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I believe nothing I read about any possible Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr fight happening. My reasons are simple enough and probably no different from most everyone else’s. Quite simply, we’ve been here before.

Multiple times over the last several years a fight between the top two fighters on the imaginary pound-for-pound list has been dangled over our collective heads. Then just as soon as everyone was good and riled up at the possibility, it was unceremoniously yanked away.

I want the fight to happen, but my days of yearning for it are gone. I put a lot of metaphorical energy into what turned out to be nothing more than another excuse not to face each other.

It’s maddening.

So I turned any attention away from the super ultra mega fight and towards good fights being made and actually happening now.

Just as soon as I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.

According to Bob Arum of Top Rank (who spoke with BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard), the fight will happen next year. It would take place in April to be exact.

The reason I give this a smidgen more credence than any of the other times the fight has been rumored to go, Bob Arum is the one sounding optimistic. All along it’s been Arum against Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), Arum against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Arum against anyone and everyone that seemed to be for the fight.

“Stop if Fiddy, that’s my ticklish spot!”

Another reason I feel positive about the fight going down is Arum won’t be in negotiations with GBP, but with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s new TMT Promotions. The new promotional company headed by Floyd Mayweather’s good friend, 50 Cent, has no bad blood with Bob Arum and Top Rank.

The fact that any new negotiations begin fresh and with no brick wall already in place before they begin, they just may have a chance of coming to fruition.

Let’s just say if I put a percentage a week ago on the fight happening, I’d of said 10%.

Today? I’ll give it an “I’m feeling optimistic” 75% chance.

Hell, Floyd even said something nice about Manny. That has to mean something, right?!

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Photo: PhilBoxing.com / Dr. Ed de la Vega

So many times you see a fight between two good fighters (Amir Khan – Danny Garcia, for example) taking place in a venue it has no business being in. Whether it’s the size of the venue, the city it’s held in, or both.

As a result of this, again using Khan-Garcia as a prime example, you have a fighter from England (Khan) taking on a fighter from Philadelphia (Garcia) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

No local connection whatsoever, no large crowds breaking down the doors for a chance to see a talent rich Amir Khan taking on a fighter that the laymen couldn’t pick out of a lineup (Garcia).

Common sense leads you to believe that this particular fight should have been held in Atlantic City, the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, or in England. Those venues would have yielded far better sales.

The Khan-Garcia fight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sold 3,147 tickets
for a gate $426,150. The problem with those numbers is that in addition to the tickets sold, 737 were left unsold, 3,364 were comped (free) and the gate for the event was less than the purse for either fighter (Khan made $950,000, Garcia $520,000).

Doesn’t seem like good business sense, does it? To actually give away, for free, more tickets than you sold for the event just strikes me as, well…stupid.

Placing a fight in Las Vegas should almost strictly be for big time, big money fights. Everything else is basically a let down.

Amir Khan’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), showed extremely poor foresight when planning out the city/venue for this fight to take place.

I’m not jumping on GBP alone. Many other promotional companies hold fights between fighters with little build up and place the fight in Vegas or some other location with bright lights and avoid placing the fight where it should be because they are blinded by shiny things.

Main Events has Tomasz Adamek as one of their main event fighters (no pun intended). Adamek is from Poland and lives in New Jersey. When Adamek is in the main event of one of their events they place the card at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, a city with a large Polish population.

Adamek draws large crowds in New Jersey, so that’s where they put him to fight. It makes sense.

Top Rank puts Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (a Mexican) in Mexico and Texas. It makes sense.

Maybe Golden Boy overestimated Khan’s star power? Maybe they thought the British throngs would fly over to see one of their own, as they are known to do?

Whatever the reason, it was not well thought out.

If a fight is placed in the right city/venue/section of the country (and at a semi-reasonable price) people will come to watch.

Hell, you might not get a sell-out, but you won’t be giving away more tickets than you sold for the fight, that I promise you.


From Fightnews.com;

The WBC ordered by unanimous votes that the mandatory defense of WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has to be against the diamond champion Sergio Martinez but also allowed that if both parties reach an agreement, they can have voluntary defenses and then the winner of each bout fight between them for the WBC title. Chavez Jr called WBC President Jose Sulaiman to ask his approval for his voluntary defense on February 4, so the Sulaiman called Sergio Martinez who accepted that Chavez Jr. be allowed to fight because he will also fight in March, so both boxers agreed to a fight between them after their voluntary defenses.

Chavez Jr & Top Rank head, Bob Arum (Photo courtesy: Chris Farina/Top Rank)

My thoughts:

I applaud the WBC for forcing Chavez Jr’s hand and making the next defense of his title against Sergio Martinez, but it doesn’t really matter what they do. If Chavez Jr refuses to take the fight against Maravilla then Chavez Jr will just be stripped of his title.

Stripping a fighter of his title used to mean something. That has gone by the wayside these days. I realize this is a generality, but most boxers don’t care for titles like they used to. Oh sure if they win one it’s an extremely exhilarating feeling, but now they care more for how many zero’s are at the end of their check.

Chavez Jr’s own people said they wouldn’t want to take a fight with Maravilla because it isn’t worth it to them monetarily. In other words, they know Martinez would expose Chavez for the mediocre talent that he really is.

I would be thoroughly surprised it Chavez Jr actually steps into the ring with Martinez, so would Top Rank (Chavez Jr’s promoter). He will most likely

The better match-up, in my opinion, would be a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight. It would be The Battle for Mexico and would probably shatter all sorts of Mexican viewership/gate records.


So many times in boxing a fight that should happen or is supposed to happen, doesn’t (see the most recent nearly 2-year-long saga between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao). It’s a gross injustice to their own sport.

I suppose that’s because there are too many hands in the pot. Too many voices wanting their share.

Too many vultures. Some of these vultures have names like HBO, Showtime, Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank, Don King, Lou DiBella, Al Haymon and many, many more, I’m sure.

It’s not that there aren’t vultures in the UFC, but it’s a body that makes the matches. I know it’s probably just as political in some of the same ways that boxing is, but boxing is just a bunch of independent states trying their best to make all the money they can at the expense of their own sport. Cutting off their own nose despite their face.

The UFC has titles at weight classes, just like boxing, and for the most part those titles are respected. The titles in boxing? Well, the titles in boxing are almost worthless at this point. There should be one title at each weight class, this whole WBC, WBA, WBU, ABC, 123 is all crap. There was a time when some of the belts actually really stood for someone being the best. Read the rest of this entry »

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