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Episode #3 – 24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4 Debuts Saturday Night

Episode #3 – Debut: SATURDAY, DEC. 1 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Dec. 1 (12:55 a.m.), 2 (10:00 a.m.), 3 (11:00 p.m.), 4 (2:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m.), 5 (7:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 6 (11:50 p.m.), 7 (7:30 p.m.) and 8 (10:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Dec. 2 (11:35 p.m.), 5 (8:30 p.m.), 7 (12:30 a.m.) and 8 (7:30 p.m.) HBO On Demand® availability begins: Dec. 4 Continue reading

Sergio Martinez to face Martin Murray on 4/27 in Argentina

By Andy Brooks: WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) will be slipping in what amounts to being a stay busy fight against #3 WBC Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) in Argentina on April 27th. Martinez, who is coming off of knee surgery, can’t fight an immediate rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. during that early part of the year because the chances are high that Chavez Jr. will be under suspension for his marijuana violation.

A rematch with Chavez Jr. will be taking place on September 14th, according to RingTV. So instead of that fight, Martinez will stay busy with the Murray bout. The fight will likely be good enough to satisfy HBO given Murray’s unbeaten record, and his good performance in his fight with former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm last year.

However, it’s not a fight that will interest boxing fans because few of them have heard of Murray in the U.S other than hardcore fans. British boxing fans will likely the idea of Murray facing Martinez, but those are likely the only ones. If Martinez isn’t fighting Chavez Jr, fans want to see Martinez fight Gennady Golovkin, Peter Quillin or Daniel Geale. Those are interesting fights for Martinez, and you can’t blame fans for preferring to see Martinez against one of them rather than the little known fighter Murray. Continue reading

Manfredo Jr. defeats Saunders

Nearly one year removed from what he originally thought would be his last fight, “The Pride Of Providence” made an emphatic – and successful – return to the ring Thursday night in front of his hometown fans.

Peter Manfredo Jr. (38-8) dominated Pittsburgh, Pa., challenger Rayco Saunders (22-19-2) to earn a 99-91, 100-90, 100-90 unanimous-decision win at Twin River Casino in the 10-round main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “The Pride Is Back” professional boxing event. Continue reading

Ariza: Pacquiao always looks good in training camp, but then falls apart against Marquez in the fights

By Rob Smith: Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza thinks Pacquiao is looking really good in his training camp for his fight against Juan Manuel Marquez next month on December 8th. However, Ariza doesn’t see that as having a real meaning because he’s seen how Pacquiao looks good in training and then struggles when he gets in the ring with Marquez.

Ariza said to the Boxing Channel “I think Manny always looks good in camp, but then it comes to fight night, he falls apart.”

Roach needs to change Pacquiao’s game around to make his fighting style a little less predictable because Marquez has said that he knows what Pacquiao is going to do in the ring. Pacquiao does the same things over and over again, and that is part of his problem in his fights against Marquez.

Ariza says that Pacquiao isn’t following the old strength and conditioning program that Ariza had for him in the past when Pacquiao was at his best. Pacquiao stopped following the program after his win over Miguel Cotto in 2009, and since then he’s stepped back and not had the full program. Continue reading

Sherrington and Suico make weight

The fighters for tomorrows “Domination” fight night at the Townsville RSL stadium have made weight. Local hero and current WBF world middleweight champion Les “Lock N Load” Sherrington came in just under the middleweight limit as did his opponent in the 12 round main event, Philippine star Randy Suico. The pair will clash tomorrow night for the WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight title and guaranteed top 10 ranking in the world WBO middleweight rankings. Continue reading

Al Bernstein: Cotto at MSG Equals Excitement

Hall of Fame SHOWTIME Boxing Analyst Al Bernstein says that a fight featuring Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden is one of the most unique and exciting spectacles in sport.

Bernstein will be ringside at MSG on Saturday, December 1, to announce the battle between WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin Trout and Cotto. The fight will be seen on SHOWTIME. “I just did Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight at the MEN arena in Manchester, where the crowd and atmosphere is amazing,” Al said. He added, “That same energy and zeal for a fighter is seen at the Garden when Miguel Cotto fights there. I can’t wait to experience it.”

Al points out that this fight is not a one-man show. “Just as Vyechislav Senchenko silenced the crowd in Manchester in upsetting Hatton, Austin Trout wants to do the same in New York. Trout has never lost as a pro and brings a tricky left handed style into this fight. He is rightfully the underdog, but he believes he can be more than a supporting actor in this drama.” Continue reading

Pacquiao Training Live on 7-Stories Tall Times Square Screen

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 29, 2012) – Top Rank will debut its latest fan-oriented innovation — “Just Watch” — a one-hour live stream of Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao training session, Tomorrow! Friday, November 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT. Streamed live on TopRank.com, InsideHBOBoxing.com and other major sports, boxing and entertainment websites, “Just Watch” will also be simulcast in Times Square on the NASDAQ building screen, which is seven stories tall, encompassing a quarter-acre of screen space. Continue reading

Should Robert Guerrero get Fighter of the Year for beating Berto and Aydin?

By Bill Phanco: WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) is being considered for Fighter of the Year honors for his 12 round decision wins over previously unbeaten #1 WBC Selcuk Aydin, and his decisive 12 round decision victory over former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto.

I think Adrien Broner is more deserving of the Fighter of the Year award than Guerrero because Berto has some fine wins over solid fighters Eloy Perez, Vincente Escobedo and Antonio DeMarco this year. I see those opponents as being better than the two guys that Guerrero has beaten.

It’s hard to imagine Guerrero getting that award based on wins over Aydin and Berto because both fighters were limited. Aydin was someone that had never really proven that he deserved to be ranked #1 by the World Boxing Council. His power was very real, but he’d never really faced anyone good before until the Guerrero fight. Aydin had struggled in fights against Said Ouali and Jo Jo Dan before he got to the Guerrero fight. Continue reading

THIS MONDAY! Pacquiao-Márquez 4 Closed-Circuit Tix Go On Sale

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 29, 2012) – With the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Márquez 4 welterweight rumble projected to be a sellout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Top Rank announced today that the pay-per-view portion of the card would be available in Las Vegas via closed-circuit at the following MGM Resorts International properties: ARIA, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York and Circus Circus. Continue reading

Showdown: Cotto vs. Trout Analysis and Prediction

by Chip Mitchell & Robert Uzzell

Analysis of Showdown: Miguel “Junito” Cotto vs. Austin “No Doubt Trout” scheduled to take place December 1, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

Tale of The Tape

Age: Miguel Cotto 32, Austin Trout 27
Current Status: Miguel Cotto – Challenger, Austin Trout – WBA Champion
Professional Record: Miguel Cotto – 37-3-0, 30 KOs, Austin Trout – 25-0-0, 14 KOs
Height: Miguel Cotto – 5 ft 7, Austin Trout 5 ft 9½
Reach: Miguel Cotto – 67 in, Austin Trout – 72 in
Knockout Percentage: Miguel Cotto – 75%, Austin Trout – 56%
Previous Fight: Cotto 05/05/2012, Trout 06/02/2012
Common Opponents: None of Note

Miguel “Junito” Cotto

The body snatcher returns! Miguel Cotto is the former WBA Super Welterweight (Light Middleweight) Champion. As stated in past analysis, Miguel embodies a fight-until-I-die brashness that has won him respect from fight fans and journalists. He’s a champion in the ring and win or lose, fans know that they always get their money and times worth of action. Continue reading