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Old School

Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Pacquiao vs. Margarito

Yes, boxing fans still long for Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Well, get it over it. Mayweather has stalled or otherwise shown no interest in making the fight happen. So we’ll get Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. I think this has the potential to be a great fight, or at the very least, an action-packed fight. Do I think Margarito can pull an upset? No. But I don’t think it’s necessarily a slam-dunk for Pacquiao, either. I think Margarito… Read More »

Part IV: Can Pacquiao-Mayweather measure up?

If the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. welterweight showdown ever comes off, it will be measured against some of the classic fights in the division’s history. Such as: Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns vs. Jose “Pipino” Cuevas, Aug. 2, 1980, Detroit. Cuevas was only 19 when he won the WBA welterweight title in 1976 with a second-round KO of Angel Espada. Cuevas defended the title 11 times over the next four years, winning by knockout each time. He was truly… Read More »

Part III: Can Pacquiao-Mayweather measure up?

If the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. welterweight showdown ever comes off, it will be measured against some of the classic fights in the division’s history. Such as: Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello, Nov. 12, 1982 at Miami. OK, this was light welterweight. Close enough. Pryor was a muscular, finely tuned bundle of kinetic energy. He threw punches nonstop from every conceivable angle, and a few inconceivable angles, too. Arguello was a former featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight champ… Read More »

Part II: Can Pacquiao-Mayweather measure up?

If the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. welterweight showdown ever comes off, it will be measured against some of the classic fights in the division’s history. Such as: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Sept. 16, 1981 at Las Vegas. This is one of the most curious narratives in the history of championship bouts. For the first half of the fight, Hearns was the aggressor and Leonard was skillfully but constantly in retreat, usually avoiding punishment but… Read More »

Part I: Can Pacquiao-Mayweather measure up?

If the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. welterweight showdown ever comes off, it will be measured against some of the classic fights in the division’s history. Such as: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran, June 20, 1980. Called the Brawl in Montreal, for good reason. Duran pounded out a close but unanimous decision, but Leonard stood up to the “Hands of Stone,” stood toe-to-toe, and his survival, his nearly pulling off an upset despite what appeared to be strategy… Read More »