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The most-adored boxer of his era hopes to lift the sport from its doldrums on Nov. 12

The Pacquiao cure
On the heels of two sickly PPV shows,
boxing turns to Manny for a remedy



After back to back disasters for boxing on pay per view, Manny Pacquiaoís return canít come soon enough. Hereís hoping things improve dramatically.

We can spread the blame; thereís more than enough to go around, but we can all agree that things could not have gone worse for our beloved sport in the last couple of months. Floyd Mayweatherís return to the ring should have been a triumph. Instead, the result ended up infuriating everybody. It was enough to make 143-year-old Larry Merchant want to trade his tuxedo for some trunks and gloves.

When Floyd threw his sucker punches, PPV buyers felt suckered

The fight itself was devoid of any real drama; Mayweather came out firing immediately and made it quite clear very early that Victor Ortiz was severely overmatched. Ortiz was dirty almost from the outset. He attempted to head butt Mayweather more than once, but was unsuccessful until he caught him against the ropes. It was clearly an intentional foul. Mayweather was cut and furious.  Itís hard to blame him for not wanting to share the love Ortiz was dishing out.


While Floyd caught serious heat from fans, it was referee Joe Cortez who should have took most of it. He used to be great at his job, but for too long now heís been awkward and unsure of himself when making calls. He added confusion at a time when he needed to provide clarity.

Itís easy to blame Floyd for the end of the fight and the aftermath, but you try acting rationally after a guy tries to ram his skull into your teeth and then kisses you.

Separations: Hopkins' shoulder & fans from their money

Then came Hopkins/Dawson. The fight itself lasted under six minutes, and the shoulder injury Hopkins suffered in the second round most likely saved us from a horrible fight. Still, this writer canít shake the feeling of being grossly ripped off. Yes, Hopkins was fouled, and no one is questioning (well maybe a few people) the legitimacy of the injury, but itís hard to picture Arturo Gatti bowing out after hurting his shoulder. Frankly, itís hard to imagine any of the top fighters in the world calling it a day without at least standing up to test it out first. Hopkins collected a seven figure paycheck, and all boxing fans got was a particularly nasty case of nausea.

Fortunately, weíre just a couple weeks away from Pacquiao/Marquez 3. Itís actually quite hard to envision the fight being less than spectacular. Marquez may be older and at a weight disadvantage, but thereís no arguing the fact that heís gone dead even with Manny for 24 rounds.


The fight should wash away the awful taste of the last couple of matches. If anything, itís a perfect opportunity to watch a great fight between two of the best in the world. It doesnít hurt that theyíre also two of the most exciting guys to watch in the ring.

Less than a month after Pacquiao/Marquez, weíll get the rematch between Miguel Cotto and whatever is left of Antonio Margarito, a fight that should be a war if they stick to the formula of their first fight. Letís hope they do. After enduring the last couple of mega-fights, the fans are owed a shootout or two.


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Lou Catalano was born in Buffalo, NY. 

He graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelors degree in English.


He is a Bills and Sabres fan, born and raised, and fell in love with boxing as a teenager

after watching Roy Jones wail on poor Vinny Paz.


Lou currently lives outside of Buffalo

with his wife and two sons, and his hobbies include playing sports (Madden and NHL included) and hanging out with family and friends.

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