Boxing news: Manny Pacquiao representative names two frontrunners for his next fight – Danny Garcia and Mikey Garcia

23 Sep

Manny Pacquiao will soon begin to make plans for his next fight, amid his work as a Filipino senator.

The eight-division champion defeated Keith Thurman on points in a sensational 12-rounder in July, and has since been back in his homeland fulfilling his political commitments.

Manny Pacquiao has a record of 62-7-2 (39 KOs)
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Now though, Sean Gibbons (a representative for Pacquiao’s MP Promotions) has told ESPN’s Steve Kim: “Here, in the next month or so, he [Pacquiao] will take a look.

“He’ll see what’s out there. He’ll take a look at Danny Garcia, he’ll take a look at Mikey Garcia.

“Those are the two frontrunners.”

While both of the potential Garcia fights carry intrigue for boxing fans, this news may come as a disappointment for some who wanted to see Manny take on one of his fellow welterweight champions, Terence Crawford or Errol Spence, next.

Danny Garcia beat Adrian Granados in April
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Mikey Garcia was well beaten by Errol Spence in March
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Danny Garcia is a former two-division world champion with a record of 35-2 (21 KOs).

He lost his WBC welterweight title to Thurman in 2017 and was beaten again by Shawn Porter last year as he attempted to win it back.

Mikey Garcia is a former four-division world champion with a record of 39-1 (30 KOs).

In his last fight, he challenged Spence in an attempt to become a five-weight king, but was comfortably outclassed and lost a shutout decision.

Luke Campbell reportedly set for world title fight as Mikey Garcia plans to vacate WBC lightweight belt

24 Apr

Mikey Garcia is on the verge of vacating his WBC lightweight title, according to reports.

The Mexican-American recently jumped up two divisions and challenged IBF welterweight king Errol Spence Jr, losing by shutout decision.

Mikey Garcia is the WBC lightweight champion

Following the bout, there has been much speculation regarding whether the four-weight world champion would return back to his old weight class and defend his crown, and ESPNmx claim he’s now made his decision.

It’s reported that Garcia will become ‘emeritus’ champion, which entitles him to return to lightweight at any point and instantly fight to regain his old belt if he so chooses.

In the meantime, the world title will be vacated and freed up so that British mandatory challenger Luke Campbell can contest for it.

Luke Campbell is the WBC mandatory challenger

The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist beat Yvan Mendy in a final eliminator rematch last September to earn his opportunity.

It is currently unclear who he will be ordered to face for the belt, with Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 25 years old) ranked in the number two spot.

Behind him sit two of the hottest prospects in world boxing as Americans Devin Haney (21-0, 20 years old) and Teofimo Lopez (13-0, 21 years old) are ranked third and fourth respectively.

Lomachenko is the unified WBA and WBO lightweight champion

Another option could see Campbell sanctioned to face unified WBA and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko in a three-belt unification.

This would be a rare move from the WBC, but has been suggested by Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum, who claims he’ll attempt to make a deal with Campbell to stage that bout in the UK.

The best boxing match to be made in every weight class, including Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Canelo Alvarez

2 Apr

The beginning of 2019 has been a frustrating time for boxing fans, because most of the sport’s premier match-ups simply aren’t coming to fruition.

Aside from in the middleweight division – where Canelo Alvarez fights Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 unification – the best bouts in boxing are scarcely being put together, with a variety of mismatches instead taking their place.

Canelo Alvarez will unify middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs in May

In many cases, promotional and broadcast disparities are at the heart of this issue, with multiple top fighters now signed/aligned exclusively to one side.

A prime example of this is at heavyweight, where Anthony Joshua works with Eddie Hearn on DAZN, Deontay Wilder with Al Haymon on Showtime and Tyson Fury with Bob Arum/Frank Warren on ESPN.

The below list removes these irritating boundaries and simply names the best possible fight that could be made in each of boxing’s 17 weight classes at present.

🥊 Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

⚖ Heavyweight (200lbs+)

The consensus suggested that Fury beat Deontay Wilder in their controversial December draw. As a result, an all-British showdown between him and unified champion Joshua is the best bout to be made at heavyweight. It would also be a colossal event and the biggest fight in British history.

🥊 Mairis Briedis vs Yunier Dorticos

⚖ Cruiserweight (200lbs)

With the top two cruiserweights – Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev – moving up to heavyweight, the division has opened up. Thankfully, the next best remaining fighters are in a WBSS tournament with Briedis in one semi-final in June and Dorticos in another. If both win, they’ll meet later this year.

🥊 Dmitry Bivol vs Artur Beterbiev

⚖ Light-Heavyweight (175lbs)

Light-heavyweight contains four unique world champions and is stacked with talent, making it one of the tougher divisions to choose from. While Sergey Kovalev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk are both top class, a mouth-watering unification between power punchers Bivol and Beterbiev tops the lot.

🥊 Callum Smith vs David Benavidez

⚖ Super-Middleweight (168lbs)

Both Smith and Benavidez tower above most super-middleweights, but would prove an even match for one another. Benavidez was stripped of his world title last year after testing positive for cocaine, but is now in position to win it back again and could then unify against Smith.

🥊 Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin III

⚖ Middleweight (160lbs)

Quite remarkably, the best fight to be made at middleweight is actually happening as Canelo faces Daniel Jacobs on May 4. Aside from that unification, a trilogy bout between Canelo and GGG is still an incredible match-up because the result of their thrilling rematch was disputed.

🥊 Jarrett Hurd vs Jaime Munguia

⚖ Super-Welterweight (154lbs)

It sounds as if Jermell Charlo will get the chance to regain his WBC title from Tony Harrison in June, with the aim of unifying against Hurd afterwards. While this is a tantalising prospect, a unification with hard-hitting young Mexican Munguia is undoubtedly the best fight available at present.

🥊 Errol Spence vs Terence Crawford

⚖ Welterweight (147lbs)

A match-up between welterweight king Spence and three-weight world champion Crawford is one of the best that can be made in the entire sport. Both are in the pound-for-pound top ten and both hold titles at 147lbs. A potential all-American clash for the ages.

🥊 Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor

⚖ Super-Lightweight (140lbs)

Unlike any other division, the best fight to be made at super-lightweight contains two men who are yet to become champions. Prograis and Taylor are both due to fight for titles imminently. Like with the cruiserweights, the pair are on a collision course to meet in a WBSS final this year.

🥊 Vasyl Lomachenko vs Mikey Garcia

⚖ Lightweight (135lbs)

Despite his recent defeat to Errol Spence at welterweight, Garcia is still an elite fighter in his natural division. Many previously saw the four-weight champion as the only man to challenge three-weight star Lomachenko, although it remains to be seen whether Garcia can return to lightweight.

🥊 Gervonta Davis vs Miguel Berchelt

⚖ Super-Featherweight (130lbs)

Davis stands out as the most eye-catching super-featherweight at present, with Berchelt and Tevin Farmer hot on his heels. It’s tough to pick which of the latter pair would provide the toughest test for Davis, but a unification with come-forward Mexican Berchelt would almost certainly be most explosive.

🥊 Leo Santa Cruz vs Gary Russell Jr

⚖ Featherweight (126lbs)

On current form, Josh Warrington is the best featherweight on Earth, however American champions Santa Cruz and Russell Jr are both elite, long-reigning title-holders. Oscar Valdez also owns a belt and a fight featuring any two of these four would be a must-see. The all-US showdown is probably the best.

🥊 Rey Vargas vs Daniel Roman

⚖ Super-Bantamweight (122lbs)

Super-bantamweight in an understated division in boxing today, with two long-reigning champions and two boxers who only won their titles late last year. There aren’t many huge fights to make in the weight class, but a clash of established rulers Vargas and Roman would be one to get excited for.

🥊 Naoya Inoue vs Luis Nery

⚖ Bantamweight (118lbs)

Mexico’s Nery is hated in Japan due to the drug/weight issues encountered when he twice beat Shinsuke Yamanaka. Now, the Japanese have a new hero in the form of Inoue. If he comes through the WBSS tournament and Nery reclaims his old WBC title, a bout between them would be irresistible.

🥊 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Jerwin Ancajas

⚖ Super-Flyweight (115lbs)

The super-flyweight division stagnated in the latter half of 2018, but a unification between Srisaket and Ancajas would change this completely. The Thai Rungvisai emerged from obscurity in 2017 with back-to-back wins over former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez. He’s also beaten Juan Estrada.

🥊 Kosei Tanaka vs Charlie Edwards

⚖ Flyweight (112lbs)

At the end of last year, Edwards took Cristofer Rosales’ title with a fantastic performance which put forward his case for being the world’s best flyweight. Tanaka meanwhile was involved in a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender against Sho Kimura and would dispute Edwards’ claim as he’s won belts in three divisions.

🥊 Ken Shiro vs Hiroto Kyoguchi

⚖ Light-Flyweight (108lbs)

Shiro and Kyoguchi are two more of Japan’s rising stars from the smaller weight classes. The former has put together a nice run of wins, although the latter is a two-weight champion and recently stopped Hekkie Budler, a result that thrust him into the light-flyweight big time.

🥊 Wanheng Menayothin vs Knockout CP Freshmart

⚖ Minimumweight (105lbs)

The champion with the best numerical record in all of boxing is Thailand’s 52-0 Wanheng. The 33-year-old brought attention to a much-ignored division last year as he topped Floyd Mayweather’s famous 50-0 slate. He’s held his belt for four years, but is yet to unify – step forward fellow Thai Freshmart.

Errol Spence vs Mikey Garcia result: Champion delivers ‘one-sided massacre’ as promised, calls out Manny Pacquiao

17 Mar

Errol Spence dominated Mikey Garcia from start to finish and defended his IBF welterweight title on Saturday night in Texas.

Pre-fight, the champion vowed to produce a ‘one-sided massacre’ of his smaller challenger, and absolutely delivered on this promise by winning every round on all three judges’ scorecards.

Errol Spence defended his IBF welterweight crown

From the moment the fight began, Spence was clearly the more active of the pair and landed a couple of body shots in addition to his jabs in a ‘feeling out’ opener.

Garcia got off to a slow start and failed to up the tempo at any point as he was continually frustrated by his opponent’s boxing ability while being simultaneously wary of his power.

Between the third and fifth rounds the bout started to heat up with Mikey Garcia landing the occasional straight right, but ultimately being comprehensively outgunned by Errol Spence’s southpaw left.

Mikey Garcia was comprehensively beaten

As the second half of the fight progressed, it became more and more uncomfortable to watch with the smaller man absorbing far too much punishment than was necessary.

It would not have been a poor decision should Garcia’s corner have stopped the contest, especially after Spence’s most dominant round, pummelling the Mexican-American in the ninth.

However, the fight did go the distance and was scored unanimously 120-108, 120-108, 120-107 in the champion’s favour.

After the win, Errol Spence immediately called out Manny Pacquiao who watched from ringside: “That’s the fight I want next.”

Pacquiao quickly got on the mic and responded: “Why not? We can give the fans a good fight.”

Earlier in the night, former WBC super-middleweight champion David Benavidez returned to the ring, stopping J’Leon Love in two rounds.

Also on the undercard, ex-WBC bantamweight king Luis Nery knocked out McJoe Arroyo in four.

Fans are concerned for Mikey Garcia after seeing incredible size difference against Errol Spence Jr ahead of welterweight title fight

15 Mar

Mikey Garcia may well be daring to be great against Errol Spence Jr, but fans are concerned he has bitten off more than he can chew.

The Mexican will look to become a five-weight world champion on Saturday night when he takes on the IBF Welterweight champion.

Fans were initially stunned when lightweight champion Mikey Garcia challenged welterweight supremo Errol Spence Jr

Naturally a lightweight, Garcia is jumping way out of his comfort zone to challenge the New Yorker, who is two weight classes above him.

But, such is his skillset and fight IQ, plenty of critics refused to rule out the 39-0 challenger.

However, after the weigh ins on Friday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas fans began to voice their concerns for the naturally smaller man.

Looking slightly fleshier than he has been for previous fights, Garcia was dwarfed by his opponent on stage.

The size difference on the scales was clear to see

As the potential fight of the year draws closer, some concerned fans took to Twitter to pas son their ominous warnings to the 31-year-old.

See what they had to say below!

Errol Spence promises ‘one-sided massacre’ of Mikey Garcia in strong speech ahead of Saturday showdown

15 Mar

Errol Spence has sent a serious warning to Mikey Garcia ahead of their welterweight title bout on Saturday night in Texas, USA.

The Dallas fighter nicknamed ‘The Truth’ gave a resounding speech at the final press conference, telling his Mexican-American rival he should have taken family members’ advice and stayed in the lighter weight classes.

Errol Spence Jr and Mikey Garcia will face off on March 16

“He really thinks he’s gonna take this title and take it back to California. It’s not happening,” Spence declared as he gave his final comments.

“I know I’m the best fighter in the world and we’re gonna show it come Saturday night.

“They’ve been real cocky talking a lot of crap, him and his brothers.

“We’re gonna put on a great show and a great performance – it will be a one-sided massacre, I promise you that.

“I’mma punish him. He’s gonna wish he took his brother’s advice not to take this fight. Thank you.”

MIkey Garcia has been the WBO featherweight champion, WBO super-featherweight champion, WBC & IBF lightweight champion, IBF super-lightweight champion

Despite being a 39-0 (30 KOs) four-weight world champion and pound-for-pound star, Mikey Garcia is a sizeable underdog against Errol Spence.

The challenger is once again stepping up in weight, however this time the champion that awaits him is more formidable than ever before.

Spence has now vowed to show no mercy to Garcia. Nevertheless, the 31-year-old plans to shock the world and become a five-weight king by claiming his 29-year-old rival’s IBF welterweight crown.

Vasyl Lomachenko names his top five pound-for-pound boxers in the world, including Canelo Alvarez and Oleksandr Usyk

12 Mar

Vasyl Lomachenko has named Terence Crawford as the boxer he considers to be today’s pound-for-pound number one.

The 31-year-old gave props to his fellow three-weight world champion as he revealed his top five in the sport.

Vasyl Lomachenko is the unified WBA and WBO lightweight champion
(Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

When asked why he excluded himself from his ranking, Lomachenko joked: “You know, I have a special list.”

The Ukrainian will return against Britain’s Anthony Crolla on April 12 in LA.

You can read his pound-for-pound top five below.

5. Mikey Garcia – 39-0 (30 KOs)

WBO featherweight champion, WBO super-featherweight champion, WBC & IBF lightweight champion, IBF super-lightweight champion

4. Errol Spence – 24-0 (21 KOs)

IBF welterweight champion

3. Canelo Alvarez – 51-1-2 (35 KOs)

WBA, WBC & WBO super-welterweight champion, WBA & WBC middleweight champion

2. Oleksandr Usyk – 16-0 (12 KOs)

WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO cruiserweight champion

1. Terence Crawford – 34-0 (25 KOs)

WBO lightweight champion, WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO super-lightweight champion, WBO welterweight champion

Top ten pound-for-pound boxers in the world, including Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez

1 Jan

It’s fair to say boxing has no dominant pound-for-pound king right now.

Unlike in some past eras – such as Floyd Mayweather’s in the not too distant past – there is now genuine debate about who is boxing’s best today.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are previous pound-for-pound kings
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The pound-for-pound argument is probably one of the most contentious in the sport and everyone seems to have an opinion on it.

Some rank the best fighters in the world based purely on the manner of their performances – how they look.

Some rank them based purely on their résumés and weigh up who has the best recorded wins.

Some take other factors such as activity and official results into account, too, meaning the whole thing becomes one big confusing mess.

Therefore, talkSPORT.com is going to lay out its criteria (based roughly on Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound criteria) for this list right now:

CRITERIA

  1. Result – The official result always stands and ultimately trumps the other factors. The other three are all equally important.
  2. Performance – The manner in which a fighter wins or loses.
  3. Résumé – The opponents beaten/titles won.
  4. Activity – How often a fighter is fighting against top level opposition

10. Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs)

America’s Mikey Garcia is an imperious, four-weight world champion. Recently, in search of a new challenge, the 31-year-old jumped up again and attempted to become a five-weight king by fighting Errol Spence. However, he was dominated from start to finish and lost by shut-out.

9. Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27 KOs)

Juan Estrada recovered from his light-flyweight title loss to Roman Gonzalez in fantastic fashion as the Mexican went on to win unified titles at flyweight before now winning the WBC belt at super-flyweight. The Mexican two-weight world champion demonstrated his elite boxing ability against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, taking the title in impressive fashion.

8. Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs)

When in his prime a decade ago, Manny Pacquiao previously held the pound-for-pound throne for several years until being beaten in 2012. Now, with an astonishing resurgence at the age of 40, the eight-weight champion has regained his place on the list having beaten Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman to become a welterweight king once again.
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7. Errol Spence (25-0, 21 KOs)

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence has now made three defences since defeating Kell Brook to claim the belt in 2017. Spence stopped Lamont Peterson and Carlos Ocampo before also dominating Mikey Garcia.

6. Gennady Golovkin (39-1-1, 35 KOs)

When GGG finally got the super-fight he’d wanted against Mexican star Canelo Alvarez, many thought he won clearly, but it was ruled a draw. Their rematch a year later was far closer, and this time Canelo was awarded a narrow victory. The Kazakh’s status has taken a hit following his first loss, though the manner of his performances keep him ranked as one of the world’s best.

5. Naoya Inoue (18-0, 16 KOs)

Japanese three-weight world champion Naoya Inoue has already blasted through the light-flyweight and super-flyweight ranks, and is now a dominant force at bantamweight. In his last three fights, the 26-year-old blitzed Jaime McDonnell, Juan Carlos Payano and Emmanuel Rodriguez within a combined total of four rounds.
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4. Oleksandr Usyk (16-0, 12 KOs)

In just 16 fights, Oleksandr Usyk has cleaned out his entire division, becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion. What’s even more impressive is that the Ukrainian has won all of his big fights in his opponents’ back yard, travelling to face the likes of Mairis Briedis in Latvia, Murat Gassiev in Russia and Tony Bellew in the UK.

3. Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs)

America’s Terence Crawford has won world titles in three weight classes, including becoming undisputed super-lightweight king. However, he is yet to face elite opposition. The WBO welterweight champion ranks so highly based on achievements and the manner of his consecutive victories, but must unify with the other welterweights if he wants to become pound-for-pound king.

2. Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs)

Mexico’s WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight titlist has a number of impressive names on his win sheet, including the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Daniel Jacobs, Erislandy Lara, Shane Mosely, Amir Khan and Austin Trout. However, as some of those have come with a fair portion of controversy, he doesn’t quite take our pound-for-pound top spot at present.

1. Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs)

After an historic 396-1 amateur career, double Olympic gold medallist Vasyl Lomachenko turned professional in 2013 and proceeded to jump straight into world class match-ups. The Ukrainian has since become a three-weight world champion, utilising his ethereal boxing ability to conquer the likes of Gary Russell Jr, Nicholas Walters, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jorge Linares.
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