Finally, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will square off in the ring

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao will square off May 2 in Las Vegas/Photo by Associated Press

 

Finally, after multiple failed attempts beginning as far back as late 2009, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will get it on May 2 in a welterweight title-unification bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Since Mayweather fights for Showtime and Pacquiao for HBO, both cable networks will make the fight available on their respective pay-per-view arms.
Mayweather on Friday afternoon displayed a photo of the signed contract on the social network Shots.

“I am glad my decision to meet with Manny and discuss making this fight happen helped get the deal done,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather and Pacquiao ran into each other at an NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat in Miami on Jan. 27. They met later that night in a hotel room to talk about the negotiations.

“Giving the fans what they want to see is my main focus,” said Mayweather, who is 47-0 with 26 knockouts and the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. “This will be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Boxing fans and sports fans around the world will witness greatness on May 2.

“I am the best ever … and this fight will be another opportunity to showcase my skills and do what I do best, which is win. Manny is going to try to do what 47 before him failed to do, but he won’t be successful. He will be number 48.”

This bout is a virtual cinch to break pay-per-view and live gate records. The highest number of pay-per-view buys is 2.4 million for Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

Previous negotiations went awry for a number of reasons, from Pacquiao not agreeing with the type of drug-testing Mayweather wanted he and Pacquiao to undergo, to Mayweather wanting too big a piece of the pie. Mayweather will reportedly receive 60 percent of the monetary split for the bout.
“I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years,” said Pacquiao, who is 57-5-2 with 38 knockouts. “They have waited long enough and they deserve it. It is an honor to be part of this historic event.

“I dedicate this fight to all the fans who willed this fight to happen and, as always, to bring glory to the Philippines and my fellow Filipinos around the world.”

While Mayweather has never lost, Pacquiao has lost twice since this fight was first talked about more than five years ago. He lost a disputed split-decision to Timothy Bradley in June 2012 at MGM Grand. Then, six months later, he was crushed and knocked cold by Juan Manuel Marquez that December at MGM Grand. Pacquiao fell face first after eating a perfectly timed right cross from Marquez.

No problem, said Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach.

“Floyd should enjoy being the A-side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside,” Roach said.

Bob Arum promotes Pacquiao. He, too, believes his fighter will come out on the winning end in this sure-to-be epic battle.

“It’s going to be a great fight,” Arum said. “We are confident our fighter, Manny Pacquiao, will emerge victorious.”

The only down side to this is the ages of the fighters. Experts and fans alike no doubt would have loved to see these guys tangle five years ago. As it stands today, Mayweather will be 38 on Tuesday and Pacquiao is 36.

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

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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.

Copy and paste these two links for the full report from TMZ.

http://www.tmz.com/2014/12/08/floyd-mayweather-murder-suicide-facetime-witness-earl-hayes-stephanie-moseley/?adid=hero2

m.tmz.com/2014/12/09/floyd-mayweather-earl-hayes-murder-suicide-wife-cheating-witness-facetime/

 

 

 

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Mayweather: NFL should have stuck with original penalty on Ray Rice

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Floyd Mayweather Jr./Photo courtesy of Associated Press, Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

By Tim Dahlberg

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS  – Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he believes the NFL should have stuck with its original discipline of Ray Rice, saying the league was overly influenced by new video showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

The boxing superstar — who has had his own domestic abuse issues — said Tuesday he didn’t feel the original two-game suspension should be changed because of video.

“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”

Mayweather, who spent two months in a Las Vegas jail in 2012, still maintains his innocence even after pleading to reduced domestic abuse charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend while their children watched. Had Mayweather not taken the plea bargain, he would have gone to trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.

Mayweather was also named in a civil lawsuit last week by his former fiancee, who said the fighter assaulted her and kept her from leaving his Las Vegas mansion. Shantel Jackson also said the boxer publicly humiliated her by posting a sonogram showing her pregnant with twins online, and then claiming she aborted them.

Mayweather said he has been falsely accused many times.

“Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing,” Mayweather said. “With O.J. and Nicole, you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”

 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he’s going for first knockout in three years

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Mayweather vs. Maidana 2: Predictions and Odds for Championship Rematch

Marcos Maidana, right, lands a punch on Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their first fight won by Mayweather in May./Photo courtesy of Associated Press

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has not had a knockout victory since he stopped Victor Ortiz in the fourth round with that infamous and unsuspecting one-two punch in September 2011 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Upon his arrival Tuesday at MGM Grand ahead of his title defense against Marcos Maidana there on Saturday, Mayweather said he’s going for that gusto.

“I’m pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout,” Mayweather said. “I’m going for the knockout, so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we’ll see how it plays out Saturday.”

Mayweather, 37, is 46-0 with 26 knockouts. Maidana, a much heavier hitter, is 35-4 with 31 knockouts. It’s true, he is going for a knockout as well. But he’ll take any kind of victory. Which makes sense, since Mayweather is undefeated and still the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world until someone proves otherwise.

 

“I’m definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do,” said Maidana, 31, “but I will take the victory any way I can.”

 

This will be a rematch of their May fight won by Mayweather via majority decision at MGM Grand.

The card is available on Showtime pay-per-view.

 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana Los Angeles news conference open to public

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Floyd Mayweather Jr./Photo by Associated Press

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana of Argentina on Thursday at 1 p.m. will play host to a news conference at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., in Downtown Los Angeles and it will be open to the public.

The two will be formally announcing their rematch slated for Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Golden Boy Promotions/Mayweather Promotions event will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.

Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) and Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) tangled May 3 at MGM Grand with Maidana giving Mayweather a tough go, Mayweather coming away with a 12-round majority decision.

Aside from the interested parties, expected to be on hand for the proceedings are Jarret Stoll and Alec Martinez of the Stanley Cup-champion Kings.

 

 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Marcos Maidana to fight rematch Sept. 13

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Marcos Maidana/photo by Associated Press

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his two welterweight championship belts on the line Sept. 13 when he squares off against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it was announced Thursday.

The two tangled May 3 at MGM Grand with Maidana giving Mayweather his stiffest test in years, Mayweather coming away with a majority decision.

The rematch, as with the first fight, will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

Golden Boy Promotions will be the lead promoter, even though Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe initially said they would no longer work with Golden Boy once longtime CEO Richard Schaefer resigned in early June.

But De La Hoya pointed out to this newspaper a couple of weeks ago that Mayweather had reserved that date and site under the Golden Boy banner and that, basically, Mayweather would have to use Golden Boy if he wanted to keep that.

Golden Boy has promoted Mayweather’s last nine fights, even though Mayweather has never been under contract to De La Hoya’s company.

 

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