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Moving On

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on June 11, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

A wise man once said “talk is cheap”.  In the case of David Haye, it’s not cheap; it’s worthless.

He promised to restore the glory of the heavyweight division.  He swore to clean up the murky championship picture by unifying titles.  His impressive run at cruiserweight, and being the  polar opposite of both Klitschko brothers, made him their most appealing challenger.

To his credit, he made heavyweight boxing remotely interesting.  Even if it was just for a brief moment.  Although for the third time within a calendar year, he sat on the brink of the most significant championship fight since 2003 only to remove himself from all negotiations to pursue an easier fight.

How is that going to bring back the lure of the heavyweights?  He would serve boxing much better if he would just disappear altogether.

It’s the new boxing tradition of talking your way to greatness but never actually backing it up.  Boxing is littered with fighters who do this but Haye has become it’s premiere practitioner.

David Haye is an absolute disgrace to boxing.  It’s time to move past Haye as he is not deserving of anyone’s time.  Manny Pacquiao is the most beloved boxer because his fists actually do his talking.  Haye is pumped up of false bravado and who has time to waste on his garbage?  There are better things to do.  Like basket weaving.

Boxing’s Baddest – P4P

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on May 24, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

1) Floyd Mayweather


It kills me to place him atop and as I predicted he would cruise through the overrated Mosley bout, BUT its extremely fair to say that he will win against Manny Pacquiao when or if they meet.  He has benefited tremendously from matches against under-sized, bloated and declining opponents alike.

2) Manny Pacquiao


He’s a fight fan’s fighter and never disappoints. Though he’s too small and gets hit too often to think he can defeat Mayweather.

3) Sergio Martinez

Schooled Kelly Pavlik to win the middleweight title and was denied a decision I believed he deserved against Paul Williams.  On paper it was a loss, but in boxing, fighter’s loses aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on half the time.  Martinez was the better fighter in both cases and is on the verge of becoming a star.

4) Paul Williams


The crafty southpaw got away with a decision against Martinez then had his match against Kermit Cintron end in truly bizarre fashion.  He passed on a rematch with Cintron which is puzzling considering their match was just getting started when it abruptly ended.  The bottom line is he was absurdly awarded a win when no contest would be in order just about anywhere else on the planet.  He received another win he didn’t deserve and apparently that’s good enough for Paul Williams.  Then he wonders why nobody cares him.

5) Juan Manuel Marquez


Say what you will about Marquez fading but the fact he remains he has fought the best on his way up the scale.  Often against younger, fresher fighters.  That can’t be said about other fighters such as Mayweather and Chad Dawson.

The Magic of Manny

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , , on March 16, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

Motormouth Mayweather is unusually quiet these days.  Floyd Mayweather is running around his las Vegas mega mansion, that he can’t afford yet, trying to put a negative spin on Manny Pacquiao’s shut out win against Joshua Clottey.  Anyone who witnessed Clottey’s scared turtle impression last Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao realized what Mayweather did as he watched it himself.  There was no sensational KO this time around for Pacquiao, but the fact that Clottey bitched up and just tried to survive was a serious testament to Pacquiao as a fighter.  Just as much as the sounds of crickets coming from the Mayweather camp.  Pacquiao managed to clobber the pride out of Clottey, and shut up boxing’s biggest jerk all in one magical night.  It’s no wonder why he’s the best.

Rocky Clottey

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on March 12, 2010 by Dallas O'Malley

There’s a Manny Pacquiao fight this weekend and no one is really too excited about.  Maybe it’s because the fight is not viewed as much of a contest to begin with.  Winning the Pacquiao sweepstakes is welterweight standout, Joshua Clottey.  Going up against the pound-for-pound king of boxing, it’s not a question of if, but when will Pacquiao hand Clottey his first KO loss?

There is plenty of reason to back that assessment up.  After all Pacquiao has destroyed boxing’s best on his ascend to the top.  Clottey’s last fight was a decision loss to Miguel Cotto who was then butchered by Pacquiao last November.  So it is to no surprise that Clottey is an overwhelming underdog heading into Saturday’s match at Cowboys Stadium.

Clottey is viewed as having no real shot of winning the fight and the media have all but pegged him with the “Rocky” label.  Clottey is a tough and durable fighter. He doesn’t have much punching power and he’s fallen short in his biggest matches.  His trainer was not granted a visa out of his native land therefore had to be replaced for this fight.

Clottey has never been stopped before and is banking on his stubborn chin to defy the odds and reach the final bell.  Forcing a decision would be a moral victory for Clottey.  When facing the Filipino phenom, having Michael Buffer read the score cards instead of the final time, is the sweetest sound one can hear.  Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto all failed to do so in Pacquiao’s last three matches.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime and Clottey will make the most of it.  He’s a game opponent and will put forth a tremendous effort.  He will come up short but I think it’s safe to say he’ll hear the final bell.  That will make him a winner in my book now matter how badly he’s beaten.




Poll: Pacquiao-Mayweather Venue

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on December 2, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

New Orleans has not hosted a championship fight since Duran-Leonard II. With a historic fight on the horizon, it's time boxing returns to the Superdome where some very prominent contests have transpired.

When Robert Duran allegedly uttered the ill-famed words of “no mas” in his rematch with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, he said he was done with boxing that night.  Duran never actually said “no mas” and regardless of that what was said or not, it took Duran years to regain his credibility.  When Duran quit, so did the boxing community on New Orleans as a host site for big boxing title fights.  In the 29 years since that fateful night of November 25, 1980, “The Big Easy” has had a hard time landing a big time fight.  New Orleans has never again seriously been considered for a venue of a major championship fight…until now.

The megafight everyone has been waiting for, Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, has named “The Crescent City” as one of three possible sites for what is believed will be the biggest boxing event in history.  In the running with Louisiana’s Superdome is the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (which has become boxing’s modern day Mecca) and Jerry Jones’ prized Cowboys Stadium.

It’s a sad truth but the Superdome is a serious underdog here.  Even Shaquille O’Neal could figure that one out.  The MGM Grand will host many more memorable fights in boxing’s future so they can miss out on this one. The real challenge will be beating out Cowboys Stadium.

Jerry Jones wants to present a boxing event in his new playhouse.  Top Rank’s Bob Arum wants to bring boxing back to outdoor stadiums.  Cowboys Stadium is the premiere sports coliseum in the world.  The Superdome is an outdated 34 yr old complex, which gives it only a puncher’s chance of winning this one.

Pacquiao-Mayweather is going to be a world-class event and not just an ordinary boxing match.  New Orleans knows a little something about showcasing an unforgettable experience unlike any other city in this great land.  When it comes to having a good time, no one does it better than New Orleans.  What the fight would lose in attendance, 100K in Cowboys Stadium vs. 67K in the Superdome, they would gain in an event as a whole.  Arlington, TX does not have anything to compete with the French Quarter.  All they have is massive television screens to brag about.  Jazz Fest would be the week before the original proposed date of May 1.  Visitors could come in early and catch 2 major affairs in the same week.  What you would do in either Las Vegas or Arlington the week of the fight you can do at any other time during the year.  If the fight comes to New Orleans paying fans can double dip their fun in a unique way.

Boxing is big enough to spread the wealth and New Orleans deserves this fight.  Jones will sure enough get his turn as will the MGM Grand.  It has also been said that the fight may be pushed back due to Pacquiao’s election on May 10, but even then New Orleans should still be the host site.   Some of the biggest fights in history have taken place in colorful locations such as Tokyo, Manilla and Zaire.  New Orleans is not as roughshod as those foreign metropolises but it certainly is the most enticing of the three cities in the running.  New Orleans Pacquaio-Mayweather would keep the city satisfied for another 29 years.

Pacquiao Cements Legacy As A True All-Time Great

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on November 15, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley
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Freddie Roach has turned Manny Pacquiao into the 1st true boxing legend of the 21st century

Floyd who?   Money what?  Apparently there is no stopping Manny Pacquiao.  Manny Pacquiao answered everyone’s question regarding who in fact is the best boxer in the world.  By conquering Miguel Cotto in savage fashion, Pacquiao has once again eliminated Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of the conversation.  The word “great” is thrown around too often in sports and it shouldn’t even be used when describing Manny Pacquiao.  Pacquiao is far better than “great”. Pacquiao is an angel of destruction; a picture of poetic violence.  With his record-setting 7th world title in 7 different divisions, he is now immortal.  With Manny Pacquiao there is no reason for us to revisit the past when looking for the exceptional few that we look to reincarnate.  Pacquiao is now among the legends who define the sport through the ages.  Like our fathers spoke of “Sugar” Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano, we will tell tales of the magnificent Manny Pacquiao who became boxing’s flagship when it needed him most, and took our breath away in doing so.

Media Lacks Respect For Cotto

Posted in Boxing with tags , , , on November 14, 2009 by Dallas O'Malley

Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will partake in the biggest boxing event of the year tonight.  It’s not often when a boxing match generates this kind of attention but Pacquiao-Cotto has done just that.  Everyone from Donald Trump to Mike Tyson, is making their pick. Some like Manny’s speed and whirlwind punching and others prefer the stalking and bruising style of Cotto.  While Pacquaio is the popular choice to win, it needs to be said that Cotto is being seriously underestimated.

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Cotto beat the grease off of Mosley and could very well do the same against Pacquiao.

With all the questions surrounding the fight it begs to wonder why is Miguel Cotto being so badly overlooked?  Why is he such the 2nd banana in this fight that even Bob Arum snubbed his arrival in Las Vegas?  When did he become the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing?

What hasn’t been addressed enough is that Manny Pacquiao’s toughest contests have been against lesser skilled and smaller men than Miguel Cotto.  Since arriving on the big stage Pacman has thrashed his opponents with extreme prejudice.  The exceptions have been Erik Morales, who beat Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez who took Manny to the edge in two highly debated matches.

Neither Erik Morales nor Juan Manuel Marquez are as big, strong and talented as Cotto.  Marquez gave Pacquiao his hardest fought battles to date, yet those fights took place 15 lbs lighter than this welterweight contest.  Pacquiao has never been hit by a true welterweight.  Yes, Manny retired Oscar De La Hoya in his welterweight debut but DLH was exceedingly dehydrated, not to mention well past his prime.  Oscar could no longer  “pull the trigger” as Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach pointed out.  He was a standing piñata while Pacquiao beat on him.  “The Golden Boy” was reduced to being a flesh and bone heavy bag for Pacquiao to showcase his skills on.

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Pacquiao clobbered Hatton but Cotto is a completely different animal.

Pacquiao will not have the same luxury when he steps in with Cotto.  Cotto has fought the elite of his division and beaten them all with the exception of the loaded glove bandit Antonio Margarito.  He was battered against Margarito but he managed to endure intense punishment.  There is no reason to doubt that Margarito hits harder than Pacquiao.  Many doubt that Cotto has put the loss behind him and his critics are quick to point out his last fight against Joshua Clottey as proof.  Clottey is one tough son-of-a-bitch and it’s hard to look spectacular against such a strong opponent.  The bottom line is that Cotto was cut bad early in the fight and willed his way to a decision.  His technique may be off but his will to win is still in tact.

Yes, Manny is fast and strong but Cotto has seen it all before. Cotto dealt with Shane Mosley’s trademark speed, and won.  He defeated a quality southpaw in Zab Judah before he became a record padder.  Cotto’s wins against Mosley, Judah and Clottey are more impressive than Pacquiao’s wins over an overmatched Ricky Hatton and an aging dehydrated corpse in Oscar De La Hoya.  Pacquaio’s wins over Hatton and De La Hoya were impressive but if Cotto’s accomplishments have been diminished by the media, than Pacman’s career defining wins should be as well.

Each man has their advantages and each also has the ability to win the fight.  A case can be made for either Pacquiao or Cotto, but the 3-1 odds against Cotto are flabbergasting.  With the biggest fight of his career Cotto may have gotten his last weapon from his detractors…added motivation.  Cotto is focused and will put on a spectacular performance win or lose.

Manny Pacquiao is a great fighter and one of the absolute best of all-time regardless of era.  Miguel Cotto is also one of the world’s best and once tonight’s fight is over, we’ll have a newfound respect for both men and not just one of them.