Photos by E. Lin and Tom Casino / Showtime — Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) looked like a winner already today in Friday’s big weigh-in for his bout with WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. Standing in front of a huge 12,200 crowd at the MGM Grand, Mayweather weighed in at 150.5 lbs. to come in at 1.5 pounds under the 152 lb. catch-weight limit.
Canelo looked really thin in weighing in at 152 lbs. Canelo immediately sat down when he first came out, and it almost looked like he was too weak to stand. I thought to myself that maybe the huge amount of water weight that Canelo had taken off had left him so weak that he needed to sit down. It was kind of sad to see because in that moment I realized that Canelo doesn';t have a chance in a million to win this fight. Canelo is just going to be another Mayweather victim, and suspect he won’t even do as good as Mayweather’s last two opponents Robert Guerrero and Miguel Cotto. Continue reading
It’s likely happened to one or more of us at some point.
You’ve made your purchase and you’re already within steps of your car. Suddenly….you are hit with an epiphany which is just as brutally effective as Floyd’s lead right. You then realize that it’s too late. All purchases are final. You can’t instigate a return and you can’t hit the back button. It’s yours or at the very least, it has your name on it.
Saturday night’s boxing buffet was coined “The One”. We’ll see unified super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez face undefeated eight-time, five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Nice. The MGM Grand Garden Arena will open from end to end for the weigh in alone. When it’s in the bag, Floyd will likely tell us that he’s focused, hungry and beyond ready. That’s livable. Will he still claim it’s all part of the “Mayweather Experience”? Continue reading
Most experts are agreed: tomorrow night’s Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez fight will go the distance and Mayweather will win. But could “The One” wind up being a draw? Of course it COULD, but will it?
Gabriel Montoya started the ball rolling with suggestions that the hugely hyped fight could end in a draw (adding that a draw could well be worth a bet) and quite recently, there has indeed been talk of big money being placed on the draw, this action sending the odds tumbling down to something like 10/1. Golden Boy legend Bernard Hopkins has also gone on record as stating how a draw would not surprise him.
Maybe. Continue reading
A decision has been made: WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will rematch Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) on January 25 in Stuttgart, Germany. Actually, the second encounter between Huck and Arslan should have gone forward on September 14. However, the defending champion suffered a hairline fracture to his left elbow in his final sparring session and was not capable to fight this weekend. Continue reading
The boxing business like all industries is about the numbers. All week we have heard a lot of numbers thrown around from everyone involved in the promotion for this super fight.
Numbers for the record breaking gate and closed circuit tickets sold. The number of screens the fight will be broadcasting in theatre’s nationwide. 44-0 vs. 42-0. And of course the holy grail for boxing being 2.5 million buys generating over 130 million dollars in revenue off the PPV alone.
When all the dust clears numbers may be the only topic that boxing fans and media members will have to breakdown with detail surrounding this event.
Well that and the super fight amongst avid followers of the sport Garcia vs. Matthysse, which should be enough of a bang to feel like your bucks were well spent. Continue reading
“The One” PPV boxing card on September 14 headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez has people asking a lot of questions about the fighters involved. People question Canelo’s level of ability, Danny Garcia’s chin, if Ishe Smith can handle a tough Carlos Molina and all the questions may answered during card but, maybe not. However, there are questions that will be answered regardless of the how the fights play out. Continue reading
(Photo credit: Golden Boy Promotions) LAS VEGAS, NEV. (Sept. 12, 2013) – Unified WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and current WBC Inter-Continental Light Welterweight Champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse proved that there is more than one main event scheduled at MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday night. The bout headlines one of the strongest undercards in boxing history and precedes the highly anticipated matchup between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.
Also featured on the undercard are Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina in a 12-Round battle for the IBF Junior Middleweight Title, and Pablo Cesar Cano vs. Ashley Theophane in a 10-Round Welterweight battle.
Here’s what the fighters, promoters and trainers had to say during the today’s press conference: Continue reading
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR believes his son will make Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez look like a “sparring partner.”
Mayweather Jr challenges for Alvarez’s WBA Super and WBC light-middleweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday, live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Continue reading
Mayweather 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
After 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
(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) LAS VEGAS (Sept. 12, 2013) – In what is being called its own main event, the Unified Super Lightweight World Championship mega-fight between Danny “Swift” Garcia and Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse has boxing fans and media scratching their heads. The task of choosing between Matthysse’s power and Garcia’s boxing IQ has proven to be a difficult one, even for the most knowledgeable boxing enthusiasts. While Matthysse has a slight edge amongst the sweet science experts listed below, this potential ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate could certainly go either way.
One thing is for sure, when these two warriors step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturdaynight live on SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), they are going to get the crowd out of their seats and ready for the Mayweather vs. Canelo main event super fight. Continue reading
This Saturday live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena hardcore boxing fans will finally get a chance to have their cake and eat it too. The co-feature matchup between Lucas “The Machine” Mathysse and Danny “Swift” Garcia is the best PPV undercard fight in recent history.
We already know style’s make fights. Neither combatants style is pretty but rest assure this potential bloodbath will have plenty of substance.
Credit is well deserved to everyone responsible for making this 50-50 fight a reality. The stakes are very high at the 140 pound weight class and beyond. The winner in all probability will be “The One” who gets a fight with Floyd Mayweather in either May or September of 2014.
Every since this fight has been made and even months before there has been a tide of support for “The Machine” from Argentina. Continue reading
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