|The Mayweathers and Pacquiaos - The Same Old Song and Dance
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (Nov 22, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
modern boxing fans, it has become increasingly harder to face what
the discipline has been going through lately. Several supporters of
the sport are continually forced to digest the same distasteful pills
over and over again. Scandal, deceit, fixed fights and seemingly
ridiculous decisions have all but permeated boxing, and caused a once
proud and noble sport to be shrouded with controversy and disgust.
Now this is not of course without the obvious admission that boxing
has had its run-ins with the shady and criminal aspects of society in
the past, it is just that this cycle of history repeating itself is
now old hat and the beating of a dead horse. With boxing's broken
record playing that same sad, old song to the masses, it's no
surprise that Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has recently chosen Joshua
Clottey for his March 13, 2011 fight in lieu of Floyd “Money”
Mayweather. This isn't a knock to Clottey, just more of an “I told
you so” that we all were thinking when the rumors and speculation
broke that Mayweather and Pacquiao would be meeting up in March of
next year. When pigs fly...
objective and positive in reference to boxing becomes one of the most
difficult tasks as a fan first and a writer second. As much as you
love the sport and truly care about its fighters and the need to
champion and rally to defend it, there is another side of you as a
human being that becomes slightly apathetic and even disinterested in
retrospect. I have been a writer for Doghouse Boxing since January
2004, and my passion for boxing has never wavered, although I'd be a
liar if I didn't admit that my interest has. When I begun writing as
much as possible, I would crank out at a minimum 3 – 4 articles a
week, spouting off my rants, opinions and viewpoints on everything
and anything boxing. Now it's become almost a chore to even write one
article at all. I have been more than blessed and fortunate to do
several interviews with a few noblemen of the sport, and even got to
speak to Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (R.I.P. Champ) for about 5
minutes on the telephone to try and set up an interview, a dream come
true for a die-hard boxing nut like myself. I still love the sport,
just hate what it’s become.
as time has gone on, and the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos have refused
to fight one another, and I've repeatedly heard on more than one
occasion how much boxing “sucks”, I can't help but reflect and
think of what has truly gone wrong over time. Long gone are the days
of “Iron” Mike Tyson flattening his opponents with fatal blows
that would knock your ancestors into the Stone Age. There are no more
“Human Highlight Films” to raise us up and bang out our dreams as
we sit on the edge of our seats and live vicariously through their
pains, joys, ups and downs. Gone are the fighters who would fight
anywhere, anytime, for the sheer honor of it. Granted there are the
up-and-comers who are still hungry, but how long will that flame
continue to burn after the paydays become larger and their successes
become guaranteed? Title defenses are becoming more and more like
Haley's Comets, very few and far between.
has always been first in my writing when covering boxing on any
level. So as things become far more dishonest, and the seedy elements
of boxing now show their colors in public with no regard for the
sport, its competitors, or its fans, that is all I have left to rely
upon. Their brazenness and commitment to garbage is something to
behold, as excuses are the norm and fights that should happen to
preserve pugilism never will. Essentially, the dog and pony show that
is a sad reality for much of boxing is merely just the same old song
and dance, as the record spins its revolutions over and over again
with no end in sight or promise of a break from the absurdity of its
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