SI.com's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Feb. 27
Here is a roundup of SI.com's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao announced perhaps the most-anticipated bout in their sport’s history. Make no mistake: Mayweather’s legacy is the single biggest reason the fight (finally) came to fruition. By Greg Bishop.
Once the NFL scouting combine concludes, it’s time to get serious about the upcoming draft. The silly season still has about nine unpredictable weeks to run, but both teams and prospects exit Indianapolis with a better idea of how the pieces are going to fit together come the night of April 30 in Chicago. By Don Banks.
As the Los Angeles Angels went about the business of baseball without Josh Hamilton or so much as a locker with his nameplate, Hamilton was in New York as the beginning of the rest of his career fell into the hands of commissioner Rob Manfred. By Tom Verducci.
Six months ago, Fotu Leiato had no offers and thought no one wanted him. Considered physically underwhelming for an inside linebacker and without money to travel to glitzy camps in hopes of catching coaches’ attention, he wondered if he’d get the opportunity play college football. By Lindsay Schnell.
They kept telling Giancarlo Stanton to roll onto his back, and he kept refusing, though since he couldn't speak he was unable to explain why. As the ambulance sped through the night, he remained on his left side. Stanton thought that if he did as they said, he might choke to death on the blood that was flooding his sinuses and gushing down his throat. By Ben Reiter.
Jimmy Butler has risen from a homeless, withdrawn teenager in Tomball, Texas, to a confident Eastern Conference All-Star, and another chapter of his remarkable story is coming in July, when he is likely to sign a max contract. By Ben Golliver.
Freddie Roach, 54, retreated to his Hollywood home. Weakened by a painful back injury, Roach cut off most communication. Phone calls went unanswered. His assistant, Marie, declined media requests. The next time he talked about the fight, Roach reasoned, would be when it was determined if there would be one. Then, it happened. By Chris Mannix.
He was funny, charming and loved by many of his former players, but something about the game he adored brought out the worst in Rick Majerus. By S.L. Price.