Entrance music possibilities, if I were an MMA fighter/boxer

One of the biggest influences I had growing up was wrestling. When I was young (and even until now, sometimes), I always imagined being a fighter, entering the ring, walking down the ramp with my own entrance song. When glass shatters, it’s Stone Cold Steve Austin. ‘If you smell…” means The Rock. Screeching tires followed by a car crash means Mankind. The entrance music, in a way, is similar to the finishing move. It’s a signature. Once you hear the first sounds of it, you just know who’s coming out.

Nowadays, the wrestling dream is gone. Wrestling has been replaced by mixed martial arts and the occasional boxing fight (read: Manny Pacquiao versus anybody). And even here, the entrance music plays a big role. Manny Pacquiao, for a long stretch, walked in to Survivor’s classic ‘Eye of the Tiger.’ UFC fighter Chael Sonnen always entered to that cowboy/western-ish song. Benson Henderson always came out to the hip-hop version of ‘Awesome God.’ Mark Muñoz always used ‘Bebot.’ Brock Lesnar always used ‘Enter Sandman.’

So if I were a fighter, what song would welcome me to the ring? My only criteria is the song must be a pumper-up, to boost both me and the crowd. Here are my top 5 choices:

 

1. You Could Be Mine – Guns N Roses

If this song’s drum intro does not pump you up, I don’t know what will. Every time I hear that drum line, followed by the guitar lines that follow, my senses never fail to be awakened. Then I find my head bobbing to the beat. Then my foot follows. Soon, my hands start air drumming. Give it a listen:

 

2. The Way I Am – Eminem

The best thing about this song is the interplay of all the musical elements present: the bass, the keyboards, the beat, the bell sound, all working together with the anapestic tetrameter Eminem uses in delivering the verses of the song. Plus, the song is about saying “F*** off” to those expecting too much. I think it’s perfect for a fighter.

 

3. Three Stars and a Sun – Francis M.

If I were to be a fighter, I’d be representing the Philippines. This song is not only a pumper-up song, it also is nationalistic. Pretty much like how angry and aggressive Eminem is in ‘The Way I Am,’ Francis M. has the same kind of anger in him in his delivery of this song. The rough, dark, ominous guitar line to begin the song, plus the heavy riff that follows after further intensifies the song’s strong feel.

 

4. Boom – P.O.D.

The song begins with a fast guitar riff and heavy drum beats, and it’s perfect for fighters, especially for young and new ones, because the lyrics talk about catching people by surprise, BOOM, and about exceeding others’ expectations. The bridge of the song, “Is that all you got? I’ll take your best shot,” is also perfect for competition.

5. Anastasia – Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

As you may have seen, the song’s intro is of paramount importance in picking an entrance song to accompany ring entrance. Anastasia is no different. The song begins with a plucked acoustic guitar, dark and Western-y. I can see two cowboys meeting from a distance, preparing to draw their guns during this part. Then when the full band comes in, a metalized, classical music-inspired guitar line from Slash comes in, followed by a pumpy riff sure to make heads bounce. Myles Kennedy then comes in with his vocals and the song’s beauty is complete.

 

 

Honorable mentions:

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses

 

Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine

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The Marquez Moment

Fighting is not about who’s better heading into the fight, or who’s better during that day. It’s about who’s better at every moment.

Yup, fighting is about getting the upper hand during split seconds of battle. A few years back, I was watching this show on National Geographic called Fight Science. And by the end of the series, that was what one expert said regarding fighting.

I couldn’t help but think back to that statement when I heard the news that Manny Pacquiao lost to longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez. By knockout. No, that wouldn’t suffice. By KNOCKOUT.

I always had this idea that Pacquiao, being the once-in-a-lifetime living legend that he is, will also lose once in a lifetime. And I never thought he would lose this way. That travesty of a loss to Timothy Bradley was not enough, perhaps. Because that wasn’t really a loss. But his fight before that, JMM-Pacquiao III, should have been a loss.

As Rasheed Wallace says, ball don’t lie — or in this case, glove don’t lie.

I didn’t get the chance to see the fight live. What I did get to see, though, were copious amounts of Twitter updates from regular viewers like my friends, to news agencies like ANC and Inquirer, to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole. I saw serious tweets, objective tweets, funny tweets, pro- and anti-Pacquiao tweets. I saw tweets from those who complained because they couldn’t watch, I saw tweets from indifferent people.

My point is, I was very much updated with what was happening.

Check this info out from Interaksyon, showing the punch stats of the fight. Manny connected on 94 punches compared to Marquez’s 52, 26 to 11 on jabs, and 68 to 41 on power punches. Pacquiao, based on punch stats, was clearly ahead.

The difference was that JMM landed the more important power shots of the fight by knocking Pacquiao down in the 3rd round and finishing him off in the 6th.

Remember how NatGeo said that fights depend on who’s better during the moment?

To support the fact that Pacquiao was ahead in the fight, I read this from Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports:

Pacquiao was ahead and the judges saw it that way. Even my Twitter feed said so. I saw a lot of tweets saying Pacquiao was controlling the fight, that he was storming, that he was more aggressive. And that got him ahead in points. He even brought Marquez to the canvas in the fifth round.

But come the sixth, both fighters traded blows. Being the counterpuncher that he is, Marquez ducked under to let Pacquiao’s right hook go astray. And he let a looping right hook go, all his weight behind it, leaned in to Pacquiao. A hard right counter haymaker lands flush in Pacquiao’s face, sending the eight-division world champion face-first into the mat, a knockdown eerily similar to the way he knocked Ricky Hatton out.

During that brief moment, that split second of trading blows, Marquez was the better man. If there is any sport where single moments cause big changes, it is boxing.

The knockout not only changed the fight (and a possible contender for KO of the year). It may have changed Manny Pacquiao’s stellar career as well.