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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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March 1, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
The well-chronicled argument between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. over drug testing was so heated and divisive it caused the two boxers to walk away from a guarantee of $25 million each. Mayweather's camp implied there was something unnatural about Pacquiao's steady move up in weight in recent years, with an increased dominance in the ring . Pacquiao grew so defensive about the comments that he sued members of the Mayweather camp for defamation. Now, less than two weeks before Pacquiao fights Joshua Clottey in a welterweight title bout March 13 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the executive director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has ruled there is no "good cause" to institute any prefight drug screening for either boxer before their bout.
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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 23, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants Manny Pacquiao to submit to Olympic-style drug tests, including a blood test within days of their tentatively scheduled March 13 bout, and failing to agree to these terms could threaten the fight, Mayweather's camp said Tuesday. Pacquiao has expressed reluctance to submit to a blood test within 30 days of the proposed world welterweight title fight, which will be staged at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "As management for Floyd, we're insisting this Olympic-style, random [blood]
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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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May 3, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
"It's all smiles," Floyd Mayweather Jr. told a cluster of reporters listening in on his final news conference telephone call last week. Mayweather Jr. was talking about the scene inside his Las Vegas gym, a den that was home not only to his combustible personality but that of the boxer's long-estranged father and his uncle-trainer Roger Mayweather, who professed last month he didn't care if his brother Floyd Mayweather Sr. "was there or home in a rocking chair. I know enough about boxing.
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March 8, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. came to sell his May 3 welterweight title fight at MGM Grand on Saturday, hyping the idea his opponent, Marcos Maidana, has a chance to stain Mayweather's spotless 45-0 record. “You can't take any fighter for granted, anything can happen,” Mayweather said. “… This guy is tailor-made to make a war.” If that's not enough reason to know his confidence is brimming despite Maidana's impressive 2013 knockouts of Josesito Lopez and Adrien Broner, checking in with Mayweather's close friend and assistant trainer Nate Jones seals the deal about the fast-moving defensive wizard.
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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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