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Mayweather Sr. digs at Freddie Roach and claims the whole world knows that Manny Pacquiao would never beat Floyd

Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

During a recent swing through the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, I caught up with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. to follow up on a BoxingScene.com report from Ryan Burton about the trainer’s possible involvement in a new boxing reality series that will likely be launching early next year.

When asked about what his role on the new series might pertain, Mayweather Sr. was quite vague, but did hint that he may find himself competing against other well-known trainers in the sport.

The concept sounds similar to the “Contender” series that launched on NBC in 2005, and while discussing the new project, Mayweather Sr. couldn’t help but praise his own abilities as a teacher.

Then, out of nowhere, Mayweather Sr. took a big swipe at another one of today’s more revered trainers.

Roger Mayweather favors Tim Bradley over Pacquiao in a rematch but says that a fight with Floyd is where the money is at

Tim Bradley facing off with Juan Manuel Marquez this past weekend in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson 

Former two-division world champion and current day trainer Roger Mayweather will be quick to tell you that he isn’t overly-impressed with today’s core group of star fighters, even admitting that he doesn’t catch a lot of the high-profile bouts that take place.

With that in mind, I was a little surprised when Roger told me that he did make time to watch this weekend’s welterweight title clash between WBO champion Timothy Bradley and Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

Facing off inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in an HBO pay per view encounter, Bradley scored a mild upset by being a little busier and out-slicking Marquez over twelve rounds.

Roger wasn’t taken aback by Bradley’s performance but gave him some credit.

Tim Bradley compares Juan Manuel Marquez to Manny Pacquiao: ‘They’re legends in the sport’

Post-fight coverage from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada as WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) continues to speak to the media following his split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez

Robert Garcia reacts to Manny Pacquiao bringing Justin Fortune back to his camp

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More all-access coverage from the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Calif., as Robert shares his thoughts on the news that Manny Pacquiao will be working with his former strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Pacquiao faces off with Garcia’s fighter, Brandon Rios, on Nov. 23 on HBO pay per view in Macau, China

Former sparring mate Karim Mayfield expresses interest in a Manny Pacquiao clash come 2014

Karim Mayfield following his weigh-in on Friday afternoon ahead of his match with Chris Fernandez (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)


By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., undefeated junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KO’s) will face off with journeyman Christopher Fernandez (21-15-1, 13 KO’s) on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera matchup.

At Friday’s weigh-in, Mayfield made the contracted catch weight limit of 144 pounds and showed off a chiseled physique that was a testament to all the weeks of hard work leading up to his 19th professional bout.

Mayfield was originally lined up to meet tough Mexican Pavel Miranda and gave his best explanation for having to find a late replacement.

“If I’m not mistaken, he didn’t pass some test,” Mayfield said of Miranda. “So they brought in another fighter. Hey, I’m just prepared for whatever comes to me.

Freddie Roach responds to Alex Ariza: ‘I really don’t want to give him any press’

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Chris Robinson gets Freddie Roach’s thoughts on the recent comments made by strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza that suggest the Five-Time Trainer of the Year is past his best. Hear what Freddie had to say in this exclusive interview

Freddie Roach responds to Alex Ariza’s Twitter jab: ‘I don’t want to give him any press’

Freddie Roach training Miguel Cotto in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Early last month, it was reported that Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach had elected to remove Alex Ariza from the camp of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao ahead of his Nov. 23 duel with Brandon Rios.

Ariza, the outspoken strength and conditioning coach, had been with Pacquiao dating back to the spring of 2008 following his split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez and played a huge role in his rise in weight while collecting additional titles at the lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight divisions.

Roach claimed that Ariza had become a distraction in camp because he was trying to do everyone else’s job and added that “Nobody really gets along with this guy” when we spoke at the Pacquiao-Rios presser in Los Angeles a few days after news broke of the rift.

Never one to bite his tongue, Ariza took to Twitter on Monday and issued the following.

Adrien Broner reveals what it will take for Manny Pacquiao to bounce back against Brandon Rios

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Chris Robinson catches up with three-division world champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) in Las Vegas, Nevada, as he discusses what it will take for Filipino star Manny Pacquiao to bounce back from his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez this past December as he heads into his November duel with Brandon Rios

Shane Mosley doesn’t think the knockout loss to Marquez will affect Pacquiao heading into his bout with Rios

Shane Mosley speaking to the press at his personal gym in Big Bear, Calif. on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)


By Chris Robinson

While a bit of a harsh reality, fighters in the sport of boxing are often judged based off of their last performance.

It is that reason, that despite all of his accolades, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao finds himself in a make or break fight situation with his forthcoming clash with former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios.

Pacquiao-Rios takes place on Nov. 23 from the Venetian Resort in Macau, China in an HBO pay per view showcase that figures to deliver with excitement.

Tim Bradley expects Pacquiao to inflict damage on Rios; likes Mayweather to beat Canelo

Chris Robinson catches up with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) in Indio, Calif. as he speaks on some upcoming matchups such and Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios, and Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse

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Joel Diaz feels that Bob Arum wants Tim Bradley to lose; says Marquez was nearly KO’d vs. Pacquiao

Chris Robinson catches up with trainer and former world title challenger Joel Diaz in Indio, Calif., as he speaks on his fighter Tim Bradley’s upcoming clash with Juan Manuel Marquez and its many subplots

Freddie Roach on Pacquiao’s demeanor, letting go of Alex Ariza, and his early days training Miguel Cotto

Trainer Freddie Roach speaking in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)


By Chris Robinson

Over the past few weeks, trainer Freddie Roach was able to reconnect with his star fighter Manny Pacquiao during a seven-city international press tour ahead of the Filipino icon’s forthcoming clash with Brandon Rios.

Roach was ringside inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this past December when Pacquiao was knocked out in brutal fashion from a picturesque right hand delivered by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their welterweight encounter.

So chilling was Pacquiao’s knockout loss, that everyone seems to be wondering how the 34-year old will recover.

We will find out when Pacquiao faces Rios in Macau, China on Nov. 23 and Roach insists he still sees the Manny of old when around his fighter and friend.

“Well, he’s still playing basketball,” Roach would quip when asked of Pacquiao’s recent demeanor. “He’s still pretty good at that. He’s a great guy, as always. I see no changes in Manny at all.”

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios face off for a final time in Los Angeles before breaking camp

Chris Robinson was on hand inside of the Beverly Hills Hotel in Southern, California for the final Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios press conference, as the two men came face to face for the final time before breaking for their respective camps. Pacquiao vs. Rios takes place on Nov. 23 in Macau, China in an HBO pay per view attraction



Jeff Mayweather shocked to hear HBO’s Jim Lampley suggest Juan Manuel Marquez may be on PEDs

Chris Robinson catches up with respected trainer Jeff Mayweather inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, as he speaks on his nephew Floyd’s recent sparring sessions for his Sep. 14 bout with Saul Alvarez, while sharing his thoughts on Tim Bradley’s drug-testing issues surrounding the Juan Manuel Marquez fight, his take on Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios, and more

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Floyd Mayweather Sr. rips Manny Pacquiao: ‘Who in the h*ll is he?’

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank)


By Chris Robinson

Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been a very busy man this year.

On top of reconnecting with his son Floyd as both a trainer and father, the elder Mayweather runs a busy schedule with a core group of professional fighters that consists of talented lightweights Mickey Bey and Lydell Rhodes, recently-debuted cruiserweight prospect Andrew Tabiti, and aspiring female prospect Maricela Cornejo.

With his son having beat Robert Guerrero convincingly this past May over twelve rounds, Mayweather Sr. now finds himself helping Floyd prepare for a huge clash with Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who he meets on Showtime pay per view on September 14th at the MGM Grand.

With so much of his time and thought devoted to his role as a trainer, Mayweather Sr. admits that it’s been hard to keep track of anything else boxing-related outside of his duties in the gym.

“I try to, but over these last months I’ve been very busy, man,” Mayweather Sr. stated. “I’ve moving here, I’m going there. A lot of things, man. It’s been kind of difficult for me to keep my eyes on things. I try my best to look at as much boxing as I can.”

On November 23rd, a welterweight clash will take place in Macau, China as former titlists Brandon Rios and Manny Pacquiao face off.

‘Who’s Pacquiao?’ – Mayweather Sr. rips Manny, claims he’s irrelevant after knockout loss to Marquez

Chris Robinson catches up with outspoken trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas, as he speaks on former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who he feels is irrelevant following his December 2012 knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez

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Talking Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao vs. Rios, Broner vs. Malignaggi with Andrew Tabiti

Chris Robinson catches up with talented amateur prospect Andrew Tabiti inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, as he speaks on Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Robert Guerrero, upcoming fights such as Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios and Paulie Malignaggi vs. Adrien Broner, as well as his own personal career.



Bob Arum reveals why Mike Alvarado missed out on a huge clash with Manny Pacquiao

Mike Alvarado, right, battling Brandon Rios in Las Vegas on March 30th (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

The stage is set for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight, as the eight-division world champion will square off with all-action former titlist Brandon Rios on November 24th in Macau, China in an HBO pay per view face off.

Pacquiao is coming off of a devastating knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez this past December and there are mixed feelings on the Rios fight.

Some feel that that Oxnard, Calif. transplant will be easy prey given his straightforward style yet others see him as a formidable threat given his youth and relentlessness inside of the ring.

Speaking with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum on Tuesday evening, he insists that we will likely see something special in four months’ time.

Brandon Rios talks Nov. 23 Macau clash with Manny Pacquiao: ‘I can’t wait to prove what I can do’

Chris Robinson catches up with former lightweight champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios ahead of his recently-annoucned Nov. 23rd clash with Manny Pacquiao in Macau, China. Hear what Rios had to say about the match, whether or not Pacquiao was affected by his recent knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, and much more

Michael Koncz: Juan Manuel Marquez turned down $13 million to face Manny Pacquiao in Macau

Chris Robinson catches up with International advisor Michael Koncz, as he speaks on Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley turning down millions to face Manny Pacquiao, 50 Cent’s new gym in Las Vegas, Pacquiao’s November return in Macau, and more