FRANKFURT AM MAIN GERMANY - AUGUST 02: Ukrainian world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (R) and challenger Samuel Peter of Nigeria attend a press conference at the Commerzbank Arena on August 2 2010 in Frankfurt am Main Germany. Klitschko will defend his IBF WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Peter on September 11. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
When the undercard of Pacquiao-Margarito was first discussed, it sounded like something pretty good might get put together. As it stands, the actual final undercard isn't going to change too many minds of people who are on the fence. Kelly Pavlik against Daniel Edouard is a complete blowout fight. Guillermo Rigondeaux facing Ricardo Cordoba is a huge step up and potentially decent, but knowing the two fighters, there's little chance of anything happening other than the Cuban methodically picking apart the wild and aggressive Cordoba. The last one is Mike Jones against Jesus Soto-Karass, which still isn't the step up for Jones people have been waiting for. Maybe slightly better than the typical Top Rank undercard, but nothing that will make the cows come home
It's starting to look like the card involving Toshiaki Nishioka and Rendall Munroe will be a good one. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez will move up to light flyweight, challenging for the title held by Juan Carlos Reveco. Gonzalez is one of the best and most exciting fighters at the smaller weights, and while the Nicaraguan has fought all over the place, his promoter is based in Japan. Also on the undercard, Jorge Linares will be fighting Jesus Chavez.
According to a release from Remillard's promoter, no fight has been agreed to by the New England based fighter. Lou DiBella still says that Remillard is his preference, but that if it can't get made, Caballero could move up to 130 for his HBO appearance in November.
With Juan Manuel Marquez facing Michael Katsidis, Amir Khan is looking to the interim titlist Marcos Maidana as his dance partner on December 11. Golden Boy is having problems putting together the deal, however, as Maidana doesn't think the offer is high enough and has asked the WBA to set up a purse bid. The only reason there wasn't a purse bid months ago was because Maidana agreed not to have one, so if he's rescinded that, the WBA should call the bid if they're not too worried about ticking off Golden Boy. Also, Golden Boy is looking to have Robert Guerrero face former Olympian and FNR3 token random dude Vicente Escobedo on November 6, and for Victor Ortiz to open for Amir Khan once again, assuming he gets by Vivian Harris on the Mosley-Mora undercard.
In the wake of a lot of stupidity this week (a racist and homophobic tirade against Manny Pacquiao, possible domestic violence charges, and an interview with his father than goes even a few steps further than what Floyd Jr. said), some companies that Mayweather are stepping forward and denying that there are any current ties with the star. Notably, both AT&T and Reebok, for whom Mayweather has done some ads, have come out to say that Mayweather is no longer endorsing them. In addition, Reebok has pulled all Floyd Mayweather materials and replaced them with Chad Ochocinco materials. For someone who likes money so much, Mayweather's sure making it difficult to make money without actually getting in the ring.
Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 247, while Samuel Peter weighed in at 241, looking about as ripped as he possibly can. Wladimir's weight for this one is a career high.
The former English titlist at middleweight has undergone brain surgery and will need to retire from boxing. He had been scheduled to fight Paul Smith next month for the British super middleweight title. No word on the reason for the surgery, but best of luck to him.
The creator of "In Treatment" has made a new show called "Lights Out" for the FX network about the life of a light heavyweight boxer and his attempts to adjust to life after retirement. CSI Miami's Holt McCallany will star.