Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Fury draw
NEW YORK (AP) — Deontay Wilder fired his right hand out from his body, demonstrating the way he should have punched Tyson Fury.
He was frustrated with the referee. Disappointed in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Angry with Showtime's scorer.
Mostly, Wilder was mad at himself.
Five days later, the WBC heavyweight champion was still bothered by the way he fought in his draw with Fury on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Column: Mayweather takes a hit for The Money Team
It looked like easy money, and there's no one more qualified to judge that then the founder and titular head of The Money Team.
But sometimes chasing a pile of cash is more difficult than it seems.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. found that out when he went looking for money in Japan. The deal, or so he thought, was to perform a three-round exhibition before what he said was a small group of wealthy spectators for "a very large fee."
Turns out Mayweather got hoodwinked. And then he quickly got out of town.
McGregor late, Nurmagomedov not in a mood to wait
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Khabib Nurmagomedov wasn't about to wait around for a tardy Conor McGregor, who arrived at what was supposed to be their final prefight press conference together to find the UFC lightweight champion already gone.
No worries, they'll meet soon enough when it really matters for both men.
Nevada casino revenue drops for second consecutive month
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gambling revenue at Nevada casinos decreased for a second consecutive month in August, in line with the weak results that some casino-operators had projected for the ongoing quarter.
A report released Thursday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board shows casinos won about $913 million from gamblers in August. That's a 7.7 percent decline compared with the same month last year.
Former WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz charged with rape
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz has been charged with raping a woman inside a home in March.
Police in Oxnard say the 31-year-old Ortiz turned himself in to Ventura County Sheriffs on Tuesday afternoon. Police say the district attorney filed charges after a months-long investigation, and Ortiz surrendered after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On again? Mayweather says he and Pacquiao will fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's coming out of retirement again to fight Manny Pacquiao for a second time in December.
Mayweather posted a video on Instagram early Saturday that showed him and Pacquiao together, reportedly in Japan, jawing at each other over a possible second fight.
"I'm coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year," Mayweather said. "Another nine-figure pay day on the way."
Alvarez and Triple G promise knockout of a fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago.
The clown show by Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Conor McGregor a few weeks earlier cast a long shadow on a middleweight title bout that turned out to be quite a show itself. Golovkin and Alvarez put on a real fight that had a little bit of everything — except a winner.
Column: Pay to watch golf? Tiger and Phil in a money grab
It's probably pure coincidence that the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson match on Thanksgiving weekend was announced the same week as the first anniversary of one of the biggest con jobs in pay-per-view history.
You might remember a year ago when Conor McGregor went from mixed martial arts into boxing to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the gullible fans of UFC couldn't wait to plunk down $100 to see all the action unfold on their TV screens at home.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s father has been acquitted in Las Vegas of a misdemeanor battery charge after a trial before a judge.
Floyd Mayweather Sr.'s lawyer, Nicholas Wooldridge, said testimony took several hours before Justice of the Peace Harmony Letizia reached the not guilty verdict on Tuesday.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) — Wanheng Menayothin improved to 50-0 on Wednesday, equaling the record of Floyd Mayweather Jr. by knocking out Panamanian opponent Leroy Estrada in a mandatory WBC mini-flyweight fight.
The 32-year-old Wanheng, a Thai fighter who is known as the "Giant Dwarf," has 18 knockouts among his 50 wins.
Floyd Mayweather says he would join UFC if he comes out of retirement
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have a surprise final act in him.
Mayweather said Saturday night that if he were to come out of retirement, he would do so to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
"It is possible I do come back, but if I do come back, it has to be in the Octagon," Mayweather said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Conor McGregor's run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end.
The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-belt was officially announced by UFC President Dana White at a press conference for Saturday's pay-per-view card at Barclays Center. McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor last fought at all in a boxing match he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out practice Thursday with a concussion and quarterback Tom Brady was limited with his right-hand injury as New England returned to the practice field in preparation for the Feb. 4 Super Bowl...
Las Vegas police arrest father of boxer Mayweather
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say the father of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces a misdemeanor battery charge in Las Vegas alleging that he pulled a woman out of his vehicle, punched her in the leg and left her after a boxing event last September.
Officer Aden OcampoGomez said Thursday that 65-year-old Floyd Mayweather Sr. was processed Wednesday at the Clark County jail.
He was freed on $1,000 bail pending a March 27 trial that could get him up to six months in jail.
It’s on: Triple G and Canelo ready for big middleweight bout
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's the kind of fight Gennady Golovkin has been chasing from the moment he walked off an airplane six years ago to make his new home in Los Angeles.
It's the fight boxing fans have been waiting for almost as long.
Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez meet Saturday night in a middleweight showdown that has been brewing for years. They do it in their prime, and they both bring the kind of power that could make for a night that will be talked about in boxing for years to come.
LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez knows he asked for this. Whatever happens tomorrow night, hand raised or crestfallen, he made the choice. The choice to risk his legacy.
Column: Freak show over, the real fight is finally here
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The freak show of a fight is over, and for that everyone in boxing should be glad. That Conor McGregor managed to make it into the 10th round against a retired 40-year-old who can't knock real boxers out isn't much to celebrate, unless you're McGregor's accountant.
Seahawks’ Bennett says he feared death by Las Vegas police
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett accused Las Vegas police on Wednesday of racially motivated excessive force, saying he was threatened at gunpoint and handcuffed following a report of gunshots at an after-hours club at a casino-hotel.
The Latest: Police say NFL player ran out of Vegas casino
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett's accusation that Las Vegas police held him at gunpoint (all times local):
Police say Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett ran from officers searching for what they believed was an active shooter inside a Las Vegas Strip casino before he was stopped at gunpoint and handcuffed for questioning.
Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family.
"I just thought it was a fraud, and I still think it's a fraud," De La Hoya said Monday.
Smiles all around as Mayweather, McGregor savor fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor was drinking Irish whiskey and acting like he had won. Floyd Mayweather Jr. was reminiscing about his early days as a fighter and looking forward to a different kind of business at his strip club.
There were smiles all around, and with good reason. They pulled off an audacious gamble Saturday night, and all that was left to do was to count the money rolling in.
Conor’s choices: Defend UFC belt, box again, or Diaz III?
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor was exhausted and hurt by the 10th round, his audacious venture undone by every logical problem with a mixed martial artist entering a professional boxing ring for the first time to take on the most accomplished boxer of recent years.
Buckley: Brash UFC throws its fist into the ring of big-time, big-money boxing
LAS VEGAS — The spectacle before the spectacle took place Friday afternoon, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor arrived at the T-Mobile Arena for the official weigh-ins for last night’s “biggest fight in combat sports history.”
And, sure, it met the textbook definition of “weigh-in.”
There was a scale. There was an official from the Nevada Athletic Commission. There were two men standing around in their underwear.
Leach correctly predicts Mayweather-McGregor result; Washington State players, coaches enjoy fight together
PULLMAN – Even in this tiny pocket of southeastern Washington, it was practically impossible to escape the buzz surrounding Saturday night’s mega-bout between boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA star Conor McGregor.
Charles flashes in Denver debut, Broncos beat Packers 20-17
DENVER (AP) — Even before they showed the boxing spectacle of the summer on locker room TVs after the game, the Broncos showed some fight in their 20-17 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers — among themselves.
Cornerback Aqib Talib and linebacker Todd Davis got into a shoving match in the first half that bled onto the sidelines before tempers finally cooled.
Mayweather dominates McGregor in late rounds to go 50-0
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a show in the last fight of his spectacular career.
Conor McGregor didn't do so badly, either.
Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes in the 10th round.
The Latest: Mayweather finishes off McGregor in 10th
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight (all times local):
Floyd Mayweather Jr. stopped UFC champion Conor McGregor on his feet in the 10th round Saturday night, ending the boxing spectacle of the summer with a harsh dose of reality.
The most unusual megafight in years went longer and was more competitive than many expected when an unbeaten, five-division world champion boxer took on a mixed martial artist making his pro boxing debut.
Everyone amped for McGregor-Mayweather, including Washington State football team and coaches
PULLMAN – Even in this tiny pocket of southeastern Washington, it’s practically impossible to escape the buzz surrounding tonight’s mega-bout between boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA star Conor McGregor.
Everyone amped for McGregor-Mayweather, including Cougar football team
PULLMAN – Even in this tiny pocket of southeastern Washington, it’s practically impossible to escape the buzz surrounding tonight’s mega-bout between boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA star Connor McGregor.
It certainly wasn’t by chance that theme music from major motion picture Rocky was blaring over the loudpseakers as the Washington State football team wrapped up a light practice inside Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon, just seven days shy of the season opener against Montana State.
Judge KO’s class-action case from Mayweather-Pacquiao fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in California knocked out a class-action lawsuit Friday that had been filed on behalf of fight fans and pay-per-view subscribers upset that boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines wasn't 100 percent healthy for his May 2015 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor has been kept pretty much under wraps ever since his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was announced, emerging occasionally to trash Mayweather only to disappear again behind the closed doors of the UFC training center.
It's not by accident. The biggest selling point of the spectacle that is Saturday night's 154-pound fight is the unknown.
Mayweather, McGregor ticket prices dropping
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ticket prices for Saturday's 154-pound fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are trending down, with many below the original list price.
Some tickets at the T-Mobile arena could be had for as little as $1,100, while seats closer to the action were being listed on secondary markets for less than they originally cost. A day before the fight, there were also hundreds of tickets left at the box office.
Buckley: Undercard to Mayweather-McGregor may actually offer better boxing
LAS VEGAS — The best thing about being on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight is being on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight.
The worst thing?
There is no worst thing.
Put yourself in the fightin’ boots of the various Francisco Fonsecas and Steve “USS” Cunninghams who have chosen to run away and join the circus that is the Showtime pay-per-view event to be held tomorrow night at T-Mobile Arena.
Something is going to happen in Paradise, Nev. Saturday when Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts his perfect career record on the line against Mixed Martial Arts champion Conor McGregor.
The question is what?
Will Mayweather, who is 49-0, continue to defy Father Time? Can the pretty boy avoid a hard left from McGregor, a southpaw, and retire with enough loot to bail out Puerto Rico?
Bookies will lose millions if McGregor knocks out Mayweather
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor is making a lot of wise guys nervous in this gambling city.
Should he somehow manage to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the early rounds Saturday night, the city's bookmakers would lose millions of dollars in the biggest single event loss in the history of sports betting.
McGregor fans have flooded sports books with $100 bills backing the mixed martial arts fighter, and even a late surge of money on Mayweather might not be enough to balance the books.
Floyd Mayweather is money, and this should be easy money
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a winner the day he signed the contract to come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor in what could be the richest fight ever.
He'll be a winner in the ring Saturday night, too, capping a career in which he won all 50 of his professional fights and helped sell more than $1 billion in pay-per-views.
Buckley: Conor McGregor jabs madly at Floyd Mayweather as circus finally nears the ring
LAS VEGAS — If we limit the competition to mere words, Conor McGregor bested Floyd Mayweather Jr. at yesterday’s final press conference for the fighters.
Mayweather chose to be philosophical, as when he said of Las Vegas, “This city is built on gambling, and I’m taking a gamble, but it’s worth it.”
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(THE CONVERSATION) It seems to happen every few years: a boxing superfight briefly jolts the fringe sport back into the public consciousness.
Who’s the best puncher? Mayweather says it could surprise
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says it was the first punch of the fight. His promoter thinks it came during the second round.
One shot to the head, and suddenly Manny Pacquiao decided his night might better be spent fighting on the outside.
"I let him know it's not what you think it is," Mayweather said. "You're not just going to run in there. He felt a strength he didn't expect."
Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The carnival finally hit town Tuesday, with Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. putting on a bit of a fashion show before promising to knock each other out in their highly anticipated boxing match.
Mayweather wore a fedora and gold rimmed glasses while McGregor sported a three-piece suit and tie and aviator sunglasses as they made separate appearances before a crowd of several hundred people in front of the arena where they will fight Saturday night.
50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.
The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.
Sold out or not, Vegas will party during Mayweather-McGregor
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor may not have sold out yet, but that won't stop Las Vegas from putting on its party hat.
Sin City's nightclubs have booked a long list of celebrities — including one of the fighters — and high-rolling gamblers and VIPs have snagged some of the most luxurious accommodations in town. Boxing-themed cocktails have even been concocted for the occasion.
Borges: Mayweather-McGregor at Mendon drive-in theater offers big view of fight
MENDON — Pay-per-view sales are trending toward a possible record five-million buys, and the measuring metrics on a number of other platforms argue that Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight/boxing match/phenomenon/circus act will be big.
If that’s the case, Michael Andelman suggests, why not see it B-I-G?
Column: Purists eager for fight after Mayweather-McGregor
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Look at any boxing website, and the comments will largely all be the same.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s fight with Conor McGregor is a joke, a spectacle that has little to do with real boxing. No reason to spend two cents on it, much less $100, when there's a real super fight coming up a few weeks later between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez.
Attention Rochester area bar owners! Is your establishment planning to show the superfight between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the UFC's Conor McGregor? If the answer is yes, please contact Post Bulletin sports editor Ben Pherson at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll help spread the word to area sports fans. So far, we know of only one Rochester establishment planning to show the fight. According to staff at Buffalo Wild Wings in northwest Rochester, they'll show the Aug. 26 showdown. The cost will be $20 per person to get into the door, and it's by in-person reservation only. The cost to watch it at home via cable or satellite is just short of $100.
Column: What’s in a smaller glove? More hype for the fight
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's only 2 ounces of foam, 4 if you count both hands.
Still, it was enough to make Conor McGregor quite happy. Floyd Mayweather Jr., too, because it likely means more sales for what could be the richest fight ever.
Nevada boxing regulators went out of their way to give a gift to both fighters, approving an exemption to the rule requiring 10-ounce gloves for the 154-pound fight so that both fighters can wear 8-ounce gloves.
Mayweather and McGregor will fight in smaller gloves
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor got their wish to fight in smaller gloves, but not before being chastised by a Nevada boxing official for using the issue to hype their fight later this month.
Maloofs bet $880K on Mayweather to give winnings to charity
Gavin and Joe Maloof are so confident Floyd Mayweather Jr. will beat Conor McGregor that they bet $880,000 on it.
And if the Maloof brothers are big winners along with Mayweather on Aug. 26, they are giving the proceeds of their whopping wager to charity.
Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket sales
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sixty-million dollars sounds pretty good to Leonard Ellerbe.
Dressed dapper in a white shirt and slacks, topped with a navy pinstriped blazer, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions flashed an occasional smile while addressing the media Thursday at Mayweather Boxing Club.
That was until he was questioned about slow ticket sales for the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena.