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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 […]

The Professional Boxing Likeability Power Rankings

Liking stuff is hard. Even if you didn’t grow up on a steady diet of punk rock and decentralized anarchist propaganda like I did, the human brain’s capacity to enjoy things is finite. One pancake is good. Two are better. Ten is suicide.  And so it goes. The more things there are, the more opportunities […]

This Century’s Most Badass Boxing Moments

Boxing is the toughest sport. Science says so! That means if you’re doing something really badass in pugilism, you’re multiplications of badass. It’s one thing to be in the toughest sport. It’s a whole ‘nother level to be the most badass within the sport. Just last month, welterweight Shawn Porter delivered a really cool moment […]

Luis Collazo Will Dine In Hell Saturday Night Vs Keith Thurman

It’s one thing to be the underdog, it’s another for people to fear for your health. But that’s where Luis Collazo will soon find himself — staring across the ring from a bad, bad man. Saturday night, on the debut of “Premier Boxing Champions” on ESPN, he’ll be fighting Keith “One Time” Thurman, a young, […]

Top 10: Manny Pacquiao’s Biggest Wins

Because past is prologue, it’s worthwhile to revisit it in advance of Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, May 2 on pay-per-view. Here, we examine a list of Manny Pacquiao’s biggest wins, in reverse order from #10 to #1. By biggest here, we mean — the best opposition he defeated, based on that fighter’s form at the time, […]

Top 10: Floyd Mayweather’s Biggest Wins

Because past is prologue, it’s worthwhile to revisit it in advance of Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, May 2 on pay-per-view. Here, we examine a list of Floyd Mayweather’s biggest wins, in reverse order from #10 to #1. By biggest here, we mean — the best opposition he defeated, based on that fighter’s form at the time, […]

Weekend Afterthoughts On Floyd Mayweather, Marcos Maidana, Lil Wayne And More

 (May 3, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Marcos Maidana punches against Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their fight at MGM Grand. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) We came so very close to history Saturday night. Had Marcos Maidana defeated Floyd Mayweather on Showtime Pay-Per-View, it would have been the biggest upset in boxing at the […]

Desperate Times: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Vs. Marcos Maidana Preview And Prediction

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, on May 3 on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Previously: the basics of Mayweather-Maidana; TQBR Radio on Mayweather-Maidana; the undercard, previewed;keys to the fight; a staff roundtable. Next: the Ultimate Guide. In the days before Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana meet at center ring Saturday night, the […]

Mayweather Vs. Maidana: TQBR Roundtable, Spelling Bee Edition

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, on May 3 on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Previously: the basics of Mayweather-Maidana; TQBR Radio on Mayweather-Maidana; the undercard, previewed; keys to the fight. Next: preview and prediction. Floyd Mayweather’s latest opponent is so well known that everyone knows how to spell his name. […]

Floyd Mayweather Vs. Marcos Maidana: Opening Bell

So begins our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, on May 3 on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Next: the undercard, previewed. This Saturday, the sport’s most recognizable name and its finest practitioner, Floyd Mayweather, is set to take on perhaps his most obscure opponent since his rise to enormous […]

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