By Dan Ambrose: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) will be entering the ring the much smaller fighter tonight in his 143 lb catch weight fight against Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. Marquez, 40, says he’s not worried about being the smaller guy in this fight, because he feels that his skills and his punches will be enough to carry him to victory. That remains to be seen though, because Marquez lost his last fight to Tim Bradley, and he looked like he’d lost a lot from his game since his victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2012.
Marquez needs a victory tonight to get an important 5th fight against Pacquiao for later this year. Marquez explains that the reason why he changed his mind about wanting to fight Pacquiao now is because he’s now the WBO welterweight champion, and that he feels that Pacquiao is the best of the 147 lb champions in the division. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) has what appears to be a safe fight tonight against 39-year-old Sean Corbin (17-4, 12 KO’s) in Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. Cleverly wasn’t matched tough because this is his first fight at a new weight, and because he’s coming off of a long 9 month layoff following his 4th round massacre loss to Sergey Kovalev last August. But more importantly, Cleverly isn’t being matched tough tonight because he can’t afford to mess out on a career high payday fight against Tony Bellew for later this year.
That’s a fight that will make both fighters a lot of money, in addition to their promoters at Matchroom Sport. What’s interesting about the Cleverly-Bellew fight is that it’s two guys that likely won’t do much at cruiserweight in terms of them going anywhere at this weight and winning titles. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: In a sign that the World Boxing Council would like to see WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) fight WBC Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan (29-3, 19 KO’s) in the near future, the WBC has elevated Khan to the #1 contender in their welterweight rankings below Mayweather. Khan takes Luis Carlos Abregu’s place at the #1 WBC contender.
This doesn’t mean that Khan will neccessarily get a fight against Mayweather, because he could very well be ignored by him just as Abregu was. The WBC can’t force Mayweather to fight Khan, because if they try and do that, Mayweather could vacate his 147 lb title and then the WBC would be stuck with a much, much smaller sanctioning fee for whoever takes Mayweather’s place as the next champion. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rocky Esposito: Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., (46-0, 26 KO’s). Whether your a fan of his or not, at the seasoned age of 37, Floyd is still unarguably Boxing’s #1 Pound for Pound King. At Welterweight (147 lbs.), he currently owns the WBA Super Champion World Title belt, along with the WBC and Ring Magazine World Championship belts.
If we move up a division to the Light Middleweights (154lbs), it is the same exact scenario all over again. Mayweather again currently owns this division’s WBA Super Championship World Title belt, along with the WBC and Ring Magazine’s World Championship belts. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank likes the idea of matching Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) up against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for later this year, because Marquez is really one of the last guys that Arum has in his Top Rank stable that he can match against Pacquiao and bring in reasonably big pay-per-view numbers.
If Mike Alvarado, a fighter without a huge fan base, beats Marquez in their fight tomorrow night at the Forum in Inglewood, California, it’ll likely mean that Pacquiao’s next fight will bring in far less than 1 million PPV buys once again. The difference between Marquez fighting Pacquiao and Alvarado facing him are fairly huge. That’s why it’s crucial that Marquez win tomorrow night for Pacquiao’s next fight to do well on PPV. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: In a battle of aging fighters, 38-year-old Joachim Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KO’s) and Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KO’s) fought to a controversial 10 round draw on Friday night at the Olympic Stadium, in Montreal, Quebec, Canad. The final judges scores were 97-93 for Rodriguez, 96-94 for Alcine and 95-95 even. The judge that scored it for Rodriguez seemed to have the correct score for the fight because Rodriguez dominated the fight with his pressure, combination punching and superior power. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former four division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) made weight in Friday’s weigh-in for his fight tomorrow night against Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KO’s) at the Forum, in Inglewood, California, USA. Marquez weighed in at 141.6 lbs, and he looked thin and drained for the fight. Marquez is an expert at making weight, but he had room to come in closer to the weight limit and didn’t need to come in this light. For his part, Alvarado weighed in at 143.2 lbs. The catch weight limit for the fight is 143 lbs. Marquez didn’t make a big deal about Alvarado being slightly over the limit.
The Marquez-Alvarado fight isn’t an official eliminator, but it amounts to the same because their promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has already let it be known that he’s going to have the winner of the Marquez-Alvarado fight challenger WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao later this year. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former two division world champion Zab Judah was impressed with the way that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s) figured out Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) and ended up out-boxing him this month in Mayweather’s 12 round decision win over the Argentinian fighter in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judah liked how Mayweather adapted to the furious attacks from Maidana, and then ended up picking him apart after four rounds of the fight. Judab believes that there’s no reason at all for Mayweather to fight Maidana again, because he has nothing more to prove.
“I think it’s [a Maidana-Mayweather rematch] not necessary. He [Mayweather] did enough,” Judah said. “He knows how to figure guys out and knows how to win. I think Mayweather broke him down excellently. His defense was sharp. He didn’t get hit with no crazy or silly stuff,” Judah said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jermill Pennington: Since Floyd Mayweather Jr’s performance versus Marcos Maidana May 3rd, there has been a drastic change in who fans believe is the best fighter today. The two suspects still remain the same being Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, but in the minds of some the scales have balanced out. Prior to May 3rd it was a consensus thought that Mayweather was indeed the top dog in the sport. After having a hard fought bout versus Marcos Maidana it seems some think that Mayweather is ripe for the picking based on his performance.
In Mayweather’s fight versus Maidana he received a majority decision victory in a closely fought match. This was hands down Mayweather’s toughest fight since Miguel Cotto. In the Maidana fight we seen Mayweather resort to tactics we haven’t seen from him in a while. Mayweather did not control the pace of the fight as he normally does, and was lying on the ropes getting roughed up far more than we are use to seeing. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #3 WBO Paul Smith (34-3, 19 KO’s) can put himself into a world title fight against WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4) if Smith gets past little known David Sarabia (7-3-2, 2 KO’s) in their scheduled 8 round fight this Saturday night, May 17th at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK. The Smith-Sarabia fight will be taking place on the Nathan Cleverly vs. Sean Corbin fight card. Read the rest of this entry »