Jul 122017
 
Mayweather to quit boxing for good after McGregor bout

Floyd Mayweather has vowed to quit boxing once and for all after he emerges from retirement for next month’s cross-combat showdown with Conor McGregor.The 40-year-old former welterweight king, who retired with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, said Tuesday there was no chance of him fighting again after he climbs into the ring with mixed martial arts star McGregor.The two men are to face each other at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in what could become the richest bout in boxing history.Mayweather, who has already made an estimated $700 million during his two-decade career, is set for another eye-watering payday against brash UFC star McGregor.But irrespective of the result next month, Mayweather says he has already decided it will be his last fight.“I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather told reporters at the Staples Center.Mayweather said he had discussed his plans to quit for good at a meeting with advisor Al Haymon earlier Tuesday.“I spoke to Al and told him. Today we had a meeting,” Mayweather said. “I can’t push my body, it’s gruelling. Training camp is gruelling. I can’t do it any more. Training camp is rough. It has to be my last one.“After taking a couple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up somehow making this fight happen. “Now I really know that this is it. Deep [Read More…]

Jun 182017
 
Mayweather says fight with McGregor is what people want

LOS ANGELES: Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather says he has no problem coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in what some are predicting will be one of the richest fights in history.  “McGregor is a tough competitor.  People all around the world demanded this fight so I had to give them what they wanted to see,” Mayweather told BSOTV in an interview that aired Saturday.  “They asked for this fight. I was in retirement, but they wanted me back and I´m back.” Mayweather was making his first public comments since Wednesday´s announcement of the much-discussed fight which will take place August 26 in the US boxing capital of Las Vegas.   The 40-year-old Mayweather has been retired since beating Andre Berto in September 2015 and improving his career record to 49-0. The matchup with McGregor gives Mayweather a chance to reach the 50-0 career milestone.  Asked about financial details of the fight, Mayweather said both sides are pleased.  “Both parties are very happy,” Mayweather said.  “He´s very happy, I´m very happy and I can´t wait.” But many boxing experts have slammed the event as an exhibition spectacle, pointing to the fact that the 28-year-old McGregor has never had a professional boxing match and only dabbled in the sport as a teenager.  The pair have yet to get together face-to-face since the announcement but they are expected to announce a promotional tour soon that will take them to a couple of major US cities.  “You´re supposed to [Read More…]

May 262017
 
De La Hoya flays Mayweather v McGregor ?circus?

NEW YORK: Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has termed the proposed bout between retired American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Irish mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor a “circus”, saying the sport may never recover if the “farce” is allowed to take place. McGregor, the biggest pay-per-view draw in the UFC promotion, announced earlier this month that he had signed his half of the deal to box against the 40-year-old Mayweather, who retired in 2015 with a 49-0 record. “With each passing day, it looks more and more likely that the circus known as Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor will be coming to town in the near future,” De La Hoya wrote in an open letter posted on his Facebook account. “One group will eventually be left to make sure this farce doesn’t occur. We, the fans, who are the lifeblood of our sport,” he wrote. The 10-time professional world champion predicted his former rival Mayweather would simply destroy the 28-year-old McGregor in any such contest. “Just wait until the best boxer of a generation dismantles someone who has never boxed competitively at any level — amateur or professional. “Our sport might not ever recover,” said De La Hoya, pointing out the differences between boxing and MMA. “To use a bit of an extreme analogy, I happen to be a pretty good golfer. Could I potentially hold my own on one of the second-tier tours? Maybe. “But would I be able to compete with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Speith or [Read More…]

Mar 052017
 
Unbeaten Thurman wins welterweight unification bout

NEW YORK: WBA champ Keith Thurman defeated Danny Garcia by a split decision on Saturday night to claim the WBC welterweight belt in a unification clash between a pair of unbeaten champions. Thurman successfully defended his title for the third time, winning a tactical defensive struggle by scores of 116-112, and 115-113 on two of the judges’ scorecards. The other judge had it 115-113 for Garcia. “Ain’t no robberies happening tonight,” said Thurman, who improved to 28-0 with 22 knockouts. Saturday’s matchup between the 28-year-old Americans was only the third time in history that two undefeated fighters fought to unify welterweight world titles and the first since Oscar de la Hoya faced Felix Trinidad in 1999. Thurman is the first fighter in the division to hold multiple titles since Floyd Mayweather held the WBA, WBC and WBO belts after defeating Manny Pacquiao in 2015. “I thought I outboxed him. I thought it was a clear victory,” Thurman said. “I knew it had to go to me. “This is your boy Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman and still champion of the world. One time became ‘Two Time’ baby.” There were no knockdowns as the 12-round fight at the Barclays Center turned into a strategic battle. Thurman was the aggressor, scoring early then staying out of trouble in the final rounds for the victory. Garcia went long moments without throwing a punch, content to wait for Thurman to attack then try to counter. But Thurman always seem to land one or two good [Read More…]

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