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The May-Mac Illusion

I once described Floyd Mayweather’s 2015 mega fight with Manny Pacquiao as little more than a grand financial con. Well, Money May was up to his old tricks again tonight, albeit with a variation on the sting. Where May-Pac was a classic casino hustle, May-Mac was more a fantastical Las Vegas illusion, the audacity of […]

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147lbs After Floyd: Al Haymon’s Private Playground?

And just like that, as mysteriously as he arrived, he was gone. For a while, anyway. The displays of faux indifference and cries of good riddance were to be expected in the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassing Andre Berto in a glorified Vegas sparring session last weekend and subsequently confirming his retirement. A vocal […]

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Three Minutes: Corrales v Castillo I Round 10

Diego “Chico” Corrales should be celebrating his 38th birthday today. He should be waking up to hugs and presents from his wife and five adoring kids. He should be spending the day with his loving mother, step-father and two brothers that idolise him. Basically, he should be enjoying his existence and easing towards middle age […]

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Floyd & Manny: The Greatest Fight Ever Sold

Almost a week has now passed since I sat silently alone in an incipient Madrileño dawn to absorb the biggest prize fight of a generation.  My solitude was a function of the general indifference the average Spaniard feels towards the sweet science: particularly bouts that take place at 6am on a Sunday morning.  The silence […]

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The Boxing Duck: Modern Fad or as Old as the Sport Itself?

We’re not sure exactly what James Whitcomb Riley had in mind when he very neatly illustrated the philosophy of inductive reasoning with his famous, if it walks, swims and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck, line.  While it may have been simply a flippant remark to end a tiresome debate on the intricacies of […]

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Floyd Mayweather: Loathing Without Fear in Las Vegas

I woke to watch this morning’s Mayweather v Maidana title bout with the intention of producing a bog standard write-up of the action.  I let social media alone during the fight before scrolling through reams of tweets immediately after.  The vast majority of people I follow are boxing writers, analysts or commentators of varying merit […]

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Mayweather Made to Work for his Money

It was the fight that Saúl Álverez should have given Floyd Mayweather last September.  A rodeo show brawl against an untamed criollo who puts his own personal safety a distant second to winning on his list of priorities.  Between weigh-in and first bell, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana bulked up to 165 lbs to enter the […]