By Allan Fox: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) realizes full well that his April 26th opponent Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) has the kind of power that can give him big problems if he lands his power shots in their fight this month in Germany. Wladimir isn’t going to let the shorter Leapai get his shots off, because he knows the 34-year-old only has a puncher’s chance of winning this fight. Leapai isn’t as big or as skilled as Wladimir, but he’s got the punch to knock Wladimir out if he can get to his chin.
Wladimir has been knocked out in losses to Corrie Sanders, Ross Puritty and Lamont Brewster in the past, and he’s learned how to keep the big power guys on the outside where they’re less formidable. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KO’s) is interested in traveling to Belfast to defend his title against his No.1 WBC mandatory challenger Carl Frampton over there in his home city this July for the right money. Santa Cruz, 25, doesn’t see the 5’6” Frampton as a threat to him, so he’s willing to go over there and knock him out in front of his own Irish fans in July.
In other words, Santa Cruz isn’t worried about being robbed by the judges, as he intends on leaving them with nothing to do but to watch the spectacle. Read the rest of this entry »
By Diarmuid Sherry: In the modern era of boxing, for observers to choose who the best boxer between two rivals is, it seems that instead of a good old-fashioned fight to decide who is the more superior fighter, but that the respective records of the two boxers are closely examined instead. The no fight of Mayweather-Pacquiao is the obvious example, but on the smaller British scale, smaller-weight class category is the prospect, or rather lack of a prospect of a dust-up between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Yesterday, WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) both revealed that they’ll be facing each other on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. They both want to give boxing fans the fight that they most want to see, and that’s why they’ve agreed to face each other in this pay-per-view fight on Showtime. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says he sees this fight as a tossup fight, and he’s unable to pick the winner.
By Jay McIntyre: Everyone thought that Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) would demolish Timothy Bradley (31-1-0, 13 KO’s) in June of 2012, and 82% of the respondents for HBO’s online voting system thought that it would happen again last night. Not one to let prevailing opinion discourage him, Bradley trained determinedly to prove – once and for all – that he was truly the better man.
There were question marks going into this fight, to be sure. Was Bradley the better boxer who paid for the sins of the judges with near universal scorn? Was Manny Pacquiao still dedicated to his craft and capable of taking a punch? Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Cowan: If you are one of many boxing fans in USA who have paid to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao’s fights for the best part of a decade, you will have parted with about $1000 of your hard-earned money and helped to make these two men very rich. For 5 years the boxing world has been desperate to see them fight each other and it hasn’t happened. It has to happen if either of the two greatest fighters of this era want to be seriously considered among the true boxing greats like Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong and Muhammad Ali.
Pacquiao’s fans will tell you he is the better fighter. They will say he is the only eight-division world champion in history. They will say his performances against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya were far more impressive than Mayweather’s performances against the same opponents.They will say he will overwhelm Mayweather’s defense with his high work-rate. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Henderson: After Manny Pacquiao’s win against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley last Saturday night the whole Floyd Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny spectacle has surfaced once more and we can hear fans from both sides arguing back and forth about who’s scared and what not. Look, in my own personal opinion the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight lost its star factor back in around 2011 when it failed to take place, and for that reason I’m not particularly fussed about whether it happens or not.
Anyone that knows me knows I’m a Floyd fan, but I’m not an idiot because had the fight happened in ’09 then Pacquiao would have given Floyd hell even if I believe that Floyd would have still won; whereas if they fought today, in my opinion Floyd would win quite comfortably. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bashar Khaddage: After watching Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2 last Saturday night, I’ve come to a conclusion that the once pound for pound king is not the fighter he once was, and he might soon get hurt really bad in the ring. Being a hardcore Pacquiao fan myself, I’ve tried to dismiss the many claims that have circulated around him for 2 years now.
I do believe he outclassed Bradley in the first fight and you’ve got to be blind to believe he lost that fight, but simply put, there is something lacking in his performance.
He no longer possesses the aggressiveness that defined his career, he no longer has the ability to fight for 3 full minutes of every round and he seems very timid to get into an all out exchange. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan has reportedly signed with well-known boxing adviser Al Haymon to help guide his career, according to Fighthype. What this will mean to Khan’s career is hard to know, because Khan is already getting all the big fight that he wants except for the big money bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Read the rest of this entry »
By P.L. DuPee: I have been a long time reader, but never managed to post anything. The primary reason for my lack of contribution is the flagrant bias shown on the part of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fans. I know what you are thinking “Another Manny/Floyd article” but just hear me out. I read through the comments and wondered if the people posting them honestly believe what they are saying or are they just being confrontational for the sake of getting a reaction or getting the most responses.
Let me say this first – and with great confidence, I can assume that everyone who has ever posted on this site can relate to me. I do not personally know either one of these fighters. I am not related to, done business with, or a friend of either fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mauricio Carranza: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) is fighting WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) On July 12th at the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel, which should be a good fight if things go well for the young Mexican fighter because let’s face it, Lara has a style that can sometimes put people to sleep.
Even though I believe that Lara can win by boxing and moving well, I think it would be better for boxing if Canelo wins, simply because Canelo seems to be the new Oscar De La Hoya. Read the rest of this entry »
By Will Patino: Hello once again, in this edition of articles written by me I’m going to speak on Manny Pacquiao’s legacy in the aftermath of his rematch with Timothy Bradley. I also will be touching on where he has been and where he is now as a fighter along with my appreciation of Manny. I’d like to start off by saying I DO NOT like to criticize any boxers on their talent or place in boxing’s history. The main reason is because its all really opinion based.
If you have read any of my articles I usually speak on subjects that people rarely touch upon such as “Did you know? Boxing Edition”, “Defense a beautiful art to master” and ” How to market Boxing to expand its demographic and popularity”. All articles in which I do not speak on or criticize boxers with my opinions. This time around in light of his recent win I’ll speak on a fighter I have learned to gain great respect and appreciation for, the little man Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: After winning the fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) in handing him his first career defeat last night, former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) told the boxing media that he is willing to face anyone who is going after him. The MGM Grand was filled with fans and celebrities who watched the exciting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This time around, all the three judges were in favour of Pacquiao and they had judged the rematch fairly. I think most of the fans, are happy with the final verdict, and even Tim Bradley himself, admitted that Pacquiao was the better fighter last night. It just says one thing that the integrity of boxing has finally returned after Pacquiao was arguably robbed in his fight against Bradley in 2012, despite his obvious dominance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s May 2nd fight against Ishe Smith is now off. Instead, Canelo will be challenging WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) for his title on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Fightnews.
Canelo Alvarez said this on his twitter today: “Ready! July 12, 2014 – Canelo vs. Lara. We are going to give you what you want.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If you’re hoping that Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) will now step it up after his 12 round unanimous decision win over WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) last night, then you’re going to have to put that hope in the hands of Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum because Pacquiao gave his famous “I don’t know it depends on my promoter Bob Arum,” line when asked by HBO’s Max Kellerman who he plans on fighting next.
You’d like to have seen Pacquiao take a stand right then and there with Arum looking over his shoulder and said in a firm manner that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. or someone else really talented like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Erislandy Lara or Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »