Manny Pacquiao: The People’s champ

By Yannis Mihanos: In boxing there are so many different weight categories, and so many different title belts. Some say these things are unnecessary. Nowadays an average fighter with a little push can grab one of these titles and proudly claim himself as a champion.

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Does Manny Pacquiao have enough left to beat Bradley?

pac01By Yannis Mihanos: In the last few years the inability of Manny Pacquiao to finish  matches in spectacular fashion by the way of knockout has been one of the favorite topics in various websites, magazines, and on TV. Some they blame it on his recent election as a congressman for his native country, while some others believe his best is forever gone and that he is now old; some also accuse him of using in the past steroids. So there all kinds of reasons good and bad available but I am not here to judge.

In boxing there are two ways of winning, one is through a knockout and one is through a points decision. While there are both good for the fighter as victory is the main purpose they are not Always good for the fans. Boxing fans around the world always demand something more, something to talk about, something to remember: A knockout.

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Karma is coming to collect for Tim Bradley

By Yannis Mihanos: In life lessons we are being given and taken. There is a cause and effect in everything. Karma they say is the best teacher. It forces people to face the consequences of their actions and make them improve  or suffer if they do not change attitude. As in life and so in boxing, fighters have to learn similar lessons too.

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What triggers Manny Pacquiao

pacquiao232By Yannis Mihanos: In boxing and life in general there are some things that can bring the best of us out. t=There are also some things that can bring out the worst of us. Those things are called triggers. Those triggers can be anywhere.

On April 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada a boxing fight will take place. It’s the long awaited rematch between WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s).

In brief, the last 2 fights of both fighters were as following:  Tim Bradley had to go through hell in order to get a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov last year in March. Following that, Bradley defeated Juan Manuel Marquez by a relatively easy victory by avoiding his shots for most of the fight. I guess the punishment from Provodnikov was enough to make Bradley change plans and fight smart against Marquez.

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Manny Pacquiao: Going for the kill against Bradley on April 12th

pac67By Yannis Mihanos: On April 12 2014,  WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) will meet for the second time with one of boxing’s biggest stars and currently number 2 in the world  best pound for pound Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) in a fight televised by HBO from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since his election as a congressman in his native country, Pacquiao has become a busy man in and out of the ring. Some say that because he has become politically active he has somehow become passive in the ring, the ferocious Manny of the past has softened.

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Manny Pacquiao: Knockout is the answer

pac4By Yannis Mihanos: Since stopping by a way of knockout Miguel Cotto in November of 2009, Manny Pacquiao hasn’t be able to win the same way again.  A controversial defeat by Tim Bradley that only the judges saw, a close victory by points against Juan Manuel Marquez and a famous knockout defeat by the same opponent in December of 2012.

Coming back almost a year later against Brandon Rios it was obvious that Pacquiao didn’t want to take big risks. He just out-boxed cleverly his opponent in each round and that was enough.

Facing for a second time Bradley, nobody can expect again a controversial decision but then again you can never be sure in boxing.

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Paper champion in 4 easy steps

By Yannis Mihanos: There is a phenomena in boxing that is called paper champion. Fighters who look credible and formidable enough but they are not.Their whole career is based on image and lies. Until they get what they want: a retirement contract or a retirement big fight. Until then, they must keep ducking opponents who look dangerous.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr: The money maker

mayweather2323By Yannis Mihanos: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) is the gold machine,the cash cow, the money maker. Nobody can deny that. He is the most successful fighter in the money business of boxing .The numbers don’t lie. After signing with Showtime/CBS his  popularity has continued going from strength to strength and his earnings too. Throughout his career has fought and beaten many title holders in various categories and his record remains spotless at 45-0.

Even if he’s been accused for cherry picking opponents, the fact remains that Floyd Mayweather is the number 1 most profitable fighter in boxing, hands down.

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Maidana: Can a learning from the past help to beat Mayweather Jr?

maidana0003By Yannis Mihanos: We are back in February 25th 2012, Marcos Maidana is on his first attempt in welterweight division facing Devon Alexander. As the action starts in round 1, Maidana obviously is  experiencing problems: Alexander seems to be too fast to catch and get hit. On the other hand, Maidana seems  awfully predictable and one dimensional. As the  rounds go by nothing changes and Alexander gets a comfortable victory by a unanimous decision ( 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 ).                            

In the  years following, Marcos <chin0> Maidana along with his new trainer Robert Garcia gets everything right and with 4 wins in a row, gets the right to fight the pound-four-pound king of boxing Floyd <money> Mayweather Jr. on may 3rd  2014.

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