Rios: I’m going for the kill against Pacquiao

pac004Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) is very happy that he was picked out by his promoter Bob Arum to fight Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) on November 23rd at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Rios, 27, doesn’t plan on wasting his opportunity. He wants to knock Pacquiao out and get the praise that will come with a victory over the 34-year-old former 8-division world champion.

Rios said to esnewsreporting.com “I’m going to win this fight. I’m going to knock him out. [Juan Manuel] Marquez kicked his a**. I’m going for the kill.”

With Pacquiao having lost his last two fights, it’s hard to say who precisely will win this fight on November 23rd. If you were to throw Rios in the ring with Pacquiao in 2009, it would be like feeding Rios to a hungry Velociraptor, but a lot of things have changed since then.

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Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez this Saturday, June 15th in Dallas, Texas

lopez-marquez5Former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KO’s) could be the sacrificial lamb for WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) to slaughter this Saturday, June 15th at the American Airlines Center, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Although anything is possible for this fight, it just looks like Juanma will be the lamb being brought into slaughter for the young, 25-year-old Mikey to tear apart to add a name to his resume. Lopez isn’t that much older than Mikey at 29, but he’s had a lot of hard fights and he’s lost two out of his last five fights.

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Manuel Charr vs. Evgeny Orlov on June 15th in Germany

With the hand injury to former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye postponing their fight, #8 WBC heavyweight contender Manuel Charr (23-1, 13 KO’s) has decided to take a stay busy fight against 330 lb. Russian journeyman Evgeny Orlov (13-1-1, 9 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout on June 15th this month at the Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen, Germany.

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Ariza picks Mayweather to beat Canelo

canelo144Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is picking Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) to beat WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) in their fight on September 14th on the Mexican Independence Day holiday. Ariza sees Mayweather’s experience being too much for the 22-year-old Canelo.

Ariza said on his twitter “I think Floyd’s skill and experience will be the difference.”

Ariza is probably right. Mayweather is much more skilled than Canelo is and ever will be.

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De La Hoya: Mayweather will stand in the pocket against Canelo and he’ll be vulnerable

mayweather92Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions feels he knows how WBA junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is going to face his fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

De La Hoya has it worked out in his head that Mayweather is going to stand and trade with the young, and much, much heavier Canelo like he did in his fight with Miguel Cotto last year in May. De La Hoya thinks this is going to leave the 36-year-old Mayweather vulnerable to Canelo’s heavy shots.

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Mayweather-Canelo is a 50-50 fight, says Morales

floyd#31Former four division world champion Erik Morales says he sees the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight as a toss-up for September 14th. Morales thinks it could either way due to Mayweather fighting a younger guy in the 22-year-old Canelo, who Morales feels showed a lot of improvement recently.

Morales said to oem.com.mx “I see the fight 50-50 possibilities for each. To me, the fight comes down to conditions such as age, experience, youth, desire…this fight is very even for me.”

A lot of people feel that Canelo’s weight advantage could be the factor in him getting a victory in this fight. He weighed 172 for his last fight and has been fighting in the mid-160s in his other fights at 154.

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Beristain likes Canelo’s chances of beating Mayweather

alvarez3Trainer Nacho Beristain, trainer for Juan Manuel Marquez, believes WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) has a good chance of beating Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) three months from now because of Canelo’s combination punching and ability to dodge punches with his head movement.

Beristain told deportes.univision.com “I want Canelo to win. It would be a historic achievement for the Mexican boxing world. I hope the result is good for Canelo. He has a good chance because he throws nice combinations and he avoids punches. He’s looking more solid and he’s definitely the new Mexican boxing idol.”

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Mayweather vs. Canelo without rehydration limit

alvarez5654Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) gave his much heavier opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) a real gift by not pushing for a rehydration limit for their catch-weight fight at 152 pounds on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This means that both fighters can rehydrate as much as they want after making the 152 lb. limit. That doesn’t mean much for Mayweather because he’ll likely come into the fight weighing around 146. But for Canelo, not having a rehydration limit will free him up to rehydrate to the 170s.

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News flash! Mayweather: I’ll be fighting Canelo on September 14th in Las Vegas

floyd#705Floyd Mayweather Jr. just revealed that he’ll be facing Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will take place at a catch-weight of 152 lbs, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. That still gives Canelo a big advantage because he only has to go two pounds lower than the normal 154 weight limit. If Mayweather had asked for a catch-weight at 150, then it would be a lot tougher on Canelo because he’s so huge for the junior middleweight class in terms of weight.

Mayweather said this on his social media site just now: “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.”

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