December 1, 2000: Bernard Hopkins vs. Antwun Echols II
December 2, 2000: Felix Trinidad vs. Fernando Vargas
December 3, 1960: Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Gene Fullmer III
December 3, 1982: Tommy Hearns vs. Wilfred Benitez
December 3, 2005: Jermain Taylor vs. Bernard Hopkins
December 4, 1999: Fernando Vargas vs. Winky Wright
December 5, 1947: Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott I
December 6, 2008: Manny Pacquiao vs. Oscar de la Hoya
December 6, 2008: Carl Froch vs. Jean Pascal
December 7, 1977: Birth of Fernando Vargas
December 7, 1989: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran III
December 7, 2002: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Jose Luis Castillo II
December 8, 1931: Birth of Bob Arum
December 8, 2007: Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Ricky Hatton
December 9, 1961: Gene Fullmer vs. Benny Paret
December 11, 1981: Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick
December 12, 1912: Birth of Henry Armstrong
December 13, 1913: Birth of Archie Moore
December 14, 1973: Birth of Jose Luis Castillo
December 17, 1952: Archie Moore vs. Joey Maxim
December 17, 1978: Birth of Manny Pacquiao
December 19, 1998: Floyd Mayweather vs. Angel Manfredy
December 27, 1957: Birth of Jose Cuevas
panda-power-ranger asked: At my gym the 73 year old trainer teaches all of us to fight like Les Darcy and Sugar Ray Robinson. It's often referenced as "old school" style of boxing. I was curious to ask who your idol boxer is, and what stance you mimic.
My favorite former fighters are Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, Joe Louis, Pernell Whitaker and Julio Cesar Chavez. My favorites in the game today are Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
I don’t really try to emulate anyone’s style. I study tape and take from others what I can make effective. My coach and I drill a variety of positions and stances - orthodox, southpaw, Philly shell; outside, mid-range, inside, clinch - and when it comes time to fight, I use all of it. Since I’m an amateur and can’t study the habits of my opponent, I don’t come with a game plan. I bring all my tools, spend the first round figuring which one works best and spend the other two using that weapon to crack him open.
My philosophy is less about imposing my style upon my opponent than finding a strategy that confounds him. As a result of that, when I fight, I look less like Louis, Whitaker or Chavez - all of whom had very defined styles - than Sugar Ray Leonard or Andre Ward. Like them, I prefer to fight from the outside, but I use what works.
Pacquiao takes a unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 119-109 and (my score) 118-110. His performance shows that he’s still relevant in boxing’s elite ranks, but it also provides new insight on his weaknesses and how they’ve progressed as he’s aged.
Early in the fight, Manny had trouble backing out at angles, pouncing on opportunities gained by angling, clinching effectively and hurting Rios in a meaningful fashion. As the fight stretched into the second half, Manny executed his game plan more effectively, but I couldn’t say whether it was a dusting off of ring rust or the natural result of Rios’ slow stamina drain. Rios’ pivoting to meet Manny’s angling slowed down as the fight dragged on, which certainly helped Pacquiao work his magic.
Overall, Pacquiao put on a great though imperfect performance with spurts of vintage flavor. One thing is for sure: though Rios is a tough opponent with a good chin, Pacquiao is no longer in the plug-pulling business. Rios stayed in front of him and ate plenty of good shots, but Manny was unable to put his man away. While I project that Pacquiao’s champion-caliber career is not yet over, I predict that we have seen the last of the explosive knockouts that brought him to stardom.