By Jermill Pennington: This was a questioned I pondered and still yet to come to a conclusion. Who does a win mean more to? The easy answer of course would be Pacquiao being that in some way for him a win over Mayweather would be the ultimate redemption. Through the peaks and valleys the phoenix, in this case being Pacquiao was able to rise again. The weight he carries on his shoulders is the devotion of an entire country.
This is likely nothing new to Pacquiao at this point however the magnitude and the meaning of beating Mayweather is far more significant than any other fight before. In my estimation Pacquiao the man can accept defeat, what he can’t accept is letting down so many that are so emotionally invested in this fight. I believe that Pacquiao understands that he’s a symbol for a crowd that hasn’t had a known face in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Not surprisingly, the management for #1 IBF James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) and #2 IBF Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) were unable to agree in their negotiations for a fight on April 25th, according to Dan Rafael. As such, it’s going to go a purse bid.
It’s not surprising that they were unable to negotiate a fight as DeGale’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport was looking to stage the fight in London, England on April 25th, and that obviously didn’t play too well with Dirrell, who already had a bad experience in the UK when he was arguably robbed in his fight against Carl Froch in 2009 in the Super Six tournament in Nottingham, UK. Read the rest of this entry »
By C1TheGoodFella: Amir “King” Khan is a fighter I fail to understand at the moment. He has lost in the past and he seems to have come back a better fighter on each occasion. He learned from his errors and experience and I believe is looking more defined as a fighter than ever before, under the tutor ledge of Virgil Hunter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: For his third straight fight, former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) is picking out a less than popula opponent when he returns to the ring on April 18th against light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in their fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
In Chavez Jr’s last two fights, he fought middleweight journeyman Brian Vera in fights at light heavyweight in a catch-weight at 173 and at super middleweight. Those weren’t highly popular fights, and Chavez Jr fought well enough to deserve a loss in the first fight with Vera. Read the rest of this entry »
By Iyer Ramos: Boxing is a fighting sport between two men; therefore the man to win the fight “should” be the one with the most effective performance. Effectiveness in this sport, means to hit the opponent more times that the opponent hits you or to get your rival out by any necessary means. Who’s your favorite to win in the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd and HOW?
MANNY PACQUIAO by decision? This is a very possible outcome. Pacquiao’s high punch volume and intense pressure style contrasts with Floyd’s style, which is based on precise highly accurate minimal punching. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, says he’s frustrated that he’s not been able to get Amir Khan to agree to fight Brook.
Hearn understands why Khan was sitting on the sidelines hoping to pick off either Floyd Mayweather Jr or Manny Pacquiao recently if the two of them weren’t able to setup a fight with one another. But now that Mayweather and Pacquiao have signed for a fight on May 2nd, Hearn doesn’t see why Khan won’t fight Brook now. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Ring veteran Bernard Hopkins sees the May 2nd fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao as being a competitive match-up for the first 5-6 rounds while Mayweather slowly figures the 36-year-old Pacquiao out.
Once Mayweather understands what Pacquiao’s doing, he’ll then adapt in the second half of the fight and quickly pick Pacquiao apart and have an easy time of it. In other words, you can see it as a similar type of situation as Mayweather’s fights against Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya and Marcos Maidana. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: The World Boxing Council is creating a brand new commissioned WBC belt to hand out for the winner of the May 2nd mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new WBC belt will be littered with emeralds and it possibly will have plantinum to increase the value of the strap.
Just why the WBC feels it’s necessary to create this new trinket is unknown, because Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title will be up for grabs for the fight. It’s not the case of the WBC being locked out of the fight due to one of their titles not being on the line. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: In an example of a rating system that appears to be behind what many boxing fans think, The Ring’s ratings still have WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) as their champion in the division.
The Ring has Cotto ranked above WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin despite the fact that many boxing fans have seen Golovkin as the best fighter in the division for well over two years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) says he was surprised by the punching power of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) in their fight last Saturday night on February 21st at the Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Murray, 32, expected Golovkin to be a harder puncher than he turned out to be. Murray does say that Golovkin is a strong puncher, but that he expected him to be more powerful than he turned out to be. Read the rest of this entry »