Publish Date: 05/14/2018
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
If you are a boxing fan and follow message boards, forums, Facebook, Twitter, etc., you know that boxing is chock-full of clueless part-time observers. Social media has given every armchair trainer with a banner to fly and a grudge to hold a voice, oftentimes at the expense of our I.Q.’s. So we here at The Grueling Truth figured why not publicly lambaste the tide pod eaters? After all, someone has to teach them that those things belong in the washer.
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Floyd “Hitman” Mayweather
When you are comparing Diego Corrales, Oscar De La Hoya, and even Phillip N’Dou’s power to “The Hitman” Thomas Hearns’, you know you’ve got someone special on your hands. To adopt a term from Frank Lotierzo, these sort of cookbook recipes for winning and losing oftentimes do us no good and avoid nuance. Simply put: none of the aforementioned men were as good as Tommy and even the closest body-style representation in Corrales misses the mark. Diego had short arms for a tall guy, which was part of the reason his infighting was above par. He wasn’t known as a great jabber, either.
You needed power, skill, a chin, and the ability to take serious risks to overcome the lanky Kronk fighter. Mayweather had skill and he had a chin, but he isn’t walking Hearns down ala Ray Leonard in 1981. “Pretty Boy” didn’t have the firepower and wasn’t prone to those sort of chances.
Was Eddie on The Ring’s ratings panel when they elevated Adrien “Problem Has Been Solved Several Times” Broner to #6 pound-for-pound? This “4 titles in 4 different weight classes” is a cover job, a way of trumpeting Broner’s bloated statistics without having to acknowledge the reality of his resume–he’s beaten no elite fighters; he’s become no real champion.
Lomachenko, on the other hand, sports a 12-fight resume that one would be hard-pressed to find an equal to throughout boxing’s lengthy history.
The Golden Fix
“Nomaschenko” strikes again, though this time it was an inside deal by “Grandpa” Bob and Oscar De La Hoya to let “Hi-Tech” make history. You see, the black helicopters are always circling overhead for these folks. Stay tuned to this guy’s future insights…
Distance makes the heart grow fonder, especially if you possess a shiny knockout record and kick the bucket early. Edwin Valero has become one of the sport’s recent “legends” after doing little that would qualify him for a spot in Canastota. You hear gym stories about him and Morales, and other tales of his sparring prowess. The problem is, legacies aren’t built on competitive sparring sessions, they are made on what you accomplish when the hot ring lights are on and the headgear is off.
The truth of the matter is that Valero showed top-notch power and could do a number of things well, but he was on the cruder side technically, had shuffling footwork, wasn’t particularly fast, and lacked the improvisational ability of the greats. This is why virtually no one saw him as “special” at his peak. It was a term dedicated to his contemporaries: Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera–all of which would have handled Valero. Hell, Joan Guzman would have probably taken care of him.
Had Valero had the opportunity to play his pair of jokers against Vasyl Lomachenko, he would have had his poker face wiped by a straight flush and then spent 10 seconds playing 52 card pickup.