Quick!!! Call the police, Call the Federales, Call the Nevada Athletic Commission…Report the robbery of Manny Pacquiao and the gift given in kind to Tim Bradley.
All I can say is I’ve seen a lot of bad decisions in my time, and this one may take it’s spot in my top five (or less).
All those who bet on Bradley should give their new found money to a charity other than the Pac-Man Foundation…(okay, he may actually have one).
Some folks think this decision will bring new interest and blood to our sport. Why? Is it becoming as set-up as pro wrestling?
Sorry, judges, but even at my most generous, I could not score more than four rounds for Bradley, and that was being generous.***
This week, on the 16th an interesting heavyweight bout takes place in Newark, NJ., when Tomasz Adamek, who makes his home there, takes on Eddie Chambers from nearby Philadelphia.
Chambers is five years younger, but other than that there is little to make this prediction easy.
Adamek 45-2-1 (28), has lost to Vitali Klitschko and Chad Dawson, while Chambers 36-2-1 (18) has lost to the younger of the Ukraine brothers, Wladimir.
The fight is on NBC Sports Network and is a tough one to pick. Take Adamek, only on the basis of slightly tougher foes.***
On HBO on the 16th, from El Paso, Texas, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. puts his 45-0 (31) mark on the line facing Andy Lee, a 28 year old southpaw who sports a record of 28-1 (20), for the WBC middleweight title.
It’s not an easy fight and probably will go to the judge’s scorecards. I’ll predict that Chavez comes out on top, assuming these judges are more on top of their game than those who scored the Bradley – Pacquiao fight last weekend.
Glove 2 Glove:
Prayers for the souls of Cuban amateur great Teofilio Stevenson, who passed away at age 60; Charlie Els, three time South African champ who was 74 at the time of his passing; former Golden Gloves champ Donald Bowers, 52; Harry Shaffer Jr., 65, and top lightweight contender Enrique Bolanos, 87.
Prayers for the return to health of outstanding boxing guys Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos. Alex has done much to improve the welfare of retired boxers. Your prayers for him have worked in the past. Alex is still facing some serious obstacles.
Young ex-champ Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident and needs your prayers for a full recovery.
Prayers also requested for the recovery of former champ Rocky Lockridge.
Tony Triem is also in need of your prayers, as is L.H. Dalton and Marilyn Johnson.
Please pray for my Aussie mate and Glove2Glove member John MacDougall, who had to deal with the recent passing of his wife of many years Gwen. John is also recovering from hip replacement surgery.
Also prayers for the recovery of outstanding referee Mills Lane and Denis Wilcox.
Please say prayers for Phill Grazide of Santa Rosa, CA. a big supporter of amateur boxing, who is suffering the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
Needless to say we need prayers for the return to health of former champ Gerald McClellan, who is confined to wheelchairs.
On behalf of these great fighters who have given their all in our great sport, we thank you for your ongoing prayers.
Do you know of any boxing people in need of spiritual uplifting and/or prayers? Just drop us a line. Membership to our prayer group is free to all and no one will ever contact you except for other prayer requests. Your name will not suddenly appear on anyone’s mailing list. In short, there is absolutely no obligation. Every prayer request is most welcome and I know the recipient will appreciate it.
Why? Because it’s healing to know that other people care, even about people they don’t know, and have the knowledge that God listens!
To join the Glove2Glove prayer group, or just request much needed prayers, drop Dave Wilcox a line at email@example.com.
Glove2Glove, which has been a long-time integral part of the recently defunct Ringsports.com magazine and website. It is a program I wish to have continued a long after I have left the sport and this earth. I want to thank Dave and Deborah Wilcox, who have offered to take over the program and promised to continue it indefinitely. This generous offer means a lot to me. We always welcome new members.***
Thanks and God bless.***