Who's holding up Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch? (1:40)
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3hDan Rafael

Gonzalez happy to be No. 1 pound for pound

Floyd Mayweather's retirement left open this question: Who is now the pound-for-pound king? Flyweight champ Roman Gonzalez is happy -- and surprised -- to have gotten the nod.

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Nick Parkinson

DeGale admits money is his motivation

James DeGale admits it was "money, money, money" that convinced him to concede home advantage to Lucian Bute for their IBF world super-middleweight title fight.

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Chat wrap: Dan Rafael talks boxing

Senior boxing writer Dan Rafael answers your questions about the latest news, including Saturday's lightweight title bout between Jorge Linares and Ivan Cano, Terry Flanagan's defense and more.

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Nick Parkinson

Smith driven towards title by sibling rivalry

Liam Smith wants an honour his three boxer brothers don't have -- a world title -- but must beat American John Thompson at the Manchester Arena on Saturday to get it.

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ESPN3: Linares-Cano, Sat., 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch as lightweight titlist Jorge Linares -- one of the most exciting fighters in the division -- defends his belt against Ivan Cano on Saturday in Caracas, Venezuela.

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17hSalvador Rodriguez

Pacquiao plans to have one more fight before retiring

Manny Pacquiao, who has won titles in eight different divisions, is thinking about hanging up the gloves. But before that, 'The Pacman' would love a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.

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1dDan Rafael

Camacho leads newcomers on boxing Hall ballot

The late Hector Camacho Sr. leads a trio of newcomers, along with Yuri Arbachakov and Sot Chitalada, on this year's ballot for International Boxing Hall of Fame consideration.

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1dDan Rafael

Abraham to defend title vs. Murray on Nov. 21

Arthur Abraham will make the fifth defense of his second 168-pound title reign by facing Martin Murray on Nov. 21 in at TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany, promoter Sauerland Event said Wednesday.

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2dDan Rafael

Heavyweight Pulev to end long layoff vs. Arias

Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev will end an 11-month layoff on Oct. 17 against journeyman George Arias in Germany, it was announced Wednesday.

Buncey's Boxing Podcast: Barker, Cleverly, Theophane (52:07)
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3dDan Rafael

Kovalev defense postponed; focus on Ward fight

Unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev's homecoming defense in Russia is going to have to wait. There are bigger plans in the works for the man they call "Krusher."

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1dDan Rafael

Sources: Thurman-Porter penciled in for Dec. 12

Welterweight titlist Keith Thurman and former titleholder Shawn Porter are penciled in to fight Dec. 12 on Showtime, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Uzcategui topples Jackson (1:11)
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3dDan Rafael

Rankings: Three big winners at 140 pounds

With Lucas Matthysse losing, Terence Crawford rose to the top of the junior welterweight division, while Viktor Postol and Adrien Broner made big jumps after their impressive wins on Saturday.

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4dDan Rafael

Linares to defend title Saturday on ESPN3

ESPN3 has acquired the rights to air Jorge Linares' second defense of his 130-pound title Saturday in his native Caracas, Venezuela.

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3dDan Rafael

Kovalev defense postponed; focus on Ward fight

Unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev's homecoming defense in Russia is going to have to wait. There are bigger plans in the works for the man they call "Krusher."

Making the Rounds: Selby-Montiel Preview (4:35)
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3dDan Rafael

Scorecard: Sharp Broner salvages career as top fighter

Despite many already writing him off, an in-shape Adrien Broner put the junior welterweight division on notice by stopping former titlist Khabib Allakhverdiev to claim a vacant world title.

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3dDan Rafael

Oquendo injures shoulder; fight vs. Chagaev off

Heavyweight Fres Oquendo suffered a shoulder injury during a recent sparring session at his training camp, forcing him to withdraw from his rematch against secondary titleholder Ruslan Chagaev.

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4dDan Rafael

Verdejo, with hand healing, to return Oct. 31

Puerto Rican lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo, the 2014 ESPN.com prospect of the year, has been cleared to resume training after left hand surgery in June and will return to action Oct. 31.

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6dDan Rafael

Postol defeats Matthysse by 10th-round knockout

"The Iceman" Viktor Postol, waiting for a shot at a junior welterweight world title as a mandatory challenger for 17 months, made the most of his opportunity with an upset of Lucas Matthysse.

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Broner outclasses Allakhverdiev for TKO win

Junior welterweight Adrien Broner defeated Khabib Allakhverdiev by TKO in Round 12 on Saturday night to win his fourth title in four different divisions.

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7dNigel Collins

Collins: The rebirth of Stanley Ketchel

Nigel Collins went searching for Stanley Ketchel on a recent September afternoon in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section. And he found the "Michigan Assassin" looking as formidable as ever.

SVP's One Big Thing: Thrilla in Manila (1:48)
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5dDan Rafael

DeGale to face Bute in title defense on Nov. 28

England's James DeGale won his world title by traveling to North America, and he will hit the road again for his first defense in Quebec City against Canadian star Lucian Bute on Nov. 28.


The Ropes podcast: Oscar De La Hoya

Oscar De La Hoya joins Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew to preview Lucas Matthysse-Viktor Postol, a loaded fall schedule for Golden Boy Promotions and share stories from his Hall-of-Fame career.

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Chat wrap: Dan Rafael talks boxing

Senior boxing writer Dan Rafael answers your questions about the latest news, including Saturday's junior welterweight title bouts involving Adrien Broner and Lucas Matthysse.

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Pressure is on Broner in return

Dan Rafael, Brian Campbell and Jim Basquil of Making The Rounds preview Saturday's vacant junior welterweight title bout between Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev.

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Nick Parkinson

Rewind: The Thrilla in Manila

The ferocity of the spectacle in the Philippines between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier will live long in the memory of all who witnessed the 14-round bout.

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7dDan Rafael

Klitschko-Fury bout rescheduled for Nov. 28

The much-anticipated heavyweight world championship fight between long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko and mandatory challenger Tyson Fury has been rescheduled for Nov. 28.

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6dDan Rafael

Russell's 1st defense set for Nov. 14 vs. Escandon

Featherweight titlist Gary Russell Jr. will make his first defense when he faces Oscar Escandon on Nov. 14 at a site to be determined, Showtime announced Saturday night.


Todd Grisham @GrishamESPN

To be a professional at any sport is "hard". But Baseball is the only sport that constantly preaches it's the "hardest"

Todd Grisham @GrishamESPN

Am I the only one tired of hearing announcers telling me how "hard" it is to play baseball? Go do an Ironman.