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July 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The record-breaking Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight Sept. 14 in Las Vegas has added an undercard bout in order to now pursue a record pay-per-view audience. Unbeaten junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 knockouts) will defend his World Boxing Council belt against hard-punching Argentinian Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs). Philadelphia's Garcia, 25, won his belt in 2012, knocking out Amir Khan. He's defended the belt against veterans Erik Morales and Zab Judah, bringing some criticism that he was being protected against past-their-prime foes.
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December 8, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS -- The 6,000 seats opened for Friday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Ricky Hatton weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena were filled two hours before the two combatants for tonight's World Boxing Council welterweight championship stepped near the scale.
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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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September 4, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has chosen Kenny Bayless to referee the  pay-per-view super-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mexico's Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena boxing ring Sept. 14. The commission also selected Nevada judges Dave Moretti and C.J. Ross and Canada's Craig Metcalfe as those who could ultimately decide the outcome on points. Seven of Mayweather Jr.'s last nine fights have gone to the judges. Bayless, 53, has worked three of Mayweather's past fights, and is regarded as one of the world's best, most recently working the December knockout of Manny Pacquiao by Juan Manuel Marquez.
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September 21, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao is now saying he will accept just 45% of the total purse in an anticipated super-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year. “Win or lose, I'll take 45%,” Pacquiao told his publicist Friday in Mexico City. “Floyd can have top billing, he can be introduced in the ring first or last. “He can wear my trunks. I don't care. I just want to get him in the ring and make the fight.” Pacquiao first said during an ESPN appearance Thursday that he was willing to take the 45% cut. Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, tried to clarify to The Times on Friday that the boxer was willing to accept a deal in which the winner would receive 55% and the loser gets 45%. That's the same deal Koncz was extending to Mayweather in the spring.
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September 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is big-fight week, so get on your thigh-high rubber boots. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand will be overrun with tattoos and muscle shirts. Most of those will be men. You will hear and read superlatives worthy of a Super Bowl. Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's best friend and chief executive of his promotion company, said in a recent conference call, "This is the most anticipated fight in the history of the sport. " Oh?
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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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