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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Official!

– Floyd Mayweather: What the world has been waiting for has arrived. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on May 2, 2015, is a done deal. I promised the fans we would get this done, and we did. We will make history on May 2nd. Don’t miss it!

This is the signed contract from both fighters.

-Manny Pacquiao : “I am very happy that Floyd Mayweather and I can give the fans the fight they have wanted for so many years.”

-Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports:

“Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen. All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world. Now, for the second time under his current deal with Showtime Networks, Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight an opponent that many people thought he’d never face. We set an all-time pay-per-view record with the first event back in September 2013, and we look forward to another record-breaking performance on May 2.”

-Ken Hershman, President, HBO Sports:

“Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been the two most prominent fighters in the sport of boxing for the past decade, and fight fans around the world have been clamoring for them to face each other. And now, on May 2nd, in what everyone believes will be the biggest boxing event of all-time, fight fans have been granted their wish. May 2nd will be a signature moment for the sport of boxing and HBO Sports is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event. I know the fighters and their teams will be primed to excel and we plan to work closely with everyone involved to deliver the same level of performance from a broadcast perspective.”

– Freddie Roach: “Floyd should enjoy being the A-Side while he can because on May 2 Manny is going to put him on his backside.”

– Bob Arum: “It’s going to be a great fight. We are confident our fighter Manny Pacquiao
will emerge victorious.”

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao- Formal announcement- Teleconference media call

Floyd Mayweather Formally Announces Mayweather – Pacquiao

Renowned Fighters Agree To Meet in Welterweight World Championship Unification Bout on Saturday, May 2 * Live on Pay-Per-View

Undefeated, 11-time world champion Floyd Mayweather formally announced today the most anticipated boxing match of this generation. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, a welterweight world championship unification bout, will take place on Saturday, May 2, live on pay-per-view.

This event, which holds the promise of breaking every pay-per-view record in history, is being promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® and HBO Pay-Per-View®. Continue reading

Abraham/Smith II: This time Smith knows he can win

photo by S. Heger – Paul Smith, 35-4 (20KO’s), travels back across enemy lines tonight when he faces WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, 41-4 (28KO’s), in Berlin.

It’s been 6 months since the absorbing first bout was marred by some confusing scorecards and in the case of Fernando Laguna’s 119-109 sheet – comical. But, the right decision has been arrived upon and the challenger aims to take full advantage.

“I always thought that this rematch would come. I would be lying if I didn’t think that it might not come off for one reason or another, the only doubt I had really was that he wouldn’t want the fight as he knows that he was in a hard and close fight. Continue reading

Martin Murray: Still paying his dues

In an era rich in superfluous World title variations the term ‘paying your dues’ just doesn’t carry the same weight as it once did.

Unless of course you’re referring to fighters like Martin Murray, 29-1-1 (12KO’s), who today challenges arguably the most feared man in boxing – Gennady Golovkin, 31-0 (28KO’s) – in Monte Carlo.

It’s Murray’s third World title tilt and his most difficult to date. To say that about a man whose previous attempts came against Felix Sturm in Germany and Sergio Martinez in Argentina illustrates the enormity of the task at hand. Continue reading

Golovkin vs. Murray: Martin plans to ruin GGG’s yearly European vacation

Gennady Golovkin meets Martin Murray in a place very familiar to each with Golovkin’s middleweight titles on the line. Most of the debate stateside for the outcome of this bout is not about who will win but how long Martin Murray can last. The majority of experts feel Murray doesn’t have the right style or enough power to keep Triple G off of him. Many believe at some point Martin’s pipes will burst under Gennady’s constant pressure.

This fight will mark the third time Martin will have challenge for a world title, the first coming in a draw to former 160 pound champ Felix Sturm. The second came against the lineal middleweight champion at the time, Sergio Martinez. Both contests were razor close decisions that could have gone Murray’s way had he not be the road fighter in the champions home country. Monte Carlo isn’t a home affair for Martin it is however somewhere he’s comfortable with and could help him if this fight goes the distance. Continue reading

Abraham vs Smith: Weigh-In Video

Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) both made weight today ahead of their WBO World Super Middleweight Championship rematch on Saturday night at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The fighters took to the scales in front of raucous crowd of close to thousand German and British fans at the capital’s famous Berlin Mall.

Full list of weights below:

WBO World Super Middleweight Championship:
Arthur Abraham: 76.1 kg
Paul Smith: 75.1 kg

Heavyweight – 10 Rounds:
David Price: 114.8 kg
Irineu Beato Costa Junior: 119.5 kg Continue reading

Golovkin vs Murray: Weigh-In Video

Amid a raucous atmosphere with the Barmy Army in full voice, WBA and IBO middleweight champion and WBC Interim champion Gennady Golovkin and official challenger Martin Murray both weighed inside the limit at the official weigh-in at Monte-Carlo Casino on Friday afternoon. Saturday’s HBO Boxing telecast airs live at 5:45 p.m. (ET/PT).

The HBO telecast from the Salle des Etoiles venue in Monte Carlo is a special presentation featuring reigning world middleweight title-holder Gennady Golovkin, seeking his 13th successful middleweight title defense, against challenger Martin Murray.

Official Weights from Monte Carlo: Continue reading

Lartey targets knockout against undefeated Vazquez

US based Ghanaian welterweight, Emmanuel Lartey has vowed to stop unbeaten Sammy Vasquez in their 10-round scheduled fight at CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania later tonight.

33 year old Lartey of Brooklyn, NY by way of Ghana last fought in June last year when he ended a 2-fight losing streak (his only career defeats) with a unanimous points victory over Steve Forbes at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA.

But the Ghanaian remains unfazed, speaking tough after making a weight of 146.5 kilos to the 147.25 of home boy, Vasquez at yesterday’s pre-fight weigh-in. Continue reading

Martin Murray: “It doesn’t bother me that Golovkin hits hard”

World middleweight title challenger Martin Murray has heard all about the reputation of Gennady Golovkin, his next opponent, and respects the fact he’s widely considered the hardest puncher in all of boxing right now. But that doesn’t mean the Briton is overawed or fearful of the imposing Kazakh.

In fact, rather than hide from the reality of the situation, Murray has instead confronted it head on and says he’s looking forward to sampling Golovkin’s power when the pair clash on Saturday (February 21) in Monte Carlo. Continue reading

Sources: Mayweather vs Pacquiao A Done Deal, Waiting For Floyd’s Announcement!

Joe Latti, Brick City Boxing.com – The boxing world is certainly buzzing today as it seems we are one step closer to the mega-fight that is Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.

A series of tweets today have informed us that negotiations are allegedly complete between the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps, and all that is left is an official announcement from Floyd Mayweather himself. The announcement of the fight was supposedly negotiated into the agreement as well, stating that only Floyd can make the announcement and it will be on his terms. Speculation suggests it will happen as soon as Friday, February 20th. Continue reading