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2006 Year In Review: Part I

Tainted by alleged fixed fights, shady promoters and institutional corruption, boxing has had its fair share of recent knock-outs.

Yet, with all the battles the sport has had trying to preserve what’s left of its image, the Sweet Science continues to provide fans across the world with fights and fighters who we hope to embrace.

Tainted by alleged fixed fights, shady promoters and institutional corruption, boxing has had its fair share of recent knock-outs.

Yet, with all the battles the sport has had trying to preserve what’s left of its image, the Sweet Science continues to provide fans across the world with fights and fighters who we hope to embrace.

2006 proved to be a pivotal year for boxing. Rising stars continued to challenge living legends, living legends retired and un-retired, newcomers tried to establish their names with fans, and former champions tried make one last comeback.

Fighters like Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stole the spotlight as each proved to be pound-for-pound the best in the world. Jermaine “Bad Intentions” Taylor rose to the heights of the Middleweight Division by previously squeaking two victories out over Bernard Hopkins in 2005 and then a draw over the conservative yet impressive Winky Wright in 2006.

Miguel Cotto, one of the sports greatest rising stars and hardest welterweight punchers, continued on his launch out of this stratosphere. Juan Diaz who incidentally put an end to Jose Miguel Cotto’s perfect record of 28-0, also left a mark on boxing in 2006 as one of the sports elite young rising stars at the age of 23. Jose Miguel Cotto is the older brother of Miguel Cotto.

The heavyweight division continued its own search for the world’s best. Wladimir Klitschko

We started out with a sequel to what became one of the greatest battles of all time. Manny Paquiao faced Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales in the opening month of 2006 at The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. While Morales dominated their first bout in the later part of 2005, Paquiao proved that he was just too fast, too strong and too much for Morales in their second fight. Pacquiao scored a 10th round TKO as Morales went down twice as a result of the brutal assault and apparent exhaustion. We knew immediately after, a rubber-match would be one of the most anticipated and watched fights of the year, so we eagerly waited the trilogy.

In an explosive three round finale between the two great fighters, Manny Paquiao proved in less than three rounds that he is the best in the division. As he proved in their previous meeting to be too fast, and too strong for Morales, he exceeded all expectations with a blitzkrieg like attack that left Erik on the canvas shaking his head, acknowledging that Paquiao was just too much.

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