Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr - Boxing Writers Don't Let the Sh!t hit the Fan! By Johnny Benz (Nov 24, 2009) Doghouse Boxing
Two fighters in their prime. Two recognized as Pound For Pound Best. Two fighters who bring in millions of dollars in Pay-Per-View revenue. Two fighters who transcend the sport. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr for many reasons, not just the ones I have included, are the best things going in Boxing right now.
With negotiations for the two to meet sometime in the New Year officially started, whoever you are rooting for, its an exciting time for boxing and fans in general.
Now on all accounts, its time to really pump up this fight and the fighters. Why? Because this fight is truly what its all about for our sport. These two fighters are the best of the best, both punching in their primes right now and both achieving high volume of Pay-Per-View buys. This is happening because bother are full of tremendous skills, excite the fans and have proven themselves to be worthy of our praise time and time again. I can not think of any combat sport right now that has two incredible fighters such as Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao. Sure there is a lot of talent out there... but not like these two.
In the coming months, I hope the goofy writing patrol, made of bloggers, and folks who think they are writers / journalists... really take proper note of this fight. I'd like to see people write with out such hatred for either fighter. You know, you've seen the headlines before, Eg: Floyd Mayweather Jr loud Mouth Jerk is running from Pacquiao, or Manny Pacquiao is too good, therefore he must be on Drugs or dancing the Lambada with Voodoo. Now I haven't read those exact headlines, but very similar. You catch my drift, and I am certain you know what I am talking about. Basically, its not fair to call them headlines, or even good journalism.
Must I be the one to remind these clowns that these men put there lives on the line each time they lace up the gloves for the fans and step inside the ring? This past Sunday Francisco Rodriguez passed away from ring injuries, and the week before that Z Gorres was hospitalized, close to death from injuries sustained in his bout. So when I read that Mayweather Jr. or Pacquiao is some kind of bum because a "writer" (usually a fan trying to pass himself off as a writer) has some kind of bone to pick, I have to wonder if they really understand the sport at all... and more so, wonder if they should have the right to even write on the matter.
There are too many writers for Boxing and not enough good ones. Often the crap is what floats to the top. Don't get me wrong, I am not claiming to be a great writer, but I understand the sport, and I understand the damage poorly chosen words can do. I also understand how stupid these headlines and articles make our sport look, especially to the outside world.
It doesn't just start and end with the trashing of Boxers. Over the last few years there has been a lot of articles and headlines that boxing is dead. Never mind the awesome fights that took place in 2008 such as Roy Jones vs. Felix Trinidad, Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor II, Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manual Marqez Marquez II, Margarito vs Cotto just to name a few. There is no reason to read Boxing is Dead Headlines. But hey, I get it, I understand why UFC writers pull stupid headlines like that, but it pisses me off when I read Boxing writers claiming the same line of death on Boxing. They should know better.
My suggestion to all who really love the sport, ignore the trashy headlines and the premature death of the Sport. Ignore articles that trash Mayweather, Pacquiao or any fighter for that matter. Ignore the websites, publications and bloogers who go out of their way to give you the trash. Support sites, and articles that are fair, balanced and well meaning. The good writers are easy to find, just do yourself a favor and do not spend too much time waddling through the sh!t..
For those of you who will be writing about Pacquiao vs Maywather Jr... show some class and give the sport the proper attention it deserves. If you can not do that, then be honest with yourself...you shouldn't be writing on the matter. I am not saying to avoid all constructive criticism... be keep it just that, constructive.
In closing let me explain the title of this piece: "Boxing Writers Don't Let the Sh!t hit the Fan!" It's a pun on words for those of you who missed it. In this case the "Fan" represents fans of Boxing, and the "Sh!t"... well that represents the filth that some will spew at the fans with your their so called writing. The key word which is not a play on words is "Don't".... because this fight and Boxing deserves better than that, and so do the Fans.
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