Tonight the much-anticipated rematch between Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao will finally put to rest the arguments about Pacquiao’s recovery from the knockout dealt by Marquez in their most recent fight, and the disputes over Tim Bradley’s place among the elites. I expect a good fight, and based on Bradley’s showing against Provodnikov, I’d be surprised if Pacquiao got the knockout, and not too shocked if Bradley managed to land a couple of targeted power shots of his own.
Bernard Hopkins, at the tender age of 49, will take on Beibut Shumenov next weekend at the DC Armory. Shumenov is a legitimate if somewhat unimpressive titleholder, and Hopkins is genuine in his pursuit of the dream of unifying the championship even at this stage of his career.
While Mayweather has chosen Maidana as his next opponent, and Maidana will certainly be nothing more, I’m much more excited about the recently announced fight between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez. Martinez seems to be slowing down at about the same rate that Cotto has, if for somewhat different reasons. The fight should feature a lot of action and a high punch output for both guys, Martinez probably relying more on defense than offense.
Alvarez successfully continues his career with his defeat of Alfredo Angulo, and there are rumors that he will now take the fight with Lara to prove his place in the division.