Steve Kim of UCNlive.com joins FirstAndMonday.com’s Zach Tanner to talk Mayweather/Pacquiao and more.
It’s finally happening. The best undefeated fighter in recent memory, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (47-0-0, 26 KOs), is fighting Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) for all the marbles on Saturday, May 2nd. The long, tangled history of this fight and the events that led up to it are difficult to summarize, but before this year many believed the fight would never happen.
With a price tag of $100 for high definition, it is the highest-priced Pay-Per-View fight ever. The fight has contributed to the re-ignition of boxing interest in general, as well – Jennings/Klitschko at Madison Square Garden in New York City nearly sold out.
Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein, and Roy Jones (ugh) will be the ringside announcers for the fight. Familiar face Kenny Bayless will referee the bout. Mayweather, Jr. will have home ring advantage, having fought his last nine fights at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. You can expect to see additional seating added to accommodate the extra spectators.
Many have opined that the fight has lost some of the luster it possessed back in 2009 – Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th, 2012, after all, and Mayweather, Jr. is fast approaching 40 years old. Still, these are undoubtedly two of the finest boxers of their generation, and the fight should be very entertaining.
Mayweather, Jr. has lost little if any of his famous elusiveness. He continues to churn out victories by combining his famous defense with smart counterpunches and combinations. Manny Pacquiao has looked very impressive since being knocked out, winning four unanimous decisions against fighters like Chris Algieri and Tim Bradley. With both fighters looking good lately, the fight on the 2nd is shaping up to be a very entertaining bout.
As far as undercards go, look for Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) to put on an entertaining display against Jose Cayetano (17-3-0, 6 KOs) in what should be a dominating performance. The 26-year-old WBC super bantamweight champion is a FAM favorite and has delivered knockouts in four of his last six fights.
The Fight of the Century will kick off with the PPV telecast beginning at 9PM EST on Saturday. Be sure to follow @ZTannerScout on Twitter for live updates during the fight.
Jennings takes Klitschko to Decision
Three of the big four heavyweight title belts were on the line last Saturday the 25th. While many in the media expected Wladimir Klitschko (64-3-0, 53 KOs) to roll the relatively inexperienced Bryant Jennings (19-1-0, 10 KOs), the younger fighter certainly made things interesting as he threw several hard body combinations over the course of the fight.
Klitschko didn’t look his usual self throughout the fight, remaining inactive with his right hand while throwing long jabs to keep Jennings at bay. He was also docked a point mid-fight for excessive clinching. Still, he did enough to convincingly win the fight on the cards by landing a greater number of power punches on Jennings while avoiding the majority of his punches targeted at the head.
All in all, the cards may have been a little lopsided in Klitschko’s favor, but Jennings certainly opened eyes with his tough chin and active, athletic Philly style. His success against Klitschko likely also opened eyes of others in the division such as Tyson Fury (24-0-0, 16 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (33-0-0, 32 KOs).
Klitschko will fight Fury next in a mandatory title defense, while Deontay Wilder is likely still a title defense away from a unification bout against the winner of the European heavyweights.
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