Manny Pacquiao, one of the few boxers to still move the needle, fights Timothy Bradley this weekend for the WBO welterweight title.
Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.
He’s down to what he says will be the last five fights of a remarkable career, which means Floyd Mayweather Jr. still has a few pay-per-views to sell before it’s over.
Alvarez and Mayweather are fighting at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, which, if you’re looking for an edge, would probably point to Alvarez, the naturally larger man. But Mayweather has a way of making larger men look small.
Women who have breast implants are now prohibited from competing in mixed martial arts or boxing matches in the state of Louisiana.
But just as this week was thought to be something of a celebration — win or lose — for Team Alvarez, De La Hoya dampened the mood a bit on Tuesday, when he admitted himself to a treatment facility as he continues to fight substance abuse.
Hall of Fame trainer Ronnie Shields joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about boxing. He gave his take on who will win in the Mayweather vs Canelo fight coming up on Saturday. He doesn’t think it’s very likely that Canelo will pull a win. Shields says the only way Canelo will win is if he comes on strong right away and puts Mayweather off right away. Canelo needs to win the early rounds because Mayweather never loses those. He also talked about other up coming fights.
Marlen Esparza, who won a Bronze medal in the Olympics as a boxer, joins MaD Radio to discuss what her life is like. She talks about being in the ESPN Body Issue, her training and her travels (PS here is a link to her Body Issue photos). She also talks about how Russians are mean… Mike agrees.
A rare series of storms had cooled the summer air to an almost tolerable level, though it was steamy as ever inside Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s gym just a few miles from the Vegas Strip.
Holly Holms joined The Fred & Ted Show to talk about her up coming fight this Friday, how she got into MMA fighting from boxing, and more.