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Roach: Mayweather is shot, but we want Pacquiao to fight him

At Thursday’s media day with Manny Pacquiao at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, trainer Freddie Roach continued with his mantra that WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr is a shot fighter due to Roach believing that he can’t move around the ring like he used to.

The interesting thing is Roach still wants Pacquiao to fight Mayweather even though Roach sees Mayweather as being shot. If Roach thinks Mayweather is shot, then why does he want Pacquiao to fight him?

“We’ll [Pacquiao] fight Mayweather at whatever weight he wants to fight at,” Roach said via Fightnews at the San Francisco Giants media day. “He’s [Mayweather] shot. He’s done. His legs are gone based on his last two fights. He says he doesn’t move in order to make it more exciting for the fans. Bull [expletive].” Continue reading

DMV’s Celebrity Weekend of Champions!

The weekend beginning September of 18, 2014 will mark an incredible period of time in the Washington, DC area! GFS Entertainment will be hosting a weekend of events to honor the boxing accomplishments of DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) Champions. Scheduled to be recognized are Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Winky Wright, Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy, Keith Holmes, Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, and more.

“Sugar” Ray Leonard will present the “DMV Honors Sugar Ray Leonard Award” to the former Boxing Champions. Also in attendance will be Floyd Mayweather, Sr, Roger Mayweather, and Jeff Mayweather. Some highlights from the weekend: Continue reading

Bob Arum on Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao: “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year”

While the majority of the boxing community has never accepted the idea that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ever face Manny Pacquiao, some people held on to their belief and their undying hope. I happen to be one of those people, but not because of hope, instead I am convinced that money has a hold on everyone, including both Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao.

Like it or not, but this fight is already in the bank, and always has been if you ask me. This is a guaranteed paycheck, no matter when they decide to cash it. Be it tomorrow, or in 5 years, the fight would sell out the same. Continue reading

Johnny Nelson: I could still beat ‘plastic’ champion Huck

Tomorrow night in Halle, Germany WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) will attempt to equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defences in the cruiserweight division when he faces Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium.

As Huck threatens to match Nelson’s record of thirteen successful defences, ‘’The Entertainer’’ has exclusively revealed that he would consider a sensational return to the ring to face the ”plastic” champion and reclaim his WBO title.

‘’There are only a handful of world champions who can truly be considered the best in the world and in my opinion Marco Huck is not one of them,’’ said Nelson. ‘’No disrespect to the kid but to get people to sit up, pay attention and consider him the best, he needs to fight outside of Germany, away from his home comforts. Continue reading

Marcos Maidana Interview Transcript

Marcos Maidana

Good afternoon to everybody. I’m training hard and I’m ready for September 13th.

Q

Do you agree or disagree that the only way to beat Mayweather is probably by knockout?

M. Maidana

No. I don’t agree with that statement. I think that I can win by decision or by knockout. The first fight was a very close fight. It was a decision that was a majority decision, so I feel that I just have to make a few adjustments, put a little more pressure on, land better punches, and yes I can win, I can win by decision. But obviously the knockout would be nice, and that’s a possibility as well. Continue reading

Nonito Donaire vs. Nicholas Walters on October 18th at StubHub Center, Carson, California

WBA Super World featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) has decided not to give former WBA champ Simpiwe Vetyeka an immediate rematch like he was talking about after having beaten him by a 5th round technical decision last May to win the WBA title.

Donaire instead will be fighting WBA regular featherweight champ Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) on October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The Donaire-Walters fight will be the televised co-feature on HBO on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio fight card. Continue reading

Exciting Times for Randy Petalcorin

New interim WBA light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) of the Philippines is set to use his new titleholder status to further entrench himself amongst the elite at 108 pounds following his victory over Panamanian Walter Tello (20-8, 8 KOs) via seventh round TKO in Shanghai, China on Tuesday night.

Whilst the interim title may not be the full version of the title held by Peruvian Albert Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs), the dominant performance over Tello has indicated his potential to being a legitimate threat to Rossel and the other titleholders at light flyweight. Continue reading

Golovkin-Rubio “Mexican Style” Kick Off

On October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson California, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin makes his west coast debut against rugged veteran Marco Antonio Rubio. The Mexican is a serious underdog, yet he rides the momentum of a six fight winning streak and should draw love from the southern California crowd. While Golovkin, the German based Kazakhstan native, is yet to taste defeat as a professional prize fighter. This afternoon the two fighters and their teams met in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their promotion, which is being dubbed “Mexican Style”.

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions emceed the event and was clearly excited to be bringing his star middleweight to the LA area. “We’ve had a great response for bringing Gennady Golovkin here”, said Loeffler, “the presale at the StubHub Center has been the biggest we’ve ever had.” Sampson Lewkowicz, who represents Rubio, was very complimentary of K2 and their ability to make the negotiation process drama free. “K2 is A to Z one of the best promoters and easy to work with”, said Lewkowicz. He also promised Golovkin that he’d have his hands full ‘Mexican style’ and that this would be his toughest fight to date. Continue reading

Jermain Taylor — FESSED UP TO SHOOTING COUSIN … Cops Say

Former boxing champ Jermain Taylor — who beat Bernard Hopkins TWICE — admitted that he grabbed a gun and shot his cousin Tuesday … this according to cops.

TMZ Sports obtained the police report filed in Pulaski County, Arkansas … which was filed after Taylor’s cousin was shot “multiple times” in the boxer’s home.

Cops raced to the home after Taylor’s wife called 911 … and when they got to the home, that’s when Taylor reportedly confessed.

“[Taylor] told responding ofc. that he went into his residence and obtained a firearm and shot his cousin.” Continue reading

Fight rescheduled: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev on November 15th, 2014 in Hamburg

The title defense of IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, WBO/WBA Heavyweight Super Champion and „The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko against Kubrat Pulev has been rescheduled for November 15th, 2014 at o2 World Hamburg, Germany. Originally, the fight was supposed to take place on September 6th, also in Hamburg, but had to be postponed due to an injury of Wladimir Klitschko. All tickets will remain valid.

„I am very happy that we have found a new date for the fight in Hamburg so quickly. Since the arena was already sold out, we are particularly glad for the fans of Wladimir Klitschko. Our thanks go to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and our partners RTL and o2 World Hamburg, who both enabled the new fight date in the originally planned arena”, Klitschko manager Bernd Bönte said. Continue reading

Marcos Maidana, Leo Santa Cruz, Miguel Vazquez And John Molina Oxnard Media Day Quotes

(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) OXNARD, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2014) – Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, the former welterweight world champion who gets his eagerly awaited rematch with Floyd “Money” Mayweather in the main event of “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” on Saturday, Sept. 13 live on SHOWTIME PPV, world champions Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (WBC Super Bantamweight), Miguel “Títere” Vazquez (IBF Lightweight), junior welterweight contender John Molina, Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe participated in a Media Workout Tuesday at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard. Continue reading

The Mayweather-Pacquiao Business Paradox

In 1964 Walter Neale presented the Louis-Schmeling paradox. Named after two World War II-era heavyweight champions, the Louis-Schmeling paradox describes sports business as different from any other business when it comes to the potential benefit of a monopoly.

Generally speaking, monopoly is the ideal market position of any given business. Under a monopoly, competition is either comparatively weak or non-existent. This position allows the dominant business to absorb the lion’s share of potential customers. However, the same position is detrimental to a prize fighter. As the old adage “it takes two to tango” implies, Joe Louis could not sell out a big fight venue without formidable competition such as Max Schmeling.

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Maidana: I hope Mayweather will stand and fight like a man

Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) met with the media earlier today to talk about his upcoming rematch against WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KOs) next month on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Maidana took credit for forcing Mayweather Jr to fight off the ropes last May instead of Mayweather electing to do so in order to make it interesting for the boxing fans. Maidana says he forced Mayweather to fight that way, yet in the same interview, Maidana says he wants Mayweather to stand and fight him this time like last time. Continue reading

Roy Jones Jr. gives Las Vegas local Chuy first shot at title fight

Las Vegas has been paying close attention to undefeated Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez for some time now. Roy Jones Jr. has given Chuy a chance to fight for the lightweight vacant WBC USNBC title Sept. 20 at Sunset Station in Las Vegas against Rashad Ganaway 14-4, 9KOs. His record stands at 12-0, 4KOs, and his not shy to and for any competition. Not only is he exciting to watch in the ring, he also is a great ticket drawer, packing seats with fans laced in his black and silver Pound 4 Pound and RHP gear. There’s been a lot of heat, mostly positive, surrounding this young prospect mainly because who he’s represented by. Right Hook Promotions is a local entertainment and PR company who happens to also represent Chuy. In each fight, Chuy gains so much attention it often over shadow some of the bigger headliners and promoters. But so far there is no controversy surrounding this upcoming fight but it is expected to be explosive. Both fighters are going in to the ring with impressive records and confidence, but only one can come out with the title.

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Pulev stuck waiting for Wladimir to heal up

IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) got some bad news on Monday about his opponent IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) suffering an injury to his left biceps while training.

There fight, originally scheduled for September 6th, has been moved back tentatively to November sometime at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The date of the fight depends on how quickly Wladimir’s bicep tear heals. We are talking about a 38-year-old man, so it’s possible that it could need more time than November if the healing is slow. Continue reading