1. a mistaken or misleading opinion, idea, belief, etc: he has delusions of grandeur
2. psychiatry illusion See also hallucination a belief held in the face of evidence to the contrary, that is resistant to all reason
3. the act of deluding or state of being deluded
I have always believed that truth is consistent despite opinions and clear cut facts and physical evidence refutes boat loads of opinions based solely on the ubiquitous thing called feelings’ that seems to always cause people to check out of reality. On Saturday November 12th the boxing world bore witness to the debunking and exposing of 5 years of delusion comparable to a hollyweird production, replete with a hero in a white hat, and arch villain wearing a black one, a morality tale and Lots of cheerleading noise that seemingly drone out reason… or truth.
On this night at the GRAND hotel in Nevada another GRAND illusion dissipitated as Juan Manuel Marquis exposed Trader Bob and Top Rank Production’s automaton, Manny Pacquiao, as a limited boxer when compared to himself or more so to Floyd Mayweather. Yes! So people will say that Marquis fought the fight of his life, but the little big man always was a technical fighter and counter puncher, whose main flaw was the kind of hubris that most ignorant fighters or fans fall for. Mainly the incessant need to show how tough you are by putting yourself in arms way, by slugging it out or mixing it up. Mexican fighters are examples of that kind of thinking, which makes them crowd favorites, but not necessarily wise in plying their trade in this dangerous business. This was why Marquis was dropped several times in the first two fights against Pacquiao. It was felt and rightfully so that the Philipino fighter was too explosive and fast and was continuous with his aggressive punches and attacks, for Marquis to cope with. Many felt this made it double dangerous for Marquis at age 38, four years removed from the last fight and fighting at or near a weight he did with Mayweather, which made him – Marquis- Look really bad, to even make a fight of this third fight. But by refusing to fall for the same misguided fight plan, Juan Manuel Marquis unveiled the Art of War in practice.
Many in the boxing world, including the supposed experts and casual fans believed, dreamt and pined for during the era of Jack Johnson, just after Muhammad Ali converted to Islam and now during the Floyd Mayweather era. Unable to deal with an African fighter that refused to toe the line and dared to be his own man, the establishment and their whores in the media searched for the Great White Hope to re-establish Caucasian dignity and omnipotence in all things that matter.
During Jack Johnson’s era it was an actual Caucasian fighter, a retired Jim Jefferies that author Jack London coined that phrase for…”the Great White Hope”. During Ali’s era there was no really good Caucasian fighter to beat him, so the next best thing was a series of less threatening knee-grow fighters, such as Floyd Patterson, Ernie Terrell and such, but to no avail. Like Jack Johnson before him, the oppressive and anti-African government of the America decided to send Ali away because they couldn’t stop him in the ring. In 1913 Jack Johnson was convicted of a little used provision of the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. In Johnson case, it was to have sex with a Caucasian women that later became his wife. Johnson spent 10 month in jail, after initially fleeing the country.
The day following his major upset of Sonny Liston, Ali announced that he had converted to Islam, specifically the Nation of Islam, and that he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. The result was he lost a lot of knee-grow and Caucasian fans. In fact, the World Boxing Association refused to sanction the revenge match against Liston. The given reason was because of the name change. However, a year later, he did face Liston one more time. This the big bad bear, Sonny Liston, was KO’d in the 1st round and still today haters of Muhammad Ali claimed the fight was fixed. Some even have gone further by calling him a disgusting human being and should not have gone to Joe Frazier’s funeral, because Joe wouldn’t have wanted it. After Liston, Ali fought many other good boxers such as Floyd Patterson, Henry Cooper and Brian London who fell down before him. But he had already transformed in many eyes from a clownish but talented fighter in to an angry, mocking and mean (Ernie Terrell) pugilist with black supremacist connection.
Muhammad Ali was still harassed for his convictions and this cumulated in 1966, when he was declared good enough for the military service. However, like many in that period who had integrity and a conscience, he was totally in opposition to the Vietnam invasion. In April 1967, Ali refused to join the US Army by claiming the status of a conscientious objector. Ten days later, he was committed for trial before a federal grand jury, where he was condemned by a jury not of his peers. Afterwards the judge imposed on him the maximal sentence of five years of imprisonment and a 10,000 dollar fine. Without delay, his passport was taken from him. Even worse, he did not have the right, anymore, to box in the United States. Without a boxing license, the WBA authorities took from him his heavyweight world championship title. This course of events prevented Ali from boxing for three and a half years just at the moment when the experts considered that he was at top of his art.
Unable to conduct a living with his fists, he decided to tell his point of view in many American universities. In his speeches, he spoke about war and the need of equality of rights for the African people. In February 1970 Muhammad Ali had announced his pending retirement from boxing. However, in June of the same year, a decision of the Supreme Court forced him reconsider. His condemnation was annulled because the FBI did illegal monitoring (yeah, whatever). The authorities present did not say a word on Ali’s civil rights that without a doubt were neglected. After three years of inactivity, Ali started off rapidly by beating by TKO Jerry Quarry and Oscar Bonavena. After the second fight, Ali called Joe Frazier. The rest is our-story as much as his-story. Unfortunately for Joe Frazier, a legend in the boxing community, he became the “White Hope” that the anti-African and the anti – Ali crowd was looking for. The perfect Baptist antidote to the Black Muslim influenced loud mouth pugilist. Remember when Jack Johnson, amongst other things was accused of not knowing his place, being too flashy, not quiet and humble. This was the view of Ali. So his fights with Frazier took on more than just a contrast in style between two equal fighters of skills and courage. The context that it produced also created sever animosity between them, hate in fact, especially in how Ali took out his anger and frustration on Frazier, whom he clearly saw as being promoted as America’s champion and who had wrongfully worn his crown.
Today Floyd Mayweather’s path has followed that of the other two legends. Floyd Mayweather is a talented fighter, dangerous, high IQ, head and shoulders above all in his category and has later proved, in other weight categories. Then a curious thing happened on the way from Pretty Boy to Money May. Feeling that he wasn’t being promoted the way he should be, Mayweather decided to break away from the promoter who in a press conference, called him the greatest fighter he ever had. Since then Bob Arum (trader Bob) has claimed that Mayweather is a coward, a liar and never missed a chance to belittle or insult his former promoted fighter. Yet this same devil encouraged Manny Pacquiao to file defamation papers against the Mayweather clan.