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Khan likes his chances in fight against Alvarez

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LAS VEGAS -- Is it the chin or the heart that defines a fighter?

Amir Khan (31-3, 19 knockouts) accepted a big jump in weight to fight middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez -- and he may answer that question in their HBO pay-per-view bout Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.

The Englishman has been knocked out twice and sent to the canvas four other ...Read more

Philippines president says terrorists plotted to kidnap Manny Pacquiao

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A terrorist group in the Philippines that beheaded a Canadian this week had designs on kidnapping Manny Pacquiao, said President Benigno Aquino III, who added there was an assassination plot perhaps aimed at him, too.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants also wanted to explode bombs in metropolitan Manila to try ...Read more

Potential Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez boxing matchup is a point of contention

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LOS ANGELES -- Gennady Golovkin's latest delivery of a knockout punch has lifted him to a place of boxing prominence that can't be denied.

Whether it can be avoided, however, is a matter now handed to Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.

"It's obvious who the pound-for-pound No. 1 is," Golovkin trainer Abel ...Read more

Golovkin makes his power move in win over Wade

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LOS ANGELES--Gennady Golovkin stated his case for recognition as the best fighter in the world Saturday by dominating Dominic Wade at the Forum, and he also ratcheted up the pressure on Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez to accept his challenge.

"Give me my belt ... I want my belt," Golovkin said after knocking out Wade late in the second round ...Read more

Unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin has fortress of solitude at training base

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LOS ANGELES -- It would seem to be human nature for a boxer to feel some fear as he steps into a ring to fight another man.

Gennady Golovkin says he doesn't experience such emotion.

Golovkin (34-0, 31 knockouts), the unbeaten World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation middleweight champion, will pursue his 22nd consecutive ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao says he's retiring after his victory over Timothy Bradley

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LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao joined Floyd Mayweather Jr. in retirement Saturday night, less than a year after they produced the best-selling prizefight in history.

In beating Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Pacquiao accomplished most of what he wanted in his return to the ring since saying he underwent right ...Read more

Pacquiao defeats Bradley on points

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LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao mentioned retirement after his Saturday night work, but after knocking down Timothy Bradley twice in his unanimous-decision victory, calling it quits seems like a premature choice.

Pacquiao, 11 months after his record-selling Floyd Mayweather Jr. loss, returned to form with heavy punches, overpowering Bradley to ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao says he'll fight Timothy Bradley as if it's his last bout

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LAS VEGAS -- At 37, coming off a defeat and his longest absence from the ring, Manny Pacquiao says he's approaching Saturday's fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. as if it will be his final boxing match.

The ongoing question is whether Pacquiao is serious about a full-time role as a senator in the Philippines should he, as expected, win in next ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao seeks to end career with a bang, but Timothy Bradley has other ideas

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LAS VEGAS -- The thought of retirement can be a preoccupation for a boxer who has one fight left. For Manny Pacquiao, there's also the element of pride.

Pacquiao, 37, could have opted to end his career after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by decision in May in the richest fight in history.

Instead, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) accepted a $...Read more

Manny Pacquiao's ring showing could enhance his Senate bid

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LOS ANGELES -- Manny Pacquiao hosted what might be his final media day at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood on Wednesday, saying he expects his April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley to be his final time in the ring but won't know for certain until the bout is over.

Eight-division world champion Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) called his third ...Read more

Andre Ward puts 28-0 mark on line against another unbeaten opponent

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Among the famous faces expected at Oracle Arena on Saturday night when hometown favorite Andre Ward makes his light heavyweight debut against No. 1-ranked contender Sullivan Barrera is a man with a direct stake in the outcome.

Sergey Kovalev, the hard-hitting, unified champ in the 175-pound division from Russia, will be ...Read more

Pacquiao considers boxing in 2016 Summer Olympics

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If professional boxers are allowed to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Manny Pacquiao might just delay his retirement a few months.

The Filipino superstar is scheduled to face Timothy Bradley in April for what he has called the last fight of his career, but that could change if international boxing officials follow through with a plan to ...Read more

Kiko Martinez to fight for featherweight world title without trainer

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LOS ANGELES -- Spain's Kiko Martinez will fight for a featherweight world title Saturday night in Anaheim. His trainer will not be there.

Gaby Sarmiento experienced visa problems attempting to leave Spain this week, Martinez said Wednesday, and he'll be replaced by veteran Southern California trainer Robert Garcia.

Former world champion ...Read more

Mayweather could avenge Olympic loss if rule change letting pros box is approved

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in the Olympics? Manny Pacquiao going for the gold?

The head of the International Boxing Association said Wednesday that a new proposal could clear the way for professional boxers to compete in the upcoming 2016 Summer Games.

"We want the best boxers to come to the Olympic Games," AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu told the ...Read more

Gennady Golovkin agrees to fight Dominic Wade this spring

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LOS ANGELES -- Found: Gennady Golovkin's next opponent.

Following an intense search that saw Golovkin's fellow middleweight champions Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders balk, unbeaten Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 knockouts) of Maryland emerged Wednesday as Golovkin's opponent for an April 23 HBO-televised bout at the Forum in Inglewood.

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Women's boxing hopes to gain traction from Holly Holm's UFC victory over Ronda Rousey

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Among the millions who watched former boxing world champion Holly Holm outpunch Ronda Rousey to set up a stunning upset was Mauricio Sulaiman. The head of the World Boxing Council's pulse raced at the sight.

Certainly, what Holm did to the previously unbeaten Rousey in the octagon would reverberate in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for ...Read more