By Chris Williams: With WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) getting ready to fight light welterweight Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), a fighter largely unknown by casual boxing fans, Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum are all suddenly talking about wanting a Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight in 2015.
The timing seems very odd to me. These guys could have been talking up a Mayweather fight before Pacquiao’s scheduled fight with Algieri. But with Mayweather’s name being dropped left and right by Pacquiao, Arum and Roach, it gives one the impression that they’re name dropping Mayweather’s name in order to create more interest – and more pay-per-view buys – for Pacquiao’s fight against the little known Algieri. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, the guy that was instrumental in increasing the strength of Manny Pacquiao as he climbed the divisions, was seen at the Mayweathe Boxing Gym last night in helping WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) stretch before a long run.
There’s no word yet whether Ariza is officially working with Mayweather or if this one just a one-time thing with Ariza being at the gym and helping out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: With news of a potential 2015 showdown between Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) in full force, both Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach have spoken out about how they feel about the fight.
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum has regularly been mentioning the possibility of the fight occurring next year during Pacquiao’s promotional tour for his welterweight title defense against Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s), and both Manny and Freddie have weighed in on all the talk surrounding the possibility of the two ring titans finally meeting each other in the ring.
“Of course, I want this fight,” Pacquiao said to sfchronicle.com, “People have always been bothering me, ‘When is this fight going to happen?’ … ‘When is this fight going to happen?’ I am ready to fight Floyd anytime.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Rumors of the likely richest prize fight in the history of the sport actually materializing next year keeps getting stronger by the day.
Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) have been fighting for the pound for pound throne of the sport for virtually the last decade and both happen to be in the same weight class.
Fans have been salivating for a showdown between the two boxing powerhouses for years however for one reason or another the fight always seemed to fall apart whenever it seemingly got close to being made. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: The hard core boxing fans already know the answer but it is possible that many fight fans to not to know it. It is even probable that some fans could be wrong on the date and fighters involved. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Jason Gavern, who was recently blown out by unbeaten heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder in 4 rounds this month on August 16th, thinks that #4 WBO Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) will be the next heavyweight champion, not Deontay. Gavern says he was in training camp with the 6’9” Fury and he came away impressed by that experience.
Gavern doesn’t say who Fury will beat to become a world champion. I mean, if he’s the next heavyweight champion and he’s fighting in a WBO heavyweight eliminator bout on November 22nd to become the WBO mandatory challenger, then Gavern has got to be talking about Fury beating IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to become a world champion.
By D.A: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1 31 KOs) has revealed his other 2 options for December other than James Kirkland, according to Univision Deportes and Vanguardia.mx. The other two are WBO 154 champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0 14 KOs) and Joshua Clottey (38-4-0-1 22 KOs).
There was rumors of Andrade squaring off against Clottey next but there hasn’t been any confirmation nor any other signs pointing to that fight getting made.
Andrade a former US Olympian is in his physical prime and is coming off a brutal stoppage win over England’s Brian Rose. Clottey is coming off a win over Australian Anthony Mundine. I’m sure fans would definitely be more interested in Canelo fighting Andrade rather than Clottey simply because Andrade seems like he’d pose more of a threat than an aging Clottey. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Michael Katsidis (30-6, 24 KOs) will be taking a step up in competition in facing Tommy Coyle (19-2, 8 KOs) in a 12 round bout on October 25th at the Hull Arena, Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
The 34-year-old Katsidis has won third fights against lower level opposition since he started his comeback earlier this year. Katsidis will have his IBF International lightweight strap on the line for the fight.
Katsidis was out of the ring for 2 years after retiring. He made his comeback in defeating Eddy Comaro earlier this year by a 3rd round TKO. In his last fight, Katsidis defeated Graham Early by a 12 round unanimous decision last July. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Trainer Robert Garcia believes that former two division world champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) is going to be fighting at a much higher level against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in their rematch on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Garcia points to the additional 4 weeks of training that Maidana will have to train for the fight this time compared to the previous time Maidana fought Mayweather in May of this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Berridge: British Heavyweight superstar Anthony Joshua to fight German Konstantine Airich on the British WBA super bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg’s undercard in Manchester on 13th September. This will be yet again another step up in class for the Olympic champion Joshua, facing Airich who has a very respectable 21 wins from 35 fights. Having destroyed former European champion Matt Skelton in his last bout, the Brit is definitely starting to climb the rankings and get well into his stride.
Joshua has great pedigree in winning the gold medal at the London Olympics and being a fantastic athlete with fantastic boxing ability and immense power and it’s clearly just a matter of time before he is challenging for a world title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Reading between the lines you all know what the title is insinuating. For those who still don’t understand let me put it in simpler terms. Boxing is more profitable when an African American holds the heavyweight title.
Race is as taboo of a subject in an open forum as they come but it is also the subconscious force that drives boxing’s revenue. Let’s not forget boxing is the sport that gave us terms such as “the great white hope”.
Ironically boxing is the first professional sport in American that allowed people of color to participate. While Jack Johnson could not use a public restroom of his choice in 1910, he would participate in the one of the largest gates in boxing history. Johnson, the first black man to hold the heavyweight title, defeated Jim Jeffries in front of 30,000 boxing fans. The fight itself was billed as Jeffries being the hope of the entire white race to regain the title. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) has made a career out of getting the better of guys that were supposed to have more talent than him. We saw that in his fights against Joe Calzaghe, Winky Wright, Antonio Tarver, Roy Jones Jr, Jermain Taylor, Jean Pascal, Kelly Pavlik any many, many more fighters.
I know Hopkins lost to Calzaghe and Taylor, but a lot of boxing fans feel that Hopkins was robbed in those fights and deserved a decision. The same goes for his first fight against Pascal.
Hopkins will be looking to prove himself once again when he faces WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) on November 8th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The 49-year-old Hopkins is going to be looking to out-smart the 31-year-old Kovalev and put him in his place. Kovalev is much younger, but he doesn’t have the experience, boxing skills, or the knowledge that Hopkins has going for him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #8 WBC Andre Dirrell (22-1, 15 KOs) is a possibility for the October 8th card at the Beau Rivage waterfront resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is the card that is tentatively head-lined by Sam Soliman vs. Jermain Taylor.
It’s unknown now if that fight will happen due to Taylor’s recent shooting incident. The facts are still be learned about the Taylor shooting case, so there’s a chance that he could still be fighting in the main event against Soliman on October 8th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Although former welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) hails from Argentina, the ferocity he displays in the ring has drawn praise from the legendary Mexican boxers of the sport who see Marcos as possessing the spirit of a Mexican warrior.
Mexican ring legends Julio Cesar Chavez and Erik Morales have spoken out concerning their admiration for Maidana as he tries for the second time to knock Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) off the pound for pound throne. Below is what Chavez and Morales had to say about Maidana:
Juilo Cesar Chavez: “We all know Marcos Maidana is not a technical fighter, but nobody can deny he is a very dangerous one, perhaps one of the most dangerous fighters Mayweather has ever faced. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would like nothing better than to match his money fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in 2015 in what would be far the biggest payday of the 35-year-old Pacquiao’s career.
Since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight obviously isn’t going to happen for many reasons, Arum wants to set Pacquiao up for a 5th fight against aging warrior Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) in what could be a big enough fight to bring Pacquiao’s deteriorating pay-per-view numbers back up to the 1 million mark that he used to hit every time he fought for a span of two years. Read the rest of this entry »