Archive for September, 2013

27
Sep
13

Pacqiuao would lose against Mayweather Jr.

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By Tom Drury: This subject has run its course and won’t be answered until and if the fight ever happens. That said I feel the need to write this article because some of the arguments for a Manny Pacquiao win are ridiculous and some of the fans have asked why I believe Pacquiao offers no threat whatsoever to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For the fans that post comments along the lines of Mayweather has never been out of his comfort zone, I would like to tell you the whole boxing world had the opinion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was the man to take Mayweather out of his comfort zone, and we know what happened next.

Manny Pacquiao is a boxer/fighter with KO power. His style is reckless but exciting I agree. Pacquiao only succeeds against other fighters/brawlers (fact). Pacquiao is a rhythm fighter; he stays on his toes and moves in and out in a straight line like an amateur. Most amateurs are taught this way at the start of their boxing career, move in on the attack and out to avoid the counter it is a great point scoring style.

Pacquiao is a professional and I am not comparing him to an amateur; he has great power and speed, but this style only succeeds when he catches his opponent on the way in or is fighting an opponent that does not know how to box on the back foot or is not sufficient as a counter puncher.

If Pacquiao does not succeed moving in on the attack, then he eats counters and is very vulnerable. Juan Manuel Marquez is a prime example. I believe Marquez won two of the first three fights, but Pacquiao got the wins, so I respect that. Marquez is a fighter but has great technical ability in regards to timing, positioning and countering.

Marquez just has a tendency to fight. He is Mexican after all. The fourth fight was a prime example of technical soundness against reckless attacking. Marquez’s KO was no lucky shot; it was timed to perfection and exposed that bad positioning that Pacquiao all too often gets himself in. Pacquiao is a front foot fighter only and his all-round boxing skills are limited; not to mention the jab been nonexistent. Pacquiao’s whole game plan when entering the ring is offence. Freddie Roach, his trainer, is no doubt a great trainer but his ethics and lessons are based solely on front foot attacks and does not consider any defensive tactics. Pacquiao can expose weaknesses also in his opponent but only offensive weaknesses like Ricky Hatton 2009. I can remember a local amateur coach telling me two weeks before this fight took place “Pacquiao will KO Hatton with a left hook within 5.” The reason was both brothers Matthew and Ricky Hatton lower their right hand when throwing a left hook to build momentum on the punch. I am not a Pacquiao hater; I have paid for many of his pay per view cards, and have been lucky enough to see him fight against Hatton in Las Vegas. I have also been on the edge of my seat watching his wars with Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and Marquez. I appreciate him as a fighter.

Mayweather Jr., in my opinion, is the greatest all round boxer of all time. He has no weaknesses to expose, his defence can’t be penetrated, his offensive accuracy can’t be matched, his timing is so on point it is scary, and footwork is totally unorthodox and out of rhythm that it takes his opponents’ timing away. His fighting brain is razor sharp, and the way he makes adjustments has never before been seen not to mention his hand speed and jab (the most important punch in boxing). Mayweather has one of the best jabs in the game; he sets up other shots with it he keeps his opponents off balance with it, and the way he finds his range so quickly is crazy.

I am not going to babble on about Mayweather’s style because I’ll be in danger of been called bias. What I will say is there is no weakness for an offensive-minded fighter like Pacquiao to expose; none whatsoever, as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez found out. I couldn’t be so daft as to say Pacquiao could beat Mayweather based on styles, because that’s ridiculous. Mayweather is unbeatable. Offensive fighters won’t beat Mayweather. My opinion was this same opinion in 2010, and will always be the same Mayweather is far too superior to Pacquiao as a fighter he would box his ears off.

Mayweather is faster, smarter, sharper of the mind, more accurate, impenetrable defense, best counter puncher in the game, and most elusive. What more do you need to realize. This would be a mismatch. If any fans have a valid argument for why Pacquiao would give Mayweather trouble apart from “Pacquiao would pressure him more,” I would like to hear your argument. I have been waiting for 4 years to hear a valid argument based on styles and boxing skills to why Pacquiao would win?

I believe if Pacquiao gets past Brandon Rios on November 23rd, the fight the boxing world should be asking for is Pacquiao vs. Canelo, but that’s only if Canelo can still make 152lbs. I think that would be an exciting fight and I believe it would end with Pacman’s lights out late on in the fight. The only fighters that would make an interesting fight with Mayweather, if they occupied the same weight class, would be Andre “SOG” Ward and Bernard Hopkins. I still believe Mayweather would beat both but it would be interesting as they all fight with brain rather than brawn. Final word on this article is “Brains always beat Brawn” every time.

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20
Sep
13

This Is Floyd Mayweather’s $40 Million Canelo Fight Check

Report: This Is Floyd Mayweather's $40 Million Canelo Alvarez Fight Check

According to @Fight_Ghost on Twitter, this is the $40,870,000 check Floyd Mayweather Jr. got for fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. This is after $630,000 was taken out for tickets and anti-doping tests.

            via @Fight_Ghost

 

Just a reminder, this does not include the money Mayweather will earn from the pay-per-view numbers. They don’t call him “Money” for nothing.

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20
Sep
13

Former Heavyweight Boxer Ken Norton Sr. Passes Away at 70

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Ken Norton Sr., an International Boxing Hall of Famer who is recognized by pundits as one of the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history, died Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

He was 70 years old.

Norton, whose professional boxing career spanned three decades, died at an Arizona hospital where he had been undergoing rehabilitation due to complications stemming from a stroke, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Claire Noland. Norton had previously overcome two strokes, a heart attack, quadruple bypass surgery and prostate cancer.

Upon hearing of Norton’s passing, many in the sports community reached out to offer their condolences:

The former heavyweight champ is perhaps best known by boxing fans for his trilogy of fights against Muhammad Ali in 1973 and 1976. In the first bout between the two men, held at the San Diego Sports Arena, Norton shocked the world by defeating Ali in a split-decision and breaking his jaw in the process.

Ali would get revenge with controversial victories in their next two fights—one later in 1973 and the other in 1976—but Norton’s victory over Ali in their first fight made him a star. He parlayed that notoriety into a fight against George Foreman in 1974, and a title win over Jerry Quarry in 1975 when Ali had vacated the strap.

 

Though Norton would lose the belt back to Ali in 1976, he would be awarded the WBC championship a year later. Larry Holmes defeated a declining Norton in 1978, ending a championship run that had lasted parts of five years.

Inside the sport of boxing, Norton is well-known for popularizing the cross-armed defense. Rarely seen before Norton employed the tactic to success early in his career—most notably against Ali—multiple other heavyweights began adopting it.

Norton, though, had perfected the craft. Where other fighters who used cross-armed protection often struggled with counterpunching, Norton’s hands were quick enough that he rarely had that problem. He finished with a career record of 42-7-1 with 33 knockout victories. His last fight came in 1981, when he was knocked out by Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden.

After Norton’s boxing career, he worked in the entertainment industry as an actor and commentator. He appeared in television shows like The A-Team and Knight Rider during the 1980s.

Norton is survived by his two sons, one of which is former NFL linebacker Ken Norton Jr., who won three Super Bowls over his 13-year career with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. Norton Jr. is currently the linebackers coach for the Seattle Seahawks.

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19
Sep
13

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION KEN NORTON Dies at age 70

HALL OF FAME FLIES FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION KEN NORTON

 

CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who passed away today in Las Vegas. He was 70.

 

1992 Hall of Fame Inductee Ken Norton

 

“Ken Norton was one of the standouts of the talent-filled 1970s heavyweight division,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy.  “He was a great fighter in the ring and a great person outside of it. The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing.”

 

Born August 9, 1943 in Jacksonville, Illinois, Norton was a gifted football, basketball and track star in high school. He began boxing while in the Marine Corps where he compiled a 24-2 record. After turning pro in 1967 Norton quickly became a key player in the heavyweight division. He engaged in a classic three-fight series with fellow Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali (W 12, L 12, L 12). Norton captured the NABF title twice (1973 and 1975) and held the WBC heavyweight championship (1978). During his career Norton scored wins over Boone Kirkman, Jose Luis Garcia, Ron Stander, Duane Bobick, Tex Cobb, Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Young among others.  His professional record reads 42-7-1 (33 KOs).

 

In 1992, Norton was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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19
Sep
13

Mike Tyson Isn’t Just About Boxing‏

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Being Mike Tyson

Isn’t Just About Boxing

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (September 18, 2013) — Since the much-anticipated launching of Iron Mike Productions last month, Hall of Famer and living legend “Iron” Mike Tyson has had a string of major media appearances, granting interviews to Fox Sports Live, Extra, the Today Show, and Conan O’Brien, where he spoke about his upcoming show, “Being Mike Tyson,” as well as the current state of boxing. His recent return to the ring as a boxing promoter with Iron Mike Productions has also given him a lot to talk about, like the National Football League and which teams he believes are heading to the Super Bowl.Most boxing fans also enjoy watching football because of the inherent action and physicality of the two sports. They may remember the stencil art done by artist Joe Lurato a few years back of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for a segment titled, “Quarterbacks of the Decade.” Lurato’s artwork has been featured on NFL broadcasts and Tyson has kept his eyes out for it because, in addition to being passionate about sports, Mike and his Iron Mike Productions business partner, Garry Jonas, are also passionate about art.”Not only is this unique artwork beautiful,” Tyson said, “it is also inspirational for our fighters as they train in the Iron Mike gym. Our goal is to give all our fighters everything they need to be their very best, physically and mentally, and this serves as another example of Iron Mike Productions’ commitment to excellence on their behalf.”
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Tyson and Jonas, CEO of Iron Mike Productions, immediately thought of Lurato when they were building their state-of-the-art training facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They commissioned both Lurato and fellow New York stencil artist, Logan Hicks, to create amazing, larger-than life wall murals to inspire and provoke their fighters, capturing the range of emotions that happen inside the ring.”The photo-realistic images have depth and move with the eye,” Jonas explained. “They follow the fighters throughout the space, inspiring them and reminding them of why they are here and what they are training for.”

Using layers of hand-cut paper, spray paint and stencils, both artists worked round-the-clock over one weekend to create an energized series of mixed-medium murals that echo the raw dynamism of the Iron Mike gym and capture the hope, struggle and desire that are at the heart of every fighter here.

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The artists deliberately incorporated elements of urban street art to make the murals both visceral and refined to directly reflect the raw, gritty talent each of the fighters started with as they work to refine their skills and transform themselves into champions.Lurato’s work has also been featured on ESPN as part of the “Art of Basketball” project, created by Billi Kid and Public Works Department, an organization that promotes street and graffiti artists and their work. Licensed by the NBA, the organization features a growing collection of NBA-themed original street artwork that tours the country. Lurato’s contribution focused on the 2012 championship-winning Miami Heat.

To learn more about Joe Lurato and Logan Hicks, check out their work at joeiurato.com and loganhicks.com.

Iron Mike Productions, previously Acquinity Sports, is a boxing promotion company co-founded and led by CEO Garry Jonas. It is a partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters’ successes inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into retirement.

For additional information go online at www.IronMikeProductions.com.CONTACTS:

Bob Trieger, Iron Mike Productions, 978.664,4482, bobtfcp@hotmail.com

Jo Mignano, Mike Tyson’s publicist, jmignano@kruppnyc.com

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ARTISTS AT PLAY (L-R): Joe Lurato & Logan Hicks
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Iron Mike Productions, previously Acquinity Sports, is a boxing promotion company co-founded and led by Acquinity Interactive CEO Garry Jonas. It is a partnership with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson committed to changing traditional boxing promotion by advocating for its fighters’ successes inside the ring and out, throughout their professional careers and into retirement.

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18
Sep
13

Mayweather going to Fight the perfect fighter soon to end his Career after big win.

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No matter what happens for the remainder of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s career, his legacy as one of the sport’s greatest fighters is safe. If you said to me that he is already the greatest fighter of his era and one of the five best ever, I wouldn’t dispute your point. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a very good fighter who will likely prove to be great before his career is over.

Money made him look like a B-Class fighter. All things considered, the win over Canelo could be Mayweather’s most impressive performance.

That said, his career isn’t over. In accordance with his mega deal with Showtime/CBS, Money has, by his own words, “24 months left,” per George Willis of the New York Post. This would equate to four more fights at his current pace.

Mayweather has already made a fortune in his career, but he stands to earn even more cash before he walks away from the sport. With four fights left in his illustrious career, Mayweather’s legacy doesn’t hang in the balance, but retiring undefeated would put him in a class almost by himself.

In chronological order, here is a list of fighters Mayweather could fight to maximize his earning potential and take his legendary status to a new level.

 

May 2014: Danny Garcia

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On the undercard of Mayweather-Canelo, Danny Garcia out-boxed and clearly defeated Lucas Matthysse. Matthysse was dropped for the first time in his career and Garcia displayed boxing skills and toughness that left the rugged Argentinian baffled.

Garcia is just 25 years old, but he holds the WBA and WBC light welterweight titles. With an undefeated record of 27-0 and wins over Amir Khan and Matthysse, Garcia has earned a shot at Mayweather.

With both fighters working with Golden Boy Promotions in some capacity, there shouldn’t be any contractual issues with signing the fight. Love him or hate him, Garcia’s father Angel is great for pre-fight hype. Imagine what the Showtime All Access episodes would be like for this fight.

Garcia is a very good fighter, but Mayweather’s speed and punching accuracy should be enough to win a decision. He would have a chance to stop Garcia late if his hands hold up.

 

September 2014: Amir Khan

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Assuming Khan wins his next two fights, he would be a logical challenger for Mayweather. Khan will likely battle Devon Alexander for the IBF welterweight title in December. That is no easy win. Alexander is quick and a good enough puncher to rock Khan.

Khan is as talented as any fighter in the world, but his weak chin makes him very beatable against just about any high-caliber fighter in his weight region.

On the other side of the coin, he has tremendous hand speed and good punching power. It would be an interesting fight. Floyd would have to be careful early as to not get caught by a big shot, but once he has three rounds to study Khan, he’d find the range and likely knock him out in the seventh or eighth round.

 

May 2015: Manny Pacquiao

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This is the fight many fans have wanted for years. Their history of back-and-forth jabs and near-agreements is long. Provided Pacquiao beats Brandon Rios in November and wins one or two fights after that, the small window of opportunity to fight Mayweather may be open as wide as it ever will be.

Both men would likely be on their last two or three fights and would have to realize this would be the final opportunity to cash in on what may be the biggest payday for two fighters in the history of the sport.

If Mayweather’s skills are as sharp as they have been in his last two fights, he’ll out-box Manny for 12 rounds and frustrate him for an easy win.

 

Sept. 2015: Adrien Broner

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Both Broner and Mayweather have said they won’t fight each other, but we all know things can change. If this is to be Mayweather’s final fight, taking on his protege (who has attempted to model his path after Money) would be a fitting end.

Broner has seemingly been more adamant that he wouldn’t fight Mayweather. Money hasn’t been as vocal about the prospects.

In fact, Floyd Mayweather Sr. believes the fight could happen, per David Mayo of MLive.com.

Once Mayweather has retired, the battle for pound-for-pound supremacy may very well come down to Broner and Alvarez. How much of a punctuation would Money make if he walked away undefeated and with a win over the two men in position to dominate the sport once he’s gone?

Fighting Mayweather in the latter part of 2015 would be ideal for Broner. He’d have an opportunity to gain more experience and notoriety. That said, it wouldn’t really change the outcome.

As long as Money is still fighting at an elite level, he’d easily out-box Broner. Paulie Malignaggi proved that a slick boxer with good hand speed could give Broner issues. Mayweather is miles ahead of Malignaggi and he’d likely box circles around Broner.

The two men could keep their word and never fight each other; but if they don’t, this is the spot where it would make the most sense for both of them.

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18
Sep
13

Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Extreme Collage

Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Extreme Collage:  

Here is a Extreme Rare, Investment piece, “The only one in the World” Included in this Extreme piece is a beautiful signed and dated Cut, The 70th Birthday Invite, The pen used in Ali signing the night of his 70th Birthday, The actual menu of the event, and best of all the Butterfly and the Bee right off Muhammad Ali’s Birthday cake, and photo’s included of the event.

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