Professional Sports

SPORTS DIGEST: Pacquiao finally set to fight Mayweather

The long-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will finally take place May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The two faced the press March 11 in downtown Los Angeles, the only time they will be together to promote the fight before the weigh-in in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao began his formal training for the fight with Teddy Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood.

Pacquiao, 37, has a career record of 57 wins, five losses and two draws, with 38 knockouts.

Mayweather, 38, is undefeated at 47-0 with 26 knockouts, although neither fighter has had much of a knockout punch in recent years.

L.A. Marathon to be held Sunday

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Marathon, which will be held March 15, has sold out for the third consecutive year and fourth time in its 30-year history, organizers have announced.

A field of more than 26,000 has entered the race, marathon Chief Executive Tracey Russell said.

“Completing a marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for runners,” Russell said. “We are excited that so many have chosen to participate in this year’s celebration and we’re dedicated to making this a great experience for all of the participants.”

The race also sold out in 2010, the first time it was run on the “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to near the Santa Monica Pier.

With near 90-degree temperatures expected for the March 15 race, organizers announced March 11 that the race would start at 6:55 a.m., a half-hour earlier than originally planned.

Other steps will also be taken in an attempt to better ensure runner safety.

Grand slam tournament comes to Trump National

RANCHO PALOS VERDES — The 33rd PGA Grand Slam of Golf, whose field consists of the winners of golf’s four major tournaments, will be played at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Oct. 20-21, organizers announced this week.

This will be the first time the event will be played on the U.S. mainland since 1993. It had been played in Bermuda each of the previous eight years, and the Poipu Bay Golf Course on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for the 13 years before that.

A pro-am will be played on the course on Oct. 19.

If a player wins more than one of golf’s major tournaments this year, or declines an invitation to play in the Grand Slam of Golf, he will be replaced by the former major winner with the best overall finishes in this year’s majors.

Special Olympics receives donation

LOS ANGELES — The LA84 Foundation, which was endowed with surplus funds from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, has given a $250,000 grant to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to be held in and around the city this summer.

The gift will help cover athlete and equipment expenses as well as venue costs for what’s being touted as the largest sporting event in the city since the 1984 Games. Organizers say 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers, are scheduled to take part from July 25-Aug. 2.