Buying or Selling the Top Boxing Rumors
Recently, there has been a lot of notable boxing news coming from outside of the ring. From HBO announcing that it will no longer do business with Golden Boy Promotions, to the news of Robert Guerrero's arrest, boxing has had its fair share of eye-popping headlines lately.
The repercussions of these news bits are what get the boxing rumor mill really going. Keeping up with the latest rumors gives fans and pundits a chance to discuss the possible effects inside of the ring.
Let's take a look at some of the top boxing rumors currently making the rounds.
Buying: Manny Pacquiao to Fight Juan Manuel Marquez in September
When Juan Manuel Marquez spoke to Miguel Rivera of BoxingScene.com in early February, he made it clear that he is not interested in a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao. But the fact remains that Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao are interested in another fight. Even with Marquez' public statement regarding another showdown with Pacquiao, BoxingScene.com also reported that Arum and Fernando Beltran—Juan Manuel Marquez’ co-promoter—are indeed at work on a fifth fight.
At this point in his career, JMM is rightfully looking for a huge pay day. But, as Beltran also disclosed to BoxingScene.com, only a Pacquiao fight can satisfy Marquez' lofty monetary demands. While Marquez may want to explore other opponents, he will have to decide if money is truly the most important factor for him at this time.
As for Pacquiao, instead of returning to the ring in April, it was recently announced that he will wait until September to take on an unnamed opponent. Like any true warrior, he will want revenge after such a brutal knockout loss. With the Pacman waiting until September to return, it looks as though Marquez will get the chance to fight someone else before engaging in a historic fifth fight with Pacquiao.
Selling: Robert Guerrero's Arrest Will Distract Him in Fight with Mayweather
By now you have heard that Robert Guerrero was arrested on Thursday, March 28, for trying to board a plane with an unloaded gun.
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com that Guerrero's arrest will not have an impact on the fight. In other words, the show will go on. While it may not impact the fight, it’s clear that people are already starting to sound off about the potential damage it could do to The Ghost's preparation.
For as much as Guerrero has been talking himself up as the man who will defeat Mayweather, this incident should not deter his concentration. Using Guerrero’s run-in with the law as a possible excuse for a potentially poor performance is not fair to either fighter.
Guerrero should take this incident in stride and focus on the biggest fight of his life. And, as Queen's District Attorney Richard A. Brown said after Guerrero's arrest (per Dan Rafael of ESPN.com), "I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks." Amen to that.
Buying: Broner Stops Talking About the Best and Fights Them Instead
At some point, Adrien Broner will have to start fighting the biggest names instead of just talking about them in videos. It’s true, Broner is undoubtedly one of the most talented fighters in boxing. But, up until now, he hasn't shown those talents off against many top-notch opponents.
It is likely that Broner will have little trouble getting past Paulie Malignaggi in June. For Broner to maintain and build upon his No. 6 pound-for-pound Ring Magazine rating, I’m buying the fact that he will start beating some of the best fighters in whatever division he decides to settle in.
According to BoxingNews24.com, Richard Schaefer has said that Broner is locked into a long-term contract with Golden Boy Promotions. If this is indeed the case—and Broner isn’t just an Al Haymon fighter—that means that Broner will have to build up his viewership on a new network, Showtime. The quickest way to do that is to face the best opposition.
Selling: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Will Fight on CBS
When Floyd Mayweather jumped ship from HBO to Showtime, much was made about the fact that he could potentially be fighting up to six times in the next three years. Some folks, including Michael Woods of ESPNNewYork.com, have even written on the fact that Mayweather may decide to fight on CBS.
Quoting Stephen Espinoza of Showtime, Woods says in his article that it is not a pipe dream to think that Mayweather could fight on network television, because he is known for doing the unexpected. If taking less money is the unexpected, then yes we could see Mayweather promoting his next fight on 60 Minutes.
For a man nicknamed “Money,” a network television fight just doesn't seem to make dollars or sense. While Espinoza says that “it would have to be a very different, alternative business model” to pull off a Mayweather fight on CBS, we will have to get a better understanding of that model before buying this rumor.
Buying: Boxing Will Suffer Because of HBO and Golden Boy Rift
In an announcement that took many by surprise, HBO recently declared its decision to stop doing business with Golden Boy Promotions. Coupled with the ongoing Top Rank-Golden Boy cold war, the negative effect that HBO’s decision will have on boxing is unprecedented.
Instead of helping put on the best fights, HBO has now left boxing fans scrambling to make sense of a sport with a huge divide. How can fans—especially those who may not be up on the latest promotional rifts—continue to show interest in a sport that has more going on behind the scenes than in the ring?
The best thing that can come out of HBO terminating its business association with Golden Boy is that both networks—Showtime and HBO—and both promotional companies—Top Rank and Golden Boy—will come to a realization that they are better off working together rather than apart.
Selling: Al Haymon Will Start His Own Promotional Company
Though you may never see him, he's always at work. Al Haymon is without a doubt the most influential man in boxing. Haymon advises pretty much every notable name in boxing, including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saul Alvarez and Adrien Broner.
David Kassel of FightHype.com recently posed the question of whether or not Al Haymon will finally take all of his fighters and start his own promotional company. Though this could potentially be a good idea, I am selling it because Haymon has such a successful formula currently working.
Haymon advises fighters who are represented by different promoters, so he has a working relationship with various companies. This means that even with HBO's recent announcement, Haymon could still have his boxers fight on HBO or Showtime.
Some fighters—including Gary Russell Jr.—have stated that they are strictly signed to Al Haymon, but work with promotional companies such as Golden Boy. It seems like Haymon has a pretty sweet deal going for himself at the moment. So, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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