Chat with ESPN Mobile's Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell (8:15 PM)
Fight fans! It's Saturday night and as you are well aware, tonight is just alright for fighting. I am ringside from Montreal for tonights rematch between Bernard Hopkins and light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. So let's get chatting. Send in your predictions for tonight and I'll post them. And send in your questions. Let's talk about tonight, tomorrow and all your favorite fights and fighters of the past.
Tony (Toronto) [via mobile]
How the pre-fight atmosphere tonight?
Brian Campbell (8:16 PM)
Tony! It's fight night my brother. I have heard NOTHING but great things about Montreal fight fans and the past few days they have done nothing to disappoint. The Bell Centre is rocking right now. It's about 3/4ths of the way full and you can feel the energy. We are currently a few fights into the undercard and I expect nothing but fireworks to be honest.
dave (el paso tx) [via mobile]
What changes do you think Manny will bring to Chad's approach in the ring?
Brian Campbell (8:18 PM)
It's a great question, Dave. This will be Dawson's first fight tonight with Emanuel Steward in his corner, and obviously that can't hurt. But I have to say...I think Chad's biggest problems are internal. I'd like to see Manny really challenge him. Get him to be more aggressive. He's in there with a guy tonight in Adrian Diaconu that is going to be in front of him. So this will be a great gauge of Dawson's progress up to this point.
Antonio walnut creek, ca [via mobile]
If b-hop wins who do you think will be next?
Brian Campbell (8:19 PM)
Well Antonio it looks like Chad Dawson is the mandatory at this point. Dawson is owed a rematch from the WBC after he lost the title to Jean Pascal last year. The WBC had Chad step aside following the result of the first Hopkins-Pascal fight. So it will be Chad. Hopkins has already publicly said he will fight Dawson next if he wins. Dawson has to win tonight for all of that to happen, of course.
Daniel -pico rivera,ca [via mobile]
Do u think and be honest that the boxing world would get to see pacqiao vs mayweather fight?
Brian Campbell (8:22 PM)
I figure we'll jump on this topic right off the bat here. I'm so back and forth on this like most people. For so long I thought Mayweather was just waiting Manny out a bit, a la Sugar Ray Leonard with Marvin Hagler. Letting Manny get older and a bit more worn, if you will. Lately, I'm not so sure. I'll tell you what though. There is a LOT of rumors going around that Mayweather could be coming back in September to face Victor Ortiz. Obviously it's a huge fight and not by any means an easy test. If Floyd takes that fight (and it's only been rumors thus far) that would prove to me that he really will fight Manny. ORtiz is a southpaw and he's quick. It will be a nice test for Floyd heading into a potential Pacquiao showdown.
Brian Campbell (8:22 PM)
But if Floyd comes back with a much softer fight...or doesn't come back at all, than I think he's going to be content to walk away without the Pacquiao stamp on his career resume. Sad. Sad. Sad.
calumet city il [via mobile]
do hopkins still got it?
Brian Campbell (8:23 PM)
Sure he does. The guy is 46 but is just in AMAZING shape. His reflexes are strong. He's taken probably the best care of his body of any fighter I have ever seen. And he's still a champ mentally as well. He hasn't lost a step upstairs. Smart guy. Never really been in a drag-it-out war. Doesn't care if he is boring. Just wants to win and make history.
Charles findlay ohio [via mobile]
if hopkins wins an then beats dawson does that make b hop an all time great light heavyweight or not quite
Brian Campbell (8:24 PM)
Well, I want to say not quite. But that would mean he then beat two lineal champions (Tarver, Pascal) and two solid names (Winky, Dawson)...so obviously it's not bad at all. He's already a top shelf middleweight as we know. But he would move closer to the "conversation" in light heavyweight. He just wouldn't be at the head of the table.
luiggi PR [via mobile]
More impressive...foreman lands the huge knockout over Moorer or hopkins beats Pascal tonight?
Brian Campbell (8:26 PM)
I still have to go with Foreman. Just too much against him heading into that fight. Moorer was young, fresh and an unbeaten champ. And Moorer had absolutely DOMINATED Foreman for every second of every round leading up to that. A Hopkins win tonight would be great for the sport and off the charts in many ways. But most still point to Foreman. He FINISHED Moorer to win it. No sneaky decisions.
J.P. ( Jacksonville FL) [via mobile]
Do you think Roy Jones will hang them up after his 3rd straight loss?
Brian Campbell (8:27 PM)
You REALLY have to hope at this point J.P. For anyone that missed it earlier today, Jones was KOed in the final seconds of the bout by cruiserweight slugger Denis Lebedev in Moscow. Jones was OUT on his feet as Lebedev just unloaded on him. Referee Steve Smoger was a bit late jumping in, but it's just a sad case altogether. Roy said after the fight he still might come back but come on, man. What for?
jim dallas tx [via mobile]
Who is televising the fight ? Thank you
Brian Campbell (8:29 PM)
The fight will air tonight on HBO at 10pm ET. The coverage kicks off with Chad Dawson vs. Adrian Diaconu.
Hector, New Brunswick [via mobile]
Will this be a matchup nightmare for Diaconu? Dawson may be too much in my mind.
Brian Campbell (8:30 PM)
I think you are right on here Hector. Diaconu can scrap and his only two losses both came to Jean Pascal -- both by unanimous decision -- in 2009. But he is made to order for Chad as long as Dawson comes in looking to box and attack.
Selby (Charlotte) [via mobile]
What do you think Pascal is going to have to do differently this time?
Brian Campbell (8:32 PM)
Thanks for the question, Selby. I think Pascal is mostly going to have to be more patient. He came out ultra aggressive in the 1st half of their 1st meeting and he totally flamed out down the stretch. He just had nothing left in the tank. He is also going to have to stay out of any mental games with Bernard. We all know Hopkins is the master in that department. Pascal is going to have to let Bernard be the agressor because Jean is a natural counter-puncher. And he needs to save up for the finish. B-Hop may fight in pockets of action at this point to save energy, but we all know he can go the whole 12.
Billy (Fight Fan 4 life) [via mobile]
Hey man, I think my favorite fight trilogy is Ward-Gatti. Which of the 3 fights did you think were the best of those?
Brian Campbell (8:33 PM)
Hey Billy. That is obviously an amazing trilogy. Not the best ever or even the best of the modern era here, but it has a huge emotional connection to so many. Obviously, the first fight is the best BY FAR in my mind. I could do a whole chat just on that fight. Probably my 2nd favorite fight of all-time.
Chacho (Tampa) [via mobile]
What tv station tonight and who is the announcers?
Brian Campbell (8:35 PM)
As I previously said it's going to be on HBO. Looks like from my viewpoint at press row that it's at least Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman. Not sure if they will have a 3rd man. Emanuel Steward will be in Chad Dawson's corner in the co-main event.
Ralph (New Bedford) [via mobile]
Please tell me my main old man homeboy Harold LEderman is in the house!
Brian Campbell (8:36 PM)
Haha, yes Ralph, your homeboy Harold is definitely in the house tonight. Decked out in the tux as usual. Ran into him at the weigh-in yesterday. GREAT guy.
Steve, Boulder CO [via mobile]
How hard will it be for Hopkins to win a decision tonight?
Brian Campbell (8:38 PM)
Not as hard as it could be, Steve. B-Hop really pressed in the negotiations to make sure he was getting neutral judges and a neutral referee. And they have provided that. The referee is actually from England. You're still never out of the water in some ways fighting in another guy's backyard. We all know the crowd can influence things just on the way that their overall noise makes certain punches and exchanges appear different than they actually are. But I think overall he'll be fine. He knows he can't cruise to a cheap decision here. He knows he is going to have to BRING the fight to Pascal and actually win this thing on his own.
Dave: (Montreal Qc) [via mobile]
Obviously Bhop has got to k.o Pascal to win.Do you think he can pull that off?
Brian Campbell (8:39 PM)
I don't think the KO is that obvious in the sense that it has to be there or he cant' win, as I just talked about. But let's be honest here. Bernard's not a big puncher these days. He hasn't finished anyone since Oscar De La Hoya with that liver punch in 2004. It will be interesting to see how much more aggressive B-Hop is this fight than the first one. But I don't think he necessarily will -- or even needs to -- land a KO to win.
Sam (Tampa, FL) [via mobile]
While Roy Jones hung in, how much longer before he calls it a career?
Brian Campbell (8:42 PM)
Well he "hung in" for 9/10ths of a 10-round fight before finally getting KOed. Woudln't really give him much props for that. Roy just needs to call it a career now. I mean...how many more times does he want to get knocked out cold? Seriously, for his health and future it's time to go.
Bill (Williamson, NC) [via mobile]
Which fight coming up after tonight are you most excited for?
Brian Campbell (8:44 PM)
Bill, I'm actually excited to report it's a heavyweight fight. You really can't be anything but excited about the upcoming David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko bout. Haye has finally agreed to go through with it and there is a lot of bad blood between the two. Not to mention that Haye -- because he is such a big puncher -- is really the ONLY other heavyweight out there who could realistically challenge the Klitschko Brothers' reign. So that should be very exciting.
Shaun (Hartford, CT) [via mobile]
Who do you think is next for Sergio Martinez?
Brian Campbell (8:47 PM)
It's tough that Martinez -- who probably won't be back now until Sept. when he has an HBO date lined up -- will have that long of an absence after he so recently leaped into the top three of the P4P discussion. Signs are pointing toward Sergio likely facing the winner of Sebastian Zbik's title bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. If it's Chavez, than it's not a bad bout mostly because of Chavez's following. Plus, it'd be nice to finally see JCC Jr. in there with a real live body. A top rate guy.
@Tubs4560 (So Cal) [via mobile]
How much do buy into Pascal's accusations that B-Hop has been using PED's? If he's clean, then why not take a blood test.
Brian Campbell (8:49 PM)
I think Pascal was, more than anything, just trying to get inside of Bernard's head there. B-Hop has never failed a test; although Pascal was asking for the kind of Olympic style tests that check for blood doping before and after a fight. It's easy to suspect anyone these days in any sport. It's just the climate we are in. Hard to speculate if there is any facts behind his accusations when you have no proof.
Griff [via mobile]
Mosley looked awful. Why does the Favre "just-retire-already-phenomenon" not apply to boxing?
Brian Campbell (8:52 PM)
Haha, great question Griff. There are a lot of guys (Roy Jones included) who you wish would just give it up. Mosley looks like he is next on that list. The real problem people have with Shane, though, is more about how he just gave up against Pac-man and stopped trying to win after the 3rd round knockdown. This was boxing's "biggest" fight of the year and Shane was getting a lot of money. Now, he's not as shot I don't think as some people realize. I think he just gave up. He shouldn't be in a big money PPV anymore, that's for sure. But Shane is still talented enough to be a gate keeper if he still wanted to and give young prospects a test against a faded name. You would hope, however, that Shane has enough money put away and is willing to retire gracefully. But it's not like Mosley is getting knocked around and KOed every step of the way by journeyman. He can still go; just not against the elite of the sport.
J.P. ( Jacksonville FL) [via mobile]
Pacquiao vs Marquez 3..are you excited to see that one? I think that's an fight see.
Brian Campbell (8:54 PM)
It's bittersweet. You're obviously happy as a boxing fan that Manny fighting someone this talented and someone with history of giving him good fights. Not just another old name that he can cash in on. Marquez is obviously "older", but can still bring it. The main problem here is mostly that the fight will be at 144 pounds, which completely favors Pacquiao. Marquez showed us that his ceiling is at 135. When he blew up to face Mayweather, his speed was gone and he had nothing to give. I know it's hard to ask Manny -- who has dominated lately at 147 and even at 154 pounds and is the No. 1 fighter in the sport -- to drop back down. But that's where this fight really needs to be. At 135 pounds or even 140.
ronday mole asheville,N.C [via mobile]
why do you think hopkins has been to sustain success? When others his age havent or has long hung up the gloves?
Brian Campbell (8:58 PM)
It's a combination of things, really. First you look at the way he takes care of himself. Is in fighting shape all year long. He has mastered nutrition and self discipline with working out. He doesn't drink, smoke or stay out late. But more than that, it's his defensive style. It's his brains in the ring. He doesn't need to take chances that other fighters do. He's also somewhat of a late bloomer. Turned pro at 23, but lost his debut and took another 16 months off. Guy is a LEGEND.
Phillip:stockton,ca [via mobile]
Hey Brian!who are you rooting for in the main event?
Brian Campbell (8:59 PM)
Not rooting for either of them. But if you asking my prediction, I think Bernard does enough and is impressive in winning a close decision. I think there will be times where he walks the tight rope a bit and times where the fight turns into a barn-burner. But it's Bernard by decision.
Mike Mason (UK) [via mobile]
David Haye is small but hits like Foreman, can he beat Klitschco? I think he will ko him about round 8.
Brian Campbell (9:01 PM)
He's obviously got the best chance of anyone else out there and that definitely begins and ends with his "Hayemaker" as he calls it, which is Haye's huge right hand. I think Klitschko does enough to win this in a late stoppage with that stiff jab, his strong ability to box and then that huge right hand of his own, dubbed "The Steelhammer". I think Haye could tage Wlad a bit and maybe make it into a little war.
Troy (harrisonburg,va) [via mobile]
when hopkins win 2nite what/who is up next 4 him?
Brian Campbell (9:04 PM)
Thanks for the question Troy. He signed a 3-fight deal with HBO and this will be his first fight. If B-Hop wins tonight, he has already said he will take the mandatory against Chad Dawson (if Chad wins as well on tonight's undercard). His 3rd fight on that contract would likely be his last. I think if he wins out through Pascal and possibly through Dawson that you actually could see him come back for one more. Maybe against a big name. The thing is with Bernard....he fights out of motivation to make history. That is it. If no history is left, he walks away. And if history comes out of nowhere and there's an opportunity there, he may surprise us all and take it. You can never count him out. He even said that as long as he isn't getting stopped in there and KOed, than he is going to keep chasing history.
anthony [via mobile]
Do u think usa will ever take control of the heavyweights again?
Brian Campbell (9:05 PM)
I actually do. Sports are very cyclical. Times change. It may not be for awhile. But there will be another generation of kids that grow up wanting to be heavyweight champions. It may take some kind of Tyson-Tiger Woods phenomenon from our country to spur that on -- and that's not an easy thing to predict and ask for. But this sport has been around a LONG time. It may have to get worse first (if that's possible) but it will be back. So will the American heavyweight.
Samuel Lawrence Ma [via mobile]
Oscar delahoya in rehab im shocked!!!
Brian Campbell (9:07 PM)
I agree with you Samuel. The news from the TMZ report just broke to all of us here at ringside. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions just came by to confirm the report to all of us. My prayers go out to him and his family on a speedy recovery.
Troy virginia [via mobile]
do you think pac man could have beat shane in shane's prime?
Brian Campbell (9:09 PM)
Now you are talking. Pacman vs. Shane at either Shane's peak of 135 pounds or even at 147 where they both were dominant would be UNREAL. I think in the end that the 135 version of Shane would KO Manny. He was just too dangerous and explosive. But in their welterweight primes it might be a pick 'em as by that point Manny had really grown into being a ring technician.
Paul Avila,Jr. Fresno,Ca. [via mobile]
Why has boxing gotten so weak??? To keep boxing fans,you need to match the best fighters.we also need some "new" comers to just start killing to make a name & UFC is killing our sport.what do we do to keep "old school fighting" fans around???
Brian Campbell (9:12 PM)
I wouldn't say that UFC is killing "our sport", but I will say that in many ways they are doing things right. And hopefully boxing can take a few lessons on bringing back stacked cards and forcing guys the best you can to fight each other for big money. In the UFC, guys like Dana White have ALL of the control. If you don't want to fight, you can be gone. Boxing is a bit different obviously and there are a lot of fish in the sea fighting each other for the spare dollars. In a lot of ways the sports are completely different and in some cases have completely different core fan bases. Boxing does need to change in so many ways. But it's hard for some kind of independent organization to just rise up and take control of the whole sport. This is still the wild west in a lot of ways. There is no sheriff. You have to give credit though to recent events like Golden Boy putting on that loaded Morales-Maidana card. That is a huge step in the right direction.
Mike (uk) [via mobile]
quality answers! Great build up to the fight. Trying to stay awake its 2am here hope its worth it!
Brian Campbell (9:13 PM)
Thanks Mike! So much appreciated. LOTS of respect to the UK boxing fans as they are some of the most passionate the sport has to offer. You can stay awake; it will be worth it. History is at stake and I think with this atmosphere, the two fighters will put on a show.
anthony,suitland md. [via mobile]
I hope so it just seem like kids are not in to the sport like that no more.
Brian Campbell (9:14 PM)
You are right; that is one of the biggest problems. There aren't boxing gyms on every corner anymore. The young athletes that show potential are going to football and other "safer" sports. But boxing has been around a LONG time and as evidenced by even Mosley-Pacquiao....when the big time fighters agree to fight, the people still come back. There will always be athletes out there that want to make the money that is offered in boxing. The stars will keep reloading. "We" will be fine.
Jeff, Texas [via mobile]
3 quickies if I may: 1) Will you be chatting throught the fights? 2) What is your favorite fight if Ward/Gatti I was 2nd. 3) When discussing US heavyweights, I never hear Cedric Boswell's name mentioned & I'm not sure why? Look at his resume. Only loss was tough while beating McCline who was serious contender at time. Plus he starched Roman Greenburg when he was supposed to be the next big thing. Seminole promotes him last I heard, but when I see retreads like Thompson & Chambers making their way back in the picture, I can't help wonder why nobody would include Boswell, who hits as hard as any US heavyweight.
Brian Campbell (9:17 PM)
Ok Jeff, let's take it from the top. 1) I will be chatting up until the start of the HBO telecast at 10pm ET and the Chad Dawson-Adrian Diaconu fight. At that point, slide over to ESPN Mobile's boxing page or Saturday Night At The Fights hot corner to follow my live round-by-round analysis of the two fights. 2) My favorite fight of all-time was actually kind of a surprise. It was the first Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley battle from LA in 2000. I think I was more excited for that fight than any other and they REALLY brought it and put on the most technical "brawl" that you could ever imagine. The star power in that fight was unreal and it was fought at SUCH an extremely high level. In the 12th round they both just went for broke and exhaustedly traded. Wow. GREAT fight.
Brian Campbell (9:20 PM)
3) You make a great point about the retreads. Some of these guys like Rahman just NEVER go away. They always get another chance to stink it up for the title over 12 rounds. Boswell can punch, not really sure why he hasn't been higher up in the retread tour though. He hasn't lost since 2003 and recently put away the corpse of Oliver McCall in March. I'd too like to see him in a battle soon. He has way more to offer than some of these other guys.
kansascitY [via mobile]
who's next for pascal when he win?
Brian Campbell (9:21 PM)
Looks like Pascal would have to take the mandatory with Dawson, as well. The two fight last August when an accidental headbutt caused a nasty gash above Dawson's left eye. The fight ended in a technical decision for Pascal after 11 rounds. If Dawson can prove tonight he is BACK in a big way with Emanuel Steward running the show, than it's a deserved rematch in my mind.
J.P. (Jacksonville FL) [via mobile]
Mayweather vs Pacquiao..whenever they decide to get in the ring who wins?
Brian Campbell (9:23 PM)
I've pretty much gone wire-to-wire believing that Mayweather wins this fight. And I'm still holding to that. I think he would have to survive a firestorm early on like he never has before. Worse than Castillo. Worse than Judah. Worse than Mosley. But I think Floyd hangs on and figures out Manny down the stretch. I don't think he lands anything too heavy, but he counters and wins the decision. The saddest part is they should be on the third fight of their trilogy right now.
Brian Campbell (9:24 PM)
I mean come on guys. Imagine this for a second. Imagine 18 months ago Floyd took home a close decision. Then they ran it back and, say, Manny won by TKO on a questionable stoppage. And now this weekend they had the 3rd one. Wow. Where would we be as a sport if that were true?
santos houston tx [via mobile]
Should hopkins win tonite should he retire on top
Brian Campbell (9:26 PM)
I don't think he walks away. I've talked to people that are very close to him this weekend and they agree. Bernard also was quoted on Thursday saying he would be interested in cleaning out the division a bit if he wins. I think he takes on Dawson and then one more to walk away. But as I said earlier, ANYTHING is possible with Bernard. He may just take on another one of those challenges where we all bet against him and he's the one laughing at the end. Or...maybe it ends tonight in a loss? Theater of the unexpected...right?
joseh west virginia [via mobile]
Why is Floyd so important to pacman now. Floyd already admitted he can not beat him. he said it would take $100mill for him to get out boxed
Brian Campbell (9:29 PM)
I don't think Floyd ever publicly said "I can't beat him." I mean, we are talking about Floyd here. Maybe the most confident fighter of this era, at least in his words. I think that whole thing about the $100 million comment was overblown. I don't think he wants the fight right now. It's obviously SO FRUSTRATING and unexplainable and indefensible. But let's not fake it: Pacman still needs Floyd in many ways to completely validate his rise up the weight chart the last few years. Too many people may end up pointing towards his softer touches of late and focus too much on all of the made-to-order guys he took care of. The sport needs this fight and they need each other. I mean, seriously, when was the last time the top two fighters in the sport were in the same weight class and could conceivably fight each other? Maybe the first Hearns-Leonard fight? Long time ago.
Mike UK [via mobile]
UK fight fans just saw a treat with George Groves shuttin up the big mouth of James DeGale in tight but correct decision
Brian Campbell (9:29 PM)
I was following that on Twitter earlier. Lots of chatter going on leading up to that fight. Looking forward to catching a replay of it.
santos houston tx [via mobile]
in his last fight with pascal he tasted the canvas should hopkins be worried or would he better adjust.
Brian Campbell (9:33 PM)
I think that surprised Bernard just as much as it did us. The first knockdown was a borderline rabbit punch so you can -- maybe -- throw that one out. But the 2nd one was legit. Bernard told us all: "Look, he caught me. It was a flash knockdown." I think Bernard definitely needs to be weary of Pascal's athleticism and counter punching ability. Jean would really be smart to conserve energy and not get trapped into any of Bernard's little games and be ready to bang down the stretch. That could lead to an action finish. I'm sure the fans would enjoy that.
Troy virginia [via mobile]
that's y I hate fights like pac man and shane,it being so late in shanes career...in his prime I think shane would have schooled pac man,love manny 2 death but he can't be given any credit 4 beating shane or oscar 4 that matter...like I said I love him but true boxing fans know that oscar and shane would have done pac man dirty in their primes
Brian Campbell (9:35 PM)
I mean, in some ways his resume can be looked at as thin in recent memory. Some people are very outspoken against that. Mosley and Margarito were washed up. Clottey didn't want to open up and really fight. Oscar was depleted and not himself. Hatton was still prime, but made to order and maybe mentally not as into it after the heartbreaking TKO loss to Mayweather. I can see some of that. But I don't like the people that discount his victory over Miguel Cotto. Come on, the guy may have been worn down a bit after wars with Margarito and Clottey back-to-back like that, but Cotto was a LEGIT welterweight and he gave Manny everything he had for 4 rounds. The way Manny walked through that and kept punching was unreal. That was his shining moment in my mind. And let's be fair, everything that Manny did before 140 pounds is all-time great.
Kevin Mt. Clemens, MI [via mobile]
Who do yo predict to win the fight?
Brian Campbell (9:36 PM)
Said it earlier but I like Dawson by a comfortable and impressive decision and Bernard by a unanimous, but very close decision. Maybe 115-113's across the board.
troy virginia [via mobile]
floyd would undoubtedly give pac man a boxing lesson but he seems 2 doubt himself thus depriving us fight fans of 1 of the greatest showdowns in boxing history
Brian Campbell (9:38 PM)
That's not a bad point Troy. There's obviously something to the fact that Floyd still hasn't agreed to fight him. There is some doubt there. You have to wonder how Floyd would respond in that fight if he did get hit a lot early. Would he be rattled. He hasn't shown that in the past. He has shown heart and a chin in the brief moments that he has been hit. But something is there. I agree.
mike uk [via mobile]
i agree with troy!
Brian Campbell (9:38 PM)
Alright, there you have it. Troy is in the house.
J.P. (Jacksonville FL) [via mobile]
Do you think we will see an Paul Williams vs Sergio Martinez 3..?
Brian Campbell (9:40 PM)
I do J.P. and it will be a great fight for boxing when it happens. I don't think Williams wants anything to do with it right now. He really needs to rebuild his resume and most importantly rebuild his confidence after such a brutal KO. That's the kind that takes your heart more than anything. Takes your invincibility. I think there will come a point eventually where it's the best option for both of them and they do it. Let's face it. Sergio is a BAD MAN. Big name guys aren't knocking on his door right now. The guy like like Manny mixed with Calzaghe. No one exactly like him.
anthony,suitland md. [via mobile]
I agree with u on that Brian I think share would have knocked pac-man out when he was in his prime
Brian Campbell (9:41 PM)
Shane was a BAD DUDE at 135 pounds. I realize he had to leave the division because the weight cut was getting too hard and because, of course, ALL of the money at that point was at 147 pounds. Really, the Shane we saw up until the first Forrest fight was one of the best fighters in history. When he beat Oscar, he really made a case for Roy Jones Jr.'s perch as P4P best back in 2000.
andy h [via mobile]
gun to your head in their primes who wins ali or tyson
Brian Campbell (9:43 PM)
Ali. Tyson had no backup plan. He either mowed you down or he fell apart. NO ONE took a punch like Ali or put himself in harm's way to survive and come back and find new ways to win. He would have to have endured a tropical storm of punches in the first 3 rounds, but I think like with Foreman in 1974, Ali would have worn down Tyson's endurance and then outboxed him. I mean we are talking PRIME Ali here. The one who had the fastest hands in heavyweight history, right?
Mike uk [via mobile]
How did you rate the movie The Fighter? And whats your top 5 boxing movies?
Brian Campbell (9:48 PM)
Amazingly enough, I have still yet to see the movie. Which is crazy considering I interviewed Micky Ward for an ESPN.com piece the day the movie premiered. But I am still looking forward to it. I love all boxing movies, even the bad ones and the so-so ones. They just bring out so much emotion in you as you watch them. Obviously love Rocky I,III and IV. Even caught Diggstown the other day, haha.
joseph west virginia [via mobile]
I wonder if everything that is going on with Floyd, if he even wants to fight anymore. I think fluid needs this fight more than he will admit. I hope it happens. Ufc is rising sport. But there is nothing like boxing.
Brian Campbell (9:50 PM)
Well said Joseph. In many ways, the sport does REALLY REALLY need this fight. And obviously Floyd's legacy is on the line with this. I mean, even if he came in and destroyed Manny in some unbelievable scenario, he still wouldn't be regarded as high as he thinks he is. I mean, he ducked too many guys along the way. But he NEEDS this fight as to avoid going down in history as a guy who COMPLETELY wasted his prime.
J.P. (Jacksonville FL) [via mobile]
Would you put Roy Jones Jr. In your top 10 greatest fighters P4P?
Brian Campbell (9:51 PM)
Definitely not J.P. And I have a TON of respect for his prime and own every single one of his bouts on DVD. I LOVED that period of my fanhood when Roy was the baddest man on Earth. But he was a victim in some ways of horrible era for the divisions that he fought in. And he also fell off the table after the Tarver KO. GREAT career, but let's not get crazy here.
Armindo (PR) [via mobile]
How about that old man Morales against Maidana. Right? Wow. Do you think he can get a big money fight next?
Brian Campbell (9:54 PM)
Yes, I think Morales' performance was THAT good and that unexpected at this point in his career that his next fight should be a big one whether it be a 4th dance with Barrera or maybe a showdown with Zab Judah at 140.
Geno (East Warwick) [via mobile]
What do you think of Zab Judah. Some peopel want him to fight Manny. But didn't he get beat bad vs. Money Mayweather?
Brian Campbell (9:56 PM)
I like to think that this is a revived version of Judah. And he believes that, too. He has admitted to an awakening in his personal life and he seems to fit right at home moving back down to 140 pounds. And don't forget, he was putting it ON Mayweather early in that fight before Floyd made the big time adjustments and Zab faded physically and mentally down the stretch. I'd like to see what Zab can do against a Tim Bradley or an Amir Khan.
Montre RockyMount NC [via mobile]
Floyd beat oscar first,hatton first,mosley first,dominated marquez so why would floyd be scared,people
Brian Campbell (9:57 PM)
Because many believe Oscar was fresh, but too old and Mosley was washed up except for the two big right hands in Round 2 and that Marquez was WAY over his head at welterweight for that bout. Manny destroys people that actually engage with him. That's why.
Brian Campbell (9:58 PM)
Alright fans! Thanks for an AWESOME chat. Now get ready for the fights. Please move over to my round-by-round analysis of Dawson-Diaconu and Hopkins-Pascal on ESPN Mobile. Here is the link: http://m.espn.go.com/general/story?storyId=6561130&hcId=6134557
Brian Campbell (9:58 PM)
Thanks again to everyone. Awesome time. Let's do it again at the next big event. You fight fans are the pulse of this sport. Keep supporting it!