By Ken Woods: The mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is here. September 14 will be a historic night for the sport of boxing.
However, there has been a vast amount of criticism thrown towards Mayweather for years now, and it is unreasonable when compared to his current adversary.
Let’s take a look at some common opponents and scenarios. Read the rest of this entry »
By Stevie Ocallaghan: Anyone who takes the time and reads my posts will know that I am a big fan of British boxing and in particular a Ricky Burns fan, but let me just say that I can’t make an argument against Ray Beltran winning the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Leopoldo Gonzalez) By Richard Vallejo: When Floyd “Money” Mayweather 44-0 26 ko’s steps into the ring vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 42-0-1 30 ko’s September 14, 2013 Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas, it’s all on the line, his highly guarded unblemished record, the mythical pound for pound title, and a legacy.
I begin my breakdown with the 152 agreed upon catch-weight. Never a fan of catch-weight fights, I believe this one favors Mayweather, as Canelo is in all actuality a full fledged super middleweight. Canelo is known for blowing up an additional 15-20 lbs within the 24 hrs after the mandatory weigh –in to somewhere in the neighborhood of 170 lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Leopold Gonzalez) By Chris Williams: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer badly wants this Saturday’s “The One” card to break the pay-per-view records for cash and overall PPV buys. It’s not looking right now, but Schaefer believes it’ll do at least 2 million buys, which will break the record in terms of cash hauled in. The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez main event is a good lure to attract fans, as is the fact the fight is being held on the Mexican Independence Day holiday this weekend.
Schaefer said to AP “My goal is to break the record. I think we will do 2 million homes, which will make it the single biggest pay-per-view in boxing. Saturday could be a $200 million night.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KO’s) has very little chance of keeping his two titles on Saturday night against the tough Argentinian fighter Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most boxing writers and fans are picking Matthysse to win the fight.
In one poll conducted by RingTV from 2700 people polled, Matthysse was picked by fans over Garcia 68.1 percent by knockout.
Naturally, Garcia doesn’t think he should be the underdog in this fight, saying “I’m ready to win the fight on Saturday night, and I’m going to go out and get his respect immediately.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) is hoping to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0. 26 KO’s) in the UK in 2014 if both of them win their next fights. Khan is supposed to fight IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander on December 7th, and Mayweather battles Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this Saturday night.
If both guys emerge as victorious in these two fights, we could see Khan and Mayweather fighting next year in England. Khan has been yapping about wanting to fight Mayweather for ages now, and it’ll be good if the two can fight just so that Khan will quit talking about the fight all the time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) gave his opponent for Saturday night WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) a back-handed compliment by saying that Canelo will wind up in the Hall of Fame one day, but only as statistic in being one of Mayweather’s victims.
Mayweather Jr. said “Someday Canelo will go down in the Hall of Fame, as one of the opponents I beat.”
Unless Canelo raises his game this Saturday night, he could very well end up as just another statistic on Mayweather’s eventual Hall of Fame stats. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “Is he tough like Cotto? No. Can he box like Cotto? No. Can he punch like Cotto? No. Has he faced the same opposition that Cotto’s faced? No. So am I worried? Absolutely not,” said Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a recent interview with RingTV.
Is comparing Canelo to Miguel Cotto plausible? Does it make sense claiming that beating Cotto is a guarantee at beating Alvarez? Are they similar in the way they fight? Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer says that the World Boxing Council has had a special pure gold WBC belt created for this Saturday’s fight between WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I’m assuming when Schaefer says it’s “pure gold,” he’s talking about it being 24 K gold and not 14 K. A pure 24 karat belt would be useless to be worn as a belt even for adornment.
Schaefer said “The WBC has produced a very special belt for this occasion. It’s a first time that they have melted a big gold bar into the belt. This is a belt made of pure gold.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: We heard from Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn how Brook (30-0, 20 KO’s) was supposed to be fighting a quality opponent for his next fight on October 26th, but instead of Brook fighting a high quality opponent, Brook will be facing former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Sanchenko (34-1, 23 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK.
Yes, Senchenko was technically the WBA 147 lb. champion for three years, but look who Senchenko beat in order to win the title – Yuriy Nuzhnenko. This is the same Nuzhnenko that Matthew Hatton easily beat in 2010 by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision. I mean, look at the guys that Senchenko defended his WBA title against in 3 years: Motoki Sasaki, Charlie Navarro, Marco Antonio Avendano and Paulie Malignaggi, who whipped him last year in a 9th round stoppage. Read the rest of this entry »