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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 […]

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, […]

Jaime Munguia, Erik Morales And The Zombie Apocalypse

It’s tempting to view boxing as the ultimate meritocracy. On Forbes’ annual World’s Highest Paid Athletes list, a fighter routinely cracks the top five — and often leads the way, with Floyd Mayweather recently banking nearly a third of a billion dollars in a single calendar year. Social media directly connects fans to fighters, promoters […]

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 Dumbest Sport

I don’t remember when exactly I became a boxing publicist, nor do I recall the circumstances that led up to it. Granted, I most likely wouldn’t. I have a goldfish brain and pertinent details are often banished to the recesses of my mind in the amount of time it took to type this sentence. Still […]

The Best View in The House: “In the Cheap Seats,” By Springs Toledo, Reviewed

“Before the main event Saturday Night, Morales shadowboxed in his dressing room. He was bone dry. His arms were no more impressive than an accountant’s and his torso had the consistency of a week-old party balloon.” The great beauty of Springs Toledo’s latest collection of essays, entitled “In the Cheap Seats,” is moments like the […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule Featuring Shane Mosley And Amnat Ruenroeng

In an average week of fights its nice to have an inspiring poster like this one for Amnat Ruenroeng and Johnriel Casimero’s Wednesday clash in Beijing. I do believe future! And yes, that is a creepy looking Mike Tyson. Anyway, on with the schedule. Amnat Ruenroeng vs Johnriel Casimero, Wednesday, Beijing. We may as well start with […]

Boxing Trash Talk And The Art Of Promotion

Vulgarity makes an easy news story. Promoters have always known it. Insults, expletives and occasionally even racism and homophobia have long been go-to methods for convincing fans to spend. Media outlets, desperate for content to fill 24-hour channels and websites, have little choice but to play along. Yet for much of the boxing public, a […]

Come On Up For The Rising: Leo Santa Cruz Brings His “A” Game

(Leo Santa Cruz; Suzanne Teresa, PBC) In the end, it was a hell of a fight, even if it didn’t quite live up to its Fight Of The Year expectations. Saturday night at the Staples Center, undefeated Leo Santa Cruz withstood a spirited attack from Abner Mares and beat him by majority decision in a […]

Mosley vs Mayorga Update: Fight Will Go On, Mayorga Is Still Insane

Shirts were removed. A woman’s derriere was slapped. Shoes were thrown. A near-riot ensued. No, “Jersey Shore” didn’t have a reunion episode. I hear some of them have other things going on. This was much more disturbing. It was a press conference for the rematch between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga, airing this Saturday night […]

Defiant Until The End, Floyd Mayweather Goes Out On His Own Terms

Let’s start here first — this is in no way an endorsement of Floyd Mayweather’s reputed swan song, a Sept. 12 Showtime Pay-Per-View fight against Andre Berto. Far from it. Indeed, this writer’s reaction was part of the collective groan the boxing world let out when serious rumors first started swirling about a possible Mayweather […]

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