Robert Garcia wants Maidana to fight Mayweather a third time if he beats him rather than facing Pacquiao
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: If trainer Robert Garcia gets his way his fighter Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) will look to face Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) a third time if Maidana defeats him this Saturday night rather than to move forward and fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in a unification match.
Garcia rates Mayweather as a better fighter than Pacquiao, and he believes he’s the bigger fight than fighting the 35-year-old Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: On September 11th of 2004, at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; two undefeated contenders battled for the vacant WBO light welterweight championship. On one corner Miguel Cotto W20(16)-L0-D0 Height 5¨7” Reach 67”, on the other corner Kelson Pinto W21(19)-L0-D0 Height 5´10 ½ “. I think on that night Pinto looked way bigger than Cotto but you can also tell that Miguel had talent, his boxing stance and the way he walked in the ring. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Taking a page out of the old playbook of Rocky Marciano, Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) plans on trying to tire WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) out with punches to his arms and shoulder areas to make them too heavy for him to hold up to protect himself adequately this Saturday in their Showtime pay-per-view fight starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Marciano, a fighter with heavy hands, likely to throw hard shots to his opponent’s shoulders and arms to wear them down. Like Maidana, Marciano also threw a lot of looping shots that would connect sometimes to the back of his opponents’ heads which made him all the more dangerous to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 34-year-old former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) is now being trained by Freddie Roach in a move that Bute hopes will resurrect his career.
Bute met with Roach at his Wildcard gym last month and he decided at that time to start training with him. Roach did a great job of seemingly turning around the career of Miguel Cotto when he was on his last legs, and there’s hope that Roach will be able to do the same thing with Bute. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Ricky Hatton believes that former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) deserves a shot against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) in 2015 despite the fact that Khan hasn’t faced a credible opponent in two years since his loss to Danny Garcia in 2012.
Hatton thinks that Khan has proven himself worthy of a big money fight against Mayweather. I’m not really sure why Hatton feels this way because Khan’s last three fights since his losses to Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson have come against Carlos Molina, Julio Diaz and Luis Collazo. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman was at the final press conference for the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana rematch this Saturday. Thurman always shows up to these type of fights to scout and look at future opponents. He plans on being at the fight on Saturday.
Thurman is currently the mandatory challenger to be the next fighter in line to get a shot at the welterweight WBA title shot. This belt is currently held by Mayweather himself so you can understand why he is at the fight. He could potentially be the next guy Mayweather decides to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Chester Rivers: In preparation for Saturday night rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana, I watched the original fight with my mute button turned on. I turned on my mute so I could concentrate on the action instead of being influenced by the commentary. After watching the replay, I have come to the conclusion that Saturday night will be easy pickings for Floyd.
Like many of you I originally thought that Maidana gave Floyd one of his toughest fights ever. I have to admit that I was somewhat swayed by the enthusiasm of the commentators admiration of Maidana’s efforts but with the mute button on that is no longer the case. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Mayweather and Golden Boy promotions have decided not to opt for chief undercard support this Saturday like they did with Amir Khan v Collazo but the undercard is shaping up nicely. There are some fairly competitive fights and titles on the line. Here we rate the fights and speculate if any might outshine the main event.
Humberto Soto 64-8-2 (35) v John Molina 27-4 (22)
Fight Rating: 9/10
Fight Type: All action
This has the potential to be the fight of the night. I love fighters like John Molina. Will he ever become a world champion, probably not but it doesn’t matter. He always entertains and always gives us good fights. He’s a Mickey Ward, Arturo Gatti type throwback who will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final bell. He might feel a little hard done by on Saturday as he watches Mickey Bey fight for a world title after he amazingly stopped him in round 10 for his only loss to date. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: I understand this is a minority opinion but I think Amir Khan is one of the few boxers that has the potential to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. Make no mistake I think he is a talented fighter with incredible attributes but this is not an Amir Khan love piece its more about how he is wasting a promising career.
Amir keeps making the same mistakes both in and out of the ring which is greatly effecting his fighting potential. He may have the fastest hands in boxing but from a ring IQ and marketing point of view he is a complete disaster. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin is claiming that the reason why the World Boxing Association made Gennady Golovkin the WBA Super World champion was because Golovkin failed to fight Jarrod Fletcher.
Quillin seems to have his mind made up that Daniel Jacobs is the main WBA middleweight champion and Golovkin was made the WBA Supper World champ only because he didn’t fight Fletcher.
The WBA elevated Golovkin to Super World champion last June. The previous WBA Super Champion Daniel Geale was stripped of that status by the WBA in October of 2012 after he failed to fight Golovkin, who was the WBA regular middleweight champion at the time. Geale wanted to fight Anthony Mundine rather than face Golovkin. But for some reason the WBA didn’t give Golovkin the Super World WBA status until June of 2014. Read the rest of this entry »