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Floyd Mayweather avoids jail time till June, free for spring fight

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A Nevada judge Friday delayed Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s sentence for a domestic violence conviction, thus freeing the undefeated boxing champion to go ahead with a possible fight in May.

Mayweather, 34, pleaded guilty last month to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges in a case involving an attack in September 2010 on his ex-girlfriend. He was supposed to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence Friday.

But a judge said she considered Mayweather's contractual obligations to the fight set for May 5 in Las Vegas against an as-yet unnamed opponent.

What is unclear is whether Mayweather’s postponed jail time will open the way for a mega-fight this spring with Manny Pacquiao.

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Report: Floyd Mayweather Jr. accepts plea deal

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Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will reportedly accept a plea bargain to avoid a felony conviction for his alleged role in a 2010 domestic violence episode involving the mother of three of his children, and the children, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting on its website Tuesday.

Efforts to reach Mayweather and his representatives were immediately unsuccessful Tuesday afternoon, but the report said Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney David Roger told the newspaper that the boxer on Wednesday morning will plead guilty to one count of battery domestic violence and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors.

Mayweather, 34, is subject to $3,000 in fines and a jail sentence ranging from two days to 18 months, the newspaper reported.

Mayweather, who in September scored a technical knockout of Ventura's Victor Ortiz in the fourth round to improve to 42-0, originally faced multiple felonies for his alleged attack of girlfriend Josie Harris, and his treatment of the children after reportedly learning Harris was dating another man in September 2010.

"Where's the bruises?" Mayweather said when questioned about the incident before the Ortiz fight. "Where's the pictures?"

The nearing conclusion of the criminal case helps promoters move forward with plans to stage a fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao next year.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told The Times the case has been an elephant in the room because of the uncertainty of when Mayweather would go to trial, and how much time he could receive if convicted. Arum still cautions, "I have no idea what's going to happen. We'll see tomorrow. So let's wait until tomorrow."

Arum said the fight could possibly take place in June and added that he's pursuing the idea of building a 45,000-seat venue on the Las Vegas Strip near the Wynn and Venetian properties. Arum said the additional time will assist the construction schedule, even though Mayweather's advisor previously said he has cleared May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a date against the "little man" Pacquiao.

"That's Cinco de Mayo, and too early," said Arum, who said no talks are occuring during this portion of the holiday break. "The last time I looked neither of these guys was Hispanic."

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Pacquiao wants Marquez again before facing Mayweather, Arum says

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Manny Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said Monday the Filipino superstar would prefer his next bout to be a fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez rather than a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"That fight [against Mayweather] can still be there for us" a year from now, Arum told The Times.

Pacquiao, the promoter said, feels that his controversial, majority decision over Marquez on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas "did not have the finish he wanted," and justifies a fourth fight between the combatants.

Pacquiao, 32, and Marquez, 38, previously fought to a draw in 2004 and a split decision won by Pacquiao in 2008.

Marquez said he was so frustated by the judging of his impressive showing Saturday that he was pondering retirement.

Arum doesn't believe Marquez will retire with the promise of more riches in addition to his payout from Saturday's fight, which could reach $10 million based on estimates of a large pay-per-view audience.

As for Mayweather, Arum said it's his understanding that the unbeaten world welterweight champion has secured the MGM Grand for a early May date.

So Arum said he would stage Pacquiao-Marquez IV in April or June, either at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas or a specially constructed outdoor venue paid for by "the other casinos" in Las Vegas.

"Like we did in the old days, at Caesars Palace," Arum said. "Awesome."

For his fight, Mayweather would select from a field likely to include Amir Khan, Andre Berto, Sergio Martinez, Robert Guerrero or the unbeaten Tim Bradley.

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Photo: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his majority decision victory against Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Pacquiao-Marquez: Round-by-round recap

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The time had come for Manny Pacquiao to act on his desire to convincingly defeat Juan Manuel Marquez, his great rival from Mexico.

With the World Boxing Organization welterweight title on the line, Pacquiao received as well as he gave on Saturday night at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in winning a majority decision over Marquez, who had twice before taking the Filipino champion to the limit in earning a draw and losing a split decision.

Judges Glenn Trowbridge (116-112 ) and Dave Moretti (115-113) scored it for Pacquiao. Robert Hoyle called it a draw, 114-114.

PHOTOS: Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight

Here's a round-by-round recap (scoring is unofficial):

Round 1: Pacquiao jabs. Marquez swings a left. Pacquiao double-jabs. Marquez misses a left counter. Pacquiao lands one. Marquez pounds the body. Pacquiao with a left counter. Pacquiao throws a right-left combination. Marquez goes to body. Another classic close round between two. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9.

Round 2: A lot of jostling early here. Both boxers are looking for openings. Marquez misses with a right. Nice counter by Marquez. Jab by Pacquiao. Marquez right to body and blocked uppercut. Pacquiao surging with lefts. Marquez backs wisely. Marquez right. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Fight is even, 19-19.

Round 3: Pacquiao working jab. Marquez gets in a good right. Marquez jabs to the body. Nice lefts by Marquez, and an uppercut to the chin. Pacquiao jabs. Marquez gets in a right. Pacquiao lands a stronger right. He lands an extra shot, but just after bell. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 29-28.

Round 4: Nice hard left by Pacquiao. Marquez doesn’t land all of his left shot. Marquez with a jab. Nice left by Pacquiao. Heads collide softly. Good left by Pacquiao. They tie up. Pacquiao lands a flush left. Marquez answers to the body. Nice counter right by Pacquiao, but Marquez answers with two sharp rights, and pulls away impressed at bell. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Fight even, 38-38.

Round 5: Hard left uppercut by Marquez to the face of Pacquiao, who is swinging with ferocity. Chants of “Marquez!” in the arena. Marquez lands a jab. Pacquiao jabs back. Nice right by Marquez backs up Pacquiao. Now a hard left by Marquez. Great right by Marquez. Pacquiao flustered. He’s backing away. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 48-47.

Round 6: Both boxers jab. Pacquiao gets in a left. Marquez lands a left-right combination to the body. Hard right by Pacquiao. Now a good left by Pacquiao. Marquez tries to answer with a stiff right, and then a left to the head. Pacquiao lands a left to the body. Marquez gets in a combination to the body. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Fight even, 57-57.

Round 7: Marquez to the stomach. Pacquiao tries to jab. Nice shots by Marquez. Pacquiao charging, like he wants to go for the kill. Marquez lands a good right, though. Marquez then gets the best of an inside exchange. Pacquiao lands a left to the face. Marquez nails a sharp left to the body and right to the face. Marquez gets in a strong uppercut at bell. He’s here to win. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 67-66.

Round 8: Marquez landing jabs. Some at ringside have him up five rounds to two. Pacquiao to the body. Marquez pounds Pacquiao with a right as Pacquiao darts in. Marquez lands a left. Pacquiao answers with a combination. Pacquiao with a late combo to the face. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 77-75.

Round 9: Marquez strikes with a left and right. He sends Pacquiao to the ropes with a hard left. Wicked combination to Pacquiao's body and face by Marquez. Marquez works the jab. He keeps his right up to protect his head while beating Pacquiao in exchanges. It’s been an impressive effort by 38-year-old. Nice combo by Pacquiao, but Marquez whacks him with a right. Wow! Great combos by Pacquiao. Marquez backing up. Crowd is exploding. It's crazy in here. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 86-85.

Round 10: Marquez lands a right. Pacquiao answers with a combination. Hard right flush to the face by Marquez. Marquez slips, but he recovers and belts Pacquiao with rights as he works inside. Pacquiao looks cut on the right side of his head. Marquez's right eye is swelling. Marquez lands a right. Pacquiao connects with a left on a charge. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 96-94.

Round 11: Pacquiao’s cut looks like it came from an accidental butt in the 10th round. It’s not bad. Marquez works to the body. Pacquiao lands a combination. Marquez answers. Pacquiao is thinking now before charging forward. Marquez lands a clean right as he becomes the aggressor. Pacquiao lands a right. Pacquiao then strikes with a left. Marquez finishes with a right. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 105-104.

Round 12: Pacquiao has salve over the cut on top of his right eye. He starts slow, can't find an opening.  Marquez counters. Pacquiao throws a barrage of punches. Pacquiao jabs. No openings for Pacquiao, though. He's waiting, looking. Pacquiao jabs, Marquez answers stronger -– the story of the fight. Pacquiao loses mouthpiece in last minute. Marquez jab and combo. Pacquiao to the body. Marquez raises right fist at bell, stands on corner ropes. Pacquiao kneeling in corner, praying. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez wins fight, 115-113.

The judges have awarded Manny Pacquiao a majority decision. Glenn Trowbridge (116-112 ) and Dave Moretti (115-113) scored it for Pacquiao. Robert Hoyle scored it 114-114.

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Photo: Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao square off during their WBO title fight on Saturday  night in Las Vegas. Credit: Jae C. Hong / Associated Press

Previewing the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight

 

HBO Boxing commentators Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward preview the upcoming HBO pay-per-view event, Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, which happens Saturday.

The widely anticipated bout is the third between the two men.

"There are personal feelings here," Pacquiao told The Times' Lance Pugmire recently after 15 rounds of sparring at a Hollywood gym. "I'm not saying I'm angry, or that I hate him, but those feelings give me more motivation in training, and they'll inspire me to fight as hard as I can, because I'm expecting him to be at his strongest."

The 32-year-old Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) has risen to become boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter with 14 consecutive victories that included knockouts of Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales and Ricky Hatton.

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) has been the gritty counterpuncher who seems to have Pacquiao's number. Sure, Pacquiao knocked him down three times in the first round of their 2004 bout, but Marquez won nearly every round after and their first bout was called a draw.

In 2008, Pacquiao scored another knockdown of Marquez, but he was left bloodied in a back-and-forth 12-round battle. Pacquiao won the split decision by one point on the deciding judge's scorecard.

"They were wars," Marquez said. "You know you're not going to be short-changed watching us fight.

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Pacquiao-Marquez: Trainers discuss fight strategy

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Las Vegas bookmakers have installed Manny Pacquiao as a near 10-1 favorite to defeat Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night, but Marquez trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain exuded confidence Thursday in projecting a strong showing by his 38-year-old fighter.

"Juan's always been a great technical fighter. He's perfected that and learned to control the combat zone," Beristain said. "He now knows how to handle left-handers."

Beristain embraced the fact that if Marquez had been able to avoid knockdowns -- three in their first bout (a draw) in 2004 and another in Pacquiao's split-decision triumph in 2008 -- the Mexican fighter has outboxed Pacquiao.

Beristain says Marquez can do it again as he flashes speed to complement a training camp dedicated to strength training.

"Obviously, Pacquiao has a great punch. Every minute of every round is danger," Beristrain said through an interpreter. "But no matter anyone says, we won that second fight. I'll go to my death saying that."

Beristain said he's spent dozens of hours reviewing replays of Pacquiao's fights since the March 2008 Pacquiao bout.

"You can lose a lot of sleep thinking how to beat Pacquiao," Beristain said. "That's what happens."

For Pacquiao, his training discipline is far superior to the way it was in 2008, when he struggled to make the 130-pound limit, then "ballooned to 149 [pounds] on fight day," according to Gary Poole book "PacMan," which was released in paperback this week.

Sipping from a holiday-red Starbucks cup Thursday morning, Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach listed the improvements his fighter has made since that narrow escape in the second part of this trilogy.

"Manny's a compassionate guy and he's let the last couple of guys [Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito] off the hook," Roach said. "Manny will never predict a knockout, but I know the way he's trained and prepared for this fight. I've seen how he's meaner to his sparring partners. He wants this fight badly. He has a fire in him."

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Pacquiao-Mayweather: 'Myriad points' of negotiation before fight

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Manny Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that crafting a deal for the Filipino star to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. should Pacquiao defeat Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night is not as simple as observers might think.

Mayweather's camp came out last week expressing interest in a Pacquiao fight in May in Las Vegas, and Pacquiao has expressed an eagerness to fight the unbeaten Mayweather, who in September scored a controversial fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz.

A deal to make the fight has collapsed three times before, mostly over Mayweather's insistence that Pacquiao be subjected to the scrutiny of an Olympic-style drug-testing program.

Hard feelings between the fighters hasn't helped. Mayweather claimed in a video once that Pacquiao used "power pellets" to become boxing's top pound-for-pound fighter, and Pacquiao has sued Mayweather for defamation.

Arum has in recent months expressed a willingness to commit to the drug testing, but Wednesday he said there are "myriad points" of negotiation beyond that to get a deal done.

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Boxing needs a brilliant Manny Pacquiao now

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Boxing's greatest hits of the last three months.

Aug. 13, Las Vegas: Abner Mares punches Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko square in the groin in the 12th round of their world bantamweight title tournament final -- an unquestionable low blow worthy of a point deduction.

Referee Russell Mora instead awards Mares a knockdown, inciting outrage among fans inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and Mares wins a decision. A sanctioning body is so flabbergasted by the horrific call that it orders a rematch Dec. 3 at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Sept. 17, Las Vegas: World welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, failing to establish a plan to penetrate Floyd Mayweather's defense, head butts the unbeaten fighter. Mayweather, visibly angered, waits for referee Joe Cortez's first indication that fighting can resume and unloads two punches to a distracted Ortiz that knock him out and end the fight in the fourth round.

Oct. 15, Staples Center: Chad Dawson lifts Bernard Hopkins off the canvas, and Hopkins slams backward, suffering a separated shoulder that ends the world light-heavyweight championship fight in the second round, sparking massive jeering in the arena. The WBC later refuses to install Dawson as the new champion, even though he was named the winner in the ring.

This leaves boxing's top performer, Manny Pacquiao, to end the carnage of bad big fights Saturday when he and Juan Manuel Marquez renew their rivalry in Las Vegas with their third fight.

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Manny Pacquiao fan postpones son's appendectomy to meet him

A Manny Pacquiao fan said she postponed her son's appendectomy so she could attend a recent Pacquiao media day appearance at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

"He probably has appendicitis, he's in the hospital, but he knows how much Manny means to me so he said, 'Go Mom,' " the fan said of her son. "He didn't want to keep me back.

"I'm not a horrible mom. He's not in total danger. Dad's there with him."

Pacquiao attracts legions of fans who exhibit an almost religious-like zeal wherever he goes.

Last Wednesday at 7 a.m. dozens of fans were waiting outside in the cold at Griffith Park, where Pacquiao regularly runs, in hopes of meeting the boxer. Some had said they had been sitting there for hours.

The Times interviewed a few fans who had flown to Los Angeles from the Philippines to watch the fight. 

They provided a snapshot of the excitement brewing in their country as Pacquiao, who is a congressman in the Philippines, approaches his third bout against Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12.

On the day of the fight, one fan said that there's "zero crime." Another said there's "no traffic."

"Everything stops," he said. "The business stops. They all watch Manny."

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Manny Pacquiao: This will be the fight of the year

Manny Pacquiao is only days away from his third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.

At a recent media day, the members of Pacquiao's training camp said that he's become more of a complete fighter since their first two bouts. That he's more motivated. And that he has developed a strong disdain for his competitor.

"It's such a personal thing to him that I think he's using that as his motivation," said Alex Ariza, Pacquiao's strength and conditioning coach. "He's using this dislike for Marquez as motivation."

Their first fight in 2004 ended in a draw and Pacquiao won their last bout in 2008 by a split decision. Marquez believes he was cheated out of two victories and wore a shirt last November that said, "Marquez beat Pacquiao twice!!"

Pacquiao found that disrespectful.

"The different of this training camp is I'm very motivated," Pacquiao said.

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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao is training hard for Marquez fight

Manny Pacquiao wakes up before the sun rises to run steep hills at Griffith Park.

He ferociously attacks the mitts at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

After two close fights with Juan Manuel Marquez, he's not going to leave the third bout on Nov. 12 to chance. This one is personal.

After all, Pacquiao feels disrespected.

Even though their first fight in 2004 ended in a draw and Pacquiao won their last fight in 2008 by a split decision, Marquez wore a shirt last November that said, "Marquez beat Pacquiao twice!!" 

A photo of Marquez wearing that shirt hangs behind Pacquiao's speed bag.

At a recent media day, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said, "The only time that I saw Manny train as hard for a fight was when he fought De La Hoya."

Arum said Marquez may be the ultimate competition for Pacquiao -- even more challenging than Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is undefeated.

"All of us are much more confident in beating Mayweather than in beating Marquez," Arum said. "Marquez's style is very, very tough for Manny because he's a counter-puncher and so forth. Mayweather, his style is made for Manny because he will get knocked out within three, four rounds.

"Manny is so anxious to prove himself in this fight that he started training early and he's trained at full speed ever since he started."

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