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 http://www.fightsaga.com Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:08:58 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Manny Pacquiao: Should PacMan avoid young lion, Terence Crawford? http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6350-Manny-Pacquiao-Terence-Crawford-Freddie-Roach http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6350-Manny-Pacquiao-Terence-Crawford-Freddie-Roach Manny Pacquiao: Should PacMan avoid young lion, Terence Crawford?
It's difficult being Freddie Roach sometimes.

Before this past Saturday night's unification contest between Terence Crawford and the seven-time trainer of the year's former champion, Viktor Postol, the Hall of Fame coach talked about favoring the bout's eventual winner for Manny Pacquiao's next assignment, scheduled for November 5.

"My favorite fight for Manny is Terence Crawford," Freddie Roach told HoopJab in April. "Manny's best fighting weight is at 140 pounds, and I think that's a great fight for us."

When asked how he felt about the match-up after seeing the 28 year old undefeated, pound-for-pound fighter up close from ringside, the 56 year old boxing coach seemed a bit less decisive.

"I haven't had time to think about that, because Manny's in retirement right now and working in the Senate," stated Freddie Roach immediately following Postol's loss to Crawford. "But I'm not sure what's next for Manny yet. We'll see...I don't know."

After providing commentary for HBO Sports throughout the event on Saturday night, Roy Jones shared his thoughts with ESNews about the Pacman's current dilemma in selecting his next opponent.

"If Manny still wants to fight the best at this stage of his career, then Crawford is the fight. There's no one better at 140 pounds right now," stated the living fight legend. "But that's if he still wants to fight the best. If he just wants to face a good fighter and retire, then he should leave Terence Crawford alone."

"Manny has nothing left to prove to Crawford or anyone. So if he just wants to have another good PPV event and call it a day, then leave Terence Crawford alone."

When asked whether or not he thought it was a good idea to take on the "switch-hitting" enigma from Omaha, Roy was very forthcoming with his opinion.

"I don't think he should," said Jones. "I don't want to see Manny have to try and figure out that puzzle. Find someone else who is closer to your level right now. Don't fight a hungry young lion like this, who has everything to gain and nothing to lose. That's a crazy fight for Pacquiao."

While most believe a Pacquiao/Crawford pairing is a necessary step in escalating TC's popularity to a mainstream level, the 47 year old fighter feels the progression will inevitably happen with or without a fight with the eight division world champion.

"This kid is eventually going to do it on his own. He's already one of the top three or four pound for pound fighters of the world, and switches from orthodox to southpaw better than anyone in the game. It's only a matter of time before everyone knows who Terence Crawford is."

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:02:41 +0000
Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas: "It would be an absolute war" http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6349-Manny-Pacquiao-vs-Jessie-Vargas-It-would-be-an-absolute-war http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6349-Manny-Pacquiao-vs-Jessie-Vargas-It-would-be-an-absolute-war Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas:
This past Saturday night, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, undefeated fighter Terence Crawford decisively outpointed former 140 pound title holder Viktor Postol to become the WBC,WBO and Ring recognized Super Lightweight champion.

Leading into the highly anticipated unification bout, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told the boxing media that the Omaha, Nebraska native was one of three candidates being considered for future Hall of Fame fight legend Manny Pacquiao's return to the ring, currently slated for November 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of the other two fighters currently receiving consideration for the assignment was at ringside, enjoying the event at the MGM Grand, and shared his thoughts on Crawford's winning performance after the fight.

"He did a great job," stated Jessie Vargas. "He fought a phenomenal fight, and didn't make any mistakes. He did what he had to do to win, and I congratulate him. Now he's the new WBC/WBO (140 pound) world champion."

"I thought it was going to be tougher than it seemed to be, just because I thought he(Crawford) was going to get caught a couple of times, and that might disrupt his game. But no...he stayed in control the entire time."

Because the boxing world seems to be currently buzzing about Crawford's pound for pound effort this past Saturday night, the current WBO Welterweight titlist talked about his chances of being chosen for the opportunity to face Manny in November, over the universally recognized 140 pound champion.

"It's all up to Bob and Manny...we'll have to wait and see," said Las Vegas based champion. "As good as he(Terence) looked, I don't know if Manny will want to move back down to 140 pounds. "

When asked to state his case as to why Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank Inc, should choose him as an opponent over TC, the hard working, Hispanic fighter gave a very humble but honest response.

"I think they're both great match-ups, but it's two different fights...two different styles. I know with me, for sure, it would be an absolute war from both sides."

Bob Arum and the Filipino Senator are expected to make an announcement this week concerning who Manny will be facing in the Fall.

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:23:02 +0000
Boxing schedule | HBO: July 23 http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6348-Boxing-schedule-HBO,-July-23 http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6348-Boxing-schedule-HBO,-July-23 Boxing schedule | HBO: July 23
Tonight, two world class, perineal superstars go head-to-head in the long-awaited showdown between the world's best jr welterweights.

Is Terence Crawford the next Floyd Mayweather?

He is undoubtedly a very special fighter who will boast an edge in speed, skills and punching power tonight. But how good is this fella?

Three decade boxing trainer Gogue thinks Terence is something special.

“This kid is not only extremely skilled, but he’s ambidextrous as well,” Gogue said last year on War a Week Radio.

“He has the ability to fight out of an orthodox or southpaw stance with equal skill and coordination. His lead hand from the left position is just as good as his lead from the right hand position.”

“He’s a stylistic nightmare for every fighter in boxing."

"Outside of Floyd Mayweather Jr., he’s the most difficult match-up in and around his weight class. There are so many dimensions to his fight game."

"Terence can box you, counter effectively, fight from multiple ranges and angles…Crawford is a ‘Rubik’s Cube’ in the ring.”


Will we see Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford on the boxing schedule in 2017? 

Not everyone is convinced. 

Those insisting Viktor Postol can orchestrate the upset tonight will attest Terence has yet to face an opponent as formidable or dangerous as the Ukrainian 'Iceman.' And yes, that includes Yuriorkis Gamboa who was presumably a bit rusty when he faced Terence in 2014.

What does Postol bring to the table?

He is mentored by legendary trainer Freddie Roach and at 5'11 will have a height and reach advantage over Crawford. Moreover, he, like Crawford, is unbeaten. A
nd let's not forget, Postol stopped red hot Lucas Matthysse inside the distance nine months ago.

Oscar Valdez

On the undercard, fans will see freakishly-skilled, rising sensation Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KO) who will face Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda (26-0, 23 KO) fot the vacant WBO World featherweight title.

The 25 year old Valdez, who represented Mexico at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a bantamweight (54 kg), is one of the hottest prospects in boxing and presumably a can't miss star.

Óscar Valdez seemingly has the potential to become a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter by the end of next year? 

Will he?

BOXING SCHEDULE - JULY 23, 2016

High-Profile and Semi High-Profile Fights Only * 

For a more in-depth schedule that includes lower-profile bouts, visit the ESPN Boxing Schedule ***

 

JULY 23 (tonight)

HBO PPV; 9PM ET (Crawford vs Postol cost and purses)
Top Rank Streaming

Las Vegas 

Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol
12 rounds, WBO/WBC junior welterweight title unification; RING Magazine lineal jr welterweight title

Oscar Valdez vs. Matias Adrian Rueda
12 rounds, for vacant WBO featherweight title

Jose Benavidez vs. Francisco Santana
10 rounds, welterweights

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Tommy Karpency
10 rounds, light heavyweights

Here's a sneak peak at next week's schedule...

JULY 30

Showtime/Showtime Extreme
New York 

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton
12 rounds, for Santa Cruz's WBA featherweight title

Mikey Garcia vs. Elio Rojas
10 rounds, junior welterweights

Sergey Rabchenko vs. Tony Harrison
12 rounds, IBF junior middleweight eliminator

Paulie Malignaggi vs. Grabriel Bracero
10 rounds, welterweights

Ivan Redkach vs. Tevin Farmer
10 rounds, lightweights

Amanda Serrano vs. Calixta Silgado
10 rounds, female featherweights

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leroy.cleveland@cox.net (Lee Cleveland) News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:15:29 +0000
Holly Holm: Who is next after Shevchenko? http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6347-holly-holm-next-fight http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6347-holly-holm-next-fight Holly Holm: Who is next after Shevchenko?
Holly Holm returns tonight.

Fresh off of her devestating title loss to Meisha Tate,  Holly Holm returns to the UFC against Russian Muay Thai striker Valentina Shevchenko.

(Image courtesy of Sherdog.com)

The Women's Bantamweight contest will be a 5-round main event and will air on FOX.

How to Watch
UFC on FOX Main Card: 8:00pm ET (FOX)
UFC on FOX Prelims: 5:00pm ET
(FS1) UFC on FOX FP Prelims: 4:30 ET (UFC FIght Pass)

UFC President Dana White once infamously stated in the late 2000's that 'women would never fight in the UFC.' The main crutch of his stance was that the women's division was not competitive and was not on the same level as men's fighting. Of course his sentiments changed when he realized Ronda Rousey was the sport's biggest star, and potentially the sports biggest money maker. Nevertheless, he still had a point in insisting the women's division was very top-heavy talent wise.

Rousey dominated the division for nearly 4 years as her fights were not even close. Now fast foward to today. The belt has changed hands three times in the last 8 months.

Holly Holm defeats Ronda Rousey (C) -- November, 2015
Miesha Tate defeats Holly Holm (C) -- April, 2016
Amanda Nunes defeats Miesha Tate (C) -- July, 2016

This is the kind of competitiveness you need to have an entertaining division. Instead of one dominant fighter, we now have 4 current/former champions all with different backgrounds and storylines.

Holly Holm's destruction of Ronda Rousey opened the flood gates, and now we have some real life in Women's MMA.

Holm is now on a revenge tour of sorts; she not only wants the belt back, but she wants to avenge the Tate loss, and also wants a high-money rematch with Rousey to prove the first fight was no fluke.


But first she has to get through Shevchenko, a really technical Muay Thai fighter with a highly decorated striking background.

An intriguing element to this fight is that it's a throwback of sorts that pins boxer against a Mauy Thai specialist. It'll be interesting to see who gets the best of who in the striking department as the ground game will certainly play no factor tonight (although it should be noted Shevchenko has a Judo background.)

If Holm is able to get the victory, it'll be interesting to see what lies in store for her. Who will Holly Holm fight next?

The Rousey fight is the big one, and it sounds like Rousey wants it, shouting "revenge is a b#### motherf#####" at the Women in Action event in Chicago last weekend.

The issue with a Rousey rematch is that Ronda is currently sidelined with a knee injury and has never committed to returning to the UFC since her loss last year. Also, Rousey has no belt, and without the strap, Rousey vs Holm 2 may not be considered a headliner.


Holm could also earn a title shot and fight Amanda Nunes for the belt, but perhaps Holly is more interested in vindicating her defeat to Miesha Tate?

Regardless of what will happen in the future, Holm needs to win tonight.... But don't sleep on the Russian.

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weber@fs.com (Mark Weber) News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:59:10 +0000
Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford next? http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6346-manny-pacquiao-terence-crawford-next-fight http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6346-manny-pacquiao-terence-crawford-next-fight Manny Pacquiao vs Terence Crawford next?
It was announced earlier this week by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum that Philippines Senator and eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao will face one of three possible opponents on November 5, in Las Vegas, Nevada; Terence Crawford, Viktor Postol and Jessie Vargas.

Although an official announcement from Top Rank, Inc, isn't expected until sometime next week, the real bosses of boxing, the die-hard fans of the sport, may form a consensus as to who they want to see opposite the Pacman should Crawford defeat Postol on Saturday night in a decisive and impressive manner.

While most fight scribes and boxing fans seem to think the undefeated champion from Omaha, Nebraska, would prove to be the Filipino Senator's toughest assignment of the three aforementioned candidates, Manny Paquiao apparently has no problem taking on who many have dubbed 'the next big star of boxing'.

(Image courtesy of BoxingAgenda)


According to Arum, the 37 year old ring legend is indeed willing to take on the switch-hitting enigma that is "Bud" Crawford.

"I've talked to Manny, and he's willing to give Terence the opportunity," the 84 year old promoter said in a recent interview with ESPN Deportes. "Manny has already said 'YES'.

Because Manny and Freddie chose to bypass a fan-approved match-up with Crawford in April, in favor of Timothy Bradley, it subsequently became conventional wisdom that the popular boxing tandem didn't like the style match-up for the Filipino icon. That's certainly not the case, according to the heralded, seven-time trainer of the year.

"My favorite fight for Manny is Terence Crawford," Roach stated to ringside media immediately following the Pacman's decisive victory over Tim Bradley in April.


"Manny's best fighting weight is at 140 pounds, and I think that's a great fight for us."

Respected fight trainer and noted Freddie Roach nemesis, Robert Garcia, is surprisingly in agreement with the legendary boxing coach. "If your talking about Top Rank fighters, a fight with Terence Crawford makes the most sense," the Oxnard, CA, based trainer stated to ESNews late last year. "People might think I'm wrong, but I think Pacquiao is a little too dangerous and might still be a big risk for Crawford."

"I think Pacquiao is still too dangerous."

It's a match-up for which most would be willing to pay top dollar. But first, TC not only has to defeat the current WBC Super Lightweight champion, Viktor Postol, but look impressive doing it on Saturday night. Pacquiao's trainer, who also serves as chief second for the Ukrainian born title holder, whole heartedly believes his fighter will shock the masses and prove to be too much for Crawford this evening.

"It's a 50/50 fight, but my guy is the more disciplined fighter, and he has a big height and reach advantage over Crawford," Roach stated to boxing reporter Dominic Verdin earlier this week. "I believe he's going to dominate the fight and score a huge upset with a decision victory on Saturday night."

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:47:25 +0000
Crawford vs Postol odds: Upset as solid as a Warren Buffett investment? http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6345-Crawford-vs-Postol-odds-Upset-as-solid-as-a-Warren-Buffett-investment http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6345-Crawford-vs-Postol-odds-Upset-as-solid-as-a-Warren-Buffett-investment Crawford vs Postol odds: Upset as solid as a Warren Buffett investment?
Tonight, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, current WBO 140 pound champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) will challenge undefeated Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) for his WBC Super Lightweight title in the main event of a four-bout HBO PPV event, presented by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank, Inc.

The broadcast has a start time of 9PM ET/6PM PT, and will showcase what many believe to be the next big stars from the TR promotional banner.

Although Crawford vs Postol will feature who most agree to be the two best fighters currently competing in the 140 pound weight division, Race and Sports Books don't see the pairing as a 50/50 fight.

So what do the Crawford vs Postol odds tell us?

The undefeated fighter from Omaha, Nebraska, will enter the ring as the heavy betting favorite, currently sitting at a comfortable (-562) or a better than 5 1/2 to 1 betting favorite, while the native of Velyka Dymerka, Ukraine, will fight as a competitive 4 to 1 betting underdog or a solid (+430).

Even though Postol, trained by Hall of Fame boxing coach Freddie Roach, will have a notable height and reach advantage over his opponent this evening, standing 5'11" tall in the center of the ring and fighting behind a 73 1/2" reach, most ringside experts believe the 5'8" Crawford is the more intelligent and athletic combatant of the two, and perceived to be too skilled for the WBC champ.

Crawford is a stylistic nightmare for most fighters who traditionally fight out of the orthodox stance, due to his ability to change positions in the ring so quickly. Not since the "Lone Star Cobra", Donald Curry, has the boxing world seen a fighter who can maneuver from orthodox to southpaw with such fluidity.

Coupled with elite level athleticism, sharp technical ability and good power in both hands, TC is considered by most fight scribes to be a legitimate "pound for pound" fighter.

So why is Postol's head trainer encouraging every gambler to put money on his fighter this evening?

The seven-time trainer of the year explains his reasoning behind placing $100 on his man to not only be victorious, but win by way of knock-out. 

"Viktor Postol is the more disciplined fighter of the two," candidly states Freddie Roach. "He comes in the gym every day and always gives me everything he has. He gets the most of his abilities as a result. My guy is 100% ready, and we have a very good strategy to beat Terence Crawford."

""I think your going to see a huge upset on Saturday night. My bet on Viktor Postol to beat Terence Crawford is a better investment than Warren Buffett's Berkshire-Hathaway!"


The second richest man in America on the renowned and respected Forbes list is an admitted Terence Crawford supporter and a native of Omaha, Nebraska, as well. The statement was an obvious dig to both Buffett and the current WBO Super Lightweight title holder.

It's the belief of most, that the 63 time billionaire will have the inside track on tonight's fight as he takes the "under 9 1/2" on a Crawford victory by way of TKO. Fight fans will find out who is the more sound financial wager this evening from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada!!

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:35:45 +0000
Crawford vs Postol: Prediction, keys to victory http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6344-Crawford-vs-Postol-Prediction http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6344-Crawford-vs-Postol-Prediction Crawford vs Postol: Prediction, keys to victory
This evening from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBO Super Lightweight Champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) will attempt to unify the 140 pound weight division by taking on fellow undefeated WBC title holder Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs)!!

Crawford vs Postol, the consensus #1 versus #2 pairing will be presented by Top Rank, Inc. and broadcast on HBO PPV, for a cost of $49.99 in SD/$59.99 in HD. The PPV event will begin at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

To add to the already high stakes of this superb contest, Top Rank has announced the winner of tonight's unification could land a November date and a multi-million dollar payday with eight division champion and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao!!

The head trainers of both respective champions have already guaranteed a decisive and impressive victory for their man. Seven time trainer of the year Freddie Roach believes he works with the smarter and more disciplined fighter, while TC's coach, Brian McIntyre, is convinced the WBC title holder can't match the athleticism or skill of unbeaten champion from Omaha, Nebraska.

Which respected fight trainer will prove to be prophetic in Vegas this evening?

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Crawford vs Postol Keys to Victory

Victor "The Iceman" Postol (28-0, 12 KOs)

To win big in his first PPV appearance against a perceived pound for pound champion, the 32 year old fighter will have to use his footwork and long, rangy jab as the foundation of his defense. With a three inch height and reach advantage over Crawford, Postol would be wise to control range from a distance, and keep the fight from mid to long range. Although it could make for many uncomfortable and awkward moments for the viewer at home, the Ukrainian champion should also elect to tie-up his opponent whenever TC moves in the pocket, as long as the referee in charge is willing to allow it. 

Because Postol is what most experts consider to be a "donut" fighter and has great deficiencies fighting on the inside, he seemingly has no choice but to use his feet to escape an attack or wrap his man up underneath.

Because Terence plans to bring steady pressure from start to finish, Viktor absolutely must establish his jab early and often to body and head to 1) slow down the attack of his opponent and 2) set up his entire arsenal of punches, which include the left hook, straight right hand and vaunted right uppercut.


If the live betting underdog can successfully use his jab and footwork to control range and dictate the pace of the scheduled twelve round fight, Viktor Postol could shock the world and earn a unanimous decision victory over one of the perceived best fighters in the world.

Terence "Bud" Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs)

To be successful against the underrated and undefeated WBC champion, Terence simply has to be Terence. What ostensibly makes TC such a special fighter are the many gifts he seems to possess in the ring: speed, athleticism, deceptive power, dexterity and an extremely high ring IQ.

The Omaha native is a virtual nightmare stylistically for any opponent because of his ability to switch fight stances from orthodox to southpaw with great fluidity.

Expect Terence to line up from a southpaw position early in this one, to try and negate Postol's weapon of choice: the long, rangy jab. And if Postol attempts to make adjustments in the early to mid rounds and begins to find success attacking Crawford from different angles, look for TC to resort back to the orthodox position, giving his opponent different looks.


While lined up in an orthodox position, Bud should always look to counter Postol's jab with the straight right hand to try and discourage him from throwing it so frequently.

Footwork will also be crucial in this fight. Crawford must use his feet to effectively move in and out of the pocket while scoring to the body and head of the much taller fighter. He'll also have to use his feet to keep from getting tied up while trying to land from mid to short range. If the undefeated WBO champion can keep his opponent off balance by using his footwork to move in and out of range, and limit Postol's jab by looking for counters and switching fight positions from orthodox to southpaw, Terence Crawford will maintain his perfect record and possibly earn a career high payday in November against Manny Pacquiao.


Crawford vs Postol Prediction:
Although both fighters have unbeaten resumes, Terence Crawford will show the boxing world that this sport is all about "levels". TC is currently fighting at a much higher level and will seemingly outclass the taller and rangier man by negating his jab as early as the opening round. Once he reduces Viktor's customarily effective jab to non-factor status, it will be checkmate and quickly become a one sided contest. Look for Terence to make a very convincing argument towards deserving a fight with Manny Pacquiao this evening.

Terence Crawford TKO9 over Viktor Postol  

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:52:19 +0000
Crawford vs Postol: PPV cost vs purses http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6343-Crawford-vs-Postol-PPV-cost-vs-purses http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6343-Crawford-vs-Postol-PPV-cost-vs-purses Crawford vs Postol: PPV cost vs purses
Tonight, Saturday, July 23, Terence Crawford will take on Viktor Postol will battle to determine 140 pound supremacy in your main event of the evening from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Top Rank produced fight card, Crawfod vs Postol, will be broadcast at 9PM ET/6PM PT, via HBO PPV with a price tag of $49.99 in DS/$59.99 in HD.

Many fight fans don't understand why this fight card, albeit a great headliner between the two perceived best Junior Welterweights in the world, is being forced on the real bosses of boxing by way of HBO PPV, especially when a comparable match-up like the recently staged "Thurman vs. Porter" was featured on free, mainstream CBS.

Both situations are completely different and shouldn't be compared.

To the dismay of most die-hard fight fans, the purchasers of this PPV are indirectly making up for the millions of dollars lost by HBO's investment in Pacquiao/Bradley III. The singular, Top Rank event was greatly responsible for the sizable budget deficits Home Box Office is currently experiencing after guaranteeing huge purses to both Manny and Tim.

Consequently, the brass at HBO weren't willing to guarantee a $2 million purse without the benefit and added revenue generated by the PPV platform.

Here are tonight's paydays for the four featured bouts on the televised portion of the PPV presentation:

  • Main Event: Crawford ($1.3 million) vs. Postol ($675K)
  • Co-Main Event: Valdez ($140K) vs. Rueda ($30K with money from Argentine TV)
  • 2nd Contest: Benavidez Jr ($50K) vs. Santana ($50K)
  • Opening Bout: Gvodzdyk ($30K) vs. Karpency ($50K)

Crawford vs Postol PPV Projection: Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has projected a figure of roughly 80K PPV buys needed at the $50/60 price tag just to break even with this endeavor.

I'm sure right now many readers and interested fight fans are breaking out their calculators and thinking to themselves, "How does Arum believe 80K purchases will be needed to break even this evening when the figures at $50/60 don't add up?"

Most boxing pundits and even many prizefighters don't realize that the cable and satellite distributors demand 50% of all proceeds generated in PPV sales. Because the communication companies not only deliver the package on fight night, but also collect the great majority of the proceeds through their respective billing services, promoters have little to no choice but to give companies like Time Warner Cable and Direct TV their very steep and arguably unreasonable 50% commission.

Bob's 80K figure is fairly accurate.

Will this event meet such a meager projection?

Arum believes fight fans should have no trepidation in supporting a quality like Crawford vs. Postol, and questions why such criticism is frequently expressed by the so-called "fans" of the sport, as well as the often intrusive boxing media.

"UFC makes their customers pay for lesser match-ups on a regular basis, and you don't hear the same criticisms from media members or avid MMA fans," argues the 84 year old fight promoter. "Why the double standard?"

Why indeed?

If the real bosses of boxing truly appreciate their "beloved" boxing, they will choose to buy this match-up between the perceived two best fighters of the Super Lightweight division. The health of the platform and its commitment to the sport greatly depends on their collective support.

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:23:13 +0000
Manny Pacquiao seeks redemption with Floyd Mayweather before retirement http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6342-Manny-Pacquiao-vs-Mayweather-retirement http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6342-Manny-Pacquiao-vs-Mayweather-retirement Manny Pacquiao seeks redemption with Floyd Mayweather before retirement

It was revealed earlier this week by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum that Manny Pacquiao's next fight will be against one of three current champions; Terence Crawford, Jessie Vargas and Viktor Postol.

Although the three potential bouts would be welcomed by most die-hard fight fans, the Filipino fight legend genuinely had his hopes on facing a megastar coming out of retirement for one final, historic event.

"Manny really wants Mayweather one more time," stated head trainer Freddie Roach to FightHubTV. "Les (Moonves of CBS) asked me, 'why don't we do it (Mayweather vs. Pacquiao) again?' I said, 'that sounds good to me'. I told Bob and he's going to call him."

Unfortunately for Manny, as well as any fight fan anticipating the return bout, Arum discussed the possibility of a second Mayweather/Pacquiao superfight with Floyd's adviser, Al Haymon, and received no positive feedback.

"We talked about facing Mayweather this year with Pacquiao,” the 84 year old fight promoter told RingTV.com earlier this week. “And Al said that Mayweather was enjoying his retirement and had no plans to go back into the ring.”

It would seem that Manny wants a shot at redemption, to seemingly make amends for a lackluster performance against the best defensive fighter in boxing, as well as the bad taste that was left in the mouths of most fans who purchased the $100 PPV event in May of 2015, after news of a shoulder injury prior to the fight surfaced.

Mayweather decisively outboxed the Pacman to score a twelve round unanimous decision, with scores of 118-110 and 116-112 twice.

The highly anticipated event garnered 4.6 million PPV purchases and grossed $600 million worldwide.

Without more lucrative offers on the horizon for both respective fighters, maybe a second showdown will indeed happen in May of 2017? Fight fans will have to wait and see what the future holds for both Pacquiao and Mayweather.

 

Manny Pacquiao vs who? "Broner and Garcia are full of s**t," Roach insists 

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Fri, 22 Jul 2016 01:44:41 +0000
Manny Pacquiao vs who? "Broner and Garcia are full of s**t," Roach insists http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6341-Manny-Pacquiao-vs-who-Broner-and-Garcia-are-full-of-s-t,-Roach-insists http://www.fightsaga.com/news/item/6341-Manny-Pacquiao-vs-who-Broner-and-Garcia-are-full-of-s-t,-Roach-insists Manny Pacquiao vs who?
At the final press conference in support of this Saturday's, 140 pound unification bout between Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach took time out to speak with FightHubTV about Filipino fight legend Manny Pacquiao and his return to the ring slated for November 5.

The seven time trainer of the year award recipient wasn't surprised that his superstar protege wanted to comeback so soon after announcing his retirement from boxing in April.

"Manny told me the day after his last fight," stated Freddie Roach. "So it's no surprise to me that he's coming back to fight on November 5."

Although Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, seemed to favor a fresh match-up with some of Al Haymon's top Welterweights, Manny will be facing another opponent from the same promotional banner, Top Rank, Inc, once again in the Fall.

Freddie shared his thoughts on the motivation behind Adrien Broner and Danny Garcia ostensibly pricing themselves out of a potential super-fight with his eight division world champion; requesting more than a seemingly healthy $4 million career-high payday for both PBC fighters.

"Haymon was involved with the negotiations, so he and Bob are the ones who came up with that figure," stated the Los Angeles based boxing coach to FightHub TV. "I don't think they'll be making any more than that. Where else in the world can either one of those guys make $4 million at least?"

"They're full of s**t! They're scared of Manny, that's all there is to it."

 

As to which fight Roach preferred, the always candid fight trainer had no problem voicing his opinion.

"I wanted the Garcia fight, because Manny would destroy him. He would outbox him. He is a little bit dangerous though...he's a pretty good puncher. That's the fight I've always wanted for Manny."

When Marcos Villegas of FightHub TV brought up current WBA Welterweight champion Keith Thurman's willingness to step in the ring with Manny Pacquiao for the same offer of $4 million, Freddie appeared to be genuinely excited about the potential match-up.

"I like Keith Thurman," claimed Roach. "He's a good fighter and a tough guy. That's a fight that I would say yes to...with no problem. But Bob hasn't offered me that fight yet. I've heard no word from Bob about it. But, Thurman...thanks for coming out!"

Freddie Roach will be in the corner of current WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol this Saturday, July 23, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, opposite WBO titlist and pound for pound fighter Terence "Bud" Crawford. The two 140 pound champions will lock horns in the main event of an HBO PPV event to unify the seemingly wide open Junior Welterweight division.

Manny Pacquiao's next opponent will be announced sometime next week, following the conclusion of this weekend's unification bout.

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jh@fs.com (Joseph Herron) News Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:37:40 +0000