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12:48 AM ET ESPN News Services After watching Manny Pacquiao beat Keith Thurman on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. took to social media on Tuesday to criticize his former opponent and Pacquiao clapped back. “I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached
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3:39 AM ET Promoter Eddie Hearn has said that Cardiff is the “frontrunner” to host the rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua on Dec.14. Ruiz knocked out Joshua at Madison Square Garden to win the WBA, WBO and IBF world titles in June with one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. Neither
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3:28 PM ET Opening Bell: Pacquiao a living legend LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao, already one of the greatest fighters to ever put on gloves, added yet another remarkable chapter to his legendary career by beating Keith Thurman and taking his welterweight world title on Saturday night. Pacquiao, 40, hasn’t made it this far —
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5:04 PM ET Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev was reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission in a 6-0 vote at a meeting in San Diego on Monday following his suspension in May for kissing a female reporter on the lips without her consent. Following a seventh-round knockout victory over Bogdan Dinu on March 23 in
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1:52 AM ET LAS VEGAS — Super middleweight world titlist Caleb Plant and Mike Lee traded plenty of harsh words during the lead-up to their fight, with Plant ultimately promising to teach Lee the kinds of lessons he never learned on his way to a finance degree from Notre Dame. Did he ever. Plant dominated
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8:13 PM ET Mark KriegelESPN OXON HILL, MD. – At the end of the 11th round, Buddy McGirt told his fighter, “I’m going to stop it, Max.” Maxim Dadashev, 28, is from St. Petersburg, Russia. He was 281-20 as an amateur, undefeated in 13 professional fights, and the IBF’s third ranked junior welterweight. He aspired
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7:00 AM ET Unified lightweight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, the pound-for-pound king, can move a step closer to becoming the undisputed champion when he returns to the site of his second Olympic gold-medal victory. Lomachenko, the owner of two 135-pound belts, will defend those titles and compete for the belt vacated by Mikey Garcia when
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12:28 AM ET Steve KimESPN Previously undefeated Maxim Dadashev was taken to a hospital following his 11th-round loss to Subriel Matias in Friday night’s IBF 140-pound eliminator in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Dadashev lost consciousness en route to the hospital but is now breathing on his own, ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna reports. After trainer Buddy McGirt threw
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2:34 PM ET After appearing at the final prefight news conference Wednesday, welterweight John Molina withdrew from his bout with Sergey Lipinets on Thursday night because of a back problem. “Very frustrated right now. My back went out last night,” Molina told ESPN in a text message Friday. Molina was due to fight former junior
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2:51 PM ET LAS VEGAS – Welterweight contender Yordenis Ugas said he has put the disappointment of losing a disputed split decision for a world title in March behind him as he looks ahead to the opportunity to earn another shot on Saturday. “I’m really happy to get a second opportunity to earn a world
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11:50 AM ET Light heavyweight world titlist Sergey Kovalev is going home and could not be happier about it. When talks for a Sept. 14 title defense against middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez stalled, Kovalev’s overdue mandatory defense against Anthony Yarde was finalized and on Thursday promoter Main Events made the fight official. Los Angeles-based Kovalev
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10:23 PM ET LAS VEGAS — Welterweight world titlist Keith Thurman showed off his confidence on Wednesday during the final pre-fight news conference inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of his showdown with legend Manny Pacquiao. Thurman said he will lay down bets on himself at the MGM sports book to score a knockout
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