Manny Pacquiao Is Back, But Will Manny Pacquiao Ever Be Back?

Manny Pacquiao worked Brandon Rios over for 12 rounds early this morning in a fight that more resembled sound check at a reunion tour than a match in contest. Whether or not that's enough to launch Pacquiao back into the realm of "men who might actually be able to knock Floyd the hell out" remains to be seen. » 11/24/13 12:08pm 11/24/13 12:08pm

When To Stop A Fight

On Nov. 2, heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov fought 10 hard rounds against "Irish" Mike Perez at Madison Square Garden. Today, Abdusalamov sits in a bed in Roosevelt Hospital, in a medically induced coma. It's worth reflecting on when fights should be stopped. » 11/18/13 12:26pm 11/18/13 12:26pm

Former Heavyweight Ken Norton Sr. Dead At 70

Ken Norton Sr. died today at 70 in an Arizona hospital while rehabilitating from a stroke he suffered last year. Norton eventually finished his boxing career with a 42-7-1 record and one Muhammad Ali broken jaw. He later enjoyed mild success in acting, appearing in 80s staples The A-Team and Knight Rider. He was… » 9/18/13 9:27pm 9/18/13 9:27pm

The Scariest Man Alive Wears A Cardigan: A Day With Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin has what they call a moon face: Open, apple-cheeked, with wide lips and a toothy grin and a haircut that looks like a buzz cut that's been allowed to grow too long. Moon faces imply guilelessness. Such faces seem at home on simpletons. Less so on one of planet Earth's most feared humans. » 9/05/13 3:00pm 9/05/13 3:00pm

Paulie Malignaggi Vs. Adrien Broner: A Master Class In Macho Posturing

Imagine being a Brooklyn kid, born and raised in Brooklyn, representing Brooklyn, wearing "Brooklyn" clothes and yapping about Brooklyn! your whole life. And finally they build a big world-class stadium in Brooklyn, and you, the Brooklyn kid, get to headline a night of boxing there, and when you get off the train at… » 6/24/13 3:45pm 6/24/13 3:45pm

"What Do You Want Me To Say?": A Day In The Publicity Machine With…

Adrien "The Problem" Broner—23 years old, 135 pounds, undefeated, and one of the five or so best boxers in the world today—rolled into the lobby of 1221 Avenue of the Americas just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, along with two coaches, his friend, his large, superfluous security man, and a harried-looking PR woman from… » 2/15/13 12:00pm 2/15/13 12:00pm

Boxing's Great White Hope Problem; Or, Why The Fuck Was Mike Lee In A…

During last night's Super Bowl, one professional boxer appeared in a commercial. It was not Floyd Mayweather, and it was not Manny Pacquiao, though they are the two highest-earning athletes in all of sports. It was not any champion of any weight division at all. It was Mike Lee, a mediocre light heavyweight with only… » 2/04/13 5:10pm 2/04/13 5:10pm

Cotto-Trout: The Sentimental Narrative Gets Its Lip Busted

Salvador Sanchez was a great Mexican featherweight boxer who ran up a 44-1 record and won a featherweight title shortly before dying in a car crash in 1982, at the age of 23. Salvador Sanchez II is a Mexican featherweight boxer. The meaningful resemblances end there. The superficial resemblances continue: Sanchez II,… » 12/03/12 10:15am 12/03/12 10:15am

Meet Boxing's Next Big Thing: Adrien Broner, The Problem That Cannot Be …

Saturday night, Adrien "The Problem" Broner knocked out Antonio DeMarco in the eighth round, on HBO, after thoroughly beating his ass. If you don't watch much boxing, you may be unaware that Adrien Broner, at 23 years old, is boxing's Next Big Thing, not in the sense of The Next Big Overhyped Flavor of the Moment, but… » 11/19/12 11:15am 11/19/12 11:15am

How Judges Score A Boxing Match (And How Manny Pacquiao Got Screwed)

Manny Pacquiao got beaten by ghosts Saturday night. That's what boxing judges are. They are not necessarily former fighters, or coaches, or other knowledgeable figures. They are not necessarily anything. They are people chosen by opaque and obscure boxing commissions to decide the outcome of fights based on little more … » 6/11/12 3:20pm 6/11/12 3:20pm

Better Dirty Than Humbled: The Lights Go Down On The Bernard Hopkins…

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—For years, Bernard Hopkins has entered the ring for each of his fights wearing a black balaclava, only his eyes visible, arms crossed overhead in an "X" to signify his nickname, "The Executioner." Outside the ring, he's a chatty bald man with a flattened nose and kindly eyes, now given, at his advanced… » 4/30/12 11:24am 4/30/12 11:24am

When Irish Eyes Are Swollen: How Sergio Martinez Beat Matthew Macklin…

Reputations are hard to earn. And they're hard to keep. They come with benefits. But they can also hang on a fighter like a chain, an extra burden in a sport that's hard enough as it is. Reputations can't be carried throughout a fight. They must be shed like a robe and donned again when the fight is over. During the… » 3/19/12 10:55am 3/19/12 10:55am

No One Knows Exactly How Boxing Broke Ken Norton's Brain

LAS VEGAS—Ken Norton never fell down in 39 rounds of professional boxing with Muhammad Ali. But Ken Norton did fall down on Jan. 23, 2012, while posing for a picture after a press conference at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. I saw it happen. Ken Norton, the esteemed special guest at the press… » 2/03/12 4:36pm 2/03/12 4:36pm

How To Get Robbed In D.C.: Amir Khan Vs. Lamont Peterson

WASHINGTON—A black guy in dark shades and a pimp-style chinchilla coat strode through the D.C. convention center, headed toward the entrance to the fight. Ten feet behind him, a white guy in a button-up shirt surreptitiously snapped photos of him on his cell phone. "Look, a real live pimp, at the fight! What a kick!"… » 12/13/11 2:06pm 12/13/11 2:06pm

Watching A Boxing Beauty Contest On A Night Of Crappy Americana

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Moments before each of Daniel Ponce De Leon's fights, as his final warmup, he will extend both of his arms upward and then spin them violently, in tandem, from one side to the other, like Carlton Banks dancing to "It's Not Unusual," if Carlton Banks were a rat-tailed tattooed Mexican with the angry… » 9/12/11 4:40pm 9/12/11 4:40pm