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May 2, 2015

Mayweather and Pacquiao promise to deliver on hype

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao weighed in for what has been labeled the ‘Fight of the Century’ on Friday, promising to deliver on the massive hype and give fans the excitement they deserve.

What had been a subdued buildup to the most anticipated fight in decades exploded to life when Pacquiao and then Mayweather entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena to thumping hip hop music and deafening cheers from a seething crowd of 11,500, some of whom had waited three hours for a glimpse of the two boxers.

May 1, 2015

Sin City readies for knockout weekend

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Sin City was gearing up for a knockout weekend as A-listers and high-rollers flooded into the gambling resort on Friday for what has been labeled the ‘Fight of the Century’.

Only the fabulously rich and very famous hold golden tickets to the heavily secured 16,800 seat MGM Grand Garden Arena for Saturday night’s showdown between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao that is expected to be the biggest-grossing fight of all-time.

May 1, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao fight for boxing’s future

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – When Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao enter the ring on Saturday the stakes could not be higher, even for a bout already labeled the “Fight of the Century.”

The richest prize fight of all-time will give each fighter a multi-million-dollar payday and smash pay-per-view numbers while eye-popping ticket prices, out of reach for all but the rich and famous, will see the 16,800-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena rival the Super Bowl in gate receipts.

May 1, 2015

Mayweather, a perfect fighter but flawed man, cashes in

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. describes himself as a perfectionist and inside the ring the boxer known as the ‘Money Man’ is just that, his flawless professional record of 47-0 a monument to perfection.

But outside the arena Mayweather’s pursuit of an equally accomplished life ended long ago in defeat, the gunman of his own character assassination.

May 1, 2015

Mayweather Sr. looks for poetic victory

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – When Floyd Mayweather Jr. steps into the ring to face Manny Pacquiao in what has been dubbed the ‘Fight of the Century’, in his corner will be his father Floyd Sr., who once used his young son as a human shield against an angry gunman.

It would seem almost certain Mayweather Sr. will never win father of the year honors but with victory on Saturday his son could cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time with the man who sparked that dream looking on with pride.

Apr 30, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao trade compliments not shots

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao appeared more focused on conserving energy and downplaying animosity than stirring the pot for their upcoming mega-fight as the two boxers eased their way through a low-key media conference on Wednesday.

Back in the same room for the first time since March 11 when they came together to promote Saturday’s welterweight championship bout, the two fighters traded compliments rather than jabs and even shared a laugh during the traditional ‘stare-down’ photo opportunity.

Apr 27, 2015

Megafight numbers add up to new sporting landscape

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Even in Las Vegas where fortunes are won and lost on the roll of the dice, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have Sin City abuzz over a megafight that will generate millions and reshape the sport business landscape.

From $100,000 ringside seats to $150 million paydays, Saturday’s long-awaited showdown between the greatest fighters of a generation is expected to be the richest fight of all-time and smash records in knockout fashion.

Apr 23, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao bout delivers knockout ticket prices

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday and unless your name is Warren Buffet or Madonna you will probably have to watch the May 2 bout on pay-per-view.

After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the fighters’ camps and much speculation, the coveted tickets went on sale and, as expected, they were not cheap.

Apr 23, 2015

Subdued Mayweather sure he has winning ticket

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – With tickets to his May 2 mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao set to fetch jaw-dropping prices, Floyd Mayweather felt no need to add to the hype on Wednesday, avoiding controversy with the same ease with which he evades punches.

Undefeated Mayweather even mustered up some faint praise for Pacquiao and refused to respond to taunts made by the Filipino’s trainer Freddie Roach, while offering effusive thanks to the media as he bobbed and weaved his way through a 30 minute conference without landing or taking a single blow.

Apr 16, 2015

Athletics – Hosting worlds in Eugene hailed as a ‘bold move’

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – United States athletics officials hailed the IAAF’s awarding of the 2021 world championships to Eugene, Oregon on Thursday as a “bold decision”, dismissing European grumblings as disappointment they had all experienced.

“They (the International Association of Athletics Federation) deserve a lot of credit for stepping up and making a bold decision to accept this bid outside the process,” TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna said during a conference call.