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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mosley vs. Mayweather

May 2, 2010 will be the day of reckoning between Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather.  Both of them were the prospective opponents of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao even before Clottey was the "chosen" one.  The Mosley-Pacquiao bout did not materialize because challenges came from Cotto and Mayweather.  It seems that promoters saw more money with either Cotto or Mayweather fighting Pacquiao.  Anyway, Cotto came up first then Clottey in the last two fights of Pacquiao.  The much awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was shelved because the Mayweathers were asking for too many concessions like drug testing.  I believe it was boxing promoter Bob Arum that discontinued the negotiations because the Mayweathers were too demanding and hurling foul words and statements against the popular 7-time champion Filipino boxer.

The bout between Mosley and Mayweather will be an acid test for both boxers.  Anyone who comes out winner in this fight could just be the next challenger to Manny Pacquiao's throne.  If Mayweather comes out as a clear winner and 'unscathed', then he will have the nerve to challenge Pacquiao, again.  On the other hand, even if he will be the winner but badly hurt from the fight, he will have to think twice before challenging Pacquiao.  He chose to take on Mosley first to test himself if he can sustain power punches.  The difference is Mosley is not as quick and foxy as the Pacman in the boxing ring.
For Mosley, whether he wins or not, he will still be very much considered for the next and probably the last fight of Manny Pacquiao.  The money to be gained will be really big if he fights the Filipino, win or lose.  Many suspect that Clottey fought Pacquiao for money because of his dismal performance.  He was just a punching bag for the Pacman.
In this fight, Floyd comes out of retirement and unbeaten.  Oscar dela Hoya came out of retirement to fight and trained hard for it, but he quit and was badly beaten.  Shane is an active fighter and acknowledged to be a heavy puncher.  Condition-wise I would be for Shane Mosley.  Floyd Mayweather may either over-train or under-train that will make his condition questionable.  His stamina might be back or even better but that could easily go down with powerful punches.  Remember that training does not go as far as hurting or injuring the body.  It is just for conditioning.  In real boxing he would be hurt and could even be injured because he had not fought for quite some time.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Zombies - why they walk that way

My curiosity on why zombies walk the way they do was finally satisfied when I was watching television on Discovery Channel high tech developments on movie special effects.  There were several segments on how they do special effects but what really caught my attention was the one they create actual make up instead of doing it through computer graphics.

The host of the television show underwent the process of having make up to show a gaping wound on the neck and is in the state of rigor mortis.  That means temporary rigidity of muscles after death.  Well, the make up on his face also showed how a person looks after having bled to death.  He looked like a zombie until the scene changed to him being autopsied.  The woman beside his 'body', an expert embalmer, had a face shield similar to that of a welder's face shield.  After some kidding scenes and the host went on interview the woman and asked why movie zombies looked that way and walked in a weird manner.

The woman said that in the state of decomposition, blood no longer circulates and sort of 'dry' solid.  Going on, calcium also does not circulate anymore with the blood and the body's muscles start to decompose becoming liquid-like.  Therefore, she says being a living dead, zombies could no longer flex and move like regular human beings because the muscles no longer work!  That is the main reason why zombies, as portrayed, have a stiff gait.  No wonder if we have stiff muscles or leg cramps we walk like zombies in the movies. 

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