May­weather takes a hit for Money Team

Daily Press - - Sports - By Tim Dahlberg The As­so­ci­ated Press

Twins C/1B Joe Mauer re­tired af­ter 15 sea­sons. Mauer, 35, a na­tive of St. Paul, Minn., played his en­tire ca­reer with the Twins and fin­ished with a .306 aver­age, 2,123 hits, 143 HRs and 923 RBIs. He was a six-time All-Star, won three AL bat­ting ti­tles and three Gold Gloves at catcher and was the 2009 AL MVP . ... The Mets an­nounced J.P. Ric­cia­rdi will leave his job as spe­cial as­sis­tant af­ter eight sea­sons.

BASE­BALL:

Matt Kuchar shot a sec­ond-round 7-un­der 64 to build a two-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ (62) at the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic in Playa del Car­men, Mex­ico. Kuchar, who had five straight birdies on the front nine, reached 14-un­der 128 . ... On her 25th birth­day, Gaby Lopez recorded a hole-in-one en route to a 6-un­der 66 and a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Ariya Ju­tanu­garn (71) af­ter the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan Is­land, China. Lopez aced the par-3 17th hole at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club, knock­ing in a 7 iron from 181 yards. She reached 9-un­der 207 . ... Ser­gio Gar­cia saw his lead cut to a stroke af­ter shooting a 1-un­der 71 in the sec­ond round of the the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in Sun City, South Africa. Gar­cia reached 9-un­der 135. Louis Oosthuizen (67) was sec­ond.

GOLF:

Syd­ney Brodt, Melissa Samoske­vich and Han­nah Brandt scored in the first pe­riod and the U.S. women’s team went on the beat Swe­den 5-1 in Saska­toon, Saskatchewan and cruise into the cham­pi­onship game of the Four Na­tions Cup. The U.S. will face Canada or Fin­land in Satur­day night’s ti­tle game.

HOCKEY:

Top-ranked No­vak Djokovic told the BBC that an ex­hi­bi­tion match against No. 2 Rafael Nadal sched­uled for late December in Saudi Ara­bia was called off be­cause the Spa­niard un­der­went an­kle surgery. Djokovic and Nadal also had ex­pressed doubt as to whether they would play the match fol­low­ing the killing of Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Ja­mal Khashoggi on Oct. 2 . ... Dar­ren Cahill an­nounced on In­sta­gram he was re­lin­quish­ing his role as the coach of top-ranked Si­mona Halep, at least through next sea­son. Cahill said he was mak­ing the move to spend more time with his fam­ily.

TEN­NIS:

SATUR­DAY’S HIGH SCHOOL FOOT­BALL PLAY­OFFS: Re­gion 3A

NEW KENT (6-4) VS. PHOE­BUS (9-1)

THE BUZZ: This game will fea­ture a pair of 1,000-yard rush­ers in New Kent’s Evan Branch and Phoe­bus’ Jaylen White. Phoe­bus should have a big ad­van­tage in the pass­ing game, how­ever.

THE PICK: Phoe­bus 35-14.

Re­gion 4A

HER­ITAGE (5-5) VS. WARHILL (7-3)

THE BUZZ: Warhill won the reg­u­lar-sea­son meet­ing 34-16, buoyed by a trio of dis­as­trous punt at­tempts by Her­itage. The edge on spe­cial teams, and Her­itage’s in­jury prob­lems, should give Warhill a sec­ond vic­tory in the ri­valry.

THE PICK: Warhill 24-14.

It looked like easy money, and there’s no one more qual­i­fied to judge that then the founder and tit­u­lar head of The Money Team. But some­times chas­ing a pile of cash is more dif­fi­cult than it seems.

Floyd May­weather Jr. learned that look­ing for money in Ja­pan. The deal, or so he thought, was to per­form a three-round ex­hi­bi­tion be­fore what he said was a small group of wealthy spec­ta­tors for “a very large fee.”

Turns out May­weather got hood­winked. And then he quickly got out of town.

He wanted no part of a ris­ing young Ja­pa­nese kick­box­ing star, though he out­weighed Ten­shin Na­sukawa by 30 pounds. A guy could get hurt in a real fight, es­pe­cially if the rules weren’t all in his fa­vor.

The prob­lem was, May­weather had ap­peared at a press con­fer­ence Mon­day in Tokyo in which the fight was an­nounced. He posed for pic­tures with Na­sukawa and talked about how their New Year’s Eve bout would be an epic event.

So he had to backpedal. And fast.

May­weather said he was blind­sided by pro­mot­ers at the press con­fer­ence and went along when they said the fight was sched­uled, with the rules to be fig­ured out later. He said he didn’t even know who Na­sukawa was.

Fair enough. But Google is avail­able in Ja­pan, and it didn’t take May­weather long to find out a few things about his op­po­nent.

Or maybe he just read an In­sta­gram post from Joe Ro­gan, the UFC fight an­nouncer who knew a lit­tle more about Na­sukawa.

“He’s a true strik­ing ge­nius,” Ro­gan said of the 20-year-old. “I doubt Floyd is go­ing to agree to any rules that al­low Ten­shin to kick, but if he does, it could be a ter­ri­ble night for him. This kid is the truth.”

What­ever it was, May­weather left Ja­pan as fast as he could.

And, re­ally, who could blame May­weather? He’s made a ca­reer — and made him­self im­mensely wealthy — out of pick­ing just the right op­po­nent at the right time, and this wasn’t the op­po­nent or the time to get back in the ring.

But in do­ing so, he may have dam­aged his brand, if just a bit. May­weather doesn’t do con­tri­tion well, but con­trite he was in a lengthy post that didn’t cast him in a fa­vor­able light.

“I am a re­tired boxer that earns an un­prece­dented amount of money, glob­ally, for ap­pear­ances, speak­ing en­gage­ments and oc­ca­sional small ex­hi­bi­tions,” May­weather wrote.

If that’s so, then per­haps Manny Pac­quiao had bet­ter go look­ing for an­other op­po­nent for his next fight. Ac­tu­ally, Pac­quiao al­ready has, with plans to fight Adrien Broner in Jan­uary.

Still there’s a good chance the two could meet in May in Las Ve­gas in a re­match of their first fight. By then, they might have made enough boxing fans for­get what a snoozer the first fight was to pay big money for a re­match be­tween two 40-some­thing box­ers.

With May­weather, it’s any­one’s guess. He al­ready an­nounced the Pac­quiao fight for December, you might re­mem­ber, though it will not hap­pen then.

And now he claims he’s just an old re­tired boxer try­ing to make a lit­tle spend­ing money by giv­ing speeches and small ex­hi­bi­tions. Who’s go­ing to pay big money to see that?

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