Tag: floyd mayweather

14 Apr

Coverage: Pacquiao vs. Bradley

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Ringside report: You could make a case that the third man in the ring with Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was referee Kenny Bayless. It was obvious, I mean, he was right there, the man in blue, doing such a good job you hardlynoticed he was there.

But you could also make the case that Juan Manual Marquez, recently defeated by one, after having knocked out cold, the other, was also present.

Standing tall and unseen would be a fifth shadow, that of Floyd Mayweather, untoppled from his hill and less-than-gently reminding the 15,601 in attendance – not to mention the promoter – just whose house they were brawling in, whose city, and whose sport . . . More

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Post-fight:  You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what it’s going to take the Powers That Be to put together the only fight that matters in this day and age – Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, for those who may have forgotten . . . More

05 May

fight coverage: mayweather vs. guerrero

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Not a “Ghost” of a chance with Mayweather:

Ringside by Chris Cozzone

Thirty-six-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather may yet grow old.

But last night was not his time to do so.

Needing just two rounds to expel the specters of rust and age, Mayweather proved the naysayers wrong, yet again, by defending his pound-for-pound crown and one of the welterweight belts with a one-sided spanking of Robert “Ghost” Guerrero. The challenger proved dreadfully ineffectual against the drearily masterful, transforming what was a hoped-for war, into something of a sparring session, which evoked sporadic waves of boos from an anxious crowd.

The fight, billed as “May Day,” became less about a billing and more of a distress signal for Team Guerrero, as the rounds progressed. Despite two rounds of effective aggression behind an eager left hand, the Gilroy southpaw mounted a charged attack. That lasted as long as it took Mayweather to perfect a flawless plan. Once that happened, faith, family, not even the firearm that got him in hot water in New York last month, was going to stick a victory in Guerrero’s pocket, Floyd’s crown upon his head and another belt around his waist . . . More

05 May

“mayday” postfight report

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Old plan is new game for pugdom’s pound for pound kingpin

Postfight presser by Chris Cozzone

A new, old blueprint might’ve blackened the hopes of a war and bored a crowd to booing, but no one could deny that age-defying Floyd Mayweather Jr. had retained his pound-for-pound supremacy with yet another virtuoso performance.

Before a crowd of 15,880 at the MGM, the unbeaten Mayweather, 44-0, 26 Kos, pulled on Robert Guerrero’s strings, pot-shotting him repeatedly throughout most of the fight, resulting in a lopsided unanimous decision scored 117-111 across the board. Surprised, disappointed and somewhat shell-shocked, the “Ghost,” 31-2-1, 18 Kos, endured a phantasmagoric evening, losing for the first time in eight years . . . |more|

06 May

mayweather-cotto: closer than the cards

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather might’ve had the bigger payday, but $32M couldn’t buy rally a pro-Cotto crowd last night at the MGM Grand. Miguel Cotto might’ve lost his title, but bloodying Floyd and winning a full house that booed the decision just might entice the Powers-Dat-Be to think about another Pacquiao match-up.  Then again, Cotto did not have Justin Bieber in his corner.

02 May

mayweather, cotto laugh it off

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Anyone hoping the drama would break out at today’s sleepy presser at the MGM were in for a disappointment. Though the two faced off with steel intent, before long, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto were smiling at one another. (Above) Earlier on, while WBC boss Jose Sulaiman droned on and on about the glory and history and respect of the green brand, Floyd stifled a yawn and stretched. (Below).

25 Apr

‘money’ and cents show at the mayweather gym

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Does “Money” make “Cents” or does “Cents” make “Money?”

Floyd “Money” Mayweather may be slipping. Not only does he show up but an hour late, instead of the usual hour-and-a-half, but the usual 100+ degrees of stifling, unbearable heat in his gym was only at double digits during Tuesday’s media circus. Halfway into the usual routine of blazing mitt work,bag work and occasional chorus of “Hard work! Dedication!” most of us started wondering who Fifty Cents was fighting on the May 5 mega-card in Vegas. At yesterday’s workout, 50c was milking the media while hedging the sweating boxing press for anyone willing to drop a buck on Miguel Cotto against his boy, Floyd. There were no takers.

02 May

stormy mayweather

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5.1.10, MGM @ Las Vegas: Weathering a rough second round, Floyd “Money” Mayweather just might’ve earned himself boxing’s pound-for-pound crown with last night’s shellacking of “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Dominating Mosley, from the third to the finish, Mayweather toyed, rocked and neutralized any – and everything – Mosley had to offer. Last night, that wasn’t much. After hurting Mayweather in the second, Mosley fell apart, aging two or three years every round. Only one fight left to solidify Mayweather’s greatness: Manny Pacquiao.

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30 Apr

mayweather, mosley weigh in at mgm

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4.30.2010, MGM in Las Vegas: Floyd Mayweather was 147, Mosley was 146. The crowd, having lined up as early as 10 a.m., favored (slightly) Mosley. No shoving, a standard staredown and nothing out of the ordinary between the camps or fighters.  The man of the hour was ring announcer Michael Buffer, who carried host, “comedian” George Wallace through the event.

27 Apr

mayweather, mosley arrive in vegas

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4.27.2010 A big crowd (but not quite a Pacquiao crowd) at the MGM in Vegas greets Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Arriving on time -a rarity – Mayweather breaks record for slowest ring entrance, taking time to sign autographs for nearly every fan waving a photo, souvenir fight program or double-sided cardboard heads of Mosley-Mayweather.

Wishlist for 2010: That the MGM dumps the lion for a new mascot. Why not a wombat, spider monkey or a pterodactyl? Either that, or boxers posing next to said lion are no longer the staple for fighters’ grand arrivals.