Mandatory Eight Count: Guzman-Funeka bid won by Golden Boy

Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought and beat Carlos Hernandez, Genaro Hernandez and Jesus Chavez in the past, and none of them think Juan Manuel Marquez can pull the upset on Saturday. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

What's brewing in boxing | ESPN
Dan Rafael hits on some stuff going on right now, including a reference that might mean Mosley-Clottey is absolutely not going to happen, as HBO has promised that Joshua Clottey will have a spot on the December 5 Pavlik-Williams undercard. They're also talking about a January 23 Boxing After Dark in Puerto Rico headlined by Juan Manuel Lopez and Celestino Caballero.

Fighting Floyd: Three opponents reflect | The RING
Carlos Hernandez, Genaro Hernandez and Jesus Chavez recall their experiences fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., and none of them think Juan Manuel Marquez can win on Saturday.

Early rounds critical in Mayweather-Marquez bout | FOX Sports on MSN
Manny Steward and Bert Sugar share some thoughts on Mayweather-Marquez. Sugar seems overly concerned with Mayweather being rusty.

Mailbag: Marquez is a whiz | Yahoo! Sports
(First of all, get it?) Kevin Iole's mailbag is as spicy as always, with Iole saying he simply loses respect for Marquez when he drink his urine, and also featuring Big Kev wagging his finger in the face of someone that thinks the sudden publicity of Mayweather's charitable efforts -- while Floyd talks endlessly about how he never publicizes these things -- might be half a load of crap meant to divert attention.

Katsidis ready to silence rabid crowd |
I love this article, as it paints Vicente Escobedo as a popular fighter that Vegas will definitely be behind. I'm sure the initial rooting interest from the American crowd will be the Mexican-American guy and not the Aussie, but this is an easy fight for a crowd to get into and just cheer. They also talk about that stupid Spartan outfit he wears, which I'll always remember really laughing about when he had to peer out of it like a shell-shocked doofus when Joel Casamayor jumped in his face. I really do like Katsidis a lot, but that was pretty hilarious.

Guzman-Funeka Heads To 11/28 after Golden Boy Bid Win |
Jake Donovan reports that a Joan Guzman-Ali Funeka lightweight scrap that has been a horrible headache to get done at all was sent to purse bid, and that Golden Boy beat Gary Shaw by about $10,000. Shaw had plans to team it with Bradley-Peterson and Darchinyan-Rojas on December 12, but Golden Boy might send the fight to Canada for the November 28 Boxing After Dark headlined by Bute-Andrade II. The last time Guzman was on HBO was his stinker win over Humberto Soto.

This interview is damn near a month old, I just love the headline. I don't know why, really.

Jermain Taylor trying to improve stamina | Arkansas Democrat Gazette
A few interesting changes in Taylor's regimen - he's training with big George Foreman, who he says is giving him a lot of helpful pointers on stamina; for the first time in his career, he's paying attention to nutrition, eating 6 small meals a day; also for the first time in his career, he's lifting weights; and he moved his camp to Houston.  This could get somewhat interesting, and it's almost shocking that Taylor's never done some of these things before.  Taylor with good stamina probably doesn't lose to Arthur Abraham, but the Taylor who fought Froch (or Winky or Hopkins for that matter) almost certainly does.  If he can get his stamina up to snuff, Taylor still has the skills to outbox most of the guys in the Super Six.

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