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  Fightin’ Words

By Barbara Pinnella


I tried to stay silent, I really did. You can see that didn’t happen.

The events that occurred at the Mayweather / Ortiz fight were annoying, to say the least. It was not the smartest thing Victor ever did, diving into the head of Floyd like that. But that event did not excuse the Mayweather sucker punch. The referee lost control of the fight for an important couple of seconds, but I also must agree that what “Money” did was an opportunistic cheap shot that did exactly what he intended. Do two wrongs make a right? Judging from the reactions from fans both at Staples Center and in Las Vegas it doesn’t appear so. Call it a black eye for the fans.

Fast forward to Dawson / Hopkins. One man gets hurled to the mat and is injured, the winner says injured man is faking, the fans are irate and screaming – ah yes, just another fun night at the WWE. Wait, this was boxing, wasn’t it? Hard to believe that Vince McMahon wasn’t at the helm of this one.

Dawson was give the TKO after Hopkins was unable to continue. And just when you think the antics are over, the WBC, following a protest by Oscar de la Hoya, overturns the ruling and gives the belt back to Hopkins – the right thing to do, in my opinion. Give out another black eye, this time for boxing AND the fans.

Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire, ready to go to battle and fight, ready to win, faced off against an opponent whose goal wasn’t to win the fight, but to last all of the rounds. Really? Hell, with that main objective I’d take a shot at the money!

Before what I believe was the last round, Donaire was heard saying that he was bored. He wanted to fight and couldn’t, and he was bored and frustrated. If the fighter in his own title defense is bored with the fight, how could anyone else feel differently? The only good thing for the fans in this one was that it wasn’t a pay-per-view, so the only thing they will never get back is the time it took to watch.

What else will go wrong? Will the fans feel duped yet again? Saturday night two heavy-hitting sluggers face off in Mexico, as Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo goes up against James Kirkland. This fight has all the makings of a great brawl, a fight that most fight fans are looking forward to. Will it live up to expectations? Most experts think it will, and I concur. Fight of the year? Probably not, but it should be good watching.

The following Saturday finds Manny Pacquiao meeting up with Juan Manuel Marquez for the third time. While the fans love PacMan, is this the fight they really want to see? I’m not sure, and yet all of the talk about Manny and Mayweather finally meeting (yes, that talk is swirling again), has long since gotten old. Pacquiao is a clinician in the ring, and for that reason he can face almost anybody and put on a show, but I’m not sure if he always gets the attention of boxing aficionados. I hope he will, because he is a master.

Also in November, we have a battle of the Juniors, as Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. goes up against Peter Manfredo, Jr. for the WBC Middleweight title.

December is an action-packed month, as we have Miguel Angel Cotto against Antonio Margarito, Brandon Rios against John Murray, Abner Mares facing Joseph Agbeko, Anselmo Moreno against Vic Darchinyan, Amir Khan facing Lamont Peterson, and Andre Ward hooking up with Carl Froch.

All of these fights are for titles, and give boxing many chances to finish the year off strong. Maybe, just maybe, boxing can close the door on 2011 with a positive feeling rather than the bitter taste that it has gotten for the past few months.


Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,
Barb.



 

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