Being An Ass Never Looked So Bad But Being A Bad Ass Has Its Merits ……

Being An Ass Never Looked So Bad But Being A Bad Ass Has Its Merits ……

OK so somewhere along the way it may well have occurred to Floyd Mayweather Jr that being an asshole was the only thing he had going for him. He states that he wants to be judged as the “best pound for pound fighter on the planet” but instead he’s become a pariah by taking out his anger and aggression on his ex girlfriend and their two young sons. Given the seriousness of the charges the boxer now faces which are felony coercion of a witness , grand larceny , robbery and misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment . If found guilty of the charges in question Mayweather faces up to 35 years in jail. And to top it all of Mayweather has a week to pay $34,000 in bail due to the Clark County Court in Las Vegas Courts, Nevada .

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Now while Mayweather’s plight seems to have taken a downward spiral the fighter that many viewed that he should be facing as his next opponent is seven time world champion Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2 (38 KO’s)) of the Philippines . This weekend Pacquiao faces Antonio Margarito (38-6-0 1 NC (27 KO’s)) in a catch-weight title fight being staged at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas this upcoming Saturday night. The fight is being staged and promoted by Top Rank Inc of which owner Bob Arum is the manager of both fighters. The bout itself is being fought for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. And should Pacquiao prevail then it’d be his eighth title at a different weight category. Margarito , himself , has a been a titlist at different weight categories but his lineage and fame isn’t as widespread as the Filipino’s . However what the fans and press at large are hoping to see is whether or not Pacquiao still has what it takes to defeat a dangerous opponent.

The bout itself is being televised via PPV (HBO —- $49.95) scheduled for 9.00 pm EST in order to garner the best possible viewership on both coasts as well as a worldwide audience. And given both fighters’ popularity in their respective countries it has to be said that the Latin and Filipino influence and support will be not only felt internationally but also domestically at the venue. Margarito’s return to the ring after his one year suspension following his fight against Miguel Cotto for the WBA welterweight title had many wondering whether or not his return was appropriate given the actions of his corner on the night of the fight . His corner wrapped the fighter’s hands with an illicit substance which hardens and formed a substance similar to plaster of paris. Though at the time Margarito denies any wrongdoing on his part he was suspended and fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the World Boxing Association (WBA). Bob Arum questioned the length and severity of the suspension but even he has to admit that the actions of the fighter and his trainers were egregious and dangerous.

Courtesy of USA Today

Margarito video adds fuel to Saturday’s fight vs. Pacquiao

By Bob Velin , USA Today

ARLINGTON, Texas — Not much good news has come out of Cowboys Stadium this season, with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 1-7 and having just fired their coach.

A Wednesday afternoon news conference, with the $1.2 billion wonder as the backdrop, was supposed to hype Manny Pacquiao’s bid for an unprecedented world championship in his eighth weight class Saturday against Antonio Margarito (HBO pay-per-view, 9 p.m. ET). The highly anticipated fight is for the vacant WBC super welterweight title.

Instead, everybody was buzzing over a video that appeared on YouTube that caused plenty of hurt feelings.

VIDEO: Margarito camp mimicks Roach
MARGARITO: Relishes chance at redemption vs. Pacquiao

The video, shot by AOL Fanhouse several weeks ago, shows Margarito and undercard boxer Brandon Rios and their trainer, Robert Garcia, mocking Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who has battled Parkinson’s disease for several years. Margarito and Rios were shaking their hands and head, appearing to make fun of some of the most debilitating effects of the dreaded disease.

Roach, a former boxer and now one of the world’s most respected trainers, had little use for Margarito coming into this fight, insisting the Mexican fighter knew of the illegal hand wraps that caused him to be suspended from boxing in the USA nearly two years ago. This is his first fight in the USA since then, but Roach still thinks Margarito should have been banned for life.

Margarito steadfastly denies he knew about the wraps.

After learning of the video, Roach said he would have nothing to say to Margarito, Rios and Garcia ever again.

“I don’t give a (bleep) about them,” Roach said Wednesday. “They’re not my friends. They disrespected me. … They’ve always been nice to me, but they showed their true colors this time. I don’t need friends like that.”

Margarito said they were having fun and trying to get Roach mad and meant no disrespect. Asked whether he’d apologize, Margarito said, “Yes, of course.”

Garcia tried to defuse the incident when he brought it up during the news conference. “Of course I apologize,” he said later. “They were just trying to get Freddie Roach mad. But that’s no way to get him mad. That wasn’t right.”

Asked if he thought it might backfire, making Pacquiao and Roach even more determined for the fight, Garcia said, “Definitely. I’m upset about it. I feel bad. This is not me. People know me. I never talk bad about nobody.

“But I was there. I allowed it. It got a little out of hand. But it had nothing to do with us laughing about that disease.”

Margarito said when they started training camp, the two sides were friendly. But the good feelings deteriorated as both sides began jawing about the other.

“It’s normal,” Margarito said. “It’s been a long promotion. We’re talking back and forth, that’s nothing. It’s a sport. We’re going to fight on Saturday, and after Saturday we’re going to shake hands and move on.”

Margarito thinks Pacquiao and his handlers are getting nervous about the fight, which is expected to draw more than 60,000 fans.

“They see me, they see my size and go, ‘What are we getting into?’ That’s all that is. All nerves.”

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As to the prospects of the fight itself Pacquiao is viewed as an odds on favorite but given his opponent’s record I do believe that this fight could well be a lot closer than some prognosticators might think. Both are very well rounded boxer and each packs a punch as can be witnessed from their respective records. the two combined have amassed 65 knockouts in a total of 89 (73%) fights over the course of their careers . If there’s one thing that we can expect it is that both fighters are wary of each others’ knockout power and neither can afford to make a mistake. A win for Pacquiao would cement his already legendary status and legacy but should he succumb to Margarito then for the Latin fighter it would be viewed as a sort of redemption of sorts.

Looming in the background in all of this is what many feel is unfinished business given the fact that a proposed fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao should have already taken place. It is the fight that all fight fans want to see and because of the politics and intransigence on both sides concerning the rules , monetary compensation and the fact that it would appear that Pacquiao’s representatives were unwilling to subject their fighter to pre-fight drug testing the bout fell through. What might have been the biggest and most lucrative boxing match in history became a war of words , insults and further pushed the sport into an area where it doesn’t need to be. And that’s now outside the mainstream of the boxing and sports fans enthusiasts as a whole. And while one might assail the sport as not having any real characters or heroes of note , looming large of this arena are Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather arguably the two most recognized and perhaps the best boxers on the planet without a doubt. Unfortunately for fight fans everywhere it would appear that the fight that everyone wants will perhaps never take place because of one fighter’s stupidity while the other now seeks to stake his claim as the best fighter of his era and one of the alltime greats of the sport.

One can only hope that Saturday night’s spectacle lives up to perceived hype that has been created . If not then absolutely nothing from hereon in can change the way that the fans are now looking at this sport. It is in many ways a sport that seems to be longer resonating with fans and has in many ways lost its appeal and luster for a number of well chronicled reasons . So much so one could say that with the rise of MMA (mixed martial arts) and in particular the UFC as the main authority of the sport and genre that boxing has now taken a back seat as MMA’s fighters have become as widely known and just as popular as many of today’s top boxers.

Manny Pacquiao could go a long way in addressing and perhaps changing the course of the sport with a win on Saturday night . And it is hoped that given Floyd Mayweather’s legal problems there’s a chance that they can be dealt with in such a way the two can perhaps meet at some time in the near future. The gravity of Mayweather’s situation doesn’t lead me to believe that the justice system will deal with him lightly because of his apparent stupidity but at the same who knows how things may well pan out ?

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What thoughts if any do you have on this upcoming bout between Margarito and Pacquiao ? As such will it be of interest to you and if anything how do you feel about the direction that the sport is now said to be going in ? Chime in with a comment on this and any other thought as it relates to the sport of boxing .

😛 * 🙂

Alan aka tophatal ………………………….. 😛

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Author: tophatal ...........

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14 thoughts on “Being An Ass Never Looked So Bad But Being A Bad Ass Has Its Merits ……”

  1. What;s with the Boxing Commission? I would not allow Mayweather to box period…matter of fact I would suspend him…hell they did it for less with Ali.

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    1. al clements

      The ABC’s of boxing in terms of international commissions is ridiculous ! WBA , WBC , WBO , IBF, IBO and the WBU . If that’s not enough then you have the various state athletic commissions here in the US. The most recognized of which are the Nevada State Athletic Commission , New Jesey State Athletic Commission and finally New York State Athletic Commission . All of these bodies have about as much in common as a Jew and Muslim would have when it comes to idiotic political beliefs !

      Mayweather is a complete asshole who at this moment in time shouldn’t be walking the streets as he’s a danger to his immediate family if not himself .

      The justice system here is so ludicrous that it simply no longer fails misbelief or disbelief .

      😛

      tophatal 🙂 _ 😦 _ 🙂

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  2. Man, I hope the fight is good this weekend. I’m going to watch it with some friends, so hopefully it’s not over before we are drunk haha! I was reading that Pac-man was a little out of shape and didn’t prepare for this one like he normally does. You can’t take anyone lightly especially when you have the target on your back!

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    1. chappy81

      I don’t at all for one minute believe that he’s out of shape ! The guy (Pacquiao) is the consummate professional and a master of his craft. I personally think that the fight will be close but I expect him to either knock Margarito out or win by a unanimous decision.

      Margarito’s camp are now trying to play down the fact that they were poking fun at Pac-man’s trainer Freddie Roach who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. How much of an asshole can a person be to mock someone who has such a serious affliction that is so painful ?

      This’ll hopefully add fuel to the fire and we’ll see Margarito hopefully get put on his friggin’ ass !

      As for Mayweather who give a sh_t ? He’s gone off the rails like Mike Tyson . Sooner or later he’ll meet the same fate .

      😛

      tophatal 🙂

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    2. chappy81

      The fight we all want to see is Manny vs Mayweather but given Money’s (Mayweather) present predicament and the fact that if found guilty he could do some major jail time I just don’t see the fight ever materializing !

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      tophatal 🙂 _ 😦 _ 🙂

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  3. The PAC man is juicer. Floyd Mayweather is a jail bird. One does with roids and the other what can you say. I used to be a fan of boxing when it had class. Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and ther rest now it is a circus act. Boring…

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    1. Bobby Gee

      Nothing proven but I do feel his manager and promoter Bob Arum is the one who’s feeding the beast and making his fighter look all the more suspicious .

      Arum and Pacquiao

      😛

      tophatal 🙂 …. 😛 ….. 😦

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  4. As we’ve discussed a thousand time before, Al, this is unfortunately the best boxing has to offer. And while it’s not a bad fight, we boxing fans that remain should we be treated to better.

    Not talk of Mayweather’s extra-curriculars. Not talk of packing boxing gloves with ‘a plaster-like substance.’

    But it is what it is, huh.

    I hereby nominate TOPHATAL as our next boxing commissioner.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      The state of boxing is a complete mess . The heavyweight division is a joke and the fights that fans want to see just are no longer happening. That’s why it’s time for the sport to have a quick demise . Once the likes of Pacquiao walk away the interest will continue to wane in the sport.

      Mayweather is beginning to make the antics of Mike Tyson look tame.

      I don’t want to be commissioner I just want to be either Secretary of State or Chairman of the Fed ! It’ll take someone like me to life this country out of its miserable demise and present state . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      tophatal 🙂 …. 😛

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  5. I am still hoping that boxing will be resurrected as a major sport once again.
    I’m a long time fan of the sweet science who appreciates your posts on the subject.
    Thanks man and have a great weekend.

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    1. aero

      The state of boxing is a complete mess . The heavyweight division is a joke and the fights that fans want to see just are no longer happening. That’s why it’s time for the sport to have a quick demise . Once the likes of Pacquiao walk away the interest will continue to wane in the sport.

      Mayweather is beginning to make the antics of Mike Tyson look tame. The sport is dying an ever so death and is about to become as obsolete as the dinosaur and doh-doh bird.

      I’m looking forward to the Bucs’ game against the Panthers. Unfortunately it’s another game that’ll be blacked out. I intend to have a great weekend and likewise with you and the immediate family ! Stay safe .

      tophatal 🙂 …. 😛

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  6. Guys

    Showtime and HBO are about to abandon boxing and will now televise live jello wrestling bouts for the fans’ entertainment.

    Did you also realize that there’s now a burgeoning professional league for the sport ?

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about !

    tophatal 🙂

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