Hello team and welcome to a bite-sized, easy-to swallow dinosaur shaped episode of Boxing’s Sunday Brunch. This week we are going to be delving into some of the hot topics swirling around the sport’s landscape, notably Floyd Mayweather offering to sign Manny Pacquiao to TMT promotions in exchange for rights to several of Pacquiao’s future bouts. We’ll also be taking a glimpse at the odd night of boxing from Wembley Arena in London, England where Malik Scott seemingly turned in his “0” to Frank Warren and Dereck Chisora. We’ve got that plus random insights and musings – we are the crunchy egg shell that ruins scrambled eggs for you. With that being said, I gave you your instructions in the dressing room, what I say you must obey – Cuidate, escucha me, toca los manos y buena suerte…Let’s get it on!
The controversy surrounding “Del Boy” Dereck Chisora’s recent stoppage victory over the Philadelphia native, Malik Scott is completely justified. Having watched the fight several times it appears to me that Chisora landed a glancing blow to the back of the head of Scott while falling in on him against the ropes.
Scott rose to his feet on the count of nine, but he was deemed unable to continue and was issued a TKO while being seemingly clear-eyed and calm. Oddly enough, Scott didn’t seem too phased by the decision and proceeded to have a chat with Del Boy. Malik Scott showed an unusually high amount of sportsmanship…quite odd for having just been supposedly cheated out of a fight he appeared to be winning.
In his post-fight interview, Scott stated “Dereck fought a good fight, I’m proud of him and I wish him the best, if we could get a rematch that’s something I would definitely want. [You feel that you beat the count?] “Everyone know that I beat the count, but Dereck won the fight. We’re not going to turn this into a thing where we’re going to talk about the count, Dereck won a clean, fair fight and Frank (Warren) put on a good show, and hopefully they will have me back for a rematch.”
The two continued to praise each other (and promoter Frank Warren) ad nauseam and Chisora spoke on his wish to face elder statesmen, Vitali Klitschko in a rematch of their February 2012 clash that left Del Boy with his third loss in two years.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is what I like to call a ‘self-imposed screw job for purpose of future benefit’, or SISJFPOFB. Malik Scott’s loss can also be filed under the FWOBOTSDAS act of 2004, or a ‘Frank Warren Owns Boxing Over There So Don’t Act Surprised’ type of scenario.
British commentators attributed Chisora’s physical improvements to quitting bad habits like “binging on packets of biscuits.” I don’t know how they take their biscuits in London, but over here in the good ol’ U.S of A, we like ours with egg and cheese…and bacon – and definitely not in a packet.
According to Boxing Scene (via Yahoo Sports), Floyd Mayweather is now open to a Manny Pacquiao fight. However, he has imposed some rules and regulations that the Filipino firebrand must adhere to or no bout will take place.
Firstly, Pacquiao must ditch longtime promoter, Bob Arum. A move of this magnitude to someone like the Pac Man would be irreversible so if it was to happen it would be after either a loss to Brandon Rios (in their upcoming November fight in Macao) or, preferably to all parties involved, after defeating the Mexican-American.
Secondly, Manny Pacquiao would have to sign a multi-fight contract with Mayweather’s promotional group, TMT. “The only way he’s getting the fight with me is if he signs with Mayweather Promotions.” Mayweather would state. “He’s got to give me fights with Mayweather Promotions. If he don’t give me no fights under Mayweather Promotions, then he’s not getting the fight. That’s how it’s working now, because the ball is in my court. The ball has been in my court. I have been the A side.” The business man in Mayweather understands that Pacquiao’s name is still very lucrative.
So, a Mayweather Pacquiao fight is still in the cards for fight fans, I still believe Floyd will cap off his career with a big victory over (a slightly diminished) Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino idol will go down as the best fighter to ever come from the impoverished nation and possibly the most notable Filipino of all time.
This week we’re going to be making a super easy, but unbelievably delicious scalloped potato dish. It’s a fire and forget type of dish and after you try some you’ll be bragging about making it to your friends and family. Start with 1 bowl of cool water and set aside. Take five or six medium-sized shallots (use red onions as a substitute only if you can’t find shallots) and slice very thin – use either an extremely sharp knife or a Japanese mandolin – Also, slice 5 medium-sized Idaho potatoes into very thin discs then place in the bowl of water. You’ll also need 1 cup of heavy cream, a small amount of piave or 3 cloves of diced garlic, some chopped fresh parsley, some unsalted, melted butter and an oven safe casserole dish, for seasoning use sea salt, white pepper and smoked paprika.
Start off your dish by placing a small amount of heavy cream on the bottom of your dish. Shingle the thin potato slices into concentric circles (or into whatever shape your casserole dish is). Sprinkle the shallots into an even layer on top of the potatoes then season with a pinch of the sea salt, pepper, some parsley and finally the paprika. From there brush on some of your melted butter. Repeat this technique until the dish is filled to the top making sure to keep the layers tight. Once you’ve completed the top layer, use a microplane to grate some of your cheese over the top. Pour on the remainder of the cream or until it comes ¾ up the dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until bubbling. Turn on your broiler and char the top layer but make sure to stand next to the oven to avoid a potato catastrophe. Let stand for 20 minutes then serve!
I hope you’ve had your fill of boxing this week, next week we’ll talk about the aftermath of the Andre Berto Jesus Soto Karass fight, also we’ll be discussing Keith Thurman’s career and how high his ceiling really is. Thanks for enjoying these randomly configured words this Sunday. We’ll be back with more boxing news, views and opinions; don’t forget to floss. Sante.