Associated Press: TV part of Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. deal a go

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is shown here at a Clippers game in 2013/Staff photo by Michael Owen Baker, Los Angeles Daily News

 

By Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press

HBO and Showtime have agreed on how they would broadcast a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, promoter Bob Arum said Thursday, leaving only two remaining issues to be settled before the much anticipated May 2 fight can be signed.

Arum told The Associated Press that the rival networks have come to terms on an announcing team and other details for the pay-per-view blockbuster, and that talks this week have narrowed the remaining differences between the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps.

“We had four issues and we resolved two,” said Arum, who promotes Pacquiao. “Now we’re working on resolving the other two. Unless something else comes up at the last minute, that’s what my take is.”

Arum declined to say what those two issues are, saying he didn’t want to sabotage the negotiations just as they are reaching a critical juncture. And it was not clear whether the Mayweather side views the negotiations the same as Arum, or even if Mayweather will agree to the fight.

Mayweather’s adviser is Al Haymon, who reportedly has been doing the negotiating on his fighter’s behalf. But Haymon doesn’t talk to the media, and Mayweather communicates almost exclusively through social media.

Mayweather’s latest postings showed him enjoying a trip on a private jet to the Caribbean and getting a fish pedicure. He did post on social media last week that a media report the fight was a done deal was a “lie.”

Arum said the major financial points of the fight have been agreed to, including a reported 60-40 split in the purse in Mayweather’s favor. Based on the fight doing a record $200 million or more in revenue, Mayweather’s payday could be at least $120 million.

“There’s a lot of devil in the details and that’s what we’re sorting through now,” Arum said. “The remaining issues are obviously important to the participants, and are things we have to work out.”

Mayweather’s representatives have dictated most of the terms of the fight, and Arum said Mayweather will be the one to announce it if it is made.

Mayweather fights under contract to Showtime and Pacquiao to HBO, and there was speculation the two networks could hold up the fight by not coming to terms themselves. But talks between top executives have been ongoing for weeks, and HBO issued a statement Monday saying it was not an “impediment” to the fight.

“We stand ready to go,” the statement said. “The principals need to agree to terms and come to a deal.”

An HBO spokesman declined comment Thursday, and Showtime executives were not immediately made available for comment.

While Mayweather has been vacationing, Pacquiao was heading home Thursday to the Philippines after a trip to the U.S. and England. While in Miami for the pageant, Pacquiao attended a Miami Heat basketball game the same night Mayweather was there and the two fighters exchanged numbers and discussed the fight.

They later met for an hour, and Arum said the meeting convinced him that Mayweather wanted to make the fight.

Before heading home, Pacquiao also met in Washington with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and on Thursday attended the National Prayer Breakfast, where President Barack Obama spoke.

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Junior lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno re-signs with Top Rank Inc.

Diego Magdaleno

Diego Magdaleno/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.

 

Diego Magdaleno, ranked as high as No. 3 in the world as a junior lightweight, has re-signed with promoter Top Rank Inc., it was announced Thursday morning by Top Rank.

Magdaleno, 28, is a 5-foot-6 southpaw out of Las Vegas via Los Angeles. He’s 27-1 with 11 knockouts.

“Top Rank is where I want to be,” Magdaleno said. “This is a big day for me and my family.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“It’s great to have Diego re-sign because 2015 is going to be a great year for Diego in both the junior lightweight and lightweight divisions,” said Carl Moretti, vice-president of operations at Top Rank. “We plan to announce his next bout shortly.”

Magdaleno most recently stopped Hevinson Herrera in the third round in November in Pharr, Texas.

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No, the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not done

Floyd Mayweather Jr./Photo by Associated Press

 

For anyone paying attention to the TMZ report stating the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a done deal, it is not. Mayweather today made that clear on the social network Shots with this post: “Laying back, relaxing, enjoying good weather, palm trees and piña coladas. While they continue to lie about making the fight… I’m just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. #FightNotMadeYet #Jamaica.”

Along with the post, Mayweather was pictured relaxing on a hammock.

An inside source told yours truly just moments ago that the negotiations are moving in a positive direction but that the gut feeling was that it will take between one and two weeks before it would get done. That is, of course, assuming the remaining hurdles are cleared.

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World-traveler Randy Caballero says winning world title hasn’t changed him

Randy Caballero/Photo by Gene Blevins, Los Angeles Daily News

 

Often times a fighter grows up in California and fights for his first world title in his home state, or perhaps no farther away than Las Vegas. That certainly was not the case for Randy Caballero of Indio.
First he ventured to Japan, where he had to defeat Kohei Oba of Japan with an eighth-round technical knockout in a title-elimination fight in April 2014. Then in October he traveled to Monaco, Monte Carlo and defeated Stuart Hall of England to win the vacant bantamweight world title via unanimous decision.
“It was amazing, a great experience,” Caballero said. “It’s a story I can tell until the day I die. Traveling around the world was a great experience, having to go to Japan and then Monte Carlo.”
The fun for Caballero is just beginning. On Jan. 22 Caballero and his promoter – Oscar De La Hoya – played host to a news conference at De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions offices in downtown Los Angeles. They were there to promote Caballero’s first title defense, which will come Feb. 27 against Alberto Guevara (19-2, 7 KOs) of Mexico at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio (on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes).
Caballero, 24, couldn’t stop smiling when asked about becoming a world champion. He said things have changed, but he hasn’t.
“I go to the store now and people come up and talk to me and say ‘Hi,’ take pictures with me,” Caballero said. “When I go to the mall, everybody’s coming up to me. Other than that, my life is still the same. I’m the same person. I’ve got to wake up every morning and go run and we train every day.
“Just because I have this belt, that doesn’t change me. I’m going to keep training extra hard to make sure I keep this title.”
Fighters sometimes become complacent after winning a championship. De La Hoya likes the idea that Caballero does not appear to be like that.
“He’s been blessed to win a world title, but he wants more,” De La Hoya said. “That’s what his attitude is all about.”
Although Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) now lives in Coachella – roughly five miles from Indio – Caballero’s roots are deep in Indio. As cool as it was winning a world title halfway across the world, he expects it will be even better to make his first defense in his virtual backyard.
“To have the title wrapped around me walking inside the ring is going to be great,” Caballero said. “I said I wanted to win a world title there; I didn’t get to. But defending it there is going to be even better because now I have the title with me and to have all my family and friends out there supporting me and with that arena sold out, it’s going to be an amazing time.”
Not if Guevara has anything to say about it.
“It’s my time,” said Guevara, 24. “I have the attitude, I have the talent and I’m going to win this world title come the 27th.”
(John Molina takes on Adrien Broner)
Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series on NBC will debut March 7 and junior welterweight contender John Molina of Covina will take on former three-division champion Adrien Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) in the semi-main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Never shy, Broner was already talking smack during a conference call this week promoting the card, which will be headlined by Keith “One Time” Thurman defending his welterweight belt against former three-division champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
“I take nothing from John Molina,” Broner, of Cincinnati, said. “I know he’s rough and tough and as cool as Cheetos puffs, but I’m the man and it’s been said once, but I’m going to say it again. I’m the can-man and anybody can get it and John Molina’s the one that’s going to have to take his beating on March 7.”
Molina (27-5, 22 KOs) has never won a major title and he won’t be fighting for one in this bout. But a victory could help him land what would be his second opportunity at a world championship; his first ended in a first-round TKO loss at the hands of lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco in September 2012.
Molina is a huge puncher and believes he can go right through Broner.
“If I felt any different, I would be in the wrong business,” said Molina, 32. “Absolutely, I feel like I’ll be the stronger man in the ring. Again, this is how I feel going into the fight, 100 percent confident that I will be able to implement my will and do what I need to do to become victorious that night.”
(ETC)
Yes, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao did attend the same NBA game this week. Yes, they spoke at halftime. Yes, they met later and spoke for a bit in a hotel. No, they have not made their fight. Yet. … Longtime promoter Cedric Kushner died this week at age 66 from a heart attack. Among the fighters he promoted was former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley of Pomona. … ESPN.com reported that former champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico will take on James Kirkland on May 2 at either the Alamodome in San Antonio or Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Golden Boy Promotions fight would be on HBO. … Former junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) of Montebello on Feb. 6 will take on Abraham Han (23-1, 14 KOs) at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Miss. (on ESPN2).

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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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