By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is slated to be back in the ring for two dates in 2013 – May 4th, Cinco De Mayo holiday and September 14th, according to ESPN. There’s no mention of who Mayweather will be fighting on either of those dates, but the fact that he’s choosing the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo pretty much tells you it’s going to be a Mexican fighter.
The options are WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero or WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. My guess is Guerrero will get the pick. Guerrero recently defeated Andre Berto, but didn’t look all that impressive in doing so.
Mayweather had to have seen that fight and probably noticed all the attention Guerrero received from Mexican boxing fans. By choosing Guerrero, Mayweather will be guaranteed to get a nice payday in a fight that will likely draw well over 1 million pay per view buys. Mayweather will eventually get around to fighting Canelo at some point but I don’t expect it to be next year.
Leonard Ellerbe, one of Mayweather’s advisers, said to espn “Richard Schaefer is finalizing the opponent and other aspects of the upcoming promotion.”
Schaefer already tipped his hand recently by saying that he was working on negotiating the fight between Guerrero and Mayweather. He also said that Mayweather’s management was interested in facing Guerrero.
Mayweather’s May 4th fight will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, a venue where Mayweather likes to fight.
Dan Rafael observed that the timing of the Mayweather announcement was on the same day as the final news conference between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather is coming off of a 12 round unanimous decision win over Miguel Cotto last May in an exciting fight. Mayweather chose to go toe-to-toe with Cotto for 12 rounds instead of boxing him from the outside like Austin Trout did last night in beating Cotto by a 12 round decision.
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By Jake Donovan
Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel remains a long way from grace, but the former three-division champ will be damned if he lets anyone convince him that the end is near.
The 33-year old returns to the ring on November 24, in search of his third straight win as he faces Giovanni ‘Ruso’ Caro in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The bout will take place at the super bantamweight limit, around where he has hovered for his previous five contests following a devastating 2nd round knockout against Nonito Donaire in Feb. ’11.
If he had his way, a rematch with Donaire would be in the works. Montiel – a lifelong gym rat who trains out of his father’s facility in Los Mochis – understands the nature of the boxing business, well aware that such a fight is a tough sell at the moment.
Instead, he has set his sights on another top super bantamweight, Abner Mares. The unbeaten two-division champ managed to align himself with Donaire after calling out the division’s lineal champ following his spirited points win over Anselmo Moreno last weekend in Los Angeles.
Montiel liked what he saw from Mares in the ring that night – but at the same time saw something that he liked should the two ever collide.
“I think I still have the physical ability yet to challenge a quality opponent like Abner Mares,” Montiel (48-4-2, 37KO) insists. “After last Saturday’s show, everyone asked me if I wanted to fight him. The truth is I would love the chance to do so.
“I know I’m rambling for now; I have to respect my opponent on the 24th in Juarez. I am 100% focused on the fight (with Caro), but a (future) fight with Mares really excites me.”
Caro (24-11-4, 19KO) comes in having lost three of his last five. One of the defeats, however, was a bout in which the Mexican journeyman came within inches of claiming a super bantamweight crown when he fell just short against then-122 lb. titlist Takalani Ndlovu last October in Mexico.
Montiel knows better than to take next weekend’s stay-busy fight for granted – the last time he did that, he landed on the wrong end of an upset points loss to Victor Terrazas last summer. The 16-year veteran knows every fight matters these days if he’s serious about one more run at the top in 2013.
“I’m at a great moment in my career,” Montiel believes. “I’m in the final stages of strong preparation for the fight with Caro. I’ll be 100% physically and mentally prepared to give a great show not just to the people of Juarez, but to all viewers and show that I’m ready to get the fourth world title.”Article Link
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By Chris Williams: WBC super bantamweight champion Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KO’s) made it very clearly that he BADLY wants to fight a unification bout against WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KO’s) next. However, there’s no word from Donaire’s promoters at Top Rank if they’ll let Mares fight him and have a sinking suspicion that they won’t.
Mares fights for Golden Boy Promotions, whereas Donaire fights for Top Rank. As many boxing fans already know those two promotional companies sometimes have problems agreeing on fights between them. I doubt things will change anytime soon in that respect. However, I do think Bob Arum of Top Rank might be interested in having one of his fighters in his stable take on Mares, but unfortunately for Mares it’s not the guy that he badly wants to fight.
The only fighters in the Top Rank stable that I think Arum will let Mares fight are WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux OR fringe contender Robert Marroquin. It’s all gravy for Arum and Top Rank if they match Marroquin or Rigondeaux up against Mares because there’s not much to lose if those guys get beaten by Mares.
Those guys aren’t huge stars in boxing and it’s questionable whether either of them will ever get to that point. But by facing Mares they’ll have a chance, such as it is, at trying to beat him and they’ll get a lot of attention from fighting him.
Rigondeaux has a pretty good chance of beating Mares if he can handle his inside fighting ability. Rigondeaux would probably have to KO Mares to beat him because he won’t be able to outwork him because Mares tends to throw a lot of shots and has a ton of energy. In contrast, Rigondeaux is a pot shot fighter that likes to stay on the outside. He’s kind of like Anselmo Moreno in that respect, and that’s not going to work against a busy inside fighter like Mares.
He’ll take the fight to the inside against Rigondeaux every time and unless Rigondeaux can KO him or hang on the inside, Mares will win. I’ve never seen a fight where Rigondeux fought on the inside for any length of time. Marroquin might be able to stun Mares with some of his big shots, but I can’t see him troubling him.
It’ll be a good payday for Marroquin if he could get that fight, but he’s not going to that offer. He’s not ranked enough and there’s no upside to Mares fighting him. I don’t think Golden Boy will say yes to Rigondeaux either. They want Donaire because he means money, and Rigondeaux is just brings trouble without the big money.
Rigondeaux will be fighting on December 15th on the Donaire vs. Jorge Arce undercard against Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KO’s) at the Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas, USA.
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By Jake Donovan
Fans flocked to the Toyota Center in Houston on Thursday afternoon for the press conference to officially announce the December 15 showdown between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce.
Early returns suggest they will return in droves the moment tickets go on sale today at 10:00AM local (Central) time.
“Ticket prices are set at $30, $60, $100 and $200,” informed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “There are 10 fights on the card. At$30 per ticket, you’re paying $3 per fight. Can you believe it? We’re practically giving it away!”
Donaire’s (30-1, 19KO) return to the Lone Star state will come10 months after a surprisingly close points win over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr earlier this year in San Antonio. The fight was Donaire’s first of what will be four appearances on HBO in 2012.
Arce (61-6-2, 46KO) is also fighting for the 4th time on the year, though his first bout on HBO in nearly six years, when he decisioned Julio David Roque Ler. HBO PPV appearances have followed, though his most recent showing was shortlived – Arce was forced to settle for a two-round no-contest against Tomas Rojas in their foul-filled affair this past June.
HBO is honored to have both fighters on its airwaves.
“I don’t need to talk about what an exciting fight it’s going to be on December 15,” commented Peter Nelson, Direct of Programming for HBO Sports. “You have two types of fighters – those who fight not to lose, and those who fight to win. Of the ones who fight to win, you have two types – those who just try to win, and those who entertain.
“We have two incredible entertainers here. Everyone knows what kind of entertainers they are. This one (Arce) has his own reality show. This one (Donaire) is starring in movies. In their part-time gigs as fighters, we’re all happy to have them on HBO. We’re very excited for the fight.”
The bout will serve as the final HBO headliner of 2012. HBO brass confirmed that the show will be presented as a “World Championship Boxing” broadcast. Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Roy Jones will be calling the action from ringside.Article Link
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