By Allan Fox: Trainer Freddie Roach isn’t impressed with the talent and the overall skills of WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s), and he sees Manny Pacquiao (55-5, 38 KO’s) being able to take him out on Saturday night by jumping on him early to demolish him in front of the large Las Vegas, Nevada crowd. Roach thinks that Bradley is no better than Pacquiao’s last opponent Brandon Rios, who Pacquiao turned into a human punching bag in beating last November in one of his easier wins of his career.
“I think Rios and Bradley are pretty much at the same level,” Roach told Max Kellerman of HBO. I don’t think he’s much better than him. I think Manny should devastate him in the same way [Ruslan Provodnikov did], yes.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: #6 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (26-1, 15 KO’s) stayed alive for an eventual world title shot by beating 34-year-old journeyman Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-6-1 14 KO’s) by a controversial 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Telekom Dome, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 97-93, 97-93, and 97-93, all for the 29-year-old Charr. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KO’s) will be back in the ring next month against Marcus Johnson (22-2, 16 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at a still to be determined venue in the United States. Rodriguez, 28, hasn’t fought since losing a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision five months ago to WBA super World super middleweight champion Andre Ward last year in November in Ontario, California. Rodriguez, 28, fought as well as he could against Ward, but he didn’t have the game to beat him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jay McIntyre: Why should you watch the rematch between Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Timothy Bradley (31-0-0-1, 12 KO’s)? The short answer: why not? To elaborate, this fight becomes something of a cross-roads (as many do) for both men. When we consider the longevity and dominance of Manny Pacquiao’s career, against the flawless record of Timothy Bradley – who still appears to be surging force in the welterweight ranks – we must give ourselves a moment to reflect.
To see two men both talented in their own way, both poised to move forward with their respective careers, and when both are still quite relevant, is truly a moment to appreciate. There are awful mismatches, painful decisions, and random acts of skulduggery in the sport of boxing, but let us be thankful that tomorrow night we get to see a fight among relative equals. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo: Babak Shah Photography) By Allan Fox: #6 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (25-1, 15 KO’s) weighed in today for his 10 round fight on Saturday night against high level journeyman Kevin Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KO’s) at the Telekom Dome, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Charr weighed in at 242.5lbs. This is a fight that Charr needs to keep moving forward to an eventual title shot against whoever emerges as the new WBC heavyweight champion.
It’s going to take Charr a while for him to get a title shot because he’s going to have to fight his way into a mandatory title shot. He doesn’t have a recognizable name to American or Canadian boxing fans, so the chances of him getting picked out for an optional title defense by the WBC champion are about zero. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Former lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (27-1, 15 KO’s) stopped 27-year-old journeyman Edgar Riovalle (37-18-2, 26 KO’s) in the 8th round last Friday night in a successful comeback for the 26-year-old Gesta at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, in San Diego, California, USA. The fight was halted at 2:13 of the 8th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jim Dower: Unbeaten #9 IBF super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez (28-0, 22 KO’s) kept his unbeaten record with a 5th round stoppage of 33-year-old two-time former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-7, 25 KO’s) on Friday night to win the vacant NABF super middleweight title at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The 22-year-old Ramirez knocked Lorenzo down three times in the fight with vicious body shots, putting him down in the 3rd once and twice in the 5th before the towel was waived by Lorenzo’s corner after the 2nd knockdown in the 5th. The official stoppage by referee Jay Nady was 2:47 of the 5th. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) was talking knockout today at this weigh-in with former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley said he’s going to KO Manny, and leave no doubts at all who the better fighter is.
The confidence that Bradley exuded didn’t reflect with the reality of their previous fight, though, because Pacquiao was clearly the better fighter, and it was hard to give Bradly more than 1-2 rounds due to his inability to engage in the fight. He ran himself into two injured ankles, and ruined the whole esthetic quality of the fight with his constant running. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) weighed in successfully today for his fight on Saturday night against Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley weighed in at 145.5 pounds and looked totally cut up, and in excellent shape.
The pro-Manny crowd booed Bradley the entire time, but this seemed to encourage him because he thrives on being booed. The fans probably didn’t realize they were helping him get even more motivated than he already is. Just in looking at Bradley, I think he looks a lot better than Pacquiao as far as being in good shape. Read the rest of this entry »
Boxing fans can get a ringside seat for one of the sport’s most dramatic pre-fight activities when HBO telecasts “WEIGH-IN LIVE: PACQUIAO/BRADLEY 2,” the world championship fight weigh-in, featuring welterweight rivals Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. The 30-minute special airs Tonight at 6:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO.