By Chris Williams: It looks like Bob Arum’s idea of matching Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) back up with Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) wasn’t a good one after all, as Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that the gate numbers for the fight were the lowest for Pacquiao in his last 8 fights in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As far as the pay-per-view numbers go, HBO didn’t release them yet because Arum is out of the United States right now on a trip, otherwise those numbers would be out. The timing of Arum’s trip could delay what might be bad news as far as the Pacquiao-Bradley PPV numbers go. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #2 WBC, #2 WBO, #4 IBF, James DeGale (18-1, 12 KO’s) has been waiting to get a title shot for ages now, and he’s finally poised to get one if he can get past unbeaten Sacramento, California native Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) on May 31st on at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
This will be the first fight for DeGale with his new promoter Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport, and Eddie has set DeGale up with a choice situation by letting him fight on the Carl Froch vs. George Groves 2 undercard in a IBF super middleweight eliminator bout.
It’s set up for the 28-year-old DeGale to succeed, and all he needs to do is win the fight and then he’s going to get the payday of his life in a fight against either Groves or Froch, depending on which one emerges victorious in their rematch on May 31st. But DeGale still needs to win the fight against Gonzales, and this is clearly the fastest and the strongest puncher that DeGale has ever faced before. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A rematch between WBA light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KO’s) and British challenge Enzo Maccarinelli (38-7, 30 KO’s) is being talked about for June, according to the Argus. Braehmer stopped Maccarinelli earlier this month in a 5th round stoppage due to an eye injury that the 33-year-old Maccarinelli had suffered. The eye injury turned out to be just bad swelling, and not a serious injury to the eye or a fracture of the orbital bone as fans had first thought.
The Maccarinelli-Braehmer fight brought in huge ratings in Germany with over 3 million viewers watching it. This is perhaps the main reason why Braehmer’s promoters are interested in the rematch with Maccarinelli. With interest like that in their fight earlier this month, it would be crazy not to want to have a rematch between them, especially given the way the fight ended. Read the rest of this entry »
The latest edition of the Sports Emmy®-nominated series ALL ACCESS returns to document the blockbuster SHOWTME PPV® event headlined by the welterweight world championship unification showdown between pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Argentine brawler Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on Saturday, May 3 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
(Photo credit: Stephani Trapp/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Last Wednesday, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe briefly commented on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s controversial remarks about how fans should boycott the May 3rd fight card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ellerbe said the card will do well regardless of what Arum says.
“I don’t think about what Arum says, I have nothing to say, we’re going to have a sold-out event 5/3, that’s all that matters,” Ellerbe said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF contender Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) will likely need to make one of his rare trips outside of the UK to fight on foreign soil if he wants to get a chance at facing the winner of this Saturday’s match-up between IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) and challenger Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) at the DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
The 26-year-old Porter, who is the favorite to hold onto his IBF title on Saturday, isn’t going to travel to the UK to defend his title in front of Brook’s fans. That’s just not going to happen. Porter isn’t going to want to put himself into a situation where he might need to knock Brook out cold just to make sure he gets the win, so Brook is probably going to have to pack his suitcase for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night against little known fringe contender Tshifhiwa “The Atomic spider” Munyai (24-2-1, 12 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. The 28-year-old Munyai replaces Quigg’s previously scheduled opponent Nehomar Cermeno, who couldn’t take the fight due to visa problems.
Munyai has been to the UK on several occasions, whipping Martin Power twice and beating Lee Haskins without any problems. The South African Munyai had too much talent for those fighters, and he pretty much made easy work of them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Greengrass: Having been an avid reader on this website for a number of months, it has come to my attention on the forums connected to this site that many fans are almost clueless when it comes to the economics and politics of boxing. One of the main topics in the last years has been the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, will they or wont they and why?
Before I move any further with this article I would like to categorically state that I am a Boxing fan primarily and I have few modern day favorites, if any. I certainly don’t favor PAC over Floyd or Floyd over PAC, however I fully appreciate the skills and achievements of both fighters in the past decade. There is little doubt in most people’s minds that these two have been at the pound for pound pinnacle of the sport for a number of years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Darnell Brown Jr: As much as we respect WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for his pure will to fight, the fans of the sport have grown tired of the rematches that we have been fed recently. Let’s just face it; if Manny remains with his current promoters at Top Rank there’s a chance that’s what we’ll be getting for the remainder of his career. In my view, they just don’t have the talent at welterweight or light welterweight to sustain a leg in the class to enable Pacquiao to have interesting fights for what’s left of his career.
If Pacquiao chooses not to leave Top Rank at the end of the year, he will likely be stuck in a nonstop cycle of rematches and we the fans will be stuck watching them. To be sure, there was clearly a valid reason to have a rematches like Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2 or even Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Pacquiao 4, but even that was pushing it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: After being captivated once again last Saturday night by the flawed genius of Manny Pacquaio’s pulsating fighting style my joy quickly turned to despair upon hearing his familiar post fight statement that ‘my promoter Bob Arum will decide who I fight next. I am a fighter, my job is to fight’.
The ‘Fighting Pride of Philippines’ is once again a World champion after he exacted revenge against Tim Bradley in there rematch, in doing so reclaiming his WBO Welterweight title he ‘lost’ to the Desert Storm in a ridiculous decision in 2012. After his performance, Pacquaio is now again near the top of the Pound for Pound rankings in the sport. Also, in a few months time he could be free to pursue the most prominent pugilists in the talent rich 147lb division, including Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Read the rest of this entry »