By Raj Parmar: Early projections are starting to come in regarding the financial performance of the rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana that took place over this past weekend. As per Kevin Iole of sports.yahoo.com, the fight has generated 925,000 pay per view buys based on satellite and cable tracking trends.
If this figure is accurate, the rematch has performed better than the first fight which was said to have accumulated 900,000 buys.
By Raj Parmar: Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao seems to be growing increasingly frustrated with pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather. Talks of a super-fight between these two dominant powers in boxing have been ongoing for a few years now with the fight never coming to fruition.
It seems like Manny has hit his boiling point with regards to a fight with Floyd and appears very eager to step in the ring with Mayweather.
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Raj Parmar: Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather has stated that he plans to restructure his entire Mayweather Promotions team by his next fight in May 2015. He directly spoke about some existing tension between him and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, who has also been a long time friend of Mayweather’s.
“Leonard, I think we’re just getting to a point where we’re outgrowing each other. I think I just see things my way and I think he sees things in another way,” Floyd stated to fighthype.com, “For example, this time around when I went out and fought, my WBC and WBA titles in both weight classes were on the line and I didn’t approve of that at all. Also, my daughter was sitting in the front row and her mother wasn’t sitting next to her, so the ticket arrangements were totally wrong. People just outgrow one another, just like when people get a divorce. They’re no longer on the same page mentally.”
By Raj Parmar: Top Rank chief Bob Arum has weighed in on what the possible pay per view buys may be for the rematch between pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31 KO’s) that took place over the weekend. While most expected the pay per view figures to likely be around the 900,000 buys the first fight was said to have generated, Arum feels the fight did far worse.
“His [Floyd’s] PPV numbers have been going down considerably. For example his numbers from the Maidana fight were considerably less than the first fight and less than [Manny] Pacquiao did when he fought [Timothy] Bradley [rematch in April],” Arum stated as per scmp.com, “What that tells us is that people are getting disgusted with Mayweather and his base is eroding.”
(Photo credit: Ester Lin/Showtime) By Raj Parmar: Pound for pound King Floyd Mayweather Jr improved his undefeated record to 47-0 (26 KO’s) with a dominating unanimous decision win against Marcos Maidana last night (35-5, 31 KO’s). After the fight, both men spoke on the matchup and their respective futures at the post fight press conference.
Maidana stated that he felt he won the fight and didn’t understand why the judges would give rounds to a boxer that spends most of his time running around the ring. He admitted however that Floyd is extremely fast and that he plans to continue fighting.
By Raj Parmar: In a recent interview, Golden Boy chief Oscar De La Hoya made it known that he is firmly behind Marcos Maidana to upset Floyd Mayweather tomorrow night. This comes as little surprise given the well documented animosity between Oscar and Floyd. The former world champion believes age may be catching up with the pound for pound king and that Floyd may have declined physically since the first fight with Maidana.
“I’m 100% with Maidana,” De La Hoya stated as per esnewsreporting.com, “You never know because Mayweather is 37 years old. You age in boxing overnight.”
(Photo credit: Idris Erba/Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions) By Raj Parmar: It looks as though Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s) is keeping true on his promise to fight at a lighter weight for his rematch with Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s). He weighed in less than Mayweather at 146 pounds while Floyd weighed in at 146.5.
Marcos looked very soft in stomach/abs area while Floyd looked extremely cut up and defined. Muscles don’t always tell the whole story of training camp for a championship fight however it is very clear Mayweather has worked extremely hard the last couple of months.
By Raj Parmar: The third episode of All Access: Mayweather-Maidana premiered yesterday at the Beachers Madhouse at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A few interesting items were included in the show that reveals what is going on inside each of the fighter’s camps.
The episode started off with former Maidana strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza showing up to Floyd’s training camp to watch him train. Mayweather claimed Maidana is overweight in the mid 160’s with the fight at that point still a week away, and he should have kept Ariza in order to get the weight down.
By Raj Parmar: An interesting tidbit of information came out today regarding the never ending glove dispute saga between Floyd Mayweather Jr (46-0, 26 KO’s) and Marcos Maidana (35-4, 31 KO’s). There had been some confusion in the boxing world regarding whether Maidana would fight Mayweather in 8 ounce Everlast Powerlock gloves (which he fought Floyd with in May) or a bigger 10 ounce version of the gloves.
After the final Mayweather-Maidana press conference was over today, Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia spoke with reporters about the gloves issue and revealed that Marcos almost had to wear 10 ounce Everlast Powerlock gloves in the rematch with Floyd. After going through some general paperwork regarding the fight recently, Garcia discovered that the paperwork indicated 10 ounce gloves were to be used by each fighter in the fight. This came as a complete shock to Garcia and he immediately did something about it.
By Raj Parmar: As the press tour for the welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) winded down this week, Pacquiao continued to inform the boxing world that a showdown with pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) is on the horizon.
“There are serious negotiations with the Mayweather camp and my promoter,” Pacquiao said during the press tour, “Probably for next year (is when the fight would happen).”