Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Corley on Pacquiao's Strengths, Mayweather's Future, More

By Chris Robinson

Earlier this month I came across a familiar face when I spotted former junior welterweight champion DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley at Shane Mosley's camp in Big Bear, California. A slick southpaw with a penchant for outlandish outfits inside of the ring, Corley isn't the easiest of souls to forget about despite him being years removed from his championship days.

Corley held the WBO junior welterweight crown for a brief span starting in 2001 and has been in the ring with countless champions and contenders. He had some memorable moments against the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Zab Judah, and Miguel Cotto in losing efforts and is still active as a professional, having dropped a split-decision to Andre Gorges just last month in Ontario, Canada.

As for his involvement with Mosley, Corley insists he felt a need to help the former five-time champion as he readies himself for the dangerous challenge of Manny Pacquiao on May 7th at the MGM Grand.

"The reason I wanted to come here, I wanted to give Shane Mosley an opportunity to see exactly what Pacquiao is going to bring to the table for this fight. He brings punching power, which I have a lot of punching power. Everyone has seen it. When I fought Floyd Mayweather I hurt him with a right hook. I just want to imitate and emulate Pacquiao as much as I can so Shane can be prepared," said Corley.

True enough, Corley did have Floyd buzzed, just as he did Cotto two fights later in Puerto Rico, and he has always shown himself to be consummate professional, even in losing. But for as much talent as the D.C. fighter had in his prime, Pacquiao is considered to be on a completely different level.

Not so fast, says Corley.

"He's not as dangerous as no other fighter, he's just real strong," Corley continued of the Filipino star. "Everybody's seen in Manny's last fight that he doesn't waver in the late rounds. He seems to pick up more stamina and pick up the pace of his punches."

As our conversation continued, Corley spoke highly of the atmosphere in Shane's camp, claiming it was 'like family'. Being at the media day even reminded Corley of his peak years roughly a decade ago, a time he truly loved as a professional.

But things have been a little rough these days for the 36-year old Corley, loser of thirteen of his last nineteen bouts despite the often high level of competition he has been facing. While many are clamoring for his retirement, Corley insists that the records books don't tell the full story.

"It's been pretty hard," Corley admitted of his recent run in the sport. "Nobody in the States wants to fight me because I am a pretty dangerous fighter. I've just been taking fights out of the country. Going to decisions in fights that I should have won, I just didn't get the decision. Like the [Marcos] Maidana fight, my last fight in Canada, I won that fight in an eight round decision and it was a split decision. When you go to a decision out of the country they are not going to give it to you."

Before Corley and I went our separate ways I asked him what exactly he remembered about his fight with Mayweather and whether he thinks the Las Vegas-based superstar will ever fight again.

"I remember when I had him in the third round and I almost had him. That was my moment and I let him go. I think he'll fight again. Right now Floyd is just being Floyd. He's having a good time but the time comes for him to fight either Shane Mosley again or Manny Pacquiao, he'll get ready."

Chris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here , and he can be reached at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GlasJaw17 on 04-30-2011

[QUOTE=commandant;10455116]The only way corely can help Shane if he was father time himself and turn back the hands of time lmfao[/QUOTE] I like you sig! You call him Pacroid without proof and then point to weight contracts. Did you forget…

Comment by GlasJaw17 on 04-30-2011

Why does every time the names Manny or Floud are mentioned do all the Flomos and Pactards come out? It's getting real old to read all the bias from both sides. And quite frankly, sickening.

Comment by GlasJaw17 on 04-30-2011

[QUOTE=leonthegee;10454014]Pactards think Gatti almost beat Floyd.[/QUOTE] Nobody thinks that, that was really a bad joke. I'm sure by your biased logic, Flomos will call that a career defining victory, ya know, dominating a fighter in 6, who has already lost…

Comment by commandant on 04-29-2011

The only way corely can help Shane if he was father time himself and turn back the hands of time lmfao

Comment by JK1700 on 04-29-2011

If they are friends like i'm told, Floyd should give this guy a job at Mayweather Promotions or something. Anything to keep him from taking all this damn punishment. Corley was once a damn solid fighter, I don't want to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (15)
Top Headlines WBO Contacts British Board Over Tyson Fury Cocaine Scandal Frank Warren: Can Fury Return Stronger if He Beats His Demons? Photos: Manny Pacquiao Training Hard For Jessie Vargas Clash Golovkin's Coach: Options Lacking at 168, No Reason To Move Up Cleverly Hungry To Relive The Dream of Being World Champion Parker Stops Dimitrenko In Three, Retains Mandatory Slot Frank Warren: Show in Cardiff Keeps Getting Bigger and Better Carl Froch, Johnny Nelson Split on Braehmer-Cleverly Outcome Anthony Mundine Seriously Considering a Future in Politics Joseph Parker Aims To Make a Big Statement With Dimitrenko Braehmer-Cleverly: Five Years Later, Yet Right On Time Peter Quillin Starts Rebuilding Career - With Virgil Hunter! Mikkel Kessler Expects Big Things From His Protege Khattab Joseph Parker Compares Younger Brother To 'Little Mike Tyson' Erik Ruiz Shocks Hanzel Martinez, John Vera Blasts Out Zizic Arum: De La Hoya is Like a Momma in How He Protects Canelo! Upset Alert: Dominguez Stops Payasito Hernandez In Four Petrov Batters Perez For TKO, in Line For Linares-Crolla Winner Mike Lee Drops, Outworks Chris Traietti To Grab Clear Decision Mike Towell Dies From Injuries in Knockout Loss To Dale Evans Joseph Parker's Promoter: Andy Ruiz on Board With The Fight Mauricio Herrera vs. Pablo Cesar Cano on November 18 WBO, WBA Keeping Close Eye on Tyson Fury Cocaine Scandal AIBA Developing Anti-Betting Program For Boxers Photos: Humberto Soto, Daniel Ruiz Prepared For Mexican War Klitschko's Manager: Fury is Most Unworthy Champion in History! Ed Brown, Alejandro Hernandez Ready For Respective Bouts Manny Pacquiao: No Reason To Apologize For Past Drug Use Kovalev, Bellew Backing Cleverly To Overcome Braehmer Nehomar Cermeno's Win Opens The Door For Scott Quigg Clash Peralta Leaves Cab at Home, Heads To Miami With New Coach Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Dimitrenko - Ready For War Petrov Talks Linares-Crolla, Promises Fireworks With Perez Tyson Fury Tests Positive For Cocaine! Titles in Jeopardy! Braehmer, Cleverly Make Weight For Long Awaited Clash Mundine Wants To Boycott National Anthem, Eyes Politics Stephen A. Smith on Why Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 is Possible Golovkin's Coach: Ward Fight Impossible - He Couldn't Make 168! Telemundo Weights: Hernandez 122, Dominguez 121 Parker Sees Benefits of Fighting in UK Prior To Joshua Showdown
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement