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Farhood's Take on Cotto, Canelo, Khan-Bradley, Chavez

By Chris Robinson

In the first part of my interview with Showtime analyst Steve Farhood, he weighed in with his thoughts on why people in boxing still prefer Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the next logical opponent for Manny Pacquiao despite Juan Manuel Marquez getting the nod this coming November. Farhood was adamant about his belief that Mayweather doesn't necessarily fear Pacquiao yet still was befuddled as some of his recent actions.
 
In the second part of my interview with Farhood we keep the ball rolling and look at some characters near or at the same weight class as Floyd and Manny. From Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s upcoming title shot, Saul Alvarez's star appeal, the recent Timothy Bradley-Amir Khan fallout, the possibility of a Miguel Cotto-Kermit Cintron showdown down the road, and much more, Farhood was candid with his delivery and insightful, as is always the case.
 
In his own words, please continue reading below for all of Farhood's thoughts...
 
Reaction to the recent fallout between WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and WBC and WBO boss Timothy Bradley...

"Very surprised. You know, if Tim Bradley wants to be a superstar, that's the kind of fight he needs. Now, does he think he is going to get Manny? I don't know. I don't think he can say that for sure. From what I have read I heard he was offered $1.3 [million] and he said no. That's a lot of money. Especially given the fact that Devon Alexander and Bradley did lousy TV ratings, didn't draw a good crowd. So, I was very surprised and disappointed."
 
Bradley's motives...

"I think he's maybe overestimating his value. I don't think he necessarily sees anything in Khan. Tim Bradley is a very good fighter and I don't think he has to fear anybody. With that said, of all the 140-pounders, Khan is the guy I like the most. I think he's the most talented." 
 
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his upcoming shot at WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik...

"If you are going to pick a guy for Chavez Jr. to fight for a title, Zbik is a good guy to pick. I've seen him on tape twice, actually on TV twice, he did not impress me. Chavez has been moved at the right pace. Very slowly, a lot of fights that was all necessary, so I give him a good chance to win but I don't think he's beating somebody that's good."
 
Whether Chavez's victory would be tainted, seeing as though WBC president Jose Suliaman had stripped Sergio Martinez of the WBC crown Zbik now holds...

"Yeah, of course it's tainted. These days, when you win a title, first of all it doesn't' mean anything compared to what it used to be. Then you get these situations like this and it devalues the title even more. With Sergio Martinez as the middleweight champion of the world, is there anybody who's going to think that Julio Cesar Chavez is the middleweight champion?"
 
Would Top Rank promoter Bob Arum steer Chavez away from Martinez?

"Assuming Chavez beats Zbik, yeah. I would think he would want to milk the title a little bit because Sergio Martinez, in my pound for pound rankings, that would be the second best fighter in the world aside from Manny. I don't think he wants to put him in with Martinez."
 
The future of WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto...

"I think that Cotto is more likely going to be geared towards Cintron. I think that fight make sense, because Cintron is Puerto Rican, Cotto is Puerto Rican, it would draw a lot of attention. Cintron may fight on July 9th underneath the Rios fight. It seems like that is how Top Rank is moving Cintron, towards Cotto. Margarito would still be the first choice for Cotto but we don't know if Margarito is going to fight again or not."
 
Recent disappointment in Kermit Cintron...

"It's interesting that you would say he is fierce puncher. I remember Cintron as a kid when he started on ShoBox, we had him like three times. He had those huge shoulders, he has a big welterweight, and I thought he was going to be a tremendous puncher. I haven't seen that power from him recently. Maybe he's getting Cotto at the right time but Cintron has been kind of disappointing to me." 
 
The ongoing feud between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions...

"Well, you got the two biggest promoters in the game, no doubt about that, and if their fighters can't fight each other it's terrible. It's very damaging to the sport. Generally speaking, promoters, when they can make money, they make a deal with the devil. They make a deal with their worst enemy. I mean, King and Arum have co-promoted and they had been at war for thirty years. Something has to be done, maybe an intermediary in necessary, but something has to be done to bridge the gap between the biggest promotions companies because they have the biggest fighters and it's only natural that their are going to be matchups we are going to see."
 
WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez's star potential...

"We don't even have to use the word 'potential', he's a star already. How good is he? I think he's going to be the kind of guy who's always a fan favorite. He very easily could lose along the way. I don't see him staying undefeated that long because he's a pure fighter; he likes to fight, he likes to trade punches." 
 
Alvarez's upcoming fight with Yorkshire's Ryan Rhodes and his future beyond that...

"Ryan Rhodes is a good fighter. I remember him from years ago. I don't think he's at his peak anymore. So it's a good matchup for Alvarez. And the fact that Alvarez has a title means nothing also. Alvarez is still a young fighter who is going to see a lot of big fights in his career. And hey, God Bless him, look at the attention he has gotten in America. He's going to be a star in America too."
 
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios getting ready to go to war with Urbano Antillon on July 9th...

"I can't wait. How is that not going to be a great fight? You know, Brandon Rios has so much star appeal and Antillon, we all know what happened with him when he fought Soto. I'm disappointed that Soto isn't fighting him again but maybe it will happen down the road. But Rios is as exciting a guy as there is."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Trigg on 05-17-2011

[QUOTE=caredjo;10549714]bradley vs khan would be a great watch ... for like 3 rounds until bradley connects solidly. [/QUOTE] :lol1: :ugh:

Comment by Fighting Pride on 05-17-2011

I like what this guy had to say, especially on the Bradley situation. Bradley wants to be known and a star in order to make the big paydays, yet turns down the ONLY fight in which he can possibly achieve…

Comment by choelzle on 05-16-2011

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;10550641]cotto v.s cintron wont happen now or not at all if chavez wins I see cotto or cintron taking that belt cheato career is over if he fights again it ends early thats karma for you rios I think wins…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 05-16-2011

cotto v.s cintron wont happen now or not at all if chavez wins I see cotto or cintron taking that belt cheato career is over if he fights again it ends early thats karma for you rios I think wins…

Comment by caredjo on 05-16-2011

bradley vs khan would be a great watch ... for like 3 rounds until bradley connects solidly. Also, PRicans don't enjoy fighting PRicans, I say the cintron-cotto fight is not something the boxers want, or at least cotto. I think…

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