By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Floyd Mayweather did what no one expected, turn what was supposed to be the fight of the century into a sparring session. His defensive wizardry was the key as he simply out maneuvered Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather is one of the underestimated undefeated fighter as we pundits consistently find ways that this guy is supposed to lose and yet he simply uses his defensive wizardry and simply turn most fighters into putty in his hand.
From the first round Mayweather strategy became obvious; use his jab to establish real estate between him and the smaller Pacquiao while launching occasional right hand. Rarely did Pacquiao ever trap Mayweather on the rope nor did he ever hurt Mayweather. You can count on your hand the numbers of effective left hands that Pacquiao landed and Mayweather managed to nullify Pacquiao’s offense as he did to other past good fighters like Canelo Alvarez and Robert Guerrero.
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Last month on February 20, 2015 it was made official that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBA/WBC welterweight champion) and Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight champion) would “finally” meet in a boxing ring after years of talk and speculation.
I have always contended that this bout would happen because of the large amount of money it will generate for all. So now this huge match is set for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view.
This fight is the most anticipated in boxing since Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali, March 8, 1971. That fight was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and it certainly was when two undefeated champions met in their primes for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship.
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Last week it was officially announced that finally Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight on May 2, 2015.
The two best boxers of their time, in our time today, will decide who is the best in the ring.
I have always contended that this fight would happen because of the huge amount of money it will generate for all.
The fight isn’t the most anticipated in my era of boxing , though ; Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971 was that. Two undefeated champions at the pinnacle of their careers for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship of the world.
However, boxing will get a big fight with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. The build up will take us back 44 years to what it was like for Frazier and Ali, and like that fight … this fight is good for boxing in this generation!
(click onto link below to view promo fight video)
By Tom Donelson / Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008
Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Will he or won’t he? That is the question vexing boxing fans as they wonder if the fight that has been promised for the past five years will ever happen; Mayweather-Pacquiao. Certainly there is one reason that fight happens: money. There was a time that Pacquiao could attract big PPV numbers but against Algieri and Rios, those numbers dropped below 500,000 and Mayweather big numbers came when he fought big names just as Canelo Alvarez but his last bouts were south of million so while he attracted bigger PPV numbers than the PAC Man, he has not match the big numbers that Showtime was hoping when they signed him to a six fight contract.
By TOM DONELSON / Member Boxing Writers Assoc.
So what does Floyd Mayweather do now after his rematch win over Maidana? The number one criteria for Mayweather will be which fighter can bring big PPV’s numbers since the name of the game is big PPV numbers. Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 (September 13, 2014) had sales of 925,000 buys, which is a slight increase over their first fight and so far since Mayweather signed his six fight contract with Showtime; only one of his fight has gone over million, that being his fight with Canelo Alvarez which exceeded 2 million buys. This was considered the highest PPV event of the year but there is a decline in PPV buys with both Mayweather and Pacquiao no longer consider automatic 1 million plus buys by themselves.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
Floyd Mayweather and Marco Maidana was the main event but on the undercard, there two big fights that would have significant effect on the future of the Welterweight and junior Welterweight division. Two fighters, Adrien Broner and Amir Khan found themselves in bouts that could determine their future. Amir Khan bout with Luis Collazo would have a direct effect on Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes. Khan thought he was going to be the main event but Maidana got the call instead. If Khan wins, he is on his way to a big fight with Mayweather. Lose and it could be Collazo who will be picked. As for Khan, a loss would set back his career.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association and has contributed “dmboxing” since 2008
Keith Thurman last Saturday night victory showed constant growth as he used all his arsenal against Julio Diaz. The first round showed the mismatch quickly as Thurman showed he was more than ready for the grizzly veteran Diaz as he simply hit Diaz at will. The second round saw Thurman throw punches from different angles as Diaz had no answer defensively. One combinations forced Diaz to his knee and it was a matter of time. The only drama was when the end was coming.
In the third round, Diaz managed to land the his only real meaningful punch of the night as he nailed Thurman with a left hook but a Thurman right to the body hurt Diaz’s rib. Diaz went back to his corner and he was barely able to breathe; leading his corner to stop the fight. Thurman showed defensive nuance and able to avoid many of Diaz’s haymakers and he showed quick hands to go with the power.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has offered his expertise to “dmboxing” since 2007.
Let’s take another stroll down my memory lane.
Last week Rubin “Hurricane” Carter past away from prostate cancer at age 76.
I had a chance to meet this mild mannered light heavyweight contender at the WBC Convention in Las Vegas about 15 years ago. The WBC President (the late) Jose Sulaiman presented Carter with an ‘honorary’ championship belt.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association, International Boxing Research Organization and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008.
NOTE: Showtime will replay the fight this Saturday, September 21 at 9pm ET/PT
The audience starts howling when Alvarez and Mayweather begin their walk to the ring in a packed Buffalo Wild Wing where I watched a virtuoso performance by this generation’s greatest boxer. Mayweather won an easy decision that was more decisive in the ring than on the scorecard. Going into the match, Alvarez best shot was Mayweather’s legs turning old and the 36 year old Mayweather spending a significant portion of the fight on the rope. It didn’t happen as we are finding with Mayweather, 36 years is the new 26 year old as he moved comfortably around the ring. Alvarez made two mistakes in the early part of the fight. The first being trying to jab with a jabber and the second was his failure to cut off the ring as he chased Mayweather around the ring. All Mayweather did was to nail Alvarez with solid combinations.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association
What is the biggest fight available right now for Floyd Mayweather? The answer is simple, Saul ”Canelo” Alvarez. In boxing, nothing ever moves in a straight line, so there are many steps left before the big fight can be made. For both boxers, it is a matter of timing for the money side of the equation and the competitive side.
Consider Alvarez and his team. Alvarez showed much improvement in his decision win over Austin Trout as he showed the ability to slip Trout’s punches. This allowed him to win the fight and Alvarez even landed a sharp right at the beginning of the seventh round that sent Trout down to the canvas for the fight decisive moment. Alvarez and his team dilemma is simple. At 22 years of age, time is on his side when setting up a match against the 36 year old Mayweather and a few extra fights will not only allow him to continue improving but it could also enhance the box office numbers even further.