(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Raj Parmar: Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather has stated that he plans to restructure his entire Mayweather Promotions team by his next fight in May 2015. He directly spoke about some existing tension between him and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who has also been a long time friend of Mayweather’s.
“Leonard, I think we’re just getting to a point where we’re outgrowing each other. I think I just see things my way and I think he sees things in another way,” Floyd stated to fighthype.com, “For example, this time around when I went out and fought, my WBC and WBA titles in both weight classes were on the line and I didn’t approve of that at all. Also, my daughter was sitting in the front row and her mother wasn’t sitting next to her, so the ticket arrangements were totally wrong. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two time world title challenger George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) says he gained a ton of confidence from his sparring session with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin last July.
Groves sparred a little with Golovkin to get him ready for his title defense against Daniel Geale on July 26th, and Groves claims he did well during the sparring session. Groves didn’t say who got the better of who or if he was injured or knocked down during the session, but evidently Groves came away the sparring session with confidence that he still has it after his back to back knockout losses to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: HBO’s Jim Lampley came down hard on WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr last night in his program ‘The Fight Game with Jim Lampley’ on HBO, saying that he doubts that Mayweather will agree to fight WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao before his current 6-fight contract expires in late 2015.
Lampley believes that if a fight does take place between Mayweather and Pacquiao, it’ll happen in fight number 50 for Mayweather, if then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Carlos Rivera: Which PPV makes more $$: Mayweather/Khan or Canelo/Cotto? Mayweather/Khan or Canelo/Chavez Jr.?
Answer: Floyd and Showtime are in PPV trouble if Golden Boy gets either of these fights for next May.
Reports indicate that Canelo Alvarez was not kidding when he said he would challenge Floyd Mayweather, not in the ring, but in the box office and in Pay-Per-View. If Golden Boy promotions can successfully get Canelo scheduled against Cotto or Chavez Jr for the Cinco de Mayo weekend either fight would easily get more views than a Mayweather/Khan track race/hugfest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: Golden Boy promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya has said if the Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto mega fight doesn’t happen in May 2015, he hopes he can match the red haired Mexican against fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at a catch weight of 159, according to The Record.
He went on to say the fight would sell big with the Mexican audience and would be a big pay per view fight with the correct backing. Oscar did say the fight between Alvarez and Cotto will likely happen, but he wants to make sure he has a backup fight if it falls through. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: On September 17th of 1999 at the Pakpanag Metropolian Stadium, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand two young fighters disputed the WBC flyweight title. On one corner the defending champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao W26(17)-L1-D0 who was attempting his third defense of his belt, on the other corner an undefeated but average fighter named Medgoen Singsurat W18(11)-L0-D0. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Top Rank chief Bob Arum has weighed in on what the possible pay per view buys may be for the rematch between pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KO’s) that took place over the weekend. While most expected the pay per view figures to likely be around the 900,000 buys the first fight was said to have generated, Arum feels the fight did far worse.
“His [Floyd’s] PPV numbers have been going down considerably. For example his numbers from the Maidana fight were considerably less than the first fight and less than [Manny] Pacquiao did when he fought [Timothy] Bradley [rematch in April],” Arum stated as per scmp.com, “What that tells us is that people are getting disgusted with Mayweather and his base is eroding.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose:
WBC featherweight champion Johnny Gonzalez (56-8, 47 KOs) will be defending his title against 35-year-old #10 WBC Jorge Arce (64-7-2, 49 KOs) in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on October 4th. It’s a fight that will generate a lot of excitement in Mexico, but it’s very likely to be a huge mismatch due to Arce’s advanced age and with him fighting in a weight class that is not well suited to his small frame.
Arce has the frame of a light flyweight, but he’s moved up in weight over the years by packing muscle on his upper body at the expense of his twig-like legs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With Top Rank promoter Bob Arum opting not to put former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) back in with Diego Chaves to clear up the controversy of his tainted in over him from last August, Rios now could be facing former WBO light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) in January of 2015, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
It looks like Rios will be out of the ring until then because he’s got a sprained right arm that he’s dealing with right now. But besides that, it’s probably too risky to continue to match Rios against other fighters after the way he looked against Chaves and Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr says that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao likely won’t be the next opponent for WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr to fight next May. Mayweather Sr didn’t say why Pacquiao likely won’t get the fight but it could have something to do with Pacquiao still not having fully redeemed himself since his losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley.
Pacquiao has won a couple of fights since then, but he’s still not faced anyone dangerous and he still hasn’t avenged his loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, who many boxing fans saw him losing to 4 times. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Philip Sharkey) By Scott Gilfoid: #4 WBC George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) says he sees WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell as more beatable fighter than Sakio Bika, and he thinks it’s a good thing that he could be potentially facing him in the near future if he can defeat little known #3 WBC Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night, September 20th at the Wembley Arena in London, UK.
The World Boxing Council made the Groves-Rebrasse fight as a final WBC 168 pound eliminator bout despite the fact that Groves has lost his last two fights by knockout to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch. That’s what Dirrell took issue with, the WBC letting Groves fight in an eliminator bout off of two defeats in a row. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gavin “Neds” O’Connor: WBA/WBC 147 pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr extended his unbeaten run to 47-0 last Saturday night in retaining his WBA and WBC welterweight titles with a 12 round unanimous points decision win against Argentinian Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada.
The main talking points of the fight where sadly negative and for all the wrong reasons with accusations of foul play excessive holding and questionable calls and tactics from the 3rd man in the ring referee Kenny Bayless. Add to this a pretty lackluster performance from both fighters it was a fight to remember for all the wrong reasons and not the right ones and will not be high on many boxing fans lists of fights to re-watch any time soon. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Philip Sharkey) By Daniel Hughes: George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) faces Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Wembley Arena, in London, England for the European super-middleweight title and the chance of again putting himself back in line for challenging for world honours. It is certainly a must win fight for Groves and a fight he will want to certainly look good in coming off back to back world title defeats to Carl Froch.
It has been a little over three months since Groves was ko’d against Froch at Wembley Stadium in front of 80,000 fans and a worldwide TV audience the fight against Rebrasse at Wembley Arena is a stone’s throw away from his last outing. The opponent Frenchman, Rebrasse for me ideal in that he has not been stopped. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s victory over Marcos “Chino” Maidana sparked new conversation, brought in more Floyd haters, and left fans a little weary about the way the fight was refereed. I will break down each part down. First the fight itself. In their first encounter, Mayweather declared before the fight that he was going to be in the pocket and was going to stand toe to toe with Maidana. He did.
Mayweather languished on the ropes more allowing Chino to wail away with punches. However, when Floyd pushed the fight to the center of the ring, he popped his opponent at will. Having seen Floyd lay on the ropes allowing his opponent to tire himself a bit and waste punches (Hatton, Cotto, Castillio 1st fight) and fights were he walked opponents down; boxed and moved (Mosley Judah, and Canelo), I said the rematch will be different. And it was. Floyd stayed away from the ropes and kept the fight in the center of the ring and the punch stats speak for themselves. Floyd landed 51 percent of his overall punches to Maidana’s 22. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s still unknown who WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) will be fighting next May in his next fight. Some boxing fans think Mayweather should fight Amir Khan while others feel that WBO 147lb champion Manny Pacquiao is the guy that Mayweather should pick so that he can get the biggest payday possible.
ESPN’s Teddy Atlas sees Mayweather choosing Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) as his next opponent. Atlas sees a Mayweather-Khan fight as one that would make a lot of money for Mayweather whether it be in the United States or England. Atlas believes that a lot of boxing fans would be interested in seeing a Mayweather-Khan fight. Read the rest of this entry »