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The Result

December 7, 2008

I can’t really crystallize my thoughts on this one right now, but Manny Pacquiao is amazing. Beautiful. Technical. Intelligent. Brutal. Focused. The commentators were referring to Pacquaio as the “Henry Armstrong of this era.” It was truly an incredible thing to see.

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Weigh In and Odds

December 6, 2008

For the fight tonight between Oscar De la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.

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Pacquaio weighed in at 142. This is good, because he can retain some of his speed and power that may not have translated well at the much higher weight.

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De La Hoya weighed in at 145, which may not be good. DLH hasn’t weighed this little since 2000, and suggests he may have overtrained.
However, he’ll gain back 5 – 10 pounds today, so the weight differential may be only 10 pounds come fight time.

At this writing, the book is:

De La Hoya: -165
Pacquaio: +135

Roy Jones Jr Update

May 20, 2008

The updates, by the way, are in anticipation of the Great Roy Jones returning to the top of the sport. Ultimately, a fight with Joe Calzaghe will do that. Based on his last three fights, RJJ has finally returned to the light heavyweight rankings, and hopefully he will see fit to engage with Calzaghe, who currently resides as the Ring Magazine #3 Pound for Pound fighter, the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion, the Ring Magazine/WBA/WBC/WBO Supermiddleweight Champion, with a 45-0 record. Jones is currently 6th ranked in the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight rankings, with this explanation from BadLeftHook.com

6. Roy Jones, Jr. (52-4, 38 KO)
Speaking of guys who once looked lost but now may be found, Jones has stormed back into the conversation, and the talk of his demise appears to have been at least slightly exaggerated.
The stunning three-fight losing streak of 2004-05 is history. He’s won three in a row, not over the best competition, but certainly comparable to anyone else here besides Calzaghe and Hopkins. Do Prince Badi Ajamu, Anthony Hanshaw and Felix Trinidad really pale in comparison to Muriqi, Santiago and Woods? Dawson’s last three fights include Jesus Ruiz and Epifanio Mendoza, hardly world-class opposition.
The fight with Tito was interesting. Roy took the first three rounds to find out what Tito had, and then turned it up. I truly feel that if he’d felt like it, he would have knocked Trinidad right out. Tito clearly got in over his head at the weight and after so much time off.
But what I really find intriguing about that fight is watching Jones move. He had some of the nostalgic prime vibe about him, but everything was just a little slower. Even the showboating was 39 years old, you know? Roy can still fight and a bout with Calzaghe would be good entertainment if years too late to be what it really could have been at one point. I’ll always have a soft spot for Roy Jones.”

Roy Jones, Jr Update

May 13, 2008

Frank Warren revealed in his latest “Frankly Speaking” column that Don King recently traveled to the UK and the two promoters held a meeting to discuss several possible key bouts for the future.

The two were working hard to hammer out a deal for the November meeting between Joe Calzaghe (now a light heavyweight and still the WBC/WBO/WBA super middleweight champion) and Roy Jones Jr (former four-division champion).