Whether it was ticket allocations or hotel rooms or myriad other smaller details, it has been a frustrating time for Bob Arum, a promoter who has done thousands of fights going back to the 1960s when he started promoting Muhammad Ali’s fights and is used to being in control.
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If the gathering at Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Las Vegas gym Tuesday was expertly organized, and it was, the one that played out for Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif., was more controlled chaos. Neither setting, of course, lacked for pointed jabs aimed at the other side.
Manny Pacquiao always knew that if he wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., it would have to be on Mayweather’s terms. So Pacquiao gave in on almost every demand — from the split of the purse, to whose name comes first on the promotional material, to the venue for the fight.
A film about Manny Pacquiao released on Wednesday offers a look into the Philippine boxer’s childhood before his much anticipated fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr next month.
Tuesday seemed beyond normal for what you might expect, if you believe normal for a boxing media day is David Hasselhoff holding court for some who at least appeared interested in his opinion and Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury posing for photos inside the gym.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. talked with reporters Tuesday as part of his media day to promote his May 2 megafight with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden. “I think we have two entertaining styles that hopefully will produce a good fight,” Mayweather said.
Manny Pacquiao sings that he’s fighting for the Filipino people in the song he’ll use to enter the ring for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2. And he’s not the first boxer to step into a recording studio.
With less than three weeks left before one of the most expensive fights in history, Floyd Mayweather Jr. spoke out against his history with domestic abuse.
The moment won’t be too big for Showtime’s Al Bernstein when he gets behind the microphone as part of the broadcast team for the megafight between welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden.
Mickey Bey, the International Boxing Federation lightweight champion, recently resumed training after having surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right hand. There had been reports that he would meet Denis Shafikov on April 30 at the Palms in his first title defense, but Bey said they are inaccurate.
Las Vegas super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno won’t be fighting Saturday night in Laredo, Texas.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who promotes Manny Pacquiao, says he needs to have the tickets and hotel rooms secured for the May 2 megafight at the MGM Grand Garden. Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, says the rant is much ado about nothing.
His welterweight showdown with Manny Pacquiao is 25 days away, but Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears ready to get into the ring right now and fight the Filipino congressman. Mayweather has been training like a maniac for the megafight at the MGM Grand Garden, which is expected to do record numbers at the gate and on pay per view.
Las Vegan Diego Magdaleno is moving up to lightweight to fight Luis Solis on April 18 in Arlington, Texas. Magdaleno’s manager is eyeing a title shot against the winner of the World Boxing Organization lightweight title fight between Ray Beltran and Takashiro Ao.
Middleweight champion Gabriel Rosado and Curtis Stevens fought to a seven-round draw Saturday in the main event of Big Knockout Boxing at Mandalay Bay.
Gabe Rosado will defend his Big Knockout Boxing middleweight title when he faces Curtis Stevens in the main event of BKB 2 Saturday at Mandalay Bay. “I promise you, I am knocking him the (expletive) out,” Rosado said.
Las Vegas resident Layla McCarter will compete in Big Knockout Boxing’s first-ever women’s fight Saturday at Mandalay Bay, meeting Diana Prazak in a seven-round bout for the lightweight championship.
Tickets to see Floyd Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2 are selling for knockout record prices. And the $89.95 pay-per-view charge is a new record for a boxing event.
The Nevada Athletic Commission met for six hours Friday to discuss how to deal with athletes who test positive for steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and its solution was simple — bigger fines and longer suspensions.
Gary Russell Jr. knocked down Jhonny Gonzalez three times inside of 37 seconds in the fourth round to score a technical knockout and win the World Boxing Council featherweight championship at the Palms. Russell dominated from the outset, using his superior hand speed and energy to beat Gonzalez.
Jhonny Gonzalez, the World Boxing Council featherweight champion, makes his third title defense when he faces Gary Russell Jr. on Saturday in the 12-round main event at the Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater before a national TV audience on Showtime.
Gary Russell Jr. gets a second chance to win a world championship when he fights World Boxing Council featherweight champ Jhonny Gonzalez on Saturday at the Palms in front of a national TV audience on Showtime.
Officials apparently underestimated the take for the May 2 megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The original estimate was for $200 million in revenue, but Top Rank chairman Bob Arum says revenue will be closer to $400 million and the live gate will exceed $70 million.