April 23, 2014 |
If things go Amir Khan's way, he'll have an opportunity to tweak with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight schedule, too. Not only does Khan say that he doesn't believe he'll be available for Mayweather's next planned fight date in September, but the former junior-welterweight world champion also claims that he can defeat Luis Collazo, another candidate believed to be in consideration for the Mayweather bout. It could be a bit of payback for Britain's Khan, who pulled out of a planned December 2013 fight against Devon Alexander in anticipation of a match-up with Mayweather, but was passed over in favor of welterweight world champion Marcos Maidana for the May 3 pay-per-view fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
April 21, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins wants to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. But not just yet. First, the 49-year-old boxer wants to beat World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. And he also wants Mayweather (45-0) to get a few more fights under his belt as well. Hopkins has his reasons for wanting to delay what he feels would be an epic bout for just a bit. First of all, he wants to be the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world at the time, which would likely be the case if he beats Stevenson (that's assuming Stevenson successfully defends his World Boxing Council belt next month against Andrzej Fonfara)
April 16, 2014 |
Who would win a fight between UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey and undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It was a close contest in a reader survey we did recently , but UFC commentator Joe Rogan says Rousey would win. “It's all about how much time Floyd has to prepare, because he will really have to work on his takedown defense. That would be the big thing,” Rogan said on ESPN2′s “SportsNation.” “If Ronda got a clinch on him, it's not just about worrying about being taken down to the ground, it's worrying about knees to the body.
April 14, 2014 |
Golden Boy Promotions Chief Executive Richard Schaefer, who said he returned from a spring-break vacation with his family Monday, said he doesn't believe rival promoter Bob Arum truly wants to make a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout for the fall. Pacquiao won a unanimous-decision victory over Timothy Bradley on Saturday to capture the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt, and Pacquiao promoter Arum urged Mayweather's camp to join him at the negotiating table after Mayweather's likely May 3 victory over Marcos Maidana.
April 13, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao may not have returned entirely to his dominance of a half-decade ago in beating Timothy Bradley, but the performance easily had enough credibility to “go there” once more. Yes, with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he's heavily favored to win May 3, a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is back on the table even if it's uncertain anyone who could successfully negotiate the sport's ultimate fight will sit at that table. By taking Bradley's World Boxing Organization welterweight title Saturday with a unanimous-decision victory by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110, Pacquiao (56-5-2)
April 9, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - We went to write about Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley and SignGate broke out. It was Wednesday, this was boxing, and so the anger, hatred, rips, finger-pointing and innuendo were not unexpected. Nor, if you write a sports column for a living, unwelcome. For big fights here, they always have a large press conference on Wednesday. The norm is a large stage, fighters and teams strung along each side of a podium, and a half-dozen skimpily clad Tecate girls, featuring plastic-enhanced smiles, etc. The proceedings usually go one of two ways.