(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Widely known trainer Nacho Beristain thinks that Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is going to have a lot of problems coming up with ideas for the 36-year-old Filipino star to deal with the different things that Mayweather will be doing in the ring on May 2nd in their mega-fight in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand.
Beristain sees Mayweather’s ability to move, and his overall talent as being a problem for Roach to come up with something to negate what he’s doing in the ring. Berisain says it doesn’t matter that Pacquiao is a southpaw, because Mayweather will be able to handle that without any problems. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: It’s pretty much academic at this point that Manny Pacquiao doesn’t have a chance of outsmarting Floyd Mayweather Jr no matter what strategy that his trainer Freddie Roach tries to come up with.
Roach was a limited fighter during his pro career, and the ideas that he has for Pacquiao to defeat Mayweather on May 2nd are pretty much focused on Pacquiao throwing a lot of punches and putting a lot of pressure on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is counting on being able to setup a big UK mega-fight this summer between the unbeaten IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) and WBA champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs).
The two fighters are still unbeaten, but then again neither of them has faced the cream of the 122 pound division in WBC/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz. Rigondeaux has been interested in facing Quigg and Frampton for a long time, but he’s had no luck in getting either of them to accept a fight with him. Does that make Quigg and Frampton paper champions? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs), who feels he was cheated in his previous title shot against Carl Froch in their fight in 2009, is glad he’s facing Britain’s #1 IBF James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF super middleweight title at a still to be determined date in the near future.
Dirrell didn’t want a pushover opponent in fighting for such an important fight, and he’s glad he’ll be fighting a Gold medalist in the 6’0 ½” DeGale. Dirrell thinks it’ll be an interesting fight for as long as it lasts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Sergio Martinez doesn’t think Top Rank fighter Manny Pacquiao is ready for what he’s about to undertake on May 2nd when he gets inside the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Martinez, 40, sees Pacquiao someone that Mayweather can beat with ease in this fight. Martinez doesn’t rate Pacquiao as being a good enough fighter to compete with Mayweather right now.
“This was never too much of a fight to me because Mayweather is in a league of his own,” said Martinez via RingTV.com. “Floyd Mayweather can have Manny for breakfast, lunch or anything. Pacquiao is still a long way from being ready for Mayweather.”
Martinez has a brilliant mind, and you can’t disagree with him with his analysis of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Yes, Martinez’s body may be failing him at the age of 40, but his mind is still as sharp as a tack. He knows what he sees when he looks at Pacquiao and Mayweather. This is why he doesn’t give Pacquiao a chance of winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Chris Williams: The May 2nd fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) was previously expected to pull in a whopping $400 million from pay-per-view and ticket sales. But now it’s expected to bring in over $500 million, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
With the cash that Mayweather and Pacquiao are going to make, they really don’t need to fight again. Mayweather could bring in close to $200 million with the money he gets from the fight. It was thought that Mayweather would originally get $120 million, and Pacquiao $80 million. But that number is going to go up if the fight pulls in over $500 million. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn has been candid about his frustration in trying to tempt Amir Khan into the ring to face compatriat Kell Brook. Comparisons have been made to the rivalry between Kell Brook stablemate Junior ‘The Hitter’ Witter and Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton which was a fight mooted for years in the mid naughties which failed to materialise. Will the big Brook-Khan fight suffer the same fate? This article reflects on what happened between Witter and Hatton as well as comparisons and differences between the situation then and now.
Ricky Hatton v Junior Witter
There was an obvious crossroads when this would have been a huge fight in the UK. Both were promoted by Frank Warren and they were also world champions. Witter went from 15-1-2 (4) after losing a close decision to Zab Judah taking the fight at short notice to 30-1-2 (19) between 2000 and 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: The recently knocked out #4 WBC middleweight contender Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) is interested in facing former three time world title challenger Matthew Macklin (31-6, 20 KOs) in a domestic level clash if the 32-year-old Macklin is up for the fight.
Both guys are coming off of knockout losses, and both guys are kind of staring at a bleak horizon of dwindling opportunities. Murray, 32, is talking about wanting to move up to super middleweight, and his chances of making things happening in that weight class are arguably even less than they were at 160. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs) will be in Las Vegas, Nevada on the night that WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) takes on Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd. Brook will scouting out Mayweather, who he’s hoping to fight later this year.
It’s a nice thing for Brook to be hoping for, but it’s not likely to happen due to him not being a widely known fighter in the United States. Mayweather is at the point in his career where he wants to maximize the amount of money he makes with the last handful of fights he has left in his career. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is hopeful that the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will be an exciting on May 2nd. But Canelo believes that the person who holds the cards on determining whether the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is an exciting one will rest in Mayweather’s hands.
Canelo thinks that if Mayweather wants to make it an exciting fight, he’ll put himself more at risk by trading more with Pacquiao. Canelo feels that Mayweather fought too defensively in their fight in 2013, and that’s why Canelo lost to him. He feels that if Mayweather had stood in front of him more, he would have had a chance to win. Read the rest of this entry »