How great would it have been to sit here and write a blog about the fight of the year? Unfortunately, while many may have held out hope for such an occurrence, sadly it didnt happen Saturday night, and by far! Before we get to the fight though, here is my beef, or maybe even my beefs for the fight. I make my living in professional sport and while I like to consider myself a competitor and certainly a sportsman, Saturday nights love fest at the MGM bordered on the ridiculousness of good sportsmanship. In what turned out to be a mockery of good sportsmanship, Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley "touched gloves", in a display of respect and sportsmanship no fewer than 41 times during the twelve round contest, and that DIDNT include the traditional "touching of the gloves" at the centre of the ring after the referees final instructions. Yes you read it correctly! 41 times. I counted each one, wrote it down and had it witnessed by Montreal Gazette boxing scribe Herb Zurkowsky, as well as Fightnews Dave Spencer. To insure the fact that I was not imagining what was happening before my eyes, I even had my brother-in-law Nick Betros as a witness. As the fight moved on however, it became apparent that if it not for the "touching of the gloves", (did I say 41 times ?), Mosley would not have touched Manny at all. In fact, the 41 times, easily surpassed the actual punches landed by Mosley. Kenny Bayless is without a doubt one of the finest referees in the business, but you have to question the call he made in round 10 when he credited Mosley with a knockdown. Bayless is a great ref, but he must have been looking somewhere else when he turned and found Pacquiao on the canvas. Even in the cheapest seats at the MGM Grand, it was more than apparent that the fall to the floor was a result of a push and a trip. Bayless doesnt usually make mistakes, but no one is perfect, if Bayless had to make a mistake, perhaps its a mistake that fortunately, had no bearing on the outcome. Kenny boobed, but other than upset Pac and his millions of followers, it was really an insignificant oops! Kudos however should be given to 2 of the 3 Nevada judges who did not credit Mosley on the score card. OK, thats beef, and believe it or not it has more meat than fight. Prior to the contest I was on record in saying that I believed that while Pac would dominate, Mosley would make him work. Well you win some and you lose some. Mosley may not be totally shot in the true sense of the meaning, but it is more than apparent that his days among the best in the world are clearly over. After getting off to a good start in which he attempted to control the pace of the fight, Pacquiao dropped the iron-chinned Mosley with a short left hand right down the middle. From that point on Mosley not only never threatened, he never even attempted to threaten. Simply put, and as the expression is often used, Mosley can no longer "pull the trigger". You must however credit Pacquiao with at least trying to make a fight against a guy who clearly did not want to engage in any form other than by "touching gloves". Did I say 41 times!!!??? Pac has one mission in mind when he fights, and he repeats the mantra at every opportunity. He wants to give fans a great show. In most of his contest he does just that. However, in order to provide an explosive and thrilling performance, your opponent plays a vital role. Sadly, Mosley played no role at all. In fact Manny shadow boxed for 12 rounds, and even the great Manny Pacquiao cant make shadow boxing that exciting for that long! http://www.giantssportsfansshop.com/Nik ... te-Jersey/
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. Chris Tierney, however, scored at 9:11 of the second overtime to give London a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of its Western Conference first-round matchup. Tierneys winner came on Londons 70th shot of the game and 19th of extra time as Paterson faced a career-high in shots against.ORLANDO, Fla. -- The moment was vintage Tiger Woods, and so was his reaction. Seconds after Rickie Fowler made a 40-foot birdie putt on the 12th hole to pull within two shots of the lead, Woods posed over his 25-foot birdie putt until he swept the putter upward in his left hand and marched toward the cup as it dropped for a birdie. Fowler, standing on the edge of the green, turned with a slight smile as if to say, "What else can I do?" Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Monday and returned to No. 1 in the world for the first time since October 2010, the longest spell of his career. After all that time, after so much turmoil with his personal life and his health, Woods looks as good as ever. Maybe better. "Its a byproduct of hard work, patience and getting back to winning golf tournaments," Woods said. He essentially wrapped up his eighth title at Bay Hill with an eight-iron out of a fairway bunker on the par-5 16th that easily cleared the water and landed safely on the green for a two-putt birdie. Woods dangled his tongue out of his mouth as the ball was in the air, another sign of his swagger. Just like his other two wins this year, Woods never let anyone get closer than two shots in the final round. With a conservative bogey he could afford on the final hole, he closed with a 2-under 70 for a two-shot win over Justin Rose. Woods walked off the 18th green waving his putter over his head -- truly a magic wand at Bay Hill -- to acknowledge the fans who have seen this act before. His eighth win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational tied a PGA Tour record that had not been touched in 48 years. This win had extra significance. Hes back to No. 1. "If I get healthy, I know I can play this game at a high level," Woods said. "I know I can be where Im contending in every event, contending in major championships and being consistent day in and day out -- if I got healthy. That was the first step in the process. Once I got there, then my game turned." A year ago, he came to Bay Hill without having won in more than 2 1/2 years. He left this year having won six times in his last 20 starts on the PGA Tour. Next up is the Masters, where Woods will try to end his five-year drought in the majors. "Im really excited about the rest of this year," Woods said. Woods fell as low as No. 58 in the world as he coped with the collapse of his marriage, a loss of sponsors and injuries to his left leg. One week after he announced he was dating Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn, Woods returned to the top of golf. "Number 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!" Vonn tweeted moments after his win. Asked if there was any correlation to his winning right after going public with his relationship, Woods smiled and said, "Youre reading way too much into this." Like so many other victories, this one was never really close. Fowler pulled to within two shots with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, but after he and Woods made bogey on the 15th, Fowler went at the flag on the par-5 16th and came up a few yards short and into the water. Fowler put another ball into the water and made triple bogey. "I was swinging it well. I made a few putts, and trying to put a little pressure on them, let them know I was there," Fowler said. "Just would like to have that seven-iron back on 16. Just kind of a touch heavy." Woods played it safe on the 18th, and nearly holed a 75-foot par putt that even drew a big smile from the tournament hosst.dddddddddddd Woods tied the tour record of eight wins in a single tournament. Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times from 1938 to 1965 at two golf courses. Woods tied his record for most wins at a single golf course, having also won eight times at Torrey Pines, including a U.S. Open. "I dont really see anybody touching it for a long time," Palmer said while Woods made his way up the 18th fairway. "I had the opportunity to win a tournament five times, and I knew how difficult that was." Rose, who played the first two rounds with Woods, closed with a 70 to finish alone in second. He pulled to within two shots of Woods with a birdie on the 16th. Woods was in the group behind him in the fairway bunker on the par 5, and hit eight-iron over the water and onto the middle of the green for a two-putt birdie to restore his margin. "He plays every shot like he plays them on Sunday," Rose said. "His intensity is the same on Thursday often as it is on Sunday, and that makes Sunday a lot less different for him. He plays in that kind of atmosphere far more regularly than a lot of guys do, and its an adjustment for most of us. Its a known for him." Fowler had to settle for a 73 and a tie for third with Mark Wilson (71), Keegan Bradley (71) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (72). Ottawas Brad Fritsch struggled in his final round, carding 6-over to fall 22 places into a tie for 34th at even-par 288. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., (73) finished tied for 45th at 2-over 290, while Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., (73) was tied for 50th at 3-over 291. Rory McIlroy had been No. 1 since he won the PGA Championship last August. He can reclaim the No. 1 ranking by winning the Houston Open this week. Woods heads home to south Florida for two weeks before the Masters. Asked the last time he felt this good going to Augusta National, Woods replied, "Its been a few years." This was the fourth time in his career that he already had three PGA Tour wins before the Masters -- he didnt win a green jacket in any of the previous years (2000, 2003 and 2008). More telling, perhaps, is that Woods has won back-to-back starts for the first time since the Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational in August 2009. "I think it shows that my game is consistent," he said. "Its at a high level." Woods finished at 13-under 275 and won for the 77th time on the PGA Tour, moving to within five of Sneads record. Fowler, his first time playing with Woods in the final group, opened with eight pars when he needed to be making up ground. And when he finally had a few openings on the back nine, Woods refused to let him through. Woods salvaged a two-putt par with a seven-footer on the 11th hole to keep a three-shot lead. On the next hole, Fowler looked to gain some momentum when he made a 40-foot birdie putt only for Woods to match him with that 25-foot birdie. Woods produced some absurd statistics with the putter this week, making 19 of 28 putts from between seven feet and 20 feet. He walked off the green to share a handshake with Palmer, along with a big smile and some words that Woods said were best kept private. He left the course in that familiar blue blazer that goes to the winner. And he left as the No. 1 player in the world. Its the 11th time that Woods has gone back to No. 1, tied with Greg Norman since the ranking began in 1986. Still to be determined is how long Woods stays there this time. ' ' '