Manny was easily one of boxing’s biggest draws in the 2000s. He is still one of the faces of boxing today. His name is well known and respected in all corners of the world, rallying people from all over with his rags-to-riches story, plus his humble, friendly demeanor. He is an inspiration to many. His is a Cinderella story that everyone dreams to emulate.
Mark’s date for the crown will be there. But until that time comes, he will need to double time to prepare himself. The Ceja fight was a sensational win. But if you look at it more objectively, he could have lost the bout big-time if he didn’t nail the KO.
There is now a growing clamor for our Pambansang Kamao to retire. With nothing more to prove, and so much more to lose, perhaps it is time for him to move on.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler died last week of natural causes, contrary to rumors that his death was caused by a COVID-19 vaccination. He will be remembered fondly by boxing purists as one of the bright stars who brought Boxing to its golden era in the 80s.
Manny proved me wrong by showing up really prepared for this fight. Gone was the slow start which gave Jeff Horn the confidence to go toe-to-toe with him in that blunder in Australia. Gone too was the lack of focus, which mixed Senate duties with his fight training. Gone was the plodding, the occasional lack of timing, that tired feeling.
Speed versus power. Experience versus youth. Who you got? My heart goes for Manny, but my head says it could be Keith.