By Chris Williams: Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) has got one of the toughest fights of his career coming up on June 7th against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) in their catch-weight fight at 159 lbs. Cotto’s trainer Roach is talking about Cotto having added more bulk for this fight, and Roach believes he’s going to be the stronger guy each time he’s able to get in close to Martinez on June 7th. I bet.
Cotto will be a pumped up middleweight in this fight, and not the real thing. There is a difference, you know. Roach may have put weight on Cotto, but he’s still little more than a light welterweight at heart because that’s where he started his career at and that’s what his frame is built for. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: When I first read the news that Manny Pacquiao has signed a new 2 year deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional company I was pretty shocked, but not at all surprised. The Filipino multi weight world champion remains blindly loyal to Bob Arum despite the fact that he is a global icon whose worldwide appeal means he could easily promote his own fights.
By removing the intermediary- Bob Arum- from his fight negotiations, Pacquiao would also isolate himself from the cold war conflict. Severing ties with Top Rank would allow Pacquiao to pursue hugely lucrative fights with the plethora of talent that is signed to Golden Boy Promotions and who perform on the Showtime network. Instead of cutting out the middle man, it seems Pacquiao is cutting his nose off to spite his face by continuing to align himself with the Top Rank and HBO alliance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) has been mentioned by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as a potential opponent for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for his next fight on November 16th in Macao, China. The Russian born Provodnikov is strictly a fallback option for Arum to put in with Pacquiao if the guy he wants to fight him Juan Manuel Marquez fails to agree to the fight.
Provodnikov at least would bring some new blood for Pacquiao to fight instead of the same old guys. That’s at least one positive. Provodnikov is someone who does well against fighters with poor mobility or guys that look to trade with him. He struggles badly when he faces opposition that moves on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s) will be the B-side in his fight next month against Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s), even though he’s the one with the title in this fight. Cotto is the proven pay-per-view star, and the fight is taking place in his stomping grounds in New York. But Martinez, 39, isn’t really all that worried about potentially being robbed by the judges in the fight, because he intends on turning them into mere spectators by knocking Cotto out.
“I am not worried about the judges being swayed in this bout or any questionable decisions, because there is no way this fight is going the distance,” Martinez said.
Sergio might turn out to be correct with his belief. This fight is going to be a really tough one for Cotto because he’s not faced anyone with the kind of power that Martinez has in his career. The biggest puncher that Cotto has faced during his 13-year pro career was Manny Pacquiao, and he had Cotto wilting almost immediately. Cotto was dropped in the fight, and he then was pretty much useless and playing it safe for the remainder of the fight until getting stopped in the 12th round. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: This September 13th is the great Mexican Independence Day, a day that is special for the Mexican boxing fans. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be fighting on that date, but likely not with a Mexican warrior. It’ll no doubt be someone high in the rankings of boxing but not necessarily the best. Since Manny Pacquiao is excluded from the list for several of reasons, let’s move on with what is left for Floyd. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) says that IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) is a broken man after their first fight together. Froch has been rumored to have seen a psychiatrist, and Groves sees the 36-year-old as being chased by demons from their past fight.
Whatever the case, Froch does seem to have changed his way of interacting with Groves. Whether that be from something he himself decided or something that was recommended by others it’s hard to say. But Froch does appear to be morose, listless and more than a little disengaged during the meetings that he’s had with Groves on television. Read the rest of this entry »
By Anthony Mason: So often do we hear a fighter being anointed as a boxing great, but in modern times it seems that this is largely due to media hype and marketability. It is important to look at what truly determines a great fighter and look past the smoke and mirrors that are often present. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) is hoping he can get a shot at the winner of the June 7th fight between WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez vs. Miguel Cotto. Golovkin matches up well with either of these guys, and it would give Golovkin his first big name of his career.
Golovkin thought he was close to getting a fight against former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, but the negotiations between the two fighters’ teams fell apart recently leaving Golovkin staring at a fight against either Daniel Geale, who was beaten last year by Darren Barker, or Jarrod Fletcher. Neither option is particularly interesting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellberbe says Amir Khan has a chance to be in the running for Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight on September 13th because that’s when he’s going to be fighting again. Khan says he has Ramadan during September and he can’t fight Mayweather. But Khan is going to need to be have flexibility with his schedules if he’s going to be able to take the big fights against guys like Mayweather. Once a fight is offered by Mayweather, it not ever be offered again.
“If Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, we’re going to fight on September 13,” Ellerbe told ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s close personal adviser Michael Koncz doesn’t believe that the reason why Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t give Pacquiao a fight has anything to do with him being signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotions. Koncz sees it as another excuse by Mayweather just so that he doesn’t have to get in the ring with the Filipino star.
Koncz thinks Mayweather is constantly coming up with new excuses for him not having to get in the ring with Pacquiao. Unfortunately, Pacquiao didn’t agree to the full random blood testing that Mayweather asked for in their initial negotiations in 2010. If Pacquiao had agreed to the testing, he would have gotten the fight with Mayweather. That was Pacquiao’s chance to get a 50-50 percentage cut for a Mayweather fight. Read the rest of this entry »