Mayweather vs. Pacquiao announcement premature? Online reactions dismiss TMZ’s report

Floyd Mayweather still has the world on the edge of their seat (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Jan. 30, TMZ.com reported that the heavily-discussed Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight as a ‘done deal’ for May 2 in Las Vegas.

And while the celebrity gossip site has been on point with several reports in the past, this particular bit of news may not be 100% accurate.

Larry Merchant on Mayweather-Pacquiao: ‘It’s a reflection of the fight that transcends boxing’

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao buzz continues to grow (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Whether or not we will ever see Floyd Mayweather face off with Manny Pacquiao inside of a prize ring remains to be seen, but there is no questioning just how much the boxing community and general public worldwide wants to see this fight.

After Mayweather and Pacquiao came face to face with one another on Tuesday night in Miami, followed by an hour-long meeting to discuss particulars, there is again a new sense of hope of this dream match coming off.

Juan Manuel Marquez spotted in London; gives his take on the Mayweather-Pacquiao ordeal

Juan Manuel Marquez spotted in London (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Juan Manuel Marquez was spotted in London on Thursday afternoon, as he took a minute to give his fans and update on the latest with his career.

Marquez is coming off a thorough outclassing of Mike Alvarado this past May and still remains a hot ticket in the sport. Speaking with IFL TV’s Kugan Cassius, Marquez showed his appreciation for being overseas ahead of his stable mate Daniel Estrada’s showdown with Kevin Mitchell on Saturday night.

What the boxing world is saying about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao

Will Manny Pacquiao face Floyd Mayweather in 2015? (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s hard for me to think of a time when a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown was as big as it is now.

Sure, some of this has to do with the fact that the two men, considered the best of this generation, came face to face with one another on Tuesday night in Miami during the Milwaukee Bucks’ victory over the hometown Heat.

Fernando Vargas: ‘Nobody beats Mayweather; too smart, too intelligent’

Floyd Mayweather (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

With Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao having again captured the world’s imagination after coming face to face with one another on Tuesday night in Miami, the demand for the fight continues to build.

But for as much talk as we are hearing these days, some people simply don’t get too hyped up about the fight.

Jeff Mayweather says Floyd and Manny coming face to face in Miami was ‘two guys talking, that’s all’

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao created a stir last night in Miami (Still photo)

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By Chris Robinson

When Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came face to face in Miami last night during the Bucks-Heat game, the world was set ablaze with curiosity, chatter, and hope.

For the past five years, the two prize fighters have intrigued the boxing world and the general public with the possibility of a dream fight taking place, but seeing Mayweather and Pacquiao speaking to one another was definitely a positive sign to many.

Online reactions to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao meeting in Miami

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao came face to face tonight in Miami (Photo: Twitter)

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By Chris Robinson

The internet world is buzzing over Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather once again, and this time over something that is of actual substance.

Turns out that both Mayweather and Pacquiao were present inside of the American Airlines Arena in Miami for the Heat-Bucks game that evening. The Heat organization took notice and soon the world began buzzing.

Exclusive photos: Jean Pascal kicks off Las Vegas training camp ahead of Sergey Kovalev showdown

Former world champion Jean Pascal training inside of the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Exclusive photos from inside of the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada as former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal kicks his training camp into gear ahead of his big fight with the division’s reigning WBA/IBF/WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.

Jeff Mayweather on the Mayweather-Pacquiao latest and the possibility of Cotto II happening

Trainer Jeff Mayweather is unsure whether we will see his nephew Floyd face Manny Pacquiao this year (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

The reports vary every day and there is no real certainty that we will  be seeing Floyd Mayweather face off with Manny Pacquiao in 2015 or at all.

The latest buzz has Mayweather possibly meeting up with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto on May 2 in a rematch of their intense 2012 encounter that Floyd won via unanimous decision.

Roger Mayweather on a possible Miguel Cotto rematch for Floyd: ‘He already knows he can’t whoop Floyd’

Is Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto II looming? (Photo: Hoganphotos)

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By Chris Robinson

The more times passes, the more it seems like we may be seeing Floyd Mayweather face off with Miguel Cotto in a rematch on May 2 instead of a huge showdown with Manny Pacquiao that the boxing world and general public has been hoping for.

Cotto gave Mayweather a spirited battle in May of 2012, dropping a clear yet competitive decision over the course of 12 rounds inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Brandon Rios hammers Mike Alvarado in Denver to nab trilogy honors

Brandon Rios dropping Mike Alvarado in the third round of their trilogy finale

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago in Broomfield, Co., just outside of Denver, Brandon Rios punished hometown favorite Mike Alvarado over the course of three-sided rounds in the third and final match in their memorable trilogy.

Rios was on top of Alvarado from the outset of the fight and scored the lone knockdown of the match in the third when Alvarado opted to take a knee.

Showing support to photographer Tom Casino

Photographer Tom Casino has captured several telling boxing shots over the years, including this image of Lucas Matthysse

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By Chris Robinson

Ask anyone from the boxing circuit who has been around photographer Tom Casino and they can surely tell you how affable and genuine of a guy he is.

That’s why it’s all the more disheartening to hear of Casino’s recent condition, as he is presently recovering from back surgery this past summer, followed by a near-lethal pulmonary embolism and stomach virus called c.diff. Casino went through six months of physical rehabilitation and he is looking at more than $100,000 in health-care expenses.

Photos: Brandon Rios (146.75) and Mike Alvarado (146.5) weigh in ahead of trilogy showdown

Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios weighing in for a third time (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Weights from Denver, Co. as former lightweight champion Brandon Rios (146.75 pounds) and hometown favorite Mike Alvarado (146.5) make the welterweight limit ahead of the third fight of their memorable trilogy.

Rios vs. Alvarado III will take place tomorrow night from the 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield in an HBO attraction that will have big implications for both men.

Oscar De La Hoya believes we will be seeing Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto II

Is Miguel Cotto next for Floyd Mayweather? (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

News in the sport of boxing always comes a fast pace and such has been the case with Floyd Mayweather’s imminent return to the ring.

Mayweather is eyeing  a May 2 return, as Cinco De Mayo weekend has always been one of his favorite days to fight on. Who the world’s premiere fighter will be facing, however, is still uncertain.

Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls host the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on TNT

Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls are 27-16 this NBA season (Photo: Hookem3434)

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By Chris Robinson 

While the Chicago Bulls are definitely in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference with a 27-16 record, the team’s point guard Derrick Rose doesn’t seem too pleased these days.

Following a 108-94 loss to Cleveland earlier this week, Rose had the following to say.

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne triple header on Showtime a big ratings hit

Deontay Wilder’s victory over Bermane Stiverne was a ratings success (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

According to a report from Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.com, the Jan. 17 Showtime Championship Boxing telecast headlined by Deontay Wilder’s victory over Bermane Stiverne was a big ratings hit.

From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Wilder produced his most complete performance a professional by outhustling his veteran foe to capture the WBC heavyweight title over 12 rounds.

Recapping the victories from the Seahawks and Patriots with eyes towards Super Bowl XLIX

The New Englad Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX (Photo: Hookem3434)

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Another championship weekend has come and gone with its share of fireworks. We witnessed a dominating performance by the New England Patriots and another incredible NFC championship game involving a come-from-behind victory from the Seattle Seahawks.

The NFC championship game began with a surprisingly dominant first half by the Green Bay Packers and no one would have guessed that the visiting teams would have had a 16-0 lead at halftime over the defending Super Bowl champions.

Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland close for May 2 in San Antonio?

Saul Alvarez may be in line for a May 2 date with James Kirkland (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

According to a report from Steve Kim at BoxingScene.com, it looks as though former junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez may be facing off with all-action James Kirkland on May 2 in San Antonio inside of the Alamodome.

The fight is on the verge of being finalized, according to sources, and the news is surprising given how much hope people were having on Alvarez meeting up with Miguel Cotto on May 2 before those negotiations fell apart.

Andre Ward says it’s hard to get excited about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao these days

Super middleweight champion Andre Ward in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

As the weekend came to a close out in Las Vegas, the boxing world also took notice of a new heavyweight champion of the world in Deontay Wilder, who snatched the WBC crown from Bermane Stiverne with a 12-round unanimous decision from the MGM Grand.

With Wilder’s victory now behind us, boxing looks forward to both his future as a champion as well as what other high-profile matches may be good for the sport.

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Post-fight updates from Las Vegas

Deontay Wilder was in command on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Following his title-winning victory over Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night, newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder spoke with pure joy about the fight itself and what his future holds.

Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s) was too strong, smart, and powerful for Stiverne, who drops to 24-2-1 with 21 knockouts.