Thursday, October 16, 2014

GGG Golovkin and the Devil in Marco Antonio Rubio

This will be about GG Golovkin, Marc Antonio Rubio, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

I just wanted a headline that rhymes because I was just reading about 50 Cent trying to rehabilitate his relationship with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  I'm in one of those moods when I love everyone.

I'm kind of infatuated with 50 and I'm glad he's putting out signals to Mayweather Jr.  I hope Mayweather Jr. will take the hint b/c this little flap, all because 50 allegedly said something about Floyd's one-time gf Shantel Jackson, is lame.   I can't stand all that drama, anyway, and what's it got to do with my favorite sport?  Get over yourselves.

Here's the deal.  I'm not longer much interested in Mayweather v. Pacquiao even though, like millions of others, I will get caught up in the hype when/if they start promoting it.  And I agree-- it will be an exciting fight, no matter how old and battered the principals are.

I think Floyd Mayweather Jr. is  the greatest fighter of  the last two generations and that he has skills beyond those of the energetic and eminently likable/capable Pacquiao.  When my peeps hear me say that, and I have said it often enough to irritate everyone, they think I am dissing Pacquiao when I'm not.  Manny's a great fighter with a great heart that is, at this point, not altogether in it.  On the other side, and in regard to the man everyone except me loves to hate, I've always said that the only way Floyd Jr. could be beaten by someone in the weight class is by old age.

And he's getting there.  If these two had fought, say, eight years ago, Pacquiao would not be so high in the minds of those people who like him more for his decency than his skills.  Floyd would have beaten him, pure and simple.  It would have taken more than heart, footwork, and energy to deal with a Mayweather in his prime.  A Mayweather in decline is still the best of the class, and that will be clear if we do get a matchup in 2015.

Whew!  WTF? Why did I have to say all that when this is about one of the most exciting fights in the recent decade to be broadcast for free if you get HBO. I'm talking about Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio.   It doesn't get any better than this.  You have two of the biggest KO fighters in HISTORY!  Golovkin has 27 KOs out of 30 fights and Rubio has 51 KOs out of 59 fights.

Do you see what I'm talking about?  This is like two nuclear warheads crashing together in the sky!  It gives me agita already.  This will be dangerous to watch.  I'm keeping a sedative handy just in case, so my brains don't blow out my ear from the blood pressure rising.

I want to say my bit about the undercard _-- Donaire v. Walters.  I've been a big fan of Donaire and was disappointed in one of his recent setbacks.  Walters is hoping he's in the same lackluster frame of mind as when he lost to Guggliermo Rigondeaux in April of 2013.  I saw that fight and Donaire was flagging while Rigondeaux was at the top of his game and fought a smart fight.  Rigondeaux was the clear winner. It was a bad night for Donaire, but if Walters thinks the guy that lost to Rigondeaux is the one he's coming to meet, he's going to be handed his ass on a shield.

Walters had 24 wins and no losses and also a big KO record but he's about to step up to something he perhaps can't handle in veteran Donaire.  If Walters survives and does a creditable job, it'll be a big boost to his career.  As things stand now with Walters' prediction of knocking out Donaire,  nobody outside of Jamaica is listening.

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