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Oscar De La Hoya vows to end ‘Cold War’ with Top Rank

oscar-arumBig things are happening with Golden Boy Promotions, and the latest step might be Oscar De La Hoya’s company actually working with hated rival Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing.

For years the two companies have pretty much refused to do business together, which has come at a detriment to the sport. The two promotions each have a stable of fighters and only pair their guys against each other, even if another promoter has a fighter who would present a better matchup. That greediness and selfishness has frequently prevented fans from seeing some of the most intriguing fights.

But, now, it sounds like De La Hoya wants to make some changes.

Following former CEO Richard Schaefer’s resignation announcement from Golden Boy Promotions on Monday, we know Oscar will be more involved with his company. And in an interview with “The Ring Magazine” — which is owned by Golden Boy — Oscar said he plans to work with Top Rank in the future.

“I don’t care what it takes,” De La Hoya told RingTV.com. “I will end the Cold War for the fans.

“I have a mission,” De La Hoya said in the interview, which took place prior to Schaefer’s resignation. “And that mission is to make the best fights happen, to bring everybody together for the fans. That’s all it is. It’s for the fans.”

Oscar says he has already met with Arum a few times to discuss things. He even has a few potential fights in mind if the promotional outfits begin working together.

“There are a lot of possibilities,” De La Hoya said. “You can do (Marcos) Maidana versus Pacquiao. You can do (Lucas) Matthysse and Brandon Rios. There’s a lot of possibilities.”

Perhaps the biggest reason why Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather never happened has to do with the promoters; Mayweather hates Arum and refused to do any sort of business with him.

Will Oscar get eaten alive by Arum when they begin working together? We’ll see. Regardless, this actually should be good for boxing.

Richard Schaefer leaves Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya

Richard SchaeferThere was big news in the behind-the-scenes boxing world on Monday when Richard Schaefer issued a statement announcing that he is leaving his position as CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

“After more than ten years with Golden Boy, it is time to move on to the next chapter of my career,” Schaefer said in a statement. “This decision has required a great deal of personal reflection, but ultimately I concluded that I have no choice but to leave. I have succeeded in banking and I have succeeded in boxing, and I look forward to the next opportunity. I am proud to remain a shareholder, so I have a strong interest in the continued success of the company. I am proud of what we have accomplished at Golden Boy, but I now look forward to new challenges.”

Golden Boy was started by Oscar De La Hoya in 2002 and quickly emerged as one of the biggest forces in boxing by signing some of the best talent.

Along with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Golden Boy is one of the best and most well-known promotions in boxing, with one of the deepest stables of fighters.

Although the company bears his nickname, De La Hoya has hardly been involved in the day-to-day or big picture operations of the business for years. Instead, he’s battled alcohol abuse and been in and out of rehab while serving as a figure/face of the company. Schaefer is the guy who really has run the company. He organizes the matches, puts on the cards and is the main spokesperson. Simply put, he, along with Arum, has been one of the most powerful promoters in boxing over the past several years.

Schaefer’s departure means a few things. One, Oscar may try to be more intimately involved in the company now, which is not a good thing considering he’s not exactly the smartest guy. Two, Golden Boy may actually try to work with Top Rank to match their fighters against each other, which is something that rarely happened in the past. Three, the company probably is going to go downhill in some way. Lastly, I wouldn’t be surprised if Schaefer went to work with Floyd Mayweather and really helped beef up Floyd’s The Money Team promotions to make it a real player in the industry. Though he remains independent in many aspects, Floyd has worked with Golden Boy on his last several fights, and he has a lot of respect for Schaefer. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two pair up and start something big, especially with Floyd’s fighting career coming to a close. This would be a natural transition towards retirement.

Floyd Mayweather apologizes to T.I.’s wife after brawl

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and rapper T.I. got into a brawl at a Fat Burger restaurant on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday. After several videos of the rumble went viral via social media, Mayweather spoke with celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie to try to explain the situation. The boxing champion also apologized to T.I.’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle.

The fight was apparently sparked by a couple of photos Cottle posted on Instagram recently. The first, which was posted on May 5, featured Cottle and several other ladies posing with Mayweather and a caption that read, “You already know!!! There’s nothing like being surrounded by “THE BEST EVER!!! Champion sh*t.”

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The most recent photo that Tiny posted was over the weekend, when she posed with Mayweather’s 14-year-old daughter.

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Juan Manuel Marquez unloads absurd knockdown punch on Mike Alvarado (Video)

Juan Manuel Marquez beat Mike Alvarado by unanimous decision on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to win the WBO welterweight title. It was a pretty easy win for JMM, save for a scare in the ninth when he was knocked down. What’s strange about that knockdown is that it came the round after Marquez unloaded a ridiculous right hand that landed squarely on Alvarado’s face to nearly end the fight.

There’s one video of the knockdown up top and another below:

Alvarado was so decimated by the punch that he went stumbling all the way back to the ropes and needed to be saved by the bell at the end of the round. He even started walking to the wrong corner before the referee directed him to the proper one. Upon sitting down on his stool, Alvardo was asked if he knew where he was and said “no.”

Alvarado got it together enough to knock Marquez down with a right hand in the ninth, but that was all he did. Marquez just dominated the fight, and surely left his mark on Alvarado’s face when it was all done:

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People are calling for a fifth Marquez-Manny Pacquiao fight, but I really don’t want to see it. That’s not fair to Marquez, who has no way of improving upon his last knockout victory over Pac-Man. He really has nothing to gain except a few million bucks.

Video via @linkcalhoun

Adrien Broner sued by woman for leaking sex tape

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Adrien Broner is being sued by a women over a sex tape video he leaked online last year.

Boxing Scene first reported news of the lawsuit brought against Broner, a boxer who is 28-1 but has become known for his exploits outside the ring more than his athletic accomplishments. Larry Brown Sports can also confirm that a suit was filed on May 1 by a woman named Andrea Reyes, who says she was one of the two women who appeared in a sex tape with Broner last year.

Last September, a graphic sex tape of Broner engaged in a threesome with two women made its way onto WorldStarHipHop. We figured at the time that the video was posted by Broner for purposes of boosting his name/giving him more exposure.

The woman who is suing him, Reyes, says she agreed to appear in a sex tape with Broner and a third woman, but she did so under the agreement that the tape would remain private. She says Broner crossed her by releasing it.

In the suit, Reyes says she is a 23-year-old waitress at a small family-owned restaurant in Las Vegas and that Broner came in continuously asking for her phone number. She finally gave it to him, they went out, and they began a romantic relationship for a few months.

Boxing Scene says Reyes is seeking at least $30,000 in damages, plus attorneys fees and costs.

Adrien Broner suspended by WBC for F— Mexican interview

Adrien BronerThe WBC — an otherwise worthless organization — actually made itself useful on Wednesday when it suspended Adrien Broner for an offensive postfight interview last weekend following the boxer’s win over Carlos Molina.

In the interview, Broner called himself the “can man” and stated that he “beat the f— out of a MexiCAN.” (warning: language is inappropriate and offensive)

The WBC responded Wednesday by issuing the following statement:

Adrien Broner , former WBC lightweight champion has offended many persons of the world with his words during the interview after the fight vs Molina .

The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements.

Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways , the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be despective and offensive .

Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC sanctioned Championship and will be excluded from the WBC Ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world .

Boxing is a great sport , it is a world sport and boxers are honorable and exemplary members of the community . FairPlay and human equality must always be upheld.

As far as we can tell, Broner has not yet responded to the suspension. He doesn’t have to, and knowing him, he might not want to. Being offensive is what he does and who he is.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks Marcos Maidana fought dirty

Floyd Mayweather Sr. is known for being a trash-talker who doesn’t give much credit to fighters other than his son, and that’s exactly how he was after “Money” beat Marcos Maidana via majority decision Saturday.

Floyd Sr. was interviewed by Hustle Boss on Monday, two days after Floyd’s narrow win over Maidana (I thought it should have been a draw). Though Maidana presented Floyd’s biggest challenge in years and many people had him actually winning, Floyd Sr. refused to give “Chino” credit and instead essentially said the man fought dirty.

“I think it was a superb, masterful boxer fighting an MMA fighter,” Mayweather Sr. said. “He was an MMA fighter!”

“[Maidana] hit him in the balls, he hit him all around, on his hips, hit him in the back of the head, head-butted his eye, and beat him in the back of the head. Man, c’mon.

“Maidana doesn’t deserve (credit).”

Floyd Mayweather Marcos Maidana headbuttFloyd Sr. even went so far as to say that because of all the dirty tactics by Maidana, Floyd Jr. should avoid a rematch.

“With all that stuff that Maidana did, hitting below the belt, twisting the arm, hitting behind the head, hitting him with the head and busting that eye, if I was Floyd, I wouldn’t fight him again.”

Pops can say what he wants, but the reality is Floyd got roughed up by a rough fighter who overwhelmed him in several rounds. Headbutts happen regularly in boxing. Unless you’re Timothy Bradley, they’re considered part of the game, not a dirty play. And with any nut shots or hits behind the hit, that stuff just tends to happen, too. I think this is just an excuse coming from Floyd’s corner to cover up for him not looking too good in the fight. Maidana goes all-out and that’s part of what makes him so tough.

Transcription via Bloody Elbow