We should know better

Peter Cariño

Conrad M. Cariño

I more or less expected the out come of the rematch between still undefeated Floyd May-weather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, which is a unanimous decision win for the American.

I even wrote in a previous column that a rematch between Mayweather and Maidana would amount to taking boxing fans for a ride, because the outcome would be a predictable one, or a convincing win by Mayweather.

A lot of boxing fans thought that Maidana gave Mayweather a handful in their first fight, and Maidana could pull off a trick in a rematch or even stop the American. Well, that was like asking for the moon.

In the first fight, Maidana somehow amazed fight fans by throwing more punches but landing about 25 percent of them. By landing about only a quarter of his punches, Maidana exposed himself as an inaccurate volume puncher, and some boxing fans thought that by increasing his punch volume in the next fight, Maidana could just pull it off over the undefeated American.

But then, Mayweather connected more than 50 percent of his punches in the first fight, and looked like he was in the process of giving Maidana a boxing lesson in the last three rounds also in the first fight.

So my prognosis going into the second fight was: all Mayweather had to do in the second fight was continue what he did in the latter rounds of the first fight. And during the latter rounds of the first fight, it was obvious that Mayweather had Maidana “measured” and figured out already.

We should have known better, by then.

We can all chastise May-weather for not choosing to mix it up with Maidana, or for not generating enough excitement in the second fight. But at 37 years old and holding the top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings, Mayweather’s primary concern nowadays is to get more wins, and deposit more millions in the bank. Risking getting into the hospital from brain damage or broken bones won’t make sense to an “aging” fighter who wants to enjoy his retirement with his mental faculties intact. That’s the case of Mayweather now, and there is no way we can change that.

We should know better, by now.

And now comes the clamor for Mayweather to clash with our beloved Manny Pacquiao, because some boxing fans think the American has slowed down or does not have knockout or knockdown punching power anymore.

Well, that can make sense to the Mayweather camp considering that Pacquiao has also slowed down and does not have the same punching power that mowed down opponents with impunity.

So should Pacquiao-May-weather materialize?

From what I have seen from Mayweather-Maidana parts 1 and 2, I would not even think about Mayweather-Pacquiao shaping up anymore.

Maidana proved one thing in his two fights against Mayweather: that the American cannot be easily subdued by a buzzsaw puncher who can throw volumes of punches with respectable power. And it is obvious that Pacquiao is no longer the buzzsaw we loved to watch a few years back.

The Mayweather-Maidana rematch took boxing fans for a ride, for they were made to believe that Maidana had a chance to defeat the American. I just hope that boxing promoters and pundits are not taking fight fans for a ride by aggressively pushing Mayweather-Pacquiao, and making us believe that Pacquiao has a good chance at beating Mayweather.

Call me a villain, but the Pacquiao we have seen against Brandon Rios and his second match against Timothy Bradley is not the Pacquiao who dispatched Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. That’s the painful truth. And we should know better, by now.


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  1. victor m. hernandez on

    I don’t want to be taken for a ride, either. Boxing matches gives excitement, particularly Pacquiao’s fight. Nonetheless, Floyd will come out the winner, 1st fight, or 2nd fight, and both will be laughing their way to the bank. Have fun, life is short. But you;ve got to pay for it. Never mind if one is taken for a ride, it’s fun. We’re crazy.

  2. the boxing promoters want Mayweather-Pacquiao just after big money, taking the fans for a ride. That’s all!!! Pacquiao has too much in his plate & boxing is just a way of getting more money. Power, fame & wealth have gotten into his head!

  3. You are right in your assessment of the fight but no fight is ever a forgone conclusion. Anything can happen, it takes but a single punch to change the course of a fight. Maidana always had a punchers chance. Just remember back to mike tyson & james buster douglas.
    If we continue to think like that then we would say floyd mayweather shouldnt fight anyone as realistically who in the welterweight or light middleweight division can beat him. Lots of names are put forward & each will have a chance depending on their attributes but i cant see any of them is good enough to beat floyd. I still get angry at manny for refusing rbt to fight night in their 1st negotiations for a fight as each fighter was getting an equal share & both fighters were at their best then. It saddens me to see the filipinos always blaming floyd for the fight not happening when it was manny who refused rbt to fight night & is the only fighter ever to refuse a fight because of rbt. I think i know why he wouldnt test & im even more convinced when apparently now he is prepared to take the test to fight night. What has changed, was he juicing, i think so as since manny called him out on juicing mannys performances have gone downhill & since then he hasnt knocked out a single opponent despite them mostly comming from the light welterweight division.