WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao is willing to square up with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor if his potential superfight with Floyd Mayweather fails to materialise, a spokesman said Sunday. "If McGregor will fight me in boxing, why not? MMA is much different than boxing," a spokesman quoted Pacquiao as saying a few days ago.
Since promoter Richard Schaefer founded Ringstar Sports in June, he has concentrated on signing top amateur boxers -- mainly 2016 Olympians -- to begin building his stable. On Friday, though, he went for an established veteran -- former heavyweight and cruiserweight world titleholder David Haye. Schaefer and Haye announced they have formed a 50-50 partnership called Hayemaker Ringstar and will promote cards mainly in the United Kingdom, but also with an eye on the United States. The deal also means Schaefer is coming on board to copromote Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) in his much-anticipated heavyweight fight March 4 against British countryman and cruiserweight titleholder Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs), who is moving up in weight, at the O2 Arena in London.
The last time unified junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford was looking for an opponent, promoter Top Rank, HBO and Crawford settled on John Molina, a hard-nosed brawler who always gives his best effort but had virtually no chance to win. As expected, Crawford pummeled Molina (who was over the 140-pound limit) for eight one-sided rounds on Dec. 10. Now Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), Top Rank and HBO are on the hunt for his next challenger, and there can be only one man under serious consideration if Crawford is going to continue to box at junior welterweight: Felix Diaz. Two other titleholders, Ricky Burns (whom Crawford beat handily to win a lightweight title) and Julius Indongo, are