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LAS VEGAS – Anticipation for Saturday night’s junior middleweight title fight between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand (on Showtime pay-per-view) has been at a fever pitch. Hip-hop Mayweather – a living legend from the U.S. – against the red-headed kid from Guadalajara, Mexico, who has been referred to as the Mexican James Dean by his promotional team.
Mayweather is 36, has never lost and will go down as an all-time great, whether his haters like it or not. Alvarez is just 23 and has superstar written all over him. He is much younger, much stronger and will be much bigger by fight-time. It remains to be seen if all that will help Alvarez, but you can bet there are thousands upon thousands hopeful it will, as Mayweather is the guy so many want to see lose.
Mayweather is despised for a variety of reasons, from his brashness to the domestic-abuse conviction that sent him to jail in 2012. If Alvarez were to find a way to win, all of Mexico and a good part of the rest of the boxing world would celebrate.
And to think that this scenario – which includes the Mexican Alvarez trying to make history on Mexican Independence Day weekend – is getting the kind of support that is unfortunately rare these days in the sweet science.
The semi-main event will feature super lightweight champion Danny Garcia defending his championship against heavy-handed Lucas Matthysse of Argentina in a fight that has barnburner potential and could steal the night. We’re talking two main events on one card.
Make no mistake. As good as Garcia-Matthysse might be, almost all the interest here is on Mayweather-Alvarez. This fight sold out in two hours. The $19,905,000 live gate broke the record by about $1.5 million. Pay-per-view records also could fall.
There’s also an intriguing side story: the catch-weight of 152 pounds, two under the limit. Alvarez said in a story this week in USA Today that Team Mayweather’s claim that it was Alvarez who first broached the subject of a catch-weight is ridiculous, that he was basically forced to agree to it or he wouldn’t get the fight. Since this will pay Alvarez his biggest purse – a $5 million guarantee that figures to rise to above $10 million with pay-per-view upside – it was a no-brainer.
Oh, man, this place is going to be rockin’.
“It’s fight time, what else can I say?” Mayweather said Wednesday. “If the game plan is to apply pressure, I can handle it. If the game plan is to outbox me, nobody can outbox me. You have to be able to match me mentally, and I’m the strongest mental fighter in the sport of boxing.”
The way Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) goes about his business, often leaving opponents throwing blows at the air with his defensive magic, it’s hard to argue with him.
Then again, Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is such a dynamic fighter – a fine combination of mental and physical toughness – one just gets the feeling he could very well find a way to do things to Mayweather no one else has done.
“When you fight Floyd, you have to be ready for every aspect of a fight,” Alvarez said. “You have to be able to adjust mentally as well as physically. I have to be very, very smart and ready to change my plan at any time.
“You’ll see how I do it. You’ll see how I beat him. I’m calm and I’m just ready to fight. We’ve prepared like never before. Floyd is a fighter who throws like five punches a round and he lands them – that’s why he wins rounds. But we’re prepared for that; we’re prepared for everything.”
He’s even prepared to fight against getting lulled to sleep, a malady of many Mayweather opponents after a few rounds. They can’t land a clean punch, so they almost stop trying.
“I need to stick to my game plan, not fall into his,” Alvarez said.
By the time this main event is ready to roll, it will be nuts inside the arena, goose bumps aplenty. Mayweather, not one for sentimentality, can’t wait to make this scene.
“You’ve never seen a guy 44-0 versus a guy 42-0,” Mayweather said. “Like I said before, in Mexico he’s a young rock star and everybody that they put in front of him he was able to go out there and do his job. He’s done it in a tremendous fashion. He’s a good, strong, solid boxer and, I mean, it’s a very intriguing match up.
“Me not even being a boxing fan, I would want to see two undefeated fighters at the top competition against one another.”
Of course, Mayweather is stoked. He’s guaranteed $41.5 million.
So much has been made about the lethal power of Lucas Matthysse, who Saturday night will try to take Danny Garcia’s two super lightweight title belts in the semi-main event at MGM Grand. Matthysse, of Argentina, has a record of 34-2 with 32 knockouts.
In Matthysse’s most recent fight, he stopped fellow world-class fighter Lamont Peterson in the third round in a performance that opened a lot of eyes. But Garcia, of Philadelphia, expresses nothing but confidence ahead of the bout, which almost can’t miss as a thriller.
“I’m doing the same thing I always do, just training hard,” said Garcia, when asked how he prepares for such a scary opponent. “And, yeah, he has power, but I have power too, so if he’s not careful he’s going to get hurt. But I’m not going in there worrying about another man. I’m doing what I do best and just training hard, staying focused and adapting to the fight.
“I’ve got power myself, so I’m just going to go in there, make adjustments and get the job done.”
During this promotion, Garcia has questioned Matthysse’s overall body of work because Matthysse has gotten so many of his knockouts in his native Argentina against fighters with mediocre records and not known in the U.S. Also, Matthysse’s two losses – to Zab Judah in 2010 and Devon Alexander in 2011 – have taken place in the States.
In other words, it’s not how many knockouts one has, but the quality of the victims.
“On September 14th, I’m going to prove (it) to Danny,” Matthysse said. “That’s going to be the proof, when he feels my punches, if they’re strong enough or not.”
Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) of Las Vegas will defend his junior middleweight title against Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) of Chicago on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. It will be the first defense for Smith, who won the title with a majority decision over Cornelius Bundrage in February in Detroit. … We’re two weeks out from the super middleweight fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KOs) of Mexico and Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) of Austin, Texas, at StubHub Center in Carson (on HBO). It’s one of three fights HBO will air that night. In the others, Adonis Stevenson will defend his light heavyweight belt against Tavoris Cloud from Montreal and heavyweights David Haye and Tyson Fury will tangle in Manchester, England. … In another split feed Oct. 5, former three-division champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico takes on Delvin Rodriguez of Danbury, Conn., in the junior middleweight main event from Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. (on HBO). And Wladimir Klitschko will defend his three heavyweight belts against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow.
Mike Tyson: I’ve Been Lying About Being Sober
During a startling news conference at the Turning Stone Resort in New York, Mike Tyson said he hasn’t had any alcohol or drugs for six days, which for him is “a miracle,” and he seemed to plea for forgiveness.
“I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven. So in order for me to be forgiven, I hope they can forgive me. I wanna change my life, I wanna live a different life now. I wanna live my sober life. I don’t wanna die. I’m on the verge of dying, because I’m a vicious alcoholic.
I haven’t drank or took drugs in six days, and for me that’s a miracle. I’ve been lying to everybody else that think I was sober, but I’m not. This is my sixth day. I’m never gonna use again.”
Take a peek at the interview below — contains some graphic content.
Updated May 5, 2013 1:45 AM ET Floyd Mayweather (43-0; 26 KOs) vs. Robert Guerrero (31-1-1; 18 KOs) Round 1: Mayweather comes out looking to counter, Guerrero looking to get in close. He’s standing in the middle with Guerrero, which is odd, but he’s fighting at distance. Guerrero into the clinch…
LAS VEGAS ? He claims to be more mature now, chastened by a stint in jail and eager to be just as much a businessman as a fighter. Indeed, Floyd Mayweather Jr. acted almost statesmanlike earlier this week when Robert Guerrero’s father began screaming that he was a woman beater who would finally get…
Boxer Omar Henry died today from complications stemming from gallbladder cancer, he was 25, this according to a report on Yahoo.com. His death occurred only 3 months after being diagnosed.
Henry was signed with the Las Vegas-based promotional company, Top Rank Boxing from May 2009 until May 2011. Henry and Top Rank mutually agreed to part ways. In May 2011, Henry signed a lucrative deal with the world-renowned Don King.
As of March 2012, Omar was hired on to be a sparring partner for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Henry has gone to win his next 9 out of 11 bouts by 1st round knockout. He had been scheduled to fight on Nov. 16, but a few days earlier pulled out.
“To all my friends and loyal fans I want to inform you all that I am fighting the fight of my life against a disease known as gallbladder cancer. While l’m in this current state I am fighting with my family by my side and I will not go down for the count. I am a champion who has chosen to fight not just for myself but for those who’s faith is believing in what u cant see, and i will continue to fight till I knock this sickness out. Your love and support mean the most to me, your prayers are prayers not only to me but to others like me. Please be advised l am grateful for any and all support in any kind of way please inbox me. My family has continued to be by my side, and its hard for them as well. I want to thank God for unconditional love and unconditional fans.”
Earlier in the week he posted:
“I got less than 1 month left until my 26th birthday February 8. Hopefully I live to see it. I really have been getting a lot of support with kind words and prayers from all over the world with this battle with cancer. Thank you and I will continue to fight for us!!!!”
Today, this was posted on the page: “To all of Omar’s loyal fans and friends today Omar has made peace with our savior God and joined him in heaven. Thank you all for your prayers and support. And please let’s continue the name Omar Henry because that’s what he would want 2/8/1987-2/1/2013 R.I.P Omar D Henry.”
Henry was born on the South Side and later attended Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. He later moved to Houston.
It was an exciting and over the top ringside match broadcasted live on HBO pay-per-view which had over one million viewers. Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney was a ringside guest. The savvy business man also visited with Manny Pacquiao in his dressing room before the fight, wishing him well…..stating:
“Hello Manny. I ran for president. I lost,” Romney told the fighter, according to Pacquiao publicist Fred Sternburg.
Considering the ending…that was not the kind of inspiring stuff Pacquiao needed to hear…right?
Juan Manuel Marquez won in a stunning performance, KO’ing Pacquiao in the 6th round. Marquez surprised Pacquiao and landed a devastating right hand over the top that he didn’t see. The punch landed on Pacquiao’s chin and drove him face forward into the canvas.
For Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) it was sweet vindication in a four-match series that had always seen him come up just short.
“We always work on that punch,” Marquez said. “The change in rhythm was important. We knew he was going to come out aggressive. We had to work on more technique and we were able to capitalize on that. We knew it would be a very difficult fight, but not an impossible fight.
“I felt Manny was coming after me for a knockout in the last few rounds. I felt he could knock me down at any time. As soon as I saw my first opening I landed a hard right hand. After I knocked him down the first time I thought I could knock him out.’’
The first fight between these guys ended in a draw. The second was a split-decision victory for Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and the third was a majority decision for Pacquiao. The fourth was a definitive, concussive exclamation point to the series for Marquez.
“Why not?’’ Pacquiao said of a possible fifth fight.
On the knockout, he added, “I just got hit by a punch I didn’t see.’’
Marquez sent the first shock wave through the crowd late in the third round when he landed a looping right hand that came over Pacquiao’s glove and landed on his chin, knocking Pacquiao flat on his back. It was the first time that Pacquiao had been down in the 39 rounds that the two had fought. Pacquiao made it to his feet by the count of four and seemed angry that he had tasted the canvas. When the round ended, he gave Marquez a long stare as he slowly walked back to his corner.
Pacquiao exacted his revenge in the fifth round when he caught Marquez with a straight left that knocked Marquez off balance enough for his left glove to touch the canvas. It was scored a knockdown. Then the two boxers engaged in a fierce battle, with Pacquiao getting the better of Marquez in the exchanges. Marquez finished the round with a bloody nose.
50 Cent, a newly licensed boxing promoter, added his flair before his boxer, Yuriorkis Gamboa entered to fight Farenas in the co-feature. The rapper descended from the circular light standard above the ring on two wires — Peter Pan style — doing his new rap song “My Life’’ for Gamboa’s ring entrance.
“Get used to it,’’ he said to the crowd.
Fifty’s fighter fared better than Snooki’s guy as Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Michael Farenas (34-4-4, 26 KOs) to win the WBA super featherweight title, while Javier Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) scored a lopsided 12-round decision over Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs), who is co-promoted by Snooki, to take the WBA interim featherweight title.
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Image source Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4th Encounter LAS VEGAS — The fact they’re much bigger than when they first met eight years ago is undeniable. Both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have added bulk along with the pounds, and both have had to deal with those who suspect…
LAS VEGAS — When Manny Pacquiao climbs inside the ring Saturday to face his longtime nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time, his every movement will be scrutinized, analyzed, picked apart for signs of decline. His legs. His reflexes. His willingness to attack.
Even those closest to Pacquiao admit he is not the same fighter who rearranged Miguel Cotto’s face at the same MGM Grand three years ago. He is more consumed with politics, less aggressive, less menacing, still highly skilled but also different. This is relative, of course.
Pacquiao is also indicative of the state of modern boxing, of an era far closer to the end than to the beginning. He will turn 34 this month. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is 35; Sergio Martinez is 37. Ricky Hatton recently retired again. Erik Morales should. Cotto could.
Collectively, they provide a window into boxing’s aging process, among the saddest and most pronounced in sports. Rare is the boxer who ages gracefully, who retires with brain, soul and body parts intact. Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, knows this as well as anyone.
“Show me a fighter,” Roach’s brother Pepper once told him, “and I’ll tell you who beat him.”
Roach spends most days inside his Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, surrounded by walls covered in pictures, misleading, all. The photos show boxers, hands raised in triumph, young and strong and indestructible. They remain that way only in the photographs. Roach sat underneath the pictures last month. He said, “If he doesn’t go out there and do what he’s supposed to do in this fight, we’re one step closer to the Talk.”
He added: “We’re at a crossroads. That’s why in this fight we need a knockout badly. Not because it’s Pacquiao-Marquez 4. We need to prove that we can do it.”
See, every boxer has that moment, the moment that he knows. For some, it comes in training. For others, from a punch, a round, a particular fight.
For Roach, that moment happened in his final bout, against David Rivello. Roach’s trainer, Eddie Futch, urged him to retire years earlier. Yet he hung on. He knew in the second round. He was not trying to win. He was trying to survive. He was debating which party to attend afterward.
Then he heard an unfamiliar sound, one that embarrassed him, one that shook Roach to his core. “You’re in there,” Roach said. “You’re thinking about something else. You’re not trying. Then they boo you for the first time in your life. It’s the worst feeling in the world. I never wanted to risk having to go through that again.”
As if on cue, while Roach spoke, an older gentleman approached. He said he was 89. He goes to Wild Card every Friday, a tradition he plans to continue until at least age 90. Boxing, in the blood.
The legs go first. Roach can see it, the unsteady steps, the way “they’re feeling for the floor but they’re not sure it’s there.” Sometimes, that shows up in conditioning; sometimes, in a fight.
The reflexes go next. A boxer can survive when the legs begin to slow, Roy Jones Jr. said, but not when the sharpness starts to erode.
The drive goes, too, somewhere along the line, often because of those two factors, combined with the tedium of too many early-morning workouts, or too many blows to the head. Boxers know this before anyone; they can sense what others cannot yet see.
“It’s a three-punch combination,” Bernard Hopkins said. “It’s a three-stage demise. Then comes the denial. And it happens to every fighter. Every fighter who ever lived.”
To the uninitiated, Hopkins said, it appears that age crept up on fighters, like “some sort of boogeyman.” That is not the truth. They all know. Hopkins saw it when Sugar Ray Leonard fought Terry Norris in 1991. That one hurt to watch. “It took this fight to show me this is no longer my time,” Leonard said then. He fought again six years later. Lost again.
“That’s boxing,” Hopkins said. “The older guy normally gets beat to a pulp. It becomes senseless. It becomes life and death.”
Roach always hated to tell a fighter to retire, a necessary occupational hazard. He waited a month to tell James Toney, who, Roach said, swore at him. Wayne McCullough, Roach said, did not speak to him for years. That beat the alternative, of course.
As chairman of Top Rank Boxing, Bob Arum watched this dance repeat for decades. He ticked off the names of fighters who stayed too long, the same as listing the name of most every fighter he promoted: Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley and right on down the line.
“They come back for the money, for the fame,” Arum said. “If they have a name, someone will wring the last bit of value from them. Invariably, they retire on a loss.”
Hatton boxed on Showtime in late November. The announcers praised his style, the way he continued to move forward. Then in the ninth round, a left from Vyacheslav Senchenko to the body dropped Hatton.
“I don’t want to make any hasty decisions,” he said after the fight, as tears welled in his eyes and the interviewer patted him on the back. “But I’m heartbroken. I’m just booted. I can’t.”
For Jones, the moment happened when he beat Antonio Tarver in 2003, although he did not realize it until years later. That is when he went to give an inspirational speech to business executives. As he talked about the importance of setting goals, it clicked. “When was the last time I ever set a goal in boxing?” Jones wondered.
Jones had fought 14 times since that first Tarver bout. He lost seven of those fights.
“Every boxer needs a purpose,” he said.
Among the pictures on the walls of Wild Card is one of Pacquiao in the immediate aftermath of his Cotto fight. Cotto’s blood streamed down his shoulder and covered his torso. In the background, the referee held both arms around Cotto, his face mangled and swollen, his trunks stained red. Pacquiao had both fists raised in victory, but his face was twisted into a grimace. As if it hurt to hurt someone else that badly.
There have been many Pacquiao incarnations since. He turned away from gambling and drinking and extramarital affairs, turned toward God and family and a political career. He said he became a more scientific fighter. He broke an orbital bone in Antonio Margarito’s face, but even in that fight, he backed off when a knockout loomed, same as against Mosley, same as in his last bout, against Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao lost that fight in a curious decision on the scorecards. Arum believed Pacquiao won, but said the way he let up late was “inexcusable.”
Asked if he preferred the aggressive style that once defined his rise to fighter of the decade, Pacquiao said: “It’s more fun for the fans. But it’s not easy for me, to always be on the attack.”
Pacquiao said he would continue to fight through next year, but those around him are not so sure. They see more politicians, less riffraff in the entourage, and the late-night Bible study sessions that conflict with his necessary rest. As this fight approached, Roach said Pacquiao looked as good as ever, fast and strong and ready. But he said that last time, too.
Asked if someone as reformed as Pacquiao could simply turn the aggression back on, could regain the so-called killer instinct, Roach said: “I’m not going to answer that. I’ll get in trouble.”
On the flip side, boxers do have longer careers now. They spar less and fight less, for fewer rounds. The inclined can eat better, can train better and, as a recent rash of positive tests shows, have greater access to the latest performance-enhancing drugs.
Hopkins is still fighting at 47. His secret, beyond an obsession with diet and training, is a tennis ball. Years ago, Hopkins visited a boxer named Harold Johnson in a nursing home, and everywhere Hopkins looked, residents used tennis balls to improve hand-eye coordination. He has carried one with him ever since, learned to juggle it while he walked forward and backward and jogged in place.
Pacquiao, too, can continue to reinvent himself, same as Hopkins did late in his career. Pacquiao could change the narrative with one punch here, in a fight that Arum, who turns 81 on Saturday, said “he wasn’t anxious to take.”
Pacquiao is running unopposed for another term in Congress in the Philippines. By the end of that term, he will be eligible to run for Senate. By 2022, Arum said, Pacquiao can become president of the Philippines. But first, another fight against Marquez, another year or three in boxing, the Talk shelved, for now, but always in the background.
“It’s getting closer,” Roach said. “If he doesn’t perform in this fight, we might have to. It might be over. He might knock him out. We won’t know until the fight’s on.”
Pacquiao, though, will know, same as every boxer who came before. He will know when the end is near. He will know in training, or in sparring, or inside the ring against Marquez.
That truth is as cruel and stark and inevitable as anything in boxing. Every fighter has that moment.
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Updated 11/24 @ 9:48am EST
Camacho died Saturday in the Puerto Rican town where he was born, a little more than three days after at least one gunman crept up to the car in a darkened parking lot and opened fire on the boxer and a friend.
No arrests have been made, and authorities have not revealed many details beyond the facts that police found cocaine in the car and that the boxer and his friend, who was killed at the scene.
Updated 11/22/2012 @ 1:50 pm EST
Doctor: Camacho brain dead after shooting
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector ”Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, though they said family members were disagreeing on whether to take him off life support.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night.
”We have done everything we could,” said Torres, who is the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. ”We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.”
He said at a news conference that the family expects to say by Friday if Camacho should remain on life support.
Torres said Camacho’s father has already indicated that he wants the boxer taken off life support and his organs donated, but one of his sisters opposes the idea.
”This is a very difficult moment,” he said.
Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager, told reporters that Camacho’s mother also is wavering on taking her son off life support and would like more time with him. He said the family is waiting for Camacho’s oldest son to arrive Thursday night before having a family reunion and making a decision.
”Let’s remember him as a good man,” Leandry said. ”He was a good father, a good son.”
Steve Tannenbaum, a friend and a former boxing agent for Camacho, said in a phone interview that he idolized Camacho as a boxer.
”He is one of the greatest small fighters that I have ever seen,” he said. ”Hector Camacho had a legendary status.”
Tannenbaum said he initially believed Camacho would survive. ”He was almost like the indestructible man. He had so many troubles with the law, so many altercations in his life. It’s a great shame.”
The 50-year-old Camacho was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman Alex Diaz said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend’s pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car. Camacho’s friend, identified as 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed in the attack.
Doctors had initially said Camacho was expected to survive, but his condition worsened and his heart stopped briefly overnight Tuesday, Torres said. The bullet entered his jaw and lodged in his shoulder after tearing through three of four main arteries in his neck, affecting blood flow through his brain, doctors said.
”That lack of oxygen greatly damaged Macho Camacho’s brain,” Torres said.
Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was still showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.
Camacho was born in Bayamon, a city within the San Juan metropolitan area, but he grew up mostly in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, earning the nickname ”the Harlem Heckler.”
He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s and fought high-profile bouts against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending the former champ’s final comeback attempt.
Camacho has a career record of 79-6-3.
In recent years, he divided his time between Puerto Rico and Florida, appearing regularly on Spanish-language television as well as on a reality show called ”Es Macho Time!” on YouTube. In San Juan, he had been living in the beach community of Isla Verde, where he would readily pose for photos with tourists who recognized him on the street, said former pro boxer Victor ”Luvi” Callejas, a neighbor and friend.
Camacho battled drugs, alcohol and other problems throughout his life. He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi. While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.
A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.
His wife also filed domestic abuse complaints against him twice before their divorce several years ago.
The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Former world boxing champion Hector “Macho” Camacho was shot in the face as he sat in a car outside the Puerto Rican capital Tuesday, and doctors said he was in serious condition but expected to survive.
Another man in the car, whose relationship to the 50-year-old Camacho wasn’t immediately known, died in the attack in which at least one gunman opened fire on their vehicle in the city of Bayamon, according to a statement from police.
Camacho was rushed to Centro Medico, the trauma center in San Juan, where he was in critical but stable condition, Dr. Ernesto Torres, the hospital director, told reporters.
The bullet apparently struck him in the jaw but exited his head and lodged in his right shoulder and fractured two vertebrae, Torres said. The doctor said the boxer, who was trailed by drug and alcohol problems during a career that included some high-profile bouts, could be paralyzed from the shooting.
“Camacho’s condition is extremely delicate,” he told Telenoticias. “His physical condition will help him but we will see.”
No arrests have been made in the shooting, police said.
Camacho representative Steve Tannenbaum said he was told by friends at the hospital that the boxer would make it.
“This guy is a cat with nine lives. He’s been through so much,” he said. “If anybody can pull through it will be him.”
The fighter’s last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, a loss by unanimous decision. Tannenbaum said he was going to fight two years ago in Denmark until his opponent pulled out and that they were looking at a possible bout in 2013.
“We were talking comeback even though he is 50,” he said. “I felt he was capable of it.”
Camacho was born in Bayamon, one of the cities that make up the San Juan metropolitan area. He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s.
Camacho has fought other high-profile bouts in his career against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending what was that former champ’s final comeback attempt.
Camacho has a career record of 79-5-3, with his most recent fight coming in 2009.
Drug, alcohol and other problems have trailed Camacho since the prime of his boxing career. He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi. While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police say they also found the drug ecstasy.
A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.
His wife filed domestic abuse complaints against him twice, and she filed for divorce several years ago.
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Hip hop mogul 50 Cent has been granted a license to promote boxing matches in Las Vegas. He was officially approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission this week, just two weeks after severing ties with Floyd Mayweather.
During the questioning process, 50 said he and Mayweather had previously agreed to go into the boxing promotions business together, but, when the boxer “came out of incarceration (on Aug. 3 after two months in county jail in Las Vegas) he decided he wanted to do things differently, but I had already invested $1.5 million in acquiring fighters and I would like to move forward.”
Despite the betrayal, 50 said he and Mayweather had no written agreement between each other.
In all, the rapper said he spent $500,000 toward the company in addition to the money he spent in acquiring fighters. His roster includes former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa, featherweight titlist Billy Dib, and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell.
50 Cent was previously licensed in New York.
LAS VEGAS (AP) For 11 rounds, Sergio Martinez did everything he wanted, including giving Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. the beating he promised.
Then came a wild 12th round that will be talked about in boxing for a long time to come.
Bleeding from the nose and his face bruised from the hands of Martinez, Chavez somehow found a way to land a left hook and then another that put Martinez on the canvas before a frenzied capacity crowd at the UNLV campus arena. Martinez would go down one more time in the final round and was taking huge punches when the bell mercifully sounded to end the fight.
Martinez ended up winning a lopsided unanimous decision to regain the middleweight title. But the 12th-round rally by Chavez was one for boxing lore, reminiscent of a fight his father was in 22 years ago against Meldrick Taylor just a few miles away from the Las Vegas Strip.
”I was 20 seconds away from knocking him out. I started way too late,” Chavez said. ”I didn’t really get started until the eighth round.”
Martinez was quicker, busier and far more accurate as he won round after round, piling up points as Chavez struggled to do much against him. Martinez said before the fight he didn’t consider Chavez a true champion and vowed to give him a beating he would long remember.
He did just that, to the point where trainer Freddie Roach told Chavez after the 10th round he was going to stop the fight if he didn’t do something spectacular.
”He fought a great fight and he was a lot tougher than I expected,” Martinez said. ”He showed great heart.”
Martinez won 118-110 on two ringside scorecards and 117-110 on the third. Two judges had him winning every round until the 12th, while the third gave him only one round. The Associated Press had Martinez winning 118-110.
Chavez lost for the first time, falling to 46-1-1, while Martinez improved to 50-2-2.
The wild ending nearly ruined what was a great night for the Argentinian, who used his speed and boxing skills to dominate until the final round. Chavez was bleeding from the nose, his face was marked up and he looked finished until suddenly landing a huge left hook to drop Martinez for the first time.
Martinez got up only to take several more head punches and go down once again. Chavez kept after him when he got back up, trying desperately to land the finisher before the bell sounded and the decision was lost.
”If Julio wants a rematch, we’ll do a rematch,” Martinez said.
The comeback was reminiscent to the one by his father in 1990 against Taylor, when he came back from seemingly certain defeat in the last round to stop Taylor with 2 seconds left.
”You hit very hard,” a victorious Martinez told Chavez afterward.
Promoter Lou DiBella said his fighter wanted to knock Chavez out, and may have taken more chances than he should have in a fight he had well under control.
”You saw a boxing clinic for 11 rounds and you saw an epic last round,” DiBella said. ”I know how he held on.”
Ringside punch stats showed the dominance of Martinez, who was credited with landing 322 of 908 punces to 178 of 390 for Chavez. Martinez was particularly effective with his right jab, landing 140 of them, and often following them with a left to the body or head to keep Chavez away.
Martinez won back the title the WBC stripped from him for not fighting a mandatory challenger, a mission he had said was personal. He said he was going to make Chavez pay a price for holding the 160-pound title he considered his, and for 11 rounds he kept his promise.
Martinez fought his fight in the early rounds, using his jab and speed to keep Chavez off balance. Fighting out of a southpaw stance, he stayed on his toes, moving around on the outside and seldom allowing Chavez in where he could cause damage.
The action picked up in the fourth round as Chavez found Martinez with a good right, only to take a series of punches from his quicker opponent. At one point in the round, just after Chavez complained of a low blow, Martinez landed a right-left combo, then taunted Chavez.
Until the 12th round it was much of the same. Chavez picked up the pace late, but it wasn’t until he caught Martinez with the left hook that the fight turned into a brawl that nearly cost Martinez the bout.
”I knew Martinez was good,” said Freddie Roach, the trainer for Chavez. ”I didn’t know how good. This was a good lesson for Julio, he needed to let his hands go sooner.”
The fight was part of a big fight night in this gambling city. Just a few blocks away from where Martinez and Chavez did battle, Mexican sensation Saul ”Canelo” Alvarez stopped Josesito Lopez in a 154-pound title defense.
Chavez earned his biggest payday, $3 million guaranteed, while Martinez got $1.4 million plus a percentage of the pay-per-view sales.
“Drake threw the bottle at Brown, but it missed him and hit his bodyguard,” aspiring director and musician Kenneth McCray told The News. “It looked like it was Drake that started throwing bottles.”
McCray said he was standing nearby during the bloody confrontation between the two men’s entourage.
The hip-hop rivals are now being offered close to 1 million dollars each to fight it out in public in a boxing match arranged by celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman.
Feldman tells the New York Daily News, “Obviously they have a grudge. It’s just three one-minute rounds. No one will get seriously hurt.” Feldman also goes on to say that billionaire Alki David wants to see the two settle their differences in a public fight.
No official comment from Drake or Brown’s camp.
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather must serve the rest of his jail sentence, a judge ruled, denying an emergency motion seeking to put him under house arrest. Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa disagreed with Mayweather’s complaints that he didn’t have enough to drink or eat and couldn’t maintain his physical…
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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has battled Parkinson’s disease for decades now. The voice that once bellowed “I float like a bubble, sting like a bee,” is largely muted now because of the debilitating illness.
The face, though, is still that of perhaps the most recognizable man in the world. Maybe not as finely chiseled as it was in his prime, but close enough. “It’s not like he doesn’t look like himself,” said his oldest daughter, Maryum “May May” Ali. “It’s the same face. The Parkinson’s hasn’t affected that.”‘
The boxing icon turns 70 years old today, and despite it all, just recently (Saturday) celebrated a star studded birthday extravaganza.
Ali spends his days at home with his wife, Lonnie, in a gated community near Phoenix whereas, ironically, he continues to fight. This time around his opponent is not the likes of George Foreman, but the face of Parkinson Disease.
“I always say the only person who likes to watch old Muhammad Ali fights more than me is him,” said John Ramsey, a Louisville radio and television personality who has been a close friend of Ali’s for more than 30 years. “His memory is better than mine and he’s very sharp. His sense of humor is still there, too.”
Ali remains a proud man. There are no complaints. No time spent bemoaning his fate. “He would always just say to his family, ‘These are the cards I was dealt, so don’t be sad,’ ” Maryum Ali said. “He never played the victim. There was never any ‘Woe is me.’ ”
“The Parkinson’s has affected him a lot, one of things he has is a lot of difficulty speaking,” said Dr. Abraham Lieberman, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix. “But he’s never downbeat about it. “He’s a tremendous inspiration to everyone.”
“Muhammad Ali’s talent, charisma and strong principals were responsible for raising boxing’s popularity across the world”, says former US president Bill Clinton.
Clinton also credited Ali with helping pave the way for Barack Obama to become the country’s first black president.
“He made millions of people believe. He was something unique,” said Clinton. The three-time world heavyweight champion Ali won 56 bouts over a 21-year career.
Ali once calculated he took 29,000 punches to the head in a career that spanned more than two decades. He fought without headgear as an amateur, and never backed down while trading punches with brutal sluggers such as Frazier, Earnie Shavers and George Foreman.
By the final stages of his career, Ali was slurring words. Not long afterward, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Ali is coherent and his thought process is still intact, though the Parkinson’s forces him to communicate more with gestures and actions instead of words.
Daughter Maryum believes her father’s choice of profession had something to do with his fate. “In my heart, I think it was a combination of Parkinson’s and trauma to the head,” she said. “He got hit a lot and he fought for a long time.”
Check out the video below highlighting Ali’s 70th birthday bash.
Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali!
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never been one to sugar coat anything, yesterday (January 10th) on Facebook he could not have been any clearer about the opponent he wants to fight on May 5th.
“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.”
Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, told The Los Angeles Times that Pacquiao will fight Mayweather, but not on May 5.
“June 9 is perfect,” Arum told The Times from The Philippines where he is meeting with Pacquiao to talk about his next opponent. “May 5 is out, that’s impossible.”
Mayweather’s upcoming jail sentence however, complicates the issue.
Mayweather was due to report to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas last Friday to begin an 87-day sentence. He pleaded guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges, stemming from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with his ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children.
Mayweather’s attorney successfully argued that the sentence should be delayed until June 1 so he could fulfill a contractual obligation for a fight at the MGM Grand, which he estimated would pour more than $100 million into the ailing Las Vegas economy.
“This is simply a delay because of prior commitments and contracts,” Wright said.
“Mr. Mayweather has an obligation to this court,” the judge responded. But “given the fact that Mr. Mayweather has these obligations, I am going to grant your request.”
Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich protested that Mayweather should have to serve his sentence “just like anyone else.”
Saragosa ordered Mayweather to immediately enroll in a yearlong domestic violence counseling program, and noted that under her original sentence, Mayweather faces an additional three months in jail if he doesn’t comply. Mayweather also must complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.
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