Mayweather on fighting Ronda Rousey: “I don’t even know who he is!”

You gotta love Floyd Mayweather. He’s a very confident man – in himself and in his skills as a boxer. He continues to back up his statements, and currently is the boxer keeping the sport alive at the present moment. He never backs down from a challenge and when asked about fighting women’s UFC champion Ronda Rousey he replied: “I don’t even know who he is!”

Hilarious!

Watch this intverview with USA Today Sports boxing editor Bob Velin:

Each time I watch this video I laugh because Mayweather is so honest! He’s not putting on a show. He actually answered the questioned honestly.

He didn’t know who Rousey was a woman.

That’s just funny.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison dead at 44

Tommy Morrison, who defeated boxing icon George Foreman in 1993 to earn the world heavyweight champion title has died at age 44. 

Morrison, who also contended with heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis died in a Nebraska hospital Sunday night, said Tony Holden, his longtime promoter and close friend. The exact cause of death is still a mystery, though it is known that Morrison tested positive for HIV in 2006. Morrison claimed the test was false. The family will not disclose the cause of death.

Morrison had a short, but full career and even starred in Rocky V alongside Sylvester Stallone. Holden believes despite Morrison’s past troubles which included a stint in prison for weapons and drunk driving and the eventual suspension of his boxing license for testing positive for HIV, Morrison would be a champion if he were fighting today:

 “If Tommy was fighting today, he no doubt would be a world champion,” Holden said. “You have to look at who he was fighting in the ’90s, the guys in that division were Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, George Foreman. There’s no one with that talent today. Tommy would absolutely dominate if he were in his prime boxing today.”

That may be true. The heavyweight division of boxing is all but vacant and absent from the sport now. Morrision can rest and his family can have some peace knowing he’s listed among the champions.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Rumor has it Mayweather-Guerrero fight a flop for Showtime

It’s being said that boxing is a dying sport. The heavyweight category has historically been the draw with legends like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman and Michael Spinx, being the fighters to carry the sport’s prominence. Now, the “heavy weight” is a welterweight, and aside from Floyd Mayweather, Jr. there are no “big names” in this sport. As such, critics say the sports is dying. Now there may be numbers to prove it.

Yesterday, ESPN‘s Dan Rafael leaked info that the buy numbers for Saturday’s pay-per-view fight between Mayweather and Guerrero were not good. He took to twitter saying:

“No official PPV #’s yet for Floyd but 2 industry sources tell me they look bad (under 1M). We’ll see. If true, heavy $$ losses for Showtime,” Rafael wrote.

The highly demanded fight between Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquaio will never happen and it seems that boxing fans may be wavering. Is the fight really worth paying for?

Guerrero is a good fight and he was a worthy opponent, but until recently, he was a no-name boxer. Mayweather was much more subdued and we didn’t get the loud, boisterous, flashy taunting that we usually see from the ego-driven boxer. According to an article in Yahoo! Sports:

 Mayweather and his people had full creative control over the prefight documentaries used to hype the fight, but they opted for fawning adulation over buy-inducing controversy. Frankly, a good number of people like to hate Floyd and buy his shows so they can root for the other guy. The pre-fight promotion for this show failed to whip the enemies into a buying frenzy.

Still, it’s still too early to assume and premature to draw such a conclusion. I do believe boxing needs a good heavy weight fighter to re-energize the sport.

We love to hate Mayweather, but carrying the entire sport is weight even he can’t bear.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Orlando Cruz: Boxing’s FIRST openly gay athlete

           Orlando Cruz (also known as El Fenomeno) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer, who made his professional debut in December of 2000 against Alfredo Valdez. Cruz also represented Puerto Rico as an amateur at the Olympic Games in Australia in 2000. As we all know it takes a brave spirit to openly admit that he/she is gay–(especially when you’re an athlete/star/person in the public eye etc.) Cruz is currently ranked at No. 4 among featherweights by the World Boxing Organization and has a record of 18-2-1. It’s evident that this guy has a relatively good and flourishing career ahead of him, so when he issued this statement in a press release on Wednesday some media and fans were…well, SHOCKED:

“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”

 

This statement alone would make him the first openly gay competitor in boxing history! Wow 

I can’t believe we are almost in 2013 and there are still “firsts” (especially like this) being made. But hey, I couldn’t respect Mr. Cruz more just for the amount of courage it took him to make this statement. Although homosexuality has been around since the beginning of time, this is still an extremely controversial topic. I can’t help but wonder if this will hurt Orlando’s career or in fact push it along. For those of you who don’t really understand it, let me put it this way: Homosexuality is still taboo in the sports industry! 

“The stigma among teammates is real, and the controversy over gay rights issues is circulating widely in the sports world.” –Yahoo Sports 

I couldn’t have said it any better myself

Continued statement from Cruz via ESPN: 

“I don’t want to hide any of my identities,” he said. “I want people to look at me for the human being that I am. I am a professional sportsman that always brings his best to the ring. I want for people to continue to see me for my boxing skills, my character, my sportsmanship. But I also want kids who suffer from bullying to know that you can be whoever you want to be in life, including a professional boxer, that anything is possible and that who you are or whom you love should not be impediment to achieving anything in life.

“I want to thank my family, especially my mom, who’s my inspiration and my best reason to continue to live and my brother and my sister. I want to thank my friends for their love and support. And I also want to thank my team for believing in me and being so supportive not only in this decision, but throughout my career. I am and will always be a proud Puerto Rican gay man.”

 

Now we’re just waiting on some of these rappers to come on out of that closet too! (i.e. Lil Wayne…I mean who calls themselves Lil Tunechi???) Nonetheless

It is said that Orlando Cruz will discuss his big announcement and any possible “ramifications” in a televised interview next week. On thing is for sure, you have our support Orlando and I have only one question for you…

How did you celebrate gay pride?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Ivy K.

 

 

Manny Pacquiao Willing To Give Bigger Cut Of Money To Mayweather For A Fight

Manny Pacquaio says he’s willing to give a bigger percentage of the purse to Floyd Mayweather to secure a fight.

A fight between to two would make for the richest bout in boxing history, and while fans are clamoring for the battle of the century it seems the camps of the two are hung up in petty he-said-he-said drama which continues to stall the fight.

Pacquiao seems ready to go.

With concerns over Pacquiao’s alleged drug use and suspcions about Mayweather, it’s unlikely the two will ever meet in the ring. This statement by Pacquiao, however, now places the ball squarely in Mayweather’s court. No longer can he complain about money. Pacquiao at least appears to want to fight Mayweather more than he wants the money.

We just want them to fight — or shut up about it. If Mayweather doesn’t do it now, he just looks, as they say in Atlanta, “scurred”.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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