Monday, June 18, 2018
The Sweet Science

The Sweet Science

Pacquaio and Bradley worth watching for what could have been

It’s expected that somewhere north of 1 million homes will purchase HBO Pay-Per-View and tune in on Saturday to see welterweight boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley. By Kyle Magin Manny Pacquiao — the Filipino icon/actor/politician/philanderer/big-spender/born-again Christian/broke person — will be the ostensible draw. He’s a massive name, he’s charming enough to give a great interview in broken English...

Miguel Cotto does everything and we forget him for it

Cotto. vs. Alvarez is the drinks before dinner, the shirt before the shirt, the line before brunch, the Bud Light before the Fat Tire, the reservation before the upgrade...the fight before the fight.  Written by Kyle Magin Forgive yourself for looking past Saturday, because almost no matter what happens on the Mandalay Bay canvas in Las Vegas, Miguel Cotto or...

May is Money, not a legend

I won’t ever pilot an X-Wing. By Kyle Magin My Star Wars fantasy is relevant, so bear with. I’m never going to join Red Squadron in an attack on the Death Star. Luke Skywalker will never throw me a bro nod at an awards ceremony. I’ve made my peace with that. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to do the same with his desire to be remembered...

Golovkin is crossing the Rubicon

The war may be over for Gennady Golovkin. Like any terrifying political conqueror (Caesar, Stalin and Mao are actually pretty apt comparisons here), the Kazakhstani middleweight may have moved past his conflict with forces conspiring to keep him away from boxing’s highest echelon. He’s now consolidating his power. If Golovkin, 32, can win Saturday against Mexican power puncher Marco Antonio Rubio, 34,...

About Face

Ah-hem. A day after I wrote boxing off as a sport only a mother… could love, no lesser figures than NBC and Al Haymon arrived to save the sport. The network and promoter announced a March 7 card featuring Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1) and Adrien “The Problem” Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) live, from Vegas, to appear on NBC proper. Not NBC...

Why PacMay is sports’ biggest ticket in 2015

A Michigan native reflects on what could have been, what is and what will be for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight and the sport of boxing. By Kyle Magin “I would’ve flown to Jerry World to see that fight,” is what my dad said about the long-awaited, now-scheduled Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in Vegas on May 2, and it’s all you need...

Money Mayweather moves Vegas line (twice) by betting against, then for himself prior to title bout

LAS VEGAS — Known for his exploits in the sportsbook as much as he is for his spotless record, Floyd “Money” Mayweather reportedly laid down a staggering $18.8 million bet against himself Thursday for Saturday night's title bout with the similarly undefeated-against-stiffs Canelo Alvarez. Thirty-six-year-old Mayweather's wager moved the line to make the known gambler, who is taking home...

Ali

I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. — Muhammad Ali By Kyle Magin Were Muhammad Ali born 50 years earlier than 1942, he’d have been lucky to get a shot at the heavyweight boxing title of the world, and...

The Middleweights: Hard-up, Hammered, High and Not Here

In my dreams professional boxing’s middleweight divisions function like an actual sport. That means in 2015 we’d get Andre Ward-Gennady Golovkin. We’d get Carl Froch to cross the goddamn pond and take on a sober and in-shape Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez would take part in this eliminator, and hell, maybe Sergio Martinez could tape himself...

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are getting paid handsomely to be living, breathing manifestations of the worst of what we’ve become

Do not pay attention to their words. Do not watch their fight. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are racists, there are homophobes, there are small-minded people, there are celebrities we worship just because they have more than us. There are talented people who are awful and there are awful people with no talent—and all these types of folk can have...