Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) full expects that he’ll need to go after WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night on April 12th in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. After watching Bradley defeat Juan Manuel Marquez last October, Pacquiao realizes that he’s going to need to really go after Bradley if he’s to get him to exchange with him.
Bradley isn’t going to fight the same kind of fight that he did against Ruslan Provodnikov. That was one-time type of fight for Bradley, and he realized afterwards that he cannot fight that same way again if he wants to keep from getting knocked out cold. Continue reading
Following Carl Frampton’s 2nd round TKO win over Hugo Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KO’s) last Friday night in their WBC 122lb eliminator bout, Gary Hyde, the manager for WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, took the opportunity to give unbeaten contender Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) an offer to fight for Rigondeaux’s two titles next. He even offered to bring the Cuban star over to Belfast, Northern Ireland to face Frampton in his own neck of the woods in front of his own Irish fans.
As good as that fight would be, Frampton said he’s not interested in it at the present time. He wants to fight WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz next, and he wants that fight to take place in Belfast. Continue reading
Trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t see a Top Rank – Golden Boy Promotions issue as getting in the way of a potential huge money matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan in the near future. Roach, who previously trained Khan, says he makes his own decisions about his career, and he thinks that a fight between him and Pacquiao is a definite possibility. Of course, none of this will mean anything if Pacquiao doesn’t win his next fight against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley on April 12th, and if Khan doesn’t beat Luis Collazo in their fight on May 3rd.
“Khan’s responsible for his own actions,” Roach said to the Telegraph. “Never say never. I’m not so sure it would be in England, even though Manny loves the place. He would want a truck load of money to fight there. It would most likely be in the U.S, if it ever happened.” Continue reading
An unusually timid-looking 35-year-old Hugo Fidel Cazares (40-8-2, 27 KO’s) was blasted out in just two round tonight by a much younger 27-year-old Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO’s) in a World Boxing Council 122lb title eliminator at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The fight ended suddenly when Frampton hit Cazares with a solid left hook that sent him staggering to one knee.
Cazares then lost track of the count and failed to get up after the referee counted him out. Instead of watching the referee while he was counting, Cazares took his eyes off of him and was grinning at his corner like he was okay. Immediately after the referee Victor Loughlin stopped the fight at 1:38 of the 2nd round, Cazares rose to his feet in disbelief and began to protest, as if he wanted to continue. Continue reading
49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) is in the last legacy-building portion of his career as he heads into his April 19th fight against WBA World light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. Hopkins wants to not only defeat the little known Shumenov to capture his WBA title, but then he plans on facing WBC 175lb champ Adonis Stevenson to try and capture his title as well. Continue reading
As usual, trainer Freddie Roach expects Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) to score a knockout when he gets in the ring with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) for their rematch on April 12th. Roach thinks Pacquiao is new and improved after he rebuilt his fighting style following his loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.
We saw some of the improvements in Pacquiao’s game in his win over Brandon Rios last November in Macao, China. And now we’re going to see some new changes in Pacquiao’s game against Bradley in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach says that Pacquiao is going to go after the 5’6” Bradley and not let up until he either quits or is knocked out in this fight. Continue reading
Former three division world champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) will be in action on May 3rd against former Amir Khan victim Carlos Molina in a scheduled 10 round bout on Showtime pay per view. Broner says he’s got his mind focused on that fight, but he apparently is also targeting a 4th division world title in the light welterweight division.
Broner is interested in going after the WBC or WBA titles that will likely be vacated soon when Danny Garcia moves up in weight to the 147lb division.
“At the end of the day I’m going to do what will make Adrien Broner happy,” Broner said. “I’ll showcase my talents, speed and power on May 3. It’s not a problem at all for me [moving down to 140]. It is my natural weight class. We know that a world title at 140lbs is on the way, but I’ve got to take it one step at a time.” Continue reading
Middleweight contender Curtis Stevens thinks that WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson ducked the fight against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev with his move to Showtime this past week.
When asked if Stevenson took the easy way out of what could have been a very tough fight against Kovalev, Stevens said to thaboxingvoice “Yeah, the little [expletive]. Now who’s he [Stevenson] fighting? Bunch of queens…He don’t want it. Kovalev’s dangerous, boy. He hits hard.”
Stevens went onto say that Andrzej Fonfara, Bernard Hopkins and Sakio Bika aren’t in the same class as Kovalev is. Continue reading
WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) isn’t being given much of a chance to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in their May 3rd fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, but this is the way that Maidana likes it. He says he likes it when fans doubt him, and when he’s being brought in to a fight where he’s expected to lose, as he is with the one against Mayweather at the MGM Grand.
“He [Maidana] likes to be the underdog. He likes when he’s being brought to get beat. To prove them wrong.” His trainer Robert Garcia said to esnewsreporting. “And he plans on doing it one more time.” Continue reading
Adonis Stevenson came out of the woodwork last night following WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev’s 7th round knockout win over Cedric Agnew to tell him via twitter that he’s very interested in taking him on now and suggesting that he contact his promoter to make the fight happen. Stevenson said that he felt that Kovalev looked slow against Agnew last night and that his defense was nonexistent.
Stevenson’s sudden interest in the Kovalev fight is good news in theory for boxing fans, but it’s not realistic that a fight between them can actually take place due to Stevenson signing a contract with Showtime. Kovalev is still locked up in a long term contract with HBO, and there’s no way that either of them can fight each other until their contracts expire. Continue reading