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Page16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2010 CORNER AL by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "MASSACHUSETTS" THE GREATEST STATE IN THE WORLD! with Many Great Cities and Towns! Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, is now 51-3-2 with 38 KO's, versus the now 35-4, 20 KO Joshua Clottey of Ghana. Here at Cowboy Stadium in Texas. Attended by 50,994. "Ding!" went the bell, for the first round. And "ding!" The bell, ending the twelfth and final round. In between the first and final bell Joshua Clottey survived. Manny Paquiao demonstrated his talent to win. Defeating the survival skills of Joshua Clottey. Result? A 120-I08, I19- 109, 119-109 lopsided deci- sion. Winner[ by way of a clear cut unanimous deci- sion "Manny Pacqulao"! Remember he beat Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto. All tough hombres. On this same fight card, Boston favorite John Duddy defeated Michael Merlina, by way of a split decision. H~l~erto Soto won over David Diaz, via a un- animous decision. I 15- I 1 1, llz-xo~, 117-1Q~, dgli~ ld~lAit Castillo versus Alfonso Gomez ended in five. Roberto Marroquin stopped Samuel Sanchez in two. Salvador Sanchez stopped Jaime Villa in six. Eden Sonsona stopped Maurico eastrana in eight. Rodrigo Garcia won by KO in two, over Calvin Pitts. Now, we go back to the fu- ture. I'd like to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd May- weather do their thing. Where Massachusetts Box- ing Trainer Genius Freddie Roach. could formulate an- other equation to victory? It is the talerat of the fighter that wins a fight. Credit has to also go to great trainers. They are very important. A person can be a gifted ath- lete and not have a good trainer. They sometimes go nowhere. Marvelous Marvin Hagler has a wealth of tal- ent like Fort Knox. He still was fine-tulaed by the train- ing skills of great trainer Goody Petronelli. Trainers help perfect their fighters. Massachusetts State Auditor Joe DeNucci and World Contender fought World Champion great Emil Griffith twice. Both close baffles. Jerry Forte. A fighter himself hacl a great career. Our prayers are with you both. Auditor DeNucci says, "The key to being a great trainer is he has to be a great teacher and he has to teach the fundamentals, most of all." Great trainers, have gifts. They analyze and decipher opponents. Manny Pacquiao is loaded with talent. Freddie Roach brings Manny Pacquiao to another level. As needed to fight Mayweather. But before we get to that fight, Sugar Shone Mosley and Mayweather fight on May 1, 2010. He has to get by Sugar Shone Mosley first. Not an easy task. Sugar Shone, looked the best in his victory over Antonio Margarito, Janu- ary 24, 2009. Either could win. This is a pivotal fight for them. If Mayweather wins does Pacquiao want to fight him? It would be, an even bigger money fight if Mayweather beats Mosley. I give the edge to May- weather. It would show that Mayweather could withstand the potent combinations of Pacquiao and outfight him. If Mosley wins, he fights Pacquiao. That would still be a great fight. I think it was a good move not to fight Mayweather yet. See how he does with Mosley. Pacquiao throws good combinations, as does Mayweather. Fight- ing Mosley would not be as challenging as Pacquiao. Not that much different. Mosley has fight maturity on his side. He's older. Presumably, less of a challenge than Pacquiao. A deciding factor, to this fight would be timing, impact on delivery, combi- nations thrown, defensive skills, endurance and the ability to withstand what the other delivers. Maybe this is M yw Lit r t QnIitlt IEt building fight before he fought Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is fast, he's just not as fast as Mayweather. Now we get into factors of physics. E=MC squared. Pacquia0 delivers punches more effectively than Mayweather, who continu- ally connects and estab- lishes their presence will have an advantage. Would Mayweather be able to avoid being hit by Pacquiao for twelve rounds? That's going to be hard to do. Mayweather would have to be a fraction of a second faster than Pacquiao. Speed is power. Power is speed. What do you think? This is a good prepa- ration fight. Also, Pacquiao and Mosley are somewhat similar. Is the Mayweather versus Mosley fight prepara- tion for the biggest mega fight in boxing history? This would also increase his confidence versus Pacquiao. "Ding"! We'll see? Ask around. Let me know what you think. I'II "Ask, Tony DeMareo on "facebook/ TKOTony DeMarco," He's a great champion from one of the greatest eras in Wel- terweight boxing history. Champ Tony DeMure0, fought "Eight" undisputed World Champion greats: Paddy DeMarco, Jimmy Carter, Johnny Saxton, Carmen Basilio, Wallace Smith, Kid Gavilan, Don Jordan and Virgil Akins. There were only eight champions at the time Tony DeMarco was fighting. There were also many more fighters fighting. I be- Floyd Mayweather lieve there are over I00 champions now, and seven- teen divisions compared to the eight of yesteryear. On March 12th redemption minded Tony "TNT" Grano, defeated the only fighter to have beaten him, Mark "Oaktree" Brown, now on the list of Tony Group victories. At "Brace for Impact," Tony Grano had his hands raised in victory. He won over the fighter who took away the 0, from his loss column. Mike Oliver at 23-2, 8 KO's, and stopped Kermin Guardia in the third round. One of the greatest trainers in boxing history, Angelo Dundee, made his appearance. In a ceremony, Promoter Jimmy Burchfield and five time World Champion Vinny Paz, honored the attended. In other bouts, U.S. Olympian Sodom Ali, stopped Jose IJUl ll in tilt tlli[fi [0unfl, Davtd BauT-a 4-0 defeated Erix Ouintros in four rounds. Manuel Antonio Lopes 5-0-2 of Massachusetts and Greg McCoy fought to a 4 round draw. Joe Smith Jr.. 3-0, K0's TK0'd Carlos Adams in one, Edwin Soto 3-0, 2 KO's stopped doey Ortega in two. Don't Forget! March 26~ ESPN2 Steve Cunningham battles Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey, Then on April 9_-. ESPN2 Demetrius Andrade battles TBA. April 3rd David Haye, and former World Champion John Ruiz fights for the WBA World Heavy- weight Title in the United Kingdom. On April 7th in Springfield, Massachusetts State Police, present Fights. They're fighting the Depart- ment of Corrections, New York Police Department and Other local police offic- ers. All joining in bouts to en- tertain you. Profits to ben- efit the Girls Club of Spring- field. The next day, Thurs- day April 8th in Wyndham- Andover. Come on down for a "Charity Fight Night." Featuring guest of honor Joe DeNuecl with live amateur boxing" at it's best. By the Exchange Club of Lawrence, Mel Peabody Fight Promo- tions. Robin DiNataie and Christine Lewis are to be congratulated, for the great work they do. Another great night, of fights. May I"t from Los Vegas, A WBA Welter- weight Title fight between Sugar Shane Mosley and Pretty Boy Floyd May- weather. This will be a "Tell- ing Fight!" What's Next? HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss THE KNICKS AND THEIR BOSTON ADDITIONS -- The New York Knicks have cer- tainly had their troubles over the last few years. As of March 23 they were a distant 30 games behind Eastern Conference leader Cleveland with virtually no hope of mak- ing the playoffs once again. When the Knicks came into the TD Garden on St. Patrick's Day to play the Celtics, they were hoping to put together their first three-game road winning streak in a year. That night it was not to be. Coming into the game with two straight triumphs, the Knicks were promptly dis- patched by the Celtics 109-97 as the C's continued to hold a grip on a prime playoff posi- tion. Meanwhile, the three play- ers that the Knicks picked up in the trade with the Celtics continue to shine. As of March 22, Bill Walker had played in 15 games for the Knicks -- including five as a starter -- and was averaging 10.3 points per game over that span. Compare that to the bulk of the season when he was a member of the Celtics and relegated to a minor bench role, averaging only a single point per con- test. He played 23 minutes and scored eight points in his And what about J.R. Giddens -- the third C's player sent to that city somewhat to the South of Boston? Although the trade took place February 18, it wasn't until that March 17 game against the Celtics that Giddens played after recuperating from March 8 knee surgery- some 13 minutes while scoring four points. Two days later he played 21 minutes and scored 10 points in a 92-88 vic- tory over Philadelphia and then played 15 minutes and scored seven points in a 116- 112 loss to Houston on March 21. With the Celtics he only saw minimal minutes in 24 games and averaged just over one point a game. Giddens played in the March Madness event in both 2004 and 2005 as a freshman and sophomore at the Univer- sity of Kansas. As a freshman starter, he helped Kansas gain a berth in the Elite Eight, before the Jayhawks bowed to Georgia Tech, 79-71. Giddens averaged 15.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while play- ing just over 24 minutes per contest over the four-game span. During his sophomore season, Kansas was upset by BucknelI, 64-63. He scored two points to go with two re- bounds and two assists. The fondest memory of return to the parquet on all those connected with St. Patrick's Day. New York conles from Glen This time of year always Grunwald, the Knick Senior brings back fond memories Vice President of Basketball I0r WalKer, Wil0 went t0 tile operations. Grunwald wag a NCAA Tournament as a freshman while playing for Kansas State in 2008. He promptly played a leading role in helping his team oust O.J. Mayo and the use Trojans from the tournament, scoring 22 points and hauling in five rebounds in an 80-67 victory over the Southern Califor- nians. He also played out- standing in the second round, scoring 18 points and grab- bing six rebounds in a 72-55 loss to Wisconsin. Meanwhile Eddie House has also increased his play- ing time as a member of the Knicks -- by about four min- utes per game over his time with the Celtics earlier in the season. He's now averaging about 21 minutes a game, compared to just under 16 when he was with Boston. House never started any of the 50 games he played with the C's this season and has not started any of the 14 he had played with New York (through March 22). His scor- ing average continues to be almost identical to what it was in Boston -- it's now 7.1 with the Knicks versus 7.2 with the Celtics. He did not co-captain of the 1981 Indi- ana Hoosiers team that cap- tured the national title by defeating the University of North Carolina 64-50 in the championship game that was played in Philadelphia. HOCKEY EAST WAS ELEC- TRIC -- It was exciting, it was high scoring, it went into overtime on a last minute goal and the winning tally provided a local player with a hat trick. Those were just some of the factors that made the Hockey East title game on March 20 one of the most memorable contests played at the Garden in quite some time. It was Boston College senior forward Matt Lombardi from Milton who scored the win- ning goal in OT, giving the Eagles a hard fought 7-6 victory over Maine with about five and a haft minutes having gone by in the extra session. It was Lombardi's first hat trick of his college career and it gave the Eagles momen- tum for the NCAA playoffs which were set to begin the following weekend. The loss was a crushing experience for Maine, which had fought see action in the game in back from behind at several Boston, House never got a chance to play in the NCAA Big Dance while at Arizona State but did play in the 2000 NIT as a se- nior. He had a pair of 32-point performances against New Mexico State and North Caro- lina State -- but the second one wasn't good enough to prevent his team from a 60-57 loss that eliminated AZ State from the tournament. junctures during the game, the last coming with just 28 seconds left in regulation when Joey Diamond knotted the score at 6-6. The 7-6 final was the most goals scored in a Hockey East Championship game since 1986 when BU defeated BC 9-4 for the title. It was the ninth Hockey East Tourna- ment title for BC and its fourth in the last six years.