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Gervonta Davis talks a good fight but Floyd Mayweather Jr steals limelight

Mayweather’s protege might be the one going into the ring to defend his WBO title against Liam Walsh, but during the long run-up to the fight it has seemed that the semi-reitred multimillionaire is the real star of the show

Professional boxing operates on a simple principle: destroy all harmony. It has been that way for a couple of centuries and it is not altogether a mystery given it is a sport that accommodates raw, if legal, violence.

That it is why casual observers were pleasantly surprised when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko refused to “get in the gutter” before trying to knock each other unconscious in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley two weekends ago.

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Scott Quigg heads west and into stable of renowned trainer Freddie Roach | Kevin Mitchell

Former world super-bantamweight champion, who is making noises at featherweight, is leaving Joe Gallagher’s care to base himself at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles

Scott Quigg has split with Joe Gallagher after six years to join Freddie Roach in the US. It is a gamble that could launch him into a rematch with Carl Frampton or put him into the mix at featherweight, a division that is brimming with possibilities.

The 28-year-old former world super-bantamweight champion, now making noises at 9st, insisted on Monday the parting was amicable, although only those close to the camp saw it coming.

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Desperate McGregor remains a pawn in Mayweather’s promotional game

Conor McGregor won’t get a fight with Floyd Mayweather unless Mayweather believes the fight will make him very, very rich. Therein lies the impasse

If there is ever a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, it won’t be nearly as much fun as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor talking about a fight.

Who knows if the two biggest names in MMA and boxing will actually step into a ring? They talk and talk about money and talk and talk about a deal but they never sign a contract. This is how Mayweather works, stretching the conversation, turning up the rhetoric and adding zeros to the guaranteed purses for a fight that he might not even want. It took more than five years of negotiations before he fought Manny Pacquiao. Why would he rush to meet a fighter he clearly does not see as an equal?

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Floyd Mayweather says fight is ‘close’ as Conor McGregor lands in Las Vegas

  • Nevada State Athletic Commission chair: there ‘is a lot of real stuff going on’
  • Irishman could find difficulties negotiating terms with UFC

A fight between UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, and former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather appears to be moving closer to reality.

Mayweather, who retired from the ring undefeated in 2015, told ESPN’s Stephen A Smith that a fight between the two is “getting very, very close”. ESPN also reported that McGregor had arrived in Las Vegas, Mayweather’s home town, on Monday.

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If Mayweather wants to fight McGregor it needs to be across three events | Josh Gross

The prospective fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is rubbernecking at its worst, but history offers precedent for events like these

At the height of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva’s great career in 2009, he began lobbying to box Roy Jones Jr. It was Silva’s dream, he said, and for a time, other than a one-on-one bout with his clone, boxing Jones became the Brazilian’s biggest goal. UFC president Dana White spoke openly about knowing Jones. Of being friendly with Jones. And, while not quite understanding why anyone would want to see it, of wanting to deliver the bout for both Jones and Silva.

Of course, though Jones was willing, it didn’t happen. Silva has chalked up the missed opportunity to the notion that White really wasn’t interested in making the bout because it would have set a precedent that future stars might follow. White would “lose control”, Silva said, if he allowed athletes contracted to the UFC to venture off into other areas of combat sports to seek challenges.

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If Mayweather wants to fight McGregor it needs to be across three events | Josh Gross

The prospective fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is rubbernecking at its worst, but history offers precedent for events like these

At the height of UFC middleweight Anderson Silva’s great career in 2009, he began lobbying to box Roy Jones Jr. It was Silva’s dream, he said, and for a time, other than a one-on-one bout with his clone, boxing Jones became the Brazilian’s biggest goal. UFC president Dana White spoke openly about knowing Jones. Of being friendly with Jones. And, while not quite understanding why anyone would want to see it, of wanting to deliver the bout for both Jones and Silva.

Of course, though Jones was willing, it didn’t happen. Silva has chalked up the missed opportunity to the notion that White really wasn’t interested in making the bout because it would have set a precedent that future stars might follow. White would “lose control”, Silva said, if he allowed athletes contracted to the UFC to venture off into other areas of combat sports to seek challenges.

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Boxing in urgent need of rapid rematch between James DeGale and Badou Jack

A majority draw was an unsatisfactory end to a stirring contest which the British fighter would have won but for a late knockdown

There was nothing to separate James DeGale and Badou Jack after their world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, which ended in a majority draw which meant the world’s two best 168lb fighters retained their belts. But while an immediate rematch to settle unfinished business would seem the obvious next step, what is next for either man appears uncertain.

DeGale, who holds the IBF’s version of the title, scored a flash knockdown in the first and boxed masterfully in the early rounds, using balletic footwork to create angles that made Jack look flat-footed and clumsy.

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Boxing in urgent need of rapid rematch between James DeGale and Badou Jack

A majority draw was an unsatisfactory end to a stirring contest which the British fighter would have won but for a late knockdown

There was nothing to separate James DeGale and Badou Jack after their world super-middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in New York, which ended in a majority draw which meant the world’s two best 168lb fighters retained their belts. But while an immediate rematch to settle unfinished business would seem the obvious next step, what is next for either man appears uncertain.

DeGale, who holds the IBF’s version of the title, scored a flash knockdown in the first and boxed masterfully in the early rounds, using balletic footwork to create angles that made Jack look flat-footed and clumsy.

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UFC president offers $25m apiece to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor

  • Dana White offers $25m apiece to Mayweather and McGregor
  • Mayweather laughs off White’s offer in profane response to TMZ

UFC president Dana White said on Friday that he would pay $25m apiece to Floyd Mayweather Jr and and MMA star Conor McGregor for a presumed boxing match with the split of additional pay-per-view revenue between the fighters to be determined.

White’s offer, put forth on Colin Cowherd’s sports talk radio show on Fox Sports Radio, comes two days after Mayweather, the five-division champion who retired undefeated from boxing nearly a year and a half ago, said he would fight McGregor for a base purse of $100m with McGregor taking home a career-high $15m plus a minor cut of the pay-per-view receipts.

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James DeGale aiming to dethrone only champion in Floyd Mayweather stable

• Eddie Hearn: ‘Badou Jack is great, but my fighter is a whole other level’
• Win for DeGale brings prospect of showdown with Andre Ward closer

No fighter was ever able to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr in the ring but James DeGale can do the next best thing when he faces Badou Jack in a super middleweight title unification fight on Saturday night in Brooklyn.

DeGale, the 30-year-old from London who holds the IBF championship at 168lbs, is expected to beat Jack, the WBC belt-holder, in one of the best fights that can be made in the division today.

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Floyd Mayweather offers new terms to fight Conor McGregor

• Undefeated Mayweather says he would fight UFC star McGregor for $100m
• ‘Conor McGregor keeps telling everybody he wants to fight – let’s make it happen’

Floyd Mayweather has said he will come out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor but only if he gets paid $100m (£82m) and the Irish UFC star is prepared to take a career-high $15m (£12m), plus a minor slice of the pay-per-view revenue.

Related: Floyd Mayweather on return to the ring: ‘you just never know’

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James DeGale: ‘The fear is very real … I’m scared of failing, I’m scared to lose’

IBF world super-middleweight champion speaks before his unification fight with Badou Jack about how fear of failure will inspire him in a year that could net him £10m

“This could be a £10m year for me,” says James DeGale soon after he has ambled downstairs wearing nothing but his underpants. At home in Hertfordshire, DeGale is so confident that an hour later he’s still just in his skimpy briefs as he polishes off a bowl of porridge whipped up by his mum, Diane. The IBF world super‑middleweight champion puffs out his bare chest and counts off his possible world title fights this year, snapping a finger at each name.

“Badou Jack … Callum Smith … George Groves … that could make me 10 million,” DeGale says as his eyes widen.

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Conor McGregor may never use his boxing licence but don’t write him off

Conor McGregor wouldn’t touch Floyd Mayweather in the ring (who did?) but he is a hard-working, smart, experienced fighter who took up boxing aged 12

By Paul Gibson for The Balls of Wrath, part of the Guardian Sport Network

So a couple of days after the UFC controversially stripped its lightweight champion of his featherweight strap, Conor McGregor has received a boxing licence from the state of California. Cue a biblical flood of opprobrium from the boxing world.

When it comes to blurring the lines between MMA and the sweet science, the boxing fraternity can be a particularly precious bunch. It sometimes feels as if we represent the fighting equivalent of late-1980s Liverpool, aghast at Dana White’s UFC coming hard up the track, intent on knocking us right off our effing perch. There is an inherent fear that MMA’s every gain is at boxing’s fatal expense, that this town ain’t big enough for the both of us.

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Conor McGregor gains boxing licence but Mayweather fight remains unlikely

  • Irishman obtains licence to box professionally in California
  • Mayweather Productions CEO calls it a ‘con job to create more interest’

Conor McGregor would not stay quiet long after the UFC stripped him of one of the two title belts he hoped to defend simultaneously. Just days after the organization said it was taking away his featherweight title belt, McGregor replied in the most typical way: by obtaining a boxing licence.

Related: Conor McGregor now makes the rules in UFC … and everyone else follows

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Andre Ward ready to challenge Sergey Kovalev in boxing’s fight of the year | Bryan Armen Graham

The talented American takes on the WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion in Vegas on Saturday – and it should be a contest worthy of the hype

Four years ago, Andre Ward was poised to succeed Floyd Mayweather’s spot as the best prizefighter in the world, regardless of weight. The Olympic champion from Oakland had cleaned out the talent-stacked super middleweight division with a string of clinical victories over Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Chad Dawson. He offered a fresh-faced alternative to Mayweather’s pantomime villain: a happily married devout Christian with four children, Michael Jordan’s endorsement, a level-headed personality and talent to burn.

Related: Money might tempt Carl Froch but Gennady Golovkin fight doesn’t add up | Kevin Mitchell

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Floyd Mayweather ‘must move on’ after failing to make Conor McGregor fight

  • Former boxing champion says he tried to make fight with McGregor
  • Mayweather retired after September 2015 win against Andre Berto
  • McGregor avenged a defeat to Nate Diaz in their August rematch

It would come as no surprise if Floyd Mayweather Jr, the five-division world champion who announced he was quitting boxing after a unanimous-decision win over Andre Berto last year, came out of retirement for another eight-figure payday.

The undefeated Mayweather walked away last September as the world’s highest-paid athlete and boxing’s pound-for-pound best – and many ringside observers simply refuse to believe he will retire when his earning power is so high.

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Floyd Mayweather’s uncle and former trainer reported missing in Las Vegas

Roger Mayweather last seen near Mayweather Boxing ClubFifty-five year old suffers from medical issues including diabatesLas Vegas police say the uncle of former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr is missing.Roger Mayweather was last seen around …

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Manny Pacquiao will fight again, promoter says

  • Pacquiao’s promoter says Filipino fighter is eying return to boxing
  • Arum says Adrien Broner priced self out of fight with wild demands
  • Mayweather’s name was raised as potential opponent but ruled out

Manny Pacquiao will fight again.

The fighter’s longtime promoter told the Guardian on Tuesday that he’s been instructed to seek out a site and opponent for the eight-division boxing champion, who was elected to the Philippines senate in May.

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Ronaldo edges Messi, LeBron and Federer as world’s highest-paid athlete

  • Ronaldo’s $88m in total earnings edge Messi for No 1 on Forbes list
  • Serena Williams (No 40) at last out-earns Maria Sharapova (No 88)
  • First No 1 earner other than Mayweather or Tiger Woods since 2001

Cristiano Ronaldo has topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes for 2016.

The Real Madrid and Portugal star earned $88m – $56m in salary, $22m in endorsements – between 1 June 2015 and 1 June 2016.

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Conor McGregor says UFC relations are good after ‘publicized civil war’

  • Fighter had announced retirement from UFC in April
  • Irishman says sums offered to fight Floyd Mayweather are not enough

Conor McGregor has spoken at length about his “publicized civil war” with UFC in a lengthy interview with ESPN.

The disagreement between UFC and its biggest star came in April when McGregor announced his retirement on Twitter. McGregor believed that his publicity duties ahead of UFC 200 were getting in the way of his training schedule. McGregor was due to fight Nate Diaz, who he had lost to at UFC 196.

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