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

Floyd Mayweather and the Sweet Science of aging gracefully


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


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


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

Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Ward vs.The Real Son of God


Six weeks ahead of his return to the ring against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, boxing’s top biggest name and cash king, Floyd Mayweather, used an interview with fighthype.com to fire a series of verbal jabs… at 168-pound champ Andre Ward. Apparently Ward, the best boxer on the planet not named Mayweather, is a long-time friend … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather 2.0? A Motor City Postscript


Back in Canada and still recovering from 24 hours in Detroit, where the drinks are stiff (the young lady tending bar at Cutters promised her Jameson with a splash of Faygo ginger ale would put hair on my chest), and where rebirth has been a running theme for nearly four decades. On the banks of … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather to Showtime: He’s Boxing’s Albert Pujols


Thinking of words to describe Tuesday’s announcement that boxing’s current pound-for-pound king, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, had dumped cable network and pay-per-view partner HBO in favour of rival broadcaster Showtime. “Seismic” works. Mayweather’s movement tilts the pay-per-view landscape, instantly transforming Showtime from a big-time suburb to the centre of attention and action, and maybe not just … Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao falls, questions arise


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

Scared Straight: Floyd Mayweather, Jack Johnson and jail time’s toll


Will 87 days in jail scare Floyd Mayweather straight? Because it looks already like he’s frightened flabby. No, I’m not making light of Mayweather’s stint in jail, or the circumstances that landed him there. But it’s a point of fact that the pound-for-pound king of pro boxing unsuccessfully petitioned a Nevada court last week to … Continue reading

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


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

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