I just realized that this is The G Manifesto’s 1000th post.
And what better way to celebrate that milestone than with a classic fight between two G Manifesto Hall of Fame Members Arturo Gatti and Angel Manfredy?
If you have never seen this fight, watch it. You can learn a ton about boxing and heart.
I had the pleasure of meeting both these cats. Both of the were total class acts. (I also met Ivan Robinson around the same time, who waged two epic wars with Arturo Gatti and lost to Angel Manfredy. Also cool as f*ck.)
Make sure you watch Angel Manfredy’s post fight interview (starts about 2:40 of the last video posted).
For all the people that doubted me in my life, and tried to stop me, all I have to say to you is what Angel Manfredy had to say to all those that bet against him:
Katsidis dropped Marquez with such a classic left hook it was unbelievable. Katsidis also has one of the strangest short right hands on the inside I have ever seen. Not that effective.
Juan Manuel Marquez is an incredibly accurate puncher. Especially on the inside or while backing up under pressure. It makes it all the more amazing that Mayweather was able to make him miss so much during their fight.
Marquez’s left hook to the body is a thing of violent beauty. Puro Mexicano.
HBO Boxing: Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis Highlights (HBO)
However, the best thing Marquez does is he stays so calm when he is under tremendous pressure. He actually loves it and is at his best in this position. This is the reason he arguably beat Manny Pacquiao both times. And the reason he was shut out by Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
If we can’t get Floyd Mayweather, Jr. VS Manny Pacquiao, I would be certainly happy with Juan Manuel Marquez VS Manny Pacquiao III.
Top 4 Pound for Pound Fighters in The World
1. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (tie)
3. Sergio Martinez
4. Juan Manuel Marquez
Brazilian authorities detained the wife of former boxing champion Arturo Gatti and formally accused her on Sunday of killing him at an upmarket seaside tourist resort in Brazil.
Police said 23-year-old Amanda Rodrigues was taken into custody after contradictions in her interrogation and presented a formal accusation against her. Prosecutors will later decide whether she will be charged.
Rodrigues, who denies any involvement in her husband’s death, was the first to find the slain boxer’s body early on Saturday inside the vacation apartment they were renting at the Porto de Galinhas resort in northeastern Brazil, police said.
The former junior welterweight champion was apparently strangled with the strap of a purse, which was found at the scene with blood stains, said Milena Saraiva, a spokeswoman for the Pernambuco state civil police.
She told The Associated Press that the Canadian also sustained a head injury.
Police said Rodrigues, a Brazilian, could not explain how she spent nearly 10 hours inside the residence without noticing that Gatti was already dead.
Rodrigues told police she had a fight with Gatti after dinner on Friday night and he pushed her to the ground during the altercation, causing her to sustain minor injuries to her elbow and chin.
She told authorities Gatti was drunk and that a third party likely committed the crime after he went to the apartment by himself.
Witnesses had reported to police that the couple fought and that Gatti was drunk.
Authorities were told the couple was extremely jealous of each other and that Gatti constantly complained about her clothing when she travelled to Brazil, Saraiva said.
Acelino “Popo” Freitas, a four-time world champion Brazilian boxer, told Globo TV’s website on Saturday that he was a close friend of Gatti and his wife and that he “knew they were having some sort of problem and were about to separate”.
They had planned to spend a month in Brazil on holiday.
The couple’s one-year-old son, who was unhurt, was handed to Rodrigues’ sister, Saraiva said.
The 37-year-old Gatti, whose epic trilogy with Micky Ward made him one of the most exciting fighters of his generation, retired in 2007 with a career record of 40-9 and 31 knockouts.
Known for his straightforward punching and granite-like chin, Gatti captured the super featherweight title in 1995, when he defeated Tracy Harris Patterson in Atlantic City. He won the junior welterweight title in 2004.