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Boxers Nonito Donaire, left, and Guillermo Rigondeaux pose

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Here are three offerings for your summer reading list.

Author Brin-Jonathan Butler traveled to three different countries, a dozen states and watched thousands of rounds of boxing in pursuit of this story. The result is 192 pages of thoroughly-reported and carefully crafted prose that makes up "A Cuban Boxer's Journey: Guillermo Rigondeaux, From Castro's Traitor To American Champion." Simply...

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Neutral Corner Top 10

Floyd Mayweather, right, throws a left at Canelo

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1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (45-0): Is there really any reason to even explain why Mayweather is No. 1 in the world? After taking apart the sport’s top young fighter in Canelo Alvarez, Mayweather, 36, proved he still has it. His next bout is scheduled for May. Amir Khan is rumored to be the opponent.

2. Andre Ward, super middleweight (27-0): Ward returned to the ring in November...

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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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Rigondeaux shocks Donaire

Boxers Nonito Donaire, left, and Guillermo Rigondeaux pose

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Guillermo RIgondeaux, who defected from Cuba in 2009, scored a unanimous decision over Nonito Donaire before a sold out Radio City Music Hall on Saturday.

Rigondeaux, a southpaw, was the sharper, slicker boxer throughout the 12-round unifcation bout. He captured Donaire's WBO 122-pound title, while retaining his WBA belt. Donaire scored a knockdown in Round 10, but otherwise had no answer...

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Rigondeaux to battle Donaire at Radio City

Guillermo Rigondeaux, left, connects with a right hand

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If you have spent some time around Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux, you've seen his thousand-watt smile. But it was not on display Tuesday during the media workout at Mendez's Gym in Manhattan. The ritual of the media workout is generally a prolonged photo op during which the fighter breaks a sweat and smiles for the camera. But Rigondeaux actually had a fairly serious workout.

In contrast,...

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Big-time boxing coming to New York

Nonito Donaire throwing a left hook to the

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It's going to be a super six-week run for boxing, particularly in New York.   It starts on April 13, with Top Rank's super bantamweight title unification bout between WBO champion Nonito Donaire (31-1) and WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0). Donaire is the reigning Fighter of the Year and Rigondeaux is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who defected from Cuba in 2009. This card will be...

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Martinez vs. Chavez Jr., plus Canelo Alvarez recap

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., left, and Sergio Martinez

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We'll be switching back and forth from HBO PPV over to Showtime for tonight's boxing.

The first major fight on the HBO card saw Cuban exile and former two-time gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux win a unanimous decision over Robert Marroquin to retain his WBA super bantamweight title. Rigondeaux dropped a bloodied Marroquin in the last round.

We are no switching over to Showtime to watch...

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