(Photo credit: Stephani Trapp/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Last Wednesday, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe briefly commented on Top Rank promoter Bob Arum’s controversial remarks about how fans should boycott the May 3rd fight card headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ellerbe said the card will do well regardless of what Arum says.
“I don’t think about what Arum says, I have nothing to say, we’re going to have a sold-out event 5/3, that’s all that matters,” Ellerbe said. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF contender Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KO’s) will likely need to make one of his rare trips outside of the UK to fight on foreign soil if he wants to get a chance at facing the winner of this Saturday’s match-up between IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KO’s) and challenger Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) at the DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
The 26-year-old Porter, who is the favorite to hold onto his IBF title on Saturday, isn’t going to travel to the UK to defend his title in front of Brook’s fans. That’s just not going to happen. Porter isn’t going to want to put himself into a situation where he might need to knock Brook out cold just to make sure he gets the win, so Brook is probably going to have to pack his suitcase for this fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KO’s) will be defending his title this Saturday night against little known fringe contender Tshifhiwa “The Atomic spider” Munyai (24-2-1, 12 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. The 28-year-old Munyai replaces Quigg’s previously scheduled opponent Nehomar Cermeno, who couldn’t take the fight due to visa problems.
Munyai has been to the UK on several occasions, whipping Martin Power twice and beating Lee Haskins without any problems. The South African Munyai had too much talent for those fighters, and he pretty much made easy work of them. Read the rest of this entry »
By Thomas Greengrass: Having been an avid reader on this website for a number of months, it has come to my attention on the forums connected to this site that many fans are almost clueless when it comes to the economics and politics of boxing. One of the main topics in the last years has been the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, will they or wont they and why?
Before I move any further with this article I would like to categorically state that I am a Boxing fan primarily and I have few modern day favorites, if any. I certainly don’t favor PAC over Floyd or Floyd over PAC, however I fully appreciate the skills and achievements of both fighters in the past decade. There is little doubt in most people’s minds that these two have been at the pound for pound pinnacle of the sport for a number of years. Read the rest of this entry »
By Darnell Brown Jr: As much as we respect WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) for his pure will to fight, the fans of the sport have grown tired of the rematches that we have been fed recently. Let’s just face it; if Manny remains with his current promoters at Top Rank there’s a chance that’s what we’ll be getting for the remainder of his career. In my view, they just don’t have the talent at welterweight or light welterweight to sustain a leg in the class to enable Pacquiao to have interesting fights for what’s left of his career.
If Pacquiao chooses not to leave Top Rank at the end of the year, he will likely be stuck in a nonstop cycle of rematches and we the fans will be stuck watching them. To be sure, there was clearly a valid reason to have a rematches like Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2 or even Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Pacquiao 4, but even that was pushing it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robbie Bannatyne: After being captivated once again last Saturday night by the flawed genius of Manny Pacquaio’s pulsating fighting style my joy quickly turned to despair upon hearing his familiar post fight statement that ‘my promoter Bob Arum will decide who I fight next. I am a fighter, my job is to fight’.
The ‘Fighting Pride of Philippines’ is once again a World champion after he exacted revenge against Tim Bradley in there rematch, in doing so reclaiming his WBO Welterweight title he ‘lost’ to the Desert Storm in a ridiculous decision in 2012. After his performance, Pacquaio is now again near the top of the Pound for Pound rankings in the sport. Also, in a few months time he could be free to pursue the most prominent pugilists in the talent rich 147lb division, including Floyd Mayweather Jnr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Trainer Freddie Roach says he’s going to ask his fighter Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) to move down to 140 in order to see if he can get his missing knockout power back. Pacquiao hasn’t knocked out an opponent in the past five years in fighting in the 147lb division, and Roach believes the knockout drought is caused by a combination of Pacquiao fighting in the wrong division that his body wasn’t intended to be fighting in, and due to his advancing age.
Roach feels that the 35-year-old Pacquiao will do much better at light welterweight where he previously knocked out Ricky Hatton in 2009. The only fighters that Pacquiao has knocked out in the welterweight division were Miguel Cotto and a weight-drained Oscar De La Hoya, who was at the very end of his career when he took that fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KO’s) says he’ll be okay and not explode on Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) during the build up to their July 26th rematch as long as Fury doesn’t put hands on him. However, if he touches him in any way, he might show his bad side and “release the anger” on the 6’9” Fury.
What Chisora means by releasing the anger is hard to understand? It could mean that he’ll slap him, or maybe he’ll spit water in his face or possibly even kiss him. Chisora has done all of these things in the past two fighters, so it’s hard to know exactly how he’ll react when he releases his anger. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Allan Fox: 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) is confident that he’ll be holding onto his IBF light heavyweight champion on Saturday night in his unification bout against WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) DC Armory, in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. Hopkins wants to win Shumenov’s WBA title and then possibly move forward to fight WBC champ Adonis Stevenson after that.
The Stevenson fight is still not a definite thing in Hopkins’ plans, because he might choose to do something else. Stevenson wants the fight, but it’s still unclear whether Hopkins will choose to face him. Hopkins has a lot of easy marks for top contenders such as Dimitri Sukhotsky, Anatoliy Dudchenko, Nadjib Mohammedi and Sean Monaghan. With contenders like that, Hopkins could remain champion for another 2-3 years before someone eventually beats him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul-Jonas Sivertsen: In this article we will take a look in to what is one of hardcore boxing fan’s favorite hobbies. Comparing the great fighter’s of the past with those of today. I will use two fighter’s as example’s, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Henry Armstrong. I won’t voice any opinion on who would win because that is not the objective of this article. In this article we will take a look at how different the era’s of boxing history is. We will take a look at how these two fighter’s would do in each others respective era’s. Read the rest of this entry »