Floyd Mayweather speaks to the press after the fight.
Floyd Mayweather speaks to the press after the fight.
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James DeGale (left) and Badou Jack fought to a draw. (Photo: Ed Diller)
James DeGale (left) and Badou Jack fought to a draw. (Photo: Ed Diller)
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Mayweather bashes NYC for Barclays ‘Burglary’
by Bryan Fonseca
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James DeGale (left) and Badou Jack fought to a draw. (Photo: Ed Diller)
James DeGale (left) and Badou Jack fought to a draw. (Photo: Ed Diller)
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Floyd Mayweather speaks to the press after the fight.
Floyd Mayweather speaks to the press after the fight.
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Don’t expect a Floyd Mayweather return to New York anytime soon. The self-proclaimed “Best Ever” had a meltdown at the Barclays Center after the majority draw decision of the Super Middleweight Championship unification bout between James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KO’s) and Badou Jack (20-1-1, 12 KO’s). With each champion scoring a knockdown in the action-packed, much-too-early fight of the year contender, Jack, who’s promoted by Mayweather on the TMT roster, scored an epic put down in the 12th and final round, cementing his comeback effort after a slow start. DeGale, who sent Jack to the canvas in the opening round, was off to a strong start, winning many of the early rounds to most objective observers. The DeGale-versus-Jack main event was part of a card promoted by Mayweather Promotions in conjunction with Lou DiBella and DiBella promotions. It was a stacked card that also saw Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KO’s) put Super Featherweight titlist Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KO’s) to sleep in round seven, and decision victories from local attractions Amanda Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) and Julian Sosa (7-0-1, 2 KO’s) live on Showtime. For the Super Middleweight title fight, the judges’ final tallies stood at 114-112 for DeGale and two 113-113 cards for what initially appeared to be a reasonable decision – just don’t tell that to “Money” Mayweather. “F*** no,” Mayweather responded when asked whether or not the fight was close in the late-night press conference. “Who knows the punch stats? I know somebody in here knows the punch stats,” to which a reporter responded with 232 to 171, advantage Jack, prompting an ear-to-ear grin from the Mr. 49-0. “This is not right for boxing, this s**t keeps going on and on and on,” he continued. “As of right now, I don’t know if I want to come back to New York. I don’t really want to come back and fight on the east coast anymore.” A disgruntled Mayweather was the dominant mouthpiece at the podium, to the surprise of no one. While distributing infinite praise toward his protégé Davis, who emerged from the night as the rising star and new IBF 130-pound champion, Mayweather voiced his displeasure with many issues surrounding the night’s conclusion. At one point, the former pound-for-pound king was intrigued by an idea brought to his attention by a reporter suggesting the boxing judges should have some actual boxing experience. What exactly that experience may entail is unknown, but Mayweather voiced his preference for boxing judges to have some sort of greater understanding of the fight between the ropes, at one point asking “how could you judge a fight if you’ve never fought?” “They don’t like that I got involved in this sport to open everybody’s eyes – this is a f****** dirty business,” Mayweather proclaimed. “I’m going to stand behind my fighters. “I love my fighters more than the sport because I care about their well-being,” hew continued. “We genuinely care about the fighters. We’re here to stay. We’re going to continue to build champions.” One obvious solution could be a rematch in a different venue, but Mayweather is simply uninterested, asking a question philosophically, while articulating his feeling of guilt while handling Jack. “If we didn’t get it right the first time, how will we get it right the second time?” he asked everyone in the presser. “We don’t hold fighters in a chokehold, but I feel like we invest. I feel like we should at least get our investment back, we should at least break even. “We’re not going to be like other promotions and pay judges off,” he added. “Just treat us fairly!” Instead of a rematch with DeGale, Mayweather outlined a plan for Jack to take some time off and eventually get back in the ring at a new weight division: light heavyweight. Mayweather did some impromptu fantasy matchmaking and created a scenario which had Jack, the WBC Super Middleweight champion, moving up and facing WBC Light Heavyweight titlist Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KO’s) this upcoming June. Stevenson is currently on a 15-fight win streak dating back to 2011, and is 7-0 with five knockouts since defeating Chad Dawson in the first-round for the title in June of 2013.
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Rodgers Brilliance Has Packers on Verge of the Unthinkable
by John Jastremski
Jan 17, 2017 | 0 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I’ve become very nostalgic over the last few weeks regarding the end of the football season. My Sunday, Monday and Thursday routine over the last four-plus months is about to come to an end and it stinks. Nothing worse than the end of football season. In the postseason you hope and pray that the games will deliver memories that will carry into the offseason and remain relevant in your mind until the start of the season in September. Well, before Sunday the NFL Postseason had been the definition of a dud. In six postseason games, there was not one finish that had you buzzing, one game that had you talking at the water cooler, saying “coulda, shoulda, woulda.” This years’ postseason needed a masterpiece and Aaron Rodgers, the most physically gifted quarterback to ever play the position, delivered his Sistine Chapel. The Packers and Cowboys played one of the most thrilling playoff games you will ever see, a 34-31 victory for the Packers and the performance of Aaron Rodgers still has me buzzing! Rodgers had the challenge of taking on the best team in the NFC the entire year in the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys featured the best offensive line in football and a pair of rookie studs, running back Ezekiel Elliot and quarterback Dak Prescott. In order to beat a team as complete as the Cowboys, Rodgers had to put on the Superman cape. He did that and then some. The throws, the precision, the accuracy, it was a thing of beauty to watch. Even when the Cowboys rallied to tie the game after an 18-point deficit, Rodgers never flinched. Less than 35 seconds to play, a trip to the NFC Championship game in the balance, Rodgers made one of the most improbable throws I’ve ever seen in a playoff game. He rolled out to his left and delivered a 35-yard strike on the run setting up the game winning field goal and sending the Packers back to the NFC Championship game, breaking the hearts of Cowboys fans who believed that 2017 was their year. I shouldn’t be surprised with Aaron Rodgers anymore. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play this game, and to think this quarterback and this team were left for dead back in November. I remember the Packers mid-season narrative then. It was a team that had lost its way. The defense was a mess, head coach Mike McCarthy was on the hot seat, and Rodgers didn’t look like the great quarterback we had seen over the last eight years. The Packers we’re 4-6 and their playoff chances appeared finished. After their sixth loss in Washington, Rodgers proclaimed that the Packers would run the table and find their way into the postseason. Many including this radio host/sports columnist thought he was crazy. Lesson learned: never ever, ever doubt Aaron Rodgers! The Packers won six consecutive games down the stretch to win the NFC North. They took care of the New York Giants, a team that had the best defense in all of football, and now they’ve taken down the best team in the NFC in the Dallas Cowboys. An incredible achievement, and if the Packers are to finish the journey from 4-6 to a Super Bowl championship, they’ll have to go through an explosive Atlanta Falcons offense and either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the modern-day dynasty of the last fifteen years, the New England Patriots. Long story short, if the Packers and Rodgers are to complete this remarkable turnaround, they’re going to have to earn it. The Packers are far from perfect as a team, and they do have weaknesses that could certainly be exposed by the Atlanta Falcons or whoever is to come out of the AFC. However, with Mr. Discount Double Check, I’m done betting against Aaron Rodgers. Whether it’s another Hail Mary, a brilliant throw on the run, or something else equally spectacular, 2017 may be the year of Aaron Rodgers. Sit back, R-E-L-A-X, and enjoy watching Mr. Rodgers dominate his NFL neighborhood. JJ’s NFL Championship Sunday Unlocks (44-36-2) • Green Bay +4.5 • New England -5.5
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