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Michael McCarthy
"A fan of most sports but unfortunately a master of none, I take a particular interest in rugby, soccer and the NFL. I am also a seasoned boxing observer although deemed (by my mother) to be too handsome to box." Follow me on Twitter @Mlmcc86

The Next Generation Series: The Heavyweights

The land of the giants has long been boxing’s glamour division. Throughout history heavyweight kings like Joe Louis, Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson have ruled boxing and commanded the attention of the sporting world. However, since the retirement of Lennox Lewis in 2004, the heavyweight kingdom has been ruled by a two-headed monster. Brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have laid …

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What is Dead May Never Die – The True State Of Boxing

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Death remains one of the most poorly understood aspects of life. Omnipresent, inevitable and yet mystifying, death has puzzled great minds for millennia. It should therefore come as no surprise that the world of sports media appears to have become confused by the notion. The “death of boxing” has become a sporting cliché in recent years. It has become a …

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Long Read: The Complex Legacy Of Floyd Mayweather

Last Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather delivered another display of near-faultless defensive boxing. By comprehensively defeating the one fighter many claimed to be his equal, Mayweather cemented his position as the greatest boxer of his era. With (perhaps) just one fight left before retirement, and no obvious opponent for his final bout, it seems likely the Grand Rapids native may retire …

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Five NFL First Round Draft Takeaways

Michael McCarthy takes us through five things to take away from the first round of this year’s NFL draft. 5. Chip Kelly is a Seinfeld fan I like Chip Kelly. I have no idea if he’s a genius who will change the face of the NFL or if he’s a mad man, but he is certainly the most interesting and …

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Mayweather vs Pacquiao – Big Fight Breakdown & Prediction

Part of the beauty of the sport of boxing is its unpredictability. Long-time HBO commentator and one-time Floyd Mayweather nemesis Larry Merchant would often call the sport the “theatre of the unexpected.” At times, it is a sport that can defy all logical analysis and with a single blow, tear up the best laid plans. As Mike Tyson used to …

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Everything You Need to Know About Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Style

Following on from our insight into Manny Pacquiao’s boxing style, Michael McCarthy discusses the style of his upcoming opponent – undefeated Floyd Mayweather.  Stance: Orthodox Style: Defensive counter-puncher Make ‘em miss and make ‘em pay is the Mayweather way of boxing. If you believe that boxing is the art of hitting your opponent without being hit in return then Mayweather truly has …

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Everything You Need To Know About Manny Pacquiao’s Boxing Style

Michael McCarthy breaks down the style of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, as he takes on Floyd Mayweather in the biggest fight of his career. Stance: Southpaw Style: Unorthodox attack, aggressive boxer-puncher Manny Pacquiao first burst onto the boxing landscape in 2001, when he took a fight with IBF Super bantamweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba at short notice and blew the reigning champion away in 6 …

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Paul Smith & This Week In Boxing

Boxing’s seemingly unique ability to shoot itself in the foot was on full display on Saturday night in Kiel, Germany as Arthur Abraham retained his WBO super-middleweight title against Liverpool’s Paul Smith. The 31-year-old Smith has carved out a solid career but had been found wanting on both recent occasions that he had stepped up in class. Against both George …

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Floyd Mayweather And This Week In Boxing

Michael McCarthy looks at how Floyd Mayweather claimed a unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in a fight that was entertaining at times but overall, a predictable affair. Although it may seem harsh to criticise Mayweather for delivering another master-class in tactical boxing, considering he claims that he will fight just twice more, …

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Richard Sherman & The Madden Curse

Sport is littered with superstition. We, as fans, and the media in general, are always willing to attribute events to fate, destiny or curses rather than pure chance. Every sport has its own history of curses. In the GAA we had the “Curse of Biddy Early” that seemingly prevented Clare from winning an All-Ireland, until the curse was broken in …

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