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Business Sense: Froch-Groves at Wembley is a lesson to feuding promoters about how to keep customers from walking away

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By Norm Frauenheim London’s Wembley Stadium will be the stage Saturday for what figures to be a terrific rematch in the second edition of Carl Froch-versus-George Groves and an even better lesson for what ails the business in North America. It’s pretty simple, obvious enough to be embarrassing. Give the fans what they want. From New York to Las Vegas ... Read More »

Carl Froch, and the art of unjustifiable self-belief

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By Bart Barry- In a “Gloves Are Off” prefight conversation more entertaining than a highlight reel of every eerily scored “Face Off with Max Kellerman” episode HBO has aired, British super middleweight George Groves, dangling awkwardly in a frame hung by his opponent as a man who makes mysterious predictions profound to him alone, assured Sky Sports host Johnny Nelson ... Read More »

Cotto’s ring skill is still his best social skill in fight with Martinez

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By Norm Frauenheim– Sergio Martinez probably won’t ever invite Miguel Cotto to a backyard barbecue. Martinez talks as if he just doesn’t like Cotto. Evident tension between the two is an entertaining sidelight to their intriguing fight on June 7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. But their middleweight bout is interesting, hard to pick, mostly because it’s really it’s ... Read More »

Juan Manuel Marquez: The definition of a prizefighter

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By Bart Barry– Saturday at the newly reopened Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Mexican “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez and Colorado’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight entertaining as any that ends with one guy besting the other by wide, unanimous scores, the way Marquez bested Alvarado. It was an engrossing if ultimately inconsequential tilt that approached today’s premium-cable-prizefight definition ... Read More »

Austin: Gallery Tour and Mandingo Warrior

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By Bart Barry– AUSTIN, Texas – Somewhere round here, likely on currently gentrified streets once mean, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland roamed and terrorized sparring partners en route to network-darling status, a falling-out or five with trainer Ann Wolfe, a prison stay, a brutal victory over Alfredo Angulo in 2011, and a brutaler victory over Glen Tapia in December. Where he ... Read More »

Options? Chavez Jr. running on empty

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By Norm Frauenheim– There are losers aplenty in the wake of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Gennady Golovkin possibility headed to never-never land, right there alongside the Manny Paquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fantasy. There are the fans, of course. But there’s nothing new about that. Their hopes are always first to take a beating. They’ll be back. But you have to wonder ... Read More »

Marcos Maidana: Unplanned-for, undissuaded

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By Bart Barry– After their Saturday welterweight match at MGM Grand, American Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Argentine Marcos “El Chino” Maidana proffered a study in contrasts as they made their ways back to their respective dressing rooms beneath the Grand Garden Arena. One man, shiny-faced and unmarked, greeted a swarming mass of exuberant countrymen. The other, shuffling slightly with face ... Read More »

Mayweather escapes with a majority decision over Maidana

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By Norm Frauenheim- LAS VEGAS – It was supposed to be easy. It wasn’t. Floyd Mayweather Jr. got the victory that oddsmakers, pundits and just about everybody not from Argentina thought he would. But it was less than dominant. At times, it was just ugly. Marcos Maidana made sure of it in an exhausting, carpet-bomb style of punching that pushed ... Read More »

De La Hoya: Nobody is going to fire Richard Schaefer

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Oscar De La Hoya, founder of Golden Boy Promotions, said he is fighting for his company and that he doesn’t want to fire his CEO, Richard Schaefer. “Look, nobody is going to dismiss Richard,’’ De La Hoya said Saturday during a news conference before the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana fight at the MGM Grand. ... Read More »

FOLLOW MAYWEATHER – MAIDANA LIVE

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Follow all the action live as Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana meet in a WBA/WBC Welterweight unification bout. A big 3-fight undercard will take place beginning at 9 PM ET that will see Former world champions Amir Khan and Luis Collazo squaring off in a Welterweight bout. Former world champion Adrien Broner battles Carlos Molina and the night kicks off ... Read More »

UPDATE–Glovegate breaks out in controversy before Mayweather-Maidana

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By Norm Fraienheim– LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. complained about the lack of padding at the knuckles of Marcos Maidana’s gloves in a controversy that erupted Friday after the weigh-in for their pay-per-view welterweight fight at the MGM Grand. The Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that Maidana could not wear the gloves, which were custom made for him by ... Read More »

What Distractions? Glovegate breaks out in controversy before Mayweather-Maidana

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. complained about the lack of padding at the knuckles of Marcos Maidana’s gloves in a controversy that erupted Friday after the weigh-in for their pay-per-view welterweight fight at the MGM Grand. There are two pairs in question. Both are in light blue, the national color for Argentina, Maidana’s home country. Mayweather’s ... Read More »

Schaefer gets some B-Hop support in his rift with De La Hoya

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – The Golden Boy Promotions divide between CEO Richard Schaefer and founder Oscar De La Hoya appeared to widen Thursday with comments from Bernard Hopkins, who supports Schaefer’s vow to never to do business with Bob Arum despite De La Hoya’s attempt at renewing a working relationship with the Top Rank promoter. “We don’t need ... Read More »

The Show: The news-conference stage belonged to Mayweather

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza called Floyd Mayweather Jr. “a show” and Mayweather proved him right throughout a news conference Wednesday with only praise for Marcos Maidana, a rip at promotional rival Bob Arum, a surprising hint that the end of his career might be near, a promise to be better than ever Saturday night ... Read More »

Mayweather-Maidana: A master’s secrets to making Money

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By Bart Barry– Saturday American Floyd “Money” Mayweather will fight once more at MGM Grand, this time with Argentine Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, in a welterweight title match the prestigious WBA has honored with “Super World” status, defying courageously those haters who argued for its belt to bear an “Average World” or “Lopsided World” appellation. Mayweather, who doesn’t care what ... Read More »

No promises, but does Mayweather’s ‘A’ game mean a KO?

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By Norm Frauenheim- Floyd Mayweather Jr. has said repeatedly during the promotional push to his May 3 bout with Marcos Maidana that nobody has ever seen him at his best. He said it again Tuesday during his media day at his Las Vegas gym. He introduced the idea on March 8 during a round-table session with reporters before Canelo Alvarez’ ... Read More »

Bernard Hopkins’ alien charm

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By Bart Barry– What if Michael Jordan came back tomorrow, at age 51, and won an NBA championship with, say, the Washington Wizards for whom he last played in 2003? It would be a massive event, an orgy of media celebration as one of the world’s most famous athletes, nay, men, returned to a field of glory and dominated at ... Read More »

Follow Hopkins – Shumenov LIVE

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Follow all the action live as Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov meet in a Light Heavyweight unification bout. the action start at 9:30 pm with 2 more world titles, Shawn Porter defends the IBF Welterweight championship against former two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi. WBO Middleweight champion Peter Quillin defends against Lukas Konecny 12 Rounds–IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight title–Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 34 KO’s) ... Read More »

Hopkins schools Shumenov; only gets split decision but unifies Light Heavy belts

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49 year-old Bernard Hopkins continued to make history as scored a 12 round split decision pver Beibut Shumenov to to retain his IBF and capture the WBA Light Heavyweight title at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. The 1st three rounds set the pace that Hopkins wanted as next to nothing happend and Shumenov’s offensive pace was set for the ... Read More »

Quigg destroys Munyai in 2 to retain Super Bantamweight title

Scott Quigg retained the WBA Super Bantamweight title with a 2nd round stoppage over late replacement Tshifiwa Munyai. Quigg dropped Munya in round round with a perfect left hook to the jab. Munyai was on shaky legs but there was only a few seconds left in the round. It didn’t matter as halfway through round two, Quigg landed a booming ... Read More »

EARLY RESULTS FROM VERONA, NY

Nat Heaven remained undefeated by scoring an explosive 1st round stoppage over Donovan Dennis in a scheduled 8-round Heavyweight bout. Both guys landed heavy shots until Heaven landed a crushing right to the jaw that sent Dennis down. Dennis got to his feet but was wobbly and the fight was stopped at 3:00 of round one. “I give all hail ... Read More »

Lots of noise, but one fan said it all about the game that never changes

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By Norm Frauenheim During a noisy week when the shouting got louder and the insults grew more insulting, there was a moment of relief that seemed to say a crazy game hasn’t changed at all. Marcos Maidana was answering questions last Saturday during a polite news conference at a restaurant on the floor of the MGM Grand’s casino in Las ... Read More »

Pacquiao-Bradley 2: Settling scores

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By Bart Barry- LAS VEGAS – Having scored the first match between American Timothy Bradley and Filipino Manny Pacquiao the wrong way from ringside, I found myself situated in a spot from which scoring was impossible at the rematch. With the back wall as my headrest, peering at the ring from a seat meters above the ceiling camera and a ... Read More »

It’s Unanimous: Pacquiao gets back what he lost with a decision over Bradley

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LAS VEGAS – It wasn’t everything Manny Pacquiao promised. But it was enough, more than enough to put his Filipino presidential ambitions on hold. Pacquiao’s boxing career and his place in the pound-for-pound debate stayed very much alive with a unanimous decision Saturday night over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand. A piece of the welterweight title lost in a ... Read More »

No Villains: On any scale, Bradley and Pacquiao make for a good sequel

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By Norm Frauenheim LAS VEGAS – It’s a fight without a villain. Timothy Bradley tried to play the role Friday at the weigh-in for his rematch with Manny Pacquiao. He arrived on stage wearing black and to pounding rap. His eyes were hidden by sunglasses. His headphones were an appropriate red. But only the Devil wears Prada. There’s no costume ... Read More »

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 »

Arum rips MGM Grand for Mayweather-Maidana posters during Pacquiao-Bradley week

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By Norm Frauenheim– LAS VEGAS – A rematch Saturday marked mostly by polite exchanges between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley suddenly got a shot of some old-school trash talk from promoter Bob Arum, who is angry at the MGM Grand for selling Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana on May 3 with advertising throughout the casino. A Mayweather mural, estimated to be ... Read More »

Return to the scene of a “robbery”

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By Bart Barry– Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, not Macao, undefeated American welterweight Timothy Bradley will make a rematch of his 2012 fight with Filipino Manny Pacquiao, one sure to provide scoring quandaries, and what bad-faith and acrimony our beloved sport attaches to such. A shame, that, since Bradley and Pacquiao are generally good-faith guys. Whatever ... Read More »

Farewell? Not Bernard Hopkins, who always says hello to a challenge

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By Norm Frauenheim– A couple days after 40-year-old New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter began a long goodbye to baseball with the first stop in a farewell tour, 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins talked during a conference call Thursday about a new beginning in the cruelest game of all. Jeter got golf clubs, cowboy boots and a Stetson as big as the ... Read More »