Pacquiao has added incentive to fight Algieri

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Considering legendary battles with the likes of Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito it is difficult to imagine that boxing’s super star Manny Pacquiao(56-5-2,38KO’S)could get excited about facing little known, Chris Algieri(20-0,8KO’S). They are to face off in the ring on November 22nd, 2014 at Cotai Arena of Venetian Resort in Macau, China. HBO PPV will televise 12 rounds, WBO welterweight championship contest.

“I want the Marquez fight,” admitted Pacman during a media day at the plush Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles:” But he refuses it.”

Let’s face it Chris Algieri is not a household name. In fact, even hardcore boxing fans did not know who Chris was until earlier this year when he out boxed Emanuel Taylor on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, nationally televised boxing show. That performance gave Algieri an opportunity to fight on HBO against Siberian Rocky, Ruslan Provodnikov. After being down twice in the first stanza and being badly cut a little later on in the fight, thirty year old Algieri showed his warrior spirit and out boxed the Russian slugger for the remainder of the fight. Judges awarded Algieri a split decision victory. Boxing gods awarded Chris Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes.

It really is a very good Cinderella story and they couldn’t have found a better young man to deserve such a chance. Still, how does eight division world champion, Manny Pacquiao motivates himself for such a fight? How does he avoid a disaster like Mike Tyson experienced overlooking huge underdog, Buster Douglas in 1990?

“I always have motivation,” said Pacquiao, 35:” I don’t need to get motivation. I always have it. I always have the fire in my heart and in my mind.” Frankly, even the most devoted Pac maniacs have been skeptical about that fire in his heart. But here is something that would add a lot of fuel to that fire. Long anticipated and long overdue mega showdown between two boxing’s top dogs Mayweather and Pacquiao is being talked about once again.

In spite of it being a few years past its expiration date this fight could ignite fire not just inside Manny Pacquiao heart, but also inside millions of fans hearts. This match up still has the capacity to become the largest and the richest event in boxing history. The main reason this encounter is becoming more feasible than ever before is because both Floyd and Manny ran out of name opponents.

Promoter Bob Arum speculated that he could see the last two fights in Mayweather’s career to be against Pacquiao. Floyd, who just defeated Maidana in a rematch set up because Mayweather had no other viable opponents, did not deny the possibility of facing Pacman. “If Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself. Let’s make it happen,” said Mayweather, 37, right after defeating Maidana in the rematch:” I don’t know who I will fight in May, but I expect to fight. Manny needs to focus on the guy that’s in front of him. Once he gets past that task we’ll see what the future holds.”

The guy in front of Manny is Chris Algieri. He’s got quite a story. He is an underdog. Americans love the underdog. But does he have a chance against Pacquiao? Few experts believe that Chris is a live underdog and has a good chance at upsetting Pacman and the balance in the world of boxing. He does have youth on his side as well as significant physical advantages such as height and reach.

“I am not alarmed or worried about that,” said Pacquiao:” It’s not new for me to fight taller opponents. I know what I am doing. I know what I have to do in preparation for this fight.” Tune in November 22nd.


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Tales from the Barbershop – Did referee Kenny Bayless have an impact on the outcome of Mayweather Maidana rematch?

Photo by Al Applerose

Photo by Al Applerose

Back from Las Vegas after covering” Mayweather Maidana ll” I had a feeling of dissatisfaction and utter annoyance. I seemed to have more questions and grievances after the fight than I did before. With that in mind and Tuesday morning heat rising, I decided to postpone going to work and ended up at my favorite Barber shop on San Fernando Road in Glendale.

Downtown Ronnie Brown was showing all his fading prison tattoos through a sparkling white wife-beater. As usual, the man was humming the blues.

Once again I got no money

Spent it all on my binging spree

I got to go back in the ring, honey

Cause I don’t fight nobody for free…

Without any greeting s or introductions Dave the Barber started hollering at me as if I was solely responsible for all the evils and corruptions of this world:” Did you see what that ref, what’s his name, Kenny Ballless, did on Saturday night in the ring? Yeah, I said it Ball less, no balls. I wonder how much did Floyd pay for his balls? A million, two? That ref is a criminal. He is a thief. He took away any chance that Argentinean boy had to win the fight. Any time they even looked like they were going to clinch Mr. Ballless was there to separate them and to prevent Chino from working inside. And clinching Floyd did. Every time Chino got close Floyd grabbed him as if he wanted to hug him not fight him. I just wanted to scold them and tell Floyd to get a room.  And then Mr. Ballless took a point away from Chino for trying to get away from a clinch and not even warned Floyd about it. Common Man! That’s not fighting. That’s embarrassment to sweet science.”

“Wow, Dave!” exclaimed Downtown Ronnie Brown:” Did you hold all that since Saturday Night? Well allow me to retort. My boy Floyd wasn’t the only one doing all the fouling. That Chino should be a street fighter, not a boxer. He used every dirty trick in the book. He pushed, he pulled, he used his head as a weapon, he used his elbows, and he threw rabbit punches and south of the border blows. He tackled Floyd as if he was a defensive end in a Superbowl, for which the boy promptly got penalized. And finally, like a junk yard dog he bit my Pretty Boy, who by the way is not looking so pretty these days. That’s really uncalled for. And your favorite ref, Kenny Ballles as you call him was thoroughly stunned. He didn’t know what the hell to do. If his balls were in Mayweather’s pocket as you insinuate so strongly or even if he had a shred of common sense, he would have disqualified that cannibal and put an end to that mockery.”

” Wait a minute, if that’s insinuating I ‘d hate to see you tell it like it is,” cut in Big Steve as he was examining his freshly shaved, oversized bald head:” You got me in a quandary. The ref needed his balls to take a stand and disqualify Chino for a bite he didn’t see. Since his balls were already sold to Floyd he couldn’t do it. The entire night was queer as if the whole boxing card was just another episode of a Twilight Zone.”

“Yes,” I agreed:” I knew it was going to be a bizarre night when I realized that I forgot to pack a pair of pants to go to work to cover the big fight, and then I discovered a prominent reporter from Boston was wearing shorts in the media center as well. But you Dave are way off with you conspiracy theories. Ref Kenney Bayless is one of the most respected names in the business. It is just his style not to allow for clinching and hugging. Mayweather knew it and took advantage it.”

“Miss me with that nonsense, fool !” said Al the Barber glaring in my direction:” We are in the barbershop. Use you political correctness for the paper. But it’s not just Floyd’s fight. Every fight, judges, referees; they were all under a spell. It’s like the entire Nevada Athletic Commission was working for Floyd. We might as well call them Mayweather Athletic Commission. Did you see Floyd’s fighter, what’s his name, Mickey Bey get a split decision win when he hardly threw any punches? I thought you had to beat the champ to get his title.”

“Yeah, I saw it,” cried out Dave the Barber:” I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it with my own two eyes. Judge Robert Hoyle gave that boy, Bey eleven out of twelve rounds, when he did absolutely nothing in the fight. I thought you had to throw punches to win fights. That’s my friends is a pure case of reverse discrimination.”

“And what about El Perro Angulo,” cut in Big Steve pointing at me:” He might have lost a fight, but one judge did not give him any points when he almost knocked out that kid from Texas in the last two rounds.”

“I get the picture,” said I while smiling:” But what do you guys really think?”

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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Tales from the Barbershop


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Just How Good Can Taishan Dong Be?

Photo by Jessica Rosales

Photo by Jessica Rosales

By Darryn Albert –

Some of the greatest heavyweight fighters of all-time were mammoths of men.  Joe Louis was 6’1″ and 197 pounds.  Sonny Liston clocked in at 6’1″, 214.  Muhammad Ali was a mean 6’3″, 210.  George Foreman measured up 6’3″ and 217 pounds.  Lennox Lewis was 6’4″, 220.  And in more modern times, the Klitschko brothers are in the range of 6’7″ and 245 pounds apiece.  All of these great fighters were larger than life figures, giants among us.  They carried a certain aura, a certain command of the room that made them these imposing, almost mythically so, both in and out of the ring.  But what if I were to tell you that there’s a man coming up in the heavyweight division that would dwarf all those legendary fighters.  Ladies and gentlemen, meet Taishan Dong.

By now, you or may not have heard about Dong, the Chinese fighter heralded by some as the next big thing in the heavyweight division (no pun intended).  He tips the scales at a staggering 7 feet and 287 pounds.  Wow.  Go back and read those measurements again.  And let it sink in.  I’ll wait……………………(twiddles thumbs)…………………………..Has it sunk in yet? Good.  Because the sport of boxing has never seen anything quite like Dong.  The 26-year old fighter hails from the province of Gansu in China and even if he’s had but one professional fight, the hype surrounding him is enormous, perhaps based on sheer size and potential alone.  You think about all of the advantages a fighter like him would have on paper.  Reach advantage (84″ in case you’re wondering).  Punching power.  Physical intimidation.  Ability to withstand blows.  It’s astounding really.  And if Dong is able to hone his considerable physical gifts and turn himself into a devastating fighter? Well they just might have to fold professional boxing all together.

Now there’s not a lot of video of Dong available on the Internet to scrutinize mostly because he’s only fought professionally once (a 2nd round TKO of one Alex Rozman of San Francisco) but from that fight alone, you can see a ton of potential.  Dong isn’t as immobile as you might think and actually exhibited modest footwork and movement around the ring, especially for a man of his size.  He has a destructive right jab capable of sending an opponent to the canvass if it connects (which it actually did against Rozman).  He’s blessed with good instincts and knows how to counter-punch (though a lot of his counter shots didn’t actually connect).  Dong also isn’t a timid fighter as he was often the first to initiate his attack.  He maintains his ground in the ring and is able to use his size to his advantage and bully opponents.  One can definitely see a lot of promise in Taishan Dong.

However, like with any young, raw fighter, Dong has a lot of things to work on.  His offensive attack isn’t the most impressive: his arsenal so far is mostly basic 1-2 combos and hooks as he relies more on punching power than actually boxing an opponent.  Some of his punches are slow and predictable and he also didn’t exhibit much head movement, leaving himself more susceptible to shots upstairs than I would have liked (though in his defense, he might be better off focusing on offense since opponents will have a hard time punching up to reach his head area without tiring).  He had a tendency to get flustered when his opponent threw, turning his head away in an attempt to get out of the line of fire and trying to parry opposing blows with an open palm, two habits experienced fighters would exploit to death.  Also, while his footwork is decent for a man his size, it’s obviously not one of his strengths since he has to carry that frame around the ring.  Additionally, I’d worry about his stamina and ability to go into later rounds since this fight only went 2 rounds and he seems like he would tire easily.

All in all, Dong might be the prototypical high-risk, high-reward fighter.  His upside is enormous (literally and figuratively) and size alone could take this guy very far.  However, he’s still incredibly raw, has some inherent flaws, and his sample size is too small to pass final judgement from.  If I had to take a guess, it’s that Dong will have a high floor in terms of potential thanks to the sheer physical advantages he’ll have against virtually any opponent who gets into the ring with him.  But I don’t think he will be a gamechanger in the heavyweight division because once he starts running into established talent that doesn’t get easily intimidated and keeps the fight a methodical one in the center of the ring, he will no longer able to rely on his size to bully opponents and will be forced to box (something I’m not all that sure he can do yet).  My first instinct when I first heard about Dong was that a guy like Stiverne or Deontay Wilder would destroy him.  And after watching him fight, I still think that’s true.  But with a little hard work and a lot of hours in the gym honing his technique, Taishan Dong just might prove me wrong and live up to all this hype that he’s generating.  Only one thing’s for sure and that’s that I’ll definitely be watching Taishan Dong the next time he steps into the ring.  And you should too.

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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Articles by Darryn Albert


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Keith Thurman plans to take over welterweight division in 2015

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Professional Boxing


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Hoffer Delivers A Knockout

Courtesy of Richard Hoeffer

Courtesy of Richard Hoffer

By Rick Assad

A man for all seasons, there are few subjects that award-winning sportswriter Richard Hoffer can’t handle. Whether covering a college football game that decided the mythical national champion, penning long-form features, or insightful essays, Hoffer always delivered the goods.

But it was ringside chronicling the sweet science where Hoffer, first with the Los Angeles Times for a decade, and later Sports Illustrated for two decades, truly shined.

Hoffer’s thoughtful prose is lyrical and expressive, and it has left an indelible imprint on the literature.

The author of five books that range from the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who won 10 titles in 12 years, or gambling in America, Hoffer’s most recent offering, “Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman And An America On The Ropes,” may just be his best.

In it, Hoffer, who still contributes to Sports Illustrated, details the classic bouts involving Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman that took place between 1971 and 1975, and feature the “Fight of the Century,” the “Thrilla in Manila,” and the “Rumble in the Jungle.”

“Bouts of Mania,” has received excellent reviews, and the book, brilliantly researched, should be on every boxing fan’s shelf. Hoffer recently agreed to do a Q&A over the Internet.

What prompted Hoffer to write this book? “The whole point of my book is that, for a few years there, there was one epic spectacle after another,” he said. “One after another! A Thrilla, a Rumble. They kept coming. You didn’t have to look for them, they just rolled you over.”

While boxing books are usually excellent reads, they can be tough to get published. “Boxing books are a notoriously hard sell,” Hoffer explained. “A real problem for publishers (and would-be authors). But I kept coming back to some kind of Ali project, figuring his charisma trumped the literary unpopularity of the sport. As I noodled around with the idea, trying to find some unexplored angle (there’s been a ton of stuff on him), it occurred to me that it wasn’t an Ali story so much as it was a slice of Americana, a story about a few riotous years and a few colorful characters.”

Hoffer went on: “The fact that it was so neatly bookended by the country’s social and political dysfunctions helped give me a logical timeline in what might be an arbitrary series of fights.”

Ali is now 72 years old and battling Parkinson’s disease, Frazier passed away in 2011 at 67, while Foreman is 65 and seemingly thriving. All three held the heavyweight title and each captured an Olympic gold medal. But does one stand out?

“That has to be Foreman, a man who has reinvented himself over and over,” said Hoffer. “When I was doing this book, I worried that I was just contributing another Ali enterprise. But by the time I finished and realized that, out of all the chaos I had just documented, there was only one true survivor, I thought, have I just done a Foreman book. He’s not just an intriguing athlete, but a fascinating person.”

Many believe that boxing is healthier than ever, given the money that’s being made. But is it?

“I have to admit I haven’t paid attention to boxing since I covered my last fight, five years ago,” said Hoffer. “I don’t know many who have. It’s become such a niche sport, catering to a few demographics, whatever support PPV (pay-per-view) buys, that it’s difficult to even think of it as a sport any more. It’s just a special event every now and then. When I started there were weekly fights, at more than one location in Los Angeles, all contributing to a kind of background noise. Now? As far as I can tell the sport exists to support a few mega-fights each year. It’s just dropped off everyone’s radar. Well, mine.”

Hoffer, whose first book on boxing was, “A Savage Business: The Comeback And Comedown Of Mike Tyson,” believes the sport will eventually fall by the wayside.

“Boxing ultimately will be abolished,” he explained, “but not because it’s a rogue sport. This is the curmudgeon in me, but I don’t see a future for a sport that no longer attracts youth, either as participants or fans. We talk about this every four years when we realize how paltry our Olympic boxing pickings are. It’s been a long time since those U.S. teams regularly graduated champions. Ali, Frazier and Foreman were all famous amateurs who inspired yet more amateurs. Now, without any accessible role models in boxing, I’m afraid our young athletes are employing their talents elsewhere.”

The biggest name in the sport is Floyd Mayweather Jr., the pound-for-pound best in the world. Undefeated in 46 bouts, Mayweather, who will fight Argentina’s Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13th, makes as much news out of the ring as in the squared circle.

“I like Mayweather. He’s a consummate athlete, a dedicated boxer and a genuinely crazy person,” said Hoffer. “Certainly the best of his time. And yet, I can’t recall a singular moment from any of his fights. That’s not his fault. But he lacks his Frazier, his Foreman, someone to test him, or at least reveal him. I guess I wish his fights were half as exciting as a night on the town with him.”

Even now many fight fans still want to see Mayweather face off against Manny Pacquiao. Will this ever come to pass?

“They probably won’t meet and, if they do, under unpalatable circumstances,” said Hoffer. “Mayweather is 45, coming out of retirement, whatever. Once this could have been the kind of fight that restored, however briefly, some interest in the sport. It feels to me that the window has closed on this one.”

Though he’s covered hundreds of fights, Hoffer doesn’t have a favorite. “I’m not one of those guys who ranks fights, or even remembers them very well,” he said. “Stories, that’s another matter. I covered lots better fights than Tyson-[James] Douglas, but I doubt I ever had more fun writing one of them.”

That fight took place in Japan’s Tokyo Dome in February 1990, and ended with Douglas knocking out Tyson, a 42-to-1 favorite in the 10th round.

The loss was startling given that Iron Mike came in with a 37-0 record, and was a human wrecking ball.

“I sometimes feel bad for Tyson, because he’s going to be remembered as this psychotic burn-out,” said Hoffer. “He was not nothing. In that brief, and highly orchestrated prime of his, he was one of the most exciting attractions the game has had. And he wasn’t bad. Not great, of course, but for that little period of time, pretty damned astonishing.”

Hoffer said a couple of former boxers were both fun to watch and easy with a quote. “I tend to remember them in terms of personality, how story-friendly they were. Guys like Randall (Tex) Cobb or a long-forgotten fighter like Bobby Chacon remain more vivid to me than all those champions that passed in front of me.”

Cobb, a heavyweight who finished his career with a 42-7-1 mark and 35 knockouts, battled some of the best in the division like Larry Holmes and Ken Norton, while Chacon, a super-featherweight who fashioned a 59-7-1 record with 47 knockouts, likewise slugged it out with such titans as Alexis Arguello, Ruben Olivares [three times], Danny Lopez, Ray Mancini, and Chucho Castillo.

No, they don’t make them like Cobb and Chacon any more. Nor do they come any better than Hoffer.

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Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Articles by Rick Assad


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Photos from MGM Grand Garden Arena 09-13-2014 by Al Applerose

Chino attacks Floyd in corner

Chino attacks Floyd in corner

Soto lands left uppercut

Soto lands left uppercut

Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz

Humberto Soto a winner

Humberto Soto a winner

John Molina lands a right cross

John Molina lands a right cross

Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz looks at Roman

Leo Santa Cruz looks at Roman

Floyd connect with a right hand

Floyd connect with a right hand

Floyd shows Bayless the glove_a

Floyd shows Bayless the glove_a

Floyd looks at Maidana's left

Floyd looks at Maidana’s left

Floyd lands  a left

Floyd lands a left

Floyd bends back over rope

Floyd bends back over rope

hino hurts Floyd in corner

Chino hurts Floyd in corner

Chino rocks Floyd

Chino rocks Floyd

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Professional Boxing


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Santa Cruz destroys Roman and calls out Rigondeaux

Photo by Mary Ann Lurie Owen

Photo by Mary Ann Lurie Owen

Las Vegas – Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1,16KO) didn’t need time to figure out his opponent, former sparring partner from Maywood Boxing Club, Manuel Roman (17-3-3,6KO). It only took him 235 seconds to land a fight ending right hand to the ear of Roman.  Leo earned $750,000 for WBC super bantamweight title defense which was a chief supporting bout to Mayweather Maidana rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. The fight was televised by Showtime PPV. Twenty six year old Santa Cruz seemed genuinely disappointed that it ended so early.

“I knew the right was going to land,” said Santa Cruz in a post fight interview with Jim Gray:” That’s what we practiced in the gym with my dad. He was saying with the right you are going to catch him. We practiced it and we got it. That’s what we do. We train hard in the gym, so we can come and make it easy over here.”

Young Mexican champion who currently resides in Rosemead, California certainly made it look easy in the ring. But he was expected to do that against an undersized and overmatched opponent. Little-big man’s popularity has been growing like a wildfire because of his relentless aggression inside the squared circle. But he needs a serious challenge to please discriminating boxing fans. Who would it be?

Santa Cruz immediately called out Guillermo Rigondeaux.” I know the fans, they want Guillermo Rigondeaux,” exclaimed Santa Cruz:” I am coming to get you. I am not scared to fight you Rigondeaux. If my manager and my promoter and you guys come to an agreement, I am here. I am not scared of nobody!”

If by chance you are not familiar with these guys, I can only describe this intriguing matchup as a Superbowl of boxing’s super bantamweight division where best offense meets the best defense. With the old adage saying styles make fights, these styles will make a dream showdown.


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Mayweather show keeps on rolling

Photo by Mary Ann Lurie Owen

Photo by Mary Ann Lurie Owen

Las Vegas – 16,144 in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and millions around the world on the live telecast witnessed pound for pound best, Floyd “Money “Mayweather ply his craft with the precision of a surgeon while convincingly defeating very determined challenger from Argentina, Marcos Maidana . There was no controversy in the rematch. All three judges scored the fight for Mayweather: 116-111 twice and 115-112. The “Money” man, who was guaranteed $32 million dollars for this bout, extended his undefeated record to 47 wins, 26 by a knock out. Surprisingly Mayweather who made the necessary adjustments to comfortably win the rematch was not happy with his performance.

“I just didn’t stay on the ropes. I have a couple bumps and bruises because he’s a wild young fighter. My father told me to hit and not get hit and that’s what we did,” said Floyd, 37, whose face showed his age and a few bumps and bruises afterwards:”I felt sharper in the first fight. I felt a little dry and dead in this fight. I give myself a C, a C-minus. I could have been better. I got hit with some shots tonight that I shouldn’t have gotten hit with. But that comes with the sport.”

Mayweather won the first round jabbing and moving around a huge ring freely. Maidana was not able to launch his attack till the second round, but Floyd did not stay on the ropes long and countered with remarkable accuracy. After a brilliant third round by Floyd, Maidana landed a crushing right hand at the end of the stanza that hurt Mayweather and changed momentum of the fight at least in the fourth round where Maidana was able to trap Floyd on the ropes and make things very difficult.

Mayweather got the fight in the middle of the ring and control of the action for the next couple of rounds, but Maidana continued his pursuit. Seventh round was huge for Mayweather who directed the action in the middle of the ring and even backed up Argentinean slugger from time to time. Mayweather complained that Maidana bit his glove, but no one else saw it.” He bit my fingers, “said Floyd after the fight:”After the 8th round my hand was numb and I really couldn’t use my left hand.”

“Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but I never bit him,” said Maidana after the fight: “He was rubbing my eyes with his glove. Maybe he had his glove in my mouth, but I don’t think I bit him.”

It only made Maidana more aggressive in rounds nine and ten. The challenger from Argentina got deducted a point in the tenth for tackling Floyd to the canvass, a frustration foul because of Mayweather’s constant holding. Floyd’s constant holding pattern might have played a significant role in the fight; he grabbed Maidana every time Argentinean challenger got inside and referee separated them almost immediately, sometimes prematurely, preventing any kind of inside fighting which would obviously benefit Maidana.

“He kept holding and pushing and the ref never did anything about it,” complained Maidana after the fight:” Instead, the ref took a point away from me.”

Mayweather landed some heavy leather on Maidana in the 11thround .One of the shots went south of the border.  Referee Kenny Bayless warned Floyd as the action resumed. Mayweather got on his bicycle in the final stanza knowing he had a fight won and raised his hands in victory as the final bell rang.

“I thought I won the fight but if the judges want to give the fight to a guy who runs that’s their decision,” said Maidana (35-5,31KO) whose strategy to preserve energy for later rounds proved to be detrimental to his success.

Mayweather show along with a huge Money team keeps on rolling on a path to glory. And with only two fights left on the most lucrative contract in history could “ Money” Mayweather be actually considering fighting eight division champion , Manny Pacquiao?

I’m not ducking or dodging any opponent,” said Mayweather  when asked by Showtime’s Jim Gray about it: “If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself let’s make it happen. I don’t know who I’ll fight in May but I expect to fight. Manny needs to focus on the guy that’s in front of him. Once he gets past that task we’ll see what the future holds.”






LAS VEGAS (Sept. 5, 2014) -We are just over a week to go until “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs.

Maidana 2″ and for the boxing fans who can’t make it to the MGM Grand Garden Arena and still

want to experience this event live, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions are

pleased to announce that several Las Vegas locations will be offering closed-circuit telecasts of

“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2.”

Tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including handling fees. All seats are

general admission and select venues are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster

(800-745-3000),, MGM Resorts International Contact Center (866-740-

7711), and all MGM Resorts International ticket offices. You must be 21 years of age or older to

purchase tickets.

**Guests are encouraged to pick up their tickets at least 4 hours prior to event time to prevent

waiting in long lines at event time.

Properties hosting these telecasts are MGM Grand Premier Ballroom, Monte Carlo Diablos,

Monte Carlo The Pub, Monte Carlo Double Barrel, Mirage Events Center and Bellagio Hyde


# # #

“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2,” a 12-round world championship bout for

Mayweather’s WBA Welterweight Belt and WBC Welterweight and Super Welterweight World

Titles takes place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is promoted by Mayweather

Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra, O’Reilly Auto Parts, “The

Equalizer” in theaters Sept. 26 and The Mexican Tourism Board – Mexico: Live it to Believe It!.

The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) and

is the fourth fight of a six-fight deal between Mayweather and Showtime Networks Inc. In the comain

event, Leo Santa Cruz defends his WBC Super Bantamweight Title against Manuel Roman in

a 12-round bout and Miguel Vazquez faces Mickey Bey in a 12-round bout for the IBF Lightweight

World Championship. In the PPV opener, Alfredo Angulo squares against James De La Rosa in a

10-round middleweight bout (162 lbs.). The event will be available in Spanish through secondary

audio programming (SAP).

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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in press release


Angulo returns to the ring as a middleweight against De La Rosa

Photo by Ray Flores

Photo by Ray Flores

Just in case this Saturday’s rematch between sweet science top dog, Floyd Mayweather and Argentine’s brawler, Marcos Maidana does not satisfy your cravings for fistic violence, I recommend you tune in to the opening bout of Showtime’s live PPV telecast from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ten rounds or less middleweight collision between Alfredo Angulo (22-4,13KO’S) and James De La Rosa (22-2,13KO’S) is scheduled to begin at 5:00pm on West Coast, one hour earlier than usual time. Crossroads bout for both Mexican fighters, this scrap is guaranteed to produce fireworks and mayhem in the ring as well as a dramatic and premature conclusion.


Despite losing twice in a row, former Mexican Olympian Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo remains widely popular because of his take no prisoners Mexican style of boxing. Perro generates power with his fists and passion in fans with his heart. Angulo lost a real heartbreaker last June to former amateur stand out from Cuba Erislandy Lara at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California. After dropping Lara twice in a very competitive contest, Angulo suffered an eye injury in the tenth stanza and was not able to continue.


“As far as Lara fight, “said Angulo, 32, during last month’s telephone conference:” I learned a lot. It was a great experience. I showed the people that gave me no chance that Perro is always going to be here and give great fight.”


The second loss in March of this year at the hands of Mexican compatriot Canelo Alvarez was devastating. Angulo came into the ring looking completely drained. He looked like he was walking through sand in the ring and his usually powerful punches had no effect on young Canelo who was firing vicious machine gun like combinations.


” Honestly, in the Canelo fight,” said Angulo who was very unhappy about referee Tony Weeks stopping the contest in the tenth round:” I can’t tell you I learned anything because I wasn’t there. It wasn’t me. It wasn’t the one you all know, and I didn’t feel the strength and I wasn’t able to put on the performance that I would’ve wanted.”


May be that’s why after spending his whole career as a super welterweight Alfredo Angulo returns to the ring as a middleweight. “I think this is a good fight for my weight, “said Angulo who has been training in Northern California with Virgil Hunter:” I’ve been getting my weight and my body ready for the next weight class. I cut a lot of weight before the last fight and I think my body will be better at middleweight.”


This is a must win fight for Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo.  There is no tommorow. At the age of 32, with his body more comfortable moving up to middleweight, will his power carry over to a new weight class?


“I don’t know,” replied humble Mexican warrior:” Honestly I think you will know come September 13th if I have the same or even more going into the new division. We will let you guys decide.”

Three more fights on that card are definitely worthy of note. Ten rounds light welterweight contest between Humberto Sotto (64-8-2,35KO’S) and John Molina (27-4-2,22KO’S) is a must see all out war. Also widely popular WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz (27-0-1,15KO’S) will defend his title against former sparring partner, Manuel Roman (17-2-3,6KO’S) and IBF lightweight champion, Miguel Vasquez will defend his crown against highly touted , Mickey Bey (20-1-1,10KO’).

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Articles by Igor Frank, Professional Boxing