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27
Mar
14

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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

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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18
Sep
13

Muhammad Ali 70th Birthday Extreme Collage

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18
Sep
13

Floyd Mayweather News about his next fight against Khan in the UK

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16
Sep
13

Floyd Mayweather and the 25 Most Popular Boxers of All Time

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Floyd Mayweather is just one of many popular boxers who have emerged from the sport. Through various routes—some through the ring, some outside it or a combination of both—these boxers connect with the people.

Whether they make people hate them or love them dearly, they make people care about what they do and how they do it and that is what matters most.

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16
Sep
13

Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Canelo Alvarez gives boxing judge C.J. Ross a black eye

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s masterful win over Canelo Alvarez is almost ruined by  judge C.J. Ross.

It was a near flawless effort, in and out of the ring.

Floyd  Mayweather Jr. put forth a virtuoso performance against the less experienced  Saul (Canelo) Alvarez on Saturday, hitting and not getting hit. But it wasn’t  just Mayweather’s treatment of Alvarez that was so notable. Golden Boy  Promotions orchestrated one of the more ambitious and successful advertising  campaigns for the fight, giving fans a hint of what the future of the sport  could one day hold.

But just as boxing took a step forward, it was dragged back into its murky  past when the judge’s scorecards were announced on Saturday at the MGM Grand.  Only two of the three judges acknowledged Mayweather’s dominance, with C.J.  Ross, a scorer with a checkered past, the lone dissenter.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Justin Bieber can't believe what they're hearing when C.J. Ross' scorecard is announced.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Justin  Bieber can’t believe what they’re hearing when C.J. Ross’ scorecard is  announced.

Ross scored the fight a draw at 114-114, deciding that Mayweather, 36, had  only won six of the 12 rounds. The other two judges scored it for Mayweather:  116-112 (Dave Moretti) and 117-111 (Craig Metcalfe), giving the Pound-for-Pound  King a majority decision victory. When Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) heard the  verdict in the ring, he thought someone was pulling his leg.

Even Justin Bieber, who walked Mayweather to the ring beforehand, looked  upset. Ross scored four of the final five rounds for Alvarez.

“I thought it was a joke,” Mayweather told an ESPN television reporter  shortly after the bout. Earlier in the ring he said: “I’m not in control of the  judges. I’m a little in shock but everything is a learning experience.”

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Judge C.J. Ross (r.) originally raises suspicions during the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight.

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Judge C.J. Ross (r.) originally  raises suspicions during the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who promotes Alvarez, called Ross’  scorecard a “disgrace.”

“She hurt the game,” said Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer for  Floyd Jr. “For the biggest fight in the world in the history of boxing- you know  what everyone is saying? Boxing is crooked. It’s crooked.”

On a night when the public was finally turning its attention to a sport that  has mostly lived on the margins, fans got a taste of why so many have turned  their backs on it in recent years: because of the head-scratching decisions by  either corrupt or incompetent judges that continue to mar big fights.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing clinic against Canelo Alvarez.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing  clinic against Canelo Alvarez.

“The judge C.J. Ross should be investigated had some money on the fight”  Nets point guard Deron Williams posted on his Twitter account.

Many wondered aloud how Ross got the assignment to judge the biggest fight  of the year. Ross is the same judge that awarded a controversial split decision  victory to Timothy Bradley against Manny Pacquiao last year when most observers  thought Pacquiao did enough to win. In most sports, it’s the best officials who  get to referee the most important events, based on their previous performances.  But that doesn’t always happen in boxing, said Showtime boxing chief, Stephen  Espinoza. No one from the Nevada State Athletic Commission was immediately  available for comment after the fight.

“That’s one area where the sport really needs to improve,” Espinoza said of  the judging. “Other major sports such as the NFL, such as in college basketball  use their best officials for their biggest events. And I think that’s something  that boxing should incorporate and I really don’t see that being taken into  account. We dodged a bullet in a sense because in a closer fight, you’d hate for  [Ross’ scorecard]to be the deciding factor.”

Schaefer suggested the Nevada commission use the money it made on the fight  on seminars to better educate judges. The fight set an all-time live gate record  of $20,003,150 on Saturday.

“The Nevada commission made a lot of money tonight,” Schaefer said  afterward. “I’m sure they can pay for some educational seminars for some of the  officials. I would call that putting the money to good use. I respect the  commission. But they’re going to have to live with their mistakes.”

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12
Jan
12

‘Mystery man’ is IBF official, Schaefer calls for re-match or for fight to be declared a no-contest

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Amir Khan: lost his titles on a controversial points decision…

Amir Khan’s promoters Golden Boy have revealed that the ‘mystery man’ spotted ringside during his controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson last month is an IBF official.

Confusion has surrounded the identity of the man, whom video footage shows talking to WBA fight supervisor Michael Welsh as he appears to point out something on a scorecard.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson on points last month in Washington DC but is appealing against the decision.

On Thursday he highlighted photos and video footage showing the presence of a man appearing to interfere with the WBA’s supervisor and handling the scorecards.

The World Boxing Association announced on Friday that they do not know the identity of the man, prompting the organisation’s vice-president to call for a re-match.

But Golden Boy chief executive Richard Shaefer told Sky Sports News the man is an IBF official – although he was not assigned to the Khan-Peterson fight which was sanctioned by both governing bodies.

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Shaefer has called for an immediate re-match or for the fight to be declared a no-contest.

Schaefer refused to name the man, saying he had been advised not to do so by lawyers, but claimed the footage was “astonishing and shocking”.

The Golden Boy chief executive said the man was an IBF official, but not one assigned to the fight and claimed he should not have been ringside.

“The right thing to do is declare a no-contest. There’s enough controversy to warrant a no-contest decision,” he said.

“In any case, both governing bodies should order a re-match and the fighters can settle things in the ring.”

It has also been claimed the man has been pictured celebrating with the Peterson camp after the fight, something Schaefer described as “unusual” and leaves “question marks”.

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02
Dec
11

Pacquiao Negotiations for Mayweather fight Done

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Posted at 11/30/2011 6:33 PM | Updated as of 12/01/2011 7:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has revealed only a few details need to be ironed out regarding his possible mega-fight against American fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao recently confirmed that negotiations are ongoing with Mayweather’s team. Mayweather also called on Pacquiao to sign a contract for a May 5 fight date.

“Ready na tayo. Kung natuloy ‘yan, ‘pag pumirma na s’ya sa kontrate, pirma na rin tayo,” Pacquiao said. (We are ready. If it pushes through, once he signs the contract then I’ll sign the contract.)

Pacquiao said there are only a few details left to be tackled in the negotiations.

“Maliit na bagay na pinag-uusapan, malapit ng matapos ang negotiation,” he said. (Only the little things are being worked out and negotiations are almost done.)

He said he has no issue with the May 5 fight date, saying it is a good month for the fight.

Pacquiao also laughed off Mayweather’s recent comments about him, wherein the American boxer said Pacquiao actually has 6 losses on his record instead of 3.

Mayweather said Pacquiao lost to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez three times, bringing his total number of losses to six.

“Kung ganyan ang paniniwala n’ya, eh di respetuhin natin,” Pacquiao said. (If that’s what he thinks, we have to respect it).

The fighting congressman from Sarangani is planning to watch the friendly match between the Philippine Azkals and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium along with his wife and kids.

“Magchi-cheer ako sa Azkals,” Pacquiao said. — From a report by Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

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15
Nov
11

Muhammad Ali the Great pay respect to Joe Frazier

PHILADELPHIA —  With his championship belt and a pair of gloves draped over his casket, Joe Frazier was going one more round.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson asked mourners to rise, put their hands together and for one last time “show your love” for the former heavyweight champion.

Muhammad Ali obliged.

Wearing a dark suit and sunglasses, a frail and trembling Ali rose from his seat and vigorously clapped for “Smokin’ Joe,” the fighter who handed Ali his first loss.

Ali was among the nearly 4,000 people who packed the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church for a two-hour “joyful celebration” of Frazier’s life. He died last week of liver cancer; he was 67. Also attending were former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and promoter Don King.

His body ravaged by Parkinson’s disease, Ali was accompanied by members of his family and wife, Lonnie, who rubbed his back while he was seated and held his hands as he entered and left the church.

Jackson delivered a stirring eulogy, describing Frazier as someone who “came from segregation, degradation and disgrace to amazing grace.”

“Tell them Rocky was not a champion. Joe Frazier was,” he said, referring to the hometown character from the boxing movie, “Rocky,” and whose statue stands at the base of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Tell them Rocky is fictitious, Joe was reality. Rocky’s fists are frozen in stone. Joe’s fists are smokin’. Rocky never faced Ali or Holmes or Foreman. Rocky never tasted his own blood. Champions are made in the ring not in the movies. There deserves to be a statue of Joe Frazier in downtown Philadelphia.”

Mike Tyson, a catch in his voice, sent a videotaped message of condolence as did real estate magnate Donald Trump and actor Mickey Rourke.  Fellow Philadelphia fighter, longtime middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, also attended. The Rev. Al Sharpton was forced to cancel Monday morning.

“We made history together,” said King, who promoted Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman, who was knocked out in the eighth round. “We tried to make America better.”

King, wearing an U.S. flag scarf and clutching a mini-flag, walked over to shake Ali’s hand before the funeral; Holmes greeted “The Greatest” when the service ended — with a 10-bell salute, boxing’s traditional 10-count farewell to its own.

Thousands of mourners turned out Friday and Saturday for a public memorial viewing at the Wells Fargo Center.

Frazier beat Ali, knocking him down and taking a decision in the Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden in 1971. He would go on to lose two more fights to Ali, including the “Thrilla in Manila” bout.

Frazier was embittered for years by Ali’s taunts and name-calling, though he recently said he had forgiven him.

Their epic trilogy was recalled not only by speakers at the service but those who sent letters to be read at the ceremony. Rourke got the biggest laugh when he joked about Ali getting knocked down by Frazier — with Ali’s friends and family laughing the loudest.

Smokin’ Joe was a small yet ferocious fighter who smothered his opponents with punches, including the devastating left hook he used to end many of his fights early. That’s what he used to drop Ali in the 15th round of their epic bout at MSG.

While that fight is celebrated in boxing lore, Ali and Frazier put on an even better show in their third fight, held in a sweltering arena in Manila as part of Ali’s world tour of fights in 1975. Nearly blinded by Ali’s punches, Frazier still wanted to go out for the 15th round, but was held back by trainer Eddie Futch. The bout, Ali would later say, was the closest thing to death he could imagine.

Frazier won the heavyweight title in 1970 by stopping Jimmy Ellis in the fifth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden. Frazier defended it successfully four times before George Foreman knocked him down six times in the first two rounds to take the title from him in 1973.

Frazier would never be heavyweight champion again.




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