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Monday, October 22, 2018

Boxing

Manny Pacquiao says Floyd Mayweather Jr will fight on New Year’s Eve

Floyd Mayweather

Is Floyd Mayweather going to come out of retirement (again) to fight at the end of the year? That’s what Manny Pacquiao says.

Pacquiao recently signed with Mayweather’s advisor Al Haymon and has a fight coming up against Adrien Broner in January. That fight is supposed to be a prelude to a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch.

According to Pacquiao, Floyd will have a tune-up first that will take place on New Year’s Eve.

“Floyd is going to fight on December 31 and I’m going to fight January 12,” Pacquiao said, via The Mirror. “After that, we’ll know [about their rematch]… he’s coming back, we’ll discuss it after Broner.”

If that indeed is the plan, they’re not doing a whole lot of promoting. That supposed fight date for Mayweather is only 2.5 months away. Fighters usually have done media tours by then. Mayweather did say last month that he was going to return this year to fight Pacquiao, but that was about it.

Either Mayweather is simply bored in retirement or he wants more money, because the guy never seems to stick by his retirement announcements.

Mayweather, 40, is 50-0 in his career and last fought in August, defeating Conor McGregor. He and Pacquiao fought in May, 2015, setting a pay-per-view record with 4.6 million buys for a fight that left most fans disappointed and even angry.

Floyd Mayweather says he will fight Khabib Nurmagomedov

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr is once again talking about the possibility of returning to boxing even though he “retired” after fighting Conor McGregor. There has been talk about a potential rematch between Mayweather and McGregor, but Floyd says he has his sights set on another UFC champion.

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who recently defeated McGregor to retain the UFC lightweight title, said last week that he wants to go the McGregor route by fighting Mayweather. Floyd told TMZ this week that he’s open to making it happen.

“Oh we fighting,” Mayweather said confidently. “I’m my own boss. I can’t say what’s going on on Khabib’s end, but on my end we can make it happen.”

Mayweather stressed that the fight would have to be in Las Vegas despite Khabib hinting he wanted it to take place elsewhere, and he said the UFC champ would have to conduct himself in a respectful manner inside and outside of the ring. Mayweather was, of course, referring to the embarrassing events that took place after Khabib’s fight against McGregor.

As for why Mayweather would want to fight another MMA superstar, we all know the reason — money.

“He called me out. Come into my world,” Mayweather said, noting that it would have to be a boxing match. “Let’s make it happen. When I face Khabib, of course, I’m getting a nine-figure payday.”

Mayweather insists he would make about $100 million more in guaranteed money than he got when he fought McGregor if he fights Khabib, which seems unrealistic.

It’s hard to tell when Mayweather is serious about something, as he’s a master promoter who knows how to build hype and keep his name in the news. He also said recently that he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao again, which seems a lot more likely to happen than him squaring off against Khabib.

Watch: Bud Crawford finishes Jose Benavidez with vicious uppercut

Terence Bud Crawford

Bud Crawford beat Jose Benavidez on Saturday night in Omaha, Neb. via 12th-round TKO thanks to a vicious uppercut.

Crawford and Benavidez traded some punches throughout the night and much more showmanship. But Benavidez was unable to back up his talking and dancing as Crawford caught him with an uppercut in the final minute of the fight:

Benavidez got up after the knockdown and said he could continue, but the referee stepped in about 10 seconds later because Benavidez could no longer protect himself.

Crawford, 31, improves to 34-0 (25 KOs) with the win and retains his WBO welterweight title. Benavidez, 26, suffered the first loss of his career and is now 27-1.

Report: Manny Pacquiao signs with promoter Al Haymon

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao is making some major changes to his business team.

Boxing Scene’s Rick Reeno reported on Thursday that Pacquiao has signed with promoter Al Haymon. Haymon is a promoter, also viewed by some as a manager, who is best known for advising Floyd Mayweather Jr. and founding PBC – Premier Boxing Champions.

Pacquiao long had been promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, trained by Freddie Roach, and his business manager was Michael Koncz. He has made major changes by ending his business relationship with all three.

Pacquiao reportedly signing with Haymon could bring him closer to a rematch with Mayweather. Pacquiao has long sought a rematch with Mayweather, saying as much in July. Last month, Mayweather said he and Pacquiao would fight again.

Before getting a rematch with Floyd, Pacquiao may have to win a different fight first.

Spin.ph reports that Pacquiao will likely face Adrien Broner in January in a fight co-promoted by Pacquiao and Mayweather. They say Pacquiao, who beat Lucas Matthysse in July, wants to fight a few more times before potentially retiring.

Pac-Man, 39, is 60-7-2 with 39 wins by knockout.

Showtime boss says Floyd Mayweather is ‘deadly serious’ about Pacquio rematch

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently announced that he is coming out of “retirement” once again for a rematch against Manny Pacquiao, and there is plenty of skepticism over whether the fight will actually happen. That was to be expected, but someone who knows Floyd quite well insists the undefeated champion is not messing around.

Stephen Espinoza, president of programming for Showtime Sports, told TMZ over the weekend that Mayweather is “deadly serious” about fighting Pacquiao again.

“I haven’t spoken to Floyd,” Espinoza admitted. “I know he is deadly serious about it. He is very, very serious about wanting to fight from everything that I’ve seen and heard. Manny Pacquiao is serious about it as well.”

Espinoza said it would be difficult to work out all of the details of the fight before the end of 2018, but he believes the rematch will take place at some point in the near future. He added that he understands why there was skepticism about whether Mayweather was serious because of the way he announced he is planning to fight Pacquiao, but that is simply Floyd’s marketing style.

There had been talk about Mayweather only doing promoting work for Pacquiao’s next fight, but as of now it sounds like he wants a rematch. When you can make the kind of money that Mayweather and Pacquiao would make from fighting again, it’s hard to turn it down.

Mike Tyson says UFC 229 chaos was crazier than his riot

Few people in history were part of bigger pay-per-view spectacles than Mike Tyson, and even he thinks what happened at UFC 229 on Saturday night in Las Vegas was crazy.

Khabib Nurmagomedov beat Conor McGregor in their UFC lightweight championship fight with a choke in the fourth round. After McGregor tapped, Khabib climbed out of the cage and went after McGregor’s team, seemingly as revenge for their bus stunt in April.

While Khabib had created a major distraction outside the cage, a member of his team climbed into the cage and started taking cheap shots at a defenseless McGregor.

What did Tyson think about it? He called it crazier that his fight riot.

You may recall what happened during Tyson’s second fight with Evander Holyfield. The fight was stopped early after Tyson was disqualified for infamously biting off part of Holyfield’s ear. Things got wild in the crowd after the fight ended prematurely.

Tyson was part of another chaotic ending after his controversial win over Razor Ruddock in 1991.

You know things are really wild when Mike Tyson is calling out your behavior.

Conor McGregor says he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather again

Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has a big fight coming up on Saturday but also has his eye on a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

McGregor joined “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on Monday and said that he would like to face Mayweather again. He is open to either an MMA fight or boxing rematch against Mayweather, but he made it clear that he will not agree to a modified rules MMA fight.

“If [Mayweather] has the bottle to come over and deal with this, like he said he has, let’s see what happens. I would also like to box him again. Everything is being discussed. Every rule set. If it’s not an MMA bout, then I don’t want to know. It’s either a straight MMA bout or a straight boxing bout. If they come looking for modified rules, I would rather just box the kid again. If you don’t want to deal with it, then don’t deal with it and stop going on like you’re doing,” McGregor told Helwani.

In the meantime, McGregor has a much bigger task ahead. He is set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 for the lightweight championship. Khabib is 26-0 and may be McGregor’s toughest opponent yet.

After his fight with Khabib, McGregor says he has given consideration to facing Anderson Silva. He also says he would like to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz at some point.

McGregor and Mayweather fought in Aug. 2017, with Floyd winning by 10th-round TKO. McGregor hung tough for such a challenging fight in his pro boxing debut, though Floyd may have carried the fight into later rounds to give viewers a better show. The fight had 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, second only to Floyd’s fight with Manny Pacquiao. A rematch would probably not sell quite as well, though it would do plenty of buys thanks to the popularity of both fighters. Mayweather said earlier this year that he was training in MMA, but we have our doubts about him stepping into the cage without modified rules.