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Manny Pacquiao Turned to Boxing After His Dad Ate His Dog

Weird title, hard to comprehend, but believe me, have patience and you’ll understand. Manny Pacquiao, now the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world preparing for a match with Ricky Hatton, grew up as a poor kid in the Philippines. Things can get pretty grim there as jobs aren’t easy to find and mostly low-paying. Pacquiao knows that pretty well considering he used to sell doughnuts and cigarettes in the streets to try and get by. And how did he get into boxing? His trainer, Freddie Roach, explained to the Daily Star:

Freddie Roach has revealed Pacquiao only turned to boxing after his hungry dad Rosalio tucked into his pet dog.

He said: “That’s why Manny ran away from home and became a boxer. He saw his dad eat his dog.

“The Philippines is a poor place, there’s no welfare, no health system and if you don’t have a job or money then …

“Manny was 14. He was very upset and that’s why he ran away from home. He ran away to Manila and ended up in a boxing gym.

Well, I guess that might do it for me, too. I’m pretty surprised to hear how ruthless the father was. You telling me there wasn’t any stray game around for him to poach? I wonder if Pacquiao has seen or talked to his father since. That’s a pretty gross story — definitely a classic.

(via Fark)

Kimbo Slice Wants to Try Boxing Because It’s Easier Than MMA

Just as quickly as the name “Kimbo Slice” was vaulted into the consciousness of sports fans, the buzz surrounding the underground fighting legend dropped faster than the stock of Citigroup. It was said all along by people “in the know” that Slice was a fraud. He quickly proved that no less than a few fights into his professional MMA career, losing to Seth Petruzelli in 14 seconds. Well in case you were wondering what Kimbo’s been up to lately, he was in the Bahamas and gave an interview to his hometown newspaper. In that article, Kimbo partially blames the loss to Petruzelli on Ken Shamrock backing out of the fight at the last minute. Slice also says that he wants to move to boxing, essentially because MMA’s too hard:

“Boxing is one dimensional while there are a lot of dimensions in MMA. I don’t think it would be a hard transition from MMA to stand-up boxing because of my fighting style.

“Not taking anything away from boxing preparation, MMA training is extremely hard,” said Ferguson. “When you consider martial arts training, you have to prepare for kicks to the head and legs, and opponents wanting to grapple and throwing you to the ground, pounding you with their knees and hands, whereas in boxing you just have to be prepared to weave and bob although the training can be just as intense.”

Kimbo also added that another reason he prefers boxing to MMA is because the former allows someone to fight as frequently as they would like, whereas MMA requires six weeks in between bouts. Responding to Slice’s primary reason for changing sports, I think this is as strong of an indication as any that mixed martial arts is much more difficult than boxing. Boxing has the past, the tradition, the history, and likely won’t soon be losing it. What MMA helps determine is who is the best overall fighter in a ring where almost anything goes. Clearly Kimbo couldn’t keep up; he hadn’t been trained to.

Bob Arum Plays Race Card in Defense of Antonio Margarito, Is Totally Wrong

Just as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was incensed at the year-long suspension of his fighter, Antonio Margarito, by the California State Athletic Commission, I’m incensed at Arum’s comments in defense of Margarito. In the same breath where he exclaimed “This is America” as if to say “We don’t punish famous/rich people here!” Arum let off this rant, keeping his race card handy:

“You take a kid who’s done absolutely nothing wrong, and there isn’t a shred of evidence he’s done anything wrong, and you revoke his license for a year? Are you crazy? This is America! It doesn’t work like that. If this was anyone other than a Mexican kid, there’d be a different result. I know that for a fact! The trainer does something wrong and the fighter who knows nothing suffers the consequences? What kind of nonsense is this?”

Their excuses were so lame. To say the pads were “tossed into the bag” by another fighter who trains at the same gym is pathetic (which is what the trainer said). To try and set things up for the trainer to be the fall guy is irresponsible. The bottom line is that Antonio Margarito and his corner got busted for cheating — putting plaster pads on his gloves that were intended to hurt his opponent, Shane Mosley, and help give him a decisive advantage in the ring. They got busted for cheating and were forced to unwrap prior to the right. What more evidence do you want?

How is that any different from a hitter and batting coach getting caught corking a bat in the umpires presence prior to the game? This has nothing to do with race, Arum. Screw your head on straight before you lose any more credibility. Just admit fault so I don’t have to ignore everything you say the rest of your life, your credibility hanging by a thread. The only thing I will say in favor of Margarito is that it’s ironic he gets suspended from fighting in the U.S. for a year for loading up his gloves while the fighter to whom he lost was a BALCO boy — Shane Mosley. I think the the penalty imposed on Margarito and his trainer is a proper reflection of the severity of the infraction they committed.

Roy Jones Jr. Fighting on MMA and Boxing March Badness Card, Will it Work?

My buddy HG at You Been Blinded came up with this idea a while ago and I thought it was genius: why not satisfy both crowds of fight fans with a joint MMA and boxing card? Figuring out how to work a steel cage or octagon and boxing ring in the same venue is kind of tricky, but I think it would go over well if you could swing it. Well apparently Roy Jones Jr. thought outside the box and came up with a good way to pitch his upcoming fight:

The boxing-MMA card — called “March Badness” — takes place Saturday, March, 21. Jones Jr. will fight his “homecoming” light heavyweight bout against the always tough Omar Sheika. Headlining the MMA portion of the card will be Seth Petruzelli, the man responsible for knocking out Kimbo Slice. He takes on Doug Marshall. According to a press release, three-time NCAA wrestling champion and Wrestlemania star Bob Lashley will fight in an MMA bout.

The star power for this fight is somewhat light but the idea behind it is great. I’m really intrigued to see how this works. And good to see that the beating Roy took from Calzaghe hasn’t cost him his creative brain cells — he needs them to try and get people to buy one of his fights now that he’s over the hill.

Jose Canseco and Danny Bonaduce Fight Ruled a Draw

I know there were probably two fights higher on your agenda Saturday night — Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski, and Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito. Yes, those were pretty significant battles in the sports world. But I’d like to concentrate on the idiot matchup from Saturday. Two has-beens in Jose Canseco and Danny Bonaduce battled it out in what was no doubt a money grab. The last time Jose tried to take his skills to the ring he got pounded by Vai Sikahema. This time it appears as if Canseco had more success. I haven’t locked down any video of the fight (actually, here’s some video), but this site is saying the fight was a draw and they even provided pictures too! My favorite is probably Bonaduce skipping rope with a cigarette in his mouth. Classy huh?

I think it was Vince Papale about whom the movie Invincible was based that held up Canseco’s arms in one of those shots. And what’s up with Canseco wearing the tat suit? That guy is such a clown. I’m guessing there was no video of the fight because nobody was dumb enough to order it. I hope that was the case.

Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao Will Fight Ricky Hatton or Mayweather May 2nd in Las Vegas

I was just cruising along, minding my business watching a news piece on Manny Pacquiao’s 30th birthday party that would put any T.O. party to shame, when believe it or not, Bob Arum actually dropped some key information. Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, confirmed what’s been suspected — he’s within 10 days of finalizing a Manny Pacquiao fight with either Ricky Hatton or Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight will take place on May 2nd in Las Vegas. Around the 2:45 mark Arum says a fight is brewing, and Freddie Roach says Pacman will knock ‘em both out. You can also catch a glimpse of Pacman singing if you stick it out for the whole vid.

Even though the vid is in a different language, you can still get a strong sense of how popular and powerful Pacquiao is there. It was the dude’s 30th birthday party and it rivaled the celebration at the Democratic National Convention. Oh, and after watching Manny dismantle De La Hoya, I’m pretty confident he’ll take Hatton, too.

I Guess That Golota Fight Wasn’t Fixed

A few weeks ago I showed a video of Andrew Golota’s fight in China against Ray Austin. I railed on Golota pretty hard for getting knocked down in two seconds and for quitting after a round, claiming he had a biceps injury. It was a natural reaction considering Golota’s history and the fact that the fight was promoted by Don King. But thanks (sorta) to With Leather and SecondsOut, I have come to see that Andrew Golota’s injury was indeed genuine, and for that, I apologize.

I know you’re thinking to yourself right now that it’s awfully big of me to apologize and admit I was wrong. Sure, I have to admit when I screw up, especially when I see such visual evidence. Truth is there was no way I could go without posting those photos after seeing them. Gross ass stuff.