Articles of 2009

UFC 108 Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva

UFC 108 Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva

By: David A. Avila Dec 31 2009

Former champion Rashad Evans meets Brazil’s venerable Thiago Silva in a non-title belt that can lead to a return match with the current champ, but first things first. Evans (15-1-1) and Silva (14-1) meet in Ultimate Fighting Championship 108 in a light heavyweight bout on Saturday Jan. 2, at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. A win by either fighter could result in a world title bid...

Ten Boxing Wishes For 2010

Ten Boxing Wishes For 2010

By: Ralph Gonzalez Dec 30 2009

As 2009 comes to a close, one reflects on what went well and what went wrong during the year in boxing. There were many highlights. Pacquiao vs. Cotto and Showtime’s Super Six tournament were part of the best that boxing had to offer. But there were some low points too therefore the industry has some work to do in order to keep generating fans. Here are some suggestions for 2010: 10. Better p...

A Very Special New Year's Day Column

A Very Special New Year's Day Column

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 30 2009

It has been just over four months since Nick Charles, the play-by-play announcer for Shobox: The New Generation, was diagnosed with stage IV bladder cancer and forced to take a medical hiatus from the monthly show that has aired since 2001. Since then he has undergone grueling chemotherapy treatments that have resulted in him losing all of his hair as he forces himself to live as normal of a li...

No One Is Leaving This Stage Of Negotiations Looking GOLDEN

No One Is Leaving This Stage Of Negotiations Looking GOLDEN

By: George Kimball Dec 30 2009

Early in his political career, the young Lyndon Baines Johnson served as a congressional aide to Rep. Richard Kleberg, the wealthy owner of the King Ranch who was elected to seven consecutive terms in the House of Representatives, at least in part because he often ran unopposed. One year an upstart rival politician we'll call Joe Bob had the temerity to challenge Kleberg in the Democratic p...

Paul Malignaggi Explains Why He Thinks Manny Has Used PEDs

Paul Malignaggi Explains Why He Thinks Manny Has Used PEDs

By: Michael Woods Dec 30 2009

In theory and in practice I am vehemently opposed to people tossing out unfounded allegations against someone. Supply evidence, then we can talk. But saying someone is using steroids, or EPO, or HGH, based on a theory, or your gut instinct....I have to consider, what if the allegation were thrown at me, and I was 100% innocent. I'd be mightily irked. And so too would you be. Manny Pacquaio ...

Female Fighters of the Year

Female Fighters of the Year

By: David A. Avila Dec 29 2009

The co-Fighters of the Year female pro boxers for 2009 are Kina Malpartida and Olivia Gerula. Ironically they both fight in the 130-pound weight division known as the junior lightweight or super featherweight division. If you look at Gerula’s record and base her talent you would be very surprised. With 10 losses on her resume and only 12 wins it would be easy to dismiss her as a journeywoman ...

BBM's Year In Review

BBM's Year In Review

By: Robert Mladinich Dec 29 2009

The drums are beating for the 2010 showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr, who are inarguably the two best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.  Pacquiao continues to be boxing’s mainstream star, whose global popularity just might eclipse the legacies of Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya. The eager anticipation for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has been helped by the fa...

If Pacquiao-Mayweather Fizzles, Pacquaio-Foreman Might Flourish

If Pacquiao-Mayweather Fizzles, Pacquaio-Foreman Might Flourish

By: Michael Woods Dec 29 2009

Team Pacquiao couldn't be faulted if they just said to heck with it, money is nice, but this negotiation session to set up Mayweather vs. Pacquiao has been a monstrous pain in the butt. Could you blame them if they said let's come back to the concept when everyone has simmered down, maybe in a couple of months, and in the meantime, set up a bout to keep Manny busy, while Floyd decides how ...

2009's Final Thought On The State Of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

2009's Final Thought On The State Of Pacquiao vs. Mayweather

By: Frank Lotierzo Dec 29 2009

Does Floyd Mayweather Jr. believe inside that he'll beat Manny Pacquiao when and if they fight? Yes. But does he know it's a lock? No. And does he now know after seeing Miguel Cotto catch Pacquiao with his Sunday left-hook to the head and body that it's likely he'll have to go the distance and win a decision? You better believe it. So what do you do when you are fighting a guy a...

Pacquaio Files Defamation Suit Against Team Mayweather

Pacquaio Files Defamation Suit Against Team Mayweather

By: TSS Press Dec 29 2009

Pacquiao Files Federal Defamation Lawsuit Against Mayweathers, Oscar de la Hoya, and Richard Schaefer On December 30, 2009, pound-for-pound boxing champion Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal court against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, LLC, and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar de la Hoya, and Richard Schaefer for making...