Whether it was the constant fight-week distractions, Marcos Maidana’s relentless attack or a combination of both that threw Floyd Mayweather Jr. off during his tougher-than-expected fight with Maidana, the pound-for-pound king found a way to deal with it and remain unbeaten.
Amir Khan’s “audition” for a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. went quite well as the British star dominated tough and savvy veteran Luis Collazo en route to a unanimous decision on the Mayweather-Marcos Maidana undercard on Saturday.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has heard it all, “… this guy here is super fast … this guy got a good left hook … this guy goes to the body good,” but nobody has solved the “May-Vinci Code” yet, he says, and Marcos Maidana won’t be the first.
Luis Collazo has made a remarkable comeback but the veteran has also rebounded, through his new faith in God, from a deep depression that threatened his life. The former welterweight titleholder faces Amir Khan in the chief support to Mayweather-Maidana on Saturday.
Marcos Maidana is the latest opponent to try to hand Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first pro loss but few think he can compete, let alone win. As Mayweather heads into the twilight of his career, the question becomes how many people are willing to pay to watch Mayweather as a singular performer?
When Oscar De La Hoya formed Golden Boy Promotions he brought Richard Schaefer aboard as the CEO to help build it into a powerhouse company. However, as Golden Boy has grown larger, Schaefer and De La Hoya have grown farther apart. Now it looks like they’re heading for a messy divorce.
The spotlight is on Sergey Kovalev, who will be defending his WBO 175-pound title against Cedric Agnew and headlining his first show in the U.S. on Saturday. No one is paying much attention to Agnew, but that doesn’t bother the soft-spoken but confident challenger.
Danny Garcia had to fight tooth and nail, but he managed to pull out a majority decision against rugged Mauricio Herrera to retain THE RING, WBC and WBA 140-pound belts before a vocal and partisan crowd in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday.
Middleweight Danny Jacobs has overcome cancer and re-established himself as a contender. Against Milton Nunez on Saturday in Puerto Rico, he’ll try to keep that momentum going — with his eye on a showdown with WBO titleholder Peter Quillin.
Sergio Martinez accused Miguel Cotto of being “like a 15-year-old girl” with the demands he made during negotiations for their June 7 fight. Cotto shrugged it off and said he’ll be the one selling the tickets in New York, so he will be the one calling the shots.
Dino Duva introduced the first boxer he has signed to his new promotional company, Zhang Zhilei, a Chinese silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, at a press conference in Manhattan on Monday afternoon.
Luis Collazo’s career took a sharp upward swing after he knocked out fellow former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz in the second round on Thursday in Brooklyn. Ortiz’s second straight loss leaves his future in doubt.
Victor Ortiz’s fight against Luis Collazo on Thursday is a way for the former welterweight titleholder to get back into the consciousness of boxing fans after being out of the ring for 19 months. But don’t call it comeback, Ortiz says he never really left the gym.
Luis Collazo has put controversial losses and life hardships behind him and renewed his faith in God and family. He believes he has an inspirational performance in store for fellow former welterweight titleholder Victor Ortiz on Thursday in his hometown of Brooklyn.
Mikey Garcia, who defends his WBO 130-pound title against Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, had a banner 2013 but his promoter and trainer think he can have an even better 2014. There is talk of a future dream fight with Manny Pacquiao, but Garcia is focused on the present.
Boxing late-comer Bryant Jennings faces unbeaten Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka on Saturday on HBO as he continues his quest to separate himself from a not-so-crowded field of U.S. contenders and position himself for a run at a world title.
Juan Carlos Burgos has come up short in two previous world title shots but the 26-year-old junior lightweight contender enters his WBO title bout with heavily favored Mikey Garcia on Saturday with more strength, confidence and his original trainer.