Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley, Wladimir Klitschko and the Latest Boxing Buzz
With Manny Pacquiao fresh off his victory over Shane Mosley, the boxing rumor mill has way more speculation than usual. Everyone was hoping he would fight Floyd Mayweather next, then we were told he's going to take a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez. Now we're hearing his next possible opponent could be Timothy Bradley?
In other news, Wladimir Klitschko has to be having a tough day after it was announced his long relationship with beautiful actress Hayden Panettiere has officially came to an end.
It's also worth mentioning that we have a ton of great fights boxing fans can look forward to. This weekend we have Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham and next weekend we have the highly anticipated rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal.
Over the next couple of days leading up until Saturday night's big fight we'll be covering all of the above and more. Be sure to stay tuned to this article for all of the latest boxing buzz and be sure to check out Bleacher Report's boxing page for some more fantastic reading material.
As boxing fans have come to expect throughout the years, Bernard Hopkins will do anything to sell a fight.
B-Hop has been doing everything possible to promote next Saturday's rematch against Jean Pascal. He has even gone beyond the sport of boxing and called out current Washington Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb for not being black enough.
The Executioner has been taking a ton of heat from the national media for his comments on McNabb and rightfully so. However, his absurd statement did exactly what he hoped it would do. It got his name mentioned by every major sports outlet in the world which has sparked a huge amount of interest in his fight against Jean Pascal.
People who would have had no interest in this fight will now tune in just in hopes that they may see Hopkins get his butt beat down.
Outside of the ring, Hopkins knows how to talk a big game. He knows how to get people excited to watch his fights.
Hardcore boxing fans aren't fooled by his antics though. As soon as he steps in the ring he is one of the smartest boxers out there. He's not going to make stupid decisions and he's typically always cautious in the ring.
Don't be fooled into thinking his rematch with Jean Pascal is going to be a slug-fest because it won't be. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being a very boring twelve-rounds of boxing.
Last weekend during the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley fight, Paris Hilton tried to claim she was a huge Pacman fan and was even seen at the fight with Manny's wife Jinkee. As it turns out, the two ladies formed an extremely close bond and are now best friends forever.
“Karangalan ko (na) iniidolo niya ako sa boxing at nanood siya... Magka-textmate na sila ni Jinkee (It was an honor for me to know she idolizes me in boxing, and that she watched my latest fight. She is now a textmate of Jinkee)," he told dzBB radio.
“Bibisita yata rito si Paris kay Jinkee three months from now," he added.
For anyone living under a rock for the past 10 years, Paris Hilton is a hotel heiress who is mostly famous for a leaked sex tape and an out-of-control lifestyle.
She loves attention and hopes her new-found friendship with Jinkee Pacquiao helps impress Filipinos when she visits the Philippines in the near future for a new business venture.
Bernard Hopkins caught the attention of mainstream sports media earlier this week when he attacked Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb for not being black enough or tough enough.
Hopkins claims McNabb had a privileged childhood in suburban Chicago.
"Forget this," Hopkins said, pointing to his own dark skin. "He's got a suntan. That's all."
"Why do you think McNabb felt he was betrayed? Because McNabb is the guy in the house, while everybody else is on the field. He's the one who got the extra coat. The extra servings. 'You're our boy,' " Hopkins said, patting a reporter on the back in illustration. "He thought he was one of them."
In the ESPN First Take debate which we embedded above, Stephen Bardo is clearly offended by Hopkins' comments.
"This is a guy I had a tremendous amount of respect for before I heard this." Bardo says. "Now I wanna see his brains get beat in."
Bardo isn't the only person who would love to see Hopkins badly beaten into retirement by Jean Pascal next weekend. Many boxing fans have grown tired of the Executioner's big mouth throughout the years and wishes he would just retire already.
Throughout the years Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his dad have hated each other more than anyone could ever imagine. Then something changed. They discovered they both share a common bond in their hatred toward Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach.
In a way, Pacquiao and Roach have been able to piece the Mayweather family back together without even knowing it.
Both Jr. and Sr. find themselves constantly taking turns bashing Pacman and his trainer. Today it was Sr.'s turn to lash out and express his hatred toward fellow trainer Freddie Roach.
"Man, let me tell you something, man. I watched that fight [Pacquiao vs. Mosley] and Roach is an average trainer training an average fighter." Mayweather Sr. told FightHype.
When the Mayweather's continue to talk it's a sign that all is right in the world today. They do a lot of talking and not a lot of fighting.
In all fairness to Jr., I should point out his father hasn't had all of his marbles for quite some time. I still remain confident that Mayweather and Pacquiao will stop talking and meet in the ring eventually.
Amir Khan has done everything possible to make a light-welterweight unification bout against Timothy Bradley happen later this year, Unfortunately, it seems like Bradley has different plans and they do not seem to be sitting very well with Khan.
"I want the fight. I don't know why he's backing out," Khan told boxingscene.com. "He's just not going for the fight right now, and I can't believe it, really. The guy has no balls and I think he realizes he can't beat me. He just wants to cash in by fighting Manny Pacquiao."
While King Khan's ideal fight for later this year is still Timothy Bradley, he has also been forced to prepare for the possibility that a Bradley fight will not happen in 2012.
As of right now, it sounds like the favorite to replace Bradley as Khan's next opponent is former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah.
Judah doesn't present quite the challenge Bradley would, but he's definitely not a pushover either. It's actually refreshing to see a fighter like Khan trying to find the best possible opponent out there. Am I the only one who would be excited to see a Amir Khan vs. Victor Ortiz fight?
That would be an action-packed matchup everyone could enjoy.
We have some great news for boxing fans and/or Manny Pacquiao fans who for whatever reason couldn't watch his fight against Shane Mosley on PPV last Saturday night.
Showtime has announced plans to replay the entire main event before they go live to the Home Depot Center in California for the semifinal of Showtime's Super Six tournament between Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham.
As I'm sure everyone who hasn't seen the fight yet already knows, Shane Mosley fought like a scared coward who never left his defensive shell. However, if you watch closely you may or may not be able to see signs of Manny Pacquiao's skills starting to decline. That's something we can all debate until Pacman finally steps back into the ring against an opponent not yet determined later this year.
If you tune into Showtime this Saturday night to catch the replay, definitely be sure you watch the main event between Ward and Abraham too. It should be a great fight spotlighting a potential superstar boxer in Andre Ward.
We are close to one week away from the Bernard Hopkins vs. Jean Pascal rematch and in-order to promote the fight, B-Hop is doing what he does best these days. He's running his mouth.
In Pascal's defense, he certainly holds his own against Hopkins' loud mouth tactics by continuously calling him a baby. The 46 year old is obviously irritated by Pascal's name calling which makes the entire video interview a lot of fun to watch.
Boxing fans hope these two fighters don't expend all of their energy running off at the mouth and give us a boring fight next weekend. They seem to genuinely dislike each other. We just hope they fight like that too.
Hopkins has a tendency to make fights extremely boring and let's be honest, Pascal isn't the most entertaining fighter in the world either. If these two step into the ring with a safety-first attitude the fight will be a dud.
My personal prediction: Jean Pascal wins by a close unanimous decision.
In the ring Wladimir Klitschko has a boring style which not a lot of boxing fans care to watch. However, outside of the ring he used to always find himself hounded by paparazzi. No, they didn't really care to see him. They all wanted to catch a glimpse of his now former girlfriend Hayden Panettiere.
Panettiere and Klitschko made quite the odd couple considering Wladimir is nearly 6'6" and she is barely 5'1", yet the couple managed to stay together for two years.
"Even though we've decided splitting up is best for both of us, we have an amazing amount of love and respect for each other and remain very close friends," Panettiere told People.
Since the couple was together for so long, we have to wonder if this won't have a negative impact on Klitschko's training camp for the David Haye fight. Many fight fans believe this is the toughest fight in years for Klitschko. If he doesn't have a good training camp, we could be looking at an upset in the making.
Amir Khan sent shock waves throughout the boxing universe on Thursday when his official facebook page said Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao was set to go down in November. This came as surprise to nearly every boxing fan, especially when we have been led to believe Pacquiao's next opponent will be a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.
Fight fans were also hoping a fight between Bradley and Amir Khan would happen at some point this summer, but now it appears the two boxers have been unable to agree on a contract.
When Bradley became aware of Khan's facebook post he was quick to use humor in denying the report.
“I haven't heard anything like that, but if it's true, hey, hey, hey,” Bradley said while laughing, according to MyDesert.com.
The details aren't clear as to why a Timothy Bradley vs. Amir Khan fight hasn't been signed for this summer, especially when the fight seemed to be a done deal just a few weeks ago. However, make no mistake about it. If those two don't end up fighting this year it will be a huge failure for the sport of boxing.
It was one of the few fights between two up-and-coming stars that every boxing fan was dying to see. The only fight I'd rather see this year is Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather and we all know that's not likely to happen.