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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — In a rematch of one of the toughest fights in his professional career, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. controlled from the opening bell, beating Marcos Maidana in a unanimous decision on Saturday to retain his welterweight and junior middleweight world titles. Mayweather had previously defeated Maidana by majority decision in May.
Mayweather was able to avoid the heavy hands of Maidana this time around, winning the fight 116-111, 116-111, and 115-112, upping his unblemished record to an impressive 47-0 (26 KOs).
“I think the difference was I didn’t stay on the ropes and I did a lot of movement and turning,” Mayweather said. “I felt sharper in the first fight. My rhythm was a little off. I gave myself a C, C-minus. I thought I could have done a lot better. I got hit with some shots I shouldn’t have.”
Maidana (35-5, 31 KOs) did pin the champion against the ropes in the fifth round, connecting on a couple of right hands before Mayweather escaped. Following a clinch in the eighth round, Mayweather jumped back and complained to referee Kenny Bayless, later saying that Maidana bit three of his fingers on his left hand.
The bite didn’t hurt the pound-for-pound king, at least not on the stat sheet. Mayweather connected on 51 percent of his punches, landing 166 of the 326 punches thrown. After the fight, Mayweather said he has not ruled out a potential “superfight” with Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m gonna go and talk to my team and see what the future holds,” Mayweather said. “I don’t know who I’m fighting in May but I expect to fight in May. Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy in front of him. Once he gets past him, he can look to the future. If the Pacquiao fight presents itself let’s make it happen.”
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FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Prior to his welterweight title fight against Marcos Maidana this weekend, defending world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is planning to retire at the end of his current six-fight contract.
The fourth bout of that deal is this Saturday, meaning the conclusion of the contract could come in September 2015.
“I only got two more fights left and after the next two fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” Mayweather said.
“I’ll still work with my stable of fighters, still build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” he said. “We have young fighters that we work with.”
The 37-year-old is 46-0 in his professional career with 26 knockouts while holding the claim as boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
This past May, Mayweather beat Maidana by majority decision.
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Al Bello/Getty Images(CANASTOTA, N.Y.) — Oscar De La Hoya was one of twelve members inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, outside of Syracuse, N.Y.
De La Hoya won 10 world titles, in six different weight classes, while also becoming an Olympic Champion in the 1992 Summer Games.
Also inducted were two former boxers, Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe, along with George Chaney, Charles Ledoux, Mike O’Dowd, Tom Allen, promoter Barry Hearn, referees Richard Steele and Eugene Corri, journalist Graham Houston, and Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer.
De La Hoya posted an amateur record of 223-5 with 153 knockouts before turning pro in 1992, following his Olympic gold in the lightweight division. The “Golden Boy” went 39-6 as a professional with 30 knockouts in his career. He won his first championship belt, the WBO super-featherweight, in just his 12th bout before winning titles in the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, light middleweight and middleweight division.
“Today marks an incredible personal achievement,” said De La Hoya. “But it is only the latest milestone that never would have been possible without my family, my friends and, most of all, my fans.”
He established Golden Boy Promotions in 2002 before retiring in 2008 after a loss to Manny Pacquiao.
The 25th Hall of Fame class was selected by members of the Boxers Writing Association as well as a panel of international boxing historians.
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Rich Schultz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In front of 21,090 fans at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto was dominant as ever earning the WBC Middleweight title with a 10th round technical knockout of Sergio Martinez. With the win, Cotto becomes the first Puerto Rican boxer to win four titles at four different weigh classes.
“Happiest day of my life,” said Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) after the fight.. “This is the biggest achievement of my professional career.”
Cotto controlled the fight from the opening bell, knocking down Martinez three times in the first round. That eventually led to another knockdown in the ninth. Martinez was still sitting on his stool prior to the tenth round when trainer Pablo Sarmiento did not let him continue and referee Michael Griffin called a stop to the bout.
The 32-year-old has won title belts and junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight, and now middleweight. At the time of the stoppage Cotto was also up on the scorecard, 90-77, winning every round. The win brough Cotto to 8-1 all-time in Madison Square Garden. His promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, has said the first title defense is being planned for December, also at MSG.
Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) was making his seventh title defense, and fighting for the first time in 14 months. The 39-year-old Venezuelan has had surgery on his right knee in each of his previous two bouts, also breaking his left hand in each of the two previous fights. Those injuries, and his age, have prompted many to speculate that Martinez may be closing out his career.
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Elsa/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bernard Hopkins added another title to his resume on Saturday night after he defeated Beibut Shumenov to unify light heavyweight world titles at the D.C. Armory.
Hopkins, 49, landed 93 pun…
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — After breaking his left leg during Saturday night’s fight against Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva underwent surgery at a Las Vegas hospital.
The operation was performed by Dr. Steven Sanders, the UFC’…
Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(MACAU) — Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2; 38 KO) defeated Brandon Rios (31-2-1; 23KO) by unanimous decision on Sunday in his first match since losing to Juan Manuel Marquez last December.Pacquiao dominated the fight from the openin…
ESPN(LAS VEGAS) –WBA Super light middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominated Canelo Alvarez Saturday night to win the WBC light middleweight championship.The 36-year-old Mayweather won via decision, with two judges scoring the fight 117-111 a…
(NEW YORK) — Tommy Morrison, the former WBO heavyweight champion, passed away at a hospital in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 44 Sunday night.
Morrison won the heavyweight title in 1993 when he defeated George Foreman. Morrison was scheduled to defend …
Ronald Martinez/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18KOs) stopped two-time champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22KOs) in the 12th round of their welterweight fight Saturday night.Berto took control of the fight ea…
VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images(LEDYARD, Conn.) — WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin stopped Matthew Macklin in the third round Saturday night to retain his titles.The 31-year-old Golovkin sent Macklin crashing to the canvas with a left …
Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Despite having to vacate his WBO featherweight championship after failing to make weight, Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27KOs) stopped Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3) in the fourth round Saturday night at the American Airlines Are…
Al Bello/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Robert Guerrero with a unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas to retain his WBC welterweight championship. All three judges scored the figh…
Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0) captured the WBO super bantamweight title with a unanimously decision over Nonito Donaire (31-2) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday night….
Elsa/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins won the IBF light heavyweight title on Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Tavoris Cloud at the Barcalys Center in Brooklyn. With the victory, Hopki…
Jeff Bottari/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Former WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1) was suspended for nine months and fined $900,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission on Thursday for failing a drug test last year. The 27-year-old C…
Al Bello/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — Undefeated Adrien Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) retained the WBC lightweight title Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City with a fifth round TKO of Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 19KOS).The 23…
Al Bello/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Juan Manuel Marquez made sure there was no doubt he won this fight. Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao with seconds left in the sixth round, giving Marquez his first victory over the Pacquiao in four attempts.
Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) won a 12-round unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, to retain his WBA Light Middleweight title.The 27-year-old Trout dominated Cotto over…
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Hector “Macho” Camacho has died. Camacho was shot in the face on Tuesday and announced clinically brain dead on Thursday while on life support. His family decided to take him off s…