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Source: Mayweather and Pacquiao Agree To Fight

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have reportedly agreed to a mega-fight according to TMZ Sports, with a date believed to be set for May 2 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.

Pacquiao had agreed to the terms weeks ago, and the pair had discussed this fight for years, and seemingly everybody will be happy, especially the fans.

A formal announcement is expected in the coming days, and possibly could happen during the Super Bowl.

They met in person at the Heat-Bucks game earlier this week.

h/t TMZ Sports

Garza: Pacquiao – Mayweather Fight Should be Announced Super Bowl Sunday

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Expect a big announcement this weekend during Super Bowl XLIX, one that finally will pit Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Brief History

The fighters have teased the idea for years, and lately have begun messing with fight fans, both old and new, and even though it’s too late for it to be a super-fight, the star power involved will help it to become the largest grossing fight ever.

Tuesday night could not have been more of a coincidence, as both fighters took in the Miami Heat game at American Airlines Arena.

Both were featured on the big screen with the tease: “Coming in 2015?” in caps.

Then a meeting that lasted “more than an hour” was reported inside of Pacquiao’s suite.

Super Numbers for Super Fight?

All on the week of arguably the most anticipated Super Bowl in years. One where approximately 115 million American viewers will be watching.

A 30-second ad spot is going for $4.5 million, with the full minute costing $9 million.

And while the big game is meant for football fans, everybody is tuning in. Some want to indulge in the commercials or even the halftime show.

It’s a perfect opportunity to announce a fight that should easily surpass The One, a brawl between Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and its $150 million grossed. That calculates to 22.1 million viewers in 5.9 million households.

And still, the Super Bowl is expected to be seen by 5.25 times that “biggest audience ever.”

So if there was ever a “match made in heaven” for a media and a message, this is it.

Boxing’s Savior?

And really, it’s boxing’s last chance to salvage a generation of fans that have witnessed bad judging calls by C.J. Ross, or lackluster fights dominated by the same stars, or even the same rivalries being repeated over and over again.

See Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez.

And as the years have passed by, so have the abilities to remain atop of their game. Unless you’re Mayweather, of course, who claims to be the best ever.

He beat Marcos Maidana twice recently, but had to fight him back-to-back, and then outpointed Alvarez and other noteworthy fighters such as Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Marquez and Oscar de la Hoya.

And he’s still undefeated.

Pacquiao was seen to be the threat to his legacy before suffering back-to-back losses against Timothy Bradley and Marquez in 2012. But he rebounded with nice wins over Brandon Rios, Bradley and Chris Algieri.

And at 36-years-old, some say it might be time for him to focus on a career in politics.

His fan base is amazingly supportive of anything he does, and should drown out Mayweather’s following in a fight at the MGM Grand.

Why not?

Look. Worse things could happen, and Mayweather has nothing left to prove with a victory over Pacquiao. He’s literally beaten everybody else who matters.

What many fail to realize is that Mayweather is actually a year older than Pacquiao, but is destined to become the next Bernard Hopkins and fight until he’s 50 years old if he has to.

But he won’t. He is likely within his last two or three fights in his career, and that’s smart of him.

However, his legacy will not be cemented until he steps into the ring with Pacquiao, and now’s that time.

Perhaps he takes a rematch with Cotto on May 2, but, a fight in December shouldn’t be out of the question should he come out victorious.

Losing to Cotto would tarnish any momentum this fight could ever have had though.

So enjoy the signs, as they’re likely to continue on throughout the week, culminating in an announcement on Super Sunday.

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Timothy Bradley Rematch Set For April 12

88The deal is official and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2; 38 KOs) will meet Timothy Bradley (31-0; 12KOs) in a pay-per-view rematch on April 12 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

This was the most logical fight after all the controversy from the first one back in June 2012 where Bradley in the eyes of many was undeserving of his split decision victory over Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is coming off a win over Brandon Rios, an opponent chosen for him to look good for his comeback win after two straight losses last November, while Bradley had a great 2013, defeating Ruslan Provodnikov considered one of the best fights of last year and then outclassing Juan Manuel Marquez in October.

The rematch should be a good fight as Bradley will be looking to prove that he has Pacquiao’s “number” while Manny also be seeking to make his point that he was the winner in their first fight.

Boxing News: Canelo Alvarez Vs. Alfredo Angulo Fight Signed For March 8

PerreroFormer light middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) is set to face Mexican countryman Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) on March 8 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime pay-per-view.

It’s not a surprise that Canelo’s team chose to fight Angulo and not the other fighter IBF light middleweight titleholder, Carlos Molina, (22-5-2, 6 KOs) due that it would have been a tougher fight for Alvarez because Molina is known for making his opponents look dull in the ring.

Angulo gives Canelo a better opportunity to look good because Angulo is a come forward fighter and has a willingness to brawl which can make for an exciting match up.

The fight itself is not worthy of being a PPV though, since both fighters  are coming off losses. Canelo was outclassed by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Angulo quit in his last fight due to damage suffered to the orbital bone in the 10th round against Erislandy Lara, who has been calling out Canelo and is considered to be the best in the light middleweight division.

To make it worthy for PPV, Golden Boy Promotions has to stack up the undercard with fights like Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez, part two. But it’s going to be tough to sell to the general boxing community.

Going from fighting the best in the world in Mayweather to now fighting Angulo who has been exposed when he has stepped up in competition, losing to Kermit Cintron, James Kirkland and Lara means this a backwards step for Canelo.

For Canelo to be a major PPV fighter and be considered one of the best, he needs to be match up with tougher competition like facing Lara, Demetrius Andrade, Carlos Molina and Sergio Martinez to name a few.

People might point out that fighting Lara, Andrade or Molina won’t make for exciting fights but it isn’t about making the exciting match ups, it’s about facing the best out there. Defeating Angulo is not going to rise Canelo’s stock or place him in the pound for pound list and Alvarez were to win he needs to step up in order to see has the goods for he once was hyped about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boxing News: Robert Guerrero Trying To Leave Golden Boy Promotions

11314-GuerreroFormer two division champion Robert “Ghost” Guerrero is trying to break ties with Golden Boy Promotions through the California commission and an arbitrator.

Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy, was shocked with Guerrero’s move he said to BoxingScene.com,

“I am proud of what we have done for him and there are a lot of interesting fights for him … fight Thurman, fight Maidana, fight Broner, there are so many names that he could fight. I don’t understand it,” Schaefer continued. “He hounds me to get him a Mayweather fight. You need to get Mayweather, you need to get Mayweather. Everybody wants Mayweather. I get him Mayweather and then he gets pissed off at me when they lose.”

Guerrero (31-2, 18 KOs) hasn’t fought since losing a lopsided decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr in May 2013 receiving a career payday of $3 million.

He was offered a fight with Keith Thurman last November but he turned it down.

It’s possible that Guerrero’s decision to break his contract with Golden Boy Promotion is to put his name in the mix to fight Manny Pacquiao. It’s an intriguing fight if it would be made, with Guerrero being a live underdog due to their styles, and on the business side it would be another payday for him.

The only downside to this for Guerrero is that Top Rank’s stable of fighters in the welterweight division is thin while Golden Boy is loaded in that division with Adrein Broner, Marcos Maidana, and Paulie Malignaggi to name a few.

If Guerrero is successful in getting out of his contract, he would be the fourth fighter to break ties with his promoter to get a Pacquiao fight (Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley broke ties with Golden Boy and Timothy Bradley left Gary Shaw).

Until this matter is solved it would be a while for Guerrero to reappear in the ring.

Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao Likely to Face Timothy Bradley In A Rematch

It has been reported that Manny Pacquiao has chosen to face Timothy Bradley in a rematch rather then WBO light welterweight champ Ruslan Provodnikov on April 12, 2014.

Bradley won a controversial split decision over Pacquiao in June 2012, a bout that many observers felt that should he didn’t deserve to win. Instead of a immediate rematch and showed that that the decision was a mere fluke, Manny will go on to get knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in their fourth fight.

Now with Bradley (31-0; 12 KOs) having won his last two fights, beating Provodnikov in a epic war and then outclassing Marquez, he has know won the respect of the boxing world making the rematch more legitimate among many.

This is the biggest fight that can be made for Manny (55-5-2, 38 KOs) among the Top Rank stable of fighters which is very limited.

The winner of this fight could possibly face Floyd Mayweather in a super fight.

News: Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad Voted Into Boxing Hall of Fame

Oscar de la Hoya and Felix Trinidad will highlight the 2014 International Boxing Hall of Fame class in their first year of eligibility as announced Wednesday.

De la Hoya, famously known as “The Golden Boy” took to Twitter to show his appreciation of the honor:

120413-FelixThe candidates were voted on and determined by the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of boxing historians.

They are joined by Joe Calzaghe, who retired undefeated and is arguably the greatest fighter to come out of Wales.

Their names will forever be cemented into boxing history June 8 during the 25th annual inductions ceremonies at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y.

Other names going into the hall of fame include:

  • British promoter Barry Hearn
  • Referee Richard Steele
  • Journalist Graham Houston
  • Photographer Neil Leifer
  • Observer George Chaney

De la Hoya hails from East Los Angeles and won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic games and won 10 world titles in a then-record six weight divisions, stemming from junior lightweight to middleweight in a career that spanned 16 years until 2008.

Trinidad is the most popular fighter in Puerto Rican history and won five world titles in three weight classes in an 18-year career stemming from 1990-2008.

Calzaghe fought from 1993-2008 and unified the super middleweight world titles and won the lineal light heavyweight championship.

Boxing News: Canelo Alvarez to Fight March 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

112013-CaneloESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael spoke with Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer on Tuesday, who mentioned that the next fight for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be scheduled for March 8.

The former junior middleweight titlist will headline the Showtime pay per view fight that will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which the promotion selected over sites in Texas and Southern California.

Alvarez is coming off a split-decision defeat against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. He still does not have an opponent but has an offer out for $10 million to fight Miguel Cotto.

Boxing News: Edwin Rodriguez Fails to Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

111513-RodriguezSuper middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez missed weight by two pounds Friday, costing him a shot to win the world title against champion Andre Ward Saturday night in Ontario, Calif., making the fight at Citizens Business Bank Arena a non-title contest.

Rodriguez, 28, weighed in at 170 pounds, two more than the 168 pound division limit. Ward weighed in at 167.8 pounds.

The California State Athletic Commission gave Rodriguez two hours to lose the weight but he never returned to the scale. He couldn’t even spit according to his promoter Lou DiBella.

He was fined $200,000, 20 percent of his career-high $1 million purse, half of which goes to the commission, while the other half goes to Ward, increasing his pay day from $1.9 million to $2 million.

 

Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao May Retire After Brandon Rios Fight

Manny Pacquiao training with his coach Freddie Roach at a gym in General Santos CityFreddie Roach, the trainer for boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao says his fighter may retire after his upcoming Nov. 24 fight in Macau against Brandon Rios if he struggles.

He added that Pacquiao has been training well, but the fight comes after consecutive defeats to Timothy Bradley by way of decision and Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked him out.

Pacquiao is also a congressman in the Philippines in addition to his duties as a prize fighter.

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Roach doesn’t feel he will slip up in the ring this time.

They have been preparing in the southern city of General Santos City, which wasn’t affected by the recent typhoon that hit the Philippines.