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Breaking News… Manny Pacquiao To Next Fight Amir Khan!!!

By. BrotherJR

February 26, 2017

 

Over the last month or so there has been a lot of discussion in regards who will Manny Pacquiao will fight next. Initially, the though was that Manny would fight undefeated Australian Welterweight Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Australia in April. However, negotiations broke down for that fight. For the past week rumors were running rampant that negotiations were taking place for a Manny Pacquiao – Amir Khan showdown. Well Saturday night, those rumors turned out to be a reality as both Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) and Khan (31-4, 19 KO’s) tweeted that they have come to terms to fight face off on April, 23. The location of this fight has yet to be announced.

From Manny Pacquiao:

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From Amir Khan:

 

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We now know who Manny Pacquiao will fight next. Now the question is how much of an interest is there for this fight, especially in light of how Khan was flattened in his last fight against “Canelo” Alvarez back in May, 2016? This is a fight that will draw some interest for sure because both Pacquiao and Khan are big names in the sport, but many who follow the sport in any serious way are skeptical and give this bout some major side-eye. In short, is this the fight we really want to see for either Manny Pacquiao or Amir Khan?

 

 

February 26, 2017 Posted by | About Me, Column, Commentary, Opinion | , | Leave a comment

Ronda Rousey Cover Helpful or Harmful?

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By. BrotherJR

October 30, 2015

When news broke this week that MMA Superstar Ronda Rousey will grace the cover January 2016 issue of the Ring Magazine, I noticed a lot of fans (particularly hardcore fans) were not happy about the news. Initially I was indifferent  to the idea given that I really don’t pay as much attention to the magazine as I used to. Maybe it is my admitted Boxing snobbery that I am  indifferent to Ring Magazine, because although they call themselves  “The Bible of Boxing”, it’s not really that anymore. Maybe it is the fact that I have my own podcast/blog/live show that discusses The Sweet Science and I truly don’t have the time to pay much attention to that magazine. Maybe it’s my cynicism that took this as part of the gimmick that is The Ring.

However, as I began to think about what Ring Magazine’s decision to put Rousey on the cover was really about, the more I began to have an issue with their decision. Am I completely outraged yelling “oh hell no, dafuq?!?!” Nah, I’m not in that state, but I do find this problematic.

I thought back to episode 89 of my podcast with Jeandra LeBeauf, Gayle Falkenthal, and Mrs Boxing Diva talking about Michelle Beadle and her gig on Jim Lampley’s HBO show, The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. Among their many complaints (and they had plenty to say about Michelle Beadle for sure, LOL), one of their main issues with Beadle is that she’s not really into the sport, that she does not follow the Boxing. And if you watch Beadle interview fighters or follow her on social media it’s obvious to see that she does not know the sport.

The ladies on my show during that particular episode argued that if you’re going to have someone, a woman especially, at least have the decency and respect to have someone who is a Boxing fan and passionate about the sport to truly represent women in Boxing. The core of their issue with Beadle and her gig on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley is similar to and the root my issue with Ronda Rousey being on the cover of Ring Magazine.

Ronda Rousey is a pioneer, a role model, and a star that in many ways transcend sports. But first and foremost, she’s an MMA fighter. The question is why does a MMA fighter need to be on the cover of a Boxing magazine? Boxing already has to deal with and fight the constant and unfair comparison with MMA and there is a constant battle if not outright beef between Boxing and the UFC with the man behind the UFC, Dana White, being known to make some disparaging remarks about Boxing. Ring Magazine decides to put not only an MMA fighter, but a UFC fighter on the cover of their magazine. Why would Ring do that given their historic importance to Boxing? It makes no sense to me.

More importantly, Ronda Rousey on the cover of Ring Magazine is a real insult to women boxers. There are plenty of women boxers who are on the grind and doing their thing. From women boxers like Cecilia Breakhus, who many consider the best pro boxer in the world Pound 4 Pound, to skillful and talented women boxers like Amanda Serrano, Delfine Persoon, Jackie Nava, Layla McCarter, Seniesa Estrada and others who are terrific fighters and are putting in serious work and deserve much more shine by Ring Magazine and other boxing media for that matter. Yet instead of give current women boxers any kind of serious shine, you make an opportunistic move by putting Rousey on the cover of Ring Magazine.

Let’s be clear, the only time you hear about boxing vis-a-vie Ronda Rousey is when she’s talks up a fight with or trolling Floyd Mayweather any chance she gets. So the question is, was this move by Ring Magazine truly about Boxing, or about using Rousey, a non-boxer to boost up their website hits, or magazine buys and subscriptions? Look, I get what Ring Magazine and Ronda Rousey are doing here. It’s ultimately about opportunity and publicity for both. However, at the end of the day I wonder how does Boxing truly benefit from this? Not only that, it’s a shot in the gut to Women’s Boxing who fight and scratch for the same opportunity and spotlight that was given to Rousey. While on the surface, having Ronda Rousey on the cover of Ring Magazine doesn’t seem like a big deal during the short term, upon further insight long term, I find it somewhat problematic and more hurtful than helpful.

October 30, 2015 Posted by | Analysis, Column, Commentary | | Leave a comment

Floyd Mayweather and USADA Denies Any Wrongdoing

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By. BrotherJR

September 10, 2015

As most of you boxing fans know, on Wednesday Thomas Hauser of SB Nation, while writing a report on USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency), claimed that Pound 4 Pound king Floyd Mayweather took an intravenous mixture of saline and multi-vitamins that was banned under the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) guidelines prior to his fight against Manny Pacquaio on May 2. This has had folks not only in the boxing world, but general sports world talking and talking, and talking. Well today, both Mayweather and USADA  released statements denying any wrongdoing.

For those who are not in the know, here’s the backdrop. According to the piece from Hauser of SB Nation, while the solution in the IV was legal and follows under the WADA guidelines, it is against WADA guidelines for Mayweather to have receive the solution intravenously. Additionally, according SB Nation “USADA, which had been contracted by Mayweather and Pacquiao to conduct random drug testing for their bout, sent collection agents to Mayweather’s house in Las Vegas the night before the fight to conduct an unannounced drug test… Mayweather’s medical team told the collection agents that the IV — which reportedly included a 250-milliliter mixture of saline and multivitamins and a 500-milliliter mixture of saline and Vitamin C — was being given to Mayweather for rehydration purposes following the weigh-in.” Now according to WADA rules, no more than 50 milliliters of IV infusions/injections every 6 hours are allowed “except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures, or clinical investigations” with the reason being is that it could be used to “dilute or mask the presence of another substance.” If that’s not enough to have folks alarm bells ringing, within this same article by SB Nation, they claim that USADA  didn’t inform the Nevada commission about this IV injection until May 21, nearly three weeks after the Mayweather’s win over Manny Pacquiao. Can somebody say Welp!

On Thursday both USADA and Mayweather released statement claiming that nothing improper was done. In the statement released by Mayweather he said “As already confirmed by the USADA Statement, I did not commit any violations of the Nevada or USADA drug testing guidelines. I follow and have always followed the rules of Nevada and USADA, the gold standard of drug testing. Let’s not forget that I was the one six years ago who insisted on elevating the level of drug testing for all my fights. As a result, there is more drug testing and awareness of its importance in the sport of boxing today than ever before. I am very proud to be a clean athlete and will continue to champion the cause.” Lately there always seems to be some bit of controversy leading up to a Floyd Mayweather fight, and what’s discussed in this report from SB Nation definitely qualifies at that sure.

September 10, 2015 Posted by | Analysis, Blog, Boxing, Column | , , | Leave a comment

Choosing Sides: Team PacMan or Team Money?

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By. Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR*

April 21, 2015

(Part one of a series)

Boxing fans waited for five years. Now with the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao megafight less than two weeks away, people are choosing up sides. Are you Team Money or Team PacMan?

Anyone can make a prediction. But when a current or former champion gets on board the Floyd Train or the Manny Train, you’re much more likely to take stock in his opinion. Some will be colored by loyalty to the fighter in question, but it’s still an interesting barometer of this closely watched bout to tally the votes.

For the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report, we’ve gathered up the names and quotes from those who have put their own reps on the line and made the call. In Part One of our two part series, we look at the names backing the challenger.

They’re Backing Team PacMan: Tyson, Morales, Cotto, De La Hoya, Holyfield, Jones

Mike Tyson: Tyson was one of the first big names in the sport to get behind Pacquiao. In numerous interviews and on his YouTube channel, Tyson says helikes Pacquiao’s speed and mobility. “He moves and feints, he’s in perpetual motion.” Tyson says as long as Pacquiao stays busy, he’ll win.

Erik Morales: “El Terrible,” beat Pacquiao in a unanimous decision in their first meeting in 2005. Pacquiao came back to get a tenth round TKO win and then a third round knockout of Morales the following year. Morales told boxing reporter Radio Rahim Pacquiao will win over Mayweather due to his speed and strong legs. Morales says Pacquiao has more “heart and machismo” than Mayweather.

Miguel Cotto: Cotto gives Pacquiao the edge based on his trainer, Freddie Roach, who also happens to now be Cotto’s trainer. “After working with Freddie I think Freddie will be huge in the fight. I’m going for Pacquiao,” said Cotto.

Oscar De La Hoya: De La Hoya fought Mayweather in 2007, and Pacquiao in 2008. He lost to both; a close split decision to Mayweather; and he gave Pacquiao a TKO win when he decided not to come out for the ninth round. It was the fight that propelled Pacquiao to stardom in the U.S. and a changing of the charge. De La Hoya calls it for the opponent who was tougher for him, telling ESPN Deportes, Pacquiao needs to fight this fight angry. He has to attack and throw a lot of punches. He can’t get tired. He has to use his feet to move laterally. He has to use his angles. If he does that, he has a good chance to win.”

Evander Holyfield:  Holyfield’s take on the fight comes from a cynical place. He believes neither fighter will get a knockout, and that in a decision, Pacquiao will get the nod. “Mayweather won’t win, because from what I’ve seen, boxing doesn’t want nobody to get out [of the sport] undefeated… Manny Pacquiao will win a close decision.” Holyfield says Pacquiao has to cut Mayweather off and corner him to be successful.

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HBO analyst Roy Jones Jr. thinks Manny Pacquiao will take a decision victory, because he will be the more aggressive man in the ring. “Yes, it will live up to expectations. Freddie Roach doesn’t believe all that laying back and not taking risks. The fighters are the same two fighters they were five years ago.

Nacho Beristain: Boxing Hall of Fame trainer to Juan Manuel Marquez told ESPN Deportes that he likes Pacquiao’s chances much better than the Vegas oddsmakers. “On paper Mayweather is better (due to) the knockout of Juan Manuel (to) Manny,” Beristain said.“But Pacquiao has many things going (his favor) — speed and being a smart fighter. Although people think otherwise, he knows when to shoot (his) combinations.”

Beristain thinks Pacquiao can take away Mayweather’s unbeaten record. “I think Pacquiao has a 45 percent chance, Mayweather is favorite but only just (by little),” Beristain said. “I always liked Pacquiao better for his commercial style. People gladly pay to see him fight. And the other, as we know, (has) a defensive style but has many resources.” Not a ringing endorsement, but Beristain is measured with his remarks the most of the time.

NEXT: In Part Two of our series, we see who’s betting on the champion.

*Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR is a San Diego-based special contributor to the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report as well as “Ringside Seat” for Communities Digital News http://www.commdiginews.com/category/sports/boxing-sports/

April 21, 2015 Posted by | Blog, Boxing, Column, Commentary | , | 1 Comment