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Canelo Alvarez’s team screwed him for the Floyd Mayweather fight

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Canelo Alvarez is fighting on Saturday night for the first time since suffering his lone career defeat, a majority decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September.

Though Alvarez probably does not regret taking the fight thanks to the $5 million he earned (at minimum), he was totally outclassed in the bout and did suffer some professional embarrassment. Now it sounds like his team is partly to blame for setting up him with such a bad gameplan for a tough match-up.

The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire wrote on Friday that Canelo’s team expected Floyd to engage in more toe-to-toe combat. Apparently they missed the 45-0 boxer’s previous 45 fights.

From Pugmire:

Alvarez co-trainer Eddy Reynoso said Team Alvarez believed Mayweather would be more willing to engage in toe-to-toe fighting like he did against Miguel Cotto, allowing Alvarez to find an opening for a damaging succession of punches.

“Floyd stepped toe-to-toe with Saul three times, felt his punch and never did it again,” Reynoso said. “Floyd did what Floyd does — move around, stick a jab, pull a ‘W.’ The only thing Saul lacked is experience.

Uhhh this strikes me as a little incomprehensible. How can you know anything about Floyd Mayweather and not know that the guy likes to avoid being hit and just pick his opponents apart? The only time he really engaged the way they’re describing was in his win over Miguel Cotto, but that was mostly because Cotto forced that.

Did they think Floyd would stand and punch in an effort to excite the fans? Floyd might do that here or there, but not consistently. You don’t get to 45-0 without being protective of your legacy every time you’re in the ring.

What a bunch of fools.

Amir Khan rips Floyd Mayweather on Twitter for being full of s—

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Amir Khan is rightfully frustrated with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and he expressed his unhappiness with the undefeated champion in a tweet sent on Monday.

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Khan’s frustration with Floyd stems from Mayweather’s decision to choose Marcos Maidana for his May opponent. Mayweather had been negotiating with Khan for months and seemed like a near certainty to get the fight. He even pulled out of a December fight with Devon Alexander because he didn’t want to jeopardize his big pay day with Floyd. But Floyd never signed the contract and instead chose to fight Maidana, who beat Adrien Broner in December.

Not only did Floyd string Khan along for months, but he also ran a bogus poll on his website where he promised he would let the fans decide his next opponent. The fans chose Khan over Maidana, but Floyd still opted to fight Maidana.

Khan’s tweet about Floyd being full of it came after Khan initially rolled with the punches. With Floyd choosing Maidana, Khan said he would fight Broner next and wanted Floyd after that.

Floyd responded and said he would give Khan a fight if Khan beat Broner, which he said wouldn’t happen.

Broner badly wanted a rematch with Maidana, but Floyd stole his fight. Khan and Broner may not be headed for a fight anyhow, because it sounds like Broner wants to drop down to 140, while Khan wants to move up to 147.

Floyd Mayweather chooses Marcos Maidana even though Amir Khan won poll

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced via his Twitter account Monday that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana next, which goes against his word.

Back on Feb. 3, Mayweather said on Twitter that he would be holding a poll where fans could vote on his next opponent. Mayweather touted the poll by saying he would “let the fans decide”:

That seemed to be a bunch of hooey because Mayweather is not the kind of person who lets anyone dictate his business. Sure enough, he was full of crap.

Khan won the poll by nearly 5,000 votes, but Mayweather still announced he would be fighting Maidana:

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Madiana and Mayweather are scheduled to meet on May 3, which is a typical weekend for Floyd to fight. They will likely fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which is where Floyd always fights.

I’m not at all surprised that Floyd chose Maidana considering he’s the better opponent. I’m actually more excited about this fight than a Floyd-Khan bout. I just wanted to post this to remind you that Floyd is full of crap and that you shouldn’t fall for his social media gimmicks (you know, like when he tells you how much money he won on sports bets without sharing how much he’s lost).

Shantel Jackson supposedly broke up with Floyd Mayweather over all his side girlfriends

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Shantel Jackson supposedly broke up with fiance Floyd Mayweather Jr. a few months ago, and the reason has to do with Mayweather’s side girlfriends.

Media Take Out reported that Shantel Jackson, whom Floyd calls “Miss Jackson,” broke up with the boxer because she wants him to be more faithful.

As we’ve pointed out in the past, Mayweather has said that men should be allowed to have as many girlfriends as they want so long as they can support them all. Mayweather has multiple girlfriends at a time — side chicks as people call them — though Miss Jackson has been his main girlfriend and the woman to whom he was engaged. But she apparently grew tired of all his drama with other women and wanted him to be more faithful.

MTO says Shantel wanted Floyd to give up the side girlfriends, or at least most of them, in order to get married, but he wouldn’t agree to it because he wants to be able to have multiple side chicks. Floyd supposedly even offered to marry Shantel without a prenuptial agreement — meaning Miss Jackson would have been able to receive half of what he’s worth in case of divorce — so long as she let him have multiple side girls, but she wouldn’t agree to those terms.

I don’t necessarily know if Floyd would have agreed to a deal like that, but I can believe he tried hard to get Miss Jackson back. The two have been on and off for a while, but Floyd has usually made her his top priority.

You may recall that there was a lot of drama between the two last year. Floyd and Shantel broke up last year, and Floyd was getting pretty heavy into another girl from his entourage, Princess Love. Princess left Floyd for Ray J, and Floyd insisted in an interview with Howard Stern that he and Miss Jackson were still engaged. That was back in September. It’s been five months since then, and it sounds like the engagement is off.

Not only do we have this report saying the two are apart and that it’s because of Floyd’s side chick demands, but Miss Jackson’s Instagram activity also has suggested that she is single. When women start posting more and more sexy photos of themselves, as Miss Jackson has been doing, it’s generally a sign that they’ve recently become single. They post the sexy photos to 1) boost their self-esteem by receiving likes and compliments on the pics 2) make the ex feel jealous 3) potentially attract new suitors.

Shantel even shared this note on her Instagram account this week, right before MTO’s report came out: (head to page 2 of the story to see the rest)

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Aroldis Chapman almost partnered with 50 Cent to promote boxers

Aroldis Chapman50 Cent recently started a boxing promotion company, and Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman nearly partnered with him on the venture, a profile on the closer revealed.

Chapman was profiled by ESPN The Magazine as part of their Feb. 17 Cuba Issue. Chapman is portrayed in the profile as someone who had a difficult life in Cuba, but defected to the US where he is now a millionaire and seemingly has everything. But despite having enough money for all the material possessions, Chapman misses a lot about the drama and chaos of his past life. One way he is able to connect to his old life is by supporting struggling Cuban boxers who are in the US.

Chapman’s father was a boxing trainer and Aroldis boxed when he was younger. Though he gave up the sport at age 11 because his mother thought his temperament was better suited for baseball, Chapman still relates well with boxers and has an affinity toward the sport. He and fellow Cuban pitcher Livan Hernandez even began sponsoring boxers who escaped Cuba.

According to writer Eli Saslow, Chapman was so serious about boxing he almost went into business with 50 Cent.

For a while, Chapman says, he considered partnering with the rapper 50 Cent and starting a formal boxing promotion company, but those plans dissolved within a few months. “I don’t want it to be so complicated — promoters, a business plan, none of that,” Chapman says. So instead, he offers informal help to half a dozen Cuban boxers who are now training in New York and Miami. He helps cover their travel costs, rent and training supplies. “An investor” is how the boxers describe Chapman’s role, but Chapman doesn’t care whether they pay him back, and no one does. “This is as much for me as it is for them,” he says. “They get some money. I get some of the old excitement.”

That is a pretty cool arrangement, and certainly a generous move by Chapman to help them out since he has already made it in terms of athletic and financial success.

That was one of the many good details revealed about Chapman in the profile. It’s actually somewhat sad to read it. You learn about a guy who seems to have lost some motivation and is lacking satisfaction in life, mostly because he is in a different country that really does not feel like home for him. Another funny detail is that the Reds pitcher smokes Reds — Marlboro Reds. In fact, when Chapman left his baseball team in the Netherlands to escape, he left with just a passport and pack of cigarettes. Priorities people, priorities.

Floyd Mayweather Jr: I did not bet $10 million on Broncos in Super Bowl

Floyd MayweatherA rumor began floating around the internet last week that Floyd Mayweather Jr placed a $10 million bet on the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl. If the rumor was true, Mayweather would have lost a ton of money on Sunday night. However, the undefeated champion insists that was not the case.

“Congratulations Seattle Seahawks for winning the Super Bowl!” Mayweather wrote on Instagram Sunday night. “For the record, I did not bet $10 million on the Broncos. As a matter of fact, I didn’t bet at all. I can’t control what rumors that are put out there. Good or bad publicity keeps me relevant. The only thing I would bet $10 million on is myself. From the looks of my record, I’m a guaranteed win!”

Mayweather also wrote on Twitter that he would have bet on the Seahawks if he did place a wager.

Had the Broncos won the game, I guarantee Mayweather would not have taken the time to squash the rumor. We have seen Floyd win plenty of money and lose plenty of money on games in the past, but there have also been several phony rumors about bets he never made. He usually bets a few hundred thousand at a time, not several million.

As a side note, I find it difficult to believe that Mayweather didn’t bet on the game at all. That doesn’t sound like him. What bet did you really lose, Floyd? Over? Under? First half line? Let’s see the real ticket.

Adrien Broner: I’m the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather

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Is there anyone who thinks more highly of Adrien Broner than Adrien Broner? Probably not.

Broner is close friends with Floyd Mayweather and considers the undefeated boxer his mentor and brother. The feelings seem to be mutual based on what Floyd has said in the past, but Broner took things a little too far in some comments he made over the weekend.

Appearing on Showtime’s set for the Lamont Peterson-Dierry Jean fight last Saturday, Broner proudly exclaimed that he is the closest thing to Floyd Mayweather. His comments rubbed boxing fans in completely the wrong way, mostly because Floyd is undefeated while Broner already has one loss, which puts them worlds apart in terms of achievement.

But what exactly did Broner mean by “closest thing to Mayweather”?

If by his comments Broner meant close in terms of friendship, he might be right. Or if he meant that he’s the closest thing to Mayweather in terms of the way he’s made himself a controversial figure in the sport, I could buy that. But the way Broner said it, it seemed like he was talking about the total package, which would include skill, ability, marketing, fame, etc. And after losing to Marcos Maidana, Broner does not belong in the same boxing conversation as Floyd.

Mayweather has never been owned in a fight the way Broner was. Never.

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