Mayweather jumps up in weight class for hefty payday against De La Hoya

Published November 15, 2006

LAS VEGAS - Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet in a highly anticipated fight in May that could be one of the sport's richest bouts.

Mayweather will move up in weight for the fight, which will be for De La Hoya's 154-pound title and will be held May 5 in Las Vegas or Los Angeles.

De La Hoya, who has fought sporadically in recent years, previously said the fight would be his last. Mayweather is generally regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.

Terms of the agreement weren't disclosed, but Richard Schaefer, CEO of De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, said the fight has the potential to break the records for pay-per-view sales (1.99-million bought the second Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson fight in 1997).

MYSTERIOUS DEATH: The Mali delegate found dead in a Dominican Republic hotel elevator shaft during the International Amateur Boxing Association's congress this month had been vomiting when last seen and was missing three days before he was discovered, police said. There were no signs of violence in the room of Pierre Diakite, but his body was covered with bruises and he had apparently died of trauma, police said. Kuundia Arama, counsel to the Mali Embassy in Cuba, said it had not ruled out foul play. Diakite was said to oppose former AIBA president Anwar Chowdhry, who was ousted in an election.



Federer continues to frustrate Roddick

Andy Roddick was one serve from finally ending his losing streak against Roger Federer. Not close enough. This, after all, is Federer.

The top-ranked Swiss saved three match points and beat Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 in the Masters Cup in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday. Roddick had been serving in the second-set tiebreaker before his big weapon misfired.

"I think that makes it a little bit harder, knowing you're one of your best shots away - one serve away," he said.

Federer became the first player to surpass $7-million in prize money in a season. He is 12-1 against Roddick and has beaten him eight times in a row.

Also: Kim Clijsters declined an offer from the Belgian Olympic Committee to compete in the 2008 Games, insisting she will retire.


Ryder Cup trio upholds PGA honor at 3-Tour event

Ryder Cup teammates Scott Verplank, Stewart Cink and Zach Johnson won the $500,000 prize for the PGA Tour at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Henderson, Nev.

The PGA threesome finished at 14-under 202 for the nine-hole segments. The Champions Tour trio of Craig Stadler, Jay Haas and Tom Kite was second at 207, and the LPGA's Juli Inkster, Natalie Gulbis and Cristie Kerr were at 209.


Lab that analyzed Landis samples hit by hackers

Hackers stole data from computers at the French anti-doping lab where tests are being challenged by American cyclist Floyd Landis, police said.

The laboratory outside Paris had analyzed the samples that indicated the Tour de France winner had elevated levels of testosterone. The prosecutor's office in Nanterre has opened an inquiry into the "theft of data."

France's sports daily L'Equipe claims it has evidence from a police source that the hacker was allegedly part of Landis' team.

Landis spokeman Michael Henson said the allegations were part of a "character assassination" of Landis.


SOCCER: David Beckham, the game's No. 2 earner behind Barcelona's Ronaldinho, paid himself $37.4-million last year from earnings accrued over previous years from endorsements, according to the accounts of his company.

TRACK AND FIELD: Algeria was suspended from international competition because of government interference.