Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Mayweather vs. Mosley at Celebration! Cinema

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Mayweather-Mosley, Hopkins-Jones To Hit Movie Theaters

Centennial, Colo. – NCM Fathom, a division of NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology, has reached a new agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to continue presenting live world championship boxing on the big screen in high definition throughout 2010. The first bout in the 2010 series will be The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II featuring Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins vs. Roy “The Terminator” Jones, Jr., presented in more than 150 select movie theaters in high definition LIVE from Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday, April 3 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Pacific. The new agreement follows the highly successful cinema presentation of the Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez fight on the big screen in September 2009 – the first fight to be shown in movie theaters in over 20 years.

Tickets are available to The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II special in-theater event at and presenting theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Our experience of bringing big-time boxing back to the movie theaters was a great success for everyone – especially the fans!” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Along with our partners at NCM, we look forward to building on that momentum and offering the best fights in the business in a spectacular hi-def environment.”

After 17 years, the wait is over as Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs) and Jones (54-6, 40 KOs), two of boxing's most decorated and recognizable fighters, will put it all on the line and leave no doubts as to who gets the bragging rights. On May 22, 1993, Hopkins and Jones fought for the vacant IBF middleweight belt, the first shot at a world title for both fighters. The fight, which Jones won by unanimous decision, was a hard fought contest that set the stage for both fighters' respective paths to boxing stardom. Jones went on to win titles in four weight classes, including middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and his historic heavyweight championship. Hopkins, who claimed Jones' vacated IBF middleweight title in 1995, didn't lose another fight for 12 years following his battle with Jones. While Jones ruled as pound-for-pound best for the better part of a decade, Hopkins took advantage of his middleweight crown by setting a record of 20 defenses and solidifying his place as one of the greatest middleweight fighters in the history of the sport.

“Tens of thousands of boxing fans around the country proved they have an appetite for seeing boxing on the big screen as they enjoyed the larger-than-life, ringside experience of the Mayweather vs. Marquez in-theater event last September,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. “This exclusive partnership with Golden Boy Promotions allows Fathom to continue to present the biggest boxing events of 2010 to communities of fans nationwide and Hopkins vs. Jones promises to be a true classic to start the year.”

Broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II will be shown in more than 150 select movie theaters including AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Goodrich Quality Theatres, Hollywood Theaters, Marcus Theatres and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as the Carolina Theatre, Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network – North America’s largest cinema broadcast network.

At 45 years young, Hopkins is still rated among the top pound for pound best in boxing. After his victory over Segundo Mercado in 1995 for the IBF middleweight title, Hopkins' momentum began to build as he scored victories over quality contenders. The 2000s defined Hopkins' career starting with his win over Keith Holmes in April of 2001 in the opening round of the Middleweight Unification Tournament followed by a stunning 12th round stoppage of Felix "Tito" Trinidad on September 29, 2001 at Madison Square Garden. Following four more defenses of his middleweight crown, Hopkins faced Oscar de la Hoya in 2004. His ninth round knockout of "The Golden Boy" allowed Hopkins to attain his 19th title defense - setting a record and making him the first fighter to hold the belt of all four major sanctioning organizations at the same time, as well as the Ring Magazine title. In 2006, Hopkins moved up to light heavyweight for the first time in his career to defeat Antonio Tarver for The Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship. With his most recent win, a dominant performance over Enrique Ornelas, Hopkins showed the world that age is nothing but a number.

Roy Jones Jr.'s storied career has had countless defining moments which have catapulted him to being a household name. Jones was unstoppable in the 90's as he stunned his opponents with incredible speed and relentless power. He made history on March 1, 2003, when he thwarted then-heavyweight champion John Ruiz to become the first former middleweight champion to win the heavyweight title in more than 100 years. After taking John Ruiz' heavyweight crown, Jones dropped down to light heavyweight in order to take on Florida rival Antonio Tarver on November 8, 2003. He captured a split decision victory, but suffered consecutive defeats to Tarver and a surprising loss to Glen Johnson. Jones came back to score wins in his next two fights, setting up a highly-anticipated dual with Felix "Tito" Trinidad at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 2008. A renewed Jones looked sharp and focused, flooring an overmatched Trinidad twice, breezing to a unanimous decision win. Jones returned to Madison Square Garden later that same year and after 12 hard fought rounds came up short against future Hall of Famer Joe Calzaghe. Jones defeated his next two opponents but suffered a devastating first-round knock-out loss on December 2 against Australia's Danny Green. As Jones is disputing the loss, he remains confident he can overcome this recent defeat, and take on Hopkins with that same boxing prowess that he has been known for throughout his record-setting career.

Through this new agreement, Fathom in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions will also present Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. “Sugar” Shane Mosley in the welterweight championship fight on Saturday, May 1. Tickets will be available beginning Friday, April 2.

Mayweather-Mosley: Drug Testing To Begin on Monday

LOS ANGELES - Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will begin the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gold standard anti-doping program on Monday, March 22 as they continue to prepare for Mayweather vs Mosley "Who R U Picking?" set to take place on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View ® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

It is the first time in history that athletes from any U.S. professional sport have reached out and demanded World Anti-Doing Code compliant drug testing, setting both a boxing and sport precedent.

Both Mayweather and Mosley have agreed to the gold-standard, anti-doping program, the most stringent in sport, as outlined and mandated by USADA. The program involves no-advance-notice sample collection of the athletes' blood and urine prior to and after the fight so that all banned substances, some of which do not show up in urine alone, are tested for thoroughly, and with both athletes subjected to the testing program leading up to as well as after the fight.

"I am excited that Shane Mosley and I are willing to take these tests to ensure a fair fight on May 1," said Mayweather. "I just want to show the world that boxing is a clean sport and it is my hope that all fighters will take a similar stance and responsibility which reflects sportsmanship at the highest level and sets a new standard for safety in boxing."

"I think the testing program is a great idea and I did not hesitate for a minute about agreeing to it," said Mosley. "Let's hope that the rest of the boxing world follows Floyd's and my example."

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions said, "Floyd is leading the way for changing the sport and I commend him for that. Some people have asked why he has not asked for it in the past but it is never too late to take a stand on an issue that is prevalent in all sports today and ask for something that can only have positive results on the future of boxing."

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions said, "Shane Mosley is one of the greatest fighters of this era and I commend him for agreeing to participate in a testing process that can only help the integrity of the sport. I commend both of these fighters for setting a new precedent in the sport and giving others an opportunity to reflect on its current state and how, as a collective group, we can continue to make the sport better, safer and fairer for anyone who steps in to the ring."

"I believe today is another watershed moment in the advancement of anti-doping," said USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart. "For the first time, we're seeing professional athletes in the sport of boxing approach us to implement our program, and take ownership for the integrity of their sport. This is courageous action and we are proud to be a part of this effort to help further advance the rights of clean athletes to participate in a safe, level and drug-free arena."

About Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?

Boxing superstar and six-time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and welterweight mega-star, five-time World Champion and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley, are set to meet on Saturday, May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a spectacular bout which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

The bout, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, Dewalt Tools and StubHub, promises to be a spectacular display of talent and skill with Mayweather and Mosley will meet in a 12-round welterweight battle that is already being compared to other great and historic welterweight match-ups like Sugar Ray Leonard against Tommy Hearns and Oscar de la Hoya against Felix Trinidad.

Tickets priced are $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now and limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Mosley: After I Retire Mayweather, Pacquiao is Next

"I would like to congratulate Manny on his victory Saturday night even though I think it put most of the fans watching to sleep. Now it’s time for the world to focus on May 1 when I promise you nobody will be sleeping except for Floyd after I knock him out and send him back into retirement. Maybe if Floyd comes back a second time, he and Manny will fight one day, but it will only be for the opportunity to fight me again:, the man who beat both of them.

Tickets priced are $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now and limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is home to concerts, championship boxing and premier sporting and special events. The Arena offers comfortable seating for as many as 16,800 with excellent sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. Prominent events to date have included world championship fights between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson as well as Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather and George Foreman vs. Michael Moorer; and concerts by The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, U2, ‘N Sync, Sting, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jimmy Buffett and the Barbra Streisand Millennium Concert. The MGM Grand Garden Arena also is home to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMA), Frozen Fury NHL pre-season game and the U.S. Open of Motocross.

The Mayweather vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Mayweather-Mosley USA Today interview

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Mosley: If I Wobble Mayweather, You Will See a Knockout

WBA welterweight champion Shane Mosley would like nothing more than to knock Floyd Mayweather Jr. out on May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mosley will switch-hit that night. He plans to put on a boxing clinic, switching from boxer to puncher at any time. If Mosley manages to get Mayweather in trouble, he will do everything in his power to close the show. He won't let Mayweather off the hook.

“I'd love to win by knockout, so if I catch him with a good shot and he wobbles, we’ll see a knockout, but if that doesn’t happen, I’ll have to do whatever it takes to beat Floyd round by round,” Mosley was quoted as saying by Doug Fischer of

Mosley will press the action. Most opponents press Mayweather, the master counter-puncher, but the Floyd is also a defensive wizard. Mosley is planning for all of Mayweather's tricks.

“There’s a lot of things I can do,” Mosley answered. “I’m not going to do just one thing. I’m not just going to press him, or look for a knockout. My job is to be prepared for everything that Mayweather does that night. This is my chance to show people that I’m a complete boxer with skill, defense and footwork. This my chance to prove that I‘m the best welterweight in the world.”

Naazim Richardson, getting a rep as one of the best trainers in the sport, is helping Mosley put together a plan for the win. Mosley told Fischer that Naazim is reviewing hours of footage on Mayweather and listing every mistake he sees.

“Richardson is already studying tapes on Mayweather,” Mosley said. “He’s up all night watching film. In the morning he’ll say ‘Let’s go watch it.’ Naazim has a long history with Mayweather. He remembers watching him back in the amateurs. Floyd’s got the same basic style but it has changed over the years. As a lightweight, he was more on his toes and he was busier. As he’s become heavier he’s become more flat footed and more of a pot shotter.”

De La Hoya: Mosley Can't Get Mad at Mayweather

Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya made a mistake that Shane Mosley has to stay away from. He got mad at Floyd Mayweather Jr. prior to their 2007 fight and then went in the ring fighting mad instead of fighting smart. De La Hoya used up most of his energy in the early rounds and faded down the stretch. He says Mosley has to ignore Mayweather's taunts and avoid fighting mad on May 1.

"I was so angry with him, I wanted to knock him out so bad," De La Hoya told the Orange County Register. "He wants you to go into the ring like that. Then you fall into his trap and he makes you pay."

Mayweather claims Mosley is no longer using the jab in his fights. De La Hoya says the jab is key to beating Mayweather. The fight will be very tough because of Mayweather's style. De La Hoya won't reveal Mosley's strategy but said the outline is very strong.

"You have to throw the jab, and I quit throwing the jab," De La Hoya said. "It was easy. I thought it was easy, for half the fight. The key is that you can't go in there thinking it's going to be easy. Because it looks easy on TV. He can offset your punches, he's a master at that. He's a master at the roll-shoulder defense. But the great thing is that Mosley can match all that. They have a perfect game plan but they have to stick with it."

Monday, 8 March 2010

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Mayweather/Mosley Press Conference Pictures @ Lincoln Theatre, Washington D.C. 3/3/10

Reports from Mayweather-Mosley LA Press Conference

Shane Mosley: "I'm Going To Knock Mayweather Out"

"Sugar" Shane Mosley is aiming for the knockout. He wants to put Floyd Mayweather Jr. to sleep on May 1 in Las Vegas. The press tour is nearly complete. Mosley and Mayweather have been trading challenges for over ten years. Mayweather chased after Mosley nearly a decade ago. Mosley has been chasing after Mayweather for the last few years.

"I'm going to knock him out. I can't wait to get into the ring and dig my teeth into Mayweather. It's going to be the fight of the decade. I was waiting for a year to fight either one of these guys [Mayweather of Pacquiao]. Did they care if I was going to wait? No. But it's the fans who are going to benefit from this fight. I don't play. I give 100 percent. I'm going to give everything that I have. Mayweather knows that," Mosley told Reuters.

During the press tour, there have been insults flying from Mayweather. They nearly brawled at the New York press conference. Even with Mayweather's antics, Mosley is not bothered and says Mayweather is not getting in his head. Mosley just wants to settle things in the ring.

"I'm a mild-mannered guy. People must understand I'm a gentleman when the other person has been a gentleman as well," Mosley said. "If he wants to get feisty, that's OK. His personality is to fight before the fight. Since I'm older I understand this. He can't do the same thing he's done to other fighters because I know his tactics.

"He's not in my head, no. I've waited for this fight for too long. I'm just happy this fight is taking place," said Mosley. "He can say what he wants to say, he can do what he wants to do. It doesn't matter to me. I just want him to show up in the ring. There's nothing he can say to me that would make me mad. I just want to see him on May 1 and we can settle it with our fists."


Sugar Shane Mosley Ready For Fight

Mayweather thinks he’s in Mosley’s head

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES(AP)—Floyd Mayweather Jr. has known he was inside Sugar Shane Mosley’s head from the moment Mayweather’s last fight ended.

That’s when Mosley jumped into the ring last September to challenge Mayweather, who had just demolished Juan Manuel Marquez in his comeback bout from a 19-month layoff. After Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao couldn’t make a deal, Mayweather accepted a deal to fight Mosley, already confident he had a mental edge.

“Shane is out of character in this whole thing,” Mayweather said. “He doesn’t talk trash. That’s not like him to call out somebody. I think Bernard Hopkins (Mosley’s business partner) put a battery in his back and pumped him up to say those things.”

With a whole lot more civility, Mayweather and Mosley wrapped up a publicity tour in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday before several hundred fans mostly cheering for Mosley, a native of nearby Pomona. Mayweather, a Michigan native, has long called Las Vegas home.

This stop had a definite West Coast flavor: The crowd stood in a packed grandstand in picture-perfect sunshine while a deejay bumped Tupac, Snoop and Dr. Dre over the loudspeakers at a downtown plaza. Both fighters emerged from behind curtains and smoke for a brief jaw-to-jaw trash-talking session, followed by civilized speeches to the crowd.

“This fight is going to be on May 1st, but it’s also going to be May’s first (loss),” said a grinning Mosley, who showed up in a tailored green suit while Mayweather wore a quilted brown jacket and jeans.

Except for the fainting Tecate Girl, everything about the event suggested a smooth, professional fight when Mayweather and Mosley meet at the MGM Grand Garden.

A scantily-dressed woman representing the fight’s sponsoring beer company swooned in the mild sun, falling down in front of the podium and prompting promoter Oscar De La Hoya to call for help before she recovered and walked away.

Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer is setting a formidable standard for the fight, proclaiming HBO can sell 3 million pay-per-view buys to make it the biggest fight in boxing history. Mayweather has sold about 4.5 million buys for his last three fights against De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Marquez, making him the sport’s top pay-per-view draw.

Schaefer also is putting the fight in movie theaters and making a litany of sponsorship tie-ins for the bout, further promoting boxing to the interest of mainstream advertisers. But none of it will work without a solid fight, and Mosley trainer Naazim Richardson believes this bout will catch every fan’s interest.

“Shane Mosley can knock out anything that weighs 147 pounds,” said the affable Richardson, Hopkins’ longtime trainer. “If a farm animal weighed that, Shane could knock him out. We’re going to have to convince this man that he has to learn how to lose. He can forget it after us, but he’s going to have to learn.”

The fighters’ comments were remarkably civilized after the contentious start to the tour in New York, where they shoved each other and had fewer positive things to say about each other. Mayweather practically fawned over Mosley and the fight’s organizers in his comments, praising everybody on the stage.

“We didn’t put him down because he’s a good fighter,” said Roger Mayweather, Floyd’s uncle and trainer. “Everybody knows what Floyd can do. We don’t have to remind them. Boxing is won by skill, and Floyd is the most skilled fighter in the sport.”

Although Floyd Mayweather sees an uneasiness in Mosley’s eyes, Mosley claims it’s all for show, noting the two have been acquaintances for years. Mosley and Richardson have watched most of Mayweather’s fights, searching for weaknesses.

“We’ll dislike each other before May 1 - and actually, I’m not even sure I dislike him now,” Mosley said. “But after May 1, we won’t dislike each other unless we have to fight again.”

Richardson agrees with the criticism that Mosley only fights to his potential in his biggest bouts - but Richardson sees it as a positive.

“You’ve got to keep him at his level,” Richardson said. “You can’t ask Baryshnikov to come dance down the street and then ask him why he didn’t win the contest. That’s not his level. With Floyd, you’ve got a guy who’s worthy of fighting the best like Shane, and that has got Shane’s attention.”

Monday, 1 March 2010

Pacquiao's Loss Is Mosley's Gain

Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley to Ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

Boxing superstars Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley will visit NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square and preside over the NASDAQ Opening Bell to promote their May 1 mega-fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View.


NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio


Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET