ATE: Pacquiao-Cotto, Mayweather-Marquez, Wladimir Klitschko No.1, Haye, Setanta, Double KO’s, Geale and More

Cotto vs. Pacquiao? :
Cotto vs. Pacquiao? :
In today’s edition of Ask The Editor (ATE), we take our first look at a possible Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto super-fight, welcome back Floyd Mayweather Jr again and contemplate whether Wladimir Klitschko really is the undisputed heavyweight boxing champion of the world. We analyse if David Haye dodged a financial bullet, declare who will replace Setanta to broadcast boxing, look for the elusive double knockout, discuss Daniel Geale’s future and more.

Name : Nathan Johnson
Country : USA
Your Question :
Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto, great fight if it goes ahead in November. How does the team see the outcome? I’m leaning towards Pac-Man because I see Cotto as damaged goods now.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Hi Nathan. As I understand it, Pacquiao would like to fight at around 142lbs and Cotto is keen to box at 145lbs. This in itself could be a stumbling block in negotiations as much as the 70-30 split that’s been rumoured in Pacquiao’s favour. I believe Pacquiao’s speed is a factor but I’d like to wait and see what the fight is made at before I give my opinion.

Nathan, I’m don’t know if Cotto is “damaged goods,” but at this point, I think Pac-Man is probably the better fighter anyway and beats Cotto via TKO late.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Great fight. I am interested to see at what weight they make the fight at? The suggestions out of Pacquiao’s team is that he won’t fight at 147lbs, but maybe halfway between junior welterweight and welterweight. Not sure how going back down a couple of pounds will affect Cotto? He does look a little worse for wear after the Margarito and Clottey fights. Should still be a great battle, but I will be tipping Pacquiao when they time comes.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: It would be difficult to pick against Pacquiao, Nathan. In saying that, I was extremely impressed with how Cotto responded to constant adversity from Joshua Clottey in his last fight and I think that his performance has gone some way towards erasing any lingering confidence issues stemming from the beating he took at the hands of Margarito. If it happens, it would be a terrific fight and could go either way but I’d probably choose Pacquiao to win.

Name : Stuart Neale
Country : USA
Your Question :
I take my thoughts back. I thought Mayweather was trying to duck out his fight with Marquez to get to Pacquiao, but it seems now that the Mayweather-Marquez fight will go ahead on September 19.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Come on Stuart, Mayweather is one of the best pure boxers of the last 10 years, he’s not gonna ‘duck’ anyone. For one, his ego would not allow him. Also, one thing some people seem to overlook is that Floyd is always super fit and always prepares meticulously for every fight. So there is no way he would go into a Pacquiao fight without a warm up and after such a long lay off. Marquez is the perfect fight in preparation for a speed merchant like Manny.

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Stuart, yup, Mayweather-Marquez is back on. Despite his brash attitude, I think Mayweather realizes that Marquez is a great fighter, who needs to be prepared for properly without cutting any corners due to injuries that may effect Floyd’s thorough preparation.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, but it does seem Floyd is back. Boxing can only be stronger for having Money back competing. Marquez looks to be undersized in this match, but there is plenty of fighting spirit in that Mexican heart of his. If Floyd does win, it will be entertaining to hear his post fight speech where he tries to argue that he is pound for pound No.1 again.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: If Floyd Mayweather doesn’t fancy a fight he won’t sign up for it in the first place, Stuart. I’m glad they rescheduled for September – it promises to be an intriguing match-up and I think Marquez could upset a few people.

Name : Allen Tunbridge
Country : UK
Your Question :
It seems to me that Wladimir Klitschko is now the true and only heavyweight boxing champion of the world. After he beat Chagaev, it proved how inept Valuev really is. Klitschko toyed with Chagaev, who gave Valuev so much trouble. Vitali will not fight his brother, understandably, so that leaves Wladimir as the king of the class.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Allen, yes Wladimir is the true heavyweight champ by virtue of the path he has taken and the men he has beaten. I feel both the Klitschko’s are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack at the moment. Well, maybe not head and shoulders above Valuev, but you know what I mean!

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Allen, I would agree that Wladimir is a close as we have right now to a legitimate linear heavyweight champion, especially since Lennox Lewis holds a victory over Vitali.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: A very valid point Allen. Since his two knockout losses to Sanders and Brewster, Wladimir really has lined them up and beaten them all. He even got up off the canvas against Samuel Peter to win. His critics claim he is beatable and can be boring at times, but he continues to win. Not sure who the big fight out there is for him. I can’t see Valuev’s team wanting to expose him against either of the Klitschko brothers.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: You’re right, Allen. After beating Chagaev, Klitschko was awarded The Ring magazine’s coveted world title – the first time in five years that award has had a mantle piece to sit on.

Name : Rory Pratt
Country : Ireland
Your Question :
It seems David Haye was lucky getting injured after all. With the collapse of Setanta, Haye could have fought Wladimir Klitschko and not received all of his money from the collapsing TV network!

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Em, now there’s a thought that never crossed my mind!

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Rory, you may be correct, but Haye will still eventually get his shot if he keeps winning.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Whether it was bad luck, or good planning, it seems Haye did dodge a financial bullet. Wladimir Klitschko didn’t seem too impressed with the injury pullout and he now has some mandatories to take care of, so Haye could be on the outside looking in for a while now. He may have to take another fight at heavyweight to stay sharp while he waits on the Klitschkos.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: I think getting paid would have been the last thing on Haye’s mind had he stepped into the ring with Wladimir, Rory. I really like Haye and enjoy watching him fight, but how many of those big right hands could he have stood up to?

Name : Tim Young
Country : Australia
Your Question :
All the talk of the heavyweight division being so weak makes me laugh. It’s really only weak as we have two brothers who won’t fight each other and Valuev, who doesn’t want a bar of either of the brothers. So we have three champs, but I think both Vitali and Wlad are good champs. It’s only six years ago that Vitali gave Lennox Lewis fits before he was stopped on cuts. I think Lennox would have prevailed in the end anyway, but let’s not forget Lennox is an all time top five. Fifteen years ago whilst Lennox was constantly sidelined, all the rave was about Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe, and Moorer and the heavy division was in fine shape. Didn’t have anything to do with the fact they were all American did it? I would back Vitali to beat all 4 of those fighters and back Wlad to beat them all except maybe a prime time Tyson if caught early. Maybe America would be raving if the Eastern Europeans went back to amateur status and they could proudly announce. Ladies and Gentlemen the main event is for the heavyweight championship of the world, between Johnny Ruiz and Eddie Chambers. Lord help us. Would like to hear the experts’ opinions.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Don’t hold back, Tim, will you? Yes I do agree to an extent. The Klitschko’s are good solid champs that have learnt their trade well and made full use of their huge size. What makes them hard to beat, especially Wladimir, is for such big men they are deceptively fast. Fighters and fans can slag Wladimir off as much as they like about his safety first jab, right hand upright style but let’s be honest, he is using all his physical advantages to the maximum. What else is he supposed to do, crouch down, stick out his chin and allow the smaller men tee off on him?

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: Tim, I’ll give Vitali and Wlad Klitschko their due because they have persevered to now own most of the championship belts. Plus, I think both of them would beat Valuev. However, I still find the Klitschkos painful to watch stylistically and I wouldn’t necessarily make them betting favorites against the likes the 90s versions of Holyfield, Tyson, Moorer or Bowe.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: That’s a big call Tim. You really think Vitali beats Tyson, Holyfield and Bowe in their primes? Vitali’s height and reach would have been a problem for Tyson, but recalling Bowe-Holyfield 1, he would have struggled with their skills and toughness. Bowe was an exceptionally skilled heavyweight in his prime, albeit it was a very short reign at the top after he stopped training properly. I agree that the Klitschkos are far and away the two best heavyweights in the world today, but I don’t see them dominating in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: Tim, the division needs good solid American heavyweights to prosper. It has always been that way and, because there is no-one carrying the torch right now, fans couldn’t be bothered. I don’t see it changing anytime soon either – the big American athletes are looking elsewhere to higher paying and less painful sports like football, baseball and basketball. Chambers against Ruiz??? I must thank you, Tim. It is 1:00am here in Boston and I was wide awake until you tacked that little gem on the end of your email. Goodnight.
Name : Kelly Wise
Country : United Kingdom
Your Question :
With the sad demise of Setanta sports in the UK, do you know who (if anybody) will be covering the boxing and the UFC contracts that Setanta had in place? It will be a real shame if these sports are not covered, as Sky only really concentrate on domestic bills, and it is rumoured that ITV will cease its boxing programmes at the end of the year. Any guidance is appreciated!

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Hi Kelly. Not sure what UFC will do, but you can bet they have a back up plan. As far as boxing is concerned in the UK, I can tell you now and any promoter out there reading this that IS in a position to broadcast LIVE boxing events, both domestic and international. Maybe with the help of SecondsOut readers, we can start a campaign on the site to acquire those rights. There is a solution for UK boxing fans to watch LIVE boxing and we can provide it.

Name : Brendan O’Connor
Country : United Kingdom
Your Question :
Hello guys, you know in Rocky 2 when Rocky and Apollo are on the floor with the referee counting both of them and there’s a race to see who will stand up and win the fight, well do you know if that’s ever really happened? Also, how the hell has Bobby Gunn got a fight with Tomasz Adamek? Isn’t that the guy Enzo Maccarinelli smashed in no time with the crowd booing such a poor opponent? I thought you had to earn a title shot, like eh.....Rocky.

CLIVE BERNATH ANSWERS: Spot on Brendan, promoters moan about fights not being broadcast on free to air but when fights like this are passed off as world title fights they have no excuse to moan. No disrespect to Bobby Gunn but he has not earned his title shot

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: I’m not sure about your Rocky inquiry, but I’m sure it’s happened at some point. I was equally surprised as you that Bobby Gunn got a shot against Adamek…can’t imagine that fight going more than four or five rounds.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: I saw a video clip being emailed around recently where there was a double KO in a minor match. The identity of the boxers were not included. It has happened. Exactly 97 years ago on 4th July 1912, Ad Wolgast retained his lightweight world title against “Mexican” Joe Rivers after a double knockout in round 13 at the Vernon Arena in Vernon, California, USA. Both boxers were reportedly knocked out with simultaneous punches. Officials decided to award the fight to the defending champion Wolgast. Anyway, why is everyone ducking Steve Cunningham?

MICHAEL NORBY ANSWERS: I’ve seen a couple of double knockdowns but never something as dramatic as the scene in Rocky, Brendan. Are you trying to say that Rocky earned his shot at Creed by defeating Spider Rico? Poor old Spider couldn’t beat snow off a rope and all of a sudden Rocky is head of the class. Anyways, I have no idea why Steve Cunningham didn’t get a rematch against Adamek after their incredibly entertaining contest last December but, after he beats Gunn in quick order, he’ll be under pressure to give Cunningham a shot at getting his old title back.

Name : Ben Nielson
Country : Australia
Your Question :
Daniel Geale needs to really push on in his career now. If he learnt anything from Mundine, it should be this; strike when the iron’s hot, don’t let it fizzle out cold as Mundine has done and will continue to do. I don’t believe that Mundine will be the IBO champ for long. There was enough in that fight for a rematch to be ordered and Mundine won’t do it. That being the case, Geale should be able to fight anyone for the vacant title. He needs a beatable opponent, with a profile in the USA, who will give him a good fight for the title. He has to do what Carl Froch has done and what Mundine hasn’t and Calzaghe didn’t do soon enough; go straight to America and fight/defend a title against a high profile American. What’s John Duddy doing these days? PS. for people wondering about Mundine. He doesn’t box for glory or titles like say Ricky Hatton or Manny Pacquiao. He fights for a secure financial future with as little danger as possible. That’s why he will never step up, good luck to him.

GREG JUCKETT ANSWERS: There’s no doubt fighting and beating an American in the States helps to boost a guy’s career, like in the case of Froch, but Geale should be careful. He’s world-rated and there’s not a lot of attractive American opponents at 160 lbs right now (Duddy wasn’t a bad suggestion or maybe Sergio Mora). I think Geale needs to win another world title no matter whom or where it’s against in order to maximize his earning potential and go from there.

PAUL UPHAM ANSWERS: Geale is going to stay busy. The close split points loss to Mundine only reaffirmed his talent. He knows he is unlikely to get another fight with Mundine, so he has to go around him and work his way to the top.
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