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Friday, December 27, 2013

Should Adrian Broner Join the Mayweathers?

"I'm telling him to change his trainer." - Mayweather Sr. 

Floyd Mayweather Sr. believes he could turn Adrian Broner's career around. He says within three fights he could have Broner walking Maidana down just like Floyd Jr. did Alvarez. Floyd Jr. just did take his own father back into his camp. Allegedly the change was made because Floyd's uncle Roger Mayweather is in bad health.

I think it's good that father and son have put the past behind them. The best case scenario would be Roger and Floyd Sr in his corner. It hasn't appeared to make much difference which man works his corner, as it has been a business as usual approach and plenty of success. I do think that Floyd Sr. could help Broner find his way back on track. With that being said, I also believe that Broner's current team could get him back too. Broner was never an elite fighter, and neither his current trainer or Mayweather Sr. will change that.

I'm not so sure building a fighter from the ground up means all that much. It's my opinion that you look just as good as a trainer if you maintain a steady flow of champions. Just because someone can build a fighter from scratch doesn't mean they can get them over the championship hill. I realize that Broner had already obtained some belts, but nobody really considered him a champion. Maidana was his biggest name opponent to date. His corner never really had a plan once their fighter got in trouble, and Broner had to tell them to calm down. That's not something the fighter should have to tell his trainers. Perhaps they got him this far and that's as good as they can do.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Maidana Proves Broner is No Mayweather

He said he was the next Floyd Mayweather, but...


Marcos Maidana jumped on Broner early and often. Adrian Broner had claimed to be the next Mayweather. He'd won several fights using a Mayweather type posture, standing straight up, gloves low, and using the shoulder roll. Maidana knew what he was going to do. He knew he'd be fighting a Mayweather knockoff, and I think he knew exactly what to do. Maidana threw his punches high knowing he'd be able to land there. Broner tries to block and deflect punches while staying stationary. Maidana found him all night. By the time Broner figured out he should move his feet it was too late. He was moving his feet for survival and not as a defense.

Maidana Beat the Imitator, but Can He Beat the Real Mayweather?

Broner who fights in the same style as Mayweather, and the Problem was solved. It's not that simple with Floyd. He does things that Broner could never do. Mayweather is faster, his moves are sharper, and most importantly he's more experienced. There were counter opportunities for Broner, but most of the shots were landing. Mayweather wouldn't have been hit by half of those punches. Adrian Broner looked similar to Mayweather, but the skill and ability are miles apart.

I do think that Maidana deserves a shot at Mayweather, and I give him a little more than a punchers chance at beating him. If he could jump on him early and land on him like he did Broner then anything could be possible. If Mayweather isn't going to fight Pacquiao, then I think he should fight Maidana.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Nobody Wants to See Floyd Mayweather Fight Amir Khan

Mayweather vs Khan

There are rumors that Floyd might fight Amir Khan in his next fight. There is no reason for this fight to take place. Not unless the alternative is to watch Mayweather fight Alfonso Gomez or Carlos Baldomir. I've heard people say that Khan has hand speed that is equal to Floyd's. Assuming that he actually does, and I don't think he does, that would be the only thing even remotely close. The only thing that Khan has shown is that he can't take a good punch. I truly believe Mayweather could win all 12 rounds.

What's Next For Mayweather

Floyd says he the best fighter ever. He's proved that statement to be true, but to be the best you have to beat the best. A fight with Amir Khan would not be fighting the best. Floyd needs to fight winners. He needs to fight fighters who have beaten other good fighters and have a winning streak going. He's never been super active, so when he fights it needs to be the top fighters in the weight class. I think he should fight the winner of Broner vs Maidana or the winner of Pacquiao vs Rios. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Former Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton has Died


Former heavyweight champ Ken Norton Sr. dies at 70


Most boxing experts consider The Black Hercules: Ken Norton as on of the top 50 boxers of all time. I agree with that and believe that if he'd had a better chin and defense he'd been one of the best fighters ever.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fight Prediction: Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez

The Fight

When I first heard this fight was going to happen I couldn't believe it. All the experts were saying the fight wasn't going to happen. I wanted the fight to happen and said "Mayweather is ducking Canelo", but clearly that ended up not being the case. I figured that Canelo was a serious up and coming fighter, and as good as the name would look on Floyd's resume he still wouldn't take the chance.

Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs)

I really like the way that Canelo fights. He stalks his opponent and stays in there. His defense doesn't take him out of the combat zone. It's similar to the peek-a-boo defense used by Mike Tyson, but Canelo reminds me of the late Tommy Morrison. He proved he could box against Austin Trout, however I believe he's a better fighter when he's brawling and trying to corner his opponent. He's got knockout power in both hands.

Floyd Mayweather  (44-0, 26 KOs)

From a style standpoint Mayweather is one of the best fighter of all time. His defense is constant and he strikes from it with extreme precision. The more aggressive his opponent the easier he seems to dismantle them. The guys who try to sit back and pick him off end up having that very thing done to them. Mayweather isn't just undefeated, but he's never really been tested. Nobody has ever made him dig down and find out what kind of heart he has. When Miguel Cotto bloodied his nose; Floyd proceeded to destroy him for the remainder of the fight.


Floyd doesn't typically start very fast. I don't think he will this time either. He'll sit back and see what Canelo intends on doing. Once he's figured out that Canelo is going to come forward he will keep moving and changing the angles while he hits him. It's highly likely that Canelo will become less aggressive and try to box after finding out that Floyd's hands are so much faster. The fight will become semi boring for a couple of rounds while Canelo tries to out box Mayweather. I think he'll quickly realize that he's not trying to out box Austin Trout, and that he'll never beat Floyd if he keeps trying to do so. That's when he'll turn it into a brawl. That opens up the only chance I see for Canelo to win. If he can catch Mayweather it will be from the middle to late rounds.

If Canelo hasn't caught him with something by the eighth round then it probably won't happen. Stamina issues have been a factor in Canelo's longer fights. Mayweather will give him the first round and maybe the second. After that he'll have figured out what Canelo intends to do, and he'll turn his strengths into weaknesses. In round four Canelo tries to box with Floyd. Hopefully Alvarez doesn't try to stay with that strategy, and I don't think he will. Mayweather will outpoint him and leave no chance for Canelo to win. The brawling will put him in Floyd's wheelhouse. Canelo has good defense, but against hand speed like Floyd's it won't be effective. He will be coming straightforward all night. Mayweather will pick him off all night while cruising to a decision victory.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Can Canelo Beat Floyd Mayweather?

What Do They Think?

 Round-by-Round Predictions for Mayweather vs. Canelo Round-by-Round Predictions for Mayweather vs. Canelo

 Floyd: Boxing Has Become Too 'Watered Down' Floyd: Boxing Has Become Too 'Watered Down'

 How Alvarez Can Surprise the Boxing World How Alvarez Can Surprise the Boxing World

 Floyd's Monster Payday Will Fuel Canelo Floyd's Monster Payday Will Fuel Canelo

Yes, all of these articles were written in favor of Canelo. It makes you wonder if they're not just trying to sell the fight. I don't think they are, but the public opinion is that Canelo Alvarez is going to lose a 12 round decision. I've said before that I don't see how Canelo could win a decision. That's exactly what the guy who wrote the first article thinks. If this fight goes 12 rounds Mayweather will be the one with his hand raised in victory.

If there is any chance for Alvarez to win this fight it'll be by knockout. From the outside looking in he seems to have no chance of beating Mayweather. Canelo stalks his opponent using a form of the peek-a-boo defense. He pretty much stands right there or comes forward. I can only see Floyd moving around him while he punishes Canelo from the outside. If Mayweather frustrates the young fighter, then I see no chance for Canelo. He has to keep cool and watch for openings.

If he's going to knock Mayweather out, and we've established that he will not outpoint him, then he will have to do what Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya did. They pressured Mayweather and cornered him every chance they had. They pounded him in the clinch and took it to him when he wanted a break. There will be opportunities for Canelo to get to Mayweather, and when there are he must take them. It will be inside one of those times that Canelo could deliver the knockout.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Tommy Morrison: The Former Champ Has Died

It's being reported that former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison has died. I always liked the fighting style of Tommy "The Duke" Morrison. I'd planned to take a look back at his career late last month, and in honor of his passing that's what we're going to do.

                                                                 Tommy Morrison
won 48 (KO 42) + lost 3 (KO 3) + drawn 1 = 52
rounds boxed 172 KO% 80.77
Tommy burst onto the boxing scene in the late 1980's. His manager Bill Cayton was the former manager of Mike Tyson. There was little doubt that he saw similarities between the two. Mike Tyson had better defense and probably more power in both hands. Their paths would have more than likely crossed at some point, but Tyson lost his undisputed championship in 1990 to Buster Douglas, and Morrison would suffer his first lost one year later to Ray Mercer.  

 Ray Mercer had knocked out Tommy in the most brutal fashion. He'd win ten fights over two years and win the vacant heavyweight championship against George Foreman. His second loss came to Michael Bentt in 1993.  Tommy Morrison had a left hook that could knockout anyone. His left was compared to that of Joe Frazier, but many of those who'd seen both said Tommy's was harder.

 Lennox Lewis vs. Tommy Morrison  

 Tommy Morrison has always been one of my favorite fighters. In the fight with Lennox Lewis he was over matched, but he still put up a good fight. Lewis had gotten to him often and early. With an injured eye it was only a matter of time before Lennox defeated him. It was the last time that Tommy would compete for a heavyweight title belt.


Mayweather vs Canelo: The Common Opponent

Sugar Shane Mosley is the common opponent for Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez. Both of these men fought Carlos Baldomir, but not as recent as their fights with Mosley. A fighter's will is the last thing to go. Shane Mosley was a game fighter in both of these bouts.

Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley

This fight wasn't what it would've been years earlier. Mosley was still faster than most of the guys Mayweather had been fighting. There were moments early when it looked like Shane might be able to test Mayweather, but when Floyd figured out what he was trying to do, figured out his angle and approach, this fight was all but over. Shane slowed down and Floyd got faster.

Canelo Alvarez vs Shane Mosley

The first thing you notice in this fight is that Alvarez had his way with Shane. There were moments where Shane was able to showcase his speed, but he was ineffective for the most part in a decision loss to Canelo Alvarez. This was a step up for Canelo. He passed the test in this fight and proved he was an elite fighter. At several points in the fight Canelo had his way with the older Shane Mosley.

The Common Opponent  

I'm not sure the whole common opponent thing tells us what will happen. Mayweather and Canelo both beat Shane Mosley, but they did it with different styles and in completely different ways. Floyd outsmarted him and forced him to fight the wrong fight. Canelo overpowered him and forced him out of his comfort zone. When the speed diminished over the course of the fight Canelo punished him with powerful combinations.

In an interview with  Ben Thompson Shane answered some questions about the upcoming fight.

BT: Shane, I know you said you're staying neutral as far as Mayweather vs. Canelo goes, but because you've been in there with both fighters, give me an idea of what both guys can expect from the other when they finally meet on September 14.

SM: There's going to be some times where Floyd is gonna be like, "Wow! This kid's pretty good; he's pretty swift." And Canelo's going to be like, "Wow! He's really hard to hit; he's really fast and really good." I think they're both going to have that in their head when they fight each other. They're not going to expect the other to be as good as they are. I think Canelo thinks, "Okay, I'm bigger than him, so I'm going to be able to manhandle him or get close to him and hit him with what I want to." Mayweather believes, "He's a little kid and he's not going to hit me with nothing. He's not fast enough, he's not smart enough, and I'm going to beat him because I'm superior mentally." They're both going to have their issues that they gotta work out inside the ring. Like I said, I'm neutral. I just want them to have a great fight. May the best man

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                                           Shane Mosley: Mayweather vs Alvarez

Monday, August 12, 2013

Boxing News

 Roach: Floyd Will Have an Easy Time Beating Canelo

I don't think Floyd will have an easy time with Mayweather. In the comment to Roach says that Canelo reminds him of Marquez. I see him as more of a Miguel Cotto type of fighter. Perhaps Cotto was quicker in his prime, but he didn't have Canelo's power. I don't see any way that he can possibly outpoint Mayweather. I'm not ready to make my official prediction yet, but it's hard to bet against Floyd. He's never given any reason to doubt his winning.

 The Comments
  • Brent Anderson · Top Commenter
    its just too bad he avoided the top comp of his time. we will always wonder how he would have done against Oscar in a rematch . Remember an old past his prime Oscar had Floyd in trouble using jab. Floyd turned away MILLIONS and said he wanted to retire rather than give Oscar a rematch. then Floyd turned down fights with Margarito and Cotto when they were in their prime. Then turned down fights with Paul Williams.. Then pacman. he eventually fought Cotto but Cotto was already damaged goods after Pacman destroyed him. also fought a damaged shane Mosley - again after pac beat him. Floyd can avoid being hit but he can't avoid his legacy of ducking challenges. History don't like.
  • Dean James · South Suburban College
    Brent Anderson Floyd Beat mosley before Manny fought him. Arum didnt wanna put cotto in there with floyd after what floyd did to Gatti. Go back and watch the fight Cotto was there scouting. Margarito and Williams there was no money in those two fights. So he went after Baldomir for the belt. We all know why the Pacman fight didnt happen. Isnt it funny now that the same test floyd was asking for 3 years ago, he's now taking? Because he knows he gonna have to take it to fight floyd, So he's taking the test now to see how it will effect him going into a fight. PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS in order before you open your mouth. All you have to do is research. you have the internet at your finger tips.

I'm not so sure that Mayweather has avoided the best competition. In the end when his career is over his resume will not reflect that he avoided anyone. He will clearly be in the Hall of Fame and be considered as one of the greatest of all time. Especially if he doesn't lose and goes out taking fights like the Alvarez fight. Maybe he didn't fight every great fighter of his time, and caught some of the better fighters late in their careers, but he has been unbeatable for over a decade.  

Maidana to Broner: We'll Do Our Talking in the Ring

I want to see these two fight, but I don't think this is PPV worthy either. Marcos Maidana is not Paulie Malignaggi. My first thought on this one was that Broner would get knocked out. He runs his mouth like Floyd Mayweather, he idolizes Floyd Mayweather, and when he tries to fight like Mayweather he sucks. If he fights like Floyd and tries that shoulder roll, then he will get knocked out. If he's not a lot better than he was against Paulie, then the fight will end with his back on the floor. 

  Fury to Spar with Cunningham Ahead of Haye Fight

 This will no doubt help Tyson Fury prepare for the toughest fight of his career. David Haye is the favorite going into this fight, but I wouldn't be shocked to see an upset here. Steve Cunningham will simulate Haye very well. This was a wise choice and increases the odds of his pulling that upset.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios

Manny Pacquiao will fight Brandon Rios on November 23, 2013. Both fighters are coming off losses, and their careers are headed in different directions. The fight promises to be an action packed fight. Brandon Rios brings it, and Pac-Man believes he needs to knock him out to resurrect his career. Pacquiao has shown in the past that he can defeat a fighter like Rios, but that was before he lost two in a row. Brandon Rios is coming off a loss to Mike Alvarado that was a brutal war in the ring. It was a fight that Rios had chances to win, and he'd won in their first fight.

Manny believes he must win by KO -

I don't think Manny is going to knock Rios out. He'd better hope to outpoint him and maybe he can knock out a battered Rios late. However, I don't see that happening unless Rios gets sloppy. I think he will be at his best and if that 's the case I don't see a KO win for Pacquiao. Rios has shown he can take a punch, and the size of his neck supports that theory. I think Alvarado hits as hard as Pac-Man, and Rios took some massive shots in that contest. Manny will not KO Rios.

 Can Brandon Rios KO Pac-Man?

He beat the hell out of Mike Alvarado in his last fight. He landed some shots on Alvarado that would've knocked lesser fighters out. The problem is that Manny isn't a lesser fighter. If Pac-Man doesn't win this fight his career is over. I expect him to use angles and the hit and not get hit style to take advantage of a fighter who comes straight ahead. There is always the chance that Rios could hit him like Marquez did and put him to sleep. We don't know if Manny has ever truly recovered from that brutal knockout. Can he be the elusive fighter he once was? If we see the Pac-Man everyone wanted to see Mayweather fight, then Rios will lose by decision. If that's not the Manny Pacquiao that enters the ring that night we'll see him get blasted into retirement.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Was Lennox the Best Heavyweight Ever?


My name is John Reeves and I'm a boxing fan. Perhaps, even somewhat a historian of the sport. I have written articles for Bleacher Report, Fan IQ, and Rootzoo. When I was a kid I wanted to box. I'd watch all the fights that I possibly could. When I was a kid Tyson was the heavyweight champ and boxing was doing well. Boxing did well in the 1990's. The heavyweight division was absolutely loaded. I'm always tempted to place Lennox Lewis #1 all time on my list of greatest heavyweights, but then I just think of Ali in the late 60's and early 70's. The division was pretty damn good back then too. It's hard to put Lennox above Joe Louis and the division wasn't great at that time. Some experts have Louis over Ali. I don't see it that way at all, and if the two men had boxed each other in their prime Ali would have beaten him. I've always said Ali, Louis, and then Lewis, however Lennox is arguably better than both of them.

How Could Lennox Lewis be considered #1 All Time?

It's quite simple really. The guy cleaned out the division at a time when it was absolutely loaded with talent. Lennox Lewis beat every fighter that ever beat him. So that means he was able to defeat every fighter he ever faced. Keep in mind that when he was coming up the best fighters were avoiding him. That list includes Tyson, Holyfield, and Riddick Bowe. Both Tyson and Holyfield would fight him later down the road, but neither wanted any part of him when they were all young. Bowe threw his belts in the trash symbolizing he wouldn't fight the mandatory fight with Lewis.

Ali might have boxed in a time frame comparable to the 90's. Muhammad Ali beat two guys that nobody in the world thought he could defeat. He beat Sonny Liston in the beginning of his career and George Foreman late in his career. Twice he did what was thought to be impossible. If Ali was going to fight Lennox Lewis it would again seem impossible. I have Ali #1 all time in my list of greatest heavyweights, but I'm not convinced he could beat Lennox...and if he did could he do it again. Nobody else beat Lennox in a rematch. Ali always found a way to defeat his opponent, but physically he doesn't match up well against Lennox Lewis. One could argue that Lennox was the best ever.