The Pugilist

  • The fight of his life: How Freddie Roach has beaten back Parkinson's, and now wants Floyd Mayweather

    Boxing isn’t just Freddie Roach's life, writes Dan Wetzel of Manny Pacquiao's trainer, it may be what’s keeping him alive.

    Freddie Roach, trainer for Manny Pacquiao, speaks during a boxing trainer media roundtable at MGM GrandFreddie Roach, trainer for Manny Pacquiao, speaks during a boxing trainer media roundtable at MGM Grand

    Freddie Roach stands at a press conference in a giant tent out behind the MGM Grand. He grips the podium in an effort to stop his hands from shaking. He can’t help his head from crunching down onto his right shoulder. His voice is halting. It’s all a reminder of the Parkinson’s that plagues him.

    He’d rather be in a gym somewhere, preferably back at the Wild Card in Hollywood, preferably across from Manny Pacquiao, wearing mitts and working the grind because the ease that comes from doing hard things makes him forget how hard it can be to do easy things.

    Roach is 55, and his slew of Trainer of

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  • The inside story of how one man stopped the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight from collapsing

    Kevin Iole speaks to the man behind the shadows who kept the 'fight of the century' between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao alive, just two weeks ago.

    Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines pose with the WBC championship belt during a final news conference at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada ApUndefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) of the U.S. and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines pose with the WBC championship belt during a final news conference at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Ap

    Less than two weeks before Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were to step into the ring to meet each other in a fight that was expected to generate more than $400 million, there was a little problem: There was no contract for the bout between the MGM Grand, where it was to be staged, and the promoters, Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank.

    Actually, it was a big problem. Tickets weren't on sale for the fight, and as each hour passed, the likelihood that something dramatically bad would occur increased.

    It seemed inconceivable that the fight would be cancelled, given the enormous stakes. But

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  • Mike Tyson: 'Floyd Mayweather is delusional. He is a small, scared man.'

    Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao: Mike Tyson gives his big fight opinion.

    Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson.

     'Iron' Mike Tyson has described Floyd Mayweather as "delusional" and a "small, scared man."

    America's former heavweight champion offered his opinion on the unbeaten American fighter after 'Money' insinuated he was a better fighter than the iconic Muhammad Ali.

    Mayweather is never one to undersell his wares especially so when he is preparing for the most lucrative fight in boxing history on Saturday night against Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

    WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. listens during a news conferenceWBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. listens during a news conference

     “No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me. No one could ever brainwash me and tell

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  • Why Mayweather-Pacquiao reminds Evander Holyfield of his first Mike Tyson fight

    Kevin Iole speaks to Evander Holyfield about the similarities between the fight of his career and Saturday's bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

    Evander Holyfield watches the WBC & WBA Welterweight and WBC Superwelter Weight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Evander Holyfield watches the WBC & WBA Welterweight and WBC Superwelter Weight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Nearly two decades ago, Evander Holyfield was in an eerily similar position as the one Manny Pacquiao finds himself in now. Holyfield was a great, highly accomplished fighter, but on November 9, 1996, he was facing Mike Tyson, a man at the top of the sport and one many experts felt was invincible at that stage.

    A battalion of reporters were asked for their prediction on the outcome. All but one chose Tyson. Bookmakers set the betting line at 25-1. The Nevada Athletic Commission had ordered Holyfield to undergo an exhaustive series of physical examinations, just to be sure he was fine.

    Through

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  • Floyd Mayweather finally shuts up: Why 'Money' has ditched the bad-boy attitude

    Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel explains why Floyd Mayweather has dropped his brash exterior ahead of a fight against Manny Pacquiao which has increasingly been protrayed as good vs evil.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las VegasFloyd Mayweather Jr. attends a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas

    Eight years ago, in the nascent days of "Money" Mayweather and his plan to make a defensive-oriented 140-pounder into boxing's (or all of sport's, actually) richest draw, you couldn't shut up Floyd Mayweather.

    He came to the MGM Grand to not just beat Oscar De La Hoya (as he would via split decision) but to ride the Golden Boy's marketing power into superstardom. That meant, Mayweather believed, playing the heel. He was a vulgar, trash-talking buffoon, never missing an opportunity to say something look-at-me outlandish.

    It worked, of course. The part perfectly played. And, let's face it: the

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  • Justin Bieber will carry Floyd Mayweather's belts to ring for Manny Pacquiao megafight

    Music star to accompany Mayweather once again - this time against the boxer Bieber mocked in 2012.

    Justin Bieber will lead Floyd Mayweather's entourage down to the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday as the undefeated boxer takes on generational rival Manny Pacquiao in the fight of the 21st century so far.

    That in itself isn't much news, as Bieber has been a constant presence at Mayweather's big-fight activity over the last couple of years.

    However, a famous incident in late 2012 involving Bieber and Pacquiao makes it a little more interesting.

    Pacquiao walked onto a huge knockout shot in his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in December that year, and Bieber led the

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  • Domestic violence remains dark cloud hanging over Floyd Mayweather’s legacy

    Kevin Iole explores Floyd Mayweather's history of violence against women - a theme which has been growing in exposure ahead of his fight against Manny Pacquiao.

    Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. is pictured onstage at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2015. Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. is pictured onstage at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 28, 2015. 

    Though records aren't kept on this sort of thing, it's believed that no man has ever been denied a license to fight by a state athletic commission as a result of committing domestic violence.

    It certainly hasn't happened in Nevada, where a majority of boxing's biggest fights have been staged for the last four decades or more.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has six times been charged with domestic violence and served two months in jail in 2012 for the 2010 beating of the mother of three of his children, has never been disciplined in any way by the Nevada Athletic Commission, even though he's fought

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  • Watch: The fight when Floyd Mayweather cheered on Manny Pacquiao

    Kevin Iole recalls a time when Floyd Mayweather was right behind Manny Pacquiao.

    They're now bitter rivals and their fight on Saturday at the MGM Grand has created a huge gulf between their fan bases. But on January 21 2006, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was cheering Manny Pacquiao on during a rematch with Erik Morales in a super featherweight fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

    At the time, Mayweather had just begun preparations for a welterweight title bout against Zab Judah on April 6, 2006, and no one could imagine that a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight could ever be feasible, let alone become the highest-grossing fight of all-time.

    Mayweather and Pacquiao finally meet

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  • Where do Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao sit on boxing's all-time greatest list?

    Kevin Iole calls in some help to rank boxing's finest, and Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao don't fare too well.

    It could cost $100,000 to see Mayweather take on PacquiaoIt could cost $100,000 to see Mayweather take on Pacquiao

    A few years ago, after another impressive victory by Manny Pacquiao, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum declared that the Filipino superstar was the greatest fighter he'd ever seen.

    Given that in his half-century in boxing he'd promoted Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya and even Floyd Mayweather Jr., it was a bold statement.

    It only took his trusted matchmaker, Hall of Famer Bruce Trampler, a few seconds to jolt him back to reality.

    "He was so excited and so jazzed up and he goes, 'Isn't this guy the greatest you ever saw?' "

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  • Wladimir Klitschko: People claim I pick 'soft' opponents, but never offer any suggestions

    The world heavyweight boxing champion told Yahoo Germany he fights the best available contenders ahead of his defence vs Bryant Jennings.

    World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has rubbished claims he carefully selects favourable fights ahead of his latest title defence, and suggests  the unbeaten trio of next opponent Bryant Jennings as well as Deontay Wilder and Britain’s own Anthony Joshua could provide exciting challenges.

    Klaus Bellstedt of Yahoo Sports Germany had the opportunity to sit down with Klitschko this week to discuss boxing as well as politics, travel and life as a ‘star’.

    Of course, the state of the heavyweight division came up and once again, Wladimir responded to claims within the sport that his title

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