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Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has scrapped promotional appearances in London because previous convictions bar him from entering Britain.
Manny Pacquiao has a chance to get things going back in the right direction if he can register a decisive victory over Brandon Rios when the two battle in Macau, China, on Saturday.
It didn’t take Iron Mike very long to get involved in controversy in his new role as a boxing promoter.
Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.
Mike Tyson is a good friend of the “Boomer & Carton” show, so it was a shock when the boxing great said last month that he was “on the verge of dying” due to substance abuse problems.
At an age when most boxers fade under the dim lights of dementia, Floyd Mayweather Jr seems as keen and quick and good as ever, in defiance of history and precedent and logic.
He’ll be 38 and another $150 million or so richer when his lucrative contract with Showtime ends.
The fight was one of the richest ever if not the richest ever with a live gate of $20M and at least another $100M from pay-per-view.
If Alvarez can get in his shots, Mayweather will have to react like a champion. He will have to show he can take a punch and stay on his game plan.
Alvarez and Mayweather are fighting at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, which, if you’re looking for an edge, would probably point to Alvarez, the naturally larger man. But Mayweather has a way of making larger men look small.
“Saturday could be a $200 million night,” Schaefer said. “Boxing is hardly a dying sport.”
Tommy Morrison’s former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died Sunday night at a Nebraska hospital.
Emile Griffith, the elegant world champion whose career was overshadowed by the fatal beating he gave Bennie Paret in a 1962 title bout that darkened all of boxing, died Tuesday. He was 75.
With the WBA Super Light Middleweight title on the line, this fight has the potential to be an instant classic, and it all starts here.