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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 »
Will U.S. boxing fans ever see Manny Pacquiao fight on their soil again?
From the way Top Rank boss Bob Arum sounded on a recent conference call, the States may not be graced by Pacquiao’s presence anytime soon.
Pacquiao’s last 14 bouts have been in the United States, most of them in Las Vegas. He fought Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito at Cowboy Stadium and Jorge Solis at the Alamodome...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
So just how big is this weekend for Canelo Alvarez? A convincing win against Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night would put him in the driver’s seat for his next fight.
No, it doesn’t mean Alvarez, the WBC 154-pound champion, is guaranteed a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the fall, but it will give him some leverage if Mayweather wants the fight.
Since both...Read more »
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...Read more »
If you let Sergio Martinez tell the story, the only reason WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is in the position he’s in is because of his name. Chavez Jr. is the son of former Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.
Martinez (pictured) hasn’t tried to hide his disdain for Chavez.
“It is very simple. I cannot accept the fact he is world champion,” Martinez said. “The only...Read more »
So Floyd Mayweather called out Manny Pacquiao, big deal.
Here’s exactly what Mayweather tweeted on Tuesday: “Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”
While Mayweather’s tweet is probably genuine and he definitely wants the fight happen, there’s still no reason to believe the two sides will agree to a fight, much less on May 5.
Need...Read more »