Butterfinger bets “One Million” on Pacquiao — For Real?


A news release that landed in my inbox. Reprinted here in full. This is an actual thing: Subject: BUTTERFINGER BETS ONE MILLION ON PACQUIAO TO WIN ON MAY 2 World Champion Boxer Manny Pacquiao Trains with Butterfinger Cups for Fight of the Century Glendale, CALIF. (April 1, 2015) – Upon learning that NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® CUPS … Continue reading

Mayweather-Pacquiao: It’s Sparring Session Tall Tale Season!!


If nature abhors a vacuum, the news media hate empty space even more — especially with the Internet’s bottomless news hole, and especially with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally set to meet in the most discussed, dissected and analyzed fight of our generation. Any #PacWeather talk is good talk, because empty web pages aren’t an … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather chops wood, plays with fire


A couple of weeks back we discussed Manny Pacquiao’s basketball prowess, and how the Philippines Basketball Association excommunicated an American player who suggested Pac-Man isn’t quite the hoops savant Pac-Man thinks Pac-Man is. Looks like Daniel Noble spoke to soon. The video evidence is in, and Manny Pacquiao is, in fact, the best basketball player … Continue reading

Weekly Review and Preview: Analytics, Leaf Tix & Grumpy Old PacWeather


It’s been a busy week over here, but I’m not complaining. I’d rather be busy than bored, and I’d rather be writing than doing just about anything else. So a busy week is a successful one, and this week saw me published, self-published and re-published. We’ll detail all of it below. Of course I’m not … Continue reading

Floyd Mayeather waited for Manny Pacquiao to get old… right?


LATEST IN A RECURRING SERIES PREVIEWING THE BIG FIGHT In late June 2010 Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach passed through Toronto on his way to Casino Rama to corner women’s champ Ana Julaton. No disrespect to the fighters at the news conference, but Roach was the story that day — a legit boxing celeb with some … Continue reading

Weekly Recap: PacWeather, Cuba, TFC and more…


A few times in recent weeks I’ve had folks tell me they enjoy my Facebook posts. I always smile and thank them and accept the compliment, but the truth is I’m ambivalent about that type of Facebook praise. Facebook is fun, and Facebook is useful, and harnessing the power of Facebook is a must for any … Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao is Awesome at Basketball…


The awesomest. To say otherwise is to admit you don’t value your career as a pro basketball player. And if you don’t believe me, ask Daniel Orton. He’s a former University of Kentucky Wildcat and Orlando Magic first round draft pick who is currently a member of the Purefoods Hotshots looking for work after being … Continue reading

Uncle Roger Training Pacquiao for a Mayweather Fight?


I mean, what other conclusion should I draw from this new Foot Locker ad? It features Manny Pacquiao training hard, highlights Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness promotion, and has fun with the idea that everybody in the world except Floyd Mayweather wants to see him fight Floyd Mayweather. Did you guys catch Pac’s T-Shirt? Clearly says … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather and the semantic satiation of legacy


After seeing Floyd Mayweather spill a few drops of blood in a closely-contested, hard-fought but well-deserved victory over Marcos Maidana last Saturday, it’s natural to wonder whether the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter can retain that crown until he retires. Yes, he won, but we haven’t seen him struggle like that since his first bout with … Continue reading

The Fallacy of Effective Aggression, and other thoughts on Rigondeaux-Donaire


Even those of us who thought Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux would defeat Nonito Donaire in Saturday’s hotly anticipated 122-pound title unification bout couldn’t have foreseen a whitewash. And lets not kid ourselves. If you gave Donaire more than two rounds on Saturday you either work for Top Rank, or you might as well. Yes, I … Continue reading

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