Column: The dark side of a sport many still love
It's impossible to reconcile, so I won't even try.
How can you love a sport so filled with tragedy and heartbreak? How can you cheer when you know getting hit in in the head can cause so...
Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision
LAS VEGAS (AP) — From his first-round knockdown punches to his tenacious 12th-round finish, Manny Pacquiao gave yet another one-sided thrashing to Father Time.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Keith Thurman certainly seems like more than the modern Manny Pacquiao should be able to handle.
Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) is a decade younger, certainly more powerful and...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao has had a whole lot more to say about boxing ever since he became a politician.
The 40-year-old Filipino senator who once understandably shied away from...
NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Thurman keeps calling Manny Pacquiao a legend, and in the boxing world, he probably is correct.
Then the undefeated welterweight champion keeps promising to end the...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao will get back into the ring on July 20 to face unbeaten welterweight champion Keith Thurman in what could be a highlight fight of the summer.
Thurman returns from injuries to beat Lopez, retain title
NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Thurman's elbow and hand looked fine, and his chin held up against a determined attack by Josesito Lopez.
It was a good enough return that Thurman might be ready for Manny Pacquiao next.
Thurman came back from a 22-month layoff to beat Lopez via majority decision Saturday night to retain his welterweight title.
Pacquiao dominates in retaining title against Broner
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao showed Saturday night he's still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.
Whether Pacquiao's dominating win over Adrien Broner gets him a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, though, is a question that will have to be answered another night.
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.
This week's gallery includes soldiers aiming their weapons during a deadly hotel attack in Nairobi; a traditional bull-taming festival in India; and boxer Manny Pacquiao training for his upcoming fight in Los Angeles.
Pacquiao awaits Broner bout in crossroads fight at age 40
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao has been beating the odds since he was a teenager in the Philippines stuffing his pockets with metal at weigh-ins so he wouldn't look like a 98-pound weakling.
Nearly a quarter century later, Pacquiao is still up for a challenge.
Manny Pacquiao talks about his career at breakfast
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao can put away the food for a fighter who started off his career at 98 pounds. He showed that Monday when PodcastOne Sports Now co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke joined him for breakfast at his Los Angeles home.
Breakfast with Manny Pacquiao on a rainy day in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Breakfast at Manny Pacquiao's house began with a silent prayer, followed by more silence around the big dining room table as his massive entourage waited for the fighter to take the first bite.
On the morning menu in the Hancock Park house were steaming plates of rice, topped with slices of beef. A helper set a few pieces of chicken in front of Pacquiao and a small plate of dried fish to go with the rice and beef he had already half finished.
Pacquiao preps for Vegas bout
With 2 good shoulders, Lomachenko seeks 2 lightweight titles
NEW YORK (AP) — Vasiliy Lomachenko is back and ready to show what he can do with two healthy shoulders.
Injured while winning one lightweight belt, Lomachenko while try to add a second in his return from surgery when he faces Jose Pedraza on Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is already a champion in three weight classes, but this is the first time he can unify belts within a division.
Quite the contrast: Senator Manny vs Adrien Broner
NEW YORK (AP) — Dressed in a sharp gray suit and tie, Manny Pacquiao looked every bit the senator he is.
It was his other job, though, that he was working Monday when the eight-time champion announced a Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner.
"He's one of the top boxers out there," Pacquiao said of Broner, who attended the news conference in slightly different garb: torn jeans adorned with spangles, a T-shirt and black jacket. "Adrien Broner is a high-caliber fighter.
HBO to drop live boxing after 45 year of telecasts
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is getting out of the live boxing business after more than 1,000 fights over four decades of telecasts.
The network will televise the Oct. 27 middleweight title fight between Danny Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, then bow out from a sport of which it has long been a leading proponent.
Showtime, HBO's main competitor for cable boxing telecasts, plans to enhances its schedule for 2019.
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."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao won by knockout for the first time in nine years to claim the World Boxing Association welterweight title, and made a proclamation.
"This is it. I am back in boxing," the 39-year-old Pacquiao said after his seventh-round knockout of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday. "I am not done. I'm still there."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Argentinian Lucas Matthysse will have "no respect" as he seeks to knock out Manny Pacquiao and defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title in Sunday's showdown that could cap an illustrious career for the Filipino sports icon.
Both fighters were comfortably below the 147-pound limit when they stepped on a scale Saturday ahead of their match, dubbed the "Fight of Champions."
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he is prepared for an action-packed fight against aggressive Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Sunday's world title bout that could put his illustrious career at stake.
Pacquiao, who turns 40 in December, returns to the ring a year after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight title in a shock defeat to Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manny Pacquiao hasn't entirely turned his back on a 16-year working relationship with trainer Freddie Roach.
The eight-division world champion said he will be trained by Restituto "Buboy" Fernandez and Raides "Nonoy" Neri for his fight against Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 15, but that it was on an experimental basis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach say their 16-year partnership has ended.
Pacquiao disclosed his decision Friday in the final sentence of a news release detailing his plans for his upcoming fight against Lucas Matthysse.
Unbeaten Terence "Bud" Crawford will challenge WBO champion Jeff Horn in his welterweight debut June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The welterweight title fight between world titleholder Jeff Horn and former undisputed junior welterweight world champion Terence "Bud" Crawford will take place June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Crawford’s welterweight debut vs Horn on June 9 in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Unbeaten Terence "Bud" Crawford will challenge WBO champion Jeff Horn in his welterweight debut June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Top Rank announced the matchup Thursday between Crawford and Horn, who won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao last July.
George Weah: Slum to soccer stardom and now president
George Weah's soccer talent took him from a slum surrounded by swamps in Liberia to superstardom in Paris, Milan and London, becoming the first and still only African to win FIFA's world player of the year award.
Horn wins WBO welterweight title defense against Corcoran
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — After a contentious upset over Manny Pacquiao to win his first world title and a successful defense on home soil, Jeff Horn is ready to take his WBO welterweight belt to Las Vegas.
The former school teacher from Australia won by knockout in the 11th round Wednesday when Gary Corcoran's corner threw in the towel with the England-based boxer bleeding from a deep cut above his left eye.
Horn wants to show Pacquiao win was no fluke
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jeff Horn's reward for a successful first title defense since a contentious win over Manny Pacquiao could be a bout with Terence Crawford.
A failure could send him back into boxing obscurity.
Horn wants to use his WBO welterweight title defense against Gary Corcoran on Wednesday to dispel any notion that he got a hometown decision against Pacquiao in Brisbane last July. If he gets his way, it could set him up for a big 2018.
Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor's improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit at the box office and could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.
Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao won't box Jeff Horn in a rematch of their WBO world welterweight title fight this year because the Filipino senator will be busy with government duties.
Pacquiao's unavailability for a proposed Nov. 12 bout was announced Friday by Australian promoters of the fight.
Horn beat Pacquiao in a contentious unanimous decision in Brisbane on July 2. Pacquiao at the time said he wanted a rematch.
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 winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor aren't just fighting for money in the boxing spectacle of the summer.
The winner also gets The Money Belt.
The World Boxing Council has created a special prize for this weekend's 154-pound showdown, which isn't actually for any real WBC championship.
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."
I can’t say that I remember a build to a fight that featured all the twists, turns and turbulence as there has been for this Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor duel.
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.
Former champ Timothy Bradley announces his retirement
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former two-division world boxing champion Timothy Bradley is retiring.
Bradley confirmed his decision Saturday night in a statement issued after he commentated on Vasyl Lomachenko's victory over Miguel Marriaga in downtown Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Horn already felt confident he had won his bout with Manny Pacquiao, no matter what Filipino government officials or U.S. television commentators thought.
When an independent review this week affirmed the three ringside judges' decision, the new WBO welterweight champion took the news as yet another victory.
"I feel like I've defended the title again already, and I've only had it for a week," Horn said after arriving in California from his native Australia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS still has Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the hook for $7.2 million in taxes from 2010, according to records that show a lien as unresolved for the year he fought Shane Mosley.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao still disagrees with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn, despite an independent re-scoring of the July 2 fight, and says he has no plans to retire.
On Monday, the WBO said in a statement that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The IRS says it's still waiting for its cut from Floyd Mayweather Jr. from his nine-figure payday against Manny Pacquiao.
The undefeated boxer nicknamed "Money" owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015, according to a notice of a federal tax lien filed by the IRS.
The notice shows the balance unpaid as of March 6. The lien was filed with county officials in Las Vegas in April, and the boxing champ last week filed for a temporary reprieve with the U.S. Tax Court.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An independent review of the scoring in Manny Pacquiao's contentious WBO welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn has confirmed the outcome in favor of the Australian former schoolteacher.
A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the so-called "Battle of Brisbane" in Australia on July 2 after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion.
North Korean soldiers gathered in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to celebrate the test launch of North Korea's first intercontinental ballistic missile. The North's ICBM launch, its most successful missile test to date, has stoked security worries in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo as it showed the country could eventually perfect a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.
WBO says it will re-score Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight Result stands regardless of outcome
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The World Boxing Organization will re-score the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn welterweight title fight because of the contentious unanimous decision awarded to the Australian challenger, but there is no plan to change the result.
The WBO was responding to a Philippines government department's request to review the fight after Pacquiao said the decision against him Sunday was unfair.
I don’t really know why I’m always surprised. It’s the same thing over and over and over again. Yet I continue to allow myself to be suckered in and, ultimately, hoodwinked like some even less self-aware version of Charlie Brown.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manny Pacquiao asked the WBO to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn't want to see the boxing industry "dying because of unfair decision and officiating."
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao had already left town without saying much, even as criticism of the referee in the WBO welterweight world title fight and the judges who awarded a unanimous points decision to a previously almost anonymous Jeff Horn was still pouring in on social media.