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,
Oscar

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?

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