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Photos: Marquez-Bradley Weigh-In

DSC_6749The stage is set for Saturday night’s huge HBO PPV telecast.

Live from the Encore Theatre from the Wynn Las Vegas, all fighters tipped the scales at the contracted limits.

Juan Manuel Marquez tipped the scales comfortably at 144.5 lbs. Marquez comes to the ring with the goal of achieving two things: defeat Bradley and to become the first Mexican fighter in boxing history to capture five different world titles in five different divisions.

Timothy Bradley looks at continuing to cement his legacy as an America fighter. Cut, chiseled and always in shape, Bradley registered the scales at 146. Continue reading

Marquez-Bradley Undercard Press Conference: Battle of Orlandos, Ramirez-Lomachenko, Smith-Monaghan

DSC_6518The Final press conference for the undercard fights on the Marquez-Bradley welterweight showdown took place on Thursday in Las Vegas.

In a battle of Orlandos, the co-main event features another Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico face off: Orlando Cruz and Orlando Salido. At stake for both fighters is the vacant WBO Featherweight title. Salido, the Mexican bulldozer inside the ring, is aiming to bounce back from his defeat against Mikey Garcia. After having successful fights against Puerto Rican fighter Juan Manuel Lopez, Salido is no stranger to fighting and defeating Boricuas. He comes to this fight with confidence of scoring another victory and recapturing the title.

Two victories are in the mind of Orlando Cruz. One of those victories has already been achieved: a personal victory with himself. Months ago, Cruz openly admitted to being a member of the gay community. Continue reading

Exclusive Media Roundtable Interviews: Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley

DSC_6360After the final press conference concluded, both Marquez and Bradley took the time to answer questions from the media and press. Fighters spoke about their mindsets going into this fight, explained what their goals are for winning and things to expect come Saturday night. Here are a few of many questions that were answered.

JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ

Question: “How do you feel at 40 years of age?”
Marquez: “I feel like a young fighter. I like training. I like everything. Outside the ring, I take care of myself very well. This is the best time for me.”

Question: “What kind of fight do you expect Saturday night?”
Marquez: “I expect a great fight. A tough fight. I trained hard for a very tough fight. I’m ready for another great fight.” Continue reading

Photos: Bradley-Marquez Final Press Conference

DSC_6379Desert Storm VS. Dynamite.

Las Vegas, NV once again becomes the spotlight for fight fans. A welterweight showdown looms with Timothy Bradley against Mexico’s own Juan Manuel Marquez.

The Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas was host to the final press conference for Bradley against Marquez. Fighters, trainers and promoters took to podium to finalize the last words that each camp had to say. Nothing but respect came from both camps. Both fighters understand the challenge that lies in front of them.

At stake for Juan Manuel Marquez is the opportunity to become the first Mexican fighter to win five different world titles in five different weight classes. With a scintillating knockout victory over Philippine sensation Manny Pacquiao, Marquez comes to this fight oozing with confidence. Continue reading

THE ONE Post-Fight Press Conference: Aftermath, Quotes & Photos

canelo7657If this were baseball, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. just pitched a no-hitter.

Fight week in Las Vegas, NV for the biggest boxing event of the year ended on Saturday with another stellar performance by the Pound for Pound king. In front of a pro-Canelo crowd, “Money” Mayweather tamed the Mexican superstar en route to a 12 round decision. Skills certainly pay the bills for Mayweather. Speed, accuracy, precise counter punching, ring generalship…you name it. It was another showcase fight.

Earlier in April of this year, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez unified the WBA Light Middleweight title against Austin Trout and established himself as “the man to beat” at the division. Mayweather just beat the man of the division. At 36 years of age and four more fights left on his exclusive Showtime contract, Mayweather is running out of opponents as he continues to make things look easy. Regardless of who Mayweather chooses to fight next, you can bet the world will still be tuning in. Continue reading

THE ONE Weigh-in! Mayweather-Canelo, Garcia-Matthysse, Smith-Molina & Theophane-Cano

DSC_5893Ladies and gentlemen…the countdown to the One is almost over!

The MGM Grand Garden Arena was packed with enthusiastic fans and media members. Being inside the arena was almost deafening. Clearly, the public is excited for the event. The turnout could very well make it the biggest weigh-in in the history of the sport.

Before the weigh-in began, many of the Golden Boy stable of fighters made their appearance on the stage for quick photos and brief interviews. As all fighters stood on the stage, one could see that Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions have a great stable of fighters. Arguably the best fighters for promotional companies. Continue reading

Final Press Conference: Matthysse-Garcia, Smith-Molina, Theophane-Cano

IMG_6394Mayweather and Alvarez are the headliners for this weekend. Naturally, the majority of the attention has been directed towards them. The One is such a stellar event is not just because of the headliner between the highest paid athlete in the world and the young Mexican star Canelo Alvarez. It’s a stellar event because of the main even WITHIN the main event: Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse VS. Danny “Swift” Garcia.

The final press conference for the undercard fights took place on Thursday afternoon to pave way for the mouth-watering fight between Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia and Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse. The fight is a train wreck waiting to happen. The final words were said from both camps and the tone is set for Saturdays showdowns. Continue reading

Lucas Matthysse – Media Roundtable Exclusive Interview

IMG_6508After the colorful press conference concluded, I, along with other members of the media, had the opportunity to interview Argentina’s Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse in anticipation of the biggest fight of his career. We touched on topics such as motivation, training camp, Angel Garcia’s antics and his future as a fighter.

A man of a few words, Matthysse does his talking in the ring. Here’s an exclusive look at some of many questions that were answered.

Question: “Is Lucas Matthysse the best fighter you will have fought after Saturday?”

Lucas Matthysse: “Definitely. He’s undefeated. He has the two titles. He’s the guy to beat. Obviously the best fighter in the division.” Continue reading

Photos: THE ONE Undercard Media Workouts – Matthysse, Garcia, Molina, Cano, Theophane and Smith

DSC_5499The MGM Grand’s lobby was once again the spotlight of attention for fans, guests and bystanders. All fighters from the televised undercard partook in brief workout and autograph sessions for the fans and media to build up the excitement for their perspective fights.

The workouts included not only the televised fighters, but also non-televised fighters from the Mayweather Boxing Club. Fighters ranging from the age of five years old to early twenties showcased their shadow boxing skills as well as mitt work. The Mayweather Boxing Club is said to be brewing the future of boxing. Judging from the technique observed from the fighters, this may be true to an extent.

Team Garcia tried to steal the show as both Angel and Danny showcased their drills. Angel Garcia was even getting down to the music. Not only can he talk, but Angel Garcia can probably own the dance floor if he wanted to. Continue reading

Final Press Conference: THE ONE – Mayweather vs. Canelo

IMG_6361The final press conference for The One took place on Wednesday 09/11/2013 at the MGM Grand’s KA Theatre. Fighters, promoters, sponsors and trainers were present to provide last words leading up to the mega fight happening this weekend.

It was a special day today not just because of the final press conference, but because of the 12th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in U.S. history. Richard Schaefer took the time to recognize such a day in U.S. history before directing attention to the conference. Continue reading