Late Breaking


The Real Fight of the Century: Lawsuits multiply as Haymon and the game enter the legal ring


By Norm Frauenheim– Lawsuits against Al Haymon aren’t surprising. More like inevitable. Haymon had to know they were coming. They’re just part of doing business. The last two suits, however, are different and perhaps more dangerous to Haymon’s PBC plans because of who and what they target. The Oscar De La Hoya anti-trust suit filed in May and Bob Arum’s ... Read More »

Delayed meritocracy: Kings of the Mic and Timothy Bradley

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By Bart Barry- DALLAS – Four miles southeast of this city’s downtown center stands Gexa Energy Pavilion, a 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater whose stage Friday hosted a deep roster of pioneers in a musical genre then-known as rap – as in Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” – and now known as hip-hop. For those enchanted by the seedling genre in its great ... Read More »

Kovalev deflects talk about Ward, calls Stevenson a piece of bleep

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By Norm Frauenheim- CARSON, Calif. – Light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev said he didn’t watch Andre Ward’s comeback victory over Paul Smith and instead concentrated on his July 25 title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi. “Empty talk right now,’’ Kovalev said Saturday during an hour-long session with reporters before a card featuring Timothy Bradley-Jessie Vargas at StubHub Center. The internet is on ... Read More »

Bradley back at StubHub and recalls “a war grounds”


By Norm Frauenheim- CARSON, Calif. – Timothy Bradley returns to a place that gave him headache. A career-defining victory, too. This time, he plans to leave without the headache and only a victory over Jessie Vargas Saturday night (6:45 pm PST/9:45 pm EST on HBO) in a welterweight bout he hopes will hit the-re-set button for bigger things in his ... Read More »

Timothy Bradley flushes the anger


By Norm Frauenheim Timothy Bradley doesn’t stay angry for too long. Maybe that’s because he’s a nice guy. Or maybe he just doesn’t have time for it. But he doesn’t let it metastasize into a career-killing grudge. That’s for a long line of angry young men in a business full of more grudges than catch-weight clauses. So it wasn’t exactly ... Read More »

The talented, the untalented, and the Nipsey Hussle

Andre Ward Post Fight

By Bart Barry Saturday on BET, American super middleweight world champion Andre Ward made his much-needed return to boxing, stopping in the ninth round a hapless but stubborn Brit named Paul Smith, right about the time NBC served its viewers a terrible main event called “The Battle for Ohio”, from Las Vegas, that ended with welterweight Shawn Porter decisioning Adrien ... Read More »

The Axe Man goeth

Nicholas Walters

By Bart Barry– Saturday in Madison Square Garden Theater, the very place Filipino Nonito Donaire’s candidacy for HBO Fighter of the New Century was subverted 3 1/2 years back by a pesky South American, Jamaican featherweight+1 Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters was unable to stretch Colombian featherweight Miguel Marriaga, much to the theater’s icy chagrin. Walters won a unanimous decision, and ... Read More »

Memo to Mayweather: LeBron James is the true definition of TBE


By Norm Frauenheim- There’s a lot of talk about TBE this spring. It started with Floyd Mayweather Jr. It continues with LeBron James. But there’s a difference, one that becomes increasingly evident as the drama unfolds in the ongoing NBA Finals. For Mayweather, TBE is a fashion statement, an acronym he wears on caps, T-shirts and anything else for sale. ... Read More »

Remember the Cinnamon: Alvarez wrecks Cotto in Alamo City


By Bart Barry– “It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books – setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them.” – Jorge ... Read More »


Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale Weigh-in

Follow all the action Live from Barclays Center as Miguel Cotto defends the WBC Middleweight title against former two-time champion Daniel Geale. The action begins at 10:30 PM ET. 12 ROUNDS–WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP–MIGUEL COTTO (39-4, 32 KO’S) VS DANIEL GEALE (31-3, 16 KO’S) Round 1 Cotto lands to the body..left to body..jab..jab..Geale lands a right…10-9 Cotto Round 2 Cotto lands ... Read More »

Race To Be Next: Contenders battle to grab A-side power

Gennady Golovkin

By Norm Frauenheim- A shuffle the top of the marquee begins to unfold, almost like a political campaign, in an inevitable transition put into motion by Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao. Despite record-setting revenue, the fight was an artistic flop, yet a sign that the business is moving on in search of new stars. They’re there, on a list topped by ... Read More »

Column without end, part 9


By Bart Barry Editor’s note: For part eight, please click here. * CARLSBAD, NM – This town is an overpriced outpost on the border of two western states, a dilapidated homebase of sorts for those who might venture to Guadalupe Peak, 8,000 feet in the air, or Carlsbad Caverns, 1,000 feet below ground. It is the nature of adventures they ... Read More »

Another title with another catch-weight is no title at all


By Norm Frauenheim Amid the clutter of 17 weight classes and more acronyms than letters in the alphabet, there’s something else to hang in that chaotic closest full of belts not worth a decent sanctioning fee at the corner pawnshop. Catch-weights are just another part of the mess. Like a lot of junk, the catch-weight clause is many things. Sometimes ... Read More »

Column without end, part 8

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By Bart Barry– Editor’s note: For part seven, please click here. * San Antonio Museum of Art currently features a retrospective exhibition of works by American painter Jamie Wyeth, son of Andrew. There is real talent in his paintings. Innovation, too. In a series of works that has seagulls depicting the seven deadly sins, Wyeth uses watercolor paint thickened with ... Read More »

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 »

Dung beetles and Chocolatito: Small, extraordinary creatures


By Bart Barry- SAN ANTONIO – While hiking Saturday morning I came across my first in-action dung beetle, a needly faced creature pushing a smooth cylinder of cow excrement along a path beside the Medina River. If you do not think a dung beetle is among nature’s most extraordinary creatures, keep reading. Saturday evening, a nearly as remarkable Nicaraguan flyweight ... 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 »

Hit by the Cinnamon stick

Canelo Alvarez

By Bart Barry HOUSTON – Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros, made a fine fight venue, even, or perhaps especially, when its retractable roof winked at its anxious media section, water dropping from the sky, papers rising from the table, before shutting once more just before the main event. Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez then knocked Texan James Kirkland stiff ... 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 »

The prestidigitation

Floyd Mayweather 2

By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in the best fight of May 2015, so far, American Floyd “Money” Mayweather easily decisioned Filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, and more importantly, he made $100 million. Official scores went: 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110. Only one judge got right a match in which Pacquiao won two rounds, Mayweather possibly lost two rounds, ... Read More »


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Follow all the action live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the long awaited super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Maanny Pacquiao is a finally here. All the action begins at 9 PM with a 2 fight undercard featuring world champion Vasyl Lomachenko defending his Featherweight title against Gamalier Rodriguez as well as Leo Santa Cruz battling Jose ... 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 »

Some perspective on Mayweather – Pacquiao 

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By Joseph Davey For me and I’m sure many boxing fans, Saturday’s superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao brings with it equal parts excitement for the bout itself and disdain for it’s coverage. For years at a time, mainstream sports media avoids boxing as if it were a plague that could infect the  very image of America’s most “wholesome” ... 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 »

The big payout


By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, before a crowd likely to comprise not one person reading this column, American Floyd Mayweather finally will fight Filipino Manny Pacquiao. The time for manufactured enthusiasm is upon us, for tossing oneself wholly into the futility of shouting in print towards a volume to rival the industrial din of Time Warner ... Read More »

Bet On History: Mayweather ups ante and pressure by saying he’s better than Ali

Floyd Mayweather

By Norm Frauenheim Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been more CEO than TBE from the moment he took the initiative and approached Manny Pacquiao at a Miami Heat game in the move that led to the deal for their May 2 fight at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. He’s effective in the CEO role. Likable, too. His exchanges with the media are ... Read More »

Truth and Beauty: Crawford, Piano, Khan, Provodnikov and Matthysse

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By Bart Barry- FORT WORTH, Texas – This is not the city where Terence Crawford fought Saturday. But it is part of an enormous thing called Metroplex, a collection of cities that comprises Dallas and Arlington, where Crawford did fight, a 50-mile expanse whose population, if counted as one, would tally 6.5 million souls, sitting just behind New York City ... Read More »