Marcos Villegas speaks to Danny Garcia about his upcoming bout with Amir Khan and says he Khan is scared and has not faced no one like Danny Garcia
“I’ve come into this camp fight, strong, and I just can’t wait to fight now because I’m just raring to go…end of the day, his father was saying that and it’s a shame that Danny Garcia’s gonna have to pay for it in the ring, so his father’s not going to be the one taking the punches in the fight…the whole world knows what type of fight that this is gonna be. It’s going to be an explosive fight,” stated former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan, who guaranteed that WBC jr. welterweight champion Danny Garcia will have to pay for comments made by his father during a press conference to promote the upcoming July 14th showdown.
FightHype.com was on hand at Planet Hollywood Times Square in New York City, New York, where WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins and former champion Chad Dawson announced their upcoming April 28th rematch set to take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning. Check out what both fighters had to say!
“Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing, especially from a guy that people know as so vocal, but even being so vocal, I’m just as powerful as I realize when I don’t say anything, so I’m still winning even if I don’t speak. And what I mean by winning, they gonna question why I haven’t said anything. That means I’m in control…I shut him down by not saying nothing…I’m going in there, no matter what he says, to do what Bernard do, and that is to execute the best plan in camp and at fight night..the art of the game is to take a guy’s best weapon and systematically use it against him. You know what you want to do, you know what you’re capable of doing, but I damn sure ain’t let you do it…we have two rules that I set: I hit you, you don’t hit me,” stated WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, who talked about his upcoming rematch with Chad Dawson. Check out what else he had to say!
During his hearing today to renew his license with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Floyd Mayweather Jr made the official announcement: He will face Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand, live on HBO pay-per-view.
This has been the fight expected to be announced today, as word leaked earlier about the bout to various sources. It came up first as a rumor, and then was pretty much considered a done deal. Now, we know for sure that it’s Mayweather vs Cotto on May 5.
Mayweather is still waiting for his license to be reinstated, but that’s a given, really. Mayweather is not in jail right now specifically so he can fight on May 5 in Las Vegas.
The bulk of the rest of Mayweather’s license hearing centered on his community service, counseling, and desire to go back in time and do things differently. He was apologetic, but also noted that despite his upbringing, he’s “beaten the cycle.”
Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO) and Cotto (37-2, 30 KO) are reportedly going to fight at the full 154-pound junior middleweight limit, for Cotto’s WBA “super” title. Mayweather currently holds the WBC welterweight belt, but Cotto made clear in negotiations with Manny Pacquiao for a June 9 fight that he would not be returning to 147, which took him out of the running there, thanks to Mayweather being willing to fight at the higher weight. Cotto has not fought as a welterweight since November 2009, his first fight against Pacquiao.
This means that Pacquiao will almost certainly face Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas. Cotto was Pacquiao’s first choice, but the weight issues killed the fight
“There’s nothing like giving back to your people. It’s not a good thing, it’s a great thing to do. They deserve it. The city deserves it. The Habitat [for Humanity] deserves it…Floyd Mayweather likes to give back also…there’s still big fights out there, so why not give back…the Nevada Commission, like I said before, I fought in the city of Las Vegas more than I fought in any other place and they fair, but their firm…I’m just fortunate enough to be in a position to where I can give back and the Nevada Commission is amazing,” stated undefeated pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather, who was on hand at the offices of Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas to present a check for $50,000 in support of their Blitz Build project. Check out what else Mayweather had to say as he talks about his hope that the Nevada State Athletic Commission gives him another opportunity to give back to the community of Las Vegas by licensing him for a May 5 fight.
Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson II Set For April 28th In Atlantic City – Will We See A Winner This Time?
By James Slater: It has been announced by a number of sources that world light-heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins will face Chad Dawson in a rematch of their controversial October 15th meeting on April 28th. The rematch was apparently agreed to by all parties yesterday. As fans know, the first fight was a huge letdown, with Hopkins being unable to continue after hurting his shoulder as he landed on the mat from a Dawson shove.
Originally ruled a 2nd-round TKO win for “Bad” Chad, the result was soon changed to that of a No-Contest, with ageless wonder Hopkins keeping his WBC title. Needles to say, the two bitter rivals have unfinished business – unfinished business that will hopefully get settled at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in April.
Hopkins, 52-5-2(32) now aged 47 and closing in (finally) on retirement, said he is anxious to put 29-year-old Dawson, 30-1(17) in his place this time.
“I have a chance to settle the bull from the first fight,” Hopkins said. “A real athlete dont want to win something on a disqualification or a no-decision. Im ready to go. Dawson has a chance to prove to the world what he thinks he can do to me and I have a chance to prove that hes not going to do what he thinks he going to do.”
Dawsons promoter, Gary Shaw, had the following to say to USA Today:
“Theres real bad blood here. Chad knows everything that happened in the past, and hes the bigger fighter, stronger fighter, younger fighter, maybe even the more skilled fighter. We have always believed he stops Hopkins around the 8th-round. And I give credit to Hopkins for stepping up and defending the title, which everyone said he wouldnt do.”
Sure enough, it looked at one time as though neither fighter really wanted a return fight. Dawson, in his initial post-fight interview back in October said, “A rematch? No. What for?” While Hopkins spoke about maybe fighting a Lucian Bute or possibly even a Nathan Cleverly.
But now the return is on, and to make things better for the fans this time around, the rematch will not be on Pay-Per-View! Set to go out on regular HBO (a deal has yet to be signed, sealed and delivered, but Shaw is confident the fight will go out on the cable network), the intriguing sequel could also wind up having a potentially thrilling support bout.
According to USA Todays piece, Shaw and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy are looking at putting WBC 135-pound champ Antonio DeMarco in with Michael Katsidis on the card. Now, even if fans fear the Hopkins-Dawson rematch could be a largely dull 12-rounder, the planned support bout will surely be anything but dull if it goes ahead. Likely to steal the show as far as fireworks go, DeMarco-Katsidis has “war” written all over it!