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Bryant Jennings signs with Shaw and Leonard

Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings poses after first-round

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America has been waiting for the next legitimate heavyweight prospect to make his presence felt. It may have happened on Thursday as undefeated Philadelphia brawler Bryant Jennings signed a promotional deal with Gary Shaw and Antonio Leonard.

Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs), No. 3 in the IBF rankings and No. 14 and 21 in the WBO and WBC, is hoping his deal with one of the sport’s top promoters will...

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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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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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Garcia, Quillin, big winners

Super middleweight contender Peter Quillin poses. July 6,

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WINNERS

Danny Garcia: Garcia stayed undefeated after holding off a game Zab Judah at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. Garcia still isn’t a huge draw, so getting a fight against the elite fighters at 140 and 147 would still be an uphill climb. That notwithstanding, Garcia (26-0) proved he’s ready for the big time. Some would like to see a Garcia-Juan Manuel Marquez or even a Garcia-Tim...

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A win vs. Trout puts Alvarez in driver's seat

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...

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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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