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Manny And Me: Becoming A Boxing Fan During Pacquiao’s Peak

Like many boxing writers, I became a fan of the sport before I started putting pen to paper. My first voluntary exposure to boxing came in 2008 when I decided to read Evander Holyfield’s biography, Becoming Holyfield, after my local newspaper recommended it. I was blown away by The Real Deal’s remarkable achievements as an […]

Manny Pacquiao Retirement Roundtable Career Retrospective

One of the best ever, Manny Pacquiao, retired this week. He ends his 26-year career with a record of 62-8-2. The TQBR gang examines him and his legacy.   What was the first time you saw Manny Pacquiao fight, and what was your impression of him? Tim Starks:  It was the Lehlo Ledwaba fight he […]

Quarantine Classics: Paul Williams Vs Antonio Margarito

When most people think of the names “Paul Williams” and “Antonio Margarito” they don’t necessarily associate them with one another, but instead with a host of bizarre, thrilling and controversial moments from their respective careers. Williams suffered a major upset loss to Carlos Quintana right after he stepped in the ring for the first time […]

2010-2019 Fighter Of The Decade: Floyd Mayweather

For better or worse — really, for better AND for worse — Floyd Mayweather cast a long shadow over the 2010s. This is the cultural impact of Mayweather in the decade: Among those who find him generally reprehensible, it’s easy to forget that Mayweather didn’t break all those pay-per-view buy records simply because those who […]

2019 Fighter Of The Year: Canelo Also Rises

Somewhere in the memory banks, wedged between a 7,000-piece Millennium Falcon LEGO set and a fuzzy “Best of Christy Canyon” VHS tape, you’ll find a yellowed paperback copy of “The Sun Also Rises” — a remnant from Mrs. Nelson’s eighth-grade English Lit class. The novel, published in 1926, chronicles a very particular time and place, […]

It’s Probably Never Going To Happen For Demetrius Andrade

Demetrius Andrade has a deal with DAZN, which is why he was fighting there Saturday night, but more importantly he has a deal with DAZN because DAZN has the two biggest attractions in the middleweight division, champ Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. And during his fight with Maciej Sulecki this time out, DAZN’s broadcasting team […]

The Six Weirdest Things Jim Lampley Has Cried About

Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: It’s OK to cry. It’s good to cry. I’m crying right now, mostly about Verne Troyer’s death and how I never got to prove my theory that with enough duct tape and personal lubricant you could fit him inside a Pringles can. But […]

Miguel Cotto: Living Art

Miguel Cotto is a fighter. Miguel Cotto is from Puerto Rico. Miguel Cotto’s wife is allergic to bras. These are about the only incontrovertible statements one can make about Cotto. Maybe more than any fighter in recent memory, Cotto’s legacy is perpetual fodder for debate — the kind of heated debates that generally conclude with […]

The Retired Ones, Part I: Floyd Mayweather And Wladimir Klitschko

In the course of one month, four boxers with Hall of Fame credentials that range from “unimpeachable” to “strong” have retired. Boxing being what boxing is, retirements don’t always stick. But these four — Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley — have a pretty solid chance of staying away from the […]

The Liver Punch: Get Out Of Your Depth

There’s an apocryphal story about the first meeting when Bernie Ecclestone took over Formula 1. As it goes, Enzo Ferrari dragged the dwarvish Brit into his office to let him know what was what. Enzo slammed his hand on the desk and said, “THIS is the sport!” then tapped his finger under the desk and […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/16

Yeah, yeah, it’s “technically” not 2016 anymore, but this serves as the year-end list, mofos. We’ve got a lot of changes since the last update a couple months back, given some un-retirements and big fights that closed out the year. As always, the main standard is quality wins, especially of recent vintage. The eyeball test […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 10/16

It’s the kind of pastime you either hate, love to hate, or just find mildly interesting to debate: pound-for-pound updates of the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight. And boy howdy, do we ever have some movement since last time we did one one of these. We have a new man cracking the […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 5/16

Welcome to our first pound-for-pound list of 2016. If it seems overdue, it’s because the first couple months offered little prospect for movement. The two most recent? That’s been more productive for the best fighters in the world regardless of weight. Manny Pacquiao’s departure shakes thing up a little, and Takashi Uchiyama’s loss leaves another […]

Quick Jabs: Manny Pacquiao On Homosexuality; Good Fights In The Works; More

There are a couple remarkable things about Manny Pacquiao’s recent remarks on homosexuality. His views in opposition to gay marriage were already well-known; that’s not new, and it’s not cool, nor has it ever been. No, what’s remarkable is the virulent nature of how he’s expressed those views lately, and how unrelenting he has been in […]

Quick Jabs: Sup Wit David Haye; Andre Ward; More

It’s a new year(ish), so what better time to bring back Quick Jabs, everybody’s formerly favorite round-up of various boxing news(es)? We start with the pic above of the Friars’ Club, because Lennox Lewis is about to get roasted. Lewis’ championship reign has aged well, and now that he’s no longer a hilariously milquetoast regular HBO […]

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