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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Mexico City, Mex. (July 23) -Reports out of Mexico City, where five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez is back in training for his scheduled September 19 bout (at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®) against Floyd Mayweather (Mayweather vs. Marquez "Number One/Numero Uno"), confirm that Marquez is bigger, stronger and punching "to the body" harder than ever as he pushes his training regime to new heights in preparation for his ultimate challenge against Mayweather.

Eyewitnesses say it is evident that not only is Marquez bigger, but his training includes a special focus on body work and technique as he looks to defeat the undefeated Mayweather, a six-time World Champion in five weight divisions.

"I know where he's been hurt and I'm going for it," said Marquez. "He is vulnerable now and I will take advantage of his weakness with a body attack that emphasizes two things-the right and the left."

Another testament to this new resolve are his grueling two-hour runs in the mountains of Nevado de Toluca at a staggering elevation of 13,500 feet.

"The mountain is a magic place and gives me the freedom to visualize the night of the fight and how I am going to beat him," said Marquez. "It is also building my endurance, making my legs stronger and building muscle across my whole body."

Marquez has also been adding weight as he works through technique in training.

Marquez finished, "I've been working gradually with the extra weight, which is going to be pure muscle and make me stronger than ever by the time I step in the ring September 19. Mayweather is going to be the first one to feel the difference."

Mayweather vs. Marquez: "Number One/Numero Uno," is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Marquez Promotions and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, Quaker State, Dewalt Tools, Affliction Clothing and Southwest Airlines. The 12-round bout will take place Saturday, September 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.

The Mayweather vs. Marquez pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Marquez fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

HBO's Emmy®-Award-winning all-access reality series "24/7" returns to HBO® with an all new edition as "Mayweather/Marquez 24/7" premieres Saturday, August 29 at 10:15 pm ET/PT. The four-episode series will chronicle the preparations and back stories of both fighters as they train for their September 19 pay-per-view showdown.

Tickets priced at $1,000, $750, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now and limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets previously purchased for the July 18 date will be honored.

Source: philboxing.com

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mayweather badmouths MMA, Pacquiao’s promoter

Floyd Mayweather Jr. might not be talking much about the rib injury that delayed his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez this month, but that seems like the only topic not up for discussion.

In a recent interview with CBSSports.com, “Pretty Boy Floyd” rapped on Marquez and Pacquiao, and took a monster shot at mixed martial arts, saying the sport his Sept. 19 fight vs. Marquez is competing head-to-head against (UFC 103 is in Dallas the same night) is for “beer drinkers, boxing is for everybody.”

“You can’t take my shoes off, and take my shirt off and throw me in a cage. You do that with animals, you don’t do that with humans,” said a bold Mayweather. “It takes true skills to be in the sport of boxing.”

While Mayweather probably should have stopped his brash statements there — considering many of the MMA fans he was offending probably helped him become boxing’s “pay-per-view king” by purchasing his blockbuster fights — he didn’t, saying MMA was created by white fighters who couldn’t cut it in the ring.

"In boxing, we know who's dominating. Black fighters and Hispanic fighters is dominating in this sport,” Mayweather continued. “And this is not a racial statement but there's no white fighters in boxing that's dominating, so they had to go to something else and start something new."

When the subject turned to a much-anticipated match with Manny Pacquiao (whose fight against Miguel Cotto in November was officially announced Monday), Mayweather said the Filipino superstar would have to become his own boss before he could consider a bout.

“Everybody wants to see the Pacquiao fight, but it doesn’t work like that. Pacquiao isn’t his own boss and he’s giving up 27 percent of his money to Bob Arum,” Mayweather said. “Once he becomes his own boss, then we can talk. If he’s not his own boss I ain’t got nothing to say to him.”

But just in case he does, Mayweather says you know where to find him.

“It’s not hard to find me. Everybody know I’m in Las Vegas,” he said. “Just look for the biggest mansion and the prettiest Rolls-Royce — that’s me.”

Source: lasvegassun.com


NEW YORK (BASN) -- The fight between Floyd Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) was supposed to have occurred on July 18, but Mayweather pulled out with a rib injury. He has since disclosed very little information as to how the injury occurred.
“Well when it happened, I tried to work through it,” Mayweather said. “I was fine for a while, but then it happened again and I was like, well you know what; I can't try to be a superhero or be Superman.”

"It's best to take your time,” Mayweather added. “Take a little time off, let it heal and come back so when I do go out and perform I'll be able to perform to the best of my ability for my fans.”

The rescheduled date of September 19, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is more than enough time for both fighters to be ready and compete at 100%. It will be Mayweather’s first fight in more than 1 ½ years since he defeated Ricky Hatton in 10 rounds.

Although Mayweather has been absent from the ring, he insists that he is still the man to beat. Mayweather believes that is the biggest draw in boxing, not Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, or anyone else.

“The biggest fight in boxing is Mayweather vs. anyone,” Mayweather said. “It doesn't matter who I fight.”

The always boastful Mayweather is supremely confident and rightfully so. The 31-year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan has won five division titles and remains unbeaten. It appears as though Mayweather doesn’t care who he fights.

“I don't call out or chase opponents,” Mayweather added. “Opponents have to chase me. It's like a t-bone steak. Basically I ate all the meat off the steak and then threw them the bone.”

Marquez chases newfound glory

There is no question that Marquez is chasing Mayweather. Marquez is moving up in weight after having competed at 122, 126, 130, and only once at 135. Marquez is considered to be one of the very best technical fighters in the game today.
Everything Marquez does, he does it very well. He throws combinations -- digging deep to the body. Marquez is simply a ferocious boxer and is a very consistent fighter. Marquez will be put to the test when he meets Mayweather.

“It's a very hard fight, but mentally I'm preparing myself to win and I feel I can beat Mayweather,” Marquez commented.

Marquez, who turns -- on August 23 stated: “Winning will be the best gift of my life. I'm preparing myself and I'm putting all the ingredients together so I can beat Mayweather. I'm getting ready for the best Mayweather ever. I'm not thinking about his retirement. I'm getting ready for the best guy possible...the best fighter in the world.”

Marquez’ Hall of Fame career consists of a number of highlights and lots of action. Marquez has won 8 of his last 11 fights (8-2-1, 4 KOs). His only losses were controversial decisions to Pacquiao (2008) and WBA featherweight champion Chris John (2006).

Marquez also fought Pacquiao to a controversial draw in 2004. Marquez survived three knockdowns in the first round, but boxed beautifully for the remainder of the bout to escape with a draw.

He's coming off perhaps two of the most exciting fights of his career as he became the only fighter to stop Joel Casamayor (TKO 11) last year and Juan Diaz (TKO 9) in February.
Following the Diaz bout, Marquez unified the WBO/WBA lightweight championships and is ready to move up in weight for perhaps the biggest challenge of his career.

Marquez is certainly the underdog, but doesn’t seem to mind at all.

“I think that life is full of surprises” Marquez added. “This is what motivates me. This is what makes me train hard. When I wake up in the morning, it makes me want to train hard, run faster and longer.”

Mayweather remembers Gatti, Arguello

When Mayweather won the WBC junior welterweight championship in June 2005, Arturo Gatti was the champion. Mayweather’s quickness, speed, sharp punching, and movement was simply too much for Gatti.
It was as though Gatti, as celebrated a warrior he was, shouldn’t have been in the ring with Floyd. Nevertheless, a fighter as talented and as dominant as Mayweather recognized Gatti’s ability to absorb punishment and continue fighting no matter what.

"I just want to say, blessings to the Gatti family,” Mayweather said. “Blessings to Arturo Gatti because he was one hell of a warrior. We know Gatti never turned away from any opponent - never turned his back on any opponent."

"He fought anybody that was put in front of him and was a beast. He's a guy that could get knocked down four or five times and come right back.”

Mayweather discusses Arguello: "I just try to keep my mind focused on the positive and hopefully raising my kids to be the best that they can be once they become young adults in this world."

"I try not to keep my mind focused on tragedies, but Alexis Arguello was probably one of the best junior lightweights to ever put on a pair of gloves. He'd get knocked down four or five times, he'd come back in one shot. I mean, it would be lights out for you.”

Pacquiao vs. Cotto in the fall

If SHOWTIME’s announcement of the elite Super Six World Championship Classic wasn’t enough, then HBO Pay-Per-View will present possibly the biggest fight of 2009.

Discussions between the camps of Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) and Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) have led to an agreement for a November 14th showdown. The fight is very intriguing for a number of reasons.

Pacquiao has lived up to the hype of being recognized as the best fighter in the world. His dominance has expanded from one weight class to the next. Pacquiao’s performances have been nothing short of exuberant and he continues to get better.

Pacquiao is coming off three of the finest performances of his career. In 2008, Pacquiao toppled David Diaz (TKO 9) for the WBC lightweight title before advancing to welterweight to outclass Oscar De La Hoya (TKO 8) before forcing him to quit on his stool.

In May, Pacquiao may have put the final dent into the career of Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao scored an impressive one-punch, second-round KO of the British star. Hatton was out cold on the canvas for several minutes and may never be the same fighter he was before losing to Floyd Mayweather in December 2007.

Cotto was one regarded as the best welterweight in the world prior to losing to Antonio Margarito last year July. With Margarito serving a suspension for attempting to use illegal hand wraps in a January prior to getting KO’d by Sugar Shane Mosley, Cotto has appeared to return to championship form.

Cotto demolished an undeserving Michael Jennings in February for the WBO 147-pound title before winning an impressive 12-round decision against Joshua Clottey in June.

Cotto is going to have his hands full in attempting to contain the explosive southpaw style of Pacquiao, who has proven to be unmerciful inside the ring.

Source: blackathlete.net

Mayweather baits UFC fans

Absent from the ring for nearly two years, Floyd Mayweather can be forgiven any lack of subtlety. Hey, there are tickets that need selling. In anticipation of his Sept. 19 bout with Juan Manuel Marquez, the 39-0 puncher told Sportsline.com earlier this week that "it takes true skills to be in the sport of boxing," and likened MMA's occupants to "animals."

Floyd often acts as though he's lacking key neurons, but he's no dummy. Seeing a few elite-level mixed fights will tell an athlete that it takes an athlete to participate in one (see: Evander Holyfield's, Michael Moorer's, Mike Tyson's and Oscar De La Hoya's comments on the sport). I can't be sold that Mayweather believes his own sideshow for one minute. This is what's done to get the odometer going for what boxing fans tell me is a shoulder shrug of a fight. If Mayweather gets press, so does his appointment. And until he fights Manny Pacquiao in the bout everyone really cares about, he'll need all the help he can give himself.

Source espn.go.com

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mayweather still quiet on injury, but ready to go

Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. still isn't saying exactly how he injured his ribs training for his comeback fight, he has plenty to say about nearly everything else.
Mayweather kicked off the publicity campaign for his Sept. 19 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on Tuesday by dismissing those who believe Manny Pacquiao is boxing's best overall fighter, ripping Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, and confirming an improved relationship with his father.
Yet the undefeated former pound-for-pound king still won't give specifics about his abrupt injury last month, which forced the fight's postponement from July 18 and immediately led to suspicions of skullduggery.
Many boxing observers speculated Mayweather wanted time to line up a big-money bout with Pacquiao for his first fight since December 2007. Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) insists he was injured in a "freak accident" in training, but won't say much else.
"Believe me, it wasn't a small guy that done it, but it didn't even come from sparring," Mayweather said. "When it happened, I tried to work through it. I was sparring for a while, but then it happened again. I said, 'You know what, I can't try to be a superhero. I've got to take time off and let it heal.' I'd never tell exactly what happened. I just had a rib injury."
Others wondered whether Mayweather thought he needed more time to prepare for the veteran star Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) — or even whether Mayweather was disappointed by reportedly lackluster ticket sales for the fight, which Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer insists wasn't the case.
Marquez, who's training in Mexico City, believes Mayweather's story about the injury, saying he used the extra time to take his children on vacation.
"I'm sure that there's solid evidence," Marquez said through a translator. "There should be some paperwork from the doctor, and I'm sure he presented the paperwork that was needed. I was calm. I'm fine. Things happen for a reason."
Mayweather confirmed discussions with Arum and Top Rank about facing Pacquiao, but didn't specify whether they occurred before or after the rib injury. Mayweather ripped Arum for demanding a 50-50 split of the purse for Pacquiao, the undersized Filipino star whose recent run of electric victories has elevated him to boxing's top echelon.
"If he wouldn't be so greedy, that fight would happen," Mayweather said of Arum, his own promoter until Mayweather bought out his contract to promote himself.
Mayweather resumed training two weeks ago, but has limited himself to basketball and calisthenics. He plans to get back in the boxing gym this week.
He's also spending more time with Floyd Mayweather Sr., the respected boxing trainer who molded his son into a champion before a furious family split several years ago. A family friend got the Mayweathers together for dinner this summer, and the two are back on friendly terms.
"He's teaching his oldest grandson how to box, and that's a good thing," Mayweather said. "He's coming to the birthday parties of his granddaughters. He's spending more time getting to know his grandkids. My kids are the future of the Mayweather family and of the Mayweather brand. I feel our family is stronger if we stay together."
Mayweather, Marquez and their promoters curiously won't reveal the exact weight limit for the fight, saying only it's a welterweight bout — which could mean anything from 141 pounds to the 147-pound class limit. De La Hoya claimed the mystery is designed to get people to watch the weigh-in on Sept. 18.
Marquez has never fought at more than 135 pounds, only moving up from 130 recently. Mayweather says he's already close to 147 pounds, meaning the few extra pounds won't be tough to lose.
Although Mayweather Promotions is closely aligned with Golden Boy, Mayweather also needled two Golden Boy partners during the conference call.
He blasted Sugar Shane Mosley as a cheater for using steroids, which Mosley says he did unwittingly. Mayweather also speculated De La Hoya "was just in it for the payday" when he lost to Pacquiao last year.
If Mayweather saw irony in a fighter whose self-proclaimed nickname is "Money" warning of the dangers in fighting solely for paychecks, he didn't acknowledge it. Mayweather, whose camp has denied problems with the IRS over unpaid taxes, insists he'll reclaim his spot atop the sport, starting next month.
"The biggest fight in boxing isn't Mayweather vs. Marquez," Mayweather said. "It's Mayweather vs. anybody."

Source: latimes.com

Marquez, Mayweather to hold conference call

MANILA – Promotions for the mega fight “Number One/Number Uno” featuring Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. lost steam when the bout was postponed due to an injury sustained by Mayweather.

But preparations for the fight are on course again as an international conference call is set to take place Tuesday in the United States, according to PhilBoxing.com.

Mayweather and Marquez will take part in the international conference call to promote their fight originally slated to take place on July 18.

The Mayweather-Marquez clash has been rescheduled to Sept. 19. It will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather, the former No.1 pound-for-pound fighter, was getting all set for his comeback fight when he suffered a rib injury while training.

He retired in June 2008 and came out of retirement last May, making his comeback announcement just hours away from the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton showdown.

Mayweather is a five-division champion with six world championships. Marquez, meantime, is a three-division champion with five world championship titles.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Oscar de la Hoya will attend the conference. De la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, will be joined by Golden Boy chief executive officer (CEO) Richard Schaefer.

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, will also attend the conference.

Mayweather vs. Marquez: “Number One/Numero Uno” is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with Marquez Promotions.

Source: abs-cbnnews.com

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Mayweather-Marquez Will Be at 144, Says Golden Boy

Despite all of the rumors that are flooding about overseas, the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Juan Manuel Marquez bout will take place at 144-pounds. There have been rumors flying all over the United States and Mexico that Mayweather's side changed the weight to 147-pounds. Eric Gomez, vice-president of Golden Boy Promotions, says the contracts were signed for a weight range of 143 to 144-pounds and that's were the fight will take place when the boxers step in the ring on September 19 in Las Vegas.

"The fight was signed at 143 to 144-pounds, nothing more and nothing less. We heard the rumors but we didn't care [about them] until Juan Manuel contacted us and it definitely bothered us because we announced the fight and the only change that was made was the date," Gomez told The Record.

Gomez explained that just because the fight is being billed as a "welterweight fight" - does not mean the fight will take place at the welterweight limit.

"When a fight is agreed to take place between 141 to 147-pounds, it is called a welterweight fight because it breaks the category of junior welterweight [140]," Gomez said.

Source: boxingscene.com


Friday, July 3, 2009

Mayweather vs Marquez Bumped Up To 147-Pounds?

The rumors are out there again. A few weeks ago, there were rumors that Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, scheduled to take place at the catch-weight of 143/144-pounds [depending on who you ask], was going to get bumped to the full welterweight limit of 147. The weight changed was disputed by those who are close to the fight. Then the fight got pushed back due to an injury to Mayweather's rib and the new date of September 19 has been locked down.

This time the weight change talk is coming from Nacho Beristain, the manager and trainer of Marquez. He says people are saying the weight got bumped to 147 and that would put them at a bigger disadvantage if it proves to be true.

"They are saying that they changed it to 147 pounds. Juan is eager to fight Mayweather and does not care about that, but if the fight is allowed to take place at that weight, Floyd could rise to 160-pounds by the time he enters the ring, or more. The chances of that taking place if he weiged 143 are far less because he would have to work a lot harder to make the weight. I need to speak to Juan about this," Beristain told The Record.

Source: boxingscene.com