Boxing prospect Errol Spence doesn't need an entourage

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Pay-per-view main events are for the finished products.

Saturday afternoons, in the case of Errol Spence Jr., are an opportunity to say, "I saw him when."

Spence, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Dallas, will get time on NBC Saturday (3 p.m. EST) when the unbeaten welterweight appears on the Premier Boxing Champions show at a hometown venue called ...Read more

Saul Alvarez isn't letting on about timeframe of possible fight with Gennady Golovkin

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LAS VEGAS -- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has two weeks before the deadline arrives for an important decision, so why tip his hand so soon after his fists were flying?

Mexico's Alvarez won the World Boxing Council middleweight championship Saturday with a unanimous-decision victory over Puerto Rico's former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto at...Read more

Alvarez is bigger and better in decisive win over Cotto

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LAS VEGAS -- They finished with hands alongside each other's heads. That, and the immediate and direct eye contact spoke volumes. The bell ending their middleweight World Boxing Council title epic had just ended and their first reaction was one of respect for the other.

When the judges spoke, boxing's axiom had been fulfilled, once again. The ...Read more

Cotto tries a lighter touch

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LAS VEGAS -- Tacked on the walls of Hollywood's Wild Card Boxing Club are photos of Miguel Cotto smiling.

That's a big change from his public persona.

It takes time for Cotto, seen by many as difficult, surly and reclusive, to reveal a deep reservoir of drive, resilience and happiness.

Now, three victories into Cotto's union with Wild Card's ...Read more

Bradley pops, piece by piece, in win over Rios

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LAS VEGAS -- Tim Bradley may need a new nickname.

Desert Storm might fittingly be replaced by Desert Swarm, because swarm is what he did to Brandon Rios on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center here in their 12-round welterweight fight.

It ended with 2 minutes 49 seconds left in the ninth round. Bradley had swarmed and bombed and jabbed ...Read more

Brandon Rios has plenty riding on title fight with Timothy Bradley Jr.

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It's all Brandon Rios can think about.

Win Saturday against World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr., and he wears a world-title belt again and gets another big money fight next year.

Lose, and he's staring at a career pocked by three defeats in his last five fights.

"Devastation," Rios said of the latter scenario. ...Read more

Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz to fight Bryant Jennings on Dec. 19

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Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz quickly disposed of his opponent Saturday, and the equivalent of that rapid development was matched Wednesday by his promoter.

Ortiz (23-0, 20 knockouts) already has an opponent set for his next bout and it's a skilled foe: recent heavyweight title contender Bryant Jennings.

Ortiz and Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) will ...Read more

Golovkin takes Lemieux's IBF middleweight belt by TKO

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NEW YORK -- All that time Gennady Golovkin has dedicated to working in the solitude of Big Bear, Calif., of waiting for a night he could call his own proved worth it Saturday.

In a precise power-punching exhibition that showcased exactly why he's viewed as boxing's next great fighter, the unbeaten Kazakhstan product recorded an eighth-round ...Read more

Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux promise excitement in title fight

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NEW YORK -- Gennady Golovkin's English might be a work in progress, but he doesn't need creative, boastful words to identify himself as a champion who competes like a finished product.

Notice his sneer before a big punch. Watch where he hits. See how he remains unflinching at contact he absorbs.

"I promise a good fight," Golovkin (33-0, 30 ...Read more

Manny Pacquiao's next fight will probably be his last, promoter says

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Manny Pacquiao's next fight will probably be his last, the fighter's promoter, Bob Arum, said Tuesday after a Monday night meeting with Pacquiao in New York.

Arum said Pacquiao's plans to seek election in May as a senator in the Philippines will result in a six-year commitment and extensive work that far exceeds his current duties as a ...Read more

Floyd Mayweather's worst Showtime pay-per-view haul, in perspective

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s self-described farewell fight against Andre Berto was the worst-selling of his six Showtime pay-per-view bouts, with two industry sources reporting Wednesday that it drew 550,000 buys.

Mayweather improved to 49-0 with the unanimous decision victory over the former welterweight champion, with one judge awarding Mayweather ...Read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he's content at 49-0. Unless …

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LAS VEGAS -- In vivid detail, Floyd Mayweather Jr. recounted memories that shaped a boxing career that now stands at 49-0.

He was being pressed by reporters at his post-fight news conference about whether he'll truly retire after dominating Andre Berto on Saturday night by unanimous decision.

At 38, Mayweather was far faster and more skilled ...Read more

Mayweather may well go out in style with unanimous decision over Berto

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LAS VEGAS -- The well-established script to victory was again followed flawlessly by Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday night in what he says was his finale.

In another sharp, tactical production that included a wealth of jabs, precise punches, with some trash-talking and fan-pleasing to spice up the show, Mayweather improved to 49-0 with a ...Read more

Berto has plenty of motivation to upset Mayweather

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LAS VEGAS -- The chances of Andre Berto's unlikely win over Floyd Mayweather Jr. are hinged to the motivation he has taken from a career-threatening shoulder injury, to the counsel of his trainer and maybe even something about a woman.

Few expect the Florida-based, Bay Area-trained 32-year-old to threaten Mayweather's unbeaten (48-0) record.

...Read more

Anti-doping agency, Nevada commission at odds over Mayweather's prefight IV

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LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s use of an IV treatment to deal with dehydration before his fight against Manny Pacquiao should not have been by permitted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission said Thursday.

"USADA has historically been recognized as the world's leading anti-doping authority. ...Read more

Even those closest to Floyd Mayweather Jr. don't know if he'll keep fighting

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No one tells the impulsive Floyd Mayweather Jr. what to do.

So if he is sticking to the story that Saturday's welterweight-title defense against mega-underdog Andre Berto is his final fight, the best thing to do is smile and nod.

Rest assured there are millions of reasons to believe he'll be back.

The 38-year-old will probably tie Rocky ...Read more

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's going out 49-0

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LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivered a rare, extended reflection at what was billed as his final pre-fight news conference on Wednesday.

"I really spoke from the heart," Mayweather (48-0) said afterward as his welterweight title defense approaches against massive underdog Andre Berto on Saturday at MGM Grand.

"I'm very thankful and ...Read more

Santa Cruz gets it done in slugfest against Mares

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LOS ANGELES -- If this was the anointment, make Leo Santa Cruz the king of boxing in Los Angeles.

Producing a knack for landing the defining punches in a classic slugfest against fellow Southern California product Abner Mares on Saturday night, Santa Cruz won a majority decision.

Judges Jesse Reyes (117-111), Max DeLuca (114-114) and Steve ...Read more

Shane Mosley, 43, knocks out Ricardo Mayorga, 41, in the sixth round

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The elderly former champions fought at times like the young champions they used to be.

That Shane Mosley, 43, and Ricardo Mayorga, 41, decided to have a rematch of their bout from seven years ago was questionable in the first place.

But fight they did Saturday night at the Forum in front of an enthusiastic crowd that ...Read more

Andre Berto working hard to reach 'destiny' against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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Andre Berto knows what everyone's thinking and has heard how Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems to be going through the motions in preparing for their Sept. 12 fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Former welterweight champion Berto (30-3, 23 knockouts) is a 40/1 underdog at Nevada sports books, few believing he'll be able to land punches on the cagey, ...Read more