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Weights from Bethlehem, PA

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Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Promoter: Main Events and Peltz Boxing

Sechew Powell 150.75 vs Gabriel Rosado 154
(vacant WBO I/C light middleweight title)
Ronald Cruz 147 vs Prenice Brewer 147
(vacant WBC C/A welterweight title)
Darnell Boone 170.5 vs Sergey Kovalev 173.5
Tyrone Luckey 131.75 vs Tevin Farmer 133
Rafael Montalvo 146.5 vs Anthony Irons 145
Jerome Rodriguez 139 vs Hasan Young ??
Eric Newell 265 vs Tyyab Beale 241

Bradley stepping back from boasts!

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Keith Terceira

In what seemed like a daily tirade of boastful statements from Timothy Bradley about how and when he would defeat Manny Pacquiao  come the June 9th pay per view event has suddenly turned into a maybe.

“I will know in the first round if I am going to win the fight. I will know if it’s going to be an easy or a difficult fight. I want to test his speed, his power.  It only takes me two rounds to figure guys out. I figure guys out fast and I am like ‘I know what he’s trying to do. He’s trying to go to the body’ and I take that away from him,”

Bradley did an interesting interview with The Boxing Lab and below is his interview in its entirety.

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WEIGHTS FROM ATLANTIC CITY

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Promoter: Dee Lee Promotions (Diane Fischer)
Venue: Tropicana
Broadcast : www.gfl.tv

Dennis Hasson 175 – George Armenta 173
Saud Clark 148 – Flavio Reyes 147
Joey Dawejko 239- Edwin Ranquillo 229
KeAndre Leatherwood 162 – Frankie Fillipone 160
Antowyan Aikens 166 – Kenneth Taylor Schmitz 166
Joshua Reyes 123 – Miguel Antonio Rodriguez 119

Floyd Mayweather Tested Positive Three Times?

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Mark “Scoop” Malinowski

Gabriel Montoya of Maxboxing.com might be onto the story of the decade. Apparently he has sources who are divulging blockbuster information, if the information is actually true.

Montoya is gaining recognition for his drug testing and potential cover-up stories and was recently countered with a letter from Golden Boy law firm Lerman, Painter & Spitz LLP.

Jeffrey Spitz is none too pleased by Montoya’s work.

In a letter to Montoya dated May 23, 2012, Spitz wrote: “…(Montoya) asserted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission that (he has) received information that Golden Boy attempted to obtain an agreement from the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency (VADA) not to disclose a potential B sample test until after the tested boxer had participated in the scheduled fight. (Montoya) further asserted that Golden Boy had entered into an agreement with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which contained such a provision. You have also claimed that Golden Boy entered into a contract with USADA for testing in connection with Floyd Mayweather fights which provided inadvertant use exemption that would permit a positive test to be excused of the result were inadvertant use. And that Mayweather had tested positive on three occasions which were excused under the inadvertant use provision.”

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Murad Muhammad; “Mayweather fight will never happen…I kept Pacquiao from Black Fighters”

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Keith Terceira

Former Manny Pacquiao promoter, Hall of Fame inductee, Murad Mohammed opened up to MP8 today in an exclusive interview.

Mohammed, who has dealt with Bob Arum and Freddie Roach many times over his long career as a promoter as well as in the case of Arum back in the days when both were with Ali, had several opinions regarding why the Mayweather fight has not occurred and probably never will.

“Bob Arum, when he is down is the most generous person you can ever meet, but when he is on top he has a diabolical mind. He hates Mayweather, he doesn’t like the idea that he built Mayweather and Mayweather left, he called Mayweather on the open mike a “n-ger” and said he ain’t promoting another “n-ger” so that’s the worse thing you can say to an African American when he is half rich. I say Mayweather is half rich because he doesn’t have Bill Gates type money. THe young man is just messed up in the mind(Mayweather) , he says Arum stole from him and then Arum calls him all these names. So, Bob Arum will never let that fight happen. Now the fight is bigger than Bob Arum, but nobody got the heart. They let Bob Arum , hold up a multi-million dollar deal for two minorities, one from the Philippines, a third world country where children play in the streets with no shoes, living in huts, and now he can make a hundred million. Mayweather is from Detroit , which is damn near the worst city in America for poverty. How is it that a Harvard graduate lawyer that is wealthy and made his money off of minorities is gonna stand in the way. That is the court of law I would go to. Arum is not going to allow that fight to happen because, he is making a lot of money  with Pacquiao, and he never believed in Pacquiao, he thought Pacquiao was gonna get beat by Morales, by Marquez, he threw everything at him and now he realizes that Manny is a good fighter. He is still trying to get him beat because he is like his partner, Manny asks for a great deal of money and Arum would prefer that Bradley beats him, because if Bradley beats him , he doesn’t have to pay Bradley that type of money, and that’s whats he is used to. If he makes fifty million the fighter makes ten, if he makes a hundred million the fighter makes twenty, but in this case that’s not happening. So Arum’s not going to let two African Americans , who just dropped in to make 200 million for himself and give him forty or fifty million, it’s not in his nature.”

Murad, let me get this straight, you actually think after all your dealings with Arum that he is trying to get Manny beat putting him with Timothy Bradley.

“Hell yeh, because he knows how big Bradley will be if he wins, but he will pay one-third to Bradley of what he is paying Manny, and Bradley will be happy to have it. It’s all about the money. When I say things its profound , you can’t attack me for what I say, I know Arum , I grew up with Arum. Keep in mind, I was there, Arum owes the Muslims and he owes the African Americans, Ali made Arum king, Herbert Mohammed made Arum big, Murad Mohammed made Arum big, and Brown when he was afraid told him to go and get his promoters license. We have been good to Bob, but Bob has a side that a lot of people don’t want to see. Remember I used to travel with him.”

Do you feel from your experience with Bob Arum in the Ali days and beyond that Bob is a bigot?

“Oh Yeh, when I had Eddie Mustafa to fight Marvin Johnson, he offered me $150,000 for the first fight, $175,000 for the second fight and so on. I turned it down. He threw an ashtray against the wall, threw it like it was a ball on the other side of the room, I guess that was to scare me, he called Eddie a yellow bellied dog, he told me he took the fight and he wasn’t giving me a damn thing. I stood up an left my finger like I was gonna break a brick next to his eyes and I said Are you God, and he humbled himself and he sat down and said no I’m not God, and I told Arum “Don’t you ever tell me what I can’t do”. When I beat him with Mendoza he offered 25 thousand and I had to go to my boxer and tell him to take the 150 grand and he said no I’m not leaving you, I’ll do it for the 25 grand. Arum knows me and he knows me very damn well , he made money with me.”

When you were with Ali did you see that side of Arum then as well?

“Arum was afraid of Herbert Mohammed, but if you caught Arum wrong he was like a little kid, Herbert used to describe him as a little kid that wanted to break up all the toys if things don’t go his way. That’s Bob Arum. When he and I did Erik Morales, I bought thirty thousand dollars worth of tickets and had important people from China coming to the fight, the Olympic Committee people as my guests from China. That was our agreement not to take complimentary tickets because I knew Arum knew more people in Vegas. So I had these people seated around ringside so when I went to get my tickets, Arum told me he had scalped them, true story, he told me he made more money then the face value. I said number one I don’t want no scalped money I wouldn’t do it with King and I’m not doing it with you. Whatever you scalped those tickets for that your prerogative, as long as I get the face value , but you have to give me my seats. I hit the table real hard like I was gonna break it at the press conference, and the noise went all over the room, and I said “you wait until you have one foot in the grave and one out to be a thief and a scalper, what kind of an individual are you” and he dropped his head and said “ I’ll make it up ” . How you gonna make it up you can’t get them back Bob. So it worked out though because the people from China loved the seats and loved seeing the action.”

Murad in your dealings with Freddie Roach and Arum do you feel that they are a team, that Freddie is in Arum’s corner!

” First of all Freddie is not an intelligent man at all, and he used to fight for Bob Arum. So he kept running to Arum, and telling him he could get him Pacquiao. Arum told me , himself, that Freddie kept coming in the office because he didn’t want me to sue him. Freddie Roach got involved with two lawyers and Shelly Finkle. Those were the three that got him doing what he was doing. I didn’t fault Freddie Roach because my boxer (Pacquiao) would tell Freddie Roach when he got 500,ooo that he got 200,000, and when he got 750k he got 300k, so Freddie was under the impression that I was beating the kid. I wasn’t beating the kid the kid was lying to Freddie. Freddie was in Arum’s office once a week and he lived in LA, they were in there planning all the time, but Arum stayed neutral because he felt he owed allegiance to the Mexicans at the time.”

Murad, you had a contract , what are you saying Manny was taking cash money?

“No , not cash money. Let’s say Pacquiao was fighting for 750,000 but he wants 200,000 for training  expenses, he wouldn’t show the 200k he would just show the 550,000 , but Pacquiao didn’t have to show Freddie anything. So Freddie is thinking that Pacquiao is being shorted and not showing the advances. In hindsight , how Freddie knew what I was getting is because  Larry Merchant knew how to get information out of HBO how much they were paying me…. If the story be told I could have sued HBO, and probably won because of Larry disclosing my dealings and won big time, but I was with HBO for twenty something years, I made a lot of money why would I sue them. It wouldn’t have been right. That was the first time they disclosed a promoters dealings with them and it was wrong.”

“Pacquiao was bombaded and tricked, right now if you do and investigation, right now Pacquiao is paying for what he did and that is now why he is seeing God. Pacquiao , 80% of his money is gone. He gives Arum 30%, he gives 30% to Freddie which is unheard of, unprecedented, that he takes thirty percent of this mans money off the top as trainer and manager. That’s how they justify it, but he is not the manager, he is just the front man for Colin’s gang , for Shelly Finkle.”

“Remember Keith , I brought Mayweather 125 million to fight Manny, and his reply at the table was give him 50 million for a tune-up, that’s what broke the deal. Floyd said he was greater than Ali, greater than Joe Louis, he was greater than all the fighters before him. He is a crazy young man. I was saying yesterday that he has no respect for the legends that went before him. I guarantee you that from Ray Robinson , Muhammad Ali , Joe Louis, and all of them didn’t go to jail for beating up their wife. It will haunt him for the rest of his life , that a fighter on his level went to jail for ninety days , for not the first time but for a second to beat a woman.”

Let’s talk about Timothy Bradley and this fight with Manny?

“I told Mike Gordy, I kept Manny Pacquiao from Black fighters, he said “what, you are telling me you keep Manny from Black …”.I said yes, because Black fighters, the reason why they ain’t making money today, is because they are bastards, they can’t draw, but they will upset you on any given night. I said look what Frankie Randell did to Chavez, look at what Ali did to Liston, look what Buster did to Tyson, out of no where. That’s the problem with the African Americans , they can fight, they got pride, so I knew that Manny would be in an early war with an African Amercian. And Bradley is scaring Pacquiao, because no one trains like Pacquiao, until I saw Bradley.The way that kid trains is equal, if not better than Pacquiao. Pacquiao trains like he is going to fight for twenty rounds  but it’s only gonna be for 12. That’s what makes him different, nobody trains like Pacquiao, but if Pacquiao saw Bradley training, he is worried. I’m not saying Bradley is going to win the fight, I always believed that Pacquiao has power in everything he throws, but this kid  can knock you out if he catches you but he is relentless, you can;t hurt him to the body, you have to hit him on the chin and if Pacquiao can’t hit him on the chin he ain’t winning the fight. Bradley is hungry, and he is an African American with Pride . Mayweather is the only African American fighter that would chase a dream  being undefeated , then to fight against  someone who says they are better. Ali would have fought Manny just to bring  the belts back to North America, Ali would have fought Pacquiao just to prove that you can’t beat an American fighter. Sugar Ray Leonard , he just would not have quit against Tommy Hearns. Bradley , he doesn’t want to lose. However Pacquiao is a former martial artist and in martial arts there is no weights, it doesn’t matter if you six feet tall and your oppoent is six feet, if you are 250 and he is 150, martial arts is taught different,  its what you don’t see is going to knock you out.”

“The Speed is power, power is speed , so in martial arts you have to take big men down, moving up in weight doesn’t intimidate Pacquiao, he trains the same way, like a martial artist ,every punch has the intentions to knock you out. His intentions are to knock you out, if it is only to the body. Manny hurts you so bad with every punch, and he is consistent , he’ll hit you as long as you are standing there. This is the first time ,though, I saw a little doubt in Manny, that is because he just got back to doing what he used to do. What makes Manny among the greats is that they never get out of shape. Pacquiao and Bradley are like the greats, they have not been out of shape since they were  nine years old. Though, Pacquiao didn’t look like he was training right the last fight, cutting corners and he almost paid for it.  ”

 

 

AMIR “KING” KHAN TO FACE WBC CHAMPION DANNYGARCIA ON JULY 14

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Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan makes his 2012 ring debut when he returns to the venue of perhaps his most accomplished professional triumphwhen he meets undefeated phenom and current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia Saturday, July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a fight televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

 

In the co-main event, two of the United States’ top hopes for heavyweight world championship glory will face one another when undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and once-beaten Johnathon Banks fight in a 12-round contest.

 

“Khan vs. Garcia,” a 12-round super lightweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions with Mitchell vs. Banks presented in association with K2 Promotions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The doubleheader will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11:00 p.m. ET/ PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1HD in the United Kingdom at 1:00 a.m. GMT on July 15.

 

Tickets priced at $250, $200, $150, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. PT and will be available for purchase at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase atwww.mandaylaybay.com orwww.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase online at www.sportscorporation.com or by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.

 

Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs), who at only 25 years old is already a star in the United Kingdom, selling out huge arenas and racking up impressive pay-per-view numbers. Considered one of the sport’s future stars, Khan has sailed to the heights of the worlds of amateur and professional boxing, however, he is far from finished on his quest to becoming the best of his era. An accomplished amateur who earned a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens at only 17 years old, the Bolton, England native took the professional game by storm in 2005 and, with the exception of a brief bump in the road in 2008 when he was upset by Breidis Prescott, Khan has since been nearly unstoppable. Khan first became a world champion in July 2009 when he defeated WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Andreas Kotelnik. Khan defended the crown five times, first knocking out previously undefeated Dmitriy Salita in less than one round. Next, in his United States debut at Madison Square Garden in May 2010, he dominated the always tough and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Paul Malignaggi en route to an 11th round technical knockout win. On December 11, 2010 at Mandalay Bay, Khan battled Marcos Maidana in what was eventually named the Boxing Writers Association of America 2010 Fight of the Year. The fight saw Khan dominate the early rounds, scoring a first round knockdown, but Maidana closed the gap in the later rounds. Khan displayed some extremely impressive fortitude in surviving a vicious 10th round onslaught by Maidana in which the British star looked to be on the brink of being knocked out. Khan made it out of the round on his feet and came out swinging in the 11th and 12th rounds, sealing the unanimous decision victory in an instant classic.

 

On April 16, 2011, Khan retained his title by defeating European Champion Paul McCloskey via technical decision in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 17,000 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. Next came a July 23, 2011 win over then IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Zab Judah, making Khan the unified 140-pound world champion. Next up was an IBF mandatory bout against Lamont Peterson, and in another Fight of the Year candidate on December 10 of last year, Khan lost a controversial split decision and his titles. A rematch was the first order of business, but after Peterson failed a pre-fight drug test and their scheduled May 19 bout was canceled, Khan was forced to look for another big fight. Luckily, he found it in the form of a bout against WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia on July 14.

 

The latest world champion to emerge from the fighting city of Philadelphia, WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) is unbeaten and untouched as a pro, a testament to his world-class talent, style and determination. A United States Olympic alternate who compiled a 107-13 record as an amateur and won the 2005 Under-19 National Championship, the 2005 International Championship in Finland and the 2006 United States National Championship before deciding to turn pro in November 2007, Garcia’s road to the top has been a smooth one for him, but not for his opponents. After winning seven of his first eight professional fights by knockout, Garcia began showing aspects of his game other than his power as his level of competition increased. By mid-2009, he started to make his move with knockouts of well-regarded Pavel Miranda, Oscar Leon and Enrique Colin, the latter fight earning him the WBC Youth Intercontinental title. 2010 was even more impressive for Garcia as he defeated top prospect Ashley Theophane and stopped contenders Jorge Romero and Mike Aranoutis, before announcing his arrival to the world in 2011. Last year, “Swift” defeated former World Champions Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt in successive bouts, earning himself a shot at a world title against legendary future Hall of Famer Erik Morales. In that fight on March 24 earlier this year, Garcia was in top form, knocking the Mexican icon down in the 11th round en route to a unanimous decision and the world championship. As the old adage goes, winning the title is the easy part, defending it is the tough part. After a celebratory few months that included being honored by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the tough part now begins for Garcia, and the 24-year-old is ready to defend his belt against all comers, starting with an extremely stiff test in former Two-Time World Champion Amir Khan this summer in Las Vegas.

 

A former standout linebacker at Michigan State University, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) found his true calling in the prize ring after a series of knee injuries dashed his hopes of an NFL career. A soft spoken family man outside the ring, but a ferocious competitor between the ropes, the 29-year-old Maryland resident, who is trained by Andre Hunter, has quickly built a reputation as the kind of fighter that can reinvigorate the heavyweight division, recently being named a 2011 ESPN.com Prospect to Watch and being anointed as the next great American heavyweight. Mitchell most recently blasted through contenders Timur Ibragimov and Chazz Witherspoon in a combined five rounds, with the latter bout proving that Mitchell not only has the power to succeed, but also the heart to persevere. In that fight, he survived a first round in which he was badly dazed by Witherspoon, only to recover, rally and score a third-round knockout, capturing the vacant NABO Heavyweight Championship. He’ll look to build on those recent successes and live up to the lofty expectations with a win against Banks this summer at Mandalay Bay.

 

Three-Time National Amateur Champion Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) has earned a “Ph.D” in the ring thanks to his years of training with the legendary Emanuel Steward and countless rounds of sparring with Unified Heavyweight World Champion Wladimir Klitschko, and now he’s ready to make his own run at the heavyweight title. A professional since 2004, Banks’ only loss came in a cruiserweight title fight against Tomasz Adamek in 2009, but since that bout, the 29-year-old from Detroit has put together an 8-0-1 record, the perfect way to lead into the biggest fight of his eight-year career on July 14.

 

The Master’s National Championships Sponsored by Hometown Boxer is this Weekend.

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“Hometown Boxer wants to GET YOU IN THE FIGHT by connecting boxing fans with future contenders, Hometown Boxer puts the fan in the boxer’s corner while channeling the needed resources for the fighters training.”

The registration and weigh in is Thursday from 12 Noon to 5:00 PM. The brackets and match ups will be set immediately afterward.

The weigh in for both nights will begin at 4:00PM and the first bout will begin at 6:00PM.

All bouts are sanctioned by USABoxingMetro. All boxers must have their boxing book with them in order to participate.

The ticket price is $20 per person. Children 6 and under are not charged. All gym members and registered amateurs with their books in hand pay $15 per person.

This show will be shown live and free of cost on: www.gofightlive.tv. The blow by blow for these fights will be done by our very own Champion Sonya Lamonakis.

Pacquiao Media Day Photos

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Manny Pacquiao answered questions from the media today at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Ca.  in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.

 

 

Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2012

 

 

Bradley’s determination promises a great bout!

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Keith Terceira

Unlike the results that occurred between Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather, Timothy Bradley has a story line that is admirable and while some may consider his confidence level over the top, his dedication to training, his family, and his self belief deserves recognition.

Timothy Bradley Sr. as provided a strong foundation , not only in the sport, but in the upbringing of the young Bradley, and trainer Joel Diaz has taken what was shaped by Bradley Sr. and fine tuned Timothy to a machine that deserves respect in the boxing community.

Unlike the self promoting David Haye , who went over the top while promoting his bout with Klitschko, Bradley for some reason is more believable and respectful in his boasting and bravado. Haye’s self-promotion ended when he stepped into the ring, producing results that were less than promised.

Bradley, on the other hand, makes a fan feel that he will deliver, or at least make the money for this fight well spent.

Any fighter that can get up off the canvas, dust himself off and continue on to victory is worthy of watching.

While Manny remains virtually silent, Bradley is carrying the heaviest burden in the promotion of this event , his confidence pours out from his every pore, and he hides nothing from fans twice this week opening his training camp to the media.
“Tune in on June 9 when I destroy Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley informed the media ”I don’t know if it will be a knockout.  I’m not a prediction kind of guy but I know at the end of the fight I will have my hand raised.  I am going to be the winner, plain and simple (laughing).  I am going to have my hand raised.”

Bradley is resolute in his belief, he has worked hard for this opportunity to face the best in the world and when you put the obvious promoting of the fight aside , you get the feeling that win or lose, standing at the end of the fight or flat on his back , Timothy will be there to wage war with Manny on June 9th.

That is reason enough to purchase this fight , to see a possible, real classic event, unfold before  your eyes for a few dollars.

“I’ve got to be smart. I’ve never been in the ring with this guy. I have to find out what his best punches are and have to feel him out and get the timing down. I can’t come out too fast. I came out too fast before and the guy made me pay. Go out for a few rounds, read him, and then start picking him apart,” Bradley said

It is apparent that Bradley is forcing Manny to train, to prepare like he has not in the last few fights, that is an added bonus for Pacquiao believers, because anyone that can bring the best out of Manny in the ring, will be giving his fans a gift that they have been waiting for.

Whether Bradley lasts 6 rounds or comes out the victor, that is in Manny’s and God’s hands, the fact that Bradley wishes to bring the fight to Manny, that will be a benefit to boxing globally.

Frankly, a war, would only reinforce the talk of a rematch and if the fight is a battle , then it will be refreshing .

Prayers for Paul Williams and Family!

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Keith Terceira

Champion Paul Williams , who was injured severely in a motorcycle accident over the weekend will be having surgery today.

We ask that all Pacquiao’s fans use their power of prayer, to guide and heal Paul Williams, his family, and friends,  as they struggle through this tragic period of their lives.

MP8 sends its thoughts and prayers to this true warrior and fallen soldier.

Pacquiao - Bradley fight drama continues or is it all just Fight Hype!

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Keith Terceira

Between Timothy Bradley’s confidence and HBO’s accused scripted 24/7, that makes it appear that Team Pacquiao is at odds, is the hype getting surreal.

Timothy Bradley posing with a poster announcing the rematch with Pacquiao on November 10th, may be a bit much, but if fight is closer than the odds makers predict , it may be better than a Marquez IV.

Alex Ariza tweeted yesterday regarding the fact that HBO has been scripting the 24/7 show rather than showing actual training, stating that HBO has yet to appear for a morning run and mainly stands around versus filming sparring.

“They havnt been to one morning training workout since we got to LA… Not ONE!” Ariza tweeted regarding HBO

“They never show Manny training, not once have they been here to track or he’s runs, they just what me to talk about Soap Opra BS..”

24/7 is scripted Sh&%t!… Its worst then Jerry Springer, Showtime at lest tried to make it real.

A bit of real news for Pacquiao fans.

When Ariza was asked what he was doing about Manny’s leg cramps, he had a simple reply.

“Going back to are old way of trainingRT”

If Manny is training in the old methods with Ariza, then we may be looking at a Hatton type fight with Bradley walking right into Pacquiao’s power and speed.

“Manny and I are fine, and he signs my check.” Should say it all for Pacquaio fans the rest is all for ticket sales, as Freddie and Alex go back and forth, Arum stirs the pot, Manny only appears when he needs to, focusing on training rather than focusing on the hype.

Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank.

Pacquiao Roadwork Photo’s

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Pacquiao runs in Griffith Park in Los Angeles with Team Pacquiao in the early hours as he prepares for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Antonio Tarver, Delvin Rodriguez & Vusi Malinga “Four Warned” Workout Quotes

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Former light heavyweight kingpin Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, hard-hitting world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and IBF No. 1 rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga hosted a workout for the Southern California media at The Rock in Carson, Calif., as they wind down preparations for “Four Warned,” the upcoming June 2 Quadrupleheader which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

 

Tickets for “Four Warned” are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

Here’s what Tarver and Malinga had to say on Tuesday:

TARVER:

“When you’re fighting me, you have to have your emotions in check. It’s not checkers, it’s chess.

“I’m too old to run. I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m in this until the end.

“He’s never fought anyone with my speed, my power. The chin is not a muscle – when you get hit you get knocked out.

“He has a hell of a fight on his hands and I don’t think he’s prepared for it. He wouldn’t listen to my advice when I gave it to him [as a commentator] on ShoBox (The New Generation) and now he’s going to go back to school. I’ll teach him a few things on Saturday.

“A lot of people don’t realize what type of champion I am. You don’t become a five-time champion by accident. I’m going to add to my legacy on June 2.

“You can’t handicap me because of my age. The proof is in the pudding. I was too old when I started in ’96 and I’m too old now. I’m not stopping until I’m the heavyweight champ.

“Whatever he brings, it won’t be enough. The magic carpet ride continues on June 2.

“I’m not giving up until I win that heavyweight title. I’ll stop when I lose to a better man and that hasn’t happened yet.

“I got a few tricks up my sleeve and I’ll reveal one on June 2.”

MALINGA:

“Training was superb. We trained very hard for this fight. We arrived in the U.S. on Sunday and we are ready to go.

“I’m very excited to fight here and make my U.S. debut. I plan to show the fans what they’ve been missing.

“I don’t know anything about him (Santa Cruz) except that he’s right handed, but I’m preparing for anything. I’m very fit and ready to fight.

“It’s very important for me to win my U.S. debut. I must win in order to come back again and fight.”

Marquez needs a little cheese with his Whine!

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Keith Terceira

Juan Manuel Marquez continues to impose himself into the Manny Pacquiao conversation in spite  the of fact that he is 0-2-1 against the eight time champion.

This time rather than whine about his losses and demand the “Next” Pacquiao bout be held in Mexico, he has traveled north of the border and suggests that a fourth and ultimately similar fight be held in Texas or California.

Would someone please awaken Mr. Marquez to the fact that he is in no position to make demands.

“For a new fight with Pacquiao, I’m going to ask for us not to do it in Las Vegas,” Marquez said. “I have [been] robbed there three times, and I do not want it happening again. I disagree with the manner of designating the judges by the Commission of Nevada. I will ask for the fight to be made ​​in Texas or California, where things are more flexible in a matter of [selecting] judges. Moreover, if you will, the judges should be integrated with a Mexican, a Filipino and an American. What I want is to have honest, impartial judges appointed.”

Juan Manual Marquez is beginning to sound like a graduate of the Floyd Mayweather School of Terminally Insane Demands.

Normally in the world of boxing, demands are made by the fighter that has the WINNING record in the meetings, not the one, that controversal or not , has not won a single bout in the trilogy.

You may have disagreed with the judges decisions in the fight,s but the fact, that Marquez’s rump has dusted the canvas four times versus Pacquiao does not add to Marquez’s leverage in his demands.

Already, the Pacquaio-Marquez trilogy has seen more TV time than” Osbournes:Reloaded ” “The Bussey Bunch” and “The Hasselhoffs”.

Pacquaio should send Marquez a copy of another short running TV program “Who’s your Daddy”…

Ariza’s Job Safe with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

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Keith Terceira

Contrary to reports printed elsewhere on the internet, strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza’s job with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is secure.

MP8 contacted Julio’s manager Billy Keene this morning in regards to reports that not only was Ariza no longer training Amir Khan but was out from Julio’s camp.

Keene confirmed today via email that the report was false.

“News to me. Alex is in.”

Ariza , who technically was not even with Khan while Khan was in the Phillipines, notified us in an interview a few weeks ago that

“Khan and I never had a contract completed and signed to train for the Peterson fight,  and I have no hard feelings , I wish them luck.”

The whole incident stemmed from Manny and Alex, not disclosing to Freddie Raoch that Alex would be returning to the USA to train Julio for the Andy Lee bout and would pick up training upon’s Pacquiao’s return to the Wild Card.

Roach rather than take offense with Pacquiao not informing him , decided to hold Ariza accountable for the slight, unfortunately for Freddie , Alex works for Manny and not Roach , so there was no need for Ariza to seek anyone’s permission but Pacquiao’s to leave.

Ariza had no working contract with Khan who was training with Freddie in Baguio and had permission from his employer Pacquiao.

The whole incident was overblown by media, Arum, and Roach.

“His head has gotten too big and we needed to calm him down a little bit.”  Roach is quoted as saying , the “We” was not explained and one needs to wonder if the “We” stands for Roach and Arum, rather than Manny Pacquiao, who has a firm friendship with the coach, that tells him what the scoop is rather than what he wants to hear.

“Well the thing is, I had Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao, my two top fighters there. Alex wanted to go work with Chavez Jr. and I told him ‘I think it’s a bad move.’ People make decisions and I think it was the wrong one. He’s a grown man and he will have to live with his decision, not me,” Roach said.

Unfortunately for Roach , he may have had two fighters there but only one had an agreement to pay Ariza to train him .

While the Freddie attempts to undermine Ariza’s involvement with Pacquiao, the fact remains that the “Boss” has the final say

“Ariza, they are making a big issue of that, but Alex asked permission to me - if I’m okay that he goes back to LA. But if I don’t agree, he’s not going to leave. I gave him permission to leave,” Pacquiao said.

The only drama that really remains, is the “Why”!

Why, if Freddie agrees that Ariza is good at his job would he risk replacing him, with someone that might not be?

“One thing about Alex, he’s very good at what he does, but he overdid it. He wants to be a strength coach, a cutman, and everything else. His head’s gotten too big and we need to calm him down a little bit. I think he’s bullsh***ing a little bit and I don’t apprectiate that and I’m going to suggest to Manny that we get rid of him or I get a new strength coach,” Roach said.

Sounds more like a power-play on Freddie’s part than anything else, perhaps Alex’s closeness and honesty with the press and Manny is to much for Arum and Roach?

Please help the Give A Kid A Dream Program

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You have the chance to change a Kid’s Future

We are Raffling off a New Harley Davidson Wide Glide plus nine other fabulous items to send ten boys and girls to summer boxing camp. Second prize is a spot at our Fantasy Boxing Camp in August. All raffle tickets will get you into the Kids Graduation party and raffle drawing.

Our goal is not to make future world champions; but to use the discipline of boxing to provide a framework for these impressionable kids to become motivated and incentivized to overcome obstacles and achieve in their formative years.

The Kids are from varied and challenged backgrounds and most have suffered some sort of abuse or tragedy.

Former world champion Boxers are present and work one on one with the kids. Story telling sessions take place and world champions tell of the glory and strife within their lives.

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HOOK TO THE LIVER

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By José Sulaimán

All of us who are in the last part of our lives take some time for reflection and to make a recount of our past, especially a deep thought of what we think that has been the legacy that we have left for future generations in our passing through life. Boxing is a sport formed with those people born in the humblest of beds, and who are so poor that many do not have even food to eat. They are rejected by the societies of the world mainly because they have no education and no money.

 

This is where the friendly hand of boxing comes for those who have the art of knowing how to use their fists and valiant heart to conquer glory, fame and the pride of their countries. They also get a way of a decent life, to eat, dress, even have cars and a life of luxury, while being the kings of the world. All that, unfortunately, is gone when the lights of the ring are off. There is exploitation, abuse, alcohol , women, cheating investments, and so many other black matters, and they think that what they spent today, they will get back in the next fight.  They arrive at their third age with hunger and desperation, only dreaming of their days of glory.

 

I have been the witness of the lives of most of the greats of the last seven decades. The greatest with Muhammad AliRay Sugar Robinson, who used to travel with his cook, hair dresser, clothes designer, friends, and even his comedian to have him enjoy his trips, to finish his career fighting boxers who could have not been good even to carry his bag to the gym, but still living with dignity.  A great Joe Louis, who could only finish his life with dignity with the support of Frank Sinatra, and even of President John F. Kennedy. A great lightweight, Beau Jack, who ended his life shoe-shining on 5th Avenue in New York. A José “Mantequilla” Nápoles, who I once questioned for having spent $30,000 gambling in one day. He said, “I was a shoe shine boy in Cuba, and now I am a champion, a king. And I will live like this, even if I go back to my past.” The French-Algerian Alphonse Halimi, winner over “Ratón” Macías , ended his life with five years in an asylum in Paris. I could use several gigabytes in the description of all the heroes of our beloved sport who have ended their lives in misery.

 

During their lives of glory, they filled the TV screens for hours, the eight columns of the newspapers, the gyms full of people watching their training and standing in line for photos or autographs, the writers always following them, flying first-class by plane, with so many friends like bees over the honey “panal,” business offers that would lead them to Wall Street, abusing their naïveté on finances. Others, like “Pajarito” Moreno, who would give as a tip $3,000 on a $1,000 bill, or Victor Rabanales, who was offered the sale the Volcano Popocatepetl - and bought it!!  I could continue with so many stories that are somehow unbelievable, but true. But I prefer to keep in my mind what could be the same answer as Nápoles, who told me, “I don’t care. I was so poor in my childhood and youth that I still don’t know how to pay boxing for all that it gave me - my glory, my happiness. Without boxing, I would have had remained in the gutters.”

 

During these years of reflection, as I said before, I also would not know how to pay boxing for all that it has given to all of us in our lifetime. The passions, emotions, the hearts of lions in the ring, and the mellow hearts of compassion, the friends that I have known, the great fighters with whom I have lived their careers, for making my life what it has been while running at the side of the sport of my love. For that there should not be one promoter, one manager, TV corporations,  newspapers, radio, arenas and commissioners that could be at all happy, living with fame and money today, but seeing all those in the past who gave them all what they have and all what we are, but now living in starvation, tears and desperation of having been forgotten by all those who in the past praised them.

 

The WBC has started a Benevolent Friendly Hand Foundation that will struggle to get sufficient funds to institute a pension and medical program for all those ex-champions and boxers who are living an indigent life after their 50th birthday. We have created an independent commission formed by highly respected people of the world who love boxing and are willing to be the keepers of the money for the poor of boxing.  The humanitarian, Carlos Slim of Mexico, has already established a lifetime pension fund including hospitalization for 27 of the retired greatest boxing champions in Mexico, who will live a life of modest dignity. Also Mr. Jean Claude Biver Switzerland, the CEO of the Hublot watch company, has joined with a ceremony to award 12 of some of the biggest idols of boxing and have a replica to be put in a bidding in Las Vegas in September, shooting at no less that $1 million income.

 

This is the least that our greats of the past deserve. All those in boxing who have a heart of compassion, those who love or have made much from the sport, are invited to join. Our heroes are waiting for us.

 

Thank you for reading my thoughts, and God bless you all.

 

AGELESS QUESTION: WHO HAS THE ADVANTAGE WHEN YOUTH BATTLES EXPERIENCE?

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In addition to the amount of wins, losses or knockouts a fighter possesses, another number exists that is often discussed in the buildup to a prizefight: age.

However, history reveals that neither 43-year-old former Undisputed Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver nor unbeaten 29-year-old top rated cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode will have a clear advantage or be at a distinct disadvantage when they clash in the main event on Saturday, June 2 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The same goes for the evening’s co-featured bout between 40-year-old former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion Winky Wright and undefeated 28-year-old Brooklyn native Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin.

Boxing’s history includes many instances of fighters in their 40′s taking on 20-somethings,and SHOWTIME color commentator and boxing historian Steve Farhood assembled a list of marquee fights in which the result favored the more experienced fighters and the reverse, a list of bouts in which youth ruled the day.

20′s over 40′s:

WINNER AGE RESULT LOSER AGE
Muhammad Ali 20 KO 4 Archie Moore 48
*Chad Dawson 29 W 12 Bernard Hopkins 47
*Canelo Alvarez 21 W 12 Sugar Shane Mosley 40
Joey Archer 27 W 10 Sugar Ray Robinson 44

40′s over 20′s:

WINNER AGE RESULT LOSER AGE
*George Foreman 45 KO 10 Michael Moorer 26
*Archie Moore 41 KO 11 Yvon Durelle 29
Bernard Hopkins 43 W 12 Kelly Pavlik 26
*Bernard Hopkins 46 W 12 Jean Pascal 28
*Bob Fitzsimmons 40 W 20 George Gardner 26

*Denotes World Title Fight

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“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Teresa Tapia releases statement

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Teresa Tapia has released a statement on the death of husband Johnny Tapia:

Today our family grieves the loss of a husband, a father and a close friend. With Johnny, the world has lost not just a Hall of Fame boxer but a special person, a fighter in life and in the ring. I am appreciative of all the support and condolences we’ve received and I thank Johnny’s many friends and fans for standing by in this difficult time.

I know many people are waiting for news but as we await the results of the autopsy I am not in a position to make any comment on what happened on Sunday.

We will hold a public memorial service for Johnny to give everyone a chance to say good-bye. The holiday and autopsy are delaying our final plans. We will announce the particulars as soon as arrangements have been made.

I know Johnny will be missed by everyone who ever met him. He was a special light in this world. He loved people so much, made friends with everyone so easily and kept those friends forever. He will remain in our hearts and be missed by all of us very dearly.

Tangled webs weaved with Arum, Roach, Ariza, Pacquiao, and Chavez Jr.!

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Keith Terceira

While the smiling face of Bob Arum shuffled about the Wild Card Gym, singing praises of Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning and the progress of his training, behind the scene, Arum was courting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and according to sources attempting to push out both Alex Ariza and Freddie Roach from training the second generation champion.

While one hand is shaking Freddie Roach’s the other appears to have been reaching around attempting to decide which rib to place the knife between.

In a camp that has been praised as being the least drama filled for Manny Pacquiao in recent history, rather than keep it that way, Freddie Roach is now quoted as saying, he will attempt to have strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza replaced.

Makes one wonder just how drama free and tension-less, Pacquiao’s trainer wishes camp to be for the eight time titleholder.

“One thing about Alex, he’s very good at what he does but he just overdid it,” said Roach. “He’s a great strength coach but he wants to be the trainer, cut man, and everything else. His head has gotten too big and we needed to calm him down a little bit. I think he’s bullshitting a little bit. I don’t appreciate that and I’m going to suggest immediately that we get rid of him or we get a new strength coach.”

Roach knows full well, the close relationship that has developed between Ariza and Manny, the attempt to come out publicly , just before the Bradley fight ,at the tail end of camp, and create tension is counter productive. Roach, of course, has always been protective of his Philippine champion, standing between him and promoters, trainers, entourage, in a motherly manner that may have other motivations.

While some feel that Freddie Roach made Manny Pacquiao, learned trainers in the boxing world have been vocal that Manny made Roach. Three fights, 36 rounds with Juan Manual Marquez and Freddie still had no answer to Marquez’s counter punching style which supports that assumption. Roach who is offensive minded as a trainer should be able to come up with a defensive plan that prevents Manny from eating left hands, but to date it appears beyond the trainer’s ability.

Timothy Bradley, who sports a very nice left hook, may be hoping Freddie doesn’t suddenly have an answer that has been evading him much of his career with Pacquiao.  Bradley who leads with his head, also leads with his shoulder when throwing the right , telegraphing his cross and semi-straight right.

It remains to be seen how Freddie trains Manny defensively for Bradley’s style, but lets get back on track here and discuss Ariza’s comments in leaving Baguio which left an opening for the Arum and Roach to get between the relationship Ariza has with Pacquiao.

“It’s not my fault that Manny did not feel that Freddie needed to know about me leaving Baguio, I work for Manny not Freddie” Ariza recently stated in an interview with MP8.

Arum , who recently invited Julio Cesar Chavez to train at the Top Rank Gym while in Las Vegas, is reported to have put up Julio in a luxury suite, and provided a elegant atmosphere for the champ.

According to Alex Ariza, maneuvers were made not only to replace Ariza, put also suggestions to remove Julio’s manager Billie Keene, and trainer Freddie Roach.

Confidential sources tell MP8 that while Arum was wining and dining Julio , that Chavez Jr. was recently meeting with promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. and getting the low down on just how much Floyd makes for his fights, and how Mayweather has enjoyed Julio’s fights and Chavez Sr. career.

The attempt to push Billy Keene, out from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s team may prove to be a tactical error on the part of Arum and Top Rank, as Billy is nobody’s fool in the boxing business.

Alex Ariza, the outspoken member of the training team, offers no excuses just simple fact.

“I work for Manny , when Manny wants me out, I’m gone”

A simple statement, but one that Manny may find refreshing, when dealing with the tangled webs weaved around his boxing career.

 

Bradley Conference Call Transcript!

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BOB ARUM: I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday weekend. I was just at the gym with Timothy at his public workout in Palm Springs yesterday [Thursday] and he looks tremendous and we’re looking forward to a great, great fight. One thing that I have to say that hit me immediately is how confident he is and his camp is about the battle that will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9.
TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I want to thank God for this opportunity and I want to thank my manager Cameron Dunkin, Top Rank, Bob and of course I want to thank Manny Pacquiao and his team for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. The time is already here, the moment. I am ready to take the throne. I’m excited. Training and preparation have been going great. I am in the best shape of my life. When we are done I will have sparred about 160 rounds. I have been training for almost three months now. I am on weight. I left the gym at 147 pounds today so I will probably be coming in kind of light the day of the weigh-in maybe 145 or 144. I am just eating a little bit more and I feel great. I am confident and I am ready to deliver.

CAMERON DUNKIN: This is the biggest fight for me and I am just so proud of Tim. I went and say him last Friday and like Bob said, his confidence is just unbelievable. He’s taking this real seriously and I think you’re going to see a new champion really soon.

Roach thinks your style is tailor made for Pacquiao…

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I don’t care what Freddie Roach thinks. He isn’t in the ring fighting for Pacquiao and he isn’t in my training camp. He can say whatever he wants. I know I am training and prepared to do what I need to do. I know I come to fight and they know I come to fight. There is no secret to this. In order to beat the champion you’ve got to take it to the champion. We are setting out to win this fight and not sit around and look pretty. I don’t care what Roach says or what Pacquiao says, I am ready to go. I am going to take it to Pacquiao.

Do you think your fight against Casamayor, a crafty veteran, will help you in this fight?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I systematically break guys down. I get in the ring and they say I don’t have any power but then they feel me and feel my strength. As soon as they get hit they want to hold me. The last couple of fights guys have been holding me all night. It makes it hard for me to really get my work in. I break them down and take every punch away from them. Starting with the jab, I take that away then I take the straight left away. Hit them in the body, break them down and apply the pressure. If you’re not hitting hard in there and I don’t feel threatened then I’m going to take it to you. My last opponents have been southpaw. Casamayor is a little over the hill, but he is still crafty and people said he had tremendous power but I didn’t feel any power. So I stepped in there and brought the pressure to him all night. My pace was high and most people can’t fight at that pace which is my strength and how I win the fights the majority of the time. For this fight I will have to be a lot smarter. Pacquiao hits hard with the right and the left hand so I’ll be able to feel him out in the first round and see what he really has. If he does have some power then I will definitely have to be smarter in there and outbox this guy. But if I don’t feel like he can hurt me then I’m definitely going to step into him to make a fight out of it.

CAMERON DUNKIN: As you can tell Tim is a very focused guy. He is hyper and lit and gives 1000%. I have never seen anyone more focused on getting stuff done than Tim. He has an incredible work ethic. He eats it, watches it, sleeps it, breaths it. He takes his career more seriously than anyone I have ever seen. Tim is smart. I’ve seen him box. I’ve seen him go around guys, change angles. I have also seen him put on major pressure if he feels that. He is capable of doing so many things. He is such a great athlete. He is so strong with such fast feet. If he feels like he’s got to go get it he’ll go get it. He finds a way to win. He is a true winner and a real warrior. I don’t know what I’m going to see that night but I’m going to see the greatest Tim Bradley.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I am so confident I am just ready. I am in the best shape of my life. I have put in the time in the gym - and for the last four years I have been studying this guy, looking at this guy, I have admired this guy. This is my time. An opportunity of a lifetime and I’m going to give it 110%. I’m putting it all on the line so you are going to see a great fight. If you miss this fight you are going to miss some greatness. At the end of the day I’m putting it all on the line. I’m not in there to survive. I’m not in there for a paycheck. I am in there to win. This is the beginning of a new career. This is like my first fight all over again. That’s the reason I wanted to be with Top Rank because they build superstars and this is my opportunity right here.

How do you plan to deal with Pacquiao’s left?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Oh man. I know in training I’m not getting hit a whole lot with it. In the beginning of training camp I was getting hit with it but now I am stepping underneath it – great defense and great footwork and counter-punching. I’ve been looking really good and not getting hit a lot in training camp. I am dialed in on the left hand.

What have you done to get ready for his power?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I had some big guys come in. Some big punchers come in to keep me on my toes. I had a kid coming out of LA, an undefeated kid, a big puncher, lefty and strong. He threw 150 punches in one round and he’s a heavy puncher so my eyes were wide open. I was ducking and weaving and trying to counter punch to get this big guy off me before he took my head off. Most of the time I have 3 or 4 different sparring partners and go a few rounds with each. Each guy was fresh and we put this guy on the end when I was extremely tired. My eyes were wide open and I was able to do every well in breaking this guy down.

Do you feel Manny has lost a step?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: No. He can fight, man. He’s a great fighter. He’s coming to take me out. There is a huge fight looming over his head – the fight everyone wants to see – Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao — whatever. He has to deal with me on June 9 and that’s going to be a tough task. I think he is going to be at his very best and he’s going to try to take me out early.

Has the talk of head butts altered your preparation?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: It has altered preparation and we are trying to eliminate head butts — throwing my shots out before coming in with my head and then stepping in, as opposed to leaning in then throwing shots. We’ve been working on it in the gym and have been very successful with it in sparring and keeping my balance. I definitely don’t want this fight to end on a head butt.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Drug testing was never brought up during our negotiations. Is it something I would like? Sure, I wouldn’t mind. If you are clean, you shouldn’t have a problem taking the test. I’m not worried. Pacquiao is Pacquiao. I don’t know if Pacquiao ever used steroids or not, you know, bring it on. His last couple performances have not been that great..

Well, Pacquiao attributes his last performance to personal problems…

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I think personal problems can definitely affect a fighter in the ring. Mentally you have to be dialed in and be focused. If not, it will take a toll on you in the ring. You need to be dialed in on what you need to do. If that’s the excuse he is using then I believe it. Marquez has that style that gives you fits and they have fought three times already and each was a very close fight. I think Marquez just knows how to fight him.

Have you been taking left hands and getting hit by left hands in the gym to get ready?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Hell no. I take the least amount of punishment as possible. I am trying to elude shots, not take shots. I have a really good chin man, and I have only been down once by a shot I didn’t see by Kendall [Holt]. And on that you did see me get up and fight hard and get the victory. I’ve been on the canvas before so it is nothing new to me. I’ve been down there before so I know what it feels like and get back up and fight to the end, man.

How is training with all the media coverage?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s actually great. It makes me train harder. I don’t know what it is. It’s something about those cameras that pumps me up. I definitely want to put on a show for the cameras. I just do my workout and whatever I do they just tend to follow. They don’ say anything and I don’t say too much unless something is on my mind. Just staying relaxed is the key with the cameras. You just have to act like they are not there.

Do you think it’s dangerous to focus on new technique trying to deal with the head butts?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Yes and no but we definitely have to take into consideration to limit the head butts. No one wants to see the fight end on a head butt and I don’t want to leave a bad taste in the mouth of the fans. They pay to see a show. They pay to see a fight, not a head butt clash. That’s not how you want it to happen. I have to take it into consideration to try to elude it. Just be smart, but it won’t take away from my game plan. I’m going to step inside, bang the body and apply the pressure. Against Casamayor I was aware of the head butts and kept my head out of the mix.

How much focus are you putting on your plan B?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I just train for every aspect of the game. I’ve been boxing and moving, then I go to the sparring partners and just duke it out. Marquez sat there and counter-punch and counter-punch but he didn’t get the decision. It didn’t seem like he wanted to win. If you want to win you’ve got to take it to the champion. You’ve got to grab your balls. If Marquez stepped up the last couple of rounds he could have won the fight. But he didn’t do that. He laid back and let Pacquiao control the tempo and the action and he didn’t and Pacquiao ended up winning those rounds. I know how to win and I know when I’m down how to pick it up. I just have to make adjustments in the ring and I know how to do that. We are working 50% on boxing and 50% on brawling – it depends on how Pacquiao comes out.

Is it hard to prepare for a guy you don’t know what to expect?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I prepare myself for me. I don’t prepare for what I think he is doing. I don’t care if he climbed Mount Everest. I don’t care if he’s walking on water. This is about me. Every morning I wake up and look at myself in the mirror. If I am at my very best on June 9, I will win the fight. I will be victorious. I put in the time, the dedication and the hard work. It’s not a battle with Pacquiao, it is a battle with me first and foremost.

Does it bother you all the talk regarding head butts?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I have heard everything and it is old. And it doesn’t get under my skin anymore. I don’t care what people think about me. I know how to fight, I am 28 years old and won three world championships and going after my fourth. I am fighting the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. It doesn’t bother me at all.

How do you plan to fight?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I am going in there and doing whatever it takes to win. If it takes infighting, that’s what I’ll do, because Pacquiao doesn’t fight well inside. You look at all his fights – he doesn’t fight well inside. He throws combinations then steps out and comes in on an angle. He doesn’t like to stay there and bang but maybe that’s what they are working on now and take it to me. So we are aware of that. We prepare for the worst. If he comes in to bang – I’ll go to boxing. I am a schooled fighter – I know when to box. I know when to move and I know when to brawl. I just have to put it all together, plain and simple.

Does the extra weight affect you?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Man, I am faster than ever, and stronger. Pounding combinations. The strength is there, the power is there. Cameron Dunkin came down to watch me spar – the speed is still there, isn’t it Cameron?

CAMERON DUNKIN: Oh, it’s there.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: It’s there and the footwork is there. Everything is there and I’m firing on all cylinders. It is going to be an exciting fight and you all need to be there.

KO?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I don’t know if it will be a knockout. I’m not a prediction kind of guy but I know at the end of the fight I will have my hand raised. I am going to be the winner, plain and simple (laughing). I am going to have my hand raised.

How do you think the fight will start?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I’ve got to be smart. I’ve never been in the ring with this guy. I have to find out what his best punches are and have to feel him out and get the timing down. I can’t come out too fast. I came out too fast before and the guy made me pay. Go out for a few rounds, read him, and then start picking him apart.

What about your family?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: The whole family will be at the fight. They have to see what daddy does. Everybody is going to be there.

Do you feel any pressure to match or surpass the PPV numbers of Mayweather-Cotto?

BOB ARUM: No, we are just going to do the best number that we can. We are going to do a really good number. That’s silly to say that we are going to get more or less than Mayweather-Cotto. You’ve got to realize — you’ve got to give Cotto a lot of credit for the good number that they did. Cotto is the No. 3 box office attraction. We did 600,000 when Cotto fought Margarito. So Cotto has been used to putting up big PPV numbers and combined with Mayweather, they put up a really big number. We have put up terrific numbers with Manny against Mosley and Marquez and that’s what we’re shooting for, a good number, for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.

CAMERON DUNKIN: I am so excited I can’t sleep and I can’t wait to see Tim Bradley do his thing. I think everyone is going to be really surprised.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Great call, great questions. I want to thank everybody that made this all possible. I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait. I am sick of training and I can’t wait to get it on.

BOB ARUM: This is going to be a great fight. All the media in the Los Angeles area Tim will be doing a media workout at Fortune’s Gym on Tuesday arriving on the new Tim Bradley Bus. On Wednesday Manny Pacquiao does his media workout at the Wild Card Gym. Then we’ll see everybody in what I think will be one of the great fights in recent times at the MGM Grand on June 9.

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All-new editions of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY debut on Saturdays – May 26 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and June 2 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT) – while the finale debuts Friday, June 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the welterweight title showdown.

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Tragedy strikes Thailand, Kiattaweesuk dies in crash!

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IBF #1 super bantamweight Thantong Kiattaweesuk was tragically killed Saturday in a car accident in Bangkok, Thailand, along with Thantong’s wife and twin nephews. Two of Thangthong’s daughters were wounded severely  and immediately brought to provincial Hospital of Chantaburi.   Kiattaweesuk stopped South African Macbute Sinyabi in ten rounds of an IBF elimination bout on May 18 in Thailand. He was scheduled to meet the winner of the Nonito Donaire vs. Jeffery Mathebula WBO/IBF world title bout.

Jimmy Chaichotchuang who was Thantong’s manager and promoter said, “it is tragic news that Thantong has passed away in a car accident with his wife and nephews. He had achieved so much in boxing as amateur and professional also was a national Muay Thai champion. He was a hero of boxing fans and a role model in Thailand.”

Born, Thangthong Klongjan on August 13th 1978 , he began his professional boxing career in 2007 with a victory in Bankok over

Ekachai Phothonggym, going on to remain undefeated with 24 straight wins and 17 ko’s.

Thanthong will be  missed by all boxing fans and his countrymen alike, MP8 sends its prayers to his family.

Are Arum’s Days Numbered for Pacquaio?

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Keith Terceira

Strength and Conditioning coach Alex Ariza tweeted a couple of days ago;

Alex Ariza ‏@ArizaFitness

Maybe when he finds out Floyd made 85 Mil. against Cotto.. RT@jmarlow10: do you think Manny will ever leave Bob Arum?

Is it possible that Arum’s day are numbered when it comes to representing and promoting the great Manny Pacquiao?

It is entirely possible when you balance several factor’s, including taking into account the VisionQWest filed lawsuit against Arum, Koncz, and Top Rank by Michael Lodge  that alleges that they interfered with VisionQWest’s ability to do the job that Manny had hired them to do.

That job was to go over contracts and accountings of Pacquiao’s previous fights with Top Rank.

What VisionQWest alleges they did find through the NSAC , was discrepancies in contracts , the money Pacquiao was paid versus what he earned.

Lodge, while the entire debacle was occurring had informed this writer that several items of interest had popped up that concerned them including finding that Top Rank had written checks to Michael Koncz, who was supposed to be under the sole employ of Manny Pacquiao.

Also mentioned by Lodge was a failed business venture in California that Koncz had been involved in that still owed taxes to the state of California that suggested that Koncz was not qualified to be advising anyone in a business capacity .

Lodge revealed, “The main reason why VQ was hired to look into the missing money was because Manny believed that his fight promoter was not paying him his fair share.”

It has long been asserted by Pacquiao team members that the reasoning behind Manny remaining with Arum, was that his former behavior outside the ring, with his gambling and alleged womanizing had given certain people ammunition to prevent a break from Top Rank.

Did that stranglehold bring on the change in Manny’s lifestyle and his new closeness with God and family?

A smart man when confronted with that type of situation would take the power to control him away from his perpetrators!

Has Manny now done that, settled his past with Jinkee and found the power to push Arum aside?

Manny Pacquaio turning a new leaf and admitting to the world his faults, making amends to his family, focusing on God and boxing, selling off or closing his “Sin’ businesses, some feel that Manny is doing just that, taking control of his life and regaining the leverage of his own future!

Alex Ariza may be on to something when he suggests that Manny, who is reportedly only making 26 million to face Timothy Bradley, will self promote in the future. If, in fact, Mayweather made anywhere close to the 85 mil that Ariza alleges, than smart money is on Pacquiao, as it always is.

Pacquiao - Bradley will sell close to Mayweather-Cotto numbers, but unlike Cotto, Bradley will not bring as many buyers to the the PPV, for one reason or another, good or bad intent, Pacquiao will draw the vast majority of buyers to the PPV event.

Even if Aziza’s numbers are off by 20 million, and Mayweather made 65 million for the Cotto fight, Manny Pacquiao has got to recognize that the difference between 26 million and 65 million, is a lot of help and assistance that he can’t give to his family and countrymen. It is roughly 40 million dollars lost into Arum’s pockets, for Bob to basically be a divisive figure in his camp , who causes more drama than benefit at this stage of Pacquiao’s career.

Manny Pacquiao is the Brand that sells, and not Top Rank or Bob Arum.

One suggestion to Manny may be that he and his lawyers settle with VisionQwest and then join the VisionQwest suit against Arum and Top Rank, letting it play out fully before a judge, just what occurred while VisionQwest attempted to get to the bottom of Pacquiao’s financial mess.

Could just that  maneuver alone be enough to force a release from Top Rank rather than face a public accounting of all Pacquiao’s previous bouts?

That would depend on what VisionQWest ran across during their attempt to assist Manny!

I think some people do not give Pacquiao the credit he deserves when it comes to the street smarts he acquired in his early life.

Pacquiao has got to know that he is reaching and age that he needs to solidify his life after boxing and being a politician is a great way to serve his country but the money will not maintain his current lifestyle. An independent Manny Pacquiao, promoting not only the end of his own career but the career’s of other talented fighters in his homeland would serve to benefit his future much more than being tied to Arum until his retirement.

One fight as a self promoted boxer - Mayweather vesus Pacquiao, would give the Pacquiao family the financial independence that could be enjoyed for generations if managed properly. That one bout, self promoted , would make Manny more money than nearly all his previous bouts combined. A trilogy could make him president of the Philippines, someday.

If I was a bookmaker , then I would place my odds in favor of Top Rank and Arum’s days being numbered with Manny, putting the OVER on Michael Koncz.


Froch Solidifies Legacy, Gives Bute a Lesson in Power!

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Keith Terceira

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on Friday Night Fights!

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Tom Donelson

Vincent Thompson put his undefeated record against Joell Godfrey as he stalked Godfrey through the first round. Godfrey had fought just two weeks ago but gained twelve pounds since then, so as ESPN Ted Atlas asked how good of shape was Godfrey truly in? As for Thompson, he was boxer who found himself playing the aggressor.
By the third round, it became of game of chess as both fighters stayed on the outside and both fighters seem contented to throw jabs and mostly boring the crowd as they looked for action. By the end of fifth round, Thompson was ahead because he threw a few more punches whereas Godfrey played it safe, preferring to simply survive than take a chance.
Going in to the last round, Thompson appeared ahead as he connected on more than double the punches while throwing more. Thompson threw some quick combinations but they were more for show than effect. Godfrey did what he did in the previous seventh round, survived and kept his distance. Thompson won an easy decision but hardly impressive; leaving one wondering who is the next great American Heavyweight.
If the first fight was a snore, the second promised to be exciting as the hard punching Ji-Hoon Kim versus the undefeated Alisher Rahimov. Both fighters seemed content to fight inside in the first round even though Kim occasionally step back while trying to time Rahimov as Rahimov move forward. Rahimov managed to slip a couple of rights on the inside but Kim countered back with solid right hands of his own as both fighters closed out the second round with some toe to toe fight.
In the fourth round, both fighters went toe to toe and Rahimov used his legs to maneuver to unleash his combinations and had some moments in which his combination forced Kim to occasionally move back. Kim continued to throw punches in bunches; attempting to use his offense as defense.
At the end of the sixth round saw both fighters had face swelling due to the tough nature of the fight. In the middle of the eighth round, Rahimov trapped Kim on the rope with solid combinations but over the last half, Kim came back with solid rights that sent Rahimov reeling to the rope. Kim continued to be aggressive as he did throughout the fight and in the ninth round, he threw a ton of punches as Rahimov retreated throughout the bout.
Kim started out fast in the final round but halfway through Rahimov took advantage of Kim suspect defense and landed combinations. In a round that reflected the whole fight as each fighter took charge every twenty seconds only to be put on the defensive twenty seconds later.
Kim threw twice as many punches but Rahimov was the more accurate puncher. Kim won the by unanimous decision but the scorecard scores of 98-92 and 97-93 in favor of Kim was wider than what had actually occurred in the ring. The fight could have been scored in either fighter favor but Kim work rate proved decisive as he ended Rahimov undefeated streak.

Pacquiao tells HBO; “Floyd Mayweather is preventing our fight”

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In a recent interview with HBO in preparation for the June 9th bout with Timothy Bradley , Manny Pacquiao responding to the following questions has stated that Floyd is the roadblock to the mega meeting between the two legends.

At this point, what is keeping you and Floyd Mayweather Jr. from climbing into the ring together? Will the fight ever happen? How Important is to you being considered one of the best of all times when you career is over? What’s that your goal when you started fighting 8 divisions below?

“The only thing preventing a fight between Floyd Mayweather and me is Floyd Mayweather. He no longer wants to split the pay-per-view revenue with me equally, something he agreed to in our first negotiation. Will the fight ever happen? It’s up to Floyd. I hope it does. I’m a competitor and I enjoy a challenge. I know the fans want to see us fight. I think it would be good for boxing. As long as I continue fighting I will remain hopeful that the fight will take place.”

“To be considered an all-time great is very important to me. Hopefully my story can inspire people to achieve their dreams. When I was growing up, watching Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr, and Larry Holmes fight inspired me to work harder and to become better. They still do inspire me. They were great. They were my heroes.

“I never dreamed that I would achieve as much as I have. I wouldn’t even dare to dream of winning world titles in eight different weight divisions. My goal when I began boxing was to earn enough money for my family to make their lives easier and to win a world title - to be considered the best in my weight division. But as opportunities presented themselves - world title fights at higher weights against superstars - I worked harder and studied harder.”

“Every victory was an incentive to do better in my next fight. I believe it is the responsibility of every boxer to put on a good show for the fans and themselves. It’s the only way to grow and invest in the sport. Making boxing fans happy is a legacy that would make me proud.”

Pacquiao - Bradley officials announced!

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Keith Terceira

Nevada State Athletic Commission has appointed the officials for the Top Rank-promoted Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. card for June 9th televised by HBO PPV and live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:

Pacquiao-Bradley: referee Robert Byrd and judges Duane Ford, C.J. Ross and Jerry Roth.

Jorge Arce-Jesus Rojas : referee Kenny Bayless and judges Adalaide Byrd, Dick Houck and Patricia Morse Jarman.

Mike Jones-Randall Bailey: referee Tony Weeks and judges Dave Moretti, Ricardo Ocasio and Jack Ries.

Guillermo Rigondeaux-Teon Kennedy: referee Russell Mora and judges Lisa Giampa, Glenn Trowbridge and Pat Russell.

“Four Warned” Conference Call Highlights!

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“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Tickets for “Four Warned” are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

Here are some highlights of what the fighters on both calls had to say.

ANTONIO TARVER

“We’re doing really well. We just finished up some sparring. They said I went 13 rounds, but I thought I went 10. I don’t know, but I lost track a long time ago. We feel real good and I have some good guys in there sparring with me. This has been a really, really good camp. We’re peaking at the right time and the weight is down. I weighed in at around 205. I’m strong and focused. Now it’s just about getting some rest and continue meditating on the vision and visualizing how this fight is going to go down and making sure we’re ready for whatever he brings to the table.

“I’m excited to be back and fighting in America. It’s been almost two years now. I’m excited. It’s like, don’t call it a comeback. I just want to let the people know I’m still here.”

Are you surprised at Kayode’s reaction to your comments while commentating on his fights?
“From an announcer’s standpoint, yeah, I’m a little surprised. I’m not paid to stroke anybody or sit behind that desk and promote or market a fighter. I’ve got to see it with my own eyes and tell it how I see it. The way I see it may not be the way your average viewer sees it, but I come from years of experience as one of the most decorated amateurs of our time and I’ve been a very successful professional fighter, so I think I know the game of boxing back and forth. I’ve had one of the best trainers and philosophers since I was 10 years old so I’ve been schooled very well. What I see may not be obvious to the naked eye. I wasn’t ever trying to be overly critical of Lateef. He’s a guy who is ranked high across the board and if he wasn’t worthy, then I wouldn’t be fighting him. That’s what he needs to understand. It’s not all about him. We all need to go back to the gym every time.

“You don’t think I didn’t work every time to get better? Yeah, you always work to get better and there are always improvements that can be made. What I was telling him were the things that I saw that he could have improved on. I’m not thinking of him being able to hit somebody hard or whatever. I’m looking at the intangibles that you need to be a world-class fighter and he could not understand that. He showed his inexperience and his youth by getting all emotional and out of whack approaching me and confronting me. Right there that tells me that his emotions got the best of him and now he’s bit off more than he can chew. So now instead of trying to tell him what I thought he should do to improve, now I’ve got to show him. This is going to be an experience of a lifetime for Lateef and he’s going to remember this fight for his lifetime. This is where he is going to be compared and judged for the rest of his career, and if he’s adamant about what he says he’s going to do, then I’m going to have to show him very early in this fight that I’m not some little boy he’s been facing. I’m not one of these kids he can just run up to and bully. You can talk all you want, but you can’t bully me because your struggle is nothing compared to my struggle here in America and what I’ve had to overcome to get to where I had to go.

“I don’t care anything about you being from Africa. I respect you because you’re a brother from another (mother), but that don’t mean anything to me because my struggles you can’t relate to. I’m the fighter I am today because of what I had to overcome, you feel me? You’ve been here five years in America. I’ve been here all my life. I had to go through everything. There’s no one that gave me anything. Not one thing. I didn’t even have a promoter when I started boxing professionally. I was an Olympic bronze medalist. So you have no idea what it feels like to have to beat everybody in front of you to get to where you’re going. You’re in my way. I’m on to bigger and better things. I’m going for the heavyweight championship and I’m not going to let Lateef Kayode stop me from my destination. So I’m looking forward to June 2 and just like you hear it in my voice, I am fired up because this man has threatened me in so many ways. Coming up to me in the streets and saying, ‘What are you going to do?’ OK. That’s all I need to hear. Be man enough to say what you’re going to do and back it up, because when I say something, I’m going to do it. I’m going to defend my title with whatever I’ve got. I’m ready for whatever Lateef Kayode can bring. If he thinks he’s going to be the bully in this fight, then he’s got another thing coming. If he thinks he’s going to bring power to this fight, he’s going to find out early that he’s got another thing coming. He better have an A, B, C, D plan, because it’s going to take more than one game plan to beat me, and just coming with power isn’t going to do it, because I’ve felt power punchers before and I’ve knocked them out. I’ve fought bullies before and I’ve knocked them out. I’ve fought the very best in the world and I’ve beat them. So Lateef Kayode has a chance of a lifetime to be a legend for one night, but he’s going to have to bring his butt to get it.

“I haven’t taken Lateef Kayode lightly by any stretch of the imagination. That’s what they need to understand. I take this guy as a serious threat. I know in this fight one punch can change the entire fight and one punch can end a fight, and what I’ve done in training camp is to eliminate any chance of him getting lucky and the only way I can do that is to make sure I’m in the very best shape mentally and physically. I haven’t been this tense for a fight in a long time. This feels like it did before some of the biggest fights I’ve had because this guy is strong and has gone on record as saying he’s going to knock me out. He’s holding strong to that assumption. I know he’s coming in strong to try and hurt me. That’s just going to make me very strong and very alert and make me very sharp in that ring. I’m going to dial in on this guy and it’s going to be tunnel vision. I think this fight is going to show everybody my ability and my skill.

“There isn’t going to be no running. He doesn’t have to worry about that. I’m 43 years old. I’m not trying to run anywhere unless I’m running in preparation for a fight. I don’t have to run. I have confidence in my ability and I’m a sharp-shooter. I’m trying to hit that kidney and I’m trying to hit that chin and I’m accurate. So you don’t have to worry about me missing. I’m going to be on point. I’m going to beat you down with my defense. I’m going to trust my defense. I’m going to stay in close and I’m going to work. I’m going to work for the knockout. I’m not going to look for the home run. I’m going to put some shots on this guy combination style, something he doesn’t know anything about. We’re going to use our angles and we’re going to out-smart him and then when it’s comes down to it, we’re going to show that he’s not the only one with muscles in the fight. If I have to hurt this guy, that’s what I’m going to do.

“I have never been hurt. I can rely on my defense to get me through. My instincts are still intact and my reflexes are there. I trust my defense. My coach tells me all the time we haven’t gotten hurt yet, so we’re not going to get hurt until I retire. That’s my goal to walk away from the game with all my faculties and still have never been knocked down in a fight. That’s what I pride myself on: never been knocked out, never been stopped. I feel good about June 2. I’m going to turn back the hands of time and you’re going to see a 43-years-young fighter in the there, but you’re not going to know which of us is 43.”

LATEEF KAYODE

“I have something to prove to everyone and to Antonio Tarver. On June 2, I’m going to show that he’s never fought anyone like me. I’m going to prove that all the things he said about me were wrong. First of all, he said all my punches were sloppy and second of all, he said I’m not fighting with any spirit. Every time I fight on ShoBox he says the same thing.

“I saw him in downtown L.A. and said, ‘Why do you always says those things about me on ShoBox?’ He said he’s just doing his job, but when I was doing good and connecting on my punches he just quiets down and says nothing. He only concentrates on my mistakes.

“If this fight were in the streets, I know I would win. I come from far away and have struggled all my life.

“My prediction is that I think I’m going to knock him out in the fifth round or the sixth round.”

Do you view this fight as a crossroads fight to your young career?
“I don’t really have much to lose in this fight. He’s the one who has already lost and I’m undefeated. If I lose this fight there is happiness for me because I fought Antonio Tarver. If I win this fight there is happiness for me. I don’t have anything to lose. What I want to do is show people that I am better than him. He’s going to get hurt so bad, so bad. I’m coming for him.”

JIMMY WILLIAMS (Tarver’s Trainer)

“I’m from the old school. My philosophy is that we don’t care what he does. We care about what we do. Antonio is a five-time world champion. He’s a boxer, fighter, puncher, counter-puncher. Skill will beat will. We work smarter, not harder. We’re not running. He’s punching harder now. He’s ready for anything. I wish the fight was tonight. He’s ready.”

FREDDIE ROACH (Kayode’s Trainer)
“Lateef’s training really hard to get ready for this fight. We’re working on a game plan now. I wish Antonio the best of luck and I hope the best man will win.”

How do you control the emotions of a young fighter like Lateef?
“It’s definitely a challenge. He’s a young fighter and he gets excited easily. As far as the game plan for this fight, we will keep his head on straight and we’ll try and keep him calm. At times he may get a little excited, but excitement makes good fights, so I’m not really worried about it.

“(Antonio) is a Hall of Famer for sure and we know we have to beat guys like this to get to the top. We’re training hard and we have a good game plan so we’re going to do our best to beat him. We know we’re in for a tough fight, but that’s what it’s all about. I think we’re ready at this point.

“I don’t think experience will be an advantage for him. Whoever controls the fight and pulls it off will be the winner.”

WINKY WRIGHT
“I’m happy to be back. I’m glad I have a formidable opponent. Peter comes to fight and we’re going to show the fans why we do what we do.”

What made you decide to come back to the ring now?
“I wasn’t really retired yet. I thought if I wanted to get back in the ring I had to do it and do it now. I just turned 40 so if I’m going to do this I have to do it. We’re glad to get an opponent like Peter. I’m here to prove that I want to fight the best. I’m not coming back just to fight and get a win, I want to fight the best. I want to be champion. If I can’t be champion there’s no reason to do this.”

Why was there such a long layoff?
“First of all, there was no one significant that wanted to fight me. I couldn’t get any big fights or any fights that meant something. I’m not just taking fights to entertain or taking fights just to fight. I want to fight because I want to be the best. None of the champions wanted to fight and I couldn’t get any of them to sign on the dotted line. My legacy is in stone. I would love to fight, but if they don’t want to fight forget it. So I had to wait, I did family things and enjoyed life.”

How much of the Winky that we remember from 2004 is still there?
“Oh, he’s still here. Like I said, tune in on June 2. I have a great opponent that will bring it out of me. I didn’t pick a bum to come out and fight, I picked a kid that is undefeated, that is hungry, that wants to prove to the world that he’s a great fighter. He’s going to have to do that June 2.”

What do you think of Peter’s development and how he has come along?
“I think he’s a good fighter. He’s young, hungry, tough and that’s what I’m looking for.”

He hasn’t fought anyone like you before. How do you think it’s going to be different for him on June 2?
“I’ve never fought him and he never fought me, so it’s going to be different for both of us. We both got to get in the ring with somebody we’ve never seen before or fought before. Like I said, I’m going to be in great shape, he’s going to be in great shape and we’ll just let the wheel get working and do what we have to do to win.”

Do you think he will be prepared to step up to the level that you’ve been fighting at?
“Like he said, I got two hands and he has two hands. When we step in the ring we have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to win. Whoever can adjust and dictate what they want to happen in the fight is going to win the fight. I want to fight the best. I want a title shot. If I don’t get a title shot then what I’m doing is not necessary. If you’re not here to win titles and win belts then you’re just doing it for the fun of it.”

Has there ever been another fighter who had to take the same route as you - fighting in people’s backyards?
“Maybe Marvin Hagler. Maybe a lot of people didn’t have to take the route that I had to take to get where I got to, but I think taking that route made me a better and stronger fighter. It made me a tougher fighter because I knew that I could win no matter where I was. I didn’t have to be home in front of my home crowd.”

Who put the fire back in your belly to do this?
“I just turned 40 and if I want to continue to fight, I need to get out there and do it now and I need to fight the best. I’m not here to take easy fights and easy wins - that’s cheating the fans. The fans come to see you fight and they want to see a competitive fight. They don’t want you coming in with a bum or some guy you know you can knock out. You have to give the fans who they want to see. I want to fight whoever you want me to fight. Let’s do it. I want the title.

“I know that I’m still in great shape, I’m still in great health and if I want to do this, I believe that I still have the ability to do this. I put in the hard work and put in the training. Training is the hardest part of boxing. The fight night is the easy part, that’s just one night to get in there and do what you do. It’s the training that hurts a lot of fighters. You have to learn how to train smarter and learn how to execute your game plan in the fight.”

Did it take some time being used to being back in the gym and preparing for a fight?
“It took some getting used to. Anything that is worth having is worth working hard for. I work hard for this.”

Did you stay in reasonably good condition while you were off? When you went back to the gym how much did you weigh?
“I’m not going to say I stayed in boxing shape. I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t in boxing shape. I may have weighed 185, but I was in shape. It wasn’t with a big belly and all that kind of stuff. It was a different kind of shape.

Do you think we need to change our perception of 40-year-olds boxing?
“Definitely, the game has evolved. Training is totally different. Fighting is totally different. You have to look at the individual, not how old the individual is and see how they fight. All you can do is watch them fight and see what happens.”

PETER QUILLIN
“I think my advantage is I’m just going to be as sharp as I can on June 2. I’m prepared for anything. I’m prepared to fight King Kong if I have to. That’s what I’ve been training to do. Training is the biggest part of a boxer’s fight. I make sure that I have to endure every struggle while I’m in camp so I can see the glory when I step in the ring on June 2.

“I haven’t been the distance in over two years now. My last five fights have been stoppages six rounds or less. Boxing is all about the challenges. And that’s why Winky Wright and I took this fight.

“I never really said I was going to knock him out. When I say Pluto it’s a metaphor for a place that we’ve never been to. He’s never fought a fighter like me and I’ve never fought a fighter like him. The fans can expect a fight that they’ve never seen before. That’s why this fight has been made on SHOWTIME. Who’s better? This is the challenge. Knockouts come naturally. I’m never going to force the knockout. When I say Pluto, Pluto is a place that he’s never been. Now if he happens to see stars then that’s not my problem.”

What do you think you’ll see from Winky next week?
“I think we’ll see the best of Winky Wright. I’m just super prepared for this fight. I’m ready and I’m not going to expect anything less than him throwing his two hands and I have to be ready for that. The No. 1 thing a fighter has to do is be able to adjust and that’s what I’m going to be able to do on June 2.”

Do you expect him to be best opponent you’ve ever fought?
“Every fight to me is the biggest fight of my career. Right now, I’m thinking this is the biggest fight of my career. As far as his long layoff, I can’t necessarily say if that’s going to hurt him or help him. I just know that I’m prepared for a 21-year-old Winky Wright and that’s what I’ve been preparing for. I’ve been preparing for the best Winky Wright, not where he’s at right now or his age.”

When do you think you’ll be ready for a title shot?
“I hope this fight right here sets me up for a title shot.”

How much did moving out to the West Coast help you?
“I think moving to the West Coast has been a blessing. It’s been a blessing in disguise to be around other champions, be around other guys that want to be champions, be around Freddie Roach with the eye that he has for boxing. I’m very blessed and I don’t take any of this for granted.

AUSTIN TROUT
“It’s going to be a great night of fights and I feel like me and Delvin are going to be the show stealers.”

What are the keys to this fight?
“We do all the preparation in the gym. We know Delvin is a very high-action, fast-paced fighter, so we’re going to have to take that pace and step it up a notch. We need to keep our combinations moving and our footwork. We need to use our feet. We don’t want to stay right in front of him, but we don’t want to run either.”

Where does Delvin rank as the level of opponent that you’ve faced before?
“I think this is the hardest fight to date that I’ve had in my career. Delvin is a world class fighter. I’ve watched him on TV as a fan and I know the type of challenge that’s coming forward. There’s no way I can look past a fighter like Delvin. This is the toughest fight of my life.”

Have you ever faced anyone like Delvin style-wise?
“The thing with Delvin is he doesn’t fight the same every fight. He changes his style and he adapts. He’s a smart fighter. I don’t think I’ve ever fought anybody that has the diversity that Delvin does. We get ready with a bunch of different styles of sparring partners. In case he wants to box, we work on cutting the ring off. If he wants to bang, we have an idea that we want to do for that. We make our own camp diverse.”

Do you think this is the fight where you can break into the mainstream?
“I definitely hope so. Going around the world and fighting off of TV has taught me a lot of different things, but I need that exposure and I feel like Delvin is the type of fighter to bring out the best in me. I want the world to see the best in me and I’m glad Delvin was able to accept the fight where we can bring out the best in each other and showcase good boxing for the world.”

Who would you like to face in the 154-pound division?
“I want to get the rest of those belts. I feel like there are a lot of belts in my class and to be the true champion, you have to have them all. One of my goals is to be the undisputed champion. I’m looking at Canelo (Alvarez), I’m looking at K9 (Cornelius Bundrage) and, of course, everybody is looking at Floyd (Mayweather), but first I got to get past Delvin to make any of this possible. I look at Delvin as the gatekeeper. He’s the one who’s going to let me in or deny me. I have to get through him to get those other belts.”

DELVIN RODRIGUEZ
“It’s going to be a great fight. I have respect for him. He’s an undefeated champion. I’m so hungry for a world title. He’s coming and he knows he’s facing a tough opponent and I’m sure he’s prepared and so am I. I’ve been waiting years and years for this opportunity. I’ve been through ups and downs in my career and thanks to God I’m here.”

What are the keys to this fight?
“I just got to do what I do. I have to go in there and put my combinations together. I haven’t had any problems against lefties.”

What will Trout bring to the table to challenge you?
“I have respect for Austin. He’s a fine champion. I’ve faced a lot of tough opponents, but I think with Austin it’s going to be different because he has a lot of skills. He’s not just going to go there and fight just for the heck of it. I know that I have to be very focused. I’m facing someone that I know I can’t make any mistakes [against] and I definitely cannot look past him.”

Have you ever faced anyone like Austin style-wise?
“I know that Austin Trout has a lot of experience. He has good movement. He’s always aware of where he is in the ring and that makes a big difference, but I feel very confident about facing a southpaw. For me, I’ve been comfortable every time I faced a southpaw opponent.”

What was your reaction when you were offered the opportunity to fight for the world title again?
“I was very excited. I had to go back to the gym the same day. I think that people who follow my career know what I’ve been through - a lot of ups and downs. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. When we finally got the news that we were fighting Austin Trout it was one of the most exciting things that’s happened to me in a long time.”

Who would you like to face in the 154-pound division?
“This fight is important to me and I’m excited about it. I don’t want to go backwards and I don’t want to go sideways - I want to go forward. I want to fight the guys that are on top of me and that are better than me. I just want to go forward.”

VUSI MALINGA

“I’m very happy to fight on SHOWTIME. It’s an important fight for me and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I’m training very well and I think I’m going to take the title.

“I’m coming to the United States (from Johannesburg, South Africa) on Sunday.

“I didn’t know much about Leo Santa Cruz before I found out I would have this fight. I know I’m going to win this fight and I’m very fit. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I think it’s my time to win this title.

“I think the advantage of fighting bigger fights is there. I think because I’ve been training so hard that I deserve to win this fight.
“I would never underestimate my opponent.”

LEO SANTA CRUZ

“I’m very excited and happy for this opportunity that SHOWTIME is giving me to fight on such a big card. It’s such a big privilege and an honor. I’ve been training really hard and I want to do my best to impress SHOWTIME, but mostly I just want to win this title. Ever since I was a little kid my dream was to have the opportunity to win a world championship. I just started training really hard when I found out I would have this chance and have even hired a strength and conditioning coach. I’m very concentrated on this fight and think I’ll come out victorious on June 2.

“I don’t know much about (Malinga), but I have watched a couple of videos of him. I know he likes to come forward and he’s tough. He’s a good fighter and he looks strong and he has a good uppercut. I’ve been learning how to block uppercuts. I’ve been just training here and learning how to fight him.

“I’m going to try and go to the body first and a lot, but if it doesn’t work down there then I’ll try and go up because I think he has a weakness that he drops his hands, so I’m going to try and take advantage of that. I’m not going to try and look for the knockout. I’m just going to try and win.

“I think he’s the toughest fighter I’ve faced. I don’t think his layoff will affect him. He’s always been in the gym and sparring.”

Who were some of your favorite fighters coming up?
“There was Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, a lot of the Mexican fighters and Manny Pacquiao now.”

DELVIN RODRIGUEZ: A SECOND CHANCE AT A LIFETIME GOAL

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Delvin Rodriguez’s life as a 32-year-old world ranked prizefighter, father and son looks to add another title on Saturday, June 2nd, as he gets a second chance to a lifetime goal, being called a ‘world champion’.

Although known as one of boxing’s true warriors with a recent five-year span facing only the toughest fights in the welterweight and now junior middleweight divisions, Rodriguez gets a second opportunity to become a world champion, a title he’s worked towards since he was 10 years old when he had his first amateur bout.

With a huge crowd expected at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and a SHOWTIME televised audience, Rodriguez will challenge WBA Junior Middleweight World Champion Austin Trout over twelve rounds.

Rodriguez first fought for the world title on August 1, 2009, against Isaac Hlatshwayo at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout for the IBF Welterweight Title, seemingly was won by Rodriguez over the twelve rounds as he controlled the action throughout only to be disappointed by the split decision loss.

Promoted by Star Boxing for most of his career, Rodriguez typifies fighters from a different era; with no tune-ups or “stay busy” fights on his ledger.

“Delvin has been terrific to promote. He’s always challenged himself with each bout to face the highest ranked guy available, a fight that could lead to a world title bout. For him it’s all about getting that world title belt and the fans and TV networks have been the recipients of numerous excellent battles he’s been involved in,” said Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing.

Sporting a battle tested record of 26-5-3 with fourteen knockouts, Rodriguez has appeared on ESPN Friday Night Fights eleven times in numerous, action packed fights against other world ranked contenders.

On Wednesday, June 6th, Rodriguez will be honored by the esteemed Boxing Writer’s Association of America with a nod to his “Fight of the Year” against popular Polish and world ranked junior middleweight Pawel Wolak at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on July 15, 2011.

In a bout promoted by Star Boxing and televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Rodriguez and Wolak engaged in a fistic battle that fans will remember for a lifetime. Despite it being his first bout at junior middleweight, Rodriguez was able to control the pace and successfully counter punch the overly aggressively bull-rushing style of Wolak.

The bout featured non-stop two way action amid a packed house of over 2,500 New York City fight fans who stood and cheered throughout, Rodriguez and Wolak emptied their tanks during each three minute round.

With the bout declared a draw, Rodriguez was determined, “I thought I won and I want to fight him again next” he stated in ring during the post fight TV interview.

Said DeGuardia, “It’s a testament to Delvin’s character that being involved in that type of draining, intense battle and that he’d want an immediate rematch. But Delvin thought he won and wanted to prove to the fans who watched that he could beat Wolak again, and more convincingly.”

“So for weeks afterwards Delvin was calling me wanting the rematch. And while I’m working on it I bring up perhaps a bout in between, not a tune up, but just a different opponent, but he wanted Wolak again. ”

Continued Rodriguez, “I wasn’t interested in facing anyone else. Nothing had been resolved in the first fight so I wanted an opportunity to beat him, which I clearly did the second time. I had no interest in taking a sideways step for a different fight, I wanted to keep moving forward and that would mean beating Wolak.”

“It really speaks loudly that he wanted to face Wolak right away. The first bout was such a hard battle, but he wanted to start ‘Round 11′ right away,” continued DeGuardia.

“The rematch took place at Madison Square Garden on December 3rd on the HBO Pay Per View broadcast of the Cotto/Margarito rematch, a perfect opportunity to show Delvin again. Delvin would get his rematch on the biggest stage in boxing.”

Stated Rodriguez, ‘It really was a groundswell of support from the fans and media, particularly on the East Coast. They demanded the rematch and I was honored to have it take place at Madison Square Garden on such a terrific card.”

In the rematch in front of a loud and boisterous packed house of over 22,000 fans, Rodriguez fought beautifully and brutally, working each round behind a terrific jab and excellent overhand rights. Scores at the end of the ten rounder were all in favor of Rodriguez, earning him the unanimous decision (100-90, 98-91, 98-92). Most impressive was, in spite of being substantially and clearly ahead, Rodriguez put on an unforgettable final round performance, brutally battering Wolak, and leaving nothing in the ring.

“I sat down on my punches more and really hurt him early in the fight. As soon as the final round started I wanted to finish him off, I didn’t want to leave it in the judges hands” said Rodriguez.

Stated DeGuardia, “It’s always a special night having your fighter win at The Garden and Delvin looked sensational. The two fights really were indicative of Delvin’s career; a true warrior.”

“Consequently it moved him up in the WBA rankings and now he’s got a second shot at a world title against Trout and he’s more than ready.”

“For fans of Delvin there’s not much for me to say, they already know about the warrior and person that he is. For those unfamiliar to him or his career, the best thing I can say is buy a ticket or tune in to the SHOWTIME broadcast on June 2nd. He’s a special fighter and he’s got a second chance at his dream.”
Concluded Rodriguez, “My life is my career, my goal has always been to win a world title and that’s my plan for June 2nd.”

Tickets are on sale for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium are priced at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Summer Super Brawl

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Dee Lee Promotions, LLC. in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort presents hard hitting Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (13-0-0/5 ko’s) vs George “The Rooster” Armenta (14-8-0/11 ko’s) in a 10 round super middleweight “Summer Super Brawl” on Friday, June 1, 2012. This 10 Round main event is part of Atlantic City’s first ever Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival which includes an All Star Boxing Legends Gala the following night. With legendary names like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and “Joltin” Jeff Chandler floating around town, Mr. Hasson will have the perfect setting to show case his crowd pleasing brawling boxing skills. Mr. Hasson better not underestimate the hard hitting Mr. Armenta or he could find himself on the wrong end of a big right hand. Mr. Armenta has 11 ko’s in his 14 victories so anything can happen!!

The 8 round co-main event on this “Summer Super Brawl” fight card features Philadelphia’s super bantamweight “Pretty Boy” Coy Evans (10-1-1/2 ko’s). Mr. Evans has shown a lot of early promise and his skills have been steadily sharpened but finding quality opponents in that weight class will be a real challenge for matchmaker Nick Tiberi. There will also be an all time show stopping WIBC 3 minute -10 round Title Fight featuring Lisa Noel Garland (9-6-0/5 ko’s) of York, SC vs Kita Watkins (7-8-0/1 ko’s) of Camden, AR . This will surely be an amazing fight, so do not miss it!!

The exciting undercard will be filled with action packed fighters led by heavyweight Joey “The Polish Thunder” Dawejko (6-0-1/2 ko’s) vs. Edwin Ranquillo (2-1/1 ko’s). At 5’10 - 235 pounds, the 21 year old Mr. Dawejko presents big problems for any opponent and any ring looks small when he steps through the ropes, however do not be so quick to judge this fight. Even though it appears Mr. Ranquillo does not have the ring experience, he does have the experience of serving our country. This card also sees the return of light heavyweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (9-2-0/2 ko’s) vs Keandre Leatherwood (9-1-0/6 ko’s). With such close records, both men are hungry to pick up another “W” at the Trop no matter what it takes!!!

The remainder of this very promising undercard features Isiah Seldon (6-0-0/3 ko’s) vs Lekan Byfield (2-1), with Big Dog Mr. Seldon in town Isiah will be sure to put on a good show! Saud “Kid Grady” Clark vs Flavio Augusto Reyes both making their Pro-Debut’s, Anthony “The Bull” Smith (13-0/10 ko’s), Delaware’s Mike Tiberi (19-1-0/7 ko’s), Two young local fighters, Atlantic City Native super middleweight Antwyan Aikens (4-0-0/1 ko’s) vs Kenneth Schmitz (2-1/1 ko’s) and Millville featherweight Joshua Reyes (1-0-0) vs David Rogriquez (0-1) round out this entertaining fight card.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $65 and $100 and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or Dee Lee Promotions, LLC. at 856.692.1206.

The fight card will be streamed live on gfl.tv

Bradley; “Pacquiao fighting dead men”

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Keith Terceira

During yesterday’s open media workout , MP8′s video crew had the opportunity to ask Timothy Bradley a simple question.

So what do you feel you have over Pacquiao?

Timothy Bradley’s response was not technical , not stylistic, not even primal .

“Well first off, I am much better looking, look at me I am a young athlete- I am alive- not like those dead men he has been fighting”.

When I received this quote this morning, I had to look at it several times.

Does Timothy Bradley truly feel that Manny Pacquiao has fought dead opponents.

In the fight game, numbers can lie, and they can lie well an often, until you dig deep into the stats behind the numbers. For Manny Pacquiao, his record and stats line up like a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with all but Antonio Margarito in the last dozen fights being the only fighter that stands a chance of not being inducted due to questions regarding his glove loading, but in all reality, even Tony will eventually become a member of the Hall, based simply on the thrilling career he shared with fans.

Frankly, my feelings towards this fight is that it’s a “Pump and Dump”. I know I should be pumping this fight so Manny can display huge HBO numbers and get a bigger payday when negotiating with Floyd, but really, he doesn’t need my help and I just can’t lie to readers. Bob Arum doesn’t pay me to hype his events and neither does Manny.

What I referred to as “Pump and Dump”  is hype it up, like Manny will get a huge challenge from Bradley, and watch Pacquiao “dump” Timothy to the canvas somewhere around the 9th round. In my opinion this fight has a better chance in ending like Bradley’s bout against Nate Campbell, by a cut, before the end of the fourth round, and smart money would place a little side bet on just that outcome.

Since 2003, every Manny Pacquiao opponent  will at one point or another be placed in a boxing Hall of Fame. The majority of these opponents were in their prime, at the pinnacle of their careers, unlike Bradley whose  opponent leading into this fight, Joel Casamayor, not only was past his prime, but displayed to the world that he no longer belongs anywhere near a ring in the future.

Timothy Bradley, as an opponent for Manny Pacquiao will be the only boxer, never to have appeared in a Las Vegas backed event prior to the Casamayor lead-in to this fight.

Lets examine that statement.

Bradley, the WBC and WBO light welterweight champion, had never fought in Las Vegas, never headlined at the Boxing Capital of the world. Even Oscar Larios, who faced Manny in 2006 was a staple in Las Vegas, and went on afterwards to win the WBC featherweight title in 2008. Not quite a “Dead Man” that Bradley refers to in his quote.

Boxing fans know that Manny Pacquiao ruined Antonio Margarito but Margarito went on to rematch Cotto in a farewell fight that put the final punctuation mark to his career at Madison Square Gardens in New York, and also was a Vegas staple during his rise to fame or infamy.

Frankly, if Bob Arum hadn’t needed a new member of his stable, to face Pacquiao after the Marquez fights wore thin, I doubt very much that Tim Bradley would still, to this day be drawing a PPV in Las Vegas. Had he not signed with Top Rank , this fight would never be happening.  Some fighters have no ability to draw fans in America, even the great heavyweight champions, that draw packed houses in Europe,  can’t draw fans here because of their style, and neither can Bradley, without Pacquiao and his legacy with a  ”Dead Men” resume, Bradley would still be a relatively unknown champion outside the boxing community.

There are several things that “Sell” this event and in my opinion this is the order.

1.) Manny Pacquiao

2.) Manny Pacquiao

3.) Manny Pacquiao

4.)In what style does Pacquiao win so that Pacquiao - Mayweather Jr. occurs!

5.) How does Manny’s religious fervor translate to the ring and does it translate to a re-dedication to training?

6.)Does Manny’s new sin free lifestyle affect his boxing?

7.) The Gay Community wants him beat and beat badly!

8.) The religious right wants him as a warrior for god!

9.) Is Manny slowing down and are his leg cramps going to come back?

10.) last, and definitely least Timothy Bradley is fighting!

I would be a well off man if I had even a half dollar for every time I heard in the barbershop or from the people that stop me in the local stores, the quote. “Isn’t Pacquiao fighting next month” and “Who is Timothy Bradley”.

Frankly , I tell them all Timothy Bradley is the next victim on the road to Mayweather-Pacquiao I, because once these two guys meet and bank all that money from the first one , no doubt that they want another shot at that “Money”, and so will boxing fans desire a second and third.

The only issue is whether Manny can dig deep and train to destroy Bradley in a way that gives him leverage at the negotiating table or will Timothy perform in a way that blocks an even split.

Bradley is a tough enough opponent that if Manny is sloppy, he can be surprised, but frankly, Bradley is standing between Manny and 100 million or more in possible cash rewards. That is the biggest motivation in the world for any boxer, even the already successful Pac-Man.

Timothy Bradley , who has a tendency to lead with his head , has never used his style against the caliber of fighter that Manny Pacquiao is. Leading with his head with Pacquiao may just result in a quicker knockout for Manny.

One quick question for readers, prior to the Joel Casamayor fight, or the mention of Timothy Bradley as an opponent for Manny , had you ever seen Bradley box?

On a side note ; Bradley went on to say that he is a clean athlete and can test him anytime.

Ciao!

TRAINING CAMP QUOTES & NOTES: ANTONIO TARVER & LATEEF KAYODE

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Training camp continues in full steam for the talented and confident boxers who’ll be fighting on “Four Warned” - the highly anticipated quadrupleheader featuring a pair of boxing legends in dangerous assignments and two world championship fights on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion and current SHOWTIME boxing analyst Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s), of Tampa, Fla., will face unbeaten, hard-hitting Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s), of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Lagos, Nigeria, in a 12-round cruiserweight bout.

Former world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s), of St. Petersburg, Fla., returns to the ring to face undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s), of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a 10-round junior middleweight co-feature.

In the featured world title fights, WBA super welterweight titlist Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s), of Las Cruces, N.M., will defend against third-ranked WBA contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s), of Danbury, Conn., by way of Santiago, D.R., and IBF No. 1-rated bantamweight contender Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s), of Johannesburg, South Africa, and unbeaten IBF No. 5-rated bantamweight contender Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1,11 KO’s), of Lincoln Heights, Calif., will clash for the vacant IBF bantamweight crown.

Other than Malinga, who’s still in South Africa, all the fighters on “Four Warned” train in the United States. Here’s what the seven fighters said from their training camps:

Antonio Tarver
“I changed things up starting with my last fight against Danny Green. I ran when I needed to run and I got into condition. I didn’t overdo it and over-train like I normally had to do in order to make weight. I had to kill myself to get down in the past and we’re not doing that now. We’re taking our time, working in the gym and working on strength and conditioning and we’re being consistent.

“If we miss a day to get some rest, that’s OK and it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m eating good, living right and getting my rest, that’s the main thing. We’re not going to beat ourselves up in sparring. If I get fatigued to the point where I’m not as sharp anymore, they’ll pull me out. I’m doing things like the veteran that I am and we’re doing it real smart.

“We’re keeping things in perspective. It’s about having my body catch up with my mind, because my mind is there. I’m sharp. The reflexes are still there as well, but the body has to catch up because when I put my mind on it, the mind is already there and I’m dialed in, but the body needs to get the endurance built up. Don’t worry, things are coming along great and we’ll peak on fight night.

“I’m working in Tampa with my longtime trainer Jimmy Williams and Buddy McGirt comes down three or four days a week. He’ll also be down the week before we leave for the fight and he knows what we’ve got to work on. Jimmy and Buddy work together great and I think I’ve got the best of both worlds with these guys. Jimmy is a great guy in preparation and I think Buddy is the best trainer in the game between rounds as far as giving the proper instructions and making sure he has his fighter’s attention and focus.”

Lateef Kayode

“I’ve had a great camp at The Wild Card. I have a great team. We started early, so I’ve been working for a long time. It will be three months by fight time. I’m in the best condition ever. My body can take anything he throws at me. If he wants to trade, I will trade and if he wants to box, I will box. I can go 12 rounds without a problem, but there is no way he will be able to withstand the kind of punishment I will give him unless he plans on running away all night. Either way I am knocking this man out.

“If it goes the distance, they might try to rob me, so I am going to put Tarver to sleep before the 12th round. That way I am the judge and the jury.”

Winky Wright

“Camp is great. We’re ready to fight. I’m ready to kick some butt.

“It’s been great training in Tampa, while being home to see my kids. It motivates me even more to have my family around, but I’m glad I went away to Phoenix for a month to get my body used to the intense training again.

“Now I’m just fine-tuning and getting ready for June 2. There are a lot of different things I’m doing in camp with my trainer Dan Birmingham, but you have to wait to see it on fight night.”

Peter Quillin

“The day of the fight will mark the 32-year anniversary of my father leaving Cuba and coming to the United States. He arrived in the United States on June 2, 1980, so I have a stronger reason why this fight means so much to me. I’m living the true American Dream.

“Winky keeps saying he is coming to knock Kid Chocolate’s head off. I really want to know who put a battery in this man’s back. Now the fans will expect Winky Wright to keep his word, but I will continue to be the powerhouse that I am. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

“This camp has taught me that if I want to perform at the top level, then I have to prepare at the top level. You can expect nothing less from me - only hard work. I’m a fulltime fighter that believes the job can never be done. When it comes to boxing, there’s always room for improvement and ways to get better.

“The atmosphere at Wild Card is really supportive. You feel like you are going into the ring with a posse of other professionals right there with you. I’m fortunate to have Freddie Roach and Eric Brown working (with me) six days a week and I’m also blessed to work with Brad Bose who does my condition training three days a week. My brother Chedrick and my father Pedro have been the key to me in this camp with their support and love for me. That’s why I know I’m going to take Winky Wright to Pluto.

“Thanks to all my sparring partners for prepping and pushing me. I’m the sharpest I ever been.

“I can’t relate to Winky’s saying he’s excited to be fighting on the same card as Tarver and that ‘it feels good, it makes it easy to have your homeboy on the same card.’ Winky makes it sounds like Tarver is going to help him fight me, but on June 2nd, it’s just me and him. He’ll wish he had Tarver’s help.”

Austin Trout

“I’m training at Las Cruces PAL Boxing Gym, the same gym I’ve trained at since I was 10-years-old.

“Camp has been great. I’m focused. I’m in terrific shape. I’m right on schedule. My weight is good. All I need is for time to go by so I can get in there on June 2nd.

“I’ve been running six or seven miles a day and sprinting three or four of those miles. I’ve been sparring 12 rounds with 30 seconds rest with three different guys - Shiju Shabazz, Aie Han and J.C. Candelo.

“I want to dedicate this camp to my good friend Lavar Washington, a childhood friend who passed a few days ago.”

Delvin Rodriguez

“I’ve been training in the Adirondacks for the last four weeks and will stay here until I leave for the fight. This is my first time at this location, up in the mountains, and it’s perfect, with no distractions and great running.

“This is my third camp with my trainer (former heavyweight contender) Fernily Feliz and we’ve had an excellent camp. Sparring has been terrific with Sechew Powell and Denis “Mama’s Boy” Douglin.

“This is my third fight at 154 and I feel much stronger since moving up from 147. I don’t have to worry about making weight.”

Leo Santa Cruz

“This is a great opportunity to become a world champion. It will be the toughest fight of my career because I know Malinga will come very well prepared, but am very optimistic that I will win.”

“It’s been a great camp. I’ve been training for almost two months and have had something like 95 rounds of sparring (with Julian Ramirez, Raymond Chacon and Joseph Diaz). I’m in great shape thanks to Jose Santa Cruz (trainer) and Daniel Garcia (conditioning trainer).

“This is a dream come true fore me. I am really looking forward to June 2nd.”

Tickets are on sale for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium are priced at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

For information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, visit the website athttp://sports.SHO.com.

JOSESITO LOPEZ STEPS IN TO FACE “VICIOUS” VICTOR ORTIZ

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It was officially announced today that popular contender Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to meet “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in the main event on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title, live on SHOWTIME. Lopez, who had been training for a June 22 bout that was canceled days ago, replaces Andre Berto following Berto’s failed pre-fight drug test which was revealed last Friday.

Ortiz vs. Lopez will headline a three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed on the West Coast) that now will include top rated heavyweight Chris Arreola in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined and the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.

The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Soto vs. Matthysse is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at the STAPLES Center box office. All tickets purchased for Ortiz vs. Berto II will be honored for this event.

The star of Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) has been on the rise for the last few years, but in 2011, the native of Garden City, Kansas, finally put everything together for the entire world to see. The owner of wins over Mike Arnaoutis, Nate Campbell and Antonio Diaz, Ortiz stepped it up in April 2011 with a thrilling 12-round decision win over Berto that captivated the boxing world and earned him the WBC Welterweight Championship. Five months later, Ortiz would lose a controversial bout to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., but on June 23, the 25-year old begins his quest to get back to the top of the division.

The latest in the line of talented contenders from Southern California, 27-year old Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s) has the style and determination to add “championship” to his resume sooner rather than later. A boxer-puncher who isn’t afraid to mix it up, Lopez flew under the radar for the early part of his career, but after a controversial decision loss to Edgar Santana in 2008, fight fans started taking notice of him. Following a seven fight winning streak that included a knockout of unbeaten Mike Dallas Jr. in 2011, Lopez got a coveted undercard fight against Jessie Vargas last September beneath the Floyd Mayweather vs. Victor Ortiz pay-per-view mega-fight. While he lost a razor-thin split decision which many ringside observers had him winning, he proved that he can compete at the highest level of the sport.

A big puncher with an even bigger personality, Riverside’s Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-2, 30 KO’s) has long been considered one of the best and most popular heavyweights in the game today. A former world title challenger who took on Vitali Klitschko at STAPLES Center in 2009, the 31-year old Arreola has since won eight of his last nine bouts, including knockouts of Raphael Butler and Eric Molina. With a world championship fight right around the corner, he will have a lot at stake when he enters the ring in front of his loyal hometown fans at STAPLES Center.

WBC Honors Marciano in Brockton!

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The posthumous program in honor of Rocky Marciano actively continues. The photos below show WBC president Jose Sulaiman during his visit to Brockton, Massachusetts, the birth home of Rocky, and Rocky’s great nephew holding the model of the statue of the great champion.

Ortiz, Lopez, and Arreola Press Quotes!

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Former World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz andpopular contender Josesito Lopez held a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to formally announce that Lopez will step in to face Ortiz, of Ventura, Calif., by way of Garden City, Kansas, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

It was also announced on Wednesday that the Ortiz vs. Lopez event will include top-rated heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KO’s), of Riverside, Calif., in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Those two fights will join the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.

Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s), of Riverside, replaces Ortiz’s (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) original opponent Andre Berto who failed a pre-fight drug test.

The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Sotovs.Matthysse is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, $100 and $50 are available for purchase online at www.staplescenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com or via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Staples Center box office. All tickets purchased for Ortiz vs. Berto II will be honored for this event.

Here’s what the participants had to say on Wednesday:

VICTOR ORTIZ:
“I’m not taking anyone for granted at all. Josesito is a great fighter. We share one thing in common, and that’s a lot of heart. It’s going to be a great night. He’s ready to fight, and that makes two of us.

“It’s too bad (that Berto failed the drug test), but at the end of the day we have to prepare for another champion, and that’s Josesito Lopez.

“I’ve been training for more than six months for this fight, but that’s what world champions do. I have to be prepared to fight anyone if I want to prove that I’m the best.

“Lopez is a warrior and I know he’ll come to fight on June 23.

“Josesito knows this is a huge opportunity for him on a big stage. That’s why I can’t take him lightly.”

JOSESITO LOPEZ:
“I’m excited about this opportunity. I’ve been in training and working hard.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I plan to take advantage of it.

“People who have seen me fight know I’m tough and I leave it all in the ring. Once you see me fight, you’ll fall in love with my style. I plan to win over some of Victor’s fans on June 23.

“It’s no secret that Victor has a weak chin and I plan to exploit that. I’ll be looking for the knockout. If not, I know I’ll need to win 10 out of the 12 rounds to walk out of there a champion. I can’t leave it in the judges’ hands.

“I’m aggressive, I like to bang. I like to come forward and put the pressure on my opponents.”

CHRIS ARREOLA:
“It’s an honor to be fighting at STAPLES Center again. The last time I left here I was dejected. I was in tears because I had just lost the biggest fight of my career. It was embarrassing, but I’m going to leave here with my hands in the air on June 23.

“My job is to put the fight in my hands. I’m going to get the knockout and give the fans what they want to see. I’m not going to leave it to the judges.

“The difference between this fight and the last time I fought at STAPLES is I’m in shape. I’m training and ready to fight.

“The fact that I could challenge (Wladimir) Klitschko isn’t a distraction, it’s motivation, but I can’t look past June 23 if I want to win a world title.”

VADA Mess!

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Paul Stuart Haberman, Esq.

A Quick Look at the Legal and Regulatory Issues Raised by the Cancellations of Khan-Peterson II and Berto-Ortiz II Following Positive Drug Tests

In one famously bad month for top-level professional boxing, two highly anticipated rematches of 2011 “Fights of the Year” were aced as a result of participants testing positive for banned substances. The unfortunate news began in early May, when it was disclosed that unified junior welterweight champion Lamont (Havoc) Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone in advance of his May 12, 2012 rematch with Amir (King) Khan. It continued about a week later when it was disclosed that the June 23, 2012 welterweight rematch between Andre Berto and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz was canceled after Berto tested positive for noandrosterone, a banned steroid. Both positive tests came during random testing administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (“VADA”) and agreed to by the contestants in their bout contracts. In the wake of these positive tests, what once looked like an outstanding device for making certain that professional boxers did not seek unfair advantages behind closed doors during their pre-fight preparations has now become the flashlight that illuminated what may be a long-time practice in professional boxing. What can be taken away from Peterson’s and Berto’s positive tests? A quick look follows.

 

Be Careful What You Contract For

 

A majority of athletic commissions do not compel random drug testing in the weeks and months leading up to a given fight card. Instead, they have a list of banned substances and if a boxer tests positive for one when it comes time for testing, the bout is either canceled (if the testing was done beforehand) or has its result changed (if performed afterward). The random testing by VADA is thus an animal that is born by contract. In the case of Berto-Ortiz II, it was Berto who sought random drug testing following widespread, but unsubstantiated, allegations that Ortiz might have used banned substances in his preparation for their first bout. Peterson requested a similar provision, as he “wanted to shine the light” on the subject of doping in boxing according to a recent interview with Boxing Talk. The lesson here: Be careful what you contract for. While Berto has claimed thus far that he did not knowingly use any steroids or banned substances, and former BALCO head Victor Conte, who was working with Berto, suggested that trace contamination might be to blame, Berto would not have necessarily been in this situation when it came time for drug testing had he not sought random drug testing for the Ortiz rematch. Nor necessarily would have Peterson, if the synthetic testosterone that he purportedly took due to low natural levels of testosterone would not have turned up in an official pre-fight drug test.

 

While it is easy to say that one should simply not agree to random drug testing in a bout contract, however, the reality is that now that VADA offers such a service, professional boxers and their teams may be hard-pressed to refuse to enter into an agreement that provides for it. Indeed, the implication of refusing to submit to random drug testing carries the hint of impropriety. If you have nothing to hide, why not submit to testing? If you do have something to hide, do you really want to raise that red flag by refusing to submit to it?

 

Could Positive Tests be Waived by the Participants?

 

So what would happen if Ortiz and Khan told their respective promoters to simply guarantee them more money in exchange for allowing their respective bouts to go on despite the positive tests? Odds are the bouts would have been cancelled by the Nevada State Athletic Commission anyway. While there are many aspects of a professional boxing match that can be manipulated by contract, such as catch weights, ring sizes, and glove sizes, the use of banned substances is not one such aspect. Rather, once a positive test for a banned substance is revealed an athletic commission has virtually no choice than to deny a given boxer a license to participate in his scheduled bout.

 

Could an athletic commission decide to simply see if the substance turns up in a boxer’s system when it is officially time for pre-fight testing? Perhaps, but that would not make for good policy, as such an allowance would do little more than encourage boxers to stop their usage of banned substances in time for them to not show up in testing. Whispers about such cycling have been made for many years in boxing. The only difference now is that if random drug testing is contracted for, one will never know when to stop using a banned substance in advance of a possible test.

 

Would the Therapeutic Use Exception Have Saved Either Bout?

 

According to VADA’s official “Therapeutic Use Exception” policy, an athlete will be granted the privilege of using otherwise prohibited substances for therapeutic purposes only in “strict accordance with the following criteria:

 

a. The athletic would experience significant health impairment if the method or substance were withheld in the course of training or competition.

 

b. The therapeutic use of the prohibited substance or method will not produce any additional enhancement or provide the Athlete with an unfair advantage or disadvantage other than that which might be anticipated by a legitimate medical condition that will maintain the Athlete’s normal health.

 

c. There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative other than the prohibited substance or method.

 

Further, an athlete seeking the benefit of the “Therapeutic Use Exception” must submit the application for same “as soon as possible, in most cases no less than twenty-one (21) days before he/she needs approval (for instance, when registered as a VADA Athlete).” An application will not be considered for retroactive approval “except in extremely rare cases where:

 

a. Emergency treatment or treatment of an acute medical condition was necessary, or

 

b. Due to exceptional circumstances, there was insufficient time or opportunity for an applicant to submit, or VADA to consider, an application prior to doping control.”

 

Peterson claims that he began taking synthetic testosterone after it was discovered that he had low testosterone levels following repeated bouts of fatigue during his preparation for the first Khan fight. If that continued to be the case going into the rematch, however, Peterson should have sought use of the Therapeutic Use Exception both in the bout contract with Khan and through VADA employing the above-quoted procedure. If Peterson were to apply for it now, he would be compelled to shoe-horn his purported deficiency into the “emergency treatment” category or the “exceptional circumstances” category, neither of which is a slam-dunk given the circumstances. Berto’s situation is more clean-cut; he is denying that he knowingly used any banned substances in the first instance, so the Therapeutic Use Exception would never have come up in his negotiations with Ortiz. Parenthetically, Berto suffered a biceps injury in January which resulted in a postponement of the Ortiz rematch. James (Lights Out) Toney tested positive for a banned substance following his 2005 heavyweight bout with John (The Quiet Man) Ruiz and blamed the treatment of a biceps injury for same at the time. It would thus not be without historical precedent if the same thing happened with Berto seven years later.

 

Is There a Duty to Disclose the Use of Such Substances in the Absence of Random Drug Testing?

 

In almost every written contract, there are implied duties of good faith and fair dealing. Additionally, there is the lingering possibility that one can later turn around and assert that they would have not entered into a given contract in the first instance had they known about one fact or another and thus seek to get out of it. One would hope that a professional boxer would act in good faith and deal fairly with his prospective opponent and not use banned substances in his preparations for their bout. Similarly, one would hope that a material fact such as the therapeutic use of a banned substance would be freely exchanged with the opposing party. In reality, however, there is a tremendous dilemma that would arise if a boxer made such a disclosure. This is because even if the parties agree to go forward with the bout despite the usage, if the usage is expressly addressed in the bout contract as part of a random drug testing provision, odds are the athletic commission approving the bout will find out about it and perhaps decide to cancel it. Should there thus be an unofficial willful ignorance or don’t ask, don’t tell policy governing the topic of banned substances during bout negotiations? Standing 8 Court defers to the ethics and good judgment of the boxing community’s managers, promoters, and attorneys to do their own soul-searching on that question.

 

As to whether there is an affirmative duty to disclose the use of banned substances to a given athletic commission or sanctioning body, the answer is: do so or do not at your own peril. If you disclose it based on purported therapeutic use, be sure you are educated on how a given commission or sanctioning body will handle such a situation under its rules and regulations. If you do not disclose the use of a banned substance, it is a certainty that you will either be denied a license or have it suspended and that your bout will be canceled if you are caught during the commission’s mandatory testing or that you may be stripped of your title or be declared ineligible to fight for one by a sanctioning body.

Boxing fans would be fooling themselves to believe that banned substances have not been quietly employed by professional boxers for generations. It just so happens that May 2012 became the month where their use came under heightened scrutiny following the cancellations of Berto-Ortiz II and Khan-Peterson II. The cancellations were the end result of a movement toward contracted random drug testing prior to big fights in the era after the negotiations between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fell apart over Mayweather’s demand for random drug testing. The random drug tests may be a tremendous step towards filling closing the gaps in drug testing requirements between different athletic commissions and making sure that the playing field remains level, but VADA mess they have created this month!

 

Paul Stuart Haberman, Esq. is a New York-based health and sports law attorney. He is also a New York State licensed boxing manager and the Chairman of the Sports Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. Paul can be e-mailed at haberman.paul@gmail.com or haberman@8countnews.com. He can also be followed on Twitter at @Standing8Court.

 

 

WORLDKID PROMOTIONS PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

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On Tuesday afternoon at the Yemen Café, Sadam Ali’s Worldkid Promotions held a press conference in conjunction with the Inaugural Boxing card that will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.

Ali will not only promote the card but will take part in the main event when he takes on Franklin Gonzalez in the eight round contest.

Ali along with several other fighters on the card were at the Yemen Café and below are their quotes

SADAM ALI (14-0, 8 KO’S)—Undefeated Welterweight, Main Event fighter & Promoter
“This is my first main event and Promotion”
“The undercard fighters will start it and I will finish it”
“I have been training hard for five months”

EDDIE GOMEZ (8-0, 6 KO’s)—Undefeated Jr. Middleweight from the Bronx who will participate in co-Feature
“I want to thank Sadam for letting me fight on your show”

JUAN DOMINGUEZ (10-0, 7 KO’s)—Undefeated Bantamweight from Brooklyn
“I am grateful for being on this card and I will put on a show”

ARMIN MRKANOVIC (2-1-1, 1 KO)-Cruiserweight from Queens
“I have been training since September”
“I hope the sprinkler system is on because I expect fireworks”

STEVEN GAMACHE (2-0, 1 KO)—Jr. Middleweight from New York
“I am an action fighter, so I am going to put on a good show”

ZACHARY OCHOA (1-0)—Jr. Welterweight from New York
“I am happy to fight on the same card as the guys I grew up with”
“This is my time”

DINMUKHAMED NIYAZOV (1-0)—Jr. Welterweight from Staten Island, NY
“I have a great time and I believe this will be a crazy good show”

JENNIFER SANTIAGO (PRO DEBUT)—Bantamweight from Brooklyn
“its an honor and privilege to be the only woman on the card”

With the number of boroughs That are represented tickets are on-sale all
over the tri-state area and they are priced at $150. $100, $75 & $50 and can
be purchased at the Following Phone Numbers and locations

 

In Brooklyn,
Bayridge
Worldkid sports
6825-5th ave, 11220
917-807-3630
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Canarsie,
Crosson’s Karate
1940-rockaway pkwy,11236
718-531-9646/917-642-9016
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Downtown
Yemen cafe,
176-Atlantic ave,11201
347-645-6640
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Bedstuy
Green Gourmet Market,
354-Lewis ave,11233
718-455-5619/917-655-5254/917-807-3630
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Staten Island,
Froogle Printing
350-port Richmond ave,10302
718-442-2910/646-261-0063
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New Jersey
201-914-9392
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Manhattan,
718-744-8855

The first bout begins at 7pm with the doors opening at 6pm

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FLORIANO PAGLIARA CONTINUES HIS AMERICAN DREAM ON JUNE 14TH

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On Thursday night June 14th at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara will return to the squared circle when he takes part on the Lou DiBella’s Popular Broadway Boxing Television Series

Pagliara who has a record of 12-4-1 with seven knockouts will be continuing on his quest to live the American dream as the import from Cecine, Italy will be making his second New York City appearance over the past three months

For this bout, the popular IBF Mediterranean Super Featherweight Champion has set up training in the Aqua Villiage Water Park in his hometown of Cecine Italy near the Livornese coast.
Pagliara has become a major draw in the New York area as he quickly made an impression on the many Italian fans in the “Little Italy” sections of the city including the Williamsburgh Brooklyn neighborhood and on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx
L”Italiano as he is referred to in America could have stayed in Italy and been very successful as he is a very popular attraction in the Tuscan resort coastal town where he routinely draws 3,000 plus fans for his bouts.

“People are just drawn to Floriano, he is very approachable and a pleasure to work with said Rich Komissar, Pagliara’s American sponsor and matchmaker at RKO Boxing. “He works hard and promotes himself well. We had an overflow of people outside BB Kings looking for tickets to his fight on March 7th. The place was sold out more than a week in advance. Even Floriano was surprised” added Komissar. We are getting hit every day by more and more people looking to know when his next fight is”

Another reason for Floriano’s popularity is that he gets involved in community issues. He is a member of the Ring 8 NY Veteran Boxers Association which provides help to retired boxers. Floriano is hoping to become the official liaison to the retired Italian American fighters in the New York area. “Floriano cares as much as he works” said Tommy Gallagher, the veteran boxing trainer from New York who also is one of the directors on the board for Ring8 NY

Additionally Pagliara has recently become involved with the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation. Cooley’s Anemia is a blood disorder that mostly affects children with Mediterranean heritage. Children afflicted with Cooley’s Anemia or Thalassemia are not expected to live much past their teen years. The mission of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is to help in advancing the treatment and cure for this fatal blood disease. Floriano, with the help of local businessman and organization member Paul Tucci is hoping to become more involved with the Long Island Fund Raising Chapter. (www.thalassemia.com)

“The DiBella goup has seen the potential and the fan base that Floriano brings and as he continues to appear on Broadway Boxing, there are discussions for Floriano’s fights to be syndicated back in Italy.”

Tickets are priced at $125, $85, $65 and $45, with a limited number of VIP tables available for purchase as well. VIP Tickets are priced at $150, and there are four seats to a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling RKO Boxing at 908-240-2097 or DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577. Call soon as tickets are already going fast and a third consecutive sellout for the Broadway Boxing series is expected

Follow Floriano on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/floriano.pagliara

Taylor accused of sexual assault, no charges filed!

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Keith Terceira

Former Champion Jermaine Taylor, who has been on the comeback trail,  has been mentioned as a suspect in an alleged rape and even though an investigation has just begun Maumelle Arkansas police have decided to issue a press release before evidence of a crime has been collected or any evidence has been pointed towards Jermaine Taylor.

Police were called to America’s Best Value Hotel  May 18th by a hotel manager about a disturbance.  When they arrived a 27-year-old female told police she had injured her ankle after falling down the stairs following  a verbal altercation with Taylor.  She told police she had met him at the hotel to have sex with him in exchange for money. She alleged she became frightened during an argument.

The young woman who alleged the crime only after being arrested for a controlled substance and admitting to prostitution was taken to the hospital where she was treated.

She was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and ordered to appear Tuesday afternoon in Maumelle District Court. She was released without bond after signing a promise to appear document, police Lt. Jim Hansard said.

Before people jump to conclusions, we advise this is played out prior to a public conviction, as it was the hotel that called police and not the woman, as well as the fact that nothing was ever mentioned to police alleging a rape until this young woman had already been arrested herself for drugs and much later at the hospital being treated for a twisted ankle.

Jermaine Taylor was not at the scene when police arrived.

Below is the news release issued by police.

 

MAUMELLE NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:

On 5/18/12 at approximately 9:24 P.m. Maumelle Police responded to a call for service at America’s Best Value hotel located at 14325 Frontier Drive in Maumelle. This call related to a reported disturbance between a male and a female. Upon arrival the officers made contact with a 27 year old black female who reported and showed signs of an injured ankle. The ensuing investigation resulted in the arrest of the female for Possession of a Controlled Substance. The female claimed that she sustained the injury to her ankle during a verbal altercation with Jermaine Taylor. She alleged that she had arrived at the hotel for the purpose of having sex with Taylor in exchange for money and that they began arguing. She alleged that she had become frightened during this argument, fled the hotel room, and in doing so had fallen down a flight of stairs which resulted in an injury to her ankle. She was later transported to Baptist Medical Center to treat the injury. Once at the hospital, she claimed that she was raped by Mr. Taylor.

The investigation regarding the night of the 18th is ongoing.

MANNY PACQUIAO CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

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MANNY PACQUIAO: Good morning everybody. Training is good and we are getting ready for the fight.

FREDDIE ROACH: We had a really great training camp the first 3 weeks in Baguiao – very successful – and the last 3 weeks here in LA has been great. Manny’s focus is the best I have ever seen. We are going against a tough opponent, a tough undefeated opponent in Bradley. I have watched a lot of tapes on him and have seen a lot of holes in his defense and we are going to take advantage of them.

Is Bradley’s style – leading with his head - a concern to you?

FREDDIE ROACH: Yes, Bradley does come in head first. We have been working on how to nullify that. We have a lefty fighting against a righty. The two heads may clash, that could happen and it’s something we have to be aware of and something we will be prepared for.

What is your take on the way you last fight with Marquez happened?

MANNY PACQUIAO: The fight was not that hard for me but I was having some family problems. I was in 100% physical condition for that fight against Marquez but I did have some family issues that I had to deal with. I also underestimated him.

FREDDIE ROACH: Marquez is always going to give Manny troubles. He is a very good boxer and very smart. We had a great training camp going into that fight but on the last week everything fell apart. The personal problems affected the fight and I don’t think Manny will let that happen again. All of the distractions around him caused him to fight poorly. He is very focused for this fight.

What has been the key to your success in moving up all these weight classes?

MANNY PACQUIAO: The fights are all different. It is not easy to move up in weight but I try my best. I have to work very hard to build up my strength and gain weight. I have to build up my stamina to maintain the added weight while preserving my speed and movement.

FREDDIE ROACH: That’s where the bigger challenges were – the bigger fights. We do have to feed Manny more than 5 protein shakes a day to keep the weight on. He performed very well in those weight classes. Moving up in weight classes was necessary because that’s where the challenges were. We needed to do that to be where he is today. Manny did well and we did it the right way with Alex Ariza with the diet and the protein shakes and it worked out well for all of us.

FACT: When Manny moved from lightweight to welterweight he was taking in up to 8,000 calories a day.

Could you elaborate on Manny’s focus for this fight?

FREDDIE ROACH: Yes, his focus is very good. We don’t have days where he comes in tired a so forth because he has no nightlife whatsoever, besides the bible study. He is very focused on the fight. He and God are very close right now and he is just a better athlete – with no distractions - yes.

Were you concerned that the same-sex marriage comments or non-comments would be a distraction?

FREDDIE ROACH: The thing is everyone has an opinion in life and we are all entitled to our opinions, but I see no problem whatsoever. TMZ was outside he gym for a couple of days and we pacified them and that was it.

Do you feel you need to match numbers with Mayweather?

BOB ARUM: We aim to get the biggest possible numbers that we can get. We operate a completely different model from Floyd’s model and whatever numbers he allegedly reached or didn’t reach is really not relevant to us. It varies from fight to fight. The Marquez numbers, from the Manny fight in November, are certainly much greater than Mayweather’s numbers with Ortiz. You also have to realize that Mayweather was fighting one of our great fighters, Miguel Cotto, who is the number 3 PPV attraction, who has gotten great numbers on his own. So you have to factor all of that in.

Did you expect the firestorm over the same-sex marriage statement you made?

MANNY PACQUIAO: Did I know that my answer on legalizing same-sex marriage would create controversy? Yes. It’s a controversial issue. The reporter asked me about my stance on it and I answered his question. I am against legalizing same-sex marriage. That was all I said.

Will your commitment to religion reflect on your fighting in the ring?

MANNY PACQUIAO: When I committed my life to the lord I gave up many things that were not in keeping with what the Bible teaches. Boxing is a job and I do not look at it as anything more than that. It will not affect my job.

FREDDIE ROACH: No, Manny Pacquiao is fired up and ready to go. He is motivated. We have had great workouts and sparring sessions. We had four new sparring partners that came in for this camp. Everything is right where it is supposed to be.

BOB ARUM: From somebody who has visited the training camp a few times, the difference in Manny’s face is so apparent. He’s not as tired as he was and he’s not as worn as he was. There is a glow in his face. I think this religious awakening has been all good on his part. I am a little prejudiced because I am religious myself but I believe when young athletes find religion it will greatly enhance their careers.

Do you think we will see Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV?

BOB ARUM: Everything is on the table. Manny has this fight against Bradley. It’s a tough fight, and after the fight, as we always do, we’ll confer and decide on who the opponent will be and when the fight will take place. I haven’t discussed this with Manny because I never discuss future fights with a fight coming up. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss that and we also have a trip coming up with his family to Israel and we can discuss it then.

What aspect have you been working on to improve?

MANNY PACQUIAO: We work hard and we train hard every day to make sure we have a good fight for the fans on June 9.

FREDDIE ROACH: I have been watching Bradley a lot and he doesn’t rely very much on counter-punching. He is very offensive. He comes to fight which will make it a good fight for everybody. We have the game plan set after watching many, many tapes of Bradley. Manny should have a very good fight on June 9.

As a Congressman, do you come across trash talking?

MANNY PACQUIAO: I do not trash talk in boxing or in politics. I ignore trash talking directed at me. I don’t find it productive.

Are you the toughest public servant on the planet?

FREDDIE ROACH: That’s a stupid question.

MANNY PACQUIAO: It is hard to compare myself to other people.

What does Bradley do particularly well?

FREDDIE ROACH: He comes forward and is very aggressive. He is a well-conditioned athlete and we know we are in for a tough fight. Bradley is a good opponent.

Have you fought anyone strong like him before?

FREDDIE ROACH: No, because he is very strong and very muscular up top. I don’t think we have fought anybody that muscular. We have fought bigger ands stronger people, like Margarito and so forth. We have fought strong guys like him before, yes.

MANNY PACQUIAO: I agree with Freddie.

Do you feel Bradley will be in front of Manny?

FREDDIE ROACH: Yes, he will try to fight Manny. He will try to prove he is the better athlete – the better-conditioned athlete. We have a mover in camp so we are prepared if Bradley decides to move around, so we are prepared for anything he brings. It is my job to figure out what he may do differently. We make adjustments to prepare Manny for whatever may come. He’s ready for a boxer and I’m covering all my bases.

What is Manny’s advantage?

FREDDIE ROACH: Experience, speed and power. Experience is hard to deal with. Power will knock you out. Experience will make it a little easier for you.

MANNY PACQUIAO: Bradley is a different type of fighter and we don’t take this fight lightly. We have trained hard for Bradley because he is the type of fighter we cannot underestimate. Tim Bradley is undefeated and he is a champion.

MANNY PACQUIAO: I don’t know what Tim Bradley will bring in the ring on that night but we will be ready for whatever he brings. I know he will be 100% conditioned for the fight. We have practiced every kind of fight in the ring with four different sparring partners.

BOB ARUM: When you look at Manny’s opponents, the freshest guy he has fought will be Bradley. The others he has fought have been great names like Cotto, Margarito and De La Hoya and Hatton, but Bradley is not a great name but he is a great fighter and young and fresh. When you have a fresh fighter who has not taken a lot of punishment, he can be dangerous. The most important element with Bradley is his mind. He is a very, very determined young man. He is confident in his abilities and determined and that is a tremendous plus for any athlete. He feels as if his mind can take over. Some have doubts in their performance and it shows in up, whether it’s football, boxing or whatever.

It’s been a while since Manny has stopped anyone. Is he still the same fighter?

FREDDIE ROACH: I believe he is a better fighter now. He is more focused. If a knockout comes it will be a bonus. Bradley is a great fighter and he’ll be resilient, but I think you’ll see the best Manny Pacquiao yet.

MANNY PACQUIAO: I am doing my best in training. I stay focused and work hard to give a good fight.

MANNY PACQUIAO: My final words are I would like to invite everybody to watch my fight on June 9. It will be a good fight and there will be a lot of boxing in the ring. Thanks to everyone that was involved in the teleconference today and have a nice day.

BOB ARUM: I would like to see as many of you as possible in Indio on Thursday at Bradley’s workout. There are buses leaving from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I’ll be there and am anxious to see him train and I know most of you are. I think it’s going to be a great fight – something special. Another thing that is special is the bible study that Manny participates in. Tonight in Manny’s apartment, we are going to shoot the bible study that many has been participating in and make it into a program which we will distribute. When an athlete has a religious experience it is a great thing and I want to show it to as many people as possible.

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All-new editions of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY debut on Saturdays – May 26 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and June 2 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT) – while the finale debuts Friday, June 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the welterweight title showdown.

Congressman Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship crown against WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

For Pacquiao-Bradley fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com and www.hbo.com

Great Forum Post From Anubis27 regarding 24/7!

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Our forum member Anubis 27 posted this thread regarding the first episode of HBO’s 24/7.

We enjoyed it and thought to share it with readers who may have missed our new forum.

“The first episode of 24/7 has aired on HBO and it took an interesting approach. On Timothy Bradley side they showed, a very hard training and focused gu,y whose father ran him thru a ringer making him who he is. They showed a clip of Kendle Holt knocking him silly but he managed to survive, they also showed a lot of rough tactics, punching to the back, but he is still undefeated 1 way or another.

Listening to Bradley, he’s unbeatable, and he has shown he can survive, but may be another fighter, underestimating Mannys strength.

Now Mannys side, this episode has Jinkee Pacquiao, Mannys wife, discussing their issues.

This must be hard to air out their relationship for fans. It showed how Mannys vices were starting to envelope his life. Manny has since closed up the vice shops, rededicated his life to Christ, and admits that he underestimated JMM especially  his size the night of the fight. Jinkee confesses that Mannys vices were taking away his focus from boxing to family, but now they are insync, and Manny is 100% focused.

Manny is heard saying the JMM fight woke him up , that could be the equivelant to waking up a beast come June 9th, if Manny has really refocused his life, quit the vices, and is true to form. Bradleys wife may want to avoid the fight cause we may see a more dangerous Manny than the Hatton fight. Only time will tell on what fighter truly is ready to go to hell and back.”

Thanks Anubis for a great read.

Ciao

Steroids don’t help win fights!…What!!!!!

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Keith Terceira

At every turn you see someone in sports stating that steroids don’t help you win.

Now we are seeing that same old line of bull being thrown around boxing, and believe me it’s baloney of the greatest proportions.

Not only do steroids assist in conditioning and creating muscle but they give a fighter an edge that he normally wouldn’t have in the barbarian department. They give a sense of rage, a feeling of supremacy that does not come from clean training.

Every athlete that has gotten caught and continued to compete at the same level, has failed, failed often, and then retired.

Clean baseball players suddenly leave the sport with little to nothing left in the tank. Track stars have their times reduced by 10% when not juiced andI have no doubt there are boxers and combat athletes that will not be the same after getting caught for PED’s.

First of all let’s address the desire to do steriods at all, if an athlete decides that he has to have an illegal edge on an opponent then there is a self doubt already present that will creep into the ring about the 8th round or even less depending on the fighter. One of the reasons that I was always against the reduction from 15 to 12 rounds is because from the 10th round on, when conditioning and natural strength begin to fail, what is left is heart ,grit, and the determination of a true champion.

Two equally conditioned boxers, two equally skilled fighters, when it comes to the championship rounds, one will emerge as the better based on whats inside him, mentally…. If one of those fighters has a drug induced confidence level then that is an illegal edge even if the levels are below legal range the night of the fight. In the back of his mind he knows that he has that advantage. He feels supreme when normally he would be fading, looking to his corner, looking to just last the fight…

PED’s give a false sense of heart, grit, and determination, replacing it with primal rage, false security , and a belief of superiority. They push your body past it’s natural limitations and your mind as well.

Steriods would not be illegal if they did not assist the athlete at all levels, they may not make you aq better technical fighter but they assist in creating a sense that you are indestructible and allow for you to mentally handle competition and combat that you normally would break from.

One user wrote “  feel so much more alert, focused, sharp, witty, confident & my mental capacity seems way greater then when off…”

This is a mental edge for someone who would not be as confident in the championship rounds, not as alert, or focused.

The Mayo Clinic says that steroid users are prone to “roid rage,” or extremely aggressive behavior. The aggression may be in response to elevated testosterone levels, arrogance stemming from increased bulk, withdrawal symptoms or a combination of all.

Extremely aggressive behavior combined with a championship level skillset in a boxer who may not be normally as aggressive over a 12 round fight is an advantage for some fighters that they would not normally have. Fighters that suddenly last into the final rounds that would normally fade or suffer losses should be extensively tested for steroids.

Don’t let trainers tell you that steroids don’t win fights, not only do they win fights but the sense of indestructibly long after the body would normally have told a fighter to relent, to quit on the stool, to say “No Mas” , will get someone killed , if it hasn’t done so already.

The reason that PED’s are illegal are multiple, the malarkey from boxers , trainers, and  managers that steroids don’t win fights, should be criminal in itself, because it further advances the usage to athletes. We do not need a fighter somewhere telling himself that taking steroids is not a bad thing , it’s not cheating, it’s not making them a better fighter, because that is an outright lie told by all involved.

If it didn’t make you better, if it didn’t assist in several physical and mental ways, then the peddlers of this crap would have no sales pitch to help line their pockets!

 

Hook to the Liver!

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By José Sulaimán

The WBC Diamond Belt, Only for Immortals

Our sport has had, through centuries, boxing matches between the biggest heroes, but no special award had been given except, obviously, the WBC green and gold belt. Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather broke the all time pay-per-view TV record, still the highest. Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns, and so many others that are historical, but the Diamond Belt Had not been introduced yet.

All boxers in the world dream since their very beginnings to become champions of the world, and apologizing for my immodesty, to win some day the Green and Gold WBC belt. There was no established custom in the past to award champions with a belt, and they received trophies, certificates, flowers. Belts were only presented occasionally, but not from organizations. It was the BBBofC which brought a mandatory presentation of a belt - the Lonsdale belt - to champions, and so did some other national commissions of the world. I remember Muhammad Ali coming down without a belt after his first title bouts.

It was the WBC which first presented its green and gold belts in 1976, my first year as president, following the idea of my unforgettable and dear friend, Colonel Hassine Hamouda, from Tunisia, sponsored by ADIDAS. The WBC belt has had five modifications during the 37 years since its introduction with our latest, with three series showing the flags of the 165 countries affiliated to the WBC with the green belt - signaling hope and faith - and the gold signaling victory, with ceramic photos of Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali.

Here it comes to my mind when I represented the WBC for the first time in 1971 for the fight Ali- Frazier at the Garden in New York, full up to the lamps with Frank Sinatra pushing Joe Louis in his wheelchair, Jacqueline Kennedy, and so many movie and show stars. I had bought beautiful cufflinks, which I wore for the fight, one of which disappeared at my first seating in my chair. It made me be furious during the whole great fight. After the fight, which I will never forget, the other cuff link also disappeared - and I thought that Mexicans were the champions!

37 years have gone bye since the first WBC title belt was implemented, that has been won by many of the greatest champions of the history of boxing. Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Vitali Klitschko, Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Julio César Chávez, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Oscar de la Hoya, Ruben Olivares, and so many others of the close to 300 champions in the about 1,600 of WBC title fights.

Boxing has had many extraordinary champions who are all in the history of boxing with golden letters, that they wrote with their valiant hearts and fists of steel. The WBC felt that there was something missing to present as a material award to the greatest of them all. The WBC introduced the Diamond Belt that would be fought for only by the top of the elite fighters of the time. The phenomenon of modern boxing - Manny Pacquiao – and the Puerto Rican hero Miguel Angel Cotto were the first to fight for it, with Pacquiao being the first ever to conquer the highest championship honor in the WBC. The
second was the record-breaking great champion Bernard Hopkins, to be followed by the powerful Sergio Martínez, from Argentina. Floyd Mayweather, a great among greats, became the fourth ever to become a WBC Diamond Belt champion - four fighters who are top of the top of the cream.

The WBC Diamond Belt is won and kept forever by the winning champion. It is not exposed, ever. A world title can be fought for by any approved fighter. The WBC Diamond Belt is only disputed by the elite of the elite in boxing. The winners become immortals of boxing. That is the meaning of winning the Diamond Belt: immortality.

My appreciation to all my friends for reading my weekly column. God bless you all.

Pacquaio in rematch with “Jimmy Kimmel Live”!

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In a battle of pound for pound box office attractions, eight-division world champion CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO and television’s late-night comedy king JIMMY KIMMEL will go mano a mallo for the sixth time in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009. Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! This Thursday! May 24, on ABC, beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. Sold out for months, Thursday’s episode will also feature Academy Award®-winning actress Charlize Theron and a musical performance by Graffiti 6.

Kimmel, the self-proclaimed “lucky rabbit’s foot” of Pacman, has had the Filipino icon on his show before every fight for nearly three years, dating back to his successful challenge of then-WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, which also marked Pacquiao’s late night network television debut. It was on that night that Pacquiao unveiled his singing chops, belting out a rendition of the Dan Hill-penned hit ballad “Sometimes When We Touch,” a song Hill and Pacquiao later remade. The single rose to No. 7 on the Secondary Adult Contemporary Chart as measured by the Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report (FMQB), where it spent four weeks in the Top-10 last summer.

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

For Pacquiao-Bradley fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com and www.hbo.com

Drug Use in Boxing: No More Head in the Sand

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Tom Donelson
Within a period of one month, two major prize fights have been canceled due to one of the fighters testing positive for banned substances. Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz bout and Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan have been canceled and considering that these were major events that many fans were looking forward to seeing; the cancellation has left a major hole in the promotional schedule.
Steroids have already affected other sports and boxing has not escaped. Frans Botha was stripped of his IBF heavyweight title after defeating Axel Schultz in 1995 and the classic was when both Roy Jones and Richard Hall both tested positive after a light heavyweight title. In that case, no one was penalized probably because what do you do when both sides test positive?
In 2007, both Orlando Salido and Mariana Carrera both lost their titles after testing positive and Vargas tested positive after losing a bout against De La Hoya. James Toney lost his title after his bout with John Ruiz despite winning the bout in the ring when he tested positive after the fight.

Dr. Margaret Goodman who worked with the Nevada Athletic commission noted, “I tend to think that it’s a much bigger problem than we recognize. I think boxing for the most part has ignored it. And I don’t think it’s related to the positive drug tests that have been turning up lately. I think the problem with boxing is that because there is no federal oversight, commissions don’t have to test, and they don’t all have to test for the same things when they do test, so there’s no standardization. And so more often than not, fighters aren’t tested, and don’t think they don’t know it. And I think if you talk to boxers, I think steroids are readily available in many gyms all over the world.”

Goodman points out a key point, it is easy to cheat in boxing and not every state is rigid in testing or even looking for steroids and there is no real standards set for which drugs should or should not be tested.
Goodman added, “”The reason most fighters use anabolic steroids is not for the bulk It’s not the big heavyweights that are testing positive, it’s the smaller weights. And there’s always been this misperception that they’re used to put on bulk, whereas in reality they’re used by athletes so they can train more. They reduce the time they have to take off if they have a small injury. The problem is that it’s a double-edged sword, because steroid use chronically will lead to tendon injuries as well as a breakdown of the bones, making them more brittle.”

For many boxers, the ability to train longer and harder allows them an advantage in the later rounds.

In an interview last September promoter Gary Shaw proclaimed, “”I think steroids are rampant in boxing. I think it’s disgusting and unfair. I don’t know why the commissions aren’t taking more action. In baseball, it’s gone from aesthetic to the Department of Justice. You don’t think they should be investigated in boxing? We all know in boxing the problem is rampant…If I had Floyd Mayweather, I’d do the same thing…I heard Lou Dibella say the only way Ortiz could have a rematch with Berto is random drug testing…All world titles fights should be tested,” (It is prophetic that Shaw brought up Berto last fall.)
Mayweather’s demand that Pacquaio be subjected to Olympic testing since in Mayweather mind, he has been asking how does a fighter like Pacquaio increase his power as he moved up in weight? I am not saying Pacquaio is using performance enhancing drugs but certainly major fights need to include drug testing and not just championship fights.
Mayweather told a boxing writer a decade ago to a reporter that steroids are being used widespread in boxing and the idea that steroids are not involved in boxing is wishful thinking since other sports have seen their sport invaded. Boxing is the one sport where it would be easy to use performance enhancing drugs since each multiple boxing commissions within the United States and internationally having different standards. Within the United States, many states are lax in enforcing rules.
The warning signs for boxing are in and for a sport that is already losing market share and fan support, the time has come to start a serious program to find out exactly how much of problem performance enhancing drugs.

Escalera Wins and MayField Impresses!

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Tom Donelson

put his undefeated record on line against the boxer Nick Brinson and began the fight stalking. Brinson boxed and jabbed as Escalera simply chased Brinson around the ring. In the middle of the second round, Escalera showed his power as he nailed Brinson with a right hand that changed the tempo of the fight.
Escalera look like he was taking control in the third round as his heavy handed attack appeared to wear Brinson down, whose own punches were having very little effect. After a strong fourth round, Escalera entered in uncharted water as he never been beyond the fourth round against a slick boxer. Brinson boxing skills allowed him to escape throughout the fifth round and Escalera punches started to lose steam in the sixth round. At least those punches appeared to lose their steam until the last thirty seconds when Escalera strength forced Brinson into the corner where he unleashed several combinations.
Escalera trapped Brinson in the seventh round and began with body shots before head shots hurt Brinson. Brinson used his wits and guiles as he used his legs just enough to escape Escalera’s head shots. Escalera had Brinson hurt but he never went to the body after those body shots in the initial blows in the opening seconds of the seventh round. Escalera dominated the round with his power punches but the failure to add body shots allowed Brinson to survive the round.
The final round was Escalera attempting to end the fight with one punch and Brinson finding just enough space to escape the worst of the blows. The fight was scored a draw as compubox numbers showed both fighters landing the same amount of blows. Escalera throw the harder blows but Brinson threw the more accurate punches. This was a close fight but Escalera did two things wrong that cost him a chance to win. He failed to cut off the ring and this allowed Brinson to escape and throw counters. The second thing was failing to jab his way in and hit the body often and early in the opening rounds. Instead, he walked out of the ring with a draw. He is still undefeated but Brinson gave him a lesson on how to box and use the ring.
Undefeated Raymond Serrano faced undefeated Karim Mayfield in a main event. Mayfield started the fight by winging punches and at the minute and half mark, Serrano nailed the wild Mayfield with right hand perfectly timed. Mayfield was the smaller fighter with the quicker hands but Serrano the more technical skilled but Mayfield proved both elusive and awkward.
Mayfield right hand knocked Serrano down in the opening minutes of the third round and a Mayfield jab followed up with two rights nearly sent Serrano down a second time but Serrano survived those barrages. Mayfield and Serrano twice got tangled up before Serrano slipped to the ground. Mayfield heavy barrages wore Serrano out as he looked exhausted from throwing so many power punches at the end of the third round.
At the end of the fourth round, Mayfield nailed Serrano with a right that sent Serrano down one second before the bell rang. Serrano looked shaky but the referee allowed Serrano to have his one minute rest but chaos ensued in Serrano’s corner as some in the corner wanted the fight stop and Serrano’s father wanted the fight to continue. Serrano came out wobbling and one more Mayfield attack sent Serrano reeling into the corner. Referee stopped the fight after Serrano ate two more right hands and was no longer able to defend himself. Mayfield had his opponent in trouble and he did not let him go. This was an impressive victory for Mayfield and a learning experience for Serrano as he suffered is first loss.


MP8 Exclusive - Jeff Mayweather; “Changes have to come this year for drug testing”

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Keith Terceira

World class trainer Jeff Mayweather, of the famous Mayweather family, took time from his training schedule with Celestino Caballero (36-4, 23ko) as they begin preparing for the July 28th clash against Miguel Angel Garcia (28-0,24ko) in California.

Jeff has been an outspoken advocate like Floyd Mayweather has been for drug testing in the sport of Boxing and feels if it’s ever gonna change it has to be soon . When Floyd retires, the cry for testing will most likely fade away.

“We have had, two, back to back World Title fights cancelled because of cheating, it’s the perfect time for changes to occur. THis is why as far as Floyd is concerned if you want to fight him you have to test.” Mayweather explained today. ”With Andre Berto, he comes out and wants testing , accusing Ortiz of being a cheat and he tests positive, that’s just ridiculous.”

Floyd’s persistent call for testing in the event of a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao seemed like a way to dodge Manny at face value but instead has appeared to be a sage for the sport, with both Peterson and Berto failing the tests. If Floyd was to retire tomorrow both Jeff and I agreed that the trumpet call for something to be done about PED usage would fade in the background.

“Basically for Floyd it’s a personal issue, if you are gonna fight Floyd you’re gonna test. If you don’t want to fight Floyd don’t take the test. At the end of the day what it has done, is prove it’s something that boxing needs, especially at the highest level, because when a person gets to the highest level, they are willing to do anything to win. They aren’t thinking about the consequences afterwards, all they are thinking about is winning. Basically, Amir Khan was supposed to be the guy cheating, and here it is Peterson doing it, then Berto already accused Ortiz of cheating while he is the one cheating. He probably thought Ortiz did cheat, and he thought to even the playing field.”

“This is the year that changes have to take place, it has to take place now that you have back to back title fights getting cancelled. If they don’t take a stance now they are never going to take one. Floyd will retire and it will be off the front page. If they are’nt going to stop it now they will never stop it. Changes have to come this year with drug testing. One thing I can say is thanks to Floyd these two guys got caught, at the end of the day this you have to say about Floyd, he made his mark not just as a great fighter, but also as an advocate that took a stand and basically has changed the game.”

The discussion turned to Floyd’s upcoming date with a jail sentence and we asked how Floyd’s frame of mind has been in that regard.

“I talked to him and he knows he has to deal with whatever, he has to deal with, he knows. It’s one of the situations that if he had fought harder he probably could have got out of it, but the sentence has been handed down. Now he just has to man up, and I think it’s gonna be good for him. I think he needs that time to do some soul searching , not maybe about that situation, but about the people that are around him and everything.”

 

 

ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD IN ALBANY, NY SEES SENSATIONAL FRIDAY NIGHT OF BOXING

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Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returned to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York last night with a sensational ESPN Friday Night Fights card.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of Capital Region boxing fans, Philadelphia’s Raymond “Tito” Serrano and defending NABO junior welterweight champion Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield headlined in a scheduled ten round battle.

Throwing bombs with bad intentions from the opening round, Serrano and Mayfield engaged in a terrific clash that had the local fans on their feet throughout.

Towards the end of the third round Serrano was knocked down and suffered a cut on his forehead.

Valiantly fighting on against the aggressive Mayfield, Serrano opened up a cut near the title holder’s left eye in the fourth round but was knocked down for the second time as the bell rang to end the stanza.

Continuing to fight as the bell rang for the fifth round, Serrano was knocked down again from a Mayfield right hand and referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout at the time of 0:47.

The loss was the first of the 22-year-old Serrano’s career moving his record to 18-1-0 (8KO’s) while Mayfield stayed undefeated at 16-0-1 (10KO’s).

In the super middleweight co-main Jason “Monstruo” Escalera of Union City, New Jersey and Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson put on a sensational eight round war for the Times Union Center crowd.

The undefeated Escalera spent most of the fight stalking the once beaten Brinson, with vicious hooks to the body of the counterpuncher.

Escalera had Brinson badly hurt in the seventh round, but the bout continued with the Geneva, New York resident hanging on for the duration of the final round.

Scores at end of the terrific clash were 76-75 (Escalera), 76-75 (Brinson) and 76-76. Escalera’s record moved to 13-0-1 (12KO’s) while Brinson went to 9-1-2 (5KO’s).

In the ESPN Friday Night Fights opening bout, Kevin “KID” Rooney Jr. was upset by Newark’s Anthony Jones in their fast packed four round middleweight bout.

Rooney Jr. suffered a controversially called knockdown in the first but was dropped in the third, which proved to be the difference in the scores, which were 39-35 and 38-36 (twice) for Jones who improved to 2-0-1 while Rooney Jr. moved to 4-2-0 (2KO’s).

Come backing former world title challenger David Telesco of Port Chester, New York, was stopped in the fifth round of his scheduled eight round tilt against fast rising local cruiserweight prospect Vincent Miranda.

After four rounds of spirited action, Miranda dropped Telesco with a left hook to the chin halting the bout. With the win Miranda improved to
15-1-0 (9KO”s) while Telesco went to 30-8-1 (25KO’s).

In a scheduled six round welterweight bout Rochester, New York’s Kenny Abril, 12-5-1 (7KO’s) stopped popular local fighter Bryan Abraham, 6-12-2 (6KO’s) of Schenectady, New York in the fourth round, time was 2:45.

In the final bout of the evening Tony Brinson of Geneva NY and Lekan Byfield Atlanta GA both added a draw to their records moving to 2-1-1.


Failed Tests Won’t affect Boxing, like it Did Major League Baseball!

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Keith Terceira

The failed testing of boxers Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto, unfortunately won’t affect the business of boxing like it did Major League Baseball!

Boxing ,forever has been slow to reform, in any way shape or form, from the ring deaths that occurred in the early part of the twentieth century, to the contractual theft of money from boxers, or to the medical testing of fighters, it all has still been a slow dragging process that never fully gets resolved.

In the 1910′s through the 1940′s there were over 200 deaths per year in the sport of boxing, due to fighters being over-matched, poor training and management, neglectful ring officiating,  or equipment that didn’t meet today’s standards.

In many countries around the world and even in the United States of America those events that led to the deaths of fighters still take place.As do other changes that were mandated by the Mohammad Ali act, things continue to happen against the Act that officials turn a blind eye to.

In many countries fighters are still ripped off by promoters/managers/trainers to the tune of over 50% of their purses with no change in site. Fighters are still way over matched in fights not only in foreign countries but in American States,  that have poor, uncaring commissions, that understand little about the health risk to fighters, until someone dies anyway.

Even with an AIDS epidemic, several states in America do not test for the virus and don’t intend to.

Change is slow to come to boxing because it is not a team sport, it’s an individual sport that can cast the blame on the participant versus casting a spotlight on the entire team or industry. Someone like Victor Conte can distance himself from an individual that is caught, rather than several members of a team.

It’s he said , he said in boxing!

The fact that Boxing has been slow to change even in the amateur level is one reason that it has been pushed to the fringes in the eyes of the sporting community. Failure to monitor drug use, lack of medical testing let alone steroid testing has placed fighters in a higher risk department than the sport should be.

Amateur boxing has known for years that it’s scoring system and it’s favoritism in scoring has driven away fans, but no changes!

If you take a state like Arkansas that doesn’t require even the basic blood work of HIV , how do you get them to conform to steroid testing should promoters decide to move a title fight to them.

Unlike baseball that can set a rule and a players association that can assist in enforcement, mandatory testing of boxers will never happen fully.

There will always be a venue for  a suspended fighter to fight, like the WBC provided a venue in Mexico for Margarito to fight in after his suspension for a loaded glove, Oliver McCall’s venue for a fight after being suspended for an abnormal brain scan, etc etc.

If boxing can’t enforce a world wide suspension for a fighter that fails a brain scan how can it even attempt to enforce a suspension for a failed drug test. If Andre Berto and Ortiz wished this fight to still happen, their would be dozens of countries lined up to provide a venue despite to failed steroid test, even if Nevada refused licensing.

Mayweather Jr. attempt to get change in boxing is commendable, just as Jose Conseco bringing to light the steriod issue in baseball.

Unfortunately, boxing is not an organized sport even in America, the ABC can’t even enforce it’s own regulations or force commissions in Native American lands to conform to the Muhammed Ali Act, who and how will they enforce  steroid use. THey won’t instead they will allow the cry to simmer and die on the vein, like all other proposed changes to the sport, some like New Jersey and Nevada will follow new guidelines , and others won’t.

Promoters will just continue to pick and choose locations and venues for fighters that are to old, possibly can’t pass medicals, or might fail a steroid test, so to make money on their investments. Fighters will just stop trying to fight in the countries and or states that are to tough to get licensed in and the world of boxing will just roll on.

Their will always be a sanctioning body that would rather have a fee than care about drug testing and if their isn’t someone will invent one to get the cash.

Mayweather’s “Take the Test” seems spot on!

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Keith Terceira

All change in the sport of boxing, seems to come , slowly, like the pulling of an abscessed tooth.

For the longest period of time it appeared that Floyd Mayweather Jr. was using the testing for steroids as a hot button topic to distance himself from any fight with Manny Pacquiao. Instead with the failed testing of two champions Andre Berto and Lamont Peterson , Mayweather is looking like the oracle of boxing.

Manny Pacquiao has been tested a great many times, after a great many fight in the City of Sin, Las Vegas, Nevada, but perhaps it is time for Manny Pacquiao to not remain the last man standing in the VADA testing agreement and just voluntarily subject himself to testing  immediately.

It would do no harm, to Pacquiao’s crediblity as an opponent for Mayweather Jr. and may just remove an obstacle to the Mega-battle that has been waved in front of fans now for 3 years.

Manny could easily swing public sentiment his way by publicly coming out for the drug testing procedure and taking the tests prior to the Bradley fight.

I’m interested in what our readers would think about such a choice by Pacquiao or if Manny should agree to testing at all!

In several interviews with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza , I have come to the conclusion that Ariza has no fear at all about any type of testing , which to me is a measure of the coach’s confidence and professionalism.

Steroids have been a part of professional sports for 2-3 decades now, and the resulting illnesses and recent deaths of stars whom admitted to steroid use is a big reason in my opinion for testing in boxing.

Boxers already suffer with a majority of illnesses in their retirement and one’s brought on by steroid use , is in large part why I am for the testing of all athletes in all levels of sports.

Sometimes fans and the sports community need to jump to the head of the line to force change, just so we save our athletes from behavior that may on one hand earn them more cash now, but down the road lead to suffering.

Mayweather Jr. could be wrong about his split on the purse for the mega meet, but it sure seems he is spot on about drug testing boxers.

What are your thoughts.

Should Manny take the tests now?

Is Floyd’s view on testing starting to appear logical to Manny’s fans?

Tomlinson IBO Title Defense is Lights Out!

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Keith Terceira

Will Tomlinson has brought a whole new meaning to the term “Lights Out Performance” which ended his IBO super featherweight title defense against Daniel Ruiz of Mexico ended,  when, well, the lights went out in the seventh round.

Tominson  was making the first defense of the title that he won in Perth in Western Australia last November.

Will was way ahead on points when a blackout occurred in the area, and was awarded the bout and retention of his title by judges, who had consulted for about ten minutes in the darkened arena. No backup lighting was available, which left little choice, to the officials.

Solis defeats Airich in Return to Ring!

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Odlanier Solis (18-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over over world rated Konstantin Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) in an important heavyweight bout on Saturday night at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. The 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist was in control from the opening bell. He had Airich in trouble in the third when he pushed him to the ropes and landed some clean shots. Airich was dazed for a moment but hung in there and survived. After that, Solis focused on controlling the action. In the 11th and 12th Solis put on a little more pressure but couldn’t stop the dangerous Airich who just couldn’t get in the right distance to do any damage. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109.

“I felt that I had too much respect for Solis”, said a disappointed Airich after the fight. “I didn’t go in as aggressively as I could have because I know that he is an excellent counterpuncher. I just didn’t deserve to win this fight but I will be back.”

“Konstantin showed a good fight and a good chin”, states Solis. “I tried to knock him out but he can take a shot. I also know that he is a hard-hitter so I tried to stay away from him. After all I am happy that my knee is well and that I could prove that I can go the championship distance even after my long injury break. I’m back. Now I want to fight more regularly to get back in the best possible shape. I know that there are a lot of things I can still work on and improve. But I am happy that I won the fight and took the belt as I had promised.”

Promoter Ahmet Oner was not happy with the performance of his Cuban star. “We all know that Solis can do better”, says Oner. “He looked a little rusty after the long lay-off. I wanted him to send a statement to the Klitschkos. After this performance we know that there is still a way to go. Now I have to do my job and get Solis fights against good opponents so he can improve and show that he is a world champion in the making.”

Unbeaten lightweight Jerry Belmontes (16-0, 5 KOs) returned from an eleven month layoff to outpoint Ramesis Gil (7-4-5 5 KOs) over eight rounds. Belmontes outboxed Gil, who stalked him all the way. Scores were 79-72, 77-74, 78-73.

Super featherweight Oscar Tovar (5-1, 3 KOs) stopped Gilbert Cancino (1-1) in round two.

Welterweight Raul Tovar (10-5-1, 4 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over DuShaun Williams (4-10, 2 KOs).

Kessler stops Green in Four!

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Keith Terceira

Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of Allan Green (31-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday night  in Copenhagen, Denmark. Green dropped Kessler in round one but Kessler stayed out of trouble for the rest of the round. Kessler responded by rocking Green in the second and third, then finished him with a perfect left to the jaw in the fourth. Kessler’s win earned him the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title.

Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Nielsen (15-0, 8 KOs) shut out Gaetano Nespro (19-8-1, 3 KOs) over six, 60-54 on all cards.

Poland’s world ranked Mateusz Masternak improved to 27-0, 20 KO, by scoring a lop-sided victory over Hari Miles (7-5, 2 KO).

Masternak,  ranked #11 by The Ring Magazine, was much more experienced than Miles, and shook Miles with combinations throughout the fight.  The judges scored it 99-90 twice and 99-91 for Masternak.

Swedish prospect Erik Skoglund was the first bout,  won a huge decision over Argentinian Pablo Sosa over eight rounds.  Skoglund (10-0, 5 KO) won it 80-72 on all three cards.

Norwegian Simen Smaadal (2-0, 1 KO) outpointed Srdjan Mihajlovic (5-3, 4 KO) over four rounds at light heavyweight. Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.

Criticism of Internet Boxing Journalistic Integrity a Joke!

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Keith Terceira

After the recent snafu regarding whether, or not Manny Pacquiao, said or didn’t say, anti-gay remarks alot of media outlets, both from the print and internet business have displayed outrage over Granville Ampong’s error in forming his paragraph.

Frankly , I think the newspaper business should just “shut the f#$k up” and move on to their own next blunder, which they surely will.

For the better part of 30 years I have sat in press-rooms and in internet meetings both in the newspaper business and the internet boxing writers business, believe me there isn’t a clean set of hands anywhere in the bunch.

Every single one of the self-righteous sanctimonious outlets that criticize Ampong , has at one time or another made blunders that are far worse, or began their illustrious careers with some shady journalism.

Need I remind readers, that the internet did not create the Tawna Brawley, Duke Lacrosse case , or any of a thousand other mistakes that the print media has run over the last hundred years , all to sell a few extra newspapers just to line someone’s birdcage.

Granville Ampong made a mistake in the way he formed a paragraph, that everyone makes at one time or another , including myself. The real true error was when newspapers, internet outlets, and other far more experienced people , like myself jumped all over the story without fact checking it. I, at least, attempted to run both ways with it, in two different stories, other outlets didn’t even bother that.

What Granville Ampong didn’t do was, pull a Jayson Blair, a “News of the World” mess, or use the death of a 17 year old in Sanford Florida to get papers sold without a care for the truth. Ampong did not post a 5 year old picture of a pre-teen Trayvon Martin and hang George Zimmerman before the facts of the case were even collected let alone released.

Ampong made a mistake that made alot of us look like idiots, and could have apologized better, but it’s water under the bridge, and frankly in the course of world events not very relevant.

For internet writers  and newspapers to come out swinging at Granville is the pot calling the kettle black.

I have sat in the boardrooms where editors were told not to run stories because a businessman contributed way to much in ad revenue to lose, in internet chats where I was told to run with stories before they could be fact checked and fix them later.

Myself, I have been given “Scoops” that later turned my face red with embarassment, but because of the competitiveness of the internet business had little choice but to make a judgement call.Fifteen years ago, the newspapers would ignore us internet writers, promoters would refuse us ringside press passes, and then they couldn’t live without us, and now they quote us, and are attempting to push the guys that have been around forever out .

With 30 years of recordings , emails, and handwritten letters and notes, I can confirm that no man’s hands are clean when it comes to making errors , fishing for clicks , or newspaper sales with shoddy journalism.

Many a website out there, in the top 10% of the boxing business, started out with sloppy journalism, bootlegged videos, and plagiarized AP reports, so don’t let these companies suddenly lead you to believe, that they operate with a clean slate just because they suddenly appear to legit to quit.

I’m not a journalist, never professed to be, unlike others, I’m a hack writer, historian, and trainer that loves boxing, who has been around long enough to know enough people in the industry to get a bit of news. The desire to belong to any association of writers that dictate my freedom to express my feelings about the sport, the way and style I desire, has never been a goal because frankly an award from them and a dollar won’t buy a cup of coffee,  an unlike the young writers who desire to springboard into the better paying world of print media, I’ve already been there, done that, and frankly, don’t wish to return to the antiquated form of media.

After 15 years of fancy words, proper grammar and composition, I learned that its  great for students and teachers, but the more complex the style the less accurate the translation when you are writing for a global market that needs to translate to another language and for readers who may have a lot less education than the average American reader. It was a hard learned lesson that continues to get me comments from English teacher that my style is very high school.

In thirty years I have been plagiarized by the best in the business, and unlike others, I’m pretty proud of it. It still brings a smile to my face when another outlet uses my words almost verbatim to get a story out without credit.

Granville, you made an error , just like so many others, time to move on, let the haters hate, perhaps stop writing with such a complex style!

The newspaper industry was the one that created the journalistic approach that “all press is good press”, so enjoy the clicks from the haters!

Topsy-Turvey World of Boxing!

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Keith Terceira

Where to start!

For the better part of four years,  Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been accusing Manny Pacquiao of steroid use, which of course resulted in the pending lawsuit that Pacquiao filed against Team Mayweather.

Those accusations pointed fingers at Alex Ariza and spilled over to include Ariza coached fighters, like Amir Khan.

Unfortunately, it seems while people were looking in one direction and listening to the diatribe from convicted dopers like Victor Conte, fighters that you would least expect (Peterson and Berto) have failed VADA drug tests.

Why it comes as a shock that a fighter involved with Conte would fail a test, well that’s the topsy-turvy   world of professional boxing.

We have fighters that are banned in the USA being allowed to fight in other countries and no one batting an eye, but when Haye and Chisora, two fighters of perfect health, but perhaps, a little off tract in the brain pan, deciding to mix it up , the BBBC and WBC, want to stop it.

It’s not in their best interest I guess to allow a perfectly good match-up to happen, but turn a blind eye when guys like Margarito fought in Mexico while under suspension for loading a glove.

Besides boxers getting brain scans it’s time that heads of sanctioning bodies are mandated to get one as well, you can start with the aged Jose Sulaiman, who this week threatened to banish Luxembourg if the Haye/Chisora fight occurred. Someone needs to tell Jose that the WBC doesn’t make any money in Luxemborg, so his threat like his opinion about domestic violence, is irrelevant.

Where was good ole Sulaiman and the WBC, when Oliver McCall was allowed to fight in Germany this past week against   Francesco Pianeta?

McCall is currently on the U.S. national suspension list for an abnormal scan of the brain, and the WBC turned a blind eye, because fights in Germany give a great deal of fees to the WBC. We are not talking about a fighter with a big mouth and bad behavior, we are talking about a honest health concern that the WBC, BBBC, and every other body assigned to protect the sport and its combatants should have jumped on.

Instead they all reminded us, that sanctioning bodies, and many commissions, are all about the fees and not about the fighter, so why do fighters pay the fees, I think it’s time to stop and let fans decide who the champions are.

We wish Nick Casal a speedy recovery from wounds inflicted by an attacker when Casal went to the home of his exgirlfriend’s exboyfriend’s home to pick her up, at 5-6am in the morning.

Nick , some things are just not worth getting out of bed that early for!

Even Nick’s father was quoted as saying;  “It was an emotional weekend for me and my family. I hope Nick learns from this.”

Nick Casal is one tough man, not only in the ring, but he survived and walked away from a brutal beating with a golf club that deposited over 300 staples and stitches. Get well soon warrior!

Ciao!

 

Victor Conte Client , Andre Berto tests positive for Steroids!

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Keith Terceira

Andre Berto has failed  his random drug tests that were issued by VADA [Voluntary Anti Drug Association]. Berto’s A and B samples were confirmed to have had traces of nandrolone.

Berto is preparing for a welterweight rematch with Victor Ortiz on June 23rd at Staples Center in Los Angeles California.

Both fighters have agreed and have taken part in a random drug testing. No word yet on the status of Berto being able to obtain a license under the California State Athletic Commission.

Berto’s strength and conditioning coach the infamous Victor Conte has already come out to say that Berto took supplements that Conte didn’t approve, thus doing damage control to his already lacking reputation.

Victor Ortiz’s manager has stated to Boxingscene.com  Article

“Andre Berto has allegedly tested positive for steroids,”Rolando Arellano declared “If this is proven to be true, what a shame, especially because his team pointed fingers at us with the innuendo that we did steroids.  They even hired Victor Conte, who has been convicted of distribution of steroids and has shown how the system can be circumvented.  I’m still waiting for all the facts to make a conclusive statement, but again, if it’s true, a banned substance is a banned substance.”

WBC to stop dealing with …….. Luxembourg…LOL!

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Keith Terceira

The following is a quote from my esteemed colleague William McKay;

“ In a show of force, the World Boxing Council is saying that they will cut ties with the Luxembourg Boxing Federation if the July 14th mega fight between Dereck Chisora and David Haye takes place. The WBC is apparently backing the British Boxing Board of Control on this matter.”

I am so sorry, that I could not stop laughing at “this show of force” even though the WBO and WBA has already sanctioned the event.

Several seconds of my life were acqually wasted trying to remember if I had ever heard of a boxing match in..wait for it…wait for it..  Luxembourg.

Another several seconds after the laughter faded were wasted attempting to remember a WBC sponsored event in …wait for it…wait for it.. Luxembourg!

I honestly went to boxrec.com and located a single event in the country this year , two fights a 4 and 6 rounder , no fights at all last year, and two events in 2010. Of the three located fight cards I found a single ten round bout, not exactly a prime WBC location.

We probably spent more time writing this piece than the WBC did in …Wait for it..wait for it..Luxembourg.

Oh the supreme sacrifice of revenue,  that Suleiman and the WBC ,has made in this token sponsorship of the BBBC.

Just think of the hundreds of title fights no longer to take place , all the Green belts wasted, and all the die hard fans that will be neglected in …wait for it…wait for it…Luxembourg.

THank you Mr. Suleiman for making me laugh again today!

Op-Ed; Sanctimoniousness prevails with Pacquiao website comments!

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Keith Terceira

It always amazes me when the topic of same sex marriages occurs that every nut in the tree, gets an opinion about the great sanctity of marriage in America.

Unforgivably, half, if not more, of the people sitting in churches around the country shelled out vast sums of cash to a divorce lawyer at one time or another.

Marriage in America is sacred only if we are discussing it about the gay community , other than that in this country it’s a fifty - fifty proposition, with a fifty percent chance it’s gonna last about as long as Amir Khan’s title hold did…

I think our founding fathers were quite accurate, when they decided to separate church and state in our constitution, because honestly there are some real loons out there, who out of one side of their mouths condemn the behaviors of the Gay community, and out the other, are committing sins daily, and telling how terrible their christian spouses are to a  divorce judge, only to remarry the following year or week.

Which is itself   against the bible teachings they profess to know.

My opinion is, if you wish to marry the one you love, go right ahead, as long as they are human and of legal age, lawyers need the work, and if the gay community does as well as the christian community has, about half of your marriages will fail, miserably.

Marriage is sacred , but it’s not sacred enough I guess, unless you are taking  the option from someone else, who happens not to fit in your little box or disagrees with your scriptures.

Can’t seem to find, a place in the bible that tells me God himself invented marriage, I see alot of people with more than one wife, thankfully that got changed. One at a time is plenty for me!

Adam and Eve weren’t married by God just created, as was Adam and Steve , Ellen and  Eve, if you believe the word of the Lord…God created all things, even the love and birth of two people of the same sex. Unless in your teachings you believe God makes mistakes.

I say, God created the Gay communities of the world to drive the sanctimonious, self righteous,  and fanatical crazy. He created them to remind them that God makes no mistakes, that they are to love thy neighbor, and leave the judging to him that is qualified to judge.

Remember, all you Christian brethren just how sacred your marriage is when you beat the path to divorce court. Your children may thank you!

I say the economy can use a boost, cities can use the fee’s for licenses, and lawyers spend cash, so let them marry and divorce, so I can have my kids become lawyers and live well in life…

Of course this is just my opinion and Manny has his, by the way , I always wanted to use sanctimoniousness in an article, thank you for the chance!

 

The Legacy of Mayweather and Pacquiao could be Better!

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Keith Terceira

The great English poet John Milton (1608-74) apply wrote in regards to his blindness

“Either man’s work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o’er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

One could easily tranfer Milton’s thoughts to the wait the boxing community endures while Mayweather and Pacquiao haggle over money and position in negotiations for a mega-fight that is slowly becoming a mega- disaster. It is hard to fathom that as these two warriors age that they will be able to live up to the expectations of fans when and if they do ever meet.

In the history of boxing the money was always more important than the “O” after a man’s record and only Marciano ever truly retired as a champion with the O intact . Even boxing historians now have to admit the famous undefeated record of Rocky Marciano was hand crafted by a large extent. The famous Canadian heavyweight Earl Walls walked away from boxing rather than continue to wait for a shot at Marciano, whose management made sure that all the contenders fought off for a shot at him until just when the moment was right in favor of Marciano , the management team picked the most advantageous opponent. Most often it was a smaller man like Archie Moore or Ezzard Charles. Both Charles and Moore were at their best between middleweight and light heavyweight.

Mayweather has slowly fallen from the grace of some boxing fans like myself, when he changed his persona from “Pretty Boy” the fighter that wished to fight anyone , anywhere, to “Money” , where he now fights all about the …well you get the picture.

While Mayweather fights all about the dough ray me, his strangle hold on the big O is slowly becoming more in the vein of Marciano’s hold on it, a manufactured meaningless number backed by hand picked opponents less skilled, less experienced , or longer in the tooth than the champion.

Now Manny Pacquiao has reached the point where his bouts are beginning to appear in the same distinct realm of Mayweather’s, as both fighters continue to circle the wagons to protect the legacy , all the while waiting for the shot at the “BIG EVENT”.

It’s a waiting game for boxing fans, some like myself resent being fed the crumbs of  Mosley, Marquez III, Mayweather-Cotto, and Bradley-Pacquaio, paying PPV bills while the two fighters maneuver for accounting superiority.

Fighters like Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Canelo Alvarez are quietly making their own “O-fer” numbers with Julio overtaking Mayweather by a couple of fights in fact.

There are times when I long for the days of Harry Greb, Mickey Walker, and Archie Moore, days when promoters promoted and fighters fought. If the title was there you fought for it and got what you could for it. PPV may have put more money in the pockets of fighters and promoters but it sure has destroyed boxing for the fans.

Now the advent of Boxers promoting themselves has made issues like Mayweather- Pacquiao a more disturbing reality, no successful boxer in the world ever thought himself less or equally  deserving than his   opponent and it continues with Floyd Mayweather.

Perhaps, with Pacquiao’s and Floyd new respect for the LGBT Community they will come to a 40 - 40 agreement with 20% going to LGBT awareness… Probably not but I couldn’t resist.

I would much prefer that the two fought for a 40-40 split, with 20% going to assist all the fighters, that have retired before them , remember the guys that bled for alot less money , were ripped off by shady or criminal promoters, that suffered injury upon injury fighting once a month or more, creating a sport that  HBO and Showtime could rule  and make mega-millions, and so Mayweather and Pacquiao could as well.

If Pacquiao and Mayweather wish to do something truly great for the sport of boxing, if Mayweather wishes to truly “Clean-up” the sport, how about cleaning up the long forgotten mess of retired boxer’s getting nothing for your chance to make mega millions, every other professional sport has already moved in that direction for their founders.

I know that Mayweather and Pacquiao will say that they created their fading legacies, they did not, fighters that fought, suffered, and forced the advent of the Muhammad Ali Act, Commission oversight, and Federal Rules and Regulation, they laid the groundwork for Mayweather-Pacquiao millions. The world of boxing would be a much different place without their sacrifice.

Had Floyd Mayweather Jr. attempted to force drug testing during the 1920′s-1950′s he would have faced swimming with the fishes in the Hudson River or Lake Michigan. The mysterious lives and  deaths of fighters like  Sonny Liston paved the way.

Mayweather and Pacquiao would have fought for guys like Frankie Carbo 75 years ago!

The boxers that suffered under the contracts of  promoters like Frankie Carbo, Ettore “Eddie” Coco, James “Jimmy Doyle” Plumeri, Frank “Blinky” Palermo, Harry “Champ” Segal and Felix Bocchicchio, or “The Combination” as they were called in the 1940′s onward. Budd Schulberg had this to say about them in 2002.

“…Frankie Carbo, the mob’s unofficial commissioner for boxing, controlled a lot of the welters and middles…. Not every fight was fixed, of course, but from time to time Carbo and his lieutenants, like Blinky Palermo in Philadelphia, would put the fix in. When the Kid Gavilan-Johnny Saxton fight was won by Saxton on a decision in Philadelphia in 1954, I was covering it for Sports Illustrated and wrote a piece at that time saying boxing was a dirty business and must be cleaned up now. It was an open secret. All the press knew that one - and other fights - were fixed. Gavilan was a mob-controlled fighter, too, and when he fought Billy Graham it was clear Graham had been robbed of the title. The decision would be bought. If it was close, the judges would shade it the way they had been told.”

All those before these two have made it possible for these big fights to occur and they are forgotten. One-eyed fighters like Harry Greb, punch drunk and ill fighters like Jimmy Young, who would have died , forgotten and alone without the intervention of the RBF, and minority fighters like Earl Walls ,Sam Langford , and Sammy McVea that kept the sport alive, in the minority community, without a title shot,  for a better tomorrow that is yet to appear for 99% of fighters.

The two greatest champions of our generation, may one day stand in the ring as opponents, but in their shadows, in the ghostly bloodied past  that is boxing history,  beside them will stand the specters of fighters forgotten, a long line of red and blue corners, all bathed in bloody crimson, shed for your chance to bicker over millions.

They will stand waiting for the day, when they will not be honored with words and museums, but concrete pensions and healthcare, by the ones they created these opportunities for.

Mayweather and Pacquiao have fought for their record, but the fighters before them fought for these two legends to make the money they will receive!

Someday, someone with courage will stand up, as Mayweather Jr. has stood for drug testing, and say “There but for the grace of God, go I” and do something for retired Boxers.

I pray daily,  it’s sooner rather than later, as we lose our greats to poverty, illness, and age!

A Closer look at Manny Pacquiao’s Opinion

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Edgar Solorzano

The world we live in today is quite interesting and complicated. There are around 193-countries in this blue planet covered in red with the violence occurring around the world. Most Americans do not get to witness this with their own eyes, unless they are brave soldiers serving our nation. The human population is a little over 6.5 billion, and every single person has a different point of view. A brave person may not look so brave in a continent like Africa, and the nicest Christian will most likely disagree with another religious human-being in India.
Not too long ago, Manny Pacquiao was miss-quoted by a writer from examiner.com. The writer made Pacquiao look like a fool, writing things that Pacquiao never said. The article brought a lot of negative attention, and spread rapidly around the web. Making a lot of people angry at the Filipino super-star.
“I’m not against the gay people,” Pacquiao stressed. “What I said is I’m not in favor of same-sex marriage.” Contacted by the Journal, Pacquiao spokesman Fred Sternberg.
Manny Pacquiao disagrees with the idea of having gay marriage, since he is a strong Catholic. He is not against gay people; Pacquiao is just stating his opinion. For many people that do not know what an opinion is, an opinion is a thought that’s based on one’s view of the world. Of course, there are going to be people that choose to agree or disagree. It is just quite difficult to understand when trying to listen to one’s view of the world from a person that was not raised near your continent.
Pacquiao was raised in a different country, a different world. The majority of the people in the Philippines are strong Catholics and raise their kids to be respectful. An opinion will always be words from another dimension that people will not seem to understand. You can’t force a person to change their religious views; that will just put you on Pacquiao’s shoes. Pacquiao is not Americanized, and people do not seem to realize that for a strange reason.
Pacquiao did apologize for something he did not say. Shows the type of person he is. If he was against gays he would have just ignored everything and try to move on without an apology.
“What I said is a reporter asked me about gay marriage …. I am against gay marriage, but I’m not condemning gays, I have family — a cousin — who’s gay, and friends too. I’m just against gay marriage. I don’t even want to talk about the issue, but I was asked about it, so I gave my opinion.” Pacquiao said. “I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m not condemning you. My favorite verse is ‘Love one another as you love yourself. Love your neighbor.’ So I love everybody!”
Politics, religion, and marriage will always bring negative attention. The writer did a poor job asking a question that has nothing to do with trading punches in the ring. Show’s how professional a writer can be, as a writer I could the same thing for attention, however; I rather not be a fool.
There is a reason why great sources like ESPN do not ask Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, or Tiger Woods about gay marriage at a press conference. Those are opinions that only bring negative attention, either way; one side of the crowd will disagree. There are athletes that are religious, like Tim Tebow. Manny Pacquiao is not the only religious athlete.
Religion or anything that leads to religion…should not be brought up in a sports interview. That is something writers and reporters should understand. At least if a writer is going to ask for an athlete’s opinion, write the right information and words that came out of the athletes mouth.
Remember, there are about 193-countries, and they all have been raised differently. Some people are religious, and others choose not to. Some kill for fun, and others kill for freedom. There are gay people, and there are straight people. A smart religious man can respect another man’s beliefs, but disagree. That does not make him ignorant. Respect is a very strong word, and that is what Pacquiao is doing. He disagrees, but he is doing it in a respectful way. He is not attacking the gay community, calling them names or taking it to another level.
Kobe Bryant was once fined $100,000 for using Anti-Gay Slur when playing the San Antonio Spurs, he called a referee a “F***ing F***ot.” He stated that he was frustrated. He later kind of did an apology and stressed, “What I said last night should not be taken literally.”

If that would’ve been Manny Pacquiao, the world would have been on fire by now. People would had bash Pacquiao and call him all types of names.
Pacquiao’s apology was respectful, and he didn’t have to apologize for something he did not say. It shows how Pacquiao values respect.

 

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