And The Winner GBP! Post Canelo vs. Lara

By Rudy Mondragon

In a close fight on Saturday July 12, 2014, Erislandy Lara took on the young Saul Canelo Alvarez. In a fight where many boxing heads knew Canelo had the political power and the backing of a power house promotion company,  the edge would no doubt favor the Mexican fighter.

When the scores were read and the winner was announced, Jimmy Lennon Jr. misread the script.  It wasn’t Canelo who won the fight, it was Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) who in reality won on this night. Continuing to milk their cash cow, GBP rely on Canelo to bring them big bucks, especially in light of recent struggles after having lost their effective CEO, Richard Schaffer.

Do not get me wrong, there were things that Canelo did well on this night. He was aggressive, he did not allow Lara to counter effectively as he is used to, and his stamina and energy looked better than usual. Canelo however, was also ineffective in his aggression as many of his power shots missed wildly and the power shots connected lacked accuracy or were blocked by Lara. His most effective punch was the uppercut that drew a cut in Lara.

When asked about the fight, Canelo stated that Lara was running and that he should have ran a marathon. In the background, you see Oscar De La Hoya smiling and laughing. Ask Oscar however, if he felt like he was ‘running’ the night he was robbed against Tito Trinidad.

Lara on the other hand controlled the ring (ring generalship), drew Canelo into a chasing match, dictated the tempo, connect cleaner punches, and executed better defense. Had Lara  been busier, Dave Moretti probably would have also given Lara the decision. At this point disregard Levi Martinez (117-111 for Canelo) as either Golden Boy Promotions were in his pockets, he didn’t pay attention to the fight, he had made up his mind before the fight started, or all of the above.

Respect for Canelo. No doubt about. He is 23 years old, already has multiple PPV events, and he comports himself very professionally. Shame on Golden Boy Promotions for putting him in their with the wolves early in his career and selling a false narrative that Canelo in the present is elite. He is not. For starters, this fighter is not even listed in the top ten P4P lists. He is a good fighter who still has a long way to go.

What is the point of putting Canelo in there against a wise, skillful, and athletic elite boxer in Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. The answer is simple: MONEY. Did Canelo learn much from that fight. Not so much, at least it didn’t show on July 12. What is the point of putting Canelo in there with a good boxer in Lara? This question depends on the actions that Canelo and his team make from this point on. From this fight, to me two things are clear: 1) Canelo is a one dimensional fighter who needs to get rid of the bad habit of swinging for the fences and 2) something that the BMB team has discussed for years now, Canelo needs to drop his training staff and move on with a new team.

My suggestion, hire Robert Garcia! Robert is a training who adapts to his individual fighters and can meet his fighters where they are. He is a trainer who lets you know of your bad habits and can help you heal from them. Look at the work he has done with Mikey Garcia and Marcos Maidana. Robert know’s he can’t change a fighter, but he can provide additional tools for them. At Canelo’s young age, working with Robert presents more learning opportunities than dead ends his current team offers.

Since money and false stories are created in boxing by power house promotional companies, it is important to raise these question: Has Canelo peaked? We need to look at this question and be honest. Has Canelo learned all he can from the sport or does he have intellectual room to grow? Can he add to his boxing repertoire or is this all Canelo brings to the ring?

When asked if he was outgrowing the 154lbs limit, Canelo said he intended to stay put. Smart move by a man who knows that the 160lbs is a danger zone that he intends to stay away from. Evidence like this and the fact that Saturday’s fight was at a catch-weight of 155lbs informs me that Canelo is struggling to make 154lbs and that he wants to stay in this weight class for as long as he can because he knows very well that every time he steps into the ring, he will be the bigger and stronger man.

In the end, Lara deserves a rematch that he will never get. He will continue to look for a big pay day that might come his way, but not any time soon. Canelo will go on to most likely face Cotto. With two fighters who each consider themselves the A Side, it will be interesting to see how the negotiation process goes down. Will it be in New York? Las Vegas? Will there be a catch-weight? Who will be announced first? Will they honor the fact that Miguel Cotto is the current WBC Middleweight champion? Time will tell.

*NOTE: For those who want to rewatch the fight, make sure you watch it in mute, so that all the cheers for all the Canelo misses do not influence your take on the July 12th 2014 winner.

‘What If?’: Martinez vs Cotto

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By Rudy Mondragon
Twitter: @bloodmoneyboxin
Instagram: Bloodmoneyboxing

I just finished watching HBO’s 24/7 of Martinez versus Cotto or as Miguel the “A-Side” prefers it, Cotto versus Martinez. HBO 24/7 started off as a great show that gave fans an in depth look at two fighters leading up to their fight. Now, it’s turned into simply another promotional tool. What can we learn from the first of two episodes of Martinez vs Cotto HBO 24/7? Well, it’s the battle of the “What If’s.”

I had a good conversation with my good friend, Edgar Villeda. The man know’s his boxing, we’ve been watching it since our early high school days and continue to debate. His thoughts on this fight lean towards the Puerto Rican fighter. My thoughts and bias, are with Sergio Martinez. In our conversation, Edgar commented on my assessment and said, “bro, you got a lot of what if’s man!” He is right and this first episode of HBO 24/7 confirmed it.

For Martinez, the ‘What if’s’ revolve around his health and age. Will Martinez benefit from his year off? Has he healed from his fractured left hand injury suffered in his fight against Martin Murray? Has his shoulder and left knee healed after his year away from the ring? If Martinez is healthy and has benefited from that year off, it will allow for this athletic boxer to do what he does: Move like a general in the ring, out speed Cotto, and as a south paw, force Cotto to adjust and avoid his massive left hooks.

At the age of 39, Martinez could get old in his next fight. With a whole year off, in his late 30s, ring rust takes on a whole new definition. We also see older fighters doing big things however: Juan Manuel Marquez and Bernard Hopkins are two great examples of this. Having started his boxing career late and not seeing many wars in his boxing days, Martinez does not run a huge risk in getting old in this fight. But nonetheless, it is possible. If Martinez comes fresh and healthy into this fight, he will give Cotto hell.

Cotto is known for changing trainers like he changes his underwear. He has had one fight with Freddie Roach and that was a simple tune up fight. Biggest thing taken away from that fight was that the honeymoon between Roach and Cotto was great and that Cotto’s confidence was built after beating an under par boxer in Delvin Rodriguez. Changing trainers this late into one’s career is also not a panacea. Just as Robert Garcia once told me, when training Antonio Margarito, he wasn’t out to change Antonio’s style, but to work with what he had and best prepare him for his next fight. Same applies with Roach. Roach cannot change Cotto, but he can provide him with a great game plan. If that game plan is a superior one and Sergio comes into the ring under 100 percent, than Cotto has an opportunity to make history.

As the perceived A-Side, Miguel Cotto moves with a mentality of having the power to pick his opponents. When one picks their next opponent as the A-Side, one looks for fighters they can exploit and have the edge over. As Sergio Martinez said, if Cotto picked this fight based on Sergio’s performance against Martin Murray, then Cotto is in trouble. However, if Cotto picked this fight for that reason and Sergio performs at that same level, then Cotto’s career as a matchmaker has great promise!

Boxing is a sport with many dynamics. There are many things that can influence the outcome of a fight. Many of those happen before the first bell, during training camp, the physical and psychological health of a fighter, chemistry in each teams training camp, etc. Different set of factors come the night of the fight: how well each fighter recovers from the weight in from the day before, judges, referees, psychological warfare, and home court advantage. This fight is no different and because of the many “what if’s,” it makes this match up the best 2014 has seen.

Cotto vs Martinez: Who is the A-Side?

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By Rudy Mondragon
Twitter: @bloodmoneyboxin
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In boxing, there has always been an “A Side” and a “B Side” when it comes to the two fighters stepping into the ring. Simply put, the “A Side” is the fighter who has the most power. I don’t mean punching power, I mean political power and leverage. Boxing is a business and fighters these days play multiple roles beyond their fighter role. They play the promoter role, the matchmaker role, and the negotiator. We see this done very well by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Miguel Cotto has said in an interview that he is the “A Side” and that the champion, Sergio Martinez, is the “B Side.” How is the “A Side” determined? Does it even matter any more if you are the legitimate champion? What are the factors that go into deciding one side of the coin over the other?

Below I will briefly discuss the different angles that can help us see more clearly who is the A and B Side between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez in their upcoming June 7th, 2014 fight, which will take place at the Garden in New York.

Promotion Company 

Miguel Cotto has been on and off with Top Rank. Top Rank is one of the top boxing promotion companies in the game. Miguel has been able to find a way to fight under the Top Rank banner both as a member of their stable and as an independent partner. The partnership that Miguel has with Top Rank provides him with power in the context of the fight against Martinez. Sergio is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, the smaller of the two boxing promotion companies. Their top fighter is Sergio Martinez, whereas Top Rank has a larger stable with multiple big names (Manny Pacquiao, Mikey Garcia, Nonito Donaire, Juan M Marquez). As far as Promotional Companies, Miguel Cotto has the power and leverage here.

Round 1: Miguel Cotto 

Years Boxing

Next we look at the years both fighters have spent in professional boxing. The amount of years put into the sport are the dues one pays. In simply looking at these numbers, we see that Sergio Martinez has put in 17 professional years whereas Miguel Cotto has invested 13.

Round 2: Sergio Martinez 

Boxing Records 

The boxing records of these two reflect the amount of years they have put into the sport. Sergio Martinez has a record of 51-2-2, with 28 KOs. Miguel Cotto has a record of 38-4, with 31 KOs. The amount of wins is on Sergio’s side whereas the amount of KOs favors Miguel Cotto. Miguel Cotto has fought in his weight class (welterweight) and went up to light middleweight when he outgrew the 147 limit. Sergio on the other hand, had a hard time finding opponents at the 154 lbs limit and moved up to the 160 limit when he fought Kelly Pavlik. He has since stayed at that weight class and in 7 middle weight fights, he has secured 4 stoppages.

Round 3: Sergio Martinez 

Quality of Opponents 

Boxing records tell us a lot. An important thing to look at when analyzing a boxer’s record is the quality of their opponents. Below are the top 5 fighters Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez have faced:

Miguel Cotto:

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr (Loss)
2. Manny Pacquiao (Loss)
3. Antonio Margarito (Loss and Won)
4. Shane Mosely (Won)
5. Zab Judah (Won)

Sergio Martinez

1. Paul Williams (Loss and Won)
2. Antonio Margarito (Loss)
3. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Won)
4. Kelly Pavlik (Won)
5. Kermit Cintron (Draw)

These opponents inform me that the quality of opponents faced favors Miguel Cotto.

Round 4: Miguel Cotto 

Title Defenses 

Lastly, in analyzing the records of Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez, we see that Miguel has been in more title fights. Sergio has been in 19 title fights whereas Cotto has been in 27. The experience of being in title matches favors Miguel Cotto in this round.

Round 5: Miguel Cotto 

Current Champion

The current champion between these two is Sergio Martinez. He holds the WBC middleweight title. This round goes to Sergio Martinez.

Round 6: Sergio Martinez 

Fan Base

Fan base says a lot in boxing. Boxing is a national sport. A sport where fans uphold their nation and select a fighter to represent that land. In the case of Miguel Cotto, his fan base comes from the colonial USA commonwealth territory of Puerto Rico. Fight fans come in the bunches from Puerto Rico, having had the likes of Wilfred Benitez, Felix Trinidad, Hector Camacho, Wilfred Gomez, and others. Argentina on the other hand, has not had the same kind of following in boxing until recently. Names like Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, and Sergio Martinez as of the last 5 years have put Argentina on the map of popular boxing. Due to the richness of boxing in the Puerto Rican community, Miguel Cotto earns this round.

Round 7: Miguel Cotto

Pay-Per-View History

Business as usual. Boxing is a business and what drives the “A Side” majority of the time unfortunately is pay-per-view sales. Who can boxing exploit as their cash cow? In this case, it is Miguel Cotto. His top three pay-per-view events as well as Sergio’s are listed below:

Miguel Cotto:

1. vs Floyd Mayweather Jr (1.5 million sales, $94 million)
2. vs Manny Pacquiao (1.25 million sales, $70 million)
3. vs Antonio Margarito II (600k sales)

Sergio Martinez

1. vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (475k sales, $25 million)

Looking at the numbers alone, it is all Miguel Cotto. An argument can be made that Mayweather and Pacquiao drove those sales. Although the Argentine fan base is growing, there is no evidence that says that this will make a difference in the future ppv sales for this upcoming fight. Miguel Cotto’s track record in ppv sales speaks volumes and therefore earns Cotto another round.

Round 8: Miguel Cotto 

Conclusion 

So there you have it, 5 rounds to 3 for the winner, Miguel Cotto. Based on this, Miguel Cotto has the right to claim the “A Side.” It’s a wicked world when the “A Side” can be determined by the amount a fighter sales, promotional partnership, and fan base. More importance and emphasis on the quality of one’s opponents, title fights, and current title holder should hold more weight when making negotiations and writing out contracts. For a fighter who is not the champion, to say he is the “A Side” and validate that signals one of many problems that exists in the boxing world. Miguel Cotto is great, future Hall of Fame figure, but this fight is evenly matched with two “A Side” fighters. As Sergio Mora put it:

 

Predictions for #TheMoment

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BMB Fam, here is the prediction for the match between Floyd Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KOs) and Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs). We start off with a special prediction by Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora.

Miguel Marino 

Here are the numbers that matter: 45-0. Others can point at these numbers: 37 v. 30 (age of Mayweather v. Maidana), 89% (Maidana knockout win percentages) and $170 million v. $6 million (estimated net worth of Mayweather v. Maidana). Age shouldn’t matter at this point. The Maidana KO win percentage is interesting and can pose a problem for Mayweather. I always imagined the first person to beat Mayweather was someone who would knock him out. The net worth difference is just hilarious and makes me feel sad for Maidana and all other boxers (as well as myself). No matter what numbers you look at, this fight is a going to be another notch in the belt for Mayweather.

Mayweather by Unanimous Decision 

Mateo Banegas 

Like many boxing fans, I think it would be great to witness Maidana continue his giant-killing streak against the pound-for-pound king. However, I just don’t see it happening.

If nothing else, Mayweather has shown us time and time again how he employs his uncanny boxing skills and defensive technique to outclass opponents with the characteristics of Maidana – a slugger, who is flat-footed and not known for good lateral movement. So, there is no reason to think that this time around will be any different.

The only way I see Maidana winning is if he can land enough body shots to slow Mayweather down and put him in a position for a knockout.

Mayweather by Unanimous Decision

Luke Givens

This will not go well for Maidana.  Mayweather is coming in ranked #1 pound for pound, 45-0, with -1200 odds.  This is boxing, so of course there’s always a puncher’s chance (and Maidana can certainly punch) but I just don’t see anything close to a victory for the Argentine.  This fight goes one of two ways: a.) Mayweather puts on a boxing clinic like he did against Guerrero.  He takes advantage of his superior speed and footwork to keep his slower, clumsier opponent off balance and missing. b.) Mayweather comes in looking to make a statement i.e Miguel Cotto.  He stands in the pocket using a high-shoulder, lots of head movement and combinations to pepper away at his opponent.  It means he gets hit with more punches and it certainly means he opens himself up to one of those big shots Maidana is known for, but it also proves that he’s willing to trade shots with one of the hardest punchers in the division.  Mayweather’s at a point where he’s trying to cement his legacy so call me silly but I’m actually leaning towards the latter.  But let’s be serious here…$ not knocking anyone out.

Mayweather via Unanimous Decision.

Rudy Mondragon

This fight is closer than we think. Floyd is the champion entering this fight and will have a load of powerful advantages entering this fight. He has been here before, this is nothing new to the Money Legend. He does however have quite a bit of mental challenges ahead. A fighter is a fighter and can block mental aspects out, but a fighter is not immune to mental fatigue. Dealing with a four year engagement, abortion of twins from his ex, struggles of being surrounded by an entourage but feeling lonely, Miss Jackson now dating Nelly, and these two apparently attending tomorrow’s event. This is the shot that I give the hard punching brawler, Chino Maidana. I see Maidana having early success in going to Floyd’s body, but missing to the head. On these misses, once Floyd times and calculates Maidana, it will be a Floyd clinic. Look to see a demonstration of the sweet science as Floyd disables and neutralizes Maidana’s power and relentless and never say quit attack. It will be the roughest fight Mayweather has been in because Maidana will have not respect for Floyd and will not be phased by the lights.  I say this fight is closer than we think in the sense that I see Maidana being busy early on and able to win close rounds on the judges cards. He will make Floyd work extra hard, but Floyd will simple box and do what he needs to collect points and win via unanimous decision. I see this fight 7 rounds to 5 in favor of Money May.

Mayweather by Unanimous Decision 

PHOTOS: The Machine Bounces Back

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By Rudy Mondragon
Twitter: @bloodmoneyboxin
Instagram: bloodmoneyboxing

In an exciting fight of the year candidate war, Lucas Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) took on and defeated John Molina Jr (27-4, 22 KOs) with an 11th round KO. Molina entered the match after winning two consecutive fights, whereas Lucas was bouncing back from a 2013 defeat against undefeated Lightweight champion, Danny Garcia.

Carson, California is the place where boxing classics take place. Think back to Rafael Marquez/Israel Vasquez II, Antonio Margarito/Paul Williams, and Abner Mares/Jhonny Gonzalez. Last night was no different. Lucas and John put on an exciting fight for a crowd that enjoys not necessarily the sweet science, but the savage science (Douglas Fischer).

The fight started of with lots of excitement as Lucas could not figure out the taller and longer John. John was able to score a knockdown in the second and fifth round of the fight. Lucas adjusted well and began to use his jab to set up his power shots. This proved to be the difference maker in the fight as Lucas landed 71 of his 233 (30%) jabs. This helped hime set up his 204 landed power shots of the 340 he threw (60%). Molina also threw some bombs last night, landing 86 of his 263 thrown power shots (33%). It was that kind of fight, both guys were swinging for the fences with the purpose of taking the other man out.

The tide definitely turned around the 8th round as Lucas landed some power shots that sent John to the canvas. At this point, both fighters had suffered cuts from an accidental head butt. Lucas had a cut over his left eye and John suffered a cut on the back of his head. The fans witnessed a savage round 10 as Lucas began to enter for the kill. He got John in the ropes and landed over 10 shots in quick succession. This was the beginning of the end for John. John’s corner at this point was in a state of panic as trainer Joe Goosen and the corner doctor got into it. Doctor said John had a cut in his head, Joe said the cut was in the back of the head, doctor told Joe to shut up, and Joe nearly exploded and confronted the doctor before the referee Pat Russell could step in and hold Joe back.

It only took Lucas 22 seconds into the 11th round to finish John off. A fatigued John Molina was stuck in the ropes and Lucas delivered a pair of lefts and rights and down went Molina.

A beautiful way to finish the fight, Lucas did what he needed to bounce back in style. A decision or lackluster fight would not have got the job done. From here, there are many possibilities for Lucas Matthysse. Mauricio Herrera and Lucas Matthysse would be great for boxing. It could beautifully set up a rematch with Danny Garcia for the winner of that fight. There is also Adrien The Problem Broner who is moving down to 140lbs.

Stay tuned blood money boxing family, the BMB Crew will be at the ESPN Deportes Seattle studio to discuss Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana and the rest of that spectacular card. Tune in here next Saturday, May 3 from 10am-12pm PST: Latinfut.com

PHOTOS: Check out the photos from last nights war here, courtesy of Boxingscene.com: 

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Hopkins vs Shumenov Recap and More

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By Rudy Mondragon

Hopkins vs Humenov

This fight was inspirational. Even Arsenio Hall was feeling good watching the veteran, Bernard Hopkins, do his thing on this night:

Bernard came out in the first two rounds as a student. Learning from his opponent, reading his movements, his gaps, and his mistakes. Shumenov allowed himself early to get drawn into the pace of a classic BHop fight.

As the fight progressed, Bernard Hopkins landed counter rights as Shumenov lunged forward without much of a game plan. It is a mystery to me as to why Shumenov has no head-trainer in his corner. On a night like this, it is necessary to have a head coach.

In the middle of the rounds, Hopkins began to move forward and dictate the fight. He was throwing lead jabs and disabling Shumenov’s attack. Shumenov got a couple of punches in, but never established any combinations. His one punch attack, looking for a BHop opening didn’t work. He should have known better.

Round ten was a break round for BHop. He smartly took a breather to prepare for the championship rounds. This proved to be the truth as he listen to his head trainer Naazim Richardson’s instructions to throw the over hand right. BHop was able to catch Shumenov with that punch and put him down. A successful 10-8 round for BHop entering the 12th and final round.

As predicted, BHop walked away with the split decision with the following scores from the following judges:

judge: Gustavo Padilla 113-114 | judge: Dave Moretti 116-111 | judge: Jerry Roth 116-111

Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth got it right. Gustavo Padilla was watching another fight… Or was he? Some judges like to score fights based on their bias. I want to say that Gustavo Padilla judged this fight from the lens of a judge who enjoys high action fights. High action fighters will get the rounds in their eyes. It is necessary for today’s judges to see the fight in a holistic fashion. Bernard won, in my eyes, because of his ring general-ship, mental game, accuracy, effective punches, and dictation of the pace of the fight.

Bernard Hopkins delivered on his word. He unified the IBF and WBA light heavyweight titles before age 50. His philosophy of not fearing time because he prepares for it by investing in his body with a healthy lifestyle permits him to remain relevant. Where does he go next? I want to say that Adonis Stevenson would be too much for him. But then again, Hopkins always seems to find a way to make it happen. Hopkins called him out tonight. He wants that fight and knows he can exploit Stevenson. I hope Bernard gets his visa papers in place, we might be heading to Canada soon!

Undercard Recaps 

“Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin did easy work of Lukas Konecny with a unanimous victory. In this middleweight fight, Quillin was able to win with the following score: 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109

In the penultimate fight, Paulie Malignaggi challenged Shawn Porter for his IBF welterweight title. It was a dominant performance by Porter as he was able to earn the TKO win over Malignaggi in the 4th round. This might be the fight that sets off the transition for Paulie. He has had a good boxing career, it might be time to hang them up and commit to a full time career with ShowTime Sports.

Hopkins vs. Shumenov Prediction

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By Rudy Mondragon

Tomorrow night we have light heavyweight championship action. In an IBF and WBA unification match, Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) will take on Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Beibut is the younger fighter who has scored 3 KO/TKO victories in his last 4 fights. Bernard is the older man who at 49 has won 2 straight fights against much younger fighters.

This fight looks very interesting on paper. Bernard will attempt to break his own record as the oldest fighter to capture and defend a boxing title. Will tomorrow night be the night where he finally shows his age? Beibut has power, 9 KOs in his 14 victory career. Will he be able to knock out the veteran? It is worth noting that Hopkins has never been knocked out in his 25 years of boxing.

Although this fight looks interesting on paper, it really is not. Beibut is the younger man who does not have the experience needed to fight an experienced veteran like Bernard. As Sergio Mora pointed out, the bright lights will either make Beibut tamed or a beast. How will the younger champion respond to this type of stage?

Additionally, Beibut’s timing is off and often times appears to be looking for single power-punches to land at a time. This will not yield him positive results, as Bernard is a master of clinching and disabling his opponents arsenal. As stated by Sergio Mora, Hopkins will have problems early on as a result of Beibut’s strength. Once Hopkins adjusts and gets his rhythm, he will be able to execute his signature collect points game plan.

It is easy to say that Hopkins will get old tomorrow. However, given the history of Bernard Hopkins’ preparation and healthy lifestyle, I do not see Hopkins getting old over night. This happens to fighters who have abused their body with alcohol, lived the party life, disregard what they put in their body when not training for a fight, and have taken beatings in the ring. Hopkins is one of the few out there who has not lived that life. Because of his lifestyle, Hopkins will not age over night but rather has been slowly declining over years. As a result of his slow decline, Bernard is highly selective on picking fighters he knows he can beat at this level. This is why he will collect points tomorrow and come away victorious.

Bernard Hopkins by split decision 

What are your thoughts BMB family? What is your prediction?

Canelo vs. Lara: Good for Boxing

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By Rudy Mondragon
Twitter: @bloodmoneyboxin
Instagram: bloodmoneyboxing

Finally! The match many have been asking for. Erislandy Lara has been demanding this fight, most recently stepping up to the podium post Canelo/Angulo fight asking Canelo to rumble with him in the ring. The fight between Saul Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KOs) and Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) is scheduled for July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be a Showtime Pay-Per-View event, which will be worth it.

It is worth noting that Lara was scheduled to fight former IBF Champion Ishe Smith on the 2nd of May, but that fight has been officially scratched. Thank goodness, as that match up was nothing more than a filler-fight for a Friday night.

This fight, however, is huge for boxing. Lara has the style that can give Canelo trouble. He is the better boxer and will have more power than recent Canelo opponents. Think of Mayweather, how technically sound and smart as he is. Lara won’t bring that same level of technique and IQ, but he has both nonetheless and more so than Canelo. He also has experience at the Jr Middleweight division and will have that type of strength.

This is the kind of match-up that boxing needs. Canelo will have the opportunity to shut many critics up. He is the cash cow for Golden Boy Promotions, and being the cash cow comes with many privileges. Can Saul live up to the hype he currently carries? Lara will be on a mission to take his throne and establish himself as the Jr Middleweight to beat. Can he do it and back up his talk?

Rock, Paper, or Scissors? Boxing is all about styles. Canelo walked all over Angulo recently, yet he had a close fight with Austin Trout. Lara won a war in which he was dropped twice against Angulo, yet dominated Trout. When these two meet, we won’t know who is the Rock, Paper, or Scissor. What we know is that Canelo will look to establish his size and power. Lara will box and establish ring generalship to control the pace and attempt to outpoint Saul. This is what boxing is all about.

I don’t want to give too much credit to Golden Boy Promotions, but I do tip my hat to them for this one. It is a good match up. Top Rank should take down some notes out of the Golden Boy Promo’s book and quit the child’s play in saying we should boycott Mayweather/Maidana.

It’s Official: Luis Collazo vs Amir Khan

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By Rudy Mondragon

Blood Money Boxing family, it is official! Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) will take on Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana event. This is a huge fight for Luis Collazo, who is coming off a second round knockout win against Victor Ortiz. Collazo is ready for this moment. He has been looking for this moment. Having lost controversial fights against Andre Berto and Ricky Hatton, Luis is ready to make a statement and establish himself as a top contender in the Welterweight division.

Think about it, if Luis wins, he could be the front runner to face Floyd Mayweather next. Floyd works with Golden Boy Promotions and Luis is promoted by the same company. Not to mention Luis signed with Al Haymon earlier this month. Signing with Haymon means landing big fights. The powers that be have aligned.

Is Amir a great contender? Absolutely. As I have said before, Khan has great speed and technique. The only thing he lacks is something you can’t teach or train for, and that is dangerous. With that said about Khan’s questionable chin, he is beatable and if Collazo can bang out the same type of punches that he used to knockout Ortiz, then Amir is in trouble.

May 3, 2014 is unfolding to be an exciting night of boxing. Imagine if Adrien Broner locks down a fight on the same night?! Pay Per View would be worth it.

What do you think BMB Family?

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Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley II HBO Face Off

By Rudy Mondragon

In preparation for their April 12, 2014 showdown, Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) sit down with Max Kellerman to discuss their upcoming fight. In summary, Bradley wanted to make it clear that it is his time to shine in the sport. Manny let the world know that he believes he still has that killer instinct and prayed to God that his killer instinct will be on display on the night of April 12.

This “Face Off” showed a hesitant Manny Pacquiao, one that did not appear to believe in his words and claims of still having that “eye of the tiger”. At times, he sounded sarcastic and said he would pray to God to get that killer instinct back for this upcoming fight. Bradley didn’t buy it and firmly stated that whatever killer instinct or eye of the tiger that Manny once had is now gone. I guess we will have to wait and see.

BMB predictions coming soon. Stay tuned BMB Family!

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