Friday, November 23, 2007

Pacman Art Gallery!

This is a Manny Pacquiao portrait collection. These works of art are made by the Pinoy boxing star's inspired fans.

I hope that this creative display of talent will also inspire you to create you own portrait. :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Rare Double Knockdown!

This is a very exciting video of a rare double knockdown:

A double knockdown happens when two fighters were knocked down at the time. Of course in this video the referee mistakenly ruled that both fighters slipped maybe because both fighters got back up so quickly after being down.

The fighters involved in this uncommon occurrence are "The Contender" participant, Cornelius K9 Bundrage and contender Sechew Powell. The fight was over after only about 20 seconds. It seems K9 was more affected by the double knockdown than Powell.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Pacquiao-Marquez Purse Squabbles

I just read an interesting article from Michael Marley of boxing He wrote about the current fight purse negotiations for the rematch between Pinoy boxing sensation, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Here are the first few paragraphs of his article entitled No More Bargain Basement Deals

What’s fair is fair. Can Juan Manuel Marquez make a big purse with anyone other than Manny Pacquiao? I don’t think so, do you?

So let’s do the right thing if, indeed, this is going to be Megamanny’s March 15 fight. Let Pacman out of the financial strait jacket which says he can only get 57 percent of the total purse if his opponent is a Golden Boy fighter.

Let Oscar and his pals stretch what Manny gets to 70 percent and give 30 percent to the champ. Pacquaio is the name which will sell the PPV, not JMM’s. I mean even Stevie Wonder can see that.

You can read the rest of this article by clicking HERE

Personally, I don't really care about how much Marquez or Pacquiao will receive as the purse for this fight. As a boxing fan, all I want to see is for the rematch to happen. It's clear that this IS the best fight in the superfeatherweight/juniorlightweight division. Fans from both camps are begging for this fight to be made.

Of course, I understand that the percentage is important because it amounts to millions of dollars. However, we boxing fans do not want another canceled rematch between these excellent fighters because of disagreements over the purse. I guess Pacman will still be alright financially if the fight will not be made. He can still make great money by fighting at lightweight. But I don't think boxing fans will be satisfied with not seeing a rematch. I guess all we can do is hope that both parties can reach an agreement.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Darchinyan VS. Gorres on March!

Pinoy boxing prospect Z :the Dream" Gorres will have his second chance in the spotlight when he takes on the very Dangerous Vic Darchinyan next year.

Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Promotions have finally managed to secure the elimination bout after hard rounds of negotiation.

The fight will be not be staged in either fighter’s home soil much to trhe dismay of the fighter's teams. Instead the bout will be on the undercard of Israel Vasquez vs Rafael Marquez contest for the WBC super bantamweight title.

This promises to be an exciting fight from the perspectives of styles. Gorres is a skilled boxer who uses his skills to outpoint his opponent while Darchinyan relies largely on his power to pound his opponent to the canvass.

This will not be an easy one for Gorres, as Darchinyan though old and has little defense is an experienced fighter. Vic has fought good competition when he defended his IBF title several times. Gorres also has a tendency to fade in the late rounds and I don't think he has the power to KO Darchinyan. Vic also wants to regain his honor after Donaire shamed him. And what better way to do that than to KO a Filipino boxing top prospect like Gorres.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Luisito "Lindol" Espinosa

Many Pinoy boxing fans may not know that before Manny Pacquiao became world famous, Philippine boxing was represented by two time world titlist, Luisito "Lindol"("Earthquake")Espinosa. Espinosa was the face of Filipino boxing while the Pacman was still honing his fist at the flyweight division.

Here he is in action against former super banatamweight champ, Kennedy McKinney. This is probably Espinosa's finest performance in US soil.

Espinosa won the WBA Bantamweight title by knocking out Khaokor Galaxy in the first round. I watched the video of the fight and was perplexed as to why Khaokor fell down even though Espinosa was at least two yards away from him. It might have been a delayed reaction from a body shot but the video was in Thai so I couldn't be sure. Anyway, Luisito successfully defended his tile twice before relinquishing it to Israel Contreras.

Espinosa bounced back from that painful loss to win WBC Featherweight title by outpointing Manuel Medina in 1995. He held the title for nearly four years before he lost it to Cesar Soto. Before losing his title, Espinosa lost a lot of money from a promotional dispute. He challenged Guty Espadas hoping to regain his title but lost a technical desicion. He fought past his prime before retiring in 2005 with a record of 47 wins 13 losses with 26 KO's. You can examine his boxing record here.

THis is Espinosa disposing of former WBS bantamweight champion Raul Perez in a single round: