Mayweather on Gervonta Davis: ‘This is a pay-per-view star’

Gervonta Davis returned to Baltimore in empathic fashion, defending his WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with a second round technical knockout of mandatory challenger Ricardo Núñez Saturday on SHOWTIME from a sold-out Royal Farms Arena. 

Fighting for the first time at home as a world champion, and in the first world title fight in Baltimore in nearly 50 years, Davis again proved why he’s one of boxing’s brightest young stars.  After a first round where he peppered Núñez to the body, the youngest reigning America world champion landed a series of brutal left hooks flush to Núñez’s face that sent the challenger stumbling into the ropes in the second.  With Núñez (21-3, 19 KOs) leaning against the ropes and unable to defend himself, referee Harvey Dock stepped in to stop the contest at 1:33. VIDEO: https://s.sho.com/2JZwFEi

The resounding knockout was Davis’ 21st knockout in 22 professional fights, and perhaps his sweetest.  It occurred in front of 14,686 fans in the first hometown title defense for a Baltimore native in 79 years. 

“Tonight, we showed out,” Davis said.  “It’s amazing to fight in front of my hometown fans, my family.  It’s an incredible feeling. It’s not just a win for me, it’s a win for Baltimore.  I want to do it again.

“I’m always ready.  He wasn’t. He wasn’t alert and I caught it with my third punch.  I got him with a body shot. I caught him with a really nice shot.  That was it.”

It was the second defense of the WBA belt for the 24-year-old, two-division world champion.  

“I had the WBA belt and I had the IBF belt,” said the undefeated Davis. “Tevin Farmer fought tonight.  I want Tevin. That’s a fight that can be made. Let’s get it on later this year.”

After the fight, promoter Floyd Mayweather, who called Davis the future of boxing when he first won the title in 2017, lauded his star fighter.

“Tank is an unbelievable fighter,” Mayweather said.  “He’s something special. This is a pay-per-view star.  He has the charisma and the will to win. He has a big heart and a great team behind him.”

Photo; Sean Michael Ham/Mayweather Promotions

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Leonard Ellerbe on Mayweather fighting Pacquiao: ‘Floyd ain’t thinking about none of this sh**'(VIDEO)

On Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao showed once again why he was one of the greatest fighters in this era when he defeated Keith Thurman by split-decision.  Pacquiao, 40, looked very fast and was impressive throughout the fight, which included a knockdown of Thurman in the first round.

Since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, Pacquiao is 5-1 in his last six fights. The Filipino legend only defeat was a controversial decision loss to Jeff Horn, a fight that many thought Pacquiao won.

So,  what’s next for Pacquiao? Is it the winner of Spence-Porter? Could it be Danny Garcia, or could it be Mayweather?

Well, Pacquiao and Mayweather sparred on social media on Tuesday.

Here is what transpired:

Mayweather started with a right hand:

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I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao's name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it. This man's entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it's about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man's name hold weight of its own. For years, all you heard was that " Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao". But what's funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words! All of the so called boxing experts, critics and jealous American "fan base" either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. My take on all this bullshit is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano's record and hate the fact that a Black, high school dropout outsmarted you all by beating all odds and retiring undefeated while maintaining all my faculties simply by making smart choices and even smarter investments. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh!

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Pacquiao responded with an overhand left:

Finally, Mayweather finished the conversation with a jab:

Who knows what is going through Mayweather’s mind, but if he wants to earn another massive payday, fighting Pacquiao would make a lot of sense. Mayweather last fought in 2017 against Conor McGregor, so he has not been very active, which could be an advantage for Pacquiao. However, I would never doubt Mayweather, even at age 42.

Pacquiao is expected to fight again in 2020, and Mayweather continues to insist that he is retired, so maybe this fight won’t happen after all. However, if Mayweather changes his mind, there is a large pot of gold waiting for him.

After Pacquiao’s thrilling victory over Thurman, we talked to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and according to Ellerbe, Mayweather is not worried about fighting again.

“Floyd ain’t thinking about none of this sh**,” Ellerbe told Paul Gant.

Listen below as Ellerbe talks Pacquiao-Thurman, Gervonta Davis, Mayweather, and more:

Haney on victory over Moran: ‘I watched some “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and I guess that’s what you saw'(VIDEO)

Undefeated lightweight sensation Devin Haney capped off an action-packed evening of boxing on DAZN from the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, with a stunning seventh-round knockout.

Making his DAZN debut, Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) impressed a raucous crowd with his highlight-reel stoppage of Mexico’s Antonio Moran (24-4, 17 KOs).

As he prepared for his fight with Moran, Haney said he watched footage of Floyd Mayweather’s TKO victory over Phillip N’dou from 2003, and he used what he saw to beat Moran.

“Before the fight today, I watched “Pretty Boy” Floyd against Phillip Ndou,” Haney told the assembled media after his victory. “I knew I had a taller opponent, so I watched some “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and I guess that’s what you saw.”

If we keep seeing these type of performances out of Haney, he could be the next big thing in the sport of boxing. Haney recently signed with DAZN and Matchroom Boxing, and he could be in line for a title shot soon. According to Haney, his team tried to negotiate a fight with Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC 135-pound strap. However, the WBC recently ordered a fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Campbell, and Top Rank’s Bob Arum recently told J. Calderon Boxing Talk that Loma and Campbell will battle it out for that vacant belt in August.

For now, Haney will have to wait for his title shot, but based on his recent performances, it won’t be long before he gets a chance at a title.

Listen below:

 

Anthony Joshua: Mayweather, Ward don’t get the respect they deserve(VIDEO)

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward are all-time greats in the sport of boxing. Both fighters ended their careers undefeated, and both fighters ended their careers on top. Ward dominated the “Super Six Tournament” and  defeated  Sergey Kovalev twice, and Mayweather beat such great opponents like Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, and Miguel Cotto.

While bother fighters were great, it seems that they don’t get the respect they deserve, so says unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua

“Look at Mayweather, he doesn’t get the respect that he deserves,” Joshua said on Wednesday at the press conference to promote his fight with Jarrell Miller. “Andre Ward, he doesn’t get the respect he deserves.”

You can nitpick and say that Ward was given a favorable decision against Sergey Kovalev, in their first fight, or Mayweather ducked fighters throughout his career or waited until fighters were past their prime, but in the end, both fighters were tremendous and they deserve the utmost respect for their accomplishments in the ring.

Right now, Joshua is trying to carve out a legacy for himself, and at this point, he is going to have to conquer America to make that happen, It starts June 1 when he battles Big Baby Miller at MSG.

Listen below as Joshua talks about getting respect in boxing:

Mayweather: ‘I think Hugo Ruiz is more dangerous opponent than Abner Mares’

WBA Super Featherweight Champion Gervonta Davis and former world champion Hugo Ruiz went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they go toe-to-toe this Saturday night in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Dignity Health Sports Park, formerly StubHub Center, in Carson, Calif. and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Ruiz is stepping in for the injured Abner Mares, who pulled out of the fight due to a detached retina, and according to Mayweather Promotions president Floyd Mayweather, Ruiz is more dangerous than Mares.

“I think Hugo Ruiz is more dangerous opponent than Abner Mares,” Mayweather said on Thursday. “Abner is a tremendous fighter, but Ruiz is very tough, and he has good knockout power. This is a great matchup and the kind that people want to see. It’s all about putting on great shows, and Saturday will be another blockbuster.”

While many believe that Davis should have an easy night against Ruiz, who fought a few weeks ago on the Pacquiao-Broner undercard, Mayweather thinks Davis has to be careful not to overlook Ruiz.

“I remember when Gervonta Davis first came to my gym,” Mayweather said. “He worked hard and believed in himself. Sometimes we did two-a-days. If we didn’t think the job was done right, we’d come back and correct it. We continue to strive every day to be the best we possibly can be. Gervonta works extremely hard, but he can’t take anything for granted in this fight.”

In the televised undercard, Undefeated super lightweight Mario Barrios will be facing Mexico’s Richard Zamora, while former world champion Javier Fortuna will step in against lightweight contender Sharif Bogere as part of live SHOWTIME action kicking off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Photo: Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

Thurman: ‘Floyd Mayweather is the best ever ‘seven-round fighter”(VIDEO)

Floyd Mayweather was a special fighter. He fought 50 times and won all 50 times. Mayweather won his fights in many different ways. Earlier in his career, he was more aggressive, while later in his career he was more defensive, but no matter what he was, Mayweather still won.

As his career went on, he had many nicknames. He started as “Pretty Boy Floyd,” which turned to “Money Mayweather,” and finally ended with “TBE”(The Best Ever). No matter the nickname, he found a way to win 7 or more rounds, which is why the current WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman calls him the greatest “seven-round fighter” of all-time.

“I had to ponder on this,” Thurman said after his victory over Josesito Lopez on Saturday night. “Obviously, watch some film, and watched his fights live, and I said to myself, ‘you know what?’ I never said it out loud to all of you, but I will today. Floyd Mayweather is the best ever “seven-round fighter,” and with hard work, determination, grit, and the will to win. He never, including when he let Marcos Maidana, fight Marcos Maidana’s fight. He never let a human being get more than five rounds in a 12-round fight. He made sure that he was the best “seven-round fighter” ever, and that’s one of the reasons why he was able to remain undefeated.”

Interesting thoughts from Thurman, and depending on who you talk to, Mayweather may or may not be TBE, but you can’t deny his greatness and his ability to win seven rounds or more.

Listen below as Thurman talks Mayweather:

Boxer Lorenzo Simpson on when he will win his first belt: ‘I’ll give it like two or three(years)'(VIDEO)

Middleweight Lorenzo “Truck” Simpson made his much-anticipated pro debut on Saturday night at Bowie State University in Maryland, and he did not disappoint. Simpson would stop Deandre West in round one to earn his first professional victory.

The Baltimore native was a highly decorated amateur, including being a six-time National Silver Gloves Champion and amassing an amateur record of 182-3.

Many have spoken very highly of the Baltimore native; from the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Gervonta Davis, the consensus is that Simpson could be the next big thing in boxing.

“Truck(Simpson), he’s just different,” Simpson’s trainer Calvin Ford told the Uninterrupted earlier this year. “It seems like he’s possessed to make himself better, and better each and every day.”

The 18-year-old Simpson has high hopes for his career, and if all goes well, he expects a title in the next few years.

“It depends on my development,” Simpson told Paul Gant about winning a belt.  “How much stronger I get, but no more than four years. I’ll give it like two or three (years).”

Simpson had a rough upbringing in Baltimore, including losing his father to gun violence when Simpson was only four years old, but through it all, Simpson kept pushing, and now he could be boxing’s next big star.

People who have experienced what Simpson had at such a young age don’t make it out of Baltimore, but as we have learned about Lorenzo Simpson, he’s different.

Listen below Simpson talks his pro debut, future, and more:

 

Rules for Mayweather-Nasukawa exhibition fight

Undefeated boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather and sensational RIZIN Fighting Federation star Tenshin Nasukawa will battle in a special exhibition fight on New Year’s Eve from Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

See below for quotes gathered from the media workout and press availability at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas:

Floyd Mayweather:

“This is a great way for me to go out there and give people some entertainment. It’s an exhibition match, but it’s giving me a chance to do something different.

“I love competing against fighters from all walks of life like in my amateur days. It’s all about entertainment. Nine minutes of entertainment. It’s going to be amazing.

“I’m in the entertainment business. That’s what I go out there to do. I love to do this. I’m working out to put on a show for three rounds.

“I’m going to go out there, have fun and do what I do. I’m enjoying life and I’m going to enjoy this experience.”

Tenshin Nasukawa:

“This is my first time coming to Las Vegas and I’m very excited to be here. The fight is very close and I’m training hard every day to face Mayweather and leave a mark.

“This is a great opportunity and we’re happy to take it. I’m going to put everything out there and show my strengths. I think that I’m the faster fighter. I’m going to use my weapons against him.

“There’s never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring. As an athlete, this is something that’s a great honor and a challenging task. I’d like to make a big impression.

“I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of Japan and the entire world involved in this fight. I’m going to go in there believing in myself and ready to prove myself.”

The attraction will be based on the following rules and regulations:

–           Three minutes per round for three rounds

–            Straight boxing rules

–            Both will wear either RIZIN 8 ounce gloves

–            Weight: 147lbs/67.7kg

–            No judges

– This will be full contact competition, but the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records

Canelo on fight with Mayweather: ‘It was experience who defeated me that night and that’s why it was a boring fight’

When Canelo Alvarez fought Floyd Mayweather back in 2013, many thought he could be the one that could give the undefeated Mayweather his first loss, but he received a boxing lesson and ultimately lost by majority decision.

Mayweather has since retired, but there is speculation he could return, while Alvarez gets ready to battle Rocky Fielding on December 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Recently, Canelo, who was 23 years old when he fought Mayweather, reflected on his fight with Mayweather, and he discussed his belief that a rematch would be much different:

“I’m a more complete fighter now. I would be much more competitive,” Canelo recently said. “I have a lot more experience. I have improved a lot, so it would be different.

“It was experience who defeated me that night, and that’s why it was a boring fight, as well, because he didn’t do too much to me, either. It was experience, and I’m a much more mature fighter. I’m a better fighter than the fighter that fought that night.”

Alvarez and his team had a bad game plan against Mayweather on that night, in which they tried to outbox one of the greatest technicians of all-time, but I do believe Alvarez is a different fighter at this point. However, in the end, he was not good enough on that night against Mayweather, and probably will never get a chance to avenge his only loss.

Pacquiao on Broner: “I have to pass through him before fighting Mayweather’

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and former four-division champ Adrien “The Problem” Broner were all business on Tuesday as they concluded their two-city press tour in Los Angeles announcing their Saturday, January 19 showdown for Pacquiao’s WBA Welterweight World Title. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Here’s what Pacquiao had to say:

“This fight is going to be a good fight. I have to pass through him before fighting Floyd Mayweather. I want to prove to the boxing fans that Manny Pacquiao is still in the pack. You will see more fights with Manny Pacquiao here in the United States.

“He’s young and he’s fast – and he’s fast with his mouth. There will be more action in the ring – we know what the people want. It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a fight you will never forget.

“I continue my career as a boxer because boxing is my passion. When I hung up my gloves once, I felt sad not being in the ring and giving inspiration to people in the Philippines and boxing fans.”

On potentially fighting Floyd Mayweather again:
I don’t think Adrien will agree with that, because I need to pass through him. This is not an easy fight.”

On working with Al Haymon:
“I have only good things to say about Top Rank – they helped me a lot. But I’m really thankful to be partnered with Al Haymon and have a chance to work with him.”

Will the Mayweather rematch be next?
“I can’t give you an answer, but if you ask me, it would be good for me to have that fight.”

Pacquiao fought Mayweather back in 2015 and lost by unanimous decision. I think May-Pac 2 is still a fight that people would want to see, and would do well on PPV, but first, Pacquiao needs to handle Broner.