Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Will Mayweather fight Maidana if/when he destroys Khan?

WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KO’s) still hasn’t really faced anyone of note other than a light hitting former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, a 35-year-old pretty much shot and undersized Marco Antonio Barrera and WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, whose claim to fame was beating Marcos Maidana by a gift 12 round decision while fighting in his adopted country of Germany.

Despite the lack of experience for Khan, he’s being mentioned as a possible opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has mentioned this as being a possible fight. However, WBA light welterweight interim champion Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KO’s) might have a little to say about that. Maidana faces Khan on December 11th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If Maidana knocks Khan cold, it will, you would assume, take the Mayweather-Khan fight off the table unless Mayweather still wanted to fight the beaten Khan. I don’t know how boxing fans could stomach fight like that, but it might sell if they were to take and put in a stadium in the UK.

In the United States, this fight would likely draw fan protest because they wouldn’t want to see Mayweather fight a guy that was just knocked out by Maidana. But I’m wondering whether Mayweather’s people and Golden Boy would be interested in putting Mayweather with Maidana if he comes out on top against Khan?

It would seem only fair. Khan is no more popular than Maidana in the United States, so why not match Mayweather up against Maidana? Maybe Khan could be a star in the United States someday, but a knockout loss to Maidana won’t help things.

It’s far too early to be thinking of putting a guy like Khan, who is completely unknown with casual boxing fans in the U.S, with a pro like Mayweather. I can see Maidana doing a lot better against Mayweather than Khan. At least Maidana would have the power to make Mayweather give him some respect. 

Will you rather make it happen or you should first watch Pacquiao vs Margarito fight and see if there will be another negotiations between Mayweather and Pacquiao team. Hope and it will come. Hopefully!

Source: boxingnews24

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sugar Shane Mosley is no more for Arum

Sugar Shane Mosley, who showed his age and the wear and tear of 53 professional bouts and 376 live rounds against listless Sergio Mora Saturday, did not help his standing in the Manny Pacquiao Big Fight Sweepstakes.

That's the word from Pacman promoter Bob Arum, who was busy with religious observance on important Jewish holiday Yom Kippur and did not view the bout live.

I asked Arum on Sunday if he had read the less than glowing reports of the draw between "B Lister" Mora and fading superstar Mosley.

Personally, watching on a huge HD Manhattan movie screen, I saw Mosley as 9-3 winner in rounds and a 117-111 victor on points. But one judge favored Mora, the second Mosley and veteran Lou Moret evened it out with his 114-114 tally.

"I did and I read them saying Mosley was huffing and puffing for air in the fourth or fifth round," Arum said. "To me, that is the real tipoff for an aging fighter. Even Big George Foreman did that in his 40s but he always had that big, big punch like in the (Michael) Moorer fight.

"What I've read is not very supportive to make any Mosley-Pacquiao bout. Look, he's going to be 40 and he's in the lighter weights where speed is so important. He's on a show with guys (example, 20 year old Saul Canelo Alvarez) old enough to be his son.

"I guess Shane needs the money due to his matrimonial sitaution (a divorce under harsh California community property rules)," Arum said. "I've always considered Shane to be a nice guy but this is what happens to fighters when they age.

"It's like (Bernard) Hopkins, he still knows how to fight but who wants to pay to see him now? His fights are not very scintillating. What you see with Hopkins we're beginning to see with Mosley."

Arum said he wouldn't be interested in playing the flakcatcher if he made a Shane-Manny bout at this point.

"I have to constantly be aware of this, the flak from the naysayers. We've faced with (Antonio) Margarito for Nov. 13 and we got real, instant flak. But now even the naysayers are looking at that just as a fight. Now the pendulum is swining the other way and they're saying maybe Antonio is too strong or too big for Manny."

On another front, Arum said Julio Cesar Chavez assured him face to face in a meeting at Top Rank's Las Vegas offices Wednesday that he will fly to the Philippines this Saturday to train with Freddie Roach and do some sparring with Pacman in Baguio.

Arum is planning a Dec. 4 Atlantic City doubleheader featuring Chavez against Polish gamester Pawel Wolak and Miguel Cotto in the co-main to hopefully set up a late February or March showdown between Cotto and Chavez.

Meanwhile, Kermit Cintron, also a Puerto Rican, has been blasting trainer Manny Steward accusing the Kronkmeister of blocking his path to a showdown with Cotto.

Steward told me on Saturday accepting or rejecting Froggy Kermit, his former charge, was not his decision to make.

Watch Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight instead and make your pick. It is between the sensational pound-for-pound king and the heavy puncher. Who will emerge as victorious on their November 13, 2010 fight? Watch out boxing fanatics!

Source: examiner

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Andre Berto wants Mosley, Cotto and Pacquiao in 2011

Berto is having another big options for his career. WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KO’s) will be making his 5th defense of his World Boxing Council belt on November 27th against Freddy Hernandez (29-1, 20 KO’s) at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Berto, 27, feels confident that he’ll win that fight, and few boxing fans would disagree with Berto. He’s a lot faster than Hernandez and a bigger puncher as well. Berto is already looking beyond the Hernandez fight and has three big named fighters that he wants to take on next year in 2011: Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao. Those are fights that have a decent chance of being put together. One of the reasons why is because Berto’s fights are regularly shown on HBO, and he’s got a lot of fans in the United States to pool from to come and see him fight or at least purchase his fights on pay-per-view, as long as it’s against a popular fighter.

Berto, in an article by Chris Robinson at, says “If all goes well [with his fight against Hernandez next month], like I said, me and Mosley have unfinished business. I would love to take care of early next year. The Cotto fight is another fight people have been talking about for the past two years. And hopefully we can finish the year off by getting Manny Pacquiao.” That would be a huge year for Berto if he was able to get those three fights. The only fighters that Berto would have missed is Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan. However, the chances of Berto beating Mosley, Cotto and Pacquiao probably aren’t very good. I can see him beating one, possibly two of them, but not all three. Berto has looked too vulnerable in fights against Steve Forbes, Juan Urango and Luis Collazo.

If Berto is struggling against those fighters, then I really don’t like his changes against even better fighters. As bad as Berto has looked in fights against Forbes and Collazo, I can see Hernandez beating Berto and maybe by knockout. Berto can dish it out but he doesn’t look good in taking shots to the head. He seems to get flustered easily and come apart.

I think Berto would have a good chance of beating Mosley, if Shane looks the same way he did against Sergio Mora recently. Mosley has looked shot in his last two fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mora. Facing a guy like Berto, who would be fighting at home, would make it very tough on Shane to beat.

Dont forget to watch Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight on November 13 to see if Pacquiao fits for this Berto's Classification. See you there.

Source: boxingnews24

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pacquiao vs Mayweather - Arum still into it

The big boss and promoter Bob Arum feels that Manny Pacquiao is better off if he moves back down to welterweight next year rather than continuing to fight at junior middleweight and above. In article by Michael Marley at examiner, Arum says “It’s just too much size difference fighting these bigger guys. Freddie [Roach] and Alex [Ariza] were telling me Manny will weigh in at 149 or 150 and then not add much weight after that so not to lose any of his phenomenal speed. But they stressed they don’t want Manny stretching it like this after this fight. Manny will fight twice in the new year. We’re looking at a May bout with or without [Floyd] Mayweather. Who knows how his legal problems will play out so we don’t count on Floyd. But, like Freddie and Alex told me, from here on out Manny will stick to the welterweight division.”

That figures. What about Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez? Isn’t Pacquiao at least going to fight the best junior middleweights rather than Margarito, who isn’t the best. What that’s the whole point in fighting Margarito for another paper title if you’re not going to allow Pacquiao to fight guys like Williams or Martinez. Well, if Arum wants Pacquiao only to fight at welterweight, I don’t see any problem with Pacquiao fighting Martinez and Williams if they can melt down to that weight. I think they both can do it with the money that’s on the line for the fight. It’s certainly better to see Pacquiao fight those guys than watching him travel down the same old road and fight Miguel Cotto again.

I don’t want to see them fight again. It was a mismatch the first time around and it won’t be any more competitive the second time around. As for Mayweather, I’d like to see him fight Pacquiao in 2011, but like Arum says, there’s no telling whether Mayweather will be able to until he gets on top of his legal problems. I think Mayweather could easily do it, and with the pressure on him to make even more money, I think he would do really well. Mayweather is able to multitask and I think he could still beat Pacquiao with ease no matter what else he had on his mind at the time. I honestly think Mayweather could beat Pacquiao while watching television on the background, having conversation on the phone and having a bowl of cereal. That how good Mayweather is. Arum might be sorry if Mayweather does fight Pacquiao in May and ends up schooling him badly and ending the gravy train.

If Mayweather can’t fight Pacquiao, then I’d like to see Pacquiao matched against Williams or Martinez instead of Cotto again. I already know who the other opponents going to be for Pacquiao. It’s going to be Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. I can’t even begin to understand that fight, and I bet it will be another fight that goes for $55 or more. Can you imagine paying $55 to watch Pacquiao fight Chavez Jr.? I hope I’m wrong, but that’s who I see Pacquiao facing next year, along with Cotto again.

Dont miss to watch the much awaited fight happening at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Watch Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight.

credits: boxingnews24