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Manny Pacquiao returns. But, who really even knows? By: Ed Hitchins During fight week in Las Vegas, the twitter-verse is usually abuzz with the details of the compelling action as fans file in to take in a piece of history. From hashtags to Instagram updates, we’re usually in the foray…

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“FACING ALI” DVD A SMASHING SUCCESS! By: Ken Hissner George Chuvalo could have won an Emmy for his performance in FACING ALI. He fought them all and was never an easy opponent. Others that fought Ali were “Smoking” Joe Frazier, Big George Foreman, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Ernie Terrell, Sir…

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Why Manny Keeps Fighting By: Sean Crose “Pacquiao will have earned $500 million from boxing purses and endorsements during his two-decade professional career.” So wrote Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes last April, on the eve of Manny Pacquiao’s supposed last fight against Timothy Bradley. Clearly both the monetary amount and the…

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Why Pacquiao-Vargas Is Relevant By: Sean Crose Okay, first things first, I do not – I repeat, do not – think the Manny Pacquiao versus Jessie Vargas fight this weekend at the Thomas and Mack Center in Vegas is particularly pay per view worthy. Still, I believe it’s a pretty…

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When Ali Fought Foreman By: Jordan Seward 42 years ago to the day Muhammad Ali fought George Foreman in the rumble in the jungle in what turned out to be one of the most significant boxing events in history, arguably, turned out to be the most significant victory of Muhammad…

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Oscar’s Right: Boxing This Year Sucked Brandon Bernice Oscar De La Hoya recently came under fire for stating that 2016 has been awful for boxing, with boxing’s top dogs sitting idly on the sidelines. It certainly is a controversial opinion, especially for someone from boxing’s upper echelons like Oscar. But…

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Gladys Rosa—A Conversation (Part I) By Kent Wallace I was seated at the “Office” (Legion Post 92) a shot in one hand a phone in the other— with Gladys Rosa on the other end of the line in New York City. I was solo—the last time I saw Boom Boom…

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Andy Lee Plots His Return By: Sean Crose Andy Lee, who was last seen losing his portion of the middleweight title last year, is now apparently rested and eager to return to the ring. This, friends, is good news. Why? Well, for starters, Lee is a good fighter. Sure he’s…

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Fighting on short notice, McGuinness embraces “Road Warrior” persona​ By:Ed Hitchins ‘ Boxer Logan “Cotton” McGuinness expected to fight on October 28th in Brampton, Ontario in front family and friends. But an opportunity to fight out in western Canada was too good an opportunity to miss. “The card [in Brampton]…

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The Psychological Relentlessness of Erislandy Lara Written by Tae Joon Kim Erislandy Lara’s chess match against Austin Trout exemplified a grandmaster of psychological strategy and manipulation. Lara was able to take command of every aspect of the boxing match against Lara as, right from the first round, he controlled distance,…

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Not A Second Too Soon – Good News From Showtime Boxing By: Sean Crose Let’s not kid ourselves, 2016 has been a slow and painful year for fight fans. Indeed, it looked for a bit as if the sport had literally ground to a halt. On Tuesday, however, Showtime gave…

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A Look at the Junior Featherweight Division By: Eric Lunger While the heavyweight division is still in flux with Tyson Fury’s sudden withdrawal from the Klitschko fight, and while fans and commentators are still tying themselves into pretzels over the lack of unification in the middleweight division, there is a…

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