By Chris Williams: If WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) can’t get a big fight in early 2015 against the likes of WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, we could see Pacquiao move down to light welterweight (140) or lightweight (135) for him to try and get a big fight in one of those weight classes.
There are really not too many big fights at 140 unless Top Rank can work with Golden Boy Promotions to match Pacquiao up against WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia. If Bob Arum of Top Rank merely matches Pacquiao against one of his Top Rank stable fighters like former WBO 140 pound champion Ruslan Provodnikov or WBA light welterweight champion Danny Garcia, those fights would likely bring in similar pay-per-view numbers as Pacquiao’s fight against former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios in bringing in just 450,000 PPV buys. Vargas doesn’t have the fan base and neither does Provodnikov. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) was seen with Alex Ariza, the former strength and conditioning coach for Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 Kos), last Friday early in the morning at Mayweather’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ariza helped Mayweather stretch before one of his runs. What’s not know as of now is whether Ariza is going to be joining Mayweather in his final two weeks of training for his September 13th rematch against Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) is prepared to fight WBA/WBC 147 pound champ Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) at whatever weight of his choosing.
Roach is so confident of the 35-year-old Pacquiao’s skills that he’s ready to agree to whatever weight that Mayweather wants to for the fight. Considering that Mayweather is pretty much a welterweight and would likely only want to fight at whatever weight Pacquiao is comfortable with, it really isn’t a big deal that Roach is willing to agree to Mayweather’s wishes on the weight for a mega-fight between the two fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Showtime will be giving a sneak peek into the training camps of WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) tonight in their ALL Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 episode tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
The preview show is intended to give boxing fans a look at Mayweather and Maidana before their “Mayhem” Showtime pay-per-view fight next month on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boxing fans have been looking forward to the Mayweather-Maidana rematch ever since the fight was first announced. Read the rest of this entry »
By Bob Smith: In honor of the occasion of writing this article, and also to refresh my memory, I re-watched the fight between Marco Antonio Rubio and then undefeated middleweight David Lemieux.
Though Lemieux was the favorite and the harder puncher, and is still a top 10 or top 20 middleweight even now, four or five years later, the cunning, technique, defense, boxing skill, endurance, and confidence of Rubio were enough to allow him to weather the early onslaught from an overconfident Lemieux and come back with the beautiful win. Can Rubio repeat this feat in his fight with Golovkin?
First, before anything else, I want to say on a personal level that Marco Antonio Rubio is one of my favorite middle weights of this era. Sure, I like Golovkin best, and a few years ago, it was Martinez who was perhaps my favorite overall fighter, but Rubio was always in the top 6 or so. And the reason is that if I ever were a boxer, I would fight like him – he has a swimmers body, even more so than does Golovkin – broad shoulders, thin, long arms, respectable punching power for weight but nothing incredible, but more than anything else, he is a very well conditioned athlete, skilled defender, and a very intelligent fighter who sizes up his opponents well and has excellent game plans. (Yes, you guessed it, legendary writer Bob Smith is a former skilled swimmer who holds records from childhood that have lasted 20+ years.) Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC light middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s next fight later this year could wind up being televised on regular HBO rather than pay-per-view, according to Dan Rafael.
Canelo’s recent fights have all been televised by Showtime, but apparently he’s a television free agent and can fight for whichever network of his choosing. In this case, you would have to think that he’ll go to the network with the deepest pockets and with the most subscribers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) will be looking to give boxing fans an impressive show on September 6th in his fight against #13 WBC Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) at the U.S. Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Team Sauerland) By Scott Gilfoid: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) made weight on Friday for his title defense against fringe contender #12 WBO Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Huck, 29, weighed in at 200 pounds and looked good as always. His opponent Larghetti weighed in at 195.3 pounds.
This fight is pretty much just a simple title defense for Huck, because the 31-year-old Larghetti is clearly not at the same talent level or even close to the same talent level as him. But the fight does have meaning for Huck, because a victory over Larghetti will be Huck’s 13th title defense of his WBO strap, which would tie him with former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson for the most title defenses for a cruiserweight champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) has an appointment on September 16th with a doctor to have him exam him to see if he’s still fit to continue fighting, according to Dan Rafael.
Depending on how things go with the exam, Martinez, 39, could continue his career or possibly hang up the gloves. The area that is most concern it would seem is Martinez’s surgically repaired right knee. His knee look weak in his last fight against Miguel Cotto last June. Read the rest of this entry »
By Raj Parmar: Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s) is looking at 2015 as the year he makes the transition from boxing titlist to superstar.
Golovkin won the WBA middleweight title in 2010 and has successfully defended the strap each time inside the distance since becoming world champion. Golovkin is scheduled to defend the title against challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KO’s) on October 18 and can also pick up the interim WBC title at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »