Video: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. chat at Heat-Bucks game

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. ended up at the same NBA game Tuesday night, taking in the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The boxing world has been waiting for a fight between the two to be made, but that has yet to come to fruition. They did speak at halftime, however:

 

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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. are both taking in tonight’s NBA game between Heat and Bucks in Miami

Manny Pacquiao, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami/Photo courtesy of Hook Right Boxing

 

The boxing world has been waiting for the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be made. Interestingly, both are taking in tonight’s (Tuesday’s) NBA game between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. They are sitting on opposite sides of the court.

Is this a coincidence?

 

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Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor booked back into jail with no bail

This booking photo provided by the Pulaski County Sheriffs Office show Jermain Taylor. A Little Rock woman said Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, that Taylor threatened to fatally shoot her 5, 3 and 1-year-old children, and that she knocked the gun away after the cursing middleweight boxing champion put the weapon to her husband’s head. Photo:  Pulaski County Sheriffs Office, AP / Pulaski County Sheriffs Office

Jermain Taylor/Booking photo provided by Associated Press via Pulaski County Sheriff’s office

 

Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor on Wednesday was booked back into jail after a judge determined he had violated the terms of his release on bail from an August shooting by allegedly pointing a gun at a man’s head and threatening to kill his three children at a parade Monday in Arkansas, the Associated Press reported.

Taylor in August was charged with allegedly shooting his cousin in Little Rock, Ark. He was released on bond and then was arraigned Tuesday on these more recent charges. He pleaded not guilty and again released on bond, but a day later a judge said he had violated the terms of his previous release and is now to be held without bail.

Taylor was to defend his title against Sergio Mora of Los Angeles on Feb. 6 in Biloxi, Miss., but that has been canceled.

Taylor’s moniker is “Bad Intentions.” Seems to fit these days more than ever.

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It’s difficult to believe Bermane Stiverne was dehydrated throughout heavyweight title-fight loss to Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder hits Bermane Stiverne during their WBC heavyweight title bout Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Deontay Wilder lands a right cross on Bermane Stiverne on Saturday in Las Vegas/Photo by Associated Press

 

Bermane Stiverne was out-worked, out-boxed and out-punched Saturday night while losing his heavyweight world title to Deontay Wilder at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Now we’re hearing that Stiverne wasn’t himself because of severe dehydration. He apparently found that out when, instead of attending the post-fight news conference, he went to a local hospital.

“Unfortunately, I was not able to perform in the fight like I wanted to due to severe dehydration and muscle damage,” Stiverne said. “I did not know it was that serious until they told me. I could have died from it. I am happy to just be myself, walk and talk again.  Thank God for this, that’s really what matters to me to be healthy right now.”

Keep in mind that Stiverne is a heavyweight, so he doesn’t have to make weight. That makes one wonder how he became dehydrated in the first place. Secondly, as someone who has been dehydrated before, I can honestly say that Stiverne did not look like he was in that condition during the fight.

Did he appear tired in the second half of the fight? Of course, he did, but fighters usually do become tired in the second half of the fight. Wilder was, too. Otherwise, Stiverne was fighting hard. Also, a fighter typically becomes more fatigued when he’s losing handily, and swinging and missing.

The point being, perhaps Stiverne became dehydrated during the fight. That is entirely possible. But I’m having a difficult time believing he was that way when the bout started. He did not lose this fight because of it, he lost it because he was thoroughly thrashed.

It just seems like this is an excuse because he lost by a very wide margin on the scorecards and he wants a rematch. Not convinced? Listen to what his promoter – Don King – said at a news conference Monday in Las Vegas.

“We called this press conference because the Bermane we saw on Saturday night was not the Bermane we all know,” King said. “Deontay Wilder did a very good job; this is not a press conference for excuses, it is for fact. The doctors at the hospital … said that he had a severe case of dehydration. His muscles were not working and they thought he had blood in his urine, so they took some tests and held him in the hospital until this morning.

“We want to applaud Deontay Wilder for doing his job, but the man before him was handicapped and unable to do his job. But that should not take anything away from his victory. Deontay performed and did a great job. It is unfortunate, but Bermane will have to do it another day. Knowing the champion we have in Deontay, (who) has so eloquently stated that he will take on anybody, I am certain without any equivocation he would grant a rematch with the real Bermane than the man who was handicapped in the ring, not taking away the victory he had.”

I’d say King and Stiverne are doing exactly what King is saying he’s not doing. Seriously, to anyone who watched this fight, did Stiverne look like he was severely dehydrated from the get-go? If so, why was he running his mouth so much? It seems to be that’s the last thing a fighter would do if he felt so poorly.

Wilder won this fight by scores of 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107. That’s sheer dominance.

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Lincoln Heights’ Leo Santa Cruz defends title with 8th-round TKO of Jesus Ruiz

Leo Santa Cruz/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

Leo Santa Cruz of Lincoln Heights defended his super bantamweight world title Saturday with a eighth-round TKO of Jesus Ruiz of Mexico underneath the heavyweight title fight between Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder.

There were no knockdowns, but Santa Cruz was pummeling Ruiz (32-6-5) on the ropes before referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to halt the bout.

Santa Cruz is now 29-0-1 with 17 knockouts.

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Talks for May 2 fight between Miguel Cotto and ‘Canelo’ Alvarez called off

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

Negotiations for a potential May 2 fight between middleweight champion and Miguel Cotto and former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have stalled and been suspended, Oscar De La Hoya said Saturday.

According to a report on ESPN.com, De La Hoya – Alvarez’s promoter – called off the talks because Cotto and his team did not meet a Friday deadline to agree to terms. The report indicated the Cotto camp was not happy with the money being offered.
This would seem to open the possibility of a rematch between Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should Mayweather not sign for the much-anticipated fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Cotto lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Mayweather in May 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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It’s now or never for Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has to make this fight happen

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

Floyd Mayweather Jr./:Photo courtesy of Mayweather Promotions

 

OK, so we’ve heard that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms for a long-awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. that would presumably take place May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and most likely be available on both HBO and Showtime pay-per-view arms.

Mayweather, of course, has not yet done likewise, however, and time will tell if he does. But, really, how can he not? It appears Pacquiao has agreed to drug-testing that would please Mayweather, and let’s face it, it’s now or never.

With Mayweather only six weeks from his 38th birthday and Pacquiao 36, this is the last chance for this fight to mean anything. Another year, and it won’t, and you’ll find plenty of people out there who already believe the ship has sailed on this matchup.

That said, it will break all pay-per-view  records right now.

The guess here is that Mayweather is going to wait as long as he can before making the fight official because he likes to bust chops.

It was interesting that after covering the Lakers-Miami Heat game Tuesday at Staples Center, talked to Kobe Bryant, who is a big boxing fan. He discussed the fight and then intimated that he knows it’s going to happen. He wouldn’t elaborate. He does know Pacquiao because he goes to Wild Card gym in Hollywood to watch Pacquiao train, so maybe he’s got some inside scoop that an announcement is imminent.

Anyway, Mayweather has no reason to turn down this fight. He can continue to negotiate the money, but he’s gotta make the fight, It would be a shame for Mayweather to fight two other guys to finish his career, not fight Pacquiao, and then have his legacy tarnished because of it. Mayweather has had too fine a career to let that happen.

Make the fight, Floyd. It’s all on you.

 

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Kobe Bryant weighs in on possible fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is a huge boxing fan/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers, NBA.com

 

We caught up to Kobe Bryant after his team was defeated by the Miami Heat 78-75 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Bryant is an avid boxing fan and has visited the Wild Card gym in Hollywood to watch Manny Pacquiao train.

We asked Bryant his thoughts on what might happen should a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. come to fruition. Bryant did not make a prediction, but he did have two interesting thoughts.

First, he said, “Manny Pacquiao is going to have to make some adjustments.”

Bryant also gave Mayweather quite a compliment.

“Floyd Mayweather is a boxing genius,” Bryant said.

 

 

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What will settlement with Richard Schaefer mean for Golden Boy Promotions?

Oscar De La Hoya/Photo by Associated Press

 

Now that Golden Boy Promotions and former CEO Richard Schaefer have reached a settlement, it will be interesting to see how Golden Boy and president Oscar De La Hoya react.

We say that because as part of the settlement, De La Hoya agreed to sever ties with several Al Haymon fighters who were being promoted by Golden Boy, but were not under promotional contract to De La Hoya’s company. Among them – according to several publications – reportedly are Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Marcos Maidana and heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder. According to ESPN.com, Wilder’s challenge to heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne on Saturday figures to be Wilder’s last under the Golden Boy banner.

According to reports, Schaefer will still have to sit out an unspecified amount of time before he can promote again because he was under contract to Golden Boy through 2018. A source told ESPN.com it could be one to two years.

Schaefer had resigned in June after a long run as the company CEO. He was eventually taken to arbitration by De La Hoya for $50 million. There was no exact word on the monetary part of the settlement, but ESPN.com reported that Schaefer may have to give up his roughly eight percent stock in Golden Boy, which apparently also will receive millions of dollars.

Indeed, how Golden Boy marches on from here will be interesting to see. De La Hoya is supposedly cool with the settlement, so that’s good. But several of the solid fighters he’s been using to add punch to his cards, are gone.

Time will tell.

 

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