Ringside With Raymundo 10.14.10: Quick Hits on Chris Arreola, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and More
Posted by Raymundo Dioses on 10.14.2010
What is Floyd Mayweather's strategic plan for Manny Pacquiao? Plus thoughts on Chris Arreola's antics outside the ring, Super Six problems, Margarito's ‘slap stick' training, Shawn Porter's blindfold boxing and more!
Photo by Laura De la Torre
-Honestly, it's getting a little hard to keep hearing about Chris Arreola's antics outside the ring. It's bad enough that he is a poster boy for under-training for fights, thus being subject to jokes on message boards. (A few weeks ago on Dan Rafael's weekly chat one chatter said this: I'm glad to hear Chris Arreola is healthy enough to continue missing training.) As a California resident who only lives minutes away from the Heavyweight, and as a young person myself in my 20's, I'm close enough to hear what goes on during the weekends and although I'd never out him on what I hear, I just wish he would focus more on training than extracurricular activities, and that he would take the initiative and be the best he can be in the ring. Southern California is a hot bed for young Mexican talent, and he is still in the forefront of that class. Just how long that lasts is up for debate… Word is the "Nightmare's" next fight will be in January 2011…
-I watched Danny Garcia against Mike Arnaoutis last weekend, and during the fight, in my head I was thinking, "At some time, this young kid has to assert himself in the ring and start dominating opponents." Well, just as I was thinking that, Garcia did, rocking Arnaoutis with one left hook that knocked Arnaoutis down twice, and the next round, here comes another left hook and the show is over. I was just thinking, Mayweather didn't carry Arturo Gatti just because he was Gatti, and Oscar De La Hoya didn't carry Julio Cesar Chavez just because he was Chavez in either of their fights. While Arnaoutis isn't either of those aforementioned future Hall of Famers, he was a step up for Garcia, who made the best of his opportunity, and will continue to rise with performances like the one he gave last weekend. Another thing that Garcia had going for him that night was that there were no other notable fights on a lackluster weekend for boxing, so all attention was on Garcia, and this week saw many writers write and rave about his victory. Note to promoters: schedule your rising stars fights on dreary weekends and reap the rewards!
- It's very sad to see the Super Six tournament going through such tribulation, but it's even sadder to see what is happening to the career of young Andre Dirrell. Showtime had conducted a media poll prior to the Abraham/Dirrell fight, (which would prove to be Dirrell's last fight in the competition) and out of 67 writers who were polled, only 24 picked Dirrell. I was one of the 24, as I believed Dirrell had the goods to deliver an upset, which he did. I thought Dirrell's future would be as bright as any young contender's in boxing, yet now Dirrell apparently is looking at neurological damage from the fight after Abraham through a punch while Dirrell was down, and Dirrell subsequently withdrew from the tourney. Who knows if he will ever fight again in a boxing ring. The most important thing is that he stave from sustaining any further brain damage and lives his life on with his family.
-Tickets are on sale for the Adamek/Maddalone tussle on December 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It's being billed as ‘New York v. New Jersey', as Adamek resides in Brick City and Maddalone is a Queens, New York kid. The fight card is promoted by Ziggy Promotions, Main Events and Star Boxing, and ticket prices are $53, $78, $103 and $253.
-Have you heard of Antonio Margarito's ‘slap stick' training? He will endure three straight minutes of strikes from a wooden stick. Other stable mates have attempted this bizarre type of training, and could only last seconds. Reports out of his training camp are positive, and Margarito is currently up to ten rounds of sparring and looks to have fresh legs under him. He is going to need all that he can when he faces No. 1 pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao next month.
-Another crazy technique, perhaps the craziest technique ever used in boxing, is what young Shawn Porter is doing. Porter is an up and coming undefeated fighter training at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, and goes blindfolded at times during training.
-I can't remember a time when I wished for the month of November to come faster. I am just pumped that these fights are all going to happen in succession. Granted, if thee fights were simply spread out throughout the year, 2010 wouldn't have been so bleak in the boxing world. But hey, lets take em' however we can get em'.
-Here's my picks for the month of November: Marquez over Lopez, Pacquiao over Margarito, Martinez over Williams and Marquez over Katsidis.
-This is just me, but I think Kelly Pavlik's career has pretty much peaked, and won't have many fireworks left before its ‘hang em up' time. You read it here first…
-Here's something positive for 2010. This year didn't have any tragic deaths that we had in the previous year with the passing of Alexis Arguello, Artuo Gatti and Edwin Valero. (I will probably never write that last boxer's name again in my writing career.)
-I'm still kind of tripping on the fact that I saw Bert Sugar for the first time, and at the Sergio Mora/Shane Mosley fight, of all fights. I didn't see him at the Mosley/Mayweather fight just three months prior, which was a fight I'd think I'd be more likely to see the respected boxing historian. Sugar is very respected in the fight game, and here are some things I noticed: I was walking behind Sugar during one of my trips from the press room to press row, and all of writers had to flash our credentials at the Staples Center's employee; Sugar didn't. On yet another trip to the press room, (hey, what can I say, free food calls to me) I walked by Sugar as a writer was pledging his beliefs that Sugar was the greatest, and if he could be so kind as to sign his fight program. In addition to Sugar signing a graph' for the writer, he proceeded to take pictures and sign gloves for fans on the floor on the Staples Center. He's a class act, in my book. And the fedora and unlit cigar, well that's just the trademark of all trademarks right there.
- I really don't know what to think about Bernard Hopkins next fight. It's unbelievable that he is still fighting at all, but it is believable that his productivity in the ring has diminished, as evidenced in his bore-fest against Roy Jones Jr. in April of this year. Nonetheless, you just don't know what you are going to see from "The Executioner", and can never count him out of a fight. I actually think he ‘executed' Kelly Pavlik's career, as previously mentioned in this piece!
- I can still sadly laugh at myself for being so happy earlier this year on the morning that ESPN radio had announced that Bob Arum had declared that he had come to terms for a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Later in the day, I would find out that Pacquiao had agreed, but not Mayweather, and all that lead in the following days was a second failed negotiation for the fight that might still/maybe/probably/possibly maybe might or might not happen. Stupid me for immediately believing what was on the radio. But how was I to react? It was 7:00 in the morning, I will believe anything at that time, I'm still waking up!
-A theory that has poking around my head is that Mayweather is letting the Pac Man get worn down by taking fights against other fighters before he dares step into the ring with Pacquiao sometime in mid to late 2011. This thought is also shared with other writers, so I think us scribes may be onto something… what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below…