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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Boxing

GGG, Canelo Alvarez reportedly resume fight talks

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The most anticipated boxing fight this side of Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor would be between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. And the two sides apparently are back in talks again about a potential fight.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported on Thursday that the promoters for both fighters began talking Wednesday about a fight. Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, said he feels “there’s no reason the fight shouldn’t happen.”

Canelo’s side, Golden Boy Promotions, may not want to get the cart in front of the horse. Canelo has a fight in May against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that he must win first. GGG just beat Daniel Jacobs last weekend in what was his closest fight in years. But Golden Boy also wants to make the fight happen and is targeting September.

GGG’s side also wants Golovkin to fight in June in his native Kazakhstan at the World Expo. But that could be posturing to sway negotiations.

One other issue is that Alvarez is more of a proven draw than Golovkin. Golden Boy reportedly prefers to pay GGG a flat fee for the fight, while GGG wants a cut of the pay-per-view.

Golovkin and Alvarez are considered two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Alvarez is 48-1-1 with 34 KOs, while GGG is 37-0 with 33 KOs. Alvarez’s only loss came to Floyd Mayweather when he was 22 years old.

Another area where they would have to figure things out would be the weight of the fight. Canelo fights at 154 pounds, while GGG is a class above at 160.

Dana White believes Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight will happen

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One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight believes the bout will eventually happen.

During an appearance on “Conan” Wednesday night, UFC president Dana White was asked if he believes McGregor and Mayweather will eventually square off.

“I do,” White said, according to MMAFighting.com. “I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously [there are] a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

The egos are certainly a factor, but White is downplaying his own role in the negotiations. Even if McGregor and Mayweather agree to financial terms, no fight is happening without White’s approval. McGregor has an exclusive contract with the UFC, so White would need to sign off on any fight the Irishman has outside of the organization.

Of course, White wants the UFC to somehow profit from the fight if it happens. That’s why he already made an offer to both fighters, but Mayweather understandably laughed it off.

In addition to the financial and contractual obstacles, White said there is a size difference between the two fighters that very few people have mentioned.

“Conor McGregor is huge,” White said. “He’s 27 years old. He’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd has always had a problem with southpaws. Conor is a southpaw. And Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out — that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting.”

As White said, there’s simply too much money at stake for the fight to not happen — assuming both fighters genuinely want it. Even if the quality of the bout itself winds up being a joke, Mayweather recently gave a great reason for why McGregor should want to box him.

Floyd Mayweather has great reason why Conor McGregor should fight him

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

From a financial standpoint, it is no secret that Conor McGregor could use a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. more than Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs a fight against Conor McGregor. And for that reason, Mayweather feels McGregor should do everything in his power to make the bout happen.

Mayweather, who has an estimated net worth of around $350 million, told The Telegraph over the weekend that McGregor would be wise to fight the undefeated boxer before he loses a UFC fight and his star begins to fade.

“The difference between me and him is this: He has to fight,” Mayweather said. “If I was him and I was smart, before I lose again in the UFC I’d let Floyd Mayweather kick my a– for a lot of money. It makes business sense.”

Mayweather made nine figures for his fight against Manny Pacquiao, so you can understand why he feels that McGregor is the one who should be compromising. The biggest obstacle, as Mayweather noted, is that McGregor is under contract with the UFC.

“If someone says ‘I want to fight Floyd Mayweather’, I can simply say ‘yes, let’s make it happen,'” Mayweather said. “But when you’ve got a guy like Conor McGregor he has to talk to Dana White (the UFC president). Dana has to talk to Dana’s bosses.

“Conor’s not a shot caller. When they said ‘Why is Floyd Mayweather not fighting Manny Pacquiao?’, it was because Manny Pacquiao had a boss. I don’t have a boss. We could have easily made the fight happen years ago. Everything happens for a reason.”

There have been rumblings that the Mayweather-McGregor fight is close to happening, but ultimately White has to sign off on it. It’s not a good sign that the UFC president has said the bout is nowhere close to being a reality.

McGregor can continue to troll Mayweather on social media all he wants, but he has never had much leverage. He needs the payday more than Floyd, and he needs permission from his boss in order to be in a position to receive it.

Floyd Mayweather Jr’s home reportedly burglarized over weekend

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s home in Las Vegas was burglarized while the boxer was in Los Angeles celebrating his birthday over the weekend, according to a report.

TMZ Sports says police believe the thieves broke into the home through a door in the back of the house and stole several purses. An expensive watch also was unaccounted for.

TMZ Sports says $150,000 worth of belongings were stolen.

Mayweather was in LA celebrating his 40th birthday. He turned 40 on Friday and had the big bash on Saturday. The party featured a money tree:

Wild animal:

And Justin Bieber:

A few years ago, one of Mayweather’s homes was robbed while he was fighting.

Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan agree to fight April 23

Manny Pacquiao

Amir Khan is finally getting the super fight he’s been chasing after for years.

Both Manny Pacquiao and Khan announced on Twitter Saturday night that they have agreed to terms to fight on April 23. Pac-Man said on Twitter that this was the fight the fans wanted.

What does Pacquiao mean when he says it’s what the fans wanted? He posted a Twitter poll two weeks ago asking fans to vote for one of four people they wanted him to face. The choices were Khan, Jeff Horn, Bud Crawford and Kell Brook. Khan received 48 percent of the nearly 45,000 votes.

Pacquiao’s adviser, who had been negotiating the fight, was looking at Abu Dhabi or Dubai as the potential fight location.

Pacquiao, 38, is 59-6-2 in his career and has won two in a row since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, when he claimed he fought with a severely injured shoulder. Khan, 30, is 31-4 and coming off a loss to Canelo Alvarez in May, though he won his five previous fights.

Pacquiao is a senator in his native Philippines and can only fight when the senate is not in session.

Floyd Mayweather wants to make Conor McGregor fight happen

Floyd Mayweather conor Mcgregor

Floyd Mayweather expressed extreme interest in making a fight with Conor McGregor happen while speaking with Showtime for an interview on Friday.

Mayweather was in Temecula, Calif. for a fight card his company was promoting that was televised on Showtime. While in attendance, he spoke with Showtime and was asked about facing McGregor. Mayweather praised McGregor in order to hype up a potential fight between them:

“They keep throwing the Conor McGregor name out there. Conor McGregor: I’m here, let’s make it happen,” said Mayweather.

Mayweather was then asked why boxing fans should believe McGregor, who is an MMA fighter, could actually give the 49-0 Mayweather a good fight.

“Every time Conor McGregor goes out there and competes and wins, he does it standing up. When Conor McGregor did lose, he lost on the ground. He didn’t lose standing up. So he’s a hell of a fighter and he’s a very tough competitor, and he has the will to win,” said Mayweather.

He then dismissed the notion that McGregor wouldn’t be dangerous with larger boxing gloves.

“UFC gloves are no different from boxing gloves — they’re just a little bit smaller. If a guy has power, a guy has power. And Conor McGregor has power.”

Mayweather said that the important thing is for McGregor to receive permission from the UFC, with whom he’s under contract, in order to fight.

“Once Conor McGregor speaks with the UFC and his bosses, then we can make it happen.”

Mayweather was also asked how much he would want in order to fight McGregor, but he’s already answered that question.

Manny Pacquiao in negotiations to fight Amir Khan

Manny Pacquiao

My, my, my, how times have changed.

After dismissing Amir Khan for years, Manny Pacquiao announced on Wednesday that he is in talks to fight the Brit.

Khan has long pushed for fights against Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, but neither materialized. It always seemed like he was Charlie Brown only to have the football pulled out from him as he was about to kick the ball.

Back in 2015, he thought he was going to fight Pacquiao, but Manny fought Timothy Bradley instead. Then last July, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum absolutely crushed Khan by dismissing his ability to draw fans.

Despite Arum being dismissive of Khan, it looks like he’s going to be eating his words. Pac-Man has won two in a row since his 2015 loss to Mayweather, while King Khan is coming off a loss to Canelo Alvarez in May. Khan had won five in a row prior to that defeat and is 31-4 in his career.

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