Dana White Threatens to Sue Manny Pacquiao Over Alleged Conor McGregor Negotiations

Manny Pacquiao’s heralded accomplishments in the ring have him listed as one of the 25 best pound-for-pound boxers of all time in some circles. But his negotiating tactics are not as up to par, and they may land him in some hot water with UFC President Dana White.

When Pacquiao was asked about securing a multimillion-dollar bag similar to the one Floyd Mayweather hauled in for his August fight with Conor McGregor, Pacquiao apparently ruffled some feathers.

“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem,” Pacquiao told AFP wire service. “It is OK with both of us.”

“Pac-Man” then said he reached out to McGregor’s camp directly but they “have not yet had any follow-up conversations.”

According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Pacquiao directly negotiating with McGregor would theoretically pose a problem with White, who has been blunt when addressing the matter of McGregor’s UFC contract.

“That would be weird, because he's under contract with us,” White reportedly said, when told of McGregor directly negotiating with Pacquiao. “If that’s true, I’ll be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him.”

That’s a big “if” surrounded by a lot of tough talk. The business of negotiating a fight can be both tedious and complicated. Negotiating the Mayweather-McGregor bout took all kinds of involvement from White, Mayweather, Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon and longtime business partner Leonard Ellerbe, Showtime sports general manager Stephen Espinoza, and Ice Cube. It turns out Cube already had T-Mobile Arena booked for a Big3 event the weekend the fight was scheduled and wanted to be properly compensated for giving up his arena date.

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Floyd Mayweather Accuses Ex-Girlfriend of Stealing Money From Him in New Lawsuit

According to TMZ, a lawsuit Floyd Mayweather just filed against his former girlfriend Shantel Jackson sees the undefeated boxer alleging that Jackson funded several personal shopping sprees for herself by gaining unauthorized access to his credit card accounts, in addition to taking cash that was scattered around his house. He also says that, in an effort to keep her spending a secret, she had several items that she purchased shipped to a secret location.

In a bizarre twist, Mayweather's suit says that Jackson praised him in public whenever he got crappy press for the sole purpose of gaining his trust. “As a result of that confidence, Mayweather, whose education ended at eighth grade, did not audit or otherwise inspect either his cash or his credit card statements for theft by Jackson,” it reads, though the boxer's reps later clarified that he actually left school four years later, in the 12th grade.

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Finally the claim says that Mayweather only learned of the alleged deceit when one of their mutual friends informed him that Jackson was bragging about it. Though there no specific dollar amount is available, Mayweather is suing her for theft. He says he wants “triple damages.” As if that wasn't complicated enough, she's also suing him for a number of things, including invasion of privacy, defamation, and domestic violence, the last of which is expected to get a trial date in the very near future.

Jackson first sued Mayweather back in 2014, where she alleged that he choked her during an argument, accused her publicly of aborting their twins, and pointed a gun at her head. The couple had a romantic relationship that lasted for eight years, and they lived together from 2008-2013.

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Ray Allen Catfished; Tony Parker’s Not A Great Player | Out Of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, things get heated when Gilbert says Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard don’t make a difference for the Spurs. The team considers getting in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. Gilbert Arenas has some words for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he has the scoop on why Derrick Rose needs to stay in the league to get the bag from Adidas. Take notes!

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André 3000: ‘When I Pass Away, People Will Find Hours and Hours of Files’

André 3000 interviews are few and far between, so whenever the celebrated rapper steps into the limelight for a convo on his latest happenings, it always feels like an event of sorts. His new Q&A with GQ Style is no different.

André sat down with the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Will Welch, for a lengthy talk about where he’s at musically, what he has in the vault, and why his longtime Outkast partner Big Boi is a better rapper than him.

The discussion also touched on a pretty entertaining topic: André, inspired by buying a bootleg Anita Baker shirt, wants to spearhead her official merch line.

On a more personal note, the ATLien revealed the one regret he would have if he died today. “Here’s the only thing that I would regret: Man, you know, there is still that album that you wanted to do.”

André previously told Complex he would be at peace if Outkast never dropped another album, and also compared rap to boxing. Here, he used Floyd Mayweather’s career as an analogy for his own.

Check out some choice excerpts below, and head over to GQ Style (the Holiday issue is available on newsstands now) where André also talks about his parents (both have passed) and his partnership with Tretorn.

On being at the end of his music career

It’s Mayweather. He knows. He’s like, yeah, I can fight maybe three more of ’em. But I’m slowing down, and I see these young kids coming up and I was them. And at a certain point, no matter how Mayweather you are, I think it’s classy to be like, you know what? [brushes off hands].

I think I have, like, maybe two more Mayweather fights… Or maybe one.

On what he’s got in his music vault

When I pass away, people will find hours and hours of files…hard drives and shit. It’s hard drives of me just in the house alone playing horrible guitar. Me playing piano. Me playing a little sax. I was trying to find out: What can I be excited about? Because I never was, to me, a great producer or a great writer or a great rapper. I always felt that I was less than everybody else, so I fought harder.

On why he believes Big Boi is the better rapper

When you watch early Outkast videos, Big Boi’s the leader. He always had the confidence, where I was kind of like the shy one. Big Boi can rap better than me—I always said that. If somebody said, “Pick who you want from Outkast to go to battle with you,” it wouldn’t be me. ’Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle—nobody gives a shit about that.

On feeling out of the loop with the current sound of rap

I hate going to the studio. So what’s got me going once again is me being excited about other artists. I’ve been working on producing a few artists. A couple projects. But here’s the crazy thing: I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance. So the only thing I can do is this kind of novelty, off thing for them.

For me, hip-hop is about freshness. You can always hop, but you won’t always be hip.

On his plans to start an Anita Baker T-shirt line

I’m an artist, and I’m buying bootleg shirts of another artist, so I felt bad. So I was like, maybe, so my conscience feels good, let me try to find an address for Anita and send her a little check. And it’ll be a joke, like, “Anita, I just bought these shirts, I feel bad about it, here’s $50.” Then I started thinking, wouldn’t it be great to design a line of Anita Baker tees and present the line to Anita? Maybe she needs some merch.

If she says no, hey, it’s fine. It was just an idea. There’s no way to lose here.

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50 Cent Reveals How Floyd Mayweather Really Felt About Conor McGregor

After years of not being allowed into the Hot 97 studios (which stem from a shooting outside of the station in New York City back during the G-Unit vs. the Game days), 50 Cent made his return to Hot 97 to talk about a number of topics with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, and Laura Stylez.

One of the biggest revelations occurs towards the end of the interview (38:47), when Ebro asks if 50 spoke with Floyd Mayweather after the Conor McGregor fight. 50 says they Facetime'd a few days ago, and says that Floyd wasn't really feeling Conor. “He really didn't like him,” 50 said. “All that, he's getting away with touching his head? That's not Floyd, he ain't like that.” 50 also said that when he heard Floyd tried to bet $3 million on himself, he made sure he got his bet in (although he won't reveal what he made).

50 also spoke on Cardi B hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (at the 19:32 mark). “What Cardi does is so amazing for our culture; it means that there's no rules.” He calls Love & Hip-Hop the “graveyard,” and says that now the visibility of the show will mean that Cardi won't be the only success story.

Now 50 Cent was actually there to promote 50 Central, which is his upcoming variety show on BET. “There's a lot of cool sketch comedy,” he reveals, but does say that you might not see much Trump talk. Not because he's shook, but because he doesn't want to do stuff that a Saturday Night Live has already made their mark with. 50 does have an interesting take on Trump's presidency, though (around 34:36): “his presidency is an accident.” He takes it further, revealing his theory that Trump was “doing that to build his profile for a bigger deal on television,” which is something a number of people theorized during the debate season.

50 also speaks on Power being the No. 2 show on cable television behind Game of Thrones, goes back and forth on WHY Ebro can't blame him for the state of New York hip-hop, his views on 4:44, and much, much more. Check out the full interview up above.

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#LifeAtComplex: Heavyweight Champ Deontay Wilder Has Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Record in His Crosshairs

#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up.

On today's episode, Tony takes full advantage of Google Assistant to plan out his busy day, and also unveils his customized Nike jersey. Later, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stops by the office and talks about wanting to beat Floyd Mayweather's record of 50-0. You can catch Wilder's Nov. 4 boxing match with Luis Ortiz at Barclays Center on Showtime Boxing.

Subscribe to Complex on YouTube to check out more episodes of #LifeAtComplex, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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Ice Cube’s Big3 Files Defamation Countersuit Against Champions Basketball League

After the fledgling Champions Basketball League filed a $250 million lawsuit against the competing Big3 league for allegedly “poaching players and proprietary ideas,” the Big3 has fired back with its own legal action. The semi-pro, three-on-three league founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz filed a defamation lawsuit against the CBL Friday.

The friction appears to stem from participating players’ ability to play in both leagues, among other issues. In the original CBL suit, league officials claimed the Big3 defrauded them because players who participated in Big3 games were not allowed to also play in the CBL. The CBL alleged they were not allowed to start the season on time because players who previously agreed to play in both leagues were not allowed to do so by the Big3.

In a copy of the suit obtained by Deadspin, lawyers for the Big3 take issue with both the allegation of an agreement between the two leagues and Champions Basketball League CEO Carl George.

“In fact (1) there was never any agreement between the Big3 and the Champions League,” the suit reads in part. “The approximately three players who informed the Big3 of a prior dealing with the Champions League were permitted through an express provision in their contracts to have a non-exclusive relationship with the Big3.”

On August 26, the Big3 held an inaugural championship game in Las Vegas. At press time, the Champions Basketball League had yet again postponed a nebulous, projected launch date of the “summer of 2016.”

While the nuts and bolts of proving actual malice to a jury isn’t the most riveting read, the suit does reveal some potential news about the ever-growing crossover of sports and music.

The countersuit claims Champions League CEO George Carl wrote a letter to an unnamed recording artist claiming Snoop Dogg was the official CBL “celebrity commish,” and stars such as DJ Khaled, Floyd Mayweather and Tom Brady were directly affiliated with the league in some capacity.

You can view the entire lawsuit and read the full report at Deadspin

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Floyd Mayweather Calls Trump a ‘Real Man’ for P*ssy-Grabbing Comments

Earlier this week, Hollywood Unlocked published the first part of a lengthy video/radio interview they did with Floyd Mayweather, and it featured him touching on a bunch of different topics. From talking about his recent fight with Conor McGregor to speaking on the investments he has made that will prevent him from ever going broke, Mayweather kept it light, for the most part.

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But Hollywood Unlocked published the second part of their interview with the 50-0 boxer late Wednesday, and the topics that are discussed during it are much heavier than the ones that were in the first part. Over the course of the interview, Mayweather talked about a handful of the beefs he’s had over the years, including those with 50 Cent and T.I. He also touched on Lil Wayne’s recent health scare. But the most noteworthy portion of the interview came when Mayweather was asked about Donald Trump.

If you haven’t kept up with Mayweather’s relationship with Trump in recent months, Mayweather was spotted visiting with Trump a short time after he was elected president last November. Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo of him standing with his father and Mayweather on Twitter.

In January, Mayweather spoke at length with TMZ Sports about why he was planning on attending Trump’s inauguration. At the time, Mayweather said that he was “appreciative” of Trump attending his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, and was simply repaying the favor by showing up for his big day. “We judge people that we really don’t know,” Mayweather said when asked about Trump. “So I’m not here to say nothing negative about nobody.”

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And it sounds like Mayweather has kept his connection with Trump going, in spite of the many controversies Trump has caused since taking office. While speaking with Hollywood Unlocked, Mayweather spent more than six minutes talking about Trump and said a number of things that are definitely going to raise some eyebrows. From his opinion of people calling Trump racist to his thoughts on Trump's infamous pussy-grabbing remarks, Mayweather tackled it all—even though he probably would have been better off moving to a different topic.

You can watch Mayweather speak about Trump in the clip at the top, beginning at the 3:45 mark. We have also transcribed a handful of the things Mayweather had to say about Trump, and included time stamps for each of them below.

On why he’s friends with Trump (begins at the 3:45 mark):

“You say 'friends.' You mean, 'communicated with Donald Trump and talked with him on a couple occasions.' A lot of times, just because, if something is going on in this world, in our country, and everybody be like, 'Oh, fuck that, I don’t care about that. I’m not going there.' Somebody has to go there to find out what’s going on so they can come back and relay the message to everybody else. 'This is what’s going on.'”

On attending Trump’s inauguration (begins at the 4:15 mark):

“I just wanted to say I did it one time in my life. It didn’t matter who the president was. I just wanted to go to be a part of it, to see how it is.”

On staying in touch with Trump (begins at the 4:50 mark):

“I can call him directly on his phone.”

On people who believe Trump is racist (begins at the 5:05 mark):

“I’m not here to tell nobody who they can and they can’t be friends with. I think, within this world, racism still exists. You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president and won. Before that, he was on WWE, he was on different shows, and everybody liked Donald Trump. But as soon as he ran for president…”

On Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing comments (begins at the 5:35 mark):

“People don’t like the truth… He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.' Right? So he talking locker room talk. Locker room talk. 'I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the pussy. And?'”

On whether or not Trump should have been held to a higher standard during his presidential run (begins at the 6:15 mark):

“I feel people shy away from realness. This man didn’t do nothing. Listen, if y’all didn’t want the man in the White House, y’all should have voted the other way. It ain’t like he went and robbed—he done his homework. He did what he had to do and he got there.”

On why people should stop complaining about Trump being in office (begins at the 6:40 mark):

“My thing is this: it don’t matter who’s in there. If Trump is in there, Clinton, Barack Obama, it doesn’t matter. That’s not going to stop my drive. The thing is this: too many people are worried about what Trump is doing and what other presidents are doing, instead of worrying about what you’re trying to do and what level you’re trying to get to. See, my thing is I don’t give a fuck about what nobody else doing. I got to worry about what I’m trying to do and where I’m trying to get to. A lot of times, it’s, 'Aw, man, it’s going to affect us.' My man, if you ain’t making 400, 500, $600 million, it’s not going to affect you no fucking way. It’s only going to affect somebody like me. I’m the motherfucker that should be tripping—paying $34 million, $25 million, $26 million [in taxes]. I should be tripping! But guess what I’m saying? 'It’s alright. It is what it is.' One thing we all know that we got to do, one thing we know that’s going to happen for sure, we gonna pay taxes and we gonna die. But while we here, live life to the fullest. Stop worrying about what everybody else doing. How I became successful and how I got to where I got to, I don’t worry about what nobody else say.”

On why people should stop protesting Trump (begins at the 8:05 mark):

“At the end of the day, I don’t know why everybody keep bitching and keep picketing and holding [signs]. They walking and walking, protesting, 'We don’t want this to happen.' My man, all that time you spending protesting, you could be at home writing down ideas coming up with a business.”

On Trump’s immigration policies and his recent decision to end DACA (begins at the 8:50 mark):

“A lot of times you meet people, people from other countries. You meet people from other countries that be like, 'Oh, I love my country. I love this. I love that.' I say, 'If you love your country so much, why you here? You taking up space for other people. We got some other Americans that would love your job.' But remember, this country will give somebody else from a whole other country that they don’t know shit about a loan before they even give the American citizens a loan. So I don’t know how many illegal people that we have in this country. My thing is this: I’m not saying I’m with [Trump’s decision to end DACA], I’m not saying I’m against it. I love everybody. I love people from all around the world. My thing is this: Floyd Mayweather is not worried about nobody else’s business. I don’t worry about nobody else’s business. A lot of times, we spend too much time talking about and worrying about other people’s business instead of worrying about our own. I got to where I got to—it’s easy, I make millions and millions of dollars on a daily basis—because I focus on Floyd.”

It’s probably safe to say that many of these things will not go over well with Mayweather supporters or, frankly, with anyone at all.

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Conor McGregor Suggests Floyd Mayweather Could Be MMA Fighter in First Instagram Post Since Match

In the weeks and days leading up to his much-anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor put up multiple Instagram posts per day. From posts about his preparations for the fight to posts that included him talking trash to Mayweather, McGregor seemed to document every move he made.

 

A beautiful skull and a beautiful belt to add to my collection of skulls and belts.

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 23, 2017 at 11:57pm PDT

But since losing to Mayweather on Saturday night, McGregor has been noticeably absent from Instagram. He didn’t put up a single post on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. But he finally broke his silence very early Thursday morning with a lengthy post that featured him thanking everyone in his camp for helping him prepare for his fight with Mayweather.

 

Just coming back around after a whirlwind couple of days. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Without your support we as fighters are nothing so I thank you all! Thank you to my team of coaches and training partners! I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night. Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way. If I began with a loaded 12 rounds under much stress I would have only hit a brick wall and lost progress as a result and potentially not made the fight. A little more time and we could have made the 12 cleanly, while under more stress, and made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight. I feel every decision we made at each given time was the correct decision, and I am proud of everyone of my team for what we done in the short time that we done it. 30 minutes was the longest I have fought in a ring or cage or anywhere. Surpassing my previous time of 25 minutes. I am happy for the experience and happy to take all these great lessons with me and implement them into my camp going forward. Another day another lesson! Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match. Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down. I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer. But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure. Here is a toast of whiskey to everyone involved in this event and everyone who enjoyed it! Thank you to you all! Onto the next one!

A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Aug 31, 2017 at 1:21am PDT

In the post, McGregor talked about how much work went into preparing him for a 12-round fight. He said that “getting to 12 rounds alone in practice” was the most challenging thing about trying to get ready for the match with Mayweather. And he suggested that, if he had a little bit more time to train, he feels as though he could have “made it thru the later rounds in the actual fight” without wearing down like he did.

McGregor also gave props to Mayweather in his IG post. He congratulated him on a “well fought match,” wished him well in retirement, and conceded that Mayweather is a “solid fighter” despite his previous comments about him. And at one point in his post, he also hinted that, if Mayweather wanted to make the jump from boxing to MMA and fight inside the Octagon, he thinks he would actually surprise some people.

“Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position,” McGregor wrote. “He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure.”

Some fight fans have argued that Mayweather and McGregor should have a rematch but that, this time, Mayweather should be forced to step into McGregor’s arena, where McGregor would have the upper hand.

And while it seems highly unlikely that Mayweather would ever even consider it, McGregor seems to think it could be slightly more competitive than some people think if it ever happened.

McGregor ended his post by writing, “Onto the next one!” It will be interesting to see where he goes from here now that the Mayweather fight is behind him.

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People Are Tossing Around This Theory Amid Report That Floyd Mayweather Bet on Himself to Win

If there's one thing Floyd Mayweather loves more than making money, it's accumulating even more money. That may sound like a strange statement, but remember, this is “Money” Mayweather we're talking about here. So, on a night where Floyd was rumored to walk away from his fight on Saturday against Conor McGregor with at least $180 million, how does Mayweather manage to rack up even more cash? By betting on himself. 

In an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, Mayweather admitted to trying to bet that the fight would end in under 9.5 rounds before getting turned away. “I think that we bet 100 on 9½,” he said after the fight. “I gave my guy six figures to go bet. I have to make sure he bet because earlier today I went to the sports book to bet and they wouldn't let me bet.” Mayweather eventually found a loophole, giving his friend some pocket change in the form of $400,000 to place a bid. However, his friend was only able to bet $87,000.

After the bout ended in the 10th via TKO, people started to wonder if the end result was purely coincidental or… was there a conspiracy in the works? 

While it's a known fact that it takes Mayweather a few rounds to feel out his opponent, pick apart his tendencies and figure out how to exploit them, it does seem awfully suspicious that Floyd decided to turn on the heat when he did. But it also falls in line with who Money Mayweather is. There was a chance for Floyd to make even more money, and he jumped on the opportunity.

If anyone should complain, it's us for not following his lead.

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