Editors Comment - Brian Mitchel

It is with deep sorrow that we have to inform our readers of the untimely passing away of the flamboyant Terry Pettifer. Not only was he a friend to us all but he was also a true boxing fanatic. We will miss him and send our condolences to his family.

The November 30 “Christmas Cracker” tournament at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park rounds off a good year of boxing in South Africa.

South African fighters were involved in no fewer than thirteen world title fights in South Africa and overseas.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao kept international boxing alive with two outstanding victories in 2010 over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito.

After these wins the world is now waiting with baited breath to see if “Prettyboy” Floyd will come to the table and sign a contract with Pacquiao for monopoly kind of money that such a fight could demand.

I believe that Mayweather is the only fighter on the planet that can possibly beat the Pacman.

However, you cannot discount the incredible work rate and hand speed of Pacquiao which could create all sorts of problems for Floyd.

We look forward to January 27 next year when we pay tribute to one of the legends of the South African ring, Baby Jake Matlala the man with a bigger heart than his body, prior to a bumper tournament at Emperors Palace. 

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions, Supersport and Emperors Palace will stage a tournament entitled “Night of The Big Little Man”.

I must once again congratulate South Africa on a job well done in hosting the soccer world cup.

And I would also like to wish you all a great festive season and a prosperous new year.

Brian Mitchel