By Dan Ambrose: HBO commentator Jim Lampley is saying that WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) will be facing WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) next on May 2nd. It’s unclear how Lampley knows about this fight, but it could be he’s privy to some inside knowledge from the Mayweather or Cotto camp.
The way that Lampley spoke about the Mayweather-Cotto fight, he seemed to be speaking from from someone who knows what he’s talking about. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: After beating up and stopping a totally lost looking Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) last night in three rounds, Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) is about to be setup with nothing but big fights from now on, says his promoter Bob Arum.
While a lot of boxing fans think Alvarado was someone who would have been run over by pretty much any welterweight in the division last night given how truly awful and ill-prepared he looked, Arum believe that Rios really accomplished something with his win over the 34-year-old Alvarado and he wants to reward him by putting him in big fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Showtime vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza feels pretty confident that the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight can go ahead. Espinoza says the HBO-Showtime part of the negotiations are about halfway done, and he feels that they’ll be able to complete this very soon in order for the mega-fight between the two stars to go ahead for May 2nd.
It’s possibly going to require for the 36-year-old Filipino star to wait longer than his January 31st deadline that he set, because it might take a little longer than that for HBO and Showtime to complete the deal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: There is no common ground when it comes to negotiations for the possible mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Rather than depend on biased articles and one sided stories, I have done my own research. Stephen Espinoza finally broke his silence on Fightype.com in response to Top Rank CEO Bob Arums claims. I read the entire interview and will use some of Espinoza exerts, along with other sources to try to sort this mystery out.
One thing Espinoza said “Our agreement at the onset of this process was that we (those negotiating) were all going to keep it out the press as much as possible”. To further support Espinoza’s point, on January 20th of this year, strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza gave a radio interview questioning what has Manny agree to. When that interview got back to Pac’s adviser, Michael Koncz, his response was this. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jaime Ortega: In the world of boxing styles make fights. The right style will counter the right technique. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has shown a pattern that he seems to have avoided at all cost. Certain body styles, and technical abilities posses a dangerous outcome to Floyd`s ultra defensive style.
Any class C boxing amateur should know by now, that Floyd takes on rouged opponents, opponents who like to brawl and go all out in the ring. 95% of Floyd’s fights have shown that brawlers pair up perfectly with his defensive style. But can he take on other styles? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Robert Garcia, the trainer for #4 WBO welterweight contender Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs), thinks with the way that the 28-year-old Rios fought last night in beating Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout, Rios would have given Manny Pacquiao a lot of problems if he’d been in the ring with Rios instead of Alvarado.
For boxing fans who may have forgotten, Rios lost a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to Pacquiao in November 2013. Rio resembled a punching bag in that fight in the eyes of a lot of fans due to him lacking the hand speed, aggressiveness, talent and willingness to walk Pacquiao down in the manner that he needed to in order to have a better chance of winning. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With it now looking now looking more and more like Floyd Mayweather Jr will be moving up to middleweight to take on WBC 160lb champion Miguel Cotto for his WBC title in his next fight on May 2nd, Mayweather’s trainer/uncle Roger Mayweather sees little Floyd handling Cotto much better in their rematch than he did in their previous fight in 2012.
Mayweather won that fight by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s unilateral deadline for Floyd Mayweather Jr to agree to the contract and sign off on it will end next Saturday, on January 31st.
That’s only six days from now, and with all the issues that still have yet to be resolved in the contract such as the Showtime vs HBO negotiations, it doesn’t look like the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will take place next.
There’s still a possibility that the fight can take place later in the year in September if Pacquiao is interested in trying to face Mayweather again, but the fight looks dead in the water for May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 2nd tier Russian fighter Maxim Vlasov (30-2, 15 KOs) was supposed to have been someone who would give unbeaten #2 WBA, #2 WBC, #2 WBO super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) a minor test and make him look good last Saturday night in their fight on the Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon Rios card at the 1stBank Center, in Broomfield, Colorado, USA.
After all, the 23-year-old Ramirez was thought to be someone who could soon be challenging WBA 168lb champion Andre Ward for his title, and then from there eventually taking over the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: In the immediate build up to their 3rd fight there was a groundswell of public opinion that Brandon Rios would prevail against Mike Alvarado. This was in spite of the fact that ‘Mile High’ Mike was able to comfortably out-box Rios in their 2nd contest.
Though whilst many thought that Rios would grind out a late stoppage after a long and grueling fight, no one predicted just how quickly, and clinically the contest would end. If Rios was reborn then Mike Alvarado is dead and buried after being obliterated in 3 brutal rounds by his arch nemesis.
The familiar boxing cliché of the bout being win or bust, obviously resonated with Brandon Rios, who raced out of the blocks to beat up Alvarado from the 1st bell. For Alvarado, who slumped wearily back to his corner after the 3rd round, it was clear that whatever he once had was lost, and was never coming back. Read the rest of this entry »