Boxing

Boxing

There is a certain kind of boxer that matchmakers are wise to avoid when picking opponents for their fighters. He is usually a southpaw (though not always) and is defined as awkward (meaning that even if your guy beats him, he might not look great doing it). On top of that, this fighter is the kind of guy who is known and appreciated usually only by hardcore boxing heads, and will have trouble drawing much interest (or selling many tickets) to those outside the cognoscenti.

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA -- Manny Pacquiao’s trainer advised the Filipino legend to quit boxing Monday after his sensational defeat to unheralded Australian Jeff Horn.

While controversy raged over the scoring of Sunday’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout in Brisbane, after all three judges awarded it to unbeaten Horn, there were doubts whether 38-year-old Pacquiao would return for a possible rematch.

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Jeff Horn scored a controversial unanimous decision win over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, and we have all the play-by-play action from the card.

Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn combined for a 12-round war on Saturday, but in the end the fight ended with a controversial decision win for the hometown boy, Horn. The judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 for Horn, but many had Pacquiao winning the fight.

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If Manny Pacquiao is to fight a rematch with newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, he says he wants a “fair deal” for both of the fighters when it comes to the officials. Pacquiao lost a controversial 12 round unanimous decision to the 29-year-old Horn last Saturday night at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. It looked to some that Pacquiao the opposite of a fair deal.

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Andre “SOG” Ward says the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight will be decided on the size difference between the two fighters. Ward’s first instinct when predicting a winner in the fight is to look at the size difference.

Golovkin is far bigger than Canelo, who looks like he still belongs in the junior middleweight division. However, Ward notes that Canelo has good boxing skills, and he’s tricky inside the ring. Ward says the fight will come down to whether Canelo can handle the punching power of Triple G, as he’s a very powerful puncher.

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Dillian Whyte is not a happy person right now with Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder choosing to reject the $3 million offer from Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight between them. Whyte, #5 WBC, wants a crack at Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. The unbeaten Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) would fight Whyte for the right amount of money, but the offer that was made by Hearn was $4 million too little.

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Let me first preface by saying that I think the August 26th fight between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Conor ‘Notorious’ McGregor is a complete and utter farce. In a Boxing ring everything matters, and the nuanced differences between MMA and the Sweet Science (the heavier gloves, the twelve three minute rounds as opposed to 3/5 five minute rounds, even the footwear will all have an effect on Conor’s performance) mean that McGregor will likely enter the ring on the 26th August like a deer caught in a car’s headlights.

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WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Australian challenger Jeff Horn face off at the weigh-in for the Battle Of Brisbane this morning ... Manny tipped the scales at 146 and Horn at 147 oddsmakers aren't giving Horn much of a chance to win but there's always the possibility of a lucky punch ... Horn has nothing to lose and everything to gain in the fight set tomorrow 

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