That Barrera beating, potential Mayweather foes, more musings
That's the only word I could come up with to describe the gash on
As for the fight itself, well, it didn't leave me quite so speechless.
I was among the many pundits who weren't sure how Saturday night's lightweight showdown would go. On one side of the ring you had Khan, a highly touted Olympic silver medalist who had been brought back to earth in stunning fashion by the unheralded
On the other side you had Barrera, a once mighty super featherweight champion who despite two consecutive losses to
The former turned out to be true. The latter? Not so much.
Khan was spectacular. Fighting in front of a raucous home crowd, and with wonder trainer
The question (and isn't this always the question in boxing?) is what's next?
Khan thinks he is ready for a world title shot against an elite lightweight. I'm not so sure. As impressive as Khan was against Barrera, he didn't answer the one question that has been on everyone's mind since the Prescott fight: what happens when a heavy hitter lands a clean shot? Against Barrera, Khan was the much bigger fighter and was never really threatened. But how would the lanky Brit have fared against someone like
Barrera, meanwhile, has become delusional. After the fight he blamed the cut for everything short of the tanking U.S. economy, saying he believed he would have won the fight. Huh? At 135 pounds, Barrera looked slower and weaker than he did in his final days at 130, and it was clear to everyone watching that Barrera's career was over.
But for whatever reason (and the unscrupulous
Now let's clean out that notebook.
• Those of you tired of searching for SI.com's
• If you're waiting to hear news of
"We wanted Cotto, but [Cotto promoter] Top Rank didn't want to make the fight," said Schaefer. "That was all Top Rank. I know Cotto doesn't duck anybody, I just think his promoters didn't want to make the fight. The same thing could happen with Pacquiao. If they don't want to put him in the ring with Shane, it won't happen." Mosley says he is not interested in any tune-up fight, and is willing to wait until 2010 for one of the big names to agree to face him.
• Here's a little bit of interesting news: Juan Manuel Marquez may actually have shot at Mayweather. Most people thought that when Marquez called out Mayweather after his win over
• Speaking of Marquez, he just gets better with age, doesn't he? Makes you wish he had been properly managed early in his career, when he was inexplicably spending his 20s fighting second-rate opponents. I've been told that if a Mayweather fight doesn't work out, the fight Marquez really wants is Hatton. Marquez's blood thirst for Pacquiao has become legendary but Marquez's advisors have told me that they believe a fight with Hatton at 140 pounds would be incredibly lucrative. And they would be willing to travel to England to do it.
• A lot of people were wondering what the future of Golden Boy Promotions would be once the company's elder statesmen (De La Hoya,
• There are great body shots and there is "The Punch Lucian Bute Hit Fulgencio Zuniga With" (official title). Bute dropped Zuniga with a wicked uppercut to the solar plexus in the fifth round of their super middleweight title bout Friday night, and though Zuniga barely beat the 10-count, the fight was halted several seconds later. Bute is hoping to secure a rematch against
• Following his lopsided defeat to
• Kudos to Team Klitschko for putting