By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr recently made it clear to the entire boxing world that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao next on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on May 2nd. It was thought at the time that Pacquiao would gladly take the fight with Mayweather, especially given that he’s been asking for this fight for the past five years.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum almost immediately started talking about the May 2nd date being a Mexican holiday and that Mayweather shouldn’t be looking to take that date. Instead of agreeing to match Pacquiao against Mayweather on May 2nd, Arum took the stance of having the fight take place in April or June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Just as I thought – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may have spoken too soon about taking the May 2nd Mexican holiday from Floyd Mayweather Jr. It seems that the Canelo vs. Miguel Cotto negotiations have reached an impasse, and Cotto’s management are now thinking about facing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2nd instead of Canelo.
I figured something like this would happen, because Canelo is a fighter that is a hard negotiator and that kind of thing doesn’t work when you have an A-side star like Cotto. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Boxing star Floyd Mayweather Jr said that God comes first in his life. He feels that anything is possible with God. Mayweather also admitted that he’s motivated by money which is natural. He wants to strive for a good life for his family and himself. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money and live well.
Boxers are basically prizefighters and it makes sense that they’re after the biggest prize when they fight. Mayweather just happens to be gifted with more talent than other fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) pretty much ruled out a fight against WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at least for now.
Quillin says that Golovkin is a high risk fight without much of a reward at this time. Quillin says if he were to fight him he’d be doing it for the fans, and he feels like it’s not worth it to fight him just so that he can tell the fans he beat him.
It’s interesting that Quillin doesn’t think of the Golovkin fight in terms of what it would do for his career. Quillin doesn’t seem to understand that if he beat Golovkin, it would help make a bigger star and that in turn would lead to him making more money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) got some bad news today. Instead of the 30-year-old Lee being able to take an optional title defense against a fringe contender in Ireland, Lee will need to start negotiations with #1 WBO Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 1 KOs) for a fight that will likely take place in March, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Lee has until January 12th to try and make a deal with the 25-year-old Saunders. If he fails to make a deal by this date, then it’ll go to purse bids and who knows what’ll happen then. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4, 11 KOs) will be moving back down to super featherweight, according to British fighter Derry Mathews.
Burns, 31, has struggled recently in losses to Terence Crawford and Dejan Zlaticanin. Both of those fights took place at lightweight, and it’s pretty clear that Burns doesn’t have the talent to compete against the top lightweights in the division. Before his loss to Crawford, Burns was given a gift 12 round draw against Raymundo Beltran last year in September. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Abel Sanchez) By Scott Gilfoid: Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) is ranked high by the WBA and WBC boxing organizations, but he’s going to need more than an inflated ranking in order to survive the full 12 rounds against WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) on February 21st at the Salle des etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Since Murray, #1 WBC, #5 WBA, doesn’t have much power to speak of, it means that he’s going to be forced to go the full 12 rounds if he wants to beat Golovkin. The only way Murray can beat Golovkin is by out-boxing him over the course of the fight and win by a 12 round decision. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) has backed himself against a wall by insisting that he fight on May 2nd no matter what. Canelo is directly challenging the much more popular Floyd Mayweather Jr for the May 2nd date.
Canelo wants the date due to it falling on one of the Mexican holidays. Canelo feels that a Mexican fighter should fight on those dates rather than someone like Mayweather, and Canelo believes that he should be the one that is fighting on the date. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten KO artist Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) has heard from his many detractors after his many knockouts wins that he’s been facing soft opposition. Deontay says he doesn’t want to hear those same critics after he beats WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) in their fight next month on January 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Deontay wants to receive a pat on the back if/when he beats the hard-hitting Stiverne and takes his WBC strap next month. This is a big step up for Deontay, as Stiverne is a very good fighter and one of the best in the heavyweight division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s possible that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch could get his dream fight against former WBC 160lb belt holder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in 2015. The express.co.uk is reporting that the fight is closed to being finalized for March 28th in a fight that will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The venue is the one Froch wants, because he says it’s been a dream of his to fight under the lights in Vegas. Interestingly enough, the Froch-Chavez Jr fight would likely make much more money if it were staged in the UK at Wembley Stadium. Read the rest of this entry »