IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“For consecutive weeks aficionados will be graced with a fight well overdue, a fight that despite its delay should unfold no differently despite the years ticked off between its first mention and its final bell. These are ominous similarities, to be sure, unlikely to instill any optimism in a viewing public yet to untie itself from the barrel and hitch up its pants after Mayweather-Pacquiao. At least there is this much: Saul Alvarez and James Kirkland, who meet at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, tomorrow night, will provide greater entertainment than their counterparts from last week if for no other reason than the fact that Alvarez is too aware of his heritage to evade Kirkland, who is not nearly successful enough to consider taking a selfie during his ring walk.”

Read A Fraction of Ferocity: Saul Alvarez-James Kirkland Preview on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao

“There is scant action to be found when Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fights. This characteristic relates directly, causally even, to the outcome of those contests, of which Mayweather has lost not one in his nineteen-year professional career. The trend continued last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Mayweather finally faced the fighter most considered his nemesis-in-waiting, Manny Pacquiao. With little drama and even less difficulty and danger, Mayweather won a lopsided decision over Pacquiao, interring a six-year debate in the process.”

Read Hold the Drama: Floyd Mayweather Jr. W12 Manny Pacquiao on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Floyd Mayweather, Jr. meets Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night. By then, the wringing of hands, the self-aggrandizing, and the opining of week-old experts will conveniently desist in time for even the most outraged of the moral brigade to try their best—bless their hearts—to enjoy a prizefight few believed would ever happen and all are glad will. The braying cynics, those who know better than to want to see two of the very best boxers of this generation settle a score, will hold their tongues if only for a few hours. They, of course, know what will happen when Mayweather and Pacquiao face off; they have always known—such is the curse of their expertise. For the rest, those too slow to catch the ambulance being chased since the fight was announced, and those too foolish to recognize they are being fleeced by a foregone conclusion, at least there is the fight. What a relief.”

Read Prime Movers: Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Manny Pacquiao Preview on The Cruelest Sport.


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