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Time for Mayweather to enter the ring with Pacquiao


mayweather2Floyd Mayweather Jr destroyed Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez with a ruthlessly clinical display in Las Vegas at the weekend but the non-title welterweight bout ended with an overall feeling of dissatisfaction.

The controversial weigh-in on the eve of the eagerly anticipated fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena raised the biggest question mark of all.

Marquez, a gutsy five-times world champion in three different weight classes, conceded four pounds to the bigger and faster Mayweather after tipping the scales at 142.

Because the 12-round bout was initially contracted as a welterweight contest with a catch weight limit of 144 pounds, Mayweather was heavily fined for coming in two pounds over the limit.

Who’s the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter?


mayweatherSaturday’s welterweight clash in Las Vegas between undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez could well be the first leg of three to settle the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

As things stand, most boxing fans would give that tag to either Mayweather, 39-0 (25 KOs), or Filipino southpaw Manny Pacquiao, 49-3-2 (37 KOs).

Albrecht shows how dangerous sport can be

It is easy to forget that sportspeople often risk their lives to effectively entertain.

As Nick and Alan pointed out in recent Formula One blogs, motor racing is essentially still dangerous.

Pacquiao’s power proves far too much for Hatton



After his devastating second-round knockout victory over Ricky Hatton it appears there are no limits to Filipino Manny Pacquiao’s ability… It’s just a shame he can’t continue his jolly stroll through the weight classes and breathe some life into the heavyweight division.

The power and strength he brought from flyweight through to light-welterweight was nothing short of phenomenal. Preposterous idea though it is, who says he couldn’t beat the slothful Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko?

Rumours fly around Hatton-Pacman


mayweatherThere is nothing like big fight week in Las Vegas to knock promoters heads together and sort out the next mouth-watering match-ups.

As we close in on Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton’s eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday night the press hounds have been joined in the media circus by many current fighters as the jockeying for opponents’ takes place.

Pacquiao needs to watch Hatton’s power


The bookmakers and pundits are confidently predicting a win for pound-4-pound king Manny Pacquiao in Saturday’s Las Vegas showdown against Ricky Hatton but I’m not so sure its that easy to call.

I can see their argument though; the Filipino southpaw (48-3-2) is the best fighter on the planet. He has speed, he has power, he has a good chin and the heart of a lion and I’m yet to spot a weakness in his armoury.

Stepping out of Calzaghe shadow


WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch finally gets the chance to banish the cries of Carl who? and step out of the shadow of Joe Calzaghe when he takes on former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in Connecticut on Saturday.

The skilful slick Froch (24-0 with 19 ko’s) is the owner of the WBC belt, once held by the now retired Calzaghe for more than ten years, but has struggled to gain recognition at home, never mind in the U.S.

Mayweather’s return can help stop boxing’s slide


U.S. Boxing is struggling to cope with the success of Mixed Martial Arts but could the return of a modern day great revive interest?

Floyd Mayweather Jr, 32, has apparently returned to training, his father says he will fight again and the all important money men at the television companies are teasing us with bits of information that would suggest the man who prematurely quit the ring in June will be back.