Mandatory Eight Count: Acelino Freitas questioned for murder

Retired Brazilian boxing star Acelino "Popo" Freitas is being questioned in a murder case. Freitas denies involvement. (Photo via www.hbo.com)

Ex-boxing champ Acelino "Popo" Freitas denies murder involvement - ESPN
Freitas is being questioned in the murder of his 17-year old niece's boyfriend. He says he did talk to the man who was murdered the day of his killing, and a friend of the victim says he believes Freitas was involved somehow.

Micky Ward acquitted of 2008 assault charge - ESPN
An assault charge from last year against Micky Ward, in which he was charged with punching his wife's 53-year old stepfather, has been resolved, and Ward has been acquitted. Ward and his attorney say the 43-year old ex-fighter acted in self defense, breaking Kevin Nolette's nose, knocking out teeth and splitting his lip.

HBO’s Andre Berto Meetings Indicate a Bigger Problem - Boxing Scene
Rick Reeno reports that HBO met with Andre Berto to discuss his future, keep him from jumping to Showtime, and convince him to fight Shane Mosley. Fine, right? Tell promoter Lou DiBella, who was unaware of the meeting.

Don't expect much rust from Mayweather - Yahoo! Sports
Kevin Iole takes a look at other fighters that took a good, long break and came back just fine, including Joe Louis, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson, who history ignores really didn't do much of anything all that notable besides lose and bite people in his second run, but then that's another story for another time.

UFC 103 tests clout of Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - SI.com
Josh Gross of SI sums up pretty much how I feel about Saturday's combat sports head-to-head on PPV: "Aware of the shared date, promoters and fighters on both sides have attempted to lay down the gauntlet. Fans with sworn allegiances, willing only to accept one sport over the other, are missing out. For true fight fans, however, Sept. 19 should be a memorable evening, one worthy of embracing differences."

David Haye cannot wait to face Nikolay Valuev - The Sun
David Haye says he'll knock out Nikolay/Nicolay/Nikolai/Nicolai Valuev on November 7. Frankly, it doesn't seem that the world is anxiously awaiting Haye's consolation fight after his ducking of both Klitschkos this year.

Is Travis Kauffman The Next Great Heavyweight? - TheSweetScience.com
Answer: Probably not. No offense to Travis Kauffman, just, you know, probably not.

Denzel Washington squares off with Vitali Klitschko - Doghouse Boxing
Oh, just Denzel and Vitali. Hangin'. Denzel & Vitali > Eddie Murphy & Floyd. Denzel didn't meek Meet Dave after all.

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