2012 is shaping up to be a very interesting year inside of the ring. With so many great fights already scheduled, and more to be signed on the horizon, fight fans are very excited. With so many unanswered questions in 2011, this year might help clear those up. These fights have already been officially scheduled:
1. Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26KO’s) vs Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30KO’s)
May 5th, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Alright, how can I not begin with this one? Sure, it’s easy to say you “rather” see Mayweather fight Pacquiao, but that doesn’t mean you won’t watch Mayweather and Cotto do their thing. I expect big things as the build up to this one begins. HBO 24/7 should be better than ever with the kind of personalities that belong to both the Cotto and Mayweather camps. No matter what the result is in the ring, expect the unexpected, and enjoy the one of a kind entertainment value. Isn’t that why we continue to watch these two warriors?
2. Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KO’s) vs Tim Bradley (28-0, 12KO’s)
June 9th, MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Why do I get the feeling this fight may have an unexpected outcome? Maybe because Bradley is a tough customer, with a very hard head and he’s in the perfect position to pull off the upset. For those who don’t know Bradley, he’s very fast (faster than Pacquiao?) and very tough; a good counter puncher who is willing to trade. Just the kind of fighter Pacquiao doesn’t need, but will probably beat. Pacquiao vs Bradley should be an epic battle. If Bradley wins, don’t be surprised when he fights Mayweather by the end of the year…instead of Pacquiao.
3. Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27KO’s) vs Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19KO’s)
March 17th, Madison Square Garden, NYC
Sergio Martinez is widely considered to be the 3rd best fighter in the world. Who are the first two? Pacquiao and Mayweather(of course). Martinez wants his respect, and has unsuccessfully called out both Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight him. While he sits on stand by, waiting for an opportunity to fight either one, Martinez remains the best at 160lbs, and he intends to stay relevant. Matthew Macklin is a big, strong Middleweight from Europe who will try to cut off the ring on Martinez, and use his size to land big shots. Martinez incorporates a bicycle/soccer style, using his southpaw stance on the outside with quick feet. Martinez throws punches from odd angles, and Macklin is a bully. Great for fight fans!
4. Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KO’s) vs Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2 9KO’s)
February 18th, Corpus Christie, Texas
At one time considered one of the most feared fighters in boxing, the last time you probably saw Paul Williams, he was falling face first on the canvas, a victim of a vicious over hand left by Sergio Martinez. Actually, Williams has fought since, but has not looked very sturdy. Williams received a gift win from the judges against Erislandy Lara, after Lara beat the stuffing out of him for 12 rounds. There was talk of retirement, but Williams will push on and seek to regain his form. He fights Ishida, who gained some fans for blasting James Kirkland in 1 round of a 2010 fight. Even though Kirkland wasn’t on top of his game, it’s difficult to take anything away from Ishida. He’s an up and coming fighter at 154lbs and knocking Williams silly will probably earn him a title shot down the line.
Some other notable fights include:
Bernard Hopkins vs Chad Dawson
April 28th, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Vitali Klitschko vs Dereck Chisora
February 18th, Munich, Germany
(Epix and EpixHD.com)
Marcos Maidana vs Devon Alexander
Adrien Broner vs Eloy Perez
February 25th, St.Louis, Missouri
Orlando Salido vs Juan Manuel Lopez
March 10th, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Erik Morales vs Danny Garcia
March 24th, Houston, Texas