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title Pacquiao louder than usual and Mayweather quieter than usual – What’s your take?

Manny Pacquiao(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Babatis Banda: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have been in camp for a number of weeks now in getting ready for their fight on May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Strange as it may sound, but yes, Pacquiao has been the more vocal or at least his camp has been on the more trashing side.

There has been quite some stuff worth noting to the buildup to this fight. In the first place, we have believed that Mayweather really knows how to sell his fights, by hyping if you like, the fight by trash talking and irritating his opposing camp. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roach: Cotto says Pacquiao is Going to Kill Mayweather

cotto57By Raj Parmar: WBC Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) is a common opponent of both Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao and feels that Manny has what it takes to overcome the undefeated favorite Mayweather.

Cotto was TKO’d by Pacquiao in 12th round of their slugfest in 2009 and was outpointed by Floyd in 2012 by a 12 round unanimous decision. Read the rest of this entry »

title Ricky Burns vs. Omar Figueroa in Hidalgo, Texas on May 9th

burns453By Scott Gilfoid: The May 9th fight between former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and former two division world champion Ricky Burns (37-4-1, 11 KOs) will be taking place at the State Farm Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas, USA. No titles will be on the line for the fight. Figueroa is now the WBC lightweight Champion in Recess.

It was already known that the fight would take place in Houston, but the actual venue was still undecided until today. This is really a do-or-die fight for Burns, as he’s lost two out of his last three fights in the last two years. Burns will be turning 32 on April 13th, and he’s obviously not getting any younger. Read the rest of this entry »

title Martin Murray wants Golovkin rematch at super middleweight

golovkin42222By Scott Gilfoid: After coming up short last month in getting stopped in the 11th round in his fight against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) on February 21st, #4 WBC Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) says he’d like to get another shot at fighting Golovkin, but this time super middleweight.

Murray, 32, believes it would be a different fight if he were to take the 5’10 ½” Golovkin at 168, presumably because he wouldn’t have to struggle to take the weight off like he did in cutting down to 160.

Murray has had three shots at world titles in the middleweight division, he’s failed to win a world title. He still believes he has opportunities in this fight class, but he thinks he would have a lot of chances at 168 as well if he were to move up. Murray seems torn about whether he should move up or not. Read the rest of this entry »

title Terry Norris vs. John Mugabi: when should a title bout be stopped?

By Gerardo Granados: Maybe the reader was upset when referee Luis Pabon stopped the Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal title bout; perhaps you might think it was the right call because it will always be better an early stoppage than a punch late. But are we the fight fans on the verge to say good bye to the epic Castillo vs Corrales type of fights? I surely hope not. Read the rest of this entry »

title Klitschko vs. Jennings: Bryant coming after all of Wladimir’s belts on April 25th
By Scott Gilfoid: The long-armed Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) will be coming after IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) to strip him of four world titles in their fight at Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York, USA.

While Jennings the 6’3”, 220lbs, may be giving up around 25 pounds and 3 inches in height to the 6’6”, 245 pound Wladimir on April 25th, he’ll actually be sporting a three inch reach advantage against him. This means that Jennings is going to be able to nail Wladimir any time he wants. Read the rest of this entry »

title Pacquiao: Mayweather can run but he can’t hide!

By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) thinks Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) may opt to run from him on May 2nd rather than stand and fight at the center of the ring where he would like it to take place. Pacquiao wants an old fashioned slugfest when he gets inside the ring with Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the rest of this entry »

title Froch to fight in September, Chavez Jr, Ward, Golovkin and DeGale possibilities

froch11By Scott Gilfoid: After sitting out of action for a year after his win over fellow Brit George Groves last year in May, WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) plans on returning to the ring in September of this year, possibly against Andre Ward, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr or James DeGale.

The Chavez Jr fight is the one that Froch wants, even though Chavez Jr has done zero with his career ever since his 7th round stoppage win over Andy Lee in June of 2012. We’re talking about a three year rut for Chavez Jr, and Froch wants to fight him. That’s very interesting and very telling. Read the rest of this entry »

title Roach: Pacquiao doesn’t need to mimic another fighter’s style to beat Mayweather

roach2By Chris Williams: While a lot of boxing fans think that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao needs to totally revamp his fighting style to have a chance of beating WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in their big mega-fight on May 2nd, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach isn’t one of them.

Roach doesn’t see any point in Pacquiao hitting the reset button on his game, and he also doesn’t see any point in Pacquiao trying to use the same fighting style of some of Mayweather’s past opponents like Marcos Maidana to try and come up with a good enough fighting style to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »

title Will Donaire steal the big fights from Rigondeaux?

rigondeaux3By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night at the at the Araneta Coliseum, Metro Manila, Philippines; former pound for pound best super bantamweight Nonito Donaire looked really impressive knocking out a limited over-matched William Prado.

It was good to see Nonito make the weight limit without much struggle and that might be the biggest achievement for him so far in his comeback to the super bantam division after refusing to prove his worth at the featherweight division. Read the rest of this entry »

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