By Chris Williams: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner, the good friend of unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s), thinks whatever interest there was in a fight between Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, it died with Pacquiao’s 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th of this month. Broner now sees it as a pointless fight because Pacquiao’s loss has killed the interest in that fight.
Broner said to Fighthype.com “Plankuiao [Pacquiao] never got out of the way of a right hand. He always gets hit with a right hand. It makes no sense for Floyd to fight him now.”
Broner is right. Getting knocked out the way that Pacquiao was does make it a senseless fight to put together. Even if Pacquiao were winning to take the small money in an 80-20 purse split, it’s still not an interesting fight because Pacquiao is starting to look like a shot fighter and has lost his last two fights. He got beat by Tim Bradley and looked bad in that fight, and then we just saw what Marquez did to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: ESPN has made unbeaten heavyweight David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) their prospect of the year despite Price’s advanced age of 29. Price won the award by knocking out 40-year-old Audley Harrison, 45-year-old Matt Skelton, Sam Sexton, John McDermott and Tom Dallas, among other 2nd and 3rd tier opposition. Price is scheduled to fight 41-year-old Tony Thompson on February 23rd.
I don’t agree with this choice at all, because Price is knocking older guys that have already been beaten numerous times and he’s still not faced anyone with power. Price struggled as amateur when facing guys with big power, and we’ve not seen him face anyone with even a hint of any power since he turned pro four years ago.
Here some of the other prospects that ESPN has for the year: Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum admitted in an interview with TMZ that he doesn’t see his prize #1 fighter Manny Pacquiao ever facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. Arum doesn’t say why but it seems pretty easy to spell out the reasons, which likely have to do with the purse split. Arum says that he’ll look to put Pacquiao back in with Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth fight next year and that’s not that surprising because their fight earlier this month ended in Pacquiao getting knocked out.
However, it wasn’t a total loss, as the fight did really well on pay per view with a total of 1.15 million buys accumulated thus far. A fifth fight will likely bring in even more cash for all of them, but it might end badly for Pacquiao if he gets hit hard again by Marquez. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Interim WBC light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KO’s) will be facing fringe contender Mike Dallas Jr. (19-2-1, 8 KO’s) on January 26th instead of Hank Lundy at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. According to fightnews.com, Lundy was pulled out of the fight by his manager, as he didn’t get permission to face Matthysse.
Lundy didn’t stand a chance against Matthysse and neither does Dallas Jr., who has lost two out of his last four fights. Both Lundy and Dallas Jr. are about the same in terms of talent and it doesn’t really matter that Lundy is out and Dallas Jr. is in. They’re both mismatches. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Instead of WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) taking on the dangerous and highly skilled counter puncher WBA super bantamweight chanmpion Guillermo Rigondeaux next in a toss-up fight, Donaire could end up facing WBA Super World featherweight champion Chris John (48-0-2, 22 KO’s) next in a fight that could be staged in Asia someplace, according to Steve Kim.
Kim said on his twitter: “Would anyone be opposed to a fight between Nonito Donaire and Chris John at 126? I hear that’s being discussed #boxing. Word is that the next Donaire fight could take place somewhere in Asia like Macau (which would be a dream for Arum).” Read the rest of this entry »
By Mark Calooke: Floyd ‘money’ Mayweather is the undisputed highest paid athlete in the world. but it seems that his nickname is a little misleading. He spends the money just as quick as he earns it according to Bleacherreport.com. This has left Mayweather in a position where he isn’t as wealthy as he would like people to think.
Mayweather regularly posts pictures on twitter of bets far exceeding $100.000 but doesn’t always win. The fall out between Floyd Mayweather and 50 cent has been well documented but the reason was largely unknown. But recently 50 cent used twitter to explain all. they planned on going into the promotional business together and had managed to sign a string of big names. But Mayweather wouldn’t, or couldn’t, come up with his end of the money. 50 cent said Floyd had got himself into the rut of “fight, get the money, spend the money, fight”
Of course the idea of long term wealth is to build money up, and ideally Mayweather would be smart enough with his money to be able to retire and remain rich for life. This is unlikely to happen when you consider that Floyd has failed to invest much money in anything successful. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: Boxing is back on the rise if the last few months are anything to go by. We’ve had great match ups and it seems 2013 will be following suit. Many young fighters are knocking on the door of stardom and 2013 will be the year. These young fighters will breakthrough into the big time which will be fantastic for fight fans across the world. Adrien “The Problem” Broner and Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez are the pick of the current prospects and young hungry fighters waiting for there chance in the limelight. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KO’s) is reportedly deeply upset with the cancellation of his scheduled fight with WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, as he really wanted that fight and felt that he had a real chance to win and turn his career around with a big victory. Pavlik’s management is now looking to get him a fight with former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute for March or April of 2013.
Pavlik said to RingTV.com “It’s kinda hard, due to the fact that I finally got my opportunity after a handful of years…I was kind of expecting it [Ward to cancel the fight], but at the same it’s just kinda of depressing.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for contender Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s), has reportedly agreed to terms for a fight against WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) on February 16th in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Hearn said on his twitter “Hounded by questions about Rees v Broner. We have agreed to terms with Golden Boy for February 16. Delighted for Gavin, he deserves this massive shot. February is going to be some month on Sky Boxing.”
Golden Boy likely gave Rees/Hearn a huge offer for this fight, likely much bigger than what Rees has been getting. Golden Boy wanted the fight because they couldn’t get the Brit WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns to accept a fight. So they went for the next best thing, which unfortunately is Rees. I say unfortunately because I don’t see him being in the same class as Burns, and Burns would have been an easy fight for Broner as well. Both Rees and Burns are a huge step down from Broner’s last opponent Antonio DeMarco. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) took some time out recently to pour over some of the fights of his opponent Kell Brook (29-0, 19 KO’s) for February 23rd, and Alexander came away disappointed in the talent level of Brook as well as his poor opposition. When Alexander saw Brook’s glossy record and heard all the hype about him, he was expecting to see a really talented fighter but when he sat down and watched him fight, Alexander didn’t see anything in his game that he feels will give him trouble.
Alexander said to thesun.co.uk “There’s nothing special about him at all…Brook doesn’t have the quality or the experience to beat me…There are no real names on his record, in his career he hasn’t fought anybody like me at all. The one test that he did have was Carson Jones and he was fighting for his life at the end of that fight.” Read the rest of this entry »