Boxing Insider Notebook: Mayweather, Pacquiao, Taylor, Hopkins, Kovalev, and more
By William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of August 19th to August 26th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Jermain Taylor Arrested for Shooting Cousin
Former middleweight champion Jermaine Taylor was arrested at his home in Arkansas in connection with the shooting of his cousin.
His cousin was shot multiple times and Taylor is currently charged with first degree domestic battery and aggravated assault. This arrest happened recently and the details are still being sort out, but it is alleged that the shooting occurred at Taylor’s home and that he fired several rounds in the direction of his cousin.
Taylor was in line for a middleweight title shot at Sam Soliman.
Mayweather vs. Maidana to Have Earlier Start Time
In other Floyd Mayweather Jr. related news, his pay per view bout with Marcos Maidana is set to have an earlier start time. The pay per view, slated to air on Saturday, September 13th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, is set to start at 8:00 p.m. eastern time instead of the traditional 9:00 p.m. start time.
“Pay-per-view boxing events have changed, and we think it’s time the scheduling changed too,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Along with our partners at Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, we have been presenting compelling four-fight cards with multiple 12-round world championship bouts. As a result, we’ve seen the start of the main event coming later and later into the night which is not an ideal viewing experience for viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones. No other major sport makes a significant portion of their audiences wait until well past midnight for the peak of the event. Showtime PPV will no longer be one of the exceptions.”
Pacquiao vs. Algieri Ticket Information Released
The Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri welterweight title clash is currently set for November 22, 2014 at the Veetian Macao in Macao China on HBO pay per view at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. Tickets will go on sale on August 29th and a pre-sale will happen from August 26th to August 28th.
They are currently on a two week 27, 273 mile international media tour which started on August 25th with a press conference at the Venetian Macao. The tour will include stops in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York.
“Chris Algieri fought an exceptional fight in June to win the world title from Ruslan Provodnikov,” said Pacquiao. “I am impressed and intrigued by his scientific approach to training and boxing. He may be the smartest and the fittest athlete I have ever faced and that makes him the most dangerous. I worked hard to reclaim my welterweight title and I will work harder to make sure I keep it on November 22. As always, I dedicate this fight to my fellow Filipinos around the world and to bring glory to the Philippines.”
“It is a real honor to fight a future Hall of Famer like Manny Pacquiao and I am looking forward to being introduced to a whole new market and fan base in the Far East,” said Algieri “My last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov got the world’s attention, now I am going to show what I can really do. I have the utmost respect for Manny and his great team, but make no mistake — I am here to win and I have nothing on my mind but beating a legend.”
Advance tickets to Pacquiao vs. Algieri are available for purchase August 26-28 for Sands Rewards Club and Cotai Ring Club members. This exclusive pre-sale offer is available only at the Cotai Arena box office, and is not available online or via phone. For more details, visit www.venetianmacao.com/macau-entertainment/clash-in-cotai-ii.html.
Floyd Mayweather Attended Ball Up Championship
Floyd Mayweather Jr. attended the Ball Up Championship Game in Las Vegas, Nevada and took in the courtside action. He sat courtside and took part in the festivities.
Ball Up crownded the newest All-Star during the Ball Up “Search for the Next” championship game, sounding the buzzer on the 2014 nationwide summer tour. A champion MVP was selected and rewarded with a spot on the 2015 Ball Up roster and a contract worth $100,000.
Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev to Take Place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events have announced that the light heavyweight title unification fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev will take place on Saturday, November 8th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.
Tickets will go on sale on September 5th at noon ET and will be available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office or through ticketmaster.
Both boxers have a history of fighting in Atlantic City, with Hopkins having fought there 19 times and Kovalev having fought there twice.
“Atlantic City is a second home to me,” said Hopkins. “Some of my most memorable victories and greatest accomplishments of my career have taken place there including my fights against Antonio Tarver and Kelly Pavlik. I expect Philly to represent and come out to Boardwalk Hall to see me make history once again.”
“I am happy to be back in Atlantic City,” said Kovalev. “This is my third time fighting there, but this is the most special because this time I am facing the legendary Bernard Hopkins.”
Philippine Supreme Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order in Pacquiao Tax Case
The Philippine Supreme Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the enforcement of the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) ruling which ordered Saranggani Congressman Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee to post a cash bond in the amount of P3,298,514,894.35 (US$74.9 Million) or a surety bond in the amount of P4,947,772,341.53 (US$112.4 Million), as a condition for suspending the collection of alleged deficiency 2008 and 2009 income tax and value added tax by the Bureau of Internal Revenue while their appeal is still being heard.
The CTA (First Division) was further ordered to proceed with CTA Case No. 8683 with “deliberate dispatch”.
The Supreme Court likewise enjoined the BIR from issuing, executing, enforcing, implementing, or otherwise giving effect to any Warrant of Distraint and/or Levy, Warrants of Garnishment, and Notice of Tax Lien, and from attempting to collect any tax on the basis of the deficiency income tax and VAT assessments against petitioners for the years 2008 and 2009.
Luiz Ortiz and Lateef Kayode to Meet on Spetember 11th
Unbeaten heavyweights Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will meet at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada to battle for the vacant WBA Interim Heavyweight World Title in the main event of Golden Boy Live! On Fox Sports 1. The bout will be held on September 11th, two days before Mayweather vs. Maidana.
“A lot of great fighters have come before me and won the heavyweight title and to have the chance to join them is an honor,” said the number two-ranked Ortiz. “I will fight my heart out for this championship and I won’t disappoint my fans, friends or family.”
“I’ve waited a long time for a fight like this and I feel that this is finally my chance to shine,” said the number five-ranked Kayode. “Before Mayweather and Maidana fight on Saturday, I will set the stage for them with a big win and a championship that will have the world talking.”