MGM Grand In Las Vegas To Host Fury-Wilder February Rematch

File: Deontay Wilder punches Tyson Fury in the ninth round fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP
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The February 22 rematch between World Boxing Council heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, promoters announced on Friday.

Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions said tickets for the highly anticipated bout would go on sale on Saturday, now that the venue has been confirmed.

“I’m happy and I’m excited that the rematch is finally happening,” said Wilder, who will make his 11th title defense.

The American is coming off a seventh-round knockout of Luis Ortiz on November 23 in Las Vegas, a victory that saw him improve to 43-0.

“I want to give the fans what they want to see. I’ve been doing it with my last three outings — Fury, (Dominic) Breazeale and Ortiz,” he said.

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“They’ve been spectacular events — from my ring walks, where I gather all the energy of the people, to my uniforms that I wear to help spread that energy. Then I give them what they all come for — the knockouts and my knockouts have been amazing.”

Wilder and Fury fought to a split decision draw last December in Los Angeles.

Former world champion Fury was leading on the scorecards before he was knocked down by the American in the 12th round.

The big Briton beat the count, but a second knockdown helped cost him a victory.

“I proved myself the first time and I’m ready to do it again,” Wilder said. “It was a very controversial fight. I promise my fans that there won’t be any controversy with this one. I’m going to finish it.”

Fury, who survived two severe cuts to beat Otto Wallin by unanimous decision in September, said he was looking forward to taking care of “unfinished business” against Wilder.

“The date has been set, and the ‘Bomb Squad’ is about to be securely detonated and the real champion crowned as the world watches on for the most anticipated fight in years.

“This is unfinished business for me, but come February 22, this dosser will finally get what’s coming to him, and I can’t wait!”

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Manny Pacquiao Returns To Manila

pacquiaoManny Pacquiao has returned to his home town (Manila) on Wednesday, following the defeat by Floyd Mayweather in their world Welterweight super-fight on May 2.

Pacquiao said, “I will focus on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or retirement,”.

“I’m not saying I am going to retire, but it’s near. I’m already 36, turning 37 this December,” he said.

Despite an unanimous points defeat in Las Vegas, Pacquiao, a six-weight world champion, was welcomed back to the Philippines by fans as he paraded through the streets of Manila on the back of a truck.

Pacquiao, who is also a Congressman in his home country, had his arm supported by a sling, following surgery on his injured shoulder – a problem he said had hampered him during the fight with Mayweather.

The new figures released by American networks Showtime and HBO said the fight shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys with 4.4million purchases of the fight in the United States alone.

That generated $400m (£254m) in domestic sales while total revenue is expected to exceed $500m (£318m).

Following the fight, the undefeated American (Mayweather) called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and has ruled out a rematch, but Pacquiao, who is facing a Nevada law suit after being accused of failing to announce his injury prior to the bout, said he would consider fighting again.

“I (would) like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family,” he said.

Pacquiao also said he had accepted his defeat by Mayweather, adding that after reviewing the fight on video, he still believed he won by a slim margin.

“I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points, but a decision has been made and we have to accept it,”.

Mayweather To Fight Manny Pacquiao On May 2

fightFloyd Mayweather’s long-awaited fight with Manny Pacquiao has finally been confirmed after months of negotiations.The two biggest names in boxing have been locked in prolonged talks, raising further doubts that the super-fight could fall through at any time.

Both men have finalized terms for the clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2nd.

Additional stumbling blocks have been overcomed in recent weeks, with both camps reaching an agreement on drug testing and both men able to wear their own gloves – no rematch clause has been included.

The 37-year-old American, Mayweather nicknamed ‘money’ is unbeaten in 47 fights with 26 knockouts, but Pacquiao is considered the biggest threat to his status as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

The showdown in Vegas is projected to be the most lucrative in boxing history. Mayweather is expected to have a 60-40 split advantage on revenues, earning a minimum of $120 million and Pacquiao at least $80 million.