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We're just one day away from Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios showdown from Macau, China, which will be broadcast live on HBO PPV, beginning at 9 p.m.
Here are some expert opinions.
Holt McCallany, actor: Brandon Rios is a tough fighter with good power and a great young trainer in Robert Garcia, but it won't be enough in Macau this Saturday against former pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao....Read more »
He wasn't able to fight. He wasn't able to train. He wasn't able to hear the roar of his crowd. But none of that bothered Shirley welterweight Cletus Seldin as much as what he saw when he sat on the couch to watch television.
"I'd be watching all these other area fighters on television and it was really frustrating because they were in the spotlight," said Seldin. "But I knew...Read more »
Many local favorites return to the ring on Saturday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 11”.
Queens heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (37-8, 28 KOs) will take on Houston’s Maurenzo Smith (12-7-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round heavyweight main event.
"I look at every fight as the biggest,” said Maddalone. “I've been training hard for two months for...Read more »
A three-decade old boxing rivalry will continue in New York City.
The Battle of the Badges, featuring members of the New York City Police and New York City Fire Departments returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
Proceeds from the show will benefit the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program and the Building Homes for Heroes Organization.
Tickets for the event...Read more »
Of all the fights that have happened the last couple of months and those that will occur over before 2014 begins, the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez bout might just be the most overlooked.
Ward, prior to a shoulder injury that has kept him out action for 14 months, was arguably, pound-for-pound, the best in the world. But as is usually the case in boxing, a long layoff can lead to a demotion in...Read more »
Episode 1 of HBO's "24/7: Pacquiao vs. Rios" didn't contain any fireworks, but it certainly had its share of moments.
Much of the start of this episode was spent going over Manny Pacquiao's crushing knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and introducing the audience to Brandon Rios. It proved a little slow for those who know the storylines, but it was certainly worthwhile getting to...Read more »
It was after 10 grueling rounds with Mike Perez on Saturday that heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov wound up in Roosevelt Hospital with a blood clot on his brain.
The Russian heavyweight remains hospitalized in a medically induced coma.
Perez, through his spokesman Bernie Bahrmasel, issued the following statement:
“’Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,”...Read more »
Mike "Lefty" Brooks, an unbeaten lightweight from Oceanside, will fight Philadelphia's Karl Dargan in the co-feature of Fight Night on NBC on Nov. 16.
The card will be broadcast beginning at 2:30 p.m. on NBC from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The main event is a 12-round heavyweight contest between former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) and...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 »
You would be hard pressed to find a boxer or the sports apparel company that sponsors him who is not in the business strictly for the money. Putting the bottom line above all else is the norm these days.
Frank Galarza, an undefeated junior middleweight from Brooklyn, has found a way to participate in the sport he loves and give back to the community at the same time. Moreover, Galarza’s apparel...Read more »