Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: Super Bowl of boxing could be signed ‘in next couple of days’

Photo Credit: Miami Heat Twitter account.
Photo Credit: Miami Heat Twitter account.

As the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks prepare to duke it out on the football field in the NFL’s Super Bowl Sunday, the boxing world’s version of the event could be a done deal by then, as reports state that a Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao deal is near.

Geroge Mills of the New York Post reported that Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said that the much-anticipated fight could be signed by the weekend’s end.

“Everybody is doing the right thing,” Arum told The NY Post Friday. “We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done.”

When the hype behind a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao super-bout began to fizzle a bit after strong rumors of the pending bout throughout January, a chance meeting at the Miami Heat versus Milwaukee Bucks game earlier this week lead to the two fighters meeting at Pac-man’s hotel to discuss the bout on a personal level.

The key topic according to reports was hashing out the television deal that would involve HBO (Pacquiao) and CBS/Showtime (Mayweather) and how the bout would be produced.

With that issue said to be taken care of at their around hour long chat, everything looks to be in place to finally give the fans the fight they have waited half a decade to witness.

“The issues are being narrowed down to extraordinarily small points,” Arum said. “I’m optimistic it will all be put together in the next couple of days.”

With the blizzard that affected the northeast, cancelling and delaying flights, it looks like mother nature had enough of the two fighters ducking each other and lead the two to their first in person meeting ever.

The bout is set to be held at Mayweather’s home away from home (albeit just a few miles away from his main Las Vegas residence) the MGM Grand on May 2, which is fine with Arum, but he wishes a larger venue could of been agreed upon, to let more fans witness the event live.

The Grand Garden in the MGM seats around 16,800 total for a boxing event, which can net all involved around a $40 million live gate with increased pricing levels.

“To me it doesn’t do boxing justice being in a small arena like that,” Arum said. “But if that’s what it takes to make the fight, that’s what we’ll do.”

Another source of revenue is the closed-circut seats sold throughout MGM’s sister properties across the Strip. For Mayweather’s bout against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2013, the MGM sold over 26,000 closed-circuit seats that amassed just over $2.6 million dollars more.

Super Sunday could become an even bigger day in the sports world, as the announcement of the fight of the decade could send sports fans worldwide into a frenzy long after the Patriots and Seahawks settle their differences on the field.

 

Dana White does not know where UFC 183 headliner Nick Diaz is

UFC 183 headliner Nick Diaz is nowhere to be found in Las Vegas just days before his monumental middleweight collision against Anderson Silva, and Dana White has hit Twitter to ask if anyone has seen him.

Diaz has been missing in action for quite some time in fact, as he did not show up for the first taping of “Embedded” as well, missing his scheduled flight to Vegas.

Does anyone know where Nick Diaz is? #UFC183

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We will keep you updated as this story unfolds.

Luke Rockhold’s hilarious depiction of UFC middleweight title race

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Apparently former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is not only an exceptional fighter, but he is a pretty hilarious guy to boot!

In his latest Instagram post, the No. 5 ranked contender posted an artists’ rendition of the UFC middleweight title race.

In order from left to right we have Anderson “The Spider” Silva, Nick Diaz, Yoel Romero, Luke Rockhold, Lyoto Machida, and Jacare Souza.

With Rockhold slated to fight Machida in the main event of UFC on FOX 15 this April, a victory over “The Dragon” could catapult Rockhold into a UFC title shot.

Jon Jones takes shot at Daniel Cormier following UFC 182 victory

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Even following his dominant victory over bitter rival Daniel Cormier this weekend at UFC 182, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was still irked by how much trash-talking Cormier did prior to their monumental title bout.

Heading into the fight, Cormier was extremely confident in his Olympic-caliber wrestling, noting he could take Jones down “100 times”.

Once the two men got into the cage, however, it was a completely different story with the champion having the clear wrestling advantage, earning three takedowns compared to Cormier’s one.

After the victory, Jones took to Instagram to take one last shot at Cormier:

CORMIER: “If I decide to take Jon Jones down 100 times, I’ll take him down a 100 times”

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UFC 182: ‘Jones vs Cormier’ weigh-in results and staredown pic

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The UFC 182 title fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is now official.

Both men made weight today prior to their highluy anticipated showdown tomorrow evening in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In one of the most anticipated weigh-ins in history, Jones and Cormier did not even look at each other during the face off. Check out the strange face off below:

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Here are the full UFC 182 weigh-in results:

Main Card (10 pm ET):

Jon Jones (205) vs. Daniel Cormier (205)
Donald Cerrone (155.5) vs. Myles Jury (155.5)
Nate Marquardt (185.5) vs. Brad Tavares (185)
Louis Gaudinot (125) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (125)
Hector Lombard (170.5) vs. Josh Burkman (171)

FOX Sports 1 Preliminary Card (8 pm ET):

Danny Castillo (156) vs. Paul Felder (156)
Marcus Brimage (136) vs. Cody Garbrandt (135.5)
Shawn Jordan (261) vs. Jared Cannonier (235)
Evan Dunham (155.5) vs. Rodrigo Damm (156)

UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Card (7 pm ET):

Omari Akhmedov (170.5) vs. Mats Nilsson (171)
Alexis Dufresne (138)* vs. Marion Reneau (135.5)

UFC 182: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s heated staredown at media day

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UFC 182 cannot come fast enough for UFC champion Jon Jones and No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier.

After months of trash talking, the bitter rivals are just one day away from putting their hands on each other inside the Octagon.

After UFC 182 media day yesterday, Jones and Cormier had yet another incredibly tense staredown. If UFC President Dana White was not in the middle of the two behemoths, they may have come to blows once again.

Check out the staredown in the video below:

With the UFC 182 weigh-ins going down later today, expect more fireworks prior to the action tomorrow evening.

Dana White: Conor McGregor gets title shot with victory over Dennis Siver

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The Irish superstar may be fighting for UFC gold sooner than you think.

Conor McGregor, who is 4-0 inside the Octagon, will earn a UFC title shot if he defeats Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18th.

That is according to UFC president Dana White, who broke the news during a UFC 182 scrum yesterday:

“This fight in Boston, if he wins this fight, he’s going to fight for the title,” White told reporters Thursday at the MGM Grand.

Once the news broke, it did not take long for McGregor to fire a shot at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Aldo would not back down, however, rebutting McGregor just moments later:

“I’m the greatest” “Eu sou o maior ” #eusouorei #eleéobobo #vamostodosjuntos

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This fight certainly can not come soon enough.

[h/t MMAFighting]

Check out this hilariously inappropriate Ronda Rousey trading card

If you are a fan of MMA and trading cards, Topps has you covered with the best UFC cards on the market. From fighter-worn memorabilia to autographs, Topps has got it all.

One specific Topps card made the rounds on social media yesterday, but not for the reason Topps would hope. Take a gander at this autographed Ronda Rousey card:

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The card is supposed to say “1st in her class”, but we bet you see the joke here.

I wonder what Rousey’s reaction to that card would be…

[h/t Reddit MMA]

UFC 183: “Diaz vs Silva” poster unveiled

In just over a month, UFC fans will witness the return of two MMA legends as they face off inside the Octagon in what will be a mammoth main event.

Headlining UFC 183 is none other than the former UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva, taking on the former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz.

As the event nears, expect a ton of promotional hype from UFC. To whet your appetite prior to the video promotion, UFC unveiled the official UFC 183 poster late last evening.

What do you think of the poster? Are you a fan or not? Let us know in the comments below!

Francisco Rivera’s eye needs surgery, rematch with Urijah Faber has uncertain future

Francisco Rivera may have had the opportunity to rectify his controversial UFC 181 defeat to Urijah Faber, but the inadvertent eye poke that Faber ultimately capitalized on for the fight-ending choke did more damage than initially thought.

Both Faber and Rivera noted earlier today that they would be interested in a rematch, but Faber’s caveat was for the rematch to happen sooner rather than later, and more specifically at UFC 182 in January.

Unfortunately for Rivera, he won’t get the opportunity to rematch Faber any time soon as he will be going under the knife for the damage to his eye. Rivera shared the bad news on Instagram this evening.

As of now, there is no way to know how long Rivera will be out for, but you can bet that Faber will be moving on in his career.