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title Keith Thurman elevated from interim to full WBA welterweight champion

thurman666By Dan Ambrose: On Wednesday, the World Boxing Association elevated interim WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) from interim champion to the full WBA 147 pound champion. However, that doesn’t mean that the 26-year-old Thurman is the main champ for the WBA, because they’ve got Floyd Mayweather Jr, who the WBA calls their “Super World welterweight” champion.

The WBA has kind of made it confusing for boxing fans with their interim, regular and Super World titles that they hand out to champions in the same weight class. The good news is the WBA now has just two champions at 147. The bad news is they’ll likely soon appoint a WBA interim champion. Read the rest of this entry »

title Koncz: I looked Mayweather in the eyes. I can tell he wants the Pacquiao fight to happen

koncz888By Chris Williams: Michael Koncz, the close personal adviser for wealthy Filipino star Manny Pacquiao, says he looked Floyd Mayweather Jr in the eyes last night when the two of them met in a Miami hotel room with Pacquiao, and he could tell that Mayweather is truly sincere about wanting to fight Pacquiao on May 2nd.

Koncz approached Mayweather earlier in the evening when he was at the Miami Heat game, and he asked him to meet with Pacquiao for a brief introduction. Read the rest of this entry »

title Cotto an Mayweather Jr. are in two different classes. Why the rematch would not get a passing grade

cotto3e3432By Shaun La: It is difficult not to appreciate Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) in the sport of boxing. He is quiet, ambitious and the current WBC middleweight world champion who ascended thru the weight classes with hard fought bouts.

Where he stands in the arena of great Puerto Rican boxers can be linked to fulfilling the energy of success in the boxing ring left by Wilfred Benítez, Héctor Camacho to Félix Trinidad. Cotto shows up to box who is in front of him with a fortitude that earns your respect, win or lose. Read the rest of this entry »

title Despite the hype, Floyd will likely take on Cotto

cotto22By Jaime Ortega: Yesterday, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr coincidentally met in Miami in the sidelines of the basketball court, on a night where the Miami Heat played against the Bucks.

Pacquiao and Floyd had never met before, so the video images showing them talk have made headlines all around the world.

For fans this unexpected meeting came as a surprise. I have to admit that I was surprised to see Floyd briefly chat with Pacquiao, shaking hands and exchanging phone numbers to supposedly discuss the memo of written agreements before signing the final contract according to ESPN correspondent Dan Rafael. Read the rest of this entry »

title Sulaiman: The WBC has removed obstacles to make sure Mayweather-Pacquiao fight happens

By Chris Williams:
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman says the World Boxing Council has made the moves to ensure that the May 2nd fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao fight takes place. Sulaiman says it’s now up to the two superstars to give fight fans the mega-bout that the world has been asking for in the last few years. Read the rest of this entry »

title Terence Crawford moving to 140, fighting on 4/18

crawford8888By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) will be moving up to the 140 pound division for his next fight on 4/18 in Omaha, Nebraska.

The possible opponent for his first fight in this weight class as Thomas Dulorme, according to Fightnews. Crawford’s co-manager Brian McIntyre is interested in matching him against Lucas Matthysse, Chris Algieri and Mauricio Herrera, although it’s highly unlikely we’ll see Crawford face any of those guys in his first fight in the light welterweight division. Read the rest of this entry »

title Khan: I have to be next for Mayweather if he doesn’t face Pacquiao

khan123By Scott Gilfoid: Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) is counting on getting the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr if the American pay-per-view superstar’s fight against Manny Pacquiao crumbles in the next few days. Khan wants the Mayweather fight, and he feels he’s earned the shot against the 37-year-old star after beating Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander in his last two fights.

Khan believes those victories have proven himself worthy of a fight against Mayweather. Many boxing fans disagree with Khan, however, as they feel that he should have proven himself by facing Keith Thurman and Kell Brook in his last two fights instead of the light hitting Alexander and Collazo, a fighter from the past. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather and Pacquiao met in Miami hotel last night to discuss May 2nd fight

floyd6333By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr met with WBO title holder Manny Pacquiao last Tuesday night in a Miami, Florida, presumably to discuss the negotiations for their May 2nd mega-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to a source from the

Mayweather and Pacquiao had met earlier in the night at the Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks game at the American Airlines Arena. The two fighters met on the court at halftime after Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz decided to walk up to Mayweather to ask him if he’d like to talk to Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »

title Anthony Joshua wants Kevin Johnson on April 25th

joshua536By Scott Gilfoid: With some boxing fans thinking that unbeaten British heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) backed out of his January 31st fight against 35-year-old journeyman Kevin Johnson (36-6-1, 14 KOs) out of worry about not being ready for that class of fighter, Joshua says he wants to reschedule with Johnson for April 25th after he fights a stay busy fight against a still to be determined foe on April 4th at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom.

Joshua, 25, pulled out of the Johnson fight, saying that he suffered a bone injury from his one round victory over 40-year-old British journeyman Michael Sprott last November. Read the rest of this entry »

title Mayweather told Pacquiao to ‘stop lying’ at Heats game, says source

By Chris Williams: Last night, Floyd Mayweather Jr confronted Manny Pacquiao and his personal adviser Michael Koncz at the Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks game in Miami, Florida. Mayweather was seen talking to Pacquiao in an animated fashion while Pacquiao stayed silent mostly while nodding his head. While no one knows what words were exchanged, an unnamed source told Fighthype that what Mayweather allegedly told Pacquiao was to ‘stop lying’ about him having signed the contract for a fight between them. Read the rest of this entry »

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