OR NOT, MAYWEATHER VS. MACGREGOR IS GOING DOWN AUGUST 26th . . .
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fighting event of the year?
I said… Are you guys
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of the most legendary
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yet to be seen, especially when pitted against one of the all-time
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wonder how seriously he takes it, especially when confronted with a
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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.
THURMAN-GARCIA MAKES HISTORY
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 . . ."
CLEARLY FAVORED KOVALEV IN CONTROVERSIAL DECISION
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
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.
WARD - KOVALEV IS OFFICIAL
SET FOR NOVEMBER 19th, 2016 AT
T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas, Nevada
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.”
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main
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.”
David Spagnolo/Main Events
– 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.
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
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
"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."
ALVAREZ COPS SPLIT OVER 12 ROUNDS
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.
Vegas Friday Night
Boxing Results and Controversies
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
BULL & BEARS
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