The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view event will generate record-breaking numbers, but given the disappointing nature of the fight, will the masses pay to see Mayweather in record numbers again? BWAA President Joseph Santoliquito posed this question to Larry Merchant, Max Kellerman and New York Daily News sports columnist Mike Lupica, among others.
There are certain fights throughout boxing history that ignite a visceral reaction from fans due to their disputed outcomes, such as Dempsey-Tunney II and Hagler-Leonard. One such fight took place 25 years ago today when Julio Cesar Chavez and Meldrick Taylor produced a war for the ages that would be overshadowed by one of the most polarizing decisions a referee ever made.
Does the hype around Mayweather-Pacquiao compare to Ali-Frazier? Will it live up to it? What does each guy bring to the table? Who will win? Larry Merchant brings 50 years of boxing experience to bear on these and other questions.
Today is the 25th anniversary of Buster Douglas’ shocking win over Mike Tyson for the undisputed heavyweight champion and its effect is palpable to this day. Our own Lee Groves looks back on a true day to remember.
A new short documentary explores what might have been if Cuban amateur hero Teofilo Stevenson had accepted a fortune to leave Cuba and face Muhammad Ali.
Will Tim Bradley erase all doubts and beat Manny Pacquiao decisively this time around? Larry Merchant calls the fight a coin flip.
Nelson Mandela’s 2001 interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant will air on the network on Saturday.
Guillermo Rigondeaux was criticized for his “amateurish” style by some fans, the media and even his own promoter after he outclassed Nonito Donaire, but the Cuban boxing genius tuned it out going into Saturday’s 122-pound title defense against Joseph Agbeko.
HBO’s Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward doesn’t offer many new insights, but does an excellent job of rekindling the drama around one of boxing’s greatest trilogies, and of portraying the friendship that evolved between two warriors beyond the ring.
Former titleholder Antonio Tarver will return from what will have been a 17-month ring absence against Mike Sheppard on Nov. 26.
HBO’s exiting Larry Merchant: “I’m proud to be associated with so many talented people who made us into a groundbreaking network.”
Bernard Hopkins implied that Saturday night’s clash with Chad Dawson could represent his final professional fight, comparing his career achievements to those of Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan.