Lem Satterfield

HBO’s Hershman touts Mayweather, Pacquiao, network’s 2012 lineup

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May 19 – Las Vegas, NV

Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) vs. Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) II, for Peterson’s IBF/WBA junior welterweight belts

“It’s always incredibly interesting whenever there is controversy around a decision or what happened in a particular fight and everything that went on. But mostly, this was an exciting fight.

“I think that they’re perfectly match, stylistically, and Khan has every motivation to get back what he believes that he should have come away with the first go-round.

“But, you know, I think that Lamont Peterson is a fascinating story, and, again, I can not predict this fight, and this is the kind of thing that we want on HBO boxing.

“We just want fights where you go into these fights and you don’t know who is going to win. I can not tell you. I could guess, but it would only be that. I do not know who is going to win this fight.”

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May 5 – Las Vegas, NV

Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs), for Cotto’s WBA junior middleweight belt

“I think that this is tougher for Floyd in that he’s never been at 154 against someone like Miguel Cotto [other than Oscar De La Hoya.] In fairness to Oscar, that was an Oscar who was well past his prime. So this is a guy who is at 154 because he’s solid at that weight, and who is not at 154 because he’s old.

“He’s at 154 because that’s his natural and best fighting weight. Cotto is as tough as nails, and, again, there is no quit in him. I think that it’s an intriguing fight for Floyd. It’s going to be a spectacular night of boxing. I won’t ever underestimate Floyd Mayweather.

“He’s the most dynamic fighter in the game and maybe in history, so it’s hard to ever bet against him. But I don’t think that he’s ever fought anyone at this weight at this young part of his career and in the prime of his career as is Miguel Cotto.

“So, I think that it’s a tough, tough night, but as Floyd often says: This is a contact sport, and he’s not going to get out of this fight without contact. Miguel fights in a style that is very crowd-pleasing.”

Note: Also part of the Mayweather-Cotto event is an under card bout during which WBC junior middleweight beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) defends against ex-titlewinner Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs).

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June 9 – Las Vegas, NV

Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) vs. Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight belt

“I actually go back to Tim Bradley beating Junior Witter. I think that for kid to go to England, into that hostile environment, and to do that without a ton of experience in big fights to that point, and to show what he showed in that fight, that, to me, defined Timothy Bradley as just the ultimate competitor.

“It showed that he’s going to be prepared to the highest degree and at the highest level and to never quit, and that he’s going to come with everything that he’s got in his arsenal. That’s what makes it so exciting for me, because I’ve watched him grow up in boxing for so long, and I had the privilege of having been a part of so many of his fights as a young fighter.

“Now, to see him, and to see how excited he is, and how passionate he is about this fight, I wouldn’t underestimate him. I think that people who have, they’ve come up on the wrong side of the ledger. So that, to me, is really one of the the defining points about Timothy Bradley.”

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Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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