Kevin Iole

  • Floyd Mayweather stands tall as generation's best (and gets massive payday) in win over Manny Pacquiao

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 19 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather headed toward his locker room, 90 minutes or so after he’d easily dispatched of Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden, fiddling with a piece of paper.

    When he spied a familiar face, he beamed and motioned him over. He narrowly opened the paper to show a check that was handwritten for $100,000,000.

    It was the first part of a record haul that could reach or even exceed $200,000,000 for Mayweather in what had been billed as “The Fight of the Century.”

    Pay-per-view trends were encouraging. Promoter Bob Arum said, “I don’t want to say anything about what I expect it to be, because everyone is going to say it’s hyperbole and I’m exaggerating again and all that [expletive]. But this figure is going to be enormous. Four, four-and-a-half, five [million]. I don’t want to say anything. We’ll know soon enough. But it is going to be huge.”

    On the rare occasions Pacquiao cut off the ring and trap him, Mayweather would use a short hook and then spin out of his corner to create space.

    And just another $100 million check to take as a prize.

  • Manny Pacquiao fought with injured right shoulder, denied shot in locker room

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 22 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao threw fewer punches than Floyd Mayweather, 435-429, which few observers could have predicted.

    But Pacquiao's camp is claiming he had a right shoulder injury that he suffered three to four weeks before the fight. He had taken anti-inflammatory shots that were approved by the United States Anti-Doping Agency during camp. He requested to take a shot after arriving in his locker room shortly after 6 p.m. PT, but was denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

    Trainer Freddie Roach said the injury occurred when Pacquiao threw a right hand during camp approximately a month ago. There was no doctor available to explain the injury, but Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said it was the same injury that Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered that ended his 2014-2015 season.

    Bryant had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

    One source said he might need surgery that could keep him out for up to nine months, but that was not confirmed at the news conference.

    The drugs he wanted to take were not performance-enhancing, but because he checked on a medical form that he had no injuries, the commission denied him the shot. The drugs were Bupivacaine, Celestone and Lidocaine .

  • Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 23 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – The identity of the best fighter of this generation was never really in doubt.

    Oh, some wanted to contest Floyd Mayweather's position as the best boxer of his time and made points of varying strength about the quality of his opposition, the timing of some of his bigger fights and what was perceived as an unwillingness to engage.

    Mayweather, though, erased whatever little doubt that remained with an unquestionable victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden in a match which was as much about the incredible sums of money it generated as it was about the talent of the fighters.

    Judge Dave Moretti had it 10 rounds to two, or 118-110 for Mayweather. Judges Glenn Feldman and Burt Clements each saw it 116-112, giving Mayweather eight of the 12 rounds. Yahoo Sports had it 115-113 for Mayweather.

    “He’s a tough competitor,” Mayweather said of his vanquished foe.

    Two months after his 38th birthday, Mayweather turned back the man whom fans have clamored for him to fight for more than five years.

    On this night, though, he was no match for Mayweather, who improved his record to 48-0 with perhaps the most significant victory of his professional career.

  • Why Manny Pacquiao is a legitimate threat to defeat Floyd Mayweather

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    Freddie Roach sits on a table near the ring in his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, fiddling with a roll of tape. He's talking about how things have gone better than he could ever have hoped as Manny Pacquiao prepared to face Floyd Mayweather.

    Roach drops the tape and points to an area in the center of his chest, just below the collarbone.

    "Oh [expletive]!" Roach said, wincing at the thought before breaking into a giggle. "The other day, Manny hit me so [expletive] hard here I thought I'd been shot."

    There are easier ways to make a living than letting one of the game's fittest, fastest and finest fighters batter your body for several hours a day.

    Pacquiao fights Mayweather on Saturday at the MGM Grand in a fight that is going to do massive financial numbers.

    Expectations for the pay-per-view sales, already outlandishly high, were rocketing skyward Thursday.

  • Floyd Mayweather's early fight outfits sponsored by UFC's Dana White

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 3 days ago

    LAS VEGAS -- Long-time boxing observers keenly remember Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s professional debut. On Oct. 11, 1996, at the Texas Station Hotel/Casino in North Las Vegas, Nev., the Olympic bronze medalist made his pro debut against Roberto Apodaca.

    Kenny Bayless, who will be the third man in the ring when Mayweather takes on Manny Pacquiao on Saturday at the MGM Grand, refereed the Mayweather-Apodaca bout. Mayweather won that by a second-round TKO.

    The judges were Jerry Roth and Patricia Morse-Jarman, both of whom are still active today and have worked many Mayweather fights, as well as the late Art Lurie. Al Bernstein, who will do the analysis on Saturday's pay-per-view broadcast with Jim Lampley on play-by-play, worked the ESPN2 show that night.

    Mayweather wore a primarily black outfit that night, with his first name emblazoned across the waist and  gold stripes on the outside of the right leg. Across the back of his jacket was "Bullenbeiser Boxing Gear."

    The owner of Bullenbeiser Boxing Gear might be pretty familiar to fight fans now: UFC president Dana White.

  • Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson reflect on not being able to beat the man to be the man

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Daniel Cormier was moved to tears in January after he was routed by Jon Jones in their fight for the light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 182.

    Cormier so desperately wanted to win a championship to fill a void that was missing in his career, yet he came up short again. His archrival surprisingly dominated him and retained the championship going away.

    It was painful to look at Cormier at the post-fight news conference. To his credit, he showed up and answered every last question, though it was clear to see he was in agony.

    He'll get another, completely unexpected crack at the belt May 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, facing Anthony Johnson as the replacement for Jones, who was stripped of his title after being arrested Monday for leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury in Albuquerque, N.M.

    Because Jones was stripped, the Cormier-Johnson main event at UFC 187 will be for the full title, not an interim or place-holder belt.

  • The inside story of how Mayweather-Pacquiao was saved

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    Actually, it was a big problem. Tickets weren't on sale for the fight, and as each hour passed, the likelihood that something dramatically bad would occur increased.

    It seemed inconceivable that the fight would be canceled, given the enormous stakes. But this is boxing after all, and nationally televised world championship fights have been canceled only moments before they were to go on air.

    That happened in 1978, when Mike Rossman was supposed to defend his title against Victor Galindez at Caesars Palace on ABC's “Wide World of Sports.” But a dispute arose over the judges, so Top Rank's Bob Arum climbed between the ropes, grabbed the ring announcer's microphone and told the stunned crowd that the event was canceled.

    "Monday, I got a call from ABC and they wanted their money they paid for the fight. I said, 'Did you run commercials?' They said, 'Yes.' And I said, 'Did any of the sponsors ask for their money back?' They said, 'No. ' So I lucked out. We just went on with it."

  • Why Mayweather-Pacquiao reminds Evander Holyfield of his first Mike Tyson fight

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Nearly two decades ago, Evander Holyfield was in an eerily similar position as the one Manny Pacquiao finds himself in now.

    Holyfield was a great, highly accomplished fighter, but on Nov. 9, 1996, he was facing Mike Tyson, a man at the top of the sport and one many experts felt was invincible at that stage.

    A battalion of reporters were asked for their prediction on the outcome. All but one chose Tyson. Bookmakers set the betting line at 25-1.

    The Nevada Athletic Commission had ordered Holyfield to undergo an exhaustive series of physical examinations, just to be sure he was fine.

    Through it all, Holyfield exuded confidence. He politely answered the doubters and smiled at the numerous outrageous questions.

    On Saturday, Pacquiao will meet Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the very ring inside the MGM Grand Garden where Holyfield came through as a 25-1 underdog and stopped Tyson in the 11th round to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

    Like Holyfield so many years before him, Pacquiao appears totally at peace with himself. He told a gathering of about 1,000 fans who came to cheer him at a pep rally at Mandalay Bay not to worry.

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  • Floyd Mayweather vs. Bob Arum: not your normal rivalry

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 4 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Sometime in the early-to-mid 1990s, Bob Arum did a market survey to learn more about his customers.

    The Top Rank CEO wanted to know who was watching and what kind of matches they were interested in seeing. To his surprise, boxing at that point was being carried largely because of the interest and passion of Hispanic fans.

    The tragic death of Duk Koo Kim during a 1982 bout with Ray Mancini on national television was still fresh in the minds of many. The NBA, which playoff games had long been shown on tape delay at 11:30 p.m., had entered the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird-Michael Jordan era and was gaining enormous popularity.

    The NFL was catching up to Major League Baseball as the country's national pastime. Interest in boxing began to wane.

    And so, as the 1996 U.S. Olympic Games approached, Arum felt he had to shape his company with a Hispanic tinge. He began to sign Mexican and Mexican-American boxers in droves.

    When he looked at the fighters in the U.S. Olympic program as the 1996 Atlanta Games neared, the one who most fit with where he wanted to take his company was a fiery Mexican-American prospect named Fernando Vargas.

  • Manny Pacquiao welcomes Floyd Mayweather, fans to 'The Manny Team'

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 4 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather is an unquestioned marketing genius. Even Bob Arum, the Top Rank CEO and Mayweather's first professional promoter, admits that.

    Arum and Mayweather have feuded on and off throughout the years, even when they were together, but Arum, arguably the greatest promoter in the sport's long history, concedes Mayweather's ability to market himself.

    "He kept asking us to market and promote him to that hip-hop market and he turned out to be 100 percent correct," Arum said. "He left us and he went out and did that and he became hugely successful with that market."

    Mayweather's company is "The Money Team," and merchandise with his image and the TMT logo is available online and in a large store in the lobby of the MGM Grand, where on Saturday, Mayweather and Pacquiao will meet in a megafight that could generate $400 million.

    Many of the shirts Mayweather is selling include the TMT logo or images of Mayweather himself against the backdrop of the Filipino flag.

    Pacquiao, the No. 2 boxer in the world, is also a Filipino congressman.