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Bob Arum Seeking Fall Fight Between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley

The Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley fight turned out to be a big disappointment, but the good news is we likely won’t be forced to see a rematch, for which HBO has the rights. Bradley said he’d like to fight Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao eventually, but acknowledged he likely will need a stepping stone before moving onto such a big fight. After his win over Alexander, he said Amir Khan could be a likely opponent. If that materializes and Bradley wins, he could earn a shot at Pacquiao.

Promoter Bob Arum told Lem Satterfield at FanHouse that he’d like to see Bradley fight his prized possession, Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao of course has a May fight coming up against Shane Mosley, but not too many people are worried about PacMan stumbling in that bout. Should Bradley fight someone like Khan and win, he’d have his name built up somewhat, and he’d present a potential challenge for Manny.

Just ask Tim.

“I think that, I, myself, if I fight the perfect fight, man, I know that I can beat him,” Bradley said to FanHouse. “If I fight the perfect fight then I can beat Manny Pacquiao, no doubt.”

Pacquiao’s last three fights were at 147 pounds (his fight against Margacheato was actually a 150-pound limit), but before that he was fighting at anywhere from super featherweight to light welterweight. The potential bout between the two men would likely be at 140 pounds. If Bradley sets a fight with Khan and wins, that would be enough to earn a shot at Pacquiao. Like many of you however, I’d rather be talking about a date with Mayweather finally.

LA Matadors Continue Their Success in New World Series of Boxing

If you live in the Los Angeles, Memphis, or Miami areas, I highly recommend you check out your local World Series of Boxing team. Sunday night was the first time I saw a World Series event, and it was a blast. The LA Matadors hosted the Miami Gallos in their new home — Avalon Hollywood — a former nightclub turned boxing ring, for five fights between the teams.

Several big names in the boxing world were on hand to take in the evening, including Evander Holyfield, Paulie Malignaggi, Rashad Holloway, and Vanes Martirosyan. The packed house witness four fights as one was scratched, and the Matadors swept Miami 4-0 to earn three points in the standings.

The World Series of Boxing is an international league featuring four franchises in three different global conferences — one in America, Europe, and Asia. The American teams include LA, Miami, Memphis, and Mexico City, and the fighters are paid a salary. Though the boxers are paid, they are still eligible to compete in the Olympics, which is the goal for most of the fighters. The league combines elements of amateurism (ability compete in Olympics) and professionalism (no head gear, 10-point must system for scoring) in its rules, and it can be seen televised on Versus. The league is owned by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and IMG, which has a 25% stake in the company.

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Timothy Bradley Wants Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather but Amir Khan Is Next

Timothy Bradley beat Devon Alexander to unify the light welterweight belt on Saturday evening. The fight was stopped because of accidental headbutts delivered by Bradley that cut Alexander, but Tim was easily the winner to that point. After unifying the titles, who will be next for Bradley? He answered the question in the ring, saying “[Amir] Khan right now would probably be the number one on my list right now, but I want the fight fans to pick who I fight next and I’ll fight him.”

Though Bradley thinks a fight with Amir Khan could come next, he also mentioned that he wants “a chance with Floyd Mayweather,” but that “the key name on the list down the road is Manny Pacquiao.”

Bradley’s promoter, Gary Shaw, says he wants Mayweather next, but Mayweather has been inactive and is likely working on taking care of his legal issues. Pacquiao is fighting Shane Mosley in May but is running out of viable opponents until Mayweather expresses interest in a fight between them. Perhaps a clash with Pac-Man could be in store, but Bradley has a lot of work in front of him before he can ascend to that level. For now, arranging a fight with Khan and winning it should be keep him plenty occupied.

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.