A press conference was held today at Foro Mazaryk in Mexico City to unveil the Emerald Belt that will be presented to the winner of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd. Over 200 journalists were in attendance.
Former WBC heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes was on hand as a representative for former WBC champions, and current WBC champions were represented by WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, “The WBC displayed over six generations of championship belts today, and presented the unique Emerald Belt. We are very happy, because everybody in the industry worked together to make this fight happen – the television networks, the promoters, the managers, and especially the boxers. We had at the press conference, together on the same stage, Televisa and Azteca for the first time ever. Both will show the fight in Mexico on May 2nd.” Continue reading
courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). There will be even more props next week for the fight.
“We have been holding Mayweather -210 and Pacquiao +170 for over three weeks now and we feel it is quite solid with almost even action on both sides. With Manny paying almost 2/1, our risk on him has been steadily growing and there is no question we will need Floyd to win on May 2nd. Continue reading
When the names of the six potential referees for May 2nd were put into the public domain, one man’s stood head and shoulders above the rest for many people.
Kenny Bayless, who will turn 65 two days following the fight was unanimously voted in 5-0 by the panel of representatives from the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today (tues) and already, less than an hour after the official announcement, the internet has gone into meltdown. Continue reading
I spent this morning watching old boxing clips, compilations of great rounds, profiles of great fighters and the one thing that became obvious was that styles most certainly make fights. Ali was superbly sleek and ultimately elusive until he shared the ring with Frazier whose marauding style negated much of what Ali had to offer. Their trilogy rank amongst the all-time great bouts as styles forced those men into a war that defined an era of the sport. Kenny Norton, the forgotten man, had even more success against Ali and many felt that he actually won two of their three encounters…I happen to be one of those and I always felt a sense of sympathy for the truly brilliant but often overlooked Norton.
On a different level, Marco Antonio Barrera knew all about styles when he opted to face Junior Jones as a warm up for a major showdown with Erik Morales. Jones was no pushover but, on paper, he simply wasn’t in Barrera’s class. I remember watching the bout live and being truly amazed at how inept Barrera was in dealing with the movement of Jones. The rematch was designed to show how a more focused Marco Antonio could easily handle the limited Jones but that backfired also and Junior Jones has a 2-0 record against the legendary Mexican. That Morales later destroyed Jones and Barrera went on to beat Morales is a scenario that highlights the ‘styles make fights’ aspect of what happens in the ring when the talking and the training is done. Continue reading
Now we are just days out from May 2nd, the world and his wife have a prediction as to how the big fight is going to go.
The latest fight figure to wade in, is Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, best remembered for his epic trilogy with Mexican rival Erik Morales. Many British fans will also remember him as the man who, for all intents and purposes, ENDED the career of British legend Prince Naseem Hamed, in what would end up being Naz’s penultimate fight. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS (April 20, 2015) — It has often been said that “as the heavyweight division goes, so goes boxing,” but that has not always been the case and, in fact, might not even be valid when viewed from a comprehensive perspective dating back to the late 19th century. In Boxing, German author Bertram Job’s epic, 420-page coffee-table dissertation on all aspects of the sweet science, he writes that, “Elegance is the trademark of the slim and nimble stars in the under 147-pound weight class that has attracted insiders and admirers of beauty like no other.” Continue reading
1. A waiter in Hollywood, California and a snow storm in the Northeastern United States are to be credited, at least in part, for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao finally happening
Gabriel Salvador, a West Hollywood waiter, took his son regularly to the Wild Card Gym. Wild Card Gym is run by Manny Pacquiao’s trainer (Freddie Roach). Continue reading
Freddie Roach Blog Part 3: Monday, April 20
How much of a role will footwork and hand speed play into Pacquiao’s success? Continue reading
Now we are less than a fortnight away, the time for the focus on the big fight will naturally grow more intense, and as the proposed date looms, figures from all corners of boxing are giving their opinion on the proposed outcome.
Kugan Cassius of iFLtv recently spoke to Britain’s former unified world cruiserweight champion and WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, to ask him his thoughts on the outcome.
One of the hotly debated topics among fans is whether this fight has come too late for both fighters, each arguably displaying their own (small) signs of decline. Continue reading