The Friday Five: March 9th, 2018

1. Conor McGregor Starts Flame war with 50 Cent:

The Instagram feud between Conor McGregor and 50 Cent continues, as McGregor throws some shade at the physique of the New York rapper on International Women’s Day.

The recent flame-war between the two began as McGregor went after 50 Cent for blocking him on Instagram, while plugging his new deal with Burger King. 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, fired back by claiming that McGregor was a pretty good fighter for a “white boy,” and that he lost to Jackson’s on-again/off-again friend Floyd Mayweather because black athletes have superior genetics.

And while Jackson’s post on the platform has been deleted, it still exists on the internet.

McGregor replied on Thursday, during International Women’s day, with an insult towards the rapper’s physique and a shout out for his discography.

Happy international Women’s day everyone! Get your ***s out for the lads ladies. We love you ❤ Superior genes my big bal***** mate. I am made of granite. You need a bra. You jabbed up fool. Hahahaha you should have stayed quiet and promoted that fight for me on the free like you did. But you just kept going with them f***** memes. Your 50, 50. 50 years old. F*** off. It’s all love tho fifty serious, you are a mad bastard, but we still proper love a few of your tunes over on this side of the world.I even blasted one of them on the free walking into madison square garden to take one of my belts. It was called I run New York. @beatsbydre

Photo Credit: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

2Canelo Alvarez Tests Positive For Clenbuterol

In a press release sent out by Golden Boy Promotions, the promotional group announced that Canelo Alvarez has found to have tested positive for Clenbuterol.

Clenbuterol is known to “cause an increase in aerobic capacity, central nervous system stimulation, blood pressure, and oxygen transportation. It is commonly used for smooth muscle-relaxant properties as a bronchodilator and tocolytic.”

Alvarez and Golden Boy claim that it is due to meat contamination, which has been an issue with athletes in Mexico over the past few years.

Per Daniel Eichner, Director of WADA-accredited lab, SMRTL, who are conducting the tests for the May 5th fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, “These values are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”

Alvarez will be moving his camp from Mexico to the United States immediately, and has immediately notified bot the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler.

The Mexican boxer will also submit to any “number and variety of additional tests” from VADA leading up to and after his rematch with Golovkin on May 5th.

3. Mikey Garcia Meets With Dana White:

With the prospect of winning a world championship in a fourth weight class, Mikey Garcia is focused on taking away the IBF Junior Welterweight title from Sergey Lipinets, while keeping an eye on his future.

Garcia while talking to FIGHT SPORTS, said “it was very cool to have him stop by and catch a day at the gym and watch me spar.”

When asked about if he’d be interested in working with White, Garcia expressed interest if the opportunity was there, claiming that…

“I’m down to speak with anyone, I’m up to hear anyone out especially someone who has the promotional background he’s had. He’s done a great thing with the UFC… I believe he can do something big if he really wanted to in boxing.”

Garcia also told FIGHT SPORTS that the visit may have been more than a visit…

“He actually had several conversations with different team members. So, who knows? Maybe he does something in boxing that excites me enough to work with him also.”

Credit: Twitter. Manny Pacquiao

4. Manny Pacquiao MAY be fighting Lucas Matthysse:

Manny Pacquiao announced to the Filipino media that he would be returning to the ring to fight Lucas Matthysse on June 24th….

“It’s already final,” Pacquiao said. “I’m going to fight in Malaysia on June 24. It is against Matthysse. I’ll be ready for the preparation and it’s going to be 11 weeks.”

In a report from Boxing Scene, Top Rank promoter, Bob Arum, who was not mentioned in the aforementioned statement, claims that the fight is possible, but has not been finalized, as investors have yet to pay a deposit.

“They’re hoping to do a deal in Malaysia,” Arum said, referring to Pacquiao and his handlers in the Philippines. “I haven’t been handling that deal. They’ve been handling that deal themselves. Hopefully the money, in the form of a deposit, turns up.

“The Malaysia part is up in the air. I don’t know these Malaysian people. If they put up the money, it’ll happen, happily. But do I know whether the money will be put up? No, I don’t. It’s as simple as that. It’s exactly like usual. The only difference is the action has now moved from the Mideast to Asia. It used to be the Mideast. How many stories were there about [investors in] Abu Dhabi, about Dubai, about Saudi Arabia?”

Arum also explained that Top Rank would be handling operations for the proposed fight between Pacquiao and Matthysse.

Credit: Tom Casino-Showtime

5. Deontay Wilder Courted By Oscar De La Hoya:

The biggest fight to date in Deontay Wilder’s career also doubled as the biggest payday in his career, as the WBC World heavyweight champion walked out $2.1 Million richer and his eyes on Anthony Joshua.

Wilder, who knocked out the Cuban southpaw in the 10th round of their March 3rd showdown at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, earned $2.1 million for his effort, while according to ESPN’s Dan Rafael who broke the story, Ortiz made a potential career high of $500,000 in the loss.

And while Wilder takes in his biggest pay-day, his former promoter, Oscar De La Hoya let Wilder know the door is open for a return if he wants to make “real money.”

Golden Boy represented Wilder early in his professional career, before Wilder joined with Lou DiBella and would fight under his and the Premier Boxing Champions banner as WBC world heavyweight champion.

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