HBO is dusting off its star-making machine for Canelo Alvarez. The network did a good job with Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now HBO is working hand-in-hand with De La Hoya and going to go head-to-head with Mayweather to establish the next star.
Veteran sports writer Tim Smith shares his thoughts on Dan Goossen’s sudden passing. Smith recalls the many endearing qualities of the gregarious and charismatic boxing promoter, including Goossen’s love of family and zest for life.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. outmaneuvered and out-boxed Marcos Maidana to an uneventful unanimous decision on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather improved to 47-0 but the pressure is now on to find an opponent who can make for a better fight and event.
While promoting the Mayweather-Maidana rematch in Las Vegas, Oscar De La Hoya spoke about his efforts to thaw the cold war with Top Rank, making fights the fans want, Canelo Alvarez’s next bout, working with Al Haymon, and Golden Boy’s arbitration with Richard Schaefer.
With Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s last fight generating disappointing numbers (at least by his standards) and multiple controversies during the past week, the rematch with Marcos Maidana will be telling of how strong Mayweather’s brand is.
Since joining Robert Garcia’s stable of fighters in Oxnard, California, in 2012, Marcos Maidana’s career has been reinvigorated. Garcia has fine-tuned the Argentine slugger’s style just enough to make him a threat against elite boxers – including Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Every time Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights, people ask if his nimble legs have finally deserted him. Particularly after a couple fights in which he stayed in the pocket more than usual. And so we must now ask: Have Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s nimble legs finally deserted him?
Upon arriving in Las Vegas for his rematch with Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was asked what he thought about the case of Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video of him knocking out his fiancee in an elevator surfaced.
Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri hit New York on Thursday with only one day left to go on their 27,000-mile promotional tour. It’s been exhausting for both, but while Pacquiao is somewhat used to the drill, Algieri says the experience has been an education in many ways.
Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports served notice to the boxing community that the rapper-entrepreneur is serious about being a major player in the sport by overbidding for the Peter Quillin-Matt Korobov title bout, but how they follow this bold move and build their own roster of fighters will tell us if the new company has a future.
With his third-round stoppage of Daniel Geale, Gennady Golovkin is quickly becoming a Mike Tyson-like performer where his fans come to the arena expecting him to knock his opponent stiff. Golovkin-Geale attracted 8,500 fans to Madison Square Garden and his team believes his popularity will continue to grow.
HBO envisions Gennady Golovkin as the next pay-per-view attraction while the undefeated middleweight titleholder’s promoters want to develop the Kazakhstan native into a ticket seller in the U.S., but Daniel Geale is confident he has what it takes to upset those plans when he faces the heavily favored puncher on Saturday.
Six years after his perilous journey from Cuba, heavyweight contender Mike Perez finds himself on the threshold of a WBC title shot. He will meet fellow unbeaten contender Bryant Jennings in a 12-round title elimination match at Madison Square Garden on HBO on Saturday.
Chris Algieri isn’t famous and Ruslan Provodnikov won’t make a fortune defending his WBO 140-pound title against the undefeated prospect on Saturday. However, Provodnikov is motivated to give his all because the Russian slugger cares about one thing – thrilling fans.
Chris Algieri, a master’s degree holder who plans to attend medical school after boxing, knows the health risks involved with the sport and in facing a puncher like Ruslan Provodnikov, but the undefeated 140-pound prospect is confident he can upset the WBO titleholder on Saturday.
Miguel Cotto stopped Sergio Martinez after nine one-sided rounds, winning THE RING/WBC middleweight titles in front of his fans at Madison Square Garden. Martinez’s career may be over after the devastating loss, but Cotto’s career has never looked brighter.
Sergio Martinez will have an opportunity to prove to a skeptical public that he’s still the best middleweight in the world when he defends his WBC and RING titles against Miguel Cotto on HBO Pay Per View at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Saturday night will be Miguel Cotto’s ninth fight at Madison Square Garden, and he says he’ll give the Puerto Rican Day fans a historic win over RING and WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.