By Shaun La: In a boxing mega-fight that could reach $300 million dollars in revenue, and with fans on every level ready to spend their hard earned cash for this pay-per-view fight card, it can seem baffling why Floyd Mayweather Jr won’t sign the contract to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd.
Floyd Jr’s stance on taking his time when it comes down to making a decision goes beyond the psychological missiles that boxers will launch at a potential opponent. Bernard Hopkins would wear a mask into the ring with an intent to make his executioner persona become a belief system for his opposition. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s uncle Jeff Mayweather sees WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) as no problem for Mayweather Jr to beat a second time if the two of them wind up facing each other on May 2nd instead of Mayweather facing Manny Pacquiao.
To be sure, Jeff would like to see Mayweather face Pacquiao rather than Cotto, because he sees that as the fight that boxing fans want to see most of all, but if Floyd Jr does face Cotto, he sees it as a fairly cut and dried mismatch this time around. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The belt-less Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) says he still has no interest in facing IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) because he feels that the 28-year-old fighter is still unproven despite his recent win over former IBF 147lb champion Shawn Porter in August of 2014.
Khan says he wants the big names – Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao – and he doesn’t see Brook as being a big enough name for him to give him the chance for a fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: While former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs) hasn’t fought in the past eight months, he could be getting a shot at facing IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) later on this year for Brook’s IBF title if the British fighter gets past his March 28th title defense against his #1 IBF mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Marquez’s co-promoter Fernando Beltran says Marquez wants the fight against Brook. It would give the 41-year-old Marquez a chance at winning a 5th division world title, and this is something that he badly wants before he retires. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor’s odd behavior and his subsequent arrest on January 19th for allegedly firing a gun at the Martin Luther King parade in Little Rock, Arkansas has led to him being taken to a lockdown hospital for him to be fully evaluated mentally. Taylor’s behavior is out of the norm for him, according to his attorney Hubert Alexander.
“Everybody is saying this isn’t the Jermain Taylor they know,” Alexander said via arkansasonline.com. “We’re trying to figure out who then heck it is.”
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By Dan Ambrose: A fleshy looking James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) says he’s already started training camp for his fight against Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 2nd at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Kirkland, 30, looks like he’s going to need to make a significant part of his training camp a fat farm to drop weight, because he looks like he’s put on quite a bit of weight since he last fought over a year ago in December of 2013 against Glen Tapia. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chester Rivers: Have we once again been duped by these two? The possibility of these two finally meeting in the ring on May 2 has set the boxing world ablaze. Mayweather has stated publicly that he wants a fight with Manny Pacquiao next and Pacquiao has went so far as to make a commercial with Footlocker suggesting that he is waiting for Mayweather to agree to fight. Is this a repeat of 2009? Are we, the fans, merely pawns in their game of chess? Have we been duped again?
Lately we’ve heard rumors that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Floyd Mayweather Jr. demands and he has already signed the contract. With this much leaked information why haven’t they [Top Rank] leaked copies of the signed contract itself? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank feels confident that Amir Khan will be a viable opponent for Pacquiao if the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr fails to happen next on 5/2.
After saying that they’d agreed to terms with all Mayweather’s proposals for their mega-fight, they kicked it over to Mayweather to have him sign the contract but he’s been silent since then. With Pacquiao’s deadline for Mayweather of January 31st fast approaching, it’s quite possible we could see Arum fall back to his plan-B option of looking match Pacquiao against the 28-year-old Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has got to be pretty happy right now with the news that his Top Rank card from last Saturday night bringing in good rating on HBO despite the fact the main event on the card was a poor mismatch at the 1stBank Center, in Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
The Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) vs. Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) trilogy fight in the main event brought in an average of 1.252 million viewers on HBO with a peak of 1.315, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #5 IBF, #10 WBA welterweight contender Frankie Gavin (21-1, 13 KOs) signed a contract with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport stable on Tuesday in hopes that Hearn can get him a world title shot against IBF 147 pound belt holder Kell Brook.
That’s likely just what will happen in the near future, because Hearn also promotes Brook and it’s a logical fight. Read the rest of this entry »