By Allan Fox: Manny Pacquiao came back to the Philippines on Wednesday after his 6th round destruction at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao held a quick press conference and said “We will rise again,” according to abs-cbnnews.com. Pacquiao wants to avenge his loss to Marquez, and his promoter Bob Arum said that Marquez is also very interested in facing Pacquiao in a 5th fight next year.
It’s still unclear when Pacquiao and Marquez will be fighting again, as Arum wants them both to rest up and enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holiday before he speaks with them about the rematch particulars. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) won’t be fighting at all this Saturday night in London after his promoter Alex Morrison was unable to find a replacement opponent to fill in for Jose Ocampo, who pulled out of the Burns fight this week after the death of his trainer.
According to Sky Sports News, they attempted to get Derry Matthews to step in and take the fight on short notice but he didn’t take it.
Morrison told Sky Sports “We couldn’t find an opponent for him [Burns] to fight. He [Matthews] was offered a 10 round fight but decided not to take it. We’re now looking at January 26 for the next title defense and hopefully that will take place in Glasgow.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dan Rafael of ESPN is reporting that WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 kO’s) will be taking on either WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) or Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s).
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer wants to try and put together a fight with Burns first off, but if that fight can’t be put together he’ll go ahead and look to match Broner with Abril instead. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao may have missed the perfect opportunity to retire while he was still on top with his victory over a then 40-year-old Shane Mosley last year in a fight that should have never been made in the first place given how shot Mosley was by that point in his career. But Pacquiao chose to continue fighting and he lost his next fight to a recent Top Rank signee Tim Bradley. Despite losing the fight by a questionable decision, Pacquiao still looked completely horrible in the fight and showed signs of being a badly faded fighter.
Pacquiao failed to see the signs himself and didn’t even want to try and avenge the loss because he felt that the boxing fans saw the fight as a victory for him. It wasn’t much of a victory with him looking old, slower and unable to fight hard for the full three minutes of every round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Adam Mccoy: What a nightmare few months it’s been for Ricky Burns (35-2 10Ko). He delivered a dominating performance in his last fight with a TKO win over Kevin Mitchell to retain the WBO Lightweight Title. Ricky then set to defend his title against the unbeaten Liam Walsh (12-0 9Ko) suffered his first setback as Liam Walsh was unfortunately involved in a car accident ruling him out of the fight. He was replaced with Jose Ocampo at short notice and everything looked good to go only for Ocampo to pull out just days before the fight due to the unfortunate death of his trainer.
This is really not what Burns needed what so ever. Burns really needed a fight saturday and a punch perfect fight at that. Burns stock is tiny to that of Adrien Broner (25-0 21Ko) and i hate to say it but Burns needs Broner right now. Broner is getting huge publicity in the States and has a number of options to go for. Read the rest of this entry »
by Jordan Capobianco: There’s nothing more likely to make a fight historic than when the people who are supposed to know don’t know, and the man who isn’t supposed to win does.
The night of fights was still in the undercards when a friend of mine texted me. He was at a party and wanted to be able to talk about boxing. He wanted to know who would win the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez IV fight. Not any of the other fights, of course. It’s reflective of the state of boxing that no one at the party apparently cared about any of the other fights that night. Despite 50 Cent’s best efforts, casual boxing fans still don’t care about Gamboa, apparently. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Ricky Hatton believes it’s time for Manny Pacquiao to call it a day after getting starched in the 6th round by Juan Manuel Marquez last weekend. Hatton, 34, feels that the Filipino doesn’t have anything to prove and he’d be better off retiring from boxing rather than continuing with his sagging career.
Pacquiao has lost his last two fights, and really you can say he’s lost his last three fights because Marquez clearly beat the Filipino last year in November. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: I will start this article by saying what a great fight we as fans witnessed on Saturday night between former eight division champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan “El Dynamita” Marquez. Once again these two fighters put on a show that will never be forgotten by the boxing world. Pacquiao and Marquez exchanged leather three times previously. The first bout ending in a draw and second fight ending in controversial decisions in favour of Pacquiao.
The fourth installment didn’t seem to catch the imagination of the fans, trainers and analysts. Sure they would be seeing a repeat of a controversial decision or a lack lustre performance by Pacquiao, who in the minds of most people involved in boxing, was on the decline. Pacquiao was arguably back to his dynamic best last Saturday night, notably so was “El Dynamita”, which made for a fantastic fight ending with a sight most thought we would never see. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: EBU super middleweight champion James DeGale (14-1, 9 KO’s) says he wants to take on both WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward and IBF champ Carl Froch in 2013. It seems that DeGale has gotten a little confidence from the series of soft touches he’s been fighting since his loss to George Groves last year in May.
DeGale said to Sky Sports News “I’d love to fight Carl and for British boxing that would be a massive fight…I hope to fight for the WBC title next year, either as the mandatory against Andre Ward or for the vacant title if he decides to give it up. I think Carl would like a big domestic world title fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
Only few days after Mikkel Kessler’s knockout victory over WBA World super middleweight champion Brian Magee, it has been revealed that a rematch between the two master boxers Kessler and Froch is a very real possibility and quite near.
The Danish newspaper “Ekstra Bladet” put the spotlight on that fact and the promoters of the two fighters, Kalle Saurland and Eddie Hearns, have already been through a good part of negotiation. A signed contract shouldn’t be too many days away in the future. It’s possible a contract could be signed by the two camps before Christmas, according to Kalle Sauerland. Read the rest of this entry »