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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 30 April 2009 11:09

B ill Dwyre, a much-respected sports columnist of the Los Angeles Times, says in the April 30th issue of the country’s premiere newspaper in the second-biggest media market that “Boxing is the world's only honestly dishonest sport. It is the University of Con Artists, the Academy of the Slick. It is the worm of organized athletics. Cut off a piece of it here, another there, and it still keeps wiggling.

 

To read Mr. Dwyre’s front-page column in the Sports Section of the Los Angeles Times, please click on this hyperlink: DWYRE: Boxing is 'honestly dishonest'

 

Or copy and paste this URL to your browser: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dwyre-pacquiao30-2009apr30,0,760075.column 

 

Bill Dwyre has come up with a classic column on boxing. Excerpts of his instant column are reprinted at the end of this article.

 

In the meantime, reports say that there is not much excitement among Filipino Americans in buying the Pacquiao-Hatton bout’s pay-per-view package of $49.95 per pop. One reason is that the handlers of both boxers have been saying that the bout will end in the second or third round. Not too-many folks will pay $49.95 for six-to-nine minutes of coverage when most television-news stations would already be re-broadcasting the bout’s ending by the time home viewers would be finishing their second or third bottle of beer.

 

* Editor’s Note: To read our report about the last Pacquiao bout, please click on this hyperlink: Yes, the De la Hoya-Pacquiao Fight Was a Farce. It Was Only About Money & Gullible Fans Paid for It

 

 

 

Even in the much-heralded Pacquiao-De la Hoya fight, in spite of many pay-per-view buys from Filipino-American households, the total sales did not reach the projected 1.25-million customers.

 

H ere are predictions from Filipino-American boxing enthusiasts about the Pacquiao-Hatton bout:

 

* Perhaps L.A. Times columnist Bill Dwyre is right: The Pacquiao-Hatton fight tonight is simply "the free flow of fun and cash." As Mr. Dwyre wrote last Thursday, the "Paquiao-Hatton (and boxing as well) fight is a 'con job.'" My prediction? Hatton by KO in 4 rounds but if the fight goes the distance, it's Pacquiao by a split decision. The boxing gods will love a second fight for all the money it will generate for them and for Las Vegas. (As posted in the www.FoxSports.com at 8:33 p.m., May 2, 2009.)

 

* Here is fearless forecast of Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times sports columnist, as published in his column in today’s (

Saturday, May 2, 2009) issue of the newspaper:

 

 

Bill Dwyre- The fun, and cash, flows around Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton

 

QUOTE. Expect Hatton to charge out early and try to establish a barge-and-bully pace. Expect lots of quick flurries from him, followed by some grabbing and wrestling, followed by some punches out of breaks that he initiates before the referee can, making them legal.


And expect that, if that works, Pacquiao could be in trouble, even get caught and put down early, or at best have to fight a different kind of fight than his trainer, Freddie Roach, wants.


If it doesn't work, if Pacquiao scores well in the early rounds and is the one establishing the rhythm of the fight, as he did against De La Hoya, then look for a frustrated Hatton to eventually walk into a left hook and come to rest somewhere near the same turnbuckle where Mayweather Jr. left him.


Do not expect this one to be jab-and-dance, poke-and-run, let the judges decide. That could happen, but it would disappoint fans from opposite ends of the earth.

 

To read Mr. Dwyre’s column in its entirety, please click on this link, http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dwyre-pacquiao-hatton2-2009may02,0,7145891.column

 

UNQUOTE.

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* “It will be Manny Pacquiao  by KO or TKO--- 9th or 10th round.” – Don Azarias of Chicago, Illinois

 

* “Pacquiao had problems with Juan Marquez and Hatton is 3 X stronger than Marquez. I guess if the Pacquiao who beat De la Hoya is the one who shows up and not the one who fought Marquez, then yeah Pacquiao might beat Hatton.  With the probability of head butts because Hatton is a slugger I think it is Pacquiao who may get cut up. Anyway my prediction: Hatton by TKO 9th or 10th round.” – Dido Miranda

 

* “Though I don't think it'll be an easy fight at all, I think Pacquiao is too fast and though he may not even really hurt Hatton, he'll get in enough punches to cut him up. Hatton talks a lot about how he's better defensively, but the only proof of that was Malignaggi who is a very-soft puncher. Fighting someone who is fast and a hard puncher will be a problem for him, not unlike the Mayweather fight, though admittedly, Mayweather is much bigger than Pacquiao naturally. I’m predicting Pacquiao wins by TKO on cuts in the 10th round.” – Lando David

 

* Here are more details about Mr. Miranda’s prediction: “I predict Hatton by TKO 9th or 10th round. I think he’d be able to back up Pacquiao and Manny cannot fight backing up. Look, if Pacquiao wins I will subscribe to the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world title they have bestowed upon him.” – Dido Miranda

 

H ere are excerpts from Mr. Dwyre’s column:

 

QUOTE.

As with most boxing title matches, this lead-up show is not about the fighters but definitely about the window dressing.

 

Bill Dwyre


April 30, 2009

 

 

From Las Vegas -- An old wives' tale claims they once held a boxing news conference and there was actual news.

 

(Snipped)

 

They trotted out Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, opponents for Saturday night's next big deal in the sport. Both acted responsibly, spoke sensibly, brought no new insight to their match, and sat down.

 

Unless Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins or Floyd Mayweather Jr. are fighting, the lead-up show is never about the boxers and always about the window dressing.

 

That's the eternal charm. Boxing is the world's only honestly dishonest sport. It is the University of Con Artists, the Academy of the Slick. It is the worm of organized athletics. Cut off a piece of it here, another there, and it still keeps wiggling.

 

If you are a member of the media, the people who run boxing know that you know. And you know that they know that you know.

 

(Snipped)

 

Wednesday's extravaganza, in a huge ballroom at the MGM Grand, where the media messengers of this madness flocked in large numbers, included a fashion show, strange bedfellows, comments on international relations, insults and poetry, tugs at the heart strings, and the ever-present slick-selling.


(Snipped)

 

Delivering it was a long row of men on a dais, their fashion statements running from three-piece suits to sport coat and T-shirts to wind breakers and sweat suits. Pacquiao wore white shoes, pants and sport coat with a black tam. Hatton, who referred to himself as a fat, beer-drinking Englishman, wore a T-shirt and a black floppy hat.

 

 

The master-of-ceremonies duty was jointly handled by Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya. Arum once promoted De La Hoya. Then De La Hoya went out on his own. Along the way, they have called each other every name in the book -- to be fair, Arum more than De La Hoya -- and have kept several law firms in business. Now, it's all smiles and pats on the back.

 

Arum, who never met a fight he couldn't spin into a tale of monumental significance, said that this fight would be a success even though, with Pacquiao from the Philippines and Hatton from England, there is no U.S. angle.

 

(Snipped)

 

Eventually, because it apparently wasn't preventable, Hatton's trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was called to the microphone. He, like Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, is a former boxer. Each has accepted more than his share of blows to the head over the years, but only Roach admits that.

 

From the start of this promotion, months ago, they have been verbally battling. Mayweather Sr. likes to call Roach "the joke coach," and Roach likes to remind Mayweather Sr. that he got a head start on Mayweather in training careers because Mayweather was in prison for selling drugs.

 

What is beyond the borders of good taste elsewhere is standard fare in boxing.

 

This time, Mayweather Sr. tried some poetry.

 

"Pac-man, it's over. So stop wishing on that four-leaf clover."

 

"Ain't no secret. I hope you know. It's Hit Man Hatton by KO."

 

S omewhere along the line, Arum introduced a member of Pacquiao's entourage. Before another Pacquiao fight, Arum had introduced a high-ranking Philippine official as "Governor what's-his-name." This time, he called Wacky Salud to the microphone.

 

Wacky was up for about a minute. He wore dark glasses and spoke in a deep gravely voice. His words appeared to be English. If this hadn't been a boxing news conference, it could have passed as an audition for a mafia movie.

 

Arum wrapped up the program by reminding all of how Pacquiao came from "abject poverty," and how he often sits outside his home in General Santos City and hands out food and money to people in need.

 

"The Philippines has the best social-welfare system in the world," Arum proclaimed. "And it is called Manny Pacquiao."

 

The whole thing took a little more than an hour. It was jaw-dropping. It always is. UNQUOTE. # # #

 

To contact Mr. Dwyre or to send him comments about his latest column, please use this e-mail address: bill.dwyre@latimes.com

 

  

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Comments (9)
1 Thursday, 30 April 2009 11:35
Dear Mr. Dwyre:

We took the initiative of headlining your classic of a column on boxing in today's issue of the Los Angeles Times.

Here is the hyperlink to our article found in our Front Page: Los Angeles Times’ Bill Dwyre Says “Pacquiao, Hatton ‘News’ Is a Con Job”

/URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/sports/3779-los-angeles-times-bill-dwyre-says-pacquiao-hatton-news-is-a-con-job.html

Per protocol, our article carried both the hyperlink and URL of your finely-written masterpiece of a column.

Looking forward to our reading many-more articles on sports from you, we are . . .

Very respectfully,

Bobby M. Reyes
Editor
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2 Thursday, 30 April 2009 12:16
In a message dated 4/30/2009 12:43:29 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:

thank you...
3 Thursday, 30 April 2009 12:17
The pleasure and honor is ours, Mr. Dwyre.

Mabuhay (Filipino equivalent of Aloha, Viva and Shalom),

Bobby M. Reyes

In a message dated 4/30/2009 12:43:29 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:

thank you...
4 Friday, 01 May 2009 21:21
Manny Pacquiao TKO's Ricky Hatton on the 9th round.

Joseph
5 Saturday, 02 May 2009 17:09
In a message dated 5/2/2009 5:47:21 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:

RE: Predictions

Bobby, you're the last one.

So far this is what we have:

Dido Miranda ------Hatton by KO, 9th or 10th round

Don Azarias -------Pacquiao by KO, 9th or 10th round

Joseph Lariosa ---Pacquiao by KO, 10th round

Jesse Jose -----Hatton by KO, 1st round

Jesse "Mr. Debonair" Farrales --------Pacquiao by decision


Bobby Reyes ------ Hatton by KO on or before the 4th round, otherwise Pacquiao wins by split decision (because the promoters want to cash in on a return bout). For details, please read my article, Los Angeles Times’ Bill Dwyre Says “Pacquiao, Hatton ‘News’ Is a Con Job”
/URL: http://www.mabuhayradio.com/sections/sports/3779-los-angeles-times-bill-dwyre-says-pacquiao-hatton-news-is-a-con-job.html

Romy Marquez------Pacquiao by KO 6th or 7th round

Let us know your prediction.

Don
6 Saturday, 02 May 2009 17:11
First round, tulog si Pakyaw....

Pareng Jesse
7 Saturday, 02 May 2009 18:55
In a message dated 5/2/2009 7:10:21 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:

Make it 9th round for me -- Pacquiao.


Joseph
8 Saturday, 02 May 2009 19:37
As posted in the www.Foxsports.com @ 8:33 p.m. tonight, May 2nd:

Perhaps L.A. Times columnist Bill Dwyre is right: The Pacquiao-Hatton fight tonight is simply "the free flow of fun and cash." As Mr. Dwyre wrote last Thursday, the "Paquiao-Hatton (and boxing as well) fight is a 'con job.'" My prediction? Hatton by KO in 4 rounds but if the fight goes the distance, it's Pacquiao by a split decision. The boxing gods will love a second fight for all the money it will generate for them and for Las Vegas. -- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
9 Monday, 14 September 2009 11:20
it's over... everyone was wrong.

pacquiao killed hatton on the second.

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