Thurman Calls Out Pacquiao, Garcia:
Boxer Keith Thurman told TMZ Sports that he would love to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring.
“It’s kind of ironic that I’m the only welterweight in the world that holds two world titles and he’s still ranked above me,” he said.
“At the end of the day we want that Pacman fight. I can’t wait to negotiate that fight. Shoot, he can pick the date, he can pick anything he wants because I’m ready to put hands on him.”
Thurman also said he was open to a rematch against Danny Garcia, whom he beat on Mar. 4 to claim the WBC welterweight title to go along with his WBA welterweight belt.
GGG to Skip June Fight:
Rather than fight Billy Joe Saunders in June, Gennady Golovkin will shift his focus to a possible clash with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September, according to The Vertical’s Chris Mannix
As Mannix reported Monday, Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, is in negotiations with Golden Boy Promotions to finalize a Golovkin-Alvarez fight.
Golovkin most recently earned a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs in March, which ran his record to a perfect 37-0. Alvarez is set to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas on May 6.
Last June, Golden Boy Promotions chairman Oscar De La Hoya tweeted he and Loeffler reached an agreement for a fall 2017 fight.
Roc Nation Targeting June for Cotto Fight:
Roc Nation president Michael Yormark said his company is eying a return for four-division champion Miguel Cotto on June 24 with Japanese contender Yoshihiro Kamegai one of the leading candidates to face him.
“We’re hoping that Miguel is going to get back into the ring in June,” Yormark told RingTV.com on Monday before a press conference to formally announce a rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev on June 17 in Las Vegas on HBO PPV. “We’re having conversations with Peter (Nelson) and HBO. We’re trying to look at a couple of fights down the road, get him back in the ring in June and then hopefully a big fight in the fall and we hope to have something resolved and announced in the next 10 days to two weeks.”
Yormark confirmed that June 24 is the target date but the bout may not take place at Barclays Center, as has been reported. Of Kamegai, a junior middleweight with a record of 27-3-2, 24 knockouts and losses to Alfonso Gomez and Robert Guerrero, Yormark said he’s “being strongly considered.” Cotto was scheduled to face James Kirkland on Feb. 25 on HBO PPV in Texas but the card was called off after Kirkland suffered an injury in training. Cotto has vowed to retire at the end of 2017. “The cancellation was disappointing with Kirkland,” Yormark said. “We need to make sure to find the right opponent for Miguel to get back in and get some of the rust off and then we’ll look toward a big fight in the fall. We haven’t specifically settled on a fighter for June 24 but we’re getting really close.”
Oscar Goes After Trump:
Oscar De La Hoya confirmed to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times that an advertisement promoting the fight between Mexican boxers Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Cinco de Mayo weekend was meant to taunt United States President Donald Trump.
The video in question shows the two boxers breaking through a concrete wall.
“The idea of a wall was a direct hit to Trump, obviously, given what’s taking place, and given the comments that Trump has made had really impacted many people and have rubbed many people the wrong way,” De La Hoya said.
He added, “This is letting him know that not every Mexican is what he’s stated they are. Mexicans are hard workers.”
Kovalev Has No Respect for Ward:
“I feel like (Ward) is walking with a crown on his head. I don’t like him. There’s no reason to like him,” Kovalev said through a translator. “I just saw him (Sunday) in the (hotel) lobby. Every time he looks at me, I just really want to punch him in the head.”
Ward, the unified light heavyweight world champion with a 31-0 (15 KOs) undefeated record, won his first match against Kovalev in November at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but not without drama and histrionics. Kovalev knocked Ward down in the second round, but the judges ruled in Ward’s favor, 114-113, after the 12-round bout. Ward briefly considered retiring after the victory, but his Roc Nation team huddled with the fighter and he agreed to a rematch, which will be an HBO Pay-Per-View event at the Mandalay Bay in Sin City. Not that Ward thinks he has anything to prove.