Gary Shaw is certain of it. He thinks boxing still has it over mixed martial arts in one specific way. He has no doubt that when a megafight occurs, when a Manny Pacquiao steps into a ring and faces a Ricky Hatton, when so many movie stars show up that Denzel Washington is relegated to the 15th row, when the lights are blinding and the buzz deafening, the advantage still falls to boxing.
You still see it in movies. How boxing once was. How it truly mattered to all those watching. How the action inside the ring was thought far more exciting than whatever celebrity might be attending outside it.
Now that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Miguel Cotto, trainer Freddie Roach will have several months to put Pacquiao’s game plan in place for the Nov. 14 bout at the MGM Grand Garden.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum announced Monday that everything is set for Manny Pacquiao, considered boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter, to face WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden. The nontitle fight, scheduled for 12 rounds, will be contested at a catch weight of 145 pounds.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. had plenty of respect for Arturo Gatti, and the Las Vegan expressed that after learning of Gatti’s death last week.
The card was supposed to be the opening act this weekend for the headline performer. But when an injury forced Floyd Mayweather Jr. to postpone his welterweight fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, it had the stage to itself.
Of the eight oddsmakers at Las Vegas Sports Consultants, Sean Van Patten is an oddity. He actually follows the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Nonito Donaire said he’s ready to leave the flyweight division, and he’ll get his first taste of life as a 115-pounder next month when he faces Rafael Concepcion at the Hard Rock Hotel.