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Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Floyd Mayweather Sr. indicates Floyd Mayweather Jr. is training for UFC

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has given several hints that he is considering at least one mixed martial arts fight, and the undefeated boxer’s father believes things are heading in that direction.

In a recent interview with Amer Abdallah for Mayweather’s YouTube channel, Floyd Mayweather Sr. was asked if the hype surrounding his son fighting in the UFC is real.

“The way I see it, I have to believe that this is where it’s going,” Mayweather Sr. said. “The way it looks, I think so.”

For what it’s worth, Floyd Sr. said he would not advise his son to pursue a career in MMA neither as a trainer nor a father. However, he said he will still do the best he can to make sure Floyd Jr. never loses a fight even if he does decide to fight in the octagon.

“I don’t know what the (motivation is). As of now, he’s got enough money,” Mayweather Sr. added. “He’s got enough to live his life out.

“I think he could win a few fights, but I think it’s best to leave it alone. You can do your own thing, man. But you go in somebody else’s playground, and it’s … you just can’t do that, man. Don’t get me wrong, I believe he can beat some of those fighters like he did with the other guys, but it ain’t worth it. There ain’t no other way he can go right now besides backwards.”

Floyd Jr. has never been shy in admitting that money is his biggest motivator, and it’s obvious how much he could make if he fought Conor McGregor in the UFC. The question is whether or not it would be worth it, as Floyd is 40 and will almost certainly lose. If he wants several more ping pong tables like the one he recently bought, he just might decide climbing into the octagon is worthwhile.

Danny Garcia tells Shawn Porter ‘get the f— out of here!’

Danny Garcia Shawn Porter

Danny Garcia created some fireworks during his knockout win over Brandon Rios on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and the fireworks continued in the ring even after the fight.

The 29-year-old from Philadelphia ran his record to 34-1 after his 9th-round TKO of Rios on this huge shot:

The referee stopped the fight after determining Rios could not continue. Garcia was leading 7-1 on two cards and 6-2 on the third judge’s card at the time of the stoppage.

After his win, Garcia was interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray. He expressed interest in fighting Keith Thurman in a rematch, but then Shawn Porter came in and interrupted. The two exchanged some serious trash talk that included harsh language:

The Showtime video cuts out before the real gem, which was Garcia declaring, “This is the Danny Garcia show! Get the f— out of here!”

At 28-0 and having secured wins over both Porter and Garcia, Thurman is sitting on the top of the mountain at welterweight. He’s set to fight next in May. Porter, at 28-2-1, is not as attractive as an opponent as Thurman despite his best trash-talking efforts.

Danny Garcia vs Brandon Rios live blog

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Las Vegas – Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios are meeting on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay, and LBS is on the scene. Garcia is 33-1 and lost to Keith Thurman last March. Rios is 34-3-1 and has lost three of his last six fights, including defeats to Mike Alvarado, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

We will be providing coverage of the main event with analysis from ringside combat reporter Arsen Dadyan.

Keep refreshing the post for commentary and updates as the event continues.

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Manny Pacquiao set to fight Mike Alvarado on April 14 in Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is set to make his return to the ring in two months.

Pacquiao is expected to face Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas on April 14 at the Mandalay Bay. There was initial talk of the fight being at T-Mobile Arena, but that plan was complicated by a Vegas Golden Knights playoff run.

Pacquiao’s fight with Alvarado will be part of a large pay-per-view put on by Bob Arum’s Top Rank. The headline fight to the card should be Jeff Horn against Bud Crawford, which is being moved from New York.

Horn defeated Pacquiao in July, which was Pac-Man’s most recent fight. The Filipino is 59-7-2 (38 KOs) and lost to Horn in a controversial decision.

If Pacquiao beats Alvarado, he could end up facing the Crawford/Horn winner later this year.

Adrien Broner arrested for sexual battery

Adrien Broner

Adrien Broner was arrested in a mall in Atlanta on Monday, and the allegations against the former boxing champion once again involve a woman.

Law enforcement officials told TMZ that Broner was taken into custody late Monday evening and charged with misdemeanor sexual battery. A video that surfaced on social media appeared to show the 28-year-old being escorted out of a shopping mall in handcuffs.

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One witness claimed Broner grabbed a women by the genitals in a Louis Vuitton store, but police did not confirm that.

Broner has been no stranger to legal trouble in recent years. He was arrested in October of 2016 after being accused of choking a waitress at a Las Vegas nightclub. He also went to jail for 10 days in April of 2016 for a parole violation, and he later settled a dispute stemming from an assault and battery allegation at a bowling alley.

Floyd Mayweather has a $30,000 crystal ping pong table

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather has taken to showing off some of his expensive assets lately, but one item in particular caught our eye.

On Friday night, Mayweather shared a photo and video of his $30,000 crystal glass ping pong table, made by impatia. He was even playing on it:

I’d probably be too scared about damaging it to play on it. But there’s Mayweather, getting his game on.

As sweet as that item is, you buy enough things like that and you end up needing to keep up that cash flow. Maybe that’s why Mayweather’s been flirting with the idea of facing Conor McGregor again.

Showtime boss says ‘there’s a chance’ Floyd Mayweather could fight in UFC

Floyd Mayweather

At the very least, Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants us to believe that he is planning to try his hand at mixed martial arts at some point this year. And if he actually tries to make it happen, it sounds like the network he is under contract with is willing to help.

TMZ caught up with Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza at the Super Bowl this week, and he said he had seen Mayweather’s cryptic social media posts this week indicating the undefeated boxer is training for an MMA fight. Espinoza said he plans to meet with Mayweather in Minneapolis and those videos will be “a topic of conversation.” He also didn’t rule out Mayweather fighting in the UFC.

“There’s a chance,” Espinoza said. “Whatever he puts his mind to, he sort of wills it to happen. He willed the McGregor fight to happen. So if he sets his mind to it, it’ll happen.”

On Tuesday, Mayweather posted a short clip with no dialogue that showed him climbing into the octagon. He followed that up with another video on Wednesday, and that was the strongest indication to date that he’s not done fighting.

Dana White has said numerous times that Mayweather fighting in the UFC is a possibility, and Floyd and Conor McGregor have continued to take shots at one another on social media. While Mayweather, who is 40 and has no MMA experience, would stand virtually no chance against McGregor in an MMA setting, we all know how much money the fight would make.

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