Evander Holyfield rarely fails to deliver some interesting opinions on whatever subject he's quizzed about. But in the lead-up to boxing's most recent "Fight of the Century," between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Holyfield has some truly interesting insights.

Although Mayweather is a slight favorite according to the betting lines, some experts, including Mike Tyson, are picking Pacquiao to win the fight. So is Holyfield. But it's not for the reasons you might expect. Yes, maybe Pacquiao is expected to move faster, put up a relentless fight. But Holyfield's reasoning is much simpler.

"Mayweather won't win, because from what I've seen, boxing doesn't want nobody to get out [of the sport] undefeated," Holyfield told Sports on Earth columnist Terence Moore this week. "They want to keep the money in the sport by doing things to make it happen this way: Somebody beats the man, and then somebody beats the man who beat the man, and then somebody beats the man who beat the man who beat the man who beat the man.

Don't get Holyfield wrong: He thinks the fight will be close, and maybe come down to a decision. But Mayweather, he declares, will lose, and his perfect record will be ruined.

"Then it's going to be a matter of whether Mayweather is going to fight again, whether he feels like he has made enough money to say, 'I ain't got to fight,'" Holyfield told Moore.

Naturally, a loss to Pacquaio sets up a perfect narrative leading into a rematch. Holyfield notes that the $400 million fight could probably inspire a rematch generating another $100 million. "[Boxing executives] set it up that way," he said. "It's because they will not let you out of boxing undefeated, not unless you trick them."

How, exactly, do you trick the boxing executives?

"You have to tell them, 'I'm going to fight 10 more times,'" Holyfield said, "And then when you get to five, you quit."

Current NBA rules require players to be 19 and to wait one year after high school graduation before entering the league. For the vast majority, this means going to college for a season. A few, such as Brandon Jennings, have opted to play professionally overseas for a year instead.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has mentioned the possibility of increasing the age requirement to 20 in the next collective bargaining agreement. Some college coaches, with Louisville's Rick Pitino being the latest, have advocated a shift the other way: Allowing high school players to jump directly to the NBA, the way Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett did. We tackle this topic on "The Rundown," a collaboration between TYT Sports and ThePostGame:

The latest episode of HBO's Real Sports provides a strong reality check for fans swept up with bracket busters and March Madness. Although the NCAA uses its billion-dollar basketball tournament to pump up how it is helping athletes, here's one message that's omitted from those feel-good segments:

If athletes gets hurt while representing their university, treatment for the injury is covered only while they're still students. Once they are done with the school, they must start paying the medical bills even though those injuries were sustained while on campus.

The NCAA's decision to designate these players "student-athletes" gives it legal cover to not pay workman's compensation either. Here's a preview of the Real Sports report with correspondent Bernard Goldberg that premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT:

Grant Hill kept getting derailed with gruesome injuries. Bobby Hurley was nearly killed in a car crash. Jay Williams attempted suicide after a motorcycle accident ended his NBA career as a 21-year-old. Is there a curse on Duke players after they leave campus? Our friends at the Blade Barbershop, who have already offered their opinions about Peyton Manning, talk it over:

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland had a promising football career in front of him. He is 24 and set to take over the starting position vacated by the retiring Patrick Willis. Borland had a standout rookie season, garnering 108 tackles although he only hit the starting lineup in Week 7. He was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Week in Weeks 10 and 11, and then Defensive Rookie of the Month. He was on track for all the riches and fame of a long NFL career, and then he announced his retirement. He cited fear of head trauma, and a concern for his future health.

This decision will send shock waves through NFL player ranks. I don't think it will lead to an immediate widespread spate of retirements -- but it clearly will make players think about whether the allure of the NFL is worth the risk of future dementia. I had a crisis of conscience in the 90s watching clients get hit in the head. We held a concussion conference with leading neurologists that had many top players listening to the facts. One of those players is now suffering from early signs of dementia. We issued a white paper with a variety of suggested changes. Not much happened.

In 2005 Warren Moon, the Concussion Institute and I held a conference at which neurologists like Bennet Omalu, Julian Bailes, Robert Cantu, Kevin Guskiewicz and others suggested that three or more concussions could occasion an exponentially higher rate of ALS, Alzheimers, premature senility, chronic traumatic encepalopathy and depression. I called it a ticking time bomb and un-diagnosed health epidemic that would get worse because of the size, strength and speed of athletes. The physics of some hits, the actual G-force, accelerated the risk.

I now believe that each time an offensive lineman hits a defensive lineman at the inception of every football play it creates a low level sub-concussive event. So an offensive lineman could play in high school, collegiate and professional ball sustaining as many as 10,000 sub-concussive blows, none of which were diagnosed or brought to the attention of the player. The aggregate of these hits would almost certainly be more destructive of brain health than three knockout blows.

If 50 percent of the mothers in this country understand these facts and tell their teenage sons "You can play any sport and we will support you, but NOT tackle football", it won't destroy football. It will change the socio-economics of those who plays. The same kids who now box to escape negative economic circumstances will be the players willing to accept the risk. I love football and think it brings great life lessons applicable to other callings. We need research into helmetry and nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals that can prophylactically protect the brain or heal it after injury. Changes in the amount of contact are also helpful.

Pro athletes have all been in a state of denial about their physical health since learning these norms in Pop Warner and Little League. For Chris Borland, at the beginning of a promising career, to walk away from football is a dramatic marker.

His retirement is a clarion call to other players to assess their futures, and another sign that prevention and cure of concussion has to be urgently addressed.

College basketball has a stranglehold on March in America, where the madness draws in even casual sports fans as they fill out brackets and watch them get promptly busted. Overseas, though, March means something else entirely. The UEFA Champions League tournament is a major event for soccer fans, and runs in conflict with college basketball's NCAA tournament.

In this latest episode of "The Rundown," a collaboration between TYT Sports and ThePostGame, we try to settle the deeply divisive debate over which sports tournament should reign supreme.

To prepare for his May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao has decided to train at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Why come to California from his home in the Philippines to gear up for the most important bout of his career? It's a matter of limiting distractions, according to trainer Freddie Roach:

Sometimes you just want to say enough already with the same old tired chit-chat from so-called experts. Sometimes you want to hear a fresh perspective from voices that haven't been jaded by the grind of the sports media machine. Sometimes the best way to get this type of reality check is stepping inside a barbershop.

Here's a conversation about NFL quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning, bum or not? -- that you're unlikely to hear from the usual suspects of sports media outlets:

The Women's Sports Foundation, founded by tennis legend and athletic pioneer Billie Jean King, has enriched the lives of girls and women through educating, advocating and encouraging sports and physical activity since 1974. Its newly elected president, Angela Hucles, will be tackling these efforts toward the advancement of women in the male dominated sports industry during her two-year term.

Hucles has all the criteria to be the foundation's new leader: As a soccer player, she helped the United States win two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup bronze medals. She received the U.S. Soccer Foundation's 2009 Humanitarian of the Year award, and she holds the record at University of Virginia for most game-winning goals with 19. And those are just the highlights.

Aware of the health and emotional benefits that sports provides in children development, Hucles is a long-time advocate of encouraging an active lifestyle for young girls.

"To know that there's a young girl out there who might not have that opportunity, that’s something that I definitely want to be changed," Hucles said.

She founded the Empowerment Through Sport Leadership Series, which provides conferences and workshops for girls, their parents and their coaches. Hucles will continue pushing that awareness of sports opportunities for young women within her presidential term.

Since the enactment of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in education, Hucles says there is definitely an increase in the participation in girls in sports. "At the same time,” she said, "there's still a lot to be done."

Hucles, who has more than 25 years of sports industry experience, said that there is a decline in female coaches and there are still a lot of high schools and colleges that are not in compliance with Title IX.

"A lot of these things take time to really get it to the point where we are seeing the type of equality that we want to see for girls in sports in comparison to boys and men," Hucles said. “So while there’s been a lot of great improvement, there's still a lot of things to be done and I think that’s one of the main reasons why there still is a Women’s Sports Foundation."

Hucles will combat these issues through focusing on her main initiative: Athlete engagement.

After attending the Women’s Sports Foundation Annual Salute 12 years ago, which celebrates the most accomplished women in sports, Hucles learned quickly that this was an organization focused on the athletes.

"Whether they’re at the beginning of their playing days or really at the time where they're looking to retire, making sure that they know the [Women's Sports Foundation] is here to support them, be a resource for them and really help set them up for the rest of their lives as well, […] that’s definitely something I’m going to look to do in my term these next two years," Hucles said.

A part of this goal will be helping athletes likewise build their own foundations.

As someone who chased her own dreams with gusto and determination, Hucles' advice for girls and women wanting to succeed in sports is to do the same.

"Believe in yourself. If there’s something that you want to do in your life, go after it, believe in yourself, have fun with that process and do it,” Hucles said. "Being involved in sports is such a fantastic way to really reach your goals and your dreams, not just within a sport but in life as well."

In the meantime, Hucles plans to make the most out of her two-year term and create a long-lasting legacy.

"Great things take time," she said. "There’s still a lot of advocacy work that the sports foundation is doing and will continue to do."

Baseball players have been associated with chewing or smokeless tobacco from the early days of the game. It was a habit acquired from boredom, and the desire to generate a saliva flow throughout a game. While it may not cause lung cancer, as smoking does, this form of tobacco can lead to cancer of the mouth and tongue. Hall of Fame Padre Tony Gwynn died of salivary gland cancer caused by the habit. Other players have had to have facial reconstruction as their lower lip disintegrated.

California Assemblyman Tony Thurmond has proposed a bill that would ban any form of tobacco from ballparks in the state. Rolls of chewing tobacco used to be readily available in any clubhouse. Major League Baseball banned that practice. Cigarette smoking is already banned at all MLB ballparks. Chewing tobacco is banned at minor league ballparks. This bill would extend the ban to the five California MLB ballparks. Is this bill needed, practical and useful? Athletes are role models and younger people emulate their behavior. If a popular baseball player chews tobacco it can be seen as "cool" and desirable.

Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, has said "what's striking is that in the last 15 years we've seen more than a 30 percent decline in cigarette smoking among teenage boys, but a 33 percent increase in smokeless tobacco." Smokeless tobacco has the same nicotine component which addicts smokers. I am embarrassed to say that years ago I emulated some of my clients and starting using smokeless tobacco. It is totally addictive and extremely hard to quit.

Actually regulating the use by ballplayers or patrons is a daunting task. Unless there is a big bulge obvious in a players cheek, tobacco can be parked in the mouth, which is not easy to detect. Testing players for their saliva is problematic. Fining players at the same rate as the public will not be a deterrent. Major League Baseball endorses this proposal because it finds the aesthetics detract from the game, as well as the health issues.

How much should the state be involved in regulating behavior that citizens may choose to do? There are no secondhand smoke implications to chewing. This same issue has played out in New York with the banning of certain sized sodas considered bad for health. I have always believed that athlete's trigger imitative behavior, especially in rebellious adolescents. Asking for athletes and patrons to go without chewing tobacco for the three hours of a ballgame, may be a small price to pay to save young people from the ravages of long term use.

There's no need to sugarcoat it: Not every sports mascot is memorable for the right reasons. For every Benny the Bull out there, there's a Big Red at Western Kentucky that looks a little too much like a melted gumdrop. Sports team mascots may come and go, but the memories -- for better or worse -- live on forever, carried forward by fans and their less-than-magical first-hand experiences.

In this latest episode of "The Rundown," a collaboration between TYT Sports and ThePostGame, we recount some of the worst mascots out there -- and some mascot nightmares we'd rather not relive.

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