Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

By Los Angeles Times | Special Edition on the Fight of the Century from the Los Angeles Times

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he'll soon relinquish his title belts

Floyd Mayweather Jr. said after defeating Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night that he’ll soon relinquish his five world-title belts to let younger fighters pursue them.<p>“I’m not greedy,” said Mayweather, who added that he plans to retire after his September bout on Showtime pay-per-view.<p>The 38-year-old …

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Manny Pacquiao laments injury after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Manny Pacquiao said after his Saturday night loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he was hampered by a sore right shoulder that had been injured in training camp and was re-aggravated in the third round.<p>Pacquiao’s performance in the 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 unanimous-decision loss at the MGM Grand …

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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao by unanimous decision

Times staffers covered and scored the "Fight of the Century" in Las Vegas on Saturday. Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.<p>What we know:<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr. is right on the money in beating Manny Pacquiao<br>• The MGM Grand was the place to be: updates from the day in the …

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Four people who will play a big role in the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Most gamblers are expecting the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight on Saturday to go the full 12 rounds.<p>Once the bell rings, four men will play a crucial role in the bout.<p>Here's a quick look at the referee, and the three judges who will score the fight at ringside.<p><b>Referee Kenny …

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: A look at the trainers

A look at the rival trainers, Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach, who will be in the corners of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on Saturday in Las Vegas.<p><b>Freddie Roach</b><p>Roach and Pacquiao first teamed up 14 years ago; the Mayweather bout will be their 31st fight together.<p>"Yes, it's the …

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For those who've fought both Pacquiao and Mayweather, it's a tough call

Only five people know what it's like to be in the ring with both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. A sixth name will be added to that exclusive list Saturday when Kenny Bayless becomes the first referee to step between the two boxers before the start of their welterweight world title fight at …

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Mayweather-Pacquiao: Nichols, Beadle credential situations cause stir

The craze for tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight had a related frenzy: the push for a media credential.<p>On Saturday, two high-profile reporters, CNN's Rachel Nichols and HBO's Michelle Beadle, posted on Twitter that they were being denied credentials to the fight by …

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: L.A. fans pull for local hero with 'good heart'

Beyond his appeal as the churchgoing underdog and big-hearted Nice Guy in Saturday’s bout, it is boxer Manny Pacquiao’s local ties that cement the loyalty of many Angelenos — even if more than a few doubted he could win the big fight.<p>Their affection was on display in crowded bars, living rooms and …

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Will the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout affect future of boxing in the U.S.?

The attention and big money surrounding Saturday's megabout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has masked the fact that boxing is struggling to become more than a niche sport in the United States.<p>As a result, many boxing officials are hoping the record pay-per-view numbers and a …

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Mayweather defeats Pacquiao by unanimous decision

Times staffers covered and scored the "Fight of the Century" in Las Vegas on Saturday. Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.<p>What we know:<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr. is right on the money in beating Manny Pacquiao<br>• The MGM Grand was the place to be: updates from the day in the …

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Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao hope to have right strategies for bout

Floyd Mayweather's lifetime of training in the craft of boxing, and Manny Pacquiao's two-months-long cramming session on the ring habits of Mayweather will decide their fight Saturday.<p>Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) and his trainer/father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., haven't heaped great respect on …

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Manny Pacquiao fights for the Filipino

Nothing connects my extended, multigenerational Filipino family — grandparents, aunts and uncles; cousins, nephews and nieces here in the United States and back in the Philippines — quite like Manny Pacquiao.<p>Indeed, nothing connects all Filipinos (about 100 million in the Philippines and 14 million …

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Mike Tyson: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 'delusional,' not greater than Ali

Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks he's the greatest boxer of all time, even better than Muhammad Ali.<p>Mike Tyson thinks Mayweather is "delusional."<p>Surely, many people agree with Tyson's assessment, although it's kind of tough to follow his argument after that initial point.<p>"He's very delusional," Tyson …

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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Times' experts pick the winner

The Times' boxing experts weigh in on who will win Saturday's mega-fight between undefeated<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather is the betting favorite, but as you will see,<p>our opinions are divided about the outcome.<p><b>Bill Dwyre</b><p>Pacquiao wins a shocker. He hurts, and eventually TKO's …

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Lance Pugmire on Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Bob Arum blasts Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s arena entertainment plan

It’s one fight that doesn’t need more fireworks to draw attention to it, but with fans spending so much for a seat, why not maximize the arena entertainment?<p>Promoter Bob Arum said Friday he sought to bring a more attention-grabbing arena show to Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight …

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Justin Bieber bumped Showtime exec from a Floyd Mayweather photo op

Finally, after all these years, Showtime Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza was on stage with the two fighters he’d spent more than half a decade of his life trying to get in the ring together.<p>Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.<p>After the famed boxers participated in the long-awaited …

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Waiter has a hand in Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup

For one West Hollywood waiter, his grand dream has been realized by the making of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s long-awaited fight with Manny Pacquiao.<p>Last year, Gabriel Salvador, a waiter at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood, reconnected with Leslie Moonves, the chief executive CBS Corp. who …

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Pacquiao and Mayweather fight over rejected drug-testing penalty

<b>Manny Pacquiao’s</b> business manager said Thursday that <b>Floyd Mayweather Jr.</b> has declined to enter into an agreement between the fighters that would result in a $5 million penalty should either submit a dirty drug test.<p>“I’m a little puzzled and a little dismayed that they wouldn’t agree to something …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao agree to Olympic-type drug tests

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has been retained to supervise rigorous drug testing for the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight, leaving each boxer exposed to serious repercussions if either is found to be using performance-enhancing drugs.<p>USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart told The Times the …

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Mayweather-Pacquiao news conference sets stage for 'legacy' fight

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are scheduled to attend an invitation-only news conference today at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre to promote their May 2 super-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.<p>The event, which is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. PDT, is to be preceded by red-carpet arrivals and will …

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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally agree to mega-fight

It took more than half a decade to make the fight of this generation.<p>Floyd Mayweather Jr. set aside a bitter rivalry Friday by announcing that he and Manny Pacquiao have signed to fight each other. The world's top two pound-for-pound boxers are scheduled to square off in a welterweight title …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says record payday will provide too much to spend

Floyd Mayweather says he’ll make at least $200 million for Saturday’s mega-bout with Manny Pacquiao. And if he makes more? Well, you won’t hear it from him.<p>“If I make $300 million,” he said Wednesday “I’m not going to tell you. So I can tell you any number.”<p>Whatever the final take ends up being, …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s greatest fights, No. 1: Oscar De La Hoya

For years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. believed, the most significant impediment to his ability to collect the riches his boxing talents deserved was Oscar De La Hoya.<p>While both fought under the Top Rank Promotions banner, De La Hoya was the true “Golden Boy,” his 1992 Olympics story of earning a gold …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s greatest fights, No. 2: Miguel Cotto

When Miguel Cotto’s name was mentioned to one of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s leading advisors a few years before the pair fought in 2012, the man wondered, “Who?”<p>That was the type of stunning, outsize ego that surrounded and rubbed off on the unbeaten fighter, whose 2007 record-breaking pay-per-view …

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s greatest fights No. 3: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez

The drawing power of wanting to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. beaten accounts for an unspecified but heavy amount of his pay-per-view buys.<p>Proof came in September 2013, when the fan favorite of boxing’s populous Latino audience, Mexico’s then-unbeaten Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, was matched against …

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Manny Pacquiao making money with his name as well as his fists

Not all of Manny Pacquiao’s profits from Saturday’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come from his work in the ring. The world champion also has hard-won endorsement deals that will pay him an additional $8 million no matter what happens in the ring.<p>And for that he can thank Lucia McKelvey, …

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Manny Pacquiao's greatest fights, No. 1: Oscar De La Hoya

Even now, with more than six years of hindsight, Manny Pacquiao can barely believe he made a 12-pound jump from lightweight to welterweight to fight Oscar De La Hoya.<p>Shaking his head recently at the bold move he made on Dec. 6, 2008, just before his 30th birthday, Pacquiao ranks his dominating …

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Manny Pacquiao's greatest fights, No. 2: Ricky Hatton

Every fighter needs a signature moment.<p>For Manny Pacquiao, his came in a second-round knockout of Ricky Hatton on May 2, 2009, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a fight Pacquiao told The Times is his second greatest.<p>Precisely six years before the night he is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside …

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Manny Pacquiao's greatest fights, No. 3: Miguel Cotto

There’s a constant tug inside the best boxers, a challenge they hear from fans, reporters or themselves.<p>For Manny Pacquiao, his impressive upset victory that sent Oscar De La Hoya into retirement in 2008 was reduced with time to a triumph over an old fighter. Pacquiao’s second-round knockout of …

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