Movie Review: Manny (2014)

February 2, 2015 in Boxing, Movie Reviews, Reviews, Sport

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Considering what great material the filmmakers had to work with, Manny, the new documentary on eight-weight-class Filipino world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, should have been a sure-fire KO. Instead of delivering the haymakers fans would have loved to see, however, the film ended up pulling its punches all the way through, resulting in a thoroughly unsatisfying experience that barely scratches the surface of both the man and the sport.

On its face, Manny ticks all the right boxes for a sports documentary. A poor Filipino kid from the gutter is forced to box from a young age to put food on the family table, and in the process develops a talent and ferocity that would take him to the very top of the sport. Amid the career highs (such as his superstar-making pummeling of Oscar de la Hoya in 2008) and lows (his KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, for instance) there are celebrity interviews and “rare” public and behind-the-scenes footage, all with the familiar voice of Liam Neeson narrating the script.

But despite an explosive start highlighting Pacquiao’s knockout loss to Marquez, Manny soon settles into conventional documentary mode and begins to skim over the stuff that would have made the film fascinating. It touches on all the things we already know about Pacquiao’s life outside of his major fights — the humble beginnings, the rise through the weight ranks, the movies and singing that came with the stardom, the foray into politics, and the apparent “religious awakening” he would experience a few years ago — but without ever getting to the “good stuff” simmering beneath the surface.

Yes, it was cool to see highlights of his training and big fights — Barrera, Morales, De la Hoya, Hatton, Cotto, Margarito, Marquez — in high definition, and it was fun to see celebrities like Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Piven and Jimmy Kimmel talk about him, but all of these things felt superficial.

I wanted to see more footage of Manny’s daily life; I wanted to hear more about the dirty business of boxing and the disputes between his promoter Top Rank and Golden Boy; I wanted to hear about all the venomous groupies that feed of his money and all the cash he literally gives away; I wanted more depth on Manny’s dark side — the gambling and the drinking and the womanizing. It would be unfair to say the film completely ignores these issues, though it barely takes more than a jab at them. The approach by directors Leon Gast (who won the Oscar for the Ali documentary When We Were Kings) and Ryan Moore was to just touch upon all the touchy things and gloss over them quickly before moving onto the more positive aspects of Manny’s existence.

The best parts of the movie are when we see people close to Manny talk about him, from adviser Michael Koncz and ex-conditioning coach Alex Ariza to his long-time coach Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum. The bits with the most emotion actually all involve Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee, the only person who appears to be giving it to the viewers straight. But unfortunately, these flashes of genuine insight into Pacquiao are few and far between.

Perhaps it’s because I already know too much about Pacquiao for Manny to teach me anything new. To be honest, even the 24/7 documentaries produced by HBO before each Pacquiao fight offer more about he subject than this documentary. I just think the film would have been so much more interesting had it dared to venture deeper into things such as Alex Ariza’s unceremonious dumping from Pacquiao’s team and the subsequent feud he developed with Roach and Koncz (not discussed at all), questioning how and what really caused the negotiations with Floyd Mayweather Jr to break down multiple times (nothing apart from a couple of clips anyone could have dug up on YouTube), and some sort of definitive statement about all the allegations of performance enhancing drugs (the elephant in the room).

Even the chronological depiction of Pacquiao’s career missed important chunks. Although the footage is out there, the film ignores Pacquiao’s earlier losses before Morales and his world title fights at the lighter weight class, and completely skips his less inspiring bouts against Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley. I know it’s hard to follow every bout of Pacquiao’s long career, but pretending that some important events of his life don’t even exist makes me question the filmmakers’ objectivity and decision-making.

At the end of the day, Manny is a film that’s more hagiography than documentary. It feels like it has been made by the same people who follow Pacquiao around all day telling him how great he is (they’re what netizens described as “Pactards”). Pacquiao is an interesting, charismatic sportsman who deserves a better biography than what he got here, and this was never more apparent when listening him spew out the awkward lines they wrote for him at the end of the movie.

Having said all that, Manny remains in a position to succeed because of Pacquiao’s immense popularity and fortunate timing — as the long-awaited showdown between him and Mayweather appears to be  getting somewhere at last. Maybe after they finally do fight each other someone else can make a more compelling documentary that can do Manny Pacquaio justice.

2 stars out of 5

Prediction: Pacquiao vs Margarito

November 11, 2010 in Boxing

I know a lot of people are disappointed that the much anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather fight did not come to fruition, but fortunately on 13 November 2010, we still have an intriguing boxing match to watch between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito.

As with all of Pacquiao’s recent fights, I’ll be throwing in my two cents worth, though this will be a straight up analysis of the two fighters and what they bring to the table. Margarito might not be a deserving opponent because of the hand wrap scandal, but it is what it is, and I’d like to leave it at that.

The fight will take place at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, where Pacquiao last dominated a timid Joshua Clottey in front of 50000+ people. This will be a catch weight bout at 150 pounds, even though Margarito’s junior middleweight title (which usually has a limit of 154 pounds) will be on the line.

Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) is coming off a unanimous victory over Roberto Garcia in May, whereas Pacquiao’s (51-3-2, 38 KOs) unanimous decision over Clottey was in March. Margarito is going into his second fight with new trainer Roberto Garcia [Cortez] (yes, almost the same name as the guy he cast beat!), while Pacquaio has been with Freddie Roach for what seems like forever.

Both fighters had solid training camps, though Pacquiao’s camp supposedly had a few distractions because of his congressional duties in the Philippines and the usual craziness that surrounds the man wherever he goes. Roach went as far as calling it the worst training camp Pacquiao’s ever had, but both trainer and fighter claim that things are back on track and that they are 100% prepared.

On fight night, it is likely that the nearly six foot Margarito will enter the ring at between 160-162 pounds, whereas the under five foot seven Pacquiao will likely be around 148 pounds.

With these factors in mind, I’m still going to predict that Pacquiao will defeat Margarito by TKO within the first eight rounds. I don’t necessarily see Pacquiao knocking him down, but I do see the referee stopping the fight because of the relentless pounding that Pacquiao is known to dish to his opponents.

Despite this bold prediction, I must admit I am not entirely comfortable with it. As with almost every Pacquiao bout since David Diaz, I always feel as though something might go wrong — as in Pacquiao may have finally bitten off more than he can chew — but to date he has continued to prove me wrong.  Perhaps this could be the time?

Source: sportales.com

I don’t really buy into the distracted training camp business for Pacquiao, but what I am concerned about is the massive height and weight disparity. Yes, Pacquiao has fought the equally tall Oscar de la Hoya before, but that was at just 145 pounds, whereas Margarito will not be weight drained and have a good 10-15 pound weight advantage on fight night. Accordingly, with Margarito’s ‘come forward’, attacking style and his reputable chin, I can certainly see a scenario where he might be troubled by Pacquiao’s movement and speed, but he will also end up landing his fair share of punches. And if just one of those punches hurts Pacquiao, the much smaller man, the fight could be over in a hurry.

Speaking of speed, Pacquiao clearly has a massive foot and hand advantage over his opponent, but Margarito is not as slow as some people paint him out to be. He throws a lot of punches in relentless combinations, and it will be foolish to think he doesn’t at least stand a puncher’s chance.

The main reason people have written Margarito off is because he was mauled by a 37 year old Shane Mosley, who was made to look pretty quick, and Pacquiao is even faster, perhaps by a fair margin. Further, his most notable victory against Miguel Cotto is now questionable because of the hand wrap scandal.

However, people tend to forget that the Mosley loss was at welterweight, meaning Margarito was likely weight drained, and more importantly, his mind must have been all over the place after what happened in the dressing room. It’s certainly not an excuse for the brutal loss, but it does leave a question mark over whether Margarito was operating at full capacity. On the other hand, Margarito’s return bout against Garcia was not exactly dominating, so perhaps I’m not giving Mosley or Margarito’s hand wraps enough credit!

Don’t forget, after the De la Hoya fight, when Freddie Roach was asked about a potential fight with Margarito he dismissed it outright, saying the Mexican was too big for Manny and that they knew their limits.  Could this come back to haunt him?

Ultimately, I think if Pacquiao can stick to Roach’s meticulous gameplan (as he usually does), he should be able to win easily.  I presume we will see a slightly more cautious Margarito in the earlier rounds because he’ll be gauging Manny’s speed and try to wear him down so that he can take him out in the later rounds.  As long as Pacquiao uses his trademark speed, stay off the ropes, keeping turning his man and go in and out all night, he should be able to pepper Margarito into a beehive with his rapid-fire combinations.  But if he thinks he can trade blows with Margarito or lay against the ropes like he did at times against Cotto, I think it could prove to be a fatal mistake.

Both boxers are relentless offensively, so it should be a very entertaining fight.  The question is, win or lose, will this be Pacquiao’s last (especially if Mayweather goes to prison for a few years?)?

Will Pacquiao vs Mayweather Jr ever happen?

May 20, 2009 in Boxing

Right after Manny Pacquiao’s unexpected (for most) drubbing of Oscar De La Hoya in December 2008, people were already talking about a potential matchup between former Pound-for-Pound and ‘retired’ champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.  Now after Pacquiao’s brutal demolition of Ricky Hatton in 2 rounds and Mayweather announcing his ‘return’ on the same day, everyone is expecting this amazing showdown to take place before the end of 2009.

But wait, there’s two obstacles.  The first is Juan Manuel Marquez, who will lace up his gloves to take on Mayweather Jr on July 18 (now postponed to September 19 – see my prediction for this fight!).  Many believe this will be no more than a ‘tune-up’ fight for Pretty Boy Floyd, simply because Marquez is way too small for him (and has to leap two divisions just to be in the same weight class), and will eventually lead to the fight with Pacquiao that every fight fan wants to see.

Mayweather Marquez

Marquez stands in the way of Pacquiao-Mayweather

However, it’s not impossible that Marquez can beat Mayweather.  Marquez has been in fine form since his split decision loss to Pacquiao (which many thought he won) whereas Mayweather hasn’t fought a round since December 2007 when he put the first black mark on Ricky Hatton’s previously unblemished record.  Marquez also desperately wants to fight Pacquiao for the third time (the first bout ended in a controversial draw) so there is that added incentive.  If Mayweather loses a step or two from the layoff or overlooks Marquez then it’s not inconceivable that he could lose.

Nevertheless, that is not the main obstacle between a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout.  The second, and most difficult hurdle to overcome, is financial.

Reports say that as soon as Pacquiao knocked out Hatton, promoters were already busy trying to work out a deal for Pacquiao to fight Mayweather in December 2009 (provided the latter defeats Marquez, that is).  However, as expected, early indications are that things have not gone smoothly.  Mayweather Jr is all about money and he wants the lion’s share of a 60-40 split with Pacquiao, who was willing to settle for a more civil 50-50 split.

There is simply no way that Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, will accept a 60-40 split, especially when: (1) Pacquiao is almost unanimously the No. 1 P4P fighter in the world; (2) Pacquiao is also widely regarded as the most exciting fighter in the world; (3) Pacquiao defeated both De La Hoya and Hatton in a much more dominant and spectacular fashion than Mayweather; and (4)Pacquiao is much more popular than Mayweather around the world, and perhaps even in America.

The problem is, Mayweather is one of the those guys that seem unwilling to budge because he knows he has leverage.  People often criticise Floyd for his unwillingness to fight the toughest fighters out there, and they say his method of escape is to price himself out of risky fights by throwing down hard-line purse splits that are overwhelmingly in his favour, to the extent that the other side gets insulted and simply walk away.

Mayweather probably knows that Pacquiao’s team will never accept a 60-40 split, which could be why he insisted on it in the first place.  Now, it could be that he genuinely doesn’t care who he fights has long as he gets paid handsomely for it (supporters will point to his lower split against De La Hoya, but at $25 million it was still by far his biggest pay day ever), but critics will argue that he’s getting cold feet after seeing Ricky Hatton’s brain almost getting knocked out of his skull by Pacquiao.

Is this why Mayweather is pricing himself out of fighting Pacquaio?

Is this why Mayweather is pricing himself out of fighting Pacquaio?

To support his case for a bigger share, Mayweather will undoubtedly point to his former (which I’m sure he’ll say is ‘current’) position as the No. 1 P4P fighter in the world and his undefeated record.  He will also point to his past PPV successes, especially against De Lay Hoya (2.4 million) and Hatton (915,000), where he did better in both than Pacquiao (1.25 million against De La Hoya and around 850,000 against Hatton).  And while Mayweather is clearly not as liked as Manny Pacquiao, he still has a sizeable fan base, and there are also many that would be willing to pay to watch him lose.

[Note: Having read some of Mayewather Jr’s non-promotional interviews, I’m convinced he’s not truly the arrogant dickhead he makes himself out to be.  He had a very tough upbringing with a drug-addicted mother and an estranged father who was sent to prison for drug-smuggling and was incredibly hard on him all his life.  After seeing Mayweather Sr ramble on like a moron on HBO’s 24/7 I an inclined to believe him.  Floyd also seems like a dedicated father to his four children.  But there is no doubting he loves money – perhaps his ploy is to get as many people to hate him as possible so they will pay to see him lose, kind of like what Ali did back in his day.]

Of course, Arum will point out that the PPV numbers are deceiving.  Mayweather’s fights against De La Hoya and Hatton didn’t take place when the entire global economy went down the shitpipe, whereas Pacquiao’s did.  Throw in the fact that Pacquiao’s popularity in the US didn’t really take off until after the De La Hoya fight and that Hatton was no longer undefeated, you could make an argument that Pacquiao’s PPV numbers were even more impressive than that of Mayweather’s.

So, where does that leave the fight every fight fan wants to see?

Much of this will depend on what happens on July 18 (now September 19) when Mayweather takes on Marquez.  If Mayweather wins convincingly, he’ll have more leverage in getting a bigger purse because he can say he’s back on top as Pacquiao struggled against Marquez (even though that was a different Pacquiao to the beast he is today).  But the most important indicator is the PPV performance of the fight.  If it really sucks (ie significantly below the 500,000 PPV buys expected), then Mayweather loses a significant portion of his leverage.  Even his most loyal supporters will start to question his courage and legacy if he tries to price himself out of a Pacquiao fight from there.

If that happens, then Mayweather may decide to budge from his 60-40 stance, simply because he knows going 50-50 with Pacquiao will still earn him a lot more money than going 70-30 against anyone else out there.  Pacquiao’s team might even soften their position a little and go for something like the 52-48 split we saw with Pacquiao-Hatton just to make it happen, because they too know the fight will be guaranteed to rake it in, and losing a couple of percentage points is better than getting nothing at all.  Personally, I would like to see a deal struck where the lion’s share of a 60-40 split goes to the winner of the fight, but that’s highly unlikely.

For now, all those that want to see Pacquiao fight Mayweather can only (1) hope that Mayweather stuggles but wins against Marquez and (2) boycott the PPV buys for that fight! (and now (3), Pacquiao win his fight against Miguel Cotto in November)

[Update: As I noted in my later post with the hilarious Mayweather Jr interviews, I no longer put the blame exclusively on Floyd Jr because it appears as though Arum and Roach are also insisting on 60-40 but in their favour, though it remains to be seen whether that is just a strategic move.  HOWEVER, Floyd has since signed on for 5 fights with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which means Pacquiao-Mayweather is getting closer to reality.  De La Hoya still hates Arum in all likelihood (like Mayweather) but at least he is willing to do business with him.  With so many fights to fight and Floyd wanting to maximise his earning potential, it’s a good bet that he’ll get into the ring with at least one of Pacquiao, Mosley, Cotto or Berto.  The chief exec of Mayweather’s own promotion company who is working with Golden Boy says Floyd will take on all the supposed best fighters out there after Marquez, one by one.  Hope he’s referring to the guys I mentioned above, not the likes of Edwin Valero.]

[Update (July): Looks like it might be a while before Mayweather squares off with Pacquiao, but I am still hopeful it will happen.  Mayweather injured his ribs in training and so the Marquez fight has been rescheduled to September 19.  Strangely he has refused to divulge how he sustained the injury, only willing to say that it was a ‘freak accident’.  Some speculate whether the defensive master got tagged in the body during sparring, but Mayweather says: ‘Believe me, it wasn’t a small guy that done it, but it didn’t even come from sparring’.  So does this mean it was a big guy who did it outside sparring?  Mayweather has also laughed off speculation that he is in financial difficulty, and revealed in a recent interview with Brian Kenny that he is NOT going to accept a 50-50 split with Pacquiao as proposed by Bob Arum.  So it appears Arum is willing to reduce Manny’s purse to 50% in order to make the fight happen, but Mayweather won’t accept.  Interestingly, word is that the Mayweather-Marquez fight is struggling to sell, so that might help Floyd change his mind in the future.  On the Pacquiao side, it appears he will first fight fellow Top Rank boxer Miguel Cotto (who just came off a split decision win against Joshua Clottey) around November 14.  Weight (probably catch weight around 142) and purse split (probably 60-40 in favour of Pacquiao) have not yet been finalised.  Let’s hope both Pacquiao and Mayweather win and a fight against each other (or either against Shane Mosley, who has said he will accept a 40% split against Pacquiao) can be signed by the end of the year.]

[Update: (September 2009) encouraging reports are saying that Pacquiao’s camp will begin to negotiate in good faith with Mayweather if they both win their respective upcoming fights.  Let’s hope they do.  They are optimistic that a deal can be worked out, provided reasonable and rational demands are made.  From what I hear, the Pacquiao/Cotto fight is doing well, whereas it took quite a while for Mayweather/Marquez to fill up the seats.  Arum’s 50-50 proposal sounds reasonable to me, but even if it’s 55-45 I think Manny will be willing to take it, though I’m not so sure Arum will.  I guess we have to wait and see.]

Pacquiao demolishes Hatton in 2 Rounds, eyes Mayweather Jr!

May 3, 2009 in Boxing

Pacquiao flattens Hatton in just 2 rounds

Pacquiao flattens Hatton in just 2 rounds

I still can’t believe it.

Just hours after I posted a prediction that Manny Pacquiao would beat Ricky Hatton by an unanimous decision, the Filipino national hero proved once again why he’s the number 1 pound-four-pound fighter in the world by absolutely annihilating Ricky Hatton in 2 rounds in Las Vegas.  As at the time of this post, an almost-full video of the fight could be found on YouTube, but rest assured it will be taken down, though I’m sure there will be other resources available online if you know where to look.

The easy victory sets up a salivating bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr (son of Hatton’s trainer), who unsurprisingly announced his return to boxing on the same day (after prematurely retiring following his 10th round KO of Hatton in December 2007) to “reclaim what’s mine”.  Mayweather Jr will fight lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, the man who gave Pacquiao all he could handle, on 18 July 2009, with a view to squaring off with Pacquiao before the end of the year.

Fight action

The Pacquiao/Hatton fight is well worth seeing because it was brutal and spectacular, though probably not worth buying through PPV because it only lasted 2 rounds (and the undercards were apparently crap).

The bout started off with Hatton trying his usual rough tactics, trying to force Pacquiao into the ropes and clinching whenever he got a chance.  He was actually quite successful in the first minute or so of the fight in that regard, but it didn’t have any material effect on Pacquiao, who was sticking to his game plan, throwing lightning quick combos and getting out of the way whenever he sensed danger.  The most effective punch in the first 90 seconds of the round was Pacquiao’s right hook, which had landed flush several times already.

In the second half of the first round, Pacquiao started unloading some big hooks on Hatton and had him on the ropes.  And then, with just under a minute left in the round, Pacquiao lands a big right hook just as Hatton was about to swing, and Hatton drops to his knees.  Hatton manages to get up at the count of 8, but then continues to get thumped by lightning quick combinations for the rest of the round until with less than 10 seconds to go, when Pacquiao landed a stunning straight left that drops Hatton again, flat on his back in the corner.  He manages to get up and survive the round, but the stunned expression on Hatton’s face said it all.

Pacquiao landed against Hatton almost at will

Pacquiao landed against Hatton almost at will

Hatton begins the second round trying to be aggressive, throwing big punches that mostly missed the mark, then tying up Pacquiao and throwing punches during the clinch.  On the other hand, Pacquiao remained calm, throwing quick, precise punches and spinning and turning out of the way whenever Hatton tried to unload.  Then about 30 seconds in, Pacquiao starts to throw some big punches of his own, and actually gets caught by a left hook from Hatton, who continues to clinch and punch.  With about 40 seconds to go in the round, Pacquiao starts throwing some wild punches to try and KO Hatton but without success.  However, he eventually goes back to the precision-style boxing that had worked so well for him, and with 8 seconds left in Round 2, Pacquiao unleashes a devastating left counter hook that lands square on Hatton’s jaw.  Hatton drops like a puppet with its strings cut, and one quick look from the referee was all it took for him to wave off the fight without a count.

Hatton is carried out on a stretcher while Pacquiao celebrates.

Analysis

I’m usually pretty terrible when it comes to predictions (of any kind) so I’m not surprised that I got it wrong.  At least I got the winner right!  Most people who predicted a Pacquiao victory thought it would happen in the later rounds, not in Round 2.  I don’t think anyone predicted it to be this easy for Pacquiao.  Even ESPN’s Fight Night Round 4 simulation had Pacquiao climbing off the canvas to win by KO in round 11.  As it turns out, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach was probably closest when he predicted a KO victory in the third round (but he later admitted he was just trying to get under Floyd Mayweather Sr’s skin).

For those that thought Pacquiao was devastating against Oscar De La Hoya, they need to see this fight.  Against Hatton, Pacquiao had a slightly different game plan, but it was equally effective.  He maintained his precision boxing with rapid hand speed and footwork, but also mixed in some power hooks.  Hatton had no idea what was coming.  Many people thought perhaps Manny would underestimate Ricky, but it turned out to be the other way around.  Hatton simply had no answer for Pacquiao’s speed and precision.  There was also little of that head movement and improved defence that Floyd Mayweather Sr was talking about before the fight.  Or maybe it was because Pacquiao was just too fast for him.  Further, even though Hatton was perhaps physically stronger, Pacquiao’s punches seemed to be much heavier.

“I’m surprised the fight was so easy,” Pacquiao said after the fight. “He was wide open for the right hook. I knew he would be looking for my left.”

Freddie Roach, on the other hand, made it seem like he knew the outcome from the start.  “The fight was no surprise to me.  We know he always pumps his hands before he throws a punch. He’s a sucker for the right hook.”

For the bout, Pacquiao landed 73 of 127 punches (57.4%), whereas Hatton only managed to connect on 18 of 78 punches (23.1%).

Aftermath

Fortunately, Hatton was not badly hurt.  He was taken to the hospital as a precaution but didn’t appear to suffer any serious injuries. “It was a hard loss but I’m okay,” he said. “I really didn’t see the punch coming but it was a great shot. I know I’ll be okay.”  He should be, after earning $8 million for the fight.

So it seems Hatton, as humiliating as the loss was, will not be seeking retirement.  On the other hand, what does the future hold for his new trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr?  They had one decent showing together in Hatton’s fight against Malignaggi, but this performance against Pacquiao demonstrated very little, if any, noticeable improvement.  If the rumors of a rift between the two before the fight had any truth to them, chances are you won’t see Mayweather Sr in Hatton’s corner again.

Floyd Jr's back, but will he reget it when he faces Pacquiao?

Floyd Jr's back, but will he reget it when he faces Pacquiao?

As for Manny Pacquiao, who earned $12 million for the bout, the sky is the limit.  The only logical fight for him now is Floyd Mayweather Jr, and if it comes to fruition, will be the biggest fight in boxing in years.  The current pound-for-pound champion against the undefeated guy who handed him that mythical title by retiring prematurely.  However, one must not overlook Mayweather Jr’s July 18 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez, who is about as dangerous of an opponent as you can get for a return/tune-up fight.  If Mayweather Jr shows any rust or loses the form he once had, there is a chance JMM might shock him back into retirement.

Then again, this is Floyd Mayweather Jr we’re talking about (and JMM is moving up in 2 weight classes), so in all likelihood we’ll get to see the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight in December 2009.  I hope so.  At this point in time, it’s hard to predict a winner.  Do you go with the in-form, two-fisted fighting machine that is Manny Pacquiao, or the undefeated technican and defensive genius in Floyd Mayweather Jr?  It’s a difficult fight to pick, but at least with Manny Pacquiao you can be sure that it’ll be an exciting fight.

And make no mistake, the crowd will be on Pacquiao’s side when they get into the ring.  In the press conference announcing his return, the Pretty Boy showed the same cockiness and arrogance that I’m sure will make many boxing fans root for the humble Pacquiao. “I guess I just missed boxing,” Mayweather said. “Somebody’s got to keep the sport up and running. Why not me?”  Mmm, it seemed to me that Manny Pacquiao had been keeping the sport up and running pretty well without him.  Mayweather also proclaimed: “I’m still the biggest draw in boxing.  Everybody wants to fight me because they know I’m the cash cow.”  Does Mayweather honestly believe that he, and not Pacquiao, is the biggest draw in boxing right now?

If there is a God, please let this fight happen!