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  • #16
    JRG, make a MMA News thread.


    • #17
      Oscar takes low road in fighting Pacquiao
      By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports

      Apparently, Oscar De La Hoya didn’t feel like waiting for the outcome of WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon’s bout on Saturday before choosing his next opponent.

      Seven months after fighting a super lightweight, De La Hoya decided on Thursday to drop a class and take on a lightweight when he announced he’d be facing Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

      No word on whether he gave serious consideration to either Sky Low Low or Little Beaver.

      De La Hoya is embarrassing himself and the sport he professes to love by refusing to fight the real challengers in his division and picking on a guy who has only once fought above 130 pounds. But for this fight, De La Hoya will make Pacquiao fight at welterweight.

      It’s a farce.

      Yes, it’s going to be a big event. Yes, it’s going to generate tens of million, perhaps hundreds of million, dollars.

      But De La Hoya is hardly covering himself in glory fighting a man so much smaller. This is a fight pitting a one-time middleweight champion against a one-time flyweight champion.

      Thank about that: De La Hoya won a world title belt in the 160-pound weight class. Pacquiao won one in the 112-pound class.

      The bout will be fought at welterweight, which has a weight limit of 147 pounds. De La Hoya hasn’t made 147 since he knocked out Arturo Gatti on March 24, 2001.

      By fight night, it will be seven years, eight months and 13 days since De La Hoya stepped onto a scale and weighed 147 pounds

      And so as not to be confused with how great the disparity in size between these two men is, realize that a month before De La Hoya manhandled Gatti, Pacquiao weighed 122 for a Feb. 24, 2001, victory over Tetsutora Senrima.

      De La Hoya said he decided to ***** the fight because he felt challenged. His ex-trainer, Freddie Roach, who trains Pacquiao, suggested Pacquiao could win because De La Hoya no longer can pull the trigger.

      And it’s true that De La Hoya hardly looked sharp in his last outing, a win over Steve Forbes. De La Hoya won nearly every round, but was sloppy and failed to assert his size.

      Pacquiao’s best chance to win this fight is if De La Hoya is, indeed, over the hill. That’s where the intrigue in this fight lies.

      Pacquiao is, as De La Hoya repeatedly noted during a conference call to announce the bout on Thursday, the faster man. And at this stage of his career, he’s clearly the more skilled and talented man.

      But he won’t be able to stay outside and use his quickness to outbox De La Hoya, because he is giving up five or six inches in reach, an extraordinary figure for a guy who can’t afford to get into a shootout.

      And while Pacquiao is one of the hardest hitters at both super featherweight and lightweight, it’s difficult to imagine he’ll be able to hurt De La Hoya. This is a guy who went 24 rounds with Shane Mosley and 12 rounds with Felix Trinidad, both of whom were among the hardest punchers at either 147 or 154. He was never seriously hurt, or even rocked, in either of those fights.

      Pacquiao’s power won’t be the same at 147 as it was at 135 and it’s clear he won’t hit as hard as either Mosley or Trinidad did.

      There’s no way to get around the fact that De La Hoya is flat-out ducking WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito.

      That’s the fight that he should have taken and the match that would have made sense. Margarito, though, would have mauled De La Hoya and the Golden Boy wants no part of that.

      Pacquiao deserves credit for taking on the challenge that De La Hoya would not. He has so many physical disadvantages, but he took the fight regardless.

      He even had the pluck to say that he expects to be stronger than De La Hoya.

      “He’s taller than me, but I believe I’m going to be stronger,” Pacquiao said.

      That’s unlikely, but good for Pacquiao for believing it. It’s too bad De La Hoya no longer has that kind of competitive spirit. Oh, he tried to act as if he took the bout when he heard Roach suggest Pacquiao would win the fight because De La Hoya can no longer pull the trigger.

      He said that got his competitive juices flowing and made him decide to try to make the bout.

      “When people started saying, ‘Manny can beat you,’ and ‘Manny can knock you out,’ and especially when Freddie Roach started saying ‘Oscar can’t pull the trigger,’ or ‘Manny Pacquiao, the fighter I train, can beat you,’ it started to become a challenge to me,” De La Hoya said. “Now, it’s very personal, especially when Manny Pacquiao beat all the legendary Mexican fighters from Mexico. To me, it’s a challenge. People are talking.

      People are talking that Manny Pacquiao can beat me. Well, we’ll see Dec. 6.”

      Nice try, Oscar.

      This fight has nothing to do with De La Hoya’s competitive spirit or belief he has to defend the honor of beaten Mexican fighters.

      He took the fight for the money.

      He’ll get paid more – far more – to face Pacquiao than he would to fight anyone else who was in consideration.

      At least speak the truth, Oscar.

      But De La Hoya is so much into image and saying the right thing, that, as Jack Nicholson said to Tom Cruise in “A Few Good Men,” he can’t handle the truth.

      Or at least admit it.

      Admit you’re fighting for the money and no one complains. It’s a hard business and a dangerous game and every fighter, even ones who have made more than a quarter of a billion dollars in the ring, deserves as much as possible every time out.

      But it’s ridiculous when De La Hoya attempts to frame it as a competitive challenge.

      If he wanted a challenge, he’d be fighting Margarito. He wants a payday, so he’s fighting Pacquiao.

      De La Hoya, who also backed off his earlier vow to retire after this fight, will only lose this fight if he’s totally shot.

      And though he’s just 3-3 in his last six and looked less than intimidating against Forbes, another much smaller man, he figures to be greatly motivated for this one and should assert his physical superiority.

      Given that he’s now not committed to retiring, at least there’s hope.

      Sky Low Low may yet get his shot at the Golden Boy.


      • #18
        It seems like a lot of weight for Pacman to be fighting at.


        • #19
          WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito departed Puerto Rico today for Los Angeles to begin training camp for his scheduled November 1st fight in Anaheim, California. Margarito was in town for Saturday's fight between Ivan Calderon and Hugo Cazares. Though Margarito dethroned Puerto Rican hero Miguel Cotto back in June, he actually became more popular in Puerto Rico. During the press tour for the Cotto-Margarito fight in Puerto Rico, Margarito was very professional, just as he was after defeating Cotto and the Puerto Rican fans remembered that. During his short stay on the island, Margarito was constantly mobbed by fans wherever he went but never would turn down anyone's request for an autograph or photo.


          • #20
            Berto set for Forbes!

            Monday, September 1 2008

            WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (22-0, 19 KOs) will take the ring for his first title defense on September 27 facing former 130lb champion Steve “Two Pounds” Forbes (33-6, 9 KOs) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the site of Forbes’ recent match-up with Oscar de la Hoya.The welterweight clash, which highlights the undercard of Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga’s junior middleweight match-up, will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. “I feel good, I’m confident. I’m in tremendous shape and ready to turn in a good performance on September 27,” Berto said. “Fans can expect the same Andre Berto speed and power, and I’ve been bringing in smaller guys and slick boxers. We are working on speed and boxing for this fight.” Berto opened training camp on August 19 in his hometown of Winter Haven. He and trainer Tony Morgan made the decision to conduct his training camp in central Florida, and he is preparing for the fight at the Winter Haven Police Athletic League gym, the same facility he trained in as an amateur.


            • #21
              Mayweather to train Hatton?

              Tuesday, September 2 2008

              Rumor has it that the new trainer for Ricky Hatton will be Floyd Mayweather Sr. has learned that there have been conversations between the two parties and there is interest on both sides. Hatton recently parted ways with long time trainer Bill Graham.


              • #22
                &A: Juan Diaz!

                September 2, 2008

                Former Lightweight Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz 33-1 (17) headlines this Saturday night on HBO Boxing in Houston, TX against Michael Katsidis 23-1 (20). Coming off against his first professional loss against Nate Campbell where he lost his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, Diaz is highly motivated to get back in the ring. "I feel that Campbell took something from me and I want to get them back," stated Diaz. "I have that fire again and come September 6th, on HBO I'm going to unleash it."

                How has training camp been going for you so far?

                Well training has been going great; I'm excited about getting back into the ring and fighting in front of my home town fans here in Houston. I'm very excited and I'm excited for this fight is around the corner, training camp is almost over and I'm just anxious to get back into the ring. I want to show some of my skills and some new things that we have been working on.

                What is your mindset coming into this fight after having suffering from your first professional loss?

                I think I have the same mindset when I was 20 years old and when I was going for my first world title. Then I felt that I couldn't be beat and it was going to be mine for the taking; that is the way I feel right now. I feel that Katsidis is not going to deny me my opportunity to become champion once again.

                What about you is going to be different than Katsidis as far as coming out the ring with a win this Saturday night?

                Well, I would say the will to win; I was a true lightweight champion and I want to be on top so bad that I will just explode in the ring.

                Talk about the anticipation of fighting in your hometown and fighting back on HBO again.

                I've very excited because this going to be a good fight, even though I'm coming off a tough loss to Nate Campbell, but to be headlining on HBO this coming Saturday night is a real treat. This fight against Michael Katsidis is going to motivate me a lot as I will be fighting for the IBO Lightweight title, so this is more of a motivation for me to have a good performance. As you know I lost my three titles in the loss against Campbell, but my long term goal is to get those titles back.

                How have you been faced with distractions for this big fight?

                I've fought in Houston before and I fought on big undercards such as Floyd Mayweather before, so I've seen how crazy it can get. The best thing for me to do is to stay focused on the task at hand even though that's easier said than done. One thing that I'm glad is happening is that school is starting here at the University of Houston and believe it or not that is going to keep me from being distracted too. So with boxing and school I have to stay focused and not let outside distractions come up.

                There seems to be a stronger motivation for you to get back on top.

                Yes, every day when I come into the gym I come motivated. I know what it feels to be on top and know how it feels to be a champion and I miss that. I want to get back to the top. I need to get back there! I look at the rankings, too. I like my name to be on top, and I want to get back there. I feel that Campbell took something from me and I want to get them back. I have that fire again and come September 6th, on HBO I'm going to unleash it.


                • #23
                  Hey IBP when is Roy Jones jr fighting again?


                  • #24
                    he is scheduled to fight november 8, 2008 at madison square garden against joe calzaghe.


                    • #25
                      Tarver, Dawson face off!

                      Wednesday, September 3 2008

                      IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver and former WBC light heavy king Chad Dawson faced off at today's press conference in Los Angeles to announce their long-awaited showdown on Saturday, Oct. 11, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Immediately prior to the light heavyweight world championship, on a night that has electrified the boxing world, SHOWTIME will present the WBC heavyweight showdown between Samuel Peter and Vitali Klitschko on a tape-delayed basis from Berlin, Germany.


                      • #26
                        Campbell-Guzman heats up!

                        Thursday, September 4 2008

                        On September 13, IBF/WBA/WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell will defend his titles against undefeated former two-division world champion and mandatory challenger Joan Guzman at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Campbell stated today that he believes Guzman's style "works for me" and "I'm the bigger man in this fight. I'm phyically stronger.....I'm here to do some damage." Guzman, who previously held titles at 122 and 130 lbs. commented "We have the quickness and great defense on our side. We're going to give him a hell of a fight!"

                        In the co feature, WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley will open the telecast and make his initial world title defense when he takes on #6 contender Edner Cherry. Bradley stated his advantages over Cherry will be "my speed and movement." Cherry said, "I'll go in there and just be me. That's it." Both promised a great fight. The world championship doubleheader can be seen on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).


                        • #27
                          i got the baby bull over katsidis late ko, rocky juarez v. la hiena barrios via early ko....


                          • #28
                            im with you on that one but i think rocky will ko him by 7


                            • #29
                              Diaz-Katsidis Presser!

                              Friday, September 5 2008

                              Fighting words were flying at today's final press conference for Saturday's HBO doubleheader featuring Houston's former unified world champion, Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz against Australian warrior Michael "The Great" Katsidis and Houston native and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez against former junior lightweight world champion Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

                              Michael Katsidis: "I've done the training and I've done the work. I'm mentally strong and physically strong. (The Casamayor fight) was a learning experience. I've gotten straight back on the horse again and I've actually gone forward. I was able to gain a lot of boxing experience from it. I've taken it in and we'll put it to practice on September 6. I think it's going to come down to a battle of wills and who wants it the most. He thinks it's him and I think it's me."

                              Juan Diaz: "I'm very motivated. This is going to be like icing on the cake. I have a lot of people who are going to come and support me. I think the advantage that I have is that I've been able to go the distance with seasoned professionals. He's fought a lot of fighters but none the caliber of Joel Casamayor. Look what happened in the championship rounds; he got knocked out. I've proven time and time again that I can go the distance with those great fighters."

                              Jorge Barrios: "When they told me the fight was going to be in Houston, I told them I don't care. We can have Rocky's family members as the judges and it's not going to make a difference. Come to the Toyota Center to watch the fight. I'm going to knock Rocky out in four rounds."

                              Rocky Juarez: "I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to box him and I'm also going to have to fight him. I'm faster than he is. I think I have the power to hurt him whether it's to the head or to the body. My punches are faster and more compact and will to get there first. They'll get him before his gets me. I just have to be very cautious when he's throwing those haymakers."


                              • #30
                                anybody seeing the fights?