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Fight wish list for 2014

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

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Here’s the Neutral Corner’s annual fight wish list for 2014. We understand that many of these fights won’t happen, but we can always dream.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao: We promise this is the last time we will ask for this fight. Is there a snowball’s chance it could happen in 2014? If Pacquiao’s tax problems have been accurately reported, there is a possibility. Mayweather has...

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Mayweather: Broner jumped too early

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his majority decision victory

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Even Adrien Broner’s mentor Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks the brash young fighter got a little too big for his britches.

We’re referring to Broner’s decision to stay at welterweight and fight Marcos Maidana, instead of moving back to junior welterweight or even lightweight after his fight against Paulie Malignaggi.

Broner had trouble dealing with the power of Maidana, a stronger puncher...

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Lesson learned for Adrien Broner?

Adrien Broner celebrates after beating Gavin Rees of

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Sometimes a boxer just need to be humbled. 

Broner learned the hard way during his unanimous-decision loss to Marcos Maidana (117-109, 116-109 and 115-110) at the Alamodome on Showtime on Saturday night that boxing isn't about talent. It's about being sensible. 

Up until his fight with Paulie Malignaggi last June, Broner fought as either a super featherweight or a lightweight....

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Broner: I'm the next Floyd Mayweather

Adrien Broner poses during press conference for Marcos

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Adrien Broner promised that Marcos Maidana will “bring something else” out of him.

Broner (27-0) a rising star, will be making second appearance in the ring as a welterweight when he takes on Maidana at the Alamodome on Saturday night on SHOWTIME.

The 24-year-old, in his most recent fight at Barclays Center last June, scored a split-decision win over Paulie Malignaggi.

It was his...

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Could Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao finally happen?

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman told a group

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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...

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Win over Judah energizes Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi.

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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...

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Marcos Maidana to battle Adrien Broner

From left, boxer Marcos Maidana, Golden Boy Promotions

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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...

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Victor Ortiz expecting big win against Collazo

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...

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Lara and Trout to fight for WBA title

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Erislandy Lara

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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...

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Guillermo Rigondeaux back on HBO

Boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux gestures as he stands on

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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....

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