Cotto Vs. Canelo: Cotto speaks on being stripped of WBC belt

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Less than a week away from the big Pay-Per-View showdown between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, the World Boxing Council (WBC) stripped Cotto of his middleweight strap.

Cotto (40-4, 33 knockouts) explained why his belt was taken away and he claims it is because of “greed” shown by the WBC.

After deciding to forgo paying a total of $1.1 million in fees, made up of a step aside fee of $800,000 to by pass a mandatory bout with Gennady Golovkin and a $300,000 sanctioning fee for his WBC belt, the Puerto Rican boxing icon was stripped of his 160-pound belt.

“I think the greed in the organization needs to stop,” Cotto said. “I’m not angry. Would you rather keep $1.1 million in your banking account, or pay it to one organization?”

Alvarez  (45-1-1, 32 KOs) can still win the belt in the Saturday night clash, but if Cotto wins all he gets is the admiration that comes with a victory in addition to keeping a tad over $1 million tucked away in his bank account. Looks like win or lose, Cotto still wins in the long run.

Klitschko vs Fury: Klitschko pulls out of Oct. 24 bout with Fury due to injury

Courtesy: Wladimir Klitschko's Instagram.
Courtesy: Wladimir Klitschko’s Instagram.

Longtime reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had postponed his upcoming title fight against Tyson Fury scheduled for Oct. 24, because of an injured calf.

Klitschko took to social media to send a message out to his fan base.

“Dear Fans, I’m sorry to tell you that I have to postpone my fight against Tyson Fury due to minor injury,” Klitschko said on his Instagram account.  “I’m working hard to rescheduling the fight, and as soon as I know I will keep you posted about the new date.”

A message to my fans.

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The undefeated Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) had a lot of people thinking that he could give Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) a run for his money as he posses a professional record to 24-0, but with the setback, he and the boxing world will have to wait to see if he is a serious threat.

The hype started to surround the bout as a press conference held early this week featured Fury donning a Batman costume making the press conference more entertaining than the average promotional affair.

After such a media attention grabbing stunt it is disappointing that the fight couldn’t build off the buzz that created and given the bout that a lot of fans have been clamoring over.

Let’s hope the bout is rescheduled soon, so the fans can see Klitshcko, who hasn’t lost since 2004, in there ring against a fighter that actually stands a chance for once.

 

Mayweather vs. Berto: Live Stream, TV time and full fight card

Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) and Andre Berto (30-3, 23 Kos) will meet in what is supposedly Money May’s last fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you’re not in Sin City to catch all the action live in person, here is all you need to know to catch Mayweather go for his 49th win in as many fights, while Berto trys and pull off the major upset in a city built on beating the odds.

Undercard

Time: 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m ET

Main Event

Time: 8 p.m. PT/ 11 p.m. ET

Where to watch:

TV: Showtime Pay-Per-View: $64.95 (Standard Definition), $74.95 (High Definition)

Online: CBS All Access live stream

Fight Card:

Courtesy of Magna Media.
Courtesy of Magna Media.

 

Mayweather vs. Berto: Watch full weigh-in and face off for Sept. 12 bout

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to bid boxing farewell in his bout with Andre Berto on Saturday, Sept. 12 the two fighters took to the scales to officially weigh in for their welterweight title bout.

Both fighters made the 147-pound limit, with Mayweather (48-0. 26 KOs) coming in at 146 pounds and Berto (30-3, 23 KOs ) weighing 145 pounds in front of about 6,000 boxing fans, making the fight official.

After both fighters made weight they stood face-to-face for the final time before stepping into the ring at the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM, and the stare down got intense.

At one point, after Berto crossed his arms and was giving Mayweather a cocky stare, to which the two exchanged some words, which eventually spread to both fighters camps going back and forth shortly after.

The added chirpiness could bolster the hype behind this bout one day out from fight night, as there hasn’t been as much buzz surrounding the showdown as most feel that Berto is not deserving as others in the welterweight division to win the Mayweather sweepstakes.

Berto is a 12/1 underdog in most Vegas casinos and he is looking to end Mayweather’s pristine 19-year career on a sour note and but a one at the end of his record. 48 other also have came into a fight with Mayweather thinking they could give him a loss and none have been able to pull off the feat.

Tomorrow might be the final chance for anyone to defeat Mayweather, as he said he is calling it quits after the bout, so if Berto can go for broke and not mid taking punches to land punches, as he has done in previous fights, then there is a slight chance that he can can pull off what most think is the impossible .

The world will find out tomorrow if Berto has what it takes, and who knows with it being Mayweather’s supposed last bout something strange could happen, but chances are Mayweather notches the 49th win of his career and rides into the sunset with a perfect record and a stacked bank account to boot.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto: Money May on life after boxing; shows off $20K watch

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The media circus that is a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight week is in full swing, as all fighters on the card have spoken to the media of two days of news conferences, with Mayweather garnering the most attention, of course.

As Money May as stated several times since announcing he would be fight Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, Set. 12, this will be his last fight and despite saying it is over and over, he still asked about it every chance the media gets to speak to the 48-0 fighter.

At the news conference Wednesday for Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) and Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), Money May was again asked a question relating to it being his last hurrah, and Mayweather explained that he isn’t looking at it any different than any other bout in his 19-year career.

“I just want to go do my job. I really just want to do my job and be the best at what I do, stay focused and go out there and be the best,” Mayweather said. “Everybody is saying, ‘ah man this is my last press conference, ah man it’s my last time talking to the media.’ I’m going to talk to you guys again. Next time one of my fighters is going to be sitting right here, I’m going to be sitting here and Leonard is going to be sitting right there and we’ll have to coach him about longevity… we have to coach him on what to say and we have to coach him on what not to say.”

With Mayweather already speaking as if has readied himself for life after his professional fighting career is over, it seems more believable than it did at the beginning of fight week that Money May might actually be 100 percent serious about hanging up his gloves after Saturday night’s fight.

Mayweather is looking to end his career with a bang as he has been talking of trying to end the fight early all week, and Wednesday was no exception.

“We want to win,” he said. “We going after the target full force. ”

Mayweather ended his time with the press by doing what he does best outside the ring, flaunt his wealth. He showed off his WBC-themed watch that he said was a gift that is worth over $20’000.

With Mayweather accomplishing about everything he can in boxing, it could be perfect timing for him to walk away from the sport that has given him so much over his almost two decade career.

Watch: Full All Access: Mayweather vs. Berto Episode 1

Courtesy of Showtime.
Courtesy of Showtime.

With just two weeks until what could be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s last fight when he takes on Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the first episode of the documentation series, All Access gives viewers an insight to both fighters camps as they prepare for their showdown Sept. 12.

The episode revolves around Mayweather’s career coming to an end, and show that family life is becoming the driving force in his life, not the sport that earned him the fame and the fortune he enjoys today.

But don’t get it wrong, Mayweather is still motivated by money, made clear by him punching a heavy bag at his Mayweather Boxing Club while holding a large wad of one hundred dollar bills.

While, in Oakland, the series shows Berto trying to get is career back to where it was before losing to Victor Ortiz, Jesus Soto Karass and Robert Guerrero in a span of four fights, two of them Mayweather’s past victims, as he is working with former trainer of the year Virgil Hunter. He fought his last two bouts under Hunter, both wins, and he’s looking to parlay that into the biggest win of his career.

If Berto can get back to what he was before the Ortiz loss, he stands a chance to hand Mayweather his first loss, but that’s if he can get to Mayweather, which no one has been able to. Berto can take some punishment and keep going, so he might take more risks than previous opponents to get inside with Mayweather, and that’s the only way he stands a chance at pulling of the monumental upset.

High Stakes: Mayweather vs. Berto, a 12-round welterweight world championship bout for Mayweather’s WBC and WBA 147-pound titles,  takes place Saturday,Sept. 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be televised by Showtime PPV.

Mayweather vs. Berto: Money May treating ‘last fight’ just like any other

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With longtime pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. claiming he’s hanging up his gloves for good after his Sept. 12 showdown with Andre Berto, the 48-0 fighter isn’t treating this bout any different from the rest.

Mayweather explained that despite his over 20-year career, one that has netted him hundreds of millions of dollars, that he isn’t about to make this a sentimental affair.

“Boxing was just a part of my life,” Mayweather said. “Just a steppingstone to become a promoter in the sport of boxing.”

One reason for Mayweather not regretting his decision to walk away is that he is still a healthy, fully functional person, something that cant be said for most fighters who’ve fought as long as Money May, especially at the top level as he’s been at for the better part of the last decade.

“Most fighters that have retired didn’t have a choice,” Mayweather said. “Being in hard battles, taking ass whoopings  will retire you. I’m in the game of dishing it out, not taking it, and that’s what’s so cool.  I want to tell every young fighter… don’t take any punishment. Be smart. The name of the game is called sweet science, to hit and not get hit.”

As he prepares to step away from the sport that he’s all but carried on his back for the past several years, he feels the biggest impact he’s left on the sport is based on what else, money.

“Financially,the game is totally different because of me,” Money May explained. “You’ve never seen a weigh in so huge… It’s just safe to say that it’s the Mayweather era.”

So if Mayweather keeps his word and this is in fact his last fight that should be reasons enough to draw a healthy amount of pay-per-view buys alone, even if most fans are disappointed with Berto being chosen as his opponent.

Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure, the sport of boxing won’t be the same with out Mayweather fighting in the ring, and even if you don’t think about it know, you will miss cheering him on, or hoping he get knocked out once he does walk into the sunset.

High Stakes: Mayweather vs. Berto, a 12-round welterweight world championship bout for Mayweather’s WBC and WBA 147-pound titles,  takes place Saturday,Sept. 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be televised by Showtime PPV.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto: Money May spars ahead of Sept. 12 bout

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. media day is always a spectacle, one that up until Wednesday consisted of the same general activities.

Mayweather would show up, at least two hours late, in a fancy car, then make his way inside to speak with media, then he would go through some training drills which include punching drills, speed bag among other routines.

All that remained true, except Mayweather threw a new wrinkle in his media day leading up to his Sept. 12 bout with Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden, he included sparring in his media showcase.

With Mayweather saying he will retire after this bout, presumably with a 49-0 mark, he might have wanted to show what we usually only got to see on All Access, as sort of a bon voyage.

He sparred for a good half hour, giving the media in attendance a solid show and working up a drenching sweat in the always sweltering Mayweather Boxing Club.

Giving unusual access to a sparring event is an indicator that Money May might actually be serious that he is done after Berto, but it’s tough to believe that with a possible big event lingering over his head.

So it remains to be seen if Mayweather will actually hang up his gloves for good after next month’s bout, but with the opening of the AEG/MGM Arena next to the New York New York Hotel Casino on the strip just 245 days away, most agree that there is no way anyone but Mayweather opens up the state of the art arena.

Watch: Floyd Mayweather rolls up to media day in $4.8 million car

MAyweather Car

When you are the highest paid athlete in the world two years running one might expect you to have a luxurious automobile, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been known to live up to the hype.

Taking his car collection to the next level Mayweather pulled up to the latest media day, this time for his Sept. 12 bout versus Andre Berto in a one-of-two in the world, $4.8 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

Mayweather said that the car is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and that it’s “for the super rich,” which Mayweather is, especially after netting $300 million for his May bout with Manny Pacquiao.

Money May then proceeded to have a few of his other uber-expensive cars parked next to his new toy, just to display how wealthy he is.

Three Bugatti’s and a Ferrari were set up next to his Koenigsegg, making his parking lot car quintuple worth almost $11 million.

Mayweather is sure to make around $40 million more for his bout at the MGM Grand next month, which he claims is his last, so he can retire and maybe alternate his car collection to make sure he gets his money worth.

Sergey Kovalev dominates NadJib Mohammedi; Jean Pascal nets controversial decision

Kovalev - Mohammedi Weigh-in. Credit: David Spagnolo
Kovalev – Mohammedi Weigh-in. Credit: David Spagnolo

Coming into the bout Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, little was known about Sergey Kovalev’s opponent, Nadjib Mohammedi, and after they won’t know much else than he was another victim of “Krusher.”

Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) carried out what most thought would happen by stopping Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KOs) in the third round with a crushing right then a left to add insult to injury, which he didn’t not make the 10-count. It is believed that Mohammedi broke left orbital bone from the initial right hand, which displays how powerful Kovalev is.

Before the big stoppage, Kovalev, the WBA, WBO and IBF champion, had a solid first, not landing much of significance, but Mohammedi did little on the offensive realm, which had to get Kovalev’s KO radar going.

In the second Kovalev knocked Mohammedi down midway though the round, and despite hounding him the rest of the round, Mohammedi escaped for one last round of punishment.

After stopping Mohammedi, Kovalev was asked about the possibility of a rematch with Jean Pascal who won a controversial unanimous decision the bout before and Kovalev said if the fans wanted it he was game.

Kovalev admitted that he only caught a round or tow of Pascal’s bout in his dressing room, but from what he saw, he thought his opponent, Yuniesky Gonzalez won, as did  the majority of media.

Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) and Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) gave fight fans a great show, which included several exchanges laced with power shots, but in most instances, it appeared Gonzlaez got the best of Pascal in those exchanges.

Pascal was visibly wobbled multiple times in the fight, but never met the canvas, and displayed that even though his punches lacked the power they usually do, he could still take a shot with the best of them.

Pascal ended up winning with 96-94 scores from all three judges, (I had it 96-94 for Gonzalez), and is now in line for a rematch with Kovalev.

There were rumors that Kovalev could face Pascal next, but Mike Coppinger of USA Today tweeted out that Kovalev’s promoter, Kathy Duva, said that Kovlaev would be back Nov. 28 in Moscow and that they would offer the bout to Artur Beterbiev,  who is with Al Haymon. Duva has been very vocal about this week, so the chances that takes place are slim.

So if the location runs true, it looks like Pascal will have to travel to Kovalev’s home country as Kovlaev did in their first fight, when he went to Canada to take on Pascal, even though Kovalev was the champion.

So who knows who Kovalev will face next, but it probably doesn’t matter much, as the bout is destine to end early no matter who he fights next, unless it’s Andre Ward, but that bout is rumored to take place in 2016.

So in a night that had no surprise ending in the main event, Kovalev reigns supreme and added one more highlight reel KO to send shivers down the rest of the 175-pound division’s spines.