At Least We Know Who Won….

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It’s a shame. It’s a shame the world is discussing a scorecard rather than a great fight. After all, that is what Canelo vs. Golovkin delivered; a great fight. Unfortunately, there is (apparently) a great deal of subjectivity involved in the result of boxing matches.

On Saturday night, Canelo Alvarez challenged Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight championship of the world. After 3 entertaining, but lopsided fights on the undercard, the world was ready. Despite his undefeated record, Golovkin was arriving on the BIG stage for the 1st time in his career. Canelo, always taking on his toughest opponent (not dodging opponents..ahem..Mayweather..ahem), was ready for another battle.

The fight started slowly, as Golovkin’s nerves were visible. It wasn’t until the 4th round (Canelo stole the 1st 3 rounds) that Golovkin settled in. Golovkin began to impose his will, walking Canelo down with his stiff jab. However, rather than keep Canelo on the ropes or in a corner, Canelo counterpunched his way out of trouble numerous times. This is something none of Golovkin’s opponents had done before. Has Golovkin, at age 35, lost a step, or was he simply facing the stiffest competition of his career??

Can it be both??

Canelo is by far the toughest opponent Golovkin has ever faced, but father time waits for no man. In Golovkin’s previous fight, he went the distance with Danny Jacobs. While Jacobs is an accomplished fighter (32-2), Golovkin would have been better served beating Jacobs in dominating fashion (or knocking him out). Now, boxing experts question how much Golovkin has left in the tank.

Once Golovkin found his groove, he won 6 consecutive rounds (4-9). His active, effective jab kept Canelo on the move. While Canelo remained active, his ring movement was surprising. I thought Canelo would pressure Golovkin into trading power shots in the center of the ring. While this sounds like a style that would benefit Golovkin, this fight proved the contrary.

Which leads us to the championship rounds (10-12)….

Prior to round 10, Canelo’s trainer, Jose Reynoso, implored his fighter to execute 3 ‘perfect’ rounds. While Canelo wasn’t perfect, he emerged from his corner with a flurry of power shots. Canelo was overwhelming when he pressured Golovkin. Despite Golovkin’s amazing chin, he showed a tremendous amount of respect for Canelo’s punching power (as he should). Canelo won the final 3 rounds convincingly.

For those paying attention, I scored this fight a draw (114-114). A draw. That’s what happened. So, why the controversy?!?! It’s not the result I’m displeased with, it’s the way it got there….

Adalaide Byrd: 118-110 (Canelo)

Dave Moretti: 115-113 (Golovkin)

Don Trella: 114-114 (Draw)

Click here to see the official scorecards.

1 of these things is not like the other. Umm, Mrs. Byrd, what fight were you watching?!?! 118-110 translates to 10 rounds to 2. Now, I like Canelo Alvarez, so if I was a biased fan, or his mother, I could see how I’d come up with 118-110. But Adalaide Byrd is supposed to be an objective, professional boxing judge. What in the actual wHaT?!?! How is it possible she is employed as a boxing judge for the most important fight of the year??

Oh wait. You mean to tell me promoters have requested she be removed from fights before?? Due to her shoddy performance?? Ahh, it all makes perfect sense now. Someone should have told her 115-113 (Canelo) would have served the same purpose, and could have kept the conspiracy theorists in their mother’s basement. Now, all anyone can talk about is the incompetence of Adalaide Byrd, the corruption of boxing, and whether or not to buy the rematch. Yes, there will be a rematch. Not just because Canelo had a rematch clause written into his contract, but because there will always be 1 winner that rises to the top; $$$$!! 

 

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Canelo vs. Golovkin (“We Got Ourselves A Bilingual Bloodfest”)

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A boxing match can unify the world. That isn’t hyperbole. I truly believe (potentially) 36 minutes of battle, across the vast, 256 square feet of real estate inside the ropes, can unite people all over the world. Sports, tend to, and can hold a common ground for people of different race, culture, religion, and gender. Saturday night’s boxing match is a prime example of an opportunity for the farthest corners of the world to intersect.

When else can you find a man of Russian and Korean parents, raised in Kazakhstan, engage in competition with a man from Mexico, on Mexican Independence Day, in the United States?? The answer would be, um, never.

On Saturday, September 16th, Gennady Golovkin will square off with Canelo Alvarez in the middleweight division (160 pounds). Golovkin will put all 4 of his title belts on the line:

  • WBO (World Boxing Association)
  • WBC (World Boxing Council)
  • IBF  (International Boxing Federation)
  • IBO (International Boxing Organization)

The fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas, and will be available on Pay-Per-View. Before we get to the main course, let’s taste test the appetizers. Here are the 3 undercards prior to the Main Event:

  • Ryan Martin (19-0, 11 KOs) vs. Francisco Rojo (20-2, 13 KOs) – Lightweight, 10-Round Match
  • Diego De La Hoya (19-0, nine KOs) vs. Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KOs) – Super-Bantamweight, 10-Round Match
  • Joseph Diaz Jr. (24-0, 13 KOs) vs. Jorge Lara (29-0-2, 21 KOs) – Featherweight, 12-Round Match

*There is at least 1 Mexican boxer in each match. I can only assume this is intentional due to it being Mexican Independence Day. The 2nd match consists of Golden Boy Promoter and famed boxer, Oscar De La Hoya’s cousin.

Now that we got the salad and crab cakes out of the way, bring on the sirloin steak.

Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin, the champion, aka “GGG”, is 37-0, with 33 wins coming by way of knockout. He is 36 years old and stands at 5’10”. He is a hard hitting, orthodox (right-handed) fighter, who has never been knocked out. Hell, he’s never been knocked down. He brings tremendous power to the ring in the highest profile fight of his career.

Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan, the challenger, formally known as Canelo Alvarez, is 49-1-1, with 34 wins coming by way of knockout. He is 27 years old and stands at 5’9″. He is also a hard-hitting, orthodox (right-handed) fighter. Canelo has never been knocked out, as his only loss came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., by Majority Decision in 2013. While Canelo is technically the challenger, he is the bigger draw in this bout.

Dessert time!!

With the state of boxing in steady decline, in terms of popularity (not $$), I am genuinely excited for this fight. This championship bout brings 2 intense, tough, hard-hitting fighters together. Expect fireworks, early and often. They are similar in fighting style, and although Canelo has the slight age in the defense department, don’t expect any running and hiding. Both fighters are going to plant themselves in front of each other and exchange blows for (hopefully) 36 minutes.

This is going to be fantastic!!

While both fighters carry legitimate knockout power, both fighters have outstanding chins. Golvkin does hold an advantage in power, while Canelo has advantages in speed and endurance. Golovkin may be vulnerable if he looks for an early knockout. That could be Golovkin’s game plan, since he’s only gone the 12-round distance once in his career.

The ultimate question is, will Canelo’s unique combination of youth AND experience be enough to take down the older, undefeated Golovkin??

Prediction:

Canelo wins a Split Decision.

A Split Decision means the fight can go either way. No, I’m not hedging my bet, I just know how closely contested this fight is going to be. Sit back, or sit on the edge of your seat, and enjoy!!

 

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One-Liner Fridays!!

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Happy Friday sports fans!! It isn’t a mirage. Friday is actually here. I’m going to get your weekend started a little early with an oldie but a goodie. This is a segment I like to call, One-Liner Fridays. Today, I give my take on the week of sports in One Line and One Line only. “We’re gonna to skate to One song and One song only!” Enjoy!!

 

“Pudge” Rodriguez has taken his nickname, and apparently his eating contests, too seriously.

Voting Tim Raines into the MLB Hall of Fame, after 10 years, is like that bad decision you make right as the lights come on at last call — I get it, she was the only girl left in the bar.

Putting Bud Selig in the MLB Hall of Fame is like asking Adrian Peterson to babysit tonight.

Nothin’ says, “Welcome to New York Sonny Gray” like the Yankees committing 3 errors behind him, in the 1st inning.

I know Pete Rose isn’t in the running for Humanitarian of the Century, but did a woman really come out of the shadows, and accuse him of a crime from 30 YEARS AGO?!

Nice try lady.

Stephen Curry took some time out of his busy, make fun of Lebron James schedule, to play in his 1st professional golf tournament (Ellie Mae Classic).

It appears, Steph Curry (who shot a 74) is now better than Tiger Woods at golf.

House, no — Cars, no — Travel the world, no — Put my kids through college, no — Invest, no — Purchase Neymar Jr., YES!!

I literally couldn’t think of a better way to spend $262 Million either.

I love how Dolphins fans are distraught today after seeing Ryan Tannehill go down with a knee injury in practice yesterday — Yeah, because NOW your season’s over.

At least it’ll keep the Colin Kaepernick conversation going, so we’ve got that goin’ for us.

We saw more punches thrown on the 1st day of New England Patriot’s Training Camp than we will see in the entire Mayweather/McGregor fight.

Thank you Paul Malignaggi, for leaving the “Circus”, as you called it, of McGregor’s camp, and daring McGregor to go public with their sparring video — which would allegedly show what really happened.

And in case you somehow didn’t notice, yesterday was Tom Brady’s, not to be confused with Jesus’, 40th birthday….

At least ESPN didn’t replay every minute of every game of Tom Brady’s career….

Speaking of ESPN, fantasy will become reality when ESPN U morphs into ‘ESPN 8, The Ocho’ for one day, August 8th.

That’s awesome!!

Cotton McKnight:
“In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I’d seen it all, folks, but it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself.

Pepper Brooks:
“He will not be able to see very well, Cotton.”

 

If you have a One-Liner of your own, please post it below in the comment section.

Enjoy your weekend everybody!!

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Don’t Be A Dummy, Save Your Money

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Do people actually buy into this crap?!?! Are there really people at home, sitting on the edge of their seats, jumping up and down every time Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Conor McGregor speak?? These must be the same people who think Jerry Springer is exciting television. Ahem..there’s probably a reason you’re home on a Tuesday, watching TV, at noon….

Tuesday’s “Press Conference” in Los Angeles represented the 1st of 4 majorrrrrrrr $$$$ grabs. It’s like one of those booths you get in and try to grab the singles as they fly around in the wind, only in this case there are 100 dollar bills — and there’s no wind.

For 4 consecutive days (7/11 – 7/14), we will be force fed Mayweather’s fake smile and McGregor’s bravado. This is a “Promotional Tour”, being used to hype up their fight to obscene levels. Well, I’m not buying it. Not this week. And not on August 26th. This “Tour” will also stop in Toronto, Brooklyn, and London.

If you want to watch the entire “Press Conference”, click here. Allow me to warn you..it’s throw-up worthy. Even if you watched the “Press Conference”, you may have missed a minuscule detail. A detail that showcased the “class act” that McGregor is. HA! This jack wagon had a custom suit made with the tiny letters “F*** You” stitched all over his suit. So what appeared to be pinstripes were actually terms of endearment directed at his foe, Floyd Mayweather Jr. You Stay Classy Dublin!

See, this fight isn’t a fight. It’s a circus act. It’s an opportunity for 2 guys to make inordinate amounts of money in exchange for ‘Reality TV’ entertainment. Ya know, like that scripted stuff we used to watch at age 10 — “Professional” Wrestling. Now, I don’t believe the Mayweather/McGregor fight is scripted, but it might as well be. McGregor has ZERO chance in this fight. Hell, the only reason this fight was sanctioned is because everyone’s palms are being greased. Sit back and look at the big picture here..this is a 49-0 boxer vs. a guy who has never fought a professional boxing match. That’s like me getting in the ring with Mike Tyson. Sure, he’s old, and fat, and crazy, but he’d whoop my ass.

The big difference in this fight, however, is Floyd Mayweather Jr. DOES NOT knock people out..EVER. So for those who decide to pony up the $100 for this pay-per-view event, cough..don’t do it..cough cough, you will be extremely disappointed. You may even feel cheated. This fight will go as every Mayweather fight has gone in the past 19 years: jab, jab, hide behind his shoulder, jab, dance around, hug, and repeat. The result will be a unanimous decision in favor of Mayweather (McGregor won’t win a single round). Following the fight, UFC, boxing, and sports fans all over the world will criticize Mayweather for not knocking McGregor out. Criticize yourselves.

Ultimately, this spectacle will be good for people who like money and good for the UFC. On the other hand, it will be devastating for boxing.

Dear Boxing,

I never thought I’d say this, but you’ve lost a fan, for life….

 

Will you watch this fight?? Did you enjoy Tuesday’s “Press Conference”?? If so, please try to rationally explain why in the comment section below.

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My 1st Ever Sports Talk Radio Show

By clicking below, you will be entering my YouTube Channel; DaveTalksSports. This audio is from my 1st ever Sports Talk Radio Show. This audition was recorded and submitted to the radio station at SUNY Old Westbury on Monday, June 26th, 2017. Assuming my professor approves my audition, I will be on OWWR, Old Westbury Web Radio, via the TuneIn Radio App. The date and time of my show is TBD (to be determined), so check back to find out when I will be on the air. Click below to listen and enjoy!! Feel free to comment or leave constructive criticism in the comment section. Thank you!!

What Is This Amateur Hour?!?!

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What a joke!! Rather than being some super-hyped, super-fight, this should be the laughing stock of sports. Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of boxing’s most accomplished fighters ever, is coming out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor, the UFC’s ‘flavor of the month’. Well, I guess it’s true what they say..every man has his price. Granted, in this case, the price is really freakin’ high. Mayweather is projected to make approximately $100 million for 36-minutes of “work”. For a second I almost forgot Mayweather’s nickname is “Money”. McGregor is projected to make slightly less, however, I’m sure he’ll rest his oversized, Irish head just fine on that fancy pillow when he brings home approximately $75 million.

This may be the most predictable fight in boxing history, but before I tell you what’s going to happen..I bring you the details:

When: Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Where: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Weight Class: Light Middleweight (154 pounds)

Rules: 12-Round Boxing Match (duh!)

For those who thought this could potentially be a Mixed Martial Arts fight, allow me to laugh in your face, HAHAHAHA. Sorry about that. If you thought Floyd Mayweather Jr. was going to come out of retirement to get his face kicked in, you were sorely mistaken. UFC and Boxing, despite their similarities, are 2 completely different sports. And that is the part people DO NOT understand. Conor McGregor can talk all the trash he wants, but the fact is, he has ZERO chance in this fight. ZERO. As in Nada. Zilch. Diddly-Squat. But Dave, what if he catches him with a……Nope, not gonna happen. Hell, McGregor isn’t even regarded as the best boxer in the UFC (Stipe Miocic probably holds that honor).

While this may become the greatest money making spectacle boxing has ever seen, in reality, it’s an amateur-hour special. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 49-0 as a professional boxer. McGregor is 0-0. The fact that the Nevada State Athletic Commission is actually sanctioning this fight is ridiculous, but hey, money makes the world go ’round.

Tale of the Tape

Mayweather                                                                                         McGregor

Age: 40                                                                                                    Age: 28

Height: 5’8″                                                                                           Height: 5’9″

Reach: 72″                                                                                             Reach: 74″

Boxing Record: 49-0                                                                       UFC Record: 21-3

Now, I will give you a step-by-step breakdown of the fight. You can print this out, carry it around for nearly 2.5 months, and follow it during the fight as if it were a textbook. This fight will go like Mayweather’s last fight (which was almost 2 years ago already – 09.12.15), and the fight before that, and the fight before that. Mayweather will very occasionally hit McGregor with precise jabs, and then dance around McGregor for the majority of the 36-minute bout. If Mayweather finds himself REMOTELY close to danger, he will give McGregor a nice little hug until the referee separates the love birds. McGregor’s frustration will become glaringly visible. The only wild scenario I can picture, and this would be AWESOME, is if McGregor loses his cool in like the 6th round and just roundhouse kicks Mayweather in the face. He’d be disqualified of course, and Mayweather would most likely be unconscious, but that would be Must-See TV!!

Expect the Pay Per View cost to be the same as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao ($100), and expect the fight to start past your bed-time (probably 10:30/11:00 P.M. EST). Also expect, and heed my warning, to be really disappointed you spent $100 bucks on this dumpster fire. Mayweather has only knocked out 1 person in the last 19 years, and McGregor is still trying to figure out how to get his boxing gloves on (they’ll fight with 10-ounce gloves).

Now, as we speak, you can bet on the fight. The opening line on the fight is Mayweather (-800) and McGregor (+500). These odds are WAYYYYYYYYY too low. If I was a betting man, I’d be betting my life savings on Mayweather in a Unanimous Decision (which would bring him to a perfect 50-0). But Dave, I can get 5 to 1 odds on McGregor to pull off the upset. Yeah, and I can use $100 bills as toilet paper, but I don’t….

If someone else is buying, I’m watching, otherwise I’ll wait for ESPN’s highlights the following morning.

What do you think the result of this fight will be?? Are you crazy enough to think McGregor can win?? If so, PLEASE tell me in the comment section below.

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One Liner Friday’s

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Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of One Liner Friday’s. After a 3 week break, I’m back!! Here you can find the past week in sports wrapped up in One Line and One Line only. Enjoy!!

All I have to say about the Jacksonville Jaguars idea to give any fans who purchase tickets to their game this weekend 2 free beers is: MMMMMMMMMMM BEER.

And, where can I buy some Jag’s tickets?

I wish everyone would understand that this 10 year/$305 million number Robinson Cano is “asking” for is just a bunch of white smoke.

No one is going to give him more than 7 years/$196 million (which is still absurd but it’s quite a bit less then $305), I mean the guy literally walks to 1st base on groundballs.

Hey Jay-Z, I know you like money because it ain’t a thang but stop trying to steamroll The Yankees and let’s get real.

Speaking of The Yankees, let’s get serious.

Thursday night marked the last time the best closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera, would ever step foot on the mound in Yankees Stadium.

His career is unparalleled and is one of the finest human beings to ever play the game of baseball.

Good luck filling those shoes David Robertson.

Andy Pettite is also hangin ’em up after this season, making his final start this weekend in Houston.

He had a very solid career and will be missed in the Yankees organization as well.

Let me preface the next few statements by saying I Love The New York Jets.

But, they are NOT as good as everyone thinks.

I repeat, they are not very good.

The Defense is very good, but this is still a 6 or 7 win team at best, and for people to think they are going to make the playoffs all of a sudden because they are 2-1 is RIDICULOUS!!

Oh they beat The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and The Buffalo Bills, both at home, yeah you’re right they’re great what was I thinking?!?!

Is it awkward for The Sacramento Kings organization to have Shaquille O’ Neal be part owner now considering he called them The Sacramento Queens back in the day??

I hate Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a passion!!

But, he is the best in the world right now, so you gotta give him credit where it’s due.

Bye Bye Bud Selig, you will not be missed.

I think he wanted to retire before Major League Baseball’s squeaky clean name got tied to Steroids, haha.

RG3 says he doesn’t know how to slide, and to that I say: What are you retarded?

Way to grow some cojones Carlos Gomez!!

I mean Brian McCann would have kicked your ass, but at least you didn’t back down or hide behind an umpire in a scrum like Chris Johnson.

Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant don’t have real beef with each other, rather they are in cahoots in some major marketing scheme….just wait and see.

So The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets are going to split the 2015 All-Star Game Festivities right down the middle???

Yeah, nothing says heated rivalry like a little sharing.

Have you ever seen someone take a bigger beating in a victory before in your life?

Don’t know what I’m talking about just see exhibit A: UFC Champion Jon Jones’ face after defeating Alexander Gustafsson.

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Someone let The New York Football Giants know what time their game is this week because I don’t think they knew last week; that’s why they didn’t show up!

Ouch!

Have you ever watched (or not watched) a more pathetic display of football in your life?

Maybe they’ll put forth a better effort in Kansas City this week….eh probably not.

Yeah, we believe you Colin Kaepernick when you say you don’t care what anybody has to say about you.

So is that why you SAVED AND FAVORTIED all of your hate tweets online last week?

Idiot.

Well, this has been another edition of One Liner Friday’s. I hope you enjoyed them!! If you have your own One Liner’s you want to leave me, please write them in the comment section below. Thanks.

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