December 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– There is little doubt, especially since the shutout pitched by Manny Pacquiao a fortnight ago against Brandon Rios, people want to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. One particular article that was the recent “Thrilla’ in Manila II” generated far more interest than any story of late. If Mayweather and Pacquiao were to fight in the Philippines, it would make this a truly epic encounter. The fearless and unbeaten champion fighting an icon on his soil be such a story in itself that the fight could suck and still be appreciated.
HISTORIC BOUT MANDATED BY WBC FOR 2014
A decision this week by the World Boxing Council, of which Mayweather is recognized as the welterweight (147 lb.) champion has made Manny Pacquiao the “mandatory” or #1 ranked challenger for the unbeaten Las Vegan. Floyd likes to talk about boxing history, at least when he’s part of it, but a world champion is just that, a world champion. Not the champion of Las Vegas, the United States or North America, Floyd is the world welterweight champion.
MAYWEATHER’S SAFETY IN PHILIPPINES NOT A REALITY?
That being said, if the personal safety of the Mayweather group could be guaranteed in the Philippines, meaning 24 hour security hired from outside the country, that I really see no reason for it not to go.
History, history, Floyd do you remember that Muhammad Ali’s true signature bouts were against George Foreman was in Zaire and Joe Frazier in Manila.
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December 8th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LOOKING AT THE “BIG PICTURE” FOLKS
FLOYD “CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”
Granted, Floyd may have a zillion times the amount of money Manny Pacquiao possesses, but it hasn’t bought or garnered Mayweather the international respect that has been bestowed on Pacquiao as both a boxer and a man.
LET ME BLOW FLOYD’S HORN PLEASE
People don’t know that Floyd does a lot of charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman, that’s hard to top for anybody, let alone the Grand Rapids, MI native Mayweather.
MORE “WATER COOLER” TALK ON PACMAN
That and Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans, Pac’s wins were more entertaining and in two cases more damaging than Mayweather’s wins over notably Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.
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November 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– With Macau being the backdrop for the Manny Pacquiao rout of Brandon Rios, there were obviously stories to tell. One involves Manny Pacquiao’s (55–5, 38 KOs) next opponent, while another is talk about the seemingly impossible, I’m talking about the “Thrilla’ in Manila II,” Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines!
SOURCE USED TO WORK FOR HBO (WINK-WINK)
My source goes on to tell me that there are some businessmen, near billionaires, they want to do Mayweather-Manny in Manila next year. Now the first thing you are thinking is that Floyd won’t fight any further than a few miles from his house in Las Vegas. Not a road warrior by any means, Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) has always has always fought on American soil. Texas, Michigan, Atlantic City, California, Mississippi with Florida being the furthest he has ever fought as a pro from home.
FLOYD AIN’T GOING NOWHERE YOU SAY
So if you’re scratching your head at this point trying to figure out the direction in which I am going, if there’s one thing that impresses Floyd Mayweather it is money. Literally, “Money” is his middle name. So if some Filipino banker is willing to offer him a $100 million guarantee, this in addition the pay-per-view revenues, meaning Mayweather can make over $150 million for one fight, I think Floyd should take it with conditions.
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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 25th, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
San Francisco, CA- Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) looked like he hasn’t missed a step against a game (but limited) Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) in a comeback bout this weekend. In a near complete shutout, Manny was able to beat Rios to the punch, land multiple combos and move laterally to an easy points victory. He appeared unaffected by his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and provided some needed inspiration for his fans and country, which is recovering feom a deadly storm. Pacquiao looked so well against Rios that he’s certainty going to have a few options if he continues to fight. Below are the best ones that come to mind.
THE “RUGGED” RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV
WBO 140 lb. guy Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) is a great option for Pacquiao and will provide another exciting bout to get Manny buzzing again. Ruslan, unlike several of Pacquiao’s opponents is coming off a solid KO ‘victory’ over Mike Alvarado and has a style that would compliment Manny’s well. This fight may be a bit risky, but not enough that it is unlikely to be considered. Both fighters share the same promotional banner (Top Rank) and this would appear to be one of the easiest fights to be made out of a short list of viable opponents. But Ruslan was spotted in Manny’s dressing room prior to him entering the ring against Rios, so it remains to be seen if these guys will become buddies or actually challenge each other in the near future.
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November 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- I always have a tough time associating the word anniversary with the loss of life, but it’s been six+ years since an inebriated Diego Corrales was killed driving his motorcycle in Las Vegas in May 2007. Although he had a great mother, Olga who was always there when he would let her be,”Chico” as he was known to friends like a lot of people had great pluses and destructive minuses. When it came to boxing, a career that started outside of California, even though his family was then living in Sacramento, CA, Corrales was at one point “second to none” at 130 lbs. and was even in the top ten “pound for pound” lists of some pundits.
HAD HIGH IQ THAT FEW PUGILISTS POSSESS
Although alcohol precipitated his death, Diego was a complex guy who while realizing his boxing career was over, and that he had little money left to live on, more importantly he was very depressed at the on this day which is five turns of the Roman calendar ago, May 7, 2007. Involved in another marriage that was failing, as I said already, his boxing days were over, even though he was only three months or so shy of his 30th birthday. Said to be a “mean drunk” when he got boozed up, there were Felony Domestic Violence charges that landed him a stint in a California Prison Work Farm in 2001, stemming from a vicious assault on his spouse in 2000.
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October 31st, 2013 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV- There is a certain mystique when it comes to Kazakhstan native, former Olympic Silver medalist and WBA middleweight champion (160 lb.) Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. With 24 stoppage wins in 27 bouts, “GGG” has truly taken the boxing world by storm.
G.G.G. KNOCKING OUT A GLOBAL REPUTATION
His bouts are exciting, and overall Gennady keeps fans wanting to see more. Saturday on HBO he takes on arguably his toughest foe to date in Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs). Stevens, a native of Brooklyn, NY talks a good game, but is he truly game for the fight?
STEVENS HAS LOSS TO JESSE BRINKLEY
The Brooklynite is a massive underdog, and for good reason. Jesse Brinkley (35-7, 22 KOs) of “The Contender” TV fame, beat him decisively in 2010, and he was also stopped by the always “comes to fights” journeyman Marcos Primera (19-15-2 at the time) in 2006. Stevens is a solid puncher, but there’s question marks about his chin, and Golovkin not only possesses power, but is extremely accurate both to the body and head.
LOOKING GOOD WITH PROMOTER KATHY DUVA
To be fair to Stevens, he has looked much better in his last few bouts which include three first round KO’s in three of his last four bouts. However one has to believe that some of that success has to do with the quality or lack of quality of the opposition.
SCENARIO WHERE STEVENS PULLS OFF UPSET? READ MORE…
October 29th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Every once in a while fighter comes along that can be easily described as, ”something special.” Gennady Golovkin is a man that can be described that way as he is set to defend the WBA middleweight (160 lb.) title against Curtis Stevens this Saturday night on HBO. In the words of historian Larry “The Lip” Albert, “Gennady Golovkin has the goods.”
STEVENS’ BIG MOUTH GOT HIM FAT PURSEAt 27–0, 24 KOs, Gennady has already cracked the top 10 in the ‘pound for pound’ list. Where you list him is your prerogative, but he has his place. Stevens, 25–3, 18 KOs, too has a place on the list, just not the top 10 pound for pound list, more like the top 10 bigmouth list. That’s what got him the fight with Gennady Golovkin, his having the audacity to call out the unbeaten Russian on television. While Stevens is a good fighter, greatness is not in this future, at least in my opinion.
GOLOVKIN ENGLISH GETTING BETTER
When Gennady Golovkin appeared a fortnight ago on “Ring Talk Worldwide,” my radio show for 29 years, Gennady agreed that the mouth of Stevens is better than that of Stevens the fighter. A man this not afraid to go to the body, Golovkin expects to KO Stevens, with no preference as to whether, “It is a body shot or head shot. He talks good, has a big mouth. He will see come fight time that he talks better than he fights.”
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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 20th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing quite like the “obvious talent” in sports. And to boxing purists everywhere, undefeated middleweight (160 lb.) & WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin is all that and more made his “Ring Talk” debut Sunday and took questions from readers.
“GGG” WILL FIGHT FLOYD MAYWEATHER AT 154 LBS!
“THE RING WARS” TV SHOW UPDATE
Sir Marcus Valentine, the man behind the reality boxing TV show “The Ring Wars” gave us an update on the program, what it entails, etc. The Ring Wars website banner is in the left margin here at RingTalk.com
Among other things, Gennady, 27-0, 24 KOs, defends his title November 2 on HBO in New York City’s Madison Square Garden vs. Curtis Stevens, said he will drop to 154 and beat the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, whenever Floyd puts his name on the dotted line!
HIT BLACK ARROW IN BOX ABOVE TO LISTEN NOW!
October 20th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LAST INDEPENDENT U.S. FIGHT MAGAZINE
San Francisco, CA- Having grown up in an erawhere on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Jack Fiske gave us his lengthy columns that were in the 80′s known by insiders as the “Bible of Newspaper Boxing.” But not only did I have Fiske with the San Francisco Chronicle, Eddie Muller Sr. was writing daily pieces in the San Francisco Examiner, it’s predecessor The Call, The News, or the News Call Bulletin, where I was taught how to read. Now we have only the Chronicle, who threw the highly rated Fiske out on his ass circa 1993 after 40 years, and then watched the circulation reportedly drop from over one million readers then to 220,000 today.
UNCENSORED BOXING WORLD MAGAZINE HAS GOOD WRITERS & EDITORS
The same cannot be said of other boxing publications, Ring Magazine, the standard bearer to some is now owned by Oscar De La Hoya. And regardless of what spin he puts on this, Oscar’s involvement severs the throat of the Ring’s credibility. With a great group of writers, unpublished interview(s) with Emanuel Steward, a cover feature on Floyd Mayweather, READ MORE…
October 13th, 2013 By Robbi Patterson
ARTICLE FROM JUST LAST WEEK SAYS IT ALL!
DOES BOXING NEED JUDGE JUDY OF TV FAME?
Glasgow, Scotland- During recent weeks, bad decisions have made boxing as legitimate as the claim that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in Dealey Plaza when JFK was assassinated 50 years ago next month. First up was WBO lightweight (135 lb.) champion, Ricky Burns escaping the SECC Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, with a Draw 12 against Ray Beltran of Puerto Rico a month or so ago.
BURNS’ PROMOTER EDDIE HEARN SAID HE LOST!
The evidence of a defeat for Burns was so overwhelming to the point that his promoter Eddie Hearn suggested his fighter should have left the arena with another loss printed onto his record. It’s very rare for a fighter’s promoter to be so honest READ MORE…
October 10th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
IS JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ THE “BEST” OF MEXICO?
Las Vegas, NV- It’s interesting to ponder the ascension and the career of four division (126, 130, 135, 140 lb.) champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs). The master boxer from Mexico City turned 40 in August, and this Saturday he faces one of his toughest bouts against Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) in a quest to capture Tim’s WBO welterweight (147 lb.) title on HBO PPV. One would have never imagined that a fighter who lost a close decision to Chris John (48-0, 22 KOs)(regardless of what some experts say John won a close fight) in a WBA featherweight (126) bout in 2006 would still be fighting, albeit successfully as a welterweight. After finally earning that career defining victory over Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fourth fight last December (KO6) the Mexican can now move on to other challenges. Losing two of the first three fights to the Filipino icon left a bad taste in his mouth, but now he’s received his vindication. In Bradley he is facing a completely different style, and one that has not been favorable to him in the past.
CAME UP SHORT AGAINST BOXERS
Marquez is by style a counterpuncher who excels against aggressive minded opponents. He looked great against volume punchers such as Juan Diaz and brawlers like Australian Michael Katsidis, but somewhat listless in bouts against boxers like Chris John, Floyd Mayweather, and Freddie Norwood. Bradley can either box or brawl and the 30 year old is expected to use that youth and enthusiasm to his advantage to cruise to a points victory.
CAN MARQUEZ CATCH BRADLEY LIKE PACQUIAO? READ MORE…
October 3rd, 2013 By Manny Caballero
TOUGH MONTH FOR ARGENTINA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL- I know there must be a lot of Argentines eating crow on the their holiday dedicated to to Argentina’s boxers. In September 1923 the first Latino to fight for the world heavyweight title was their own Luis Firpo (31-4-2, 26 KOs) against champion Jack Dempsey (65-6-11-1, 51 KOs).
RECORDS WERE BROKEN & DEMPSEY HAD HELP?
It was an historical bout as almost 80,000 people paid to see it live as this is where Dempsey is knocked by Firpo through the ropes, and legend has it baseball legend Babe Ruth helped Dempsey get back in the ring. Although Firpo lost by KO 2, they dedicated September 14 as a holiday honoring boxing.
DANNY GARRCIA HAD “NO FAN BASE” BEFORE MATTHYSSE
I think the only people rooting for World 140 lb. king Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) were the die hard Puerto Rican fans and family as not many people gave him a chance as nearly every comment I read was how Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) was going to destroy him. But Garcia showed us what he was made of by defying the odds, taking the heavy punches and then spanking Lucas, this in my mind is a real champion!
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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.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! READ MORE…