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HBO No Longer Covering Manny Pacquiao Fights

HBO No Longer Covering Manny Pacquiao Fights

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Just a couple of months after he announced his retirement, Filipino Boxing Superstar Manny Pacquiao recently announced that he will be returning to the ring to take on Jessie Vargas. Now, latest sports news reports that HBO would not be covering the event.

The said match will be happening on November 5, and unlike his previous match announcements, this one did not really excite and light up the whole world even though he is facing a unheralded opponent. The real surprise was when HBO announced that they will not be the one to distribute the PPV rights of the event which was confirmed by none other than, Bob Arum.

“Definitely it’s not going to be HBO. HBO had a contract and decided to pass because it was two weeks in front of their Ward-Kovalev fight,” Arum said.

With this move, HBO is officially relinquishing the rest of their rights to Pacman’s fights. It is interesting that they are walking away from it as this will mean that possible money-making rematches, such as one with with Mayweather, will not be automatically aired on the channel.

According to Arum, now that HBO is out, other channels are now on the table to compete for airing rights, such as ESPN, a Turner network, and even Showtime.

“I haven’t spoken to them (Showtime). But there would be no impediment to that. When I get back next week, Stephen (Espinoza) will be one of the guys I’m calling,” he said.

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Showtime Sues Manny Pacquiao’s Promoter Over Mayweather Fight

Showtime Sues Manny Pacquiao’s Promoter Over Mayweather Fight

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A little over a year after Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather’s championship blockbuster in Las Vegas, Showtime Networks  Inc. is suing the boxing promoter Top Rank Inc.

In the suit filed in federal court in New York on Wednesday, Showtime claims that Pacman’s promoter was contractually obligated “to defend and indemnify” Showtime, but allegedly failed to in the events after it was widely revealed that Pacquiao had failed to disclose the fact that he had injured his shoulder prior to the fight.

Showtime then complains that they had been named in numerous post-fight lawsuits and had to pay legal fees, despite Top Rank’s alleged obligation to indemnify and defend them.

Showtime alleges breach of contract and other counts, and is also asking for a declaration that Top Rank was obligated to indemnify them.

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Manny Pacquiao Announces Retirement After Bradley Win

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Manny Pacquiao’s retirement has long been speculated, but no one wanted to believe it until he finally said it.

After winning against Timothy Bradley Jr. in Las Vegas over the weekend with a 12-round unanimous decision and a score of 116-110 on all three judges’ cards, the 37-year-old boxing champ announced that it was going to be his last fight.

A good way to go, in our opinion, because there was no way that he was going out a loser.

 

“Yes, I am now retired (from boxing),” Pacquiao announced during the post-fight press conference. “I am going to go home and spend time with my family and serve my people.”

Meanwhile, he had nothing but good words about his last opponent. “[Bradley]’s a very tough fighter. He’s a tough counterpuncher. (Trainer) Teddy Atlas made a difference because this was the best Tim Bradley that I have faced.”

Pacquiao, who is a two-term congressman in the province of Sarangani, will be flying back to his homeland this coming weekend to continue his campaign efforts in winning a seat in the Philippine senate next month.

With an impressive record of 58-6-2, we believe Pacquiao can still fight—especially if it’s going to be against Mayweather. Do you agree?

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Pacquiao On Mayweather: No Rematch, No Problem

Pacquiao On Mayweather: No Rematch, No Problem

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While the rest of us are itching for a rematch between the two boxing greats, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Filipino champ is not stressing. In fact, he doesn’t mind if he won’t be meeting the American fighter in the ring again.

Pacquiao, who lost to Mayweather during their much-awaited super expensive boxing match in Las Vegas last May, is more focused on retiring.

”Boxing is not my focus because I can only fight next year, to give my shoulder a rest,” Pacquiao told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Pacquiao’s still recovering from his injured right rotator cuff, which he had surgery on after his fight with Mayweather. Right now, the Sarangani congressman is more focusing on building homes for the homeless.

”I’m OK. Whether there is a second (bout with Mayweather), it’s not a problem. I heard he has retired, so it doesn’t matter.”

For his next fight, he said he will take on any other contender, ”because I do not choose my opponents.” He also seemed to throw shade at his opponent by saying that he’d be willing to take any opponent in the future ”because I do not choose my opponents.”

Are you still wishing for a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch?

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Celebrities And Athletes React To Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

Celebrities And Athletes React To Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

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The fight between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Floyd “Money” Mayweather is arguably one of the most watched event in the history of sports, but we can probably say that this fight hasn’t lived up to its own hype. May 2, 2015; the day the earth stood still (for the first 6 rounds) as we all watched a bout between this generation’s “best” fighters.

We can all admit that this is also one of the most expensive pay-per-view fights as it was priced $99.99 per household and another $99.99 to watch the replay. Though the fight had mixed reviews about how it all turned out, we can’t ignore the tweets that celebrities and athletes had on the fight.

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Called An “Embarrassment” With Contracts Still Unsigned And No Tickets On Sale

Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Called An “Embarrassment” With Contracts Still Unsigned And No Tickets On Sale

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We thought it might never happen, but we found out in February that the much-awaited fight in the ring between two of the best boxers of this generation, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will reportedly (and finally) be taking place on May 2 at Las Vegas’ famous MGM Grand.

And for the nth time, it seems we’re almost back where we all started, with all the waiting and wondering whether or not it’s truly a go with these two. Why? We’re down to 10 days before the supposed big fight and the contracts have yet to be signed and tickets aren’t even on sale yet. For real.

Who’s to blame this time? Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank, says the ball is on Mayweather’s side—specifically his adviser, Al Haymon.

In a recent interview, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports that the delay could be so Mayweather’s camp could sell more tickets on the secondary market. Pacquiao’s own adviser, Michael Koncz, seemed to agree with the theory, telling Iole, “This is Haymon and Haymon alone. He is trying to keep us from getting what we’re due in the agreement we signed.” Mayweather Promotions, the lead promoter for the fight, had no comment about the allegations.

Even Oscar De La Hoya, who used to promote Mayweather’s fights, blamed Floyd and his group for the delay.

“This is mind-boggling. This is shocking, but at the same time, we understand what is going on,” De La Hoya added to Iole. “This is the Al factor. This is what you get when you deal with Al.”

De La Hoya even taunted the fighters on Twitter recently by offering a free ticket to the upcoming Canelo Alvarez vs. Kames Kirkland fight to anyone who could send him a photo of their Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket. Of course, we all know that doesn’t exist yet.

A fan amused the boxer by sending a photo of a poorly handwritten ticket, to which De La Hoya responded, “Good one!” but later tweeting, “Sorry but the contest is over and nobody has #MayPac tickets as of today with less than two weeks to go. #FansFirst #wheresmyticket”

It’s clear that everyone thinks the whole thing is incredulous. Even Iole, who is a Hall of Fame boxer himself, called it a “farce” and an “embarrassment.”

“The biggest event in boxing history is rapidly turning into its greatest embarrassment,” Iole wrote. “And that’s saying something considering the long and mostly sordid history of professional boxing.”

ESPN’s Darren Rovell tried to ask Arum about the possibility of the fight not pushing through at all and Arum answered by saying even the governor of Nevada could step in and do whatever he has to do to make the fight happen.

What are your opinions on the issue?

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Pacquiao: Mayweather Is “Afraid Of Losing”

Pacquiao: Mayweather Is “Afraid Of Losing”

With the much-awaited fight finally set and both parties are more than willing to beat each other out, the gloves have come off and Manny Pacquiao is finally doing a lot of competitive trash talking!

According to the Filipino boxing star, the reason why the undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. previously kept on turning down a fight was because the latter was not ready for his first ever loss. Quite optimistic for an underdog, wouldn’t you say?

“He is afraid of losing,” Pacquiao said while he laughed at Stephen A. Smith, a big Mayweather fan, during a video interview with him and Skip Bayless on ESPN’s “First Take.” And he wasn’t done. He added that he was even more worried about his previous fights with De La Hoya and Cotto.

Pacquiao also took jabs at Mayweather using his official Twitter page.

The legendary fighters are expected to meet in the ring on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Mayweather And Pacquiao To Meet Only Once Before Fight

Mayweather And Pacquiao To Meet Only Once Before Fight

With the long overdue ring fight between boxing champs Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao finally in the works, people are already back to sounding off regarding their speculated outcomes.

Simply put, all the heated exchanges about this generation’s most sought after fight is pretty much enough promotion for the two. It already speaks for itself, therefore the two won’t be spending much time promoting it before their fight week.

 

Aside from their meeting on March 11 in Los Angeles for a press conference, they won’t have to meet again until the final press conference at the MGM Grand in the days leading up to their May 2 fight.

Meanwhile, both fighters have started gearing up and training for the big event, with Pacquiao at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood and Mayweather in his own Las Vegas gym.

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Mayweather FINALLY Said Yes To Pacquiao Fight?

Mayweather FINALLY Said Yes To Pacquiao Fight?

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We thought it was never going to happen, but new sources reveal that the much awaited dream boxing fight is finally on.

The two blockbuster boxing champs have reportedly reached an agreement late this week after countless months of waiting for Mayweather both sides to settle the important deal.

According to the drafted contract that Mayweather and a few negotiators have reportedly yet to sign, they will be squaring off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (where else?) this coming May 2nd.

What changed things? Perhaps it was their face-to-face meeting earlier this week at a Miami game that paved the way. It seems we can expect a formal announcement pretty soon.

Fingers crossed!

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Another Deal On The Table For Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Another Deal On The Table For Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

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Another deal has reportedly been made for the greatly speculated $200 million Pacquiao versus Mayweather blockbuster fight on May 2.

You may remember last week that an Abu Dhabi investment group just took back their $120 million offer for Floyd Mayweather Jr. after refusing to say yes to meeting Manny Pacquiao in the ring. Perhaps the group have gotten impatient with the undefeated American boxer, as have a million other boxing fans and sponsors.

We’re not sure if it will make a difference this time, but the deal entails that Pacquiao will receive $80 million and Mayweather $120 million from the fight (60-40 revenue) and according to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, Pacquiao and Mayweather’s “representatives” have agreed to the deal.

As usual, everyone awaits Mayweather’s long overdue decision.

Arum told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

“I’m not trying to force anybody’s hand, I’m just saying, ‘Hey, we’ve agreed to everything, period.’ The people we have talked to on Mayweather’s side have agreed to everything. Now we need Mayweather to step up and say, ‘Yeah, I’m on board. I agree.'”

Do you think he finally ever will?

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UAE Withdraws $120M Offer To Mayweather For Pacquiao Fight

UAE Withdraws $120M Offer To Mayweather For Pacquiao Fight

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An investment group in the United Arab Emirates has reportedly withdrawn its juicy offer of $120M to get Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Manny Pacquiao this year.

What a waste, wouldn’t you say?

It’s no surprise, though. After many years of trying to get the undefeated Mayweather and the Filipino boxing champ in one ring, everyone including their sponsors, promoters and fans have pretty much lost hope that the once-in-a-lifetime blockbuster match will ever push through and reports have been pinpointing Mayweather as the culprit.

It seems the Abu Dhabi group believes so too, after taking back the multi-million dollar offer they made to Mayweather in November last year.

“We want to deal with serious individuals, individuals who have the ability [to] make a decision… Regretfully, that is not the case with Mr. Mayweather,” Boxingscene.com quotes spokesperson M. Akbar Muhammad. “I will not allow them to dangle an inordinate amount of time… Now that time has come and the offer is gone.”

Muhammad also alleges that someone on the “Money Team” didn’t care about the tradition and history of boxing and “[to] the wishes and desires of the fans of our sport.”

“To rise to the challenge, first, you must accept the challenge, and that means fighting the very best you can when the opportunity arises,” Muhammad added, after arguing that Mayweather failed to follow the standards set by Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, who bravely faced their rivals Joe Frazier and Thomas Hearns, respectively.

He concluded, “We’re moving forward with absolute no hesitation, no reservations and no Mayweather. A world championship card, concerts and tributes will take place in Abu Dhabi during the spring of 2015, and in keeping with the vision and determination of our investment group, it will be a boxing spectacle unrivaled in the history of the sport. The boxers and artists who participate in this unprecedented event will be recognized and rewarded for their foresight in working with the newest powerhouse in boxing.”

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Jessie Vargas Hoping To Fight Manny Pacquiao Next Year?

Jessie Vargas Hoping To Fight Manny Pacquiao Next Year?

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Following Manny Pacquiao’s recent victory against Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena in Macau last Saturday, the Filipino power-puncher is more eager to fight the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

But if Mayweather is still going to chicken out refuse the opportunity to make boxing history with a Pacquiao fight, another star from Vegas is willing to step up to the plate.

Enter WBA junior welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, who has a record of 26-0 and also won last Saturday in defense of his title against Antonio DeMarco. Vargas reportedly hopes his recent performance is enough to for him to be considered as Pacquiao’s opponent next year.

Trainer Roy Jones Jr. said of Vargas, whom he started handling just recently, “”I was impressed. You saw a lot of improvement. It was a start, and he’s going to get even better, but we weren’t together that long. But he punched a lot better and he looked in command in the ring.”

But Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach, who also trains DeMarco, is actually not that impressed by Vargas. Roach argued that if DeMarco hadn’t been troubled by the thought of his his sister battling cancer, he would’ve won against Vargas.

In his appeal to battle Pacquiao, Vargas said, “Hey Manny Pacquiao, I’m the WBA champion and I hear you want to come down to 140 [pounds]. Let’s make it happen. If you want this title, [fine]. I can go up and take your title, as well.”

“I still have a grudge, to be honest, ever since I was a kid and he beat Morales and Barrera. They were the older lions and Manny Pacquiao was a younger, more hungry fighter.”

“But now it’s me,” Vargas continued. “Now it’s Jessie Vargas who is hungry and looking for an opportunity. I look forward to getting it. I have a great team I believe in and I’m positive I can take it to the next level.”

We’ve yet to hear whether or not this fight would materialize, as Pacquiao’s team is still waiting for Mayweather. And if that doesn’t happen, Roach would like Pacquiao to fight unified 140-pound champion Danny Garcia.

Do you think the young and determined Vargas would get what he wants?

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Bob Arum: Mayweather Doubts He’ll Win Against Pacquiao

Bob Arum: Mayweather Doubts He’ll Win Against Pacquiao

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After months and months of speculation as to why the undefeated American boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t exactly said yes to a dream fight against Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Mayweather’s former boxing promoter is saying that the former is actually worried that he won’t do very well.

Bob Arum says that it’s not likely that the fight will push through, almost as impossible as the lefty Pacquiao fighting with his right hand.

It’s frustrating for boxing fans like us, especially after the two boxers have toyed with the idea of fighting this year, and then next year. The problem is, both are expected to retire in 2015. It’s especially tiring to wait for the proud Mayweather, who has repeatedly avoided signing the contract, after previously commenting on the allegedly illegal testing procedures on Pacquiao.

Arum said, “I promoted the guy for 10 years, and I know how difficult it was to get him in the ring with any southpaw. When you talk about a southpaw who can move like Manny, that’s not the kind of opponent that Mayweather feels he would do  well against. That’s the problem.”

Aside from Mayweather being supposedly afraid of ruining his current record of 47 wins and 0 losses, Arum says Mayweather has a multi-dollar deal with Showtime, the rival company of HBO (promoter of Pacquiao’s fights).

“I don’t think Mayweather will ever agree to fight Pacquiao, particularly while he has a cushy deal with Showtime.  He makes money fighting anybody.”

We’re guessing Pacquiao is also getting very impatient, after already agreeing to a fight with his #1 rival. Meanwhile, Pacquiao is gearing for his battle against another unbeaten American world boxing champion, Chris Algieri, this coming November.

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Mayweather On Fight With Pacquiao: “Let’s Make It Happen”

Mayweather On Fight With Pacquiao: “Let’s Make It Happen”

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A couple of weeks after eight division champ Manny Pacquiao and his team said they “won’t wait” for welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather to finally say yes to their much-awaited fight in the ring, the latter is finally saying, “Let’s make it happen.”

Fans around the world are getting more and more impatient as the biggest boxers of this generation prolong the big day where we can finally see who the best is between them and, at the same time, see if the proud and undefeated Mayweather will finally lose for the first time in his career.

After years of crossing our fingers, it hasn’t happened because Mayweather previously expressed disappointment over speculations that Pacquiao has been winning with the help of (allegedly) illegal methods.

So, does this mean it’s happening soon?

A sweaty but accomplished Mayweather answered after winning (his 47th in total) against Argentine Marcos Maidana over the weekend, “I got to go back and talk to my team, I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If a Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.”

“I don’t think about Pacquiao, I don’t even know him. I wish him the best but that’s not my focus. My focus is Floyd Mayweather that is how I got to where I got to. I try not to focus on anyone else’s business.”

“If it happens it happens. You guys can keep asking the same questions over-and-over and I will give you the same answers. That’s not my focus. My business model is I am my own boss. I call my own shots.”

Okay, so Mayweather is still being kind of vague about whether or not he’s finally saying yes to a fight, but since he claims that no date and specific boxer has been set for his next fight, Pacquiao could be up next.

And that could be in less than a year, since both Mayweather (as he announced just last week) and Pacquiao are retiring in 2015.

It seems like he doesn’t mind if he doesn’t reach 50 wins, either. He added, “We don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. What realistic is I am 47-0.”

“As of right now I want to enjoy my time off. We don’t know who we going to be fighting. We’re not in a rush. We take our time that’s how we got to where we got to. We [are] not sure what the game plan is.”

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Pacquiao: I “Won’t Waste Time” Waiting For Mayweather

Pacquiao: I “Won’t Waste Time” Waiting For Mayweather

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It looks like we may have to wait even longer for that dream fight that we thought was going to happen soon, after legendary boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally told the world that they are “willing to fight” and decide who was the best after all.

That is, if it was ever going to happen.

We’ve learned that Pacquiao, who’s currently doing a world tour with Chris Algieri to promote their upcoming welterweight title fight in November in Macau, is moving on rather than waiting for Mayweather’s go signal.

When asked about his undefeated rival, Pacquiao joked in front of reporters on Monday in Macau, “Who’s that?”

His famed coach, Freddie Roach, however, was more serious when he established the fact that the two may never be seen in one ring. He told reporters, “We can’t waste our time waiting for him. We’ve done everything we could to make that fight happen. It’s like, we’re available if he’s interested in it, but again we can’t sit around waiting for him.”

Everyone seemed pessimistic after Mayweather was not pleased about Pacquiao’s drug testing procedures in training.

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, admitted on Monday though that although it’s been difficult to work things out legally, the much-awaited, highest-costing fight in the history of boxing can now take place. It’s ultimate possibility is now in the hands of just one person.

“With Showtime and HBO wanting the fight and Manny wanting the fight, there is one little step to take and that’s to see where Floyd stands.”

Hopefully, Mayweather gives in before Pacquiao retires in 2016.

Meanwhile, we can expect to see the eight-division world champion defend his title against the undefeated WBO junior welterweight title-holder Algieri on November 23 in Cotai Arena, Macau.

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