By Bob Smith: It is early spring, and thus again it is time for a Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KO’s) fight on Cinco De Mayo against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s). Who will win, the pointless rhetorical question proclaims? Of course it will be Mayweather. Again, this intends no disrespect for Maidana, he is easily a top 10 welterweight, and arguably, given the improvements he has made with excellent trainer Robert Garcia, a top 6 welterweight. Of course, he is champion, but he took it from Adrien Broner, who was not the strongest welterweight champion in recent memory.
The fight that I would really like to see is Maidana vs. Robert Guerrero, that would be an excellent fight and probably a toss up, though I would give the slight edge to Guerrero due to superior boxing skill and experience. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) will be looking to knockout his opponent Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KO’s) in their fight on HBO at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Agnew, 27, has a better record than Kovalev, but he’s earned his wins over much lesser opposition for the most part. Agnew does have impressive wins over Daniel Judah, Yusaf Mack and Otis Griffin.
The main difference between Agnew’s wins and the way that Kovalev has been winning is the end results. While Agnew has had to pound out hard-earned decisions during his career in half of his fights, Kovalev has been knocking out almost every opponent he’s faced.
“I don’t make any predictions for this fight,” the modest Kovalev said. “He is an undefeated guy and so am I. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Moments ago, heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) says he has no interest at all in accepting the challenge of former two-time world heavyweight title challenger Tony Thompson. Fury says he wants to wait on his July 26th WBO heavyweight title eliminator bout against Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s), and then face IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko if Fury is able to get past Chisora. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: HBO will be televising episode 1 tonight of the 24/7 Pacquiao-Bradley 2 at midnight – 12:00-12:30 a.m ET/PT, following the Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew broadcast at 10:00 p.m ET/PT. The Pacquiao-Bradley 2 24/7 episode will be the first of three episodes that leads up to their rematch next month on HBO on April 12th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
HBO is going to be looking into the training and lives of the Filipino star Pacquiao and WBO 147lb champion to try and get fans interested in shelling out to see it.
I think it’s a decent quality fight between Pacquiao and Bradley, although I don’t know if the 24/7 series will do anything to persuade anyone to purchase the fight card on PPV if they’re sitting on the fence. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) will be moving up to 168 to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) for just this one fight on July 19th, and it won’t be a permanent move for Golovkin in staying at this weight, says his promoter Tom Loeffer. The Chavez Jr vs. Golovkin bout will be on HBO pay per view, if the two sides can agree to the contract details. Right now, they’re still working out the contract deal, but it’s very likely the fight will take place because both fighters want the bout, as do their promoters at K2 and Top Rank.
“He’s [Golovkin] clearly going to continue to campaign in the middleweight division, but getting a fight with Chavez Jr. is one of the biggest fights that we could have on our radar,” Loeffer said to Fighthype. “And in order to get that opportunity to fight Chavez, there is a lot of concessions that we would have to make and weight was one of them.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Cook: Pound for pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s) faces off against Marcos ‘El Chino’ Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) in a pay-per-view clash on Showtime at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada on May 3rd in an event titled ‘The Moment’.
When this fight was announced the only ‘moment’ I could think of was the one when Mayweather decides to knock Maidana out.
Due to the sheer dominance of Mayweather in his fights, the majority have looked like mismatches but that was after the bouts had taken place. This one, however, looks over before it has even started. Mayweather has beaten Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, and Victor Ortiz in his last four fights dating back to 2011. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yannis Mihanos: The fighting pride of Philippines and now congressman, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) is in a new chapter of his long career is facing once again the undefeated Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) in an important rematch next month on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada.
Pacquiao, having lost 2 out of 3 of his last fights, is definitely at a crossroads in his long pro career. A possible defeat can take him farther away from the potential showdown with the No. 1 pound for pound fighter in boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr, who Pacquiao still badly wants to fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s not usual for fighters to improve after they’ve been sitting idle for a year the way that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) has since his last fight in April of 2013, but Khan believes the time off from boxing has made him a better fighter. In truth, Khan has been out of the ring for a lot longer than just one year when you factor in that he hasn’t fought a quality fighter since his loss to Danny Garcia in July of 2012.
Khan beat Carlos Molina and a past his best Julio Diaz since then, but the fight against Diaz looked more like a loss, and Molina was just some little 2nd tier lightweight fighter that Golden Boy Promotions found in order to stop Khan’s 2-fight losing streak. Diaz, 34, wasn’t a top ranked welterweight, so you can’t count him as a real fight for Khan. As far as I’m concerned, Khan’s last two fights have been glorified sparring sessions instead of real fights against the guys he should have been fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
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By Chris Williams: While WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) has been busy the last couple of weeks giving one interview after another to help make his May 3rd pay per view fight on Showtime bigger, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) has been hard at work in getting ready to face Maidana and take his WBA title. Mayweather has been focusing entirely on his training in getting ready for the fight, and he hasn’t been nearly as busy as Maidana on the interview circuit.
Maidana is going to have a good excuse for losing to Mayweather on May 3rd, because he’ll be able to blame it on all the time he’s spent in giving interviews and meeting with important influential people now that he’s getting his 15 minutes of fame. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) thinks he could be the guy that takes Manny Pacquiao’s scalp once and for all in their rematch, and sends the 35-year-old fighter skittering into retirement from the loss. Bradley knows that the Filipino star literally has his back against the wall at this point in his career with 2 losses in his last 3 fights.
Pacquiao has been full of excuses for his two losses, but the way Bradley sees it, Pacquiao won’t be able to come up with any excuses after he beats him for the 2nd time on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’ll have to either retire or accept the fact that he’s not even the 2nd best fighter in the welterweight division. He’ll be behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bradley in occupying the #3 spot. Read the rest of this entry »