The easiest thing in sports is to look back and comment after the fact (hindsight is always 20/20). So that’s what I do. Here are my random thoughts on the Hopkins-Pascal fight and other new and reports.
- First and Foremost, how about Bernard Hopkins. At forty five years of age he is an absolute marvel. He will continue to cut up the AARP card they keep trying to send in the mail and continue fighting. After his performance showing he is still the Jedi master of the sweet science he has every right to continue on.
- Hopkins is a role model to anyone over thirty much less forty years old to treat your body right and it will be good to you. Sure he is genetic freak to be able to compete at a championship level at his age that very few people could emulate but for Joe Public it means that you can still be healthy and conditioned as you age.
- Close fight, exciting fight, disputed decision, any reason we should not have a rematch.
- Thanks to Showtime for doing ring intros right. You can hear the fighter’s music and the broadcasters do not talk over the entrance (much less show highlights during the entrance). The ring entrance is part of the fight experience and it won’t kill the broadcasters to shut up for a few minutes. HBO, you have great announcers but please take note of this.
- Speaking of fight experience, I got to get to a fight in Canada at some point. That atmosphere looking electric on TV. They do it up with big entrances, lights, etc. Sure looks like you get your money’s worth with the price of a ticket.
- Reports indicate Pacquiao is deciding between Mosley, Marquez, or Berto for his next fight. If those are the choices I actually hope he takes Berto even though Andre has done nothing to earn the shot. I have no interest in seeing Sugar Shane go out by being beaten down way past his prime. I have all the respect in the world for JMM but I just don’t see him being effective at welterweight. Berto at least is young, fast, and strong. That being said Pacquiao will still blow him away. Berto has too many defensive flaws and Pacquiao will hit him with ease.
- Mayweather spent a night in jail over the weekend according to news reports out of Vegas. We just get further and further away from the mega fight between Money and Pac Man. It is a shame but contrary to popular belief boxing will go on.
- Last point, Dan Rafael of ESPN stated that Pavlik has decided to remain in rehab another thirty days. Good for Kelly, stay in treatment as long as it takes to get your life back in order. First beat alcoholism before even considering continuing a boxing career. You cannot fight and train at an elite level while fighting off hangovers and personal issues. If he does resume between the ropes at some point it could be interesting. At one time he showed so much promise; hopefully if he beats his demons outside of the ring he will realize his potential inside of the ring.
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