The Friday Five: November 23rd, 2018

1.  Conor McGregor Offered $5 million to fight Chinese Kickboxer

It seems Floyd Mayweather is not the only fighter to be offered a massive sum of money to fight a kickboxer.

Mayweather is currently set to face undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in a three-round exhibition at RIZIN 14.

Yet, Conor McGregor’s trainer John Kavanagh would drop a rumor that the former double division UFC champion also got an interesting offer of his own.

“I had a guy message me just a few days ago — a Chinese kickboxer [who] wanted to do three rounds with Conor for $5 million,” Kavanagh said on The True Geordie Podcast, according to Express.co.uk.

“And he was going to put it in escrow. It wasn’t like he was just [joking]. Because again, I get a million messages like that a day, but you just don’t pay attention [to them]. But this guy was connected, and it was a legitimate offer. But I know he wouldn’t [do it].”

2.  Manny Pacquiao To Reunite With Freddie Roach For Broner Fight

When Manny Pacquiao announced on Monday that he would have Freddie Roach in his corner on January 19th, that was news to everyone, including Freddie Roach.

Roach, who is currently acting as Tyson Fury’s cutman, was shocked that Pacquiao mentioned him during his New York media conference with Adrien Broner, because they had not spoken in a year and a half.

On Tuesday night that would change, as Roach and Pacquiao met in Los Angeles and have agreed to reunite for Pacquiao’s challenge against Broner.

“Manny reached out directly,” Roach was quoted as saying to Sports Illustrated. “We sat together one-on-one. I’ll be in his corner Jan 19.”

“The thing is, I still have never directly spoken to Manny [since Pacquiao lost to Jeff Horn in 2017],” Roach told SI.com on Monday before meeting with Pacquiao on Tuesday night. “I’m not going to make a move until Manny calls me. I’ve been like a father to Manny for 15 years. If he can’t call me, there will be no deal.”

“I don’t have any problem with Freddie Roach. I always include him on my team,” Pacquiao said Tuesday prior to a Los Angeles news conference.

3.  Fury: Wilder Wants What I Have

Tyson Fury is walking to the ring on December 1st as the challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC  heavyweight championship, but Fury insists Wilder wants what he has, the title of lineal heavyweight champion.

“He does seem to be an angry man,” he told Fighting Spirits with Gareth A. Davies about Wilder, who puts his title and undefeated record on the line inside Staples Center.

“To everybody’s eyes, Tyson Fury’s the lineal champion. Deontay Wilder is the belt holder. He wants what I have and that’s to be considered as the best.”

Fury would take the claim of lineal world champion and the IBF, WBO, IBO, and Ring Magazine titles in 2015, with his upset victory over Wladimir Klitschko. Following that win, Fury would seep into a deep depression, which coupled with drug and alcohol abuse, would cost him his championship belts and his passion for the sport.

After getting clean and working out deals with the British Boxing Board of Control and UK Anti-Doping, Fury has returned to the ring and feels that his story connects with American boxing fans.

“I think Americans, they love the comeback story as good as anybody,” he said. “And I think my story has captured the imagination of the public because it’s almost like a fairytale story.”

4. Michael B. Jordan Wants “No Smoke” From Roy Jones Jr.

It seems a little bit of fun for Michael B. Jordan may have gone out of control, as the actor now claims he wants “no smoke” from legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr.

While promoting his upcoming role in Creed II, Jordan would make light of the challenge he made towards the former world champion.

“Yeah, that wasn’t a smart decision,” the actor told Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live of challenging Jones to a real fight. “I was in character for a minute, blacked out and just said it.”

“I want no smoke Roy, no smoke.”

While Jordan would be more than happy to do something for charity, he made it quite clear that he won’t be able to compete with the 49 year old Jones Jr.

5. Rachael Ostovich Assaulted, Husband Charged With Attempted Murder

A day after Rachael Ostovich’s assault was reported, her husband has been arrested on charges of attempted murder.

In a report from TMZ, Ostovich was sent to the hospital over the weekend with serious injuries that included a broken orbital bone. Police investigated the incident as a case of domestic violence, and filed Ostovich’s husband, MMA fighter Arnold Berdon, as the key person of interest in the case.

Ostovich was allegedly assaulted by Berdon during an argument in her home, with Berdon being arrested on Tuesday evening on suspicion of second degree attempted murder.

As of Wednesday, Berdon is still in-custody at the Honolulu PD’s main station house, and has not stood before a judge.

If released on bail, Berdon will have no contact with Ostovich due to a restraining order filed on Tuesday, but a member of Berdon’s family told TMZ that he will dispute any allegations that he assaulted his wife and that he was defending himself.

If convicted, Berdon could face life in prison with the possibility of parole.

 

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