LEGACY ON LINE FOR BOTH MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO WHO WANTS IT MORE?
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New York, NY– As the proverbial hourglass deposits the final grains of sand in anticipation of the Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) versus Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) mega match, both fighters face off in what is the most significant match of their lives.

SAMPLE OF HBO FLOYD HATE

When asking Oscar De La Hoya about his 12 rounds with Mayweather, HBO commentator Jim Lampley casually asked Oscar on The Legebds show, “Did you ever think…this son a bitch won’t fight me?” Had the HBO brass not agreed with Jim, that would have ended up on the editing room floor.

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WILL THE EUROPEANS DOMINATE BOXING?

AMERICAN BOXING REBIRTH INVOLVES EX-SOVIETS

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin


New York, NY– In recent times, notably since siblings Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko began dominating the heavyweight (200 lbs. +) division in the early 2000’s, there have also been a number of entertaining and marketable fighters coming out of Eastern Europe. Guys like cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek and Alexander Povetkin are being replaced by a new group of Eastern European fighters some of whom are becoming elite champions.

FORMER SOVIET BLOC FIGHTERS STEPPING UP

Currently there are champs of Eastern European descent at heavyweight (200 lbs +), cruiserweight (200 lbs), light heavyweight (175), super middleweight (168), middleweight (160) and featherweight (126). With the exception of interim super middleweight champ, Fedor Chudinov, all titleholders hold major belts and are household names with decent exposure on TV. Had Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov not been upset by Chris Algieri last year, he would also be mentioned on this list at junior welterweight (140). He will possibly get another chance at a title if he can get past Lucas Mattysse next month in New York.

STARS WITH SUPERSTAR POTENTIAL

Middleweight champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight (175) champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) are Read more

SWEET SCIENCE & EVOLUTION

EVERY THEORY IS NOT FACT

New York, NY- Like the ongoing Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao debate, the classic debate that pits religion against science when arguing for or against the ‘Theory of Evolution‘ has its similarities. There are faith based ideals pushing arguments and observable facts as well. Both cite evidence, but can anything be proven as fact?

THEORY VS. FACT

The Theory of Evolution is a brilliant concept which explains the origin of species and a linear progression of mankind. It is generally accepted as fact by most scientists due to its relatively simple explanation and a strong pillar of support called adaptation. Adaptation is observable, factual and documented. We know for example that spending an excessive amount of time barefoot will result in harder and generally more calloused feet. We also know that living in elevated climates can increase and strengthen endurance due to the lungs adjusting to thicker air. But can we say with certainty that fish walked on land? That mankind is undoubtedly smarter than he ever was in the past? No, because ‘Evolution’, like the ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Relativity’ must be labeled as theories because they cannot be observed as fact. So in part, these beliefs are based on faith, acceptance of concepts and ideas that are not necessarily proven.

RELIGOUS HISTORY & FACT

When it comes to religion, there is reference material generally referred to as The Bible, Torah (and Dead Sea Scrolls) which either include, support or leave out material divided between old and new testaments. The Bible includes both testaments, while the Torah is generally the Old Testament of the biblical account. These are at times observable facts, due to a documented history by other groups and cultures writing down things that coincide with each other. The Romano-Jewish writer Titus Flavious Josephus, for example is said to account for the existence of ‘Jesus’ and documented other historical events generally believed to be true by Jews and Christians. But does everything in the Bible hold up to scientific facts? Many stories in the bible can be understood to be parables or allegories rather than fact. It’s illogical to think that Noah would not have been able to build an ark and house every species (male and female) of every living thing on the planet. But to some, it’s believed to be true based on faith.

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STAKES HEAVY IN STIVERNE-WILDER SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOPES REST ON DEONTAY WILDER

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Wilder-Stiverne-King

New York– This weekend could produce the first American born heavyweight (200 lbs+) titlehoder since Shannon Briggs, who briefly held the WBO strap in 2007. Since then all heavyweight titleholders have originated outside of US borders. But this could change with America’s Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KOs) facing off against the current WBC champion Bermaine Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) of Canada and Haiti.

DON KING FIGHTER HAS “EXPERIENCE” EDGE

Both Wilder and Stiverne are solid fighters with similar resumes, although Stiverne who is promoted by Don King has the biggest single name on his resume in Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs). Arreola, a strong contender was on a quest to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent but was thhwarted inside the distance by Stiverne who made history himself becoming the first heavyweight champ of Hatian descent. This victory was further solidified when Stiverne repeated the act by defeating Arreola in the rematch via stoppage. Arreola claimed that a broken nose caused him to drop an initial decision loss to Stiverne, but Arreola was clearly outclassed the second time around.

WILDER FIGHTS DON’T LAST TOO LONG!

At 6’7, Deontay Wilder is among the tallest of the current Heavyweight challengers. His win and KO percentage is perfect, as he has won all of his fights by stoppage. Another telling stat is the fact that none of his bouts have gone past four rounds. On paper, he’s a monster and seems primed to offer a real challenge to linear champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man who holds all of the remaining major heavyweight titles. But he will only get a shot at unifying these titles if he can get past Stiverne, who should offer Wilder his toughest challenge.

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BOB ARUM THE KEY TO FLOYD-PAC

NON-FIGHT IS IN NEWS AGAIN

Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao In 2015?

Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao In 2015?


New York, NY– The hype train has picked up some steam again and it’s that time of year to hope and pray for amicable negotiations between Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and his former promoter’s (Bob Arum) prized superstar, Emmanuel Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). But just like four years ago, don’t hold your breath.

MIFFED MASSES CAN’T SEE FOREST FOR THE TREES

Since it’s impossible to know what’s really going on behind the scenes, all the fans and media have to rely on are persistent rumors and sound bites. But these things can only offer up parts of the truth and ultimately will leave most up to imagination. This is where indignant opinions and heated debates are sparked from the embers of an overdue fire that continuously burns out.

ARUM KEEPS PEOPLE HANGING ON

Bob Arum

Bob Arum

Anyone privy to Pacquiao’s promoter, Arum and his blurts about the obstacles facing a potential mega bout assume that Floyd Mayweather is simply full of excuses and never wanted to face Pacquiao. But is that based on evidence, or is it Arum painting an eloquent picture? Could it be, that Arum has simply designed a narrative to keep Manny as a valuable commodity within his own stable of fighters and a loss to Floyd is equivalent to letting the cat out of the bag.

MASSA’ BOB KEEPS PAC ON SHORT LEASH

Manny Pacquiao is Bob Arums most valuable commodity, he’s marketable, like able and has become a real people’s champion in his native Philippines and other parts of the world. This is certainly not a commodity Arum wishes to lose and like any savvy business man, he’s keeping him and the money close. In boxing, it is only at the point when a commodity loses its value.

NOBODY AT TOP RANK READY FOR TOP SLOT

Although Manny’s star power has dimmed in recent years, he is still by far the biggest name under the Top Rank promotional banner. Arum’s insisted over the years that his guy is capable of defeating Floyd Jr. But instead of doing all he could to make the fight, it appears that Bob has simply leveraged Mayweather’s alleged fear to boost the status of the superstar Pinoy.

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SERGEY KOVALEV-BERNARD HOPKINS

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLES ON LINE SATURDAY

Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins


New York, NY– This weekend Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1 23 KOs) will face off to unify the major light heavyweight (175 lb.) titles in a match that will be defining for either mans career. Hopkins at 49 years of age could equal his feat of cleaning out the (160 lb.) middleweight division by beating all of the top opposition in his current division. Kovalev could finally grab a defining victory over a Hall of Fame opponent and begin his own course to that destination. Based on what’s at stake, who will push out the winning performance?

BERNARD HAS HUGE CHIPS ON SHOULDERS

One motivational factor which has surfaced for Hopkins, is the fact that he doesn’t feel he gets the credit he deserves. Hopkins is not mentioned on most published top pound for pound lists and is not the respected or iconic champion he’d like to be. Hopkins will also go into this bout as a reported 6-1 underdog. Hopkins believes a part of that has to do with his race. Hopkins recently stated, “If I were any of those names (European names)…I would be on every billboard…and every place to be”. While some may point out that Bernard isn’t always a crowd favorite in the ring, it is hard to imagine a white champion with his accomplishments being nothing less that an icon in and outside of the ring. Hopkins actually cried when he beat Kelly Pavlik in 2008 stating, “I’m tired of proving myself!”

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IS EMANUEL AUGUSTUS BRAIN DEAD?

Emanuel Burton

Emanuel Burton

EX-FIGHTER SHOT “EXECUTION STYLE”

New York, NY– Former light welterweight (140 lb.) boxer Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6 20 KOs), born Emanuel Burton has been shot in the back of the head in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday and is on Life Support. This is unfortunate news as another pugilist has fallen victim to violence. Names like Vernon Forest, Hector Camacho and Arturo Gatti come to mind as fighters who have met their demise due to conflicts outside of the ring. Initially, I was hoping for a full recovery. A report that he is “brain dead” has been unconfirmed and there are no suspects.

ONCE HIT FOE WITH TWO HANDS AT SAME TIME!

Many of Augustus’ fights were unique due to his awkward and weird style in the ring. He often entertained with his jerky and slick style. It was problematic for some, but most solved the puzzle after a few rounds. He was able to land a handful of title shots but lost them all beside a WBO & IBF Intercontinental bout against John Thaxton, which he won by TKO.

STOOD IN WITH SOME TALENT

Augustus shared the ring and dropped bouts a host a names, including contests against Ruslan Provodnikov and Vernon Paris in 2010 & 2011. He also faced Mickey Ward and the late IBF 135 lb. champ Leavander Johnson, who died from brain injuries in a later bout.

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POLITICS OF MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO FIGHT

FLOYD HAS NO OTHER FOES & FANS HAVE NO MORE PATIENCE

Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather- Manny Pacquiao


New York, NYFloyd Mayweather (47-0, 27 KOs) has only two bouts left on his Showtime contract, which should conclude in September of next year. After a rematch victory against the solid but outmatched Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) last week, there remains less than a handful of obvious opponents left to face Floyd. So the networks, fans and promoters are beginning to shift the narrative back to a certain guy from General Santos City.

PACQUIAO NOW A NECESSARY OPTION

Like clockwork, rumblings have resumed regarding a potential mega bout between Mayweather and his omnipresent rival, Manny Pacquiao. This bout has remained a fantasy, but talks have supposedly resumed behind closed doors. However, this info came from Bob Arum (who’s currently promoting Pacquiao) and Floyd has called the allegations false. With a few recent bouts signifying a thawing of tensions between networks and promoters, it is still possible that real negotiations are realistic this time around.

MONEY REALIZES “CHOICES” ARE SLIM

For the first time in a while however, Floyd was asked about facing Pacquiao after his recent bout on Showtime and his response seemed to offer some hope. Floyd responded, “If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, lets make it happen”. This is a different tone than in the past where Floyd has brushed Manny to the side particularly after he recorded two losses, one resulting in being knocked cold out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Manny has since rebounded well, but does mean the fight is actually on the horizon?

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WHAT DOES MANNY PACQUIAO VICTORY MEAN?

MANNY PACQUIAO HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE

Manny "What Do I Do" Pacquiao

Manny “What Do I Do” Pacquiao


New York, NY– Newly crowned WBO welterweight (147 lb.) champ Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) clearly defeated Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) this past weekend and has placed himself back in the boxing mix. But will this win have significant implications in Manny’s remaining career? It could, but what matters most is what Manny chooses to do next. Although there aren’t any obvious strides in making a Floyd Mayweather bout, now does appear to be the best time for Manny to cash one more large check before he rides into the sunset. Is there really a point to do anything else?

BRADLEY LEFT TOOLS AT HOME

Tim Bradley was not a betting favorite but appeared determined and motivated enough to earn an undisputed victory over his rival. Although it was the right attitude, his methods proved to be flawed as he burnt himself out early looking to land a knockout punch, which is not something Bradley is known for. A better game plan would have been centered around boxing and out landing Manny, as Tim has the better defense and could have avoided additional punishment by playing it smart.

PACQUIAO BACK NEAR TOP OF ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST?

Some are speculating that Manny has now placed himself near the top of the ‘pound for pound’ lists. The Bradley win coupled with Andre Ward and Sergio Marinez’ inactivity, could conceivably place Manny at a top three to five slot in the minds of some. But given Martinez vs Miguel Cotto in June, the landscape could easily shift again shortly. For now, Manny can at the very least benefit from the perception that he’s still viable against the best in the division.

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WILL TIM BRADLEY END MANNY PACQUIAO ERA?

BRADLEY-PACQUIAO REMATCH NOT TOO TOUGH TO CALL

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley


New York, NY– This weekend features the WBO welterweight (147 lb.) rematch bout between ex-champ Manny Pacquaio (53-5-2 38 KOs) and titleholder Timothy Bradley. Bradley is facing Pacquiao primarily because the majority of fans did not believe he deserved the nod in their controversial 2012 first bout. Since then, Bradley has gone on to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov, while Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez and rebounded by defeating Brandon Rios in Macau, China. Putting the controversial first bout aside, it does appear that Manny is on the decline and Bradley is peaking, but this is boxing and anything can happen. Let’s explore who’s is more likely going to be a winner on Saturday night.

BRADLEY TO WIN AT ALL COSTS

Over the course of Tim Bradley’s career, I’ve been one to pick against him. I’ve seen him dropped and hurt on occasions by ESPN level talent on more than one occasion, and at times thought he was out on his feet. I didn’t think Bradley would beat Devon Alexander and I didn’t see him beating Manny the first time or even Marquez when they fought. The Provodnikov fight was one Bradley was “hurt” often. But Tim won all of the aforementioned bouts and has consistently done what needed to be done to win his contests. Simply put, Tim Bradley is a proven champion.

Marquez "Owned" By Bradley

Marquez “Owned” By Bradley

PACQUIAO & PROVODNIKOV FIGHTS ONLY SCRATCHES

But if there is a blemish on Bradley’s resume, it is the controversial bout he won against Manny Pacquiao. While most would say Pacquiao won, Bradley himself believes that he won the fight, 8-4 in rounds. He also feels he beat Ruslan Provodnikov. Although I agree that Tim should not have won the Pacquiao fight, I can see that Manny was not as effective against Bradley as many generally believe. And Bradley also suffered injuries to both feet in the bout. But with public opinion against his favor, it’s up to Bradley to prove he can do what he hasn’t done, to beat Manny Pacqauio definitively.

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DOES SERGEY KOVALOV HAVE THE GOODS?

KOVALOV HYPE TRAIN REACHING PRE-BOARDING CAPACITY

Sergey Kovalov Out Classes Cedric Agnew

Sergey Kovalov-Cedric Agnew


New York, NYWBO king Sergey Kovalev (24-0 22 KOs) did what was expected over the weekend and stopped a game but limited Cedric Agnew (26-1 13 KOs) in 7 rounds. This victory has lead to speculation by some that Kovalev is primed to go on a rampage through the light heavyweight (175 lb) division without taking names. Although Kovalev is a great puncher and a solid fighter, it’s likely that anyone on his bandwagon might only be on for a short ride for he still has more to prove.

RESUME OF RUSSIAN LACKING THUS FAR

By taking a close look at Kovalev resume, there isn’t much, besides KO power to suggest that he’s the best fighter at 175. The UBF’s ancient Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2 32 KOs), WBA guy Beibut Shumanov (14-1 9 KOs) and WBC (linear) champ Adonis Stevenson (23-1 20 KOs) are all threats who possess arguably better talent and with the exception of Shumanov, certainly have better resumes. So although Kovalev is a likeable and entertaining fighter, he’s currently more hype than substance considering whom he’s actually beaten. If guys like Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson, Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal are available, defeating the likes of a couple of them will add REAL credence to Kovalev’s record.

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CANELO ALVAREZ-ALFREDO ANGULO TO DEFINE LEGACY

Mayweather Cracks Canelo

Mayweather Cracks Canelo

ALVAREZ READY TO SHINE OR BURN OUT?

New York, NY– In his first PPV as an A-side draw, former 154 lb. champ, Saul “Canelo’ Alvarez (42-1-1 30 KOs) is set to return and meet Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo (22-3 18 KOs) in the ring on Saturday. With both Mexican pugilists coming off defeats, winning should have meaningful implications. The match could potentially solidify Canelo as a true rising star in boxing and inversely could add a significant win to Angulo’s resume, resulting in larger paydays and exposure.

CANELO LOSS VS. MAYWEATHER FORGOTTEN & FORGIVEN

There is little shame for the youthful Alvarez to have lost his first professional bout to the sports ‘numero uno’ athlete, Floyd Mayweather. Canelo did what he could to catch the slick and elusive Mayweather but came up short, as every other opponent before him did when they glanced at Floyd across the ring. Canelo accepted the defeat like a champ and now must prove if he can overcome the hurdle and continue on his trajectory to become one of the biggest names in the sport.

“EL PERO” (THE DOG) WILL BE LOOKING TO BITE!

Angulo in many ways is the perfect test for Canelo as he is rugged and will not go away quietly. He is known to slug and absorb punishment with some of the best in his division, and Canelo should have his hands full if Angelo is up for the challenge.

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MAIDANA BIGGER THREAT TO MAYWEATHER THAN KHAN?

Marcos Maidana-Amir Khan

Marcos Maidana-Amir Khan

AFTER ANOTHER “SWERVE” FLOYD NIXES KHAN

New York, NYFloyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) will soon reach the midpoint in his lucrative 6 bout deal with CBS & Showtime when he faces Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) on the 3rd of May in Las Vegas. Although it appeared that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) was originally prepped to get the nod, some Mayweather detractors are of the opinion that Khan didn’t deserve the shot, being unproven at welterweight (147 lb.). Thus, to Khan’s dismay the tide shifted towards Maidana, despite a Mayweather poll on Floyd’s website that appeared to elect Khan as the fan favorite to face Floyd via popular vote. But with all hoopla aside, is a predictable Maidana really the the bigger threat between himself and Amir Khan?
 
MARCIS JUST MORE FODDER FOR FLOYD
 
If there is a typical opponent that Floyd has faced over the past few years and much of his career, it’s the slightly crude puncher. From Ricky Hatton to Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz, many of Floyd’s recent bouts have materialized against fighter’s who’ve relied on power and aggression more than skill, speed or finesse to unseat Floyd from his perch atop boxing’s elite. Against Floyd, these types were easily beaten and or stopped. Only Mosley, the FASTEST of the aforementioned three managed to give Floyd a real run for his ‘Money’ namesake, and that was only in one round.
 
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FREDDIE ROACH ON MANNY PACQUIAO AND STEROIDS!

DO YOU BELIEVE FLOYD MAYWEATHER NOW?

New York, NY– In a recent interview, trainer Freddie Roach essentially admitted that there was shady activity going on in the Manny Pacquiao camp which could possibly be linked to Performance Enhancing Drugs aka PED’s. In an effort to throw Pacquiao’s former and now notorious strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza under the bus, Roach claims he was suspicious about a drink Ariza gave to Pacquiao during training sessions in the past. Roach claims that Ariza would supply the drink and would refuse to give him any insight regarding what it contained. Roach claims that he was concerned due to the possibility of banned substances falling back on him.

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