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Nothing in all of sports beats a great boxing match. It’s the ultimate challenge, two men matching their skills and wits. Where one mistake can leave one of them staring up at the ring lights wondering what the hell just happened.
Tomorrow (May 1) in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Sugar Shane Mosley meet in a match that will determine who is the best fighter in the world today not named Manny Pacquiao.
Both fighters have already made history by agreeing to Olympic Style drug testing leading up to the fight.
“I brought USADA in to keep the sport on an even playing field. Everyone knows this is done for the betterment of the sport,” says Mayweather. “After I get blood taken, I’ll go in and box 12 or 13 rounds, no problem whatsoever.”
Floyd will make a reported $40 million while Shane will take home $7 million for a fight that’s expected to shatter all previous Pay-Per-View records.
Both fighters are confident going into the match. Floyd is the clear favorite and sees Shane as “just another victim“, but that doesn’t bother Shane at all.
“At this point it doesn’t even bother me,” he said. “They were picking (Antonio) Margarito to win, too, by a landslide, and people were talking about my health, that he was going to retire me.
“I’m telling you guys, (Mayweather’s) not going to beat me.”
All the talking is done now. As Michael Buffer would say, “Let’s get ready to rumble!“
The mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is officially dead, as promoter Bob Arum announced Tuesday (January 19) that the Filipino superstar will now face Joshua Clottey on March 13th at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
After Pac-Man and Money Mayweather failed to agree to terms over pre-fight drug-testing procedures, promoters for both fighters said they would stick with their plans for a March 13 bout against different opponents. However, it looks like it’s just gonna be Pacquiao on March 13th, as Mayweather began negotiations to fight Shane Mosley in May.
Now, it’s a welterweight title fight, simply dubbed “The Event,” where Pac-Man faces the #1 challenger Joshua Clottey, who says he thankful the boxing superstar gave him a shot.
“He is the best guy, and I want to thank him for giving me this opportunity,” said Clottey.
Pacquiao has been undefeated in his last 11 fights. His last loss came in 2005 against Erik Morales, who he came back and beat two times after.
Clottey is a 32-year-old a native of Ghana, who has a record of 35-3. He lost his last fight by split decision to Miguel Cotto in June.
Tickets for the fight range from $700 at ringside down to $50. Arum says they plna to sell 40,000 seats, but can seat up to 60,000 if necessary. The fight will also be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View.
The chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission has ordered Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take immediate out-of-competition urine tests, even as the sides bicker heatedly over a drug-testing policy that threatens to scrap their scheduled March 13 mega-fight in Las Vegas.
Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Pat Lundvall ordered Executive Director Keith Kizer to point Mayweather and Pacquiao to accredited drug-testing labs in the United States and Philippines, respectively, for tests that must be completed by Wednesday, Kizer told The Times.
The tests will be paid for by Nevada and are consistent with World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines, Kizer said.
“It’s a start,” Kizer said. “Whether it’s the end, I don’t know.”
Kizer was referring to the ongoing argument that the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps are engaged in over how to conduct drug tests. Pacquiao’s camp wants to submit two blood tests, one in January, another 30 days before the fight, and another after the bout. Mayweather’s camp, after consulting with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency about its protocol, argues that the fighters should be subjected to possible random blood testing until the first bell.
On Tuesday, Mayweather’s camp issued a prepared statement saying they’ve already made major concessions on deal points, including the weight limit and gloves, and were hopeful Pacquiao would agree “that many different substances and procedures can only be detected by blood testing.” Team Mayweather contends that Pacquiao had blood drawn just 14 days before his May fight against Ricky Hatton.
Mayweather’s statement also noted Pacquiao won’t agree to mediation on the subject by someone as respected as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.):
“Team Mayweather … is still open to the earlier discussions of having both parties work out a mutually agreeable understanding of the testing, which would be conducted by a mutually-agreed-upon agency.”
“… As Floyd has already stated, he does not have a problem with the random procedure and will be under the same requirements as Pacquiao. It is simply hard for him to understand why there is reluctance on Pacquiao’s part to agree to do the same.”
“Charlamagne The God” may have just met his match when it comes to talking wreckless. He recently attacked Marlon Wayans on Twitter stating that he wasn’t funny and by suggesting that Marlon Wayans brother Shawn is a homosexual. And, boy let me tell you… Marlon Wayans wasn’t having none of it. None of it at all.
***Update*** Marlon Wayans Twitter page is back in effect.
***Update*** At 10:40PM EST ** Marlon Wayans Twitter Account has been suspended.
Marlon Wayans immediately shot back and sent out a flee of attacks via Twitter aimed at Charlamagne The God. Check out his tweets below:
@cthagod your were breast fed from a Ding-Ding
@cthagod You sweet ass n*gga your PACIFIER had BALLS on it!
@cthagod YOU CAN’T EVEN HATE RIGHT! it’s a sad day my nig.
@cthagod call wendy maybe she can do some segments on talkin’ monkeys and you can go perform. Bum ass hater.
@cthagod you said some smart shit to my brother on the show and my sister. I’ll tell u what u lil’ Chimpanzee I ain’t havin’ it. BUBBLES!!
@cthagod LOCAL N@GGA!!! I just came from london paris japan and korean. U ain’t even known in brooklyn. You a rock turd
@cthagod Go watch one my classics nigga, steal a line from don’t be a menace and use it on some defenseless r&b chick. I ain’t them
@cthagod don’t come my way nigga. I DO THIS! stick to radio! Nobody quoting you for 20 years. not a classic to your name. FUCK OUTTA HERE!!