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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | August 24, 2011
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back. Again. He took almost 22 months off before fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009. And when Mayweather steps into the boxing ring Sept. 17 against WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, he will have gone 16 months since his last fight, a lopsided win over Shane Mosley. This downtime could take a deeper toll because Mayweather, 34, has more than just boxing to worry about. He faces a three-felony-count domestic violence criminal case, with an October court date, and he is overdue to give a deposition in a defamation case filed by Manny Pacquiao after Mayweather alleged the Filipino star used performance-enhancing drugs.
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By Mark Whicker | July 3, 2012
INDIO, Calif. — If boxing can figure out where it left its torch before the whole house goes down, Gary Russell Jr. again showed he might have the hands to hold it. The 24-year-old featherweight from Washington D.C. had too many hands for Christopher Perez at Fantasy Springs Casino over the weekend, decking him four times and stopping him at 1:41 of the third round. That makes Russell 20-0 with 12 knockouts. So what? Twenty-and-oh is the shallow end of the pool. But if all the cards get played correctly, this kid has the blurry hand speed, the savvy, the quickness and the sly charm to give boxing the lifeline it doesn't deserve.
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September 19, 2011
It would be a classic George Diaz Orlando Sentinel Pac Man, TKO, late rounds. A Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup would be a classic contest between one of the best defensive specialists in boxing history (Mayweather) against one of the most vaunted power punchers in his division (Pac Man). Pac Man's power would win out because he attacks relentlessly. He would stay on top of Mayweather even if he got tagged. The power punches would add up, and Mayweather would eventually go down.
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June 12, 2012
Human error no crime Bob Foltman Chicago Tribune An investigation is warranted only to determine if the two judges that gave Timothy Bradley the fight were under improper outside influence. The fact that there was a good amount of money coming in late on Bradley at the Vegas sports books is enough to at least lift an eyebrow. But any investigation should be limited to that. I thought Pacquiao clearly won, but he could have made his life easier by knocking Bradley out, or at least knocking him down a few times.
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July 20, 2010
Money always wins out Lance Pugmire Los Angeles Times This is an unknown for now, requiring the ability to read a mind. The mind needing to be read is Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s, a skill that borders on impossible even for those close to the unbeaten boxer. For now, we've been told Mayweather Jr. is in vacation mode, enjoying the lifestyle he earned by pummeling Shane Mosley on May 1 and earning $25 million, which we hear he is happily spending. Of course, the money that Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will generate by fighting each other will one day prove impossible to reject.
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By Sports Digest | December 23, 2009
The proposed mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr . was thrown into jeopardy Tuesday when Mayweather's camp demanded that both fighters be subjected to Olympic-type drug testing in the weeks leading up to the bout. Mayweather's manager said the fight would not go on if Pacquiao didn't agree to blood testing under standards followed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Mayweather's camp claims it was told Pacquiao would not agree to have his blood tested within 30 days of the fight because of personal superstitions.
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August 20, 2010
Expect big Texas yes Lance Pugmire Los Angeles Times The California State Athletic Commission clearly felt the pressure to continue its hard line against Antonio Margarito, as a state attorney reinforced the point that the boxing world was watching this case for precedent's sake. The commission's thinking was you can't reward a guy who was capable of seriously injuring a fighter in a world-title bout with an even richer payday. However, Texas doesn't have such concerns.
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November 13, 2009
An identity crisis Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune The face of boxing today is a tattooed police mug shot. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson no longer fights in a sanctioned ring, yet his criminal reputation and name recognition resonate throughout the world - whether he is involved in an airport scuffle with a photographer, as he was this week in Los Angeles, or appearing on Oprah's show, revealing his sensitive side....
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By Lance Pugmire and Tribune Newspapers | March 15, 2010
What Manny Pacquiao most effectively accomplished in his punching-bag treatment of Joshua Clottey on Saturday night was to keep the intrigue of a future showdown with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. as topic No. 1 in the boxing world. But important people around that possible mega-event continue to send troubling signals that cast uncertainty about whether the bout will ever happen. Mayweather isn't taking questions about Pacquiao, making that clear at a recent Los Angeles news conference in which his people even steered him away from Filipino reporters.
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December 25, 2009
• BOXING: Promoter Bob Arum declared the much-anticipated March 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. dead over failed efforts to find a compromise to a dispute over blood testing. "It's over," Arum said. "O-V-E-R." With the Mayweather camp still insisting on using the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to conduct the tests, Arum said there wasn't much left to discuss. Arum said he will move forward and have Pacquiao fight March 13 against Paul Malignaggi , a flashy but light-hitting 140-pounder.
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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | November 13, 2011
This was not the look of victory, it was the despair of lost mystique. Yes, Las Vegas judges Glenn Trowbridge and Dave Moretti delivered Manny Pacquiao a crowd-stunning majority-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night at the MGM Grand. But Pacquiao's reactions spoke of something different. Defeat. If you saw the fight, you understand. While the 38-year-old Marquez briefly basked in the celebration of an apparent triumph after the 12th round, lifting his right fist to the air as if to forever puncture the cloud of close-call shortcomings versus Pacquiao, the Filipino superstar retreated to his corner to kneel and pray.
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By Bill Dwyre, Tribune Newspapers | October 13, 2011
Think of boxing's quest for fame and fortune as a game of musical chairs. Recently, the song stopped and Tim Bradley quickly sat down. The 28-year-old fire hydrant, a 140-pounder from Palm Springs, Calif., with lightning-quick hands and feet, signed with Top Rank Promotions. That's Bob Arum's company, and 46 years after he quit being a Harvard lawyer and found Muhammad Ali, Arum's is still the logo you want on your boxing gloves. Bradley had been with Gary Shaw's promotions, but when his contract ran out this summer, Bradley ran out too. Right to Arum.
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September 19, 2011
It would be a classic George Diaz Orlando Sentinel Pac Man, TKO, late rounds. A Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao matchup would be a classic contest between one of the best defensive specialists in boxing history (Mayweather) against one of the most vaunted power punchers in his division (Pac Man). Pac Man's power would win out because he attacks relentlessly. He would stay on top of Mayweather even if he got tagged. The power punches would add up, and Mayweather would eventually go down.
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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | September 16, 2011
Manny Pacquiao smiled at the question, as many boxers before him have, flexed his right biceps and grinned in delight. "I still feel young and strong," Pacquiao proclaimed last week. Birthday No. 33 comes for Pacquiao on Dec. 17. Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man the boxing world wants Pacquiao to fight if Mayweather withstands the challenge of 24-year-old Victor Ortiz on Saturday in Las Vegas, will turn 35 on Feb. 24. "One lesson we've learned in this sport is that day arrives for fighters when they wake up and find out something they believed was written in stone as unchanging has changed," HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant said.
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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | August 24, 2011
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back. Again. He took almost 22 months off before fighting Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009. And when Mayweather steps into the boxing ring Sept. 17 against WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, he will have gone 16 months since his last fight, a lopsided win over Shane Mosley. This downtime could take a deeper toll because Mayweather, 34, has more than just boxing to worry about. He faces a three-felony-count domestic violence criminal case, with an October court date, and he is overdue to give a deposition in a defamation case filed by Manny Pacquiao after Mayweather alleged the Filipino star used performance-enhancing drugs.
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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | May 7, 2011
LAS VEGAS — The contradictions in Manny Pacquiao's dual careers are unmistakable. He is embracing a humanitarian campaign in his significant day job and is being asked to knock a man out in his lucrative work at night. As much as Pacquiao, 32, discussed his fight Saturday night during a news conference this week, he spent even more time on how he will be wearing yellow gloves as he takes on Shane Mosley, imploring anyone listening to don yellow clothing to show unity in the worldwide fight to end poverty.
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June 12, 2012
Human error no crime Bob Foltman Chicago Tribune An investigation is warranted only to determine if the two judges that gave Timothy Bradley the fight were under improper outside influence. The fact that there was a good amount of money coming in late on Bradley at the Vegas sports books is enough to at least lift an eyebrow. But any investigation should be limited to that. I thought Pacquiao clearly won, but he could have made his life easier by knocking Bradley out, or at least knocking him down a few times.
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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | May 3, 2010
Bob Arum lowered his voice from promoter-speak, stared into the reporter's eyes to invoke unprecedented sincerity about the fight the boxing world wants to see now even more than it did before Floyd Mayweather's money-throwing, bullet-sounding ring walk Saturday night. "I want you to understand that we absolutely want this fight," said Arum, the veteran promoter of Manny Pacquiao, who now stands alongside — or perhaps behind — Mayweather as the world's top pound-for-pound boxer.
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By Lance Pugmire, Tribune Newspapers | March 11, 2011
Leverage is everything, and for Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski, that means boxing for a living should the NFL season not happen. The 25-year-old former Notre Dame star is preparing to earn $10,000 for no more than 12 minutes of work Saturday night. With a restricted free-agent tender deal from the Ravens on his table, the three-year NFL player will return to the pro boxing ring at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday against 35-year-old Richard Bryant in a four-round heavyweight fight.
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August 20, 2010
Expect big Texas yes Lance Pugmire Los Angeles Times The California State Athletic Commission clearly felt the pressure to continue its hard line against Antonio Margarito, as a state attorney reinforced the point that the boxing world was watching this case for precedent's sake. The commission's thinking was you can't reward a guy who was capable of seriously injuring a fighter in a world-title bout with an even richer payday. However, Texas doesn't have such concerns.
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