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Mike Alvarado looks to defend home turf

WBO Junior welterweight champ Mike Alvarado speaks at

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It’s been a fall full of great boxing, with several more great matchups to come over the next couple of months. One fight that may be the most overlooked of the bunch is the Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov bout set for Saturday night on HBO's World Championship Boxing.

Why?

Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), who scored a tremendous victory over Brandon Rios in March, has emerged as one of the...

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Next up for Floyd Mayweather...

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his majority decision victory

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Floyd Mayweather said he’s going to fight again in May and September, as part of his six-fight deal with SHOWTIME. The question is who is left?

Everyone wants to fight Mayweather. In addition to wanting to become part of history by fighting the word’s finest boxer, it’s an easy way to get rich. These days, anyone who fights Mayweather is pretty much guaranteed to earn the biggest pay check...

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Neutral Corner top 10: Floyd No. 1

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, reacts toward his father

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1. Floyd Mayweather Jr., welterweight (44-0): Floyd is back in the top spot. Truth be told, it was an easy decision since Andre Ward has been inactive for so long. His win over Robert Guerrero on Cinco de Mayo proved he still has it. His September 14 bout against Canelo Alvarez is more proof that Mayweather is finally ready to put everything on the line.

2. Canelo Alvarez, junior middleweight...

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Why should/shouldn't Floyd fight Alvarez?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his unanimous decision victory

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After his dismantling of Robert Guerrero on May 4, its clear Floyd Mayweather Jr. has what it takes to fulfill his six-fight deal with SHOWTIME. Although Guerrero shouldn’t be confused with any of the all-time greats, he is still an excellent fighter in his prime. It was a win Mayweather needed to keep his place amongst the best in the sport.

Many in the boxing world are hoping Mayweather’s...

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Who's next for Floyd Mayweather?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts after defeating Robert Guerrero

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What’s next for Floyd Mayweather Jr.? The simple answer: whatever he wants. Truth be told, that is probably the only answer.

Mayweather is in a unique position where he has his pick of who he wants to fight, where and when. That’s a rarity in boxing these days, as promoters are often times running the show.

Need proof? Why didn’t Nonito Donaire fight Abner Mares? The two didn’t fight...

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Neutral Corner fight wish list for 2013

Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right at the

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The Neutral Corner presents its fight wish list for 2013.

Floyd Mayweather (40-0) vs. Anyone: We want to see Mayweather fight anyone at this point. We know the “Money” man is very particular about who he fights and when, but its time he starts to justify why fans need to wait forever between fights. Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez and Tim Bradley are just a few of the several fighters we’d...

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Is Mayweather finally next for Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao, left, and Juan Manuel Marquez pose

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How important is Saturday’s fight against Juan Manuel Marquez to Manny Pacquiao? It’s of the utmost importance if Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights twice in 2013 like his advisor Leonard Ellerbe said.

Despite winning a close decision against Marquez in their third bout last November and a controversial loss to Tim Bradley on June 9, a big-money fight against Mayweather will still be on the table...

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Berto back on track to stardom

Victor Ortiz (L) poses with Andre Berto at

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Could this be the last hurrah for Andre Berto as a world class boxer? Considering what he’s been through the last three years, it’s a fair question to ask.

After victories over Luis Collazo and Juan Urango in 2009 and Carlos Quintana and Freddy Hernandez in 2010, Berto (pictured right) was viewed by many as the next great welterweight champion. But his world came crashing down after a unanimous-decision...

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Video: Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel

MANNY PACQUIAO $62 million

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Check out the lighter side of Manny Pacquiao and his training camp. Yes, it is very funny.

 

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Neutral Corner Top 10: Andre Ward No. 1

There has been a change at the top. Andre Ward takes over the top spot in the Neutral Corner Top 10 pound-for-pound list. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans won’t like it, but Ward has been active and he’s beaten most of the top 168-pound fighters in the world and the best light heavyweight. Can’t deny Ward the top spot this time.

1. Andre Ward, super middleweight, (26-0): Ward has beaten Mikkel Kessler,...

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