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November 21, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Andre Ward doesn't have half the professional experience of his opponent tonight, world super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler of Denmark. What the 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist is banking on are the assets that made him an international champion as an amateur. "I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm determined," said Oakland's Ward (20-0, 13 knockouts), who'll fight Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) for the World Boxing Assn. super-middleweight title tonight on Showtime in his hometown Oracle Arena.
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December 2, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Juan Manuel Marquez and two other boxers vying to become Manny Pacquiao's next opponent submitted term sheets to the Filipino star's promoter, it was learned Thursday, while the yearlong pursuit of a much-anticipated Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super-fight remained bitterly out of reach. Marquez's promoter, Richard Schaefer, said he has turned over to Top Rank the financial terms and weight limit under which the lightweight title holder would agree to a third fight with Pacquiao.
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May 29, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Unbeatens Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez agreed Tuesday to fight each other Sept. 14 in a pay-per-view bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “He's a very good fighter with great speed and strategy, but I believe I can get my hands on him,” Alvarez told The Times in a telephone interview from his promoter Golden Boy Promotions' office in Los Angeles. The fight will be for Alvarez's World Boxing Council super-welterweight belt, at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, officials said.
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January 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao on Thursday selected his next opponent — that is, if he fails to reach a deal for a super-bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said. Arum declined to unveil the name of the non-Mayweather opponent, but said that fighter will be announced next week if negotiations with Mayweather aren't productive. Mayweather has called out Pacquiao to fight him May 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, going as far as personally calling the Filipino superstar to discuss a proposed 50-50 purse split.
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April 13, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao may not have returned entirely to his dominance of a half-decade ago in beating Timothy Bradley, but the performance easily had enough credibility to “go there” once more. Yes, with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he's heavily favored to win May 3, a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is back on the table even if it's uncertain anyone who could successfully negotiate the sport's ultimate fight will sit at that table. By taking Bradley's World Boxing Organization welterweight title Saturday with a unanimous-decision victory by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110, Pacquiao (56-5-2)
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May 5, 2008 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The two questions that lingered longest after Oscar De La Hoya's 12-round dominance of Steve Forbes on Saturday night were these: If he can't knock out Forbes, how is he going to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September? When was the last time Oscar fought so energetically in the final rounds? To the first question, De La Hoya's trainer and Mayweather Jr.'s father, Floyd Sr.
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March 23, 2010 | BILL DWYRE
The wacky world of boxing keeps right on truckin' the next several months. It's a treadmill without an off switch. Its menu will offer a range from filet mignon to liver and onions. Rest assured that somebody in authority will put ketchup on the filet. The most palatable should be the May 1 fight in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Shane Mosley. Mayweather is unbeaten and Mosley, based on his mugging of Antonio Margarito in January 2009, is dangerous. This will be a competitive fight.
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May 1, 2010 | Lance Pugmire
Reporting from Las Vegas -- Shane Mosley weighed in at the welterweight limit 147 pounds, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. weighed 146 Friday as the fighters appeared before a national television audience and a crowd of thousands at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where they'll square off Saturday night. Of course, it was the extracurricular activities and opinions that captured most of the interest. Mosley's trainer Naazim Richardson and Mayweather assistant trainer Nate Jones argued on stage.
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December 10, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a two-fight streak of involving himself in mega-bouts that have helped lead a renaissance of sorts for boxing. While a showdown with fellow unbeaten welterweight champion Miguel Cotto would keep that super-fight momentum running, some of the sport's old matchmaking obstacles have emerged.
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November 4, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
If you think World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir will successfully defend his title against Floyd Mayweather tonight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the odds are: A.) You're from Argentina. B.) You like to bet on underdogs. C.) You've never seen Mayweather fight. D.) You don't know much about boxing. Emanuel Steward, one of the most respected trainers in boxing, is none of the above.
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