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Alex Ariza: “If Manny wants me out, then I will be out”

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Keith Terceira

Strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza , who is an important piece of Team Pacquiao, recently spoke with Ben Thompson of Fighthype.com in a scathing article that was critical of Bob Arum’s behavior and comments in regards to his handling of fighters he is contracted with. Ariza also alleged that Arum was complaining and dissatisfied with the fact that he handled the cut over Manny’s eye during Pacquiao-Marquez III.

The day after his interview was published we caught up with Alex, whom even though it was Thanksgiving weekend, was still in the gym working with his boxers.

Alex, seems that there is some confusion over whether or not Arum and Manny are negotiating at this moment for a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I never tried to dip my hat into the promotional ring, it’s none of my business but Bob went above and beyond , trying to get me fired , trying to get me discredited ,trying to interfere with my fighters.”

What do you feel Arum is trying to do with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and your agreement?

“Like I said he was trying to move him over the hill”

Move him over to Robert Garcia, you mean?

“Yes”

Do you have a written contract with your fighters or a handshake agreement?

“It’s a contract”

Would it not be Tortious interference then if you have a contract?

“You know the thing is that he (Arum) is not stupid, he has a way of doing things.”

Are you saying that he is doing it thru a third party?

“He could be doing it thru 3-4 different parties”

So, you think he has a gofer , doing it for him?

“Exactly, so that is why I came out and said what I had to say, and if he leaves me alone things are fine, if not I’ll have more things to say.”

To be honest Alex, I wrote yesterday that perhaps it’s time Manny promoted himself?

“I wish I would have said that one myself. You know I just saw an article where Manny’s doctor said that the cut was down to the bone, but yet after I stopped the bleeding in the tenth round, I don’t understand what he is so upset about.”

If that cut was down to the bone then I would imagine that you did as much and as well as any cutman in the business could, considering it stopped bleeding?

“Yeh but that is not good enough.He has to find the bad in it, like what am I doing in there. He could have just said thank you. It could have been a disaster. Well I’m more upset with Miguel (Diaz) as well , Miguel didn’t man up and say hey, I missed it, I missed the cut , I didn’t see it.”

Is Miguel Diaz, Bob Arum’s guy?

“Of course, we will see what comes from all of this.”

I read someones opinion that you are on your way out with Manny Pacquiao, is everything cool with you and Manny?

“That’s why I got so upset Manny and I spoke about everything on Saturday. We sat down we watched the fight together and I just gave him an overview. People think Manny is stupid, Manny is not going to sit there and look …Chavez is fighting like he has never fought before, Amir Khan is fighting the best ever, and they are doing the program, they are following the routine. This fight I didn’t feel like fighting with Manny as much, He had a great camp , his training was very focused , he was very into what he was doing, and sometimes as a trainer you can only make suggestions. When things don’t go your way, it’s time to just take a step back and let him do his thing.”

He also had a lot going on around him and by pushing too hard; it may have made matters worse instead of better!

“Yes, I didn’t feel like I was going to push my agenda, once I saw he wasn’t going to go with things the way I wanted things to go I left it alone and just supported him in the things he was doing and help him as much as I can. He told me this time, he promised that we would go back to doing things the old way, so we will see. Listen nothing that I say is going to get me fired from Manny. Manny is going to fire me based on him not wanting me being there, period. It’s not going to be that I said something about Bob or I said something about Michael, it’s not going to be over that, it’s just going to be my time to go. That kind of shit doesn’t bother Manny, If Manny wants me out I’ll be out. If Manny wants me in I’ll be in. Nobody is going to convince him one way or the other.”

Alex thanks for talking to me today, I figured to give you a call and see if you had more to add to your interview?

“Like I said, I’ve said all that I have to say, I’m going to leave it alone, and hopefully Bob leaves me alone, let him do what he wants to do, and he lets me be me. I don’t think anyone should try to fuck with anyone’s livelihood. That is very, very, dangerous business.”

 

GMA 7 Airs Pacquiao-Marquez III Review

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By Manny Pinol

Television network GMA 7 which carried the epic third fight between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and great Mexican counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez will air on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 6 p.m., the first of two parts of the replay and review of the world welterweight championship whose result was disputed by the Mexican’s camp and its followers.

The first part, which will be shown as part of the TV sports show “Game” hosted by Chino Trinidad and Christine Jacobs on GMA News Channel 11, involves the review of the rules of boxing, specifically that of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) which sanctioned the championship fight,  and the scoring system in boxing.

International boxing judge and referee Danrex Tapdasan, a WBO accredited official, and I were invited by GMA 7 to shed light on the finer points of boxing scoring and judging.

Danrex, a young lawyer, brought with him a diagram of the legal punching areas in a boxer’s body to help explain that not all punches that connect will be scored because some of these punches land outside of the scoring area.

In the fight between Pacquiao and Marquez, for example, I pointed out that not all of the punches delivered by Marquez to Pacquiao’s midsection were scored by the judges because a closer review of the video of the fight showed that many of these were parried by the arms of the Filipino champion or landed below the waistline.

Marquez’s punches which hit Pacquiao in the nape were not also scored by the judges because those were not legal hits, never mind if referee Tony Weeks failed to warn the Mexican challenger about those “rabbit” punches.

Danrex emphasized that as a judge, he observes four rules in scoring the fight, namely: 1) effective aggression; 2) clean and hard punching; 3) ring generalship; 4) defense.

Outside of these four rules widely adopted by all world boxing sanctioning bodies, there is the unwritten rule that the challenger must take the fight to the champion and must prove that he deserves to be installed champion by convincingly defeating the defending titlist.

Chino, who earlier agreed to my idea of two panels discussing the fight and providing their perspective on the scoring of each round, said the “Game” episode to be aired tomorrow is a prelude to the replay of the fight next week.

“Let this be an opportunity to educate boxing fans on the finer points of boxing and the rules covering the scoring of the fights,” Chino said.

Next week, Pacquiao-Marquez III will be replayed and reviewed in full but it is a must that boxing fans watch tomorrow’s prelude and listen to the explanations of Danrex, who by the way admits that while he saw the fight as a draw, he could have scored it differently had he been at ringside and fully focused on the fight.

This was precisely the point raised by American boxing writer Don Donatello in an article published in his website which was posted by www.philboxing.com.

Donatello, in a well-written and well-analyzed article, asked those who thought they saw Marquez win: “On what basis?”

He then said how can somebody who was watching the fight while drinking beer, eating peanuts or popcorn and exchanging high fives as the fighters traded punches be more focused that the three people at ringside.

Two of the three judges saw the fight in favor of Pacquiao while the third judge scored it a draw. The Compubox, an instrument operated by two people which recorded the number of punches thrown and landed, including power punches, also had the Filipino boxing icon ahead.

That Pacquiao performed poorly in his third meeting against the brilliant counterpuncher Marquez is a view shared by everybody.

But the claim that Marquez won is simply a denial of available statistics and a defiance of logic.

 

Team Pacquiao splitting at seams AGAIN!

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Keith Terceira

“Sliding down a 50 foot razor blade into a shark infested pool with only your private parts for brakes” is probably the best way to describe navigating around Team Pacquiao for news these days without running a fowl of some team member.

It makes no sense whatsoever that Manny Pacquiao puts up with the distractions surrounding him and that those distractions themselves can cause performance issues with the eight time champion.

Whether the charges leveled against Bob Arum and Pacquiao “Business Manager” Michael Koncz by Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are accurate remains to be seen, but the fact that they are being levied at all lends substance to the allegations that Arum and Koncz are working together to prevent or stall the Pacquiao – Mayweather bout in the eyes of a team member.

Whatever, the real inside scoop are the fact remains that Team Pacquiao continues to fracture at an incredible speed and this is just prior to the toughest fight of Pacquiao’s career, should a Mayweather bout occur.

Strong, successful personalities surround Manny yet this division needs to end before it affects the outcome of future fights.

Each member of Pacquiao’s cabinet has had success in their specific fields and without one of the key ingredients, perhaps the career of the champion looks quite different.

Freddie Roach stood beside Manny through lawsuits and slick management that resulted in Pacquiao walking away from Murad Muhammed with Pacquiao regaining some missing funds, and Roach has done a masterful job developing a one dimensional fighter into a master at the sweet science.

Alex Ariza has the knowledge and skill to turn Pacquiao into a well-oiled machine when Manny decides to follow Alex’s brand of training regime.

Both trainers have made statements that are often counterproductive to the Team as a whole, granted with Manny’s best interest at heart, and the fact remains that all four of these major components come out in public with some real whoopers at times.

Michael Koncz appears to have both Arum’s and Manny’s ear when it comes to successful branding of the world’s most recognized fighter, but has been an issue for several team members.

Bob Arum has put a lot of money in the pockets of Manny Pacquiao as well as his own with the promoting of Manny Pacquiao’s career during his tenure yet continues to do things that mainly benefit Top Rank rather than Manny Pacquiao.

If Bob Arum disagrees with a fighters choice of whom is on his team then Arum should not interfere unless he is picking up the tab on that cost. Should Arum be working behind the scenes to interfere with a contract between a fighter and his trainer or coaches, it can further expand the explosiveness of this fracture within the team by opening the door to litigation.

We don’t know which one of these gentleman are correct in their positions, hopefully we can get Manny’s take on the issue in the future.

Personally, I would pay to see Manny give them all a baseball bat and put them in a steel cage together for a battle royal or a tag team event.

It would be Bob Arum’s best Pay Per View.

Perhaps the time has come in Manny Pacquiao’s life where he takes the bull by the horns and promote himself for the rest of his time in the ring.

Pacquiao promoting himself would get rid of a lot of the infighting and perhaps erase many of the problems that disease the camp at the moment.

One thing is certain in my opinion it is time for Manny Pacquiao to display the leadership skills that may one day make him the President of the Philippines and put an end to the public display of infighting.

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

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by Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 http://www.fighthype.com/pages/article11250.html

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

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by Leo Reyes

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

“Good Ole Days” are always today in Boxing

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By Keith Terceira

Having spent much of the last twenty four hours dealing with lousy weather, cancelled flights, and concern over a travelling father-in-law, I awoke this morning in an aggravated mood that carried over while reading some of the latest boxing articles around the web.

No news popped up about a mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, so my semi-vacation was not further spoiled by being out of the loop for a day. I also didn’t miss much in the way of news but it was evident that people are itching for an announcement regarding Manny Pacquiao that probably won’t come until after Christmas.

One article did catch my eye and it critiqued boxing as a sport that has suddenly gone to the dogs and that it has been exposed for being scandalous, crooked, and deceitful. All this wrapped around a headline mentioning Pacquiao and Mayweather.

As a student of boxing , I have read the same comments in newspapers ranging from the late 1800’s to this very day, as every new generation brags, complains , or analyzes our great sport. All one needs to do is drop in a different name or two and you have a current event in place from an old write-up.

Particularly funny was a comment referring to the good old days of Mike Tyson’s career , knocking out everyone, and taking on all the heavyweights of his time?

Wonder what Tim Witherspoon would say to that comment this morning.

Though frustrating at times boxing is in pretty good shape when compared to the “Good ole days of Mike Tyson”. Lord, what a boring couple of decades  we saw after coming off the wars of the 60’s and 70’s that were led by a solid heavyweight division.

Gatti – Ward is talked about in the same vein as we spoke about Hagler-Hearns or Leonard –Hagler, and let’s not forget Pryor-Arguello  and the list goes on and on across time and space.

Boxing has its ebbs and flows more than any other sport but some things are no longer an issue like the true “Old Days” and some things remain similar.

We can yell that boxing is a crooked and deceitful sport but it has cleaned up nicely when compared to the days when Ray Arcel after 30 years of training and producing champions suddenly disappeared from boxing for twenty years after being hit with a lead pipe outside a Boston Hotel in 1953.

Thankfully, disappeared are the days where it was so difficult to get a title shot against Marciano and other champions, unless you were among the favored sons, that contender Earl Walls, who was ranked in the top ten at the time,  just walked away from boxing and went home to Canada.

We await the stars to align just right for Pacquiao & Mayweather  to face off with slightly less patience than we should display,  but when compared to the life and times of legends like Sam Langford , Harry Mills, Joe Jeannette, or Charley Burley, we are truly blessed that we even have a discussion at all.

Imagine being a fan of those great pugilists and cheering them on from the stands knowing that they would never see a contract to fight for a world title.

Even though boxing judging is controversial at times , the days of you never beat a guy in his hometown has passed us by for the most part, the days of newspapers being the ones that decided who won or lost a fight has flown the coup, and the blatant in your face era of “payola” has been pushed far underground.

Yes, judges screw up from time to time, as do referees, but one needs to read a bit to understand how much different and better overall  the sport has evolved.

There was a time, like during the career of Harry Greb , who fought from 1921 to 1926 blinded in one eye, that boxing had no commissions that cared enough to protect the career of a fighter as NYSAC is attempting to do with Antonio Margarito. There was no one but deathly crooked promoters and managers to protect a fighter from his own bad judgment.

As every boxing generation passes, there is a discussion that one era or the other was greater than the era ahead.

The old men, sitting around a gym, gossiping about fighters will someday be us, and thankfully they won’t be filled with cigar smoke, as they were in my youth. We, will be the ones telling the youngsters that we saw Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather at their greatest moments, and eyes will fill with disbelief as they counter with their favorite flavor of the day.

Remember the “Good Ole Days” are always today in Boxing!

 

 

 

 

Chavez defends his title

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By Tom Donelson

Peter Manfredo, Jr. has never been one of the elite fighters but since his days on The Contenders, he has maintained his popularity and this has allowed him shots at big money fights and even championship bouts. In the prefight interview, Manfredo, Jr. noted that he was a blue collar fighter who loves to mix it up as he prepared to fight another money making machine, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. whose linage has allowed him to be a feature fighter in his own right. Chavez is the son of the great hall of fame fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. and while he is a bigger fighter than his dad, he has yet shown that he is a great fighter in his own right. He is a good fighter with a good career going so far but with the Chavez name, being just a good fighter is not an option.
Manfredo came into the fight as the underdog and knew that he had to win or essentially his career was over. Chavez entered the ring just behind his dad, the living legend loved by many of his Mexican countrymen. Chavez Jr. had the cross of living up to his father reputation as he defended his version of the Middleweight championship. This promised to be a fight of two bangers and Manfredo came out jabbing as he advanced behind those jabs as Chavez boxed to avoid the charges while he counter with those classic Chavez left hooks. Chavez spent the first round feeling out Mandredo as he wanted to absorb Manfredo’s punches, checking out Manfredo’s power.
Chavez came out opening seconds of the second round with hook as he alternated between boxing with aggressive style followed by hooks. Manfredo continued to advance but he didn’t let his punches loose against Chavez and Chavez ended the round with a solid combination as he twisted Manfredo into the rope as he maneuvered Manfredo in perfect position to launch those combinations.
At the minute mark of the third round, Chavez nailed Manfredo with a solid right as Manfredo’s face started to show the effect of those rights. When Manfredo connected on punches, he got nailed back by harder punches. Manfredo attempted to turn the fight into a brawl in the fourth round and Chavez allowed Manfredo to hit him as he slipped to the rope for 45 seconds as Manfredo scored with some effective punches. In a round that was close, Manfredo’s body shots allowed him to be competitive.
Manfredo connected with some solid rights and left including left hooks but after the minute, a Chavez right hand staggered Manfredo who retreated into the rope as Chavez attacked. Chavez threw combinations after combinations as Manfredo lay on the rope with hands up but little defense and as Mandredo finally grabbed Chavez, the referee stopped the fight.
Among the HBO crowd, there was a debate on whether this was an early stoppage or a proper stoppage. In Max Kellerman’s mind, Manfredo could have continued whereas Harold Lederman stated it was proper as Manfredo was losing the fight and getting nailed with hard shots. For Manfredo, this was the second championship fight in which he felt the fight was stopped too soon just as he was stopped by Joe Calzaghe in an earlier championship fight. But just as the Calzaghe’s fight, he was losing and there was little chance he was going to win either fight.
Chavez showed improvement in skills as he boxed and jabbed before resorting to his left hook style. The suspicion has always been Chavez is not his father and he has been promoted carefully but he is developing skills.
As for Manfredo, he told the HBO staff that he lost another HBO fight and as he admitted, “I may not be a HBO fighter.” Manfredo has been a good fighter but never had the skills to be a top ten fighter much less than an elite fighter.
After seeing the rematch of the Pacquiao-Marquez, I will stand by my original judgment that it was a draw. I will add that I made the point last week that Marquez’s corner telling their fighter that Marquez was winning had a significant role in losing the fight for their fighter. They told their fighter that he was ahead and he took the last round off. It cost him.

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

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by Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacquaio-Marquez III; Fight Reviews and Emotional Blockages!

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Keith Terceira

The announcement that GMA Channel 7 will be conducting a replay and analysis of Pacquiao – Marquez III will no doubt educate and inform fight fans that have the opportunity to view this event, but the truth of fight reviews are that they do little to sway the fight fans mind.

Most people have already set their positions when it comes to whom honestly won in Las Vegas a week ago and a review of the fight, even when the evidence is served, will  do little to change a position because , well frankly, no one enjoys being wrong.

The news that a week after the fight that Juan Manual Marquez will not retire and suddenly feels he has a few good years left, is also no sudden shock, only Marvin Hagler had the honesty to retire after he felt that he was robbed against Sugar Ray Leonard. The rest of boxers who threatened retirement when fights didn’t go their way suddenly returned when the smoke cleared and they realized that they themselves may have been defeated but also that the controversy around the loss can put gold in the bank.

Boxing fans that go into this review should honestly attempt to clear their minds and opinions before witnessing this event, though many will refuse to do so. Most will go into this appraisal looking to defend the position they hold and pick out the points in the fight that strengthen their argument, much as many writers already do.

Personally, I view a fight once as to make a decision, then the rest of the times just to enjoy the fight, because I already know that it will be difficult to redo the atmosphere and the nuances of the original experience.

Viewing the fight the first time I didn’t use the sound as it allows the commentators to interject their opinions as to who is winning. I don’t desire to be convinced as to what I am seeing as I’m trying to form an independent decision.

After being asked a dozen times by friends how can I be impartial when I write for Manny Pacquiao’s website , the answer is simple because I am not restricted by time as a boxer is , I need to be impartial, because someday Pacquiao will be retired to his estates and I will still be writing about boxing.

I scored the fight 115-113 for Pacquiao and my wife sitting beside me felt that Marquez may have pulled it off or it was a draw.

The fact is that the subjectivity of judging a boxing match is something that makes boxing attractive for both fans and writers. In a close fight there will be fans lined up behind the red and the blue corner when the final bell tolls, but they were there already when the first bell sounded, some just shifted sides based on their impression of how the fight went. If not for the subjectivity of the sweet science besides the violence there would be little attraction.

Writers are fans as well, in one form or another, so they too will line up behind the corner they predict will win before the fight is even announced, some will shift when it is over, others will stand in the middle waiting to see what position to take based on hits and clicks. Even writers though, will view a fight with a preconceived notion and expectation of whom and how a fighter will be victorious based on the pride of their predictions.

I predicted before the fight that there would be a later round stoppage or a distance fight with Pacquiao the winner; I based this on many points of interest including the chance of a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather.

Frankly, I thought that the fight had the best percentages to go just the way it did based on the previous 24 rounds but I too, got caught in the knockout hysteria surrounding Team Pacquiao predictions, so I went out on a limb to predict a latter round stoppage because of Marquez’s age.

Predictions about knockouts sell tickets and buys, but have very little to do with the breakdown of a potential fight, when taking into account styles and history. Most often a fighter that goes into a tough equal fight predicting a knockout will do poorly, which is why trainers will tell you that looking for the knockout is not something that a fighter trains to do. Better to train for a difficult fight and let the knockouts just come.

So when reviewing the fight I think the best thing to do is just enjoy it, you can’t change the outcome.

If you are undecided, then view this fight with an open and honest mind, taking one round at a time, punch for punch, asking who is making the fight, controlling the action ,  landing the better quality blows, and remember not to double dip your chips.

Ciao!

 

Pacquiao-Marquez III Replay, Review Set Nov. 27

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Manny Pinol

The replay and review of the third meeting between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexico’s great counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez has been set by GMA Channel 7 on Nov. 27 with two separate time slots being considered for the airtime.

Chino Trinidad, sports director of GMA Channel 7, sent me a text message yesterday from Los Angeles, California saying that the TV networks executives are deciding on whether to air the replay and review on GMA All Sports from 11 am to 12 noon or in GAME, a program hosted by Trinidad, 5 to 6 p.m. on GMANews TV.

The decision to replay and review the fight was made following my suggestion that the very close Pacquiao-Marquez third fight, while already decided by the three judges as a majority decision victory for the Filipino boxing icon, offers a golden opportunity to educate boxing fans on the finer points of the sport and the largely misunderstood scoring system which has resulted in chaos and controversies in the past.

Following the conclusion of the fight in Las Vegas Nov. 12 (Nov. 13 morning in Manila), not a few Filipino sports analysts and columnists claimed that Marquez was “cheated” and that the Mexican boxing legend should have won the fight in spite of the scoring made by judges Robert Hoyle (114-114), Dave Moretti (115-113) and George Trowbridge (116-112) awarding the fight to Pacquiao.

The scoring of the judges was backed up by the statistics generated by Compubox, a computer counting machine operated by two people at ringside, which recorded the number of punches thrown and connected. The Compubox showed that Pacquiao threw and landed more punches, more jabs and at least 17 more power blows than the Mexican thus affirming the judges’ scoring.

The views and comments stating that Marquez was “robbed” divided the Filipino nation and in one of   the very rare moments in the storied boxing career of Pacquiao, many doubted his victory.

“We owe it to Manny Pacquiao, he who has given the country unprecedented sports honors,” I told Chino Trinidad when I proposed the replay and review of the fight in a Face-Off format where a panel of those who believed Marquez won would sit across the table with a panel of boxing people who believe that Pacquiao was the clear winner.

International boxing judge and referee Dandrex Tapdasan, a young lawyer who has proven to be a very competent judge, and I have volunteered to sit in the panel which, with the aid of the video materials available, will explain why Pacquiao’s victory was well-deserved and that there should be no doubts on the outcome.

I have suggested to Chino that GMA Channel 7 should invite fellow sports journalists Ronnie Nathanielsz, a dear friend, and fellow The Manila Times sports columnist Ed Tolentino, a lawyer. In the absence of the duo, I recommended to Chino that two young bloggers, one a Fil-Am, be invited to fill in, namely Reni Valenzuela of www.philboxing.com and Dennis Guillermo of www.examiner.com who were either very scathing or insistent in their claims that Marquez won.

 

Chino emphasized that the exercise is intended to educate Filipino boxing fans on the finer points of judging and scoring in boxing and not to embarrass anybody or any side.

Let me stress too that this is not an attempt on my part to shame anybody and make the impression that I and Dandrex understand boxing better than the others or that we are more authoritative than other boxing analysts.

While I have not had the pleasure of really getting to know Ed Tolentino well, Ronnie Nathanielsz is a good and dear friend. I had disagreements with him in the past, but these were more of intellectual skirmishes rather than personal feuds.

I do not know whether GMA 7 has extended the invitation to Ronnie and Ed but the two young bloggers have already begged off with Valenzuela saying that he has commitments to his church on weekends and Guillermo has posted blogs saying that there is no point debating with biased Filipino boxing analysts.

This is not a debate. Debates involve oral arguments over propositions and suppositions which are all abstract. This is a review of a factual event seen and perceived differently by people whose appreciation may have been influenced by their biases or the noise and the din.

We will establish what is a legal punch and where it is supposed to land. With that guide, we will determine whether the punches that we saw being thrown by either boxer were scored by the judges or the Compubox.

At the end of the whole exercise, we will not only clear the air and give justice to the rightful winner but also educate the Filipino boxing fans in the process.

This exercise though does not come easy or cheap.

Chino told me that GMA Channel 7 has to allocate a few more million pesos just to be allowed to show the fight again whose rights are owned by Solar Sports.

That’s a lot of money spent simply because some people insist that the judges and the Compubox were wrong.

I believe though that it is money well spent because justice, fairness and the truth are priceless and invaluable.

 

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

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by Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Pacquaio-Marquez III Replay:Let’s Watch And Learn Together

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By Manny “Braveheart” Pinol

All these debates over who won in the third meeting between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez are exercises in futility because nobody could alter the fact that two of the three judges at ringside saw the 12-round battle in Las Vegas Nov. 12 as a fight won by the defending champion.

That is the decision and not even the camp of Team Marquez which howled “robbery” after the fight had made any attempt to question that before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) which supervised the fight or the World Boxing Organization (WBO) which sanctioned the championship bout.

In fact, five days after the fight, journalist Butch Gottlieb of Boxing in Las Vegas website and a former member of the NSAC, said no protest has been filed neither was there any attempt to question the integrity of the judges and demand their suspension.

Gottlieb, who also manages woman-boxers in Las Vegas, said the reaction of one NSAC official was: “On what basis? They cannot question how a judge sees a round.”

But this hotly argued fight offers to Filipino boxing fans an opportunity to learn more about the finer points of the sport of boxing and the scoring system which is not fully undestood and appreciated and has, in many previous instances, brought about chaos and confusion.

Journalist Chino Trinidad, sports director of GMA Channel 7 which carried the fight on free TV in partnership with Solar Sports, informed me yesterday that following my suggestion of a replay and review of the fight, he is now in the process of wrapping up a TV show package that would replay the 12-round fight on a round-by-round presentation with two groups of panelists with differing views on the outcome of the fight seated across each other.

This is going to be a great learning exercise because minus the adrenalin flush that usually comes along while watching a fight live on TV, we will be able to calmly review the fight and come up with the definitive conclusion on who really won the fight last Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Each round will be analyzed and both panels will submit their argument on why either fighter won the round. I have suggested to Chino that critical exchanges of punches between the two fighters be played in slo-mo because on TV, punches which may appear to have connected may yet be seen in slo-mo as having been effectively parried by the arms or landed outside of the legal punching areas of a boxer’s body. Those punches, seen up close by the judges, would not be scored.

International boxing judge and referee Danrex Tapdasan, a young lawyer, and I have volunteered to represent the pro-Pacquiao panel. Danrex and I will prove why the Filipino boxing icon won convincingly in a very close fight.

In fact, I agree with Manila Bulletin sports editor and bosom-friend Ding Marcelo who said that Pacquiao’s win over Marquez in their third meeting was even more convincing and clearer that his two previous victories in Pacquiao-Marquez I and Pacquiao-Marquez II.

To complete the cast, I have suggested to Chino that fellow journalists and dear friends Ronnie Nathanielsz and lawyer Ed Tolentino be invited to represent the panel which believes that the Mexican champion won over Pacquiao.

The big question mark on the appearance of Ronnie and Ed in the show would be whether ABS-CBN, a rival network of GMA Channel 7, would allow their talents to appear in the show which I believe would rate very high among TV viewers because of the controversy generated by the decision.

If Ronnie and Ed could not come, I will suggest to Chino that two young bloggers, one a Fil-Am, who have incessantly insisted in their blogs that Marquez won the fight, be invited to appear in the pro-Marquez panel. They are Reni Valenzuela, who writes for www.philboxing.com and Dennis Guillermo, who writes for www.examiner.com.

Chino, who was thrilled with the idea of a face-off on TV to review the fight, said that the intention of the show is not to embarrass anybody but to learn.

“We owe it to the Filipino boxing fans. They should be given the opportunity to fully understand what happened and learn more about boxing,” Chino told me.

I say we owe it to Manny Pacquiao as well, he who has brought unprecented sports honor to the Philippines by showing that the Filipino can excel. For me, who believes Pacquiao won the fight fair and square and convincingly, it should be done in the name of justice and fairness. Manny does not deserve the insults and the disparaging comments being heaped on him now.

Chino says the show could be aired this weekend and that GMA Channel 7 will make a formal announcement as to the date and the time.

It would also be great if the viewers at home would get a pen and paper and do their own scoring of the fight and see after the replay whether they picked out the right winner during the live telecast.

Danrex will explain the rules on the scoring before the fight and that would guide the home viewers an opportunity to really appreciate the replay and review.

“Walang personalan, katuwaan lang.” Nothing personal, let’s just do it for fun.

As Michael Buffer says: “Let’s get ready to rummmbbbllleee!

 

Review of Pacquiao-Marquez I; Feet not an Issue

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Keith Terceira

“A Paranoid is someone who knows a little of what is going on” William S Burroughs

It truly bothers me when intelligent people faced with an obvious situation would rather brush it aside instead of confront it and create change. It has been the situation in boxing for a great many decades and will continue to be so.

Yesterday I went online and searched through websites on dirty tricks in boxing and found several ,one in the middle of the list was the foot stomp, or foot hold depending on what country or region. On one site about Irish Brawling it described it as a way to hold your opponent in a stationary position to complete a knockout punch. I’ll let the reader do his own search to find these locations as not to influence their opinions.

Instead, I will give you the figures I came up with from the first bout.

In  the first round of Pacquiao – Marquez I, there were several instances where both lead feet of the fighters brushed against each other side to side and one instance where Pacquiao stepped on the TOES of Marquez. No instance where the top of the foot or arch is involved. Feet were not involved in any of the knockdowns.

Round two action showed Pacquiao’s toes hit Marquez’s toes twice and on one occasion the toes of Marquez hits the arch of Pacquiao’s  foot but Marquez applies no weight to the arch and you can see the weight stays on the heel of his foot. Some of the action is out of camera angle and the feet are not shown.

Round three again Pacquiao has hit Marquez feet more often as he is the aggressor and Marquez is stepping either left or right of Pacquiao’s feet. Once in round three does it seem that Marquez holds the foot down of Pacquiao but no punches are thrown and he releases it.

These are normal foot collisions that happen in a boxing match between a southpaw and an orthodox fighter so far, and they don’t appear to be timed to a punch.

Round four; during round four Joe Cortez warns both fighters to watch their feet, he appears to understand the sport of boxing, and I don’t see any further brushes this round, though I feel at one point Pacquiao foot did hit Marquez.

Round five: Side of Marquez’s foot lands on top of Pacquiao’s toes and gets removed quickly. During this round you can witness Marquez come forward and almost purposely retain his weight on his heel when stepping close to Pacquiao’s foot on two occasions so the foot doesn’t touch the arch of Manny’s

Any experienced boxing person, one who has been in wars or in the gym can tell the difference between accidental and purposeful contact. There is a response in the weight shift and in the boxer’s reaction when his foot lands on the texture of another foot versus the ring surface. Boxers and trainers out there will understand what I am talking about immediately.

Round six; Once again we have side to side contact and a couple of toe on toe contact , but no high arch contact what so ever and no appearance of contact combined with or timed to a punch.

Round seven; No toe contact evident though sides of feet brush.

Round eight; about thirty seconds left in round Pacquiao steps forward and loses balance when he steps on Marquez foot and Marquez tries to go on attack. This is a turning point in the round.

Since Joe Cortez’s warning about watching feet there is less contact and all is slight and accidental and Manny hitting Marquez’s foot at end of eighth causes a momentum shift and Manny may have lost the round due to his being off balance and Marquez taking control.

Round nine; clean round with slight touches and one instance of top of foot contact by Marquez that was quickly removed.

Round ten; no foot holds , and once again very slight accidental contact.

Round eleven; No contact visible to tops of fighters feet.

Round twelve; Round twelve Marquez makes contact with top of Pacquiao’s foot right at beginning of round and it is quickly removed no punch thrown. Pacquiao also steps and lands on Marquez’s foot and removes it quickly at end of round.

I am not going to bother with examining fight number two as I have witnessed enough to confirm my personal suspicions.

From the time I was nine years old I have been in a boxing gym, first as a tot learning , then as an adult attempting to turn pro, I have written about boxing since the 1980’s which has taken me to a great many camps and a great many gyms, my career has spanned managing part of the careers of Xavier Toliver, Calvin Shakir, and Vedran Akrap unlike many I still call them friends,  I coached for amateur boxing and held a license to do so,  as a licensed matchmaker in a few states I have done complete shows and was present at them, as a ratings chairman and member of boxing organizations I viewed thousands of fights all the way back to ordering them from Bella in New York before the days of YouTube.

In the years, the nearly 42 years I have spent in gyms, I have witnessed dirty tricks used and taught, and  personally, I  have attempted to teach my boxers the prevention and  counters to them ,so my experience is more than some and less than others.

There is a combination of events and a method to applying a dirty trick, from foot stomps and elbows, to the old lace rake and nut punch in the clinch, all have methods and ways to apply, so not to be caught. There is a difference between holding a foot in place and landing on the foot, there is a difference between placing the foot with all your weight, holding, and combining it with the execution of a punch simultaneously, or landing with foot to foot contact and throwing a punch or combination a second later with your body weight removed and your foot coming off your opponent’s.

I suggest you do your research if you are interested in the truth , viewing the first and last fight, if you are of an open mind, and you will see what you will see.

Keith Kizer should also view both fights and make his own call, perhaps he can get the assistance of Joe Cortez, as Joe could see the feet of the fighters where Tony Weeks couldn’t.

For those that feel that this subject is only being broached by whiners and conspiracy theorists, do the work, and then talk your talk.

One never knows if there is Gold in Fort Knox until one makes the attempt to look.

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

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by Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about Sergio Martinez, Amir Khan and Victor Ortiz?

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

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

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

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

 

Why Mega Fights Either Don’t Get Made or Take Years to Make

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Adam Pollack

The reason why promoters and fighters avoid the mega fight is because of economics. A fighter is worth more before a loss than after. As long as a fighter keeps winning, generally his economic value remains the same or improves. Hence, by taking many safer fights, he actually earns more over time than he would by taking one huge mega payday that he loses. After the loss, his value is no longer the same. If he is making really good paydays, and that stream of income is continuing for fights he can win, he will not want to take the bigger payday he might lose. This explains why neither Floyd Mayweather nor Manny Pacquiao have been too anxious to fight each other. Both are making comfortable, very nice paydays against guys they feel have less of a threat to defeat them. They don’t want to see that income stream potentially end.

Often, the fighter who wants the big mega payday more is the one who has more to gain by it, or stands to lose less. The pendulum of desire can swing back and forth based on a fighter’s assessment of how likely he will be to win or lose the bout, or how much more the fight is worth above and beyond what he is already making for safer fights. The risk assessment is often determined by various performances by the potential opponent. In this case, when Manny was brutally dominating guys, Mayweather did not want the fight. Now that Mayweather has seen definitive evidence of Manny’s struggle against a counter puncher in Marquez, given that Mayweather has a counterpunching style, and the fact that Mayweather dominated Marquez, now Floyd really wants the fight, and I suspect that Manny will no longer desire to fight Mayweather any time soon.

This is nothing new. James J. Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons engaged in a war of words for several years, each taking turns wanting the fight more or less, and telling the other to get a reputation. A fight that was contemplated in 1894 and 1895 did not take place until 1897. Some might say that Corbett would have had a better chance to win had he fought Fitzsimmons sooner rather than later.

The thinking may be that Manny can make many millions fighting lesser guys over several paydays, and they don’t want to kill the cash cow by fighting Mayweather, who has the perfect style to give Manny fits, as Bob Arum certainly realizes after watching Marquez. Juan Manuel showed that a quick counter style with a little footwork takes Manny off his game. And if Manny thought Marquez was fast and good at countering, he hasn’t seen anything yet. Mayweather is faster and has better reflexes, defense, and legs than Marquez. If they fight Mayweather, they win a bunch of money, but lose the income stream. If they avoid Mayweather, the income stream continues, and they make even more over the course of several winning fights than they would with one big fight that is a loss. That is the thinking. This is why mega fights sometimes don’t get made, or take years to make. One guy or the other feels it isn’t necessary to risk the loss when they can make very good money taking safer fights.

But there is a danger in that way of thinking. Sometimes the name fighter loses the lesser fight, and the big mega payday is lost. Then the promoter and fighter are left lamenting their failure to take the big fight. Sometimes it is better cash in the big payday than it is to risk its loss with a lesser fight that you might lose. Pacquiao/Bob Arum might be making a huge mistake in avoiding Mayweather. It is a huge payday, which may very well be lost if not made soon.

I think Pacquiao is going to lose sooner than folks realize. And when he winds up losing to a guy like Tim Bradley or maybe even Marquez for less money than he would make against Mayweather, they are going to be kicking themselves for not taking the massive payday and cashing out. Sometimes waiting is the wrong move. Plus, as a fighter gets older, he loses his competitive edge. The older Manny gets, the slower and less frisky he will be. True, the same could be said for Floyd, but Manny is going to need all the speed, ferocity, and punch volume he can muster to handle Mayweather’s style, which is inherently troublesome for anyone, but clearly so for Pacquiao. As Manny’s talent wanes, he will lose whatever chance he might have ever had to win.

But then again, perhaps the thinking is that the Mayweather fight just lost some of its value. By fighting and finally clearly beating Marquez, that demand can be reinvigorated. However, Manny Pacquiao has not been able to clearly beat Juan Manuel Marquez in 36 rounds of boxing. Thinking that he will be able to do so in another fight is a very risky proposition. Sometimes, a certain fighter just has your number, and knows how to give you fits. Like Norton to Ali. But then again, Marquez has not been able to beat Pacquiao in three fights, and Pacquaio is making very good money fighting Marquez. And if the fourth fight is made, you can bet that is the real thinking behind it.

Updated: Marquez gains a Foothold on Pacquiao; 17 to be exact!

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very cheater marquez

Keith Terceira

Thanks to MP8.ph readers and posters, we have been made aware of at least seventeen foot fouls by Juan Manual Marquez that went un-noticed by referee Tony Weeks during Pacquiao Marquez III.

A Foot Foul is akin to a holding foul and can cause damage as well as an unfair advantage to an opponent by making it impossible to move out of the path of an oncoming assault.

While it is normal for these types of errors to occur during a matchup between a southpaw and an orthodox fighter, it is also a dirty trick that has been employed in boxing since the beginning of the sport as the referee has their attention on the blow being thrown and not the feet of the opponent.

Fans complained that Pacquiao looked flat footed and did not display the movement or fight at angles like he normally does, this foot holding or fouling could have contributed to much of that appearance as well as make Marquez look quicker and better armed this fight. It is much easier to hit a stationary target than a mobile one, and these foot holds would have given that advantage to JMM.

Tony Weeks had seventeen chances to warn Marquez alone to watch his foot location and even Pacquiao has been noticed on video stepping on Marquez’s foot during the fight.

There is a limit to how many times an accident occurs, before it becomes questionable in the eyes of a referee. Weeks obviously did not catch this at all during the fight.

As pointed out by Ed de la Vega , who was the cut man in the corner for Rodel  Mayol during his bout in Mexico against Omar Nino Romero, Omar also used this “Trick” to his attempted advantage.

We passed on the count, questions, and a link supplied by an MP8.ph reader to Keith Kizer, President of the Nevada State Athletic Commission asking for an explanation why Tony Weeks did not catch these fouls by both Boxers and issue a warning.

The link below is one supplied by an MP8.ph reader.

Foot Hold Video

 

According to Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission , this is , as we already know something that occurs between an Orthodox and  Southpaw fighter all the time. When presented with the knowledge that it was more blatant during the last fight than the first two, Mr Kizer informed us that if the referee thought it was a problem he would have warned Marquez.

Kizer also confirmed that it is an old trick that has been used in boxing often but didn’t see it as a problem in this fight and that it is only disgruntled Pacquiao fans that are raising the question.

We wonder if Mr. Kizer would have felt the same way if it had been 17 low blows landed, as low blows are also something that occurs all the time in boxing , which is why there are rules against them.

Oh, I forgot, been there done that remember Mares-Agbeko I, when Kizer ruled that referee didn’t miss anything and did a good job, but the boxing world knew different.

I’m not a disgruntled Pacquiao fan, as Pacquiao won, what I am is a disgruntled boxing fan who has reviewed all three fights and saw something that disturbed my investigative gut.

Remember insiders that warned about Bernie Madoff were just disgruntled employees, people who warned boxing about Bob Lee and the IBF were just crazy, and folks thought Jose Conseco was just plain lying about Steroids in baseball to make a buck.

 

 

 

Michael Koncz: No decision until after Christmas

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Keith Terceira

Manny Pacquiao’s business advisor Michael Koncz, spoke with MP8 yesterday regarding several issues surrounding Pacquiao-Marquez III and the great job that MP Promotion fights did over the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Koncz has been busy with endorsement deals that have made Manny Pacquiao one of the most successful boxing brands in recent history rivaling Ali, Foreman, and Rocky Marciano, who also were highly successful in marketing their image and popularity to the world.

In discussing MP Promotion boxer Allan Tanada (11-1-2, 5KO) , that came away with a tough Majority decision win against Juan Ruiz (23-8) and Fernando Lumacad (25-3-3, 11ko) who won a unanimous decision against Joseph Rios (10-6-2).

Allan Tanada fought last Friday at the Mandalay Bay and Lumacad on the Pacquiao undercard.

“As to Allan, I thought he had a difficult seasoned opponent but I saw a lot of good things in Allan, and I’m very happy with his performance. Lumacad did a good job though I wasn’t personally able to see the fight, because I was with Manny. I will have to watch it on tape, Dennis Laurente had a very tough opponent and did a good job, and so as to the undercard boxers of MP Promotions, I’m very happy with the outcome of the results.”

Michael, I noticed last week it was mentioned that MP Promotions was signing some new fighters, any comments on those developments?

“I’m going to hold off on those until we actually sign them, I think it was a mistake to make that comment, I didn’t make the comment someone else did, and now we got all kinds of people chasing the person we wanted to sign.”

The talk now Michael is Marquez IV, do you feel that will develop?

“I want to back-up a bit first; I think the fans were treated to a good fight this weekend. Marquez, we got to give him credit, he is a very intelligent boxer and was in great shape at 38 years old, he went the distance with Manny. I think people expect too much out of Manny, they think he is going to knockout every opponent out he fights. They forget that Marquez is a damn good fighter and very intelligent, so we are not going to have knockouts, I wish we could but unfortunately we are not going to have knockouts every time. I think no matter how many times we fight Marquez, and I’ve said this in the past, it’s going to be a controversial decision, whether it’s in favor of Manny or in favor of Marquez because these guys know each other so well and the styles. “

“They both gave it the best they could, that’s what we have judges for. The judges saw that Manny won and I believe he won. As to whom our next opponent is or whether Marquez IV, we are going to take a few days and relax. Let Manny enjoy his family and then we will sit down and talk. There is no rush. We usually don’t make a decision as to our next fight, when we fight in November, until after the Christmas holiday.”

Michael, I think fans fail to remember that Marquez is a three time Champion himself and that he came into the fight bigger than Manny?

“Yes, and I think that what people fail to remember is that Marquez uis the only boxer that we have ever fought that Manny has put down four times and he has been able to get back up, so again, as you said they don’t give enough credit to Marquez. The styles of the fight, it certainly was an entertaining fight, much more than a couple of those fights we had in the past where the opponents truly didn’t come to fight and I think Marquez understood it and because he knows Manny so well, he can’t just stand there and go toe to toe with Manny, that’s why he kept moving.”

Let’s talk about Manny’s new sponsorship deals like State Street Produce, were you involved in that one?

“Yes I was involved in that, yes. I’m excited about that, we are going to get behind it 110% and do what we can, it’s not all about money but obviously Manny has to get paid for endorsements, so we took  a small amount of money  upfront compared to our normal fees and we loaded it on the backside, the percentage of revenue from each bag of produce. Another thing we incorporated is a certain percentage of the total sales per year are going to be donated to children throughout the world. We are very excited about that.”

I wrote yesterday regarding Nevada allowing other drinks besides water to be used between rounds like Gatorade, PowerAde, etc. and Keith Kizer of Nevada told us that he expected that when the rule went into effect that fighter would have a good opportunity to utilize the rule for endorsement deals have you explored that?

“We are in the process of putting something together, we didn’t rush into it, it should be finalized here in the next month, but I can’t disclose that one right now, either.  It’s not either of the ones you talked about but it’s similar. Corporate America has embraced the boxing world in the past and boxers like Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Oscar have had good endorsement deals. I think  in regards to Manny it’s not so much the boxing , it’s the total storyline of Manny coming from poverty, becoming an eight time world champion, becoming a congressman , his humbleness , his charitable work, and  his humanitarian efforts . We have to give a lot of credit to HP for taking a chance and they have told us that it was one of the most successful ad campaigns that they have had and that has opened up a lot of doors for us. Corporate America has seen the success HP had and now we are getting bombarded , but we are being very careful and selective because it’s important how we brand Manny and what image we project to the world especially children.”

 

 

Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III: Expectations, the swaying power of sentiment and the 10-point must system

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Ace Freeman-FightFan.com

Live on location in Las Vegas, Ace Freeman reflects on Manny Pacquiao’s closely contested victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in their eagerly awaited third fight.

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Fight night in Vegas, and not all of the violence happened inside the ring. In fact, tensions reached a boiling point in the crowded aftermath in the halls and walkways of the MGM Grand.

It was a polarizing fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez… much like the first two times they danced.

Both men claimed victory but the most aggressive vigor I saw was among the fans exiting and many of my fellow cohorts in the media room.

While I had Manny Pacquiao ahead 115-113 on my scorecard, there was no doubt that on this night the biggest victory belonged to Juan Manuel Marquez, for it was a moral one.

The proud Mexican warrior took Manny Pacquiao to the brink once again. He pushed him like no man has since the last time they clashed in 2008. While Pacquiao went on to dominate bigger and stronger men, Marquez showed once again on this night that he has a style better suited to fighting Manny Pacquiao than anyone in recent years.

But unfortunately for Marquez, a moral victory doesn’t necessarily equate to a coveted “W” in the win column.

Boxing is scored on a ten point must system. Under the system, the judges must give the winner of a round 10 points, and the loser 9 points or fewer. What we witnessed tonight were twelve individual rounds that needed to be added up when they were completed to find a winner.

In my opinion, that winner was Manny Pacquiao.

I concede that it was a very close fight… much like Pacquiao and Marquez’s first two encounters. Like those battles, I have absolutely no problem with anyone seeing tonight’s fight in Marquez’s favour and it is not my intention to convince anyone otherwise.

But a robbery, this fight was not.

Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield 1 was a robbery. George Foreman vs. Shannon Briggs was a robbery.

Calling what we witnessed tonight a robbery cheapens the term.

I did think Juan Manuel Marquez landed the better quality punches in the fight… but I found them to be few and far between. There simply were not enough of them in succession, or consistently in enough rounds consecutively.

In just about every round it was Manny Pacquiao coming forward, and doing so as the aggressor.

He threw more punches, and (unlike their first two bouts) he landed more as well.

Yes Marquez was brilliant in his counter attack. His science was sweet, but it was by no means the dominant factor in the fight.

There were also several rounds (most notably the first) that were uneventful and could have been scored in either man’s favour if you are looking at them objectively.

That makes for a fight that could have gone either way when all was said and done. Again, much like their first two tilts.

One thing that resonated loudly on this particular night in Sin City was sentiment.

Juan Manuel Marquez was a huge underdog according to the Las Vegas odds-makers.

They weren’t alone. The majority of media outlets and boxing fans had foreseen a telling and resounding Manny Pacquiao victory.

In the immediate aftermath of the fight, I saw and spoke with many (some who were fuming) who seemed to allow that sentiment to resound louder than objectivity.

The act of Marquez being much more competitive than almost everyone thought would be the case seemed to be the dominating story on this night, and it was complimented nicely by the disappointment Manny Pacquiao obviously felt and exuded at not dominating this fight like he (and many) hoped he would.

As Pacquiao has been so dominant in marquee fights in recent years, the expectations placed upon him have mounted. While it was clear on this night he failed to meet the expectations of most fans, pundits and most importantly himself… those same expectations should not be allowed to affect the way a boxing match is scored.

At the end of the day when we look at tonight’s fight as twelve individual rounds, there is only math.

While sentiment and story-lines surrounding these mega-fights often prove more intoxicating than many substances available in these Las Vegas casinos… at the end of this night we saw another competitive bout between two gallant warriors that — when looking at it subjectively — could have been scored for either fighter within the realm of reason.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

If The Judges And Computer Erred,Who Could Have Scored It Right?

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BY Manny Pinol

Determining the winner in a boxing bout is not like selecting the new American Idol or choosing the New Seven Wonders of the World where the volume of votes texted in from all over the world is used as the basis in declaring the winner.

Modern boxing employs three people who are given the best seats at ringside and an unhampered view of the action inside the ring. They are tasked to score the fight on a round by round basis using the 10-Point Must Scoring System accepted by all boxing sanctioning bodies.

It cannot be denied that since the three judges are only human, their scoring could be subjective and they could be swayed by the noise of the crowd, especially if the fight is held in the hometown of one of the boxers.

Boxing is replete with stories of corrupt judges who were influenced by the promoters or bribed and came up with decisions contrary to the general public perception of the outcome of the fight.

But not all boxing judges are corrupt. Many of these judges are professionals whose involvement with the sport is all because of their love for boxing.

There are safety measures to ensure that boxing judges do not abuse their authority to choose the winner of the bouts. There is the fight supervisor representing the boxing commission. Erring judges are sanctioned with either suspension or complete banishment from the sport by the commission on the recommendation of the fight supervisor.

Lately, boxing has employed the computer to document the action, keeping track of the punches thrown and punches connected.

While the statistics generated by the computer, conveniently called Compubox, do not have any bearing on the judging and outcome of the fight, the system has proven to be very effective in affirming or contradicting the scoring of the three judges.

When there is a discrepancy between the statistics provided by the Compubox and the scoring of the three judges, it is easy to conclude that the judging is irregular and controversial.

With this premise, is there enough reason to label Manny Pacquiao’s win over Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez as controversial and questionable?

The three judges at ringside scored the 12-round epic third battle between Pacquiao and Marquez slightly differently.

Robert Hoyle scored it 114-114, Dave Moretti scored it 115-113 while Glenn Trowbridge had it heavily in Pacquiao’s favor 116-112.

The discrepancy in the scoring of the three judges could be attributed to the fact that they were all seated in three different areas at ringside. What Hoyle saw may not have been seen by Moretti and what Trowbridge witnessed may not have been noticed by the two other judges because of the different vantage points.

If there is anything that the scores of the three judges indicated, it was that the fight was close.

Was the decision to award the fight to Manny Pacquiao after 12 gruelling rounds justified or questionable? Were the judges bought, influenced or coerced?

This is the time when the statistics generated by Compubox could be put to good use.

American sportswriter Gareth A. Davies reported in his column these figures generated by the Compubox which documented the Pacquiao-Marquez III:

1. Punches thrown: Pacquiao - 578; Marquez - 436; Punches connected: Pacquiao - 176; Marquez-138. Pacquiao edged Marquez in this department by 36 punches.

2. Jabs: Pacquiao - 304; Marquez - 182; Jabs connected: Pacquiao - 58; Marquez - 38; Pacquiao edged Marquez in this department by 20 jabs.

3. Power punches thrown: Pacquiao - 274; Marquez - 254; Power punches connected: Pacquiao - 117; Marquez - 100. Again, Pacquiao edged Marquez in this area by 17 power punches.

Looking at these Compubox figures, it is again easy to conclude that the fight was very tight.

But two of the judges saw it as a fight won by Manny Pacquiao and the Compubox statistics do not refute this. In fact, Compubox statistics confirmed that Pacquiao edged Marquez in the entirety of the fight.

It is funny and amusing, however, that some of our fellow sports analysts and sportswriter friends, insist that the judges were wrong and the Compubox is unreliable.

Holy Jesus!

If the judges erred and the Computer is unreliable, who else could give us the correct scores and the right decision?

Unlike basketball where if at the end of the game the scores are 112-111, nobody is expected to complain, scoring in judging involves the subjective perception of three human beings who are designated as judges.

Decisions will always be questioned but that is the way it is in boxing. That is unless the rules are changed by the world boxing sanctioning bodies and boxing adopts the scoring system of the “American Idol” where everybody’s subjective vote will be counted, tallied and thereafter used to declare the winner.

The problem with that though is that it will take sometime before we will know who the winner is. Manny Pacquiao’s deep cut in his right eyebrow would have already healed before his hands are raised in victory.

This is how boxing is scored, this is the rule and this is how the game is played and decided.

If some people think this is wrong and are not comfortable with this, they could always play basketball.

 

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

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UpDated: Dirty Tricks or Conflict in styles; You decide?

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We will leave it to fight fans to decide on whether some tactics applied in bout were intentional or accidental.

One thing is certain, if your wondering why Manny didn’t move as much , perhaps he couldn’t with Juan Manual Marquez stepping on Pacquiao’s foot all night.

You can’t fault a referee who is watching a blow being thrown not to see this old trick, or this accident repeated often.

We have forwarded the photos to the Nevada Commission.]

 

 

Mega-Fight a Stalemate

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By Adam Pollack

The Juan Manuel Marquez – Manny Pacquiao III fight should have been called “RESPECT,” because there was a whole lot of it in this fight. They were both afraid of one another, which meant that neither man did a whole lot. It was the least entertaining of the trilogy, and the most cautious and tactical. There were fewer exchanges and the pace was slower, with less overall work. It was only entertaining if you appreciate the drama of a very close bout with neither man being able to get over on the other for very long, nor wanting to take too many chances.

I saw most of the rounds as so close that they could legitimately be called evenly, or one way or the other if you were forced to pick. Reasonable minds could differ. Hence, this is why there has been such a great divergence of opinions on the bout. It was that close.

It was a take what you like fight, without a whole lot to like. Just a painting to appreciate because you know it was done by two masters, but not one to enjoy. If you didn’t know who they were and just showed the bout to someone who knew nothing about boxing, he might either fall asleep or wish there were another 10 rounds so that it could be settled more definitively. This is another reason to bring back the 15 round championship bout. More rounds are needed in fights like that to have a definitive winner.

Watch and score it, with the option to call a round even. See who really “won” the bout. I don’t think either guy was doing much to earn the rounds clearly. When I judge a fight, I feel that the onus is upon the fighters to convince me that they won the round, or else I score it even. Neither man convinced me very often. Neither man took the rounds in clear fashion.

The bout was like a chess match with two guys who neutralized each other so well that there was no checkmate but rather a stalemate. Marquez proved that Pac can’t get over on him, but also that he can’t really get over on Pac either. Hence, I think the card that had it a draw was correct. An old school referee would have raised both of their hands and called it a draw.
I don’t think Marquez was executing a winning plan as much as a ‘keep Manny off me’ plan, to never take any risks, and do nothing but slide back and counter. Sure that plan worked, but that isn’t the way to win, but just to keep it close. Manny hit him plenty of less powerful blows that might have gone unnoticed by many. Marquez made sure Manny didn’t land the big one. But without Manny leading, there would have been no fight whatsoever, as shown when Manny did not lead - there were big pockets of inactivity. Neither man led very often or for any sustained periods of time.

Marquez was the super cautious counterpuncher who only wanted to punch in spots, and usually second, and liked to slide back and keep it dull, but managed to control the style of the fight, and when he punched, he punched hard, fast, and solidly. He probably landed the best blows of the fight, but that’s not saying much, for neither man could land very often. Pac too was cautious, the most cautious he has ever been, because even though he led and you sensed that he wanted more action, he was befuddled by Marquez’s ability to lay back and counter. Pac had troubles landing very often, and he sensed that Juan would be always ready to defend and counter, which caused him to be tentative. Neither man could gain any real momentum, or if they did, it was short lived, and then the pendulum would swing back the other way or back to neutral, even within one round.

From a coaching perspective, I think Pac needs to learn to either develop more of an inside game, or to learn to counter a counter. Or he needs to learn to bait a lead so that he can attack off it. Pacquiao should have known that Marquez was a counter puncher and been ready to defend those counters and come back with more, or to go in further and closer and take away the distance that Marquez needed to counter. Or he should have attacked in a more sustained consistent fashion. He did none of the above. I don’t really think Pacquiao had a game plan for this fight at all. He met cautiousness with a slightly less cautious style than his opponent. Hence, he didn’t show the improvement that was anticipated.

This was not a computer points amateur fight, but a professional world championship where people have paid millions to see both men give best efforts, which the fighters did not do. If your plan is to stink the joint out, it does not mean you deserve to win just because you were successful in executing that plan. Watch the first two fights and then watch the third and then tell me whether you think either of those fighters gave it their best efforts, to give the fans their money’s worth, to win rounds clearly, or came anywhere near close to giving it their all, or whether both were extremely risk averse. At this point, I have no desire to see a fourth bout.

Fight of the night was Alvarado vs. Prescott. Bout was action packed - both guys throwing crisp punches from both the outside and inside, both heavy hitters, giving it their all, and the bout had drama. Prescott started off very well, throwing a great deal of hard punches, while Alvarado was forced to play defense and absorb some punishment which badly busted up his face and mouth. Prescott used his height and reach fairly well. He won all of the early rounds, but you could see that Alvarado was pacing himself, playing defense, and still firing a crisp shot here and there. Alvarado did not want to open up too much because Prescott was throwing so hard and so often that Mike might get caught with a big one if he was too reckless. Plus Prescott had the height and reach, so he could fire off long range shots.

Prescott slowed just a bit and Alvarado got going more and more as the rounds progressed, and the fight increasingly heated up. Eventually, they were warring on the inside, going back and forth with crisp shots, particularly with the uppercut. Alvarado was a bloody mess for most of the fight, but you could see he was still very strong and frisky. He came on well and was turning the tide of the fight.

However, when Alvarado took off the 9th round and gave it to Prescott, it looked as if Alvarado had thrown away a chance at a draw or a decision. But it turned out that he didn’t need it. He caught Prescott with heavy shots, and all the cumulative punishment and hard pace finally caught up with Prescott. Alvarado’s brutal uppercuts snapped his head badly, and Prescott went down. When he rose, he tried to survive by grabbing and leaning in, but took some more uppercuts, and his legs were less than stable. The referee stopped the bout and Alvarado won a come from behind 10th round KO in the most entertaining bout of the card.

 

Tim Bradley looked very good, but he fought a dead man, not a live body who was there to compete. Bradley’s body is rock solid and very muscular. He has crisp, solid punches, good speed, nice defensive reactions, and maintains a good workmanlike pace, applying consistent pressure. He was simply too much for Casamayor from the start, as Joel mostly fought to survive, doing a lot of clinching, until he was worn down. Casamayor was down twice from body punishment, and the corner properly stopped the fight after the second knockdown of the bout. I would love to see Bradley in there with Alvarado for the right to fight Pacquiao. Stylistically, either one of those two would make for a more entertaining bout with Pacquaio than Marquez.

Interview: NSAC President Keith Kizer on Judging and Drink

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Keith Terceira

Nevada State Athletic Commissioner Keith Kizer was gracious enough to return our call this morning to inform boxing fans as to the drink that Marquez was allowed between rounds on fight night.

Kizer was instrumental in getting other drinks allowed in Nevada besides just water between rounds to assist fighters replace nutrients lost during the bout. When asked what Marquez got approved to use last Saturday Kizer informed us.

“Marquez was using water and Pedialyte between rounds; They have to get the fluids approved prior to the bout and be in factory sealed containers at the arena for our inspectors. Our people check it and if it is some kind of drink they have never heard of they will look at the ingredients, if need be they will grab one of our ringside doctors. Once they check it in if the corner wants to put it in a squeeze bottle or something then the inspector will observe that.”

We confirmed that the corner can transfer the fluid between rounds, taking it from a factory container to another bottle, just as they are free to put water into a squeeze bottle after it is opened under the observance of an inspector.

“I kind of pushed for this when I was dealing with the health and safety committee. Baseball, football , basketball players , even bowlers drink Gatorade during sporting events, why are boxers treated as some kind of sub athlete. Very few fighters have taken advantage of that and we even thought it might help them with endorsement deals or something. I’ll bet that maybe three out of a hundred fighters do something other than water. Whither it’s because of many fights are shorter rounds   or they are in air conditioned arenas here in Nevada and or they are just used to drinking water. Why change something that works.”

Kizer agreed to answer some questions regarding the judging of Pacquiao – Marquez III and these were his thoughts regarding the event. Asked whether he thought it was harder for a counter puncher on an even round to win that round , because it would be natural for a judge to score the round for fighter making the fight happen Kizer responded;

“I think generally speaking yes, any second of any round can turn around a judges score, generally speaking I think that is the case. If all things are equal the person showing the aggression, the ring generalship , you know , bringing the fight, it is probable going to get a slight nod most of the time. Not all the time but that comes to play.”

Does it not play into the subjectivity of a judge and what he looks for in a fighter?

“Most judges , experienced judges, if you sat them all down and asked what their criteria was generally speaking it would be very similar. First and foremost how effective were the punches that landed, how much damage did it cause, in lieu of a better  term. You and I could be watching a fight thinking wow those counter right hands are powerful and another one could say no , they are more defensive in nature, keeping the guy off him or out of range, they are not really doing much damage, and I can be saying what are you crazy he is lighting him up, and you can disagree saying they are getting partly blocked. I remember seeing one fight years ago where people still complain about it, and the guy was saying that the guy blocked most of the punches  and I said yes, but he is blocked them with his arms and shoulders , they were still landing. Let some guy punch you as hard as you can in your upper arm a hundred times and see if it doesn’t take a toll you have to give some credit for that because it still a landing blow.”

“There are different things you look at, one guy who is more defensive minded might say he blocked them and someone else more offensive minded might say yeh but do you want to get hit in the arm like that  a hundred times. So that comes into play with a puncher – counterpuncher argument.”

Kizer went on to discuss how Pacquiao and Marquez appeared on fight night.

“Obviously Marquez looked impressive and Pacquiao looked great as well, they both looked great, Marquez had his counterpunching back down and he looked better than he did against Mayweather, but Pacquiao was doing well too. You have to wonder too, a lot people think that one fighter is going to walk over the other fighter, and then it’s a lot closer fight, so all of a sudden it’s oh this guy must have won because he was still standing  at the end or he did just as well. As you know it’s a round by round thing as well, a lot of people look at the fight as a whole and think it was a close fight. Someone was complaining about  the judge that had it 116-112, people in the press like Lederman had the fight had it 115-113, and they say that well ,” I can see that” but they fail to realize that 116-112 and 115-113 is one close round difference. They make it sound like it’s a three round difference. There were plenty of close rounds in that fight and if you gave Marquez every close round you probably had it 8-4 Marquez, if you gave every close round to Pacquiao you had it 8-4 the other way.”

Keith, I feel that a lot of people don’t understand that judges score round at a time and they don’t go back and change the scoring to consider the fight on a whole as they can do!

“Exactly, I hear people say during fights that they don’t understand how a fight was a unanimous decision , that was a close fight, and it doesn’t make sense to me because  these are three independent judges that don’t look at the other scorecards as well so, It one of those things that I’m glad it was a close fight, I* would have no problem with a draw , I like draws, because it makes everything look go in the sense of good matchmaking. Both these guys know each other and none of us should have been surprised it was a close fight, despite the odds being so overwhelming in favor of Pacquiao.

 

 

 

What was Marquez Drinking between Rounds 6 and 7!

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Keith Terceira

A review of the video of Pacquiao Marquez III shows that between the 6th and 7th rounds of the event Juan Manual Marquez is given a yellow colored liquid to drink by his corner man.

Due to the controversy surrounding the hiring of Angel Heredia Hernandez, it is a logical question unfortunately, for fans to ask what the contents of the bottle contained, as Pacquiao could be clearly seen drinking a clear liquid in between rounds and Marquez was not that round.

It appears to be a bottle of a power drink but the specific label  is not showing which is raising questions amongst some fans.

In a conversation with ABC president Tim Lueckenhoff , we were informed this morning that it is up to individual states as far as what is consumed between rounds.

“We had discussed in meetings that if a corner was to give Gatorade or PowerAde  to a fighter between rounds it would have to be clearly labeled as such and be in unopened containers in the dressing room”

After presenting Lueckenhoff with the fact that Marquez was given a yellowish fluid between rounds 6 and 7, in a clear bottle , not readily distinguished with a label that we could see, Tim informed us that:

“That is a good question for Keith Kizer (Nevada Athletic Commissioner) this morning”

Nevada does allow the drinking of PowerAde, or Gatorade type fluids, between rounds but they must be in an unopened container and clearly labeled as to the content in the bottles.

As to the label on this bottle it was not clearly marked for cameras to see or the label is not visable at this angle..

We have contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding what Marquez was allowed to re-hydrate with between rounds and Keith Kizer was not yet in his office.

More will follow as information comes in.

 

Blame falls to Nacho Beristain not Judges or Manny Pacquiao

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Keith Terceira

The duties of a trainer are not only to prepare a fighter to be physically fit to compete against a champion but also to develop a strategy that will be successful.

After 24 rounds of boxing against Manny Pacquiao with a draw and a loss as the result of previous tactics in the ring, Nacho Beristain once again took Juan Manual Marquez into the ring with the same old bag of tricks expecting a different result.

Repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting a different result is not an intelligent way to expect to wrestle a title from a titlist let alone an eight time world champion that has the respect and admiration of the majority of the boxing world.

Where was the promised attempt to knockout Manny Pacquiao by Juan Manual Marquez who entered the ring Saturday night the heavier of the two fighters with a 3 pound weight advantage and a new game plan?

The new game plan was in fact the previous one, or , “Same Old, Same Old”.

Fans received the same old result.

When looking for a scapegoat in all this, Juan Manual Marquez needs only to look to his own camp for blame.

Nacho informing his fighter throughout the final rounds that he was winning, was also a mistake that an experienced trainer would not commit normally because it is just natural for a counter-puncher who is being told that he is winning to stay in that mode and not take the fight to his opponent.

Once again, you cannot beat the champion by expecting that a new group of judges will score the fight any different than the last.

When Nacho Beristain saw the exchanges taking place in the ring, with Juan countering Manny, then Manny applying a counter to the counter, he should have switched to plan B.

There was unfortunately, no plan B and so fans were treated to a replay of tactics.

In an even round a judge will most always score for the fighter that makes the fight and not for the boxer that only reacts to the aggression. It is a basic tie-breaker in judging, that Beristain is familiar with.

In round 10 Pacquiao threw 50 punches to JMM’s 37 with Manny landing 18 to Juan’s 13, with no knockdowns, and Manny advancing constantly, making a boxing match happen, it is only common sense to give the round to Pacquiao. Same follows suit with rounds 11 and 12.

The fact of the matter is that many rounds went that way and even in the middle rounds, where I scored Juan Marquez winning some rounds Pacquiao was the more active aggressor, outworking and out landing Marquez.

Beristain should have compensated for that event and planned accordingly.

Thoughts on Pacquiao-Marquez III

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By Tom Donelson

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez finished their trilogy Saturday night or have they? A few observations on the fight begin with the Oscar De La Hoya syndrome. In 2004, De La Hoya was beginning his promotion for his bout with Bernard Hopkins and the promotional team thought of a having a double header with Hopkins defending his title while De La Hoya would attempt to wrestle German fighter Felix Sturm title away. Hopkins won his bout but De La Hoya found the German Middleweight a little more than he could handle. While De La Hoya took the early rounds, Strum dominated the second half of the fight and most observers had him winning the fight seven rounds to five but he lost by that score. While De La Hoya threw nearly double the punches, Sturm was more accurate, connected on more punches and his punches started to shake De La Hoya. Many of the judges gave the close rounds to De La Hoya and there were many who wonder how much the prospective Hopkins-De La Hoya fight was a factor in the scoring. Many Marquez fans will be wondering; did the prospect of a Mayweather-Pacquaio color the judges’ decision in a fight with many close rounds?

There is the Ken Norton Syndrome that affected Team Marquez. In his third fight with Ali, Norton gave the last round away as he thought he had the fight in the hand. In addition, he gave away another round in the middle of the fight. He lost a decision that he should have won by simply giving away the last round in a fight that was much closer than Norton thought. Team Marquez told their guy that he had the fight in the bag, so Marquez simply took the foot of the gas pedal and lost the last round, a round that could have cost him the fight. Marquez should have known better and so should have his corner. Team Marquez had as much to do with their fighter losing as any one.

This was a close fight with many close rounds but it was not a robbery as this fight could have been scored in either way. Here are the facts. Pacquiao threw more punches, connected on more punches and both men were similar in accuracy. It could be said that Marquez punches may have been more impactful but HBO Harold Lederman gave the fight to the PACMAN and Dan Rafel of ESPN called it a draw even though his scorecard actually had Pacquaio ahead. This was a close fight but Pacquaio winning the fight can be supported just as the opposite could be the truth. The judges gave Pacquiao the benefit due to his aggressive nature and more activity and the statistic support that decision.

Does this mean that Mayweather is more likely to fight Pacquaio after this bout? Well maybe but if Pacquiao had more trouble with Marquez than Mayweather, Mayweather had more trouble versus Ricky Hatton but Mayweather may conclude that fighting Pacquiao may be a nice way to ensure his legacy while making a ton of money since he is a wizard at defense and counterpunching. Pacquiao does have one advantage, he can always pursue a Marquez IV but I doubt that Team Pacquiao are anxious to fight Marquez a fourth time unless there is no Mayweather fight on the horizon. Marquez-Pacquiao IV only happens if Mayweather simply says no mas to a Pacquiao.

There was the Tim Bradley fight against Joel Casamayor. My problem with Tim Bradley is that he had his chance to make good money with a fight against Amir Khan to see who the best junior welterweight in the world is, but Bradley said no. His reason was simple, he wanted a Pacquiao fight and his promoters figured that a Khan fight was too much of a risk. The problem with their vision is simple; Bradley who had beaten Khan would be a more attractive fight than a Bradley who refused to fight Khan. There is no big money in fighting Bradley, so Pacquiao would rather wait for Mayweather or fight Marquez a fourth time since there is more money with each fight. Bradley wants to make him more marketable to team Pacquiao, go fight Khan. Beating an old Casamayor, whose best weight was as a junior lightweight and lightweight, is hardly a resume enhancer if you are pursuing a Pacquaio. There is only one fight that makes sense for Bradley and that is Khan.

Best fight of the evening was Bredis Prescott versus Mike Alvarado. This fight saw Prescott three minute away from victory before Mike Alvarado stopped Prescott in the final round. The fight featured high drama plus good action. All you can ask for in a fight.

 

PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ III: REPLAYED AND DISSECTED

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By Manny Pinol

In the face of the so-called “controversial” victory of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao over Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez in their third meeting in Las Vegas last Saturday, I suggested to GMA Channel 7 Sports Director Chino Trinidad that the video of the fight should be replayed, dissected round by round and analyzed to finally clear the air of confusion.

Last night, shortly after I arrived in Salinas, California from Las Vegas where I watched the fight live with my brother retired police colonel Patricio and several friends,  I called up Chino to suggest that fellow journalist and television sportscaster Ronnie Nathanielsz, who was reportedly quoted as suggesting that Marquez won the fight, be invited as one of the panelists so that the fight could be intellectually analyzed.

I offered myself to be part of the panel and I hold the firm belief that Pacquiao won the fight.

Chino told me he will convince GMA Channel 7 executives to agree to the proposal and that if it is approved he will air it on Sunday.

The reason why I suggested this to Chino is because I would like to help clear the issue once and for all, in fairness to boxing fans who have been left confused following suggestions that Marquez may have won the fight. Also, it should be done in fairness to Manny Pacquiao who is now being crucified for doing the best he could against a great nemesis.

Dissecting and analyzing the fight on a round by round basis will also help educate boxing fans on the finer points of the judging and scoring of boxing bouts.

I believe that the confusion right now is mainly because of the boxing fans lack of deeper understanding on how boxing bouts are judged and scored.

Boxing is not scored like basketball where the goals are totalled at the end of the fight and the team with the most number of goals wins the match. No controversial scores mainly because the determination of the winner is a product of the exact science of mathematics.

Such is not the case in boxing.

With three judges at ringside to watch and score the fight and a referee in the center of the ring so make sure that no fouls are committed, judging and scoring in boxing is more complicated and involves a lot of human influence and interpretation.

In a 12-round championship bout like the Pacquiao-Marquez III, the fight is judged on a round by round basis with each round judged and scored independently of the other rounds under a 10-Point Must Scoring System. This means that the boxer who wins the round gets 10 while the loser gets 9

Under the existing boxing rules, the fighter who wins the round by virtue of more effective punches connnected, gets a score of 10 points while his opponent gets 9 points. When there is a knockdown, the boxer who scores the knockdown gets 10 points while the loser 8 points. Two knockdowns would be scored 10-7 while three knockdowns would be scored 10-6.

The boxer who wins the round because he threw three more effective punches than his opponent will get 10 points and his opponent 9. If in the next round the other boxer comes back and pummels his opponent with 20 more effective punches but fails to score a knockdown will also earn 10 points and his opponent 9.

At the end of each round, the judges submit their scorecards to the referee who then turns these over to the boxing commission at ringside. The judges then focuses on the next round and would again  judge and score this independently of the previous round.

At the end of the bout, the boxer who wins more rounds on points would automatically win the fight.

Aside from this general rule on the scoring of a boxing bout, there are unwritten rules in judging a fight. First, the boxer who is more aggressive will often get the judges’ nod in a very close round.

The other unwritten rule in a championship bout is that the challenger is supposed to prove that he is better than the champion. If all that he could do is engage the champion is a tight fight, he will fail to convince the judges that he is fit to be crowned champion and that probably all that he would earn would be a draw.

And this brings us back to my proposal to Chino Trinidad.

I believe Manny Pacquiao won the fight fair and square. Anybody who believes otherwise is welcome to dispute my perception on the outcome of the fight.

Let us sit down and intelligently review the fight with the intention of clearing this confusion and of educating Filipino boxing fans on the finer points judging and scoring a boxing match.

How Does Manny Pacquiao Maintain His Stamina- Along with Supplementation

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Alex Ariza

Stamina has a lot to do with your heart rate- how relaxed are you, but more importantly, what happens to your breathing pattern once your heart rate elevates.

How you breathe will determine the amount of oxygen your body gets in- the longer you will last in a fight.

1st off there are different breathing techniques while running that can be employed for exercises.

I have even heard so much as, “breathe through you nose and your mouth at the same time”, which I believe to be impossible. I will discuss this in a video blog.

If you do your research you will read “Breathe through your nose and out through your mouth.” You will read this is the way to train, because it maximizes air to your lungs. When you get more air to your lungs you will be able to perform your cardio routine for a longer period or time.

In the corner I do have my fighters breathe through their nose and out through their mouth in order to relax, refuel, and get ready for the next round.

Breathing through your nose and out through your mouth is an excellent way to calm your body down and get the maximum amount of oxygen to your lungs, but it is not a realistic way to train when you are training for a fight, because it is not the way you will breathe during the fight itself.

I always train my fighters to breathe through their mouth and out their nose. This is realistic during the fight. I want my fighters to have a rhythm to their breathing, maximizing the realities they will feel when they get in a war during the fight. If I was to train my fighters to breath through their nose and out their mouth then they would not be prepared for what was ahead.

Their reality is they will be in a fight that will raise their heart rate to a level causing them to breathe through their mouths in order to get the amount of air their body is demanding from them at that very moment. When this happens in a fight my fighters are mentally and physically ready for it.

This is why I like swimming so much. It teaches your to breathe through your mouth and slowly let the air our of your nose. Even when you are fatigued in the water and your heart rate is pounding your have to stay to that same rhythm; “In through your mouth and slowly let it trickle out your nose.”

In a fight and your body forces your to breathe through your mouth and when you train for this action to occur you are 100% comfortable and ready for it. If you weren’t then your heart rate would go even higher, causing you to become exhausted sooner. If you are not trained for this and your body goes against something it has been trained for it will go into a panic. Guess what happens when your body goes into a panic? It gets drained even faster, causing more fatigue to set in.
This is one of the main reason you see Pacquiao strong in the later rounds, it is because his breathing patterns are something he has come equipped to learning and mastering. I can not emphasize this aspect of training enough. If you are in a fight and start breathing in a way you have not trained your body to become accustomed to it will panic and you will exhaust yourself.

There, I have let out a secret and one of the reasons you see what you see in all of my fighters.

Sometimes it is hard for me to write these blogs, because I have to let out what my specialties are, but I feel I have the best boxers in the world and if some other boxer learns some of my techniques then so be it, we will still beat them!

Plus, I have more conditioning methods than just this. I am letting out the little things to let people know the truth. The truth is, their fighters, or they themselves, are not doing things the proper way. Most boxers are behind the times or they are not working with someone that knows what he or she is doing.

For me this is easy. I think about it in my sleep. I figure things out and I apply them to my fighters.

We all have our gifts in life.

Most of the gifts people have are not from something they read out of a text book; it is something that was written in a text book because of what they know.

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Controversy only exists with Writers and Marquez Fans!

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Keith Terceira

Writers and Fans were conditioned to believe that Pacquiao – Marquez III would somehow suddenly become a one-sided affair that would instantly prove that the first two bouts between these legendary fighters were a fluke, an injustice to Manny Pacquiao, or to Juan Manual Marquez.

So when the bout didn’t go the short route that nearly all writers convinced themselves, and the majority of fans that it would, the buyer’s remorse set in.

The problem with listening to sparring partners, coaches, and trainers is that they aren’t in the ring getting hit, trying to figure out an opponent that does nothing but wait to play off your offense, or do they suffer the backdrop of performing for the crowd while attempting to not get too injured or worse.

Throughout  training camp Manny Pacquiao refused to make predictions, saying only that he would give a good fight and entertain the boxing fan. He did hope to prove that he would be better than the first two fights.It was other people that guaranteed the knockout , writers that exclaimed that it would be short and sweet, unfortunately  the fans listened, and some were disappointed, blaming the champion.

We had 24 rounds of action prior to last night, to inform us as to just how things would pay out,  then last night followed suit, oh what a shock….

Now we will have writers creating a controversy where it does not exist, just to get the numbers needed to buy groceries and pay the rent.

In the history of boxing one rule remains constant in a close fight, “You must beat the champ , to be the champ”. Counter punching challengers only really win close contests if they overwhelm their opponent, they do not win contests if they lay back and wait for the action to greet them at the front door.

If you are a champion and counterpunch, you are defending your title in a judges eyes and more consideration is giving in that event.

The scorecards, punches landed , and power punch numbers do not lie. This was not a case of Lara-Williams where a challenger overwhelmed the favorite with more punches, harder punchers, and was the effective aggressor throughout the fight. This was a case where the welterweight champion went  forward attacking his challenger, throwing punches that landed at a greater rate throughout the majority of the fight and the challenger failed to bring a deciding factor into play to make a judge feel that he was taking a champion’s title, instead feeling safe by just countering and defending his spot in the ring.

Marquez did just that, defended his spot (the challenger) extremely  well, what he did not do is challenge Pacquiao for his title, instead being content to exchange with Pacquiao only after Manny went seeking an exchange.

Pacquiao did as Champions do , he went looking to retain his title, not only defending it with aggressiveness but firing back after he was countered, keeping intact his role as the titlist.

Fans of Marquez can be upset that their fighter did not win, and fans of Pacquiao can be disappointed as to the outcome not being as many predicted, with an early stoppage. What is wrong, is to assert that a champion was beaten inside the ring last night.

Writers can now write about controversy so their newspapers, websites, and blogs get more readers and more money, because that is what they do for a living.

One fact is clear in warfare, you cannot win the war by shelling up in your castle throwing bombs at the invading forces; you can only prevent the capture, and defend the turf. Marquez had no turf to defend as he was the invading force. He had a limited time to capture the flag and did not. Period!

The only mystery will be what article about controversy will get written, well enough, to get the most hits.

Ciao!

Pacquiao –Marquez IV: Is it possible?

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Keith Terceira

The blood had yet to dry on the cut over the left eye  suffered by Pacquiao from an unintentional head-butt last night , when the discussion at the post-fight press conference turned to another contest between the two warriors. Continue reading “Pacquiao –Marquez IV: Is it possible?” »

Laurente, Lumacad win in the Pacquaio vs. Marquez undercard

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

Lumacad is being managed by Peter Maniatis.

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

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

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

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

 

Pacquiao wins 12 round Majority Decision

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Keith Terceira

Every fighter at one point of his career meets his counter-part, the one man that seems to be able to withstand his every plan of attack. The Pacquiao - Marquez trilogy will go down as one of the best in boxing history and forever be divided by fans as to who accurately won all three bouts.

As predicted this fight went the distance with Marquez playing it a little safe in the final rounds and his trainer did not help Juan Manual Marquez by informing him that he was winning the fight which I had scored Manny up 3 rounds going into the 12th and final round.

Both fighters played it safer than the previous two bouts and a tenth round head-butt, that cut Manny Pacquiao, causing a bit of concern for a moment,  a cut that was quickly and professionally handled by Ariza and Roach, stopping it from ever becoming a problem.

Throughout the fight Pacquiao was the aggressor and punch stats show that Manny threw and landed more punches than Marquez. As promised the right hand came to play much more, and the right hook landed often.

Another see-saw battle is complete and this time despite Team Marquez complaining once again they were robbed, there is no controversy, Manny Pacquiao was the aggressor, controlled the action in the ring where Marquez was once again happy just to counter, threw and landed more punches, and Manny displayed more ring generalship. Pacquiaio threw  578 punches connecting on  176, Marquez threw 436 landing 138.

The scores were Robert Hoyle, 114-114; Dave Moretti, 115-113 and Glenn Trowbridge, 116-112 for Pacquiao.

That is the recipe for a victory, plain and simple, if you don’t or can’t stop your opponent. That is the sport of boxing!

More to follow as the day progresses.

 

MP Promotions Allan Tanada wins Vegas Debut

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Keith Terceira

Allan Tanada (11-1-2, 5ko) of Ipil, Zamboanga, Philippines survived a tough test from Juan Ruiz (23-8, 7ko) of California. Continue reading “MP Promotions Allan Tanada wins Vegas Debut” »

Welcome to the PacFan’s FanCave on MP8.ph!

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Keith Terceira

It’s exciting to see all the new visitors to MP8, Manny Pacquiao’s official website, and we would like to welcome you.

Take time look around as there is much to see. Visit our video library and join either to assist Manny with stopping poverty or view video with a free membership.

Documented in Video and still photos are the professional and private times of Manny Pacquiao, you can see the progression of training for several of his bouts as well as the daily events surrounding Team Pacquiao training for Marquez III.

Follow Pacquiao from Los Angeles, to Manila, to Baguio for High Altitude training, then back to LA, and on to Las Vegas.

Catch all the behind the scene action of the Pacman in your own home.

Join the new forum and post your thoughts with other PacFans on tonight’s event.

Welcome to the PacFan’s FanCave, ENJOY!

 

Mercito Gesta remains undefeated after beating Ricardo Dominguez

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arum said, Mercito will soon be a big star.

 

SHOBOX Friday Night Thoughts

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By Tom Donelson

Michael Oliveria opened up the Friday night SHOBOX Next Generation bouts against Xavier Toliver, who had failed when he attempted to move up in quality before. Continue reading “SHOBOX Friday Night Thoughts” »

Weights from Las Vegas

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Manny Pacquiao came in at 143 pounds and Juan Manual Marquez weighed 142 .

Live coverage of the weigh-in was shown on Toprank.TV and fans should remember that Manny Pacquiao appears on Piers Morgan tonight at 11PM est on CNN.

 

Fight Prediction: Manny Pacquaio by knockout in early rounds

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pacquiao – Marquez III: Predicting by Predicament

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By Keith Terceira and Friends

Tomorrow evening at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada , a bigger, stronger, and more polished Manny Pacquiao steps into the ring with a suspected bigger stronger, and older, Juan Manual Marquez

At the moment the odds sit at 8-1 in favor of the Philippine great, with many fans suggesting that the fight will not last after the sixth round. Those predictions are a distinct possibility based on Manny’s continued evolution as a boxer and as an athlete.

Pacquiao’s boxing knowledge combined with the added arsenal should provide that missing link excluded from the first two bouts. The predicament I find myself in attempting to make a prediction is balancing what I would like to see and just what might truly happen on Saturday evening.

As a writer for Manny Pacquiao and a fringe member (extremely fringe) of Team Pacquiao, I wish the quickest most direct route to a win for MP possible. As the boxing fan, that part of me wishes for the war of all wars to break out and erase months of disappointing pay per views , create a lasting trilogy that I will enjoy telling my grandchildren about (with pride of playing a small part) and a bout that will slap the face of every boxing critic in the world.

MP8.ph member Mos_shark shared his thoughts and predictions this week.

As a die-hard boxing fan from Mexico, I witnessed Manny’s first bout against JMM back in 2004. Of course, I was rooting for Marquez,, but was immediately taken back after that explosive first round by Manny. I thought, “Wow, this is going to be over in the next couple of rounds.” As we all know, Marquez miraculously recovered from the knock-downs and went on to give Manny a serious run for his money. After the 12th round bell, I was on the edge of my couch in awe at how great the fight was and I just kept thinking, “Who is this Pilipino guy?? Where did he come from? How on earth did he knock down JMM 3 times?.. in the first round?” The judges’ decision was just to me, I thought Marquez had lost actually, but his recovery and incredible come-back earned him the draw.. And in my own personal opinion was rightfully discouraged that he didn’t get the decision to go in his favor.

The fight they had 4 years later was another classic. Evidently, Marquez made some adjustments and hurt Manny pretty well in some rounds. I had their second bout more as a draw then the first one but Manny’s 3rd round knock-down proved to be the icing on the cake. I think in this fight Manny really opened himself up to Marquez’ counters and could have lost this fight if it had not been for his persistence, and granite-like chin. I thought he was visibly more buckled in this fight by JMM’s blows than in their first bout..

Here we are 3 years later (7 after their first meeting) and they are facing each other again.. Having since followed Manny’s incredible career, it’s almost unfair to Marquez that it took so long for them to face each other after their last bout. With the incorporation of Alex Ariza, Manny’s domination of the welterweight divisions, and Freddie’s boxing engineering magic having developed Manny into a COMPLETE thinking-fighter, it really is, (to me) this time around, a no contest fight.

The weight/speed issue is going to be key this time. The only other time JMM fought at this weight was against Floyd Mayweather and it was obvious that he had no business at that weight having been completely dominated by Floyd’s speed and size difference. JMM’s camp argument was that he went about gaining the weight the wrong way and made him slow, but to me, I just saw a fighter that was out of place in his natural fighting weight. I think JMM realized he had no business there and didn’t even bother with a rematch bout. The 24/7 series side that covers Marquez, says that, this time around JMM went about gaining weight “scientifically” and it actually shows.. JMM is looking much, much, bigger than he did when he faced Mayweather, so who knows. Maybe he has gained weight, and picked up speed along the way…

 

…Honestly, I highly doubt it. JMM may be stronger and bigger, but certainly not fast enough to keep up with Manny’s speed. What is crazy is that, I think, Manny is faster at this (143-144.5lbs) weight than he was when he faced Marquez both times at lightweight. So JMM is in for a little bit of a surprise.

 

Having said all that, my prediction is this; Manny size’s up JMM in the first round.. Jabs around, throws his straight left, no power shots, no knockdown.. Round 2; Depending on how JMM reacts in the first round, he will either knock him down by connecting a straight left early in the round or continue to box until he can set him up late in the round for a crushing “Lights-out Hatton” blow. If Marquez is still on his feet by the 3rd round, I will be surprised. Round 3; Manny goes in for the kill here for sure. If JMM can weather this storm, it could go for the long-haul but I think in this round Manny Pacquiao knocks JMM out cold with a right hook, Kenny Bayless doesn’t even bother counting out.

Forum member Depilar had this to say regarding his prediction for the event.

“I think Manny has improved but I do think Marquez as a p4p boxer has an option to fight in a survival mode. Clottey & Mosley had shown us this path. Marquez might choose to survive, even avoid being knocked down, just to prove he’s better than all the other victims of Manny. Manny by UD is my prediction.”

As you can see these fans are split as to the manner in which this bout will unfold just as I am ….Basically!

My prediction falls somewhere between the two at this point in the week and may change depending on what occurs in the following twenty-four hours.

In my opinion Marquez will come into this bout knowing that he cannot weather a more polished Pacquiao that can now boxing and punch with two hands. To counter the new equations in the MP arsenal he may just attempt to take Manny out inside of three rounds rather than deal with the added weight over the course of 12 championship rounds.

I think the time has passed for Marquez’s 38 year old body to not tire late in the fight with not only the added weight but the added muscle mass. If Marquez attempts to fight Manny in the same way that he did the first two fights, that added muscle will drain him quickly and make a 12 round bout less likely.

If Marquez can weather the return fire from the quicker Pacquiao he may last until later in the fight through his counterpunching skills.

There are so many variables in this bout that a prediction is difficult, but I feel that towards the seventh and eighth rounds this fight will be over and Pacquiao the TKO victor with the referee stopping the contest.

The boxing fan in me would love to see this bout go to the end with it being a mirror image of the first two bouts, it’s what boxing needs, it’s what fans need, it’s also what “Fair-weather Fighter” needs to continue his verbal onslaught against Pacquiao and perhaps boost his courage enough to face Pacquiao, if he sees Manny have a difficult time with Marquez. As we all know “Fair-weather” only fights the people he feels he can beat easily.

So here is my final say and I’m sticking to it …For the moment…

The writer predicts Pacquiao by TKO in the eighth, the fan hopes it goes the distance and Pacquiao gets a 3 round edge on all  three scorecards putting an end to Marquez’s doubts in a great completion of this trilogy.

 

 

Khan Back Live on Sky Sports

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Amir “King” Khan will fight on Sky for the first time since he defeated Marcos “Chino” Maidana in his Las Vegas debut in December last year in a clash that many in boxing called the “Fight of the Year.”

Live coverage of Khan vs. Peterson on December 10 from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, will be the first of three fights featuring Khan to be shown on Sky Sports, and follows live coverage of the Heavyweight World Title clash between Wladimir Klitschko and Jean Marc Mormeck from the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf.

Speaking about the fight Amir Khan said, “I’m delighted to be on Sky Sports. They are dedicated to broadcasting the biggest fights, so I’m excited about working together again. Fighting in America can make it difficult for my British fans to see me live in action, but being on Sky Sports means they can cheer me on and enjoy the fight as it happens from home. I’m training harder than ever for this fight and I guarantee the fans won’t want to miss it!”

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions (Khan’s promoter) said, “We are excited that Sky Sports is going to be working with Amir Khan again. We look forward to showcasing Amir in the biggest fights out there and know Sky will be a big support in reaching his extensive British fan base.”

Barney Francis Managing Director of Sky Sports said, “This is great news for Sky subscribers. We’re pleased to welcome Amir back, and delighted to be showing his next three fights on Sky Sports. Khan vs. Peterson follows a great autumn of boxing on Sky Sports, and this fight will be part of a great month of boxing on Sky Sports that includes four world title fights and some of the biggest names in British and world boxing.”

 

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

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At stake is Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown.

 

 

 

Interview: Lumacad looking for redemption!

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By Keith Terceira

Peter Maniatis manager for Fernando Lumacad spoke with MP8.ph via email today regarding his 25 year old fighter that will appear on the undercard of Pacquiao-Maarquez III. Continue reading “Interview: Lumacad looking for redemption!” »

Pacquiao’s and Marquez’s behavior refreshing!

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Keith Terceira

In a world so wrapped up in reality shows that feature rolls in the hay, repo wars, and bullies being bullied, the media blitz surrounding Pacquiao Marquez III has been  professionally refreshing.

One reason perhaps is that the history surrounding these two boxers doesn’t need the trash talking or foul behavior that other recent events have needed to sell the, yet to be disclosed, PPV numbers.   I don’t  know what the worlds sudden attraction is with reality TV, life is strange and difficult enough, without getting involved with someone else’s drama.

When the television goes on most would rather be entertained in a pleasant non-demeaning manner but times do change and I eagerly await the reality era to end. What many people don’t realize is that reality TV is mostly choreographed , practiced, and edited.

These two great champions have refrained from physical contact and explosive behavior at the final press at the MGM, and throughout the training camps, which is always a refreshing sight because it shows the true spirit that most all boxers display.

Rarely are boxers’ disrespectful and obnoxious people, in my long career, I have had boxers call me to state that they never said the things that their promoter’s public relations people have put out in the media.

The minority of boxers get the most attention with crazy, thuggish behavior because it is human nature to enjoy a train wreck, a murder mystery, or psychotic behavior, if only to reaffirm the “average Joe’s” grasp on their own reality.

To watch the final press conference and see no chairs thrown, security called in, entourages battling across the podium are so refreshing, it is almost as if boxing is a main stream sport again in America.

Everywhere one looks on the internet there is a promo for Pacquiao-Marquez III , giveaways for tickets, signed memorabilia, or merchandise.

No matter the outcome of this event, or the brevity of the action, these two combatants have propped up the sport by simply behaving in a professional manner.

Nothing has swayed them from this course and several have tried to turn it into a circus, Heredia-Conte debacle,” Fairweather Fighter” and his announcements, and even Enquirer type accusations against Manny’s commitment to his family.

Outside of any officiating errors, bouts of forgetfulness from a referee, or unlikely, in the ring theatrics from the boxers, this event will propel boxing to a better place should it compare in action to the first two meetings.

It may be boring to some followers of the sport, but I have a full an enriched life, and do not have to be entertained by idiotic activities or moronic behavior by the fighters and their teams.

Some have commented that the 24/7 episodes for Pacquiao and Marquez were boring. I disagree, I found them interesting, informative, and entertaining in a professional sport manner. I did not find them to be comparable to Cops, Hoarders, or Pawn Stars which exploit peoples lack of knowledge , their sickness , or their poverty.

I prefer to see action in the ring and feel fans will see plenty on Saturday!

 

Jeff Mayweather: There’s Going to Be Some Questions If Pacquiao Destroys Marquez

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Edgar Solorzano

I recently interviewed one of the top trainers in the sport of boxing, Jeff Mayweather. We talked about the November 12, Pacquiao-Marquez mega-fight, and the chances of Manny Pacquiao beating Floyd Mayweather in the squared-circle.

Jeff Mayweather made it clear that Floyd Mayweather is the Einstein of boxing. He stressed that Pacquiao has a punchers chance against Floyd Mayweather; just like the other 42 fighters that tried to conquer the Pay-Per-View king. Not only did Jeff Mayweather said that Pacquiao would get dominated by the confident Floyd Mayweather; but he also gave a lot of hints that what Pacquiao is doing is not normal, referring to the famous steroid accusation.

“But when it comes to raw skills and intelligence, they are in two different levels. One’s on Earth and one on the moon, that’s how far they are separated when it comes to Floyds mind and his ability inside the ring,” Jeff Mayweather stated when asking him about a possible fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

If Floyd Mayweather is on the moon and Pacquiao is on Earth, then I guess the Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao fight may never happen? Relax fight-fans, that was just a quick joke to warm you up for this interesting interview with the one and only Jeff Mayweather, enjoy.

 

Edgar Solorzano: About the Pacquiao Vs. Marquez fight; what do you think about that?

Jeff Mayweather: Well I mean, it should be a great fight. But at the same time Marquez is not the same fighter. He still has great talent, still a warrior; he has to win fights with all these young lions. But at the same time, I still think the fight is going to be a good fight. You know, I ‘m just leaning towards Pacquiao.

Edgar Solorzano: Do you think Pacquiao will stop him this time?

Jeff Mayweather: …That’s tough, that’s a tough call; because Marquez does not get stop. I mean if he does stop him, and he stops him early…there’s a lot of questions.

Edgar Solorzano: Do you think the referee could stop the fight? That’s my only prediction, if he stops him; the referee will most likely be the one to stop it.

Jeff Mayweather: I mean like I said, they fought twenty-four rounds. And in those twenty-four rounds nobody really knows who won the fights. Half the people say Marquez won, and half the people say Pacquiao won…and if you have these two guys that have fought twenty-four rounds, the fights were that tough. It was so tough that maybe one round changed the fight. Now, if Pacquiao goes out there and destroys Marquez; like I said, there’s going to be some questions.

Edgar Solorzano: Yeah, they fought twenty-four rounds. But that was in a lower weight-class…

Jeff Mayweather: It doesn’t matter. It still the same person.

Edgar Solorzano: You think so? It won’t slow down Marquez or anything like that?

Jeff Mayweather: No, it won’t slow him down. I mean, he was in there with Floyd and he did the same thing. He still fought hard and… I mean Floyd was just too crafty for him. You know, and I mean all the other guys that moved up that Marquez fought. I mean, Juan Diaz; you know, a young hungry lion. He was bringing him everything. But he found a way to win. Katsidis, swinging everything; and again, he found a way to win. That’s one thing about Marquez, even at this age…and it’s not really so much his age, is just lately the wars he had. But at the same time is like this…if I fought a guy twice, and the fight was life and death both times…chances are, don’t make no difference just because he moved up in weight. Because, still; it still the same person.

Edgar Solorzano: Do you think Pacquiao is still the same person?

Jeff Mayweather: Still the same person?

Edgar Solorzano: Or like the same boxer as he was before?

Jeff Mayweather: Well I mean, I think that… I don’t necessarily know. But I mean, only thing I can say is that all of a sudden he started knocking out people. That’s what I can say, you know; that’s about it. When was all of this happening before then, when he was at 126-pounds? He had war with all these guys. You know, with Barrera, Morales…you know, Marquez. But now all of a sudden he’s knocking out all these guys way bigger than him.

Edgar Solorzano: Do you think is the short punches that’s stopping the fighters or is it questionable?

Jeff Mayweather: I don’t know what’s stopping the fighters. You know, but like I said; I don’t know too many guys that can continue to go up in weight and get stronger every time.

Edgar Solorzano: I mean one of the few mistakes fighters commit when fighting Pacquiao is that they just rely on their power. Like when Margarito fought Pacquiao, Margarito told his trainer Pacquiao’s punches weren’t that powerful, but his face was telling a different story…

Jeff Mayweather: Oh yeah, I mean… don’t get me wrong. One thing with Pacquiao is that Pacquiao is extremely fast and he punches hard. So basically if you go to war with him, his punches will probably get faster than yours. The person that’s going to beat him is the person that’s going to out-smart him and out-think him.

Edgar Solorzano: Floyd Mayweather showed that he can handle a strong southpaw; did that make you more confident that Floyd Mayweather can defeat Pacquiao?

Jeff Mayweather: I never had a doubt anyway. I never once thought that Pacquiao can beat my nephew, never…never will.

Edgar Solorzano: Do you think it would be a good fight though?

Jeff Mayweather: I think Floyd is too smart for him. Pacquiao is too predictable. Floyd is the smartest boxer in the world today. Meaning, when I say that… I’m saying being able to figure out a guy before the fight is over. Within two or three rounds he will figure out Pacquiao, and Pacquiao will be losing rounds and he won’t even know what happened.

Edgar Solorzano: So you think, if Pacquiao fights Floyd Mayweather, he would only win one round or not even win two rounds?

Jeff Mayweather: He has a punchers chance, Pacquiao has a punchers chance. Just like everybody else that steps in the ring with Floyd. But when it comes to raw skills and intelligence, they are in two different levels. One’s on Earth and one on the moon, that’s how far they are separated when it comes to Floyds mind and his ability inside the ring. Because with Floyd you can do this…No matter what style you bring to him, you can be fighting your fight; but you still end up losing. You don’t know why, because he has figured you out. Of course Floyd has a lot of haters; he will always have a lot of haters. Is really because of HBO’s 24/7 and that s***t is not even real. I mean that’s a guy who’s trying to help the Pay-Per-View sells generate revenue by giving the fans some excitement…and giving them something to talk about. One thing about boxing is this, in boxing two guys make money…the good guy that can actually fight and the bad guy that can fight; because you can pay a bad boy and as long as he can fight…they will be willing to pay him until he lose. That’s what the situation is now, it’s almost like every time Floyd is fighting… is almost like the image is the bad guy vs. the good guy. Even with the Victor Ortiz fight, same spin. Every fight is the same spin; Floyd is always the bad guy.

Edgar Solorzano: That’s about it, thank you for the interview.

Jeff Mayweather: Thank You

MP vs. JMM III: Boxing’s glimmer of hope

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By Jorge Alberto Espinoza Rodriguez

You don’t have to be a big boxing fan to figure it out;  The last 2 main event prize fights that were supposed to give boxing a much needed blood transfusion and revive that warm, tingly, “who’s going to win??” buzz among  fans, actually put the sport of boxing directly in the intensive care unit  in need of downright heart transplant.

Do I need to mention which ones and describe how atrocious they were? No.  All I know is that people who attended these fights, purchased them on PPV  or simply watched them on replay somewhere most likely lost A LOT of interest.  Obviously, in some of the fighters involved, but most importantly, in boxing itself.  You have to admit, they made boxing look ugly, cartoon-ish, and as if Don King was somehow involved pulling strings behind the scenes (see: rigged).

This third installment of MP vs. JMM may just be that new heart that boxing so desperately needs to get blood flowing through its veins again.

From a boxing fan’s point of view, it couldn’t have come at a better time.   The buzz surrounding it, considering the history the fighters have between them, makes this fight that much more compelling, even to casual sports fans (Thank goodness for HBO’s 24/7 series).    And what makes it even more sizzling to the die-hard boxing fan, is that the last two fights between these 2 warriors could have easily had different outcomes.

Freddie Roach has said; “If you asked 100 people who won those fights, you might get 50/50..” Boxing fans can rightfully engage in intelligent dispute over the outcomes and come up with legitimate arguments to back their fighter.  What can’t be argued, is the pure guts and courageous effort put forth by both fighters. They left it all in the ring, evidenced by 24 action-packed rounds and sufficient war-wounds to show that these two meant serious boxing business.  According to the judges, one was a disappointing draw and the other an atom-splitting decision favoring  MP. A rightfully discouraged JMM claimed that he was “robbed” on both occasions, and to his credit, there is enough evidence to give him the benefit of the doubt.   The reality is that both fighters let solid, convincing, victories slip from their grasp and it’s the main reason why they are ready to once and for all settle the score on Nov. 12th at the MGM Grand Arena.

It’s also nice to see that both fighters actually earned the respect of their counterpart’s fans.   Regardless of the decisions made by the judges,  it’s easy to see that (search youtube:  MP visits Mexico) Mexican boxing fans very much respect MP. There is even a video from an official Mexican sports news program that claims people at one point were actually cheering more for MP  than  JMM when they had the media stop in Mexico City to promote the fight.  Something I was taken back by considering how patriotic Mexicans are with their fighters. With the exception of a few overzealous fans,  as a whole, MP gained the respect of an entire boxing nation. I believe MP won over fans in Mexico with his humbleness, (despite the outcomes) and his fierce style inside the ring; A trademark of Mexican fighters that is recognized around the world.  JMM however, added a little “spice” to things by arrogantly claiming in MP’s own nation that he had clearly won both fights, and donned special t-shirts saying; “marquez beat pacquiao twice”.  It wouldn’t be boxing without a little dirt to generate some good old fashioned “bar talk” but both camps and fighters are taking it in stride and it looks as though they are going to let their fists do most of the talking inside the ring.

I’m sure fans watch replays of those fights and think, “Why did it take so long to get these two warriors in the ring again?”  Well, here we are, 3 years later, and boxing fans all over the world are in for a treat, because they are back to pick up where they left off. It’s nice to hear fans saying “who’s going to win this time??”, “Marquez will win for sure this time”, “Manny has to set the record straight”, and with the classic atmosphere that surrounds a trilogy of this magnitude.

So hang in there fans for just a couple more days, boxing is getting not only one but two incredible hearts transplanted directly into its chest, from  a couple of warriors that without a doubt will leave it all in the ring once again for our viewing pleasure.   May the best man win, but even before Michael Buffer belts out his awesome “Let’s get ready to rumble” line, boxing and its fans have already won.

 

 

Supplements Of Choice

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Alex Ariza

There are many vitamins and supplements out there, so much so, that it gets confusing. People tell me all the time that when they go into a vitamin shop they get overwhelmed because of the numerous different types of vitamins. On top of having so many different vitamins to choose from they also have a number of companies that produce each vitamin - Confusing!! Continue reading “Supplements Of Choice” »

Two hands better than one!

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Keith Terceira

The development of the right hand for Manny Pacquiao has everyone convinced that Saturday’s bout with Juan Manual Marquez will be shorter than the last two and give a decided advantage to MP.

Top rank Chief Bob Arum is convinced that the added arsenal is the difference maker.

“Well it’s certainly a lot bigger than the last two fights, but essentially what makes this fight unique is that in the two prior fights, there was very little to differentiate the two fighters. The difference now is that Manny fights with two hands. His right hand is as good as his left. But you’ve got to understand that Marquez and Nacho [Beristain] are brilliant guys and the style of Manny is made for Marquez because he’s a counter-puncher.”

Manny becoming more bi lateral in his movement and in his usage of his right hand will give Marquez more trouble but remember it will also open more opportunity for the counter punching Marquez to open up against the southpaw.

I’ll save the prediction for later in the week but I am leaning to the bout being another long exciting event.

“The question is – can he fight with that right hand? Everybody sees these Hispanics like Cotto and Margarito, they don’t know about quitting. When Manny fought Clottey and when he fought Moseley, what made these fighters quit is that they were trained to fight the southpaw, then when they got clocked with the right hand, they couldn’t believe it.” Arum also stated to UK writer Gareth Davies.

Pacquiao will have no problem fighting with the right hand , throughout the beginning rounds, what remains to be seen though is when he is pressured in the later rounds and becomes more automatic as a fighter, is if he will revert to old ways and become one dimensional again out of fatigue.

For both fighters the first five or six rounds will set the stage on which direction the championship rounds go. Pacquiao has the ability to get this win completed inside of six rounds by showing a completely different more polished fighter at times and being the warrior we know at others.

Instead of a complete onslaught from the start, Pacquiao can test Marquez’s ability to handle the added weight by forcing Marquez to counter and be active in the early rounds, wearing him down for stoppage in the 8-12 rounds.

Constant lateral movement with the utilization of both hands to set up dual handed power shots, popping in and out of range landing the right as well as left hooks to the body may be the way to break down Marquez. Landing his own upper cuts as Juan attempts to close on the counter, will slow the Mexican fighter down, and force him the either walk through the punishment or pick his shots better, which slows his action and gives the combination punching Pacquiao a chance to pile up the points early.

The time that Marquez has had to adjust to the higher weight will play a significant roll if Pacquiao can keep Marquez moving and throwing punches that miss or get blocked.

Growing accustomed to the weight increase in the gym is something entirely different than competing full out in the ring.

More later on this!

Ciao

Manny Pacquiao Hopes to do Epic Fight in the Philippines

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by Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PACQUIAO-MÁRQUEZ LIVE PAY-PER-VIEW HITS ONLINE

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LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 8, 2011) – Top Rank announced today that the November 12 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, boasting interactive features unique to the digital platform through NeuLion’s technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers.

“This pay-per-view offering will complement our current distribution which appeals to sports fans who are engaged in digital platforms on a daily basis. The response was so positive the first time we did this, which was for Pacquiao-Mosley in May, we knew there would be an even bigger demand for Pacquiao-Márquez III. Sports viewing has entered a new frontier and Top Rank, which has always been at the forefront of integrating new technology to enhance the fans’ experience, will be adding more live digital platforms to future world championship boxing events,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

 

The following websites will be offering the Pacquiao vs. Márquez III four-bout pay-per-view live stream: www.toprank.tv, www.DirecTV.com, www.DishNetwork.com and www.sports.yahoo.com. Select cable and satellite TV systems will also be offering the pay-per-view live stream. Viewers should check with their local providers.

TOPRANK.TV LIVE STREAM SCHEDULE

 

· Today! Tuesday, Nov. 8th – 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 am PT

Welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao Grand arrival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

 

· Tomorrow! Wednesday, Nov. 9th – 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m, PT

One-on-one interviews with Pacquiao and Marquez

 

· Tomorrow! Wednesday, Nov. 9th – 3:15 p.m. ET / 12:15 p.m. PT

Main event press conference at the Hollywood Theater at the MGM Grand

 

· Thursday, Nov. 10th – 2:15 p.m. ET / 11:15 a.m. PT

Undercard press conference featuring jr. welterweight champ Tim Bradley, jr. welterweight contender Mike Alvarado, and jr. lightweight contender Luis Cruz, among others

 

· Friday, Nov. 11th – 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT

A special show culminating in the main event and undercard weigh-ins at the MGM Grand

 

· Saturday, Nov. 12th – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT

Fight Day broadcasts featuring:

* Re-broadcast of Pacquiao-Marquez I in its entirety – 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT

* Re-broadcast of Pacquiao-Marquez II in its entirety – 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT

* Fight Day Now live from the MGM lobby – 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT

* Live broadcast of Red Carpet show and Pacquiao-Marquez III undercard bouts – 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT

 

Pacquiao and Márquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Marquez III is Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds.

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Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against professional nemesis and three-division world champion Márquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), of México City. Pacquiao and Márquez, will go toe-to-toe on Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Márquez III live pay-per-view broadcast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

 

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Márquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, remaining closed circuit tickets to Pacquiao-Márquez III , priced at $50, are on sale and available at all Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties.

 

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

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By Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

TODAY! Pacquiao MGM Grand Arrival

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 8, 2011) – It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ have broken camp for their mega world championship fight. Fight Week continues with Pacquiao’s Grand Arrival, which will be open to the public. Pacquiao, along with five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives Today! Tuesday, November 8, at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacman will be transported by luxury bus custom-designed with his image.

 

Pacquiao and Márquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Pacquiao-Marquez III is Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy that has had fans and media standing on their feet for 24 action-packed rounds.

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Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, is in his final week 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. 4, the finale of the all-access reality series “24/7 Pacquiao/Márquez” premieres This Friday! November 11, the night before the welterweight championship showdown, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episodes No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 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.

 

Joe Frazier has passed, Good bye my friend!

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Keith Terceira

(Christmas card from Joe Frazier and Eva Futch)

In the stillness of a small basement bedroom, with a flashlight, and an old am radio, a young man listened to the sounds of Ali, Frazier, Foreman, and Norton pound out the greatest fights this writer has ever experienced.

When news came that boxing at a professional level was something that same young man would never physically be able to perform, his heart was empty, all the dreams of being Ali or Frazier gone in the flash of an x-ray.

His insides still loved the sport so greatly that even the act of writing about it filled him with happiness, so he persisted and learned to the point that in the 1980’s he wrote coverage of fights occurring in Madison Square Garden’s Felt Forum and in the casinos of Atlantic City, for a small weekly paper.

In 1981, this young man finally met one of his greatest idols during the rise of Marvis Frazier’s career, Marvis was just beginning and it was only his third bout against Melvin Epps.  Joe’s first word to him, as he stood in the locker area was;

“Move”

Though the man’s face turned a bright crimson his heart sung proudly that he had his opportunity to stand in the space required of “Smokin” Joe Frazier. Over the course of the next decade the two would often meet in Atlantic City, or Philadephia , covering both Marvis and Joe Frazier Jr.

This morning, everyone will write about a great man’s career, today instead I will write about missing a friend with the hopes that Joe will find peace and comfort in the arms of our dear Lord and Savior.

The man I called friend has passed of the same disease that took my mother six years ago, liver disease once again has claimed an idol of mine. It is an evil thing that needs to be eradicated!

Goodbye my friend, thank you for giving me hope, enjoyment, and encouraging my small career.

You are still my greatest …

 

Evander Holyfield visits Manny Pacquiao at his Palazzo residence

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Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Boxing Fans Need Occupy Mayweather Protests!

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Keith Terceira

As our boxing scribe, Leo Reyes, has stated Floyd Mayweather Jr. has blitzed the airways, press rooms, and any avenue available, to upstage Saturday’s mega event of Pacquiao-Marquez III.

Fact is, Floyd Mayweather, and his , “on again, off again” antics are getting more play in the media than the Occupy Wall Street protests.

In a strategic media move, that is par for the “Money” course whenever Pacquiao fights, Mayweather PR machine released news that he would fight the “Little fella” next in his newly scheduled May event. Of course the “little fella” was immediately taken as Manny Pacquiao by yours truly and a great many others.

So a rush of articles went up for the last week or so, totally blotting out the news releases from all other boxing, and then came the “angle”.

Suddenly the “little fella” became Eric Morales, a move totally unexpected by anyone in the sport outside of Mayweather and his own “in the know” people.

Like showing up at a concert where the “Boss” was advertised to be playing and finding up they were really talking about Donald Trump.

What a disappointment!

So, immediately,nearly everyone who had a checkbook in hand and a finger on the enter key to purchase a ticket, folded up the old leather satchel, stuck a different finger in the air, and went back to whatever they were doing.

There is always a possibility, that after Saturday’s bout, Mayweather Jr. will announce that, yes he was really talking about Pacquiao, but that Arum has already shot it down, yada, yada , and yada.

This will once again re-focus the media back to Floyd, and off the winner of the weekend’s bout. Another ploy successfully deployed by Mayweather after all of Manny’s events.

Getting about time to start our own protest I think regarding Mayweather Jr. promotions.

I will begin the protest by no longer writing Mayweather articles to this site until a contract is negotiated with Pacquiao. That won’t be hard really considering outside of Pacquiao, I have no desire to see Floyd fight. Well, maybe Sergio Martinez, so a wee bit difficult depending on the news.

Now, I could be wrong and because I am a Pacquiao supporter, I may be blind to the millions of fans that really want to see a Morales – Mayweather event happen.

Let me know if you are willing to part with your money for this bout, please.

Like the Occupy Wall Street protests, we Pacfans, are the 99% and “Money” fans are the 1%.

 

Floyd Mayweather Stages Media Blitz as Pacquiao Fight Draws Near

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by Leo Reyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PIERS MORGAN STEPS INTO THE RING WITH WORLDWIDE BOXING SUPERSTAR MANNY PACQUIAO

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Interview Special to Air Friday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

New York (November 7, 2011) - CNN prime time talk show host Piers Morgan will step into the ring with worldwide boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao when the Friday, November 11 edition of “Piers Morgan Tonight” features a visit with the reigning WBO welterweight world champion. In addition to an instructive sparring session with the knockout king, Morgan conducts interviews with Pacquiao, who is a Congressman in his native Philippines; Top Rank chairman Bob Arum; and Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, the accomplished Freddie Roach. The interviews take place at Roach’s legendary Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA.

The program airs exclusively on CNN, Friday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Pacquiao is preparing to defend his title on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he meets challenger Juan Manuel Márquez in the third meeting of their stirring rivalry.

 

 

Photos Credit: CNN/Piers Morgan Tonight

 

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 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 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.

 

SCENT OF THE CHAMPION BY MANNY PACQUIAO

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LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 7, 2011) – Scent of a Champion, the exclusively-endorsed cologne of eight-division world champion and Fighter of the Decade MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, is having a special one-day sale This Friday! November 11 at the MGM Grand.

Only 800 bottles, priced at $50 each, will be available for sale, 50 of them will contain a pair of tickets to the local closed circuit viewing of the Pacquiao-Márquez III World Welterweight Championship and two will have a pair to the actual fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Sales will open in the MGM Grand lobby at 9:00 a.m. with a second outlet opening on Studio Walk at 10:00 a.m. A third location will be available inside the Grand Garden Arena when doors open at 1:00 p.m. for the Official Weigh-in.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

“Manny thought this would be a great way to turn scents into dollars for a worthy charity,” said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is currently engaged in the most comprehensive brain imaging study of Professional Boxers to date. It has imaged the brains of over 100 Professional Boxers and Mixed Martial Artists over the past few months and the study will enroll 600 over the next four years.

 

Kirkland and Bute Shine!

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By Tom Donelson

 

The Road Warrior Glen Johnson was once again traveling to another fighter’s hometown, this fight being in Quebec City, and in the home country of Canadian hero, Lucian Bute. The first fight featured undefeated Pier Olivier Cote challenging Jorge Luis Teron in a junior welterweight bout. Cote decided that he wanted a short night as Cote unleashed quick punches, including a super-fast right hand that left Teron looking for the exit. Cote launched into a series of combinations but in the middle of the exchanges, Teron nailed Cote with a right that staggered Cote. The second round continued the explosion as Cote exploded a left jab followed by a right hand that sent Teron down. Teron got back up only to be hit with a left hook that opened up blood from Teron nose as Teron went down on his back to the canvas. Teron sat on the rope for three or four seconds before crawling away from the ropes but he couldn’t get up. Cote won with a spectacular knockout.

In the main event, Johnson and Bute fought tentatively as both fighters felt each other in the opening minutes of the first round. The round ended with Bute trapping Johnson in the corner with quick combinations as Johnson tried to figure out how to counter a younger and faster fighter.

Bute quickness seemed to have paralyzed Johnson into inaction as Bute maintained the distance between the two fighters. Bute seemed to have upper hand as he looked comfortable whereas Johnson looked confused with his occasional right hand landed short of his target. Going into the fourth round, Johnson grappled for answer as Bute started connecting to the body.

Johnson finally connected with a right hand but it appeared to have little impact and over the last thirty seconds of the fifth round, Bute picked up the pace as he unleashed body shots and straight lefts to win the round and maintain his lead on the scorecard.

Johnson started to get into the fight as he landed with solid rights followed by jabs but Johnson had not followed up with a left hook whereas Bute showed more variety in his attack. As the second half of the fight began, the only round that could have been called even or in favor of Johnson was the first as round second through the sixth round was all Bute.

Bute started the seventh round pummeled Johnson around the ring as Johnson started to look his age as Bute simply unleashed his punches; trapping Johnson in the corner. The eighth round was the same as the seventh, the sixth, the fifth, the fourth, the third, and the second round. Bute simply took advantage of Johnson reluctance to fight as he wore Johnson down, little by little. Johnson connected on a few shots but Bute countered immediately in the ninth round with some vicious left upper cuts. The tenth and eleventh round repeated the patterns of other rounds as Johnson threw the one-two, one-two but very few hooks as Bute simply had his way. Bute buckled Johnson with a left upper cut in the final minute of the final round as Johnson attempted to shoot right hands but to no avail. Bute went for one final push for a knockout but Johnson remained standing. Bute showed that he might be the best Super Middleweight as he simply dominated Glen Johnson.

On HBO, James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo faced off in a battle of sluggers, but first Craig McEwan fought Peter Quillin. In his last fight against Andy Lee, McEwan fought a brutal fight in which he lost by knockout despite winning much of the fight. At the end of the second round, Quillin landed some solid shots to take the round.

Over the next two rounds, Quillin’s accuracy showed as he connected with solid right hand against McEwan as McEwan’s faces swelled. At the end of sixth, McEwan walked into a left hook that sent him spinning to the rope, while Quillin nailed McEwan with two rights. On the second right hand, McEwan looked defenseless for a brief moment but he recovered enough to try to hold his opponent. Referee stepped in to stop the fight as he saw the second right hand. While HBO Max Kellerman and Roy Jones felt the fight was stopped early; Kellerman did not see a scenario in which McEwan was going to win.

For the first thirty seconds of the main event, James Kirkland backed Angulo up before an Angulo right sent Kirkland down. Angulo ripped body shots, along with left hooks and right hands. With a minute left, Angulo ran out of gas as he punched himself out and Kirkland came back and landed some shots of his own. Kirkland, who was just one minute earlier was out on his feet, suddenly charged Angulo with solid shots and knocked Angulo with a left hook.

Kirkland began the second round on a search and destroy mission as he attacked with every punch in his arsenal. Kirkland sat in on his punches as he nailed Angulo with some 40 plus punches but Angulo connected with some rights of his own to slow down the Kirkland express.

Max Kellerman noted, “On paper, this fight favored Angulo but this is not fight on paper but in hell” as both fighters exchanged big blows in the third round, taking turns throwing punches as each other. Kirkland began the fourth round pursuing Angulo as Angulo, who was not use to retreating. Kirkland jabbing allowed him to throw power punch but both fighters showed great chin as they pummeled each other.

Angulo legs looked wobbled but he managed to connect with a right hand in the fifth round but he felled victim to Kirkland vicious body shots and upper cuts. For Angulo, it was case of survival but with each minute that he survived the chances that he can throw that one punch that can win the fight. Kirkland continued to press the action in the sixth round as he forced Angulo to the ropes where he ripped right hooks and straight lefts against a defenseless Angulo. The referee stopped the fight as Angulo had nothing left and his face showed the effects of being pounded by Kirkland heavy punches. For Kirkland, this was redemption from an earlier loss to Nobuhiro Ishida this past April. Back with his trainer Ann Wolfe, Kirkland came back from being knocked down and won a big fight that he needed to win.

Thoughts for the weekend,

 

The Super Middleweights have some great fighters and Lucian Bute may be the best. Over the past three years, fighters like Andre Ward, Carl Froch and Bute have taken their games to new levels as they moved from contender to superstars. The good news for boxing fans is that these fighters are in their prime and will be entertaining us not just as Super Middleweights but as light heavyweights and who knows maybe as Cruiserweights. Bute was a boxer three years ago but now he has changed into a boxer/puncher. After nearly losing his first fight with Librado Andrade when he survived a knockdown with seconds left in the fight, Bute changed his style and knocked out six straight fights including a devastating knockout of Andrade in a rematch. He easily dominated Glen Johnson and was never in trouble as he showed mastery of the ring. The next big fight of this division will be the winner of the Andre Ward-Carl Froch and Bute.

The big news of the boxing world was Joe Frazier last big fight against liver cancer. Frazier was one of those fighters never truly appreciated until years later after his career. Like George Foreman and Larry Holmes, Frazier fought in the shadow of Muhammad Ali and no one knew how great these fighters truly were. Frazier beat every other fighter out there and before his first big fight with Ali, he cleaned out the division before his date with destiny. For both Ali and Frazier, they had defeated all other fighters and met in one of boxing greatest fights. They fought 41 rounds over three fights, producing one of the greatest, no, the greatest trilogy in boxing history! Frazier lost only to Ali and George Foreman, two of boxing greatest.

Boxing does some stupid things and one of those things is having two big matches on the same night. This past Saturday night, Showtime featured the Glen Johnson-Lucian Bute bout while HBO had James Kirkland- Alfredo Angulo. Both fights were attractive events but can’t promoters at least check calendars before they schedule fights. For example could one network have the fight on the fifth and the other previous week? The goal for boxing should be maximum profits and ratings and one way is to make sure that you don’t have two big events on the same weekend! Is that so difficult?

This weekend big event is Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez. On paper and based on past bouts, this would be considered an even fight but there are two things to consider. Marquez is closer to 40 and Pacquaio is closer to his peak. This is a fight about will for both fighters have something to prove. Marquez wants to prove that he is the better fighter and he should have won the first two fights whereas Pacquaio wants to send Mayweather a message by knocking Marquez out. The one difference in the past two fights was Pacquaio’s power which resulted into four knockdowns in two fights. The knockdowns were the difference in the first fight resulting in a draw and the second fight ending in a close victory for the PacMan. The real issue is at the 38, Marquez have enough quickness to counter the fast hands of Pacquaio. He does have the style to compete with Pacquaio but it is about quickness and power. That is why Pacquaio wins.

 

 

Morales to face Mayweather; Say it isn’t so!

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Keith Terceira

Just when you thought, it was going to turn around. Boxing is preparing for another mistake to baffle its fans. Continue reading “Morales to face Mayweather; Say it isn’t so!” »