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Boxing’s 10 Most Powerful: Mayweather, Pacquiao, and the rest of the sport’s fighting shot-callers

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By Scott Christ

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao continue to lead the way for truly powerful fighters in the sport, but they aren’t the only boxers with plenty of leverage.

Power and sway in boxing, from a fighter’s perspective, can come from a lot of things.

Popularity and notoriety are key — if a fighter isn’t well-known, they can’t be particularly powerful, and can’t really call many shots. The right connections, be it a promoter, a manager, or an Al Haymon, or even just a network and/or sanctioning body backing your play consistently, also play a major role.

Credibility can matter, though it doesn’t have to be there. Being the most attractive and desirable option in your weight class, not to mention the one below and the one above, can single-handed make you a powerful fighter, judging on the curve.

Some fighters have to take anything they can get. Some fighters jump for joy just getting a single serious opportunity. Other fighters, though, have it a little easier, either because they’ve earned it by paying their dues, or because they’re somebody’s chosen one.

Just for kicks, here are my picks for the current ten most powerful fighters in the world of professional boxing. But first, some honorable (in some cases) mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Not too long ago, Amir Khan would have been on this list, without question. With fame on both sides of the Atlantic, a power promoter, the world’s most famous fight trainer, and heavy backing from HBO, Khan wasn’t quite a superstar, but he had a lot of pull. He could, generally speaking, get fights on his terms. After two straight losses, it’s rehab time. He’s stepping back to facing a lightweight prospect in his next fight, has hired a new trainer in Virgil Hunter, and his HBO deal has expired. Like in the ring, Khan has most of the tools to be a star. Between the bells, his chin and recklessness let him down. Outside of the squared circle, his personality rubs people the wrong way too often, and I don’t think that helps him come out of rough patches easily. He’s someone who needs to win to maintain his stroke.

 

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Pacquiao-Marquez doesn’t seem to carry weight it used to

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The Fight Scene by John Whisler

Their first three fights have been classics, bouts so excruciatingly close they could have gone either way.

Thirty-six rounds so competitive they were difficult to score. Not to mention exciting and dramatic, too.

But I don’t really care to see Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez meet for a fourth time.

I have little interest in a re-, re-, rematch, particularly with a pay-per-view price tag of $59.95.

But Pacquiao-Marquez IV on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas is the fight promoter Bob Arum gave us after deciding Timothy Bradley wasn’t a big enough attraction to warrant a second fight with Pacquiao, even though he won a hotly disputed decision the first time.

That’s the fight I’d much rather see. But I understand — it’s business.

Arum looked at the numbers following Pacquiao’s controversial loss to Bradley in June that generated 850,000 PPV buys and compared it to the figures from Pacquiao-Marquez III.

It was a big difference: The latter fight drew 1.3 million paying customers.

There are other reasons Arum chose a third rematch for Pacquiao and Marquez.

It’s the fight Pacquiao apparently preferred.

“I already beat Bradley,” Pacquiao said. “Everyone knows it. I just didn’t get my hand raised.”

After the ridiculous decision rendered in Pacquiao-Bradley, conspiracy theorists suggested the outcome was fixed just so there could be another big-money rematch.

“That avoids those problems with all those morons,” Arum said.

The numbers clearly favor a fourth Pacquiao-Marquez fight, but you have to wonder about fans adopting the “been there, done that” attitude, shrugging and simply deciding to do something else on an early December night.

That’s pretty close to Christmas. Fans might be a little reluctant to dole out more of their hard-earned money for a fight they feel like they’ve already seen not once but three times.

All three fights have been remarkably similar. Good, action-packed and close. But all the same.

Who’s to say No. 4 will be any different?

Marquez got up from three first-round knockdowns in their first fight in 2004 at 125 pounds to earn a draw. Pacquiao won a split decision in 2008 at 130 and a majority decision last November at 144.

Marquez and many fans believe he won at all three of those fights. So there’s a feeling the judges likely will subconsciously attempt to even the score and favor Marquez in this one, which will be contested at 147.

That’s the reason Pacquiao has been suggesting during the promotional tour that he wants to knock out Marquez this time in order to take matters out of the judges’ hands.

Marquez, too, is saying he wants a knockout to remove any doubt.

But Pacquiao at 33 clearly isn’t the fighter he once was and hasn’t had a knockout in nearly three years. Marquez, 39, possesses a counterpunching style that gives Pacquiao fits, but it’s a style that likely won’t produce a KO, either. Particularly against a fighter as talented as Pacquiao.

So likely what we’ll see is a repeat of Pacquiao-Marquez I, II and III.

A good, close fight. But one I’ve seen before and don’t really need to see again.

 

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/article/Pacquiao-Marquez-doesn-t-seem-to-carry-weight-it-3905820.php

 

Pacquiao-Marquez 4: What if this fight doesn’t settle the rivalry?

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By Chris Williams

Supposedly the upcoming fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th is supposed to settle the controversy surrounding the previous fights between the two fighters. I don’t know why but this one fight on December 8th is supposed to settle who is and has been the better fighter during all this time.

But what if this fight is just as controversial as the other three? Will boxing fans have to sit through a 5th fight between them to find out? I have a feeling that’s the direction we’re heading in because Pacquiao isn’t going to dominate anyway and the only way he’ll win this fight will be like the last two times he fought Marquez where he was given controversial decision wins.

Pacquiao obviously would like nothing better than to KO to Marquez so that we don’t have the risk of three judges scoring a fight that runs counter to what actually transpired in the ring, but that’s probably not going to happen and I’m surprised that Pacquiao has been wasting his breath talking about it. Marquez, 39, has never been knocked out before and if a prime Pacquiao couldn’t do it in 2004, then it’s simply not possible right now. I think be possible if Pacquiao continues to fight Marquez until both of them are using walkers and canes to move around the ring. Yes, maybe Pacquiao can stop Marquez when he’s in his 70s and is feeble, but not now. It’s not going to happen.

Marquez’s counter punching is going to negate everything that Pacquiao does in this fight on December 8th, and he’s going to end up looking bad like he did in all three previous fights where Marquez countered every move that he made. This fight won’t be any different, because Marquez knows Pacquiao’s style too well and he seems to really like fighting this guy. If you were to make the perfect fighter for Marquez do well again it would come out to another Pacquiao, because he’s really got this guys number. However, I don’t see this fight settling the rivalry one bit. If the judges give it to Pacquiao, it’ll almost certainly be another duplicate of the three previous fights where Marquez dominates but Pacquiao, he more popular fighter overall in terms of fans, gets either a decision or a draw. And if Pacquiao loses the fight, we’ll probably see him saying he really won the fight.

Look at Pacquiao’s comments about his loss to Bradley. Pacquiao said to Yahoo Sports News: “I already beat Bradley. Everyone knows it. I just didn’t get my hand raised.” You think it would be any different if Pacquiao lost to Marquez? I don’t. I think Pacquiao would just parrot what his diehard fans are saying by claiming he should have won the fight. Then we’d likely see Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum lining Pacquiao and Marquez back up for a 5th fight.

Besides the controversy bit, there won’t be much proved even if one of these guys loses the fight convincingly. Pacquiao and Marquez are both getting old, and there’s a point now where you’re really not settling anything. When two guys are way up there in age you’re only showing who the better fighter is at that age than who the better fighter was during their primes. It’s like watching Sugar Ray Leonard get easily beaten by Hector “Macho” Camacho when Leonard was way past his prime. The win for Camacho didn’t prove he was a better fighter than Leonard. He only proved he was better than an old and past his prime Leonard, whose reflexes were shot.

 

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http://www.boxingnews24.com/2012/09/pacquiao-marquez-4-what-if-this-fight-doesnt-settle-the-rivalry/

 

Why Manny Pacquiao Should Be Fighting Sergio Martinez, Not Juan Manuel Marquez

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By Steve Silverman

nother fight against Juan Manuel Marquez?

What’s the point?

Manny Pacquiao and Marquez have already met three times and Pacquiao has a 2-0-1 record in those games.

What is the need for a fourth fight?

Yes, Pacquiao and Marquez have put on good boxing shows, and there are many who believe the record in the three fights should be 1-1-1.

But there is another good fight out there for Pacquiao—besides the unlikely matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A matchup with Sergio Martinez would sit well with boxing fans.

Pacquiao would have to move up in weight to make this fight and he would have to fight at 150 pounds, at least. He might even have to come up to 152 pounds.

At this point in his career, that is somewhat uncomfortable for Pacquiao. In his last fight against Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao fought at 147 pounds. That’s the heaviest Pacquiao has fought at in his career.

Pacquiao got in the ring against a 150-pound fighter once in his career, and that was his 2010 bout against Antonio Margarito. Pacquiao took a one-sided decision in that fight. He would need to put on 3-to-5 pounds from his Bradley fighting weight if he wanted to get in the ring against Martinez.

Martinez is a hard-punching 37-year-old fighter who just defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He dominated much of the fight, but had to hold on in the final round after Chavez knocked him down.

Martinez fought Chavez at 158 pounds. That’s far too much for Pacquiao.

There would have to be compromise on both parts. Chavez would have to drop six pounds and Pacquiao would have to put on at least three pounds.

This would give boxing fans a fresh fight that they could grasp rather than a fourth fight with Marquez, which is scheduled for Dec. 8.

There will be action in that bout, but boxing fans want something new to chew on.

 

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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1352962-why-manny-pacquiao-should-be-fighting-sergio-martinez-not-juan-manuel-marquez

 

Buboy Fernandez: Pacquiao will beat Marquez this time

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By Chris Williams

Manny Pacquiao’s helper person Buboy Fernandez sees Pacquiao finally beating Juan Manuel Marquez this time when they fight on December 8th in what will be their fourth fight together and hopefully their last.

Fernandez is helping Pacquiao get ready in the early stages of training camp doing odd jobs like holding the mitts while Pacquiao pounds and giving advice.

Fernandez said to the Manila Bulletin “We’ll get him [Marquez] this time.”

What I wonder understand is why things will be different this time compared to the last three occasions that Pacquiao fought Marquez. If it isn’t worked in the past for the Filipino then how on earth can it be different now? Is it because Marquez is 39 now? Marquez doesn’t see himself as being physically 39, saying “There is a biological age and chronological [age].”

In other words, Marquez isn’t his chronological age in terms of his biology. That would help explain why Marquez looked and fought like the younger fighter last November in Las Vegas in yet another fight where Marquez lost but appeared to win.

What I want to know is what specifically makes Buboy believe that Paquiao will beat Pacquiao this time? Boboy was talking about wanting to make sure that Marquez doesn’t step on Pacquiao’s feet on December 8th, as Buboy sees this as a real problem area. But is that all there is? I don’t think that’s enough for Pacquiao to beat Marquez simply because he’s not having his feet stepped on. That’s not why Pacquiao struggled against Marquez last November. Those were Marquez’s gloves that were hitting Pacquiao in the head and body, not his feet.

This probably won’t be the last time that Pacquiao and Marquez fight. If the bouts makes a ton of money on pay per view, believe me we’re going to see Pacquiao and Marquez fighting in 2013. The excuses for the rematches will change naturally but the rematches will likely continue until the money drops off.

 

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http://www.boxingnews24.com/2012/09/buboy-fernandez-pacquiao-will-beat-marquez-this-time/

 

Paulie Malignaggi: Canelo Alvarez is ready for Miguel Cotto, not Floyd Mayweather

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Paulie Malignaggi, who served as a ringside analyst for Showtime during Canelo Alvarez’s last fight, says the young Mexican superstar is ready for Miguel Cotto, but not for Floyd Mayweather.

On Canelo Alvarez:

“Canelo is impressive each and every time out, for different reasons. Mainly, because he’s an improving fighter. Every time he comes out, he shows me something different. I’d like to see him improve on his defense. Josesito was still able to land punches, even if he wasn’t hurting Canelo, but offensively, (Canelo) was just incredible. The varied attack, the fact that he punches from several different angles, the upstairs-downstairs. He’s just as lethal to the body as he is to the head, which is incredible, and he can punch with both hands. I was impressed.”

On Canelo against Floyd Mayweather or Miguel Cotto:

“I don’t think Canelo’s ready for Mayweather, but I would be curious to see him with Cotto, because neither guy is shy about getting in the trenches. Both guys love to go to the body. Both guys have seen that defensively they’re a little bit flawed, and they’re hittable. I think it’s a Fight of the Year candidate. I think it really, really has potential to be explosive, but let’s see what Cotto does with Austin Trout first. Trout is going into harsh territory. Fighting Cotto in the Garden is tough. But if Cotto comes through Austin Trout, I’d be curious to see how Cotto-Canelo turns out. I think that’s got a lot of potential.”

On Malignaggi’s own next fight, against Pablo Cesar Cano:

“Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center on October 20th in Brooklyn, I’m very excited about it. It’s gonna be a special night, and I’m preparing very hard to impress my fans and friends and family. … Too many (have asked me for tickets), man. Too many. I think I’m shuttin’ my phone off before October.”

 

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http://www.badlefthook.com/2012/9/30/3431672/paulie-malignaggi-interview-canelo-ready-cotto-not-mayweather-boxing-news

 

Martinez may rehab knee injury

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By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, originally scheduled to undergo right knee surgery to repair a tear suffered during his unanimous decision victory against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, might just need rehabilitation instead, adviser Sampson Lewkowicz told ESPN.com on Thursday.

Martinez, 37, of Argentina, was originally scheduled to have the procedure on Wednesday in Spain, where he lived for several years and still visits regularly. However, Lewkowicz said Martinez’s doctor wanted to do additional tests to see if surgery was necessary.

Martinez injured the knee when Chavez, who was way behind on all three scorecards, knocked him down with 90 seconds left in the 12th and final round. That led to an epic finish as Martinez made it to his feet and, instead of grabbing or trying to avoid contact, traded toe-to-toe with Chavez for the rest of the fight.

“They did MRI on Monday and the doctor that takes care of Sergio told him he needs another test or another MRI so he can decide if he needs the operation or if he can just go through treatment and rehabilitation,” Lewkowicz said. “Rehab without surgery is a possibility. They will make that decision next week when they get the results of the test.”

Martinez also is nursing a fractured left hand and needed five stitches to close a cut over his eye and two staples in his scalp to close a deep gash.

Despite the injuries, Lewkowicz said Martinez is enjoying his time in Spain, where he is visiting friends. In late October, Martinez will return to Argentina, where Lewkowicz said he has been invited to meet the country’s president.

Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) is expected to return to the ring “sometime in May,” Lewkowicz said. There’s a good chance he will meet Chavez in an eventual rematch, but the timing is up in the air because Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) faces a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testing positive for marijuana after the fight.

Lewkowicz also said it was possible that Martinez could fight a homecoming match in Argentina, where he said the government is interested in getting involved. If Martinez fights in Argentina, Lewkowicz said the bout would take place in April.

With Martinez winning a significant fight against Chavez and super middleweight champion Andre Ward scoring a 10th-round knockout of light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, who came down in weight, one week earlier, some have suggested that Martinez move up in weight to challenge Ward. It’s a natural fight because they are separated only by division and rank close to each other on most pound-for-pound top-5 lists.

However, Lewkowicz said Ward is not in their plans.

“Andre Ward is too big for Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez and I won’t allow it to happen,” Lewkowicz said. “Martinez is too small. He’s always been a small middleweight. He can still fight at junior middleweight. He weighed 159 for Chavez. He’s been 158, 157 for fights. He eats on the day of the weigh-in, so how can I put him at 168? I won’t do that.”

 

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http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8433816/middleweight-champ-sergio-martinez-able-rehab-kniee-injury-suffered-julio-cesar-chavez-jr-fight

 

Sergio Martinez Welcomed Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Humility

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by Clifton Bullock

“If you’re going to crown their asses, then crown’em! We let ‘em off the hook!”

Sergio Martinez felt that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was being crowned as boxing royalty before earning his crown.

Cocky at best, like a rooster on ecstasy, stood the Oscar De La Hoya of his time. Too pretty and too much money to lose was Chavez Jr. The Golden Boy he was. But…

Just as cocky, Martinez like a gas tank with a 1/4 left of fuel, the 3rd pound for pound fighter in the world with bouts against some of the middleweight’s premier fighters found the christening a little premature.

History has proven that the battles of men were rarely fought amongst the “haves” and the “have also”. It was the “haves” that oppressed the “have- not”.

Martinez felt that he was not given his due credit of what he has done to win and what he was willing to do not to lose. He also knew how to lose. He felt that Chavez Jr. was living with a “silver spoon mentality”.

Humble beginnings teach us that those who eat with a silver spoon forget but those who eat with a long handled, tarnished spoon never want to forget.

The struggle to get the destination is more endearing then the birth right that was given a generation earlier.

It’s the natural law of Republican versus Democrat. A law that says, “If you don’t have it and you want it, go get it.” Or “if you have it and you worked only while you have it to make it then you don’t deserve it.” With the name of Chavez in Mexico and the monetary endorsements of juggernauts like Nike, Tecate and Herdez; what money has put together, let no poor man put asunder or at least until the bell rang.

Then the two stories meet and become one song, the “have” and “have-not” sings the songs that National Anthems bleed for. They sing of Independence. In the ring, the story will tell the truth. Until the fight is over the fight is never won.

Even if the numbers add up, until the numbers on the clock are no more, the fight is still there. The crown may have been given early but in the 12th round when there is nothing left but to give all that you’ve got, you now understand the thinking of your opponent and that’s when the knock out is at the cusp.

Sometimes losing in life is needed to make you humble but being humble makes you better. Being humble is a description but humility is a way of life. Welcome to humility Cesar Chavez Jr. Now go out and earn your crown.

 

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http://myboxing.com/2012/09/29/sergio-martinez-welcomes-julio-cesar-chavez-jr-to-humility/

 

Gamboa could fight on Pacquiao-Marquez 4 undercard on December 8th

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By Michael Collins

Former IBF/WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO’s) could wind up on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4 fight on December 8th, according to Steve Kim. Gamboa hasn’t fought since last year in September in beating Daniel Ponce De Leon. Gamboa has been out of action due to promotional problems in leaving Top Rank.

Gamboa was supposed to have moved up to lightweight to fight former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios, but Gamboa failed to show up for the press conferences to promote the fight. Eventually, Top Rank replaced him with Richard Abril and he went on to fight Rios and lose by a controversial decision earlier this year in April. Gamboa had to go to court with Top Rank, and eventually Gamboa moved onto TMT Promotions. However, with nothing happening there, Gamboa could now find himself back on a Top Rank card having lost a year of his career.

One would hope that Gamboa can be included with this career because he needs to get busy. He’ll be turning 31 in December and he can’t afford to waste anymore time. As far as what weight class Gamboa will fight in, he could be fighting at super featherweight. That might be the smart move for him because there’s not much at featherweight other than looking to take on Mikey Garcia or Orlando Salido. Gamboa would likely be the best fighter at featherweight if he were interested in staying at that weight class, but there’s bigger money to be made if he moves up in weight to super featherweight and lightweight. Gamboa’s lack of size might be a problem for him if he were to make it up to lightweight, however, especially in taking on the bigger lightweights like Ricky Burns and Adrien Broner, both of which balloon up in weight after weighing in for their fights.

 

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http://www.eastsideboxing.com/2012/gamboa-could-fight-on-pacquiao-marquez-4-undercard-on-december-8th/

MICHAEL KONCZ DEFENDS MANNY PACQUIAO’S DECISION OF FIGHTING MARQUEZ

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By: Ashley White

Filipino pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao has earned enough respect in the industry to be eyed by most competitors. However, not everyone gets the chance to cash on the Filipino’s fame. Unbeaten American fighter Timothy Bradley, who defeated Pacquiao earlier this year via controversial split decision, was eager to once again face the former WBO titlist, in order to make his victory more decisive.

To Tim’s dismay, Pacquiao declined the notion of fighting him this year and went on to give Juan Manuel Marquez a chance for the fourth time. The decision did not sit well with Bradley and his camp, and so the current WBO champion’s wife called Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz to inquire about the scenario.

“I’m not sure exactly how she got my number but I just told her, ‘nothing personal. It’s business,’” said Koncz to the Asian Journal. “I wished for her husband, Tim, to have a safe next fight and there’s always a possibility of a rematch next year.”

Furthermore, Koncz revealed that Pacquaio’s decision of fighting Marquez was strictly his and no one forced him into it.

“It’s all about the fans. Styles make fights. Manny felt there’s more entertainment value for his fans fighting Marquez rather than Bradley,” he added.

Koncz also revealed that initially Pacquiao was planning a fight against Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Cotto, but the latter declined.

“Hate it all you want, you don’t have to watch it. We’re not forcing people to watch it. All of Manny’s fights with Marquez have been close. We hope this is the last one, hopefully,” said Koncz to those who believe a fourth match between Pacquiao and Marquez is not worth it.

Pacquiao has already faced Marquez thrice. Their first fight was close and ended up in a tie. The second fight was close again but the Pac-man was able to grab the win via unanimous decision. The third fight was even closer yet the Filipino managed to run away with the victory via split decision.

Marquez believes he has already defeated the Filipino thrice and this time he wants to do via knockout to make it more obvious.

 

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http://blogs.bettor.com/Michael-Koncz-defends-Manny-Pacquiaos-decision-of-fighting-Marquez-Boxing-News-a191056

Martinez v Chavez Jr. rematch not needed as result was clear, says Sulaiman

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By Ryan Burton

The long time president said that the fight went exactly as he anticipated. He felt that Sergio would use his athleticism to box and move and that if Chavez had the chance to land punches that he would hurt the Argentine.

“Honest to God I was watching what I expected. I even told the press that Sergio Martinez will try to move to the right and the left and backward and forward and try to frustrate Chavez and that is what he did. He didn’t leave a target for Chavez. The moment he stopped, he should have run the whole twelfth round but he didn’t, is when it happened. He should have continued running until there was 30 seconds left in the fight before he did what he did but he was a great boxer that night that didn’t allow Chavez to punch him,” Sulaiman told Boxingscene.com.

Promoters Bob Arum and Lou DiBella were both were in favor of an immediate rematch before it was revealed that Chavez tested positive for marijuana in his post fight drug test.

My colleague Chris Robinson asked Sulaiman for his opinion regarding an immediate rematch between the two fighters and he answered by saying that there really isn’t a need for a rematch at this point in time.

“The WBC regulations do not accept immediate rematches. Only in special circumstances (are immediate rematches allowed) and this fight was clear. Only if the world had a passionate request for an immediate rematch it should happen,” advised Sulaiman.

 

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http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2012/09/martinez-v-chavez-jr-rematch-not-needed.html

Sulaiman against Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez rematch

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By Dan Ambrose

World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman is stating that the WBC doesn’t allow immediate rematches between their fighters unless there’s a huge demand from the boxing public. Sulaiman doesn’t want former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fight Sergio Martinez in early 2012 without the two fighters first facing someone else in between.

Sulaiman said this about a Chavez Jr-Martinez rematch as quoted by Fightnews.com “The WBC is not in favor of immediate rematches, unless there is overwhelming public demand due to some unusual circumstances in the first fight. The fight was one-sided…There was no unusual circumstances to necessitate an immediate rematch.”

Sulaiman might be doing Chavez Jr. a huge favor by keeping Chavez Jr. from fighting Martinez in an immediate rematch. Chavez Jr. will likely take another beating if he fights Martinez again and it might not be a good idea for the young Chavez Jr. to be thrown back in there with the more experienced Martinez.

Bob Arum of Top Rank is probably going to push to get the immediate rematch for his fighter Chavez Jr., because Arum has already talked about wanting to put Chavez Jr. and Martinez at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas in the first part of next year after Chavez Jr. finishes serving his likely suspension handed out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

There is a strong public demand for a Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez fight, because a lot of boxing fans only focused on the last minute of their fight on September 15th when Chavez Jr. was able to hurt Martinez and knock him down. These same fans don’t seem to remember how Martinez got back up and was able to finish the fight by landing shots that Chavez Jr. was taking to the head.

The fans also likely don’t remember how one-sided the Chavez Jr-Martinez fight was for the first 11 rounds. It’s hard to watch the fight without thinking of how it might be a really bad idea for Chavez Jr. to fight Martinez any time soon. Chavez Jr. needs a lot of work before he fights Martinez again and it’ll be too soon if they fight in the early part of 2013.

 

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http://www.boxingnews24.com/2012/09/sulaiman-against-chavez-jr-vs-martinez-rematch/

Sulaiman doesn’t want Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez immediate rematch

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By Marcus Richardson

If WBC president Jose Sulaiman gets his way there won’t be an immediate rematch between former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and newly crowned WBC champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) in early 2013. Sulaiman says that the WBC doesn’t allow immediate rematches for one-sided fights like the September 15th fight where Chavez Jr. took a real pounding in losing by a lopsided 12 round decision to the 37-year-old Martinez.

Sulaiman said to fightnews.com “The WBC is not in favor of immediate rematches, unless there is overwhelming public demand due to some unusual circumstances in the first fight. The fight was one-sided…There was no unusual circumstances to necessitate an immediate rematch.”

Of course there wasn’t. It’s painfully obvious that this is just an opportunity for Chavez Jr., Martinez and Top Rank to make a lot of money in a rematch that could take place at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. It’s not a fight that’s in high demand but rather a fight that would do well because all of Chavez Jr’s fights do well. Id venture to guess that Chavez Jr. could fight at the Cowboys Stadium against pretty much any middleweight in the division and the fight would pack in at least 40,000 fans and do well on HBO pay per view.

That’s just because of how popular Chavez Jr. is and not because his fight against Martinez last September 15th was an exciting one. Other than the last minute of the 12th round, the fight was completely one-sided with Chavez Jr. getting dominated.
Bob Arum, Chavez Jr’s promoter, needs to do him a big favor by forgetting about the rematch with Martinez. Sulaiman seems to have his head screwed on straight by saying there’s no need for a Chavez Jr-Martinez rematch. He’s obviously seeing things from a long term perspective instead of just for the short term money that can be made on the fight. Chavez Jr. can make a lot more money simply by putting him in winnable situations against guys that don’t move a great deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

A Chavez Jr-Martinez rematch could mess Chavez Jr’s popularity up and also possibly shorten his career by having him take another beating and another loss. Sulaiman seems to understand that it might not be a good idea to let Chavez Jr. take this fight, at least not immediately. If Martinez ages some more then it would be a good fight, but right now he’s still fighting at too high of a level for Chavez Jr. to have good chance of beating him. To be sure, Chavez Jr. would have a chance of winning in a rematch next year, but it wouldn’t be a safe bet.

If Chavez Jr and Top Rank really wants the Martinez rematch then I imagine Sulaiman will cave in and let the fight happen despite the likelihood that the rematch will be even more one-sided then the first fight. Chavez Jr. and Top Rank will make a lot of money for the fight, as will Martinez. I don’t think it’s a smart idea as I mentioned but it’ll probably happen if they really want this fight.

 

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Manny Pacquiao: Why Pacman Made Wrong Choice Fighting Juan Manuel Marquez

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By Tyler Conway

While the world seemingly waits in earnest for a possible for a possible bout between superstars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, the two fighters continue their never-ending stream of warm-up matches.

Next on the tune-up docket for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) is a fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO) on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

The two men last met last November, where Pacquiao came away with a controversial split-decision victory as fans booed the decision after the fight. The match was the third straight thriller of what was ostensibly a great trilogy in both fighters’ careers.

However, by choosing to fight Marquez a fourth time, Pacquiao set himself up in an unfortunate no-win situation.

When Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe told the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire that “no one cares” about Pacquiao-Marquez IV, he wasn’t wrong. The fight will sell because of the Pacman’s name value, but absolutely no one was clamoring for a revival of this rivalry.

Though each bout has been highly contested, there reaches a saturation point where you can no longer sell the two names atop the marquee. Fighting Marquez a fourth time is essentially the equivalent to the continued success of the Saw film franchise. You watch because of familiarity and branding, but leave wholly unsatisfied.

On the other hand, there would have been plenty of excitement about a possible Timothy Bradley rematch. By all accounts, Pacquiao was robbed in their first fight in June, losing in one of the more controversial split decisions in recent memory, and the bout made Bradley a household name.

Not only would Pacquiao-Bradley II give both fighters an opportunity to atone for the result of the first bout, it would also satiate the boxing world’s desire for a top-tier bout.

More importantly, it would give Pacquiao the opportunity to reclaim his WBO welterweight championship in time for a possible match against Mayweather in May or June of 2013. In a time where the sport is simply treading water until this fight happens, Pacquiao missed an opportunity to create even more potential buzz.

Instead, we will simply get a retread of a fight we’ve seen three times previously. If the Filipino star comes out and wins, it’s what he was supposed to do and we will simply move on with our lives. A loss, though, would be quite devastating and would siphon most of the hype out of the potential Mayweather bout.

Quite frankly, by choosing Marquez over Bradley, Pacquiao did boxing a disservice and put himself in a no-win situation when he sets foot in the ring on Dec. 8.

 

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RICKY HATTON’S COMEBACK OPPONENT DECIDED

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Briton fighter Ricky Hatton has finally announced his opponent for his comeback bout. Hatton is coming out of retirement after more than three years, hoping he would end his career with a win. Hatton lost his fight to Filipino fight sensation Manny Pacquiao via knockout, a defeat that compelled him to retire.

Hatton has announced that he will be facing former welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24 at the Manchester Arena. The event is scheduled to take place in Hatton’s hometown Manchester, England.

“I can’t wait to get in the ring now and I’m sure that Vyacheslav Senchenko will give me a good fight. It’s one that I am confident I can win, though,” said Hatton who feels excited about his return.

Hatton was initially being linked to former WBA light welterweight titlist Amir Khan but his announcement has made things clearer.

“Senchenko lost the last time he fought to Paulie Malignaggi but he has got a good pedigree. I’m in great shape, I’m feeling good and I know I can put on a performance for all those watching,” he added.

“I’m a boxer who loves boxing and loves to box. I’m driven by a hunger to box and look forward to getting back in the ring on the 24th,” Hatton marked.

It should be noted here that while Hatton thinks his return is a good idea, his close associates such as Frank Warren believe he is not up for it. In an interview earlier this month, Warren notified that he wants Hatton not to make a comeback, considering the former champion has already gone through a lot since he retired.

Furthermore, Warren asserted that he and everyone else is proud of Hatton’s and so there is nothing more for the Brit to prove.

Unfortunately, it seems like Ricky Hatton is not paying attention to the naysayers and is focused on his goals. Amir Khan, on the other hand, believes Hatton’s comeback idea is a great addition to the world of boxing.

For now, Hatton promises he will be a better fighter than ever before once he steps inside the ring against long time rival Vyacheslav Senchenko.+

 

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr vs. Sergio Martinez highlights video

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Check out this awesome Chavez Jr vs. Martinez highlights video, put together by Eagle Peak Pictures especially for ProBoxing-Fans.com. In this video, you’ll get to see how the action unfolded on Saturday, September 15, when Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. tried to defeat Sergio Martinez. Maravilla survived a crazy 12th round to win a unanimous decision, after dominating the fight up until that point. See all of the big hits and big moments in the fight right here.

The last round of the Chavez vs. Martinez fight certainly produced plenty of drama. As you can see with this great video highlight reel of the Chavez Jr-Martinez bout, Maravilla dictated the action with his smooth, sharp punches, his counters and his overall skill and ring generalship. But the larger, stronger Chavez Jr. almost stole the show in the 12th with a few big punches. Now the question is whether or not we’ll see a rematch, or whether Chavez Jr. will move up to a higher weight division, and Martinez will look towards fresh options.
So take a seat and enjoy this quick Chavez Jr vs. Martinez video highlights collection and recap and keep on checking back with us here at ProBoxing-Fans.com for more great boxing news.

 

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Sergio Martinez Wants Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight in 2013

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By Mick Akers

Fresh off his display of pure boxing skill in his win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez now has his sights set on the pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. according to ElManana.com.mx (h/t BoxingNews24.Com).

Martinez said, “Floyd, you be ready because I am going to find you in the 2013. From here to November of 2013, I am going to find you truly.”

Pushing for a fight with Mayweather now is smart on Martinez’s part due to his name being a hot topic in the boxing world after his big win against Chavez Jr.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) is known for fighting guys that he knows will make for a big pay-per-view showing and Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) was just featured in his first PPV bout ever, but shined while doing so.

The Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. bout reached 475,000 PPV buys (per ESPN.com), a figure that far out-did the expectation of 250,000 buys before the fight took place.

Although he is not a proven PPV star yet, the big showing on Martinez’s first PPV event could be good enough to draw Mayweather’s attention his way.

Beating a fighter that is among the top P4P fighters of his time, is a must to solidify “Money’s” career as one of the best fighters the sport has ever seen.

So if Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao don’t meet in the ring sometime in early 2013, the next best thing for the five-division champ to do would be to take on Martinez.

Mayweather has not spoken about what his plans in the ring are since he was released from a Las Vegas jail in early August, but one would hope he ends his silence soon and announces what his next move is.

Martinez first has to rehab the knee he injured in the Chavez Jr. bout that required surgery, but there is no reason why a Cinco De Mayo weekend clash between Martinez and Mayweather coudn’t go down next year.

 

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Hatton to fight Senchenko on return to ring

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Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Mark Meadows

LONDON (Reuters) - Former welterweight and light-welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton will fight Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko on his return to the ring in Manchester on November 24.

Briton Hatton, who quit after a devastating two-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009, announced his comeback from retirement earlier this month.

Senchenko, 35, represents a stern test for Hatton. He has lost just one of 33 fights, winning 21 by knockout, and is a former WBA world welterweight champion.

“I can’t wait to get in the ring now and I’m sure that Vyacheslav Senchenko will give me a good fight. It’s one that I am confident I can win though,” Hatton told a news conference.

“Senchenko lost the last time he fought to Paulie Malignaggi but he has got a good pedigree. I’m in great shape, I’m feeling good and I know I can put on a performance for all those watching.”

Hatton was one of the Britain’s most popular fighters but has struggled in recent years.

His love of drinking beer was well documented while he was also photographed apparently snorting cocaine after which he checked himself in to a rehabilitation centre in 2010.

“It’s well documented what’s happened to me, my life turned to mush,” Hatton, whose only other defeat came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr, said earlier this month.

“I’m back to fight for world titles.”

 

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Timothy Bradley to defend welterweight title on Dec. 15 at Marlins Park

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By Bryan Armen Graham

Timothy Bradley will defend the WBO welterweight title he won from Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 15 at Marlins Park in Miami.

While an opponent has yet to be officially signed for the HBO-televised fight, former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto has emerged as the most probable candidate.

“We’re trying to lock in Berto,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told SI.com on Friday. “HBO is working on it right now. If all things come together over the next couple days that’s what we’re looking at.”

Bradley (29-0-0, 12 KOs), currently No. 8 in SI.com’s pound-for-pound ratings, won a highly controversial split decision over Pacquiao on June 9 to capture the title. The Palm Springs, Calif., native has since recovered from injuries to his left foot and right ankle sustained in the fight.

“From a dates point of view it works out OK for him,” Moretti said.

Berto (28-1-0, 22 KOs) won the WBC welterweight title with a technical knockout of Miguel Angel Rodriguez in June 2008, making five successful defenses before losing it to Victor Ortiz in April 2011. That bout was widely regarded as a Fight of the Year candidate, prompting a much-anticipated rematch scheduled for June 23 in Los Angeles.

But the Miami native tested positive for the steroid norandrosterone in May and was dropped from the card. Berto has since had his license reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission.

Interestingly, Bradley and Berto faced off previously at the 2003 National Golden Gloves championships in Las Vegas, where Berto earned a unanimous decision in the junior middleweight final to win a national title and place in the Olympic trials.

 

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Pacquiao happy over settlement of case vs Floyd

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ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – Fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao is pleased that his defamation case against the camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. has reached an end.

Pacquiao and Mayweather have agreed to settle the issue with the help of retired Judge and mediator Daniel Weinstein.

“Manny is pleased with the agreement (and now) he’ll be able to focus on his boxing career, his congressional duties, charitable activities and other pursuits,” Pacquiao’s counsel, Atty. David Marroso, told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.

The lawyer paid tribute to Weinstein, whom he said “was instrumental in getting the matter resolved.”

Mayweather earlier withdrew his allegations that Pacquiao was taking performance enhancing drugs. This led to the settlement of the case.

A federal judge previously ordered the American boxer to pay Pacquiao $114,000 for refusing to go under questioning about the defamation case.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said they don’t know if the settlement can lead to the elusive fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

“I don’t know whether that makes Mayweather feel better,” said Koncz.

 

Courtesy of ABS-CBN.com

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/09/28/12/pacquiao-happy-over-settlement-case-vs-floyd

Lem’s latest: Mayweather advisor pings Pacquiao; Salido injured

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by Lem Satterfield

Attempts at conciliation by eight-division titlewinner Manny Pacquiao have drawn the ire of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s advisor, Leonard Ellerbe.

Pacquiao has stated during recent interviews that he is willing to take the lower half of a 45-55 split to make a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the event that he should he get beyond a fourth bout with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

But Ellerbe has dismissed Pacquiao’s assertions as an “amateurish, transparent” way to promote his matchup with Marquez, over whom Pacquiao won a disputed majority decision in November after having also battled to a draw and a split decision victory over Marquez.

“Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather [expletive],” Ellerbe said of Pacquiao, who chose Marquez over a return bout with Tim Bradley, whose controversial split decision in June dethroned Pacquiao as the WBO’s welterweight titleholder and ended his 15-bout winning streak that included eight stoppages.

Marquez lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Mayweather in September of 2009.

“If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms,” said Ellerbe, adding that Pacquiao’s bout with Marquez is one “that, in my opinion, no one cares about.”

Ellerbe, who was speaking to The Los Angeles Times, could not be reached for further comment.

“We live in America, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m not going to get involved in a media blitz war,” said Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz. “I want everything to remain positive. Team Pacquiao, Manny and myself, we’re trying to be positive people.”

Ellerbe’s sentiment comes in the wake of the settlement of what had been an ongoing lawsuit filed by Pacquiao in December of 2009 against Mayweather, his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and his uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather,

The suit sought compensatory and punitive damages for defamation of character, charging that the Mayweathers continued to imply publicly that Pacquiao’s success over eight weight classes resulted from his having used performance-enhancing drugs.

As part of the resolution, the Mayweathers issued a statement in which they denied they ever “intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs.”

“Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs,” read the prepared statement, issued from the San Francisco-based office of retired judge and mediator Daniel H. Weinstein.

“Nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs. Manny Pacquiao is a great champion, and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs.”

The resolution comes three years this month from the time when Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach expressed outrage after being first informed about a video during which Mayweather Sr. appeared to imply that the Filipino boxer might be using steroids.

It was thought that the Mayweather-Pacquiao settlement could pave the way for the highly coveted Mayweather-Pacquiao clash, since past negotiations between the boxers failed over the notion of drug testing.

Random drug testing of blood and urine has been contractually mandated by Mayweather for his past three victories over Victor Ortiz, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto.

“We don’t want to dwell on past negativity and get into a negative media blitz on whether or not Manny and Floyd are going to fight,” said Koncz. “We simply made a statement that Manny would take 45-55. They can do want with that statement.”

ORLANDO SALIDO INJURY POSTPONES DEFENSE AGAINST MIGUEL ‘MIKEY’ GARCIA

Mexico’s WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido has suffered an injury to an index finger that has forced the postponement of a defense against unbeaten Miguel “Mikey” Garcia.

Salido-Garcia was slated to happen at The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, with a co-feature being undefeated junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan against Erislandy Lara in a WBC eliminator bout in an HBO-televised double-header.

“He caught his finger in a car door, and it’s being evaluated by a doctor,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “We have to get the doctor’s report.”

Salido is 39-11-2, with 27 knockouts, and Garcia, 29-0 with 25 KOs, while Martirosyan is 32-0, with 20 KOs, and Lara is 17-1-1 with 11 stoppage wins.

The winner between Martirosyan and Lara, who is handled by Golden Boy, would become the mandatory challenger to face beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs), who is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KOs) on Sept. 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

HBO and officials from Top Rank, which is promoting the card, are attempting to find a replacement opponent for Garcia in the hopes that the show still can go on. Salido’s camp members are hopeful that he can return to the ring in January.

DEONTAY WILDER’S BEING TARGETED FOR A DEC. 15 RETURN

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will pursue his 26th knockout in as many wins against on Dec. 15 against an opponent to be determined, according to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer.

A 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who turns 27 in October, the 6-foot-7 Wilder is coming off a second-round knockout over previously undefeated Damon McCreary (14-1, 10 KOs), of Detroit, on Sept. 8. McCreary had come up with stoppage victories in three of his previous four fights.

Prior to facing McCreary, Wilder scored a first-round stoppage of Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson “The Warrior” Manswell on Aug. 4 which had followed June’s third-round knockout of former heavyweight title challenger Owen Beck.

In another development, Schaefer said Wilder is unlikely to accept an offer of $20,000 from Main Events to face Philadelphia prospect Bryant Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs), who is coming off a first-round knockout of hard-punching Chris Koval, of Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 8.

“They’re just using Deontay’s name to try to prop up what they’re doing. If the offer was the right offer, then that would be a different thing. The offer, at this point, is not an acceptable offer,” said Jay Deas, Wilder’s trainer and co-manager with Shelly Finkel.”There’s certainly room for negotiation, and that’s something that we’ll explore, but there would have to be a lot of negotiation.”

Jennings, who turned 28 on Sept. 25, is likely slated to return on Dec. 8 on NBC against an opponent to be determined in his native Philadelphia.

“There are a couple of options, which is to do it on their show or to do it on our show, not do it at all, or to do it at a later date. Right now, though, the money’s not in the right ballpark. If the money was in the right ballpark, we would see wihch of the competing networks came with the best offer,” said Deas.

“Because right now, Deontay’s locked in for Dec. 15, and we think that’s on Showtime. So there may be the possibility of them bringing Jennings our way instead of us going their way. Right now, with Jennings trying to fight us in his own hometown, that makes the offer even more off base.”

Wilder is also trained by former Olympic gold medalist and ex-titleholder, Mark Breland, and, Russ Anber.

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ 166, JASON ESCALERA 165

Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs), of Hoboken, N.J., and rival Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), of Worchester, Mass., weighed 165 and 166, respectively, on Friday in advance of for Saturday night’s Lou DiBella-promoted HBO Boxing After Dark triple-header at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, Conn.

Also on the card is junior featherweight Luis Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) against former titleholder Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), who were at 122 and 121, respectively.

Welterweights Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) and Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) tipped the scales at 147 and 146 for an event that has been billed as “Road To Glory,” and is being promoted by DiBella, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.

BRANDON RIOS, OTHERS, TO MEET FANS

Former lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios will host an exclusive meet and greet on Sunday This Sunday from 3:30 p.m.-to-5:30 p.m. at KO Studio Agoura located at 5126 Clareton Drive, Suite 160, in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Special guests will include trainer Robert Garcia, former titleholder Israel Vazquez, featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia, former beltholder Steven Luevano and 2012 Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr.

Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) will makie his junior welterweight debut against Mike Alvarado on the HBO-televised Oct 13 undercard of a main event during which IBF and WBO junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire (33-0, 23 KOs) defends his belt against Japanese veteran Toshiaki Nishioka at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Sunday’s event is free, and will feature music, food and fun for kids, as well as giveaways for fans. The first 100 people to arrive on Sunday will receive an official Oct. 13 fight night poster.

 

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http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/175023-lems-latest-

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV: The Timothy Bradley Effect

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By Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao’s recent loss to Timothy Bradley wasn’t especially important to fans. They saw it happen, obviously, but nobody actually put much stock into it because they knew the final judgment was a total farce.

Pacquiao landed more punches at a higher efficiency than his counterpart. He was never really thrown off balance at any point during the bout. He absolutely dominated in the final minute of all but two rounds. By any measure you want to use, statistical or otherwise, he was the rightful winner of that match. So when Bradley ultimately got the nod from two inept judges, again, it wasn’t a game-changer in terms of the way that fans viewed Pacquiao.

Fans don’t decide who wins and who loses matches, though.

Pacquiao’s most recent defeat may prove to be a game-changer in the way judges view him. Last November, when he and Juan Manuel Marquez met for the third time, there was a very reasonable case to be made that the latter fighter was the rightful winner. You could argue it either way, obviously, but if what Bradley did could be considered a win – what Marquez did definitely should have counted as a win.

The reason Marquez didn’t actually upset Pacquiao is because there is a general underyling theory in boxing that judges usually abide by – you have to beat the champ. You can’t fight just as well as him. It can’t be a tie. If you want his belt, you have to take it from him. Marquez fought reasonably well last November, but he didn’t rip the victory away from Pacquiao. That’s why everyone besides the most diehard of Marquez supporters was okay with the way the bout ended.

Now that someone has actually ruled against Pacquiao, though, everything is different. That little benefit of the doubt that the Filipino champ rode to his last win versus Marquez – that benefit of the doubt is gone now. If Pacquiao wants to avoid a second straight defeat, he has to definitively beat down Marquez. And seeing as he hasn’t recorded a knockout since 2009, that may prove to be sort of difficult.

The most interesting thing to watch for this December will be the sort stamina Pacquiao displays from start to finish. Against Bradley, you couldn’t help but feel as though he wasn’t trying until the final minute of all his rounds because he wasn’t sure he had the energy to go 100 percent throughout. That can’t happen this time around.

Pacquiao can’t leave any room for doubt in this one. To beat Marquez for the third straight time, he needs to account for the Timothy Bradley Effect. He has to go into this one almost expecting the judges to rule against him.

And if this past June was any indication – maybe that expectation isn’t as farfetched as it sounds.

 

 

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The WBC Takes It Easy on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., The NSAC Might Not Be So Lenient

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by Paul Louis Maupin

The WBC has decided not to suspend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his recent failed drug test. They instead have fined Chavez $10,000 and ordered him to attend rehab. Recent statements by Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer make it seem that it is the NSAC not the WBC that the young Mexican need worry about.

The typical fine imposed by the NSAC for testing positive for marijuana in Nevada is between ¼ and ⅓ of the purse, in addition to a six month suspension. Chavez’ reported payout for the Martinez bout was $3 million dollars and the NSAC is not in the habit of punishing fighters in the million dollar range so, according to Kizer, they may lessen the percentage a bit; they may not.

This is not the first time Chavez has failed a drug test in Nevada. In 2009 he tested positive for furosemide and was suspended for seven months as well as fined $10,000.(Furosemide is a diuretic which can be used to cut weight before a fight or to conceal the use of other drugs.) The commission may not consider this Chavez’ second offense however, since he has not only tested positive for a different drug but a different class of drug.

Marijuana is considered with much less severity than diuretics, since it is not performance enhancing, and because he tested for the lighter of the two drugs second it is not as much a show of disobedience or defiance.

Both of the penalties that Chavez will receive are likely going to be less severe than normal because of the way the young pugilist has handled the situation.Chavez immediately took responsibility for his actions and apologized. Also, the amount of marijuana found in his system was relatively low and he likely had not smoked for three weeks before the fight, as Bob Arum recently stated on his behalf. His popularity probably does not hurt his cause either.

Fans were immediately calling for a rematch of Martinez-Chavez, which turned out to be an unexpectedly big draw, after the decision came in; not out of outrage but intrigue. It was obvious who won the fight, most of bout was less than exciting, and pretty much dominated by Martinez, but the 12th round was so astounding it alone warrants a second fight.

Martinez has recently stated that he would take a rematch with Chavez, as long as there is strict drug testing, and it seems Chavez will be able to fight in about six months so expect to see these two go at it again in the early summer months of 2013.

 

Courtesy of:

http://myboxing.com/2012/09/27/the-wbc-takes-it-easy-on-julio-cesar-chavez-jr-the-nsac-might-not-be-so-lenient/

Golovkin not likely to get Sergio Martinez or Chavez Jr. fight

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By Allan Fox

With the huge pay per view numbers that the Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hauled in for their September 15th fight in Las Vegas, it’s likely that when Chavez Jr’s upcoming suspension has been completed, he and Martinez will fight a rematch without facing anyone else in between. This means that WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) won’t be getting a shot against either Chavez Jr. or Sergio Martinez any time soon, perhaps even after they fight for a second time.

It’s unfortunate but Golovkin is too dangerous because of his power and skills for Chavez Jr. or Martinez to risk fighting him. No doubt they would be willing to fight Golovkin if he had a huge fan base in the United States, but he doesn’t. Golvokin is still slowly building his fan base and it might take years for him to get to the point where Chavez Jr. and Martinez will want to fight him.

By then, Martinez won’t be the fighter he is now, if he’s still fighting, and won’t be worth it to fight him. Chavez Jr. could be a possibility, but he’ll likely be forced to move up to super middleweight in a year or two, so Golovkin won’t be getting fight with him either unless he’s up for fighting at super middleweight against a guy that would walk in the ring in the 180s against him.

What has hurt Golovkin is he spent much of the last six years fighting mostly in Germany. That really hurt him because those fights weren’t televised in the U.S. He may have done a great job of winning fans in Germany, but he remained unknown fighter in the U.S outside of with the Hardcore boxing fans who are well aware of him. Golovkin fought for the first time in the U.S earlier this month on September 1st in beating Grzegorz Proksa by a 5th round TKO. It was a good win and it was televised on HBO. But it was the first fight for Golovkin on HBO, and it’s going to take him ages to build any kind of fan base.

It’s doubtful that he’ll ever be a huge name in the U.S, because there’s not a big built in Kazakhstan fan base in the U.S that will automatically support him like there is with Chavez Jr. and his Mexican fans. As such, Golovkin will likely be ignored by Chavez Jr. and Martinez for the remainder of his career. It’s sad but it is what it is. Golovkin will have to be satisfied with defending his WBA title and hopefully getting one of the other champions like the WBO belt holder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam to fight him or maybe Dimitriy Pirog. It’s obviously not the same thing as fighting Chavez Jr. in front 80,000 fans at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas like Sergio Martinez will be doing as soon as Chavez Jr’s suspension is up and his bad right knee is healed. Golovkin will have to settle for facing the lesser names unfortunately.

 

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http://www.boxingnews24.com/2012/09/golovkin-not-likely-to-get-sergio-martinez-or-chavez-jr-fight/

Watch Manny Pacquiao dance Gangnam style during training

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By Houston Mitchell

Oh, Manny Pacquiao, is there nothing you can’t do? You box, you sing, you run for office. And now you dance Gangnam style.

What is Gangnam style, those of you living under a rock may be asking? Why it’s only the latest dance craze to sweep the world.

“Gangnam Style” is a song by Korean musician Psy. The video for the song features Psy performing some unusual dance moves to the song, which quickly became a YouTube sensation, getting over 290 million views.

It certainly grabbed Pacquiao’s attention. In the above video, you can see him pull off some impressive “Gangnam Style” moves while training out for his scheduled Dec. 8 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao is set to face Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The two fighters last met in November last year when Pacquiao beat Marquez with a controversial majority decision.

 

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http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-manny-pacquiao-gangnam-style-20120927,0,7866616.story

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Settle Differences

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By Christine Thomasos , Christian Post Reporter

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have decided to finally settle matters.
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The two pugilists have been battling in court for years after Mayweather, 35-year-old undefeated boxer, insinuated that Pacquiao, 33-year-old Filipino congressman, had engaged in performance-enhancing drug use.
While Pacquiao filed a defamation lawsuit against Mayweather in 2009 stemming from accusations that he had dabbled in drug use while climbing up the ranks in the boxing world, the latter is no longer ready to insinuate that his rival fighter has used performance enhancing drugs.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Mayweather and his camp released a statement saying that his father and uncle who also serves as the boxer’s trainer “wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs.”
In fact, the statement released from Mayweather’s team chose to name Pacquiao as a great champion.
“[…] Nor are they aware of any evidence Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs,” the statement from Mayweather’s team read in a Los Angeles Times report. “Manny Pacquiao is a great champion and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.”

Pacquiao seemed to be willing to forgive Mayweather, according to a confidential source who told the Times, “Manny is happy to put this long ordeal behind him.”
The news of the resolution comes after several media outlets reported that a judge ordered Mayweather to pay $114,000 in legal fees for Pacquiao when he did not answer some questions asked by the boxer’s attorney at a scheduled deposition.
While the terms of the resolution in the defamation case remain confidential, Malcolm LaVergne, a lawyer who represented Floyd Mayweather Sr. in the case spoke about the boxer’s father being happy with the end result.
“The matter has been resolved,” LaVergne said in an ESPN report. “Any alleged terms of the resolution would be strictly confidential. Floyd Mayweather Sr. is very happy that this lengthy case has finally come to a conclusion.”
Still, LaVergne said he had no word about any fight taking place between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao in the near future.

 

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Manny Pacquiao Pleased With Mayweather Settlement

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by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Although details of the settlement involving the defamation lawsuit filed by “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao against Floyd Mayweather Jr, his father Floyd Mayweather Sr and Mayweather Promotions remain confidential, Pacquiao is satisfied that the litigation has ended.

Pacquiao’s top-notch lawyer David Marroso told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard “Manny is pleased with the agreement (and now) he’ll be able to foscus on his boxing career, his congressional duties, charitable activities and other pursuits.”

Atty. Marroso also paid tribute to retired Judge Daniel Weinsteing who, he said, “was instrumental in getting the matter resolved.”

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told us that there was an agreement among the key members of Team Pacquiao on the settlement but indicated there was no discussion on the possibility of a Mayweather fight being tied-up to the agreement.

Koncz said “we don’t have any litigation but I don’t know whether that makes Mayweather feel better” and would help move talks on a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather fight sometime in the first half of next year.

But before anything else Pacquiao will have to beat Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez when they clash for the fourth time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8 following three close fights with the third fight where Pacquiao won a majority decision considered the most controversial.

Koncz who appeared on the All Time Great radio show was quoted by boxing writer Chris Robinson in which Koncz said “Neither of these fighters want to have number five so I believe both of the guys are going to change their strategyand theree’s going to be a lot more aggression because they both want to put an end to this trilogy and I strongly believe somebody is going to knock somebody out.”

Marquez continues to claim he won all three fights but was robbed of the decision by the judges even as he requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission to appoint a Mexican, a Filipino and a non-Nevada judge for the December 8 showdown.

NSAC executive director Keith Kizer noted that the first Pacquiao-Marquez fight had two non-Nevada judges, their second had one and the third, which turned out to be the most controversial, had no non-Nevada judges.

At the same time Kizer said “I have no idea how many non-Nevada judges Pacquiao-Marquez four will have.”

 

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http://www.boxingscene.com/manny-pacquiao-pleased-with-mayweather-settlement-57578

Manny Pacquiao: Goal of Knocking out Juan Manuel Marquez Is Dangerous

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By Tim Daniels

Manny Pacquiao has yet to score a convincing victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in three career fights against the steady veteran. While a knockout should always be the goal, putting so much emphasis on getting one in the fourth encounter is dangerous for Pac-Man.

The eight-division champion has two victories and a draw with Marquez, but even the wins came in close bouts. Pacquiao has made it clear he wants to end the Dec. 8 fight with a knockout, based on a report from the Associated Press.

“I want to erase the doubt of the last three fights,” Pacquiao said. “There’s so many people still asking if I won the fights. I think to myself, ‘Something is wrong. I have to do it again.’ This time, I will train hard to put this fight up in the history of boxing. I want to make this fight short. I want to knock him out.”

Adding to Pacquiao’s motivation is a loss to Timothy Bradley in his last fight. Although it was a controversial decision, a loss is a loss and it was just the fourth one in his storied career. He doesn’t want his first two-fight losing streak.

Yet, it’s important for him to remember how difficult it has been to sustain attacks against Marquez. Marquez has shown terrific defensive ability and has been one of the few boxers who has shown he knows how to neutralize Pacquiao’s quickness and power.

Beating Marquez is a tough enough task, let alone going into the fight aiming to end it early. Marquez has only lost six times in his career, five by decision and one by disqualification. Nobody has been able to knock him out.

If Pacquiao enters the fight with his heart set on getting a KO, he will leave himself exposed to counterattacks from Marquez, which have been effective in each of the first three meetings.

Even though the Filipino sensation is an elite boxer, trying to do something nobody has been able to accomplish in 61 previous Marquez fights seems overambitious. It also increases the chances of Pacquiao getting upset for a second straight fight.

In reality, Pacquiao should go in to the MGM Grand Garden Arena with no expectations beyond winning. It doesn’t matter if it takes one round or 12 rounds. As long as he emerges victorious, that’s all that counts in the long run.

His attitude should be if a knockout happens, great. But he can’t dwell on it.

 

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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1349816-manny-pacquiao-goal-of-knocking-out-juan-manuel-marquez-is-dangerous

Jessica Sanchez, Manny Pacquiao Top Google Most-searched List

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By NR RAMOS

MANILA, Philippines - “American Idol” Finalist Jessica Sanchez and pugilist Manny Pacquiao were among celebrities that made it to Google Philippine’s most-searched list from February to September this year.

Search for Sanchez’ name surged last May after she lost to eventual “AI” champ, Phillip Phillips. Similarly, search for Pacquaio’s name jacked up when he lost to American boxer Timothy Bradley.

Topping both, however, is Former Chief Justice Renato Corona. Corona’s search popularity spiked last May after he was found guilty of betrayal of public trust for failing to declare his full assets and net worth.

The late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo also made it to the list, with searches relating to his name spiking in August.

Robert Blair Carabuena, the human resources manager of Philip Morris that earned the ire of many when he was caught on camera assaulting a Metro Manila Development Authority traffic officer, also made it to the list.

Others mentioned are Ramon Tulfo as well as celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto. The trio tangled over a misunderstanding in an airport last May.

Comedy King Dolphy also made it to the list, as with lawmakers Iggy Arroyo and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Designer Monique Lhuiller, whose creations were used by top Hollywood stars in the recently concluded Emmys, also made the cut.

Several gadgets also made it to the list including the Nexus 7, the iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S3.

Songs that made it to the list include, “Call Me Maybe,” “Payphone” and “Gangnam Style.”

The list, as produced using Google Insights for Search, monitors what’s popular on the web.

The device shows how many searches were made for the certain term entered, relative to country and the total number of searches done on Google over a certain period of time.

 

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http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/375020/jessica-sanchez-manny-pacquiao-top-google-mostsearched-list

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: Marijuana Could Cost Him Between $750k and $1 Million

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By Michael Walters

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could have a pretty expensive pot habit, according to a recent interview by Rick Reeno of boxingscene.com with Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer.

The normal penalty in Nevada for a testing positive for marijuana is between 25 and 33.33 percent Kizer said. In this case, the commission may choose to lower it considering the amount of money at stake.

Normally they try to focus on a certain percentage of the purse. That’s going to be a lot of money here. Some of [the commissioners] may say that percentage works on a normal purse, but here it might be a little high. That’s going to be for them to decide.

Chavez’s reported purse for his September 15 loss to Sergio Martinez was $3 million. If the commission were to fine him what they have in the past, Chavez could stand to lose between $750k and $1 million.

He has already been fined $10k by the WBC and ordered into rehab by a Mexico based organization, which is headed by his godfather Jose Sulaiman.

Kizer also stated that because of his prior positive test for a banned diuretic, furosemide, he could face a more severe penalty. The average penalty for a first positive marijuana test is normally a six-month suspension according to Kizer, but in some cases it can be as little as four or five months.

Chavez won’t know what the actual fine or suspension time will be, if any, until he and his attorney present their case in front of the NSAC. The next meeting of the NSAC is scheduled for October 6, but Kizer assumes that Chavez will present his case in either late October or in early November.

I would not expect too long of a suspension and believe it is very likely that Chavez and Martinez could be back in the ring together Cinco De Mayo weekend 2013.

 

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Sergio Martinez Open to Chavez Rematch, Demands Olympics Drug Testing

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By Kevin McRae

Despite skepticism last week, it appears that newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is willing to give Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. a rematch.

Various media reports, including one from BoxingScene.com, indicated last week that Martinez was concerned about the proposed terms of the rematch, particularly the venue, but has now softened that stance.

He’s willing to fight Chavez Jr. again. He’ll even do it in Dallas. Under one condition.

“If he wants to box there, there must be a condition to undergo Olympic testing for one month, one week and one day before the fight,” Martinez told Jhonny Gonzalez of BoxingScene.com.

His demand comes in the wake of reports last week that Chavez Jr. had failed a post-fight drug test.

The substance responsible for the failed test was marijuana, and Chavez has already been fined by the WBC for the infraction, the second of his career.

Martinez defeated Chavez Jr. by unanimous decision on September 15, defending The Ring Magazine middleweight title and capturing the WBC title.

Martinez dominated the vast majority of the fight before stunningly being knocked down and nearly out in the final minutes of the last round.

The final seconds were so dramatic that many have called for a rematch on its strength alone. But before the fighters get to that point, both have obstacles to overcome.

Martinez is slated for surgery to repair the knee injured during the knockdown. He is out of action until the spring and wants to make a defense in his native Argentina before coming back to the U.S.

Chavez Jr. is still facing fallout from his positive drug test and is likely facing a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

 

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WBC Fines Julio Cesar Chavez Jr for Marijuana Violation

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studentnewsie.com

Former World Boxing Council middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr escaped from severe punishments for having tested positive for Marijuana after WBC decided not to impose suspension or ban the Mexican boxer totally.

Instead of getting severe punishments for failing a post-fight drug examination for the second time in his professional career, Chavez Jr was asked to pay $10,000 and was required to undergo a rehabilitation program guided by WBC.

In a statement that was relayed to Boxing Scene, WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman said: “As president of the WBC, I have got in touch with the Board of Governors, and we have decided to fine him $10,000 USD. That money will be donated to an institution for children who suffer from cancer. We also are asking Julio to attend a rehabilitation center and want official confirmation that he’s so doing.”

Sulaiman cited that Chavez Jr’s acceptance of guilt and repentance led him to the decision of imposing a lighter punishment than what most people are expecting.

In 2009, Chavez Jr also tested positive for Furosemide, a banned substance that helps a boxer in cutting his weight, and was handed a seven-month suspension, including a $10,000 fine as well. His win against Troy Rowland was also changed to a no-decision.

Sulaiman also pointed out that after the rehabilitation program, the 26-year-old Mexican, who absorbed a unanimous decision defeat against Sergio Martinez last September 15, could continue his fighting career immediately, opening the possibility of a rematch against Argentinean champion early next year.

“The WBC will open its doors once again to him, so he can continue his successful career when he feels he can return. The WBC won’t suspend Julio Cesar for an undefined time, because that is not going to help him,” Sulaiman said.

Chavez Jr was dominated by Martinez during their middleweight title showdown, but nearly pulled off an escape act in the final round after dropping Martinez to the canvass in the final round.

 

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Manny Pacquiao Drops Defamation Case Against Floyd Mayweather

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By Bryanna Fissori
Legal Analyst

After nearly three years of battling in the legal arena Manny Pacquio’s 2009 defamation case against Floyd Mayweather has gone its last round. On Tuesday, September 25 the infamous lawsuit was dropped.

The original complaint was filed after statements were made asserting that Pacquiao’s success in the ring was due to use of performance enhancing drugs (P.E.D.s) . Other defendants also named include Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, LLC., Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, though claims against Schaefer and De La Hoya had already been dropped prior to the case dismissal.

The action follows a ruling of monetary sanctions issued last week requiring Maywether to pay approximately $114,000 in legal fees for failure to attend a court ordered deposition to be questioned under oath by Pacquiao’s attorneys. Pacquiao’s legal counsel was hoping the reprimand would result in a default judgment.

The cause of action was based on a number of statements made by the defendants including Mayweather Jr.’s statement made during a nationally-broadcast radio interview in which he stated that the Phillippines have access to some of the best PEDs and that is what Pacquiao can contribute his growth to. Mayweather also stated at a press junket that Pacquiao has “the power pellets, yo, the steroid juice.” Numerous other statements were also alleged in the complaint.

The preliminary hearing back in 2009 determined Pacquiao had a valid case for the defamation suit given that a reasonable listener would comprehend and interpret the statements made to imply that Pacquiao is using and has used PEDs. The court also found that the claim sufficiently alleged actual malice on the part of the defendants which is legally defined as “knowledge of the falsity of a statement or reckless disregard for its truth.” This is a standard specific to cases involving “public figures.”

A statement released by Mayweather Jr., his father and Roger Mayweather after the case was dropped said they, “wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs. Nor are they aware of any evidence Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs. Manny Pacquiao is a great champion and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.”

Part of the original issue when negotiations first began to get these two in the ring was drug testing protocol including Pacquiao’s concern with having blood drawn from his arm close to the fight, but according to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Arum checked and found that the blood did not have to be drawn from the arm so he agreed to the testing. After that Mayweather stipulated that the United States Anti-Doping (USAD) Group had to do the testing. This would mean that Pacquiao would be unable to train in the Philippines, but as a solution he found that the World Anti-Doping Agency would be able to handle the testing while Pacquiao was in the Philipines and then the USAD would take over upon his return.

The next issue is money. Now that Mayweather is done serving his two month jail sentence for a domestic violence dispute with the mother of his three children, he can return to training. Prior to the defamation case dismissal it was widely publicized that Pacquiao was offering Mayweather 55% of the purse win or lose as well as whatever other accommodations needed to be met. The offer has yet to be accepted.

Aside from the fact that both sides will be responsible for their own attorney fees, the terms of the defamation case dismissal remain confidential. Is there a fight agreement involved? We can only hope.

 

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Mending Fences

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By Alex Groberman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s safe to get excited, folks.

Just not too excited.

Yet.

 

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Congressman Pacquiao thinks twice on Governor role

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Courtesy of Nick Giongo of the Manila Bulletin

Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will seek another term as congressman of Sarangani province when elections are held in 2013.

Lawyer Franklin Gacal, Pacquiao’s chief of staff in the House of Representatives, said the fighting congressman had initially thought about running for governor but later realized that his being an active athlete wouldn’t jive with the role of a governor.

“Being a governor requires you to be there (in Sarangani) 24/7,“ said Gacal, stressing that since Pacquiao spends a lot of time in Manila and overseas for fights, it would make it hard for him to attend to his duties and responsibilities.

Pacquiao will file his certificate of candidacy for congressman before he leaves to start his eightweek training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles in the first week or second week of October.

The deadline for filing is Oct. 5 and Gacal said Pacquiao will immediately leave so he can hook up with long-time trainer Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao is set to meet Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a fight that will not have any title at stake but remains a much-awaited event owing to their storied rivalry.

So far, Gacal said they haven’t heard anything about somebody challenging Pacquiao for the lone congressional slot in the province.

“At this time, we don’t know if somebody is going to run against him,“ said Gacal.

Pacquiao scored a huge upset during the 2010 elections, defeating billionaire-businessman Roy Chiongbian, whose family had been dominating the political affairs in the province for decades.

But Pacquiao was not so lucky in his foray into politics in 2007 when he ran against Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the first district of South Cotabato.

Pacquiao said he was ill-prepared when he went up against Custodio, whose family had also been lording over the province for a long time.

Since becoming congressman, Pacquiao has earned the respect and admiration of the people of Sarangani, a province that is considered one of the poorest in the entire country.

Whenever natural calamities strike the province, Pacquiao makes it a point to attend to the needs of his province mates by personally distributing relief goods as well as cash from his earnings in the ring.

 

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Manny Pacquiao drops lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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By Lance Pugmire

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. settled some of their differences Tuesday when the world’s top two pound-for-pound boxers struck a deal for Pacquiao to drop the defamation lawsuit he filed against Mayweather.

Pacquiao slapped Mayweather with the lawsuit in December 2009 when Mayweather accused the Filpino star of using performance-enhancing drugs.

A statement obtained by The Times and released by Mayweather Jr., his father and uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather, said the men “wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs.

“Nor are they aware of any evidence Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs. Manny Pacquiao is a great champion and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs.”

Unbeaten Mayweather Jr. previously laced into Pacquiao’s abilities in a video posted on the Internet in which he accused Pacquiao of using “power pellets,” and his family made similar disparaging remarks while the rivals failed to make an anticipated super-fight sports fans have clamored for.

A source close to Pacquiao who was not authorized to be identified, due to a “strict confidentiality agreement,” told The Times, “Manny is happy to put this long ordeal behind him.”

The case appeared headed for some kind of resolution last week when the judge assigned to the defamation case ordered Mayweather Jr. to pay Pacquiao $114,000 in legal fees for failing to appear to answer questions for Pacquiao’s attorneys at a scheduled deposition.

Pacquiao, at a Beverly Hills news conference last week to promote his Dec. 8 fight against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez, seemed conciliatory toward Mayweather Jr., and said he was more optimistic than ever that the pair would finally fight in 2013.

Pacquiao later in the week said he was willing to accept just 45% of the total purse while granting other concessions to Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather Jr. has given some direction about his boxing future to Golden Boy Promotions, but the company’s chief executive, Richard Schaefer, declined to discuss those plans Tuesday.

Additionally, Pacquiao’s MP Promotions and the new boxing promotion company, The Money Team, formed by Mayweather Jr.’s former close friend, rapper 50 Cent, are also seeking to promote fights together.

When asked if these agreements indicate the pair are moving toward a fight, Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz said, “Time will only tell.”

Mayweather Jr. hasn’t fought since winning a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas. Mayweather Jr. then served more than two months in jail in Las Vegas for his role in a domestic violence episode against the mother of three of his children.

 

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http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-pacquiao-mayweather-lawsuit-20120925,0,6173089.story

Manny Pacquiao and the 25 Greatest Southpaws in Boxing History

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By Briggs Seekins

In the first Rocky film, there is a scene where Apollo Creed and his promoter are scrambling to find a replacement opponent for their big event in Philadelphia. Finally, Apollo finds what he thinks is the perfect choice: Rocky Balboa, “the Italian Stallion,” native son of the City of Brotherly Love.

Only Duke Evers, the champ’s trainer, registers concern: “He’s a southpaw. I don’t want to mess with no southpaw.”

It’s one of the oldest truisms in the fight game: a left-handed opponent, because he does everything backwards, inserts an additional element of unpredictability. Even a heavily-favored orthodox fighter runs the risk of bumping into an unintentional head butt.

The Latin word for left was “sinistra,” which also meant “unlucky.” It’s the root word for the modern English word “sinister.”

 

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Sports digest: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao settling federal defamation case

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Associated Press

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are settling a federal defamation case in Las Vegas, clearing a key hurdle to a long-awaited bout between two top fighters who’ve traded verbal jabs for years but have never met in the ring.

Terms of the pretrial agreement cited in documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas are confidential, said Malcolm LaVergne, a lawyer representing Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s father in the case.

LaVergne said documents filed under seal ask U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks to dismiss the lawsuit. Documents filed publicly said each side would bear its own attorney fees and costs.

“The matter has been resolved,” LaVergne said. “Any alleged terms of the resolution would be strictly confidential. Floyd Mayweather Sr. is very happy that this lengthy case has finally come to a conclusion.”

Pacquiao filed the lawsuit in December 2009 seeking unspecified damages based on allegations that Floyd Mayweather Jr. defamed him by suggesting Pacquiao used performance-enhancing substances. Pacquiao denied Mayweather’s claim.

In a statement released Tuesday night through the mediator in the case, the Mayweathers said they “wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs.”

NHL

The NHL

and its players’ union are to resume bargaining Friday for the first time since the lockout began, although the talks will concentrate on secondary economic issues. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players’ Association special counsel Steve Fehr met in Toronto and set up the session, which will be in New York. These will be the first formal negotiations since Sept. 12, when the players and owners exchanged proposals.
The St. Louis Blues laid off what is believed to just under 20 front-office workers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
College football

Penn State’s over it. If there’s any lingering bitterness against Illinois for the way Illini coaches recruited Nittany Lions in the wake of NCAA sanctions, head coach Bill O’Brien and his players certainly didn’t voice it.

The Nittany Lions (2-2) assert that they want to beat Illinois (2-2) on Saturday simply because they want to build on their solid performance last week in a 24-13 win over Temple and extend their two-game winning streak into Big Ten play.

Notre Dame is opting out of its series with Michigan, meaning the last scheduled game between college football’s winningest programs will take place in 2014.

Golf

Casie Cathrea of Livermore, Karen Chung and Esther Lee led the United States to its third straight Junior Ryder Cup victory, winning singles matches in Olympia Fields, Ill., to finish undefeated in the 141/2-91/2 win over Europe. The 16-year-old Cathrea beat Denmark’s Emily Pedersen 2 up.

NBA
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of unlicensed driving and resisting arrest. Superior Court Judge Burt Pines sentenced him to two years of probation. The judge also ordered Barnes to complete 30 hours of community service and attend 13 counseling sessions with a private therapist.

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free-agent guard Marquis Daniels, a nine-year veteran who spent the last three years in a reserve role with the Boston Celtics.

Miscellany

Rafael Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury, and the 11-time Grand Slam champion isn’t sure if he’ll play the Australian Open in January.

The World Anti-Doping Agency wants the IOC to test athletes further ahead of Olympic competitions to catch drug cheats.

 

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Marquez Will Not Get His Wish of Non-Nevada Judges

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by Ronnie Nathanielsz

The Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, has indicated that Juan Manuel Marquez won’t get his wish to have non-Nevada judges officiate in his fourth fight against “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Marquez who has consistently claimed that he had beaten Pacquiao in their last three fights but was robbed of the decision by the judges was quoted by BoxingScene.com as saying:

“I will request that the judges for this fight will be composed of one Mexican judge, one Filipino and one neutral judge [from outside of Nevada]. This time I don’t want the judges to be appointed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, who normally appoint three Americans from their staff. I do not know if my request will be processed, but I’m going to make it.”

However, Marquez also said:

“[If they don't honor my request], then I’m going to fight as I did in my three previous fights - before judges appointed by Nevada. This time I hope that my victory is not taken away. They have already done this to me on three occasions, but I do not think that it will happen again. I am sure that on this occasion they are going to work with a little bit of fear, and they will give victory to whoever deserves it.”

Kizer told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he recommends the judges and referee for the fights and the NSAC Commissioners will make the final decision.

At the same time the NSAC executive director said that any of the recognized world boxing organizations - such as the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO - can submit names of officials for consideration but that the decision is up to the Commission.

Kizer also indicated that promoters “may make suggestions and objections” but that “they cannot reject” any official appointed by the NSAC.

Marquez’s request denied

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

The Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Keith Kizer indicated that Juan Manuel Marquez won’t get his wish to have non-Nevada judges officiate in his fourth fight with Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Marquez, who has consistently claimed that he had beaten Pacquiao in their last three fights, but was robbed of the decision by the judges, was quoted by boxingscene.com as saying: “I will request that the judges for this fight will be composed of one Mexican judge, one Filipino and one neutral judge [from outside of Nevada]. This time, I don’t want the judges to be appointed by the Nevada Athletic Commission, who normally appoint three Americans from their staff. I do not know if my request will be processed, but I’m going to make it.”

However, Marquez added: “[If they don’t honor my request], then I’m going to fight as I did in my three previous fights—before judges appointed by Nevada. This time I hope that my victory is not taken away. They have already done this to me on three occasions, but I do not think that it will happen again. I am sure that on this occasion, they are going to work with a little bit of fear and they will give victory to whoever deserves it.”

Kizer told the Manila Standard that he recommends the judges and referee for the fights and the NSAC Commissioners decide.

At the same time, the NSAC executive director said that any of the recognized world boxing organizations such as the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization can submit names of officials for consideration, but that the decision is up to the Commission.

Kizer also indicated that promoters may make suggestions and objections, but they cannot reject any official appointed by the NSAC.

 

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Cotto Denies $13 Million/Pacquiao Rumor, Blames Weight

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By Francisco Guzman

Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30KOs) denies that he was offered and/or turned down a guarantee of $13 million dollars to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Top Rank’s CEO, Bob Arum, had recently told reporters in Las Vegas that he was stunned when Cotto turned down such a high amount of money in favor of taking a fight with unbeaten 154-pound champion Austin Trout on December 1. Pacquiao would then finalize a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Cotto told BoxingScene.com that Pacquiao’s camp tried to gain an advantage by making him go down to 150-pounds. He says the weight demand was the main reason for the fight falling apart.

“That’s not true. That’s not true. The main reason of the Pacquiao conversation is that he wants me to go down to 150 - the same as in 2009 when they made me go down to 145 - [so] they can take advantage of that. That was the real reason [for refusing the rematch]. [Back in 2009] the inexperience made me do it, but I’m not going to do it again [fight Pacquiao at a catch-weight],” Cotto told BoxingScene.com.

 

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Manny Pacquiao Must Remain Focused on Juan Manuel Marquez Amid Super Fight Talk

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By Tim Daniels

Ever since Manny Pacquiao expressed his willingness to make concessions so a super fight against Floyd Mayweather could happen, it’s all boxing fans have been talking about.

At the same time, Pacquiao can’t afford to overlook Juan Manuel Marquez.

It will be the fourth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez, with the first three resulting in two Pac-Man victories and a draw. All three fights have been close, which means the eight-division champion should be expecting another close battle.

Don’t forget, Pacquiao lost his last fight to Timothy Bradley. That makes the Dec. 8 bout in Las Vegas even more important, especially if the Filipino sensation truly wants to get a deal done with Mayweather in the near future.

Marquez has always given trouble to Pacquiao because of his strong defensive and counterattacking abilities. It has often frustrated one of boxing’s biggest stars, making for some intriguing fights, even if they aren’t normally the most exciting encounters.

He stops Pac-Man from setting the pace with his offense—something that few other fighters have been able to do. Even though Marquez hasn’t been able to beat him, he’s come awfully close.

The 39-year-old Mexico native continues to fight at an elite level despite being on the back end of his career. He hasn’t lost to somebody other than Pacquiao or Mayweather in more than six years, so he can clearly still hold his own.

And that’s what should make Pac-Man wary of the upcoming challenge instead of looking ahead to a super fight that may or may not ever actually happen.

It’s been talked about for years, but the actual progress has been negligible.

If Pacquiao is unable to score another victory over Marquez, the chances of a super fight will probably decrease even further. After all, the ball is in Mayweather’s court after Pac-Man’s comments, and there doesn’t seem to be any urgency to respond.

It would be easy for Pacquiao to get caught up in all the talk about Mayweather and lose focus on what really matters: the Marquez fight.

Pacquiao should be seeking a knockout win. He has been unable to shake Marquez in any of their previous meetings, and that’s why they will fight for a fourth time. It’s a rivalry he needs to bring to an end in a convincing matter.

He won’t be able to do that if he spends too much time worrying about what Mayweather’s camp is going to do, however. He has to pour every ounce of energy into figuring out a way to knock out Marquez.

Pacquiao can turn his attention back to Mayweather after that.

 

 

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Floyd Mayweather: Making Fight with Manny Pacquiao a Reality Now Up to Money May

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By Ben Chodos

Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao is the one matchup boxing fans desperately want to see, and the responsibility now falls to Mayweather to make this fight happen.

Pacquiao will fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8, while Mayweather does not currently have a bout scheduled.

The Filipino fighter is coming off a controversial defeat to Timothy Bradley, in which he lost via a decision despite landing significantly more punches than his opponent. He knows that Mayweather’s 43-0-0 career record has earned him the right to dictate negotiations, and has accepted this.

Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports that Pacquiao would gladly accept a 55-45 split of the purse in favor of Mayweather. Pugmire also cites Pac-Man’s publicist Fred Sternburg quoting his client as saying, “He can be introduced first, have top billing … I don’t care. I just want to get him in the ring.”

The Mayweather camp’s response to this is emblematic of the braggadocio that has characterized its attitudes during the failed attempts to make this fight happen.

Pugmire quotes Leonard Ellerbe, an advisor to Mayweather, saying, “Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather [expletive].” Ellerbe also said, “If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms,” and that “no one cares about” Pacquiao’s fight with Marquez, according to Pugmire’s report.

If Ellerbe is speaking about Pacquiao vs. Marquez in relation to the hype that would presumably surround a bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao, he is completely right about nobody caring.

But his standoffish response to Pacquiao saying he is willing to let Mayweather take the majority of the prize money will only serve to detract from negotiations to make this happen.

Due to the bad blood that has been bred during failed attempts to make this fight happen, it is reasonable for Ellerbe and Mayweather’s camp not to react kindly to Pacquiao’s comments. However, Ellerbe’s remarks show no indication that Mayweather has any intention of getting in the ring with Pacquiao.

Pacquiao is not just another opponent for Mayweather. These are the two greatest boxers of their generation, and both must fight each other to validate their careers. Neither can be considered a legitimately great champion if he continually skirts chances to go against his biggest competitor.

At this point, Pacquiao’s comments reflect that he understands this, while the remarks from Ellerbe suggest that Mayweather and his representation are still deluding themselves.

For negotiations to move forward, Mayweather and his advisors need to realize that this fight must happen soon.

 

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Manny Pacquaio’s Offer to Floyd Mayweather Jr. all About Timing

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By Tim Dahlberg

There’s always something to sell in boxing, some angle to make you pay.
The latest from Manny Pacquiao is he’s willing to do everything but pick up Floyd Mayweather Jr. and drive him to the arena to make the megafight boxing has been waiting way too long for.
Pacquiao says Mr. Money can have more money, and get top billing. He can watch him take his steroid tests, and even choose the food at the prefight press conference if he wants.
“He can even wear my trunks if it gets him in the ring with me,” Pacquiao said. “I want to fight Floyd Mayweather next.”
Unfortunately for boxing fans, Pacquiao is not fighting Mayweather next. He’s meeting Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time, a fight so unattractive that he needs to talk about Mayweather to get anyone to pay attention to it.
That’s not entirely Pacman’s fault. Actually, most of it is Mayweather’s fault for refusing to step up for the fight that would likely define his career.
His nonsensical rants about steroids and patriotism whenever Pacquiao’s name is brought up are just that. His strange reluctance to prove his boast that he is the best fighter in the world brings into doubt just how legitimate that boast is.
Still, he remains the biggest draw in boxing, something he proves every fight with his big pay-per-view numbers. The mere mention of his name sells tickets, though it’s anyone’s guess when he will fight again after serving more than two months in jail this summer.
It’s been nearly four years since Pacquiao gave Oscar De La Hoya such a beating that he sent him into retirement, a fight that started the buzz about a Pacquiao-Mayweather match. It seemed sure to happen, and it seemed sure to be the richest fight ever, with both boxers pocketing at least $40 million.
My guess now is Mayweather and Pacquiao will never meet in the ring, even now when Pacquiao is offering to take 45 percent of the purse to 55 percent for Mayweather. I’ve felt that way for some time, and the feeling was reinforced when Mayweather went apoplectic when I dared to ask him before his fight against Miguel Cotto in May why he wasn’t fighting Pacquiao instead.
That doesn’t mean Pacquiao can’t use his erstwhile rival to sell some tickets of his own. And that’s all he’s really doing by calling out Mayweather now when he’s got another fighter in front of him.
I’ve been ringside for all three of Pacquiao’s fights with Marquez, and they’ve all been good, close fights that could have gone either way. Their styles guarantee a competitive fight, and if you liked the first 36 rounds you’ll probably dig the credit card out to pay for another 12.
But do I want to see them fight for a fourth time on Dec. 8? Not particularly.
But that is the fight promoter Bob Arum gave us when he told Timothy Bradley he wasn’t a big enough attraction for a second fight with Pacquiao, even though he won the first in a highly controversial decision. Arum believes that Hispanic fight fans will help Pacquiao-Marquez IV do more than the 850,000 pay-per-views for Bradley in June.
There’s a sense, though, that Pacquiao is fading, even though he appeared to dominate Bradley before backing off in the final rounds of their fight. He has been fighting professionally now for 17 years, and the difficulty he had getting motivated for his last two fights is a sure sign that he’s inching closer to the end of his lucrative career.
Beating Marquez for a third time in four fights won’t prove anything other than Pacquiao can still earn a big payday. Losing to him will mean two defeats in a row for Pacman, and almost certainly scuttle any chance of a Mayweather fight.
Mayweather has been uncharacteristically quiet since his release from jail in Las Vegas, where he was serving a sentence on a domestic abuse charge. He hasn’t revealed what his plans are, though it’s clear he won’t be fighting the rest of the year.
Assuming Pacquiao beats Marquez — and that’s a big assumption — the earliest the two could meet would be in the spring, most likely the first week of May. That’s also the last legitimate date for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to mean anything, and if it passes, a chance to make boxing history will pass along with it.
Pacquiao’s offer to take less money does put the onus of making the fight squarely on Mayweather. He’s running out of excuses not to fight Pacquiao, and both his legacy and reputation will suffer if he doesn’t.
Any serious talk about a possible fight, though, will have to wait until Pacquiao fights Marquez.
Until then any offer Pacquiao makes is nothing more than a sales job for Dec. 8.

 

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‘Amir Khan is going to be a threat to anyone’: Exclusive with Virgil Hunter

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BY: CHRIS ROBINSON

Following his disastrous TKO loss at the hands of Danny Garcia on July 14th in Las Vegas, former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan seemed to sense a change was in order for his career.

Still just 25 years old but having suffered his second consecutive defeat, Khan felt that his trainer Freddie Roach was a little too preoccupied with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to fully focus on his needs and decided to end their union earlier this month.

Reports later surfaced that Khan would be working with the respected Virgil Hunter, known best for his work with super middleweight champion Andre Ward.

I caught up with Hunter late Sunday evening to gather his thoughts on possibly working with Khan, and while the Oakland, Calif.-based coach admitted that nothing as of yet is official, he seems more than willing for the chance to hone the skills of the British star.

During our conversation, Hunter spoke on why he feels Amir is still a threat to anyone while also taking time to look at Ward’s 10th round TKO blitzing of Chad Dawson on Sep. 8, as well as Sergio Martinez’s thorough clinic of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. one week later.

This is what Hunter had to share…

Keeping in touch with Amir Khan’s side…
“That was a rumor. Nothing is really official. Nothing has come from Khan or his people or anything like that. So, until then, they are rumors. I can’t speak on it because I’m not in a position to speak on it right now. There have been conversations. But there hasn’t been an [official] statement, and I think that’s true. But I have spoken with them, of course.”

Khan’s chances of coming back…
“You know what? Amir Khan, without a doubt, is extremely talented. Of course, in my personal opinion, there are reasons why he has been in some of the predicaments that he’s been in but those predicaments are easily recognized and they are easily eliminated out of his repertoire. I think they can be eliminated quite easily. I definitely think that he has the talent and the ability to come back and I don’t think it’s as bad as some people say.”

A threat to anybody…
“People are really quick to put labels on you. I see a kid who takes a pretty damn good punch; it’s the decisions after he takes the punch that cost him. It’s part of boxing. People don’t realize that Ezzard Charles was knocked out seven times. Joe Louis was knocked out. It goes on and on. It’s not a pre-requisite to say that his career is doomed. Because, from the offensive side, Amir Khan is going to be a threat to anybody he’s in the ring with, trust me. Saying that, he’s got a great of chance to continue his career and fulfill his career just the way he envisions it.”

Andre Ward’s dissection of Chad Dawson…
“The victory was sweet. His performance, I’m not surprised by his performance. The main thing is, we never let all the criticisms and all the negative statements that came our way, we never let it affect us. We did what we were supposed to do with it. We used it as motivation. Because, as a trainer, you’ve got to know what you have. And as a boxer, you’ve got to know who you are. He and I, we both know that.”

Having the last word on Andre Ward’s career…
“I always said ‘You’re never a knockout artist until you knock out the best’ and anybody can knock out B-leaguers. And Andre went to the A-leagues with 17 fights. If we kept him in the B-leagues for 25 or 26 fights, he would have been 26-0 with 22 knockouts too. But he went to the B-leagues very quick. He grew up quick and now it’s a new day. He’s mastered the art of dominating his opponents and now we make the certain adjustments and tweaks to finish the fight inside the distance. The power and speed was always there. And the instinct was always there. It’s just we had a plan for his career and we always stuck to it. We can have the last laugh on the matter. I shouldn’t say the last laugh; we intend to have the last word on it. We’re here to prove a point.”

Sergio Martinez’s mastery of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr…
“I thought it was a masterful performance. Now that I’m hearing he broke his hand in the fourth round, I can understand why he didn’t finish Chavez inside the distance. I really thought that was going to happen. Chavez took a pretty bad beating. He got complacent in the last round. I think he wanted to close the show and he got careless. The kid did show some mettle in that last round; he never did give up. You can’t take that from him. He stood there and he took it. He took it like a man and he never stopped trying. You’ve got to give him his credit. All in all it was a great fight.”

Whether he is disappointed that a fight between Ward and Martinez will likely never happen…
“Well, he knows his body. He was a junior middleweight before he went to middleweight. He went to middleweight to get the fights. He pretty much cleaned out the junior middleweight division, and those who were there, didn’t want to fight him. Sergio’s not a big man, but on the other end, I hear he walks around at 180 or 184. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know. He’s a pretty muscular guy and I don’t know if he can make 168. Only he knows. But what comes out of their mouth is that they intend to go down if they can go down. And that would be the best position for them. I can’t say it disappoints me, but it is a fight I would have liked to see.”

 

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Pacquiao starts training next month

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By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Manny Pacquiao will start getting into shape after filing his Certificate of Candidacy for Sarangani’s lone congressional district between Oct. 1 to 5.
“He’ll start light training after Oct. 5,” lawyer Jeng Gacal, Pacquiao’s legal counsel, told the Inquirer after the eight-division world champion arrived yesterday from the United States, where he went on a three-city promotional tour with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

The fourth and last edition of Pacquiao-Marquez is set Dec. 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

While Pacquiao has done early training in Baguio City in his previous three fights, he now intends to spend the entire eight-week training camp at Wild Card Gym of chief trainer Freddie Roach in Hollywood.

This way, no training day will be wasted travelling between Pacquiao’s camps in the Philippines and the United States.

 

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Manny Pacquiao: Fans Should Cheer Pac-Man’s Desire to Fight Floyd Mayweather Jr

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By Patrick Clarke

Boxing fans should be cheering for Manny Pacquiao from the mountain tops this fall.

The boxing superstar has expressed a clear desire to set up a megafight between him and undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This was Pacquiao on the subject of a potential bout with Mayweather (via ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael):

I’m waiting for that fight to happen, I don’t know what’s the reason why that fight has not happened. … It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.

All along it has been Mayweather making the excuses, and rightfully so. He’s the one with the flawless record and everything to lose. But still, how can you call yourself the best without having beaten the best?

It’s a question that Mayweather has dodged for some time now, and one that will have to be answered if a fight between him and Pacquiao doesn’t happen soon.

The ball has been in Mayweather’s court forever it seems, and Pac-Man has just ensured that it will remain there until the terms of a megafight are agreed on, or the much-anticipated showdown is written off altogether.

It would be outrageous for anyone to blame Pacquiao for getting in the way of a historic matchup. Instead, he should be cheered for his courage and desire to give fans exactly what they want.

Even after suffering a stinging and extremely controversial loss to another undefeated boxer in Timothy Bradley Jr. last June, Pac-Man is still bold enough to put his reputation as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport on the line.

Pacquiao knows that he’ll make a boatload of money regardless of how much Mayweather makes, and allowing his ego to keep the fight from happening is the only way to fail in this case. After all, would losing to the undefeated Mayweather really be the worst loss of Pacquiao’s career?

Of course not, and that’s why Pacquiao is in a winning position. He’s made it clear that he wants to take on Mayweather, and he won’t let percentages prevent that from happening.

For that reason alone, fans should be cheering on Pac-Man.

 

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Pacquiao OKs Early WC Buildup

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By NICK GIONGCO

MANILA, Philippines — As they bade each other goodbye following the conclusion of the whirlwind three-city press tour in Mexico City, Manny Pacquiao assured Freddie Roach that he will show up for training at the Wild Card eight weeks before his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao and Marquez are set to slug it out on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Filipino reiterated his decision to spend the entire buildup under the watchful eyes of his long-time trainer.

Lawyer Franklin Gacal, who also joined Pacquiao in Los Angeles and New York legs of the tour, said the fighter will depart for the US possibly on Oct. 6 or 7 to kick off his preparation.

The last few years, Pacquiao has set up camp in Baguio City by bringing in Roach and importing his sparring partners but owing to the threat that Marquez poses, the 33-year-old icon is reverting his old ways.

“Manny’s going to file his candidacy for congressman (second term) in Sarangani by Oct. 5 and he will leave for training camp shortly after that,” said Gacal, who expressed his surprise and awe when he got the chance to size up Marquez.

Marquez, according to Gacal, “already looked in great shape.”

“Marquez appeared as if he is ready to fight,” said Gacal, noting that the Mexican was ripped when the two fighters were told to strip for the HBO cameras.

“Marquez ‘s body is already toned. He looked very imposing.”

Unbeknownst to Team Pacquiao, the 39-year-old Marquez had been frequenting the Romanza Gym in Mexico City the weeks before the two went on tour to drumbeat their fourth showdown.

During the tour, Pacquiao and Marquez expressed confidence there won’t be a need to stage a fifth fight because the outcome of their December date will be very convincing.

Pacquiao said he is looking forward to get the job done as quick as possible to silence his critics, while Marquez countered that he will out to prove that he was the recipient of bum decisions in their first three duels.

Pacquiao floored Marquez thrice in the first round the first time they met in 2004 but the fight was ruled a split draw. The next two matches (2008 and 2011) went Pacquiao’s way via controversial decisions.

“We are definitely going for a knockout,” said Roach, adding that while doing just that will be tough, there’s no other way to win in impressive manner against Marquez other than stopping him dead in his tracks.

Despite the close calls, oddsmakers remain convinced that Pacquiao is the favored one, installing him as a 4-1 betting choice.

 

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http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/374713/pacquiao-oks-early-wc-buildup

Manny Pacquiao on 50 Cent, singing, fight

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By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is a man of few words — unless he’s singing.

Born in the Philippines, the 33-year-old Pacquiao was at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn., recently to promote his Dec. 8 welterweight fight against Juan Manuel Marquez.

The duo have fought three previous times, with Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) standing at 2-0-1 against Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) with all the fights ending in controversial decisions.

The 2004 featherweight championship fight went to a draw, while the 2008 junior-lightweight championship was won by Pacquiao in a split decision and the November 2011 fight was won by Pacquiao by majority decision.

Playbook talked with Pacquiao about the fight, his music career and politics.

Let’s talk about that recent photo of you and 50 Cent, close buddy with your adversary, Floyd Mayweather. What are you and 50 Cent doing together?

Courtesy of 50 Cent
50 Cent tweeted this photo of himself and Manny Pacquiao, saying, “Big business moves.”
“It’s just business. 50 Cent likes boxing and I like music. That’s why we’re going to work together in a new boxing promotion company. That’s it. Nothing against his relationship with Floyd Mayweather. We’re talking about business.”

OK, you have been doing a lot of singing throughout the past few years. Some really cringe-worthy stuff, including the song with Will Ferrell and the one with Jimmy Kimmel. Does that mean you and 50 Cent will be collaborating on music?

“No, no, no. I’m not going to be doing that again. We’re together for business. That’s it. I wouldn’t sing again. Well, if the check clears, I’ll consider it!”

Are you and Marquez friends?

“We are friendly outside the ring. I wouldn’t say we’re close or anything. We wouldn’t go out to dinner or anything. But we’re friendly.”

What will happen after this fight?

“I’m a congressman in my country. So I need to get ready for the election. It’s May 2013. The politics over there is so different than here. I would never run for office here. Right now, I don’t have an opponent so I need to get ready.”

If you weren’t in boxing, what would you be doing?

“Farming. Seriously. I would be out in the fields farming. I would work the fields, rice fields.”

 

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Timing off in Manny Pacquiao offer to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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By Tim Dahlberg / AP Sports Columnist

There’s always something to sell in boxing, some angle to make you pay.

The latest from Manny Pacquiao is he’s willing to do everything but pick up Floyd Mayweather Jr. and drive him to the arena to make the megafight boxing has been waiting way too long for.

Pacquiao says Mr. Money can have more money, and get top billing. He can watch him take his steroid tests, and even choose the food at the prefight press conference if he wants.

“He can even wear my trunks if it gets him in the ring with me,” Pacquiao said. “I want to fight Floyd Mayweather next.”

Unfortunately for boxing fans, Pacquiao is not fighting Mayweather next. He’s meeting Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time, a fight so unattractive that he needs to talk about Mayweather to get anyone to pay attention to it.

That’s not entirely Pacman’s fault. Actually, most of it is Mayweather’s fault for refusing to step up for the fight that would likely define his career.

His nonsensical rants about steroids and patriotism whenever Pacquiao’s name is brought up are just that. His strange reluctance to prove his boast that he is the best fighter in the world brings into doubt just how legitimate that boast is.

Still, he remains the biggest draw in boxing, something he proves every fight with his big pay-per-view numbers. The mere mention of his name sells tickets, though it’s anyone’s guess when he will fight again after serving more than two months in jail this summer.

It’s been nearly four years since Pacquiao gave Oscar De La Hoya such a beating that he sent him into retirement, a fight that started the buzz about a Pacquiao-Mayweather match. It seemed sure to happen, and it seemed sure to be the richest fight ever, with both boxers pocketing at least $40 million.

My guess now is Mayweather and Pacquiao will never meet in the ring, even now when Pacquiao is offering to take 45 percent of the purse to 55 percent for Mayweather. I’ve felt that way for some time, and the feeling was reinforced when Mayweather went apoplectic when I dared to ask him before his fight against Miguel Cotto in May why he wasn’t fighting Pacquiao instead.

That doesn’t mean Pacquiao can’t use his erstwhile rival to sell some tickets of his own. And that’s all he’s really doing by calling out Mayweather now when he’s got another fighter in front of him.

I’ve been ringside for all three of Pacquiao’s fights with Marquez, and they’ve all been good, close fights that could have gone either way. Their styles guarantee a competitive fight, and if you liked the first 36 rounds you’ll probably dig the credit card out to pay for another 12.

But do I want to see them fight for a fourth time on Dec. 8? Not particularly.

But that is the fight promoter Bob Arum gave us when he told Timothy Bradley he wasn’t a big enough attraction for a second fight with Pacquiao, even though he won the first in a highly controversial decision. Arum believes that Hispanic fight fans will help Pacquiao-Marquez IV do more than the 850,000 pay-per-views for Bradley in June.

There’s a sense, though, that Pacquiao is fading, even though he appeared to dominate Bradley before backing off in the final rounds of their fight. He has been fighting professionally now for 17 years, and the difficulty he had getting motivated for his last two fights is a sure sign that he’s inching closer to the end of his lucrative career.

Beating Marquez for a third time in four fights won’t prove anything other than Pacquiao can still earn a big payday. Losing to him will mean two defeats in a row for Pacman, and almost certainly scuttle any chance of a Mayweather fight.

Mayweather has been uncharacteristically quiet since his release from jail in Las Vegas, where he was serving a sentence on a domestic abuse charge. He hasn’t revealed what his plans are, though it’s clear he won’t be fighting the rest of the year.

Assuming Pacquiao beats Marquez — and that’s a big assumption — the earliest the two could meet would be in the spring, most likely the first week of May. That’s also the last legitimate date for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to mean anything, and if it passes, a chance to make boxing history will pass along with it.

Pacquiao’s offer to take less money does put the onus of making the fight squarely on Mayweather. He’s running out of excuses not to fight Pacquiao, and both his legacy and reputation will suffer if he doesn’t.

Any serious talk about a possible fight, though, will have to wait until Pacquiao fights Marquez.

Until then any offer Pacquiao makes is nothing more than a sales job for Dec. 8.

 

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Column: Timing off in Pacquiao offer to Mayweather

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TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist

WBO welterweight champion boxer Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, left, poses for photos next to his challenger Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico, during a news conference in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. The boxers are promoting their fourth fight, scheduled for Dec. 8, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photo: Christian Palma / AP

There’s always something to sell in boxing, some angle to make you pay.
The latest from Manny Pacquiao is he’s willing to do everything but pick up Floyd Mayweather Jr. and drive him to the arena to make the megafight boxing has been waiting way too long for.
Pacquiao says Mr. Money can have more money, and get top billing. He can watch him take his steroid tests, and even choose the food at the prefight press conference if he wants.
“He can even wear my trunks if it gets him in the ring with me,” Pacquiao said. “I want to fight Floyd Mayweather next.”
Unfortunately for boxing fans, Pacquiao is not fighting Mayweather next. He’s meeting Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time, a fight so unattractive that he needs to talk about Mayweather to get anyone to pay attention to it.
That’s not entirely Pacman’s fault. Actually, most of it is Mayweather’s fault for refusing to step up for the fight that would likely define his career.
His nonsensical rants about steroids and patriotism whenever Pacquiao’s name is brought up are just that. His strange reluctance to prove his boast that he is the best fighter in the world brings into doubt just how legitimate that boast is.
Still, he remains the biggest draw in boxing, something he proves every fight with his big pay-per-view numbers. The mere mention of his name sells tickets, though it’s anyone’s guess when he will fight again after serving more than two months in jail this summer.
It’s been nearly four years since Pacquiao gave Oscar De La Hoya such a beating that he sent him into retirement, a fight that started the buzz about a Pacquiao-Mayweather match. It seemed sure to happen, and it seemed sure to be the richest fight ever, with both boxers pocketing at least $40 million.
My guess now is Mayweather and Pacquiao will never meet in the ring, even now when Pacquiao is offering to take 45 percent of the purse to 55 percent for Mayweather. I’ve felt that way for some time, and the feeling was reinforced when Mayweather went apoplectic when I dared to ask him before his fight against Miguel Cotto in May why he wasn’t fighting Pacquiao instead.
That doesn’t mean Pacquiao can’t use his erstwhile rival to sell some tickets of his own. And that’s all he’s really doing by calling out Mayweather now when he’s got another fighter in front of him.
I’ve been ringside for all three of Pacquiao’s fights with Marquez, and they’ve all been good, close fights that could have gone either way. Their styles guarantee a competitive fight, and if you liked the first 36 rounds you’ll probably dig the credit card out to pay for another 12.
But do I want to see them fight for a fourth time on Dec. 8? Not particularly.
But that is the fight promoter Bob Arum gave us when he told Timothy Bradley he wasn’t a big enough attraction for a second fight with Pacquiao, even though he won the first in a highly controversial decision. Arum believes that Hispanic fight fans will help Pacquiao-Marquez IV do more than the 850,000 pay-per-views for Bradley in June.
There’s a sense, though, that Pacquiao is fading, even though he appeared to dominate Bradley before backing off in the final rounds of their fight. He has been fighting professionally now for 17 years, and the difficulty he had getting motivated for his last two fights is a sure sign that he’s inching closer to the end of his lucrative career.
Beating Marquez for a third time in four fights won’t prove anything other than Pacquiao can still earn a big payday. Losing to him will mean two defeats in a row for Pacman, and almost certainly scuttle any chance of a Mayweather fight.
Mayweather has been uncharacteristically quiet since his release from jail in Las Vegas, where he was serving a sentence on a domestic abuse charge. He hasn’t revealed what his plans are, though it’s clear he won’t be fighting the rest of the year.
Assuming Pacquiao beats Marquez — and that’s a big assumption — the earliest the two could meet would be in the spring, most likely the first week of May. That’s also the last legitimate date for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight to mean anything, and if it passes, a chance to make boxing history will pass along with it.
Pacquiao’s offer to take less money does put the onus of making the fight squarely on Mayweather. He’s running out of excuses not to fight Pacquiao, and both his legacy and reputation will suffer if he doesn’t.
Any serious talk about a possible fight, though, will have to wait until Pacquiao fights Marquez.
Until then any offer Pacquiao makes is nothing more than a sales job for Dec. 8.

 

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Ward surprised by Chavez Jr’s lack of effort against Sergio Martinez

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By Dan Ambrose

WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward was really surprised by how poorly former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fought against Sergio Martinez in losing his World Boxing Council 160 pound title on September 15th. Ward said he expected a much better effort from Chavez Jr. in that fight than what he showed.

Speaking to Jim Lampley on HBO’s The Fight Game, Ward said “The surprising thing that happened was that Chavez didn’t put up the kind of fight that people thought he would. I don’t know if that happens to do with the recent news that came out [about Chavez Jr's positive test for marijuana metabolites]. I expected Martinez to do what he did, but I expected a little bit more from Chavez Jr.”

Chavez Jr. only appeared to really put out a strong effort in the 12th round, which was the round that he hurt and knocked Martinez down in. Chavez Jr. did next to nothing in the first 11 rounds of the fight, as he just followed Martinez around like a big puppy, throwing few punches and looking completely out of his league. Chavez Jr. had the appearance of someone who really didn’t want to be there and was just going through the motions.

I do think Martinez’s superior talent had a lot to do with how poorly Chavez Jr. fought, but I also believe that Chavez Jr. just wasn’t mentally prepared to fight a hard fight for 12 rounds. Maybe that’s because of his inexperience going into the fight. Chavez Jr’s promoters at Top Rank had done such a good job match-making for him all these years by putting him in with mostly mediocre middleweights that when he was finally forced to fight someone good in Martinez, Chavez Jr. looked way out of his class.

Chavez Jr’s weight could also have been a factor. He melted down from over 180 to get down to 160, and he then put the water weight back on in 24 hours. Having that much weight shifted back and forth in 24 hours likely had Chavez Jr. feeling worried about possibly running out of gas had he fought really hard early in the fight instead of just for the last round in the 12th. If you look at the very end of the fight, Chavez Jr. had punched himself out while trying to go for a knockout. Martinez was the one that was landing all the shots in the last 10 seconds of the fight as Chavez Jr. looked completely gassed out.

 

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. apologizes

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By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Without specifically mentioning his positive drug test, former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. said he takes “full responsibility for my actions” in a statement he issued Saturday through his Twitter account.

In his statement, originally posted in Spanish, Chavez began: “To all the people,” and went on to write, “Any attempt to explain or justify the recent developments will be of little or no convincing, so I want to let everybody know that I take full responsibility for my actions and the consequences thereof.”

Although Chavez nearly knocked out lineal champion Sergio Martinez in the 12th round of their much-anticipated championship fight on Sept. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, he lost a lopsided unanimous decision.

Martinez dominated the fight until Chavez dropped him in the final 90 seconds of the fight. However, Chavez was not nearly as active as many expected him to be during the rest of the bout. On Tuesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission notified Chavez and promoter Top Rank that he had tested positive for marijuana.

The positive test is Chavez’s second for a banned substance in Nevada since 2009, and he faces a lengthy suspension and a fine from the commission.

“I apologize to all those who are disappointed or aggrieved by my behavior,” Chavez said. “I alone know the causes (for the failed drug test) and it is for me alone to confront them. In contrast, I can say that I will emerge stronger from these events and I shall endeavor to vindicate my personal image.

“Everything that happened makes this a perfect time to stop and think about the future. Now it is time for a new Julio Cesar Chavez to be born and I will begin a period in my career that will prepare me physically and mentally to achieve new goals, including, in the short term, a rematch with Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez. I take this opportunity to thank everybody for all of the support that I have received and I also recognize all of those who have sent me messages of any kind.”

In November 2009, Chavez tested positive for Furosemide — a diuretic typically used to help cut weight or used as a masking agent for steroids — in conjunction with his fight against Troy Rowland, which took place on the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The commission suspended Chavez for seven months and fined him $10,000 (10 percent of his $100,000 purse). Also, the result of the fight, originally a lopsided decision win for Chavez, was changed to a no-decision.

The Nevada commission will file a complaint against Chavez and could fine him up to 100 percent of his $3 million purse (although that is unlikely) and suspend him for up to a year. It could also revoke his license. If Nevada suspends Chavez, other states are required to honor the suspension under federal law.

Because this is Chavez’s second failed drug test, the Nevada commission, based on its past behavior, is likely to take that into consideration when it punishes him. That means Chavez likely is facing a one-year suspension.

In January, Chavez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) found himself in trouble for alcohol use. He was arrested on a DUI charge in Los Angeles, where he was training, just two weeks before he defeated Marco Antonio Rubio in San Antonio to retain his version of the 160-pound title. Chavez reached a plea deal in the case in June, which included three years of probation.

 

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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez on ESPN First Take (Video)

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by Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez were on ESPN First Take discussing their December 8 fight, and of course blah blah about Floyd Mayweather and stuff, and here’s the video.

Usually when I do video posts like this, I transcribe them for folks that can’t watch the video from where they’re checking the site, so that they can see what was said, but I’m not doing it here, because I find this pretty useless. People are for whatever reason interested in this level of discourse and these phony, staged arguments, and the focus of a sports coverage segment not being about the sport or the two athletes sitting there, but the two goobers at the table staging a combative conversation.

The bits where Manny and JMM do get to talk are just rehashed talking points for the press tour. Juan Manuel needs to change something and Manny needs to be 25 again. Rinse, repeat, and enjoy the video if this is what you like.

 

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Manny Pacquiao And 50 Cent Not Excluding Floyd Mayweather

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by MTV News in Music News - Rob Markman

50 Cent’s new boxing venture with Floyd Mayweather’s rival, Manny Pacquiao, came as a surprise considering his bond with the boxer, but according to Pacquiao the door is open to Mayweather.

Eight-Division world boxing champion boxer Manny Pacquiao handles his business both inside and outside of the ring. On Wednesday (September 19) Pac-Man was in New York City promoting his December 8 fight with his heated rival Juan Manuel Márquez, but also addressed his in-the-works promotion company with rap mogul 50 Cent.

“I love music, and he likes boxing also,” Pacquiao told MTV News about the G-Unit head honcho just minutes before his big press conference at the Edison Ballroom in New York promoting the Márquez match. “We’re talking about that and we’re discussing. We didn’t finalize yet because I’m so busy right now and he’s busy right now.

Manny made it clear that he was focused on his December 8 bout with Márquez, a man who he is fighting for the fourth time in his career, but Pacquiao’s business adviser Michael Koncz was able to give us much more detail.

“We’ve very close to it, I’ve been talking to 50 Cent now for over a month and a half, close to two months. It’s becoming a reality, more than a possibility,” Koncz said of the deal which will bring Fif and Pac together to promote big-time boxing matches. “I think we’re going to end up doing something together before the year is out.”

This is not 50′s first venture into the sport. The multiplatinum rapper has a close friendship with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather — they call themselves the Money Team — but in a recent interview, Fif spoke on a rift between the longtime buddies. It is now being speculated that because Fif is gearing up to do business with Mayweather’s rival Pacquiao, it has caused problems between the friends. During a radio interview on September 14 with Power 105′s Breakfast Club in NYC, 50 said he and Floyd were still friends, and today, Koncz completely shot down the notion that Manny came between them.

“No, it’s not because of this, and I believe they have a true friendship and all true friends have arguments periodically, but that’s not my business,” Koncz said diplomatically. “Floyd is always welcome, if we put this together, the door will always be open for Floyd to join in.” In fact, Koncz told MTV News that, at first, the pending business venture was intended to include Mayweather as well. “They approached us, they came to us and initially it was 50 Cent, Floyd and Manny,” he said. “We don’t have a problem with Floyd. Manny doesn’t have any anger or resentment.”

Regardless of Mayweather’s involvement, Pacquiao and Fif are looking forward to doing business. Koncz envisions pay-per-view events that will not only feature marquee boxing matches, but mini-concerts as well, giving fans more bang for their buck. “That’s the luxury that we would have through 50 that most promoters can’t do because you really can’t afford to put that in the show,” he said, also noting that the concert idea is just one of many and isn’t concrete.

Maybe with all of their influence 50 Cent and his new partner can finally put together a mega dream-match between Mayweather and Pacquiao. It is speculated that a fight between the two titans can bring in millions of dollars and break pay-per-view records. No telling if 50 Cent will be involved or if Pacquiao versus Mayweather will ever happen, but Manny remains hopeful. “There’s a possibility to make that fight happen. Maybe not this time, but some other time,” he said. “Right now I’m focused on December 8.”

What effect will 50 Cent’s pending partnership with Pacquiao have on his friendship with Floyd Mayweather?

 

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Pacquiao forcing the issue with Mayweather

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By John F. McKenna (McJack)

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) in an effort to force the hand of undefeated super star World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KO’s) has forced the issue with “Money May” by offering to take the smaller percentage if and when the two square off in the ring. The “Pacman” in an effort to offer Floyd no wiggle room has also agreed to random drug testing up to the day of the fight.

Pacquiao publicly stated that he is agreeable to take only 45% of the revenue for the fight, apparently in an effort to preempt any further stalling tactics by Mayweather. It has long been anticipated by boxing insiders that Floyd would demand the larger share of the pie. Presumably the money issue would have to be put to rest before any talks between Mayweather and team Pacquiao move forward.

Manny, apparently in an effort to remove any further roadblocks which could prevent a Pacquiao – Mayweather fight from happening also has publicly agreed to the random drug testing that Floyd has requested. The drug testing and the percentage that each fighter would receive are thought to be the major stumbling blocks preventing the mega match from happening.

Mayweather has long insisted that any opponent he faces in the ring must submit to Olympic style drug testing. Manny, for quite some time now has stated that he is agreeable to the Olympic style drug testing but Floyd still brings it up as if it is still an issue. For that reason many boxing pundits believe that Mayweather is now using the drug testing as a phony issue.

Mayweather has been relatively silent since being released from the Clark County Detention Center in August. It is not yet known who Floyd’s next opponent will be or when the fight will take place. Mayweather scored a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Puerto Rican veteran Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) last May.

Reportedly Floyd offered “Pacman” a flat $40 million to fight him months ago. The offer however was not taken seriously when it is taken into account that such a fight would most likely draw upwards of $150 million in Pay Per View (PPV) sales alone. Mayweather of course would receive the lion’s share of the revenue.

Many boxing analysts saw the $40 million offer by Floyd as his way of saying he really did not want to fight Manny.

Many boxing fans are convinced that a Pacquiao – Mayweather fight will never take place.

 

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Pacquiao to accept 45% against Floyd

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ESPN staff

Manny Pacquiao claims he will agree to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr on the basis of a 45-55% purse split, allowing the American the greater percentage even if Pacquiao emerges the victor.
Pacquiao and Mayweather have been in on-off negotiations over a lucrative showdown for years, with several factors cropping up to prevent them fighting. In what is seen as the fight for the crown of pound-for-pound king, it is reported that the pair may finally step into the same ring within the next 18 months.
Mayweather has previously demanded that Pacquiao agrees to random pre-fight drug testing, as well as a smaller percentage of the fight purse. The Filipino was offered a flat $40 million purse, which he rejected.
Now Pacquiao is insisting he will accept a 45-55% split, which is unconditional on the outcome of the fight. Therefore, even if Mayweather loses, he would still pick up the greater amount.
“Win or lose, I’ll take 45%,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying to his publicist by the Los Angeles Times. “Floyd can have top billing, he can be introduced in the ring first or last.
“He can wear my trunks. I don’t care. I just want to get him in the ring and make the fight.”
The report came 24 hours after Pacquiao had told ESPN’s First Take show that he had “no problem” with Mayweather’s demand for random drug tests. “Whatever he wants to do,” commented Pacquiao.
There is some confusion over Pacquiao’s comments, though, with advisor Michael Koncz later claiming the Filipino was merely saying he would stick to the original plan of 55% to the winner, 45% to the loser. That contradicts what Pacquiao is reported to have said.
A further issue may yet arise when it comes to deciding the venue, with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum open to hosting the bout at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Mayweather, though, is determined to keep the fight in Las Vegas.

 

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Manny Pacquiao: Imminent Megafight vs. Floyd Mayweather Is Best Thing for Boxing

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By Jessica Isner

Is it too soon to get our hopes up that the epic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao superfight is actually on the verge of happening?

After years of speculation, trash talk and back-and-forth nonsense, it seems that boxing’s two biggest stars are finally on the cusp of hammering out a deal that will put an end to all of the debate and speculation once and for all.

Finally, we will know which one is the real champion. If all goes according to plan, that is.

The dialogue took a turn for the better this week when Pacquiao, in an appearance on ESPN2′s First Take, said he would take less money than Mayweather if it meant they could finally square off in the ring. ESPN.co.UK reports that the fight could happen within the next 18 months, and Pacquiao would agree to a 45-55 percent split that will allow Mayweather to come out with more money, even in the event that he loses.

According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Pacquiao also agreed to random drug testing if it means he and Mayweather can finally come to terms.

On First Take, via Rafael, Pacquiao said:

I’m waiting for that fight to happen. I don’t know what’s the reason why that fight has not happened. … It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.

It could still take time for a deal to be forged and a date to be set. At the very least, it will have to wait until after Pacquiao faces Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8—and if Pacquiao loses, there likely wouldn’t be any Mayweather-Pacquiao matchup at all.

But hopefully that won’t happen.

It seems as though this is the closest we’ve ever been to actually seeing this megafight come into fruition. For so many months, both boxers made excuses—one was scared, one wouldn’t agree to drug testing, one wouldn’t agree to the pay split.

This is about more than the fact that the constant speculation—which one is truly the best?—will stop. It’s about the fact that boxing will finally get the epic fight that it needs in order to stay relevant. It’s about the fact that the fans will finally be getting the fight they’ve been waiting and waiting for but didn’t think would actually happen.

Now, by virtue of Pacquiao, it seems that all of those hurdles have been cleared. Pacquiao has agreed to be the bigger man. He’s agreed to all Mayweather’s terms and has proven that he is ready to demonstrate his worth not in a reporters’ scrum, but in the ring.

There are two possible outcomes to this: Either this fight finally gets a date, or Mayweather finds some other excuse to put it off. And in that case, we’ll know which one really is scared.

However, it seems as though this fight is finally going to happen. As long as Mayweather agrees to the split—which, by all indications, he should—boxing fans will get to see the fight they’ve been waiting years to see and boxing will get what could be the most lucrative fight in the history of the sport.

Everybody wins, fingers crossed.

 

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Manny Pacquiao Supports Ricky Hatton Comeback, Froch Not On-Board Yet

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Written by Leroy Cleveland

While some are critical of Ricky Hatton’s comeback, former foe Manny Pacquiao had some encouraging works for the British fighter dubbed “HitMan.”

Earlier this week on ESPN, Manny Pacquiao stated, “I am happy for him. He still can fight and I am looking forward to watching his fight.”

Ironically, it was Manny Pacquiao who put Hatton into retirement.

And after being sliced and diced inside of two rounds by the Filipino fight legend in May 2009, Ricky Hatton went on a two year hiatus before finally formally announcing his retirement last summer.

Pacquiao vs Hatton II?
When asked if a Hatton rematch was possible, Manny Pacquiao replied, “That’s another story, I don’t know. It depends on how decisions go with the promoter.”

Of course Manny Pacquiao has bigger, more immediate endeavors on his mind these days. Promotion for Pacquiao vs Marquez IV on December 8th is in full swing with the Filipino eying a possible megafight with Floyd Mayweather Jr next year… But he must defeat Marquez first. No easy task!

Can Ricky Hatton make a successful return?
Fight aficionado and boxing watchdog Bernie Campbell told FightSaga earlier this week:
“He’s (Hatton) is a disgrace to the Irish! His comeback will be like Winky Wright’s (failed comeback).”
Also, IBF Super Middleweight Champion and fellow countryman Carl Froch also believes Ricky Hatton has made the wrong decision to re-start his boxing career.

“I think he should stay retired but who am I to tell him that?” Froch said on BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek.

“He’s two years younger than me and only he will know if he can get himself into shape to compete at the top level again.”

Froch added, “He doesn’t live the life between fights. I’m a friend of Ricky Hatton’s, I think he’s great but if I was in his position I wouldn’t fight.”

Hatton will fight an opponent to be announced soon on November 24 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

 

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Mayweather not keen on new Pacquiao offer

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By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao can’t have his way against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Just as news came out the other day that Pacquiao has agreed to a smaller share of the purse against Mayweather, word got out that it’s not going to happen.

Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, told the Los Angeles Times that Pacquiao willing to accept a 55-45 percent share doesn’t guarantee the fight.

“Manny Pacquiao can’t tell Floyd Mayweather [expletive],” Ellerbe was quoted as saying.

Pacquiao also said he’s now willing to undergo random drug tests or blood tests, and he’s willing to do it even on the day of the fight when before he was not.

Pacquiao’s original stand was that blood testing can only be done until two weeks before the fight or 30 minutes after the fight.

Now the Filipino boxing icon is accepting the terms of Mayweather regarding the testing as long as he gets 45 percent of everything.

Mayweather’s offer to Pacquiao is $40 million but nothing more, meaning Pacquiao will no longer enjoy any share from the pay-per-view sales and other revenues.

“If and when the fight takes place, Floyd will dictate the terms,” Ellerbe also told The Times, meaning its Mayweather and not Pacquiao who will make the call.

If he gets his 45 percent, Pacquiao stands to earn more than $40 million.

Pacquiao is scheduled to face Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be the fourth fight between the two archrivals.

Yet it’s the Mayweather fight that people would rather talk about, and during the press tour for his Marquez fight Pacquiao bared his latest stand.

“It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me,” he told ESPN2’s “First Take” television program.

With the drug testing, which served as the biggest obstacle when negotiations for the superfight began more than two years ago, Pacquiao said Mayweather can have his way.

“No problem. Whatever he wants to do,” he told the ESPN show.

“No problem. Even the night of the fight. No problem,” Pacquiao said.

But Mayweather, according to Ellerbe, isn’t buying.

 

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