My Overall Thoughts On The Fight, Future Of Boxing

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My scorecard

Like many of you, I watched the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight on 5/2 with anticipation of seeing a great fight. I went to the local Buffalo Wild Wings and paid the $20 they were charging rather than the $99 PPV price tag so many paid.

Many, including myself, were disappointed with the outcome of the fight. However, my frustration isn’t with Mayweather for making the fight boring by running and clinching the entire fight, it is with Pacquiao, who showed no urgency to press the action in the late rounds and thus fought his worst fight in over 15 years.

Pacquiao had a legitimate shoulder injury and there is no doubt that played a big part is his terrible performance. Yet he still decided to fight that night and the typical Floyd Mayweather tactical destruction of his opponent took place.

Mike Foss of USA Today wrote a great piece on the topic you can read here.

Floyd fights the same way every time out, and he executed his plan to perfection. Manny on the other hand did get in a few combinations to make the fight close through the first six rounds, but looked horrible in the last half of the fight.

Manny should have reported the injury, and the fight would have probably been delayed to September. There still would have been the same hype surrounding the fight, maybe more so, and both fighters would have been at 100 percent. Maybe with a different outcome.

I’m not quite sure there would be a big demand for a rematch, but Floyd has said he is open to the idea.

The one thing I can tell you for sure is that boxing is not dead. One superfight, which sees Mayweather fight the way he has 47 times before Saturday’s superfight, didn’t kill boxing.

The launch of the PBC is going to be huge for the sport. Even if it isn’t a financial success in the long run, it is going to keep the sport in the limelight and on broadcast tv and basic cable.

Many big fights can still be made, such as:

  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto
  • Wladimir Klitschko vs. Deontay Wilder
  • Gennady Golovkin vs. Floyd Mayweather (Hey! it could happen…..Right?)
  • Sergey Kovalev vs Adonis Stevenson
  • Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez V (Not a dream fight, but would still draw big money).

Why Am I Covering The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight?

When I first started this blog, I wanted to talk about a wide range of topics from sports, entertainment, faith and politics.  And being the big fight fan that I am, I was going to post as much as I could about the biggest fight to come along in my lifetime, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. However, I’ve seen several media personalities, including some from ESPN, that have called for a boycott of the fight based on Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence. The fact that I’m covering, and will be watching the fight, does not mean I condone Mayweather’s actions. I’m covering this fight for two main reasons.

  1. Manny Pacquiao is a Born-Again Christian
    Pacquiao became a born-again Christian a few years ago and began to cover his fights on this site a few years ago. Here is a video talking about him coming to Christ.
  2. It’s Going to be a History Making Event
    Louis vs. Schmeling 2, Ali vs. Frazier 1, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. According to George Foreman, these are the three most important fights in boxing history. Who am I to disagree with the champ? This fight is truly going to be historic and I can’t wait. If you don’t want to pay the outragous $99 for the PPV, then go out somewhere and see it. Just make sure you find a way to see it. Witness boxing history!!!

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Third Most Important Fight In Boxing History?

On Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Legends Speak, George Foreman stated that this fight could go down in history with two other historic bouts. He stated that the most important fight in boxing history was the rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling. In the No. 2 slot, he put the first Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier bout which was called “The Fight of the Century.” Below is the video of each fight in its entirety.

The Officals Working Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

List of the Referee and Judges including their notable fights

Referee:
Kenny Bayless
Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II
Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley II
Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez

Judges:
Burt Clements
Floyd Mayweather vs. Maidana I (117-111 for Mayweather)

Glenn Feldman
Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (115-113 for Marquez)

Dave Moretti
Floyd Mayweather vs. Maidana I (116-112 for Mayweather)

My Love For Podcasts

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During long drives or when I’m just relaxing at home, I love listening to podcasts. In contrast to a lot of talk radio, which tries to reach a broad audience, most podcasts try to only reach a niche market. Most are centered around one topic or so and each episode expands on that topic.

I subscribe to many podcasts from the world on sports, news, politics, and Christianity. Below is a list of the Christian podcasts that I listen to. Most of these shows can be heard on the radio as well, but through podcasts can be listened to at your pleasure.

A Daily Walk

The Alternative

Somebody Loves You

A New Beginning

SearchLight

Let my People Think

Grace to You

MLB’s Proposed Rules to Help Speed Up the Game

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From MLB.com

1. A hitter must keep one foot inside the batter’s box throughout his plate appearance. Exceptions include a foul ball or a foul tip, a pitch forcing the batter out of the batter’s box, a request for time out being granted, a wild pitch or a passed ball and several others.

2. Intentional walks will no longer include the pitcher lobbing four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, the manager will signal to the home-plate umpire and the batter will take first base.

3. There will be a maximum break of two minutes and five seconds between innings, with hitters required to be in the batter’s box by the one minute and 45 seconds mark. If a hitter doesn’t comply, the umpire will call a strike. If the hitter is ready but the pitcher doesn’t deliver a pitch by two minutes and five seconds, the umpire will call a ball.

4. There will be a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds allowed for pitching changes, including those that occur during an inning break. The clock starts when the reliever enters the playing field. The penalty will be that the umpire calls a ball.

5. Each team will be permitted three “timeout” conferences covering any meeting involving pitchers and catchers, managers, coaches and batters. Timeouts during pitching changes and those that result from an injury or other emergency will not be counted toward the limit.

6. All of the above will be enforced in all AFL games. At Salt River home games only, a modified version of Rule 8:04, which requires a pitch to be thrown within 12 seconds after he receives the ball with the bases empty, will apply.

Does anyone outside of that committee think these rules are a good idea? Are they being serious by saying a pitcher no longer has to throw a single pitch to have an intentional walk? Are they being serious by saying umpires are going to award balls and strikes based on how fast an inning starts? Are they being serious by limiting a team to three timeouts a game, completely destroying the way teams have planned and strategized during games since Major League Baseball was founded in 1869?

Come on MLB, don’t mess with the game. Don’t mess with America’s pastime. And if you do want to speed up the game, just enforce the rules that are currently in place. MLB rule 8.04 states “When the bases are unoccupied, the pitcher shall deliver the ball to the batter within 12 seconds after he receives the ball. Each time the pitcher delays the game by violating this rule, the umpire shall call “Ball.”

This rule is never enforced and I can’t understand why that is. This would be a good start if MLB wants to speed up the game. Try enforcing the rules currently in place before trying to institute ridiculous rule changes.