This is fight week and the eyes of the world will be watching as these two first ballot hall of famers will once and for all prove to the world WHO IS the absolute best of their generation. You have Floyd Mayweather who has strategically orchestrated his career into a multi-million dollar empire where he has taken the least-risk most-reward approach, making him the greatest “prize” fighter of all time. Then you have Manny Pacquiao who has been in countless wars and is willing to please the fans even when it’s not advantageous for him.
This fight will transcend the boxing world in which I believe the fans will be surprised on how this fight will play out. I have analyzed both fighters’ careers, greatest strengths and struggle and came up with my keys to victory for both parties, here goes. Continue reading
Yesterday (April 28), two-time World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman was on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Doug Gottlieb Show” with host Doug Gottlieb, where he talked about the Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight on Saturday, May 2nd in Las Vegas. Below are some highlights from the interview: Continue reading
There is a small, yet elite club of fighters past and present who have faced off against BOTH Mayweather and Pacquiao in the ring.
Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Britain’s Ricky Hatton.
Ahead of Saturday’s dust-up Hatton, who boxed Mayweather in 2007 and Pacquiao in 2009 has spoken exclusively to the BBC to offer his tactical analysis of the fight from his insider’s perspective.
His fight with Mayweather, after some initial success, sadly began to become one sided and the “Hitman” was caught walking onto a big Mayweather left-hook in the 10th. Continue reading
The last man who beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring relies on CNN to take him to “the fight of the century”
Serafim Todorov happened to be the last opponent in Mayweather’s amateur career which ended bitterly for the mega star with a 10:9 loss under the computerized scoring system. Todorov is an ex-amateur boxing prodigy from Bulgaria and is now living on a subsistence allowance in the projects of a Bulgarian town and has been “forgotten by everyone but the Lord” as he likes to repeat. He is an Olympic silver medalist, a three time world and twice European champion and his only steady income is the government pension (about $430) he was awarded for his Olympic medal. He would indeed have disappeared form the public eye if he had not given a rare interview last year to a local TV station which came to the attention of CNN that decided to feature him in a short documentary. Continue reading
Final press conference – streamed live – 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT
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In an earlier article almost 2 months ago this writer outlined in simple terms why Floyd Mayweather would win. After a few weeks of training, back and forth trash talk between the two camps, a clear winner is coming into focus – prefight. After all, fights have been won before the two combatants ever entered the ring.
In the first article I surmised that ‘weight’ not ‘pressure’ affects Mayweather most and that against Pacquiao, Mayweather won’t be at a weight disadvantage on fight night. I also said that “styles make fights”, and disputed the claim that “punchers are born not made”. Continue reading
Paulie Malignaggi, a man we are more used to being behind the mic these days has spoken to iFLtv at the MGM Grand in Vegas ahead of Saturday’s “super-fight”. The Magic Man, who plans on making his own in-ring return later in May on the Khan-Algieri undercard against Danny O’Connor said of the enormity of Saturday’s massive main event;
“It’s the biggest fight of the last 15 years, at least going into it. I think the last time we talked this much about a fight was maybe Tyson vs Lewis, De La Hoya vs Trinidad. Neither of those fights really lived up to the hype so it’s hard to live up to the hype of the BIG events. Hagler/Hearns, you know that lived up to the hype. Some fights do live up to the hype so we’ll see. Hopefully we’ll be talking about how amazing it was once it’s over as opposed to forgetting about it like those other events.” Continue reading
Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Las Vegas ahead of Saturday’s clash with Floyd Mayweather to a rapturous welcome, telling his thousands of fans;
“Don’t get nervous. I’m the one fighting, so relax”
“Anytime I am the underdog, I like that. It means my killer instinct and my focus is fully there. This is the moment I believe that he will experience his first loss.”
After the frenzied arrival at the Mandalay Bay, Kugan Cassius of iFLtv caught up with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and asked him what had prompted the two arrivals of the fighters at separate hotels. He said; Continue reading
Anchor Max Bretos (l) and Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas filming SportsCenter live from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The biggest fight of a generation is nearly upon us and ESPN has it covered from all angles. ESPN’s week-long coverage from Las Vegas of the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao prizefight began on Sunday with SportsCenter live from Las Vegas and will culminate with live post-fight coverage and reactions on SportsCenter immediately following the bout and into Sunday. Continue reading
Hall of Fame Boxing Announcer Al Bernstein, who will announce the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquaio mega fight on pay per view Saturday, May 2, will be at Lagasse’s Stadium inside The Palazzo on the eve of the fight to provide his analysis to boxing fans. At 8 p.m. on Friday, Continue reading