By Dan Ambrose: The tickets for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight sold out today quickly soon after going on sale, according to Fight News. There weren’t a lot of tickets that were available to the general public, so it’s not surprising that they were scooped up quickly by boxing fans. Read the rest of this entry »
By Johnathon Fell: Andre Ward 27 (14) – 0 is finally set to make his return to the ring vs. British challenger Paul Smith Jnr 35 (20) – 5 in his backyard, Oakland, California. This bout marks a return for Ward following an 18-month period of inactivity through injury, promotional complications and difficulty in finding an opponent.
This return for Ward ticks many boxes, a former World Title challenger, a fighter who brings a broadcaster and a substantial fan base and most importantly, a fighter who he will feel he can look good against and control for 12 rounds, if he desires. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: Tomorrow night on Friday, WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to show off his boxing skills and huge punching power against the hard-hitting and talented Badou “The Ripper” Jack (18-1-1, 12 KOs) on the same card as WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) vs. Caleb “Golden” Truax (25-1-2, 15 KOs) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
Dirrell-Jack and Jacobs-Truax fights will be televised on Spike TV on the Premier Boxing Champions series. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter sees Khan’s opponent for May 29th, former WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs), as someone who is being greatly underestimated by Khan’s critics, and he doesn’t see it as fair. Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) and Algieri will be fighting each other on Premier Boxing Champions at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The undercard will have former two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi facing Danny O’Connor in a 10 round bout. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune has a plan to get Manny in his ultimate fighting form on May 2 against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. He believes that having Manny weight 150 pounds on fight night will allow Manny to box with a combination of maximum speed and power.
“Very fast, very strong,” is what Fortune stated per sports.inquirer.net regarding why 150 pounds is Manny’s best fighting weight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) pointed out yesterday during his conference call that he’s not stressing out about his May 2nd fight against Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) because he sees the fight as just any other fight during his career. Pacquiao is just another fighter that he’s going to be look to beat so that he can add his pelt to his growing collection. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt O’Brien: In this two part series, I look at ten of the biggest boxing events from the last twenty-five years and consider their “super-fight” credentials against Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Part Two: The 90’s
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad, 18th September 1999, WBC/IBF Welterweight Championship
In terms of a high quality, evenly matched, perfectly timed contest between two great rivals, this one was, hands down, easily the best in my years following the sport. A boxing purist’s dream and a fan’s delight between two undefeated icons at the absolute peak of their powers, it was a match made in heaven. Read the rest of this entry »
By Matt O’Brien: Depending on the news source and the size of the hyperbole employed, the super-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jnr. and Manny Pacquiao is variously described as “the biggest fight in history” or else “the biggest fight since [insert 80’s super-fight]”. In one sense, of course, such statements are undeniably true: barring a catastrophe the May 2nd event will smash every box-office record in the book. In another sense though, basing our assessment of the bout’s “super-fight” status purely on its ability to generate dollar signs may be misguided, for a number of reasons. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) will be looking to shake off a bit of ring rust on June 20th when he faces 32-year-old British fighter Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Ward-Smith fight will be televised on BET rather than HBO in the United States.
It’s obviously not the ideal opponent for the talented 31-year-old Ward, as there are much bigger fights for a heck of a lot more money out there than facing a fighter like Smith, who has lost his last two fights against WBO 168 pound champion Arthur Abraham. Read the rest of this entry »
By TS123169: With today’s technology and the multitude of websites dedicated to Boxing, there have probably been more articles written about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Manny Pacquiao fight than any other fight in history. And, for better or for worse, along with these articles come the hundreds of comments from fans all around the world.
To those posting their comments, I say this: it’s okay to support your favorite fighter, but if you’re not a fan of the sport as a whole then your opinion doesn’t really carry any weight. Read the rest of this entry »