By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler says that Golovkin would move down to 154 to face either of the two huge stars in the sport in Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao. It wouldn’t be a problem for Golovkin, Loeffler says, because he’s been weighing in for his recent fights at 158 pounds.
What makes a fight between Golovkin and Mayweather or Pacquiao possible is that Golovkin doesn’t rehydrate into the 180s like some middleweights do. He comes into his fights in the low to mid-170s, which means that he basically weighs the same exact amount that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez does when he rehydrates for his fights at junior middleweight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: To clear up a lot of rumors that have been circulating around about Floyd Mayweather Jr working with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, these are totally untrue, according to Heredia. He already cleared up the rumors this week, saying that he won’t be working with Mayweather to get him ready for his May 2nd fight against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
By Heredia saying that he’s not working with Mayweather, it should clear up the confusion with most of the boxing fans, but unfortunately there will likely be some people who will continue to believe that Mayweather is working with Heredia no matter what he says. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Nacho Beristain, the trainer for Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez, feels that Manny Pacquiao has a 45 percent chance of defeating Floyd Mayweather Jr in their fight on May 2nd.
Beristain sees Mayweather as a slight favorite in the fight. Beristain likes Pacquiao’s hand speed, intelligence and his ability to throw combinations. Beristains lists those things in Pacquiao’s favor when he gets in the ring with Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye believes that former two time world title challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) will have an edge against WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) when they face each other later on this year due to Groves having sparred both Anthony and his brother Andre Dirrell in the past four years ago in 2011 in Miami, Florida.
Haye says he was at the sparring sessions that took place four years ago, and that the then 22-year-old Groves was able to fight competitively against both Dirrell brothers during the sessions. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After his win over Marco Antonio Rubio last year in October 2014, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) became the WBC mandatory challenger for Miguel Cotto. Golovkin is hoping he can get the fight against Cotto next after his bout against Willie Monroe Jr (19-1, 6 KOs) on May 16th at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Golovkin doesn’t want to sell any of his opponents short, especially one with such a different style as Monroe brings to the table. However, Golovkin’s focus is on the Cotto fight, or at least fighting for the WBC middleweight title if Cotto decides to vacate the WBC title or have it stripped from him by the WBC. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bill Gabay: Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is currently training for his mega-bout with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd. A lot of boxing fans and even more critics are giving the Pacman an outside shot at winning against the elusive defensive master Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: After watching WBA World light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) obliterate an over-matched and very, very limited Robin Krasniqi (43-4, 16 KOs) last Saturday night at the Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, former WBO 175lb champion Nathan Cleverly (28-2, 14 KOs) says he wants to fight the 36-year-old Braehmer in September if he can get a fight against the Sauerland promoted German fighter.
Cleverly’s promoter Eddie Hearn would have to make the fight, and it remains to be seen whether he can do that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With the help of his strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) is increasing his strength and punching power. Mayweather is now lifting weights with the help of Ariza, and this in turn is making Mayweather a bigger puncher than he ever was before.
Mayweather hasn’t been a weight lifter in the past, which would explain why he wasn’t knocking guys out after he moved out of his natural weight class at super featherweight. But now with Ariza having Mayweather lift weights, he’s developing punching power that he never had before. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr totally dominated former two division world champion Zab Judah during their sparring session, says his trainer Jeff Mayweather. Judah and Mayweather sparred for three rounds in which all three minutes of each round were totally dominated by Mayweather.
It got so bad that Judah stopped throwing punches after the 2nd round, because he didn’t know what to do. Jeff says that Mayweather wound up giving Judah a beating during the session. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 32 KOs) says he would like to face the 36-year-old Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). Canelo, 24, didn’t say when he would like to face the smaller 5’6” Pacquiao, but obviously it would have to be soon before Pacquiao ages out to where it wouldn’t be a fair fight.
Pacquiao has a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd, and you would assume that he would need to win that fight to make it interesting for a fight between him and Canelo to be set up. Read the rest of this entry »