By Chris Williams: Despite WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao having been told what he had to do in order to get a fight against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr by leaving Top Rank, Pacquiao still isn’t giving up trying to get a fight against him.
Pacquiao is now saying Mayweather won’t fight him because he’s guarding his unbeaten record. Pacquiao thinks that Mayweather is trying to avoid taking a loss, and that’s why he’s not fighting him. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions) By Dan Ambrose: IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) met today in a press conference in New York to promoter their upcoming November 8th unification fight at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Hopkins did most of the talking, as usual. Kovalev spoke briefly saying very little other than that he would leaving the promotional work to Hopkins because he’s not a big talker.
“After I whop Kovalev systematically, I don’t want to be on nobody’s pound-for-pound list because that will make me a human,” Hopkins said in today’s press conference in New York. “You’re going to see an artist on November 8th. You’re going to witness Louie Armstrong. Watch the ageless one take care of business.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Trainer Robert Garcia believes his fighter WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) showed a lot of courage by agreeing to face what many boxing fans feel is the best fighter in the middleweight division in WBA 160 pound champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see the September 13th rematch between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) as selling a lot of tickets for their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presumably, Roach also thinks the Mayweather-Maidana 2 fight won’t bring in a lot of pay-per-view buys either on Showtime.
“I’m not picking Maidana because he already knows how to beat him. It makes no sense. It’s not going to sell no tickets,” Roach said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) and former WBC Silver 175 pound strap holder Tony Bellew (22-2, 14 KOs) will square off in a WBO cruiserweight title eliminator on December 6th in Sheffield, UK, according to Fightnews.com.
The Cleverly-Bellew 2 fight will take place on IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s fight card, and it might actually live the card up if Brook is matched against a soft job instead of a talented fighter.
It’s thought by some boxing fans that Hearn won’t take any chances with Brook in order to keep him from getting beaten before he gets a big money fight against Amir Khan next year. Brook didn’t look good in beat Shawn Porter last month. He didn’t show the kind of talent needed to where you could pick him as a rock solid lock to defeat the likes of Devon Alexander and certainly not at all against a talent like Keith Thurman. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: We often say things like “it’s boxing, anything can happen”, unfortunately 99% of the time it goes exactly like we thought it would. In the last couple of weeks however I have been quite surprised to see the return of Mike Jones end in a knockout defeat and top super middleweight prospect J’Leon Love lose the same way. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Four division champion and future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) has provided his take on the heavily documented glove issue surrounding Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. Back in May, Floyd had rejected two pairs of Everlast MX gloves that Maidana wanted to use for the fight and instead demanded Marcos wear Everlast Powerlock gloves.
With the biggest payday of his career in jeopardy, Maidana was not in a position to walk away from the fight and begrudgingly used the Powerlock gloves. Marquez recently tried on the MX gloves and acknowledged that Maidana would no doubt be a much more dangerous opponent for Floyd with the MX gloves on. The Powerlock gloves are made of all foam while the MX model is made using a combination of foam and horse hair. Read the rest of this entry »
By Cameron Gillon: This Saturday on the Adrien Broner vs. Emmanuel Taylor card, former IBF/WBC welterweight world champion Andre Berto is making his return to the ring in a fight that will be televised by Showtime from the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
It’s been 14 months since Berto last fought in the ring, he faced Jesus Soto Karass for the NABF welterweight title, in a fight Berto was supposed to come out as the victor he was caught in the 12th round and lost the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao isn’t known for his trash talking of his opponents, which is why it kind of came out of left field to see Pacquiao taking some shots at WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) this week in an interview.
Pacquiao not only said that he thinks Mayweather is ducking him in order to protect his unbeaten record, but he also spoke about Mayweaher’s education, and that was kind of unusual move for Pacquiao because he’s usually not the type to go for the throat when talking about fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) still hasn’t signed his portion of the contract for a November 1st title defense against his #1 WBO challenger Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs), according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Korobov signed his portion of the contract last week, and they’ve been waiting ever since for Quillin to sign his side.
Quillin’s wife just had a baby, and he’s been given an extension until this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. If Quillin fails to sign the contract to fight his mandatory challenger, then he’ll likely be stripped of his title by the World Boxing Organization. Read the rest of this entry »