We'll be here again this afternoon with live updates from the conference call with Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach. That will start at 1pm EDT.
Antonio Tarver Slams Danny Green for Fighting
Antonio Tarver "Has Beens"
This is undoubtedly my favorite quote of the week, from The West Australian:
"Danny Green was a helluva super-middleweight and a good light-heavyweight, but cruiserweight? Come on," Tarver said.
"Instead of 'the Green Machine' they should be calling him 'the Garbageman' because all he’s doing is feasting on has beens."
Tarver, 42, has never fought at cruiserweight and hasn't won a significant fight since 2008 when he beat Clinton Woods. Outside of Woods, it's been since 2005, when Tarver last beat Roy Jones Jr.
Tarver (28-6, 19 KO) fought his last fight as a heavyweight, weighing in at 221 pounds to face Nagy Aguilera on ShoBox last October. On July 20, he faces Danny Green (31-3, 27 KO) in Sydney. He's kind of right that Green has been "feasting on has beens," but the reality is that Tarver is also considered a has been. If Green beats Tarver, the next guy Green fights will say the same thing if he's inclined to talk trash.
Pacquiao-Mosley Available on Internet PPV
The May 7 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley will be available as an online pay-per-view. I haven't seen a price or anything yet, but the good news is that it won't be streamed by the same lousy service that streams Top Rank's internet-only undercards. I still wouldn't recommend it; frankly I don't recommend any first-time ventures in internet streaming because someone has always underestimated the demand.
- Coming off of his HBO win over Craig McEwan in March, Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KO) will return to the Chicagoland area with a May 18 fight against Alex Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KO). Bunema hasn't fought since August 2009.
- ShoBox has a couple of cards ready for May and June. On May 13, Sharif Bogere (19-0, 12 KO) faces Pacquiao sparring partner Raymundo Beltran (24-4, 16 KO). June 10 has a triple-header. In the cruiserweight main event, Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KO) faces Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KO) in what could be a bubble-buster, as Kayode seems to be "relevant" simply because he is trained by Freddie Roach. At the same time, he does have some power, especially early, and Godfrey responded horribly to power punches from Marco Huck. Also on that card, Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KO) faces Jenifel Vicente (21-0-2, 14 KO), and Archie Ray Marquez (12-0, 8 KO) goes up against Art Hovhannesyan (13-0-1, 7 KO).
After the jump: Link Parade! and the Song of the Day
- Just in case you missed it, Dan Hanley conducted an excellent interview with "The Boston Bomber" Tony DeMarco at The Cruelest Sport.
- Filipino singer Charice will sing the Philippine national anthem at the Pacquiao-Mosley fight. Charice may be known to you if you watch "Glee" like my wife does, but not me. I learned that she was on "Glee" because of this link.
Song of the Day
In honor of Antonio Tarver, the late, great Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year."