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Compassion a double-edged dilemma for Pacquiao

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – A compassionate Manny Pacquiao can’t win. That’s the popular theory, anyway. Pacquiao Freddie Roach introduced it. Media and fans have been repeating it ever since. But compassion is also the reason Pacquiao is still fighting. That’s Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz’s theory. “A lot of people need him,’’ Diaz said. Diaz said Thursday that ... Read More »

Respect? Bradley starts by looking at himself

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By Norm Frauenheim Just when Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Jr., most of the NFL, NBA and major-league baseball have us convinced that disrespect is an athlete’s best friend, along comes Timothy Bradley with a different take and some real friends because of it. “I don’t feel I’m disrespected at all, honestly,” Bradley said. It was an astonishing comment, straight out ... Read More »

Poet and The Pac Man: Dylan’s visit with Pacquaio brings back some old lyrics

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By Norm Frauenheim It’s not everyday that Bob Dylan just drops by. But there he was last week at the Wild Card Gym to see Manny Pacquiao. The singer, song-writer, poet and Sixties’ icon posed for photos with the fighter, Congressman, singer and Filipino icon. It was an intriguing meeting, in part because both are as enigmatic as they are ... Read More »

Danny Garcia has his own plan

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By Norm Frauenheim Danny Garcia might be the only fighter not trying to elbow his way toward the front of the line that leads to the big paycheck that comes with a bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Garcia wouldn’t turn down the opportunity. Too many numbers after the dollar sign to do that. But he’s not going to launch a ... Read More »

Canelo gets the victory and the boos

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LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez got the victory. Got the boos, too Alvarez won the fight, but failed to win back many of his disaffected fans with a 10th-round technical knockout of Alfredo Angulo Saturday night at the MGM Grand. Canelo’s first fight since a loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September was supposed to restore his popularity among Mexican ... Read More »

Mayweather draws a crowd at any time and against anybody

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. was an hour late Saturday for his own news conference. But a crowd stuck around, waiting for him to arrive anyway. It just goes to show that Mayweather can draw a crowd even if he’s fighting nobody. Marcos Maidana is next on Mayweather’s rich Showtime card, May 3 in a pay-per-view ... Read More »

Tough Sell: Mayweather will have an easier time beating Maidana

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s biggest challenge on May 3 won’t come from Marcos Maidana. Not even Maidana’s heavy-handed power has much of a chance at knocking Mayweather off his pound-for-pound perch. But Mayweather’s promotional skill faces a real test as he reaches what could be the halfway point of a Showtime deal for a possible six fights and a potential $250 ... Read More »

History 101: Kathy Duva remembers what she doesn’t want Kovalev to repeat

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Sergey Kovalev’s projected path to the top of the light-heavyweight division is at a stage in a well-worn process that is necessary, yet often dangerous for promising fighters who don’t know their history. The good news is that Kovalev has a promoter who won’t let him forget it. Kathy Duva has lived it. Duva’s historical lesson was delivered a couple ... Read More »

Only one winner in the Khan-Maidana poll

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Polls can be as reliable as scorecards. About as scientific, too. That’s why it’s hard to know what to make of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s question to fans about his next opponent. Marcos Maidana? Or Amir Khan? From this corner, Khan still looks like Mayweather’s likely foe on May 3 no matter what the poll says. The only numbers that seem ... Read More »

One More Time: Pacquiao-Bradley rematch inevitable

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Rematches can be predictable remakes, or tiresome redundancies, or just unnecessary. But Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley is none of the above. It had to happen. In some ways, April 12 is more of a resumption than a rematch of Bradley’s rancorous split-decision over Pacquiao on June 9, 2012. Once the controversy subsided to a dull roar, only questions were left in ... Read More »

Ali comparison to Sherman’s rant is just more trash talk

Richard Sherman’s controversial interview with Erin Andrews after Seattle’s NFL playoff victory over San Francisco is being interpreted and analyzed more often than the Gettysburg Address. Much of the ongoing discussion leads to Muhammad Ali. Please, can everybody just leave the Ali comparison in the spit bucket. I suspect Sherman would if he could and that’s a compelling reason to ... Read More »

Stars Needed: Mikey Garcia makes the short list

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The best in a new and diverse generation is about to make its claim on future stardom with a wave of new accents and surprising possibilities that could further re-make the face of the game. It used to be as familiar as a cheeseburger and fries. But today it’s more like an international food court. “A lot is happening in ... Read More »

Trash Talk? Mayweather’s timing says something else

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Never-ending speculation about Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s version of Groundhog Day, the 1993 film starring Bill Murray as a weatherman trapped in time, re-living the same day everyday until he gets it right. Getting it right, of course, means an actual fight. Without one, we’ll only hear more of the same talk. I’d rather be a groundhog. More ... Read More »

The 2014 Story of the Year: Pacquiao’s next move

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A crystal ball is just another glass chin, which is one way of saying New Year predictions have no chance. They’re fun, but they’re also about as likely as Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer wishing each other a Happy in any holiday season. More of the feud appears to be the only sure thing. But it ... Read More »

A 2013 Ballot: Nominees for the good, bad, sad and the ugly

A look-back at 2013 with a nomination, one for every month in the calendar: Fight of the Year: Timothy Bradley’s decision over Ruslan Provodnikov. In an era when memories last about as long as a tweet, a Fight of the Year is often about timing. To wit: If it happened late in the year, it gets votes becauseit’s still remembered. ... Read More »

2013 Fighter of the Year: It’s a collective

A look back at any year starts with Fighter of the Year. But the 2013 ballot includes an argument against just about every candidate in the conversation. Light-heavyweight Adonis Stevenson is too much of a newcomer. Timothy Bradley’s split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez was debatable. Mikey Garcia’s victory over Orlando Salido was a technical decision, meaning the end wasn’t ... Read More »

The Problem: For Broner, it turned out to be Maidana

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SAN ANTONIO – Adrien Broner calls himself The Problem because he thought he’d never have one. Marcos Maidana proved just how wrong he was. Maidana was his problem, again and again, throughout 12 surprising rounds Saturday night at the Alamodome. In the end, Broner was left with multiple problems. But let’s start with the biggie. Broner, a big betting favorite, ... Read More »

Ariza, Garcia surprised at news that Rios tested positive

SAN ANTONIO – Brandon Rios’ strength-and-conditioning coach Alex Ariza was surprised at a ringtv.com report Friday that Rios tested positive for a banned stimulant after Rios lost a unanimous on Nov. 23 to Manny Pacquiao in China. “It’s been three weeks, and then, all of a sudden, something like this comes out,’’ Ariza told reporters Friday at the weigh-in for ... Read More »

Always On Stage: Broner’s fast-moving act also makes him target

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SAN ANTONIO – Adrien Broner just wants a little love. Mostly, he loves a stage and that’s where he asked for some Thursday during his turn at the microphone at the final news conference for his second test run at welterweight Saturday night against dangerous Marcos Maidana at the Alamodome. “With all due respect, I really think everybody should be ... Read More »

Winning While Losing: Zab Judah wins maturity in an 18-year fight

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Boxing has no time for late bloomers. Old guys, yeah. But the late bloomer is either forgotten, or dismissed for squandering talent, or just an easy victory for an emerging star. Zab Judah is that fighter. He’s that legendary prospect who has matured after his physical skills have passed their prime. Yet, it’s the maturity that makes him so likable ... Read More »

Taxing Situation: There’s one in every corner for Pacquaio

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There’s terrible irony in news that the Philippines has frozen Manny Pacquiao’s financial assets and placed a lien on the Filipino Congressman’s home over allegations that he owes $50.2 million in unpaid taxes. Pacquiao fought Brandon Rios in China to avoid U.S. taxes, yet he finds himself in a tax fight at home just a few days after a convincing ... Read More »

Setting 2014’s Table: Andre Ward gets his turn

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It’s your turn, Andre Ward. Ward’s comeback Saturday night in Ontario, Calif., against Edwin Rodriquez (HBO 10 p.m. ET/PT) is just the latest in a succession of Saturdays that sets the table for 2014 and perhaps beyond. It started with Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight stoppage of Curtis Stevens on Nov. 2 in New York, continued with Mikey Garcia’s junior-lightweight knockout of ... Read More »