What The Fuck Is Wrong With Stephen A. Smith?

Stephen A. Smith is the ultimate low-hanging fruit. His job is to be low-hanging fruit; just noticing anything he says feels like dead-horse beating. But over the past few weeks, Stephen A. has transformed himself from garden-variety shill and troll into a kind of cartoonish super-troll. He’s the ultimate embodiment… » 4/25/15 7:31pm Yesterday 7:31pm

ESPN's OTL Reminds Us Floyd Mayweather Jr. Is An Unrepentant Monster

Just a day ago, we criticized ESPN’s series of “all-access” puff pieces featuring Stephen A. Smith and Floyd Mayweather’s collection of supercars. The Worldwide Leader somewhat made up for this today with a full half hour of Outside The Lines dedicated to illustrating “Money” Mayweather’s long history of beating and… » 4/24/15 3:15pm Friday 3:15pm

Why Is ESPN Serving As Floyd Mayweather's PR Mouthpiece?

For the past several days, ESPN’s been sprinkling bits of an exclusive Floyd Mayweather interview into its SportsCenter broadcasts as the run to next week’s highly-anticipated bout against Manny Pacquiao heats up. But you won’t hear Stephen A. Smith ask “Money” about his long history of beating women; no, you’ll see… » 4/23/15 12:00pm Thursday 12:00pm

Julio César Chávez Jr. Gets Butt Kicked, Quits, Then Says He Won

Andrzej Fonfara destroyed Julio César Chávez Jr. for nine rounds in a light heavyweight bout tonight, putting a beating on the multi-title-winner so badly that Chávez quit from the corner before the tenth round. (Fonfara knocked Chávez down for the first time in the Mexican boxer’s 51-fight pro career.) Despite this,… » 4/19/15 12:35am 4/19/15 12:35am

Why Is Katie Couric Letting Floyd Mayweather Smear His Victims?

Katie Couric is a serious journalist. She was the first woman to anchor a network evening news broadcast without a male co-host. She has been a frontline star for all three major television networks. Her interview with Sarah Palin in 2008 may have singlehandedly changed the course of American history. She knows what… » 4/15/15 9:39pm 4/15/15 9:39pm

Don't Believe The Hype: Mayweather-Pacquiao Is Not Good Vs. Evil

The many failings of Floyd Mayweather to follow the basic rules on how to be a good human being are well documented. He’s a serial woman beater who once evicted his father and pleaded no contest to threatening his children. His odiousness speaks for itself. But his competitor, Manny Pacquiao, is busy (via his… » 4/09/15 2:43pm 4/09/15 2:43pm

Diego Maradona Prepares For​ Coming Alien Invasion With Boxing Dummy

Just know that, when the giant blue Martians that have been hibernating miles deep in the Earth's crust finally emerge and begin their assault on this wonderful thing we call human civilization, Diego Maradona has been training and will knock those sons of bitches right back to where they came from. » 4/01/15 5:52pm 4/01/15 5:52pm

Broner Bout Prime Opportunity For Marv Albert Commentary

What is there left to be said about Adrien Broner? We've shared plenty of our own words on "The Problem," and brought you a few of his too. But Broner's bout against John Molina Jr. on national NBC tonight brought veteran sportscaster Marv Albert to the mic, and the combination really made for a special moment. » 3/07/15 9:41pm 3/07/15 9:41pm

Jumpin' Jehoshaphat, Take A Look At This Goddamned 7-Foot Chinese Boxer

This is probably nothing. Probably, this is an oddity that will resolve itself well outside the view of the general boxing public. But just in case it isn't, this here is Taishan Dong, a 26-year-old, 7-foot, 280-pound former kickboxer out of China, and he moved to 3-0 this weekend. » 3/04/15 4:51pm 3/04/15 4:51pm

ESPN's Dan Rafael Seems Like He Could Use A Nap

ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael is, as our own Iron Mike Gallego has long enjoyed pointing out, a stooge and a nitwit, but the run-up to the announcement of the long-delayed Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao bout has revealed something else about him: Like much of the rest of the boxing media but even more so, he… » 2/20/15 10:21am 2/20/15 10:21am

Buster Douglas Shocked The World, And Then He Got Fat And Happy

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world and knocked out Mike Tyson, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. This profile appeared in Sports Illustrated three years later, after Douglas had lost his title to Evander Holyfield. It has been reprinted here with the author's permission. » 2/11/15 1:40pm 2/11/15 1:40pm

Mayweather And Pacquiao Meet For The First Time

It seems incredible that for all their ducking and dodging and posturing and close calls, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had never met face-to-face before last night. But with both sitting courtside at the Miami Heat game—directly opposite each other, as it worked out—the two wandered over at halftime for a brief… » 1/28/15 9:09am 1/28/15 9:09am