Archive for December, 2012

Why is Snooki in the ring? Apparently no one really knew she’s a promoter

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made her top-flight promotional debut Saturday, appearing in the ring with her fighter, Patrick Hyland, who fought on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard. This confused people.

  1. @snooki representing Hyland in the first fight of the night of the #pacquiaomarquez fight? http://pic.twitter.com/TP3H6K9S
  2. snolasco
    Snooki Boxing? That’s just wrong. Very wrong. #boxing
  3. lala_les
    I was wondering wow @snooki is working it she even showed up to the fight.
  4. dkrpjazz
    If you have snooki in your corner you deserve to lose. #sorrynotsorry
  5. TheBrownBooger
    What is snooki doing in the ring at the MGM idk ???
  6. MrDuff_Duff
    Snooki in the irishman’s corner & not the latino’s corner makes no sense. Not sure wut she doin anyway ��#undercard #selfhate #marquezpacquio
  7. ciso27
    @snooki was that you in the ring, thought you were gonna fight,haha
  8. xoedithh
    I just saw snooki, Wth is she doing up there
  9. Hadouken_33
    WTF Is Snooki Doing In The Boxing Ring������lol
  10. marieegee_
    wtf was snooki doing on the ring. -________- waiting to see #PacMarquez
  11. TheRealJamesWal
    Snooki standin behind pajo hyland before the fight started
  12. JustReal_E
    Why the fuck is Snooki at a boxing match? Maldita lambona
  13. LindsaySmith84
    Why is Snooki standing next to the Irish guy in this first fight? #boxing
  14. Kathy_Pdizzle
    Snooki’s in Vegas. I know…random. Lol. She’s representing an Irish boxer, Patrick Hyland…uh why?
  15. james_tiny
    Snooki’s lost bare weight! Never knew she was married to a boxer as well aha
  16. DinoDilly
    WHY IN THE FUCK was snooki in the ring!? She just ruined the whole thing t-_-t
  17. RealSeanB
    Yo #Snooki has a boxing promotions company?? O.o

  • Published On Dec 08, 2012
  • Heavy action on Juan Manuel Marquez hours before fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao

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    The line on Juan Manuel Marquez (above), who opened as a 3-to-1 underdog, have moved closer to even odds as Saturday's fight draws near. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

    The line on Juan Manuel Marquez, who opened as a 3-to-1 underdog, have moved closer to even odds the fight draws near. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — The shifting odds at the MGM Grand sports book hours before Saturday’s fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are reflecting a rush of action on the underdog.

    Marquez started as a +300 longshot when betting opened on Sept. 19, meaning a $100 wager returns $300 in winnings. Those odds had been slashed to +260 by Friday afternoon, after the bulk of Marquez fans arrived and created a vocal presence at the weigh-ins.

    Yet the line on a Marquez victory was down to +175 as of 1:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, approximately seven hours before the non-title fight (9 pm. ET, HBO PPV, $59.99).

    Pacquiao, who opened as a -400 favorite (meaning a $400 bet returns $100 in winnings), had fallen to -370 on Friday. Those odds had been slashed to -220 by Saturday afternoon.

    Experts’ predictions on Pacquiao-Marquez IV

    Marquez was a far more lopsided underdog — opening at +500 — for his third fight with Pacquiao in November 2011.

    That fight ended in a controversial majority decision for the Filipino, with a majority of the media at ringside scoring it a draw or a narrow victory for the Mexican. The announcement of that outcome by Michael Buffer prompted a cascade of boos from the heavily pro-Marquez crowd, many of whom hurled bottles and cans toward the ring.

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Dec 08, 2012
  • Juan Manuel Marquez fans make themselves heard at weigh-in for Manny Pacquiao fight

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    Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) both made weight for Saturday's welterweight showdown, their fourth meeting in eight years.(AP)

    Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) both made weight for Saturday’s welterweight showdown, their fourth meeting in eight years. (AP)

    LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao will bring a slight weight advantage into Saturday’s welterweight fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, the fourth in a classic series between surefire Hall of Famers that’s spanned eight years.

    But if the crowd split at Friday’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was any indicator, Marquez will enjoy a marked edge in fan support. Approximately 4,000 fans, mostly Marquez supporters, made themselves heard throughout the afternoon — waving Mexican flags, doffing sombreros, drowning out the Pacquiao fans with still another cascade of “Olé, Olé, Olé” chants.

    Yet there were no theatrics after the fighters hit the scales — Marquez weighed in at a chiseled 143 pounds, Pacquiao matched a career-high at 147 — only the traditional staredown between two longtime rivals who prefer to do their talking in the ring.

    “We know each other really well and it’s going to be a war,” Marquez, 39, said afterward.

    It marks the second straight fight Pacquiao has weighed 147 pounds, the division limit. Before his June bout with Timothy Bradley — a highly controversial loss that cost him the WBO welterweight championship and rendered Saturday’s bout with Marquez a non-title fight — the 33-year-old Filipino had always come in comfortably under the limits for fights at welterweight or above.

    Even when he fought Antonio Margarito for the super welterweight title at a contracted limit of 150 pounds, Pacquiao weighed in at 144.6. As trainer Freddie Roach explained it, preserving Pacquiao’s speed took precedent over a few extra pounds of muscle.

    Pacquiao, a sitting congressman in the Philippines who is running for vice-governor of Sarangani province in May, voiced his concerns about the effects of Typhoon Bopha, the strengthening storm that’s already responsible for at least 500 deaths in his homeland.

    “This fight is dedicated to those fans,” the eight-division champion said.

    The weigh-in came hours after Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced the fight was an official sellout, generating a live gate of $10.5 million.

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Dec 07, 2012
  • Here come da judges: Everything you need to know about the people who will probably decide Pacquaio-Marquez IV

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    Adelaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld and John Keane (from left to right) are the three judges charged with scoring Saturday's Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (boxrec.com/AP)

    Adelaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld and John Keane (from left to right) are the ringside judges for Saturday’s Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (boxrec.com/AP)

    That, after all, is how the previous three installments were decided. Pacquiao and Marquez have fought 36 rounds, with just seven points separating them on the nine scorecards. Their first meeting — a draw — would have been a split-decision win for either fighter if judge Bert Clements had scored any one round differently. Pacquiao’s split-decision win in the second fight would have gone to Marquez if he’d won just one more round on Tom Miller’s card. And Pacquiao’s controversial majority-decision victory last November would have been a majority draw if Dave Moretti had given one more round to Marquez.

    I’m talking close.

    What follows — a refresher course for veteran fight fans, a primer for neophytes — contains everything you need to know about the three people who will probably decide the winner of Saturday’s fight.

    Who are the judges?

    Adelaide Byrd from Las Vegas, Steve Weisfeld from New Jersey, and John Keane from England.

    What will they be looking for?

    The four scoring criteria are clean punching (power versus quantity), effective aggressiveness, ring generalship and defense. However, judges in Nevada have a track record of rewarding punch volume, a philosophical point laid bare when Timothy Bradley won a highly controversial decision over Manny Pacquiao in May. Bradley threw more punches than Pacquiao — that he connected with far less frequency proved inconsequential to the judges, who aren’t privy to the punch stats you see at home and at times can’t see whether a punch lands flush or not.

    “The biggest misconception is you don’t score a fight as a whole, you score it round by round,” says Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “Every round is a self-contained entity. You judge the first round as if it’s the only round, and then you judge each additional round as if it’s the first round of the fight. A close fight can be scored 12 rounds to zero.”

    How does one become a judge?

    The Nevada commission has around 15 licensed judges. Other states have as many as 100, but Kizer prefers to maintain a smaller pool so they’re kept busy and in form. The state hosts about 40 boxing cards per year, with most judges working about three-quarters of those.

    Most judges work their way up through the amateur circuit, not unlike an NFL referee that comes up through the high-school and college ranks. When there’s an opening, Kizer will meet with the commission and identify several candidates who have shown both skill and professionalism. Both Kizer and the chairman will “shadow-judge” the candidates at smaller events, not only reviewing their scores but to observe how they act. Judges from other states who move to Nevada — even decorated ones — are subject to the same scrutiny.

    Since none of them do it for the money — Kizer says the top judges make about $20,000 per year — nearly all of them have day jobs or are retired. The evaluation process is constant and ongoing: “At least card by card, if not round by round,” Kizer says.

    How were the judges chosen for Saturday’s fight?

    Kizer tries to avoid selecting the same judges for rematches, which left him with very few choices for Saturday’s fourth installment. He uses boxrec.com — the comprehensive boxing records website — to see how certain judges from outside Nevada scored certain fights or handled given situations. This independent research includes reaching out to his counterparts from other commissions.

    After he compiled a list of three to four Nevada judges, three to four American judges from outside Nevada, and three to four international judges as possibilities for Pacquiao-Marquez IV, Kizer sent the list to the promoter and the camps, giving each party a chance to voice an objection. When none were raised, Kizer made his recommendations to the five-member commission panel, which voted to accept them — Byrd, Weisfeld and Keane — at a public meeting held last month.

    “Referees do need to know what to be ready for and should do their homework on the fighters,” Kizer said. “But you don’t want any anticipation or preconceived notions from a judge. It’s fighter blue corner against fighter red corner, it doesn’t matter if it’s a four-round fight or a 12-round fight.”

    Is there any concern judges will be predisposed to lean towards Marquez because he lost controversially the last time?

    Kizer is not concerned the judges will give Marquez the benefit of the doubt in any way — a concern articulated by Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach — standing by the professionalism of his judges and noting that Byrd, Weisfeld and Keane had no part in the previous three Pacquiao-Marquez fights. “For the promotion it’s the 37th round,” he said. “As far as the judges go, it’s the first round. They have nothing else to base it on because they’ve never done a Marquez-Pacquiao fight before.”

    Has the selection process been any different for Pacquiao-Marquez IV due to the contested nature of the first three fights?

    The additional scrutiny can alleviate rather than amplify the pressure, according to Kizer, because the judges know they’re going to be criticized either way. “Whenever De La Hoya lost a close fight, Bob Arum said the judges were bending over backwards to show they didn’t favor him,” he says, “and whenever De La Hoya won a close fight, the other promoter would say the judges are favoring De La Hoya because he’s the golden goose.”

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Dec 07, 2012
  • What a difference a year makes

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    50 Cent and Bob Arum got acquainted at the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight. (Bryan Steffy)

    LAS VEGAS — A year ago, the idea of this would have seemed preposterous: Rapper 50 Cent, a longtime friend and associate of Floyd Mayweather, shaking hands and smiling with Bob Arum, sharing a dais as a co-promoter of a Manny Pacquiao-headlined show.

    “I really couldn’t have [envisioned] this,” 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said on Thursday.

    How did he get here? Last summer, 50 had a public split with Mayweather, a dispute that was over money Mayweather owed him for his half of TMT Promotions, a boxing promotional company that 50 Cent started while Mayweather was imprisoned after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge.

    In Mayweather’s absence, 50 received a promoters’ license in New York and began the process of applying for one in Nevada. He signed super featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa, featherweight Billy Dib and super middleweight Andre Dirrell, investments that cost the hip hop mogul $1.5 million.

    Yet when Mayweather was released, the relationship crumbled when Mayweather refused to pay. Mayweather and 50 parted ways and engaged in a Twitter war of words that was broadcast out to their combined 11.3 million followers.

    Without Mayweather, 50 Cent has continued to pursue boxing promotions. He changed TMT Promotions to SMS Promotions — a nod to the audio company 50 founded — and on Saturday night will walk to the ring with Gamboa, who will face Michael Farenas for an interim 130-pound title on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez (HBO PPV, 9 p.m.).

    50 Cent said even while he was friendly with Mayweather, he wanted to work with Arum, who he got to know at a party following the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight in September.

    “Even from the beginning of TMT, I immediately opened the lines of communication with Bob because how do you not do business with Top Rank?” 50 said. “Look at the top fighters right now, the fighters you really want to see in action and what they have in common is Top Rank.”

    After being on the outskirts of Mayweather’s promotions, 50 Cent says he has enjoyed being part of the promotion process with Gamboa.

    “It’s a different experience because I wasn’t involved in the mechanics of Floyd’s fights,” 50 said. “I was just there as a participant. The process is completely different when you are responsible for all of the moving parts of the promotion, as opposed to being on the outside enjoying the activities.”

    “They [Mayweather and Top Rank] both put on great shows. There is a little more production value to the [Top Rank] show, in the things they do to change the actual experience. It makes me excited to be a part of it.”

    Arum says 50′s presence will help Hispanic fighters tap into urban markets. Arum told SI.com the early pay per view numbers for Pacquiao-Marquez IV were stronger than the early numbers for Pacquiao’s fight with Timothy Bradley in Hispanic markets, but weaker in urban markets.

    “He has the ability that we don’t have to reach out and attract the urban audience,” Arum said. “Now, it probably won’t happen for this fight. But if he can attract them and bring them to boxing, he has really raised the level of our audience.”

    Asked if 50′s relationship with Mayweather was an incentive to work with him, Arum was succinct.

    “It’s how I heard of him,” Arum said. “I mean, where the f— would I hear about 50 Cent?”

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Dec 06, 2012
  • Experts’ predictions for Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV

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    Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) meet for a fourth time Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP)

    Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) meet for a fourth time Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP)

    SI.com’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez (9 p.m. ET, HBO PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.

    CHRIS MANNIX

    Prediction? Uh … The reality is the Pacquiao-Marquez is a pick ‘em fight and it will be a pick ‘em fight whether they fight today, tomorrow or 10 years from now. Pacquiao will always be an aggressive, come-forward fighter and Marquez will always be the kind of counterpuncher that eats that style up. Marquez looks great at 147 pounds, sculpted and comfortable at the higher weight. And like last fight, Marquez will likely have a strong crowd behind him. Still, boxing judges favor the aggressor and I think Pacquiao will come out trying to prove a fight. He won’t stop Marquez but he will win a close — and probably controversial — decision. Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

    RICHARD O’BRIEN

    The great heavyweight champion Gene Tunney lost only one fight in his career, to Harry Greb, the man known as the Pittsburgh Windmill and one of the best fighters pound-for-pound in history. The pair would meet three more times, all tough engaging and bloody contests. Willie Pep and Sandy Saddler also faced off four times, in a series that is still considered one of the highpoints of the sport. Sugar Ray Robinson and Jake LaMotta met six times, in a historic series capped by Robinson’s lacerating 13th-round TKO on Feb. 14, 1951 — dubbed the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and immortalized on film in Scorsese’s Raging Bull (“You never put me down, Ray!).

    Yeah, who wants to see the same guys fight each other more than three times?

    Uh, I do. I know that there’s every reason to bemoan the fact that Pacquiao is climbing into the ring with Marquez again and not with that guy who’s feuding with 50 Cent. Part of that is because these days boxers fight so infrequently compared to the old timers — between them, the six champions mentioned above had 1,094 bouts; two of Robinson and LaMotta’s fights were separated by just three weeks — and there’s the sense that time is running out on Pacquiao’s career. That we may never see him against Mayweather.

    That’s all too possible. But another match against the redoubtable Marquez is a worthy consolation. It should be another close and even thrilling contest. Marquez knows he has to get to Pacquiao earlier and not let the Filipino build an insurmountable lead. Pacquiao knows he needs to make a statement. He doesn’t want to just squeak by again on the scorecards. That combination should lead to some early fireworks, and those could lead to an upset. Marquez has lost none of his power and Pacquiao — increasingly, it seems — can be tagged. In trying to take Marquez out, he will have to take chances, and against a counterpuncher like Marquez, he will pay a price. I expect to see both men on the canvas and both men bleeding. In the end it will go down to the scorecards once again. Marquez by majority decision.

    BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM

    It’s not often these $70-a-pop blockbusters are legit coin flips but therein lies the value of Saturday’s scrap. Pacquiao and Marquez have fought 36 rounds with only seven points separating them on the scorecards. It’s not just that each cancels out the other’s strengths: these guys throw so many lightning-fast combinations that it’s hard to tell who lands flush unless someone gets hurt. Will the judges favor Marquez in the toss-up rounds as Roach fears? Will either fighter’s articulated desire to end it within the distance compromise their strategies? Does one or the other fall off an age cliff? No one can say with any certainty.

    So toss a coin. Heads for Marquez, the thinker, whose shrewd counterpunching and footwork neutralizes the Filipino’s most potent weapons. Tails for Pacquiao, the aggressor, who holds the edge in power and benefits from a style that’s easier to see and easier to score, but may not get the benefit of the doubt if it goes to the judges. It’s the most reasonable forecast you’ll read all week: a 50/50 prediction for a 50/50 fight. Marquez by split decision.


  • Published On Dec 06, 2012
  • Nonito Donaire-Abner Mares set to be latest casualty of boxing’s costly promotional cold war

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    Nonito Donaire, currently No. 4 in SI.com's pound-for-pound ratings, is the logical opponent for Abner Mares -- but can the fight ever get made? (AP)

    Nonito Donaire, currently No. 4 in SI.com’s pound-for-pound ratings, is the logical opponent for Abner Mares — but can the fight ever get made? (AP)

    LAS VEGAS — One of the biggest potential fights in 2013 — no, not Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, sorry — is a super bantamweight showdown between Nonito Donaire and Abner Mares, who for the last two years have been steamrolling through the 118- and 122-pound divisions.

    The problem with making Donaire-Mares? The usual: Top Rank (which promotes Donaire) and Golden Boy (which promotes Mares) don’t get along.

    Top Rank’s Bob Arum’s solution is simple: Let us do the fight, and get out of the way.

    “They can have input into the promotion,” Arum said. “We wouldn’t look to put the fight in Manila. We would give them the ability to veto a site. And they could participate in the rules meeting. But they can’t run the business. We have built Donaire up. We have put an effort into it. We have companies that have committed to Donaire like Tecate, TV Azteca, HBO. If we are talking just about money, I’m sure we can come to a solution.”

    That idea, as expected, doesn’t sit well with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

    “The first thing is Bob should not be disrespectful,” Schaefer said. “Just because he has been [promoting] for so long, he doesn’t have that right. You need to approach this in a professional way. The silly notion of just paying [us] money and then they do it, why should we be disrespected like that?”

    “I think it’s important to maximize the money for the fighters. They deserve it. I do think there are some issues that I acknowledge, Bob is right. HBO invested a lot of money in Donaire and it’s not right for HBO to not have a big Donaire fight. But Mares was built by Showtime. All of his big fights were there. They invested substantially more than HBO did in Donaire, so it’s not really right for Showtime not to have the fight either.”

    Schaefer’s solution: Have both sides put an offer in an envelope, and the side with the biggest offer gets to promote the fight.

    “Let’s say both sides agree on a split,” Schaefer said. “Let’s say for argument’s sake it’s 50-50. Then let Arum go to the people he works with, TV Azteca, Tecate, HBO, the Filipino TV, go and talk to them and get their best offer. I’m going to do the same with Corona, with Showtime, with Televisa in Mexico and let’s see who can get more money? He puts his number in a sealed envelope, I put mine in a sealed envelope and whoever has the bigger number wins. My side can’t blame me, and Bob’s side can’t blame him.”

    “That doesn’t mean whoever has the smaller number doesn’t get their logo or their tickets or their press conference. This is not about disrespecting one another. If you want to really get it done, you have to do what is fair.”

    In an interview with SI.com, Arum didn’t sound the least bit interested, particularly when it came to doing a deal with Showtime, which has had a frosty relationship with Top Rank since Stephen Espinoza, an attorney who worked closely with Golden Boy, took over as the head of sports programming.

    “If that’s the case, the fight can’t happen,” Arum said. “I’m not going to strain my loyalty [to sponsors and networks] for a fight that doesn’t mean that much to me. Donaire can fight anyone. I pay him three times what Mares makes. I get $6 million per year from Tecate. Am I going to jeopardize it for a f—ing Donaire-Mares fight?”

    “Understand, the people who support us don’t want to hear about these kind of nuances. Donaire delivers for them. Would he fight Mares? Absolutely. But Mares doesn’t move the needle for us at all. We would fight him, but not to jeopardize our business. And why would I deliver any fight to Showtime that’s run by a guy who worked for Golden Boy, who won’t take our calls, who tries to humiliate us and does business only with one promoter? Why would I give him any kind of strength. This guy [Espinoza] is a bad guy. I don’t mind saying it to anybody. He is a bad, bad guy.”

    In an email to SI.com, Espinoza expressed a strong interest in being a part of a Mares-Donaire fight.

    “Mares vs. Donaire is a very attractive fight, and I’ve already made it clear that Showtime would bid very aggressively for that fight,” Espinoza said. “I am sure that Bob and Golden Boy will want to make sure that they generate the most money for their respective fighters and will not let anything as petty as personal feelings get in the way. Anything less would be a disservice to the sport, and more importantly, to the fighters.

    “It’s ironic that Bob would say that I don’t take his calls. I’ve been at Showtime for just over a year, and I have not received a single phone call from Bob Arum during that time. With respect to his comments about me personally, they don’t even merit a response, other than to say that I have never left any real offer from Top Rank, or anyone else, without a reply. Bob knows that. And given Bob’s track record and reputation, being called a “bad guy” by him is a badge of honor.

    “I am judged by the quality of the programming I acquire. Showtime has been televising high profile, exciting and competitive fights all year, and I am confident our subscribers are very pleased with the quality of Showtime boxing this year. We welcome all dialogue and proposals from Top Rank and all other promoters that fit within our programming strategy.”

    With so many obstacles and neither side likely to relent, Donaire-Mares will likely suffer a familiar fate: Never happening.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Dec 06, 2012
  • Source: UFC talking to Anderson Silva about more than one superfight

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    UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has two bouts left on his existing UFC contract, and both could be superfights. [Tom Szczerbowski/US Presswire]

    Three weeks ago, Georges St-Pierre returned from a 19-month absence and showed himself to be fully recovered from knee surgery with a gritty victory over Carlos Condit. Anderson Silva was cageside in Montreal that night to watch it all unfold … and to let it be known that he was interested in fighting the UFC welterweight champion.

    Prior to that, however, when there was talk of the middleweight king taking on another belt holder, the speculation usually centered on the possibility of Silva stepping into the cage with light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

    So which superfight are we going to see?

    Well, how about both?

    A reliable source has told SI.com that Silva had a meeting scheduled with UFC president Dana White on Wednesday night to discuss superfights. Yes, that’s superfights, plural.

    Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, confirmed that a meeting took place but would not say what was discussed. He would only reveal that “Anderson got a beautiful Bentley.”

    That’s the same make of vehicle that was driven by Jones before the then-24-year-old wrecked it in a drunken crash in May.

    Jones and Silva have said they would not fight, citing their friendship as well as concerns that they would be putting their legacies and endorsement deals at risk. But White has talked of staging a superfight in 100,000-seat Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, which would make the bout a huge moneymaker for the UFC, with appropriately hefty fighter purses.

    Might the gift of a Bentley be the first step in paving the way for the superfight of all superfights, with the UFC ensuring that Silva and family keep up with the Joneses?

    – Jeff Wagenheim


  • Published On Dec 06, 2012
  • Sources: Ward suffers shoulder injury, Pavlik fight likely to be rescheduled

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    Andre Ward retained his middleweight titles with a TKO over Chad Dawson in September. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images).

    Andre Ward retained his middleweight titles with a TKO over Chad Dawson in Sept. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images).

    LAS VEGAS — Unified Super middleweight titleholder Andre Ward suffered a shoulder injury during training and his Jan. 26 title defense against Kelly Pavlik will likely be rescheduled, multiple sources told SI.com

    Though no final decision has been made, sources say the fight will likely be rescheduled in late February or early March.

    Ward (26-0) is coming off a 10th-round TKO of Chad Dawson on Sept. 8. Pavlik, who took nine months off from boxing to begin 2012, has won his last four fights, most recently defeating Will Rosinsky in July.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Dec 05, 2012
  • Marquez, Hernandez deny steroid accusations made by Roach

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    Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will square off once again on Dec. 8. (Stan Honda/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — Last week, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach made news when he suggested Juan Manuel Marquez, who will face Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, was using performance-enhancing substances. Roach told USA Today, “”If (his body) is natural, I will kiss his a–.”

    Part of Roach’s suspicion involves Marquez’s association with Angel Hernandez, an admitted steroids peddler who has supplied performance-enhancing substances to Olympic athletes, including Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery. Hernandez — then known as Angel Heredia — later became a witness for the prosecution against athletes.

    On Tuesday, both Marquez and Hernandez denied using anything illegal.

    “You can say anything you want, but [if] you don’t have any proof, it means nothing,” Marquez said. “I told them I am willing to take any exam they want. Let’s go together, we’ll do it together.”

    “Before the last camp, there were accusations about [Pacquiao], people saying things, and we didn’t care. We never brought it up. For this fight, all of a sudden they are attacking me. I say we do [a blood test] now.”

    Marquez says working with Hernandez has “changed everything.”

    “I have had a 20-year career,” Marquez said. “I did it the same for 18 years. Now, I’ve changed everything.”

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  • Published On Dec 04, 2012


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