Khan, Algieri, Malignaggi & O’Connor Chime In On Mayweather vs Pacquiao Predictions

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BROOKLYN (April 29, 2015) – Boxing superstar Amir “King” Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) returns to the ring on May 29 to take on former world champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, as the headliner of an exciting Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) card on Spike TV.
 
Opening up the televised action, which is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT, will be the return of Brooklyn’s own two-time world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7KO’s) as he faces Boston’s Danny O’Connor (25-2, 9KO’s) in a 10-round welterweight attraction.   

With the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao welterweight championship showdown just days away, Khan, Algieri, Malignaggi and O’Connor gave their take on how the most anticipated fight of this era will go down.
 
Amir Khan:  “This is a fight that the world has been wanting to see for so long and it’s great that it is now upon us. Floyd and Manny are two legendary fighters and it is only right that we get to see them share the ring together. I have no doubt that this is going to be a tremendous matchup and will be extremely exciting for as long as it lasts. Manny has hand speed and fast feet that will cause Floyd some problems early on, but as it progresses I expect Floyd to make the adjustments he tends to make to counter that before pulling away on the scorecards. Both fighters still have so much to give and on Saturday night I’m sure they’re going to produce something very special for the fans.”
 
Chris Algieri: “Styles make fights and I believe this is a style that suits Floyd. Floyd is the smartest fighter in the game. He will be able to pick up on certain flaws and exploit them. Manny is going to make him work in there and I believe that the first few rounds are going to be very interesting. Manny is a different and smarter fighter than he was before the Marquez knockout. If Manny comes in shape the way that he did against me, and if Floyd has missed a step at all, then I see Pacquiao giving him all kinds of trouble. Ultimately though, I see Mayweather winning a decision.”
 
Paulie Malignaggi: “I am taking Mayweather by wide decision or a late-round stoppage. He has too much variation to his arsenal. Pacquiao is fun to watch, but his one-dimensional approach won’t be enough on Saturday night.”
 
Danny O’Connor: “I am going with Mayweather. He is too smart to fall into anyone’s game plan, other than his own. I predict a decision based off of his superior boxing ability.”
 
Tickets for the live event on May 29 at Barclays Center, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing, are priced at $250, $150, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.
 
The televised action begins on Spike at 9 pm ET/6 p.m. PT. Doors at Barclays Center open at 6 p.m. ET.

Danny O’Connor Stunned After Decision Loss to Vivian Harris

New York, NY (10/15/13) – This past Saturday, New England fan-favorite Danny O’Connor traveled to Pennsylvania to take on former world champion Vivian Harris in their 10-round main event bout at the sold-out Electric Factory in downtown Philadelphia.

O’Connor pressed the action throughout the entire 10-round contest, continuously walking down the taller Harris round after round. O’Connor was the much busier fighter, landing good combinations to both the body and head as well as displaying beautiful defense skills, slipping and rolling off most of Harris’ shots. After the 10 th and final round, it appeared to everyone in attendance, including the sold out audience and the media, as well as the commentators that evening which featured former world champion Steve Cunningham, that O’Connor had done more than enough to pull out the decision. One judge scored the bout a complete shutout for O’Connor, 100-90. However, the other two judges scored the bout in Harris’ favor, turning in scores of 96-94 and a mind-boggling 99-91.

After having a couple of days to think about the fight and watching video footage of it, O’Connor is even more confused with the outcome than immediately after the bout.

“I was impressed with the Philadelphia boxing commission’s organization, so for them to allow judges like that to decide fights is stunning. It’s up to us as fighters and fans to speak up to try to preserve the integrity of the sport because decisions like these are ruining it. With all that being said, Philadelphia is a great city and I was honored to box there. I want to thank everyone who came together to make the Claddagh Fund night at the fights a success. I can only worry about the things that I can control. I will stay focused and stay positive and continue to work hard to achieve the goals that I have in this sport.”

Manager Ken Casey, of the Dropkick Murphys, who also performed at the event Saturday, was equally as disappointed in the outcome as O’Connor. Casey added, “Once again the sport of boxing suffered a black eye by poor judging. Danny O’Connor was outright robbed.”

“Anyone who watched the fight could clearly see that Danny won,” said DiBella Entertainment’s matchmaker Joe Quiambao. “There are fights that are hard to score but this wasn’t one of them. Danny controlled the action, threw more punches, landed more punches, and just flat out beat the guy.”

“Danny won the fight. Hands down, no questions asked,” said Massachusetts’s great Micky Ward, who was also in attendance. “He pressed and controlled the action in every single round, how two of the judges didn’t see that, is beyond me.”

Danny O’Connor Faces Vivian Harris Oct. 12th

Philadelphia, PA (10/10/13) – On Saturday night, the pride of Framingham, MA, Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (23-1, 7KO’s) will return to action for the third time in less than three months when he takes on former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (30-9-2, 19KO’s) in the 10-round welterweight main event bout at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.

The event will also feature a live performance by the world-renowned and extremely popular Dropkick Murphys, whose leader singer Ken Casey, is the manager of O’Connor. Both main event fighters will weigh in tomorrow afternoon, with the weigh-in being shown that evening during the halftime of the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes NHL game.

“Once again Danny is doing great things for this charity,” said Casey, who is promoting the event on Saturday night in association with his foundation, The Claddagh Fund. “I am super excited to see him as the main attraction for the first time outside of New England. Philadelphia has taken to Danny like he is one of their own and we are really looking forward to this great event on Saturday night.”

“I’m very excited to box in Philadelphia, as it’s such a great city with so much sports history. It’s always a pleasure for me to be a part of any Claddagh Fund charity event. After an amazing training camp, I’m physically and mentally ready, in the words of Jonny Gomes from the Sox, ‘I’m time-tested, battle-tested, it’s time to put my hard hat on and go to work,'” said O’Connor.

“Danny’s taking on a real veteran in Vivian Harris and we’re looking forward to a great performance,” said Lou DiBella. “We’re pleased that Danny is fighting on a card that benefits the Claddaugh Fund and we thank Ken Casey and the Dropkick Murphys for all their help.”

The two-time national amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate O’Connor has had a busy 2013 thus far. The bout on Saturday will be his fifth of this year and third in less than three months. O’Connor, now campaigning at welterweight, is looking to propel himself into the world ratings in the loaded 147lb. division in 2014, but he must first get by the former WBA light welterweight world champion Harris.

The event is being promoted by Dropkick Murphys, The Claddagh Fund, DiBella Entertainment and Green Blood Boxing, in association with Guardian Restoration and A-Plus Public Adjusters.