ROACH URGES NETWORKS TO PUSH FOR PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER TIFF 

SEPT 26 --PHOTO:Freddie Roach wants rival networks HBO and Showtime, who hold the rights to air the fights of
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., respectively, to help push for a bout between the two boxing superstars. File photo MANILA, Philippines – Trainer Freddie Roach is calling out two of the biggest boxing broadcasting networks in the US to help push for a megabuck fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. This comes a few days after the World Boxing Council, one of the sports’ major sanctioning organizations, publicly expressed its support for the fight.

Roach commended the WBC for its declaration, and now asks fight broadcasters HBO and Showtime to do their part and help make the bout happen. “The WBC made the right step towards this fight. It would certainly be a great match. But now we need the networks, HBO and Showtime, to make an agreement with each other,” the trainer said in a report by Yuri Tarantin Allboxing.ru. Pacquiao’s fights are aired by HBO in the US, while rival Showtime holds the rights to broadcast Mayweather’s bouts. The Filipino icon will take on Chris Algieri in November while Mayweather is taking time off after outpointing Marcos Maidana in their rematch last September 14. The undefeated American has two fights left in his deal with Showtime and plans to retire afterwards. Boxing observers still hope he finally faces Pacquiao in a fight seen to shatter existing pay-per-view records and provide career-high purses to both boxers. *READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather blasts ‘broke, desperate’ Pacquiao  

SEPT 2PHOTO: Floyd Mayweather to Manny Pacquiao: You are broke and desperate. File photo MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather is once again engaging Manny Pacquiao, not in the ring but in thrash talking. The brash American took time to take a swipe anew at Pacquiao, this time focusing on the Filipino icon’s financial state and pay-per-view marketability. In a post he made on Twitter and Instagram, Mayweather included three photos of Pacquiao showing him on the canvass during his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Pacquiao hit the deck twice during that bout, the second one a scary sight as the Filipino southpaw hit the floor face-first and became unconscious.

“....Miss Pac Man is broke and desperate for a pay day. Your Pay-Per-View numbers are a joke,” Mayweather wrote in the caption. The social media post comes amid renewed clamor for Mayweather to face Pacquiao in a fight seen to be the richest ever in the sport. The World Boxing Council recently declared its support in the megabuck bout, and Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach called out boxing broadcasters HBO and Showtime to help make the fight happen. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao trade social media jabs 

No date has been set for a much-anticipated Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout. There has been plenty of talk, but, so far, no action. That has continued this week, as both fighters took to social media to air their respective grievances. First Manny, via Twitter: .@FloydMayweather's testimony to the commission on All Access' authenticity tells me everything I need to know about his desire to fight me. 1:58 PM - 24 Sep 2014 READ MORE, FLOYD ON HIS INSTAGRAM... RIGHT: Manny PacquiaoVerified account @MannyPacquiao PHOTO ON TWITTER.

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Exclusive: Watch the trailer for a new documentary about the life of Manny Pacquiao, the best pound-for-pound fighter the world has ever seen. 'Manny' released on Nov 17th 2014

'Manny' - a new documentary narrated by Liam Neeson and helmed by Oscar-winning director Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) and Ryan Moore, aims to lift the lid on the remarkable life of superstar boxer Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino phenomenon who has become one of the most beloved and respected sportsmen of all time. The film features interviews with the fighter's immediate family members, his trusted inner circle of trainers, physios, managers and promoters and provides a wealth of never-before-seen personal footage of the modern era’s greatest pugilist. The documentary also features interview's with celebrity fight fans such as Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeremy Piven and Oscar De La Hoya, who speak out about Pacquiao’s incredible career to date. * READ MORE...CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO...

ALSO: Floyd Mayweather defeats Marcos Maidana and says 'Let's make Manny Pacquiao fight happen'  

Floyd Mayweather: Let's make Manny Pacquiao fight happen. It took just minutes after Floyd Mayweather had scored a dominant win over Marcos Maidana before the undefeated welterweight champion faced the inevitable question. Will Manny Pacquiao be his next opponent? Still in the ring, still covered in sweat, Mayweather had barely time to catch his breath following a bruising 12-round battle with the hard-hitting Argentine when he was asked about the fight that has fascinated and obsessed the boxing world.

Mayweather's unanimous decision over Maidana, that improved his perfect record to 47-0, immediately renewed speculation about a long-awaited super-fight between the 37-year-old American and the Filipino great. "I got to go back and talk to my team, I'm not ducking or dodging no opponent," Mayweather said from the ring. "If a Pacquiao fight presents itself, let's make it happen." A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has long been savoured by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter. * CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Mayweather can prevent Pacquiao mega-fight from ever happening, says Bob Arum 

Promoter says American, who faces Marcos Maidana on Saturday, is running scared from the $250m fight. Floyd Mayweather holds the key to a fight with Manny Pacquiao. PHOTO: Show me the money: Floyd Mayweather holds the key to a fight with Manny Pacquiao Photo: REUTERS

Bob Arum told Telegraph Sport on Thursday that Manny Pacquiao is prepared to meet any criteria required by Floyd Mayweather for the $250 million (£154 million) mega-fight to go ahead in 2015, and if it fails to materialise, it would be down to the refusal of the unbeaten American multiple-weight world champion.
Arum says he is convinced Mayweather is running from the match-up, fearing Pacquiao as a southpaw, and continues to make excuses, on the eve of Mayweather's rematch here on Saturday night at the MGM Grand against Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana. Mayweather defeated Maidana on points in May this year by majority decision, but has insisted that he will KO his rival this time. Arum revealed last week that the two giant television paymasters for the two boxers – HBO for the Filipino and Showtime for the American – had paved the way for the contest to happen next year, as the on-off saga between the world's two highest-paid pugilists stretches into a four-year impasse. Pacquiao fights next in Macau, China, on Nov 22 against New Yorker Chris Algieri, seen as a long underdog.

"I didn't manage anything [between HBO and Showtime]. All I said was that I had been contacted, the two networks have spoken and agreed 100% of how they would do jointly this fight. It was a legal situation. Floyd couldn't fight on HBO even if he wanted to because he's under contract with Showtime. And Manny is in a similar way through us," Arum told The Daily Telegraph from his Top Rank Inc. office here in Las Vegas. "That was the biggest impediment in my mind. That is no longer an impediment. We are not an impediment. There's no drug testing problem, nothing. We are ready to do the fight. There is only now one impediment and he's been the major impediment to this fight and that's Floyd Mayweather." "I don't care what he says. He says he'll fight Pacquiao if he signs a promotional agreement with Mayweather Promotions.*CONTINUE READING...


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Roach urges networks to push for Pacquiao-Mayweather tiff


Freddie Roach wants rival networks HBO and Showtime, who hold the rights to air the fights of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., respectively, to help push for a bout between the two boxing superstars. File photo

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - Trainer Freddie Roach is calling out two of the biggest boxing broadcasting networks in the US to help push for a megabuck fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This comes a few days after the World Boxing Council, one of the sports’ major sanctioning organizations, publicly expressed its support for the fight.

Roach commended the WBC for its declaration, and now asks fight broadcasters HBO and Showtime to do their part and help make the bout happen.

“The WBC made the right step towards this fight. It would certainly be a great match. But now we need the networks, HBO and Showtime, to make an agreement with each other,” the trainer said in a report by Yuri Tarantin Allboxing.ru.

Pacquiao’s fights are aired by HBO in the US, while rival Showtime holds the rights to broadcast Mayweather’s bouts. The Filipino icon will take on Chris Algieri in November while Mayweather is taking time off after outpointing Marcos Maidana in their rematch last September 14.

The undefeated American has two fights left in his deal with Showtime and plans to retire afterwards. Boxing observers still hope he finally faces Pacquiao in a fight seen to shatter existing pay-per-view records and provide career-high purses to both boxers.

* Roach, for his part, cited the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis heavyweight title fight more than a decade ago as a perfect example of how HBO and Showtime found common ground to make a major bout happen.

“The situation with the networks was the main reason things were difficult before [they began] negotiations for the fight with Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, but then everyone agreed to achieve a common goal,” recalled Roach, referring to the 2002 megabout that saw Lewis knocking out Tyson in the eighth round.

For Roach, it happened before and can happen again.

“So they should do the same thing again,” he said.

Mayweather blasts ‘broke, desperate’ Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 27, 2014 - 11:41am 15 2 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather to Manny Pacquiao: You are broke and desperate. File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather is once again engaging Manny Pacquiao, not in the ring but in thrash talking.

The brash American took time to take a swipe anew at Pacquiao, this time focusing on the Filipino icon’s financial state and pay-per-view marketability.

In a post he made on Twitter and Instagram, Mayweather included three photos of Pacquiao showing him on the canvass during his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. Pacquiao hit the deck twice during that bout, the second one a scary sight as the Filipino southpaw hit the floor face-first and became unconscious.

“....Miss Pac Man is broke and desperate for a pay day. Your Pay-Per-View numbers are a joke,” Mayweather wrote in the caption.

The social media post comes amid renewed clamor for Mayweather to face Pacquiao in a fight seen to be the richest ever in the sport. The World Boxing Council recently declared its support in the megabuck bout, and Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach called out boxing broadcasters HBO and Showtime to help make the fight happen.

* Mayweather holds the record for the most-watched boxing match on PPV, with his 2007 showdown with Oscar Dela Hoya selling 2.4 million units amounting to around $136 million in revenue. It surpassed the previous record of 1.99 million PPV units sold by the second bout between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson in 1997.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, has seen a decline in his PPV numbers, especially his fight with Brandon Rios in Macau in Macau in 2013. He is likewise currently dealing with tax issues both in the Philippines and in the US, likely the reason for Mayweather mocking him for his purported financial difficulties.

Mayweather outpointed Marcos Maidana in their rematch last September 14, while Pacquiao has a fight lined up in Macau this November against Chris Algieri.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao trade social media jabs
By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com September 26, 2014 11:44 am ET

No date has been set for a much-anticipated Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout. There has been plenty of talk, but, so far, no action.

That has continued this week, as both fighters took to social media to air their respective grievances.

First Manny, via Twitter:

It still remains a mystery if these two will ever settle their differences in the ring.

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The documentary also features interview's with celebrity fight fans such as Mark Wahlberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Jeremy Piven and Oscar De La Hoya, who speak out about Pacquiao’s incredible career to date.

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Floyd Mayweather defeats Marcos Maidana and says 'Let's make Manny Pacquiao fight happen' By Telegraph Sport, and Reuters1:00PM BST 14 Sep 2014 Comments47 Comments

Floyd Mayweather's unanimous decision over Marcos Maidana immediately renews speculation about long-awaited super-fight between American and Filipino


No 1: Floyd Mayweather has maintained his unbeaten record Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Floyd Mayweather: Let's make Manny Pacquiao fight happen

It took just minutes after Floyd Mayweather had scored a dominant win over Marcos Maidana before the undefeated welterweight champion faced the inevitable question. Will Manny Pacquiao be his next opponent?

Still in the ring, still covered in sweat, Mayweather had barely time to catch his breath following a bruising 12-round battle with the hard-hitting Argentine when he was asked about the fight that has fascinated and obsessed the boxing world.

Mayweather's unanimous decision over Maidana, that improved his perfect record to 47-0, immediately renewed speculation about a long-awaited super-fight between the 37-year-old American and the Filipino great.

"I got to go back and talk to my team, I'm not ducking or dodging no opponent," Mayweather said from the ring. "If a Pacquiao fight presents itself, let's make it happen."

A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has long been savoured by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world's best pound-for-pound fighter.

* Filipino Pacquiao lost some of his appeal after successive defeats to American Timothy Bradley and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, prompting talk of his possible retirement, though he has since bounced back with two impressive wins.

Five-division world champion Mayweather had been expected to meet Pacquiao in 2010 until negotiations collapsed over the American's demand for random drug testing.

Mayweather, who has hinted at illegal methods by often questioning how Pacquiao could have won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight classes, said: "I don't think about Pacquiao, I don't even know him. I wish him the best but that's not my focus. My focus is Floyd Mayweather that is how I got to where I got to.

"I try not to focus on anyone else's business. If it happens it happens. You guys can keep asking the same questions over-and-over and I will give you the same answers.

"That's not my focus. My business model is I am my own boss. I call my own shots."

Mayweather announced last week that he will retire in 2015 when his Showtime contract ends in two more fights.

His next fight is expected to come in May but Mayweather said no date has been set and would consider a number of opponents, including Pacquiao.

"We don't know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather," said the champion. "What's realistic is I am 47-0. As of right now I want to enjoy my time off. We don't know who we going to be fighting.

"We're not in a rush. We take our time that's how we got to where we got to. We're not sure what the game plan is."

Mayweather also scoffed at claims he is showing signs of aging, saying he's kept his perfect record intact because of his ability to make mid-fight adjustments.

"I can't say what aging feels like. I feel like the winner," said Mayweather, who turns 38 in February. "I can make adjustments instantly and that is one of the pluses on my side."

Mayweather is trained by his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr, but said he ignored his dad's advice and instead decided to play it safe in the final round of the rematch against Maidana.

Before the 11th round, Mayweather's father told him to stay out of trouble and save energy in the 11th then come out firing in the 12th to make a good impression on the judges.

"My dad was like in the 12th 'I want you to be sharp. Exchange with him and make it look good'," Maywheather said.
"I decided to do it the other way. I wanted to box in the 11th and move in the 12th.

"I had a brilliant game plan, even in 12th round. If I knew I had the fight in the bag, why would I try to go out there and fight toe-to-toe? I would mess my legacy up. Why would I mess my legacy up?"

Mayweather was frustrated during the fight by what he labeled dirty tactics by Maidana. He said Maidana bit him on the hand in the eighth round.

Maidana denies the charge, saying that Mayweather intentionally poked him in the eye.

"We clinched and we came together. My hand was under him and he bit my three fingers. My middle finger busted open through the glove when he bit me," said Mayweather. "I think he needs to move over to MMA. It is extremely dirty."

Floyd Mayweather can prevent Manny Pacquiao mega-fight from ever happening, says Bob Arum Gareth A Davies By Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent, Las Vegas7:55PM BST 11 Sep 2014 Comments24 Comments

Promoter says American, who faces Marcos Maidana on Saturday, is running scared from the $250m fight. Floyd Mayweather holds the key to a fight with Manny Pacquiao.


Show me the money: Floyd Mayweather holds the key to a fight with Manny Pacquiao Photo: REUTERS

Bob Arum told Telegraph Sport on Thursday that Manny Pacquiao is prepared to meet any criteria required by Floyd Mayweather for the $250 million (£154 million) mega-fight to go ahead in 2015, and if it fails to materialise, it would be down to the refusal of the unbeaten American multiple-weight world champion.

Arum says he is convinced Mayweather is running from the match-up, fearing Pacquiao as a southpaw, and continues to make excuses, on the eve of Mayweather's rematch here on Saturday night at the MGM Grand against Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana.

Mayweather defeated Maidana on points in May this year by majority decision, but has insisted that he will KO his rival this time.

Arum revealed last week that the two giant television paymasters for the two boxers – HBO for the Filipino and Showtime for the American – had paved the way for the contest to happen next year, as the on-off saga between the world's two highest-paid pugilists stretches into a four-year impasse.

Pacquiao fights next in Macau, China, on Nov 22 against New Yorker Chris Algieri, seen as a long underdog.

"I didn't manage anything [between HBO and Showtime]. All I said was that I had been contacted, the two networks have spoken and agreed 100% of how they would do jointly this fight. It was a legal situation. Floyd couldn't fight on HBO even if he wanted to because he's under contract with Showtime. And Manny is in a similar way through us," Arum told The Daily Telegraph from his Top Rank Inc. office here in Las Vegas.

"That was the biggest impediment in my mind. That is no longer an impediment. We are not an impediment. There's no drug testing problem, nothing. We are ready to do the fight. There is only now one impediment and he's been the major impediment to this fight and that's Floyd Mayweather."

"I don't care what he says. He says he'll fight Pacquiao if he signs a promotional agreement with Mayweather Promotions.

* That's basically saying you're not going to fight him. He knows that Pacquiao is under promotional agreement with Top Rank, so he knows that's impossible. He's just looking for every excuse not to do the fight.

Arum added: "I promoted the guy for ten years and I know how difficult it was to get him in the ring with any southpaw.

When you talk about a southpaw who can move like Manny, that's not the kind of opponent that Mayweather feels he would do well against. That's the problem. If Manny agreed to fight right-handed, the fight would be agreed in five minutes."

Arum said he believes Mayweather's rematch with Marcos Maidana is evidence that the American, unbeaten in 46 contests, continues to avoid the biggest, and most testing match-ups. "I don't give a s*** about Mayweather winning or losing on Saturday night. I don't think Mayweather will ever agree to fight Pacquiao, particularly while he has a cushy deal with Showtime. He makes money fighting anybody. I am totally disinterested in this fight with Marcos Maidana. Will I watch it? No. It doesn't mean anything to me."

Arum also ridiculed the claims of Mayweather's team that he is the world's highest paid athlete.

Pacquiao, he insisted, earns more after tax. "That is bull***. You have to understand – do the math. He gets $32 million (£19.7 million) guaranteed a fight. He fights twice a year. That's not $100 million, that's $64 million. Period. He has no endorsements, so where's the rest of the money coming from?"

"You can't believe a word they say. He has a guarantee of $32 million with Showtime and they agreed to increase that to $40 million when he fought Canelo. But his guarantee for the Maidana fight is $32 million. It's still a lot of money, but, remember, in the United States he still has to pay federal income tax to 39.6 per cent. Manny makes more than he does by fighting outside the United States at least once a year. Manny's net income after tax is more than Floyd's."

Arum has seen boxers come and go – some rich, some ruined – down the six decades the octogenarian has been involved in the sport. "If he's ruined in the end, it will be because of the way he spends money. It is not normal for anybody to spend money the way he does – whether it's gambling, buying cars and so forth."

"He'll get a rude awakening when his career is finally over and these relatively big paydays are no longer coming his way.

That's what happens to all of them. If he could fight for the rest of his life, making $64 million pre tax a year, then he'd be OK. But the nature of boxing and athletics means that can't happen."


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