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MASHANTUCKET, CT — A new IBF featherweight champion was crowned with Evgeny Gradovich earning a bruising 12-round split decision over Billy Dib last night. It sure wasn’t the outcome 50 Cent wanted for Dib, who was the only champion in SMS Promotions, but overall it wasn’t a bad showing for 50′s first boxing event on network TV. Onto the highlights.

 

DIB ELECTS TO BRAWL, GRADOVICH MAKES HIM PAY: Dib had success early on roughing up Gradovich with mauling clinches filled with fouls. But after the third round, Gradovich settled into the pace and started to land short hooks inside which forced Dib to hold. Gradovich would keep this up for the rest of the fight and Dib couldn’t avoid Gradovich’s clubbing overhand rights. Dib did some underrated work to the body throughout the fight, but Gradovich looked so much stronger and shrugged off Dib’s power. On the other hand, Gradovich’s flush shots knocked Dib off-balance several times, especially in the all important championship rounds.

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It was a ugly fight with both guys fouling and getting points docked in the eighth for holding, but the winner was never in question (even with one judge laughably giving Dib the nod with a 114-112 score). Thankfully, Gradovich got the well-deserved victory. And to give you an idea of how rough this fight was, take a look at the referee.

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Dib was gracious in defeat, but he’s not a good investment for SMS Promotions. He’s not the guy that will help 50′s fledgling company get off the ground, so now’s a good a time as any for him to cut his losses. Other than that, 50 carried himself very well throughout the evening. The only thing that needs to be axed immediately are these ring-walks. If he had someone flamboyant like Broner it might could work, but the boxers look totally lost (Gamboa, Dirrell and Dib) and the performances come off very awkward.

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NELSON BLOWS AWAY MEDINA: Ever punch someone so hard you broke their ankle? Willie Nelson can now hit people with that one-liner courtesy of his impressive blowout of the normally durable Michael Medina. Nelson doesn’t have one particular attribute that jumps out at you when you first see him, but on closer inspection you see that he’s sound in every area and uses his height and reach advantages. He can box behind the jab using said physical tools, or bang inside relying on a tight guard and sharp counter-punching. You got a little of all that in less than three minutes before he caught Medina with some hard right hands to close this one out. Nelson should get a shot at a major title this year.

 

LUIS OLIVARES STARTS WITH A BANG: 50 had a 24-year-old, junior welterweight fighter making his debut. Will be some years before we see if it pans out, but Olivares looked very good and had a killer left hook that put his opponent on the canvas twice.

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50 Cent has been struggling for what seems like years to gain some traction with his next album. This new song, originally planned for a Kidd Kidd mixtape, shows that the G-Unit leader may finally have some creative momentum. Not surprisingly, Kendrick is the show-stealer.

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It’s a two full days later and I, like many boxing fans and writers, am still on cloud 9 after witnessing Juan Manuel Marquez’s long-awaited victory over Manny Pacquaio Saturday night at the MGM Grand. The sold-out crowd had to endure an abysmal undercard but got quite the show in the main event. While the complete aftermath of this KO will play itself out in the coming months, the below points are what I observed from press row and during the post-fight press conference.

We All Wanted the “Old Manny” Back…And So Did the “New” Marquez: We’ve all be harping on the fact Pacquiao has looked uninspired in the ring for years. His trainer Freddie Roach has attributed it to out of ring distractions (infidelity, political career etc.) and his faith in God dulling his killer instinct. But for the last few weeks, all we’ve heard from Roach is that Manny  had reverted back to the merciless whirlwind fighter we witnessed at the lower weights. And it wasn’t just Roach — word had gone through the press and was verified on the last 24/7 that Pacquiao was abusing his sparring partners.

Well, the old Manny with his reckless abandon showed up Saturday night, and it was that recklessness that left him out cold on the canvas. In the earlier Marquez fights at lower weights, he was able to get away with it because although Juan repeatedly tagged him, the future Mexican Hall of Famer didn’t have the power to put his lights out. The welterweight tank we saw in the ring last weekend definitely did.

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Round Three Changed Everything: That Marquez right landed with a pronounced thud only eclipsed by the sound of Pacquiao’s body hitting the canvas. Pacquiao was obviously buzzed, but Marquez did the right thing by not rushing in for the finish. He bided his time and continued setting traps and remaining composed despite a broken nose. After having a great round five, you could feel Pacquiao’s confidence building (and perhaps mixed with a little desperation) in wanting to finish the fight with a KO. That lead directly to that beautiful counterpunch KO in the sixth.

Bob Arum Feels Redeemed: In the post-fight press conference, Arum took a few shots at internet writers claiming the excitement of the main event showed they were wrong in claiming this fight should not have happened. He lauded the obvious KO of the Year from Marquez, the previous knockdowns, and the drama of the entire six rounds. Once again, Arum misses the point. No one ever questioned whether it would be a good fight — history had already shown that Pacquiao and Marquez are evently matched and put on good fights. The question was is it the best fight that could be made and the answer was and still is a resounding no. There will be more than enough blame to go around, but history will give Arum a considerable amount of blame for his role in Mayweather-Pacquiao never happening.

Speaking of Mayweather-Pacquiao…: You probably stopped caring over a year ago, and the result of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 is even more reason to not give this “past its sell date superfight” a second thought. What could have been a historic fight that should have taken place in early 2010 is now essentially meaningless.

What’s Next for Pacquiao and Marquez?: Brandon Rios was milling about during Fight Week and it’s no secret he next in line for Pacquiao if the Filipino icon had won. I see no reason why Marquez can’t slide into that slot because that’s a guaranteed Fight of Year battle. It would be similar to Marquez’s first fight againt Juan Diaz (the 2009 Fight of the Year) in regards to Rios’s pressure and inside fighting. The difference is Rios hits a lot harder, is much bigger and more durable than Diaz.

If that doesn’t come off, Arum of course did not rule out a fifth fight (!) with Marquez. We’ll see how the pay-per-view numbers hold up for this one, but it’d be a very hard sell considering the fourth fight’s conclusive outcome. And being that Pacquiao had to skip the post-fight press conference and head straight to the hospital for a CAT scan (which was negative), I can’t see his team really pressing to jump back in there with Marquez.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see Pacquiao take a soft touch and await the winner of Marquez-Rios, if for no other reason then to not end his career on a devastating knockout defeat.

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Keep Gamboa Far Away from Broner: Yuriorkis Gamboa returned to the ring after a 15-month absence to score  unanimous decision win over a solid Michael Farenas, who buzzed Gamboa several times with hard right hands and even scored a knockdown in the ninth. Gamboa had the rust you’d expect from a long layoff. His power was there and got him two knockdowns of his own, but Gamboa’s glaring defensive holes (hands down, pulling straight back, wide punches inside) were on full display. His promoter 50 Cent name-checked Adrien Broner as a target opponent but that is just lip service at this point. 50 is not blind and knows Gamboa is not ready for Broner at this point (and he’ll probably never be ready). Get Gamboa a few more tuneups and then see where he stands. Put them in the ring together now and Broner KOs him.

Undercard Nyquil: Not sure how it translated at home, but this was one of the worst pay-par-view undercards I’ve ever attended. Fortuna-Hyland was an extended bad sparring session for most rounds due listlessness on Hyland’s part, and Mercito Gesta was completely exposed as a  one-dimensional slugger by Miguel Vazquez. Both fights lacked any sustained action and went 12 rounds. Before the Gamboa fight I was ready to claw my eyes out.

Mexicans Were Hype All Night: The crowd was overwhelmingly Mexican and they produced one final funny moment I’d like to share. There was a couple hundred fans camped out by the press area hoping to get a glimpse of any celebrities or fighters leaving. Well, when I left a got a huge Bob Marley chant. You gotta love it. LOL

50 Cent made a recent appearance on Big Boy’s Neighborhood and offered some insight into the dissolution of his business relationship with Floyd Mayweather and their now defunct TMT Promotions. Although we’ll likely never hear Mayweather give his side, 50 sounds very believable in stating Floyd’s business and financial requirements weren’t in order. We’ll see how 50 does standing alone with SMS Promotions.

The “lover’s quarrel” is now public. After months a verbal jabs from 50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather has finally begun responding with taunts of his own, igniting a Twitter and Instgram argument last night to the entertainment of boxing and music fans alike. Mayweather began posting pictures of 50 calling him a “male groupie” and belittling his attempts to gain a foothold in boxing under SMS Promotions. 50 responded in kind by blaming Floyd for the breakup by refusing to fight Yuriorkis Gamboa, who has remained with 50 and is tentatively scheduled to fight on Top Rank’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV card. In addittion, 50 claimed Floyd is “broke” and living off an “allowance” from Al Haymon. Some of the highlights are included below.

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These two are something else. Even with the personalities involved, it’s amazing how quickly the “The Money Team” dissolved. As far as 50 goes, if he hopes to stay in boxing he must grasp the reality that his rap beef tactics, which have already run their course in this Hip-Hop era, will get him nowhere in boxing. Sure, guys like Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer and Top Rank’s Bob Arum can be just as spiteful and petty, but they have the common sense not to put their business on Front Street and squabble like teenagers.

The most interesting (and odd) thing about these tweets was 50′s accusation that Floyd “ducked” a fight with Yuriokis Gamboa. If 50 really did propose that fight I can see why Floyd ended their business relationship. Gamboa was set to make his debut at 140 earlier this year, but you throw him in there with Floyd, who just fought at junior middleweight in May?

And the shot at Andre Ward in hopes of getting his fighter Andre Dirrell a fight were laughable. Dirrell, for all his talent, has been wasting away on the shelf for the last year and done nothing to even have his name uttered in the same sentence with S.O.G. at this point.

I’m sure this will be the first of many jabs Floyd and 50 will continue taking at each other. Expected 50 to go dig up some old groupies of Mayweather’s while Floyd all of sudden gets cozy with Rick Ross and a few other 50 adversaries.

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LAS VEGAS, NV — Floyd Mayweather is a free man today after a judge granted him a midnight release 30 days early from a 90-day domestic violence sentence.

Mayweather, who served his sentence in Las Vegas at the Clark County Detention Center, was greeted by family, rumored TMT Promotions partner 50 Cent, and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

Mayweather did not speak to reporters on site before leaving.

 

50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather’s upstart TMT (The Money Team) Promotions added more firepower to their brand with the announcement of three new signings in Andre Berto, Zab Judah and Celestino Caballero.

The news was first announced earlier this morning by FightHype.com, which coincided with meeting pictures released on Twitter late last night.

Berto and Judah were most recently promoted by Lou DiBella and Main Events, respectively. The new signings increase the TMT roster to seven including Billy Dib, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Andre Dirrell and allegedly Floyd Mayweather, who is rumored to seek another fight in November upon being released from prison this weekend.

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These moves should dispel any remaining doubters about the seriousness of this venture. This is quite the collection of names for a promotion that’s barely two weeks old.

If Mayweather does indeed try to get in a fight before the end of 2012, we may end up seeing one of the most stacked pay-per-view cards in years. Can you imagine the likes of Gamboa, Judah and Dirrell filling out an undercard? 50 Cent boldly proclaimed he wanted to make a card of several main event worthy fights. With these moves we have no further reason to doubt the man.

The Twitter “beef” with Oscar De La Hoya aside, TMT is off to a great start.

A remix of this track with 50 surfaced just over a week ago. Bay Area radio host Big Von has created his own spin in adding Young Jeezy and T.I. to the lineup. Credit due to 50; his performance is a massive improvement over the sad trend pandering heard on his Jeremih-featuring “Girls Go Wild.” The additional star power rounds out what was already an adequate club joint.

LOVERANCE X 50 CENT X YOUNG JEEZY x T.I. “UP! (BIG VON REMIX)”


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RA the Rugged Man was nowhere to be found this time when Floyd Mayweather called up Shade 45 to check Rude Jude and co-host Lord Sear for claiming that he was ducking Manny Pacquiao. As expected, the debate quickly degraded into a profanity-laced diatribe with a few racial comments by both. The funny thing I’ve noticed during this is that you really can’t criticize the majority of Mayweather’s recent opponents since Pacquiao shares the same ones. Rude Jude had good point, although probably not as he intended, in saying Mayweather is no Muhammad Ali. The Greatest was adept at thinking on his feet in interviews and being able to disarm people with charm. If Floyd was a little more composed, he could have used this opportunity to educate the hosts and listeners on why he wants the Pacquiao fight, the past failed negotiations and the reason for his steroid stance. While entertaining, these rants only serve to turn off casual fans who don’t know the negotiation history. Click on the image below for some laughs.

It’s way too early to say 50 Cent is “back.” What can be said is he sounds a lot better than he has in some time. Not long ago, he hit a new low with the atrocious “I’m On It.” The near universal clowning of that track appears to have 50 taking his craft seriously. This song, like “Love, Hate, Love,” has 50 channeling the sound that was prevalent on his legendary mixtape run. We’ll see if he can keep this going.