By Nial Kaye: The seemingly perpetual soap-opera style Floyd Mayweather Jr- Manny Pacquiao saga rolls on. Dishearteningly , apparent logistical stumbling blocks have surfaced, putting the fight in jeopardy. The perception of many studious and respected analysts is that Mayweather is at fault for this, due to his own vacillation.
Despite my belief that Mayweather is a superior fighter and would win the potential fight, I share the view that Mayweather’s indecision is depriving the fans of this fight. This has been detrimental to Mayweather’s legacy, of which he cares so much about. He is undoubtedly deserved of a place amongst boxing’s historical elite, if only due to his tremendous skills.
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By John Stevens: As you all know by now it has just been announced that Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings on April 25th
Some of the more ill-informed and ill-educated out there will doubtless be groaning about ‘another mismatch’ or ‘another easy fight for Klitschko’ – I would like to say to all those people; I think you better think again.
With all the media frenzy over golden boy Deontay Wilder these past few years, (and even more so in the wake of his WBC title victory the other night) another American heavyweight has been doing his work out there quietly and without fuss, racking up a very impressive resume against top quality opposition. Bryant Jennings is far, far more than just another opponent for Wladimir Klitschko – and there is no one more deserving of this opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former Commonwealth heavyweight strap holder Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) was standing on his hind legs today in yapping at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) from the safety of his computer many miles away from the hard hitting Wilder in calling him out for a fight that Fury presumably would like to see take place in 2015.
Fury says he wants to face the 6’7” Wilder and he sees himself tearing the unbeaten American apart if given the chance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao says he’s still got a deadline until the end of January for Floyd Mayweather Jr to agree to his side of the contract and sign off on it otherwise Pacquiao will be moving on.
The negotiations have become slowed due to Showtime and HBO still hashing it out, so Mayweather isn’t going to sign off on something that still hasn’t been worked out by the networks. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Al Haymon has secured a welterweight co-feature event at the Stubhub Center, California on March 13 as part of his new network deal with SpikeTV. The card will feature two former welterweight champions on the comeback trail in tough contests.
Shawn Porter 24-1-1 (15) v Roberto Garcia 36-3 (23)
Andre Berto 29-3 (22) v Josesito Lopez 33-6 (19)
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By Chester Rivers: This is the fight that many believe will resurrect the sport of boxing. The two biggest names in the sport with two contrasting styles squaring off to decide who is actually better. Let’s compare these two men and their styles to measure the intangibles that the tape, and promoters, will never tell us.
SPEED: Who is faster? This is a tricky question because I believe there e different types of boxing speed. There’s hand speed, foot speed and upper body movement. Manny Pacquiao has an advantage in hand speed. He tends to throw rapid three punch combos before his opponent can manage to throw one punch. However, Floyd Mayweather’s upper body reflexes and footwork is superior. Floyd can avoid punches simply by contorting his upper body (flexing at the waist) or by using his feet to side step and opponent. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Just as I thought, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) has decided to face Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) in his next fight on 3/28 at the Motorpoint Arena, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
It was officially announced earlier today by Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn. The fight itself is more of a case of Brook facing a 2nd tier guy because Dan, 33, is a very mediocre welterweight. I mean, we are talking about a fighter who twice was beaten by Selcuk Aydin, and those defeats weren’t very long ago. Read the rest of this entry »
By Antonia Bufalino: In a recent incident that has fans riled up in anger, Floyd Mayweather Jr has posted a link to his twitter page (@floydmayweather) with the statement, “Thanks for setting the record straight, Alex Ariza.”
Alex Ariza, Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach, was recently at Manny Pacquiao’s movie premiere for “Manny”. On the red carpet, he had a lot to say regarding the potential showdown. None of which was positive. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: With only a month to go before his title defense against Britain’s Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs), WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) hit the scales in their 30-day weigh-in on Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa for their February 21st fight at the Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Golovkin weighed in at 172 pounds, which was within the World Boxing Council’s limits for the 30-day weigh-in. Murray weighed in slightly less at 169 pounds. We don’t really know how much weight Murray had to strip off in order to make the weigh-in today, because he’s a huge middleweight and considered to be the bigger fighter than Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de La Hoya and his most valuable flagship fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) may have boxed Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) into an untenable position where he will absolutely need to face Manny Pacquiao in his next fight if he wants to keep his highly valued May 2nd fight date on Cinco de Mayo.
De La Hoya is setting Canelo up with a fight against the popular slugger James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) on regular non-pay-per-view HBO on May 2nd. They intend to fight on that date even if Mayweather chooses to face his plan-B opponent Miguel Cotto on Showtime pay-per-view. Read the rest of this entry »