By Alon Calinao Dy: We all want Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to happen anytime soon. We really want this bout that we often have arguments who is the best fighter between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Boxing fans are clamoring for this biggest fight for many years now, and even boxing legend Muhammad Ali called out Mayweather Jr. to accept the challenge from Pacquiao’s camp.
Yes, both undefeated Mayweather and eight-division world champion Pacquiao have the abilities to bring boxing back into a leading sport among others if they step to the ring. As boxing fans, we hope to see these two most exciting pugulists in the same ring together. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: I literally jumped out my seat when I read Manny Pacquaio resigned with Top Rank. I thought for sure that he was going to let his contract expire and explore his options. But there has to be more to this story than we know. He signed a two year deal that includes five fights. But given the timing of everything; Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum trying to bury the hatchet, and rumors swirling that Richard Schaefer might leave Golden Boy, the deal can actually work if Golden Boy and Top Rank can place nice.
I believe Arum knows his stable is thin and is going to need some help when it comes to putting on better fights. Only the hard core fans want to see Pac fight Marquez for a fifth time. Fighting, Tim Bradley, Mike Alvarado, or Brandon Rios again would hold well with the fans. I would have liked to see Manny leave Arum and do a fight by fight deal using MP Promotions. He doesn’t need Top Rank promoting him at this point. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Next May 31 at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China; Nonito Donaire will try to win his fourth divisional championship when he challenges WBA Super World “featherweight” champion Simpiwe Vetyeka. By the way have the reader noticed that in the same card Vic Darchinyan will challenge Nicholas Walters for the WBA World “featherweight” championship; not that it will surprise the reader but it is quite odd.
Once up on a time the former three division champion Nonito Donaire had bright future, but after been defeated by the current WBA – WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, things have not been as good as in the past. Nonito was awarded by several sites and sports media as the 2012 boxer of the year and it seemed like Donaire could keep on dominating his opponents for a long time but Rigondeaux not only out box him but also hurt him, not referring only that he wobbled him but also that he broke an orbital bone on his left side that was reinjured in his last bout. Read the rest of this entry »
So far in 2014, the boxing pay-per-view advantage appears to be with HBO. HBO might have dodged a bullet by not making a counteroffer to keep Floyd Mayweather Jr. from going to Showtime. Mayweather marketed himself towards the Mexican fan base who wants to see him lose against one of their countrymen. If Golden Boy does not have a Mexican champion to offer Mayweather, the only other option is fight a superstar like in the past Miguel Cotto or Shane Mosley to achieve high pay-per-view numbers.
Fortunately, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was a boxing star and a powerful paper champion, but Golden Boy was forced to use him due to the poor pay-per-view numbers Mayweather had against Robert Guerrero. Even with no credible wins, Canelo was able to draw in many Mexican fans as for the first 39 fights and 7 years of his professional career were strategically based in Mexico. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick wants to make sure that a good referee is assigned to the May 31st rematch between Groves and IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in order to keep Froch from getting away with throwing rabbit punches all night. For casual boxing fans who have no clue what a rabbit punch is, it’s a when a fighter illegally hits his opponent in the back of the head with a punch.
It’s against the rules to hit a fighter with rabbit punches due to the danger involved for the fighter getting hit with those kinds of shots. Fitzpatrick wants to make sure that Froch doesn’t hit Groves in the back of the head during their clinches in order to try and gain an advantage or to make him hesitant about clinching. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) says he’s going to out-smart challenger Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) in their fight on June 7th, and knock him out well before the distance when the square off at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York. Sergio’s surgically repaired knee as good as knew, and as good as it was before he injured it, he says.
“The real difference is going to be my intelligence & my ring generalship,” Martinez said. “There’s no doubt in my mind it’s gonna be an early stoppage. The judges are not gonna have to put in that much work on this evening. This fight is definitely not going the distance.” Read the rest of this entry »
By John Kelvin: Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) is a future hall of famer and one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time. There is no need to list his various accomplishments because we already know what great things he has done in his career. Marquez’s great legacy is in danger of being tarnished by his some uneducated fans who think he is taking some sort of performance enhancing drug to aid his power punching. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) has reportedly re-signed with Top Rank and Bob Arum for 2 years. The contract will keep the 35-year-old Pacquiao through all of 2016, and ends on December 31st. What this means, of course, is that Pacquiao, like Tim Bradley, has essentially lost any chance he ever had of getting a mega fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. unless Mayweather changes his mind about not wanting to deal with Arum.
Pacquiao’s current contract was supposed to end at the end of 2014, and that would have left him a chance to get a fight against Mayweather. Pacquiao then could have gone back to Arum after taking the Mayweather fight and making a huge amount of money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Idris Morrey: I am of the opinion that the lighter or smaller divisions have fully stolen the spotlight from what was once the greatest and most dreaded division in the world of boxing. Floyd Mayweather Jr is in the minds of more boxing fans than the sport has ever for a lesser weight class fighter. He can be compared to the likes of Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard for that one element of generating huge pay per view sales and sold out crowds. But Floyd’s fights have not been as spectacular compared to the legends of the sport.
Its agreeable that heavyweight division has lost its glory even with more noise from Shannon Briggs, Dereck Chisora, Alex Lepai and the rest. Forget Wladimir Klitschko whose fights are lopsided and kind of boring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Last Saturday night we witnessed another master class display of ring generalship and boxing IQ from the ageless Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez 56-7-1 (40). His 12 round unanimous decision win over Mike Alvarado 34-3 (23) was flawless bar a knockdown in the 9th round as he was going in for the kill himself. Juan has mentioned retirement several times over the last year or so. He has an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars and being a qualified accountant he is likely to be quite sensible with his finances.
Marquez told us on Saturday he would consult his family (the wife probably) before making any decisions on his future. If he does decide to carry on who does he fight next and if he retires how good was he?
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