Chinese billionaire and Alibaba founder Jack Ma, along with Philippines boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, has challenged another boxing great Floyd Mayweather for a fight.
In a video posted on Pacquiao’s Twitter and Instagram handles, he called Mayweather out for a fight, saying he is ready if the American wants a real fight. He then added that if Mayweather wants an exhibition match, his friend Jack Ma is ready to step up.
“Floyd Mayweather if you want a real fight, fight me. If you want an exhibition, my guy, my friend Jack Ma will take care of you. The real Manny team,” Pacquiao said in the video uploaded by him on Twitter.
“Yeah, I’m ready anytime, anyplace. Manny team is ready,” China’s richest man Ma added.
“Yes, that’s right,” Pacquiao said at the end of the video. Here’s the post which the Philippines boxing legend put out.
In a recent poll conducted by ESPN, fans voted Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez the most hated sportsman of all time. Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane is also a part of the top-ten list, finishing at the tenth place.
As reported by Sportbible, ESPN‘s ‘Head in the Game’ podcast called for fans to cast their votes on who they felt are the greatest all-time villains in sports and Barcelona’s Suarez finished first thanks to a huge history of shameful antics – which include diving, preventing Ghana from scoring in the 2010 World Cup with a handball inside the penalty box, biting Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup and Branislav Ivanovic in the Premier League and the racial abuse of Patrice Evra among others.
Former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton finished second, closely followed by former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson.
Take a look at the top-ten list right here:
Luis Suarez has been voted the greatest sporting villain ever.
Not surprisingly, an overwhelming majority among the top ten sporting villains are related to football – former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho (fourth), Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa (fifth), Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos (seventh), Argentine legend Diego Maradona (ninth) and Manchester United’s Roy Keane (tenth) are the other footballing personalities in the list, as you can see above.
American boxer Floyd Mayweather and Australian cricketer David Warner complete the top ten list, at sixth and eighth place respectively. Fans remember David Warner for the infamous ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in a test match in 2018, after which he copped a one-year ban from International cricket alongside compatriots Steven Smith and Cameron Bancroft.
Cristiano Ronaldo is more than just a player, or an extraordinary one at that. The name is synonymous with a whole lot more. Ronaldo today, is a phenomenon and a brand that is extremely profitable to a number of businesses.
The brand of Ronaldo has been on the rise ever since he started developing as a player while at Manchester United, and became one of the best at Real Madrid. Now at Juventus, there appears to be no chance of slowing down.
The Express are reporting that Ronaldo’s latest net worth numbers are something to behold. While it was known that the Portuguese superstar is a rich man, these figures take things to a whole new level.
The report suggests that the forward earns £28million a year at Juventus as salary, translating to around £280,000 per week.
But that is only the beginning of the story.
Ronaldo is involved with a whole lot of sponsorship deals and endorsements, while owning a business of his own, so when you add that, the numbers become truly mind-boggling.
To give us some insight, a 2016 lifetime sponsorship deal with Nike reportedly earned the former Galactico £760m ($1bn).
And according to Forbes, his net worth has now grown to a sensational £82.1m ($108m)! But it still isn’t enough to make him the highest-paid athlete in the world, as 2018 records showed that honor belonged to Floyd Mayweather, with Lionel Messi in second place, and Ronaldo in third.
Less than two years ago, boxing writers had written obituaries on Manny Pacquiao, noting that the loss to Australian Jeff Horn signaled the end of career.
How things could change so fast.
The Fighting Senator of the Philippines easily dismissed Lucas Matthyse with a sensational stoppage last year then added arrogant American fighter Adrien Broner as his latest victim at the age of 40.
Life has restarted for Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion, who is back on top of his game and will be facing the biggest battle of his life in a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., in what could be the fight everybody is waiting to happen.
On the heels of his unanimous decision triumph over Broner, Pacquiao immediately called out on Mayweather, who helped promote the fight in what looked like a stepladder bout for the highly-anticipated rematch.
“I will fight him, but he has to come out of retirement first, then we’ll do that,” said Pacquiao.
Floyd Jr., who visited Pacquiao in his dressing room prior to the Broner fight, was shown on screen, giving no reaction after the interview made on the Pacman – even when the interviewer openly asked him to nod or shake his head as the camera panned on him.
But Mayweather showed signs of things that might come when he had answered earlier on in the night that Pacquiao “had to get past Broner first” before talks of a rematch.
Before you get out your knives and pitchforks, this isn’t a piece that is being done to suggest that this should be the only fight either man has in 2019. In fact, on the contrary: we believe that Conor McGregor should fight twice in the world of mixed martial arts this year (and potentially once against Floyd, but we’ll get to that).
We’re just trying to think of this from a logistical standpoint, because we all know that this is bound to be one of the options on the table. Sure, it may not be overly realistic in the eyes of many, but the same thing was said for the first fight.
Let’s just sit back, relax, and allow our minds to wonder.
If you’re a fan of mixed martial arts and you aren’t a massive fan of Floyd Mayweather, then there’s no way of getting around it: you want to see Conor kick his head off. Whether it be in an illegal move during a boxing fight or during a perfectly legal MMA fight, which Mayweather would clearly never do, it’d just be so satisfying – and yes, we realise that’s a little bit sadistic.
That Slim Hope
It’s the hope that kills you.
We know that Conor McGregor could fight Floyd 100 times and probably never even beat him once, but come on now. Let’s not pretend like we all wouldn’t rejoice in witnessing one of the most remarkable moments in the history of combat sports. The guy can make you believe just about anything, and if they ran it back, he’d do the same thing all over again.
Money, Money, Money
Floyd made nine figures, Conor made nine figures, and it seems as if the Ultimate Fighting Championship also received a cut of things. So why not see if they can emulate it? Of course, that’d be easier said than done, but these guys are arguably the biggest draws that there has ever been in their respective sports.
It was so fun debating the possibility of McGregor beating Mayweather, to the point where we were all talking about it with our friends and family before eventually meeting up for the fight itself. When combat sports is at its best the world is discussing it, and that was always going to be the case here.
Possible Stadium Show
We understand that it’s all about Las Vegas, but why not splash out on making the rematch a stadium show? It’d sell out with absolute ease, and you could even do it in the new Vegas stadium that is currently being built. Sure, it’d be a bit gimmicky especially if they did it in boxing again, but visually speaking it’d probably be one of the images of 2019.
You may not like either man but there’s no denying what they’ve been able to do from a marketing point of view, and they seem to only just be getting started.
Floyd Mayweather made bank when he destroyed Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in under one round on Rizin’s New Year’s eve card and Conor McGregor couldn’t resist himself from taking a swipe.
Mayweather (50-0) took on young Japanese kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 Kickboxing, 4-0 MMA) in what was supposed to be a three round exhibition boxing bout at Rizin 14.
However, Mayweather didn’t coast to a boring decision as he usually does, and went straight at Tenshin, overwhelming the young kickboxer with his power early on in the fight. He knocked him down trice in the first round, forcing Tenshin’s corner to throw in the towel.
The tweet, of course, was in reference to how Floyd Mayweather was ranked as the highest earning athlete in 2018 with $285 million earning for the year. McGregor was on 4th place on the list with total earnings of $99 million- behind Mayweather, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
This tweet sparked off an entertaining exchange between McGregor and the CEO of Mayweather promotions Leonard Ellerbe.
Conor McGregor last fought at UFC 229 on October 6th, when he lost via fourth round submission to UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
He is currently awaiting a hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission to decide what his sentence would be for getting involved in an ugly post fight melee following the fight.
But despite needing to prove his prowess inside the Octagon to establish himself in the championship picture once again, it would seem that the beef between Floyd Mayweather and him hasn’t really died down.
Floyd Mayweather made light work of undefeated kickboxing phenom Tenshin Nasukawa on the Rizin New Year’s Eve card, knocking him down thrice en route to stopping him within a round.
But as is always the case after every Floyd Mayweather fight, there is a vocal section of the fanbase that is crying foul.
This time, the accusations generally center around how fixed the bout appeared to some, with Nasukawa suffering three theatrical knockdowns at the hands of Floyd before his corner threw the towel in.
However, Nasukawa broke down inconsolably after the bout had been called, and his team hastily escorted him away from the cameras and the public in an attempt to save him the scrutiny in that moment of vulnerability – which, if fixed, was a phenomenal piece of acting.
Personally, I don’t subscribe to the notion that it was fixed. Floyd looked too big and too strong for Nasukawa. And Nasukawa didn’t have enough power going the other way to trouble Floyd – especially with 8 ounce gloves on.
But there were plenty of reactions on Twitter that suggested that it was indeed fixed, and we run through a number of them in this piece.
Have a read and leave your comments below. Was it a fixed fight or was Floyd just too good for Nasukawa?
A lot people are saying the fight was a 'fix'. Why on earth would RIZIN shell millions of dollars to have their prized asset get starched with an audience of millions? The hell out of here with fix claims #RIZIN14
Floyd Mayweather (50-0) took on Tenshin Nasukawa (28-0 in kickboxing, 4-0 in MMA) in a three round exhibition bout as part of Rizin’s new year’s eve card in Japan.
The master boxer, however, didn’t need even one round to finish Nasukawa, levelling the undefeated kickboxer with 3 huge knockdowns before his corner threw the towel in.
Floyd was just too big, too strong and too experienced for Nasukawa, and despite being 41 years old, made light work of his younger opponent.
Floyd fought most of his career at 130 pounds, though has moved up to 152 and 154 pounds to fight the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Conor McGregor. Nasukawa, on the other hand, plies his trade at the Flyweight limit in MMA (125 pounds).
That weight and resulting power differential was apparent in the fight. Floyd walked through Nasukawa’s punches while Nasukawa folded under Floyd’s.
You can watch the highlights below:
After the fight, Floyd was all class, telling an inconsolable Nasukawa to keep his head up despite the loss. He especially took pains to remind everyone that this was an exhibition bout and that it wouldn’t reflect on either his or Nasukawa’s record.
He wrapped up his post fight speech by reiterating that he is still retired and would not entertain a comeback fight.
Floyd Mayweather takes on Tenshin Nasukawa in a year end gala show at Rizin 14 in the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
You can live stream the event on Fite.tv but the special exhibition between Floyd Mayweather and Tenshin Nasukawa – which will be a 3 round boxing contest with no judges – will not be telecasted to audiences in the US, Canada, Mexico or Japan.
If the fight goes the full three rounds, it will be ruled a draw. Either way, the result of the fight will not register on Floyd Mayweather’s perfect 50-0 boxing record or on Tenshin Nasukawa’s 28-0 kickboxing/ 4-0 MMA record.
The exhibition will be contested in the 147 pound weight class.
Floyd Mayweather last competed against former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a boxing bout in 2017 – and finished the Irishman in the tenth round. After that, he has often times teased a rematch with McGregor in MMA and even invited current UFC Lightweight Champion and fellow undefeated fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov into the boxing ring.
However, he returns against Nasukawa in what is considered to be a big money exhibition fight.
The remainder of the card features Bellator Bantamweight Champion Darrion Caldweld traverse half the world to challenge Rizin Champion and former UFC contender Kyoji Horiguchi in a super fight. Gabi Garcia is also on the card.
Here are all the other fights on the card:
Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa – special boxing exhibition
Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title
Kanna Asakura vs. Ayaka Hamasaki – for women’s super atomweight title
Floyd Mayweather Jr says he can do three rounds in his sleep, but Tenshin Nasukawa plans to give him a wake-up call.
Tenshin Nasukawa has vowed to “take down” Floyd Mayweather Jr in their three-round exhibition bout on New Year’s Eve.
Japanese kickboxer Nasukawa and Mayweather will contest what the American described as “a little boxing exhibition” in Saitama.
Nasukawa is determined to make the most of his nine minutes in the ring with the legendary boxer, who initially retired in September 2015 before returning just under two years later to take on Conor McGregor.
“People in Japan, listen – I will take down Mayweather,” said the 20-year-old, who competes in the Rizin Fighting Federation in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
“You should look forward to it.”
Mayweather is taking a far more relaxed approach to what he says will be “the highest paid exhibition ever” and is not concerned by his lack of activity since stopping McGregor in August 2017.
“It’s just another day. Another day like I wake up, take shower, put my clothes on,” the 41-year-old said.
“Fighting is something I’ve done for over 30 years, so it’s just another day. I worry about entertaining and things, but once the bell rings, it’s always entertainment. So it is about having fun, going out there and doing my best.
“Me getting knocked out or me getting knocked down … I don’t worry about it at all. If that does happen, I mean that’s entertainment. That’s all we need to see.
“I mean, I’m sure he’s taking this fight extremely serious, he’s working out at this gym. [But] it’s just another day. I don’t have to work hard for three rounds. I can basically do three rounds in my sleep. So I don’t worry about that.”
Ever since making his return to MMA at UFC 229 in a losing cause to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor has been a very busy man.
He’s been on an extended promotional tour since October 6th for his whiskey brand, the Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, and did an interview with Entrepreneur magazine as part of that.
Here are some of the quotes from the interview.
On the uncharted success of Proper No.Twelve whiskey.
The reaction to Proper No. Twelve has been absolutely amazing. I’m extremely humbled and thrilled that consumers are as excited about Proper Twelve as I am!
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world have been reaching out asking where they can purchase a bottle. I am lucky to have the best fans in the business, and their support and loyalty has definitely played a role in Proper Twelve’s success.
In 10 days we sold six months’ worth of product.
On whether he applied any lessons learned in MMA to his whiskey business
Absolutely. I always apply the lessons learned throughout my life to whatever the current project is at hand, so MMA/Proper No. Twelve is no different.
A strong work ethic, the desire to learn and holding yourself accountable will get you far. It would’ve been easy to just sign an endorsement deal or have someone else do all of the hard work, the tastings, etc. and just give me an overview.
But that’s not how I do things. Proper No Twelve is who I am, and although I was anxious at times to just launch it — I couldn’t wait to share it with the world — I’m so glad I took the time, put in the hard work, have the best team in the business and launched it properly.
On donating $5 per case of whiskey sold towards the first responders
That’s right. First responders are true, proper heroes. Their line of work is the ultimate act of valor and utter selflessness. They put their lives on the line daily.
They run into buildings — to save complete strangers — when everyone else is running out. They operate under the “one for all” mentality, and to me that is heroic.
It’s an infinite honor to be able to give back to first responders globally, as a way to say thank you for everything they sacrifice to keep our families and our people safe.
On sharing Proper No.Twelve with either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Floyd Mayweather
To be honest, neither. I drink Proper No. Twelve with those close to me. My friends and family and those I grew up with, that is whom I like to sit and have a glass of Proper whiskey with. I also love to enjoy it with customers and consumers in bars. That has been even more fun than I expected.
On what advice he’d give budding entrepreneurs after going from welfare checks to global superstar and multi millionaire in just five years
You’ve got to be passionate about what you’re doing. Find your passion and chase your dreams, fearlessly. I’ve had a lot of crazy dreams in my life, and they’ve all come to fruition because of my passion, hard work and will to succeed.
You’ve got to put in the effort day in and day out to perfect your craft, and never give up. Never settle, never be complacent, stay hungry to learn and always try to be better than you were yesterday. If someone tells you no or doubts your ability, f**k ’em.
I don’t care what they think. I believe in myself and never waiver from that mentality. That’s how I got to where I am today. Surrounding yourself with the right people is important too. Loyalty is everything.
You’ve got to have a strong support system, people who genuinely believe in you and want you to succeed. My team — who have become my brothers and sisters — my family and close friends have gotten me to where I am today.
Well, it looks like the loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn’t dampened Conor McGregor’s spirits one bit, as he continues to enjoy the success of his whiskey brand.
When do you think Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon next and who do you want him to face?
Even in a sport predicated on one man physically foisting his will on another, there is such a thing as going too far with words.
Conor McGregor is widely recognized as the best self promoter the sport of MMA has ever seen and that is in part due to his ability to KO an opponent verbally outside the Octagon.
The Irishman’s trash talk is something that is, by now, characteristic of the man. When you think McGregor, you think of the cutting wit, the surprising insights into his opponent’s psyche, the ready humour and the poignant delivery. Inadvertently though, you also think of the brash abuses, the loud and jarring comebacks, the under-the-belt remarks and the merciless character assassinations he dishes out.
You never quite know what you’re getting with Conor McGregor. He can charm you with his charisma one moment and send you reeling with distaste the next.
Naturally, many can’t have enough of him. The idea of a braggadocious man who calls his shots and knocks them down is an extremely appealing ideal to live vicariously through. But there are also many that are put off because of the moral issues that arise when Conor McGregor is in his element.
How many lines in the sand can he cross before they societal norms and practices cease to exist and give way to the law of the jungle?
When is it too far?
As with many things to do with Conor McGregor, that is a concept draped in the gray. But if ever there are instances which present a strong case, these would make the list.
Here are 5 times Conor McGregor’s trash talk absolutely crossed the line of decency.
UFC 229 Press Conference
If Dana White – a promoter whose interests are steeped in anything that the fighters say and do that can sell a fight and push his product – comes away from a press conference with a relieved look on his face, saying that it was the ‘darkest presser’ he’d ever been a part of, you know that what had unfolded wasn’t normal.
After spending over 2 years away from the sport of MMA, everyone had expected the Saturday Night Live version of Conor McGregor to show up – the man who was happy to roast his opponent, albeit with an undercurrent of humour attached to his jousting. What showed up, however, whiskey bottle in hand, was the most savage, unrelenting, vitriolic version of the man.
The ‘Favela’ comment to Jose Aldo
It is stuff of legend now how Conor McGregor mentally broke then UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo before dispatching of him in just 13 seconds during the fight.
But in the lead up to their actual fight at UFC 194, some of McGregor’s remarks bordered on the shocking, but were brushed aside as the novelty of his approach at the time took center stage.
One such remark, among many, was his quip about how he’d have invaded the Favelas (slums) in Rio de Janeiro on horse back if this had been a different time and killed anyone who wasn’t fit to work.
Threatening to kill Nate Diaz
Of the many colourful things that Conor McGregor said to Nate Diaz – that the Stockton Native no sold for the most part – the most telling comment would be about how he was looking to bury Nate Diaz’ body in the desert sands of Las Vegas.
Yes, Conor McGregor actually threatened to kill a man on live television.
“I like Vegas. I’ve buried three bodies clean out here and Saturday night [Nate Diaz] be a fourth body.
The dirt is clean, you can scoop it up and stuff bodies in there easily so I will continue to do that.”
That sounded like a confession of a serial killer, more than a line from a fight promotion. Definitely not PG.
Conor McGregor – “I am black from the waist down!”
Now this wasn’t exactly a verbal attack directed towards McGregor’s opponent – in this case Floyd Mayweather – but it was a comment made during the New York leg of their 4 city press tour in riposte to Floyd alleging that some of McGregor’s comments bore racial undertones.
Now, I don’t know how you’d deal with it if a coloured person levelled allegations of racism against you, but referring to yourself as ‘black from the waist down’ in an attempt to dispel them probably isn’t the smartest course of action.
Oh, the irony.
You terrorist snitch! How’s Noah?
Perhaps all of Conor McGregor’s other trash talk fades away in front of his brutal onslaught of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz.
Ali himself is no stranger to controversy, with reports that he was once part of a terrorist outfit who then turned informant to the FBI permeating the MMA space for some time now. But it was McGregor’s line to him at the end of the UFC 229 press conference face off with Khabib Nurmagomedov that truly gave it the legs that it has today.
McGregor also alluded to Noah, who is reportedly the son whose child support Ali defaulted on for a number of years.
That Ali Abdelaziz is a shady character who got what was coming to him is another issue entirely. Conor McGregor outed a deeply personal facet of Ali’s life and bared it for the world to scrutinize.
And that, in itself, certainly crossed a line it shouldn’t have.
The New Year’s Eve bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Tenshin Nasukawa looks to be off, as the American insists he did not agree to it.
Floyd Mayweather Jr claims he was “completely blindsided” by the announcement he would face Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, insisting he agreed only to a brief exhibition.
Rizin Fighting Federation announced a bout between Mayweather and Nasukawa for New Year’s Eve earlier this week, with the two fighters appearing alongside one another at a media event in Tokyo.
Yet boxer Mayweather, now back in the United States, says he never agreed to fight Nasukawa and understood that he would have an exhibition bout against an unnamed Rizin fighter for “a very large fee”.
The 41-year-old, who boasts a perfect 50-0 record, explained he did not want to let down fans who travelled from around the world to be in Japan by causing a scene at the promotional news conference and insists he is still retired.
“Now that I am back on US soil after a long and disappointing trip to Tokyo, I now have the time to address you, my fans and the media, in regards to the upcoming event on December 31 that was recently announced,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.
“First and foremost, I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa. In fact (with all due respect) I have never heard of him until this recent trip to Japan.
“Ultimately, I was asked to participate in a nine-minute exhibition of three rounds with an opponent selected by the Rizin Fighting Federation. What I was originally informed of by Brent Johnson of One Entertainment was that this was to be an exhibition put on for a small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee.
“This exhibition was previously arranged as a ‘special bout’, purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight card nor televised worldwide.
“Once I arrived to the press conference, my team and I were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going and we should have put a stop to it immediately.
“I want to sincerely apologise to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference and I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent nor approval.
“For the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry.
“I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions.”
Mayweather has recently talked up the possibility of facing UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov, having defeated rival Conor McGregor in the ring last year.
UFC president Dana White insisted any clash between Mayweather and Nurmagomedov would have to take place in the octagon, with the proposed contest against Nasukawa seen as a potential first mixed martial arts fight for the American.