By Chester Rivers: Oscar De La Hoya’s blueprint to defeat Mayweather calls for a constant jab. When most of us heard this we laughed with amusement. After watching Floyd’s last fight, I research De La Hoya’s theory using past footage from YouTube and this is what I found.
De La Hoya was absolutely right in regards to the jab, but he did not mention that the jab should only be used as a throw away punch. Using footage from the 6 fights in which Mayweather was stunned: Castillo 1, Corley, Judah, Moseley, Cotto and Maidana 2, Floyd was caught with flush punches after each of these fighters feinted with the jab and then threw a straight punch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: During the Manny Pacquiao/Chris Algieri press tour, Freddie Roach, Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao all mentioned Floyd Mayweather on a constant basis. Yes, I know they were probably asked by reporters about Floyd and they gave their opinions. In fact, there was so much Mayweather talk that there was very little talk of Algieri from Arum, Roach, or Pac.
They could have said “We’re not here to talk about Floyd. I’m here to promote my fight with Algieri”. But they didn’t. Arum stated that people were disgusted with Floyd’s pay per view bouts. They rambled on and on until rumors surfaced that Mayweather’s rematch with Marcos Maidana did 925,000 buys. These numbers are not official, but they are considerably good considering the undercard had no superstars on it. The gate raked in over 15 million dollars unseating Oscar De La Hoya and Pacquiao’s event that took place in 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya says he was surprised by the movement and the overall fatigue that he saw from WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in his 12 round unanimous decision win over Golden Boy fighter Marcos Maidana on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr met with 5 members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today to discuss a couple of issues that were of concern to the Commission from one of Showtime’s recent All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 episodes.
The Commission members specifically took issue with a scene where Mayweather was seen with a group of girls smoking marijuana, a substance that is illegal in Nevada at this time. The other issue that the Nevada Commission had problems with was a 31-minute “doghouse rules” sparring session that took place between pro fighter Hasim Rahman Jr and an amateur named Donovan Cameron. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Earlier today, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez announced along with Golden Boy Promotions that he’d signed a deal to have his fights shown on HBO. Canelo said that he’s interested in facing the following fighters: Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez, Miguel Cotto, and Gennady Golovkin.
Canelo said that the Cotto fight isn’t complete at this time and he’s interested in facing any one of the other names mentioned. Just how much interested Canelo is in fighting some of them such as Golovkin is unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The James Kirkland vs. Gabriel Rosado fight is now off of the November 8th undercard of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev card, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. The fight was never officially finalized to start with. In place of the Kirkland-Rosado fight will possibly be welterweight contenders Luis Carlos Abregu and Sadam Ali facing off.
“Kirkland out of the Rosado fight on BHop-Kovalev card,” Rafael said on his twitter. “New fight likely Abregu vs. Sadam Ali. [Top Rank vs. GB].” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) reportedly is saying that he plans on going ahead and taking both of the Mexican holiday dates in 2015 in May and September on HBO pay-per-view. He plans on taking both of those dates.
That means that if Canelo does take the dates, he’s going to be competing with WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr’s own PPV fight on Showtime. Canelo does seem to care, as he plans on taking the dates anyway. Read the rest of this entry »
By Carlos Rivera: In all likelihood Floyd “Money” Mayweather will not be fighting Amir Khan next May. His comments about Khan’s unfinished business is indicative of that. So instead of spending time on the Mayweather Sweepstakes Khan needs to focus on an exciting fight that will give him credibility and a fight that myself, and many many others would love to see. Khan v. Maidana 2. And to really make that event and EVENT, Brook v. Thurman needs to be on that undercard.
To many, Amir Khan’s victory over El Chino Maidana was a fluke. To much interference by the ref and hugging by King Khan. The perfect way for El Chino to bounce back from these Mayweather fights is to avenge his loss to Amir Khan and to do so convincingly. This fight also has an upside for Amir Khan. If he can escape with a victory he would be in a much better position to secure a fight against Mayweather at the end of 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
By Danny Esch: In an interview conducted by IFL.TV’s Kugan Cassius at the MGM Grand for Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 Interim Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman strongly voiced his opinions on being “avoided”, Amir Khan, IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook, and WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather and his shoulder injury among other topics.
KC: You last fought in April before Floyd’s last fight against Maidana you have a shoulder injury is that why you have been out? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy promotions president Oscar De La Hoya and HBO Sports president Ken Hershman will be announcing the signing of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) to HBO today in a press conference. It’s unclear for how many years the 24-year-old Canelo’s contract will be with HBO, but you can assume it’s going to be at least 2 years.
HBO is betting that Canelo will be able to look as good as he did before his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr and his less than impressive performances against Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara. This is obviously a gamble on HBO’s part because Canelo has a lot of question marks around his ability after his last fight against Lara. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach will start training camp with his fighter WBO 147lb champ Manny Pacquiao next month in the Philippines for his first defense of his WBO title against light welterweight Chris Algieri on 11/22 in Macao, China.
Pacquiao is going to be fighting Algieri at a catch-weight of 144 pounds rather than at the full weight for the division. Pacquiao and Roach decided that it would be better for the training camp to be situated in the Philippines so that Pacquiao could quickly travel to nearby Macao, China for the fight against Algieri on November 22nd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Smith: Perfect timing for George Groves. Just as the fanfare was just beginning to wane from the final epic clash with his nemesis Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch, he puts on a fantastic show to reignite the public’s interest in the South London fighter. His entrance was as over-the-top as you could expect from a man who entered Wembley Stadium on top of a double-decker bus, and although he was in a significantly smaller venue, he still managed to capture the crowd’s imagination and truly excite them.
After watching some of Britain’s best up-and-comers come through their scraps in impressive fashion, many were on tender-hooks waiting to see the loser of the biggest British boxing match of all time. A shame, then, that for all the outlandish post-fight statements of intent, and despite Groves never really looking in trouble, there remains a sense of foreboding for the WBC’s mandatory challenger at Super-middleweight. As a follower of The Saint, here is what worried me about his performance. Read the rest of this entry »