UPCOMING MAIN BOXING EVENTS . . . . June 22 Shields Vs. Gabriels, Detroit, MI . . . Sat July 14th Prograis Vs. Velasco, jr welterweights, from New Orleans. . . . Sat July 14th, from Kuala Lampur - -  Pacquaio Vs. Matthysse, welterweights. . . July 28 Garcia Vs. Easter, lightweight unification championship, from Los Angeles . . . Sat Jul 28 London,England WhyteVs. Parker, heavyweights . also Katie Taylor vs Connor,  and Brook vs Cook, super-weltwerweights . . .  Aug 4, from Atlantic City,  Kovalev Vs Alvarez, light-heavyweights . . . Aug 25 Danny Garcia Vs. Porter, welterweight championship . . . . .for more news, stay in tune on TruFanBoxing.com  . . . 









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Are you guys prepared for the biggest betting and fighting event of the year?

I said… Are you guys prepared? Because people all across the world are going nuts about one of the most legendary fights in fighting history. I am of course, talking about the upcoming McGregor vs Mayweather fight- a bout that has been touted as “The Fight of the Century” and has the eyes of the world watching. Eager punters are logging on and checking all the news and updates to make sure that they have the lowdown before they consider placing a wager. Don't stay behind or miss out on a great prize- go right now check out the odds for Mayweather vs McGregor.

Are you ready to rumble?

 Are you guys ready to see McGregor dance around the ring for 180 Million Dollars? McGregor is a seasoned UFC fighter, but how he will hold up in the boxing ring is yet to be seen, especially when pitted against one of the all-time greats. McGregor calls fighting “a dance around the ring” so one has to wonder how seriously he takes it, especially when confronted with a behemoth like Mayweather.  This fight is sure to make history, and by placing a bet on the outcome, you could end up being a part of history yourself!

A war of words ...

Whilst the actual fight doesn’t kick off until 26th of August, a war of words is well and truly underway with both sides verbally sparring on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.




16, 533 spectators in attendance the largest crowd to witness boxing at the Barkley Center

New York March 5: It took a clever strategy for Keith Thurman to overcome and defeat Danny Garcia for the welterweight title last night, but it also was in front of the biggest crowd in Barkley Centers history --- despite the fact that the fight was televised on free TV in the local area.

The highly anticipated bout, which featured two of the top unbeaten fighters of the past few years, was a close fight that saw Thurman snap up the victory via split decision to raise his record to 28-0. It was fight that saw Thurman come out fast and swinging, keeping Garcia on his back pedal . . .then switching up in round two and claiming the upper hand with boxing finesse, banking in some quality rounds before Garcia could adjust and start making his own counter moves. 

When Garcia was asked if he was surprised that Keith jumped on him early, his response was " Not really. They knew I am a slow starter, so we knew that he might do that . . "  In the end it may be that Thurman won the fight in the very first round, because he set the tempo of the fight as Danny never really caught up. But the case for Garcia was that he did mount a comeback, had a stellar defense and counterpunch arsenal, but didn't do enough to catch the judges eye in the end.   The final tally was 116-112, 115-113 Thurman, and 115-113 Garcia.

  Garcia still though he did enough to win "I picked it up the last four rounds and thought I won the fight. But I take my losses like I take my wins, like a true champion. All I can do is come back stronger."

As for Thurman, who was kind of reflective on the fight added " Do I want to unify all the belts? Of course I do. We fight the best, that is what we are here to do  ---- make history!" We are here to make history! That is what we do. Trump is President. History. Obama was President and made History . . ." 

Jay Monte








Click Here for Compubox Stats

Las Vegas, Nevada: In the wake of the controversial unanimous decision victory for Andre Ward over former WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev on Saturday night which most writers, commentators, and media scored a decisive Kovalev victory, Compubox released the breakdown of their punch stats for the November 19 megafight.

Factoring in the second round knockdown, Kovalev would have taken the fight based on total punches landed, total punches thrown, power punches landed, power punches thrown, accuracy of power punches or jabs thrown. Scoring based on jabs landed would have resulted in a draw. The only metric that could have handed Ward the victory was accuracy, but he was only more accurate in throwing jabs on a round-by-round basis.

Particularly glaring is the tenth round, which all three judges scored for Ward, though it looked like a clear Kovalev round according to the Compubox stats. In the tenth round, Kovalev significantly out-landed and out-threw Ward in total punches, jabs and power punches. Had all three judges scored the tenth round for Sergey, Kovalev would have won the fight 114-113.

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "I thought Sergey won the fight sitting ringside and it looks like the Compubox stats bear that out. The judges gave every close round to the challenger instead of the champion, plus the tenth round which wasn't even close. Sergey has asked for an immediate rematch. As far as we are concerned, he won the first fight and he will win the second fight too."

Programming Note: HBO will replay the fight this Saturday, November 26 at 10:35 pm ET/PT.





SET FOR NOVEMBER 19th, 2016 AT T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas, Nevada

Photo Credit: Khristopher Sandifer/Roc Nation Sports  

NEW YORK, NY (September 6, 2016) - On Tuesday, September 6, No. 2 Pound-for-Pound and WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and No. 4 Pound-for-Pound and Two-Time World Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in an official press conference at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, in advance of their November 19 “Pound for Pound” showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kovalev vs. Ward “Pound for Pound” will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets start at $55 and are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.  

Below is what the fighters, promoters and other dais guests had to say at the press conference:

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

“It’s a big moment in my career. I want to thank all of the people who are involved with this fight, my promoter Kathy Duva, Roc Nation and HBO Pay-Per-View. Thank you to all of my fans. It will be a fight to remember; one for the history books. I just want to give the fans a really great fight in Vegas and on HBO Pay-Per-View.”


Krusher Kovalev

Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Andre “S.O.G.” Ward – Two-Time  World Champion

“I’m grateful to be here today. I want to thank everyone who is associated with this event—the good, the bad, the press, all of it. Obviously HBO, Peter Nelson, Roc Nation, Main Events, everyone who’s associated with it. It’s hard to thank everybody. It’s a lot of people that you guys know of that worked on this fight to get it done. There’s a lot of different nuances that go into getting a fight like this done, but it’s done. That’s what we should all focus on.

 “I thank God for this opportunity. I thank God for my career and being able to compete at a high level through the peaks and valleys. Sometimes that gets overlooked, a veteran in the game. I’ve paid my dues and I continue to pay my dues. This is just another opportunity. I’ve been in this position before and so has my opponent. It doesn’t matter what the other side says, how they feel, what they say. He’s got to get it done and I’ve got to get it done. When those bright lights come on who it’s all about who executes and who gets it done. I don’t have to throw chairs. I don’t have to cuss. I don’t have to act crazy. I said let’s fight, lets fight. You’re selling yourself. I know that what I possess and what I have is in me, and not on me.”                           Andre "SOG" Ward

Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events

Kathy Duva – CEO, Main Events

“Finally. There was a time when fighters didn’t consider preserving their undefeated records to be paramount to engaging in actual competition. There was a time when undefeated fighters who were heading to the Hall of Fame actually sought out greater and greater challenges as their careers progressed. There was a time when fighters were courageous athletes and not simply cynical businessmen.

“The two men who are here with us today—both in their athletic primes, both unbeaten, and, in my opinion, both heading to the Hall of Fame someday—chose to put their 0’s on the line and face each other to find out just which one of them is the very best. That is why they deserve to earn your pay-per-view dollars, this is what pay per view is supposed to be. That is why we should move heaven and earth in order to come to the beautiful T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas where this fight will take place. That is why the winner will earn the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the ring.

 “Since Ring Magazine began to keep records of the pound-for-pound fighters there have only been two occasions when two unbeaten top five fighters have competed in the ring for pound-for-pound supremacy. The first was Meldrick Taylor vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Sr. in 1994, the second time was Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad in 1999. That means that on November 19th, this will be the very first time in the 21st century that such an event will occur in our sport. Let’s hope this is the start of something new, a throwback to the way boxing used to be when it was at its best. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 17 years before this happens again. Let’s hope all the up and coming young sweet scientists learn and follow the example of these young great athletes who sit here today.

 “So as I said, finally, I’m quite pleased to officially announce “Pound for Pound” and that on Saturday, November 19th, two of the five best fighters in the whole world will fight each other. WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, who is 30-0, will risk all three of his world titles against two-time world middleweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward, who is also 30-0. The fight will take place in Las Vegas, sponsored by our friends at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, at the beautiful new T-Mobile Arena. Tickets are available now, they’re starting at $155 right now because the box office has already sold out all of the $55 tickets we put on sale. You can only get these tickets at the T-Mobile box office and online through AXS.com. I’m happy to report that tickets at other prices are moving much faster than expected and currently there are very few left at the $755 price point and the $155 price point.

This will be live on HBO Pay-Per-View. The suggested retail price is going to be $54.95. It will be presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions. In addition to the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, the fight sponsors will be Rosneft and Corona.”





truTV & Top Rank Partner to Exclusively Televise
Live Friday Night Primetime Boxing Series

Series Premieres with Two Title Fights on Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET
from The Chelsea Inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May - all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event - along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year. The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.
The main event onFriday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship. The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action - Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia - in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship.
"We're excited to partner with Top Rank and our colleagues at HBO Sports to bring this high-caliber boxing series to truTV," said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports. "We share a common vision to present these events in a new and inventive way and look forward to offering this compelling content to our viewers."

"We see this as a great opportunity to bring more coveted live sports programming to the network and believe Friday night primetime fights will resonate with truTV's young audience," said Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming.
"Partnering with Turner Sports and truTV for a new and unique boxing series will further invigorate and grow the sport," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. "Turner Sports' innovative approach to production and programming has attracted and engaged tens of millions of fans of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA and we believe the same will be true for boxing. Additionally, the collaboration between the HBO and truTV programming will help develop and expose current and future champions and world-rated contenders to a broad audience with consistency. All credit goes to Turner's David Levy, Turner Sports' Lenny Daniels and truTV's Chris Linn who understand the impact of live sports and were instrumental in developing this concept into a program for their platforms."

"Everybody at HBO is thrilled to see a new platform for live coverage of professional boxing being launched by a bold and creative network such as truTV," said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. "We congratulate Top Rank and Turner Sports on this new initiative. We look forward to lending our support to this important new franchise that will clearly benefit the sport, the fighters and the fans from day one of the series' debut."




TruFanBoxing - July 13, 2014

Canelo Alvarez wins SD12 Erislandy Lara -

In a tactical fight, Mexican Champion Canelo had enough arsenal and savvy to defeat rival jr. middleweight boxer Erislandy Lara over 12 rounds in Las Vegas last night. Lara was content to move and punch throughout the fight, and displayed excellent generalship, making Canelo look awkward at times, but it was far from enough - at least from the judges view, as Alvarez won by Split Decision 115-113, 113-115, and 117-110. TRUFANBOXING had it in favor of Alvarez 115-113.

Lara took the early rounds, but mid fight Canelo's body attack was starting to pay dividends, as Lara's output diminished. Lara did get a second wind- but was back on the bicycle, with Alvarez in heavy pursuit. The constant pressure and initiation for battle gave Alvarez the advantage, and time and time again it was the champion who connected, sometimes to the body, sometimes to the head, as Lara was more content to move away from any sustained attack or a willingness to trade.

Lara was clever, though, and scored in spurts. But again, while Canelo was all business, Lara had one foot on the gas pedal, another foot out of the box, ready to retreat.  It was a good match that had it moments, but it is a bout that should not be re-matched, since it looks like the same would happen again. Alvarez has plenty on his plate as opponents go - Cotto, Kirkland, and a host of middleweights with belts etc., as these bouts look far more marketable for a PPV audience. As for Lara, he is a formidable opponent for anyone in the division, but it will be interesting to see who would want to fight a southpaw with a ton of skills.



Las Vegas Friday Night Boxing Results and Controversies  

Adam J. Pollack

Las Vegas, NV May 2 – Last night at the Hard Rock Hotel, junior middleweight belt holder Ishe Smith scored a clean 2nd round knockout over game but overmatched Ryan Davis. Smith had too much class, skill, and power for Davis, pounding on him with crisp bows to the head and body before dropping Davis for the 10-count in the 2nd round.

Smith (r) unloads on Davis.

 Lightweight Mickey Bey boxed carefully and scientifically to win most every round against the strong and aggressive but ineffective Alan Herrera. It was somewhat of a Hopkins-esque performance. Bey was too quick and smart, using a nice jab, footwork, and head movement to score and elude. Occasionally Bey would rip off a combo that seemed to hurt, Herrera, but then Bey would show respect again. There was a brief moment of excitement in the 7th round when Bey went down from what appeared to be a left hook to the body (though I’m not sure). However, Bey quickly recovered, and during the  8th, momentarily staggered Hererra.  Both landed good rights to the jaw in the 9th. Scores were 97-92 and 98-92 twice for Bey.

 Featherweight Jesus Cuellar was far too strong and determined for Rico Ramos. Cuellar came forward relentlessly, throwing heavy blows that at times seemed a little wide, slow, and thrown from too far away, and yet got to their mark often enough, especially to the body, to have Ramos boxing extremely cautiously and holding a lot. Southpaw Cuellar is such a heavy handed southpaw that he can overcome speed deficits.  

Cuellar decked Ramos in the 1st round with a straight left. After that, Ramos had a more than healthy respect for his power.  Cuellar’s superior aggression, work rate, and effective body blows got him the close rounds, and several others that found Ramos grabbing often. Ramos made several rounds closer with footwork and quick outside counters and leads at long range, though they seemed to have little power.


Ramos finds himself in kneel position during 12 round bout.

 Referee Ken Bayless took a point off Cuellar in the 8th for hitting on the back of the head, but it seemed that it was mostly Ramos’s fault for incessantly putting his head down face forward. Bayless tended to break the fighters too soon and too often, not allowing the fighters to work themselves free from clinches which were mostly initiated by Ramos. Bayless did nothing to stop Ramos from holding. All of that hurt Cuellar, who wanted to fight. In the 10th, Ramos appeared to land a right that sent Cuellar down to the canvas off balance for a flash knockdown, but Bayless ruled it a slip. I will let those who saw the video replay decide. I have only seen the fight live. Scores were 116-110, 117-109, and 114-112, all for Cuellar.

Three-time U.S. Olympian southpaw bantamweight Rau’shee Warren scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Ricardo Alvarado. All three judges scored it 99-87.  In the 2nd round, the lightning fast Warren landed a beautifully timed straight left counter that dropped Alvarado. Either Alvarado recovered well when hurt or Warren is too cautious to be much of a finisher. Warren seems to believe discretion is the better part of valor, in general boxing carefully, pacing himself, taking few risks, mostly preferring either to counter or throw quick single leads. He would only occasionally spurt with offense, but rarely for too long. At times he would play defense for a while, allowing Alvarado to work, but not countering very often, preferring to duck, block, smother, or move away. Regardless, he’s going to be too fast for a lot of guys.

 The 5th round saw Referee Robert Byrd deduct points from both fighters, from Warren for low blows, and from Alvarado for rabbit blows. The 9th round saw Warren get frisky, and an accumulation of blows to the head and body decked Alvarado. However, as usual, Alvarado recovered well, showed his gameness and his heavy right, and Warren again carefully outboxed him until the end to remain undefeated.

 Other results included Robert Easter WUD8 Carlos Cardenas, Jamel Herring KO2 Rogelio Casarez, Javonte Clark KO1 Miguel Rico, Raynell Williams WUD4 Joshua Arocho.

 Apparently the controversy of the night was about the gloves Marcos Maidana intended to use. Mayweather examined and objected to them as having too little padding. Ultimately, I’m sure it will all get worked out, because to get paid a lot of money, one has to fight.



Mayweather vs. Maidana: A Legend to Be Tested

By Adam J. Pollack

Every generation has a few really special fighters, ones whom whether you like them or not, you have to respect and admire their abilities in the ring. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is one such fighter. You will one day want to say, “I saw Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fight.” I predict that even those who now criticize him will one day compare future generations with him, and as is often the case, argue that the then-current champion is no Floyd Mayweather; that Floyd would have exposed him. And the debates will start, and those who saw him will hearken back to the days when they saw Floyd fight. Well, you now have the opportunity to see the legend fight live; in the present.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 45-0, 26 KOs, has that unique something. That is one reason why boxing fans want to see him. Like other very talented fighters, he knows he’s good, and he lets us know it. Like Muhammad Ali and Jack Johnson, his personality, hubris, and outside-the-ring life turns off some and excites or fascinates others, but either way, Floyd knows how to sell himself. Folks tune in either to see him win, to get his comeuppance, or to see a master perform and show why he’s so good, to witness history in the making. But they want to see him; and from an economic standpoint, that is what he wants.

Despite what he has said, Floyd isn’t just about the money. Sure there is that. But he has the great champion’s pride. That is why he keeps physically fit and trains so hard. He loves to win; and yes, he loves the money that comes with winning.

Ali once said it isn’t bragging if you can back it up. Like Ali, Mayweather has backed it up. That 0 at the end of his unblemished record has a modern allure. There is something awe-inspiring about a fighter who can box professionally for 17 years, from 126 pounds all the way up to 152 pounds, and still have no losses. That is special.

From a boxing perspective, what makes Floyd so special in the ring is that he combines blazing speed, reflexes, and ring generalship, along with a tremendously tricky, almost prescient defense. He’s one of those fighters who can make really good fighters look bad, who makes punchers miss and get frustrated, who can throw off their distance and timing, who wears them out by making them miss, and who hits them with punches so fast they can’t see them coming.

Like Jack Johnson, Mayweather isn’t known for engaging in wars. He’s the intelligent boxing foil to his foes, who neutralizes and figures out their styles, and does what he needs to do to win without getting hit. He is the boxer. But unlike many boxers, he doesn’t need to run to get it done, he can stand in range and make guys miss, but he can move if he needs to do so. He knows how to duck, block, smother, and clinch, and he also knows how to roll and counter.

Fans like to see really talented fighters get tested, to see them in with opponents who can make them dig deep, extend themselves to the limit, and show what they really have inside. That is how we learn whether they are truly great, or just really good. Fans also like to see the most entertaining matchups.

That brings us to Mayweather’s next opponent: Marcos Maidana. For the past couple of months, fans were voting on and debating whether the foil should be Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana. When for a short time it was looking like it would be Khan, even though most boxing polls showed fans preferred Maidana, I balked. So when ultimately it turned out to be Maidana, whom I consider a far more dangerous opponent, I had to laud Floyd for his choice.

Marcos Maidana is in his prime, and on a hot streak. In his last fight against then undefeated 27-0 Adrien Broner, he was going up against a fighter whose style was similar in many ways with Mayweather’s – a guy who blocked, rolled, and ducked, and had fast hands. Broner even talked brashly like Mayweather. Maidana clubbed, mugged, and pounded him to the canvas, staggered and beat up Broner en route to a clear decision victory.

Maidana has always been a relentless bull, a ferocious puncher with heavy hammering blows, and for a puncher, he can put his punches in bunches surprisingly well and keep a pretty darn good, consistent pace. He isn’t afraid to take a few to get in his own sledgehammer shots. He’s been dropped but never stopped. He usually stops his foes. His 35-3, 31 KOs record, with 88.5% of his victories coming by way of knockout, proves his punching power, if you hadn’t seen him bludgeoning some of this foes.

When he went up against the talented highly touted Victor Ortiz in a war, Maidana took all of Ortiz’s power shots, and kept beating away at his head and body, like a wrecking ball against a seemingly sturdy building. It ended with Ortiz beaten up and compelled to retire from the pounding in the 6th round. That put Maidana on the map. And that victory was won before Mayweather took on Ortiz.

Subsequent victories over likes of then undefeated Victor Cayo, and former champs Demarcus Corley and Erik Morales, proved Maidana was the real deal.

Even in a 2010 decision loss to Amir Khan, a young and talented tall boxer with very fast hands and fast footwork, Maidana badly hurt Khan on several occasions in a very exciting war. Since then, Khan lost to Lamont Peterson and was brutally stopped by Danny Garcia, and Amir only fought once in 2013, in April when he was dropped by an aging and relatively slow Julio Diaz, doing little to increase his stock in a narrow victory. Hence, most felt that Maidana, who was coming off a very exciting impressive victory over a young undefeated fighter, was sharper, hotter, and more deserving of the title shot than was Khan.

Since his last loss, in early 2012 to very quick southpaw Devon Alexander, for the last two years, Maidana has gone 4-0 with 3 KOs, with victories over fighters like Jesus Soto Karass (KO8)(who subsequently went on to KO Andre Berto), 30-5 Josesito Lopez (KO6), and of course, Broner.

You say that Floyd will likely win a decision. Sure. But over whom wouldn’t Floyd be the favorite to win a decision? Floyd is more skilled, with faster hands, reflexes, and counterpunching abilities than everyone in the welterweight division. That is a given. No one is going to outbox or outspeed him. Just look at his record. He’s beaten all types of fighters since late 1996, and since becoming a welterweight, has gone 11-0, 3 KOs. So we know he typically wins decisions as a welterweight.

Why am I excited about this fight? This is boxing, and despite what we think is likely to happen, there is always that specter of what might happen. Marcos Maidana is a guy who makes things happen, a guy who makes his opponent fight, who usually finds a way to hit him very hard, and forces him to deal with more pressure, strength, and hard punches than with which he is used to dealing. What Maidana has that Mayweather does not is big power and the willingness to take one to give one.

Marcos Maidana is the type of fighter who will make Floyd fight hard, give him some troubles, and make it a more entertaining fight, with the specter of defeat at the hands of one punch hanging in the air.

Styles matchups often dictate how entertaining a fight will be. In a battle of superior counterpunchers, against Juan Manuel Marquez, a fighter who had three very close fights with Manny Pacquiao, and who also stopped Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather toyed with Marquez, easily defeating him in what was not only a one-sided fight, but an uninteresting one. When fighters have used outside cautious speedy boxing against Floyd, like Oscar de la Hoya and Saul Alvarez, perhaps the fights were closer, but they were also much duller to watch.

The fact is that most of Floyd’s most entertaining fights were against game inside fighters with power. That is Maidana. Guys like Castillo, Hatton, and Cotto were physically strong, got to the inside, and fired powerful blows. They were relentless, willing, and not afraid to get hit. That is Maidana. Even Emanuel Augustus/Burton, who was not a big puncher, fought up close with Floyd, and made it a fun fight.

Age also makes this fight intriguing. Now that Floyd is 37 years old, who knows how many more opportunities you will have to see him still near his best, for as we all know, mother nature is one opponent who defeats them all, if they keep fighting. Like Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, and Roy Jones, Jr., eventually Floyd will slip and go to the well once too often.

Although he has been looking really good recently, Floyd is going to lose it just a little bit at some point, and Maidana is the type of guy against whom you do not want to be that fraction of a second slower, because when he hits, it really hurts. We also know that age makes fighters lose their legs a bit, so they don’t move as much or as consistently, and age also tends to cause fighters to punch less often.

Examine Floyd’s last four fights. In 2011, Ortiz, who applied pressure, looked like he was going to make it a fun fight, until he lost his head. In 2012, Floyd had to dig deeper against Cotto than he has against anyone else in recent memory. Cotto was a sturdy and strong power puncher who applied pressure. That was a very intriguing and entertaining fight. Guerrero was a blown up lightweight who did not have the relentless attack, power, or strength necessary. Alvarez had the strength, power, and even speed, but he did not apply enough pressure, choosing to box cautiously with Floyd in a tactical bout.

Marcos Maidana might not have Cotto’s skill, but he has as good a chin, is very strong, sturdy, durable, relentless, powerful, and knows how to get close. He hits the body, keeps a good pace, and at times puts his punches together in nonstop fashion surprisingly well. At age 30, he’s looking as frisky as ever. So will it likely be a fun fight, one in which Floyd will have to really show us what he has? You bet.
















































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