Category Archives: Boxing Legends

Gilbert Melendez Bashes The Reebok Deal

Gilbert Melendez is a UFC lightweight fighter, and he is respected among many in the sport like his sponsors FreedomPop. However, Gilbert Melendez has never been able to obtain UFC gold, but he is still trying to accomplish that goal. Nonetheless, Gilbert Melendez was recently interviewed by MMA MANIA, and he was asked about the UFC’s Reebok deal.

Reebok’s promotional sponsorship deal with the UFC has become an extremely controversial topic in the sport, and it seems that most UFC fighters are very unhappy with the current direction that the UFC is going. In fact, several UFC champions have complained about the Reebok deal, and it seems that Gilbert Melendez is the latest fighter who is unhappy with Reebok.

Gilbert Melendez revealed that he has had sponsors on his team for more than a decade, but the UFC is now forcing him to abandon the companies that have supported him throughout his career. Gilbert also said that some of his sponsors are local businesses that have believed in him since he was a nobody. Gilbert Melendez is heartbroken that he has to cut ties with his sponsors, and he is also unhappy about the extreme pay cut that the Reebok deal will bring. Reebok will only pay fighters a few thousand dollars for wearing their gear, but some fighters make over $100,000 for wearing certain sponsors right now. Nonetheless, the UFC has justified their actions by saying that everyone gets a fair playing field. I don’t know about you, but taking money away from the fighters does not sound fair to me.

Floyd Mayweather is not the Best

Floyd Mayweather is not the greatest fighter of all time. No matter how many people believe that Floyd Mayweather is the best ever, this is simply not the case. Mayweather did just beat Manny Pacquiao, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding his victory. Many people believe that Manny Pacquiao actually won the fight, and it was revealed that Pacquiao had a debilitating shoulder injury going into the fight. Nonetheless, Mayweather was the victor on that night, but that still doesn’t make him the best fighter of all time. Floyd Mayweather brags about his undefeated record of 48-0, but he should remember that there are several other boxers that have a higher and better record than he does. Rocky Marciano retired with a record of 49-0, and he was the heavyweight champion of the world. Rocky Marciano was regularly knocking out his opponents, and he rarely went the distance. However, Floyd Mayweather is known as a defensive fighter, and most of his fights go to a boring decision. A great fighter must go through adversity, and he must defeat opponents that he is not supposed to. When Muhammad Ali faced George Foreman, many people thought that Muhammad Ali was going to be killed in the ring. However, Muhammad Ali showed the world that he should be considered the greatest of all time. Ali miraculously knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of their epic fight. Floyd Mayweather has never had an extremely impressive victory in which the world was shocked by his performance. Mayweather has just skated by the boxing world by picking and choosing his opponents. Mayweather is not the greatest of all time, and true boxing fans know this. For more information on this story, visit Dailymail.

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Mayweather Wants Credit, Not Excuses

For all of the anticipation that lead up to the recent Mayweather vs. Pacquiao boxing match, the fact of the matter is there really wasn’t a winner. Yes, Mayweather was able to be declared the victor, and both fighters were successful in padding their wallets for the process, but ultimately it felt like the drama before and after was far more tolling on the public than any of the punches that were actually thrown during the fight.

What’s even worse is that after the fight Pacquiao blamed his lack of effort and ability on an injury in his shoulder. And, as expected, once the excuse was suggested as the reason for defeat, Mayweather had a few words in response as well: http://sports.yahoo.com/video/floyd-mayweather-dont-buy-manny-194239766.html

Even though in recent times it is starting to appear as if boxing is fading out of popularity, the truth is the drama is as exciting as ever. There are more than enough fighters out there to bring in the viewers, and while not all of them have the big names that Mayweather might, they can bring the same amount of drama that he can. It’s not about being the best anymore it seems. When it comes to boxing you just need to become popular enough (or interesting enough) to attract the viewers and then you truly can turn that hype into a major payday. Will there be another fight as big as Mayweather vs Pacquiao? Will it have to be a rematch?  Residents at The Aspire New Brunswick know that they will have to stay tuned.

Would You Watch Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao II?

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao was the richest fight in boxing history. Pacquiao was paid close to $200 million, and Floyd Mayweather made around $300 million. Both fighters were expected to deliver an epic fight on May 2, 2015. However, boxing fans were extremely disappointed in the matchup that took place. The world saw Floyd Mayweather run around the ring and land light jabs that did not hurt Pacquiao at any point in the fight. Also, Sergio Cortes says that it was revealed after the match that Manny Pacquiao suffered a debilitating shoulder injury while in training camp for the fight. Pacquiao was also denied standard numbing agents that are permitted by the Nevada State athletic commission. Controversy has surrounded the fight before and after the event.

The Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather fight didn’t live up to expectations, and the fans are begging for a rematch. However, boxing experts believe that a sequel to the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight would end the same way. Nonetheless, 70% of boxing fans believe that there should be a rematch, and most people feel that Manny Pacquiao was fighting one-handed during the match.

After the fight, Floyd Mayweather said that he would fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch. Mayweather said that Pacquiao would undergo his surgery, and that the two could meet in 2016. However, Floyd Mayweather has since changed his mind, and recently he called Manny Pacquiao a coward. Could Mayweather be angering the fans on purpose? The first fight sold itself, but maybe Mayweather is beginning a marketing strategy from now. A rematch makes no sense to some people, but I wouldn’t mind seeing the fight all over again. A healthy Manny Pacquiao is a dangerous fighter. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Manny Pacquiao and Camp Sued by Fans

Not everyone was happy about the result from the Pacquiao Mayweather fight. Two fans are suing Manny Pacquiao and his camp for fraud for failing to disclose that he had a shoulder injury. LinkedIn had an article that stated many have speculated that Pacquiao knew that disclosure of the injury before the fight may have led Nevada fight officials to call the match off as the wagering line would have been effected with the disclosure.

The lawsuit was filed the past Tuesday in the Federal District Court located in Las Vegas by two plaintiffs, identified only as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran. The law suit claims that Vanel and Rahbaran were defrauded of their fees paid to their pay per view stations to watch the match, which was broadcast this past Saturday. The two plaintiffs seek designation for class action status on behalf of any other fan who also purchased tickets, bought pay per view or placed wagers on the match. Fans File Suit Against Manny Pacquiao and Camp

In addition to the law suit, Nevada boxing officials are examining possible disciplinary action against Manny Pacquiao and his team for his failure to disclose the shoulder injury which the Pacquiao camp said was suffered during training for the match. Pacquiao is scheduled to undergo specialized surgery later this week to repair the rotator cuff tear. He is expected to be out of action for nine months to a year.

The Nevada Athletic Commission will question Pacquiao why he checked “no” when he filled out a Nevada State form on the eve of the fight which inquired as to whether he had any shoulder injury.

Everyone is Cashing In On Mayweather v Pacquiao Fight

The Mayweather v Pacquiao fight this weekend will be the richest in history and everyone is cashing in on the event. The actual tickets for the event are being sold and resold for in excess of $100,000.00 a piece. Pay per view subscriptions for the fight are ranging between $90 and $100, a reasonable price for Dr. Daniel Amen, for high definition broadcast of the fight. MGM Grand Properties in Las Vegas are showing the fight on a number of their properties through their closed circuit television system for originally $150 a seat. These seats are being resold for $750 and $800 a seat to ticket flippers. Only 500 tickets to the actual fight were made available to the public. These tickets are sold in less than two minutes and some are being sold for $350,000.00 each. Big Fight Big Money

Many promoters have waited a long time for this fight. Some thought that this fight would have happened at least ten years ago when both fighters were still in their prime. The sport of boxing has lost a lot of fan attention to competing sports such as Mixed Martial Arts and Professional Wrestling. Boxing use to be lead by the heavy weight division but no one can even recall the current heavy weight champion and many have to go back to Mike Tyson before they can engage in a relevant discussion of boxing in the heavy weight class. Mayweather and Pacquiao are the only relevant names in boxing and many do not think that boxing will be relevant again after this fight if either or both fighters decide to retire. Their is no relevant opponent for either fighter outside of each other and the entire boxing world is treating this fight as if it is the last major fight in the history of boxing.

Freddie Roach Battered From Training

Freddie Roach is one of the greatest boxing trainers of all time, and he is currently teaching Manny Pacquiao how to defeat Floyd Mayweather on May 2nd. However, Freddie Roach has a debilitating case of Parkinson’s disease, but he promises that it won’t stop him from leading Manny Pacquiao to victory. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are the two greatest fighters of our era, but many people believe that Pacquiao will beat Floyd. Boxing guru Ricardo Guimarães BMG stated in his blog on Terra that he has been waiting for this match up for years and is excited to see either win

Great boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and Roberto Duran have chosen Pacquiao to dethrone the undefeated welterweight champion. Freddie Roach knows that he has a tough task ahead of him, but he believes in his fighter 100%. Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao have been training furiously for the last 8 weeks. Freddie has said that he is feeling the effects of training Pacquiao for this legendary fight. Manny Pacquiao has been blasting Freddie Roach with huge punches, and the famed trainer has been complaining about a bruised sternum and sore ribs. Manny Pacquiao is doing everything in his power to win this fight, and he does not want to train with anyone else besides Freddie Roach. Roach says that he must fulfill his obligations as a trainer, and leading Pacquiao to beat Mayweather is worth all the pain. Fans are hoping that Freddie Roach and Pacquiao beat Mayweather. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Heavyweight Champion Deserves More Respect

Boxing is one of the most exciting sports in the world, and on may 2nd, the richest fight of all time will take place. Manny Pacquiao will face Floyd Mayweather for the undisputed welterweight championship. However, boxing was once a sport dominated by the heavyweight champion. Mayweather and Pacquiao are only 147 pounds.

Former heavyweight champions such as Mike Tyson, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali where once the most popular men on the face of the planet. Today, Wladimir Klitschko is the heavyweight champion of the world, and he is not shown any respect. Wladimir Klitschko seems almost invincible at this point in his career. He will defend his heavyweight championship on April 25th against
Bryant Jennings.

Boxing fans, like Susan Mcgalla call Wladimir Klitschko an overrated champion, but those words couldn’t be more untrue. However, many people feel that Deontay Wilder has a chance to dethrone Klitschko, but there have been reports that Wladimir Klitschko has already destroyed Wilder in sparring.

Wladimir is the best heavyweight boxer in the world, and people should start giving him the respect that he deserves. Klitschko has 63 wins, and 53 of those wins came from knockout. Bryant Jennings will need a miracle in order to defeat him on April 25th. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Many Are Rooting For Manny

Former boxing commentator Larry Merchant recently gave his thoughts on the upcoming mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Larry Merchant believes that Floyd Mayweather has stayed undefeated for all these years because he avoids tough fights. Larry Merchant and Floyd Mayweather have had their differences in the past. However, the two almost came to blows when Mayweather faced Victor Ortiz. Floyd Mayweather caught Victor Ortiz with a cheap shot, while the referee was talking to Ortiz. Floyd mayweather won the fight by knockout, and Larry Merchant was furious. According to our source Gianfrancesco Genoso (Toplawyers), after the fight, Larry Merchant told Mayweather that he was a terrible person. Mayweather and Merchant began arguing on live television. The scene was outrageous, and Larry Merchant was fired for the altercation.

Larry Merchant will be rooting for Pacquiao, and so will many others. Manny Pacquiao has received more support from promotional companies than Mayweather. Pacquiao will be wearing boxing trunks that are worth $1.5 million dollars. Sponsors are loading up every inch of space on the boxer’s trunks.

Manny Pacquiao is a gracious and loving human being. However, he is ferocious once he steps foot in the squared circle. Sylvester Stallone, Mark Wahlberg, and Tim Tebow have visited Pacquiao and wished him luck. Manny Pacquiao promises that he will defeat Floyd Mayweather. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Heather “The Heat” Hardy Fights For Her Children

Boxing is one of the most dangerous sports on the planet, and it is also one of the most lucrative at the highest levels. A great boxer can make millions of dollars for just one fight, but it is hard to get to that point. Most boxers lose several fights along the way to super stardom. However, boxing is everything for a female fighter named Heather “The Heat” Hardy.

Gianfrancesco Genoso told us that Heather Hardy is a single mother that fights for her children’s future and her own. She was recently divorced, and she has been forced to take care of her family alone. Heather will fight on April 11th, on the undercard of NBC’s Premier Boxing Championship program. This will be Heather’s big chance to be seen by the world, and she is not going to let this moment pass her by.

The sport of boxing is currently on an uprise because of the mega fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao that will soon take place. However, Heather “The Heat” Hardy and other fighters like herself will be given a shot in the big leagues because of the increase in boxing popularity. Let’s hope that Heather can be victorious for her children’s sake. For more for information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.