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Fight of the Century

In Ken Irons’ latest article he looks at the upcoming ‘super fight’ between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, and discusses five other blockbuster bouts that never took place.

The upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jnr Vs Manny Pacquiao blockbuster, scheduled for May 2nd in Las Vegas, is already being dubbed ‘fight of the century’ and is attracting enormous interest worldwide.

For a non-heavyweight fight to be paying by far the biggest purse money in history speaks for itself. The lion’s share of this purse will go to Mayweather on a 60 – 40 percentage with his share, reportedly, a staggering 140 million dollars.

The fight was first mooted some six years ago, with both fighters then generally acknowledged as the best ‘pound for pound’ champions in the sport.
Mayweather Pacquiao
Mayweather is a 5-weight division world champ who has won 10 world titles, and Pacquiao an 8-weight division world champ who has also secured 10 world titles.

Boxing fans, impatient to see the two men meet in the ring, have had to endure frustration for all of that time however, due to disputes between the two camps over such issues as drug testing, promotional rights and the like.

It was therefore with some surprise that those same fans were greeted with the news last month that terms for the match had finally been agreed.

Although both fighters are, sadly, now somewhat past their primes (Mayweather is 38 and Pacquiao 36) this fact does not appear to have diminished appetites for the scrap.

Incidentally, Pacquiao has reportedly bent over backwards to comply with his rivals’ terms, including accepting the smaller purse, something which has been construed by his supporters as proof that it is he who wants the fight most. However, one could perfectly understand any possible caution exhibited by Mayweather, as his outstanding 47 wins, no losses record is now approaching that of Rocky Marciano (49 wins in 49 fights).

The great Rocky Marciano: 49-0 pro record remains the boxing benchmark.
The great Rocky Marciano: 49-0 pro record remains the boxing benchmark.

So, whilst it seems likely that Mayweather, should he win, would want to continue fighting, Pacquiao, bearing in mind his outside interests (mainly in politics), is thought likely to call it a day after the match, especially should he be defeated.

Both men are reported to be training extremely hard, with ‘Money Man’, Mayweather, always a stickler for fitness, re-introducing a wood chopping  routine which goes right back in boxing to the time of  Jack Dempsey and even Jack Johnson, and strengthens back, shoulder and core muscles.

Filipino Pacquiao, the ‘Pac Man’, is a non-stop puncher, capable of unsettling any opponent, whereas Mayweather is a fleet of foot boxer whose style has been cited by Top Rank chief, Bob Arum, as reminiscent of the classic American fighter from Sugar Ray Robinson, through Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammed Ali.

Who will prevail, with 4 titles at stake, on May 2nd?    Will it be WBA (super), WBC & Ring Welterweight champ Mayweather, or WBO Welterweight champ Pacquiao? I’m going for Mayweather on points!

Whilst on the subject of the dream fight, it is tempting to consider what other match-ups would thrill the fans: what fighters – were it possible to manipulate the various eras in which they practised their trade – would make for contests to equal, and even surpass Mayweather vs Pacquiao?

If it is not too much to keep fight fans from drooling uncontrollably, how would the following encounters, for example, appeal if they appeared on the support card? And remember that all contestants would be in their prime when they stepped into the ring.

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1) GEORGE FOREMAN v MIKE TYSONMike Tyson pigeon

It is difficult to imagine two more destructive punchers and more difficult still to imagine the outcome. I would simply have to place my bet on the match NOT going the distance!

Alternatively, Iron Mike could face another opponent. So we could be treated to…

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2) RIDDICK BOWE v MIKE TYSONRiddick Bowe

This could perhaps be referred to as the heavyweight showdown between ‘The two Bruisers from Brooklyn’. Again, picking a winner would not be easy although Tyson would possibly start as the favourite.

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3) VITALI KLITSCHKO v WLADIMIR KLITSCHKOKlitschko Bros.

At the risk of upsetting the two fighters’ mother – who made them promise years back that they would never face each other in the ring – this would be a most interesting match up.

The two Russian giants have similar styles and physiques, but though Vitali was initially the more polished, Wladimir is now building up a superb fight record. This is another tough one to call.

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4) JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ v ROBERTO DURAN

Coming down in the weights, these two are multi-weight champions (3 divisions for Chavez, and 4 for Duran).

‘Manos de Piedra‘(Duran’s nickname, translating as Hands of Stone) was the ultimate hard man. This ‘tough guy’ image was however somewhat dented when on one occasion in 1980 he defended his WBC welterweight title.

The challenger was Sugar Ray Leonard, who he had battered over 12 rounds earlier that same year for that same title. Duran refused to come out for the 8th round, reportedly uttering the famous words “No mas”(no more).

Mexican Chavez was a hard hitter (86 knockouts in 115 fights), capable of delivering disabling body shots and he had a strong chin. I don’t think that the fans would have any complaints here about lack of action.

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5) SUGAR RAY ROBINSON v SUGAR RAY LEONARD

This final one would be my personal dream fight. Robinson’s name is invariably, and justifiably, invoked whenever the question of ‘greatest of all time’ arises.

The second, and junior, Sugar Ray is generally held to be at the very summit of ‘pound for pounders’ in the modern era, as against Robinson’s latter day superiority. As for picking a winner, I simply wouldn’t have a clue!

Let us know your thoughts on the Mayweather/Pacquiao contest in the comment section below, and please like and share the Kureen Facebook page, our target is to reach 300 likes by the start of June this year!

Written by Ken Irons

I have always had a love of the written word and have frequently, over the years, exasperated editors, publishers et al with my copious submissions of work. My highly advanced years I find a plus, as it means not having to research so much - I can remember it if it's in the last century or so!

6 feats sports fans are hoping to see

Neil Robertson became the first professional snooker player to make a century of century breaks in a single season last weekend, when the world number one vanquished Judd Trump in his quarter-final match at this year’s World Championships.

Dom Kureen takes a look at half a dozen other feats sports fans are hoping to see in the near-future.

1. Ryan Giggs reaches 1000 first-team matches for Manchester United (currently: 963)

Ryan Giggs 2
Since snubbing Manchester City for rivals United in 1987 aged 13-year old, Ryan Giggs has gone on to become one of the club’s greatest players of all time, notching up 963 first-team appearances, to easily leave Sir Bobby Charlton’s previous record of 758 trailing in his wake.

Amazingly, at an age when most players have long since hung up their boots, the Welsh maestro remains capable of inspiring his team to unlikely victories, albeit mainly against the lesser lights of Premier League and European football.

How likely is it?
Aged almost 41 years old and with an uncertain future at Old Trafford, Giggsy would seem destined to fall agonisingly shy of the remarkable four figures. Additionally, his current rate of around 20 matches per season would require him to play on until close to 43 to get there.
3/10

2. Serena Williams passes Margaret Court’s 24 women’s singles Grand Slams (currently: 17)
Serena Williams

Bursting onto the professional tennis scene as a teenager, the younger Williams sister soon surpassed the achievements of her legendary sibling, Venus.

The singles slam success began with a 1999 US Open victory at the tender age of 17, followed by a consistent trophy haul until the mid-2000’s, when injuries began to blight her progress. Happily in 2012 she returned to her forceful best, allowing fans to believe that she might be able to overhaul Court’s intimidating collection of majors.

How likely is it?
As with Giggs, Williams Jr has age against her, a relative tennis O.A.P at 32. With eight more slams needed, she will probably require 3-4 years minimum to get there, but knowing Serena and the dearth of credible opponents currently in the female game, she might just do it.
5/10

3. Ronnie O’Sullivan rockets past Stephen Hendry’s 775 century breaks (currently: 747)
Ronnie O'Sullivan

While Neil Robertson’s 100 centuries in a season is a miraculous effort that will probably never be equalled, O’Sullivan has been consistently churning out the tons for decades.

An unpredictable temperament means that ‘The Rocket’ could sulk into retirement at any given moment, but he seems to have belatedly straightened out those issues between the ears and at 38 years of age is playing just about as well as ever.

How likely is it?
Ronnie should get there, probably next season – then he can set his sights on 1000 centuries and eight world titles!
9/10

4. Floyd Mayweather Jr makes it 50 wins in a row to K.O Rocky Marciano’s long standing record of 49-0 (currently: 46-0)

Floyd Mayweather

The current WBA and WBC Welterweight champion is a phenomenon who has fought in five different weight categories over the past two decades.

There will always be dispute amongst some fight fans over where he stands in the all-time list, after ‘Money’ seemingly ducked a bout against Manny Pacquiao in 2010 – The fight everyone wanted to see.

That shouldn’t take the shine off a career that has witnessed the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosely’s defeated and British hopeful, Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton, taught a lesson in the art of pugilism.

How likely is it?
A lot depends of Mayweather’s desire to reach that target. He’s saved his money, earns tens of millions per annum in endorsements and has hinted at a full-time transition into promotion. If he wants to get to 50-0 he probably can, particularly with overrated fodder like Amir Khan waiting in the wings.
7/10

5.  Simona de Silvestro becomes the first woman to make the F1 podium.

Simona de Silvestro

Having witnessed de Silvestro record a podium finish in the IndyCar 2013 Grand Prix of Houston, Formula One team Sauber took a punt on the young Swiss driver, snapping her up to a long-term contract, with the aim of getting her into the car for the 2015 season.

Her efforts in testing have been steadily improving and after a successful motor sports career at other levels, there seems little reason why she shouldn’t be able to prosper when facing off against the elite of her profession.

How likely is it?
It remains a long shot. Despite promising results behind the scenes, de Silvestro remains far from the finished article. With time, application and a decent car it’s not impossible.
3/10

6. Usain Bolt runs under 9.5 seconds for the 100m and under 19 seconds for the 200m (Current records: 9.58s and 19.19s)

Usain Bolt

Nobody has ever exhilarated the sprints quite like Usain Bolt, with his zealous celebrations 10 metres before the finish line and exuberant persona.

In 2009 the Jamaican set the current world records at 100 and 200 metres, since then he’s remained the dominant force in both events, without really threatening to shave a millisecond off the quickest times.

How likely is it?
Not likely. Bolt is gradually slowing down (a little bit!) and there’s nobody in the wings who can legally run within a tenth of a second of him at his best. Expect the two current world records to remain untroubled for the foreseeable future.
1/10

What sporting records and feats would you like to witness? Let us know in the comments section below!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.