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Wild Card Boxing Club, Hollywood, CA: It Ain’t Easy

» 21 May 2012 » In Boxing, Dope, G Manifesto, Girls, Guide, People, Travel » 15 Comments

Wild Card Boxing Club, Hollywood, CA: It Ain’t Easy

“When I was a young fellow I was knocked down plenty. I wanted to stay down, but I couldn’t. I had to collect the two dollars for winning or go hungry. I had to get up. I was one of those hungry fighters. You could have hit me on the chin with a sledgehammer for five dollars. When you haven’t eaten for two days you’ll understand.” – Jack Dempsey

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

Many people think I spend all my time in nightclubs, Gentleman’s Clubs, Restaurants, on Planes, getting Custom Suits Made and at Topless Beaches swooping fly girls during summertime.

I have to admit, there is some truth to that. Especially the swooping fly girls at Topless Beaches in summertime thing.

However, what many don’t know is that I usually take a month off from the difficult lifestyle of an International Playboy and get back to my roots. And when I say, “get back to my roots” I mean spending a month in Hollywood, in a small apartment, with no car, and go to The Wild Card Boxing Club, Hollywood, CA every day, all day.

I literally live on Vine Street. Minus a few trips to Beverly Hills to work on a little “project” I have going on. I did this in March and April this year.

I get real “street”. Every day I wake up go to the gym, chill for a while, then come back and workout or spar. I don’t wear Custom Suits until the weekend comes. And I swoop a little fly Mexicana girl I know from the hood some nights. Other nights I just stretch and read. Real soulful.

If you have never been to The Wild Card Boxing Club, the place is crazy. It’s small. It is about the size of four boxing rings (it has two boxing rings). There are about 100 people in there at any given time. The place has unbelievable characters. The intensity is off the charts. It is a straight up Madhouse.

But truth be told, I feel more at home in The Wild Card Boxing Club than almost anywhere in the world. I straight up love the place. It keeps me grounded. It keeps me humble. Freddie Roach might be the coolest cat in all of America. His MOM is a sweetheart. Pepper is funny as hell. All the regulars are cool as hell and are always helpful. All the pros are mad cool. Manny is The Man. The trainers are dope as hell. I love the energy and vibe. And even though I am basically at the bottom of the totem pole there (I am being humble as usual, I am really not at the bottom, more like a significant level below the Pros and real fighters), I do earn people’s Respect there, and that is really all that matters.

In fact, I think I will make at least a two week pilgrimage to The Wild Card Boxing Club for the rest of my life, no matter where on the globe my travels take me.

I probably won’t be going this summer to The Wild Card Boxing Club, but I do have plans to hit up another legendary boxing gym in another city. I typically do this when I travel.

Now that I think about this, this would be a great idea for a TV show: Have cameras follow me around the globe going to different Boxing Gyms. They could also follow me going to different tailors I know and get Custom Suits made. If it is a beachtown, I could bust some cutbacks and get shacked at some dope surf spots and swoop Topless girls at the Beach.

That would easily be the dopest show on TV. Maybe put it on HBO so we could show Topless girls. It’s kind of crazy that I just came up with this idea and no one else has.

I probably would want to wear a ski mask to keep me low profile.

I don’t want to jeopardize this whole “International Playboy thing” I got going on, after all.

Thoughts?

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. VS Manny Pacquiao: Pad Workouts

» 09 November 2011 » In Guide » 2 Comments

Floyd Mayweather Jr. VS Manny Pacquiao: Pad Workouts

Supposedly, talks between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are heating up again.

Mayweather I guess has a date set (of course, May 5th) and a venue.

Hopefully they will be able to put it together.

One interesting thing I have noticed is the differences in their pad workouts. (Keep in mind, these videos don’t tell the whole story, but they tell a lot).

Check out Manny working out with Freddie Roach at The Wildcard Gym:

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What do you notice?

Manny and Freddie primarily work on speed and offense.

Now let’s check out Floyd Mayweather Jr. working the pads with Roger Mayweather:

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What do you notice?

The Mayweather’s mostly work on rhythm, offense And defense.

(It is also interesting to not how “square” Floyd stands.)

The way the Mayweather’s work the pads is very unique. I really don’t see many (if any) other camps use the techniques that they do.

I really think this style helps Floyd a lot, as he is constantly used to punches coming back at him. This is what makes him so good in the pocket.

Let’s not forget Ricky Hatton making fun of Mayweather:

We all remember how well that worked out for Hatton, right?

(Watch closely at the inside Game. Common thinking suggests that the reason Mayweather won is that Joe Cortez was breaking the fighters too quickly, thus hurting Hatton’s in-fighting. Look closely. Mayweather was getting the better of Hatton in the clinches. So let’s put the whole “The ref was breaking them up to quick or Hatton would have won” thing to rest once and for all.)

(Side note: No disrespect to Hatton. Hatton epitomizes the all-out, reckless, relentless, fearless hard drinking, hard smoking, hard partying blood and guts International Playboy/Boxer lifestyle that we dig over here at The G Manifesto.)

So what do I do when I work the pads?

Do I do it with the more traditional style of Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao?

Or do I do it with the rhythm of The Mayweathers?

Answer:

I do both.

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AKA GFK, Jr.
AKA The Sly, Slick and the Wicked
AKA The Voodoo Child
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Sergio Martinez Shadow Boxing

» 08 December 2010 » In Boxing, G Manifesto, Guide, People » 3 Comments

Sergio Martinez Shadow Boxing

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I have mentioned many times before that I have gotten back in to Boxing this year as serious as I have ever been since I boxed Golden Gloves as a young pup. Working out seven days a week, and sparring three times per week.

Along with jumping rope, one of the things that has helped me get back into top form is Shadow Boxing. Watch one of the best:

Sergio Martinez Shadow Boxing

His footwork, tempo and rhythm are excellent. He just keeps his hands so low. But its working for him, so who am I to say anything.

Good video of some Sergio Martinez Hightlights:

The very beginning of the video he does a shuffle left then an off beat, off tempo, perfectly timed shot. Perfectly. One of my favorite moves.

Here is a newer video of Sergio Martinez Highlights with him dismantling Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik and Sergio Martinez KO’s Paul Williams in Second Fight:

Martinez on a heavy roll. (And I don’t mean Beans either).

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In other news, here is an interesting article about Stephen A. Schwarzman:

“The United States is going through a difficult time politically, and having other types of issues that everybody in this group knows about,” Mr. Schwarzman told the conference, adding, “The political calculus of the last two years hasn’t resulted in a winning calculus.”

Among the European assets he’s examining: Irish real estate, which he believes will be soon available at bargain-basement prices as a result of Ireland’s sovereign debt crisis.

“They just set up a massive R.T.C.,” Mr. Schwarzman said, referring to the Resolution Trust Corporation, the government agency that liquidated assets seized during the savings and loan crisis in the United States. “They barely know what they own.”

But he does not like every foreign market, expressing relief that Blackstone stayed away from Spanish real estate in 2006, and noting that in parts of Europe throughout the last few years, “the risk/reward equation was really wrong.”

He also cautioned investors to remain patient in the face of economic unrest, and to wait for signs of improvement until investing heavily in distressed foreign markets.

“You want to wait until there’s really blood in the streets,” he said, adding, “You’re better off paying 10 percent more into a healing situation than trying to pick bottoms.”

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AKA The Sly, Slick and the Wicked
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