“No Mas,” a documentary chronicling the two 1980 welterweight title fights between Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard, will premiere tonight at 5 (Pacific time) on ESPN.
Duran won their first bout via 15-round decision June 20, 1980 in Montreal. Five months later, on Nov. 25 in New Orelans, Leonard won via 8th-round TKO when Duran quit, saying “No mas.”
This documentary, by Emmy award-winning director Eric Drath, will air as part of ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series.
Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez of Mexico will square off with Humberto Martinez (27-7-1, 21 KOs) of Colombia in the super lightweight main event Saturday from Jalisco, Mexico (on Fox Deportes at 7 p.m. Pacific time).
Alvarez (21-2-3, 13 KOs) is the brother of former champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Another brother, Rigoberto, is a former interim champion.
With the recent scoring controversy in Las Vegas on Sept. 14 as well as one this past Saturday in Carson, it wasn’t surprising to hear a reporter ask Timothy Bradley during a conference call if he is concerned about getting a fair shake from the judges when he defends his welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Apparently, he’s not.
“Man, I am going to whoop his (butt) and the judges are going to give me the fight,” Bradley said. “Just like the U.S. Government, I am going to shut down Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12. I am going to win the fight – that is the bottom line.
“I’m not concerned about any judges or any ref. I am going to get in there and do my job and beat Marquez. And that’s it. And the world’s going to see it.”
On Sept. 14, C.J. Ross scored the junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand a 114-114 draw. Alvarez appeared to have won no more than one round. Fortunately, Mayweather still won a majority decision.
Last Saturday at StubHub Center, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was scored a unanimous-decision winner over Bryan Vera. Most ringside observers had Vera winning a close fight. A few had it even, this newspaper had Chavez winning 96-94. The scorecard of Carla Caiz was 96-94 for Chavez, which at least seemed reasonable. The outcry really came over the cards of Marty Denkin and Gwen Adair, who had Chavez winning by respective scores of 97-93 and 98-92. Adair’s card, in particular, seemed well off the mark.
The judges for Bradley-Marquez will be Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse Jarman and Glenn Feldman. The referee will be Robert Byrd. The fight will be available on HBO pay-per-view.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. weighed in at 172.4 pounds Friday, just under the 173-pound limit to which he agreed to fight Bryan Vera on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO).
Chavez, a former middleweight champion, told his promoter (Bob Arum) this week he was not going to be able to make the 168-pound super middleweight limit – the agreed upon weight that originally was 163 and then 165.
Arum and Vera’s promoter, Artie Pelullo, came up with the new 173-pouind limit Wednesday.
Vera, 31, of Austin, Texas, weighed 171.2 pounds. He is 23-6 with 14 knockouts. Chavez, 27, of Mexico, is 46-1-1 with 32 knockouts.
Ageless light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is in a tough spot. He fights for Golden Boy Promotions, so he might feel almost obligated to pick stablemate Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their junior middleweight title fight Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay–per-view).
Then again, he might want to pick Mayweather because he is favored and most think he’ll win. Well, Hopkins took the easy way out, and that’s understandable.
“This fight is 50-50,” Hopkins said. “It can go either way. Floyd has speed and wisdom. ‘Canelo’ is strong and big. This is a massive fight and the outcome will impact both of their careers in a major way.”
Hopkins, 48, will defend his title against Karo Murat on Oct. 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime).
HBO’s “Faceoff with Max Kellerman: Bradley/Marquez” premieres tonight at 11. It will preview the upcoming welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez on Oct. 12 at Thomas & Mack Center (on HBO pay-per-view).
Bradley and Marquez will be interviewed by Kellerman. The fighters will also get the opportunity to address one another, as well as their fans.
Bradley, 30, is 30-0 with 12 knockouts. Marquez, who turned 40 on Aug. 23, is 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts.
Golden Boy Classics, a series televised on Fox Deportes, on Sunday will show previous Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner fights ahead of their June 22 welterweight title clash at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on Showtime).
The 2 p.m. telecast will replay Malignaggi’s 10-round unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Cotto in April 2011 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It was just Malignaggi’s second fight at welterweight.
It will also show Broner’s 10-round unanimous decision over Daniel Ponce De Leon in March 2011 at Honda Center.
Broner, one really talented fighter, is 26-0 with 22 knockouts. He has won major titles in two weight classes and is jumping up two weight classes from lightweight. Malignaggi is 32-4 with just seven knockouts and is a former junior welterweight champion.
One thing about Malignaggi, he doesn’t have much of a punch, but he has big-time heart, and that can make any fight interesting.
Look for Broner to take Malignaggi’s belt.
Charges of illegally possessing a firearm in the state of New York against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero were dropped Tuesday morning in New York State Supreme Court for Queens County, Guerrero’s public relations team said in a statement.
Guerrero, of Gilroy, Calilf., pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was fined $250 and was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service, which he will be allowed to do in California.
Guerrero was arrested on March 28 after he told a clerk at JFK Airport that he was in possession of an unloaded weapon.
Guerrero on May 4 challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his welterweight title, but lost a wide unanimous decision at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Guerrero, 30, could have gone to prison if he had been tried and convicted of the felony firearm possession charge.
Stephen Espinoza, executive vice-president and general manager of Showtime Sports, told this newspaper Friday morning that stories speculating that this past Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view presentation of the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas did not do well and that Showtime lost money, are false.
“Numbers are still coming in, but we’ve got enough of the report that we are confident in saying we will be over 1 million buys,” Espinoza said. “Not sure how much yet, a lot of that will be determined over the next few weeks.”
Espinoza said Mayweather generating that many buys against a fighter who is not quite a huge name, is even more impressive.
“Without having a very well-known opponent, it really is a testament to Floyd’s drawing power,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza was asked about the scuttlebutt that Showtime lost money.
“There are some numbers out there floating around that we had to do X or Y in order to break even,” he said. “No idea where they came from. … But we are very happy with the result of over a millon buys. And the rumors of our financial demise are greatly exaggerated, if not completely untrue.
“No one realy has any basis for writing about that break-even point because that is something only we know.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions – which helps Mayweather promote his fights – is now working on a Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand.
Espinoza said if that fight gets made, the promotion would likely include even more platforms than were used for Mayweather-Guerrero, which utilized Showtime’s parent company – CBS.
“It would certainly be adjusted to include more of the Spanish-language production,” Espinoza said.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission reports the live gate for this past Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero welterweight title fight did a live gate of $9,922,350.
That’s good, but that ranks as only the 16th best gate in Nevada history.
What’s No. 1? Oscar De La Hoya’s junior middleweight title fight against Mayweather in May 2007. That did $18,419,200. As was Saturday’s, that fight was won by Mayweather. However, whereas Mayweather dominated Guerrero, he just got by De La Hoya via split decision.