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Floyd Mayweather Jr likes to taunt folks. This time he began heckling Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers.

After the Clippers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 126-121, Barnes refused to talk to reporters about the incident with Mayweather. Instead the 34-year-old told them he was only taking basketball-related questions.

“I’m trying to talk about basketball,” he said. “I don’t give a (expletive) about no one off the court. … We talk about basketball or I’m not talking.”

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was a bit more diplomatic in his approach.

“I don’t like it, obviously,” Rivers said (via Fox Sports), quickly adding, however, that “Matt played well. It didn’t distract him. I didn’t see it, so I don’t want to comment on it.”

Barnes racked up 17 points and had eight rebounds at the game, which was also attended by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.




Lamont Peterson will face Danny Garcia on April 11 as part of a plan by NBC to bring boxing back to free , major network TV.

Peterson (33-2-1, 17 knockouts) is the IBF claimant. Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) is the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council title holder. Rumors are that the bout will take place at Barclays Center. The 26-year-old Garcia, a native of Philadelphia, has a strong following in Brooklyn.

“Fans have been wanting the fight for a long time,” Peterson said in a telephone interview. “Of course I’ve wanted the fight for a long time. I knew it would eventually happen. It took patience, but it couldn’t happen at a better time. It’s part of a big movement. It’s more than just me and Danny Garcia. It’s about bringing the fights back to NBC, to free TV.”

NBC announced Wednesday a 20-fight package, dubbed the “Premier Boxing Champions” series, that will be shown live on both the flagship channel and NBC Sports Network. NBC will carry five Saturday night cards and six more on Saturday afternoons, with the remaining nine on NBC Sports Network.

The inaugural card March 7 in Las Vegas will feature welterweight Keith Thurman against Robert Guerrero as well as Adrien Broner, a former three-division title holder, facing John Molina. Broner at times has trained at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest Washington, a gym operated by Barry Hunter, the trainer for Peterson and his younger brother Anthony.

“We are looking forward to presenting the PBC on NBC to develop a new and exciting platform which will be embraced by the millions of boxing fans across the country,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC and NBCSN.

NBC is partnering with Al Haymon, boxing's premiere power broker.

Mayweather will not be part of the PBC series. The undefeated five-division world champion has two fights remaining on a six-fight contract he signed with CBS and subsidiary network Showtime in early 2013. Mayweather is guaranteed at least $32 million per fight.

“It’s bringing the world back into boxing,” Broner told reporters during a news conference in New York. “Right now boxing only reaches out to certain people. With NBC coming back, it’s people that don’t follow boxing that can come back into boxing. This is definitely great for the sport.”

Bermane Stiverne has vowed that Deontay Wilder will pay for his trash talking this weekend.

Those threats are water off a duck's back to the Haitian-Canadian champion, who sounded composed and concentrated when he faced the press on arrival in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

"I really don't feel any emotions towards Deontay Wilder," said Stiverne, who won the vacant title when he stopped Chris Arreola last May. "The most important thing is for me to defend my world title.

"All the trash talking that he does doesn't worry me. He doesn't have anything that I want. I am the champ. This is fighting, this is boxing, this is for real. I keep my concentration on the fight."

Wilder has been taken beyond three rounds only four times but Stiverne, who at 36 is seven years older than the American, has prepared to go the distance.

He said: "We trained like he was the champion. We didn't talk about his past experience. We trained like he has gone 12 rounds before.

"I'm here to fight for the people. I fight to inspire people anywhere in the world, that's my responsibility since I am the world champion."



Manny Pacquiao's promoters have declared that everything has been agreed to on their end. They are now waiting for Mayweather to put his signature to the contract.

However Mayweather has yet to agree to the contest, which would be on May 2 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand, and many commentators feel the fight will still not take place.

Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, said: "Top Rank and Manny have agreed to the terms on our side. I don't know about the other side.

Pacquiao says he is willing to face his great rival after years of the pair avoiding each other and it is believed he has accepted a 40 per cent cut of what will be the richest fight in history.

The Filipino has also agreed to Mayweather's demands for drugs testing, which has been an obstacle in the past.

"I think that Manny agreed to USADA testing shows you his eagerness to make this fight," Moretti said.

Despite Pacquiao's willingness to fight, the final call lies with Mayweather and he will decide if the fight happens or not.

Amir Khan does not believe the bout will take place. Khan was in a similar position in the autumn of 2013 when he signed to fight Mayweather, only for the world's pound-for-pound king to opt to fight Marcos Maidana.

Earlier this month, Mayweather created controversy by showing off his line of luxury cars.

And Pacquiao responded by urged him to forget the bling and sign up for a much-anticipated clash between the long-time rivals.



WBA/IBF Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO) may indeed take on former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KO) on March 28th in Las Vegas.

According to Niall Hickman of The Daily Express, a deal is close to being struck as Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, and Chavez adviser Al Haymon are in talks.

Carl Froch scored a dramatic eighth round knockout in his last bout in front of over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London. Froch has hinted at retirement unless he gets a big money fight in Las Vegas.

Chavez Jr has not been seen in the ring in over nine months. He still has considerably name value and a bout with Froch would certainly bring in the bucks at the box office.

"The fight with Chavez Jr is one of the five options that I do have and that's a fight that I can get motivated for, a fight that excites me," Froch told Sky Sports News last January.

"Going over to America to fight in Las Vegas is something that all British pros with big aspirations to do big things in boxing (want to do)."

Stylistically, this is all wrong for Chavez Jr. Froch is a versatile boxer/puncher with a steel chin. This is a white-wash for the "Cobra" but that is if the fight gets made as they have been talking about this for over a year and a half now.



Floyd Mayweather Jr. found himself is embroiled in another controversy as he reportedly became a witness to a crime.

According to celebrity website TMZ, “Money Mayweather” was communicating on FaceTime with his best friend, rapper Earl Hayes, when the musician pulled out a gun, shot his wife and then himself.

Hayes’ wife is Stephanie Moseley, a dancer who worked with Chris Brown and Britney Spears. She was also a regular in VH1’s “Hit the Floor.”

Hayes, one of Mayweather’s rappers on his label Philthy Rich Records, accused Moseley of cheating on him with another performer, Trey Songz.

“According to our Floyd sources, Earl said he was going to kill his wife. The champ was pleading with him to get a grip ... to no avail. Floyd will not say how much he saw, but he acknowledges he was a witness and heard everything,” reported TMZ.

"Floyd is in shock and is having extreme difficulty dealing with the fact that he witnessed a horrifying murder/suicide."

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