By John Kelvin: Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) is a future hall of famer and one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all time. There is no need to list his various accomplishments because we already know what great things he has done in his career. Marquez’s great legacy is in danger of being tarnished by his some uneducated fans who think he is taking some sort of performance enhancing drug to aid his power punching. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) has reportedly re-signed with Top Rank and Bob Arum for 2 years. The contract will keep the 35-year-old Pacquiao through all of 2016, and ends on December 31st. What this means, of course, is that Pacquiao, like Tim Bradley, has essentially lost any chance he ever had of getting a mega fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. unless Mayweather changes his mind about not wanting to deal with Arum.
Pacquiao’s current contract was supposed to end at the end of 2014, and that would have left him a chance to get a fight against Mayweather. Pacquiao then could have gone back to Arum after taking the Mayweather fight and making a huge amount of money. Read the rest of this entry »
By Idris Morrey: I am of the opinion that the lighter or smaller divisions have fully stolen the spotlight from what was once the greatest and most dreaded division in the world of boxing. Floyd Mayweather Jr is in the minds of more boxing fans than the sport has ever for a lesser weight class fighter. He can be compared to the likes of Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard for that one element of generating huge pay per view sales and sold out crowds. But Floyd’s fights have not been as spectacular compared to the legends of the sport.
Its agreeable that heavyweight division has lost its glory even with more noise from Shannon Briggs, Dereck Chisora, Alex Lepai and the rest. Forget Wladimir Klitschko whose fights are lopsided and kind of boring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: Last Saturday night we witnessed another master class display of ring generalship and boxing IQ from the ageless Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez 56-7-1 (40). His 12 round unanimous decision win over Mike Alvarado 34-3 (23) was flawless bar a knockdown in the 9th round as he was going in for the kill himself. Juan has mentioned retirement several times over the last year or so. He has an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars and being a qualified accountant he is likely to be quite sensible with his finances.
Marquez told us on Saturday he would consult his family (the wife probably) before making any decisions on his future. If he does decide to carry on who does he fight next and if he retires how good was he?
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By Jonathan Hull: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) isn’t afraid to boast that he is the best ever and does this by donning The Money Team clothing with the acronym TBE. Despite Floyd’s thoughts some boxing fans feel that Floyd Mayweather Jr isn’t even in the top 10 or 20 greatest of all time in many boxing fans lists.
Ranking the best boxers in history is subjective. No two boxing fans will come up with the same list. But one apparent common trend is for fans to underrate current boxers achievements and exaggerate the achievements of past fighters.
Boxing fans of today are spoilt with top level boxing televised live on almost a weekly basis. This means that fans can accurately determine the capabilities of say Floyd Mayweather Jr’s or Manny Pacquiao’s opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) is working on selecting his next opponent for his September 13th fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather is expected to have his next opponent nailed down within the next 2 weeks. The opponent is being picked out from a handful of top named fighters that include Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia.
Khan, 27, is kind of uncertain for the fight due to Ramadan, but Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellberbe has a message for Khan in that if he wants to fight Mayweather, he’s going to need to be available for the September 13th fight date. In other words, Mayweather isn’t going to be moving his fight date just to accommodate Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Austin Trout is more convinced now than ever that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) is heading for a big loss in two months from now against WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in their catch-weight fight at 155 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Trout thinks that Lara can and will do everything that Floyd Mayweather Jr. did to Canelo in beating him by a 12 round decision in September of 2013, but Trout thinks that Lara will do a better job because he won’t be trying to mix it up as much as Mayweather did.
Canelo, 23, is training really hard for this fight because he knows what’s at stake if he loses. He could see his career as a pay-per-view fighter sunk in it’s early infancy. The boxing public will put up with a loss or two, but they lose interest when the defeats are bunched up together where they’re happening left and right in a short time period. If Canelo loses to Lara, it’ll be his second defeat in his last three fights.
The question is will boxing fans want to keep paying to see Canelo fight if Lara clowns him? Golden Boy Promotions can drag out Alfredo Angulo again for Canelo to shine against, I’m sure, but he can’t make a career out of beating up on Angulo or that type of fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) says his next fight date has changed from July 19th to August 2nd. Rios, 28, still doesn’t know who he’ll be facing yet, but it’s definitely not going to be Mike Alvarado. He took a beating last Saturday night in his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and he likely won’t be able to get back in the ring that quickly.
“I was supposed to fight July 19th, but now I’m fighting August 2nd,” Rios said to esnewsreporting.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By AneelKBoxing: The first fight between Carl Froch and George Groves ended in controversy which has given each fighter another pass to right a wrong with the rematch. It’s lead us to a second fight which is far bigger than the first one if not the biggest ever in the UK, this is in-fact due to its venue and attendance at Wembley Stadium.
Just a week away from the event, I want to highlight a few reasons in why this fight is so thrilling and in my own opinion more exciting than any other boxing event this year. This fight provides more than just a glimpse of top boxers but more that they genuinely despise each other and have equally found themselves in controversy following the first fight. Unlike the Mayweather and Pacquiao fights, the Froch/Groves first fight held a story line to it, where in each round we saw Froch hurt and in trouble from the young Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Danny Ech: Yes, reader I know you are tired of hearing about Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao and why hasn’t the fight happened and Mayweather is a coward and Mayweather is this and Mayweather is that but the fight “that never was” is still coming up today. Everyone in the world that wants this fight has his or her own opinions as to why it has not happened and just about every writer and every sports commentator has voiced their opinions as well.
As far as I have seen in my own opinion most of the blame and the pressure has been placed on Floyd Mayweather based on the articles I’ve seen on multiple websites and interviews I’ve watched on multiple sport channels. At this point I believe Mayweather has become a victim of his own success which is sad because he has raised the bar so high that if his performance is anything less than usual he is looked at as old, declining, weak, not that great, almost immediately etc etc. Read the rest of this entry »