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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Boxing

Conor McGregor favored in potential boxing match with Oscar De La Hoya

Conor McGregor

It wasn’t that long ago that Oscar De La Hoya was blasting the Conor McGregor boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now De La Hoya has done a 180 and wants to be a primary participant in such a sideshow, and oddsmakers think such a fight would be very close.

De La Hoya, who hasn’t fought since 2008, said on Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew that he has been training and would beat McGregor in two rounds.

“I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training. I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever,” De La Hoya said. “I know I can take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds. Just one more [fight]. I’m calling him out. Two rounds, that’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”

That’s quite a change in attitude for Oscar, who called the McGregor-Mayweather fight a “circus.” He was mostly upset that the two slid their fight in a few weeks before his megafight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, taking the spotlight away from Golden Boy Promotions’ biggest fight of the year.

This isn’t the first time since retiring that De La Hoya has entertained the idea of fighting. Two years ago he was talking about facing Mayweather.

Just to show how far he would have to come to get a win after so many years out of the ring, De La Hoya is a slight underdog in the fight. One sportsbook has McGregor as a -125 favorite, with De La Hoya as a +105 underdog.

Personally, a match between McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi would be much more interesting.

H/T Bloody Elbow

Deontay Wilder shows no mercy in rematch with Bermane Stiverne

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder showed no mercy for Bermane Stiverne in their rematch at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Before showing the highlight, you need to understand that with his win, Wilder is now 39-0 with 38 KOs in his boxing career. The only blemish on his record occurred in his first fight with Stiverne, who became the only fighter to avoid a knockout loss to Wilder.

This time around, Wilder made sure he ended the fight early.

Wilder brutalized Stiverne with three knockdowns in the first round of their fight before things were finally called. The Bronze Bomber was clearly going for Stiverne’s head and did not hold back.

Take a look at this impressive show:

After his win, Wilder called out Anthony Joshua.

“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” Wilder told Showtime’s Jim Gray, of facing Anthony Joshua. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?

“A king doesn’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn’t give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don’t wait.”

Muhammad Ali’s company suing FOX for $30 million over Super Bowl tribute

Super Bowl LI ball

Muhammad Ali passed away eight months before Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons was played, and FOX decided to pay tribute to the boxing legend before the big game with a promotional video. That decision could end up costing the network millions.

Ali’s company, Muhammad Ali enterprises, is suing the Fox Broadcasting Company for $30 million for using Ali’s likeness in the promo, which ran on Feb. 3. Deadline obtained a copy of the complaint that was filed in an Illinois court.

“MAE brings these claims for false endorsement and violation of the right of publicity against Fox for the damages caused and profits unjustly gained by Fox for its unauthorized use of Muhammad Ali’s identity,” the complaint reads. “The video uses Ali to define greatness and ultimately to compare the NFL legends to Ali and thus to define them and the Super Bowl as ‘greatness’ too.”

You can see the promo here, though it could soon be taken down by FOX.

The lawsuit states that a $30 million figure was decided upon because that is roughly how much money FOX could have made if it sold the three minutes of air time to other advertisers.

Ali died in June 2016. His daughter, Hana Ali, shared an incredible story of the final moments of the former heavyweight champion’s life.

Report: Floyd Mayweather pays off $22 million tax lien

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr has put some of his earnings from the Conor McGregor fight to good use.

According to The Blast, Mayweather has paid off his $22.2 million tax lien using his McGregor earnings.

Reports this summer said federal tax liens filed in April showed Mayweather owed $22.2 million in back taxes for 2015. Mayweather in July filed for a temporary reprieve because he was set to make hundreds of millions in August after his fight with McGregor.

The Blast says a release was filed by the government last month.

Mayweather has dealt with previous issues with the IRS in the past. McGregor even recently said he thought Mayweather’s spending habits would result in the boxer needing to fight him again to make more money.

Though Mayweather used a chunk of his money to pay off his debt to the IRS, he also used some of it for pleasure, as he also recently bought a $26 million mansion in Beverly Hills.

Conor McGregor thinks Mayweather will need to fight him again due to spending habits

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor thinks he could end up facing Floyd Mayweather in the ring again.

McGregor held a Q&A at a fan event in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday and spoke about his future. The Irishman was his typical cocky self, saying that he thought he could beat Mayweather in a boxing rematch.

McGregor said he thinks the fight could happen again because he believes Floyd would need the money due to his spending habits and alleged tax problems.

Keep in mind that Mayweather is now claiming to be a billionaire, so McGregor’s comments might not be too accurate.

McGregor also said he is open to fighting in the UFC this year, though Dana White says that won’t happen until 2018. McGregor said a fight with Georges St-Pierre would be a money fight, but the issue is he thinks Michael Bisping will beat GSP first. Maybe a fight with Nate Diaz in 2018 will be next on the agenda for McGregor.

Floyd Mayweather shows off sick movie theater in new mansion

Floyd Mayweather money

Floyd Mayweather has been showing off his new mansion on social media this week, and the casa is impressive.

The famous boxer purchased a mansion in Beverly Hills for $26 million, TMZ reported last week. The home has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and features a guest house and swimming pool.

One of the coolest parts of the home is the incredible movie theater. Mayweather showed it off in a video posted on Instagram this week. He says it comfortably seats about 50 — and appears to be stocked with enough candy for that many too:

Grabbing a few snacks before watching Sportscenter in my Beverly Hills Palace movie theatre, that comfortably seats 50 people.

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He also has a wine cellar:

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Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin to discuss rematch

Canelo GGG

The second chapter of Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin could be in the works.

Representatives for both fighters are planning to discuss a rematch this week, according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael.

Alvarez and GGG met on Saturday night in Las Vegas and fought to a draw in what was one of the most anticipated fights in years. The controversy to emerge from the fight was an issue with one of the judge’s scorecards. Most felt the fight was pretty close, and that Golovkin had the edge.

Alvarez, who is the more popular fighter, has the right to a rematch. The two sides reportedly have three weeks to exercise the rematch clause.

Canelo has become a star in the boxing world — especially within his home country of Mexico. The most popular Mexican fighters tend to schedule their bouts for Cinco de Mayo weekend and Mexican Independence Day, which happen in early May and the middle of September, respectively. That means that if a rematch were to happen, it likely would be held around Cinco de Mayo next year.

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