by leonard paul palo
Both contact sports are lethal, they involve big money in the pro circuit and they can generate gigantic gate sales, depending on whose fighting as well as which particular outfit is promoting the event.
The supposed bout between international bo-xing sensation Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr., who will reportedly come out of his two-year retire-ment and UFC’s (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Connor McGregor, a mixed martial artist in his prime, who actually wants to end his storied career, accor-ding to the organization’s president Dana White came as a surprise for many fight fans, but hall of fame boxing trainer Fred-die Roach has already predicted that the fight will happen prior to its initial announcement.
From a non-fighter’s point of view however, a match between a pure boxer and someone who built his name around the octagon seems way off. But if you look at it from a fighter’s eyes, you’ll see one common factor bet-ween the two big names in professional contact or fighting sports – stand up hand ‘striking.’
Reports have it that Floyd Jr. has asked for a guaranteed purse of $100,000 and will be pu-shing for a ‘catch weight.’
We all know how vicious both fighters are in their respective fields of battle, but Floyd has proven himself when it comes to longevity and resilience in the ring. McGregor can be explosive but so can Floyd Jr. be with his punches. This time however, the Irish-American brawler won’t be fighting in three, five-minute rounds but maybe 6-12 rounds depen-ding on negotiations, that have yet to be revealed to the media.
Plus, Connor won’t be using his other deadly skills, except for his punching, footwork and quick reflexes in the ring. If this is his way of ending his fighting career in a different playing field, then he better bring in all the help he can get against an oppo-nent who has been a Ring Magazine P4P (Pound for Pound) Fighter and a top wel-terweight with a 49-0 record who has beaten the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez and of course, People’s Champ Man-ny ‘the Pacman’ Pacquiao.
As fellow boxing champ Canelo Alvarez who fights Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May said, this match may just be a ‘publicity stunt’ and a scheme to drum up more attention for both the international boxing scene and the UFC, which are slowly losing its ample share of audiences, with the exit of some of its popular attractions.
Talk about a ‘celebrity prize match.’ Who knows maybe Ronda Rousey who lost her most recent fight in the first round will consider fighting a ‘male’ contender this time around. I certainly hope to hear from our local MMA enthusiasts soon.
On a different note, the 2017 DAVRAA (Davao Regional Athletic Asso-ciation) meet has finally opened with lots of color and grandeur as the Davao Occidental contingent, which includes athletes from Davao City and the other two regions are slugging it out in the weeklong sports meet, which is fully supported by the local government of Davao Orien-tal and host Mati, with the help of the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission).
I hope everything is in order as far as billeting, pla-ying venues and officiating is concerned for all the events that are happening in the annual meet which is still in line with the PSC’s grassroots sports development program, with the aid of the DepEd (Department of Education). Now the newly formed PSI (Philippine Sports Institute) which is geared towards identifying new and potential talents in various disciplines may have its hands full in consolidating the needed data and results of these competi-tions to mold the next Akiko Thomson, Onyok Velasco or Lydia De Vega Mercado who may get us closer to getting our first Olympic Gold medal.
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