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Oscar De La Hoya voluntarily misses “The One” – a bizarre publicity stunt or a necessary urgent measure?

Canelo and OscarOscar De La Hoya has stolen the lime light from Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez for a moment by going public with his personal demons and choosing a climatic stage of the hype to “drop his bomb”. What kind of an emergency could not wait for several days and prevented him from attending an event of such magnitude? Has he become so dysfunctional that he has to be removed from the scene as a liability to the joint venture? Was there an “intervention”?

He is the owner and founder of Golden Boy Promotions and even if he has only representative status at the company, he is hardly expendable. Even if his attendance at the Sept. 14 card is not of vital importance, his absence will be very conspicuous. The internal conflict transpires even in the press release where a public announcement calls for privacy in a vocally publicized personal dilemma. Continue reading

Garcia vs. Matthysse: “The Angel-man cometh”

IMG_6323When the Junior Welterweight super-fight between Philly native Danny Garcia and hard punching Argentine Lucas Matthysse was initially announced as the co-main event for “The One” PPV spectacular on September 14th, fight fans around the world had one more reason to celebrate.

Not only would boxing fanatics finally see Floyd Mayweather Jr face undefeated Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Mexican Independence weekend, but they would also get to find out who the hardest puncher in the packed Junior Welterweight division truly was. Continue reading

Mayweather-Canelo, Garcia-Matthysse predictions for Saturday’s massive night of boxing!

01 (2)(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) It could be said that the form book will very much be obeyed on Saturday night in Las Vegas, that the expected fighters will emerge victorious and that all fight fans who pointed out the obvious before it went down will be made to look like know-it-alls as a result. Indeed, most people think Floyd Mayweather will out-point Canelo Alvarez, that Lucas Matthysse will have too much power for Danny Garcia and that there will, by and large, be no shocks inside a buzzing MGM Grand.

Still, as great a night as September 14th promises to be, it would be amiss not to write a pre-fight predictions piece – and there is the intriguing undercard action to look at (arguably the two toughest bouts to call being Ishe Smith-Carlos Molina and Ashley Theophane-Pablo Cano). Continue reading

Mayweather plans on putting on show in UK

FLOYD MAYWEATHER will promote a British fight card this year as a thank you to his fans.

‘Money’ Mayweather plans to stage a show that will be headlined by Londoner Ashley Theophane.

The world’s number one boxer made his revelation ahead of Saturday’s megamatch against WBA Super and WBC light-middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas that is being televised live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Mayweather said: “Mayweather Promotions is coming to the UK for my fans at the end of the year. Continue reading

Videos: Lucas Matthyssee, Danny Garcia

Angel Garcia“He ain’t gonna do shit! He ain’t gonna do shit! And his trainer ain’t gonna do shit…get the F out of here…Vegas don’t know nothing. The world don’t know nothing. Only I know everything,” stated world-class trainer Angel Garcia, who erupted on Lucas Matthyssee and his fans, letting them know that come Saturday, his son, unified jr. welterweight champion Danny Garcia, will be victorious.

Garcia (26-0, 20 KO’s) will defend his WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Titles against WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) in the 12-round co-featured bout of “THE ONE” MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO” on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be produced and televised live on SHOWTIME PPV®. Continue reading

Fighter Grand Arrivals: Garcia – Matthysse / Mayweather – Alvarez

DSC_4986THE ONE Fight Week: Fighter Grand Arrivals

Fight week for The One is finally here!

2013 has been a really good year for boxing. The boxing world has seen Fight of the Year candidates, upsets and stellar performances. Although the year has about only one quarter left, fight fans have much to look forward to. Typically the icing on the cake, the cherry on top, the best for last…whatever you’d like to call it…comes towards the end. As fight fans and enthusiasts, we don’t have to wait until the end of the year. The must-see show of the year is happening in less than a week: The One.

Earlier this Tuesday, the MGM Grand’s lobby was packed with fans and the media to commence the week’s festivities for the year’s biggest boxing event. All of the fighters from the televised Showtime PPV event made their grand welcoming in front of screaming and passionate fans. Continue reading

MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO Grand Arrival Videos and Interviews

An interview with the undefeated pound-for-pound king, Floyd “Money” Mayweather. “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO,” a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship taking place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Valvoline, Mexico Tourism, Fred Loya Insurance and Nature Nutrition. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and thunderous puncher WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse square off in a fight presented in association with Swift Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. Continue reading

Photos: Floyd Mayweather & Canelo Alvarez Arrive At MGM Grand For Saturday’s Blockbuster Showdown

Canelo(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) LAS VEGAS, NEV. (Sept. 10, 2013) – Eight-time, five-division World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Super Welterweight World Champion and Mexican Superstar Canelo Alvarez kicked off fight week for “THE ONE: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO” as the two superstars arrived in grand fashion in front of approximately 2,000 screaming fans on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

Canelo’s WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather’s WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship will be at stake this Saturday on SHOWTIME PPV in the most significant boxing showdown in recent memory. Continue reading

Alex Ariza Working With Team Rios to Help Prepare Against Pacquiao?

ariza565Spreading like a spider web, the fresh rumor of Alex Ariza now working with camp Rios is now gaining serious ground. While this information has not yet been officially confirmed, I would not be surprised if it turned out to be so.

Ariza is undoubtedly a fully qualified strength coach for the professional echelon of athletes, and has been in the game for a respectable amount of time. His biggest client on his resume thus far is his former boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. I think that it would be difficult not to attribute Pacquiao’s success in part to Alex Ariza, and his involvement in helping Manny gain weight and keep the rest of his much needed attributes.

It seemed as though Pacquiao liked Ariza, and had never spoken of Ariza in a negative way. Pacquiao’s head coach Freddie Roach had a very turbulent relationship with Ariza and his decisions, and towards the end of Ariza’s employment with camp Pacquiao, Roach and Ariza were constantly butting heads and badmouthing each other to the media. Continue reading

Andre Ward picks Mayweather to beat Canelo

ward23WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward doesn’t see any way for the WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr/. (44-0, 26 KO’s) this Saturday night other than maybe getting lucky by landing a big shot that knocks out Mayweather. Ward doesn’t think that there’s any possibility that Canelo can out-box the much faster and much better skilled Mayweather Jr. over 12 rounds.

Ward also thinks that the weight that the 170+ Canelo will be taking off to get down to the 152 lb. catch-weight could lead to Canelo running out of gas in the later rounds of the fight. Continue reading