It's FIGHT WEEK!!!! Let's do this folks. No need for the introduction. You've got questions and I've got answers. The floor is yours ...
Brian, I appreciate the chats. It has been a great addition to my life (for now). Thank you. As for my question, have you heard the stories about GGG's sparring history? Crazy, right?
Thanks for joining the chat, Sam. And I'm happy about being such a huge addition to your life, haha. As far as GGG, I haven't heard too much outside of the fact that he was brought in to spar Canelo a few years ago and they both gave as good as they received.
Let's do it, BC *fingerpoint/wink*
There it is. You watch, soon everyone will be doing it.
The fight. Oh MAN I can't wait.
Brian, your last chance to take Canelo in the UPSET!
Can't do it, Cain. I'm simply not Abel. (Yeah, I know. That was a bad one.)
Brian, Dan threw down almost a 4 hr chat last friday. When are you going to move out of the 4-rounders and step it up?
I think I have a long way to go to meet that man's chat pedigree. He's a chat legend in these parts. Baby steps, brotha. Baby steps.
Mr. Campbell If Mayweather were to lose, is he bound by any contract to do a post fight interview? Thx
Interesting question Mr. Johnson. I doubt it, but I also wouldn't think he would avoid it. Mayweather is too much of a pro. He would do the interview.
I agree Canelo has a HUGE following. I also agree Canelo is super talented. However, I'm not sure he's fought his way up the ladder to merit the "super" star title. Seems to me that he was just marketed extremely well. Do you, personally, consider this a superfight?
Yes, this is a superfight. No question. However, I get your point. Canelo's stardom certainly advanced further than his actually credibility as a fighter. In fact, we still really only have video of him in one top-end fight. But sometimes you simply can't wait any longer. The demand was there. The time is now. Buckle up, brohan.
Will the Mayweather Canelo weigh-in stream live online?.. planning to watch it at work ..
Yes it will. We will also be doing a LIVE post weigh-in episode of "Making The Rounds" that you will be able to find Friday on ESPN.com.
No pressure, but I heard that the Rosie Perez chat might go for three hours today.
She just finished up, actually. And it's been a pleasure having her on campus today at ESPN Headquarters. Rosie is just a joy to talk to about boxing. Knows her stuff and is crazy passionate. Check out the Q&A on the ESPN Boxing page right now. She had a ton of fun stories to share earlier this morning.
Is there anyway I can watch the fight online
Probably not legally.
good question PETER!!!
You mean to tell me Canelo didn't destroy GGG? What gives?
Well, it's sparring, which always needs to be taken with a grain of salt. But the great Doug Fischer of The Ring was there and wrote a story about it a few years back if I recall.
Canelo dosen't punch enuff his hands are not as bizzy as they need to be sure hes bigger and has power but at the end of the day its Mayweather all day most likely via a decision or they stop it in the corner
I don't think Canelo gets stopped. I really don't. And I don't think he wins a decision, obviously, unless he packages a bunch of knockdowns and Floyd needs to survive the final rounds backpedaling. It really comes down to him landing the perfect set of punches to wear Mayweather down in an attempt to get him out of there later in the fight. No one has really been able to get close to doing that. And I don't think Canelo will, however I think he will hurt Floyd at some point and will be able to keep things interesting.
Soup, you have stiff competition right now with Rosie Perez!
I know, Mr. Savage. She's the real deal.
After this past weekends All Access, Im sure they should have included Mathysse and Garcia in it, would of been more interesting
I would have loved separate episodes for that fight. I agree. Because outside of the outlaw haircut, we really don't know much about who Matthysse really is behind the scenes.
Hey BC, one thing that is underestimated about Mayweather is his chin. Do you think that Canelo has any chance of catching Mayweather is anything big?
Mayweather's chin is LEGIT. There is no question about this and for as much as I've called Mayweather out on things the past few years, I get angry when people try to say the opposite. However, Canelo is a big man with honest punching power. It will take more than one good shot, but there is real danger in this fight. I truly believe that. And the danger also gives Floyd a chance to further show his greatness by absorbing or avoiding en route to victory.
BC, my dude! Do you think its possible for Canelo to win a decision? Seems it would be tough to do so being in Moneys backyard. What say you and shout out to the return of the Basement!
Great to have you Brandon. I addressed your question earlier, but I wanted to equally give me regards to the return of the Team Basement. Great to have you guys back.
Ya I agree I could see Canleo landing one or two shots on Mayweather and make Floyd think different
If Canelo is unable to establish his power early and keep that in the back of Floyd's mind, then it's a long night ahead for him. But if he can ... it could really change the way Mayweather fights.
Seems like Rosie would make a good boxing manager/promoter. I'd love to see her work with Dib just to hear her say, "C'mon Billy!"
Funny you said that because I'm just an outright HUGE "White Men Can't Jump" fan. It's probably my most quoted movie through the years. And I asked her what one line she gets asked about from her entire movie career and her answer was "Foods that start with the letter Q." I was unable, however, to get her to recite: "Look Billy! It's the Stooki Brothers!"
I don't agree with all of Corey's comments. Canelo is plenty busy for a junior middleweight. But, he'll be hitting mostly air on Saturday. I don't think either fighter gets stopped this time. But, Floyd will box circles around Canelo. Canelo will learn that watching Floyd on TV is MUCH different from standing in the ring with him. This will be relatively easy Money.
We will see. The better money is on that happening, for sure. I just think for as much as we always say, "Well ... sure Canelo did great against Trout. But this ain't Trout" in regards to Alvarez stepping up to face Mayweather, we also have to realize that this ain't Baldomir or even Guerrero. I think Canelo is a smarter and more adaptable fighter than people realize. In the end, yes, he may simply be physically in a bind with the speed difference (not to mention Mayweather's experience), but he's going to try like heck to bridge that gap. After about three rounds Guerrero's battleship was sunk. I think Canelo gives us a much better effort and never quits.
Corey & Craig may have a mixture of Truths
Who would you want to see Floyd fight next?
If he beats Alvarez without controversy or immediate cause for a rematch, I'd like to see Floyd face the winner of Matthysse-Garcia. I also wouldn't mind (even though it's a softer match) to see him against Amir Khan, should he get past Devon Alexander.
The odds ESPN is streaming on the ticker say it all. Canelo backers can win $230 with a $100 bet. Logic people
I don't think anyone is trying to say that Canelo should be favored. That's just ridiculous. But to throw out his chances completely and disregard any advantages he brings to the table would be foolish.
I'm expecting to get hit a whole lot by Canelo's Grant gloves on Saturday :(
Brian, based off of Mr. Collins "what if" article posted this week, how would a Canelo win affect the sport (long-term) in your opinion?
It would launch an absolutely huge star into the stratosphere. A star who is unique and just 23, with a gigantic fan base behind him. It would also provide the sport with a rematch that you simply can't manufacture. If Canelo won -- and whether he was victorious cleanly or in a controversial manner -- the interest in a rematch would be ridiculous. Now, you could make the opposite argument just the same and say that Floyd's potential run at, say, 50-0 would be a great thing for the sport's health to capitalize.
But I don't think, by any means, a Canelo victory is a negative for the sport.
Do you think the Alexander-Kahn fight gets made and who do you see winning?
I do think it gets made and to me it's a very, very interesting fight. Khan would really show me a lot if he were to win that one because I think you have to favor Alexander. Khan's never in a bad fight and there is a tremendous amount of speed between the two of them. It could be fun.
Can we bury the old "all our good heavyweights are playing football" excuse now? Boxing takes more than athleticism. You need the right instincts and technique. A solid chin helps too.
What also helps is taking up the sport as a child and coming up through a gym and having a strong amateur background. Trying to make the leap into combat sports in the ways Seth Mitchell in boxing and even Brock Lesnar in MMA did can sometimes lead to destruction if that fighter shows such a bad reaction to getting hit in the face. If your resistance isn't built up, it's not just automatic. Problem with this whole paragraph is, there are less and less boxing gyms for people to come up through and boxing isn't looked at as a healthy path for a lot of young kids.
Brian Campbell. Do you like lettuce?
I prefer spinach. But that's a fantastic name and I really hope it's real. Sounds like the best alter ego ever.
Do you believe Canelo has trouble fighting a full round? Maybe its strategic but it looks like Canelo can only fight 2/3 of a round.
He certainly wasn't convincing in the Trout fight that he will be able to do that, no. And that's partially why I don't believe adopting the De La Hoya "blueprint" is the best idea for Canelo. He's not the same fighter. With that said, hopefully conditioning was something they addressed in training camp like never before because if it hasn't improved, this will be an awful fight.
Aj. Completely disagree. There are huge developed programs for football at the high school and college levels. Boxing just can't compete with that exposure
Brian how could you pick against Khan?
He's my man. I know. I have this weak spot for him that I can't avoid or try to hide from you guys. I just love to watch him fight and get all nervous like a fan boy when he gets knocked around, haha. It's true.
Hey BC, Why do you think certain people in the media and MMA fans need to constantly try to convince everyone that "boxing is dead"? Wishful thinking on their part or what? It gets annoying hearing this stupidity after awhile.
Yeah, it's pretty much a tired angle. Boxing is damaged, not dead. And with that said, things have only gotten better in 2013 and the sport has made huge strides. To bring up the "boxing is dead" card at this point sets off huge bells and whistles that you really don't know what you are talking about. No, this isn't 1950 anymore where boxing and horse racing are the No. 2 and 3 sport in America. But if Saturday's fight gets 2M buys, that really says something.
Brian, would you care to make a prediction on the number of ppv buys for the Mayweater-Alvarez fight? I am going with 2.05 million.
I have been stuck on 1.8 ever since the fight was announced. One thing I did say was that it was dependent on how hard the promotion amps up in the final weeks leading up. From what I have seen peripherally, it appears the fight has been promoted well and people are starting to come out of the woodwork. Even my dad knew the full names of both fighters involved when I talked to him two weeks ago. I was like, "What?!?!" So 2 million is clearly possible.
Tell Wilbon that boxing isn't dead. He proclaimed it dead for the very reason you say in his chat yesterday! Compared to history, there are fewer fights and less interest....blah blah blah...
It ain't what it was, that's for sure. Boxing isn't the same as it was in 1950 or even 1985, for that matter. But it's trending upwards, it's back occasionally on network TV and the cable numbers are still great. Problem is that mainstream journalists only pay attention when the 2-3 biggest fights of the year happen. And the only one we had this year was a snoozer between Mayweather and a fighter those guys had never heard of before. And since the last time they saw Manny Pacquiao, he was out cold on his face, in their minds, boxing is dead again. So ... whatever.
This might sound horrible, but I love boxing as this secret niche society. Boxing fans are THE BEST. They are passionate beyond belief. When you come across someone and find out they are a fan, the two of you have a bond that can't be broken. I know that sounds corny, but it's true. It's sort of like when a new band pops up and you LOVE THEM and don't want any of your friends who love crappy bands to find out about them because they'll ruin it for you. I feel that way about boxing half the time. It's my thing. And I love it. I don't need a huge audience watching with me.
BC. Do u think Floyd as a promoter will ever have the success like Oscar?
It all depends. I want to say no, but then again Floyd has a HUGE name and a ton of money. It all comes down to getting the fighters and going "all in" on being a promoter. You can't do it halfway. You have to go for it and risk financial loss and really establish your brand. Bottom line: it takes fighters.
Who you got this week Marquez or Bradley
I thought this was a Bradley week. I really did. But I'm starting to think the old man may have one more in him.
Hey BC, your picks in the two features are pretty well established. Any predictions on the rest of the card? Thanks Man!
Chris, my man. Thanks for the question. I have Matthysse by TKO-9, Molina by MD, Theophane by UD, and in the Thursday fight, Porter by UD in the rematch with Diaz.
Sorry to do it Brian...I'm calling it here...Canelo wins via 10 rd TKO!!!!
Why do you insist on putting a $ sign in front of PPV buys?
It's a character flaw, really. I do it EVERY TIME and then have to go back and edit it.
Brian, people who think boxing is dead fail to live in reality. It's not as prevalent as it used to be, but that's simply due to the fact that basketball and football are much bigger sports than there used to be. Boxing has more competition, but that doesn't mean it is irrelevant.
hey Brian. thank you for your always and ever patient and detailed replies to the asked questions. m a keen follower of ur stuff. please keep up the awesome job ure doing. one thing that is puzzling me is that before (few months back) whilst in the introduction of MTR; Jim Basquil would introduce you and you would pump up a fist. but recently ive noticed you dont do that no more. can i ask why? i always thought the fist was quite cool. haha. anyway, keep up the quality stuff uve got going on here Brian.
This guy Dip! Thanks for the kind words man. I received a good piece of advice that "the fist pump" needed to go. However, the simultaneous use of "the point" and "the wink" might be here to stay.
Think would be great to have Rosie from time to time hop in to chat room and give her very valuable two cents...We would greatly appreciate it!!!
I agree with you.
Any reason why the final episode of All Access is tomorrow night compared to 24/7 which their final episode is usually after the weigh-in?
Not sure. But I will say that I always disliked that the final 24/7 episode aired so close to the fight. Mostly because I have never once had a chance to actually watch it since Friday night is usually a busy one due to work and family. I think airing it earlier might be a smarter move.
How about Bradley slurring his words for 2 months after his Provo fight? Sheesh
That was VERY interesting to hear in the "Face Off" that HBO aired. Wow. Makes you really wonder how much damage he incurred getting concussed that many times in the fight. Bradley is a warrior and you just hope that fight doesn't end up being a bad turning point for him.
I'm excited to hear about the atmosphere there this week. Can you and Dan give us freaks some updates via twitter?
Check out the site every day this week for some fantastic coverage in both print and video. Not only will Kieran Mulvaney and I be holding it down with some "Making The Rounds" updates, "SportsCenter" is going all-in with daily updates featuring Robert Flores, Dan Rafael, Teddy Atlas and Bernardo Osuna. We will also have a live blog linked with our Fight Credential providing you with quick hits throughout the week's events. It's going to be great.
I missed your prediction for Matthyse v Garcia - you picker Matthyse by KO? what rd?
TKO-9. It's happening, Broseph.
Do you think Mayweather ducked Pacquiao?
It's a slippery slope. I think Floyd, Manny and Arum were all to blame at various times during that three-year window. Sometimes you got the feeling Floyd just simply didn't want the fight. Other times the problem was drug testing. Then it was money. It's sad, really. You would think, though, that if Floyd really, really wanted the fight he could have made it happen. Obviously it wouldn't have come on his terms financially, and that was the problem in the end. Because you know Bob wasn't budging. So I hate putting it on one guy. All three are to blame and I think in many ways boxing in general have let them all off the hook, to a degree, for the fight not happening.
Brian, I totally agree, the fact that boxing is not really mainstream is why it's great....you know when you meet another boxing fan, it is genuine and special....like you're part of a secret club haha
Exactly. All we need is a handshake.
Carlos Molina win a close decision? You should be fired for proposing something so proposterous!
First time for everything, man. I actually think Molina will deserve a wide decision win and, instead, settle for an MD.
With Vitali out til 2014, shouldn't Stiverne and Arreola have a rematch in the meantime? There is a long time before Vitali is going to fight.
It's looking like you might be right.
As long as theirs no headbutts Marquez and Bradley will a good fast fight. Its a pick em fight as well
It's definitely a pick 'em and when you get that on this level, you have to be excited.
Who wins...? a current Canelo vs a 2007 De La Hoya
I like that question, Nick. And I thought about that the other night when I was rewatching Mayweather-De La Hoya. We know Oscar was old, but still had some fire and had the smarts. And the left hook. But call me crazy, I think Canelo would win. Too young, too strong. Now, Oscar certainly had some pull on the scorecards back in the day, so maybe I'm way off.
Soup! Thanks for the chat....Buy or sell? Near future = Broner gets exposed by either Maidana or Mathysse?
I think Broner handles Maidana with relative ease provided he is focused and takes the fight -- and let's face it, his career -- serious. But Broner-Matthysse is, to me, an AMAZING fight. I really don't know who to predict as of yet.
Khan/Broner fight would be awesome
I would be down for that one, as well.
after Floyd retires, will it be the death of outrageous guaranteed purses?
On that level, yes. You would really need the second coming of Mike Tyson for a fighter to get that level of money again. Let's face it, Floyd beat the game. I'm not sure it will be easy for another fighter -- with that level of talent and dedication -- to try and follow that blueprint again.
In the last five years what fights do you think had the most legit bad blood? Cotto-Margs, Sergio-JCC, Paulie-Broner?
Those are great choices right there, especially the first two. I really can't think of another one off the top of my head to best those.
How far do you see Andre Ward going? I think he is going to dominate his division for years to come if he stays healthy. Do you see him making any big fights along the way?
Ward's been, obviously, on a tough run of late with the injuries and now approaching a full year being out of the ring (not to mention his promotional issues.) I hope he bounces back and we can really see him in a big fight. I think he will have options, whether it be a Froch rematch or showdowns with Chavez and Golovkin.
Aerreola or Wilder, who you got?
Oh man, I hope we get that fight. We will finally find out what Wilder has because you know Arreola is going to come to fight. I think right now I lean Arreola, but considering Wilder's scary potential, it's a decently even fight.
Bernardo Osuna just tweeted acknowledging Oscar De La Hoya has checked himself into rehab and won't be attending Saturday nights fight. Wow.
I just saw that myself on Twitter and I know a lot of you have been sending in questions about it. Definitely a sad situation, but the good news is that he checked himself in and can now get help. I really wish him and his family the best. For all the trouble we give Oscar on social media at times, he's still a major face and player in this sport and I hope he bounces back.
If Canelo loses, do you see him staying at 154 or moving up to 160 for his comeback?
I think it really comes down to opponents. Take a look at the landscape at 154 and 160 on the Golden Boy side. Not a lot of names jumping out at you, right?
BC Always read your chats just have never asked a question before. Even though the fight is with showtime PPV will Lampley and Kellerman be there and if they are there do they stay away from the showtime crew are do they talk or mingle with each other?
Roy, thanks for taking the plunge. I appreciate your support. I don't think it would be good business for Max and Lamps to be there in any form, no. Maybe they all go over Larry's house for a big viewing party. That would be fun, eh?
Soup, With CJ Ross as a judge, are you secretly afraid of horrible decision a la Pacquiao - Bradley
This is a superfight. In Vegas. You NEVER know what you're gonna get, Forrest.
Did you see all the weight Broner has gained on All Access? Even Floyd called him out.
Haha. You mean his "ab?" Yeah, I saw that. Very interesting.
Any news on when Sergio Martinez will be back. As much as I would like to see him fight GG I almost hope he takes an easier fight and calls it a day. He is a HOF in my eyes
Oh no, he's got at least another big one in him. I'm really not subscribing to these "Sergio is dead" theories. He had injuries that weren't healed and took an opponent too lightly while fighting in the rain. He was lucky to come out of there with a win. This guy will be back. And can you imagine him and GGG for the real middleweight title? Wow. Now that is a fight to get yourself fired up for. Even right now.
Canelo loses he will be back to fighting other welterweights
Froch is a true warrior. Always fighting top competition n away from home. He's been on a great run.
You can never question Froch's desire to always be matched with the best.
I guesss I was asking the wrong questions today BC I am 1/14 DAM!!!
That's a poor shooting percentage, Jules. Keep shooting man. In fact, that next one is for you. Go for it man. Anything you want ...
What was the worst decision you saw in Person?
I haven't really seen a horrific one yet. Which is good. I did think Pablo Cesar Cano had beaten Paulie Malignaggi, 115-112. I was shocked when it went the other way.
and some questions I asked twice so make that 1/20 give or take
Step up ya game, man.
Brian Campbell ( A Man of many trades and a master of nothing )
You might be right.
I trashed all my really good ones, but if Canelo loses do you see him staying at 154 or moving to 160, who would he face at either level, I don't see Lara or trout rematch and I dont see him facing quillin, your thoughts?
I could see him take a few crowd-pleasing matchups at 154 before moving up. At that point, maybe a fight with him and Quillin is perfect. That's a good call. Lara may very well have to be in the picture because the cupboard is kind of thin overall.
David Haye vs Chris Arreola. Who ya got?
I'd take Haye. I actually think Haye beats every non-Klitschko in the division, as long as he was giving his all and going for it (unlike the Wlad fight.)
Brian if both marquez and canelo win could you see a fight between them at a catch weight?
For many reasons, no chance.
BC, how does the answering of questions work? Do you see a bunch pop up and handpick the ones you think are best?
Yes. There is a queue on the side of the screen with the questions flowing in that I refresh after each one. Some weeks it's kind of slow and I can pick and choose but on a day like today they are really flowing and I just grab what looks good.
Who's the one guy in recent history, outside of Manny, that you think would have given Floyd the best run for his money?
A prime 147 Paul Williams right after the Margarito fight. Also GGG at 154.
Great chat this week, as always. I want to thank you for coming out and for all of the support. Be on the lookout for our live "Making The Rounds" show on Friday after the weigh-in. Both will be streaming on the Boxing page. I will be heading off to Vegas tomorrow so follow our entire team on Twitter for updates and be sure to follow the action from the live blog in our Fight Credential. Take care folks, and enjoy "The One."