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Artist of the Month

June 2012

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (29 September 1571 – 18 July 1610)

All works, no matter what or by whom painted, are nothing but bagatelles and childish trifles... unless they are made and painted from life, and there can be nothing... better than to follow nature.

 

Fights

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao v. Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley

June 9, 2012 - MGM Grand Las Vegas

Tim Bradley, Split-Decision


Mabuhay Manny Pacquiao!  It was a controversial night for boxing.  The Lederman Card had Pacquiao clearly and convincingly ahead for most of the night.  The fight commentators had Pacquiao ahead for most of the rounds.  The judges were not so predictable, except for the one judge who scored it for Pacquiao.  Bob Arum, head of Top Rank, demanded an investigation.   The WBO has launched a formal investigation into the event.  We will update you on the outcome as it develops.


Not to add insult to injury because Tim Bradley came to fight that night and was prepared for battle, but Manny Pacquiao won that fight.  Bradley was hurt early in the fight when he pivoted wrong on his foot after a heated exchange, when Bradley looked like he got wobbled.   It affected him throughout the fight.   Tim Bradley's corner kept trying to get him to shake it off, but it did not deter the damage.  That's what made the decision even more surprising.  


Manny's punches were much stronger and crisper than Bradley's, as the commentators noted.  Bradley's punches did not seem to damage Pacquiao.  Manny's ring generalship controlled the tempo of the fight.  But it was not to be.


Someone please call the police because there has been a robbery.




UFC Rio 142 Jose Aldo v. Chad Mendes

Jose Aldo v. Chad Mendes - Jose Aldo (KO or soccer leg kicks)

UFC featherweight championship: Jose Aldo (20-1) vs. Chad Mendes (11-0) - Jose Aldo (KO or soccer leg kicks)WIN PREDICTED

Middleweight: Vitor Belfort (20-9) vs. Anthony Johnson (10-3) - Anthony Johnson

Middleweight: Rousamir Palhares (22-3) vs. Mike Massenzio (13-5) Rousamir Palhares WIN PREDICTED

Welterweight: Erick Silva (13-1) vs. Carlo Prater (29-10-1) - Erick Silva (Erick Silva was disqualified after beating up Carlo Prater)

Lightweight: Edson Barboza (9-0) vs. Terry Etim (15-3) - Edson Barboza WIN PREDICTED

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine Fight Call

Luke Rockhold vs. Keith Jardine - Luke Rockhold WIN PREDICTED (via TKO)

Robbie Lawler vs. Adlan Amagov - Robbie Lawler KO WIN PREDICTED (via KO)

KingMo Lawal vs. Lorenz Larkin - Lorenz Larkin WIN PREDICTED (via TKO)

Tyron Woodley vs. Jordan Mein - Tyron Woodley(KO) WIN PREDICTED (via Split-decision)

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Tyler "The Evolution" Stinson - Tyler Stinson (Tarec Saffiedine via Split-decision)

UFC 140 Fight Call

Lyoto Machida (17-2) v. Jon Jones (14-1) - Jones WIN PREDICTED (via Submission Guillotine)

Frank Mir (15-5)v. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera (33-6-1) - Mir WIN PREDICTED (via Submission Kimura)

Tito Ortiz (16-9-1) v. Antonio Rogerio Noguiera (19-5) - Ortiz (Noguiera 1st Round TKO)

Claude Patrick (14-1) v. Brian Ebersole (48-14-1) - Ebersole WIN PREDICTED (via Split-decision)

Mark Hominick (20-9) v. Chan Sung Jung (11-3) - Hominick (Chan Sung Jung 1st Round TKO)

Miguel Cotto v. Antonio Margarito II

Dec. 3, 2011 -

Madison SquareGarden, New York

Miguel Cotto, TKO 10th Round (0:03)

To describe this fight in one word - Personal. Antonio Margarito has been mired by controversy. In his bout with Shane Mosley, his fight corner was accused of foul play as to his hand wraps. Cotto who's face was turned to pulp during his previous fight with Margarito started putting the pieces together. His face looked like something out of Rocky. He accused Margarito with using loaded wraps, which was seen in HBO 24/7. Cotto showed a picture of Margarito's wraps where it looked like it chipped-off, which could only occur if there was some sort of plaster that hardened the wraps for it to break off. Margarito denies there was any foul play on his part.

Cotto was in peak form and was ready to deliver some vengeance. In the latter rounds, the right eye of Margarito which was questioned pre-fight, started to close. Cotto targetted the area precisely and caused the 10th Round TKO through fight stoppage. It does not look like Cotto wants or needs a Cotto v. Margarito III.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez v. Kermit "The Killer" "The Frog" Cintron

Nov. 26, 2011 - Monumental Plaza de Toros, Mexico City

Canelo Alvarez, TKO 5th Round (2:53)

The win ups Canelo's great record to 39-0-1. The only blemish to his perfect record is a 2006 Draw to fellow Mexican Jorge Juarez. If you have not heard of Canelo, he is the real deal. Powerful and heavy-handed, Canelo is well-rounded, able to fight short & long range. Cintron looked like he was done by the 4th round. The Lederman Card had Canelo up 39-36 prior to the 5th round TKO. Canelo seemed confident and toyed with his opponent.

Cintron was no slouch. Out of Puerto Rico, he had a decent fight record of 33-4-1. His losses were to great fighters, Paul Williams (1), Antonio Margarito (2) and to Carlos Molina. Cintron landed 32 headshots and 9 bodyshots. Alvarez landed 63 headshots and 16 bodyshots.

Canelo retains the WBC Light Middleweight Title.

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao v. Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez III

Nov. 12, 2011 - MGM Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao, Majority Decision

My fellow countryman, the pride of the Philippines is triumphant against his toughest opponent to date for the WBO Welterweight Title. It was the perfect match-up, the counter-puncher (Marquez) vs. the aggressive puncher (Pacquiao). This one went the distance; nobody got knocked out or down. Marquez looked strong and fast, which seemed to make Pacquiao more cautious. There was no barrage of powerful punches with rapid succession/accuracy that Pacquiao is famous for and has risen to the top of the boxing world with. Pacquiao suffered a busted lip and a cut above his eye from a head butt. Marquez got banged up in the eye. Despite the majority decision, Marquez does not want to admit defeat. Marquez contends that he has won the 3 fights and was robbed.

I believe that a key factor that made the lack-luster fight turn in the favor of Manny Pacquiao was his corner. In the latter rounds, Freddy Roach told Pacquiao that he was behind. Nacho Beristain "broke a cardinal rule in Boxing" as the commentators said, and told Marquez that he had the fight won, while the Lederman Card actually had Pacquiao ahead.

In a big fight such as this, where the fight was very close and Marquez was fighting against the Champion, he needed to win convincingly if it was going to go to the judges. The judges also tend to score more points for the aggressor, which Marquez did not do convincingly, since he stuck to his counter-punching. In most fights, judges generally favor the Champion. The challenger needs to justify to the judges that they should take away the belt from the current holder.

What was disappointing to see was the lack of support for Pacquiao by some of his fellow countrymen. Despite being favored in the Lederman Card and the judges final verdict, it was appalling to see his fellow countrymen and especially Filipino fight analysts criticizing Pacquiao and attempting to take glory away from Pacquiao's deserved win. It was a very technical fight and appreciated by many boxing aficionados.

Here are the stats and decide for yourself:

Total Punches

Marquez

Pacquiao

Landed

138

176

Thrown

436

578

Pct

32%

30%

Power Punches

Marquez

Pacquiao

Landed

100

117

Thrown

254

274

Pct

39%

43%

Final thoughts, one word, Mayweather. The boxing world and history await.

Cain Velasquez v. Junior Dos Santos

Junior Dos Santos, 1st Round (1:04), KO

I really thought that Cain Velasquez would overpower Junior Dos Santos. Not so, Dos Santos came to play tonight, and gave Cain Velasquez, a quick lesson in boxing. Junior Dos Santos is known for his boxing ability.

Let's play devil's advocate: Was it a lucky punch? It was so early in the 1st round. Cain Velasquez did not get a chance to really get tested. Then again, is Junior Dos Santos fighting on another level, hence the quick KO, like something out of Chuck Liddell's book. I think a 2nd bout between these 2 would be a good idea. Cain Velasquez deserves another shot to get his title back, and hopefully Dos Santos will gladly show that luck had nothing to do with it.

"Pretty Boy" Floyd "Money" Mayweather v. Victor Ortiz

Sept. 17, 2011 - MGM Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather, 4th Round (2:59), KO

Are you kidding me? This was a bad night for boxing. From the illegal head-butt and resulting busted lip to Floyd by Ortiz, to the way Floyd emphatically KO'd Ortiz.

Although the rules in boxing as Mayweather contended say "Protect yourself at all times," it did not make the KO any more impressive. Ortiz, in the confusion, did not look like he was ready to continue as his hands were still down, which did not stop Floyd from continuing to punch out the guy that just busted his lip with an illegal head-butt.

The worst part was the referee did not see any of what everyone else saw. We later found out that the referee's mother died that night, which raises the question of whether the Ref should have even been in the ring that night. To top it off, the Mayweather post-fight interview with Larry Merchant did not add class to the sport of boxing, as Mayweather accused Merchant of not giving him a "fair shake" and walked off the interview.

Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins v. ChadDawson

October 15, 2011 - StapleCenterLos Angeles

ChadDawson - 2nd Round (2:48), TKO (The WBC has ruled it a Technical Draw, Official Result is pending CSAC ruling)

I've fallen and I can't get up. That's what happens when you put a 46-year old man in the ring and he gets thrown down MMA style. Another bad day for boxing. To Hopkins' credit, he did fall on his elbow. Dawson's move was something out of the UFC. The illegal move could definitely cause one to dislocate one's shoulder, but really, anti-climactic.

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FILM

Movie Reviews/Recommendations and Classic Movie Quotables

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One

Critic: Lance Agdigos

I want to give a review on this without giving any spoilers. Obviously, great cast selection, since most of the same players are on this fourth outing for Twilight. I liked it, kept me interested for the most part. Some of it was a little depressing, but then again it is drama. The fight scenes were outstanding. I can't get enough of the large werewolves, they look great. All I have to say is, I can't wait for Breaking Dawn - Part Two, I'm sold.

Green Lantern

Critic: Lance Agdigos

Mixed review. Growing up Green Lantern was one of my favorite superheroes, so I looked forward to seeing this movie. Ryan Reynolds gave the movie a comedic tone. The movie lacked continuity, it developed one part of the story and then didn't follow through with it. I am referring to the Yellow ring. Let me guess, that's for the sequel.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Critic: Lance Agdigos

Liked it. Great effects. So believable. Another franchise. Hollywood is trying to get repeat business with all these franchises. John Lithgow is Oscar-worthy. James Franco put great depth in his character. Freida Pinto was captivating. Great overall cast.

Captain America

Critic: Lance Agdigos

This movie was good. Great effects and cast selection. Franchise potential. Fight scenes were outstanding.

Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows Part II

Critic: Lance Agdigos

Great movie. Epic franchise ends. Harry Potter fans will not be disappointed. Story had depth. Kept me interested throughout.

CLASSIC MOVIE SCENES/QUOTABLES

The Book of Eli - The Bar Fight Scene (One of the best fight scenes ever)

"Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are, and to the dust we shall return..."

(Check it out on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=book+of+eli+bar+scene&oq=book+of+eli+bar+scene&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=17466l23540l0l23965l25l25l2l9l10l2l271l2978l0.4.10l14l0)

Two-time Oscar Award winner, Denzel Washington

Denzel trained for 6 months, under Guro Dan Inosanto, the Ancient Filipino Martial Art - Kali. Inosanto is a leading authority/grandmaster in the Filipino Martial Arts. He has trained at the highest levels in other fight disciplines such as Muay Thai, Kenpo Karate, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Inosanto is probably most famous for being one of three people allowed by Bruce Lee to teach his Martial Arts system. The other two grandmasters are Taky Kimura and James Yim Lee. Dan Inosanto was in Bruce Lee's final film 'The Game of Death".

Inosanto Academy Senior Instructor Jeff Imada choreographed the fight scene.

Music

Musician Profiled

 

June 2012

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer 1756-1791)

 

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

 

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.

 

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.

 

It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion.

 

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