Mayweather wins unanimous decision over Pacquiao

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LAS VEGAS -- It was a night when the science part of the sweet science prevailed.

Quickness and smarts. Movement and accuracy.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. employed all of his trademark boxing skills to outfox a determined but ultimately frustrated Manny Pacquiao, winning the so-called "Fight of the Century" at the MGM Grand on Saturday.

The ...Read more

Mayweather camp bans CNN's Rachel Nichols, ESPN's Michelle Beadle from fight

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Hours before Floyd Mayweather's much-anticipated fight against Manny Pacquiao, his camp informed a pair of reporters who have questioned him about and brought to light his reported history of domestic violence that their credentials were blocked.

CNN's Rachel Nichols and ESPN's Michelle Beadle tweeted that they wouldn't be allowed in the MGM ...Read more

This fight packs a wallop

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LAS VEGAS -- Women in white fringed bikinis danced onstage, swaying to the drumbeat of a marching band. There were flashing lights and thousands of cheering fans.

If Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this week seemed a bit extreme -- the undefeated welterweight champion pounding his chest and flashing victory signs --...Read more

Manny Pacquiao thanks Floyd Mayweather Jr. at weigh-in

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LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao sat in his hotel suite Friday, popped a couple of the chocolate peanut butter snacks he's endorsing in his mouth and was driven across the Las Vegas Strip.

There, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he weighed in at 145 pounds for his showdown against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night.

Mayweather (47-0, 26 ...Read more

Pacquiao-Mayweather bout has Vegas on full-tilt overload

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LAS VEGAS -- Sin City's infamous gambling strip has already witnessed cheap shots, ruthless low blows, even gouging -- over prices -- and the opening bell of Saturday's long-awaited mega-fight hasn't even clanged yet.

This high-stakes desert oasis was pulsating with anticipation in the days before Floyd Mayweather Jr. was to fight Manny ...Read more

When Manny Pacquiao fights, it's a Philippine holiday

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LOS ANGELES--Order $60 worth of Filipino favorites to go at Max's of Manila in Glendale on Saturday and you get to take home a special "knockout treat:" a free, family-size, deep-fried pork leg called a crispy pata. But make plans to sit down at Max's that night for sisig or kare kare and you're likely to find the lights off and the front door ...Read more

Manager Haymon 'brilliant,' Mayweather says

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LAS VEGAS -- Their decade-long partnership is peaking with the richest paycheck in sports history.

But where will boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the most powerful man in the sport, his manager Al Haymon, go from here?

Mayweather (47-0) says his fight Saturday, against Manny Pacquiao, will be his next to last, ...Read more

Tale of the ticket tape for Mayweather-Pacquiao a pricey measurement

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LAS VEGAS -- The official weigh-in for Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao welterweight title fight won't take place until Friday. But an important tale of the tape was released at midday Thursday when StubHub published figures for its ticket sales on the secondary market.

The average price for a resold ticket up to that point was $6...Read more

Gambling expected to be heavy for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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LAS VEGAS -- The list of the most heavily bet-upon sporting events in this city's history is a top 20 exclusively of Super Bowls.

Until this weekend.

Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight at MGM Grand is drawing gamblers to the city like a magnet.

Fight fans have been debating for years over who's the better fighter, and they ...Read more

For Floyd Mayweather Jr., money counts as much as anything

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LAS VEGAS -- Two of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s favorite possessions are his cash and the zero on his won-loss record.

With Saturday's fight against Manny Pacquiao looming to boost his bank account and threaten his unbeaten standing, Mayweather said Tuesday he prizes one more than the other.

"At the end of the day, my daughter can't eat no zero -- ...Read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s greatest fights

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. heads to the ultimate test of his unbeaten record Saturday when he meets Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The hometown fighter has weathered a slew of demanding challenges since turning pro after the 1996 Olympics, from brawlers, veterans and distinguished champions.

The one common link -- Mayweather always left ...Read more

Bryant Jennings not fazed by loss to Wladimir Klitschko

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NEW YORK -- Bryant Jennings played on his cellphone late Saturday as he sat behind a microphone at the postfight news conference. The North Philadelphia boxer apologized when it was his time to speak. Jennings had to finish sending a text message.

His unanimous decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko, the world's premier heavyweight, had ended ...Read more

Jennings undaunted by Klitschko's tall task

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NEW YORK -- As he wrapped up his final press responsibilities Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, Bryant Jennings made it seem as if he's bringing more than just his two hands into the ring on Saturday.

"This fight is for myself, my team and everybody who is part of the team," the North Philadelphia heavyweight said. "We all share the same ...Read more

Delay, scarcity fuel ticket prices for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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The mad rush to acquire tickets to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2 is creating a frenzied marketplace.

At StubHub, a secondary ticket seller, a seat on the MGM Grand floor was listed at $128,706 Friday morning and the cheapest upper-deck seat was priced at $5,826.

Part of the craze is being fueled by the maddening ...Read more

Pacquiao promises Roach a knockout of Mayweather

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Freddie Roach dispatched his oldest brother, Al, to New York to collect the famed trainer's seventh Eddie Futch trainer of the year award at Friday night's Boxing Writers' Association of American dinner in New York.

Roach said Friday he's received assurance from his top fighter, Manny Pacquiao, that award No. 8 is coming.

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 ...Read more

Mayweather-Pacquiao dispute resolved: 500 tickets will go to public

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Promoters Leonard Ellerbe and Bob Arum said Wednesday that a verbal agreement has been reached to resolve a disagreement over ticket allocation for the May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday afternoon that he's waiting to sign a contract ...Read more

Referee, judges assigned for Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday assigned three veteran judges and a referee highly familiar with the work of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao to work their bout May 2 at MGM Grand.

The judges will be Dave Moretti of Las Vegas, Burt A. Clements of Reno, Nev., and Glenn Feldman of Connecticut, and the referee will be Kenny ...Read more

Pacquiao manager: 'Nightmare' ticket talks delaying public sale

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The head of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s promotional company said this week that tickets for the unbeaten boxer's May 2 fight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be available for public sale this week.

But he said that two weeks ago too.

While the number of tickets that'll be up for public sale could be fewer than 1,000 -- the face...Read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is glad he waited for big fight

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LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s crafty, well-plotted style in the boxing ring carried over to his decision of choosing when to fight Manny Pacquiao too, he said.

At his gym Tuesday, on media day for a fight that is expected to destroy pay-per-view and live-gate records, Mayweather (47-0, 26 knockouts) detailed why he finally agreed to fight...Read more

Bob Arum: Terence Crawford is the next big star in boxing

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Long ago, Bob Arum hung his Harvard Law degree at the U.S. attorney's office and specialized in tax law.

It was after moving on to private practice that a chance encounter with a company called Closed Circuit Boxing -- and an introduction to Muhammad Ali by former NFL running back Jim Brown -- changed his life forever.

Inducted into the ...Read more