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Tom Zbikowski Fighting on Mayorga-Cotto Undercard in Las Vegas

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski may be the first NFL player to cash in as a professional athlete in another sport once the lockout becomes official. The former Notre Dame star will be added to the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga undercard on March 12th to fight his second professional bout, as Pro Football Talk reported.

Zbikowski has a deep boxing background, having begun fighting at the age of nine and amassing a 75-15 record as an amateur. Back in 2006, he fought his first professional fight knocking out Robert Bell 49 seconds into the first round. Zbikowski was still a defensive back and special teams player at Notre Dame during his first fight and he had some of his Fighting Irish teammates supporting him in his corner.

This time around, Tommy will be an injury replacement for Christy Martin who was attempting a comeback to the ring at the age of 43. According to BoxingScene.com, Martin had to pull out because of broken ribs suffered during training.

Dan Rafael reports that Zbikowski, who first fought as a heavyweight, will box as a cruiserweight on the 12th. Only two obstacles remain before the fight can officially be schedule. One, the Nevada State Athletic Commission needs to approve Tommy’s request for a boxing license. Two, the lockout needs to happen so he’ll be free from his contract with the Baltimore Ravens. I’m sure both will happen without a problem and I can’t wait to see him in the ring.

Floyd Mayweather’s Birthday Cake of Money Stacks Is Quite Fitting

We already knew Floyd Mayweather was one of the most egotistical, frivolous characters around, so his birthday cake probably shouldn’t surprise you. Remember, this is the same guy with a $50,000 diamond encrusted iPod (picture here), and the same guy who makes it rain at clubs with $100 bills. Nevertheless, it’s still definitely worth a post here at LBS. Pic via Floyd’s twitter:

So, how do you think it compares to LeBron’s bday cake? Or should I say, who’s the bigger egomaniac?

Bob Arum on Oscar De La Hoya: He’s ‘One of the Stupidest Guys I’ve Ever Met’

So Oscar De La Hoya exited the ring for a career in promotions and created Golden Boy which has taken off. The promotional company represents a high percentage of the best fighters in the world and they’re responsible for putting on some of the best events we watch.

Before Golden Boy existed, Bob Arum and Don King used to be the only real competition when it came to promoting top fighters. Now, De La Hoya’s gang seems to scoop them up. Given that background you know that anything rival promoter Bob Arum says about Golden Boy comes out of bitterness and anger. So take the following quote served up to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel lightly with a chuckle.

“[Golden Boy has] no background in boxing,” Arum told the paper. “They rely on Oscar, who’s a dummy. Oscar is one of the stupidest guys I’ve ever met. I’m just saying what it is. The guy is really not smart. Forget just ‘not smart.’ He’s not just even average.”

Like I said, it’s complete bitterness from Arum, but the smack was so strong we had to share. Keep in mind that Arum will say just about anything to make himself and his people look good.

We’ve already explained why these comments shouldn’t matter to you because of their rivalry, but I will point out that De La Hoya is pretty darn smart because he took advantage of a major hole in the marketplace — promoters boxers could trust. And I’d say that the hundreds of millions Oscar has taken home proves he has an excellent business sense.

Nonito Donaire Has Serious Punching Power, Similar to Manny Pacquiao

Nonito Donaire is a force, and the 118-pound bantamweight is making a charge up the pound-for-pound rankings. The 28-year-old Filipino Flash destroyed Fernando Montiel on Saturday with a second-round TKO to win the WBC bantamweight title. The emerging star has now captured crowns in the bantamweight, super flyweight, and flyweight divisions, inspiring comparisons to fellow Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao started off his career 107 and has now fought at a 150-pound weight limit, winning a light middleweight title. Donaire has never fought above 121 pounds, but he may venture into higher weight classes before long.

Where Donaire stands out amongst his competition is punching power. The 5’6″ Filipino-American seems to be somewhat more muscular and physical than his opponents, and his punches certainly sting more than the ones he receives. Of his 26 wins, 18 have come by knockout, including the beautiful knock down of Montiel captured in the photo above.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Taunts Manny Pacquiao with Facebook Posts

This Floyd Mayweather Jr. character is beginning to look worse and worse by the day. We’ve gone over the legal issues he’s been facing lately, and most of the public has turned against him for his refusal to fight Manny Pacquiao. While Pac Man is working on his third fight since he and Money were supposed to meet, Floyd has been doing nothing but getting into trouble and betting on basketball games.

Oh yeah, he’s also been taunting Pacquiao.

Mayweather spent part of his Saturday reminding fight fans that he’s still undefeated while Manny’s record has been thrice blemished. In four separate posts on his Facebook page, he linked to videos of each one of Pacquiao’s losses, and then he topped it off by writing that he was 41-0 and undefeated.

It’s extremely irritating to see Floyd waste his time that way. We all know that he’s undefeated and that Manny has lost. But Pacquiao has been fantastic over the last handful of years, and it’s universally believed that he’s the only fighter who can challenge — and possibly beat — Floyd. If Floyd’s so good and Manny’s so bad, then why won’t he prove it in the ring?

With every fight that passes between the two of them matching up, Floyd looks worse and worse. And you know what? Even if they do eventually meet, a Mayweather win won’t have as much significance as it would have a year and a half ago when this fight was supposed to happen.

Floyd’s facebook postings pointed out by BSO. Here they are:

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Manny Pacquiao Gets New Haircut – Going Justin Bieber Style

Manny Pacquiao may be one of the most ferocious and feared boxers in the world (just look at these pictures), but the Filipino fighter is really nothing more than a popstar in disguise. In addition to his political involvement in the Phillipines, Pac Man has released two singing albums. Apparently he has more than just music in his heart — he now wears the style on his head. At his press conference promoting his upcoming May fight with Shane Mosley, Manny was seen sporting a new do … the Justin Bieber hairstyle as you can see in the picture above and the gallery below, as directed by SI Hot Clicks.

Manny Pacquiao Haircut Pictures via SI Photos

Now the only question that remains is whether or not the Biebs will be calling out Manny in a rap song. Only difference is it’s one thing to mess with an NFL quarterback, but quite another to goad a boxer. Probably wouldn’t be a good idea for the twerp.

For more funny Manny Pacquiao pictures, check out this gallery.

Evander Holyfield Won’t Stop Fighting Until He Becomes Heavyweight Champion Again

Boxer Evander Holyfield is 48 years old and now up to 10 losses in his career. Though you may not have noticed, he is still fighting to this day, still chasing after a dream.

After a brief retirement from 2004-2006 — a period during which the New York State Athletic Commission would not allow Holyfield to fight because of diminishing skills — Holyfield returned to the ring to fight Jeremy Bates. He won that fight and his next three, earning a title shot against Sultan Ibragimov that he lost.

It was around that time that I, and many others, wondered why the old man was still fighting. We learned that he was in massive debt, and it all made sense. But is it all that simple? Is Holyfield only fighting so he can continue making money? Is he boxing because that’s his only profession and he needs to earn a living?

When Larry Brown Sports caught up with The Real Deal recently, he said that was not the case.

Asked how much longer he plans to box, Holyfield declared “I’m not going to stop until I become heavyweight champion of the world again. However long it takes, I’m going to do it.”

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