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.

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

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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 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi: Full weigh-in video w/ stare down

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Kovalev – Mohammedi Weigh-in. Credit: David Spagnolo

The one man wrecking crew they call the “Krusher,” Sergey Kovalev, will defend his WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight titles Saturday against Nadjib Mohammedi at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) came in at 174.5 pounds while the No. 1 contender, Mohammedi (38-3-0, 23 KOs) came in at 173 pounds for the 12-round affair.

Most are not giving Mohammedi much, if any, chance Saturday night, and he has been posted at as high as a 60-1 underdog, which are numbers reaching James “Buster” Douglas versus Mike Tyson level odds.

A big rematch with Jean Pascal, who fights on the undercard of the event, is said to be agreed upon shall both fighters win this weekend (h/t The Sweet Science), so Kovalev should have plenty of motivation to put forth his best in the bout.

Mohammedi is feeding off all the disrespect he is receiving from fans and media alike, and promises a good fight Saturday.

If he can even give Kovalev a run for his money, Mohammedi is positioned to make a name for himself, but if Kovalev is on his game, which he normally is, the bout should go less than the 12 scheduled rounds.

Weigh-in results:

Fighter
Weight
Weight
Fighter
Sergey Kovalev
174.5
173
Nadjib Mohammedi

Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter: Full Weigh-In for PBC on NBC bout

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Despite a long running relationship going through from amateur ranks into the professional realm together, Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter have been getting chippy in the lead up to their showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and it continued at Friday’s weigh-in.

Broner  (30-1, 22 KOs) refused to shake Porter’s hand after weighing in, which didn’t appear to sit well with his mentor, Floyd Mayweather Jr., which added to the build up between the two camps.

At the final press conference earlier in the week, Broner and Porter’s father, Ken Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), went after each other in a verbal sparring session that was on the brink of a physical altercation.

Broner, who will make $1.35 million, came in at 1431/2 pounds with Porter, who will make $1 million, weighing  in at exactly 144 pounds for the fight being held at a catchweight of 144 pounds . There was also a 10-pound rehydration clause in the fight’s contract that stated neither Broner or Porter could weigh in at 154 pounds Saturday morning, but according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, that is off the contract for the bout.

Taking place Saturday and being aired live on NBC as part the of Premier Boxing Champions series, the fight has huge implications for both Broner and Porter.

Both fighters had a ton of buzz surrounding them, until both suffering losses, and now have the media and fight fans questioning their legitimacy.

Who ever wins the bout will be in line for a title bout in the junior welterweight or welterweight division depending on the victor.

We will see if Broner’s disrespectful antics will add extra motivation to Porter’s attack, as if he need any extra incentive to win this bout.

Errol Spence (16-0, 13 KOs) came in at 149 pounds, making weight for his co-main event bout with last second replacement Phil Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs) who weighed 152 pounds, which was the maximum weight. This was increased due to Lo Greco taking the bout on a few days notice with original opponent Roberto Garcia pulling out of the bout due to weigh issues.

You can catch all the action live on NBC beginning at 8:30 EDT/5:30 PDT Saturday night.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Juan Manuel Marquez breaks down May 2 mega-fight

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After being in the ring with both Floyd Mayweather Jr. (’09) and Manny Pacquiao (’04, ’08, ’11, ’12) before, Juan Manuel Marquez knows both fighters styles in the ring, to an extent that most do not.

As Mayweather and Pacquiao are set to battle Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Marquez shared his thoughts on the fight using Fight Hub’s handy breakdown chart.

Marquez gives detailed assessments for each of the of the 10 categories on the chart.

A surprising pick for Marquez is the chin category, as he famously knocked Pacquiao out old in their December 2012 bout, and Mayweather never being knocked down as a pro.

Going off his personal experience facing the two, Marquez breaks it own to being a even bout going off the chart.

That being said, Marquez still said he thinks that Mayweather has the perfect style to best Pacquiao, and went with Money May as his official winner prediction.