Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Pints and Picks: How to wager #MayPac

DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and what to drink while doing it. Here, a very special PNP for a very special pair of guys—#MayPac. AJ, Here we are on the eve of the biggest fight night in more than a decade and maybe since Mike Tyson’s ascent in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

MayPac for Dummies

-Or- Five things you need to know about Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and the biggest fight in two decades. Written by Kyle Magin You’ve probably heard about the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight this weekend. Maybe you even plan to pay money to watch it. Maybe you plan to mooch off someone who is buying it. In these cases, you’ll want...