Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Stephen A. Smith's delight over Floyd's victory
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Collectively speaking, we all hate Mondays. The excesses of the weekend or the chance to simply relax and especially stretch a Sunday to its furthest limits are but all we can do until day one of the week rears its inevitable head.
For many of us Americans, only football can soothe the Sunday sadness but alas, it’s still a few long months away from returning. Until the final tallies are gathered and ultimately released to the general public, we aren’t going to have an idea of how many of us have picked the same set of shoes to wear. One hundred dollars. Gone.
One individual who couldn't wait for Monday to rear its head was outspoken sports radio and television personality, Stephen A. Smith. He likely couldn't stand the waning hours which led up to his Monday appearances on ESPN's "First Take" as well as his own radio show on Sirius XM.
As 1PM ET rolled around, the often garrulous Smith was quick to tell all who would care to listen how right he was in regard to the outcome of Saturday's fight. He'd predicted not only that Floyd would pick Manny apart in the ring, but knock him out in the eleventh round as well. He was unfortunately right about the first part of his assertion.
"What did I tell you?", proclaimed Smith with an almost ear splitting tone at the beginning of his radio program. "I know that the eleventh round knockout didn’t come, but I did call for Manny Pacquiao to miss all day and get a boxing lesson."
It's fun to most of us to be right and some of us may even be the type to essentially rub it in. In the case of the chatty Brooklynite who probably yaps in his sleep, the analogy of a tree falling in the woods does not apply here. He's still going to talk.
He may want to brush up on his facts when it comes to Pacquiao's home country of the Philippines, however. Smith is often quick to reference his love of boxing, yet he rarely goes back down his own memory lane without moving astray from the names of Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran.
Speaking of "Manos de Piedra" Duran, Smith echoed shades of near xenophobia when he spouted, "Floyd made him miss all night long to the point that Manny Pacquiao was about to imitate Roberto Duran and say “no mas” in Filipino or whatever language they speak. We knew who the superior boxer was." Stephen A., the language you're looking for is likely Tagalog.
Where the outspoken Smith may have made his best point was when he shifted the blame of boredom from Mayweather to Pacquiao himself.
"It was Manny Pacquiao who showed up and disappointed you", he said. "Floyd is a defensive genius. Ask Pernell Whitaker or Bernard Hopkins. They recognize his genius. It may not be the most exciting. I get that."
Good for us that he acknowledges that much. To be fair, if a fighter is good enough to effectively shut down one as talented as Manny Pacquiao, then his place upon the summit of boxing's pound for pound rankings is much more difficult to be questioned.
Nevertheless, let's not forget that Smith was one of the lucky few who was able to obtain a very coveted credential to the fight and its respective events. Over 15,000 applications were reviewed and many regular members of the media were denied access. He at least admitted what many were quick to complain about across the airwaves on Monday morning. "The fight did turn out to be a relative dud in some respects", he said, however quick to add, "Remember why that is. Floyd Mayweather didn’t do anything different. You knew he’d come in and box like a magician. You knew what he was going to do. He did, plain and simple."
Fair enough. So, back into his rabbit hole Smith will likely go, at least until September. It remains to be seen if he'll return with enough true knowledge and wisdom of the sweet science to share with all of us. Then again, he may not. It seemed much easier on his part to simply play the role of a lap puppy.
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