Boxing

  • Floyd Mayweather says he'll give up his belts: 'I'm not trying to be greedy'

    Joe Garza at Boxing 3 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – In a post-fight news conference that included talk of a Manny Pacquiao shoulder injury, cheering for Floyd Mayweather from some in the press pit and plenty of discussion about Mayweather’s future, perhaps the most surprising aspect was a question regarding Mayweather’s numerous championship belts.

    By defeating Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night in typical Mayweather fashion, the pound-for-pound king added a fifth title to his current collection.

    So a reporter asked Mayweather if he was planning to give up his belts Monday, as he had apparently previously told some members of the media.

    "I'm not trying to be greedy,” Mayweather said.

    What belts would Mayweather be relinquishing?

    Ya know, unless he changes his mind.

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

    Kevin Iole at Boxing 5 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 .

  • Periscope proves a new method for pirating Mayweather-Pacquiao

    Jay Busbee at Boxing 6 hrs ago

    Floyd Mayweather completely controlled his Saturday night fight against Manny Pacquiao for a unanimous victory.

    Against Twitter and Periscope, though, Mayweather didn't even land a glove.

    The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight cost up to $100 to purchase in-home, with exponentially higher fees for bars showing the fight. HBO and Showtime had been aggressive in chasing down sites illegally streaming the fight,filing lawsuits well before Saturday night. The prevailing belief had been that if you wanted to watch the fight illegally, you needed to create a Virtual Private Network into one of the countries showing the fight for free.

    Turns out, all you needed was a cell phone and a Twitter account.

    Periscope streams didn't just include broadcasts of the fight. Some brave soul was apparently Periscoping from the actual arena itself:

  • Justin Bieber, Jimmy Kimmel and Burger King highlight fighter entrances

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 7 hrs ago

    Justin Bieber, Jimmy Kimmel and the Burger King stole the show before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao tapped gloves at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.

    Because of course they did.

    As has become custom, Mayweather was escorted to the ring by Bieber. They were joined, however, by the Burger King mascot and one presumes the hamburger chain paid a pretty penny for the opportunity.

    Why the Burger King and Justin Bieber pic.twitter.com/krloyHz7YC

    Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, meanwhile, lampooned Mayweather's unique choice of escorts by dressing like Rev Run from Run DMC and sporting a pretty funny t-shirt.

    Love Jimmy Kimmel's shirt it has a Pac-Man eating a bunch of little Mayweather faces pic.twitter.com/eRlJbjVR3D

    Pacquiao, Kimmel and Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, even took time to snap a selfie off during the ring walk.

     

    14 years in the gym for 1 night in the ring. #MayPac pic.twitter.com/VWWxeEkyN9

     

  • Pay-per-view problems delay start of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 8 hrs ago

    The start of Saturday's Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight was delayed after several cable and satellite companies had trouble processing the rush of pay-per-view orders.

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    Fans attempting to plunk down $100 for the fight ran into trouble in several different ways and experienced difficulties when they attempted to resolve the problems with customer service. Frustrated the fans lodged complaints on social media toward several companies including DirecTV, Charter and Time Warner.

    @DIRECTV Done hanging tight. Busy shopping for new provider. #MayweatherPacquiao

    Here's what the #MayweatherPacquiao fight looks like on @Charter ...who is currently redefining "one moment" pic.twitter.com/9ERrMfsT3V

     

  • Sports world reacts to the Mayweather's win

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Boxing 8 hrs ago

    Boring. Dominant. Refund-worthy. Solidifying.

    Reactions to Floyd Mayweather's win over Manny Pacquiao hit across the spectrum, including from those in the pro sports world. Torii Hunter found himself in hot water early on after he seemed to brush Mayweather's history of domestic violence. Here's a look at musings from other athletes via social media: 

    That fight was horrible. #bringheavyweightsback #knockout #actualboxing

    Sorry boxing fans.

    We waited 5 years for that... #underwhelmed #MayPac

    Underwhelming.

    I hope the rematch costs 9.99.

     

  • Las Vegas airport clogged with private planes ahead of fight

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 9 hrs ago

    Don't you just hate it when you arrive somewhere and there's no place to park your Learjet?

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    That was the #firstworldproblem greeting some of the well-heeled Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao  fans arriving at McCarran Internation in Las Vegas for Saturday night's fight.

    Los Angeles sports anchor Liz Habib and others tweeted insane pictures of the parking situation, which looked like a crazy Flight Control game gone awry.

    Private Jets at Las Vegas airport!!! Wing to wing- airport closed now to private planes #MayPac pic.twitter.com/hj8eIZ71wc

    Private plane parking nearing capacity at McCarran #fightweekend #news3lv pic.twitter.com/lUn7e9AEaQ

     

  • Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard: Lomachenko defends featherweight title

    Joe Garza at Boxing 9 hrs ago

    LAS VEGAS – WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko turned in a workman-like performance against overmatched Gamalier Rodriguez on Saturday, winning by ninth-round knockout on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Lomachenko, 27, displayed quick hands and great footwork, but started slowly and didn’t provide the kind of show expected of one of the most talented and heralded young fighters in boxing.

    “In the first couple of rounds, I was just feeling him out, seeing what he had to offer and then I did what I had to do,” Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) said through an interpreter.

    After the third round, he began hitting Rodriguez (25-3-3, 17 KOs) at will before a sparse and quiet crowd that didn’t seem all too interested almost two hours before the main event.

    A point was deducted from Rodriguez in the fifth round for low blows, and he also was knocked down by Lomachenko in the seventh round after a hard left to the chest.

    In the ninth, Lomachenko hurt Rodriguez with a right hook and finished him off with a straight right to the head at the 50-second mark.

    Santa Cruz cruises

    But Santa Cruz has his mind on someone else.

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  • Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and teammates head to Vegas after Kentucky Derby

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 10 hrs ago

    It's good to be a New England Patriot.

    Hours after landing in Louisville to attend Saturday's Kentucky Derby festivities, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola hopped on a charter jet to head about 2,000 miles west to Las Vegas and the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight.

    Edelman tweeted a picture of the trio of world champions en route ...

    @RobGronkowski @DannyAmendola @Zegna left derby now to the fight rocking out to that #geazy #patsboomsqaud pic.twitter.com/82njPrB3ZV

    ... while Gronkowski filed a spirited video informing fans of his plans for the night to Bleacher Report ...

     Judging from the cash that Gronk is flashing in that video, it looks like drinks in the club are on him.

    While Tom Brady wasn't picture in any of the social media posts on the plane, he surfaced in Vegas and was interviewed ringside by Jim Gray before the fight.

     

  • Two female journalists say Floyd Mayweather's team has banned them from covering fight

    Kevin Kaduk at Boxing 17 hrs ago

    Two of the biggest names in sports journalism said they won't be covering Saturday night's fight because their credential requests were blocked by Floyd Mayweather's team — a charge the fighter's PR team denied.

    Here's what CNN's Rachel Nichols and ESPN's Michelle Beadle said on Twitter early Saturday morning.

    No fight for me or @MichelleDBeadle. Mayweather's team told my producer the camp was blocking my credential. https://t.co/JTjjXadPp8

    I, along with @Rachel__Nichols, have been banned from the MGM Grand Arena for the fight tonight by the Mayweather camp. #TheFightGame

    Mayweather spokesperson Kelly Swanson later took to Twitter to deny the reporters' claims, saying Nichols was indeed credentialed and that Beadle had been credentialed through HBO Boxing.

    "No one including ME banned Rachel Nichols from covering the fight," Swanson wrote.

    Credential requests for the fight were administered by Magna Media.