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Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao Preview & Prediction

On May 2nd in Las Vegas, shown on HBO Pay-Per-View, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton will finally meet each other in the ring. There will have been months of hype and buzz about the fight, including a four part 24/7 series on HBO.

The beautiful thing about a fight, however, is that come fight night all of the hype can be put aside. There's no more time for life stories and goals. No more time for big mouthed trainers. It's just two men staring each other down in that ring. The better man will almost always emerge. More... »

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Top 10 Pound for Pound Boxers March 2009

The last time I took a list at the top 10 pound for pound boxers in the world was in December. Manny Pacquiao was fresh off of his destruction of Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins was enjoying his extended reemergence as a dominant fighter after thoroughly dominating Kelly Pavlik.

Since then a lot has changed. Joe Calzaghe has announced his retirement, joining the likes of Floyd Mayweather as fighters who retired at the top of the game with an undefeated record but are likely to be drawn back to the sport for the right fight. Antonio Margarito was suspended for using illegal hand wraps, and Shane Mosley emerged as the best welterweight in the world. Let's take a look at the current top 10 pound for pound boxers. More... »

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Is Oscar De La Hoya Going to Retire?

Following the worst fight of his career, a onesided beatdown at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, the question on many minds has been will Oscar De La Hoya retire from boxing? If De La Hoya did retire, it would mark the end of a lengthy chapter in the annals of the sport. Not just the end of a career that spanned six weight classes and brought home many championships, but more importantly, the end of a career that was the most lucrative in the history of the sport. More... »

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Will Floyd Mayweather Fight Manny Pacquiao?

Besides the possible retirement of Oscar De La Hoya one of the other questions on the minds of boxing enthusiasts is whether or not Floyd Mayweather will return from his retirement. The undefeated former pound for pound champion left the sport on a high note, winning Fighter of the Year after besting both Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton in 2007. More... »

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Berto Collazo Preview Prediction

The Andre Berto and Luis Collazo Welterweight Title fight will take place on January 17, 2009 in Mississippi. Andre Berto has long been viewed as one of the most talented up and coming fighters in any division in boxing. He has an unmatched blend of speed, power and athleticism. However, despite being the WBC Welterweight Champion, he has been largely untested through this point of his career. Enter Luis Collazo, former welterweight titleholder. More... »

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Top 10 Pound for Pound List Boxing December 2008

The last time I made a pound for pound top 10 boxers list was in September. But as we know, the boxing landscape can change rapidly, and as such, pound for pound lists need to be constantly updated. There have been several major fights since that list, and in fact, the majority of the fighters in that pound for pound list have fought since then.

Manny Pacquiao moved up to welterweight and dominated Oscar De La Hoya, Joe Calzaghe bested a faded Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins routed Kelly Pavlik in an upset and more. With all of those big names fighting, I'm sure there are some changes brewing in the pound for pound top 10 boxers list! More... »

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Boxing Fans

With the holidays right around the corner, it's still not too late to find that perfect gift for the boxing fan in your life. In fact, you might not know that the history of boxing and it's name "boxing" is inseparably linked to the tradition of giving gifts to one another. Several centuries ago in England, to give a gift to one another was called "exchanging boxes".

The sport of boxing was illegal at the time, although it had a large and prosperous underground. So to avoid unwanted attention, rumors would circulate about an upcoming match by saying the two men would be exchanging boxes with one another. This transformed over time to become known as boxing. In order to keep the tradition alive, here are some great last minute gift ideas for the boxing fans in your life. More... »

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De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao Preview and Prediction

The super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao is finally upon us, so it's time for my official preview and prediction. Some in the boxing world have looked at this fight with a bit (or a lot) of skepticism, as De La Hoya is a much larger man than Manny Pacquiao has ever faced. Pacquiao has only fought once at a weight higher than 130 lbs, while Oscar De La Hoya has fought as high as 160 lbs and has recently been campaigning at 154 lbs.  More... »

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Ricky Hatton vs. Paulie Malignaggi Preview and Betting Odds

This weekend on HBO features a showdown of the top two junior welterweights in the world, Ricky Hatton (43 [31 KOs] - 1) and Paulie Malignaggi ( 23 [5 KOs] - 1). Traveling over from the other side of the pond will be Ricky Hatton, looking to make a better showing of himself than his last Las Vegas appearance, a knockout loss to then pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. Paulie Malignaggi is also looking for a win in what is likely the biggest fight of his career. More... »

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Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr. Betting Odds and Prediction

The big showdown between undefeated champion Joe Calzaghe and former pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr. is just a few days away. That mean's it's time to make your bets!

It should come as no surprise that Joe Calzaghe is favored to beat Roy Jones Jr. The official betting odds for the Calazaghe-Jones bout are:

  • Joe Calzaghe -270
  • Roy Jones Jr +210

The over/under on rounds is:

  • over 9 1/2 rounds -330
  • under 9 1/2 rounds +265

The odds for the Calzaghe vs Jones battle are provided by Bodog. If you want to bet on the Joe Calzaghe versus Roy Jones Jr. match you can use the Bodog Sportsbook. Also they are featuring a 10% sign up bonus right now which is a great deal. More... »

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Explaining the Librado Andrade and Lucian Bute Controversy

If you have seen the Librado Andrade versus Lucian Bute fight that was shown on Showtime recently, you've heard a lot from the announcing crew and the reporting since about the controversy surrounding it. If you haven't seen it, here's the break down: Bute was easily winning the fight by out-boxing Andrade and landing cleaner shots.

However, as the fight wore on, Bute started to become more tired as Andrade started to apply more pressure. More... »

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Povetkin should be thankful for injury and Klitschko fight postponement

I'm a fan of Alexander Povetkin. He fights hard, he is willing to exchange and he has some solid skills. He's not the hardest puncher but he stays very active. He's not the fastest guy but he swarms you and gets in your face. He's a blue collar fighter, and in his young career he has shown the confidence and willingness to step up and face the biggest challenges after only a tiny amount of fights.

After plowing his way through some fellow "contenders" in the sad state of the 2008 heavyweight division of boxing, Povetkin was lined up for his title shot against Wladimir Klitschko. More... »

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Top 10 Pound for Pound Boxers – September 2008

The boxing rankings are continuing to get tossed about, and making a top 10 pound for pound list can get tricky. There are retirements, upcoming fights and of course style points. A devastating KO win absolutely is worth more than a questionable split decision victory when it comes down to a boxing top 10 pound for pound list.

So what does pound for pound even mean? For the non-boxing fan out there, it means disregard weight class, who is the best fighter in the business, paying no mind to his size or stature. Pound for pound is not about who would beat everybody else in a fight, it’s if everybody was the same size, who would win in a fight. Who has the most skills? The most all-around game? The pound for pound champion is a guy who can climb weight classes and beat guys bigger than he is, because he is more talented.

The pound for pound king for several years was Floyd Mayweather, Jr. More... »

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