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. 

Boxing & YouTube: An exploration

Andrew Harrison
28/04/2015 5:43am

On an overcast, unremarkable spring evening in 2005, Toledo-based PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim committed 19 seconds of video footage to their newly created website. It featured Karim and Yakov Lapitsky - an Assistant Professor at the state university - lolling beside the elephant enclosure at San Diego Zoo. Perfunctory, banal, YouTube.com had hatched. Later that year, the trio opened Pandora’s Box and the world got busy uploading.