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Mayweather Ducking or Delaying Fight with Pacquiao?

With promoter Bob Arum‘s deadline of midnight for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to accept a fight with Manny Pacquiao passing, it appears as if we will be waiting several more months before seeing the super-bout take place. Since Arum was the only one talking to the media, we only heard one side of the story — Pacquiao’s. Arum suggested that Mayweather was afraid of Manny and that’s the reason the fight wasn’t arranged. Like I said, that’s only one side of the story and because Arum has the megaphone, it’s the one most people are accepting. Mayweather could end all this speculation by simply announcing his plans, but he hasn’t done that.

Instead, we have to rely on the words of David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press who has come up with four potential reasons why Mayweather has not yet agreed to the fight. The basis of Mayo’s suggestions is that Mayweather is merely delaying the fight until next year, not ducking his opponent. Here are the reasons:

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Jose Canseco Loses Fight with 60 Year Old Man

This can’t be good for Jose Canseco’s self-esteem. To be fair, Canseco probably doesn’t have a whole lot of that left anyway. Two weeks ago we told you that the former steroid user and 40-40 man was planning to fight a 60-year-old man on July 9th before an Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball game. The fight happened and Canseco experienced a similar result to many of his other fights — a loss. He’s now 0-3-1 after falling to 60-year-old Gary Hogan, an assistant athletic director at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. While it doesn’t include all the action, this video gives you a good idea of how things went. Let me tell you, they did not spare blows. Here’s the Jose Canseco fight video vs Gary Hogan courtesy of Arkansas Sports 360:

Those guys were really going at it, trying to brutally punish each other. It’s actually surprising they didn’t even use head gear to protect themselves. Guess Canseco doesn’t have many brain cells left to protect anyways. After this display, will Canseco finally give up? You would think he’d be choosing a new profession soon.

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Jose Canseco Goes Down in Defeat [Arkansas Sports 360]
Video Credit: You Tube user ArkansasSports360

Jose Canseco to Fight 60-Year-Old

Aside from writing books calling out steroids users from MLB, Jose Canseco has spent his retirement trying to earn money through celebrity fights. Canseco tried to set up a fight with Curt Schilling but it never happened. Instead, Canseco ended up with bouts against three other people, going 0-2-1. Canseco got knocked out by Vai Sikahema, lost to Hong Man Choi, and was able to score a draw with Danny Bonaduce.

Canseco’s latest act of shameless idiocy for money is a fight with former University of Arkansas Little Rock head baseball coach, Gary Hogan. Hogan is in good shape and says he’ll be well conditioned for the fight. Oh yeah, he’s also 60 years old. Good to see Canseco’s picking on someone who’s an equal match.

The bout is set to go down before the Arkansas Travelers minor league game on July 9th. It was actually the Travelers’ GM who came up with the idea for the promotion, citing Hogan’s “high-energy manic personality.” They’re scheduled to go four two-minute rounds. Let’s just hope nobody hurts himself.

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Ex-college coach to fight Canseco [MiLB.com]

Don King’s Million Dollar Wild Ride

Can you just imagine the imagery? 78-year-old boxing promoter Don King roaring down the highway with two duffel bags of cash holding 500 grand a piece? That was the case on Saturday night when the decrepit promoter sped in his car to a Florida courtroom to post bond and make an injunction official. To quote King: “I felt like I was Clint Eastwood in a movie, speeding down the highway with a fistful of dollars.” Why was he speeding to get there and make an injunction official? He was single-handedly ruining an entire MMA pay-per-view card scheduled for Saturday night that included his boxer, Ricardo Mayorga.

King’s lawyers had been arguing in a Fort Lauderdale courtroom that Mayorga couldn’t fight on the Shine Fights card taking place in North Carolina Saturday night. King’s contention is that he’s Mayorga’s boxing promoter while Shine Fights was saying they’re promoting Mayorga for an MMA event. The Broward County judge ruled in King’s favor so Don had to make the injunction official by posting the million dollars bond. SI says Mayorga was first told he couldn’t fight on the card and then later the North Carolina boxing commission canceled the entire card. A full on pay-per-view event set to take place in the Crown Coliseum down the drain, all because of King and Mayorga. Only in America can Don King get away with this (and two murders …).

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King wins Mayorga fight dispute [Josh Gross/SI]

Kermit Cintron Falls Out of Ring Against Paul Williams

Paul Williams beat Kermit Cintron on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in one of the strangest endings to a fight I’ve seen. Some people are accusing Cintron of taking a dive in this fight — literally. He wound up tumbling out of the ring in the fourth round of their fight and getting carted off on a stretcher. Here’s the video of Kermit Cintron falling out of the ring in his fight with Paul Williams:

Paul Williams won the fight by a technical split decision. When Cintron fell out of the ring, he landed on a TV and a table, hurting his back. Although Cintron wanted to continue, they wouldn’t let him, so the fight went to the judges’ cards and Williams was awarded the victory (he was winning on two of the three cards). Williams said he felt badly the fans didn’t get their money’s worth. Don’t you worry, Paul, we sure did.

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Cintron falls out of ring, Williams wins decision [AP/Yahoo! Sports]

Kendall Gill Returns to Boxing Friday

Talk about a blast from the past. I was stunned to come across a press release informing me that former Illinois star and longtime NBA player Kendall Gill was returning to boxing. Despite being 41-years-old and five years removed from his last season in the NBA, Gill is scheduled to fight Friday night at UIC Pavilion against Miles Kelly. Gill is 3-0 with two knockouts in his boxing career and he’s scheduled to fight four rounds. Gill will have his work cut out for him because he hasn’t fought since ’05:

“I’ve wanted to get back in the ring for some time; most recently I’ve been training for the last two months at JABB Boxing Gym with Mike Garcia and Luis Mateo. I’m in terrific shape and can’t wait to get back in the ring.”

“I thought I was in great shape while playing in the NBA, but training to box put me in a completely different physical mold as a person.”

Gill played for seven different teams in the NBA with his highlights including averaging 21.8 ppg with the Nets in ’96-’97. Gill also led the league in steals in ’98-’99 averaging a ridiculous 2.7 per game. I’m still surprised his “Flying Illini” squad lost to Michigan at the Final Four in ’89 with the loads of talent on their roster. Here’s to Kendall Gill improving to 4-0 and joining Herschel Walker as a successful fighter in his post team-sport career.

Mayweather: Shane Mosley’s New Tattoo ‘Out of Character’

A week ago I read an article in the Las Vegas Sun talking about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr./Sugar Shane Mosley fight. Obviously there’s a ton riding on this fight — possibly $30 million for Floyd should he win and agree to fight Manny Pacquiao. According to the article, Mayweather feels like he has a mental advantage in the fight because Shane got a new tattoo recently:

“I think he’s kind of out of character,” Mayweather said. “We all know that’s not the real Shane Mosley. The guy waits until he’s 38 to get tattoos? Come on.”

Obviously I was wondering what the big deal was with Mosley getting a new tattoo that caused Mayweather to treat it like it were Mike Tyson’s face ink. Well, thanks to a story at The Sweet Science, I finally saw a picture of Mosley’s tattoo that had caused all the drama. Here it is:

It definitely has a trendy/tribal feel to it and doesn’t seem to go along with who Shane Mosley is, so I see Floyd’s point. Mayweather will have his chance to make his point in the ring on May 1st. He better not screw this one up otherwise it would go down as one of boxing’s biggest blunders.

Also see Bella Gonzalez pictures (Shane’s new girlfriend)

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says Shane Mosley ‘out of character’ for upcoming fight [Las Vegas Sun]
Photo Credits: The Sweet Science, MyBoxingFans