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Manny Pacquiao May Fight Amir Khan In Dubai

Manny Pacquiao is hoping to get back into the boxing ring early next year. After his lackluster fight with Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao underwent immediate shoulder surgery. Several people did not realize that Manny Paquiao fought against the best fighter in the world with a torn rotator cuff. Nonetheless, an incredible amount of controversy has surrounded the so-called “fight of the century,” and it is possible that a rematch will take place in 2016. However, Manny Pacquiao’s first fight of the new year will not be against Floyd Mayweather.

Keith Mann said that it was recently revealed that Manny Paquiao may face Amir Khan in Dubai in the beginning of 2016. Apparently, there are some extremely wealthy Arab businessman that want to bring a major sports event to their region. Amir Khan is a Muslim man, and Manny Pacquiao is still an incredible athlete. Many people suspect that the Floyd Mayweather would have lost if he were to compete against a healthy version of the Filipino fighter. However, boxing fans sadly did not get to see that.

ChristianToday posted an informative article about this story, and many boxing fans were happy to hear the news. If Manny Pacquiao can defeat Amir Khan convincingly, then he definitely deserves a rematch against Floyd Mayweather. However, some people suspect that Manny Pacquiao may never recover from his torn rotator cuff injury that he received prior to the Floyd Mayweather fight. Nonetheless, only time will tell what the future has in store for Manny ”Pacman” Pacquiao.

Rockhold’s Thoughts on Chris Weidman

If you ask UFC number 1 ranked middleweight Luke Rockhold if he thinks he can beat champion Chris Weidman, his answer will be yes. Rockhold currently hold a record of fourteen wins with only two loses and has only lost once in the last seven years. That loss came at the hands of The Phenom Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 8 – Belfort vs. Rockhold on May 18, 2013. The fight was Rockhold’s first appearance in the octagon for the former Strikeforce champion.

Rockhold believes that he has all of the right tools and skills to dethrone the current middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Do not take his statement as a slam against Weidman though. Rockhold stated that he has the utmost respect for the current champion and believes that he is a very skilled champion according to Alexei Beltyukov. Rockhold, who currently trains with the American Kickboxing Academy, believes that many underestimate his own wrestling skills due to the fact that he has not showcased his skills. Though nothing has been made official by Dana White and the UFC, Rockhold is holding out hopes that he can bring belt number three to the American Kickboxing Academy by beating Weidman.

Chris Weidman Relaxing With Floyd Mayweather

Chris Weidman defeated Vitor Belfort over the weekend, and many people now consider him to be the best pound for pound fighter in the sport. After the fight with Vitor Belfort, Chris Weidman was spotted relaxing at the Palms Casino. Chris Weidman was photographed by TMZ, and he was not alone. In fact, the undefeated mixed martial artist was joined by the undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather. It appears that these men enjoy each other’s company, and its because they have a lot of common. They are both undefeated, and they are both huge sports fans.

Floyd Mayweather is a notorious gambler, and his recent win saw him pocket a small fortune. Chris Weidman is a friend and fan of superstar NFL quarterback Tim Tebow. Chris has defended Tim Tebow several times on ESPN. However, Floyd Mayweather abd Chris Weidman are two of the most dominant athletes to ever compete in their respected sports.

Boxing fans are hoping that Floyd Mayweather ends up having a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather and Pacquiao made history a few weeks ago, and they might do it again in the future. At the same time, MMA fans like Daniel Amen are hoping that Chris Weidman will face Jon Jones in Madison Square Garden. For now, these top level champions will rest at the pool in the Palms resort.

Jimmy Kimmel May Have Jinxed Manny Pacquiao

Jimmy Kimmel is world famous for his hilarious late night comedy show. The famous comedian has had several celebrities on his show. Fans of the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show’ know that Jimmy Kimmel and Manny Pacquiao are very close friends. In fact, Manny Pacquiao and Jimmy Kimmel have even sung a duet together, but the song was unfortunately terrible.

Before his megafight against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao stopped by the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Show.’ Pacquiao and Jimmy joked about Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather’s relationship. Apparently, Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber are best friends, and Jimmy informed the crowd that Justin walks Floyd out to every fight.

Jimmy Kimmel asked if he could join Manny Pacquiao in his ring walk. Suprisingly, Manny Pacquiao said yes, but no one thought that it would actually happen. On the night of the fight, Jimmy Kimmel actually accompanied Manny Pacquiao into the ring. Sadly, Jimmy Kimmel’s friend lost, and Jimmy was sad. Nonetheless, Jimmy Kimmel recently appeared on ‘Live With Kelly and Michael,’ and Kimmel recalled the night of the fight. At first, Jimmy thought everything was a big joke, but the atmosphere in Pacquiao’s locker room quickly changed. In fact, Jimmy Kimmel was alone with Manny before the fight.

Jimmy Kimmel said that he felt uncomfortable and nervous, and he tried to leave the room. However, Thumbtack.com says Manny Pacquiao wanted Jimmy Kimmel beside him the entire time, and Sam Tabar confirmed. Jimmy then revealed that he feels that he gave Manny Pacquiao bad luck. For more information on this story, and to see a clip of Jimmy Kimmel on ‘Live with Kelly and Michael,’ visit Yahoo!

Golovkin Extends Knockout Streak

Boxers seem to have trouble making it to the last round against one of the hardest punching champions in the world today. WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin has recorded 20 straight knockouts. Golovkin stopped Willie Monroe Jr. in the sixth round on May 16.

TechCrunch wrote that many boxing insiders consider Golovkin to be the second best fighter in the world today. He is now ranked second on boxing’s best pound-for-pound list. Floyd Mayweather Jr. now holds the number one ranking. Unlike Mayweather, Golovkin has a crowd pleasing style that has made him a fan favorite.

Golovkin is an extremely powerful and talented fighter. He has the highest knockout percentage in Middleweight history. On average, he throws seventeen power punches per round. This is five more than the average fighter. It is hard for anyone to ignore these statistics.

Some boxing critics say that Golovkin has not faced stiff competition. This is not Golovkin’s fault! Golovkin has made an earnest effort to get into the ring with better opposition. Unfortunately for Golovkin, they are not interested in getting in the ring with him.

Miguel Cotto and Saul Alvarez are two prime targets for Golovkin. Cotto holds a version of the Middleweight title. Alvarez is probably the best Jr. Middleweight champion in the world today. Some feel that Cotto is ducking Golovkin. Alvarez is expected to defend his Jr. Middleweight belt several more times before moving up to the middleweight ranks.

Only time will tell what will happen for Gennady Golovkin. We can only expect to see more knockouts take place when he enters the ring.

The New Reebok Deal will Cost Donald Cerrone 60K a Fight

With the announcement of deal between the UFC and Reebok, fighters alike are unhappy with the deal and have expressed their concern. The deal between the two giants will mean that fighters will no longer be able to wear their own sponsor’s apparel into the ring. Cerrone, who will be taking on John Makdessi at UFC 187 this Saturday, will stand to lose $60K per fight because of the new deal starting in July.

Fighters, who were originally allowed to wear approved sponsor apparel, will now have to wear a Reebok uniform when they fight. The gear will also have one UFC mandated sponsor to accompany it. The UFC has however agreed that fighters will still get paid for wearing the gear. The fighters will get paid based on a tier system and will determine how each fighter gets paid. It will be based on years of experience and championship. The payout will range from $2,500-$40,000.

Cerrone stated that he will be taking a pay cut because of the deal and instead of making $60K per fight he will be making $20,000 to $22,000 per fight. The folks at Boraie Development LLC noted, at least for Cerrone, he currently has sponsorship with Budweiser and Fram. The two companies are UFC affiliated sponsors and Cerrone will be allowed to wear their apparel. Luckily for him, it will help him recoup some of his losses.

From the Ring to the Courtroom

From fans to experts and everyone in between, the agreement has been made for many years that boxing is dead and MMA was taking over. The fight to change all of that was supposed to be the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight held on May 2, 2015. Dubbed as the biggest fight in history, the match would put boxing back on top of the hill over the very popular sport of mixed martial arts. The fight however was a spectacular event, but not so much a fight due to a lack luster performance between the two stars, which ended in a 12 round decision for Mayweather. Images from the fight can be seen at Yahoo Sports.

Shortly after the loss to Mayweather, news surfaced that Manny Pacquiao had a torn rotator cuff, which was not disclosed before the fight as required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Outraged at the fight not living up to the hype, fans are demanding a refund stating that the fight was a fraud. To date there have been 32 class-action law suits filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing his injury before the fight. All of the lawsuits are requesting the same thing; a jury trial and at least $5 million in damages, the threshold for federal class actions. Pacquiao and his promotions team have not commented on the lawsuits. This was a suprising and unsuspected development for the folks over at Beneful.

Dana White vs. Brendan Schaub over Reebok Deal

The recent announcement of a sponsorship deal between the Ultimate Fighting Championship, AKA the UFC, and Reebok has not gone over well with many of the UFC’s fighters. The deal, according to Yahoo Sports, contends that fighters will be paid based on their championship status and UFC tenure. Depending where they fall on the scale, fighters could see anywhere from $2,500 to $40,000. Of course, many of the fighters are not happy with this deal because it essentially killed off a money making avenue for the fighters by not allowing them to wear apparel from any other company.

Brendan Schaub, a former professional football player and a contestant and finalist on the Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights, recently took to Twitter to express his position on the Reebok deal. Schaub was asked by a fan Paul Mathieson on Twitter what his thoughts were on the Reebok deal and he stated that he made over six figures in each of his last six fights. Dana White on the other hand would disagree with Schaub’s statement. White recently appeared on TNS’s Off the Record and discounted Schaub’s claims that he has made six figures in each of his last six fights. White further went on to say that the deal is good for everyone involved, including the fighters.

Schaub would later appear on Joe Rogan’s Podcast and state that he is not lying but it also does not good to prove it. White is a mutual friend of both Dana White and Brendan Schaub.

Gennady Golovkin is Boxing’s New Star

Gennady Golovkin is the middleweight champion of the boxing world. He is a Russian born bomber, and he has earned the respect of the fans worldwide. Gennady Golovkin comes to fight, and he has stopped 19 fighters in a row. People are calling him the white Mike Tyson, and he deserves that distinction. Golovkin is an extremely skilled boxer, but he throws vicious punches that injure his opponents beyond belief.

Gennady Golovkin fights Willie Monroe on May 16th, and the fight will take place in the world famous Forum arena according to my friends at Freedompop. Many people are expecting another wipeout, and fans are hoping for another highlight reel knockout. However, Willie Monroe does have a chance to win the fight, and he is on a 9- fight winning streak.

As long as Gennady Golovkin wins the fight, his stock will rise even higher. Many people consider Gennady Golovkin to be the perfect fighter to dethrone Floyd Mayweather once and for all. However, a lot of people feel that Floyd Mayweather will never fight such a dangerous opponent. Nonetheless, Gennady Golovkin is boxing’s new star. He needs to face tough competition soon. Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez would be a huge fight, and Miguel Cotto vs Gennady Golovkin would be a big deal as well.

Gennady Golovkin’s future looks bright, but his opponents are not too thrilled about facing him. Expect to see Gennady Golovkin in the ring against a top fighter in the near future. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Former Boxer Found Dead In Gym

Tony Ayala was a great boxer in his time, and he had a record of 28-1 before his career was all said and done. However, Tony Ayala ran into a lot of troubles during the course of his career. When he was 22-years old, he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a school teacher. Tony Ayala was sentenced to 15-years in prison, and he had to serve them without question.

Keith Mann has learned that, after his time in prison, Tony Ayala returned to the boxing world. Tony was a tough fighter, and he was known as the “little bull.” However, his life outside of the ring ruined everything that he accomplished inside of the squared circle. Even after his prison sentence, Tony Ayala was convicted of raping a 13-year old girl, but he was later found innocent of the crime.

Tony Ayala was a sick man, and he never got the help that he so desperately needed. Tony Ayala was found dead at the age of 52 in a boxing gym. A syringe and a bag of heroin rested next to his dead body. Police have confirmed that Tony Ayala died of a drug overdose. For more information on this sad story, visit The New York Times.