May 23rd’s Random Boxing Rants

* A few reflections on ‘shoulder-gate':

So Manny Pacquiao refused the fight in 2010, and one of the reasons cited was a fear of needles, but now the complaint is that he wasn’t allowed to have an injection 90 mins. prior to the first bell? The irony.

Freddie Roach said countless times that Mayweather’s legs were “shot” & that he had refined a gameplan over the years to beat him, only to accuse Mayweather of “running” post-fight. The shameless irony.

Can anybody imagine the earth-shattering hate that would have befallen the already widely-despised Mayweather had he lost in one-sided fashion, only to claim that he won, while simultaneously blaming the loss on an injury?!

We’ll never know just how serious Pacquiao’s injury was, and if pulling out of the fight when it flared up in training would have forced a cancellation due to the necessity of surgery, or whether the fight could simply have been rescheduled for July or so after the shoulder had been given a rest (after all, Pacquiao’s camp have said that the shoulder had been a recurrent problem since at least 2010).

Certainly, the immediate post-fight shoulder surgery that Pacquiao has undergone is a smart PR move, whether it was strictly urgent or not.

I expect a rematch, unnecessary from a competitive sporting standpoint but still the most lucrative fight in boxing, to happen next year.

Rematch or not, and whatever anyone thinks about the excitment factor of the contest itself, we finally have our answer: Mayweather is the best boxer of his generation.

* I wonder if Al Haymon will allow Deontay Wilder anywhere near mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, after he blew away Mike Perez in a round yesterday.

Povetkin’s Russian backers are one of the few who can outbid Haymon’s hedge fund in a purse bid scenario.

* Incidentally, it’s sad to see Mike Perez’s career fading away.

A textbook case of a talented Cuban defector who hates training.

* A pity to see the end of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series, which is being replaced by one of Al Haymon’s PBC time-buys.

* So USADA have dubbed baseball player Alex Rodriguez’s doping program the most potent they’ve ever seen: http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/10297946/alex-rodriguez-doping-plan-most-potent-ever-seen-usada-says

But what about Yuriorkis Gamboa’s doping regimen, also designed by Bosch?

Is anybody in boxing ever going to investigate this?

* Despite Frank Warren’s best efforts, Saunders-Eubank Jr. II has fallen apart due to unsurprisingly unreasonable demands from the Eubank side regarding the interim trinket he picked up in his last fight.

Maybe Andy Lee against Saunders will finally happen now…

Pound4pound Ireland divisional rankings to be discontinued after May 3rd, 2015

For various reasons, chief among them that it’s become too time-consuming, after this Saturday, with the exception of my pound for pound list, this site will no longer compile weekly divisional rankings.

In recent times, this endeavour (started at this site’s inception in the 2nd half of 2012) has seemed relatively redundant, especially with the terrific Transnational Boxing Rankings Board out there.

The TBRB is a collaboration between over 40 boxing journalists & observers of note worldwide, who discuss and implement changes in rankings across the 17 weight classes on a weekly basis.

I am a member and contribute to their ratings updates, which can be viewed at http://www.tbrb.org, and I’d encourage anybody who is interested in authoritative and wholly independent divisional ratings to look no further than the TBRB.

Despite these changes to the blog, my occasional ‘original articles’ and ‘random rants’ will continue, as well as the monthly ‘Judging the Judges’ and ‘Scorecards’ segments, and the regular sharing of videos and articles by others on the fight game which I deem interesting.

Pound4poundireland’s May 3rd Lightweight top 10

1. Richar Abril

2. Mickey Bey

3. Miguel Vazquez

4. Raymundo Beltran

5. Omar Figueroa

6. Dejan Zlaticanin

7. Denis Shafikov

8. Jorge Linares

9. Kevin Mitchell

10. Emiliano Marsili

 

– Beltran comes in overweight, but still gets a solid win over Ao.

That’s enough to move him up a spot over Figueroa, who’s likely never to box at this weight again