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Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley press and fight schedule

The Mayweather vs. Mosley countdown has begun. With six days until fight night, the participants will be at the mosley-mayweathermercy of their publicists for events and grand entrances.

One of those entrances occurs on Tuesday April 27, as the fighters get the red carpet treatment at the MGM Grand. Grand entrances at the grand entrance of the MGM Grand. Do they think they have to hit us over the head with how big this event is? Oops, sorry, how grand this is?

You too can be part of the spectacle. The public is encouraged to attend the walk-ins. Shane Mosley arrives at the hotel at 2 pm PDT and Floyd Mayweather follows only thirty minutes later at 2:30 PM.

Realize however, that this is all filmed for the final installment of HBO’s Mayweather-Mosley 24/7. Perhaps that is appealing and if it is, hustle on down there to mix it up with the fighters and their respective entourages.

And speaking of 24/7, the third episode aired this past weekend. Where was the beef in that sandwich? The show seems to have run out of fresh material. Perhaps it is because Floyd Mayweather has been featured four times and the folks at HBO think we all have seen the previous series.

Shane Mosley’s back story has not been explored in any true depth. Viewers have not been treated to much film footage about his family, particularly his father Jack.

It was Floyd Mayweather who introduced the topic of Jack Mosley during episode 3. He was offended that his opponent didn’t give enough props to his dad who Floyd claims to admire.

Unlike other 24/7 look-ins, we haven’t seen more than token stories featuring the fighters’ children, the women in their lives, their hometowns and those that helped them early on to become who they are today. It resulted in rehashing old information during this latest episode.

Here are the scheduled fight week events to watch out for:

Tuesday April 27, grand entrances at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Beginning at 2 pm PDT the fighters will arrive at the hotel. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday April 28, the final press conference featuring the fighters commences at 1 pm PDT.

Thursday April 29, the undercard press conferences begin at 11 am PDT. Later that day, the trainers, Naazim Richardson and Roger Mayweather will meet with press at a round table event that kicks off at 12:30 pm PDT.

Friday April 30, the official weigh-in is scheduled for 3:10 pm PDT. The finale of 24/7 Mayweather-Mosley will be screened for credentialed press at 6:30 pm PDT.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Mosley comments on Mayweather fight

Shane Mosley, his attorney Judd Burstein and Golden Boy Promotions’ CEO Richard Schaefer held a media conferenceshane mosley call on Tuesday. The only topic seemingly out of bounds was the video of Mosley posted last week by Victor Conte.With open questions about what it might mean for Shane Mosley’s claim that he didn’t know what he took in 2003 when he used banned substances supplied by Conte’s business BALCO Labs, neither the fighter nor his lawyer were in the mood to discuss it. The video is posted on my Examiner sports column here.

Burstein’s only comment when asked about it was this: “There is no point in talking about it. It happened in 2003. The video was edited and taken out of context. Shane will be victorious in court. I have nothing more to say about this.”

Moving on, Mosley was asked if he might have a post-fight relationship with Floyd whether business or personal. Shane told us: “Yeah, of course. This is nothing personal for me. It’s business. It’s a competitive sport.” He added, “We could go out to dinner, families and all that.”

Of course, Shane Mosley is not unfamiliar with being in business with former foes. He is a VP at Oscar De La Hoya’s company, Golden Boy Promotions. But a family dinner? Ok then.

Asked if having fought at 154 lbs. will help him against a guy who uses speed and defense, Mosley told us, “It helps with the power. I can walk him down better. I feel good about being in the ring with bigger guys.”

Repeating what he has said for weeks now, Mosley insisted that the taunting and talk from Floyd means nothing to him. “I don’t know what he says about me. I don’t look at any of it. I’m focused on being the best in the ring.”

Shane wasn’t as clear when asked if the Mayweather fight is the biggest fight of his career. He said it was big, if for no other reason than it is what the public wants to see. However, he considers his first fight with Oscar De La Hoya had its significance too.

As you would expect, Mosley was tight lipped about how he and trainer Naazim Richardson have planned to deal with Mayweather’s techniques. The fighter was not shy about showering praise on Richardson. Despite what some might see as an in-your-face style, Mosley said he welcomed it.

“That makes it so much better going into a fight,” he said. “I can rely on him telling me the truth and not holding back. It gives me more confidence when I get into the ring.”

Richard Schaefer alerted media on the call to the fact that the WBA belt cannot be won by Floyd Mayweather if he defeats Shane Mosley. At the present time, Schaefer said it was unclear if Shane could lose it. Nonetheless, it is not a WBA title fight.

Schaefer went on to announce that there are still some tickets available in the $600 and $1,250 category for the May 1 bout in Las Vegas. All others are sold out. The $50 closed circuit seats on the MGM/Mirage properties go on sale tomorrow and 25,000 will be made available.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Mayweather vs. Mosley a ‘historic showdown like Ali vs. Foreman’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley press tour arrived in Los Angeles today and one thing is clear, everyone is selling this fight and selling it hard. All in an effort to reach the three million pay-per-view plateau.Other than the fighters themselves, everyone who spoke on the stage set up outside the Nokia Theater at LA Live started with the fight slogan: “who r u picking?”

The assembled public’s choice was close to even with a bit of a tilt towards Sugar Shane Mosley.

First, Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer told the crowd that this fight ranks up there with Ali vs. Foreman.

He went on to speak about how the three million PPVs will be sold, essentially like a bonus with purchase of the fight’s sponsors’ products.

Twenty-five thousand supermarkets in the U.S. will carry a display of Tecate beer products that will offer rebates of Mosley vs. Mayweather Photoup to $30.00 off the PPV price with purchase. Another sponsor, De Walt Tools will offer a rebate for the full price of the PPV with the purchase of a power tool at Home Depot.

Oscar De La Hoya, speaking as a former contestant against both fighters and of course the President of Golden Boy Promotions, also tried to liken this fight to some of the classics, like Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler. But he went further.

“You have the best two fighters on the planet today fighting each other on May 1”, said De La Hoya. The crowd didn’t react to this and no one screamed the name of Manny Pacquiao but you knew what everyone was thinking.

In all the radio and television interviews given on the tour by Floyd Mayweather he bristles at the slightest mention of Pacquiao and gets petulant with the interviewer.

That is the elephant in this room. By all measures Shane Mosley is not one of the two best fighters on the planet and each attendee today in Los Angeles had his or her own thoughts on why the fight most fans wanted to see wasn’t happening this month in Dallas.

When it was time for Mayweather to speak he made himself sound like a crusader for truth, justice and clean boxing. “I’m trying to clean up my sport”, Floyd said. “That is why we are both (he and Mosley) taking random urine and blood tests.” OK then.

In closing, Floyd knew he was in a city that has a huge Mexican population and he reached out specifically to those avid fight fans. “We want all Mexican fans partying, the weekend of the fight. It’s Cinco de Mayo”.

Well, actually it’s May 1 and May 2 that weekend but hey, in the hyping of a fight, four days off is close enough. After all as Richard Schaefer said, this is “a historic showdown.”

Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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Verbal Uppercuts Fly After Mayweather/Manny Fight Cancelled

Camp Mayweather has gone on the attack late Thursday with a press release in which they want to make it very clearFloyd Mayweather he isn’t scared of fighting Manny Pacquiao.

Floyd Mayweather’s publicist told me he was tired of the “lies” being spread by Bob Arum and others on the Pacquiao side of the equation. (Their word, not mine). What he wanted the world to know was that he agreed to a modification of the testing procedure PRIOR to the mediation.

Floyd Mayweather says that he already cut the time back from his demand for unrestricted testing and came half-way from his approach to Pacquiao’s suggestion that there should be no tests closer than 30 days prior to the fight.

That’s how the 14 day proposal came about.

Mayweather wants the public and his fans to know that Pacquiao’s side went into the two-day mediation knowing that was on the table already. He’s also adamant that his handlers did NOT suggest that he agree to the Pacquiao proposals.

After the “Correction Order” issued by the mediator made it understood that there was no proposal made by him that was rejected by one of the other side we now have Mayweather telling the world he wants to whip Manny’s punk ass.

What a day. Here’s the full text of Mayweather’s press release.

“Throughout this whole process I have remained patient, but at this point I am thoroughly disgusted that Pacquiao and his representatives are trying to blame me for the fight not happening when clearly the blame is on them.”

“First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass.”

“Before the mediation, my team proposed a 14-day, no blood testing window leading up to the fight. But it was rejected. I am still proposing the 14-day window but he is still unwilling to agree to it, even though this is obviously a fair compromise on my part as I wanted the testing to be up until the fight and he wanted a 30-day cut-off. The truth is he just doesn’t want to take the tests.”

“In my opinion it is Manny Pacquiao and his team who are denying the people a chance to see the biggest fight ever. I know the people will see through their smokescreens and lies. I am ready to fight and sign the contract. Manny needs to stop making his excuses, step up and fight.”

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Mayweather Stays Perfect; Dominates Marquez

LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather, Jr. improved his perfect record to 40-0-25 Kos when he took opponent Juan AP Photo: Laura RauchManuel Marquez to school Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

After knocking down Marquez in the second round, Mayweather overpowered his much smaller opponent, dominating the fight and earning the unanimous decision.

Judge Burt Clements gave every round to Mayweather scoring the fight 120-107 while Dave Moretti scored it 119-108 and William Lerch’s tally was 118-109.

The stats were as lopsided as the judge’s cards with Mayweather landing 290 of his 493 blows (59%) while Marquez was able to connect on only 12 percent of the 583 punches he threw.

The night was by far the best payday Marquez has seen in his career. In addition to receiving $3.2 million for the fight, the little man from Mexico City was granted an additional $600,000 from Mayweather who was penalized for coming to the weigh-in two pounds over the 144 limit.

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Cost of Meat in Las Vegas–$300,000 Per Pound

LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have just set a new record for the price of beef. mayweather-marquez-weigh-in Beefing up for his upcoming fight, the two extra pounds of meat Mayweather brought to Friday’s weigh-in may cost the fighter $300,000 per pound.

Sources confirmed that Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) is required to forfeit $600K of his portion of the purse to his opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs).

Normally the weight limit for the welterweight division is 147 pounds but with Marquez jumping up from the lightweight division, the maximum weight specified in this contract was set lower at 144 pounds. Mayweather tipped the scales at 146 pounds on Friday, two pounds over that limit.

The contract calls for Marquez to receive the 600K on top of his $3.2 million guarantee. Mayweather is guaranteed $10 million.

The Mayweather camp withheld comments concerning the weigh-in but sources say Mayweather was granted approval for the two pound increase and that increase was already agreed upon by Marquez. Problem is; the deadline for filing those changes passed and when Mayweather was given an extended deadline, his camp neglected to meet that time as well.

Executive director Keith Kizer confirmed that story saying the contract for the fight was changed by Golden Boy Promotions to 147 and Marquez had initialed those changes. Kizer went on to say Mayweather’s contract was presented late, just minutes before the weigh-in.

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