Tagged: Boxing

Fight night tonight: Canelo vs. Golovkin!


I am at home, following the social media reaction to this Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin title fight for the WBA-WBC-IBF middleweight boxing title. 

And unlike that Mayweather-McGregor quasi-WWE circus act we got recently, this is the real deal: a real fight for a real title. Unfortunately, I’m too cheap to spring for the pay-per-view as usual, and too lazy to leave the house, so I’m spending my evening looking at Twitter while watching the UFC on TV. Live results here.

Update: And the result is a draw!!! (?)

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The last word on the Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view fiasco


As you know, I had a great time watching the Mayweather-McGregor fight last week. Unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t. Issues plagued the pay-per-view, with many at home unable to watch the fight card even though they had paid for it. The UFC had the most issues, with a lot of people unable to access UFC.TV on fight night because it was so overloaded. 

This reminds me of my issues trying to watch the National Lacrosse League’s Champions Cup finals game on Twitter back in June, when Twitter inexplicably geoblocked Canadians from watching the game feed. I was boiling mad. So I understand why these fight fans were so upset last Saturday.

I notice on Facebook that Dana White has publicly apologized and is offering full refunds to everyone who had issues with UFC.TV last Saturday. I also notice the reaction from the fans on Facebook was along the lines of “apology not accepted!” and “to hell with the UFC!” 

Clearly, the UFC has a lot of apologizing and begging for forgiveness ahead of them to mollify a ton of unhappy fight fans.

Mayweather TKOs McGregor in 10th, moves to 50-0!


You know, after all my incessant trash-talking about the Mayweather-McGregor “Money Fight” matchup, it really did turn out to be a pretty good fight last night.

I did a huge screed for the paper about my experience watching the fight and I expect that will be up later this week.

Tonight is the night! Mayweather vs. McGregor in Las Vegas!


Well, this is it, the fight that everyone has been waiting for. The hype and the trash-talking is over, the weigh ins have been done and the battle is on as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor go at it in Las Vegas. That is, assuming neither of these two jokers pull a fast one and get injured right before they walk into the boxing ring – something that has become quite familiar to UFC fans lately.

Even though I claim to be totally uninterested in this fight, the truth is I am lying. I will be at the local casino watching, like everyone else, even though there is no real “title” on the line. (They did, however, make up some silly belt to go to the winner — the “Money Belt.” Fans are promptly ridiculing it as if it was something right out of the WWE.) 

What I am finally realizing is this is more than just some big boxing fight, and more than even some quasi-WWE spectacle. This is boxing versus MMA, that’s what this is! It’s the boxing world versus the UFC world, and it’s boxing fans versus UFC fans. So if McGregor somehow wins, it will somehow prove the superiority of that sport. And boxing people are deathly afraid that if Mayweather loses, it will be the “death of boxing”.

In fact, the buildup to this fight has been bizarre. It almost feels like more of a UFC event than a boxing match, to be honest. Dana White is all over the place there, and I notice the usual MMA media, Ariel Helwani and those folks, are there in force covering it.

One thing that surprised a lot of people this week is that the UFC Octagon girls, Arianny and Brittney et. al., are not on the job — as if they were expected to be there. 

Of course not, folks, this is a boxing match! It was Corona who got the rights to the ring girls for this, so you’re seeing Corona ring girls all week promoting this thing. 

I guess my point is there is little upside to the sport of boxing for holding this fight. All a McGregor victory will do is provide bragging rights and potential business for the UFC. And if Mayweather pounds the heck out of McGregor, as most expect him to do, the critics will simply say “see, I told you so” and declare what a total farce this fight was to begin with. In short, it’s lose-lose for the sport of boxing either way, but the promoters and fighters don’t care because this is all about money.

Anyway, I’ll be watching the fight, but it really doesn’t matter either way who wins. To me, watching this will serve as a good distraction from all the misery going on in the news right now, and a much needed one at that. 

Mayweather and McGregor keep it classy in Brooklyn. Not!! 


I had nothing better to do this evening (All-Star Break still on, etc.) so I tuned in the latest Floyd “Money” Mayweather- Conor McGregor world tour/circus act from Brooklyn. 

Folks, what a gong show. First, I guess everyone showed up late. Then, Conor was using all this foul language (ie. “s@ck my d!ck”, etc.) and then was hurling racial insults by saying he was “half black from the belly button down”, and gyrating up there on stage. Really, he was awful. Meanwhile Floyd was going around saying Conor was a “b!tch” and a “quitter”, and he showered Conor with dollar bills.

As for the fans in Brooklyn, it was yet another boo-fest, but this time they focused their booing mainly on these guys in the suits who went up there and were giving their boring statements about the fight. What a waste of time that was. Instead, everyone wanted to hear the trash-talking from Conor and Floyd, which turned out to be not worth waiting for, anyway. 

The commentators were of course hyping this up and saying how interest in this fight was “insane”, but I’m beginning to wonder if it is us, the fight fans, who are the insane ones for following this and supporting this absolute nonsense. Boxing used to be a dignified sport, to some extent anyway, but this display in New York was so beneath even the WWE’s low standards that I almost feel like apologizing to the WWE. 

The bad news is that these two fools have one more of these to go, in London. Or maybe this is good news to you, because this is surely entertaining, all right. In a bad sort of way.

A dull day in sports is livened by today’s Mayweather-McGregor hypefest

Folks, it is the baseball All-Star Break, traditionally one of the deadest weeks in the world of sports. So unless you are a Wimbledon tennis fan, the biggest news today was the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor world tour press conference in Toronto for their upcoming boxing match, a bizarre affair in which Conor carried Floyd’s bags while Floyd carried around an Irish flag.

From what little I tuned into, it sounds like the fans there were mainly cheering McGregor and booing Mayweather. Anyway, the sooner all this fight hype ends and the fight itself begins, the better.

It’s on! Thoughts on Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor 


August 26 has been set as the date for boxing’s next Superfight! It is indeed Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor, in Las Vegas.

But I dunno if boxing fans are all that impressed. I notice a lot of them on social media have flat-out blasted this fight. They used words such as “joke,” “farce“, “pointless”, a “circus”, and even “dogsh!t” to describe this contest. 

A lot of people think Mayweather will win easily. But no matter who wins, honestly, does it matter? 

Here’s the question I have: is there even a title on the line with this thing? Mayweather is a former champ who vacated all his belts when he retired, as far as I know. Meanwhile, McGregor is a UFC champ but not a pro boxing champ! In fact, I read this will be his first boxing match, ever. 

So, if there is no real title on the line, what’s the point? Then again, maybe some sanctioning body will invent one for these two.

Anyway, this fight is on, and the interest is insane, and it is supposed to be a $1 billion dollar fight. We shall see. 

Mayweather v. McGregor. Dana White thinks it will happen!


Well, the rumors have been flying for a while about a potential multimillion dollar boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the UFC’s star, Conor McGregor (pictured). 

This could turn out to be the next big superfight on the horizon, after that last sorry borefest of a superfight in which Mayweather spent the entire night running laps around Manny Pacquiao. Lately, though, there have been rumors UFC boss Dana White might block the fight and that it may never happen. The problem is McGregor is contractually bound to UFC and would need their clearance to go ahead with the superfight — something White has expressed reluctance about doing.

Things may have changed in that regard. White went on Conan last night and he said he believed a deal would get done. So that has got the Twitterati and social media people all excited, with this news that White won’t block such a superfight. White is trending on Twitter and Facebook! 

Now, the question is how to actually get this fight deal done, where and when would it be, etc. etc. Of course, the deal for Mayweather’s superfight with Pacquiao took years to transpire and looked for a while like it might never happen.

It would be a heck of a spectacle, let me tell you that. Mayweather vs. McGregor. We shall see if it happens.

Update: Stephen A. Smith thinks it will happen, too.

Boxing and football make for a winning movie box office combination

Recently, I read an article on TSN’s BarDown website that talks about Darren Rovell’s list that he posted of the top ten-grossing sports movies of all time — in today’s dollars might I add. As it turns out, the top movies he listed are mainly football or boxing related. 

At the top: Rocky and Rocky III, followed by The Blind Side. Then it is Rocky IV and Rocky II. The Waterboy, The Longest Yard, Talladega Nights, Creed, and Remember the Titans round out the list. So, basically, it’s all Rocky or football movies, and one NASCAR movie. 

We shouldn’t be surprised these are up there. The Rocky franchise starring Sylvester Stallone is one that transcends sports, and football seems to be the one sport that translates the best to the big screen in terms of drama and action. Of course, there have been numerous iconic auto racing movies made. But I guess the surprise for me is that of all the racing movies, the one that landed in the Top 10 was Talladega Nights, the comedy with Will Ferrell as Ricky Bobby. Not that it’s a terrible movie, but I’m surprised.

Now, here is my big rant about that BarDown article I just linked to. You can tell it was a Canadian article, because they made a huge deal out of the fact that there was no hockey movies in the top 10. And I’m going, good grief, man, can’t anyone in Canada run a story about the sports movie box office without using hockey as a point of reference?! It’s almost as if they are all offended that hockey did not make the list! As if the sport was being slighted! 

Guys, guess what: the reason no hockey movies made the list is because hardly any hockey movies get made! The only two that anyone has ever really heard of was Slap Shot and The Mighty Ducks, and that’s it!

The folks at the sports nets in Toronto need to realize the world does not revolve around their beloved hockey. Deal with it, Canada.

Frankly, though, the real surprise for me is not that there are no hockey movies on Rovell’s list — it’s the lack of any baseball and basketball movies. 

Think of the multitude of baseball movies ever made (Pride of the Yankees, The Natural, Major League, Moneyball, A League of Their Own etc.) and the number of basketball movies (Hoosiers, Space Jam, White Men Can’t Jump etc.) and it really is amazing neither sport made it into Rovell’s top 10 list. 

In fact, I’m thinking maybe this list of Rovell’s might not even be accurate, because I can’t believe some of these movies that were left off the top ten (ie Space Jam and A League of Their Own in particular) given the amount of money they made back in the day. I’m thinking maybe these are just the domestic grosses Rovell’s referring to? (If that’s the case, no wonder football movies did so well!) Anyway, I ought to look into it a bit further.

Muhammad Ali has died. It’s a sad night for all sports fans.

The fan controversy over the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight of the Century is more entertaining than the fight

 

Boxing fans are increasingly getting madder and madder about that waste of money Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao superfight they saw on the weekend. It’s bad enough the fight was boring. But now people are screaming that Pacquiao perpetrated a fraud on the fight-paying public by failing to disclose his pre-fight injury.

So now there’s a class action lawsuit going, with fans demanding a million dollars in damages for being ripped off. They’re claiming the fight should have been called off.

Also, Pacquiao’s people are mad over their fighter being denied some pre-fight painkiller. Mayweather has apparently offered a rematch, but now it looks like Pacquiao will have surgery and be out for the next year due to his torn rotator cuff. 

All in all, this sets everyone up well for the rematch superfight in a year’s time. It has to happen now — since these fighters are sure to lose lots of money in the meantime on legal fees to fend off these lawsuits from this last superfight debacle. 

Never a dull moment in boxing, eh? What a joke.

My last word on the Fight of the Century

 
Well, I saw the Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight. While the casino I was at was packed with fight fans, most of them pro-Pacquiao, I can’t say a fight like what we saw last night is going to win over new converts to the sport of boxing. 

For one thing, nobody likes the guy who won the fight. People want to cheer for heroes, which Mayweather is not. It’s hard for anyone to cheer for a convict, and the criminal element is what has turned off most people to boxing.

But beyond that, the fight was dull. It was basically Pacquiao throwing a bunch of punches and missing them all fight long. Mayweather basically played defence all night. And the result from the judges was decisive, there was no controversy about the winner. I guess the only good news was that it went the distance and didn’t end in the first round, otherwise everyone would have felt even more ripped off. 

So that puts a wrap on the Fight of the Century, and now I can focus on the other sports full-time.

It’s fight night!!!

The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is finally here and I thought I would put up a few links in advance. 

First, here is this story on what time the fight will be. Plus this fight preview from Bleacher Report. And this from ESPN, with reports of two female TV reporters being banned from the fight. (Still issues behind the scenes, apparently.)

Next, this link to the Daily Mail with all you need to know about the fight.

Plus, another link to the Daily Mail with all you need to know about the Tecate ring girls. (Which, when you think of it, is yet another reason for the political-correct folks to hate tonight’s fight.)

And a live blog from CBS Sports. And Fox Sports.

Finally, for folks interested in alternative programming instead of this pay per view waste of money, there’s Clippers-Spurs Game 7 tonight. And it costs a lot less to watch that on TV.

That’s it for now, and go Pac-man!

Mayweather-Pacquiao is tomorrow night! I can’t take any more hype!!

 

Unless you have had your head under a rock for the last several days, you no doubt know the Fight of the Century goes tomorrow in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao for the pound for pound boxing title! 

The hype is through the roof. I notice ESPN has been putting up one story after another about the big fight, and they don’t even have the rights to show it on TV! 

Still, I notice at least one loyal employee is trying to help his company’s bottom line and drum up ESPN viewership against this pay per view.

In an obvious effort to encourage people to tune in the other sports on his own network, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann has called on the fans to boycott the fight, over domestic violence allegations against Mayweather. He also called for a boycott of the NFL Draft for similar reasons. Now, didn’t he also want to boycott the Final Four over the Religious Freedom law in Indiana, too? I think so.

Now, Olbermann is right to be mad, and domestic violence is a serious issue and so on, but going around “boycotting” sports events is pointless. In fact you can find reasons to boycott any sport if you looked hard enough — you can boycott the Olympics and soccer World Cups for setting up their competitions in totalitarian places that have no human rights; same for Formula 1 and their races. But history has shown boycotts accomplish little, because the competitions still get held and people still get rich. 

If Olbermann thinks he is going to deny me my enjoyment of this long-awaited Fight of the Century, he’s got another thing coming. But here’s what I’ll do instead.

Instead of boycotting watching this fight completely, I’ll simply boycott paying for it. In protest of Mayweather and all the money being charged in the pay per view, I’ll try to watch the fight for free in some casino or bar somewhere. Also, there’s no way I’m cheering for Mayweather. I’ll cheer for Pacquiao, because he’s a nicer guy anyway — even though I’m convinced Mayweather will flatten him. Heck, I still remember what Juan Manuel Marquez did to Pacquiao in their last fight. Seriously, it looked like Marquez had killed him.

But no, I’m not boycotting the fight. Are you kidding?

I’ve been reading a few articles online referring to boxing’s decline and sort of pointing to this fight as sort of a last gasp for boxing. The common theme in these articles, I notice, is these are all American perspectives on the state of the sport. It’s all about how Americans have turned off the sport. But if you look at other places in the world, like Mexico as a good example, boxing is still as strong as ever. The Philippines, for one, is practically going to shut down when this superfight happens, because they’re all cheering for Pacquiao. 

And frankly, even in the USA enthusiasm for this fight is through the roof. Everyone is talking about it — hardly the sort of reaction befitting a “dead” or “dying” sport. Yes, there’s a nostalgia element going for it as well among people who loved the old superfights, but I think there’s a real desire from people to see the glory days return, somehow.

There are still tons of fight fans out there who would love to see this sport get back off the canvas and solve a lot of its problems, and develop some compelling personalities and be as big as it used to be in the Eighties. Because honestly, it’s still a great spectacle. 

Besides, what’s our alternative — the UFC? After what happened this week with Jon Joneshit and run charges and the stripping of his title as a result? I’m sorry, but UFC is a shambles right now. This is one week in particular when we can forget about UFC and its problems and be fans of the other “fights” out there.

Ten days to go. Are you getting tickets to Mayweather-Pacquiao?

 

If you think tickets to NHL playoff games are (a) overpriced, and (b) hard to come by, that’s nothing compared to this Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao boxing title Fight of the Century match in Las Vegas. 

Today, just ten days before the big fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was finally a deal made to put tickets on sale. That’s good, because this delay in putting tickets up for sale was getting to be a farce. The whole mess behind the scenes was giving the whole promotion a black eye. 

But even with this deal struck, apparently there are only going to be only 500 tickets available to the general public. As for the non-public tickets to the fight, which counts for most of the seats, I don’t know how people are supposed to figure out how to obtain them or even how to pay for them. I am reading that these prices run upwards of $10,000 and are being offered only through the promoters, or through ticket brokers, and the like. 

This, friends, is ridiculous. Who gets access to these tickets? The “elite”? And even these elite people will be second-mortgaging their houses to pay for the privilege. You’re far better off using this kind of money as down payment on a BMW or something!

Also ridiculous, too, are prices for the pay-per-view, which will clean out the bank accounts of most ordinary fight fans. 

The price they’re charging for people to watch this event at home on TV comes in at just under a hundred bucks. This is crazy, folks. By contrast, you can get admission into several Junior A hockey games, live, for this same amount of money. Plus, with hockey you’re at least assured of two hours or so of entertainment. But with boxing, who knows? What happens if there is a first round knockout, like what happened in 1988 when Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks?!

Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to be able to see this superfight, and maybe I will find something affordable out there locally, but these prices really are just plain nuts. I may well be reduced to following this fight by way of a Twitter feed on the night of May 2 — like most people.

Boxing making its comeback to prime time network TV tonight on NBC



For the first time in something like 30 years NBC is showing boxing on TV, and in prime time at that. Good on them.

Tonight they are airing Premier Boxing Champions on NBC starting at 8:30pm ET, and plan to employ such eminent people as Al Michaels to call the action. 

I remember the days when network TV used to show the fights repeatedly on weekend afternoons, so I’d certainly like to see boxing come back, simply because I like the sport and want to see it regain more prominence in North America.

Some might see this as NBC’s way to counter Fox Sports and their coverage of the UFC. Others might see this as NBC’s way to jump on the “boxing revival” bandwagon in the wake of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight announcement. I see it as an attempt at filling airtime. 

Let’s face it, February and March represent the absolute dog days for these networks when it comes to showing sports, because football is completely over and it’s several weeks before the major league baseball season starts up again. 

CBS deals with this void by showing golf and NCAA basketball, including the NCAA tournament. ABC copes by showing NBA and NCAA hoops. Fox Sports has NASCAR, the occasional prime time UFC card and surprise, surprise, NCAA hoops. (This seems a common theme.)

As for NBC? They have hockey, the Barclays Premier League, golf, even MMA from the World Series of Fighting, and whatever else they can throw on. Boxing can surely fill their air time, not only on the main NBC network but also on NBCSN, which is truly desperate for material in their fight against ESPN and the Fox Sports channels.

So for NBC’s sake, they are hoping for a hit — something that can help them compete in the whole grand scheme of things. But above all else, they need something right now. Hey, for North American sports fans and sports broadcasters, these really are the dog days.

It’s on! It’s for real! It’s official! Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. May 2, Las Vegas, NV.

The rumors are over. Fight fans almost broke Twitter today upon news this afternoon that the Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Manny Pacquiao fight for the Pound-for-Pound world title is confirmed for May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fans are just beside themselves with disbelief that the fight is indeed on after all these years of haggling and frustration and stalling. This fight probably should have happened five years ago.

Believe me, now that it is on, the excitement and hype will be through the roof.

On the radio today, sports guys were calling this the “Last Great Superfight”, and who knows, maybe it is. I mean heck, when was the last time there was a fight of this magnitude? Back when Mike Tyson was biting Evander Holyfield’s ear off, that’s when.

This is going to invoke feelings of nostalgia, harkening back to the glory days of boxing when Muhammad Ali was taking on guys of the calibre of George Foreman and Joe Frazier, or when guys like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler were fighting. The only two guys who can pull off a Superfight at that sort of level again are these two guys Pacquiao and Mayweather.

And who knows — maybe this isn’t the Last Great Superfight. Given the drug problems the UFC is struggling to get a handle on, maybe this is boxing’s one big chance to get off the canvas and make a long-awaited comeback.

IT’S FIGHT NIGHT TONIGHT! FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. VS. CANELO ALVAREZ

The latest boxing superfight is happening tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for the super light middleweight championship. Mayweather holds the WBA Super Light Middleweight title while Alvarez holds the WBA and WBC Light Middleweight crowns.

SB Nation has the coverage live here, as does CBS Sports and ESPN. Unfortunately, this is about the only way I will be able to follow the fight tonight, as I am too big a cheapskate to pay for the pay-per-view.

Besides, I’ll be watching the Saskatchewan-Toronto CFL game on TV anyway. Costs less money.

UPDATE: It’s a MAJORITY DECISION for Mayweather — one obviously crazy judge scored it a draw which got the fight fans upset again. She’s also the same judge who got it wrong in the fight where Bradley upset Pacquiao! That judge is the only person in the whole wide world who thought the Mayweather-Canelo fight was even close.