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Has The Public Finally Had Enough Of Floyd Mayweather?

For many a long-time boxing fan, Floyd Mayweather’s repugnance as a human being is an ongoing source of eye rolls, because what else can they do? There are the major evils, like the multiple convictions for battering women,  or his racist and homophobic remarks about Manny Pacquiao, or his public disclosure of his ex-fiancee’s abortion; then […]

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Mayweather Vs. Maidana II Results: Easier This Time For Floyd

Floyd Mayweather did one of the things Saturday night that makes him the best in the world, which is to figure out what his opponent does well and neutralize it. It was enough to win by a wider margin this time against his fiercest recent foe, Marcos Maidana, than last time. It was a far […]


Mayweather – Maidana 2: The Ultimate Guide

(Marcos Maidana’s duckface + leopard print snakeskin tuxedo = look of the year) Don’t follow boxing very often, but you want to know the gist of Saturday’s mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana? Follow boxing all the time, and want one place that rounds up all the links about the junior middleweight showdown you […]


Sweet Science Sequels: Mayweather Vs. Maidana

Grab your phone. Pull up the flicks playing at your local cinema this weekend. Don’t show me the titles. Don’t even look yourself. Want to know what the worst of the bunch will be? Which of those laboriously lazy, hundred million dollar behemoth pictures will almost assuredly waste your time and money? Just skip to […]


Perfection, Ugliness: Mayweather Vs. Maidana Preview And Prediction

Welcome to fight week for Floyd Mayweather, where ugly-spectacle-as-promotional-hype builds up to his sublime perfection in the ring. How low can Mayweather sink, in the department of self-marketing? Low enough to, as a convicted woman beater, to capitalize on the publicity he gets from defending Ray Rice, for instance, this past week. Last time, it […]


TQBR Roundtable On Mayweather Vs. Maidana: Bow Tie Edition

So I asked the TQBR team — Patrick Connor, Matthew Swain, Tim Starks, Andrew Harrison, Jeff Pryor and Sam Sheppard — whether they thought Saturday’s fight is going to be competitive, and that’s the look they gave me. The Roundtable is virtual (we all live in different parts of the world), but I assume they […]


Throwback Thursday: Harold Johnson Cuts Down Jesse Bowdry For Belt

The gnashing gears and sprockets of boxing clack into their notches at their own pace, no matter what humans have in mind. A metaphor for life, to be certain, but also something much more specific — an institutionalized bloodletting, with purpose. Heroes get old. But before new ones are welcomed, there are milestones to be […]


Matadors And Bulls: A Love Story (Sort Of)

Before Marcos Maidana’s majority decision loss to pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in May, very few people gave him a chance to win. In fact, your fearless team here at TQBR discussed whether Maidana would even win a round during our preview round table discussion. I was generous (read: slightly less wrong but […]

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Belfast’s Fight Fans Deserve A Monument All Of Their Own

(Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan at Parliament Buildings Monday; Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye) It is quite something when a fight crowd becomes a draw in itself. Sixteen thousand fans congregated in a Belfast shipyard on Saturday evening, there in support of Tiger’s Bay junior featherweight Carl Frampton, who joined compatriots Wayne […]


Portrait Of The B-Side As A Young Man

“His very existence was improbable, inexplicable, and altogether bewildering… It was inconceivable how he had existed, how he had succeeded in getting so far, how he had managed to remain — why he did not instantly disappear.” – Joseph Conrad. If the trappings of fame and a now-global renown have changed Marcos Maidana at all, […]