Kevin Iole

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao: How trainers and former foes would approach fight

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 3 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – When he was preparing the 1996 U.S. Olympic team to compete in Atlanta, Al Mitchell knew he wouldn't have many issues with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Mayweather was only 19 when the Games began, but to Mitchell, he seemed as if he'd been boxing for 19 years. He instinctively knew how to move in the ring, how to slip and slide away from danger and create openings for himself to punch.

    "Very, very high boxing IQ," Mitchell said of Mayweather. "I knew right away that this was a kid who understood the game. He came from a boxing family and he had that boxing IQ like he had been around for years and years. It came natural to him."

    Mitchell learned early on in those games that Mayweather also could perform under great pressure. In his first two wins, Mayweather used his legs and his boxing skills to defeat Bakhtiyar Tyleganov and Artur Gevorgyan.

    His third-round bout was against Cuban Lorenzo Aragon. Moving away and countering, which Mayweather did so well in the first two bouts in Atlanta, wouldn't work so well against a tricky veteran like Aragon, Mitchell believed.

    He said preparing for Mayweather is much more challenging.

  • UFC needs to strip Jon Jones of his title and pull him from UFC 187

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 8 hrs ago

    Perhaps not all that surprisingly given his record, the UFC light heavyweight champion and now accused hit-and-run driver is, in fact, doing exactly that.

    He's throwing away a brilliant career and potentially millions of dollars.

    There has been a disturbing pattern in Jones' behavior, and Sunday's incident in Albuquerque, N.M., in which he has been charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injuries, is only the latest example.

    Jones, of course, is presumed innocent and must be proven guilty in a court of law.

    But the UFC owes him no such due process, and should immediately strip him of its championship and pull him from his May 23 fight against Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 187 in what was shaping up as one of the best cards in recent memory.

    Jones pleaded guilty to DUI in 2012 in Binghamton, N.Y. In 2014, he got into a misguided brawl in the lobby of the MGM Grand during a photo opportunity to promote an upcoming fight with Daniel Cormier.

    Then, on Dec. 4, Jones failed a random drug test given to him by the Nevada Athletic Commission, less than a month before he was to fight Cormier at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

  • Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao combined for $1.6 billion in PPV sales

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS -- It's hardly a secret that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are going to sell a lot of pay-per-views on Saturday when they meet at the MGM Grand Garden for the WBA-WBC-WBO welterweight title in what is expected to be the largest grossing fight in boxing history.

    Their full pay-per-view history, though, shows the extent of their popularity.

    Mayweather, who turned pro in 1996 after winning a bronze medal in the Atlanta Olympic Games, began fighting on pay-per-view in 2005. In all, he's fought 13 times (nine times on HBO Pay-Per-View and four times on Showtime PPV) on pay-per-view and generated 14.5 million sales and $873 million in gross revenue.

    Pacquiao made his pay-per-view debut in 2006, fighting twice on smaller Top Rank PPV cards before graduating to the big-time. In all, Pacquiao has made 20 PPV appearances (one on Showtime, two on Top Rank and 17 on HBO). He's sold 13.4 million units and generated $741 million in gross revenue.

    The bout last week was ahead of the pace that the Mayweather-Alvarez fight was on Wednesday of fight week. It's impossible to know if that will hold up, but it's a sign to expect a very robust number.

  • Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao set separate public appearances Tuesday

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 11 hrs ago

    When Top Rank's Bob Arum opted last week to pull Manny Pacquiao from his scheduled slot on the grand arrivals Tuesday at the MGM Grand, it caused a lot of anger among the Filipino star's fan base.

    Because there was a $10 charge for Friday's weigh-in, which has since sold out, Arum's decision to have Pacquiao skip the arrivals that serve as the unofficial kickoff of fight week meant Pacquiao would not make any free public appearances before his fight with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday.

    But now, both fighters will appear in public on Tuesday in separate events.

    Pacquiao will hold a rally beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific time at Mandalay Bay in Bayside C on the first floor of the South Convention Center. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Appearing with Pacquiao wil be Arum, trainer Freddie Roach, assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez and adviser Michael Koncz.

    The Mayweather arrival ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Grand Garden Arena. Southern University's "Human Jukebox" marching band will perform, as will comedia Ricky Smiley. The event will be hosted by Doug E. Fresh. Doors open to the Grand Garden at 1 p.m.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

  • Where Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao rank among all-time boxing greats

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    LAS VEGAS – A few years ago, after another impressive victory by Manny Pacquiao, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum declared that the Filipino superstar was the greatest fighter he'd ever seen.

    Given that in his half-century in boxing he'd promoted Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya and even Floyd Mayweather Jr., it was a bold statement.

    It only took his trusted matchmaker, Hall of Famer Bruce Trampler, a few seconds to jolt him back to reality.

    "He was so excited and so jazzed up and he goes, 'Isn't this guy the greatest you ever saw?' " Trampler said. "And I laughed. I love Manny. He's a great kid and he's had a great, great career. And I said, 'Not only is he not the greatest fighter ever, he's not even the greatest welterweight you promoted.' "

    Trampler long has been one of the most astute minds in boxing. But he's more of an old-school type and simply scoffs whenever he hears someone say a current champion could defeat one of the greats from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s or 1960s.

    But Middendorf said that's only one aspect of the argument.

  • Jon Jones wanted for questioning by Albuquerque police after accident

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 1 day ago

    Albuquerque police are seeking to speak with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in relation to a traffic accident in which a woman was transported to a local hospital with injuries.

    Details are scarce, but reporter David Kano spoke to Albuquerque Police spokesman Simon Drobik. Drobik told Kano that rumors that drugs were found in Jones' car are false.

    "I don't know where the hell that came from," Drobick told Kano.

    When reached by Yahoo Sports, Drobick referred to a tweet on the APD's office Twitter account that said the police "CANNOT confirm that Jon Jones was involved in a H&R accident from this morning. The investigation is ongoing."

    Later, the police put out a statement confirming they are seeking to speak to Jones.

    The UFC released a statement late Sunday regarding the matter.

  • Now a rival, Floyd Mayweather once cheered hard for Manny Pacquiao

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 day ago

    They're now bitter rivals and their fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand has created a huge gulf between their fan bases. But on Jan. 21 2006, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was cheering Manny Pacquiao on during a rematch with Erik Morales in a super featherweight fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

    At the time, Mayweather had just begun preparations for a welterweight title bout against Zab Judah on April 6, 2006, and no one could imagine that a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight could ever be feasible, let alone become the highest-grossing fight of all-time.

    Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet in a welterweight title fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand that will set all sorts of financial records.

    Mayweather is expected to make at least $180 million and could make as much as $200 million after proceeds of the pay-per-view sales are tabulated. Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said it hasn't been determined what Mayweather's guarantee is yet, but he could get a check on Saturday for as much as $80 million.

    The rematch in 2006 was at the Thomas & Mack Center, the home of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team.



  • Manny Pacquiao winding up camp, heading to Las Vegas on Monday

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 day ago

    Fight week has finally arrived, and if you're on Interstate 15 heading north between Los Angeles and Las Vegas sometime late Monday afternoon, you might catch a glimpse of Manny Pacquiao and his entourage en route to Las Vegas for the mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Pacquiao has a custom-painted bus he'll be riding in after he finishes his final workout on Monday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood and begins the trek to Las Vegas to officially start the countdown to Saturday's latest incarnation of boxing's "Fight of the Century."

    Pacquiao is staying at Mandalay Bay, not the MGM Grand where the fight is being held. And to this point, he's not planning to make a public appearance at the MGM until the final news conference on Wednesday. He was slated to attend the grand arrival ceremonies on Tuesday at the MGM but his promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, is feuding with MGM officials and decided to have Pacquiao skip the arrival.


  • 'Mighty Mouse' sets unbreakable record, gets arm bar with a second left

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 2 days ago

    The final nine seconds of the main event of UFC 186 on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal was all that was needed to define the brilliance of Demetrious Johnson.

    Johnson had his fight with Kyoji Horiguchi well in hand, and clearly was going to rack up his sixth consecutive successful flyweight title defense in the main event of UFC 186 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

    Johnson once again showed his amazing all-around ability. He's exceptionally fast, but there isn't one other trait that makes him feared. He's not the hardest hitter. He doesn't have the best submissions. He's not the greatest wrestler.

    Not only are there few fighters whose technique is as good as Johnson's, but there are even fewer who improve fight-to-fight the way Johnson does.

    And with 10 seconds left Saturday, he had Horiguchi in a crucifix. Johnson could have held him there and would have gone on to take a wide unanimous decision victory. That, though, wasn't good enough for Johnson.

    "I was being lazy and I heard Matt yelling, 'Arm bar! Arm bar!' " Johnson said. "I said, 'Oh, man, I better do what he says.' I didn't want to get yelled at."

  • Hall of Famer 'Big' George Foreman picks Pacquiao to edge Mayweather

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 3 days ago

    Former heavyweight champion "Big" George Foreman is no stranger to big fights. He lost his heavyweight title to Muhammad Ali in 1974 in a bout which became known as "The Rumble in the Jungle." That fight marked the invention of the term, "Rope-a-Dope," in which Ali laid back on the ropes and allowed Foreman to punch himself out.

    Few people know that Foreman also competed in the first pay-per-view bout in history. He was part of a staggering 1.5 million PPV buys for a 1991 bout with Evander Holyfield. That came at a time when the universe for pay-per-view was just 15 million, so it had a penetration of 10 percent. If the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout on May 2 in Las Vegas does a 10 percent penetration, it would sell nearly 10 million.

    On a conference call to promote an HBO documentary show, "Mayweather-Pacquiao: Legends Speak", Foreman shared his thoughts about the significance of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, his reaction to Mayweather's claim that he's the greatest boxer of all time and explained why he is picking Pacquiao to win.

    Foreman didn't appear to agree, but he didn't really dispute it much.