Las Vegas, NV-Yesterday an enthusiastic crowd of not only media, but a litany of fans awaited Floyd Mayweather’s arrival at Mayweather Boxing Club in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas. Zab Judah, David Hasselhoff and rapper Lil’ Kim also were in attendance.
Mayweather Media day
Floyd’s grand arrival was roughly minutes after 4pm. He initially fielded questions for boxing writers in the outside tent on what was an extremely windy day in Sin City.
He then went inside the gym and did video and audio interviews with the various media outlets. As much criticism as the brash sports star gets, he obviously loves the media attention but made sure to try his best to give as many one on one interviews as time allowed. He also got down on the pads and did mitt work and well as other various exercises. Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money fight in boxing history on May 2nd.
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing like watching fights on American Network TV and the two Premier Boxing Champion cards on NBC thus far, as well as the CBS show of last Saturday, people are watching with NBC capturing the major demographics of 18-49 with both prime time shows.
SOME STARS WITH POTENTIAL FOR MORE
The stars have included Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee, Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Having never been an ardent admirer of Peterson, I thought he performed admirably considering Garcia was supposed smoke Lamont like a Brookyln blunt.
RAZOR THIN MATCH WENT TO DANNY
The fight was so close that it boiled down to one round going in another direction and the decision could have instead of a MD 12 win for Garcia, would have been a draw or a Peterson win.
San Francisco, CA- A disturbing episode of the A & E TV series “Gangland” brought me back to 1991 and one of the scintillating fights of the modern era. It was mid-Saturday afternoon on the left coast and the recently departed Cedric “I Was The Walrus” Kushner was promoting a card on PPV for $14.95. The bill was topped by Robert Quiroga defending his IBF 115 lb. belt against “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe in a San Antonio, TX battle that was the “Ring Magazine1991 Fight of The Year.”
DANNY GARCIA-LAMONT PETERSON TOP NBC BILL San Francisco, CA- There is no speculation when it comes to who sits atop the jr. welterweight division as Danny Garcia has proven he’s the best 140 lb. fighter in the world with wins over Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse being “statement” making events. His, what some thought was a lackluster win over Mauricio Herrera in 2014 in a Puerto Rican homecoming was nothing to rant about with some saying he didn’t win. That being said, the Philadelphia tiger will face Lamont Peterson in a match set for 143 lbs on NBC TV Saturday evening. For the record, Peterson holds the IBF belt at 140, which for the life of me I can’t fathom how seeing Matthyyse drilled him a few fights back.
San Francisco, CA- While walking off a meal one evening in rural Ohio, Prentiss Byrd, once a partner in Kronk Boxing with Emanuel Steward in Motown, uttered the following words. “You know, the (boxing) game is dead. We’re just stepping over dead bodies.”
MAN OF MYSTERY BRINGS BOXING BACK
Fast forward 15 years and the “game of boxing” is making an almost unprecedented comeback under the guidance of Harvard alumni Al Haymon. Seemingly as mysterious as the late billionaire Howard Hughes, of whom there was only one picture of him since like 1938 before dying in 1976. Today there are only three photos of Al Haymon in existence.
FOLLOWING UK BLUEPRINT TO REVIVE GAME?
Years ago, the Brit’s realized that their boxing was lagging and that the glory once bestowed the country that first brought us gloved prize fights in the late 1800’s was gone. The amateur system wasn’t producing quality talent and thus the promoters didn’t have quality guys they could nurture and develop into national and or international stars.
San Francisco, CA- The impediment in making the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in 2010 was Manny’s refusal to adhere to random testing of his blood and urine, something he agreed to in order to make the May 2 fight with Mayweather happen.
DOPE POLICE CORNER MANNY
On Saturday, representatives of the U.S. Anti Doping Assn. arrived unannounced. At the time, Manny had both blood drawn and supplied urine for testing. Mayweather will be randomly tested as well.
LOOKIN’ FOR STEROIDS, EPO & HGH
The substances the US Anti Doping officials are looking for include Anabolic Steroids (Testosterone), Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Erythropoietin (EPO) and other banned substances.
San Francisco, CA- When you mention the name “Gracie,” you’re either talking a 1950s TV sitcom, or the family that spawned Gracie Jiu Jitsu and from that came the form of competition we know today as the Ultimate Fighting Championships. That being said, former UFC fighter and now trainer/manager told the Japanese news service Tatame, “Everybody is taking (steroids). The difference is that Anderson (Silva) probably lost control of when the substance would be out of his body.”
RENZO ON USING & NOT USING STEROIDS
“Fighters who don’t use (PEDs) can’t compete in this sport. There are some exceptional guys, like Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman. Those two never took anything. I watch them closely. Everybody takes (steroids), except them. But they are rare cases.”
In the first and only press conference, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao faced off for the first time in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday. Unfortunately the press conference was not open to the public. A possible miscalculation by the events organizers? Is the buzz waning for this mega-matchup two weeks after it was signed?
PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS & NBC SCORE RATINGS VICTORIES
“Big Al” Haymon Method Of Paying Fighters
San Francisco, CA- Seeing that opening bout on NBC was a drama drought between Adrien Broner and John Molina, in other words not even remotely Hagler-Hearns, the numbers weren’t bad and the ratings got better as the program proceeded. The Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero fight peaked at 4.2 million NBC homes.
NBC AIRS FIRST PRIMETIME BOXING IN 30 YEARS
Going prime time for the first time since 1985 and Larry Holmes vs. the late Carl “The Truth” Williams, Haymon had to be all smiles in his confines today which is a bigger secret than ex-VP Dick Cheney’s“Undisclosed Location” on Monday afternoon when he learned that the NBC Network Network numbers were #1 in the 18-49 demographic as well. Premier Boxing Champions gets premier numbers first time out!
UFC FIGHTER ROBBED AT GYM, CATCHES CROOKS AT WALMART
Omaha, Nebraska- Former UFC fighter Ryan Jensen (20-8) had his vehicle broken into by a couple who were caught on videotape outside the gym where he was inside teaching MMA. The crooks, their car, license plate, video of them both were viewed as they cleaned out the car. Anyway Jensen tracks his credit card online and find it’s being used at a nearby Walmart. Jensen drove to the store, found the pair and had to chase the male on foot.
Beijing, China- Well financially it is. No one can dispute that. Most analysts predict the pay per view sales and ticket revenue to gross around $400 million. But it is the people’s excitement over a bout, not its projected sales, that transform it from a mere boxing match into an event. And although the long anticipated bout between ‘pound for pound’ kings Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has certainly set the world in a buzz, the fighters do not represent something larger than themselves or the sport.
Jack “Long Dong” Johnson
MAYWEATHER THE HEEL & PACQUIAO THE BABYFACE
Pacquiao is a deific figure in the Philippines, but there aren’t any large social issues lingering in the backdrop to this bout. The excitement over this matchup is fueled by people’s desire to find out who the best in the world is and with good reason.
SOME HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHTS MEANT MORE THAN MONEY
However, the biggest and most significant fights in history had two things in common. For one, they involved the three greatest Heavyweights of all time which is worth noting since the Heavyweight division has long been the grand stage of the Sweet Science. Secondly, and of more importance, the participants in each of the bouts represented sides of controversial global issues that Mayweather and Pacquiao never will.
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FLOYD MANS UP TO CHALLENGE PACMAN San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with former HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant about the upcoming super fight Mayweather vs Pacquaio. Also reviewed “GGG” Gennady Golovkins impressive stoppage of Martin Murry.
Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)
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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather opens a near 3-1 favorite. PPV reportedly will be around 100 dollars for the HD broadcast. The debate now begins on who will win this mega-matchup that is considered the biggest fight in boxing history!
San Francisco, CA- In the early 80s, I liked pulling Don Stewart’s chain by calling him from the pay phone in the gym and telling him that I was the great Bob Halloran’s producer and I wanted to do a phone interview with him from Miami. Being able to see Don from the phone booth, it was hysterical to watch him thinking he was doing an on-air interview with Halloran, who shot to fame as a Miami TV news reporter who had unlimited access to Muhamad Ali in the early part of both of their careers.
BUST INTO DON’S OFFICE SANS KNOCKING
I’d tell him that we needed to take a commercial break, at which time I would exit the phone booth and bust into his office. “Get outa’ here you hamburger, I’m on the phone with Bob Halloran.” I’d go back to the phone, finish the interview with some unwarranted comments about what a great boxing trainer he was before terminating the call. Don, who stood about 5’7, would emerge from the office like a man of Lebron James height. Over the years, we did this over a dozen times. I told Halloran about this, when he Las Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn’s right hand in the late 1980s over a cocktail and he cracked up.
Las Vegas, NV- This horse has been beaten over and over in boxing’s niche media as well as in major media outlets. For someone not all that familiar with the Sweet Science, they would be led to believe that Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) are the only two fighters of merit in the sport of boxing. Floyd will be 38 years old in three weeks, while Manny is 36. Both at the end of their careers, however both hold three of four major belts at 147 lbs. Mayweather carries the WBC and WBA diadems. Pacquiao is in posession of the WBO trinket.
Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. the scapegoat?
The recognized World welterweight crown is at stake. The February 1st SuperBowl had a record number of viewers. The current “Over and Under” according to Bovada.lv for boxing’s Superbowl type of matchup is 3.15 million PPV buys which is equivalent to at least 150 million. Of the ten best welterweights rated at Boxrec.com, Mayweather and Pacquiao have fought four combined. The other four, Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter are viable, but they are not fighters that the general public is familiar with. Brook and Thurman already have fights scheduled in the coming months.
HBO AND SHOWTIME REALLY TO BLAME?
It appears that both camps want to make the fight, and a lot of blame is going around. People are quick to blame Floyd because as a person he is hard to like. He comes off as being arrogant or worse and has had trouble in and with the press. His reckless personal life has been on display for all on Twitter and Instagram as well as his legal matters. However people dislike Floyd and believe he has blinded them from trying to see what the real obstacle is here.