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Pacquiao Doesn’t Feel Extra Pressure To Win For Roach

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By Jake Donovan

The insistence throughout the buildup for the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is that changes are being made in both camps in order to produce a conclusive ending.

Of course, the same sales pitch came prior to last year’s encounter. The end result proved to be every bit as close and controversial as their previous two meetings.

Pacquiao escaped with an unpopular majority decision to run his record to 2-0-1 in the series, though it’s no stretch to suggest that he can just as easily be 3-0 or 0-3. Each fight has been that close, hence the reason for Part IV, which takes place on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The irony of last year’s disputed outcome was that it was the last notable win for Freddie Roach. The Hall of Fame trainer, who has guided Pacquiao’s career for more than a decade, has been on the losing end of four straight major fights as of late, including a highly controversial split decision loss to Tim Bradley this past June.

Also included in that stretch are consecutive losses for former 140 lb. champ Amir Khan, who has since severed ties with the trainer. Roach’s most recent letdown came in September, when Julio Cesar Chavez came within one punch of erasing an 11-round deficit against Sergio Martinez.

A conclusive win over Marquez will kill two birds with one stone for Pacquiao. As far as the series go, it will finally provide a definitive ending, at which point both fighters can move on with the rest of their careers for however long they choose to continue on.

In regards to Roach’s current slide, a big win by Pacquiao immediately rights the ship.

That said, neither Pacquiao nor his coach feel any added pressure. It’s already their mindset to train to win. Whatever happens beyond that, both are confident that they will have done their job to the best of their ability leading up to fight night.

“I do my job the best I can and get Manny for this fight,” Roach insists. “It has nothing to do with any of the other fighters I train. I thought he won his last fight 11 rounds to one, I don’t consider that a loss at all. It’s just business as usual (in the gym).”

Pacquiao’s response is simply an emphatic “No,” when asked if there is a greater sense of urgency to win one for his trainer. Nor is there any more weight on his shoulders to win conclusively.

“My mind is focused on winning,” Pacquiao states. “If I have a chance inside the ring to make the fight easy (end in knockout), then… I will grab that opportunity.

“I will try to not make this fight close like the last three fights. That is my focus now.”

Pacquiao starts sparring session

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manny Pacquiao started sparring yesterday afternoon with welterweight Rocky Marcial at Manny Pacquiao Gymnasium in Gen. Santos City. Pacquiao, who does physical exercises in the morning under the guidance of trainer Buboy Fernandez, is honing up for his fourth showdown with Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Mending Fences

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By Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will likely fight in early 2013. There are no guarantees, obviously, but that’s what all signs are pointing to. Over the past few months both sides’ representatives have mellowed their tones, the barbs exchanged have become noticeably softer, and words expressing mutual respect for one another were offered at least once by both Pacquiao and Mayweather.

This Dream Fight will happen. Before the terms can be officially worked out, however, certain loose ends need to be worked out. One of those loose ends? The federal defamation suit that Pacquiao filed against his arch rival.

Late Tuesday, a few hours after reports emerged that the pair had settled their differences in court, Mayweather’s representatives sent out a very interesting statement to Boxing Scene.

“Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs,” the statement read.

“Manny Pacquiao is a great champion, and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs.”

Well, that’s a far cry from what Mayweather was saying a few years back, right?

It’s all part of the game. These guys are mending fences, inch by inch, piece by piece, because that’s the only reasonable way to get to their super fight. Pacquiao offering to take less of the purse. Mayweather apologizing for his attacks – they’re all tiny steps that will eventually lead into negotiations. And seeing as most of the terms have already been worked out publicly, really, the negotiations will be more of a formality than anything else.

Again, nothing is guaranteed in this world – obviously. These two have let us down in the past. But there is no denying that, based on everything we’ve seen over the past month, both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be moving in the right direction.

It’s safe to get excited, folks.

Just not too excited.



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Chavez -Lee Event Photo Spread!

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Photo Journalist; Stacy Verbeek

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. took one more step in creating his own legacy in boxing to rival that of Chavez Sr. , with a 7th round TKO of Irishman Andy Lee.

Miguel Vasquez (31-3,13KO) took all ten rounds according to the judges to defeat Daniel Attah (26-11-1,9ko)

22 year old Robert Marroquin advanced to 22-1 with 15 KO’s when he stopped  Arturo Santiago in the second round.

Abraham Han remained undefeated at 17-0, 11 by knockout, stopping Joseph Gomez (18-6-1,8ko) in the fourth , after Gomez hit the canvas three times in the third and once again in the fourth round.


Alex Saucedo (4-0,3KO) shutout a tough James Harrison(1-1-1,1ko) on the judges scorecards by taking all four rounds for the unanimous decision.

Alex Saucedo advances to 4-0

Abraham Han remained undefeated

Robert Marroquin four round stoppage.



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Prayer not Sympathy for Floyd!


Keith Terceira

Children Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. 30% to 60% of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.

Mayweather pleaded guilty last December to domestic battery charges and did not contest two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors, for assaulting the mother of three of his children and threatening his two sons.

Initially Floyd was facing eight charges and the possible penalty Mayweather would have faced if convicted of all charges was 34 years.

Dropped were the charges of  two felony coercion and one felony robbery charge and the result from the guilty and no contest pleas  were  87 days.

Domestic violence is one of the most chronically under-reported crimes. Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.

In a national survey of American families, 50% of the men who frequently assaulted their wives also frequently abused their children.
(Strauss, Murray A, Gelles, Richard J., and Smith, Christine. 1990. Physical Violence in American Families; Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence in 8,145 Families. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers)

On average between 1993 and 2004, children under age 12 were residents of households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims and 25% of incidents involving male victims.
(Bureau of Justice Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S. 1993-2004, 2006.)

“Studies suggest that between 3.3 - 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually in the U.S.
(Carlson, Bonnie E. (1984). Children’s observations of interpersonal violence. Pp. 147-167 in A.R. Roberts (Ed.) Battered women and their families (pp. 147-167). NY: Springer. Straus, M.A. (1992). Children as witnesses to marital violence: A risk factor for lifelong problems among a nationally representative sample of American men and women. Report of the Twenty-Third Ross Roundtable. Columbus, OH: Ross Laboratories.)”

Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.

Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. 30% of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year.

The health-related costs of intimate partner violence exceed $5.8 billion each year. Of that amount, nearly $4.1 billion are for direct medical and mental health care services, and nearly $1.8 billion are for the indirect costs of lost productivity or wages.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States, April 2003.)


“Children who witness family violence are affected in ways similar to children who are physically abused.. They are often unable to establish nurturing bonds with either parent Children are at greater risk for abuse and neglect if they live in a violent home.
Statistics show that over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year. Those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally.”
“Families under stress produce children under stress. If a spouse is being abused and there are children in the home, the children are affected by the abuse.” (Ackerman and Pickering, 1989).

Children exposed to family violence are more likely to develop social, emotional, psychological and or behavioral problems than those who are not. Recent research indicates that children who witness domestic violence show more anxiety, low self esteem, depression, anger and temperament problems than children who do not witness violence in the home. The trauma they experience can show up in emotional, behavioral, social and physical disturbances that effect their development and can continue into adulthood.

Floyd was acquitted of felony domestic battery against Harris in 2005 when she recanted her allegations which is often the course an abused woman will take, or fail to press charges at all.

A 2002 negotiated settlement for the domestic battery convictions of Melissa Brim  resulted in Mayweather pleading guilty to those two misdemeanors, and the prosecutor, Stewart Bell, swore that a third conviction on a similar offense would send the boxer to state prison.

Mayweather also has another assault-related convictions  involving a pair of women at a Las Vegas nightclub.

This is a tragic example that Floyd has set for his children that may one day place them in the same situation that Floyd finds himself in a this moment, or worse if this behavior continues. The pattern is clear, the consequences did not compare to the history of violent behavior towards his children’s mothers, and others.

Karina Bland recently wrote in the Arizona Republic

2003 study by a team of international researchers, led by Jacquelyn Campbell at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and published in the National Institute of Justice Journal, compared two groups of battered women. One group consisted of 220 who had been killed by their partners; the other group consisted of 343 who had been abused but not killed.

A landmark 2003 study by a team of international researchers, led by Jacquelyn Campbell at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and published in the National Institute of Justice Journal, compared two groups of battered women. One group consisted of 220 who had been killed by their partners; the other group consisted of 343 who had been abused but not killed.

What the researchers pinpointed was that where a history of domestic violence exists, certain other factors vastly increase the likelihood that a victim will be killed.

Battered women who have been threatened or assaulted with a gun — even once — are 20 times as likely as other battered women to be murdered. Those who have been choked are 10 times as likely to be killed — a statistic that also was a force behind the July 2010 change in Arizona law that made attempted choking or strangulation a Class 4 felony. Previously, strangulation typically would had been charged as misdemeanor assault.

Other factors that can increase a victim’s risk are substance abuse, unemployment, depression, abuse during pregnancy, any kind of estrangement, and the presence of a stepchild. For people in the field, the study — and the danger-assessment tool it was based on — is the definitive guide for assessing risk in domestic-violence situations.

The checklist of those signs is so remarkably consistent that intake workers at domestic-violence shelters use the criteria to establish what danger a woman faces, and Phoenix police officers ask similar questions when they go out on roughly 14,000 domestic-violence calls every year.

“It would be rare for something like this to happen with no previous record of domestic violence,” says Carl Mangold, a licensed social worker who counseled more than 3,500 men convicted of abuse in Arizona between 1996 and 2006. He now trains others to work with offenders through the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

There is a pattern in incidents that end fatally, he says. A man becomes violent and blames the victim. She tries to resist, and his abuse escalates. She attempts to end the relationship, and he punishes her for her defiance.

There is no sympathy for Floyd Mayweather Jr. having to serve less than 3 months ,  or even pity for his illness is beyond some peoples comprehension. Mayweather  has more than enough money and connections to get medical help for this issue.

A  prayer is more appropriate,  that God gives Floyd, this time spent in county lockup, a deep emotional revelation that  transforms his behavior towards both his children, and the women in his life. If it does not occur then  it may lead to even deadlier results should the  behavioral pattern remain.

Marcus Upshaw Interview as he prepares for “Showtime”

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Keith Terceira

Saturday in Newark , New Jersey , road warrior Marcus Upshaw (14-7-2, 6KO) will face Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3,16ko) . Marcus has had his share of upsets in his career and under the management of Sy Stern he continues to improve. Rejoining the team is legendary trainer John David Jackson.

Upshaw also prepared Randall Bailey for his bout this past weekend when his one punch knockout of Mike Jones gave him the IBF welterweight title.

This will mark MP8′s first audio interview and we hope to bring you many more.


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Froch Solidifies Legacy, Gives Bute a Lesson in Power!

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Keith Terceira

Carl Froch  (29-2, 21KOs) told BBC just after his fifth round stoppage of  former IBF Champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24KOs)

“A lot of people wrote me off. The bookies got it wrong, and a lot of people in Nottingham have won some money tonight.”

What the bookies had written off was Froch’s power, and that power he displayed from the third round as Carl battered the Canadian champion mercilessly, making the bout look entirely to easy.

“I could not afford to be lazy and flat-footed. Big respect to Lucian, he can punch, and he hit me with some good shots in there. But I came back,” Froch said.

The official time was 1:05 of the fifth round but the beat down began in the third when Froch landed at will and overwhelm Bute who had kept the fight even until the third round . Bute mounted a brief comeback in the fourth, but could not prevent Froch from coming forward taking everything Lucian would land.

In the fifth and final round Froch rallied and forced Bute to the ropes where he would remain until the referee  stopped the contest. Trapped on the ropes Bute was victimized by Forch’s power shots as the three time champion, recognizing his man was hurt unloaded power shot after power shot until even both corners entered the ring Bute’s to call off the fight and Froch’s to celebrate  what they thought was a waved off fight.

“I feel absolutely electric,” Froch revealed. “I know what was inside my heart and I knew why I was fighting. When you know why you’re fighting and in front of your backyard, that’s when you know to quit. I performed out of my skin.”

Bute had a rematch clause in his contract and the rematch would move to Canada but Carl had a word of advise for Lucian;

“In all honesty, if it were me I would seriously reconsider not taking the rematch,” Froch said

Quintana Stops Latimore in the Sixth

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Keith Terceira

In the first round Latimore has staked out the center of the ring and is working his jab , bit of a feeling out

round for the fighter.

Carlos Quintana has a good four punch combination land, but with 17 seconds left Latimore lands a couple of good body shots pinning Quintana in the corner , round ends even or slight edge to Latimore.

In the second Quintana puts on the pressure and a cut develops over the left eye of Latimore, Quintana gets caught with a low blow and time is called but short break and Carlos goes back to work.

Quintana is the more active fighter by punch stats and between rounds the referee does not singnal a headbutt so cut is from punch.

Round Three; Quintana still the busier fighter and Carlos is catching Latimore with punches right down the middle, splitting the guard easily and putting his punches right between Latimore’s gloves.

Round Four: Latimore is off his fight plan and tries to use his jab but Quintana stays agressive which forces Latimore to fight Carlos’ fight , Latimore is swinging wide and begins to appear desperate to get something going , not working smart but missing wide. If Quintana can keep up this pace with the age difference then he stands a chance to score the upset.

Round Five; Quintana appeared to be breathing a little heavy between rounds. As the round starts Latimore seems shaken and backs into the corner with Carlos chasing and working the body. Back to the middle and Quintana still is controlling the action. Left hook catches Latimore and he is shaken goes to ropes and referee breaks action. Last minute is spent with Carlos dancing and working in and out and Latimore trying to land big shots after getting hit ,missing often.

Round Six :starts again with Latimore working the center of the ring and Quintana circling and fending off attacks by Deandre , then stepping into the mix and working his jab setting up left hooks to head or body of Latimore.. Latimore doesn’t have Carlos’ rangw and suddenly he catches Latimore with big combination and Deandre is down and counted out..Referee stopped the bout and this is huge upset.Big body shot then three left hands put the fight in the books.

Quintana takes the title by landing 108 of 328 punches.


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UFC, White demand retraction from CagePotato

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Zuffa, LLC, dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), today announced that it served a demand for retraction upon the parent entities and executives of the website CagePotato regarding certain false and defamatory statements attributed to UFC® President, Dana White, in an April 14th website posting.

As detailed in the formal demand for a retraction prepared by UFC® attorney, Donald J. Campbell of the Las Vegas law firm, Campbell & Williams:

“The claim that Mr. White would financially wager on the outcome of a UFC® event is outrageous in the extreme. Indeed, in the verified complaint we are presently preparing for Mr. White’s signature upon his return from Abu Dhabi, Mr. White expressly states under oath that at no time in the history of his association with the UFC® has he ever financially wagered on the outcome of a UFC® event.”

Mr. Campbell further explained that under Nevada law a demand for retraction is the first required step in the filing of a lawsuit seeking punitive damages against a party that has maliciously published defamatory statements about another.

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas,Nevada, and with offices in London, England, Toronto, Canada and Beijing, China, UFC® produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world.

In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This includes the longest-running sports realityshow on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now air on FX in an exciting new live format.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through itswebsite,, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with nearly two million followers on Twitter.

Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, and action figures.


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Kim’s Manny Problem

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What should Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares do about Filipino boxing sensation and Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao? She has a real problem. The boxer-congressman paid only P7 million in 2009, after paying P125 million in 2008.

Apparently, this was no misunderstanding or some kind of a screw-up. The Pinoy world boxing champion and reigning best pound-for-pound boxer in the world has had a change of mind about how much taxes he should be paying. Henares can’t figure him out. Thus. she wants some kind of explanation from the World Boxing-Champion and Congressman. She hopes that Pacquiao would just submit the pertinent documents required of him instead of defending himself on television and the print media about being harassed by the BIR.

In fact, the one that feels more harassed is the government’s tax collection agency which wants only to see Pacquiao’s documentary evidence that will prove that P 7 million is exactly the amount that he must pay as his income tax even if it is apparent that his income stream increaed even more in 2009 (when he paid only P7 million) than his income in 2008 (when he paid P125 million)!

Commissioner Kim Henares points out that the BIR is still only in the first phase of their tax assessment of the income of the “People’s Champ“ or “Pambansang Kama-o.”

Explains Henares: “Kung gagawin lang naman nya ang simpleng bagay na magpresent ng dokumento eh di simple. Tapos na yung kaso. First step pa lang to wala pa nga tayo sa pag-assess sa kanya. The sooner he submits, the sooner this controversy will die down. Wala naman kaming sinasabing liability kaya nga ho namin sya iniimbestigahan.“

Another problem for Commissioner Henares is that even people who ought to know better are acting as tax-cheat enablers for the boxing champion congressman.

Senators Ramon “Bong“ Revilla Jr. and Joker Arroyo point out that the job of the BIR is to ensure proper tax collection and not to shame personalities publicly. Bong Revilla says: “This is not the way to treat someone who we all consider as a contemporary hero that has brought great honor and pride to the country.

“Every time Manny steps into the ring, he carries on his shoulders the name and honor of the nation. Every punch he delivers and takes is not for himself alone but also for the Filipino people. Let us not forget what he has done for the Philippines.“

Wow! What can we expect next? A senate investigation of the BIR and what Kim and the BIR are doing to this special citizen whom the two Gloria Senators want to honor by allowing him tax-exemptions on all of his income from boxing and all those endorsements in newspaper, television and radio advertising?

Perhaps our senators would like to sponsor a law that would exempt any of us who achieve anything that merits world recognition. I certainly wouldn’t mind that as long as the amount of the tax exemptions given out will be deducted from our Senators’ and Congressmen’s pork barrels. After all, all of the money that the government spends has to come from somewhere. If some are exempted from paying their income taxes, there has to be other sources that can be tapped so that our treasury does not get emptied out.

By the way, it really seems anomalous that while Pacquiao seems to be even better-known and more successful, with every passing year, he is paying less in taxes (-178%) in a succeeding year As Kim points out: “Hindi naman siya nalalaos, lalo nga siya sumisikat pero bakit bumabagsak ang income niya.“

In fact, what would be a better development would be if those who are revered by their countrymen would show more respect for their country by paying the right taxes and adhering to all our laws. Instead, the reverse seems to be the rule; those in high places, have the right to ignore our laws and skip paying their taxes and they will even have Senators who will justify their actions!

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By Igor Frank

A well thought of amateur boxer from Palm Springs, California, Timothy Bradley had to earn his stripes at the pro ranks the hard way. Not signed by a major promoter from the beginning of professional career in 2004, Bradley had to earn each victory fighting tough opposition at club shows in Inland Empire of Southern California. Covering Bradley’s fight against Mexican veteran, Jaime Rangel at Chumash Casino in Southern California at the tail end of 2006, I wrote that young prospect from Palm Springs looks as comfortable in the ring as fish in water and is bound to become a champion in the near future.

Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley proved me right within a year and a half when he went across the pond, against all odds and took the WBC light welterweight title from the hometown champion, Junior Witter. Few experts believed Bradley had a chance of winning the title in England. Even fewer believed that Timothy would be mentioned in a conversation among elite fighters in 2012. Yet on June 9th, in the biggest and most lucrative fight of his professional career, Bradley will challenge the pound for pound king of sweet science, Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title. HBO PPV will air the event live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Roach expects Cotto to do a good job against Mayweather


MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach is expecting Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto to put on a strong performance against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. when they fight on May 5.
Cotto, the reigning WBA junior middleweight champion, was being pursued both by Mayweather and Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
Pacquiao wanted to fight Cotto at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds, however, and Cotto refused to fight at a weight below 150-pounds. The Puerto Rican boxer ended up choosing to fight Mayweather at the junior middleweight limit. Roach told Boxing Scene that even though Cotto lost to Pacquiao when they met in 2009, the results may differ this time because Pacquiao and Mayweather are two very different fighters.
“Floyd sometimes averages 15 punches per round. How can you beat someone like Cotto, who is a strong puncher and throws so many punches?” Roach said.
“When Cotto catches you on the ropes, that’s where he does his best work. And Mayweather likes to lean against the ropes to counter.
In that scenario, Cotto could succeed,” he added. Roach said that it will also be a stylistic match-up, with the “good technical boxer fighting with a counter-puncher.” “Mayweather is strong physically, but I think Cotto is a bit stronger. Mayweather is definitely much faster, as was Pacquiao,” he added, but noted that Cotto has to be careful about Mayweather’s counter-punching.
Roach said that it will be up to Cotto’s new trainer, Pedro Diaz, to put together a game plan that will be effective against Mayweather. “I think his new coach will know how to fight him, because he is Cuban and that is the style of almost all Cuban fighters (counter-punching),” Roach said. “With a good strategy, Cotto will do a very good job.”

Today’s Scripture: Your Mistake is Not Bigger than God TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) Oftentimes, I hear people say, I’ve just blown it so many times. I had this major setback. I don’t see how I could ever get to where I’m supposed to be.” But we have to realize — our mistakes aren’t that powerful. Our mistakes aren’t too big for God. He’s not up in the heavens shaking His head saying, “I never dreamed they would do that. They’ve ruined My plan.” No, God knew every mistake we would ever make. He knew every wrong turn, and He’s already prepared a new route. He already has your detour figured out. Scripture says that God knows the end from the beginning. If you’ve made some mistakes, the good news is that He has already planned a way to get you back on track! Just come to Him with an open and humble heart. Let Him wash you clean and make you new. Your mistakes aren’t bigger than God. He loves you and has a good plan in store for you! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Father God, thank You for choosing me and accepting me beyond my mistakes. Thank You that the blood of Jesus cleanses me and makes me new. I invite You to have Your way as I submit every area of my life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen. “…And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written,”How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”…Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message! However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[b]— the things God has prepared for those who love him!”

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Floyd Mayweather Announces His Opponent.


During Floyd Mayweather’s boxing license reinstatement hearing he told the committee he has a deal in place to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5th, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada. Game Over……

The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday voted 5-0 to grant Floyd Mayweather Jr. a one-fight license to face Miguel Cotto on May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather was ordered to appear before the commission for a hearing so the commissioners could ask him questions about the criminal case he recently made a plea deal in.

Floyd, Pacquiao both 1st ballot Hall of Famers: HBO exec


MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. are both first-ballot Hall of Famers, even if they end up never fighting each other.

This, according to the new president of HBO Sports, Ken Hershman.

“My view is, Floyd Mayweather is a first-ballot Hall of Fame fighter whether he fights Manny Pacquiao or not,” Hershman said in an ESPN interview.

“And then Manny Pacquiao, similarly, with titles in eight weight classes, is also a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a global superstar,” he added.  “He doesn’t need to fight Floyd Mayweather to cement his legacy in the sport.”  Hershman said he would love for the mega-fight to happen, both as a boxing fan and as an executive of HBO.

“It would be a tremendous fight and event,” he said.  “That being said, I understand each side’s position and view of the world, and they are not coming together just yet,” Hershman added.  Moving on  While the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is on hold, Hershman said the network will move on to other fights.

“My attitude is, until they say they’re really going to do it, let’s move on and program the best fights around it,” Hershman said. “They’re not fighting in May or June, so we are moving on an hope to be involved in the fights they each have then.”  Negotiations for the potential Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-bout picked up steam late last year, culminating in a phone call from Mayweather to Pacquiao last January.  But talks fell apart when Mayweather refused to accept a 50-50 split, and both boxers are now pursuing fights against Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto.  Mayweather is set to return on May 5, while Pacquiao is scheduled to fight again on June 9.

Hershman said he remains optimistic that the mega-fight will happen, but for now, they will focus on the boxers’ May and June bouts.  “We have to look to May and June and make sure the fights they are in then are the biggest events of that time,” he said.

Mayweather vs Pacquiao – Maybe in November, Arum Says Bradley First


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather won’t be fighting this May, with Mayweather still looking for a May 5 opponent and Pacquiao’s next one, according to Bob Arum, by default, looks more and more like Light Welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley.

With Miguel Cotto not really keen on dropping below 150 lbs, as Pacquiao’s camp is demanding of the Junior Middleweight, Juan Manuel Marquez looking for a March fight in Mexico and Lamont Peterson pretty much obligated to fight Amir Khan in order to keep at least one of his belts, Bradley, undefeated, will get the huge opportunity.

Things have gone weird for Bradley over the last year. Problems with his promoter kept him out for too long, getting stripped of his title belt. He refused to fight Amir Khan, before Khan lost to Lamont Peterson. Since then he has signed with Top Rank and made it clear more than once his goal is to get a shot at Pacquiao.

Does it look closer to being Bradley? It looks closer to being Bradley, obviously, by the process of elimination What happens if Miguel Cotto comes back and says, ‘Okay, I’ll make the weight’? That opens up another possibility. But right now, he’s saying that he wouldn’t.


Bob Arum Says Mayweather vs Pacquiao DEAD FOR MAY!!!


By Tim Sladeck,

Was it ever really alive Bob? Common Bob really… Tell the truth..

Manny Pacquaio takes a stand

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By Tim Sladeck

“I will fight anytime” These are the words Pacquiao told Mayweather over the phone.

It was earlier reported by this site that Manny Pacquiao was in agreement with the May 5th date, but retracted that portion of the article as we did not want to hamper the negotiations.

First we will advise everyone that this site does not work for or stand behind the decisions of Top Rank or Michael Koncz- this site is only governed by Manny Pacquiao and it’s sole purpose is to reflect the true champion to the people.

Manny Pacquaio has made it clear he is not concerned about the date of the fight. He is just concerned about the split of the purse- he wants 50/50.

Earlier reports were that Manny was willing to accept less than 50%, so why the change?

Manny Pacquiao was in agreement to take less when there was more flexibility in matters, meaning more money on the table- investors- bigger stadium- more time to make the fight etc.

Now that the fight might be deadlocked on May 5th, for Floyd’s personal reason there maybe money left on the table-

Why should Manny Pacquiao make less of a percentage when he is already willing to adjust to Floyd’s schedule, which my cause revenue for the fight to dip a bit.

This is an intelligent business decision made by the Pacman-

He definitely stepped outside his Advisors advise which was to not fight May 5th- and only accept a later fight date with Floyd or there would be no fight at all-

The fans of Manny Pacquiao should be proud that he made a great business decision, he listened to the fans voices, and he put the advise of his sleazy looking, cigarette smelling advisor in the wind.

It should also be noted Michael Koncz only put Pacquiao on the phone with Mayweather after certain members of Team Pacquiao called Manny directly to tell him Floyd wanted to talk.

If Koncz did not put Floyd on the phone, someone else would have-

Koncz’s hand was forced-

I am sure he will take credit- but this site along with Fighthype will continue to bring the fans the truth on what is happening behind the scenes and we will continue to make sure the world knows the truth.

How The Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Fight Can Happen May 5th 2012

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By Marcos Nunez,

The only way the fight can happen (in my humble opinion) is if Floyd
Mayweather offers Manny Pacquiao the fight with a guarantee-. In all
fairness, I think the guarantee should be around 35 million, which is
almost 100% more than any guarantee Manny Pacquiao has received in the
past. How could Manny Pacquiao turn down a 35 million guarantee
against Floyd on the 5th of May only to accept less of a guarantee to
fight one of Bob Arum’s four other choices.

Manny Pacquiao has already agreed to accept less of a percentage, so
Floyd could offer 45% of the total money received from the fight and
keep 55% for himself.  The fight is sure to generate well over 90
million in net revenue, so I think both fighters will be safe making
this deal.

Manny Pacquiao could then pay Bob Arum his percentage that is owed to
him as Manny Pacquiao’s promoter.

I am sure Money Mayweather will then elicit the services of Golden Boy
to co-promote the event with Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank, and Mp

I do not believe Bob Arum is prepared to present Mayweather the
guarantee he is looking for if the fight were to take place May 5th
and I do not believe that Mayweather will stand down from the date he
has already announced and has a commitment to.

Conference call transcripts: Marquez and Beristain

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BOB ARUM: Welcome to this conference call with the legendary Juan Manuel Márquez and Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristáin. We are 10 days away from the big fight when Manny Pacquiao faces off against Juan Manuel Márquez. There has been great anticipation and I want to thank HBO for the great job they have done, particularly with 24/7 where they have highlighted this event and it really has had so much substance to it and everywhere I go people have told me how much they have loved the show. I am proud to be on this call with Márquez who has proven to be one of the great fighters of our era and on November 12 I can tell you it will be the fight of his life.

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: We have had a great training camp and we look forward to November 12th. It’s a big fight and I think preparation has been one of our best.

NACHO BERISTÁIN: I believe this is the best training camp he has had in his whole career and we are going to give Pacqiao a great fight.

Do you think this will settle questions?

NACHO BERISTÁIN: Without question, we have prepared ourselves to win this fight again. They can say what they want. They are great trainers and he is a great fighter. If they feel they won the first two fights so be it – we feel the same way and that’s the way you should go into a fight.

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: That’s why we are doing this third fight. The first two were very close and this fight should end all doubt. We are not the only ones saying we won the fights. There are a lot of fans and media out there saying the same thing- that we won those two fights.

Have the distractions from the last few days from Conte been a distraction?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: Not at all. Victor Conte can say what he wants. Is it a fact? I think the lawyers will have their hands on that case. As for me I am just preparing myself to be ready for a fight. If he can present some facts, then we can have the attorneys take care of that.

Tell us how each fighter has changed…

NACHO BERISTÁIN: I think Pacquiao has become a better technician as a boxer. I think Márquez has become more mature as a fighter and now fights at a higher level and has gotten better. At his age sometime you wonder if he is focused for the fight but I know that he is – he’s always going to be focused and he’s always going to be ready for a fight. We are looking to give you guys a great fight and he’ll fight like he’s 24. I think Pacquiao’s punches are thrown technically better – he is not as wild as he used to be. He looks like he knows what he is doing and that is a direct impact of Freddie Roach. He is throwing a much better right hook.

How do you feel going into this fight after the first two?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I feel very happy with all the training I have done for this fight. We are going to clear all the doubts from the first two fights and I feel very good about it.

Would you have liked for this fight to come earlier in your career?


JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I don’t believe age has anything to do with it. I prepare myself very well and I’m going to be just as good as I would have been a few years ago. As long as I had the good training camp that I had I’ll be fine.

There is extra motivation for Pacquiao about what you said about the first two fights…

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: Well, if he is upset about what I said about winning the first two fights – I am upset that I didn’t get the decision. I am motivated just as much as he is. We all have opinions and my opinion is that I didn’t get the decisions I deserved.

Márquez had problems moving up in weight to fight Mayweather – why do you think this is OK?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I had problems moving up but I would rather fight Pacquiao three or four more times than fight Mayweather once. Mayweather is a defensive fighter – he doesn’t let you fight, but we know Pacquiao comes to fight and he is a spectacular fighter, he is always going to give you a fight and that’s why I know it will be a war between us.

How do you feel about the news regarding Hernandez?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I knew that he trained many elite athletes before I met him. We talked about what I needed to do and I was very happy about what he told me I needed to do. He’s a very professional guy and we work very well together. I think those things being said about him by Conte and Ariza I think are legal issues that he is going to have to deal with. I am just preparing myself to fight.


NACHO BERISTÁIN: I have the most respect for the work he has done for us. When Juan Manuel comes to the gym he has the power and energy – a guy that I know I can work with and will be ready. That’s why I think we will win the fight. I have the utmost respect for what he has done and how Juan has responded to his work.

Are we going to see a difference in power

NACHO BERISTÁIN: We knew we needed to do some things differently. We had been doing the same things for 15 years and we needed a change. We are very happy with the results and we think it is going to make me a better fighter and I am going to be well-prepared for this 3rd fight with Pacquiao.

Why didn’t you know about Hernandez’ background before now?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I just know that when I met him his background was with elite athletes. We discussed what I needed to do. I didn’t find out anything about this stuff that has been written until the last few days. It was big news to me but it is a shame because of all the work I have done and preparation has been thrown into the trash can by this guy Conte and Ariza by saying these things. I worked very hard but I’m not going to stop training for the fight. Whatever testing they want to do, blood or Olympic, I am ready to do it. We’ll do it, no problem, as long as he does it too.

BOB ARUM: Many of you are really behind the times. Conte and Hernandez were implicated in the use of steroids in the so-called BALCO case. The two of them are the least to be involved in steroids since they have learned their lesson. Secondly, people who understand getting athletes ready know now that you don’t use steroids, not because they are good guys, but because naturally supplements, used correctly, have the same effect of steroids without the bad part — without the rage and the future health concerns. So the conditioners who know what they are doing wouldn’t touch steroids because they are not as effective as the natural substances and the sophisticated training methods now used. You are talking about things that existed five or ten years ago that are not currently being used.

How do you get inside against a guy like Pacquiao?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: Freddie Roach also if looks at the same films that we have he noticed that I always won the “combat zone” as I like to call it. It is important that we do it again but it’s not going to be easy. It is going to be tough but you have to know how to do it and when to do it.

How do you take the right hook away from Manny?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: Obviously when we fought the first two times the right lead was the one we had to worry about – that was the big one, the one we tried to nullify. It looks like he has a better right hand now. You have to go up in the ring with the mentality to be ready for both. Focus on what you have to do and be ready for both hands.

How did you bounce back from Mayweather loss?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: That fight with Mayweather, obviously he was a defensive fighter with long arms – a difficult guy to fight. He doesn’t really exchange and you have to take the fight for what it was. But we were able to win some fights and get back to the one we always wanted to do. The fans wanted to see and it and the press wanted to see this third fight. I think our styles match and make great fights because we both want to fight and we both want to win. I think I’m ready. It’s a big fight and it’s coming up pretty soon and I’m looking forward to giving the fans a great fight.

What do you think you can do different in this fight?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I think it is a question of getting stronger and keeping the speed. That is key to victory – being strong and as quick as he is.

How do you feel about the odds 9:1?

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: It doesn’t do anything for me. People can make bets and if they like to odds that is fine with me. It has nothing to do with my fight. I have to go into the fight with the mentality that I have to win each round and if the opportunity comes I go for the knockout. I am not going to hesitate if the opportunity is there.

JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: Without a doubt the fight is personal for me too. I didn’t get the two decisions I thought I won. I think I will win this fight because I should have won the first two. It is going to be great because we both want this fight and we are going to give it our all. The winners are going to be the fans because we are two guys that are going to go in there and give it our all.

NACHO BERISTÁIN: We have never doubted that Manny Pacquiao is a great fighter. If anyone says anything about him we have always defended him. We think he’s a great fighter and athlete but now they are saying this about Juan, like Bob Arum says, there are different ways to get fighters ready for a fight. Juan looks very strong and has worked very hard to get that way. We have done it the right way and don’t understand why anyone would doubt that.


JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ: I worked very hard to win this and fight and to give everyone a great fight and I am going to be ready in a few days.

Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, is in his final 10 days of intense training for his defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against professional nemesis and three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), of México City. Pacquiao and Márquez, with world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Márquez III will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Remaining closed circuit tickets, priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, The Pacquiao-Márquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.

Episode No. 3 of the all-access reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Márquez” premieres This Saturday! November 5, at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes No. 1 and No. 2 are available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

For Pacquiao-Márquez III fight week updates, log on to and


Robert Garcia: Donaire is Fully Focused on Narvaez

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By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Nonito Donaire’s itinerary since he arrived in New York last weekend included a trip to the Jersey City Public Library to celebrate Filipino-American History Month, a reception in his honor at the Philippines Consulate in New York and a photo shoot atop the Empire State Building. Continue reading “Robert Garcia: Donaire is Fully Focused on Narvaez” »

Videographer Wanted In Baguio

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By Moses Lopez,

Would you like the chance of a lifetime? Would you like to video the champ during his first four weeks of training for the Marquez fight? We are looking for experienced videographers for this upcoming “Road To Marquez”

Qualifications: Must have their own equipment, Must be able to edit

Please contact Moses Lopez at

Bata, Django enter quarterfinals to face Souquet, Hohmann

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Philippine Daily Inquirer

By Cedelf P. Tupas

MANILA—A quarterfinal showdown serving as a rematch of the final two years ago has been forged in the 2011 Partypoker.Net World Cup of Pool. Continue reading “Bata, Django enter quarterfinals to face Souquet, Hohmann” »

Manny Pacquiao Knocks Out Hunger

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The Stuff: Andre Berto TKO 5 Jan Zaveck

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Lady Luck and papery skin combined to give Andre Berto another sanctioning body gewgaw last night when Jan Zaveck could no longer continue after a cut over his left eyelid ended matters between the fifth and sixth rounds at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Continue reading “The Stuff: Andre Berto TKO 5 Jan Zaveck” »

Making the Grade: Is Victor Ortiz Ready for Floyd Mayweather Jr?

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You want to see Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao. Of course. We all do. But in this maddening sport, where nobody except those who run the business ever gets what they want, we’re going to have to settle for the next best thing. Continue reading “Making the Grade: Is Victor Ortiz Ready for Floyd Mayweather Jr?” »

Azkals’ Etheridge, Schrock to miss Long Teng Cup

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MANILA, Philippines – Several key Azkals players won’t be able to play for the national squad in the Long Teng Cup in September. Continue reading “Azkals’ Etheridge, Schrock to miss Long Teng Cup” »

UFC 134 results: Shogun, Nogueira, Anderson Silva get KO wins in Rio

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Anderson Silva made yet another decisive defense of his belt

Making its long awaited return to Brazil, the UFC pulled out all the stops with UFC 134. The fight card was absolutely loaded with superstar talent, including a Middleweight title fight. Naturally, there were Brazilian fighters in every bout, but that only served to excite the on-site fans even more. Overall, the atmosphere was electric and that always seems to have an affect on the fighters. There was some great action, so let’s get right to the re-cap. Continue reading “UFC 134 results: Shogun, Nogueira, Anderson Silva get KO wins in Rio” »

Mayweather ‘absolutely’ wants to fight Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. will step into the ring for the first time in 16 months on September 17 against the young Victor Ortiz – but “Money” cannot escape the questions about Manny Pacquiao.

In the press conference for his bout against Ortiz, Mayweather was once again assailed with questions regarding a possible fight with the pound-for-pound king. Continue reading “Mayweather ‘absolutely’ wants to fight Pacquiao” »

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