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BOXING: 'MADNESS' LEGENDARY ARUM RIPS INTO OLYMPIC PROS PLAN


MAY 17 -(FILES) This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. Arum has slammed as “total madness” a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN by Daniel HICKS  Hong Kong, China - Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum has slammed as “total madness” a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. The 84-year-old American, who has arranged fights for ring greats from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao in a career spanning more than 50 years, believes boxers could be seriously hurt if the plan by the sport’s governing body, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), goes ahead. “To have guys who are experienced professional fighters against these amateurs, you’re looking at serious, serious injuries. It’s total madness,” Arum told AFP in Hong Kong. “This is not like basketball where all you do is lose, a guy dunks over you, or baseball or other sports like that. This is a hard sport and guys can get hurt. “Imagine putting in a 147lb kid novice from Nigeria, who could be a great prospect, with Manny Pacquiao? It’s ludicrous. It’s silly.” Arum was in Hong Kong to preside over local unbeaten Rex ‘The Wonder Kid’ Tso’s latest fight, where he took his record to 19-0 by stopping experienced Korean super flyweight Young Gil-Bae in four rounds to pave the way for a potential world title fight early next year. READ MORE...RELATED, Boxing: Professional boxers can compete at Rio Olympics...

ALSO: By Bill Velasco - Finally, a DOS to rise?
[A DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS IN DUTERTE ADMIN?]


JUNE 4 -Bill Velasco
It appears that the Duterte administration will have a strong leaning towards sports, particularly since many of the newly elected senators and congressmen are either former athletes or sportsmen. One of the common items on their agenda is a review and, most likely, a change of system in how the government runs its amateur sports programs. There seems to be a growing consensus that the current situation, a duopoly between the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is an anomaly, and for good reason. Other country in the world has a national sports program divided between the private and public sectors. Some countries run their sports through the government, the rest through the private sector, but never both. Having said that, a long-time plan, which was unsuccessfully pushed by previous legislators, was the elevation of the PSC to a full-fledged Department of Sports. This would give the agency its own consistent budget, more clout in getting partnerships with other governments and multinational sponsors, and provide a wider infrastructure for a more impactful sports development program. Currently, the PSC chairman carries the rank of an undersecretary, and thus has limited powers. Each year, the budget of the agency fluctuates, and long-term programs are almost never accomplished as the PSC board is co-terminus with the appointing power – the sitting president but many times, they are replaced within two to three years in favor of a bigger political heavyweight. This is why sports development in the country cannot take off. This year, for example, the PSC board that prepared our athletes for the Olympic Games will not be the same board that will accompany them to the quadrennial competition, for the simple reason that they will all be replaced by appointees more palatable to the incoming administration. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach wants Pacquiao to get another crack at Mayweather
[RELATED: FLASHBACK 2015-FIGHT OF THE CENTURY: loyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao]


JUNE 1 -MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach is still not receptive to the fact that Manny Pacquiao is done with boxing. Pacquiao’s longtime trainer recently told Radio Rahim that he wants his prized ward – now a Philippine senator – to have another shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“[Mayweather is] a good fighter. I would like Manny to fight him again,” said the bespectacled cornerman. The ghost of Pacquiao’s loss to Mayweather in boxing’s richest fight ever obviously still haunts Roach, who believes that the outcome could have been different had the Filipino icon been injury-free. Pacquiao fought Mayweather with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, something Roach insists was the culprit in the setback. The General Santos City-based has since bounced back with an impressive win over Timothy Bradley last April, but he announced his retirement afterwards to focus on politics. Now that Pacquiao has been proclaimed as a member of the Philippine senate, Roach is unsure whether he’ll get his wish that his prized pupil will fight again. READ MORE...RELATED, FLASHBACK 2015-FIGHT OF THE CENTURY: loyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao...

ALSO FRENCH OPEN: Novak Djokovic celebrates 'biggest moment of career' following French Open victory over Andy Murray
[The Serbian now holds all four Grand Slam titles, something acheived just twice before in the history of tennis}


JUNE 5 -GAME SET AND MATCH! NOVAK DJOKOVIC WINS THE FRENCH OPEN! NOVAK DJOKOVIC HOLDS ALL FOUR GRAND SLAM TITLES! EXPERIENCE HISTORY! THIS IS HISTORY! Novak Djokovic celebrates 'biggest moment of career' following French Open victory over Andy Murray The Serbian now holds all four Grand Slam titles, something acheived just twice before in the history of tennis  Eleanor Crooks 42 minutes ago0 comments Andy Murray congratulates Novak Djokovic on his French Open victory Getty Andy Murray suffered his eighth grand slam final defeat as Novak Djokovic finally took the French Open title and with it his place in the highest pantheon of tennis.
The world number one becomes the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four trophies at the same time after a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory in his fourth final at Roland Garros. To achieve something even Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal fell short of in the same era is truly remarkable and, by winning his 12th slam title, Djokovic is only five short of Federer's all-time record. For Murray, it was an all-too familiar feeling as high hopes gave way to helplessness in the face of Djokovic's brilliance, with five of his final defeats coming against the man he first faced as an 11-year-old. The Scot, the first British man in 79 years to reach the final here, fought for all he was worth in the fourth set but ultimately he had no answer. READ MORE...RELATED, FRENCH OPEN: Players up in arms in Paris ...

ALSO: Garbine Muguruza is the French Open champion! She beats Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4!


JUNE 4 -Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy following her victory during the Ladies Singles final match against Serena Williams at the 2016 French Open. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images READ MORE TODAY'S FINAL GAME, SET-BY-SET REPORT...


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Boxing: ‘Madness!’ Legendary Arum rips into Olympic pros plan


(FILES) This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. Arum has slammed as “total madness” a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN by Daniel HICKS

MANILA, JUNE 2, 2016 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by AFP May 17, 2016 - Hong Kong, China - Legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum has slammed as “total madness” a proposal to allow professional boxers to fight against amateurs in the Rio Olympics.

The 84-year-old American, who has arranged fights for ring greats from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao in a career spanning more than 50 years, believes boxers could be seriously hurt if the plan by the sport’s governing body, the International Boxing Association (AIBA), goes ahead.

“To have guys who are experienced professional fighters against these amateurs, you’re looking at serious, serious injuries. It’s total madness,” Arum told AFP in Hong Kong.

“This is not like basketball where all you do is lose, a guy dunks over you, or baseball or other sports like that. This is a hard sport and guys can get hurt.

“Imagine putting in a 147lb kid novice from Nigeria, who could be a great prospect, with Manny Pacquiao? It’s ludicrous. It’s silly.”

Arum was in Hong Kong to preside over local unbeaten Rex ‘The Wonder Kid’ Tso’s latest fight, where he took his record to 19-0 by stopping experienced Korean super flyweight Young Gil-Bae in four rounds to pave the way for a potential world title fight early next year.

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AIBA first floated the radical proposal to allow professionals into the Rio Olympics a few months ago and will put it to the vote at its congress in Lausanne early next month — just two months before the Games.

“To start it a couple of months before an Olympiad, are they crazy?” said Arum. “What about these kids who have trained for years for their Olympic chance?”

Arum clearly sees AIBA’s move as an attempt to grab a slice of the riches on offer in the lucrative professional game, and warned AIBA they would be better off serving the amateur side of the combat sport.

- ‘Not realistic’ -

“The AIBA people have this idea that, like FIFA in football, they can take over the whole sport, which they can’t,” declared Arum. “And they shouldn’t.

“They are trying to take over boxing. If they want to take some aspects of professional boxing such as scoring systems and incorporate it into amateur boxing then that’s OK. But they should confine themselves to amateurs.

“They realise that the big money is in professional boxing but they are going to encounter tremendous difficulty.”

One boxer on the undercard of the Tso fight was London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Ryota Murata, who took his unbeaten record to 10 straight wins with a fourth-round knockout of Brazil’s Felipe Santos Pedroso.

The Japanese middleweight told AFP, however, he would be attracted by the prospect of stepping back into an Olympic ring against amateurs — but only in front of his home fans.

“That’s something I’d like to consider for Tokyo 2020,” said Murata, who admitted that most boxers in the professional ranks did not share his ambition.

“Not too many boxers are showing interest because it is not realistic, there are different rules and regulations,” Murata said, although he added that he didn’t agree that fighters may get hurt.

“I don’t think it’s dangerous,” said Murata. “There are a lot of good fighters in the amateurs and you’re only fighting three rounds.”

Arum understood Murata’s viewpoint, but was sticking to his guns. “These guys are in a position where, of course, they say they would fight for their country,” said Arum.

“But will they fight for nothing? Are you crazy? They’re professionals.

“But that’s not the point. The point is that people can and will get hurt.”

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Boxing: Professional boxers can compete at Rio Olympics June 1, 2016 Share35 Tweet1 Share1 Email0 Share43 By Eric Bernaudeau, AFP


Logo photo courtesy of theolympicssports.com

LAUSANNE, June 1, 2016 – Professional boxers can compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the sport’s governing body ruled in a landmark decision on Wednesday. Meeting at an extraordinary congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, 95% of the AIBA delegates voted in favor of the controversial move, an AIBA statement said.

”This is a momentous occasion for AIBA, for Olympic Boxing, and for our sport as a whole, and represents another great leap forward in the evolution of boxing,” AIBA chief Wu Ching-Kuo said. ”We have embraced reform at AIBA over the past decade, making historic changes that have shaped the present health of boxing and precipitated its ongoing surge in popularity worldwide.”

The revolutionary decision is however unlikely to see boxing’s biggest names enter the Olympic ring in Rio. For most professionals, like former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, it is already too late to take part in a qualifying contest. The last tournament is in Venezuela in July. There is a rich history of fighters making their name at the Olympics before moving on to have groundbreaking professional careers, including Muhammad Ali, who won gold at the Romes Games in 1960, when he was still known by his birth name, Cassius Clay.

But letting those who have already turned professional fight at the Games has faced some resistance, including former gold medalist and world heavyweight title holder Lennox Lewis, who said it would be ”preposterous” to let professionals into the same ring as amateurs. AIBA president Wu has aggressively supported the move, arguing that the distinction between amateurs and professionals had become increasingly arbitrary.

The admission of professional basketball to the Olympics in time for the 1992 Games in Barcelona has helped make men’s basketball one of the most hotly-anticipated events of the Games. But AIBA will have to answer questions about its dope testing policy in order to satisfy the International Olympic Committee, which is embroiled in a series of doping scandals and is battling to keep drug cheats out of the Rio Games.

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report found that the AIBA has not carried out any out-of-competition tests in the year ahead of Rio and hardly any in the past three years, the British magazine Private Eye reported. The report was quoted as saying that the AIBA’s actions fell ”considerably short” of WADA’s requirements.

WADA spokesman Ben Nichols would not comment directly on the substance of the Private Eye report but confirmed that the agency’s inspection team had given AIBA recommendations aimed at ”improving and enhancing” its anti-doping program. AIBA had started working on the implementation of the recommendations, the WADA spokesman added. Boxing has undergone major changes in recent years. Women were allowed into Olympic competition in 2012 and headguards will no longer be compulsory from Rio.


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Finally, a DOS to rise?  Share Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) - June 4, 2016 - 12:00am


Bill Velasco

It appears that the Duterte administration will have a strong leaning towards sports, particularly since many of the newly elected senators and congressmen are either former athletes or sportsmen. One of the common items on their agenda is a review and, most likely, a change of system in how the government runs its amateur sports programs. There seems to be a growing consensus that the current situation, a duopoly between the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is an anomaly, and for good reason. Other country in the world has a national sports program divided between the private and public sectors. Some countries run their sports through the government, the rest through the private sector, but never both.

Having said that, a long-time plan, which was unsuccessfully pushed by previous legislators, was the elevation of the PSC to a full-fledged Department of Sports. This would give the agency its own consistent budget, more clout in getting partnerships with other governments and multinational sponsors, and provide a wider infrastructure for a more impactful sports development program. Currently, the PSC chairman carries the rank of an undersecretary, and thus has limited powers. Each year, the budget of the agency fluctuates, and long-term programs are almost never accomplished as the PSC board is co-terminus with the appointing power – the sitting president but many times, they are replaced within two to three years in favor of a bigger political heavyweight. This is why sports development in the country cannot take off. This year, for example, the PSC board that prepared our athletes for the Olympic Games will not be the same board that will accompany them to the quadrennial competition, for the simple reason that they will all be replaced by appointees more palatable to the incoming administration.

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Previously, former PSC commissioner, congressman and Bacolod mayor Monico Puentevella tried to push for a Department of Sports Law in the Lower House. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV likewise began spadework on consolidating 11 pieces of pending legislation into one pertinent law. Incoming 1-Pacman congressman Mikee Romero believes it is time for a Department of Sports, and it appears many of the newly minted senators and congressmen are thinking along similar lines. Half of the new incoming senators are involved in sports and health. New congressmen like Romero and Iligan’s Freddie Siao also have an abiding interest in sports promotion. Each has seen its value in their respective bailiwicks. So the direction looks set.

There are, however, several questions about what a Department of Sports would do in the first place. Would it encompass all aspects of sports development from the grassroots level all the way up elite competition athlete training and development? What would be its measures of success? Would a Department of Sports take over the function of the Bureau of Physical Education and School Sports (BPESS) under the Department of Education, for instance? Would it be the sole governing body of sports programs involving other government agencies like the Armed Forces of the Philippines?

If Rain or Shine Elasto Painters head coach and former congressman Yeng Guiao had his way, government agencies like the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) would remit the billions of pesos (estimates range from P12 billion to 16 billion) in shortfall from the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) remitted to the PSC every month since the law was passed in the early 1990’s. In the mid-1990’s, the Department of Justice had already issued an opinion on the matter, saying that Pagcor was erroneously deducting half of its revenues for the national treasury first before computing the five percent due to the PSC. This has resulted in a monthly shortfall estimated between P40 million to P50 million. That accumulated amount would help with the construction of a new national sports complex, and our national teams could finally move out of the Commonwealth-era Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Given the direction towards decentralization of the government, it is probable that the new Department of Sports would even be situated outside of Metro Manila. Having our athletes train in a remote setting has been proven to raise their performance, as there will be fewer distractions, less pollution, and better nutrition in a rural environment. Also, a Department of Sports would have more resources to evaluate more athletes, and pinpoint which ones would have a real chance of bringing glory to the country in international competition. Also, a Department of Sports will also be a great resource in times of calamity, as proven by local governments who teach the youth how to swim and volunteer as rescuers during floods. If we were to use the example of the Cebu City Sports Commission, all those trained by the Department of Sports for free would be required to allocate some of their time to passing on their knowledge to the youth, thus assuring the continuity of their sports expertise, and preparing the next generation of national athletes.

There are, however, some other things that need to happen first. This writer recommends a joint task force between the Department of Health, Department of Education and the current Philippine Sports Commission to assess the overall health of the youth of the country. In a three-pronged approach, a traveling team could evaluate children aged 4 to 16, teach them the fundamentals of selected sports, and identify kids who have the potential to become national athletes. Those children will then become an inspiration to their peers, encouraging even more youth to become active in sports. Armed with the data, the government can then plan how best to raise the health and fitness of the country, thus increasing productivity and saving trillions of pesos in health care and insurance claims.

Of course, much still has to happen for all these dreams to come true. Our legislators have to come together and pass the law within the next three years (before the next election reshuffles both houses of congress). Then the law has to have its own implementing rules and regulations (IRR), which could take six months or more on its own. Then the budgets have to be appropriated, and the infrastructure set. But if all this comes to pass then finally, the Philippines will have the framework for a truly world-class sports program.


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Roach wants Pacquiao to get another crack at Mayweather  Dino Maragay (philstar.com) - June 1, 2016 - 2:57pm

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach is still not receptive to the fact that Manny Pacquiao is done with boxing.

Pacquiao’s longtime trainer recently told Radio Rahim that he wants his prized ward – now a Philippine senator – to have another shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“[Mayweather is] a good fighter. I would like Manny to fight him again,” said the bespectacled cornerman.

The ghost of Pacquiao’s loss to Mayweather in boxing’s richest fight ever obviously still haunts Roach, who believes that the outcome could have been different had the Filipino icon been injury-free.

Pacquiao fought Mayweather with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, something Roach insists was the culprit in the setback.

The General Santos City-based has since bounced back with an impressive win over Timothy Bradley last April, but he announced his retirement afterwards to focus on politics.

Now that Pacquiao has been proclaimed as a member of the Philippine senate, Roach is unsure whether he’ll get his wish that his prized pupil will fight again.

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“I'd like Manny to have one more fight – that is no secret. But the thing is, with Manny being senator, I'm not sure if it would be too time consuming to be able to do that right now,” Roach continued.

“Being a congressman is one thing, but being a senator is a little bit of a bigger step,” he added.

Mayweather, who is also retired, has been hinting at a comeback, even publicizing his desire to take on UFC star Conor McGregor in a rare showdown between a boxer and an MMA fighter.

Roach, for his part, is only interested in one fight.

“I would love to get that fight one more time with Mayweather, with Manny healthy,” he said.

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RELATED ROM WIKIPEDIA FLASHBACK 2015 'FIGHT OF THE VENTURY'

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao - 'Fight of the Century'


Mayweather Pacquiao Official Poster.jpg Date May 2, 2015

Location: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Title(s) on the line:  Unified WBA (Super), WBC, WBO, and The Ring welterweight titles

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao
Money Pac-Man
Tale of the tape
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. From General Santos, Philippines

47–0 (26 KO) Pre-fight record 57–5–2 (38 KO)

5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Height 5 ft 5 1⁄2 in (1.66 m)

146 lb (66 kg) Weight 145 lb (66 kg)

Orthodox Style Southpaw

The Ring No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound
Unified WBA (Super), WBC, The Ring welterweight and light middleweight champion
5-division world champion Recognition The Ring No. 3 ranked pound-for-pound
WBO welterweight champion
8-division world champion

Result Mayweather via 12-round unanimous decision

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, billed as The Fight of the Century, or the Battle for Greatness, was a professional boxing match between undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. It took place on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather won the contest by a unanimous decision., with two judges scoring it 116–112 and the other 118–110. The fight was considered to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in history.

Despite predictions that Mayweather–Pacquiao would be the highest-grossing fight in history as early as 2009, disagreements between the two professional boxers' camps on terms for the fight prevented the bout from coming to fruition until 2015. The failure to arrange the Mayweather–Pacquiao fight was named the 2010 Event of the Year by The Ring.

Serious negotiations were kickstarted in 2014 by an unlikely source: a Hollywood waiter and part-time actor made a key introduction between Pacquiao's trainer and confidant Freddie Roach and CBS President Les Moonves. Both men were key moving forces in making the fight a reality.

By 2015, negotiations for the fight had been finalized, with all of the major issues that prevented the fight from happening in the past resolved, including purse split, drug testing, and location.

The fight was televised through a pay-per-view (PPV) jointly produced by HBO and Showtime, the respective rightsholders of Pacquiao and Mayweather. In the Philippines, the fight was also broadcast in simulcast across three of the country's major broadcast television networks. The fight was expected to be the most lucrative in the history of professional boxing: with an initial estimate of 4.4 million purchases, the PPV alone broke revenue records in the U.S. with $410 million in revenue, making it the highest-grossing PPV in history, surpassing Mayweather–Álvarez in 2013. By September 2015, the figure had been amended to 4.6 million.

The broadcast of the fight in the Philippines was watched by nearly half the country's households. Due to the record high price of the PPV, the fight was also widely broadcast through unauthorized online streams on services such as Periscope.
Despite the large amount of hype that surrounded it, critics felt that the bout itself was disappointing, primarily citing Mayweather's defense-oriented strategy in the ring and Pacquaio's difficulty in landing punches on Mayweather. This had led to some critics re-labelling the fight 'Better Never Than Late' rather than 'The Fight of the Century'

It was later revealed following the event that Pacquiao had sustained an undisclosed injury to his right shoulder while training, and that while it had healed in time for the fight, he re-injured it during the 4th round. Further controversy emerged when it was alleged that prior to the fight, Mayweather had been administered IV fluids cleared by the United States Anti-Doping Agency through a retroactive "therapeutic use exemption"—an exemption, however, not authorized by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Background

When the fight was announced, Mayweather was 38 years old and still undefeated, with a perfect professional record of 47 wins and 0 losses. On June 6, 2008, six months after defeating Ricky Hatton by a tenth-round TKO, Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing.

At the time, plans were in motion for a rematch with Oscar De La Hoya, which was going to take place September 20, 2008. "This decision was not an easy one for me to make as boxing is all I have done since I was a child," Mayweather said.

 "However, these past few years have been extremely difficult for me to find the desire and joy to continue in the sport." At the time, 31-year-old Mayweather registered 39 wins and no losses in his historic career. At the time of his retirement, The Ring magazine had Mayweather ranked as the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, with Manny Pacquiao at number 2.

During Mayweather's brief retirement, Pacquiao earned superstar status in much of the Western world with his eighth-round TKO victory over Óscar de la Hoya, for which he moved up from lightweight to welterweight (135 pounds to 147 pounds).

On May 2, 2009, the day of Pacquiao's fight against Ricky Hatton, Mayweather announced that he was coming out of retirement and would fight Juan Manuel Márquez, The Ring lightweight champion and number 2 pound-for-pound fighter, on July 18, 2009, in a welterweight non-title fight.

Marquez had previously fought Pacquiao in two controversial outings: they fought to a twelve-round draw on May 8, 2004, and Pacquiao was awarded a twelve-round split decision win on March 15, 2008.

 Mayweather played down Pacquiao's newfound stardom at his press conference, stating: "If he wins tonight, don't be all shocked ... Cause guess what? I beat (Hatton) when he was undefeated. Pacquiao beat Oscar, it don't matter. Going down to 147 pounds was too much for (De La Hoya), he was dead after the first round. ... When you talk boxing, you talk Floyd Mayweather."

Pacquiao would go on to defeat Hatton by a second-round knockout to win The Ring junior welterweight title. The win made him the second boxer in history to win titles in six weight divisions, the first being Oscar De La Hoya.

Mayweather vs. Marquez was postponed until September 19, 2009, due to a rib injury suffered by Mayweather. Despite being out of the ring for 21 months, Mayweather looked as sharp as ever and dominated the fight, winning by a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision. After the bout, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe stated that a fight with Pacquiao was the "next obvious choice from a marketing standpoint."

On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao stopped Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto in round twelve to win the WBO welterweight title. Pacquiao's victory sparked a media frenzy and fans were quick to demand a fight between the two of them,despite the fact that the actual fight itself had not officially been made yet, and would not take place until 2015.

First negotiations

On December 5, 2009, ESPN reported that Pacquiao signed a contract to fight Mayweather on March 13, 2010. Shortly afterward, Pacquiao denied ever signing a contract to fight Mayweather, telling FanHouse, "There are still some things that need to be negotiated." On December 11, Golden Boy Promotions sent an eight-page contract to Top Rank, proposing a 50–50 financial split for a fight to take place on March 13, 2010.

The contract was very detailed, including such matters as who would weigh-in first (Pacquiao), who would enter the ring first (Pacquiao), and who would be introduced first (Mayweather). The contract included an HBO Pay-Per-View showing at a cost of $59.95. Billing was to be "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, presented by Top Rank, Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and M-P Promotions in association with [approved sponsors and the site]." Also included in the contract was Olympic-style drug testing. Venues for the fight being discussed were Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and the Superdome in New Orleans.

In a video titled "Boxing Legend Freddie Roach Updates Us On Pacquiao" uploaded to YouTube on December 11, 2009, Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, revealed the first hint about Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing, telling roving reporter Elie Seckbach, "I hear negotiations are a little shady. (Richard) Schaefer and them are unhappy about something. They want Olympic-style drug testing. I said, 'Yeah, no problem.' I said, 'Whatever you want.' Since we accepted that, now they're running scared again."

On December 13, 2009, Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, said Mayweather's request for Olympic-style drug testing was a laughing matter and they had no concerns whatsoever about it. "Our reaction is, 'So what?' We know Manny doesn't take any illegal drugs or anything. And none of this is getting under Manny's skin or anything. I'm here with Manny, and to him, it's like a joke. It's a laughing matter," said Koncz.

After reports had surfaced that both parties had agreed to all terms, Golden Boy Promotions released a press release on December 22, 2009, revealing that Pacquiao was unwilling to comply with the Olympic-style drug testing requested by Team Mayweather. The following day, Bob Arum, Top Rank founder and CEO, declared the fight was off and Pacquiao would be facing a different opponent. "We appeased Mayweather by agreeing to a urine analysis at any time, and blood testing before the press conference and after the fight. Mayweather pressed for blood testing even up to the weigh-in. He knew that Manny gets freaked out when his blood gets taken and feels that it weakens him. This is just harassment and, to me, just signaled that he didn't want the fight," Arum told David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press.

Not long after declaring that the fight was off, Arum had a change of heart and offered Mayweather a 24-hour take-it-or-leave-it deadline to accept Team Pacquiao's terms for drug testing. Top Rank sent out a press release explaining their position on Mayweather's request for random Olympic-style drug testing.

In it, Arum said Pacquiao was willing to submit to as many random urine tests requested, but as far as random blood tests were concerned, he was only willing to subject himself to 3 tests: one in January, one 30 days from the bout (no later than February 13) and immediately after the fight. "Let's be very clear on the real issues we differ on. It's not about being tested ... It's about who does the testing and the scheduling of the procedures ... The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) cannot do it because they will not amend its procedures to accommodate the blood testing schedule we have outlined.

 USADA, under its guidelines, would have the right to administer random blood tests as many times as they want up to weigh-in day and that is ludicrous," Arum explained.[27] Freddie Roach told Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times on December 22, 2009, that he would prefer for Pacquiao to give his final blood sample a week before the bout and no later than 72 hours before.

On December 28, 2009, video from an episode of HBO's Pacquiao-Hatton: 24/7 surfaced on the internet showing Pacquiao giving blood in the weeks leading up to his May 2, 2009 bout with Ricky Hatton. Documents confirmed that the video was recorded on April 8, 2009, 24 days prior to the fight and past the 30-day cut-off date that Pacquiao had demanded for a Mayweather fight.

Pacquiao filed suit in U.S. District Court in Nevada on December 30, 2009, against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer, alleging that they made false and defamatory statements accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Both sides agreed to enter into mediation on January 7, 2010, in hopes of coming to an agreement on the blood testing issue. Retired federal judge Daniel Weinstein, who successfully resolved a prior dispute between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, would again act as mediator. Two days later, after hours of negotiating during mediation, Arum declared that the fight was officially off after Mayweather refused to agree to a 24-day cut-off date. Mayweather revealed that he offered a 14-day cut-off date to Team Pacquiao, but it was rejected.

Leonard Ellerbe declared on January 18, that random blood and urine testing will be implemented in all of Mayweather's future fights, regardless of the opponent. On February 13, in an exclusive interview with David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press, Mayweather said, "I gave him [Pacquiao] a chance, up to 14 days out. But my new terms are all the way up to the fight. They can come get us whenever, all the way up to the fight, random drug test. That's what it is."

After the failed negotiations, both boxers moved on to other fights. On March 13, 2010, Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey via unanimous decision, and on May 1, 2010, Mayweather beat Shane Mosley by a unanimous decision.

Reported second negotiations

On May 13, 2010, Bob Arum announced that he had penciled in November 13, 2010, as the date of Pacquiao's next fight, possibly against Mayweather. Pacquiao was quoted by the Manila Bulletin on May 20, as saying, "As long as they're not getting a large amount of blood, I am willing to give out blood as close to two weeks before the fight." On the same day, Mayweather revealed that he would be taking the rest of 2010, and possibly 2011, off.

Arum declared on June 30, 2010, that there were no longer any issues and the decision was up to Mayweather. "That's all been resolved," Arum stated to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports regarding the dispute over random blood and urine drug testing. Arum would also tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "There's no longer any issues....The question is whether Mayweather is willing to fight this year." He would reiterate that comment to the Manila Bulletin, stating, "It's now up to Mayweather if he wants to fight."

On July 13, Arum issued a July 16 midnight deadline for Mayweather. "Mayweather has until the end of the week. He could wait until the last minute. If it's Friday [July 16] and it's 11 p.m., and he says we have a deal, we have a deal," Arum would explain to Dan Rafael of ESPN. On July 15, Top Rank's website unveiled an official countdown to the deadline entitled "Money" Time: Mayweather's Decision.

Denial of second negotiations

As soon as the deadline for Mayweather's response expired, Arum held a conference call. Arum revealed to the media that the negotiations he had been referring to consisted of a series of conversations with HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg. He also revealed that there was no actual direct communication with any representative from Team Mayweather or Golden Boy Promotions. "I had a couple of conversations with Ross [Greenburg] and I laid out all the terms that would be acceptable to our side and I also informed him about the concession that Manny had made regarding drug testing. He got back to me in a couple of weeks and told me that he had had discussions with Al Haymon, representing Floyd Mayweather, and that everything looked good and we were nearing a resolution,"

 Arum explained.
During a Q & A session following his opening statement, Arum further explained, "We have never talked to anybody on the Mayweather side and all conversations on our part were through Ross Greenburg and he reported on all conversations on the Mayweather side from Al Haymon."

On July 19, 2010, Ellerbe denied that negotiations ever took place and said nothing was ever agreed on. "Here are the facts: Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying," stated Ellerbe.[35] Three days later, Schaefer backed Ellerbe's statement that negotiations never took place.

Regarding comments he made suggesting that contracts for the mega-fight were close to being finalized, De La Hoya told BoxingScene.com on July 26, "I think I said it because I get the question asked so many times that, obviously, I was fed up and tired of it and I just said like, yeah, yeah, it's gonna get made. So it was a quick answer that I should have obviously thought about. But, obviously, negotiations weren't going on. Nothing was going on."

Also on July 26, Greenburg released a statement saying he had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2,"I had been negotiating with a representative from each side since May 2, carefully trying to put the fight together. Hopefully, someday this fight will happen. Sports fans deserve it," Greenburg revealed in a prepared statement sent out to select members of the media.

Schaefer again supported Ellerbe's denial of negotiations, and challenged both Greenburg and Arum to take lie detector tests. "I think it's unfortunate that Ross made that statement. I fully stand behind the statement I made. I have not negotiated with Ross and I am not aware of any negotiations that have taken place," Schaefer told ESPN.

Continued disputes

On September 2, 2010, Mayweather unleashed a profanity-filled racist internet rant against Pacquiao via Ustream. He was misquoted as referring to Pacquiao as "a yellow chump" but he actually called him a "little young chump" and said, "Once I stomp the midget, I’ll make that queer make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice."

In addition, he said, "I'm going to cook that [expletive] with cats and dogs. Have some rice with a little barbecue dog." The following day Mayweather apologized. "I want to apologize to everybody. ... I don't have a racist bone in my body, you know. I love everybody," Mayweather said. "I was just having fun. I didn't really mean it, nothing in a bad way."

On July 8, 2011, ESPN reported that Pacquiao was willing to agree to random drug testing—but not by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). "We have agreed in the Pacquiao camp to unlimited random testing done by a responsible, neutral organization," Arum told Yahoo. "We don't believe USADA is a neutral organization. I don't think anybody's test is as vigorous as the test administered by the Olympic Organization. And we can arrange for the Olympic Organization to handle the test under the supervision of the Athletic commission respective of the state where the fight is going to be held."

However, the following day, Pacquiao's top adviser, Michael Koncz, stated that Pacquiao had never agreed to testing all the way up to fight day. "Will we give blood five days, seven days before the fight? You know, that's something I have to talk to Manny about, but we have nothing to hide," Koncz said.

On January 20, 2012, Mayweather spoke directly to Pacquiao via telephone. "He ask about a 50/50 split," Mayweather said. "I told him no that can't happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me then [sic] you have made in your career." Mayweather offered to pay a flat fee of US$40 million for a proposed fight but would not allow Pacquiao to share in the revenue. Pacquiao said, "I spoke to Floyd ...and he offered me an amount. He didn't talk about the pay-per-views here and that's it. I can't agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 (split)."

Pacquiao appeared on the ESPN program First Take on September 20, 2012, and said he had no problem with the drug-testing issue. "Whatever he wants to do," Pacquiao said. He said he was willing to be tested even on the night of the fight. On September 25, Mayweather and Pacquiao reached a confidential settlement in their federal defamation case. In a statement released through the mediator in the case, the Mayweathers said they "wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs."

The Telegraph reported on December 20, that Mayweather said Pacquiao’s association with promoter Bob Arum is the reason why the bout will not happen. "We all know the Pacquiao fight, at this particular time, will never happen, and the reason why the fight won't happen is because I will never do business with Bob Arum again in life, and Pacquiao is Bob Arum's fighter," Mayweather said.

On January 7, 2014, Fighthype.com published an interview with Mayweather in which he called Pacquiao a "desperate dog" who is chasing a megabout due to his tax problems.[46] In response, Pacquiao challenged Mayweather to a fight for charity. "I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight," Pacquiao said. "We will donate all the proceeds from the fight—guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements—to charities around the world." He added, "Floyd, if you’re a real man, fight me. Let’s do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy."

Successful negotiations

As reported by at least 5 major media outlets (USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter, Wall Street Journal and the New York Post), serious negotiations leading to success were kickstarted in May 2014 by a very unlikely source: A Hollywood waiter/actor named Gabriel Salvador (Bones, Bluebloods, Rizzoli & Isles, CSI).

Salvador forged a friendship with CBS Network President Leslie Moonves when Moonves became a regular at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood, where Salvador worked part-time as a waiter. Salvador and Moonves bonded over their mutual love of boxing.

CBS is the parent company of Showtime Network, which had invested heavily in boxing and spent top-dollar on a multi-year deal with Mayweather.[48] Salvador told Moonves that he believed he could make the fight happen if he could get Moonves together with Pacquiao confidant and trainer Freddie Roach.

Salvador believed he could do so based on his connection to both men and his "unshakeable feeling" that together they could cut through the politicking and power struggles that seem to have stymied prior negotiations. Salvador's son Elijah worked out at Freddy Roach's gym. Moonves agreed that Salvador should approach Roach to make an introduction with a view to making the fight a reality. Eventually, Salvador approached Roach and asked him if he would be willing to meet with Moonves to get the wheels in motion. Roach agreed and asked Salvador to set up a meeting.

The first meeting between Moonves and Roach took place on May 28, 2014 at the Scarpetta restaurant in the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, which Salvador attended.

Both Roach and Moonves agreed the long-awaited bout had to happen and Roach gave Moonves the green-light to start making things happen. Roach later helped Moonves make peace with Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum.

Moonves then brought the warring elements from both boxers' camps together and, with Salvador's help, even arranged meetings at his home. After difficult negotiations, it was not long after that both camps agreed to fight on the night of May 2, 2015.

The consensus is that but for Salvador's key introduction, the fight would not have happened.[48] Both Moonves and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum have confirmed Salvador's pivotal role. For almost 6 years previous, intransigence ruled, excuses from both fighters' camps were made and it seemed to be a forgone conclusion the fight everyone wanted to see would not happen. Then a waiter -- Bronx born Gabriel Salvador -- put the wheels in motion that led to the biggest pay day in boxing history.

For his role, Salvador maintains that he is a "finder" entitled to a finder's fee. But Salvador has yet to be paid that fee by either CBS or Roach/Pacquiao. The fight grossed more than $600 million, with the television networks taking in more than $400 million and Pacquiao grossing more than $160 million.

On December 12, 2014, Mayweather proposed a May 2, 2015 fight with Pacquiao, citing his indirect frustration at not being able to make the fight happen in the past by stating that Pacquiao had lost to both Marquez and Bradley, and that he (Pacquiao) was "not on his level". He then went on to close his comments with, "Let's make this fight happen for the people and for the fans."

On January 13, Pacquiao agreed to terms for the fight. Bob Arum claimed that now only Mayweather's camp was holding up an official agreement.[56][57] On January 27, Mayweather and Pacquiao finally met each other face to face for the first time during an NBA game between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks in Miami.

Pacquiao said they exchanged phone numbers and would communicate with each other. Pacquiao's advisor, Michael Koncz, said that the two future Hall of Famers later met at Pacquiao's hotel for about an hour to discuss the pending superfight and work out the remaining issues. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum expressed optimism that the fight could be finalized by Super Bowl Sunday at the soonest and that there would be no further deadlines for the fight, stating that the negotiations are nearly complete.

On January 30, TMZ reported that the fight had been agreed upon by both sides and that a formal announcement would be made in the "next couple of days." However, members from both sides, including Bob Arum and Stephen Espinoza, refuted the report, saying that the deal had not been finalized yet and that negotiations on what would be a joint pay-per-view (Showtime-HBO) telecast of the fight were still clearing out the last significant issues before the deal could be finalized.

On February 20, Mayweather announced that the fight was official and a contract had been signed for a fight to take place on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The fight was expected to shatter PPV buy records and gross millions of dollars with the ticket prices ranging from $3,500 to $250,000 and the PPV was expected to cost US$89.95 for SD and US$99.95 for HD. Boxing experts predicted the match would be the richest fight in boxing history and would generate $300 million.

Fight details

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets for the fight went on sale on April 23 after an agreement had been reached over ticket allocation. Only 500 tickets went on sale to the public, priced at $1,500, $2,500, $3,500, $5,000 and $7,500 for the 16,800 capacity MGM Grand.

The tickets that went on sale sold out within a minute. As per the contract, the first $160 million of revenue, and the revenue above $180 million, from the fight was split 60/40 between the fighters, with Mayweather receiving the larger 60% share. Revenue between $160 million and $180 million was to be split 51/49, with the 51% share going to the winner. Both fighters were expected to earn at least $100 million in revenue from their participation. Although the event was jointly promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, the contract named Mayweather Promotions as the lead promoter of the fight.

Both fighters agreed to undergo drug testing by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, including random blood and urine testing prior to the fight, a test following the fight, and a ban from professional boxing for four years if they test positive. Neither fighter has failed a drug test during their professional career.

Kenny Bayless served as the in-ring referee, as chosen by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Bayless has previously officiated five of Mayweather's past bouts and seven of Pacquiao's, and he earned a record $25,000 for officiating this fight. Burt Clements, Dave Moretti, and Glenn Feldman served as judges.

The U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", was performed by Jamie Foxx.[74] The Philippine national anthem, "Lupang Hinirang", was performed by Filipino-American singer Gail Banawis, joined by The Word Chorale—a choir of Filipino pastors.

A large number of celebrities were in attendance; singer Justin Bieber was among Mayweather's entourage, while Pacquiao was joined by comedian Jimmy Kimmel—who had discussed the possibility of entering with him when Pacquiao appeared on his talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kimmel wore an outfit parodying Bieber's wardrobe from a pre-fight press conference, and photobombed a pre-fight photo taken by Pacquiao. Other figures in attendance included Andre Agassi, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Charles Barkley, Mike Tyson, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, Michael J. Fox, Donald Trump, Jake Gyllenhall, Amir Khan, Drew Barrymore, Jesse Jackson, Russell Westbrook, Mark Wahlberg, Lewis Hamilton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Cheadle, Michael Jordan, Steffi Graf, Sugar Ray Leonard, Paris Hilton, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Ben Affleck, The Jonas Brothers, Michael Keaton, Tom Brady, Magic Johnson, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Evander Holyfield, Sting, 50 Cent and others.

Broadcasting

As both Pacquiao and Mayweather currently have exclusive relationships with the broadcasters, the telecast of the fight was a joint production between HBO and Showtime. This marked the first collaboration between the two American premium television services since Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson in 2002. It was executive produced and directed by Showtime's David Dinkins Jr. and Bob Dunphy, and featured a mix of Showtime and HBO personalities.

The ringside announcers for the fight included Roy Jones Jr. (HBO), Al Bernstein (Showtime), and Jim Lampley (HBO) provided analysis. Max Kellerman (HBO) and Jim Gray (Showtime) covered the locker rooms of Pacquiao and Mayweather, respectively. James Brown and Paulie Malignaggi of Showtime hosted the pre-fight show.

The broadcast was, in most regions, distributed as a pay-per-view event. In the United States, the PPV cost was US$89.95 (with an additional $10 charge for high definition), a 40% increase over the PPV cost of Mayweather's 2013 fight against Saúl Álvarez.

Rights to screen the fight in commercial venues such as bars and restaurants were administered by G&G Sports, with costs based upon venue size and other factors, reaching as high as $5,000 for a 257-seat establishment. Due to concerns that they may not have been able to recoup the cost of the PPV through cover charges and drink sales, some bars decided not to screen the fight.

A joint encore of the fight was broadcast by HBO and Showtime the following Saturday, May 9, 2015

In Pacquiao's native country of the Philippines, Solar Entertainment held broadcast rights to the fight, reportedly paying $10 million (PHP 440 million). The telecast was made available via commercial free pay-per-view on the television providers Cignal and SkyCable, and at the locations of theatre chain SM Cinema and the Mall of Asia Arena. Unlike previous Pacquiao fights, whose free-to-air rights were held by GMA Network as part of a sub-licensing arrangement, a "slightly-delayed" telecast of the fight was simulcast by GMA along with the rival commercial networks ABS-CBN and TV5, along with Solar Sports.

Solar Sports president Wilson Tieng said that Pacquiao personally requested the joint broadcast due to its historic nature, and that "everybody agreed to set aside all their differences to make sure that this will become the biggest event ever in Philippine television history." GMA held exclusive radio rights to the fight.

In Europe, generally, the fight was broadcast via PPV (Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain). Only a few TV holders in Europe decided otherwise – TVP (Poland), Charlton Sport 1 (Israel) , Sport 1 (Czech Republic and Hungary) and Discovery Italy (Deejay TV and DMAX).

Sportsmax TV and Cleeng offered the fight via PPV in 19 Caribbean countries, including Barbados, Jamaica, Surinam and Trinidad & Tobago.

Both Showtime and HBO broadcast documentary specials focusing on the two fighters as part of the lead-up to the fight; Showtime produced the Mayweather-focused Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao—with three episodes focusing on Mayweather's preparations for the event and an epilogue which aired the week following the fight, while HBO aired the two-part, Pacquiao-focused Mayweather/Pacquiao: At Last, as well as encores of past Pacquiao fights. Showtime's sister outlet CBS Sports Network also aired supplemental programming, including encores of Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and past Mayweather fights, live coverage of the weigh-in, special broadcasts of The Doug Gottlieb Show and Boomer and Carton from Las Vegas, and coverage of the post-fight press conference.

International broadcasting

Piracy and streaming

Due to the high profile of the event and the high price of the PPV, there were significant concerns surrounding piracy of the fight's telecast by either bars (which must pay a higher-priced commercial license to televise the event, and were not legally allowed to purchase it through their television provider) or by online streaming services. The smartphone-based live streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope were especially of concern due to their relative ease of use and accessibility, as viewers could simply film their television screen with their phones to make a stream available. TorrentFreak reported that the fight was "destined to become the most pirated live sports event in history".

Alongside monitoring activities during the event, actions were also preemptively taken against several sites that advertised plans to illegally stream the fight. In the Philippines, the Philippine National Police's Anti-Cybercrime Group arrested the operator of a streaming service after a complaint by ABS-CBN, and was granted a temporary restraining order in a Florida court for its infringements of copyrights and trademarks.

HBO and Showtime filed a similar lawsuit against two other streaming services that advertised an intent to offer the fight under 17 U.S.C. § 411 (which allows for preemptive claims of copyright infringement against those conspiring to infringe the copyrights of a broadcast), and a court issued a restraining order against the sites and all parties in "active concert or participation with any of them, including any and all service providers who receive notice of this Order".

The Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the wide reach of the order, arguing that the order was comparable to the provisions of the previously proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, theorizing that streams by other parties could become subject to the injunction by the clause of "receiving notice of this order".

A large number of Periscope streams were used to broadcast the fight, either indirectly with a focus on reactions from viewing parties, or simply rebroadcasting television feeds of the fight. One stream reportedly peaked at around 10,000 viewers, although these streams had inconsistent uptime due either to connection issues or to being reported and taken down by the service.

Representatives of both Meerkat and Periscope reported that they acted upon takedown notices received throughout the evening.[98] ESPN's Ryan McGee dubbed Periscope the "winner" of the fight due to the prominence it received through this manner. Dick Costolo, CEO of microblogging service and Periscope parent company Twitter, made a similar remark; although implied to be in reference to the illegal streams, he later clarified that it was actually in reference to its legitimate use by HBO earlier in the evening to broadcast behind-the-scenes footage from the fighters' locker rooms.

Belt

The winner of the fight received a newly created belt by the WBC. The belt, valued at $1 million, is an exact replica of the current belt, except it has thousands of emeralds in place of the gold plating for the center logo.The belt also contains the faces of both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, along with the faces of the former WBC president, José Sulaimán, and boxing legend, Muhammad Ali.Two belts were initially made for the fight. The green emerald belt won the public fan vote over the black onyx belt with a vote of 53% to 47%.

Gloves

Both fighters wore 8-ounce (230 g) gloves with brands of their choosing. Mayweather wore custom Grant gloves with a multicolored paisley pattern, red & purple trim, and the letters TBE on the cuff. Pacquiao wore standard red Cleto Reyes gloves with black & white trim.

In Pacquiao's third professional loss, he was forced to use Winning brand gloves during his first bout versus Érik Morales. Pacquiao's complaints were that the gloves felt like "pillows," and they did not give him the same power as his Reyes "puncher's gloves."

More recently, Mayweather had glove issues in his first bout with Marcos Maidana, stating that Maidana's Everlast MX gloves did not provide sufficient padding for the knuckles. The issue was later resolved with Maidana resorting to using Everlast Powerlock type gloves, leaving Maidana's trainer, Robert Garcia, unhappy with the negotiation.

Fighters' gear

Mayweather's trunks were designed by Dapper Dan, a Harlem-based hip-hop fashion designer. At least five possible outfits were created for the fight. FanDuel, a daily fantasy sports website, acquired sponsorship rights to have their logo appear on his waistband.[106][107] Pacquiao's gear was provided by Nike.

Mayweather commissioned specially-designed mouthguards for the fight by Dr. Lee Gause, owner of Iceberg Guards, costing $25,000. Along with "subtle" clear pairs, some of them contained gold leaf, diamond dust, and an embedded $100 bill. Iceberg Guards also released a limited-edition TMT-branded mouthguard to tie in with the fight.

Pacquiao's mouthguard was designed by Dr. Ed Dela Vega of Canoga Park, Los Angeles, who has custom-fit mouthguards for Pacquiao and other Philippine boxers. It featured a multi-colored design with a blend of the colors from the flag of the Philippines, meant to represent the different ethnic groups that support him. Unlike Mayweather's, this mouthguard was supplied as a gift to Pacquiao; Vega argued that Mayweather's high-cost mouthguard was simply "hype" meant to "rub it in the face of boxers who can't afford it".

Sponsors

A bidding war ensued between Corona (who has been a prominent sponsor of Mayweather fights) and Tecate (who has been a prominent sponsor of Top Rank and Pacquiao fights) for lead sponsorship rights to the fight; Tecate won the sponsorship deal with a bid of $5.6 million, beating a bid of $5.2 million by Corona. As part of the deal, Tecate's logo was visible on all promotional material for the fight.

Pacquiao was expected to feature a number of major sponsorships on his gear, providing an estimated $2.25 million in additional revenue. Among them were long-time sponsors, such as Air Asia, Cafe Puro, and Motolite.

FanDuel acquired sponsorship rights for Mayweather, including waistband branding, and a block of tickets that were awarded through an on-site promotion. The King, a mascot of fast food chain Burger King, was among Mayweather's entourage entering the arena.

Merchandise

On April 24, 2015, a pop-up store known as MayPac opened in Las Vegas at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, slated to remain open through the day of the fight. The store sold merchandise of both fighters, and featured other interactive displays and fan-oriented events.

Prior to the fight, Nike launched a line of Pacquiao-oriented merchandise carrying his logo and the slogans "Do What They Say You Can't" and "#MannyDoes" Demand for Mayweather merchandise was also heavy, including apparel branded under the Mayweather Promotions and The Money Team (TMT) labels amongst others.

Recap

In round one, both boxers were aggressive, Mayweather unusually so. Pacquiao attempted to score early points from body shots. However, Mayweather escaped his attack and landed a solid counter strike under Pacquiao's right side.[117] All three judges gave the round to Mayweather.

In the second round, Pacquiao repeatedly forced Mayweather toward the ropes, but Mayweather was able to escape or wrap Pacquiao up each time. Pacquiao's jabs mostly missed, but he landed a solid left hand hit late in the round. Mayweather increased his aggression late. A closer inspection of the punch stats show that both boxers landed 9 punches, with Pacquiao out throwing Mayweather 52-43.Although Harold Lederman of HBO scored this round for Pacquiao, all three judges scored the round in favor of Mayweather.

Early in round three, Mayweather hit Pacquiao low. Pacquiao reacted angrily to the hit, perceiving it as illegal, and landed a few big punches, outlanding Mayweather 8-3 and throwing 33 to Mayweathers 25 shots. The fighters exchanged big hits late in the round, energizing the crowd.[

For the third consecutive round, all three judges scored it in favor of Mayweather.

In the fourth round, Pacquiao chased Mayweather around the ring, throwing punches at a rapid pace.Pacquiao scored a big left handed hit, causing Mayweather to stagger before regaining a defensive position. Pacquiao landed 20 from 48 while Mayweather landed just 5 from 25. Pacquiao took the round on all three score cards.

Having recovered from Pacquiao's big hit in the previous round, Mayweather won the early exchanges of the fifth round. Pacquiao remained on the offensive, but was unable to land any big punches. Mayweather upped his activity and won the round in the eyes of the three judges, out throwing and outlanding Pacquiao, scoring 5 from 44 with Pacquiao landing only 2 from 22.

Pacquiao came out aggressive in the sixth, forcing Mayweather to the ropes. Pacquiao successfully landed a couple of combinations, but Mayweather appeared to be unfazed. Pacquiao did not score on a high percentage of his attempts landing 11 from 40 punches thrown, but Mayweather did not land any significant shots, landing only 6 from 34 attempts

All the judges gave the round to Pacquiao, making the overall score Mayweather 58–56 (4–2 by rounds) on all cards.
Mayweather changed tactics at the start of the seventh round, becoming the aggressor for a second and forcing Pacquiao on to the ropes. He threw a double jab, then a right handed punch, landing none, before Pacquiao counterattacked with an unsuccessful combo.

Outthrowing Pacquiao 45-29, the round unanimously went to Mayweather, in spite of Pacquiao landing more shots, 7-2 Mayweather stayed aggressive in the eight round, landing jabs that keep Pacquiao off balance. The stats show both fighters throwing 40 punches but Mayweather outlanded Pacquiao 6-5.Pacquiao went on the attack, opening up and landing some bigger punches. The round went to Mayweather on the official scorecards.

In the ninth round, Pacquiao was again on the offensive. He effectively landed several punches, but Mayweather also landed on his counters. Both parties landed a number of hits in a late flurry of action that excited the crowd. Pacquiao threw 40 punches in the round landing 11, while Mayweather countered well landing 10 from 31 attempts.

Two of the three judges gave the round to Pacquiao, while the other saw it for Mayweather. The tenth round saw Pacquiao on the attack, landing 10 punches to Mayweathers 3. Both fighters threw 38 punches. Again, two judges saw it for Pacquiao and one for Mayweather. Mayweather led 96–94 (6–4) on two cards and 98–92 (8–2) on the other with two rounds remaining.

Mayweather came out swinging in the eleventh round, landing just below his highest volume of the fight, 9 punches to Pacquiaos 6. The action then stalled as Pacquiao attempting to land much on a defensive minded Mayweather, who ducked the attacks. Pacquiao forced Mayweather to the corner, but Mayweather landed a clean hit on Pacquiao's chin. However, Pacquiao still managed to hit solid punches in a fast pace.

The judges unanimously scored the round in favor of Mayweather. In the final round, Pacquiao attempted to attack with Mayweather mostly looking to avoid his punches by running across the ring. Mayweather kept the fight in the center of the ring, but Pacquiao did land some inside counters, outlanding Mayweather 7-4. All three judges gave the round to Mayweather.

Through his use of defense and accurate counter punches, Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in 12 rounds by unanimous decision, 118–110, 116–112, 116–112, to remain undefeated in his career. According to CompuBox, Mayweather landed 67 more punches throughout the match.

Only three times did Pacquiao land double figure punches in a round.[116] These official stats have been disputed by some. Pacquiao himself questioned the result at the end of the fight, and continues to maintain that he deserved the decision.The bout was also scored in favor of Mayweather by 16 out of 18 media outlets, albeit by very wide ranging margins.

Aftermath

Revenue and viewership

The fight lived up to revenue expectations, generating somewhere between $300 million and $400 million in gross revenue according to early estimates, which would surpass Super Bowl XLIX.Due to the possibility of high demand, viewers were encouraged to pre-order the PPV: a HBO representative reported that the fight had attracted more pre-orders than any other PPV event in the broadcaster's history.

Despite the guidance, a high volume of last-minute orders overwhelmed the systems of several major U.S. television providers and resulted in various technical issues, such as difficulties ordering or viewing the PPV, and outages that affected unrelated channels as well for some viewers.

To address these issues, the main event was pushed back 45 minutes from its originally projected start time of 8:15 p.m. PT (11:15 p.m. ET), to 9:00 p.m PT (12:00 a.m. ET).

The fight broke PPV viewership records in the United States, with 4.6 million buys and over $410 million in revenue, surpassing the previous $150 million revenue record set by Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez, the 2.48 million buy record set by 2007's Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., and a pre-fight estimate of $270 million from 3 million households.

In the Philippines, Kantar ratings estimated that the fight was watched across the three-network consortium by 46.9% of Filipino households; of the three networks simulcasting the fight, ABS-CBN had the largest amount of viewers, with a rating share of 24%.

Due to hundreds of business jets filling up the stands, McCarran International Airport was closed for non-airline flights during the event days. By contrast, the typically bustling streets of the Philippine capital Manila were nearly empty during the fight.

Post-fight remarks

After the fight, Mayweather remarked "[Pacquiao] definitely had his moments in the fight. As long as I moved on the outside, I was able to stay away from those. He’s a really smart fighter ... My dad wanted me to do more, but I had to take my time. Because Manny Pacquiao is a competitor, and he’s extremely dangerous."

Mayweather said he would retire after his next fight, the opponent of which is not yet decided. Pacquiao said "I thought I won the fight. He’s moving around. It’s not easy to throw punches when he’s moving around so much ... I thought I caught him many more times than he caught me."

Citing the stats that showed he possibly should have won the fight, Pacquiao has continued to maintain he should have been awarded the decision. On the possibility of a re-match, Mayweather stated on May 9, 2015 that he had no plans to fight Pacquiao again "at this particular time", referring to him as being a "sore loser" and a "coward".

Pacquiao shoulder injury

Hours after the fight, Pacquiao's team disclosed that he had injured his right shoulder in April during a training exercise. The injury was partially healed, but Pacquiao requested and was denied an injection of legal painkillers before the fight. Pacquiao said he re-injured the shoulder in the fourth round of the fight and was ineffective after that.

On May 4, a representative of the Nevada Athletic Commission said that it was looking into why Pacquiao had stated he had no shoulder injuries on pre-fight questionnaire and was considering fining or suspending him for the deception. Pacquiao's team responded with a statement saying the USADA had been informed of the injury, but USADA head Travis Tygart said Pacquiao's team had only asked about the legality of certain substances for use on an unspecified shoulder injury and had provided "no medical information, no MRIs, no documents".

Pacquiao has since undergone surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and is expected to be out of action for nine months to one year.

Mayweather's IV injection

After weighing in for the fight on May 1, Mayweather received an intravenous injection for the stated purpose of pre-bout rehydration. The two IV infusions were administered at his home, amounted to 16% of the total average male blood quantity, and contained saline, multivitamins and vitamin C.

The World Anti-Doping Agency forbids such a large amount of fluids entering the body before competition as a preventive step against the possible masking of performance-enhancing drug use. Bob Bennett, the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), stated that unless the IV was administered at a hospital, it needs to be cleared by filing a therapeutic-use exemption, and supporting documents through the Nevada commission and authorized by the commission’s medical expert.

The Pacquiao camp had requested an injection of the anti-inflammatory Tyladol for Pacquiao's injured shoulder before the fight, but was denied authorisation by NSAC. USADA authorised both injections, but NSAC was not informed of Mayweather's IV until after the fight.

Reception

The fight itself left many fans disappointed. Forbes.com contributor Brian Goff called it "arguably, the least entertaining 'mega fight' in memory", attributing the disappointment to Mayweather's defense-oriented strategy, which is atypical of top boxers.

 The New York Times felt that the bout was "far from electrifying and had some fans grumbling about Mayweather’s methodical defensive style".

Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Dwyre felt that the fight was "as compelling as the 405 freeway at 8 a.m."; in regards to Pacquiao's undisclosed shoulder injury, he called the entire situation very damaging to boxing, accusing the fight's promoters of allowing the fight to go on for monetary reasons and potentially alienating fans who paid to see it in the process. Dwyre went on to say that "This was billed the Fight of the Century. As the Wall Street Journal so aptly put it, it's good that we have 85 years left to top it."

Former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield, who thought that Pacquiao should have been awarded the decision, questioned the judging of not just this fight but recent prize fights in general in an essay for 'The Players Tribune'.

Lawsuit

On May 5, 2015, two Las Vegas residents filed a class-action lawsuit against Pacquiao, his manager, and Top Rank, for failing to disclose Pacquiao's injury before the fight.

 The plaintiffs felt that their actions deceived those who bought tickets or the PPV or bet on the fight, and violated the rules of the Nevada Athletic Commission. The complaints will be heard by a Los Angeles judge, who will determine whether they may go to trial.

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Pacquiao begs off from Olympics Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) - May 28, 2016 - 12:00am


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MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao has decided not to compete in the coming Rio Olympics, and instead will focus on his duties and responsibilities as a duly-elected Philippine senator.

Pacquiao’s decision was relayed to members of the media late Thursday night, the eve of the deadline set by the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines.

“Manny Pacquiao has decided to prioritize his legislative duties,” a statement from the camp of the eight-division boxing champion and now senator said.

Pacquiao has toyed with the idea of competing in this year’s Olympics, set Aug. 5-21, and hope to win the elusive gold for the Philippines.

The prospects of Pacquiao vying in the Olympics first came when the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) said it was opening the doors for professional boxers starting this year.

Pacquiao had shown great interest, saying even when he was starting out as a boxer he had wanted to represent the country in international competitions.

But he found an easier way up the pro ranks to become the most exciting fighter of his generation. Still, he was tickled with the idea of winning an Olympic gold.

Pacquiao is scheduled to take his oath as senator on June 30 and in July his work as a senator, following his stint as a two-term congressman in Sarangani, officially begins.

“The ABAP respects Sen. Pacquiao’s decision and wishes him well in his work in the Senate. He will be most welcome to come to Rio to cheer on our athletes,” said ABAP chief Ricky Vargas.

“He (Pacquiao) said he wants to prioritize his duties as a senator. And we welcome his decision,” said ABAP executive director Ed Picson.

With Pacquiao now out of the picture, Picson said they can now focus harder on the task ahead, which is to qualify more boxers to the Rio Games.

So far, light-flyweight Rogen Ladon and lightweight Charly Suarez are guaranteed slots to Rio. Three more boxers – flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, bantamweight Mario Fernandez and welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial – will compete in the final Olympic qualifier on June 14- 26 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

In the 2012 London Olympics, only one Filipino boxer in light-flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga qualified.

Had Pacquiao decided to vie in Rio, he would have fought in the light-welterweight division (140 lbs). Yesterday was the deadline to name entries to Baku.

“Now it’s time to move on. It’s time to concentrate on our boxers who have qualified to Rio and those still trying to qualify,” said Picson.

Over the past few weeks, the ABAP official said most calls he’s been getting were inquiries on Pacquiao’s planned stint in Rio, adding that at one point he got a direct call from the AIBA president.

“It was Dr. Wu who was very excited seeing Pacquiao compete in the Rio Olympics. That’s why he sent the invitation to Pacquiao. The ABAP acted as the conduit,” said Picson.

If Pacquiao decided to compete in Rio, then he would have to plunge into training as soon as possible.

The AIBA was willing to give Pacquiao a wild card berth to the Rio Games, but Picson also discussed with Pacquiao the possibility of him going through next month’s qualifier

Picson had burned the lines with Pacquiao and his men, and just weeks ago he visited the boxing icon in his residence in Forbes Park.

“He was interested so I had to explain to him the rules,” said Picson, who had to remind Pacquiao that in amateur boxing, all three rounds are fought like the last three rounds of a professional fight.

Pacquiao assured Picson that he can manage, and those who were around during the recent meeting even suggested that to make things easier, Pacquiao can try to knock all his opponents out.

“But it’s easier said than done,” said Picson, noting the different styles between amateur and professional boxers.

“I also had to remind Manny that if he competes in Rio, he will have to stay inside the Athletes Village, together with members of the Philippine team and the other athletes,” said Picson.

Pacquiao was also reminded that should he advance to the succeeding rounds, he will have to be weighed on a daily basis, not knowing whom he’d be fighting next.

For Pacquiao to win the gold, he will have to win four or five bouts.

“There was no guarantee of a victory. Definitely none. The problem was the expectations would have been very high. Anything can happen in Rio,” said Picson.

“We would have gladly welcomed him to the team. But now that he has expressed his desire to focus on his duties as a senator, we wish him luck,” he added.

The Philippines has never won the gold in the Summer Olympics, and while boxing has provided two silver and three bronze medals, the lonely search for the gold continues.

Pacquiao is not joining the hunt.


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Novak Djokovic wins the French Open. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Novak Djokovic celebrates 'biggest moment of career' following French Open victory over Andy Murray The Serbian now holds all four Grand Slam titles, something acheived just twice before in the history of tennis

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Andy Murray congratulates Novak Djokovic on his French Open victory Getty Andy Murray suffered his eighth grand slam final defeat as Novak Djokovic finally took the French Open title and with it his place in the highest pantheon of tennis.

The world number one becomes the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four trophies at the same time after a 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory in his fourth final at Roland Garros.

To achieve something even Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal fell short of in the same era is truly remarkable and, by winning his 12th slam title, Djokovic is only five short of Federer's all-time record.

For Murray, it was an all-too familiar feeling as high hopes gave way to helplessness in the face of Djokovic's brilliance, with five of his final defeats coming against the man he first faced as an 11-year-old.

The Scot, the first British man in 79 years to reach the final here, fought for all he was worth in the fourth set but ultimately he had no answer.

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Djokovic lay flat on his back in the clay as he soaked in his achievement.

"It's a very special moment," he said. "Perhaps the biggest of my career."

Novak Djokovic celebrates victory in the French Open final (Getty) Murray apologised for not speaking French before thanking his team and the crowd.

He added: "Finally to Novak, this is his day today. What he's achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal, winning all four of the grand slams in one year is an amazing achievement and this is something that is so rare in tennis.

Djokovic now holds all four Grand Slam titles "It's going to take a long time for it to happen again. Everyone here is extremely lucky to see it. Me personally, being on the opposite side, it sucks to lose the match but I'm proud to be part of today."

After a minute's applause for Muhammad Ali, the players walked onto Court Philippe Chatrier, and it was clear if Murray was to win it would be against the wishes of the majority as chants of 'Nole, Nole' rang out.

Djokovic could not have played a better first game, landing a perfect drop shot at the end of a long opening rally and breaking the Scot to love.

But the first set was to belong decisively to Murray. He hit back immediately with one of his trademark lobs and reeled off four sublime games in a row.

Novak Djokovic in the French Open final (Getty) His forehand, certainly the weaker of his groundstrokes, was the key shot while Djokovic's forehand was all over the place.

The only time Murray's focus wavered was when he became distracted by French TV journalist Nelson Monfort sitting in his box, yelling and gesticulating until he left.

More drama followed when he served for the set at 5-3. A second serve at 15-0 was called out but umpire Damien Dumusois over-ruled and awarded Murray the point.

Djokovic was furious and the crowd refused to stop whistling their disapproval as Murray stood at the line ready to serve.

Eventually he was allowed to continue and clinched the set on his third chance when Djokovic netted a backhand.

As omens come, it was a seriously good one, for Murray had never lost a match at Roland Garros having won the opening set.

But Djokovic had beaten his former junior rival four times from a set down, including in the Australian Open final in 2013, so he knew it was far from impossible.

READ MORE Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray to win French Open and complete Career Grand Slam French Open final- LIVE! Novak Djokovic wins French Open with victory over Andy Murray Had Murray taken a break point in the opening game of the second, things might have been different, but he missed it and from there things quickly unravelled.

Djokovic found the level of play with which he has dominated men's tennis and Murray had no answer.

Although the Scot had won only two of their last 14 meetings, one of those came just before the tournament in Rome, boosting hopes that Murray could pull off what surely would be the greatest achievement of his career.

Even the man himself never imagined he would have a chance at winning here until he found his feet on clay last year.

But to do that he would have to do what he did in the Italian capital - play aggressive, mix it up and get under Djokovic's skin.

Andy Murray during his French Open final defeat (Getty) There was no sign of that, however, as the world number one quickly assumed control of the third set and then won five games in a row.

The Scot could do little but attempt to stay with Djokovic in lengthy baseline rallies, which was playing to Serbian's strength.

Murray tried to up his aggression level and regain some control, and it brought four break points, but Djokovic refused to allow his opponent even that little chink of light.

Murray, who had spent nearly five hours longer on court than Djokovic, was beginning to look very weary and, at 5-2 in the fourth, the match appeared to be over.

But it was perhaps fitting that, having been so close to this title so many times before, Djokovic should be made to wait a bit longer.

The first time he served for it, Murray broke. The second time, he brought up two match points but his arm was so tense he could hardly connect ball with strings.

Murray saved both but, at the third time of asking, his resistance finally ran out.

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FRENCH OPEN: Players up in arms in Paris posted June 02, 2016 at 12:01 am by AFP


Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut during their men’s fourth round match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 31. AFP

PARIS—Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep blasted French Open organizers Tuesday for forcing them to compete in pouring rain as Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were left facing a four-day playing stretch.

Radwanska, the second seed, and sixth seed Halep both lost their last-16 clashes after opening healthy leads on Sunday night.

But after Monday was washed out, they were forced back out at a damp, chilly Roland Garros on Tuesday despite the rain never really relenting in the two hours of stop-start action available.

“I’m just so surprised and angry that we have to play in the rain. I mean, it’s not a $10,000 tournament. It’s a Grand Slam,” raged Polish star Radwanska after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat to Bulgaria’s world number 102 Tsvetana Pironkova.

Radwanska had been 6-2, 3-0 up on Sunday night but lost 10 games in succession on Tuesday.

“How can you allow players to play in the rain?,” said the former Wimbledon runner-up after her loss on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

“I don’t think they really care what we think. I think they care about other things.”

Halep, beaten in the 2014 final by Maria Sharapova, suffered a 7-6 (7/0), 6-3 defeat to former US Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia.

The Romanian had been 5-3 up when their contest was suspended on Sunday.

“I have no words. To play tennis matches during the rain I think it’s a bit too much,” said the Romanian after her loss on Court One.

“The court was not good. The balls were completely wet. I didn’t feel safe. No-one cares about the players.”

They were the only two matches completed on Tuesday after the tournament had suffered its first complete washout in 16 years on Monday.

Top seed and world number one Djokovic was 3-6, 6-4, 4-1 ahead of Spain’s 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Court Philippe Chatrier in his last-16 clash.

Their match had been played in two spells between the rain with the first halted after 37 minutes with the top seed having dropped the opening set.

Djokovic, seeking a first Roland Garros title to complete the career Grand Slam, faces the prospect of playing on four consecutive days to complete the fourth round, quarter-final and semi-final.

The Serb had already dropped serve five times against a man he has defeated four times in four outings.

The rain forced the scheduled quarter-finals between Andy Murray, the second seed, and Richard Gasquet and defending champion Stan Wawrinka’s clash against Albert Ramos-Vinolas back to Wednesday.

Three other men’s last-16 ties – David Ferrer against Tomas Berdych, the clash between David Goffin and Ernests Gulbis as well as Marcel Granollers’ duel with Dominic Thiem – were also to be completed.

In the women’s singles, four last-16 ties had yet to start.

They included defending women’s champion Serena Williams’ match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

Serena is chasing an Open era record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title but could also face playing over four days as the women’s final is scheduled for Saturday.

Last-16 matches between Venus Williams and Timea Bacsinszky, Carla Suarez Navarro and Yulia Putintseva and the clash featuring Kiki Bertens against Madison Keys were also part of the backlog.

Gulbis led Goffin 3-0 in the first set on Court One when play was eventually halted but not before Goffin had complained over the conditions which he claimed were too dangerous.

Gulbis, a 2014 semi-finalist, had even picked up his bag and started to walk off in protest before he was summoned back by the chair umpire.

Weather conditions are set to improve on Wednesday which is traditionally the day when the quarter-finals are wrapped up.

A clear day, with play again scheduled to start at 1100 (0900GMT) rather than the traditional 1400 (1200GMT) on the second Wednesday, will be good news for organisers who say they took a two million euro hit after Monday’s deluge.

The men’s final has only been played on the third Monday on two occasions -- in 1973 and 2012 when Rafael Nadal defeated Djokovic.

Roland Garros remains the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments not to have a court with a roof.

Philippe Chatrier court is due to have a roof by 2020 at the earliest.


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Garbiñe Muguruza stuns Serena Williams to clinch French Open title


JUNE 4 -Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy following her victory during the Ladies Singles final match against Serena Williams at the 2016 French Open. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images READ MORE TODAY'S FINAL GAME, SET-BY-SET REPORT...

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Garbine Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to win here since Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beat Monica Seles in the final in 1998.

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A beaming, laughing, brilliant Garbine Muguruza speaks! “I’m so excited. To play a final of a grand slam against one of the best players, I’m so happy. Serena’s a very powerful player so I had to be ready and concentrate on all the points. I just tried to fight as much as I can. All the matches I played against her helped me. In Spain, this is the tournament. Rafa has helped that cause.”

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Garbine Muguruza is the French Open champion! She beats Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4!

Serving for the title, Muguruza makes the perfect start when Williams wastefully skews a backhand long for 15-0. Muguruza is three points away now. And she edges even closer when she forces Williams on the run with a forehand into the right corner. Williams can only hoick her riposte into the sidelines and Muguruza has three more championship points - it’s 40-0 - when Williams batters a backhand just past the baseline at the net! What a miss!

The umpire goes down to check but the call was correct. Here it is, the moment of truth.

Williams attacks. She pings a forehand into the left corner and approaches the net. Muguruza is there. What can she do? She goes for a lob. She lifts her backhand over Williams, who’s stranded. It’s high enough. But is it going to drop in time? Time seems to stand still as Williams hares back. For a moment, she seems to relax.

It looks like it’s going long. But no! This is a cruel sport. Right at the last, the ball falls from the sky and Williams, grinding to a halt, can only watch in despair as it kisses the baseline and spins away! That’s it! Garbine Muguruza is the new French Open champion!

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Second set: Williams* 5-7, 4-5 Muguruza (*denotes server): With Williams serving to stay in the final, Muguruza is two points from victory after the world No1 hoicks a backhand long to make it 15-30.

Soon Muguruza has two championship points, Williams netting another backhand. Two championship points! The first goes begging when Muguruza stiffs a backhand into the net, though, and Williams saves the second with a snorter of a serve down the middle. Muguruza earns a third championship point, though, cracking a forehand return down the line, Williams sliding and slicing long. But this is absurd from Williams, who keeps herself in contention with a forehand winner. Deuce. This is tense.

This is gripping. Muguruza has a fourth championship when Williams nets a drop shot. She attacks a second serve - but her backhand from left to right flashes just wide! We’re dealing in fine margins now. The line separating glory and despair is a thin one. And worryingly for Muguruza, Williams is stirring, responding to the challenge, thriving on it. She earns a game point and holds when Muguruza, who’s seen four championship points come and go, sends a forehand long. Muguruza will serve for the title in a moment or two. But what on earth must be going through her mind now?

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Second set: Williams 5-7, 3-5 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Muguruza has done well to hold herself together so far but her nerves are clearly frayed. Once again she starts the game with a double-fault, her fifth of the match. But she draws level when Williams misses a backhand return and a iron-willed Muguruza ace makes it 30-15. Mugurza holds to 15 with another ace. She is so close now. So close that she really shouldn’t think about how close she is. Williams will serve to stay in the final.

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Second set: Williams* 5-7, 3-4 Muguruza (*denotes server): Williams holds to 15 with an ace. That could be crucial.

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Second set: Williams 5-7, 2-4 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Muguruza gives Williams a look with a double-fault on the first point. But she wins the next three points, largely thanks to some wayward shots from Williams, and holds to 15. Impressive. Two more holds and the title’s hers. But that’s easier said than done.

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Second set: Williams* 5-7, 2-3 Muguruza (*denotes server): Williams appears to have this game in the bag after winning the first three points. But 40-0 becomes 40-30. Muguruza isn’t going anywhere without a fight. But Williams won’t shy away from one. She lets out a huge cry after holding to 30 with an accurate forehand pass down the line.

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Second set: Williams 5-7, 1-3 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Muguruza cruises into a 30-0 lead again. Williams won’t give her a moment’s rest, cracking a forehand away off a second serve for 30-15. But Muguruza is close to the first hold of the second set when Williams pulls a forehand wide for 40-15. Williams responds with an improbable backhand winner down the line but Muguruza holds to 30 with a pinpoint forehand from right to left.

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Second set: Williams* 5-7, 1-2 Muguruza (*denotes server): Muguruza needs to get that game out of her system. And she takes a big step towards doing so by taking a 15-30 lead thanks to splendid forehand and backhand winners. All of a sudden, she has two break points, Williams stooping and netting a backhand, and Muguruza converts the first of them, spanking a forehand down the line! What a response! She’s ahead again! But for how long?

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Second set: Williams 5-7, 1-1 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Muguruza will enjoy the sight of Williams netting another forehand to give up the first point. The Spaniard has to keep this momentum going. She’s got Williams right where she wants her and she can’t let her wriggle free. Here’s why. She’s up 30-0. Soon it’s 30-all. She should win the next point with a backhand at the net but hits the ball straight at Williams, who earns a break point when Muguruza nets a backhand. Muguruza saves it but she’s soon facing another after a double-fault. But she’s been brilliant in these situations and she constructs this point wonderfully, waiting for the opening and finishing the point with a backhand into the left corner, Williams helpless at the other end of the baseline. But a second double-fault gifts a third break point to Williams. A third hands her the break. That was dismal. Faintly predictable too. How often does it happen with Serena Williams?

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Second set: Williams* 5-7, 0-1 Muguruza (*denotes server): Muguruza draws appreciative applause from the crowd with a splendid backhand return that catches the line and brings up two break points. She only needs one. Williams responds with a meek backhand into the net. Hmm. Muguruza leads by a set and a break.

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Garbine Muguruza poses with the trophy following her victory during the Ladies Singles final match against Serena Williams at the 2016 French Open. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Garbine Muguruza wins the first set 7-5!

Muguruza begins the game with predictable anxiety, a backhand clipping the tape and flying wide. She looks like she’s about to cough up a butterfly or two here but she finds her range with a backhand to make it 15-all. She’s going to have to be very good to hold off Williams, though, because she’s taking on a wounded animal now. Williams makes it 15-30, swinging through a lusty forehand volley, and Muguruza is scratching her head after a double-fault. But Muguruza shows amazing character to save both break points. Williams hits a forehand return wide on the first, before Mugurza pings an ace down the middle. Williams goes on the offensive, trying to earn a third opportunity. But Muguruza hangs in the rally and carves out a set point when Williams nets a forehand on the run. Is this fraught first set coming to an end? Nope. Williams denies Muguruza with a stout forehand volley. Muguruza has another chance when Williams nets another forehand. But she can’t dictate the rally and skitters a forehand wide. A third set point arrives when Williams nets another forehand. Talk about bloody-mindedness - and Muguruza maintains her composure enough to wallop a spectacular backhand past a stumbling Williams to wrap up the first set! Oof. What a battle of wills.

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First set: Williams* 5-6 Muguruza (*denotes server): Williams begins the game with a double-fault. It’s less than ideal. So’s a dreadful, floaty drop shot that could almost pass for a lob, inviting Muguruza forward to ram a forehand away for 0-30. Muguruza lets Williams back into the game with two errant backhands. But she’s having us on. Then she earns a break point with a super backhand down the line for a 30-40 lead. Can she convert it? You betcha! A wicked low forehand into the right corner is a fitting way to polish off any game and Muguruza will serve for the first set. No pressure, Garbine.

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First set: Williams 5-5 Muguruza* (*denotes server): We’re seeing some stunning shots now. Muguruza makes it 40-15 by wrongfooting Williams with a forehand down the line and she holds to 15 with a big backhand.

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First set: Williams* 5-4 Muguruza (*denotes server): Williams looks to be in control at 30-0 but Muguruza clambers back into the game with two rasping forehand winners. Yet Williams makes it 40-30 with a brilliant forehand down the line and holds to 30. Muguruza will serve to stay in the set.

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First set: Williams 4-4 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Williams bellows in frustration after missing a return at 0-15. “Oh my God,” she says when she nets to make it 30-15. The errors are beginning to creep into her game. Yet Muguruza nets a forehand for 30-all and Williams earns a break point with a crisp forehand winner. The pressure tells and the Williams camp are on their feet when Muguruza knocks a backhand long. There goes the break.

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First set: Williams* 3-4 Muguruza (*denotes server): Williams holds to 15, chucking in an ace for good measure. But she had a warning from Muguruza, who stole a point with a screamer of a forehand return down the line. You get the feeling there’s a lot more to come from both of these two before the afternoon’s over. The early nerves are starting to fade.

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First set: Williams 2-4 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Muguruza lands herself in a spot of bother when she double-faults to make it 0-30. It’s as though she’s remembered she’s a break up against Serena Williams. In the French Open final! Against Serena Williams! Eek! Is the pressure telling? Well, not for long. Muguruza fights back superbly, winning the next three points for a 40-30 lead, and she consolidates the break by wrapping up the game with a stunning forehand winner into the left corner. Williams wasn’t getting that scorcher back.

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First set: Williams* 2-3 Muguruza (*denotes server): Having seen two break points come and go in the previous game, Williams needs to watch out here. She really needs to watch out! Because she begins the game by missing two backhands, Muguruza sailing into a 0-30 lead. Muguruza has woken up. She rips into a forehand, moves forward and looks on in satisfaction as Williams hits long to hand over three break points. Williams saves the first with an ace and Muguruza nets the second off a huge second serve. That was gutsy from Williams. But she was playing with fire and she burns herself after a double-fault on the third. Muguruza has started slowly but she’s got the first break, almost out of nowhere.

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14:38

First set: Williams 2-2 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Neither player has found their return yet. Muguruza’s quickly into a 30-0 lead. But Williams gets herself into the next point. She pulls Muguruza forward with a drop shot and the Spaniard balloons an ugly backhand long and wide. She’s not turned up yet. She nets a forehand to make it 30-all and Williams earns a break point with a forehand winner. That seems to spark Muguruza into life and she saves it with some forceful, controlled tennis, forcing the error out of Williams with a big forehand. But Williams has another chance thanks to some snappy play at the net. It’s a good time for Muguruza to hit her first ace. Eventually, after an intense struggle, Muguruza clings on to her serve.

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14:27
First set: Williams* 2-1 Muguruza (*denotes server): The early signs suggest that the Williams serve is working, not least when she moves into a 30-0 lead with a bouncing second serve ace that completely catches out Muguruza. The Spaniard hasn’t got going yet. She nets a forehand to make it 40-0. She can take some encouragement from a gorgeous backhand winner down the line for 40-15, but Williams holds without any drama.

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14:24
First set: Williams 1-1 Muguruza* (*denotes server): Muguruza is still warming up here, pushing a forehand long for 15-all, but two big serves take her to 40-15. Williams nets a couple of returns. But then she finds her range, battering a backhand down the line off a tempting second serve. Muguruza does enough to hold to 30, though, Williams drifting a backhand wide.

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14:21
First set: Williams* 1-0 Muguruza (*denotes server): And play! It seems that Garbine Muguruza won the toss and elected to receive, so it’s Serena Williams to get this French Open final underway. Here’s an early chance to assess her injury, then, and everything seems to be in full working order as she wins the first two points and takes a 40-0 lead with an ace. She holds to love, easy as you like.

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14:19

It’s time. The final is about to begin. The atmosphere is building on Philippe-Chatrier.

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14:14
Tok! Tok! Tokity tok! They’re knocking up. Williams looks fine. No sign of any injury at all. It was a ruse! Or was it? We’ll soon know for sure/

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14:08

Here come the players! They’ve both given brief and terse interviewers in the tunnel, neither of them particularly happy to have to give up their valuable time to utter a few television-friendly inanities, but that’s out of the way now and they can concentrate on the main event.

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13:52
The word from Eurosport’s Annabel Croft is that Serena Williams did not leave the practice court in the best of moods. She wasn’t chasing too many balls and failed to move with any fluency. At the end of the session, she sloped off without saying a word to her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. Don’t get carried away, though, it could all be an act, the prelude to a 6-0, 6-0 victory for the world No1.

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13:47


US player Serena Williams (L) congratulates Spain's Garbine Muguruza on winning their women's final. EUROSPORT.COM

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13:45
On Eurosport, Jo Durie reckons that Serena Williams is annoyed with Marion Bartoli for letting the world know about her injury. It’s news that probably could have stayed in the locker room. But it only serves to make this final even more fascinating. Will it play on Muguruza’s mind, putting her off, relaxing her too much? Or will Williams simply not have enough movement?

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13:17
While we wait for the players, perhaps we can draw inspiration from this Muhammad Ali quote:

Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Serena Williams needed all her resolve to win her quarter-final and semi-final matches. Now she’s in the final. She’s carrying an injury. We know she has the skill. But will she have the strength of character to deny Garbine Muguruza?

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JUNE 4 -LAST' YEAR'S PHOTO NEWS OF WILLIAMS & MARGURUZA: WIMBLEDON 2015 WOMEN FINAL: SERENA WILLIAMS VS. GARBINE MUGURUZA BLANCO Posted on July 10, 2015. It is not very much of a surprise to see Serena Williams in the final for the third grand slam in row this this season. Serena Williams does not have many years left in her career and she is aiming to win her 21st Grand Slam title by winning Wimbledon 2015 against the talented and rising star Garbine Muguruza Scarlet Blanco from Spain. It is a surprise for many to see Garbine Muguruza in the final. The draw was no near favorable for her to easily reach the final, but she did it. There is also no doubt that Muguruza has earned her spot in the final, enduring a rugged draw filled with in-form veterans.S. Williams vs. G. Muguruza To have Serena in the Wimbledon final, I think, is the hardest match you can have, Muguruza said. If you want to win a Grand Slam, when you dream, you say, ‘I want Serena in the final.’It’s because Serena’s an immense champion,” Mouratoglou said. “She has the impression that the title belongs to her, so she’s coming to collect her property. It’s really a very unusual state of mind. GOOGLE.COM/SEARCH

Preamble

Bonjour! What’s your favourite number? 21 is useful in some cases. You’ll like seeing it if you’re playing Blackjack, for example, and you’ll like being it if you’re after a legal drink in America. But Serena Williams must be sick of 21 and not just because she spent last night watching this. When she won the Wimbledon final last year, the assumption was that William would be on 23 grand slam titles by the time she arrived at Roland Garros this year, a rare calendar slam in the bag, Steffi Graf’s Open era record obliterated, Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 titles in her sights.

And how wrong were we? First the chance to win all four majors in one year - for the first time since Graf’s golden 1988 campaign - slipped out of the world No1’s grasp when she was stunned in her US Open semi-final by the unfancied Italian outsider, Roberta Vinci, who didn’t even have the good grace to go on and win the bloody thing, losing the final to Flavia Pennetta. Devastated, Williams would not pick up her racket again in 2015, and although she was back for more at the start of this year, there was further disappointment when she lost to Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open final.

Another shock, another slap in the face, another missed opportunity. Weaker women might have capitulated. At the age of 34, But not Williams, not when there are still new records to write. She remains the best there is and, though her place in the Hall of Fame was secured long ago, could yet become the best there was. One short of Graf’s haul of 22 titles, Williams is one win away from making more history.

But her opponent in today’s French Open final should not be underestimated. Williams knows Garbine Muguruza well. The young Spaniard was on the other side of the net in the Wimbledon final last year and she handled herself well in a 6-4, 6-4 defeat and although Williams leads their head-to-head record 3-1, that one defeat is informative, occurring in the second round of the French Open two years ago, Muguruza announcing herself as a major talent with a 6-2, 6-2 win. The 22-year-old – who could become the first Spanish woman to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen since Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beat the USA’s Monica Seles in 1998 - was excellent in her comprehensive semi-final victory over Sam Stosur and will surely take encouragement from the news that Williams, who looked shaky in victories over Yulia Putintseva and Kiki Bertens, is struggling with an adductor injury. If Williams can’t move properly against the world No4, Muguruza will have a wonderful chance of winning her first grand slam title.

One way or another, someone’s making some history today.


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