By Miguel Alejandro Lopez: Top Rank officially announced the return date for boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao. The 8 division titlist will fight on November 24, 2013 (November 23 in the U.S) against puncher slugger Brandon Rios in Macau, China.
Many people expect that Pacquiao will have the upper hand in this fight, but the truth is that in many respects, he is the true underdog.
First, “Bam Bam” Rios is a younger fighter who has not taken as much punishment than Pacquiao in his career. He has less than 40 fights at this point, compared to Pacquiao who has more than 60. In short, the Pacman has a lot of mileage on him than his younger opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By By Babatis Banda: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) deserves to be congratulated. He showed why he has reigned supreme in this sport for over sixteen years. The last performance against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada was a Mayweather signature performance.
He was sharp, elusive, aggressive, and mobile and everything an intelligent boxer should be. I could not believe that Mayweather was coming off a long layoff and worse, had a stint in jail in that period. There were no signs of ring-rust what so ever and his legs are still intact. Father time has not made any dent on his abilities, not a single bit! Read the rest of this entry »
By Nayal Khan: With Floyd Mayweather Jr’s Showtime/CBS 6-fight contract already underway with a bang, here’s a closer look at the likely 5 remaining opponents:
Next fight for Sept ’13 – is likely to be a rematch with Miguel Cotto. It’s next to impossible for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to get the fight and especially after throwing a hissy fit in refusing to take part in the Mayweather – Robert Guerrero undercard. I would expect Canelo to be sidelined until 2015 i.e. the back end of Mayweather’s 6 fight commitment. It is also impossible for any fights to happen with Top Rank’s fighters for obvious reasons that include Showtime/ HBO and Golden Boy/ Top Rank rivalry… so bye bye Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao (for now). Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KO’s) says he wants to fight IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KO’s) later this year in the UK provided that Froch gets past WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) in their fight this month on May 25th at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
Hopkins said to the Dailymail.co.uk “Froch is on top of my wish list…our styles would make for a great fight. I will happily go over to the UK to make it happen but of course Carl will have to beat Kessler first. I am rooting for him to do it and I think he will win this time.” Read the rest of this entry »
PacquiaoBy Chris Williams: On November 23rd, Manny Pacquiao will be facing Brandon Rios in a fight that will be televised on HBO pay per view from Macau, China. There still isn’t a price listing for U.S boxing fans, but if history is any guide the fight will likely be shown for $59.99 and likely higher for HD.
With both guys coming off of losses, and Pacquiao having lost his last two fights, how is it that this fight is on PPV? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Well, it looks like Martin Murray’s recent 12 round unanimous decision loss to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez won’t be hurting him as badly as some people thought it would. Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is interested in fighting Murray on August 3rd in Mexico City, Mexico, according to Mexican news.
This would be a fight where both guys are coming off of losses, as Chavez Jr. was soundly beaten by a a relatively healthy Sergio Martinez last year in September by a 12 round unanimous decision.
Murray fought Martinez last month on April 27th and lost a 12 round decision at the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he’s not sure who he’ll fight in September, but he’s not ruling out a fight with WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a fighter that many boxing fans want to see Mayweather fight.
Mayweather said this to ESPN in response to whether he’d be interested in fighting Saul Alvarez: “They’re always throwing names at me. Like I said before, everyone wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. It’s like a lottery ticket. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios won’t have to worry about having to strip off a lot of water weight for his next fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 23rd in their fight at the Venetian Maco Resort Hotel in Macau, China.
The fight will take place at 147 lbs, so if Rios has to struggle to make even this weight then there’s no excuse for the guy. Rios had to move up in weight from lightweight last year because he could no longer make the 135 lb. limit, but then in his last two fights, Rios has struggled to make the 140 lb. at light welterweight in his two fights with Mike Alvarado. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Casino/Showtime) By Raymond Riggins: I’m a huge boxing fan, and couldn’t help but read the article on this site about Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) not being an all-time great. I mean this is crazy. What does it takes to be an all-time great?
It seems to me in order for him not to become an all-time great he’d have to lose. Mayweather’s 12 round unanimous decision victory over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) this past Saturday was flawless. He showed he still has his speed, great footwork, excellent defensive skills and is as sharp as a needle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: According to Steve Kim, former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) will be fighting Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 24th in a Top Rank promoted fight in Macau, China.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had recently narrowed the choices for Pacquiao’s next fight to Mike Alvarado and Rios after his primary targets – Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley – had decided to fight each other instead of taking the Pacquiao fight. Read the rest of this entry »