Quick apologies for this being a few hours later than normal and also missing the Monday morning roundup, as I’m playing through a concussion at the moment. It’s not severe, but I definitely wouldn’t be allowed back into the basketball game.
Anyway, let’s get caught up on the last couple days.
Manny Pacquiao, at 40, sees Keith Thurman as the biggest challenge of his career, saying Thurman has inspired him in training. Pacquiao’s S&C coach Justin Fortune puts it another way: Keith Thurman has pissed Manny off, he says, by saying he’ll retire Pacquiao.
Conor McGregor made a joke about wanting to fight Mark Wahlberg after Justin Bieber called out Tom Cruise for a UFC fight, so Regis Prograis challenged McGregor to a boxing/MMA two-fight deal. This is a real sentence documenting things that happened.
- We took a look at Wednesday’s Kazuto Ioka vs Aston Palicte fight for the vacant WBO super flyweight title.
- Super featherweight titleholders Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer are back at it on Twitter. Eddie Hearn jumped in to say he wants to do the fight by the end of the year, after both are done with mandatory defenses on July 27 on separate shows. Someone get this done or put a gag order on these two, honestly.
- Jarrell Miller did an interview about his drug test failures and maybe he shouldn’t have.
- Max Kellerman talked about Ruiz-Joshua II, advising Anthony Joshua to not get into serious exchanges with Ruiz next time out. Probably sound advice, really.
- Welterweights Alexander Besputin and Radzhab Butaev are likely to fight in August for an interim WBA belt. That’s good, because the WBA will have their super world titleholder (Thurman) face their world titleholder (Pacquiao) on July 20, and you’d hate to see them with just the one active champion in a division.
- Joseph Parker won’t face Eric Molina on June 29 as originally planned, and Alex Leapai may step in.
- UFC Fight Pass has its first world title boxing fight on Wednesday morning, and will have another on Aug. 2, when Eva Wahlstrom defends her 130-pound belt against Yareli Larios.
- 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka will return this summer against Alexander Dimitrenko.