By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see the September 13th rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) as selling a lot of tickets for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presumably, Roach also thinks the Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight won’t bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys either on Showtime.
“I’m not picking Maidana because he already knows how to beat him. It makes no sense. It’s not going to sell no tickets,” Roach said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) and former WBC Silver 175 pound strap holder Tony Bellew (22-1, 14 KOs) will square off in a WBO cruiserweight title eliminator on December 6th in Sheffield, UK, according to Fightnews.com.
The Cleverly-Bellew 2 fight will take place on IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s fight card, and it might actually live the card up if Brook is matched against a soft job instead of a talented fighter.
It’s thought by some boxing fans that Hearn won’t take any chances with Brook in order to keep him from getting beaten before he gets a big money fight against Amir Khan next year. Brook didn’t look good in beat Shawn Porter last month. He didn’t show the kind of talent needed to where you could pick him as a rock solid lock to defeat the likes of Devon Alexander and certainly not at all against a talent like Keith Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: We often say things like “it’s boxing, anything can happen”, unfortunately 99% of the time it goes exactly like we thought it would. In the last couple of weeks however I have been quite surprised to see the return of Mike Jones end in a knockout defeat and top super middleweight prospect J’Leon Love lose the same way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Four division champion and future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) has provided his take on the heavily documented glove issue surrounding Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. Back in May, Floyd had rejected two pairs of Everlast MX gloves that Maidana wanted to use for the fight and instead demanded Marcos wear Everlast Powerlock gloves.
With the biggest payday of his career in jeopardy, Maidana was not in a position to walk away from the fight and begrudgingly used the Powerlock gloves. Marquez recently tried on the MX gloves and acknowledged that Maidana would no doubt be a much more dangerous opponent for Floyd with the MX gloves on. The Powerlock gloves are made of all foam while the MX model is made using a combination of foam and horse hair. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: This Saturday on the Adrien Broner vs. Emmanuel Taylor card, former IBF/WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto is making his return to the ring in a fight that will be televised by Showtime from the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It’s been 14 months since Berto last fought in the ring, he faced Jesus Soto Karass for the NABF welterweight title, in a fight Berto was supposed to come out as the victor he was caught in the 12th round and lost the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) still hasn’t signed his portion of the contract for a November 1st title defense against his #1 WBO challenger Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Korobov signed his portion of the contract last week, and they’ve been waiting ever since for Quillin to sign his side.
Quillin’s wife just had a baby, and he’s been given an extension until this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. If Quillin fails to sign the contract to fight his mandatory challenger, then he’ll likely be stripped of his title by the World Boxing Organization. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) has said that when he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr in September 2013 for a while he thought about having a rematch potentially one day to try and right the wrong, but nowadays is more focused on building his own status as a pay-per-view fighter.
Canelo faced Mayweather last September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and got beat decisively in a 12 round unanimous loss and you can argue he didn’t win one round. Canelo looked very bad in the fight. Weight drained or not he had completely the wrong game plan and looked lost from the 3rd round. As soon as Floyd got the feel of Canelo, Floyd didn’t lose a step. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) had words for his opposition last Saturday night on his ALL Access: Mayeather vs. Maidana 2 episode, in which Mayweather said this about his opponents: “They think they’re good. I know I’m GREAT.”
Mayweather obviously had Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) in mind with that comment, as well as many other fighters in the sport who feel they’re good enough to crack the May-Vinci code. No one has cracked it yet in the 18 years that Mayweather has been a pro, and it doesn’t look it’s going to happen before he retires. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: A long time ago, I made an article explaining why Floyd Mayweather is not a top 45 pound for pound boxer of all time, but I made a big mistake. I forgot to mention several other fighters better than him, making Floyd actually outside of the top 60 greatest pound for pound boxers.
Let me just start off by saying that Mayweather is definitely a very skillful boxer, and he has accomplished some big things for the standards of his era. His defense is masterful, his counter-punching and timing are incredible, and his ability to adjust is remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: It’s looking like former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-1-1, 31 KOs) will be fighting the soon to be 37-year-old former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KOs) this December.
Steve Kim is talking about Clottey being the one that the 24-year-old Canelo could be facing next instead of a more dangerous opponent like Erislandy Lara, Demetrius Andrade or James Kirkland.
Clottey vs. Canelo isn’t a great fight, and it’s definitely not pay-per-view worthy. Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN this past week that Canelo’s next fight in December won’t be on pay-per-view. Gomez said it wouldn’t be on PPV because the market was over-saturated with too many PPV fights. But the closer reality is that there would be no way that Canelo and Golden Boy could sell Canelo vs. Clottey on PPV. Canelo-Clottey isn’t even a good fight for regular non-PPV Showtime. I see this as an ESPN Friday Night Fights undercard fight rather than any kind of main event type of fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Berridge: Having watched both Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew for a very long time, I believe this fight is guaranteed entertainment when it finally happens.
The Bellew-Cleverly 2 fight will take place later this year and it will take place in Liverpool England, Bellew’s home town, just like there first altercation in 2011 that ended in a close decision in Cleverly’s favor and deservedly so, in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 IBF Carl Frampton is under the impression that the hard hitting IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez hates him for some reason. The two fighters will be facing each other this Saturday night in a rematch at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Frampton thinks that Martinez hates him by the way he’s looking at him rather than anything he’s said.
Frampton defeated Kiko last year in February by a 9th round stoppage. Martinez had been giving Frampton all kinds of problems in the fight with his huge power, forcing Frampton to run around the ring to avoid getting knocked out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) says he’s going to be looking to be putting on twice as much pressure on WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) as he did in their first fight last May.
Maidana thinks that the magic to him getting a victory over Mayweather is to put unrelenting pressure for 12 rounds with a lot of punches being thrown.
Maidana put a lot of pressure on Mayweather last time, but it didn’t out well for Maidana after he got tired in the first half of the fight. Assuming that Maidana has sparred hard in training camp with his sparring partners, he’s got to have a pretty good idea of whether he can fight hard to give Mayweather more problems this time. If he can’t do any better than he did last time then he’s going to lose the fight just like last time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In a likely effort to help drum up some badly needed publicity for his November 22nd HBO pay-per-view fight against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), WBO welterweight strap holder Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) will be throwing out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium today for the Dodgers vs. Nationals game. Read the rest of this entry »