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Mayweather Tried to Bet $400K on Himself

He says they wouldn't let him place bets

(Newser) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. bet his reputation and his unblemished record on Saturday's bout with Conor McGregor—and he tried to bet plenty of cash as well. Sources say he tried to bet $400,000 on himself ahead of the fight, but ended up leaving the sportsbook at the M... More »

Mayweather Takes a $200M Bow

But UFC's Conor McGregor performed respectably, has $100M of his own

(Newser) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. put on a show in the last fight of his spectacular career. Conor McGregor didn't do so badly, either. Mayweather figured out a 50th opponent Saturday night, letting McGregor have the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted... More »

Here's How Much Mayweather, McGregor Will Earn in Fight

Hint: It's a lot

(Newser) - Whether or not it'll be a good fight (experts tend to agree "not"), Saturday's match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is certain to be profitable—potentially historically so—for both fighters. ESPN reports Mayweather is guaranteed a minimum purse of $100 million and McGregor a... More »

Experts Say McGregor Won't Be Safe Fighting Mayweather

Fight doctors say it is a dangerous mismatch

(Newser) - It's one of the most keenly anticipated fights in years—but doctors say it should be stopped before it's too late. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to fight mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas Saturday night in a bout that the Association of... More »

Pacquiao Stripped of Title in a Stunner

WBO fight goes to the end, Australian Jeff Horn gets unanimous decision

(Newser) - It went all the way and ended in a contentiously bitter loss, the opposite of the outcome Manny Pacquiao's handlers predicted for his WBO welterweight world title fight against Jeff Horn. Pacquiao's long-time trainer Freddie Roach tipped a "short and sweet" knockout win for the 11-time world... More »

Former UFC Fighter Dies After Boxing Match

Tim Hague fatally injured in Edmonton bout

(Newser) - The world of mixed martial arts is mourning former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Tim Hague, who was fatally injured in a boxing match in Edmonton Friday. His sister, Jackie Neil, confirmed Sunday that the 34-year-old, who was knocked out and suffered a brain hemorrhage, had died, the CBC reports. "... More »

A First: Boxing Great Will Fight Mixed Martial Arts Great

Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Conor McGregor in August

(Newser) - Lovers of sports spectacles can rejoice: The long-rumored super-fight between undefeated boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor has been made official. Yahoo Sports reports the two men will face each other in a boxing match on August 26 in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old Mayweather... More »

Boxer Dies After Losing for 1st Time in Career

'Iron' Mike Towell was stretchered out of the ring on Thursday

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Scottish boxer died Friday night after losing a bout for the first time in his career, the Guardian reports. According to CNN , "Iron" Mike Towell squared off against Dale Evans Thursday in Scotland in a British welterweight title final eliminator. Evans knocked Towell down for a second... More »

'Blood-and-Guts' Boxer Dies of Dementia at 64

Bobby Chacon had thrilling career, lots of personal tragedies

(Newser) - Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon has died under hospice care for dementia. He was 64. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion went 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts in a 16-year pro career, the AP reports. The California native... More »

Boxing Association Removes Olympic Judges and Refs

Amid accusations of corruption

(Newser) - The International Boxing Association has removed an undisclosed number of referees and judges from the Olympics after determining they had not met the organization's standards of competence, the AP reports. AIBA announced the decision Wednesday, declining to disclose the judges' names or the bouts in which they failed. The... More »

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Quotes

The 'Louisville Lip' knew just what to say

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at age 74 , wasn't known as the Louisville Lip for nothing. The man whose quick hands and feet stunned opponents inside the ring—and won him three heavyweight-boxing championships—showed just as much verbal dexterity for the microphones. Some of his best quotes, per... More »

Reports: Muhammad Ali in 'Grave Condition'

He's been hospitalized with respiratory issues for two days

(Newser) - Muhammad Ali has been laid up in an Arizona hospital with respiratory issues since Thursday, and the situation is reportedly serious. According to USA Today , an Ali spokesperson says the 74-year-old boxing legend is in "fair condition" and would be released after a brief stay at the hospital. But... More »

Boxer Out of Coma a Week After Fight

Nick Blackwell is speaking, promoter says

(Newser) - British boxer Nick Blackwell woke from an induced coma a week after collapsing following a fight and he is speaking from his hospital bed, promoters said Monday. Promoter Hennessy Sports published a picture of Blackwell looking into the camera with his left fist seemingly clenched, surrounded by his brother and... More »

Ronda Rousey Loses Title Fight in Stunner

UFC champ defeated by Holly Holm in KO

(Newser) - Ronda Rousey was the UFC's unstoppable force until Holly Holm produced one of the sport's biggest upsets. Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Sunday looking for the right hold and taking head shots—until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round... More »

There Might Be a Rematch to the Fight of the Century

Pacquiao says he's negotiating with Mayweather for one more match

(Newser) - Is it possible to have two Fights of the Century? We may be about to find out, as Manny Pacquiao announced Thursday he is in talks with Floyd Mayweather about staging a rematch of last May's bout . Business Insider reports Mayweather is currently retired, but money—May's fight... More »

In Final Fight, Mayweather Stays Perfect

Boxing great improves to 49-0 against Andre Berto

(Newser) - His career winding down to its final seconds, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a victory lap around the ring, his fist raised in triumph. After 19 years of perfection in the ring, he deserved one final bow. Mayweather capped a remarkable career with a typical Mayweather fight last night, using his... More »

Mayweather Stripped of 'Fight of the Century' Belt

Boxer failed to pay fee, give up titles in other weight classes

(Newser) - Floyd "Money" Mayweather has nothing to show for his " fight of the century " against Manny Pacquiao but his paltry $240 million . The World Boxing Organization has stripped the boxer, 38, of his welterweight title earned in Las Vegas in May after he failed to pay a $200,... More »

'Cheated' Fans Sue Pacquiao

Ex-girlfriend sues Mayweather for $20M

(Newser) - The boxing part of the " richest fight in history " is over, but it looks like the lawyers are getting gloved up for a few dozen more rounds. Two fans in Nevada filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday, claiming they were cheated by Manny Pacquiao's alleged failure... More »

Pacquiao Could Be in Trouble Over Injury

Adding insult to the whole shoulder thing

(Newser) - Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before he lost the sport's richest fight ever against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar said yesterday that the state AG will look at why Pacquiao checked "no"... More »

Was That ... Jimmy Kimmel in Manny Pacquaio's Entourage?

Yep, and he even managed to mock the Biebs

(Newser) - It's a fair enough question: "What the hell was Jimmy Kimmel doing walking in behind Manny Pacquiao?" Huffington Post follows with another seemingly legit question: "No seriously, what in the flying f--k was Kimmel doing right behind Pacquiao" at one of the year's top sporting events... More »

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