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FSM PODCAST: Cotto-Martinez Talking Points

Posted on 08. Jun, 2014 by FSM Staff in Boxing, Highlight

FSM PODCAST: Cotto-Martinez Talking Points

Listen to the first ever FREE podcast from the team at Free Sports Magazine!

Results of the huge middleweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez are discussed. Miss the fight? We got you covered in this 10 minute podcast that will give you a few talking points to use with the folks at the water cooler.

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Smokin’ Farewell

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Smokin’ Farewell

For better or worse, Smokin’ Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali will be forever linked. Many years after their famous trilogy, the heated rivalry between the two has overshadowed their individual accomplishments in the ring. It’s similar to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Both men achieved many things in the NBA, bust most fans (outside of L.A. and Boston) only remember that era in terms of Magic versus Bird or Lakers versus Celtics.

With Joe Frazier’s recent passing from liver cancer at age 67, boxing fans now look back at perhaps the greatest era the Heavyweight division has ever seen. One that started with Sonny Liston and ended with Larry Holmes and George Foreman. The era is full of great fighters and legendary battles.

Frazier was the first man to beat Muhammad Ali. But it was the third fight in their series, dubbed the Thrilla in Manila, that people most remember. Frazier and Ali traded blows for 14 violent rounds. Frazier’s corner ultimately threw in the towel, but his performance in the fight was a perfect illustration of what made him great.

The current era in the heavyweight division will undoubtedly be labeled the Klitschko era in the years to come. Had the Klitschko brothers run into Joe Frazier or anyone like him it might be a different story.

So we at FreeSportsMagazine would like to bid Joe Frazier a sincere, smokin’ farewell. We’ve gathered some quotes from around the web for you to read and share as you remember a legend:

“I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones.” -Muhammad Ali

“Joe Frazier should be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and a real man. He’s a guy that stood up for himself. He didn’t compromise and always gave 100 percent in the ring. There was never a fight in the ring where Joe didn’t give 100 percent.” -Bob Arum

“The courage Smokin’ Joe showed in The Thrilla in Manila, answering every Ali onslaught with an equally withering response, will remain in the hearts and minds of boxing fans around the globe forever,” – Don King

“Talk about Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, even me. But the fact is, there is only one common, ordinary, everyday Joe, and he is ‘The One and Only Joe Frazier.’” -George Foreman

Karma Breaks Margarito’s Face

Posted on 14. Nov, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Karma Breaks Margarito’s Face

In January 2009, Antonio Margarito tried to enter a boxing ring with loaded hand wraps to fight Sugar Shane Mosley. Last night, avid fans in the boxing world finally got their revenge for Margarito’s heinous act.

Margarito received the beating of a lifetime at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in front of a crowd of 41,734 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. For true aficionados of the sport, the beating was well deserved for the stunt Margarito tried to pull in the Mosley fight and his subsequent claims of ignorance he expected us to believe once he was caught.

What Margarito did between January 2009 and now to earn his penance is a mystery. How does a disgraced cheater earn a shot at the best fighter in boxing today (not to mention a $3 million dollar payday)? The answer is that the disgraced cheater and the best fighter share the same promoter in Bob Arum.

I am not certain what the appropriate punishment for Antonio Margarito should have been. Hardcore fans of the sport would probably support banishment for life while those less draconian in nature would settle for a temporary suspension and some donations to charity. Few however would agree with the punishment that Margarito actually received – no punishment.

After lying low for a brief period of time after the Mosley incident, Margarito found bouts in Mexico and now Texas. It did not seem to matter to anyone else that California held firm on the decision to uphold Margarito’s suspension and not to allow him to fight in their backyard. Instead, Margarito stepped in to the ring with the hottest fighter in boxing today and made millions.

The outraged boxing fan is now left looking for justice wherever they can find it. For just like Antonio Margarito, they would like to move on from the loaded hand wraps and the Shane Mosley fight. Manny Pacquiao’s 12 round thrashing of Margarito at Cowboys Stadium last night provides a perverse sense of closure. Fans can take comfort knowing that Pacquiao beat Margarito as if he was using loaded gloves and Margarito is awaiting surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone in his face.

History Repeats Itself for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Posted on 20. Jul, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

History Repeats Itself for Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Manny Pacquiao’s people recently gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. a deadline to agree to a mega fight. The deadline passed this past Saturday with nothing but the sound of crickets coming from the pretty boy’s camp. Fans of boxing are concluding that Mayweather is running scared, ducking the mighty Manny because he is afraid of losing for the first time in his professional career.

Boxing historians are viewing the situation in an entirely different light though. Perhaps Pretty Boy Floyd is being more strategic than most are giving him credit for. Perhaps in the back of Mayweather’s mind he knows the fight will happen eventually.

The question is not if Floyd Mayweather is ducking Manny Pacquiao, for few can doubt that he is going out of his way to avoid this mega fight with Pac-Man. The question is, why are fight fans surprised?

Fans of boxing have witnessed this behavior before, they just probably do not remember (or they were not born yet). Remember a little rivalry that involved Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Marvelous was on a path of destruction, knocking out opponents with regularity. Hagler and Leonard seemed destined to meet, much like Pacquiao and Mayweather. Then Sugar Ray started playing mind games and started ducking the Marvelous one. A few years passed and the idea of a mega fight slowly fizzled and died.

But Sugar Ray was simply biding his time.

Though still dominant, Marvelous Marvin Hagler was running out of steam. He continued to fight while Sugar Ray was in “retirement”. The instant that Sugar Ray thought Hagler was slipping was when he started talking about a comeback and a mega fight. The fight eventually happened in 1987 and Sugar Ray won a controversial decision. Most would agree that Marvin Hagler would have destroyed Sugar Ray Leonard had they fought three years earlier.

Floyd Mayweather seems to be taking a page out of Sugar Ray Leonard’s book. He is waiting for Manny Pacquiao to burn out and Pac-Man seems all too happy to oblige. Manny is keeping himself busy in the ring and with his fledgling political career. Pretty Boy Floyd is coming in and out of retirement to face washed up fighters way past their prime. Perhaps he is simply waiting for the moment when Manny falters so that serious negotiations for a mega fight between the two can finally begin.