Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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...

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...

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...

What you’ll pay to watch PacMay

Because boxing is rotten even when it’s resplendent, because it’s Roseanne even when it’s Rebecca Romijn, your wallet is getting taken to the cleaners this spring for the biggest fight in recent memory. By Kyle Magin When Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather throw down on May 2, you’re probably going to want to watch it—even though it’s five years too late...

Rage On!

Jake LaMotta is dead at age 95. Of the best, he was the last standing. By Andrew J. Pridgen Several times over the course of this web site’s four years of existence, I’ve reached out to this email: nick@princemarketinggroup.com in attempts to get an interview with Jake LaMotta. It is because of the scarred and flawed and damaged LaMotta I started...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Not just the same old same old for baseball

Baseball's midsummer All Star showcase last week was a reminder that the national pastime is once more moving to the fore. A youth movement, a multi-cultural wave of talent and an increasingly savvy front office are pushing on an ever growing demographic ...which is exactly what boxing should be — and isn't — doing. Written by Kyle Magin I had a...