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Kimbo to Try Hand at Boxing

Kimbo Slice has already been kicked out of MMA because he sucked so badly at it — why not give boxing a try?  Kimbo already said he thinks boxing is easier than MMA, so I’m glad we get to see him put his money where his mouth is.  Unless he plans on working with Mr. Miyagi and taking a few trips to the dojo, this would appear to be the street fighter’s last shot at proving he can win an organized fight and isn’t just a juice-head who pays people to take a beating from him.

I feel like a baby all over again,” said the 36-year-old Florida resident. “I’m thinking about this at night. I’m gonna be a problem in the heavyweight division. I’m going to be coming in with a bad demeanor. I want to see what it’s like to break some ribs, break a jaw with one punch.”

You’d have to ask James Toney if you want to know if boxing is truly easier than MMA.  I have no idea if that’s the case, but I think Kimbo will be able to win a good amount of boxing matches for a few reasons.  For one, he simply has a better chance at landing a knockout punch.  Also, it’s not necessary to master as many disciplines in order to be successful in boxing.  And most importantly, he’ll be given a better shot at being matched up against bums.

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Oscar the Octopus Predicts Juan Manuel Marquez Victory

After seeing how popular Paul the Octopus was for picking the World Cup correctly, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions decided they should try a similar gimmick. In advance of Saturday’s rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz, Golden Boy decided to have an octopus from the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium pick the fight’s winner. Only they named their octopus Oscar. And he really didn’t choose anyone but they think he picked Marquez. And the video is pretty weak. But since we told you about the gimmick and it sounds much cooler than it really is, we must show you the video per rule V section 107 of the sports blogging code. Here it is. We would advise you to skip to a certain point in the video but it’s pretty much all the same — an octopus floating around in a tank.

We also like Marquez in the fight. And we didn’t even need a cephalopod to tell us that.

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Vegas Octopus picks Marquez to beat Diaz [LA Times]

Floyd Mayweather Sr. Rips on Manny Pacquiao with Slurs

Whether it was his crew attending a cock fight or rocking a $50,000 iPod, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been making headlines here at LBS over the past week. This time around, it’s his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., getting his name in the news. As Out of Bounds shared with us, Mayweather Sr. had harsh words for boxer Manny Pacquiao while serving as a guest for the On The Ropes boxing podcast.

This isn’t the first time Mayweather Sr. has verbally bashed Pacquiao, but it’s certainly been the harshest expression. Mayweather Sr. not only called Pac Man a bitch, but he also used a slur for homosexuals to describe him. Here you can listen to a disheveled Mayweather Sr. rip on Pacquiao:

The biggest point Mayweather Sr. made is that Pacquiao is the one afraid of fighting, not the other way around. To me, it’s somewhere in between; Pacquiao is concerned about the drug testing while Floyd is not eager to make the fight happen. They each have reasons to be hesitant. Boxing fans just have to hope Pacquiao beats Antonio Margarito and the superfight goes down sometime next year.

Sources:
Floyd Sr. on Pacquiao: ‘He’s a fa****. Go stick your head under your dress’ [Out of Bounds]
On The Ropes Episode #82 [On The Ropes]

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]