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Floyd Mayweather toys with out of depth Robert Guerrero, wins on points

5 May

Alan Dawson- London

Floyd Mayweather‘s 23rd world title fight followed a familiar pattern as, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 4, the highest-earning athlete on the planet earned yet another comfortable victory. Robert Guerrero provided a game challenge but never troubled Mayweather whose defensive nous and accuracy in attack (66% of his power punches landed) highlighted a clear gulf in class…

Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mayweather
10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10
10 10
Guerrero
9 9 9
9 9 9 10 9 10 9 9 9

Official verdict: Mayweather by UD (117-111 x3).

Welterweight contender Robert Guerrero, despite his legitimacy, was a 6-1 to 10-1 underdog depending on your bookie. However, as the undercard got underway an increasing (yet still minor) buzz began in press row that suggested that undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr was perhaps advancing in age just enough to give the determined Mexican-American a big chance in upsetting the odds and inflicting a career first defeat onto the pay-per-view attraction.

In the first round alone, though, Mayweather bragged the tools that have typified his altered style since returning to the ring from a self-inflicted hiatus following his KO victory over Ricky Hatton six years ago. His defensive maneuvering around the outside of the ring kept himself clean from Guerrero’s attempted rough-housing, while his hard right-hand leads and swift hand-speed ensured his attack was more efficient than his gallant counterparts.

The reintroduction of Floyd Sr to Mayweather’s corner was inspired by the fighter’s competitive and blood-strewn encounter with popular Puerto Rican pug Miguel Cotto. While the bout was fan-friendly, Floyd Sr appraised his son and claimed his defense was not as on point as it should be. In round two against Guerrero, his head movement continually confounded Guerrero’s gloves as Robert missed with two one-two combinations in quick succession. Floyd Sr’s influence in camp, therefore, was telling.

In rounds three and four, Mayweather’s imperious dominance continued. The straight right – the nemesis punch for a southpaw like Guerrero – was utilised exceptionally well and, when required, Floyd boxed off the ropes in as dazzling a fashion as his yellow snakeskin trunks. Mayweather was boss. And, in the fifth session, he rattled off a number of single-fire artillery shots that drew gasps from the pepped crowd.

Mayweather’s unrelenting accuracy, timing and countering ability took an obvious physical toll on Guerrero by the sixth stanza. In short, he was getting touched up so much his face was clearly reddening and, between rounds, he had the look of a man who had no clue how to end the maddening molestation.

There was a sheer contrast in activity-levels in round seven, with Guerrero going punch-happy and Mayweather content to take a breather but that break cost Floyd the round. Guerrero, though, could not capitalise on his momentum in the eighth as he still had no answer for his opponent’s straight right shot; a punch that depleted him of stamina every time it pierced his body armour and opened up a cut around the eye when it was head-bound. Mayweather’s form was unstoppable and a hellacious hooking punch tested Guerrero’s chin and watered the eyes of his crestfallen wife sat ringside.

In the championship rounds, Guerrero didn’t change his game plan. He kept pushing forward, he threw his punches, but he walked into shots and had his gloves to low as Mayweather looped in cuffing left mitts, jabbed him with his lead left and crushed him with the straight right. Mayweather was masterful, majestic and a defensive wizard who had successfully beguiled his 44th challenger with enough boxing artistry to pitch a near shut-out. Yes, he may be increasing in years, but performances such as these are ageless.

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Amir Khan’s world title hopes remain after Julio Diaz battle, Floyd Mayweather Jr fight rumoured

1 May
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Sam Janes – Leicester

Amir Khan rose up from the canvas on his way to winning a close 12 round unanimous decision
against game Julio Diaz. Khan largely dominated the fight but was on the end of some telling blows
by the powerful Mexican (now 40-8-1), especially with a sharp left hook in the 4 th which put Khan
down.

Can Khan return to title-winning glory?

Can Khan return to title-winning glory? Credit: Stacey Verbeek

Khan responded by out-boxing Diaz over the following round, but Khan’s coach Virgil Hunter will be
disappointed at the amount of times Khan was drawn into a war with the previous IBF lightweight
champion of the world. The three judges favoured Khan’s skills over Diaz’s power 114-113, 115-113
and 115-112 all for Khan. Khan improved to 28 wins and took his post fight interview as a chance to
call out for rematches with Lamont Peterson and current The Ring light-Welterweight champion Danny
Garcia, both who are previous adversaries.

Richard Shaefer, CEO of Khan’s American promoters Golden Boy seems determined to match Garcia
against the winner of Peterson’s upcoming bout with Lucas Matthysse, and have Khan to fight the
winner in late 2013. Only a victory for Khan could keep Amir’s long term aim of fighting Pound for
Pound superstar, Floyd Mayweather Jr, a reality.

Mayweather has fuelled rumours of a potential fight with Khan as his advisor Leonard Ellerbe
suggested Mayweather plans to fight in the UK as part of his 6 fight deal with Showtime. With
Golden Boys recent attempts to crack the UK market shown, perhaps Khan could get his dream fight
on home turf.

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The flaws in Manny Pacquiao’s style, training vigorously and being a student all boost Timothy Bradley’s confidence

6 Jun

Words: Alan Dawson – London

Photos: Chris Farina/ Top Rank

Perpetual Manny Pacquiao nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez and pay-per-view attraction Floyd Mayweather Jr will have no doubt been top of consensus shortlists for the Filipino welterweight’s summer opponent but, as June 9 closes in, the determination and confidence shown by Pacquiao’s erstwhile unlikely challenger Timothy Bradley has left fight scribes wondering… can the unbeaten American defeat Pac? The man himself makes an extraordinary case…

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A family affair: Timothy Bradley Sr (left) is a key part of Bradley’s team, along with Joel Diaz (right)

He’s a chest-thumping, prove-to-me-your-better-than-me junior welterweight champion with natural athleticism, sterling boxing skills and, above all, a drive that is now so well documented that it has almost become one of the focal points of the promotion for his match-up with pound-for-pound mainstay Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) is well prepared… has been living the weight having embarked on a near 15-week training camp and is expected to scale in at either 144lbs or 145lbs at the weigh-in on Friday, one day prior to the WBO welterweight world title showdown.

“I am ready to take the throne,” said the 28-year-old California, an accomplished pugilist who will be thrust into his greatest test this weekend. Ever fearless, he added: “I am in the best shape of my life [and] am ready to deliver.”

Bradley’s self-belief is not unfounded. He has, in the past, triumphed in a 140lb world title unification (Devon Alexander), rose from the canvas to grind out a victory (Kendall Holt) and outclassed a man whose infighting troubled popular British prizefighter Amir Khan in a win that now has added prestige (Lamont Peterson). Aye, Bradley has come a long way since bursting onto the elite level by doing what Lucian Bute failed to do – that is, head into Nottingham, and leave his opponent’s homeland with a world title (Junior Witter), however, all those triumphs have one thing in common; they were achieved on account of possessing a higher point total over the distance, rather than inside it, and so a common criticism of Desert Storm Tim is that he lacks concussive power.

“I systematically break guys down,” Bradley explained. “I get in the ring… they say I don’t have power but then they feel me and feel my strength. As soon as they get hit, they want to hold, [especially in] the last couple of fights. It makes it hard for me to really get my work in. I break them down and take every punch away from them,” he stated. A clear student of the sport, he continued: “[It] starts with the jab, I take that away then I take the straight left away. Hit them in the body, break them down and apply the pressure. If you’re not hitting hard in there and I don’t feel threatened then I’m going to take it to you.”

Manny is lauded for his ambidexterity when it comes to trading shots, but the world-title magnet largely lines up on the portside, something Bradley is accustomed to having recently squared off against both Alexander and Joel Casamayor, retiring the latter inside eight rounds. Pacquiao is also famed for his speed – both of fist and of foot – together with his power.

“My last opponents have been southpaw,” he said. “Casamayor is a little over the hill but still crafty… people said he had tremendous power but I didn’t feel any. My pace was high and most people can’t fight at that pace which is my strength and how I win fights the majority of the time. For this fight I will have to be a lot smarter.

“Pacquiao hits hard with the right and the left hand so I’ll be able to feel him out in the first round and see what he really has. If he does have some power then I will definitely have to be smarter in there and outbox [him]. But if I don’t feel like he can hurt me then I’m going to make a fight out of it.”

Bradley has sparred hundreds of rounds, completed many miles of roadwork and now winds down ahead of Saturday

One of the toughest assignments a trainer can have is to be tasked with finding a Pacquiao replica in order to get his charge comfortable with a style deemed so great it, along with the man’s achievements, landed Manny the fighter of the decade award from 2000-2009. Joel Diaz, Bradley’s head cornerman, though, enlisted three or four sparring partners with alternative best assets/physical traits and ordered them to go to war with Tim who, in total, sparred between 160 and 200 rounds, going a few rounds with each partner before swapping, in order to keep himself fresh.

Did any of those spars help Bradley learn how to successfully block or evade a fighter mimicking Pacquiao’s monstrous left hand? “In the beginning of training camp I was getting hit with it but now I am stepping underneath it – great defense and great footwork and counter-punching,” he explained. “I’ve been looking really good and not getting hit a lot in training camp. I am dialed in on the left hand.”

How does he anticipate being able to cope with Pacquiao’s power? This is, after all, a man who stopped Miguel Cotto, separated Ricky Hatton from his senses in six minutes, forced Oscar de la Hoya to quit on his stool and pulverised Antonio Margarito’s eye socket. Bradley provided an answer that will draw allusions to the Juan Manuel Marquez method of deterring Pacquiao – counter-punching.

“I had some big guys, some big punchers come in to keep me on my toes. I had a kid coming out of LA, an undefeated kid, a big puncher, lefty and strong. He threw 150 punches in one round and he’s a heavy puncher so my eyes were wide open. I was ducking and weaving and trying to counter punch to get this big guy off me before he took my head off.”

Aside from his winner’s mentality, undefeated record and productive training camp, where does all the confidence come from?  “For the last four years I have been studying this guy, looking at and admiring him [but] this is my time. I’m putting it all on the line so you are going to see a great fight.

“I’m not in there to survive [or] for a paycheck. I am in there to win. I am going [to do] whatever it takes to win. If it takes infighting, that’s what I’ll do because Pacquiao doesn’t fight well inside – look at all his fights – he doesn’t fight well inside. He throws combinations then steps out and comes in on an angle. He doesn’t like to stay there and bang [but] if he comes in to bang – I’ll go to boxing. I am a schooled fighter – I know when to box.

“I am going to take it to Pacquiao,” he concluded.

If Bradley takes Pacquiao’s belt, a lucrative rematch would beckon, together with a potential Mayweather bout

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Shane Mosley breaks down Miguel Cotto – Floyd Mayweather fight

17 Apr

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Shane Mosley may have given a better account of himself when he narrowly lost to Miguel Cotto in 2007 than when he was dominated by Floyd Mayweather three years later but the ring veteran has refused to pick a winner when the two form fighters trade shots on Cinco de Mayo at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Mosley points to Cotto’s experience at 154lbs as a key factor but feels Mayweather will be comfortable from round five onwards.

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Mosley won one round at best against Money May two years ago. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“Miguel Cotto is definitely a hard worker and very strong and I think he’s a little deceptive in the way that he throws his punches,” said Sugar Shane of Cotto, who has altered his style since first joining Emanuel Steward at the Kronk Gym setup and latterly with Pedro Luis Diaz, the noted coach of Cuban amateurs.

The culmination of Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) and Diaz’s work could be witnessed during their first – and, thus far, only – fight together: Miguel’s deconstruction and long-awaited vengeance over his former slayer; Antonio Margarito.

“[Cotto] appears to be slower than he really is,” Mosley (46-7-1, 39ko) continued. “He’s really fast. I believe that with Mayweather, he has great skills and talent. I think that it’s going to be a tough fight for both guys. The first four or five rounds are going to be interesting, but I think Floyd might take over from there.”

Despite holding the world title that is on the line on May 5, ‘Super’ WBA junior middleweight world champion Cotto is the underdog against Mayweather, but Mosley believes Miguel has a chance as he has campaigned longer at the weight (with stoppage victories Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga and Margarito).

“You never can tell,” he said. “If Floyd doesn’t take Miguel serious, then Miguel can be a good choice in the fight being that he is a natural 154 pounder.”

Mosley provides the chief support on the undercard to the Cotto and Mayweather fight as the American takes on Saul Alvarez.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr: Miguel Cotto ‘is a quiet killer’

12 Apr

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Undefeated five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr, 35, is heading into his May 5 super welterweight title challenge versus ‘Super’ WBA incumbent Miguel Cotto as the bookmakers’ favourite, but the American pay-per-view draw insists the 31-year-old champion’s pair of losses are questionable, that he views the Puerto Rican to be unbeaten and is wary of the threat posed by his opponent as he labels Cotto a “quiet killer“.

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Challenger Mayweather with Cotto and the highest honour at the WBA. Credit: Hogan Photos

Amongst Cotto’s list of assassinations are Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Carlos Quintana, Paul Malignaggi and Kelson Pinto in what is a veritable list of significant players between 140 and 154lbs and, in the case of both the first and last, a vengeance mission over an erstwhile loss suffered in either the professional game or amateur circuit.

It is the professional defeats – an 11th round teekayo to Margarito in 2008 and 12th round stoppage to Manny Pacquiao in 2009 – that Mayweather refuses to recognise due to the circumstances they were competed in. For both encounters, Floyd believes the opponents had an unfair edge in an allusion to the claim that Margarito fought with gloves loaded with Plaster of Paris-like substances, and the catchweight handicap that the Pacquiao camp insisted upon.

Speaking on the HBO: Face Off promotional accompaniment to the MGM Grand Garden Arena showdown next month, Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) acknowledged Cotto’s achievements in a sport he himself dedicated his life to. Wary of the power Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) possesses, combined with his personality, he dubbed Miguel the quiet killer.

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DiBella likens Martinez to Roy Jones Jr, says Sergio could face Floyd Mayweather Jr at 150lbs for a 20/80 split

21 Mar

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Lou DiBella, the vocal promoter for lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28ko), has reiterated their shared disinclination to enter the super middleweight division as Martinez would be at too great a weight disadvantage. His fighter, Maravilla, who registered a 157lb weight for his last bout with Matthew Macklin; three pounds below the middleweight limit, will go as low as 150lb if it were to lure pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr into action…

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DiBella desperately wants to land Martinez a shot at Mayweather. Credit: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions

Speaking after Martinez’s 11th round knockout of Macklin, a fight in which he started slow but finished strong last Saturday, March 17 in New York City, DiBella bellowed: “[Martinez is] a 154lber, he ate steak and potatoes all f**king week and weighed 157. He could have fought at 154 [on Saturday, versus Macklin for The Ring magazine’s middleweight (160lb) championship].”

Addressing assembled journalists and recorded by Boxeo Mundial, DiBella also spoke of Martinez’s middleweight rival – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who champions the WBC belt, a world title formerly held by Sergio.

“If Chavez fights [Martin] Murray… I’m going to talk to Bob [Arum, Chavez’s promoter at Top Rank Boxing] about whether or not there’s a real possibility of making a fight in September or not. But if he does fight Murray [in June] he should be stripped [of the WBC world championship] before that.”

It has since emerged that Visa issues have derailed the expected fight between Chavez Jr and British contender Martin Murray, however, DiBella would still have “no faith they will make the fight”. He continued: “I will try to talk to Bob but the one thing pissing me off is [concerning the weight and] the HBO commentators talking about [Lucian] Bute and [Andre] Ward [who both fight at 168lbs]. I don’t want to listen to it; it’s horse-sh*t!”

Regarding viable opponents outside of Chavez Jr, DiBella said: “Andy Lee is certainly a possibility, especially in a heavily Irish area. Obviously we’re not getting [Miguel] Cotto next or Chavez next. And we’re not getting Mayweather next so we have to look at what’s financially viable.”

A lucrative showdown with Mayweather, though, that would pit two pound-for-pound top five prizefighters against each other, is something that DiBella enthuses… so much so that he explained that Martinez would even fight Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) at a catchweight of 153lbs, 152lbs, 151lbs or even 150lbs, four pounds lighter than the weight Mayweather will fight Cotto at later this year, for Miguel’s ‘Super’ WBA super welterweight world title.

Not only would Martinez and DiBella relinquish the weight advantage to Mayweather, they would also be willing to accept a 20 percent share of the purse, compared to a mega 80 percent for Floyd, nicknamed Money.

“We’d fight Floyd at 151, we’d fight Floyd at 150… why would we do that? To get the opportunity. And we’ll do it at 80-20; f**k parity! Mayweather can have 80 percent of the money. And we’ll do it at 150 after he beats up Cotto. Let’s do the fight.”

Fight promoters are no strangers to lauding their charges. DiBella has oft termed Martinez as a sure-fire future hall-of-famer and, considering Martinez’s speed, unorthodox movements, combination-punching and gunslinging fight style that sees shots thrown from unorthodox angles, Lou likened Sergio to former four-weight world champion Roy Jones Jr.

“People should realise something… you should feel privileged to watch Martinez right now,” he said of the slick Argentine, who now has thrilling victories over Alex Bunema, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Serhiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker and Macklin. “He’s an all-time great, man, he’s like Roy Jones Jr in his prime; the guy is a freak of nature.”

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Floyd Mayweather breaks down Miguel Cotto bout, alludes to knockout victory

9 Mar

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Having campaigned at welterweight for six years, Floyd Mayweather Jr boxes at junior middleweight for only the second time in his storied career when he challenges reigning ‘Super’ WBA champion at 154lbs; Miguel Cotto, for the Puerto Rican’s world title on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A potential size disparity does not concern Money, though, who is confident he has the required technical tools to deconstruct his opponent.

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May, Miguel and the belt Floyd wants to add to his ever-growing collection. Credit: Hogan Photos

A Mayweather versus Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) match-up represents the coming together of two multi-dimensional prizefighters. A defensive-wizard, Floyd, 35, is known primarily for his trademark shoulder-roll and his ability to deny fighters a route to his face and body by relying formerly on movement and now, on blocking. Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) is also a remarkable inside fighter, well-conditioned, has good speed, a high ring IQ, a tough overhand right and a contest-ending check hook.

Four years Mayweather’s junior, Cotto, under ex trainer Emanuel Steward and current coach Pedro Luis Diaz has seen a renaissance of his erstwhile box-and-move style rather than one who gets drawn into an exchange of slugs. Cotto boxes, is a tremendous body-puncher and, as his most recent bout – a rematch with Antonio Margarito – demonstrated, is disciplined enough to follow a game-plan in a fight laden with high emotion.

“I feel like I have what it takes to win this fight,” said Mayweather recently, unfazed by Cotto’s talents and credentials as a champion of three weight divisions. “I feel that my hands are faster, I’m the better counter puncher,” he added. “I’ve shown that I have a great chin. My thing is to be Floyd Mayweather and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Mayweather has pledged to stand and trade with Cotto should a toe-to-toe war erupt and, if such a scenario were to occur, believes the potential mental scars from Miguel’s stoppage defeats to Margarito (2008) and Manny Pacquiao (2009) will come into play.

“I feel like if a guy has hit the canvas before, it’s in his mind that it can happen again.”

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Leonard Ellerbe credits Al Haymon, Roger Mayweather and lauds Floyd Mayweather as the best in the world

29 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, foresees no difficulty in premier prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jr (42-0-0, 26ko) extending his undefeated streak in professional boxing to 43 fights come May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as he believes his ward will show opponent Miguel Cotto – the reigning Super WBA super welterweight world champion – precisely why he is the best pugilist in modern boxing. Ellerbe also hailed Mayweather’s trainer Roger Mayweather as well as his own business partner, the enigmatic Al Haymon.

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Ellerbe is a trusted aide to Money May. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“I want to thank my business partner who is here, hiding somewhere… he always behind the scenes; Al Haymon,” said Ellerbe whilst standing at the podium of a New York press conference today, Tuesday, stating a line that has been said before, mainly by fighters.

While the sight of Sam Watson and his two sons may be a prominent one in the ring during pre and post fight formalities (even as recent as Adrien Broner’s dismantling of Eloy Perez last weekend on February 25), the brains behind the face of Al Haymon Productions remains inconspicuous. Between Haymon and Watson, they act as adviser and friend to a number of elite boxers such as Mayweather, Andre Berto, Paul Williams, Chris Arreola, Rico Ramos, Danny Jacobs, Antonio Tarver and Vernon Forrest.

Haymon is regarded to be one of the most powerful men in the sport, he is loved by his clients, yet he is a virtual unknown to fight fans. Rarely does he grant interviews, even rarer is a photograph of him.

Praising Mayweather’s inner circle, Ellerbe continued: “Al Haymon is the best in the business.

“Behind every great fighter is always a great trainer and I want to acknowledge… he’s, in my eyes, one of the best trainers; [it’s] Roger Mayweather himself,” added Ellerbe, noting Roger’s contribution to the sustained success Mayweather has enjoyed career-wise, coupled with the adaptation of Floyd’s ring style (from a boxer-mover to one who is more inclined to stand, dispatch shots and block those incoming) whilst not compromising the fighter’s dominance.

“When it comes to greatness in the ring, Floyd Mayweather epitomises that to the tee. When it comes to Money… they call him Money Mayweather. He’s broken all the records, he has the highest pay-per-view average and, in the past year, he has become the highest paid athlete in all of sports – all of sports!

“He’s a seven time world champion, in five different weight classes, he’s the best fighter in the whole world. And, come May 5, he will show Miguel Cotto why he is the best and still the best.”

Cotto was a man of fewer words… the succinct Puerto Rican, a popular prizefighter and guaranteed ticket-seller in New York, said: “It will be one of the biggest fights you will ever see and I will make Puerto Rican fans proud.”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr promises to go toe-to-toe with Miguel Cotto, blasts ‘cheater’ Manny Pacquiao

28 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Reigning ‘Super’ WBA champion of the 154lb weight class, Miguel Cotto, and May 5 challenger Floyd Mayweather Jr began their promotional duties for their upcoming MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas clash in Puerto Rico, today, and Mayweather has pledged that it could be slobberknocker as he insisted he will do his part in making it a “toe-to-toe” affair. Floyd also slammed welterweight rival Manny Pacquiao, who he dubbed a “cheater“.

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50 Cent was on the dais with Floyd. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

There were no expenses spared during the simultaneous entrances of American pay-per-view attraction Floyd Mayweather Jr (42-0-0, 26ko) and popular Puerto Rican prizefighter Miguel Cotto (37-2-0, 30ko) today, February 27 as larges flames and choreographed explosions accompanied the star fighters to the rostrum as they obliged their media duties ahead of their duel this summer.

Struggling to make himself heard over chants of ‘Money! Money! Money!’ Mayweather lapped up the royal reception he had been served before declaring the key ingredients in a recipe for a successful world title coup: “hard work, dedication, prayers and belief and a good team.”

The five division world champion, who turned 35 last Friday, February 24, continued: “The people must realise, you can’t fight for the fighters, the fighters have to fight [as] it’s a one on one sport, our trainers cannot fight for us. I know what it takes. I gave the sport of boxing my whole life. May 5… you gonna get one helluva show, Miguel Cotto and I are gonna fight hard and we’re gonna give the Puerto Rican fans a great show.”

Paying respects to his opponent, he said: “To be the best in the sport you have to face the best and Miguel Cotto is one of the best in the sport of boxing today,” before naming the fighters he believes obtain elite-level victories through dubious means: “Floyd Mayweather is not a cheater like Antonio Margarito or Manny Pacquiao.”

Since Cotto’s last defeat, incidentally, to Pacquiao in 2009, he switched trainers, left 147lbs to campaign at 154lbs and, under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward, focused more on a box-and-move mentality. Even though Cotto has, again, changed his coaching staff, his new chief cornerman Pedro Luis Diaz has continued to oversee the continuation of Cotto’s boxing style.

Mayweather, primarily known for his defensive attributes, insists he will not move when inside the ring with his 31-year-old opponent and claims he will do what he can to make it a fan-friendly encounter: “We want to give the fans excitement, what they want to see so he don’t have to worry about me moving as it’ll be a toe-to-toe battle on May 5.

“I faced 42 and I beat 42,” he concluded.

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Freddie Roach jabs Mayweather when assessing Bradley, Timothy confident he will defeat Manny Pacquiao

22 Feb

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

The consensus number one super lightweight in the world, Timothy Bradley, makes a return trip to welterweight to challenge pound-for-pound favourite Manny Pacquiao for the Filipino’s WBO welterweight world championship belt but is not encumbered by the underdog status he has attracted. Rather, he has no qualms about risking his undefeated status as he is confident of securing victory and that is something Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach admires…

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Pac and Brad at the head-to-head photoshoot. Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) and Bradley match-up – set for Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas – was not the first choice fight for fans as well as for Roach, who has long hoped to pit his premier fighter in with the self-titled may-per-view king; Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Despite much press from both sides, a fight on Cinco de Mayo proved too problematic to book and so both fighters turned to a back-up… for Pacquiao, it was Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) while Mayweather elected to box WBA super welterweight belt holder Miguel Cotto.

Following yet another round of failed negotiations, Roach was left unconvinced that Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) truly desired the P4P showdown with Pacquiao, something he reiterated this week in a veiled barb as he commended Bradley for rising to the challenge. “I’m just glad Manny is fighting an undefeated fighter who is more concerned about winning, than he is about protecting his record,” said Roach.

Regardless of the outcome, Bradley has risked his zero on numerous occasions in the past. The most notable of which was a two-belt unification bout with Devon Alexander last year… a fight that, before it’s commencement, was deemed to be a 50/50 contest yet, on retrospect, appeared unworthy of the hype that it generated due to it’s anti-climactic nature.

Bradley, though, pipped Alexander. This, on top of victories over Miguel Vazquez, Junior Witter, Kendall Holt and an emphatic decision win over Lamont Peterson that looks even finer now that Peterson himself unified two major titles in the 140lbs weight class with his inside pounding of Amir Khan last year.

“I know how to win,” explained Desert Storm Timothy. “I talk winning. I go into the ring and win. Manny Pacquiao is the world’s greatest fighter. I have always been an underdog all of my life but I will win and we will rematch in November.”

Pacquiao, who will begin a ten week training camp at the end of March, commented: “Timothy Bradley is undefeated and hungry. He does not know how to lose.

“This will be a great fight – champion versus champion.”

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