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Vargas could be Arum’s backup plan for Pacquiao

Being a boxing promoter is a lot like being a college athletic director. When something falls through in terms of scheduling, there better be a backup plan.

Pacquiao dominates Algieri with 6 knockdowns

Manny Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he desperately craved, battering Chris Algieri around the ring Sunday on his way to a decision win in a lopsided welterweight title fight.

Ishe Smith eagerly awaits WBA title fight against Lara

Ishe Smith didn’t mind waiting to get what he wanted. The former world junior middleweight champion from Las Vegas was supposed to get a shot at Erislandy Lara on May 2, but Lara bypassed Smith to fight Canelo Alvarez on July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden.

Pacquiao planning on beatdown

This is not the fight Manny Pacquiao wants. If it were up to Pacquiao, he would be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. tonight (early Sunday in Macau) in a mega-million dollar fight that would have the sports world abuzz.

Vargas has sights on Pacquiao, but DeMarco fight comes first

Manny Pacquiao is fighting Chris Algieri tonight (early Sunday in Macau), but the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion’s eyes are on Floyd Mayweather Jr. Jessie Vargas is also fighting tonight in Macau. But he also has an eye cast toward the future.

Algieri favors brain over brawn

It has been said there are two kinds of smarts in the world. Chris Algieri happens to be both.

McCarter makes return to ring after 2-year hiatus

She hadn’t fought in more than two years, so many in boxing thought Layla McCarter had retired from the sport in which she had spent 14 years as one of the best female fighters.

Boxer Jermain Taylor charged in shooting

Arkansas prosecutors have charged champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor in a shooting at his home. Taylor was charged Wednesday with first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening. If convicted, he faces up to 26 years in prison.

Pacquiao fighting for legacy

Manny Pacquiao didn’t need the huge bouquet of flowers he was holding to feel welcome in this gambling enclave, where he will be fighting at an odd hour Sunday against an opponent who has to already feel as though he won boxing’s biggest lottery.