Joe Garza at Boxing 11 hrs ago
LAS VEGAS – After yet another unanimous decision victory, this time over the man regarded as the second-best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, it’s fair to ponder what’s next for Floyd Mayweather.
Saturday’s victory over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena could only be described as Mayweather-esque, as the pound-for-pound king used defense, footwork, a sharp jab and an accurate right hand to win a fairly easy decision.
With one more fight left on his contract with Showtime, Mayweather is scheduled to return to the ring in September for one last fight before, he has repeatedly said, retiring. But whom will he fight?
It isn’t easy following a megafight, no matter the debate over the quality of the bout. And any opponent he faces will not have the juice that Pacquiao provided. In short, Mayweather has pretty much beaten everybody.
Joe Garza at Boxing 1 day ago
LAS VEGAS – In a post-fight news conference that included talk of a Manny Pacquiao shoulder injury, cheering for Floyd Mayweather from some in the press pit and plenty of discussion about Mayweather’s future, perhaps the most surprising aspect was a question regarding Mayweather’s numerous championship belts.
So a reporter asked Mayweather if he was planning to give up his belts Monday, as he had apparently previously told some members of the media.
"I'm not trying to be greedy,” Mayweather said.
What belts would Mayweather be relinquishing?
Ya know, unless he changes his mind.
Joe Garza at Boxing 2 days ago
LAS VEGAS – WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko turned in a workman-like performance against overmatched Gamalier Rodriguez on Saturday, winning by ninth-round knockout on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Lomachenko, 27, displayed quick hands and great footwork, but started slowly and didn’t provide the kind of show expected of one of the most talented and heralded young fighters in boxing.
“In the first couple of rounds, I was just feeling him out, seeing what he had to offer and then I did what I had to do,” Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) said through an interpreter.
After the third round, he began hitting Rodriguez (25-3-3, 17 KOs) at will before a sparse and quiet crowd that didn’t seem all too interested almost two hours before the main event.
A point was deducted from Rodriguez in the fifth round for low blows, and he also was knocked down by Lomachenko in the seventh round after a hard left to the chest.
In the ninth, Lomachenko hurt Rodriguez with a right hook and finished him off with a straight right to the head at the 50-second mark.
Santa Cruz cruises
But Santa Cruz has his mind on someone else.
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Joe Garza at Boxing 3 days ago
LAS VEGAS – There were three major takeaways from the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday.
No. 1: You can sell anything to anybody if you hype it enough and only charge $10, with 11,500 showing up to watch men step on a scale.
No. 2: The much-discussed size disparity between the fighters is still kind of a shock when you see them together live.
No. 3: Manny Pacquiao has no problem crushing a huge candy bar at any time.
As the Filipino star stepped off the scale before an adoring pro-Pacquiao crowd, he was handed what appeared to be a massive Butterfinger Cups candy bar and immediately started chowing down.
Being the naturally smaller man, the 5-foot-6 1/2 Pacquiao had no problem making the 147-pound weight limit, hitting the scales at 145, and he must have felt the need to replace some calories.
Broadcaster Jim Lampley said on the weigh-in telecast that it was reported to him that Pacquiao “ordered a big lunch” before weighing in, which is generally unheard of in the fight game.
Joe Garza at Boxing 4 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be taking a low-key approach to Saturday’s fight against Manny Pacquiao, but the same can’t be said for his father and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr.
Mayweather Sr. didn’t hold back Thursday when discussing the much-anticipated megafight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“This is a common fight. Manny is just an opponent, nothing more, nothing less,” Mayweather Sr. said.
Thank goodness Senior isn’t in charge of selling this fight to the masses. But that’s the kind of confidence you can expect from someone in the corner of a fighter who is 47-0 and regarded as the world’s best.
“Nothing’s gonna be hard about it,” the elder Mayweather said. “It’s gonna be real easy, whether he’s left-handed or right-handed. Floyd is using his mind; Manny don’t use his mind. Manny uses his feet. That’s why he got clipped the last time [in the knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012]. He uses his feet, jumping in and out. He jumped in, bam, it was over.”
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Joe Garza at Boxing 5 days ago
LAS VEGAS – There is no denying the excitement over the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, which takes place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The city is abuzz, the heels are high, the suits are loud and the locals are already dreading the madness that will certainly ensue on fight night.
What most folks may not realize – or, more accurately, might not yet care about – are the specifics of the undercard bouts on the Showtime pay-per-view telecast, which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.
In a bit of an oddity, there are only two bouts on the telecast before the Mayweather-Pacquiao main event, which most expect to start at 11:20 EST/8:20 PST. A normal PPV telecast usually features four or five total bouts, so that means the latest “Fight of the Century” broadcast may be a little, um, padded out.
It also means the most expensive PPV in history – $99 for high definition and $89 for standard definition (um, who even watches SD anymore?) – is offering one of the smallest cards in history.
But at least the two undercards will be awesome … right?
Well, not exactly.
No matter the wait for the main event.
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Joe Garza at Boxing 11 days ago
The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight is right around the corner – May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, to be exact – and online sportsbook Bovada wasn’t concerned that the fight was in an odd limbo as of Wednesday. But with the fight officially a go and tickets going on sale Thursday, it's a time to rejoice for all – well, except for the common fan who hopes to buy a ticket.
Regardless, Bovada has released its gambling odds for the bout and a whole mess of fun prop bets, not that we would ever encourage such an endeavor.
Mayweather is a minus-210 favorite, while Pacquiao is holding steady at plus-170. The fight is favored to go the distance – minus-300 – with Mayweather a 5/7 favorite to win by decision or technical decision.
Here are some more bets Bovada is offering:
ADDITIONAL PROPS Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr Punches Landed % Over/Under 40½
Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao Punches Landed % Over/Under 27½
First thrown punch will be? Left Hand Punch -130 (10/13) Right Hand Punch EVEN (1/1)
Joe Garza at Boxing 4 mths ago
LAS VEGAS – Amir Khan dominated Devon Alexander on Saturday night before a crowd of 7,768 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to retain something called the WBC Silver welterweight title.
But the real question is: Could a fight with Floyd Mayweather be next?
Khan was in the running for a bout with Floyd Mayweather in February, but the pound-for-pound champ instead elected to fight Marcos Maidana on May 3. An excellent performance against Luis Collazo on that Mayweather-Maidana undercard boosted Khan's stock, and now with his excellent performance against Alexander, the native of Lancashire, England, could be primed for his shot against the pound-for-pound king.
"Now I know why Mayweather doesn't want to fight him: Brilliance. Brilliance," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said. "I wouldn't want to fight him. Mayweather will think twice about fighting Amir Khan."
Perhaps Mayweather already has.
"I really believe Khan vs. Mayweather would be huge."
Here's how much he believes:
All three judges had the bout 120-107.
Joe Garza at Yahoo Sports 6 mths ago
Peyton Manning breaking the all-time NFL record for touchdown passes rightfully dominated the headlines last Sunday. He is one of the greatest to play the game and it was one of the coolest accomplishments of his historic career. But what's cooler than that? How about footage from his youth and high school days, with the man himself reflecting on the beginning of his brilliant career:
Teddy Bridgewater and E.J. Manuel are two young quarterbacks brimming with potential who are navigating the difficult waters of the NFL. But that's not all they have in common. They share a deep bond that has affected their families and shaped who they are today:
And now, for you younger fans out there, here are some quick looks at two of the best players to ever step on the field. Do you have a favorite player? Well, chances are, these guys are better:
Joe Garza at Ball Don't Lie 10 mths ago
SAN ANTONIO – For three quarters, it probably wasn't the NBA Finals game Tony Parker had imagined.
Although the Spurs were well on their way to a 104-87 NBA title-clinching victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night in Game 5, Parker struggled to find his offense.
At the start of the fourth quarter the Spurs led 77-58, but Parker was just 1-of-11 from the floor with one assist.
But as he has done so many times in his 13-year career, Parker rose to the occasion as the Heat kinda, sorta showed some life and cut the lead to 79-65 with 9:57 remaining. From that point on, Parker scored 14 points to take away any Heat momentum and help guide the Spurs to their fifth championship.
"It was just a weird game for me," Parker said. "But I stuck with it, and the team was playing well, and so I was just trying to find my rhythm while the team was playing good.
"Finally, in the fourth quarter, a breakthrough for me. I made a couple shots and contributed to help the team win."
"We're a true team, and everybody contributes," Parker said. "Everybody did their job defensively, offensively. We did it together, and that was the whole key this season."