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Power, Dome Size of Timothy Bradley Too Much for Devon Alexander

The light welterweight 140-pound unification fight between Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander Saturday evening in Pontiac, Michigan was supposed to be one of the showcase fights of the year. Instead, it wound up being as boring as the extremely disappointing ending.

Bradley was a winner by technical decision after the fight was stopped in the 10th round because Alexander could no longer continue. He had been hit by accidental headbutts from Bradley twice, and the second one next to his left eye that occurred in the 10th round led to the stoppage. Bradley was leading on all three cards when the fight was stopped and he was declared the winner, improving to 27-0.

Alexander complained after the fight that Bradley kept moving in with his head and disrupting him, but then said he didn’t want to make any excuses. That was an excuse, but the reality is Alexander didn’t have a chance in the fight. He only seemed to land a combination on Bradley once, and that was in the fourth round. Even though Devon threw a healthy amount of punches, many hit air or gloves and didn’t land. He didn’t do much damage and though he appeared to be the aggressor, he was simply ineffective.

Bradley meanwhile was significantly stronger and had much more power behind his punches. The one judge who had the fight 96-95 Bradley at the time of the stoppage must have only seen the punches and not whether they landed, because Alexander appeared to be overmatched. He actually remind me a lot of Paul Williams; a skinny southpaw who can move and throw but is lacking in the power department.

HBO has the rights to a rematch but they would be wise to avoid one after how disappointing this fight was. There’s no way anyone would want to sit through another 12 rounds of that garbage, and it’s not making HBO look any better especially now that they’ve lost Pacquiao.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Chris Arreola Kisses Joey Abell (Video) Compassionate or Insulting?

Heavyweight Chris Arreola beat the crap out of Joey Abell on Friday Night Fights in Temecula Friday evening. The bout had to be stopped after Abell had taken too much punishment, only 2:18 into the first round. The Nightmare then consummated the beat down with an odd gesture; he decided to kiss Abell. Here’s the video of Chris Arreola kissing Joey Abell in the ring:

The gesture sparked somewhat of a controversy afterwards — analyst Teddy Atlas praised Arreola for what he felt was a compassionate move. Studio host Brian Kenny vehemently disagreed, feeling like the kiss was insulting towards Abell. I’ve seen plenty of kisses during live action that seemed genuine or compassionate. That Arreola kiss may not have been intentionally insulting, but it surely wasn’t compassionate. It struck me as one out of pleasure if anything.

Manny Pacquiao Popularity Will Increase with CBS-Showtime Exposure

A major change occurred in the boxing world recently with the announcement that international superstar Manny Pacquiao would be leaving HBO to fight on Showtime. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, had grown disenchanted with HBO and what he perceived to be favoritism towards to rival promoter Golden Boy. Instead of operating on HBO’s terms, Arum decided to explore other options for airing the fight and he wound up finding a home with Showtime, which is owned by CBS. Though Pac-Man’s next fight is an uninspiring bout with Shane Mosley, but it will present new opportunities in terms of exposure.

Thomas Gerbasi’s detailed piece on Max Boxing outlines the entire story behind the move to Showtime. What struck me was the promotional package CBS and Showtime agreed to in order to land the fight. Check out this ridiculous list of items reportedly promised by CBS:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Sued by His Las Vegas Homeowners Association

Do you know what this is called? All the posts about the negative actions and run-ins involving Floyd Mayweather Jr. lately? It’s called Karma. It’s Karma because this doofus won’t fight Manny Pacquiao and instead is getting into trouble at every turn. The rundown includes a domestic violence charge, and a misdemeanor battery charge. Oh yeah, how can we forget this incident with a security guard at his gated community?

It’s actually occurrences like the run-in with the security guards that has him in trouble with his homeowners association. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Mayweather’s HOA is suing him for more than $10,000 and asking “a district judge to order the 33-year-old to abide by the community vehicular and parking rules and to stop threatening and harassing security guards.” In addition to his defiant actions towards security, the HOA is upset with Mayweather for violating “association vehicular and parking regulations, including entering the community via an exit gate, not equipping his car with a required transponder and not putting association decals on his vehicles.”

In short, Mayweather is being sued for being a jerk who thinks he doesn’t have to follow the rules everyone else plays by. $10,000 is nothing for Floyd, so unfortunately the hassle might cause him to be more of a jerk than anything else. I wish the guy would be a more sensible human being and just get into the ring to fight Pacquiao already.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Heckled by Manny Pacquiao Fans While Shopping

Looks like Floyd Mayweather Jr. can’t go anywhere without some trouble these days. When he’s not causing problems like this and this, things seem to find him. Based on this video uploaded at YouTube and seen at Dog House Boxing, Mayweather was shopping at a high-class store inside the new Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas recently. The store was essentially shut down for him to walk around, and you could see his enormous traveling entourage. He needs all the protection with all the hate towards him. When he walked out of the store, all the people around were chanting Manny, for Manny Pacquiao (watch the cuss word at the beginning):

Hopefully that’s what Floyd encounters every step he takes and every corner he turns. He needs to fight Manny Pacquiao and fight him now. Why should sports fans have to put up with a Shane Mosley-Manny Pacquiao fight when Floyd is available? This has gone on far too long.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is a Major Jerk, Flips Out on Security Guard (Video)

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been getting into so much trouble lately you would think Manny Pacquiao’s people are setting him up to make him look bad. First there was this nonsense, and most recently it was this ridiculous incident. And now we have video confirmation of the jerk Mayweather can be so we don’t have to rely on hearsay. Check out this video from a security camera at Mayweather’s gated community:

Thanks to Andy Gray, who’s been doing a great job filling in for Jimmy Traina at SI Hot Clicks, for the video link. Floyd may have received the benefit of the doubt the first few stories because he’s a public target. Now that we’ve actually seen video, we know first hand that he’s a jackass.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith in Celebrity Boxing Match? Make it Happen

Mark Wahlberg is the star of the movie The Fighter about Mickey Ward that’s currently out in theaters. We know Marky Mark already keeps himself in excellent shape, but now that he’s added boxer to his list of credentials he’s become instantly more terrifying. So much so that a Celeb Fight promoter wants to put the pants dropper in the ring with Will Smith, who once portrayed Muhammad Ali on screen.

As I learned from Steve Cofield at Yahoo! Sports, said promoter is planning to offer each man a million bucks to get in the ring. We need to make this happen. Unlike previous crappy celeb boxing matches, this one has the makings of a spectacular show. I can just picture glorious winds circling about and papers flying around as the two superstars approach the ring, with a magnetic current pulling them together.

If I were handicapping the thing, I’d have to place Wahlberg as the favorite. At 6’2″ Will Smith clearly has a height and reach advantage, but Marky Mark will take the fight inside and try to land some stealthy uppercuts. Smith would have to get into the gym to make sure his cardio is up to speed, and he’ll probably try to keep Wahlberg at arm’s length in attempt to win things on the judges’ cards. So who ya got? Mike Lowery or Vince Papale?