A Tale of Two Press Conferences

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 On: Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz

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.

Oscar Apologizes to Top Rank from Rehab

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.

Your friend,

Making and Unmaking Fights

Recent news:

  • 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?

HBO Changes Mind, Won't Buy Williams-Ishida

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.

S.O.G. Wants Bute After Froch/Johnson

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.

Next Up For The Punisher: Nobuhiro Ishida

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.

Weights for Saturday: Andre Ward 168, Arthur Abraham 167, Chris Arreola 234!

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

Rated R Is Back!

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.

The Comic Stylings of Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye

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.

Ringside: Haye/Klitschko Special 1/3

Pacquiao-Marquez III On For November 12

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.

Sugar Shane's Post-Fight Comments

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

B-Hop and Pascal Face Off

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.

Mayweather Speaks Out: Manny is Fighting My Leftovers

Floyd broke his silence today in a brief interview with Ben Thompson at Fighthype.com. The skinny:

  • He calls Mosley his "leftovers," and says although he will be rooting for Shane, he doesn't give him much of a shot against Manny, and even implies that Shane should take PEDs for the fight to level the playing field
  • The rumors of him fighting this summer, especially against Paul Spadafora, are completely unfounded, and that he is happily enjoying his hiatus
  • He will fight Manny whenever Manny agrees to take the test

In other words, same old Floyd.

Mayweather Removed From The Ring's P4P Top Ten

Due to inactivity, Floyd was removed from The Ring Magazine's Pound-For-Pound Top Ten List this week, enabling Miguel Cotto to return to the list at number ten. Personally, I would've preferred the inclusion of someone fresher, like maybe Amir Khan or Yuriorkis Gamboa.

The current rankings are (courtesy of The Ring):