Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week

By Cliff Rold

It’s not often the best fighter in the world, literally, and the best fighter in the world, based on many mythical pound-for-pound considerations, go to scratch on the same day.

Get ready.  It’s Cinco De Mayweather weekend with a side of Klitschko in the afternoon.

Boxing has been insanely hot for weeks even as most of the country has waited for Mother Nature to turn the heat back on.  Now, we have the first major pay-per-view of the year.  If it can deliver even close to what the sport has shown for itself lately, boxing’s renaissance year could hit another level.

These are the picks of the week.

Pick It: World Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero (Saturday, Showtime PPV, 9 PM EST/6 PM PST)

Boxing’s revenue king is back in action and the lineal Welterweight Champion Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO) has an intriguing challenger.  Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO) is a former beltholder at Featherweight and Jr. Lightweight and, with Welterweight wins over Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto, earned the opportunity before him this weekend.  Can he cash in?  He’s going to try and that should make for a watchable affair.  The undercard helps too.  Daniel Ponce De Leon-Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz-Alexander Munoz should both be crowd pleasing, if for no other reason than Mares and Santa Cruz are always crowd-pleasing.  It’s one of those safe bets for the predictable.  There have been fewer major pay shows in recent years.  That makes this an easy choice for purchase and an easy nod as the pick of the week. 
 
Pick The King: World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko vs. Francisco Pianeta (Saturday, Epix, 4:30 PM PM EST/1:30 PM PST)

There’s something about this fight.  Sure, it might end up another Klitschko mismatch, but maybe not.  Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KO) is a fresh face with size and a southpaw stance.  He’s young and has nothing to lose here; he’s playing with house money.  Klitschko (59-3, 50 KO) is getting older by the day.  37 might not be as old as it used to be, but it isn’t that young either.  If Klitschko is going to lose, it’s likely to be on a night few see coming, a night where maybe his focus isn’t what it is for an opponent he respects.  Is this that kind of night?

Probably not.  Just in case, this looks like a fight worth a look.   
  
Pick Deuce: Mauricio Herrera vs. Ji-Hoon Kim (Thursday, ESPN2, 10 PM EST/7 PM PST)

Pssst…this might be the best show of the entire week in terms of action.  Ji-Hoon Kim (24-8, 18 KO) was great TV at Lightweight and should remain so against the tough, but not concussive, Herrera (18-3, 7 KO) in Jr. Welterweight action.  Also on the show, former Lightweight titlist Miguel Acosta (29-6-2, 23 KO) is trying to salvage his career.  Losses in three of four fights have him in trouble.  Miguel Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KO) has been out of the ring a year and brings fresh legs to try to finish Acosta off. 
 
For BoxingScene’s latest full divisional ratings, log on to: http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=boxing-ratings

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ramblingalp on 05-02-2013

[QUOTE=davidw9785;13317538]the ESPN2 fights are gonna be badass[/QUOTE] Agreed davidw, and we don't have to take a second mortgage out on our homes to watch them.

Comment by davidw9785 on 05-02-2013

the ESPN2 fights are gonna be badass

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Nacho: Chavez Jr. Will Never Be His Father, But He Can Win Petr Petrov Continues To Grind Hard; Antoine Douglas Gets Win Vincent Feigenbutz To Top May 13 Sauerland Card in Karlsruhe Golovkin's Trainer: Spence is Not Ready, Brook Will Beat Him Christopher Diaz, Olympians Return on Top Rank Card, April 21 Muhammad Ali - New Film Getting Developed, To Drop in 2021 Sullivan Barrera vs. Paul Parker Finalized for HBO Latino, April 15 Bellew Admits He Was Terrified, Wrote a Will Before Haye Fight Joseph Parker vs. Hughie Fury Not Likely To Leave Auckland Daniel Dubois vs. David Howe Added To Manchester Card Crawford-Diaz Announced for 5/20 at MSG, Not Prudential Center Kosei Tanaka vs. Angel Acosta Finalized For May 20 in Nagoya Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence - Ticket Information Quigg vs. Simion Could Become Final Eliminator, Says Hearn Cause of Amateur's Death a Mystery as Investigation Continues Warren: Forget Flanagan-Crolla, Let’s Make Flanagan-Linares Amir Khan Eager to Test Out His Surgically Repaired Right Hand Spence's Trainer: Errol is Just as Big, Taller Than Kell Brook Scott Quigg Aims To Reclaim Elite Status With Freddie Roach Paul Butler: Jamie McDonnell Fight Is Close Marcus Morrison: I F***ed Up, Will Be Back Better Andy Lee Tired of "Biased" Commentary During Sky Sports Cards Mikey Garcia Feels Golovkin Made Mistake By Going To PPV Wladimir Klitschko: Guns Are Cocked, I Look Forward To Shooting Hearn: Joshua-Haye is Dead, Haye Needs Bellew Rematch Marriaga Confident of Win: Oscar Valdez is Not Out of This World Golovkin's Coach Has NO Issue With Jacobs Missing IBF Weigh-In De La Hoya Cautions: Canelo Can Not Lose To a Countryman Ricardo Mayorga Ready For Action, Has One Eye on Margarito Klitschko Would Want Farewell Fight at Olimpiyskiy in Ukraine De La Hoya To Mayweather: Forget McGregor, Fight Canelo at 160 DeGale: I Can Fight Gennady Golovkin at 160, Andre Ward at 175 Photos: Barthelemy-Blanco, Hernandez-Davis - Official Weigh-in Katie Taylor Wants Women's Boxing To Have Three Minute Rounds Linares: I'd Love To Face Mikey Garcia in Las Vegas, LA, Anywhere Michael Devine Announces Retirement From Boxing Ohara Davies: Mayweather Advised TMT Boxers To Avoid Me Javier Fortuna Extends Pact With Sampson Boxing Hasim Rahman Jr. Pro Debut Pushed Back To April 14 Jean Pascal To Nick Diaz: You Coward, Don't Talk Sh*t - Fight Me!
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement