Kevin Iole

  • UFC fighters to be paid on Reebok sponsorship deal based upon seniority

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 8 hrs ago

    UFC fighters will earn anywhere from $2,500 to $40,000 per fight for wearing Reebok-branded gear into the Octagon, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said during a conference call Wednesday.

    Fertitta said fighters will be paid based upon tenure, rather than rankings, because it was more fair and would lead to fewer disputes. In addition, fighters will earn 20 to 30 percent of gross revenues based upon sales of merchandise bearing their name and/or likeness.

    He also said that fighters are free to continue to keep their other sponsors, though they can't wear those logos into the cage or during officially sponsored UFC activities such as a news conference or open workout.

    The pay per fight, which begins at UFC 189 on July 11 in Las Vegas, is as follows:


    Fertitta said all UFC fights would be considered, so a fighter such as Josh Barnett, who competed in the UFC before Zuffa purchased the company, would have those bouts count toward determining tenure. Additionally, fighters who competed in the now-defunct Strikeforce or World Extreme Cagefighting organizations when those were owned and operated by Zuffa will be able to have those bouts count.


  • Will Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view record ever be broken?

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    Whatever the final sales figures for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view happens to be, it's going to be a long time before another fight approaches it.

    Sales are still being totaled and it's not likely that an announcement will be made until the end of the week, at the earliest. Trends, though, are extremely high and it will obliterate the record of 2.48 million. That was set in 2007, when Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand.

    Buys for Mayweather's victory over Pacquiao on Saturday will soar past 4 million.

    It took a perfect set of circumstances for the stage to be set for that type of fight to occur, and though the record will likely be broken in the future, it's going to take a long time.

    Boxing promoters and television executives consider the April 19, 1991, bout in Atlantic City, N.J., between Evander Holyfield and "Big" George Foreman as the first pay-per-view bout. There were roughly 15 million addressable homes and the fight sold 1.45 million.

    That day is a long way away, though.

  • UFC restructures its Hall of Fame, creates four distinct wings for induction

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 1 day ago

    The UFC announced Tuesday that it will dramatically overhaul its Hall of Fame, creating four new categories for inductees and definining criteria for selection. Previously, the members were chosen almost exclusively by UFC president Dana White.

    The new categories for inductees are:

    • Modern era wing: All fighters who made their pro debut after Nov. 17, 2000, and UFC 28, when the unified rules were first implemented, are eligible for selection in this class.

    • Pioneer era wing: This category will honor fighters who debuted prior to UFC 28 or Nov. 17, 2000.

    • Contributors wing: This category will honor anyone or any group that has made a significant contribution to the sport beyond fighting. It will consider, for example, referees, judges, trainers,  commissioners, announcers and promoters. So, people such as Greg Jackson, the elite trainer at Jackson's MMA; announcer Joe Rogan and/or referee "Big" John McCarthy would be eligible for selection in this category.

    The 12 people already in the Hall of Fame will be divided into one of these categories.

    White will lead a committee of UFC employees in the selection process.


  • Rematch? Floyd Mayweather says he's open to idea of fighting Pacman again

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 day ago

    Following his victory over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. very clearly laid out his future at the post-fight news conference.

    He planned to fight again in September and then would retire, he said. He noted that he's closing in on 40 years old and said he doesn't love boxing much anymore.

    But in boxing, never say never. Results from the pay-per-view sales of the heavily hyped fight have yet to come in, but sources are telling Yahoo Sports it will exceed four million sales and could get close to an unheard of five million.

    The figures won't be released for a while, but Mayweather clearly knows the trends.

    THIS JUST IN: Floyd Mayweather says in a text to @stephenasmith that he would give Manny Pacquiao a rematch.

    And that could be the reason that he apparently has so abruptly changed course. On Tuesday, 'SportsCenter' released two tweets, saying that Mayweather told ESPN 'First Take' host Stephen A. Smith via text message that he would be open to a rematch with Pacquiao.

  • Former world champion 'Six Heads' Lewis dies in accident in Guyana

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 1 day ago

    Andrew Lewis, a stylish southpaw boxer with the colorful nickname "Six Heads" died Monday in his native Guyana of injuries he suffered when the bicycle he was riding was struck by an automobile. He was 44.

    Lewis was 23-4-2 with one no-contest and briefly held the WBA welterweight title. He captured the vacant belt by stopping James Page in the seventh round of a Feb. 17, 2001, bout in Las Vegas. He made one successful defense, by defeating Larry Marks, and had a no-contest after a clash of heads with Ricardo Mayorga.

    Mayorga lifted the title from Lewis in a rematch on March 30, 2002, in Reading, Pa.

    A left-hander, Lewis was more of a technical boxer, though he did have some pop.

    He earned the nickname "Six Heads" during an amateur boxing tournament when he was just 7. He hit an opponent so hard, according to the story Lewis has told, that the opponent quit because he said he saw six heads.


  • Manny Pacquiao's injury debacle leaves bad taste, potential for legal repercussions

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    LAS VEGAS – No matter what, healthy or not, at the top of his game or not, Manny Pacquiao was not going to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    That's an opinion, and there are others who undoubtedly feel differently, but it's an opinion held after years of carefully watching both men.

    Nor is it meant to demean Pacquiao, who is one of the elite fighters in the world and has been for many years.

    It's the simple, cold hard truth: Mayweather is the better fighter. Period .

    The injury became an issue after Yahoo Sports broke the news shortly after the fight that Pacquiao had competed with a bad shoulder.

    On Monday, Top Rank and Team Pacquiao released a statement explaining the circumstances surrounding the alleged injury.

    The final line reads, "However, as Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses. Manny gave it his best."

    The statement is nothing more than an excuse and provides little insight into what happened.

    That brings up an issue regarding the reporting requirements.

    So it was a legitimate angle to promote and report.

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

    Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 5 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.