Is God trying to tell Manny Pacquiao something?
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the politician and newly re-energized Christian from the Philippines was a hitting machine, pounding his American opponent, Timothy Bradley, 28, into confusion and almost overt fear. Pacquiao, 33, might not have had the same electrifying foot speed he had in his best bouts and might not have thrown his combinations with the same intensity, but in Round 2, Pacquiao swung one of his red-gloved hands and hit Bradley so hard that the Filipino twisted one of the American’s ankles and fractured the other. When he returned to his corner, Bradley told his trainer about the injury but soldiered on. He took 253 Pacquiao punches in all, connecting with only 159. He would enter the postfight press conference in a wheelchair.
So Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley, huh? Sitting ringside, I scored the fight 10-2, Pacquiao. Didn’t even look close to me.
What does this mean for Pacquiao-Mayweather? It’s too bad the two men haven’t figured out how to meet in the ring. My take on that, and the fight. Here. In Esquire.
My biography of Manny Pacquiao’s calves. In Grantland. Read it–here–then–stretch!
My article, in TIME, about the fight of the century not happening. Again. Makes you wonder about these two guys, doesn’t it?
I wrote four separate pieces (Sponsored by Bud Light and chocolate covered pretzels, baby) about the fight, and I talked about the UFC on Fox (to the “consternation” of many) in my much loathed (by the superduper touchie MMA crowd) Esquire U.S. piece…Yes, yes, my Pacquiao-Marquez pre-fight prediction was dead wrong but please realize it was written before knowing about the pre-fight cell phone throwing incident and the pre-fight all nighter and some other stuff (some of you know what I am talking about, right?). Annnnnnyways. Enjoy some boxing writing. There isn’t much of it out there anymore. I work hard, I write hard, for you, the fans. You’re welcome.
Esquire U.S.: “Fight Night in America”
Esquire Philippines: “A Night In Las Vegas”
The Atlantic: “Manny Pacquiao Has A Bad Night, Wins Anyway”
My Pacquiao-Marquez pre-fight story, in TIME. Click here.
Another cover story. Esquire Malaysia is running my Pacquiao profile in its latest issue.
Leading up to the fight, I was interviewed on several radio programs, including the BBC and the nationally syndicated (250 affiliates) JT The Brick show, and on the national news in the Philippines. The Atlantic also included me in a piece about the current state of boxing.
Pacquiao will fight again in November. He will probably face Juan Manuel Marquez.
PacMan: Behind the Scenes With Manny Pacquiao (Da Capo) has been included in the Los Angeles Times Book Review section’s 2010 Books Gift Guide. It is a great honor to be on this elite list, which includes books like Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, Keith Richard’s Life, and some good sports books like Jane Leavy’s The Last Boy. PacMan was one of only nine sports books on the list in 2010.
Also, The Guardian has recommended the PacMan as a top sports book. “Gary Andrew Poole’s PacMan has something of both the breathless urgency of Pacquiao in the ring and the extraordinary chaos that accompanies him outside,” says Huw Richards of The Guardian.
Manny Pacquiao takes on Antonio Margarito tonight at Cowboys Stadium. Follow the fight, at ringside, through my Tweets.
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