Guillermo Rigondeaux, Pugilism and Purgatory

Rigondeaux

When two-time Olympic gold medallist and Cuban boxing legend Guillermo Rigondeaux first arrived in the U.S. in 2008, his handlers believed he could earn $100 million fighting professionally. And when he dismantled Nonito Donaire to unify the 122-pound titles in April, he believed he’d finally claimed a hard-earned spot among boxing’s top performers, and thought … Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao falls, questions arise

Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez

With a single, thunderous right hand at the end of round six Juan Manuel Marquez sent the legend of Manny Pacquiao crashing face-first to the canvas. With his nose broken and his left leg seemingly injured, Marquez delivered a knockout so definitive referee Kenny Bayless didn’t even bother to count. And with the entire boxing … Continue reading

Blaming the Victim: Pacquiao, Bradley, Conspiracy Theories and Common Sense

PacBradLeft

My late Aunt Edith was about the most conflict-averse person I’ve ever known, but in the hours after Timothy Bradley was awarded a split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao — a bout most of us think Pacquiao won comfortably — I thought of my grandfather’s big sister and the sweltering summer nights I used to … Continue reading

Yuriorkis Gamboa: No vale la pena evitar la pelea

BOXING: Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Jorge Solis

What you’re hearing from Yuriorkis isn’t silence. After all, El Ciclon de Guantanamo has already spoken through interpreters to Ring magazine, explaining that he’s skipping everything connected with his proposed April 14 showdown with Brandon Rios — possibly even the fight itself — until he’s happy with his contract. Instead, it’s the sound a window … Continue reading

The Sweet Science; A Sour Saturday


Now I know how it feels to be a Zab Judah fan: Rushing to your man’s defense with flimsy excuses after yet another poor outing. Suspecting he has wasted his talent yet finding reasons to believe he’ll one day cash in on the vast potential he once showed. Assuring others he’s still relevant even though … Continue reading

ABDB Ep 26: Old Folks, Cantankerous; Young Folks, Broke


What happens when the best sports talk show ever meets the top sports podcast on the net? Click the text below to find out. Pouring out grape drank for Duane “Sweets Watson”… Episode Willie Upshaw/Paul Palmer/Vinnie Johnson+Isiah Thomas… Special guest in the house, the one and only Bomani Jones!!! Damn you, Darius Lovehall! The Morning … Continue reading

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