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Jim Lampley punches at idea of Mayweather-Pacquiao II


Hall of Fame blow by blow man Jim Lampley unfurled another edition of his HBO “The Fight Game” on Wednesday evening and like any wise veteran pugilist, he flurried hard and fast in the closing seconds of the final round.

Lampley took aim and launched a hellacious haymaker at the coalescing inevitability, arguably, that is a Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao rematch. Interestingly, hours before Lampley delivered the jab-straight right-left hook finish, aimed at a few persons with vested interest in that rematch of a distinctly unsatisfying clash between titans Mayweather and Pacquiao, Floyd himself offered up a preemptive strike.

“Money” hit Brooklyn to hype a Jan. 14 Badou Jack-James DeGale Showtime tango, and slapped at Lampley for being an analyst without ever having soldiered inside the squared circle.

Check out Lampley’s hammer-fisted strikes against the prospect of a #MayPac2, which contains a hearty endorsement of a probably soonish-to-unfold Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez middleweight mashup:

“It was fitting that Manny Pacquaio’s latest ring appearance took place three days before the end of the most gut-wrenching presidential campaign in our society’s history, and that his now indelible opposite number Floyd Mayweather came to watch from ringside and trade smiles and hand signals with his business partner,” said the 67-year-old HBO institution. “If both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump struggled to escape the unfavorable impressions that dogged them both, Mayweather and Pacquaio face the same obstacle.  Mayweather’s history with regard to women will never be erased, nor will Pacquaio’s disgraceful homophobic outburst or his public support of his country’s apparently bloodthirsty new chief executive.”

Shots, high caliber, fired…

“Still, they shared in the biggest economic event in the history of the sport, so it is inevitable that a cynical expectation they will do it again now ensues. Regardless of the one-sidedness and non-existent entertainment value of the first meeting, regardless of the age and diminishing punching power of the combatants,” Lampley continued.

“The contrast could not be clearer with the new superfight which now waits on the horizon.  Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez are both at or near their competitive peaks,” stated the blow by blow man. “Neither has suffered a personal life error which blemishes the image. Both are aggressive boxer punchers, the most entertaining kind of fighters to watch. We are being made to wait, but as yet there is no expectation we will have to wait five years, or even close to it.  There’s a decent chance Triple G-Canelo can take place in calendar 2017. So it would be a shame, and another loss for boxing, if casual fans and the general public were distracted by a for-profit-only replay of a considerably less interesting fight.”

Hardcore fans of course know that HBO chose not to continue their Mayweather relationship in 2013 and chose not to pick up the Pacquiao PPV scrap versus Vargas Nov. 5. This phrasing suggests HBO is all-in for a changing of the guard, an “out with the old” strategy which spurns a recognition factor in favor of an embrace of new blood, and more offensive minded tacticians.

Lampley’s final combination: “Lovers of boxing should keep their eyes on the prize, and avoid falling for the pitch that a surgically repaired shoulder and a decision win over Jesse Vargas are indications that Manny Pacquaio is ready now to beat Floyd Mayweather.”

Lots to chew on within this declarative editorial. Let’s hear from you, fight fans. What’s your analysis of this TFG FU to the concept of #MayPac2?