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Floyd Mayweather v. Victor Ortiz on HBO, Diaz's Farewell and More

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By Nick Tylwalk

What do I do when I want to talk about several boxing-related topics in one post? Why, the same thing fighters do when they want to steal the round with 10 seconds to go. That's right, it's time for some...

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* When Floyd Mayweather Jr. returns to the ring on September 17 to take on Victor Ortiz, the bout will be aired on HBO PPV. That's no shocker, to be sure, but reading the whole Dan Rafael piece is still interesting because he touches on whether or not HBO was especially anxious to get the Mayweather fight after seeing Manny Pacquiao take his act to Showtime earlier this year. The answer? Of course. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Erik Morales may end up on the card as well (not against each other!), which would make it worth the money, for sure.

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* Fox Sports Houston gave Juan Diaz a nice farewell as he hangs up the gloves and prepares to concentrate on law school. The Baby Bull was honest about his strengths and limitations as a boxer, admitting that he wasn't especially fast or powerful. Ironically, that made him a blast to watch most of the time, as his usual plan of attack was just to overwhelm opponents by throwing tons of punches. Sadly, that usually leads to a short career, but at least Diaz still has enough of his wits about him to pursue his further education. Best of luck, Baby Bull.

* Any hockey fans in the house? If so, you may appreciate this story from the Boston Herald concerning Shawn Thornton of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and how he stays in shape at a local boxing club. Actually, Thornton's training has a practical side too, as he's known for being willing and able to drop the gloves if need be.

* Except for the main event, the Amir Khan-Zab Judah card is falling apart. Both the Lamont Peterson-Victor Cayo and the Joel Julio-Antwone Smith bouts are now off, leaving Dan Rafael pretty sad and the card pretty much of a wasteland. Right now it looks like "Kid Chocolate" Peter Quillin versus 40-year old Tarvis Simms would be the co-feature, and that's not a good thing. Here's hoping Golden Boy can find someone, anyone, to plug in there.

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