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“Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag”: Would GGG Face Kovalev?, Mayweather Crossing Lines?, Rigondeaux in Pacquiao Camp?

Ensei L. (Ontario, CA): I’m a huge GGG fan and looking at Kovalev, I couldn’t help but think about how great a matchup would be between the two. Do you ever see that fight happening down the line?

Vivek W. (ESB): As much as I would love to see that fight, I have very little hope that we will ever see it. It’s one of those topics that really challenges me, personally. You never want to take a negative or harsh disposition towards an emerging talent in the sport, but when you look at the negative narratives that follow proven commodities in the sport, contrasted by images drawn up to illustrate perceptions of those who aren’t, it’s just not proper. When I think of a Danny Garcia, or an Andre Ward, there’s a consistent rhetoric that almost mandates that they take on a certain level of competition or be banished to hell for not “proving themselves”. Continue reading

Floyd & Manny bring the star power in LA

Photos by Tiffany Lam – Today at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao held the kickoff presser for what many are calling the fight of the century. Team Pacquiao arrived and hit the red carpet around 11:00am. Mayweather was scheduled to arrive at noon, but showed up a fashionable 40 minutes late. The official press conference started around 1:45pm pacific time and was aired live on ESPN SportsCenter; with HBO announcer Michael Buffer introducing Pacquiao, followed by Showtime announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr introducing Mayweather. Continue reading

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Saturday, May 2 Live on Pay-Per-View

LAS VEGAS (March 11, 2015) – Sports fans will be treated to the fight that has captured the attention of the entire world when boxing’s pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather steps into the ring to face eight-division world champion Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in an epic welterweight world championship unification bout. The much-anticipated mega-fight will take place Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., the pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT. Continue reading

LiveStream: Mayweather-Pacquiao Press Conference from LA – Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET

Eleven-time world champion Floyd Mayweather and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will host a kickoff press conference on Wednesday, March 11 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Calif. to formally announce their welterweight world championship unification bout. The event will take place on Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., live on pay-per-view. Continue reading

Pacquiao: “I hope, this time he would be man enough to take some risks”

Aside from the unstoppable media bombardment about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao bout, the fans are putting forward their long thought about opinions about who will win the fight, and why. Forums are crawling with back-and-forth discussions between the Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao fans pleading with each other as to why one is right and the other is wide of the mark about the eventual outcome of the bout.

It seems that the Mayweather Jr. fans expect the fight to go as any other for Floyd due to his unmatched technical skill and ring I.Q. In most of his fights, Mayweather Jr. tends to pick his shots and throw as counter punches, taking advantage of his opponent’s mistakes and gaps in offense. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather Sr Talks Floyd Vs Leonard

As we near the date for Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, many are wondering how the biggest stars in the sport today would fare against legends from other eras. As one of the best, most popular fighters ever, Sugar Ray Leonard’s name is often brought up as someone who may have been on the level of these two current titans of boxing. Continue reading

Mayweather-Pacquiao Press Conference Live on SportsCenter Wednesday

SportsCenter will televise live the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao press conference on Wednesday, March 11, from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre at 4:30 p.m. ET. SportsCenter’s Lindsay Czarniak will anchor coverage from ESPN’s L.A. studio, and ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas will be in L.A. providing insight and analysis. Neil Everett and Stan Verrett will co-anchor coverage from the Red Carpet outside the Nokia Theatre. Continue reading

Jeff Mayweather on Manny Pacquiao – “He’s a One Trick Pony!”

Now that it is signed, the talk on whether the fight between WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and WBO 147 pound champion Manny Pacquiao will ever be made can be put to rest with them both now signed to face each other two months from now on May 2nd, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Instead, we can now focus on the particulars, and who has the actual advantage once they collide in the center of the ring. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: The Magnitude of Mayweather v Pacquiao, A Glimpse at Premier Boxing Championships, and Thoughts on Thurman v Bradley!!!

​Selan B. (Phoenix, AZ): You made a point on FaceBook the other day about the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight that I’d like you to revisit. Could you elaborate on your thoughts regarding the magnitude of this fight and the legacy of the fighters?

Vivek W. (ESB): In a nutshell, when we look at this fight, this is an event on the scale of nothing we’ve ever seen before, and arguably, nothing we will ever see again in this lifetime. Some have noted that the fight is “a few years too late”. My response is that the fight has reached this apex as a result of the fact that it did come this late. When this bout was initially proposed, the fighters were looking at proposed purses in the $30M dollar range. Floyd Mayweather found a way to land a deal that nets that every night out. When he said he wanted $100M for this bout, we said he was “talking stupid”. He now stands in place to earn a hair below that mark ($180M approx). Continue reading

Zab Judah to Spar with Mayweather

Zab Judah while being interviewed during ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, announced that he will begin sparring with Floyd Mayweather starting this coming Monday. Many fights fans believe that Judah presented one of the toughest tests for Mayweather during their 2006 fight.

For the first 4 rounds Judah befuddled and dominated Mayweather, who finally adjusted and took over the fight from the 5th round on. Judah’s combination of speed and power allowed him to win titles at 140lbs and become the undisputed 147lb champion. Continue reading