We're about two months away from Floyd's return to the ring against Victor Ortiz. Here's a teaser from HBO for their Face Off:
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Update: All three judges have been suspended by the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.
The less said about last night's shambolic outcome in the HBO main event, the better (everyone knows a robbery when we see it). Instead, let's focus on the great three-round war on Showtime between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon--here's Antillon's thoughts on the bout post-fight:
Unsurprisingly, he says he feels him and Rios will never get along.
The jawing continues. Rios, who worked with a conditioning coach for the first time, looks the best we've ever seen him. He also had to strip completely down to make weight, for what that's worth. We can't wait for this fight!
This potentially great fight doesn't seem like its getting its fair share of the hype this week, with most of the attention drawn by the sure-to-be-bloodbath between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon on Showtime. But HBO's main event may be more meaningful. Here's some video hype from the final press conference.
In the first segment, a serious Paul Williams promises to drag Lara through the mud.
Here, a supremely confident Lara dismisses Paul Williams, calling him "just another fighter."
This one's shaping up to be an extremely interesting fight. We like the underdog.
In their final press conference, both Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon seem to have their game faces on in preparation for their WBA Lightweight Title fight on Saturday at the Home Depot Center (broadcast live on Showtime). Who do you like in this bloodbath? Rios is a notoriously slow starter, so Antillon may take charge early, but only the boxing gods know who'll crack under the pressure first. Also, the undercard will be broadcast live on TopRank.com, so you Golden Domers can catch another terrible Mike Lee fight.
At least Wladimir and David finally shook hands.
We'll see how he is tomorrow night in Los Angeles, but the Floyd Mayweather that showed up for the first of two Mayweather-Ortiz (a.k.a. "Star Power") pressers today in Manhattan was disquietingly sedate and mature. Take a look for yourself:
The Skinny for those of you who can't be bothered:
- Floyd says he wants to fight ten more times
- He says he "absolutely wants" the Pacquiao fight, and the only thing preventing it right now is HBO not demanding both fighters take the test
- He says he will no longer "move" when he fights, and will instead box in the center of the ring like he did against Shane
- He thanks the fans and the media repeatedly for keeping him "relevant" over a period of fifteen years
Some delicious video hype about the big heavyweight fight taking place July 2 in Hamburg, Germany. I like how they edited that long staredown in the middle when Wladimir is asked about David's decapitation t-shirt--the tension, as David notices--is palpable.
1. Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah (July 23, Mandalay Bay, WBA/IBF 140 Unification): Two guys who can't help but like each other. Also, it's good to see Sweet Pea back on a big fight dais, he looks in pretty good shape but is as incomprehensible as always. I like Khan, but I'm rooting for the old guys in this one.
2. Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon (July 9, Home Depot Center, WBA 135 Title): Two guys who absolutely hate each other. Rios proves he's a huge dick once again, making fun of Antillon's voice (much like he made fun of Roach's prior to the Pacquiao-Margarito fight) and clearly calling Antillon a gay slur at the end. I'm still hoping someone destroys Rios, but I don't think Antillon is going to be the guy.
It's all over the Internet--Floyd is coming back on September 17 to face Victor Ortiz. The fight will be at the MGM Grand and Golden Boy is reporting that full USADA testing will be used.
This is a great fight, and much better than Manny's last three opponents (Clottey, Margarito and Mosley).
UPDATE: The fight will be called Star Power.
Clearly, Zbik doesn't believe he lost to Chavez Jr.
Some excellent video hype from Round1mag.com regarding Saturday's Super Six semi-final (and WBC super middleweight title tilt) between Carl Froch and Glen Johnson. Who you like?
Multiple news sources are reporting that the proposed Amir Khan-Zab Judah fight is on for July 23 in Las Vegas! Golden Boy was asking for 60-40 and Main Events wanted 50-50, so they met in the middle at 55-45.
Directly transcribed from Oscar's Twitter. I'm guessing one of the first steps in the recovery program at the facility Oscar is at--for alleged cocaine and alcohol abuse--is apologizing to anyone that your addiction has negatively affected.
Dear Bob Arum:
First, I would like to humbly apologize for any pain I have caused to you and your family. I also want to apologize to Manny Pacquiao for any wrongdoing on my part. You are a great champion. I have realized that by accepting my mistakes everyone around me will hopefully forgive me. With great humility, I ask that we work together for the good of the sport we dearly love. It is not fair to the fans and to the fighters. So today, let's move forward and put on the best fights possible and show the world what we are capable of doing.
Thank you, Bob.
- The Showtime Bantamweight Tournament Final featuring Joseph Agebko vs. Abner Mares is back on, for August 13.
- Paul Williams' opponent for their July 9 fight has been selected, and it's Erislandy Lara, who should be a very, very tough out for Williams. I really like Lara in this matchup.
- Juan Manuel Marquez is still taking a tune-up in July, but it will be on July 16 and the opponent won't be David Diaz. Is anyone else wondering why Marquez is risking his guaranteed minimum of $5,000,000 to take a tune-up, when he hasn't needed one since at least the last time he faced Manny?
Dan Rafael is reporting that HBO has changed their mind on the Paul Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida match-up scheduled for July 9. Williams' return was originally supposed to be the main event on HBO World Championship Boxing, then was downgraded to HBO Boxing After Dark, and now the fight with Ishida has been cancelled altogether, after criticism that it was not deserving of being a main event. I'm guessing HBO will want Williams to fight one of the other two proposed names, Sergiy Dzinziruk or Deandre Latimore.
Denis Lebedev is not amused at all by Roy's rapping at their Moscow presser. I'm taking the Under 7.5 rounds in this fight at -115. Unfortunately, Roy is getting KO'ed again, but I get the feeling he's not going to try very hard, so hopefully it won't be as brutal as some of his past KO's.
Check out Andre Ward at the press conference following his defeat of Arthur Abraham. Is he going to be the next big American star? He sounds better on the mic every time we hear him. Two interesting things about his future:
- When asked where he wanted the Super Six Finals, he immediately plead Dan Goossen for the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Being at the Pacquiao fight the week before may have made a strong impression.
- He wants the WBC belt that Froch holds because of its history. Then he wants Bute afterwards, so there will be one undisputed champion in the division.
Dan Rafael of ESPN has tweeted that Paul Williams' next fight will be against James Kirkland conqueror Nobuhiro Ishida, as the main event on HBO for July 9. Putting aside the question of whether this fight is HBO main event-worthy or not, it's nice to see Ishida parlay his few minutes of fame into a big spot on TV. Maybe he can make some hay against Williams--Ishida seems just as long and angular--and the question remains whether Williams has taken too much of a beating in his fights against Sergio Martinez.
Check out the size difference between Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham during their staredown --another reason why Ward is such a huge favorite in their fight for Ward's WBA Super Middleweight title. The big news at the weigh-in, though, was Chris Arreola coming in at 234--his lightest weight in almost four years. EOTR Picks: Ward by decision, Arreola by KO
One of EOTR's favorite fighters, Kendall Holt, just put himself back on the boxing map (and in the running for KO of the Year), flattening Julio Diaz with a vicious left hook in the third round. You know what would be a great matchup? Kendall Holt vs. Zab Judah at the Prudential Center in Newark.
In advance of their July 2nd clash in Hamburg in the most important heavyweight fight in years, Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye put in a promotional appearance on the British boxing show Ringside Live. Despite their supposed animosity toward one another, one gets the feeling that these two men could become friends, or, if not that, at least an entertaining comedic duo.
The dust has barely settled on Pacquiao's whitewashing of Sugar Shane, but Manny's next opponent is already signed: Juan Manuel Marquez, November 12, in Las Vegas. News of the pair's third go-round (and its catchweight of 144 lbs.) was first broken by Boxingscene.com. Some recent clarifications of the contract offered by Top Rank:
- Marquez is guaranteed a minimum of $5,000,000 for the November fight, and $10,000,000 for a rematch if he wins
- For every PPV sold over 700,000, Marquez will receive $5
- The contracted weight is 144 lbs., with either side paying $1,000,000 for each lb. over at the weigh-in
The ball is now in Golden Boy's hands to match that offer, but it seems highly unlikely they will be able to.
A discouraged Shane Mosley speaks to the press after his desultory performance against Manny Pacquiao. Couple quick notes:
- Shane cites Manny's power, repeatedly, as a reason for why he fought so carefully
- Says that a fight between Manny and Floyd would be "very interesting" due to Floyd's defense and technique
- Did not indicate a desire to hang 'em up, suggesting that there is no shame in losing badly to the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world
Unsurprisingly, both men look to be in fine shape. What a crowd at the MGM Grand for the weigh-in--apparently, at least 6,000 showed up and many more were turned away at the door by the fire marshal.
While everyone focuses on the big fight this weekend, there's still boxing after Pacquiao-Mosley. Check out this HBO Face-Off between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins in advance of their May 21 rematch. This is without question the most amusingly combative Face-Off we've seen yet--these guys love to argue with each other. Most hilarious moment: B-Hop suggesting Pascal is delusional due to drug use.
Manny looks sharp.