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    Max Verstappen took the win at this weekend's chaotic rain-filled German Grand Prix this weekend, but his victory isn't the only thing worth celebrating. His pit crew at Red Bull Racing walked away with a new record for fastest pitstop, taking just 1.88 seconds to fit four new tires to the Dutch driver's RB15.
    The video below shows the pitstop from multiple angles, and even after repeated viewings, it's scarcely believable. It almost appears as though the two front tires are installed at the very same moment. As with any successful pitstop, the entire event appears as one fluid motion, with every member of the team performing flawlessly.
    Verstappen's stop beat the previous record, set by Pierre Gasly and his Red Bull crew at Silverstone earlier in the season, by just three one-hundredths of a second. We have a feeling this time will be tough to beat.
    From: Road & Track

  2. This coming Thursday on the UK boxing show Sky Ringside see’s the coming together of IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) ahead of their much anticipated rematch next month on May 31st at the Wembley stadium, in London, UK.

    This is a chance once again for the 26-year-old Groves to do what in my opinion he did so well first time around by getting into Froch’s head in the build up to the controversial first meeting last November. It surprised many how easy Groves was able to rile Froch last year, and you could see how uncomfortable the WBA and IBF 168lb champion looked the last time the verbal sparring was taken up a notch.

    The rematch is set to break all box office records here in the UK with 80,000 paying at the gate. The PPV figures on UK sales will make all parties, promoter Eddie Hearn, SKY TV and of course the two fighters very satisfied financially with how the fight has been marketed.

    The interest in the fight here in the UK is huge. The last two previous fights at Wembley stadium were Frank Bruno’s failed heavyweight title against Tim Witherspoon 1986, and Bruno vs. Oliver McCall in 1994. The Bruno-Witherspoon fight drew 40,000 fans with no PPV or live coverage. The Bruno-McCall fight drew 23,000 fans, and it was shown live on Sky TV. The numbers put the Froch-Groves part two in perspective.

    The building of any major fight demands that hype, and animosity is always intensified between the fighters. To the seasoned boxing fan well aware it is often just a tool to bring in interest from media, casual PPV fan to help build the financial pot. The bottom line boxing is a business first and foremost. If it makes money in boxing it makes sense. The fighters who aware of the need to sell a fight buy into it, as does their respective management teams. The respect often shown once the final bell sounds obvious to all the argument left in the ring. Nothing personal, just business the way of the boxing world.

    This fight is in the small percentage where you can honestly say there is genuine dislike between the two fighters, personal dislike but grudging professional respect both now know what the other brings to the table. The first fight has been covered in many column inches, in what should have ended in a natural conclusion in one way or another. Froch the seasoned veteran who took Groves’ best shots to turn it around. Froch was shocked and frustrated by the reaction after the premature ending and the public outcry afterwards.

    The referee, Froch feels robbed him of a stoppage.

    Groves’ stock has risen, and his purse for the second meeting also. Groves was booed into the ring last November, but cheered out of it due to the performance he displayed. Groves fought the fight of his young career. This time looking to take the second opportunity to show and prove he would have gone on to beat Froch, take his titles, the plaudits, the glory and the riches a win the fight in November 2013 would have brought him.

    When the rematch was announced the fighters came together at Wembley stadium, Froch again didn’t take long to take umbrage to Groves just being around him by shoving Groves. The buildup begins in earnest Thursday it will make for interesting viewing. The fight that now sells itself second time out that really was built off the initial verbal exchanges last autumn.

  3. The Greatest Fighter since Sugar Ray Leonard isn’t Mayweather or Pacquiao, it’s Bernard Hopkins


    Two weeks ago, Bernard Hopkins won a decision over Beibut Shumenov to unify the IBF and WBA light heavyweight titles, at 49 years old. While Hopkins may not be the most exciting fighter in the world, he is beating top fighters young enough to be his son, and what he has achieved in his career makes him an all time great. I believe his legacy exceeds that of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    Hopkins dominance over the middleweight division puts him up the middleweight greats, such as Robinson, Greb, Hagler and Lamotta. After failing at the first attempt to become middleweight champion, losing to the great Roy Jones Jr in 1993, Hopkins captured the IBF title against Segundo Mercado. He held the IBF crown for 10 years and became undisputed champion by defeating longtime WBC champion Keith Holmes and knocking out future Hall-of-Famers Felix Trinidad and Oscar De La Hoya.

    He also defeated William Joppy and stopped an unbeaten granite-chinned Glen Johnson. His middleweight reign ended at 40 years old with two disputable losses to Jermain Taylor, but he is a middleweight great nonetheless.

    Due to the fact his defining victories came against the naturally smaller Trinidad and De La Hoya, Hopkins moved up to light heavyweight to challenge lineal champion Antonio Tarver. Tarver was a huge favorite but Hopkins battered him in a way nobody had ever seen, knocking Tarver down en route to winning an embarassingly wide decision. He followed that up by defending his title against Winky Wright before a huge fight with undisputed super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe.

    Hopkins caused controversy before the Calzaghe fight, claiming he would “never let a white boy beat [him]”. Calzaghe did beat him, although the fight could have gone either way and one judge scored it for Hopkins. At 43 years old, most thought he was finished and expected him to be knocked out when he faced middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, who had knocked out Hopkins’ nemesis Taylor. As he did against Tarver, Hopkins outboxed and humiliated Pavlik to win a near shutout decision.

    In 2010, he avenged his defeat to an admittedly shot Roy Jones Jr, before challenging Jean Pascal for the light heavyweight title. Travelling to Pascal’s backyard in Montreal, Hopkins was knocked down twice early on but dominated Pascal in the last 8 rounds, only to be robbed by the judges who scored it a draw. He dominated Pascal again in the rematch in 2011 and was this time awarded the decision. In beating Pascal he became the oldest ever world champion, breaking George Foreman’s 16 year-old record.

    After a controversial no contest against Chad Dawson, Hopkins lost his title to Dawson by majority decision in the rematch and looked finished. However, at an incredible 48 years old, Hopkins schooled unbeaten Tavoris Cloud in 2013 to capture the IBF title. Last week at 49 years old, he gave WBA champion Beibut Shumenov a boxing lesson to unify the titles. He will now target WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who destroyed Dawson in one round last year. Hopkins will be a huge underdog, but his performances against Tarver, Pascal, Pavlik and Cloud show he can never be counted out.

    So, why is Hopkins the best fighter since Sugar Ray Leonard? Mayweather is a great undefeated fighter, who haS defeated many great champions but his legacy has many holes. He avoided Shane Mosley until Mosley was 37. He will never fight a prime Manny Pacquiao. His best wins over fighters truly in their prime are Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Diego Corrales. He also didn’t make weight for his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, which is unprofessional. Hopkins can’t really be accused of ducking anyone and has never failed to make weight.

    Pacquiao’s also failed to make weight for his flyweight title defence against Megdeon Singsurat and was knocked out. This was early in his career, but any defeat and world level must be taken into account. He has also never faced Mayweather. His legacy as an 8-division champion is amazing but he has not always been lineal champion, which is THE champion, in every division. Hopkins was lineal champion and middleweight and 2-time lineal champion at light heavyweight. Mayweather and Pacquiao have also never dominated and cleaned out a division like Hopkins did at middleweight.

    It is true that Hopkins has 6 losses. One of them was in an irrelevant four-rounder in his debut. The next was to a prime Roy Jones Jr, one of the most talented fighters to lace up a pair of gloves and definitely far better than anyone Mayweather or Pacquiao have faced. I believe Jones’ legacy of starting his career at light middleweight and going onto become heavyweight champion is also better than Floyd or Manny’s legacies. Unfortunately, his lack of competition in the light heavyweight division prevented him from ever really showing his true brilliance, but he was still an amazing talent with incredible speed and power. The next two losses of Hopkins’ career were to an unbeaten Jermain Taylor and both were disputed. The next was to Joe Calzaghe, an undefeated future-Hall-of-Famer in his prime. As with the Jones loss, I would argue a prime Calzaghe is better than anyone Mayweather or Pacquiao have faced. His loss to Dawson was a poor performance but the fact Bernard was in his mid-40s at that stage must be taken into account.

    I would also argue that an unbeaten Felix Trinidad and a knockout of Oscar De La Hoya is are better wins than Mayweather’s wins over Corrales, Marquez and Canelo, and Pacquiao’s wins over Cotto and Bradley. Manny also has a win over a prime Marquez, but it was highly controversial. Mayweather and Pacquiao’s wins over De La Hoya and Mosley were when both were well past their prime.

    In conclusion, I believe Hopkins’ longevity, the fact he has never ducked an opponent and his dominance of the middleweight division, puts him above Mayweather and Pacquiao as an all-time great. This may not be a popular view but when their records are truly examined, Hopkins comes out on top.

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  4. #4 WBC, #6 IBF, #13 WBO middleweight contender Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KO’s) will be fighting #8 WBA Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KO’s) in a slight step up fight for the 31-year-old Murray on June 21st in Monte Carlo. Murray is still being taken slowly after his loss to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, and it seems that they’re going to take the safe route with him after Murray won a controversial 8 round majority decision against journeymen Sergey Khomitsky last December.

    In some boxing fans’ eyes, Murray lost that fight. Perhaps a knee jerk reaction, Murray was matched against a little known journeyman named Ishmael Tetteh this past week. Murray won the fight by a 6th round stoppage, but he again failed to impress and looked lost at times when taking head shots against the smaller-looking fighter.

    It’s interesting that Murray is being matched against the 29-year-old Bursak instead of a quality fighter, because Bursak is coming off of a loss to Jarrod Fletcher in his last fight in February. It seems to me that if they want to match Murray against someone in the class of Bursak, they should at least match him against the guy that just finished beating him, don’t you think?

    If the idea is to get Murray ready for a future fight against WBA welterweight champion Gennady Golovkin, then they should be matching him against better opposition that can get him ready for what Murray will be facing once he gets inside the ring with Golovkin. With Bursak’s KO percentage of 37.5, he’s not nearly powerful enough to get Murray ready for a puncher like Golovkin. Murray should be fighting guys like Daniel Jacobs or Marco Antonio Rubio if he wants to get ready for the punching power that Golovkin has.

    In addition to his loss to Fletcher, Bursak was also beaten by Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in the past. As far as his best wins, Bursak has victories over Nick Blackwell, Prince Arron, Julien Marie Sainte, Brian Vera, Sergey Khomitsky and Giovanni De Carolis. In other words, no one that you can really call a good middleweight.

  5. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) will be looking to avenge the loss of his good friend Adrien Broner when he fights Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Broner was humiliated by the tough Argentinian fighter Maidana last December in a fight in which Broner didn’t seem well prepared. Broner said afterwards that he had overlooked Maidana, and hadn’t taken the fight as seriously as he should have.

    Mayweather is taking Saturday’s fight seriously, and by beating Maidana, he’ll be avenging Broner’s loss and also sending him a strong message that there’s a wide difference between the two fighters. Up until his loss to Maidana, Broner had been openly saying that he would be the one taking over for Mayweather when he retired and he also was starting to hint that he would beat Mayweather if the two of them were to fight.

    Broner said this last year in June before his fight against Paulie Malignaggi, “Of course I will replace him [Mayweather]. When my big brother is done with the sport, I will take over the sport of boxing.”

    When asked if he thought he could beat Mayweather, Broner said to behindthegloves.com, “We would never fight, but I feel that no one would ever beat me. Nobody would beat me.”

    It seems like Broner was dropping a pretty big hint that he felt that he would beat Mayweather. Obviously, Broner’s controversial 12 round decision win over Malignaggi and then his loss to Maidana has caused him to have second thoughts about this possible belief.

    Mayweather said recently, “I’m just mad what he did to Adrien Broner. I’m upset.”

    By beating Maidana, Mayweather will not only be able to avenge Broner’s loss, but also send him a pretty strong message of what would happen if the two of them were to ever face. Of course, they never will fight each other, but Mayweather can at least put Broner in his place where he belongs in the pecking order by beating Maidana with ease.

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    6’6″ undefeated heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (13-0, 8 KO’s) will be in the ring next month against 28-year-old Danny Hughes (12-2-2, 3 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round fight at the Ponds Forge Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Hughie’s trainer/father Peter Fury sees this as a step up for him, although it’s hard to say that it’s much of a step up given that Danny has never beaten anyone good before during his career.

    To me, it looks more like a sideways move from Hughie’s last opponent journeyman Matthew Greer (16-12, 13 KO’s) than any kind of a step up at all.

    “It’s a good step up for Hughie and it’s a good fight,” Peter said. “Danny’s coming to win, he’s a big lad, he’s 6’5” tall and 17-and-a-half to 18 stone, a genuine heavyweight who has been training hard for this fight.”

    Danny has defeats to Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott, and those are pretty much Hughes claim to fame. Danny has good size at 6’5″, but as you can see with his poor KO percentage, the power just isn’t there. I mean, I wouldn’t expect Hughie to be taking on anyone with any kind of power at this point in his career, but you’d still like to see him fighting someone with at least a little power to get Hughie ready for what he’ll be one day facing when/if they step him up a class to 2nd tier opposition. Danny is clearly a 3rd tier fighter, and it’s going to be a huge step up in class when Hughie is put in with 2nd tier guys.

    At this point it’s not looking like Hughie will break Mike Tyson’s record for being the youngest heavyweight world champion. “I will do it, I will beat Mike Tyson’s record and be the youngest heavyweight world champion,” Hughie said last December via Fightnews. But I just don’t see it happening.

    With Hughie still facing fodder at this point, I don’t see him being stepped up quickly enough to break Mike Tyson’s record as the youngest heavyweight world champion. Hughie will turn 20 next September. Mike Tyson was a little over 20-years-old when he won his first world title, and he looked light years better than Hughie looks now. The main differences I see in Mike Tyson and Hughie’s game is Tyson have hand speed, power and mad skills. With Hughie, he looks far slower with little to no power, and he doesn’t have the inside game that Tyson had going for him.

  7. Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions is reportedly in talks with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum about a possible super fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Arum’s fighter Manny Pacquiao for later this year. De La Hoya says he has no beef with the 82-year-old Arum, who used to promote him during his boxing career, and he feels that the two of them can work with each other to make some big fights. Arum is open to working with De La Hoya for fight.

    “Anything is possible,” De La Hoya said to the LA Times about a Pacquiao vs. Canelo fight. “That’s one of the reasons I was extending the olive branch. The fans want to see these fights.”

    Pacquiao has pretty much run out of opponents to fight with Top Rank other than more retread fights against Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios. If Arum and De La Hoya could work together, we could see the Canelo-Paccquiao fight for later this year for starters and then possibly other fights with Pacquiao fighting other Golden Boy fighters. Bradley, who is also promoted by Arum, would benefit with fights against Golden Boy’s top fighters. Who wouldn’t want to see Bradley face Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Amir Khan? Those would be great fights.

    “I’d be happy to talk to Oscar about any subject in boxing he wishes to talk about,” Arum said. All this baloney about a cold war has never really applied to Oscar and myself.”

    As far as Canelo goes, he has an important fight coming up on July 12th against WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara, but after that Canelo is free to fight anyone, including Pacquiao. That would be a great opportunity for Canelo to get another huge mega fight if he could face Pacquiao. Canelo fought Mayweather last September in a fight that brought in 2.2 million PPV buys. A Canelo-Pacquiao fight would likely bring in something close to that number.

    Pacquiao doesn’t have an opponent yet for September, so Canelo would be perfect if he can get through his fight with Lara in one piece.

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    #1 WBC Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KO’s) and #2 WBC Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KO’s) will be facing each other in a WBC 140lb eliminator bout on May 17th on the undercard of the HBO televised fight card between Mike Alvarado and Juan Manuel Marquez at the Forum in Inglewood, California. While casual boxing fans in the U.S may not be familiar with Postol, they familiar with Aydin, as his defeats to Jesus Soto Karass and Robert Guerrero have been televised.

    Aydin looked incredibly poor in both fights, and it’s strange that the World Boxing Council would still have Aydin so highly ranked after how badly he was beaten in both of those fights.

    Aydin has won his last three fights, albeit against weak opposition in wins over Giuseppe Lauri, DeMarcus Corley and Aaron Herrera. Aydin’s last big win was against Jo-Jo Dan back in 2011. Other tha that, Aydin has wins over weaker opponents.

    Postol, 30, narrowly defeated Hank Lundy last year in March in winning by a 12 round decision. Postol showed zero power and wasn’t very impressive at all. The fight looked more like a draw than a win for Postol. Other than that win, Postol also has a victory over journeyman Corley.

    Postol vs. Aydin won’t add much to the Alvarado vs. Marquez card. HBO is usually pretty strict about the fights that they give the green light to be televised by their network, but they seem to have lowered their standards with this one. I see this as more of an ESPN2 type of fight than one that should be televised on HBO.

    Danny Garcia says he wants to fight once more at 140 before moving up to the welterweight division. It would be very disappointing if his final fight at 140 is against Aydin or Postol because there are much better fighters in the division than either of these guys and it would far more interesting if Garcia took on someone like Lamont Peterson. Garcia isn’t interested in fighting rematches against Lucas Matthysse and Mauricio Herrera, but they’d be much better options than him fighting the winner of the Aydin Postol fight.

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    A lot has been said and discussed about the potential super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao but very little has been accomplished. Furthermore, it seems that the legion of fans that follow Mayweather are against such fight instead of supporting it. Why is that? Well, I think I can put my 2 cents as to why. In 2008, the casual boxing fan got exposed probably for the first time to Pacquiao. They saw the little man send Oscar De La Hoya into retirement and fell in love with his relentless and ferocious attack which is something boxing had been lacking for some time.

    They admired a man that was very dominant but vulnerable at the same time and most if not all can associate with that. Now, from 2007 until 2009, the #1 pound-for-pound fighter (Mayweather) was retired. Some say because there were no opponents left and some say because he wanted to avoid certain fighters (Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams, etc…).

    Don’t get me wrong; I think Mayweather is one of the great boxers of our generation, even if this generation of boxers isn’t very good, but nonetheless he does stand out. The one thing that most people either seem to ignore or just plain oversee is the fact that Mayweather, prior to Pacquiao coming onto the scene, had never asked or demanded any other boxer for Olympic style drug testing or asked any of his opponents to leave his promotion company in order to secure a fight with him. So why do it with Pacquiao?

    Some will say that Mayweather hated Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and doesn’t do business with him, but if that is the case then why didn’t Mayweatger stipulate that back in 2009 or 2010 or 2011? Others will say that since a lot of other fighters have been caught using steroids and given the fact that Pacquiao had been plowing thru opponents like they weren’t even there, then it must mean that Pacquiao is on something. In my opinion, Mayweather basically acknowledged Pacquiao’s greatness by implying that he is taking steroids.

    If being good in the ring and dispatching your opponents with ease means that you’re on PED’S then shouldn’t we also suspect Mayweather of being on PED’S? Of course there are those who say that Mayweather would very easily dispose of Pacquiao in the ring, they say that it would be such an easy fight that it would be like taking candy from a baby; well if that is the case, why wouldn’t Mayweather take the fight against Pacquiao, beat him easily and collect what will most likely be the biggest purse in boxing history? Isn’t his nickname Money? There’s a very good chance that if they were to ever face each other in the squared circle, Mayweather would win a close split decision but there’s also a good chance that he will lose and maybe get hurt in the process and I think that that’s what keeping the fight from happening.

    Boxing is not a game like pokemon cards where one simply calls out their characters strengths against the other and declare the winner, on paper the Miami Heat are too good against a team like the Boston Celtics and should beat them every time they face each other but that is not the case as the Celtics have beaten the Heat several times, that is why the play the games. In conclusion I would like to add that old saying “To be the best you have to beat the best”, how legitimate would Michael Jordan’s championships be if every year in the playoffs and finals all he had to face were the Washington Wizards?

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    WBC Carl Frampton (17-0, 12 KO’s) will be fighting Hugo Cazares (40-7-2, 27 KO’s) in a WBC super bantamweight title final eliminator bout Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

    Frampton, 27, says he expects this fight to be a war, although I have my doubts that it’ll play out this way. Frampton is one of those type of fighters who is good at overpowering weak punchers with less power than him, but when he faces guys with more punching power than him, like in his fights against Kiko Martinez and Raul Hirales, he gets on his bike and moves the entire time.

    The winner of this fight will become the mandatory challenger to WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. He’s one of those types of fighters who you can’t beat even if you run from him, so I’m still not sure what Frampton will be able to do if he gets a fight against him, and that’s a big ‘if’. Frampton still has to get past Cazares on Friday night, and that’s one of those fights where either guy can win. I mean, if Cazares, 35, was a little big younger, I’d pick him to win this fight for sure. But he’s getting up there in age now, and he might be told enough for Frampton to win the fight.

    “It’s going to be a war, it has to be war. Frampton has to come and fight in front of his home fans – I’m ready for the war because every day in Mexico is a war,” said Cazarez via the Belfast Telegraph.

    Cazares has been in the ring with the likes of Ivan Calderon, Tomonobu Shimizu, Rey Perez, and Julio Cesar Miranda. It’s kind of surprising that with Cazares having been around for a million years that he hasn’t been in with a lot of well-known opponents. It kind of tells you a little about the divisions he’s fought in.

    Cazares was a punching terror when he fought at light flyweight and super flyweight, but he’s not the same puncher now that he’s fighting at super bantamweight. That’s way above his old weight classes.

    Frampton recently beat Jeremy Parodi by a 6th round knockout lost October. Parodi had a badly inflated resume filled with little known opposition, many with dreadful records.

    I see the Frampton-Cazares fight as a tossup if Frampton stands and fights him. Cazares has big power and excellent skills. I think can definitely beat Frampton in a one-on-one brawl. But if Frampton runs from Cazares in the same way he did in his wins over Martinez and Hirales, then I can see Frampton winning an ugly fight.

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    WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) thinks he could be the guy that takes Manny Pacquiao’s scalp once and for all in their rematch, and sends the 35-year-old fighter skittering into retirement from the loss. Bradley knows that the Filipino star literally has his back against the wall at this point in his career with 2 losses in his last 3 fights.

    Pacquiao has been full of excuses for his two losses, but the way Bradley sees it, Pacquiao won’t be able to come up with any excuses after he beats him for the 2nd time on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’ll have to either retire or accept the fact that he’s not even the 2nd best fighter in the welterweight division. He’ll be behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Bradley in occupying the #3 spot.

    “The reason why Pacquiao really needs to win this fight is because if he loses this fight, think about it – his career might be over,” Bradley said.

    Pacquiao has already said before his last fight against Brandon Rios that he wouldn’t retire if he loses to him, so I doubt Pacquiao will retire if Bradley beats him again. But Pacquiao will still be as good as retired, because he won’t be taken seriously by a lot of fans and fighters. He’ll still be good enough to beat most of Bob Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters like Rios, Mike Alvarado and Mikey Garcia, but Bradley will definitely have his number, just as Juan Manuel Marquez has his number.

    Pacquiao is one of those fighters that will likely be still fighting when he’s still way past his prime. I just hope he doesn’t end up like guys that fought too long like Evander Holyfield and James Toney, but I have a feeling that’s what we’re going to see with him.

    “Now it looks like he [Pacquiao] is more compassionate towards his opponents and that’s not good for boxing.”

    I think it’s less to do with Pacquiao being compassionate and more to do with him not having the stamina, power or the ability to cut off the ring against his opponents more than anything. The whole compassionate angle that Bradley has been talking about is really been overplayed. That’s not the reason why Pacquiao has been losing to Bradley and Marquez.

    Pacquiao lost to both guys because he had problems with his game that those guys were able to exploit in a big way. Those wholes will still be there on April 12th for Bradley to exploit, and I see him slipping back into the same groove he had before in dominating Pacquiao and beating him for a second time.

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    Unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO’s) made weight on Friday for his optional title defense against little known fringe contender Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KO’s) on Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kovalev weighted in at 174.3 lbs, and looked in good shape. Agnew weighed 174.4 lbs.

    Kovalev has knocked out 11 out of his last 12 opponents, and it’s very likely that Agnew will be yet another knockout victim. Agnew will need to up his game just to survive to the final bell in this fight, and he can pretty much forget about trying to win the fight because that’s not going to happen.

    Agnew is the soft opponent that was picked out as a showcase fight for Kovalev. It was supposed to let him shine to get fans interested in a Kovalev vs. Adonis Stevenson fight later on this year, but that fight won’t be happening now that Stevenson has signed a contract with Showtime. There won’t be a fight between the two punchers. Instead, Kovalev has few options for appealing fights in the division.

    Stevenson isn’t much better off, as the only thing he has to look forward to is fighting the winner of the Beibut Shumenov vs. Bernard Hopkins fight, and that’s not a big deal. Shumenov isn’t well known among casual fans, and Hopkins is pushing 50, and hasn’t fought a good opponent since his loss to Chad Dawson in 2011. Hopkins stands no chance against Stevenson, and it’s still unknown if Hopkins will ever agree to take that fight.

    In weights for the co-feature, light welterweight Karim Mayfield weighed in at 139.6 lbs. His opponents Thomas Dulorme 139.8. During the face off both fighters started to choke each other and they had to be separated. Hopefully, the fight turns out to be as good as the face off, because this could be interesting if both of them bring the same kind of intensity to the ring.

    HBO may need to try and get some of the super middleweight contenders to move up in weight to face Kovalev, because after this fight he’s not going to have anyone to fight, not that this is a good fight. It’s a mismatch, and not too many boxing fans are excited about it due to them not knowing who Agnew is.

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    Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) showed how badly he wants a big pay per view fight against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s), because he’s agreed to a big $1 million weight penalty for the July 19th fight. The bout will be taking place at 168lbs, and Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions wanted the weight penalty in case Chavez Jr. came in over weight like he did in his first fight against Brian Vera last year. That’s the fight that eventually took place at 173lbs due to Chavez Jr. being too heavy to make the normal super middleweight limit.

    Losing $1 million of his purse would be a huge blow to Chavez Jr., but he’ll still do really well because this fight is going to be on HBO PPV and it’s likely to bring in huge numbers. I just hope that Chavez Jr. doesn’t blow off the weight knowing that he’ll still wind up making another $4 million+ for the fight.

    Both Chavez Jr. and Golovkin will be subject to the $1 million weight penalty, but it’s no big deal for Golovkin because he’s moving up in weight from 160 for this fight, and he’s never had problems making weight before. He stays in shape year round, and doesn’t overload with carbohydrates and fattening foods in between fights.

    Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank is confident that the Mexican star will make the weight, so he readily agreed to it. Arum feels that Chavez Jr. will be able to make the weight because he made it earlier this month in the rematch against the much lighter Brian Vera on March 1st.

    “We had no objection,” Arum said to ESPN. “It goes for both guys. We know there has been a history with Chavez. But he has no problems making 168 now. He made it with ease for the Vera rematch. He wasn’t dehydrated on the scale. He wanted to prove to everybody that when he does the weight right, he can get down to 168 without any problem.”

    Team Golovkin should have pushed for a rehydration limit to keep Chavez Jr. from ballooning over 190+ once he makes weight. Golovkin weighs around 170lbs after rehydrating for his fights at middleweight, but it’s a much different story for the 28-year-old Chavez Jr. He looks like a cruiserweight after rehydrates, and I can’t see any difference between him and some of the cruiserweights like Marco Huck. What Golovkin doesn’t need is to be out-weighed by over 20lbs by Chavez Jr. on July 19th.

    I think if you put Chavez Jr. in the ring with a cruiserweight after he rehydrated, he’d look right at home with guys his own size. I still don’t understand why Chavez Jr. doesn’t want to move up to the cruiserweight division to fight guys his own size. But I guess being much heavier than his super middleweight opponents gives Chavez Jr. an advantage that he doesn’t want to take away.

    The fight was originally supposed to be taking place on July 12th, but they moved it to July 19th due to a World Cup soccer match that will be televised on July 12th on Box Axteca in Mexico, and Chavez Jr. doesn’t want to be competing with that.

    Arum will have another one of his Top Rank cards on July 19th, this one in Macao, China, and will be headlined by two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming. The card will also have WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux making a title defense. The card will be televised on HBO2 during the afternoon so that U.S fans can see this fight cards during the day, and then tune in for the PPV fight between Chavez Jr. and Golovkin during the evening.

    Golovkin doesn’t want to stay at 168 after he beats Chavez Jr on July 19th. This is strictly just a one off type thing. He just wants to whip Chavez Jr., and then move back down to 160.

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    While WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) has been busy the last couple of weeks giving one interview after another to help make his May 3rd pay per view fight on Showtime bigger, WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) has been hard at work in getting ready to face Maidana and take his WBA title. Mayweather has been focusing entirely on his training in getting ready for the fight, and he hasn’t been nearly as busy as Maidana on the interview circuit.

    Maidana is going to have a good excuse for losing to Mayweather on May 3rd, because he’ll be able to blame it on all the time he’s spent in giving interviews and meeting with important influential people now that he’s getting his 15 minutes of fame.

    The attention that Maidana got last December for his fight against Adrien Broner is nothing compared to the fame that he’s receiving with his May 3rd fight against Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Maidana is obviously enjoying his time in the media spotlight, but he might want to back off a little bit and get back in the gym so that he doesn’t start making excuses on May 3rd after Mayweather beats him.

    Mayweather wants to make sure that he can fight hard for the full 12 rounds of the fight, and not just for 8 rounds like his previous opponents Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. Those guys didn’t have the gas to fight hard for the full 12, and that made things easy for Floyd to school them just by having the better conditioning.

    Maidana has serious stamina problems, as we saw in his recent win over Broner. Maidana looked like he had almost nothing left in the last four rounds of the fight. Had he been facing someone with a little more speed and power than Broner, Maidana would have likely been knocked out.

    Maidana is going to need to come up with the perfect plan to have a chance of making the fight interesting. I’m not talking about Maidana winning. I’m talking about him just being competitive with Mayweather. Maidana will need to come up with a brilliant plan for the fight to be interesting to watch, because if all Maidana is going to bring on May 3rd is heavy pressure, then he’s going to come up empty in a big way for this fight.

    Pressure doesn’t work against Mayweather. Maidana is welcome to try that old strategy, but he’s only going to find out quickly that it takes more than that to try and beat Mayweather.

  15. WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 15 KO’s) will be defending his title against #1 WBC Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO’s) on May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The fight isn’t the one that fans want to see, as they prefer to see Stevenson face WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev or IBF champion Bernard Hopkins. But it looks like Stevenson isn’t in a hurry to take the fight against Kovalev, so it could be a year or more before that fight takes place, if ever.

    Stevenson makes good money just defending his titles against guys like Fonfara and Tony Bellew, and it’s not as important for him to take on a dangerous opponent that could potentially send him back into the contender ranks where the money is less.

    The Stevenson-Fonfara fight could be shown on Showtime rather than HBO, which is good for a lot of fans who already have that cable network. For fans who don’t have Showtime, I’m not sure that a Stevenson v. Fonfara bout is a big enough one for them to subscribe to Showtime. The fight is more of a stay busy mismatch for Stevenson along the same lines as his recent slaughter of Tony Bellew last November.

    This will be Stevenson’s third title defense of his World Boxing Council 175lb title he captured last year in June in halting Chad Dawson in the 1st round. In his first defense, Stevenson destroyed former IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud by a 7th round TKO win last year in September. Following that win, Stevenson defeated Bellew by a 6th round TKO.

    The 6’2” Fonfara hasn’t had any real tough opponents during his career other than a handful of past their best fighters like Glen Johnson, Byron Mitchell and Gabriel Campillio. In 2008, Fonfara was blasted out in the 2nd round by Derrick Findley. He never attempted to avenge that defeat, and has beaten mostly obscure opposition apart from his wins over Johnson, Mitchell and Campillio.

    Whether the Stevenson vs. Fonfara fight ends up on Showtime or HBO is hardly worth bothering to worry about because the isn’t a competitive one and will be duplicate of Stevenson’s mismatch against Bellew. One can’t blame HBO is they’re not interested in the fight, and the same with Showtime. It’s a mismatch. Showtime and HBO should hold off on televising Stevenson’s fights until he faces Hopkins or Kovalev.

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    Marcos Maidana is a fun fighter to watch and he is very easy to root for. He might not be the most technically skilled boxer alive, but for all that he lacks, he makes up for it with his aggressive/come forward style, his heart, and his will to win. Also, Maidana possesses a very rare trait that simply cannot be taught, and that is… He knows how to deal with and handle adversity inside the ring extremely well. Whenever he has a set back inside the ring, he does not go into panic mode or have a systems shutdown. On the contrary, he seems to come back with even sharper focus and determination.

    Another major, invaluable asset/plus that Maidana has going for him is his Trainer, Robert Garcia. Although he did not win the award officially, Robert Garcia was in my opinion Boxing’s Trainer of the Year for 2013.

    (And I have nothing but respect for the actual winner Freddie Roach, whom I believe is unarguably a Hall of Fame trainer). No trainer might posses the key to the Mayvinci Code, but I can assure you that Robert will have his fighter prepared and in the best possible position for him to succeed.

    Finally, we discuss Maidana’s opponent/dilemma, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Whether you are a fan of Floyd of not, there are certain irrefutable truths/facts about him inside the ring that are undeniable. He is Pound for Pound the best Boxer on the planet. A planet by the way which is inhabited by over 7 billion people. (I just wanted to put the Pound for Pound title into perspective). He is 45-0, he is entering the 18th year of his career and realistically only had 2 or 3 really competitive fights in his entire career. Two of those competitive fights were all the way back in 2002. His next competitive fight (Oscar De La Hoya) was 9 fights and 4 and a 1/2 years later. All due respect to Cotto, Mosley and Zab, (All future Hall of Famers) none of them won more then 3 rounds. And the insane thing about it all? Floyd currently looks in tip top shape, with no decline in any part of his game.

    Can Maidana pull off the upset? Or, from the other side, can Maidana even make it a competitive fight? Boxing is a brutal sport with a delicate truth, just one or two correctly placed and rightly timed punches (that take less then a second in their application) can in effect shock the Boxing world. We will see in May!

  17. 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO’s) will be taking on WBA 175 lb champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KO’s) on April 19th at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C, according to Dan Rafael. The fight will be televised on Showtime, and WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin will be on the undercard making a defense against an opponent still to be determined. Hopkins just turned 49 last January, and he seems like he’s just playing out his string.

    Fans aren’t too interested in seeing Hopkins fight Shumenov, a fighter who has fought only twice in the last three years. The guys that fans want to see Hopkins fight are WBC champion Adonis Stevenson and WBO champ Sergey Kovalev. However, it doesn’t look like Hopkins will ever fight either of them before retiring due to them fighting on HBO. Hopkins fights on Showtime.

    So instead of getting the chance to see Hopkins fight two really exciting fighters, fans will have to settle for Hopkins fight Shumenov.

    In terms of interest, the Hopkins-Shumenov fight will likely be be not excite a lot of fans. Shumenov isn’t well known, and he’s not helped himself by rarely fighting. It’s unclear why Shumenov wasn’t stripped by the World Boxing Association after he failed to defend his WBA title for a year and a half from June 2012 to December 2013.

    “I’m very excited that both fighters have agreed to this world championship unification fight,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said to Dan Rafael at ESPN. “Bernard Hopkins is approaching his 50th birthday and to be able to unify world championships would be a special achievement. Bernard always says he wants to make history and he has made a lot of it, and then he comes up with something special that will be special. He is setting records that will stand the test of time.”

    I think boxing fans would much prefer to see Hopkins in some good fights rather than seeing him pile up meaningless records against obscure champions like Shumenov and making title defenses against little known challengers like Karo Murat. Hopkins is fighting guys, but he’s no longer taking on tough opponents. The last fight where Hopkins face someone that had a chance to beat him was two years ago against Chad Dawson, and he lost that fight. Instead of fighting the Shumenovs and the Murats of the boxing world, Hopkins should agree to fight Stevenson or Kovalev.

    If not them, then he should fight Jean Pascal again or take on some of the good super middleweights like Andre Ward or Carl Froch. Hopkins could also face some of the cruiserweights like Marco Huck Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Denis Lebedev, Guillermo Jones, Ola Afolabi, Thabiso Mchunu or Rakhim Chakhkiev.

    I think boxing fans would much prefer to see Hopkins fighting some guys that actually had a chance of beating him for a change, because facing Shumenov isn’t going to be a competitive fight. Shumenov struggled badly against Danny Santiago in 2011, and he beat Gabriel Campillo by a controversial 12 round split decision in 2010. I saw that fight and I scored it for Campillo by 4 rounds.

  18. Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesAmir Khan, who struggled to defeat Julio Diaz, is hoping he is next in line for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    While pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. decides who his next victim will be on May 3, poor Amir Khan sounds about ready for a mental institution.


    Mayweather is driving him batty.

    You might have heard by now that Mayweather is running a poll via social media in which he claims he wants boxing fans to vote between Khan and Marcos Maidana as his next opponent.

    As far as I am concerned, the poll is meaningless and nothing more than an inventive publicity stunt that will have no actual bearing on whom Mayweather decides to fight. But a lot of people are taking it seriously, including Khan, who is incredulous that Mayweather would even consider Maidana. Maidana has done a lot more in the ring the past few years than Khan, who has not fought since last April and never fought as a true welterweight. Khan is 2-2 in his past four fights: a controversial loss to Lamont Peterson, a bad knockout defeat to Danny Garcia and two wins against second-rate opponents (Julio Diaz and the lightweight Carlos Molina) in his past two bouts.

    Khan owns an incredibly exciting and close points win in 2010 against Maidana, but Maidana has done way more recently to warrant a shot at Mayweather than Khan has. Maidana has won four fights in a row, including a huge win against Adrien Broner in December and knockouts of Josesito Lopez and Jesus Soto Karass.


    But Khan can't handle it, posting his thoughts on Facebook (which I have taken the liberty of cleaning up because of grammar and spelling):

    Why would Mayweather even consider putting Maidana in the mix? Slow hands, slow feet. Only thing he brings to the table is power. I agree, he beat Broner. We've seen how Mayweather deals with power i.e. Canelo [Alvarez]. Let Broner have his rematch on the undercard of Khan-Mayweather. I bring speed, explosiveness, power and footwork to the table. Look back at quick opponents Mayweather has fought in the past. [Zab] Judah and Oscar De La Hoya both had speed and were close fights. Floyd did say fans want to see him knocking someone out because his fights are boring. So no wonder he's now wanting to fight Maidana.

    (One thing -- and maybe Khan didn't get the memo -- but Maidana has never been stopped, while Khan has been badly knocked out in two of his three defeats.)


    More from Khan: "I'm ready and [have] been in the gym for the last six months. At 147 pounds you will see a different, stronger Amir Khan. OK, let's talk about the chin, which I always laugh about. Killing yourself making weight makes your punch resistance is poor. I've been killing myself making 140 pounds and should have moved up. Day before a weigh-in I've been 12 pounds over. Not good.


    "I've taken the biggest shots from likes of Maidana, who people say is the biggest puncher and didn't go down but then Diaz puts me down with a little shot. Even though my balance was off and I was on one foot, it's cool. I'll take it. So this proves weight making is the problem. … It's in the fans' hands who they want to see me fight. If it's not me then good luck whoever it is."


    Khan, of course, could have made this easier on himself, but he has such a sense of entitlement. Remember, he pulled out of negotiations for a shot at then-welterweight titlist Devon Alexander late last year because he believed he was assured of getting the lucrative shot at Mayweather. It was supposedly so much of a slam dunk that his team apparently leaked it to the British media, which ran wild with the story, even though there were no sources cited, no quotes and no truth.


    Had Khan fought in December and beaten Alexander, he would have at least earned the fight with Mayweather. As it stands now, many view his candidacy as a potential opponent as a joke.


    Maidana, meanwhile, rolled over Broner to win a welterweight title and give Mayweather another potential opponent.


    When many believed Mayweather-Khan was a done deal -- although I was never one of them -- Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza told me last month, "No decision has been made about the [Mayweather] opponent. Marcos Maidana just had an incredibly impressive performance [on Dec. 14]. That will impact our discussions. The opponent is far from set.


    "I think of the guys available as opponents, I'm torn between Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana. I think they bring very different sets of challenges to the fight. I can tell you this: Maidana's performance against Broner has gotten Floyd's attention. It's a name that has been discussed, but the decision will be made collaboratively."


    One thing to keep in mind here -- even though Broner picked up his rematch option does not mean the fight will absolutely be next. Broner, Maidana and Mayweather are all with Al Haymon, who might want to steer things in another direction. It's well within reason that Broner could back off the rematch and do something else instead if Mayweather and Maidana meet.


    So while we wait to see what Mayweather decides, it has been amusing to watch the desperate Khan try to salvage the fight he believes is his birthright. Watching him and Maidana go back and forth with each other on Twitter has been amusing.


    Maidana threw out the idea of having a rematch with Khan, saying, "Maidana versus Khan on May 3rd or whenever. That's the fight we need to fight for pride, not to determine anyone else's opponent."


    But if Khan wouldn't fight Alexander, why would he take on the more dangerous Maidana?


    Soon, Mayweather will make his decision and this chapter of the soap opera will be over.

  19. Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr., whose June 2012 fight will go down as one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, will meet again.

    Bradley agreed to terms on Saturday, a week after Pacquiao did the same, to set up their sequel, which will take place on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com.

    "I finished the deal with Pacquiao last week and [Top Rank president] Todd [duBoef] finished with Bradley [saturday]," Arum said.

    As part of the deal, Bradley, due to become a promotional free agent at the end of the year, extended his contract with Top Rank, duBoef told ESPN.com. Arum said that the formal news conference to announce the fight is scheduled for Feb. 4 in New York with a second news conference to be held in Los Angeles either the next day or two days later.

    Arum said Pacquiao will be guaranteed $20 million -- a $6 million cut from the first fight -- and that Bradley would receive $6 million, a $1 million raise from the first fight. Both fighters will also be cut in for an upside of the pay-per-view profits, Arum said. The first bout generated approximately 890,000 pay-per-view buys, according to Mark Taffet of HBO PPV.

    When Pacquiao and Bradley met the first time, also at the MGM Grand, Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory that gave him a 147-pound world title and left the world in stunned disbelief over the 115-113 scorecards he received from judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross. Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao and even that was too close for many.

    The result caused such an outrage that the WBO, which sanctioned the title fight, held an independent review of the video and all judges scored it for Pacquiao. Arum, who strongly believed Pacquiao had won, asked for the Nevada attorney general to investigate the judges, which turned up nothing out of the ordinary. Ford and Ross were criticized around the world and Bradley, even though he had nothing to do with the scoring, received death threats from angry Pacquiao fans.

    While the result of the first bout is bound to be heavily rehashed in the buildup to the rematch, Arum said he didn't think it would have much to do with the fight.

    "My feeling is that if this were the next fight after their first fight then maybe the result would be really relevant," Arum said. "But it's a different Bradley now, having had that great fight with [Ruslan] Provodnikov and beating [Juan Manuel] Marquez. I sort of think what happened in the first fight, whether you think the result was just or unjust, is yesterday's news.

    "If people want to bring up the first fight, let them bring it up. As far as I'm concerned it's irrelevant. I thought like everybody else that Pacquiao won the fight and I was shocked when I heard the result, but to me it's not relevant."


    Bradley has fought twice since, outpointing Provodnikov in an epic slugfest in March that was the 2013 ESPN.com fight of the year and then outpointing Marquez in October.

    The 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), who has won world titles in a record eight weight classes and is also a congressman in the Philippines, has also fought twice and is a much different fighter now than he was then, getting knocked out cold by Marquez in the sixth round in December 2012 and returning to score a lopsided decision win in a tentative performance against Brandon Rios in November in Macau, China.

    Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), 30, of Palm Springs, Calif., got the fight over second-choice Provodnikov, who, after losing to Bradley, went on to win a junior welterweight world title from Mike Alvarado in October.

    "Bradley really established himself and differentiated himself from the pack with the Provodnikov and Marquez wins and he really wanted this rematch. So did Manny," duBoef said. "They both wanted the fight. Manny wants to set the record straight about the first fight and Timmy wants to erase the thought that he was given a gift. He thinks he won legitimately the first time and he says he will do it again."

    Arum said both fighters agreed to random blood and urine drug testing leading up to the fight to be conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, which is headed by Dr. Margaret Goodman, the former chief ringside doctor for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Arum said Goodman would work closely with the commission every step of the way with regard to the testing.

    Arum said when it comes time for the Nevada commission to select the judges and referee -- a point of significant interest for the fight, considering what happened the first time around -- he will ask that the panel consider officials besides just those who work in Nevada, which is how it has operated for years. However, commission executive director Keith Kizer, who championed that policy, stepped down this month.

    "This fight will be regulated by a new executive director, whoever that may be, and I am going to ask that the commission cast as wide a net as possible for potential officials," Arum said. "I don't think they should be limited to just Nevada officials. Not the same old, same old. Hopefully, the commission will go along with that."

    DuBoef negotiated the deal with Bradley and his wife, Monica, because Bradley's contract with longtime manager Cameron Dunkin expired and Bradley did not renew. Part of the talks for the fight included extending his Top Rank promotional deal. That means Bradley is off the table as a possible opponent for pound-for-pound for king and fellow welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year because he's with rivals Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions.

    "We had conversations from the beginning about going forward to extend him beyond our current obligations," duBoef said. "The promotional deal was not an add-on. It was always part of the conversation. Now Timmy has a big, lucrative package deal that includes the Pacquiao fight and beyond. Monica and I have been dealing with it for a few weeks. I listened to their needs and they listened to mine and a fair deal was made by everybody."

    Pacquiao's deal with Top Rank is due to expire at the end of the year, but Arum said the deal for the Bradley rematch does not include an extension.

    "We are engaged in discussions on an extension, but we're not there yet," Arum said.

  20. Nowadays, Anderson Silva news is as common as snow in the northeast.

    Grapevine rumors and speculation seem to fill the mixed martial arts news feed more than anything or anybody else.

    I guess that's what happens when the greatest fighter in the history of the sport freakishly breaks his leg and remains mid-comeback.

    As a dynamic international figure and pound-for-pound legend, it's important to keep tabs on Silva as he attempts to return from one of the worst injuries in Octagon memory.

    Now while MMA junkies like UFC color commentary Joe Rogan have stated that Silva could re-injure his leg upon return, the former middleweight kingpin continues to ease rattled minds.

    Frontrowbrian's recent post on Instragram, originally reported by HerrDannyBoy of MMA Fighting, serves as the latest sliver of hope that UFC fans can hang their hats on:

    Now while lighting weights isn't going to speed up Silva's healing process at the slightest, it is a good sign to see "The Spider" focused, training and en route to a successful recovery.

    Remember, Dana White recently stated that Silva will return by the end of 2014, so I guess this is a good start.

    In any case, whether or not the 38-year-old can make a quick turnaround and return to middleweight action within the next 10 months, it seems as if he has every intention of fighting again.

    That's good news for everyone. Even the biggest of Chael Sonnen fans.

  21. There is a fair possibility ex-longtime UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre doesn't fight inside the Octagon in 2014, but that doesn't mean his feud with UFC President Dana White is going to conclude any time soon.

    In an interview with Fight Hub TV (per MMA Mania), famed boxing coach Freddie Roach stated that "Rush" had been suffering from headaches, which was part of what led him to take a hiatus from mixed martial arts.

    White quickly fired back at the French-Canadian superstar on FOX Sports Live last night, appearing to be taken back by the latest wrinkle in the St-Pierre saga, per MMA Fighting.

    The crazy stuff I keep hearing back from Georges St-Pierre is unbelievable. No, Georges St-Pierre never complained to us about headaches. Georges St-Pierre has never publicly said the real reasons why he stepped away from the UFC for a year. When he sat down with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I it was a whole different set of issues, personal problems. It had nothing to do with headaches or drug testing or anything else that's been said. ... I don't know if he's just trying to draw a smokescreen to what he's really dealing with and doesn't want to publicly talk about [it]? I don't know.

    A little less than a month ago, St-Pierre said another factor that contributed to his break from the Octagon was the UFC's lack of support on drug testing, also per MMA Fighting.

    Heading into UFC 167 against Johny Hendricks this past November, the Tristar Gym standout was riding an 11-fight win streak, including eight successful title defenses.

    White St-Pierre won a split decision, the fight community almost unanimously felt Hendricks' heavy strikes and stout takedown defense were enough to get him the nod.

    Immediately after the fight, GSP told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan that he would be taking a break from cage fighting and lived up to his word by vacating the welterweight strap days later.

    Hendricks has another chance to capture UFC gold when he squares off with fellow power puncher Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 next month.

    Is GSP truly being irrational and just looking for publicity? Or is White just covering up for preexisting issues he already knew about?

  22. Jessica Eye won a split decision victory over Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166 on Oct. 19 at the Toyota Center in Houston. That is until Saturday, when reports surfaced that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation had changed the result to a “no decision.”

    Initial reports did not include the reason for the result change, but the TDLR on Monday informed MMAWeekly.com that it was due to Eye testing positive for a banned substance at the time of the fight.

    The substance she tested positive for was not disclosed, but Eye received a penalty in the amount of $1,875 and has also been suspended for one year from the date the Administrative Order was signed, according to TDLR officials.

    That means that Eye is suspended for one year starting on Jan. 22, 2014, which is the date on the Administrative Order.

    Eye’s drug test infraction and suspension causes a major disruption for the UFC. Eye had been scheduled to face Alexis Davis in a pivotal women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 170 on Feb. 22.

    Eye is currently ranked No. 5 and Davis at No. 3 in the UFC’s rankings for the division. The winner of their proposed fight would likely have been a step or two away from a title shot against the winner of the UFC 170 headlining bout between champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Sara McMann, depending upon what the plan is for the soon-to-be-returning Cat Zingano.

    Eye’s one-year suspension, however, would seem likely to derail the fight with Davis, but we are working on clarifying the details of her suspension as they have come into question.

  23. The UFC 172 fight card gained a new match-up between top ten ranked flyweights on Monday.

    No. 2 ranked Joseph Benavidez will face No. 8 ranked Tim Elliott on April 26. UFC officials announced the bout.

    Benavidez (19-4) is coming off a first-round knockout loss to champion Demetrious Johnson in his last outing. It was the first time the 29-year-old had been finished in his seven-year fighting career. He’s gone 4-2 since dropping to the flyweight division from the 135-pound weight class. His only losses are to Johnson.

    Elliott (10-4-1) is also coming off a loss in his last outing. He was defeated by rising star Ali Bagautinov by unanimous decision at UFC 167 on Nov. 16. A win over Benavidez would quickly move him into title contention.

    Bagautinov added to his resume at UFC 169 on Saturday night with an impressive victory over John Lineker.

    UFC 172 takes place on April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md. Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his title on the line against challenger Glover Teixeira in the main event.