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May 3, 2015

Beaten Pacquiao says hampered by shoulder injury

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Filipino Manny Pacquiao said a shoulder injury hampered his bid to hand Floyd Mayweather a first ever defeat as a professional on Saturday as the American improved his record to 48-0 with a unanimous decision.

Pacquiao, a 2-1 underdog going into the welterweight bout billed as the “Fight of the Century” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, suffered the injury during a sparring session, according to his trainer Freddie Roach.

May 3, 2015

Mayweather’s defense trumps Pacquiao’s attack

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – In a hotly anticipated match-up of contrasting styles, Floyd Mayweather’s defensive brilliance trumped Manny Pacquiao’s all-out attack as the American eked out a unanimous decision over the Filipino on Saturday.

Time and again, Mayweather bobbed and weaved out of harm’s way to leave Pacquiao punching thin air in a welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena that was no classic but is expected to be the richest bout of all time.

May 3, 2015

Hollywood royalty ready for fighters to rumble

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – With security beefed up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the rich and famous settled into their expensive seats shortly before the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began on Saturday.

Tickets for a hotly anticipated megabout dubbed the “Fight of the Century” have been coveted by A-listers and high-rollers, with no guarantee that prime front row spots would be granted for every request from the biggest names in show business.

May 3, 2015

Boxing-Hollywood royalty ready for fighters to rumble

LAS VEGAS, May 2 (Reuters) – With security beefed up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the rich and famous settled into their expensive seats shortly before the welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao began on Saturday.

Tickets for a hotly anticipated megabout dubbed the “Fight of the Century” have been coveted by A-listers and high-rollers, with no guarantee that prime front row spots would be granted for every request from the biggest names in show business.

May 2, 2015

Vegas megabout spiced up by contrast in styles

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The hotly anticipated welterweight bout between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 2-1 underdog Manny Pacquiao on Saturday offers an intriguing contrast in styles which most pundits expect to last the full 12 rounds.

American Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the best defensive practitioners of all time while his ability to out-think opponents and adjust strategy midway through fights is unparalleled among contemporary fighters.

May 1, 2015

Vegas bout set to rival Super Bowls for betting

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Gamblers have flocked in huge numbers to Sin City for Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao which experts believe will be one of Nevada’s most heavily bet-upon sporting events.

The National Football League’s showpiece Super Bowl accounts for the top 20 events of all time for sports betting in the “Silver State” but industry insider Jay Kornegay predicts that the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout could break that trend.

May 1, 2015

Boxing-Vegas bout set to rival Super Bowls for betting

LAS VEGAS, May 1 (Reuters) – Gamblers have flocked in huge numbers to Sin City for Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao which experts believe will be one of Nevada’s most heavily bet-upon sporting events.

The National Football League’s showpiece Super Bowl accounts for the top 20 events of all time for sports betting in the “Silver State” but industry insider Jay Kornegay predicts that the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout could break that trend.

May 1, 2015

Filipino Pacquiao, a man of multiple layers

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Very few sportsmen have pursued as many career paths as boxer Manny Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion who has also made his name outside the ring as a politician, philanthropist, lawmaker and singer.

The Filipino southpaw, who will take on unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather in a heavily anticipated welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand on Saturday, is unquestionably one of the most intriguing figures in contemporary sport.

May 1, 2015

Modest Roach plays down role in Pacquaio transformation

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Freddie Roach is the quintessential trainer, an Irish-American who lives and breathes boxing and is happiest when he has the mitts on while putting his fighters through their paces in his Wild Card Boxing Club.

Voted trainer of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America on seven occasions, Roach is best known for the success he has achieved in partnership with Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino southpaw he has transformed into a complete fighter.

Apr 30, 2015

Trainers engage in verbal sparring ahead of megabout

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – While trash-talking by the two fighters has been at a bare minimum ahead of Saturday’s welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, their trainers engaged in a war of words on Thursday.

Pacquiao’s corner man, Freddie Roach, complained that the Mayweather camp had not yet submitted gloves for testing before his opposite number, Floyd Mayweather Sr., countered by saying that the Pacquiao camp was simply running scared.