacquiao and his. I must say that I can’t
wait for that to happen.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,