Most of us know what kind of sport boxing is; it is a competition between two strong fighters going up against each other in hand to hand combat. Well that is true for most of us but for some it is just more than that, it is also a rivalry not just of brawn but also of the mind. For this will test not just the athlete’s strength and power but his ability to concentrate and focus on the match at hand. If you like taking chances, try boxing betting here.
Having this idea (establishing this new concept of boxing) it is best that we understand the rules and regulations of the sport and how judges score each contender. This will give us a better understanding on what is happening inside the ring. And for us to be appreciate more the fight we are all watching.
Let us start with the rules shall we. They vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, whether it is with IBF or WBO and it also varies if the boxer is an amateur or a professional but just in case here is a list of the regular or common rules for boxing.
• You cannot hit below the belt, hold, trip, kick, headbutt, wrestle, bite, spit on, or push your opponent.
• You cannot hit with your head, shoulder, forearm, or elbow.
• You cannot hit with an open glove, the inside of the glove, the wrist, the backhand, or the side of the hand.
• You cannot punch your opponent's back, or the back of his head or neck (rabbit punch), or on the kidneys (kidney punch).
• You cannot throw a punch while holding on to the ropes to gain leverage.
• You cannot hold your opponent and hit him at the same time, or duck so low that your head is below your opponent's belt line.
• When the referee breaks you from a clinch, you have to take a full step back; you cannot immediately hit your opponent--that's called "hitting on the break" and is illegal.
• You cannot spit out your mouthpiece on purpose to get a rest.
• If you score a knockdown of your opponent, you must go to the farthest neutral corner while the referee makes the count.
• If you "floor" your opponent, you cannot hit him when he's on the canvas.
• A floored boxer has up to ten seconds to get back up on his feet before losing the bout by knockout.
• A boxer who is knocked down cannot be saved by the bell in any round, depending upon the local jurisdiction's rules.
• A boxer who is hit with an accidental low blow has up to five minutes to recover. If he cannot continue after five minutes, he is considered knocked out.
• If the foul results in an injury that causes the fight to end immediately, the boxer who committed the foul is disqualified.
• If the foul causes an injury but the bout continues, the referee orders the judges to deduct two points from the boxer who caused the injury.
• If an unintentional foul causes the bout to be stopped immediately, the bout is ruled a "no contest" if four rounds have not been fully completed. (If the bout was scheduled for four rounds, then three rounds must have been completed.) If four rounds have been completed, the judges' scorecards are tallied and the fighter who is ahead on points is awarded a technical decision. If the scores are even, it will be called a "technical draw."
• If a boxer is knocked out of the ring, he gets a count of 20 to get back in and on his feet. He cannot be assisted.
• In some jurisdictions the standing eight-count or the three knockdown rule also may be in effect.
• In other jurisdictions, only the referee can stop the bout.
Having addressed the rules, let us proceed to scoring. Each match will have a panel of three judges. This is probably to eliminate bias and having to end a fight with a draw.
In a match each boxer will be scored independently by a judge and at the end of a fight the judge’s score cards will be collected by the referee and passed on to the ring-side commissioner who will then tally the scores.
In each round the judges will pick one boxer who bested the other and award that one with 10 points and the other with 9. In the advent that one boxer is knocked down and is given a count that boxer will be awarded 8 points and the other, 10. If in a round the judges think that neither one bested the other each boxer will be awarded 10 points for that round. And if in case a boxer violates a rule, the referee will instruct each judge to deduct points from that boxer.
At the end of the fight the score cards will be tallied and will be decided as such:
• If all judges score for boxer 1 then it is a win by unanimous decision (UD) for boxer 1.
• If two judges score for boxer 1 and one judge scores a draw then it is a majority decision (MD) win for boxer 1.
• If two judges score for boxer 1 and one judge scores for boxer 2 then it is a split decision (SD) win for boxer 1.
• If all judges score a draw then it is a draw by unanimous decision (D-UD).
• If two judges score a draw and one judge scores for either boxer then it is a majority draw (D-MD).
Having understood these rules and regulations as well as scoring, I think we can understand the fights and appreciate what is happening inside the ring much better now, don’t you think?
Monday, December 12, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Pacquiao stood at 5’6.5" with a reach of 67 inches, and weighed in between the welterweight mandated 140 - 145 pounds for the fight. Marquez was nearly equal, standing in at 5’7” with a reach of 67 inches as well, and he weighed in well within the mandated weight.
At the start of the fight, you could already feel the tension between the two world class boxers but something seemed off with Manny. He somehow was not in perfect fighting form and condition. He was being too safe, not the Pac-man we all knew.
We can see this after the first two rounds, clearly both fighters were trying to assess one another. Each was gauging what they were facing and what tactic each brought in to the ring.
In round 3, Marquez stepped up his game and threw rather accurate and direct combinations at Pacquiao which most of them connecting. By the end of round 3 Marquez seemed to have a certain feel of confidence in the ring.
By round 4, Pacquiao stepped up by throwing more punches but his attempts seemed to be less compared to that of Marquez because Marquez was still dominating him. This continued until round 9. Marquez gave him a variety of combinations which were very different from their last 2 fights; consequently Pacquiao was performing differently as well. He was not as aggressive, he seemed to lack his enthusiasm, his “drive in the fight”, if you will.
From round 4 through 9 Pacquiao seemed like he was just like waiting for Marquez’s attacks and was missing some if not half of his punches. He picked his game at round 10 after Marquez accidentally slipped. That seemed to wake up Pacquiao. He then started to play aggressively which he tried to maintain until the 12th round.
Concluding the 12 round bout between the two great athletes, Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao was declared the winner by majority decision.
For me, I think Marquez deserved to win this fight. He gave his all and I think all those who watched the fight can attest to that. But then again I am not a part of the judge’s committee; I am merely stating my opinion on the matter.
If you ask around, you will get a split decision. Half would say it was really form Pacquiao since he was the aggressive one and was controlling the fight and the other half says that it was Marquez since you can see that he was the one throwing accurate and decisive punches. I personally am for Marquez, he was playing a tactical game, using Pacquiao’s aggressive behavior to his advantage and connecting punches which for me are an important aspect of the sport.
After all said and done, we all have to agree that these two great athletes are worthy to be remembered and to hit the record books of boxing. They have indeed changed how we shall perceive the sport. This fight is to be a topic for quite a long time. I salute these two incredible boxers for a fight well done!
Monday, August 30, 2010
By Gerry Ramos
THE fight many foresee as the biggest and richest in boxing history will have to wait first.
For now, Manny Pacquiao will have to settle for less.
With Antonio Margarito stepping forward instead of loud mouth Floyd Mayweather Jr., no dream purse is expected to come Pacquiao’s way by the end of the year.
In its place, only a `moderate’ prize money of $15 million awaits the Filipino congressman for his Nov. 13 fight with the 32-year old Margarito, a far cry from the projected $40 million or more Pacquiao is expected to earn had Mayweather been the one he’s facing in the ring.
Still, his total earnings could go as high as $17 to $18 million (approximately P81 million on a P45-$1 exchange rate) once pay-per-view sales, ticket sales, gate receipts, merchandise and television rights are counted in.
That the bout for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight crown will be held at the 80,000-seater Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas makes it more feasible to gross in terms of ticket sales.
Top Rank Promotions chairman Bob Arum already projected a crowd of about 75,000 for the fight based on Pacquiao’s popularity and Margarito’s Hispanic roots, with Texas having a huge Hispanic population.
Arum even believes it will surpass the record crowd of 51,000 which watched Pacquiao demolish Joshua Clottey inside 12 full rounds last March for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
“I think the crowd will be much bigger,” he said.
“We have a lot of stuff that we didn’t have for the Clottey fight. With Margarito being Hispanic, and this is North Texas, which has a huge Hispanic population, that will make this even bigger.”
For the record, Pacquiao’s biggest fight in terms of prize money remains his 2008 slugfest with the great Oscar De La Hoya where he earned $15 million, minus his share in the pay-per-view, tickets, merchandise and TV rights.
Last year, he received $13 million each for taking on Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.
In facing Clottey, Pacquiao brought home close to $15 million, including the fight purse of $12 million. The bout generated 700,000 pay-per-view buys or about $35.3 million in U.S domestic television revenue.
Arum said a Margarito bout is likely to produce the same number of buys – or even better.
“I think we could look to do 70,000 people” said Arum, who is expected to be back in the U.S. by weekend from his vacation in France.
“(Joshua) Clottey had no fan base. Margarito has a huge fan base of Mexican-Americans.”
The veteran promoter is wasting no time to hype and promote the title match that finally fell into place Thursday when the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation granted Margarito a boxing license.
Arum has already scheduled a whirlwind press tour next week to kick off the promotional hype of the fight.
With both Pacquiao and Margarito expected to sign the contract this weekend, the Top Rank big boss set a Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) press conference for the two at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to kick off the week-long, three-state tour.
The following day, Pacquiao and Margarito are off to New York in Chelsea Piers-Pier 60, just within 23rd St. and the Hudson River.
By Friday, the tour culminates with the personal appearance of both fighters at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Watch Pacquiao vs Bradley fight live stream only at Pinoy Tambayan also has collections of pinoy tv shows replay.
By Gerry Ramos
TWO-time world champion Antonio Margarito is about to take on the richest fight of his colorful yet controversial boxing career. And to think it was only a year ago when he was banned from fighting and branded as one of the most disgraced figure in the rich history of the sport.
Margarito’s title bout with ring sensation Manny Pacquiao was formalized Thursday when the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation granted the Mexican the license to fight in the state, paving the way for the Nov. 13 duel to go on as scheduled at the multi-billion Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
The fight will be the first in the U.S. for the `Tijuana Tornado’ in more than a year since losing a ninth round technical knockout against Sugar Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in January of 2009.
The 32-year old Margarito was caught with a loaded hand wraps prior to the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight bout, a major offense that resulted in the revocation of his license and being banned from fighting for a year.
It also led to the parting of ways between him and long-time trainer Javier Capetillo, the veteran corner man and father figure to Margarito, whom he accused of being responsible for the loaded hand wraps he had for the Mosley fight.
But now, he’s back and all set to face the fighter universally regarded as the best in the world, pound-for-pound. Pacquiao is expected to earn $15 million and more from the fight, while Margarito could take home as much as $4 to $5 million.
“I have dedicated my life to giving the fans of the sport entertainment and excitement. On Nov. 13, this great opportunity will ultimately be fulfilled when I battle Manny Pacquiao,” said Margarito in a statement.
The Mexican also expressed his gratitude to the state of Texas for granting him a boxing license, something denied of him by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and the Nevada State Athletic Commission when he tried to re-apply shortly after his one-year suspension was over.
“I want to thank the state of Texas for granting me a boxing license which enables me to continue my passion for the sport of boxing in the United States,” added Margarito, whose first comeback fight following the lifting of his suspension was a 10-round unanimous decision against Roberto Garcia in Mexico.
Unlike in the CSAC case when it held a hearing to determine the fate of Margarito, the Texas commission just went through the Mexican’s completed application, checked his proper medical paperwork and made him pay the $20 fee before being granted a license.
“After a thorough review of his application it was determined Mr. Margarito met the requirements of the Texas Combative Sports Act and Rules,” said William Kuntz, the executive director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
None was happy for Margarito than Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who holds the promotional rights on both the Mexican and Pacquiao.
“For me, it was like a terrible nightmare, this whole thing, and now the sun is shining,” said Arum in an interview by ESPN from France where he is currently vacationing.
“I really believe that it will be a very competitive fight. One guy is much bigger and stronger (Margarito) and the other guy (Pacquiao) is quicker and hits with both hands. It will be a fascinating fight to watch.”
Arum already has contingency plans if and when Margarito fails to get a license in Texas, mentioning Mexico or Abu Dhabi as possible alternative site for the fight.
But with Texas acceding, Arum is taking the fight at the Cowboys Stadium, with hopes of surpassing the record crowd of 50,994 – one of the largest in U.S. boxing history – that watched Pacquiao’s lopsided win over Joshua Clottey last March for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown.
“I think the crowd will be much bigger and Jerry (Jones) – owner of the Dallas Cowboys team - thinks it will also,” Arum said. “The last fight (Pacquiao-Clottey) was not during football season. This one is, and we have all the Dallas Cowboys assets they use during the season to help this time.
“We have a lot of stuff that we didn't have for the Clottey fight. With Margarito being Hispanic, and this is North Texas, which has a huge Hispanic population, that will make this even bigger.”
The veteran promoter said Margarito is set to sight the contract by weekend, after which Pacquiao follows suit as he is scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on Monday from Manila, where he currently sits as a member of the House of Representative.
A whirlwind press tour will then be held, taking both Pacquiao and Margarito to California, New York and finally, Texas.
MEMBERS of the PLDT/ABAP-Philippine boxing team, led by ABAP executive director Ed Picson, 9th from right, and currently training in the U.S. pay a courtesy call to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia, center, a the PSC office at the Rizal Memorial Sport Complex on Vito Cruz, Manila.