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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TALK 'N Text will try to keep its quarterfinal hope alive as it parades its new import Courtney Fells when it faces Rain or Shine today in the Philippine Basketball
Association Governor's Cup elimination round at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Coach Norman Black's Tropang Texters and Rain or Shine face each other at 7:30 p.m., while Alaska Aces face Barako Bull at 5:15 p.m. in the crucial phase of the short single round elimination.
The Tropang Texters, who are currently occupying the ninth spot with a 2-5 win-loss slate, are on the verge of bowing out early. And with just two games left in its elimination assignment, they need a sweep to possibly advance into the next round. FCC
Quijano: Another bites the dust
IT WAS another masterful, virtuoso performance from the top pound-for pound-fighter in the sport.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. pretty much did what he wanted to do and Saul Alvarez was disappointingly too inept to do anything about it.
GAMEPLAN. Not to take anything away from Floyd, but another factor why the fight was so one-sided was that Alvarez came in with the wrong game-plan.
Though he was reportedly indisposed during the fight as he was in a rehab facility, nonetheless, Oscar de la Hoya must have been gnashing his teeth and pulling out his hair as he watched the fight.
Alvarez did everything wrong. He tried to outbox the boxer. He tried to look cute out there in the middle of the ring.
Nobody outboxes Floyd Jr, and nobody outfights him in the center of ring.
Canelo’s best chance was to jab his way in, bully Floyd along the ropes (like Oscar did) and apply unrelenting pressure from start to finish.
Alvarez only managed to do this sporadically and even so, Floyd easily thwarted his offense by tying him up and stifling his rhythm, thereby rendering his size and strength advantage inutile.
I agreed with the “Golden Boy” when he claimed he had the blueprint to beat Floyd. However, the red- haired, freckle-faced Alvarez proved to be a lousy engineer.
It was either that, or Team Alvarez erroneously thought that they could come up with a better template.
Well guys, I hope you didn’t wager next month’s payday.
THOUGHTS. Which is a pity actually if you were one of those rooting for Floyd to lose. Coming into the fight, Canelo appeared to possess all the tools necessary to score a huge upset.
While I was watching the HBO video series “All Access” which spanned 4 episodes, I noticed that Team Canelo never gave much premium attention to the game-plan of pressuring Floyd.
Floyd Jr. showed up for the fight, flashing his sharpest form in years.
He was probably sick and tired of our flawed evaluation that he was ripe for the
taking and fed up with all the hype that surrounded Alvarez.
In last week’s column, I opined that a wide chasm exists between the skill sets of both fighters and this became all too apparent last Sunday.
The only way to bridge that gap was for Alvarez to have the perfect strategy and execute it flawlessly.
None of that happened last Sunday. His team did not even have an alternative game-plan when it became crystal clear that their fighter was badly outclassed and outfought.
Total mismatches are rarely a product of just one fighter’s brilliance. The other usually complements it by providing some measure of ineptitude.
But don’t tell that to judge C.J. Ross who scored it a draw at an incomprehensible 114-114. (More on this in Sunday’s column)
NUMBERS. The fight statistics were very much emblematic of its complexion.
Floyd landed 52 percent of his power shots (93 of 175), When a fighter scores this much with his power shots, there’s no way he can lose.
Floyd also landed 138 of 330 jabs (42 percent). In contrast, Alvarez landed only 44 of 249 (15 percent)
Overall, Floyd threw 505 while Alvarez threw 526 which demonstrates that as far as activity was concerned there wasn’t much of a difference.
This also shows that Alvarez did not really exert the feral pressure he was expected to do, considering that Floyd is not known for being a busy fighter.
And when you throw only as much as Floyd does, you’re going to lose big time because you don’t have his deadly, pinpoint accuracy.
LAST ROUNDS. Are on the Zosa and the Navarro families as we remember Atty. Francis Zosa and my father- in -law former Surigao del Norte Vice Governor Rodolfo Navarro who would have celebrated their birthdays this week. We cherish the memories and hold you close, still.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2013.