Mayweather was rated at number 31, sandwiched between Brad Pitt and Michael Bay. Pacquiao checks in at number 55, one spot ahead of Tom Cruise. The highest ranked athlete was Tiger Woods, at number 5.
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September in Germany after K2 Promotions won a purse bid of $8.3 million dollars. It looks like by holding out for the purse bid, Povetkin is getting a little more than he would otherwise. Note to HBO - we know you haven't bought Wlad's last few fights, but if you can get this one on the cheap, it might actually be worth it. Povetkin is the best opponent either brother has fought in a while.
Well, shocker of shockers, Mundine actually made the light middleweight limit for his bout against Carlos Jerez. Almost more shocking, the WBA has installed Mundine as their #2 ranked fighter in the division, behind only Antonio Margarito. Of course, with a possible Margarito bout looming, Mundine talks about how he wants Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto after Margarito. Of course, this would actually require him to take a fight against someone other than an Argentinian cabdriver.
According to Manny Pacquiao advisor and professional slimebucket Michael Koncz, Pacquiao only has three options on the table - Floyd Mayweather Jr., Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto. This probably doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know, but it's disheartening to see that Pacquiao's team isn't even looking for possible good alternatives if a Mayweather fight falls through. On a similar note, don't be too surprised if The Ring strips Pacquaio of his light welterweight championship soon, especially since he's making no pretense of ever actually fighting there again.
Somehow, Lem Satterfield has become one of the most unlikely prominent boxing reporters out there. Arum opened up to Satterfield and discussed some future possibilities, including Marco Antonio Barrera against Humberto Soto, and that he doesn't think Pacquaio-Mayweather negotiations will drag out much longer.
Lowry went only 67-67-10 in his career, but he still had a heck of a career. In those 67 losses, he was knocked out only three times, and he twice went the full 10 rounds against Rocky Marciano, the first time losing a close decision in a fight many thought he won. Still, he was a warrior, someone who fought hard to make a living with his fair share of ups and downs.
Jim Black profiles Edinburgh's America-based fighter Craig McEwan. If he wants to emulate Buchanan, he's not off to a great start. His July fight against Martin Murray has fallen through, although promoter Golden Boy claims they're pushing McEwan for a title shot in the next year.
Steve Molitor will have to wait a few more months before stepping in the ring with England's Jason Booth for a vacant title. The two were to fight later in July, but Molitor suffered a stress fracture in his leg while training. If he recovers, the fight is tentatively being rescheduled for mid-September.