Joe Garza

  • Keith Thurman defends title, calls out Floyd Mayweather

    Joe Garza at Boxing 18 days ago

    WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman remained undefeated Saturday night as Luis Collazo retired on his stool after the seventh round at the USF Sundome in Tampa, Fla.

    In what has become a formality with the most talented welterweights in the world, Thurman took the chance to call out pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather after his victory.

    “I’m a young, strong champion, Floyd, come get it,” Thurman said to the camera during his postfight interview in the ring. “I’m undefeated like you, baby, come take my ‘[zero],’ baby. I’m ready.”

    While Thurman may feel he’s ready for Mayweather, things weren’t always easy during the main event of the ESPN primetime debut of the Premier Boxing Champions.

    Collazo hurt Thurman with a perfect left hand to the body near the end of the fifth round that forced Thurman to run and try to hold on for the remainder of the round.

    “He caught me with a great body shot, but I took it, I endured like a champion does,” Thurman said.

    “I couldn’t see nothing,” Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) said during his postfight interview. “I’m the type of fghter, I keep going if I could. I couldn’t see, so better safe than sorry.”

     

  • Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova on Game 4: 'I'll be ready to go'

    Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

     

    Dellavedova was taken to the Cleveland Clinic after Game 3 for treatment for severe cramping and required an IV. He's since been released and says he's already thinking about Game 4.

    "I was [in the hospital] for a little bit, but mainly just to rest up and recover," Dellavedova said. "We all take it pretty easy [Wednesday] just to get our treatment, and we've watched tape and things like that. So, yeah, I'll be ready to go [Thursday]."

    Dellavedova, who has emerged as something of a folk hero in these Finals because of his energized, all-out style of play, scored 20 points and had five rebounds and four assists in the Cavs' 96-91 Game 3 victory Tuesday night to give Cleveland a 2-1 series lead.

    Blatt offered some interesting insight when asked if Dellavedova would be limited in Game 4.

  • Mayweather now says no to rematch with Pacquiao, calls him a 'coward'

    Joe Garza at Boxing 2 mths ago

    Floyd Mayweather may have been gracious in the lead-up and in the immediate aftermath of his unanimous decision welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night, but it apparently didn’t last.

    In an exclusive interview with Jim Gray that is scheduled to premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime, the pound-for-pound king calls Pacquiao a “sore loser” and a “coward” and backtracked on reports that he would be interested in a rematch with the Filipino star.

    “Did I text [ESPN’s] Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again?” Mayweather told Gray. “Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. … If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’ ”

  • Who's next for Floyd Mayweather in his final fight?

    Joe Garza at Boxing 2 mths ago

    Saturday’s victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena could only be described as Mayweather-esque, as the pound-for-pound king used defense, footwork, a sharp jab and an accurate right hand to win a fairly easy decision.

    With one more fight left on his contract with Showtime, Mayweather is scheduled to return to the ring in September for one last fight before, he has repeatedly said, retiring. But whom will he fight?

    It isn’t easy following a megafight, no matter the debate over the quality of the bout. And any opponent he faces will not have the juice that Pacquiao provided. In short, Mayweather has pretty much beaten everybody.

    Mayweather Jr. offered no insight to whom might be next at the post-fight news conference either, pleading for the media to allow him to “enjoy my victory.”

  • Floyd Mayweather says he'll give up his belts: 'I'm not trying to be greedy'

    Joe Garza at Boxing 2 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS – In a post-fight news conference that included talk of a Manny Pacquiao shoulder injury, cheering for Floyd Mayweather from some in the press pit and plenty of discussion about Mayweather’s future, perhaps the most surprising aspect was a question regarding Mayweather’s numerous championship belts.

    By defeating Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night in typical Mayweather fashion, the pound-for-pound king added a fifth title to his current collection.

    So a reporter asked Mayweather if he was planning to give up his belts Monday, as he had apparently previously told some members of the media.

    "I'm not trying to be greedy,” Mayweather said.

    What belts would Mayweather be relinquishing?

    Ya know, unless he changes his mind.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard: Lomachenko defends featherweight title

    Joe Garza at Boxing 2 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS – WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko turned in a workman-like performance against overmatched Gamalier Rodriguez on Saturday, winning by ninth-round knockout on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Lomachenko, 27, displayed quick hands and great footwork, but started slowly and didn’t provide the kind of show expected of one of the most talented and heralded young fighters in boxing.

    “In the first couple of rounds, I was just feeling him out, seeing what he had to offer and then I did what I had to do,” Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) said through an interpreter.

    After the third round, he began hitting Rodriguez (25-3-3, 17 KOs) at will before a sparse and quiet crowd that didn’t seem all too interested almost two hours before the main event.

    A point was deducted from Rodriguez in the fifth round for low blows, and he also was knocked down by Lomachenko in the seventh round after a hard left to the chest.

    In the ninth, Lomachenko hurt Rodriguez with a right hook and finished him off with a straight right to the head at the 50-second mark.

    Santa Cruz cruises

    But Santa Cruz has his mind on someone else.

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  • Pacman eats 'big lunch' before weigh-in, crushes candy bar after hitting scale

    Joe Garza at Boxing 2 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS – There were three major takeaways from the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday.

    No. 1: You can sell anything to anybody if you hype it enough and only charge $10, with 11,500 showing up to watch men step on a scale.

    No. 2: The much-discussed size disparity between the fighters is still kind of a shock when you see them together live.

    No. 3: Manny Pacquiao has no problem crushing a huge candy bar at any time.

    As the Filipino star stepped off the scale before an adoring pro-Pacquiao crowd, he was handed what appeared to be a massive Butterfinger Cups candy bar and immediately started chowing down.

    Being the naturally smaller man, the 5-foot-6 1/2 Pacquiao had no problem making the 147-pound weight limit, hitting the scales at 145, and he must have felt the need to replace some calories.

    Broadcaster Jim Lampley said on the weigh-in telecast that it was reported to him that Pacquiao “ordered a big lunch” before weighing in, which is generally unheard of in the fight game.

  • Mayweather Sr.: 'This is a common fight. Manny is just an opponent'

    Joe Garza at Boxing 3 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be taking a low-key approach to Saturday’s fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the same can’t be said for his father and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr.

    Mayweather Sr. didn’t hold back Thursday when discussing the much-anticipated megafight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    “This is a common fight. Manny is just an opponent, nothing more, nothing less,” Mayweather Sr. said.

    Thank goodness Senior isn’t in charge of selling this fight to the masses. But that’s the kind of confidence you can expect from someone in the corner of a fighter who is 47-0 and regarded as the world’s best.

    “Nothing’s gonna be hard about it,” the elder Mayweather said. “It’s gonna be real easy, whether he’s left-handed or right-handed. Floyd is using his mind; Manny don’t use his mind. Manny uses his feet. That’s why he got clipped the last time [in the knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012]. He uses his feet, jumping in and out. He jumped in, bam, it was over.”

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  • Light undercard may mean Mayweather-Pacquiao broadcast could be a drag

    Joe Garza at Boxing 3 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS – There is no denying the excitement over the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, which takes place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    The city is abuzz, the heels are high, the suits are loud and the locals are already dreading the madness that will certainly ensue on fight night.

    What most folks may not realize – or, more accurately, might not yet care about – are the specifics of the undercard bouts on the Showtime pay-per-view telecast, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.

    In a bit of an oddity, there are only two bouts on the telecast before the Mayweather-Pacquiao main event, which most expect to start at 11:20 EST/8:20 PST. A normal PPV telecast usually features four or five total bouts, so that means the latest “Fight of the Century” broadcast may be a little, um, padded out.

    It also means the most expensive PPV in history – $99 for high definition and $89 for standard definition (um, who even watches SD anymore?) – is offering one of the smallest cards in history.

    But at least the two undercards will be awesome … right?

    Well, not exactly.

    No matter the wait for the main event.

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  • Mayweather-Pacquiao prop bets have just about everything covered

    Joe Garza at Boxing 3 mths ago

    The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight is right around the corner – May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, to be exact – and online sportsbook Bovada wasn’t concerned that the fight was in an odd limbo as of Wednesday. But with the fight officially a go and tickets going on sale Thursday, it's a time to rejoice for all – well, except for the common fan who hopes to buy a ticket.

    Regardless, Bovada has released its gambling odds for the bout and a whole mess of fun prop bets, not that we would ever encourage such an endeavor.

    Mayweather is a minus-210 favorite, while Pacquiao is holding steady at plus-170. The fight is favored to go the distance – minus-300 – with Mayweather a 5/7 favorite to win by decision or technical decision.

    Here are some more bets Bovada is offering:

    ADDITIONAL PROPS Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr Punches Landed % Over/Under 40½

    Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao Punches Landed % Over/Under 27½

    First thrown punch will be? Left Hand Punch -130 (10/13) Right Hand Punch EVEN (1/1)