And, in the blue corner ... the next president of the Philippines?!
"Manny would like to fight a couple of more times and then run for the presidency of his country," Roach told BoxingScene.com this week.
"The first fighter to ever do that and it will be another part of his history and I think he will be really good at."
Of course, Manny is no stranger to politics ... the 41-year-old has been a senator in the Philippines since 2016 -- and has often been credited for helping bring charity and awareness to the country.
Roach says Pacquiao wants to do even more than that in the political realm ... and joked he wants to run Manny's campaign!!
Roach also says a possible superfight with Gennady Golovkin ain't being ruled out yet either.
Though Freddie's dream last fight for Manny? "What he would like best is [Floyd] Mayweather one more time."
LET'S GET READY TO RRRRRRRRRRONA!!!
Jake Paul's Calabasas mansion turned into packed boxing venue Wednesday night -- with dozens of people blowing off COVID safety measures to watch two people throw down.
First off, YES -- this is the same house that was raided by the FBI just last week.
Second, unclear if Jake was at the home during the boxing match -- but there are a TON of people crowding around the ring and it only seems like a few people are wearing masks.
You'll note the combatants, breathing super hard and sweating in arm's length of the spectators ... a major NO-NO considering we're still in the middle of a pandemic!!
This would never fly on UFC's Fight Island.
The scene was wild -- the fighters were going after each other full speed, without headgear and without refs.
What's interesting ... Jake and his ex-GF were spotted out in Calabasas earlier in the day wearing masks and being safe.
Weird he's not implementing the same safety measures in his own home.
... as long as he stays healthy enough to compete!
In fact, our sources say Jake is focusing on the fight to help keep his mind off the ordeal while it all plays out.
We did some digging to find out if Jake's legal situation had anything to do with the new date -- and as one source put it, "As of right now, Jake Paul is still confirmed. Don't expect that to change."
As we previously reported, the FBI raided his Calabasas home on Wednesday -- seizing multiple firearms from the residence.
Officials say the investigation stems from alleged criminal activity that went down at a George Floyd protest at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall back in May.
Paul was initially charged with a misdemeanor for his alleged role in the incident, but that charge was dropped.
The FBI has now taken over the probe in Paul -- though they have not said specifically what he's accused of doing wrong.
Meanwhile, we're told Jake has been channeling his energy into boxing training ... working out constantly over the past few days.
Our sources also say Jake is trying to limit communication with friends outside of his boxing team.
He's also has been reevaluating his friendships and his team in order to cut out negative influences.
We're told Jake has also cut ties with former friend Armani Izadi -- whose Vegas home was also raided last week.
As for the fight, Jake and Nate have been talking trash to each other for months -- and it seems they're down to brawl whether it's in a ring or in the street.
The fight was originally set to go down on Sept. 12 -- but now, we're told the new date is locked in.
So, why the change to Thanksgiving weekend?
"Changing the date to November 28th will give more people the opportunity to see the biggest comeback in boxing history," Tyson said in a statement.
"This temporary inconvenience will last longer than Roy Jones Jr. He better be ready, I'm coming full force."
The company behind the event, Triller, says the move was made to accommodate a larger audience than originally anticipated.
"Given the enormous interest, the holiday weekend will make this historic battle an even bigger viewing event," the company says ... "marking the first live Pay-Per-View event brought to the world by Triller as the first of the 'Triller Battles' series."
Triller is also officially announcing the addition of new undercard fights ... including Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan.
Badou Jack is one of Floyd Mayweather's fighters -- he's 22-3-3 and a former world champ in 2 weight classes.
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Jack says he's donating a portion of his fight check to the Badou Jack Foundation to "continue to give kids across the globe a fighting chance in life."
Also added ... Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter.
Vidal is pretty talented British fighter who's also famous for training up KSI for his fight with Logan Paul.
Coulter is a former MMA fighter who competed in the UFC until 2018.
And, of course, Jake Paul is still set to fight ex-NBA star Nate Robinson as the lead-in to the main event.
We're told the Tyson vs. Jones fight -- the first event in a series under Mike's "Legends Only League" -- will be sanctioned and scored by a recognized sanctioning body.
Oh, and the winner will get a specially-commissioned belt!!!
Some experts believe Paul may come away with the easy dub because he's 2-0 and has more experience ... but Benavidez makes it clear Robinson has been putting in that work.
"I was in there giving him some pointers," the 23-year-old tells us. "I was trying to teach him a little bit about the boxing game. So, I definitely gave him a few gems, so I feel like he's gonna be more than ready for his upcoming fight."
FYI -- Jake and Nate have been going AT IT ever since the fight was announced ... and recently got into a heated trash-talkin' sesh in an interview with TMZ Sports.
Benavidez -- who has a big fight against Alexis Angulo August 15 on Showtime -- says he knows Robinson picked up the sport a few years ago, so any talk of him being too fresh to boxing is simply not true.
"He's been training for a couple years now, so I feel like he just needs to sharpen a little bit of his tools ... but definitely, I feel like he can win this fight."
Of course, Floyd made a handshake deal with Dana back in 2019 to set up a fight involving the UFC.
But, all of Floyd's fight plans came to a screeching halt in 2020 following a series of personal tragedies and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, however, Dana says he's talking with Floyd ... and a possible collaboration is far from dead.
"Floyd and I still have dialogue and go back and forth. We're still interested on both sides."
White added an event is still "very possible."
So, who's the opponent? A boxing rematch with Conor McGregor perhaps?
"No no no. I know he would rematch Conor McGregor but I don't know if you heard about this but Conor McGregor's retired," White says.
McGregor announced his retirement from MMA back in June claiming he's lost his passion for the sport -- but no one really believes him ... except maybe Dana?!
"When I'm doing things right now and running business, I don't even think about Conor. Conor is retired. As of right here now today, Conor is retired until Conor tells me differently, I'm not trying to make any fights for Conor."
When challenged about Conor's true career plans, White explained it this way ...
"He is retired right now. He's not fighting. So, per my contract with fighters, I owe them three fights a year. If I do not deliver three fights a year, I have to pay them their money. Conor McGregor is retired."
The firearms seized in the FBI raid at Jake Paul's house are now in the hands of the Sheriff ... and we're told the guns aren't the reason the feds stormed the place with a warrant.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... there were multiple guns taken from Jake's crib in Calabasas during Wednesday's FBI raid, and they're now being held by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for safekeeping.
It sure seemed weapons may have been what drove the FBI to get a search warrant and, in a massive show of force, raid Paul's L.A. home, as well as his friend's home in Vegas. We do know the raids were somehow connected to looting at a Scottsdale, AZ, mall ... where Jake and his friend were front and center.
As you know ... aerial footage of the scene from ABC 7 showed law enforcement officials walking down Jake's driveway with rifles and perhaps shotguns.
We're told Sheriff's deputies seized the guns once FBI agents entered the home because the house was not secured and deputies couldn't just leave the guns laying around.
Our sources stress the guns were not taken as evidence of any crime, or FBI agents would have taken them themselves.
We broke the story ... Jake had 2 large guns prominently displayed in his bedroom, which were casually displayed in a recent YouTube prank.
Jake can still get the firearms back ... we're told if he wants the guns returned, he will have to show he owns them and provide proof of purchase.
The last man to fight Mike Tyson says he's down to run it back -- with Kevin McBride telling TMZ Sports, "Let's get it on!"
Of course, McBride is the man who sent Tyson into retirement when the Irishman dominated Iron Mike so badly in their 2005 matchup, Tyson quit on his stool before the 7th round.
After the fight, a then 38-year-old Tyson told the media he lost his passion for boxing and wanted to move on with his life.
McBride continued fighting professionally until 2011 and now works as a laborer at a tree company -- primarily doing heavy lifting.
"Let's get it on! Definitely would love to fight him again," 47-year-old McBride tells us.
"Nobody can rule out anything in this world because that's life. It would be explosive to fight Mike Tyson again and I'm sure Mike would love to rectify his loss and I would just love to jump in the ring again with him."
Plus, McBride says the payday would be awesome -- he could use the cash to help put his kids through college.
In fact, Kevin says his boss at the Brendan Hoarty Tree Services company is fully supportive of rematch with Mike -- and already promised him time off so he could properly train again.
There's more ... we also spoke with Kevin about how that victory over the baddest man on the planet changed his life forever.
"Actually, being in the same ring as him was like a dream one true for me. I got to meet Muhammad Ali the same night because his daughter fought in the undercard so I met two legends in one night."
The issue is, the head of the California State Athletic Commission recently told the media the guys will be going EASY on each other and WON'T be headhunting.
So, who ya gonna believe?!!?
Here's what CSAC executive director Andy Foster told Yahoo Sports -- "This isn’t a situation where they’re going out there to try to take each other’s heads off. They’re just going to be in there moving around the ring and letting fans see these legends."
But, when we saw Tyson leaving a training session in L.A. on Saturday, it didn't seem like he got that memo.
"This is search and destroy and I’m looking forward to recapturing my glory," a hulking Mike Tyson told us.
When we asked specifically if he'll be looking for a knockout, Tyson told us, "If the opportunity comes, I'm always looking for it."
Mike appreciates George's concern -- but says, "Don't worry about us."
"[George] wasn't worried about getting hurt when he went on his tour of coming back and fighting."
Foreman famously retired at 28 -- and after a 10-year layoff, mounted a legendary comeback at 38. He became the heavyweight champ at 45 and finally retired for good in '97 at age 48.
Tyson says both he and Jones know exactly what they're getting themselves into -- "We're both professionals. We know how to handle ourselves and whatever happens, happens."
He adds, "The fighting game is what I'm about and hurting people is what I'm about."
We've seen the training videos -- Tyson still looks like he could do some serious damage.
As for Roy, he told us he's expecting Tyson to be headhunting from the opening bell -- but insists he's got a HUGE conditioning advantage over Mike.
"If he don’t kill quick, he's got problems on his hands," Roy tells TMZ Sports ... "If he don’t get it quick, his ass belongs to me!"
Undefeated boxing star Travell Mazion was speeding around a curve when he crossed over the centerline and slammed head-on into oncoming traffic ... this according to the crash report obtained by TMZ Sports.
Mazion -- who was just 24 years old -- was fatally injured in the July 15 wreck in Travis County, Texas at around 9:40 p.m.
In the crash report ... cops say the weather was clear and the road was dry -- but they add it was a dark and not well-lit area.
Officers say in the report, Mazion was speeding as he entered into a curve in the roadway ... crossed the centerline, clipped a car and then crashed head-on into another vehicle.
The report doesn't say how fast Mazion was going ... but the cops say he WAS wearing a seatbelt.
According to the report, Mazion was pronounced dead just a few minutes after the crash. He was not tested for drugs or alcohol at the scene.
The driver of the other car -- a 61-year-old male -- was pronounced deceased at a local hospital hours later.
Mazion was 17-0 as a pro -- and most recently defeated Fernando Castaneda in San Antonio in January. He was considered a rising star in the sport, and was once backed by NFL All-Pro Von Miller.
Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, which repped the fighter, said of Travell after the crash, "Mazion was a kind, charismatic young man who lit up every room he walked into and brought excitement to fans inside the ring."
"We send out heartfelt prayers and thoughts to his family. May he rest in peace."
Conor McGregor's used fight shorts could be yours -- if you're into that sorta thing -- his gear just hit the auction block and bids are already through the roof!
Starting bid on Conor's used (and signed) gloves was $2,500 -- but it attracted a WAVE of interested buyers who quickly bid the price up to $31,000 ... and there's still 19 days left to go!!!
The used shorts are also signed by Conor -- starting bid was $2,500 ... and now it's up to $11,000.
The Irish flag Conor raised after the fight is also on the block -- it's signed too! That's at $2,500.
Bottom line ... the McGregor collectibles market is still red hot!
Mike Tyson says if the UFC superstar was his next opponent in his return to the boxing ring ... he'd beat the hell out of The Notorious -- saying, "I'mma kick his ass!"
Rocky? Mike says he'd dominate. Ivan Drago? Tyson says he'd beat that ass too. Drago's too bulky and too damn slow.
As for McGregor? Mike says that'd be no issue ... as long as they played by boxing rules!!
The clip is funny ... Tyson says there IS one opponent who'd beat him -- the 'Karate Kid' -- saying, "I'mma have to surrender to him on this one."
By the way, a fight between Conor and Mike would almost certainly never go down ... the age gap (54 to 32) is huge, and the two are great friends these days. They even smoke weed together!
Then again, money talks ... and we'd sure as hell pay to see it!!!
Any Jimi Hendrix collectible is significant, but this rare electric guitar oozes with so much history ... it's no wonder it'll fetch a HUGE sum of money when it goes up for auction.
The folks over at Kruse GWS Auctions are in possession of Buster's early 1960s Japanese Sunburst electric guitar that's expected to snag at LEAST a cool $50,000. That's the minimum bid but GWS expects to fetch a historic amount ... and here's why they just might.
Legend has it the guitar god used this exact axe shortly after he returned home from the U.S. Army in 1962 and moving to Clarksville, Tennessee. While he was there, Jimi played the Chitlin' Circuit with some incredible talent -- like Sam Cooke and Ike and Tina Turner.
Jimi's brother, Leon Hendrix, has said "that was the last time that Jimi sounded happy." Leon recalls, "I remember Jimi calling me from New York saying he so broke he can't even pay attention. He pawned his guitar and his friends got him one."
When Jimi moved to London in 1966, he left this guitar in NYC at the apartment of one of his best friends. Cut to 54 years later and the winner of this bid will also get a letter of provenance from Leon, who will also have a private lunch with the winning bidder.
BTW ... there will be TONS of other cool items up for auction, like Prince's custom purple boots, Elvis Presley's owned and worn Neo-style sunglasses, Tom Hanks "Cast Away" costumes -- and perhaps the greatest ... Muhammad Ali's custom white terrycloth "World Champion" robe!!!
The auction goes down August 8.
The beef between the two men is legendary -- Tyson had accused his former promoter of bilking him out of millions of dollars during his boxing heyday.
In fact, Tyson famously sued King for $100 MILLION in 1998 -- but ultimately agreed to settle for $14 mil.
Tyson has bashed Don publicly over the years -- even calling him a "wretched, slimy, reptilian motherf**ker."
And, who could forget when Tyson threw water on Don King for touching him without permission during a 2018 boxing event.
But, GOOD NEWS ... Don says despite all of the drama, they're back on speaking terms!
"I love Mike Tyson," King tells us ... "I have never had anything negative to say about Mike Tyson."
"I just talked to him on his birthday on June 30th -- him and his beautiful wife and I wished them a happy birthday. "
King says the two men had a "substantive call" -- and he's excited about the way it went down.
"I'm just very very happy to be able to still see Mike around."
By the way, King is still VERY involved in pro boxing -- he's promoting a huge fight between undefeated heavyweights Trevor Bryan and Christopher Lovejoy on Sept. 26 for the WBA interim heavyweight title on the Impact Network.
88-years-old and still going strong -- only in America!
TMZ Sports broke the story ... 54-year-old Tyson and 51-year-old Jones Jr. are coming out of retirement to put on a massively anticipated 8-round exhibition fight -- and combat sports fans are PUMPED!
"There's a time when you gotta worry about your health, but it's a beautiful thing that they would even come out," George says.
"Maybe they can even name a charity or something for the recipient of the funds. I think it's good to come out but its gotta be a fun thing, but I hope one does not hit the other."
FYI, Tyson -- who last fought in 2005 -- told us he's donating a portion of his fight paycheck to charity.
Foreman is admittedly anxious Mike and Roy could be permanently hurt, so we asked him if he'd advise the men to rethink their decision to step back into the squared circle.
"I would just tell them it's really dangerous but when you make up your mind to do something like that, you can't tell them 'don't do it.' They're not gonna hear that. Even me. Big fool like me, back in the day, I only saw what I wanted to see."
George says he totally understands why Mike and Roy want to fight ... and even revealed he attempted to make a third comeback in his mid-50's.
(Of course, George became heavyweight champ for a 2nd time at 45 years old.)
"I was 55 years old. I was in shape and everything," Foreman says, continuing ... "[My wife] says 'you're not going to do anything like that,' I said, 'I'm telling you, you can't tell me what to do. I can still -- I said don't you believe in me? Look at me, I can still do it!'"
"She said, 'George, isn't that the way you want to leave the sport believing that you can still do it?'. I got closure right there and I walked away and it was death to a fighter to realize you're never gonna fight anymore."
Check out the footage ... both Mike and Roy were all smiles when they officially signed on the dotted line last month during a Zoom call.
Our sources tell us Triller -- a social media app looking to overtake TikTok -- shelled out roughly $50 mil for the rights to the fight, looking to make a statement that they're serious about moving into the live events space.
Mike says he's personally not getting rich from the fight -- saying his cut will go to charity ... "I'm not getting anything."
Tyson says his mission in life isn't to amass wealth -- it's to help people in need, and doing this fight was a great way for him to make an impact.
As for Roy, he tells us the way his contract is structured, he has the potential to rake in more than $10 MILLION for the fight, as long as the PPV numbers are big.
Roy says he can make more money at 51 years old than he did when he was 31!
As we previously reported, the epic matchup is set to go down in California on Sept. 12 -- with no fans in attendance due to the COVID pandemic.
8:33 AM PT -- Tyson's reps contacted us to clarify what Mike told us regarding his fight paycheck being donated to charity.
"Mike is committed to charitable causes at this stage in his life. Mike is making a substantial donation to charity to help those effected economically, medically and socially by the pandemic. The exact amount will be determined after the bout"
Originally Published -- 12:50 AM PT