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Adrien Broner and Amir Khan on Floyd Mayweather undercard

Mayweather Maidana

Amir Khan didn’t exactly get his wish of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he will have some ties to Floyd’s upcoming fight.

Mayweather announced this week that Khan and protege Adrien Broner will both be fighting on the undercard for his May 3 fight with Marcos Maidana. Khan will face Luis Collazo, while Broner will take on Carlos Molina.

Golden Boy Promotions, which works with Mayweather to promote his fights, boasted about the strong card.

“It would be easy for us to simply put a great fight like Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana on top of this card and leave it at that, but that’s not fair to the boxing fans that demand and deserve more,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “So with the rest of this pay-per-view card, we’ve stacked it with an important bout between former world champions Amir Khan and Luis Collazo, the return of one of boxing’s top young superstars as Adrien Broner faces tough Carlos Molina, and an opener between J’Leon Love and Marco Antonio Periban that could produce the next super middleweight world title challenger. It will be an unforgettable night for all boxing fans.”

J’Leon Love is part of Mayweather’s Money Team and is managed by Mayweather’s manager, Al Haymon. He is 16-0 with one no contest that came as a result of him using a diuretic to cut weight last May.

Broner was being billed as the next Mayweather, but he lost his last fight in December. Broner is still every bit as cocky as ever despite the loss.

“I had minor setback but I am back on May 3rd. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven’t lost it,” said Broner. “I’m still “The Problem” and anyone can get it, whether you are African, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban or Mexican.”

You like that? Anyone can get the problem. And you wonder why so many people are eager to see him lose.

Even though Khan didn’t get the fight with Mayweather that he wanted, he is still optimistic that it will happen.

“The fight with Mayweather will happen in the future, but I’m just going to concentrate on one style which is Collazo’s,” Khan said this week.

First he needs to beat Collazo convincingly, otherwise Floyd won’t give him the fight. But being on Floyd’s undercard will help him further build his name. I’m sure he recognizes that and knows what he needs to do to get the fight.

Manny Pacquiao switches to organic diet for Timothy Bradley fight

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao is altering some of his preparation as he gets ready for his fight with Timothy Bradley next month.

Pacquiao, who rebounded from consecutive losses in 2012 with a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in November, has taken on a new strength and conditioning coach. That coach, Cecilio Flores, has put Pac-Man on an organic diet in order to help ensure the Filipino fighter’s strength and stamina are at their peak for the April 12 fight in Las Vegas.

Flores is making sure Pacquiao only eats chemical-free fish, vegetables, meat and other natural foods, according to the Inquirer.

Flores has worked with Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik, Marcos Maidana and Sergio Martinez in the past, and this is his first time working with Pacquiao. The story of how he got the gig is pretty interesting.

You may recall that Pacquiao used to work with Alex Ariza for strength and conditioning. However, Ariza and Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, did not get along. Roach did not agree with Ariza’s training methods and specifically commented that Manny’s legs looked tired and heavy during fights (that he lost) because of too much training.

After being dumped by Pacquiao’s team, Ariza was hired by Rios before the fight between the two men. Whatever Ariza added did little to help Rios for the fight.

According to Rappler, after Pacquiao split with Ariza, Flores flew to the Philippines on his own expense, located Pacquiao, and did his best to convince the boxer to hire him. The plan worked and Flores is now part of Pacquiao’s team for at least this fight.

The crew recently came out to Los Angeles for the final month of preparation ahead of the Las Vegas fight. In LA, Flores will likely be working with Pacquiao’s old strength/conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Flores told Rappler he would likely focus more on conditioning while Fortune would focus on the strength part.

Of course, Flores is wisely being sensitive to Pacquiao’s history and recognizes he is new to the team. Because of that, he doesn’t want to do anything too drastic ahead of the big fight.

Pacquiao, 35, is 55-5-2 and still looking to rebuild his name after the back-to-back losses. I thought he got a terrible deal from the judges in the first Bradley fight, but there was no way to get around the awful knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. A convincing win over Bradley would go a long way to rebuilding Pacquiao’s standing as a top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Floyd Mayweather allegedly had goons savagely beat workers he suspected of stealing

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may been in some serious trouble.

According to TMZ, Mayweather allegedly had some goons savagely beat a few workers he suspected of stealing jewelry from him, and the men have supposedly hired legal representation since.

TMZ says the two men who were beaten were hired by Mayweather to work on his Las Vegas homes. After some jewelry went missing, Mayweather reportedly suspected the men of the theft. He then supposedly arranged a meeting with the men at an off-site location.

When the men showed up, they were allegedly beaten by Floyd’s goons nearly to the point of death. The guys used weapons including clubs to beat up the two men.

The two men were hospitalized for several days and had broken arms and legs. They were supposedly adamant that they never stole the jewelry, and Floyd believes that now. But since the beating, the guys have hired a lawyer.

This sort of thing is nothing new for Mayweather. Not only was he charged with felony domestic violence in 2010 for allegedly beating up his baby mama — something he later served jail time for — but he also had domestic violence incidents in 2002 and 2005. Also in 2010, one of Mayweather’s bodyguards was arrested and charged with shooting a man in a parking lot after Mayweather confronted the man. In 2011, a club bouncer sued Mayweather, alleging that the boxer’s bodyguard assaulting him at the club.

Maybe it’s time Mayweather stopped having people beat guys up for him. Maybe it’s also time he stopped having so much jewelry around; it only seems to cause problems for him. Remember when he was robbed of $7 million in jewelry back in 2008? Or how about when his ex-girlfriend allegedly robbed him on one of his fight nights?

Canelo Alvarez beats Alfred Angulo with vicious uppercut (GIF)

Canelo Alvarez uppercutHas Canelo Alvarez been studying tape of a young Mike Tyson? Because sheesh, the man just UNLOADED a vicious uppercut straight to the face of Alfred Angulo during the 10th round of their fight on Saturday night.

Canelo was cruising in the fight and inflicting a lot of punishment on his opponent, so it wasn’t too surprising to see the fight called by the referee. But it was somewhat surprising that the fight was stopped at that moment when it looked like Angulo could continue. He was clearly upset that Tony Weeks stopped the fight:

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

Floyd Mayweather Canelo Alvarez

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—

Amir Khan

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

Amir Khan tweet

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:

Amir Khan Floyd Mayweather poll

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).