1) 40 Is The New 30??
Juan Manuel Marquez is not BHop old but at 40 years of age looked like a young man in his dominance of Mike Alvarado. Marquez threw wicked body shots, countered like a boss, and landed what seemed to be blinding combinations. He knocked Alvarado down in 8th round with a beautiful right, that, had it not been the end of the round, may have been the end for Alvarado at that time.
2) A Quintuple Affair???
Soon after Marquez dominated Alvarado, talk of a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao moved to the forefront. There are unanswered questions in that rivalry so this fight has to be made. Even after his legendary KO win, Marquez is after all only 1-2-1 against Pacquiao. Driving him to move in this direction would be his opportunity to beat an old “friend” while making history in being the only Mexican fighter to have ever acquired titles in five weight classes. (Welterweight being the fifth in this scenario).
3) Money Back In September
As expected, Floyd Mayweather announced that he will be back in the office on September 13th. Since 2009, Floyd has fought either in May or September, on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day, respectively, so this was of no surprise. Interesting was the fact that the venue was not announced.
4) Look up in the Montreal Sky, It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane…
Adonis Stevenson will put his WBC Light Heavyweight Belt on the line Saturday night against Andrzej Fonfara. If Stevenson is successful, a unification fight with the ageless Hopkins has been rumored; however, Sergey Kovalev could be an option if the legal mess of the so called “breach of contract” between Stevenson and Kovalev can be worked out. Stevenson would be wise to keep focused on Fonfara as he has won 15 straight, 12 by stoppage. This has “trap fight” written all over it.
5) Top Rank…Keeping The Meal Ticket
Pacquiao inked a two year five fight extension with Top Rank this week which may severely compromise a mega fight with Mayweather. Cold War be dammed, I believe this fight will come to fruition in the next year.
6) “A” side “B” side, can we hear a “C” side?
The HBO “Face Off” between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto was more than just classic hype; it was in your face two way verbal judo that was conducted at the highest of professionalism. Martinez calling Cotto a diva…..Cotto explaining the “A” and “B” side of the sport in a “reality bites” moment for Martinez….Martinez not getting the context of the explanation…and the jaw dropping first (I believe) in the Face Off series when Max Kellerman was asked by Martinez who he (Kellerman) believed would win the fight. Must see TV.
7) Will The Real Charlo Please Stand Up…
Exciting undefeated Jr. Middleweight contender Jermell Charlo (23-0), not to be confused with twin brother Jermall, will be back in action Saturday night on the undercard of Stevenson v. Fonfara against Charlie Ota (24-1-1). This will be Charlo’s first fight since his impressive unanimous decision win against the rugged brawler Gabriel Rosado.
8) This Is My Graceland Sir..
On September 13th in Las Vegas, boxing fans will be treated to the inaugural boxing expo/ convention, titled Box Fan Expo. The event, being held in the Convention Center, is shaping up to be epic with a growing list of confirmed attendees such as Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr., and Aaron Pryor.