What up world. This Earl and I’m back with another edition of The Blog About Nothing. The “Fight of the Century” has come and gone. It was a massive disappointment for the casual fan, but I’m happy to say that I correctly called the result of the fight. Floyd Mayweather won with ease, and two of the three judges gave him 8 out of 12 rounds, like I called in last week’s blog. For those of you who have not seen the fight, you can watch it tomorrow night on HBO or Showtime.
I’m not going to spend too much time recapping the fight. It wasn’t a great fight to watch, but it was typical Mayweather. He slips punches, he showboats, and he clinches. It was up to Manny to stop him, and torn shoulder or not, he didn’t. Now, I’m not up for a rematch. I understand that these fellas just made a ton of money that they likely won’t make again, unless they fight each other, but I’m of the opinion that a rematch would be the same result: a Mayweather victory.
Last Saturday was a great sports day. We had a Game 7 between the San Antonio Spurs and the L.A. Clippers that provided great drama, the NHL playoffs, and the Kentucky Derby had a thrilling finish. The NFL Draft was a bit of a bore to watch, as was the fight, but it was a great day. It was a day made for the casual fan, and a day made for the diehard fan. This Saturday may be a bit of a letdown in comparison but you still have baseball, more basketball, and hockey, and what should be a thrilling fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and James Kirkland on HBO.
Of course I’m looking forward to Alvarez-Kirkland. The 154 pound fighters have contrasting styles, but unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao, this fight will end in a knockout. Canelo isn’t afraid to mix it up in the ring, and Kirkland is an all out slugger. What Kirkland does to boxers is damn right brutal, so credit to Canelo for fighting Kirkland, and doing it on HBO instead of Pay Per View. If Canelo gets past Kirkland, that should set up a Pay Per View fight in September against Miguel Cotto in what is likely the best fight ahead of us on the boxing calendar.
While some would like to say boxing is dead, because of what happened in Mayweather-Pacquiao, I say that it is very much alive. Boxing may be dead to the casual fan, or to those who bought into the hype of Mayweather-Pacquiao, but there are still great fighters and names to be built up. With boxing all over network television now, you are going to see stars come to the forefront. While it was disappointing last Saturday to see an injured Manny Pacquiao just go through the motions, rest assured that boxing will be just fine once Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hang up the gloves. Last Saturday wasn’t the promised “Fight of the Century” but give it time. We’ll see the real “Fight of the Century” in due time.
I’m going to keep the blog short this week, but I wanted to finish on a serious note. Last week, I blogged about the riots in Baltimore and how destroying your own community just because you’re angry made little sense to me. May Freddie Gray Rest In Peace, and may the officers that are facing trial receive a fair one. You see, all lives matter. No life is more important than the other. The victim’s life isn’t more important than the officer’s life. It really isn’t.
This is why I’d like to say Rest In Peace to New York City Police Officer Brian Moore. Officer Moore will be laid to rest today in a ceremony that is expected to have thousands of attendees. The 25 year old, received two medals for his exceptional service, and made over 100 arrests in his brief time in service to the New York City Police Department. However, he met an unfortunate end last Saturday when sitting in an unmarked vehicle, he noticed a man adjusting his waistband. He asked the individual if he had a gun, and the individual shot Officer Moore in the face. Officer Moore fought for his life, but eventually the wound took him.
There is no excuse for shooting a police officer. There is no motive for “retaliation”. An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind. So, remember do good today, and everyday, and remember that all lives in this World really do matter.
Thanks for reading.
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