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Chris Byrd: “I don’t believe Manny Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez will change very much in part four”

By Joseph Herron – With the fourth installment of Pacquiao/Marquez just six weeks away, both men have begun the sparring portion of their preparation for the big December 8th boxing showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While Pacquiao and Roach have boldly stated through various media sources that a knock-out will be imperative to win for a third time, former IBF Heavyweight Boxing Champion Chris “Rapid Fire” Byrd believes that a KO victory against the Mexican legend will be a task that is much easier said than done.

“Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez will always be a great fight,” insists the lifelong boxing proponent. “This is still maybe the toughest fight out there for Manny Pacquiao other than a match-up with Floyd Mayweather Jr.”

“One of the reasons why a fight with JMM will always be difficult for Manny is that Marquez is so smart, he cuts you in half. He uses his footwork in a way that strategically makes a southpaw reach over his body to try and hit him. This ultimately leaves Manny out of position and open for a Marquez counter.”

“JMM patiently picks his shots because he knows he doesn’t have the edge in hand speed. He sets up his shots extremely well and delivers with precision. Because Manny has more to lose in this fight than Marquez, due to his questionable loss to Bradley and his controversial win against JMM, you might see Manny Pacquiao fight with more of a sense of urgency which could lead to more careless mistakes that a smart fighter like Marquez could exploit.”

“Rapid Fire” makes an excellent observation. Manny Pacquiao indeed has more to lose going into the fourth contest with JMM.

Because of Pacquiao’s inability to put away his last five opponents, and due to the controversial nature of his last two outings, the Filipino boxing icon has seen his pound for pound ranking among many fight fans and boxing scribes slip considerably. Continue reading

“The Pugilist KOrner”: Mitchell, Chambers, Juarez, & Byrd

Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present Heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, IBF Heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez, current Junior Welterweight prospect Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, and former IBF Heavyweight Champion Chris “Rapid Fire” Byrd.

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“The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to feature American Heavyweight hopeful Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs). The DMV based fighter will discuss his upcoming HBO appearance on November 17th, when he takes on Kronk Gym fighter Johnathon Banks. The talented young Heavyweight will also talk about his recent “2 Days” documentary filmed by the HBO crew to promote the upcoming event. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”: Chris Byrd to talk about Emanuel Steward

Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to present a special tribute to one of the all-time greatest trainers and advocates of the sport, Emanuel Steward, tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

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On tonight’s broadcast, we will be speaking with former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Heavyweight Champion Chris Byrd about the legendary “Trainer of Champions”. “Rapid Fire” will talk about Emanuel’s impact on the fight game and his legacy. Continue reading

Chris Byrd Interview: The Former Two-Time Heavyweight Champ Talks About “The Byrd’s Eye View”

By James Slater — Former WBO and IBF heavyweight champ Chris Byrd, a slick stylist who recently hung up the gloves on an illustrious yet at times unappreciated career, feels he and many of his fellow fighters have a pretty tough time of it when it comes to getting a fair shake from today’s boxing commentators.

“Rapid Fire,” now aged 42 and leaving the game with a 41-5-1(22) record in early 2009, wants to give the fans and the sport a new-look boxing show. Set to be unleashed on the web (as well as on You Tube and a number of other internet outlets) this month, “The Byrd’s Eye View” promises to pull no punches. Tired of the often negative attitude a number of the current well known crop of T.V commentators have, and as weary of their on-air criticism (often from people who, as Chris points out, have never ever boxed; HBO legend Larry Merchant being at the top of his hit list!), the southpaw is looking forward to letting people more qualified to call a fight do the talking.

Along with his own, in-the-firing-line-acquired knowledge of the fight game, Byrd will have a number of fellow pros, both active and retired, assisting him to give it real to the fans. Byrd’s show will consist of pre-recorded shows and, later on, live shows that take in big fights – with shows planned for Las Vegas and, next year, London. Continue reading