Friday, July 11, 2008

Pacquiao steps into Mayweather’s spot as PPP Champion Calzaghe to fight Jones and take it back

In a truly dominating performance Manny Pacquiao destroyed reigning champion David Diaz with a ninth round knockout to claim his fourth title, the lightweight championship. Diaz simply had no answer for the speed and power of Pacquiao who transformed Diaz’s face into a bloody, swollen mess after a collision of heads in the second round opened up an enormous cut over left eye. Diaz did gain the respect of all in attendance and the boxing community at large with a gutsy performance. He continued to keep coming at Manny despite the fact that his vision had to be impaired and he eventually paid for it with a devastating left hook at 2:23 of the ninth round which ended the fight. So is PacMan the best pound-per-pound fighter in the world? Many think so, but some people in the UK beg to differ as they have been screaming the praises of Joe Calzaghe for quite some time, but PacMan has continued to defy the odds, including stepping up in weight class, and until he loses he gets our vote.

Joe Calzaghe will get an opportunity to make his case for the best Pound-Per-Pound fighter in the world on September 22, when he is scheduled to fight Roy Jones Jr. for JC’s 175-Pound Title. This would be a much larger challenge for JC a few years back, with Jones’ hand speed and ring generalship proving to be too much for puncher. However in 2008 Jones has lost a step (or two) and been counted out since then. JC also has a knack for beating over the hill American former champions, ie; Bernard Hopkins, and taking out another former icon may just be exactly what he needs to take is rightful place among the best in the business. In any case it will be a fight worth paying for and provide more ammunition for the sport in it’s war against obscurity and being surpassed by the phenomenon that is Mixed Martial Arts. It’s too early to make a pick but early research tells me that if JC is slower than we expect he will have a hard time finding Jones which could be a recipe for a long night of lunging and catching counter punches from a one-time former Heaveyweight and undisputed pound-per-pound champion of the world. Burt then again that title is what this fight is all about.

19 comments:

str8rite said...

Hey Smacchat guy,Jones has not KO'd anyone in 6 years!! he would not KO joecal then or now.. Look how bad he had Reggie Johnson hurt but still didn't finish him!! jones had speed and power but never the mean streak to finish guys off (prolly due in part to his boy that was hurt in the ring, can't remember the fighter's name at the moment)! but joecal has a decent chin and has proven he can recover from knockdowns. I think it would have been a great fight years ago, just a decent one now. but with that said jones can still win this fight, he needs to use his speed and hurt joecal coming in to get his respect so joecal doesn't overwhelm him with activity.. jones is faster and hits harder than bhop! joecal just needs to wear jones out with volume. this fight will be a decision, razor thin but probably for joecal with volume punching winning the rounds down the stretch.. but jones will surprise a lot of people though.

alldog said...

So what if Roy is faster than Peter...who is faster, Jermain Taylor or Kelly Pavlik? Speed does not always equal a W. If you think that in a possible 36 minute fight that Peter cannot get to Roy at least once with a right hand bomb, then you are as delusional as Roy is. In his prime, MAYBE he could outbox Peter over the distance, while keeping away from the KO punch. But I think it is pretty safe to say that Roy's prime is so far gone he cannot even see it in his rear view mirror.

Sorry guys, but this is a preposterous argument. Roy has less than a snowball's chance in hell of beating Sam Peter OR JoeCal. This isn't a video game - he will get seriously hurt for REAL.

emanrock said...

every body is knocking joe for fighting a guy 40 years old but seem to forget that he's 37 himself and also forget that the 40 year old he's fighting is roy jones jr yes i know he's not in his prime but he 's been looking good in his last couple fights against trinidad he look good and the fight before and also trinidad was 35,hokins was 40 as well but just came off a fight against tarver that he whooped is a55 in and was better then most fighters in the divison before that joe fought and beat kessler who is a very good fighter and lacy who is decent,cant knock the man that much but anyway i have jones in a ud

jmc561 said...

It's too bad Joe never really fought all the elites, he fought soft opp. his whole career, and when he finally gets the chance to fight some elites, he instead chooses to fight 2 40 year olds and then retire. Joe still has his speed and quickness, he is still a fresh fighter without a doubt, he has shown zero signs of fading, yet he still wants to retire without fighting any elites. What a shame.

iceman said...

Anyone who thinks that Calzaghe has faster hands than Jones PLEASE post comments after the fight. If I were fighting stiffs (with the exception of Hopkins) who stand in front of me (remember the Lacy fight?), then I would throw 6-1 too. Who wouldn't knowing they wouldn't get hit. Come on people. When you watch a fight you must watch BOTH fighters, not just your favorite. Thats why boxing has had so many weird judging decisions over the past few years. Judges are watching the fights like fans do, one fighter instead of both fighters. Roy does not throw one at a time. He mixes his punches and moves and is still very good defensively. Not the Roy of old, but still avoids punches well. Tito Trinidad can attest to that. Im not a Roy fan but he will beat Calzaghe if he pops and moves, not if he trades.

poconoreg said...

No doubt, this fight could be competitive. But I think Joe has the advantage, at this stage of the game.
But remember , besides beating an older & over-confident B-Hop, an overmatched Kessler, and a definitely over-hyped Lacy - Joe Cal was fed a lot of Euro-sandwiches. I'd like to see him do one more after Roy and unify the Lt.heavies challenging Chad Dawson or even Glen Johnson (either one would take it to him unlike anybody he's faced). Then I'll vote him into the HOF.

ChicPierce said...

The problem with RJJ and Calz is that Calz wants to prove himself, he gets off on being taken lightly, he will rise up to the the RJJ's showmansip and take it personal, hell he's got some of it in him too. I think he knows it'll be an entertaining fight and one that he can win, what does he have to gain fighting Pavlik? He wins it's just another "flash in the pan" gone, or he could lose and have his legacy tarnished for nothing. At a minimum if he loses to RJJ he lost to a legitimate Hall of Famer who has been the best the sport has to offer, he may not be today...but he has been and is still a GREAT fighter. I think it'll be a good time...Calzaghe in decision, probably unanimous, but I could see RJJ getting off easier but Calzaghe will land the more significant punches and those kind of fights can go either way.

mr.elmer said...

Is Joe Cal lacking money???? I keep on hearing everywhere that they did the roy fight b/c its more money.
Well in that case good, fight roy jones. JOe has become fat financially & record wise speaking over the last 20 yrs fighting soft opposition. One thing that he has plenty of is money.

What he doesnt have in abundance is respect & admiration from the majority of american fans & boxing media, u would think that his boxing legacy is more important now than money; unless of course he's using the money issue to sidestep kelly pavlik.

Undefeated records ARE VERY SUSPICIOUS. there is no honor in retiring undefeated.

cheetah said...

calzaghe's "win" over hopkins was the most unimpressive joke of a boxing display. it should have dropped him DOWN the pound for pound list. how those blind clowns at compubox can claim he hit B-hop more than Roy jones did is ridiculous. unless they count weak slap punches landing on arms and shoulders as scoring blows. bottom line, 6 years ago jones or b-hop crush this chump. like mayweather, calzaghe is afraid of taking true risk. he ducked these guys for years, avoided the u.s., fought no-name euro stiffs, and waited until the day when the superior american competition got old. that being said, Roy, hear me my man, u can still take him. u still are quick enough, u just got to up your punch volume a lil bit.

jermaine burke said...

1.Cotto 2. Pacquiao 3 Vazquez 4. Haye 5. Juan Manuel Marquez 6. Pavlik. 7. R.Marquez. 8. Margarito 9. Berto 10. Juan Diaz. As you can see no Joe Calzaghe because he is over rated nothing against him but his record is powder puff .Mainly due to the poor calibre of fighters who fought him at Super Middle. He is gonna fight Roy Jones now not because he can beat him but so he can have a big name on his slate .They should have fought years ago so Roy would have shut joe's mouth comfortably Roy to show he may not be p4p best anymore but a boxer doesn't just lose his skills overnight. Jones to make joe 45-1

mikebodog said...

I agree that Roy would have beaten Joe 10 yeras ago easily, but he didnt stay at 168 very long and Joe did and dominated. Not against the best competition no. I said RJJ was the superior fighter even at 168, just not the greatest supermiddle ever. 11 years, 22 defenses. But no, he wouldnt have beaten Roy Jones 10 years ago. Now, yes.

maxxrockusa said...

I also thought we'd start to see Pac diminish, couldn't believe what I was watching. It's amazing that he could put on a performance so awesome that he'd put so much distance between himself and everyone else P4P just by beating David Diaz. I'm glad he shut us the hell up, it's great for the sport.

Anonymous said...

If Pac keeps it up he could be the first fighter to draw serious Armstrong comparisons in a long time, don't you think? I mean, if he winds up going from jr fly to jr welter...he's missing all those undisputed championships, of course, but they've both got the carry-power-up-indef initely, take-a-punch-at-what ever-weight, insane-stamina-never -stop-punching inhuman ridiculousness thing going on.

shocker said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Cal gets caught by RJJ as he did by B-Hop. That being said we all know JC has an iron chin. At this point I just don't see RJJ beating him. Plus, in this stage of his career he is able to pick and choose who he wants to fight. RJJ is hand picked and I think Cal is just going to tire him down. RJJ hasn't exactly shown an iron chin as of lately. I wouldn't be surprised if RJJ is KOd in a late round.

angelsfan said...

If Calz wants his Marciano-style legacy, he should steer clear of Pavlik and fight the older aging former champions. That's Marciano's legacy as well, one of not fighting great fighters in their prime. He should duck Pavlik and fight Roy Jones and then retire.

Should we get a Pavlik-Calz, I think that there are too many unknowns about Calz. Specifically, how would hold up against Pavlik's "walk you down and bomb away" style in the same vein as Thomas Hearns. We've no idea if he's rugged enough or if his chin is strong enough to withstand the eventual test that KP would put him through. That's the most fascinating part of this fight, the unknowns. KP has never fought the stylistic headache of JC's lefty stance, and it's hard to get a good sparring partner to simulate that. The one advantage KP has, and I think it could play big in this fight, is that Pavlik has been in trouble in a huge fight and came back to win. So many fighters get in trouble early and then just settle for a decision loss. But Pavlik re-established himself against Taylor and then put Taylor away. That's no small feat at the top level of boxing. I have no prediction for this fight, but I do like Pavlik's chances more than Calz's. Something else no-one brings up is JC's age, 35 is the downside. KP is only now starting to hit his prime.

ggear said...

i am sorry, as much as i respect RJJ, his weight changes can only go so far for him. peter is definitely slow but he can hit and if he comes in in any kind of good shape, he would do some damage. RJJ is by far the better boxer and he has the speed, but he has to lose something in the translation. RJJ is getting older and his speed is going away little by little, if he were to put on 30+ pounds after all the trouble he had with dropping the weight last time he was at heavy, add on the age, and the chin....unless RJJ fights a really good fight and hasnt lost another step between now and then, he will get hit plenty of times, and i dont think he can take a heavyweight punch. NOW, if RJJ can go past 5-6 rounds, and Peter punches himself out a bit, then that is a different story, but dont try to short change Peter,... he is not a great fighter by any means, he hardly can be considered that good, but from what we have to deal with, he is regarded as the 2nd best heavyweight fighter in the world, and with that title, he should not be losing to a 40-41 year old WELL past prime light heavyweight. i know RJJ is still pretty good, but it keeps coming back to the fact that i think a slightly past-prime RJJ would have put Tito away in their last fight and he couldnt. Tito is a tough guy, i know, but he was an old past prime blown up welterweight with limited boxing skills......BUT all of this could change depending on how RJJ looks against Calzaghe

8count said...

Jones has on business in the ring with Joe. Roy will be knocked out in the sixth round

teefanbase said...

Jones have to be on his a game.... Calzaghe throws alot of punches. I wonder what is Jone fight plan for this fight. I hope Jone has enough left in the tank because i see this fight going the distance. Unless their a lucky punch or a punch not seen...

timeless said...

I hope Both of these cats retire after this fight.. If not, I'd like to see Calzaghe go back to 168 and fight Jermaine Taylor or fight Pavlik at a catch weight of 166... I'd actually like to see Roy go back and advenge that lost to Glen Johnson! I know he probably couldn't get it done because no one would want to carry a 4th fight, but whip Tarver's a** before he retire!