- Kevin Iole at Boxing11 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- Last month, Timothy Bradley told Yahoo Sports that he injured his feet during his first bout with Manny Pacquiao because he did not wear socks.
Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach mocked Bradley about it and laughed when he heard Bradley said he did it because former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once went without socks.
"How stupid is that, to think that Tyson didn't wear socks when he fought?" Roach asked Yahoo Sports. "I trained Tyson and I know. He wore socks. He wore the low-cut kind and you couldn't see them inside his shoes, but he had them on. What's this guy thinking?"
Pacquiao laughed at questions about Bradley's lack of socks. But in his first fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, Pacquiao complained about the socks he wore that night.
In a blog he wrote for Top Rank after the draw with Marquez in Las Vegas, Pacquiao said the socks he wore were far too thin that they caused him blisters.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing12 days ago
LAS VEGAS – The dispute between Top Rank and the MGM widened Thursday when Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said he will consider legal action against the resort that is hosting the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch Saturday in its Grand Garden Arena.
Arum said the actions of the last several days, when advertisements for the May 3 Floyd Mayweather fight with Marcos Maidana were plastered all over the MGM Grand with the Pacquiao-Bradley fight just days away, "shows what a poorly run company this is," Arum said.
Arum said he has spoken to his attorneys, Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso of O'Melveny & Myers, about the dispute.
"Top Rank could have claims for breach of contract and tortuous interference," Petrocelli said. "But I need to sit down and go over all this with Bob before I comment any further."
Petrocelli said he just arrived in Las Vegas and plans to sit down with Arum.
The biggest issue, Arum said, is not that the MGM is promoting a fight for a chief rival, but that it's created a conflict among sponsors. The Mayweather-Maidana fight on May 3 is sponsored by Corona. Saturday's Pacquiao-Bradley fight is sponsored by Tecate.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing13 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- An oversized photo of superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is festooned on the side of the MGM Grand and has for several years greeted visitors who are heading East on Tropicana Ave. toward Las Vegas Blvd.
But it is not that smiling visage of boxing's pound-for-pound king which has made Top Rank CEO Bob Arum so irate. That photo is there as a result of a contract, and Arum said he is not bothered by it.
He is, however, extraordinarily irate by the prominent advertising in and around the casino for the May 3 Mayweather fight at the MGM against Marcos Maidana. During Wednesday's news conference to promote Saturday's rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and later in a lengthy and explosive interview with Yahoo Sports, Arum unloaded on Richard Sturm, the president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts Entertainment and Sports, for being responsible for so much Mayweather advertising.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog19 days ago
Boxer Manny Pacquiao made his regular pre-fight appearance Wednesday on ABC's late-night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," but this time around, the Pacman was upstaged a bit.
Pacquiao regularly appears on Kimmel's show to help promote his next fight, in this case his April 12 pay-per-view rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the WBO welterweight title against unbeaten Timothy Bradley.
Usually, Pacquiao is the biggest star, but this time around, that was not the case. The first guest on the show was former President Bill Clinton, whose segment went long and forced Pacquiao's to be cut a bit short.
Clinton, though, heartily endorsed Pacquiao, who is a congressman in the Philippines. Clinton said he hoped that Pacquiao would one day be elected the country's president.
He didn't say it in so many words, but the impact was obvious. Now, Clinton was elected as a liberal, and Pacquiao has very conservative views, particularly on social issues. But Clinton, who has met Pacquiao several times, is clearly impressed by him personally.
Kimmel asked Clinton if he missed being president. In answering that question, Clinton brought up Pacquiao.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing19 days ago
Sergey Kovalev staked a claim on Saturday as the world's best light heavyweight with his seventh round knockout of badly overmatched Cedric Agnew in the ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
"The Krusher," as he is known, also did a surprisingly good rating for his debut as an HBO main eventer. The bout averaged 1.006 million viewers and peaked at 1.048 million.
It was a solid number and exceeded the figure that the highly popular middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin drew in his first HBO main event in 2012. Golovkin, who is now one of HBO's biggest stars, attracted 685,000 viewers for his Sept. 1, 2012, bout with Gregorz Proksa.
There is a key difference, however: It was Golovkin's first time fighting on television in the U.S., whereas Kovalev had appeared multiple times on NBC Sports Network and then twice in undercard fights on HBO. It's likely the audience had a greater familiarity with Kovalev than it did Golovkin at the time of his debut.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing26 days ago
Al Haymon is arguably the most powerful man in boxing, and he frequently raises the ire of his competitors though he never says a word publicly. One of the shrewdest managers in the sport, Haymon is as elusive as Big Foot. His most prominent client, pound-for-pound champ Floyd Mayweather, playfully refers to Haymon as "The Ghost."
Whenever big news breaks in boxing, Haymon is almost always involved, either directly or indirectly. In just the last couple of weeks, his stable of boxers expanded to include Adonis Stevenson, Chad Dawson, Luis Collazo, brothers Lamont and Anthony Peterson, Robert Guerrero and Rances Barthelemy.
When Stevenson spurned an offer from HBO to sign with Showtime, Kathy Duva of Main Events immediately pointed the finger at Haymon. Duva promotes Sergey Kovalev and was hopeful that a mega-fight between Kovalev and Stevenson could have been made this year.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing27 days ago
As fingers point in multiple directions in the fallout over the mess that saw Adonis Stevenson wind up on Showtime for his next fight rather than HBO, one salient point is being overlooked:
None of this would be an issue if HBO had done its job last year and made certain not to televise an otherwise meaningless doubleheader featuring Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev without first having an agreement in place for them to meet on HBO in their next fight.
But HBO failed to lock the fighters up when it had the opportunity. That failure has directly led to the disastrous situation that boxing once again finds itself in, where everyone involved is blaming someone else, where the fight fans want to see can't be made because of politics and where blame for the lack of a deal abounds.
This much is not in dispute: On Jan. 23, Kovalev promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events and Stevenson promoter Yvon Michel of GYM agreed via email to the terms and the revenue splits between them.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing28 days ago
Only hours after sources at HBO confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that the premium cable network opted not to renegotiate its deal with WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, rival Showtime announced it had reached a deal for the power-punching Stevenson to fight Andrzej Fonfaraon May 24 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Showtime Sports' executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza said the deal is for the Fonfara fight, but added, "There is a structure which allows us to continue for multiple fights beyond that."
Showtime has IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins facing WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19 in Washington, D.C. If Hopkins beats Shumenov in that bout, Showtime would likely then pit him with Stevenson. Hopkins told Yahoo Sports last year he had great interest in facing Stevenson.
"Both Adonis and Bernard have business they need to take care of, but, yes, that is a fight we would be interested in doing," Espinoza said.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing Experts Blog29 days ago
Middleweight champion Chris Weidman needs minor surgery on both of his knees to repair a bothersome meniscus, forcing the postponement of his title defense against Lyoto Machida until July 5 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports Monday.
The Weidman-Machida fight had been planned as the main event for UFC 173 on May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden. But because of Weidman's knees, it will be pushed back until July at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
White said he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta are working on a new main event for May 24, but said he had nothing to announce yet.
"This is something that's been bothering him for a while," White said. "The knee pops out and Lorenzo had told him a while ago to just get it taken care of and be done with it. He didn't do it, and unfortunately, it became more and more of a problem for him."
White said Weidman will need four-to-six weeks to recover from the surgery and said "we're very confident," he'll be healed in time to fight Machida, the former light heavyweight champion, on July 5 in the main event of UFC 175.
Amir Khan’s decision to take difficult fight proves he’s starting to grasp what it takes to become a boxing starKevin Iole at Boxing29 days ago
Amir Khan deserves some credit.
He's been beaten up badly by American fans and media for the way he handled landing a possible May 3 bout against Floyd Mayweather. From the moment that Khan first thought such a bout realistic, he shoved all other fights from his mind.
He passed on a potential Dec. 7 title fight against Devon Alexander and wound up sitting around doing nothing for months. When Mayweather finally chose Marcos Maidana, the fighter the fans clearly preferred to see, Khan threw a hissy fit.
Sitting on the sidelines is rarely the right answer, and Khan learned a hard lesson.
But give him some much-deserved credit: He's taken a tough fight against Luis Collazo on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard on May 3 in Las Vegas. There is still no guarantee that Khan gets Mayweather in September, assuming as most do that Mayweather gets past Maidana.
Khan, though, is doing now what he should have done last year in order to make the best case for himself: fight.