By Dexter Reyes
So the “Supposed” greatest heavyweight fight of the last ten years, Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye, just happened and gave us more reason to believe the heavyweight division is a dead one and why I believe the UFC is gaining more fans than boxing. I watched the live HBO broadcast of the fight before I watched the awesome UFC 132 pay per view at a friends house. I have to say the UFC 132 pay per view card was way more exciting. The UFC card had some nasty KO’s with Melvin Guillard knocking out Shane Roller and Chris Leben knocking out Wanderlei Silva, the main event between Dominic Cruz and Urijah Faber was an awesome tactical battle with more action in one round than the entire Klitschko-Haye fight.
The majority of the Klitschko-Haye fight the fighters were pawing at each others gloves and moving more than punching. But what stood out the most was David Haye’s difficulty closing the gap and leaping in with his punches similar to how Manny Pacquiao couldn’t close the gap against Shane Mosley.
With all the hype surrounding the Haye vs. Klitschko fight, and seeing how the outcome turned out, I could only think the biggest fight in boxing between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will turn out similar, lots of hype and promotion, but a super boring fight with Mayweather coming out on top to win a points decision.
Manny Pacquiao is an exciting fighter but Floyd Mayweather can make any exciting fighter into a boring one by taking away his weapons with his defense and counter punching. Manny couldn’t even close the distance and was lunging and diving forward with his face open on Shane Mosley, Floyd would counter punch him all day if he made those mistakes against him. Klitschko back stepped quickly anytime David Haye made any type of attempt to move his hands, making it hard for the shorter Haye to land anything on Wladimir. Shane Mosley didn’t throw any punches against Pacquiao but his footwork was amazing, he was able to move back quickly anytime Manny tried to throw a punch and Manny couldn’t catch him. Floyd is the best at keeping his distance and he would move back, wait for Manny to make mistakes, and then capitalize on them.
I am losing interest in boxing, every time a fight is being hyped up and the fighters are hyping it up, I am let down big time, first it was the Timothy Bradley vs. Devon Alexander fight all hype and no action. Then it was Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley, we thought it would be exciting but turned out boring. And now Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye, Haye was talking a lot of trash but didn’t back any of it up. I am confident if Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight does happen it will not live up to the hype either.
Lately I’ve been drawn more towards mixed martial arts, and the UFC just seems like they are delivering an overall better product than boxing. Or is it because the boxers of today aren’t cut from the same cloth of the old time fighters before them? David Haye blamed his swollen pinky toe for not being able to fight well against Klitschko….I’ve seen UFC fighters with huge swollen eyes and faces covered in blood still fight with their heart out! Many of the boxers of today are soft compared to the guys who fight MMA. The fighters in the UFC get paid peanuts compared to these boxers and they fight their heart out with no fear. These fighters in the UFC deserve the million dollar paydays for putting on a show and actually giving the fans their moneys worth. They don’t make boxers like they used to.
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