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Boxer Patricia Manuel pulls out of Olympic trials with injury

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Long Beach boxer Patricia Manuel's dream of fighting in the first women's Olympic boxing tournament ended Tuesday in an Eastern Washington hotel room when she pulled out of the U.S. trials after one fight because of a shoulder injury.

Manuel, among the favorites in the lightweight (132 pounds) division, was limited to one tournament in the last 11 months because of a painful compressed joint in her right shoulder. After months of therapy she thought the injury was behind her, but it flared up again three weeks ago. And in Monday's opening-round bout in Airway Heights, Wash., she was unable to throw an effective right hand against with Florida's Tiara Brown and lost an 18-13 decision.

The 26-year-old former national Golden Gloves champion iced the shoulder late Monday but after she awoke Tuesday in greater pain, she and trainer Robert Luna elected to withdraw from the double-elimination tournament rather than risk further injury.

"I'm sorry my story ends like this," Manuel wrote in a text message.

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Photo: Patricia Manuel lays on the hotel bed with an ice pack on her shoulder as trainer Robert Luna checks his messages after losing Manuel lost her bout at the U.S. Olympic trials in Washington on Monday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes Twitter shot at Jeremy Lin

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. has drawn heat before for diminishing his rivalry with Manny Pacquiao into taunts invoking race.

Now Mayweather, an avid sports fan who has more than 2 million Twitter followers, has weighed in on the new popularity of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, who torched the Lakers for 38 points last week and is pushing the team toward a playoff position.

Monday, a post from Mayweather's Twitter account assessed the attention -- known as "Lin-sanity" -- being heaped upon the NBA's newest star:

"Jeremy Lin is a good player but all the hype is because he's Asian. Black players do what he does every night and don't get the same praise."

Mayweather is beginning preparation for a coming publicity tour to hype his May 5 super-welterweight title fight against champion Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas.

On June 1, he's due to report to jail in Clark County, Nev., to begin serving a 90-day sentence for his involvement in a domestic violence case involving the mother of his three children and two of the children.

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Lamont Peterson chooses Amir Khan rematch and Vegas over L.A.

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World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation junior-welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will indeed give former champion Amir Khan a rematch after their controversial split decision in December.

With that move, Peterson rejects both Juan Manuel Marquez, who was aiming at a July date with Peterson at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, and Staples Center, which had cleared May 19 for a Khan fight.

Instead, the HBO-televised bout will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Fight promoter Richard Schaefer said the card also will include a 140-pound bout between Argentina's Lucas Matthysse and Mexico's Humberto Soto.

Schaefer said he remained confident that Peterson (30-1-1, 15 knockouts) would choose Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) despite efforts by rival promoter Bob Arum to reunite with Peterson for a Marquez date.

"Let Arum talk," Schaefer said. "I work behind closed doors until I get the deal done, and then I announce it. Arum did a lot of talking. You can't believe everything Arum tells you."

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Bradley on Pacquiao fight: 'Waiting for this my whole life'

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Timothy Bradley agreed in principle Thursday to fight Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, fulfilling a lifetime ambition for the unbeaten, Cathedral City-based world junior welterweight champion.

"This is about being the No. 1 fighter in the world, and that's what my goal has been for as long as I can remember," Bradley said. "I've been waiting for this my whole life." 

Bradley declined to reveal terms of his agreement, which he said could be signed as early as Friday, but fight promoter Bob Arum said there was no reason to doubt that Bradley will have around the same $5-million guarantee that Pacquiao's most recent two opponents  had.

Bradley (28-0, 12 knockouts) kept his eyes on this prize through a contentious 2011, when he split with  promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson and turned down a likely $1.5-million payday last June against England's Amir Khan to instead pursue a chance at a more lucrative date against Pacquiao.

When another round of talks failed to generate a super-fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- who's scheduled to fight Miguel Cotto May 5 -- the 28-year-old Bradley emerged as the front-runner for Pacquiao.

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Angelo Dundee: An appreciation by Ferdie Pacheco

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The Fight Doctor,  Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, a cornerman for Muhammad Ali and a former boxing analyst for NBC, has sent The Times a tribute to Ali's Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who died last week and is being laid to rest this week in Florida.

At 90 years of age, Angelo is finally gone to his just rewards.  He deserves the best.

Angelo, more than any man I know, lived a full, rich, rewarding life filled with accomplishment, suffused with honor and a life of fun and free from hatred and bad feelings.

I traveled the boxing trail with Angelo as his second banana.  Angelo needed no help in working a corner. I was there because he let me be part of that historic trek he took. Oh, I was functional when injuries required a doctor.  I gave Angelo another card to play when injuries threatened the outcome of the fight.

And after the fight, we never went to an expensive emergency room.  I took care of all but the most dire of injuries, right there in a dingy dressing room, or back at our hotel room.  I came prepared for Spartan accommodations. Angelo stood by, hands folded in front of him, waiting until I finished.  Then he said, “Looks good.” And went to bed. That was what I brought to Angelo.  Of course, for more than 30 years, we grew close as brothers.  His brother Chris was the best man at my wedding. Angelo was the godfather to my beloved Tina.  I don’t believe she ever appreciated the honor that that designation carried.  She was Angelo Dundee’s godchild!  Angelo Dundee!

Angelo was simply a good man. He was kind, gentle, self-effacing, incapable of hurting anyone.  He was generous to a fault.  He was always ready to help out an old boxer, or an old trainer. Angie was an easy touch. After the gym closed at 2 p.m., we gathered the detritus of the afternoon.  We’d have a boxer or two, at least three gray men (Sully, Sellout Moe, and Larry Golub) and any writer hanging around to get “the good stuff.”

What was the one ingredient in these lunches?  Angelo always picked up the tab!  Always. It made his wife furious. But it was Angie’s way.

The word “generous” springs to mind when I think of Angie’s ease with which he gave “free” professional advice. If you wanted to learn boxing, or corner work, Angie was willing to sit down and spend hours teaching.  Of course, the best examples of this would be how Angie taught a raw kid to box and then how to win fights, and finally if he listened, how to become a champion.

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Timothy Bradley agrees to fight Manny Pacquiao

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Timothy Bradley has agreed to fight Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bradley's wife, Monica, said the boxer and his manager, Cameron Dunkin, are finalizing specifics of the deal and are expected to sign a contract later this week.

Cathedral City's Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) is the World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion.

The fight against Pacquiao will be a welterweight fight at 147 pounds. Bradley fought at welterweight against Luis Carlos Abregu on July 17, 2010, and won by a unanimous decision.

Pacquiao (54-3, 38 KOs) selected Bradley after negotiations to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. crumbled again last month.

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Photo: Timothy Bradley, right, throws a punch at Joel Casamayor during their WBO junior welterweight title fight Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. Bradley defeated Casamayor in eight rounds. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Bob Arum: Agreement near on Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight

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Promoter Bob Arum said Monday that negotiations to stage a Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas are nearing completion, with an announcement coming as soon as Tuesday.

"It can be difficult dealing with a guy [Pacquiao] so many time zones away in the Philippines, but I feel very good about this and think I'll be in a position to announce something by [Tuesday]. I just have to get all the ducks in a row," Arum said. "I just need a complete sign-off from Manny."

Arum huddled with Pacquiao manager Michael Koncz and Bradley manager Cameron Dunkin during the weekend in San Antonio, where 14,000 fans at the Alamodome watched Arum's middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and new World Boxing Organization champion Nonito Donaire win bouts.

Efforts to stage a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super-fight crumbled again as they bickered over the fight date, how to split the purse and various other items, although Arum says -- to the great skepticism of some -- that he'll work feverishly to make the bout in November.

For now, Pacquiao, coming off a less-than-convincing victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November, will fight at 147 pounds. Bradley, the unbeaten junior-welterweight champion from Cathedral City, has defeated the likes of another junior-welterweight champ, Lamont Peterson, along with Devon Alexander and veteran Joel Casamayor.

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Photo: Manny Pacquiao. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press

Lots of blame to go around for failed Mayweather-Pacquiao bout

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Oscar De La Hoya referred to me as "Lance Arum" Wednesday on Twitter. The Golden Boy's business partner, Richard Schaefer, has instructed me to "lose my number." And an exasperated Bob Arum just asked, "How many times do I have to tell you this?"

Yes, tensions run high when you're conducting the postmortem on how to squander more than $100 million.

Schaefer is upset that I didn't pay enough attention to what he says is the fact that Arum repeatedly dismissed the idea that Schaefer was truly representing Floyd Mayweather and fully authorized to negotiate a deal for a fight with Manny Pacquiao. Don't refer to Schaefer as Mayweather's promoter, however, because that makes Mayweather upset. He's his own promoter. Get it?

Before he stopped talking to me Thursday, Schaefer told me Wednesday, "Since 2007, I've promoted Floyd's fights, and all those people who've tried to circumvent and short-cut me ... this makes it clear that we are a real team. Stop trying to circumvent. When they did that, again and again, it shows me [that Pacquiao's negotiators, i.e. Arum] don't want the fight. It's time to realize that I, [manager] Al Haymon, [advisor] Leonard Ellerbe, we all work with Floyd. And if Arum wants a fight with Floyd, he know clearly knows who to deal with."

Schaefer deserves congratulations for responding to the Pacquiao talks going south by luring Arum's expired fighter, super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, to create the best possible bout short of Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Cotto avenged his tainted 2008 loss to Antonio Margarito with a decisive victory in December, and the 31-year-old's body-punching talent and sharpened boxing does make him a legitimate threat to hand Mayweather (42-0) his first loss. And Schaefer said this will be "the first of many" Cotto fights under Schaefer's Golden Boy Promotions banner.

But May 5 is not Mayweather-Pacquiao, and that's what everyone wanted.

The fingers pointing at Arum are credible. He made a big deal of wanting to avoid a May 5 date so he could try to build an outdoor venue for the super-fight, but he knew Mayweather had a June 1 report-to-jail date, and that a fight of such magnitude did not absolutely require an extra month of publicity to boost pay-per-view sales, which would've been astronomical.

Arum compromised the deal -- perhaps fatally -- by not striking a more conciliatory tone with his bitter business rival Schaefer, especially after Mayweather publicly encouraged Pacquiao's representatives to deal with Schaefer. Talk of an outsider emerging and promising to guarantee Mayweather millions of dollars for the fight was a fairy tale.

"Don't you understand?" Arum said. "Mayweather told us not to deal with anyone unless he tells us to deal with them. If Mayweather said, 'You deal with Richard Schaefer,' we would do that. But I'm not going to call someone when Mayweather tells us, 'Don't negotiate with anyone unless I tell you.' Schaefer had no contract with this guy. He's absolutely overblowing his importance. He's acting like he's an indispensable guy, when he's hired for a fee and not acting as a traditional promoter."

It actually would've been best if the two fighters got together in a room like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield did, haggled out the outline of a deal, and ordered their people to make the fight.

Now Arum is moving on to a Pacquiao fight against Cathedral City's unbeaten junior-welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley, meeting in San Antonio on Thursday with Pacquiao manager Michael Koncz and Bradley manager Cameron Dunkin.

"It's a good fight -- fresh face [in Bradley], undefeated guy," Arum said.

Bradley may have a fresh face, but the act and blame game has grown very stale.

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Photo: Manny Pacquiao. Credit: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press.

Angelo Dundee's son discusses life, death of Muhammad Ali's trainer

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Boxing trainer Angelo Dundee died Wednesday in a Florida rehabilitation center, where he was being treated for a blood clot found after a flight back from visiting Muhammad Ali in Louisville for the fighter's 70th birthday, son James Dundee said.

Angelo Dundee was 90.

A tremendous motivator and positive force whose favorite saying was, "It costs nothing to be nice," Dundee was the steadying presence in Ali's corner as the fighter navigated the turbulence of a career that took him from Olympic star to young heavyweight world champion, banned for protesting the Vietnam War, converting to Islam, champion again and then suffering through the toll of the violent sport.

The Times will have a full obituary posted soon on latimes.com, and in Thursday's newspaper.

Southland resident Mercedes Ganon, who retained rights to tell Dundee's story in film, worked closely with the trainer and James Dundee in recent years.

"He made me believe I could do anything," Ganon said. "He would touch you and in a moment change you from a loser to a winner just like that. He was the most beautiful, amazing man I've ever met. He changed history." 

James Dundee said his father "had a ball in life. He did everything he wanted to do. Lived life to the fullest."

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Manny Pacquiao manager: Mayweather declined 'prize fight' deal

FabforumFloyd Mayweather Jr. told a boxing news website Wednesday that he offered Manny Pacquiao a $40-million guarantee to accept the sport's most anticipated super-fight, also telling BoxingScene.com that "we didn't even talk about the back end."

That sparked a strong reaction Wednesday from Pacquiao manager Michael Koncz, who met privately with Mayweather in Las Vegas and engaged the fighter in telephone conversations before Mayweather officially turned to Miguel Cotto as his May 5 opponent in Las Vegas.

"I must break my silence to the media about our discussions, because both Floyd and I agreed not to discuss these dealings," Koncz said. "Since Floyd is unfairly chastising Manny, I can confirm he did offer Manny a $40-million guarantee, with $20 million up front.

"But when the back end [pay-per-view profits] wasbrought up, he said we didn't need to discuss the back end, that 'we can discuss it at a later time,' which I took as 'There is no back end.' "

Richard Schaefer, who has helped Mayweather promote all of his fights since 2007, dismissed Koncz's role as a key negotiator in the process, responding to Koncz's claims by saying, "Michael Koncz? Who ... cares? All those people trying to circumvent and short-cut me, this [Cotto deal] makes it clear we are a team with Floyd.

"It's time to realize we are with Floyd, and if [Pacquiao promoter] Bob Arum wants a fight, he knows now who he needs to deal with. Do you think Michael Koncz is going to [do anything] without the approval of Bob Arum?"

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Floyd Mayweather says he plans to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. told the Nevada State Athletric Commission at a licensing hearing Wednesday that he intends to fight super-welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto on May 5 at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

World welterweight champion Mayweather (42-0) faces a June 1 deadline to report to jail in Clark County, Nev., after a plea deal in a domestic violence case.

[Updated, 11:10 a.m. Feb. 1: The commission granted Mayweather a license to fight May 5 on the condition that he comply with all of the judge's orders in his criminal case, including reporting to jail as scheduled June 1.]

He told commissioners Wednesday that he would begin his jail sentence on that date, a commitment that was cited by Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, as a complication in arranging the anticipated super-fight between the men considered the world's top two boxers, pound-for-pound.

Instead, Mayweather has turned to Arum's former fighter, Cotto, who has lost only to Antonio Margarito and Pacquiao (by technical knockout in November 2009), and avenged the Margarito loss by TKO in December in New York.

The bout was Cotto's last on his contract with Arum's Top Rank promoting company, and he's now made a free-agent splash in positioning for a date with Mayweather.

By doing so, the likelihood increases that Pacquiao will now fight Cathedral City's unbeaten junior-welterweight world champion, Timothy Bradley, on June 9.

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Photos: Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Miguel Cotto. Credits: Julie Jacobson / Associated Press; Kathy Willens / Associated Press

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