With a little lull in the action on the fight lexicon, we came up with the idea of some realistic fantasy fights that fans might like to see. Last night, the decision to begin writing a four part “Inside Mayweather/Berto” series was scrapped, as a few pieces of paper was balled up Steph Curry’d into the trash can a few times.
To hell with more coverage on that fight, Floyd Mayweather bounces Andre Berto like an M.C. Hammer check will in a few weeks.
But there are a few fights of interest to talk about– one’s more in theory than reality given that they’d be difficult to make, and thought it might be fun to delve into the look and result of certain match-ups. Fights like Miguel Cotto vs. Keith Thurman, Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin vs. Erislandy Lara and Roman Gonzalez vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux (now if they found a way to compromise on weight – with Chocolatito’s rise – what an epic encounter that would be).
Manny Pacquiao facing Danny Garcia caught fire yesterday with the lava bubbling out of trainer Freddie Roach’s mouth. “Swift”, who successfully waded into welterweight waters by bashing perennial Pac basher/hater Paulie Malignaggi into retirement, is a fighter Roach feels would be completely chopped up in Manny’s wheelhouse. With speculation over a small pool of possible opponents when the Filipino icon returns, Roach made it very clear who he’d want his charge to face. In fact, Roach almost seems to have had dreams about this thing – of the wet variety, and could not be forced to keep his opinions about a Pac/Swift summit to himself.
“I want Danny Garcia, that’s my choice. That’s the easiest fight in the f****** world, you can tell his dad [Angel Garcia] I said that as well,” stomped Roach, who continued spraying things at Team Garcia. “His dad psyched Amir Khan out but he won’t psyche Pacquiao out I promise. Pacquiao will knock Garcia out. I like the dad but he talks too much s***.”
Speaking of Khan, subject of the recent piece “Pacquiao murders an ex-Khan in Abu Dhabi” (see below), Roach isn’t really optimistic that that fight can be made anywhere in the Middle East, feeling the group of wealthy investors have been playing games for years about big-time boxing. Assuming Top Rank’s Bob Arum can’t make that fight happen there, a Las Vegas showdown at the new and extravagant MGM Grand International might work. Arum has said he’d push for the bout to take place there the Middle East doesn’t happen.
But if Pac/Khan doesn’t happen at all, we don’t mind a Pac/Swift situation. A stumbling block might be that neither fighter has a world championship belt at the moment (a problem for Pac/Khan as well), and solving the logistics of Garcia’s ties to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and Pacquiao’s HBO affiliation. If they can get around all of that, can you imagine all of the fun we’d have with all the trash talk between Roach and Angel Garcia?!?!
The fight itself would be bananas, and if you’re a gambler you’d be wise to push all of your chips at the poker table “all in” on a guaranteed action fight.
PAC VS. SWIFT
It would seem to be more fun being a pirate than to join the Navy. There are no rules of engagement or any scientific form of navigation, and imagine the sea becoming this playground version of whatever war game that’s being played there. That might be reckless, but then again, what good is being a rebel without a cause?
When two fighters engage in battle– while fully committed to throwing caution (and punches) to the wind, a perfect storm ensues that requires no umbrella. Pacquiao and Garcia are pirates of the ring, fighters who subscribe to the notion that life is either a daring adventure or its nothing- and that’s exactly the way they fight. Both men feel that if you ain’t living on the edge (if you will), then you’re taking up way too much space. This fight is a cliffhanger, but there’s also a reason why Roach feels so certain that Pacquiao torpedo’s, tidal wave’s and submerges Garcia.
‘Swift’ is the quintessential new age Philadelphia brawler. He doesn’t just wade in like a very limited clubfighter and bang away – no, but what he does do is plod his way forward behind feet that aren’t really that swift. There is absolutely no punk in him, and the love affair he’s developed with his left hook is of the ride or die variety. That punch is coming; in fact, so much so Pacquiao will see it coming, and have programmed left to the body or any number of shots ready to dial up as soon as Danny misses big.
At 36, Pacquiao cannot throw a large volume of shots in violent torrents the way he did in his prime, but he also wouldn’t have to work hard to find Garcia either, as was the case with Mayweather. Garcia would operate from a comfort for Manny because he’s so aggressive, one that would allow him to pivot his all-world feet into position and angles for dynamic shot-making that would overwhelm Garcia.
Its an evenly matched epic war for 2 or 3 rounds, before Pacquiao opened up a sumo-sized can of whoop ass and just started mauling Garcia. The pick here is Manny Pacquiao, who should chip, chop up and chop down a very game Danny Garcia in the 10th round of a ridiculously entertaining action fight.
Next Up… Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev (***And for all of the latest fight news, be sure to visit realcombatmedia.com)