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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is over ~ but not Court battle

The IPL 8 – first round is nearing its close and there is a clamour between a few teams for that spot into the next round ....   Chris Gayle  went  on a rampage - with Australian duo Mitchell Johnson and Glenn Maxwell copping much of his wrath.  The leftie slammed 117 off mere 57 balls with 12 sixers as KXIP were thrashed by 138 runs.   If allowing the opposition a formidable 226-3 was not enough humiliation, Punjab sinked to 88  with Mitchell Starc (4-15) grabbing another haul of wickets cashing in on the good work at the top of the order by Sreenath Arvind (4-27).  Mitchelle Johnson looked worn  finishing 0-43, conceding 20 in his 1st over.   Glenn Maxwell had figures of 0-23 in 2.  If you ever thought, IPL is money spinner, you must read of the much hyped boxing match.

The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is over, but the action is finally getting started. The two fighters look like they are headed from the ring to court, albeit for two very different issues, that may take away from the big payday. The match was one-sided and boring.   People also are mad because not much happened in the ring, but both fighters are getting a serious amount of coin. Some media broke it down by the second, but think of it this way; Pacquiao took in about $1.4 million per punch landed.  Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision Saturday night in a fight that was widely ridiculed by boxing fans for being boring and simply not worth the time and money. Mayweather’s highly defensive boxing style didn’t deliver the excitement many fans were hoping for, though it did improve his record to 48-0.

In an interview with FightHype.com, Mayweather acknowledged the criticism but claimed that had Pacquiao fought in the same style, the media and fans would have lauded Pacquiao’s performance.  On the same day many had speculated that an injury to Manny Pacquiao would rule out a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, the American has said he is willing to face his rival once again. “I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” Mayweather told ESPN.   The victory took Mayweather’s career record to 48-0 and unified the WBO, WBA and WBC welterweight belts. However, Mayweather has said he will give up the belts, and is likely to team up with business partners Al Haymon and Lou Ellerbe to fight for a new “world title” under Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series.  A Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch would, confusingly, see the “fight of the century” take place twice within the space of a couple of years. The attraction for both men is obvious with Mayweather estimated to have earned $180m [1150 crores ! is that right ?]  and Pacquiao $120m.

Floyd Mayweather needed less than hour to handedly defeat Manny Pacquiao in their much-anticipated Fight of the Century. The reward for that work will be about $178 million for Mayweather, with Pacquiao taking home a nice consolation price of about $122 million. Those numbers are based on the pre-fight estimate that the two fighters would split $300 million for the fight, with most of the money split 60-40 in favor or Mayweather. That estimate was based on the forecast of 3.0 million pay-per-view (PPV) buys. According to Deadline, initial estimates put the number of PPV buys at "more than 3 million."  The final haul for Mayweather from this fight alone will easily break the record for most money earned by an athlete in a single year, surpassing Tiger Woods' inflation-adjusted mark of $125 million in 2008.

So it has rained crores for both the winner and loser ! – and what unimaginable amounts !!  ~it is not yet over as they are still counting their fortunes !!!

But – all is not well -  Floyd Mayweather's ex-girlfriend is suing  for $20million claiming he lied and said she was on drugs during 2010 domestic violence incident.  Josie Harris,   mother of three of Mayweather's children, filed the lawsuit on Tuesday claiming that in a recent interview with Katie Couric, the fighter lied about her being on drugs during a 2010 domestic violence incident. She's asking for $20million in damages after Mayweather told Couric that he was trying to hold Harris back during the September 2010 altercation because she was on drugs.

The boxing great,  was arrested after police said he punched Harris in his Las Vegas home, where the couple were living with three children. Fourteen months after the incident, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanour battery and two counts of harassment, according to CNN.   The 5-foot-8 boxer was sentenced to three months in prison, he served two.  Harris claims that Mayweather began punching and kicking her as she slept on a couch in the home and dragged her around the house in front of the children, according to the lawsuit.  Of the incident, Mayweather claimed that he was trying to 'restrain a woman that was on drugs'.

Harris filed the lawsuit, claiming defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress, on Tuesday in Los Angeles County.  The lawsuit claims that after the early-morning incident Harris went to the hospital, suffering cuts and deep bruises, and was treated for head, facial and bodily injuries.  She denies being a drug addict or abuser in the lawsuit and her attorney said that 'It was not Mayweather's 'restraint' of Harris that caused her serious injuries, rather it was his beating of her'.

The jail time raised doubts about showdown between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.  The two men had a defamation lawsuit pending in Las Vegas federal court stemming from statements by Mayweather that he suspects Pacquiao was taking performance-enhancing drugs.  There is another harassment charge involving a 21-year-old homeowner association security guard who was poked in the face during an argument about parking tickets placed on cars outside Mayweather's house. In court, Mayweather’s lawyer contended him to be "a champion in many areas" and aired a list of his good deeds, including buying toys for children for Christmas and promising to donate $100,000 to breast cancer research by the end of December.

The loser Manny  Pacquiao, also  may have to overcome legal obstacles as well as surgery  !  Pacquiao and his team did not inform the Nevada Athletic Commission of the injury until a couple of hours before the fight.  The fact that Pacquiao did not reveal his injury could lead to legal action from fans who paid huge sums to attend the fight, and feel they did not see both fighters at their peak. Indeed, two Las Vegas residents filed a $5m lawsuit against Pacquiao on Tuesday. Some tickets are said to have been been priced at $350,000 on the resale website StubHub, although it is not clear whether anyone paid that sum. Millions of viewers around the world also paid to watch the fight on pay-per-view. In American alone, three million customers are believed to have paid $100 to watch the event.

Pay-per-view (PPV) is a type of pay television service by which a subscriber of a television service provider can purchase events to view via private telecast. The broadcaster shows the event at the same time to everyone ordering it. 

It is all money – huge money – crores of them raked in these games !!!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
7th May 2015.


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