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Karma Breaks Margarito’s Face

Posted on 14. Nov, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Karma Breaks Margarito’s Face

In January 2009, Antonio Margarito tried to enter a boxing ring with loaded hand wraps to fight Sugar Shane Mosley. Last night, avid fans in the boxing world finally got their revenge for Margarito’s heinous act.

Margarito received the beating of a lifetime at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in front of a crowd of 41,734 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. For true aficionados of the sport, the beating was well deserved for the stunt Margarito tried to pull in the Mosley fight and his subsequent claims of ignorance he expected us to believe once he was caught.

What Margarito did between January 2009 and now to earn his penance is a mystery. How does a disgraced cheater earn a shot at the best fighter in boxing today (not to mention a $3 million dollar payday)? The answer is that the disgraced cheater and the best fighter share the same promoter in Bob Arum.

I am not certain what the appropriate punishment for Antonio Margarito should have been. Hardcore fans of the sport would probably support banishment for life while those less draconian in nature would settle for a temporary suspension and some donations to charity. Few however would agree with the punishment that Margarito actually received – no punishment.

After lying low for a brief period of time after the Mosley incident, Margarito found bouts in Mexico and now Texas. It did not seem to matter to anyone else that California held firm on the decision to uphold Margarito’s suspension and not to allow him to fight in their backyard. Instead, Margarito stepped in to the ring with the hottest fighter in boxing today and made millions.

The outraged boxing fan is now left looking for justice wherever they can find it. For just like Antonio Margarito, they would like to move on from the loaded hand wraps and the Shane Mosley fight. Manny Pacquiao’s 12 round thrashing of Margarito at Cowboys Stadium last night provides a perverse sense of closure. Fans can take comfort knowing that Pacquiao beat Margarito as if he was using loaded gloves and Margarito is awaiting surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone in his face.

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is Back On

Posted on 06. Feb, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is Back On

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will do battle in a few months after all, it just won’t be in the squared circle. In the aftermath of negotiations breaking down for a mega fight between the two, both fighters will appear in separate pay-per-views in what will undoubtedly turn out to be a barometer for who is the more popular boxer.

Pacquiao will take on the formidable Joshua Clottey from Ghana on March 13. The fight will take place at the new billion dollar stadium in Texas where Tony Romo and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys call home. Seating is being arranged for an estimated 40,000 boxing fans that will show up mostly in support of Pacquiao. Clottey recently lost a controversial decision to Miguel Cotto and is by no means a walkover opponent. But then again, neither were Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and the others that Pacquiao has pulverized in the last few years. Will this fight be competitive? Probably not. Will this fight be entertaining?  It will definitely have its moments.

Floyd Mayweather has a slightly bigger test in front of him. On May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mayweather will meet with welterweight title holder Sugar Shane Mosley. Mosley’s last fight took place over one year ago when he upset Antonio Margarito with a ninth round knock-out. Mosley is a much more difficult opponent than Joshua Clottey and most boxing fans would agree that Mayweather/Mosley will be the better pay-per-view to watch of the two. Sugar Shane is reaching the end of his career (though he certainly does not fight like it) and has the heart of a champion. He will definitely not be afraid to bring the fight to Mayweather and without question, Mayweather will be ready.

Though Floyd Mayweather has a bigger chance of losing his fight than Manny Pacquiao does, it is expected that both fighters will take care of business. The true fight will really take place when all the pay-per-view buys are tallied for each fighter. Pacquiao versus Mayweather is not taking place in the ring, but in the heart of every boxing fan across the country. Fans will open their wallets and decide who they want to spend their hard earned money on because they can no longer see both fighters for the price of one PPV. The hardcore and rich fans will most likely purchase both, but the fans who primarily like one guy or the other will probably just buy their particular fight.

There is potential danger in this popularity contest. Whoever generates more revenue from pay-per-view sales will want a bigger piece of the pie when Mayweather and Pacquiao try to set something up again down the road. Would either man agree to receive less than 50% of the purse based on who sold more pay-per-views in their last fight?


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