March 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Attorney Edward Moriarity may have been thinking “St. Valentines Day Massacre of Top Rank,” as the United States 9th District Court of Appeals in this California city was set to hear oral arguments in the case of “Yory Boy” Campas and Joe Diaz vs. Top Rank, et al on Valentines Day 2014. The Top Rank side of the ledger apparently decided against the Oral Arguments and both sides will now submit Written Briefs.
CAMPAS & DIAZ ESQUIRE “WON” BEFORE US SUPREME COURT
The attorney representing Diaz and Campas again is Edward Moriarity, who has won before the US Supreme Court and is considered one of the country’s “Super lawyers.” Moriarity, through the Freedom of Information Act and others, has documents that clearly illustrate that there truly was the “Ongoing Criminal Enterprise” that I said there was in the peak if the Operation Matchbox investigation.
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February 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MAYWEATHER SENDS OUT TWEET AND ASKS FANS TO PICK HIS NEXT FIGHT
This week amidst bad publicity about a potential fight with former 140lb champion Amir Khan(28-3, 19 KOs), a fighter with no credentials whatsoever in the welterweight (147lb) division, WBC welterweight king and pound for pound superstar Floyd Mayweather asked his fans via twitter “Who should I fight? Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana (35-3, 30 KOs)?” Maidana is clearly the better opponent when you consider he’s actually had his last 5 bouts at welterweight.
However when you look closer, while Maidana certainly has earned the fight on the surface, he’s really no world beater to a certain extent. To put it mildly, he has no shot at beating Floyd. He will try, and that makes for what in essence would be a slaughter. Certainly a fighter who will fall right into the supreme counter punchers hands and make him look good. As effective as he was against Mayweather clone, or should I say “wannabe” Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) in a 12 round decision victory in December, Floyd won’t just be standing there to get hit. When he chooses to stay in the pocket against Maidana, expect the Argentiniean to be on the receiving end of hooks and right crosses.
MAYWEATHER POLL MISSING HIS OBVIOUS NEMESIS
If both Floyd and Manny Pacquiao(55-5-2, 38 KOs) win their next bouts, and thats no certainty (Manny must defeat Tim Bradley(31-0, 12 KOs) in their rematch in April), they certainly at the least need to enter some sort of negotiation. For as much as Goldenboy Promotions and Top Rank don’t appear to want to do any business together, Bob Arum and Don King could put their differences aside to negotiate a superfight if need be.
VIDEO:MANNY SAYS HIS LINES ARE OPEN 24/7!
FANS HAVE MADE THEIR VOICES HEARD!98% OF 10,000 VOTERS SAY NO TO FLOYD VS KHAN READ MORE…
December 30th, 2013 By RingTalk
Manila, Philippines – Tax experts and veteran officials from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) opined yesterday that it is not the duty of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to file and pay income tax in the United States out of his earnings from boxing there. They said that responsibility lies with his promoter, Top Rank Promotions owned by Bob Arum, under the US withholding tax system upon which the withholding tax system provision in the Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of the Philippines was copied.
The tax experts said that under the scheme, Pacquiao gets his cash prize net of tax and that the same formula is applied when Pacquiao receives his pay for endorsing commercial products and his share from the pay-per view proceeds of his boxing fights. In case of deficits in the payment of the final withholding tax, they said Bob Arum’s obligation is to remit the deficiency to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US and later he should ask Pacquiao to reimburse it because he is considered a non-resident alien. READ MORE…
December 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Having known New Jersey native Joe Diaz for a decade now, I have to tell you this 74-year old boxing trainer who ran the Top Level Gym in Phoenix, AZ for more than 15 years is quite a man. The gym is now shuttered and Diaz has relocated and with a new gym in Montana. There is a plethora of reasons as to why this man deserves accolades, but first up the intestinal fortitude that this David-like character has displayed in a battle against a number of Goliath-like entities is quite telling.
BOXING COMMISSION BRUTALIZED DIAZ
Diaz got nothing in the way of action from the Arizona Athletic Commission after Top Rank agent and promoter Peter McKinn bounced a $5,000 check to boxer Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas in early 2004. The check issue was put before John Montano, Athletic Commission Director and Mary Rose Wilcox, the scandal-ridden Maricopa County Supervisor who was the Boxing Commission Chairperson at the time and they did nothing in almost a year.
ENTER THE PHOENIX POLICE HANDWRITING EXPERT!
So Diaz took his case to the Phoenix Police in January 2005 when Peter McKinn closed the bank account that the bad check was drawn on. With the case about to be heard by Judge Mendoza of Phoenix, Earl Wilcox, Mary Rose’s hubby, but more importantly an aide to then Governor Janet Napolitano, walked defendant Peter McKinn into the “private” chambers of Judge Mendoza in an attempt to persuade the judge to “throw the case out.” Mendoza refused and had the men jettisoned from his office.
IMAGINE BEING CALLED A LIAR/CROOK & YOU WERE NOT?
For years, Diaz was called a “liar.” You see, Peter McKinn was Top Rank czar Bob Arum’s guy in Arizona, a man who all but controlled Arizona boxing promotions. The “Ruin Joe Diaz” campaign was kicked into high gear and it’s effectiveness intensified when two years into the case, yes two years, McKinn produced a $5,000 cash receipt that was signed, “Joe Diaz.” But handwriting experts and the Phoenix Police said Joe’s signature was a forgery.
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December 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Brandon Rios, who just a fortnight ago put forth a dismal effort against Manny Pacquaio, according to three confirmed sources, flunked the post fight drug test given November 24 in Macao. Below is what I could find on the particular drug.
ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS
Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD), weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.
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November 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!South San Francisco, CA- Six years ago this week or last, I literally ran into Eric “The Prince” Martin for the last time. Running through the streets of this little city, a community a few miles south of The City by The Bay, Eric turned the corner at Grand & Maple. He was leaving the Physique Magnifique boxing gym. We talked, nothing major, exchanged holiday wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead. One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s over a filet, and in the end that would lead to his death. A type 2 Diabetic, that and complications from a tooth extraction brought Eric’s life to an end December 23, 2007 at the age of 48.
CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GREAT BOXER SANS CONNECTIONS
Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit, who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, he couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St. Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us (he was (8-2) that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent.
DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED
I mentioned Eric had fought seven guys who claimed world titles. Eric made the boxing world take note when he all but bi*ch slapped future World champ Lupe Aquino (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier card in 1983 that resulted in an absurd draw. Not impressive physically, but always in shape, Eric needed four rounds to make the “house” judges realize he was in the fight, let alone winning it! Mateo, who died in 2005 from a heart attack, really had little regard for Eric, and like a guy in love with a crack addict, Martin put up with Mateo to a point where I might have wanted to end the manager’s life.
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November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Corpus Christi, TX- (HBO) Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) KO 8 Roman Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOS) (Wins WBO 130 lb. title) Martinez stunned everybody by dropping Mikey in the second, but that appeared to be his zenith as Garcia fought his way back and never let go until the end that was the result of a body shot from Garcia at the :57 second mark. Mikey shined, good mettle, but I wonder about that chin as the light punching Puerto Rican dropped him with a counter right.
TENTATIVE NONITO KO’S DARCHINYAN
Former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) TKO 9 Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs) (126) Twas’ a rematch of July 7, 2007 KO win for Nonito, who looked uneasy and was losing on points before dropping Darchinyan with a left hook, this after he himself had eaten a Darchinyan uppercut. Up and wobbling, Darchinyan was getting battered about the ring until the referee had seen enough. Donaire has peaked and need be careful in selecting foes as he is ready for the taking. Time was 2:06.
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October 22nd, 2013 By Zak Attack
Los Angeles, CA- Promoter. Snake Oil Salesman. Marijuana enthusiast. Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions wears many hats. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Arum has had an extremely lucrative career in boxing. He is responsible for some of the biggest fights in history (Marvin Hagler-Roberto Duran, Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Trinidad) and some of the biggest non-events (Juanma Lopez-Yuriorkis Gamboa, Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao). Arum is both good and bad for boxing, as one would expect from a man who once said “Yesterday I was lying, but today I’m telling the truth.”
TOP RANK CZAR STILL HAS “FIRE IN BELLY”
Like any good lawyer, Arum knows the difference between “the letter of the law” and the actual meaning. At the ripe age of 81, Arum still has the fire of a man 40 years his junior, and is the creator of a complex language known as “Arumaic.” It is one of the oldest languages in the sport of boxing, and has yet to be properly decoded by a non-speaker. After years of research, I believe I have finally cracked the code.
CODE OF ARUM HAS BEEN FINALLY DECODED! READ MORE…
October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King, only eight years into promoting, convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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September 29th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
BOXING REACHES YET ANOTHER NEW LOW!
San Francisco, CA– They say the oldest profession in the world is prostitution. That being said, hookers, be it male or female, are aware that they are going to get screwed, that is the nature of their profession. Professional boxers on the other hand apply their trade in the squared circle of battle and not between the sheets of some cheap motel. But if you watched the Julio Cesar Chavez-Brian Vera fight Saturday on HBO, then you know that the business concept of prostitution is more noble than that of professional boxing.
PROFESSIONALS SHOULD NOT MAKE SUCH GAFFS!
There are lots of people that have bad days at work, hell, I commit typos all the time. But the errors of a writer will not impact, and or destroy one’s livelihood. That cannot be said for the decision of boxing judges Gwen Adair, Marty Denkin and Carla Caiz, who by some stretch of the imagination gave Chavez a unanimous decision win over Brian Vera, who threw more punches, landed more shots, thus winning far more rounds than the not-so svelte (fat ass) son of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
EVEN PEOPLE AT FATBURGER HAD TO PUKE!
Adair, best known for being the first US female boxing referee, her cameo appearance on the TV series MASH, who also started the Fatburger fast food chain, scored the fight 98-92 (8 rounds to 2) for Chavez. Marty Denkin, Hall of Famer or not, had Chavez up 97-93 (7-3 in rounds), while the third judge, Carla Caiz gave it to JC. Jr. by a 96-94 (6-4 in rounds) score, when in reality Julio won at the very most three rounds.
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July 31st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SOMETIMES THINGS CAN’T BE UNBROKEN
San Francisco, CA- Did you ever have something, be it a car, computer, maybe a relationship, once it is broke, it’s never again the same? Send it to the shop, they fix it, you pay for it with a credit card and the item is not working again even before your monthly cardholder statement arrives via email?
FIGHTERS THAT ARE “ONE AND DONE”
In the realm of our subject matter, some fighters are “One and Done,” meaning one ass kicking and they’re instantly nothing more than a punching bag with a name. While there are plenty of guys/gals that take a lickin’ and keep on tickin‘, no pun intended Liz, but the truth is nobody can un-break an egg once the shell has been cracked!
JUAN MA FELL OFF OF PUERTO RICAN MANTLE
Recently we’ve Juan Manuel Lopez, unbeaten and talented, albeit with a penchant for putting on unprofessional (obscene) amounts of weight between scraps and has now been knocked out thrice, Orlando Salido twice, and a couple of months ago Mikey Garcia (30-0, 22 KOs) hammered him into submission. The change in Lopez is almost a metamorphosis he has changed so drastically and quickly.
LOOKED LIKE GREAT FIGHTER IN THE MAKING
Lopez 31-3, 22 KOs, was an amazing technician and was the perfect definition of a “boxer-puncher” as he garnered 23 KOs in those 31 victories. His downhill descention was predicted by none other than his promoter Bob Arum. The contortion of Juan Ma’s facial features in the three losses do not appear to be healthy if you were looking at him from a neurological point of view. Having never heard of Juan Ma being on anything other than a 10,000 calorie a day diet between fights, steroids or PEDs would tend not to be parcel to the decline
DEM’ DARN VITAMINS & ANDRE BERTO
Had Andre Berto not been into those Flintstone vitamins that some people claim are not from Bedrock, the lad could have been a bit more than he was at his peak. I think he over did it on the weights, had traces of banned steroids in his system which put him on the shelf. Berto’s thing, and I believe his father played a role in this, was one of those guys that over emphasized weightlifting which made him stiff not fluid. There are some fighters, one Aussie in particular that broke down earlier than one would think and the reason cited was steroid use.
BERTO “COULD HAVE BEEN” SOMETHING SPECIAL READ MORE…
July 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
BIGGEST BOXING MISTAKE IN YEARS!
San Francisco, CA- The biggest mistake from a monetary point of view in recent years regarding the sport and business of professional boxing was the gaff commited by Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum in their letting the Floyd Mayweather fight get away.
NEGOTIATING IS “GIVE & TAKE”
Some people are quick to point out that Mayweather was putting forth unreasonable demands that Pacquiao, who had gained an incredible amount of muscle in putting on 40 lbs., to adhere to “random drug (steroid) testing. Floyd had agreed to Manny’s demands that he fork over millions of dollars for every pound over 147, Floyd agreed, Manny refused, and the rest is history.
WAS IT REALLY ABOUT DRUG TESTS?
Many speculate that Manny was using Performance Enhancing Drugs, and that his refusal to take the testing with no cut off date was the real reason Pacquiao and Mayweather did not split a record purse. Mo, the drug testing issue was nothing more than a Bob Arum smokescreen.
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May 6th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
BRANDON RIOS INKED TO FACE MANNY PACQUIAO
San Francisco, CA- Well its official, Manny Pacquiao will meet Brandon Rios on the greatest day of any year, November 24, in a place Hall of Fame writer/broadcaster Larry Merchant calls, ” Las Vegas on steroids,” Macau, the former Portuguese colony that reverted back to the Chinese in 1999. As far as getting bang for the buck, taking Manny Pacquiao to China is the thing to do. The negative is that in order to broadcast the fight in the United States, we’re looking at a 10 AM Sunday morning start.
Having been known as a man who likes to bet on rooster fights, pool hall competition, some blackjack, Manny is now said to have abandoned all of his vices (poor guy) and is living a “cleaner” life. But has that change of lifestyle been beneficial to Manny Pacquiao the boxer? Rumors of almost Voo Doo like settings that were said to have involved the consumption of somebody else’s blood, this as Pacquiao left the Catholic church for a Born Again sect of Christianity.
NEW RELIGION GOOD FOR BOXER PAC?
Obviously not as he has lost two in a row. Now while some may feel the Tim Bradley contest was controversial to say the least, one cannot say the same with the ending of the Juan Manuel Marquez fight. With one punch an entire country was silenced as Manny lay motionless in a horizontal position in Las Vegas. Having been around this a while, knockouts don’t get much nastier than the face planting shot that Marquez perfectly timed shot that caught the rallying Pacquiao on the button!
RIOS MORE THAN JUST A SPEED BUMP! READ MORE…
April 25th, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- According to reports, Timothy Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) will put his WBO title on the line against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) on September 14th, Mexican Independence Day weekend. This will be a dynamic fight and should serve as a defining match up for both pugilists. If there was ever a time when both warriors could gain the most out of facing one another, it is now. Each own recent wins over Manny Pacquiao and seem destined to clash as there are limited marketable welterweight (147 lb.) opponents on Top Rank’s roster.
BRADLEY AS LITMUS TEST: EXHIBIT A
One thing we will learn, is if Bradley will stick to his guns and request random drug testing leading up to this bout. As mentioned in my previous article, Bradley previously announced that all of his opponents would be required to participate in random drug screening. Many boxing insiders are aware that Marquez has been working with reported Balco Lab linked strength and conditioning coach, “Memo” Heredia, AKA Angel Hernandez.
GOOD TRAINING? STEROIDS? NEITHER?
Many beleive Hernandez is responsible for Marquez’s newly formed muscular physique and noticeably increased punching power. The same power that unexpectedly stopped former champ, Pacquiao “dead” in his tracks in December of last year. Random screening will clear Marquez of any viscous rumors and also be a positive directive for high profile bouts.
BRADLEY AS LITMUS TEST: EXHIBIT B READ MORE…