Roy Jones: please stop boxing and rapping


Yes, Roy Jones Jr. continues fighting. No, I don’t know why. I can only assume traveling to Latvia to face fighters best described as “aspiring tomato cans” adds some credibility to his job as an HBO ringside analyst, and possibly pays better than his other side gig writing and performing crappy rap songs about Body By … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather and the semantic satiation of legacy

MayMaidana

After seeing Floyd Mayweather spill a few drops of blood in a closely-contested, hard-fought but well-deserved victory over Marcos Maidana last Saturday, it’s natural to wonder whether the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter can retain that crown until he retires. Yes, he won, but we haven’t seen him struggle like that since his first bout with … Continue reading

Mayweather faces Maidana and a helluva dilemma


As February threatened to bleed into March, Floyd Mayweather still hadn’t announced an opponent for his scheduled spring bout, and the anticipation drove some fighters out of their Twitter minds. Amir Khan was once so sure he’d get the Mayweather payday he cancelled a December showdown with Devon Alexander, but as he tired of waiting … Continue reading

A Proposal: Adrien Broner needs to keep trolling


Marcos “Chino” Maidana established the pattern in the opening moments of last Saturday’s clash with previously undefeated rising superstar Adrien “The Problem” Broner: Jab to the body and watch Broner reach down to his navel to parry the shot, then feint the jab, watch Broner swat at it, and blast his jaw with a thunderous left … Continue reading

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

The Blueprint to Beating Floyd Mayweather — It’s really not that hard


Records say Floyd “Money” Mayweather is undefeated, and most so-called boxing experts regard him as the top fighter in the world pound-for-pound. But those of us who really understand the sweet science know Mayweather is creation of careful matchmaking and clever marketing, and that he’s spent his career ducking tough fighters like Shane Mosley. I … Continue reading

Influences: Ralph Wiley On Writing


When I’m between books I return to Ralph Wiley — specifically to Serenity, which, along with W.C. Heinz’ The Professional, is about finest book on the sweet science I’m aware of. Give me half a reason or none at all and I’ll pull it from the bookcase, crease the spine and start reading. But tonight, … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather and the Sweet Science of aging gracefully

Floyd Mayweather Jr., Canelo Alvarez

Midway through the 10th round of his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez drifted the ropes in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and retreated into a defensive shell, hoping to tease a mistake out of Mayweather. Instead, the 23-year-old ate leather, as Mayweather peppered him with precise punches and … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayweather: Preview to the Previews

MayweatherSombreroBelts

Ha llegado el Cinco de Mayo, an annual holiday that for me means a hard morning workout followed by diet-destroying gluttony at places like La Mexicana or Tacos el Asador. Days like this I treat the menu like Williams treated the escorts in Enter the Dragon. Waitress: Sir, would you like the pulled pork soft tacos … Continue reading

The Fallacy of Effective Aggression, and other thoughts on Rigondeaux-Donaire

Rigondeaux

Even those of us who thought Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux would defeat Nonito Donaire in Saturday’s hotly anticipated 122-pound title unification bout couldn’t have foreseen a whitewash. And lets not kid ourselves. If you gave Donaire more than two rounds on Saturday you either work for Top Rank, or you might as well. Yes, I … Continue reading

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