I don’t even know where these came from, but they arrived to me in an email. I can’t seem to locate the source, so I’m just figuring it’s someone pretty talented at photoshop with way too much time on their hands (is there even a difference between the two?). My guess is these originated from the Oscar De La Hoya camp to distract Manny from training from their upcoming fight.
No noise was made about Floyd Mayweather Jr. getting robbed a few weeks ago, probably because hardly anyone knew about it. We’re now finding out about the robbery because Mayweather’s declared there will be a $100,000 reward for anyone who has information that could lead to the suspects.
Mayweather confirmed that the jewelry is estimated to be valued at $7 million and was taken from one of his Las Vegas homes. The offense occurred on August 17, between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. The thieves apparently broke his bedroom window and entered while he was out of the house.
No one was hurt and security is working around the clock to ensure that cameras and professional guards are posted. Only the jewelry was observed to be missing.
All I have to say is you should feel blessed that you even have $7 million worth of jewelry to be stolen in the first place. Seriously, who just leaves $7 million lying around the crib? Isn’t that what safe deposit boxes are for? Or maybe this really is an indication of how well off Mayweather truly is. Didn’t he say he was heading towards being a billionaire? I guess 7 mil’s nothing when you’re loaded like Pretty Boy.
Count me as one of the people who believes the December fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao is a farce. I’m never going to knock Oscar for the simple fact that he fights everyone and anyone, bringing the fans the match ups they want. At the same time, let’s not confuse the fact that he’s a businessman and a very good one at that. Why else would he try to make a fight with Pacman happen? Manny usually fights around 130 lbs. Oscar around 154. Think there’s a size difference? So much so, that Oscar De La Hoya apparently must pay Pacquiao $3 million for every pound he’s over 147 — the agreed upon weight limit for the fight — if he’s too heavy.
“I have already talked with Bob Arum and he told me that Oscar has agreed that the penalty will be $ 3 million for every pound or a fraction thereof in excess of 147 lbs (during the weighin),”said Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal yesterday.
“Oscar is the bigger boxer, is taller (at 5-10 as to Pacquiao who is 5-6) and has the reach advantage,” said Gacal, noting that the Golden Boy will have to sweat it out to make the welterweight limit.
Now the question is, does Manny try to slip Oscar some Caltene bars Regina George-style to make a quick buck, or avoid that strategy because it could be hazardous for him in the ring? As for the fight, the size disadvantage makes it a mis-match, and for that reason, I’m tempted to go with the much bigger and stronger De La Hoya. He might not be the sharpest fighter around, but he’s still pretty tough and packs a strong hook. This isn’t the fight that makes sense in the purist notion, but it sure will be one heck of a draw at the box office.
OK, so I know I was clamoring for a Jose Canseco/Curt Schilling boxing match, but instead we had to settle for Canseco getting his ass knocked out by Vai Sikahema. The two fought in Atlantic City after Sikahema accepted the challenge — Canseco had been offering 5 grand for someone to fight him. The 5,000 capacity stands were only about a quarter full according to the Atlantic City Press, with most fans there to support boxers on the undercard.
As for the action in case you were wondering, Jose Canseco got his ass knocked the **** out. No surprise. Sikahema came at him like a bull from the opening bell, knocking him down twice before the fight was finally stopped after Sikahema slammed Canseco with a flurry of punches. Ringside reports say the fight lasted slightly longer than Canseco’s stint with the Devil Rays. Sikahema was just disappointed he didn’t end the fight within 30 seconds. Maybe next time, buddy. Hopefully Canseco can now make a mortgage payment with the paycheck he pulled for getting his brains beat in. Sounds like a great business model.
Funny thing how I was recently pointing out Pretty Boy’s interview with The Grand Rapids Press where he called out HBO for being racist and having double standards when it comes to criticism of athletes versus announcers. Well apparently Floyd’s liberation of lashing out didn’t just stop with HBO — he also called out Oscar De La Hoya in a 45-minute documentary that premiered at his retirement party:
“Oscar De La Hoya, (expletive) you and (expletive) everything you stand for. I don’t like you, you don’t like me,” Mayweather said in the film.
Good thing Mayweather says he’s nearly a billionaire because at the rate he’s going, he’s not going to have any opponents to fight, promoters to work with, nor TV networks to show a possible coming out of retirement fight. I just hope Pretty Boy doesn’t back down from his comments and say something stupid like he was just free style rapping because he’s certainly burning any bridge built for him.
Wow, this interview sure explains a lot. In an interview with The Grand Rapids Press, Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed a lot about himself and his feelings that can really help to explain what’s been going on his career lately. Before I get to the part where Pretty Boy hammers Jim Lampley and calls HBO’s boxing announcers racist, I’ll share some of what I found quite interesting.
Pretty Boy says that he was coerced into pleading no contest in a case where he hadn’t done anything just to clear the incident up so that he could fight on pay-per-view. He also says that he’s made such strong investments that he expects to be a billionaire by the end of the year. Now that’s highly debatable, but it tells us that he doesn’t need boxing anymore because he’s already seemingly set for life. Additionally, Floyd expressed a desire to be in good mental and physical state later on in life, which helps explain why he’s in no need to fight anymore. OK, now on for the real meat.
Sometimes those shockers enter your email box and you really don’t know what to say about it. For a while we’ve been hearing rumors by Pretty Boy that he was done fighting. He kept coming back as payday after promising payday awaited. But this announcement from Mayweather’s P.R. group came across to me and it’s pretty surprising to read. From Floyd:
It is with a heavy heart that I write you this message today. I have decided to permanently retire from boxing. This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child. However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport.
I have said numerous times and after several of my fights over the past two years that I might not fight again. At the same time, I loved competing and winning and also wanted to continue my career for the fans, knowing they were there for me and enjoyed watching me fight. However, after many sleepless nights and intense soul-searching I realized I could no longer base my decision on anything but my own personal happiness, which I no longer could find. So I have finally made up my mind, spoken to my family, particularly my mother, and made my decision.
I am sorry I have to leave the sport at this time, knowing I still have my God-given abilities to succeed and future multi-million dollar paydays ahead, including the one right around the corner. But there comes a time when money doesn’t matter. I just can’t do it anymore. I have found a peace with my decision that I have not felt in a long time.
Finally, I want to personally thank all of my fans for their loyalty and dedication as my career comes to a close. I always believed that their enthusiasm and support helped carry me to victory with every fight I ever had.
It was a great joy to have fought for all of you. Now I hope you understand my decision and wish me well with the rest of my life.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
It’s no coincidence that PBF has been branching out to Dancing With the Stars and wrestling appearances. There’s only so long you can take punches for money, and apparently Floyd has reached that point. He leaves behind a fantastic legacy in the boxing world should he never set foot in the ring again. At 39-0, he will be one of the few boxers ever to leave the sport with a perfect record. It’s not easy to leave at one’s peak, and he is doing it. It’s sad we won’t be seeing a match between him and Cotto because that’s one I really wanted to see. All this being said, he’s leaving a tremendous amount of money on the table, and this news is enough to add another $5-10 million on a payday just to bring him out of retirement. I expect him to be back in the ring once again, fighting for record amounts of cash.