Get some! It's the Tuesday Boxing Chat. Plenty to talk about, as always, with Bradley-Marquez in the rear view and the all-action Alvarado-Provodnikov on deck this weekend. The floor is yours, let's do this ...
BC, Good call on the Bradley over JMM pick. It did seem like Tim watched a TON of Mayweather vs. JMM tape.
Thanks Paul. This fight sure wasn't the FOY that I kept predicting it to be, but it was an intriguing chess match just the same. Full credit to Bradley for not only avoiding the urge to stand and trade (which surprised me in the end) but ultimately countering the counter puncher and consistently beating Marquez to the punch.
Soup! What was your score for Bradley-Marquez?
There is no question it was a tough fight to score and many of the early rounds could have gone either way. In fact, the fight pretty much lacked any conclusive rounds for either fighter outside of maybe one or two of them. I ultimately scored it 115-113 for Bradley. I gave him 4 of the first 5 rounds and then gave Marquez 4 of the last 5. I think when you look at the fight on a hole, it felt like a Bradley win. There is no question. But Bradley, as good as he was Saturday, didn't stamp the rounds home and that left the door open for Marquez to keep it close.
WAR BRADLEY!! Just sayin.. Everyone can keep booing this guy but Im gonna root for him. Maybe not the most skilled guy but people like him show you that hard work and having a lot of heart will pay off. Knowing HOW to win is a skill in itself, and he got it
Agreed. I have even more respect for Bradley in terms of how he carried out the game plan in this one. I have to admit, I truly believed with everything in me that once Marquez made his move late in the fight, Bradley would get trapped and would flip the switch, ushering in a brawl. But not only did Marquez fail to really put his foot on the gas pedal, Bradley stayed so poised. He showed he wasn't damaged from the Provodnikov fight and proved his worth as at least a top 4 P4P fighter. I hope he now gets the respect he deserves.
Who would win in a fight, Rocky or Floyd Mayweather? Assuming Rocky was real.
Um ... come again?
That Pacquiao win over Bradley is looking might fine right about now
Would love to have seen Bradley vs. Hatton - if there's one fighter that would bring the brawler outta Tim, it was Ricky!
Interesting thought there. You are a few years too late though.
your personal top 15 p4p at the moment?
That's all you need is my top 15? I was waiting for Dee to ask me for at least my top 50.
What do you think of Salido's KO performance, another good match up by his managing or is he on the rise again after foolishly getting outpointed by Mikey?
My main man Jules. It appears this was a good match for Salido's style, although in the end, he is what he is as a straight-ahead pressure fighter who will make you pay if you don't have elite boxing ability. Cruz had a strong back story and came in with a ton of heart, but ultimately just wasn't ready to compete for a title at this level against such a dangerous opponent.
B$, Tell me there is some kind of update for Khan? Is the Alexander bout going to go down?
Khan-Alexander is off the table now as it appears Khan is, rather smartly, setting himself up for a possible May 2014 date with Mayweather. You can argue all you want about whether Khan might be deserving of a shot, but he's marketable and is making the right decisions if his plan is to preserve himself as the next opponent for Floyd. As far as Alexander goes, he kind of gets a raw deal and is headed toward a title defense with Shawn Porter.
Best guess - 3 years from now, the heavyweight champion will be??
I really think it will still be Wlad Klitschko unless Wilder is way better than I think he is or someone comes out of the woodwork.
B$, Is Golden Boy trying out a new blow-by-blow commentator every telecast? I think it has been a new one every week.
Haha. I think you are right. It's been a roulette wheel so far. I hope my man Barry Tompkins, who to me will always be THE voice of boxing, gets more reps.
If Lomachenko/Salido gets made, what's your pick?
It's such an interesting fight and one I would be all-in on for sure. If you are looking for a fighter who would really test Lomachenko's intangibles and be all up in him, it's obviously Salido. I would have to favor Lomachenko right now because his talent and technique appear to be off the charts in the little we have seen. But this is obviously the right test if Lomachenko is looking for a quick path to a title and to try and prove he really is all he says he is.
Who Should Bradley fight next?
Considering his options in the reality of the Cold War, I think his best path is a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, should he get past Brandon Rios in November. A Bradley-Rios fight would be unlikely due to the fact that they have the same manager in Cameron Dunkin. If Mike Alvarado looked spectacular in getting past Ruslan Provodnikov, you could see that fight maybe happening. Obviously, the same for a Bradley-Provodnikov rematch should he win. But the best and most meaningful option is obviously Pacquiao and I think it would be both huge and intriguing.
I like Marquez, but I even felt he lost, seemed like he kept looking for the big shot, too bad would of been nice to see him wim
It felt like Marquez was too confident throughout a close fight that he was comfortably ahead on the scorecards. Because of that, you are right, he relied too much on trying to set up the perfect counter shot and never really attacked or made Bradley uncomfortable. I think the one-punch KO of Pacquiao in some ways inflated where some felt Marquez was entering that fight. At 40, he's still tough as nails. But defeating Bradley's style by outboxing him was going to be tough. He needed to press the issue and hurt Tim and it never really happened.
Who has the best footwork in boxing? My pick is Andre Ward.
That's a great pick. I think Mayweather has to be at the top of that list. Tim Bradley is exceptional as well.
Good Afternoon BC, What do you think of Antonio Tarver's return to the ring as a heavyweight, does he have a legit chance at being a contender at this weight or is this more of a "I need money" ring return?
I have very little to no confidence in his comeback being successful. I'm not really that interested, either. Best-case for him would be to use his name to put some wins together and get himself into the picture for a payday against a Klitschko brother but I don't believe he gets that far.
Seems that Marquez luck has ran out do you think he retires
I think Marquez got by on a LOT more than luck. Come on, Uncle Drew, you know you're better than that. As far as his future goes, he does have limited options in the sense that him continuing on at 40 would have to be in fights that really meant something. All signs indicate he is healthy financially and that wouldn't be a reason in him continuing to fight. I still believe a fifth fight with Pacquiao not only makes sense, but that we will see it. I really do. So that's his best and biggest option. Outside of that, maybe he fights Rios in a PPV if Brandon KOs Pacquiao on Nov. 23. But considering there aren't any other fighters with Top Rank who hold a belt at 147, there aren't a lot of options for him.
Bigger whiner after a loss, JMM or Bhop?
I'd go with B-Hop on that one.
Isn't it a little distasteful how JMM and Nacho are being sore losers? That was in no way a robbery. Bradley won.
Yes and no. Do we always see JMM and Nacho complain after a loss on the scorecards? Yes. But ... this was pretty much a 115-113 fight for Bradley with plenty of rounds where nothing conclusive went down. I didn't have too much problem with Marquez thinking he had won this one. Obviously, though, you would like to see a better response out of him than running out of the ring in anger.
BRIAN PLEASE NAME YOUR TOP 5 P4P FIGHTERS AND LIST THERE ENTIRE FAMILY TREES, ADDRESSES AND ORIGINAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
There we go. That's the Dee we know and love. I'll even throw in blood samples if you need.
BC. Bradley was saying he's a hall of famer now. N my opinion jus because u beat 2 hall of famers doesn't exactly make you 1
Yeah, I felt him calling that out was a bit premature, all things considered. I'm just happy people will finally be giving him the respect he deserves.
Tremendous respect for what JMM has accomplished in the ring. Outside of the ring, JUST SHUT UP, that is all.
Wow, this guy Aaron is bringing it today.
Why you hating on Mason "The Line" Dixon?
Yeah, not really overly interested, especially not until he matches himself with a real high-end contender.
If Rios wins bring on Pacquioa vs Marquez five n both should retire after
They both might be forced to with the expected action in that one.
I was referring to the Pacqiuao fight, with that lucky punch
Gotcha, Drewski. My bad.
If mAyerather fights khan do u believe he will have added pressure to knock him out?
I don't think there is added pressure, no. I think a KO could be very possible, obviously. It's a fight that won't be well received by the public, but it still kind of intrigues me in a way. I want to see Floyd be forced to navigate against Khan's speed and combinations before eventually making his patented adjustments. But I understand why so many people don't believe Khan deserves this shot. Obviously he doesn't. It's a business thing.
Who do you see Danny Garcia fighting next if he doesn't get the Mayweather fight?
Not really sure on an exact name, but the good news is that Golden Boy is so loaded at 140 and 147. You really couldn't make a bad fight with Danny in it against any of those names. For example: Garcia-Berto. I'd be down for that. You?
Tarver can't even handle cruisers; let along heavies. If he got in the ring with a K-brother, a murder would transpire.
Murder is a harsh word, even if it's the case that they gave you. But it would be one-sided.
As close as the fight was , Marquez looked very lost at times in there... Btw.. Rigondeaux has the best footwork in my opinion..
I can't argue with that, Lurien. And good news! The Rigolution will be televised again! I'm very much looking forward to his December bout with Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko. That should be an interesting style matchup.
This is the real "Dee" not the one from last week. Question: Name your top 10 Pound for Pound.
Wait, that's all you need? Like, for real? No social security numbers?
Why would Garcia step down to Berto? Why not Garcia/Alexander to see who fights Floyd in September?
I hear what you're saying, Jules. But after stepping up and taking on such a tough name in Matthysse, getting a winnable fight against a decent name in Berto isn't an awful idea. It could also potentially keep him fresh, unbeaten and ready should Mayweather come calling. But, to my point, Garcia against almost anyone at Golden Boy would be good. Danny makes fun fights. Bottom line.
JMM has complained about his DQ, loss to Norwood, first three with Manny and now the Bradley defeat. That's a lot of complaining but every one was an extremely close fight and downright robbery ins several cases. Say what you want, but you never hear him complain about the loss to Chris John....
Great point from the No. 1 JMM superfan in the #TBC.
If Maiadana loses(which I hope he doesnt) can we see a Mathysse/ Maidana fight
I still think we only see that fight if both guys are coming off losses against high-level guys and don't have any obvious fight lined up. It's a ratings blockbuster on cable, there's no question. Fans would LOVE that fight. I just don't think either of the two guys want it. I really don't.
Would love to see Garcia Berto
So Victor Ortiz gets a title shot after his extended absence seems like just the ticket to set up the Canelo-Ortiz that Lopez blew up with his jaw breaking preformance. You thoughts?
I'd love to see it and it's a very logical opponent to pair with Canelo for a future PPV date. Ortiz is marketable and makes such exciting fights. And I know I've said this before many times, but I really believe it. Victor Ortiz will probably always be one big win away from getting himself a Mayweather rematch. I want nothing to do with it, but there's some unfinished business there from a marketing standpoint. If he had a belt at 154, it would make it more legitimate, too.
Call me crazy but I think that mayweather has not announced his May 3 opponent yet becuase if Soto Karassas beats Thurman he's in for the Floyd sweepstakes.
You're crazy. At least I hope you are. Although ... all roads to Mayweather do typically go through Berto so I guess you can never say never. (Please ... say never. Say it loudly.)
Please explain to me why/how Victor Ortiz is worthy of a title shot?
Name value. And he's fighting a guy with a style not always fit for TV.
Broner/Maidan PPV is stacked cant wait, so many exciting fights
Dude, this fall/winter boxing calendar just continues to get better and better. I mean, this is ridiculous, actually. Between the unbelievably packed stretch for HBO (11 fight cards in something like 12 weeks) and now all these Showtime shows popping up late, it's GREAT to be a boxing fan right now. I know we harp on the fights we aren't getting and talk all about the drama of the Cold War. But as we've covered many times over, 2013 has been simply amazing.
Your right in making fun and exciting fights but where is the integrity you give a guy like Berto A-nother title fight why not Thurman, I'm sick of seeing losers get big fights because of their name it's flat out wrong what about the people who fight for their lively hood and deserve these fights (lara not in this division)
No, you're not wrong here Jules. It's that constant battle between boxing being a business first and a sport second. But it's not like any of these rankings from the sanctioning bodies have ANY form of credibility behind them anyway. Without a true central governing body it's always going to be the wild west out there and that's unfortunately just the way it is. There's no David Stern or Dana White to put the smack down. The networks, for the most part, put on the fighters who are exciting. But, to your point, Garcia-Thurman would be fantastic.
Justin, you asked for it, you are crazy.
B$, when you are in Vegas to cover a fight do you ever sneak off to perhaps a craps or blackjack table play a little and order yourself an adult beverage or two?
Well, I'm still relatively green to the boxing beat having only started covering fights (mostly east coast) in early 2011. Mayweather-Canelo was actually the first fight I covered in Vegas. I don't gamble, but make sure to sneak away for some hang time after fights wherever I am to catch up with many of the great folks in the sport like my main man Kieran Mulvaney.
And while on the subject of the great Kieran Mulvaney, this guy really needs a nickname and it needs to be one that sticks and makes sense. I look to you guys to make this happen.
I think Floyd could make history and win the heavyweight title you can't hit what you can't see
Ummm ... no. But, to your greater point, I think watching Floyd "dare to be great" and really push the envelope by moving up in weight more and testing himself would be plenty intriguing due to his all-time great skill set. It seems more and more like it may never happen, but Mayweather moving up to challenge for a middleweight title (against a Martinez or a Quillin) would be the most intriguing fight you could probably make right now.
add to (JAY)'s point not only walking into a title fight off a long layoff but also back to back losses ahhhhh how can you look at that and not think POLITICS?
yeah good point BC, with out some universal governing body I guess it will continue like this!!!
Do you think next year will be more of the same with Triple GGG, everyone finding excuses not to fight him?
Staying busy is the best thing he can do, we know this. I think if he does and continues to impress and is willing to fight even up to four times a year that his brand will continue to rise and he will get his chance against someone for a marquee fight.
BC need to chg Bradley name from Desert Storm 2 the Tim the Spoiler Bradley
That makes sense. I can get behind it.
why would there be a market for a floyd fight in may against "CON?" Thats a mexican fan holiday. Brits may travel well but dont see a big PPV. Hella-unpopular IMO. Plus if folks ask me about it as a boxing fan, i'm going to tell them its a stinker with khans glass chin
I look at it like this: As HUGE as that Mayweather-Hatton fight was (and it was between two unbeaten top-end guys with personalities and huge fan bases behind them) it didn't break 1M PPV buys. I was a huge event, of course, but didn't break that barrier. Mayweather's brand is obviously much stronger now since that fight six years ago. But Khan won't be looked at as a legit opponent who can beat him. Even though I like that fight for weird reasons, it's not a great fight and unless they do it in England and make it this HUGE event at like Wembley Stadium and there's that side angle of Floyd fighting so far away from home, I don't think it sells all that much. And that's still probably Floyd's best option if he wants to go the route of biggest fight financially with the least amount of risk.
"Can-Man" Mulvaney? hahahaha
It's won't stick, but I don't hate it. Let's see what else we can get working here.
Brian keep up the good work. Is Bradley ever going to be accepted by the boxing fans as legitimate and become a PPV star?
Thanks Al. Bradley will never be an "A-side" fighter on the PPV level. He simply doesn't have the style or personality to build up a fan base that large. But I think he still can make a strong "B-side" in the right matchup because he's an unbeaten American who can talk, isn't afraid to be vulnerable and real in front of a camera and can also brawl if the situation affords it.
This is the real "Dee" again so folks stop forging. Please answer my question and also I do like Timothy Bradley. At least he a a real man and boxer. Your thoughts.
Yes, he is a real man and a boxer. And you guys heard Dee here. No more imposters.
Why not Adonis/GGG? Bombs away? Are they on opposite sides of the Cold War?
You're not going to see that fight with Stevenson being the champ at 175. Now, if GGG ends up without any options at 160 and can get a fight with, say, Froch at 168 or Chavez, he obviously will reach for it. But give it time, I think GGG will get a big fight at some point in 2014.
HEY BRIAN...I CAN PREDICT THE FUTURE. I SEE IT ALREADY, ORTIZ BEATS MOLINA FOR HIS 154 TITLE THEN HE GOES ON TO FACE CANELO NEXT YEAR FOR CANELO TO REGAIN THE 154 BELT.
That would probably be the idea behind matching Ortiz with Molina, I would agree. Now please stop shouting.
Who do you think wins Super Zab/Malignaggi?
You know what? That's a pretty decent fight right there. I like it. A lot, in fact. And there's plenty on the line in terms of both Brooklyn bragging rights and a chance for the winner to put himself back up in the mix for a big fight. I think if they both come out and bring their best, I like Judah. But you don't always get Judah's best. That's the question.
Why wouldn't Bradley and Danny Garcia meet up and also let Angel Garcia have a shot at Bradleys big dad?
You know, there's that whole Cold War thing to deal with.
Will you add me on Myspace?
I only use Friendster for social media. And AIM.
Brian: Can a boxing judge see who his or her counterparts voted for in each round before making their score?
Who wins, cotto or mayweather in their prime?
I still have Mayweather in that one. But hot damn I wish we had seen that fight in late 2007 instead of Mayweather-Hatton. It would have been a HUGE fight between two legit, unbeaten champions in their ultimate primes. That is the reason that seeing Cotto give such an inspired effort against Mayweather in May 2012 was so bitter sweet. It really made you wonder what would've happened had they met when they should have. Only, we all know Floyd wasn't working with Uncle Bob at that point and we don't know if he ever will.
Are you not answering any Alvarado-Provodnikov questions because you're upset with the amount I asked?
No, Mighty Quinn. In fact, I'm shocked at the lack of questions about that fight. It's this Saturday. Let's talk. You get first dibs. Go for it ...
LOL! took it back to the early nineties..
It's a place I never stray far from. You know, back in the day when I was a teenager, before I had status, and before I had a pager.
If Maidana somehow KO's Broner, any chance he gets Mayweather in May??...
If Floyd doesn't have an opponent already locked down by that point, I would actually say: No doubt about it. But you obviously would need a limited slugger like Maidana to get a win that big to make it possible to sell that fight.
WELCOME BACK DEE!!! Bye bye imposters hopefully for good...
Maidana has zero chance at beating Broner because Maidana is a puncher only while Broner does it all with flash and power and style. Agree?
I have to side with Al on this one. I think this is a HUGE win for Broner on a big stage being that it's a PPV in Vegas.
I think Alvarado can win but I'm picking Provodnikov. Even in that hell of hells he went through with Bradley, he showed he knows how to get inside by waiting for you to jab. Alvarado has a slow jab, and also showed he does have a (ever so slight) chin vulnerability against Rios. I'm picking Provodnikov by late stoppage.
I agree, Quinn, that this fight not only has potential to be amazing, it's a tough fight to predict. I think after watching Alvarado-Rios II, we know that Mike can not only box a bit, he can stick to a game plan and carry it out while under heavy duress. So I think I have to favor Alvarado here. But ... Provodnikov is simply cut from a different cloth. In fact, watch the "Face Off" video that HBO put out for this bout. This guy is from another world. A lot of fighters say they are willing to leave it all in the ring but he is a guy who is the living embodiment of that. And because of that, there is a chance he simply overwhelms Mike late. You never know.
Crazy for thinking that Alvarado is the best 140 if he wins this Saturday night? Thanks
The great Berndawg! I wouldn't put him above Garcia at this point, although it appears Danny does plan on moving up. But Mike would be right there with a win like this.
Provodnikov is too much man...too much of a dawg for Alvarado.
He's not human. And you have to factor that into the equation when picking a fight like this.
Will Alvarado be able to stick to boxing or does he get pulled into a war?
That is the question that decides whether or not Alvarado wins in my point of view. Because we know he is the better boxer, but I have a feeling Provodnikov is the better warrior by just a small enough margin to pull ahead and win.
Aloha B! Is it same to assume that the ongoing rivalry between Gary Russel jr and TBD has officailly over with GRjr being the mandatory for Salido? Thanks and keep up the good work!
If you think Russell and TBA are done feuding simply because of this, you're crazy.
And I don't tend to encourage inappropriate posts from you guys since I can't post them anyway. But Allen's last one had me rolling, haha. Well done, Sir.
Couldn't Cotto have Knocked out Rodriguez without Freddy Roach training him?
Yes. But with that kind of ferocity? Not sure. I think the pairing is intriguing. But it's always a bit of fools' gold when a fighter on the downside comes back and mops up on a guy who isn't in his class. So you do have to be careful.
Hey Brian, do you have any idea what Golden Boy/Schaefer's relationship is like with Todd Deboef? Can fight fans have hope that the cold war could see an end as soon as Arum retires (if that ever happens)?
I don't think Arum ever actually retires, to be honest. And as far as Todd is concerned, I have brought this up to many people in the business in the past. It's not that Todd taking over for Bob would instantly end the Cold War. But my personal belief is that he would have a much more likely chance to eventually work with GB some day. I think Bob's grudge with Oscar (not to mention Floyd) is the main reason the Cold War exists.
I am serious folks. Please stop forging. Brian, could you please name the top 10 pound for pound and thanks for responding to my thoughts on Tim Bradley. If not for the Cold War, I beleive he would be a good match for Floyd. Again folks---do not forge me again I did not ask to be on MYspace. Brian, if this happens again, who could I contact to put in a complaint.
Guys, seriously. Stop with the forging with Dee's name. I don't want this thing to escalate to my superiors.
Provodnikov was regarded as a limited banger with little more than a puncher's chance before the Bradley fight, Bradley did everything he could to hand him that puncher's chance, and Provo still couldn't get him out of there. I think the Bradley fight was a perfect storm that led to a career best performance and see Alvarado dominating him and knocking him out late.
Well said, Rob. That's obviously the proverbial other side to the argument. And not a bad one.
Do you think we'll ever see a Victor Ortiz-Amir Khan fight?
It is my personal hope as that is perennially a top 5 fight that I want to see above all others. I think it's also one that you don't need either guy to be on a hot run in order to make. In fact, it might be better if it was basically a "loser leaves town" kind of fight.
Brian, just wondering if you've ever boxed before? not saying it in a disrespectful way or implying you're less capable of covering the sport without firsthand fighting experience.
I did some sparring and training a few years back for about a full year. Nothing serious, but I really credit that experience to lifting my fandom to the next level and carving out this career path I'm on. And I'm really looking to get back into it as, outside of the physical benefits of it, I think it really helps you see the sport on a deeper level. There's no question.
i agree with rob
BC, if Khan gets the fight with Floyd, do u think Danny gets the winner of Broner and Maidana, thing make a better fight then Floyd honestly
If Garcia gets passed over, I really think we end up seeing Broner-Garcia and we see it on the PPV level. It would be a TREMENDOUS fight in my view with a heck of a lead up to the promotion.
Thanks for acknowledging Cotto was in with a lower class fighter. I wish you would point this out more often fights.
I will make note of that Michael. Although, I don't think anybody was crediting Cotto with the kind of victory that takes five years off his age. He was supposed to win. But considering he was one more loss away from probably retiring, you have to be impressed with how ferociously he took a credible opponent out of there.
I thought Floyd wouldn't do England because of the tremendous tax issue. How does that work itself out well enough for Floyd/Khan to jump off?
It appears this tax issue is something that will probably keep Floyd away from ever fighting again outside of Las Vegas, which is a shame. From a selfish standpoint living so close, but also from an event standpoint, I would love to see Floyd at MSG in New York or the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But I personally believe you won't ever see Floyd not fight at the MGM again for the rest of his career.
Over or Under on 60 seconds for length of a Wilder-Seth Mitchell fight?
I'd give Seth two full minutes.
Will Crawford get better competition
He better or the buzz will go away. That last fight was as bad as it gets.
i worked in a warehouse and use to box..i boxed jackets, shirts and sweaters..not fun
Wow, bad joke out of you there lostertoast. I thought you were better than that.
Wow, just watched the face off of Alvarado-Provodnikov. Unreal. If you don't have HBOGO, it's on youtube.
It's MIGHTY intense.
Thank you Brian for posting and asking the people to stop forging. Please name your top 10 pound for pound. If not 10, then do 5. Thanks.
You see guys, Dee appreciates the gesture.
Ok. Here's an easy one. How many times did you go back and for the on JMM Bradley b4 realizing that Bradley would take it and did you feel some real satisfaction in knowing you called a tough one correctly?
I called the winner correctly, and even called it by split decision. But I was incorrect in believing it would turn into a brawl worthy of FOY honors. So it's a mixed bag.
You like to suggest Mayweather "dare to be great" by moving to MW. He's a small welter; do you understand the health hazards of taking on 'bigger, more powerful guys'?
I do. But many guys have risked the "health hazards" by fighting well outside of their natural weight. The list of all-time great guys to do that is extensive. You know this, Tony.
lostertoast fought better competition than Gary Russell Jr!
Brian, what's the matter with you?? Quit posting Dee forgers (unless it's me).
I would never disrespect Dee. She's in the #TBC hall of fame as far as I'm concerned.
Kieran "Of Mice and Men" Mulvaney
Wow, LOVE that. I'm not even sure why. But I love it. That's the clubhouse leader right now and he's gonna HATE that.
Khan is so lucky, he has the following to face the A fighter's but the ability to only beat C and B fighters, together that equals $$$$
Being skilled, flashy and vulnerable at the same time is a great way to get yourself into big fights.
@Tony: Hence, dare to be GREAT.
Brian,Great work as always, I appreciate your work and you know your stuff. Do you know when Tim Bradley's contract expires with Top Rank? I hear it's soon, and would that mean he's a free agent?
I don't have an exact answer on this one and I know it's a question that many people have sent in with hopes of seeing Mayweather-Bradley in 2014. I know it's at least through 2014 and his next couple of fights. But I'm not sure of the exact details. I will find out.
This always bugged me, Do you have to screen all the questions? Or does somebody choose what's getting answered?!
I screen them myself.
Brian, are you a boxer, puncher, or a boxer-puncher? You appear tall with a good reach so I'm going with boxer.
I tried to echo George Foreman's words and live and die by the jab. Problem is you need a big right hand to follow that up with to keep people honest. I'm not really equipped with one.
Kieran "Maverick" Mulvaney
Kieran 'The Mild Mauler' Mulvaney
I read whats the matter with you? In an Italian accent
You talking about KT or me?
Can wait for 30 for 30 Duran/Leonard tonight, it's a must see for any boxing fan!!!!!
I'm right with you, Luis. This is going to be a GREAT film and I also can't wait for Saturday's "Legendary Nights: Gatti-Ward" on HBO. Great week for boxing fans!
Kieran "Meangreen" Mulvaney
That's so lame I actually like it a lot. "Maverick" wasn't bad either from whoever sent that.
Thanks for the chat ....not sure when your gonna end but gotta hunch it's sooooooooooooooon!!!
Don't draw a false start penalty here, Jules. Don't do it.
Are you an Emmanual Agustus fan?
Oh yeah. No question about it. In fact, he was on the undercard of the first fight card I ever attended as a fan and I was pumped.
Does anyone ever call you Bruce Campbell on accident?
No. But I do have an uncle Bruce Campbell.
Hey BC, who are you picking for the Lara-Trout bout?
LOVE that fight. Even if it has the potential to be a chess match. You have two crafty southpaws. Will Trout get out to a lead with that big jab while Lara stays passive or can the Cuban fighter use his footwork and sling those shots over the top? I favor Lara if he can produce the best of himself. We don't always see that, though. And I think Trout is a VERY tough out. In fact, as you most of you know, I had Trout beating Canelo.
He fights like a European. Stands tall, doesn't move his head. Mechanical.
I think you are right, Ben, unfortunately. It's the Lithuanian in me.
Thanks for answering my question B! Now back to work for me...
Thanks JS. Have a good one, Brohammer.
Brian your on Chat longer than the usual I ran out of Q's
Yeah! How is that for chat endurance. I think I'm almost ready for a 10-rounder.
Kieran "Megawatt" Mulvaney
Kieran "The Malicious Marauder" Mulvaney
Kieran 'The Problem Child' Mulvaney
Kieran "The Cudgel" Mulvaney
Dan's right hand man KierAN Mulvaney...it rhymes
Not bad, guys. I'm still loving Kieran "Of Mice And Men" Mulvaney for some reason. I know, it's lame. But it has got its hooks in me.
Kieran "Kryptonite" Mulvaney
Brian, if you had a professional fight what would be you ring walk music?
I debate this all the time and often get asked in the chat. I've narrowed it down to "Mean Street" by Van Halen or "Bulls On Parade" by Rage.
Kieran "Killowatt Hours" Mulvaney
Wow, that's another one of those ones so awful that I love it.
Kieran 'Move It On Over' Mulvaney
Kieran "Masterpiece" Mulvaney. Nods to his British-ness (or whatever he is) and his writing skill.
Ooooh. That could be the winner there. This thing is neck and neck.
Who is Cotto getting next? Maravilla or Canelo?
I say Martinez because Cotto would have motivation to chase another title in a higher weight class and he just reunited with Top Rank. It makes a lot of sense unless he gets offered the kind of money to fight Canelo that he couldn't turn down. Plus, and this is a wild card, should Cotto defeat Martinez and be "the man" at 160, a rematch against Mayweather for the real middleweight title would be HUGE.
Swamp DONKEY Mulvaney!!
No way, that's already taken.
Kieran 'The Irish Mexican' Mulvaney
The guy is English, come one.
Is Rafael Marquez retiring? I know he has a couple fights left on a deal with GB
He really needs to walk away. Not sure he has decided this yet.
Which fight are you more intrigue to see Cotto fight, Canelo or Martinez? IMO, I would rather see him fight Canelo to revive the Mexico vs PR rivalry. Then again, a fight with Martinez is great too.
Both would be great for different reasons. I have always wanted Sergio to get the big fights he has desired because I felt as a true champion he is deserving. And the only "big fight" he has ever secured was the Chavez bout. So I'd really like to see him get a big payday against Cotto. I think right now it's a heck of a matchup considering how we expect them to look.
So what you're saying, "dare to be great Floyd, risk your long-term health"? On that list of all-time greats, how many suffer some form of degenerative brain disease?
I think you are taking it a bit too far. If Floyd never goes up to 160, it's fine. I wouldn't hold it against him. Yes, he is a smaller welterweight. No question. But moving up also offers him to stamp his legacy even more. I'm not asking him to fight Andre Ward at 168 or Adonis Stevenson at 175. But I think a fight with him and Martinez or Quillin would be big for boxing.
Kieran "Check the volume" Mulvaney
Kieran "desert storm" Mulvaney
If it wasn't already taken, I would say it has a great ring to it.
Kieren "Meticulous" Mulvaney
Will you be attending the Broner-Maidana PPV?
Probably not. But I will be in attendance for Golovkin-Stevens in NYC on 11/2 and am very much looking forward to it.
Kieran "The White Shadow" Mulvaney
Kieran "Child Rearin" Mulvaney
Wow, that one really rolls of the tongue there.
Kieran "The Diesel" Mulvaney
Not loving it.
Kieren "The Model" Mulvaney
Kieran "Killswitch" Mulvaney
Kieran "Saved by the Bell" Mulvaney
Hey, alright. The nickname has no correlation to the man, but you know I can't hate on SBTB.
How about Kieran "The Environmental Emeritus" Mulvaney?
That might be the winner right there if we were actually allowing Kieran to choose his own nickname here. But we aren't.
Kieran "Insaney" Mulvaney
Kieran "No Fearin'" Mulvaney
Oooh, that ain't bad either. This is going to be tough.
Kieran "The Clash" Mulvaney
Kieren "White Noise" Mulvaney
Keiran"King Hippo" Mulvaney
Last one, Kieran "Fish and Chips" Mulvaney
That's it. Right there. That could be the one. I think we have it narrowed down to four now. I'll have to talk it over with my nickname cabinet and produce the winning name in next week's chat.
Give it up Tony, the reason we want Floyd to pit himself against bigger boys is because hes too damn good for anyone his own size! it actually levels the playing field rather than have him risk his health. No one at 140-154 can touch him
That's it right there. We know we are truly watching an all-time great every time he steps into the ring. But due to some of his matchmaking, we really aren't sure HOW great he is and naturally want to find out.
Kieran "the Swingin Englishmen" Mulvaney
Oooh, that one was close to making the final four but it just missed.
Alright folks. Had a blast as usual. Thanks so much for taking part in this week's chat. Enjoy the fights on Saturday and be back here next week to talk about them. Follow me on Twitter and give me a shout at @BCampbellESPN. Next week we will unveil the new moniker for the great Mulvaney. And be sure to watch our ESPN.com boxing show "Making The Rounds" every Tuesday evening/early Wednesday. Be good. We will talk soon.
Kieran "Remember The Alamo" Mulvaney, he will appreciate it from the SATX, April 20th event....
Kiernan"5 things' Mulvaneyyyyy
Kieran "Wisdom" Mulvaney
Kieran "Cold Blood" Mulvaney
Kieran "King Haggis" Mulvaney