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RING TALK BOXING FEATURES LARRY MERCHANT

FLOYD MANS UP TO CHALLENGE PACMAN
San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with former HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant about the upcoming super fight Mayweather vs Pacquaio. Also reviewed “GGG” Gennady Golovkins impressive stoppage of Martin Murry.

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

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THE “WHACKY” PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

HISTORIC LANDMARK HAD MANY CHARACTERS

San Francisco, CA- The famed Herman-Newman’s boxing gym at 312 Leavenworth St. was located in a neighborhood here known as the Tenderloin. It is an area ripe with cheap hotels, hookers, drag queens, drug dealers and thugs. And yet, in the more than 15 years I made the trek downtown, with the exception of one fighter having had a pound of weed stolen out of his car by another boxer, I can’t recall anybody getting hurt going to or from the boxing shrine.

BILLY NEWMAN’S FAILING HEALTH

In the latter 1970s, Billy Newman, who had bought his partner Herman out, was in failing health. The gym wasn’t making much money, partially because Billy didn’t collect dues diligently. Many youths like myself would end up paying the $10 membership fee maybe once or twice a year. As Newman began to slide health wise, he put one of his employees Henry “Don” Stewart in charge of the oldest standing boxing gym in the United States. Stewart collected dues on a more regular basis, but he wouldn’t know a left hook from a bass hook.

DON’S TOUPEE LIKE HOCKEY HELMET

Don Stewart was a nice guy who slightly deceived people when it came to his abilities as a trainer. We’d watch him bulls*it people coming in for his “white collar” boxing classes. Don, a former employee of the YMCA on Leavenworth & Golden Gate Sts., would tell people he trained the likes of Sonny Liston, George Foreman, neither of which was true. But Stewart had these pictures of him with both men post workout and the easily gullible didn’t realize it was Don, who wore the most hideous wig in boxing, posing for a photo op, so they’d sign up for his class.

LISTON WAS INTIMIDATING TO ME NOT! Read more

25 YEARS SINCE TYSON KO’D BY BUSTER!

FEBRUARY 11, 1990: “KID DYNAMITE” IMPLODED
Douglas KO's Tyson
Pittsburgh, PA- I was just a sophomore in high school, hanging out in our basement TV room and planning to watch Dominique Wilkins, Larry Bird and others at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests, back when those activities featured the game’s best and were must-see TV. The plan was to flip on HBO and catch “the Baddest Man on the Planet” (and that wasn’t just a nickname at that time) Mike Tyson (then 37-0, 33 KOs) quickly knock out James “Buster” Douglas, whom some generously referred to as an underdog, since that implied that he had a chance. After that brief respite, I would return to the All-Star festivities. Little did I know that I wouldn’t watch anymore basketball that night.

HINDSIGHT’S 20/20: NO ONE SAW THIS ONE COMING

In retrospect, the signs were there: Tyson’s mentor and father figure Cus D’Amato had passed away, and he’d replaced his under appreciated trainer Kevin Rooney and the rest of his team with hacks that seemed to spill over from his entourage and, infamously, Don King. His marriage had fallen apart, and personal problems mounted. He undertrained for Douglas and, though he still looked great, he seemed just a little soft and a lot distracted; clearly, he wasn’t taking Douglas seriously, but then again, did he need to?

“BUSTER” DOUGLAS: “I JUST WHIPPED HIS ___”

As it happened, the contest showed us the amazing possibilities when an uninspired, unmotivated favorite faces and inspired and motivated underdog, no matter the odds. (How any fighter can take another “lightly” – one of the false or ridiculous excuses we hear from sour grapes losers nowadays – makes you wonder after what happened in Tokyo that night.) A lean, conditioned Douglas kept his jab pumping in the champ’s face all night, repeatedly drilling “Iron Mike” with chopping rights behind it, round after round. A short Tyson uppercut in the eighth nearly bandaged the situation, though damage at that point had already been irreparably done. The Tyson puzzle had already been solved. More importantly, the fear factor had been vanquished. Bully the bully. Take the fight to him. Douglas regained control in the ninth, as Tyson barely survived the round.

TENTH ROUND: THE END OF TYSON AS WE KNEW HIM! Read more

BACKLASH OF NO MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO

FIGHTERS RUNNING OUT OF VIABLE OPTIONS

Las Vegas, NV- This horse has been beaten over and over in boxing’s niche media as well as in major media outlets. For someone not all that familiar with the Sweet Science, they would be led to believe that Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao  (57-5-2, 38 KOs) are the only two fighters of merit in the sport of boxing. Floyd will be 38 years old in three weeks, while Manny is 36. Both at the end of their careers, however both hold three of four major belts at 147 lbs. Mayweather carries the WBC and WBA diadems. Pacquiao is in posession of the WBO trinket.

 

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. the scapegoat?

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. the scapegoat?

The recognized World welterweight crown is at stake. The February 1st SuperBowl had a record number of viewers. The current “Over and Under” according to Bovada.lv for boxing’s Superbowl type of matchup is 3.15 million PPV buys which is equivalent to at least 150 million. Of the ten best welterweights rated at Boxrec.com, Mayweather and Pacquiao have fought four combined. The other four, Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are viable, but they are not fighters that the general public is familiar with. Brook and Thurman already have fights scheduled in the coming months.

HBO AND SHOWTIME REALLY TO BLAME?

It appears that both camps want to make the fight, and a lot of blame is going around. People are quick to blame Floyd because as a person he is hard to like. He comes off as being arrogant or worse and has had trouble in and with the press. His reckless personal life has been on display for all on Twitter and Instagram as well as his legal matters. However people dislike Floyd and believe he has blinded them from trying to see what the real obstacle is here.

NETWORKS SAY IT IS NOT THEM! Read more

TIRED OF THE FLOYD-MANNY BULL SHIT YET?

FOUR YEAR DELAY TAKES LUSTER OFF MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO

Floyd Talks & Manny Listens

Floyd Talks & Manny Listens


San Francisco, CA- The reason why Ernest Hemmingway’s Hall of Fame boxing writing buddy Jimmy Cannon (1919-1973) proclaimed, “Boxing is the red light district of sports,” is because it is. Truth be told, you won’t find more pimps and whores in any other entity outside of the prostitution trade itself.

LIMO DRIVING FLOYD NEED NOT PICK UP WALKING MANNY

That being said, pimps come in all colors and forms when it comes to boxing. They can be network heads, managers, trainers, advisors, and oh yeah, some boxers are adept at the pimping trade as well. That being said, Floyd Mayweather be pimping and Manny Pacquiao is his Philippine call girl.

TRUTH EVERYBODY KNOWS INCLUDING MANNY Read more

MAYWEATHER-COTTO II “HAPPENING”

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO BOUT NOT “HAPPENING”

Mayweather-Cotto Ditto!

Mayweather-Cotto Ditto!


San Francisco, CA- It became obvious to me when Canelo Alvarez decided to dance without Miguel Cotto, that the only way Cotto would allow this payday to get away was that he instead would land a rematch with Floyd Mayweather for Miguel’s lineal middleweight (160 lbs.) title. This has nothing to do with “fear” on either man’s part, rather it’s about dollars and sense. Oh, let me say it again, there will be NO Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in May period.18-mayweather-afpgt

EXPLAINING THE “SENSE”

Although I admire Puerto Rico’s Cotto, a fighter that at 140 & 147 lbs. fought so relaxed (under fire) he looked like he had burnt a blunt in the dressing room. But at 160 Cotto, isn’t likely to be as mellow as he worries with family and friends about his health. A family guy unlike Peter Griffin, Cotto said a couple of years ago that he wasn’t inclined to get in any “life or death” war, citing family concerns. Like TV’s Mr. Griffin, Floyd isn’t going to hurt or knock him out.

COTTO REMATCH FROM FLOYD’S PERSPECTIVE

As for Floyd’s sense of matters, Cotto is slow, semi-predictable and not likley to knock him out. Having had 12 rounds to figure the Puerto Rican out already, this fight has all the indications of being a carbon copy of Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II which registered a solid 2 of 10 on the entertainment scale. Mayweather will keep this fight in the center of the ring and win going away.

DOLLARS IN DOLLARS & SENSE Read more

MANNY PACQUIAO SECOND TO MUHAMMAD ALI

LOOKING AT THE “BIG PICTURE” FOLKS

Pacquiao Hammers Rios

Pacquiao Hammers Brandon Rios

San Francisco, CA– I was thinking about it over the weekend.  Who has had a greater impact on the world stage than undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO)? Only one boxer:  Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO).

LIKE THE BEATLES 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. Especially not the latter.

LET ME BLOW FLOYD’S HORN, PLEASE

People don’t know that Floyd does charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman is hard for anybody to top, let alone the native of Grand Rapids, MI, Mayweather. Even with that undefeated mark and a thousand championship belts, a lot of people scorn Mayweather and I don’t think the Pope would see him but he probably would make himself available for Manny.

“WATER COOLER” TALK CREDITS PACMAN

Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans were more entertaining, and in two cases more damaging, than Mayweather’s wins.  Manny destroyed both Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley, while Floyd won decisions.

PACQUIAO HAS ALL THE DEMOGRAPHICS Read more

PACQUIAO AND ARUM LYING! NO FLOYD TALKS!

LARRY MERCHANT EXPOSES ARUM & PACQUIAO

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?


San Francisco, CA- While chatting with Larry Merchant on the Sunday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the Godfather of HBO Boxing said that, “There has been no back and forth negotiation between Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum have been negotiating with themselves.”

BOB ARUM BEING DISINGENUOUS (YES) DISINGENUOUS

In other words, it appears Bob Arum has not been forthright with the media again. The man whose epitaph should read, “I was lying yesterday, but today I’m telling the truth,” his actual words, is saying the fight is all but done. You see while we’ve been hearing Manny had signed, a source on the inside told me, “It’s a double swerve. Arum is trying to create public sentiment against Floyd to force the fight. Telling people that 60-40 had been agreed to, it was all bulls*it.”

LIKELY MAYWEATHER-COTTO II PREDICTED WEEKS AGO

While linear middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Miguel Cotto has kept Canelo Alvarez tied up in negotiations, Cotto’s people are said to be trying to make Cotto-Mayweather II. If you missed the first fight, think of a slightly more polished Marcos Maidana in Cotto who wants to cash in especially against somebody that can’t hurt him. Swerve #2.

MAYWEATHER WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA

Floyd has said he will be in Australia at the end of January. To that, Anthony Mundine is saying Mayweather and he “might” fight. I don’t know how bad you want Mayweather to fight anybody when his fights are about as exciting as a fully clothed porno. There is no “Money” shot in Mayweather’s films…er fights.

FLOYD NEED RETIRE OR MEET “GGG” Read more

LISTEN RING TALK: LARRY MERCHANT ON PAC-FLOYD!

HBO GODFATHER LARRY MERCHANT “UNPLUGGED”

 "Stunned" Larry Merchant

“Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Fame journalist and broadcater Larry Merchant. Larry brought out that there are no ongoing nogotiations between Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao. There never have been. And he also spelled out Al Heymon’s deal with NBC. Merchant was all about Deontay Wilder.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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WBO CHIEF PACO VALCARCEL ON RING TALK

PACO ALWAYS A GREAT GUEST

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide 

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Paco Valcarcel, president of the WBO. They discussed recent fights, WBO champions, including the decision at the WBO Congress on Instant Replay in WBO fights.

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BOXING RETURNS TO NBC TV IN MARCH

AL HAYMON’S FIRST NBC SHOW “SOLID”

Al "Big Al" Haymon

Al “Big Al” Haymon

San Francisco, CA- The word from 30 Rockefeller Center in NYC on Thursday made the boxing world sit up and take note. The first major card on NBC of note in years will be on March 7 and features a great match in unbeaten welterweight Keith Thurman and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.

34 YEARS TO THE DAY OF ALI-FRAZIER 1

The bout will be held in the Mecca of boxing, the storied Madison Square Garden on March 7, which is the 44th anniversary of Joe Frazier beating Muhammad Ali in their memorable 1971 Garden clash AKA “The Fight.”
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“BIG AL” MAKES NETWORK TV REALITY TV

Before I get to the politics involved, meaning Mr. Al Haymon, this return to the Peacock Network is something every major promoter of the last quarter century has thought about and failed. That being said, it is the biggest thing to happen to the game in decades.

TITLE FIGHT FOR WBA INTERIM DIADEM

Thurman, 24-0, 21 whacks, current holder of an interim WBA 147 lb. diadem is rated by yours truly at #4 behind welterweight counterparts Floyd Mayweather, Kell Brook and #3 Amir Khan. In order to dissuade arguments at the moment, Manny Pacquiao is at #5.

THURMAN HAS YET TO REALLY BE HIT! Read more

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.

HATE, JEALOUSY & POWER REIGN Read more

CRAWFORD AND WALTERS TOP THE YEARS BEST

FEATHERWEIGHT NICHOLAS WALTERS BREAKS OUT FROM OBSCURITY 

Las Vegas, NV- One thing the sport of boxing immensely needs is exciting TV friendly fighters. Especially ones who are respectful and charismatic. WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) appears to have all the aforementioned qualities. The Jamaican born puncher who trains out of Panama had his first chance at the spotlight in 2014 and made the most of those opportunities.

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

In May he nearly decapitated former world champ Vic Darchinayn in China, and in October he stopped WBA champ and former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs).  Donaire, who was dropped twice, had never before tasted the canvas or been stopped.

OMAHA FIGHTER CRAWFORD BECOMES AN ATTRACTION

Who would have thought a year ago that Omaha, Nebraska would become a boxing hotbed? WBO lightweight king Terrence “Bud” Crawford, has pretty much smoked his recent competition. He competed in what was arguably the fight of the year for 2014.

He knocked down former champion Yuri Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) a total of four times in a barnburner of a fight in June.

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Additionally he nearly sold out the Century Link Center in his hometown of Omaha. Earlier in the year he went to England and dethroned WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns(37-4-1, 11 KOs). One has to give Crawford the utmost respect. Most American fighters balk at going overseas, expecting to get an unfair verdict in a close bout. Fortunately the American completely dominated the fight. Last month he routed number 1 contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1) to cap off a stellar year in which most believe is a fighter of the year campaign.

MANNY PACQUIAO HAS COMBACK OF THE YEAR Read more

MAYWEATHER WINS 2014 TURD AWARD

“TURD OF THE YEAR” CHOICE UNANIMOUS

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather


San Francisco, CA- Unbeaten and nearly 38 years of age, Floyd Mayweather continues to be a dick! His pissing on Manny Pacquiao in the press over his financial dilemma and taunting him with a May 2 date on Showtime PPV with a reported 80-20 split, all I can say is that’s Floyd who says, “I offered him $40 million before he lost twice, he can’t expect the same money now.”

AND YOU KEEP BUYING FLOYD’S BULL SPIT

If Floyd’s dissing Manny isn’t enough to make him boxing’s #1 turd ‘pound for pound,’ promising a great effort on his part and then running like a purse snatcher in the final round of Mayweather-Maidana II, a rematch we could have done without, that should convince you of Floyd’s being worthy od this award.

ROOKIE OF 2014 A GOLDEN HEAVYWEIGHT

Anthony Joshua snagged an Olympic Gold medal in 2012. As a professional with only ten fights (and ten KO’s), I haven’t seen a fighter with his skills, demeanor and fluidity in the heavyweight class in decades. Joshua appears to be the heir apparent to Wladimir Klitschko.

PROSPECT OF 2015 ON SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY

154 lber. Julian Williams (19-0-1, 19 KOs) of Philly will be featured Saturday on Showtime vs. Edgar Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs). Handled by Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, Williams has shown good skills, an unchecked chin and superior ring generalship with everybody he’s been in with thus far.

COMEBACK OF 2014 AWARD BELONGS TO PACMAN Read more

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