On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldmanspeaks with our colleague and correspondent, the award-winning boxing writerCharles Farrell.
While our main topic was the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight scheduled forMay 5 in Las Vegas, our lengthy discussion, which took place by phone Wednesdaynight, countered the mythology and general propaganda which are widely spreadin what is laughingly called the boxing media.
Regarding this fight, likely to be the biggest boxing event of the year,Charles Farrell said, "It's a consolation-prize fight." While he didadd, "It's a worthy fight," he elaborated on this theme: "Butthis isn't the fight that people want. I think it's the fight that we get inlight of not being able to get the fight that people want."
We discussed what and who are real in boxing and who are not, includingfighters and media, and what is the likeliest outcome of the Mayweather-Cottofight. We examined the options for both fighters after this fight, especiallyif Mayweather wins as expected, and why the stigma of losing has prevented manyfighters from facing riskier opponents than they often do. We also discussedthe many controversial and even absurd verdicts of many boxing judges, how andwhy boxing especially in America continues to decline, and much more.
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