SRL vs. Money Mayweather

All-Time Greatness – Money vs. Sugar

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is entering rarefied air in the all-time great comparison stakes.

Head to Head – Professional Boxers Opinions

I think Sugar Ray – he had it all I just think he’d figure a way around Floyd’s shoulder and elbow and really rough him up and beat him on points!” Tony Conquest

I say Sugar Ray Leonar because he is a very confusing fighter like myself – he shucks & jives, moves & grooves the whole fight & lands at will & that is Floyd’s only problem he would have trouble with a elusive crafty fighter that likes to have fun in the ring just like me!” Leon Spinks III

Sugar Ray’s competition was more competitive than Money Mayweather’s competition. Sugar Ray was fast, with good footwork and took more chances throughout the fight. Money Mayweather has great speed, excellent footwork and is more technical of a fighter. Because Sugar Ray takes more chances during the fight, which Floyd doesn’t, Floyd technical fighting would give him the win. It would have been great to experience that fight as a fan.” Bryan O Williams

Sugar Ray Leonard

Credible Wins: 19

Elite Level Wins: 9

Wins vs. Ultra-Elite Level Fighters+: 5

Wins vs. World Beaters*: 4

Combined Record of All Credible Win Opponents at Time of Beating Them: 753-69-14

Wins against credible opponents who were undefeated coming into bout: 3

Number of Fights Before 1st Credible Win: 13 (ie. first credible win came in 14th professional bout)

Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 74″ / 188cm

Floyd Mayweather Junior

Credible Wins: 20

Elite Level Wins: 13

Wins vs. Ultra-Elite Level Fighters+: 2

Wins vs. World Beaters*: 0

Combined Record of All Credible Win Opponents at Time of Beating Them: 774-61-17

Wins against credible opponents who were undefeated coming into bout: 3

Number of Fights Before 1st Credible Win: 17 (ie. first credible win came in 18th professional bout)

Height: 5′ 8″ / 173cm
Reach: 72″ / 183cm (more…)

Ben Doughty on Leonard vs Hagler in 1987

Hagler vs Leonard 1987

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It Was Macho Time Baby!

Hector “Macho” Camacho

He could sell a fight as well as anyone who ever lived.Brian Iole

Alias: Macho
Birth Name: Hector Luis Camacho
Born: 1962-05-24
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 5′ 6½″ 
Reach: 69″ 

He was colorful, he was braggadocious, he was outlandish and, at the height of his game, he was a must-watch attraction.Kevin Iole

Trained at the LaSombra Sporting Club in New York
Amateur Record: 96-4
1978 New York Golden Gloves Flyweight Sub-Novice Champion
1979 New York Golden Gloves Bantamweight Open Champion
1979 Intercity Golden Gloves 119 Pound Champion
1980 New York Golden Gloves Bantamweight Open Champion
1980 Intercity Golden Gloves 125 Pound Champion

Professional Record 79 (45 KOs) – 6 – 3

WBC Super Featherweight Champion 7 Aug 1983–1984

WBC Lightweight Champion 10 Aug 1985–1987

WBO Light Welterweight Champion 6 Mar 1989 – 23 Feb 1991

WBO Light Welterweight Champion 18 May 1991–1992

He understood the importance of marketing a fight and selling the fightOscar De La Hoya.

Junior Lightweight champion Bobby Chacón refused to travel to Puerto Rico to defend against Camacho. This led to the WBC declaring the belt vacant. Rafael Limón then fought Camacho for the vacant strap. It was the first time Camacho fought a former world champion. He knocked down Limón in the 1st & 3rd rounds before the referee stopped the fight in the 5th round. Macho Time was upon us.

Camacho then fought & beat the Mexican world champion, José Luis Ramírez in Vegas to take the WBC Lightweight championship. The other world champions in his division, Livingstone Bramble and Jimmy Paul, were reluctant to fight Camacho. Interestingly he then took on & beat one Freddie Roach as he weighed up his options.

He faced Edwin Rosario at Madison Square Garden. Camacho dominated early before Rosario‘s power punching came to the fore during the middle rounds. In a see-saw battle Camacho came back taking rounds eight and nine, before Rosario rallied in the final three rounds. It was a very close affair with Camacho taking the split decision victory.

In 1989 the Macho Man met former lightweight champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, then 29-3 (23 knockouts), for the vacant WBO Light Welterweight title. Camacho won a split decision, becoming a three-weight world champion. Camacho beat Vinny Pazienza, Tony Baltazar, both on points as his undefeated record swelled to 25-0. (more…)

Dozens Of World Champions Attend Emanuel Steward’s Funeral

(Photos Courtesy of The Detroit News)

Today, one of the most respected trainers in boxing history Emanuel Steward was laid to rest. The funeral was held at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Looking at the number of his world boxing champions that arrived to show their respect, it is easy to see that Emanuel was not only loved and respected, but had changed dozens of lives which in turn molded the history of the sport of boxing itself.

“He once said I can’t believe I am training kids from Poland and Russia,” stated Jim Lampley as quoted by The Detroit News. It is true that Steward had his hands full with various young prospects and champions wanting to train under the legendary coach.

“He was like the king who walked among common people. There are countless stories on how many people he stopped to talk to and share himself. As I said, he lived the life he loved and he loved the life he lived,” said Merchant of Steward.

In one of my previous articles on Steward, I stated just that, saying that he never acted on his popularity and was always a simple guy amongst the rest of us.

It is most definitely a sad day, but it is crucial to realize that while we will miss Steward, he has accomplished something that not many people can: his efforts gained him historical infinity.

His efforts and his name will never be forgotten in the sport of boxing, and his achievements will echo through decades upon decades for much longer than any of us will be around. He is as alive today, as he was last year; maybe not physically, but mentally and spiritually even more than before.

His work will continue, as those whom he trained and imparted his wisdom upon will take his place and do their best to mimic Steward’s teachings. Today is as much of a day to cry as it is to smile and remember the funny, interesting, and unusual  stories of Steward.

Emanuel Steward: July 7, 1944 – ∞


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