Bob Arum on Jimmy Kimmel’s spoof of Manny Pacquiao: “Something like that is so invaluable in promoting a fight. It gets to an audience that isn’t necessarily into boxing. There’s no telling what effect it has.”
Ricky Hatton, who returns to the ring on Saturday to face Vyacheslav Senchenko after battling addiction and depression during a three-year absence, told Telegraph Sport that boxing became his ‘therapy’ to escape drugs, drink and suicidal thoughts.
Having endured past issues with depression, including suicidal thoughts, former titleholder Ricky Hatton says he’s already won the battle whether he wins or loses Saturday night’s welterweight clash with Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Despite reports of Martin Murray getting a shot against THE RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in April, the unbeaten contender from St. Helen’s, Merseyside in England remains focused on his next bout scheduled for Nov. 24 in Manchester.
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder will pursue his 26th knockout in as many victories without a loss against unbeaten Kelvin Price on the Dec. 15 Amir Khan-Carlos Molina undercard.
Paulie Malignaggi: “Floyd Mayweather gets no appreciation, but he’s just so dominant, that they have to just deal with it…I’m not saying that I’m as dominant as Floyd, but I consider myself to be a real craftsman of the sport. I’m a true craftsman of boxing.”
Former junior welterweight champ Ricky Hatton’s Nov. 24 comeback fight agaisnt former welterweight beltholder Vyacheslav Senchenko will be televised live on Showtime, the U.S. premium cable network announced on Friday.
A once-paralyzed, former cancer patient, Danny Jacobs was ecstatic in victory: “No moment has ever been greater than right now. This moment means the world to me. They told me that I would never walk or box again, and I proved everybody wrong.”
Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi: “It feels really good that things are turning around for me, and it feels really good that there’s a lot of positive things going on for me inside of the ring and outside of the ring.”
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson yesterday registered his delight at Ricky Hatton’s comback next month, but warned the British boxer not to go out of his way “to prove how tough he is” as a fighter.
Paulie Malignaggi: “When you’re someone like me, and you’re fighting out of Brooklyn, the only reason you dream of fighting out of Madison Square Garden is because there was never something like the Barclays Arena in Brooklyn to keep dreaming about.”
Freddie Roach, Alex Ariza and Miguel Diaz have had a rocky relationship in the past, and one of the challenges of this Saturday night will be for the trio to set aside their differences and work together in Manny Pacquiao’s corner.