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Monday, December 11, 2017

Boxing

Dana White threatens to sue Manny Pacquiao

Dana White

Dana White is threatening to sue Manny Pacquiao and the boxer’s representatives if they are in fact talking with Conor McGregor.

Much ado was made during the week when Pacquiao expressed interest in fighting McGregor and said his people had initiated talks with McGregor. There have not been followup conversations, and any reports saying the two sides are talking about a fight would be overstating the situation. Still, White doesn’t want to hear anything about the possibility of Pac-Man interfering with his fighter.

McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, which has led other boxers to see if they could swing a fight with the MMA star. Pacquiao is always looking for a payday, especially if it comes with a likely victory the way a McGregor fight would, so him trying to work his way into a fight makes sense. But the UFC helped set up McGregor’s last boxing match, and they do have him under contract, so they want to be involved in all talks about his future fights.

Boxer Stephen Smith nearly has ear torn off during fight

Stephen Smith ear

A boxing match was stopped on Saturday night after one of the fighters was unable to continue because his ear was nearly torn off.

Stephen Smith had a nasty cut down his left ear that was causing heavy bleeding and needed some medical attention. His fight with Francisco Vargas at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas had to be stopped after the ninth round because of the cut. Afterwards, Smith headed to the hospital to receive stitches to sew his ear back together.

Because of the stoppage due to the cut, they went to the judges’ cards to see who was ahead in the fight at the time of the stoppage to determine the winner. Vargas was declared the winner by technical unanimous decision.

Here’s a look at his dangling ear, if you’re so brave.

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Vasyl Lomachenko has awesome new nickname after making Rigondeaux quit

Vasyl Lomachenko

Not only is Vasyl Lomachenko a bad man in the ring, but he also is an ace marketer.

Lomachenko fought previously unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York and won after Rigo quit following the sixth round, citing a hand injury.

Lomachenko is now 10-1 with eight knockouts, but the crazy thing is he’s now won four fights in a row by making his opponent quit. That gave way to Lomachenko’s new nickname.

After the fight, Lomachenko said on ESPN that his new nickname should be “No Mas Chenko.”

No mas, of course, means “no more” in Spanish. That’s the phrase a frustrated Roberto Duran famously said when he quit during his second fight with Sugar Ray Leonard.

Rigondeaux, who is now 17-1, said after the fight that he injured his hand in the second round and could no longer continue. He was complimentary of Lomachenko, saying he is “very technical, very quick, very explosive.”

And now we clearly know that Lomachenko’s special talent is being able to make opponents quit during fights.

Manny Pacquiao initiated talks with Conor McGregor about fight

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao said on Friday that his camp has had talks with Conor McGregor about arranging a fight, though any report suggesting a deal is imminent would be inaccurate.

Pacquiao spoke with the AFP, which reports that the Filipino fighter says he would have no problem facing McGregor.

“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is OK with both of us,” Pacquiao told AFP. He also said that his camp had initiated talks but nothing has gone beyond that.

“We have not yet had any follow-up conversations,” he said.

All this means is that Pac-Man is on the long list of folks in the fight game who would love a shot at McGregor. And why is that? A fight with McGregor would promise a huge payday and tons of exposure for all involved.

McGregor really is in control of all situations. He said he wants to fight in 2018, but he cautioned that he has to be paid what he feels he deserves. He might only be able to find the payday he wants in a boxing ring. And when it comes to boxing, Pacquiao is one of the fighters who would make sense as an opponent.

The ball is really in McGregor’s court as far as his future goes.

Floyd Mayweather adopts panda, names it after himself

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather took a trip to China, and he ended up with a pet panda — sort of.

While in China, Mayweather paid nearly $15,000 as an adoption fee to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The fee gave Mayweather naming rights to a 1-year-old panda for a year. And guess what Mayweather named the panda for now? TMT Floyd Mayweather.

The panda was previously named “Maodou.”

Mayweather shared some photos on Instagram from his trip to China. In one post, he said he was paid $3 million for the trip.

First Mayweather goes to Russia and ends up with a pet tiger, and now he goes to China and adopts a panda. What will come next?

Floyd Mayweather suing ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson, claims she stole money

Floyd Mayweather Shantel Jackson

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been engaged in a legal war with his ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson for years, and the latest shot is being fired by the undefeated boxer.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Mayweather has filed a lawsuit against Jackson alleging that the actress stole an undisclosed amount of money from him while the two were dating. Mayweather claims Jackson took cash from around his house without permission and gained access to his credit card accounts to go on shopping sprees. The lawsuit claims Jackson even had the items she bought shipped a secret location so Mayweather would not know about the purchases.

Mayweather’s lawyers say Floyd did not find out about the alleged stealing until a mutual friend told him Jackson had been bragging about it. Mayweather says he grew to trust Jackson because of the way she stood by him publicly when he was being criticized.

“As a result of that confidence, Mayweather, who’s education ended at eighth grade, did not audit or otherwise inspect either his cash or his credit card statements for theft by Jackson,” the lawsuit states.

Jackson filed a lawsuit against Mayweather in 2014 accusing him of threatening her with a gun and assaulting her multiple times, and that case has not yet been resolved. If you remember, Floyd posted a message on social media indicating he broke up with Jackson because she got an abortion. In all likelihood, Mayweather did that because he was jealous of Jackson’s relationship with a well-known hip-hop artist.

Without knowing many of the details of the legal issues, it seems safe to say that no resolution between these two is in sight.

Floyd Mayweather says talk of him fighting again is ‘all lies’

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a perfect 50-0 after he defeated Conor McGregor over the summer, and that is the way the 15-time champion’s record is going to stay.

Earlier in the week, a report from TMZ claimed that Mayweather has told people close to him that he is considering fighting one more time. While the thought of another nine-figure payday must be appealing to the man whose image is all about money, Mayweather insists he is remaining retired.

“I’m happily retired,” Mayweather said while touring China on Wednesday, via the Daily Mail. “I’m not fighting no more, no matter what the price is.”

Mayweather added that any reports about him coming out of retirement are “fake” and “all lies.” The 40-year-old was also quick to remind everyone that he doesn’t need to fight to keep the gravy train rolling.

“Coming here with 23 people has been a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to get paid $3,000,000 to simply visit and vacation here in luxury for a few days,” Mayweather said of the appearances he has been making in China.

The only fight for Mayweather that would make any sense is a rematch with McGregor. There have been some questions about whether McGregor is finished with his MMA career, but he is still under contract with the UFC. At this point, it would be a surprise if Mayweather steps into the ring again.

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