Tuesday 27th June 2017,
Sports Alchemist
Spotlight

Ricardo Mayorga-Miguel Cotto: Send in the Clown

Ricardo Mayorga ripped his shirt off showing his washboard abs towards the engaging press. They took pictures of a 38 year old fighter that was very game in answering questions. Then like a hungry lion that looks at his prey, Mayorga shouted to Miguel Cotto “What are you going to do after I beat you? Are you going to stay in boxing, or are you going to get a job? Answer me that.”

The baddest and loudest boxer in the planet has done it again. Like an old salesman delivering his conclusion speech before closing the deal. Muhammad Ali was a good trash talker. However, Mayorga goes beyond good. He will try to abuse you mentally and get you out of your game plan. When you lose against Ricardo it would be very devastating because you will lose physically and mentally.

The normally silent Mayorga goes into his invisible mask and change into the mostly lively and trash talking fighter once the spotlight touches him. Ricardo breaths and lives in the limelight. Like a rehearse number on an old entertainer who still got his magic. Even though, his act was already an old Long play record playing over and over again.

Going to the Miguel Cottofight. Mayorga would have to do a bigger self promoting act. Because with a lot of body mileages and a 4-4 record on his last eight fights it would be very hard to sell. But Miguel refuses to engage. He refuses to be Mayorga’s dancing partner or even to stoop down to his level. It’s not how the way he plays the game. He does all the talking in the ring.

Ricardo Mayorga still does it. He still makes a predictable fight between a youngster and an elder states man exciting. He can talk all day long and disrespect anyone he faces. But at the end of the day when the lights are off and the bleachers are empty. We see a lonely soul in a quiet corner.

“Making my entrance again with my usual flair. Sure of my lines…. No one is there.”

Send in the clown… Back to the real world and back to his usual form waiting for that spot light to shine on him again…

Isn’t it queer?

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