By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Let me get this out the way first. I’m a Floyd Mayweather Jr fan. Now let me continue. Freddie Roach, most of the general public and a legion of Manny Pacquiao fans believe that Mayweather’s legacy will be tarnished if he does not fight Pacquiao.
the same has not really been said about Pacquiao except by those who choose to be very open minded about Pacquiao’s fighter options. But this is what happens when a fighter like Mayweather is on top of the boxing world like he is; when he is the A-side like is; when in a year when there were many pay per view bouts and numbers were down that his two fights with Marcos Maidana were the best in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) feels he’s making progress towards a world title shot in the near future. Joshua, 6’6”, hasn’t fought anyone that you can call good or anyone that you can refer to as a big puncher, but he still feels that he could be heading towards a world title shot if he can keep winning.
Just who Joshua wants to face in a world title fight is the big question. If it’s the much faster and stronger Wladimir Klitschko then we’re probably looking at Joshua getting knocked out and badly exposed. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Amir Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter believes that the 28-year-old Khan has a good chance of beating WBO 147lb champ Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) if the two fighters mix it up in 2015. Hunter believes that Floyd Mayweather Jr would be a really tough fight for Khan, but he thinks Pacquiao is a winnable fight for him.
Khan has talks in the past about having done very well against Pacquiao in sparring sessions when the two fighters were trained by Freddie Roach. In looking at some of the video from one of the sparing sessions, Khan did appear to dominate Pacquiao. Khan used his size, hand speed and combinations to give Pacquiao fits. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Boxingnews24.com has selected WBA Super World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) as the Fighter of The Year for 2014.
We realize that ESPN selected Terence Crawford as Fighter of The Year for his wins over Ricky Burns, Raymundo Beltran and Yuriorkis Gamboa, but only one of those fights was entertaining and that was largely due to Gamboa, not Crawford pushing the fight. Crawford’s wins over Beltran and Burns were incredibly boring to watch, and it was like watching paint dry. For that reason, we couldn’t give Crawford Fighter of the Year. His performances were simply too boring. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Yvon Michel, the promoter for WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs), believes that the 37-year-old Stevenson has proven that he’s better than the other top fighters in the 175 pound division after his recent victories over a string of challengers.
Stevenson is coming off of a 5th round knockout win over Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky. The fight was entirely one-sided from start to finish, and it wasn’t particularly competitive due in part to Sukhotsky’s timid style of fighting. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) has rebuilt his career since his disappointing loss to Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) last year in December. Broner has won his last two fights, albeit against weak opposition.
Broner feels that he’s ready to face Maidana in a rematch, and he feels confident that he’ll defeat him when the time comes if they wind up facing each other again.
The problem that Broner has is the two fighters are now fighting in different divisions, as Broner is fighting at 140 and Maidana 147. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Freddie Roach, the trainer for Manny Pacquiao, says that unless Floyd Mayweather Jr fights Pacquiao, he will ruin his boxing legacy. Roach thinks that Mayweather will have an asterisk next to his name if he chooses to retire without fighting his guy Pacquiao.
Roach admits that the reason why Mayweather and Pacquiao didn’t fight when they attempted to negotiate a fight in 2009 was because Pacquiao couldn’t agree on the blood testing that Mayweather wanted for the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: There’s less than one month to go before the important clash between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and the unbeaten #1 WBC knockout artist Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) on January 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stephen Espinoza, the Vice President of Sports for Showtime, says there is a high ticket demand from the media for this fight. If the media is incredibly interested in this fight then the boxing fans are too. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: With Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao possibly meeting each other in 2015 if their fight isn’t stopped by Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is hoping that a multi-fight contract can be signed so that the two stars can face each other not just once but three times in order for them to have a trilogy.
Both guys are nearing the ends of their career, so it would appear that Roach is getting kind of greedy and not factoring in the ages of the two fighters. Read the rest of this entry »
By Leigh K. Seto: The top two boxing networks are HBO and SHOWTIME. It has been widely publicized that the networks would have to work together in order for the Mayweather/Pacquiao mega-fight to occur. Many point to the Lewis/Tyson fight to illustrate that these two networks have worked together in the past to make a fight happen.
Lewis was with HBO and Tyson was with Showtime. The problem is that people may not know that took 15 months for the networks to iron out and plenty of bad blood. Fast forward to today and these networks are still at war with each other and an amicable partnership seems highly unlikely. If these networks don’t agree again the fight will not happen. If you don’t believe me, Google Lewis vs Tyson, HBO vs Showtime. Read the rest of this entry »