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:
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.