- Steve Cofield | Boxing – Fri, Oct 14, 2011 7:57 PM EDT
- Steve Cofield | Boxing – Thu, Oct 13, 2011 10:26 PM EDT
HBO finally made its decision. Showtime's executive VP and GM of sports and event programming has decided to jump from one pay network to another. Hershman takes over as HBO's President of Sports on Jan. 9, 2012.
Under the guidance of Hershman, Showtime became a real player on the boxing scene. He did so with a tiny budget as compared to the bigger HBO. More importantly, he ended the cronyism that became a big reason for the downfall of HBO as a successful player in the boxing world.
Yahoo! Sports' lead boxing writer Kevin Iole joined us to talk about the choice of Hershman and what to expect. Check out Kevin's Thursday column for more details.Read More »from Video analysis: Hershman to HBO could mean big changes for the boxing world
- Steve Cofield | Boxing – Wed, Sep 21, 2011 10:45 PM EDT
It's been over two years since the tragic passing of boxer Arturo Gatti and we still have no clear answer as to what actually happened on July, 11, 2009. Did Gatti commit suicide or was he the victim of foul play?
CBS' "48 Hours" investigates the story on Saturday night (10 p.m. ET).
CBS correspondent Erin Moriarty has an exclusive sit down with Gatti's widow, Amanda. It's her first interview since her husband's death. Gatti's brother Joe also shares his theory and Gatti's longtime rival Mickey Ward is featured as well.
- Steve Cofield | Boxing – Mon, Sep 19, 2011 6:45 PM EDT
MayweatherMerchantLarry Merchant is the best at what he does because he's extremely confident. The same goes for Floyd Mayweather. So when broadcaster and boxer have locked horns over the years, it's made for some classic confrontations. Saturday's yelling match following Mayweather controversial win over Victor Ortiz was one part entertaining, one part embarrassing.
Merchant kept pressing Mayweather on why he chose to slug Victor Ortiz when his opponent clearly wasn't fighting. After the third or fourth try, Mayweather flipped out and said HBO needed to fire Merchant. The 80-year-old announcer eventually lost his cool and said if he were 5o years younger he'd "kick his ass."
With some time to cool down and think, Merchant gave his take on what happened.
Read More »from Mayweather and Merchant refuse to back down over postfight verbal spat
"It's happened a few times with fighters over the years. I ask questions, they want love, Merchant told Bernard Fernandez of the Philadelphia Daily News. "I was trying to find out what happened at the end of that fight. There were a lot of boos. It was
- Steve Cofield | Boxing – Mon, Sep 19, 2011 3:15 PM EDT
With Victor Ortiz out of the way, Manny Pacquiao could be next for Floyd Mayweather. Combine Mayweather's persona and his actions in the win over Ortiz and it could make for an easy "good vs. evil" promotion.
Pacquiao is known as a nice guy with a big heart and he didn't like what he saw on Saturday night. From Manila Bulletin:
"There was nothing illegal in what Floyd did but it was unsportsmanlike," said Pacquiao, noting that he acknowledged the fact that referee Joe Cortez had signaled the fight to continue, something a lot of ringsiders said they never saw.
Pacman's adviser, Michael Koncz said that Mayweather's actions when Ortiz's hands were down is something you'd never see from the Filipino.
Koncz said Mayweather "took advantage of Ortiz's inexperience."
Koncz said if Pacquiao is exposed to the same situation, "Manny would never do something like that."
His trainer Freddie Roach said he never witnessed referee Joe Cortez say it was time to "box."
Meanwhile, Mayweather wasRead More »from ‘Pacman’ says Mayweather was unsportsmanlike, ‘Money’ unapologetic
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