By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Freddie Roach is 100 percent certain that his fighter WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) will beat WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) if and when the two of them get around to facing each other in the future.
Roach says he’d like to train Cotto to defeat Golovkin, but he’s not the one who picks Cotto’s fights. That’s Gaby Penagaricano’s job, and unless he’s interested in making the Cotto-Golovkin fight, we probably will never get a chance to see it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Elton Jackson: Since the announcement of the fight scheduled for May 2 between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao, many have stated their opinions on the fight based on who they favor with no real reasoning. Sure, it’s fun to trash talk, and it’s a part of the fight game. However, boxing has much to do with rhythm, timing, and smarts inside the ring.
Manny Pacquiao has displayed his ability to be a ferocious fighter and deliver exciting moments during a fight when he charges in swinging with all his might in an attempt to end the fight by knockout. This as we know it is how Juan Marquez was able to knockout Pacquiao in their past fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya believes that Manny Pacquiao’s best chance of beating Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd is for the 36-year-old Pacquiao to fight with anger for the entire 12 round fight.
Just how Pacquiao can accomplish that for the entire 12 round fight is the big question. Fighting with anger is something you can only briefly do for a round or two at best, and unless you have huge punching power to score a quick knockout, you’re probably going to wind up tired and disappointed when your opponent is still standing there firing back. Read the rest of this entry »
By DA: If anyone is to be thanked by the boxing media and fans for putting together the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, that anyone should be CBS CEO Les Moonves for pulling all sides of Mayweather and Pacquiao to the table. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Moonves was the man who organized the meetings between Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and powerful manager/advisor Al Haymon.
CBS, of course, is the parent company of Showtime as Time Warner is to HBO. Moonves had apparently been working on this fight since before Mayweather and Pacquiao fought in the fall against Marcos Maidana and Chris Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr says he sees WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch as a better opponent for him to fight later this year than unbeaten and well-respected WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the United States.
Chavez Jr doesn’t say why he sees Froch as a better opponent for him than Golovkin, but he did say that the fight would likely wind up with a lot of pay-per-view buys in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach, the trainer for Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs), doesn’t think American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) knows what he’s up against in facing the 36-year-old Pacquiao.
Roach says that Mayweather will be awed by Pacquiao’s hand speed and power when he gets inside the squared circle with him at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach points out that Pacquiao’s recent opponent Chris Algieri was shocked at how fast Pacquiao was when he battled him last November. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last Monday, WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch said he wouldn’t be vacating his WBA title despite him being ordered by the World Boxing Association to start negotiations for a fight between him and WBA Super World middleweight champion Andre Ward.
Froch said he won’t be giving up his last remaining world title, and he dared Ward to come over to the UK to fight him at the Forest Ground in Nottingham. Froch doesn’t think that Ward likes to travel outside of the U.S, and he seems to be expecting him not to take the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) and 30-year-old James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) will be hitting two cities today as part of a two-city promotional tour in Texas to attract fans into purchasing tickets for their fight on May 9th at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
The two fighters will visit Houston and San Antonio as part of the two-city tour.
Golden Boy Promotions, the promoters for the 24-year-old Canelo, are hoping to sellout the 45,000 seat Minute Maid stadium by May 9th. They’re obviously hoping that enough fans from the local area in Texas will be enough to sellout the stadium.
It doesn’t hurt that some of the tickets will be selling for just $10. Canelo was able to attract over 40,000 fans to come see him fight Austin Trout in April 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao will be meeting up next week on March 11th in a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their May 2nd mega-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. There will be a live stream of the press conference so that boxing fans can see it.
The press conference is off limits for regular fans. Only the media will be allowed in.
The training camp for both fighters started officially this week with Mayweather hard at work in Las Vegas at his gym, and Pacquiao working out at the Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Olly Campbell: Now the dust has settled slightly following Frank Warren’s “Risky Business” promotion in London last Saturday, social media has gone into something of a meltdown with regards to Chris Eubank Jr and his statement performance against Russia’s Dmitry Chudinov.
In what ended up as 12 one-sided and dominant rounds from the Brighton man, the granite chinned Russian absorbed an horrendous amount of punishment before finally, and belatedly being stopped by Swedish referee Mikael Hook, who in reality is relatively inexperienced at top level and was brought in last minute following a dispute over the appointment of neutral officials. Read the rest of this entry »