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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Boxing

Floyd Mayweather ‘partying the entire week’ before Conor McGregor fight

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Floyd Mayweather Jr has one of the most important fights of his career coming up in a week, but that is not going to stop him from aggressively promoting his new strip club.

On Thursday night, Mayweather invited fans to join him at his club Girl Collection, where he says he will be hanging out and “partying” every night until the Monday after his bout with Conor McGregor.

Mayweather is obviously confident he can beat McGregor, and showcasing that is all part of his image. We highly doubt he’s going to be drinking heavily and waking up with a hangover every morning for the next week. Getting people to his club is the goal, and capitalizing on the hype of the fight is just smart business.

With some of the numbers we have already seen thrown around, it’s clear the Mayweather-McGregor fight has the potential to be the biggest pay-per-view event of all time.

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Shane Mosley blames botched elbow surgery for decision to retire

Former three-division world champion Shane Mosley is calling it quits at age 45 after nearly two-and-a-half decades of fighting, but he blames a botched surgery for robbing him of what could’ve been several more years in the ring.

In an interview with ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Wednesday, Mosley said that an elbow procedure gone wrong was what forced him into retirement.

“I had a few more years left in me and had a few big fights lined up for 2017 and 2018. [Bernard] Hopkins fought up to 50 at the world-class level and he has always been a role model and friend,” said Mosley. “However, fate, if you will, stepped in and took those options away from me earlier this year.

“I went in for a minor arthroscopic surgery to remove a couple loose bone fragments from my elbow and the surgery turned into a whole ordeal after the surgeon admittedly ‘accidentally’ burned me on my forearm, leading to a sick infection and needing like four or five days of IV antibiotics and two weeks of antibiotics at home,” he continued. “It was crazy and surreal to learn that I could never fight again … My right arm is ruined. They were supposed to make two 2-centimeter incisions in my elbow in a one-hour surgery, and I ended up in there over four hours and came out butchered.”

Mosley last fought back in May 2016, losing a unanimous decision to David Avanesyan. He finishes his career with a record of 49-10-1 with 41 knockouts.

At his apex, Sugar Shane was one of the top pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, and he kept finding ways to entertain us, even in his twilight years. This is technically Mosley’s third retirement — he had previously announced he was hanging up his gloves in 2012, then in 2013 before coming back to fight both times — but unfortunately, it sounds like this one is for good this time.

Dana White: Mayweather-McGregor on track to be biggest PPV ever

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Skeptics may be viewing the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight as a spectacle, but that’s not stopping the fight from potentially becoming the biggest pay-per-view bout in history.

UFC president Dana White spoke on a conference call with the media Wednesday about the fight. On the call, White said that the fight is tracking to be the biggest ever on pay-per-view.

Mayweather’s 2016 fight with Manny Pacquiao set a record with 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. That fight included two of the biggest names in boxing and finally brought together two fighters the fans had been dying to see face each other in the ring for years. McGregor comes from a different sport and has a massive fan base, so when you combine his drawing power in MMA with Floyd’s in boxing, it’s no surprise that this thing could do five million buys.

The fight also received an interesting twist on Wednesday when the Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously to allow the two men to box in 8-ounce gloves.

The state’s typical rules necessitate 10-ounce gloves for fights taking place at 147 pounds or above. Mayweather and McGregor are fighting at a weight limit of 154 pounds, but they petitioned the commission for a waiver to allow them to fight with the 8-ounce gloves. The commission approved the one-time waiver via a 5-0 vote on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the fight have not been disclosed. However, Mayweather has talked about making in the $300 million range for the fight, while McGregor has talked about making around $100 million.

Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn rematch close to happening

Manny Pacquiao Jeff Horn

A rematch of the fight nobody asked for is apparently close to happening.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told The Vertical’s Chris Mannix that a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn is nearly agreed upon.

Horn won the July fight between the two in Australia by an extremely controversial unanimous decision. In response to the controversy, Arum says he wants more neutral judges.

Arum said earlier this month that Pacquiao wanted the rematch. There are discussions about the fight taking place in Australia again, this time in November. Arum also plans to have the fight air on ESPN again.

If Pacquiao does agree to a rematch — something for which he has the contractual right — he would be going against his trainer Freddie Roach’s desire to see the boxer retire.

Maloof brothers behind $880,000 bet on Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

The Maloof brothers are the bettors behind the $880,000 wager placed on Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his fight with Conor McGregor on Aug. 26, the brothers revealed.

The photo from a printed $880,000 betting slip circulated on social media a few days ago, leaving behind many questions about its legitimacy and who had placed the bet. The slip also had an incorrect payout figure that was due to a computer glitch.

The brothers (Joe, Gavin and Phil), who formerly owned the Sacramento Kings and Palms hotel in Las Vegas, put $880,000 down on Mayweather at the South Point sports book, as LV Sports Biz first reported. They stand to profit $160,000 if they win and say they will donate the proceeds to charity.

Gavin told the Review-Journal why they felt comfortable placing the wager.

“I live down the street from Floyd and I’ve known him for a lot of years. He’s a good friend of mine,” Gavin Maloof told the Review-Journal. “Conor McGregor’s great and all the respect in the world to Dana White and the UFC. But it’s very difficult to transplant an MMA fighter to boxing.”

Many sports books are pleased to have money come in on Mayweather. There were so many McGregor fans who flooded the books that the odds went down, leaving the books hoping for a Mayweather win to avoid losing.

Paulie Malignaggi blasts Dana White over McGregor footage

Paulie Malignaggi

Paulie Malignaggi has essentially declared war on Conor McGregor and his team, and that war extended to Dana White recently.

Malignaggi has been on a rampage ever since leaving his role as a sparring partner for McGregor a week and a half ago.

Malignaggi, a former boxing champion, went to Las Vegas to help McGregor train for his Aug. 26 bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr. But he grew upset over the many ways he felt McGregor’s people used him as a pawn in a marketing game. He blasted White after feeling the UFC boss was doing the same thing.

On Friday night, White shared footage from McGregor’s sparring session with Malignaggi. Sharing the videos was a clear attempt by White to legitimize McGregor as a boxing opponent for Mayweather.

Here are the clips:

Malignaggi, who had been screaming for footage of the entire sparring to be released, had his complaints about the videos shared by White.

Malignaggi claims the videos are heavily edited to make McGregor look good. He says they represent what he’s said all along, that McGregor won two rounds in their sparring session (the 11th and 12th) and that’s where the footage comes from. He also insists he was pushed down by McGregor, not knocked down in the clip where he hits the canvas.

Malignaggi also sent a tweet to White in which he called the UFC boss many names and accused him of being two-faced.

There has been so much beef between Malignaggi and McGregor that many are calling for those two to fight next. Honestly, that might be an even more entertaining boxing match.

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Conor McGregor says he will make around $100 million from Floyd Mayweather fight

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is already talking about the cash he’s going to rack up from his upcoming fight against Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor said Friday that he’s going to get a cut of virtually everything as part of the fight, and he expects to pull in three figures when all is said and done.

We don’t really have a clear idea of how much these guys will bank from a fight like this, though Mayweather has floated an even higher figure in discussing this. It’s going to be a huge payday for both fighters, though, there is no doubt about that.

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