Team Jean Pascal Throws Flurry At Adonis Stevenson

Greg Leon, who runs Jean Pascal Promotions, is hopping mad.

Yep, not in a holiday mode, not after the Bronx-tough dealmaker saw what Adonis Stevenson had to say in a story which ran on Boxing Scene.

Stevenson called Pascal a clown, and an undercard fighter and spit at his desire for a 50-50 purse split if and when the two canadian top dogs at light heavyweight get it on. Pascal is ranked No. 1 by the WBC, which mandated that WBC champ Stevenson fight the No.1 ranked contender if and when he wins his next scrap, set for Dec. 19, versus Dmitriy Sukhotsky (22-2, with 16 Kos; bout will run on Showtime).

Stevenson got his say, and now Pascal mouthpiece Leon wants a chance to counter. Have at it, sir:

“Adonis Stevenson’s title challenge against Chad Dawson was an absolute GIFT from Jean Pascal that he’s never said thank you for,” Leon told me. “Jean Pascal preferred to make history in Canada rather than fight (Dawson) a guy he already defeated, who was coming off a terrible one sided stoppage loss to Andre Ward. These are just facts. Adonis Stevenson hasn’t faced a quality boxer who won their last bout. Dawson and Cloud were both coming off their worst losses and Fonfara was a solid ESPN fighter until Stevenson’s subpar performance turned him into the next Al Haymon client.

“Not that anyone has ever accused Adonis Stevenson of being smart, but in trying to diminish Jean Pascal he admits to ducking what he views an undercard fighter,” Leon told me. “If Pascal is an undercard fighter, Dmitry Sukhotsky is a walk-out bout caliber fighter. If Adonis understood the business of boxing even a little bit, he would understand that Jean Pascal has a deal in place that is exponentially better than his. Pascal’s deal with Interbox gives him more financial protection than any other boxer in the world not named Mayweather, Alvarez or Klitschko has.

“In 2014 Stevenson flat out ducked Kovalev, Hopkins and Jean Pascal. He turned down multiple career high paydays and Pascal would have been the biggest payday of them all, in favor of Sukhotsky. Need I say more? Al Haymon should give a quick tug to the string that controls Adonis Stevenson’s mouth and shut him up, because the more he talks the dumber he sounds.”

Dang, this Leon can crack a little bit, LOL….

“He also overlooks the fact that he turned down 60% of all the revenue to make the fight happen on December 6. One side says 70-30, the other one says 50-50. When you want to make a deal you find the middle ground. 40-60 was the middle ground and after already ducking Kovalev and Hopkins, Adonis once again showed his true colors and put the final nail into his cowardly coffin.”

OK, that is a knockdown combo of word-smithery, Leon. “Cowardly coffin?” Total LOL…

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, in his two fights with Hopkins and the Bute fight, Jean Pascal has sold more tickets and generated more revenue than Adonis has in his entire career. Pascal has been in three of highest grossing fights ever in Canada and Stevenson was not involved in the other two. 22,000 fans in attendance for the Bute fight is more than Adonis has in his title challenge and three subsequent defenses combined.

“Hey Adonis, you know what I’ve never seen before? A fighter of the year using all of that momentum to become universally recognized as the biggest coward in boxing the very next year. I’ve also never seen a 37 year old with just one seven figure purse under his belt talk so much nonsense about money.

“Please allow me to leave you with one more interesting fact. After his humiliating loss to Darnell Boone this boxing brain signed a multi-year deal with Groupe Yvon Michel, the only company that showed ANY interest in him, for 40 cents on the dollar.”

“I can’t be the only person who only hears quacking sounds whenever Adonis speaks. Can I?”

What, no happy holidays wish? Oh right, we do Thanksgiving over there…If there was, would Leon have resisted the urge to make a crack about carving up a duck, instead of a turkey?

Readers, what say you? Read that Boxing Scene piece, ponder the Leon/Pascal take, and then toss in your two, nay, three cents.

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COMMENTS

-Froggy :

That was quite a flurry ! I hope the fight happens I think it would be a good one, it sure would make money !


-deepwater2 :

That was quite a flurry ! I hope the fight happens I think it would be a good one, it sure would make money !
He pimp slapped the convicted pimp. tsAH might have to tug on the string that controls his puppet. Good one Leon.


-Carmine Cas :

Bahahaha that was pretty funny, what's going on with Adonis Stevenson? He's wasting momentum.


-Gabrielito :

Could you imagine Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran belittling and insulting each other, chest thumping over the money they make but never fighting each other? Guys like Adonis Stevenson and Floyd Mayweather have contempt for fighters who fight the best and risk losing. They, much like Roy Jones a decade ago, are on network welfare where they are the house fighters making easy money while avoiding their most threatening rivals.


-Froggy :

The fabulous four did insult and belittle each other to various degrees but for the most part always wanted to fight each other ! Those were the days weren't they !


-The Shadow :

Could you imagine Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran belittling and insulting each other, chest thumping over the money they make but never fighting each other? Guys like Adonis Stevenson and Floyd Mayweather have contempt for fighters who fight the best and risk losing. They, much like Roy Jones a decade ago, are on network welfare where they are the house fighters making easy money while avoiding their most threatening rivals.
Who's a threat to Floyd Mayweather Jr. right now? 90% of the top welterweights are in the same stable as him. The only two guys who can threaten him, in my view, are Guillermo Rigondeaux facing a drained Floyd or a drained Andre Ward at 158. And those guys you mention belittled each other CONSTANTLY. Hagler, Hearns and Duran couldn't stand Ray Leonard. If you watch this pre-fight interview with Leonard and Hearns, you can hear it for yourself. If you hear Hagler now, he probably still wants to punch Ray in the face for wasting his time with that press conference announcing that he wouldn't fight. This sense of nostalgia seems to erase any egregious activity as if it didn't happen. All this posturing happened then as it does now. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are no better or worse than the fighters of yesteryear. In fact, many seem to forget that Manny Pacquiao has been the biggest negotiating headache in the past 10 years, even upsetting Arum with his shenanigans! What happened with Floyd in 2009 was simply par for the course for that guy, dictating things in Lenin fashion. (Remember the Pac-Hatton negotiations?!) He would agree to a contract then hold out for more money at the last second. Shane Mosley had to give up his stake in GBP, which he did. Marquez had to leave GBP and sign with Top Rank, which he did. They tried it with Cotto again in 2011, telling him to cut weight and take the same deal he took in 2009. Cotto, a businessman/diva in his own right, had just sold like 600K with Margarito -- whom Cotto himself had bossed around -- so Cotto told Manny to kiss his gigantic balls, went on to sign to fight Floyd instead and earned $12-$15m with his 35% upside. It's just what A-sides do, they throw their weight around where they can. Art of War, 101, the fight begins far before the fight. When Leonard finally fought Hagler, he did everything to place everything in his favor. Like a guile, machivellian warrior, Leonard detected weakness in him after Hagler confided in him over a meal, thinking Leonard was retired. From there, he pounced on him like a rabid hyena. In negotiations, Leonard wanted EVERYTHING in his favor. "Marvin, I want 12 rounds, not 15." "Okay, Ray." "I want more money." "Okay, Ray." "I want a bigger ring, Marvin." "Okay, Ray." "Oh, and you have to wear these gloves, Marvin." "Really?" "Yes. Wear these gloves or we don't fight!" "OK, whatever, Ray." "Also, you have to wear my underwear." "Are you serious, Ray?" "Yes. No fight." "Alright. But I'm gonna kick your a$$!" "Also, one last thing: you gotta brush your teeth with my toothbrush throughout the whole training camp. Otherwise, no fight." OK, the last two I made up. But everything else was true. Leonard was a master at pre-fight mind games. He even admitted to pouncing on Roberto Duran when he knew Duran had to cut massive amounts of weight. Oscar De La Hoya made Mayweather wear heavyweight gloves, made him take far less money. De La Hoya was trying to pull the same sh*t for the rematch. But Mayweather, having beat De La Hoya and realizing that he now was a comparable draw, said, "**** you, b*tch, I'm retiring." He refused to then fight him again unless he played ball. Marquez is doing the same thing, as we speak. He ate crow in every single negotiation so he put his foot down and said "No mas!" He knows Pacquiao can only get north of 1 million buys with him so he wants close to 40-60 or 50-50 -- especially since he knocked him into next year. This is part of boxing. It happened then as it happens now. As time passes, all we remember is the fights. And that's a good thing.


-Froggy :

There are a lot of people, some right here including me that think Pacquiao is a threat to Mayweather ! I think quite a few people worldwide would agree !


-The Shadow :

There are a lot of people, some right here including me that think Pacquiao is a threat to Mayweather ! I think quite a few people worldwide would agree !
Aside from him.


-Froggy :

Aside from him.
Well, he is entitled to his opinion also !


-The Shadow :

Well, he is entitled to his opinion also !
LOL I didn't mean that you weren't but threats other than him. We've all discussed that a million times by now.


-Froggy :

LOL I didn't mean that you weren't but threats other than him. We've all discussed that a million times by now.
Sorry Shadow, when you said aside from "him" I thought you meant Mayweather did not think Pacquiao was a threat ! I should have known "aside from him" meant Pacquiao !


-Gabrielito :

yes they talked **** but the difference there is that they FOUGHT. Mayweather missed Kostya Tzyu , Antonio Mararito, Paul Williams and now PACman. Makes Adonis and Floyd look like cowardly chumps to talk all that crap and then not fight. Floyd always has a clip full of contradicting excuses ready to fire off angrily whenever he's asked about his ducking.