The Friday Five: September 20th, 2019
Don’t expect Conor McGregor to challenge for the BMF title if Jorge Masvidal wins on November 2nd at UFC 244.
“That fight…the president deemed it not good because they don’t want a murder charge on them,” Masvidal said in reference to UFC President Dana White thinks the weight difference between the two is too much. “They’re not going to allow that to happen.”
“The president himself already said it, so I don’t want to go to jail for killing nobody,” he said. “It’s not what I want to do. I’m here to compete and to keep beating people up.”
“The president said we couldn’t compete because I’m too much man, so that can’t happen,” Masvidal continued. “We’re different spectrums. [Dana White] is not going to allow that to happen.”
Canelo Alvarez has decided to make it clearer than a person amidst a breakup that he and Gennadiy Golovkin are very much done.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Alvarez admitted that he will be returning to middleweight after fighting Sergey Kovalev on November 2nd at light heavyweight.
“My intention is to return to 160 pounds, but it’s difficult when you go up, and then to go back down. With discipline and diet, anything is possible,” said Alvarez.
“You need to take risks in order to make history, and I’m willing and happy to do it. [Kovalev] will be one of the most difficult fights of my career. I want to be an active champion across three divisions. I am motivated by every challenge that I take.”
“For me, yes, we are finished,” Alvarez said of any chances of facing Golovkin again, which is against what his promoter Oscar De La Hoya said prior to Wednesday’s press conference.
While it will be at least five months until Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder have a rematch for Wilder’s WBC world heavyweight title, Wilder is looking to focus on an injury Fury suffered last weekend.
Fury had two separate cuts above his eye that needed 50 stitches against Otto Wallin inside T-Mobile Arena. but that’s not why Wilder thought Wallin could have grabbed an upset on Saturday night.
“He’s very vulnerable. When he gets hit on the chin – it’s a wrap,” Wilder told Thaboxingvoice. “Otto Wallin was doing a great job up to that point, especially when he cut him over the eye. I thought he was going to get a stoppage. It looked like it was three inches wide and two inches deep.
“That’s the worst cut besides the [Vitali] Klitschko and Lennox fight. That was the worst cut I’ve seen in my life. I can’t wait. I hope they heal well, and I can’t wait to see Mr Fury.”
“That’s not my problem if he’s ready or not,” Wilder said of Fury needing to recover from the injury.
Fighting until the age of 51, Bernard Hopkins easily sees current welterweight champion and 40-year-old Manny Pacquiao fighting past a half-century of life.
“Pacquiao probably will break my record and fight way into his 50’s,” Hopkins said to ES News.
“Because he lives right, he’s got good bounce in his legs, he got a good spirit. He looks energetic, he looks like he can handle anybody out there that’s younger than him.”
Pacquiao may end up looking to unifying his WBA welterweight title with the WBC and IBF titles held by the winner of this month’s Errol Spence and Shawn Porter unification fight.
“Ain’t too many people grabbin’ Pacquiao and use him as a big name to extend or put credibility on (their) record, Manny now is probably ducked by a lot of young fighters,” Hopkins said.
Tyson Fury was “very lucky” that his fight against Otto Wallin was not stopped on Saturday night, as Fury bled buckets on to the canvas.
Fury won handily in a unanimous decision battle, but two cuts above his eye, which necessitated 47 stitches, was bad enough that many wondered when and if the fight would be stopped.
“I haven’t seen it, because I was on a plane, but I landed and checked my social media and saw the scores and saw the cut,” Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports. “I think firstly he’s very lucky not to lose the fight with that cut.
“I think any other country in the world, they would have stopped the fight. I just think in those fights against that opposition sometimes you don’t get yourself motivated to perform and obviously he didn’t perform at his best, but he had the injury as well and I think you’ll see him perform a lot better against the likes of Wilder and stuff like that.
“I don’t know how long he’s going to be out for. I don’t think he’ll be ready for his February fight,” Hearn said of a rematch with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.