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My Quick Take on Pacquiao v. Marquez III:

Ed "Worst Case Scenario" Latimore is currently ranked as the #4 amateur heavyweight in the country.  Before he was a high profile pugilist, he was a lowly writer on this site putting together self help blogs and how to's.  After a move to LA to train under the tutelage of the American Heavyweights squad kept his free time to a minimum, I was able to talk Mr. Scenario into writing out his opinion on this weekend's bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

It's been a while since I've taken the time to contribute some musings about the combat arts we practice and worship like a pugilist religion, but I thought I'd take a moment and give my quick take on the upcoming fight this weekend between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. In my writings I have a tendency to ramble on to the most interesting tangent I find myself writing to, but I want to keep this one short and sweet. 

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How to Knock Someone Out

           (Chris Lozano KO's Gerric Harris at CV9 Photo provided by Hexlinc)

In the spirit of today's event, combined with a rather slow news day, here is a really great KO piece written by The Worst Case Scenario, Ed Latimore.

So the title of this article says it all. I don't have a long a intro or set up to go with this one, but if you're familiar with my body of work in the fight game, then you know I've got the history to write about this. If you aren't, then 14 of my 16 wins have come by way of knockout with 12 of those in the first round. It would actually be 15 but we'll let that one slide since I'm almost positive I broke orbital bones and his nose. In this case, close is good enough for me.

I've wanted to right this for a while, but I was missing a few vital components. I wouldn't feel right writing about this topic, despite my resume, if I didn't know how to explain the basic concepts behind knocking someone out. It's not just about throwing hard shots and hitting a guys head. Some people want to make it sound like punching power is something mystical that can't be taught and that it's the end all to knocking someone out, but I know otherwise. It's the result of a few things, and you can work them to. Warning though--I didn't put all my secrets here, but the adept student of the fighting game should be able to fill in what I've left out for the sake of not exposing ALL of my secrets. Without further ado, read this and be on your way to knocking guys out.

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Idea Implementation

This is a short little blurb for you to keep with you. It's been a while since I wrote about something that would directly help you be a more effective fighter and I'd been thinking of something highly effective, short, but ultimately did not rely on technique. I think teaching technique is great, but writing is the wrong medium for it. Instead, I like to focus on things that can help you in other ways. Things like how to use and train your mind to make you a better fighter. It's amazing how much faster you can improve when you begin to consciously use thoughts and ideas as well as your body to pick up fighting abilities.

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Time Bombs and Puzzles.

"No seriously, it's just like that," I tell a cute brunette in a bar. She gives me that look that is a shaken, not stirred blend of curiosity and incredulity. 
"I think you're just saying that so I think you're clever and sleep with you." I am, but she was going to do it anyway. Especially once the 3rd round of martinis arrived. Still, my ego compels me to restate and clarify exactly what I'm trying to express.
"Well it's like this," I say as I pop an olive in my mouth. "It's not so much a fight to me as it is a puzzle. I have 9 minutes to figure out how this person in front of me works and shut him down, or else he shuts me down. It's really that simple." 
She gives me that look but with a little sparkle and a small flick of her tongue around her cherry lips.
"Much like I have until midnight to get you home before you turn into a pumpkin. It's 11:50 and I live around the block."
So maybe the conversation did not go exactly like that, but that is a variation of a conversation I used to run on girls when explaining boxing to them. I do mostly think like that, but I wouldn't considering boxing THAT cerebral (even for me). 
Funnily enough though, I was just down in Cincinnati for a boxing tournament and I was explaining a similar idea to a fellow boxer that just took a loss. I wasn't trying to get him into bed, so I found it a bit of a shock when I referenced this conversation thread I made up just to get laid.
"Look man, no matter what a guy does in there, you gotta figure out how to beat him. It doesn't have to be pretty, but it does have to make sure that you are fighting the next day and he isn't," is what I told him. He went on to explain that he had 
already fought the guy before so he knew some of his moves. This made it harder to fight him. Then my brain went into create mode and I came up with this poignant analogy.

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Chicken Soup For The Fighter's Soul

StandThemUp.Org's Ed Latimore not only has a fantastic knack for writing but is a nationally recognized amateur heavyweight who is currently competing for his shot at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Before you read what very well maybe something that changes your outlook on competition and fighting in general, I wanted to give you a quick update on his status of the "Last Chance Tournament". 

Eddie won his first fight against the representative from Ohio (Ricardo Walber) by 17 points, which is about as wide as a margin that the athletic commission will allow.   Eddie is now re-matched against a previous foe (Colorado) which he beat in the national tournament earlier this year.  The bracket for the 27 man tournament is on the right and you can expand it by clicking the image.

The Worst Case Scenario presents:
Chicken Soup For the Fighters Soul

I can't tell you how important your cardio is. You hear it all the time, but I can't think of one other thing that will decide the outcome of most of your early fights than who is in better shape.

Film everything about your training if you can. Then go back, study it and see what you're doing wrong. One objective viewing of yourself shadowboxing is worth more than you know.

Technique is essential, but perfect technique is over rated. Effective technique is under rated. What's more valuable: A pretty hook that almost never lands or a less than "perfect" one that has an 80% KO percentage?

Pain is the great equalizer in fighting. No matter how much better than you someone is, if you can cause them pain, you stand a chance.

The first ball shot is free. Use it wisely.

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