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Scott Swerbinsky

MannyLast night in Dallas, Texas the third largest crowd in the history of boxing showed up at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. What they saw was supposed to be the biggest fight so far in 2010. What they got was one of the worst pay per view cards in a long time and a main event that was a horrible letdown.

Manny Pacquiao dominated Joshua Clottey for twelve rounds in what was one of the easiest victories in Manny's great career. Clottey just showed up for a paycheck and basically took 8 of the 12 rounds off. Many of the rounds Clottey was in single digits as far as punches thrown. Manny on the other hand, threw over one hundred punches in a lot of the rounds and showed the monster crowd why he is one of the popular figures in the world of sports.

Every round was the same. Pacquiao push the pressure on Clottey, landed some good shots to both the body and head while Clottey covered up and did nothing. On the few occasions where Clottey threw punches, he landed some thru the defense of Pacquiao and could have gotten into the fight. In what was easily the biggest fight of his career, Joshua Clottey decided to take the night off after dancing his way to the ring. What a letdown.


Scott Swerbinsky

pacquiao_vs_clottey2010 has been a very slow year so far for the sport of boxing. All of that is about to change in the next few months. What better way to kick off a few solid months of fights with the boxer who is considered the best in the business.

Manny Pacquiao takes on Joshua Clottey in a battle at 147 pounds. It will be a huge event seeing it is the first ever fight inside the new spectacle that is Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

There isn't much debate about who is the heavy favorite going into this fight. Pacquiao has beaten everybody in his path and done so very convincingly. Clottey is a nice fighter but everyone knows he was the backup plan when the fight between Manny and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fell apart.

As a true boxing fan, it is very hard to get excited for this fight when everyone wants to see Pacquiao in there with "The Pretty Boy." Manny is a guy that is very well prepared so I don't see how he would underestimate Clottey or look past him. If he does for some reason, he still would be a favorite to win.


Scott Swerbinsky

The Ultimate Fighting Championship made a very successful debut in Australia, hosting its first ever event in front of 16,000 plus fans. All of the fans there got to see a great night of action highlighted by  a few surprises.

The main event was another showcase of future heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. He destroyed yet another opponent, this time it was mixed martial arts legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. I am one of the few people that think Noguiera has seen his better days and doesn't have that much left in the old gas tank.

Velasquez used a much improved standup game to finish the fight early. He landed a few perfect shots that ended the evening of fights just two minutes into the opening round. Nogueira never had a chance and he was the one that looked outclassed. Look for Cain to be fighting for the title in either his next fight or two fights down the road.



Scott SwerbinskyA few weeks have passed and I still have the bad taste of UFC 109 in my mouth.  That should all go away as UFC 110 takes place in Sydney, Australia in what has the makings of a very exciting night of mixed martial arts action.

There are a handful of fighters on this card that have a lot of questions surrounding them and that will typically lead to crowd pleasing and action packed fights. Let's take a look at some of the highlighted fights:

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez

The winner of this heavyweight fight will be right in line for a title shot in the next few months. Nogueira is the old legend that many people are writing off and think he has seen his better days. Velasquez is the new hungry lion that looks to be nearly unstoppable.

In my opinion, Cain Velasquez has the makings of a long time title holder. He gets better every time we see him in the cage and comes from a great wrestling background. If his standup gets better, watch out heavyweights.

Nogueira has been in with just about everyone and has looked good recently but not great as we were used to seeing him a few years back. There are a lot of miles on his body and I'm not too sure he can deal with the young up and coming sensation that is Cain Velasquez.



Scott SwerbinskyUFC 109 took place in Las Vegas last night and this is the first time in a long time that I was let down in a UFC event. In what had the making of a very solid night of fights, I walked away disappointed.

Maybe it has something to do with two of my favorite fighters losing. But in all honesty, some of the fights were just flat out boring and uneventful. Add in the fact that the announce team of Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg get too damn excited talking about Randy Couture and it all added up to a bad night for the UFC.

"The Natural" Randy Couture pretty much ended the career of Mark Coleman last night with a dominating submission victory. At age 46, what Randy is doing is pretty impressive but Coleman has close to nothing left and it pains me to say that. Couture is a legend in the sport, don't get me wrong, but if he were to step in with any top contenders he would get hurt and lose convincingly in my opinion.


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