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Erislandy Lara jabs Canelo Alvarez with boxing meme

Erislandy Lara Canelo Alvarez

Erislandy Lara and Canelo Alvarez just formally agreed to fight each other, and Lara is wasting no time trying to get inside Canelo’s head.

Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs), who is from Cuba, sent out this funny meme photo showing his plans to take Canelo to school when they meet on July 12.

Gotta love the touch on the photo with cute Canelo sitting in the front row and having an apple on his desk. Just a typical teacher’s pet.

Lara beat Austin Trout and Alfredo Angulo his last two times out. Incidentally, Canelo’s last two wins are over the same opponents (though he did get dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in between). It was only natural that these two would meet.

Unfortunately for Lara, my early lean is towards Canelo in this fight.

Timothy Bradley uses calf injury as excuse for loss to Manny Pacquiao

Timothy-Bradley-death-threatsTimothy Bradley said after his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao Saturday night in Las Vegas that he wasn’t going to make an excuse, but he still made an excuse to explain his loss.

Bradley said after his defeat that he suffered a calf injury after the first round that forced him to change his style.

“It was a very tough fight. Manny came out, did his thing. I did my best in there. I got injured after the first round,” said Bradley. “I injured my calf, had to adjust my style. Had to walk to him, that’s why I got aggressive. I was just trying to end it with one shot.

“I knew if the fight was close I wasn’t getting the decision so I was like I’m better off just trying to knock this guy out.”

This actually does make sense. Watching the fight, it was noticeable that Bradley was taking some huge swings at Pac-Man in the early rounds. Many of us thought that was because he was going for a knockout so there wouldn’t be any complications from the referees. That may have been part of his motivation for the big punches, but he says there was another bigger reason to explain it.

At least he didn’t say he got robbed and gave Pacquiao the credit the Filipino deserved for the undisputed win.

Manny Pacquiao’s mom puts hex on Timothy Bradley (Video)

Manny Pacquiao is a very religious and spiritual man, and it’s no surprise he got it all from his mom, Dionesia.

In fact, if you watched the rematch between Pac-Man and Timothy Bradley on Saturday night in Las Vegas, there’s no way you missed Pacquiao’s mom seemingly placing a hex on Bradley.

HBO cameras flashed to Dionesia during the fight and showed her holding a cross in her hand and reciting what appeared to be some sort of prayer while also pointing a finger towards the ring.

Was she putting a curse on Bradley? Praying for her son? Who knows? But I do know that was some interesting placement with her middle finger, I’ll tell you that much:

Manny Pacquiao mom

Regardless of whatever she may have been doing during the fight, it was nice to see Dionesia go up to Bradley and give him a hug after the fight.

Though she probably was praying for her son to win, she most likely wanted to see both fighters escape without suffering an injury. Her son ended up with a cut above his left eye from a headbutt, but that was about it. It was probably the exact outcome she wanted.

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Video via @bubbaprog; GIF via GIFD Sports

Oscar De La Hoya takes shot at Bob Arum over bad undercard

Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya may play dumb at times, but he knew exactly what he was doing when he sent this tweet on Saturday evening:

Oscar was being sarcastic and taking a clear shot at rival promoter Bob Arum and his Top Rank Boxing promotions for putting on an undercard for the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch that was widely derided.

You knew Oscar was being facetious because his next tweet promised his Golden Boy Promotions would deliver a strong card, unlike the Pacquiao-Bradley undercard.

Manny Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee pregnant and not at fight

Jinkee Pacquiao pregnant

If you’re watching Saturday’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley and wondering why they’re not showing any shots of Manny’s wife, Jinkee, you’ll know why.

Jinkee Pacquiao is back at home in the Philippines because she is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. Jinkee is set to deliver the baby this month and, as you can tell from the picture, she is very close to popping. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t supporting her husband in his fight.

“My love, support and prayers are always with him. Even if he’s having a fight or not. May the Lord grant us the victory in Jesus name on Sunday,” Mrs. Pacquiao told Philboxing.com.

The Pacquiao-Bradley fight will be televised on delay in the Philippines, so Jinkee will be waiting with the family’s children on the results.

Jinkee usually is not in Los Angeles with Manny when he trains for his fights, but she typically comes to Las Vegas for his bouts and is present at ringside when he fights.

You may recall that Manny and Jinkee actually had a major issue three years ago.

Pacquiao wanted to renew his wedding vows with Jinkee prior to his Nov. 2011 fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. However, Jinkee turned him down, supposedly citing his extramarital affairs. She also supposedly served him with divorce papers prior to the fight, which may have spurred Manny to ask to renew their vows.

Manny has said that he has been living a clean life since then, which includes giving up cockfighting and selling his casino and nightclub. He is heavily involved in politics in his home country as a member of congress. Jinkee has also gotten into politics and was elected a vice governor last year.

She has expressed a reluctance towards him fighting in recent years, especially after his defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez. But with all the financial problems Manny has had, she probably understands that he needs the checks.

Manny Pacquiao says he won’t leave Timothy Bradley fight to judges

Manny Pacquiao Timothy BradleyManny Pacquiao was already screwed over by the judges in his first fight with Timothy Bradley, so he’s not about to let that happen the second time around.

Pacquiao lost a controversial split decision to Bradley in June 2012. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley and the third had it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao. But most people — including us — felt like Pacquiao won the fight with no dispute.

Whether you believe he will be able to do it or not, Pacquiao says he won’t leave their rematch in the judges’ hands.

“I know what I need to do to win this time round,” Pacquiao said this week.

“Bradley has said that I only fight for money and have lost my hunger but he’s very wrong if he truly believes that. This fight you’re going to see a very aggressive and exciting Manny Pacquiao because I don’t want to leave it to the judges’ scorecards. If I can get the knockout then that’s what I’m going for because I’m going to show the world that the best is yet to come from me.”

That is definitely some weak trash talk from Bradley. Manny hasn’t lost hunger, though he definitely is fighting for money. He looked very good in his November fight with Brandon Rios and did exactly what we would have expected.

I don’t anticipate Pacquiao knocking out Bradley just because that’s difficult to do, so the question again becomes what will the judges do with their decision? That part none of us can answer. You never really know what the plan is.

Pacquiao also sent a tweet along the same lines prior to the fight, which really let’s you know that the plan is to end the fight without leaving it in the judges’ hands:

Bob Arum furious with MGM over posters, says it’s Tecate-Corona issue

Bob-Arum-Floyd-Mayweather-Hitlers-publicistWatching Bob Arum handle his business is almost just like watching another episode of “Grumpier Old Men.”

The boxing promoter is 82 years old and always seems to be complaining about something. His latest issue leading up to the Saturday fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley concerned the signage and posters around the MGM Grand hotel.

The Pacquiao-Bradley fight is being held at the MGM, which is the same hotel where Floyd Mayweather Jr. always fights. Instead of having signs up promoting this big fight, there were a ton of signs up around the hotel promoting Mayweather’s May 3 fight with Marcos Maidana.

The MGM listened to the complaints and said they would address things. There was a lot more Pacquiao-Bradley signage after he whined:

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