Being a boxing promoter is a lot like being a college athletic director. When something falls through in terms of scheduling, there better be a backup plan.
Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he desperately craved, battering Chris Algieri around the ring Sunday on his way to a decision win in a lopsided welterweight title fight.
Ishe Smith didn’t mind waiting to get what he wanted. The former world junior middleweight champion from Las Vegas was supposed to get a shot at Erislandy Lara on May 2, but Lara bypassed Smith to fight Canelo Alvarez on July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden.
This is not the fight Manny Pacquiao wants. If it were up to Pacquiao, he would be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. tonight (early Sunday in Macau) in a mega-million dollar fight that would have the sports world abuzz.
It took seven years for Layla McCarter and Melissa Hernandez to settle their differences in the ring.
Manny Pacquiao is fighting Chris Algieri tonight (early Sunday in Macau), but the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion’s eyes are on Floyd Mayweather Jr. Jessie Vargas is also fighting tonight in Macau. But he also has an eye cast toward the future.
It has been said there are two kinds of smarts in the world. Chris Algieri happens to be both.
She hadn’t fought in more than two years, so many in boxing thought Layla McCarter had retired from the sport in which she had spent 14 years as one of the best female fighters.
Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home. Taylor was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.
Manny Pacquiao didn’t need the huge bouquet of flowers he was holding to feel welcome in this gambling enclave, where he will be fighting at an odd hour Sunday against an opponent who has to already feel as though he won boxing’s biggest lottery.