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Sergio Martinez wants Mayweather, Pacquiao or 160lb unification

Sergio Martinez wants Mayweather, Pacquiao or 160lb unification

‘Maravilla’ seeking out the pound for pound number 1 spot

Dangerous middleweight Sergio Martinez is hoping to entice on one of the P4P top fighters into the ring in the near future as he begins his back-up plan against Darren Barker on October 1st.

The tough Argentinian is hoping to set-up a catchweight bout with Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather at 150lbs in what would be a pay-per-view bloackbuster and if that fails, would seek to unify the middleweight division in the interim.

The 36 year-old held both the WBO and WBC titles at middleweight until boxing politics intervened, with Martinez losing both titles outside of the ring and he is now starting a mission to get his WBC belt back when he meets EBU champion Barker next month and then challenges Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. next year.

“I lost my 160lb belt and I had to accept it to make my career bigger,” Martinez told World Boxing News.

“I am now planning to get back my belt and then unify the division. If Chavez won’t fight, I will look for Mayweather.

“I want to be P4P number 1 and the short path there would be to beat Mayweather,

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Reevaluating the Top 5 Pound-for-Pound Boxers in the World

Reevaluating the Top 5 Pound-for-Pound Boxers in the World

Following the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather Junior’s legal yet controversial knockout victory against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, it is time to explore the impact this victory has had on the mythical pound-for-pound charts. Who is the best fighter in the world? Is it Floyd Mayweather? Or is it Manny Pacquiao? The ordering really boils down to a matter of personal preference, and while Mayweather and Pacquiao are universally recognized as the two best boxing has to offer, there is still some matter of debate regarding the rest. Here is my personal take on it:

1a. Manny Pacquiao:
Record: (53-3-2)(38 KOs)
Division: Welterweight (147 lbs)
Age: 32
Last Fight: W UD12 Sugar Shane Mosley (May 7, 2011)
Next Fight: Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1)(39 KOs)(November 12, 2011)
Pacquiao deservingly earned the top spot when he went on one of the greatest runs in boxing history. This all started with his brilliant effort against Oscar De La Hoya when he scored an upset victory after jumping up two weight classes to 147 after he had just one fight at 135. Since that point, Pacquiao has never looked back. He has dominant wins against Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Shane Mosley. What is most impressive about Pacquiao’s run is that he is outclassing naturally larger foes through his unique combination of speed, angles, and explosiveness. In addition to being a tactically sound fighter who knows how to win, Pacquiao also happens to be one of the most exciting combatants in the sport which only adds to his appeal and marketability. He has not lost a fight since dropping a decision to the great Erik Morales back in May 2005, which was a loss he has since twice avenged by knockout. Until he loses, he rightfully belongs at the top of the charts.

1b. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Record: (42-0)(26 KOs)
Division: Welterweight (147 lbs.)
Age: 34
Last Fight: W KO4 Victor Ortiz (September 17, 2011)
Next Fight: ?
Were it not for his retirement Mayweather would probably still be a lock for the top spot, but his break from boxing happened to correspond with Pacquiao’s historical breakthrough. It is difficult to place him above Pacquiao considering all he had accomplished while Floyd was inactive. The situation is somewhat similar to what we had in the lead up to the first fight between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, where we had two terrific fighters who each had a legitimate claim to the heavyweight throne. Mayweather’s absence from the sport allowed Pacquiao to surpass him much in the same way that Ali’s absence paved the way for Frazier to become the recognized heavyweight champion. Although the circumstances are obviously different, we are left in an eerily similar scenario. To truly determine who the best really is, Pacquiao and Mayweather need to finally square off and hopefully they will sometime next year. But until that happens we are left with a scenario where the debate shall forever loom. In the case of Ali and Frazier, they were both willing and eager to face each other to prove themselves in the ring. Unfortunately for boxing fans, neither Pacquiao nor Mayweather seem to share this desire to prove their greatness to this point. Will these two ever compete to settle this debate once and for all? Time will tell.

3. Bernard Hopkins:
Record: (52-5-2)(32 KOs)
Division: Light Heavyweight (175 lbs.)
Age: 46
Last Fight: W UD Jean Pascal (May 21, 2011)
Next Fight: Chad Dawson (30-1)(17 KOs)(October 15, 2011)
The ageless warrior was unjustly removed from many pound-for-pound lists following his long period of inactivity after his one-sided upset victory against then undefeated middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. Hopkins, however, really never lost a beat since that point and should not have been punished for being unable to secure a meaningful fight when the powers that be seemed to be running him out of the sport. His victories against Enrique Ornelas and long-time rival Roy Jones Junior were hardly the most impressive wins from Hopkins, but they were decisive nonetheless in which Hopkins rarely lost a round. Since he was ranked in just about everyone’s top five following the Pavlik victory, he should not have dropped far from that. His fights against Jean Pascal helped once again elevate his status as he became the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a major world championship in their rematch following an extremely controversial draw the first time around. Hopkins will have the opportunity to solidify this spot with a victory against “Bad” Chad Dawson who is seventeen years younger. At age 46, it is reasonable to question how much longer Hopkins possibly has, but with his tremendous work ethic and his extremely high ring he has a good a chance against anyone south of heavyweight.

4. Sergio Martinez:
Record: (47-2-2)(26 KOs)
Division: Middleweight (160 lbs.)
Age: 36
Last Fight: W TKO8 Serhiy Dzinziruk (March 12, 2011)
Next Fight: Darren Barker (23-0)(14 KOs)(October 1, 2011)
Martinez is widely viewed as the third best fighter in the world and a strong argument can be made for that. However, Martinez is in the unfortunate position where his biggest potential fights are not likely to happen. He is simply too big and too talented to lure either Pacquiao or Mayweather into the ring, and he is probably a bit too small to compete against the abundance of elite talent at super middleweight. Without a big name opponent in his own weight class, he is left fighting the likes of guys like Dzinziruk and Barker. Although these guys are not bad fighters, they are not well known commodities with the general public and they do not generate a whole lot of excitement amongst boxing fans. Nevertheless, Martinez is an elite talent with some great victories under his belt, most notably those against Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik. As long as he continues winning and looking impressive Martinez will continue to be a lock for the top five, but until he lands a big fight against a name opponent it is difficult to see him ever topping the charts.

5. Andre Ward/Carl Froch
Record: (24-0)(13 KOs)/(28-1)(20 KOs)
Division: Super Middleweight (168 lbs.)
Age: 27/34
Last Fight: W UD12 Arthur Abraham (May 14, 2011)/W MD12 Glen Johnson (June 4, 2011)
Next Fight: Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch (October 29, 2011)
While this might not be a popular opinion, I am reserving my number five spot for the winner of the upcoming super middleweight unification bout in the final matchup of the Super Six tournament. Understandably a lot of observers have this spot occupied by Nonito Donaire, but I believe the eventual champion of the Super Six is more deserving of a top five position. The winner of this tournament will have literally gone through a gauntlet of top class challenges, one after another, to emerge as the Super Six king. For Ward, wins against Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika (non-tournament fight), and Arthur Abraham have been quite impressive. Froch’s efforts against Andre Dirrell, Kessler, Abraham, and Johnson have been equally impressive despite the fact “The Cobra” lost a razor thin decision against Kessler. Whichever fighter wins this matchup will have a legitimate claim to being amongst the best the sport has to offer. As an added bonus, the victor will also have a variety of good options to pursue following the Super Six with Lucian Bute and some of the big names at 175 looming on the horizon.

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Manny Pacquiao home burglars caught in the act, authorities say

Manny Pacquiao home burglars caught in the act, authorities say

L.A. County sheriff’s deputies caught four people in the act as they were burglarizing the home of boxing star Manny Pacquiao, officials said.

According to a Sheriff’s Department statement, deputies were in Pacquiao’s neighborhood and saw the burglary go down. It occurred at 1:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Plymouth Boulevard in Hancock Park. No one was home at the time.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker told The TImes the investigation is ongoing.

“Like any other burglaries, we are investigating to see if these burglars are involved in other crimes,” Parker said.

The area is typically patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department, but the sheriff’s deputies were there following up on a crime that had occurred in the Sheriff Department’s area. Parker did not elaborate on the nature of the previous crime.

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Tyson Fury To Make His U.S Debut Next March, At Madison Square Garden

Tyson Fury To Make His U.S Debut Next March, At Madison Square Garden

A number of fighters who went on to become great heavyweight champions had their pro debuts at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, and next March, unbeaten British hope Tyson Fury will have his U.S debut inside the building that saw the very start of the careers of heroes like George Foreman and Evander Holyfield.

Fury is already 15-0(10) and he has already claimed both the British and Commonwealth crowns, but he has yet to fight in America. His promoter, Mick Hennessey, told Ring Magazine’s web site that this will be remedied next March, over the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

“We’re looking for another fight in November,” Hennessey said. “Then, touch wood there are no injuries and everything goes well, we’re looking at Madison Square Garden in Saint Patrick’s week for Tyson. That would be one hell of an event.”

Not only does every young fighter, Fury included, dream of fighting inside the historic arena that was host to so many epic fight nights, but the planned March date will also give U.S fans a chance to see the heavily-hyped prospect in the flesh. It will be very interesting to see who they put the 6’9” giant in with in his U.S debut, but first Fury must get past this coming Saturday’s opponent: the also-huge Nicolai Firtha.

“Firtha has said he is coming for a shoot-out and he has fancied it for a long time,” Hennessey said of Saturday’s opponent.

Fury should win at the weekend, but he may have some problems chopping the 6’6” Firtha down. Not only that, but Fury may get his chin tested at least somewhat by the North American champ. I think we will se an entertaining battle, but one that Fury wins. A stoppage win would be impressive (allowing Fury to go one better than current WBA “regular” champ Alexander Povetkin, who was taken the full 10-rounds by Firtha quite recently), but as long as Fury gets the win that’s all that matters.

The Americans are now awaiting Fury’s arrival, and the last thing we need is an upset loss that will prevent the U.S debut of the single most talked about young heavyweight on the scene today.

I go for Fury to overcome a spirited challenge from Firtha, 20-8(8); stopping him in the later rounds. I go for either the 7th or the 8th.

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Khan says Mayweather is afraid to fight him

Khan says Mayweather is afraid to fight him

WBA/IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KO’s) is becoming increasingly more frustrated in his attempt to land a fight with boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s).
The Bolton, England native will be defending his titles against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KO’s) on December 10. Currently Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas are bidding to for the event.The Sun quoted Khan saying: “In my opinion, Mayweather is a chicken. He is doing everything to avoid me just as he did everything to avoid fighting Manny Pacquiao.
“I don’t want to sound cocky or arrogant but I believe the real reason for Mayweather avoiding me is that he knows I have his number. Mayweather knows if he fights me his “0” will go.
“All Mayweather does is pick fights he knows he will win. I thought world championship boxing was about proving who is the best, but if he turns his back on me how can he say he is the best?
“I will fight anyone put in front of me but there are a lot of boxers who talk a good fight but when push comes to shove they won’t get in the ring with me.
“Tim Bradley was offered fortunes to fight me for his IBF title but it never happened and he was stripped of his belt.
“Erik Morales was offered a fight against me but he is now saying he won’t be ready for me until next year.
“I must admit it is all very frustrating as I try to unify the world titles. All I can do is fight whoever is in front of me but there is an increasing small number willing to do just that.”
Boxing fans have been waiting for the ultimate dream fight between Floyd Mayweather and Amir Khan’s stablemate WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KO’s) to take place for the past couple of years but for one reason or another that match has not been able to be made. Boxing fans are split along party lines as to where the blame lies. Mayweather fans blame it on Pacquiao, while Pacquiao fans blame it on Mayweather.
It should be pointed at out that boxing fans of which I am one are not the most rational of people when discussing their favorite fighters.

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Schaefer expects Mayweather-Ortiz to draw 1.7 to 1.8 million PPV buys

Schaefer expects Mayweather-Ortiz to draw 1.7 to 1.8 million PPV buys

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer sees this Saturday’s mega fight between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KO’s) and WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) bringing in between 1.7 to 1.8 million pay per view buys.

This would make it the second largest PPV fight ever, behind the 2.4 million PPV buys the Mayweather vs. Oscard De La Hoya fight brought in during 2007. In comparison, Manny Pacquiao, who is supposed to be boxing’s cash cow in the minds of some boxing fans, brought in 1.3 million buys for his fight against and over the hill 39-year-old Shane Mosley recently, and 1.25 million buys for Pacquiao’s bout against a shot Oscar De La Hoya in 2008.
The reason this is important is that if Mayweather can bring in between 1.7 to 1.8 million PPV buys for the Ortiz fight and Pacquiao comes up with much lower numbers for his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in November, it would put Mayweather in a position to ask for more than 50% of the revenue for a fight against Pacquiao.

You can’t realistically expect Pacquiao to get the same amount of money for a fight against Mayweather when Mayweather is bringing in the bigger numbers over and over again. Huge PPV numbers for the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight will put Mayweather in a very good bargaining position for a fight against Pacquiao. You really can’t argue that Pacquiao deserves an equal amount as Mayweather when Pacquiao simply isn’t bringing in the cash the way that Mayweather is.

Speaking with mlive.com, Schaefer said “The numbers should be somewhere between 1.7 or 1.8 million range.”

There it is. Schaefer has been doing his math already using his own detailed approach to adding up the potential numbers and he feels that this is going to be a huge PPV fight for Mayweather-Ortiz. At the very least, the fight will bring in 1.5 million but it should bring in better numbers.

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