By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s noticed that Floyd Mayweather Jr doesn’t have the same ability to move around the ring like he did five years ago when Arum first attempted to put together a fight between Mayweather and his top money fighter Manny Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Bob Smith: While I do think the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will be a competitive fight for the first few rounds, for me, the principal question is who will press their primary advantage most successfully to win. The fundamental dynamic in my opinion will be the volume punching of Pacquiao and all that goes with it – incredible speed, possibly the best angles in boxing, incredible footwork, and remarkable power on the one hand, and the right hand of Mayweather on the other hand.
Many who speculate that Pacquiao will defeat Floyd claim so because of the power, speed and angles of Pacquiao. And who can deny this? Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is expected to announce his next opponent in the next few days for his June 6th fight in New York. A name that is being mentioned for Cotto is #1 WBC Jorge Sebastian Heiland (25-4-2, 13 KOs), according to ESPN Deportes. While the southpaw Heiland isn’t the best that the middleweight division has to offer, he at least is a contender and a highly rated one at that.
Heiland, 28, is coming off of a 10th round knockout victory over Matthew Macklin last November. It wasn’t an impressive performance from Heiland, as he took a lot of shots and really didn’t take over the fight until Macklin gassed out in the second half of the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: This situation has not happen only once but back in March 21 of 1997 one of the contenders was awarded the victory over his opponent due a correct disqualification. It was a close and competitive fight until the disqualification. Do the readers remember the name of the fighters involved and the championship belt they disputed that day? Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Last Saturday night IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) impressed a lot of boxing fans with his 8th round stoppage win over former WBC 175lb champion Jean Pascal. The win elevated Kovalev to the #10 spot in the Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings.
It’s high time that Kovalev cracked the top 10, because he’s unbeaten and considered by many fans to be the No.1 fighter in the 175 pound division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr has figured out in his head why Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is so down on him as a trainer. Floyd Sr thinks Roach doesn’t want him to be the one working the corner of Mayweather Jr on May 2nd against Pacquiao due to Floyd Sr being the expert, and Roach doesn’t want to have to deal with that.
“Freddie don’t want Floyd Mayweather Sr. in the corner because he knows I’m the master,” Floyd Sr said via Fighthype.com. “He don’t want the master in the corner.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Earlier Today, WBA light heavyweight title holder Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) successfully weighed in on Friday for his title defense against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) this Saturday night at then Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya is hoping he can turn his flagship fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) into the future No.1 pay-per-view fighter once Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr clear out and retire from boxing. But there’s one fighter who could ruin Canelo’s chances of striking it rich with gold from millions of boxing fans, and that’s WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
The two fighters sparred with each other four years ago Golovkin rumored to have had his way with Canelo. That was when Canelo was only 20-years-old, and he’s now 24. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Lance Pugmire of the LA Times says he’s being told that the Floyd Mayweather Jr – Manny Pacquiao fight could be stopped if one of the two superstars turns up with a positive drug test during the weeks leading up to the fight.
The two fighters are being tested randomly by the USADA, as they already signed contracts to have them conduct the testing.
While Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz is talking about Mayweather having failed to agree to a side deal in which there would be a $5 million penalty if either fighter tests positive for performance enhancing drugs, it could wind up much worse than that with the fight being halted altogether. That would cost a lot more than a small $5 million fine. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In what has to be seen as a last ditch effort to try and revive his career, former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) will be back in the ring in the next two months to face former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa Jr (24-0-1, 18 KOs) on May 9th in a fight that will be taking place at a still to be determined venue in Texas in the United States.
The fight will be televised on CBS as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series. Obviously there won’t be any titles on the line, as Burns has lost two out of his last three fights, and Figueroa has been declared WBC Champion in Recess for his WBC lightweight title by the World Boxing Council. Read the rest of this entry »