A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Thoughts on 2010
As for Manny Pacquiao, he simply kept fighting and winning in front of the biggest crowds the sport saw in 2010 at Texas Stadium. In what was considered a semifinal fight to the big match with Mayweather, Pacquiao easily defeated Joshua Clottey and then repeated that performance by beating up Antonio Margarito.
As for Floyd, he engaged in what of the best round of the year as Shane Mosley unleashed a right hand that jolted Mayweather in the second right but this was the only competitive round as he pitched a easy shutout for the rest of the fight as he made Mosley look like an old fighter.
Now there is a talk of Mosley-Pacquiao. While 2011 may yet see Mayweather-Pacquiao fight but right now, Mayweather has to avoid jail time whereas Pacquiao has moved on with his career as he continues the search for more money.
The one thing that Pacquiao did was to revive the big stadium fights as he brought in big crowd to Jerry Jones’ stadium. His two fights were reminder when boxing’s big events were produced in major stadiums with overflowing crowds.
The Super Six tournament continued as 2011 will see the semifinals and finally the finals. While the Super Six have been plagued with injuries and fighters dropping out, boxing fans have been introduced to young American fighters on the rise like Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward challenging some of the best European fighters like Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch.
Dirrell defeated Abraham early this year as he dominated the fight before Abraham was disqualified for hitting Dirrell after Dirrell slipped in the eleventh round.
The Super Six guaranteed some great competitive fights and this will continued into 2011 as Abraham, Froch, Ward and new entry Glen Johnson promises some great bouts to determine who is the best or I should say one of the two best Super Middleweight.
Lucian Bute has quietly been knocking out fighters to establish himself as the man to beat in the division when the tournament ends. If Ward finds a way to win the next two bouts of the tournament, we may have a super fight at the end of 2011 or early 2012 in North America for claim to be the Super Middleweight in the world.
The Super Middleweight is one of the deepest divisions and this was shown in this tournament as when fighters disappeared, there were quality fighters ready to step in.
Showtime followed up their Super Six with semis for it bantamweight tournament as Vic Darchinyan lost a close decision to Abner Mares while Joseph Agbeko out boxed Yonnhy Perez. In early 2011, Mares challenges Agbeko while Perez fights the tough slugging Darchinyan in a card that promises two more close bouts.
What this does is set up a possible bigger bout with the winner of the Fernando Montiel-Nonito Donaire later next year.
Juan Manuel Marquez recovered from his defeat at the hand of Floyd Mayweather with two impressive victories with an easy victory or Juan “the Bull” Diaz and recently a tough nine round knockout against Mike Katsidis, thus putting himself into the Manny Pacquaio sweepstakes.
The junior welterweight division is a division that is not only deep but deep with young talent as Amir Kahn defeated Marco Maidana in a battle of desperation. For the record, Kahn won an unanimous decision by wide margin but what was not reflected in the scorecard, Maidana nearly had Kahn nearly off his feet twice in the second half of the fight.
But Kahn survived and Tim Bradley faces Devon Alexander in a key match ups of two young undefeated junior welterweights in a fight with two slick boxers in January.
Sergio Martinez established himself as the best Middleweight as he defeated Kelly Pavlik, the recognized Middleweight champion in a brilliant use of the ring and then revenged a previous majority decision loss to Paul Williams with a spectacular second round knockout in what could easily be described the knockout of the year.
For the past year, boxing saw a small revival as much of the news was about what happened in the ring as oppose what happened outside. We saw the rise of young fighters like Andre Berto, Devon Alexander, Timothy Bradley, Yuriokis Gamboa, Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, and others.
2010 seemed to be year that was the first act to an even better 2011 as many of these young fighters now face each other and boxing history turns another page.