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Pacweather Watch: Floyd Throws In For Suge Knight's Bail, Manny Gets Cup Checked

Ahead of their May 2 fight, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are dominating headlines

As Las Vegas preps for the "Fight of the Century" between boxing champs, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the media is keeping busy, keeping tabs on the two fighters.

First up, Money Team captain, Mayweather, will reportedly shell out $10 million for Suge Knight's bail. Recall that Knight has been holed up in L.A. County Jail stemming from hit-and-run charges filed in January and struggling with his court appearances. According to New York Daily News, Knight pled not guilty to murder at his follow-up arraignment on Thursday (April 30) and received a July 7 trial date.

Now, his buddy, Mayweather, is expected to bail him out after the May 2 bout. "My understanding is that Suge is going to be bailed out this coming week,” Knight's lawyer Matthew Fletcher told NYDN. “We think Mr. Mayweather is going to win the championship and then come champion the day again. They're good friends, and there's no reason he shouldn't. And we believe that will happen.”

Meanwhile, Mayweather's team called on state officials to check Pacquiao's (wait for it) cup. Apparently, Floydy was concerned that Pacman's cup would cover more than just his groin area and protect him from (Mayweather's fav!) body blows. CBS Sports reports that the Nevada State Athletic Commission proceeded to check Pacman's cup. Here's the photo to prove it:

Mayweather and Pacquiao will bump gloves and rock pre-approved cups at Las Vegas' MGM Grand this Saturday.

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DeSean Jackson To Auction Pre-Game Cleats In Honor Of Nipsey Hussle

Those that Nipsey Hussle made an impact on are making sure the slain rapper's legacy lives on. As the NFL regular season kicked off on Sept. 8, Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson shared that he'll auction off his pre-game cleats in honor of the Victory Lap artist.

Jackson said the proceeds will benefit Hussle's children, Emani and Kross. On Instagram, Jackson posted an image of the shoes with a quote stated by the "Racks In The Middle" rapper: "You've got to have faith in what you're doing and not take no for an answer." The cleats also feature an image of the late entrepreneur and his Victory Lap logo.

 

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Every game this year Im auctioning my @nipseyhussle cleats I wear in Pre game. Proceeds will go to his kids Kross & Emani !! Link will be up this week. Rest in paradise bro !! 💪🏾🏁💪🏾 #TMC

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On March 31, 2019, Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. Eric Holder, the shooter, was charged with a count of murder, a count of firearm possession as a felon, and two counts of attempted murder.

Earlier this year, Hussle's family announced the Neighborhood Nip Foundation which will place an emphasis on the youth to help them find a footing with the arts. “The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him,” his brother, Samiel Asghedom, said to the Los Angeles Times.

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David Ortiz Makes First Appearance At Fenway Park Since Dominican Republic Shooting

It's been four months since former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz has made a public appearance since he was shot in the Dominican Republic. It was only natural that the slugger threw out the first pitch prior to Monday's game (Sept. 9) against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Greeted with love and praise, the emotional scene was the perfect way to kick-off the week for the Red Sox team. The major league baseball team shared the tear-jerking moment on its Twitter page on Monday (Sept. 9).

Boston loves you, @davidortiz. pic.twitter.com/pQt85arS6W

— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 9, 2019

Good to be back. pic.twitter.com/dI5bLvTqf0

— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 10, 2019

"I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family. They always have been there for me, supporting me. They were aware of what happened to me, and they were the first ones there supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox fans," Ortiz said.

NBC10 Boston reports that 14 people have been arrested in the case. Investigators in the Dominican Republic believe the shooting was a case of mistaken identity and Ortiz was not the intended target.

The Red Sox legend has hired former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis to investigate the shooting.

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Lisa Leslie, WNBA Legend, Will Reportedly Receive Statue Outside Staples Center

No time is like the present to honor WNBA legend and former Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie. The all-star is reportedly the first woman to have a statue outside of the Staples Center. Leslie initially retweeted a statement from entertainment reporter and sportscaster Ben Lyons on Aug. 29 questioning why the former athlete didn't have a statue outside of the famed arena.

Someone needs to explain to me why Lisa Leslie doesn’t have a statue in her honor outside of Staples Center....

— Ben Lyons (@iamBenLyons) August 29, 2019

On Thursday (Sept. 5), the Los Angeles Times reported that the Sparks and Anschutz Entertainment Group are still working out the specific date but have officially agreed that Leslie will be the eleventh statue outside of the Staples Center.

Lisa Leslie is going to get a statue outside of Staples Center. The Sparks and AEG will talk about the specifics soon but it will be the 11th in Star Plaza and the first honoring a female athlete. It will be the first statue of a WNBA player outside the home arena of a WNBA team. pic.twitter.com/nw7YdDh30u

— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 5, 2019

Leslie entered the WNBA's inaugural draft in 1997. During her iconic career, she garnered two championship titles, four Olympic gold medals, and three All-Star Game MVPs. Leslie was the first WNBA player to ever dunk in a game, was also named to eight All-Star teams and 12 All-WNBA teams, and averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.

The now luxury realtor will be honored alongside statues of L.A. basketball legends Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.

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