Speculation has been swirling about Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent since his dominating win over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September which earned the pound-for-pound champ more than $80 million. Media reports have Amir Khan as the latest favorite with Danny Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Lucas Matthysse and other names being thrown around. Mayweather caused a stir this week that an announcement was imminent when he told a Michigan reporter, “Next week. I’m looking forward to next week.”
Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza, who inked Mayweather to a blockbuster six-fight deal in February, threw cold water on a Mayweather fight announcement next week. “I’d be very surprised [by an announcement],” says Espinoza. “I think it is more likely happening in the New Year.” He cautions that these deals can come together quickly and didn’t completely rule out details of Mayweather’s next fight being announced next week, but deemed it unlikely.
Mayweather’s dominance of Alvarez and the hype leading up to the fight that smashed pay-per-view records has left Mayweather and his handlers in a precarious position. The Alvarez fight was billed as The One, and outside of Manny Pacquiao, there is not another fight where audiences are itching to plunk down $75 to watch the hi-def PPV telecast.
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Over the past few weeks there has been speculation linking the Philadelphia legend with a potential matchup against the mercurial Mayweather, pitting two boxing greats against one another in a fight that would certainly generate global interest.
Despite the obvious weight differences, Hopkins has looked to clear up talk of a fight between the two boxing icons, admitting it is something which has been put to him.
“Well, first of all I had no conversations, but it was a conversation said to me, and that’s why I responded,” said IBF light-heavyweight champion Hopkins.
“And when I realised that there is a fight that they owe him in May of next year, and whether I’m willing or can I make 160, and I said, well, if I have that much time, a guy like me, the way I live and the way I keep my body right, even six pounds from fight night next week, sure.
“They didn’t act like they were joking and we’re talking powerful people. So I’m sitting back saying ‘ok, hey, you know’ because no one else is going to beat Floyd Mayweather in their 20s and even in their early 30s.
“There are young fighters who can be great later, but right now they just don’t have the degrees to do it. So that’s the only reason I threw my hat in there.”
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With rumors flying around left and right about who Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) will be fighting next, he’s still talking about only one fighter and that’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. as his next opponent. Khan badly wants that fight and he thinks he’s got the right strategy to hand Mayweather his first loss of his career next year when he finally get a chance to fight him.
Goodness knows, Khan has been talking about wanting to fight Mayweather for ages now, and it’ll be good to have Khan finally get it over with so that we don’t have to keep him yap about the fight.
Khan told Sports News “Speed is what gives Mayweather problems. You have to box Floyd at his own game. Speed always breaks a defense.
Speed is the key to beating Floyd Mayweather. No one is as fast as me in the world of boxing, and I believe I will cause him a lot of problems. Floyd is interested in the fight.”
Khan is very fast, but he fights in such a disorganized manner that I just don’t think he’ll do well against an intelligent fighter like Floyd. It takes more than speed to beat a fighter like Mayweather, and Khan seems like he doesn’t have anything else other than speed in his toolbox.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has done it all in the world of boxing. He has beaten everyone he has faced and made hundreds of millions of dollars doing it. On May 5, 2007, Mayweather’s official coronation as the king of the ring would take place.
That’s the night he faced five-division world champion and reigning pay-per-view king Oscar De La Hoya. The fight was billed as “The World Awaits.” De La Hoya was defending his junior middleweight title, and Mayweather was seeking to join him in the exclusive “five in five” club. Mayweather had already claimed world titles at 130, 135, 140, and 147 pounds.
In an action-packed fight that lasted all 12 rounds, the 30-year-old Mayweather scored a split decision victory and took his place among boxing’s all-time greats.
He won the fight much as he had all of his others. He was extremely efficient in his offensive attack, landing 57 percent of his power punches (138 of 241). His overall connect rate was 43 percent, just above his career average of 42 percent. That’s the best mark among active fighters, in case you were wondering.
The 34-year-old De La Hoya hoped to win rounds by being the busier the fighter. According to Compubox punch stats, the “Golden Boy” attempted 587 punches, 106 more than Mayweather. He landed just 122 of his attempts (21 percent). The strategy almost paid off, as judge Tom Kaczmarek scored the fight 115-113 in favor of De La Hoya. The other two judges, Jerry Roth and Chuck Giampa, saw the fight as most ringside observers did. Roth had it 115-113, while Giampa scored it 116-112, both in favor of Mayweather.
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“Thrilla in Manila II” is not a remote possibility for 2014. There are fresh, positive developments to the Mayweather-Pacquiao hit “flick” that may lead to that. But why this never ending talk about such a seemingly never ending saga in fight sport?
Several people think that Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are so special to me. They wonder why I don’t write so much about other boxers except Pac and Floyd. Here’s why, and here’s my reply to the latest two publisher friends of prestigious sites:
I write as the inspiration comes. My pen or keyboard goes as the Lord leads, having no idea until when I will remain a boxing scribe. “Sorry, I don’t do articles for money” is my usual response to websites who offer me opportunities to write exclusively for them.
There was not a day I’m not busy. My duties and responsibilities as a businessman, author, artist and ministry servant won’t even allow me to engage in internet social networking sites. That’s why I consider such “milestone” in communication to be pleasurable only to those who have the luxury of time to play with time. I would rather spend moments with my family and be in touch with real people than let moments pass me by, accomplishing nothing really worthwhile in front of a gadget for long hours.
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