Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired from competition, many boxing fans are debating who is the sport's new pound-for-pound king.
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Javier Fortuna, the World Boxing Association regular super featherweight champion, predicted he would knock out Carlos Velasquez in his first title defense. Fortuna did, winning by technical knockout in the 10th round to improve to 29-0-1 with 21 knockouts in the main event of the Premier Boxing Champions card Tuesday at the Palms.
Winning world titles hasn't been a problem for Javier Fortuna. The issue has been retaining them.
If you forgot about Mickey Bey, that's understandable. The former lightweight champion, 32, from Cleveland hasn't been in the ring for more than a year since having surgery on his right hand that took longer to heal than he had anticipated.
As Manny Pacquiao continues to heal from the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that required surgery, talk is ramping up over when the congressman from the Philippines will return to the ring.
Timothy Bradley could have picked anyone to train him for his title defense against Brandon Rios on Nov. 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center after parting ways with longtime trainer Joel Diaz. But he chose a voice boxing fans are familiar with — Teddy Atlas — the longtime ESPN analyst who will spend the next seven weeks with Bradley.
Not long after Floyd Mayweather Jr. dispatched with Andre Berto on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden and announced, once again, that he was ending his stellar boxing career, I reached a different conclusion.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't mind if he’s referred to in the past tense. After all, it was his decision to retire as an active boxer.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Andre Berto in a welterweight title boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. In what Mayweather insisted was the final fight of his career, he beat Berto by unanimous decision.
Perfect. From beginning to end. If this was indeed Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s final fight, he did it on his terms, his way, in totally dominating an overmatched Andre Berto on Saturday night before 13,395 fans at the MGM Grand Garden.
He danced around the ring and raised his right hand and summoned the cheers to grow louder inside an MGM Grand Garden that was neither sold out nor filled with 13,395 people who actually paid for a ticket.
It was Badou Jack's first title defense, and he was prepared to keep his World Boxing Council super middleweight belt no matter what it took.
Leo Santa Cruz came to Las Vegas on Friday in a much different light than the last time he was here.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto will meet in the ring on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden. Mayweather has repeatedly said this is his final fight, but will it be? Only time will tell. Here's all the information you need if you want to tune in.
It's supposed to be a celebration of an amazing career, a victory lap.
The only thing missing Wednesday was a closer. You know, the guy with a fresh face and renewed sense of enthusiasm. The one who reeks of commission and within a few minutes has successfully disintegrated hours of negotiations into a sheet of smoke and flame.
It was supposed to be Oscar Valdez's toughest fight. But the rising featherweight star went through veteran Chris Avalos on Friday at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as if he were a rookie sparring partner.
If Andre Berto loses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden, it won't be because he was unprepared.
Boxing's featherweight division doesn't lack for star power. Oscar Valdez sees himself as part of that scene, and the Mexican Olympian appears headed in the direction toward superstardom.
George Groves is venturing into enemy territory, but as long as the London native doesn't have to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Badou Jack at the same time Saturday, he figures he can handle things.
Both world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the United States Anti-Doping Agency fired back at the author of a story that claimed Mayweather and USADA acted inappropriately in Mayweather receiving an IV prior to his May 2 fight with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.
Orlando Salido hasn't forgotten the feeling that comes with being a world champion.
He may or may not be finished with boxing, but one part of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s career will definitely come to an end Saturday after his fight against Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden.
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