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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 2, 2011 / NER ALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. I Hope You All Hada Happy Thanksgiving and Plenty of "PunchF The Junior's Battled: Peter Manfredo Jr. and Julio Cezar Chavez Jr. Third Meeting Between Manny Pacquiao & Juan Manuel Marquez, "Who Won?" Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez squared off for the third time. Pacquiao won the April 15, 2008 fight in a 12-round split decision in Las Vegas. It was a pretty good bout while it lasted. Peter Manfredo, Jr., 37-7, 20 KO's, gave a good account of himself against "Undefeated" World Middleweight Champion Julio Cezar Chavez, Jr., 44-0-1, 31 KO's. Cezar Chavez Jr., is the son of World Champion great box- ing legend Julio Cezar Chavez, Sr. A game Peter Manfredo fought to win this fight, as he did in all fights versus: Tommy Attardo, Frankie Randall, Scott Pemberton, Joe Spina, Joe Calzaghe, Jeff Lacy, Matt Vanda and others. Remember Cesar Chavez, Jr., is undefeated in 45 fights with 31 KO's to his resume. No losses against tough oppo- sition: Sebastian Zbik, John Duddy, Billy Lyrell, Matt Vanda, etc. Peter Manfredo fought and battled for 5 rounds in Texas as did Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis at the Alamo in a courageous battle that was lost March 6, 1836. A battle that still lives proudly in the minds of all Ameri- cans. Peter Manfredo courageously lost to the son of a legend, Julio Cezar Chavez, Jr,, who was in control of this fight vs. Peter Manfredo, Jr. He did not make it easy for Chavez. They fought a very good round 4. In the 5th round Cezar Chavez unleashed a barrage of punches in bunches that prompted referee Lawrence Cole to step in and stop this fight, Max Kellerman stated that it was a bad stoppage, The other an- nouncers stated that it was a good stoppage. Sergio Martinez was in the crowd watching this fight too. I guess he's hoping to be a future opponent for Chavez. That would be a great match. The replay of Manny Paquiao winning a close twelve round decision over Juan Manuel Marquez was viewed in their third title fight. This fight was shown before the Chavez, Jr., vs. Manfredo, Jr., title fight. This was a very good idea. In this way, spec- tators who did not see this fight when first shown got an opportunity to see their con- troversial decisioned fight. Able now to voice their own opinion. Pacquiao and Marquez are both talented and both fought well. The 1st round: "Ding!" Champion Manny Pacquiao threw 38 punches and landed 11. Marquez threw 32 and landed 7. #2: Pacquiao threw 42 and landed 9; Marquez threw 30 and landed 8. Pacquiao was the more aggressive in this round. The scor- ing: Judges Hoyle 10-9, Moretti 9-10, Trowbridge 10- 9 Pacquiao/Marquez. Round #3: Pacquiao another good close round. #4: In this round Marquez caught Pacquiao with a good upper type left hand. #5: Pacquiao 41 and Marquez 42 power punches total. #6: A good round of fighting. A good right hand by Marquez. #7: Paquiao 67/66, 66/67 and 67/ 66. Pacquiao has good ring movement. This is a hard fight to score. All rounds were close. #8: Another close round. #9: Action packed. #10: #11: Ding! #12: good round. The win- ner and still champion is Manny Paquiao. Scores of 114/114, 115/113, 116/112. In boxing many factors equate to victory. Fac- tors that count when scoring fights = Punches thrown, punches landed and where landed equate differently in deter- mining "victory!" AIso effectiveness of punches, defensive skills as well as affec- tive aggressiveness and composure equate in that formula to victory. Many other fac- tors help determine victory. To leave a last- ing impression at the end of a round. Mean- ing? How you finish a round. The last im- pression you leave in the minds and thoughts of fans and judges. This was the 3rd meeting between these two warriors. Their trilogy is now 2-0-1. Manny Pacquiao two wins and a draw between the two. Their first fight on May 8, 2004 was ruled a draw after 12 rounds. The second fight March 15, 2008 was won by Manny Pacquiao after 12 rounds. This fight was another extremely close fight between the two. As they say in boxing, "Styles make fights." Freddie Roach in the corner of Manny Pacquiao makes a big difference. Mastermind Freddy Roach pictured at a well-done Ring 4 banquet held at the Florian Hall in Dorchester. This area has produced some of the best master minds in the world in the sport of boxing. As Freddy Roach is and has done. We in Massachusetts are proud of his aceoiixplishments. An up-and-coming Peter Manfredo, Jr. He's achieved and done well in boxing. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Former Boston Celtics star Antoine Walker signed on for a second season with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League back on October 27 but was not on the roster when the team played its first game in late November. The word was that Walker had been released -- at least temporarily -- "for personal reasons" with the Stampede still holding his rights. If he rejoins the team, the only chances New England bas- ketball fans would get to see him would be on January 26 when the Stampede play in Springfield and on January 27 when they play in Portland. Last year Walker signed with the Stampede in Decem- ber, 2010 and played in 43 games, averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists over that span. He finished especially strong, recording four double-doubles in the fi- nal six games of the season. Walker is a former three- time NBA All star and was the No. 5 pick out of the Univer- sity of Kentucky in the 1996 NBA Draft. He went on to play seven full seasons with the Celtics, averaging over 20 points a game in five of them. Traded to Dallas just before the start of the 2003-2004 season, he played a full cam- paign there and then was acquired by Atlanta before returning to the Hub for the final 24 games of the 2004- 2005 season. On August 2, 2005, Walker was traded to the Miami Heat as part of a five team, 13 player deal that was the larg- est in NBA history. Some 10 months later -- in June, 2006 -- the Heat would win the NBA Championship and Walker would have his ring. He played another season in Miami before moving on to Minnesota and Memphis. NBA SCHEDULE -- If the tentative agreement is offi- cially signed, sealed and delivered, fans can look for- ward to a compact 66-game schedule over just four months -- from Christmas to April 26 -- a very late ending for the regular season. The first round of the play- offs would open on April 28 with the last possible date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals coming on June 26 -- exactly two months after the close of the abbreviated regular season. During the regular season there would be 48 games against Eastern Conference opponents and 18 against Western Conference foes. There probably would also be two preseason games before Christmas. KEEN ON KELLY -- As the season progresses, Bruins coach Claude Julien contin- ues to have positive thoughts concerning Chris Kelly. "He continues to have a really good year for us," noted the coach. "He's one of those guys that is under the radar most times. There are always bigger names that get men- tioned ahead of him but he's probably one of our most con- sistent forwards this year. He continues to impress us. He's contributing very well for us and that's giving our team a lot more depth with scoring." WHERE THEY STOOD ON THANKSGIVING -- Coach Julien has maintained over the years that how the teams stand on Thanksgiving is a pretty good indication of which clubs will advance to the playoffs come April. So on Turkey Day the standings for the top eight teams in order were: Pitts- burgh, Florida, Boston, Phila- delphia, Toronto, Washing- ton, Buffalo and the New York Rangers. The Bruins, Pittsburgh and Florida were the leaders of their respective divisions. Over in the Western Con- ference the top eight teams lined up like this: Minnesota, San Jose, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Phoenix and St. Louis with Chicago, Min- nesota and San Jose the division leaders. There's lots of hockey left to be played but let's compare those Thanksgiving stand- ings with the final ones in April and see how accurate a predictor they were. HOCKEY EAST TOURNA- MENT -- Tickets for the 2012 Hockey East Championship are now on sale at the TD Garden box office and through Ticketmaster. This will be the 28th annual tourney and the 22na year it has been played on Causeway Street. The semifinals will be played on Friday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the championship game set for Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. The winner of the tournament receives an automatic berth into the 65th annual NCAA Championship. Boston College captured the title last year, defeating Mer- rimack 5-3. BC has won five of the last seven Hockey East Tournaments dating back to 2O05. ONE HOT TIME -- It was time for Red Hot Hockey at Madison Square Garden in New York City over Thanks- giving Weekend and the two teams -- Boston University and Cornell -- didn't disap- point as the contest went into overtime before BU emerged with a 2-1 victory. The matchup between the two nationally ranked teams -- BU came in at No. 15 and Coruell at No. 17 -- was a defensive battle that saw regulation time end in a 1-1 tie before Ross Gaudet of BU scored with 2:12 remain- ing in overtime to give the Terriers the victory before the sellout crowd of 18,200. Kieran Millan, BU senior goaltender made 23 saves to gain his fifth victory of the year. The triumph enabled BU to extend its win streak to four games and to up its record in the still-young Red Hot Hockey series to 2-0-1. The game marked the 43ra time the two teams have met with Cornell now owning a 23-18- 2 advantage. BU has won seven of the last 12 meetings.