QUOTE (mitukczuk @ Jun 3 2012, 08:35 AM)
The reason he asks for so much money is understandable - high risk, lose everything (In his case everything isn't that much) situation....
Yep, this sums it up. He doesn't have much more to lose. Now, had he been healthy (with nothing to lose), then that would've at least made for a good fight.
QUOTE (hitman @ Jun 3 2012, 09:38 AM)
kirkland is hurt people. he will not be ready before october. everbody knows this. thats the only reason paul williams got the fight in the first place. his promoter wanted to serve him up just so they can have their big show in september. so kirkland said fine, pay me more. good for him.
This is just me, but I believe Kirkland already knew that Alvarez/Williams was going to be made (though he was in line as well), so he decided to talk trash to keep his name relevant, in hopes of people forgetting about the shitty Molina performance and actually thinking that he was good enough to face Alvarez.
Is Kirkland's injury as bad as he says it is? From what I recall, Kirkland was running his mouth (mid May) about being 100% ready to beat Canelo and so on. THEN, the Williams accident happened, and James ended up with his foot in his mouth.
At this point, he's suddenly too injured to take a "risk" and fight Alvarez. With that in mind, he's now asking for a ridiculous amount of money because he's hurt and it's too much of a risk to get in there and fight. Pfff! Please! Alvarez is the star in this fight as well as the division, and HE hasn't even made that much money.
So Kirkland is basically saying, "Now that the fight could possibly happen, I'm really
injured now, and I want more money to get my ass kicked". Sorry man, Im not buying that. Personally, Kirkland doesn't deserve a big payday, especially after the embarrassment of the Molina fight (which he needs to clean up).