Kevin Iole at Boxing 19 hrs 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.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 21 hrs 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.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 2 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.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 2 days ago
One of the reasons why attorneys usually sweat out a jury's decision is because two people can frequently see the same set of facts in vastly different ways.
And that's what is happening, in a sense, during the buildup to the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao has made a number of changes to his normal routine as he prepares to face Mayweather, the man widely regarded as the top fighter in the world.
Pacquiao has watched a great deal of video of Mayweather, which he often doesn't do. He shut off media access for the last month when he's normally very open and accessible. And he's made all of his sparring sessions off-limits to everyone but to those approved by his trainer, Freddie Roach.
In addition, Pacquiao has decided not to participate in the customary "grand arrival" ceremony on Tuesday at the MGM Grand as he has typically done.
"It's the first thing we're doing on Fight Week that's for the fans and they're skipping it," Ellerbe said.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 3 days ago
Major fights have kicked off the last few years in Las Vegas with what has become known as "The Grand Arrivals." An elaborate set-up is constructed in the lobby of the MGM Grand.
The public and media are invited, there is festive music playing and, occasionally, an extremely and frequently obnoxious DJ shouting incessantly. It's become as much a part of the fight week ceremonies as the nose-to-nose staredown at the weigh-in.
It's not going to be quite the same for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, which will be May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden. Mayweather will do his grand arrival at the MGM as usual on Tuesday, though the final schedule hasn't been released. But Top Rank CEO Bob Arum chose not to have Pacquiao participate.
So Pacquiao will quietly bus into Las Vegas from his Los Angeles-based training camp on Monday and will stay at Mandalay Bay. On Tuesday, instead of an arrival ceremony, Arum said he'll have Pacquiao meet the media in a ballroom in the bowels of the casino, away from the screaming fans.
"Manny doesn't need all the chaos that ensues with a grand arrival," Arum said.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 3 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- The amount of money that is being generated by the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 is staggering. The fight will likely gross in excess of $400 million and Mayweather's purse alone could hit $200 million.
As amazing as it sounds, it's nothing when one considers this:
There is a chance, and a pretty good chance at that, that by the time Mayweather retires, he'll wind up with $1 billion in career earnings. Yes, that's billion with a B.
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said Mayweather is "already more than halfway there." If he hits $200 million for the Pacquiao fight, it would be hard to imagine that he couldn't make it.
Mayweather is 47-0 and has two more fights on his contract. According to Forbes, Mayweather made $224 million from 2012 through 2014. Adding $200 million from the Pacquiao fight to that is $424 million, and that counts only six fights (Miguel Cotto in 2012, Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez in 2013, Marcos Maidana twice in 2014 and Pacquiao on May 2).
It's mind-boggling to think that any athlete could make that kind of money, particularly in a sport like boxing.
Joe Garza at Boxing 3 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)
Kevin Iole at Boxing 4 days ago
Leslie Moonves has done it again.
The president and CEO of CBS Corporation, whose involvement was credited with helping Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao reach a dealto fight each other, saved the day a second time.
A dispute between Top Rank, Mayweather Promotions and the MGM Grand was putting the fight at risk. But a late morning conference call resolved all outstanding issues, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.
Arum said he and Top Rank president Todd duBoef met with Moonves and Mayweather adviser Al Haymon and that nothing now stands in the way of the fight going forward.
"We resolved all of the issues and now we're waiting for the paperwork," Arum said. "I said on the call that if what we agreed upon is in the paperwork we receive, we will sign it and the tickets will be released."
Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago
There was a major breakthrough in the ticket debacle between Top Rank and Mayweather Promotions that has brought talk about the May 2 mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to a standstill.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef confirmed to Yahoo Sports he received a ticket manifest late afternoon Tuesday, which he said represents significant progress in the dispute. DuBoef said there were "small issues" with the manifest but he was generally pleased with what he saw.
It is a step forward toward getting a deal done.
"This is very positive news," duBoef told Yahoo Sports after going over the manifest.
Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, angrily said a "lawsuit is inevitable" earlier Tuesday as another day passed with no tickets on sale and no signed contract between the promoters and the venue for the May 2 megafight at the MGM Grand Garden between Pacquiao and unbeaten rival Floyd Mayweather.
Haymon doesn't speak to the media and Hornbuckle couldn't be reached.
Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 days ago
Another day has passed without any word of when – or even if – tickets will go on sale for the Floyd Mayeather-Manny Pacquiao fight that is scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya, who fought Mayweather in 2007 in the top-selling pay-per-view event of all-time and whose company, Golden Boy Promotions, promoted all of Mayweather's fights between 2007 and 2014, was asked his reaction to the fact tickets haven't been put on sale yet.
He didn't pull any punches. He put the onus on Mayweather adviser Al Haymon and took a none-too-subtle zing at Mayweather Promotions.
"We promoted Mayweather's last 10 fights, I believe," De La Hoya told Yahoo Sports. "The promotions all were great. Everything was smooth. We never came across any problems whatsoever. This is mind-boggling. This is shocking, but at the same time, we understand what is going on. This is the Al factor. This is what you get when you deal with Al."