Boxing

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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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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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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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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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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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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WBA/WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) could be making his last fight at 140 when he facing unbeaten IBF champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) on August 19 in a fight televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is the fight that Top Rank wants for the 29-year-old Crawford’s career. They feel it will help increase his popularity if he can unify the light welterweight division. I don’t know if it necessarily will.

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Rather than take a fight with unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBO World super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will be facing the recently twice beaten featherweight Miguel Marriaga (25-2, 21 KOs) next month on August 5 on at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Lomachenko-Marriaga will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes starting at 10:00 p.m. ET. This should be an entertaining fight if Marriaga has anything left from the punishment he absorbed in his recent loss.

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In a surprise move, Conor McGregor has reportedly signed on former 2 division world champion Paulie Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) as one of his sparring partners to help him prepare for his August 26 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Malignaggi, 36, recently stepped away from boxing in ending his 16-year pro career following an 8th round knockout loss to British domestic level fighter Sam Eggington on March 4.

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Trainer Nacho Beristain is picking Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to knockout Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in their fight on September 16. Beristain says that if Canelo (49-1-1, 34 KOs) fights in the same manner that he recently did in his win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last month on May 6, then Golovkin will beat him, because he’s missing something from his game in the defensive side of his game.

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