Every week The Fight Voice will bring fans, followers and believers THE WHEEL! The Wheel takes you around the fight game and previews upcoming fight schedules, discusses breaking stories, and most importantly provides unfiltered opinion from The Fight Voice crew.

Week: May 5 – 12

Editor Note: TheFightVoice crew made some crucial decisions this past week and decided that the previous version of The Wheel was steering us away from our vision. TheFightVoice is here to spread the word on all things Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai and most importantly we strive to give readers a new perspective on what is trending in the fight game. With that said we are banishing the “Hot Links” section from The Wheel and kicking off The Wheel with a revamped “Turn It Up!” section that contains more insight and opinion from our staff. ENJOY!

Turn it Up!
The Fight Voice crew goes “unfiltered” with some thoughts, opinions and chatter

Has Floyd Mayweather realized that the road is running out of pavement?
Love him or hate him, Floyd “Money” Mayweather is one of the best boxers to enter the ring hands down. When analyzing a Mayweather fight the majority of the time he owns his opponents and simply out-classes them to the point where you begin to believe he cannot be beaten. Once in a while he will be challenged and the theme will go from “he cannot be beaten” to “maybe he is getting too old.” As Floyd approaches his forties and the end of his historic contract with Showtime Sports one has to wonder when the road will truly end. He continues to look sharp. He is a student of the game. And most importantly he continues to win. But there are some other factors at play that nobody is talking about. Prior to “The Moment” we learned of some personal issues with his ex-fiance that ultimately ended in their separation and the absence of his father, Floyd Sr., became an underlying issue that was never truly addressed on the behind-the-scene Showtime series, All Access. Even during fight week leading up to “The Moment” Floyd evaded questions regarding his inevitable retirement. And then, on May 3 at the MGM Grand, Mayweather was truly pushed to the brink, taking a beating from Marcos Maidana that left some fans and media believing Mayweather actually lost the fight. Even though Mayweather pulled out the decision over Maidana and on my scorecard clearly won the fight, I have to wonder if a light bulb went off on Saturday night in Floyd’s head. Let’s not forget Floyd is as smart as they come. And if he wants to keep that perfect record intact while finishing out his remaining three fights then he will need to be smart in choosing his next opponents.
In my opinion these are the fights that Floyd Mayweather wants to see and ones that he will stay far away from.

Floyd’s Wishlist:
1. Amir Khan – the only negative about this fight would be that Khan does have the ability to steal rounds. Other than that Floyd will walk away with an easy victory in what would be a boring fight filled with endless man-hugs.
2. Shawn Porter – the bruising nature of Porter’s game is something to be concerned with, however, in the end, Floyd is just a superior boxer and would have a field day picking Porter apart at a distance.
3. Manny Pacquiao – this fight would’ve been great about 4 years ago. Thanks guys.

Floyd’s “No Thanks” List
1. Keith Thurman – the knockout power Thurman possess is scary for anyone and that is the reason why you don’t know much about this talented fighter. Simply put nobody is willing to take a fight with “One Time” Thurman right now. He has turned himself into a boxer-puncher and the ceiling his very high for this young fighter.
2. Ruslan Provodnikov – The Siberian Rocky fights like a Kodiak bear on steroids. He would be willing to take any shot Mayweather could give him so long as he could inch his way inside and put him against the ropes. If you thought Maidana’s chopping right and looping left were scary punches then you would be on the floor after watching Provodnikov fight on the inside. He is more technically sound than Maidana and possesses some of the best power in the division.
3. Marcos Maidana – with a talented trainer in his corner, a good attitude about his first fight with Mayweather and a decent blueprint I truly think that Maidana could even the score with Floyd if given the opportunity. Unfortunately I don’t see Floyd giving him the chance.

Welcome Back Jim Gray!
It was refreshing to see Jim Gray do is job on Saturday night. I have despised Gray for nearly four years after his 2010 interview with Lebron James, as James went on national television to punch his hometown of Cleveland in the gut and leave for sun, sand and fun in South Beach. In what was an obvious money grab and attempt to get his name back in the limelight, Jim Gray, went to his knees and bowed to the King by giving him meatball questions that couldn’t be more scripted. Hey Jim, how about some journalistic integrity?! I guess you forgot what that was all about. On Saturday night, Gray took a stand and said no more. He had two small confrontations in the ring during his post-fight interviews as he put Adrien Broner in his place and slapped a cookie out the hands of Maidana so he could get his questions answered. Good job Jim and welcome back to standing for something.

Why does Biebs have to be a boxing fan?
A few weeks ago I posted an article about why I feel boxing is not dead. I also addressed some of the issues boxing faces, such as the Cold War between Top Rank and Golden Boy, the lack of performance drug testing and high costs for pay-per-view events. You can officially add “the presence of Justin Bieber” to that list. He has now been part of Mayweather’s entrance at least three times that I could recall. I can’t take any more than that. Bieber, who was sporting a Smoky the Bear hat, a terrible shirt and two sleeve tattoos that needed some muscle to add to that ink accompanied Floyd to the ring alongside rapper Lil Wayne. “Weezy” would enter the media-fold later on in the evening as he was part of an alleged altercation with Maidana’s trainer and ex-world champion Robert Garcia. The video shows the pint-sized rapper attempting to fight Garcia, which quite honestly would have been more fun to watch than Khan-Collazo. An open letter for Biebs. Dear, Biebs, go away please you are the last thing Boxing needs. Sincerely, TheFightVoice.

Whip Around
Last weekend fight recaps from our Crew

The Moment – Floyd “Money” Mayweather v Marcos “El Chino” Maidana

Floyd Mayweather defeats Marcos Maidana (117-111, 116-112, 114-114)
“The Moment” came to the MGM Grand on Saturday, May 3 and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather continued his unbeaten streak by gaining a decision victory over 12-1 underdog Marcos Maidana. The fight had all the build-up one could want, some pre-fight controversy and exciting action as Mayweather was given a true test by the slugging Argentine El Chino Maidana. To read TheFightVoice recap of the main event check out our story posted last night for full fight coverage.

Amir Kahn defeats Luis Collazo (119-104, 119-104, 117-106)
Amir “King of Hugging” Khan returned to the ring after a year off to face dangerous veteran Luis Collazo as the main undercard to the Mayweather-Maidana bout. Khan, who appeared next in line to face Mayweather, looked sharp in his return and was able to utilize his two best weapons against the flat-footed Collazo – fast hands and the desire to hug. In what was a fairly boring fight that had some flashes of entertainment, Khan pulled away by stealing rounds and avoiding Collazo at all costs. When Collazo was able to get inside on Khan he was immediately given a man-hug and held for 5-7 seconds until the referee stepped in. Referee Vic Drakulich did his best impression of an enabling mother by continually warning Khan about his holding, but he failed to take away a point for any of the fifty-plus infractions. The fans sat through several boring rounds of hugging and holding until Collazo landed a big left hand that wobbled Khan briefly. Khan, who is known for his weak chin showed good composure and was able to regroup. In round ten Khan sealed the fight by sending Collazo to the mat twice. While Khan would like his shot at Mayweather next it appears that Floyd’s next scheduled bout in September will not be the ideal timeframe for Khan as he will begin fasting for Ramadan around that time. Khan moves onto something better and Collazo goes back to the drawing board and quite possibly boxing Siberia.

Adrien Broner defeats Carlos Molina (100-90, 99-91, 98-92)
I started this post talking about Floyd Mayweather and I wrote “love him or hate him…” In the case of Adrien Broner…it’s hate him. I have tried so hard to like Adrien “The Problem” Broner and I respect his natural talent in the ring, however, everything he does continues to make him look less and less like a marketable champion. He can continue to win titles, but if a promotion doesn’t feel comfortable with what he may say then I am not sure he has a place in the sport. While bravado and confidence is a part of boxing and a trait of some of the best fighters ever, Broner just doesn’t get it. After being challenged once again and rising to the challenge against Carlos Molina, Broner showed some serious skill, determination and tenacity as he won nearly every round from the midpoint of the fight on. He is so talented. And he can be so good. But then, in his post-fight interview he couldn’t resist making a racial remark towards the Hispanic community. Broner controlled the fight and he showed that he could come back from a loss, but his post-fight antics overshadowed what was a solid performance.

On the Docket
ESPN – Los Angeles, CA – Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola, rematch, 12 rounds, for vacant WBC heavyweight title; Amir Imam vs. Yordenis Ugas, 8 rounds, junior welterweights; Abel Ramos vs. TBA, 4 or 6 rounds, junior welterweights; Eric Molina vs. DaVarryl Williamson, 10 rounds, heavyweights; Trevor Bryan vs. TBA, 8 rounds, heavyweights; Michael Hunter vs. Jerry Forrest, 6 or 8 rounds, heavyweights; Mario Barrios vs. TBA, 4 rounds, featherweights; Caleb Hunter Plant vs. TBA, 4 rounds, middleweights; B.J. Flores vs. Adam Collins, 8 rounds, cruiserweights; Razvan Cojanu vs. Rodricka Ray, 6 rounds, heavyweights; Layla McCarter vs. Belinda Laracuente, 6 rounds, female junior middleweights

See you next week on The Wheel!

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