By Allan Fox: It doesn’t look like superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be returning to the ring to face Manny Pacquiao anytime soon. According to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, he reached out to Mayweather’s adviser Al Haymon to see if Mayweather would be interested in returning to the ring. He was told that Mayweather is enjoying his retirement and has no plans on coming back.
“We talked about facing Mayweather this year with Pacquiao,” Arum said to RingTV.com about speaking to Haymon. “And Al said that Mayweather was enjoying his retirement and had no plans to go back into the ring.”
Mayweather was interested in coming back in 2016 for a fight against UFC fighter Conor McGregor, but that fight failed to take place after McGregor signed for a rematch with Nate Diaz. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jeff Aranow: After three years of soft title defenses one after another, WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) appears to be at the end of the line with the news that the World Boxing Association has ordered him to begin negotiations with WBA “Super” light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), according to Fight News. The WBA is looking to reduce the titles they have in each division.
The negotiations between Braehmer and Kovalev have 30 days to be completed before a purse bid. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It looks like former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) is going to be fighting one of his promoter Bob Arum’s fighters on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Arum is expected to be announcing Pacquiao’s next opponent by the end of this month. He’s waiting for this Saturday’s fight between WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford and WBC 140lb champion Viktor Postol to get down before he makes his choice for the 37-year-old Pacquiao.
Besides Crawford and Postol, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has a chance of being picked by Arum. Read the rest of this entry »
By Patrick McHugh: Former WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) is expecting a huge crowd for his next fight against unbeaten WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Canelo says he’s hoping that his September 17th fight against Liam Smith will sellout the 88,000 seat stadium. That number is devoid of reality unfortunately. Hopefully that wasn’t a number that Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya put in his head because it’s just not reality based. This is Texas and the fans aren’t in the dark ages and not aware of high quality or low quality fights. Liam Smith has hand picked written all over him. There’s nothing wrong with the 27-year-old Smith being hand-picked, but you don’t want the young kid Canelo dreaming of the stadium being filled with 88,000 fans either, because it’ll be too much of a let down for him when he gets out there on September 17 and sees the AT&T Stadium looking more or less like a ghost town. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Last Saturday night’s fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) and #9 WBC Chris Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) averaged 1.8 million viewers on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox, according to ESPN.
A mostly one-armed Wilder battered Arreola for eight rounds until the fight was stopped by Arreola’s corner after round eight at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Baldwin: Former four division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KOs) has been sent to jail for 30 days for contempt of court failed failing to show up on time for a trail last Tuesday in Hamilton County in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the 26-year-old Broner failed to show up on time for the trail, an arrest warrant was issued.
When Broner did show up three hours late for his trial, the judge charged him for contempt of court and gave him 30 days. This bad news for Broner’s boxing career because it’s going to keep him out of action for a little while. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is planning on setting up a rematch between WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) and 35-year-old former two division world champion Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs) for October or November of this year.
This would be a strategic move by Arum in making the Lomachenko vs. Salido rematch rather than putting Salido back in with WBC super featherweight champion Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs), who Salido fought to a 12 round draw against on June 4 in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate.
If you were to pool the boxing fans from all around the United States in which fight they would prefer to see, Vargas vs. Salido 2 or Lomachenko vs. Salido 2, it’s likely that the overwhelming response from the fans would be the Vargas-Salido 2 fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Top Rank star Manny Pacquiao will be fighting on November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to his promoter Bob Arum in speaking to RingTV. Arum has had Pacquiao mostly fighting in Las Vegas for the last eight years. The only deviation from this norm was when Arum had Pacquiao fighting in Texas and Macao, China.
As for who the 37-year-old Pacquiao will be fighting, Arum still seems very, very interested in having him fight the winner of this Saturday’s light welterweight unification match between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) has taken some fierce criticism for failing to take on IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Canelo said today that he will be taking on Golovkin eventually. He doesn’t say when the fight will happen. The only thing that Canelo is saying is that the fight will eventually happen in time.
“We’re focused on my career and taking the next step and moving forward and eventually that fight’s going to happen (with Golovkin). It’s going to happen. It will happen,” said Canelo to Ringtv.com.
This is exactly what Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya has been saying about the Canelo vs. Golovkin fight. De La Hoya has been saying this for more than a year now. It’s become forlorn with De La Hoya repeating the same thing over and over again. Now we’ve got Canelo parroting the same line. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) will be giving away three inches in height and reach to the 5’11” WBC 140lb champion Victor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are some boxing fans and writers who believe that the taller 32-year-old Postol will be able to do to Crawford the same thing he’s done his entire career by keeping the fight on the outside. Crawford doesn’t agree with those people. He thinks he’s going to be able to beat Postol with his own jab despite not having the same reach as him. Read the rest of this entry »