Mayweather needs to fight Pacquiao (cont.)
"One year. Give me one year and I'll be ready to fight Floyd Mayweather."
-- Junior welterweight champion Amir Khan, who will face Zab Judah in a 140-pound unification fight next month. Khan added that he would be willing to face Tim Bradley in December if Bradley agreed.
"My name is Dr. Klitschko, I am a therapist and on July 2 I am going to give you treatment. It's going to be reality rehab. I will knock you out into reality."
-- Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, who has a Ph.D. in sports science, speaking to alphabet champion David Haye, his opponent July 2 in the most anticipated heavyweight fight in years.
"I'll knock him out. No chance for judges. I prefer fight in Germany, Sturm doesn't deserve fight in USA. B Fighter."
-- Lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (@maravillabox), reacting to Felix Sturm's controversial split-decision victory against Matthew Macklin last Saturday. A Martinez-Sturm bout is regarded as one of the few relevant fights in the middleweight division.
"I am planning to put @boxermikejones on a list for @MannyPacquiao to consider for 2012."
-- Top Rank promoter Bob Arum (@bobarum), tweeting a week ago about Mike Jones, a rising welterweight contender. In mentioning Jones as a possible opponent for Pacquiao, Arum drew attention to Jones' fight against Raul Munoz last Saturday. Jones knocked out Munoz in the second round.
"Playing Fight Night Champion in hotel, knocked Wlad the f--- out in the 2nd. Its the future."
-- Haye, in one of his many taunts directed at Klitschko on Twitter.
Five potentially interesting heavyweight fights that do not involve a Klitschko.
Chris Arreola vs. Tomasz Adamek: Adamek (44-1) outpointed an out-of-shape Arreola (32-2) in 2010. Since then, Arreola has enlisted the help of trainer Ronnie Shields and rededicated himself to boxing. He has come in at career-low weights in his last two fights and looked sharp in both. Adamek has a date with Vitali Klitschko this fall, but a rematch with Arreola in early 2012 is a good possibility.
Denis Boytsov vs. Alexander Povetkin: Povetkin's claim to fame is passing on an opportunity to face Wladimir Klitschko. Povetkin's trainer, Teddy Atlas, made the decision because he believed his 31-year-old fighter (21-0) wasn't ready. Boytsov (28-0) is a heavy-handed prospect who has knocked out his last five opponents. Both men need an opponent, both like to fight out of Germany. What's the problem?
Tony Thompson vs. Eddie Chambers: Thompson, 39, and Chambers, 29, are working their way back from losses to Wladimir Klitschko. To get another title shot, they will have to go through each other. Thompson (36-2) and Chambers (36-2) are participants in the IBF's box-off to determine its No. 1 contender. Look for Thompson-Chambers -- both stablemates under promoter Dan Goossen's banner -- to be made in the United States sometime this fall.
Bermane Stiverne vs. Seth Mitchell: HBO has a vested interest in Stiverne, who picked up an uninspired knockout win over Ray Auatin last Saturday, and in Mitchell, who will open the telecast of the network's Aug. 27 card headlined by Robert Guererro and Marcos Maidana. Stiverne (21-1) and Mitchell (22-0) are considered fringe prospects, but they have plenty of power and interesting backgrounds.
Robert Helenius vs. Sergei Liakhovich: This one is actually on the books. Helenius created some buzz on YouTube with a savage knockout of former titleholder Samuel Peter. The 6-foot-7 Helenius will get his next test in August against Liakhovich, a one-time heavyweight titleholder who has won two straight fights by knockout.
10. Have you seen the video for the "press conference" promoting James Toney's upcoming mixed martial arts fight against Ken Shamrock? For starters, it looks like it's being held in the fitness room at a Ramada. And second, Toney claims that he is the "real" heavyweight champion. Is, not was. Here's hoping Toney doesn't do any further damage to his already battered brain.
9. I like hearing Bob Arum talk about making Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - Saul Alvarez right now. Who cares if they are both young? Who is to say they can't fight three or four times in their careers? That's what made the Four Kings era so great. Nobody remembers wins and losses. They remember great fights.
8. Smart move by Nonito Donaire, who appears to be heading back to Top Rank. Donaire is hot right now. He doesn't need to be wasting time on the shelf in a contract dispute.
7. Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, who hasn't fought since being knocked out by Arthur Abraham in 2009, is plotting a comeback. Sources confirmed that Taylor has been medically cleared by the prestigious Mayo Clinic and intends to return to the ring, likely in mid-August. Taylor, who weighs 164 pounds, plans to fight as a middleweight, a division he ruled from 2005-07.
At 32, he is still relatively young and could still make some noise at 160 pounds. And there has been talk that Taylor, who wasn't always in the best shape his last few years, has recommitted to boxing. If he has anything left, he could become a factor in a division desperate for a name fighter.
6. Not sure I like Devon Alexander's decision to move to 147 pounds. He will be a smallish welterweight who likely won't have the power to put down some of the top dogs in the division. Hire a new nutritionist, stay at 140 pounds. That's where the money is anyway.
5. Nice win by Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, who defended his alphabet junior middleweight title against Sechew Powell on the nontelevised undercard of the Alexander-Mattyhsse fight. Bundrage is a legitimate candidate to face Saul Alvarez in September or Miguel Cotto later in the fall.
4. I've heard that HBO's pitch for November's Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight was extremely strong. I'd be surprised if Showtime can steal this one.
3. Tavoris Cloud-Jean Pascal would be a war. Here's hoping that fight ends up on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson.
2. Really pumped up for Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye.
1. There have been many tear-jerking obituaries written about longtime broadcaster Nick Charles, who died last Saturday after a long battle with bladder cancer, including this piece by SI.com's Joe Posnanski. One thing that became clear during Charles' public struggle was how much he was respected and loved. There are too few real heroes left for the world not to stand up and take notice when one of them moves on. Rest in peace, Nick. It is a great regret that I did not know you better.
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