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

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez’ mountain of muscle


Friday afternoon Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez stepped on the scale in Las Vegas, bringing us a step closer to (what we hope is) the final chapter in their career-defining series, and tying together several compelling storylines that have developed in the eight years since they first fought. Can Marquez ever get a fair … Continue reading

Friday Night Fighters and Writers


Another quick update for the folks who were waiting for my preview of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez showdown — you’ll have it Saturday morning, and that’s a promise. We’ll meet here to discuss the Pacquiao-Marquez and the fairness of steroid innuendo. Would have had it today, but fate called. In this case fate was … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and the numbers that mislead


As we’ve discussed in the past, numbers never lie but they often obscure the truth. So next time you watch a boxing broadcast it might help to swallow the CompuBox statistics with a big pinch of salt. The guys counting punches can give a you a general idea of which shots are landing and which … Continue reading

UFC (smartly) backs down from a showdown with Pacquiao


Looks like the UFC’s debut event with new broadcast partner Fox Sports is no longer going head-to-head- with the Nov. 12 superfight between Manny Pacquiao and the last fighter to come close to defeating him, Juan Manuel Marquez. Instead of lasting deep into the evening, UFC’s live event on Fox will span just one hour, … Continue reading

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