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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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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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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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January 26, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Certainly, the bows to the record-setting Staples Center crowd were a treat, but it was minutes later in a quieter celebration that Shane Mosley received what qualified as the best ovation of all. His beaming promoter, Richard Schaefer, hugged Mosley and whispered into his ear: "I will start having conversations with Team Mayweather tomorrow morning," Schaefer said.
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December 2, 2008 | BILL DWYRE
Boxing fans are on edge these days, not unlike your 6-year-old in the back seat on a long trip. "How many more miles, Daddy? Are we there yet?" Actually, we are four days from Oscar De La Hoya versus Manny Pacquiao and several years from knowing how the sport will weather the immediate future against the competitive onslaught of mixed martial arts. De La Hoya-Pacquiao will be a good gauge.
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