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Alex Ariza, Freddie Roach careers soaring despite Arum’s intervention


by Leo Reyes

Despite alleged intervention by Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, in their professional careers, it appears trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are doing exceptionally well with their recent victories and signing up by new clients, including Omar Chavez, the unbeaten brother of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

In the earlier article by Ben Thompson of Fytehype, Ariza disclosed that Arum is trying to have Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza removed as coaches for Julio Cesar Chavez with the intention of moving him to Robert Garcia’s training camp.

Ariza was fuming mad after he learned of Arum’s intervention in his and Freddie Roach’s relationship with Julio Cesar Chavez. He also recalled Arum did the same thing in the past by trying discredit him and Freddie Roach in their relationship with Pacquiao.

Ariza has a lot in his arsenal against Arum and here’s the link (below) to Ben Thompson’s article for everyone to read and to comment on.

With regards to Pacquiao’s next fight after his controversial win over Juan Manuel Marquez last November 12, Ariza said Arum is standing in the way to the bout that everyone in the world wants to see — the match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Arum is rooting for a fourth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao while Freddie Roach and Ariza, with the backing of Team Pacquiao want a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather match.

Ariza noted that Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, was reported to be meeting with Arum in Las Vegas this week to discuss the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.

The popular strength and conditioning coach, who continues to shine in his chosen career despite criticism (or jealousy?) from Arum and other people with vested interests, said Koncz is going to see Arum to make sure the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather does not take place now and ever.

“I know that Michael Koncz says that he’s meeting with Bob arum to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They’re having a meeting on how to make sure that the fight doesn’t happen. That’s what their meeting is about.” Ariza said.

Meanwhile in a press conference after Pacquiao’s arrival in General Santos City, the fighting congressman from Sarangani said the negotiations  for his much talk-about fight with Floyd Mayweather is on-going.

“Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final.” as reported by ABS-CBN News.

Apparently, Pacquiao was misinformed according to the article posted on Fytehype by Ben Thompson.

“Evidently the fighting congressman from the Philippines has been misinformed. Contrary to his belief, negotiations have yet to even begin and far from ongoing, especially considering that both his adviser Michael Koncz, and his promoter, Bob Arum have made it crystal clear that they have no plans whatsoever to negotiate or even discuss Pacquiao’s next opponent until after the holidays.” the article said.

Koncz has yet to issue a statement on his meeting with Bob Arum regarding the long-delayed and most talked-about fight between Pacquiao and Maywether.

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Will purse splits be an issue in the resumption of talks?

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by Leo Reyes

Negotiations for the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are expected to resume after the holidays. Continue reading “Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Will purse splits be an issue in the resumption of talks?” »

Top Rank fighters Julio Cesar Chavez, Joshua Clottey score knockout wins


by Leo Reyes

Top Rank Promotions fighters Julio Cesar Chavez and Joshua Clottey scored big wins over their respective opponents in a weekend boxing event held at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas Saturday evening.

Unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez who was the main attraction in the weekend boxing event organized by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, scored a TKO in round five to retain his WBC middleweight title by beating Peter Manfredo, Jr. of Providence, Rhode Island.

Chavez was ahead on points from first to fourth round and on round five, Chavez came in strong with a power shot followed by a flurry of punches that sent Manfredo reeling down the ropes, prompting the referee to stop the fight.

It was Chavez’s first successful defense of his middleweight title.

Chavez (42-0-1, 31 KOs) is the oldest son of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr., who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame last June 11.

The young WBC middleweight champion is being trained by Manny Pacquiao’s long-time trainer Freddie Roach while noted strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is handling his physical conditioning.

Chavez’s opponent, Peter Manfredo (37-8-0, 20 KOs) is a former IBO middleweight champion and a former world kickboxing champion, who holds a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

The Rhode Island slugger is on a six-fight winning streak since he lost to Sakio Bika in 2008 in Providence, Rhode Island.

In the main supporting event, former Pacquiao foe Joshua Clottey of Ghana surprised everyone with his second round knockout win over Calvin Green.

Clottey, who lost to Pacquiao via a unanimous decision last year, has not seen action for about eight months and his impressive win over Green could propel his boxing career to future lucrative fights like the ones he had with Miguel Cotto and Pacquiao.

Next Big Fight: Cotto vs. Margarito at New York’s Madison Square Garden in Jeopardy


by Leo Reyes

The next big fight after the recently-staged controversial bout between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is in jeopardy.

The mega fight between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito is set to be staged at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 3. However, the New York Sports Athletic Commission has not issued Margarito’s license to fight in New York on medical grounds.

The New York sports regulating body has denied Margaritos’ first license application last October 31 because of the eye injury suffered by the Mexican in the hands of Manny Pacquiao in their recent fight but Margarito’s promoter, Bob Arum made an appeal to reconsider the action by the Commission.

The Commission’s chairperson, Melvina Lathan and her deputies announced after a public session and a close door meeting, said they want Margarito to submit to an eye examination by a doctor to be chosen  by the Commission.

It appears the doctor’s findings will be one of the Commission’s basis for granting the license. Final decision by the Commission is expected to be announced shortly.

The Commission’s actions have nothing to do with Margarito’s controversial hand wraps issues which caused his suspension from fighting in the State of California.

It may be recalled that Margarito was found to have inserted illegal substances into his hand wraps minutes before his bout with Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in California.

It is widely speculated that Margarito might have done the same thing when he fought and won over Cotto in a bloody fight that he won via TKO.

Arum, whose company, Top Rank Promotions, promotes both fighters, told ESPN the fight may be moved to another venue outside of New York if the Commission finally denies Margarito’s license application to fight in New York.

Arum announced the fight will proceed as scheduled on December 3 but it will be held in another venue.

“Worst-case scenario is that they deny the license, and if they do, we have other fight venues as backups”, said Arum

Arum is looking at Texas as the alternative venue. He said the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington is available on December 3. The amiable promoter also mentioned Denver and Mississippi as possible venues.

Arum is being criticized for not attending early to the license requirements of Margarito while the New York Commission is being scrutinized for whatever motivations they have outside of medical issues with regards to Margarito’s application for license.

The upcoming Cotto vs. Margarito match is expected to attract thousands of boxing fans from Puerto Rico because of the closeness of the venue. New York and neighboring cities are home to many Puerto Ricans who are mostly avid boxing fans.

Marquez’s terms and conditions for rematch are insult to Pacquiao


By Leo Reyes

Right after his controversial loss to Manny Pacquiao last Saturday in Las Vegas, Juan Manuel Marquez said he was considering retirement apparently in protest of what he thought was flawed officiating by the judges.

Marquez, who claimed he was robbed twice in their past three encounters, is now claiming he was again robbed of his third win over Pacquiao.

“It was a robbery. They robbed me again,” Marquez told media after the fight. “I am really, really frustrated. I don’t know what I have to do for the judges to win this fight”.

“It’s hard when you’re fighting your rival and three judges too.” Marquez added.

Realizing the closeness of the fight, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum offered Marquez an immediate rematch but the Mexican idol said the fight had him thinking of retirement.

But now, barely three days after announcing his plan to retire in protest of what he believes was flawed officiating by the judges, Marquez said he is willing to face Pacquiao again but this time he has several conditions.

“Now I am the one who will put forth the conditions. I want to see if it is true Manny Pacquiao fights for the people. First he has to accept that he lost. WBO must not accept the decision they give him, and give him a no contest,”

Marquez also demanded a guaranteed $10 million purse and that the venue should be at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico.

Boxing fans believe Marquez has no right to demand or set conditions for a rematch.

First of all, he is the challenger and as such he can only offer or propose certain terms but to set conditions may be construed as an insult to the champion.

For almost four years, Marquez chased and beg Pacquiao for the most lucrative fight of his career and last Saturday he added at least $5 million to his bank account, the biggest he had courtesy of the pound for pound king.

Secondly, his loss is not Pacquiao’s fault at all as he had nothing to do with the officiating. How can he impose conditions on the champion who did nothing to influence the decision of the judges?

Marquez has only himself to blame for his frustrations. Although he appeared to have won, depending on which side you belong, he should have acted as the aggressor in the fight especially in the later rounds because he was the challenger and not the champion.


Lastly, how can he ask Pacquiao to accept that he lost when the non-partisan judges say he won? Why blame Pacquaio for something he had no control of? And why should Pacquiao reject the decision of WBO when he had no hand in the decision?

Marquez must have been ill-advised by his handlers in making the statements and imposing conditions for a fight that will benefit him more than Pacquiao

It is the opinion of many boxing fans that Marquez had crossed the line and took advantage of Pacquiao’s kindness and generosity.

And for doing so they want Marquez to make a public apology, not only to Pacquiao being the champion, but more so to the judges who are known for their honesty and fairness.


If no Mayweather or Marquez, Who’s Next for Pacquiao in Bob Arum’s List?


by Leo Reyes

Juan Manuel Marquez has not retracted his post-fight statement saying he may just retire in protest of his controversial loss to Manny Pacquiao.

Likewise, future Pacquiao foe Floyd Mayweather said he will go ahead with his May 5 ring date, with or without Manny Pacquiao on the opposite corner of the ring.

Nothing seems certain with these two worthy opponents at this time as they ponder on their fight plans for 2012.

Definitely Pacquiao will remain on top of their agenda because of the enormous amount of money the pound for pound king will bring to the table.

But who should it be if Mayweather and Marquez fail to land a fight with Pacquiao early next year?

I am almost certain Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum will choose Timothy Bradley especially now that the young unbeaten champion has shown his hidden arsenal by scoring an impressive win over the veteran Joel Casamayor of Cuba in the undercard of Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight last Saturday.

Bradley (29-0-1, 12 KOs), is Arum’s future cash cow who will likely succeed Pacquiao when he retires to pursue a career in politics.

Win or lose, Bradley would become an instant boxing celebrity as soon as he gets a shot at Pacquiao.

Everyone knows Bradley has no fan base at this time and was almost a virtual unknown before he got a slot on Pacquiao’s undercard. And until and unless he fights Pacquiao, his name won’t sell in the pay per view market.

To get Bradley on top, he needs to face Pacquiao. And that is what Arum will try to do if there is no Marquez or Mayweather on the horizon.

What about Sergio Martinez, Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz?

These guys have been mentioned as possible Pacquiao opponents but there are issues they have to settle individually.

Martinez has a good fan base and can be a good PPV attraction because of his impressive wins in his recent fights. But he won’t go down to 147 as the weight Pacquiao is comfortable with. He will kill himself if he goes down below 150.

Khan has categorically said he won’t face his dear friend Manny Pacquiao because they have a common trainer, who is Freddie Roach.

Victor Ortiz, who used to spar with Pacquiao is a remote possibility. There were reports he was eyeing Devon Alexander for his fight early next year.


Bob Arum should now focus on Mayweather fight instead of Marquez rematch



By Leo Reyes

Since Juan Manuel Marquez has turned the table on Manny Pacquiao by playing a “hard-to-get” role in a possible rematch with the Filipino boxing star, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum should now focus on the long-awaited Pacquiao vs. Mayweather match.

It may be recalled that it was Pacquiao who played a “hard-to-get role” since 2008 while Marquez was moving heaven and earth to secure a rematch with him. Now the rematch scenario is a complete opposite after Marquez hinted at retirement instead of accepting Pacquiao’s offer for immediate rematch.

Why should Pacquiao chase Marquez this time when he has already refused Pacquiao’s offer for a rematch? Is the amiable Arum thinking of another pay-per-view hit or is he getting in the way of the Pacquiao vs. Maywether fight?

Boxing fans would rather see a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight in May next year than spend their hard-earned money to watch a possible duplicate of last Saturday’s fight.

A win by Pacquiao over Mayweather would definitely vindicate Pacquiao on his controversial win over Marquez last Saturday while a loss to Mayweather would mean Marquez may be right in his assertion that he is indeed the better fighter.

Down the line, the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fourth encounter could then be worked out if only to put closure on the long-running feud between these two great fighters.

Mayweather has hinted a possible ring return on May 5 and many boxing fans believe he may well be seriously targeting Pacquiao for his next opponent.

But Arum said Mayweather has no intention of facing Pacquiao ever—for a variety of reasons, foremost of which is his claim the unbeaten boxer is afraid to fight the “little fella.” for fear that he might lose his ’0″.

Pacquiao is certainly not happy with his Saturday night performance. He said it was one of his “off” nights and it does happen to any fighter.

Still there are rumors swirling around about a looming change in the way he does things in his own way—in and out of the ring, which has something to do with his training and conditioning regimen.

There are also news he had over trained for the fight and trainer Freddie Roach may have miscalculated Marquez’s game plan.

Be that as it may, Team Pacquiao should now focus on the next fight—not a rematch with Marquez, but against a more worthy opponent like Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Laurente, Lumacad win in the Pacquaio vs. Marquez undercard

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By Leo Reyes

Fernando Lumacad (25-3-3, 11KO) of General Santos City and Dennis Laurente (41-4-5, 22KOs) of Palompon, Leyte have scored impressive victories over their respective opponents in the undercard of the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nev.

Lumacad, who is from Zamboanga but residing in General Santos City, won over Joseph Rios of San Antonio, Texas via a unanimous decision in the eight round curtain raiser.

Rios was knocked down by Lumacad in the second and fifth rounds but managed to finish the 10-round fight.

Lumacad is being managed by Peter Maniatis.

Meanwhile, welterweight Dennis Laurente (41-4-5, 22KOs) scored a seventh round knock out over Ayi Bruce of Ghana.

Laurente dominated the fight with head and body combinations to score a knock out.

Laurente, who stands 5’8″ is a southpaw and fighting under Johnny Elorde management.

Early Filipino crowd at the MGM Grand have applauded the two promising Filipino boxers for their victory in the curtain raiser of the Pacquaio vs. Marquez fight at the MGM Grand.


Mercito Gesta remains undefeated after beating Ricardo Dominguez

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By Leo Reyes

Mercito (No Mercy) Gesta (24-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Mexican Ricardo Dominguez (34-7-2, 21 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier today..

Gesta, who has just joined Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions, dominated the 10-round event and scored two knockdowns but referee Joe Cortez did not count the knock down which occurred in the eighth round.

Gesta, a southpaw, won in all scorecards of the judges for the unanimous verdict.

With the impressive win by Gesta, promoter Bob Arum could be lining up a title fight for the unbeaten Filipino southpaw, who is from Mandaue City, Cebu.

Gesta is the current WBO NABO youth lightweight titleholder, a title he won over Mexican Oscar Meza last year.

The rising Top Rank fighter is fresh from his victory over Mexican-American Manuel Perez in September last year via a unanimous decision.

Gesta, who is currently based in San Diego, California, has once sparred with Paulie Malignaggi and lightweight Jorge Linares at the Wild Card Gym.

Arum said, Mercito will soon be a big star.


Fight Prediction: Manny Pacquaio by knockout in early rounds

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By Leo Reyes

Barely a day before the third encounter between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, an online poll revealed that 59.4% of 6,400 respondents who participated in the survey, predict Pacquiao will win the fight by KO in the early rounds.

In the same survey, 32.5% of the total respondents think Pacquiao will win via KO in the later rounds while 3.6% think Pacquiao will win by decision.

Only 1.3% say Marquez will win via KO in the early rounds while the same percentage say Marquez will win by KO in the later rounds. Around 1.1% say Marquez by decision and less than 1% say it’s going to be a draw.

The poll was conducted by and the result posted on its site as of 4:30 a.m. November 12, 2011.

In another survey conducted by RingTV as of the same period, 75.8% say Pacquiao will win by KO while 11.2% say Pacquiao by decision.

In the same Ring survey, 6.6% say Marquez will win by decision while 4.9% say it is going to be Marquez via knockout.

The Ringtv survey did specify if the figures were for early or later rounds.

As of posting time, Pacquiao remains the heavy favorite (7-1) to win the fight.

Marquez’s trainer Naccho Beristain predicts a KO victory for Marquez while Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach says it will be over in six rounds with Pacquiao winning via KO.


Manny Pacquiao’s popularity soars as third fight with Marquez draws near

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By Leo Reyes

Manny Pacquiao’s popularity soared to unprecedented level in the past few days as his third fight with Mexican counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez draws near.

In his arrival ceremonies in Las Vegas early this week, Pacquiao looked a bit surprised to see a huge crowd waiting for him at the MGM Grand.

As soon as he emerged from the bus that brought him and his entourage to Las Vegas, media people were all over him as fans from around the world took time in getting near the Filipino boxing star to get shots using their mobile phones.

ABS-CBN News reported that many fans from Europe, South America and even Cuba have come for a chance to see Pacquiao in person.

“Manny Pacquiao all the way.” said one of Pacquiao’s foreign fan. A Filipino fan said, “Manny Pacquiao by tsunami power!,”.

In between breaks from his training camp, boxing fans of different nationalities would queue to see him in person, shake his hand and seek his signature on anything that matters to them including boxing gloves, basketballs, t-shirts, diaries and even in crumpled papers where they can have his signature.

In many parts of the world, Pacquiao continues to draw fans with his boxing skills, humbling qualities, charitable works, respect for elders, unmatched discipline as a boxer and for being a God-fearing person. Pacquiao says he places God above all things especially when he is preparing for a tough fight .

One contributing factor to his soaring popularity is his transformation as a popular product and service endorser which makes him recognizable by the global audience via his TV commercials and huge billboards.

Among the products he has endorsed so far include Nike Sportswear, Hewlett-Packard, Hennessy Cognac, San Miguel, State Street Produce and other Asian and Philippine products.

Pacquiao’s worldwide popularity can also be attributed to his exposure in print media— featuring him in the cover of popular and prestigious magazines including Newsweek, Forbes and Time Magazines.

Pacquiao’s popularity is expected to soar farther up as he and Marquez collide Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

At stake is Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown.




Manny Pacquiao Hopes to do Epic Fight in the Philippines


by Leo Reyes

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao hopes to do an epic fight like the one of Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier fight in 1975 which was staged at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

The Ali vs. Frazier match, dubbed “Thrilla in Manila” has gone down in history as the world’s greatest boxing fight and in the past 48 hours it has become a widely discussed topic in media after Joe Frazier died of liver cancer last Monday.

Although Pacquiao was born three years after the now-famous “Thrilla in Manila” fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, he managed to keep himself informed of the events in the life and boxing career of these two great fighters, by watching them on DVD and on tapes.

“His memory in boxing will remain, ” Pacquiao said. “We lost a great champion. He was a great fighter. He left a huge legacy as a fighter. We won’t forget the fights he gave Muhammad Ali.”

My dream is to fight a big fight like that in the Philippines,” Pacquiao said. “I hope to find a promoter who can promote that. The problem is it’s hard to promote. It costs a lot of money.”

Pacquiao did not say if he has asked his promoter Bob Arum to consider his plan to stage a mega fight in his own country.

But last month, in a article by Abac Cordero, Arum said Pacquiao will no longer fight in the Philippines, citing two major reasons.

First, the famous promoter disclosed that the fight won’t make money as there will be limited number of people in attendance who can afford the cost of tickets for the event.

“We’re doing gates now in Las Vegas from $11 million to $12 million.” Translated in peso, that would be approximately P473 million in ticket sales alone.

Arum said it would be difficult to sell tickets in the Philippines at current prices as few people can afford it.

The last time Pacquiao fought in the Philippines was in 2006 against Mexican Oscar Larios which was staged at the Araneta Coliseum where the Ali vs. Frazier match took place. Front row tickets of $1,000 did not sell much and the organizers ended up giving some of them away.

The other reason is the time difference between the Philippines and the US.

“The problem is you have to hold the fight in the Philippines early Sunday morning,” said Arum, so it will be prime time in the US.

“And all newspapers (in the US) have to send their writers to come all the way here when its tough enough to get them to Las Vegas, ” he added.

“Even then it was a problem,” Arum said, citing the case of the iconic trilogy between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier which did poorly compared to the two other fights in the US.

Arum said there won’t be another “Thrilla in Manila”.

Boxing World Pays Tribute to Joe Frazier Who Died of Cancer Monday

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By Leo Reyes

The world boxing community has paid tribute to legendary boxer Joe Frazier who died Monday after a brief battle with liver cancer.

Among those who led in paying tribute to Frazier are former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and promoter Bob Arum.

“The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration. My sympathy goes out to his family and loved ones” - Muhammad Ali

Even his fighting style is a way of life,” Foreman wrote in his email. “When the bell rings he would not back up from King! I knocked Joe down six times. When our fight was over, Joe was on his feet looking for me. “Good night Joe Frazier. I love you dear friend” - Part of George Foreman’s message.

Boxing lost a great champion, and the sport lost a great ambassador.” - Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao

Condolences go out to the family of the late Joe Frazier - Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“He proved himself in the first fight to be a great, great man, and a great, great warrior. The third fight was the greatest fight in the history of boxing. The greatest fight ever. I still remember leaving the coliseum in Manila and going outside. The sun was so high in the sky beating down on us. It was almost eerie. It was unworldly what we have just seen. Two men fighting one of the great wars of all time”

“It’s something I will never forget for all the years I have left. Joe Frazier should be remembered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and a real man. He’s the guy that stood up for himself. He didn’t compromise and always give 100 percent in the ring.There was never a fight in the ring where Joe didn’t give 100 percent.” -promoter Bob Arum

In his Twitter message, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. said his team will pay for Joe Frazier’s funeral services.

The family of the former heavyweight champion issued the following statements on the death iof the legendary boxer from Philadelphia.

“We the family of the 1964 Olympic boxing heavyweight gold medalist, former heavyweight boxing champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame member Smokin’ Joe Frazer, regrets to inform you of his passing. He transition for this life as “One of God’s Men” on the eve of November 7 2011 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”

“We thank you for your prayers for our father and vast outpouring of love and support. Respectfully, we request time to grieve as a family. Our father’s home going celebration will be announced as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.”

Frazier is best remembered for his fight with Muhammad Ali dubbed “Thrilla in Manila” at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines way back in 1975.


Evander Holyfield visits Manny Pacquiao at his Palazzo residence

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Leo Reyes

Former 5-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield took his time out to visit Manny Pacquiao over the weekend at his Palazzo residence in Los Angeles, California.

Holyfield has earlier expressed his admiration to Pacquiao for his kindness and humility.

“He’s a great fighter. I enjoy the spirit in him, because regardless of how bad he beats somebody, he never brags about it” Holyfield said. “He tells people, I did what I’m supposed to do.”

“Either way it (the fight) comes out, he’s always gonna be the winner, because whatever happens, he’s humble, he goes out and does the very best that he could do, and that’s it, “he added.

Pacquiao said he always watch on DVD the fights of Holyfield especially when he was just starting in his boxing career.

On the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, Holyfield said the key is for the fighter to make adjustments.

“It was always easy for me to fight a guy the second time than the first time, because the first time, I don’t know what he’s gonna do,” Holyfield said. “So I just got to make adjustments. Life is about adjustments.”

Last week, NBA star Kobe Bryant also visited Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood where he is on his last phase of his training for the November trilogy fight with Marquez.

Other celebrities who have visited Pacquiao while on training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in LosAngeles include, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt, Robert Duvall and Mark Wahlberg, among others.

Pacquiao and his entourage have started moving to Las Vegas for the final phase of his training and public appearances at the MGM Grand lobby. They are expected to arrive in Las Vegas Tuesday noon.


Floyd Mayweather Stages Media Blitz as Pacquiao Fight Draws Near


by Leo Reyes

Every time Manny Pacquiao stages a major fight, future foe Floyd Mayweather would always be there to be seen and heard by media, obviously for the purpose of sharing the spotlight with him.

In a failed attempt to seize the spotlight as the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight draws near, Mayweather and his advisers announced a May 5 fight for the unbeaten champion at the MGM Grand. Everyone in the media was very sure he was referring to Manny Pacquiao as his May 5 fight opponent.

It turned out later, they were referring to Erik Morales as the “little fellow”, said Bob Arum during his visit to Sta. Anita Park where Marquez was scheduled to appear in a public workout.

Arum said, Morales will confirm that he was indeed approached by Mayweather to make the fight. He will take it for the money, he said.

I don’t know who’s going to buy it. But that’s the whole nonsense is all about.” said Arum. Mayweather has no intention of fighting Pacquiao, he added.

Some members of media have expressed outrage at the cheap promotional gimmick of Mayweather and his advisers for misleading them to believe that they were referring to Pacquiao and not Morales in their “little fellow’ spiels.

How can they be referring to Morales as the “little fellow” when everyone knows that it won’t sell. Morales has struggled against Marcos Maidana just recently and was trashed by Pacquiao twice in their own trilogy version.

And why did Arum make the announcement that Mayweather and his advisers are referring to Morales when they should be the ones who should clear the issue with media. Is Arum part of the conspiracy to deceive the media?

Al Haymon and Leonard Ellerbe have not made any clarification on the “little fellow” issue. But it would seem they have accomplished their mission to swing public attention in Mayweather’s favor as the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight draws near.

Mayweather has done the same thing while promoting his fight with Vicor Ortiz. All throughout their press tour, Mayweather had talked more about his upcoming fight with Pacquiao in his “You’re Next” spiel, which irritated Ortiz who complained about his frequent mention of Pacquiao’s name.

At every opportunity, Mayweather has resorted into the same gimmick whenever Pacquiao gets unprecedented support from boxing fans for his fights.

Boxing fans expect more trash talks from Mayweather in the next five days leading up to the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight Saturday night.

Can’t wait to hear what he has to say between now and fight night.


Manny Pacquiao not Juan Manuel Marquez was robbed of victory in first fight!

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By Leo Reyes

Contrary to the claim of Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez that he won both fights over Manny Pacquiao in 2004 and in 2008, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said it was Pacquiao who was robbed of victory in 2004 and not Marquez.

Marquez had forgotten that in their first fight in  2004, Pacquiao should have been declared winner but due to a mistake by one of the judges in the scoring, the fight was declared a split draw. Clearly, Pacquiao was robbed of his victory and not Marquez as claimed.

After their second encounter in 2008, Marquez said he wants a third fight with Pacquiao to set the record straight and to prove to the world who is the better fighter.

Not contented with his success in getting a third fight with Pacquiao, Marquez continued with his media blitz, telling boxing fans he beat Pacquiao twice.

“Marquez went to the Philippines and embarrassed him; said a few things. That has pushed him to work harder in training camp, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said.

In 2004, Marquez and Pacquiao fought on a split draw in a featherweight limit of 126 pounds. The truth is Pacquiao should have won on a split decision if not for an scoring error committed by one of the judges who scored a round at 10-7 instead of 10-6 for Marquez’ three knockdowns.

In 2008, fighting on a super featherweight limit of 130 pounds, Marquez and Pacquiao clashed in a hotly contested rematch with Pacquiao earning a split decision with a third round knockdown which clinched the fight in his favor.

“He’s been claiming that he’s won the last two fights,” Pacquiao said. “I need to go in and end all these issues. This fight will be the answer to all the doubts and all the issues he’s been screaming for.”

Freddie Roach is confident Pacquiao will silence Marquez and even predicted his guy will knockout the Mexican inside six rounds with a possibility of a first round KO.

“This is the best I’ve ever seen him,” Roach said. “He really has a grudge because Marquez wore those ‘I Beat Pacquiao Twice’ shirts in the Philippines and started campaigning that he got robbed. Manny

In less than a week Pacquiao and Marquez will face each other in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight, scheduled for Saturday night, will have unbeaten Timothy Bradley and Cuban slugger Joel Casamayor in the main undercard.

Smokin’ Joe Frasier in Final and Most Difficult Fight of His Life


by Leo Reyes


Legendary heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier is reported to be in the final fight of his life as he battles advanced liver cancer, according to New York Post.

“He’s in serious shape, we’re looking for a miracle,’’ said a source close to the former heavyweight champ. “They’re only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now.’’

Frasier is best remembered for his fight with heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali in their “Thrilla in Manila” way back in 1975.

The fight was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines and was promoted by Don King in collaboration with the late President Ferdinand Marcos, who sponsored the fight to divert public attention from his fading martial law regime.

While Frasier was known for his colorful amateur boxing career that gained for him a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics before turning professional in 1965, he had an even more exciting career as a professional.

In his professional career, Frasier fought topnotch boxers that include Oscar Bonavena, George Chuvalo, Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis, George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, among others.

In 1971, Frasier gave Ali his first loss in his professional career in a grueling match at the Madison Square Garden, scoring a unanimous decision over the equally unbeaten Ali.

In their rematch in 1974, Frasier lost to Ali via a unanimous decision and on their third fight dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila”, Ali won via TKO.

Frasier is not only known as a top-caliber boxer and one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time but he is also a compassionate and generous person.

“Joe is one of the sweetest guys you could ever meet,’’ a friend told The Post. “Sometimes we’d be driving down the highway and see a car broken down and we would have to go out and help somebody. That’s Joe Frazier.’’

Joe Frazier is indeed a great champion in and out of the ring.

My prayers go to Joe Frasier and his family in their most difficult moments.


Arum, Koncz Blast Mayweather and his Advisers for Misleading Fight Statements


by Leo Reyes


Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and Adviser Michael Koncz could not hide their anger Thursday when Floyd Mayweather and his advisers Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon announced a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas without their knowledge. Continue reading “Arum, Koncz Blast Mayweather and his Advisers for Misleading Fight Statements” »

Floyd Mayweather Sets Ring Return on May 5 Against Manny Pacquiao


by Leo Reyes


The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could take place on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Fresh from his victory over Victor Ortiz, the unbeaten WBC welterweight champion is keeping his promise to fight more actively this year. Mayweather had a 16-month hiatus before returning to the ring and if he keeps his May 5 target, he would only have a few months to rest before starting to train again for his fight with Pacquiao.

According to ESPN, Mayweather informed his advisers Leonard Ellerbe and Al Haymon Wednesday of his decision to return in May.

“Floyd made it very clear that he wants to give the fans the biggest fights that are out there. He wants to stay active,” Ellerbe said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make the biggest fight out there for the fans and we all know what the fight is.”

“We had a discussion, Floyd, me and Al,” Ellerbe said. “Floyd made it very clear to us what he wanted to do. He told us he is looking to make the biggest fight that is out there and to make it in May.”

Ellerbe disclosed that the MGM Grand Garden Arena will be the venue and it has been reserved for May 5.

Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN, “We have informed the pay-per-view industry and I have the arena on hold. I’m excited to continue my relationship with Floyd and his team. It’s always fun to work with Floyd.”

For about two years, the promoters of Pacquiao and Mayweather have tried to negotiate a fight but due to disagreements on drug testing protocols, negotiations have since fallen apart.

The renewed interest in the fight must have been triggered by Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum’s recent statement on the controversial Olympic-style drug testing being required by the camp of Mayweather.

Arum said he and Pacquiao have already agreed to the USADA blood and urine testing and that there are no more issues on the tests.

“It is very pleasing to know that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to be subjected to the USADA random blood and urine tests” Ellerbe said after hearing of Arum’s statement.

If indeed the random tests have been settled, it is expected that the next round of negotiation will tackle the fight purse issue

Early this year Mayweather was talking about a $100 million dollar purse. Pacquiao said it may be too much for the promoters to raise and still make a decent margin.


Should Team Pacquiao Ask Juan Manuel Marquez to take the test?


by Leo Reyes


Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez seems to be moving heaven and earth to beat Manny Pacquiao on November 12 as they collide for the third time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nev.

To make sure he comes out triumphant on fight night, Marquez hired a topnotch strength and conditioning coach to make sure he remains strong and conditioned to match Pacquiao’s improved strength, courtesy of Alex Ariza, Pacquiao’s reliable strength and conditioning coach.

Marquez’s new strength and conditioning coach was not formally introduced to media until his name was mentioned in one of the HBO 24/7 episodes. He was introduced as Angel Hernandez, a graduate of Texas’ A&M Exercise Science Program.

BALCO founder Victor Conte who is now a member of Nonito Donaire’s team, said Pacquiao is better off asking Marquez to take the test before their November 12 showdown.

Conte said Angel Hernandez is actually Angel Guillermo (Memo) Heredia in real life. He said Heredia, a Mexican, is the same guy who acted as US government witness and testified against a number of athletes in the high-profile BALCO scandal.

According to Conte, Heredia is an “admitted steroid dealer”. He turned state witness after government investigators implicated him on drug trafficking and money laundering.

In the 24/7 episode, Hernandez said, “This fight is going to be about quickness. Obviously Juan Manuel Marquez is quick, but not as quick as Mr. Pacquiao. But by doing what we are doing now, he’s going to be definitely fast, real quick and he’s definitely way, way too strong”

Whatever Conte’s motivations for exposing Heredia’s sordid past, it won’t matter anymore as Hernandez has already transformed Marquez into what he wants him to be when he faces Pacquiao on fight night.

Ariza noticed how Marquez had gained weight so rapidly in a matter of weeks as shown in a footage at his training camp.

“I would never get my guy that big that fast because you never know how they are going to respond to carrying that kind of weight when it comes to a fight, said Ariza in response to an obviously ripped Marquez’s body shown in a footage taken while he’s in training camp in Mexico”

Ariza said Marquez has assembled a good team but stressed he would never win over Pacquiao with his new-found physique.

“Muscle don’t win fights”, he said.

With Conte’s unsolicited advise and Hernandez’s fighting words for Marquez, perhaps Team Pacquiao should really consider asking Marquez to take the test.

There’s nothing much to lose for Team Pacquiao to do so.


Let Manny Pacquiao Dream



by Leo Reyes


As a little boy who often retires after a hard days work in a dimly lit street corner with an empty stomach, Manny Pacquiao dreamed what every young boy who had experienced extreme poverty, have dreamed about—getting out of it through sheer hard work, dedication and faith in God. Continue reading “Let Manny Pacquiao Dream” »

Pacquiao vs. Marquez Trilogy Could Address Mayweather’s claim of PPV supremacy

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by Leo Reyes


The recent announcement by Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) on the pay-per-view (PPV) numbers generated by the September 17 Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight has raised questions and comments from readers on the legitimacy of the official numbers which was placed at 1.25 million buys.

On Saturday, GBP announced the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight garnered 1.25 million buys, translated to $78.4 million in PPV revenue.

GBP Chief Executive Officer Richard Schaefer said the fight dubbed “Starpower” showed again why they call him “Money” Mayweather.

“When it comes to pay-per-view, Floyd is clearly in a league of his own”, Schaefer added.

Some critics say GBP and Mayweather should wait for the Pacquiao vs. Marquez PPV numbers before proclaiming the unbeaten Mayweather as the PPV king.

Also, the same critics and boxing fans say the basis of comparison by GBP on the fights that generated more revenue is flawed. They said the best comparison would be the fights between Marquez and Mayweather which took place at MGM Grand in September 2009 and the Marquez vs. Pacquiao which is scheduled for November 12

The 2009 Mayweather vs. Marquez fight generated just a little over 1.0 million PPV buys.

It appears the suggested comparison is more realistic as the numbers will revolve around Pacquiao and Mayweather only against Juan Manuel Marquez, being the common opponent.

Still, the undercard for these two fights will have to be considered as they could influence the PPV numbers.

In the case of Mayeather vs. Marquez fight, they had a powerhouse undercard which include Chris John vs.Rocky Juarez and Michael Katsidis vs. Vicente Escobedo. For sure they must have contributed a bit to the total number.

But the November 12 Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight also boast of a highly-rated undercard which include unbeaten American Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) and Joel Casmayor of Cuba (38-5-1. 22KOs.

The undercard could also include welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado (31-0, 22KOs) and Amir Khan’s tormentor Breidis Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) as earlier reported.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says he expects to surpass Pacquiao’s PPV number with Mosley which did 1.3 million hits.

“We are looking at huge numbers because this fight is going to be another classic, Arum said.

The Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight will take place on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.




Manny Pacquaio vs. Floyd Mayweather Possible in November 2012


by Leo Reyes


Boxing fans who may have given up hope for the world’s most-desired boxing fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could now look forward to a possible match between these two great fighters.All indications point to a possible Pacquiao vs. Mayweather showdown by November 2012 provided they both get past their “qualifying” opponents. Continue reading “Manny Pacquaio vs. Floyd Mayweather Possible in November 2012” »

Bob Arum Says Pacquiao’s Right Hand is Reason Mayweather Isn’t Fighting


by Leo Reyes


Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says Floyd Mayweather will never fight Manny Pacquiao because the unbeaten champion is afraid of Pacquiao’s powerful right hand. Continue reading “Bob Arum Says Pacquiao’s Right Hand is Reason Mayweather Isn’t Fighting” »

Manny Pacquiao: Saving Floyd Mayweather For Last


By Leo Reyes


As Manny Pacquiao tries to put Juan Manuel Marquez to his rightful place for good on November 12, a new three-fight series, a third for the pound for pound king, is looming and will likely become the brand new topic of the day. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao: Saving Floyd Mayweather For Last” »

Boxing Needs Manny Pacquiao to Revive Declining Public Interest in the Sport


By Leo Reyes


There may come a time when promoters like Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya will one day refuse to promote a boxing fight if the public will not buy pay-per-view subscriptions or tickets for a boxing show. Continue reading “Boxing Needs Manny Pacquiao to Revive Declining Public Interest in the Sport” »

Five Reasons Nonito Donaire Will Prevail Over Omar Narvaez

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By Leo Reyes

Though unbeaten in 37 professional fights, WBO junior bantamweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina will most likely experience his first professional defeat when he collides with WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire over the weekend. Continue reading “Five Reasons Nonito Donaire Will Prevail Over Omar Narvaez” »

Too Many Fight Distractions Could Cause Manny Pacquiao’s Defeat against J.M. Marquez

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by Leo Reyes


Barely three weeks before the big fight with Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao is suddenly beset with too many distractions ranging from his controversial promotion as Lieutenant Colonel in the AFP Reserve Force of the the Philippine Amy to another rumor of a new love child, this time with the young and attractive Cullinary Arts student. Continue reading “Too Many Fight Distractions Could Cause Manny Pacquiao’s Defeat against J.M. Marquez” »

Did Manny Pacquaio Seek Appointment as Lieutenant Colonel in the AFP Reserve Force?

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by Leo Reyes

The conferment of the military rank of Lieutenant Colonel on Rep. Manny Pacquiao from the rank of Master Sargent in the AFP Reserve Force has caused confusion and controversy in the military establishment and in Malacanang Palace. Continue reading “Did Manny Pacquaio Seek Appointment as Lieutenant Colonel in the AFP Reserve Force?” »

Playboy Magazine Features Manny Pacquiao on its November Issue


by Leo Reyes

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will be featured in the November issue of Playboy, the popular entertainment magazine for men, according to USA Today.

The November issue of the magazine comes off the press as the Filipino boxing superstar prepares to battle with Mexican counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading “Playboy Magazine Features Manny Pacquiao on its November Issue” »

CNN To Broadcast Manny Pacquiao’s HBO’S 24/7 Series Starting October 22


by Leo Reyes


Manny Pacquiao’s fifth appearance on the highly-rated HBO 24/7 series will be shown on CNN starting with its first episode at midnight of October 22 ET/PT. Continue reading “CNN To Broadcast Manny Pacquiao’s HBO’S 24/7 Series Starting October 22” »

Chad Dawson Snatches Bernard Hopkins Title in a Bizarre Fight

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by Leo Reyes

Bernard Hopkins’ attempt to prolong his reign as the oldest boxer ever to win a world title at age 46, has been derailed as the referee stopped the fight before the end of the second round and ruled a TKO in favor of Chad Dawson. Continue reading “Chad Dawson Snatches Bernard Hopkins Title in a Bizarre Fight” »

Bernard Hopkins Favored to Win Over Chad Dawson Saturday Night

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by Leo Reyes

WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 ko’s) is favored over his much younger opponent Chad “Bad” Dawson (29-1, 17ko’s), who is the former WBC, IBF, and IBO light heavyweight champion.

Continue reading “Bernard Hopkins Favored to Win Over Chad Dawson Saturday Night” »

Manny Pacquiao Owes Boxing Fans One Great Fight


by Leo Reyes

Its been a while since Manny Pacquiao gave his millions of fans a great and memorable fight and it is about time he gives another great ring performance like the ones he had with Ricky Hatton and Oscar de la Hoya several years back.

Almost all of Pacquiao fights were exciting and enjoyable to watch but the ones that really stand out were his fights with Hatton, de la Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Owes Boxing Fans One Great Fight” »

Manny Pacquaio vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.: Who’s the Real Pay-Per View King?


by Leo Reyes

The fight for pay-per view (PPV) sales supremacy between unbeaten Floyd Mayweather and pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao will soon be Marquez vs. Pacquiao trilogy draws near.

Mayweather’s record as the undisputed PPV king has not been challenged in the past years after raking in 2.4 million PPV buys during his fight with Oscar de la Hoya back in 2007.<!-more->

The Mayweather vs. de la Hoya fight was a tandem that was hard to beat at that time because they were both stars in their own rights.
Although it remains the highest-grossing fight in terms of PPV buys, a great number of boxing fans believe the number was achieved because of de la Hoya’s star power.
But in his most recent fight with Victor Ortiz and despite of the relentless media campaign to drum up tickets and pay per view sales, rumors are swirling around the recent Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight did not do well in the box office.
There are persistent reports the reason for the delay in the release of the official tally on PPV buys for the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight is due to its low numbers with some sources talking about figures below one million mark.
If the PPV numbers fall below the one million for the Mayweather vs. Ortiz fight, there is little doubt the Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight will surpass it. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is confident the fight will draw at least one and a half million buys.
Starting out with Oscar de la Hoya in 2007, Pacquiao has maintained over a million in PPV buys for every fight except for his hastily-staged match with Ghana’s Joshua Clottey in 2010.

And with Marquez helping out with his own hordes of Mexican loyalists, it is possible the Pacquiao-Marquez tandem will emerge as the top PPV grosser in this year’s major fights.

Manny Pacquiao vs.Timothy Bradley: A Prelude to Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?


by Leo Reyes

In one of my recent articles ( dated October 1), I said WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley will be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent after getting past Mexican counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez.

From a number of probable opponents, I singled out Bradley as soon as he signed up with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions. I thought Bradley was the easiest fight to make because there will be no negotiations between promoters as he is now fighting under Top Rank’s umbrella. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao vs.Timothy Bradley: A Prelude to Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?” »

Road to Marquez: Baguio Training Day 12


By Keith Terceira,

“Manny Knows Speed” is displayed on some of the shirts that Pacquiao wears while training and today that was the focus in camp. Manny got up at 6am and traveled to Burnham Park, we he wanted to have and easy day at the track, but when numerous people started to jog around him he Continue reading “Road to Marquez: Baguio Training Day 12” »

Road to Marquez: Baguio Training Day 11. Keith Terceira

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Keith Terceira

Manny Pacquiao was up and back at training this morning at 6am after spending the weekend with family in Manila for his daughter’s birthday and today he decided to run the hills of Baguio. He was in a great mood and it showed in his running. Continue reading “Road to Marquez: Baguio Training Day 11. Keith Terceira” »

Sergio wins again


By Tom Donelson,

Sergio Martinez defended his title as king of the Middleweights against undefeated British Middeweight Darren Barker but before they were to fight, Brian Vera fought Andy Lee, who was hoping to revenge his only lost to Vera earlier. Continue reading “Sergio wins again” »

Manny Pacquiao Skips Training Camp to be with Daughter Princess 5th Birthday Party by Leo Reyes


by Leo Reyes,

Manny Pacquiao’s lovely daughter Princess took center stage during her fifth birthday celebrations held at the Dusit Hotel in Makati Saturday to entertain her friends and star-studded guests. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Skips Training Camp to be with Daughter Princess 5th Birthday Party by Leo Reyes” »

Face Manny Pacquiao in the Ring and be an Instant Multimillionaire


by Leo Reyes

Facing Manny Pacquiao in the ring is every fighter’s dream and just about every boxer in the light and welterweight divisions or thereabouts is aiming for a shot at the pound for pound best boxer in the world.

Why are these aspiring boxers fighting for the opportunity to face Pacquiao? Why don’t they just fight the others in the pound for pound ranking who are also champions in their own right? Continue reading “Face Manny Pacquiao in the Ring and be an Instant Multimillionaire” »

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: Only KO Victory Will Satisfy Pacquiao Fans


by Leo Reyes

You cannot blame the more passionate fans of Manny Pacquiao for telling their idol to go for a knockout win over Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez as they collide on November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To these fans, a mere win by Pacquiao won’t make them contented and happy. Some of Pacquiao’s millions of boxing fans say Marquez has shown flagrant disrespect for their idol by downgrading his boxing talent and skill. Others say Marquez is so talkative and that Pacquiao should shut his mouth for good.

And if we scrutinize their feelings by reading their comments in newspaper articles and on Internet blogs, we will understand why they are not happy with what Marquez had been telling the public about his being robbed of victory in their past two encounters.

It must be recalled that during their first encounter in 2004, Marquez and Pacquiao fought on a split draw in a featherweight limit of 126 lbs. The truth is Pacquiao should have won on a split decision if not for an scoring error committed by one of the judges who scored a round at 10-7 instead of 10-6 for Marquez’s three knockdowns.

In 2008, fighting on a super featherweight limit of 130 lbs, Marquez and Pacquiao clashed in a hotly contested rematch with Pacquiao earning a split decision victory with a third round knockdown which clinched the fight in his favor.

To these select passionate group in Pacquiao’s fan base, their idol should get the respect that he deserves, being the 8-division and pound for pound best fighter in the world.

In one of my early evening drinking sessions with a small group of passionate Pacquiao fans, I had a heated exchange of views or argument with some of them which led to a brawl that brought us to a police station for variety of charges.

My two friends and I were only telling them that Marquez was only trying to get into Pacquiao’s nerves so he can get Pacquiao’s attention and hope a third fight can be made. I told them If Marquez is successful, it will be his biggest fight ever and a fight that will guarantee him at least $5 million, the biggest in his boxing career. That is all there is to it —and nothing personal, we told them.

But these fans took Marquez tirade and allegations seriously and it did hurt their feelings. So now they want Pacquiao to silence Marquez and to knock him out in round one if at all possible.

It is interesting to note that no other than Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach has joined the passionate Pacquiao fans bandwagon.

In numerous interviews with media, Roach said “This fight is more personal,” “(The previous) fights were good for boxing. It wasn’t our fault the judges voted for us. But when Marquez came to the Philippines with those t-shirts … it was a slap in the face to Manny. He will get his payback.”

On several occasion, Marquez tried to annoy Pacquiao with his wearing of shirts with printed words: We were robbed,’ and ‘I beat Manny Pacquiao twice.’

Marquez antics must have gotten into Roach’s nerves. Now he is being joined by Pacquiao’s trainer Alex Ariza who is predicting Manny will shut his mouth up and that Marquez will go down inside six rounds.

Tim Bradley Vs Manny Pacquiao?

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By Leo Reyes,

In one of my recent articles on (Digital Journal dated September 21) I singled out Timothy Brandley as Manny Pacquiao’s most probable opponent after he is done with Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12. Continue reading “Tim Bradley Vs Manny Pacquiao?” »

Should Floyd Mayweather Heed Oscar de la Hoya’s call for a rematch with Ortiz?

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by Leo Reyes

After a controversial win over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz last September 17, Floyd Mayweather has been widely criticized for not giving Victor Ortiz a fair chance by granting the 24-year-old ex-champion a rematch.

The clamor for a rematch stemming from the bizarre fourth round knockout by Mayweather on defenseless Ortiz, continues to grace the Internet as well as print and broadcast media, almost two weeks after the controversial fight.

In the heavily-promoted match which was viewed by millions of boxing fans around the world, Mayweather was leading on points from first to third rounds. However on the fourth round, Ortiz stepped up his assault with a series of combinations forcing Mayweather to lean on the corner rope for safety.

Before the end of the round, referee Cortez caught and confronted Ortiz for intentional headbutting and slapped him with a one point deduction. After the break-up by referee Cortez, Ortiz approached Mayweather to offer his apology for which Mayweather seemed to have accepted.

But while Ortiz’ hands were still down presumably waiting for the referee Cortez to give signal for the resumption of the fight, Mayweather threw a powerful unobstructed left hook that shook Ortiz so badly and followed it up with a right punch that sent Ortiz reeling down the canvas and was counted out by Cortez.

Boxing fans and critics say what Mayweather did was very unsportsmanlike while Mayweather and his supporters defended the unbeaten champion for seizing the opportunity when Ortiz opened up in a live round.

Pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao in his statement after watching the fight on TV commented, “There was nothing illegal in what Floyd did but it was unsportsmanlike,” said Pacquiao, noting that he acknowledged the fact that referee Joe Cortez had signaled the fight to continue, something a lot of ringsiders said they never saw.

Leading the call for a rematch is legendary boxer Oscar de la Hoya, whose company, Golden Boy Promotions is promoting Floyd Mayweather’s fights.

Boxing fans were expecting a good fight but Mayweather ended it in a very unsportsmanlike manner. “Everyone was cheated from a great fight.” The fans were cheated, dela Hoya told Boxing Scene.

“Call it legal or call it illegal, it was bad sportsmanship plain and simple, and if Floyd has any sort of honor he will give Victor Ortiz a rematch,” De La Hoya said.

After engaging dela Hoya in heated discussion on the issues via their Twitter accounts, Mayweather said Ortiz should first get past Andre Berto before he considers a rematch.

Mayweather seems bent on giving Ortiz a rematch as he suggested he should first face Andre Berto but boxing fans and critics say he should grant Ortiz request for an immediate rematch without preconditions.

Manny Pacquiao Has 10 Years to Prepare for 2022 Presidency — Part 5

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by Leo Reyes

In the fourth article of this mini series about Manny Pacquiao and his politics, we laid down the basic framework to work on for a shot at the presidency in 2022 (Part 4 - dated Sept. 26), and we now pose another important question — What should be done now and what kind of preparation is needed to ensure his victory in the 2022 polls?

In boxing, Pacquiao knows the value of training and preparation. Whenever he starts training for a major fight, he is unstoppable and focused on what he does in the training camp.

In one of his past columns in Philboxing, Pacquiao said he becomes a different person as he engages his opponent inside the boxing ring. His transformation from a kind and humble fighter off the ring to a fighting and raging beast while confronting his opponent coupled by intense training and preparation, are some of his winning secrets.

But we all know that his real secret is faith in God.

Pacquiao’s winning secrets on and off the ring can be a good political model that he can use and apply if he is dead serious with his plan for 2022.

So we go back to the question on the things that should be done now and the necessary preparation for the campaign.

Obviously, there is a need to create a “Political Road Map (PRM)” which will guide political planners and strategists in pursuing the 10-year plan. The PRM is a broad set of tasks or goals that are fairly easy to identify but difficult to attain in the light of prevailing political realities.

There is therefore a pressing need to organize a core group in Team Pacquiao who will create the PRM so that political planners and strategists who will soon join the campaign would be guided in the formulation of guidelines to set the political machinery in motion.

In any plan, research and data gathering is important in formulating a sound strategy and in decision-making. This is what the core group will focus on initially in order to create a real and implementable PRM which will guide the campaign up to 2010.

Still we have not talked much about Pacquiao’s educational qualifications which is expected to be attacked heavily by political opponents and some voters as well.

We definitely have to address this question and we see no difficulty in finding a way to cushion its impact on his candidacy.

The next question now is — What should Pacquiao do to face his critics who are expected to focus on his educational qualifications as a way of attacking him in the campaign?

This is part 5 of the mini series about Manny Pacquiao and his politics. Watch out for its continuation as we dissect his political ambitions in relation to his plan to run for either vice-president or president of the Philippines in 2022.

Manny Pacquiao has 10 Years to Prepare for 2022 Presidency — Part 4

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by Leo Reyes

In the third article (Part 3 - dated Sept 23), we pose a very important question to the fighting congressman from Sarangani. The question was — Will Manny Pacquiao run for president and go toe-to-toe with Chiz Escudero or would he rather choose the vice-presidency and be Escudero’s running mate in 2022?

The answer of course depends on many factors and circumstances prevailing at the time of the filing of his candidacy in 2022. But as we recall Pacquiao has already made public his desire to run for vice-president.

Seemingly, his plan to go for the second highest executive post in 2016 was purposely floated in media by his political handlers in order to get the pulse of the electorate.

We all know that his public statement was well applauded though he was criticized for his handlers’ ignorance of the constitutional provision on age qualifications of candidates. He was also criticized for making his public statement in a foreign land (Mexico) and not in his own country.

Again it may yet be considered a clever political move to get the pulse of the voters despite the criticisms.. And it seems his political guardians have been successful in doing so.

In his first attempt to run for a congressional seat, many of his passionate and avid boxing fans did not approve of his plan to enter politics at the height of his successful boxing career. He did not listen to the pulse of the people in his constituency. No opinion polls were made to get the real sentiments of the electorate.

Consequently he suffered his first tragic political defeat. But it was a lesson he can learn from and a reminder that no political battle can be won without the support of the voters. And this is where opinion polls play a very pivotal role in any electoral campaign.

If Pacquiao is indeed serious in pursuing his declared political ambitions, it is important that he prepares well for it and it appears he has ample time to do so. But it must be started now, not next year or “saka na lang”.

Pacquiao knows the importance of preparation as he does every time he prepares for a major fight. Well-thought preparation and execution spell success.

The next possible question is — What should be done now and what kind of preparation is needed to ensure his victory in the 2022 polls?

This is Part 4 of the mini series on Manny Pacquiao and his politics. Watch out for Part 5 on this site.

Manny Pacquiao Has 10 Years to Prepare for 2022 Presidency — Part 3

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by Leo Reyes

In the second article (Part 2 - dated Sept. 23) we talked about the hurdles that Manny Pacquiao will have to go through if indeed he is serious with his presidential plans in 2022.

Yet we failed to talk about the “roadblocks” along the way to the 2022 presidential elections. We’re not talking about the legal impediments — rather we will touch on the matter of “competition”.in relation to the campaign.

We all know for a fact that Vice-President Jejomar Binay has declared his intention to run for president in 2016. This is not Pacquiao’s concern because he is not running in the next presidential election due to the constitutional prohibition on age of candidates.

Most probably Binay will have Chiz Escudero as his vice-president and running mate. The Binay-Escudero tandem is a powerhouse and seems unbeatable. Again, Pacquiao is lucky not facing Binay in a presidential race. Binay, as we all know is ineligible to run again in the 2022 presidential election due to constitutional prohibition.

In the 2016 presidential election, Pacquiao should be running for Senator, assuming we follow the imaginary plan we have laid down earlier.

The scenario would have Escudero, Roxas and most likely Gibo Teodoro in one last attempt at presidency, all gunning for the 2022 presidency.

These presidential candidates are well prepared in terms of educational qualifications and experience in governance which Pacquiao clearly lacks at this time.

But who cares? Erap did not have a formal college education when he ran for president but the people elected him by a wide margin over his opponent. Fernando Poe was not different from Erap in terms of educational preparation when he ran for president against Gloria Arrroyo who’s got a Masters Degree. The people know that Poe “won by a wide margin” if the elections were fair— and we’re still debating if the elections at the time were indeed fair

In 2022, Escudero who by then would have been immersed himself into an executive position (assuming he wins the vice-presidency in 2016) with a cabinet position courtesy of Binay, may have his sight on the presidency.

Roxas, on the other hand could partner with Gibo for another shot at their original targets, while Pacquiao can likewise partner with Escudero for a “masa sanctioned” candidates.

An Escudero-Pacquiao tandem is unbeatable if we consider today’s ‘masa votes” as shown in the recent candidacies of Joseph Estrada and Fernando Poe Jr.

The next question would be — Will Pacquiao run for president and go toe-to-toe with Escudero or the other candidates or would he settle for the vice-presidential post in the 2022 presidential elections?

This is Part 3 of the mini series on Manny Pacquiao and his politics. Watch out for Part 4 on this site.

Manny Pacquiao has 10 Years to Prepare for 2022 Presidency — Part 2

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by Leo Reyes

As mentioned in part 1 ( dated Sept.22) of this article, Manny Pacquaio needs to hurdle some test questions when he presents himself to the electorate as a viable alternative to aspiring traditional Philippine politicians.

If the people are made to choose who will they vote as vice-president or as president (discounting the age limit issue) in 2016, most likely he won’t get the majority of the votes and consequently won’t get elected to the position.

Why is this so? First and foremost is the perception that he is not prepared for the position, having been a single-term congressman. Even if he wins in the 2013 local election as Governor of Sarangani, his experience in governance won’t be enough to propel his candidacy for the highest position in the land.

Pacquiao has earlier announced he will be running for Governor of Sarangani province in the 2013 local elections,

Having been a one-term congressman, Pacquiao must have gained some knowledge in law-making, enough to make him understand how the legislative process works and how are laws affect the lives and rights of the people.

His plan to run for Governor of Sarangani Province where he officially resides and where his lovely wife Jinkee was born, is definitely a good and calculated political move on his part if he is really bent on aspiring for the highest executive position.

Still, having been a congressman and hopefully a Governor, won’t be enough to equip the fighting congressman in seeking the presidency. People would still look for more credentials from him in order to convince them of his capability and preparedness and eventually get their votes.

Pacquiao’s preparation for seeking the top executive position, won’t be complete if he fails to land a Senate seat, a legislative position with nationwide constituency and a position that will allow him to touch the hands of more than 40 million registered voters across the country and feel their sentiments.

If elected to the Senate, Pacquiao can aspire for the Senate presidency, a very powerful position that could help and influence his presidential ambitions.

Having been a Governor, Congressman and a Senator by the time a national and presidential election is held in 2022, it would appear the 8-division champion and boxing superstar is ready to the 2022 presidential derby.

By then, he would have a truly enviable credential to present to the people.

All these can be done in 10 years provided the fighting congressman remains focused on his presidential ambition.

This is Part 2 of the mini series on Manny Pacquiao and his politics. Watch out for Part 3 on this site.

Manny Pacquiao Has 10 Years To Prepare For 2022 Presidency — Part 1

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by Leo Reyes

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has a little over 10 years to prepare for the 2022 presidential elections if indeed he has the presidency in mind.

On his recent trip to Mexico, Pacquiao has publicly announced he was aspiring for the second highest executive position in the land, the vice-presidency of his native country, the Philippines.

But for some lapses on the part of his political advisers, he had to retract from his public statement about his intention to run for vice-president in 2016.

His political pushers may have forgotten that the Philippine constitution requires a vice-presidential candidate to be at least 40 years old to qualify for the position.

The Philippine Constitution requires candidates for the president and vice-president to abide by Art.VII, Section 2 which says: ” No person shall be elected president unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least 40 years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately preceding such election”

It is very clear in this provision of the constitution that Pacquiao is ineligible to run for vice-president in 2016 because he would only be 38 years old by then or two years short of the age requirement for the position. Pacquiao was born December 17, 1978.

Pacquiaio’s time will come in 2022 or about a decade from now. By then he will be 44 years old and will be four years over the minimum age requirement.

Obviously, Pacquiao will no longer seek the position of vice-president as he would then be qualified to run as president. Apparently the presidency is his ultimate goal.

Right after Pacquiao’s announcement about his intention to run for vice-president, some “disgruntled” citizens had a feast day criticizing the fighting congressman for his ill-advised plan.

There was an instant uproar about his qualifications— with some zeroing in on his educational background.

Can tackle the job as vice-president and eventually as the leader of more 90 million people who are constantly looking for someone who can uplift their living conditions.

Can he represent the country well in international diplomacy? Can he fight poverty and raise the living conditions of the poor? Can he make this country great again?

These are some questions Pacquaio will have to answer if he is serious with his plan to run for president. Can he face the people in 2022 and say — yes I have the answer to your questions.

This is part 1 of a mini series about Manny Pacquiao and his politics. Watch out for Part 2 on this site.

Pacquiao Takes Longer Road to Philippine Presidency

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by Leo Reyes

Rep. Manny Pacquiao said he is joining the race for Governor of Sarangani province where he is the incumbent and sole representative in congress in the 2013 Philippine elections.

Having intimated his plan to lead the Filipino people by making himself available for the 2022 presidential elections, Pacquiao made the right choice of running for the local post of Governor to serve his constituents.

Pacquiao’s term in congress which is set to expire in 2013, can be a good training ground in lawmaking, a very important qualification for anyone with presidential ambitions.

In contrast, the governorship is an executive position where he will immerse himself in the mainstream of local politics to gain more knowledge of implementing local laws as well as national legislation that governs the local governments.

Going for the gubernatorial position in 2013 is a calculated move for the fighting congressman. When his term as Governor ends in 2016 (assuming he gets the mandate), he won’t still be qualified to run for the Vice-Presidency as he had originally announced.

The Philippine constitution prohibits candidates who are below 40 years old to seek the office of the Vice-President of the country. By 2016, Pacquiao will be 39 years old and therefore he is one year short of the required age for a candidate for the position.

After his term as Governor ends in 2016, he can either run for another three-year term or he can run for a national office as Senator.

The position of Senator has a national constituency, a position Pacquiao needs to boost his national election reach which he needs if he is dead serious on the presidency in 2022.

The presidential elections of 2022 is a long way to go for the Filipino boxing superstar. But the the wait is very much worth it and will definitely work in his favor as it will give him the opportunity to really prepare for highest position in the land.

What are Pacquiao’s chances of becoming the country’s head of state when he qualifies for the No.1 position in 2022 as mandated by the Philippine constitution?

The real answer depends on his readiness to face the challenges of the presidency, a position that requires extraordinary knowledge of the intricacies of governance.

Still, Pacquiao needs to convince the electorate that he has prepared well for the job by serving in both the executive and legislative branches of the government.

Pacquiao has 10 years to prepare himself for the position and with careful planning, there is little doubt the fighting congressman can indeed become the country’s president in 2022.