There’s a certain chilling quality it has just looking at it.
Perched in a tree devoid of leaves against a cold, windy and snowy landscape, the falcon (or the hawk) is in a very ready attack position against anything it deems a victim according to its role in nature.
He plays it well.
The only thing that could make a sight to a victim worse is a bigger or faster falcon against a more brutal snowy landscape. The only thing could ruin a falcon - is another falcon - , and if you decided to go outside and make a scary snowman, someone- somewhere, is bound to make a scarier one.
That is, if they can.
In the actual movie, “The Falcon and the Snowman”, two real-life guys in the 80’s who sold spy satellite drawings to the Russians, go to jail and live to tell it. They did legendary things in a very dangerous way, made a lot of money and lost it, faced shame and ridicule, and lived to tell it.
“We’re going for a knockout,” said Freddie Roach earlier yesterday upon his arrival to the Phillipines to finish training Manny Pacquiao. “Manny, he’s definitely tougher, and looks to have shed the rust from a year off. Bringing him back to fighting form won’t be that hard. He just needs some adjustments.”
Asked about Alex Ariza’s addition to the Brandon Rios camp and how that might affect things, Roach didn’t play games.
“Who Cares?” Roach snapped. “All he does is stretch and hug people.”
The general feeling in camp is that Pacquiao will stretch Rios, who will then need a hug from Ariza and anyone else. Roach had seen earlier footage of Pacquiao’s relentless assault of sparring partners before he arrived, and today, witnessed Pacquiao flash his old form while exchanging fierce shots with Phillipine 140lb contender Dan Nazareno and the newly crowned IBF international welterweight champ, Ghanian Fredrick Lawson. Pacquiao brutally pounded both.
A world away, Rios has been rounding into mercenary form as well, as reports already have him in the best condition of his career. It isn’t exactly a facsimile, or espionage, but the blueprints of Pacquiao and Rios are very similar to the legends mentioned earlier in brutal conditions.
Putting them under a microscope, we can see subtleties that belie theft- or espionage if you will, and paint a picture big enough to see differences that would make one beat the other.
Chavez, Mexico’s most celebrated athlete and its greatest fighter ever, is one of the greatest pure fighters who has ever lived. He just simply knew how to fight. Chavez was very brazen and extremely methodical. His attack was cold-blooded and without remorse, as he came to do nothing but systematically destroy you. This is also the M.O. of Brandon Rios, but to a much lesser extent and without the texture and variation of Chavez. Brandon mixes his shots very well- but he isn’t as quick as Julio, who would murder him with right hand leads and well timed hooks to the liver. As tough as Brandon is, Chavez was tougher, and he would eventually put Brandon together and give him the worse beating of his life. I’ll be damned if this wouldn’t get ugly. If Chavez were actually a “snowman” in this fight, understand he’d be an abomidable one. Robert Garcia, Alex Ariza, and maybe even the US Surgeon General get in there and stop this thing in the 8th round.
A hawk relies on its vision and otherworldy speed. Of all the animals in the wild kingdom, they possess the most deadly and lethal form of thematic apperception of any predator on earth. They strike with speed, stealth, and uncanny precision. Only two fighters in history really compare to Pacquiao as far as his style, and that is Henry Armstrong and Aaron Pryor. They were relentless punchers and non-stop pressure fighters who packed plenty of power. But among the 3 of them, Pryor was nastier, and had an almost evil and sadistic quality about him in the ring. And all of them- are hawks.
A fight between Aaron Pryor and Manny Pacquiao, would probably be the greatest fight ever seen in the history of the sport. You would never see a better action fight or edge-of-your-seat thriller than this one. Arguably the two best offensive fighters ever, they would waste very little time producing the title of the 1st edition of this series, "Fireworks". The southpaw stance of Pacquiao would really give this fight electricity, because it would add another dimension to the multi-facted way they moved around the ring.
Pryor fought with a practiced rage. It's not that he was especially fast, he just attacked you in a hurry and with no regard for whatever you were going to do. It was all about "him", [you] be damned. His rhythm and movement was different, as was his punch variety, and he came at you like angry waves from the sea. But Pacquiao would still go surfing. Pryor would send him crashing to the ocean's floor once or twice if you will, but his amazing resolve and resiliency would enable him to rise and pound Pryor, whose chin could be seen like a lantern in a storm. Pacquiao's more dynamic and versatile attack in this particular deadly affair, would leave “The Hawk” at the mercy of a faster predator. Pacquiao claws Aaron Pryor to death in the 10th round of an epic and bloody encounter.
Up Next… Pacquiao vs. Rios: The Kill Zone [Vol.IV] “Blame It on Rios”