Lance Pugmire of the L.A. TIMES reports this afternoon that representatives for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will talk today to begin negotiating the terms of a future fight.
(HBO Sports Prez Ross Greenburg, “Floyd’s calling the shots.” ORLY?)
The blog Fighthype.com earlier today also reported that Mayweather has told his promoter, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Productions, to begin talks with Pacquiao’s camp.
The posturing for a bigger slice of the purse has already started from Mayweather’s rep Schaefer, who made clear to Pugmire that he thinks his client is a bigger draw than Paqiuoa. HBO Sports President and boxing power broker Ross Greenburg also sides with Schaefer.
“How did Pacquiao-Marquez do versus Mayweather-Marquez? How did Pacquiao-Oscar do versus Floyd-Oscar?” Schaefer asked, well aware of the disparity.
Greenburg made it clear: “Floyd’s calling the shots for this fight to happen.”
After last night’s spectacle though against Cotto, not everyone agrees with Schaefer and Greenburg. Read more…
Manny Pacquiao, not content to inflict undue harm merely on opponents, went with the power ballad last night on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
No word if Pacquiao’s opponent in five night’s time, Miguel Cotto, decided to forgo sparring this week after watching his opponent perform Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill.
If you view the video after the jump with the sound on, I strongly recommend headgear.
You might have thought that the only suspected cheater boxing Saturday night was Shane “BALCO” Mosley. But it’s looking like his opponent might have been engaging in the type of shenanigans usually found in a Bugs Bunny cartoon. The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that the California State Athletic Commission is investigating Antonio Margarito’s hand wraps, which were removed from his hands before the fight, to see if they had been doctored to give him an unfair advantage.
It turns out that Margarito needed every advantage he could get, as Mosley stopped him in the ninth round. What Margarito is being accused of is making his wraps thicker with extra padding and heavier by dipping them in plaster. In boxing, this is beyond a big no-no - it’s about the worst thing a boxer can be accused of.