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What an ungrateful idiot (Greg). Absolutely disgusting. I was totally unaware of this (his behavior), mainly because I don't follow very closely what goes on in the "boxing industry".
[Are Matthew Goldstein Leons latest slave-writer?]
Hype, any comment on this?
P.E.M.G AND GREG LEON JOIN FORCES
By Matthew Goldstein
Greg Leon and Premier Event Management Group, headed by CEO Michael Shinefield and Vice President David Richardson have joined forces to solidify a ground breaking deal that, amongst other undisclosable details, will have the three entrepreneurs working cooperatively with all fighters under their representatiton. Shinefield and Richardson are co-managers of former undisputed world champion Zab "Super" Judah, who challenges Joshua Clottey for the vacant IBF welterweight strap on August 2. Shinefield's company PEMG is rapidly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with as it relates to securing sponsorships for boxers. Leon has a notable stable of talent including, resurging heavyweight contender Monte Barrett, IBF junior middleweight champion Verno Phillips, former world champions Carlos Hernandez, junior middleweight contender Ishe Smith and most recently world class super middleweight Allan Green.
Matthew Goldstein doesn't write that garbage...that's just leon writing it and putting Goldstein's name on it. If Goldstein was actually still writing right now, then you would have seen his whack betting lines that he used to copy and paste from another website...or you would have seen his whack attempt to cover MMA with his buddy Jim Bartlieb. I haven't seen any of that stuff up on the site in quite some time so I'm pretty sure leon is just slapping Goldstein's name on those little blurbs (since, after all, it would look pretty stupid for him to put his own name on it). Well, at least that's what I think. Maybe my man AKay can give Goldstein a call and find out.
As for leon and PEMG "joining forces", I honestly just looked at it as another guy with limited boxing experience that leon just suckered...kind of like he did to Bobby Bostick. Basically, Michael Shinefield, the money man behind PEMG, is looking to build a stable of fighters to try to be a promoter. He may not call himself a promoter, but that's basically what he's trying to do. I heard a little rumor that Shinefield offered a percentage to anyone that brought him a fighter. My guess is that leon realized that "advising" all of these fighters is a lot of work so when he heard Shinefield, who was looking for fighters, was willing to give up a percentage, he figured he could pass off his fighters, who he was already getting a percentage of, on to Shinefield, do less work and still make the same, if not more, money. So let's say leon was getting 10% of the fighters he advised...if Shinefield is offering 20% to anyone who brings him a fighter, then leon would stand to make even more money. Now, I don't know if that's exactly what went down in the "ground-breaking" deal (incidentally, I didn't know that hustling someone was innovative, original or "ground-breaking"), but knowing leon, combined with some of the things I heard about Shinefield, I'm willing to bet that's pretty much what's going on there.
I did have to laugh my ass off at the following statement:
"Shinefield's company PEMG is rapidly establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with as it relates to securing sponsorships for boxers"
I mean, what the hell has his company done to "rapidly establish itself as a force to be reckoned with"? As far as I know, their one client, Zab Judah, went from making $800,000 to fight Shane Mosley to who knows how much to fight Clottey (however much it is, it's a lot less than $800,000). And exactly what sponsorships have they secured for Zab? I'm not even sure if they can get him into any new rap videos. After an extensive and exhaustive search, I was able to find their website:http://pemg.biz/
".biz"? Who the fvck uses .biz?
I mean, in my opinion, Michael Shinefield is just some rich cat with a lot of money to throw away...probably some guy who grew up in money and now that he's older, he's bored and is looking for something to do. He's probably always been a fan of boxing and figured, "hey...what the hell...I'll start managing and promoting fighters." He was probably a reader of btalk for quite some time before he ever hooked up with leon. My guess is that one day, he probably sent leon an email (which is usually how that shit happens) and eventually, leon was able to convince Zab to speak with the guy. Somehow, Zab and Shinefield reached an agreement and Zab decided to leave Brian Young (who actually did a pretty good job of rebuilding Zab's career after the Mayweather loss, taking him from ESPN back to the spotlight and a fight with Cotto). So that got leon his cozy relationship with Shinefield and PEMG and ultimately this "ground-breaking" deal. Shit, I should really start writing more and putting this crap out on the home page. But anyway, just take a look at the type of person that Shinefield is:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX2ez_KJkjY
That video was from his "birthday bash"...it took place the first week of April...April 6th I believe...roughly 8 weeks out from the Mosley fight. 8 weeks is a long way away, but still...who knows what other shit Zab was doing before the fight when he's hanging around with a cat like that.
Is Michael Shinefield really the type of guy that's going to take Zab Judah's career to the next level? Is PEMG really a "force to be reckoned with" and the company that's going to turn around the fading the careers of Monte Barrett, Verno Phillips, Carlos Hernandez, Ishe Smith and now Allan Green? Time will tell, but if history can serve as any type of example and you look at the type of guys that leon has dealt with in the past...guys like Bobby Bostick...my guess is no.
So basically, hey, for the short term, it's a great move for leon because it means more money in his pocket. Hey leon...if you're reading this, good job homie...you used that gift of gab to sucker another idiot into throwing money at you...that means your kids will get even more money if and when wifey finally decides to go through with that divorce. As far as Shinefield, PEMG, and his fighters are concerned however...they're all basically screwed. I mean, if leon was already making 10% off of them and PEMG is also getting a percentage, exactly how much money are those guys actually taking home?
Boxing at it's finest!
With guys like that in the sport, it won't be long before you all switch over to MMA.