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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

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By David Martinez /

Last week it was officially announced that finally Floyd Mayweather 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)

Mayweather – Pacquiao … why they will fight $$$

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By Tom Donelson / Writer for 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.

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Floyd Mayweather … what’s next?

Mayweather 168x300 Floyd Mayweather ... whats next?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.

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Mayweather defeats Maidana to unify welterweight belts

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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.

RECAP – Last Week’s Showtime Card and Mayweather vs. Maidana Thoughts

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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.


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In Rusty’s Corner

 In Rustys Corner 

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.

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Mayweather Wins in a Masterful Performance over Alvarez

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By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association, International Boxing Research Organization and has contributed to since 2008.
NOTE: Showtime will replay the fight this Saturday, September 21 at 9pm ET/PT
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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.

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When Should Mayweather Fight Alvarez?

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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.

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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.


In Rusty’s Corner – “Unimpressed” with Mayweather

Rusty Rubin In Rusty’s Corner   Unimpressed with MayweatherRusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

After watching the Mayweather – Cotto fight, I noticed that on more than one occasion “Money” took a breather and let Cotto fight and perhaps win a couple of rounds. If Mayweather really believes he is better than Pac Man, why doesn’t he fight him? What does he have to lose, well only the zero at the end of his record, which can cost him dearly. Am I the only writer out there who believes the time has come for “Money” to put up or shut up….Color me unimpressed with his showing vs. Cotto.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao will be fighting Tim Bradley, in what may well be another yawner. It’s not that Pac Man is taking an easy fight, it’s just that there is only one big name out there, and it’s a guy named Mayweather.

I’m not analyzing this fight today, but on the surface I see nothing that Bradley brings to the table that can sidetrack Pacquiao. But I’ll do an in-depth report as that fight draws closer.***

Meanwhile, as promised, I’ll give my picks on the top boxing folks who have influenced our sport, good or bad, over the past 75 years.

Right on top of my list, as a boxer, it has to be Jack Johnson, who did more to influence minorities to perform not only in boxing but all sports,  than anyone else before him. He was of course the first black heavyweight champion.

There are others who should be mentioned as positive forces in boxing: fighters like Muhammad Ali; Ernie Terrell; Floyd Patterson; Oscar de la Hoya; Christy Martin; and I apologize to all those I left out in the interest of space.

In the non-boxer area, my thought would be Nat Fleisher and the late Bert Sugar, whose names will always be part of the journalistic presence and positive influences on our sport.

There are others who won’t be remembered for their skills in the ring, but on the apron, Eddie Futch and Angelo Dundee to name just a few.

I left out the promoters and their publicists mainly because they can and often are listed as both positive and negative influences. I have my opinions, but mine are as good (or bad) as anyone else.

I will add a few people like the late boxing writer Jack Welsh, a personal friend for many, many years. Jin Carlin, who is always on the sidelines, always more than willing to lend a hand.

And let’s not forget those who spend their time and money getting the stories out on the web. They also promote the fights and fighters.***

One final note, while I am not a fan of MMA , probably because I’m an old boxing guy and don’t accept change very well. I will give full credit to MMA for being not only a money maker, but since it’s rapid rise in popularity, more and more gyms are opening and the kids are getting off the streets again. It’s also a positive influence on boxing for just that reason.

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Mayweather and Canelo win decisions

mayweather cotto Mayweather and Canelo win decisions  By Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Assc.)

On Cinco de Mayo, Mexican upcoming star Saul Canelo Alvarez faced Shane Mosley, the old veteran. The first round was a feeling around round as Mosley managed to get off punches a little quicker while Alvarez waited nearly half of the round to throw his first punch. In the second round, Alvarez went to the body against the older Mosley to set the pace and look to wear the older veteran out.A big right by Alvarez in the third round sent a buzz through the crowd and while he won the round, Alvarez suffered a cut from an accidental head butt.

Over the next three rounds, Alvarez continued to jab to set up his power shots as he forced Mosley to retreat. At the end of the seventh round, Mosley faced started to swell as the younger Alvarez appeared too young and too strong for the 40 year old Mosley. In the eighth round, Mosley unleashed some nasty jabs after grappling Alvarez in an effort to slow the younger fighter aggressive style.While Mosley managed to get Alvarez to the rope, Alvarez fires back with some rights but Mosley took the shots.

In the ninth round, both men fought on the inside with the best punch being an Alvarez left hook to the body that temporary stunned Mosley and Mosley came out in the tenth round knowing that he needed a knockout. He went after Alvarez but there was nothing left on his punches and any punches that came back in his direction, came back harder. This continued into the eleventh round as Mosley was determined to win the fight but an Alvarez right hand nearly sent Mosley through the rope. Continue reading