Anyone telling you boxing is dead clearly hasn't been watching in 2013. The year opened with a tremendous run of big fights with the sport's best delivering. But the summer months have been rather quiet, with little in the way of big time boxing action. Luckily for fans of the sweet science, that all is about to end. We're heading into the fall season for boxing, and once again, Golden Boy and Top Rank look to be bringing it with some major fights. Let's take a look at what is coming up for the rest of 2013:
Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker - Saturday, August 17 (HBO)
This is not a bad fight by any means - it should be a fun scrap. But in a stacked year, it doesn't hold a tremendous amount of luster. Sorry guys. Still, I'm looking forward to a fun time with this one.
Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez - Saturday, August 24 (Sho)
Mares stands alongside Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux as some of the best in the world in the lower weight classes. He may even be the best, but for now, we aren't able to see how he pairs up against Rogondeaux. No matter, instead we get Mares against the tough Gonzalez. Mares feels like someone on his way to a spot on the pound-for-pound list, so it's always a treat to see him in action.
Seth Mitchell vs. Chris Arreola - Friday, September 6 (Sho)
For fans of Heavyweight action, this one's for you. Here you have two of the top Heavyweights in the US going at it. Both are heavy hitters (of course), so a big KO is a real possibility here. Both are also coming off of fights where they turned in questionable performances, so a win here is not enough - one man needs to win impressively if he hopes to keep moving up the ranks.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera - Saturday, September 7 (HBO)
This is the return of Chavez after his dramatic 2012 encounter with Sergio Martinez and his subsequent drug suspension. Chavez is one of the most polarizing fighters out there today, as he has piles of natural talent, and seemingly no work ethic to use those talents. He's a fascinating, if supremely frustrating, fighter to watch.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez - Saturday, September 14 (Sho PPV)
The big one. I mean, what else is there to say? It's the #1 boxer in the world facing the toughest challenger he's fought in a long time. It's a dream fight boxing fans didn't think would happen. It's going to be massive. That fight alone is well worth the PPV purchase, but the card also features Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse in another spectacular fight. September 14 can't come soon enough.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin - Saturday, October 5
Another day, another challenger for Klitschko. I think we all know exactly how this one is going to go. There's talk that HBO may broadcast this, and I hope they do. Say what you will about the Klitschko style, but there's no reason Wladimir's fights should not be available in the US.
Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez - Saturday, October 5 (HBO)
HBO has yet to officially add this to their line-up, but the fight has been signed. Why watch this? Because it's Miguel Cotto, that's why. One of the most entertaining and popular fighters out there, Cotto always brings it. He's lost 2 in a row now, and needs this win.
Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - Saturday, October 12 (HBO PPV)
The battle of the last two men to stand opposite the ring from Manny Pacquiao, this is definitely a PPV more for the purists. These are two technical fighters, but also two men capable of delivering very entertaining fights. I'm particularly intrigued to see how this draws in terms of PPV buys, because HBO is in real need of another PPV draw right now.
Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov - Saturday, October 19 (HBO)
Take two of the men involved in the best two fights of 2013 so far and pair them up and you have a recipe for a great fight. This is going to be a good one. My only complaint is that I wish it was Rios vs. Provodnikov, as I don't see the Russian having much of a shot against Alvarado, but I'm excited to see him try.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios - Saturday, November 23 (HBO PPV)
Finally, the former king, Manny Pacquiao fights for the first time since his crushing KO loss to Marquez last year. Rios is the perfect opponent for Pacquiao as he should make a very fun fight that is absolutely winnable for Pacquiao. A loss for Pacman would perhaps spell the end of his legendary career. No matter how this one goes, we clearly don't have many more Pacquiao fights ahead of us, and I don't intend to miss a single one.
What say you fight fans - what fight are you most excited for?
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