Arum says Mayweather/Pacquiao Negotiations done in “next couple of days”

Story by: Chris Williams

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s counting on putting the final touches to the paperwork for the Floyd Mayweather JrManny Pacquiao mega-fight negotiations for their fight on 5/2 on HBO and Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This being Friday, it means that Arum will be finishing up on the paperwork by this Sunday, the day of the Super Bowl match between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Could this be just a coincidence or is it something done on purpose by Arum?

You’d have to think that the fight being announced during the Super Bowl would be a huge way of kicking off the marketing for the bout, which is expected to bring in anywhere from $250 million to $300 million. With that much loot at stake, Mayweather could walk away with more than $150 million before taxes and expenses are taken out.

“Everybody is doing the right thing,” Arum said to the on 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. The issues are being narrowed down to extraordinarily small points,” Arum said.

So there it is. Arum is close to finalizing the fight and putting it in contract form for both of the two superstars to sign it. Hopefully nothing gets in the way before then to stop the fight from moving forward, because this would be a huge buzz-kill if the negotiations suddenly went down the toilet with the fight so close.

Arum says that the negotiation points have been agreed to between the two fighters, although this is something that Arum has been talking about for weeks now so it’s nothing new on this end. According to the Post, the outstanding issue that needs to be agreed to is the HBO-Showtime involvement. However, they’re expected to have the deal ready within the next couple of days.

Mayweather obviously likes the idea of him pocketing a huge amount of money at one time for this fight. Mayweather will potentially be making 3 to 4 times the normal amount he receives for his fights, which is why this is the perfect bout for him. A rematch between him and Pacquiao would be just gravy for Mayweather.

It would finish out his final fight on his Showtime contract, and put him in a good position to have HBO and Showtime both bidding over him for a short-term contract worth millions.

The money that Mayweather can make for his next contract with one of the two cable giants is astronomical. It’s doubtful that Mayweather will want to sign a long term deal with them, given his age, but a short term deal would still make him a lot of green stuff to help feather his golden nest during his retirement from boxing.

Arum no longer doubts whether Mayweather wants the fight with Pacquiao. The two fighters’ recent meeting this week during the Miami Heat – Milwaukee Bucks game last Tuesday now has Arum convinced that Mayweather is ready to sign the contract once the final issues have been hammered out.

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Premier Boxing Champions Conference Call Quotes


The Premier Boxing Champions series begins on Saturday, March 7 on NBC  at 8:30pm.

The participants took part in an international conference call and here is what they had to say below:

Keith Thurman: Robert’s never been stopped and when I hear a fighter’s never been stopped, I hear that as a challenge…we’re looking for a fight that lasts less than twelve rounds, but we’ll be prepared no matter what the outcome…I’m going to do a little wrestling in my training camp…he’s not going to be able to surprise me by roughhousing me on the inside.

Unlike Mayweather, I like diversity. I want to fight the boxers, I want to fight the punchers, I want to fight the world, baby!

After March 7, they can no longer say ‘Who has Keith “One Time” Thurman ever fought?’

This is a measuring stick to outperform Mayweather in his hometown.

Robert Guerrero: I think this is going to be even bigger (than Guerrero’s fight with Floyd Mayweather) with the viewing audience that comes with NBC. I’m very excited about it and focused and ready to go.

Keith hasn’t fought nobody like me.

Mayweather is fast. On his feet and with his hands. That guy (Thurman’s last opponent Leonard Bundu) was no comparison at all. If you’re comparing stuff like that (being an Olympian and being undefeated), it’s laughable.

Adrien Broner: I’m just ready to put on a show. I know John Molina’s gonna come swinging for the fences. This could be a big turnaround for his career. If he beats Adrien Broner who knows where his career can go? John Molina’s not the enemy though. I like him. He’s kind of cool. He can hang with me one day.

I know he’s rough, and tough and as cool as Cheeto Puffs, but I’m the man, man. I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. I’m the “Can Man.” Anybody can get it and John Molina’s the one that’s gonna have to take this beating on March 7.

I definitely will be world champion at 140lbs one day. I feel like with my skills, if I come in and do what I gotta do, it’s a great chance that I do stop John Molina.

John Molina: I feel like I’ll be the stronger man in the ring…I’m 100% confident that I’ll be able to implement my will and do what I have to do to come victorious that night.

To me I can care less what Adrien Broner brings to the table. I don’t worry about what he’s doing in his camp. I have things that I have to work on in my camp in order to become victorious that night…on March 7 we’ll find out who really is the truth.

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Mosley, Jr added to Foxwoods Undercard on FNF!

MEMosley, Jr added to Foxwoods Undercard on FNF!

Press ReleaseBefore ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ audience witnesses the lightweight main event between Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) and Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs), they will view an undercard that includes Shane Mosley, Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs), Cuba’s Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and others. Barrera is taking on ex-IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) for eight rounds of action in the light heavyweight division. California’s Mosley, Jr. (2-1), is taking on Rafael Machado (0-2) for four middleweight rounds. In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off.

Barrera had a stellar 2014 with four wins and three knockouts. In his last fight on the Kovalev-Hopkins undercard, he stopped Rowland Bryant in the fourth round. Lacy also defeated his last opponent, Timothy Hall, Jr.

Mosley has been training in Foxwoods with his father, Sugar Shane Mosley, as part of the reality television series Knockout. The 24-year old Mosley suffered his first career loss in his last fight against Marchristopher Adkins.

Machado is still looking for his first career win.

In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off. The undefeated Tapia is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over Paul Jennette in June of last year. Oltmanns is looking to snap a three fight losing streak. In his last fight he was stopped by Matt Godfrey in the fifth round.

Light heavyweights Larry Pryor (9-8, 5 KOs) of Washington, DC and Charles Foster (6-0, 3 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut will face off for six rounds. Pryor has won his last two fights in a row after suffering a six-round unanimous decision loss to Barrera at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA in April. In his last fight, he defeated Rayco Saunders via a six-round unanimous decision. The undefeated Foster knocked out Robert Jackson in the first round on the undercard of the Mchunu-Wilson card at Foxwoods in September.

Local favorite Cassius Chaney of New London, Connecticut will make his professional debut in a four-round heavyweight match-up with Antonio Assermelly (0-2) of Vesterly, Rhode Island.

Finally, undefeated Philadelphian big man Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore (6-0, 5 KOs) will square off against Carlos Reyes of (6-5-1, 4 KOs) of Kuarny, Arizona for four rounds of cruiserweight action. Whitmore has knocked out his last five opponents in a row. Most recently he stopped Lamont Capers in the fourth round at Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania back in August of 2014. The southpaw, Reyes, is coming off a second round stoppage of Mike Bissett last month in St. Petersburg, Fl.

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Undefeated Kyrone Davis set to face Jonathan Garcia this Saturday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (January 27 2015)–This Saturday night at the 2300 Arena, undefeated Middleweight Kyrone Davis will take on veteran Jonathan Garcia in a 6-round bout on a show promoted by King’s Promotions.

The main event will see undefeated Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KO’s) of Orocovis, Puerto Rico taking on Hector Munoz (23-13-1, 15 KO’s) of Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 8-round Jr. Middleweight fight.

Davis out of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 5-0 with three knockouts and the former amateur standout is excited about his fight this Saturday.

“Training went well. I know that Garcia is a durable guy who has fought good competition. My goal on Saturday is to put on a good, clean performance. Not to get hit and give everyone a good show for my first fight in Philly,”said the 20 year-old Davis.

Davis was 91-9 as an amateur, who won two National PAL tournaments and competed in Olympic trials is looking forward to his local debut.

“Even know I was born in New Jersey and live in Delaware, I train in Philadelphia. I have not fought here professionally and I am coming back to show everyone what I am doing. I am going to fight smart and push for the knockout. I just want to be a great pro.” Continue reading

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Rios Crushes Alvarado!

imageStory by:  Robert Uzzell

In the third and most likely final episode of the Rios/Alvarado trilogy, the outcome became apparent halfway through the first round. A very focused and determined Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) dominated Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) from the opening bell en route to a third round stoppage.

Rios landed uppercuts, body shots, and hooks at will as Alvarado seemed to be somewhere else, anywhere else than the ring in 1st Bank Center. Alvarado attempted to switch to a southpaw stance, but Rios kept applying the pressure to the hometown fighter.

Rios’s sweat equity paid off in the third as he dropped Alvarado with a big uppercut. Prior to the knockdown, it was Rios who landed at least three other uppercuts to Alvarado, who was already busted up.

At the end of the third round, referee Jay Nady went to Alvarado’s corner to ask him if he wanted to continue. There seemed to be confusion and it appeared that his trainer gave his affirmation that Mike would come out for another round. Mike at first didn’t give a clear answer, but then appeared to agree that he was coming out for more action. Then more confusion. The fight was stopped and Rios was declared the winner by TKO. Alvarado cleared things up (At least I think) during the post fight interview.

Alvarado: “I was still getting in my zone, moving and whatnot, but he hit my left eye with an uppercut. I couldn’t see. My vision wasn’t there so I made the call.

“I’m not done yet, at all. I was far from being at my best. I guarantee everybody in this place, I will be back.

“It was all in the preparation of my training. I wasn’t training like I should have been. That’s what I get. I gotta get back to the drawing board and get back on it. I ain’t done yet. I’m not making excuses for myself saying ‘at least I gave it all I got.’ I didn’t give it all I got, so that’s what I get. Whatever…I wasn’t prepared as I should have been. That’s what I get. It is what it is. Whatever.”

Rios: “I knew what I had to do. I had to come prepared because that could have been the end of my career. I don’t want that to happen. I still have a lot of gas in my tank and I did’t want it to end like this. I never thought it was gonna be easy. Alvarado’s a warrior and I knew he could bounce back with good shots. He’s got power in both hands so I had to take my time, be patient, listen to my corner, all the instructions, I followed the gameplan from camp, be disciplined and I came out victorious.

“Whatever Cameron Dunkin says I’m ready for. I don’t care who it is. The Russian (Provodnikov), Victor Ortiz if he wants to get it on, bad blood, whoever, I don’t care. I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’ll fight anybody.”

Mike Alvarado is a troubled man outside of the ring. I hope he handles his legal matters and gets his life on track. However, I’m not going to use his distractions as an excuse. Mike Alvarado is a shot fighter. His balance is completely gone and his reflexes aren’t far behind. I wish him the best.

For Rios, no matter if it’s Broner, Vic Ortiz, or Provodnikov- none of those will be boring fights. Both fighters were compensated well for this matchup. Brandon Rios earned $850,000. Alvarado was paid $785,000.

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Kell Brook Returns in March against Jo Jo Dan!

imagePress Release: Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England on March 28th. The Sheffield star landed the title in August with a win over Shawn Porter and now he makes a long-awaited return to action in his hometown, his first fight there since he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in October 2013.

Brook dives straight into the deep-end following his injury when he was attacked whilst on holiday in September as he meets the Canadian-based Romanian Dan, who edged out Kevin Bizier in a final eliminator in December.

“After everything that’s happened over the last six months, it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my World title in Sheffield,” said Brook. “I want to get this mandatory out of the way and then target those mega fights that are out there in the division. There is no chance that I will be underestimating Jo Jo Dan though as I know how he will be feeling having worked so hard to get into the mandatory position just like I did, but I will be working twice as hard to keep the belt that I earned.” Continue reading

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Lucas Matthysse Remaining Loyal to Oscar

imagePress Release:  Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. “As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him.” Matthysse lost to world 140-pound champion in 2013 and returned with two wins in 2014. “I am excited to continue to work with Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions,” said Lucas Matthysse. “They are my family. They have supported me and built my career from the beginning and I’m loyal to them as they have been to me. I’m looking forward to my future and what 2015 has to offer.” “We are very happy to continue our relationship with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Mario Arano, the manager of Matthysse. “Golden Boy Promotions has exceeded expectations, and we look forward to what 2015 will hold for Lucas under the tremendous support and guidance of Oscar.” Most recently, Matthysse faced Roberto “Massa” Ortiz on Sept. 6th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matthysse knocked out Ortiz with a powerful body shot in round two. Earlier in 2014, Matthysse waged war against John Molina Jr. in Carson City, Calif. He gave the crowd a great show as Matthysse was knocked down twice before roaring back to finish Molina in the eleventh round of a thrilling war.

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