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Boxer Juan Carlos Robles Amputated His Own Finger

As far as craziness in athletics, this has to be right up there. I knew that some athletes were borderline insane and that some will do anything to be able to perform in the heat of battle. I even heard of fans who lost toes watching games. And I’ve even heard the story of Ronnie Lott asking doctors to cut off his finger so it wouldn’t get further injured. At least when Lott opted for amputation, he let the doctors take care of the messy part. Apparently that wasn’t the case with Juan Carlos Robles. Deadspin has the scoop:

[Robles] went home, put towels over the kitchen table and blocked off a working area with several two-by-fours. He put gauze around the area and twisted soldering wire around his right pinkie to slow the flow of blood.

“Then I put a wood chisel on it and dropped a 15-pound weight on the chisel,” Robles said. “The piece shot out about six feet like a missile.”

If you’re wondering what led up to the amateur surgery, Robles injured himself in a motorcycle crash but didn’t have medical insurance. Rather than pay for surgery to fix the one injury that lingered (he also broke his knee cap and forearm), he decided to do it himself. He now proudly wears the pinkie as a souvenir around his neck. Must be one pleasure of a man. Oh yeah, I believe his record is 10-2. Read the full story if you’re still curious.

Manny Pacquiao Photoshopped Pictures Are Funny

I don’t even know where these came from, but they arrived to me in an email. I can’t seem to locate the source, so I’m just figuring it’s someone pretty talented at photoshop with way too much time on their hands (is there even a difference between the two?). My guess is these originated from the Oscar De La Hoya camp to distract Manny from training from their upcoming fight.

Floyd Mayweather Robbed of $7 Million in Jewelry at Las Vegas Home

No noise was made about Floyd Mayweather Jr. getting robbed a few weeks ago, probably because hardly anyone knew about it. We’re now finding out about the robbery because Mayweather’s declared there will be a $100,000 reward for anyone who has information that could lead to the suspects.

Mayweather confirmed that the jewelry is estimated to be valued at $7 million and was taken from one of his Las Vegas homes. The offense occurred on August 17, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. The thieves apparently broke his bedroom window and entered while he was out of the house.

No one was hurt and security is working around the clock to ensure that cameras and professional guards are posted. Only the jewelry was observed to be missing.

All I have to say is you should feel blessed that you even have $7 million worth of jewelry to be stolen in the first place. Seriously, who just leaves $7 million lying around the crib? Isn’t that what safe deposit boxes are for? Or maybe this really is an indication of how well off Mayweather truly is. Didn’t he say he was heading towards being a billionaire? I guess 7 mil’s nothing when you’re loaded like Pretty Boy.

Manny Pacquiao to Extract $3 Million for Every Pound Oscar’s Over Weight

Count me as one of the people who believes the December fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao is a farce. I’m never going to knock Oscar for the simple fact that he fights everyone and anyone, bringing the fans the match ups they want. At the same time, let’s not confuse the fact that he’s a businessman and a very good one at that. Why else would he try to make a fight with Pacman happen? Manny usually fights around 130 lbs. Oscar around 154. Think there’s a size difference? So much so, that Oscar De La Hoya apparently must pay Pacquiao $3 million for every pound he’s over 147 — the agreed upon weight limit for the fight — if he’s too heavy.

“I have already talked with Bob Arum and he told me that Oscar has agreed that the penalty will be $ 3 million for every pound or a fraction thereof in excess of 147 lbs (during the weighin),”said Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal yesterday.

“Oscar is the bigger boxer, is taller (at 5-10 as to Pacquiao who is 5-6) and has the reach advantage,” said Gacal, noting that the Golden Boy will have to sweat it out to make the welterweight limit.

Now the question is, does Manny try to slip Oscar some Caltene bars Regina George-style to make a quick buck, or avoid that strategy because it could be hazardous for him in the ring? As for the fight, the size disadvantage makes it a mis-match, and for that reason, I’m tempted to go with the much bigger and stronger De La Hoya. He might not be the sharpest fighter around, but he’s still pretty tough and packs a strong hook. This isn’t the fight that makes sense in the purist notion, but it sure will be one heck of a draw at the box office.

Jose Canseco Knocked Out in Fight with Vai Sikahema

OK, so I know I was clamoring for a Jose Canseco/Curt Schilling boxing match, but instead we had to settle for Canseco getting his ass knocked out by Vai Sikahema. The two fought in Atlantic City after Sikahema accepted the challenge — Canseco had been offering 5 grand for someone to fight him. The 5,000 capacity stands were only about a quarter full according to the Atlantic City Press, with most fans there to support boxers on the undercard.

As for the action in case you were wondering, Jose Canseco got his ass knocked the **** out. No surprise. Sikahema came at him like a bull from the opening bell, knocking him down twice before the fight was finally stopped after Sikahema slammed Canseco with a flurry of punches. Ringside reports say the fight lasted slightly longer than Canseco’s stint with the Devil Rays. Sikahema was just disappointed he didn’t end the fight within 30 seconds. Maybe next time, buddy. Hopefully Canseco can now make a mortgage payment with the paycheck he pulled for getting his brains beat in. Sounds like a great business model.

Floyd Mayweather Jr: ‘Oscar De La Hoya, **** You. I Don’t Like You’


Funny thing how I was recently pointing out Pretty Boy’s interview with The Grand Rapids Press where he called out HBO for being racist and having double standards when it comes to criticism of athletes versus announcers. Well apparently Floyd’s liberation of lashing out didn’t just stop with HBO — he also called out Oscar De La Hoya in a 45-minute documentary that premiered at his retirement party:

“Oscar De La Hoya, (expletive) you and (expletive) everything you stand for. I don’t like you, you don’t like me,” Mayweather said in the film.

Good thing Mayweather says he’s nearly a billionaire because at the rate he’s going, he’s not going to have any opponents to fight, promoters to work with, nor TV networks to show a possible coming out of retirement fight. I just hope Pretty Boy doesn’t back down from his comments and say something stupid like he was just free style rapping because he’s certainly burning any bridge built for him.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Rips on HBO

Wow, this interview sure explains a lot. In an interview with The Grand Rapids Press, Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed a lot about himself and his feelings that can really help to explain what’s been going on his career lately. Before I get to the part where Pretty Boy hammers Jim Lampley and calls HBO’s boxing announcers racist, I’ll share some of what I found quite interesting.

Pretty Boy says that he was coerced into pleading no contest in a case where he hadn’t done anything just to clear the incident up so that he could fight on pay-per-view. He also says that he’s made such strong investments that he expects to be a billionaire by the end of the year. Now that’s highly debatable, but it tells us that he doesn’t need boxing anymore because he’s already seemingly set for life. Additionally, Floyd expressed a desire to be in good mental and physical state later on in life, which helps explain why he’s in no need to fight anymore. OK, now on for the real meat.

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