Floyd Mayweather Jr. suggests he has emotional edge over Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, will square off with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas/Photos by Associated Press

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. at Wednesday’s news conference touched on the psychological element of his May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view, Showtime pay-per-view). He intimated he has the edge in this department.

“One thing I do know about any sport, when you lose, it’s in your mind,” Mayweather said at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. “If you lost once, it’s in your mind. If you lost twice, it’s in your mind. From day one, I was always taught to be a winner. No matter what, be a winner, push yourself to the limit, stay focused and be the best that you can be.”

It was Mayweather’s way of reminding the more than 600 reporters in attendance that while Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) has lost more than once, he is undefeated at 47-0 with 26 knockouts.

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Floyd Mayweather Sr. says now people ‘fixing’ to find out who’s really scared

 

 

 

The shadows of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao facing off at Wednesday’s news conference/Photo by Gene Blevins, Los Angeles Daily News

Floyd Mayweather Sr had heard enough talk about his son being afraid to fight Manny Pacquiao, that he just had to tell us about it outside Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles ahead of the Wednesday news conference there promoting the May 2 Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“All the stuff they’ve been saying about the fight, I know one thing, that Floyd ain’t the one that’s scared,” Floyd Sr. said. “Everybody was talking about Floyd was scared. Now you’re fixing to find out who’s scared.”

The elder Mayweather, who trains Floyd Jr., then came with quite a zinger.

“This fight here is a professional fighting a sub-novice fighter,” he said.

Uh, OK.

Mayweather, 38, is 47-0 with 26 knockouts. Pacquiao, 36, is 57-5-2 with 38 knockouts. This will be a title-unification bout and both HBO and Showtime will have it available on their respective pay-per-view arms.

 

 

 

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Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman earns wide decision over tough Robert Guerrero

Keith “One Time” Thurman retained his welterweight world title with a unanimous decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1) in the main Saturday night at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on NBC). Thurman decked Guerrero in the ninth round, but Guerrero showed tremendous toughness by giving Thurman plenty of grief over the final three rounds, bringing roars from the crowd.

Thurman (25-0) won by scores of 120-107, 118-109 and 118-108. Both battered fighters went to a local hospital for precautionary measures, according to the broadcast team on NBC.

 

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Covina’s John Molina Jr. loses wide unanimous decision to Adrien Broner

5. Adrien Broner vs. John Molina

Adrien Broner, left, won a wide decision over John Molina Jr. of Covina on Saturday night in Las Vegas/Photo by Seth Wenig, Associated Press

 

John Molina Jr. of Covina on Saturday night lost a wide unanimous decision to former three-division world champion Adrien Broner of Cincinnati in the semi-main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Broner won by scores of 120-108, 120-108 and 118-110.

Molina (27-6) afterward bemoaned the idea that Broner (30-1) didn’t keep his word and exchange more with him.

This was the return of prime time boxing to NBC after a 30-year absence.

 

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Joseph Diaz Jr. set to take on Juan Luis Hernandez at Belasco Theater in L.A.

Joseph Diaz Jr./Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions

 

Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte tonight (Friday) will square off with Juan Luis Hernandez of Mexico in the featherweight main event at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The Golden Boy Promotions card will be televised by Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m.

Diaz, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, has a record of 14-0 with nine knockouts. He is a very good prospect and it won’t be surprising at all to see him fighting for a world title within the next couple of years. Diaz is just 22.

Hernandez, 32, is 17-4-1 with nine knockouts.

 

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Oscar De La Hoya: 15,000 tickets sold in 2 hours for ‘Canelo’ Alvarez-James Kirkland fight May 9 at Minute Maid Park

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez sits at the dais during Tuesday’s news conference in Houston promoting his May 9 fight against James Kirkland at Minute Maid Park/Photo by Soobum Im, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions

 

Tickets for the May 9 junior middleweight fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and James Kirkland slated for May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston (on HBO) are, not surprisingly, selling like hot cakes.

“In just two hours since they went on sale, 15,000 tickets have been sold for May 9,” promoter Oscar De La Hoya said.

Alvarez, a former junior middleweight champion, is 41-1-1 with 31 knockouts. Kirkland, of Austin, Texas, is 32-1 with 28 knockouts.

There is no title on the line in this one, but there doesn’t have to be as this figures to be one heck of a fight.

 

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PHOTOS: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and James Kirkland host news conference

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico and James Kirkland of Austin, Texas on Tuesday played host to a news conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston promoting their junior middleweight fight there May 9 (on HBO). The card is being staged by Oscar De La Hoya and his Golden Boy Promotions. The ultra-popular Alvarez, 24, is 44-1-1 with 31 knockouts. Kirkland, who will be 31 on March 19, is 32-1 with 28 knockouts. This should be an outstanding main event. Check out some of the photos from the news conference:

 

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, top, poses with fans at the news conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The fighters and their camps meet on the dais (middle photo) and James Kirkland, bottom, does interviews after the proceedings/Photos Tony Bullard, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions

 

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Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman plans on toe-to-toe fight with ‘The Ghost’

Keith Thurman vs. Leonard Bundu: Preview and Prediction for Welterweight Fight

Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman, left, will defend his welterweight title Saturday against Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero in the main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas/Photo by Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

 

If you’re not looking forward to Saturday’s main event between welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on NBC), you might want to check to see if you still have a pulse for prize-fighting.

Although Thurman (24-0) went the distance in his most recent fight – a 12-round shutout of Leonard Bundu in December at MGM Grand – he has otherwise lived up to his nickname with 21 knockouts in 24 starts. He was asked this week what fans can expect to see against Guerrero.

“I’ll be honest, I’m going to stand there and exchange with him for six rounds and if he’s still standing there, we’ll see,” said Thurman, 26, of Clearwater, Fla. “With my punching power, the KO can come at any time with that one punch. If he walks into it or I lunge at him … it can even be a body shot.

“I’m just looking to get him out of there. I’m going to do what I need to do to stay a champion.”

Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs), 31, has held world titles in featherweight and super featherweight divisions and interim world titles in the lightweight and welterweight divisions. He realizes what the hard-hitting Thurman can bring to the ring.

“Thurman has a lot of power and that’s something I must be aware of,” said Guerrero, of Gilroy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Covina’s John Molina, always confident, preparing for another big fight

5. Adrien Broner vs. John Molina

Adrien Broner, left, and John Molina of Covina will tangle March 7 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas/Photo by Seth Wenig, Associated Press

 

John Molina of Covina has lost his past two fights, but they were to former interim world champion Lucas Matthysse and former world champion Humberto Soto and Molina gave both of them a hard time, so there is no shame there.

Molina decked Matthysse twice in their fight in April 2014 at StubHub Center before Matthysse knocked out Molina in an absolute thriller. It was so thrilling that Wednesday the Boxing Writers Association of America named it Fight of the Year for 2014.

Molina (27-5, 22 KOs) was defeated via unanimous decision by Soto, losing by three, three and five points on the scorecards this past September at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Molina’s competitiveness against those fighters as well as his courage and heavy punch are probably why he’s getting another big fight. That will be March 7 against another former champion – Adrien Broner – at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on NBC).

Molina on Wednesday played host to a media workout at Justin Fortune’s gym in Hollywood. As usual, he was confident.

“The Soto fight was a learning experience,” Molina said. “But going in as the underdog is about going in and doing your job. I’ve had a lot of success as an underdog. I just took the positives from my last fight and tried to make the best of it and now I’m here today with the golden ticket in my hand.

“To see where I’m at today after all I’ve gone through in my career, I’m in awe sometimes. But we’re just barely getting started.”

 

 

 

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Gennady Golovkin stops Martin Murray in 11th to retain middleweight title

Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin, left, defended his middleweight title Saturday by stopping Martin Murray in the 11th round in Monaco, Monte Carlo/Photo by Action Images

 

Gennady Golovkin on Saturday retained his middleweight championship when he stopped tough Martin Murray in the 11th round in the main event from Monaco, Monte Carlo.

Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) has now stopped his past 19 opponents inside the distance. He did so while decking Murray three times. Referee Luis Pabon finally stopped the bout in the 11th.

Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez at Sanchez’s Summit Boxing Gym in Big Bear.

Murray, of England, is 29-2-1.

 

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