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Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser: Don Elbaum telephoned last week to spread a message: Boxing fans should no longer be depressed about the demise of Pacquiao-Mayweather. A new mega-fight is on the horizon. Notes and Nuggets
The Model

The Model

By John Lumpkin: The other day there was an article published by Allan Scotto entitled “Boxing Sucks” where the author concluded that we should blame Bob Arum. The article attributed a quote to Arum that plainly stated Arum’s lack of interest in serving the boxing consumer as perfect evidence of why the young consumer is turning to MMA instead of boxing. Whether Arum said it or not, the premise is correct. If one does not serve the customers, the business will die. The Model
Mayweather to Dictate Drug Testing Terms for Mosley Fight

Mayweather to Dictate Drug Testing Terms for Mosley Fight

By Paul Upham: Now that the contracts for the May 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr-Shane Mosley welterweight boxing match have been signed, SecondsOut can reveal a stunning component of their agreement. In signing off on the deal, Mosley has given Mayweather complete control over the drug testing to be implemented, apart from any testing that is required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Mayweather to Dictate Drug Testing Terms for Mosley Fight
Mayweather-Pacquiao, PEDs, and Boxing

Mayweather-Pacquiao, PEDs, and Boxing

By Thomas Hauser: Two days before Manny Pacquiao fought Miguel Cotto, I talked with Alex Ariza, who has been Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach since early 2008. When I asked what it was like to work with an athlete of Manny’s caliber, Ariza shook his head in wonder. Mayweather-Pacquiao, PEDs, and Boxing
A Round Of Applause For Jermain Taylor

A Round Of Applause For Jermain Taylor

By Matthew Hurley: Jermain Taylor’s announcement that he would bow out of Showtime’s Super Six Word Boxing Classic in the wake of his vicious knockout loss to Arthur Abraham came as a relief. A Round Of Applause For Jermain Taylor
"Did Barbra Streisand Whup Sonny Liston?"

"Did Barbra Streisand Whup Sonny Liston?"

By Thomas Hauser: Late last year, the Secret Service was embarrassed by the revelation that an uninvited couple had worked their way past security checkpoints and been photographed with Barack Obama at a White House state dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India. Been there, done that. Sort of. "Did Barbra Streisand Whup Sonny Liston?"
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser: A tip of the hat to two men who deserve it. Whenever there’s a big fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nathan Lee and La Mont Starks can be found sitting at a desk outside the media center. Notes and Nuggets
Art Hafey: Too Nice A Guy To Fight For The Title

Art Hafey: Too Nice A Guy To Fight For The Title

By Clive Bernath: Art Hafey is one of life’s nice people. In fact being such a nice down to earth humble guy may have cost him a shot at the world featherweight title. Art Hafey: Too Nice A Guy To Fight For The Title
Holiday Reading: 2009

Holiday Reading: 2009

By Thomas Hauser: Each year during the holiday season, I publish a “top forty” list of what I consider to be the best books on boxing. That list, updated to accommodate recently published titles, follows. Some of these books are now out of print. But with the proliferation of online services like Abebooks.com and Amazon.com, all of them can be found. Holiday Reading: 2009
Boxing Gives Thanks for Manny Pacquiao

Boxing Gives Thanks for Manny Pacquiao

By Thomas Hauser: Thanksgiving and Christmas came early for boxing this year. The November 14th mega-match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto was the biggest and most important fight of 2009. Think of it as a holiday festival with Pacquiao in the role of Santa Claus. Or maybe Manny is better characterized as a non-stop Energizer Easter Bunny, whose fists exploded like Fourth of July fireworks and turned Cotto’s face into a gruesome Halloween mask. Boxing Gives Thanks for Manny Pacquiao
Filipino Boxing: More Than Just Pacquiao

Filipino Boxing: More Than Just Pacquiao

By Derek Bonnett: Over the last few years, the last couple of weeks in particular, it has been hard not to get caught up in all of the speculation regarding Manny Pacquiao, his place among boxing legends, and the outcome of a super-fight, P4P showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- it’s been a hell of an experience. Filipino Boxing: More Than Just Pacquiao
Gary Shaw and The Canadian Heist

Gary Shaw and The Canadian Heist

Jerry Glick reporting: HBO had a great show on Saturday night that was marred by yet another bad decision. This time it was a draw between unbeaten former two division champion Joan Guzman and Ali Funeka at the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Québec, Canada. Gary Shaw and The Canadian Heist
Manny Pacquiao – Miguel Cotto:  Winners and Losers

Manny Pacquiao – Miguel Cotto: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: The story of Manny Pacquiao – Miguel Cotto did not end when the bout was waved off 55 seconds into the final round. The aftermath has created a buzz that has spread well beyond the sport of boxing and has captured the imagination of even casual sports fans. Manny Pacquiao – Miguel Cotto:  Winners and Losers
In Demand:  Mayweather – Pacquiao

In Demand: Mayweather – Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: After dismantling Miguel Cotto in customary exciting fashion the buzzing sellout crowd of over 16,000 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas began to chant, “We want Floyd! We want Floyd! We want Floyd!” And it wasn’t simply the delirious Filipino fans that had just witnessed their hero reach yet another plateau in his remarkable career; it was boxing fans in general. In Demand:  Mayweather – Pacquiao
Status

Status

By John Lumpkin: Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Miguel Cotto was not only entertaining, but hugely significant. As most fight fans are aware, Pacquiao began his career at 106 lbs and has captured world titles at 112,122, 130,135, 140 and now 147. Status
No More Catch-Weights

No More Catch-Weights

By Andy Rivera: Can you imagine some of the greatest fights in boxing history not being made if we had to deal with the catch weight issues we seem to have to deal with these days to make fights? No More Catch-Weights
Inside Pacquiao vs. Cotto with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

Inside Pacquiao vs. Cotto with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

By Paul Upham: It is the biggest boxing match of the year and has the most intensive advertising and marketing plan. As hard as Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto are working in the gym to be ready for their Firepower battle on Saturday night November 14, behind the scenes at HBO a dedicated team has been working day and night with promoter Top Rank to sell the super-fight to the masses. Inside Pacquiao vs. Cotto with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet
Ricardo Jimenez

Ricardo Jimenez

By Thomas Hauser: Another big fight week is here. All eyes are about to focus on Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. Through it all, a soft-spoken man with a round face and neatly-groomed walrus mustache will be in the background, quietly doing his job. Ricardo Jimenez
Boxing In China: A Tale Of Two Decades

Boxing In China: A Tale Of Two Decades

By Zhenyu Li: "Western boxing in China is now revived!" More than two decades ago when Menghua Li, the Director of National Sports Committee declared in a resonant voice filling up the sky, it turned a whole new chapter in the story of Chinese western boxing. Boxing In China: A Tale Of Two Decades
Mike Tyson and Other Notes

Mike Tyson and Other Notes

By Thomas Hauser: Mike Tyson has always been a compelling presence. Many observers of the boxing scene think that, early in his career, he was a great fighter. Others (such as Dave Anderson, who called Tyson “a thug who got lucky”) take a contrary view. What’s beyond debate is that Tyson, like Muhammad Ali and Joe Louis before him, entered the national psyche. Everyone knew who he was and everyone had an opinion about him. Mike Tyson and Other Notes
Cotto And Pacquiao Gear Up For The Fight Of The Year

Cotto And Pacquiao Gear Up For The Fight Of The Year

By Matthew Hurley : When the fight was announced the two combatants were coming off markedly different performances. One frighteningly dominant, the other a test of wills that came down to a scant few points on the judges scorecards. One fighter seemed to be leap-frogging the perilous climb to pound-for-pound supremacy while the other seemed to be finding slippery wet patches as he struggled onward and upward. Cotto And Pacquiao Gear Up For The Fight Of The Year
Steve Collins: The Best Irish Boxer, Ever

Steve Collins: The Best Irish Boxer, Ever

By Gerry Hand: It was one of those random questions you often get down the pub, especially when people know you like boxing. "Who was Ireland’s greatest ever boxer"? Straightforward enough until you actually have to decide upon it, but for me the answer came automatically.Steve Collins. Steve Collins: The Best Irish Boxer, Ever
The New York Times and Boxing

The New York Times and Boxing

By Thomas Hauser: There was a time when big fights were chronicled in the New York Times with banner headlines in large type that stretched across the front page. Those days are long gone. Newspapers across the country are abandoning the sweet science. Like the sport itself, writing about boxing is fading from view. But the Times is America’s newspaper of record. Being slighted by the fabled “gray lady of journalism” cuts particularly deep. The New York Times and Boxing
Malignaggi-Diaz: The Rematch

Malignaggi-Diaz: The Rematch

Jerry Glick reporting: One of the hottest fights that is in danger of not happening is between two of the finest young fighters in the business today; Paul Malignaggi and Juan Diaz. Malignaggi-Diaz: The Rematch
Tua-Minator Salvation

Tua-Minator Salvation

By Derek Bonnett: It’s hard not to pick on the heavyweight division these days, but in their defense Vitali Klitschko put together a pretty inspiring effort in disposing of unbeaten Cristobal Arreola on September 26 and is now rumored to be considering a meeting with unbeaten Kevin Johnson on December 12 to close out 2009. Tua-Minator Salvation
HBO and Boxing: At a Crossroads

HBO and Boxing: At a Crossroads

By Thomas Hauser: HBO and boxing are at a crossroads. The first draft of the network’s overall budget for 2010 was presented in July. It called for a US$15,000,000 reduction for HBO Sports; a cut in excess of twenty percent. Then, during the first week of September, Michael Lombardo (president of HBO’s programming group and West Coast operations) further signaled senior management’s displeasure with the status quo. HBO and Boxing: At a Crossroads
Mayweather – Marquez:  Winners and Losers

Mayweather – Marquez: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: Floyd Mayweather Jr. returned to the ring following a 21-month hiatus in an attempt to reclaim his crown as boxing’s best fighter pound for pound. He chose Juan Manuel Marquez, a natural junior lightweight, as his opponent. Mayweather – Marquez:  Winners and Losers
Reflection: Mayweather Jr/Juan Manuel Marquez

Reflection: Mayweather Jr/Juan Manuel Marquez

By John Lumpkin: After watching the Mayweather Marquez contest, HBO questioned the wisdom of jumping weight classes and began to rethink Pacquiao’s chances against Cotto. It is valid question and one that probably should have been asked a long time ago, but there are critical differences which make Pacquiao far more likely to succeed at a higher weight class than Marquez. Reflection: Mayweather Jr/Juan Manuel Marquez
Tina Meets Manny

Tina Meets Manny

By Thomas Hauser: When the bell rings, Manny Pacquiao’s eyes turn to burning coals. His ring skills have made him what Steve Kim calls “the Filipino version of Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and the Beatles.” Pacquiao carried the Filipino flag at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He’s the only Filipino boxer to appear on a postage stamp. Earlier this year, Time Magazine listed him among its “100 most influential people” in the world. Tina Meets Manny
Juan Manuel Marquez – Weight Be Damned

Juan Manuel Marquez – Weight Be Damned

By Matthew Hurley: You are universally acknowledged as a great fighter. A certain first ballot hall-of-famer. Yet you remain, somehow, under appreciated. Juan Manuel Marquez – Weight Be Damned
Yuri Foreman: A Spiritual Journey

Yuri Foreman: A Spiritual Journey

By Thomas Hauser: On November 14th, on the pay-per-view undercard of the mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, 29-year-old Yuri Foreman will challenge Daniel Santos for the World Boxing Association 154-pound crown. Yuri Foreman: A Spiritual Journey
Boxing In China: The Evolution

Boxing In China: The Evolution

By Zhenyu Li in Beijing, China: China has a centuries-old boxing history, yet it’s rather different from boxing today.The history of Chinese boxing dates back to 3.7 thousand years ago when China was in the Late Shang Dynasty. It’s one of the subjects for military training conducted by aristocrats. Boxing In China: The Evolution
Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr Can Lift Boxing Says Sugar Ray Leonard

Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr Can Lift Boxing Says Sugar Ray Leonard

By Paul Upham: While they have other important fights in front of them before the end of the year, one of the matches boxing fans would most like to see in 2010 is Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hall of Fame legend Sugar Ray Leonard says that is the sort of fight which can help lift boxing back to where it once stood at the top of mainstream sport. Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr Can Lift Boxing Says Sugar Ray Leonard
Cotto vs. Pacquiao: The One True Superfight Of The Year

Cotto vs. Pacquiao: The One True Superfight Of The Year

By Matthew Hurley: The upcoming bout between Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao on November 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas holds so many intangibles that boxing fans are champing at the bit for the opening bell to ring. Cotto vs. Pacquiao: The One True Superfight Of The Year
Texas is Shameless

Texas is Shameless

By Thomas Hauser: In August 2007, Paulie Malignaggi traveled to Las Vegas as a representative of Everlast at the “Magic” fashion show. Moments after his return flight to New York landed, he was taking his carry-on bag from the overhead luggage bin when another passenger recognized him. “Hey, Paulie,” the man said. “I love you. You’re a great fighter. Don’t worry; Someday, you’ll win a title.” Texas is Shameless
Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part Two

Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part Two

By Thomas Hauser: Sugar Ray Robinson’s knockout victory over Jake LaMotta captured the imagination of America. Baseball and boxing were the country’s two national sports. Robinson had now entered the ring for 124 fights, losing once. This was his fifth victory over the man who’d defeated him. And thanks to television, thirty million people had witnessed him in his prime. He was handsome, telegenic, and lethal. Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part Two
Can Klitschko vs Arreola Revive The Heavyweight division?

Can Klitschko vs Arreola Revive The Heavyweight division?

By Clive Bernath: One would have to think back a good few years in order to relive the last exciting and entertaining match-up in the heavyweight division. In this writer’s opinion the last time an exciting and evenly contested match-up took place was on June 26, 2003 when Lennox Lewis defeated Vitali Klitschko via six round tko. Can Klitschko vs Arreola Revive The Heavyweight division?
Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One

Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One

By Thomas Hauser: Sugar Ray Robinson is the gold standard against which all fighters are judged. “He had everything,” legendary trainer Eddie Futch said after Robinson died. “Boxing skills, punching power, a great chin, mental strength. There was nothing he couldn’t do. He knew almost everything there was to know about how to box. When Ray was in his prime, he owned the ring like no fighter before or since.” Sugar Ray Robinson Revisited – Part One
Budd Schulberg Passes

Budd Schulberg Passes

Budd Schulberg died this week at the age of 95. To honor his memory, Secondsout is re-posting Thomas Hauser’s profile of this remarkable man. The profile first appeared on January 3, 2005. Budd Schulberg Passes
July - The Month From Hell

July - The Month From Hell

By Matthew Hurley: The stunning news that junior middleweight champion Vernon Forrest had been shot and killed Saturday night during an apparent car jacking left an already dazed and confused boxing community collectively looking up to the heavens and asking, “Why?” The month of July in 2009 will long be remembered as one of the most tragic months in the history of boxing. July - The Month From Hell
Jessica Goes to the Fights

Jessica Goes to the Fights

By Thomas Hauser: Jessica won my heart completely, totally, and without reservation when she was three years old. I was forty-two at the time. My brother, Jim, had come east from Oregon, where he lived with his wife and daughters (Cathy and Jessica). They were visiting my parents, who lived in the suburbs of New York. Cathy was seven and too sophisticated for the game that Jessica and I were playing. Jessica Goes to the Fights
Notes and Nuggets

Notes and Nuggets

By Thomas Hauser: Like most boxing writers, I receive an endless stream of press releases. Recently, one caught my eye. It was for a celebrity boxing event to be held in Pennsylvania on July 24th. Notes and Nuggets
Alexis Arguello – A Champion In And Out Of The Ring

Alexis Arguello – A Champion In And Out Of The Ring

By Matthew Hurley: There isn’t much I can say about Alexis Arguello’s ring accomplishments that haven’t already been articulated in much better prose than I am capable of. He was simply a magnificent fighting machine. A technician who studied his opponent until he noticed a weakness and then exploited it, usually with a laser beam of a right cross. Alexis Arguello – A Champion In And Out Of The Ring
The Lesson of Ortiz-Maidana

The Lesson of Ortiz-Maidana

By Thomas Hauser: On June 27th, HBO televised what was supposed to be Victor Ortiz’s coronation as the WBA “interim junior-welterweight champion of the world.” The 22-year-old Ortiz has been groomed for stardom and still might make it there someday. But at a point in his career when the competition should have been stepped up to harden him for a championship run, he was put in soft. The Lesson of Ortiz-Maidana
Ortiz Faces Questions After Thrilling Slugfest

Ortiz Faces Questions After Thrilling Slugfest

By Matthew Hurley: For a little over five rounds Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana put on a fireworks display in front of a raucous crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. After five knockdowns and concussive back and forth action the young rising star with the Dickensian back story told the ringside physician that he’d had enough and Maidana walked away with a sixth round technical knockout and the interim WBA super lightweight championship belt. Ortiz Faces Questions After Thrilling Slugfest
The Oddest Couple

The Oddest Couple

By Thomas Hauser: Barney Frank has been in Congress since 1981 and is chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. That makes him one of the most powerful people in government. His career is also notable because, in 1987, he was only the second member of Congress to openly acknowledge being gay. What does Barney Frank have to do with boxing? The Oddest Couple
Arthur Curry: His Life and Legacy

Arthur Curry: His Life and Legacy

By Thomas Hauser: A lot of people liked Arthur Curry. Almost everyone else loved him. Artie’s mind was filled with wonderful thoughts and his feelings were founded on love. He was about giving. He enjoyed doing things for people and took care to never hurt anyone. He was a man of integrity who radiated truth. He spoke his mind and didn’t hide his feelings. “Being real,” he called it. But he was always kind. Arthur Curry: His Life and Legacy
Marquez And Vazquez: Another Trip To Hell Awaits

Marquez And Vazquez: Another Trip To Hell Awaits

By Matthew Hurley: The news that Israel Vazquez was cleared to fight by the California State Athletic Commission after undergoing surgery for a detached retina came as a relief. After his epic third fight with Rafael Marquez, both fighters were riding a wave of public and media adulation. Their trilogy, with Marquez taking fight one, RTD 7 and Vazquez taking fights two and three, TKO 6, W 12, ranks among the great fistic three fight series in the history of boxing. Marquez And Vazquez: Another Trip To Hell Awaits
“Boxing:  Funny the Way It Is”

“Boxing: Funny the Way It Is”

By Jason Pribila: Due to some scheduling conflicts and a battle with the worst cold I’ve experienced since the “Blizzard of ‘94”, I have been away from live boxing and more importantly my laptop for too long. Fortunately, fellow boxing scribes have kept me entertained by reporting the buzz that will shape the sport’s second half of 2009. “Boxing:  Funny the Way It Is”
Seth Abraham: Then and Now

Seth Abraham: Then and Now

By Thomas Hauser: HBO is the dominant player in boxing today. It wasn’t always that way. In the mid-1980s, the broadcast television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) ruled the ring. The man most responsible for upending that hierarchy was Seth Abraham, the architect of HBO’s boxing program. Seth Abraham: Then and Now
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