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    Floyd Mayweather slams Conor McGregor-Manny Pacquiao fight rumours and reveals he’s in talks with UFC chief Dana White

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER has rubbished the potential fight between Conor McGregor and Manny Pacquiao – and revealed he is in talks with UFC chief Dana White.
    The Money – who outclassed BOTH McGregor and Pacquaio in the boxing ring – reckons Notorious will not make anywhere near the money he made from his clash with Mayweather by fighting the 41-year-old Filipino.

    UFC legend Conor McGregor says he will fight Manny Pacquiao in the boxing ring next yearCredit: Instagram / @thenotoriousmma

    Manny Pacquiao will come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor in the Middle East next year claims the FilipinoCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Floyd ‘Pretty Boy’ Mayweather reckons Conor McGregor will make nowhere near the amount of money he paid when he fought him in 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    American legend Mayweather fought UFC star McGregor in 2017 – but the Irishman was eventually stopped in the tenth round of a one-sided contest.
    McGregor reportedly picked up $100million (around £70m) for that fight, with the unbeaten Money – acclaimed as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time – earning $300m (around £210m).
    That has not stopped McGregor looking to make another ring return by taking on PacMan, who fought Mayweather in one of the biggest PPV fights of all time.
    But Mayweather told American daily USA Today: “He’s not going to get the money he got with me if he go with Pacquiaio. It’s not going to be as big.

    “You know, it gets no bigger than Floyd Mayweather.”
    Pretty Boy then revealed he has been messaging UFC president White.
    “Me and Dana talk. I wouldn’t say always, but we’ll text and talk on the phone every once in a while.
    “Dana’s a cool guy, he’s a great guy. And he’s doing a helluva job with the UFC and I’m proud of him.

    “We look forward to working with each other in the future. Are we going to work? Absolutely.”
    Pacquiao confirmed he expects to fight McGregor next under Queensberry rules in the Middle East next year.
    The Irishman, 31, has also said he expects his next fight to be against the Filipino – but not in the octagon.
    McGregor actually landed more punches on Mayweather than Pacquaio managed – but the Filipino was a shadow of his sensational best when he fought the Money in 2015.
    The pair have often talked up a rematch but this has not been able to be fixed up.
    Mayweather has also been linked with another fight with the PacMan.
    McGregor had been linked with a fight with unbeaten UFC fighter Khabib, but this looks to be ditched after the Russian retired after his win over Justin Gaethje last night.
    Pretty Boy, 43, officially retired in 2015 with an unblemished record of 49-0.

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    Boxing’s new super-cruiserweight division ‘sensible’ move that will allow mouthwatering fights such as Usyk vs Wilder

    BECAUSE Tyson Fury and the rest of today’s leading heavyweights are built the size of articulated trucks, boxing is about to create a new weight class.
    The idea is that it’s going to be above the cruiserweight 14st 4lb limit and the fighters who will be involved won’t be allowed to be heavier than 16st.

    Wilder could be one of the superstars set to compete in this new divisionCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    With 17 weight divisions already, you would think the Noble Art needs another as about as much as Manchester needs a goodwill visit from Boris Johnson.
    But talks between WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman and British Boxing Board of Control chairman Charlie Giles are at an advanced stage.
    It is a sensible move and will protect men like Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk — who clashes with Derek Chisora tomorrow week in London — from being at an unacceptable weight disadvantage.
    Usyk, the unbeaten former undisputed world cruiserweight champion ran out of opposition, which forced him to move up among the big boys.

    Yet when he had his first heavyweight fight a year ago he was 15st 5lb, which means he will probably be at least three stone lighter than Chisora next week.
    Tony Bellew, the former world cruiserweight champ knocked out by Usyk in his last fight, has been asked by the WBC to be an ambassador for the plan.
    Bellew said: “I’m very enthusiastic about this because it will allow the small heavyweights and big cruiserweights to have a level playing field.
    “Speaking from experience Usyk is technically the best in the heavyweight division. He’s a genius.

    “But the one thing that will hold him back is sheer size. He will not be able to beat the real big boys for that reason.
    “Heavyweights are getting bigger and bigger. Look at Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. They are huge. The new division is inevitable and the need for it is going to get more apparent.”
    Glenn McCrory, Britain’s first world cruiserweight champion, is 100 per cent behind Bellew. He said: “When I lost my cruiserweight title I moved up to heavyweight and fought Lennox Lewis.
    “He was only a couple of stone heavier but he was throwing me around like I was a rag doll. Imagine what it would be like facing someone three or four stone heavier.”

    Fans may be surprised to learn last century’s legendary world champions would never be considered heavyweights in this era of Goliaths.
    This what they weighed when they won the title. Jack Johnson (13st 4lb), Jack Dempsey (13st 5lb), Joe Louis (14st 1lb) and Rocky Marciano a mere 13st 2lb.
    Can you imagine matching Marciano — 11 inches shorter and six stone lighter — with Fury? He’d be arrested under the Trades Description Act.
    The only negative argument I’ve heard is a new super-cruiserweight division will be unfashionable and therefore unattractive to the TV companies’ networks.
    But if it was launched with a Usyk-Deontay Wilder — an under 16st man — world championship battle, I doubt if that would be too difficult to sell.

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    Mike Tyson reveals how he ‘hated Michael Jackson’s guts’ after King of Pop ‘played him’ in huge backstage gig snub

    MIKE TYSON has revealed he hated Michael Jackson’s guts after a backstage snub at one of the pop legend’s concerts.
    The boxing icon is currently preparing for his in-ring comeback aged 54 in an exhibition fight against Roy Jones Jr next month.

    Mike Tyson has revealed his hatred towards Michael Jackson before they became palsCredit: Instagram

    The ‘King of Pop’ sensationally snubbed the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ backstage at a gigCredit: AFP

    During his heyday of the late 80s and early 90s, the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ was one of the most-recognisable and biggest names in the world
    One man that enjoyed just as much popularity and spotlight was the late ‘King of Pop’ Jackson.
    However, Tyson has admitted he held a lot of anger towards the musician until the pair did eventually hang out.
    Speaking on T.I.’s expediTIously podcast, the former world champion said: “I met Mike one day, I think he was at a concert in Cleveland, I’m with Don King.

    “So me and Don come in, right? And I’m champ and everything, did all this s***, undisputed.
    “So Don goes and Don gives Michael Jackson the ‘peace’ sign, like this. And then so Michael gives Don the ‘peace’ sign, and so I give Michael the ‘peace’ sign, and Michael put his hand down.
    “In a way, I say, ‘Did he play me? Nah, he didn’t play me, he just didn’t see me. I knew he didn’t play me, cause I’m f***ing champ.”

    Tyson and King continued to go backstage for the show – but the disrespect continued.
    He continued: “So we went backstage, right? So I’m backstage, and so there’s his backstage, some of his singers and stuff.
    “He’s on stage, it’s over I’m signing autographs and stuff, so Michael comes over and he talks to Don, he doesn’t talk to me. … I say ‘Let me just go on and meet Mike’, cause that’s really why I’m here, I want to meet Mike.
    “And then I go over to meet Mike, … and he goes like this, ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere? Where I know you from?’
    “He broke my ego, he crushed me. 
    “I said ‘No, I’m just a fan, pleasure to meet you, sir. He said, ‘OK’, and then he got out and went in the car.”
    Tyson admitted he refused to let go of the snub for years until Jackson finally invited him to hang out – an offer initially rejected by the fighter.

    He added: “I said ‘OK I’m coming, I’ll be over there’, right?
    “So I got on a plane, went over there, hung out, and we just started hanging out together. And I said ‘F*** man, he’s a good guy.
    “But in my mind, I said ‘Why’d you play me though, Mike, why’d you play me like that? You knew who I was, why’d you play me?’”

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    Floyd Mayweather claims Conor McGregor fight with Pacquiao is NOT as big as their clash and will not make as much money

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER insisted Conor McGregor facing Manny Pacquiao will not make as much money as his fight with the UFC star.
    McGregor – who lost his boxing debut against Mayweather in 2017 – was in talks to box Pacquiao in his next fight.

    Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor in 2017 Credit: Getty – Contributor

    Manny Pacquiao has been in talks to fight McGregor Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    Instead, he is close to agreeing a return to the UFC having accepted a headliner with Dustin Poirier for January, but contracts are yet to be signed.
    McGregor, 32, still hopes to fight Pacquiao, 41, after rematching Poirier who he beat at featherweight in 2014.
    But Mayweather, 43, told his former rival not to expect as big a payday as he received for their crossover mega-fight three years ago.
    He told USA Today: “He’s not going to get the money he got with me if he go with Pacquiao.

    “It’s not going to be as big. You know, it gets no bigger than Floyd Mayweather.’’
    Mayweather retired as a professional after beating McGregor in ten rounds.
    But he returned at the end of 2018 to beat featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout in Japan.
    Then, last November Mayweather announced plans to fight again, working with UFC president Dana White on a comeback.

    He is still in talks with White, having revealed he would fight McGregor or Khabib Nurmagomedov but only for £230m.
    Mayweather said: “Me and Dana talk. I wouldn’t say always, but we’ll text and talk on the phone every once in a while.
    “Dana’s a cool guy, he’s a great guy. And he’s doing a helluva job with the UFC and I’m proud of him.
    “And we look forward to working with each other in the future. Are we going to work? Absolutely.”

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    Vasyl Lomachenko shows off gruesome shoulder surgery scars as he poses in hospital bed after shock Teofimo Lopez loss

    VASYL LOMACHENKO’S team released footage of his shoulder surgery which left the Ukrainian with gruesome scars.
    Lomachenko was stunned last weekend as Teofimo Lopez outboxed him to win the unified lightweight titles.

    Vasyl Lomachenko’s team released footage of his shoulder surgery

    The operation left the Ukrainian with gruesome scars

    The 32-year-old’s manager Egis Klimas claimed the beaten southpaw came into the fight injured but refused to pull out.
    A newly released video revealed Lomachenko in a hospital bed going under the knife.
    Lomachenko’s surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache revealed he performed the procedure two days after the fight.
    ElAttrache previously operated on the three-weight champion in 2018 after he dislocated his shoulder beating Jorge Linares.

    Lomachenko’s dad and trainer Anatoly is said to have wanted his son to withdraw against Lopez – but the plea was ignored.
    Klimas told ESPN:“We lost one week of training.
    “We lost one week of sparring because the doctor forbid him to do much for a week after the injection.”

    Teofimo Lopez outclassed Lomachenko to win the unified lightweight titlesCredit: Handout – Getty

    Lopez added the WBA,WBO and WBC Franchise belt to his IBF title and received praise for his masterful performance.

    And the 23-year-old was left unhappy with Loma’s post-fight injury reveal.
    He said: “I was coming into this fight injured as well, if you wanna talk about injuries, but I didn’t make no excuses about it.
    “I think that by him doing that, as someone who was considered the number one, pound-for-pound, best boxer in the whole world, to use that excuse, it just looks more bad on him than anything else.” More

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    Tyson Fury confirms ring return on December 5 at Royal Albert Hall as talks with Frank Warren continue over opponent

    TYSON FURY has confirmed he will make his homecoming on December 5 – with an opponent to be announced soon.
    The Gypsy King has decided to walk away from his trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder to focus on facing Anthony Joshua.

    Tyson Fury has confirmed he will make his homecoming on December 5Credit: Reuters

    But first Fury will take a warm-up fight at Royal Albert Hall before moving on to the undisputed title decider next year.
    He said: “Can’t wait to get back in the ring and get back to what I do best.
    “I would just like to announce that I am definitely fighting December 5 in London, opponent to be announced very, very soon.
    “Just working on some opponents and will let you all know who it is going to be shortly. Watch this space.”

    Fury, 32, dethroned Wilder, 34, for the WBC title in February and the pair were already signed to an immediate rematch.
    But with paying fans unable to return due to the coronavirus pandemic, the fight faced continuous delays.
    And with Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum claiming Wilder’s rematch clause had expired, they decided to cancel the trilogy.
    WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua, 31, defends his title against Kubrat Pulev, 39, on December 12.

    Should Fury and AJ emerge victorious, they have already verbally agreed a two-fight deal for 2021.
    Carlos Takam, 39, Agit Kabayel, 28 are frontrunners to land the WBC title shot, but Oscar Rivas, 33, has been deemed too short.
    Arum told BoxingScene: “Fury should beat Takam but Takam is at least known and he has been on ESPN. And he looked pretty good in the last fight.
    “[Kabayel] is undefeated and he has fought some fairly decent guys. I haven’t come up with anybody else.
    “I discussed Oscar Rivas but the theory is he’s too small. Too small, too short.”

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    Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals he wants Tyson Fury to snub Anthony Joshua and fight Oleksandr Usyk instead ahead of UFC 254

    KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV has told Tyson Fury to snub Anthony Joshua and fight Oleksandr Usyk instead.
    The Russian takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 tonight but has been linked with a possible boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather in the future.

    Khabib Nurmagomedov has named Tyson Fury in his top four boxersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    The Eagle wants the Gyspy King to fight Oleksandr UsykCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Khabib gave his assessment on his fellow combat sport prior to Vasyl Lomachenko’s recent defeat to Teofimo Lopez.
    The 32-year-old had named the Ukrainian as one of the best around but snubbed Anthony Joshua when picking boxing’s best.
    He told reporters: “Right now, I think three guys. Oleksandr Usyk, Vasyl Lomachenko and Canelo Alvarez.
    “Oh sorry, Tyson Fury too. Four guys. It’s very hard [to decide] who is the best.”

    He is not like other heavyweights, more technique, his footwork is very good, his conditioning is very good, I really wanna watch Usyk against Fury.
    Khabib Nurmagomedov on Oleksandr Usyk

    Fury, 32, recently confirmed he is scrapping his planned trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder and is now free to deliver an all-British heavyweight unification showdown with Joshua next year.
    Yet Khabib has claimed he would much rather see the Gypsy King face Usyk.
    He added: “I really want to see Usyk vs Fury. It’s gonna be a very good fight. He [Usyk] has very good skill and technique, Tyson Fury too.
    “He is not like other heavyweights, more technique, his footwork is very good, his conditioning is very good, I really wanna watch Usyk against Fury.”

    Khabib, meanwhile, is ‘destroying everyone’ in the gym ahead of his own fight against Gaethje according to his coach Javier Mendez.
    The Russian also revealed he wants to head to England after the fight to watch Manchester United and Liverpool.
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    Sad Mike Tyson says ‘happiness for me is death’ in new Netflix documentary about 54-year-old boxing legend

    MIKE TYSON tragically revealed that ‘happiness for me is death’ in an upcoming Netflix documentary based on the 54-year-old boxing legend.
    Iron Mike is being trained by Rafael Cordeiro ahead of his exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr, 51, in California next month.

    Mike Tyson reveals some startling truths in a Netflix documentaryCredit: Instagram

    And coach Cordeiro let slip, in a Portuguese YouTube interview, that Netflix are filming a documentary with Tyson based on his eventful life in and out the ring.
    One day while filming, Cordeiro asked a down-in-the-dumps Tyson what happiness means to him.
    And the former world heavyweight champ said: “Happiness for me is death, because I saw many bad things and lost many bad things in my life.”
    Tyson grew up in Brooklyn without a father and his mum passed away when he was just 16.

    In 1992, he was banged up for three years after being found guilty of raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington.
    He earned the moniker ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ and spent another stretch inside after assaulting two older men in 1999.
    Tyson – famed for biting a part of Evander Holyfield’s ear off – also bit Brit Lennox Lewis at a press conference and then filed for bankruptcy in 2003 after blowing a £330million fortune.
    With his first fight in 15 years on the horizon, Tyson is already planning a further THREE scraps.

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    Cordeiro reckons Tyson will have a trio of big-money bouts before finally hanging up his gloves.
    Tyson is pencilled in to fight arguably the greatest pound-for-pound champ Jones Jr on November 28.
    Cordeiro said: “He is very happy to do three more fights next year and suddenly fight for great things.”
    Tyson could face the man who stunned the world by beating him in 1990 – Buster Douglas – although it seems highly unlikely as Iron Mike’s foe is 60 now.
    Douglas has predicted a win for Tyson against Jones Jr – but reckons they are crazy to fight again at their age.

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