- Kevin Iole at Boxing18 hrs ago
Major changes appear afoot at Mayweather Promotions, with CEO Leonard Ellerbe's job in apparent jeopardy, according to comments by pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. to FightHype.com's Ben Thompson.
In a brief question-and-answer session with Thompson, Mayweather indicated unhappiness with cutman/hand wrapper Rafael Garcia, and suggested there are problems between Ellerbe and himself.
Just last week, a glowing feature on Ellerbe ran in the Washington Post in which Mayweather lavished praised upon him.
It takes brains to want to surround yourself with brains. I want to surround myself with the best businessmen that I can possibly surround myself with. Leonard is a very shrewd businessman.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing6 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- The thawing of relations between boxing's two most powerful promotional companies took another step forward on Thursday when Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya met with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and president Todd duBoef.
Arum confirmed to Yahoo Sports that De La Hoya, in town to promote the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand on Saturday, was in Top Rank's offices, but he declined to comment beyond that.
It is at least the second known meeting between the sides since July, when De La Hoya reached out to Arum in an attempt to settle their differences and begin working together again.
What has become known as "The Cold War" in boxing began in 2006 when Manny Pacquiao signed promotional agreements with Top Rank and Golden Boy at the same time. An arbiter sided with Top Rank, though it is required to pay Golden Boy a fee for each Top Rank-promoted Pacquiao bout.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing6 days ago
Mickey Bey has rattled off two straight wins since his surprise 2013 loss to John Molina. The lightweight next gets a shot at IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquezthis Saturday on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II ppv.
Though the sometimes cocky fighter knows he's an underdog, he doesn't mind the role. “I prefer this," he said at a recent media day.
"People don’t know how hungry or determined I am. You never know who’s gonna come out on top in this game, you never know for sure what the guy has inside, and you never know what a fighter’s gonna bring that night. So you’ve got to be ready."
Bey understands the opportunity before him and says it is the result of his focus and hard work. “The world title fight for me is huge and it just shows that being patient and doing the hard work pays off," he continued.
"I’ve had a lot of interruptions but you just have to stay patient, stick with it without losing focus, training hard and never think about quitting or giving up."
- Kevin Iole at Boxing7 days ago
LAS VEGAS -- It's rare anyone lays a glove on Floyd Mayweather, but the world's best pound-for-pound boxer took a beating on Wednesday. This time, though, it wasn't from a fellow boxer in the ring, but from boxing media criticizing him for comments he'd made earlier about former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Near the end of an approximately half-hour session Tuesday in a lounge off the main lobby at the MGM Grand, Mayweather was asked his opinion of the video that surfaced showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee, Janay, with a left hook in an elevator in Atlantic City, N.J.
Mayweather never expressed remorse that Janay Rice was knocked unconscious and instead said the NFL should have kept Rice's suspension at two games. When a reporter said the video of the Rice incident was disturbing, Mayweather seemingly dismissed it.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing8 days ago
Boxer Bobby Hornsby (8-0-1) may be new to the professional fight game but he's already gotten the attention of Gatorade, as much for his inspiring story as for his solid amateur record. The light welterweight out of Georgia is the subject of a new Gatorade: Win from Within documentary short (above), which highlights he and his mother overcoming abuse from his father and making positive choices to better their lives.
It's always big news when a major brand gets behind a fighter, these days, but the short film is also just fun and feel-good to watch. Though it's wholly produced by Gatorade, it's low on branding on much bigger on interviews with Hornsby, his mother, coach and other loved ones.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing8 days ago
So, it's not quite up there with Dennis Rodman , but this is still pretty strange. Former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson met with embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford onTuesday, and then gave a glowing endorsement of Ford as "the best mayor in Toronto's history."
Being a boxer, movie and television star and boxing promoter is one thing, but we're not sure who would be impressed with Tyson's seemingly unqualified perspective on civic management. And only Rob Ford would roll out a convicted rapist to endorse him in order to gain public favor.
"We're cut from the same cloth," Ford said of he and "Kid Dynamite."
"There's no nonsense. I respect him"
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing8 days ago
Miguel Vazquez says that few coaches have tried to change his defensive, awkward style of fighting. Though, the ones that did never got very far.
"People didn't really try to change me too much, but when they did, I always went back to my style before long," he tells Yahoo Sports.
"It's just who I am. I wasn't comfortable fighting any other way."
Vazquez is recognized by those in the boxing know as one of the best pure boxers in the sport. However, the IBF lightweight champ doesn't get a whole lot of celebration for the distinction.
Unlike the Mexican fighter archetype, the Jalisco native is far from a blood and guts, all-offense type of fighter. And, he's more than fine with that.
In fact, Vazquez says he is proud to prove a point with his effective style. Mexican fighters are not just mindless sluggers, but fine technicians who are capable of avoiding damage as well, he says.
"That’s how I see it," he says.
"I am trying to change the stereotype of Mexican fighters as just being about purely attacking. Defense is important. Mexican fighters can be defensive just like any other boxer."
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing9 days ago
WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz considers former training partner Manuel Roman a friend. Still, the Mexican fighter didn't hesitate to sign on the dotted line to fight Roman on Sep. 13 on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II ppv.
Santa Cruz and Roman didn't bother to speak or text with one another before deciding to fighting one another, either. The way the champ looks at it, his admiration of and respect for Roman made giving him a title shot an easy decision.
"No, we didn’t talk about nothing," Santa Cruz tells Yahoo! Sports.
"I decided to give him the opportunity because he's worked hard and he deserves it."
In the world of prize fighting, fighting a friend is a way to give one another professional opportunities, in addition to black eyes. However, Santa Cruz says that he won't have any problem pulling the trigger on Roman in the squared circle, come fight night.
"Training to fight him is a bit tough, psychologically, but naw," he maintains.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing12 days ago
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the coach and father of boxing's pound-for-pound champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr., began on defensive footing this week during Mayweather's media day in Las Vegas. "Money"Mayweather was tested more than he had been in over a decade last May in decision win over Marcos Maidana.
On Sep. 13, the two will rematch. Floyd Sr. tried to dismiss the first fight, early on.
“Floyd beat Maidana in the first fight and there’s really nothing else to say," the coach said.
“Maidana is going to get his butt whooped again, just in a more fashionable way this time around."
- Kevin Iole at Boxing13 days ago
Unbeaten Peter Quillin announced on social media Thursday that he was dropping his WBO middleweight title and declining a career-high $1.4 million purse to defend against Matt Korobov.
A planned Quillin-Korobov bout would have been Nov. 1 at the Barclay's Center in Quillin's hometown in the New York borough of Brooklyn. Not only would Quillin have earned a career-high purse, but he'd have been heavily favored to win.
A peek behind the curtain, though, may explain what is going on.
Quillin's adviser is the powerful Al Haymon, who made his mark in the music industry before getting into boxing. Roc Nation Sports won a purse bid at $1.9 million for the right to promote the Quillin-Korobov fight. Roc Nation's bid was more than the bids of Golden Boy Promotions ($1.207 million) and Top Rank's ($515,000) combined.
Roc Nation's principal is hip hop star Jay Z. There is no love lost between Haymon and Jay Z.