News in Boxing Boxing news, schedule, fight dates, previews, odds, predictions and results. We celebrate the legacy of all things boxing and provide health & fitness coverage Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:19:11 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mayweather vs. Berto – Swan Song or Duck Call?–-Swan-Song-or-Duck-Call–-Swan-Song-or-Duck-Call Mayweather vs. Berto – Swan Song or Duck Call?
Four months ago, the eyes of not only the boxing world but the sports world in general was focused squarely upon a stretch of desert known as Sin City.

Journalists, camera crews as well as news outlets of all walks descended upon Las Vegas to sink half a molar into what was to be the most anticipated bout of the 21st Century.

Not only will much time pass before such a collective interest is once again met, but the buying public may not be in such a rush to believe promotion and promise over the chance at another disappointing outcome. Such a gut wrenching feeling is often heavily compounded when one’s cable TV bill expands by one hundred dollars, as was the case after Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s clash with Manny Pacquiao last May.

At the very least for the Mayweather vs Berto ticket buyers was the fact that they were still in Las Vegas and could try to salvage their respective evenings. As we now find ourselves about ten days out from what the undefeated Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) claims is his last outing as a fighter and not a promoter, there seems to be more hype in a box of Cracker Jacks than what may be floating around the MGM Grand next week. 

It’s a bit of a shame because Floyd’s chosen opponent, Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) doesn’t deserve any of the eggs being thrown at him.

Who among us would turn down a seven figure payday to take part in a job that we may not like for a little over an hour in total? All we would have to do is get ready. However horrific the experience, we’d have a few million reasons to nonetheless smile.

The efforts to push Mayweather vs Berto seem unprecedented, yet in a reverse fashion. When was the last time a Floyd Mayweather bout had a plethora of tickets, to a tune of a quarter of the house still unsold so close to fight week? If one were to visit the website of the ticketing monopoly which dominates live events in the United States, then what would be made evident is the fact that this event is not as popular as Luis Miguel’s concert taking place just a bit down Las Vegas Boulevard at Mandalay Bay on the same night or perhaps a concert or magic show elsewhere.

While a handful of seats are available in the upper level of the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM, there are a few (almost entire) sections with loads of seats to be bought.

The public seems to have had it.

Either that or the man with the self appointed moniker of “TBE” isn’t as proficient at selling an event on his own as he is at being unhittable in the ring.

Additionally, the host hotel is offering ticket packages for the weekend. The remaining and least expensive seat for the September 12 bout are $500 apiece and up to $1000 to sit in just about any locale in the lower level. The buildup, anticipation and eventual turnout tied to Floyd’s May 2013 contest with Robert Guerrero didn’t sell well by his standards, so what will he do to make up for this promotion, which by many accounts is likely to take a nose dive?

Will he really and truly hang up the gloves once and for all? There’s very little talk surrounding the actual fight, however there’s worlds of coverage surrounding the $4.8 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita “hypercar” Floyd just purchased. That’s news for sure.

If this is really it for Mayweather, then will we really miss him or just the idea of him? Is this the end, as in his swan song? Or will it ultimately be a duck call to lure us out of the marshes once again…….

]]> (Marc Livitz) News Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:12:50 +0000
NFL Opening Day: Will it spoil historic boxing weekend? NFL Opening Day: Will it spoil historic boxing weekend?
Fresh off winning the biggest fight of his career and one of the most significant in the entire history of the sport, Floyd Mayweather, who just earned a record-setting purse in May, will face lightly-regarded Andre Berto next in what may be the final bout of his illustrious career.

Mayweather vs Berto will take place September 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Will the buzz generated by the NFL's Opening Day, Sunday, September 13, spoil what may be one of the most historic events in boxing?After all, most sports fans stateside will likely turn their attention to American football that weekend.

On Sunday, will anyone be talking about Mayweather vs Berto? Or will they be discussing the Patriots-less Tom Brady and the quarterback drama with RG3 and Kirk Cousins in Washington?

Like him or not, the multi-time highest paid athlete in the world has orchestrated one of the most successful careers in professional sports history.

For that reason, Mayweather vs Berto should be a grand event.


But will Floyd's presumed farewell be anti-climactic?

Answer: It all depends on what happens in the ring.

Although not on Opening Day, when Big George Foreman lifted the title from Michael Moorer in November 1994 the sportworld was abuzz about the upset. 

Several NFL coaches made references to the bout during pressers and commentator John Madden, as well as a few others, mentioned the fight during their in-game commentary Sunday.

On that weekend, even non-fight fans were forced to learn about Big George thanks to the NFL and NBA's deliberate attempt to use Foreman as an example of what underdogs and aging athletes are capable of.


If Berto, a 100 to 200 to 1 underdog according to some oddsmakers, scores an upset, the win would trump (pun not intended) all other sports news minus Opening Day in the NFL. Hence, football and boxing would share top headlines Sunday and possibly (in Floyd's case) throughout the following week.

But if Floyd wins and doesn't sizzle, this historic bout might get lost in the headlines, especially given fans' displeasure over Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao in May.

Can Floyd, via an impressive victory in his presumed swan song, capture the attention of the public, sports media and NFL the same way Big George did over 20 years ago? 

Sidenote: The NFL season officially kicks-off Thursday night, September 10

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:02:47 +0000
Boxing results: Aug 29 Boxing results: Aug 29

Saturday Night, on ESPN's PBC coverage live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles California, unbeaten two-division titilist Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1 17 KO) of Rosemead California, defeated former 3-division titilist Abner Mares (29-2-1 15 KO) of Montebello California, via 12 Rd. majority decision.

Scores were 117-111, 114-114 and 117-111.

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Santa Cruz 27, came into this potential "Fight of The Year" candidate as the slight betting favorite and did not disappoint given his performance.

With his high profile victory, Santa Cruz has set himself up nicely for a lucrative matchup in the near future.

“It was a close fight, but I thought I won the fight. I thought I pulled it off,” stated former world champion Abner Mares.

Also, in the thrilling televised opener, Julio Cesar Ceja (30-1 27 KO) viciously stopped Hugo Ruiz (35-3 31 KO) late in the 5th round to pick up the interim WBC Super Bantamweight title.

Mosley vs Mayorga 2
At the Forum in Inglewood, California, Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga with a body shot with one second left round six, keeping his foe down for the ten count.

Prior to KO, it had been an exciting scrap with all-out punching and a lot of Mayorga's typical showboating.

]]> (Joshua Broom) News Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:39:59 +0000
Boxing schedule: Aug 29 | ESPN Boxing schedule: Aug 29 | ESPN
Boxing wraps up August with two entertaining events tonight.

In a battle of hungry, elite-level featherweights, Leo Santa Cruz faces the always-entertaining Abner Mares in a non-title affair to be shown on ESPN.

"I've been looking forward to this fight for many years; many years fans have been excited," Mares told ESPN.

"I've been wanting to fight. I've been calling out Leo this whole year, called him out on radio shows, in person. And it's finally here. I'm really, really excited to fight."

Two years ago, in what many believe was a shocker, former two division world champion, Jhonny González (then 55-8, 47KO) knocked out Mares who was undefeated and the WBC Featherweight Champion.

Was Mares, then ranked No. 11 on FightSaga's pound-for-pound list, a bit overconfident heading into the bout - or did González simply execute a well-planned strategy to land his big left hook the moment Abner got too bold and left himself vulnerable?

And what can we expect from Santa Cruz tonight? We'll see what both fighters are made of.

Roy Jones vs Danny Santiago fight cancelled
We can stratch Jones Jr vs Santiago off the boxing schedule. The fight, which was slated to take place tonight on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, was postponed due to Tropical Storm Erika and its presumed threat to the public.

Mosley vs Mayorga 2

Guess who's back?

Forty one year old Ricardo Mayorga, our 'Wild Man of Boxing,' returns to face comebacking legend Sugar Shane Mosley.

Who cares about their ages? For both men, an impressive victory would open doors for another high-profile showdown.

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Many expect a decision win for Mosley in an uneventful affair so a mere victory for Shane would not be enough. He must sizzle. A Mayorga win over Shane would raise eyebrows but he too must win - and impress - in order to fight on the big stage again in the immediate future.

Fight fans who'll want to partake in this nostalgic rematch will have to pay $49.95 on pay per view (PPV). It will be difficult to sell, especially given the much-anticipated Mares vs Santa Cruz bout will be on free TV (ESPN).



* High-Profile and Semi High-Profile Fights Only *
For a more in-depth schedule that includes lower-profile bouts, visit the ESPN Boxing Schedule
Updated: August 29, 5:30pm ET



Los Angeles | 10 PM ET 
ESPN/ ESPN Deportes
Premier Boxing Champions

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares
12 rounds, featherweights


Inglewood, Calif. | 10 PM ET

Shane Mosley vs. Ricardo Mayorga, rematch
12 rounds, junior middleweights


Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Roy Jones Jr. vs. Danny Santiago 
10 rounds, cruiserweights

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September boxing schedule coming soon...


]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:15:27 +0000
Santa Cruz vs Mares: Prediction, odds & tale of the tape,-odds-tale-of-the-tape,-odds-tale-of-the-tape Santa Cruz vs Mares: Prediction, odds & tale of the tape

Tonight live on ESPN (10 PM EST) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles California, unbeaten two-division titilist Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1 17 KO) of Rosemead California, takes on former 3-division titilist Abner Mares (29-1-1 15 KO) of Montebello California.

The main event of this Saturday night's PBC card on ESPN and will be a non-title clash contested at the Featherweight limit of 126 lbs.

Santa Cruz 27, comes into this potential 'Fight of The Year' candidate as the slight betting favorite at -225. Mares 29, is pegged by oddsmakers as the slight underdog at +175.

Here is a closer look at the two pugilistic principles who are set to square off come Saturday night.


Leo Santa Cruz
Weight:126 lbs
Reach:69 inches
Hometown:Rosemead, California
Record:30-0-1 17 KO
Record in world title fights:9-0 6 KO
World titles held: WBC Super Bantamweight 2013-present, IBF Bantamweight title 2012-2013 (vacated)
Record in last 5 bouts: (5-0 2 KO)

Notable opponents faced:
-Christian Mijares: Win, 12 Rd UD.
-Eric Morel: Win, TKO 5


Abner Mares
Weight:127 lbs
Reach:66 inches
Hometown:Montebello, California
Record:29-1-1 15 KO
Record in world title fights:6-1-1 1 KO
World titles held: IBO Bantamweight title 2010 (vacated), IBF Bantamweight title 2011-2012 (vacated), WBC Super Bantamweight title 2012-2013 (vacated), WBC Featherweight title 2013-2013 (lost via KO to Jhonny Gonzalez)
Record in last 5 bouts: (4-1 2 KO)

Notable opponents faced:
-Yohnny Perez: Majority Draw
-Vic Darchinyan: Win, 12 Rd SD
-Joseph Agbeko: Win, Majority Decision, Win, 12 Rd UD
-Eric Morel: Win, 12 Rd UD
-Anselmo Moreno: Win, 12 Rd UD
-Daniel Ponce De Leon: Win, TKO 9
-Jhonny Gonzalez: Loss, KO 1

Santa Cruz vs Mares Prediction: Santa Cruz comes into this bout as the slight betting favorite as an undefeated champion. However, it is Mares who holds the vast edge in competition.

Leo will enjoy a sizeable height and reach advantage; However, because he likes to come forward and trade in the pocket some of those advantages against Mares might be negated.

Santa Cruz may be the busier fighter of the two with the sturdier chin, but Mares is no one trick pony and can attack from all angles and possesses a bit if knockout pop as well.

Though Santa Cruz is younger, has superior height and reach and seemingly the better chin, this fight is a very difficult one to predict. As previously mentioned, Mares' has faced and defeated far more accomplished opponents than the relatively untested Santa Cruz.

Look for Leo Santa Cruz to eke out a hard fought, 12 Rd split decision victory in a thrilling war of attrition, full of ebb-and flow, back and forth action.

This well-matched 126 lb war truly could be Fight of the Year.

Winner: Leo Santa Cruz via 12 rd, split decision.

]]> (Joshua Broom) News Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:43:09 +0000
Klitschko vs. Fury odds tightest since 2011 Klitschko vs. Fury odds tightest since 2011
Although most die-hard fight fans are currently buzzing about Cotto/Canelo and Golovkin/Lemieux stateside, sports enthusiasts across the pond are anxiously awaiting the big Heavyweight showdown on October 24, between incumbent champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) and undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs).

The meeting of the boxing behemoths is slated to take place at the ESPRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, which traditionally holds almost 55K spectators. With a little less than two months still remaining until the highly anticipated event, over 40,000 tickets have reportedly been sold.

So why the excitement for Klitschko vs. Fury?

Not only is the long-reigning champ facing a hungry, young, boisterous and undefeated contender in 27 year old Tyson Fury, but Wladimir will be uncharacteristically looking up at his 6’9” opponent when they inevitably square off on fight night as well.

The aforementioned factors potentially explain the tightest betting odds leading into a Klitschko bout since his anti-climactic meeting with two-division world champion David Haye on July 2, 2011.

Even though the younger Klitschko (-400) is still the clear betting favorite, currently listed at 4 to 1 against Fury (+300) for the upcoming title fight, it’s his most narrow “Sports Book” margin since being labeled as a 2 to 1 favorite against the explosive “Hayemaker”.

While five out Wlad’s previous six opponents have been undefeated leading into their eventual loss to Klitschko, Fury’s height, reach, unusual athleticism and overall ring intelligence make him a very live underdog in the minds of most boxing experts… even more so than formerly unbeaten, Olympic gold medalist Alexander Povetkin.


Before the dominant Ukrainian’s contest with "Sasha" in October of 2013, Klitschko was listed as a surprisingly wide 7 to 1 favorite; more than likely due to the huge disparity in height and reach. Despite going into the title fight with very good power and a deep amateur pedigree, most didn’t view the 6’2” former WBA “regular” belt holder as a terribly dangerous threat to the heavyweight throne.

And while many of the 39 year old champion’s performances have left something to be desired by the blood-thirsty boxing fans, most pundits and die-hard followers are expecting an unusually competitive scrap on October 24th.

So even though Klitschko vs Fury odds are already listed as a spirited 4 to 1 contest, gamblers could see the line shrink as we approach fight night.

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]]> (Joseph Herron) News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:09:45 +0000
Wladimir Klitschko: The best fighter walkout in sports? (Video) Wladimir Klitschko: The best fighter walkout in sports? (Video)

From 1996 - 2001, there's no question Prince Naseem Hamed had the most electrifying ring entrances.

So whose ring entrance/fighter walkout is the most exhilarating today?

Some will say that distinction belongs to lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' classic Can't Stop (2002) has served as Klitschko's signature entrance music for quite some time.

Klitschko told editor in chief Rick Florino, "Red Hot Chili Peppers. That's my band for sure."

"The song 'Can't Stop' matches with me just perfectly for the fight."

Formed in 1983, Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed from Los Angeles. The group's genre is rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock.

Thus far, they have sold over 80 million albums worldwide and been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards, winning seven.

Is Klitschko's ring entrance cool or what?

Video below

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000
Cotto vs. Canelo prediction: “Miguel will win by knock-out,” says esteemed trainer“Miguel-will-win-by-knock-out“Miguel-will-win-by-knock-out Cotto vs. Canelo prediction: “Miguel will win by knock-out,” says esteemed trainer
During the first stop of the four-city “Cotto vs Canelo” media tour, Hall of Fame fight trainer Freddie Roach made the most of his limited time in front of the podium, keeping his message to the fight fans in attendance brief and to the point.

“I’m looking forward to a great fight,” stated the renowned boxing coach. “We have a hard training camp coming up and Miguel will be in great shape for this fight…and we will win by knock-out. Thank you.”

Once again, Coach Roach delivered his now routine “my fighter’s going to win by KO” guarantee before facing a perceived favorite and world class opponent.

Have Freddie’s predictions become something for amusement, rather than an important motivational tool or strategic message from a wise and experienced boxing trainer?

Or does the former prizefighter and Eddie Futch disciple genuinely know something to which most die-hard fight fans aren’t privy?

Although Roach’s heavy fisted combatant does possess 33 KO victories on his resume, his November 21st opponent has a very underrated defensive style, which customarily keeps him out of harm’s way in the ring. With only one professional loss on his record, no trips to the canvas floor, excellent reflexes, ring vision and upper body movement, what does the elite level boxing coach see that would lead him to this bold conclusion?

“He’s a little bit of a lazy guy, and he doesn’t train that hard” stated the seven-time trainer of year recipient to boxing scribe Michael Woods of The Sweet Science and RingTV. “He trained at Wildcard West…I own that gym. I know, when he trained there, how many times he showed up, and how many times he didn’t.”

“The kid’s not a disciplined fighter, and my guy is. We’ll break him down in the early rounds, and take him out in the later rounds…I promise you!”

Is this more “Roach rhetoric”? Or is Freddie really on to something?

To test the renowned trainer’s theory, three decade boxing coach and fight strategist James Gogue shared his personal experiences on a recent episode of “War a Week“ Radio, observing two modern-day greats in their respective camps, as well as his recollection of a recent and pivotal training camp with Canelo Alvarez.

“Throughout my entire career training fighters, two men specifically, who I’ve known since the amateurs, really stood out while observing their respective camps…Oscar De la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr.,” stated the expert trainer.

“Both fighters trained like they were possessed throughout their entire career…with discipline, urgency, focus, passion and a genuine sense of purpose.”

“But this was a work ethic and ideology developed and practiced while both fighters were just kids in the amateurs. They continued to train with the same fire and intensity as world champions.”

“When I visited Canelo’s camp, while he was preparing for the biggest fight of his career against Floyd, I was surprised to see Canelo work hard in spots then take breaks…not only when doing drills and working different stations around the gym, but while sparring in the ring.”

“And as you can see from looking at his performances in recent match-ups, he fights exactly like he trains…fighting hard in spots, but taking long breaks during each round between spurts of activity.”

With Gogue’s expert and unbiased observation, which seems to support Freddie Roach’s aforementioned testimony, could the seven-time trainer of the year be correct in his November 21st prognostication?

Will Cotto stop the favored Mexican fighter in the later part of their scheduled twelve round title fight?

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Cotto vs Canelo prediction | Trainer James Gogue

]]> (Joseph Herron) News Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:05:11 +0000
Mayweather vs Berto betting odds: You must be kidding Mayweather vs Berto betting odds: You must be kidding
Fresh off winning the biggest fight of his career and one of the most significant in the entire history of the sport, Floyd Mayweather, who just earned a record-setting purse in May, will face lightly-regarded Andre Berto next in what may be the final bout of his illustrious career.

Mayweather vs Berto will take place September 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Many in the fight community consider this fight a mis-match and have been critical of Floyd for choosing a presumably easy opponent for the final bout of his career.

So what do the oddmakers say?

Unbelievably, Mayweather vs Berto odds peg Floyd as high as a 200 to 1 favotite.


As of August 25, the numbers are as follows for several, random online bookies according to Oddschecker:

betfair: 200 to 1
BETFRED: 200 to 1 200 to 1
BoyleSports: 100 to 1
Sky BET: 100 to 1
bet365: 80 to 1

Hence, in some cases one would have to bet $200 on Floyd to win $1. And Berto, in many cases, is a 16 to 1 underdog, meaning someone could earn $16 off 4 quarters.

If Andre Berto isn't already motivated for this fight, one look at the oddmakers' tallies would certainly get his juices flowing.

Berto, although not a top 7 or 8 welterweight, is a motivated, hungry former world champion who will be at his best come September 12.
As a winner of 30 of 33 fights, Andre Berto isn't exactly the 'chopped liver' portrayed by many.

Also, and at this level of boxing, any world class fighter (including Floyd Mayweather) is capable of losing against an experienced top 15 contender if he is not motivated and mentally-prepared to a degree.

Has a top fighter lost to a presumably over-matched opponent because the former seemingly lacked motivation or took his foe too lightly?

  • Leon Spinks UD 15 Muhammad Ali, 1978
  • Buster Douglas KO 10 Mike Tyson, 1990
  • Hasim Rahman KO 5 Lennox Lewis, 2001
  • Kirkland Lang SD 10 Roberto Duran, 1982
  • Iran Barkley TKO 3 Thomas Hearns, 1988

In addition, flukes sometimes happen in the sport. A fighter could be dominating his opponent and then suffer a nasty cut that forces the referee to halt the action.

Who remembers Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko (2003)? Although Klitschko wasn't dominating Lennox Lewis, the former had carried 4 of 6 rounds and rocked Lewis a few times before he sustained a grotesque - and very serious - cut.

For the referee, there was no alternative but to stop the fight.

And what about disqualifications? Most result in losses.

Who remembers Roy Jones Jr vs Montell Griffin I (1997)? Roy, the heavy favorite, had his foe badly hurt forced and had knocked Griffin down just before launching a free shot to his opponent's face after Griffin sat on one knee waiting for the count. Jones would be disqualified for the action and consequently suffer his first loss as a pro.

Floyd Mayweather is a heavy favorite against Berto and rightfully so, but the odds are not clearly not indicative of Berto's chances.

We do not advocate gambling and won't give any advice but, due to the public's perception of this match-up, Mayweather vs Berto odds may be big news at fight time.

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Mayweather vs Berto PPV Price

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:41:23 +0000
Mayweather vs Berto PPV price: Theaters are much cheaper Mayweather vs Berto PPV price: Theaters are much cheaper
Fans of the Sweet Science can enjoy the September 12th welterweight title bout between challenger Andre Berto (30-3 23 KO) and unified 147 lb champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0 26 KO) dubbed "HIGH STAKES: Mayweather vs. Berto" on the big screen in 470 participating movie theaters nationwide. 

Start time September 12 is 8 p.m. ET and tickets will be roughly $30, less than half of the cost of the PPV price.

Tickets for the select theater showing of Mayweather vs. Berto can be purchased online through or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Fans who wish to purchase a ticket will be treated to a full night of fistic action.

In addition to Mayweather vs Berto, fans can indulge in the co-main event for the coveted WBO junior lightweight world title. Roman "Rocky" Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) will face the rugged Orlando "Siri" Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) in a rematch of their epic Fight of the Year candidate from April. Fans will also be able to enjoy WBC super middleweight world champion Badou Jack "The Ripper" (19-1-1, 12 KOs) who will look to defend his newly won title against mandatory challenger George "Saint" Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) and will serve as the first of 3 world title tilts on slate that evening.

Also, as an added bonus, the televised portion of the show will open up with hard-hitting former champion Jhonny Gonzalez (58-9, 49 KOs) taking on Puerto Rico's Jonathan "Polvo" Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs).

Finding a participating movie theater and procuring a ticket to the evening's festivities for Floyd's final fight would be a great economical alternative to paying $64.95/$74.95HD to order the Mayweather vs Berto fight at home.

]]> (Joshua Broom) News Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:38:56 +0000