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Inside the marketing of Pacquiao vs. Margarito with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

Inside the marketing of Pacquiao vs. Margarito with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

By Paul Upham: On Saturday night Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will step into a boxing ring in Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas in front of a live audience of over 60,000 people and televised to millions of people on HBO Pay-Per-View in the US and to many more around the world. It will be boxing’s biggest and most prestigious fight of the year. Inside the marketing of Pacquiao vs. Margarito with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet
HBO and the State of Boxing – Part Three

HBO and the State of Boxing – Part Three

By Thomas Hauser: “One of the things I hear all the time now,” says Ross Greenburg, “is that everyone’s problems seem to be HBO’s fault. That’s getting tiring for us. Most of what happens in boxing is beyond our control.” One of boxing’s problems in 2010 is that the top promoters are fighting each other more often than the top fighters are fighting each other. The issues that HBO faces today are playing out against an increasingly ugly war between Golden Boy and Top Rank. HBO and the State of Boxing – Part Three
HBO and the State of Boxing – Part Two

HBO and the State of Boxing – Part Two

By Thomas Hauser: Despite its difficulties, HBO remains the dominant force in boxing today because of the size of its checkbook. But no financial transaction takes place in a vacuum. For every pile of money somewhere, there’s a larger pile somewhere else. When two financial powers interact and one helps the other, it can skew the balance of power in an industry. Nothing that HBO has done over the past few years has shaped boxing as much as its strategic alliance with Golden Boy Promotions. HBO and the State of Boxing – Part Two
HBO and the State of Boxing – Part One

HBO and the State of Boxing – Part One

By Thomas Hauser: There was a time when the sweet science was governed by the axiom, “As the heavyweight division goes, so goes boxing.” Now, in the United States, the rule of thumb is, “As HBO goes, so goes boxing.” HBO and the State of Boxing – Part One
“Wake Me Up When October Ends”

“Wake Me Up When October Ends”

By Jason Pribila: "Ring out the bells again. Like we did when spring began. Wake me up when September ends." – Green Day. Rock Band Green Day struck gold with their single, “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. In the article that follows, I hope to show you why boxing fans could have hit “snooze” on Green Day’s ambition, and instead woke up refreshed on November 1. “Wake Me Up When October Ends”
Nostalgia vs. Evolution Part 1 - Robinson and Mayweather

Nostalgia vs. Evolution Part 1 - Robinson and Mayweather

By Tom Gray: The argument will carry on forever. Could a modern day champion win a fantasy fight against a long retired all time great who is still idolized by fans? Could Lennox Lewis have lived with Ali? What happens in a battle between Sugar Rays? How about Frazier vs. Tyson? Nostalgia vs. Evolution Part 1 - Robinson and Mayweather
A Vote For Donald Curry

A Vote For Donald Curry

By Matthew Hurley: Every year when I receive my International Boxing Hall Of Fame ballot there is one name I always hesitate at when I see it. In past years I’ve bit my lip and then moved on, not putting pen to paper. In my mind potential inductees into IBHOF should be held to the same high standard that voters for the baseball hall of fame hold those who play on the diamond. A Vote For Donald Curry
Keifel Captures The Face Of Boxing

Keifel Captures The Face Of Boxing

By Steve Kim: Every once in awhile I get sent various materials to my office, such as books for review. About a month ago I recieved one that was particularly interesting:’BOX, the Face of Boxing’ which is a collection of more than 300 portraits featuring various figures from the fight game. Keifel Captures The Face Of Boxing
Floyd Mayweather Jr: When is Enough?

Floyd Mayweather Jr: When is Enough?

By Thomas Hauser: Manny Pacquiao isn’t given to trash-talking. He rarely says a bad word about anyone and is particularly careful when talking about other boxers. Thus, it was significant when Pacquiao said recently, “[Floyd] Mayweather thinks he’s better than anybody else. In the ring, it’s good for a fighter to think that way, to have confidence. But Mayweather thinks that way about other people outside of boxing. I don’t like that.” Floyd Mayweather Jr: When is Enough?
Upsets Always In The Offing

Upsets Always In The Offing

By Matthew Hurley There is nothing quite like an upset, in any sport. But when it comes to boxing the upset reminds us all that anything can happen, at any given moment, during those three-minute rounds. As HBO commentator Larry Merchant once said, “Boxing is the theatre of the unexpected.” Upsets Always In The Offing
Holmes vs. Ali – Sacrifice at Caesars Palace 30 Years On

Holmes vs. Ali – Sacrifice at Caesars Palace 30 Years On

By Tom Gray: On October 2nd 1980 the most infamous sacrifice in the sport of boxing took place. Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali was a gothic horror story involving greed, money, politics, incompetence, betrayal and brutality. What was promoted as a legitimate super fight became a nightmare and may have contributed heavily to the shocking physical decline of heavyweight boxing’s greatest practitioner, Muhammad Ali. Holmes vs. Ali – Sacrifice at Caesars Palace 30 Years On
Mosley – Mora:  Winners and Losers

Mosley – Mora: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: On Saturday Night, “Sugar” Shane Mosley looked to rebound from his one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. when he returned to the ring in the building where his career peaked twice, The Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Sergio Mora entered the ring as a live underdog possessing a style that has always given Mosley fits. Mosley – Mora:  Winners and Losers
Rocky Marciano Revisited – Part Two

Rocky Marciano Revisited – Part Two

By Thomas Hauser: History’s most celebrated heavyweight champions reflected the eras in which they reigned. Jack Dempsey personified the Roaring ’20s. Joe Louis was perfectly juxtaposed with the trials of The Great Depression and World War II. Muhammad Ali was inextricably intertwined with the turmoil of the 1960s. Rocky Marciano Revisited – Part Two
Thomas Hauser’s “Waiting for Carver Boyd”

Thomas Hauser’s “Waiting for Carver Boyd”

By Jerry Izenberg: Thomas Hauser has done it. Better than anything he has written before, no matter how well he wrote it. More incisive than anyone since Bill Heinz first planted the flag of sensitivity and insight for all boxing literati in a marvelous novel called The Professional a half-century ago. Thomas Hauser’s “Waiting for Carver Boyd”
Is Audley Harrison really that much of An Underdog?

Is Audley Harrison really that much of An Underdog?

By Clive Bernath: Lets be honest, David Haye has heaped an enormous amount of pressure on his broad shoulders ahead of his November 13 clash with bitter rival Audley Harrison. Is Audley Harrison really that much of An Underdog?
Labor Day Pains

Labor Day Pains

By Jason Pribila: According to Wikipedia a season is a division of year, marked by changes in weather, ecology, and hours of daylight. On Monday Americans celebrate Labor Day. For many this represents a day off from work and an excuse to barbeque, while bidding a farewell to the summer season. Those who choose to remain indoors will most likely be glued to their television sets welcoming back the return of the high school and college football seasons. Labor Day Pains
Rocky Marciano Revisited – Part One

Rocky Marciano Revisited – Part One

By Thomas Hauser: Six decades ago, Rocky Marciano was on the verge of a celebrated reign at a time when the heavyweight championship of the world was the most exalted title in sports. Rocky Marciano Revisited – Part One
Erik Morales: Not Knowing When To Quit

Erik Morales: Not Knowing When To Quit

By Matthew Hurley: Watching a great athlete slowly fall apart at the seams is heartbreaking for any fan. Sometimes the weary old warrior can resurrect the glories of his past, if only for a brief moment, leading him and his fans to delude themselves into thinking he is all the way back. Erik Morales: Not Knowing When To Quit
More Flights of Fantasy

More Flights of Fantasy

By Thomas Hauser: Oscar De La Hoya is planning to fight again. After a period of reflection following his 2008 knockout loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s Golden Boy will enter the ring on November 20th, one week after the proposed bout between Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. More Flights of Fantasy
Antonio Margarito and the Handwrap Issue

Antonio Margarito and the Handwrap Issue

By Thomas Hauser: A fighter’s fists are his weapons. Tampering with a fighter’s gloved fists is one of the worst offenses imaginable in boxing. It subverts the notion of a fair fight and puts the opposing fighter at exponentially greater risk of serious injury or death. Antonio Margarito and the Handwrap Issue
Alexander – Kotelnik:  Never Sleep On The Underdog

Alexander – Kotelnik: Never Sleep On The Underdog

By Matthew Hurley: Devon Alexander has been tapped as a future big star by many fans and boxing scribes, myself included, so it was a bit disconcerting at first to see him struggle against the rugged former titleholder Andreas Kotelnik. Alexander – Kotelnik:  Never Sleep On The Underdog
Stock Up. Stock Down: Highway Robbery in St. Louis

Stock Up. Stock Down: Highway Robbery in St. Louis

SecondsOut’s Mike Coppinger analyses last weekend’s massive fight card in St Louis in which three major world title fights were staged by legendry promoter Don King. Devon Alexander defended his WBC and IBF junior-welterweight crowns against Andriy Kotelnik, Tavoris Cloud made the first defence of his IBF light-heavyweight title against Glen Johnson and Cory Spinks put his IBF junior-middleweight belt on the line against Cornelius Bundrage. Click through to find whose stock went up and whose Stock Up. Stock Down: Highway Robbery in St. Louis
My 84-Year-Old Mother Meets . . .

My 84-Year-Old Mother Meets . . .

By Thomas Hauser: Three years ago, I brought my mother to a press conference at Madison Square Garden to meet Don King. Then I posted an article on SecondsOut entitled (appropriately enough) “My 81-Year-Old Mother Meets Don King.” My 84-Year-Old Mother Meets . . .
Greenburg Insists Mayweather Jr/Pacquiao Negotiations did take place

Greenburg Insists Mayweather Jr/Pacquiao Negotiations did take place

By Clive Bernath: He certainly took his time but HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg finally issued a statement on Monday insisting that negotiations between himself and promoter Bob Arum had taken place for Manny Pacquiao to face Floyd Mayweather Jr on November 13. Greenburg Insists Mayweather Jr/Pacquiao Negotiations did take place
Flights of Fantasy

Flights of Fantasy

By Thomas Hauser: The World Boxing Council announced this week that it is withdrawing recognition of 160-pound champion Sergio Martinez and 147-pound champion Andre Berto because of the conduct of their promoter, Lou DiBella. Flights of Fantasy
Mayweather Jr In No Rush To Face ‘Pac Man’

Mayweather Jr In No Rush To Face ‘Pac Man’

By Clive Bernath: Floyd Mayweather Jr has announced that he is in no rush to face Manny Pacquiao to decide who is the world’s No.1 boxer. Mayweather Jr In No Rush To Face ‘Pac Man’
Chavez-Duddy: A Fighting Heart Isn’t Enough

Chavez-Duddy: A Fighting Heart Isn’t Enough

By Thomas Hauser: John Duddy sat in the “green room” at The Alamodome in San Antonio on the evening of June 26th. Before the night was done, eight thousand fans would watch him do battle. Hundreds of thousands more would see him on television. Few people have an audience of that magnitude at any time in their life. Chavez-Duddy: A Fighting Heart Isn’t Enough
‘Money’ Mayweather Jr ko’s Pacquiao (Financially That Is)

‘Money’ Mayweather Jr ko’s Pacquiao (Financially That Is)

By Clive Bernath: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao may not have swapped punches in the boxing ring just yet but the undefeated American has struck the first knockout blow (financially at least) by leaving Pacquiao standing when it comes to earning a pile of the green stuff. ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr ko’s Pacquiao (Financially That Is)
Boxing’s Answer to Isner-Mahut

Boxing’s Answer to Isner-Mahut

By Randy Roberts: I don’t want to take anything away from John Isner or Nicolas Mahut—although I hope one of them gets a service return for Christmas. To struggle for 11 hours and 5 minutes over three days and play that final 70-68 Groundhog’s Day set required at least a remarkable attention span. Boxing’s Answer to Isner-Mahut
Todd DuBoef and the Future of Boxing

Todd DuBoef and the Future of Boxing

By Thomas Hauser: There were whispers when Todd DuBoef started work at Top Rank in 1993. “Todd is a spoiled rich kid . . . Todd is Bob Arum’s valet . . . The only reason Todd has a job at Top Rank is that Arum married Todd’s mother.” That was then. Todd DuBoef and the Future of Boxing
An Appalling End to Foreman-Cotto

An Appalling End to Foreman-Cotto

By Thomas Hauser: QUESTION FOR BOXING REFEREES: A fighter collapses when his knee gives way during the seventh round of a twelve-round fight. When he rises to his feet, he’s in obvious pain and can’t move properly or put weight on the leg. The fighter collapses several more times. His chief second advises the referee that he wants the fight to be stopped. The fighter wants to continue. The referee should? An Appalling End to Foreman-Cotto
Foreman’s Courage Serves Him Well

Foreman’s Courage Serves Him Well

By Matthew Hurley: There is something truly inspiring when an athlete discovers the depths of his will and desire in the face of near insurmountable odds. For a boxer that moment of truth usually comes with a great deal of pain. It’s what separates a pretender from the real thing. Foreman’s Courage Serves Him Well
Why ?

Why ?

HBO paid a US$750,000 license fee for Victor Ortiz vs. Nate Campbell. We already know, “Who, what, how, when, and where?” Thomas Hauser asks “Why?” Why ?
Khan-Malignaggi: A Fighter’s Code

Khan-Malignaggi: A Fighter’s Code

By Thomas Hauser: Paulie Malignaggi sat on a folding chair in his dressing room one floor above The Theater at Madison Square Garden. He’d just been stopped in the eleventh round of his bid to wrest the WBA 140-pound title from Amir Khan. There had been no knockdowns. Paulie was on his feet when referee Steve Smoger intervened to save him from further punishment. Khan-Malignaggi: A Fighter’s Code
Khan Is A Big Hit In The USA

Khan Is A Big Hit In The USA

By Clive Bernath: As soon as Breidis Prescott rendered Amir Khan unconscious with a thunderous left hook in September 2008 it looked as though the Olympic silver medallist’s highly promising career was pretty much over before it had even started. Khan Is A Big Hit In The USA
The Myth and the Reality of Floyd Mayweather Jr

The Myth and the Reality of Floyd Mayweather Jr

By Thomas Hauser: In today’s society, Patrick Kehoe observes, “hyperbole tends to replicate itself as an electronic echo, transmitting the desired information as truth logged into infinite memory. Just keep talking, and something aggrandizing will affix to the culture at large.” One might cite Floyd Mayweather Jr in support of that theory. The Myth and the Reality of Floyd Mayweather Jr
More Pay Per Views?  Say It Ain’t So!

More Pay Per Views? Say It Ain’t So!

By Matthew Hurley: I was in Las Vegas last weekend for the Mayweather –Mosley fight and planned on being at the MGM Grand to take in the festivities. Circumstances found me at The Mirage Hotel, a ways down the strip, for the closed circuit telecast instead. In the end I was glad I watched the fight with a near sell out crowd of real fight fans in The Mirage Ballroom rather than the tepid crowd of high rollers that sauntered into the MGM Grand for the main event. More Pay Per Views?  Say It Ain’t So!
Who Is The World’s No.1 P4P Boxer?

Who Is The World’s No.1 P4P Boxer?

By Clive Bernath: The two main talking points being discussed by boxing fans the world over following Floyd Mayweather Jr’s win against Shane Mosley last weekend is should he now be ranked above Manny Pacquiao as the pound for pound No.1 boxer on the planet, and will he and Pacquiao face each other in the ring anytime soon? Who Is The World’s No.1 P4P Boxer?
Kelly Pavlik and the Hard Road of Boxing

Kelly Pavlik and the Hard Road of Boxing

By Thomas Hauser: Most professional fighters have struggled with demons. That’s one of the things that impelled them to become fighters. They’re faced with the constant reality of being punched by men trained in the art of hurting. And if a fighter becomes The Man, it seems as though everyone wants a piece of him. Kelly Pavlik and the Hard Road of Boxing
Pavlik – Martinez:  Winners and Losers

Pavlik – Martinez: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Boxing returned to the main room at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night for the first time since October 2008. On that evening 43 year-old Bernard Hopkins turned back to clock and dominated Kelly Pavlik over 12 one-sided rounds. Pavlik – Martinez:  Winners and Losers
Thomas Hearns: An All Too Familiar Story

Thomas Hearns: An All Too Familiar Story

By Matthew Hurley: In his book Four Kings author George Kimball concludes his tale of Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran with a where are they now summary. Thomas Hearns: An All Too Familiar Story
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser: When a fighter is in the ring, he hits and gets hit. But when a fighter and writer interact, almost always, the fighter is on the receiving end of the questions. What would it be like if the tables were turned? In search of an answer, I asked seven fighters what questions they’d like to put to the men and women who write about them. Notes and Nuggets
Manny Pacquiao and the Essence of Boxing

Manny Pacquiao and the Essence of Boxing

Once again, this time in Dallas, Thomas Hauser was in Manny Pacquaio’s dressing room as boxing’s pound-for-champion prepared for battle. Click on Pacquaio’s photo or the headline above for Hauser’s exclusive report on the world’s most exciting fighter. Manny Pacquiao and the Essence of Boxing
Pacquiao – Clottey:  Winners and Losers

Pacquiao – Clottey: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Boxing got off to a slow start in 2010 due in part to injuries, cancellations, and the fear of counter-programming against the Winter Olympics. March was supposed to signal the unofficial start of the season. The month was highlighted by two of the game’s most dominant figures facing off against stiff competition. Pacquiao – Clottey:  Winners and Losers
Smitty Shoe Shines –Pacquiao vs Clottey

Smitty Shoe Shines –Pacquiao vs Clottey

By James ‘Smitty’ Smith: Over 50,000 showed up at the new palatial Dallas Cowboys Stadium. We saw Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, of course, and former Cowboy Super Bowl winning coaches Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. We saw Neon Deion Sanders along with a plethora of sporting super stars and other luminaries. They were all there to see one Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao, boxing’s biggest star these days in action. Smitty Shoe Shines –Pacquiao vs Clottey
Mosley – Mayweather: “Pretty Sweet”

Mosley – Mayweather: “Pretty Sweet”

By Jason Pribila: Have the contracts been signed? Check. Has there been an official press conference to announce the fight to the public? Check. Have tickets gone on sale? Check. Does the Promotion have a name? Umm, next question. Mosley – Mayweather: “Pretty Sweet”
Jones-Hopkins: The Worst Side of Boxing

Jones-Hopkins: The Worst Side of Boxing

By Dr. Margaret Goodman: When a past-his-prime Roy Jones Jr. faces Bernard Hopkins at Nevada’s Mandalay Bay on April 3rd, there will be lots of blame to go around. But, none bare as much responsibility as the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who will demonstrate they have become a shadow of their former self by licensing Jones to compete. Jones-Hopkins: The Worst Side of Boxing
Hopkins-Jones II: Better Never Than Late

Hopkins-Jones II: Better Never Than Late

By Thomas Hauser: This is a column I’d rather not write. But I chronicle the contemporary boxing scene, and I’d be less than honest if I didn’t write it. Hopkins-Jones II: Better Never Than Late
For Clottey “The Event” is a “Present from God”

For Clottey “The Event” is a “Present from God”

By Jason Pribila: When we last saw welterweight contender Joshua Clottey, he was on the short end of a split decision loss to Miguel Cotto in his bid to win the WBO welterweight title. It was a fight that could have gone either way, but while many felt Clottey deserved the decision, most agreed that his lack of aggression down the stretch cost him the bout and title. For Clottey “The Event” is a “Present from God”
Shane Mosley Finally Gets His Super Fight

Shane Mosley Finally Gets His Super Fight

By Matthew Hurley: It took nearly 16 months but Sugar Shane Mosley finally got the big fight he had been pining for since destroying Antonio Margarito way back in January of 2009. The fact that his bout against Floyd Mayweather on May 1st comes as something of a consolation prize for jaded fight fans in the aftermath of the disintegration of the proposed Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight should really be a non-issue. Shane Mosley Finally Gets His Super Fight
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