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06
Oct
14

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BOXING MEMORABILIA PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE MOST POPULAR BOXERS.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR.
MUHAMMAD ALI

MUHAMMAD ALI
OSCAR DE LA HOYA

OSCAR DE LA HOYA
MIGUEL COTTO

MIGUEL COTTO
VITALI KLITSCHKO

VITALI KLITSCHKO
ROCKY MARCIANO

ROCKY MARCIANO
ANDRE WARD

ANDRE WARD
ROBERTO DURAN

ROBERTO DURAN
ADRIEN BRONER

ADRIEN BRONER
DANNY GARCIA

DANNY GARCIA
MARCOS MAIDANA

MARCOS MAIDANA
TIMOTHY BRADLEY

TIMOTHY BRADLEY
MANNY PACQUIAO

MANNY PACQUIAO
CANELO ALVAREZ

CANELO ALVAREZ
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
ROY JONES JR.

ROY JONES JR.
EVANDER HOLYFIELD

EVANDER HOLYFIELD
SUGAR RAY LEONARD

SUGAR RAY LEONARD
SERGIO MARTINEZ

SERGIO MARTINEZ
NONITO DONAIRE

NONITO DONAIRE
JAKE LAMOTTA

JAKE LAMOTTA
CARL FROCH

CARL FROCH
MIKEY GARCIA

MIKEY GARCIA
MIKE TYSON

MIKE TYSON
JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ

JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ
GEORGE FOREMAN

GEORGE FOREMAN
BERNARD HOPKINS

BERNARD HOPKINS
LENNOX LEWIS

LENNOX LEWIS
JOE LOUIS

JOE LOUIS
JOE FRAZIER

JOE FRAZIER
ARTURO GATTI

ARTURO GATTI
LARRY HOLMES

LARRY HOLMES
GENNADY GOLOVKIN

GENNADY GOLOVKIN
GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX

GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX
27
Mar
14

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01
Jun
13

Mayweather vs. Alvarez: Will Superfight Fuel Boxing’s Comeback?

BY JONATHAN SNOWDEN (LEAD WRITER)

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Boxing has supposedly been dying since your great-grandparents’ day, when Jack Johnson demolished the great white hope, Jim Jeffries, before a stunned nation. The incursion of African-Americans, it was said, would kill the sport in a matter of years.

They claimed it was dying in your grandparents’ day, when televised fights bit into local club action and threatened the sport’s infrastructure. Beyond the systemic problems, none of the fighters compared favorably to Jack Dempsey, the greatest of them all.

It was dying in your parents’ generation, when Larry Holmes and a cast of pretenders tried to fill Muhammad Ali’s giant shoes. New commercial stars like Ray Mancini and Sugar Ray Leonard were just flashes in the pan and, without them, boxing didn’t have the voltage to stay on network television.

To this day, boxing is still allegedly dying. Pundits have all but buried the sport over and over again. This time the culprit is politics, stagnant matchmaking and diva-rich fighters like Floyd Mayweather who call their own shots.

It’s hard to unring a bell, recall an ambulance or overcome the persistent power of the Internet echo chamber.

Persistent success over the years couldn’t stop the talk. Canelo Alvarez putting nearly 40,000 fans in the Alamodome for his fight with Austin Trout barely caused pundits to pause between condemnations of the sport. Astounding success overseas, with the Klitschko brothers continuing to fascinate German fight fans and Carl Froch replacing Ricky Hatton in England?

It’s like anything outside the States never happened at all.

Just like Richard Nixon in China, only Floyd Mayweather was powerful enough to put a halt to the discussion of boxing’s demise. After all, he was a big part of the problem. Right or wrong, fingers have always pointed at him as the roadblock preventing the fight of the century with Manny Pacquiao.

It was up to Floyd to fix what he had helped break, to pick up a shovel and dig the coffin from the grave, prove the corpse was still breathing and restore order to his kingdom.

Love him or hate him, Mayweather has stepped up to the plate and is swinging for the fences. He whiffed badly with the Pacquiao fight, failing to deliver the bout fans craved for years. This time, Floyd didn’t intend to let an opportunity slip through his fingers.

What the fight fans wanted—more than any other, even the great Pacquiao—was a showdown with Alvarez, the top Mexican star in the world. It was a fight most were skeptical about ever seeing.

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Mayweather, with a single tweet, proved all the critics wrong.

“I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez,” he wrote. “I’m giving the fans what they want.”

At 36, Floyd’s not content to glide into retirement, coasting on a string of undersized contenders like Robert Guerrero. Mayweather could have picked anyone, but he chose the biggest, scrappiest dog in the pound for a fight the Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported will be contested at a catch weight of 152 pounds.

Alvarez will be, by far, the largest man Floyd has ever fought. A legitimate 154-pounder, he will likely top the scales at over 170 pounds on fight night. Floyd rarely even approaches 150 pounds, giving the challenger (who turns 23 in July) a 20-pound edge.

Unlike Guerrero, who seemed overmatched from the start, Alvarez is a true test for this generation’s greatest boxer. He’s already racked up 42 wins and proved himself against top competition.

It’s a classic battle—youth, size and gumption against consummate skill, technique and blazing speed. And, once again, it’s a fight that will, at least temporarily, dispel the myth that boxing is a dying sport.

Although it isn’t likely to approach Mayweather’s pay-per-view record set against Oscar De La Hoya, it is a fight that should attract well over a million buys. And it’s not alone. In Europe, the sport continues to hold off advances from mixed martial arts, while Pacquiao will attempt to reinvigorate an Asian marketplace that has long been a sleeping giant.

Here at home, compelling fights abound, now on two different premium networks. Showtime has become the home of the most compelling fights in the world, but HBO’s time-tested power to make stars gives hope that a new generation of superstars will emerge.

There is reason for boxing fans to be hopeful. An Alvarez win ushers in a new-generation superstar, much in the way that victories over De La Hoya established Pacquiao and Mayweather as top draws. A Mayweather win further establishes the legacy of an all-time great, and potential bouts with Pacquiao and Adrien Broner remain.

Either way, boxing wins. Thanks, Floyd.

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01
Jun
13

The Havoc Behind the Eyes of Muhammad Ali

By GORDON MARINO

A SEEMINGLY eternal symbol of youth and an inspiration to countless millions, Muhammad Ali turns 71 on Thursday. One of the greatest pugilists of all time, Ali transformed the sport of boxing both in his style of combat and the crazy theater he produced to build up interest in his fights.

In a world of grunt and truculent glare, he was and remains a comedic trickster. Ali’s late trainer, Angelo Dundee, once confided to me, “Being with Ali was like riding a comet. We had so much fun. I was so blessed.”

When the Adonis-like Ali was coming up through the ranks, fighting with his hands at his waist, almost all the cigar-chewing boxing scribes predicted, “Just wait until he gets hit. He won’t be able to take it.”

The truth, which was both good and bad for the supersonic heavyweight, was that Ali could absorb a blow as well as any fighter in history. He had endless resolve and his ability to see shots developing allowed him to roll with punches that would have turned the black lights out on others.

But the hurricane blows that Ali weathered eventually exacted their price. For decades he has been suffering from a neurodegenerative disorder, now identified as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease in the same family as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

In the saddest of ironies, the man who enjoyed and excelled at banter as no other athlete in history has been largely silenced by the sport that made him so beloved and popular.

Ali, of course, was far from the first fighter to suffer lifelong damage from his life in the ring. It would be easy to list scores of boxers who after long — or sometimes short — careers have become a pocket full of mumbles.

Recently, Americans have become attentive to the long-term effects of football-related concussions. But well before this awakening it was understood that between bouts and countless rounds of sparring, boxers were putting their brains in peril. In the past, the governing bodies of the bruising game have tweaked rules to protect combatants; for example, championship bouts have been shortened from 15 to 12 rounds. However, more needs to be done to shield these modern-day gladiators from their craft and courage.

In 2011, Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center began the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study. Dr. Bernick, who is based in Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world, has enrolled scores of professional boxers and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters for a study that he hopes will be completed in four years.

In addition to examining the cumulative effects of “repetitive concussive and subconcussive injuries to the brain,” Dr. Bernick and his associates are working to detect the earliest signs of brain injury and to determine why some boxers seem more likely to develop neurological disorders than others. What determines who is most vulnerable? Genes? Physical attributes? Perhaps the age at which one start’s exchanging blows?

Dr. Bernick is adamant that he is not trying to put boxing on the canvas but instead wants to protect fighters by letting them know when they might be entering the neurological danger zone and intervening, “by perhaps convincing them to take a pause from the sport” and in more dire cases to retire. He said he also hopes that medications might one day be developed to help protect athletes from the effects of taking punches.

A well known Las Vegas trainer, Pat Barry, has been encouraging his charges to sign up for the study. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he noted, “I think for young fighters, it can be a good thing. You start with a baseline and follow their progress throughout their career. You can get an accurate measurement of how their brain has been impacted.” However, Barry cautioned, “I can see where an older fighter might not want to participate. They might be afraid they’ll find something [that will] force them to quit boxing.”

Of course, the Professional Boxers Brain Health Study came too late for “The Greatest.” Ferdie Pacheco, Ali’s doctor of many years, wrote, “After the ruthless destruction of the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ ” — Ali’s epic third fight with Joe Frazier, in 1975 — “I began to see obvious signs of deterioration in Ali’s physical condition. His kidneys were beginning to fall apart. …Then I saw a marked diminution of his reflexes in the gym. No one in his camp…wanted to acknowledge the change.” Pacheco warned Ali that it was time to put his boxing career to bed, and, to the doctor’s credit, he soon thereafter walked out of the warmth of the Ali circle rather than participate in what he was sure would be the champ’s demise.

It is hard to say, but perhaps if Ali could have been shown some of the objective evidence of the havoc going on behind his eyes, he might have been convinced to put his gloves on a nail. But then again, maybe not. Even toward the final bell, there was still so much money to be made, and most great artists would rather die than give up their canvas.

Gordon Marino is a philosophy professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota and also a boxing writer and trainer.

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01
Jun
13

Will Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley Be a Box Office Dud?

BY LOU CATALANO (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON MAY 30, 2013

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When Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley meet this fall, they’ll both be coming off career-defining wins.

Marquez laid Manny Pacquiao out on the canvas in their fourth fight last December while Timothy Bradley proved that you actually can fight while unconscious in his incredible win over Ruslan Provodnikov in March.

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Will their thrilling wins lead to a smash hit when they fight? It depends on your idea of success.

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When Bradley fought Pacquiao last June, the fight generated around 900,000 pay-per-view buys. Considering Pacquiao’s fights had been easily clearing the million mark, this was considered to be a poor showing.

The problem was that nobody outside of the hardcore boxing fans would have been able to tell Tim Bradley from this Milton Bradley or that Milton Bradley.

For his part, Marquez has done big pay-per-view business, but only when he was the “B” fighter. He teamed with Pacquiao to hit the million-buy mark and did the same with Floyd Mayweather.

When he has to bring the juice, however, the results have been less than stellar. That’s being kind. The numbers have been dreadful. The ratings for his fight with Joel Casamayor made The Chevy Chase Show look like The Walking Dead.

The numbers for his much-anticipated rematch with Juan Diaz weren’t much better.

But that was before, when Marquez was known as a brilliant tactician who would come up just short against Pacquiao. Now he’s a brilliant tactician who just face-planted his Filipino nemesis.

His stock has never been higher. Neither has Bradley’s, for that matter.

Bradley went from being an unheralded boxer with a shot at pound-for-pound fame to an absolutely loathed paradigm of everything that is wrong with boxing. His “win” over Pacquiao got the attention of some mainstream fans for all the wrong reasons.

After taking nearly a year off from the sport, he came back in March to fight Provodnikov. They teamed up to provide us with one of the better fights in recent years.

Bradley decided to go toe-to-toe instead of using his movement and boxing skills, producing an epic battle. The fight generated great numbers for HBO.

He may have been the happiest concussion victim in sporting history.

Nothing can raise a fighter’s stock like an epic, Arturo Gatti-like slugfest. Unfortunately, the attendance announced at the Home Depot Center was only around 3,000.

So instead of facing Pacquiao, Marquez and Bradley will face each other—a little worse for wear and a little better-known.

The fight could be an excellent one, but the pay-per-view sales will probably be fairly weak. If they did fight on September 14th as originally planned, the numbers would have probably been in the range of 200,000-300,000 buys.

As far as the attendance numbers, they would’ve been decent due to Marquez’s Hispanic fanbase and the fact that the date falls on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

While nowhere near the likes of Mayweather or Pacquiao’s figures, that would still be a pretty solid number—especially when one fighter speaks very little English and the other has a small fanbase.

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The biggest problem now is that Mayweather is fighting on the September date. It forces Marquez and Bradley to fight later in the fall. Pacquiao’s fight with Brandon Rios is already set for November.

Sandwiching their fight in between the two biggest stars in the sport and asking the public to dish out another $60 is going to be brutal.

The same goes for the public looking to watch the fight in person. Mayweather is fighting in Las Vegas in September and the gate is going to be massive.

Will that affect Marquez and Bradley? Perhaps, but the other issue they face is that, while they are sensational fighters, they simply aren’t huge attractions.

The general public would be the ones losing out, because their fight could be an outstanding one. Marquez has got to hit a wall at some point, especially after defeating his white whale, and Bradley showed far more vulnerabilities against Provodnikov than he did against Pac-Man. The result could be an epic battle.

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01
Jun
13

The Top 25 Active Pound-for-Pound Boxers

BY BRIGGS SEEKINS (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON MAY 5, 2013

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The first four months of 2013 have been a lively time indeed for professional boxing. Wars have been waged in the ring, titles have changed hands, and some of the top fighters in the sport have gone down. The pound-for-pound rankings have been in flux.

The rankings have never been anything but subjective opinion. But recent developments have thrown even a lot of what was once consensus into disarray. Familiar stars are continuing to age, and the young guns continue to nose their way into the debate.

That the comment sections that follow these articles are always packed with disputation shows that this sport is healthy. The great drama surrounding a prize fight is the payoff of seeing who wins. So the more debate there is over which fighters deserves to be on top, the bigger the anticipation for the eventual fights.

Without further ado, here is one man’s take on the best 25 fighters today.

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01
Jun
13

Mayweather vs. Canelo: Early Projections for Marquee Undefeated Showdown

BY MATT FITZGERALD (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON MAY 30, 2013

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez are set to clash on at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on September 14.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reports that the bout has both fighters agreeing to a catchweight of 152 pounds, which is a slight increase from Mayweather’s most recent triumph over Robert Guerrero.

While there is still roughly three-and-a-half months before this epic showdown will take place, the hype is already sky high, which justifies this early of a look at how the fight will play out.

The deliberate, methodical approach typically deployed by Mayweather is likely to be his strategy against the innately larger Alvarez. Canelo’s trend of packing on additional pounds after the weigh-in, which Rafael alludes to in his report, will likely doom an overly aggressive approach by Money May.

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At just 22 years old, Alvarez fights more maturely than many of his precocious peers, which has allowed him to maintain a 42-0-1 record. Mayweather is a perfect 44-0 himself, and he boasts an extremely impressive resume.
All that is missing in many outsiders’ eyes is a fight with Manny Pacquiao, and a plethora of Mayweather detractors seem to think he’s been ducking Pac-Man for years. In fact, it appears that Mayweather was the one who initiated the possibility of facing Pacquiao back in 2009. Now that Pacquiao has lost two consecutive times, the stakes aren’t quite as high.

In electing to fight Alvarez, this is an ideal way for Mayweather to thwart critics, at least somewhat. He indicated on Twitter that he’s giving fans what they want in choosing to take on an opponent who is 14 years younger than him and presents a formidable challenge:

Juan Manuel Marquez, who recently knocked out Pacquiao but was dismantled by Mayweather back in 2009, told BoxingScene.com’s Ryan Burton that Alvarez isn’t ready for Money May but is in a win-win scenario:

A fight against Mayweather would be very difficult for Canelo Alvarez because of Mayweather’s style…If Canelo wins, it is a great triumph for Canelo and for all of Mexico. If he loses, he still wins because of the experience he gains from the fight.

Alvarez’s undefeated mark proves that he can’t exactly fight like he has nothing to lose, yet it does alleviate some of the pressure.

In that context, it’s likely that Alvarez will not attack Mayweather right away, opting to actually go at the pace that his perceptibly superior opponent dictates. The first few rounds should be tight and unpredictable, but at some point, it will be up to Alvarez to take the initiative and be the instigator.

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When Alvarez defeated Austin Trout in the Alamodome over a month ago, Trout was surprised at how well Alvarez was able to change things up and patiently bide his time. The two got tied up only once, and Alvarez struck with a devastating smash to Trout’s chin in Round 7, which sparked him to victory.

A similar outcome could be in store, because even when Mayweather makes a charge, the counter-punching ability that Alvarez possesses makes him extremely dangerous.

Ultimately, though, Mayweather’s outstanding stamina and knack for avoiding devastating punishment should allow him to maintain a slight edge over Alvarez throughout.

The final tally may be close across the panel of judges, but it will still result in a unanimous decision in favor of Mayweather despite a relatively quick turnaround from the Guerrero fight.

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