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So the WBC went ahead and rated Manny Pacquiao its No. 1 welterweight, with the hope that division champion Floyd Mayweather will eventually break down and fight him.
Is it wishful thinking?
It was wishful thinking until reports surfaced that Pacquiao (55-5-2) is in major financial trouble with U.S. and Filipino tax officials.
Pacquiao has yet to speak publicly about his money...Read more »
Isn’t it funny how one win can rejuvenate a boxer?
Paulie Malignaggi’s unanimous-decision win over Zab Judah on Saturday at Barclays Center apparently lit a fire under the “Magic Man”.
"This is an emotional win for me. It definitely allows me to continue boxing. If I had lost, I don't know that I would have wanted to continue,” Malignaggi said. “But this big win puts me in the right...Read more »
The last time Marcos Maidana (34-2) tasted to defeat, it was to Devon Alexander on February 2, 2012. Since then, the native of Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, has won three straight. His latest win was a sixth-round TKO of Josesito Lopez at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca.
Now he gets the young, brash WBA welterweight champion in Adrien Broner (27-0) on Saturday, Dec. 14 live on...Read more »
It’s been a rough two-plus years for Victor Ortiz.
First, the talented welterweight misses out on a chance for a rematch against Andre Berto because Berto tested positive or a banned substance.
Ortiz then loses two straight fights, one to Floyd Mayweather in controversial fashion and then to Josesito Lopez. Ortiz’s corner threw in the towel at the beginning of the 10th round because...Read more »
Arguably two of the most avoided boxers in the sport, Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara will square off for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title this at Barclays Center, Saturday live on Showtime. Trout (26-1), fresh off a loss to Canelo Alvarez hopes to eventually get a rematch. Lara (18-1), meanwhile, who made is name off a controversial loss to Paul Williams in 2011, could soon find...Read more »
The legendary trainer George Benton used to have a saying. "Win tonight, look good next time."
Winning the fight is all that really matters in boxing, right?
Well, not always.
Benton would occasionally apply that saying to Pernell Whitaker, the extremely talented Hall of Famer who boxed from 1984-2001. Whitaker was a brilliant strategist and an excellent defensive fighter....Read more »
The respect that Brooklyn natives Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah have for each other has always been there. That fact was made even more evident during the Thursday press conference for their Saturday night fight at Barclays Center.
Both fighters, normally brash and cocky during press conferences, were complimentary and respectful toward each other in the Barclays Center main entrance on...Read more »
Adrien Broner has done a lot during his young career. His latest triumph, a split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi last June despite jumping up two weight classes, might be his biggest accomplishment to date.
Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) took home the WBA welterweight title after that bout. Now he is facing arguably the hardest hitter of his career in Marcos Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) on Saturday,...Read more »
The battle for Brooklyn is on. Brooklyn boxers Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi (32-5) and Zab "Super" Judah (42-8) will square off on Dec. 7 at Barclays Center live on Showtime.
This is probably a fight that should've taken place a few years ago, but fans are likely to enjoy the matchup regardless.
Judah lost to Danny Garcia by unanimous decision at Barclays Center...Read more »
We're just one day away from Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios showdown from Macau, China, which will be broadcast live on HBO PPV, beginning at 9 p.m.
Here are some expert opinions.
Holt McCallany, actor: Brandon Rios is a tough fighter with good power and a great young trainer in Robert Garcia, but it won't be enough in Macau this Saturday against former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao....Read more »