The Manny Pacquiao I once knew used to be a tireless unstoppable force of nature leading his opponents to complete exhaustion. The Manny that I now see has changed not necessarily for the better. Pacquiao’s defeat at the hands of Australian champion and now new welterweight champion Jeff Horn earlier this month on July 2 was an unsuspected one and yet whoever watched that fight was kind of expecting it.
In today’s combat sport landscape, many things have been said about the prevalence of MMA and various organizations like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Many think boxing is a dead sport and point out the viewership of MMA events both on free TV and on PPV along with the popularity of their stars. This is a case of being a big dog in a very small pond, if given the chance many in MMA would gladly switch over to boxing if they could with the same kind of success.
After have witnessed a couple of horrendous robberies at the summer Olympics, now we the fight fans, will get ready to continue our boxing year. With at least three bouts worth of attention on this month, because one of those could be able to challenge the Francisco Vargas versus Orlando Salido fight of the year award.
Jessie Vargas is the next opponent for the fighting senator Manny Pacquiao. The Pacquiao-Vargas title fight has been officially scheduled for November 5, 216 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Frank Warren (Promoter):
“It’s a toss-up between Sergey Kovalev and Gennady Golovkin, who are both concussive punchers. You get a lot of guys who start out and knock people over until they reach a certain level, but those two have been consistent at the top level.”
Last Saturday night the new unified WBC-WBO and also new Ring Magazine Champion undefeated light welterweight Terence “Bud” Crawford put up a boxing counter-punching clinic to outbox, outsmart, outpoint and outclass a clueless Viktor Postol.
“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 Clearly both the monetary amount and the title of “last fight” are now no longer valid.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.
Promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to build up Dillian Whyte starting this Saturday in his fight with Malcolm Tann for an eventual big money rematch with IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Whyte (20-1, 15 KOs) is only a handful of fights away from rematch with the unbeaten Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) if he keeps winning.
Heavyweight Dillian Whyte is giving former heavyweight title challenger Hughie Fury a take it or leave it offer to fight him on February 3 at the O2 Arena in London, UK. That’s when Whyte plans on fighting again. Hughie (20-1, 10 KOs) wants a full training camp to get ready for the Whyte fight, but that’s not going to be possible.
The 23-year-old Hughie is interested in fighting Whyte on the undercard of the Tony Bellew vs. David Haye card on May 5. Unfortunately, Whyte (22-1, 16 KOs) is not interested in staying out of the ring for the next 5 months waiting for a fight with Hughie. Whyte wants to fight in February and then in April.
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.
Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Nicholas Walters and Shakur Stevenson will all be fighting on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo card on ESPN on August 19 at the Pinnacle Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. In terms of sheer names, this has got to be one of the best fight cards thus far in 2017.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) is close to agreeing to step aside so that WBC champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) can face #1 WBA Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Wilder-Ortiz fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.
Deontay Wilder is once again talking about killing Bermane Stiverne inside the ring this Saturday night. Wilder says Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) started it when he said he was going to kill him, so now he’s playing by the same rules by going out to try and kill him in their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) says the two of them are going to have a “killing spree” when they get in the ring in televised fight on Showtime Boxing.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) will be looking to make a statement against Cuban Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) on November 4 to send a message to IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs0 that he’s for real, and that he’s coming for him in the near future.
Wilder and Ortiz will be battling on Showtime Championship Boxing on November 4 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. This is a make or break fight for Wilder. He’s seen as a paper champion by a large segment of the boxing community. This is Wilder’s chance to show that he’s a real champion.
By now the fans have seen the incredible transformation in Saul Canelo Alvarez’s physique in going from a little tank-like junior middleweight to a fighter that could now be weighing in the 180s for his fight in 10 days from now against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
LAS VEGAS via Glutamax “Will we see Manny score a knockout for the first time in years? Well, let’s see,” said a hopeful Freddie Roach during the press conference before the highly anticipated WBO Welterweight Title bout between eight-division World Boxing Champion Manny Pacquiao and World Boxing Organization Welterweight Champion Jessie Vargas , on November 5, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Las Vegas, Nevada.
As I expected, former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has chosen to retire and end his long 21-year pro career rather than fight a rematch against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Wladimir Klitschko badly wants to beat IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua next month to become a three-time world champion. According to Wladimir’s trainer Jonathon Banks, he’s obsessed with beating Joshua to become a world champion again. Banks sees the 41-year-old Klitschko as this era’s version of George Foreman.
For the boxing fans that don’t remember, Foreman retired from the sport for 10 years and then came back at age 39 and toiled away until winning a world title at age 45. Wladimir isn’t quite as old or as overweight as Foreman was, but his accomplishment will be somewhat similar.
To borrow from a sports cliché, life is a game of inches.
In the case of TERENCE CRAWFORD, who currently stands on the horizon of boxing fame, his existence is a result of winning a game of millimeters. Think of it as survival by the margin of the tip of your fingernail.
In a shocking defeat, former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (26-2, 17 KOs) quit on his stool after the 7th round in his fight against 35-year-old journeyman Robinson Castellanos (24-12, 14 KOs) in a scheduled 10 round fight at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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