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The Shadow:

Great read, by the way. This is some truly epic sh*t.

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Grimm:

Heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson was known as "Ingo", and whenever he'd knocked someone out, the headlines said "Bingo". Kinda funny.

Agree with D2: The Manassa Mauler has something to it, fitting the man behind the name.

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The Shadow:

"Does anyone know the PPV totals from this Fight???"

....though some people have told EM it's as low as 625,000!

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The Shadow:

"Does anyone know the PPV totals from this Fight???"

Lol I was thinking the same thing. They have them, yet no one knows! When it's Floyd's fights, every reporter becomes a candidate for the Pulitzer, that's how well they investigate, anonymous sources and all.

That said, Kevin Iole reported that the total was estimated between 800,000 and 825,000, which is a very good number.

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The Good Doctor:

"Who can beat him, though? It's hard to find a real challenge.



I don't believe Lara is a threat. People may say, should Thurman suddenly explode to #1 P4P, that Floyd ducked him, even though he's not a viable challenger at this point, kinda like the Paul Williams situation.



Who else? GGG. It's contractually impossible, not to mention the fact that GGG has never fought at 154 let alone 147...



Sergio Martinez, same thing. He's tied to HBO.



Regarding the Pacquiao situation, "I think people will say why didn't they fight each other, and blame both guys to be honest with you. Because the first negotiation we were against the blood test, and it was kinda our fault that the first time it didn't work."



- Freddie Roach.



Bradley isn't a threat, I think we all know that now. Neither is Marquez.



Who else do we really have?"






I agree with you, I don't think anyone now or in the last 20 years beats him but that is where the conundrum begins. We don't know because he never got in the ring with some of the guys that appeared to be able to push him for whatever reason. He is in the catbird seat right now though because most of the competition around him right now is not prepared for a step up to his level. With the exception of being caught with the "Antonio Tarverish" type punch, it is hard to see Floyd not finishing his career with a 0 at the end.



Unfortunately for Floyd, unlike most sports boxing weighs the merit of your competition almost as much as being a winner. This will always be the hole in Floyd's resume and it is a fair criticism.

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Radam G:

"The Shadow is right. Some nicknames are just plan hokey. I'd put the one that Skibbz mentions, "The Hispanic Causin' Panic" on that list even though the holder, Juan Lezcano, thought that it was really cool.



I'm surprised no one mentioned Roger "Black Mamba" Mayweather. I asked Roger where that nickname came from and he said he came up with it himself.



Roger said he was watching a show on National Geographic and they had a segment about black mambas, the fasted, most aggressive, most venomous, most feared snake in Africa. Roger told me that it immediately struck him that "this little guy is just like me."



There are two problems with that explanation. First, it's hard to imagine Roger Mayweather watching National Geographic. Second, the black mamba is a really big snake, Klitschko-sized, and Roger's best weight was 130 pounds.



It's too bad Roger couldn't copyright that nickname. Kobe Bryant later seized it. It strikes me that Roger is entitled to some compensation, not that he needs the money. I'm guessing that his nephew keeps bowls of c-notes around the house and Roger just dips his hand in whenever he feels like it.



The most common nickname, far and away, is "Kid." A variation on it is "Schoolboy." They hark to the notion of a baby-faced assassin, the image of which is a good box-office stimulant."




I know I shoulda put the "Black Mamba." But I didn't think that it was catchy. A couple of others that I will holla are: "The Bumble Bee" Campbell and "The Minister of Shock" Muphafa Muhammad. One more will be: Willie "The Dancing Master of Disaster" Pastrano." Somebody else can holla about nickname of the late, great Willie Pep. Holla!

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SouthPawFlo:

Does anyone know the PPV totals from this Fight???

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brownsugar:

Well said .....it will be entertaining

I'm looking for Mattysse to send Molina back to the drawing board and possibly reconstructive facial surgery as he unleashes his title loss frustrations against a game but limited Molina.

If Demarco gets in the ring with Mattysse next ... He'd better bring a body guard and at least 3life insurance policies because it ain't gonna be nuthin nice. Mattysse cut through Demarco like a freshly sharpened katana through wet tissue paper.

Mattysse will not struggle with this level of boxer.
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deepwater2:

"I'm just referring to GB and TR working together.

Margarito was never the super middle weight champ and they fought at a catch weight so personally I don't see Paq as an eight title winner. And I don't see his management letting him go to 154.. Canelo would crack his ribs worse than Margarito."




I'm positive about GB and TR working together also. If this statement isn't a line in the sand,



"If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob, it's on them. I have nothing against Bob and I feel making fights with Bob is beneficial to the fans and the market," said De La Hoya.

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dino da vinci:

My absolute favorites are as follows:



Jimmy Wilde actually had two that I loved, the first, because he was a small flyweight was 'The Mighty Atom' and the other was ' The Ghost with a Hammer (in his Hands).



Paris Alexander was the Flyin' Lion. I loved this name so much I badgered Bryan Vasquez to take it on. He refused. We did battle and he ultimately won. But, given his first name spells with a 'y', and his style was more in line with the nickname than the style Paris employed.



Tell me how many times you'd have to hear Bryan "The Flyin' Lion" Vasquez before you had it committed to memory forever?



Me: It's a great name!

BV: I don't fly.

Me: It doesn't mean what you think it means.

BV: I don't fly.



Oooooookay.





Others:



The Louisville Lip



Doin' Damage



Oscar 'The Boxer'



'The Spoiler'



PacMan



The Pazmanian Devil

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brownsugar:

"By this I don't mean taping a fight because you have to be out of the house when the show goes live ... I mean taping a fight to keep with your DVD collection, assuming it's worth keeping.



At one time there was a lot of buying, selling, and trading of taped fights. I'm guessing that there's not much of a marketplace anymore."




Personally I record every thing I watch... So I can have a reference when choosing the outcome of the next fight.. I record everybody...champs, prospects, ESPN fights, boxing after dark... Hispanic boxing shows in Mexico... Amateur world series of boxing ... Bum of the month.. I don't care... But I go back and weed out the truly irrelevant stinkers once every 90 days.

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spit bucket:

Tweety Davila

The Merthyr Matchstick

Sweet Pea

Camden Buzz Saw

Iron Mike

Six Heads

Mantequilla

Mannassa Mauler

Hands of Stone

Raging Bull

Hit Man Hearns

Artful Dodger

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stormcentre:

MMA does have some master practitioners.

Machida is (was?) quite awesome to watch how he could use distance and some very clever techniques to take guys out. It reminds you of how vulnerable a pure boxer "may" be on the street. Obviously there are others too Bas Rutten, Jon Jones, Silva and Pierre. But overall the sport seems to lack finesse in final delivery, even though I know there are a lot more moves and skills to master if you're to be the Floyd Mayweather of MMA.

The popularity question as to which is more practiced and/or watched is tricky too. I mean, you have a lot of separate disciplines that go into MMA, UFC, Bellator and so on, and all those martial arts (Brazilian Jujitsu, Wrestling, Karate, Kung Fu, Muy Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing and so one) seem to - in some way - have some percentage of practitioners that follow and/or aspire to MMA.

In MMA there are a lot of ways to win and lose, and there are a hell of a lot of ways to lose once you (seem to) have the fight won. Not so with boxing, there's (usually) only a few ways you can lose once you have demonstrated your dominance for the best part of the fight. So in MMA the best guy doesn't always win in predictable ways, and tap outs and chokes just don't do it for me - although I know they're powerful.

As a result MMA tends to be scrappy and without precision and beauty. Rarely do you see a MMA fighter practice good defensive and technical moves. Usually it's just looking for ways to bang out or take a guy down. I'd like to see a rule in MMA where if the guys are down on the ground for too long, you get them up and make them maintain stand up fighting. But then, given the poor levels of striking skill, that may also end up being boring too.

Overall though I think it is the precision and subtleties of boxing that, for me, win out.

When you watch and appreciate guys like Gamboa, Mayweather, Rigo and others; it's hard to subject yourself to an MMA bout.

Not sure which sport is more popular though.

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The Shadow:

I don't think so Arne, YouTube kinda takes care of that. I'm sure there are some who still do it but for me personally, I just catch the fights on the web.

I think piratebay is the modern day trading marketplace.

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The Shadow:

"thats because he dosent fight them at their best and its sad ... for us , for him for boxing .the 0 will always have a footnote in my head"

Who can beat him, though? It's hard to find a real challenge.

I don't believe Lara is a threat. People may say, should Thurman suddenly explode to #1 P4P, that Floyd ducked him, even though he's not a viable challenger at this point, kinda like the Paul Williams situation.

Who else? GGG. It's contractually impossible, not to mention the fact that GGG has never fought at 154 let alone 147...

Sergio Martinez, same thing. He's tied to HBO.

Regarding the Pacquiao situation, "I think people will say why didn't they fight each other, and blame both guys to be honest with you. Because the first negotiation we were against the blood test, and it was kinda our fault that the first time it didn't work."

- Freddie Roach.

Bradley isn't a threat, I think we all know that now. Neither is Marquez.

Who else do we really have?

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ArneK.:

I'm looking forward to the Matthysse-Molina bout. If Matthysse comes out on top, a match between him and Antonio DeMarco has the earmarks of a scorcher?

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stormcentre:

The Roast & Good Dr. are on the money there.

Del Leon, Behind of, or even equal with, Holyfield would not stir any argument from me.

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kidcanvas:

thats because he dosent fight them at their best and its sad ... for us , for him for boxing .the 0 will always have a footnote in my head

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dino da vinci:

"Kathy Duva speaking the truth. Boxing will be here long after Floyd and Manny are gone and hopefully we will be on this website talking about the new crop. By the way didn't Mayweather retire for a few years and no one really cared? Cheers to the new guys coming up, can't wait for the heavyweight scene to open up. Floyd better stop saying he won't do business with a promoter and fight already or just move and get out of the way because time is priceless."

Great work deep.

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The Shadow:

" I don't think he's as one dimensional as the media portrays him to be."



Human beings rarely are...



Media portrayals are just simplistic. Easy to digest.

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jzzy:

Yes, I have to agree with Mayweather's observations on Pacquioa/Bradley. During the fight I also noticed Pacman looking shopworn without a lot of punch. But

we're liable to see the same thing in Floyd on May 3rd. These guys are aging before our eyes. Mayweather is definetly mellowing and that's a good thing.

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ArneK.:

The Shadow is right. Some nicknames are just plan hokey. I'd put the one that Skibbz mentions, "The Hispanic Causin' Panic" on that list even though the holder, Juan Lezcano, thought that it was really cool.



I'm surprised no one mentioned Roger "Black Mamba" Mayweather. I asked Roger where that nickname came from and he said he came up with it himself.



Roger said he was watching a show on National Geographic and they had a segment about black mambas, the fasted, most aggressive, most venomous, most feared snake in Africa. Roger told me that it immediately struck him that "this little guy is just like me."



There are two problems with that explanation. First, it's hard to imagine Roger Mayweather watching National Geographic. Second, the black mamba is a really big snake, Klitschko-sized, and Roger's best weight was 130 pounds.



It's too bad Roger couldn't copyright that nickname. Kobe Bryant later seized it. It strikes me that Roger is entitled to some compensation, not that he needs the money. I'm guessing that his nephew keeps bowls of c-notes around the house and Roger just dips his hand in whenever he feels like it.



The most common nickname, far and away, is "Kid." A variation on it is "Schoolboy." They hark to the notion of a baby-faced assassin, the image of which is a good box-office stimulant.

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brownsugar:

I'm just referring to GB and TR working together.
Margarito was never the super middle weight champ and they fought at a catch weight so personally I don't see Paq as an eight title winner. And I don't see his management letting him go to 154.. Canelo would crack his ribs worse than Margarito.

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Carmine Cas:

Both Ariza and Floyd are clowns

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Carmine Cas:

"Nice... This offers at least a semblance of a ray of hope."

Yes it does, but that's a silly fight. Canelo has a hard enough time making 154, 152 hurt him. I don't see it happening, unless Pacquiao being the 8 division champ that he is fights at 154 with no catchweight agreement.

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Carmine Cas:

Editor Mike has always done a superb job, and in this interview it seems as if he kept Floyd's ego in check

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oubobcat:

I would love that fight as well. Guerrero is a very skilled fighter and would pose a unique challenge to Thurman. It would also be the right step at this point in Thurman's career. If he really wants to fight Floyd, lets see how he can fare against one of Floyd's recent challengers.

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brownsugar:

Would love that fight... Guerrero is skilled and determined...and stubborn. Hayman has no choice but to match his own fighters ...there is no other place to go.

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iriga city boy:

Bradley lost that fight.No question.No doubt.What i like with this boxer is,he does not shy away from a fight unlike Maywaether who has so many demands and excuses.

Mr.Hauser brings us nice articles on boxing.Kudos for this man.I think he got it wrong this time on who's gonna win on this fight.Didn't he predict Bradley over Pacquiao?



From:Iriga City Boy

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brownsugar:

Nice... This offers at least a semblance of a ray of hope.

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