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THE RING August issue: At a glance

 

In the aftermath of the disappointing Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley bout, Editor-in-Chief Nigel Collins takes an in-depth look at Pacquiao’s stagnating career in the August cover story, “Pac-Man 2011: Time to Fix the Formula.”

“Right from the get-go, the Mosley match was viewed with a jaundiced eye,” writes Collins. “Even so, as the months passed, Arum’s publicity machine, aided and abetted by Showtime and its terrestrial broadcast company CBS, had reduced the stink to a faint odor.”

Collins not only dissects the problem, he offers a surprisingly simple solution—and no, it doesn’t involve fighting Floyd Mayweather.

Canada correspondent Paul Salgado reports on Bernard Hopkins’ historic victory over Jean Pascal in “A Legendary Second Act: Bernard Hopkins Continues to Shape His Own Destiny.”

“By far, the fight’s most memorable moment came before the seventh,” writes Salgado. “Psychologically baiting Pascal once more, Hopkins dropped to the canvas and dashed off five pushups as the young champion stalled to have his glove taped. It was vintage Hopkins, who not only won the round before it started; he won the 17,560 fans at the Bell Centre (setting a new indoor record for Montreal) for the rest of the night.”

In a special 12-page section, Senior Writer William Dettloff rates “The 10 Greatest Filipino Fighters of All-Time.” We won’t spoil the fun by telling you who’s on the list and how they rank, but here’s an example of Bill’s colorful take on the legendary Pancho Villa: “Maybe it would have been more fitting if Villa had gone out in a fiery car crash or in an explosion or earthquake. He fought like a force of nature, all aggression, fury, and whirling fists. About his 11-round knockout of Johnny Buff, The New York Times observed: ‘Villa was like a beast of the jungle suddenly unleashed on his prey … the little Filipino flyweight was on Buff in a jiffy, battering the defending champion around the ring and gradually wearing Buff down to a state of utter helplessness.’”

In “Jorge Arce: The Man Who Upstaged Pacquaio,” prolific contributor Don Stradley celebrates the wonderful Arce-Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. brawl that stole the show away from Pacquiao-Mosley.

Arce has long been a fan favorite and Stradley nails the reason for his appeal:

“Arce does a lot of clowning—he once rode to the ring on a horse and says that someday he will fly in on a helicopter—but his playful side overshadows a history of brawling that borders on the obscene and an almost gleeful willingness to turn fights into bloodbaths.”

Stradley also contributes a unique piece titled “Cutman: The Boxing Musical Makes a Comeback,” which spotlights a new musical production that recently completed a run at Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theater in Chester, Connecticut.

“It’s more than just a boxing story,” says New York stage veteran and Tony award nominee Robert Cuccioli, who plays Eli [the cutman]. “It’s a family story; it’s a religious journey with many layers to it. The music is amazing. The lyrics are amazing. … I think people will walk away fulfilled and very touched.”

The Ring’s junior flyweight world champion is the focus of this issue “Ring Interview.” Although the vicious-punching Segura only weighs 108 pounds, he has a healthy perspective on the trials and tribulations of being one of the sport’s tiniest stars.

“I’m a person who realizes and who sees things how they are,” Segura told regular Ring contributor David Mayo. “It is what it is. I was meant to be a small guy. … I just feel good that, as small as I am, I’m still as accomplished as anybody.”

Segura also explains his fan-friendly seek-and-destroy style: “Boxing has always been fun for me. I always wanted to box bigger guys, stronger guys than me. I always wanted to box until I stopped them. I have no fear.”

This month’s “Flashback” looks at the October 2001 issue, which is particularly relevant as the cover story previews Hopkins’ middleweight showdown with Felix Trinidad. Not only did it turn out to be arguably the finest performance of “The Executioner’s” career, it was the fight that made him a superstar. Going in, however, the Philadelphian was the underdog to the previously undefeated Puerto Rican favorite. Ten years later, B-Hop is still exceeding expectations and accomplishing feats that seemed virtual possibilities on the eve of his upset TKO of Trinidad.

In another topical piece, Margaret Goodman’s “Fight Doctor” column examines the cause of and cure for leg cramps, which Pacquiao said hampered his mobility in the Mosley fights.

Chris Richards’ “The Sweeter Science” column profiles Cecilia Braekhus, “The First Lady of Norwegian Boxing,” and Michael Rivest highlights the resurgence of college boxing in “Amateur News & Views.”

Finally, if you ever wondered who is the best “fat heavyweight” of all-time, The Ring has the answer in monthly the Top-10 feature, a regular part of the "Round One” section.

 

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