Unfair Criticism: Why Maidana Was the Right Choice for Mayweather

maidana790By Raj Parmar: For the past few days Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has caused quite an uproar in the boxing world by loudly complaining about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather – Marcos Maidana title fight approaching on May 3. Arum considers the Golden Boy Promotions event extremely uncompetitive and has actually called upon boxing fans to boycott the fight in order to drive Golden Boy and Mayweather to set up more competitive fights for the world’s top pound for pound star.

As these words are coming from a boxing promoter who has decades of proven experience in staging high caliber fight cards, it is easy to take his words at face value and go along with the notion that the fight is a mismatch and that Mayweather (45-0) has purposely selected an opponent who stands no chance to dethrone him.

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Mayweather says Pacquiao blew his chance to fight him

floyd17By Miguel Alejandro Lopez: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0), currently considered as boxing’s pound for pound best in the world, has changed his mind (yet again) regarding a possible clash with Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2). It will be remembered that not too long ago, Mayweather gave Pacquiao a condition for the fight to happen — the Filipino should leave Top Rank Promotions and join Mayweather’s promotional outfit.

In a recent interview with Mlive.com, however, Mayweather took back his words and said “He’s [Pacquiao] not going to get a chance to fight me. I was feeling that way weeks ago. Now, I’m feeling like I wouldn’t even give him a chance. He had a chance, he blew it, so that’s what it is.”

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Floyd Mayweather—The Game Plan

floyd8By Ken Woods:  The mega fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is fast approaching.

Mayweather will face a formidable adversary, but he is used to the challenge. What will he have to do to be successful against Alvarez? Essentially, he has to continue to do what he always does. The following game plan will lead to another Mayweather victory.

Work the body

This was “Canelo’s” strong suit for the majority of his career; however, “Money” will have to swing the pendulum to his side in this bout.

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One of Floyd’s secrets

floyd#700By AJ: Floyd Mayweather (44-0 26KO’s) has many abilities in his boxing game whether it’s defense, offense, fighting backwards and so on. One thing many people do not notice is Mayweather’s ability to use speed against his opponents.

Yes, that’s right speed. Zab Judah and Oscar De La Hoya are perfect examples. In the first half of the fight you can see De la Hoya pressuring Mayweather against the ropes and attacking his body and then go up to his head. Floyd of course could deflect some but not all.

What I seen was Golden boy just punch himself out and threw unnecessary flurries at Floyd and getting himself tired, then Floyd would occasionally get off the defense and throw some combos of his own. That’s how I see Oscar losing that bout.

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Adrien Broner- Good or Bad for Boxing?

broner74By Paul Walsh: Now the dust has settled from the split decision win for the now three time world champion Adrien Broner over Paulie Malinaggi, I couldn’t help but be annoyed. What should have been a shift in power in boxing actually left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

Now I know controversy sells but the antics of both fighters (mainly Broner) only put boxing in a bad light. After the fight I expected both men to put their differences aside and show some mutual respect for one another by hugging and making up but Broner had other ideas. He continued to disrespect Malinaggi in the post-fight interview.

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Why isn’t Pacquiao bashed like Floyd?

pac7777By Paul Ward: In a sport like boxing personality can make or break a boxer’s career. Manny Pacquiao has had a phenomenal career, win or lose there’s no denying it, but why does he get much more credit than Floyd Mayweather?

Many boxing fans who like Pacman usually hate Floyd Mayweather and vice versa. I myself am a fan of both, but when looking at the stats of both boxers one can easily see who should rightfully be on top. Let’s take a look at both careers and compare some of their most recent bouts.

The Pacman was knocked out in devastating fashion in the 6th round of his last fight against a fighter (Juan Manuel Marquez) that Floyd annihilated 3 years prior. Many Pacman fans like to bring up the fact that Floyd had to pay for coming in overweight for that fight, but let’s be realistic, 2 lbs overweight is not a whole lot.

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Why is Floyd always bashed?

floyd#232By Paul Ward: It is tough to comprehend how someone as accomplished as Floyd Mayweather Jr. is continually bashed by boxing fans and some critics. Mayweather is not only boxing’s highest paid athlete but he is the highest paid athlete period. A person does not just wake up one day and get offered $250 million dollars for 30 months of work for no good reason.

Is this negativity towards Mayweather’s undeniably spectacular career out of jealousy or naivety? Most people say things along the line of “Mayweather picks and chooses bums” or “he only fights who he knows he can beat,” in my book that’s called intelligence, but does he really only fight bums? For the sake of space, let’s leave out the details of Mayweather’s extensive history of ruining fighter’s careers and let’s focus on his most recent bouts.

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Khan ready to step up his opposition

khan#26By Scott Bells: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) still has lots to accomplish in the sport, and can become world champion once again.

Yes, Khan still has momentary lapses where he admires his fast combinations as he steps back and leaves himself open to a counter (the fights against Danny Garcia, Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz all show this). However, he IS improving and becoming more patient in the ring.

Having watched the Diaz fight, it made me think that he needs to go back in with a top level pressure puncher and show his improvements now that he is a couple fights in with new trainer Virgil Hunter. I say this because he has fought a number of pressure punchers and looked in control before struggling later on in fights.

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