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This Bronx Latino Actor Made Mayweather-Pacquiao Bout Happen!

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Thanks to the Bronx native and film and television actor, Gabriel Salvador, boxing fans from all over the world will finally see the Mayweather-Pacquiao match that many thought would never happen.

“Every tree starts with a seed, correct,” Salvador said to the Los Angeles newspaper, LA Times. Salvador, who has appeared on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the film All Night Bodega, is the man responsible for bringing together two key people that will present the greatest boxing fight in the past decade.

“I just knew, with no doubt, that if I brought Freddie Roach to Leslie Moonves, those two men could make the flight happen,” said Salvador, a DeWitt Clinton High School graduate in the Bronx. “I’m the finder.”

So how did Salvador, a Bronx native of Puerto Rican and Polish-Jewish decent, become the spark plug that reignited the two camps to talk? Well, besides being an actor, Salvador is a waiter at the Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood where he occasionally serves Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS – which is the parent company of Showtime. The undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, has a contract with Showtime to showcase to more fights. Moonves, who loves boxing, has brief conversations with Salvador about the sport while at the restaurant.

Freddie Roach, who trains the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, also trains Salvador’s son at Roach’s gym, the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles. Roach has trained 27-world boxing champions to date.

“You’re the king of making things happen,” Salvador told Moonves. “I’ll bring Freddie Roach to you.” Salvador set up a meeting at a Beverly Hills hotel.

But of course Salvador cannot take all the credit for making this fight possible. Most of the credit goes to Moonves, the CEO with strategy, negotiation and contract experience.

The welterweight title unification bout is expected to earn more than $400 million. According to ESPN the live gate for the Showtime/HBO pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will generate an astounding $74 million from just ticket sales.

Because of Salvador’s efforts he will sit ringside (the seats are expected to be worth more than $5000) with Moonves for the Pretty Boy Floyd and Pac-man fight May 2.

The stars must be aligned for Salvador, who will have a reoccurring role as a guest star on Fox’s show “Bones”.

“I feel lucky and honored to have been given this opportunity in my career,” says Salvador. “I am so thrilled that FOX and the producers of Bones have entrusted me with a powerful role.”

Oscar De La Hoya’s Cross-Dressing Photos…and more!

Nice legs, champ…

 

After years, and I mean years! of speculation the man named the “Golden Boy” has finally admitted to the cross-dressing photos that circulated around the web a couple years ago.  Oscar De La Hoya admitted to the photos during his interview with Univision. “Let me tell you, yes it was me, I’m tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself.”  The photos were taken in 2007 with super model Milana Dravnel.  Milana and Oscar must have had a bet to see who looks better in fishnet stockings, and the public is still searching for Milana’s pictures in the same stockings!

“Oh wait, the pictures have been found! Milana won!”

Well Oscar, many around the boxing ring never believed you in the first place, and if you want to dress in women’s clothes than that’s your thing, and a bet is a bet.  But the public has already deemed you soft since you ducked Felix Trinidad in the 1999 rematch for Sugar Shane Mosley and lost that fight as well.  Then lost to Sugar again in the rematch! The public should not judge, but will anyways.

It’s shameful that the overrated champion is now in the public news again for something that completely embarrasses his family and friends.  The healing process?  Oscar reveals that he has had a alcohol and cocaine addiction for years.  But has been clean for three months??  That’s not an achievement, Oscar — try a year, or two, or even 10 years…now, that is an achievement!  That is something worth having an interview with Univision about!

In fact, how about getting Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquio in the ring instead of asking for public pity.  (Though, that one really can’t be blamed on Oscar — the public can blame Bob Arum and Manny “I don’t want to take a blood test” Pacquio.  Yes, Floyd haters, he can receive some blame as well, but can we get a blood test please. $25 million on the line!)

Oscar: best of luck to get clean, but do your job, or model for Victoria’s Secret.  In fact…disregard that one, leave that for Milana.