Thursday February 28, 2013
Sad news to share today as this will be my final post on the About Boxing site.
While it's been a pleasure covering boxing for About.com, what I'll miss the most is the interaction with the amazingly passionate community of fight fans that have visited and contributed to this site since the late 1990s. You never ceased to dazzle me with your knowledge, humble me with your kind words and support, and startle me with your - at times - shockingly colorful commentary on the issues of the day.
Thank you, it's been a privilege.
Monday February 25, 2013
As expected, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has selected WBC interim welterweight champ Robert Guerrero as his May 4 opponent at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. What was unexpected was the announcement that Mayweather would be leaving HBO for a big revenue-sharing deal with Showtime. Guerrero believes Mayweather - now 36 - is "ripe for the picking". Oddsmakers obviously feel otherwise as Guerrero opened as an 11-1 underdog.
The Guerrero fight is the first of what was reported to be up to six Showtime fights over the next 30 months. There's no shot Mayweather will suddenly start fighting that frequently as he has fought exactly twice in the past 30 months and his last six fights span a total of six years. Nevertheless, imagine how good it would be for boxing if it's pound-for-pound number one to be more active and to fight the opponents he should be fighting. Again, it's never going to happen, but if Mayweather were to face the following six opponents, he would lose the label of being more concerned with protecting his undefeated record than facing the best opposition. And, if he were to go 6-0, Mayweather could finally make a legitimate case for what he believes he has already achieved -- being the greatest of all-time.
Dream Half Dozen for Mayweather
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Wednesday February 13, 2013
Add welterweight beltholder Devon Alexander
to the list of possible opponents for the coveted May 4 date with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Another welterweight beltholder, Robert Guerrero, was thought to be the favorite for the big payday ... until Mayweather tweeted "The negotiations for my fight are almost done. The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander".
Alexander may, in fact, get the shot. Or Mayweather could simply be bluffing to get Guerrero to accept a small we purse. Either way, Mayweather, who turns 36 later this month, will have been out of the ring for an entire year when he steps into the ring in May. Will he begin to show his age? Or ring rust? Unlikely, but you never know...
Wednesday January 30, 2013
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has indicated he plans on fighting twice in 2013, with the first bout taking place on May 4. All he needs to do now is pick an opponent. Speculation is that he'll face Robert Guerrero first and then Saul Alvarez later in the year ... assuming, of course, that both Mayweather and Alvarez win (and don't get injured) on May 4.
Once again, it's a schedule that doesn't include Manny Pacquiao, but many fight fans have stopped holding their breath for that match-up. In fact, the window for getting the general public excited about that fight is closing rapidly. Mayweather and Pacquaio avoiding each other in their respective primes - blame whoever you want - will go down as one of the biggest missed opportunities in recent sports history.
So - other than Pacquiao - who would you like to see Mayweather face on May 4? Robert Guerrero? Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez? Timothy Bradley? Someone else? Vote in our poll and let us know.