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Pacquiao/Clottey preview

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This is shaping up to be a decent fight and card in general. Clottey is tough as hell and wont be giving anything away to Pac. So here’s another GP vid to promote the bout.

If you don’t know the circumstances around what Clottey is doing at the 45 second mark, your life is lacking a little something!

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January 17, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Hatton Announces Ring Return In 2010

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Ricky Hatton (45-2-0) who was last seen laid out unconscious after losing his junior welterweight title to Manny Pacquiao, has announced he will fight again this year.

Hatton has flirted with a return after the devastating kayo in May last year but only today, speaking with Hatton TV, has the Englishman confirmed it. No opponent or site for the return has been named as yet and he claims he will speak to Sky about dates before anything is set in stone.

Personally I think this is a bad idea as I doubt he can be the force he was at either junior welter or welterweight.

It’s been said a million times but all the weight he puts on then sheds between fights can’t be good for him and the kayo last May was pretty horrible to watch, Hatton is a nice guy so nobody wants to see that happen again.

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January 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Taylor pulls out of the ‘Super Six’

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Taylor after being stopped by Abraham in October

Having been knocked out in spectacular fashion in 3 of his last 5 fights, former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1) has decided to remove himself from Showtime’s ‘Super Six’ super middleweight tournament.

Taylor, who was hospitalised after Arthur Abraham knocked him out in the dying moments of their October bout, had stated he would stay in the competition causing his promoter Lou DiBella to sever working ties, but today he announced his decision to step out.

It is not known if he is retiring fully or just leaving the tournament but following the devestating manner of his recent losses it is hoped by all involved with him and fans alike that he will call time on his career.

It is thought that the winner of the Allan Green/Saiko Biko bout next month will assume Taylor’s place.

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January 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm

January promises to be explosive

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It is quite possible that in all the hype of Mayweather/Pacquiao you could have forgotten that other fights are actually taking place and this month sees 3 especially good ones.

On January 23rd on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (B.A.D) two of boxing’s biggest prospects will again display their skills on the same card as they work towards an eventual showdown.

Juanma Lopez (27-0-0) vacates his WBO super bantamweight title moving up to featherweight to take on Steven Luevano for the WBO featherweight title. In his last fight Lopez,26, laboured to a 12 round decision over Rogers Mtagwa after he foolishly decided to brawl with the Tanzanian instead of using his superior boxing skills.

But Yuriokis Gamboa(16-0-0) is looking to show that the tough Tanzanian is not as hard a match up as Lopez made of it and has promised to knock out the African, when they face off on the same night.

Gamboa, 28,  had a glorious amateur career in Cuba winning an Olympic gold medal in 2004, but defected from the country to turn pro. First fighting in Germany and now the US, Gamboa like Lopez is still undefeated and has stopped 14 of his 16 opponents. So when the two finally meet it will be explosive especially as both seem to have bricks for hands!

The following week on  HBO’s World Championship Boxing, experienced  ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley(46-5-0) faces André Berto(25-0-0). Mosley,38, hasn’t fought since stopping Antonio Margarito last January whilst Berto took a unanimous decision over Juan Urango in May.

The fight will see two fast and power fighters go head to head in a unification fight as Mosley is the WBA ‘super champion’ whilst Berto holds the WBC version of the welterweight crown.

There has been words exchanged between the two especially over Twitter and Berto won’t take kindly to Mosley openly stating he is looking past the 25-year-old so this one promises to offer fireworks.

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January 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Who is looking out for Cotto?

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge Miguel Cotto fan and just recently my brother and I discussed how despite the Puerto Rican star appearing to be a genuinely good guy he has been shafted by the sport that he has given so much to. Ron Borges excellently puts into words the convo I held with my brother:

One has to wonder what poor Miguel Cotto is thinking this morning. He is burying his father at the same time he is trying to excavate his career. If ever he needed to be a fighter, it is now.

One has to wonder what poor Miguel Cotto is thinking this morning. He is burying his father at the same time he is trying to excavate his career. If ever he needed to be a fighter, it is now.

Even before his father and dearest friend, Miguel, Sr., died unexpectedly last weekend from an apparent asthma attack that led to a breathing problem that took his life at 57, Cotto had to be wondering about many things. He had to be wondering how much more punishment he can take after absorbing terrible beatings at the hands of first Antonio Margarito and then Manny Pacquiao.

He had to be wondering how much of himself was left behind in the ring those two nights, as he absorbed savage beatings until he could take no more. Surely he had to wonder if he would ever again be the fighter he once was, the recognized king of the welterweight division and one of the half dozen most feared fighters in the world.

But for Cotto, his wonderings had to be far worse than that in light of the odd turn the negotiations between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. have taken. Here stand Mayweather’s promoters and advisors – Oscar De La Hoya, Al Hayman, Richard Schaefer and Leonard Ellerbee – all insisting Pacquiao submit to random drug testing for performance enhancing drugs for the richest fight in boxing history to go forward and there stands Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, doing all he can to help Pacquiao make such testing useless.

What must Cotto be thinking as he mourns the passing of his father in Puerto Rico?

Here is Arum, who so loudly defended Margarito after he was caught wearing tampered hand wraps and a knuckle pad in his locker room the night he was to fight Shane Mosley. This is the same Margarito who gave Cotto the worst beating of his life not long before that fight with Mosley, a beating Cotto now believes was suspect under the quite reasonable assumption that if Margarito and his trainer were loading his hand wraps it didn’t start against Mosley.

This is the same Arum who has steadfastly stood with Pacquiao as he has repeatedly refused to accept any kind of blood test that might actually be effective even as fighters like Kermit Cintron and Paulie Malignaggi, along with Mayweather’s father, insist there’s something funny about how heavy-handed Pacquiao has become even though he has never tested positive for anything.

This is also the same Arum who promotes Cotto while defending Margarito. The same Arum who promotes Cotto while defending Pacquiao. The same Arum who has suggested the comeback fight for Cotto should be a rematch with Margarito as soon as Margarito’s suspension for wearing those plasterized handwraps is lifted.

This is Cotto’s promoter? Conflicted, shall we say?

In fairness, Arum nurtured Cotto from the time he turned professional, promoting him deftly enough to make him a star in Puerto Rico and New York while leading him through the often troubled waters of prize fighting. He helped get him into position to win world titles and make millions of dollars. He helped get him on HBO and in some of the biggest fights. Yet when issues were raised about tampered hand wraps and Cotto wondered if he had been a victim of them, there was Arum hollering that Margarito was being railroaded.

Now with Pacquiao sitting under a cloud of his own making by refusing to agree to reasonably effective random blood tests for PEDs and blood doping (professional athletes long ago lost the presumption of innocence when it comes to PEDs like steroids and HGH because when is the last time they didn’t deny it right up to the moment they got busted?), here is Cotto’s promoter again hollering that a grave injustice has been done to Pacquiao.

Well, what if one has been done to Cotto? Or maybe two? Cotto will never really know for sure in either case. Only Margarito and Pacquiao know what they were doing, or not doing, going into their fights with Cotto. Cotto doesn’t know and neither does Arum, although the former wouldn’t be human if he didn’t have his suspicions.

What doubts he must be wrestling with today about his past and his future in boxing as he sits in his grief over the loss of his father. To whom does he turn? Where does Miguel Cotto go now? Not even he probably knows.

He has asked the public to give his family time to heal from the passing of his father, the man who started him in boxing and in life, and he deserves that. Yet you wonder, as a judge sits trying to mediate the mess Pacquiao, Arum, Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions have made of the biggest fight of the New Millennium, what Miguel Cotto must be thinking. Surely one thing is this – who looked out for him?

One thing that my brother and I speculated on that wasn’t included in the piece is what if it had been Mayweather that had been on the end of Margarito’s beating? Even though nothing conclusive has been forwarded to show that Margarito did in fact cheat against Cotto, if it had been Mayweather the mere suggestion would have created way much more of a furor than it did in Cotto’s case.

Put aside the fact that Mayweather is better known than Cotto, both men have lives so why should the popularity of one mean that his life is worth more? Prior to the Pacquiao fight there was speculation that Cotto would leave Top Rank, I for one think he would have been better away from that snake Bob Arum who seems to think Cotto is merely fodder for his other fighters.

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January 11, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Mayweather looks to upstage Pac on March 13th

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Not to be outdone, Floyd Mayweather will do battle with Manny Pacquiao on March 13th but not in the ring rather in terms of views as he will go ahead with a fight on March 13th.

The date was meant to see Mayweather take on Pacquiao but after the two side failed to reach an agreement over the method of drugs testing, Pacquiao will now take on Joshua Clottey. This leaves Mayweather with a very tricky situation as he will need to find a suitable opponent for the March 13th date if he is to go ahead with his plans.

Jr welterweights Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell have been touted as possible opponents whilst welterweights Kermit Cintron and Matthew Hatton, brother of Ricky, have also been mentioned.

Timothy Bradley, a title holder at 140 pounds has a long shot at being selected but with his association with Showtime, HBO’s rival network, it is quite unlikely.

Whoever is selected, the fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it is being mentioned that if Mayweather comes through the bout unscathed he could face the winner of Berto/Mosley later this year.

Pac vs Clottey announced

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After failing to come to an agreement with Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank have drafted in Joshua Clottey to face Manny Pacquiao on March 13th.

It was thought that Pacquiao would face Jr Middleweight Yuri Foreman in an attempt to win  a title in an 8th weight division but instead he will face the tough Ghanian in the first defence of his WBO title.

Clottey will not prove as problematic for Pacquiao as Mayweather would have (who would!?) but having seen Clottey fight live, his strength and toughness will make this bout more than competitive.

Clottey, who formerly held the IBF welterweight title, was more than a handful for former WBO champion Miguel Cotto in losing a close split decision against the Puerto null in June last year and he will look to do the same to Manny Pacquiao.

The bout will take place in Texas at the stadium of NFL franchise the Dallas Cowboys after the site was rejected as a venue for the aborted Floyd/Pac fight. The stadium which can hold 100,000 will be set up to hold 40,000 fans

The undercard for the fight has also thrown up a shock as disgraced Mexican welterweight Antonio Margarito is being penciled in for a return following his year-long ban for attempting to using illegal hand wraps in his bout with Shane Mosley last January.

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January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm