Manny Pacquiao and Why Boxing is Dope

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Manny Pacquiao and Why Boxing is Dope

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I haven’t had a chance to re-watch Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao’s destruction of Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito but I pretty much called it here.

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A couple of post fight thoughts:

Margarito did better than I thought. Even though they won’t admit it, plenty of Manny Pacquiao fans were nervous as hell during the first two rounds when Margarito was jabbing and using his size. For a moment or two, I really thought Manny was going to get seriously hurt. It is a true testament to how incredible Manny is that he was able to punish Margarito in such convincing fashion.

Margarito definitely hurt Pacquiao a few times. It was probably the closest one-sided fight I have ever seen.

That being said, Margarito’s corner should have stopped the fight in the 8th or 9th round.

One of the most amazing things Pacquiao does that no one talks about is his ability to never seem hurt. Trust me, this is a great skill to have. And Manny has it. He showed it in the fight with Cotto when Cotto hit him to the body.

And he showed it in this fight the few times Margarito had Pacquiao on the ropes and ripped him with body shots and uppercuts.

Pacquiao should definetly not step up and fight Sergio Martinez. Martinez would kill him. Too big, too athletic and too fast.

Here is why Boxing is Dope:

I still have a soul (HBO Boxing)

That could be the best movie I have seen all year. Short, sweet and inspirational. Only in Boxing can a street kid go from selling cigarettes on the curb to becoming Congressman and a country’s most beloved citizen. For The People.

On another note, The Wall Street Journal had a good article about how Tiger Woods is a dork and Manny Pacquiao is dope:

As a reentry, it was better than Mr. Woods’s stiff round of confessionals last spring, but it still felt choreographed and soaked in self-helpy aphorisms (“I’m not the same man I was a year ago.”) It’s nice to hear Mr. Woods claim he is happier, but was anyone still needing an update? We’re fatigued by the unsolicited amends. We just want to see him play better golf.

Amid Mr. Woods’s strange anniversary celebration, we couldn’t help but think of another superstar athlete, one who appears to be everything Tiger’s fans and enablers hoped he would be, but wasn’t: Manny Pacquiao.

Like Mr. Woods, Mr. Pacquiao is bigger than his sport. Like Tiger, he is a global icon, whose influence and talents are described in hushed tones. Mr. Pacquaio is considered by many to be the dominant fighter of his generation—he’s won eight different titles in eight different weight classes, the latest coming last Saturday, when he dissected Antonio Margarito, who was five inches taller and 17 pounds heavier. Mr. Pacquiao’s only unrealized goal is a date with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., a worthy rival who seems content to delay and self-destruct.

Mr. Pacquiao, like Mr. Woods, is a Nike paragon. But in the Pac-Man’s case, the largeness of the image feels earned. As he redefines his sport, Mr. Pacquiao is also serving as a Congressman in the Philippines. This job has been characterized by some as a dilettantish distraction, but those close to the fighter describe him as genuinely torn between the ring and politics. “He takes [Congress] really, really seriously,” Mr. Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said recently. “He’s a different person there.”

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In short, Tiger Woods couldn’t carry Manny Pacquiao’s gym bag.

We knew that already, but it is nice to see main stream media agreeing with The Truth.

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Update:

I forgot that there is a triple header tonight.

Look for Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero too be too much for “The American Boy” Jason Litzau. Andre Berto should stop Freddy Hernandez and Juan Manuel Marquez should finish the brave Michael Katsidis in an all-action brawl.

The Rest is Up to You…

Michael Porfirio Mason
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11 Comments on "Manny Pacquiao and Why Boxing is Dope"

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    DonovanVC
    27/11/2010 at 1:07 pm Permalink

    Love boxing. Pacquiao is dope, def. my fav boxer. However, he has gotten some favorable decisions. See the fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2008. (actually both fights, just cuz Juan hit the deck early shouldn’t swing the entire decision in Manny’s favor).

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    Mr Crown
    27/11/2010 at 1:29 pm Permalink

    I agree that Margarito’s corner should have stopped the fight in the later, but I also wasn’t surprised in the least to see a Mexican fighter determined to go out on his shield. Like Margarito or not, the cat can take a punch.

    I think most people will remember how Margarito’s eye looked as their lasting memories of this fight, but for me it was the body shots. They were the measure of the fight. The crippling effect of Margarito doubled over, increasingly wincing with each shot. Extremely impressive.

    As for Martinez/Williams. I think I got a better payday on that fight than Sergio did. This guy is beyond legit and deserves to be treated as such.

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    One Dope Mexican
    28/11/2010 at 10:53 am Permalink

    I got a question G. What do you think about the rise of MMA and the future of boxing compared to MMA. Personally I like MMA but I think it lacks the grace and precision boing has. Keep up the good work homey.

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    Fade
    28/11/2010 at 1:06 pm Permalink

    Dope video, made me want to go be homeless so i could someday fight for don king and have him rip me off.

    But seriously that video was pretty cool.

    Personally, i never really thought Manny Paquaio was in trouble in that fight… and if i’m in Margaritos shoes, for my corner to throw in the towel just because I have no chance of winning is unacceptable, after round 6 – he was fighting for pride.

    I say some boxing bouts get stopped to early, I say let them fight until there is a knockout, or at least numerous knockdowns. If the guys able to stand, he is able to defend himself in an equal position. In mma, a guy can be mounted and he is in very very dangerous position, yet the fight is not stopped until he stops intelligently defending himself.

    A post on boxing vs. mma is long overdue, i remember MPM mentioning he’d do one a while back.

    Of course he will side with boxing being the loyal pugilist that he is, though i would argue that there is a greater amount of skill required to fight in the UFC, the highest level ofmixed martial artscompetition. The stars of the sport not only need great cardio and strength training but boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and brazilian jiu-jitsu ability to be able win at the highest level.

    Plus mma fighters (besides the wannabe’s in tapout and affliction garb) are way better at swooping girls.

    Boxing is definitely more precise, more graceful — it is the sweet science, but at the end of the day I look at it as a sport- with many rules. MMA encapsulates fighting better than boxing in that it has almost no rules, smaller gloves, later stoppages, unified belts, better weight classes, more competition.

    but hey, we each have our own opinions…..

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    Jason
    28/11/2010 at 11:32 pm Permalink

    A beautiful video that is now in my youtube favorites.

    I am hesitant to agree with you regarding Sergio Martinez. Too big, too athletic too fast? Sounds like somebody about to get their ass kicked by Manny.

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    Solvemygirlproblems
    29/11/2010 at 2:46 pm Permalink

    Wow dude, inspirational. On a side note, boxing is also much more masculine than golf.

    The video was amazing

    they had a bunch of fights between MMA fighters and boxers. MMA fighters came out on top by FAR every single time. It was never even close. Same thing with MMA vs other Japanese styles of fighting & kung fu.

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    The G Manifesto
    29/11/2010 at 3:49 pm Permalink

    Solvemygirlproblems,

    “they had a bunch of fights between MMA fighters and boxers. MMA fighters came out on top by FAR every single time. It was never even close.”

    Not sure where you are getting your Data, but this one sure wasn’t close:

    Ray Mercer KO’s Tim Sylvia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUx9OE7DZAo

    Cue the excuses.

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    The G Manifesto
    29/11/2010 at 3:49 pm Permalink

    Solvemygirlproblems,

    “they had a bunch of fights between MMA fighters and boxers. MMA fighters came out on top by FAR every single time. It was never even close.”

    Not sure where you are getting your Data, but this one sure wasn’t close:

    Ray Mercer KO’s Tim Sylvia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUx9OE7DZAo

    Cue the excuses.

    - MPM

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    The G Manifesto
    29/11/2010 at 3:55 pm Permalink

    One Dope Mexican, Fade etc,

    I have written some thoughts a while back on Boxing VS MMA:

    http://www.thegmanifesto.com/2007/05/aftermath-golden-boy-vs-pretty-boy.html

    I may expand on those thoughts in the future, for now, they still apply.

    - MPM

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    International Swagger
    30/11/2010 at 9:44 am Permalink

    Just came back from the wonderful PI Islands and I truly say that PacMan is a GOD over there and his loved by the people. He is revered and his presense is all over the island. Other than that It was another fly weekend of swooping in the Far East…The warmth of the friendly Philippinos was definitely felt and I cannot wait to go back.

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