Brace up for the re­turn of true box­ing

Sun.Star Davao - - TOP SPORTS - AL S. MEN­DOZA

IF you ask me, I would say Gen­nady Golovkin and Canelo Al­varez are both un­beaten. That makes for an in­ter­est­ing fight be­tween the two to­mor­row.

For the record, though, while Golovkin has a per­fect slate, not Al­varez. Al­varez has one de­feat—in­flicted by Floyd May­weather Jr.

But, hon­estly now, would you con­sider that a real set­back for Al­varez?

Was there an hon­est-to­good­ness fight in that bout in the first place?

If there should be an award for box­ing’s Trick Mas­ter of all time, May­weather would win it un­chal­lenged—lit­er­ally.

For, against May­weather, who could win?

There is no one in his class that could come close to even hit­ting him with a punch strong enough to wob­ble his knees.

A mas­ter of the art of de­fense, May­weather has be­come the most un-hit­table boxer of his era.

He runs all the time and the ref­eree can’t do any­thing about it.

Pro­tect your­self at all times is box­ing’s car­di­nal rule—and run­ning is an in­te­gral part of de­fense in the beak-bust­ing busi­ness.

So that one can only hope to win if he is fight­ing May­weather.

That is what the first 50 fighters pit­ted against May­weather had hoped for. But, alas, they were all hop­ing against hope.

So that May­weather is now 50-0, his last vic­tim be­ing MMA’s Conor McGre­gor in the most ex­pen­sive scripted fight of the cen­tury.

What added to the cha­rade was the de­ci­sion to make May­weather the sole owner now of the du­bi­ous record of 50 straight wins—ef­fec­tively break­ing his 49-0 dead­lock with the late world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion Rocky Mar­ciano.

Of­fi­cially now, there­fore, May­weather has beaten the best there ever is in dif­fer­ent weight and MMA di­vi­sions that dared to face him in the ring.

Even our very own Manny Pac­quiao had fallen vic­tim to the May­weather Money Show.

Re­call that in their much-bal­ly­hooed 2015 fight, May­weather, in his usual im­preg­nable style of hit-and-run tac­tic backed by his clinch­ing, push­ing and hold­ing reper­toire, run away with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion vic­tory.

Oh, well, that is now part of May­weather’s joke­in­fested lore.

But, for sure, none of that stuff would mar the Golovkin-Al­varez clash to­mor­row. Real rum­ble it would be.

In short, it’d be back to san­ity in the art of sweet science.

I wish good luck to Me­thod­ico Melindo to­day in Cebu.

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