By Chris Williams: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) is now #5 in the Ring Magazine pound-for-pound ratings. What’s interesting about this is that Donaire is ranked above #6 Adrien Broner and #7 Manny Pacquiao. I don’t agree with that ranking at all. Pacquiao should still be ranked above Donaire despite getting knocked out by Marquez.
Here’s how I see the pound-for-pound top 10 shaking up:
#1 Floyd Mayweather Jr Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-2, 40 KO’s) is more than ready to get in the ring with Filipino Manny Pacquiao again so that he score another knockout over him and prove that his KO win earlier this month wasn’t just from a “Lucky punch” like a lot of Pacquiao’s fans have been saying. But unless Marquez’s wife gives him permission, he’ll be retiring and won’t give Pacquiao the opportunity to try and avenge his loss.
Marquez said to the record.com.mx “I wish my wife would give the green light…and hopefully give me a chance to do another fight.”
The fourth fight with Pacquiao was supposed to have been the 39-year-old Marquez’s final fight of his career, as he had promised his wife that he would retire after the bout no matter what the outcome. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) is expected back in the ring in May or June of next year, according to RingTV. Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum would like to get him back in the ring by then provided that the Nevada State Athletic Commission doesn’t suspend him beyond those dates for his positive marijuana test from his last fight against Sergio Martinez from September.
Middleweight contender #2 WBC, #11 WBA, #14 IBF, Matthew Macklin (29-4, 20 KO’s) is a potential opponent for the young 26-year-old Chavez Jr., but don’t be surprised if Arum chooses a much weaker opponent so that there’s little risk that Chavez Jr. will lose again before he faces Martinez in a big money rematch near the end of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum reportedly is saving September date for a rematch between his fighter Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez next year, according to RingTV. Arum wants to give Pacquiao as much time as possible for him to recover from his 6th round knockout from Marquez on December 8th, and by waiting until September it could give Pacquiao enough time to recover from the knockout, if possible.
There’s no real science on a knockout like this. Some people think that if a fighter waits a long time before fighting again after a KO then he’ll be okay, but there’s no telling what can happen. Some fighters still get knocked out even when they wait a long time in between fights, so it’s something that is different for each person. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be facing either WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) or WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) next on May 4th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I think the choice is a pretty simple one for Mayweather.
Guerrero has accomplished far more in his 11-year pro career than what Canelo has in his 7-year career. It’s not even close. While Guerrero has been capturing world titles at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight, Alvarez picked up his WBC title in a fight against against a fringe welterweight contender in Matthew Hatton. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, 41-year-old Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO’s) has reportedly been offered $40,000 to fight unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price (15-0, 13 KO’s) on February 23rd in the 8000 seat Echo Arena, in Liverpool, England.
Thompson hasn’t signed the contract yet and he wants to get a better deal, because he feels he’s worth more than just $40,000.
Thompson told ESPN “I know the fight is worth more than that, so I’m still trying to negotiate. I want to take the fight but I have other offers that are just as viable.”
You can’t blame Thompson for wanting to get more because $40,000 isn’t really that much money for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA Super World light middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) plans on continuing his boxing career despite suffering a fairly one-sided defeat to WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout earlier this month on December 1st in Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto says he still hasn’t seen the fight yet, but he plans on watching it one of these days. He’s not sure who his next opponent will be when he does step back inside the ring.
Speaking with primerahora.com, Cotto said “I will take several months off. Boxing is out of the picture for now. I will make an announcement when we have something planned. We do not know [when]. We will discuss later.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: A rematch between IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBA belt holder Mikkel Kessler could be taking place in the near future after all. According to Danish news source Ekstra Bladed, contracts for a rematch could be signed in the next week for a fight that would take place in the first part of next year.
Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute is reportedly willing to step aside so that the Kessler-Froch II fight can take place. Both Froch and Kessler will receive $2 million each for the fight, which might end up at the Manchester Arena, in Manchester, England. It won’t be taking place in Froch’s home city of Nottingham or Kessler’s home country of Denmark. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao won’t have the opportunity to fight in April of next year against Juan Manuel Marquez because Pacquiao has received a 90 day suspension of his boxing license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to him being knocked out by Marquez.
According to Philboxing.com, Pacquiao can’t spar for the next 60 days. Pacquiao’s 90 day suspension runs out on March 9th, 2013. That would make it impossible for him to get in the ring with Marquez for an April rematch. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: As fast and as talented as Amir Khan, he has a bad habit of looking too far off into the future for titles he wants to capture and fighters he wants to take on. Khan is now talking about how he plans on fighting a rematch with his former conqueror WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia AFTER Khan defeats his next opponent in April for a world title.
Khan is assuming he’s going to beat one of the 140 pound champions in April, and then face Garcia in a unification bout after that.
Khan said to the BBC Sport “The next fight is going to be around April time…looking at being in the 140 lb division for world title, and then unifying it with Garcia.” Read the rest of this entry »