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Fans move on while Mayweather, Pacquiao sift through the cash and the remains


By Norm Frauenheim- Nearly three weeks have passed since Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s decision over Manny Pacquiao in the Letdown of the Century and there’s been no backlash. Canelo Alvarez’ knockout of James Kirkland on May 9 drew HBO’s biggest audience for non-pay-per-view bout since 2006. A week later, there was a capacity crowd at the rebuilt Forum for Gennady Golovkin’s ... Read More »

Iron Boy card set for Phoenix Saturday

PHOENIX – Iron Boy Promotions will stage a second card within eight days Saturday night at Celebrity Theatre. Iron Boy, which helped Top Rank promote Jose Benavidez Jr.’s stoppage of Jorge Paez Jr. in a WBA 140-pound title defense on May 15 at US Airways Center, goes back to work with a card that features Phoenix welterweight Jose Marruffo (5-2-2) ... Read More »

Benavidez fulfills guarantee, stops Paez

By Norm Frauenheim (ringside) PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jose Benavidez Jr. celebrated a birthday and a homecoming. It was all part of the guarantee. In a bold promise at a news conference, Benavidez Jr. promised that his WBA interim 140-pound title would not leave his hometown. It didn’t. It is still interim, whatever that means. But the guarantee proved to be ... Read More »

Benavidez, Paez make weight for a bout with some AZ history at stake


By Norm Frauenheim- PHOENIX, Ariz. – Jose Benavidez Jr. and Jorge Paez Jr. made weight Thursday for a truTV super-lightweight title fight Friday night in a bout that is critical to Benavidez’ future and represents a step in a larger battle to resurrect boxing in Arizona. Benavidez, (22-0, 15 KOs), Arizona’s first champion with a major championship since Hall of ... Read More »

Benavidez hopes to celebrate 23rd birthday with 23rd victory


By Norm Frauenheim PHOENIX, Ariz. – He turns 23 on Friday. Jose Benavidez Jr. approaches his birthday unbeaten, yet not unchallenged. His record is the product of a jab, an exclamation point that is at the cutting edge of his natural talent. He was born with it. Lots of it. The challenges are a little different. Some are self-imposed. Some ... Read More »

Mayweather Speaks: Changes mind about a Pacquiao rematch

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By Norm Frauenheim- There are more tired excuses than reasonable explanations for what happened May 2 in the colossal failure to fulfill even a fraction of the expectations for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight. Still, everybody attached to the pay-per-view affair will try. They have to. Believe it or not, there’s even more money to be made. There are ... Read More »

Enthusiasm off the scale for Mayweather-Pacquiao


By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – It was a carnival and a concert. It was chaotic. Demonstrators protesting domestic violence stood on one street corner. A preacher stood on another. Seek God, he told a passing crowd full of people seeking a ticket that not even God could afford. They spoke Tagalog, English, Spanish, Russian, politics and Hip-Hop. They waved ... Read More »

What Rivalry? A common fight links Roach and Mayweather Sr.

Freddie Roach

By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – There’s not a day, or even a few hours, when there isn’t a volley of insults between Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach. They sound like natural antagonists, separated by a lifetime of irreparable slights. You could assume that they share only mutual contempt. But you’d be wrong. Roach and the senior Mayweather are ... Read More »

Pacquiao back at the bully-pulpit

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao is back at the bully pulpit like a saint among sinners. Boxing has never been much of a congregation, at least not in traditional terms. Pass the plate here, and you’re liable to lose it and its proceeds. But Pacquiao is here, talking about his faith and looking as if he knows ... Read More »

$: It’s the symbol that means more to Mayweather than the 0


By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Look into the 0 and you’re supposed to get a look into Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s soul. But the zero on the right side of his unbeaten record, Mayweather says, is the wrong place to search for hints at what motivates him. Only one symbol really matters. It’s in his wallet. “Absolutely, because at the ... Read More »

David Benavidez wins in a first-round blitz

PHOENIX, Ariz. – David Benavidez is not a young man in a hurry. It just looks like it. The 18-year-old Benavidez, the younger brother of WBA interim junior-welterweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr., wasted little time in a stunning light-heavyweight victory over Rollin Williams Saturday night at Celebrity Theatre in front of a near-capacity crowd that included Hall of Famer Michael ... Read More »

David Benavidez, Jose’s brother, set for main event in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. – David Benavidez, the younger brother of WBA interim junior-welterweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr., is scheduled for a main event Saturday night at Celebrity Theatre. The 18-year-old David Benavidez, 7-0 with 6 knockouts as a super-middleweight and light-heavyweight, faces experienced Rollin Williams (23-20-2, 8 KOs) in a 175-pound bout on a card staged by Iron Boy Promotions. David ... Read More »

The Real Story: It’s in what Mayweather and Pacquiao aren’t saying

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By Norm Frauenheim– The curtain has come down on media day, a big-fight ritual that like so much in boxing is an interpretative art. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and the people surrounding them said a whole lot at their respective camps in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. But it was what they didn’t say that mattered. To wit: Mayweather ... Read More »

Eye Of The Storm: Mayweather is cool and calm as Pacquiao fight approaches

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS — On a day when powerful winds kicked up clouds of dust that obscured The Strip’s skyline like a dirty fog, only one thing was predictable: Floyd Mayweather Jr. was late. Everything else, especially Mayweather, was unexpectedly low-key Tuesday. Maybe, that shouldn’t qualify as a surprise. What else can possibly be said about his long-awaited ... Read More »

Forget Redemption: Garcia-Peterson is about recognition

Danny Garcia

By Norm Frauenheim- Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson are quick to say they aren’t fighting for redemption Saturday night at Barclays in Brooklyn. Fair enough. It’s called prize fighting. Going into the ring for redemption is little bit like going to the bank to pray. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll leave broke. “I don’t see this as redemption,’’ Garcia ... Read More »

Provodnikov-Matthysse: A Corrales-Castillo sequel?

Provodnikov Arrives

By Norm Frauenheim It’s a fight that really doesn’t need much in the way of explanation or analysis. Strip away all of the subtlety and finesse, and you’re left with Ruslan Provodnikov-Lucas Matthysse, a collision waiting to happen. Maybe an accident, too. But that’s the attraction. Power, the ability to deliver it and a willingness to risk it, exerts it ... Read More »

Adonis Answer: Stevenson fights to ignore the Kovalev question

Adonis Stevenson

By Norm Frauenheim– It’s the question Adonis Stevenson can’t shake. It’s there when he wakes up and sits down for breakfast. It’s there when he goes to the corner store. When he looks in the rear view mirror, there it is: What about Sergey Kovalev? It was asked again, again and ad nauseam Wednesday during a conference call that included ... Read More »

Junior to Senior: Only a grown-up Chavez can win this fight


By Norm Frauenheim– Boxing was never meant to be the family business. Fathers fight so their sons don’t have to. That sounds like a sensible plan, or at least a good way to avoid scars, concussions and everything else that comes from a livelihood in the ring. But it’s never been one that could be applied to Julio Cesar Chavez ... Read More »

On The Stage: Mayweather-Pacquiao a fight between different personalities

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By Norm Frauenheim– Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao stood side-by-side in what was the third time they have ever been seen within a few feet of each other. They looked uncomfortable, almost awkward. Mayweather raised his right hand and pointed his index finger toward the ceiling as if to remind anyone in the theatre and the heavens that he ... Read More »

50-year-old Bronco Billy Wright continues heavyweight quest

FORT MCDOWELL, Ariz. – Bronco Billy Wright is a late bloomer. He has to be. Wright (46-4, 37 KOs) is a 50-year-old heavyweight who wants to be the oldest champion in the division’s long history. His quest continues Friday night against a man who could be his son, 29-year-old Gilberto Domingos (22-2, 20 KOs) of Brazil in a bout scheduled ... Read More »

Prime Time: Thurman wins decision in an NBC thriller

LAS VEGAS – Blood, guts, skill and will made for a powerful mix. It was a shot of prime time, just what NBC ordered. Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero delivered Saturday night at the MGM Grand with a compelling welterweight bout full of more drama than the story told by scores on one-sided cards. Thurman was the winner. The 120-107, ... Read More »

Bet on the Future: Haymon, NBC go back to an old model in search of some new stars


By Norm Frauenheim– Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) begins Saturday on NBC in prime time amid anticipation and some skepticism. It’s risky. It’s gutsy. It’s a lot of things. Above all, it’s necessary. It’s the first step in an attempt to re-create the game after Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. Pacquiao has already hinted at retirement. With ... Read More »

Lightweight Victor Castro steals show from a heavyweight mess

PHOENIX – It was a heavyweight main event. But a lightweight stole the show. Victor Castro, an emerging Phoenix prospect, displayed poise and precision, a combo that overwhelmed Ivan Zavala and offset ranked heavyweight Charles Martin’s sloppy stoppage of Raphael Zumbano Love Saturday night at Celebrity Theatre. With junior-featherweight legend Israel Vazquez as his trainer, Castro (14-0, 7 KOs), moved ... Read More »

Clueless: Kovalev has heard from the best, yet Pascal still talks trash

Sergey Kovalev

By Norm Frauenheim– Jean Pascal is called quick for hands that can put punches together in rapid succession. He’s called quick for graceful feet that are a human version of rapid transit. But a quick thinker? Not so much. At least, Pascal’s sudden-strike agility in hands and feet was not evident in anything he said Tuesday during a conference call ... Read More »

Charles Martin, Victor Castro set for featured bouts in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Unbeaten American heavyweight Charles Martin (19-0, 17 KOs) faces Raphael Zumbano Love (35-9-1, 28 KOs) of Brazil Saturday night Celebrity Theatre in the main event of a 10-fight card staged by Iron Boy Promotions. Martin, of St. Louis, is ranked No. 5 by the World Boxing Organization. He won a national Police Athletic League title in 2012. ... Read More »

Back To The Future: Douglas-Tyson an escape from today


By Norm Frauenheim- A week-long celebration of the 25-year anniversary of Buster Douglas’ upset of Mike Tyson is a revealing look at where boxing has been and where it is, or perhaps isn’t these days. Nostalgia is a good thing. It’s a personal attachment to dramatic moments in a rich history that the UFC will never have. But nostalgia is ... Read More »

Back in the USA: Klitschko return is real instead of rumor


By Norm Frauenheim – Wladimir Klitschko’s return to America coincides with talks that are holding a sport hostage all over again. The heavyweight’s April 25 bout with Bryant Jennings at New York’s Madison Square Garden arrives in time to take attention off the paralysis-by-analysis of you-know-what. It’s impossible to know what’s happening, or who’s to blame, or if the reported ... Read More »

Mayweather-Pacquiao Summit: Talk elevates chances at the fight to a new peak

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By Norm Frauenheim Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao went one-on-one in an old-school way almost forgotten by all the methods offered by social media. Face-to-face. Imagine that. What took so long? It’s a fair question, one that they probably will ask themselves if they finally sign a deal to fight. But Twitter didn’t get in the way of their ... Read More »