Floyd Mayweather Jr. alleged face-time witness to murder-suicide of rapper Earl Hayes and wife Stephanie Moseley


Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, rapper Earl Hayes and his wife Stephanie Moseley/Photo courtesy of TMZ


TMZ has reported that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a face-time witness to the murder-suicide of his friend – rapper Earl Hayes – and Hayes’ wife, VH1 star Stephanie Moseley – on Monday morning in Los Angeles.

Hayes apparently was upset over his wife’s alleged infidelity. According to the report, Hayes had called Mayweather on face-time and Mayweather was at least a partial witness – he allegedly heard everything – to Hayes shooting his wife and then turning the gun on himself.

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Riddick Bowe, Ray Mancini and Naseem Hamed inducted into Hall of Fame

Riddick Bowe holding up a championship belt/Photo courtesy of New York Daily News


Riddick Bowe, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Prince Naseem Hamed have been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the organization announced Thursday.

Bowe went 43-1 with 33 knockouts fighting from 1989-2008 – at one point he went nearly eight years without fighting. Bowe was 5-1 in heavyweight world-title fights, his only loss coming via majority decision to Evander Holyfield in a title fight in November 1993 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Bowe and Holyfield fought three times, with Bowe winning twice.

“I’m ecstatic,” Bowe said in a statement. “As a kid, this is what I dreamed of. I’m just so happy. For me, hard work and determination got me in the Hall of Fame.”

Mancini sported a record of 29-5 with 23 knockouts fighting from 1979-1992. After being stopped by Alexis Arguello in the 14th round in October 1981 in his first shot at the lightweight championship, Mancini knocked out Arturo Frias in the first round seven months later – in May 1982 – to take the lightweight belt held by Frias.

Like Bowe, Mancini was stoked to hear the news.

“Wow,” Mancini said. “I’m humbled and I’m honored. To be in the International Boxing Hall of Fame with so many of my friends and heroes, is overwhelming.”

Tragedy struck in Mancini’s second defense when he knocked out Deuk-Koo Kim of South Korea in the 14th round of a very brutal bout. Kim died four days later as a result of the injuries sustained in the fight at Caesars Palace.

It was the fight that led to 15-round championship fights being reduced to 12 rounds.

Mancini made two more successful defenses before losing the last four fights of his career – to Livingstone Bramble (twice), Hector “Macho” Camacho and Greg Haugen. Mancini retired at age 31.

Hamed, an entertaining and very cocky southpaw, went 36-1 with 31 knockouts from 1992-2002. He was 16-0 in major featherweight world-title fights before losing to Marco Antonio Barrera via unanimous decision in a bout for a minor title in April 2001. Hamed had just one more fight and retired at age 28.

“This is amazing news,” Hamed said. “It’s an absolute honor to be recognized with some of the best fighters that ever lived. I’m overwhelmed to hear this news. What can I say? I’m so happy that I officially got the call from the International Boxing Hall of Fame to tell me this. For every fighter this is the phone call of a dream because when you get a phone call saying you’re going to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, it’s not every day you get that call.”

The trio will be enshrined June 14 in Canastota, N.Y.

Non-fighter inductees include referee Steve Smoger, writer Nigel Collins and longtime HBO broadcaster Jim Lampley.

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Abner Mares on Dec. 13 will take another step toward another title shot

Abner Mares/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions


Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens had been out of the ring for 11 months when he squared off with Jonathan Oquendo and defeated Oquendo via unanimous decision on July 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight before that, Mares lost his featherweight title when he was knocked out in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico on Aug. 24, 2013 at StubHub Center.

Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) will be back in the ring again Dec. 13 when he takes on Jose Ramirez (25-4, 15 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round featherweight bout on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Devon Alexander welterweight main event (on Showtime). Mares can’t wait.

“I am so happy to be back at MGM Grand after my recent win in July,” said Mares, an Artesia High graduate. “My ultimate goal is another shot at a world championship and a win on Dec. 13 will help me get there. I plan on putting on a great performance and showcasing my skills once again.”

Mares, who turned 29 on Nov. 28, has won titles in the bantamweight, super bantamweight and featherweight divisions.




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Freddie Roach prods Manny Pacquiao to talk more about Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.


Manny Pacquiao has never been a trash-talker, but Freddie Roach has encouraged Pacquiao to be much more assertive when it comes to making his feelings known about how badly he wants to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. into the ring.

Roach last week told this newspaper that the right people are talking about getting this fight done, but that Pacquiao can help his cause by getting a bit mouthy.

“Manny’s always been a very respectful person and he’s never called Mayweather out,” Roach said. “He’s always said, ‘My promoter will decide who we fight next,’ and just being a gentleman. And now the commerical came out and he was real excited about that. And he’s talking for the first time because we figure that’s the only way to get him (Mayweather) out since being a gentleman didn’t work.”

Roach is referring to a Foot Locker commercial in which Pacquiao gets excited because he thinks Mayweather has finally agreed to fight him.

“We’ve gotta antagonize this guy to get him to come to the table, I think,” Roach said of Mayweather. “So Manny’s talking and I told Manny, ‘Manny, you keep doing that commercial. Do that every time you talk to somebody from the press. Because then they can write something about how bad you want the fight. But if you don’t say nothing, they can’t write nothing because you didn’t say nothing.’ I said, ‘If the press gets behind it, and the boxing world is already behind it, I think it will make more noise for us and I think it’ll make the fight happen faster.”

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HBO this Saturday will televise replay of Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri


Manny Pacquiao dominated Chris Algieri on Saturday in China/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.


The welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri this past Saturday from Macau, China will be replayed Saturday night on HBO. Pacquiao retained his title by decking Algieri six times on the way to a very one-sided unanimous decision.

The replay will be paired with a live card from Omaha, Neb. There, from CenturyLink Center, Omaha’s Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) will defend his lightweight title against Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico in the main event.

Pacquiao-Algieri was televised on HBO pay-per-view.

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Manny Pacquiao decks Chris Algieri six times on way to unanimous decision


Manny Pacquiao decked Chris Algieri six times and won a unanimous decision Saturday in China/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.


Although Manny Pacquiao still couldn’t get his first knockout in five years, he did deck Chris Algieri six times on his way to a very wide unanimous decision on Saturday night in Macau, China.

Pacquiao won by scores of 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102 and retained his welterweight title.  He is now 57-5-2.

Algieiri, of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., suffered his first loss and is 20-1.

The fight was televised on HBO pay-per-view.

Pacquiao has not had a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12th round in November 2009 in Las Vegas.

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Chris Algieri makes weight to challenge Manny Pacquiao after first failing


Manny Pacquiao will defend his welterweight title against Chris Algieri on Saturday night in China/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.


After first failing to make the 144-pound catch-weight limit for his challenge to welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, Chris Algieri on Friday came back and weighed in under at 143.6 pounds; he first weighed 144.4, stripped down and then weighed 144.2. He was given two hours to shed the extra ounces, and he did.

Pacquiao weighed 143.8 pounds.

The welterweight limit is 147 unless there is an agreed upon catch-weight.

Algieir and Pacquiao will tangle Saturday night at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view).

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No lack of confidence for Chris Algieri ahead of fight with Manny Pacquiao



Chris Algieri/Photo courtesy of Star Boxing


It’s difficult to say what’s going to happen Saturday when Chris Algieri challenges Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight title in Macau, China (on HBO pay-per-view). One thing’s certain, Algieri will enter the fight full of confidence.

That much was evident this week when he touched on the notion that Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) allegedly has that hunger back that made him such a ferocious fighter.

“Now they tell me Manny has his killer instinct back,” Algieri said. “Well, come and try to get me.”

Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), of Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., isn’t just blowing smoke to help the promotion. Remember, he’s the guy who got up from two first-round knockdowns to win a split-decision over then-junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov in June in Brooklyn. Anyone who can get up and do well after being decked twice in the first round by a vicious fighter like Provodnikov has big-time self-assurance. Don’t ever count out anyone of that ilk.

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Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday will host annual turkey giveaway


Joseph Diaz Jr., a 2012 U.S. Olympian out of South El Monte, will be among the fighters assisting in the annual turkey giveaway/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions


Promoter Oscar De La Hoya on Saturday will host his annual turkey giveaway at Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in East Los Angeles beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Among the Golden Boy Promotions fighters expected to be on hand are Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, Julian Ramirez of East Los Angeles, Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte and Diego De La Hoya, Oscar De La Hoya’s 20-year-old cousin from Mexicali.

(Note: The families receiving the turkeys have been pre-selected.)

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