By Jason Kim: One big advantage that Juan Manuel Marquez had over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night that enabled him to KO him in the 6th round was that Marquez doesn’t have nearly as full of a plate as Pacquiao does right now in his life. Marquez’s whole life if pretty much devoted to boxing, aside from his family life.
Marquez doesn’t have the multiple distractions that Pacquiao has with his political career, bible studies and being a huge hero at home in the Philippines. Marquez’s whole thing is to train, focus on boxing, and study his opponents. He’s not studying not tied down with bible study, meeting with politicians, playing basketball, or talking tons of people on a daily basis the way that Pacquiao is in the Philippines. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It seems like Manny Pacquiao may have been with the wrong trainer all these years he’s been with Freddie Roach. Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions swears by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and sees him as the best trainer in boxing bar none, and I think he may be right. After all, Mayweather Sr. is the one that worked with his son Mayweather Jr. in the beginning stages of his boxing education. You have to wonder if Mayweather Sr. could have saved Pacquiao from getting knocked out last Saturday night had he been his trainer instead of Roach.
De La Hoya said to examiner.com “Let’s just put it this way, to me, this day, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best trainer in the world, hands down…he teaches you the art of boxing. He teaches you the art of defense.” Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) The reason I ask this is because the only notable victory on the Philadelphian’s record is Amir Khan. Danny Garcia beat Erik Morlales, who WAS an absolute gladiator in his prime, having fought some of the best in the business like Manny Pacquaio and Marco Antonio Barrera (these fights in particular were blockbusters) but he has aged a lot since then and is nowhere near the fighter he was. All credit to him still for fighting on for this long.
Back to Garcia. After defeating Khan with a crushing knockout blow to the Brits neck area he then goes on to fight Morales for a second time, I understand there may have been a clause in the contract from the first fight here, but then he goes on to fight Zab ‘Super’ Judah. How does this happen? It’s quite frustrating how Angel Garcia (Danny’s father) who is a very disrespectful guy (some may say racist too for some of his previous comments in the build up to the Khan fight) says him and his son fight ‘the best in the business’, but they come off a great, unexpected win over Khan then to fight two way past their prime fighters like Judah and Morales. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) made weight for his title defense against former three division world champion Jore Arce (61-6-2, 46 KO’s) for their fight on HBO on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Donaire weighed in at 121.5 pounds, and Arce, 33, had to strip down nude to get down to 122 lbs to make weight.
The card won’t have much else other than this fight in terms of quality fights that the boxing public really cares about. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Manny Pacquiao has chosen to continue his career after a terrible 6th round knockout defeat against Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday night that left Pacquiao unconscious on the canvas for a number of minutes. Pacquiao said he’ll continue fighting, and his promoter Bob Arum recently said he won’t bother scheduling Pacquiao for any tune-up bouts to see if he can still take a punch.
Arum only wants to have Pacquiao’s brain checked out, and then let him rest up until June or as late as September before having fight Marquez again if that’s what he wants to do.
When Pacquiao does finally return to the ring his boxing fans might be sadly disappointed if he’s not the same fighter he once was before the knockout. The problem with a knockout like the type that Pacquiao suffered is that there’s a chance of both physical and mental damage from that kind of a KO. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin is hoping he can get a shot at former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April next year. Macklin, who is recovering from nose surgery, is expected to be Chavez Jr’s next opponent and Macklin believes he can beat him. Chavez Jr. lost his title to Sergio Martinez last September in a 12 round decision loss, and he’s awaiting his suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for marijuana for that fight. However, if the suspension isn’t too long hen a fight between Macklin and Chavez Jr. is a doable fight for April.
Macklin and Chavez Jr. were both beaten by Sergio Martinez. Macklin takes pride in the fact that he gave Martinez overall more problems than Chavez Jr. did in his fight with him before getting knocked out. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: 43-year-old former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (51-17-2, 35 KO’s) will be coming out of retirement this Saturday night to fight unbeaten and highly hyped [by the British public] Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves (15-0, 12 KO’s) at the ExCel arena in London, England. Johnson said he hadn’t heard a lot about Groves before being selected for the fight, but after watching a few of his fights he’s not all that impressed with what he’s seen of him.
Johnson said “From what I’ve seen [of Groves] I’m not impressed as such…It’ll be up to the judges to do their job correctly.”
Johnson is considered an underdog for this fight because he’s lost 5 out of his last 7 fights, but one of the losses was a questionable one in his last fight against Andrzej Fonfara and the other defeats came against Carl Froch, Andre Ward, Lucian Bute and Tavoris Cloud, fighters that most boxing fans would consider much superior to Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: Amir Khan’s former trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see Khan being able to change his aggressive fighting style, and he questions whether that would even be a smart thing for him to try to do at this point in his career.
Roach believes that Khan will only put himself in danger if he fights in a conservative manner by standing in the pocket more like his new trainer Virgil Hunter wants him to do, and he doesn’t see Khan being able to turn into a counter puncher all of a sudden because that’s not something that’s easily done. Roach believes Khan is better off staying the aggressive fighter he’s always been, but being a little more cautious instead of looking to throw so many flurries. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) is starting to get the sinking suspicion that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) will be looking to avoid fighting him now that Broner has gotten past Antonio DeMarco with an impressive knockout victory and is setting his laser sights on the UK fighter.
With Burn’s cancelled fight this Saturday against Jose Ocampo, Broner was hoping Burns would agree to fight him on February 16th next year, and his promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions said he was going to try and persuade Burns to accept a fight with Broner. But we’ve learned is that Burns won’t be fighting Broner, and that he instead will be fighting on January 26th against an opponent still to be determined. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Some conspiracy theorists may not like this news but that’s too bad for them. Juan Manuel Marquez’s test results for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) for his fight with Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night have come back and the results were negative, according to RingTV.
Pacquiao’s test results were negative as well. No anabolic steroids and other such PEDs were neither found nor any other drugs.
Keith Kizer, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said to RingTV “They [Pacquiao and Marquez] were tested for everything – steroids, diuretics, masking agents, drugs of abuse, and they came back negative.” Read the rest of this entry »