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Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Filipino Senator and Living Legend Manny Pacquiao challenges Argentinian slugger Lucas Martin Matthysse Sunday, July 15@Axiata ArenaKuala LumpurMalaysia for the World Boxing Association World Welterweight Title

Though the official date of the fight is Sunday, July 15th early AM Malaysian time, it will be July 14th by at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time that New York operates on. That translates to 6 PM Los Angeles time. I’d imagine the fight will be broadcast internationally, but in the US will be put on by ESPN+ on some kind of web app that can be purchased from their main website.

Hard to know where to start with this fight since Manny has at least temporarily flown the loving nest of Bob Arum to stage this event under Manny’s own promotional banner with an assist from Golden Boy who promotes Matthysse. From the start it has been problematic to raise the money needed, but supposedly the money end has finally been settled, so here we land in a Malaysian crossroads type of fight. Presumably their political strife will presumably be put on hold for the honor of hosting a Manny fight. Manny has also departed from long time mentor, Freddie Roach, after some sort of acrimonious fallout from the regrettable Jeff Horn fight that never should’ve been staged in Australia by Uncle Bob. Oh, well, here we go again in Manny’s fightcom with a new cast of characters, yet longtime boyhood pal and confidant Buboy will be his trainer though I’ve no doubt a few name trainers flew over to the Philippines for brief private consultations.

Manny enters into his 40th year in December and currently 59-7-2, 38 KO. Matthysse is coming into his 36th year in September and currently 39-4, 36 KO, so we can see at least on paper he’s the slugger in this match up with plenty of experience. And like Manny, he’s been royally shafted by the boxing suits for some losses, and since both are aggressive fighters, it should be fan friendly with plenty of action.

Undercard has an interesting bout between two light flys scrapping over the much derided WBA belt that Venzuelean, Carlos Canizales, 20-0-1, 16 KO won in March. Bin Lu, 1-0, 1 KO, a Chinese Olympian from the 2016 Olympics aims to be the quickest to earn a title belt, a silly little record boxing likes to make up to sell to their shrinking fan base, but presumably still growing in China that may well become one of boxing’s capital destinations. Canizales only merits a 16th rating on boxrec with Lu worth a 110th ranking after knocking out a developing journeyman for his debut that mysteriously qualifies him for this title challenge.

Just DUMB, yet no other sport does DUMB with so much eloquent sanctimony as does boxing. Pacquiao, on the other hand, may find himself in a major league scrap as Matthysse is a slugger supreme with a good chin. He’s made a successful comeback from eye surgery thus far, so obviously he’s the hungrier, more unrealized fighter even if Manny is the favorite, but not prohibitively so. I’m picking Manny who still amazingly has his reflexes and fighting instincts after such a long career. Should be a great showcase for boxing if a fair and judicious referee can be found, sadly not a given in boxing.

 

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Manny Pacquiao Hones In On Aussie Jeff Horn

Manny Pacquiao, 59-6-2, 38 KO defends his WBO welter title down under in the topsyturvy world of Australia this Sunday, July 2nd against Jeff Horn, 16-0-1, 11 KO @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland. That would be late AM hours in Oz as opposed to 11 PM US east coast time working through the time zones to the US west coast 8 PM time. Yes, such time zone warps are the bane broadcast programmers, but such is the modern age we live in.

As we can see, Horn looks to have not only advantage of youth, but that of size, well, except for the massive fist Pac sports. Pacquiao also has a massive number of rounds in the bank, 443 compared to Horn’s 94 professional rounds, but as we all know how ye olde boxing saw goes, Manny could also turn old overnight with all that wear and tear.

The usual hue and cry of derision echoes around the boxing world when when Manny or any acclaimed fighter doesn’t fight the fighters certain fans demand no matter the improbability of the impossible details unknown to them. And let’s face facts, Horn is scarcely known outside of Australia, but make no mistake, this a fighter behind that school marm background. In the last three years, the collective record of those 10 opponents has been 240-29-7 that averages to a 24-3-1 record when they fought him. And of those ten fights, Horn notched 6 KOs, so clearly he’s not one to pussy foot around the business end of boxing. He’s 29 years old, the traditional peak of athletic prime years, and is solidly experienced even if lacking championship experience. Though unranked by Ring, his Boxrec ranking is impressively #12, and Boxrec rankings are comprehensively inclusive of ALL of boxing and less biased because they are coldly formulaic without blind passions that “boxing experts” bring to rankings.

Trainer, Glenn Rushton, taught Horn in a sort of philosophy of fighting, an unpredictable boxing style he calls “broken rhythm pressure fighting.” Don’t know if such is an original idea or an old one put into modern terms for modern fighters, but I could see evidence of a very unique style Horn used to systematically take apart the still powerfully formidable and experienced Randall Bailey, a 3x champ, end result being he retired on his stool after the 7th round. Bailey had been down over half dozen times, a couple of KDs mixed in with obviously weakened legs leaving him off balance and skating around disastrously on thin ice.

Some good background info where Horn admits to being more nerd than natural fighter, so had to be molded much like Gene Tunney. Manny on the other hand, though of course taught at a high level, was a natural born fighter much like Jack Dempsey or Roberto Duran.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39866485

That said, most think Manny dispatches Horn easily, perhaps notching a KO denied him in a couple of previous fights because of illicit maneuvers by dubious referees. Let’s face it, more and more refs are giving extended long counts as much as 20 or more seconds, plenty of time for fit fighters to recover, so let’s expand on that fitness theme. Manny signs his opponents about 4 months in advance that gives them extra time to train with an extended training camp needed to have any chance against Manny and do proper promotional preparations. Compare to the typical Al Haymon fighter like TUE 49-0 or Deontay Wilder who play TBA fighters off each other until the last minute before signing them for peanuts with insufficient time to train for a big fight. Although the rules of boxing were originally designed to provide fair officiating of fights, backroom skulduggery as often as not still has a place at the table of these shady fighter teams.

Horn is a ring centered fighter using angles and nifty footwork for his offense and defense, not the modern contemptible run and duck and stink style that has regrettably led to the sinking of American boxing. So all in all this promises plenty of fan friendly action, and more importantly, since it will be on a late Sunday morning in Australia, it’s gonna be on ESPN, not HBO PPV. 60,000 crazed Aussies are expected to pack Suncorp Stadium for the fight!

Manny’s Uncle Bob says he’s staging a world tour for Manny, ostensibly to  expand his worldwide profile even more than it already registers off the charts in advance of his anticipated Filipino presidential run in the coming years. As such, this may well be the last year for the 38 year old Manny who had a perfect attendance record in the Philippine senate before his last fight.

So why not have the fighting senator go up against the fighting teacher on the world stage? Both could bring home some honor to those professions currently under fire for long standing, seemingly intractable problems born largely of the the political system they operate in.

Former sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting His Life Journey.

Former Filipino sparmate Jack Asis Presents Manny With Toowoomba Aboriginal Art Glove Charting Manny’s Life Journey.

Fatty Chris Arreola Jumps In Against Toothpick Deontay Wilder

Yes, Virginia, the little known, lightly regarded Deontay Wilder plans on defending his ill begotten WBC heavyweight title in the Mecca of Alabama Boxing, Saturday, July 16 from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham against the congenital fatty livewire, the always entertaining and often hard slugging Chris Arreola, 36-4-1, 31 KO.

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

Wilder vs Arreola Video Conference

This little in house stag do is part of Al Haymon‘s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes and typical of Wilder’s short notice defenses against fighters seen as fringe contenders at best. Actually, most all of Wilder’s entire career was built against short notice TBAs because he flew so far under of the radar of public notice. The formerly ranked Arreola has been unranked by Ring for some time now, and currently ranked 46th by the expanded boxrec rankings, so he would be the 2nd highest ranked defense of the four fighters Wilder has defended against. Conversely, PBC viewing numbers have been sinking like a rock from this poorly conceived business model that looks to bleed investors dry. They did manage to get a big numbers boost 3 weeks ago from the Keith Thurman/Shawn Porter fight that actually pitted 2 top fighters in a compelling fight compared to the usual Haymon dross. Utterly amazing that they never seemed to think about matching their top fighters this before.

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

The Canary That Ate The Cat?

A comparison between Wilder’s and Arreola’s most recent common competition saw Wilder struggle mightily against a suspiciously sick Don King fighter, Bermane Stiverne, a terribly sloppy affair. In stark contrast, Arreola had been whoopin’ a much healthier Stiverne a new one before getting coldcocked in the 6th round. Not sure of Deontay could take a tenth of that damage Arreola doled out, but if Wilder happened to be caught, he and Haymon will be forever known as the two dolts who backed out of a $20 mil fight with Povetkin because of a few nanograms of a common prescription drug and they may well still be regardless of this outcome.

Arreola is both literally and financially a massively “hungrier” fighter than Wilder and would take that fight in a nanosecond. And speaking of nanos, a nano gram is one Billionth of a gram folks, more properly expressed as 1/1,000,000,000. If Wilder was entirely made of meldonium, the exotic drug in question, 229 lbs in his last fight, and was divided by a billionth, he wouldn’t be big enough for a microscopic mite to eat, but if that mite accidentally inhaled him, why that mite would test positive in illicit drug testing cartel laboratories, perhaps leading to a suspension by The Mighty Mite Kingdom until Mr. Mite could find a meldonium free zone to do his mighty mite work.  That’s how ridiculously worthless this unholy marriage of Boxing and the illicit drug testing cartels has been. Worse, if Arreola lifts the title and test positive for marihoochi as he’s done twice before, well, it couldn’t happen to a pair of more deserving goofs.

Fortunately for Wilder, the reason Arreola is ranked so low these days is because in his three 2015 fights, he looked lethargic even if he got his weight down to 236 for his last fight. Could be all the spark has gone out of him after Stiverne starched him?

The only thing left is to hope for is a good fight and let boxing sort out if they really want to continue their ever dwindling business model that couldn’t even competently officiate their highest grossing all time fight in history, Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2015. The UFC was recently sold for 4.2 billion dollars, that after an investment of a $2 million some 16 years ago that has consistently posted higher earnings than boxing and pro wrestling for about a decade now. The reason for their success is so simple as to beggar belief: They actually made competitive fights that were fan friendly, it was that simple, so here we are stumbling into Wilder vs Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama, only in boxing!

Mutt & Jeff

Mutt & Jeff

Bob Arum vs Al Haymon~Who You Got?

The Skinny: Top Rank Boxing through the direction of former US Department of Justice Attorney and long time boxing promoter, Bob Arum, filed a $100 million lawsuit last year in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on the basis of Al Haymon’s monopolistic PBC series that violated federal antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Haymon, financed through an investment hedge fund, basically bought out most all the boxing programing  of the television networks, in effect leaving the rest of boxing promoters pretty much high and dry in making their own TV deals. Golden Boy Promotions was the first to file suit that is still pending for a much greater sum due to greater damages, a staggering $300 million.

The Blow by Blow

The Blow by Blow

It seems Haymon recently settled with Arum out of court a couple of weeks ago according to latest media releases, but what this means for boxing’s shaky future is unknown. Boxing futures today as seen by young kids and their parents are pretty much a no go investment, this after a long storied era in the US where boxing was the “go to” sport and part of the amateur athletic competition of  higher education along side baseball, football, ect. That status started dying somewhere between the 1950s and 60s when boxing finally started falling out of favor with the public due to the long time mob influence in pro boxing and general exploitation of fighters. In other words, the educated classes no longer saw a future need for boxing with it’s subsequent punch drunkeness, so they largely abandoned it.

Needless to say, this recent settlement sees the litigants sworn to silence regarding the terms, but I’d guess Arum netted $20-30 million along with in number of concessions regarding the way boxing business will go forward.

The much bigger hurdle for Haymon is still in the queue, and it’s a doozy with Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy still waiting for his pound of flesh after Haymon colluded with former Golden Boy CEO, Richard Schaefer, to gut the company from within, taking away most all his fighters. Schaefer has settled with GB out of court already, so now it’s just Haymon still swimming in shark infested waters as GB and Haymon’s investment fund are looking for compensatory justice in the civil courts.

Boxing will survive no doubt, but it’s just a matter to what degree. It would seemingly be in it’s twilight years by the large decline in the numbers of participants, both amateur and pro, but that could change with a better, more productive business model that wasn’t filled with so much skulduggery…

…And the beat goes on…

Terence Crawford vs Dierry Jean in Omaha

Terence Crawford , now 26-0, 18 KO, defends his freshly minted WBO junior welterweight title against Dierry Jean, now 29-1, 20 KO, Saturday, October 24th at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska.

The 33 year old Jean is a native of Haiti based in Montréal, Québec as are many other Haitians and other foreign fighters. I haven’t seen much of him, but clearly he comes to fight with 20 knockouts. He’s also quick handed and fast afoot, so this looks like a solid, game matchup for true fighting fans who enjoy not only the sweet science of true fighters, but also fast action and those virtuoso moments of impact when the drunken chicken dances start.

The 28 year old Crawford, who is promoted by Top Rank, has obviously been enjoying his hometown development by Bob Arum who has traditionally grown local followings first even as he is following the path of big fights in big venues down the road. Already on the table is a projected fight with Manny Pacquiao in March of 2016, as big a fight as there is. I personally think that’s way too much for Crawford who is still gaining experience at the higher levels, but then again we don’t know if Pacquiao’s shoulder problems have been corrected by his recent surgery. Regardless, be a good fight to take if offered not to mention exceedingly lucrative, but it’s not a done deal yet as Top rank mulls over other offers and projected PPVs for Manny, most prominently Amir Khan.

Still, not shabby pickin’s in store for the po’boy out of Omaha, but first things first, so now we got a certain mean Mr. Jean wanting to lay his keen hands on Crawford. Should be an interesting fight that I obviously favor Crawford in…enjoy…

Crawford vs Jean

Crawford vs Jean

Not Much Goin’ On~ Danny Garcia vs Paulie Malignaggi

Danny Garcia tip toes forth ever so gently to take on the flying feather fists of Paulie Malignaggi on a painfully slow Saturday, August 1st, at Barclays in Brooklyn, New York. This non-event was conjured up by Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions league, an attempt by Haymon in his own feather duster fashion to replicate the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts billion dollar enterprise formed by Dana White. If the public could ever catch a glimpse of the hidden from view Haymon, they might see the murderous gleam of a young Cassius as he looks to wrest boxing away from the current Cesar, 80 something Bob Arum.

Yes Virginia, there’s an unholy power vacuum brewing in boxing since Golden Boy has been knocked for a loop, now left hoping beyond hope that their $300 million dollar lawsuit against Haymon is successful. It’s only natural for future shady boxing operators to make their move now, but in a surprise move, Arum joined in the fun with his own $100 million lawsuit against Haymon who’s now find the going considerably less lucrative. Lawyers to be swarming and storming in for their share of the pie of the orchestrated Mayweather juggernaut. Mr. cent already made his bold move only to be shot down in flames of his fighter’s losses, and now in a bankruptcy filing.

The mouse that squeaks Malignaggi hasn’t fought since Shawn Porter pounded him into Brooklyn meatballs in April of last year. Likely he has little ability left to avoid the hard punching Garcia who may not be the best boxer, but packs a big punch. He also has the suits behind him as one of boxing’s propped up and undefeated darlings. Malignaggi did manage to further expose Adrian Broner in 2013 to no credit, but Broner punches like a jelly doughnut, so it’s not an analogous fight.  However, if Garcia can’t knock Paulie out, it’s gonna be ugly since his growing fan base has been fleeing in droves after he unveiled his light in the loafers Haymon schedule designed to keep him undefeated.

In the end, words simply fail to convey the useless hopelessness that this bout represents as the supposed future of boxing. Lord help us.

 

 

Maturing Manny Pacquiao vs New Kid Chris Algieri In Macao

Well, folks, it just so happens that up and coming undefeated prospect Chris Algieri won the lottery when he was chosen for Manny Pacquiao‘s 2nd Macao appearance at the Venetian come Saturday, November 22nd. This may be the biggest Chinese promotion yet since Pacquiao appears to have surmounted his previous setbacks with another P4P performance against fellow P4Per Timothy Bradley. In short, it’s Manny rising in the East over shining Pacific waters as it should be in this part of the world.

Some great up and coming names on undercard with Chinese Olympic gold medalist  Zou Shiming, 5-0, 1 KO, taking another big step up the rung as he fights a WBO title eliminator against an undefeated Thai, Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym, 27-0-2, 12 KO. Then with gold medals oozing out of his every pore,  Vasyl Lomachenko, 2-1, 1KO makes his first title defense against a prime age hungry Thai, Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, 52-1, 33 KO that promises to be all action.

Chris Algieri was nary a whisper for any big fight until he recently upset Siberian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov in Algieri’s home evirons of New York, New York via highly controversial split decision, so look at him sitting pretty now. Of course “Boxing” had to shoot itself in the foot for the umpteen billionth time again to pull off this matchup. Algieri won two of the judges’ cards close to give him the split decision whereas Provodnikov won one card wide as well as the significant majority of total points scored and rounds. That boxing scoring can have so many offsetting numbers like this naturally sets off fans in a rabid, frothing frenzy of accusations of robbery, legitimate grievous perceptions due to inane officiating protocols, proof positive that boxing needs a major overhaul, not that a major overhaul would solve their Three Blind Mice White Stick Dart Throwing scoring woes. These ABC and commish honchos will  never be confused by far sighted, innovative, original thinking processes, but rather more act out as a gaggle of ol’ gits milking a corrupt system they inherited to maximize their power while expanding their pockets and porcine waistlines.

At any rate,  after Algieri rose from one early nuclear detonation to quickly take a knee for his 2nd knockdown, he summoned up amazing powers of recovery to put up one helluva fight on his back foot. A slugger like Provodnikov seldom looks good when he has to chase, aw hell, lets just say what it is: nobody ever looked good having to chase down chickens, yet for some reason only sluggers are required to do so as opposed to light hitting boxer types who get a pass for their lack of killer power and instinct and have to rely on running. The bias of not meeting knockout expectations held against sluggers in boxing has always existed, even more so now that pure running strangely counts as “good defense” in the unspoken rule book used in the modern era of watered down boxing.

Since Algieri benefited at the expense of the Freddie Roach trained Provodnikov, Pacquiao and Roach will have the revenge angle for this promotion that leverages Algieri’s telegenic Gentleman Quarterly good looks and advanced education that he acquired in New York to lure in the higher order Chinese and Western populations for the fight. In that vein, Algieri can be seen a modern day welter version of Gene Tunney, the tall, handsome, urbane New York based heavyweight stylist of his day. Perhaps also praise worthy is the interesting balance between Algieri’s perfect 20-0 boxing record and 20-0 kickboxing record where he competed as a welter/junior middle with a pair of titles to prove his acumen. It’s a sign of the times that both Algieri and Pacquiao have martial arts training before launching boxing careers.

So, Algieri has significant height and reach to go with youthful low mileage and zest, all combined with a pure box and move style to trouble even Pacquiao on his best day. Alas, Pacquiao’s best fighting days are behind him as he lives on the edge as a modern Renaissance man with his substantial political career, movies, women, and songs competing with his newest interest. He was recently announced as the coach of a new Philippine  Basketball Association’s expansion team, but wait, there’s more. Manny promptly drafted himself to play point guard, I kid you not.

You can bet that Uncle Bob went full apoplectic over that news as the ongoing Manny soap opera has enough material for many more episodes to keep his bowels bubbling for at least a couple of more years. Of course I still expect Pacquiao to prevail over Agieri, likely concussively, but he may well be put through his paces early on unless Algieri gets caught again early as he did in the Provodnikov fight. Manny doubtless would be quicker to jump on him for the knockout, but I’d imagine Algieri starts superdefensive to put that scenario out of play.

Disclaimer: Flash to the first Bradley fight as case in point. If Algeiri manages to hang on to the end like Bradley did the first Pacquiao fight, than he “exceeds” expectations and might cop another disputed decision to become the newest boxing media geegaw if you want to contemplate how that might work.

Seeing is believing, so boxing fans and curious Chinese will doubtless be out in substantial numbers to check it out as Arum looks to further leverage the internet PPV market in this two billion Asian viewer godsend. Speaking of these new found opportunities, there’s much ado by the mainstream fans and press over Manny’s recent relatively low PPV numbers. That’s not surprising they don’t seem to understand that Macao promotions will at least for now not garner large American PPV numbers modern boxing fans tend to obsess over more than the fights. Most Americans are put off by anything foreign and don’t understand Manny is no longer dependent on Vegas or American PPVs. He’s as international a fighter as it gets and he’s getting the exploding market of Asian highrollers into the casinos for record business that easily tops Vegas which is losing money, something like 6X the slumping Vegas revenues. If anything Manny is getting underpaid with his usual $25 million or so purse, but that ain’t why he’s fighting there. They love him in Macao. Though he’s not burning down any bridges to Vegas either, they completely disrespected Pacquiao and Tim Bradley in their rematch by simultaneously elevating the Mayweather/Maidana rematch over their fight even as that bout was 2 weeks later.

However, just as in boxing, timing is also everything in life. China has only recently started to crack down on the shady going-ons at Macau emblematic of the new Chinese highrollers with hundreds of millions to spend not on just gambling, but on luxury goods that can be laundered through a cash back option that bypasses strict Chinese monetary controls over moving money overseas.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/11/07/360177247/china-s-corruption-crackdown-pummels-macau-casinos

That’s the political and financial backdrop going into this fight, but regardless, Pacquiao better be focused come fight night. Algieri is no mug and figures this is his time and this coming Saturday will be the time for us to find out.

 

Macao Ring Girls in support of Manny, Zou, and Chris

Macao Ring Girls in support of Manny, Zou, and Chris

 

Pacquiao 143.8--Catchweight 144lbs--Algieri 143.6

Pacquiao 143.8–Catchweight 144lbs–Algieri 143.6

Boxing Enters Dead Zone Until July~Say Bye Bye To Swiss Pie, Richard Schaefer.

 Boxing officially enters a summer “dead zone” with the recent completion of Miguel Cotto’s signature win over Sergio Martinez. Certainly the hard core fan can still see plenty of good fights featuring top fighters most every week, but there are no more “Big” Fights” until July. That’s when Canelo Alvarez fights Erislady Lara in an exploratory Vegas MGM Grand PPV and Tyson Fury rematches Derek Chisora in a big stadium fight to be held in Manchester, England. Often the general fan’s schedule is unable to make time for these summertime blues “dead zone” fights, and I won’t be writing about them, so the question gets begged before the stifling summer ennui sets in: What of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer’s recent adversarial departure from his long time gig at Golden Boy? Alvarez vs Lara was his last creation as it were and he won’t be around to massage the final details.

Oh for sure, the “boxing expert” world is agaga over what the impact will be not to mention all the anti-social media monkeys over flowing their shorts with competing befouled projectile offerings of what the former Swiss Banker Schaefer and the rest of his boxing crew does next.

Myself? Neither boxing expert, boxing insider, nor fly on the wall of Richard Schaefer am I, but I can guarantee a big shakeup in the boxing world that’s been a long time coming. This arcane 17th century sport looks to be setting up a scramble for big international dollars as boxing is being developed in the Asian markets as it wanes in the American market. The European market seems to be holding with the Brits and Germans hanging in there as Russia is gaining traction to pull even with them.

So Golden Boy is conclusively split up with Floyd Mayweather Jr also announcing he’s exiting the ranks. And mum’s always the password at the Al Haymon underground boxing works buried somewhere deep down in a former Howard Hughes bunker in Las Vegas, still stocked with thousands of rows of kleenex box slippers ready to be shuffled around in me thinks. Schaefer has given no indication of what capacity he might continue in boxing, but if he does he will have to start from scratch and get to working with as many promoters not named Golden Boy or Top Rank if he is to continue his adversarial relations with Oscar de la Hoya and Bob Arum even as he is still a shareholder in Golden Boy.

Bad Marriage

Bad Marriage

 

 

And where do the Showtime contractual obligations land?

Another sticking point is the many Golden Boy fighters also signed with Al Haymon. Word is many of those fighters don’t actually have a contract with Golden Boy and may no longer be promoted by them, not the least of which is Floyd Mayweather who has his big Mexican Holiday set for his 10th consecutive appearance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for September 13th. That would be vs TBA, of course with a TBA vs TBA supporting undercard. Sticky Mayweather negotiations are typically settled at the last minute, but now they may be stickier and more unsettled than usual. His promotional company supposedly lacks a license to officially do business, but no problems when he was aligned with Golden Boy. Just slap his logo up on all the promotional banners and and reap the extra profits.

The Logo

The Logo

Somebody somewhere running some connected responsible promotional entity has to come up with those monstrous 30 and 40 million dollar guarantees that Mayweather has enjoyed, but by whom and by what means will that be accomplished?

Stay tuned for the gold rush crush as everyone and his aunt and sister stake a claim as lawsuits whizz by like bullets in an OK Corral Shootout. It may not be pretty, but sure as shootin’, “It’s Boxing!”

Mo’ & Mo’ Macao: Nonito Donaire vs Simpiwe Vetyeka

Top Rank continues it’s international development of  world class boxing at the  Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Saturday, May 31st when Filipino-American icon Nonito Donaire tackles as dangerously hard punching fighter as exists in boxing today in South African Simpiwe Vetyeka. The newly aquired WBA Super World featherweight title will be the bauble Vetyeka defends.

Down goes John...the end

Down goes John…the end

The little known Vetyeka is emblematic of the tough, pressure fighting South African style that recently saw him beat up future Hall of Famer Chris John in a firefight. John had sought to defend his WBA title while simultaneously matching the storied undefeated Rocky Marciano 49 victories without a loss that stands as a permanent marker of excellence in the boxing world. T’was never meant to be as it turned, but John fought the great fight to go out on his shield and will be regarded highly in his retirement as a Thai legend.

As is becoming par in this part of the world, Bob Arum has assembled an international cast of support with a couple of Latino Americans tossed in the mix for spice along with an undefeated Jamaican WBA featherweight titlist Nicholas Walters going against Armenian former champ Vic Darchinyan, an undefeated Russian featherweight titlist Evgeny Gradovich who makes a return to The Venetian against a undefeated Belgian, a Japanese fighter, a touted prospect Brazilian 2012 Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcao, and so on.

Featherweights are the key descriptor here, perfect for the Chinese market as I’d guess an unofficial round robin tourney of rivalries is being set up between the four of them. Unofficial in that Top Rank doesn’t want to limit these guys to a tourney format when bigger fights may become apparent after this date at other venues. I suspect the growing success in this venue will certainly see at least some returning fighters at the next Macao promotion.

A tad off the mark

A tad off the mark

Donaire should be the nominal favorite, but he’s been struggling ever since he divorced former Balco trainer Victor Conte and then was distracted by his expectant wife and arduous self training duties. Anti social media monkeys hate him as “that 2nd Filipino,” but even as he struggled Donaire has made his power quite audible, knocking down Guillermo Rigandeaux twice in a close loss, and being the only fighter to ever knock out Vic Darchinyan, TWICE now with his last win.

I favor the overall excellence and experience of Donaire, but this Vetyeka character may be the ultimate wild card in boxing right now. He simply refused to stop attacking John, walking through every thing thrown at him to ultimately blast John to smithereens, so how is Donaire going to deal with him?

Be a great fight to watch and find out.

Emperor of Money Wears No Clothes as American Boxing Fears It’s Future

My, my, where to start over the latest Floyd Mayweather Jr travesty in boxing after his limp wristed showing against Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana?

The official results were officially another win for Mayweather, ominously by his 2nd straight Majority decision where yet again one judge “failed” to see his self proclaimed boxing genius. The self emasculated Mayweather Nation seemingly hasn’t the cajones left to protest this slur on their propped up popcorn hero as they did in the Canelo majority decision that ultimately resulted in a shakeup at the top of the Nevada State Athletic Association. In other words, out with the old faces and in with the new faces with the same old gaming agenda, majority draws being good business for bookies servicing the vast network of Mayweather fans who counted on Floyd racking up unanimous decisions as easily as he rolls out of bed.

Or so it used to be.

Instead, “He got old overnight, he’s got no stamina, he’s got no legs left,” and other stock in the trade descriptors flashed across the screen as Mayweather did indeed show a capacity to absorb a considerable pounding by Maidana who never gave Mayweather more than 30 seconds of rest time.

The poor boy slugger from Argentine who could only command a reported $1.5 million of the $35 million purse went after Mayweather like a two fisted pitbull to maul him repeatedly anywhere Mayweather was caught, even bulling him Luis Firpo style through the ropes and almost out of the ring late in the fight. The few moments Mayweather had were while Maidana was pacing himself as he anticipated the opening of another attack and Maidana in those moments looked like something of a defensive genius as he ducked and was otherwise often out of range of Mayweather’s efforts that had a desperate feel to them in the latter stages of the fight.

Mayweather knew he was gittin’ whooped by the 12-1 underdog and had no plan B to fall back on.

Naturally the judges propped up Mayweather yet again to move him along to what appears to be the end goal of “matching” Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record no matter that Mayweather can no longer bruise a grape with his china hands and can’t keep pressing sluggers off him not that he was ever able to keep JLCastillo or Miguel Cotto off of him.

Facts are the end American boxing as we know it today seems near if the recent rumblings of the imminent separation of Golden Boy Promotions big wheels Al Haymon and Richard Schaefer  from the corporate body play out. They seemingly are unofficially operating their own promotional company.

If boxing has a plan B for when Mayweather or Pacquiao are soon to retire their mega-lucrative ring appearances in Las Vegas, nobody can see it. There are zero star fighters left with that kind of drawing power, and as plain talkin’ Bob Arum recently noted, MGM Grand is struggling to make payments on it’s debts much less turn a profit not that the financial woes of Las Vegas are any secret since the $26 trillion dollar financial derivatives real estate fraud gutted the American, indeed the world economy back in 2008.

Might be boxing could take a page out of Top Rank’s book for the slow boat to China as the Chinese develop their boxing history and start to control the belts with their own ratings and hometown decisions of the big events.

Maybe, just maybe there’s a young American kid with discipline, dynamite in his fists, and granite in his jaw in America that could put boxing back on the front page in this country.

Just nobody knows who he is yet or even if he exists though the promoters will be trying to tell us their latest boy-genius is the messiah. Such is the current state of American boxing.