FIGHT OF THE CENTURY? BOLLOCKS!

It’s unusual for what passes as Boxing these days to occupy pride of place in an Overseas Betting Opportunities blog.

Unfortunately, I can’t ignore the umpteenth “Fight of the Century” set for Saturday night as undefeated Floyd Mayweather finally squares off against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. To my mind, this is set up to be yet another damp squib. In boxing, hype rarely equates reality and, in my world, no twelve round championship fight could ever be the “fight of” anything. My idea of the best fight of all time is Ali-Frazier I when hype met reality and a classic showdown wasn’t decided until Ali foolishly walked into the finest left hook the world has ever seen in Round 15 and was knocked down for the first time. He got up immediately but the damage was done.

Saturday’s fight is more reminiscent of the Rumble in the Jungle when Ali, still the sport’s best defensive boxer, allowed a single-minded George Foreman to punch himself out before delivering the coup-de-grace in Round 8.

Some tried and tested sayings come to mind when assessing this fight. Nice guys finish last. He who plays by the rules gets shafted. Floyd, the consummate businessman and Machiavellian manipulator has systematically “ducked” Manny until their age difference has its minimum effect. So, we’re left with Boxing’s standard assessment tools. A good “big” man should always beat a good “little” man. Manny, the little(r) man has gradually stepped up in weight class over the years to win many titles. Floyd is the heavier, bigger and has the longer reach.

Manny fights like a whirling dervish; Floyd, like Ali, is a defensive genius. Manny, like the great Joe Frazier, does his damage on the inside. Floyd, with his longer reach, will be looking to punish Manny on the way in and then grab (another Ali trick). This is where the most important factor in the fight comes into play. The referee, Kenny Bayless, seems so anti-clinching that he could be Floyd’s first cousin. Watch for Manny to start in; take one or two sharp jabs from Floyd, then listen for Kenny to call “break” almost before Floyd applies the clinch. Manny will be frustrated all night while Floyd picks him to pieces.

On Saturday night, take FLOYD MAYWEATHER to join Rocky Marciano on 49-0 and start looking for a Patsy to complete an unprecedented half century.

Good Luck!

THE TERRIBLE TOUT

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