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  • Manny Pacquiao complained after a 2004 fight that thin socks caused him problems (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

    LAS VEGAS -- Last month, Timothy Bradley told Yahoo Sports that he injured his feet during his first bout with Manny Pacquiao because he did not wear socks.

    Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach mocked Bradley about it and laughed when he heard Bradley said he did it because former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson once went without socks.

    "How stupid is that, to think that Tyson didn't wear socks when he fought?" Roach asked Yahoo Sports. "I trained Tyson and I know. He wore socks. He wore the low-cut kind and you couldn't see them inside his shoes, but he had them on. What's this guy thinking?"

    Pacquiao laughed at questions about Bradley's lack of socks. But in his first fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2004, Pacquiao complained about the socks he wore that night.

    In a blog he wrote for Top Rank after the draw with Marquez in Las Vegas, Pacquiao said the socks he wore were far too thin that they caused him blisters.

    Toward the latter rounds, because I was wearing socks that were very thin,
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  • A Floyd Mayweather/Corona Beer ad was hanging in the MGM Grand near the media center Thursday. (Kevin Iole/Yahoo Sports)

    LAS VEGAS – The dispute between Top Rank and the MGM widened Thursday when Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said he will consider legal action against the resort that is hosting the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch Saturday in its Grand Garden Arena.

    Arum said the actions of the last several days, when advertisements for the May 3 Floyd Mayweather fight with Marcos Maidana were plastered all over the MGM Grand with the Pacquiao-Bradley fight just days away, "shows what a poorly run company this is," Arum said.

    Arum said he has spoken to his attorneys, Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso of O'Melveny & Myers, about the dispute.

    The biggest issue, Arum said, is not that the MGM is promoting a fight for a chief rival, but that it's created a conflict among sponsors. The Mayweather-Maidana fight on May 3 is sponsored by Corona. Saturday's Pacquiao-Bradley fight is sponsored by Tecate.

    The beer companies are bitter business rivals, much like soft drink companies Coke and Pepsi. Arum, who

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  • Top Rank CEO Bob Arum railed against an MGM executive Wednesday (Getty)LAS VEGAS -- An oversized photo of superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is festooned on the side of the MGM Grand and has for several years greeted visitors who are heading East on Tropicana Ave. toward Las Vegas Blvd.

    But it is not that smiling visage of boxing's pound-for-pound king which has made Top Rank CEO Bob Arum so irate. That photo is there as a result of a contract, and Arum said he is not bothered by it.

    He is, however, extraordinarily irate by the prominent advertising in and around the casino for the May 3 Mayweather fight at the MGM against Marcos Maidana. During Wednesday's news conference to promote Saturday's rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and later in a lengthy and explosive interview with Yahoo Sports, Arum unloaded on Richard Sturm, the president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts Entertainment and Sports, for being responsible for so much Mayweather advertising.

    Saturday's Pacquiao-Bradley bout for the WBO welterweight title is close

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  • Boxer Manny Pacquiao greets President Bill Clinton backstage at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

    Boxer Manny Pacquiao made his regular pre-fight appearance Wednesday on ABC's late-night talk show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," but this time around, the Pacman was upstaged a bit.

    Pacquiao regularly appears on Kimmel's show to help promote his next fight, in this case his April 12 pay-per-view rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the WBO welterweight title against unbeaten Timothy Bradley.

    Usually, Pacquiao is the biggest star, but this time around, that was not the case. The first guest on the show was former President Bill Clinton, whose segment went long and forced Pacquiao's to be cut a bit short.

    Clinton, though, heartily endorsed Pacquiao, who is a congressman in the Philippines. Clinton said he hoped that Pacquiao would one day be elected the country's president.

    He didn't say it in so many words, but the impact was obvious. Now, Clinton was elected as a liberal, and Pacquiao has very conservative views, particularly on social issues. But Clinton, who has met Pacquiao several

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  • Sergey Kovalev celebrates his March 29 victory over Cedric Agnew. (AP)

    Sergey Kovalev staked a claim on Saturday as the world's best light heavyweight with his seventh round knockout of badly overmatched Cedric Agnew in the ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

    "The Krusher," as he is known, also did a surprisingly good rating for his debut as an HBO main eventer. The bout averaged 1.006 million viewers and peaked at 1.048 million.

    It was solid number and exceeded the figure that the highly popular middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin drew in his first HBO main event in 2012. Golovkin, who is now one of HBO's biggest stars, attracted 685,000 viewers for his Sept. 1, 2012, bout with Gregorz Proksa.

    There is a key difference, however: It was Golovkin's first time fighting on television in the U.S., whereas Kovalev had appeared multiple times on NBC Sports Network and then twice in undercard fights on HBO. It's likely the audience had a greater familiarity with Kovalev than it did Golovkin at the time of his debut.

    But Kathy Duva of Main

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