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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
Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages

Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages

By Thomas Hauser: On May 2nd, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton engaged in battle for the right to be called boxing’s “pound-for-pound” champion. Pacquiao and Hatton have aggressive relentless ring styles. They are two of the most exciting fighters in the world. Each man has stayed close to his roots, geographically and in terms of character. Both have special meaning to their constituents. No two fighters are more loved in their native lands. Manny Pacquiao: A Fighter for the Ages
Cusp of Greatness

Cusp of Greatness

By John Lumpkin: Last Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao, the consensus pound for pound champion, obliterated Ricky Hatton. Going into the fight, most of us were at least somewhat uncertain as to what the outcome would be. It was not an easy fight to pick because there was such a disparity in relative weights which these two fighters spent the bulk of their career and there was every possibility that Pacquiao was reaching too high up the scale. Cusp of Greatness
Pacquiao Is The Complete Package

Pacquiao Is The Complete Package

By Matthew Hurley: Even those of us who anticipated an eventual beat down of Ricky Hatton by Manny Pacquiao never truly anticipated a complete blowout of the junior welterweight champion. Once again the ‘Pac Man’ not only proved his greatness as a fighter but also elevated his stature among the all time great fighters. Pacquiao Is The Complete Package
Rediscovering Joe Frazier Through Dave Wolf’s Eyes

Rediscovering Joe Frazier Through Dave Wolf’s Eyes

By Thomas Hauser: This is the first in a series of articles that will appear over time. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought three fights that are the pyramids of boxing. Dave Wolf was in the Frazier camp for each of them. Dave was a gifted writer who later gained recognition as the manager of Ray Mancini and Donny Lalonde. He died last December. Rediscovering Joe Frazier Through Dave Wolf’s Eyes
Size Matters?

Size Matters?

By John Lumpkin: Being the pound for pound best in the world does not necessarily translate to being able to beat anyone at any weight. It is simply the recognition of capability relative to weight, so this does not mean that Pacquiao should be favored to win. Size Matters?
Brockton Post Office Renamed In Rocky Marciano’s Honor

Brockton Post Office Renamed In Rocky Marciano’s Honor

By Matthew Hurley: “To be a champion requires total commitment of mind and body. There is no second place when they call you a champ. It’s because you don’t lose.” - Rocky Marciano - Brockton Post Office Renamed In Rocky Marciano’s Honor
Hatton Relishes Underdog Role

Hatton Relishes Underdog Role

By Matthew Hurley: “It’s always better to win as the underdog.” So says Ricky Hatton as he winds down preparations for his May 2nd mega-fight with current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Hatton’s easy charm has been tested in the buildup to this fight as Pacquiao’s ascension to superstar status in the aftermath of his December destruction of Oscar De La Hoya has reduced ‘The Hitman’ to the B-side of this number one record. But in that vein Hatton remains one helluva B-side. Hatton Relishes Underdog Role
Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye

Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye

By Clive Bernath: Nobody can accuse British fighters David Haye and Carl Froch of failing to publicise their respective upcoming world title fights or lacking in self confidence. Moment Of Truth For Froch And Haye
Danny Jacobs: “The Golden Child”

Danny Jacobs: “The Golden Child”

By Thomas Hauser: Danny Jacobs is being groomed for stardom. Outside the ring, Jacobs is easy-going with a natural, almost disarming, quality about him. He likes to talk. “And I love to cook,” he offers. “Chicken, pasta, different sauces. Bread pudding is my favorite. I make it well.” He’s also a talented young fighter, who says without false modesty, “I’m capable of being the best in the world. I can make a big mark in this game.” Danny Jacobs: “The Golden Child”
Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao

Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: When Manny Pacquiao forced Oscar De La Hoya to retire on his stool after eight ridiculously one-sided rounds the vast majority of people who had picked against the ‘Pac Man’ that night sat up, blinked and began comparing the Filipino whirlwind to all time greats like Henry Armstrong. Countdown To Hatton – Pacquiao
Will Rosinsky: A Fighter with Options

Will Rosinsky: A Fighter with Options

By Thomas Hauser: There was a time when New York City was a breeding ground for elite fighters. Those days are long gone, but prospects still surface in the Big Apple. Will Rosinsky is one of them. Will Rosinsky: A Fighter with Options
The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess

The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess

By Matthew Hurley: When I sat down this past Friday night to watch a come-backing Samuel Peter take on rising contender Eddie Chambers I didn’t know quite what to expect. The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess
Hero

Hero

By Thomas Hauser: In the past, I’ve recounted the memories of boxing notables who spoke fondly of their greatest moment in a sport other than boxing. Since then, I’ve received several emails asking what my own “moment in the sun” was. Here goes: Hero
Roy Jones Jr - September 2001: Hopkins, Trinidad, Ya’ll Must Have Forgot

Roy Jones Jr - September 2001: Hopkins, Trinidad, Ya’ll Must Have Forgot

In September 2001, Roy Jones Jr was the undisputed light heavyweight boxing champion of the world, holding the WBC/WBA/IBF/IBO world titles. SecondsOut’s Paul Upham sat down and spoke to Jones about Bernard Hopkins’ then recent win over Felix Trinidad to become the undisputed middleweight champion of the world and the chances of Jones Jr and Hopkins meeting in a rematch. Roy Jones Jr - September 2001: Hopkins, Trinidad, Ya’ll Must Have Forgot
More Great Moments in Sports

More Great Moments in Sports

By Thomas Hauser: In the past, I’ve recounted the memories of fighters who spoke fondly of their greatest moment in a sport other than boxing. The recollections of some notable non-combatants follow: More Great Moments in Sports
David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?

David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?

By Matthew Hurley: He’s brash, he’s exciting to watch and now that he’s entered the heavyweight ranks he’s potentially vulnerable. That vulnerability coupled with his hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners style has made David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye a welcome addition to a division desperate for someone to shake things up. David Haye: This Generation’s Evander Holyfield?
Top Rank Goes It Alone

Top Rank Goes It Alone

By Thomas Hauser

Don’t get carried away by the title of this article. It would be a stretch to liken Bob Arum to Gary Cooper in High Noon. But in recent weeks, there has been talk of a new economic model in boxing. And Arum, in tandem with Todd DuBoef (his stepson and the president of Top Rank) might be charting a path out of the wilderness that the sweet science has wandered through in recent years. Top Rank Goes It Alone
Chris Finnegan 1944-2009

Chris Finnegan 1944-2009

By Clive Bernath: Chris Finnegan, the former British, European and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion, has died at the age of 64. His death comes just four months after his younger brother Kevin was found dead at his Hillingdon home. Chris Finnegan 1944-2009
Juan Manuel Marquez – Ready For Diaz But Still Seeking Pacquiao

Juan Manuel Marquez – Ready For Diaz But Still Seeking Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: After losing a split decision to Manny Pacquiao in a spirited rematch of their 2004 draw Juan Manuel Marquez was understandably livid. Once again the master boxer proved a near unsolvable puzzle for the Filipino whirlwind. Juan Manuel Marquez – Ready For Diaz But Still Seeking Pacquiao
A Diamante in the Rough

A Diamante in the Rough

By Thomas Hauser

One night next month, moments before the opening bell, ring announcer David Diamante will take the microphone for one of the many fight cards he works in the New York metropolitan area. Diamante is tall and slender with a gaunt face, aquiline nose, and piercing blue eyes. His voice is a gift and he uses it well. A Diamante in the Rough
Goodbye Joe Calzaghe

Goodbye Joe Calzaghe

By Clive Bernath

Joe Calzaghe’s decision to retire undefeated was as much a surprise as it was expected. In terms of the expected the Welsh boxing hero hinted many times following his win over Roy Jones Jr last November that retirement was a real possibility. Goodbye Joe Calzaghe
Margarito’s Situation Brings Back Bad Memories

Margarito’s Situation Brings Back Bad Memories

By Matthew Hurley

In light of the recent controversy surrounding the hand wraps of Antonio Margarito and whether or not chief cornerman Javier Capetillo applied a “plaster-like” substance to the wraps before Shane Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson demanded they be rewrapped, subsequently discovering the apparent transgression, thoughts of many turned to a shameful boxing night in a packed Madison Square Garden back in 1983. Margarito’s Situation Brings Back Bad Memories
The Truth about John Duddy

The Truth about John Duddy

By Thomas Hauser

A fighter sacrifices. He tortures his body; he hardens his mind. And all the while, he’s surrounded by people, some of whom give him their heart and soul while others view him as prey. Depending on those associations, the business of boxing can be profitable for a fighter or worse than any physical beating that he suffers. John Duddy is learning that hard lesson now. The Truth about John Duddy
Mosley vs. Margarito:  Winners and Losers

Mosley vs. Margarito: Winners and Losers

By Jason Pribila: In June of 2000, I found myself at an engagement party for a couple that never quite made it to the altar. What made the day memorable was that I convinced the not-to-be bride’s father to allow me to purchase that evening’s Pay Per View between Oscar De La Hoya and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Mosley vs. Margarito:  Winners and Losers
Memorandum for Ross Greenburg: HBO 2009

Memorandum for Ross Greenburg: HBO 2009

By Thomas Hauser

Hi. It’s me again.

Yeah; I figured that would make you happy.

Anyway; HBO seems to be struggling with its boxing programming. Your ratings for boxing last year looked like polls tracking the national approval rating for George Bush’s handling of the economy. So I thought I’d pass along a few thoughts. Memorandum for Ross Greenburg: HBO 2009
Shane Mosley – It’s Been A Bumpy, Thrilling Ride

Shane Mosley – It’s Been A Bumpy, Thrilling Ride

By Matthew Hurley

When last we saw Shane Mosley he was capping off a sloppy fight against unorthodox Ricardo Mayorga with a wicked last ditch assault that saw him knock out the wild swinging Nicaraguan with a vicious left hook at the one second mark of the final round. Shane Mosley – It’s Been A Bumpy, Thrilling Ride
Clean Slate

Clean Slate

By John Lumpkin

There have been a lot of criticisms about the various boxing organizations that provide championships and rankings, so much so that many boxing publications and television stations have been promoting the idea that we ignore these organizations. Clean Slate
Dave Wolf: A Remembrance

Dave Wolf: A Remembrance

By Thomas Hauser

I’ve lost a good friend. Dave Wolf died in his sleep last night.

When I say “good friend,” I mean it. Dave Wolf: A Remembrance
A Moment with Joe Frazier

A Moment with Joe Frazier

By Thomas Hauser

One of the joys in covering a big fight is that I never know what “extras” fight night will bring. Earlier this year, I was in the press room at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City readying for Kelly Pavlik vs. Bernard Hopkins when Joe Frazier came in. A Moment with Joe Frazier
Event Horizon

Event Horizon

By John Lumpkin: There have been several articles floating around criticizing Oscar De La Hoya’s recent escapades; describing him as an “Event Fighter” in reference to his rather sporadic schedule. It is an accurate criticism, but somewhat unfair because boxing today is an event sport. Event Horizon
De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing

De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing

By Thomas Hauser

It’s hard to know how future generations will evaluate Oscar De La Hoya.

Oscar is more than a name. He was once a very good fighter, but that time has come and gone. He has lost four of his last seven fights. One can argue that he hasn’t beaten an elite opponent since a split-decision victory over Ike Quartey on February 13, 1999. De La Hoya-Pacquiao and the Business of Boxing
Precipices

Precipices

By John Lumpkin

Whenever an organization loses its leader, there is always doubt amongst the public as to whether or not the organization will regain its stature. Precipices
The Heavyweights – Looking For Some Clarity

The Heavyweights – Looking For Some Clarity

By Matthew Hurley

There was a dichotomy at play when Wladimir Klitschko pounded out an impressive victory over perennial contender and former heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman. At first glance, Dr Steelhammer’s many detractors had to nod in approval at the systematic way the hulking Ukrainian went about his business. The Heavyweights – Looking For Some Clarity
Holiday Reading: 2008

Holiday Reading: 2008

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: 2008
Come Back Floyd. Pac-Man’s Waiting For You?

Come Back Floyd. Pac-Man’s Waiting For You?

By James ‘Smitty’ Smith

The purpose of this column is to call out ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather Jr from his sabbatical and do what he knows and does best. Come Back Floyd. Pac-Man’s Waiting For You?
MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM

MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM

LOS ANGELES and LONDON, December 9th - MaxBoxing.com, the leader in Internet boxing coverage in the United States, is pleased to announce a new partnership with the premier brand in worldwide new media boxing coverage, SecondsOut.com, for a new venture that will not only continue to bring the best of the fight game to its visitors, but that will add a number of new enhancements that will revolutionize the way the sport is covered. MAXBOXING.COM Teams Up With SECONDSOUT.COM
Pacquiao Turns De La Hoya’s Dream Fight into a Nightmare

Pacquiao Turns De La Hoya’s Dream Fight into a Nightmare

Comment by Paul Upham

Experts and fans alike labelled it a mismatch as soon as the fight was made. Some boxing fans were so angered they vowed not to subscribe to the pay-per-view, labelling it a circus and a farce. Indeed the fight was one sided. It wasn’t even close. But Many Pacquiao was the one who was left standing with his arms raised in triumph. For Oscar De La Hoya, the long time Golden Boy of the sport, the Dream Match turned into a nightmare. Pacquiao Turns De La Hoya’s Dream Fight into a Nightmare
Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream

Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream

By Thomas Hauser

In today’s era of devalued titles, it’s not enough to be a “champion.” To be fully recognized and make big money, a fighter has to be a star. Hatton-Malignaggi: The End of a Dream
Has De La Hoya’s Shtick Gotten Old?

Has De La Hoya’s Shtick Gotten Old?

By Matthew Hurley

As the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao fight approaches and the publicity machine ratchets it up another notch Oscar, the savvy veteran with dozens of these media blitzes under his belt, has metamorphosed into the confidently contained sound-bite machine he has perfected over the years. Has De La Hoya’s Shtick Gotten Old?
Inside De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

Inside De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet

By Paul Upham

This coming Saturday night the boxing world stops for the event of the year when its biggest star Oscar De La Hoya faces the best fighter in the world Manny Pacquiao. While the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas is sold out, the fight will be televised live in the USA on HBO Pay-Per-View and millions more will watch around the world. Behind the scenes at HBO, great work has gone into packaging and delivering the Dream Match to both old and new boxing fans. Inside De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao with HBO Pay-Per-View’s Mark Taffet
Brand

Brand

By John Lumpkin

Walk into any sporting goods store in the land and see if you purchase anything related to boxing. At best, you might be able to locate a heavy bag, some training gloves and maybe a speed bag. What you will not find is T-shirt, ball cap, jacket or any other item that would help promote the sport. The reason you will not find these things is that boxing has no representative. Brand
HBO Finally Prunes the Tree with “Ring Life”

HBO Finally Prunes the Tree with “Ring Life”

By Jason Pribila

On May 28th Thomas Hauser let boxing fans behind the curtain, and behind the scenes of “HBO: 2008”. He intimately detailed how the decisions by HBO’s current leadership were adversely affecting the sport as a whole. Mr. Hauser wrote, “Part of the problem is that HBO is no longer building fighters the way it once did because it tries to televise the biggest names, not the best fighters and fights.” HBO Finally Prunes the Tree with “Ring Life”
A Boxing Scribes Night With The UFC

A Boxing Scribes Night With The UFC

By Matthew Hurley

In its infancy the world of mixed martial arts that I would see late at night on ESPN held no interest for me. I found it to be slap-dash and amateurish and subsequently ignored its refinement over the years. A Boxing Scribes Night With The UFC
Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight

Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight

By Derek Bonnett

With all the big boxing talk of the last couple of months being focused on Hopkins-Pavlik and Jones-Calzaghe, it appears as if the enthusiasts of the sport have completely forgotten about the super bantamweight unification bout between Celestino Caballero and Steve Molitor on November 21 at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Molitor-Caballero: An Underrated Super Fight
Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr

Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr

By Thomas Hauser

The main arena at Madison Square Garden is a nice place to make history. On November 8th, Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr did just that, although the results were far more gratifying to Calzaghe. Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr
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