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ROME---Four people have been ar-
rested, including a Napoli fan who re-
mains in serious condition, following
a shooting that preceded the Italian
Police say a Roma fan named Daniele
De Santis fired the four shots and was
arrested for investigation of alleged
The fan in serious condition, Ciro
Esposito, was conscious at a Rome
hospital awaiting surgery.
The start of the match was delayed
for 40 minutes as officials attempted
to calm fans down in the stadium,
where a firefighter was injured by a
flare thrown from the stands.
Napoli beat Fiorentina 3-1 for the
Police say De Santis acted alone and
that he is also being investigated for
fighting and a firearms violation.
The three fans who were shot were
being investigated for fighting.
LAS VEGAS---Argentina s Marcos Maidana
came close to one of the bigger upsets in
recent boxing history on Saturday as he took
the fight right up to Floyd Mayweather Jr for
12 tough rounds, before losing a majority
Mayweather, regarded as the world s best
fighter pound-for-pound, retained his unbeaten
record, but not by much. Maidana swarmed
all over him from the opening bell and gave
him perhaps his toughest fight in a 16-year
In the end, though, Mayweather got the win
---just as he did in his previous 45 fights. He
retained his WBC welterweight title by winning
117-111 on one scorecard and 116-112 on another.
A third judge had it even at 114-114.
The Associated Press scored it for May-
Maidana threw far more punches, but May-
weather was more accurate as the two battled
into the late rounds with the fight still very
much in doubt. Cheered on by a large con-
tingent of Argentine fans, Maidana took the
fight to Mayweather, who was cut by the right
eye in the fourth round by an accidental head
"It was a tough, competitive fight," May-
weather said. "I normally like to go out there
and box and move. But he put pressure on me.
I wanted to give the fans what they wanted to
see so I stood and fought him."
Maidana raised his arms in victory when
the final bell sounded, and Mayweather
watched pensively from his corner as the score-
cards were added up before he was declared
"I won the fight," Maidana said. "He didn t
fight like a man."
Punch stats by Compubox showed May-
weather landing 230 of 426 punches to 221 of
858 for Maidana. It was the most punches
landed by any fighter against Mayweather in
38 fights where punch stats were compiled.
"I couldn t see for two rounds after the head
butt," Mayweather said. "After I could see again
it didn t both me. That s what champions do,
they survive and adjust."
Maidana had said before the fight he was
going to treat Mayweather like any other fighter
and go right after him. He did just that, bringing
the sellout crowd at the MGM Grand hotel to
its feet as he landed some big overhand right
hands to the top of Mayweather s head.
"He never hurt me with a punch," Maidana
said. "He wasn t that tough, I thought I won."
Maidana complained about being forced to
fight with gloves he didn t want to use when
the two camps engaged in a standoff over
gloves at the rules meeting a day earlier.
"If I would have had my gloves I would have
knocked him out," Maidana said. "They took
away my advantage."
Mayweather, who earned US$32 million for
the fight, was a 6-1 favourite coming to remain
unbeaten. He had picked Maidana over Amir
Khan as an opponent and may have been ruing
Mayweather seemed confused early and
unable to adapt to the wild punches thrown
by Maidana. It wasn t until the middle rounds
that he got into more of a rhythm, hitting
Maidana with hooks to the body and right
punches to the head.
Still, the fight was in doubt late as Maidana
kept coming forward. With the crowd on its
feet in the final round he tried to land big
punches, but Mayweather was able to escape
most of them.
Maidana, who was cheered by the crowd as
he left the ring, said he wanted a rematch, and
both promoter Richard Schaefer and May-
weather said he just might get one after nearly
pulling off one of the biggest upsets in recent
"If the fans want to see it again, let s do it
again," Mayweather said.
LAS VEGAS---Declaring himself in the
fight of his life as he battles addiction
issues, Oscar De La Hoya said Saturday
he was also prepared to fight to keep
control of his boxing promotion com-
The former boxer said Golden Boy Pro-
motions is still his company, despite his
fractured relationship with chief executive
officer Richard Schaefer over his ties to
Floyd Mayweather Jr and De La Hoya s
recent efforts to reconcile with rival pro-
moter Bob Arum.
"I have my vision and I have my plans,"
De La Hoya said. "Nobody is going to
stop me from doing this. The company
isn t called Golden Boy for nothing."
De La Hoya spoke publicly for the first
time about problems in his company, one
of the two major promoters in boxing,
in a hastily called press conference a few
hours before Mayweather fought Marcos
Golden Boy has promoted Mayweather,
and Schaefer has built a close relationship
with him and Al Haymon, who manages
Mayweather and several top fighters. But
Schaefer says he will never work with
Arum s Top Rank or have fights between
Golden Boy and the rival company.
De La Hoya indicated he and Schaefer
have been talking through attorneys,
though he said he planned to shake his
hand at the fight and maybe even give
him a hug.
"I have nothing against Richard but I
have to look out for myself," De La Hoya
said. "I have to look out for my company
and I have to look out for boxing."
De La Hoya, who went into rehab for
a second time last September on the eve
of Mayweather s fight against Canelo
Alvarez, said he plans to be heavily
involved in Golden Boy again as he con-
tinues his recovery. He said he went to
Arum s Los Angeles house earlier this
week to try and settle any feuds with the
promoter who guided his career and is
open to doing business with him again.
"I met with Bob Arum to bury the
hatchet," De La Hoya said. "Down the
line, why not for the sake of boxing.
There s a lot of great fights that can be
Mayweather said earlier in the week
that he wouldn t work with Golden Boy
if Schaefer was not running the company.
He also said the door was open for Schae-
fer to work with his company, Mayweath-
er Promotions, if he left Golden Boy.
De La Hoya
of his life
retains WBC title
...but has to survive toughest fight ever
Marcos Maidana from Argentina, left, trades blows with Floyd Mayweather Jr in their WBC-WBA
welterweight title boxing fight Saturday, in Las Vegas. AP PHOTO
Four arrested for shooting ahead of Italian Cup final
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