Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday.
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Ishe Smith, a former junior middleweight champion from Las Vegas, left no doubt he still has something left, winning a 10-round unanimous decision over Cecil McCalla on Thursday in the main event of a boxing card at the Palms.
Freddie Roach is a Hall of Fame trainer who for years has gone over in his mind every detail, every form of strategy, every potential surprise and counteraction, every movement that could decide a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
For a boxing match hyped as the “fight of the century,” there sure are a lot of available tickets out there. Here’s where you can find over 1,000 tickets as of Thursday night for Saturday’s showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao.
Even a screenwriter might have trouble scripting Manny Pacquiao’s rise from abject poverty to stardom in ring and hero status in the Philippines. “I am fighting this fight for the honor of my country and for the people of the Philippines,” Pacquiao said of the megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “It is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
Rates for the cheapest rooms at MGM Grand, the host hotel for Saturday’s so-called fight of the century boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquaio , plummeted Thursday when the room cost fell to $499 a night from more than $1,500 for Friday and Saturday nights, according to Vegas.com .
Even before he could walk, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was wearing boxing gloves and throwing punches. He’s undefeated as a professional but faces the biggest fight of his career on Saturday when he faces Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao is the first megafight for Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. Among other things, the commission is in charge of the boxing gloves each fighter will use. Don’t expect to find a horseshoe in them.
Former world junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith looks to get back on track when he headlines Thursday’s card at the Palms, which will be televised on ESPN2. Smith, who is coming off a loss to WBA champ Erislandy Lara in December, faces Cecil McCalla in the 10-round main event.
If Saturday’s megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is anything like Wednesday’s final news conference to promote their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden, the Nevada National Guard may have to be called out to handle the angry mob which will be the disappointed sellout crowd of 16,700.
Wednesday was the official media day to promote the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden, and yet Mayweather’s comfortable demeanor and candid temperament haven’t wavered much since the much-anticipated bout was announced.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stared at each other, face-to-face at an MGM Grand press conference, each flanked on Wednesday by two scantily clad young women with the Tecate beer brand prominently displayed on their outfits.
Las Vegas sees the much anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao with billion-dollar eyes. But the fighters see it as history.
Putting together any fight isn’t easy. But getting Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to agree to finally face each other in the ring was an adventure that involved delicate negotiations, smoothing over egos and compromise.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. are set to square off in the “Fight of the Century” on Saturday, but many historically massive fights have happened in Las Vegas.
ESPN’s budget is taking a hit this week. The Worldwide Leader in Sports is utilizing 345 rooms for the 200-300 in town for the superfight between unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
Bobby Bennett was an intriguing choice for executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission. He has a genuine affection for boxing, and as an FBI case agent, he successfully worked one of the few professional fight-fixing investigations in recent history.
I disagree with the notion that there is no suspense in inevitability, that because Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao didn’t step into a ring and oppose each other years ago means all the tension and excitement from the moment has disappeared. It just made people angry and bitter, is all.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. “officially” arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday for the world welterweight unification title showdown Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden. And the two superstar boxers’ arrivals were as different as their personalities themselves.
Big bout to be shown on free TV in Mexico, thanks to offical sponsor Tecate.
Amid all the hoopla for this week’s big fight, veteran film critic Carol Cling rates her all-time favorites that captured the “sweet science” on the silver screen. No, “Rocky” is not No. 1.
Floyd Mayweather’s criminal record for domestic violence hasn’t tarnished his image as a golden and sacred cash cow for Las Vegas.
Steve Cyr has been a casino host for 28 years. He has never seen anything like Mayweather-Pacquiao. Ever.