By Don Donatello
I will boycott tonight’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz Pay-per-view fight, but I will definitely watch the replay for free on HBO next week Saturday.
Do you believe that prayers work? Some may call it by a different name. I’ve been holding on to this article for a while. My thought on the subject was validated by a documentary I saw on cable that was hosted by Morgan Freeman on the Science channel. They called the phenomenon “global consciousness.” I call it “collective will.”
In the Science program, a scientist was tracking the earth’s magnetic field. In the chart it showed the earth’s magnetic field in sequence with the bombing of the Twin Towers buildings in New York on 9/11. Minutes before the actual bombing, there was a spike in the earth’s magnetic field. And at the exact time of the bombing, a much bigger spike was charted of the field. The program concluded that since there was a spike before the bombing, we were all somehow connected and had anticipated that something big was about to happen. The huge spike at the time of the bombing was explained that the people can influence the magnetic field of earth.
What does this have to do with Manny Pacquiao? PLENTY! The collective will of the entire Philippines population, over 100 million, can have a very big influence. It is even more true today with the presence of the Internet. The Internet spreads stories in an instant and it becomes world news and in the minds of millions of people. The person in such a news story will either have a positive or negative outlook from the people toward him.
Let’s take a look at some very fortunate global personalities that had everything going for them. When a negative act or deed by the celebrity becomes world news, suddenly things start to sour for the celebrity. The celebrity’s life starts to unravel, they no longer could perform as they once did at their chosen sport.
Tiger Woods is the most obvious. This guy could do no wrong on the golf course. I remember a shot he made where the ball stop at the very edge of the hole, it stayed there for a second or two and then magically just dropped in. What was that about? At that time Tiger Woods was seen as a good loving person, a good father, a loving husband, and a straight out nice guy. He had the “collective good will” of the people behind him. After Tiger was outed as a cheating husband, nothing went his way. He has not won a tournament since. He use to win just about every tournament he played. Even his relationship with his long time caddy went sour. He lost many endorsement deals, his family, friends, and a lot of fans. How does one explain the sudden total, absolute, free fall, and 180 reversal fortunes of probably the best golfer of all time. And it all started when he was found to be a womanizing, lying, cheating of a husband and not the decent family man that was his image.
Let’s move on to Lebron James. The Cleveland fans treated him like a king, the world did as well. When he left Cleveland for Miami, he lost the “collective good will” of many. Lebron James used to score big in close games in the fourth quarter. I remember seeing a game where he scored the last 20 something points of a game and the Cavaliers won. Contrast that with his disappearing act against the Dallas Mavericks series in the crucial fourth quarter.
To a lesser extent, Brett Favre’s fortunes took a dive after his scandal involving Jenn Sterger, a New York Jets employee as a “Gameday Host.” When he was seen as the good guy and the Green Bay Packers organization were seen as having kicked Favre out the door, his fortunes were good. But when news of him texting pictures his junk and harassing Jenn Sterger, everything started going down hill. He was no longer an effective quarterback. This after having one of his best career numbers on the previous NFL season.
On the other hand, Dirk Nowitzki was seen as a soft player in the NBA. But he was a very good guy, soft spoken, a true outstanding citizen. The soft player all of a sudden was taking over in fourth quarter of games. The bad-guy Lebron James had a team mate that many considered the third best player in the NBA, behind Lebron and Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade. Lebron’s team, the Miami Heat, was favored to beat the team of good-guy Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks. How do you explain Lebron’s reversal of fortunes regarding 4th quarter performances?
That brings us to Manny Pacquiao. How do we explain Manny’s unfathomable success. Have you ever seen such a rise in sport history? Manny’s travel from dirt poor to the top of the world is the longest travel I have ever seen in sport. It is unparalleled. With his global reputation as a giving, nice and decent person, there is a “good collective will” bestowed upon him. Not only from around 120 million of his countrymen, but also from around the world. How does one explain such a meteoric rise from an unlikely man who was nothing and had nothing. All he had was the shirt on his back, hope, and his god.
And now we have Floyd Mayweather Jr. Since he started bashing and accusing the much beloved Manny Pacquiao of cheating, Floyd’s fortunes have been going down. The shooting incident outside the skating rink, the problems with the security guards, the abusing and threatening of the mother of his children, and recently the verbal fight with his daddy.
I will test my theory of “collective will” on September 17, the day of the Victor Ortiz versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. Junior is seen as the bad guy, but he also has many fans that bestow upon him a “good collective will.” But he has loss many fans with his latest tirade against his father. With the backing of around 120 million Filipinos wanting Floyd jr. to lose against Ortiz, I predicted that Floyd will be in for a struggle, much more than he anticipated. After talking about his faith in his god, on HBO coverage of Mayweather, he posited on why he has not lost in a big way if he “is such a bad guy.”
Floyd, have you ever thought that you are being prepared to be THE EXAMPLE? And that it is just a matter of time before you’re next in the line of dominoes consisting of Tiger Woods, Brett Favre, and Lebron James. On the other side of the spectrum, the good guys are succeeding. Long time bottom NFL dwellers such as the New Orleans Saints became Super Bowl champs when they added good guy Drew Brees. Good guy Dirk Nowitzki winning over the triage of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosch seems unlikely. The San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball suddenly won their first and only World Series title when bad guy Barry Bonds was no longer on the team.
In my previous articles I predicted that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will beat Victor Ortiz. After going through my visualization, a procedure I have used a lot in the past with great success, I keep seeing Victor as the winner. My logical mind keeps telling me that Floyd will win, my intuitive mind keeps seeing a victory for Victor Ortiz.
I believe that Floyd Mayweather’s hoodlum antics that were documented in HBO’s 24/7 promotional series have created a “negative force” around him. The “collective will” of the anti-Mayweather group will overcome the will of the pro-Mayweather crowd. The flashing of bundled cash with friend 50 cent, the choking of Victor Ortiz during the weigh-in, and of course the fight between Mayweather Jr. and his father where he calls his own dad a “cab driver,” have driven many people to see Mayweather Jr. as someone to root against.
Whether the judges give the decision to Victor Ortiz or not, I truly believe Victor will come out the winner in tonight’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. I will now reverse my pick. Base on everything that has happened within the last four weeks, it is almost the perfect storm that will bring down Floyd Mayweather jr.
The southpaw stance, younger, bigger, stronger, hungrier, and almost as fast as Floyd, are all attributes that Victor Ortiz brings to the ring with him. Older, smaller, slower, end of the career line, were the attributes of Mayweather’s past four opponents. Now add that to Mayweather’s long lay off from the ring, the legal troubles, the personal problems, and an image that a “collective will” frowns on.
Pacquiao’s overwhelming performances over Floyd’s so-so victory over mutual opponents is my proof that Mayweather has been fighting softies. Mayweather builds an imaginary ability for his opponents and then proclaims his greatness. Manny Pacquiao takes the same opponent and exposes Floyd’s inferiority. Mayweather and company protect Floyd’s ego and career by claiming that Floyd took out too much from the opponent before Pacquiao got to them.
Sometimes the lies comes back to bite you in the ass, Floyd. Victor Ortiz does not fit your cherry picking recipe, Junior! You’ll take a bite and then you’ll find out that different ingredients makes for a different taste.
Victim Ortiz no longer, it’s Victor Ortiz via “collective will,” on a split decision.
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