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Floyd Mayweather tweets support of Adrien Broner after loss

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Many were wondering how Floyd Mayweather would react to seeing his protege Adrien Broner lose his first career fight. The answer is he hasn’t wavered in his support of the youngster from Cincinnati.

Not long after Broner lost his WBA welterweight title to Marcos Madiana via unanimous decision, Mayweather sent a tweet to Broner:

“hold your head up champ. I love you. A true champion can take a loss and bounce back, my lil brother,” Mayweather wrote. He also included the picture seen at the top.

Broner’s loss to Maidana was his first and therefore significant for a number of reasons. As we said before the fight, Broner considered Mayweather his mentor. He explicitly stated that he trying to become the next Floyd Mayweather Jr. But the big difference between the two is that Floyd has a perfect record while Broner already has a loss. He’ll never be able to be Floyd for that reason alone.

Many fans turned on Broner after the Maidana fight because he behaves like a clown and wasn’t able to back it up. Mayweather talks himself up a bunch, but he hasn’t lost a fight yet. Broner has. Broner had a lot of work to do to repair his image, but at least he still has Floyd on his side. Floyd’s support will likely help him get the fans back.

Adrien Broner: Floyd Mayweather is my big brother, mentor

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Adrien Broner freely admits that he is building himself in the image of Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he describes as a brother and mentor.

Broner is a flashy trash-talker who seeks attention in any way he can get it. Whether it’s by leaking sex tapes or fake proposing to his girlfriend after fights, Broner wants people to know who he is and pay attention to him so that they buy his fights.

Where did he get that business model from? Floyd, of course.

“Floyd Mayweather is like a big brother to me,” Broner said on Showtime’s All Access program leading up to his fight with Marcos Maidana. “He’s a mentor, he’s somebody I can talk to about anything. Floyd took boxing to the next level. For me to see that firsthand, it only made me want to try to match what he’d done, or go past that.”

Mayweather, who earlier in the year switched networks from HBO to Showtime, was interviewed for the program and confirmed Broner speaks to him frequently.

“Every day Adrien calls me and asks me about different things. He wants to become a pay-per-view star. He has the remedy, but he has to know when to turn it on and when to turn it off,” said Mayweather.

Mayweather seems to have his business in order and know when to turn it on and off (except for when it comes to his drama with Princess Love, though he might actually enjoy the headlines he receives for that gossip). What Broner needs to learn is which ways to create hype.

Talking about stealing someone’s girlfriend and turning her into the central focus of a fight is good for publicity. So is fake proposing. But burning money and leaking disgusting sex tapes of yourself probably is not what you want to do.

But as far as Broner’s ability to surpass Floyd, he’ll have to really step up his game in the ring first before he can come close to matching Mayweather. We will give him credit, though, because it sure looks like he has a knack for drawing attention.

Floyd Mayweather, Amir Khan likely to fight May 3

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Amir Khan are likely going to fight on May 3, and the official announcement could be made next week.

Khan has been reported to be Mayweather’s next opponent since October, but his team denied the rumors at the time. Khan pulled out of a Dec. 7 bout with Devon Alexander (he was replaced by Shawn Porter) which made it pretty obvious he was in line to fight Floyd.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated interviewed Khan this week about the potential fight with Floyd. Mannix tweeted the following:

BoxRec.com has also listed Mayweather’s next fight as May 3 in Las Vegas against Khan. Oddly, BoxRec removed that from his profile page late Wednesday night. They had stated the fight was subject to commission approval:

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Bob Arum on Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight: It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen

Bob Arum Manny PacquiaoBob Arum is one of the biggest reasons why Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather never fought when the two were at the peak of their games and popularity, but the promoter’s tune has now changed regarding the superfight.

The 82-year-old Top Rank promoter is two weeks removed from Pac-Man’s win over Brandon Rios in Macau, and he wants his Filipino superstar to square off against the undefeated Mayweather. Arum conducted an interview with USA Today and was asked whether the elusive fight could happen.

“Yes, if people stop posturing. Absolutely. It can happen,” Arum told USA Today’s Bob Velin. “It’s stupid if it doesn’t happen. They owe it to the sport. What, is Mayweather going to fight Amir Khan? Who gives a (expletive)? We’ve announced we’re willing to make anything happen. Now somebody has got to contact us so we can sit down and explore how it can happen. Isn’t that the way normal people deal? You can’t wave a wand. I’ve said unequivocally, we’re ready to sit down and see if a deal can be reached.”

One of the biggest reasons people have said the fight wouldn’t happen is because Mayweather despises Arum, who is Floyd’s former promoter.

“This idea that Floyd hates me or I hate Floyd is poppycock. Maybe the people around him are saying that. But Floyd and I, and certainly Todd (duBoef, Arum’s stepson and president of Top Rank) and Floyd, have always had a wonderful relationship. These so-called writers are saying, ‘Well, it can’t happen, because Floyd hates Bob Arum.’ Floyd doesn’t hate me, like I don’t hate him.”

In the interview, Arum somewhat admitted that Pacquiao has financial issues, but he attributed it Pac-Man’s generosity with charities. He also made it sound like Pacquiao continues to fight and will continue to fight in order to afford his lifestyle. The entire interview is well worth a read for boxing fans. Arum explains why he’s taking more of a global approach to boxing rather than focusing on the US, which he believes is a strong but stagnant boxing market.

But as I said before when we posted a story about Freddie Roach saying Pacquiao would beat Mayweather, it’s awfully convenient timing from Top Rank to suddenly express interest in the Mayweather fight. Arum came up with a million and one excuses to impede the superfight. I’m not saying Mayweather would have agreed to fight Pac-Man a few years ago, but you better believe Arum stood in the way. Whether it was drug testing, pay-per-view money, venues, or anything else, Arum always had a reason why the fight couldn’t happen. Now that he recognizes he and Pacquiao need the fight more than Floyd does, they want it. They want the money and hype that they can only get from fighting Floyd.

After Floyd fights Amir Khan and Manny destroys whomever next year, I really would like to see the two meet. It won’t have the same appeal it once did, but few fights would get fans more excited than Pacquiao-Mayweather.

Showtime to reach out about Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight

pacquiao-mayweatherA Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight may be a legitimate possibility, because it sounds like Showtime executives have a strong interest in putting it together.

Mayweather signed an exclusive six-fight deal with Showtime earlier in the year and has already fought twice on the network. He has four fights left and seems headed for a clash with Amir Khan in May. It sounds like a fight with Pac-Man could follow.

Showtime Vice President Stephen Espinoza told the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire that he plans to reach out to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum about making the superfight. Espinoza obviously emphasized that the fight would have to take place on Showtime. That could be a major impediment, because Arum has a relationship with HBO, which televised Pac-Man’s last fight.

Arum says he would want the fight to be on both networks the way the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis was. I really don’t see that happening. You think those competing networks would agree to televise the same fight?

Mayweather has all the leverage in this situation, and I have a hard time envisioning Arum making concessions and cooperating in order to make a deal. I also still don’t see Mayweather having any motivation for taking the fight.

It still seems like each fighter will fight one time before the possible superfight would be made. The only way I could imagine Mayweather agreeing to a fight is if Pacquiao looks vulnerable against his next oppoennet. But if Pac-Man doesn’t look good in his next fight, wouldn’t that take the luster off a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight anyway?

Showtime can make their efforts to set up this fight, but I still don’t see it happening. Mayweather is the real boss, and if he doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao, he’s not going to.

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao would beat ‘slow’ Floyd Mayweather

pacquiao-mayweatherThe Manny Pacquiao camp has been banging the Floyd Mayweather fight drum pretty hard over the past few weeks, and the latest words come from Freddie Roach, who believes his fighter would beat Floyd.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision on Saturday in Macau and looked very good in the fight. It was his first victory in over two years, though that stat is really misleading; Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in my opinion, but the judges screwed him on that split decision. I also thought he looked pretty good against Juan Manuel Marquez until Marquez caught him with a huge shot in the sixth round to end the fight.

Prior to the Pacquiao-Rios fight, promoter Bob Arum said he was open to Pacquiao and Mayweather fighting. That was a change from his previous stances, as Arum always found ways to impede the fight (as did Floyd). It’s no surprise that Pacquiao’s side wants the fight now — he’s not as highly regarded as Floyd anymore, and he has less to lose. All that adds up to less leverage, which would ostensibly make negotiations go more smoothly.

If Floyd and Manny end up fighting next year as Top Rank Promotions hopes, Roach, who is Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, thinks Manny would win the fight.

“Mayweather in his last two fights has been slow, he doesn’t move as much as he used to,” Roach told AFP. “I think Manny’s speed will overwhelm him. Mayweather is not good against southpaws. And he has trouble with speed.

“Manny Pacquiao, he’s back, but I never really had the thought he went anywhere.”

Roach has been talking a lot of trash lately. Maybe calling Mayweather slow is his way of trying to goad the undefeated boxer. Then again, Roach was talking trash when he said Rios was a punching bag who hits back, but his words turned out to be accurate. Maybe the same will be true of his prediction about Pacquiao-Mayweather. But there’s only one problem: I still don’t think Floyd will agree to the fight — facing Pacquiao is too risky for him.

Floyd Mayweather, Lindsay Lohan partied together at Foxwoods for Halloween

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lindsay Lohan were the celebrity hosts at a Halloween party together on Thursday night. The bash was held at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Lohan has been such a train wreck over the past several years that she probably could have gone as herself, but I must say she pulled off the “Carrie” look quite nicely. Mayweather went as Freddy Krueger.

According to TMZ, Mayweather invited Lohan into his private booth at one point and the two hung out like “old friends.” There was plenty of alcohol at the party as you might expect, which is interesting because Lohan has been in and out of rehab as of late due to a drinking problem. As TMZ pointed out, she got rid of her life coach last month and believes she can remain sober on her own.

There’s no reason to believe Lohan fell off the wagon. It sounds like she was just enjoying some good clean fun with The Money Team. Wait, clean fun with The Money Team? Hey, you never know.

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