Living legend Sugar Ray Leonard spoke to RingTV.com’s Tom Gray about all-time greats and the current state of boxing’s glamor division, and answered the ever-burning question of who would win a Leonard-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight.
Robert Garcia on Marcos Maidana’s win over Adrien Broner: “We were ready to throw 100 punches a round. We know that’s the only way to beat somebody like Adrien Broner, or that’s the way to beat somebody like Floyd Mayweather [Jr.,]. That’s the way [Roberto] Duran beat Sugar Ray Leonard.”
Heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Artur Szpillka will meet in a clash of unbeatens in the Jan. 25 co-featured to Mikey Garcia’s WBO 130-pound title defense agaisnt Juan Carlos Burgos on HBO.
RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward has filed suit against promoter Dan Goossen in an attempt to gain freedom from what he views as an unfairly lengthy contract.
Keith Thurman: “I remember when I was 11 years old, and for Christmas, I got this boxing book and it had all of the great fighters in it. I remember flipping through those pages and saying to myself, ‘Man, it would be something if your name was in a book like this some day.'”
Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah will meet in Saturday’s clash of Brooklyn natives. Sixteen boxing experts are split over who will win the showdown between the veteran two-division titleholders.
Two-division titlewinners Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi, who will fight in their native Brooklyn on Dec. 7, recently turned 36 and 33, respectively. When they meet on Dec. 7, the loser’s career may well be at an end.
Keith Thurman: “You can doubt me as much as you want, but you are going to watch me throughout my career climb that ladder and reach the destination that I foresaw, and the one that I told you about, and that’s Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.”
Sugar Ray Leonard said Manny Pacquiao is still physically capable of coming back against Brandon Rios, but the big question is the former titleholder’s state of mind following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Adrien Broner on what to expect from his upcoming bout with Marcos Maidana: “You’re going to see an electrifying victory from Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner. You will see why I’m the lottery pick to take over this sport.”
On Tuesday night, ESPN will air ‘No Mas,’ a documentary dealing with the second of three fights between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, which ended with a frustrated Duran apparently quitting in the eighth round.