Leon talks Pascal-Bute

March, 16, 2013
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Bronx resident Greg Leon works as an adviser to Quebec-based Jean Pascal, an ex-light heavyweight champion. Leon seems to have a bit of the promoter in him, as well. He had NYFightblog champing at the bit to see his guy Pascal face off with Romanian Lucian Bute, also a Quebecer, on May 25, in Montreal.

"It is truly an honor to be a part of making this fight," Leon told us. "This will be the highest-grossing fight in the history of Canada by far, but more importantly it's what the fans in Canada want to see. Pascal-Bute is the Canadian Mayweather-Pacquiao. Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute are clearly the two biggest stars north of the border, but like it says in the movie 'Highlander,' when all the dust settles on May 25 there can be only one. I have no doubt Jean Pascal will be the last man standing."

Leon thinks the bout will take place, probably, in Montreal's Bell Centre. Also, he tells us, controversial Angel Heredia, who advises Juan Manuel on strength and conditioning and supplements, will be working with Pascal.

I'm leaning with Leon on this one. The 27-2-1 (16 KOs) Pascal, age 30, is 1-1-1 in his last three fights but the draw and the loss were against Bernard Hopkins, the ageless wonder. Bute (31-1 with 24 KOs), meanwhile, is coming off a UD12 win against Denis Grachev last November, but in the fight before that, he got mugged by Carl Froch (TKO5) in England.

Pascal will look to test Bute's whiskers, and I have my doubts Bute will pass the quiz. Pascal is more deliberate than Froch, though, so Bute might have the opportunity to be the better ring general. Readers, what say you?
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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