As you might know, last week was a pretty busy week for boxing—a lot of bouts, a lot of buzz, and a lot of bizarre happenings. In this very first edition of "Boxing in Particular", we'll review the major fights not to mention issues that highlighted the week.
Morales Impressive in Comeback Fight!
After nearly three years of inactivity, 33-year-old, former three-division world champion Erik "el terible" Morales entered the ring for the 55th time in his professional career.
Despite supposed ring rust, Morales showed flashes of brilliance and at times rocked his rugged opponent, former WBA lightweight titlist Jose Alfaro, en route to a convincing unanimous decision win.
Asked about plans for his next bout, the classy Mexican champion openly expressed to the media that he wants a shot at pound-for-pound kingpin and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao or perhaps a slugfest against fellow Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez, with the latter being a more feasible opponent.
Ana Julaton: An Overhyped Sensation
Before his forgettable performance against tough veteran Lisa "Bad News" Brown, media outlets, most notably here in the Philippines, had crowned Ana Julaton as the next big star of boxing and probably the first crossover star from women's boxing.
Well, bad news strikes.
High expectations often breed huge disappointments. But hey, you wouldn't really expect much from someone who only had eight pro bouts and six pro wins to boast.
A simple case of media sensationalism and corporate maneuvering in lieu of capitalism.
Dirrell—A Class "Act" or Not...
By all standards a win is a win. During their "Super Six" bout last Saturday, Andre Dirrell was doing a good job against Arthur Abraham until King Arthur caught him with a clean punch that landed precisely on Dirrell's face.
But the big gewgaw was when Abraham intentionally hit Dirrell when he was down but not quite out.
I actually favored Abraham going into this fight, but the way I see it, Dirrell was in total control until the forgettable 10th round. Abraham, as strong a puncher as he is, couldn't figure out the "Dirrell Puzzle."
When he finally landed a big punch, he irresponsibly discredited himself by such a blatant act. There was no acting job whatsoever and Dirrell deserved the win.
No Country for Old Men, Maybe Not
Come Saturday, the boxing world will shine (or not) anew when two fierce—not to mention "old" (with the old having a sort of different connotation)—rivals will meet toe to toe in the squared circle.
The 17 years of waiting finally comes to an end when former and first ever undisputed world champion Bernard Hopkins battles out long-time nemesis Roy Jones Jr.
Is it because of the money? No, there ain't much. Is it because of the fame and media attention? No, there's a little of it.
Is it about EGO SATISFACTION? Absolutely!!
Come one, come all. It's the fight we've all been waiting for.
The 45-year-old vs. the 41-year-old.
Up next: Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield.
Next attractions: Chavez Sr. vs Taylor, Freddie Roach vs Roger Mayweather, Bob Arum vs Don King.
Donaire-Darchinyan II—On the Verge of Reality?
Reports are circling around the web that the anticipated rematch between two-division world champion and current WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan and Ring Magazine No. 6 pound-for-pound fighter Nonito Donaire is in the works.
Earlier reports indicated that the rematch is "just about done" and it will most likely be on Aug. 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
But before that, Donaire has a scheduled May 15 tune-up fight against a guy named TBA. (To Be Announced)
Some Other Thoughts...
What's an A-Side Meth and was there ever a war between Filipino and American soldiers some 500 years ago?—that's what the older Mayweather is saying. The A-Side Meth is the drug used by Pacquiao and was also used by Filipinos during the war with Americans 500 years ago.
History books please...Next Case!
Adam Carolla and his remarks against Pacquiao, racism, and discrimination. You be the judge:
"All they have over there is Manny Pacquiao and sex tours." -Adam Carolla
Pacquiao has a better chance these coming elections as compared to his spoiled attempt at congress in 2007. Pacquiao is going up against a local political clan and the image of this clan had actually been darkened by the Ampatuan incident (as if it was never dark, DUH).
Next Case! Next Case! Next Case!