By Scott Gilfoid: Adrien Broner’s dad thinks that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) will choose to vacate his title rather than face WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) and get beat. Broner’s dad thinks Burns ran from Broner last year when Broner was on the verge of fighting Burns for his WBO super featherweight title.
Burns vacated the strap and then moved up in weight to the lightweight division, and picked up the WBO lightweight strap outside of the ring.
Broner’s dad said to thaboxingvoice.com “Now we’re coming for him [Burns] at 135. We know he’s going to give up the belt and not fight us, so we’re prepared for that.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Dan Rafael of ESPN is going with Juan Manuel Marquez to defeat Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night in their fourth fight together and hopefully their last at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rafael sees it as a law of averages thing where Marquez has been given losses in two fights that could have gone the other way, and he thinks that judges will all on his side on Saturday. Rafael specifically mentions judge Adelaid Byrd, who he says gave WBC junior middleweight champion Austin Trout the win over Miguel Cotto by a 119-109 scorecard. Read the rest of this entry »
by Daniel Tagg and Danny Duffy: This Saturday, sees chapter four in the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Marquez saga. Will this be the bout that finally sorts the wheat from the chaff? Or should we expect more of the same?
These two modern greats have hitherto boxed a total of 36 rounds, with little to separate them. Surely now is the time for one of these guys to shine, so the world can see who truly is the better fighter. No judges’ decision will be good enough; both guys need a knockout, and round 37 has not yet even begun! Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero appears to be on the verge of getting a big money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he’s been craving for ages now. Mayweather’s adviser Leonard Ellerbe revealed that Mayweather Jr. will be fighting on May 4th next on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican holiday.
Mayweather will so be fighting in September as well, but the May 4th fight makes it pretty obvious that he plans on fighting a Mexican fighter and it’s going to be Guerrero that gets that fight. Saul Alvarez, the WBC 154 pound champion, is supposedly up for consideration for Mayweather, but he’s not going to get it. Mayweather Jr. likely won’t be fighting anymore 154 pound fighters after his hard fight against Miguel Cotto last May. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Once Brandon Rios faces Manny Pacquiao next April in their pay per view bout, Rios says he wouldn’t mind taking on WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia or WBA interim light welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Rios thinks Matthysse would be the much harder fight, however, as he sees him as having good power. Rios doesn’t rate Garcia as a big puncher for some reason. Read the rest of this entry »
By William Mackay: Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) believes he’s learned enough in the weeks that he’s been working with new trainer Virgil Hunter to be able to come out on December 15th against an already badly over-matched lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) and show him a greatly improved new version of Khan. It sounds good in theory but can Khan unlearn all of his bad habits and completely change his style in one short camp? I think not.
Khan said to the Telegraph.co.uk “I’ll be wiser in this fight. You’ll see a different and much better Amir Khan. He [Andre Ward] was giving me tips, how to be skillful and smart. It’s been very helpful. LA had too many distractions for me.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao thinks he’s got a remedy to Juan Manuel Marquez’s complaining about being jobbed in his three prior fights with him. Pacquiao says all Marquez has to do is come out on Saturday night and brawl with him and then they can find out who the better man is without controversy.
Pacquiao said to RingTV “If he’ll [Marquez] fight toe-to-toe, and exchange punches. I think that he needs to do that because he’s been claiming he won the fight…and you just back off, back off, it’s not good for the people…it’s contradictory to his claiming he won the fight.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12 KO’s) won’t be getting the big money fight he was hoping to get for his next bout in February. Instead of getting an important break out fight with 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins, Cleverly will have to settle for his number #1 mandatory challenger little known fighter Robin Krasniqi. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout may have looked sensational in beating former three division world champion Miguel Cotto, but that wasn’t enough for the Ring Magazine to put him at #1 in their rankings. Trout is at #3 behind #2 Saul Alvarez and #1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. The Ring magazine 154 pound title is currently vacant.
I think Trout is clearly a better fighter than the 22-year-old Canelo Alvarez, and I believe that Trout deserves the #2 spot. Read the rest of this entry »