By Jonathan Hull: Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) isn’t afraid to boast that he is the best ever and does this by donning The Money Team clothing with the acronym TBE. Despite Floyd’s thoughts some boxing fans feel that Floyd Mayweather Jr isn’t even in the top 10 or 20 greatest of all time in many boxing fans lists.
Ranking the best boxers in history is subjective. No two boxing fans will come up with the same list. But one apparent common trend is for fans to underrate current boxers achievements and exaggerate the achievements of past fighters.
Boxing fans of today are spoilt with top level boxing televised live on almost a weekly basis. This means that fans can accurately determine the capabilities of say Floyd Mayweather Jr’s or Manny Pacquiao’s opponents. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) is working on selecting his next opponent for his September 13th fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather is expected to have his next opponent nailed down within the next 2 weeks. The opponent is being picked out from a handful of top named fighters that include Marcos Maidana, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, Amir Khan and Danny Garcia.
Khan, 27, is kind of uncertain for the fight due to Ramadan, but Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellberbe has a message for Khan in that if he wants to fight Mayweather, he’s going to need to be available for the September 13th fight date. In other words, Mayweather isn’t going to be moving his fight date just to accommodate Khan. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Austin Trout is more convinced now than ever that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) is heading for a big loss in two months from now against WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) in their catch-weight fight at 155 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Trout thinks that Lara can and will do everything that Floyd Mayweather Jr. did to Canelo in beating him by a 12 round decision in September of 2013, but Trout thinks that Lara will do a better job because he won’t be trying to mix it up as much as Mayweather did.
Canelo, 23, is training really hard for this fight because he knows what’s at stake if he loses. He could see his career as a pay-per-view fighter sunk in it’s early infancy. The boxing public will put up with a loss or two, but they lose interest when the defeats are bunched up together where they’re happening left and right in a short time period. If Canelo loses to Lara, it’ll be his second defeat in his last three fights.
The question is will boxing fans want to keep paying to see Canelo fight if Lara clowns him? Golden Boy Promotions can drag out Alfredo Angulo again for Canelo to shine against, I’m sure, but he can’t make a career out of beating up on Angulo or that type of fighter. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) says his next fight date has changed from July 19th to August 2nd. Rios, 28, still doesn’t know who he’ll be facing yet, but it’s definitely not going to be Mike Alvarado. He took a beating last Saturday night in his 12 round unanimous decision loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and he likely won’t be able to get back in the ring that quickly.
“I was supposed to fight July 19th, but now I’m fighting August 2nd,” Rios said to esnewsreporting.com. Read the rest of this entry »
By AneelKBoxing: The first fight between Carl Froch and George Groves ended in controversy which has given each fighter another pass to right a wrong with the rematch. It’s lead us to a second fight which is far bigger than the first one if not the biggest ever in the UK, this is in-fact due to its venue and attendance at Wembley Stadium.
Just a week away from the event, I want to highlight a few reasons in why this fight is so thrilling and in my own opinion more exciting than any other boxing event this year. This fight provides more than just a glimpse of top boxers but more that they genuinely despise each other and have equally found themselves in controversy following the first fight. Unlike the Mayweather and Pacquiao fights, the Froch/Groves first fight held a story line to it, where in each round we saw Froch hurt and in trouble from the young Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Danny Ech: Yes, reader I know you are tired of hearing about Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao and why hasn’t the fight happened and Mayweather is a coward and Mayweather is this and Mayweather is that but the fight “that never was” is still coming up today. Everyone in the world that wants this fight has his or her own opinions as to why it has not happened and just about every writer and every sports commentator has voiced their opinions as well.
As far as I have seen in my own opinion most of the blame and the pressure has been placed on Floyd Mayweather based on the articles I’ve seen on multiple websites and interviews I’ve watched on multiple sport channels. At this point I believe Mayweather has become a victim of his own success which is sad because he has raised the bar so high that if his performance is anything less than usual he is looked at as old, declining, weak, not that great, almost immediately etc etc. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe is impressed with George Groves’ speed and talent, but he questions whether he’ll have the stamina to defeat IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) in their rematch at the end of the month on May 31st. Calzaghe sees Froch an old time boxer who could have fought 15 round fights years ago when championship boxing matches were still going 15 rounds. Calzaghe also thinks he would have beaten Froch and Groves in his prime.
“It’s a question of stamina. Froch still appears to have the cardiovascular capacity to go any distance,” Calzaghe said. “I expect we’re going to find out about George. Froch is beginning to look like he’s slowing up…Groves is faster but does he have the steam for a long fight? In my own mind, I believe that in my prime I would have beaten either of them.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night, May 24th, against little known Clive Atwell (12-0-1, 7 KO’s) at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Gonzalez, 32, had been hoping to face Abner Mares in a rematch months ago, but Mares suffered a rib injury while training. Atwell, #12 WBC, is more of a stay busy fight than anything. He’s not someone who will give Gonzalez any real challenge because Atwell lack the speed, power, skills and experience to do much in this fight.
This fight likely won’t last more than a round or two unless Gonzalez takes it easy on Atwell. This is a mismatch in talent and a huge one at that. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is waiting for the word from 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) to find out whether he’ll agree to face Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for a 5th time. Arum has been highly interested in getting Marquez to agree to a 5th fight with Pacquiao ever since the Mexican warrior knocked Pacquiao out cold in December of 2012.
The fight drew 1.15 million PPV buy, and the chances were high that it might have pulled in better numbers if Arum had been able to get Pacquiao back in the ring in early 2013 for a quick rematch. But now too much time has gone by and I don’t see the interest being as high for a 5th fight between them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO European super middleweight champion Frank Buglioni (12-1, 9 KO’s) will be trying to turn his career around on July 16th in a fight against journeyman Sam Couzens (11-12-1, 3 KO’s) in a fight for the vacant British Southern Area super middleweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK. Buglioni, 25, is coming off of a 6th round TKO loss to Sergey Khomitsky last April in a fight in which Buglioni was really pummeled from pillar to post. Read the rest of this entry »