It’s official: Mayweather to fight Pacquiao on May 2 in Las Vegas
Bob Arum: HBO, Showtime on board for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight
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.
Mike Alvarado/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
Welterweight Mike Alvarado of Denver this past Saturday was arrested in downtown Denver on a felony warrant and for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, the Denver Post reported.
Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) is scheduled to fight Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) of Oxnard for the third time Jan. 24 at 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colo. (on HBO). The fighters split the first two bouts.
Alvarado, 34, has already served two stints in prison, according to the report. He has been bailed out and at this time he should be able to keep the date with Rios.
Timothy Bradley/Photo courtesy of Top Rank Inc.
In what seemed to be an unpopular decision, Timothy Bradley settled for a draw with Diego Chaves in the welterweight main event Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The fight was televised by HBO.
The scorecard that was under the most scrutiny was that of Julie Lederman, who gave the fight to Argentina’s Chaves 116-112. Burt Clements had the fight for Bradley at 115-113 and Craig Metcalfe had it even 114-114.
Bradley – a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion from Palm Springs – had a huge lump under his left eye, which was partially closed. He is now 31-1-1 with 12 knockouts.
Chaves – a former interim welterweight champion – had a slightly close left eye. He is now 23-2-1 with 19 knockouts.
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.
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).
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.
Gennady Golovkin, right, stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round Saturday/Photo by Associated Press
The Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio middleweight main event Saturday at StubHub Center drew an HBO viewing crowd of 1,304,000 viewers, making it the second-highest premium cable boxing event of 2014.
Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, stopped Mexico’s Rubio in the second round and is now 31-0 with 28 knockouts. It was his 18th knockout in succession.
Golovkin’s middleweight belt was not on the line because Rubio failed to make the 160-pound weight limit a day earlier, coming in at 161.8.
The event also drew 9,323 in live attendance, a sellout and a record for boxing at the venue.
“This past Saturday night’s atmosphere at the StubHub Center truly captured the passion that Gennady’s fans have for him,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, which promotes Golovkin. “In two years, Gennady has become boxing’s biggest must-see attraction and we expect 2015 to catapult him to even greater heights.”
Golovkin first fought in the U.S. in September 2012.
The Golovkin-Rubio fight will be replayed tonight (Tuesday) on HBO at 10:05 p.m. (Pacific time).
Gennady Golovkin/Photo courtesy of Associated Press
Marco Antonio Rubio on Friday weighed in at 161.8 pounds for his fight Saturday against middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at StubHub Center (on HBO). According to a publicist working the event, Rubio signed a new contract for 162 pounds just before the weigh-in because he knew he wasn’t going to make the 160-pound limit.
This means Rubio will not be able to challenge for Golovkin’s belt. It also means Rubio was stripped of an interim belt he held.
Golovkin weighed in at 159 pounds.
Gennady Golovkin/Photo by Associated Press
The middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio set for Saturday at StubHub Center (on HBO) has proven to be quite the hot ticket. K2 Promotions, which promotes Golovkin, already put an extra 300 seats on sale and they sold out. Now, 284 more bleacher seats will go on sale Tuesday at noon.
Those tickets are priced at $53, which does not include service fees. They can be purchased by calling 888-929-7849, as well as by visiting the StubHub Center box office Monday through Friday until 6 p.m.