Great fight for Jorge Arce, but I can't believe Wilfredo Vasquez’s father threw in the towel. To me it seemed like he survived the storm even if he would have lost a decision. I feel bad for the kid, but I wanted Arce to pull it out. In my opinion, Kelly Pavlik let his career go. He's done and I'd be surprised if he's competitive with the elite of the division.
The only fight I'd like to see Paquaio in is against Floyd Mayweather. Otherwise he has nothing left to prove. Thoughts. — Michael, NYC
I agree. If it’s not against Mayweather, I won’t have much interest in Pacquiao’s next fight and I won’t bother traveling to be ringside to cover it. I sat out Pacquiao’s last two “events” because the outcome of his fights with Antonio Margarito and Mosley were never in doubt. I may have some mild interest in Pacquiao’s next fight if he winds up fighting Timothy Bradley because the undefeated 140-pound titleholder is a compact athlete in his prime and he’s got a cagey style.
I’m not ready to close the book on Pavlik just yet, even though I thought the former middleweight champ only beat Alfonso Lopez by one point. I think he had a lot of ring rust to shake off in the early rounds, most of which I scored for the undefeated Texan, and I also believe that Lopez is decent prospect who had a difficult style for the veteran.
Having said that, the upper echelon of the 168-pound division, where Pavlik intends to campaign, are very smart, athletic, mobile, versatile and experienced. I’m talking about beltholders Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, and Carl Froch. Based on what we saw on Saturday, former titleholder Mikkel Kessler would also give Pavlik hell.
The super middleweight contender with the perfect style for Pavlik, former three-time title challenger Librado Andrade, lost on Friday to Aaron Pryor Jr. (in a fight that was similar to Pavlik-Lopez — only the underdog won). Pryor, who is taller, rangier, faster and a little sharper than Lopez, probably would have upset the version of Pavlik that fought on Saturday. I should also note that Andrade was fighting his share of ring rust, too.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a Pryor-Lopez fight at 168 pounds. I think they would make for a competitive boxing match. In fact, despite his loss on Friday, I still wouldn’t mind watching Andrade go up against Pavlik. The bout wouldn’t have much significance but it would be a hell of a scrap, and isn’t that what the sport should be about?
Jorge Arce understands that, and man, what a performance from the little warrior on Saturday. His 12th-round TKO of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. was a hell of a fight. I didn’t think the former 108-pound beltholder would be able to carry 122 pounds effectively but maybe he should have been up at this weight (or at least bantamweight for the last couple of years). Arce’s hunger and commitment to the sport is incredible given the fact that he’s 65 pro bouts into his near-16-year career. The popular Mexican veteran always earns his pay check in the ring. He’s never cheated his fans. He always gives 100 percent even when he’s outclassed and/or having a bad night. He had a good night versus Vazquez, who I thought boxed very well in spots. I had the fight up for grabs going into the final round, so Vazquez Sr.’s stoppage surprised me, too. However, after watching the replays of the trouble the son was in during Arce’s 12th-round onslaught, I’m don’t that the relatively inexperienced titleholder would have recovered enough to adequately defend himself. Fans (and media) seem to be forgetting that Vazquez was worked over pretty good in the 11th round and seemed to be out of gas as he walked back to his corner of that last one-minute rest before the final round. Vazquez Sr. knows his son better than anyone. I’m sure he made note that his boy did not have much left in the tank and vowed to keep a close eye on him in the last round.
It did not take much for Arce to hurt the young man and press him up against the ropes in round 12, so I think Vazquez Sr. did the right thing. The former champ behaved like a good father (not your typical crazy boxing dad) and a real professional trainer. The safety of the fighters has to paramount in this brutal sport, otherwise, boxing is not a sport.
I think Vazquez Sr. saved his son from undue punishment (both physical and psychological) and the young man can easily rebound from the setback. (In fact, I think he will grow from the experience and I wouldn’t count him out of a rematch with Arce.)
Regarding the main event, I don’t think it’s a secret that I simply wasn’t into the fight from the moment it was made and throughout Bob Arum’s and Showtime’s masterful promotion that led into the event on Saturday. I wanted to believe in Mosley but the Mayweather fight was last “heart pick” I was going to afford the future hall of famer.
Michael Rosenthal and I take turns traveling to and covering big boxing events outside of Southern California. I gladly took the Erik Morales-Marcos Maidana card last month because despite the wear and tear on ‘El Terrible’ I had no doubt the faded veteran would make for a good fight — win or lose — against the rugged but raw Argentine contender. I had no problem letting Rosenthal cover this Saturday’s big show because I just didn’t think we would get a competitive fight.
I was hoping that I would be wrong about that but maybe it’s a good thing that Mosley was dominated once again (and yes, I still believe that Sergio Mora handled him last September). I think it’s going to be harder for him to secure a big fight going forward and I don’t think he wants to become a stepping stone, either (at least not to unknown fighters who won’t garner him a nice payday). So, maybe he’ll see the writing on the wall and retire from the combat side of the sport and focus on other parts of the boxing business.
SAD, VERY SAD
That was some sad s__t! Mosley completely packed it in, terrible fight. Mosley was just running out the clock and trying to survive.
Question is, will Floyd step up to the plate and take the fight? I have my doubts. Pacquiao is gaining experience and Mayweather is sitting getting rustier and rustier. — Steve
That’s true about Mayweather. This long layoff won’t suit him whenever he decides to step back into the ring (especially at his age). However, Pacquiao appears to be slowing down with each fight he has at welterweight or higher. Mayweather knows from first-hand experience that it takes some time for a naturally smaller fighter’s body to acclimate to the heavier weight classes, and once it does, the higher-punch volume and quicker reflexes they initially brought with them from lighter divisions usually drops off.
I think Mayweather was leery of fighting the lightening fast, frenetic version of Pacquiao that was new to the 147-pound division (and fought Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto). He might like what he sees with the more flat-footed, seemingly less active, version of Pacquiao that fought Margarito and Mosley.
Of course, Mayweather’s got more pressing matters to deal with right now with his pending trial for a number of felony charges from his baby momma meltdown last September.
I know everyone wants to debate a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown but it’s pointless until we know that Floyd isn’t facing jail time.