By Scott Gilfoid: A hulking #7 WBC lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KOs), who looked like a welterweight in size after rehydrating, destroyed a badly overmatched #6 WBC Daniel Estrada (32-4-1, 24 Ks) in stopping him in the 8th round on Saturday night to win the vacant World Boxing Council Silver lightweight strap in their WBC title eliminator at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) is talking about a possible big fight for him in the United States. He says he’s waiting for confirmation that he’ll get the fight. The name that is being talked about is IBF super featherweight champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) in a fight that would be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’m waiting for the final confirmation for a big fight possibly in America,” Burns said via Sky Ringside. “I can’t say much now but in the next couple of weeks it will be announced. I’ve put last year behind me and I still think I have big fights in me. The talk about this fight has brought the excitement back. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will happen, but I think a lot of people will be looking forward to this fight,” Burns said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum still isn’t quite sure whether the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will get made or not. Arum was recently optimistic about the fight negotiations getting completed in the next couple of days, but he’s now not willing to commit to the fight taking place or not.
It’s unclear what may have killed the 83-year-old promoter’s optimism but it could be that the two fighters have reached another stall point in the negotiations. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios is going to need to keep his sights lowered as far as his next fight goes, because the chances of him getting a title shot against any of the current welterweight belt holders is extremely low as of now.
Rios is coming off of a 3rd round stoppage win over an out of shape and shot looking Mike Alvarado. Rios’ promoter Bob Arum immediately started talking after the fight about wanting to put the 28-year-old Rios in a big fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum isn’t all that excited about the Pacquiao’s mega fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr will be taking place in the 16,000 seat MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on 5/2 rather than in a larger venue. Arum is willing to go along with the program and have the fight staged there, but he would prefer that the fight be staged at a larger venue.
Arum has talked in the past about a large outdoor stadium needing to be built in order to maximize profits for a Pacquiao-Mayweather clash. It’s a fight that if Arum had his way, he’d possibly like to stick it in a large stadium the size of the 90,000 seat Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Michael Koncz, the adviser for Manny Pacquiao, dismissed the report from TMZ’s website about the Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr mega-fight being ready to be signed off for their fight on 5/2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Koncz said that the fight still has a couple of issues that need to be solved before the two fighters are ready to sign the contract, but he’s optimistic that those issues will soon be taken care of. Koncz doesn’t see those issues as being a big deal, but he doesn’t know how the other side views them. Read the rest of this entry »
By B.G.B: With the super-mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao nearing closer and closer to confirmation and the news that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face James Kirkland, it would seem that WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto has been handed the short stick. It would be a total failure for boxing if he was to face Mayweather on May 2nd to prevent the mega-fight from happening but the good news is that scenario now seems increasingly less likely.
Team Cotto will or should be kicking themselves that they didn’t snatch at the opportunity to face Canelo rather than sit and wait for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to again falter at the last stage. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sizzle JKD: As I wait anxiously in anticipation of the “Super Bowl of Boxing” between undefeated WBC/WBA/The Ring welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBO welterweight king Manny Pacquiao, I can’t help but remember 1999’s “The Fight of the Millennium” between Hall of Famers Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya.
Drawing comparisons to Trinidad-De La Hoya while hoping this year’s clash between boxing’s top two pound-for-pound pugilists won’t end in the same disappointing fashion as the 1999 mega fight, one can only wonder if Pacquiao-Mayweather will live up to the hype and perform much better than its predecessor. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA 140 pound belt holder Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) still feels he deserves to face Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao if they fail to face each other next. Khan thinks his wins over Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander in his last two fights is enough to make him worthy of facing one of those two stars.
Unfortunately for Khan, it looks like Mayweather and Pacquiao will wind up facing each other and won’t need a backup option like Khan to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: A short while ago, TMZ Sports said that Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao had agreed in their negotiations and that the fight will be announced in the coming days. However, Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated is saying that isn’t yet done yet, although the negotiations are making progress. Read the rest of this entry »