It sure seemed like the mainstream sports media made a really big deal out of Amir Khan last weekend when he dominated Paulie Malignaggi. Maybe it was because the fight marked his US boxing debut, or maybe it was the fact he now has superstar trainer Freddie Roach in his corner. Either way, the powers that be seem to be looking forward to a day when the biggest names in boxing are no longer Mayweather or Pacquiao.
The Mayweather/Mosley fight last Saturday night turned out to be a total let down. The hype and promotion was top notch, but after the second round, the outcome was never really in doubt. From a business perspective, it was a smashing success. From the fans perspective, it sucked.
Naturally one would think a Super Fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao should be next, but something tells me neither side will be willing to budge when it comes to drug tests.
Pacquiao claims random blood testing within 24 days of the fight will give Mayweather an edge. Not sure why he thinks that, but Floyd isnt likely to budge. And after the success of the Mosley fight, I dont think he should. If Pacquiao really wants the fight, he should accept the random tests. But I dont expect that to happen anytime soon.
It may not be the fight we were hoping for a few weeks ago, but it should still be a good one. After years of flirting with the idea, Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather jr. has agreed to fight Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The principle parties from Top Rank and Golden Boy spent nine hours on Tuesday at the mediator’s table. No deal was struck, but it looks like they aren’t giving up just yet.
The date is set for the latest “Fight of the Century!” Mayweather / Pacquiao is coming to a pay-per-view screen near you… I just hope Freddy Roach can shut up and stop complaining like a little girl between now and fight time.
But I guess that’s probably wishfull thinking!
Vegas is getting ready for another great fight weekend. The war between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is only a few days away and boxing fans are salivating.
As the fighters settle into the last phases of promotion and training, Manny Pacquiao remains calm amid the chaos on the strip. Basking in the adulation and spoils of success as thousands of fans welcome the Filipino phenomenon at the hotel, Pacquiao doesn’t look like a guy gunning for his seventh world-title in a seventh-weight class.
He gamely tells the press, “I never thought I would be this popular in the United States.”
Miguel Cotto too is adjusting to the desert, albeit trading friendly smiles with a detached seriousness.
By all accounts it is shaping up to be a tense, crowd-pleasing, high energy fight. While most insiders at this point are looking for any weaknesses, some speculation has been made that Cotto appeared withdrawn at the press conference. The likely inference becomes a question of the 145 agreed catch weight. Pacquaio’s camp asked for it, clearly to neutralize some of Cotto’s size advantage.
Aside from the size issue, the case for a Pacquiao victory remains strong. Here’s why.
Pacquiao has a way of systematically changing confident fighters into ones who are depleted and confused, just trying to find anyplace in the ring where they can catch a breath.
Miguel Cotto is fierce and tough but the consensus is he’s no match for Pacquiao’s superiority in terms of experience, speed and strength. The Vegas odds makers have Pacquiao as a 3-to-1 favorite.
It will be a difficult fight for Pacquiao and the biggest fight of Cotto’s career. Expect to see Cotto resume his natural style of fighting as the aggressor. As a tremendous body puncher, he’ll definitely go to work on the body and land a few good shots in between stalking Pacquiao and trapping him in corners.
However, Pacquiao’s newfound mastery of angles, combined with his other weapons, will keep him out of serious trouble.
But it’s boxing. Anything can happen.
Who will prevail come fight night and set the stage for a possible Mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather? Will it be a tribute to unquestionable toughness and an upset by Cotto? Or will the unmatchable speed and power by Pacquiao secure his bid for boxing history?
The answers will come quickly as the punches start to fly at the MGM Grand this Saturday night.
Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., son of legendary, three time world champion Hector Macho Camacho, is ready to avenge his father.
His opportunity will come October 30th in El Paso, Texas when he fights former junior middleweight champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas.
The showdown is aptly titled “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son.”
In press interviews Camacho Jr. insists that he will take care of family business.
“I demanded this fight with Campas. This is personal: he offended my father and my family. I know there are members of the media saying why Campas, but they need to remember that Campas is a really tough fighter who has fought the very best and held his own.”
His motive for payback began four months ago when Campas earned a draw with Camacho Sr. The result ended in animosity which permeated long after the fight ended, prompting the curious father-son campaign.
Camacho Jr’s career started when, as an eight year old, he followed his father into the ring and mock sparred with him before the elder Camacho’s world title defense against Edwin Rosario. Three years later, Camacho Jr. began fighting.
A few minor light welterweight titles later solidified him as a boxer in his own right with a record of 47-3, 27 by knockout. In recent years, his career has been lackluster, with a disputable no-contest against Jesse James Leija, a loss to Omar Weiss, a stoppage by Andrey Tsurkan and a loss to Don Juan Futrell.
Fight night will determine if Camacho Jr. has it in him to continue the legacy and get the win that he seriously needs against a 38-year old fighter, who struggled with his 47-year old father.
Camacho Jr. and Campas will fight at the Don Haskins Center with an undercard that features El Paso super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante vs. Carlos Fulgencio.