By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBC challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) will be facing the music this Saturday night in his title challenge of WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Given that the fight is taking place in Canada, I have a feeling that we won’t have to worry about in early controversial stoppages in this fight where a referee opts to step in and stop the fight while both guys are still alert and fighting.
Bellew is really taking a huge step up from the guys that he’s been facing his entire career. We’re talking about a fighter that was beaten by Nathan Cleverly and who arguably should have two defeats on his resume from his fights against Isaac Chilemba. It doesn’t look for Bellew that he couldn’t even beat those two guys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Michael Turturice: Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2 with 38KO’s) dominating show over Brandon Rios (31-2-1 with 23KO’s) has shown the sports writers that he is back atop the boxing world. Is this really the case? I see this in a whole different light. Rios is a good solid blood and guts fighter but also tailored made for the speedy Pacquiao.
This fight was just a replay of the Margarito fight. The same straight forward, slow footed style that Pacquiao destroyed before. Now I am confident that this fight was made to build Manny’s confidence since his string of loses and the KO served up by Marquez. At the end of the night it looked to me that the Pacquiao camp was riding high. Read the rest of this entry »
By Al Hmiel: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) was robbed in what should hav been a 1st round KO of IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) last Saturday night in Manchester, UK. Granted, Froch is probably the UK’s greatest fighter of all time, but Groves showed little respect for Froch and just wouldn’t bow down to the king of British boxing. Groves did not fear or respect Froch.
Groves started out fast and stunned the 36-year-old slow as frozen molasses Froch. Not since Andre Ward showed how slow Froch actually was has the slowness of Carl been so apparent until meeting up with the 25 year old Groves. Read the rest of this entry »
By Juan dela Cruz: After teaching Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios a boxing lesson at The Venetian Hotel in Macau, China last Saturday, the world in now asking, “Who’s next for Manny Pacquiao?” Several names cropped up during an interview with Bob Arum, Top Rank big boss, right after the fight. They were Floyd Mayweather Jr, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, and Ruslan Provodnikov.
Despite Arum saying Mayweather fight is still a possibility, we all knew it won’t happen simply because Floyd doesn’t want it for many ridiculous reasons only he can make. So the names can be trimmed down to only three, Marquez, Bradley, and Provodnikov. We all knew Pacquiao is always ready to face anyone of them. But he needs to determine who’s gonna be first. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: It was great to see Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) back in the ring last night in beating Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision in Macao, China. His performance was really good but I won’t let myself to be influenced by his loyal fans and fellow writers who believe he is already ready to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Manny did clearly win his fight against Brandon Rios, and I had it 120-108. But let us not forget that the “Bam Bam” Rios’ boxing style was tailor-made for Pacquiao, and still was not able to knock him out. It was not a surprise to see that Manny still has power, mobility and speed; what did surprise me is that Brandon Rios was able to land a couple of good shots on him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rav: Having watched the Carl Froch vs. George Groves fight last night, I saw two completely different scenarios which we didn’t think would happen; Froch was pushed back by Groves and at times looked amateurish and crude and didn’t know what to do, took way too many shots and looked punch drunk at times from heavy shots from Groves.
Due to this condition, chin and punch resistance being so good, Froch was able to fight on. Groves showed excellent technical skills with movement, stunning one punch power and the ability to exploit his opponents weaknesses with his strengths. Read the rest of this entry »
By Timothy Medina: Last December, all boxing fans were anticipating the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez. The fourth fight seemed like it would put an end to the Pacquiao versus Marquez saga. It was a fight surrounded by controversy and Marquez was hoping to have his arms raised in victory to end the saga.
The fight ended sooner than anyone had expected, and it ended in the most surprising way. A right hand by Marquez at the end of the sixth round snapped Pacquiao’s head back and down to the canvas he went. It was thrilling while terrifying due to the fact that Pacquiao was laid out for a few minutes until finally sitting up completely unaware of what hit him. Many boxing fans including myself asked the same question that Larry Merchant asked after the knockout. “Will Manny Pacquiao ever be seen in the ring again?” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With the news that WBO super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) is interested in facing Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s), trainer Freddie Roach says that he’d gladly take that match-up between Pacquiao and Mikey.
Roach said to Radio Raheem “I hear Mikey Garcia is calling him out. We’ll fight him.”
This would be an easy fight for Bob Arum of Top Rank to make because Mikey is one of his fighters in his Top Rank stable, so putting the fight together would be an easy one for Arum. Read the rest of this entry »
By Florin: I have decided to write this article after witnessing the huge controversy in the aftermath of Saturday’s night grudge match between fellow Brits Carl Froch and George Groves.
Groves started off well and immediately dropped Froch by way of a huge right hand. To his credit Froch picked himself off the canvas and survived the round but he was staggered and could not get his shots flowing until later in the fight. Groves clearly dominated the fight and in my opinion he clearly won most of the rounds by scoring the cleaner shots and showing the better skill. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: It didn’t take Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) long to mention Floyd Mayweather Jr’s name last night at his post-fight press conference following his 12 round unanimous decision last night over Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KO’s) in Macao, China. Pacquiao said that he’d like to fight Mayweather if he’s willing to fight him, but he doesn’t know whether he’ll agree to the fight or not.
Pacquiao said “I’m willing to fight Floyd. It’s up to him if he wants to also. I think it’s up to the Floyd Mayweather camp.” Read the rest of this entry »