Saturday October 3, 2015 “The IceMan” Viktor Postol Out Boxed, Out Punched and Finished the hard hitting Lucas Matthysse to capture the vacant WBC super lightweight world title. Saturday’s fight was a huge win for the Ukraine born Postol. With such a dominate win against a top fighter in Matthysse, unfortunately Postol will most likely become the fighter to avoid.
I will probably get a lot of flak from Floyd Mayweather supporters for drawing this cartoon, but oh well. I wanted to draw this particular comic strip because when anyone mentions Manny Pacquiao around Floyd Mayweather, Floyd gets worked up and defensive. However, when you mention Floyd Mayweather to Manny Pacquiao, Manny could care less and doesn’t resort to bad mouthing Floyd. It’s perfectly clear that Floyd has no interest in fighting Manny Pacquiao. I don’t get it. Floyd has always stated that fighting is about the money. Well, Mayweather vs Pacquiao would be the most lucrative fight in boxing history if it were to happen. So, I don’t understand why Floyd will not fight Manny or why he continues to berate Manny’s boxing skills? They say you’re as good as your last fight. If that’s the case then Floyd has absolutely no room to talk crap about Manny or his skill sets. Manny just finished a virtuoso performance against a young, hungry and undefeated champ in Timothy Bradley. On the other hand Floyd looked below average against a fighter who has lost four fights–one of them to Amir Khan, an opponent who was a choice for the May 3, 2014 Mayweather sweepstakes.
If Manny is not on “Floyd’s level” why not take the easy pay day Floyd? After all this would be the highest paying fight on record, and Floyd’s made it perfectly clear that he is all about them Benjamin’s. As UFC fighter, Nick Diaz would so eloquently put it, “Don’t be scared homie!”
Noito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-1) vs Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0) is likely to happen April 13, 2013. This is a refreshing fight for American boxing fans because rarely do we get to see the two best fighters in their primes fight for division supremacy Great matchmaking like this remind me of the glory days; Leonard – Hearns, Leonard – Duran, Whitaker – Nelson Chavez – Taylor, Hagler – Hearns, this list goes on.
However, in today’s boxing world, the road to the top isn’t about taking on the best and/or all comers. It’s about matching your top fighter with a low risk opponent. Take for instance Adrian Broner facing Gavin Rees This Saturday, February 16, 2013. Rees–a good Euro fighter and very much an unknown to most American boxing fans–will come in as a huge underdog. Broner’s camp knows Rees is a perfect style to showcase Broner’s speed and to help Broner’s stock rise without risking too much in the process. Rees is barely a top 10 fighter in the lightweight division. A better, more worthy opponent would be no. #5 ranked Richard Abril. Like Ponce De Leon did before him, Abril would fight Broner on the outside and pick him apart. Broner – Rees is just one example of the many bad matchmaking decisions in championship boxing today.
We tend to attack the fighters for ducking good opposition but for the most part it’s the promoters that make these ridiculous mismatches which eventually become Pay-Per-View garbage. Networks like HBO and Showtime not take