The other day, a friend told me about Mallory Rogers - a boxer and beauty pageant winner who teaches yoga to recovering drug addicts.
I just watched her first fight. She’s a good pressure-fighter, and, unlike most novices (and quite a few veteran fighters), she understands the importance of body-punching, and she knows how to do it.
EDITED TO ADD: Pacman lost by split decision, in one of the worst robberies I’ve ever seen. Bradley might as well not have shown up for the fight. I tweeted as I watched.
Manny Pacquiao has shown poor form recently. I think he was lucky to get the decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in his most recent fight. For tonight’s fight with Tim Bradley, he’s the heaviest he’s ever been, and looks soft, while Bradley looks like he’s in great shape. Bradley is young and fast, and I think it’s possible that he’ll beat Pacquiao on points.
Barry Graham’s The Champion’s New Clothes is a wonderful novel set around the dark, dangerous and always intriguing world of professional boxing (the Scottish version)… a modern day verismo opera; relationships requiring the kinds of sacrifice it takes to be a champion without knowing what the belt might bring. A surprising, unsettling open ending that offers no fairytale of a future.Click here to read the rest.
My prediction about Pacquiao giving Mosley his first knockout defeat was wrong. Mosley took a nasty beating, but he was on his feet at the end of it.
Everything else I predicted turned out right - Mosley was helpless against Pacquiao. He tried, but he just doesn’t have anything left.
It was a dull fight, with Pacquiao content to outscore Mosley. There was a lot of gentlemanly tapping of gloves throughout, and a lot of booing from the spectators.
It’s a warm, clear afternoon, but a violent wind is blowing. It’s so severe, Dashin had to move some seedlings indoors. I have a backache, so am lying in bed, drinking cup after cup of tea, and listening to the wind toss things around outside.
It’s been a good weekend. Last night, a friend and I went to a bar that was showing the Mayweather/Mosley fight. I had picked Mosley to win, but, after the first two rounds, he barely showed up. Mayweather was impressive, though he’s seriously lacking in punching power. Now that he’s beaten Mosley, he’s going to have to get even more creative than before with his excuses for not fighting Pacquiao.
There were good fights on the undercard too, and the bar was packed with people. Boxing seems to be regaining some of the popularity it lost over the last decade or so.
This morning’s service at the Zen Center had a good, diverse crowd. People are excited about what’s going on here, and more people are becoming members. I saw everyone for dokusan, and, despite tiredness and back pain, managed to give something resembling a coherent Dharma talk.
Thinking about limping out of bed soon to watch Inglourious Basterds or Julie and Julia, both of which arrived from Netflix…
Yesterday was a long day of writing, with a break for a quick lunch with Muttering Madzub. In the evening, I met up with Shogen at the house of a friend of his where people had gathered to watch the Pacqiao-Cotto fight.
I’d predicted a late TKO win for Pacquiao, but I ought to have been wrong. Cotto took such a beating, the fight should have been stopped in the middle rounds. He’s a good fighter, but he didn’t belong in the same ring as Pacquiao (I’m not sure anyone does at this point). He showed tremendous heart, but what good did it do him to take a one-sided beating? He said he intends to keep on fighting, and I wonder if he realizes that every punch he took last night is a punch he won’t be able to take in the future.
I don’t think Mayweather has more than a small chance against Pacquiao. He’s much bigger, but so is Cotto, who couldn’t hurt Pacquiao at all. Mayweather is such a light puncher, he couldn’t put Marquez (his most recent opponent) away, even though he could hit him at will, so he doesn’t have enough power to keep Pacquiao off. Much is made of Mayweather’s speed, but Pacquiao is at least as fast, and I wonder how much speed Mayweather will be capable of once he’s taken a couple of Pacquiao’s punches…
Okay, time to get ready for the sangha meeting at Modified. There will be dokusan and Dharma talk from me. Bring your own cushion, and be sitting on it by 10:20.