LeBron James to donate $2.5 million to Smithsonian’s Muhammad Ali exhibit [VIDEO]

lebron-jamesA basketball legend is ready to support a boxing legend.

LeBron James says he wants to donate $2.5 million to support an exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor,” James told USA TODAY Sports.

“I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers star, his charitable foundation, and his business partner, Maverick Carter, will make the contribution toward the exhibit “Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change.”

James isn’t the only basketball star on board.

Michael Jordan donated $5 million and Magic Johnson & his wife donated at least $1 million.

The new museum opened in September.

Ali died in June at the age of 74.

“I am overwhelmed by the incredible generosity LeBron James has shown,” Ali’s wife Lonnie said in a statement. “This exhibit will enable children visiting the Smithsonian to learn more about Muhammad’s work outside of the ring, particularly his humanitarian work and stance on social justice for all people. … I know that if Muhammad was alive today he would be honored.”

Conor McGregor wants $100M to box Floyd Mayweather [VIDEO]

conor-mcgregorConor McGregor seems open to boxing Floyd Mayweather, but he has very specific demands.

So, the year-long feud could be settled with a boxing match – as long as the UFC star gets $100 million.

“Tell Floyd and Showtime, I’m coming,” McGregor said while on stage in New York. “Tell him to go to them Showtime offices. I want $100 million cash to fight you under boxing rules cause he’s afraid of a real fight.”

On Tuesday, Mayweather took some shots at McGregor, adding fuel to the fire.

“Have he ever made $300 million in one night? Have he ever made $100 million in one night? Have he ever made $70 million in one night? So, as far as saying he’s the Floyd Mayweather of MMA, I mean, it’s okay to say it, but it’s not true,” Mayweather was quoted as saying.

“Never compare Conor McGregor to me,” he added. “That’s a total disrespect. Once again, I’m an elephant. An elephant don’t beef with ants. Elephant is so large, he don’t even see ants.”

UFC president Dana White was also eager to chime in with his two cents – and it’s clear he doesn’t think too highly of Mayweather.

“Conor McGregor … if he touches you, you go to sleep. Floyd puts people to sleep too, with his fighting style, not with his hands,” White told TMZ Sports Wednesday.

McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez this past weekend to snatch the lightweight belt, improving his  UFC record to 21–3.

Mayweather retired from boxing with a 49–0 record.

Juan Manuel Lopez TKO’s Wilfredo Vasquez, brawls with cornerman [VIDEO]

juan-amanuel-lopezThat’s one way to end a boxing match.  It’s not over until it’s over, and even then it may not be over.

On Saturday, Juan Manuel Lopez did battle with former WBO super-bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in Puerto Rico. Lopez would go on to win the bout by TKO, but that’s when things got interesting.

With Vasquez still down on the mat, Lopez opted to charge toward the corner and wound up slugging it out his fallen opponent’s coach. Both men got in some pretty good shots.

Eventually, a large crowd of coaches and officials managed to break things up.

The two opponents even seemed to reconcile following the match.

Still, it was a sight to behold.

Check it out below.