Pacquiao Gets a Gift Decision

Tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada the judges took the safe round. Live on HBO PPV the world witnessed a public apology as Manny Pacquiao was gifted a victory against Timothy Bradley. 

Bradley out worked Pacquiao in the vast majority of the rounds. Pac took off the first minute of every single round, then flurried a few punches to close the round. This was enough to convince the three blindest men in Las Vegas to award Pacquiao a decision victory. Tonight, Top Rank, Manny Pacquiao, and casual fans won….. boxing did not.

Daniel Geale Interview on Matthew Macklin

Camden, NSW – Former unified WBA and IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale kicked off his training camp on Thursday for his May 24th fight against English contender Matthew Macklin. The middleweight bout will be broadcast by HBO and is scheduled for 12 rounds. No venue has been selected yet.

Today I had the opportunity to go to the Grange Old School Boxing Gym to catch up with Geale. Upon my arrival, I found him working the mitts with longtime trainer Graham Shaw. They worked hard on combination punching and timing. I noticed immediately that he was really sitting on his punches and making every one count. Geale looked extremely sharp for a fighter only three days into camp. He appeared to be very close to weight as well, which is great to see so early on. After a round of shadow boxing, it was on to crunches and ab work.

Following training I sat down with Geale to talk about his upcoming fight, as well as some possible future opponents. Although completely focused on Macklin, he made it no secret that he is ready to face the best the middleweight division has to offer.

Geale will be looking to erase any doubts created by his close decision loss to England’s Darren Barker last August. He wants to make a statement against Macklin and this time return from America with a victory.

Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Prediction

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The wait is nearly over. Tonight, live on HBO PPV, Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will get to prove once and for all who is the superior fighter. The controversy of the first fight has been talked about enough. Everyone knows the story. What the world is waiting to know now; who will win?

Manny Pacquiao has his career on the line tonight. He suffered two straight defeats to Tim Bradley and his arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez. He was lucky that it was only two losses. Had the judges been coherent during his third fight with Marquez then “The Pac Man” would have lost three straight. His decision win against Brandon Rios last year in Macau did little to prove that he is still the same fighter that blazed through weight classes. Instead, he looked like the same aging off balance fighter who has failed to score a knockout in over four years. If Manny Pacquiao loses tonight, his days of mega PPVs will be behind him. His steadily declining PPV numbers and less than impressive performances have vastly shrunken his legion of fans.

Tim Bradley has improved in every way since his first fight with Pacquiao. Although he fought a foolish fight against Ruslan Provodnikov, he proved that his heart and desire to win is on another level entirely. He then showed against Marquez that he has the ability to box intelligently for 12 rounds and make a future Hall-of-Famer look clueless. He has now fully grown into the weight class and is a strong welterweight, one who will likely outweigh Pacquiao by 10 pounds on fight night.

Both men are headed in completely opposite directions heading into this fight. It is a crossroads fight. One that Bradley should easily win.

Bradley has the superior speed, boxing ability, defense and intangibles. Pacquiao has the edge in power. Although, we haven’t seen any evidence of it in quite some time. The only way that I see Pacquiao winning is if the judges feel pressured and are scared to turn in a card that has him losing, which has a great chance of happening.

Bradley by a wide decision. Whether or not he gets it… we will have to wait and see.

Clottey Dominates Mundine; Drops Him Five Times

Punished: Anthony Mundine gets a taste of Joshua Clottey's lethal left hand.

Newcastle, Australia – Joshua Clottey fought the fight of his life tonight. Dominating Anthony Mundine en route to a one sided unanimous decision by scores of 116-108, 115-109, and 117-108. Clottey managed to floor Mundine five times throughout the fight and looked better than ever.

The first round was a very close one; both guys were throwing body shots with bad intentions. Clottey appeared to do enough to win the round, although not convincingly.

Round two saw an even higher pace from both men. Clottey landed the harder punches and staggered Mundine a few times throughout the round. Towards the end of the round Mundine landed two punches that appeared to be blatantly behind the head prompting the referee to issue a warning.

Round three was more of the same. Both guys continued to dig hard to the body. In the middle of the round Clottey pinned Mundine against the ropes following a hard left hook. Mundine rallied back and landed some good shots, but late in the round Clottey threw a hard right hand over the top of a lazy Mundine jab and floored him hard. Mundine barely beat the count and was lucky to be saved by the bell.

Clottey slowly began to take over the fight in round four. Digging hard with left uppercuts to the body and following up with overhand rights. Mundine managed to buy some time in the middle of the round as hos low top boxing shoe slipped off. The rest was badly needed as Mundine was clearly feeling the effects of Cottey’s body punches.

Clottey started the 5th round off strong again working the body. Mundine once again caught a break as the ref stopped the action in the middle of the round to cut some tap hanging from Clottey’s glove. Clottey slowed his work rate down as the round went on and Mundine took advantage, possibly stealing the round.

 Round six was the most exciting round of the fight. Clottey came out clearly more aggressive than he was in round five. In the final minute of the round Clottey nailed and dropped Mundine with a hard left uppercut to the chin. Mundine barely beat the count only to go back down from a combination as he was clearly still on shaky legs. Mundine managed to last until the bell although he looked badly hurt and out of his league.

Mundine rallied back in round seven and managed to smother most of Clottey’s work. Both men appeared to be slowing down, clearly feeling the effects of the gruelling pace of the fight.

Mundine came out again trying to survive in round eight, holding often and refusing to let go. Two minutes into the round Clottey dropped Mundine for the fourth time with a hard combination to the body. Mudine barely made it to his feet and looked to be in bad shape in the final minute. Credit to Mundine’s toughness he once again managed to survive the round

Round nine was more of the same; Clottey was all over Mundine from the opening bell and never let him recover.

Round ten saw Mundine come back with a second wind, sitting down on his punches and clearly going for a knockout. It wasn’t there to found. As was the story of this fight, late in the round Clottey nailed Mundine with a hard left hook to the head and dropped him hard. Mundine’s father and trainer stepped onto the side of the ring with the towel in his hands only to see his son once again get up and finish the round.

Mundine came out in round eleven and truly showed his heart. Although he pretty clearly lost the round, he never once stopped trying to land a miracle punch. As he struggled to make his way back to his corner following the round he looked to have nothing left.

Round twelve was one for the ages. Mundine came out bombing early clearly behind on the scorecards. Clottey continued to fight the same fight he had all night, staying inside and never letting Mundine get a moments rest. By the last minute of the round Mundine appeared to have lost the desire and ability to press for the knockout. As the final bell sounded his face told the story. He was a beaten man, but he never gave up. It was a unanimous decision, although the scores didn’t even need to be read. This was clearly Clottey’s fight.

This was a crippling loss for the 38 year old Mundine and clearly spells the end for his career, at least on the world level.

Clottey resurrected his career tonight and proved that he still a force to be reckoned with in the boxing world. From here he will look to continue to march up the WBA rankings and hopefully land a shot at Saul Alvarez in the future. Another possible option for him is WBO champion Demetrius Andrade, who like Clottey is also promoted by Star Boxing.

On the under-card; Mundine stable-mate Renold Quinlan stopped the hopeless Dechapon Suwunnalird in round four a forgettable affair.

Next up Ahmed Dib (Billy Dib’s brother) knocked out the aptly named Dennapa Bigshotcamp. Bigshotcamp spent the majority of the fight channelling Ricardo Mayorga, taunting more than fighting. The most entertaining moment of the fight came when Bigshotcamp landed flat on his back following a failed front flip over the top rope. Bigshotcamp ended the fight in style managing to do three push-ups while being counted out following a crushing right hand from Dib.

Former Australian amateur champion George Kambosos knocked out Thongthai Rajanondh with a crushing right hand to the body at the end round one.

In the co-feature Cruiserweight contender David Aloua 11-1 knocked out the previously undefeated Brad Pitt 15-1 with a flurry of punches in round four. The real damage was caused by a huge straight right hand from Aloua over the top of a lazy Pitt jab. Pitt was ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage, having controlled the early rounds with his hard left jab and constant body work.

Last Chance for an Icon

This Sunday Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao faces WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley in a rematch of one of the most controversial fights in recent years. Bradley won a close yet highly criticised split decision. The fight was an extremely close one and had it not been for HBO’s absurdly biased commentary, Tim Bradley would have been praised for his performance. However, this was not the case. Led by Jim Lampley, HBO did everything in their power to paint this as a one sided fight that was stolen from the great Manny Pacquiao.

Both fighters will be looking to set things straight this time around. Bradley will be out to prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke or a robbery, while Pacquiao will be looking to prove that his best years are not behind him. This is a must win fight for Manny Pacquiao. Should he suffer another loss or even look bad in winning, his days of being a PPV attraction will be over. His hall of fame career has lost a lot of steam over the past few years. His PPV numbers are way down and he hasn’t scored a knockout in over four years. Pacquiao will be fighting more than a title on Saturday night; his career will be on the line.

Who do you think will win this fight? Let me know in the comments section below.