- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 hrs ago
One of the perks Floyd Mayweather Jr. received in the six-fight contract he signed last year with Showtime was the ability to serve as executive producer of the preview shows about his fights.
The next installment of Showtime's All Access series will build toward Mayweather's Sept. 13 rematch at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas against Marcos Maidana. It will debut on Showtime on Aug. 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET and the new round will be familiar for long-time Mayweather observers.
Throughout the piece, Mayweather boasts of his skills, his wealth, his cars and the lifestyle the money provides him. Such over-the-top gimmickry in the debut of HBO's 24/7 series before his fight in 2007 with Oscar De La Hoya is what vaulted him into superstardom.
He's never abandoned that theme and turns to it again in his fourth All Access series for Showtime.
In one segment of the debut episode, Mayweather speaks of his boxing career. "They kind of believe," he says in a voice over while clips are shown of him dressed like James Bond gambling in a casino. "I really believe. They think they're good. I know I'm great."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing12 hrs ago
By December of 2012, Austin Trout seemed on the cusp of breaking through in big-time boxing. The light middleweight had just improved to a perfect 26-0 by soundly beating one of the sport’s biggest stars, Miguel Cotto, in the Puerto Rican’s adopted home turf of Madison Square Garden.
As Trout heads into a Friday Night Fights main event contest against Daniel Dawson in Temecula, CA tonight, however, the 28 year-old sits on a two-fight losing streak and will compete for the first time in nearly nine months. After the Cotto bout, Trout lost a close fight to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but then got blown out by Erislandy Lara last December in a fight he now admits he wasn’t ready formentally or physically, in part due to the death of his grand mother at his wedding.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing13 hrs ago
On Monday, Manny Pacquiao will appear at a news conference at The Venetian in Macau, the first stop on a promotional junket that ends Sept. 4 in New York. The tour is designed to promote his Nov. 22 bout on HBO Pay-Per-View for the WBO welterweight title against Chris Algieri at The Venetian's Cotai Arena.
The trip will cover 27,273 miles and will include stops in Macau and Shanghai, as well as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
It will be, as these things often are, a celebration of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao will need to prove his continued relevance, particularly since Algieri is largely an unknown. Unknown fighters tend to result in low pay-per-view sales, and while the full measure of success for the Pacquiao-Algieri show won't be determined by pay-per-view sales, it is still a huge factor.
Pacquiao remains a God-like figure among his countrymen in the Philippine Islands, as well as among those of Filipino descent living in the U.S. and around the world.
What should scare promoters, however, is the fact that there hasn't been the kind of mania surrounding Pacquiao among non-Filipinos during his last few fights as there had been previously.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 days ago
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who previously lost two arbitration cases against promoter Dan Goossen with the California State Athletic Commission, lost another bid to break free of his promoter on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly E. Kendig ruled against Ward's contention that his contract with Goossen violated Section 2855 of the California Labor Code. Kendig also noted that the athletic commission had twice ruled against Ward on the contention. She has not issued a written ruling.
The clause is one that former boxer Oscar De La Hoya used in 2000 to break free of his contract from then promoter Top Rank.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing3 days ago
Gennady Golovkin, who is quickly establishing a reputation as boxing's most exciting fighter, will make his West Coast debut on Oct. 18 when he defends his WBA middleweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., against veteran Marco Antonio Rubio, promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo Sports.
Golovkin, who is 30-0 with 27 knockouts, has fought five times in the U.S., all of them in New York state and four of them in New York city. The Oct. 18 bout versus Rubio is an attempt by K2 to expose Golovkin to a new audience.
It clearly makes sense. Whenever Golovkin has appeared as a spectator at a West Coast fight, he's mobbed by fans. He could barely move when he attended the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado fight at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on May 17. He was swarmed by autograph seekers everywhere he went that night.
"This is a strategic step in developing him into the sport's next superstar," Loeffler said of bringing Golovkin West. "We've had a lot of success on the East Coast and some great reaction. But there has been a big demand from the fans in California, particularly in Los Angeles, and this is a perfect match against Rubio."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing3 days ago
Marcos Maidana exceeded most pundits' expectations last May when he lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Heading into his Sep. 13 welterweight title rematch against "Money," Maidana is letting the world know that Mayweather didn't live up to billing.
"He's not as good as people think," the Argentine said during a recent Showtime media round table.
"I was able to pin him to the ropes and land punches, so he's not as difficult or as invincible as people think. He's hittable. You can land on him. I made mistakes. I was a little too anxious. He never hurt me, but he's got a respectable punch. You've got to respect him."
Maidana insists that he hasn't tried to overhaul himself in this current camp for Mayweather. "[I'm] just working on my distance control and a couple other minor changes," he said.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing7 days ago
Deontay Wilder may be the United States' best heavyweight boxing prospect but the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist has yet to face stiff competition. That trend will continue on Saturday in Carson, Calif. when Wilder fights former police officer Jason Gavern on Showtime.
Gavern may have beaten former pound-for-pound champ James Toney in his last fight, but the tough journeyman has lost sixteen times, hasn't fought since 2013 and has made a recent habit of fighting just three-round bouts. Suffice to say, promoters hope to showcase Wilder on Saturday night against Gavern.
That said, Wilder insists that he isn't taking a win for granted. " I know this is a risk fight," he said at this week's press conference.
"Jason [Gavern] comes to fight every time. And you've got to respect that. I've definitely not looking past Jason, but I'm looking through him."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing9 days ago
Showtime Sports will once again produce an All Access documentary mini-series in advance of the pay per view title rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana on Sep. 13 in Las Vegas. All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 will premier Saturday, Aug. 30, on Showtime at 9:30 p.m. EST/PST and will be immediately followed by a special Saturday installment of ShoBox: The New Generation .
All Access gives viewers intimate and exclusive coverage as Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana prepare for a rematch of their surprisingly close and hard-fought first bout in May. Episode 1 will reveal the aftermath of their first fight and takes viewers inside the minds of both fighters for what will be only the second rematch Mayweather, the undefeated 11-Time world champion, has ever granted.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing10 days ago
Super middleweight champion Sakio Bika rematches Anthony Dirrell this Saturday on Showtime in a rematch of their controversial 2013 fight. In that bout, Bika managed to retain his title despite having a point deducted from his score and being knocked down.
That's why many observers are picking Dirrell to dethrone Bika this weekend in Carson, Calif. Bika, however, says that he hasn't changed much in his training to more convincingly beat Dirrell.
“I’m not going to change too much. I’m coming out to fight," he said in a recent Fight News interview.
"I don’t want to run around and chase him. I’m going to show Anthony that I’m ready to do exactly what I’ve always done: to make people happy to see me fight. If he wants to take my belt off of me he better come prepared.”
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing11 days ago
Lamont Peterson wants to fight Danny Garcia next in order to unify the 140 pound world title, but he admitted that making the junior welterweight limit this past weekend was tougher than normal for him. After stopping Edgar Santana Saturday in Brooklyn, Peterson revealed his difficulties making weight this time out.
"Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's a little tough," he said.
"This time was a little tougher than normal."
Peterson went on to say that he would be fine fighting Garcia at a higher weight than 140 pounds, but that he is confident he can still hit the mark again if need be. The boxer said that random drug testing during his camp would often disrupt his weight and water-shedding program.