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Sergio Mora says WBA ‘regular” 160lb champion Danny Jacobs has the punching power to hurt IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin if he can get to his chin in the first three rounds. Mora believes that Jacobs has the better overall punching power than Golovkin. However, he feels that Golovkin has the better technique, which will kick in after the 3rd round if he’s still in the fight.

Mora sees Jacobs as having a suspect chin that Golovkin could take advantage of if he can get him past the third round. 

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Jamaica's boxing fans are still at a loss for words, since hearing that their favourite international boxing star, Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, lost his World Boxing Association (WBA) Featherweight Super Champion title on the scale in New York last week.

Walters was scheduled to meet Colombian Miguel Marriaga in a 12-round title fight at the Madison Square Garden Theatre on Saturday, June 13, but at the Friday afternoon weigh-in, he was a pound over the 126 pound limit, and forfeited the title immediately.

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There are big time rumors starting to float around about Floyd Mayweather Jr. coming back to fight Filipino star Manny Pacquiao in 2017. Pacquiao, who recently picked up the WBO welterweight title off of Top Rank fighter Jessie Vargas, seems to be very eager to make the fight with Mayweather happen.

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WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KOs) could put himself in the driver’s seat for a fight against Manny Pacquiao for 2017 if he defeats Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KOs) this Saturday night in their fight on HBO. The Lomachenko-Pacquiao fight is one that their promoter Bob Arum wants, but Lomachenko needs to do his part by getting past a very tough Walters.

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Manny Pacquiao could wind up defending his WBO welterweight title against unbeaten contender Jeff Horn (15-0-1, 10 Kos) in 2017 if Horn wins his next fight against 38-year-old Ali Funeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) on December 10, according to Fight News. Horn is ranked #2 by the World Boxing Organization at 147, and right behind #1 Tim Bradley.

It’s doubtful that Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is going to make a fight between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2017, because the two fighters recently fought each other for the third time in April of this year. A fourth fight between Pacquiao and Bradley would likely draw no interest at all from the boxing public if Arum made this match-up. 

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IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook could be back in action by March or April 2017 in making his mandatory defense against unbeaten #1 IBF Errol Spence Jr. (21-0, 18 KOs), according to his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Brook says he wants to knockout Spence, according to Hearn. Brook believes he can do it too. He doesn’t want to be seen vacating his IBF 147lb title, because the boxing fans will think he’s avoiding the Spence fight.

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“Pacquiao will have earned $500 million from boxing purses and endorsements during his two-decade professional career.”

So wrote Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes last April, on the eve of Manny Pacquiao’s supposed last fight against Timothy Bradley. Clearly both the monetary amount and the title of “last fight” are now no longer valid. To be sure, Pacquiao is facing reliable if not brilliant welterweight Jessie Vargas this Saturday in yet another Vegas throwdown. He’s also set to make a whole lot of money in doing so. Make no mistake about it, the gravy train keeps rolling for Pacquiao.

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