Friday, November 28, 2008

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao

I know Boxing is an old man's sport, but I'm really looking forward to the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.

Even though it's a huge mismatch.

Personally, I feel it's a no-win-situation for Oscar De La Hoya.

To be completely honest, as a boxing fan, I think it's kind of pathetic that De La Hoya is fighting the much smaller Manny Pacquiao.

To me it feels like a desperate attempt by him to gain the support of a Mexican audience he's never had. To most boxing insiders, it looks like he's fighting Pacquiao simply because he's famous for defeating Mexico's best fighters, Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez and Marco Antonio Barrera.

I like a good fight as much as anyone, but De La Hoya is FOUR inches taller than Pacquiao and has a SIX inch reach advantage over him. Not to mention that Pacquiao is going to move up TWO weight classes to fight De La Hoya.

Can you realistically script a more lopsided fight?

To me the physical mismatch is equivalent to the difference De La Hoya had against Bernard Hopkins in their fight.

We all know how that ended.

I do believe that Pacquiao has a better shot than De La Hoya did though. He's faster and quicker than Oscar. Pacquiao has a good shot if he boxes with De La Hoya and tries to win by decision. I also think it was a good move by Pacquiao to take the fight. Besides the money, it gives him more visibility and international fame in the sport. It's a win-win situation for Manny.

Don't get me wrong, I still hope that Manny wins and I'd love to see him knock De La Hoya out.

But let's be realistic. Pacquiao is going in as big underdog. It would be a huge upset if he won.

Last week during the Ricky Hatton match, the HBO announcers said that even if Pacquiao loses the match to De La Hoya, he'll still be considered the pound for pound champ because of the big jump in weight class he's making.

I agree.

But I'll still be watching on December 6, because I love Pacquiao and I'm hoping for the epic upset.

But if Oscar wins as expected, I hope he steps up and tries to fight someone his own size. Maybe someone like Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto.

Those two would dish out a beating on Oscar he won't soon forget.

I think the Golden Boy wouldn't be so Golden anymore.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Black Dynamite- Red Band Trailer

When I see epic trailers like this, it makes me acutely aware that we are now in awards season.

I find it very improbable that this film will slip through the cracks when critics consider their top 10 list for 2008.

I wouldn't be surprised if it's named the greatest film of the decade.

There's nudity, kung fu, Arsenio Hall and anamorphic duovision...honestly, what more does one need in a film?

Nuff said.

So...for your consideration...the epic Black Dynamite.

Star Trek Trailer and Star Trek 90210

The Star Trek XL trailer has finally found its way onto YouTube, but a high definition version of the clip has been available for viewing at apple trailers for about a week.

I'm really excited about seeing the film. It looks like the movie has the potential to fulfill everyone's expectations, even non-trekkers.

Of course there are a cynical few who aren't too happy about the reboot. This fan-made trailer capitalizes on the criticisms, although I believe they are also looking forward to the film, judging by the description of the video.


Let's hope J.J. makes it less 90210 and more Star Trek, so that we don't have riots at movie houses.


Paramount has released an alternative version of the original trailer with footage of Leonard Nimoy as Spock.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Wrestler - Trailer

The full length trailer for the upcoming movie The Wrestler was released last week and I've gotta say it looks pretty amazing. It's about time there's been a serious look at the wrestling profession. The piece seems to expose the extreme physical and emotional toll the business takes on the participants. Honestly, it's been a pretty mediocre year for the movie industry. I'm really hoping that this film closes the year out right.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Congratulations Don Wakamatsu

Being a die hard Los Angeles Angels fan, it's hard for me to give kudos to another baseball team. Especially to a team in the same division as my beloved Angels. But just to show that I'm not a heartless slob, I wanted to take this moment to officially congratulate the Seattle Mariners on hiring Don Wakamatsu.

Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American ever to be named manager of a Major League Baseball team.

Being a Filipino-American, I can't downplay the significance of this moment.

It's especially heartwarming to consider that my son now lives in a world where doors that were previously closed to people... are now open.

So congratulations Don Wakamatsu.

Unfortunately...from this moment on I will now be rooting against Manager Wakamatsu...especially against the Angels or in any game that will affect the Angels chances to reach the post season.

It's nothing personal Mr.'s strictly business.