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Quijano: Pac-Mar IV deserves Fight of the Year award

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By Jingo Quijano

NOW that the votes have been tallied, The Ring Magazine has announced that Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV was 2012’s “Fight of the Year”.

That’s adding insult to injury, some Pinoy boxing fans decry.

Yes, I do admit it’s quite difficult to accept for some, but indeed that fight deserves the Fight of the year accolade.

FACTORS. In determining the FOTY, several criteria come into play. We don’t just consider just the sheer brutality aspect but also the impact and the importance of that particular fight.

Marquez-Pacquiao IV had all the makings of another classic duke-out between the archrivals, but the dramatic and unexpected denouement of the fight probably was the decisive factor.

Initially, the public response to the announcement of the fight was lukewarm compared to the raucous reception generated by its three predecessors.

But as fight day drew near, the fans warmed up.

In terms of significance, this was a fight between two of the top ten pound-for pound fighters in the sport.

More importantly, it was also a fight that was touted to end and clear any and all controversies in their three previous encounters.

The actual fight itself was action-packed from the get-go and was fought in ebbs and tides with each fighter having his moment, only for the other to wrest it away by landing another combination at the very next second.

Most of all, the climactic finish was totally surprising. So much so that Marquez himself looked dumbfounded the moment he realized he knocked out Pacquiao.

So, casting our personal preferences aside and our collective shock and disappointment at Pacquiao’s unexpected knockout, let’s take a step back and appreciate the fight as the best for the year 2012.

OTHERS. A close second was the pier 6 brawl between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Now, that was one violent caveman-type slugfest.

If these two fight again (and they should this year), better hide the women and children.

Another match-up that merits mention is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez. In that fight, Martinez was boxing Jr.’s ears off for 10 rounds when the youngster came alive in the championship rounds and nearly scored a knockout.

Orlando Salido-Juan Manuel Lopez 2 also merits consideration. In the rematch, Lopez fought better at the start and knocked down Salido in the 5th round, but the latter rallied furiously to stop Lopez again.

ROUND OF THE YEAR. According to The Ring Magazine the honor belongs to Round 5 of Pacquiao-Marquez IV based on the voting, but my personal favorite is round 12 of Chavez Jr. –Sergio Martinez.

In that fight, Martinez was pitching a shutout when Jr came alive and hurt him badly in the 11th. The stage was set for a dramatic struggle in the 12th round between a brilliant boxer who badly needed to hang on and preserve his lead and a wounded, battered puncher who had to give it his all in the final round to steal the victory.

Martinez started jabbing and moving around while Chavez continued to stalk him. Then, at around the one minute mark, Chavez catches him with a right then a left and Martinez staggers, but continues to lash out with jabs and straights.

Twenty seconds later, Chavez catches him along the ropes, unleashes a series of powerful blows that has Martinez nearly falling outside the ropes. Martinez flops down and the crowd goes wild.

He gets up at the count of 7, badly bloodied and battered, but soldiers on. Incredibly he withstands another brutal Chavez attack and falls, but the ref rules it a slip.

The two men continue to trade in the center of the ring as the seconds tick by.

Chavez seems arm-weary from all the punching but Martinez looks like he could go at any second. The bell then rings to signal the end of the fight with both men at the center of the ring.

Martinez secures the victory, but that last round gave the moral victory to Chavez Jr .who felt that Martinez did not really win it, but merely survived.

How much more compelling can it get for one round of fighting?

LAST ROUND. It’s on a dear friend, Blanch Regual-Braun who recently celebrated her birthday. Cheers!


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Stringent test on the cards for Pacquiao comeback

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By Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE SPECULATIVE diagnosis by neurosurgeon Dr. Rustico Jimenez on Manny Pacquiao recently may lead to a more stringent medical test before the eight-division world champion gets the go-signal to return to the ring.

Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, caused a big stir recently when he said, without the benefit of actual examination, that Pacquiao is showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Jimenez drew his conclusion when he reportedly saw Pacquiao’s hand twitch a bit during a television interview.
Pacquiao’s health has become an issue following the one-punch, sixth-round knockout he suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.
As a result, Pacquiao was automatically slapped a 90-day ban from fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He was also barred from sparring for the first 60 days of the ban.

After the suspension expires on March 9, Pacquiao needs to reapply for his boxing license and get medical clearance.
Although Pacquiao has already passed a mandatory CT-scan at University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Dec. 8 and a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test at Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan, the Nevada commission could still ask American neurologists to conduct further evaluation owing to Jimenez’s unsolicited opinion.

Promoter Bob Arum wants his prized fighter to undergo more extensive brain testing at the Lou Revo Center of Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic before he makes arrangements for Pacquiao’s next fight.

If Arum manages to forge a deal with Marquez’s camp, Pacquiao-Marquez V is likely to be held in September, giving Pacquiao ample time to recover from the trauma of being knocked out cold.


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Pacquiao eyeing Manila fight in April


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Manny Pacquiao wants to fight in April prior to a fifth fight with Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, which Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was planning for September.

When asked by the Manila Standard about the September fight and reports of Pacquiao’s desire to fight in April, Arum said: “ I don’t know. I just don’t know. We’ll hold everything up until he gets back from a trip to Israel.”

Pacquiao and his family were scheduled to return at 8 a.m. yesterday, but Arum said he had been informed by Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz they were returning to Manila on Wednesday.

Arum said he has not spoken to Pacquiao, but has been exchanging text messages with Koncz amidst indications that Pacquiao will follow the advice of Arum and several Filipino neurologists and undergo a brain evaluation at the renowned Lou Ruvo Brain Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas.

The Manila Standard learned that the two opponents mentioned for a possible April fight against Pacquiao are Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mexican Humberto Soto, who some years ago was regarded as a possible challenger to Pacquiao.

The last big fight of Pacquiao in Manila was on July 2, 2006, when he successfully defended his World Boxing Council International super featherweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Oscar “Chololo” Larios at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in a fight promoted by the ABS-CBN at a cost of some $4 million.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission had imposed a 90-day period on Pacquiao from the date of his Dec. 8 knockout loss at the hands of Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez before he could resume sparring, which would end in the first week of March.

This would not give Pacquiao enough time to train for an April fight should it be held in the US, where the directive would have to be followed.

However, the NSAC directive does not cover the Philippines and is believed to have sparked interest in staging a possible fight in Manila in April.

There is also the touchy situation of the complaint filed by the lawyers of Getty Images against Koncz and Filipino trainer Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez for roughing up photographer Al Belo when he tried to take pictures of a fallen Pacquiao, face down on the ring canvas and out cold.

Although no action has been taken as yet by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the two Team Pacquiao members could reportedly face one-year suspension or be required to pay a fine of $250,000.


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Divining Pacquiao’s future

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By Alejandro Del Rosario

The Manila Standard story about ring icon Manny Pacquiao showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease evoked a welter of reactions from many quarters that ranged from “he really should retire” to “Manny still has it and why kick the man when he’s down.”

The Filipino ring icon is a source of national pride. Consequently, his health is also a matter of national concern. Manny’s most ardent fans do not want to see him drooling and hardly able to speak.

Pacquiao camp followers are venting their ire on the doctor, the source of the Standard sports story, for his observations the Pacman was showing early symptoms of the dreaded disease that has afflicted Muhammad Ali. When Pacquiao ponders his future, he should picture the sight of “The Greatest” who has been reduced to a pitiful figure from the talkative, flamboyant fighter he once was.

No, Dr. Rustico Jimenez could not have mistaken trainer Freddie Roach for Pacquiao when he said he saw Manny on TV stammering and twitching his hand. Roach, a former boxer himself, also suffers from a milder Parkinson’s disease.

Jimenez, a neurologist and president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, was cautious to clarify he had not personally examine nor seen Manny up close and could only advise Pacquiao to see brain specialists in the US.

In a kneejerk reaction, Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz now wants to sue Dr. Jimenez for “meritless and unfounded accusations.” This is typical of American lawyers who can always spot an opportunity for cashing in on litigation. In case Koncz hasn’t checked, it’s not illegal for a doctor to express a medical opinion in this country.

We hope new Filipino ring sensation Nonito Donaire can steer clear of hangers-on, freeloaders and expensive lawyers. But that may be easier said than done. Donaire is also tied up with Pacquiao fight promoter Bob Arum.

The varying public opinion over Manny Pacquiao’s ring future is still raging in the wake of his shocking knockout loss to arch foe Juan Manuel Marquez.

While Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum is trying to wring the last dollar from his Filipino cash cow with a fifth JuanMa-Manny duel, there are alarm bells that such a fight could be dangerous. The wives of both men also want them to hang up their gloves in the family mantle. Not so the crowd who are living off Pacquiao.

There are many who want to see Manny exact revenge on JuanMa. They do not want their idol to ride out into the sunset defined by the devastating knockout in the dying second of the sixth round in Las Vegas. These people are mostly those riding on Pacquiao as meal ticket. It’s not their carcass lying face down on the floor after being felled from a Marquez pile driver right. It’s time for these hangers-on to get a life.

There are some who call it a lucky punch. Perhaps it was an act of God making Manny feel the pain he inflicts on his opponents, but a lucky punch it was not. The same sycophants overlooked that Marquez prepared long and hard, then waited for the opening to deliver the punch that would redeem him and end the Filipino Mexicutioner’s dominating decade in the ring. Talks of Marquez taking performance -enhancing drugs should be laid to rest. Steroids had nothing to do with the Marquez redemption.

After a trilogy whose endings never quite settled the issue of who the better man is, Marquez went back to the gym, worked out more arduously and sculptured himself into a body rippling with muscles.

Pacquiao worked out too, but maybe not hard enough. Although women were no longer a distraction, Manny was multitasking in politics, Bible-preaching and TV show hosting.

Much earlier than Pacquiao’s fall, I had already written a requiem on the Filipino ring icon. In a Manila Standard piece in November 2010 titled “Time to hang up gloves,” I suggested Manny should retire, enjoy his vast fortune and spend quality time with his family. I said that although he had dished out punishment to the likes of Oscar de La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley, Manny also took some hard punches that slipped through his defenses. The only way Manny won’t ever get hurt is if he’s fighting a double amputee.

Take that fight with Margarito. Pacquiao crushed the Mexican’s eye socket and sent him to the hospital. Somehow Margarito was able to sneak in a hard punch that almost busted Manny’s ear drum.

Fortunately, Manny does not have to wear a hearing aid piece yet as part of his apparel.


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Manny Pacquiao Facing Biggest Choice of Career After Parkinson’s Scare

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Manny Pacquiao got knocked out in the ring on Dec. 8, but it appears Parkinson’s disease is starting to creep up on him in the ring of life—never a good sign for a boxer.

According to an ESPN report, Dr. Rustico Jimenez has evaluated Pacquiao—albeit from afar—and thinks the 34-year-old is starting to show signs of the disease that has attacked former champion Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox, among others.

With a fifth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez a possibility, Pac-Man’s political career still a hot topic in the Philippines and his legacy as a boxer hanging by a thread, Pacquiao’s next move could be the toughest of his storied career.

No boxer wants to leave the ring the way Pacquiao did against Marquez.

That way was flat on the canvas, when Pacquiao got KO’d by Marquez in the fourth bout between the two in the sixth round. He took a hard, sweeping cross from the Mexican challenger and ended up hitting the deck—not exactly the precursor to a Floyd Mayweather, Jr. showdown.

As soon as he hit the mat, he lost some of the luster on a career that once had he and Mayweather poised to battle for supremacy during this era of the sport. Now, after losses to Marquez and Timothy Bradley in 2012, Pacquiao must face the reality of his record and maybe more importantly, his health.

The primary concern here is now Pacquiao’s long-term well-being.

If he wants to run for politics in his home country and help change the landscape of where he came to fame, he’ll need to be in physical shape to do so. Politics is demanding enough—political agents don’t need any other threats looming over their head.

In the medical opinion of Dr. Jimenez, Pacquiao needs to get out of the sport while the getting is still good.

“There are some movements that you will notice with his hands. It’s in the hands, and not the head, where you can easily see this. It twitches a little bit. Although I haven’t seen it up close, I think I am seeing that there are some signs.”

Although he hasn’t seen Pacquiao in a medical instance or treated the Filipino, his medical opinion suggests that Pac-Man needs to eliminate threats to his health of any kind. With every sparring match, training session or even legitimate bout, Pacquiao could further his decline.

Granted, the medical opinion of this one doctor is no reason to quit boxing. But it has to raise concerns in Pacquiao’s camp, at least to the point of making an appointment and having himself checked out.

In true Pac-Man fashion, he’s shucked these recent reports and is focused on the next fight. According to recent reports from the UK’s Daily Mail, Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum are getting ready for the fifth bout between Pacquiao and Marquez.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, written on Monday:

“I think they can do it,” said Fred Sternburg, spokesman for Top Rank, the promotional company of Bob Arum. “Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it’s a no-brainer.”

The report goes on to say that the company is targeting September 2013 as a potential date for the fifth bout, which would give Pacquiao some time off to both recover and prepare for the elections that are coming up in the next few months.

Still, with a family that wants what’s best for the patriarch and doctors now chiming in on the health of the star, it’s going to be a tough decision for Pacquiao to decide which way he’s leaning.

No one will blame the Filipino if he decides to hang up the gloves.

However, it looks like he wants to fight again, and we’ll all look forward to his return, especially if the embarrassment of Dec. 8 is the deciding factor in his choice to risk it all one more time.


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Manny Pacquiao eyes fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez to dash hopes of Floyd Mayweather Jr bout

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By Danny Griffiths

Manny Pacquiao could return to the ring in September for a fifth epic with Juan Manuel Marquez, scuppering the chances of a potential blockbuster with Floyd Mayweather Jr for another year.

Promoter Bob Arum expects Pacquiao to seek revenge for his sixth-round stoppage at the punishing hands of the Mexican last summer.

‘The Pacman’ has won the three previous battles with Marquez but was considered fortunate to have won two of the points decisions.

‘We’re gonna, I think, do another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez,’ said 81-year-old Arum. ‘That was a great fight. Manny ran into a really good right hand, and we will see what happens next time.’

Marquez was expected to retire after his victory over the Filipino politician but is likely to put those plans on hold after being offered a split in a hugely lucrative purse – believed to be higher than his usual payment of around £4.5million.

Any rematch is likely to be held on Mexican Independence Day, further fuelling interest in a classic clash of the titans.

Pacquiao’s defeat last time out extinguished hopes of an immediate blockbuster with Mayweather.

However, the Las Vegas resident had opened the door to the fight of the millennium if ‘Pacman’ relented and finally agreed to blood tests in the build-up to any meeting.

But if Pacquiao/Marquez No.5 goes ahead a bout with five-division world champion Mayweather will not be considered for another 12 months.


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Manny Pacquiao’s Next Fight: Juan Manuel Marquez or Robert Guerrero?

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By Alex Groberman

Coming out of his most recent loss, nobody knew what the future held for Manny Pacquiao. The Filipino star was knocked out in a way that nobody saw coming, and the lasting damage from the sort of hit he absorbed tends to be very unpredictable.

In the weeks directly following that Dec. 8 bout, there was a very real possibility that Pacquiao would retire. His wife, Jinkee, went on numerous shows and called for him to hang up his gloves. His mother similarly questioned whether her son should continue down his current path. Heck, even his children expressed a desire to see their father safe and sound.

Despite it all, Pacquiao resisted the pressure. In his mind – fighter’s fight. It’s not the first nor last time that a boxer will take that position, and if we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that these guys will do whatever they want to do regardless of what anyone says.

So with that in mind, barring some sort of horrific setback, Pacquiao will fight at least one more time. The question is: who will his opponent be?

At the moment, there appear to be two feasible options. The first should come as no surprise – it’s Juan Manuel Marquez

“I think they can do it,” said Fred Sternburg, spokesman for Top Rank, of a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez fight recently. “Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it is a no-brainer.

“[Pacquiao has] indicated he will fight again. Bob [Arum] has indicated September. Between the suspension and the election and campaign in Philippines, we think we can do it.”

For his part, Fernando Beltran has indicated that the Marquez camp would probably be down for one more showdown.

“Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him, in order to be an important fight,” Beltran told ESPN. “Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.”

The second — less talked about — option is, apparently, Robert Guerrero. In a recent interview, Freddie Roach suggested that a Pacquiao-Guerrero bout is realistic, too.

“He [Guerrero] did quite well with Manny in sparring, it was quite competitive,” Roach said (via Eastside Boxing). “If this sparring session was like a fight, it would be a great fight because it was give and take for both guys Would we fight him? We’re not afraid of him [Guerrero] that’s for sure. Guerrero is a great fight.”

For what it’s worth, Guerrero has most recently been linked to a possible fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. It is very doubtful that he would accept a bout against Pacquiao, who is coming off two losses in a row, when he can take on the undefeated champion. It probably makes sense from a financial standpoint (if Mayweather turns him down), but not from a career standpoint.

Then again, who would have predicted Miguel Cotto picking Austin Trout over Pacquiao? (And then losing, no less.) Boxing is unpredictable like that.

What do you think: 1.) who will Pacquiao fight next and 2.) could he even beat Guerrero at this point?

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WBC plans to support Julio Cesar Chavez Jr if Nevada suspension is deemed unfair

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By Scott Christ

The WBC says they’ll back Julio Cesar Chavez Jr if they believe the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s punishment for a failed drug test is too harsh.

If the World Boxing Council (WBC) deems that a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is unfair, they’ll back the fighter carrying on his career elsewhere, likely in Mexico, in order to get him back into the ring sooner.

Chavez failed a post-fight drug test, which came back positive for marijuana following his defeat against Sergio Martinez on September 15. The commission still has not handed down any official ruling, but nine months to one year is what most expected to happen.

In a report from Miguel Rivera at, Jose Sulaiman had this to say:

“Nevada can only prevent him from fighting in Nevada. They can not stop him from fighting somewhere else. Perhaps some of the U.S. states will respect the sanction of Nevada. … But if they are going to want money and hand down a long suspension - we are not going to accept that and we will allow Julio to fight.”

Whatever “beef” there was between Sulaiman and Chavez has apparently melted away, as the WBC is anxious to get their favorite godson back in the ring soon. Chavez wants to return in May, which might be possible, and then set up a rematch with Martinez, which seems all but guaranteed for later this year.

It’s not exactly surprising that the WBC is looking to again coddle Chavez, who also failed a drug test in Nevada back in 2009, a case the WBC treated as if Chavez had some life-threatening disorder of some kind.

If Nevada hands down a punishment that the sanctioning body deems unfair, and Chavez does fight in Mexico while suspended in Nevada, it probably won’t help his case in the long run, but Chavez is also a fighter who can bring serious money into Vegas now, so it’s probably a fairly safe bet that one way or another, the whole thing will play out fairly painlessly for all involved. Also, considering the offense, I don’t personally see any good reason to suspend him any longer than six months, dated back to September, which would have him cleared by May.


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By Vinnie Franklin

Yo, check this out. Now, as you know, I’m not one of these Manny Pacquiao knob-jockey fans or keyboard warrior man-crush journalists that always sing his praises. I call it the way that I see it and if you don’t like that, try stepping up to this man’s man. YA HEARD!

Pacquiao was sent to dreamland in his last fight by the LEGENDARY Juan Manuel Marquez, and now is looking for revenge, but the good doctor, Rustico Jimenez has put the PacMan on blast and said that he sees the early signs of Parkinson’s disease. That’s what really hurt my friend, the LEGENDARY Muhammad Ali. He took too many punches! YA HEARD!

Now, Manny has his panties in a bunch and is threatening lawsuits against this doctor. Really? Really? You should thank him! Boxing is dangerous business and Manny is already loaded. Besides, what do you think will happen in a Marquez rematch? They’ll be scraping Pacquiao off the floor again. It’s not worth the risk!

Today, I got six trillion emails about this topic, but the most interesting one was from Manny Pacquiao fan site owner, Thong. He had some interesting things to say about this situation…

Brenda or not brenda; to quit or not to quit?

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By Recah Trinidad
Philippine Daily Inquirer

There’s every reason for Manny Pacquiao to feel displeased at that prescription for him to undergo an extensive brain check following the frightening knockout he suffered against Juan Manuel Marquez early last month.

Reports said Pacquiao, obviously feeling fouled and slurred, was mulling charges against Dr. Rustico Jimenez, a neurologist who said he had noticed signs of Parkinson’s disease after watching Pacquiao’s hands “twitching” on television.

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Hysterical, Pacquiao fanatics readily cried in defense of their legendary idol.
Of course, promoter Bob Arum himself advised his top money earner to report to the Cleveland Clinic (in Las Vegas) to undergo extensive check-up “from the neck up.”
Pacquiao was supposed to have been cleared after that shocking stoppage, first in Las Vegas and then at Cardinal Santos Hospital upon coming home.

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So was Dr. Jimenez’s observation merely meant to defame?
The neurologist, by the way, was quick to clarify he had never checked on Pacquiao.
In short, he was not offering a diagnosis but instead making an honest recommendation.
As we went to press, there was nothing clear if Pacquiao would take action against Dr. Jimenez or not.
What has become alarmingly clear, though, was the fact there are Pacquiao devotees out there who feel their idol is indestructible.

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Pacquiao was fouled, cried Josef, owner and chief mechanic at a bicycle repair shop on J. Catacutan Street, Vergara, Mandaluyong.
He claimed Marquez stepped on Pacquiao’s foot to mount that numbing knockout shot.

The driver of the jeepney which this reporter took from the San Felipe Neri Church yesterday morning swore the Mafia was behind Pacquiao’s unbelievable fall.

Out there at a wedding reception in Davao City last Dec. 14, one Pacquiao follower wondered if it’s true his idol was merely trying to test his toughness when he freely took that right shot to the temple in the third round of the last encounter with Marquez.

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Meanwhile, United States-based Filipino boxing specialist Hermie Rivera, swearing Marquez could not outbox Pacquiao on any given day, has been making moves to pin down nutritionist Angel Heredia for allegedly giving Marquez “illegal power enhancers.”
There, indeed, are many more outrageous fanatical claims going the rounds.
This only showed how seriously Pacquiao’s epic reign as pound-for-pound king and winner of titles in eight different world divisions has robbed fans of their usual objectivity.
But is it not about time they checked if Pacquao should also be protected from himself?
Why? His pronouncement after his shocking knockout loss—that he merely became overconfident, repeat overconfident—could only mean one thing:
Pacquiao continued to believe he was not beaten but rather he lost to Marquez.

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That’s not easy to explain.
But in reality, Pacquiao lost, was beaten mindless and convulsing on the floor after he became careless.
Now, a closer, more honest look would show Pacquiao dropped his guard before the end of the sixth round visibly due to weariness.
Maybe this was not the sort of involuntary twitching observed by Dr. Jimenez before he made a recommendation for Pacquiao.
Just the same, they may need to heed the good neurologist who only wanted to make sure Pacquiao would not end up brain-damaged—a Brenda in local colloquialism—if and when he squares off a fifth time with the incredible Mexican bandido Juan Manuel Marquez.

Marquez ready to give Pacquiao revenge opportunity

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Phil D. Jay
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‘Dinamita’ set to agree fifth bout with Filipino rival

Juan Manuel Marquez is set to prolong his career for another fight after representative Fernando Beltran admitted that the Mexican would agree to a fifth instalment with nemesis Manny Pacquiao.

Beltran, speaking with ESPN Deportes, confirmed that Marquez is on the lookout for an opponent for what would be his 63rd professional outing and that Pacquiao is being considered as the most high-profile option.

“Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him (Marquez), in order to be an important fight,” Beltran told Alfredo Berrios.

“Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.”

Pacquiao, 34, has been shrouded in a cloud of uncertainty since his horrendous sixth round knockout defeat to Marquez in December - with brain tests and disruptions in his entourage overshadowing his attempts to take stock of his career.

The eight-weight champion has indicated his willingness to get back in the ring as soon as possible, although promoter Bob Arum has targeted a September return with Marquez after their Fight of the Year battle at the MGM Grand last month.

The Congressman now holds a 2-1-1 advantage in the series with the current WBO light-welterweight champion – meaning a fifth clash later this year would give ‘Dinamita’ the opportunity to end their enthralling saga all square at two wins apiece.

Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 in September 2013?

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by basti0780

Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 Might Happen in September 2013, according to reports!

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez might fight for the fifth time as early as September this year!

After his embarrassing six round knock-out loss with Marquez during their fourth bout last December 8, 2012, Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao immediately leave his door open for the 5th match if he is given the chance to fight the Mexican rival.

Marquez’s camp hasn’t given their final decision yet but everyone from Pacquiao’s camp as well as Bob Arum believes that Pacquiao vs Marquez 5 might happen soon.

“We’re gonna, I think, do another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez,” the Top Rank boss Bob Arum announced weeks ago and he indicated that it would be in September 2013.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he’s willing to have a fight with Marquez in September. He will return to the Philippines on January 14 from Israel and will start the training for Pacquiao vs Marquez 5.

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Manny Pacquiao Responds to a Doctor’s Overreaction by Overreacting

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By Alex Groberman

Most folks in boxing view Manny Pacquiao as a very intelligent, extremely reasonable person. He rarely spouts off in a derogatory manner regarding other fighters. He isn’t overly-emotional. He doesn’t make rash judgments. That is how, by and large, he is seen by fans and media who have followed his career for over a decade.

And that is precisely why his recent decision to overreact to what may or may not have been an overreaction is all the more puzzling.

Late last week, Dr. Rustico Jimenez — the President of Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines — made headlines when he suggested that Pacquiao might be showing early signs of Parkinson’s disease. He was scarce on details, simply citing the champion’s twitching tendencies as proof, but the message came across loud and clear.

Pacquiao needs to start prioritizing his health above his career.

Mind you, this isn’t an earth-shattering revelation. Pacquiao’s own wife, Jinkiee, has been on a media crusade ever since the Juan Manuel Marquez fight insisting that her husband should retire. She hasn’t privately been nudging him in that direction; Jinkee has literally been telling every reporter that would listen that she wants Manny to hang up his gloves.

Naturally, Dr. Jimenez’s assessment drew the ire of just about everyone. Fans instantly recoiled, noting that a physician who hadn’t personally examined Pacquiao has no place making public statements. Heck, Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, even threatened legal action.

“What is the name of this alleged well known doctor as we are contemplating a civil suit for merit-less and unfounded accusations?” Koncz was as quoted by PhilBoxing as saying.

The Filipino champion, for his part, said this to Boxing Scene (via the Manila Bulletin):

“There is nothing to be worried about. I am 100 percent healthy and right now I’m enjoying this memorable vacation with my family in this beautiful country of Israel,” he insisted.

“I will return to the Philippines on January 14 and in early February I want to get to the gym because I want to have a fight in April and in September I want the fifth fight with Marquez

“The statements by the doctors show a total lack of ethics and it was irresponsible [for them to say this]. This was just personal opinion and there were no medical tests.”

At the end of the day, reasonable people can agree that a public diagnosis probably isn’t the best course of action – no matter how well meaning it is/was. That being said, the substance of the comments should not be disregarded.

Fighters are notorious for wanting to fight no matter what; too many boxers have refused to retire when their time came, instead choosing to absorb more punishment and doing permanent damage to their reputations for nothing more than foolish pride. If you think Dr. Jimenez is wrong – so be it. But don’t let that cloud your judgment as it pertains to what he actually said. For God’s sake, the last time we saw Pacquiao he was laying face first on the canvas.

Fifth Marquez fight could be on the horizon as Pacquiao eyes September return

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Juan Manuel Marquez could be set for a fifth fight with long-term rival Manny Pacquiao after the latter’s camp revealed he hopes to return to the ring in September.

Marquez chillingly knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round of their fight in December, the fourth time the pair have fought but the first won by the Mexican. That Pacquiao had been given victories in the previous three fights that all went the distance created considerably controversy with Marquez appearing to have won at least two, so despite the decisive nature of that last meeting another in 2013 is likely.
‘I think they can do it,’ said Fred Sternburg, spokesman for Top Rank, the promotional company of Bob Arum. ‘Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it is a no-brainer.

‘[Pacquiao has] indicated he will fight again. Bob [Arum] has indicated September. Between the suspension and the election and campaign in Philippines, we think we can do it.’

Such timing makes a fight over Mexico’s Independence Day weekend likely, while his representative Fernando Beltran has also indicated that the classy counter puncher is again willing to face Pacquiao.
‘Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him, in order to be an important fight,’ he told ESPN. ‘Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.’

It had long been hoped that Pacquiao would fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in what had the potential to be the richest fight in history but after recent defeats to Marquez and Timothy Bradley, controversial or not, interest in such a showdown has significantly fallen.

Pacman-Marquez 5th fight on Sept. 5?

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By Edri K. Aznar

MANNY Pacquiao will fight on despite a Filipino doctor’s suspicion of him having early signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Pacquiao will be back in the ring in September, on a date in line with Mexico’s Independence Day, in a possible fifth fight with rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

“He’s indicated he will fight again. Bob (Arum) has indicated (that it would be) September,” Top Rank spokesperson Fred Sternburg told ESPN. “Between the suspension and the election and campaign in Philippines, we think we can do it.”

A Filipino neurologist, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, has recently expressed his concern that the Filipino boxing superstar has displayed signs of early Parkinson’s disease, a disorder that also affects his coach Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao recently suffered a brutal sixth round knockout against the 39-year-old Marquez that left him out cold on top of the ring for a few minutes.

To erase all suspicion, Arum will have Pacquiao examined at the Lou Ruvo Center of the Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic, which specializes in brain health and diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s.

“They will examine him as a precaution,” said Sternburg.

Sternburg believes that a fifth fight is too good to pass up for both Pacquiao and Marquez.

“I think they can do it. Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it is a no-brainer,” Sternburg said.

Marquez has spoken of his desire to hang up his gloves because of the request of his wife Erika. However, his promoter, Fernando Beltran, said that they will give Pacquiao his rematch.

“Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him, in order to be an important fight,” said Beltran. “Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.”

Manny still in Floyd radar?


By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Unbeaten WBC welterweight and WBA “super” lightmiddleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. plans to fight twice this year and there is speculation that while Manny Pacquiao is coming off a knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, the Filipino icon remains a plausible opponent once he reestablishes his marketability with a resounding comeback win.

At the moment, Pacquiao is not in Mayweather’s agenda. A reliable source said Mayweather is “90 percent sure” of taking on interim WBC welterweight titlist and mandatory challenger Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather will then battle WBC lightmiddleweight champion Saul (Canelo) Alvarez of Mexico on Sept. 14 also at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Mayweather was recently quoted in media as advising Pacquiao to rejuvenate, take a vacation, spend time with his family and refocus. “He can bounce back, he’ll be okay,” said Mayweather.

It’s no secret that Mayweather has hemmed and hawed in negotiating a fight with Pacquiao because he dislikes Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. But before Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez, Arum said he offered Mayweather a whopping $100 Million guarantee to make the fight happen. Arum also said Pacquiao’s slice of the pie would be $80 Million. To sweeten the pot, Arum thought of providing a bonus of 10 percent of the action to the winner. Arum said Mayweather never called back to even react to his offer.

Arum was Mayweather’s promoter from 1996 to 2006. Then, Mayweather broke away and began promoting himself with Golden Boy, Top Rank’s fiercest competitor, playing a minor role as a caddy. Records show that after Mayweather struck out on his own, he earned his biggest paychecks. For facing Oscar de la Hoya in 2007, Mayweather took home $25 Million - which was Pacquiao’s guarantee for the fourth Marquez fight last month. In his last three bouts, Mayweather has pulled in at least $80 Million.

Writer Andreas Hale said the reason why the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight hasn’t happened is linked to economics. “This is about the business and who will be profiting off of whom,” said Hale. “If left up to Mayweather, Arum will never make another dime off of a boxer. The same can be said for Arum’s feelings toward Mayweather. Unfortunately for Pacquiao, he’s been a pawn in this rivalry and his allegiance to Arum has become problematic.”

Mayweather once reached out to Pacquiao and they spoke on the phone about a possible match-up. Nothing came out of the conversation. “I’m tired of the media and the people being fooled,” said Mayweather. “The truth is that Arum is not going to let the fight happen. It’s not on me. I offered Pacquiao $40 Million. I told him I’d wire him $20 Million in 48 hours but he wanted a 50/50 purse split. That’s not going to happen. He’s not breaking records for pay-per-view sales. I am. The public is being fooled. Once he is free from Arum, the fight will happen. This sport is grueling and I want Pacquiao to make money.”

Hale said Mayweather feels that Pacquiao is getting short-changed like he was when Arum was in his corner. “He feels Pacquiao isn’t seeing half of the money he is reportedly earning after Arum takes his cut and whatever other fees are coming out,” continued Hale. “For Mayweather to cough up half of the proceeds and see Arum collect a hefty paycheck sickens the undefeated Mayweather. Whether right or wrong, this is the sticking point and the primary reason why this fight hasn’t happened.”

A source said Mayweather will only deal with Pacquiao, not Arum. “That’s why Mayweather never called back Arum if the offer was ever made at all,” said the source. “Believe it or not, Mayweather has a soft spot in his heart for Pacquiao. He feels for Pacquiao and thinks he’s being exploited. It also has something to do with Pacquiao’s humble beginnings, humanity and Christianity.”

But Mayweather, who turns 36 on Feb. 24, isn’t waiting for Pacquiao to knock on his door. He’s moving forward with two fights this year. Mayweather hasn’t fought twice in a year since 2007 when he beat Ricky Hatton and De la Hoya. Since 2009, he has maintained a rate of one fight a year.

It appears likely that Mayweather’s next opponent will be Guerrero who decked Andre Berto twice en route to scoring a win by unanimous decision last November. Guerrero, 29, is unbeaten in his last 17 fights and hasn’t lost since bowing to Gamaliel Diaz on a split verdict in 2005. His record is 31-1-1, with 18 KOs compared to Mayweather’s 43-0, with 26 KOs.

Alvarez, 22, is another opponent in Mayweather’s radar. The speculation is Alvarez will meet WBA lightmiddleweight champion Austin Trout, who recently beat Miguel Cotto, in the May 4 undercard. If Mayweather and Alvarez win on May 4, they’ll advance to face off on Sept. 14. Both May 4 and Sept. 14 fall during Mexican holiday weekends.

As for Pacquiao, he’ll reenter Mayweather’s horizon with a big win in a comeback fight. Timothy Bradley could be Pacquiao’s next opponent but there is talk of a Marquez bout against the WBO welterweight champion. Mayweather’s adviser Leonard Ellerbe recently said anyone who fights Mayweather will make like he hit the jackpot in a lottery. Pacquiao could still be in the sweepstakes for a Mayweather fight.

Ramos: Pacquiao didn’t train hard enough for Marquez fight

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By Jason Kim

Trainer Rafael Ramos at the Mayweather boxing gym in Las Vegas, thinks Manny Pacquiao didn’t train hard enough for his recent fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last month. Pacquiao was stopped in the 6th round by Marquez. Ramos thinks Pacquiao’s mind is more focused on his political career than his boxing career right now and he thinks that’s what cost him the fight.

Speaking with interviewer Chris Robinson at, Ramos said “I think this time Marquez was more prepared than last time. I think Pacquiao he didn’t train the way he did in the other fights. Marquez came more prepared. I think he is more in the politics.”

That’s something I noticed as well about Marquez and Pacquiao as they trained for their fourth fight. Pacquiao looked like he was training at half speed and not with the full intensity that he had in his past training camps. He just didn’t look like he had the same animal intensity that he had in his training camps from 2009 and earlier.

In contrast, Marquez was working out feverishly in training camp and he looked like a man possessed. He had huge crowds watching him work out like he was a super star and he trained all out.

Marquez came into the training camp already in excellent condition from having worked hard with his strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia. Marquez continued to work a lot of on his strength training with Heredia during the camp, so that when Marquez entered the ring against Pacquiao he was a lot stronger than he had been in their third fight.

Marquez’s hand speed and work rate might not have been as good as it had been in the previous fights with Pacquiao, but the added strength that he now had more than made up for his lack of speed.

Pacquiao brushes off Parkinson’s suggestion

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ESPN staff

Manny Pacquiao has responded to suggestions by a doctor in the Philippines that he has symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The multi-weight world champion was reportedly surprised at the claim made by neurologist Dr Rustico Jimenez, but reassured his fans that he is fine, adding that the decision on whether to retire rests solely with himself.
Pacquiao’s last fight, against Juan Manuel Marquez, left him unconscious for several minutes after the Mexican floored him with a powerful right.

While there has been talk of a fifth fight taking place between the two there are also concerns for Pacquiao’s health, with his own camp saying he will be taken to a brain clinic in Las Vegas for tests.

But claims by Dr Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, that he has seen signs of Parkinson’s disease in Pacquiao’s hand movements have angered the 34-year-old’s camp.

Pacquiao himself simply brushed off the suggestion along with talk that his retirement decision lies in the hands of doctors.

“I am doing good. God is good,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin.
“I will be the one to say that I will retire from boxing because I am the one who knows and feels what my body is telling me.”

Pacquiao camp threaten to sue doctor

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By Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent

Manny Pacquiao’s camp said they might hale a local expert to court for saying that the Filipino ring icon could be suffering from early stages of a debilitating nerve and brain disorder.

Michael Koncz, who is adviser to Pacquiao, said they might file charges against Dr Rustico Jimenez, for suggesting that the boxer could be showing signs of having Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimers’ disorder.
Koncz said it was uncalled for Dr Jimenez to give a prognosis on Pacquiao’s condition merely “based on speculation.”

“I am not aware that this alleged doctor ever examined Manny yet he makes such a diagnoses,” Koncz was quoted as saying by ABS-CBN News in a text massage.

Earlier, Dr Jimenez, who is president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines opined that Pacquiao, 34, should retire from boxing following the latter’s defeat to Mexican ring rival Juan Manuel Marquez last December.

Pacquiao was knocked unconscious by a single punch from Marquez during the sixth-round of a 12-round match.
Jimenez also noted possible indications of Parkinson’s Disease during a television interview Pacquiao gave following the match.

Separately, Pacquiao’s fight promoter Bob Arum, said that to end speculations on the condition of the fighter, the latter will be subjected to a battery of tests to determine his fitness.

Immediately after Pacquiao’s defeat, there had been calls for another match with Marquez.
There had been calls

“This should clear the air,” Arum was quoted as saying by the daily Manila Bulletin.
Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder involving the brain and affects functions such as walking and muscle coordination. Its most notable indication are tremors and shaking.

Among those susceptible to this disorder are boxers because of the punishment their head are subjected during fights.

Experts said Pacquiao does not have to look far to determine how Parkinson’s Disease affects a sufferer, his American trainer, Freddie Roach, also a former boxer, is a known to suffer from it.

Aside from Roach, another noted Parkinson’s Disease sufferer is former heavyweight champion Mohammad Ali.
Pacquiao had been fighting in the ring professionally for nearly two decades.

Years of throwing punches and taking a battering in the boxing ring had earned billions of pesos for the Filipino ring icon who is now a member of the House of Representatives.

Manny Pacquiao – Do we Need a Fifth Juan Manuel Marquez Fight

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by Morgan in Boxing

One loss doesn’t mean the end of a career, but a knockout loss sure feels like one. Maybe that’s why Manny Pacquiao is looking for some redemption in the form of another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

And as some people might imagine, don’t be so sure it’s Manny Pacquiao’s idea. He says he does want to fight again, but there’s a good chance that the usual puppet master, Bob Arum, is pushing him for one last squeeze, one last chance to get a million PPV buys before it’s too late, in a Pacquiao vs Marquez V, taking place during Mexico’s Independence Day weekend. Quite interesting when you think rumors say that Floyd Mayweather is planning his fight with Saul Alvarez on the same weekend.

Forget about the integrity of the sport and what a lot of people say is pushing this rivalry to the edge, and it’s all downhill from here. The fourth fight was another financial success, so why not get a fifth one? Marquez’ popularity is going to be even higher in September, and Manny Pacquiao is still a big name, despite losing his last two fights.

Why does Marquez need it, and what does he have left? In the history books, it’ll be written that Marquez was the dominant one in this rivalry. Manny Pacquiao may have two wins, but both by points, and one of them extremely controversial. Marquez got a huge sixth round knockout, to end all speculation and doubts. Who knows about how they’ll be measured individually, but at the moment, the nearly 40 year old Marquez is the better fighter.
The problem is fighting the emptiness. Many feel that what drove Marquez forward this late in his career was getting the win against Manny Pacquiao. After getting that knockout and putting all the questions in the past, all answered, is there anything left to push Marquez forward? Maybe the money and the opportunity to make it statistically even is enough.

There are the rumors of Pacquiao on the verge of retirement. His family definitley wants him to put boxing behind him. After two losses, regardless of the circumstances, maybe it’s time to put an end to a wonderful career. Some even say Pacquiao is showing early stages of Parkinson’s disease, although everyone close to the fighter and to Marquez have denied those rumors.

Maybe Pacquiao made a mistake by not going after a rematch with Bradley. It might have taken a bit of time, with Bradley recuperating from a broken leg, but it would have been the logical move. Not financially, but in terms of how the public views boxing. Still giving title belts some kind of importance. First get your championships back, then pursue the “pleasure” fights.

Maybe this will be another financial success, but it won’t really matter. The moment Pacquiao got sent to the canvas and didn’t move for a long time, his career took a shot it couldn’t bounce back from. No hopes of a Floyd Mayweather fights, and no real hope of mattering as much as he did in the past, not too long ago.

Manny Pacquiao says he’s 100 percent healthy, plans to fight in April


By Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao has made a quick response to a pair of Filipino doctors claiming he may be showing early signs of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, saying he’s 100 percent healthy.

Reports out of the Philippines yesterday caused quite a stir, as a pair of doctors who had not examined Manny Pacquiao said they had concerns about his health going forward, with one doctor saying he thought he’d seen early signs of Parkinson’s disease in the fight, and another saying she was not convinced of good health by a post-fight CT scan he underwent following his KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December.

“There is nothing to be worry about. I am 100 percent healthy and right now I’m enjoying this memorable vacation with my family in this beautiful country of Israel. I will return to the Philippines on January 14 and in early February because I want to get to the gym because I want to have a fight in April and in September I want the fifth fight with Marquez.

“The statements by the doctors show a total lack of ethics and it was irresponsible. This was just personal opinion and there were no medical tests.”

Pacquiao, 34, passed his CT scan after his scary, face-first knockout, and the doctor who made a “diagnosis” (it wasn’t a diagnosis, and wasn’t intended to be) did make clear he was just expressing his personal view. But when someone is as famous as Pacquiao, this can spiral quickly. I can say on our end, we talked about it because it was worth getting out there and saying something about the original article, and also because it’s one of those things that opens the discussion: Does Manny Pacquiao have any great need to fight on?

If he’s healthy, as he assures us all that he is, then he will. Even if he wasn’t, he probably would. It happens all the time. You can dismiss this all if you want to, and I think that’s a fair enough judgment call for anyone, but it’s a discussion, and it’s a concern for any fighter. With Manny’s name attached, it becomes something people actually talk about.

And aside from that, it looks like Pacquiao is hoping to get back in the ring soon. His original next fight date was April 20, which still is not booked by HBO or Showtime. It’s kind of a tough ask to hope boxing fans will buy a $70 PPV on April 20 and another one on May 4, though, so that might not really work out for the best. Something in mid-to-late June would seem wise, given that Pacquiao isn’t going to be ready by March, and there’s not enough time to promote a Pacquiao-level fight for March now anyway.

Manny Pacquiao: Another Marquez Bout Should Be Last for Pac-Man

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Manny Pacquiao has lost his last two fights, and after his last defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, Pac-Man should hang up his gloves.

But according to a report from ESPN’s Alfredo R. Berrios, Pacquio could be back in the ring for another rematch with Marquez in September.

Pacquiao has had a prolific career in boxing, and his last bout with Marquez held up to all the expectations. Pacquiao was knocked out in the sixth round, though, and reports have recently surfaced that Pacquiao could be showing signs of Parkinson’s disease.

As reported by Lance Madden of, Dr. Rustico Jimenez speculates that Pacquiao may be exhibiting signs of the disease.

Given Pacquiao’s possible health issues and his recent decline in the ring, Pac-Man should consider another bout with Marquez his final fight, win or lose. He’s fought his way to 54 career wins through eight classes, and he’ll end his career as one of the best fighters in boxing when it’s all said and done.

There won’t be anything Pacquiao will leave undone, though. He has always been committed to giving his best in the ring or out, as made evident by his Twitter account:

Pacquiao’s retirement would be a loss for the sport, but boxing will recover, and so will Pacquiao. It’s time for him to leave it all in the ring one last time and exit boxing’s spotlight with his health intact, whether he leaves with a win, loss or draw.

Pacquiao’s legacy will remain in place whether Pacquiao-Marquez V happens or not, and regardless of the outcome of his next fight, he’ll retire with a reason to be proud of what he’s accomplished.

Manny Pacquiao Could Have Parkinson’s - Should He Retire?

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Lance Madden, Forbes Staff

Manny Pacquiao has some serious thinking to do.

Despite never examining him up close, neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez speculated Thursday that the Filipino boxer might be showing the first signs of Parkinson’s disease. Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, said he was concerned about Pacquiao’s health after he suffered a hard knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez at the end of 2012.

Parkinson’s disease is one that has plagued some boxers late into their respective careers and has continued to affect them well after. Muhammad Ali currently suffers from Parkinson’s disease, does as Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach.

Dr. Jimenez isn’t alone in worrying about the boxer’s health. Dr. Raquel Fortun said she was not convinced by the CT scan results from Pacquiao’s post-fight exam, and “expressed alarm” over reports that Pacquiao could have had a slight seizure after Marquez knocked him out.

Pacquiao has yet to make a public announcement about whether he will retire, but there is much hope for him after boxing — whenever the end may come. For one, he is very politically involved and is a member of the Filipino House of Representatives. Many entertainment ventures, speaking engagements, and other similar opportunities could lie ahead.

He is also very secure in the fiscal area of his life, sitting at No. 2 on the FORBES list of highest-paid athletes, behind only Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Not too bad for a man who was raised in poverty and made his fortune with his two fists. That makes him a fighter in the ring, and in heart.

But if Pacquiao does retire, where will he stand in the history of greatest boxers? In a little more than a decade and a half, he has wracked up 54 wins (38 KOs), 5 loses and 2 draws in 61 pro bouts. His record is a little bit better than that of Mike Tyson (50 wins, 6 loses, 0 draws, 2 no contests), though 44 of Iron Mike’s wins were KOs.

Rocky Marciano (49 wins: 43 KOs, 6 decisions) and Mayweather (43 wins: 26 KOs, 17 decisions) never got to 50 wins, but neither one ever lost, either.

Which begs the question of whether Pacquiao and Mayweather could ever fight each other, a potential bout that has been discussed for years and could net to a total of 100 million for the fighters to split, if not more. And even if Pacquiao were to continue fighting, he would probably want to get a handful of wins under his belt to boost his confidence after losing to Marquez and Timothy Bradley in 2012. Pacquiao and Mayweather wouldn’t fight, in all likeliness, until 2014 or 2015, which puts plenty of time between now and then for Pacquiao’s health to be at a greater risk.

Whether he retires now or maybe a couple of years from now, it is almost certain that Pacquiao will not come close to the legendary status of some men who fought long before him, at least as far as total wins are concerned. From 1940-65, Sugar Ray Robinson had 200 fights, winning 173 with 19 loses, 6 draws and 2 no contests. Willie Pep had more KOs (65) than Pacquiao has total fights, and won 229 of his 241 total fights from 1940-66. And Jack Johnson helped make the sport what it is, winning 73 times (40 KOs) in 114 fights from 1897-1945.

Pacquiao’s wife wants him to retire. Doctors suggest he should. Whatever his decision is — to continue fighting or hang up his gloves for the sake of his health — Pacquiao has the the final say, and the boxing community will respect him. Whatever he chooses, he’ll go down as one of the greatest, all stats aside.

Top Rank eyes 5th Pacquiao-Marquez

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By Alfredo R. Berrios |

LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao could return to action in September, in a card to be held during Mexico’s Independence Day weekend, and all signs point to a fifth fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

“He’s indicated he will fight again. Bob (Arum) has indicated (that it would be) September,” said Fred Sternburg, spokesman for Top Rank, Arum’s promotion company. “Between the suspension and the election and campaign in Philippines, we think we can do it.”

Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez in the sixth round of their December fight in Las Vegas. The Nevada Boxing Commission suspended the Philippine fighter afterward as dictated by its rules.

Sternburg said a fifth fight could be on the horizon for the fighters, saying that after the economic success of their Dec. 8 card it would be the logical move for Arum’s company, as well as both athletes.

“I think they can do it. Bob has stated it over and over. The fight did so well financially, it is a no-brainer,” Sternburg said.

Marquez’s representative, Fernando Beltran, told in Mexico City that they would be willing to take a fifth fight with Pacquiao. He also denied reports that Pacquiao had any early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

“Logically, we will find what’s most lucrative for him, in order to be an important fight,” Beltran said. “Juan Manuel Marquez and myself are gentlemen and we know that Pacquiao gave us an opportunity, and he didn’t have to, and most probably we will give it to him.”

Pacquiao has been in the public eye since the Marquez fight. Friends and family members repeatedly have asked him to retire after back-to-back defeats — the first one against Timothy Bradley Jr. in September and then the stunning KO against Marquez. Pacquiao was unconscious for a few minutes after the fight was stopped.

Sternburg said Arum will take Pacquiao to the Lou Ruvo Center of the Las Vegas Cleveland Clinic for further exams to make sure he’s fine even before the multiple former champion makes a call on his future. The clinic specializes in brain health, including diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s.

“They will examine him as a precaution,” Sternburg said.

Pacquiao has not issued any statements because he is in Israel, according to Sternburg.

Mayweather and Pacquiao Vs. The Greatest of the Last 30 Years


By Paul Magno | Yahoo! Contributor Network

COMMENTARY | Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are this generation’s best welterweights and, like it or not, they will forever be linked together. Whether they ever actually fight one another, and despite Pacquiao’s recent knockout loss, this is the era of Mayweather AND Pacquiao.

But how would this generation’s best welterweights fare against the best welterweights in recent history?
Here’s a look at how both superstars would’ve handled themselves against some of the best 147-pounders of the last thirty years:

vs. Sugar Ray Leonard
Mayweather: How would Mayweather handle himself against someone just as quick, just as well-schooled, but more offense-minded? It would likely be a long night for Mayweather. He would have too little firepower to keep Sugar Ray from scoring and his in-ring tricks would only allow him to tread water. Winner: Sugar Ray Leonard, Unanimous Decision, 116-112.

Pacquiao: Pacquiao’s speed and frenetic energy would mean relatively little to a fighter with the reflexes and overall pedigree of Sugar Ray. It wouldn’t be a blow-out, but it’s hard to imagine any scenario in which Pacquiao could win. Leonard would figure out the Filipino icon by mid-fight and then start grinding him down. Winner: Sugar Ray Leonard, TKO 12.

vs. Thomas Hearns
Mayweather: Floyd’s defense will keep him in the game, but the “Hitman” can also box and would keep the fight even enough through the first half while picking up steam as the fight progresses. Mayweather doesn’t have the firepower or the mindset to handle the long and lean Hearns, man to man, in rounds 7-12 of an otherwise even contest. Winner: Thomas Hearns, Unanimous Decision, 117-111.

Pacquiao: Remember Hearns’ famous faceplant knockout of Roberto Duran? Expect the same at some point against a hard-charging Pacquiao. If Manny is the usual Manny, expect a most brutal knockout. Winner: Thomas Hearns, KO 5.

vs. Roberto Duran
Mayweather: As good as Duran was, it’s hard to forget his “No Mas” performance against a Sugar Ray Leonard who decided to box and use movement in their high-profile rematch. Mayweather could possibly do the same, but it wouldn’t be easy. Key to this match-up would be a sharp, focused Mayweather not on his recent once-a-year fight schedule. Winner: Floyd Mayweather, Split Decision, 115-113.

Pacquiao: It would be the war of all wars pitting two tireless, all-offense powerhouses against one another. Duran is a better technical boxer than Pacquiao, but Pacquiao would have the edge in speed. It comes down to execution in this one as both fighters could come away with a win. Winner: Draw

vs. Pernell Whitaker

Mayweather: For the first time in his career, Floyd would be meeting someone even more defensively talented than him. Hardcore fans would be amazed at the tactical and technical prowess displayed here. Casual fans might be be bored silly. At the end of the day, though, Whitaker was a slightly better all-around offensive fighter and that might win the bout for him. Winner: Pernell Whitaker, Split Decision, 115-113.

Pacquiao: Manny would have no idea what to do with someone like “Sweet Pea,” whose every movement would throw him off balance and confuse any game plan he’d try to bring into the contest. The bout would be ugly, frustrating, and ultimately one-sided. Winner: Pernell Whitaker, Unanimous Decision, 118-110.
vs. Julio Cesar Chavez

Mayweather: Pernell Whitaker gave Chavez fits with smart movement and offense-stifling defense. Mayweather certainly has the ability to do the same. Chavez, as good as he was, was simply too slow-footed to deal with a true slickster. Winner: Floyd Mayweather, Unanimous Decision, 116-112.

Pacquiao: In a toe-to-toe battle, Chavez would eventually grind down and possibly stop Pacquiao. However, Pacquiao won’t be careless enough to go toe-to-toe. He will dart in and out, coming at Chavez from odd, uncomfortable angles. The Mexican would do well in up-close exchanges, but there would likely be too few to really do enough damage. Winner: Manny Pacquiao, Unanimous Decision, 117-111.

vs. Oscar De la Hoya

Mayweather: The tricky part of this pairing is to not draw comparisons between this fantasy match-up and their actual meeting at junior middleweight in 2007. Instead, think of the prime, undefeated De la Hoya from 1999. Oscar was sharp, well-schooled, and strong. He would give Mayweather a much tougher bout than he did eight years later. At the same time, Mayweather would have to absolutely be razor-sharp for this bout. Winner: Floyd Mayweather, Split Decision, 115-113.

Pacquiao: The De la Hoya that Pacquiao stopped in 2008 was severely weight-drained and a mere shadow of his former self. Still, the one-sided romp may have given an insight into a possible stylistic blind spot De la Hoya may have with Pacquiao. Oscar’s straight head stylistic orthodoxy could cost him against Pacquiao’s unpredictable offensive surges. It would be a lot closer than their 2008 bout, but Pacquiao should still have what it takes to get the win. Winner: Manny Pacquiao, Unanimous Decision, 115-113.

Is it time for Pacquiao to clean out his team and entourage?

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By Allan Fox

Manny Pacquiao is a guy who seems to be getting tugged and pulled from every direction when he’s trying to get ready for fights and it’s almost impossible to imagine a fighter being able to succeed with the utter chaos that goes on during his training camps with all the people hanging around him.

Pacquiao doesn’t look focused anymore and it’s not surprising with all the people that he’s got on his payroll. He’s got a huge entourage, coaches, trainers, you name it. Pacquiao might be better off considering a move to clean out the entire time so he can get some order to his life. I think Pacquiao would do well to change trainers, his strength coach and basically his entire management team.

He’s locked into a contract with Bob Arum of Top Rank, but that doesn’t mean he has to fight the guys that Arum wants him to. At this point Pacquiao should be thinking about himself to try and prolong his career, and that means he should say no to a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez because it’s not a good time for him to be fighting Marquez again. Pacquiao needs to be the one picks out the guys he wants to fight, even they don’t make as much money as the guys that Arum wants him to fight.

Pacquiao should have all training camps take place in the mountains instead of the city and there should be a security officer standing on grounds to make sure that only training personal are allowed in and no hangers ons, no visitors and no extra personal that are there just to bother Pacquiao.

Pacquiao needs to cut his expenses so that he doesn’t end up broke after he retires because he’s got too many people he’s paying for right now. I think his trainer Freddie Roach is the highest paid trainer in the game right now, and that doesn’t make sense with Pacquiao losing his last two fights. Pacquiao can get someone much cheaper and perhaps they can help him win some fights.

Is Pacquiao showing signs of Parkinson? Filipino doctors worried about him

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By Chris Williams

According to, a Filipino neurologist has some concerns about Manny Pacquiao’s health and thinks he could have the beginning of what may be Parkinson’s disease, the same disease that his trainer Freddie Roach has.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez noting that Pacquiao’s hands have “Twitches” and he’s worried that he could end up with Parkinson’s and/or Alzheimer’s disease. He’s suggesting that Pacquiao retire rather than continue his career.

Jimenez isn’t sure about his hunches but he’s very concerned with the health of Pacquiao. He doesn’t like the way he’s seeing Pacquiao’s hand twitching. However, he hasn’t sat down to give Pacquiao a personal examination himself. This is just from what he’s seen of him.

Another Filipino doctor Raquel Fortun is worried about Pacquiao the head trauma he’s suffered. She notes that in Pacquiao’s 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last December, Pacquiao’s head had two separate huge impacts starting with the big right hand that Marquez knocked him out with followed quickly by Pacquiao’s head making a hard impact on the canvas when he fell face first without cushioning his blow.

I haven’t seen any of Pacquiao’s twitching of his arm, so I’m not sure what Dr. Jimenez is talking about. But I did notice that when Pacquiao was being interviewed after the fight with Marquez, Pacquiao’s eyes seemed to cross at one point when he was looking at the crowd and he didn’t look like he didn’t look physically good in that moment.

I’ve never seen Pacquiao look like that before because it was as if his mind was shutting off for a brief moment. I thought at that the time that Pacquiao needed to be on his way to a hospital instead of using up potentially valuable time giving an interview with Merchant. Thank god Pacquiao wasn’t hurt, but when you get knocked out like that, you don’t want to be taking chances giving interviews when you should be en route to the hospital.

Manny Pacquiao’s Next Fight: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez V, Or Brandon Rios?

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BY Anthony Riccobono

For the first time in his career, Manny Pacquiao has lost two straight fights.

First, the boxer suffered a controversial loss to Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight title. Less than a month ago, he was knocked out in the sixth round of his fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez.

With the start of a new year, Pacquiao is looking for his first victory since 2011. Who will he face in his next, and perhaps final, fight?

Unfortunately for boxing fans, it likely won’t be Floyd Mayweather Jr. The chances of the two most prominent boxers of their generation meeting remains very slim. Other than the fact they can’t agree on terms for a fight, Pacquiao’s recent knockout has made the potential matchup less of a must-see event.

CEO of Top Rank promotions Bob Arum says not only is a bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao not likely to happen soon, but there’s a good chance it won’t happen ever.

“Probably not,” said Arum in response to whether or not the fight will happen before Pacquiao retires. “But life goes on.”

Since a fight with Mayweather seems like a longshot at best, another rematch with Marquez is the most likely scenario. In a recent interview with TMZ, Arum indicated that Pacquiao-Marquez 5 is on the horizon.

“We’re gonna, I think, do another fight with Juan Manuel Marquez,” said Arum. “That was a great fight.”

A fifth bout between the two would probably draw a lot of interest. All of the previous four fights were competitive, with Pacquiao having the advantage 2-1-1.

Even though the 1.15 million Pay-Per-View buys for the December fight was considered somewhat underwhelming, Top Rank President Todd DuBoef says the fight would sell itself.

“There’s nothing to sell again. It’s bigger by a multiple factor,” DuBoef told USA TODAY. “I’ve had people from all over the world say, ‘I’ve got to see it again.’ “The rematch will likely happen in April.

The bout has yet to be officially agreed upon, however, and Pacquiao has another option if Arum does not make an offer to his liking. Brandon Rios has an outside shot of being Pacquiao’s first opponent of 2013.

Rios has yet to lose in his career, going 31-0-1 with 23 knockouts. A victory for Pacquiao in December would likely have meant a fight with Rios.

“If Pacquiao wins, then I think that it’s a doable fight,” said Cameron Dunkin, Rios’ manager, before Pacquiao-Marquez 4. “They have said April 20.”

The Marquez win, though, will likely mean a rematch between him and Pacquiao in a few months. To many fight fans, it should be another tight and exciting battle.

How Signing with Top Rank Has Hurt Timothy Bradley’s Career

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Timothy Bradley was a world athlete on the rise in the beginning of 2011. He was undefeated, a world titlist in the junior welterweight division and signed to unify with Devon Alexander.

The match went down and turned out to be a dud, both financially and critically. Bradley was then nearly set to move on to the next big fight with another hot world titlist, Amir Khan.

This is when Top Rank came into the picture and gave Bradley a deal he couldn’t refuse. Fast forward two years later and he has had a fight with Manny Pacquiao and a welterweight world title—but not much else.

After Bradley’s fight with Pacquiao failed to sell over a million pay-per-views and Bradley won a controversial split decision that nearly all but the judges scoring the fight thought he lost, Bradley has become a rather unpopular fighter.

He’s richer than he’s ever been, but his career is starving for a direction. Is it possible that signing a deal of a lifetime with Top Rank may have hurt Bradley’s career?

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Remaining 2012 boxing awards

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By Dan Rafael |

Yes, 2012 is in the books, but beyond last week’s daily annual awards for fighter, knockout, round, prospect and fight of the year, I handed out some additional hardware on Wednesday. And now, here is Part 2:

Most important business development: The return of boxing to network television. Boxing was essentially banished from network TV in the late 1990s, with a few exceptions. But in back-to-back weeks in December, it returned to Saturday afternoons on CBS (Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara in a bantamweight title fight) and NBC (Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham in a heavyweight rematch) thanks to the hard work of promoters Golden Boy and Main Events, respectively. Both cards performed very well in the ratings, meaning you can probably count on seeing more network action in 2013 and, hopefully, beyond. Boxing on free TV can be a game changer for the sport.

Event of the year: Begrudgingly, I’m going with the night of Sept. 15 in Las Vegas. I was very clear from the outset that I despised the idea of two major cards competing in the same city on the same night when Top Rank/HBO PPV and Showtime/Golden Boy went head-to-head with Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Thomas & Mack Center and Canelo Alvarez-Josesito Lopez down the street at the MGM Grand on Mexican Independence Day weekend. It caused a lot of unnecessary issues and a lot of hurt feelings for a lot of people in the business. But ultimately the fans turned out for both events. The HBO PPV was a huge success, Showtime’s ratings were robust, and both cards produced quality entertainment. That said, I hope we don’t see another conflict like that this year. (But I won’t hold my breath.)

Non-event of the year: Same as the past few years — a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. And now the whole thing is down the drain after Pacquiao’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last month. Only in boxing could the ego, greed and stupidity of some of those involved blow up one of the biggest potential events in history. Even if the fight does happen someday, it will never be what it should have been — easily the biggest money fight ever and the ultimate summit meeting of the two best fighters on the planet. But that ship has sailed for what will instead go down as one of the most disappointing situations in sports history. No matter what happens from here on out, there will always be a gaping hole in the legacies of both fighters.

OMG moment of the year: Has to be Marquez’s stunning one-punch KO against Pacquiao with one second left in the sixth round. I thought at that point in the fight that Pacquiao was closing in on his own stoppage win, and then all of a sudden … boom! Runner up: Chavez dropping Martinez in the final 90 seconds of what had been a one-sided Martinez domination. Both moments were electrifying.

Best experience of the year: Thanks to my side gig as an analyst for Epix boxing telecasts, I traveled to Nottingham, England, Carl Froch’s hometown, to call his upset knockout win against Bute in May. It was my first trip to England and one of the best experiences of my career covering boxing. Working with fellow announcers Bruce Beck, Sugar Ray Leonard and our whole crew on the show was a pleasure, and riding around Nottingham (on the other side of the road for the first time) as executive producer/driver Travis Pomposello navigated more round-abouts than any road system should have was quite an experience. I still regret that I was unable to convince Travis to stop at the Porsche dealership we kept passing, but at least the atmosphere on fight night was incredible. I rate it No. 2 on my all-time list behind the atmosphere at the MGM Grand for Mayweather-Ricky Hatton.

R.I.P.: 2012 was a particularly tough year in terms of losses in the boxing community, including the great Angelo Dundee, good pal Bert Sugar, Johnny Tapia, Hector Camacho Sr., Goody Petronelli, Carmen Basilio, Julio Gonzalez and Corrie Sanders. They will all be missed. But the passing of Emanuel Steward, a dear friend and a wonderful ambassador for the sport, was particularly hard to take.

Misery award: The 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s boxing team, which didn’t win a single medal for the first time ever. This is rock-bottom status for a U.S. amateur system that has been driven into the ground for years. Runners-up (tie): HBO buying Keith Thurman-Orlando Lora and Showtime buying Jayson Velez-Salvador Sanchez II. Neither had any business airing on premium cable.

Quickest rise of the year: Leo Santa Cruz went from a prospect only known among hard-core fans (he was on my 2011 year-end top prospects list) to one of the sport’s most notable young talents. He went 5-0, won a bantamweight world title, became a Showtime regular, headlined the return of boxing to CBS and, most important, made one action-packed fight after another.

Shame on you award: We have four winners, Lamont Peterson, Andre Berto, Antonio Tarver and Erik Morales, all of whom were busted for using banned substances. Performance-enhancing drugs are a major problem in boxing, and commissions badly need to beef up testing. Three of these fighters were caught by either VADA or USADA, which were contracted for specific fights outside of commission oversight. Only Tarver’s test came from a postfight California commission test. Amazingly, after Morales failed multiple tests, New York still allowed him to fight.

Welcome award I: The beautiful new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., which opened for boxing in October, is a welcome addition to the fight circuit. Golden Boy will promote there regularly and already has cards slated for February, March and April.

Welcome award II: WealthTV, the upstart cable network, is in very few homes, but every boxing fan should be calling their cable or satellite provider to ask for it. WealthTV showed a number of notable fights, including those involving Bute, 2012 prospect of the year David Price, Tyson Fury and Adonis Stevenson. And in the programming move of the year, when the premium networks wrongly ignored it, WealthTV smartly bought a fabulous November card featuring two fights that wound up rating as fight of the year candidates: the Brian Viloria-Hernan Marquez flyweight unification match (which we all knew would be a barnburner) and the Roman Gonzalez-Juan Francisco Estrada junior flyweight title fight, which was a pleasant surprise.

Bad luck runs in threes award: Three of the most important fighters in recent boxing history suffered clear-cut losses on consecutive Saturdays: Hatton got knocked out Nov. 24, Miguel Cotto lost a decision to Austin Trout on Dec. 1, and Pacquiao got drilled on Dec. 8.

Winky Wright School of Boxing Business valedictorian: Congratulations, junior middleweight contender James Kirkland. Forget about the fact that he nearly ruined his life and career a couple of years ago when he was sent back to prison for getting caught with a gun as a convicted felon on parole. Forget that he got waxed in one round in a comeback fight by an opponent who usually can’t break an egg. In March, Kirkland was given the gift of a 10th-round disqualification win against Carlos Molina, who was winning easily before the highly suspect DQ. So when Golden Boy then offered him nearly $1 million to challenge titlist Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 15, Kirkland should have kissed CEO Richard Schaefer’s feet in thanks. Instead, he accepted the fight but dropped out the next day, citing a shoulder injury that he said still hadn’t healed after surgery. But Kirkland also tried to shake down Golden Boy for a larger purse to go through with the fight with a bad shoulder. Needless to say, the promoter didn’t offer him another dime, instead making a new fight for Alvarez. Kirkland hasn’t fought since March and is suing Golden Boy and his managers, who have done nothing but bend over backwards to give him opportunities.

Mayweather Dissects Manny Pacquiao’s Loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, Points Out the Obvious

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By Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao’s recent loss to Juan Manuel Marquez stunned the boxing world. Well, scratch that. It stunned most of the boxing world. Even though nobody came right out and predicted the Filipino superstar getting knocked out six rounds in, apparently some folks saw the whole thing coming. Because he was in decline. Or something.

The longstanding rivalry between Pacquiao and all members of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s family is a matter of public record. Even Jr.’s father, with whom the undefeated champion has a very tumultuous relationship, has bashed Pacquiao on numerous occasions with all sorts of incendiary comments. Given that, it stands to reason that the Mayweathers would probably have something to say about the most embarrassing defeat on Pacquiao’s resume.

“To be honest, the only reason there has been as many fights as they have had is because Pacquiao really didn’t win those fights,” Jeff Mayweather told FightHype recently of the Pacquiao-Marquez wars. “It was basically Pacquiao trying to prove that he was the better fighter. He was trying to prove a statement, because if you already beat this guy 2 times and had a draw with him, you don’t need to fight him no more.”

All personal judgments notwithstanding, that is actually a fairly salient point. Had Pacquiao ever knocked Marquez out, that would have been the end of that. The only reason this rivalry went as long as it did is because of the Filipino star’s inability to put his opponent away.

Now, the natural counterargument to that is: then why does everyone want a rematch? Well, because the record still stands at 2-1 in Pacquiao’s favor. Earning a knockout win after two (decision) losses and a draw is not the same thing as knocking your foe out after one decision loss and/or a draw.

During that same interview with FightHype, Mayweather addressed whether anyone still wants to see his nephew square off against Pacquiao.

“The most money on the table for Pacquiao is going to be Marquez now because nobody wanna see him fight Floyd anymore. The Pactards, or whatever they call themselves, PacManiacs, of course they gonna want him to fight Floyd if he got knocked out again and again. That’s how stupid they are. At the end of the day, the value of the fight is gone, so stop talking about what Pacquiao can do and Pacquiao this and that.

“Floyd fought Marquez off of almost a two year layoff and played with him like he was in high school. And not to say just because he did that to Marquez, because styles make fights, but at the same time, what people fail to realize is this, Pacquiao got beat by Marquez because Marquez is a counter puncher. And Floyd is probably two or three times better than Marquez at that job. Even Freddie Roach said, ‘Oh, he has trouble with counter punchers.’ If he has trouble with counter punchers, what the hell is he gonna have with Floyd, the best counter puncher in the world?

“It’s asinine. He just has his fans that are diehard fans, just like I still know fans today that don’t believe that Mike Tyson ever lost a fight. Even though we saw him on the canvas more than once, but because they are diehard fans, they just don’t believe it, and that’s what we are seeing with Pacquiao. He has those type of fans that, no matter what happens to him, they are still gonna be his fans and they still think he is gonna have a chance to beat whoever. But I mean, it’s over with.”

Mayweather managed to be both right and wrong there. He is right on the technical aspects – Floyd would give Pacquiao serious fits. There is a reason why he, the world’s best counter-puncher, has consistently been favored by Las Vegas in a potential super fight. Where Mayweather is wrong, however, is in his belief that nobody wants to see said super fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s no longer as appealing as it once could have been – folks still want to see Pacquiao and Mayweather square off.

And if Mayweather doesn’t believe that, then he should probably ask himself why he spent the better part of his interview with FightHype talking about Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao could be showing early signs of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, Filipino doctors worry

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By Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao plans to continue fighting, but some Filipino doctors are concerned over their health of the national hero and sporting icon, worrying that more brain trauma in the ring could lead to severe health risks.

Doctors in the Philippines are worried that if Manny Pacquiao fights on and continues taking punishment, he could wind up with some major health problems down the line, including one doctor believing he’s seeing early warning signs of Parkinson’s disease during Pacquiao’s interviews.

Dr. Rustico Jimenez says that he hasn’t examined Pacquiao or seen what’s troubling him up close, but that in interviews he has noticed changes in Manny:

“Even though his reflexes are quick, I noticed the movement - it’s just another view, my personal view - but it seems like there are early signs. There are some movements that you will notice with his hands. It’s in the hands, and not the head, where you can easily see this. It twitches a little bit. Although I haven’t seen it up close, I think I am seeing that there are some signs.”

Another doctor, Dr. Raquel Fortun, is “not convinced” by the CT scan results from Pacquiao’s post-fight exam following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez:

“When the brain gets shook like that, it’s very dangerous. Since it’s not truly fixed to you skull, when your brain gets shaken, there are connections that get cut off, and you get small hemorrhages.”

… The forensic expert expressed alarm over reports that Pacquiao allegedly had a slight seizure after falling unconscious from Marquez’s hammer blow to the head.

Pacquiao, 34, has been fighting professionally since 1995 and though he hasn’t taken major, headline-worthy punishment in recent fights beyond the knockout against Marquez, his career has seen him in plenty of wars, and even in dominant performances against guys like Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, and Joshua Clottey, Pacquiao did take punishment.

It’s easy, I think, to write this off as sensationalist reporting from doctors who don’t have medical proof of anything going on with Pacquiao, but there is reason to worry about Manny or any fighter in his position on these matters. It’s a sobering thought that Pacquiao could wind up with Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s or other problems, but it’s also one of the cold, hard realities of boxing. It happens, and the diseases don’t ignore the famous or most successful fighters.

Manny Pacquiao: Low-Risk Opponents to Put Pac-Man Back on Winning Trail

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I strongly believe Manny Pacquiao should retire, but he has had made it clear that he still wants to fight, per USA Today. That said, he’d be wise to at least take a fight or two against low-risk opponents to get himself back on track.

If he shows ill-affects from the KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, or if there is an obvious decline in skill, he can assess the practicality of challenging the elite talent in his weight range.

Obviously, it doesn’t do Pacquiao much good to fight bums, but there are fighters with solid records and reputations that Pac-Man matches up favorably against.

Devon Alexander

Provided Alexander gets by Kell Brook on February 23, he’s the type of opponent that Pacquiao should target. Alexander is quick and has very good hand speed and athletic ability, but he isn’t a huge puncher.

He only has 13 KOs in his 25 professional fights.

There are also questions about his mental toughness. He seemed to quit in his fight against Timothy Bradley in 2011. It seems he’s been struggling a bit with confidence and his attempts to gain public approval since then.

Both of the aforementioned weaknesses are things that Pacquiao can exploit.

His lack of punching power will likely lead to Pacquiao losing respect for Alexander’s attack, thus making Pacquiao more aggressive. In search of redemption, Pacquiao would likely stop him in the middle rounds.

Alexander has speed, but against Marquez in December, Pacquiao showed he still has quickness as well. Even if Pacquiao were to suffer another loss, it is unlikely it would be as physically punishing as his loss to Marquez.

Still, Alexander is 24-1 and currently considered a top-six welterweight by BoxRec, Transnational Boxing and ESPN.

This is a low-risk fight that would re-create some buzz around Pacquiao.

Alexander is promoted by Golden Boy (ESPN), so that obviously creates an issue because Pacquiao is tied to Top Rank and Bob Arum. The Golden Boy-Top Rank feud throws a monkey wrench in several intriguing fights (Sports Illustrated).

However, beyond that unfortunate dynamic in the sport, this fight makes sense for Pacquiao.

Timothy Bradley

Though I scored the first Bradley-Pacquiao fight for Bradley, there is no doubt in my mind Pacquiao can beat Desert Storm.

He fell short in their June 2012 bout because he coasted in the latter rounds of the fight. If he had shown more killer instinct, he could have stopped Bradley—or at least blown him away on the scorecards.

Bradley is a skilled counter-puncher, and he’s tough as nails, but he doesn’t have the speed or power to contend with a motivated and vicious Pacquiao. That much was evident through the first four or five rounds in the first fight.

Be that as it may, Bradley still owns a victory over Pacquiao, and he’s 29-0.

Defeating him would right a “wrong” in most fans’ eyes, and it would also set Pacquiao on a path of redemption. He may never get another shot at Marquez, but stopping Bradley would at least give him a measure of revenge for one of his losses in 2012.

Marquez Says Early Strength Helped Groom Career

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By Miguel Rivera,

Former four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs), 39, grew up in a very poor neighborhood of Mexico City. There was a lot of crime in the area and there were always opportunities to take part in those type of activities. Marquez stayed away from the gangs, the crime, the alcohol and the drugs.

Marquez credits his mental strength as a young man as one of the major factors in the grooming of his succesful career. The Mexican warrrior achieved his crowning jewel on December 8th in Las Vegas, when he knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth battle.

“I had a lot of vices all around me, but I refused to indulge in them. I went in my own direction because I knew where I had to get to. And today, just like yesterday, in this profession - there are ways to deviate from your path and go astray. But I’ve never strayed before, so why do it now,” Marquez said.

“This victory over Pacquiao was for everyone who believed in me, who knew that I would get to this point. I’ve never wasted my time with foolishness or trivialities. I always worked hard.”