Floyd Mayweather has challenged Amir Khan to beat Adrien Broner on the undercard of his bout with Marcos Maidana on 3 May in order to earn a fight with the pound-for-pound king.
The unbeaten Mayweather last week ended several weeks of speculation by choosing to face Maidana over Khan, who subsequently said his American foe was “running scared” after seeing his hopes of a big pay-day dashed.
While Khan has been kicking his heels on the sidelines for several months, last beating unfancied Julio Diaz on a thin points decision nearly a year ago, many felt Maidana earned his shot at Mayweather with a surprise victory over Broner for the WBA welterweight title in December.
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With Sergio Martinez defending his WBC middleweight title against Miguel Cotto on June 7, fans will be faced with a string of four big pay-per-view events every month beginning March 8 when Canelo Alvarez gets back into the ring against tough Alfredo Angulo.
Martinez will take on his warhorse of an opponent in iconic Madison Square Garden, a venue sure to be filled with Puerto Rican fans yelling their heads off for Cotto, 33, who’s moving up from light middleweight. Though Martinez is the taller fighter, they are both smallish middleweights. Freddie Roach, Cotto’s new trainer, will no doubt coach his fighter to use his shorter stature to advantage by stepping inside and punishing the body as he did in his last outing. Cotto, an excellent all-around fighter, is one of the most feared body thumpers in the sport.
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One of the most intriguing matches of the year will be held on June 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York, when Miguel Cotto moves up to middleweight to challenge Sergio Martinez for the WBC 160-pound title in the main event of a card to be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Cotto, who is coming off an impressive third-round knockout of Delvin Rodriguez on Oct. 5, will be bidding for a world title in a fourth weight class. The 2000 Olympian from Puerto Rico has held world championships at super lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight.
Rodriguez is not nearly as highly regarded as Martinez, but Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) worked with veteran trainer Freddie Roach for that bout and Roach appeared to get Cotto to revert to his old form. Cotto had lost back-to-back decisions, to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, and then hired Roach.
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Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao has reportedly signed a two-year, $75 million extension deal with Top Rank, reports stated Thursday.
Pacquiao, whose current contract with Top Rank was expected to end after this year, has reportedly agreed to spend the last two years of his boxing career under the Bob Arum-owned company, according to the Boxing Socialist.com.
Assuming the reported deal has been finalized, it would go a long way towards helping Pacquiao with his tax woes; the Phillipines government froze his accounts after stating that Pacquiao owed approximately $50 million in back taxes, Forbes reported in December.
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There won’t be three bigger fights this year than the Sergio Martinez-Miguel Cotto fight, which will, unless it goes off the rails in the ninth inning of negotiations, take place June 7 at the Madison Square Garden big room.
Many folks I talk to seem to think that Sergio Martinez, a natural at middleweight, will get the better of Cotto. Needless to say, Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach spits in their eye. He explained to me why the 2014 Miguel Cotto is a dangerous animal, and a better version of the guy we saw losing to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout.
“He wasn’t getting along with his trainer, and when you don’t get along with your trainer, it’s not a good situation,” Roach told me. Dedham Freddie knows Cotto and trainers are like Kardashians and marriage but he says Cotto hasn’t said no to anything and they get along. Cotto has been present for 5 AM runs and he expects the same for this camp, he said.
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