UFC President Dana White called Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s a “knucklehead” and a “racist,” for his comments about New York Knicks guard, Jeremy Lin, who is Taiwanese, adding, “shut up and make the fight” with Manny Pacquiao.
White, who says that he is boxing fan, made his comments on on Tuesday’s UFC Tonight show on Fuel TV.
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather promotions, declined comment to RingTV.com, but did respond to Yahoo!Sports.
“He needs to shut the [expletive] up and mind his own business, stay in his own lane and keep on taking advantage of the UFC fighters, while underpaying them,” said Ellerbe.
“If he keeps on running his mouth, we may decide to give a free seminar to all of the UFC fighters on how the pay-per-view revenue should be distributed. This is typical Dana, who is always prone to ignorant outbursts. He should be the last person to try to judge someone else.”
MAYWEATHER-MIGUEL COTTO TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets for Mayweather’s HBO Pay Per View-televised challenge against WBA junior middleweight titleholder Miguel Cotto will go on sale on Feb. 28, the day after the fighters begin their three-city press tour.
Mayweather-Cotto will take place on May 5 at the MGM Grand, with the promotional jaunt starting on Feb. 27 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, continuing the next day at New York’s Apollo Theater, and ending on March 1 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Ticket sales will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and be priced at $1,500, $1,250, $600, $300 and $200, not including applicable service charges, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. Tickets will be limited to 10 per person at the $1,500, $1,250, $600 and $300 price levels, and to two per person at the $200 price level.
To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
TIM BRADLEY TAKES NEW YORK
WBO junior welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley arrived in New York on Tuesday night in advance of Thursday’s press conference promoting his challenge to WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao on HBO Pay Per View on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Bradley shot a commercial with Pacquiao on Monday in Los Angeles, and was part of a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. along with Pacquiao on Tuesday.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts) has won 15 straight bouts, nine of them by knockout, and Bradley is 28-0 with 12 knockouts.
RingTV.com reported last week the possibility of Pacquiao, of the Philippines, meeting Lin at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday in a union of two of the world’s most prominent Asian athletes.
On Thursday, Pacquiao and Bradley will be present at a luncheon that will be open to the public at Chelsea Piers in The Lighthouse at Pier 60.
Rated No. 9 pound-for-pound by THE RING, Bradley is coming off an eighth-round knockout of faded former lightweight champ Joel Casamayor on the undercard of Pacquiao’s disputed majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in November.
BOXING FEDERATION SUSPENDS LUIS LAZARTE
Former IBF junior flyweight titleholder, Luis Lazarte, has been suspended by Argentine Boxing Federation President, Osvaldo Bisbal, for his actions during a 10th-round knockout loss to Filipino Johnriel Casimer that dethroned him as beltholder on Feb. 10 in his native Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At that point, while only inches away from Claudio’s face, Lazarte removed his mouthpiece, stared directly into the Claudio’s eyes and threatened his life by saying, ‘do you want to get out of here alive?'”
Lazarte’s actions also included biting Casimero on the right shoulder at least once, including an occasion that can be viewed in slow motion in the sixth round, and helped to incite the post-fight riot during which fans began throwing bottles and chairs into the ring, Casimero suffered concussions, and his team member, Sean Gibbons, two broken ribs.
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