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Pacquiao: I Don't Feel 40, I'll Continue as Long as I Can Still Fight

After so many years (he started when he was 12), so many fights (69) and so much money earned (more than $400 million, according to one report), the question for Manny Pacquiao is obvious: Why continu...

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Broner: Pacquiao is a Black Fighter - F***ed Up Money & Taxes!

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The question with Adrien Broner is, how low will he go? The answer: pretty low. That includes racist jokes, including some directed at his own ethnic group. Broner was speaking...

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Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach Have No Deal Yet

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Manny Pacquiao might reunite with longtime trainer Freddie Roach for his fight against Adrien Broner on January 19 but nothing had been settled as of Tuesday afternoon. Pacquia...

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Breazeale: The Ultimate Goal is Anthony Joshua Rematch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Dominic Breazeale is well aware that he’s on the brink of something big. If the California heavyweight gets past underdog Carlos Negron on December 22 in Brooklyn, the WBC’s ma...

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Lennox Lewis: Wilder-Fury Will NOT Look Like Klitschko-Fury

LOS ANGELES – Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis won’t say who he thinks will win the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight on December 1 in Los Angeles. He did offer one prediction, though: Fury won’t do to Wilde...

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Broadcast Team For PBC on FOX Shows Will Look Familiar

The faces you’ll see and voices you’ll hear on the new FOX Sports boxing broadcasts will be familiar. FOX and Premier Boxing Champions on Tuesday formally announced its upcoming schedule of cards – in...

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Porter: Errol Spence is Getting More Yards - And I Don't Like It!

Shawn Porter, a former high school football player outside his native Akron, Ohio, can see Errol Spence on the other side of the ball in his mind’s eye. Porter envisions his welterweight rival as that...

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Santa Cruz: To Prove I'm The Best at 126 - I Have To Beat Russell

LOS ANGELES – Leo Santa Cruz had a big victory this year – a unanimous decision in his rematch with Abner Mares in June – and that’s it. He will have fought only that one time in 2018, which doesn’t s...

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Danny Garcia Backs Adrien Broner To Upset Manny Pacquiao

LOS ANGELES – Danny Garcia was surrounded by some of the biggest names in boxing on Tuesday afternoon when he declared: “I fought more (big) fights than any other fighter on this stage.” That might be...

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Spence: People Think Garcia is Crazy - This is a Legacy Fight

LOS ANGELES – Premier Boxing Champions and partner Fox Sports trotted out a few dozen of the biggest names in the sport at a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Fox Studios to formally announce who w...

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The Death of 49-Year-Old Christian Daghio Should Give Us Pause

The Death of 49-Year-Old Christian Daghio Should Give Us Pause

By Michael Rosenthal - The death of any fighter in the ring is always heartbreaking. When that fighter is 49, it’s particularly disturbing. Christian Daghio of Italy died this past Friday, a week afte...

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Oleksandr Usyk Leads The Race For Fighter of The Year

Oleksandr Usyk Leads The Race For Fighter of The Year

By Michael Rosenthal - Oleksandr Usyk could be fighting for more than his unified cruiserweight championship when he faces challenger Tony Bellew on November 10 in Manchester, England. He could be bat...

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The Growing Number of 'Champions' is Maddening

The out-of-control proliferation of “champions” continues unabated. Promoters, writers and other boxing people recognize to various degrees the champions of five “major” sanctioning bodies – the IBF, ...

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Could The DAZN-Canelo Deal Lead To The Demise of PPV?

Could The DAZN-Canelo Deal Lead To The Demise of PPV?

By Michael Rosenthal - Pay-per-view is the perfect business model for those involved but bad for boxing in general. It allows the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez to ea...

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Hall of Fame: Rafael Marquez, Yes; Ricky Hatton, No

Hall of Fame: Rafael Marquez, Yes; Ricky Hatton, No

By Michael Rosenthal - The 2019 class of International Boxing Hall of Fame candidates is not inspiring. None of the 32 “modern” fighters on the ballot recently sent to voters is a slam dunk, at least ...

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Wilder-Fury Isn't Exactly Ali-Frazier, But I'll Take It

Wilder-Fury Isn't Exactly Ali-Frazier, But I'll Take It

by Michael Rosenthal - LOS ANGELES – Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are enormous men with perfect records and personalities that match their size, which is helping to sell their December 1 fight. The m...

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HBO Out of Boxing: Some of Us Will Miss The Voices

The first thought I had when I heard that HBO was out of boxing were the voices that would go silent. I occasionally stumble upon old sports clips on YouTube and hear the voice of a broadcaster from m...

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The Boxing World Should Take Tyson Fury Seriously

The Boxing World Should Take Tyson Fury Seriously

By Michael Rosenthal - All the talk about a superfight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder before and after Joshua’s knockout of Alexander Povetkin last Saturday is understandable. It probably i...

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Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham

Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham

By Michael Rosenthal - Two important things happened in boxing on Saturday. One was slimy, one was wonderful. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s announcement that he would fight Manny Pacquiao a second time was s...

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Golovkin vs. Canelo: 10 Questions (And Answers)

Golovkin vs. Canelo: 10 Questions (And Answers)

By Michael Rosenthal - Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fight for a second time on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Here are some questions I have going into the fight. Alvarez has been through a lot s...

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