By Chris Williams: Two talented athletes will enter the ring this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but only one of them will emerge as the winner when Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) face each other in their unification match. Mayweather says this fight is going to be a war, and that he’s not going to shy away from contact with the stronger and younger Maidana. Mayweather knows this could be the toughest opponent that he’s faced in a while, but he’s ready to face Maidana on his own terms in their Showtime pay-per-view bout. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Former two-time IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-10-1, 29 KO’s) has announced his retirement according to the Press Enterprise following his 3rd round stoppage loss to WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (23-0, 21 KO’s) last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Diaz suffered a rib injury in the 3rd round after getting hit hard by a right hand to the body by Thurman. Diaz ended up not coming out for the 4th round. Diaz, 34, was also knocked down in the 2nd round of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Both Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) have a great deal on the line for their respective fight’s this Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The question is who needs the victory more on Saturday night: Broner or Khan? Broner faces Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s), and he needs a victory to keep his career afloat to continue his illusion of being the guy that replaces his “big brother” Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future.
A loss to Molina won’t end Broner’s career, but it will put him in a different lane to where he’ll likely never emerge from. His idea of becoming the replacement for Mayweather will be over, and he could also pretty much forget about ever being a pay-per-view fighter in his own right. That doesn’t mean that Golden Boy Promotions couldn’t still steer Broner to a world title again, but it would take some very skillful match-making for that to happen. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) is reportedly in negotiations with Bob Arum of Top Rank for a 5-fight, 2-year contract extension that take him through 2016. This contract will basically last for the remainder of the 35-year-old Pacquiao’s career, because he’s talked about only wanting to fight another two more years. By signing this contract, Pacquiao will effectively be ending any chance of him ever fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr, as Floyd has already told Pacquiao that he will never fight him while he’s being promoted by Arum.
“Yes, we are taking about the extension,” Arum said to Dan Rafael. “We are working it out…How many fights would be in Macau, how many would be in the United States, how many in other places. But we are talking about five fights.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jon Ingram: Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer in the history of the sport to win championship belts in 8 divisions. Let’s save the excuses of any catch weight argument’s that one may have for every professional boxer knows the stipulations of each fight before they sign the contract, do they not? There is news of Pacquiao being a “Little Man Filling Big Shoes” to possibly take on the much larger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez if he is to get past Lara in their upcoming fight.
A lot of fans, including trainers Floyd Sr, and Roger Mayweather have said that If Pacquiao wants to fight Floyd Jr, then he should beat Canelo first. Me personally, I feel that Manny would beat Canelo just as bad as Mayweather did, but that’s another argument though. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: In the last several fights, Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KO’s) has visibly slowed with his ability to get around the ring, and he’s now become something of a slow plodder with feet that look like they’re stuck in quick drying cement. First it was Guillermo Rigondeaux who made Donaire look bad in beating him easily last year, and then it was the 40ish Vic Darchinyan who gave Donaire a beating last November before tiring and getting stopped in the 9th.
Donaire’s dad wants him to start moving and dancing around the ring like he did during his best years in the ring, but it’s unclear whether the soon to be 32-year-old Donaire can do that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Earle Stanton: Former Member of “The Chin Checkers” – a gansta-esque duo that included super middleweight knockout artists Curtis “Showtime” Stevens and Jaidon “The Don” Condrington fell apart rather soon. “The Don” would be done in on Showtime by Allen Green and then on “The Contender” by Sakio Bika. Yet his counterpart, Curtis Stevens, seems to stick around.
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens 27 (20 KOs) with 4 losses took on an up and coming undefeated middleweight, 14 (10 KOs)-0 losses in Tureano Johnson on NBC recently. Stevens came in on his comeback from getting stopped by GGG aka Golovkin in early November 2013 on HBO,trying to make a comeback statement, as he KO’d Patrick Majeski in the first round earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) says he’s going to put it all on the table this Saturday night in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KO’s) by going after him immediately, and not let up for as long as the fight lasts in their fight called “The Moment” from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana knows that he’s facing the most talented fighter in the world right now, but he thinks his own power and offensive skills will be enough to overcome Mayweather’s huge talents.
“There’s no doubt this is going to be a very difficult fight,” Maidana said. “There’s no doubt that Floyd has very good defensive skills, but I have a great attack, and that’s what I’ll use. I have to do the same thing I did with Broner. I have go hard from the get go and attack. I know it’s going to be more difficult with a man like Floyd Mayweather.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s) will finally be returning to the ring on June 21st to fight 31-year-old #7 IBF, #14 WBC Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) at a still to be determined venue on the undercard of the Gary Russell Jr. vs. Vasyl Lomachenko fight. Guerrero, 31, has burned up a year of his career sitting idle after his one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year in May.
Guerrero was hoping to get a rematch against Mayweather, but he was ignored by him. The fight was too one-sided for Mayweather to waste time fighting Guerrero, #9 WBO, #11 WBC, a second time, and besides that the pay-per-view numbers weren’t big enough to encourage Mayweather to give Guerrero another shot. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s) is being brought in as the sacrificial lamb for former three division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) to slaughter this Saturday night in their 10 round bout on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s fight against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Molina has nothing to lose in this fight, and so he’s going to after Broner immediately to force him into a toe-to-toe battle in the same way that Maidana did with him last December.
The main difference between Molina and Maidana is power. Molina can’t punch, and he’s going to have to use the Paulie Malignaggi approach to beating Broner by throwing a lot of punches in an effort to outwork Broner. Malignaggi was successful with that approach, although he was arguably robbed by the judges. Read the rest of this entry »