Following the footsteps of 'The Hitman'

John Evans
04/05/2015 1:58pm

It’s almost ten years since Ricky Hatton thrilled his Manchester fan club and announced himself to the world by bullying Kostya Tszyu into defeat to become the light-welterweight champion of the world. Hatton’s performance that night and his subsequent assaults on Las Vegas are still spoken about to this day, but we may be about to see some tangible evidence of his impact on Manchester fight scene. Plenty of youngsters were drawn into the city’s gyms during Ricky Hatton’s rise to prominence and three of those who showed the talent and dedication needed to become professional fighters are reaching critical points in their careers. John Evans talks to Manchester prospects Zelfa Barrett, Ryan Doyle and Alex Rutter.

Mayweather takes Manny to School, Church and University before dropping him off at his first day of work

Terry Dooley
03/05/2015 3:24pm

Boxing fans finally got their answer to a half-decade old question last night when Floyd Mayweather Jr outpointed Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The scores of 118-110 and 116-112 (twice), from Dave Moretti, Burt A. Clements and Glenn Feldman respectively barely tell the story of the world welterweight title fight.

In truth, Mayweather, now 48-0 (26), outboxed his long-time rival in every possible way conceivable to remove every proviso, every asterisk that can be thrown at this fight now it's been placed into the history books.

Mayweather outfoxes 'injured' Pacquiao

Boxing Monthly
03/05/2015 8:15am

Self-proclaimed 'TBE' Floyd Mayweather Jr eased to a unanimous decision over arch-rival Manny Pacquiao in a bout that rarely caught fire at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas yet appeared to cement his unbeatable legacy in this era. The 'Fight For Eternity' proved to be an event rather than a spectacle, but that was, once again, due to Mayweather's ability to nullify an opponent's strengths and pull away on the scorecards with his superior ring craft. Mayweather said he would relinquish all five of his world title belts on Monday and have one final, non-title 12-rounder as he bows out from the sport he has dominated for the best part of a 19-year career.

Afterwards, Pacquiao claimed a right shoulder injury had inhibited his work-rate and revealed he had been refused a shot in the dressing room which briefly appeared to open the door to an unlikely rematch. He said he felt the pain from the third round.

 

 

Mayweather-Pacquiao form guide

Mark Butcher
02/05/2015 11:56am

The two most celebrated fighters in world boxing finally meet in Las Vegas tonight after a six-year ‘will they, won’t they’ saga. But when the crowd roars and the first bell rings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena will Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao emerge victorious? Mark Butcher analyses the boxing superstars’ last three fights, strengths and weaknesses in BM’s form guide of what promises to be – by a distance - the richest fight in the sport’s history.

Boxing Monthly team tips Mayweather-Pacquiao

Boxing Monthly
02/05/2015 12:45am

After Floyd Mayweather scales 146lbs and Manny Pacquiao weighs in at 145lbs in front of 11,500 feverish fans – the Boxing Monthly team predicts who they believe will prevail on Saturday night at the MGM Grand. Follow @BoxingMonthlyEd for live updates through fight night. Mayweather or Pacquiao - who have you got?

 

John Coyle: Reflections of a referee

Mark Butcher
01/05/2015 3:40pm

John Coyle refereed a number of epic fights in his career, but no contest ended as spectacularly as Danny Williams’ pain-defying, one-armed victory over Mark Potter in a British and Commonwealth heavyweight clash in October 2000. “I was called in front of the Boxing Board of Control because of that fight,” Coyle told Boxing Monthly. “But I argued that Williams was at no point in a position where he could not defend himself or being overwhelmed by Potter. If he had, I would have stopped it in the normal way, even if he had two good arms. The situation never arose.”

 

 

Latest World and British Ratings (May 2015)

Colin Harris
01/05/2015 10:38am

Boxing Monthly’s World and British rankings for May 2015 are explained by Colin Harris, our in-house ratings statistician. Movers this month include Andy Lee who is now No.4 in our world middleweight rankings. Trainer, fighter, manager and promoter queries are welcome.

The Mayweather legacy

Callum Rudge
30/04/2015 10:18am

“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali were better than me. No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that. But one thing I will do - I'm going to take my hat off to them and respect those guys because those are the guys who paved the way for me to be where I'm at today.” - Floyd Mayweather Jr.

These words caused uproar and consternation in the boxing world and I understand why they did. Muhammad Ali was more than a boxer; he was a social icon, a man who was almost bigger than boxing. Robinson was both majestic and brutal at the same time, immeasurable skills in the ring and a pioneer outside, but is Mayweather stating he’s had the greater career or made a bigger impact? Or is he just saying he thinks he’s the best boxer. ‘The Best Ever’, in fact. 

Inside Mayweather-Pacquiao III

Showtime
30/04/2015 9:12am

The third instalment of Showtime's intimate four-part documentary series chronicling the life of pound-for-pound No.1 Floyd Mayweather as we count down to his mega fight with Filipino rival Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand on 2nd May.