|Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Will there be a “Fix 2”? Philly Boxers Get KO’d!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (June 11, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photos © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing)
Looks like another black eye for
boxing! HBO judge Harold Lederman questioned the qualifications of
both judge’s Duane Ford and C.J. Ross being there prior to the
fight who later voted for Bradley. Champ’s Management’s unbeaten
light heavyweight Dennis Hasson roomed with Bradley for a year at
Northern Michigan University and felt Bradley would win and was
rooting for him. I asked how he had it and he said 9-3 Pac Man. I
guess the higher powers felt a loss would keep the Pac Man from
retiring at the end of the year or prevent the Pac Man and Floyd
Mayweather fight from happening. Will there now be a “Fix 2”
with Pac Man and Bradley? When asked, Pac Man said he felt he won
while Bradley said he would “have to look at the tapes before
answering”. That sort of told it all. This writer had it 116-112
for the Pac Man.
Enough said so let’s get to the
undercard for what that was worth. I did a pre-fight stating how 3
Philly fighters would be invading Nevada. Jesse Hart who qualified
as an Olympic team member was put in with Emanuel Eastman whose debut
36 days ago amounted to a stoppage in a 3rd round loss to
another debuting was put in as the sacrificial lamb and lasted 33
seconds. What good that does Hart I do not know.
Philadelphia’s Teon “The
Technician” Kennedy, 17-2-2, the No. 14 WBA contender ran into a
buzz saw in champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, 10-0 (8) of Cuba now out
of Miami, FL, and was dropped once in the first, twice in the second,
once in the fourth before referee Russell Mora saw enough after the
fifth knockdown in the fifth round at 1:11. Kennedy’s heart got
him that far and he still didn’t want the fight stopped. He was
never in the fight and knew the corner was not going to stop it so
consider himself lucky Mora did.
Mike “The Machine Gun” Jones, 26-1
(19), of Philadelphia, the No. 1 IBF contender came in a favorite
against the No. 2 contender and former IBF junior welterweight
champion Randall “Knock-Out-King” Bailey, 43-7 (37), out of
Miami, FL, for the vacant IBF welterweight title.
The crowd let their feeling of
dissatisfaction out from the second round on in this one until Jones
got dropped by a straight right hand between his gloves in the tenth
round. He had some problems getting to his feet and lasted out the
round with 10 seconds to go. Up until then it seemed Jones was well
ahead though it wasn’t the Jones that Philly fight fans had been
watching up until then.
Jones was so tight in the shoulders and
running from Bailey’s dreaded punching power though he had an
opponent who seemed couldn’t “pull the trigger”. The trainer
of Bailey is former world champion John David Jackson who showed his
disgust that Bailey was not throwing his left hook or anything else
for the most part every round justly so. It looked like Bailey’s
hands “were tied” and Jones not willing to mix it up to force his
hand causing a terrible fight.
As early as the second round Bailey had
a small mouse at the outside of his left eye brow possibly caused by
a Jones right hand. It wasn’t until the fifth round that Jones
finally unleashed 4 left hook punches to Bailey’s body. The much
taller Jones never utilized his well known “machine gun” jab the
entire fight to impress the pay-per-view audience like he has the
Coming back in the eleventh round after
suffering a knockdown in the tenth Jones seemed to be back in control
of the fight until a vicious right uppercut by Bailey put the
bloodied Jones down on his back very hard. As Jones tried to control
his legs in getting up referee Tony Weeks held him down by putting
his hand on the back of Jones and called a halt at 2:52 of the
eleventh round in favor of Bailey.
Jones sounded like “Smokin” Joe
Frazier after one of Joe’s losses in saying “I will have to go
back to the drawing board” and see what I did wrong. Having
started in Joe’s gym I guess he picked up some of the lingo. “He
was the better man tonight,” said Jones. There was quite a bit of
controversy in the Jones camp prior to this fight and I am sure it
affected the performance or lack of by Jones.
First Dave Price was dismissed. Then
came cut-man (and co-manger) Jim Williams from the corner. Seems the
new co-promoter of Jones, Top Rank, wanted a change in the corner
that usually means the trainer probably referring to Vaughn Jackson
who seems to have a spell over Jones. Jones informed his promoter J
Russell Peltz he didn’t want Williams or co-manager Doc Nowicki in
the dressing room for this fight. Along with Peltz they are only 2
of the people that got Jones this far but how easily one forgets.
Peltz put 13 straight Latino’s in
front of Jones after being rocked in the Germain Sanders fight. Most
of the opponents like Bailey were very short and slow. One thing
they didn’t have that Bailey has is a knockout punch. The 37
year-old Bailey rarely landed a power punch until the tenth when he
scored the first knockdown. It caused Jones to have a bloody nose
and his head hit the canvas pretty hard. Jones has worlds of ability
but needs more schooling which may or may not bring about Jackson’s
dismissal though Jones may continue to prevent that from happening.
The ring announcers made it quite clear
either Jones or Bailey should be in the ring with either Pacquiao or
Bradley. Max “Deer in the Headlights” Kellerman seemed to
question the spiritual beliefs of both Pacquiao and Bradley as
something that would make them less of a fighter. He seemed to make
light of the over emotional feelings of Bailey after his victory and
his beliefs when Bailey said “I put it in God’s hands. He was
tough. He was a big dude man.” Jim Smith or Larry Merchant
Kellerman is not. Manny Steward as usual was the only one talking
with sense. A disputed short ending to the Acre-Rojas title bout in
the second round did not help the show.
It’s doubtful that either Pacquiao or
Mayweather will step into the ring at 154 to face Sergio Martinez so
the pound-for-pound best should still go the WBC middleweight
champion. Pacquiao’s performance may still leave him at No. 1 and
Mayweather? That’s on hold for 90 days when he is released from
prison unless he gets out sooner for good behavior? Of course that
behavior is what got him the 90 days. I wouldn’t look for a
Bradley-Mayweather fight either based on possibly the only two people
at the MGM Grand that agreed with him were the officials whom I
believe should be barred from any world title bouts again .
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