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Boxing News 2014: Roach Pushing Pacquiao to KO Bradley, But Manny Loses to Miss USA Erin Brady in Pillow Fight (VIDEOS)

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By Vittorio Hernandez

There are speculations in the boxing world that eight-division title holder Manny Pacquiao has lost his killer instinct. Among the reasons why such point of view is prevailing among boxing observers is his last knockout was in 2010 against Puerto Rican pugilist Miguel Cotto.

However, Manny’s coach, Freddie Roach, believes otherwise and is pushing Pacquiao to prove them wrong by knocking out Timothy Bradley in their forthcoming bout on April 12.

The two boxers are in a two-city promo tour of the U.S. to drum up interest in their match.

Pacquiao had been quoted as saying earlier that he would bring back “the young, aggressive Manny Pacquiao” in his return match with Bradley, to whom he lost in a controversial match and decision in November 2013 in Macau.

“When Manny hurt Bradley the first time, he didn’t bother to finish him and thought it was enough to win a decision. I disagree with that,” ABS-CBN quoted Roach.

Among the reasons that the Filipino champion has not knocked out any of his ring opponents the past four years is compassion and his becoming a born-again Christian. But Roach said he would change Manny’s outlook.

“I know Manny’s very big into the Bible. I’m not going to win an argument with the Bible. But the thing is, there’s a lot of violence in the Bible and there’s a lot of killer instinct in the Bible. To do my job correctly, I’ve got to point these things out to Manny, that there is killer instinct in the Bible, also. That’s what most wars are fought about, religion,” he explained.

He said that since Pacquiao wants to return to being on top of the boxing world, the way to do it is to knock out his opponents and be impressive, Roach said.

However, there is one fight and opponent that Pacquiao would willingly take blows - that is a pillow fight with Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady as his opponent.

The pillow fight is actually part of the promotion for his April 12 fight against Bradley, the current World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion.

While the beauty queen from Connecticut was aggressive, Manny just tried to dodge her pillow hits, resulting in Brady being declared winner after two rounds that last 20 seconds each.

Source: International Business Times

Manny Pacquiao Documentary movie trailer (video)

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Manny ‘PacMan’ Pacquiao is one of the greatest boxers this sport has ever seen. No he hasn’t fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. yet, but he’s still one of the greatest fighters to ever live. Now behind one man’s success, is a long and difficult journey.

Almost every professional athlete in the world has a heart wrenching story to tell. Trying to be the best at what they do, in order to provide for their families and overcome poverty.

Now Manny has dropped two of his last three fights, one by split decision against Timothy Bradley and the other by knock out. A victory by Juan Manuel Marquez that shocked the boxing world as fans watched Manny drop to the canvas.

He was able to redeem himself against Brandon Rios and is getting ready to fight Timothy Bradley on April 12th. That will be a good fight, but Pacquiao’s next move is to release a documentary based on his life.

The documentary is titled ‘Manny’ and is narrated by the great Liam Neeson. Trainer Freddy Roach, Mark Wahlberg, other celebrities and his family. Here’s a look at the trailer. I know I’ll be watching this and purchasing it on Blu Ray whenever it’s released.

Source: FanSided

Roach: Once Bradley Gets Hit, He’ll Revert To Old Self

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By Luis Sandoval

Manny Pacquiao is no stranger to rematches but none may be as important as the one he will be partaking in April 12th where he faces Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Despite the majority of people thinking Pacquiao beat Bradley in their first meeting, two of the three judges saw the fight in Bradley’s favor as Pacquiao was handed his first loss in seven years.

In order to make sure he gets a clear victory over Bradley this second time around, Pacquiao has vowed to return to his whirlwind aggressive style that first garnered him his popularity.

“I’m really thankful to God that I have another chance to fight with aggressiveness and to have the strength back in the last fight with [Brandon] Rios. So I assure that the Manny Pacquiao, the aggressiveness and the young Manny Pacquiao [is who] you will see on April 12th,” said Manny.

Being more aggressive was also Manny’s plan going into his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez but it proved to be detrimental as he was knocked out cold when he was caught with a hard right hand.

Given what happened when Pacquiao chose to be aggressive with Marquez, he was asked if it was in his best interest to take that approach again.

“Yes, aggressiveness if very important for this fight. Aggressiveness but not careless” Pacquiao would tell BoxingScene.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is also on board with his fighter fighting in an aggressive manner as he feels that’s exactly what it will take to defeat Bradley who they feel will try to box.

“No, no, aggressive is good in this fight. We have to cut the ring off and he’s going to be moving trying to outbox us so we have to cut the ring off and make it a little smaller and force him to fight a little bit more. I think he’ll box a little bit more but once he gets hit he’ll fight back and he’ll become his old self,” said Roach.

While Bradley has always been known for being a boxer and mover, he also showed he can brawl as he went to war with hard hitting Ruslan Provodnikov in 2013’s Fight of the Year. With Pacquiao looking to bring the fight to Bradley, it will be interesting to see if he can bring the aggressiveness out of Bradley once again to provide fireworks for the fans.

 

Source: Boxing Scene

Pacquiao reveals his strategy for beating Bradley: “I’m going to throw a lot of punches”

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By Rob Smith

If you wondered what Manny Pacquiao’s strategy will be for how he plans on beating WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, Pacquiao revealed it in an interview this week. The strategy is simple. Pacquiao says he plans on throwing a lot of punches to force Bradley to deal a lot of incoming. Whether that’ll work or not is another thing.

Bradley isn’t someone that is going to just stand around and let Pacquiao throw 1000 punches at him in a 12 round fight like Joshua Clottey did against Pacquiao in 2010. Bradley has already said that he’s going to use a lot of movement against the Filipino fighter, and choose when and where he wants to mix it up with him.

Pacquiao said via esnewsreporting that he’s going to fight like a “Young Manny Pacquiao, [be] aggressive, throwing a lot of punches. I want to maintain my name at the top, and prove that I can still fight.”

There’s little question that Pacquiao can still fight. He proved that in whipping Brandon Rios last November in Macao, China. The thing that Pacquiao has to prove against Rios is that he can do a better job cutting off the ring against him than he did in their fight in June of 2012, because Pacquiao did a rotten job of forcing Bradley to fight. Pacquiao also did a bad job of fighting for the full three minutes of every round. He looked like he was taking long portions of each round off, and this enabled Bradley go steal the round with minimal effort in the last portions of the rounds.

Bradley is probably going to try the same trick in their rematch on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. We saw in Bradley’s last two fights against Ruslan Provodikov and Juan Manuel Marquez that Bradley would come on in the last part of the round to make sure that he won it on the judges score cards. That’s something that he’ll no doubt be trying to do against Pacquiao again. Bradley will likely move for 2.5 minutes of the round, and then go after Pacquiao in the last 30 seconds to try and impress the judges in order to win the round.

Pacquiao can still throw a lot of punches if he moves his feet quick enough to stay close to Bradley. However, if he lets Bradley circle in front of him without cutting off the ring, then he’ll be stuck dealing with Bradley coming after him when and where he wants to in the last seconds of the rounds.
Read more at http://www.eastsideboxing.com/2014/pacquiao-reveals-his-strategy-for-beating-bradley-im-going-to-throw-a-lot-of-punches/

Pacquiao to Bradley: My time is not yet done

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Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao plans to answer the questions put forward by unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. when they touch gloves for the second time in their April 12 rematch.

Bradley, who controversially defeated Pacquiao in June 2012, has not been shy in saying that the Filipino has lost his killer instinct, and has openly wondered why the “Pacman” was unable to knock out Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in his match last November.

“He was fighting off the back foot a lot. He was getting out of the way, he was bobbing and weaving,” Bradley said in an interview during their press tour in Los Angeles. “He seemed a little different in there.”

“He wasn’t really willing to take chances like I normally see him do. When he sees a guy hurt or stunned, and he’ll go after him,” he added.

Bradley made it clear that Pacquiao “hasn’t lost his gifts at all.”

“But I just feel like the killer instinct is gone, man, I just think it’s gone,” he stressed.

Instead of being offended, Pacquiao welcomed Bradley’s questions and doubts.

“This is a good thing,” he told Fox Sports. “He said that in my face. He told me, ‘You don’t have a killer instinct anymore, you don’t have aggressiveness anymore, it’s my time, I’m gonna win this fight.’ Blah-blah-blah.”

“I told him, no. My time is not yet done,” Pacquiao said.

In another interview, Pacquiao said Bradley is only firing him up to prove that he can still fight at an elite level.

“That’s what I want, I like that,” said the “Pacman.” “He challenged me. I can still bring that aggressiveness and killer instinct, and I can prove to the people and to the fans that I can still fight.”

“I’m not done yet. My career in boxing is not done yet,” he said.

Bradley as awarded a split decision in their first fight, allowing him to gain the WBO welterweight title. It is widely considered as one of the most controversial decisions in the sport, as most boxing experts and ringside observers agree that Pacquiao dominated the 12-round encounter.

 

Source: ABS-CBN News

Roach relieved Pacquiao picked Bradley

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Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, says that while his fighter won’t dwell on Tim Bradley’s trash-talking, he’ll happily use it as bulletin-board material during training for the April fight.

Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, says that while his fighter won’t dwell on Tim Bradley’s trash-talking, he’ll happily use it as bulletin-board material during training for the April fight.

Boxing coach Freddie Roach is somewhat relieved after Manny Pacquiao decided to fight Timothy Bradley instead of fellow Wild Card boxer Ruslan Provodnikov.

Roach said he was afraid that he will lose one of his pupils if Pacquiao decides to take on the “Siberian Rocky.”

“The thing is Ruslan was offered the fight and I didn’t want to lose one of my champions,”said the trainer in Boxing Scene. “”But obviously I would in that situation. But finally the Bradley fight came through.”

Roach said he would be sticking it out with Pacquiao if Provodnikov got the fight.

“If we would’ve fought Ruslan he would’ve had to get a new trainer, a whole new program and so forth,” he said. “So it was really hard to make that fight and [Pacquiao and Provodnikov] are friends.”

Initially, Provodnikov wasn’t warm about the idea of facing Pacquiao but the Russian later admitted that the bout could turn out to be his biggest break.

“While on vacation in the resort, I think carefully about the situation. And I decided that if fate gives me a chance then you need to use it. Refuse to fight with great boxer stupid,” Provodnikov said in East Side Boxing.

 

Source: ABS-CBN News

Bradley marvels at Pacquiao’s ‘compassion’

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American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. is marveling at the humility and compassion of his April 12 opponent, Manny Pacquiao, even as he wonders if these qualities will also lead to the Filipino legend’s downfall.

Bradley will defend his WBO welterweight title against the “Pacman” on April 12 in Las Vegas, almost two years since he controversially won the belt off the Filipino via a dubious split decision.

“At the face off, he couldn’t even say that he wanted to knock me out, that he was gonna knock me out,” Bradley said in an interview during their Los Angeles press conference. “I don’t even know what to call it, man.”

“He was just so… humbled. He believed in what he believes in. He’s a real man,” added Bradley.

Bradley believes that it may have been this compassion that compelled Pacquiao to refrain from knocking out Brandon Rios in their match last November, even though he had “Bam Bam” hurt numerous times.

“He wasn’t really willing to take chances like I normally see him do,” Bradley said, even as he acknowledged that Pacquiao fought a “smart fight.” “When he sees a guy hurt or stunned, he’ll go after him (but he didn’t against Rios). That’s the compassion of Manny, and I still think he’s like that.”

Bradley said Pacquiao still has the skills that made him one of the best fighters in the world, but the Filipino’s compassionate nature may end up working in the American’s favor.

“Like I said, he’s very compassionate, man, and he still has all the skill sets. He can still fight like hell, he still can move, he still has it all. He hasn’t lost his gifts at all,” Bradley said.

“But you know, I just feel like the killer instinct is gone, man, I just think it’s gone,” he said.

Pacquiao, for his part, vowed to show that he can still fight aggressively when he faces off against Bradley.

He acknowledged, however, that he needs to make adjustments to his fighting style to accommodate the improvements made by the American since their first fight.

“I have a game plan for his style,” Pacquiao told Fox Sports. “He has improved a lot since we had our first fight, and I have to adjust my style and my techniques, because he has improved a lot and he’s more experienced now.”

Source: ABS-CBN News

More than belt at stake

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Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley fight during the WBC/WBO World Championship Unification Match event at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley fight during the WBC/WBO World Championship Unification Match event at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

By Ron Borges

Validating Pacquiao defeat Bradley’s aim

On April 12, Manny Pacquiao will face WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in a boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. On the same night, Bradley will face Pacquiao in a holy war for redemption. Whether that makes a difference remains to be seen but the undefeated Bradley believes it will.

“I feel deep in my heart I won our first fight,” Bradley said last week. “They don’t feel I won the fight and a lot of other people don’t feel I won, so I didn’t get any credit. This fight I’m going to get credit I deserved from the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”

That night almost two years ago Bradley was awarded a split decision — two judges seeing him a 115-113 winner and the third seeing the same score Pacquiao’s way. No matter how you sliced it, the fight was close and frankly dull, but the public and most ringside observers felt Pacquiao won by a wide margin and the outcry was immediate and unfair.

Bradley, who arrived at the post-fight press conference in a wheelchair after badly spraining both ankles and suffering blisters, was vilified as if he’d judged the fight himself. He received death threats and the kind of ridicule that one doesn’t soon forget. The initial outgrowth of that was bitterness and a decision in his next title defense to fight like a Bradley Tank rather than like Tim Bradley.

Instead of boxing rugged Ruslan Provodnikov, Bradley gave up his speed advantage to stand in front of him and exchange, and was rocked several times in the first two rounds and knocked to the floor in the final round in what became the 2013 Fight of the Year.

Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) won, but suffered a concussion so severe it was months before he could resume his career. Yet even though he’d boxed far better against Pacquiao than in his savage slugfest with Provodnikov, he got more credit for that fight than for the slick way he outmaneuvered boxing’s most popular fighter.

With the advantage of hindsight, Bradley now understands not only why the public reaction to his disputed win over Pacquiao was so violent and why his unwise stand-his-ground win over Provodnikov began a resurrection he intends to complete April 12.

Asked why he felt he beat Pacquiao, Bradley said: “(Because of) all the shots Manny Pacquiao missed the first fight. He can throw fists at the air and people in the arena go crazy. I felt like saying, ‘Dude the guy is missing me by a mile.’ Other times he was at a lull. No action. I started boxing toward the end and won a close match.

“(An immediate rematch) didn’t happen because the promoters felt the people didn’t want to see it.

“Now the tables have turned. I beat the guy who knocked Manny Pacquiao out (Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision last October). I had the Fight of the Year with Ruslan Provodnikov. It’s almost like we’re married now. We gotta fight each other. There’s still a lot of uncertainty about who won the first match. This fight we’re going to clear that up.”

Not surprisingly, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) sees things differently. He believes the world knows he won the first fight and thus will use this one to settle the issue and move on.

“I thought I was leading after every round,” Pacquiao said. “I thought I won the fight easily. I controlled the fight every round. I had a feeling in training camp that he would run from me once he felt my power and he did after the third or fourth round. I was very surprised by the decision but that’s part of the game. He got the decision and my title.”

Actually it was Bradley’s title since he had it both coming and going, but you see the point. In Pacquiao’s mind, and more importantly in the public’s view, Bradley came to the arena with a champion’s belt and left with a gift of one. That thought and its aftermath so bothered Bradley it led him to fight Provodnikov in a reckless way that still startles him to this day.

“The night I fought Ruslan Provodnikov I was in a very, very bad place in boxing,” Bradley said. “It was like I was starting brand new because of all the criticism I took after the Pacquiao fight.

“I watch that fight now and think ‘What in the hell was I doing?’ ”

Yet that was the night boxing fans embraced him. That night absolved him from whatever sins fans felt had been committed against Pacquiao and led him to this confluence of opportunity and redemption, a night when he has to remember that boxing is much more than fighting.

“Today, I think the division is between people liking boxers vs. sluggers and action,” Bradley said. “It’s shifted toward that. Fans want to see action. They want to see ‘Rocky.’ The sweet science is gone from boxing.

“Most fans can’t respect a guy like (GuillermoRigondeaux, who completely annihilates his opponents. He kills them — mentally and physically — and uses their weapons against them. They can’t respect guys likeFloyd MayweatherAndre Ward and myself; guys who use their brains to beat fighters.

“So I have something to prove in every fight. I’m the champion and I’m still the underdog, so I still haven’t proven to the fans I’m a real true fighter and I deserve to be in the ring with these guys. I still have to prove I’m one bad champion. I’m still very, very underrated.

“Manny says he’s coming to bring the pain. He says he’s going to be the Manny of old and he’s not going to show compassion. He says I’ll have to knock him out to win, that he’ll outbox me.

“Manny’s what 36 now? Ain’t no 36-year-old whipping my behind. No way he’s going to outpunch me, outwork me. Only way he’s gonna beat me is knock me out because as long as I got life in me I’ll keep punching. I embrace that challenge with open arms.”

Bradley’s supporters hope he also embraces it with an open mind. And a clear thinking one.

Mayorga a no-go

Rhode Island-based promoter Jimmy Burchfield thought he had a coup when he agreed to bring comebacking former unified welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga to Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, R.I., Feb. 21 — and he did. What he didn’t have, however, was any interest in a fight before the fight.

Only days after announcing Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KOs) would face journeyman Raul Munoz (22-16-1, 23 KOs) in an eight-round test, Burchfield pulled the plug when Mayorga’s one-time promoter Don King threatened to sue, claiming he still had the former two-division world champion’s promotional rights.

Burchfield received a letter from an attorney for King claiming signing Mayorga would “constitute a knowing, intentional and unjustified tortuous interference with (King’s ongoing and apparently endless promotional) agreement.’’

King recently also stopped Mayorga from engaging in a mixed martial arts bout, even though Mayorga’s representatives insist the promotional deal with King expired years ago and say they intend to go to court to prove it.

King claims Mayorga retired after being stopped by Miguel Cotto three years ago so his contract remains enforceable. Mayorga’s camp claims he never retired; he just allowed King’s contract to expire. Whatever the truth of that it’s a fight that won’t be settled at Twin Rivers Casino on Feb. 21 because Mayorga won’t be there.

Short jabs

After the way light-hitting Luis Collazo bombed out Victor Ortiz in two rounds in their pre-Super Bowl bout Jan. 31 in New York, one has to wonder what the future is for the former welterweight champion.

Ortiz has lost three straight fights by knockout and all in bizarre endings, quitting in two of them. The first was his KO loss to Mayweather when, after twice head-butting Mayweather, Ortiz tried to embrace him after the referee resumed the action and got sucker punched twice, Mayweather knocking him cold. In a comeback fight, he had his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez, who is far from heavy handed, and quit on his stool. Then he sat on his knees staring into the crowd as he was counted out at the Barclay’s Center following a stinging counter right hand from Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) that caught him flush on the jaw.

“It was the shortest hook I ever threw,” Collazo said. “I knew he was going to come in wide and I tried to beat his hook with my hook and that’s exactly what happened.”

Ortiz had been off 18 months since breaking his jaw, spending his time competing in “Dancing with the Stars’’ and making a film “Expendables II’’ with Sylvester Stallone. He may well have now made himself expendable as well.

“I got caught, it’s no big deal,” Ortiz said. “It happens.” Maybe one time too often. . . .

Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs), the middleweight knockout artist, knows his next fight will be April 26 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden but not yet against whom. More than likely it will be Irish journeyman contender Andy Lee (31-2, 22 KOs) now that a match with former middleweight titlist Daniel Geale can’t be made. Lee’s promoter, Lou DiBella, said last month he’s close to making the deal. This would be Lee’s second title shot. He was previously knocked out in the seventh round of a one-sided fight by then middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. two years ago. . . .

Geale wasn’t the only opponent who said “no thanks’’ to Golovkin. Junior middleweight power puncher James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) also rejected him, but reportedly will be on the April 26 undercard and could end up fighting the winner. . . .

Word is swirling around boxing that junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia’s next fight — after an easy decision over Juan Carlos Burgos — could be a big-money shot at lightweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. Garcia’s promoter, Bob Arum, is negotiating with Gamboa’s representative, rapper turned boxing promoterCurtis “50 Cent” Jackson for a May 17 fight at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the former home of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs) and Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) are both undefeated.

 

Source: BostonHerald.com

Why Manny Pacquiao is coming back to Las Vegas

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November 24, 2013, Macau, China – Superstar Manny Pacquiao (R) wins a 12-round unanimous decision over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.

By Ray Brewer

When Manny Pacquiao fought last November in Macau, he kept every penny of his $18 million purse. It wasn’t taxed.

Which might explain why he’d refused to fight in Las Vegas or any other American city in 2013: Uncle Sam’s sizeable tax bite.

But Pacquiao is coming back — to fight Timothy Bradley Jr. on April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the WBO welterweight championship. It’s a rematch after he lost a controversial decision to Bradley in June 2012.

Pacquiao is promised a $20 million purse, but 39 percent of it will go to the tax man. That may be the most painful hit he’ll take in the bout.

So why did he cave?

• Manny needs money. At 35, the slowing boxer could retire his gloves — but he’s cash-poor, due to too much partying and too much philanthropy. He wants to chase one more payday. During the week of his Macau fight, his accounts in the Philippines were frozen because he owed $50 million in back taxes.

• Vegas boosts pay-per-view. There’s a correlation between pre-fight media buzz and customers who pay to watch the fight at home. That’s why Top Rank offered relatively cheap travel-and-hotel packages for sports writers to travel to Macau. Still, media turnout was light, the buzz was underwhelming and pay-per-view plummeted. When Pacquiao lost to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012 at the MGM, there were 1.15 million pay-per-view buys. The Macau fight landed only 500,000. Vegas wins. Welcome back, Manny.

• It’ll make Top Rank President Bob Arum happy. “It is important to have him come back to fight in Las Vegas, regardless of the tax consequences,” Arum said. “It’s all about increasing his visibility in the United States. … As a promoter, I have always realized my job was to advance the fighter with his personality.”

• Maybe it will build momentum for a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is Pacquiao’s white whale, the fight that would take him from financially strapped to financially secure. Mayweather is the sport’s biggest draw, earning more than $50 million each time he steps into the ring. He and Pacquiao have long tried to agree on terms for a fight, which would easily break revenue records at the box office and with pay-per-view buys. It’s the type of night an aging fighter looking for that one last mega-check dreams of. And it would happen here in Las Vegas, where Pacquiao knows he’d maximize his earnings.

 

Source: Las Vegas Sun

Boxing News: Juan Manuel Marquez Serious To Fight Manny Pacquiao Again, Only If…

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By Lou Ramon Aguila

Juan Manuel Marquez appears to be serious in fighting his archrival Manny Pacquiao for the very last time in his career. According to Top-Rank head honcho, Marquez is open to fight the winner of the showdown between Pacquiao and reigning WBO Welterweight Champion Tim Bradley.

The veteran boxing promoter revealed that Marquez might have softened his stance not to fight Pacquiao again, and is now considering a possible fifth showdown with the Filipino boxing champ, if he’s able to win against Bradley in this welterweight slugfest on April 12 at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I would love to do Pacquiao-Marquez,” Arum said in the interview with Hustle Boss. “Pacquiao has to win this fight and Marquez says he’ll fight him. So it’s a big incentive for Pacquiao…He’ll fight the winner of this fight to win the belt.

Arum said that Marquez’s decision to fight the winner of Pacquiao vs. Bradley bout is coming from his desire to win another world championship belt in fifth different weight class, which would make him the first Mexican boxing warrior to do such feat.

“Marquez really wants only one thing before he retires,” Arum said. “He wants to win that [WBO welterweight] title. And he has indicated to us that he would be very available to fight the winner of the Pacquiao and Bradley in the fall…He’s [Marquez] obviously changed his tune [about not wanting to fight Pacquiao again].”

Arum Will Pull It Off

There’s no doubt that Arum wants Pacquiao to win over Bradley because of the huge amount of money waiting down the road, especially if the Pacman vs. Marquez clash pushes through.

In the latest op-ed by boxing writer Chris Williams of Boxing News 24, he believed the fifth fight between the two boxing gladiators will still hit more than 1 million pay-per-view buys.  With the fanbase Marquez possesses and star appeal of Pacquiao, this historic clash will be a surefire hit once again - which is good for Arum’s business.

“I bet Arum is very happy about Marquez changing his mind about the possibility of fighting Pacquiao for a 5th time, because he’s really the only guy that Arum has in his Top Rank stable that can help Pacquiao bring in over 1 million buys at this point in his career.”

“The good old days where Arum could just throw anyone in the ring with Pacquiao and wind up with over 1 million PPV buys appear to be over with. Now it takes a quality opponent like Marquez with a huge fan base to pump up Pacquiao’s numbers over the 1 million PPV buys mark. I guess fans got tired of paying to see mismatches like Pacquiao’s fights against Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey, and Brandon Rios,” Williams stated.

Source: International Business Times

THe Worst Thing That Ever Happened To Manny Pacquiao Was…

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BY Michael Woods

Timothy Bradley has accused Manny Pacquiao, who hasn’t registered a stoppage win since 2009, against Miguel Cotto, of having lost his killer instinct.

That has struck a chord in fans and analysts, who note that Pacquiao didn’t seek to put a finishing touch on his last foe, Brandon Rios, even though he had the matter well in hand and could have at least ramped up the pressure in order to get a conclusive finish. He got stopped in the bout before that, and against Bradley, he boxed smartly but without a hint of savagery, and that helped give two judges the ammo needed to hand Bradley a SD win in June 2012. Manny couldn’t stop Marquez in their third fight, or a faded Shane Mosley in 2011, or a faded Antonio Margarito before that. Joshua Clottey was able to hear the bell to end the 12th when they tangled in Texas in 2010. Yep, Pacman last dropped the hardcore hammer against Cotto, in November 20011 in Vegas, in round 12.

He looked super aggressive in his leadup scrap, when he blitzed Ricky Hatton (KO2) in May 2009. But that style of fighting seems way in the rear view for Manny to many of us.

Now, fight fans are wondering if Bradley has awakened a beastly instinct in Manny, helped usher a closer mindset out of the Congressman that has been, for whatever reason(s), mothballed.

Manny himself thanked Bradley for making that commentary, and trainer Freddie Roach told me Bradley did him a favor, by lighting some fire of fury under Manny. But promoter Bob Arum offered up some contrary wisdom when I talked about the “killer instinct” issue with him during a Thursday press conference in NYC.

Can Manny get the killer instinct back, Bob, or has age, or too much worship of a benevolent God, removed that element from Manny’s game forevermore, I wondered.

“All this talk about killer instinct is nonsense,” the promoter told me. “What is Manny’s best fight plan? His best fight plan is to use his speed, get in, land his punches, and disappear before the guy can answer back.”

Hmm, provocative. One might expect the promoter, who knows what fans crave, to play up the “mean Manny is coming back” angle, yet Arum chose to not indulge. No, he noted that the Pacquiao who darted and lanced, as he did against Brandon Rios, and, Arum recalled, Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, was skilled and hard to beat.

“I think Manny realizes that’s his best style,” Arum continued. “The worst thing that ever happened to Manny was not getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, but it was knocking out Ricky Hatton. Because then he imagined himself to be this super knockout guy.”

Thoughts, boxing fans? Arum makes a good point, and not coincidentally, talks up a fight style that could leave his top boxer with a better chance to elongate his career, and thus, prolong his status as a bottom line booster of Top Rank’s profit margin. Could Manny re-find his “killer instinct?” If yes, should he employ it, or should be try to be the slicker boxer than Bradley? You’ll recall Bradley had more dark moments against Ruslan Provodnikov, when he was “Rumbling Tim” than he did against Marquez, when he was “Ring General Tim.”

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Manny Pacquiao’s Promoter, Bob Arum, compares Floyd Mayweather to Hitler

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BY BRENDAN MALOY

Manny Pacquiao’s longtime fight promoter Bob Arum compared Floyd Mayweather to Adolf Hitler in an interview on Friday, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.

Arum was speaking about Mayweather’s increasing demands in order to fight Pacquiao when he compared him to the Nazi leader, according to TheSweetScience.com‘s Michael Woods.

“This is like a tactic, I’m not equating the politics, it’s like Hitler,” [Arum] continued. “Before the Second World War, ‘give me Czechoslovakia, there’ll be peace,’ and this and that..and (Neville) Chamberlain (then UK Prime Minister) kept appeasing, kept appeasing…was there ever going to be peace? No. No. It’s not going to get anybody closer to that fight.”

Mayweather has previously asked for a strict drug testing policy, and a larger cut of the total purse if he is to fight Pacquiao. An online poll has been posted by Mayweather to allow fans to choose whether Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana should be his next opponent.

Arum has said a lot of dopey stuff but that was about the dopiest. Ever. Comparing Mayweather to Hitler? Really? REALLY?

Source: Sports Illustrated

Manny Pacquiao News: Timothy Bradley Talking Trash, Pac-Man Won’t Talk Back

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Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley first bout.

By Anthony Riccobono

The rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is more than two months away. As the boxers promote their fight, the trash talk has already begun.

Bradley is exuding confidence heading into his next bout. The 30-year-old has won every fight in his professional career, including his first one with Pacquiao in June 2012. Since then, Bradley has successfully defended the WBO welterweight title twice. Pac-Man beat Brandon Rios decisively in November, but was knocked out the previous time he stepped in the ring.

“He’s a nice dude, man,” Bradley told the New York Daily News Thursday at a press conference in Manhattan. “Pacquiao is very humble, very spiritual. But I don’t think he has that killer instinct. I don’t think he has that fire in him. I really don’t.”

Even though he beat Pacquiao less than two years ago, Bradley has a chip on his shoulder entering the rematch. He was awarded the split decision, but most experts who saw the fight thought Pacquiao was the clear winner. He has since defeated Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. However, he has yet to prove to many in the boxing world that he can beat one of the best of fighters of the past decade.

“This fight is basically redemption for me,” Bradley said via ESPN. “I feel deep in my heart I won the first fight. They don’t feel I won the fight and I didn’t get any credit. This fight is basically redemption for me. I’m gonna beat Manny Pacquiao and get the credit I didn’t get in the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”

At this point, it doesn’t look like Pacquiao will spar with Bradley through the media. He’s refused to say that he expects to win, even though he’s the favorite.

“In my face Bradley told me that I don’t have the killer instinct anymore and I don’t have the aggressiveness anymore,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not predicting this fight. I’m not saying I’ll knock him out. But I will do my best to win convincingly.”

Pacquiao knows he has to let his performance do the talking. The decision against Bradley may have been controversial, but it was still a loss. After losing two straight bouts, the 35-year-ld is looking to show that he’s still one of the best fighters around.

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, didn’t take too kindly to Bradley’s words. He said he would use it as motivation for Pac-Man when he trains for the fight.

Source: International Business Times

PAC, FLOYD VERSUS DIFFERENT FOES: WHAT IT MEANS TO THE FANS

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Reni M. Valenzuela

About 92% of boxing fans would not spend money to watch the “Pacquiao-Bradley

II” and “Mayweather-Maidana/Khan” out of PROTEST against square pegs for failing

to make the long-awaited bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

Who wouldn’t think of such possibility?

The result of ESPN Sports’ survey to determine which fight the fans want the most

to happen corresponds with the outcome of all the other surveys on similar subject

before and after that. The latest was the poll conducted by On The Ropes Boxing

Radio just this week. It’s no different. Wow! A whopping 92% of those polled voted

the “Pacquiao vs. Mayweather” to be the overwhelming choice and runaway winner.

This is THE opportunity for true aficionados and fans (casual and hardcore) around

the world to express their inmost sentiment as they prove their sound mind

concerning the plight of the sport today. And thereby correct what’s wrong with

ourselves and boxing wherein sharks, cobras and vultures have been very much in

control of the steering wheel to trip the gullible and the hitch riders for several years

already.

So what do we do now?

Drive the Mafia in the sport remorseful by talking to them in their language - money.

And equate them to what they equate boxing to - money. Hence, go watch the

fights if you want - but DON’T dispense a single buck out of your hard-earned bread.

Hype is one thing. Substance is another. Media blitz does not automatically translate

to high pay-per-view sales and overflow arena as shown in the first Pacquiao-
Bradley, Mayweather-Guerrero, Mayweather-Hatton and the disastrous Pacquiao-
Rios which, by the way, were all boycott-free fights.

The ball is well in the fans’ court. “People Power” will be considered a success if

the people can make the upcoming fights of both Pacquiao and Mayweather fail

by projection or expectation in pay-per-view buys and gate receipts. PPV numbers

between 500,000 and 700,000 could be good enough for the people’s voice to be

heard considering the greasy promotional clout and mammoth machinery of both

camps, and the popularity of the rival duo that are scheduled to fight not against

each other. But why not shout and scream by causing the numbers to read lower

than 500,000?

This is historic. And this is sad for Pacman because his only fault is Top Rank and his

being a “yes man” to Bob Arum.

The fans are steadfast and know what they want. They can discern “voices.” Most

have the appreciation of what boxing ought to be as they have grown sharp eyes to

see through the rear mirror, the machinations of Beetle clowns and Bentley frauds.

Pity them who know nothing about signs and canon on the road except bribing their

way to the bank, or to the brink. And shame on those who understand no “reason”

except by way of “Money-Talk.”

Heal thyself.

And so heal boxing.

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Why the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Rematch Is All About Respect

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By Kevin McRae , Featured Columnist

In boxing, respect is a buzzword. It’s often sought after, but hard to come by, and many fighters spend an entire career feeling like they haven’t gotten enough—if any—of it.

When Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley come face-to-face in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 12, they’ll be fighting for more than Bradley’s WBO Welterweight Championship.

They’ll be fighting, as much for the last fight as for this one, and they’ll be fighting for boxing’s ultimate and, oftentimes, most elusive prize.

Respect.

Bradley was awarded a highly controversial split-decision victory, and the WBO title, over Pacquiao in June of 2012. The decision was met by consternation, bordering on outright sedition, by boxing fans and media alike. It seemed like every fan and athlete with access to a social media platform couldn’t help but express their outrage in 140 characters or less.

I dont even know what to say.

— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) June 10, 2012

That is horrible. Unreal. Ridiculous. Stupid. Bogus. Etc. That fight wasn’t close and I was pulling for Bradley.

— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 10, 2012

And that’s just a small sample of the Internet-shaking fury that resulted from Michael Buffer’s saying “and the new” when announcing the result on June 9, 2012.

There were investigations of impropriety, the Nevada Attorney General’s office found none, the WBO convened an independent panel of judges to review the verdict—all found in favor of Pacquiao—and Bradley, bringing the affair to an entirely insane level, received death threats.

For two men not known for their trash talking, you’d be hard-pressed to not hear the uncharacteristic edge in their voices as they hit New York City on Thursday afternoon to hype their fight.

And it was Bradley who fired the opening salvo.

“Pacquiao is really talented, but I feel that his hunger is not there,” Bradley told Bleacher Report on Thursday, echoing a charge that has seemed to get under his foe’s skin.

“He’s mad because I said I feel it’s not there. But I can ask all of you. Does it look like it’s there? Is that the old Pacquiao that you’re seeing? A lot of his own fans will say no you’re right, but be careful Tim what you ask for.”

That last line is important.

You’d be hard-pressed to argue that, in recent years, Pacquiao’s looked much like the fighter who left a path of destruction in his wake and cut a path directly to the top of the sport.

But Team Pacquiao hasn’t taken too kindly to the insinuations that he, well, just doesn’t have it anymore.

He took time to respond directly to Bradley’s criticism, and he did it with more than a bit of sarcasm and a not-so-veiled warning.

“What Bradley is saying to me is that the killer instinct and the aggressiveness is not anymore. I don’t have that anymore,” Pacquiao said on Thursday.

“I think he’s right. Maybe I’m just too kind and nice to my opponent sometimes in the ring. This time around I have to get it back and show that I still have that aggression and killer instinct.”

 

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Manny Pacquiao Reaffirms Desire to Fight Floyd Mayweather

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Manny Pacquiao training in the Philippines.

By NICK HOWSON

Manny Pacquiao remains open to fighting Floyd Mayweather amid reports a deal is close to being agreed to see the pair square-off in 2014.

The Filipino has begun promoting his long-awaited re-match against Tim Bradley but that hasn’t stopped questions regarding a meeting with Mayweather, who himself is close to securing a fight in the Spring.

Reports have suggested the pair have agreed terms ahead of a meeting in September at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas but while Pacquiao has hinted that is not the case, he remains open to duelling with the unbeaten American.

“I want that fight but it’s up to him,” Pacquiao said. “What I can say now is that our line is open 24 hours, seven days a week. If he will call and say ‘yes’ then the fight [will happen].

“Thousands, millions of fans are waiting for that fight and been asking me many questions about when will that fight happen.

“I tell them I am willing to fight him any time but the problem is him. Many alibis. [Operators are] standing by 24 hours, seven days a week.”

A fight with Pacquiao appears to be at the back of Mayweather’s mind particularly after he asked fans to decide his next opponent between Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan.

Maidana is expected to win the vote after website Fight News’ own vote saw the Argentine receive 79% of the vote.

Mayweather has taunted Pacquiao with the prospect of a money-spinning bout, and last month claimed the 35 year old was “desperate” for the fight to take place after being investigated for tax evasion.

“I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before,” Mayweather said. “We didn’t see eye-to-eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn’t make the fight happen.

“All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez … he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden wants to say: ‘You know what? I’d do anything to make the fight happen,’ when he’s really saying: ‘Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?’”

Source: International Business Times

Roach wants Pacquiao to KO Bradley

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Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, says that while his fighter won’t dwell on Tim Bradley’s trash-talking, he’ll happily use it as bulletin-board material during training for the April fight.

Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, says that while his fighter won’t dwell on Tim Bradley’s trash-talking, he’ll happily use it as bulletin-board material during training for the April fight.

By Dino Maragay, The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since stopping Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto about four years ago.

Since then, all of the Filipino icon’s fights have gone the distance, except for his loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, when it was him who got knocked out cold.

Many boxing pundits, including Pacquiao’s upcoming opponent Timothy Bradley, attribute this to the fighting congressman losing his killer instinct.

Freddie Roach is raring to prove that wrong and vows to help Pacquiao end his seven-fight KO-less slump.

“We need a knockout real soon. I’ll be pushing for it,” Roach said in a report by boxingscene.com’s Keith Idec.

Pacquiao and Bradley wrapped up their two-city US media tour Friday, having held stops in Los Angeles and New York to grace separate press conferences to hype their April 12 rematch. Pacquiao earlier declared to bring back “the young, aggressive Manny Pacquiao” against Bradley, who beat him via a controversial decision in their first meeting two years ago.

Pacquiao could’ve tried to finish Bradley off in that bout and prevented the fight from going to the scorecards, but he didn’t. He also failed to do the same against Brandon Rios in Macau last November, leading observers to conclude that his once vaunted killer instinct is gone.

The fighting congressman, for his part, instead cited compassion and his newfound dedication to religion as his reasons for not going for knockouts.

Roach is planning to change that approach.

“I know Manny’s very big into the Bible. I’m not going to win an argument with the Bible. But the thing is, there’s a lot of violence in the Bible and there’s a lot of killer instinct in the Bible. To do my job correctly, I’ve got to point these things out to Manny, that there is killer instinct in the Bible, also. That’s what most wars are fought bout, religion,” the bespectacled trainer explained.

“When Manny hurt Bradley the first time, he didn’t bother to finish him and thought it was enough to win a decision. I disagree with that,” he added.

Roach went on to point out how Pacquiao’s earning potential takes a hit each time he fails to knock out opponents.

“That’s why the paydays are less and the pay-per-view [buys] are less. I told Manny, ‘You tell me you want give people what they want. They want knockouts,’” he further said.

The six-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year simply wants to see Bradley on the canvas for good this April.

“He [Pacquiao] wants to be back on top again. The way back [to the] top again is to start knocking people out and be impressive,” he ended.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Pacquiao and Bradley both seeking redemption

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After a controversial fight in 2012, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. are ready for their April rematch © Getty Images

Dan Rafael

From the moment ring announcer Michael Buffer announced the judges’ decision following the welterweight world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. nearly two years ago it was inevitable that there would be a rematch.

The reason was not because the June 2012 showdown was such a compelling action fight filled with drama. Instead it was because Bradley, seemingly beaten easily by a dominant Pacquiao, had his hand raised as the split decision winner. In boxing, controversy usually means one thing - an eventual rematch.

A little more than a week after they agreed to terms for the sequel, Pacquiao and Bradley met the media at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California to formally announce their April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, the one everyone saw coming from the moment their 2012 fight concluded. It will take place in the same MGM Grand Garden Arena ring as the first fight.

That first fight has everything to do with the second fight the way Bradley sees it.

“This fight is basically redemption for me,” Bradley said. “I feel deep in my heart I won the first fight. They don’t feel I won the fight and I didn’t get any credit. This fight is basically redemption for me. I’m gonna beat Manny Pacquiao and get the credit I didn’t get in the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”

Said Joel Diaz, Bradley’s trainer, “This is a fight which will give us peace of mind after the controversy of our first fight. We have to win and make it clear.”

Bradley and Diaz are just about the only ones who felt like Bradley beat Pacquiao. The decision unleashed a storm of worldwide controversy over the scoring by the two judges who had it for Bradley - Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, both of whom have since resigned as professional boxing judges.

 

“I remember last time believing that I won the first against Tim Bradley,” said Pacquiao, who did not complain about the decision, instead letting everyone else voice their displeasure for him. “I thought I was leading after every round. I thought I won the fight easily. I controlled the fight every round. I had a feeling in training camp that he would run from me once he felt my power and he did after third or fourth round.

“I was very surprised by the decision. But that’s part of the game. He got the decision and my title.”

So severe was the criticism of the result, 115-113 for Bradley on those two scorecards and 115-113 for Pacquiao on judge Jerry Roth’s card, that the WBO, which sanctioned the title fight, held an independent review of the video and all of the judges scored it for Pacquiao.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters, strongly believed Pacquiao won, going so far to ask the Nevada attorney general to investigate the judges, a probe that turned up nothing. Bradley, even though he had nothing to do with the scoring, received death threats from angry Pacquiao fans. It was a mess.

With emotions too raw over the outcome and Arum realising an immediate rematch probably was a tough sell, mainly because of how one-sided the fight seemed to be, Bradley and Pacquiao embarked on separate courses that have now led back to one another naturally, not in a manner in which the rematch feels forced.

“To judge a fight as to whether it is competitive or not, there is only one true test - the sportsbooks in Las Vegas,” Arum said. “And those sportsbooks have this fight as close to an even-money fight as possible. So the people who really stand to profit or lose based on the outcome of the fight have made it a virtual pick ‘em fight, and that speaks volumes to everyone. [This isn't] just the promoter saying the fight is competitive, but the people who do this for a living, making the lines.”

After the loss to Bradley, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), the 35-year-old Filipino icon who has won world titles in a boxing-record eight weight divisions, faced his great rival Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time in December 2012 and was shockingly knocked out cold in the sixth round. But in November, Pacquiao returned from the 11-month lay-off and easily outpointed Brandon Rios in a performance that let everyone know that he still had something left.

“In my fight against Rios I proved I can still fight at the high level everyone expects from me,” Pacquiao said. “I showed I can still control a fight as well as I ever have.”

Bradley, meanwhile, earned immeasurable respect from fight fans last March when he survived a brutal slugfest with Ruslan Provodnikov - the consensus fight of the year - to win a decision and retain the title he had gotten in the Pacquiao fight. Then Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), 30, outboxed Marquez in October in perhaps his career-best performance.

“I am impressed with what Bradley has done since our fight,” Pacquiao said. “He is a different fighter now since we fought. He has more experience at this level and as a welterweight champion. He fought extremely well against Marquez. I knew Tim would beat him utilising his speed, but I am sill faster than Bradley.

“The only way Bradley can beat me this time is to knock me out. He cannot outbox me. I will be the aggressor. I will throw a lot of punches at him - more than I threw against Rios - and I will land them. Last time I was too nice. This time, I will finish what I start. I want to get back that belt he won off of me.”

Bradley yearns for redemption, but revenge is the name of the game for Pacquiao.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com
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Manny Pacquiao: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has ‘many alibis’

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Lem Satterfield

Manny Pacquiao accused Floyd Mayweather Jr. of having “many alibis” for not fighting him during a Wednesday studio interview with ESPN’s Keith Olbermann.

Pacquiao is in New York promoting his rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradleyon April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He lost to Bradley by split-decision in June of 2012 before being stopped in the sixth-round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December of that same year. But the eight-division titlewinner is coming off a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios last November.

Pacquiao was asked by Olbermann, “are you going to fight Floyd Mayweather at some point?”

“I want the fight, but it’s up to him. What I can say now is our line is open 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Pacquiao. “So 24 hours, seven days a week, if he will call and say ‘Yes,’ then the fight will be there.”

Meanwhile, Mayweather continues to keep the world guessing about whom he will fight when he returns to the ring on May 3 at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, having recently stated on his Twitter account that he will allow his fans to decide whether his next opponent will be England’s Amir Khanor Argentina’s Marcos Maidana.

Mayweather has said that a bout with Pacquiao “won’t happen” because of Pacquiao is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions rival Top Rank.

Asked by Olbermann, “to (the) best of your knowledge, that’s why the fight hasn’t happened because he doesn’t want to do it?”

“That’s what I believe,” said Pacquiao, who was then asked if “(he) is ashamed that the fight hasn’t happened” and “is it something the sport needs and that the fans need and have been denied?”

“Thousands, millions of fans are waiting for that fight and been asking me many questions about when will that fight happen,” said Pacquiao. “I tell them I am willing to fight him any time but the problem is him he makes many reasons and many alibis. Operators are standing by 24 hours, seven days a week.”

Source: RingTV Crave Online

Tim Bradley says Manny Pacquiao lacks ‘killer instinct’ but Pac-Man won’t return fire

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Tim Bradley (r.) engages in some trash-talking with Manny Pacquiao on Thursday, saying the Filipino fighter lacks the ‘killer instinct’ to put fighters away.

Tim Bradley (r.) engages in some trash-talking with Manny Pacquiao on Thursday, saying the Filipino fighter lacks the ‘killer instinct’ to put fighters away.

BY MITCH ABRAMSON / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

It’s rare for two fighters to discuss a rematch as if they both lost the first time around.

But the fallout was extensive when Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley met in June 2012, with accusations of a fix and two separate investigations into the judges’ scoring.

Nearly two years after Bradley won a questionable split decision, the two will face off again on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with both vowing a more definitive effort, hoping to avoid controversy. But already, Pacquiao is bristling over comments that Bradley has made. Bradley, who received death threats after the first fight, has questioned Pacquiao’s “killer instinct,” saying the 35-year-old Filipino lacks the finishing reflexes he once possessed. Pacquiao hasn’t stopped an opponent in more than four years, since he decked Miguel Cotto in 2009.

Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, says that while his fighter won’t dwell on Tim Bradley’s trash-talking, he’ll happily use it as bulletin-board material during training for the April fight.

. Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, says that while his fighter won’t dwell on Tim Bradley’s trash-talking, he’ll happily use it as bulletin-board material during training for the April fight.

“He’s a nice dude, man,” Bradley told the Daily News Thursday at a press conference in Manhattan, repeating similar comments he made this week. “Pacquiao is very humble, very spiritual. But I don’t think he has that killer instinct. I don’t think he has that fire in him. I really don’t.”

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) has seen his popularity wane since getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012. In his last fight against Brandon Rios, his Pay-Per-View numbers were less than impressive as the Filipino fighter seemed content to coast to victory. But if he needed any motivation for his rematch with Bradley, he got it with Bradley’s claims he’s getting lax. The bout will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title.

“In my face Bradley told me that I don’t have the killer instinct anymore and I don’t have the aggressiveness anymore,” Pacquiao told The News on Thursday. “I’m not predicting this fight. I’m not saying I’ll knock him out. But I will do my best to win convincingly.”

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Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will fight in a rematch of their 2012 bout in Las Vegas in April.

Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, could hardly contain himself when discussing Bradley’s comments, since he now has the kind of bulletin-board material that coaches crave.

“I love that,” Roach said. “Manny doesn’t talk (trash) but that was so disrespectful. I’m going to use that the whole training camp, believe me. ‘He says you can’t finish people, you don’t have a killer instinct.’ So that motivates me and motivates Manny.”

Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) is similarly driven to beat Pacquiao after what happened the first time they met. The promoter, Bob Arum, who also handles Bradley, called for the Nevada attorney general’s office to investigate the circumstances surrounding the decision, since many felt that Pacquiao deserved the victory.

The AG’s office found no evidence of a crime and the WBO, though it thought Pacquiao had won, didn’t reverse the outcome. But because of the perception that he may have received a gift decision, Bradley, 30, is almost treating the first fight like a loss.

Pacquiao will receive a guaranteed purse of $20 million while Bradley will receive a career-high $6 million.

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PACQUIAO’S LAST STAND

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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are both seeking redemption in their rematch. (AP)

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are both seeking redemption in their rematch. (AP)

By Steve Kim

On April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the rematch between WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao arrives. They first met in June of 2012, with Bradley winning a decision that was so controversial and met with such derision that it caused mass hysteria about the supposed death of boxing for the 100th time. Somehow, the sport survived, and this time around, Pacquiao, isn’t just fighting to win back his crown, but in many respects he’s fighting for his career.

Not literally, of course, as in boxing rarely do careers come to a natural and convenient ending. Just look at the cases of James Toney and Roy Jones, who have continued the age-old boxing tradition of champions fighting well past their sell-by date, now performing in virtual obscurity for a mere fraction of what they were once compensated in far-flung locales like Russia.

Win, lose or draw, Pacquiao will fight on, regardless. But the result of the fight will determine just where he really stands in the game. Is he still among the elite? Or is he just another faded great who will play out the string to increasingly smaller purses and dwindling audiences? When Pacquiao was asked at an elaborate press conference at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel this past Tuesday afternoon if this was a must-win fight, he responded, “Yes, I have to win the fight.” ( Pacquiao, for all his stardom, is an unusually amiable and nice individual, but there are times when the answers he gives in English can be as abrupt and fruitful as an interview session with Marshawn Lynch.)

But it’s evident that even Pacquiao understands that much of his market-value will depend on the result of this upcoming fight. There was a time not too long ago when he would routinely garner over a million pay-per-view purchases. But in the wake of his stunning KO loss to arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012, his return this past November against Brandon Rios from Macau generated roughly half that amount. It’s clear that in addition to perhaps his physical decline inside the ring — which isn’t unexpected given that he is 35 years old and has a high-intensity style predicated on volume-punching and taking risks — he’s also experiencing shrinking support from his once fervent masses.

So just how much fight does he have left?

“I think he has a lot of fight left in him,” said his trainer, Freddie Roach, who has worked with him since 2001 .”He did very well versus Brandon Rios, put his combinations together, he fought three minutes of every round for the first time in a long time. I was very happy with that performance and a couple of times I thought he would step it up a little bit and tried to get Rios out of there, but the thing is he didn’t want to take chances and make a mistake like the last fight with Marquez, he stepped in a little bit too soon. We’re not going to make those mistakes anymore, and I think he’s got a lot of fight left in him.”

While he dominated Rios over 12 rounds, the trademark ferocity from Pacquiao was absent. The word “compassion” was used by Bradley on Tuesday in describing the Filipino icon, but perhaps he was really gun-shy in the wake of his frightening knockout at the hands of Marquez. Regardless, a better version of Pacquiao will be needed to defeat a resurgent Bradley, who’s riding the momentum of a strong 2013.

“He’ll have to be to win this fight,” Roach said, “because Bradley’s going to bring it all. He’s proven himself, he boxed well vs. Marquez. I think that’s the type of fight he’s going to fight. I think he’s going to be more difficult this time because he learned in the second half of the first fight with Manny.”

It’s interesting that you read the familiar storyline for this promotion that Pacquiao has to gain revenge or redemption versus Bradley, given that outside of two judges, he had done more than enough to out-point Bradley. When that decision was read, it was immediately denounced. It was half of what was a winless 2012 for Pacquiao. Everyone was outraged, except the victim of this heist.

“I was surprised, but I’m a gentlemen and I have to respect the decision of the judges, the officials of the event. It’s part of the game,” said Pacquiao, who’s record now stands at 55-5-2 (38 knockouts). If his answer raises a few eyebrows, just remember that in his spare time he’s a congressman in the district of Sarangani. With that, there will be life in the spotlight for Pacquiao long after boxing is in his rearview mirror, which is certainly sooner rather than later. When asked how many more fights he had left, Pacquiao said, “I don’t have an idea, but a couple fights.”

What could cloud the issue are Pacquiao’s recent tax problems, which have been well-reported by various outlets and have been the subject of much debate and conjecture. Could he be a modern-dayJoe Louis, who came out of retirement as he found the IRS to be much more difficult to defeat than the “Bum of the Month Club?” Promoter Bob Arum thinks such worries are unfounded, saying, “I don’t think the problems are particularly serious in the United States, the liens, the levies, have all gone away. Does he own some money? Yeah, he does, normal stuff like disallowing deductions but in the Philippines. But really it’s nothing big.”

The veteran promoter is guaranteed to win on April 12, because he represents both sides. But truthfully, a Pacquiao victory would be better for business. When asked if Manny was in a win-or-go-home situation, he quipped, “It’s over — ’til it’s not over,” full well knowing the way things work in this racket. Regardless of the outcome of this upcoming bout, Pacquiao will most likely fight on for a while. But a loss would certainly mean more than just another blemish on his ledger; it would give further evidence that this was no longer 2009, when he was at the apex of his powers — and his financial clout.

“I’m not thinking of losing,” said Pacquiao, who didn’t even want to entertain such talk. “I’m always thinking positive and I believe I have the advantage for this fight.”

Source: Sports on Earth

Testing Still Being Negotiated for Pacquiao-Bradley

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By Luis Sandoval

While the particulars have been worked out and agreed upon for Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley to square off again on April 12th, one thing that is still being worked on is the random style drug testing that will be administered leading up to the fight.
Olympic random style drug testing is quite prevalent in boxing as it’s used as reassurance and to prove both fighters are clean and on an even level playing field. The two agencies of choice are USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) and VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association).

BoxingScene caught up with Bradley and asked if random style drug testing would be done for this fight.

“I believe we’re doing VADA testing. I’m not sure so don’t quote me on that but right now we’re negotiating the testing and who we’re going to go with” Bradley told BoxingScene.

Pacquiao participated in additional testing for the first time in his previous fight against Brandon Rios this past November. It was a move that surprised many as random testing was the breaking point during negotiations with Floyd Mayweather in 2010.

Even though nothing has been finalized, Pacquiao confirmed testing would be done for this fight and he even feels if a fighter tests positive, he should face a penalty.

“I’m the one who also suggested Olympic style random drug testing [in the Rios fight] and in this fight also. But I’m suggesting to fine if the athletes are using drugs or have any positive tests. They [should] get fined” suggested Pacquiao.

Source: Boxing Scene

Pacquiao surprised, not angry, at loss to Bradley

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Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao said he has always respected the judges’ decision to award American Timothy Bradley a controversial victory in their June 2012 fight, but this also motivates him heading into their rematch in April.

Despite dominating the bout, Pacquiao shockingly lost to Bradley when two judges scored the fight in favor of the American. It was his first loss since 2005.

“I think I gave him a boxing lesson, and the judges gave me the bad decision,” said Pacquiao in a Fight News interview. “I think sometimes, I am too nice to my opponents. And I am a gentleman, so I have to respect the decisions of the judges.”

“I’m not angry about the decision; I was surprised,” he said.

The “bad decision” is now giving Pacquiao motivation to prove that he rightfully won the fight and reclaim the WBO welterweight belt that Bradley took.

“I need to win this fight,” Pacquiao stressed. “I have something to prove to the people. He’s claiming he won the fight, I believe that I won the fight, but we respect the decision of the judges.”

“This will be an exciting fight, because we both have something to prove,” he added. “There is a big question mark from the last fight, so we needed this second fight.”

Pacquiao expects the second fight to be better than the first one, especially since Bradley has improved considerably as a fighter. The American had an impressive 2013 campaign, beating Ruslan Provodnikov in March and Pacquiao’s great rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, in October.

“He has improved a lot,” said Pacquiao. “We’ve seen that in his last two fights. I can say that it’s going to be a good fight. He impressed me in both fights after our fight. He can box now.”

Pacquiao will do his part to make the fight an entertaining one as he promised to be aggressive right from the opening bell.

“Expect more action – a young Manny Pacquiao, aggressive, throwing a lot more punches,” he said.

Source: ABS-CBN News

Bradley claims Pacquiao now lacks power

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American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. may be impressed with Manny Pacquiao’s improvement on defense in his fight against Brandon Rios last year, but he also wondered openly if the Filipino is losing his vaunted punching power.

Pacquiao was impressive in routing Rios over 12 rounds, using his footwork and speed to keep the American off-balance. He also tagged Rios with several clean shots, but although “Bam Bam” was staggered, he never dropped.

“Pacquiao looked good in the Rios fight,” Bradley, who is fighting Pacquiao again on April 12, told Boxing Scene. “Rios is a tough dude, man. Rios can fight. He comes in and brings the pain. He’s no slouch in there, and he’s got a good chin.”

Even so, Bradley was surprised that Pacquiao could not drop Rios even once.

“I was surprised that he couldn’t stagger Rios or hurt him. I was very surprised, so I don’t know if his power is still there,” he said. “He hit Rios with some clean punches, man, and Rios was still there.”

“(His) defense got a little better, his movement got better, and he actually used his legs in the fight,” Bradley added.

Bradley commended the way Pacquiao thoroughly out-boxed Rios, saying it showed that the Filipino is still capable of fighting at a very high level.

“He showed really good movement. Rios came forward, and he was really aggressive, so Pacquiao couldn’t stand there because Rios is a big puncher,” said Bradley. “So he boxed, he moved, he used his legs. He fought on angles.”

“He still looked crisp to me. He still got the boxing ability. His boxing ability is there, man. He’s still one of the best fighters in the world,” he added.

“He still competes at the highest level, and he wants to prove that by beating me and getting his championship back.”

While Bradley was impressed with Pacquiao’s performance against Rios, he is far more confident about his own skills and his ability to defeat Pacquiao in their rematch.

“I’m always confident, man. I’m always confident that I’m gonna win, and this is no different. I’m confident that I can beat Manny. I feel that I have every tool and every edge to beat him,” he said.

Source: ABS-CBN News

How Manny Pacquiao’s fighting style is hurting his popularity

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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are both seeking redemption in their rematch. (AP)

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are both seeking redemption in their rematch. (AP)

By Kevin Iole

Manny Pacquiao arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Monday, and in one regard, nothing had changed. A small army of photographers and reporters greeted him and fans squealed with delight when they caught sight of him.

But it was a much different Pacquiao who arrived for a Tuesday news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to formally announce an April 12 rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on HBO Pay-Per-View with Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao hasn’t scored a finish in more than four years, since he stopped Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14, 2009. He hasn’t come close since he routed Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13, 2010.

He’s a vastly different fighter, and it’s telling in his pay-per-view performance. His bout against Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, sold approximately 475,000 pay-per-view units, less than half of what he sold in his heyday.

Unquestionably, sales were hurt by the fight’s location in Asia. For some reason, pay-per-view shows being sold to a U.S. audience are hurt by 25 percent, or a bit more, when the fight is held outside the country.

That’s been true for years, yet it doesn’t fully explain Pacquiao’s demise as a pay-per-view superstar.

Adding the extra 25 percent would have brought the show to 594,000, still a very high number by most standards but a stunningly low figure for a Pacquiao fight.

It’s attributable almost completely to Pacquiao’s change in performance. He’s no longer the dynamic, aggressive fighter who stormed up from flyweight to capture a super welterweight title.

He’s become cautious and tentative, unwilling against Rios to step on the accelerator to try to finish a man he’d had on the ropes.

Pacquiao was far quicker than Rios and that advantage allowed Pacquiao to blast off shots and then step out of harm’s way of Rios’ thudding shots.

When Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts on a boxing clinic like that, he’s universally praised for it, but it’s comparing different things. Mayweather is one of the greatest technical boxers ever; Pacquiao’s popularity was built upon his aggressiveness and power.

The bout with Bradley is a rematch of a 2012 bout that most, myself included, believe Pacquiao won handily.

Bradley injured both of his feet in that bout, however, and couldn’t move like he wanted and Pacquiao still couldn’t stop him, or even come close.

Pacquiao has long held the opinion that Bradley ran, which is part of the rationale why they didn’t fight again later in 2012, and he made the same point on Monday.

“I had a feeling in training camp that he would run from me once he felt my power, and he did … after the third or fourth round,” Pacquiao said.

Bradley didn’t run, and honestly could not do so with his two injured feet.

For anyone who would suggest that Bradley was afraid the first time or will be somehow fearful the second time, pop in the DVD of Bradley’s fight last year with Ruslan Provodnikov.

That was the 2013 Fight of the Year and featured Bradley standing toe-to-toe slugging it out with one of the sport’s hardest punchers.

Pacquiao’s words are hollow because he’s the guy who, time and again, has failed to take advantage of openings. His trainer, Freddie Roach, said he’s too compassionate and doesn’t want to hurt his opponents.

Perhaps that’s true, and Roach is among the closest friends Pacquiao has, but his compassion didn’t stop him in his previous matches.

Bradley has seen it firsthand and witnessed when he watched the Rios pay-per-view.

“Manny didn’t look the same against Rios,” Bradley said. “He didn’t have his usual killer instinct. That’s the first thing I noticed. I don’t think he has the hunger anymore and it’s never coming back. He no longer has his killer instinct.

“That’s the first thing I noticed in the Rios fight. Every time he backed Rios into a corner, Manny stepped back instead of going for it. He didn’t even try to put Rios away. That spoke volumes to me.”

Pacquiao’s fans are noticing, as well. Top Rank has guaranteed Pacquiao $20 million plus upside for this pay-per-view and it’s reasonable to expect more for that kind of money than for a guy to try to play it safe and win on points.

That, though, is the fighter that Manny Pacquiao has become.

The reason the world became so enamored with a fight against Mayweather in the first place was because it would pit Mayweather sublime boxing ability and defensive genius against Pacquiao’s blazingly fast hands and his vicious assault.

Pacquiao needs to become that fighter again, or his days as a pay-per-view megastar are soon to be over.

Read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/how-manny-pacquiao-s-fighting-style-is-now-hurting-his-popularity-023304853-boxing.html

Manny Pacquiao ends a busy day by saying ‘Lines are open 24/7′ for Mayweather to call

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By Kevin Iole

The life of a boxer promoting a pay-per-view card isn’t always that easy, as Manny Pacquiao learned during a trip to New York on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will meet the media in New York to formally announce their April 12 bout for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The pair held a kickoff news conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday and then flew to New York to promote the show.

Pacquiao was hustled all over town in an attempt to drum up interest in his rematch with Bradley. He went to the offices of Sports Illustrated and the Associated Press, where he sat for a series of interviews. Then, he did a guest spot with Keith Olbermann on ESPN.

Olbermann asked the question that Pacquiao is asked virtually every day of his life: Will he fight Floyd Mayweather?

I want the fight, but it is up to him. What I can say now is that our line is open, 24 hours, seven days a week. If he will call and say yes, then the fight will be on.

Manny Pacquiao (L) poses with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

He had a slew of other appearances in town on his schedule, and then wound up at Madison Square Garden to watch the New York Knicks play the Portland Trail Blazers. Pacquiao is an avid NBA fan and went to the Knicks’ locker room after the game to greet some of the players.

 

It was an exhausting day, but it’s the kind of effort that is necessary these days to sell a pay-per-view boxing match. Pacquiao isn’t the most colorful speaker, but few work as hard as he does at selling a show.

If he gets past Bradley – and that’s a major if – hopefully his next bout will be against Mayweather.

Just don’t count on it.

Read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/boxing/manny-pacquiao-ends-busy-day-saying-lines-open-073711167-box.html

Pacquiao: Waiting for Mayweather’s call

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Manny Pacquiao hit snowy New York on Wednesday to make the rounds promoting his April 12 rematch with welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley, who picked up the title thanks to one of the most controversial split decisions in boxing history in June 2012.

Pacquiao and Bradley are trying to build interest in the rematch of that infamous fight, meeting the media in Beverly Hills, California for a formal news conference on Tuesday with another one in New York on Thursday.

On Wednesday in New York, Pacquiao did a slew of interviews and even attended the New York Knicks basketball game, where he met star scorer Carmelo Anthony for a photo opportunity. But it was Pacquiao’s final appearance of the busy day, an interview on Keith Olbermann’s ESPN show that was perhaps the most interesting.

Olbermann conducted a fine interview, covering the bases on the rematch with Bradley and also touching on Pacquiao’s political career as a congressman in the Philippines. And then Olbermann told Pacquiao that he had saved his questions about a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the end so that it would not dominate the rest of their conversation.

“Are you gonna fight Floyd Mayweather at some point?” Olbermann asked.

It’s the question Pacquiao - and Mayweather - has heard probably on a daily basis since sometime in mid-2009.

“I want that fight but it’s up to him,” Pacquiao said. “What I can say now is that our line is open 24 hours, seven days a week. If he will call and say ‘yes’ then the fight [will happen].”

Since late 2009, the sides have not been able to reach a deal, despite at least two rounds of negotiations. Both sides have deserved their share of blame at various times, although Mayweather’s outlandish financial demands made the last real discussion about the fight a non-starter.

Now Pacquiao is promoting the Bradley rematch and, as always happens, no matter who he or Mayweather are fighting, they are asked about each other. You can count on Mayweather being asked about Pacquiao at some point when he begins promoting his May 3 fight against an opponent that still has not been determined (although Mayweather is running a fan poll on social media in which he claims he will fight who the fans pick, either Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana).

“He doesn’t want to do it?” Olbermann asked Pacquiao of Mayweather.

“That’s what I believe,” Pacquiao said. “Thousands, millions of fans are waiting for that fight and been asking me many questions about when will that fight happen. I tell them I am willing to fight him any time but the problem is him. Many alibis.

“[Operators are] standing by 24 hours, seven days a week.”

They shouldn’t hold their breath for Mayweather’s call.
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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is Definitely a DONE DEAL, All the Media Hype and Trash Talk Part of the Promotion

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The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, right, could happen soon, veteran boxing analyst Larry Merchant said this week. (Photo  Reuters)

By Rachelle Corpuz

The mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could finally happen on Sept 13 in Las Vegas.

There is no doubt that most of you will have read boxing news articles stating Mayweather’s lack of desire to fight Pacquiao. After all the years of talking about the mega-fight, people aren’t probably excited as they were before. So, is the fight that boxing fans all over the world have been screaming for since 2009 finally going to take place?

According to the Daily Mail, the most reliable source has hinted that the undefeated American boxer will finally square off with the eight-division Filipino world champion. The rumour started circulating as soon as Pacquiao left his country and headed to Los Angeles. Pacquiao will be in the U.S. for the media tour of his rematch with Timothy Bradley which will happen on April 12.

The source revealed that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be held at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Sept 13, 2014. The Daily Mail reported that the said source, who is a close ally of Mayweather’s Money Team, is the very same YouTube source who revealed that Mayweather will face Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez long before the official announcements were made.

In December 2013, 78SportsTV said on its YouTube channel that Mayweather and Pacquiao would face each other in the most anticipated fight in the world of boxing.

“Great news for the world of boxing,” said the YouTube source. The guy talking in the video didn’t reveal his name. Based on his Twitter profile, he said that he is a fight analyst and a businessman. He said that he received a text message from a very trustworthy source close to Mayweather’s camp saying that Mayweather-Pacquiao is already a done deal. Done deal? Mayweather and Pacquiao fight was already a done deal as far back as 2009.

“A good source, who’s always giving me good information even when I didn’t believe him, the information turned out to be true,” he said. “Once upon a time, he told me that Floyd was fighting Robert Guerrero next, I didn’t believe him,” he continued. “He said Floyd was fighting Canelo next, it’s already done, I didn’t believe him,” he added. “Now, he’s telling me that Floyd and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting in 2014, guaranteed, it’s already done,” said 78SportsTV. He went on and said that everything that people will hear and see on the news are part of the promotion.

“Everything else that you see will be theatrics from here on now, but the fight’s already done,” he said.

Around the same time that 78SportsTV posted the video, Mayweather took a jab at Pacquiao on social media. He posted a digitally-altered picture of him knocking out Pacquiao in the boxing ring.

During his recent trip to South Africa in January, Mayweather even trash-talked Pacquiao and said that the Filipino boxer was eager to fight him because of his tax case.

Then Pacquiao even dared Mayweather for a charity fight.

We all know that Mayweather love all the publicity, good or bad, just like what he said in his recent Instagram post. Mayweather refuted the rumours of him betting $10 million for the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl 2014. “I can’t control what rumours that are put out there,” he wrote. “Good or bad publicity keeps me relevant,” he said.

Mayweather has denied the claims of a Pacquiao fight many times. However, if the rumour is indeed true and that all the boxing news surrounding Mayweather and Pacquiao are just all staged, the boxing fans should start rejoicing because the biggest fight in modern boxing is finally going to happen.

Source: International Business Times

Manny Pacquiao PPV Undercards Are an Insult to True Fight Fans

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By Paul Magno

COMMENTARY | There’s no fighter in the sport who mentions respect for the fans more than Manny Pacquiao. Almost from the very moment he became a main stage star, the eight-division former world champ has talked about his burning drive to give the fans what they want. Ironically, though, the Filipino icon’s pay-per-view undercards are consistently among the worst in the industry, giving fans the least amount of bang for their buck.

Pacquiao shouldn’t be held accountable for his poor undercards, although one could make the argument that, as star of the show, he should have considerable power and influence over what happens on events bearing his name.

If one has to single out a culprit for the poor Pacquiao undercards, promoter Bob Arum would be the easy selection. Arum, however, is not exactly denying the inferior nature of his pay-per-view package. As a matter of fact, the aged Hall of Fame promoter doesn’t appear to be even the least bit reluctant to publicly embrace the strategy of placing weak shows underneath main events.

“In theory, yes, it makes sense to say, let’s go get a lot of good, interesting fights and put them on the [pay-per-view] undercard, but the truth is - and I’ve been doing this a long, long time - 90 percent of the people don’t want to see the undercard and don’t care about it,” Arum recently told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole.

“People are eating, talking to each other, having a drink, having fun, and they don’t give a [expletive] about the undercard,” Arum continued. “Even in the arena, you’re lucky to get the people in there for the semi-main.”

There is some truth to what Arum is saying. Most hardcore boxing fans have felt the frustration of trying to follow the PPV undercard in a party setting while most of the guests wander about, mingle, and totally ignore the show.

Yes, the casual fans are there only for the main event and, whether we care to admit it, the casual fans are the ones who drive PPV sales, but what about those who have proven themselves to be true fans of the sport and/or fighter?

The hardcore fans may make up a small portion of actual sales, but they are the ones who have proven themselves to be loyal to the product and have been solid consumers through good and bad times. Surely, these fans deserve consideration and deserve some real value for the money they are asked to spend.

Arum, kind of, sort of agrees with that as well:

“But there is a point to the argument that we should give the other 10 percent something to watch that they’ll enjoy,” Arum also told Iole.

Except, he doesn’t appear to be willing to put his money where his mouth is.

Following an absolutely awful undercard for last November’s poorly received Pacquiao-Brandon Rios PPV, Arum is pushing a supporting card for April’s Pacquiao-Bradley main event that, at best, promises to be only slightly better.

On April 12, Pacquiao-Bradley’s chief support will be a decent world title eliminator between Rey Beltran and Rocky Martinez. Below that, it’s pure off-TV fodder with Khabib Allakhverdiev against Jessie Vargas for the WBA junior welterweight belt and Bryan Vasquez vs. Jose Felix for the interim WBA super featherweight title.

A main event supported by three ESPN Friday Night Fight-level bouts is hardly a good deal for fights fans asked to pay around sixty dollars for a night of world class boxing, even if most of those watching are only there for the main event.

What about the idea of exposing new fans to great match-ups and entertaining fighters so that they don’t feel the urge to wander away from the TV? Has anyone considered the fact that casual fans may pay little attention to anything other than the main event because they’ve come to expect awful and dull undercards in this sport?

And what about the real die-hard fans? Would it be so bad to throw them a bone with at least one other main event-level fight on the card? Like Golden Boy did with Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse on the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez undercard, would it have broken Top Rank to put Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Brian Vera on the upcoming April 12 show or maybe Nonito Donaire in a competitive bout?

We know that boxing is ultimately a business, but that doesn’t give promoters carte blanche to milk every last cent from us for a product we all know to be inferior.

 

Source: Yahoo! Sports

‘Young, aggressive Manny Pacquiao to show up vs Bradley’

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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley pose during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pacquiao and Bradley will figure in a rematch on April 12 in Las Vegas.

By Dino Maragay

MANILA, Philippines – Fans should expect the Manny Pacquiao of old to show up in his rematch against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao vowed to return to his fiery form when he takes on Bradley for a second time on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The two fighters faced the media early Wednesday at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to kick off their US press tour, with both fighters agreeing that they have unfinished business between them.

“One thing that I can assure: this is gonna be a good fight. Both of us have something to prove in this fight,” Pacquiao, sporting a red jacket, told a handful of media members.

The Filipino icon dropped a controversial decision to Bradley about two years ago, a fight he appeared to dominate. It was followed by another setback, a devastating knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez a few months later.

But the fighting congressman has returned to his winning ways with a lopsided win over Brandon Rios in Macau last November. Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2011, and some boxing observers claim he has lost that killer instinct.

Pacquiao promised to come out with guns blazing this time and bring back the aggressiveness he is known for.

“I assure you, you will see the young and aggressive Manny Pacquiao on April 12,” he said.

Bradley, for his part, is raring to prove Pacquiao wrong.

“I’m gonna beat Manny Pacquiao and get credit I didn’t have the first time around,” the American declared confidently.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum said tickets will go on sale Thursday, with prices at are $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150. The fight will be available on HBO pay-per-view in the US.

Source: Philippine Star

Timothy Bradley seeks convincing win over Manny Pacquiao

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By Lance Pugmire

Timothy Bradley won his first fight against Manny Pacquiao according to two judges, the fighter himself and a few close friends.

Now that he has a rematch scheduled April 12 at MGM Grand, he’s counting on a return to full physical health and the confidence generated by two 2013 victories to win definitively.

“I’ve been ridiculed, disrespected, demonized,” Bradley said Tuesday, as he and Pacquiao took part in a news conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Tickets, scaled from $150 to $1,000, go on sale Wednesday.

“I know what to expect this time; it’s like riding a bike — the second time is easier,” Bradley said.

Coachella Valley’s World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) has also been boosted by his performances in beating Ruslan Provodnikov in the 2013 fight of the year last March, followed by a superb boxing display to edge Juan Manuel Marquez by split-decision in October.

“I went back to my boxing roots against Marquez instead of slugging it out, like I did with Provodnikov,” Bradley said.

Beyond that, Bradley is expecting to avoid the discomfort of separate ankle and foot injuries he suffered in the first Pacquiao fight, in June 2012. After claiming the split-decision win, he showed up at the news conference in a wheelchair.

“My movement, that’s the biggest thing; I can out-box him,” Bradley said. “I’ll be
healthy.”

“We are ready to make this fight clear, give the people what they didn’t see in the first one,” said Bradley’s trainer, Joel Diaz.

Bradley said he’ll start training camp Monday in Indio.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) will begin his training in the Philippines, then resume his camp March 1 at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

“One thing I can assure you is this is going to be a good fight,” Pacquiao said. “Both of us have something to prove. Bradley’s proved a lot with his boxing abilities in our last fight, against Ruslan and Marquez.

“This is going to be a good fight, more action. I’m thankful I have another chance to fight and I’ll fight aggressive and smart like I did” in beating Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in November.

Bradley said while he’s aware Pacquiao can hit — “Every punch was a death blow,” – he doesn’t sense the same enthusiasm for fighting from the 35-year-old.

“I feel the killer instinct is gone,” Bradley said.

“I know everyone didn’t think I won the fight, this fight is redemption for me, to get the credit I didn’t get.”

Source: Los Angeles Times

Pacquiao, Bradley seek redemption

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By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

From the moment ring announcer Michael Buffer announced the judges’ decision following the welterweight world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. nearly two years ago it was inevitable that there would be a rematch.

The reason was not because the June 2012 showdown was such a compelling action fight filled with drama. Instead it was because Bradley, seemingly beaten easily by a dominant Pacquiao, had his hand raised as the split decision winner. In boxing, controversy usually means one thing — an eventual rematch.

And on Tuesday, a little more than a week after they agreed to terms for the sequel, Pacquiao and Bradley met the media at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., to formally announce their April 12 (HBO PPV) rematch in Las Vegas, the one everyone saw coming from the moment their 2012 fight concluded. It will take place in the same MGM Grand Garden Arena ring as the first fight.

That first fight has everything to do with the second fight the way Bradley sees it.

“This fight is basically redemption for me,” Bradley said. “I feel deep in my heart I won the first fight. They don’t feel I won the fight and I didn’t get any credit. This fight is basically redemption for me. I’m gonna beat Manny Pacquiao and get the credit I didn’t get in the first fight. That’s the bottom line.”

Said Joel Diaz, Bradley’s trainer, “This is a fight which will give us peace of mind after the controversy of our first fight. We have to win and make it clear.”

Bradley and Diaz are just about the only ones who felt like Bradley beat Pacquiao. The decision unleashed a storm of worldwide controversy over the scoring by the two judges who had it for Bradley — Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, both of whom have since resigned as professional boxing judges.

“I remember last time believing that I won the first against Tim Bradley,” said Pacquiao, who did not complain about the decision, instead letting everyone else voice their displeasure for him. “I thought I was leading after every round. I thought I won the fight easily. I controlled the fight every round. I had a feeling in training camp that he would run from me once he felt my power and he did after third or fourth round.

“I was very surprised by the decision. But that’s part of the game. He got the decision and my title.”

So severe was the criticism of the result, 115-113 for Bradley on those two scorecards and 115-113 for Pacquiao on judge Jerry Roth’s card, that the WBO, which sanctioned the title fight, held an independent review of the video and all of the judges scored it for Pacquiao.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters, strongly believed Pacquiao won, going so far to ask the Nevada attorney general to investigate the judges, a probe that tuned up nothing. Bradley, even though he had nothing to do with the scoring, received death threats from angry Pacquiao fans. It was a mess.

With emotions too raw over the outcome and Arum realizing an immediate rematch probably was a tough sell, mainly because of how one-sided the fight seemed to be, Bradley and Pacquiao embarked on separate courses that have now led back to one another naturally, not in a manner in which the rematch feels forced.

“To judge a fight as to whether it is competitive or not, there is only one true test — the sportsbooks in Las Vegas,” Arum said. “And those sportsbooks have this fight as close to an even-money fight as possible. So the people who really stand to profit or lose based on the outcome of the fight have made it a virtual pick ‘em fight, and that speaks volumes to everyone. [This isn't] just the promoter saying the fight is competitive, but the people who do this for a living, making the lines.”

After the loss to Bradley, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), the 35-year-old Filipino icon who has won world titles in a boxing-record eight weight divisions, faced his great rival Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time in December 2012 and was shockingly knocked out cold in the sixth round. But in November, Pacquiao returned from the 11-month layoff and easily outpointed Brandon Rios in a performance that let everyone know that he still had something left.

“In my fight against Rios I proved I can still fight at the high level everyone expects from me,” Pacquiao said. “I showed I can still control a fight as well as I ever have.”

Bradley, meanwhile, earned immeasurable respect from fight fans last March when he survived a brutal slugfest with Ruslan Provodnikov — the consensus fight of the year — to win a decision and retain the title he had gotten in the Pacquiao fight. Then Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), 30, of Palm Springs, Calif., outboxed Marquez in October in perhaps his career-best performance.

“I am impressed with what Bradley has done since our fight,” Pacquiao said. “He is a different fighter now since we fought. He has more experience at this level and as a welterweight champion. He fought extremely well against Marquez. I knew Tim would beat him utilizing his speed, but I am sill faster than Bradley.

“The only way Bradley can beat me this time is to knock me out. He cannot outbox me. I will be the aggressor. I will throw a lot of punches at him — more than I threw against Rios — and I will land them. Last time I was too nice. This time, I will finish what I start. I want to get back that belt he won off of me.”

Bradley yearns for redemption, but revenge is the name of the game for Pacquiao.

Source: ESPN

 

Manny Pacquiao To Avenge Worst Losses Of Career

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By Brian Ethridge

Manny Pacquiao entered 2014 with one goal in mind: avenge the worst losses of his career. That is why the former pound for pound king signed up to fight Timothy Bradley on April 12th.

As you may recall, Pacquiao lost a very controversial decision to Bradley in June of 2013. Although the decision was seen as one of the biggest robberies in boxing history, it will still go down in his record as a loss. Following that fight, he suffered the worst loss of his career in his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Although Pacquiao was up on the scorecards heading into the sixth round, Marquez knocked out and put Pacquiao to sleep in the sixth round. It was one of the most shocking and devastating knockout punched that you could ever imagine.

After the fight Marquez claimed there was no way the two would ever fight for a sixth time which mean Pacman would never get his chance to avenge the loss. However, now Marquez has decided to watch Pacquiao vs. Bradley on the 12th of April before making any decisions about his future. If Pacquiao wins impressively, he is no longer ruling out another fight against the Filipino.

“With Bradley, I don’t see that as a loss,” Marquez said. ”It was a close fight and I thought I did enough to win.  If I decided to retire right now, I would be satisfied. I always said I wanted to fight Pacquiao and beat him and I did.  I do want that [welterweight] title, but I’m not obsessed with it, though it would be a great achievement.”

If Marquez is serious about wanting the welterweight title, he would have to fight the winner of Pacquiao vs. Bradley.

What does all this mean?

It means that Manny Pacquiao may have a chance to restore his image and legacy as the greatest boxer of his era. If he wins impressively against Bradley and would defeat Juan Manuel Marquez impressively in a sixth fight, all of a sudden everyone would once again call for Floyd Mayweather to man up and fight Pacquiao. Whether he would or not remains to be seen, but he would no longer be able to avoid Pacquiao by claiming the Filipino is no longer relevant.

2014 has a chance to be a very memorable year for Manny Pacquiao. If he is still serious about the sport of boxing and passionate about winning - he better prepare to train his butt off and restore his image this year.

 

Source: iSports Times

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Bradley: No Injuries, Fewer Nerves in Pacquiao Rematch

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by David P. Greisman

Timothy Bradley had largely boxed against Manny Pacquiao. He had been in a brutal brawl with Ruslan Provodnikov. And he then found a nice middle ground against Juan Manuel Marquez, fighting in an entertaining style that still allowed him to try to hit without getting hit.

Bradley’s now getting ready for his April 12 rematch with Pacquiao, and he believes that stylistically there will be differences in how he fights this time compared to how he boxed in their first meeting.

For one, he points to the injuries he suffered early in the first Pacquiao bout.

“Well the first time around, from the second round on, I was damaged goods,” Bradley told BoxingScene.com on Jan. 29. “I didn’t have my feet underneath me like I did in the Marquez fight. In the Marquez fight, I was able to show a lot of versatile things. I boxed, came forward a little bit, moved, counterpunched. I did it all in the ring, and I didn’t have that ability to do that in the first Manny fight.

“Plus this is going to be my third pay-per-view attraction,” he said. “I have gained a lot of knowledge, and I’m definitely a lot more comfortable now with the bright lights, because the lights are definitely brighter than the regular HBO fight. Millions of people are watching. People are paying to see the fight happen, so the lights are on, man.

“My nerves in the first fight with Manny Pacquiao were unbelievable. I had nerves and anxiety, and that can alter your game a little bit. So this time around, man, I’ll be a lot more relaxed. And the more relaxed you are, the better fight you’ll have.”

Bradley picked up a highly controversial split decision over Pacquiao back in June 2012. Even though he left with the official decision, Bradley is looking at this April 12 rematch as being “Redemption Day.”

“I didn’t get any credit for the first win. No one expected me to get the win. No one felt I won the fight,” Bradley said. “April 12, I’m going to prove to fans around the world and all the people around the world watching that it wasn’t a fluke the first time. I’m on a quest, man. I’m going to get what I want, and I want that win over Manny Pacquiao to be solid, and I want it to be earned. I’m going to earn it, man. I’m going to earn it April 12.”

 

Source: Boxing Scene

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Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao in Danger Against Tim Bradley if He Continues to Sport ‘Good Boy’ Image

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Manny Pacquiao has to abandon his clean-cut, good guy image and unleash his brutal, merciless self for him to have a shot at beating the undefeated Timothy Bradley in their WBO Welterweight Championship rematch on April 12 at MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nev, according to sports analyst and boxing aficionado Ed Tolentino.

Pacquiao has to shed his “gentlemanly ways” in his second fight with Bradley for him to secure a victory, which was controversially stolen by Bradley two years ago, Tolentino recently wrote.

Tolentino, who has been following Pacquiao’s career ever since he erupted in the local boxing scene in the Philippines, said the Pacman had several chances to drop Bradley in the first fight, but decided to lay low—a decision that dealt him his first of his two losses in 2012; the other was a sixth-round TKO loss against Juan Manuel Marquez.

“There were occasions in the first fight, when he nearly had Bradley on the verge of a knockdown,” the analyst said recently on ANC’s “Hardball.” “But he went on cruise control in offense.”

“I think he has learned from now on, that if you want to be a gentleman in the sport, you can do that after the fight,” he said. “But in the ring, you can not be complacent, you have to go full throttle on offense.”

When asked what will happen to Pacquiao if he receives another knockout beating at the hands of Bradley, Tolentino said it would be the end of Pacman’s glorious boxing career.

“Definitely he can not afford another knockout defeat. That will be the end of the career of Manny Pacquiao if he ends up losing by knockout again,” Tolentino said.

Pacquiao and Bradley agreed to meet again for the second time after their initial encounter ended in controversy roughly two years ago.

Bradley has been on a hot streak as he defeated Russian slugger Ruslan Provodnikov in the 2012 Fight of the Year winner and edged Marquez via split decision in October.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, had a successful return in the ring after dismantling Brandon Rios in their 12-round slugfest in November at the Venetian Macau in Macao, China.

 

Source: The Latino Post

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Bradley Didn’t See Pacquiao’s ‘Killer Instinct’ Against Rios

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By Keith Idec

Manny Pacquiao didn’t look like the same fearless, ferocious fighter Timothy Bradley battled the night Pacquiao beat Brandon Rios.

According to Bradley, a more passive Pacquiao performed like a careful fighter who had been knocked unconscious in his previous bout.

“I didn’t see the killer instinct that I normally see with Pacquiao,” Bradley said Monday night, hours before a news conference Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif., to officially announced his HBO Pay-Per-View rematch against Pacquiao. “I didn’t see that ‘finish him’ type of style with him. I saw that he was more cautious. Some may say that he was boxing smart. That’s not Pacquiao. We’re used to the Pacquiao who just comes through, wrecking things and being destructive and just knocking out guys.”

In his first fight after rival Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold with one perfectly place right hand, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) easily out-pointed Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) in their 12-round welterweight fight Nov. 23 in Macau, China. Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC) still sensed that Rios had Pacquiao’s utmost respect right up until the final bell.

“Rios is a heavy-fisted puncher and he didn’t want to take chances,” Bradley said. “He didn’t want to get lured in and get possibly hurt or knocked out again.”

The 30-year-old Bradley believes he’ll encounter a more assertive Pacquiao than the version Rios opposed when they meet again April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I’m expecting him to be very aggressive in this rematch,” Bradley said. “I’m expecting him to come out and try to knock me out, do something spectacular for his people.”

The WBO welterweight champion’s reason for expecting Pacquiao, 35, to revert to his old Hall-of-Fame form is simple.

“I’m a light-fisted fighter,” Bradley said sarcastically. “A lot of guys say that I don’t hit hard or whatever. But it’s funny how a guy that doesn’t hit hard and is not that good of a boxer, supposedly, keeps winning championships and keeps beating legends in the sport. These guys are not running straight through me and Pacquiao’s not going to run straight through me.”

 

Source: Boxing Scene

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Pacquiao slightly favored in rematch against Bradley

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MANILA  – Unlike in their first fight, the rematch between Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquio and American Timothy Bradley in April 12 is no longer heavily favored to Pacquiao.

According to philboxing.com report, the current betting lines in Las Vegas sportsbooks for the fight is still favoring the Filipino fighter by a slim 2:1 margin.

In their first encounter in 2012, Pacquiao was a 4:1 favorite and lost the fight in a controversial decision.

The report said Pacquiao is pegged at -180 while Bradley is at an advantageous +160, meaning you will need $ 180 in order to win $ 100 on a Pacquiao bet while a $ 100 bet on Bradley will net the bettor another $ 160.

In their first fight, Pacquiao was at -450 while Bradley enjoyed a +360 payoff on a $ 100 bet.

Pacquiao (55-5-2 with 38 knockouts) is coming off a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in Macau last December while Bradley (28-0) retained his WBO welterweight crown over Juan Manuel Marquez last year.

Marquez dealt Pacquiao his worst defeat, knocking out cold the Filipino boxing superstar just before the sixth round ended in their rematch in December 2012. *PNA

 

Source: Visayan Daily Star

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Pacquiao, Bradley begin hype for rematch

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Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao kick off their two-city US press tour to promote their April 12 rematch. (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

By Dino Maragay

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley found themselves in the same room again as they start drumming up their April 12 rematch via a two-city US media tour.

Both fighters met each other once again during a commercial shoot in Beverly Hills. They are also scheduled to hold press conferences in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) and New York on Thursday (Friday here).

Pacquiao, who lost in their first fight two years ago, opened as a slim 2-1 favorite over Bradley at the Las Vegas betting lines the other day. He has vowed to avenge that loss and regain the WBO welterweight title that Bradley currently holds.

Bradley, for his part, is raring to prove that his win over Pacquiao was no fluke.

Pacquiao-Bradley 2 will be staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

 

Source: Philippine Star

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Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez Fifth Fight Could Happen in Fall 2014

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Juan Manuel Marquez is now open to facing Manny Pacquiao in a fifth showdown later this year, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said. (Photo : Reuters)

By Paul John Rivera

Juan Manuel Marquez turned down numerous offers to face Manny Pacquiao for the fifth time, but the Mexican boxing icon could find himself trading blows with his Filipino nemesis later this year.

Top Rank promotions CEO Bob Arum told BoxingScene that Pacquiao-Marquez 5 could be staged in the fall later this year. Arum said that Marquez wants to win a fifth title before ending his career, and he’ll have no choice but to face the winner of the upcoming rematch between Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas.

“Marquez really only wants one thing, he wants to win that title. He has indicated to us, that he was be very amenable to fighting the winner of Pacquiao and Bradley in the fall,” Arum revealed.

The 40-year-old Mexican, who has been aching to have a rematch with Bradley after absorbing a split decision loss in October, has been cold to the idea of facing Pacquiao again.

Marquez previously insisted that the Pacquiao chapter of his career is already over after his convincing win in their previous fight.

The four-division champion knocked Pacquiao out cold during the sixth round of their fourth showdown in December 2012, but Arum revealed that Marquez had a change of heart, and is now willing to face Pacquiao if he wins convincingly against Bradley in their upcoming rematch.

“There is a statement on the internet already that he’s made. he’s obviously changed his tune on fighting Pacquiao again. He doesn’t want to fight Pacquiao again if Pacquiao is not successful with Bradley, but if Pacquiao is successful with Bradley, he has stated that he would fight Pacquiao,” Marquez said.

And while waiting for his rematch with Pacquiao or Bradley, Marquez said that he is open to the possibility of having a tune-up fight in May, most probably in Mexico City.

“I have to see what’s on the table, what they offer me. I have to analyze what suits me and what doesn’t and then I will make a decision. I need to sit down with the promoter and see what’s coming, and if it’s very good then I would be returning in May,”Marquez said.

 

Source: The Latino Post

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IN PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao arrives in LA for Bradley press con

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PAC IN LA. Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles ahead of Tuesday's press conference to announce the Bradley rematch. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

BY RAPPLER.COM

LOS ANGELES - The Pacman has landed.

The former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 8:40 p.m. Sunday night ahead of his press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce his rematch with Timothy Bradley on April 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) of General Santos City, Philippines landed at the airport two hours late due to inclement weather and wore a light jacket as he exited the airport. “Malamig dito sa L.A.,” said Pacquiao, which translates to “It’s cold here in L.A.”

Pacquiao’s adversary Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) will have no trouble with traveling to the City of Angels, as the WBO welterweight titleholder hails from two hours east in Palm Springs, Calif. Bradley, 30, is coming off a split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, whose stock had been on the rise after knocking Pacquiao, now 35, out in six rounds in 2012.

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Bradley defeated Pacquiao by a controversial split-decision in their first fight in 2012, but 48 of 51 boxing reporters polled after the fight felt Pacquiao deserved the win.

Pacquiao rebounded from the consecutive losses with a dominant decision victory over former WBA lightweight titleholder in Macau this past November.

After Los Angeles, Pacquiao and Bradley will head to New York on Thursday to conclude their press tour. -Rappler.com

Source: Rappler.Com

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Manny Pacquiao in the Fight That Matters

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Boxers are involved in all sorts of fights. They fight themselves daily, making war on their bodies and minds to prepare themselves for the ring. They fight their sparring partners, their sleepiness in the wee hours of the morning and the ever-advancing hoard of deliciousness at the dinner table.

They fight their opponents, too, of course, and some of them even have had to fight trainers, managers, promoters, televisions networks, etc. Heck, I’ve even seen some that have had to fight fans for attention. For example, almost no one wanted to see Floyd Mayweather fight until it became apparent he might never lose.

Manny Pacquiao, age 35, has been involved in all sorts of fights during his career. He’s won most of them, and I suppose that’s the best anyone could ever really hope for when they decide to ditch the life of a commoner and head towards the ring.

But Pacquiao’s greatest fight hasn’t been against any one of the slew of world class fighters he’s shared the ring with. It wasn’t against Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales or Juan Manuel Marquez. It wasn’t Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito or Ricky Hatton either. It wouldn’t even have been against Mayweather had the two preeminent fighters of a generation squared off against each other as long hoped for.

No, Pacquiao’s greatest fight has been against the intrinsically evil practice of human trafficking, something which pervades our so-called civilized society to this very day.

Traffickers typically prey on those in poverty, and Pacquiao knows well what it’s like to be poor.

“When I was young my parents were jobless. We had no home. Sometimes we [couldn’t] even afford to have a single meal a day,” Pacquiao told CNN’s Leif Coorlim. “When you see my slippers, one is green, one is red. And they had holes. I would walk the streets to sell, that’s how I made my living as a kid. I felt sorry for my mother. I wanted so badly to study. I stopped though and pursued boxing.”

But boxing’s been good to Pacquiao. Where he once had to literally put rocks into his pockets to make the minimum fighting weight as a 16-year-old, he is now considered one of the finest fighters who has ever lived. That goes double in his home country, where Pac-man is the Philippines’s most beloved celebrity as well as a national treasure. Where fighters over on this side of the world are relegated to mainstream media coverage just once or twice a year at most, Pacquiao’s ring exploits are covered almost daily by the Filipino media.

And Pacquiao has made his name in other vocations, too. He’s a singer, an actor and a congressman representing the province of Sarangani in the Philippines. It’s the latter role that Pacquiao leveraged for his fight against human trafficking.

In fact, one of Pacquiao’s first acts after being elected to congress in 2010 was to visit the Visayan Forum Foundation, a charity founded in 1991 to help victims of domestic servitude and forced prostitution. There, Pacquiao heard gut-wrenching, first-hand accounts from victims of trafficking.

Three of the rescued girls, all under the age of 12, told Pacquiao horrifying details of being forced to do things like perform sexual acts on strangers and drink their own urine. It was all recorded, of course, for the viewing pleasure of paying strangers all over the world.

The news hit Pacquiao like a ton of bricks, and he vowed then and there to use his political power to help combat the bane of human trafficking. On February 13, 2013, the Philippines passed into law the Anti-Trafficking bill Pacquiao had long championed, providing for strengthened prosecution of those who engage or attempt to engage in human trafficking, as well as extra protections for trafficked victims.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the move helped place the Philippines “among the countries that have made a lot of progress” in the global campaign against human trafficking. For his part, Pacquiao said he hopes to be remembered more for his public works than his life as a boxer.

“In boxing, I don’t think people will forget me after I retire,” Pacquiao told CNN. “But I really want people to remember me as a public servant, who is good, who is a champion for the people.”

It’s been almost a year since Pacquiao helped move the ball forward for the Philippines. But the fight hasn’t ended there. Just last month, authorities rescued 15 children from the country between the ages of 6 and 15 who were forced into child sexual abuse by a group of pedophile pornographers. Moreover, Pacquiao urged the government earlier this month to be on alert for reported cases of child trafficking in Samar and ready to take action.

There is still much work to do. But Pacquiao’s work thus far shouldn’t be forgotten, and the needs of these silent sufferers of modern day slavery shouldn’t be either.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking affects every nation in the world, and while sexual exploitation is noted as the most commonly identified form of trafficking, about 1 in 5 persons are used for forced labor.

The sheer number of victims is staggering. A conservative estimate puts the total at any one time globally at 2.5 million.

And it’s not just in the seedy shadows. It’s big business. Human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States alone.

In fact, experts told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week that Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks in New York would be America’s biggest human-trafficking event all year. Think about that for a second. A large, corporately sponsored event only the most wealthy of Americans can afford to attend is the perfect precursor for one of the more disgusting practices in the world today.

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PACQUIAO, BRADLEY 2-GETHER AGAIN

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Feb. 3, 2014, Beverly Hills, Ca. — Superstar Manny Pacquiao (R) and undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (L) greet each other during a commercial shoot in Beverly Hills Monday.

 

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Both fighters will announce their eagerly-anticipated rematch during a two-city media tour that will include press conference stops in Los Angeles on Tuesday and New York on Thursday.

 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 

Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank.

 

http://philboxing.com/news/story-91694.html

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PACQUIAO-BRADLEY KICKS OFF TODAY AS MARQUEZ HAS A CHANGE OF HEART

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The eagerly awaited rematch between “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and undefedated WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley begins on Wednesday, Manila Time, in Los Angeles.

The two fighters met at a commercial shoot in Beverly Hills on Monday.

 

From Los Angeles the two fighters and their entourage will fly to New York for the second stop on their press tour before getting down to serious training for their April 12 showdown.

Meamtime, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has said that Juan Manuel Marquez who persistently refused a fifth fight with Pacquiao following his stunning 6th round knockout victory on December 8, 2012 has apparently had a change of heart.

 

He is now saying that if Pacquiao beats the undefeated WBO welterweight champion in their rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 12, he’d be willing to face Pacquiao for a fifth time.

 

Arum, in an interview with Chris Robinson said Marquez “really has one desire. He wants only one thing before he retires. He wants to win that title (WBO welterweight) and he has indicated to us that he would be very amenable to fight the winner of the Pacquiao and Bradley in the fall.”

 

Arum said that considering Marquez’s statements in the past that he would not fight Pacquiao and would savor his KO victory the rest of his life, “it’s obvious he has changed his tune” and would fight the Pacquiao-Bradley winner because the belt means so much to him.

 

Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles somewhat later than expected because of a delay in his flight according to his adviser Michael Koncz but the fans, friends and media were at the Los Angeles airport as usual to give the eight division world champion a warm welcome.

 

Koncz said that after the media luncheon in Los Angeles on Wednedsay (Manila Time) they would fly to New York for a second media blitz on February 6 after which Pacquiao would return home, train for a couple of days in Manila before setting up training camp at the Pacman Wild Card Gym in his hometown of General Santos City where he trained diligently for his last fight against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in which he put on a master class to win by a near shutout over twelve rounds last November 24 to capture the WBO Intercontinental welterweight belt.

 

Pacquiao himself had earlier indicated he would wind up training for the Bradley rematch over the last two weeks at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in LA.

 

Koncz also told the Manila Standard that it seemed the discussions between Pacquiao’s top-notch tax lawyer and accountant with the US Internal Revenue Service was progressing satisfactorily because neither the lawyer or the accountant had called them which, Koncz interpreted as a good sign.

 

Photo: Superstar Manny Pacquiao adjusts his tie during a commercial shoot in Beverly Hills Monday for his upcoming rematch with undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Both fighters will announce their eagerly-anticipated rematch during a two-city media tour that will include press conference stops in Los Angeles on Tuesday and New York on Thursday. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank.

 

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Mayweather to pick his next opponent after Super Bowl, says Watson

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By Chris Williams

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be selecting his next opponent for his May 3rd fight sometime after the Super Bowl, according to Sam Watson, associate of the powerful adviser Al Haymon. Mayweather wants to wait until after the Super Bowl because he has a lot of things going on with his life right now, and he wants to get these things out of the way first before he reveals who his next opponent will be for his Showtime pay-per-view fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s probably not going to be that big of a shocker when Mayweather makes his announcement because Amir Khan has already let the cat out of the bag a long time ago by saying that he’s the one that Golden Boy Promotions has been talking to for the fight. Of course, Mayweather could pull a shocker by saying he wants someone like Gennady Golovkin or Marcos Maidana, but that’s not likely to happen.

“Floyd is taking his time,” Sam Watson told thaboxingvoice. “He will be picking his fighter after the Super Bowl, Super Bowl Sunday. So next week you should hear something from Floyd’s camp. Mayweather is getting ready. He is at the Super Bowl, so he is having a good time every day…Floyd’s ready.”

It makes sense for Mayweather to wait until after the Super Bowl to announce his next opponent, because if he revealed who is it before the Super Bowl, fans wouldn’t care as much because most of the attention is on the Super Bowl game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Once all the talk is done with that game, Mayweather can then get the Nation’s attention all to himself when he reveals who his opponent will be.

Hopefully, Mayweather picks a good opponent for him to fight because he’ll really be letting down a lot of fans if he picks Khan to fight. It’s not that Khan isn’t a good fighter. He was a good fighter at one time, and he’s still a halfway decent guy. But Khan is more in the class of Julio Diaz now instead of being among the top fighters at 140 or 147. Khan has a small window where he was one of the best fighters at 140, but his day is now done. He would be massacred by the likes of Lucas Matthysse, Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao, Ruslan Provodnikov, and Danny Garcia.

Mayweather would impress fans more if he announced that he wanted to fight someone like Maidana, Erislandy Lara, Keith Thurman or Golovkin. Fighting Khan will be a let down.
Source: Boxing News 24

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Juan Manuel Marquez targets winner of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch

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By Carlo Pamintuan | Yahoo PH Sports

Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 knockouts) has long expressed that he isn’t giddy about the idea of another fight against his nemesis Manny Pacquiao. After beating him via knockout in the sixth round of their fourth encounter, Marquez feels that another fight against Pacquiao would only tarnish that ineffable ending.

However, there’s one thing Marquez currently covets and if Pacquiao gets this, the two might just fight again.
In a recent interview, Marquez said that he wants to fight for a welterweight title. This will give him the chance to retire as a five-division world champion: a rarity in boxing. His plan now is to wait for the winner of the rematch between Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and reigning WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-0-0, 12 KOs); a fighter Marquez recently lost to.

“With Bradley, I don’t see that as a loss,” Marquez said. “It was a close fight and I thought I did enough to win.  If I decided to retire right now, I would be satisfied. I always said I wanted to fight Pacquiao and beat him and I did.  I do want that [welterweight] title, but I’m not obsessed with it, though it would be a great achievement.”

Although reigning WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov has been calling out Marquez, the Mexican has no plans of giving the Russian a fight.

“Provodnikov is a great fighter; he demonstrated that with Bradley, and he’s very strong, I think the challenge is there, and I love challenges and will fight anyone, as I have not shunned anyone,” Marquez explained. “But right now, at this stage of my career I want something that will leave a legacy. I want that fifth championship. If that does not present itself, then I’m closer to retirement.”

“Fighting with Provodnikov would not gain me anything.  I would be fighting for a title that was already mine before and if I beat him, it won’t mean much.  I want a transcending fight, something that will be historic,” added Marquez.

Marquez first won a world title in 2003 when he defeated Manuel Medina for the IBF featherweight title. After three years, he moved to the super featherweight division and defeated Marco Antonio Barrera for the WBC belt. It took Marquez another three years before he got the WBA lightweight title by knocking out Juan Diaz.

He also won an interim version of the WBO light welterweight title with a decision victory over Serhiy Fedchenko.

Currently, other champions in the welterweight division are Floyd Mayweather for the WBC, Marcos Maidana for the WBA, and Shawn Porter for the IBF. Mayweather will most likely fight Amir Khan next while Maidana is scheduled for a return bout with Adrien Broner which leaves out Porter as the only option as Bradley is tied up with Pacquiao.

However, Marquez won’t earn much if he fights a largely unknown champion in Porter. If Marquez wants one last shot at the welterweight title and one last big payday before he calls it a career, his only option is to wait for the winners of Bradley-Pacquiao or Maidana-Broner.

 

Source: Yahoo! Sports

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Juan Manuel Marquez Expects Manny Pacquiao To Win Over Timothy Bradley In April 12 Rematch

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By Paul John Rivera

Juan Manuel Marquez will be an interested observer when his former opponents Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley lock horns again on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Marquez, who has been vocal about his intention to face Bradley again before the undefeated boxer finalized his rematch with Pacquiao, believes that his Filipino nemesis should be considered as the favorite to win in their second showdown.

The 40-year-old Mexican pointed out that Bradley lost in their first bout despite being awarded a controversial split-decision victory. Marquez said that for Bradley to win, the reigning WBO welterweight champion should change his fight plan against Pacquiao.

“First I want to say that it is an important, interesting fight, because of what happened in the first. In that fight the decision was different from what happened in the ring, and I think Bradley should change his strategy because it did not work from the first fight,” Marquez told BoxingScene.

On the other hand, the former four-division champion said that Pacquiao could just fight the way he did during their first fight to merit a victory.

Marquez insisted that barring another controversial decision, Pacquiao should come out victorious in their rematch, but he also added that Bradley could make the fight interesting if he can make the necessary adjustments.

“Pacquiao could fight the same, but it is Bradley who needs to make adjustments. If judges do what needs to be done, Pacquiao should win. If Bradley makes the adjustments, it’s going to be a very good fight,” Marquez said.

Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 Still Possible?

Meanwhile, fight fans who are hoping to see Marquez and Pacquiao square off for the fifth time in their respective careers could get good news soon.

Marquez recently turned down the challenge of WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov, saying that he will gain nothing in facing the Russian champion because he wants to win a fifth title.

Read: Juan Manuel Marquez Has No Interest In Ruslan Provodnikov, Wants Fifth Title Or Retirement

And if Pacquiao manages to defeat Bradley in their upcoming collision, Marquez will have that chance to grab the fifth title that he is longing for by agreeing to a fifth showdown with the former pound-for-pound king.

Marquez turned down offers to face Pacquiao again after scoring a stunning sixth-round knockout win over his long-time Filipino rival in their fourth showdown in December 2012.

Source: The Latino Post

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Marquez might fight Pacquiao again for welterweight title

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JMM contemplates facing winner of Pac-Bradley II

MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez is now having second thoughts about his stance against a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao.

In the past, the Mexican has consistently refused to fight Pacquiao again after knocking out the Filipino in their fourth faceoff.

But it could change if Pacquiao wins the WBO welterweight title from Timothy Bradley this April.

“Right now at this stage of my career I want something that will leave a legacy – I want that fifth championship,” Marquez said in 3 More Rounds.

“I always said I wanted to fight Pacquiao and beat him and I did. I do want that [welterweight] title, but I’m not obsessed with it, though it would be a great achievement,” he added.

Marquez tried wresting the WBO title from Bradley last October. He, however, got outpointed by the unbeaten American.

He sought for a rematch, but Bradley chose to face Pacquiao again.

Marquez’s only other option is Ruslan Provodnikov. The “Siberian Rocky” has already called him out for a WBO junior welterweight fight.

But the Mexican did not bother hearing the call out.

“Fighting with Provodnikov would not gain me anything. I would be fighting for a title that was already mine before and if I beat him, it won’t mean much,” said Marquez. “I want a transcending fight, something that will be historic.”

Marquez said he might fight in Mexico to keep himself active then wait for the outcome of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.

If the welterweight title fight does not become available, then he will hang up his gloves for good, said the 40-year-old boxer.

“If that does not present itself, then I’m closer to retirement,” said Marquez.

 

Source: ABS-CBN News

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Pacquiao is a slim 2:1 favorite over Bradley in opening lines in Vegas

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By Rich Mazon 

Manny Pacquiao may still be the favorite in various Las Vegas and online sportsbooks going into his April 12th rematch with Tim Bradley, but the betting odds for this bout has considerably gone down compared to their initial encounter in 2012.

From a 4:1 favorite in their first fight, the current betting lines in Las Vegas sportsbooks for the fight which was just announced last week, is favoring Pacquiao by a slim 2:1 margin.

Pacquiao is pegged at -180 while Bradley is at an advantageous +160.

This means that you will need $180 in order to win $100 on a Pacquiao bet while a $100 bet on Bradley will net the bettor another $160.

In their first fight less than two years ago, Pacquiao was at -450 while Bradley enjoyed a +360 payoff on a $100 bet.

The fight was won by Bradley albeit controversially.

Both fighters are coming off big wins in their last fights. Pacquiao scored a UD win over Brandon Rios in Macau last December while Timothy Bradley successfully defended his WBO welterweight belt – the one he won from Pacquiao in 2012, by an impressive UD win over Pacquiao’s tormentor, Juan Manuel Marquez.

According to one astute spectator of the sport and a betting odds observer, it is interesting to note that the Pacquiao odds are closer this time, even though he clearly won the first bout. This observer is wondering which way will the lines move as the fight nears.

Odds for fights adjust as money and bets for both parties pour in heavily during fight week.

Pacquiao has seen odds as high as 8:1 in the past, particularly his third fight with Marquez, also in 2012. He was also the heavy favorite in his fourth fight with Marquez, which the Mexican star erased with a brutal 6th round knockout.

Source: PhilBoxing

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Bradley: If Pacquiao loses to me his career is over

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By Chris Williams

WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) will be facing Filipino Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) in a rematch on April 12th. Bradley feels that Pacquiao’s career will be on the line in this fight. If he loses the fight then it’ll be all over for the 35-year-old Pacquiao.

I don’t know if Pacquiao will be finished like he says, because he said before his last fight against Brandon Rios that he won’t retire even if he loses the fight. Pacquiao will likely continue to fight long after fans lose interest in paying to see him in his PPV fights. Pacquiao will almost surely continue fighting until the bitter end where he’s more of a journeyman fighter than a former champion. I don’t see Pacquiao retiring until his fights bring in less than 100,000 PPV buys each time he fights.

Believe it or not, it’s heading in that direction with Pacquiao fighting less thrilling opponents like Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley with undercards filled with obscure fighters that the casual fans have never heard of. If Bob Arum keeps shoving Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematches down the throats of the boxing public than I can see Pacquiao’s PPV numbers dropping to the 300,000 rank real quick.

“I’m willing to die for it,” Bradley said to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. “Pacquiao’s back is against the wall right now. If he loses to me, his career is over. So the pressure is on him. He has to shine. He’s the super star; he’s the icon. He’s the legend.”

I don’t buy the part where Bradley says he’s willing to die in the ring, because he was running against Ruslan Provodnikov after he got hurt by him. He didn’t stop running until the 12th round when he made the mistake of trying to shine and got badly hurt again and knocked down.

A loss for Pacquiao in the rematch with Bradley won’t finish his career. Pacquiao’s fans will continue to watch him no matter how many times he loses, and like I said, Pacquiao will probably continue to fight even when he’s totally shot. As long as fans are willing to pay to see him fight, Pacquiao will likely continue to fight.

What another loss to Bradley will do to Pacquiao’s career is further deteriorate his PPV numbers with casual boxing fans. They won’t want to continue to pay $60-75 to see him lose his fights against good opposition.
Source: Boxing News 24

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Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2014 PPV may happen.

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Trainer Freddie Roach says that his fighter Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) is willing to do anything he has to in order to get the mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in 2014, despite Pacquiao saying recently that he has no plans on leaving his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank in order to follow Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s instructions for him to get the fight.

Roach says that Manny Pacquiao  has offered to take the blood testing to check for performance enhancing blood, and he’s already agreed to let

Mayweather take the bigger purse split. None of this has worked in getting Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to fight the Filipino star, who has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights.

Manny Pacquiao did win his last fight against one of Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters Brandon Rios, but this wasn’t against a quality welterweight opponent. Rios was dragged up from the lightweight division and he’d been badly schooled by another one of Arum’s stable fighters Mike Alvarado in his previous fight before that.

“Of course he [Pacquiao] does,” Roach said to Sky Sports when asked if Manny Pacquiao still wants to fight Mayweather. “It’s the biggest fight in the world for him. We all want that fight and Manny Pacquiao especially. Manny’s offered him a 60-40 split, a blood test, no problems; whatever Mayweather wants. We’ve agreed to anything and he just keeps ignoring us.”

Roach isn’t exactly being upfront when he says that Mayweather “keeps ignoring us,” because he’s come out recently and given Pacquiao clear instructions that he should follow if he ever wants a fight with him by saying that he needs to leave Arum in order to get the fight. I don’t know how Floyd Mayweather Jr. can get any clearer than that? If Roach is forgetting what Mayweather said then he needs to write it down on his refrigerator so that he can read it again and again each time he goes to eat something. Mayweather has laid out the plan for Pacquiao and Roach to follow if they want the mega fight.

If they don’t wish to follow the plan then they need to keep quiet and continue fighting Tim Bradley over and over again, as well as Arum’s other fighters in his Top Rank stable. Manny Pacquiao still hasn’t fought Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov yet, so I expect they’ll get a shot against him in either September or early 2015. Then Bradley can get another fight with Pacquiao, if he doesn’t fight him for a third time in September of this year.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he offered Pacquiao $40 million to fight him in 2012. I think that’s a fair amount and would likely work out to the 60-40 that Roach was talking about Manny Pacquiao being willing to accept. Why Manny Pacquiao didn’t say yes to the $40 million offer from Floyd Mayweather Jr. is anyone’s guess, but he definitely should have taken that money. Pacquiao has made nothing close to the $40 million in his two fights since the offer made to him. Just think if Manny Pacquiao had beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. There would have likely been a rematch by now, and Manny Pacquiao’s purse for the rematch would have been huge.

 

Source: Thyblackman.com

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Amir Khan Will Give Floyd Mayweather his First Defeat Says Freddie Roach

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By Rachelle Corpuz

Freddie Roach is certain that Amir Khan has got what it takes to give Floyd Mayweather a taste of defeat for the very first time.

A money-spinning bout between Floyd Mayweather and Amir Khan is seemingly close to being a done deal, the Mirror reported. The publication reports that Mayweather is ready to sign the fight contract that Khan has allegedly signed before. It looks like the British boxer will finally have a shot at Mayweather’s unbeaten record. Will Khan really upset Mayweather? Roach thinks he can.

Roach made an appearance to Sky Sports’ RingsideToe 2 Toe Podcast and he said that Khan can definitely give Mayweather problems. “That’s not an easy fight,” said Roach. He went on and said that if Khan fights the correct fight, he can really shudder Mayweather. “I’ve always said Amir has the right style to beat Floyd if he fights correctly and doesn’t stay in the pocket too long,” Roach added.

The Hall of Fame trainer has high expectations that Khan’s hand speed can upset the undefeated fighter. “I always thought he could beat him with his speed,” said Roach. “I think he’s faster than Mayweather and that’s what it takes to beat him,” he said. “Floyd might have his hands full on the night,” Roach concluded.

Khan appointed Roach as coach following his defeat against Breidis Prescott in 2008. He even used to spar with Manny Pacquiao, who as we all know is one of Roach’s loyal pupils. Khan left Roach in 2012 and some say that Khan’s decision to leave Roach was greatly influenced by the fact the he just wasn’t able to train enough with him and have sufficient one-on-one sessions with the trainer.

Do you think Roach is being biased on saying that Khan has a good chance of beating the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter? A lot of people think that a bout between Khan and Mayweather is a terrible mismatch. Nonetheless, it would indeed going to be a great shocker if Mayweather loses to Khan.

Mayweather is expected to announce his fight soon. Boxing fans will just have to wait for the official announcement if Khan really booked the fight he has been longing for so long against the unbeaten fighter.

Source: International Business Times

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Pacquiao vs Bradley II undercard: Allakhverdiev-Vargas, Beltran-Martinez, Vasquez-Felix set for HBO PPV

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By Scott Christ

The HBO pay-per-view undercard for the April 12 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley is set, with Khabib Allakhverdiev facing Jessie Vargas in the featured prelim fight.

Top Rank has finalized the HBO pay-per-view undercard for the April 12 rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, with one sorta-world title fight, an interim world title fight, and a lightweight showdown between a pair of veterans with a habit of putting on good fights.

In the featured undercard bout, Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9 KO) will defend the WBA “regular” junior welterweight title against Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9 KO). Allakhverdiev, 31, won the then-vacant title against Joan Guzman in 2012, then signed with Top Rank and made one defense against Souleymane M’baye in Monaco. This will actually be Allakhverdiev’s first fight on a Top Rank-promoted card as a Top Rank fighter.

Vargas, 24, is a former Mayweather Promotions prospect who jumped ship to Top Rank in 2012. His career has been steady at the same level since a 2011 win over Josesito Lopez. This will be his first shot at a world title — whatever you think of the world title — and he’ll be looking to live up to some hype that has stagnated somewhat over the last year or so.

Former two-time super featherweight titlist Rocky Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KO) will move up to lightweight to face Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KO) in the night’s second PPV fight. Beltran, 32, hasn’t fought since a highly controversial draw in the UK against lightweight titlist Ricky Burns last September, a fight most observers felt he’d obviously won. Martinez, 30, is coming off of a KO-8 loss to Mikey Garcia in November.

In the PPV opener, interim WBA super featherweight titleholder Bryan Vasquez (32-1, 17 KO) will face prospect Jose Felix Jr (26-0-1, 21 KO). The 21-year-old Felix has been impressive thus far as a pro, while Vasquez, 26, is probably best-known for a 2012 loss in Japan to Takashi Uchiyama.

Source: Bad Left Hook

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Floyd Mayweather vs Amir Khan: Freddie Roach likes the Brit’s chances

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Amir Khan’s ex trainer, Freddie Roach, believes his former pupil has the tools to beat Floyd Mayweather.

Roach, who Khan replaced with Virgil Hunter in September 2012, told the Ringside Toe 2 Toe Podcast: “That’s not an easy fight.”

“I’ve always said Amir has the right style to beat Floyd if he fights correctly and doesn’t stay in the pocket too long.”

“I always thought he could beat him with his speed.”

“I think he’s faster than Mayweather and that’s what it takes to beat him.”

“Floyd might have his hands full on the night.”

Roach also believes Khan, who was thoroughly dominating Danny Garcia before getting rocked in the third round, must not be too anxious or experience defensive lapses in the ring.

Following his stunning knockout loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008, Khan’s trainer, Jorge Rubio, was replaced with Freddie Roach who guided the Brit to a world title and an 8-2 record, including wins over Paul Malignaggi, Zab Judah and Marcos Maidana.

Is Khan capable of delivering a big surprise against Mayweather? And is Freddie Roach the only world class trainer, aside from Khan’s current mentor, Virgil Hunter, who believes Khan has a legitimate shot?

Expert trainer James Gogue, one of the best minds in boxing, told FightSaga in 2012:

“Stylistically, Amir Khan will give everybody problems because of the way he fights.”

“He moves a lot and he has a fast, explosive jab that in my opinion is one of the best in boxing. He also throws a very high volume of punches with speed and in combination.”

“After he fires off his combinations at angles, he will move and won’t there to be countered.”

“Amir Khan is a very tough opponent, style-wise, for Mayweather because Floyd would be forced to change his personality in the ring.”

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Source: Fight Saga

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THE GREAT BOUT AND THE BIBLE

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By Reni M. Valenzuela

Boxing great George Foreman posted on his Facebook last December 22:

“Interpretation of a love letter is given only to lovers to whom it is written… How

can someone express a quote from the Greatest Book of Love without a sit down

with the ‘Lover of all mankind Who wrote it?”

The Word of God, who cares?

Finding the Bible uninteresting is taking the path of least resistance tantamount

to depriving one’s self of Heavens goodness to a great many people who are

constantly searching for the meaning of life.

Irony: It is in reading the same book they brand as boring and absurd where they

find The Answer to fill the void.

With all his intelligence and mastery over other creatures on earth, how foolish

man can be to demolish the very foundation upon which every soul and nation

should stand by neglecting, worse, rejecting its statutes and precepts. The Bible

is outdated and impractical, so it seems to be “learned” and “well-informed.”

Hence they take Divine Providence out of the picture, “professing themselves to

be wise, they became fools.”

No wonder our world is crumbling. John Calvin, a French Reformer of the

sixteenth century, wrote: “Unless God’s Word illumines the way, the whole life

of men is wrapped in darkness and mist, so that they cannot but miserably stray.

The Lord does not shine upon us, except when we take His Word as our light.”

The Bible is life at its best if its wisdom is applied. It is the fastest selling book of

all time, the Textbook of life for all men. Nothing in the world may come close to

it in comparison. Scientists, archeologists, philosophers, agnostics and atheists

had “bonded” together in the past to disprove, invalidate and discredit the

authenticity of the Holy Bible being completely the Word of God. Charles Darwin,

Henry Buckle, George Adam Smith, Copernicus and Lyell were men of “great

minds” in history who are eternally remembered for their intellectual blunders.

“One more century and the Bible will be no more,” said Voltaire, a satirist of his

time. Not too long after he declared that, though, he died a miserable man in

1778, wanting to cry out for mercy but it was too late. More than two centuries

had passed since then and the Bible is still very much around and keeps on

working wonders in millions of lives. After his death, Voltaire’s mansion in

Geneva, Switzerland was purchased by Geneva Bible Society and converted into a

printing shop that produced Bibles.

George Washington, America’s first president, could have not put it any better,

“It is impossible to rule the world without God and the Bible.” “Heaven and earth

shall pass away: but my Words shall not pass away.” – Luke 21:33

The Bible is the Book of books. Alone it stands supreme above others. But how

can it be, to a vast extent, relevant to people of any race and generation? Why is

it exceedingly important to man? What makes it gainfully pleasurable? In what

way can it be appreciated? And how come it’s indispensable to salvation and

happy living?

Not only do I enjoy reading the Holy Scriptures and benefit from it, personally,

but it turned out to be my LIFE. Without it, I can’t survive a day. It is to me a

well of living water from which I quench my thirst. From its pages I take my loaf

fresh from Heaven. It’s the air that I breathe and the very life-blood that surges

through veins.

God’s Word is the source of my strength. Grace springs forth from its breath. Out

of its splendor and beauty I draw inspirations. I marvel to no end at its alluring

charm. And by virtue of its “magic” and authority, I’ve been made to yield.

The Word of God never runs out fascination. Its writ is wisdom transfigured

in its purest. Its power is girding, bidding me prevail in battles. Its inerrancy

is incredible, transcending human grasp. In between queues and ridges, I see

“reality” before a full-length mirror of the Rhema word and, as always, amid

reflections and complexities, despite the snags, I find the Lord “walking on water.”

I have been its captive; and I’ve been set free!

The Testaments are the pilgrim’s passage to the other “realm” severed by a

huge gulf. From Genesis to Revelation, its canon is full narratives, parables, facts,

miracles and shadows of things to come all for men’s admonitions and conquest

of himself. Not a single voice of prophecy it imparts has ever failed, and the

fulfillment of each episode in its entirety forges ahead to unfold, leaving no stone

unturned.

The Bible does not contain the Word of God: It is The Word of God. It is not just a

book: It is The Book. My whole being rests on its unbounded majesty. My future

is anchored on the bounty of its promises. And my confidence hinges on the

richness of its grandeur.

“…the Words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” - John 6:63

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” - Psalm 119:105

The Lord has proven Himself time and again to be worthy and true as He is

propounded in the Word. I never cease to discover Him faithful each morning

for I start my day dipping into The Book and engaging its Author in a closed

door heart-to-heart conversation. I cherish every word and dot in its every leaf

because it is God’s love letter to me. And that’s the argument behind my zeal

and the rationale I know why my passion burns. I delight in the tenderness of His

touch and the rapture of His warm embrace as daily I submerge myself into the

Scriptures.

It’s awesome taking God at His Word!

Since I got into a relationship with Jesus Christ many years ago, I continue to be

amazed and shed tears of joy each time I read His Love Note. He never fails. He

never falters. Whenever, whatever and wherever, the Word of God always had

me under its spell. Take my life but not His Word for by it I have found the Lord to

be my all.

Whole creation must realize that, apart from the Bible, there is no way to know

God. How magnificent getting intimately yoked with our Maker through His Word

and how delightful that life is worth living. The song describes it is so intrinsic for

me, “the greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.”

“I have esteemed the Words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” – Job

23:12

The Word of God builds me up! It is my comfort when I grieve; my friend when

I’m down; my companion when I’m lonely. If I’m hurt, it soothes the pain. In

times of despondency, it makes me see tomorrow brighter than ever. It is my

fortress when I’m up against odds; my shelter in the midst of storms, my gorgeous

garment in nakedness; a shining glory, a gleaming luster and a crowning cap

on my head. The Word of God is the rod when I err; my map when I stray; my

compass when I’m lost. His Word is faith to my doubts, healing to my body, peace

to my mind, gladness to my spirit, heaven to my world.

God speaks in every line and His Word is everything to me, “For in the beginning

was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1

Bible Ambassador Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was quoted as saying, “The Bible

encourages us to read God’s Word in order for us to KNOW THE TRUTH (for

the Truth will set us free) … The old Pacquiao is dead. The new has come (II

Corinthians 5:17).”

(This article is in conjunction with this week’s celebration of the National Bible Week.

God bless the Philippines and the nations of the world. Mabuhay!)

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Roach: Pacquiao is willing to do whatever it takes to get Mayweather fight

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By Chris Williams

Trainer Freddie Roach says that his fighter Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) is willing to do anything he has to in order to get the mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in 2014, despite Pacquiao saying recently that he has no plans on leaving his promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank in order to follow Mayweather’s instructions for him to get the fight.

Roach says that Pacquiao has offered to take the blood testing to check for performance enhancing blood, and he’s already agreed to let Mayweather take the bigger purse split. None of this has worked in getting Mayweather to agree to fight the Filipino star, who has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights. Pacquiao did win his last fight against one of Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters Brandon Rios, but this wasn’t against a quality welterweight opponent. Rios was dragged up from the lightweight division and he’d been badly schooled by another one of Arum’s stable fighters Mike Alvarado in his previous fight before that.

“Of course he [Pacquiao] does,” Roach said to Sky Sports when asked if Pacquiao still wants to fight Mayweather. “It’s the biggest fight in the world for him. We all want that fight and Manny especially. Manny’s offered him a 60-40 split, a blood test, no problems; whatever Mayweather wants. We’ve agreed to anything and he just keeps ignoring us.”

Roach isn’t exactly being upfront when he says that Mayweather “keeps ignoring us,” because he’s come out recently and given Pacquiao clear instructions that he should follow if he ever wants a fight with him by saying that he needs to leave Arum in order to get the fight. I don’t know how Mayweather can get any clearer than that? If Roach is forgetting what Mayweather said then he needs to write it down on his refrigerator so that he can read it again and again each time he goes to eat something. Mayweather has laid out the plan for Pacquiao and Roach to follow if they want the mega fight. If they don’t wish to follow the plan then they need to keep quiet and continue fighting Tim Bradley over and over again, as well as Arum’s other fighters in his Top Rank stable. Pacquiao still hasn’t fought Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov yet, so I expect they’ll get a shot against him in either September or early 2015. Then Bradley can get another fight with Pacquiao, if he doesn’t fight him for a third time in September of this year.

Mayweather says he offered Pacquiao $40 million to fight him in 2012. I think that’s a fair amount and would likely work out to the 60-40 that Roach was talking about Pacquiao being willing to accept. Why Pacquiao didn’t say yes to the $40 million offer from Mayweather is anyone’s guess, but he definitely should have taken that money. Pacquiao has made nothing close to the $40 million in his two fights since the offer made to him. Just think if Pacquiao had beaten Mayweather. There would have likely been a rematch by now, and Pacquiao’s purse for the rematch would have been huge.

 

Source: Boxing News 24

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‘Manny’ showcases Pacquiao’s journey from poverty to global fame

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By Bong Lozada INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—A documentary solely dedicated to, arguably, one of the greatest fighters of all time, Manny Pacquiao, would have its official world premiere at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.

The official YouTube account of the movie, “Manny” released the full trailer of the documentary with a few jabs from key interviews, fights, soundbytes of Pacquiao and the movie’s narrator Liam Neeson.

“Manny” would showcase Pacquiao’s early struggles to his achievements in his 20 years of boxing.

The movie includes interviews from actor Mark Wahlberg, trainer Freddie Roach, Alex Ariza among others who has shaped the career, life and mythology surrounding the career of the eight-division world champion.

 

Source: Inquirer.Net

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Roach: Khan capable of beating Mayweather

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Freddie Roach believes Amir Khan has all the attributes to become the first boxer to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Reports of a bout between Mayweather Jr and Khan continue to circulate, with a fight on May 3 at Las Vegas being talked about.

Mayweather Jr has not tasted a loss in all 45 fights he has taken part in, with Saul Alvarez the latest to fall to the American last September.

Several opponents have been named for Mayweather Jr, but Roach, who trains Manny Pacquiao, says if Khan was to be the next fight for Mayweather Jr, he could cause the unbeaten boxer some problems.

“That’s not an easy fight. I’ve always said Amir has the right style to beat Floyd if he fights correctly and doesn’t stay in the pocket too long,” Roach told Ringside Toe 2 Toe Podcast.

“I always thought he could beat him with his speed. I think he’s faster than Mayweather and that’s what it takes to beat him. Floyd might have his hands full on the night.”

Roach added that Pacquiao is still keen to fight Mayweather Jr, despite disagreements over blood tests and the split of the purse.

“Of course he does. It’s the biggest fight in the world for him,” Roach replied when asked whether his boxer still harboured hopes of taking on Mayweather Jr.

“We all want that fight and Manny especially. Manny’s offered a 60-40 split, a blood test, no problems whatever Mayweather wants. We’ve agreed to anything and he just keeps ignoring us.”

 

Source: ESPN

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Just to Clarify, Shane Mosley Picks Floyd Mayweather Over Manny Pacquiao

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By Paul Magno

COMMENTARY | Shane Mosley is a three-division former world champion, a future Hall of Famer, and one of the legitimate good guys in the sport. He has also been in the ring with both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather and is, therefore, in the unique position of being able to choose a likely winner in the so far all-fantasy Floyd vs. Manny showdown.

Fans will remember that Mosley lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Mayweather in May of 2010 and then, the following year, lost an arguably even more one-sided decision to Pacquiao. Spending twelve rounds with each of boxing’s cash cows gives Mosley a first-hand perspective in the speculative Mayweather-Pacquiao feud that only four other fighters, all shared opponents of both, can claim (Oscar De la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Miguel Cotto).

“Well, you know, he has a puncher’s chance. He does hit pretty good,” Mosley has said of Pacquiao. “If he can hurt Floyd, then maybe something can happen…But Floyd’s the better fighter and he’s never going to hit him to be able to hurt him, so it’s not going to happen.”

Mosley emphasized his opinion by reaching out to Fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson. According to “Sugar” Shane, his recent quotes regarding the issue have been taken out of context and paint him as someone not only picking against Mayweather, but, in a way, actively campaigning against him.

“It’s pissing me off that people are turning my quotes around,” Mosley told Thompson.

Based on his personal experience with both fighters, Mosley remains confident that the victor of the mega-bout would most likely be Mayweather.

“…if Manny can’t catch me and I’ve got a popped Achilles and I’m walking around in a boot for damn near the whole training camp, then he ain’t going to be able to catch Floyd unless Floyd just gets old or he just slips up. And even if he does slip up, Floyd can still get away from him.”

The 42-year-old Mosley, who officially announced his retirement following a TKO 7 loss to Anthony Mundine in Australia last November, feels that there has been a concerted effort to portray him as in conflict with Mayweather or as someone actively supporting Mayweather’s opponents. According to Mosley, this could not be further from the truth.

“I’m tired of this against Floyd thing; like Mosley is against Floyd or Mosley is saying this against Floyd,” Mosley told Thompson. “No, no; I’m not doing that. Floyd’s a great fighter. He works hard, trains hard, and does what he’s supposed to do. He’s the best right now and there’s nothing else to be said. That’s it. That’s just it. I’m just tired of it. I’m tired of the Mosley against Floyd thing.”

The celebrated fighter, who can boast of a tremendous 15-8 record in world title fights over the course of a 20-year professional career, was recently in The Philippines as part of the United Boxing Relief Fund to help raise funds for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

In related news, Mosley’s 23-year-old son, Shane Jr., will be making his professional debut this year. Reports that the debut will take place April 12 on the Pacquiao-Bradley II undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas are still unconfirmed.

 

Source: Yahoo! Sports

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Pacquiao-Bradley rematch: Repeat or revenge?

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BY Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Rematch will be ‘repeat or revenge’, says analyst

MANILA, Philippines – WBO welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. will face a dilemma when he squares off against Manny Pacquiao for the second time on April 12.

Atty. Ed Tolentino, veteran sportscaster and boxing analyst, said the undefeated American will have to decide if he should brawl with Pacquiao or duplicate the same hit-and-run tactic that he used during the first fight.

“In the rematch, will he stand up and fight? Or will he adopt the same hit and run strategy?” asked Tolentino in an interview on ANC Hardball Wednesday night.

Tolentino has no doubt that a hit-and-run style will be Bradley’s best chance against Pacquiao.

“It’s not necessarily popular, but it actually gives him a better chance against Manny Pacquiao. Because toe-to-toe, Manny Pacquiao will take out Timothy Bradley,” he said.

The two boxers first squared off in June 2012, with Bradley winning via a controversial split decision.

The result didn’t sit well among fight fans, forcing the American boxer to reclaim his pride through successful bouts against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez.

“He conquered Juan Manuel Marquez, he conquered Ruslan Provodnikov to drive home the point that he can box and brawl,” said Tolentino. “But only against Pacquiao can Bradley really carve a name for himself.”

The analyst believes Pacquiao has chosen to fight Bradley to prove that the result of the first bout was a sham.

“In the case of Manny Pacquiao, he wants to prove that he got screwed by the judges, that he should have won the fight… So it’s gonna be a matter of repeat or revenge, when Pacquiao and Bradley meet,” he said.

 

Source: ABS-CBN News

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Pacquiao and Bradley embark on two-city US tour to hype grudge match

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Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will come face-to-face for the first time in two years when the two embark on a two-city media tour for their upcoming World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title fight on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The press tour kicks off on February 4 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California, marking the first time the two fighters will meet since their controversial 2012 championship match, which Bradley won behind a stunning split decision to wrest the WBO 147-lb. crown.

The event concludes when the Filipino boxing star and the unbeaten American travel to New York City for a separate press tour at the New World Stages.

The April fight will be the first for the 35-year-old Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38KOs) in the US since losing a brutal sixth-round knockout against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.

The loss at the hands of Bradley also ended the seven-year, 15-fight win streak of Pacquiao, the only fighter in the world to win titles in eight different divisions.

The Filipino congressman from the lone district of Sarangani, however, has been on a comeback trail since then, successfully launching his ring return in Macau last November with a dominant unanimous decision against Brandon Rios.

In contrast, Bradley has reached greater heights following his upset of Pacquiao.

Twice, he successfully defended his WBO title by scoring a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov and eking out a split decision against the aging Marquez.

Bradley’s exciting match with Provodnikov was named Fight of the Year by the BWAA in 2013. - Gerry Ramos, SPIN

 

Source: GMA Network

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