Lee Selby would welcome a world title fight with Abner Mares after being left 'devastated' by the late cancellation of his IBF title defence last weekend.

The Welshman was informed at the weigh-in that mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros had failed to meet licensing conditions for the fight, denying the

An administrative error on the scorecard used in Floyd Mayweather's victory over Manny Pacquiao has ignited conspiracy theorists into suggesting the Filipino should have won the bout.

Judges Glenn Feldman, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, named 'white', 'blue' and 'pink' on the scorecard respectively, all award Mayweather victory on the night but in every column where they mark their scores at the end of the round, he is labelled as being in the red corner.

This is the point that has galvanised certain boxing fans into suggesting the fight may have been awarded to the wrong fighter because Mayweather was actually in the blue corner in Las Vegas. It was Pacquiao who took red.

It is very unlikely to be anything more than human error but conspiracy theorists will allege there was something sinister at hand, though there is no evidence of any intentional wrongdoing on the part of the judges

The bottom right of the scorecard, issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, has 'Mayweather won by unanimous decision' written underneath Moretti's name.

Evader Holyfield was among those questioning the decision of the judges, saying 'I thought Pacquiao won a poor fight.'

And several people also took to social media to question the eventual decision. As well as a whole thread about the 'conspricy' starting on Reddit, Twitter user ‏'@OperationSyaf' posted (sic): 'Fight of the century? Scam of the century. (Pacquiao is in the red corner and Mayweather in the blue; reversed scores)'

@LiamFellows added: Pacquiao was in the red corner and Mayweather was in Blue? They've basically robbed Pacquiao of the win he deserved.

And @GoonerMarty is another of many who questioned the marks: 'Interesting, Pacquiao RED corner, Mayweather BLUE, judges appear to have scored in favour of Pac Man'

 

 

 

SCORECARDS 
ROUND  JEFF POWELLDAVE MORETTI BURT CLEMENTS GLENN FELDMAN 
1 10-9 10-9 10-9 10-9
2 9-10 10-9 10-9 10-9
9-10 10-9 10-9 10-9
4 9-10  9-10 9-10 9-10
5 10-9  10-9 10-9 10-9
6 9-10  9-10 9-10 9-10
7 10-9  10-9 10-9 10-9
8 10-9  10-9 10-9 10-9
9 10-10  10-9 9-10 9-10
10 9-10  10-9 9-10 9-10
11  10-9  10-9 10-9 10-9
12  10-10  10-9 10-9 10-9
TOTALS  115-115  118-110 116-112  116-112

Mayweather also had the edge when it came to the punch stats, outlanding Pacquiao with his jabs and power punches. 

PUNCH STATS 
MAYWEATHER  PACQUIAO 
435  Total punches thrown 429
148   Total punches landed 81 
34   Percentage 19 
267   Jabs thrown 193 
67   Jabs landed 18 
25  Percentage  9
168   Power punches thrown 236 
81   Power punches landed 63 
48   Percentage 27 

 

 

Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Nevada state attorney general's office is to investigate why Pacquiao ticked 'no' a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.

"We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances," said Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar on Monday. "You want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information."

Pacquiao could be fined or suspended for not answering the question accurately on the form he filled out himself just before Friday's weigh-in. He went on to lose a unanimous points decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever.

He is also expected to undergo surgery later this week to repair a "significant tear" in his rotator cuff (shoulder muscles), according to Los Angeles orthopaedic surgeon Dr Neal ElAttrache, who examined Pacquiao on Monday.

Pacquiao's promoter said in a statement late on Monday afternoon that the injury was disclosed to the US Anti-Doping Agency, which approved the use of an anti-inflammatory shot for the fight.

But USADA was only a third party to the fight, charged only with testing the fighters for banned substances in training and the night of the bout.

"We had no medical information, no MRIs, no documents," said Travis Tygart, who heads the USADA. "It was not an anti-doping issue.

"The real question is why his camp checked 'no' on the disclosure. Either they made a terrible mistake to not follow the rules or they were trying not to give information to the other side. I'm not sure there's a middle ground."

Tygart said his agency, which was hired by promoters to oversee drug testing for the bout, was contacted on April 7 asking about the use of various substances and whether they were allowed under anti-doping rules.

He said there was another call 10 days later asking about using a different substance, again for what the USADA was told was an unspecified shoulder problem.

A little more than two hours before the fight, Pacquiao's corner asked Nevada regulators if he could be given a shot of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory.

Aguilar refused permission, saying the commission had no previous indication there was an injury, it was too late to seek proof of it and, in fairness to the Mayweather camp, could not allow an injection.

"Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport," Aguilar said. "We expect our fighters to be forthright."

After the fight, Pacquiao said his shoulder had improved enough for him to go into the ring and said it had not bothered him until the fourth round, when he hit Mayweather with a big left hand and went after him with a series of punches.

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, said: "We thought at one time we'd postpone the fight, but as the weeks went on it was getting better. I thought the progress was good enough."

Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett said: "It's not just the fact he didn't fill out the question completely, it was that he wasn't honest and they didn't tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury.

"They're not obligated to, but two hours before the fight they wanted a shot that's a pain killer in essence. That put us in a very precarious position."

Eye-watering fees won't matter when that bell rings, It will be the most lucrative fight in the history of boxing, but when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao strip to the waist and glove their fists, it will be sport at its purest.

It is a prize fight only by name because the $300 million (£198m) required to sign, seal and deliver such an occasion ensures that even the loser will return home with unimaginable fortunes. However, Mayweather and Pacquiao will be fighting for something more valuable.

For, despite the eye-watering sums that surround this fight, the amount is impossible to ignore and contributes so poignantly to the countdown, Mayweather and Pacquiao will be boxing for a place in history that money can’t buy.

Athletes or public figures rarely present themselves as lavishly as the five-weight world champion Mayweather but his 'Money' moniker distract from the undeniable unfashionable daily grind that is mandatory to preserve a 47-0 record. The beads of sweat that drip from his forehead are not as marketable as his flashy attire but we have got both sides of Mayweather giving their all.

The more than quarter of a billion dollar price tag that looms large dwarfs the $40 million that was offered to Pacquiao in 2012 and adds to the intrigue of the May 2 bout in Las Vegas, where a $1 million (£659,000) WBC belt is at stake.

Only Sin City, Mayweather's home from home, would be appropriate to hold a match that will break financial records for pay-per-view, global sales and gate receipts but while those figures are yet to be decided, other sums are at the forefront of this storyline.

Mayweather's $200 million (£134m) Showtime contract was called the "richest individual athlete deal in all of sports" by Forbes, the financial publication that reports the boxer's staggering wealth alongside the world's business moguls.

This will be the fifth of six bouts on that contract, with $170 million (£113m) banked from the first four. His win over Saul Alvarez two years ago is the highest grossing fight ever at $75 million (£50m).

The caricatures of Mayweather as wealth obsessed and Pacquiao as a politically-motivated humanitarian (although his net worth tops $100 million (£67m) and he endures tax issues in the Philippines) drive the narrative of 'good v evil' for this spectacle, but the true cost is found in the chequebooks of everyday boxing fans.

The working man's seat in the MGM Grand will likely be filled with a Hollywood movie star to whom the sky-rocketing ticket prices are a small price to pay for the ringside exposure.

Pacquiao, a boxer and also a politician, is idolised in his native land

The cheapest seats cost $1,500 (£996) while the domain of the rich and famous was priced at $7,500 (£4,982) but despite the MGM's 16,500 capacity, all but 1,000 tickets (which sold out within a minute) were reserved for sponsors and those in-the-know. A black market investment of up to $150,000 (£100,500), four times the average UK salary, may be required to actually obtain entry.

The MGM's official website said buyers should use "extra caution when purchasing" which, no doubt, the other halves of would-be investors would wholly agree with.

Dedicated fight fans willing to pay inflated flight prices to be part of a unique Vegas atmosphere could even struggle if they intend to watch it in bars and casinos. Strip competitors are legally banned from airing the fight, meaning the search for a television screen accompanied by a stiff drink will cost you $150 (£100) entry to MGM-owned locations such as the Bellagio or Mandalay Bay, we won't even mention the cost of refreshments to numb the pain.

If it's possible to get a decent night's sleep after the fight, it looks like the cheapest hotel on The Strip will set you back $1,000 (£667) per night. And that is without food. We do at least know that Mayweather's personal chef is one of few who will profit from the build-up. His at least.

Earning that figure for every meal that she prepares for the star of the show, Mayweather's chef only needs to whip up a couple of nutritional dishes per day and can withstand the crippling costs of the Vegas anticipation, if she finds time before supplying her client's £200-per-week sweets habit. Drinks and healthy snacks will surely be on her at the MGM venue of her choice.

Mayweather, the 38-year-old WBA and WBC welterweight champion, plans to wear a mouthguard embedded with diamonds, gold and $100 bills in a demonstration of showmanship befitting of the richest fight in history.

Yet despite putting his money where his mouth is, no amount of extravagance can prevent a perfect Pacquiao punch from ending his undefeated professional record and therein lies the true cost to this fight.

Legacy can't be purchased and the untold fortunes of either competitor will never compensate for the black mark next to the loser's name after a fight that will be remembered for more generations than the money will last.

When the first bell rings and every penny has been counted, having Mayweather and Pacquiao finally share a ring will be priceless.

 

Floyd Mayweather Jr may live and train in Las Vegas, but Manny Pacquiao felt like the hometown fighter as he arrived at the Delano Las Vegas with a huge caravan last Monday evening, ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr on Saturday.

Pacquiao and a caravan of his team and supporters made a  six-hour, 275-mile long road trip from Los Angeles after a final training session at Wild Card Gym, keyed up for the $300million showdown.

The 36-year-old Filipino world champion broke camp early Monday morning at the Wild Card gym, five days ahead of the world’s most anticipated showdown at the MGM Grand Hotel

Four rounds of sparring capped close to seven weeks of training camp for the eight-time world division champion in preparation for his 12-round title fight against Mayweather.

Unlike Pacquiao, the 38-year-old Mayweather had his training camp set up under the bright lights of ‘Sin City’ where he has long been based.

Las Vegas ordinarily is no cheap city, but prices have hiked to unbelieveable levels as the city prepares to host the mega bout of the decade.

One night at the MGM Grand, the fight venue, is running $1,600 on Friday or Saturday night. That's more than 13 times the going rate on Sunday.

Or there's a $180 room on the California-Nevada state line at Whiskey Pete's hotel and casino just a 40-minute drive from the action.

Las Vegas is filling up fast ahead of the much-anticipated May 2 megafight and the city is headed for a big payday from what might be the most lucrative boxing match ever held.

Airlines are swapping smaller planes for larger ones, readying for a busy weekend and altogether busier May at McCarran International Airport.

Cabbies are asking regulators for permission to dispatch more taxis to roam the roads.

VIP nightclub tables are going fast. Strip clubs are adding security. Ticket brokers expect to make a windfall.

There may just be 16,800 or so seats inside the arena, but there's been a frenzy to book all of Las Vegas' 150,544 rooms.

A week before the fight, only 20 hotels had rooms still available, according to booking engine Vegas.com - and they aren't coming cheap.

Even at the aging Riviera casino and hotel, the weekend before it closes for good, rates were $758 for next Friday and $798 for next Saturday for a standard room before it stopped offering rooms on the site, said Vanessa Doleshal, Vegas.com's development manager.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) says he expects to get a title shot against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) later this year in September. If it doesn’t happen then, Canelo sees the fight happening at some point in the future. He sees the fight as inevitable.

Canelo doesn’t have much to worry about because Cotto definitely will be facing him this year after the two of them get through with their next fights. Cotto faces former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) on June 6th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Canelo will be fighting James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) on May 9th at Minute Maid Park, in Houston, Texas, USA.

“The fight with Miguel Cotto will come in time. It’s a nature fight,” Canelo said via ESPN Deportes. “It may be in September or later, but I’m sure that at some point it will because it is inevitable.”

Canelo said that he’s not going to stay at middleweight after facing Cotto for his WBC 160 pound title. Canelo feels that he can still make weight for the junior middleweight division despite the fact that he hasn’t fought in the weight class since his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. almost two years ago in September 2013. Like his last two fights, Canelo’s fight against Kirkland will also be taking place at middleweight at a catch-weight of 155 pounds.

“I’m fine at 154. I have no problems with the weight,” Canelo said. I feel comfortable and strong. I believe that I can stay at a couple more years at 154.”
Given that Canelo hasn’t fought at junior middleweight in a couple of years, it would seem that he’s a tad bit in denial about him still fighting at junior middleweight. You can’t say that you’re still fighting at junior middleweight when your last two fights were at middleweight and your next two fights are going to be at middleweight as well. If walks like a duck, and talks like a duck. It’s a duck. I think Canelo is in denial about him being a middleweight. Once he fights Kirkland and Cotto at middleweight, he’ll have fought his last four fights in the middleweight division. I don’t know what to call a fighter who fights the majority of his fights at middleweight other than to call him a middleweight.

I think Canelo wants to stay at junior middleweight because it puts him within striking distance of big money fights against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Once he moves up to middleweight, he may find it more difficult to get the big stars at 147 to fight him because he’ll then be technically two divisions above them, but that’s what he really is though. Canelo is basically a middleweight just like Gennady Golovkin. Canelo rehydrates to the mid-170s just like Golovkin does. The only difference is that Canelo is fighting junior middleweights and welterweights, and Golovkin is fighting middleweights.

If Canelo defeats Cotto to capture his WBC middleweight title, it’s expected that Canelo will immediately vacate the title rather than keep it. If Canelo were to keep the title, he’d be expected to face WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and that might not go too well for Canelo. Golovkin is a big puncher and he would love it to mix it up with him in the trenches.

Britain’s Carl Froch is talking about only wanting to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr rather than getting in the ring with other fighters that would seemingly help his legacy in a much bigger way such as Gennady Golovkin, Andre Ward, the Dirrell brothers, Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson.

I’m not sure that Froch realizes this or not, but he’s probably stunting his own legacy by fighting guys like George Groves, Chavez Jr and Yusuf Mack rather than looking to fight the best guys.

Chavez Jr is the best at 168, even though he’s been given a very, very generous ranking by the World Boxing Council at No.3 despite Chavez Jr never having beaten anyone at super middleweight. Sure, it’s nice that Chavez Jr has a high ranking by the WBC, but the fact of the matter is he hasn’t even beaten a super middleweight.

Even if Froch beats Chavez Jr, it’s going to be an empty win because Chavez Jr was already exposed by Sergio Martinez three years ago. Chavez Jr has only fought twice in the last three years. Why would Froch be interested in a guy who has fought so infrequently as Chavez Jr when the boxing public isn’t going to give him the kudos that he thinks it will.

If Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is the one that is putting thoughts into his head that a fight against Chavez Jr is going to be a bigger one than a fight against Golovkin, Ward, Kovalev, Stevenson, Bernard Hopkins or the Dirrell brothers, then I think Froch needs to get a second opinion from another promoter.

If Hearn is the one that’s telling Froch that a fight against Chavez Jr is going to be a bigger fight than Golvokin, then I think Froch needs to look in another direction for guidance in picking his opponents because Chavez Jr isn’t the star that Golovkin is right now.

Froch is one of those fighters who is concerned with his legacy, but what good is a legacy if it’s built on fluff instead of the best. I mean, Chavez Jr is a good punching bag type of fighter, but he’s not someone that can dish it out like Golovkin or the other aforementioned fighters.

There’s a huge upside in Froch fighting Golovkin, because he would get a ton of credit from boxing fans around the world. If Froch fights Chavez Jr, I don’t see there being any upside because there’s no one calling for that fight. Why would they? Chavez Jr hasn’t been relevant since 2012, and it’s almost like he’d been in retirement for the last three years. He’s fought only Brian Vera since 2012, and that guy is just a bottom dweller at middleweight.

Chavez Jr didn’t even fight an actual super middleweight after moving up to 168, and he still hasn’t fought a super middleweight. That’s pretty sad if you ask me. But what’s even sadder is the fact that Froch is so dialed into fight Chavez Jr. It’s almost like Froch is retired already and is just looking to fight a final exhibition fight before hanging up his gloves rather than taking on a live body. It’s okay if Froch wants to fight an exhibition fight but he should label it as such so that boxing fans don’t get confused.

Popular boxer, Braimah Kamoko, alias Bukom Banku is in the grips of the police for allegedly beating up and injuring people at Bukom in Accra. He is also alleged to have vandalized properties in the area.

The Accra Police Command has confirmed his arrest but it is not clear yet what triggered the said incident, Citifmonline.com reports. This is the second time the controversial boxer has been arrested.

He was arrested on November 7 2014, for allegedly assaulting one Richmond Armah, a 28-year-old footballer. 

 

WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) has an optional title defense coming up in the first part of 2015. Dirrell doesn’t know yet who he’ll be facing. However, he says he’s open to defending against his mandatory challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) if the money is right for that fight.

Groves didn’t have to do much to become Dirrell’s mandatory. After back to back knockout losses to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, Groves beat Christopher Rebrasse by a 12 round decision last September in a WBC eliminator bout.

Groves didn’t have to face anyone dangerous like Gilberto Ramire or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and he was allowed to fight in the eliminator despite his two recent knockout losses to Froch.

“If the money is right,” Dirrell said via esnewsporting.com about him facing Groves. “That’s what it is.”

Dirrell is basically looking for the best paying fight he can get for his next fight in 2015. If that’s Groves then so be it. If not, then he’ll be looking to face someone else.

“We’re looking to make money, that’s what this business is about. I got the belt, I got what I came here for and now it’s time to get paid,” Dirrell said to the Dailymail.co.uk. “We should have one soon and that’s what I’m waiting on.”

Dirrell has no problems facing Groves, but he’s not too high on fighting him in the UK, because he saw what happened to his older brother Andre Dirrell when he fought Froch in the UK in 2009. Dirrell wound up losing a controversial 12 round decision in Froch’s home town of Nottingham. Dirrell wants Groves to come to the United States if he wants to fight for his WBC title. However, it’s likely that Groves’ promoters will attempt to have the fight staged in the UK.

Dirrell plans on hanging on to his WBC title for a long time, and his defense against Groves is more of something he needs to get out of the way so that he can go after the big money fights.

Anthony expects his brother Andre Dirrell to win a world title in 2015. “He should get a championship like I did, and he should be getting big fights in 2015,” Anthony said.

Andre has won his last three fights since starting his comeback earlier this year. He recently defeated the hard hitting Derek Edwards by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on December 19th of this month in an IBF eliminator. The win puts Andre on crash course for a fight against James DeGale once Froch, the current IBF champion, either vacates or is stripped of his title.

WBC George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) recently earned a shot against WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) by beating little known EBU European 168lb champion Christopher Rebrasse by a 12 round decision last September.

The World Boxing Council made the Groves-Rebrasse fight a WBC super middleweight title eliminator despite the fact that Groves was coming off of two consecutive knockout losses to Carl Froch.

That was a very strange move on the WBC’s part to make the Groves-Rebrasse fight a title eliminator given Groves two failed fights against Froch.

Groves will now be fighting Dirrell for his WBC title in 2015 at some point after Dirrell takes an optional defense against an opponent still to be determined. However, Groves may be better off facing James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) in a rematch rather than taking a fight against Dirrell that he’ll likely lose.

If Groves faces DeGale, he can get a big payday if they stick the fight in the Wembley Arena. Obviously, a DeGale vs. Groves rematch isn’t a big enough fight to stick it in the Wembley Stadium, but it is big enough to put it in an arena. I figure that Groves will make better money fighting DeGale than he would Dirrell.

Plus, it’s a fight that Groves has a much better chance of winning due to DeGale’s flat-footed fighting style. Groves beat DeGale by a 12 round decision, albeit in a fight that many boxing fans thought that Groves lost in 2011. Groves could luck out and get another controversial decision.

The crowd would likely be in his favor again, so if the rounds or close, I would expect Groves to get them every time. But if Groves fights Dirrell, he’ll bring the judges with him with his two gloves, and it’s likely that the judges would be mere spectators in a fight of that kind.

Dirrell hits too hard, he’s too accurate, and too fast for Groves. If a slow fighter like Froch was able to knock Groves out twice, then Dirrell will be able to accomplish that task much faster because of his speed and accuracy.

Groves needs to approach his next fight in a logical manner. He can either take what will likely be less money to fight Dirrell and then probably get knocked out, or he can take on DeGale in a rematch and make bigger cash and have a decent chance of winning a close decision. I think the smart move is for Groves to forget about Dirrell and take the DeGale fight.

A loss to Dirrell will pretty much send Groves back down to domestic level, because there would really be nowhere for him to go after that. Dirrell’s brother Andre Dirrell is ready to move in once Froch vacates his IBF and WBA titles, and that would be an even worse mismatch than a fight between Anthony Dirrell and Groves in my view.

Sure, Groves could face Andre for the titles, but I don’t see how the IBF and WBA will let that happen if Groves gets knocked out by Anthony Dirrell in 2015. I mean, that would be three knockout losses in his last four fights, and I don’t see the IBF and WBA doing what the WBC did in letting Groves fight in another eliminator or letting him fight for a world title.

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