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Showtime to produce four-part
'Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao'

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Although Showtime will not produce an “All Access” series and HBO won’t do a “24/7” series in the buildup to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Joshua's schedule picking up steam
Top heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist from Great Britain, has a busy schedule upcoming. On Friday, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced Joshua’s opponent for the card Hearn is promoting on April 4 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.

Donaire looks to brush off KO loss
Nonito Donaire has been to the boxing mountaintop. He’s a former four-division titleholder and was the consensus fighter of the year in 2012.But he was knocked off that mountaintop in a harsh way when he was knocked down twice and badly knocked out by Nicholas Walters in the sixth round in October, losing his featherweight world title in the process.

Timing is everything on Stevenson-Kovalev
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In an unusual but welcome move, the WBC has made light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev the mandatory challenger for champion Adonis Stevenson.

Garcia-Peterson undercard takes shape
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Besides the two significant fights that top the card, the undercard on April 11 at the Barclays Center has a little bit for everyone -- prospects, contenders and a former world titleholder looking to work his way back to a major fight.

Brook eyes Floyd-Manny winner
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The welterweight division is loaded with top fighters. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, of course, sit at the top of the division and they are set to finally meet in the big one on May 2.

Notes: Crawford vacates lightweight title
A few notes from around the boxing world: • Ahead of challenging for a vacant junior welterweight world title, 2014 ESPN.com fighter of the year Terence Crawford has vacated his lightweight title.

Huck coming to U.S. for PBC fight
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Cruiserweight titleholder Marco Huck is headed for his first fight in the United States.Huck, one of boxing’s most crowd-pleasing fighters, has fought 40 of his 41 fights in his native Germany, with one coming in neighboring Switzerland.

Hatton is a Brook believer
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Beloved British boxing star Ricky Hatton, who knows a thing or two about a title defense in front of a large home crowd, is expecting big things out of countryman Kell Brook.

Notes: Chavez-Fonfara card takes shape
A few notes from around the boxing world: • Junior featherweight Oscar Escandon (24-1, 16 KOs), 30, of Colombia, will defend his interim belt against Moises Flores (22-0, 16 KOs), 28, of Mexico, on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, on the undercard of the light heavyweight bout between former middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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