Boxing

  • Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao pass all drug tests

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 14 hrs ago

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were each tested 19 times for performance-enhancing drug use both prior to and following their May 2 mega-fight at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, and both men passed all of the examinations.

    According to records provided by the Nevada Athletic Commisison, each man gave 11 urine and eight blood samples. Among the special analyses given to the samples were Carbon Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (CIR/IRMS) testing as well as tests to detect usage of EPO and human growth hormone.

    Mayweather gave urine on March 13, 18, 19 and 28, April 2, 10, 15, 21 and 27 and May 1 and 2. He gave blood samples on March 13, 18 and 28, April 2, 10, 15 and 21 and May 2.

    Paquiao gave urine on March 14, 17, 23 and 24, April 1, 9, 16, 22 and 27 and May 1 and 2. Pacquiao gave blood samples on March 14, 17 and 24, April 1, 9, 16 and 22 and May 2.

    Nevada rules permit the mixes that Mayweather took, but because USADA was overseeing the testing he applied for and was granted the TUE for them.

    All tests came back negative.

  • Roman Gonzalez absolutely brilliant in two-round destruction of Edgar Sosa

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 6 days ago

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Floyd Mayweather has been largely unchallenged as the world's finest fighter for more than a decade. Now, though, there may be a debate.

    Flyweight Roman Gonzalez made his HBO debut on Saturday a spectacular one, dumping Edgar Sosa three times en route to a successful WBC title defense at The Forum, forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to stop it at 2:37 of the second. It raised Gonzalez's record to 43-0 with his 37th knockout and burnished his reputation as an elite champion.

    He may not be the best in the world yet, but there aren't but a very few fighters who are better than he is at this stage.

    Gonzalez, 28, started slowly in the first round, getting the measure of Sosa, who was moving away.

    It was for good reason. Once Gonzalez got his sense of timing and distance, he was blistering Sosa with near-perfect three- and four-punch combinations. He was working the body and the head and showing the complete arsenal of speed, power, boxing ability and defense.

    Gonzalez has been one of the world's elite for a while, but because American television has had a bias against smaller fighters, he didnt' get an opporunity to fight on the big stage before Saturday.

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao sells 4.4 million PPVs, obliterating former record

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 10 days ago

    The official number for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view is out and, as expected, it was a grand slam.

    Officials announced the May 2 fight at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas sold 4.4 million pay-per-view units that generated more than $400 million in revenue, smashing previous records. The old mark for sales was 2.48 million, set May 5, 2007, when Mayweather defeated Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas. The former revenue record was $150 million, established by Mayweather in 2013 in a fight with Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand that sold 2.2 million pay-per-views.

    The live paid gate for Mayweather-Pacquiao was more than $71 million, besting the Mayweather-Alvarez record of $20 million by 350 percent.

    It also sold more than 46,000 closed-circuit seats in Clark County, Nev., helping push total revenue to more than $500 million.

    Yahoo Sports reported exclusively last week that pay-per-view sales from just satellite and telecom companies were 2.2 milllion.

     

  • Mayweather now says no to rematch with Pacquiao, calls him a 'coward'

    Joe Garza at Boxing 15 days ago

    Floyd Mayweather may have been gracious in the lead-up and in the immediate aftermath of his unanimous decision welterweight title victory over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday night, but it apparently didn’t last.

    In an exclusive interview with Jim Gray that is scheduled to premiere Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime, the pound-for-pound king calls Pacquiao a “sore loser” and a “coward” and backtracked on reports that he would be interested in a rematch with the Filipino star.

    “Did I text [ESPN’s] Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again?” Mayweather told Gray. “Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. … If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’ ”

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV sales are astronomically high; could hit 5 million

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 15 days ago

    Yahoo Sports on Thursday learned sales figures for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on DirecTV and Dish Network, as well as AT&T's uVerse and Verizon's FIOS services. Those add up to 2.25 million sales, which even without one sale from a cable company customer would make it tied for the second-highest-selling pay-per-view of all time.

    DirecTV sold 1.15 million pay-per-views, while Dish's number was 500,000. The telephone companies combined for 600,000. Combined, that is 2.25 million already. If cable systems wound up being 60 percent of the total, that would mean the final figure is a mind-boggling 5.625 million.

    Mayweather has already participated in the top two best-selling pay-per-view fights of all time, but their totals have combined for 4.73 million. The 2007 match with Oscar De La Hoya stands No. 1, with 2.48 million sales. The 2013 Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez bout sold 2.25 million.

    If cable hits 60 percent of total sales and Mayweather-Pacquiao winds up doing 5.625 million, it would exceed Nos. 1 and 2 on the list by 895,000 sales.

     

  • Manny Pacquiao undergoes rotator cuff surgery, expected to completely recover

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 16 days ago

    Pacquiao returned to his Beverly HIlls, Calif., home following the surgery. He was said to be in pain, but in good spirits.

    News of the injury broke shortly after Pacquiao lost a unanimous decision Saturday to Floyd Mayweather in a bout that will generate in excess of $400 million in gross revenue. Pay-per-view sales alone could hit that, as sales are expected to climb near 4.5 million.

    According to a statement released by Pacquiao's publicist, ElAttrache said he "could not be more pleased with the results," and said Pacquiao should be able to return to boxing without limitations.

    He will be sidelined a minimum of four to six months before he does any activity and isn't likely to be able to fight for much longer than that.

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

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 17 days 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. pic.twitter.com/uwKT33AnQd

    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 18 days 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.

     

  • Mike Tyson shoves fan for getting a little too handsy with him

    Ryan McKinnell at Boxing 18 days ago

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    Being a celebrity has its perks: the money, the attention, the freebies, the travel – the whole package seems like a dream for most everybody outside the club .

    However, what about the overzealous fans who step over each other for a photo with you?

    Mike Tyson was the king of boxing in the late-1980s/early-'90s. Equally as nightmare-inducing for his work inside the ring as he was for his reputation outside, "Iron Mike" became the most feared man of a generation.

    Then he was a convicted felon. Next came bankruptcy. Shortly after, a battle with cocaine and alcohol. Finally, a reformed Tyson debuted this decade and fans have gotten to see the boxing great in classic motion picture cameos and some were lucky enough to catch Tyson on Broadway where he performed his one-man show, "The Undisputed Truth."

    So he's reformed, yes. But is he soft and cuddly? Well, that's your mistake to make.

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  • Mayweather-Pacquiao immortalized with hilarious Punch-Out parody

    Ryan McKinnell at Boxing 18 days ago

    Many who grew up in the 1970s and '80s know all about Mike–Tyson's Punch-Out, but it was a video game on Nintendo. The game featured a young upstart boxer "Little Mac" as he attempted to climb the ladder of fictitious 8-bit boxers (Soda Popinski, Mr. Sandman, King Hippo were some of the names that will ring familiar with gaming fans) in the hopes of finally reaching the coveted prize of facing off against "Iron Mike" himself.

    If you ever did reach Tyson in the final fight, chances are you were decimated just like all of his other foes during the late-80s – Lord knows I was. Seriously, how much money can a person spend on broken controllers? (Wait, this was 1987... How much of your parents' money can a person spend on broken controllers?")

    This generation's enigma is undefeated 48-0 Floyd Mayweather. If Tyson was known for his vicious power and killer instinct inside the ring, Mayweather carries a reputation for the opposite: he's fast, elusive and one of the greatest counterpunchers the sport of boxing has ever seen.

    One thing is perfectly clear: No one would have had a chance if "Money" was the final boss...