Las Vegas, July 27, 2010: Does it really matter that Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz have lost their last fights? Not here in Vegas, where fight fans have been starved by a fight drought the past few months. On Saturday’s HBO-PPV card, from the Mandalay Bay, Marquez and Diaz will seek to repeat last year’s Fight of the Year. The entire card is decent, for once, Jorge Linares taking on Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero fighting Joel Casamayor and Daniel Jacobs, getting a title shot against Dmitry Pirog. Pick ’em fights? My colleagues argue otherwise, predicting Marquez, Linares, Guerrero and Jacobs in a clean sweep of wins Saturday night. Personally, I’m staying away from the sportsbooks Saturday night – there are too many question marks up and down the line-up.
A failed five-time world title challenger coming off two straight losses matched up against a former two-time champ proclaimed to be worth his weight in gold – that is, until he was KO’d in one last year – might not top the list of the year’s most important matches. But it just might make a damn good fight . . . |more|
Stage left: There will be no false pretenses when former champs Joel Casamayor and Robert Guerrero step into the ring in a battle of former southpaw champs July 31 . . . |more|
Jacob’s Ladder: Given the chance to rise out of contention to become a world champion, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will get a shot at the belt stripped from Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez when he takes on also-undefeated Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) July 31 . . . |more|
Fans and media expecting drama and WWE-style vulgarity from Brock Lesnar went away from today’s press conference disappointed.
None of the 250 fans allowed in to the presser, held at MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas, were flipped off. There was no foaming at the mouth and no one was insulted, not Bud Light – not even Lesnar’s opponent, Shane Carwin.
Instead, the UFC’s heavyweight champion smiled, joked and – yes – gave thanks that he was alive . . . |more|