At Last: Watch trailer for HBO’s Mayweather-Pacquiao documentary

HBO released the trailer for a one-hour documentary that chronicle’s the nearly six-year saga to the most anticipated fight of the modern era– Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao.

Mayweather and Pacquiao will meet in the ring on May 2.

 

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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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Sergey Kovalev, Blake Caparello make weight for title fight Saturday

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Sergey Kovalev graphic courtesy of Main Events Inc.

 

Light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev of Russia and challenger Blake Caparello of Australia both weighed in at 174 pounds for their title fight that will be contested Saturday at Revel Resort in Atlantic City (on HBO).

The limit is 175.

Kovalev, 31, is 24-0-1 with 22 knockouts. He’ll be looking to make his third successful title defense. Caparello, 27, is a light-hitter by comparison. The southpaw is 19-0-1 with just six knockouts. This will be his first shot at a major championship.

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Ruslan Provodnikov and Chris Algieri make weight for their showdown Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Rich Villa, Star Boxing

Junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia and Chris Algieri of Huntington, N. Y. both made weight Friday for their fight Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (on HBO).

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) weighed in at 139.8 pounds and Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) came in at the 140-pound limit.

HBO will also televise the replay of this past Saturday’s middleweight title fight between Sergio Martinez and Miguel Cotto, won by Cotto via 10th-round TKO.

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HBO’s Jim Lampley apologizes for confusing Norwalk’s Carlos Molina with Chicago’s

HBO’s Jim Lampley on Monday issued a formal apology for the mistake he made in this past Saturday’s version of “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley.”

Lampley was previewing the May 3 card in Las Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana in the main event (on Showtime pay-per-view), when he came with this: “On his undercard Amir Khan is facing Luis Collazo and Adrien Broner fights Carlos Molina.  Collazo is regarded as dangerous for Khan, but Molina has spent the bulk of the past few months in jail.”

Unfortunately, the Carlos Molina who has been in jail is a junior middleweight from Chicago. The Carlos Molina who is slated to fight Broner in the junior welterweight division is from Norwalk, and he has not been in jail.

“Saturday night on the latest edition of ‘The Fight Game’ on HBO, I made an embarrassing mistake,” Lampley said in a statement. “I confused light welterweight contender Carlos Molina of Norwalk, CA  with 154-pound fighter Carlos Molina of Chicago.  Los Angeles native Carlos Molina has an important fight on May 3 versus Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.  None of the legal issues confronting Carlos Molina of Chicago have anything to do with the younger Molina.  I apologize to Mr. Molina for confusing the matter as he prepares for his important prizefight next month.”

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HBO takes its April 26 date off the table after Gennady Golovkin pulls out

A proposed bout between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Andy Lee at Madison Square Garden in New York City was recently called off because of the unexpected death of Golovkin’s father.

That bout was to be televised by HBO, which said Wednesday it will no longer televise any card on that date.

“… With Gennady unavailable to us, HBO is moving off the date. We will move on to our other boxing programming initiatives for the spring and early summer,” an HBO spokesman wrote in a statement.

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Golovkin will mourn father, will not defend title against Andy Lee on April 26

Trainer Abel Sanchez told us just last week that middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin would likely be announcing his next title defense – April 26 against Andy Lee – this week. But over the weekend Golovkin decided to stay in his native Kazakhstan to observe a 40-day mourning period for the sudden loss of his father, Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin.

The elder Golovkin was just 68 when he died of a  heart attack on Feb. 18.

“Everything in regard to Gennady’s boxing career is currently on hold,” said Tom Loeffler, an executive with K2-Promotions, which promotes Golovkin. “His priority is to spend time with his family and at the appropriate time he will advise us when he is ready to continue his boxing career.”

Golovkin is trained by West Covina’s Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. leaves no doubt this time in victory over Bryan Vera

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico on Saturday night won a unanimous decision over Bryan Vera in the super middleweight main event at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Former middleweight champion Chavez won the 12-round bout televised by HBO by scores of 117-110 (Ruben Carrion), 117-110 (Max DeLuca) and 114-113 (David Sutherland). The fight came about six months after their first fight, where an out-of-shape Chavez was scored a unanimous-decision winner of a 10-round fight at StubCenter Center that most fans and reporters thought should have gone to Vera.

Chavez, who turned 28 on Feb. 16, is now 48-1-1 with 32 knockouts. Vera, 32, of Austin, Texas, is 23-8 with 14 knockouts.

Orlando Salido of Mexico won a 12-round split-decision over Vasyl Lomachenko in the semi-main event. Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs) was scored the winner by judges Jack Reiss (116-112) and Oren Shellenberger (115-113). The other judge – Levin Martinez – gave it to Lomachenko by a 115-113 count.

Salido lost his featherweight title on the scales when he did not make weight Friday. He was not eligible to win it back Saturday. Only Lomachenko (1-1), of Ukraine, could have left with the belt. As it stands, that title will be vacant.

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Zou Shiming comes through with first knockout of his professional career

Zou Shiming won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Games and gold medals in the 2008 and 2012 Games. But when the flyweight from China did not stop any of his first three opponents inside the distance, he had some wondering if that amateur success was going to translate to the professional level.

Shiming on Saturday finally came through with his first knockout as a prize-fighter, stopping Yokthong Kotietgym of Thailand at 2:09 of the seventh round in Macau, China. Their bout was slated for eight rounds.

Shiming, 32, is now 4-0 with 1 knockout. Kotietgym, just 19, is 15-4.

Their bout was televised on HBO2.

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Promoter Bob Arum not sure what to think when it comes to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s weight

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico on March 1 will fight a rematch with Bryan Vera at the Alamodome in San Antonio (on HBO). The fight is slated to take place at the 168-pound super middleweight limit.

Therein lies the intrigue. For their first fight, Chavez informed his promoter – Bob Arum – the week of that Sept. 28 bout at StubHub Center that he would not be able to make 168 pounds. The new weight was contracted for 173 pounds, two under the light heavyweight limit.

We asked Arum on Wednesday if he has heard any news out of Chavez’s camp regarding his weight and how he’s doing with it. Arum came with an interesting response.

“It’s like dealing with North Korea,” Arum said. “You don’t know what to believe.”

Chavez (47-1-1, 32 KOs) won an unpopular unanimous decision over Vera (23-7, 14 KOs) the first time. Vera is from Austin, Texas.

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