Michael Koncz on Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao: "If the fans still want to see this fight, we're willing to do it."
Dougie's Monday mailbag
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PACQUIAO IS TO BLAME, TOO
I agree that Pacquiao has become a little less exciting to watch, but part of that has to do with his recent opponents. They either didn’t want to fight him at all (Clottey and Mosley) or they didn’t have the talent to contend with him (Margarito). However, they were all tough, durable veterans who are naturally bigger than Pacquiao, so he wasn’t able to wear them down and take them out with his usual effort.
I agree that Pacquiao does not go all out to knock out his opponents anymore, but I won’t call him “Mayweatheresque.” He takes some chances.
Boxing will continue to have a great year regardless of who Pacquiao takes on next or how he decides to fight that night.
I know you'll be inundated with Pac-Mosley e-mails. Pathetic performance by Mosley. But I wanted to give kudos to one of my favorites -- Travieso Arce. I thought he'd be a sacrificial lamb for Vazquez. Incredible fight, and I hope that Arce retires now; no better way to go out than this. Take care. -- Patrick
I agree, but it’s a sure bet that he’ll fight again. Arce is one of my favorite fighters, too. He is one of the smartest and funniest boxers I’ve ever met.
I think he punched his ticket into the International Boxing Hall of Fame with Saturday’s title-winning victory. He’s now won four major titles in three weight classes (two at junior flyweight, and one each at junior bantamweight and junior featherweight), faced 16 beltholders, and engaged in at least three fight of the year candidates (the first bout with Hussein Hussein, his war with Rafael Concepcion, the Vazquez fight come to mind) in a 16-year career.
What's up Dougie,
Well, the Pac Man-Sugar Shane fight panned out the way I expected, Mosley avoiding a KO and getting his face smashed in the process. But what about Jorge "El Travieso" Arce? I thought young Wilfredo was going to beat him down and instead he gave the youngster a lesson in the school of hard knocks! Don't you agree? He roughed him up inside and along the ropes, and had him confused and in shock. Lil' Wilfredo had no answer to Arce's aggressiveness. His corner did the right thing to stop the fight. He has a ton of potential, and this is a good learning experience that will actually make him better. As for Arce, I think he deserves one last payday, maybe a rematch against Darchinyan. What do you think Dougie? -- Miguel, LBC
Arce-Darchinyan II at 122 pounds? I love it! I’d buy tickets to that fight. I just hope Fernando Beltran and Arum keep Travieso away from Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire (and I’m sure the Big Bob Man will keep the Filipino Flash away from the Mexican vet just to punish him for trying to bolt from the Top Plantation). Their talent level and styles are all wrong for the Mexican veteran.
However, a 122-pound showdown with Abner Mares (provided the young man can win a belt at 118 pounds) could be a huge attraction in the Southern California area and would probably produce another fight of the year candidate.
A rematch with Vazquez could be built up into a significant fight, too.
LEMONADE FROM LEMONS
I hope you’re right about Mayweather finally pulling the trigger on a Pacquiao. I agree with all of your observations on their respective fights with Mosley. The conclusion I draw from them is that it’s a toss-up matchup, a clash of styles, and a showdown between the two best fighters on the planet, which is why everyone wanted to see the damn fight in the first place.
Mayweather can trouble Pacquiao with his speed, razor-sharp jab, counter right hand, clinching ability, and uppercuts. Pacquiao can trouble Mayweather with his speed, southpaw stance, footwork/angles, volume punching and power.
So who wins? We won’t know until they actually agree to fight each other and the fact that they haven’t done that yet makes me respect both men less than the greats of recent decades such as Sugar Ray Leonard and Pernell Whitaker. Once upon a time -- not that long ago -- a so-called elite fighter was honor-bound to fight any other fighter in his division that fans and media believed was on his level or better. That’s why Leonard and Thomas Hearns HAD to fight. That’s why Whitaker HAD to fight Chavez. Sweet Pea believed he was the pound-for-pound best. If fans and boxing writers thought this badass from Mexico with an 87-0 record was the pound-for-pound best he HAD to prove them wrong, even if it meant fighting in Texas on a Don King (Chavez’s promoter) card and jeopardizing his contract with HBO (because King had an exclusive deal with Showtime and wasn’t going to allow Chavez to fight on Whitaker’s network). None of this mattered to Whitaker. I didn’t enjoy his defensive style that much, but I respected that he would fight anybody without any drama, posturing, muss or fuss.
Pacquiao had that mentality. He’s lost it. To paraphrase Mickey from the Rocky movies “he’s been civilized.” Pacquiao is happy to let Arum pick his opponents from now on. I’m not sure Mayweather ever had the mentality that made Leonard and Whitaker great. Maybe he did early in his pro career and during his 130-pound title reign. But he hasn’t had it in a loooooong time.
Quick counters to your jabs:
Lopez and Vazquez will be back. Both titleholders fought hard and were willing to go out on their shields against more-experienced and tough-as-nails Mexican badasses.
Pavlik’s going to need a few more tune-up bouts before he calls out anyone of note in the 168-pound division.
Let’s hope Mosley saves as much money as he can and has home girl sign a pre-nup if they decide to tie the knot.