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title Mayweather: Pacquiao’s back is against the wall because he needs money

pacquiao44By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr believes that Manny Pacquiao had no other choice but to take a fight against him, because he feels that the 36-year-old Pacquiao is in need of money. Mayweather doesn’t say why Pacquiao needs the cash from a mega-fight between them on May 2nd. Mayweather gave Pacquiao a very generous 60-40 purse split of the loot, which gives Pacquiao a lot more money than the $40 million that Mayweather offered the Filipino star three years ago.

Some boxing fans think Pacquiao is badly in debt. Whether that’s true or not is unknown, as only Pacquiao and his management know his exact financial situation. If Pacquiao had to take the Mayweather fight in order to pay off debts of one kind of another, it’s good for Pacquiao that he had that option. Read the rest of this entry »



title WBO orders Abraham to face Stieglitz again

Stieglitz_Abraham_V6P1926By Scott Gilfoid: The World Boxing Organization is doing WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham a huge favorite by ordering him to face #1 WBO Robert Stieglitz within the next 90 days rather than having Abraham take on an arguably tougher contender like Gilberto Ramirez.

Abraham has already fought Stieglitz three times in back and forth fights that took place in Germany. By the WBO ordering yet another fight between Abraham and Stieglitz, they really did them both a big favor, because if Abraham has to defend his title against one of the younger contenders with talent, he’ll likely lose. Read the rest of this entry »



title Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Andrzej Fonfara at 172lb catch-weight on 4/18 at StubHub Center, Carson, CA

chavez92By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs) will be having his next fight at a catch-weight of 172 pounds against light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) on April 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

It’s unclear if the Chavez Jr-Fonfara fight will go ahead though, as Chavez Jr’s former promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank says that Chavez Jr is still under contract with his company for one more fight. Arum has been talking about having the Chavez Jr-Fonfara fight blocked legally. Read the rest of this entry »



title Arum: Mayweather and Pacquiao will likely want a rematch if their May 2nd fight is competitive

arum422By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is talking about the possibility of a rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr if their fight on May 2nd is an evenly matched competitive fight. There isn’t a rematch clause in the contract between the two fighters, so it’s possible that both of them can go their separate ways at the conclusion of their fight next May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arum obviously wouldn’t mind if the two of them fought again, as long as it was a competitive fight the first time around. This is going to be big money for Arum, Top Rank and for Pacquiao. He’s not going to see that kind of money if Arum keeps matching Pacquiao against his Top Rank stable fighters like Brandon Rios, Jessie Vargas and Tim Bradley. Read the rest of this entry »



title Anthony Dirrell vs. Badou Jack to headline “Premier Boxing Champions” card on April 24th on Spike TV

dirrell77-yamada (Photo credit: Sumio Yamada) By Scott Gilfoid: The Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) vs. Badou Jack (18-1-1, 12 KOs) fight on April 24th will be the headliner fight on the “Premier Boxing Chamoions” card, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. The Dirrell-Jack fight will be on Spike TV.

The venue for the fight still hasn’t been determined at this time, but there’s a possibility that it could be staged either in Chicago or Detroit. Having it take place in Detroit would be perfect, as the unbeaten Dirrell lives in Flint, Michigan. Read the rest of this entry »



title David Lemieux in play for Canelo-Kirkland undercard on May 9th

lemieux4554By DA: #13 WBA,#2 WBC, and #5 IBF Middleweight contender David Lemieux is reportedly in talks to be apart of the upcoming Saul “Canelo” Alvarez – James Kirkland undercard on May 9th at the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. This report came from LA times reporter Lance Pugmire in an interview with Oscar De la Hoya about 2015 being Boxing’s biggest year and Canelo Alvarez.

If Lemieux does get put as the co-main event that makes the card a lot better especially since it’ll be a championship bout given that Lemieux recently accepted the IBF’s offer in facing Hassan N’Dam for the vacant belt. The belt was held briefly by former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor but due to legal issues Taylor was stripped of his title assuming he won’t be able to make defenses of the belt. Taylor won the belt by defeating Sam Soliman in which he dropped Soliman several times. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao: If I hurt Mayweather, I think he’ll run

pac245By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao expects Floyd Mayweather Jr to go into full flight if he winds up hurting him in their fight on May 2nd. If that happens, Pacquiao says he’ll chase Mayweather down to try and score a knockout.

Whether Pacquiao can even hurt Mayweather is really the big question. If Pacquiao could only score flash knockdowns against Chris Algieri in his last fight, it’s doubtful that he’ll be able to come up with the kind of power that he’ll need to score a stoppage victory over Mayweather.

“If I hurt him [Mayweather]. I expect him to run. Otherwise he might fight me toe-to-toe,” Pacquiao said. Read the rest of this entry »



title The fight within the fight Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

floyd5325By Dominic Panaia: There is a buzz in the air and everyone from the average Joe to the sports crazed fans are talking boxing, but not just any boxing but about the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao.

You can visit any sites, whether its basketball or football in America, soccer in Europe and AFL in Australia and you can bet your bottom dollar that the May 2 showdown will come up.

On one side there is the Pacquiao fans with the Manny’s speed is too good, his angles are too great, his power is unreal and his volume will destroy Mayweather. The trainer Freddie Roach agrees, as does promoter Bob Arum, the president of Top rank Promotions, that Manny will overwhelm Floyd and wear him down and KO him. Read the rest of this entry »



title Mayweather offers Khan a ticket to see him fight Pacquiao

floyd7By Scott Gilfoid: In responding to Britain’s Amir Khan’s claims that Floyd Mayweather Jr’s next fight against Manny Pacquiao will be a boring affair, Mayweather has offered Khan a ticket to see him in his mega-fight on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather told Khan that the world isn’t calling for a Mayweather-Khan or a Pacquiao-Khan fight. The world wants to see Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Mayweather says that Khan will eventually be involved in big fights of his own in time, although Mayweather doesn’t say who Khan will be fighting. Read the rest of this entry »



title Pacquiao can beat Mayweather by a decision, says Koncz

pac7777By Chris Williams: The conventional wisdom that many boxing fans and writers feel is that Manny Pacquiao needs a knockout if he wants to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in their long-awaited bout in the next three months on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao’s personal adviser Michael Koncz thinks Pacquiao can beat Mayweather whether it goes to the cards or not. Koncz sees Pacquiao as having more than enough skills to win at least seven of the twelve rounds.

Pacquiao isn’t known for being a great boxer, as he’s always been more of a knockout guy during his career. It’s been only recently that he’s started winning his fights by decisions, but that’s largely due to him having problems hurting his opponents with his punching power. Read the rest of this entry »



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