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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Boxing

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.

Conor McGregor responds to Floyd Mayweather’s cryptic MMA video

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

It is incredibly unlikely that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will ever take part in an actual MMA bout, but that isn’t stopping the undefeated boxer from climbing into the octagon to fuel speculation about it.

On Tuesday, Mayweather posted a short clip on social media that showed him stepping into the cage and pacing around like he was waiting for a fight. Floyd said nothing in the video and the post had no caption.

Of course, many instantly believed that Mayweather could be hinting at something. Is he planning to try his hand at MMA? Could a UFC fight between him and Conor McGregor actually happen? McGregor responded with a tweet of his own:

Mayweather is 40 and has zero MMA experience. It would be even more dangerous for him to go from the boxing ring to the octagon than it was for McGregor to do the opposite, and Floyd has to know that. He also knows that his brand grows stronger the longer he can stay in the spotlight, which is why he continues to take shots at McGregor any chance he gets.

Long story short: We’d be shocked if there is any hidden meaning behind Mayweather’s little video.

The Rock guarantees no draw in Canelo Alvarez, GGG rematch

Canelo Alvarez Gennady Golovkin

The rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was officially announced on Monday, and who better to announce the news for HBO than star of the channel’s show, “Ballers”?

That’s right, HBO had The Rock announce the news of the Canelo-GGG rematch, which is set for May 5. During his announcement, The Rock guaranteed that there would not be a draw in the second fight between the two:

Fans will hope there isn’t a draw in this one. Many believed the September bout between the men was close, with Golovkin potentially holding the slight advantage. However, one judge scored it in Canelo’s extreme favor, leading to a draw.

We can only hope the second fight actually produces a winner.

ESPN’s Dan Rafael says that T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden in New York, and AT&T Stadium in Arlington are the three potential venues for the fight.

Warrant out for Floyd Mayweather Sr’s arrest over battery charge

Floyd Mayweather Sr.

There is an arrest warrant out for Floyd Mayweather Sr. over a battery charge he faces stemming from an incident after the Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight in September, according to a report.

Mayweather Sr. has been charged with battery for allegedly pulling a woman out of a car in Las Vegas during the early hours of Sept. 17 and punching her in the leg.

TMZ Sports reports details about the incident:

We’re told the alleged victim was heading toward Floyd’s car when an argument broke out between the two. Floyd allegedly told the woman to get out of the car, but she refused so he reached in and dragged her out by the leg.

65-year-old Floyd allegedly made things worse by punching her in the leg once she was out of the car. The accuser claims Floyd then got in the driver’s seat and sped off without her.

TMZ says the woman was hospitalized with minor injuries.

The Blast first reported about the charge and says the criminal complaint was filed on Jan. 11 and the warrant for Floyd Sr.’s arrest was issued on Jan. 16. A rep for Floyd reportedly told TMZ Sports that the woman is trying to extort the money.

Mayweather, 65, is a former boxer and a trainer. Floyd Jr says he was abused by his father when he was growing up.

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