December 12, 2013 |
Andre Ward said he's confident he'll return to the boxing ring in the early spring despite the lawsuit he filed Monday attempting to break from his longtime promoter, Dan Goossen. “The legal process that I'm going through right now should have no bearing on my getting back in the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said in a statement emailed to The Times on Wednesday morning. “And I'm hoping to fight some time in March or April. " Ward, 29, is 27-0 with 14 knockouts after cruising to a unanimous decision over Edwin Rodriguez last month in Ontario.
November 23, 2013 |
There's so much for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter to like about this new venture of fighting in Macao, China. For Pacquiao, it means a break from the 39% U.S. tax rate that reduced his purses fighting in Las Vegas. For Bob Arum, there's the promise of expanding a fan base among a country of 1.3 billion, particularly among those deep-pocketed enough to afford a vacation to the gambling-mecca Macao, where the Venetian hotel owners provided Arum a reported $8-million site fee. But will U.S. fans retain their interest in buying a Pacquiao pay-per-view when he's fighting at such a distant locale?
September 23, 2013 |
Chris Weidman was a nearly anonymous U.S. athlete before ending the near seven-year reign of Ultimate Fighting Championship former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in July. Now, UFC President Dana White says Weidman's rematch with Silva on Dec. 28 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas has the legitimate potential to become the organization's most lucrative pay-per-view in history. “It's almost surreal. I was almost like a nobody going to this last fight and now I can be part of the most pay-per-view buys ever,” said Weidman, 29, who appeared with Silva (33-5)
September 19, 2013 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dominating win over "Canelo" Alvarez was the richest fight ever, a box-office smash at the arena and on television. Showtime said Thursday that at least 2.2 million homes bought the pay-per-view for the bout, second only to the 2.44 million homes in Mayweather's 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya. With the highest pay-per-view boxing price - at an average of more than $70 - the fight will generate nearly $150 million in revenue in TV sales alone. Nevada boxing regulators said the gate for the bout was just more than $20 million, also a record.
September 11, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Will it set the record? Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s anticipated junior-middleweight title fight Saturday against Mexico's Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could threaten the 2.45 million pay-per-view buys valued at $137 million generated by Mayweather's 2007 victory over Oscar De La Hoya. The man who helped negotiate Mayweather-Alvarez said though it's his tendency to think conservatively, “if there's a fight that's going to break the record, this is it.” Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said the matching of boxing's most well-known fighter against the rising star of the sport's fan base, “has the potential to be a historic event, on one of the best pay-per-view cards in the last 10 to 15 years.
August 30, 2013 |
Benson Henderson was on the other end of Anthony Pettis' ninja super kick nearly three years ago, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion has moved on impressively. With seven consecutive victories since that loss by decision, including three successful title defenses, Henderson (19-2) on Saturday night confronts Pettis (16-2) again in the main event of pay-per-view UFC 164 in Milwaukee. “He's a pretty confident guy, but I'm a highly confident fighter myself in having the belt, defending the belt again and again.