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Other Boxing Websites on Mon 16-Nov-2009:

As a Secondsout writer, I am clearly biased, but I love that we are truthfully a world boxing website and that we don't just cover the top fighters of the USA or one country.

I'm glad to hear people saying this and hope we can continue to keep your opinion of the site high.

Pac at 154, 160 on Mon 16-Nov-2009:

I don't want to take things too far, but how would Pac do against the lesser champions at these weights? I think he could have stopped Cory Spinks last night if they were sharing a ring instead of he and Cotto. What about a Sebastian Sylvester at 160?

How far could the P4P star go?

Hatton-Cotto on Mon 16-Nov-2009:

Now that both Hatton and Cotto have been decimated by Pacquiao and are probably going to be seriously considering haning the gloves up soon, they are going to have to pick fights based on reward.

I think this fight only made sense if Cotto lost to Pac. HBO loves working with both and these guys can sell. In Manchester or at MSG this fight is making serious money and even though it's not the fight I once imagined it could be at 140, it's not a waste of time for either man.

How likely do you think the fight is and how would you all pick it?



About a year ago, I grossly offended Manny Pacquiao.

In lieu of applauding his bravery for taking on the much larger Oscar De La Hoya, I questioned the validity of the bout and painted the fight as more of business proposal to ensure an economic surplus for both men. Even when Manny decimated "The Golden Boy", I attributed Oscar's bewilderment and Nacho Beristain's silence to part of the script in building Pac-Man toward showdowns with Ricky Hatton and the inevitably come-backing Floyd Mayweather Jr.

I was feeling pretty smart right about this time.

Then the Filipino phenomenon dispatched Hatton with impeccable ease. Finally, I was starting to believe. In spite of having watched Pacquiao dispatch my idol Marco Antonio Barrera and other contemporary legends like Erik Morales, I just didn't expect him to get this far. I could always find a way for the "next guy" to beat him.

No more.

I'm just going to come out and say it. I've said it before in various boxing blogs and have been accused of drinking too much of the Pacquiao Kool-Aid, but now I am formally putting it down in writing. Manny Pacquiao, as we all know, is a  surefire hall of famer. Not only that, but he is an all-time great after winning titles from flyweight to welterweight. The next statement may shock some, but he is also in the realm of surpassing Sugar Ray Robinson as the greatest fighter of all-time.

Now, I know that Robinson is the consensus holder of this title and has been for some time since he ended a career with scintillating victories over the likes of Sammy Angott, Fritzie Zivic, Jake Lamotta, Henry Armstrong, Kid Gavilan, Randy Turpin, Rocky Graziano, Gene Fullmer, Carmen Basilio, etc.  However, one must question how much nostalgia goes into cementing fighters of yesteryear as the pre-eminent pugilists of a certain weight class, era, or for all time.

Examine Pac-Man's record. After defeating pretty good fighters like Chatchai Sasakul, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, and Jorge Elicier Julio, the man who debuted at 106 pounds evolved into a pound for pound great by earning victories over Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Erik Morales (twice), Oscar Larios, Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Miguel Cotto. With the exception of his pound for pound contemporary Marquez, he stopped them all.

I'm not trying to dismiss anything Robinson achieved and readily admit he fought way before my time making it impossible for me to have witnessed his rise to prominence. Perhaps I'm more impressed with the live action I have witnessed within the twenty some odd years I've followed professional boxing, but I can readily say that Manny Pacquiao is the greatest fighter of my time. This includes Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Ricardo Lopez. Pacquiao's speed, power, skill, and willingness to fight the best across the board puts him above all of these other icons. Why? Because he repeatedly displayed all of these with success over the best fighters in each division he climbed into.

I can't pick against Manny Pacquiao. He's the best fighter in the world today and perhaps one of the best ever. Should a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. come off as most boxing fans expect, I'll be favoring Pacquiao in that one as well. While Mayweather Jr. and Cotto are very different fighters, the ease in which Pac-Man dismissed the Puerto Rican sensation was incredible. He took the best punches Cotto had to offer, dropped him twice, and busted his face up worse than Antonio Margarito, who some believe had illegal substances in his gloves when they fought.

It makes you wonder.

Regardless of how you feel on the all-time great debate, whoever your man is at the top, Manny Pacquiao is quickly closing the gap.

David Haye v David Tua on Sun 15-Nov-2009:

I think Haye-Tua is an intriguing match-up and one that I would favor the Tua-minator to win. Haye fought very cautiously against Valuev and Tua will not allow that approach to sit. Tua was throwing some pretty compact hooks with bad intentions against Cameron and they were finding their mark. I think Tua would get Haye by the midrounds.

Guillermo Jones on Fri 10-Jul-2009:

Somebody put out an APB on this guy. He's disappeared since he devastated Firat Arslan to win the title. I'll have to call up his trainer Colin Morgan to see what's going on with him.

So much talent is going to waste due to his consistent inactivity. Adamek-Jones is one of the best fights the sport can make right now as far as excitement.

Matt Godfrey on Fri 10-Jul-2009:

He'll be fighting tonight to try to position himself back into the cruiserweight title picture. Good skills, but with Adamek in current form, I think he might be better off seeking other roads to the title.

Marquez-Vazquez IV on Fri 10-Jul-2009:

We all know this is guartanteed fireworks, but does anyone else feel Izzy owes Juan Manuel Lopez or Celestion Caballero their shot?

I am all about these great warriors getting some money, but Lopez and Caballero deserve the right to prove themselves against the top guy. I would pick Lopez to stop both and Caballero to lose to both.

Darchinyan-Donaire II on Fri 10-Jul-2009:

Given Vic's recent form, how many of you think he could avenge his loss to Donaire? The Agbeko fight will be further evidence of just how far Vic has climbed back. Seriously, since losing, Vic has been far more impressive than Nonito.

Should Hatton fight again on Fri 10-Jul-2009:

Hatton is going to need to be careful. I myself am beginning to wonder if he can still compete at the level of the Bradleys and Holts right now. I think the Amir Khan fight is a bad idea because it looks like he might doubt himself by taking on a much less experienced fighter that has his own chin issue. Marco Maidana would be a good fight for the fans.

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