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Donaire, Rigondeaux share Dec. 15?

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by Lem Satterfield

Top Rank is apparently working to finalize a deal for an HBO-televised Dec. 15 event featuring IBF and WBO junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire against four-division titlewinner Jorge Arce, and WBA 122-pound beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux opposite Thailand’s former titleholder Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told during a recent interview that he had expected to announce a clash between Donaire (29-1, 18 knockouts) and Arce (61-6-2, 42 KOs) as early as Tuesday.

“A lot of things have been happening,” said Arum. “The fight’s going to happen and it’s going to happen on Dec. 15.”

According to a report by, the card is being considered for the Toyota Center in Houston, and Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) has agreed to face Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KOs), a winner of seven straight bouts, four of them by stoppage, although the bout has not been finalized.

Donaire is coming off a ninth-round stoppage of Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka, whom he dropped twice on Oct. 13. Nishioka had not lost since losing a unanimous decision to long-reigning WBC bantamweight titleholder and Thai legend Veeraphol Sahaprom in March of 2004 — a span of eight years and seven months.

Arce, 33, is coming off a unanimous decision over Mauricio Martinez that was contested in the featherweight division last month.

Rigondeaux, 32, is coming off last month’s HBO Pay Per View-televised unanimous decision victory over Roberto Marroquin, and Kratingdaenggym, 31, last month’s unanimous decision over Danilo Pena.

Mayweather: Pacquiao is Desperate, He’s On The Decline


by Edward Chaykovsky

A few weeks ago, Manny Pacquiao appeared in two televised interviews and said he was willing to take a smaller percentage in order to finalize a mega-match with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao offered to split the revenue 55-45 in Mayweather’s favor.

In the opinion of Mayweather, Pacquiao’s offer is a sign of desperation. Mayweather doesn’t view Pacquiao’s worth as being on the same level as it was a year ago - because the Filipino star suffered a split decision loss to Timothy Bradley in June.

Regardless of the controversial nature in which Pacquiao lost, Mayweather says the loss is still registered on Pacquiao’s record and that makes him less valuable.

“You have to realize this, in my opinion, Manny Pacquiao is desperate. He doesn’t make his own decisions, because Manny Pacquiao has a boss, his promoter, that makes his decisions. Once you take a loss and you’re on the decline…listen, Manny Pacquiao, whether he got cheated or not, his stock drops enormously after taking a loss. No matter how you took a loss, you took an L,” said Mayweather to Ben Thompson of

Pacquiao returns on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, facing Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time.

Gamboa added to Dec. 8 card

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By Dan Rafael |

We all know that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will meet for the fourth time on Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But what else will you get if you decide to shell out the $50 or $60 to buy the pay-per-view? Here is what you can expect the undercard to look like, according to Top Rank, although the bouts are not finalized yet:

• Former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), who left Top Rank when rapper 50 Cent, an aspiring promoter, bought out his contract for seven figures earlier this year, will be on the card under a deal struck between 50 and Top Rank. If the fight is finalized, Gamboa — idle since September 2011 after pulling out of a fight earlier this year with Brandon Rios and because of the snit with Top Rank that led to the sale of his contract — would face Mexico’s Miguel Beltran Jr. (27-2, 17 KOs) for a vacant interim junior lightweight belt. Beltran is coming off a split decision loss to Roman “Rocky” Martinez for a vacant title in an all-action slugfest on the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard on Sept. 15.

• Lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) of Mexico, who retained his belt with a split decision win against mandatory challenger Marvin Quintero last Saturday night in the opening bout of an HBO tripleheader, is being lined up to face the Philippines’ Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) in a fight that has been in the works since before Vazquez even faced Quintero.

• Dynamic featherweight prospect Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) of the Dominican Republic likely will face upstate New York-based Ireland native Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs) for a vacant interim featherweight belt.

Lose against Molina and dream of Pacquiao or Mayweather fight is over, admits Khan

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Amir Khan believes he must score a convincing win in his comeback against unbeaten Carlos Molina next month or kiss goodbye to any chance of super-fights against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Khan’s career has lurched dangerously off course in the past 11 months, with his deeply controversial points defeat to Lamont Peterson last December followed by a crushing fourth round knockout loss against Danny Garcia in July.
Those twin setbacks have left Khan with no margin for error as he prepares to face Molina in the American’s backyard at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on December 15.

‘There’s always pressure when I fight but I definitely have to win this because if I lose, I’m done,’ Khan said. ‘This is a fight I need to win, 100 per cent. If I don’t win it I’m done. It’s that simple. The big super-fights I’ve always dreamed about won’t be there if I lose this. Pacquiao, Mayweather — forget it’
In an attempt to revitalize his fortunes, Khan took the bold step of ditching revered trainer Freddie Roach in favour of the quietly-spoken San Francisco-based Virgil Hunter.
The 25-year-old Bolton light welterweight has been in camp at Hunter’s gym in Oakland and is reveling in the austere surroundings, where Hunter’s house rules a ban on swearing.
‘It’s a very tight community in that gym. You need to have people there you trust. Virgil keeps it very limited and that’s what I like about it,’ Khan said. ‘You’re not bothered about who’s watching, you’re not training for a crowd, or fans.’

Khan was forced into an impromptu sparring session in early October when a gang of thugs attempted to steal a Ranger Rover he had been driving with his brother in Birmingham.
The confrontation ended abruptly with one of the would-be thieves being knocked out cold by Khan.
‘I walked out of this café and I opened the car door and these guys jumped in the car ahead of me and said “This ain’t your car mate,”‘ Khan said.
‘It was a courtesy car I’d be given so at first I did a double take and thought, “Maybe it’s not my car”. Then I saw something in the back seat that I’d put there and I knew it was my car. Then the guys started saying – “We’re not getting out the car. You’re going to have to buy it off us”. I had the car keys so I wasn’t too worried. I thought it was a joke. But then it got a bit serious and one guy came out aggressively and said “What are going to do?” And he jabbed me in the face. It wasn’t hard. He barely scratched me really. He tried to swing again and I knocked him out.

‘I hated it to be honest with you. I never fight outside the ring. We’re born fighters, we’re taught how to fight.
‘So when someone tries to fight you they’re making a big mistake. That’s when it got messy because they came out with baseball bats and sticks and smashed the rear window. They must have been drunk or high or something.’
Meanwhile Khan, who is engaged to New York student Faryal Makhdoom, has shrugged off revelations about his private life after allegations in The Sun he had been partying hard with other women in Marbella in August.
Khan insisted his fiancée trusted him.

‘She’s cool, she knows the truth because I didn’t do anything honestly,’ Khan said. ‘She doesn’t believe anything that the papers say because I’m honest to her. I don’t lie and she knows there’s always going to be stuff written about me.
‘It’s a distraction when you’re preparing for a fight. But my fiancée and my family haven’t really spoken to me about it.’

Manny Pacquiao back in the ring preparing for Marquez

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On Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will meet Juan Manuel Marquez in the ring for the fourth time in a series that has been about as close as you can imagine. Pacquiao won the last two by majority and split decision after a draw in their first fight.

Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), coming off a highly controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in June, began his training camp this week at the Wild Card Boxing Club under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. This time, he says, he wants to leave no doubt about the outcome. “If I can get the fight over easy and quick, why not?” Pacquiao says.

Roach says the reason Pacquiao is “the best fighter of his era” is because he works so hard. This video gives viewers a little taste of that.

Chris Byrd: “I don’t believe Manny Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez will change very much in part four”

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By Joseph Herron

With the fourth installment of Pacquiao/Marquez just six weeks away, both men have begun the sparring portion of their preparation for the big December 8th boxing showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While Pacquiao and Roach have boldly stated through various media sources that a knock-out will be imperative to win for a third time, former IBF Heavyweight Boxing Champion Chris “Rapid Fire” Byrd believes that a KO victory against the Mexican legend will be a task that is much easier said than done.

“Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez will always be a great fight,” insists the lifelong boxing proponent. “This is still maybe the toughest fight out there for Manny Pacquiao other than a match-up with Floyd Mayweather Jr.”

“One of the reasons why a fight with JMM will always be difficult for Manny is that Marquez is so smart, he cuts you in half. He uses his footwork in a way that strategically makes a southpaw reach over his body to try and hit him. This ultimately leaves Manny out of position and open for a Marquez counter.”

“JMM patiently picks his shots because he knows he doesn’t have the edge in hand speed. He sets up his shots extremely well and delivers with precision. Because Manny has more to lose in this fight than Marquez, due to his questionable loss to Bradley and his controversial win against JMM, you might see Manny Pacquiao fight with more of a sense of urgency which could lead to more careless mistakes that a smart fighter like Marquez could exploit.”

“Rapid Fire” makes an excellent observation. Manny Pacquiao indeed has more to lose going into the fourth contest with JMM.

Because of Pacquiao’s inability to put away his last five opponents, and due to the controversial nature of his last two outings, the Filipino boxing icon has seen his pound for pound ranking among many fight fans and boxing scribes slip considerably.

Although the Pacman is still one of biggest ticket sellers in boxing and has a massive global fan base, his popularity could start to decrease without a clear and decisive victory against his longtime nemesis on December 8th.

Will Manny try to go for the improbable knock-out victory against a fighter who has never been stopped in sixty-one professional bouts?

Chris Byrd warns every fight fan to expect more of the same in part four.

“I don’t see either man really changing much in their upcoming battle. If both men genuinely feel that they won their last fight, I really don’t believe that Pacquiao or Marquez will be willing to change very much on December 8th.”

“Both fighters know how dangerous their opponent is and what each man is capable of doing in the ring. Marquez was knocked down four times in their first two meetings, so I would be very surprised if JMM decided to open up and take more risks during part four.”

“Also, Manny knows how intelligent and physically durable Marquez is. So I don’t see Pacquiao being any less cautious and tentative than he was during his last fight with JMM. Marquez is a great counterpuncher and knows his openings will appear whenever Manny lets his hands go. Pacquiao knows this and will be thinking about it every time he elects to go on the attack.”

“It’s going to be another great fight, but I think we’re going to see the same tactical bout with the occasional explosion during every round. There is always the possibility that both men could reach and try to go for the knock-out, but I don’t expect to see it.”

“If you notice, we’ve seen a steady decline in action after each time they’ve fought.”

“During the first fight, we saw a barn burner with three knock-downs in the first round. In the second fight, the action was still great but there was only one knock-down and the exchanges were less frequent. During their last fight, both men were a lot more respectful and seemed more cautious throughout.”

“I think it has to do with the fact that both men are much stronger since they first fought each other and they both realize that. So now we see them think each punch through because every single shot is that much more impactful.”

“But now both men are trying to say that we’re going to see a slugfest and a knock-out in part four? No way!”

“It’s going to be a great fight, but I think it’s going to be another strategic match-up.”

Has Manny Pacquiao’s Camp Lost Confidence in His Skills?

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By Alex Groberman

It is crazy to think that after eight years of him dominating boxing folks would question Manny Pacquiao, but that is exactly what’s happening right now. Despite the fact that his last legitimate loss came in 2005, and despite the fact that he has consistently challenged the best foes the sport had to offer, apparently people within Manny’s own camp are now wondering whether or not he still has it.

And as anyone in any sport can tell you: when your own camp starts losing faith, that is the first sign of trouble.

Since that infamous 2005 loss to Erik Morales (which was subsequently avenged), Pacquiao has been challenged by one opponent and one opponent only. Juan Manuel Marquez, the man who he will fight for a fourth time on Dec. 8 of this year, is the lone person who can legitimately lay claim to even kind of throwing Manny off his game.

Stylistically, as has been proven time and again, Marquez poses challenges to the Filipino champ that no one else in the sport does. And yet, in spite of that, even he has been unable to capture a victory in three separate tries. (The end result of the last go-round is disputable, but not in the way that the Timothy Bradley bout was.) Think about that. The only person who has even threatened Pacquiao in over seven years hasn’t even been able to beat him. Is that the sign of someone falling off? Of course not.

People within Pacquiao’s stable would beg to differ, though. In an interesting new report, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports passed along this fascinating tidbit:

But beneath the surface, things are vastly different for Pacquiao as he prepares for his Dec. 8 match with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. There is a palpable sense of concern within his camp that he’s not the same rampaging guy he was in 2008 and 2009, when he literally destroyed the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and David Diaz.

And Pacquiao, for his part, hears the questions.

“What I’m trying to do in this fight is end any doubts,” Pacquiao told Yahoo! Sports. “I worked on the conditioning so hard so I could do whatever I need to do in my fight. My opponent is claiming he won the fight the last time, so I want to give a knockout so the people know for sure who won this one.”

One way or another, Pacquiao will answer all doubters this December – including the ones in his own camp. The judges won’t just give him a giftwrapped victory this time, he is going to have to earn it. Be it by knockout (unlikely) or a dominant showing that gives judges no choice but to give him the decision, the Filipino champ will either silence the critics in his next bout, or he will give credence to all of their concerns.

Stay tuned, Dec. 8 is going to be very interesting.


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By: Ashley White

Former WBO welterweight titlist Manny Pacquiao is sure-footed that his fourth fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez would end up in a knockout win. While the Filipino’s confidence is sky high, his supporters and team members are concerned about his interest in the fourth showdown against his all time biggest nemesis Marquez.

“I definitely was a little concerned why he wasn’t here, because he was the one who said he’d be here the whole time,” said Hall of Famer trainer Freddie Roach who will train Pacquiao at his Wild Card Gym. “But he was clearly working in the Philippines. He was tanned and dark skinned, so that showed me he was doing his running, putting the hours in.”

Roach was referring to Pacquiao’s two-week delay in reaching Los Angeles. The Filipino pride had asserted that the weather in his hometown was more appropriate for conditioning, which was the reason as to why he delayed his trip to LA.

Roach had previously cited his concerns over Pacquiao’s disappearance but now he feels satisfied. According to the Hall of Famer trainer, his fighter has conditioned himself well.

“We did 10 rounds on the mitts today and he went hard. So whatever concerns I had, they were put to rest once I saw where he was with his conditioning,” Roach added.

It is a well-known fact that Pacquiao is on a decline in his career. He lost his last fight against American unbeaten fighter Timothy Bradley via controversial split decision. Before the Bradley bout, Pacquiao had grabbed a majority decision win over Marquez, which was quite controversial according to most analysts and fans. It was the very first time the crowd booed to Pacquiao, something the Filipino is not used to.

Now, the stakes are high for the former welterweight titlist. This time, it is not his title that is on the line but his pride and his career. A loss could mean a further decline in his career and probably a no-showdown against WBC welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather. A win could take Pacquiao back to where he was – next to Mayweather in the listing.


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By Ashley White

Former WBA welterweight titlist Ricky Hatton has revealed that he turned suicidal after his knockout loss to Filipino fight sensation Manny Pacquiao. Hatton is making his comeback against Ukrainian fighter Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24. The Briton fighter is now on the path to reveal the sufferings he went to that forced him to put on his gloves once again.

“I was near to a nervous breakdown; depression, suicidal,” said Hitman in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live. “Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand. I had a knife at my wrists, I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason.”

Hatton, 34, believes he has a lot more to prove in the ring than to be ended by Pacquiao. According to the Briton fighter, his second round knockout defeat at the hands of the eight division former world champion brought him down to the level where he became an alcoholic.

“I’ve always liked a little bit of a drink, but my drinking had gone way off the Richter scale. I was having black-outs. And even if I was stone-cold sober, I was trying to kill myself. The real lowest point was when my little girl came along, who is one-year-old now.”

The former champion further added that he felt disappointed and ashamed of himself, which is one of the driving forces behind his comeback. Hatton was riding an undefeated streak just when the current WBC welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather struck him down in round ten. Hatton took the defeat lightly and went onto face Mayweather’s counterpart Manny Pacquiao, only to be knocked out in the second round.

While most of Hatton’s well wishers believe the former champion lost against the two best fighters of our generation and so he should not regret it, the Hitman thinks otherwise. According to Hatton, it is time for him to show the world that he still is the best in the business as he once was. If Hatton wins his comeback fight, he will be set to go head to head against WBA welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi.

Juan Manuel Marquez on Possible Robbery, Rafael’s Loss

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By Ernesto Castellanos,

At the Romanza Gym in Mexico, four division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (54-6-1, 39KOs) continues to train hard for his scheduled fourth meeting with Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38KOs) on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Marquez has been pretty vocal over the years regarding the three outcomes in his trilogy with Pacquiao. He felt the judges in Las Vegas robbed him in all three fights.

He wanted the fourth fight to take place somewhere other than Vegas, but it didn’t work out that way. Now he wants to knock Pacquiao out and do everything in his power to avoid the possibility of the fight reaching the judges.

“We tried to get this fight outside of Las Vegas, because the three times we faced him there I was robbed - first with a draw and two by decision. There was talk about fighting in Texas or Mexico City. Finally the fight could not be removed [from Las Vegas]and again it’s going to be in Nevada,” Marquez said.

“Certainly they will not appoint the same judges who robbed me in the last fight…I guess. Anything can happen if the fight reaches the distance. This time I’m going to fight in a way that will certainly erase any doubts [on who the winner is]. It’s going to be very difficult to rob me in the fight. The strategy will be to look for a knockout.”

“Look, I’m going to go out and do my job, and we’ll see what happens. The Nevada Commission designates the judges….I have no say. If I get robbed again…I don’t know…we would have to examine it from a legal aspect.”

Marquez also gave his take on the recent TKO defeat of his younger brother, Rafael Marquez, who was stopped last Saturday in nine rounds by countryman Cristian Mijares. Following the fight, Rafael complained that he was suffering severe stomach issues two weeks prior to the fight after eating some bad fish.

“It’s not an excuse, but a week before the fight he was hospitalized because he suffered a strong stomach infection. There, he left a lot of his strength. He’s also had some tough fights, and this fight was tough….Mijares is a good fighter,” Marquez said.

Dashing Donaire delivers again

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Nishioka, a gnarled, grizzled veteran who can fight, had not lost since 2004 and was on a 16-fight winning streak.

However, he was no match for Donaire, a prodigiously gifted little man who could take the baton from Manny Pacquiao - when the Pac Man finally decides to call it a day - and run with it.

There was pressure on Donaire to deliver, for while he has kept racking up the wins this was his first stoppage victory since he wrecked Fernando Montiel in a bantamweight unification fight back in February 2010.

And deliver he did with the 30-1 (19) Donaire closing the show with a thudding straight right in round nine to halt Nishioka’s brave challenge.

The super-bantamweight division is one of the most exciting in boxing right now. As well as Donaire there is unbeaten Mexican star Abner Mares.

Mares has the backing of Golden Boy but is in deep in his next bout against the classy Anselmo Moreno, a fighter who looks a ‘pound-for-pound’ star in the waiting.

Moreno is from Panama, a fight mad nation that gave us the incomparable Roberto Duran. He is 33-1-1 (12) and while relatively unknown to US fight aficionados, that could all change if he gets it done against Mares.

The southpaw has already beaten some good men in Vic Darchinyan, Lorenzo Parra and Mahyar Monshipour. Moreno is a master boxer and it should be a good clash of styles when he meets Mares, a gung-ho type who loves to thunder forward.

Talking of gung-ho types who loves to thunder forward, is there a more exciting fighter in world boxing today than Brandon Rios?

‘Bam Bam’ was involved in a Fight of the Year contender last time out against Mike Alvarado. The pair put it on each other for more than 20 minutes until Rios ended the grizzly spectacle with a wonderful salvo in round seven of their WBO light-welterweight eliminator.

A former WBA kingpin at lightweight, Rios has moved up to light-welter and he remains unbeaten in 31 pro fights since turning pro in virtual obscurity in 2004.

Rios has his flaws defensively but the kid is all heart and he can punch too. His attitude to business is almost Gatti-esque and what he lacks in natural ability he more than makes up for in raw Latino cojones.

Such a fighting style may not be geared towards longevity but we should enjoy him while it lasts and there are whispers he could be the next opponent of Pacquiao, provided Manny deals with fellow ‘pound-for-pound’ rival Juan Manuel Marquez next up. pound-for-pound world top 10:

1 Floyd Mayweather

2 Manny Pacquiao

3 Andre Ward

4 Juan Manuel Marquez

5 Nonito Donaire

6 Sergio Martinez

7 Miguel Cotto

8 Wladimir Klitschko

9 Timothy Bradley

10 Carl Froch

Bob Arum gives the go ahead for the fan friendly fight between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce

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by Jordan Stoddart

Finally, we have confirmation of the big clash between Jorge Arce and the current super-bantamweight king Nonito Donaire. There had been numerous discrepancies over the last week with the Mexican apparently not happy over the original fight purse offered, but it seems as if the entertaining duo have come to some sort of agreement. Donaire said he would take the bout in his opponents native Mexico City, however the fight is now heading to the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas on December 15th according to Top Rank ruler Bob Arum.
The tantalising duel between Donaire (30(19)-1) and Arce (61(46)-6) had been in the pipeline for some time, only for the previous negotiations to break down, much to the upset of many purists. News of the fight being made today makes for happy viewing among boxing fans this Christmas. This, along with Pacquiao versus Marquez lV, caps a wonderful December for the sport. Arce is past his best, but still feels he can be a test for the four-weight world champion. “He has never faced a fighter of my qualities. He has never faced anybody with guts, heart. Knock me down and I get up. I have never given up and have no respect for him.”

Donaire is coming off an impressive stoppage win over the former super-bantamweight boss Toshiaki Nishioka. Although it was hardly competitive, with the Japanese man not keen to engage from the off, the Filipino star notched his 29th consecutive win and has won his last 3 bouts in his current weight class with relative ease. Arce will still pose a threat to his foe, but at 33 the entertaining warrior is way past the glory days where he became only the second Mexican to capture world titles in four weight classes. There are rumours that the December clash could head to pay-per-view, a first for a fight at super-bantamweight. Although being so close to the Pacquiao/Marquez fight, it might just be a step too far with an already penny-watching public.

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Arum: Donaire vs Arce on December 15

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MANILA, Philippines – The super bantamweight bout between Filipino champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and Jorge Arce will push through as planned, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said.

The veteran promoter told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that the disagreement between the 2 boxers has been threshed out.

“It’s a done deal,” Arum was quoted as saying.

Arum said the fight will take place on December 15.

But instead of holding the 12-round tiff at Arce’s territory in Mexico City as earlier announced, the fight will be moved to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

The fight nearly got scrapped when Donaire, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond super bantamweight champion, decided to take a pass at Arce.

Donaire was frustrated because Arce was demanding a large amount of money for the fight.

“They keep on demanding everything. I have the belt and yet they’re still demanding?”

The Mexican, however, said he was merely asking based on the fight’s worth.

“I would be happy to take that fight but I hope I get the price [I'm asking for]. I’m not asking for the pearls of the virgin. I’m demanding just what I think the fight is worth,” Arce said.

Donaire was actually targeting Arce on October.

But when the Mexican brawler priced himself out of the bout, Donaire decided to take on Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka instead.

The Filipino Flash halted Nishioka in 9 rounds.

Manny Pacquiao hopes to use fight with Marquez to show he hasn’t slipped

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By Yahoo! Sports

Superficially, things were the same for Manny Pacquiao as he arrived in the U.S. to prepare for another fight, one that will earn him tens of millions of dollars yet again.
There was the Saturday evening arrival in Los Angeles from the Philippines, where he was greeted by a throng of cameras and well-wishers. There was the staffer waiting at the entrance of the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Monday to park his luxury car as he reported to training camp.
There was the elongated workout with trainer Freddie Roach and the constant clicking and whizzing of cameras that record virtually every move he makes.
But beneath the surface, things are vastly different for Pacquiao as he prepares for his Dec. 8 match with Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas. There is a palpable sense of concern within his camp that he’s not the same rampaging guy he was in 2008 and 2009, when he literally destroyed the likes of Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto and David Diaz.
Since battering Cotto into submission on Nov. 14, 2009, there has been a very noticeable, but subtle shift in his game. Pacquiao routed Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley by wide decisions, then scored a questionable decision win over Marquez before losing an even more questionable decision to Timothy Bradley in June.
Clearly, Pacquiao is still one of the elite fighters in the world, but it’s hard to say that he’s lapped the field any more. He’s no longer No. 2 in the ratings behind rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., and there’s a growing feeling it would take some sort of miracle for him to beat Mayweather, should that long-awaited fight ever occur.

When the fourth fight with Marquez was announced, Pacquiao vowed he’d spend the entire camp working in Los Angeles in Roach’s steamy gym. Instead, he remained in the Philippines for the first few weeks to do some conditioning work, where he said the weather was more suited to getting into fight shape.
All of it was enough to worry his longtime guru Freddie Roach, at least until Roach climbed into the ring with Pacquiao on Monday.
“I definitely was a little concerned why he wasn’t here, because he was the one who said he’d be here the whole time,” Roach said. “But he was clearly working in the Philippines. He was tanned and dark skinned, so that showed me he was doing his running, putting the hours in.

“We did 10 rounds on the mitts today and he went hard. So whatever concerns I had, they were put to rest once I saw where he was with his conditioning.”
Pacquiao has gone 2-0-1 in three compelling fights with Marquez, though there are many who believe Marquez deserved the decision in all three bouts.
The 2011 bout, in particular, sticks in the craw of many fight fans, who felt Marquez clearly outboxed Pacquiao.
Pacquiao knows that, which is why he’s vowed to win by knockout.
“What I’m trying to do in this fight is end any doubts,” Pacquiao told Yahoo! Sports. “I worked on the conditioning so hard so I could do whatever I need to do in my fight. My opponent is claiming he won the fight the last time, so I want to give a knockout so the people know for sure who won this one.”

Pacquiao pretty much always promises a knockout, though. That’s hardly different. But after watching the carnage he wreaked in his brilliant 2008-09 run, opponents are no longer willing to run to the center of the ring and stand and trade blows with him.
Of his five post-Cotto opponents, only Margarito relentlessly bore forward and tried to attack. Margarito, though, was physically bigger and believed he could walk through Pacquiao’s punches and ultimately corner him and then impose his will. He turned out to be wrong.
Clottey simply kept his hands very high and essentially turtled, unwilling to throw punches. Mosley, Marquez and Bradley, though, incorporated far more movement and far more nuance into their games. When they failed to slug, Pacquiao was unable to mount the offense he had against guys like De La Hoya and Cotto.
It has to be a bit troubling to Pacquiao supporters to hear him blame his opponents’ style for his lack of recent stoppages. Yes, it takes two to make a fight, but Pacquiao’s rise was all about finding a way to make opponents fight his fight.
“My opponents were running away from me,” he said. “After three rounds, maybe five rounds, they were running, running, running. They didn’t want to fight toe-to-toe with me. A fight like that is not impressive compared to the others.”
Marquez, having been in the ring with Pacquiao for 36 rounds, knows how to fight Pacquiao better than anyone. And Roach said after all the controversy surrounding the scoring, he believes it would take a minor miracle for the judges to score a close bout Pacquiao’s way.
That’s why Roach’s plan for training camp is to work on finding ways to turn the bout into a slugfest where Pacquiao’s power will have a great impact.
“I flat-out 100 percent told him, ‘Look Manny, you’re not going to win a decision,’ ” Roach said. “He told me he knows he needs a knockout to win, and I told him I agreed. I must have repeated that point 10 times. Judges are humans and they’re aware of how the other fights went and all that has gone on.”
So, Pacquiao vows to get the knockout. To actually do it is another matter, entirely, particularly against a seasoned veteran like Marquez.
But both Pacquiao and Roach use the same word when they talk about their intentions. If Pacquiao is a man of his word, there will be not subtlety to his plan.
“I need to be more aggressive,” Pacquiao said. “That’s what I’m focusing on now, more motivation [to get a knockout] and more aggressiveness. That’s the most important thing I had before, when I was 25 or 26 years old. I went after my opponents very aggressively and I’m trying to get that back now.”

Floyd Mayweather Bashes Manny Pacquiao Again

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By Alex Groberman

Over the past few years, Floyd Mayweather Sr. has bashed Manny Pacquiao every single time someone provided him the opportunity to do so. This made sense, in a way, given the beef that existed between the Filipino champ and his son. Now that Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have sort of buried the hatch, though, you would naturally assume that Mayweather Sr. would lay off the trash talk, too.

You would assume wrong.

During a recent interview with the good folks at FightHype, Mayweather Sr. offered this assessment on whether a dream match between his son and his son’s arch rival would be a mismatch or not.

“I won’t ever change my mind on that. That’s a mismatch,” he said.

“Anybody that watched my son fight against Marquez and Pacquiao’s three fights with Marquez, if they know anything about boxing, they know that’s a mismatch.”

But he didn’t stop there. Mayweather Sr. also decided to invoke a comparison to illustrate his point. He reminded people of how easily Mayweather Jr. beat Juan Manuel Marquez, and how much trouble Pacquiao had accomplishing the same feat.

“It took Floyd one Saturday to embarrass Marquez; Pacquiao going on his fourth Saturday with him,” he said.

“He didn’t beat my son not one second of any round, but he’s about to go in his 48th round with Pacquiao, and honestly, the only thing that’s a shame about these two fighting for the fourth time is Marquez ain’t got the nod not one damn time. Marquez I know won at least one of them damn fights and a lot of people think he won all of em,”

Of course, in that analysis, Mayweather Sr. failed to note that his son didn’t take down Ricky Hatton as quickly as Pacquiao did. (Or that Manny beat him so badly that he was driven to near suicide.) And the fact that Shane Mosley gave his son more trouble than he gave Pacquiao. (From whom he simply ran away for an entire match.) And that Pacquiao dispatched Miguel Cotto with ease while Mayweather struggled heavily against him this past May. And so on and so forth.

The point of those examples isn’t that Pacquiao is better than Mayweather, it’s that styles make fights. Pacquiao struggles against Marquez because of the challenges that the latter fighter poses stylistically – nothing more, nothing less.

Manny Pacquiao Trains in Private, Roach is Very Happy

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by Ronnie Nathanielsz

“Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao worked behind closed doors as he kicked off the vital stretch of his preparation for a fourth encounter with Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 8.

Pacquiao went through the entire routine of shadow boxing, skipping rope, punching the heavy bad, working on the speed-ball and two-ball and doing the punch-mitts with celebrated trainer Freddie Roach.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Standard “all the reports that I’m getting are very good but I will see for myself tomorrow when I watch him train at the Wild Card Gym.’

Arum was pleased to learn that Pacquiao had been sharply focused in his two weeks of training in his hometown of General Santos where he sparred with welterweight Anthony “Rocky” Marcial who was battered and called it quits after three rounds in their first session and four rounds in the second.

Pacquiao’s speed and punching power appeared to have been carried over to his first day at the Wild Card with adviser Mike Koncz telling us “training went great. He did 12 rounds on the mitts with Freddie.”

Koncz said Roach “is very happy at the condition Manny showed up in and he’ll spar six rounds on Tuesday” with longtime sparring partner Raymund Beltran and the Russian” who is likely to be rugged junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (22-1, 15 KO’s) who was Pacquiao’s sparring partner during preparation for his fight against Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.

Roach clearly wants Pacquiao to concentrate on the task at hand which is basically to score a convincing victory over Marquez, preferably by knockout so he could erase the controversies that surrounded their third fight in particular when some fight fans and media thought Marquez deserved the decision.

Although he won’t say it Pacquiao has been peeved by Marquez’ constant harping on their previous fights, claiming he won all three but the judges robbed him of victory.

Roach has made it clear he wants Pacquiao to shut Marquez up by knocking him out while Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia, wants her son win by a knockout in one or two rounds.

Security was tight at the Wild Card Gym and no media were allowed inside.

Even telephone interviews with Roach on how the training went were not allowed because of the reported numerous requests for interviews which now have to be coursed through publicist Fred Sternburg.

Manny Pacquiao Wild Card workout

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Superstar Manny Pacquiao worked out today with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club as he opened camp in preparation for the upcoming fourth fight of his historic rivalry against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Zanfer Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay Per View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather JR SHOCKING DECISION – EXPERT RINGS IN – Boxing News

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By Jim Minkle

I am one of the many that gave up on a showdown between Floyd Mayweather, JR., and Manny Pacquiao years ago. The fight isn’t going to happen. It’s just not. They will keep dangling the carrot and keep fighting others and it will go down in history as one of the biggest fights never to happen.

I have contended that Pacquiao has no chance to beat Mayweather, and that has gotten the attention of New York City Boxing Expert, George Smith, SR. He has been around the game forever and is a historian locally with a correct prediction accuracy record of 98.9%. In other words, if he picks a fight, bet on it!

‘I really want that title shot’: Mercito Gesta eyes Miguel Vazquez for Dec. 8

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Last night, inside of the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, IBF lightweight champion Miguel ‘Puppet’ Vazquez (32-3, 13 KO’s) made the fourth successful defense of his bauble with a less-than-thrilling split-decision victory over Sinaloa, Mexico’s Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KO’s).

Vazquez is certainly an interesting character. He’s a tough nut to crack, with his only losses being decision verdicts against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez on two separate occasions, yet his awkward style often leaves much to be desired from a fan’s standpoint.

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Watching the Vazquez-Quintero match last night, lightweight contender Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) seemed to have a hard time gathering his thoughts when asked for his take on the bout.

“Not too much action,” stated the 25-year old Gesta, originally from Mandaue City, Philippines and now residing out of San Diego, California. “But Miguel Vazquez, that’s how he fights. He’s good at that and he’s a hard fighter. He uses every tactic to win the fight. It looks boring, but this guy is a hard fighter.”

Ranked #5 by the IBF, Gesta was eyeing the fight in hopes that Vazquez would emerge unscathed so that a proposed Las Vegas showdown on the December 8th Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez IV undercard could come to fruition.

“I really want that title shot,” Gesta confirmed. “That’s why I watched the fight. It seemed like last night he was good and didn’t have a cut, and not beat up. If the fight goes on, I really want that bad.”

Vazquez is a workmanlike type of fighter and nothing really special stands out about him. Gesta takes a cautious approach when assessing Vazquez as an opponent but you can sense his confidence when speaking.

“This guy, he has a lot of tactics and stuff, but I think just the speed, I think that’s my advantage with this guy,” stated Gesta. “But of course, we need to have a game plan for this guy. We need to find a way to fight this guy.”

Gesta’s trainer and co-manager Vince Parra advised me recently that their camp will shift to the mountains of Big Bear, California on Nov. 1 in hopes of creating the best possible atmosphere heading into the biggest fight of Mercito’s career.

The change of location is one that Gesta seems to be welcoming.

“I think that’s a big move for me,” said Gesta. “It’s my first time there and I’m going to try it. A lot of champions go there for training and it’s a high enough place. I think it helps for my cardio and stamina. It puts my training to the next level, especially if it’s a title fight.”

‘Not impressed’

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By Edri K. Aznar

NONITO Donaire Jr. has won over some talented and tough opponents. But veteran Mexican star Jorge Arce isn’t impressed by his list of victims.

“He has never faced a fighter of my qualities. He has never faced anybody with guts, heart. Knock me down and I get up, I have never given up and I have no respect for him,” the 33-year-old Arce, who has won world titles at light flyweight, flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight, told

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Donaire Jr.’s list of victims includes the likes of Toshiaki Nishioka, Jeffrey Mathebula, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Omar Narvaez, Fernando Montiel, Hernan Marquez, Moruti Mthalane and Vic Darchinyan.

Even if some critics believe that Arce – 61-6-2 with 46 knockouts – is past his prime, the Mexican still believes that he can pull off an upset against Donaire Jr. in their encounter on Dec. 15.

“In boxing there is no logic. When I fought ‘Papito’ Vazquez, they said (I would lose) and I won by knockout. When I faced Yo Sam Choi in Korea they said the same thing, and also with Hussein-Hussein,” he said.

But if ever Arce will be demolished by the World Boxing Council Diamond and World Boxing Organization super bantamweight champion Donaire Jr., 30-1 with 19 knockouts, he would end his career that has been running since 1996.

“There are different ways to lose. I get beat overwhelmingly, then I would think that I would have nothing to do in boxing and I would retire permanently. But if I lose with dignity or get robbed, then I will continue in the sport.”

Oscar de la Hoya comeback tweet: Nothing more than props for Golden Boy Alvarez

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And those of us on the battered East Coast thought Hurricane Sandy was a windbag.

On Sunday, hours ahead of the terrible “Frankenstorm,” and interestingly hours behind Manny Pacquiao’s highly publicized arrival in Los Angeles, 39 year old promoter Oscar de la Hoya sent out a tweet hinting of a ring comeback.

Lets hope this was Oscar being a puckish promoter, just puffing up his star attraction from Mexico.

Let’s hope Oskie was teasing, let’s hope this was a pre-Halloween trick.

In his less than 140 character message, OLDH said he thinks he can “do damage” to any junior middleweight in the world save for Golden Boy’s new Golden Boy, Canelo Alvarez.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t think the launching of GBP shows at Brooklyn’s slick Barclays Center and his humungous and sensitive ego combine to tempt the former ring superstar to lace up the gloves once more.

But, in more reflective moments than a cursory tweet, Oscar has freely confessed that the daily strain of diligent training has no appeal to him at this stage of his life. In fact, he did not train that hard for the supposed mismatch against Manny which ended with big betting favorite Oskie quitting ingnominously on his stool.

Better Oscar should line up behind Ricky Hatton’s comeback because the popular Mancunian and known GBP “associate” is coming back for the right reason. Hatton is going back into harm’s way because he sorely misses fighting.

My guess is that this tweet was just another harmless message, another passing thought from old warhorse Oscar because I don’t think it was intended to be anything more than slightly provcative…that and as praise for Canelo.

Why Do People Pretend that Timothy Bradley Deserved to Beat Manny Pacquiao?

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By Alex Groberman

Nearly five months after the fact, there is still a debate raging regarding whether Timothy Bradley truly defeated Manny Pacquiao or not. Despite the fact that the end result of this bout has been almost universally panned by writers, fans and many boxers, a select few continue to hold on to the ridiculous idea that Bradley actually deserved his victory.

These precious few always note the same thing: if you turned off the sound and just watched the fight as it happened, you would think that Bradley won. It’s an absolutely ludicrous argument – any which way you want to look at it. Turn off the sound. Turn off the lights. Hide your head under the covers. It doesn’t matter. None of that will change the facts. And the facts, according to CompuBox, are as follows: Pacquiao landed more total punches (in 10 out of 12 rounds, no less) and more power punches, and he did both with a better efficiency. These are facts – not opinions. They are not impacted by announcer bias or anything of that sort.

Yes, Pacquiao did coast until the final portion of every round before taking control; if Bradley had fought an even halfway decent match, maybe he could have capitalized on that. But he didn’t. The only fault anyone can pick with Pacquiao’s showing this June is that he didn’t knock Bradley out. The latter was hobbled and begging to be put out of his misery and, for whatever reason, Pacquiao just couldn’t do it.

During a recent interview with the good folks at Boxing Scene, trainer Naazim Richardson once again said that Pacquiao didn’t beat Bradley that badly. And, once again, he cited the same facts that all the critics always use.

“Everybody is harsh on Tim Bradley. Everybody [is saying] ‘they robbed Pacquiao, they robbed him,’” he said.

“Timmy worked hard and put himself in position to fight a fight, where at the end of the fight if you really turn the commentary off and watch the fight……and not say ‘ooh and ahh’ every time Pacquiao shakes his hair and say [to yourself] ‘Pacquiao is doing something.’ Just watch the fight. There are things that both of them can say they didn’t do.”

Again, announcer bias doesn’t impact punch count. It doesn’t impact punch efficiency. It doesn’t impact aggressiveness. It’s just an excuse.

It’s amazing that five months after the fact, we still can’t all come together and acknowledge reality.

Ricky Hatton: I Was Suicidal After Loss to Manny Pacquiao

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By Mick Akers

On the heels of his return to the ring, British boxer Ricky Hatton revealed that after his second-round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009, he almost attempted to take his own life, according to BBC Radio 5 Sports live’s Sportsweek. (h/t

“I had a knife to my wrists and was in a really bad way. I was hysterically crying for no reason,” Hatton explained.

Hatton went on to say, “Most mornings, my girlfriend would have to come down the stairs and take a knife out of my hands.”

Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) said he went into a deep depression and drank heavily, sometimes until blacking out. The former junior welterweight and welterweight title holder said even when he was sober, he still had suicide on the mind.

With Hatton making his comeback to the ring on Nov. 24 against Vyachelslav Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs) it will be interesting to see how Hatton looks in the ring after a three-year layoff.

Not only will Hatton’s physical appearance be carefully studied in his return, his mental aspect has to be closely watched as well.

Hatton said that he feels like a failure after losing to both Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., so if his confidence is not where it should be, his return to the ring could be a short and uneventful one.

With Hatton being 34 years old, the effects of the three years away from the ring could affect him more than he thinks. Add that to Hatton being a professional fighter since 1997 and the possibility for a disappointing return to the ring is a real possibility.

Senchenko is a former WBA champ himself and is going to be a real test for Hatton in his return to boxing.

With a possible showdown against fellow British star Amir Khan looming if Hatton takes care of business against Senchenko and Khan beats Carlos Molina on Dec. 15, Hatton must not look past Senchenko with a Khan showdown on the mind.

Ricky Hatton on Near Suicide: I Had a Knife at My Wrists!

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Ricky Hatton has revealed how close he came to suicide during his three-year break from boxing.

The 34-year-old Briton, who is about to relaunch his career with a fight next month, slipped into depression after a second-round knockout by Filipino Manny Pacquiao in his last fight in May 2009.

Hatton, who won world titles at welterweight and light-welterweight, says that, during the worst bouts of the illness, his girlfriend had to take a knife from him to stop him hurting himself.

“I was near to a nervous breakdown; depression, suicidal,” he told BBC Radio Five Live on Sunday.

“Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand. I had a knife at my wrists. I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason.

“I’ve always liked a little bit of a drink, but my drinking had gone way off the Richter scale. I was having black-outs.

“And even when I was stone cold sober, I was trying to kill myself. The real lowest point was when my little girl came along, who is a year old now.

His son Campbell “had the misfortune to see his dad in such a bad way. I am not going to do it anymore to my kids and I’m not going to put my family though it anymore.”

Hatton will return to the ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24.

A much-loved figure in the UK during the first part of his career, Hatton admitted his defeats at the hands of Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather left him feeling like a “failure”.

“I feel sad because I feel ashamed of myself,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Ricky, everyone has problems and you got beaten by Mayweather and Pacquiao, who are the two best fighters of our generation. You did the country proud.’

“That’s very kind of people to say, but they don’t have to deal with this little fella who sits on my shoulder every day telling me that I’m a failure and I’ve let my family and my fans down and British sport, British boxing.

“I feel a failure and it doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Don’t be too hard on yourself.’ That’s how I feel and that’s why I’m coming back. I feel I’ve got to redeem myself.”

English boxer Ricky Hatton reveals he was close to committing suicide after losing to Manny Pacquiao

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by Herald Sun

English boxer Ricky Hatton has revealed how close he came to suicide during his three-year break from the sport, as he prepares to relaunch his career with a fight next month.

The 34-year-old, who won world titles at both welterweight and light-welterweight, slipped into depression after a brutal second-round knockout by Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao in his last fight in May 2009.
He has revealed that, during the worst bouts of the illness, his girlfriend had to take a knife from him to stop him hurting himself.
“I was near to a nervous breakdown; depression, suicidal,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand. I had a knife at my wrists, I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason.
“I’ve always liked a little bit of a drink, but my drinking had gone way off the Richter scale. I was having black-outs.
“And even if I was stone-cold sober, I was trying to kill myself. The real lowest point was when my little girl came along, who is one-year-old now.
“(Hatton’s son) Campbell had the misfortune to see his dad in such a bad way. I am not going to do it anymore to my kids and I’m not going to put my family though it any more.”
Hatton will return to the ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24.
A much-loved figure in Great Britain during the first part of his career, Hatton admitted his defeats at the hands of Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather left him feeling like a “failure”.
“I feel sad because I feel ashamed of myself,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Ricky, everyone has problems and you got beaten by Mayweather and Pacquiao, who are the two best fighters of our generation. You did the country proud.’
“That’s very kind of people to say, but they don’t have to deal with this little fella who sits on my shoulder every day telling me that I’m a failure and I’ve let my family and my fans down and British sport, British boxing, down.
“I feel a failure and it doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Don’t be too hard on yourself.’ That’s how I feel and that’s how I’m coming back. I feel I’ve got to redeem myself.”

Manny Pacquiao arrives at LAX to overwhelm Juan Manuel Marquez

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Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao arrived last night at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles to begin training with Freddie Roach for a fourth bout against rugged Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), an eight-division titlist who has earned a draw and two conquests over Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) since their initial meeting in May 2004, will formally start working with Roach tomorrow at the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.

“We’ll start at Wild Card on Monday, but we’ve already been training for three weeks in the Philippines. So we’ve moved our camp for now,” said Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz. “We’ve already been sparring for two weeks in the Philippines, and then Manny and I both spoke to Freddie early last week, and Manny asked Freddie to have sparring ready for here.”

The 33-year-old Pacquiao won an extremely debatable majority decision against Marquez in their third scrap last November 12 in “Sin City.”

Most recently, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” had his WBO light welterweight title unwittingly stolen by Timothy Bradley (29-0-01, 12 KOs), presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, when criminally incompetent judges handed him a split decision in June.

Conversely, the 39-year-old Marquez, who has captured eight belts in six different weight classes and is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the sixth preeminent prizefighter today, last vacated the squared circle in April with a lopsided unanimous decision triumph over Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko in Mexico City.

Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.

“Marquez will beat Pacquiao this time,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “The first three fights could have gone either way and I think Manny has regressed lately. Marquez will win by split decision.”

Jeff Lyons is a boxing fanatic who possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of The Sweet Science.

Although Lyons has immense respect for Marquez, the South Bostonian disagrees with Perron and predicts that Manny will emerge triumphant.

“Manny by split decision,” said Lyons, 33, a resident of South Boston. “It’s a horrible fight for Manny because he matches up so poorly with JMM.”

In contrast to the thoughts of Perron and Lyons, expect Manny Pacquiao to finally overwhelm Juan Manuel Marquez in a decisive manner approximately six weeks from tonight in “The Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Pacquiao starts US training vs Marquez

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By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach had previously offered $1,000 to anyone who could knock Manny Pacquiao down or out in sparring.

This time, Roach is taking a different approach. Instead, he is offering Pacquiao $1,000 if he can knock any of his sparring partners down.

Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles yesterday morning (Saturday evening in LA) for the final phase of his preparations for his Dec. 8 showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez.

The Filipino boxing icon, coming off a controversial loss to American Tim Bradley last June, spent the first three weeks training in his home province of General Santos City.

The original plan was for Pacquiao to train the whole eight weeks at the Wild Card Gym.

But it didn’t’ happen.

It was the first time Pacquiao spent the first few weeks of his training away from the eyes of his chief trainer although he insisted that everything went well in General Santos City.

Pacquiao said he worked as hard under his buddy Buboy Fernandez and Roger Fernandez, and that he could begin sparring this week if Roach wants him to.

Roach said the doors to his gym will be closed every minute Pacquiao is inside training.

Roach is not worried at all that Pacquiao came in a couple of weeks behind their normal schedule. In an attempt to fire up his fighter he came up with the offer.

“This camp I will pull a switch. I will offer Manny $1,000 out of my own pocket every time he knocks a sparmate on his a**,” Roach was quoted by Michael Marley of The Examiner.

In previous camps, Pacquiao has given his sparring partners a taste of hell with a couple of them getting off the ring with a bloody nose.

Of course, Roach wouldn’t mind losing a few thousand bucks in this camp.

Manny Pacquiao arrives in L.A.

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By Dan Rafael |

Manny Pacquiao has finally arrived in the United States for the remainder of his training camp in preparation for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles from the Philippines on Philippine Airlines flight 102 at 8:05 p.m. PT Saturday — only two weeks after he was supposed to arrive.

When the fight was made in mid-September, Pacquiao said that he planned to do his entire training camp in the United States, but later delayed his arrival because of his congressional schedule in the Philippines, which did not sit well with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. He expected Pacquiao on Oct. 14, which forced him to scrap various promotional activities already scheduled.

Pacquiao has been training in the Philippines, but without trainer Freddie Roach. They will begin working together on Monday at Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Pacquiao is expected to begin sparring on Monday.

Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), the only eight-division champion in boxing history, will meet Marquez in a welterweight fight on Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao leads the series 2-0-1 with all three outcomes quite debatable, especially his majority decision win in June November 2011, also at the MGM Grand.

Pacquiao elected to fight Mexico’s Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) for the fourth time rather than fight Timothy Bradley Jr. in a rematch of their massively controversial fight in June, which Bradley claimed via split decision to win a welterweight belt.

HBO Boxing After Dark: Thrilling Undercard Features Mexican Showdown

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by Sam Gregory

On the undercard of the Thomas Dulorme vs Luis Abregu bout, RING Magazine’s No. 2 ranked lightweight contender Miguel Vazquez 31-3 with 13 KO’s will defend his IBF title against mandatory challenger Marvin Quintero 25-3 with 21 KO’s in a scheduled 12 round bout in the lightweight division.

Fight Time is 10:15pm EST.

This bout, Vazquez vs Quintero, which was originally scheduled to take place on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr bout last September 15th and is expected to be the biggest Mexican showdown in recent years.

Both of these Mexican warriors already have 3 loses so a defeat tonight could be a major setback on either of their resume’s.

Challenger Marvin Quintero, who is co-promoted by Baja Boxing and Gary Shaw, served as chief sparring partner for undefeated Timothy Bradley when the latter was preparing for his fight with Manny Pacquiao last June.

Quintero has been eagerly looking forward for his chance to fight Vazquez for the IBF lightweight title since promoter Gary Shaw locked in the bout.

According to, “Promoter Gary Shaw submitted the winning bid to secure the rights to Marvin Quintero’s mandatory challenge of IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez. Shaw was the sole bidder with a monetary submission of $50,000.”

Lightweight champion Miguel “Puppet” Vazquez started his professional career in January of 2006 in the light welterweight division. Vazquez’s debut was against the still undefeated and current jr middleweight champion Saul Alvarez who defeated him by way of a split decision.

Vazquez’s second loss came via a 10th round unanimous decision to undefeated welterweight champion Timothy Bradley while his third defeat came at the hands of Saul Alvarez once again, this time via a 10th round unanimous decision in June of 2008.
A fighter who likes to be on the defensive for the first half of the fight and feel out his opponent, Vazquez is not a heavy-hitter as only 13 of his 31 wins have come by way of knockout. However, he’s quite proficient in countering - especially with a good left hook - to build up points.
In addition, he’s been successful at forcing his opponents to work hard and expend a lot of energy during the first half of the fight. As a result, Vazquez has not lost a decision in bouts that have gone past the seventh round.

Marvin Quintero started his pro career in 04′ and suffered his first defeat a year later when he was stopped in the first round by a now-journeyman fighter who was making his pro debut.

In his second loss, Quintero was stopped in the 8th round of a 10 round fight by Tyrone Harris in July 2009 and his most recent defeat was two yearsago when he was knocked out in the second round by rising upstart Daniel Attah.
Quintero is certainly susceptible to being knocked out early in a fight. He can, however, crack as he’s won his last 9 bouts via knockout and owns a 75% knockout-to-fights ratio in his 25 bouts.


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Mercito Gesta vs. Miguel Vazquez on Pacquiao-Marquez 4 undercard on 12/8

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By Chris Williams

It looks like undefeated lightweight contender Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KO’s) will be finally getting the title shot he so badly craves, as his promoters at Top Rank are reportedly getting Gesta a title shot against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KO’s) for December 8th on the HBO pay per view undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There’s talk of the Gesta-Vazquez fight being the co-main event and that’s pretty hard to believe because Vazquez has a really boring fighting style and Gesta isn’t much better. Neither guy are well known in the United States, although Gesta has a large following in the Filipino community. I still don’t see this as being worthy of a co-main event status. I guess Top Rank promoter Bob Arum would be hoping that the Mexican and Filipino rivalry would be enough to interest fans from those areas to attract interest in this fight.

Maybe so, but I personally have no interest whatsoever in seeing this fight at all, period. To me, Gesta vs. Vazquez is more of an undercard on ESPN2 fight rather than a co-main event on a $49.95 HBO PPV. I’d prefer to get a little more for my money if you know what I mean.
Vazquez, 25, defeated #1 IBF Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KO’s) by a boring 12 round split decision last Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, New York. I thought Vazquez won the fight handily and agreed with one of the judges who scored it 118-110 in his favor.

I can see Gesta getting a nice controversial decision win over Vazquez similar to the victory that Gesta got over Manuel Perez last year in September when Geta was given a 10 round decision in a fight where he was clearly out-boxed for 10 rounds. The 5’10″ Vazquez has a three inch height advantage and a four inch reach advantage over the 5’7″ Gesta, and he’s really hard to hit. Vazquez uses his reach, jab and movement much in the same way that bantamweight Anselmo Moreno uses those skills to dominate shorter fighters. I can see Vazquez out-landing Gesta 10 to 1 and still ending up the loser by an ugly controversial decision. I can predict the outcome already and I don’t want to see the fight.

A lot of Filipinos see Gesta as the next Manny Pacquiao. I just don’t see it. He looks average to me and nothing like Pacquiao.

English boxer Ricky Hatton came close to suicide after losing to Manny Pacquiao

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ENGLISH boxer Ricky Hatton has revealed how close he came to suicide during his three-year break from the sport, as he prepares to relaunch his career with a fight next month.

The 34-year-old, who won world titles at both welterweight and light-welterweight, slipped into depression after a brutal second-round knockout by Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao in his last fight in May 2009.

He has revealed that, during the worst bouts of the illness, his girlfriend had to take a knife from him to stop him hurting himself.

“I was near to a nervous breakdown; depression, suicidal,” he told BBC Radio Five Live today.

“Most mornings my girlfriend would have to come downstairs and take a knife out of my hand. I had a knife at my wrists, I was in a really bad way, just hysterically crying for no reason.

“I’ve always liked a little bit of a drink, but my drinking had gone way off the Richter scale. I was having black-outs.

“And even if I was stone-cold sober, I was trying to kill myself. The real lowest point was when my little girl came along, who is one-year-old now.

“(Hatton’s son) Campbell had the misfortune to see his dad in such a bad way. I am not going to do it anymore to my kids and I’m not going to put my family though it any more.”

Hatton will return to the ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24.

A much-loved figure in Great Britain during the first part of his career, Hatton admitted his defeats at the hands of Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather left him feeling like a “failure”.

“I feel sad because I feel ashamed of myself,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Ricky, everyone has problems and you got beaten by Mayweather and Pacquiao, who are the two best fighters of our generation. You did the country proud.’

“That’s very kind of people to say, but they don’t have to deal with this little fella who sits on my shoulder every day telling me that I’m a failure and I’ve let my family and my fans down and British sport, British boxing, down.

“I feel a failure and it doesn’t matter how many people say, ‘Don’t be too hard on yourself.’ That’s how I feel and that’s how I’m coming back. I feel I’ve got to redeem myself.”

Manny Pacquiao: Marquez Bout Lacks Buzz of a Potential Timothy Bradley Rematch

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By David Daniels

Manny Pacquiao needs a new rival.

Sure, Juan Manuel Marquez may be more of a challenge for Pacquiao than Timothy Bradley. But after three fights which ended in two PacMan wins and a draw, why in the world will Marquez get another shot?

According to Bill Emes of Boxing, trainer Naazim Richardson believes that he knows why. He said after this past summer’s travesty of a decision:

If anybody had a right to be mad at the Pacquiao-Bradley decision, it was Marquez. Marquez should have been home kicking furniture over and saying “I did better than that three times.” He is the only person who had a right to be mad. They probably thought about it themselves and said “we have to let him fight [Pacquiao] again.”

While Richardson is right—Marquez deserves another shot because he fought Pacquiao tougher than Bradley—that doesn’t mean Pacquiao-Marquez IV should go down.

A matchup’s aftermath is what draws interest for a fight. Pacquiao-Mayweather isn’t just a Dream Match because the bout itself would be entertaining—its ramifications would be historic.

So what if Pacquiao defeats Marquez? He’s already two up on him. And for that same reason, so what if Marquez beat Pacquiao?

But not only is the rivalry not tied, a Marquez victory wouldn’t even create a tie. There’s a reason why boxing rivalries traditionally don’t live beyond three fights—because after that, the storyline becomes irrelevant. Marquez deserves to fight Pacquiao more than Bradley, but a Pacquiao-Bradley rivalry actually has legs.

If Bradley defeated Pacquiao, a potential third match would feature an unjustly undefeated Bradley vs. a legend attempting to avoid a sweep in the stat book and win a best-two-out-of-three in the eyes of the sane. And if Pacquiao beat Bradley, he’d still be inclined to fight a third time due to the first bout’s ludicrous ruling.

The plot of a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch is simply superior to that of Pacquiao-Marquez IV. And the entertainment value pre- and post-fight are just as important as, if not more than, the fight itself.

Pacquiao starts training with Roach on Monday at Wildcard gym

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By Chris Williams

33-year-old Manny Pacquiao arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday and will be starting his training with coach Freddie Roach on Monday at the Wildcard Gym to get ready for Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao had previously been in the Philippines working out with his helper Buboy Fernandez to get a jump on his training camp with Roach.

Pacquiao reportedly had his way with sparring partner Anthony Marcial. However, Pacquiao was also good at sparring in his last camp for his fight with Tim Bradley, but when he came out for the fight Pacquiao was unable to work hard for the full three minutes of every round. He looked exhausted and old, struggling to work hard for even 30 seconds of every round. Roach would later blame Pacquiao’s poor performance in part due to family problems.

Pacquiao and Roach will be trying to come up with a secret plan for Pacquiao to beat Juan Manuel Marquez this time without controversy. It’s hard to imagine what Roach will try and come up with because he’s tried pretty much everything for Pacquiao in the past and nothing seems to work.

Marquez is too smart and he’s able to immediately adapt to whatever Roach comes up with, leaving Pacquiao with nothing to fall back on. I expect the same thing on December 8th to happen. Roach will spend months working on some grand scheme that he thinks will help Pacquiao beat Marquez, but when the fight starts, Marquez will figure out what Pacquiao is doing in the first minute of the fight and then dominate him like he’s done in the past three fights.

Pacquiao and Roach have been talking about trying to get Pacquiao back to his 2004 form that he had for his draw with Marquez. However, that’s next to impossible because Pacquiao was 25 then, and he’s now old 33. He can’t go back to earlier state because that Pacquiao doesn’t exist anymore.

Donaire vs Arce rumored to be headed to Houston, still on December 15

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By Scott Christ

Jorge Arce’s team says that despite reports of the fight falling apart, negotiations continue, with the fight now being targeted for Houston instead of Mexico City. reports that sources close to Team Arce are saying that negotiations for a fight between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce are still ongoing, with the bout now being targeted for the Toyota Center in Houston, rather than Mexico City.

Donaire reportedly balked at the terms offered recently, and turned down fighting Arce in Mexico City on December 15. That’s still the date being discussed, reportedly, and HBO would televise. I think we can probably guess that Top Rank’s pipe dream of holding a card at Marlins Park in Miami is gone, as there have been no further discussions about that date after Timothy Bradley indicated he was happy to take the rest of 2012 off.

Donaire (30-1, 19 KO) and Arce (61-6-2, 46 KO) have done this dance many times over the past couple of years, and there’s still no reason to expect the fight to actually get done. Both sides have always seemed to report a more serious interest than they actually have in making the fight. It’s a promoter’s dream for Bob Arum, who matches his guy (Donaire) with an exciting, popular, and almost certainly overmatched opponent (Arce) for good money, and Arce really wouldn’t lose anything by losing to Donaire, either. Nobody would expect him to win, I don’t think, and he wouldn’t lose any value, probably.

At this point, even though I think it’s a mismatch or at the very least a tailor-made fight for Donaire, I just hope it happens so we can stop talking about it every few months, after every Donaire fight.

Arce Expects To Face Donaire on 12/15 in Houston, Texas

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By Miguel Rivera

Sources close to former four division world champion Jorge Arce (61-6-2, 46KOs) have told that “Travieso” is still on target to fight WBO/WBC Diamond super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19KOs) on December 15th, but now in Houston, Texas. They believe the fight will take place at the Toyota Center and HBO will televise in the United States.

Originally, Zanfer Promotions and Top Rank were discussing the option of staging the match in Mexico City. Donaire rejected the Mexico City proposal, feeling the terms were not financially adequate for a champion to fight the challenger in his home country.

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and light heavyweight Mike Lee are expected to appear on the undercard.

Pacquiao Eager To See Roach

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Manny Pacquiao will prove to Freddie Roach on Monday in Los Angeles that he wasn’t pulling his leg when the Filipino star told him he was training like hell in General Santos City the past few weeks.

Pacquiao was set to leave late last night via Philippine Airlines for the most crucial stage of his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood after delaying it for three weeks. A private plane owned by Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson was scheduled to ferry Pacquiao to Manila in time for the PAL flight.

But Team Pacquiao members believe Roach will be surprised to see a Pacquiao who’s already in fine form.

Roach has lined up a solid cast of sparring partners, not exactly clones of Juan Manuel Marquez, but close enough to resemble the style of the Mexican counter-puncher Pacquiao is facing for the fourth time on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, who turns 34 on Dec. 17, had opened training camp in Baguio since 2009 and it was a surprise to many why he opted to stay close to home.

Still, Pacquiao assured everyone that his decision to stage the first phase of his buildup won’t affect his training.

“I have been doing well in training here in General Santos City,” said Pacquiao, who is aching to storm back after being robbed off a win against Tim Bradley last June.

Pacquiao and Roach are going for a knockout win to prove once and for all that he remains the superior fighter and not Marquez, who remains a superbly-conditioned athlete even at 39 years.


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by Darren Barcomb

Manny Pacquiao is expected to arrive at LAX International Airport tonight as he embarks on a six week training camp at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California in preparation for his December 10th showdown with Juan Manuel Márquez.
Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO’s) will be looking to have a strong camp and has stated he is looking to knock out Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) as the pair meet for the fourth time. With the Pacman in town, let the hype begin and check back often at 8CN for Pacquiao training updates.

Manny Pacquiao Still No. 1 in Steamy Division | Welterweight Ratings for October 2012

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by Mark Weber

But others are breathing fire, including Robert Guerrero, Kell Brook and Devon Alexander.

On November 24th Golden Boy Promotions, who has been on a tear in the recent months showcasing quality co-main events and undercards, will feature WBC Interim Welterweight Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero against former WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto.

The bout, which will be contested for Guerrero’s title, has all the makings of a Fight of the Year candidate and is sure to be an action-packed affair.

Guerrero became the interim champion in July after defeating the previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin. His upcoming bout against Berto will serve as his inaugural title defense.

Andre Berto, on the other hand, is looking to re-legitimize his name after failing a drug test earlier in the year. Berto, a former WBC Welterweight titleholder, he defended the belt 5 times before losing it to Victor Ortiz in RING Magazines 2011 Fight of the Year.

If Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather don’t fight, will ‘Money’ drop back down to welterweight to fight the winner of Guerrero vs Berto?


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Pacquiao leaves for US

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MANNY Pacquiao left last night for Los Angeles to continue his preparations for his fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Having trained for several weeks in Gen. Santos City under the guidance of assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao said he is ready to spar on Monday when he reports at the Wild Card Gym of chief trainer Freddie Roach. Roy Luarca

Arum confident that Donaire vs Arce will happen

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MANILA, Philippines – Boxing promoter Bob Arum remains confident that a deal can still be made between boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and Mexico’s Jorge Arce.

Donaire seemed to have given up on Arce, whom he claimed to have been demanding a hefty purse for their proposed December 15 bout.

But Arum said that there have been new developments regarding the negotiations.

He said they will be coming out with an announcement on Tuesday (Wednesday in the Philippines).

“I can’t say anything specific, because I promised not to, but we’re not ready to announce anything today,” Arum said in RingTV.

“A lot of things have been happening. The fight’s going to happen and it’s going to happen on Dec. 15. We’ll have an announcement on Tuesday.”

Donaire, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond super bantamweight champion, has already agreed to take on Arce in the latter’s turf.

Arce, however, said he’ll only fight if he will be given the fight purse he deserves.

“I would be happy to take that fight but I hope I get the price [I'm asking for]. I’m not asking for the pearls of the virgin. I’m demanding just what I think the fight is worth,” the Mexican brawler earlier said.

The Filipino Flash reacted with frustration. “They keep on demanding everything. I have the belt and yet they’re still demanding?”

“Arce knows I’m going to his lair. They know that I’m fighting though I’m still injured. Yet they still don’t want to get the fight done,” Donaire added.

It’s Showtime again for Hatton

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By Dan Rafael |

The biggest win of Ricky Hatton’s career — when he thrilled the hometown Manchester, England crowd by stopping Kostya Tszyu in the 11th round to win the junior welterweight championship in 2005 — was televised in the United States on Showtime.

Two fights later, Hatton signed a multi-fight contract with rival HBO and fought six of his next seven fights either on HBO or HBO PPV before retiring in 2009 following a brutal second-round knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao.

Well now, as we all know, the 34-year-old Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) is coming out of a 3½-year retirement on Nov. 24 to fight former welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1, 30 KOs), who lost his belt to Paulie Malignaggi in his last fight in April. The fight will also serve as Hatton’s return to Showtime, which announced on Friday that it has bought the American rights to the fight, which also drew serious interest from Epix.

Showtime will carry the scheduled 10-round fight from Manchester Arena live at 5 p.m. ET (although it will air at 5 p.m. on tape on the West Coast) on a special edition of “Showtime Championship Boxing.” There will also be a replay that night at 8 ET/PT on Showtime Extreme.

“This is a very dangerous opponent for a so-called comeback fight,” said Showtime Sports general manager Stephen Espinoza. “Ricky is showing us that he wants to challenge himself and immediately put himself back in the mix with the top 147 pounders. There are a number of exciting matchups in this division, and with a win Ricky will be right back in upper echelon of the division.”

Hatton is as popular as ever in England, where the bout will air on Primetime pay-per-view. Before the opponent was even announced, the 18,000-seat arena sold out.

Hatton, also a former welterweight titlist, battled depression, suicidal thoughts, drugs and ballooning weight after retiring. He says he is doing well now and gotten in shape for his comeback.

“People ask if I should come back, will I win, can I be world champ again. They don’t get it.” Hatton said. “I’ve already won. I’m here. I saved myself. The end of the ‘Ricky Hatton Story’ was not being knocked out by Pacquiao. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and showing what I can do. I want to get back in the title mix, but you can’t do that by taking easy fights. That’s why I’m taking on this guy.”

The fight will mark Hatton’s 10th appearance on Showtime (which includes three fights that aired on “ShoBox: The New Generation”).

If Hatton defeats Senchenko, it is likely that he will challenge welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi, who won a debatable split decision against Pablo Cesar Cano on Showtime last week. In a November 2008 lineal junior welterweight title defense, Hatton stopped Malignaggi in the 11th round of a one-sided fight.

Floyd Mayweather JR – Manny Pacquiao SHOCKING NEWS – Ricky “Hitman” Hatton Returns – BRITISH BOXING NEWS

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Former Two-Time World Champion and British superstar Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton returns to SHOWTIME® for his first fight in 3½ years when he faces former WBA welterweight titleholder Vyacheslav Senchenko on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, live at 5 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

The scheduled 10-round welterweight fight will be a special, afternoon edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING followed by a replay that night on SHOWTIME EXTREME®.

This will be the first comeback fight for Hatton, the offensive-minded 34-year-old slugger, since he retired following his loss to Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2009, with a record of 45-2 with 32 KOs.

Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs) is a risky opponent who went undefeated in 31 fights before losing the WBA Welterweight World Title to Paulie Malignaggi in his most recent outing last April 29. The bout in Hatton’s hometown will be only the third professional Senchenko fight outside his native Ukraine.

“This is a very dangerous opponent for a so-called comeback fight,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “Ricky is showing us that he wants to challenge himself and immediately put himself back in the mix with the top 147 pounders. There are a number of exciting matchups in this division, and with a win Ricky will be right back in upper echelon of the division.”

One of Britain’s all-time most popular fighters, the crowd-pleasing Hatton is a former IBF and WBA 140-pound champion and WBA 147-pound titlist. Eighteen thousand tickets were purchased for the Nov. 24 event even before an opponent was announced.
Hatton battled depression, suicidal thoughts and ballooning weight after going into a self-imposed exile following the loss to Pacquiao three-and-a-half-years-ago.
“People ask if I should come back, will I win, can I be world champ again. They don’t get it,’’ Hatton said. “I’ve already won. I’m here. I saved myself. The end of the ‘Ricky Hatton Story’ was not being knocked out by Pacquiao. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and showing what I can do. I want to get back in the title mix, but you can’t do that by taking easy fights. That’s why I’m taking on this guy.’’
Hatton will be fighting for the 10th time on SHOWTIME, and the seventh time on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (he fought three times on ShoBox: The New Generation). He registered the most noteworthy victory of his career in his last appearance on the network when he captured the IBF 140-pound title with an 11th-round TKO over Hall of Famer Kosta Tszyu on June 4, 2005, in Manchester.

If triumphant on Nov. 24, his first fight in 42½ months, Hatton could be looking at several high-profile return bouts in the near future, including a rematch with Malignaggi, the current WBA welterweight champion, who Hatton defeated via 11th-round TKO on Nov. 22, 2008.

With a victory, Hatton would also keep alive his chances for much-desired return bouts against the only two fighters who beat him, Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.


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By Greg Heffer

RICKY HATTON has claimed that the main motivation behind his boxing comeback is to make Brit fans proud of him again.

The Mancunian will make his return to the ring against Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24, to be shown exclusively live on Primetime.

Hatton, 34, last fought over three years ago, when he suffered only the second defeat of his career against Manny Pacquiao.

Since that time, ‘The Hitman’ has suffered problems with both drink and depression.

But the former two-weight world champion is hoping that he will prove himself to the sport again, now that he has come out of retirement.

“I want British boxing to be proud of me again,” he said.

“The only way to convince everyone I’m back is by flattening someone on 24th November.”

Hatton promotions have confirmed that the Senchenko bout at Manchester Arena will be exclusively live in the UK on Primetime.

And the channel’s director of programming Chris Ratcliff is sure that there will be a fairytale ending to the highly-anticipated clash.

“To be offered this opportunity, to broadcast Hatton vs. Senchenko, is a huge deal for us,” he said

“This could be the start of a comeback tale of Hollywood proportions! We will support Ricky and his team all the way and wish all the best for him on 24th November.”

Hatton-Senchenko will be televised live on Showtime

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Former junior welterweight champ Ricky Hatton’s Nov. 24 comeback fight will be televised live on Showtime, the U.S. premium cable network announced on Friday.

The 34-year-old veteran returns from a 3½-year retirement following his knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao to face former WBA welterweight beltholder Vyacheslav Senchenko in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

The special afternoon edition of Showtime Championship Boxing (5:00 p.m. ET/PT) will be the British star’s first time fighting on the American network since he won THE RING, WBA and IBF 140-pound titles from recent Hall-of-Fame inductee Kostya Tszyu in 2005.

An evening replay of the fight will air on Showtime Extreme on the same night.

Hatton (45-2, 32 knockouts) could have waited another two years until his name appeared on the International Boxing Hall of Fame ballot. Given his accomplishments and unparalleled popularity (his comeback fight sold 18,000 tickets even before an opponent was announced), he was very likely to be inducted.

However, Hatton, who battled depression, drug addiction, extreme weight gain and suicidal thoughts after going into a self-imposed exile following the 2009 loss to Pacquiao, did not want his boxing career to end on such a sour note.

“People ask if I should come back, will I win, can I be world champ again. They don’t get it,” Hatton was quoted in the Showtime press release. “I’ve already won. I’m here. I saved myself. The end of the ‘Ricky Hatton Story’ was not being knocked out by Pacquiao. I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and showing what I can do. I want to get back in the title mix, but you can’t do that by taking easy fights. That’s why I’m taking on this guy.’’

Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs), of Ukraine, went undefeated in 31 fights before losing the WBA welterweight belt to Paulie Malignaggi last April.

Can Manny Pacquiao Knock Juan Manuel Marquez Out Early?

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By Alex Groberman

Most boxing observers think that Manny Pacquiao will beat Juan Manuel Marquez when the two square off this December. Even though Marquez is a very capable fighter, and even though Pacquiao has not been particularly impressive over the past 12 months, there is just no getting around the fact that the latter is better. When he is at the top of his game and has his head on straight, Pacquiao is superior to just about everyone currently in the sport.

That’s not to say that Marquez won’t give his counterpart trouble on Dec. 8, of course. He has proven time and time again that, stylistically, he poses a bigger threat to Pacquiao than just about anyone else in boxing. But in terms of actually closing the deal and earning a victory – it’s tough to see Marquez being able to cross the finish line.

Once you buy into the general idea that Pacquiao will win this match, the question then becomes: how will he win it? Will he win it via unanimous decision? Split decision? Knockout? And if by knockout, in how many rounds?

Manny insists that he is going to revert back to his old self and aim to end this one early; however, because the Filipino champ hasn’t actually been able to knock anyone out since 2009, it is a little tough to see him being able to do it this time around. At least one person thinks it’s doable, though. There is one boxing fan out there who, for whatever reason, believes that Pacquiao can finish Marquez off really early. That one person?

Pacquiao’s mother, apparently.

“Gusto kong daliin niya in one round, two rounds… oo, i-knockout mo na (I want him to finish Marquez in one round, two rounds… yes, you knock him out),” she said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

So there you have it – this match will end in two rounds.

Obviously Pacquiao’s mother is biased and he definitely won’t knock Marquez out that early, but her comments do bring up an interesting question: can Pacquiao actually end this bout via KO? Mind you, nothing we have seen from the Filipino champ over the past three years indicates that he can. If he couldn’t take down Timothy Bradley — who was fighting with two bad feet and getting absolutely destroyed — how will he be able to take out a guy who traditionally gives him as many problems as Marquez does?

Dec. 8 will definitely be very interesting.

Emanuel Steward – 1944-2012

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by Doug Fischer and Lem Satterfield

Emanuel Steward works mitts with heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, the final world champion of his legendary training career. Steward, who was one of the most recognizable and beloved figures in boxing, passed away in Chicago at 68.

Emanuel Steward, one of the greatest and most beloved boxing trainers in the history of the sport, passed away on Thursday following surgery for diverticulitis, according to the Detroit Free Press, which spoke with his sister, Diane Steward-Jones. He was 68.

The legendary Detroit native, who had been hospitalized for the digestive disease since September, was reportedly surrounded by family and loved ones at the time of his passing.

“His sister confirmed it to the media in Detroit. He died at about 2:46 p.m., Eastern Standard time,” said Mike Brudenell, a sports writer for the Free Press. “He passed away, she said, with no pain. It’s a sad day for the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and, obviously, for boxing around the country and the world.”

That’s not an understatement. Steward, who was born in 1944, made himself, star pupil Thomas Hearns and Detroit’s Kronk Gym, where he trained fighters for decades, into household names around the world.

A talented amateur boxer as a youth, Steward, who won the national Golden Gloves as a bantamweight in 1963, began training kids, starting with his half-brother, James, in 1969. He quickly learned that he had a knack for interacting with people and for teaching the Sweet Science.

Seven of his boxers won the Detroit Golden Gloves titles in 1971, including Hearns, the first amateur boxer he turned pro (in ’77) and the star of his future stable.

Steward developed Hearns from a skinny child into a hall-of-fame boxer that many consider to be an all-time great. He also developed Detroit natives Hilmer Kenty (his first fighter to win a world title), Jimmy Paul, Milton McCrory, Duane Thomas and Leeonzer Barber into major beltholders during the 1980s.

He also guided other young boxers from the surrounding Midwest region to world titles, including former heavyweight champ Michael Moorer and former middleweight beltholder Gerald McClellan.

However, top fighters from around the world ventured to the Kronk Gym to seek Steward’s services. Hall of famers Lennox Lewis, Mike McCallum, Julio Cesar Chavez and Jeff Fenech are among those fighters.

Steward trained six heavyweight champs/titleholders: Lewis, current champ Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Moorer, Oliver McCall and Tony Tucker.

He trained McCall, regarded as little more than a journeyman at the time, to upset then-WBC beltholder Lewis in 1994. He then took over training duties with Lewis, who he helped remake into the undisputed champ during the second half of the 1990s.

He also revamped the career of Klitschko after the talented Ukrainian, then the WBO beltholder, was knocked out by Lamon Brewster in 2004. Over the second half of the 2000s, Steward guided Klitschko to unified titles and THE RING championship.

He trained Holyfield for his championship-regaining rematch with Riddick Bowe, the only fight of their trilogy that Holyfield won.

Other fighters he “resurrected” include British light heavyweight Dennis Andries, who lost his WBC title to Hearns in 1987, but twice regained that belt under Steward’s training; Kermit Cintron, who won the IBF welterweight title with Steward after suffering his first loss to Antonio Margarito; and Miguel Cotto, who won the WBA 154-pound belt with Steward in 2010 after losing to Manny Pacquiao.

Steward trained too many “stars” of the sport, including Oscar De La Hoya and Naseem Hamed, to mention. Even the stars who did not train with Steward in the professional ranks revere the man.

Sugar Ray Leonard, who engaged in THE RING’s 1981 Fight of the Year with Hearns, worked briefly with Steward prior to making the 1976 U.S. Olympic team.

“One of the ways that I was able to qualify for the 1976 Olympics is that I went to the Kronk Gym in Detroit,” Leonard told’s Lem Satterfield. “That was before Tommy Hearns became a professional. Emanuel took me into his arms and into his gym, and I think that I was there for a couple of weeks in preparation for the trials.

“Detroit took me in as a child over there. I was like, 20, so this was just prior to the Olympics. It’s been so long, almost 40 years ago. We had a bond.

“(His death) is devastating. Thank God I had the chance to see him in Las Vegas at the WBC boxing convention. We got a chance to talk a little bit. I had heard that he was sick, but Manny is such a fighter himself that he can put on this front. Besides looking a little smaller and a little thinner, he looked pretty good. But I don’t think about those times when I saw him like that. I think about the good times that we had together.”

Many in the industry regard Steward, who served as an insightful commentator on HBO’s Championship Boxing series in recent years, as the greatest trainer ever.

Virgil Hunter, who received the Boxing Writers Assoc. of America’s award for Trainer of the Year last year, is among them.

“It’s a big loss for boxing. It’s sad,” Hunter told “He’s one of the mentors. I knew Manny personally, and we went back to the amateur days. I can say this in confidence: In my mind, Manny was the best trainer ever in boxing.

“The reason why I say that is that he could develop his products and he was a great diamond finisher. But he raised them. He didn’t have to give an explanation to why he was able to finish up a diamond that somebody else had mined. That’s because he had mined so many of them himself.

“He loved talking about the good old days, watching these young guys develop. Jimmy Paul, Dwight Davison, and people like that who he developed from scratch. To me, that’s the sign of a great man. Manny had a hold on boxing when he arrived, and he had a solid grip on it when he left and now that he’s gone.”

Steward guided the pro career of middleweight contender Andy Lee, whose promoter Lou DiBella lauded Steward as “the greatest teacher of his generation.”

“He was a giant in our business,” DiBella said. “He was the greatest teacher of his generation and a great ambassador for the sport. As long as there’s boxing, no one will forget Emanuel Steward.

“Being at HBO for all of those years, I had the chance to work with him while he was a trainer when I was at HBO. He was also a great announcer. He was a good friend and he had a tremendous sense of humor, he really did. He was a funny guy. He was fun to be around and he loved boxing. He loved the sport. I have so many memories. I don’t have any one memory.”

Countless individuals connected to sport, and those who simply love boxing, can say the same thing.

Steward was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a trainer and manager in 1996.

Pacquiao mourns death of boxing trainer Emanuel Steward

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By GMANetwork

Filipino boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao on Friday mourned the death of Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who died at age 68.

Steward had trained many stars in boxing, and has earned the respect even of his wards’ opponents, such as Pacquiao.

“My prayers are with Emanuel Steward and his family,” Pacquiao said on his Twitter account.

His condolences came despite Steward’s analysis last June that Pacquiao showed “slippage” in his delivery as well as some weaknesses that Pacquiao’s then opponent Timothy Bradley could exploit.

Bradley had won over Pacquiao in a controversial decision.

“I see a slow slippage in his delivery … The animal-like intensity is slightly less than it was. That’s the legs. That’s what I always look at. It might not be there to the untrained eye, but you’ll see … a guy like Bradley — a good, young, intelligent fighter — can exploit those weaknesses. This is not a good fight for Manny,” Steward said in an interview published on the Los Angeles Times at the time.

Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather: Does ‘Money’ Fear PacMan’s Southpaw Style?

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by Christopher Wirsing

After several attempts by both camps as well as a mediation team to finally make the fight happen, no one has been able to talk both sides into agreeing on certain details.

The main disputes that can’t seem to be agreed upon are the purse split and drug testing.

Most fans believe that these two superstars deserve close to an equal share of the money. And although Manny Pacquiao has agreed to give Floyd Mayweather the higher percentage, Floyd comes up with new demands.

Is Floyd Mayweather just not willing to fight?

Some presume Floyd is hesitant to face Manny because, stylistically, the match-up favors his Filipino rival.

And looking at Pacquiao vs Mayweather in a head-to-head match-up, there are a few things about Manny Pacquiao’s style that make the Floyd Mayweather’s camp uncomfortable, I’m sure.


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Top Rank back in El Paso

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Top Rank has previously brought notables like Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Floyd Mayweather and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. to El Paso, Texas in years past, and that tradition of bringing top prospects to El Paso continues Saturday at the El Paso County Coliseum.

In the main event, world ranked super bantamweight Alejandro Lopez (23-2, 7 KOs) battles former world champion Takalani Ndlovu (33-7, 18 KOs) in a clash scheduled for twelve-rounds. The Lopez-Ndlovu fight is an important IBF world title elimination bout with the winner becoming the #1 ranked super bantamweight.

On the undercard, local stars undefeated Abie Han (17-0, 11 KOs) and his sister world ranked Jennifer Han (8-1-1, 1 KO) from the fighting Han family will represent El Paso in separate bouts. Abie, featured in the semi-main event bout, will be taking on Arsenio Terrazas (9-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight match-up. Jennifer is scheduled for four rounds in the super featherweight division against Claudia Gutierrez (2-1).

The remainder of the undercard is loaded with quality Top Rank prospects, including jr middleweight Glen Tapia (15-0, 9 KOs) against Dashon Johnson (13-7-3, 4 KOs), welterweight Brad Solomon (18-0, 7 KOs) against Yorgi Estrella (18-8-2, 7 KOs), middleweight Matt Korobov (17-0, 10 KOs) against Milton Nunez (24-5-1, 22 KOs) and super bantamweight Tremaine Williams (3-0, 2 KOs) against Raul Carrillo (1-6, 1 KO).

Tickets are priced at $15 to $50 and are on sale now at the Coliseum Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets and

Series on Pacquiao’s coach to air on HBO

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The unscripted show focuses on Roach, who owns and operates the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where he has produced a host of world champions. This intensely personal look at the world-famous boxing trainer chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past.

A native of Dedham, Massachusetts, Roach has an extensive amateur boxing background, fighting as a professional under the tutelage of legendary Hall of Fame trainer Eddie Futch. He ended his professional boxing career in 1987 with 41 wins and 13 losses.

In 1992, Mickey Rourke financed Roach’s first gym, the Outlaw Boxing Club. He has gone on to train more than 20 world champions, including Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson.

Roach has been honored five times as Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America and has been inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Last year he was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

In 2011, the US Olympic Committee announced a unique partnership with Roach in an effort to ensure that America’s top amateur fighters have access to the finest training in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This partnership will create a program allowing up to 10 Olympic hopefuls to train at the Wild Card Gym. The 51-year-old bachelor lives next door to his mother, just a few miles from Wild Card.

Executive produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), this HBO Original Programming presentation is a co-production of Film 44 and Atticus Entertainment.

Pacquiao looks sharp

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz

FIGHTER of the Decade Manny Pacquiao looks extra sharp in training as he prepares to leave for Los Angeles on Saturday to continue his preparation for the fourth showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 8.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz said everything was going well in General Santos City, where Pacquiao trains at the Rey Golingan Gym.

In his first two days of sparring against welterweight Anthony “Rocky” Marcial, Pacquiao displayed remarkable hand speed and punching power, forcing Marcial to quit at the end of three rounds in their first sparring session on Monday and at the end of four rounds on Wednesday.

ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejos quoted Marcial, who said Pacquiao was too strong. Marcial also indicated he had trouble with the southpaw’s hand-speed.

Pacquiao appears to be completely relaxed in his GenSan training camp, which is not crowded and devoid of hangers-on. In fact, Pacquiao said he would prefer to continue training in his hometown, but was ready to leave for the Wild Card Gym on Freddie Roach on Saturday.

Meanwhile, undefeated southpaw Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta will get a shot at the International Boxing Federation lightweight title against Mexico’s Miguel Vazquez, provided the Mexican successfully defends his title against Marvin Quintero in Verona, New York on Sunday ( Manila time).

Time for Another Super Six

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By Ted Sares

The Super Six World Boxing Classic was a 2009 through 2011 super middleweight tournament organized by Showtime in cooperation with Sauerland Event. WBA champion Andre Ward went on to beat WBC champion Carl Froch in the Final on December 17, 2011.

With Danny Garcia’s swift demolition of Erik Morales coming on top of Brandon Rios’ brutal stoppage of teak tough Mike Alvarado, a number of fan-friendly possibilities have emerged in the light welterweight division—possibilities that could be far more entertaining than what we saw in the aforementioned Super Six.

Maybe it’s time to consider another Super World Boxing Classic including fighters from the following list(s):

First Tier
Danny Garcia (25-0)
Lucas Matthysse (32-2)
Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1)
Brandon Rios (31-0-1)
Lamont Peterson (30-1-1)
Zab Judah (42-7)
Amir Khan (26-3)
Mike Alvarado (33-1)

Second Tier
Viktor Postol (19-0)
Carlos Molina (17-0)
Kendall Holt (28-5)
Khabib Allakhverdiev (17-0)
Denis Shafikov (30-0-1)
Joan Guzman (33-0-1)
Cesar Rene Cuenca (43-0)
Alberto Mosquera (18-0)

The above list will get smaller after Postol faces off with surging DeMarcus Corley, while Kahn meets Molina in December.

The thinking here is that Garcia, Matthysse, Judah, Rios, Peterson, and Marquez get first call. Garcia could start things by fighting Judah in Brooklyn. “Swift” could continue to win over Flatbush fans if he takes out Zab in Zab’s hometown. The highly regarded Matthysse just might have the gravitas to send JMM into retirement (assuming Manny Pacquiao doesn’t do it first). Lamont Peterson still has a legitimate claim to a top spot at 140 and can give anyone trouble with his grit and tenacity. Right now, Garcia and Rios are the ones calling the shots. Accordingly, the fights in any tournament—official or otherwise—should be scheduled so that the odds favor these two meeting at the end. Bam Bam Rios vs. anyone becomes a must-see fight, but if it ends up being against Danny Garcia, oh my!

Amir Khan is next on my list and could replace Juan Manuel Marquez depending on how Marquez does against Pac Man. Mike Alvarado also remains a factor, but how strong he will be after three straight wars (against Prescott, Herrera, and Rios) remains to be seen. After Kahn and Alvarado, the list pretty much becomes a pick ‘em.

One final note: Argentinean Cesar “El Distinto” Cuenca has the best record at 43-0-0-2 and has fought an impressive 341 rounds. However, his KO percentage is very Distinto (i.e., distinct); it is an eye-popping 2.22%—yes, just one KO in 45 fights.


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By: Ashley White

Former welterweight titlist Ricky Hatton will be making his comeback soon and he wants to make it solid enough to send a message to his rivals, mainly Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hatton, who was cruising on a legendary career, faced devastating losses at the hands of the former Filipino WBO welterweight titlist and the current WBC welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather.

Hatton, who went into retirement two years back, is now hoping to revive his career. While most naysayers believe Hatton is done already, the Briton fighter wants to take on Mayweather and Pacquiao once again, in order to avenge his humiliating defeats.

While talking about his loss at the hands of Mayweather, Hatton admitted that he could not punch Mayweather straight, as the unbeaten American was too fast and smart for his moves.

“When talking about the ref (Joe Cortez) against Mayweather, I hope people don’t see that as my reason for losing as I’d of probably lost anyway and was just saying,” urged Hatton who admits the fact that Mayweather indeed is one of the best fighters out there.

Hatton is surprised over the fact that his followers believe Mayweather did not beat him straight. Therefore, the Briton asserts that he indeed lost to Mayweather fair and square, without any negligence by referee Cortez.

“He didn’t help my cause (though) and he was poor on the night, (which is) out of character for Cortez as he normally lets you have a go, but wow Floyd was hard to hit. I couldn’t of hit him with a handful of confetti,” Hatton added.

Hatton lost to Mayweather and then to Filipino fight sensation Manny Pacquiao. Both of the losses were too disappointing for the Briton and so he decided to end his career. Now, he is making his comeback almost after two years, to win world titles again and to avenge his knockout losses against Mayweather and Hatton.

Hatton will be fighting Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24 in order to revive his career. Chances are, if he wins, he will move on to fight WBA welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi or former WBA and IBF light welterweight titlist Amir Khan.

Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight just pure fantasy.

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Boxing is always looked upon as being defined by era’s. When people look back on this era they will say it has been dominated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. with his unbeaten record, and Manny Pacquiao the fighter of the decade. It’s likely they will also mention the failure in them fighting each other. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has become ever good at thinking up reasons and passing the blame. But whenever he does the blame is swiftly passed back.
First Floyd Mayweather Jr. stated that he wanted drugs tests, to which Manny Pacquiao refused. Eventually Pacquiao said he will take any test. Then Floyd Mayweather Jr. blamed money, Manny Pacquiao soon made a number of generous offers. Once that hurdle was out of the way Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed he wouldn’t fight a man that was suing him. Manny Pacquiao dropped the case and settled out of court. Now Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems to have disappeared. I’m sure Floyd Mayweather Jr. will soon come back into the public view with a new reason.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans give many reasons why their man is the true pound 4 pound champion. They call Manny Pacquiao the catch weight king. The problem with that is this, Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t against catch weights either. Mayweather vs Marquez was at set at 142 lbs. Only Mayweather didn’t stick to it and was fined. Pacquiao has only had 3 catch weights and stuck to them all.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. fans say Pacquiao fight Floyd’s left over’s, whilst casually ignoring that Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought a close fight against Cotto, a man Manny Pacquiao destroyed in his prime. Pacquiao also faced Marquez way before Mayweather did.
Let’s look at their common opponents. De La Hoya- Mayweather wins split decision. De La Hoya- Manny Pacquiao makes him quit on his stool in round 8. Hatton- Mayweather knocks him out in round 10. Hatton- Manny Pacquiao knocks him out in round 2. Marquez- Mayweather wins decision. Marquez- Pacquiao wins two decisions and scores a draw. Cotto- Mayweather is tested and wins decision. Cotto- Manny Pacquiao destroys him in 12. Mosley- Floyd Mayweather Jr. wins decision but is hurt. Mosley- Pacquiao wins comfortable decision. 4-1 to Pacquiao I would say.
I don’t blame Floyd Mayweather Jr. for avoiding Manny Pacquiao. The fighter of the decade has been described has have phenomenal power. Mayweather’s famous defense was developed due to his chin. Its known to be his weakness and he has been hurt by opponents of suspicious ability. If Mosley can hurt Floyd Mayweather Jr. Manny Pacquiao’s power must be frightening.
Mayweather’s main boasting point is his unbeaten record. There isn’t a single boxing expert out there that seems Mayweather as unbeaten. Everyone knows Castillo beat Mayweather. Most experts felt De La Hoya also won. Pacquiao fans say Floyd Mayweather Jr. ‘cherry picks’. That’s not completely true as he has beaten top fighters. But he has built his record around beating old legends or boxers who don’t have the experience to beat him. essentially he gets them past their prime or just before their prime.

Mom wants Pacquiao to knockout Marquez fast

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MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is not alone in hoping that he closes the final chapter of his storied rivalry with Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao’s mother, “Mommy” Dionisia, said she wants her son to shut Marquez down in one or two rounds.

“Gusto kong daliin niya in one round, two rounds… oo, i-knockout mo na (I want him to finish Marquez in one round, two rounds… yes, you knock him out),” Mommy Dionisia told her son in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

It will certainly be a tough assignment for the Filipino superstar, who already had three close fights against the gritty Mexican.

After scoring a draw against Marquez in 2004, Pacquiao secured controversial decisions at the Mexican’s expense in 2008 and 2011.

The fighting congressman has chosen to pick a fourth fight against Marquez to erase all doubts on his wins.

“Motivated ako (I’m motivated). I want to win convincingly,” said Pacquiao.

His fourth fight against Marquez is slated on December 8. The 12-rounder will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The “Pacman” already had two sparring sessions in General Santos City, both against fellow Filipino welterweight Anthony Marcial, who has a professional record of 18 wins, one loss and 17 knockouts.

During their first session on Monday, the 5-foot-9 Marcial was forced to surrender after three rounds.

Last Wednesday, he was pummeled again and called it quits after four rounds.

“Hindi ko masingitan ‘yung suntok, andami eh. Kahit ilagan ko ang isa andami pang kasunod (I could not sneak in a punch… If I dodge one, I get hit by several more),” Marcial said of Pacquiao’s swarming style.

Pacquiao is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles for the remainder of his camp at the Wild Card Gym, where he will reunite with his trainer Freddie Roach. — With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

Would Brandon Rios Give Manny Pacquiao Any Trouble?

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By Alex Groberman

There is obviously no way to know who Manny Pacquiao will fight in 2013. With everything in boxing being in a constant state of flux, and taking into account how spastic Top Rank tends to be when it comes to setting up bouts, nothing that is discussed now is necessarily going to happen in the future. That said, it is getting increasingly difficult to tune out the Brandon Rios chatter.

You will recall, two weeks ago, right before Rios and Mike Alvarado were set to clash, Bob Arum came out and stated that he could legitimately see the winner of that bout getting a shot at Pacquiao in 2013. Well, not only did Rios win – he won in dominant fashion. Ever since then, boxing fans have been getting a slow and steady stream of Pacquiao vs. Rios-related analysis thrown their way – all of which inevitably raises anticipation levels for this potential match more and more.

It goes without saying that Pacquiao and Rios squaring off isn’t what fans want to see most in early 2013. What fans want to see most in 2013 is Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. If that should fail to materialize, though, this could prove to be a very legitimate Plan B. Rios isn’t as good a fighter as Pacquiao is, obviously, but he would pose certain challenges that a lot of the Filipino champ’s most recent foes haven’t exactly posed.

The Examiner’s Chris Robinson was able to talk to Miguel Garcia right after Rios versus Alvarado. During that discussion, Garcia laid out as good an explanation as anyone has thus far regarding why a Pacquiao vs. Rios would be intriguing.

“Brandon’s young, hungry, strong,” said Garcia. “I think it’s about time somebody like him is put to the test with someone like Manny. Manny, not to say anything about him or anything bad, he’s been one of the best fighters of the past decade, but I think everybody wants to see something different. He hasn’t fought anybody that young, that hungry, and I think Brandon is the guy to do it.”

He also noted that Rios knows how to take a hit. That could be particularly important if Pacquiao really does adopt a newfound go-for-the-knockout strategy this December against Juan Manuel Marquez.

“You can see, he can take a punch,” Garcia said of Rios. “Brandon can definitely take a punch. He’s not going to get hurt easily. He’ll keep fighting, keep coming forward, and he still carries that pop in him. He’s moving up in weight, but he was still able to hurt the bigger guy. He definitely has a shot.”

And that is all anyone can ask for against a guy like Pacquiao. A shot.

We’ll see what happens.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV: Javier Fortuna Will Steal the Show

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By Michael Walters

In a little over six weeks, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will face each other for the fourth time. The fight will be shown on HBO pay-per-view in the U.S. and will come with a price tag of $54.95 for the regular broadcast and $64.95 for HD.

Many fans will complain that those are steep prices to pay for a fight that they have already seen three times, but that’s just the cost of PPV these days.

I will be tuning in not so much for the main event—although I do believe it will be just as good as the previous matchups—but more for the undercard.

While the undercard has yet to be announced by Top Rank, the word around boxing circles is that featherweight phenom Javier Fortuna will make his pay-per-view debut against Patrick Hyland for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title.

Fortuna is not a known commodity outside of boxing circles, but all that will change on Dec. 8.

Pablo Sarmiento, who is best known for his work with middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez, trains the Dominican fighter who is now residing in Oxnard, Calif.

In addition to be trained by Sarmiento, Fortuna is being advised by Sampson Lewkowicz, the man credited with bringing Pacquiao to the U.S., as well as a host of other foreign-born fighters, like Martinez and fellow Argentine Lucas Matthysse.

The southpaw fighter packs devastating power in both fists, and although he tends to get a little wild when he has his opponent hurt, he is quite the accomplished boxer. As an amateur, Fortuna won 397 of his 415 fights and numerous medals along the way.

Since turning pro in early 2009, the former amateur standout has destroyed virtually every fighter put in front of him. Thus far, he has run up a record of 20-0 with 15 knockouts.

In his first fight of 2012, Fortuna faced stiff competition in previously undefeated prospect Yuandale Evans (16-1, 12 KOs), who he beat by a vicious knockout in one round on ESPN Friday Night Fights in April.

In July, Fortuna was once again seemingly matched against stiff competition when he faced former title challenger Cristobal Cruz (39-14-3, 23 KOs). However, Fortuna easily blasted out Cruz in two rounds.

I have a feeling that Fortuna will once again score a spectacular knockout on Dec. 8 when he faces what should be, yet again, his toughest competition to date.

Amir Khan and His Camp Need to Stop Talking and Just Win Some Fights

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By Kevin McRae

In each of his last two fights, British welterweight Amir Khan entered the ring as the heavy favorite.

He was supposed to walk through both Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, paving the way for potential superfights with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao.

But a strange thing happened to Khan. He got beat. Twice. Once by spectacular knockout.

But you’d never know it with the way the Brit and his team have been talking lately. They seem to have not gotten the message that Khan is no longer considered an elite-level prospect, and in fact, many argue that his losses exposed him.

Don’t forget, Garcia wasn’t the first man to knock out Khan in spectacular fashion. Brendis Prescott also pulled off the feat in the first round of their 2008 fight. And like the others, Khan was expected to handily beat him, too.

So coming off his latest knockout loss, you’d be right to expect a little humility from Khan and his camp, which includes new trainer Virgil Hunter, who has done wonders for Andre Ward’s career.

It turns out, you’d be wrong.

Khan has spent the last several months calling out potential opponents, feeling he has the right to dictate terms.

Before settling on relative unknown Carlos Molina, who has little power and will have to come up in weight, Khan was dismissive of another undefeated fighter, former two-time world champion Joan Guzman.

Khan recently told the Manchester Evening News (h/t ESPN UK):

I want someone who is a bit more credible than him. I’ve come from world title fights and he [Guzman] might be a little below that.

You’d think he was Floyd Mayweather Jr. with the way he dismisses an undefeated former two-time, two-weight division champion.

More recently, Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter was dismissive of a challenge from fellow Brit, and perhaps the nation’s new rising star, Kell Brook.

Hunter told

From the business side 50/50 won’t happen. Listen, Kell is a good fighter and he has to be considered as a future champion, but the reality of this matter is Kell is still playing catch-up in his accomplishments. Amir is focusing on Carlos Molina and he will take his fights one at a time. It would be great to see Kell beat a couple of real contenders or champions and build up to a fight in the future with Amir.

Now, Hunter is too respectable a boxing guy to be repeating the company line this blatantly.

Khan has accomplished a fair amount in the ring. He’s beaten solid fighters including current WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, former champ Zab Judah and Marcos Maidana.

Has Kell Brook accomplished that? Not yet. On that point, Hunter is correct. But let’s not lose sight of his fighter’s recent past.

Khan is nowhere near the top of the sport. Some will argue that he never should’ve been in the first place, and his losses to Peterson and Garcia exposed him. I’m not willing to go that far.

The Peterson fight was wrought with all sorts of controversy, and you can make the argument that Khan won the fight, and Garcia himself has since emerged as one of boxing’s rising stars.

What you can also argue is that Khan and his team need to focus on fights and not talk.

He’s not Floyd Mayweather. He hasn’t earned the right to be dismissive of potential opponents, and he certainly doesn’t have the resume to trash-talk.

That has to be earned inside the ring. And Khan hasn’t done that.

It’s time to stop running his mouth and start shutting other people’s.

Folo Punch: Rios-Alvarado, Brooklyn boxing, verbal blunders, and more

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By JFoley

It was a month late, but history, or hystory, was made on Saturday night. Showtime actually found someone less articulate than Chuck Giampa to join their broadcast team. The honorable Joe Cortez, the recently retired, fair but infirmed, referee brought his bumbling brand of incoherence to the telecast. When the always intrusive Arthur Mercante Jr. deducted points from both fighters in the sixth round of the Devon Alexander-Randall Bailey fight, Cortez was summoned to duty: “Daaah, well diss what happens…ahhh…when you get holding….hummana, hummana, hummana….dah fight’s gettin’ outta control…uhhh….gotta take points….ahhh….giggity, giggity, giggity….ahhhhh….referee…daaaah…um, plastics.” If you ever wanted to be taken into the mind of a boxing referee, well….ah, shit.

Speaking of verbal blunders, Roy Jones Jr. hasn’t exactly drawn effusive praise for his role as HBO’s color commentator, but last weekend, covering the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight, I thought he was right on point. When he opined “Alvarado believes he may be one of the best boxers in this fight” I found myself nodding vigorously in agreement.

Rios-Alvarado was a thrilling bloodbath, at times resembling a video game in the frenetic activity of both punchers. It was an incredibly entertaining bout that confirmed Rios as a force to be reckoned with in the junior-welterweight division. However, why be satisfied with a great fight when you can use it to launch a crusade against those who value supremacy and the best fighting the best? Certain scribes wasted no time declaring that exciting brawls are what makes the sport great, so why are networks wasting air-time on fights between the so-called ‘best’ fighters whose styles don’t always make for scintillating television? Who cares about best vs. best? Defensive technicians are boring so we should let them wallow in obscurity and only celebrate the men who stick their chins out and take massive beatings for our enjoyment, right?

I can only suggest two things here. First, it’s easy to exalt guys taking inhuman punishment from the ivory tower in mom’s basement. The guys demanding explosive combustion aren’t going to be there in twenty years holding the straw when these warriors are drinking their dinner. I have immense respect for Rios and Alvarado and those before them who fought in the same fearless manner. But for longevity’s sake, teaching them a shoulder roll or when to invoke a dreaded clinch probably wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. My second thought is when I look back on the best fights of my lifetime, Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo, Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor, Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns, to name a few, nearly every single one of them was between the two consensus best fighters in a weight class. The magnitude of an event ratchets up the drama significantly. I loved the Rios-Alvarado fight, but the most enthralling moment of the year to me was the twelfth round of Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., with a legitimate champion stumbling dazed around the ring and a stubborn challenger seemingly one punch away from a miraculous comeback.

I don’t believe being great is simply being a great defender, avoiding punches and throwing pitty-pat combinations to steal rounds. Nor do I think greatness is throwing one punch and smothering a guy until the referee breaks you. There are many paths to greatness in boxing, and in my estimation, Rios may be on his way there. The savage in-fighting witnessed in Rios-Alvarado and Corrales-Castillo is very much a skill. This was not two troglodytes blindly flailing at each other until someone falls down. There was plenty of craft on display in the trenches, and I haven’t seen too many people disputing that. For every Pernell Whitaker, there’s an Aaron Pryor. Greatness, to me, is defined by achievement, not style. If you can take beatings and come out victorious against the highest class of opposition, then you’ve earned that stature regardless of the physical cost. The story of Rios has yet to be written.

Alvarado, for his part, raised his profile by fighting the way he did, especially when it seemed a safer tact of boxing from the outside would have yielded more success. In retrospect, going to war on the inside was obviously not his best strategy for winning the fight. Of course, who cares about that? What he earned was more precious than a victory, he got respect! Now try explaining that to him when Rios is getting millions of dollars to fight Manny Pacquiao in the spring and Alvarado’s caught in limbo waiting for a rematch. Adding further insult to injury was a comical moment when the ring doctor asked Alvarado if he knew where he was en espanol, which apparently is not the language Alvarado prefers. Hey Doc, I got a question: English mother&@*#&, DO YOU SPEAK IT!?

Back to Saturday’s card at the Barclays Center, perhaps the most disappointing element for me was the lack of Angel Garcia interviews. Angel, Danny’s colorful Pops, has morphed into one of the great variety acts in the sport. Thankfully, in between rounds we were able to catch a little bit of his wisdom in the corner: “No son, I never seen a Mongolian who could fight. Never seen a Turkmenistani, Sri Lankan, or an Inuit neither…now, that’s a fact.” I expect Jim Lampley will excoriate him the next chance he gets.

Danny nearly knocked Erik Morales’ head off in an entirely predictable farce of a rematch that probably should have been cancelled when irregularities were found in Morales’ drug test last week. I found it hard to muster up any outrage on this one. This is the man who went southpaw in the twelfth against Pacquaio for Chrissake! I would have personally injected gorilla testosterone directly in his ass if he asked me to. Orally. My main take-away from the event was being thankful Morales wasn’t seriously hurt, as he certainly would have been had he somehow made it to his feet, which he appeared intent on doing before his corner jumped in the ring and stopped it.

Earlier in the evening, Devon Alexander won a lopsided decision in a fight that was worse than Jay Mohr’s stand-up special. Peter Quillin injected some life into the arena, knocking down Hassan N’Dam six times in a surprisingly two-sided battle considering one man visited the canvas more often than Bob Arum visits a bathroom in the middle of the night. Paul Malignaggi earned a split-decision over Pablo Cano that made me a bit queasy…of course going for seconds of the tuna casserole I baked to commemorate the hystoric night may have been the true culprit. Danny Garcia went for seconds, dipping into Morales’ scalp for hopefully the last time. David Greisman of Boxing Scene jokingly suggested a rematch between Alexander and Tim Bradley and I responded ‘Thank God for the Top Rank-Golden Boy feud’. The current impossibility of a match-up between Garcia and Rios has me eating those words.

Manny Pacquiao named ‘WBO Fighter of the Decade’

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By Nick Giongco

Even if he has only fought under the World Boxing Organization (WBO) four times, the Puerto Rico-based governing body yesterday named the Filipino superstar and ex-welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as its Fighter of the Decade during the ongoing 25th WBO convention in Florida.

Pacquiao only became a WBO champion in late-2009 after he beat Miguel Cotto for the welterweight title. He defended it successfully twice against Shane Mosley of the US and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico before losing it to Tim Bradley last June on a controversial split decision.
Pacquiao is due to face Marquez in a fourth fight on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and although there won’t be any title at stake, the winner of this much-awaited battle would become a major player in the big-money bouts in the coming year.
The WBO’s decision to award the 33-year-old Pacquiao the coveted award stems from his winning eight world titles in as many weight classes stretching back to 1998.
Since making his US debut in 2001, Pacquiao has racked up a string of victories over the biggest names from super-bantam (122 lbs) to super-welter (154 lbs). His victims include Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Marquez and Mosley.
The WBO also picked super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire as its Fighter of the Year for his exemplary performance against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. of Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa, and recently, versus Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan.
The Philippines currently has four world champions, three of them—Donaire, flyweight Brian Viloria and light-flyweight Donnie Nietes-carrying WBO titlebelts. The other champion, light-fly Johnreil Casimero reigns in the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
The WBO was created in 1998 when a group of boxing men broke away from the World Boxing Association (WBA).
The WBO, alongside the WBA, IBF and the Mexico-based World Boxing Council, are the four legitimate boxing bodies in the world.

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