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  • WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, of the U.S. connects on Marcos Maidana of Argentina during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
    Beating Manny Pacquiao is all that’s left for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    Sept. 14, 2014
    There’s one fight left for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to take. Just one opponent for the pound-for-pound boxing king to square off against: Manny Pacquiao. It’s the fight most fans are desperate to see. Minutes after beating Marcos Maidana on Saturday for a second time in five months ...
  • An injured man is taken away on a gurney after a disturbance following the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
    Mayweather-Maidana rematch leads to another fan stampede at MGM Grand
    Sept. 13, 2014
    Fans streamed back into the arena about 9:20 p.m., as the crowd had largely emptied out of the venue. Hotel officials said initial reports of shots being fired and guns being drawn were false ...
  • WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, of the U.S. connects on Marcos Maidana of Argentina during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.
    Blog: Mayweather does it again, beats Maidana to remain undefeated
    Sept. 13, 2014
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in control for virtually the entire night. He’s still the champion. And still the greatest of this era ...
  • WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana stand with the WBC belt during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Mayweather Jr. will defend his titles against Maidana at the arena on Saturday.
    Mayweather, Maidana make weight for Saturday’s title fight
    Sept. 12, 2014
    The modern-day weigh-in resembles a nightclub and not an age-old formality before a prizefight. Mayweather, as expected, was the main ...
  • WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks at his reflection during a media day at the Mayweather Boxing Club Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Mayweather will face Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13.
    Marcos Maidana confident he can be the first to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.
    Sept. 11, 2014
    Marcos Maidana lost the fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. But, because he was able to land some punches in keeping the match last May closer than most against boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Maidana certainly seems confident for Saturday’s rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ...
  • WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks at his reflection during a media day at the Mayweather Boxing Club Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Mayweather will face Marcos Maidana of Argentina in a rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 13.
    Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather rakes it in for Las Vegas
    Sept. 7, 2014
    $32 million: Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s purse for his first fight against Marcos Maidana, who was paid $1.5 million (not including their share of the pay-per-view take). The 37-year-old Las Vegan is the highest-paid athlete in the world. ...
  • Fighters approach each other in a rendering of Big Knockout Boxing's "The Pit" in this promotional photograph.
    Big Knockout Boxing takes shot as alternative combat sport this weekend
    Aug. 13, 2014
    Bruce Binkow was initially skeptical when introduced to Big Knockout Boxing. A self-described “boxing traditionalist,” the veteran executive doubted the radical new take on the sport was anything worth watching. “But when I finally got to see the guys spar and compete, I got caught up in the action and ...
  • Referee Vic Drakulich holds back Brandon Rios as he goes after Diego Chaves after being separated because he was struck by a Chaves forearm to the mouth during the ninth round of their welterweight fight Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at the Cosmopolitan. Chaves was disqualified.
    Rios beats Chaves by DQ in bizarre fight; hometown kid Vargas keeps title
    Aug. 2, 2014
    Referee Vic Drakulich stopped the main-event welterweight fight at the 1:26 mark of the ninth round, awarding Brandon Rios the win by disqualification after he was struck by a Diego Chaves forearm to the mouth. It wasn’t the first time the match resembled a mixed martial arts fight ...
  • Brandon Rios, left, punches Mike Alvarado during a super lightweight bout for an interim 140lb. WBO title at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 30, 2013. Alvarado won the fight by unanimous decision. The fight was a rematch to a Oct. 13, 2012 fight  which Rios won.
    Fighter Brandon Rios says he’s back, headlines weekend card at the Cosmo
    July 31, 2014
    In one quick year, boxer Brandon Rios has gone from fighting to defend his championship belt to fighting to remain relevant in the sport. Rios, who has lost his past two fights, headlines an HBO card Saturday inside the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan, taking on ...
  • Mike Tyson attends the "Mike Tyson Mysteries" panel on Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 25, 2014, in San Diego.
    Mike Tyson gets a standing ovation at Comic-Con
    July 25, 2014
    He didn't always stay on topic, and not everything he said was politically correct or easy to understand, but most of the audience at the Comic-Con panel for Mike Tyson's new animated ...
  • Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield clinch in the corner as referee Mills Lane rushes in to separate them during their heavyweight championship bout at the MGM Grand on June 28, 1997. Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear during the match, which resulted in Tyson's disqualification.
    Tyson to present Holyfield for induction into Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame
    July 22, 2014
    http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/11245753/mike-tyson-present-evander-holyfield-nevada-hall-fame-induction
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Ronda Rousey
    Floyd Mayweather on Ronda Rousey: Who is ‘he’?
    July 16, 2014
    http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/11221795/floyd-mayweather-jr-ronda-rousey-not-sure-is
  • Canelo Alvarez’s split decision prompts cries for investigation by Erislandy Lara’s camp
    July 13, 2014
    Canelo Alvarez hardly covered himself with glory in his split-decision victory Saturday over Erislandy Lara in their non-title super welterweight bout. But Alvarez won the bout. The Lara camp was outraged and called for an investigation.
  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez chases down Erislandy Lara during their super welterweight fight Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Canelo won a split decision.
    Oscar De La Hoya won’t explore Canelo Alvarez rematch for Erislandy Lara
    July 13, 2014
    Turns out Oscar De La Hoya can still pack quite the punch. The 41-year-old former world champion and current promoting tycoon may have landed the most significant strike Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Erislandy Lara by split decision. It was just with his words, not his fists ...
  • Saul "Canelo" Alvarez salutes the crowd after his 12 round split decision win over Erislandy Lara in their super welterweight fight Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
    Live Blog: Canelo Alvarez blasts Erislandy Lara’s body, strategy in split-decision win
    July 12, 2014
    Saul “Canelo” Alvarez raised his hands in celebration one second, then shook his head in frustration the next. Alvarez won a showdown to determine the best junior middleweight in the world Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, besting Erislandy Lara by ...