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.