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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz to Fight in September at Cowboys Stadium?

It’s starting to look more and more like Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be returning to the ring. Last week we told you his uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, said he anticipated Floyd would fight by the end of summer. Adding to that speculation was Floyd’s presence at ringside of the Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto fight, suggesting he was doing some scouting. All that speculation is starting to come together.

The Examiner noted that BoxRec.com has Mayweather scheduled to fight Victor Ortiz on September 17th at Cowboys Stadium. Here’s the shot from Floyd’s BoxRec page:

Now if all the aforementioned information doesn’t convince you something is in the works, in an interview with KU Sports last week, Ortiz said he’s negotiating a deal to fight Floyd. “I just need to look at the contract and make sure everything is OK,” Ortiz said. “It’s not 100 percent sure yet, but that’s what I’m setting my sights on.”

LBS reached out to Ortiz’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions about the BoxRec.com scheduled fight, and they told us “There is nothing to announce at this time.” The way it’s phrased — that there’s nothing to announce at this time — makes me think there will be something to announce in the future.

If this fight does go down in September, it will be quite a challenge for Floyd in his first fight since May last year. As we wrote, Ortiz looked darn good in his win over Berto.

Glove touch to Black Sports Online for the info

Paris Hilton Hangs Out with Manny Pacquiao After Mosley Fight

Who knew Paris Hilton was a fight fan? I had no idea she liked Manny Pacquiao but apparently she must because she spent all Saturday evening at the bout in Las Vegas, and then she was hanging out for the postfight press conference with Manny. We know the woman likes publicity, but this seemed to be slightly more than your standard attention-whore behavior. Check out all the pictures of Paris with Pacquiao after the fight:

If you’re wondering why Paris was with Manny, we have our answer — it’s all business. She announced she’s headed to the Philippines this year, and she is planning to visit the country’s prized fighter and his family. She even linked to an article on her twitter page that says “there are rumors that Paris will open a Paris Hilton Beach Club” in the Philippines, so it seems like that is the case. Ahah! It all makes sense! What better way to establish some popularity than by latching onto the biggest hero in the country, right? Who said Paris Hilton didn’t know how to work the publicity chain.

Manny Pacquiao in Minor Car Accident, Shane Mosley Fight Still on (UPDATE)

Though Manny Pacquiao seems to have superhuman powers in the ring, we know he’s as vulnerable as the rest of population outside of it. In fact, TMZ reports that Pac Man was involved in a car collision Saturday prior to his fight with Shane Mosley.

“Sources close to Pacquiao tell TMZ he was traveling in a fleet of cars after church today, when one of Manny’s security vehicles collided with the car carrying Manny.

We’re told Pacquiao is back at his hotel now, where his trainer, Freddie Roach, checked him out. According to our source, Pacquiao is just a little shaken up … but he’s okay to go for tonight.”

Though the news seems dramatic, it appears as if this was nothing other than a minor fender bender. Still, given how superstitious fighters are, you don’t want anything messing with your routine. Something like a minor car accident has the potential to throw off a fighter’s rhythm, and we can only hope that’s not the case with Pac Man.

What’s odd is after watching the final Fight Camp 360 episode earlier in the day, it was shocking to watch the way Pacquiao’s fleet of cars caravaned from LA to Las Vegas for the fight. I figured they would fly out there but they didn’t, and it made me think “Aren’t they worried about a potential car accident?” It’s so strange that the same day I saw that and thought it, it actually happened.

UPDATE: Lance Pugmire of the LA Times cites a Pacquiao publicist who called the incident a “tap.”

To see video and pictures of their weigh-in, go here

Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley all Smiles at Weigh-in

There are few athletes in the world with a larger following and global appeal than Manny Pacquiao. The affable Filipino is a greater than 8:1 favorite for his championship fight against Shane Mosley Saturday evening in Las Vegas, and for good reason. Pac Man hasn’t lost since 2005 and he has reeled off 13 straight wins since falling to Erik Morales. His ability to beat the best fighters regardless of weight class has generated a massive appeal amongst fight fans, many of whom showed up for the weigh-in. According to reports, over 6,000 fans were on-hand to see Pacquiao and Mosley tip the toledos for the fight.

Even though Pacquiao packed the house for the weigh-in, there was something extremely odd; unlike most bouts where the opposing fighters dislike each other, both Shane and Manny were smiling for the crowd and media. It certainly was a strange sight to behold, but it’s somewhat consistent with Manny’s personality. Though the ferocious Filipino wants to tear you apart in the ring, he’s a gentleman outside of it, and that’s a big reason why he’s so beloved.

Now if you’re wondering why Mosley was all smiles at the weigh-in, the answer is simple. He’s 39 years old and set to make over $10 million for the fight. He’s counting his darn lucky stars for the fight, not to mention his millions. Getting into the ring with Manny Pacquiao is a guaranteed payday for aspiring opponents. Why do you think so many fighters are eager to cash in on the Manny Pacquiao lottery?

For a video of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley weigh-in, see below:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Allegedly Threatened Security Guards with Guns

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. allegedly threatened security guards at his Las Vegas home, the Las Vegas Sun reports, and no, this is not a repeat of the five previous stories we’ve reported here at LBS. Money Mayweather was charged with misdemeanor harassment for threatening guards who ticketed his cars on the street. This is not a joke.

According to the complaint, the incident took place in October when two security guards cited a couple of Mayweather’s cars parked outside his mansion. Mayweather supposedly then threatened the guards saying “My homies have guns. If you want me to call them, they’d come over here and take care of you.” He also allegedly said “These are my f**king cars. Don’t touch my f**king cars.”

At this point we can either conclude that Floyd is a giant jerk with no respect for security guards, or his homeowners association is doing everything possible to get him kicked out of the community. Seriously, let’s just look at his list of infractions:

The evidence against Floyd pretty much points to him being a jerk. It’s truly sad that he keeps getting into trouble (even if this is just a charge dating back to October). The only thing that could help him redeem his public reputation is by returning to the ring. Hopefully he follows what his uncle says by returning this summer.

Norm MacDonald Bets $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to Win $3,125

Comedian Norm MacDonald has a relatively new show on Comedy Central. One of his first bits with Blake Griffin was fantastic, and this wasn’t bad either. McDonald decided to bet $25,000 on Manny Pacquiao to beat Shane Mosley Saturday evening. The only problem is he’ll only make slightly over $3,000 if he wins the bet. Last time we were looking at boxing odds like that, it was one of the biggest kicks to my LBS nuts ever (you can read that story here). As for MacDonald’s skit, check it out below:

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Manny Pacquiao Does Not Think Floyd Mayweather Jr. Wants to Fight

Manny Pacquiao said on Tuesday what anyone who follows boxing could have already told you: Floyd Mayweather Jr. does not want to fight him. Pac Man is preparing for his Saturday bout on Showtime against Shane Mosley while Floyd hasn’t fought in just over a year. Incidentally, his last opponent was also Mosley.

Speaking with a few media members at the MGM Grand, Pacquiao was asked about Floyd. He tried to deflect the questions saying “I don’t want to talk about Mayweather’s issues. I’m the kind of person where I don’t want to talk about him behind his back.”

When asked about whether it’s better for the sport for the two to fight, Manny said that was the case “but I don’t think he really wants to fight.”

Originally I blamed Pacquiao for not submitting to the drug testing Floyd proposed believing that Manny should follow through if he didn’t have anything to hide. I still believe that’s the case. However, I’ve been convinced by Floyd’s lack of action that he really is not interest in fighting Pac Man. There’s no other way around it. The only good news is that Floyd may be returning to the ring this summer. When that happens we can finally discuss the potential dream fight again.