I used the only quiet 15 minutes last night at work to sound off on a few things going on in the boxing world. It’s 12:40am, let’s get into some “15 Minutes of Fame!” Start the clock!
-> So now Floyd Mayweatherâ€™s fiancÃ©, Shantel Jackson, is getting in on Needlegate, with custom-made T-shirts with Pacquiaoâ€™s image saying â€œTake the Test.â€ This brings up a whole new series of questions, the most pressing one being: who the fuck is Shantel Jackson? And furthermore, who the fuck does she think she is? Listen, chick, you wanna stick your nose where it doesnâ€™t belong? You better have a set of balls bigger than Floyd does. This is not a female-friendly sport. Want proof? Two words: Jin Mosley.
-> I know Iâ€™m kinda going into dangerous territory with this, but am I the only one who sees what a scam job this whole Chavez Jr./Zbik fight is? The Mexican-based WBC strips non-Mexican middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, lets him fight for the Cubic Zirconium Super Duper Mega Awesome Belt, while Junior gets a crack at the real strap. Furthermore, the opponent is an imported Zbik, who, while a champion in his own right, is firmly in enemy territory, and not just with his opponent â€“ itâ€™s with his opponentâ€™s fanbase, promoter, and sanctioning body. I promise you if it makes it to the cards, Zbik will not come out with a clean win; in fact, I suspect such foul play already Iâ€™d watch out for the premature stoppage. Sebastian Zbik is walking into the boxing version of the Montreal Screwjob.
-> The return of Juan Diaz? I like it. People gave him crap for being invested in college while he boxes. I call those people â€œfools.â€ Now that Diaz has finished up school, he can focus on boxing. Heâ€™s coming back against a decent but not overwhelmingly-dangerous opponent. I think we could see a good comeback this year from the â€œBaby Bull.â€
-> So, poking around Teh InterT00bZ, I come across BoxRecâ€™s pound-for-pound top ten, which is as follows:
1. Manny Pacquiao (welterweight)
2. Wladimir Klitschko (heavyweight)
4. Bernard Hopkins (light heavyweight)
5. Sergio Martinez (middleweight)
6. Juan Manuel Marquez (lightweight)
7. Tim Bradley (junior welterweight)
8. Lucian Bute (super middleweight)
9. Andre Ward (super middleweight)
10. Jean Pascal (light heavyweight)
Um. WTF? What are these people smoking? They are European-based, right? Maybe theyâ€™re hitting up Holland for some of that good good. The Klitschkos (both of them) are better than Martinez? Bute over Ward? How the hell does Jean Pascal get ranked after his B-Hop loss and Nonito Donaire gets snubbed? BoxRec, itâ€™s definitely time to re-evaluate your rankings. May we suggest the 3 More Rounds pound-for-pound list?
12:55 — STOP THE CLOCK! I could go on for a while, but my boss is starting to give me the eye. Back to work!