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My Good Friend- Manny Pacquiao and Tupac Shakur’s former personal Body Guard… RIP My Brother

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By Timothy James,

I just got the news that my close friend for over 25 years was holding his gun and accidentally pulled the trigger.

This occurred on Sunday April 28, 2013.

From what I am told, “He didn’t intentionally pull the trigger, it was a hair trigger - military issue gun when he left the military.” “He held it to his head and said POW and jerked hard then BOOM! Right in front of his wife inside his home”

 

R.I.P. my very good friend- today my heart is sad, but I am glad you are finally with Pac again and know I will see you again….

 

Frank Alexander was hired by Michael Koncz to personally guard Manny Pacquiao for the Joshua Clottey fight back in 2010.

I remember when Manny first met Frank. Manny looked at Frank and said, “Are you the man that can carry a gun?” Frank said, “Yes”

Manny said, “Let me see it” Frank handed Manny his gun and Manny Pacquiao showed Frank tricks with that gun that would have made Doc Holiday impressed. Manny can wield a gun with the best of them.

Frank and Manny had a great relationship.

 

Frank Alexander and Tupac were friends as well as business acquaintances. When ‘Pac was gunned down on September 7, 1996 in Nevada, Frank was present and often reflected  on the night of Pac’s death and how that has always effected him. Frank has speculated many times as to whom he though was responsible for Tupac’s death.

Frank spoke with the Sabotage Times about the accounts that lead up to Tupac’s assassination and shared who he thought may have played a role in his murder. He revealed that Tupac got into a fight the night that he got shot, with Orlando Anderson, a Crip from the South side. Frank said that he thought that the fight between the member of the Crips Gang and Death Row may have played a role in Tupac’s untimely death.

“Yeah. If you get into a scuffle and you get you butt whupped, whatcha gonna do? You’re going to tell your friends,” he said told Sabotage Times.

However when Tupacs black BMW was gunned down, Frank was following the vehicle in Pac’s Lexus and witnessed the shooting.

 

Tupac’s death weighed heavy on Frank’s heart and he paid tribute to his late boss and friend co-producing classic documentaries Tupac: Before I Wake (2001) and Tupac: Assassination (2009), as well as writing Got Your Back (1998), about his time’s with ‘Pac.

R.I.P My Brother….

Timothy James

Manny Pacquiao needs to drum up support to promote next fight

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By Leo Reyes,

 

Manny Pacquiao has not talked much about boxing since the start of the election campaign in the Philippines. But in about two weeks, elections will be over and Pacquiao will start talking to media about his ring return and his next opponent.

 

Pacquiao is running unopposed for reelection as the lone representative in congress of Sarangani province in southern Philippines.

 

While he does not have to campaign to get reelected, Pacquiao needs to help in the election campaign of his wife Jinkee, who is running for Vice-Governor of Sarangani and his political allies who are running for local as well as national electoral posts. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao needs to drum up support to promote next fight” »

Rios To Fight Pacquiao In November- It Sure Looks That Way…

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Members of Team Pacquiao have gone out of their way to contact reputable members of the meida to let them know that as of now Brandon Rios is leading the race to get his dream fight with Pacquiao.

Brandon Rios’s biggest payday will come when he steps in the ring with the cash cow Manny Pacquiao, but at what cost.

Brandon Rios will suffer the 2nd loss of his career and it will been done in brutal fashion.

Manny Pacquiao wanted a rematch with Timothy Bradley, but that fight could not be made as Timothy Bradley is now fighting Marquez in an anticipated showdown Sep in Las Vegas Nevada…..

Stay tuned for more updates………

Manny Pacquiao Net Worth

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Manny Pacquiao net worth: Manny Pacquiao is a boxer from the Philippines who has a net worth of $85 million. During his career, Manny Pacquiao has won 54 out 60 matches with two draws. Pacman’s only recent loss, to Timothy Bradley on June 6th, 2012, was widely criticized as being a massive error in judgement with many people claiming the fight was fixed. Beyond the controversial Bradley loss, Manny has beaten Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosely, Oscar De La Hoya and many more talented opponents. Manny Pacquiao is considered to be the pound for pound #1 boxer in the world. He is also the only boxer to win titles in 7 different weight classes. Along the way to glory, Pacquiao has amassed an impressive net worth of $85 million mainly from boxing purses but also from endorsements, promotions and pay-per-view revenue sharing. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Net Worth” »

Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Amir Khan If He Gets Past Mike Alvarado

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Amir Khan defeated Julio Diaz in extremely unimpressive fashion on Saturday night. While the pair’s bout was an interesting one from a fan perspective, it was far closer than it should have been. Most regarded this as Khan’s opportunity to get on a hot streak, develop some confidence, and prepare for either a rematch against Danny Garcia or legitimate title contention against another big name star. Instead, it ended up being a crash course on 26-year-old star’s two biggest weaknesses.

By now, everyone knows that Khan has a reputation for having a glass jaw. His weak chin was once again exposed for what it is when Diaz dropped him in surprising fashion and momentarily appeared to have a shot at a knockout victory. While Khan ultimately battled back and secured the unanimous decision win, the fact that Diaz could do the sort of damage that he did was staggering. It also exposed the second hole in Khan’s game – his carelessness.

A guy who has been around as long as Khan has should not get sloppy during bouts; consistency is what separates talented boxers from superstars. And yet time after time, regardless of who is training him, the Bolton-born brawler will inevitably let his guard down at some point during the match. That coupled with his inability to take a solid punch is why he hasn’t lived up to expectations to date. Diaz wasn’t able to take advantage of Khan’s weaknesses; Floyd Mayweather Jr. would have.

After Khan’s victory, Richard Schaefer came out and said that he wants to pit his guy against “Maywearther or Pacquiao.” While Khan clearly has the brand name to fight either man, he only has the skills to fight one of them. At this late stage in his career, a depleted Pacquiao is Khan’s lone shot at securing victory against a big name opponent.

 

Read More: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/boxingmma/manny-pacquiao-should-fight-amir-khan-if-he-gets-past-mike-alvarado

Gwyneth Paltrow to record duet with Manny Pacquiao?

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Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow has expressed eagerness in visiting the Philippines and recording a duet with boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. In an interview with GMA 7’s news programme, 24 Oras (24 Hours), the actress, according to People magazine said she would love to have a duet with Pacquio so she could “entertain the Filipinos”. Paltrow said she would leave it to Filipino fans to choose the song that she would sing with the sports icon. The interview was aired shortly after Paltrow’s movie, Iron Man 3, broke box office records in the Philippines for having the biggest opening day take at the tills with Dh5.7 million.

Manny Pacquiao sets September date for return to the ring

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Manny Pacquiao’s chances of boxing Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time have been scuppered because he wants to box in Asia after standing for election in the Philippines.

The ‘Pacman’ was unbeaten in 15 contests before losing back-to-back fights to Timothy Bradley and Marquez.

His next opponent will be either Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado in September before a possible rematch with Marquez, who does not want to box in the Far East, at the end of the year.

The news, confirmed by promoter Bob Arum, means the distant hope of a classic encounter with Floyd Mayweather Jr is even more remote. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao sets September date for return to the ring” »

Nonito Donaire has shoulder surgery

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Former junior featherweight titlist Nonito Donaire is recovering from right shoulder surgery that followed his unanimous decision loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in their 122-pound title unification fight on April 13.

“It’s just tender, totally tender,” Donaire told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I’m trying to stretch it and I’m in physical therapy, trying to get it stretched out and get the shoulder back to normal.”

Donaire, the consensus 2012 fighter of the year, said he was troubled by the shoulder throughout training camp but went through with the fight anyway. Dr. Shabi Kahn performed the arthroscopic surgery on Friday at Seton Medical Center in Dale City, Calif. Continue reading “Nonito Donaire has shoulder surgery” »

UFC 159 RESULTS: Jones takes Sonnen out via TKO First Round

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The Main Event featured the Light Heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. No one believed that Sonnen deserved this shot and Jones proved everyone right.

The first round began with Jones throwing a flurry of combinations. Sonnen weathered the storm and eventually was placed on his back. This was not the start he was hoping for as his strong suit is wrestling. Sonnen was able to return to his feet and went after Jones, but the tone of the fight was set. Continue reading “UFC 159 RESULTS: Jones takes Sonnen out via TKO First Round” »

Manny Pacquiao Out, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez In As Floyd Mayweather’s Arch Nemesis

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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. had some good times together over the years. They laughed. They cried. They fought. No, wait. They didn’t do any of those things. Them laughing, crying and fighting is what would have happened if they ever agreed to the Dream Match that the whole world begged them for non-stop over the span of about three years.

My mistake. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Out, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez In As Floyd Mayweather’s Arch Nemesis” »

UFC 159 Jones vs. Sonnen Weigh-in Results: Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen Get the Green Light

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The UFC 159: Jones VS Sonned weigh-ins took place Friday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., setting the stage for Saturday’s showdown between Ultimate Fighter 17 coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen.

Despite some people questioning whether or not Sonnen deserves a shot at Jones’ UFC light heavyweight championship, it’s a moot point now, as both Jones and Sonnen made weight, making their title fight official.

Neither had trouble making weight, each man stepping on the scale at 205 pounds.

Where they differed was in their post-weigh-in comments.

Sonnen, as always, took the opportunity to wax poetic from his self-promotional soapbox. Continue reading “UFC 159 Jones vs. Sonnen Weigh-in Results: Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen Get the Green Light” »

Manny Pacquiao And Juan Manuel Marquez Talks Fell Apart For An Odd Reason

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Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will not fight this year, if you believe what both camps are saying right now. Even though Marquez’s presumed next opponent, Timothy Bradley, hasn’t officially signed off on the paperwork yet, the general consensus appears to be that their match-up won’t be derailed by anything.

For most of the past four months, everyone in boxing assumed that Pacquiao and Marquez would fight a fifth time. Coming off their memorable December clash, this bout made all the sense in the world from every possible standpoint. Financially, it would have resulted in maximum payday for all involved – regardless of purse split. Legacy-wise, it would have once and for all settled the debate regarding who is better.

However, for reasons that weren’t entirely clear to anyone but him, Marquez wasn’t interested in another dance with his Filipino arch rival. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao And Juan Manuel Marquez Talks Fell Apart For An Odd Reason” »

Manny Pacquiao Should Choose Mike Alvarado over Brandon Rios as Next Opponent

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Manny Pacquiao is close to announcing his next opponent and the list of potential opponents is down to two—Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios .

According to Bob Arum (via The Telegraph) the field was narrowed down to the two welterweight contenders after their first two choices—Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley—agreed to fight each other in Las Vegas this September.

Arum told The Telegraph that the fight with Alvarado or Rios will take place in November in Macau. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Should Choose Mike Alvarado over Brandon Rios as Next Opponent” »

Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Bob Arum Announces Two Finalists To Fight Pac-Man In Macau

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Manny Pacquiao will not get revenge on his two recent losses in his next fight.

 

The boxer was looking to face either Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez in his next bout, but neither will be stepping into the ring with “Pac-Man” anytime soon. Marquez and Bradley are now scheduled to fight each other on Sept. 14.

After not suffering a loss for seven years, Pacquiao has lost his last two fights. Bradley defeated him in a controversial decision for the WBO Welterweight title on June 9, 2012. Six months later, Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the fourth ever fight between the two boxers. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Next Fight: Bob Arum Announces Two Finalists To Fight Pac-Man In Macau” »

Manny Pacquiao remains a ‘cash cow’ despite 2 successive defeats

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By Leo Reyes,

 

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao remains popular among boxing fans and still regarded as a typical promoter’s cash cow despite his two successive defeats in the hands of rivals Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

 

In most cases, fighters coming off successive defeats would suffer a sharp dive in popularity ratings that normally equate to a drastic cut in purse sharing with an equally popular opponent.

 

But in the case of Pacquiao, his usual purse of over $20 million per fight seems to be holding as Bob Arum, his promoter, has not demanded a drastic cut in Pacquiao’s purse for his upcoming October scheduled fight on account of his defeats. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao remains a ‘cash cow’ despite 2 successive defeats” »

Manny Pacquiao Left Out In The Cold By Juan Manuel Marquez And Timothy Bradley?

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Manny Pacquiao v Timothy BradleyManny Pacquiao is one of two currently active boxers who can single-handedly turn any fight card into a must-watch event. Between his international and American fanbases, a shot at the former champ is seen as a lottery ticket by all potential foes.

That being said, if you’re buying into the latest reports, two big name fighters decided they wanted no part of Pacquiao. According to an interview Bob Arum gave to ESPN on Wednesday, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley are on the verge of making their September 2013 bout official. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Left Out In The Cold By Juan Manuel Marquez And Timothy Bradley?” »

Manny Pacquiao Will Get Tougher Test From Alvarado Than He Would’ve From Marquez, Bradley

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A fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez would have likely ended with the Filipino star redeeming himself.

While last December’s knockout finish was amazing for fans and deflating for Pacquiao, it was in no way indicative of how he matched up against Marquez. The fact of the matter is: He controlled that bout far more than his opponent did. There is a reason why he was winning it on every single judge’s scorecard prior to getting dropped in the sixth round. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Will Get Tougher Test From Alvarado Than He Would’ve From Marquez, Bradley” »

Manny Pacquiao to face Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios next

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Manny Pacquiao is busy preparing for an election in the Philippines, but when he is done he can begin to focus on his next fight. According to his promoter Bob Arum, that fight will be against either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios.

Arum told the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire Tuesday that Juan Manuel Marquez will fight Timothy Bradley later in the year (they are currently aiming for a Sept. 14 date, though that could change). Marquez and Bradley deciding to fight each other took away two potential rematch options for the Filipino. After winning 15 straight fights, Pac-Man lost to Bradley and Marquez in back-to-back fights. Marquez opted to face Bradley instead of Pacquiao for a fifth time. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao to face Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios next” »

Manny Pacquiao vs Marquez a must rematch.

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(ThyBlackMan.com) Well Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach says that Manny Pacquiao can’t wait to get in the ring with Juan Manuel Marquez again to try and avenge his 6th round knockout loss from last December in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach says he’d like to see Pacquiao and Marquez face each other in Mexico if the fight gets made this September.

Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum wants the fight to be staged in Macao, his first choice, or Singapore in order to avoid the 39.6% tax rate that Pacquiao would have to pay for the loot that he gets from U.S boxing fans in pay-per-view.

Roach said to Philstar.com “Manny wants a rematch more than anything else. That’s the fight I want. It’s still the biggest fight out there. I want the last fight in Mexico. That’s my dream.”

Last fight? What is Roach talking about? Does he honestly think Arum will stop matching Manny Pacquiao up against Marquez if their proposed September fight brings in tons of good cash? No way. Arum will keep this thing going until one of them says no or the interest in fight dies down to where it’s bringing in less than 800,000 PPV buys.

It would likely have to drop off a dramatic amount for Arum to stop putting them back in with one another because he doesn’t have any other big name fighters in his Top Rank stable. Brandon Rios was just beaten and Mike Alvarado and Tim Bradley aren’t PPV fighters, and neither is Rios.
If Arum puts any of those guys in with Manny Pacquiao he’ll be lucky to attract 800,000 buys, although I have a funny feeling we’d never find out what the final PPV numbers would be. I could see it being something that is an unknown.

Marquez is pretty much the only game in town for Pacquiao and Arum unless wants to finally put in a strong effort to make the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight without talking about outdoor stadiums, Pacquiao having a cut that’s not healing or Arum not knowing who to contact in Mayweather’s team to start the negotiation process.

I don’t blame Manny Pacquiao for wanting another fight with Marquez because it must have been bad for Manny Pacquiao to face all of his Filipino fans at home in the Philippines after being knocked clean out by Marquez last December. However, Manny Pacquiao needs to cut his losses and realize he never was as good as Marquez in their four fights and he deserved to lose all four of them and got incredibly lucky in getting two highly controversial decisions and a draw. Pacquiao is getting older now, and he’s more easier to hit than he was when he was younger.

Marquez is aging too, but he’s improved his power to where he can hurt Pacquiao each time he hits him hard. A fifth fight will be the same as the fourth fight with Marquez likely knocking Manny Pacquiao down each time he connects with a hard right hand to the hand. Pacquiao needs to forget about Marquez and focus on fighting Arum’s other Top Rank stable fighters because those guys are a little safer for him, although I think Mike Alvarado would knock Manny Pacquiao out at this point.

 

Source: ThyBlackMan

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather: Why Dream Fight Is Now More Realistic

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BY BRIAN MAZIQUE

What are the chances we’ll ever see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in the ring together, and furthermore, how many boxing fans still care?

There is no doubt the pairing that once seemed like the dream fight has lost some of its luster with Pacquiao riding a two-fight losing streak. But at the end of the day, Mayweather and Pacquiao are still the two biggest names in the sport.

As of June 2012, the two superstars of the sport were No. 1 and 2 respectively on the Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list. No other boxer is even in the top 20.

Though still slim, the chances that we could actually see Money and Pac-Man clash could be increasing.

BBC Sports reported that Pacquiao is in ongoing talks to fight Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time in September. If Pacquiao wins this bout and continues his career, there is no doubt talk of a fight with Mayweather will heat up again.

If he were to decide to rematch and defeat Timothy Bradley in the next four to six months, the talk would go to another level.

Mayweather recently signed a deal that could see him fight up to six times in two years with Showtime and CBS, per ESPN. The first of the bouts will take place on May 4 when he battles Robert Guerrero.

It only makes sense to think that Money will be trying to maximize his earning potential in those fights.

He’s 36 years old, so it is hard to imagine him fighting beyond this deal. If Pacquiao is able to redeem himself in the eyes of boxing fans again, there will again be no fight with more earning potential than a bout with Pacquiao.

There are a ton of variables in this scenario, though.

Pacquiao defeating Marquez is far from a foregone conclusion. After suffering such a brutal knockout, there is no telling what kind of fighter he will be after a long layoff and a potentially crushing blow to his psyche.

He is 34 years old, and even without the two recent losses, it is time for a decline.

Though Mayweather hasn’t shown as much fall-off as Pacquiao, he has been a little easier to hit in recent bouts. He is also coming off a long layoff due to a jail sentence, per ESPN.

Guerrero is no push-over, and though I favor Mayweather to win, it is not an open-and-shut case in my eyes.

Beyond all the in-ring conditions, the two promotional sides still have to put their differences aside to work together for a huge financial gain. As long as Pacquiao is promoted by Bob Arum, this will be a major sticking point because of the bad blood between he and Mayweather.

The two have a long and bitter history. Dan Rafael of ESPN says Arum is to blame for the most recent near-miss agreement for the two future Hall of Famers to fight.

One could assume that Mayweather presumably sees the end of both he and Pacquiao’s career in sight, and Arum sees the last opportunities to cash in on his biggest money ticket.

The reality of the dynamic could create a sense of urgency in both parties.

While I wouldn’t put money on all the chips falling in to place just yet, things look far more promising on this front than they did when Pacquiao was lying face down on the mat and Mayweather was incarcerated.

Baby steps.

 

Source: Bleacher Report

Roach wants 5th fight held in Mexico

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By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star

MACAU – Freddie Roach wants what Manny Pacquiao wants – a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in September.

“Manny wants a rematch more than anything else,” Roach told Filipino scribes at The Venetian Macao on a cold and damp Wednesday afternoon here.

“That’s the fight I want. It’s still the biggest fight out there,” he added.

And if Roach could have his way, he’d have the fight staged in Mexico City, where fight fans partied for a week after Marquez knocked Pacquiao out last December in Las Vegas.

“I want the last fight in Mexico. That’s my dream,” said Roach.

Pacquiao is very busy with the coming elections back home, and said his mind is not into boxing right now.

Bob Arum hopped in from one table to the discussion. He said it’s just impossible to get things done right now when Pacquiao is so busy with the elections back home.

“The problem is that until the freaking elections are done you cannot get his attention,” said Arum.

The legendary promoter said chances of Pacquiao’s next fight being held in the United States are “very slim” because of the skyrocketing tax rates.

From 31 percent, taxes for big time fights have gone up to 39.6 percent. If Pacquiao fights anywhere outside the US, he won’t have to pay as much.

Roach said it’s almost unbelievable how high the taxes are, saying that last year alone he paid $900,000 in taxes.

While Arum didn’t say he doesn’t like Mexico, he sounded like he was pitching for either Macau or Singapore as venue of Pacquiao’s next fight.

Arum and Roach are here for Saturday’s “Fists of Gold” card featuring Chinese two-time Olympic champion Zou Shiming against Eleazar Valenzuela and Brian Viloria against Juan Francisco Estrada.

“The response here is tremendous,” said Arum, who must have fallen in love with Macau the first time he came here in 2008 for a goodwill match of the then Olympic-bound US basketball team.

“It’s absolutely first class here,” said the ageless promoter, who just can’t believe his eyes every time he looks around this vast casino hotel and resort rolled into one.

Arum said tickets to Saturday’s fight, which also features Filipinos Dave and Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. and Milan Melido, are almost gone.

“All the expensive seats have been sold or around 70 percent of the 15,000 seats. I’m confident it will be sold out,” he said.

The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world, its gaming area alone covering almost five hectares of 800 gaming tables and 3,400 slot machines.

Roach said last Easter, each gaming table was surrounded by bettors four-deep.

“Macau can be the next boxing capital of the world. It’s Vegas on steroids,” said Arum.

Looking around the casino, it’s hard to disagree.

 

Source: ABS-CBN News

Manny Pacquiao’s Camp Says He May Fight Brandon Rios, Continues To Devalue His Brand

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By Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao should fight Juan Manuel Marquez this September. It’s the fight that makes the most sense from a financial standpoint, and it’s also the fight that makes the most sense from a boxing standpoint. Nearly everyone agrees that there is no better option on the table for the former eight-division champ than squaring off against the guy who put him down, face first, onto the canvas last December.

So if everyone gets that, why is Michael Koncz suggesting that a Pacquiao-Brandon Rios bout might be in the cards? It’s bad enough that he is pushing for a match that will result in all involved generating less money while taking on more risk, but he’s also basically calling for an opponent coming off a loss as opposed to one coming off a win.

It makes no sense.

Heading into this past weekend, Rios was discussed as a potential foe for Pacquiao because the assumption was that he would beat Mike Alvarado. He didn’t. He lost, and the defeat didn’t come in Pacquiao-Marquez IV-esque controversial fashion. It was a clear loss. He will likely take on Alvarado again next, as they discussed in the aftermath of their bout. However, even if he doesn’t (Bob Arum suggested they may not shoot for an immediate rematch) – why would Pacquiao (or his advisors) want to fight a guy come off a defeat for what will surely be less money when they can fight a guy coming off a huge win for more money?

When asked by PhilBoxing if Rios’ loss took some shine off a possible showdown against Pacquiao, Koncz said this: “I don’t think it does.”

Pacquiao’s fourth fight against Marquez did 1.15 million PPV buys. That’s a full 200,000 more than what he did against Bradley. Opponents matter – and Marquez brings a brand name recognition to the card that other guys don’t. It’s been said before and it needs to be said: this is the only fight that makes sense. If anything else is made, it’ll be a disservice to Pacquiao, his fans, and the boxing community in general.

 

Source: Opposing Views

Roach still dreams of Pacquiao-JMM 5th fight

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By Roy Luarca

MACAU—A fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico City.

“A rematch, more than anything else,” Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach declared before Filipino sportswriters at The Venetian Macao yesterday afternoon. “It’s the best fight out there.”

Roach, a five-time trainer of the year, said he doesn’t mind if Pacquiao-Marquez V is held in Mexico, just for the Filipino eight-division world champion to get the chance to redeem himself from that horrific sixth round knockout dealt by Marquez last Dec. 8 in Las Vegas.

Recalling the key moment when Marquez caught a charging Pacquiao with a dynamite right barely a second to go in the round, Roach said it was both perfect timing and luck that paved the way for Marquez’s stunning victory.

“He (Marquez) got lucky,” said Roach, who is in this new gambling mecca as chief trainer of Chinese sports hero Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic champion, who’s making his pro debut on Saturday at the 15,000 seat Cotai Arena.

“That (Marquez fight) is the biggest out there, and the most dangerous,” said Roach.

So popular is Zou in China that his four-round fight against Mexican Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-1, 1 KO), is considered the main attraction, overshadowing Brian Viloria’s defense of his WBO and WBA flyweight titles against Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the fight card promoted by Top Rank Inc.

The 32-year-old Viloria (32-3 with 19 KOs) was scheduled to train under Marvin Somodio, Roach’s understudy, yesterday afternoon as he stepped up his bid to make Estrada (22-2, 17 KOs) his 19th Mexican victim.

Meanwhile, the possibility of Pacquiao fighting in the United States in his next bout keeps getting dim with each passing day.

“Very slim,” venerable promoter Bob Arum, referring to Pacquiao’s return to the ring mid-September, told Filipino sportswriters here.
And the main stumbling block, according to Arum is the prohibitive taxes (at least 39.6 percent) that will be slashed from Pacquiao’s purse if he fights in Las Vegas.

Arum, who sees Macau as the next boxing capital, referring to it as “Las Vegas on steroids,” said he sees a sell-out in his first promotional card in this former Portuguese territory.

 

Source: Sports Inquirer

Has Manny Pacquiao Left USA Forever? Pacman May Fight Overseas From Now On

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By Brian Ethridge

It is usually hard for a fighter from a different country to be embraced by Americans. The USA prefers to see boxers from their own country succeed. Manny Pacquiao has been one of the very few overseas fighters who has become a beloved figure in the USA, but now he may never fight in America again.

According to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and several other top Pacquiao officials are claiming that the former pound-for-pound king may fight in Asia from here on out. They claim that while Pacquiao loves America, taxes eat up nearly 40% of his earnings when he fights in Las Vegas.

“Manny can go back to Las Vegas and make $25 million, but how much of it will he end up with - $15 million?” Arum recently told Yahoo! Sports. “If he goes to Macau, perhaps his purse will only be $20 million, but he will get to keep it all, so he will be better off.”

We can certainly understand why Manny Pacquiao would choose to fight overseas. As a boxer on the decline, he probably does not have many fights left in the tank. Nobody can blame him if he wants to maximize his pocketbook while he still can. However, Americans are heartbroken to hear that they may never have another chance to see Pacquiao fight in person.

As stated previously, Manny Pacquiao is one of the few international sports figures who has been embraces by Americans as one of their own. When Pacquiao first started boxing, he could barely speak a word of English. Throughout the years he has studied the language and can now speak it very fluently. That is just one thing Americans have always loved about him. In addition, Pacquiao always makes time for his fans regardless of who he is with or how busy he is at the time. In today’s paparazzi filled world, most celebrities want nothing to do with their fans. That’s just one more thing Americans have always loved about Manny Pacquiao.

Hopefully we have not seen the last of Pacquiao in America. But if he never fights in the USA again, you can be sure that millions of Americans will still watch him fight on pay-per-view.

 

Source: iSports Times

Manny Pacquiao And Juan Manuel Marquez Will Fight Overseas This September

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By Alex Groberman,

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez haven’t officially been given the green light for their fifth bout yet, but all involved are proceeding as though it’s a done deal. Whereas usually boxers wait to get an opponent, then they decide on a time and place, and then they begin to talk about it, everything in this particular situation has been flipped upside-down. Pacquiao, Marquez and all of their various representatives have been talking about this match for weeks now.

In a way, it’s understandable. This pair put on an epic display last December. After something of a ho-hum battle in their third fight, they came back with a sense of urgency and eager to prove a point. Marquez ultimately sealed the deal with a beautiful sixth round knockout, but there is a case to be made for Pacquiao looking better in defeat than he had in his prior three fights. Yes, an early KO is bad – but at least the Filipino star put up a decent effort in this one. His inability to close out against a hobbled, injured Timothy Bradley was embarrassing.

Pacquiao-Marquez V did about 1.15 million PPV buys, a total that was lower than what they did in the third match, but still very good. And when you take into account the fact that this was on the heels of that snoozer of a third fight, the figures look even better. Their inevitable fifth fight will likely shatter all of their previous PPV totals. Moreover, it will have a significant impact on both of their legacies going forward. If Pacquiao wins, what happened last December will be forgotten as a fluke. If he loses, then his first two victories will suddenly lose a lot of luster.

Recently, Pacquiao’s spokeswoman Rose Tamayo came out and offered some details about the former eight division champ’s next match.

“The fight is definitely in September. We will talk about the opponent and the place after the 13 May elections,” she said. “Manny wants to fight outside the United States because of the taxes.

“Singapore is one of the top places for consideration. There is also Macau and Dubai.”

It’s worth noting, just last week Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz suggested that he could possibly return in October. Obviously that idea was disregarded pretty quickly by all involved.

None of these public statements ever explicitly note that Marquez is Pacquiao’s next opponent, but folks can read between the lines. More money vs. less money, less risk vs. more risk and more prestige vs. less prestige. The decision sort of makes itself.

Pacquiao and Marquez will go down in September of this year, from some overseas destination, just like everyone has expected it to all along.

 

Source: Opposing Views

Manny Pacquiao eyeing return to ring in September

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LAS VEGAS — The Associated Press

Manny Pacquiao may meet an old foe in a new place in September.

Promoter Bob Arum says he is trying to put together a fifth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez and shopping it to casinos in Macau and Singapore. He said Saturday night at the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight that the bout would likely be at one of the Venetian hotel-casinos in Macau or Singapore.

Marquez would be the most likely opponent for Pacquiao, though Arum indicated earlier that Timothy Bradley — who won a disputed decision over Pacquiao last year — is another possibility.

Marquez knocked Pacquiao out in the sixth round in December, flattening the Filipino fighter with a right hand that left him face down on the canvas for two minutes. It was the first win for Marquez in four fights between the two rivals.

 

Kudos (The Globe and Mail)

Manny Pacquiao to fight in Dubai? Boxer could appear in UAE

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By AFP (With Staff Inputs)

Boxing star Manny Pacquaio, who was knocked out by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in December, reportedly wants his next fight to be outside the United States.

Manila: Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again in September, with Dubai a possible venue for the bout, a spokeswoman for the fighter has said.

Rose Tamayo said Pacquaio wanted to fight outside the United States to avoid high taxes, with Singapore, Macau and Dubai under consideration for any bout.

Negotiations are ongoing for a rematch with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked Pacquiao out in his last fight in December, although the opponent and the venue are yet to be finalised, Tamayo told AFP.

“The fight is definitely in September. We will talk about the opponent and the place after the May 13 elections,” Tamayo said, citing comments Pacquiao made to her on Wednesday.

Pacquiao, 34, is running for re-election as a congressman in next month’s Philippine mid-term elections, and he is currently on the campaign trail.

Tamayo said Pacquiao wanted his next fight to be outside the United States, where he has traditionally fought in front of huge crowds and for enormous pay-per-view television revenues, to avoid high taxes.

“Manny wants to fight outside the United States because of the taxes… Singapore is one of the top places for consideration. There is also Macau and Dubai,” Tamayo told AFP.

Dubai has been cited as a possible venue for a Pacquiao fight several times in the last year, with boxing legends Evander Holyfield and “Marvellous” Marvin Hagler both endorsing the emirate’s credentials in interviews with Gulf News.

Hagler downplayed the potential problem of a time-zone difference between the UAE and the US’ prime time pay-per-view market when speaking about a possible fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“A fight of this nature would be a great deal because the world would be watching no matter what time it is,” he told Gulf News in January 2012.
“I can’t say if money or the time zone factor will count Dubai out of the equation but regardless I would have thought Dubai has a good chance. You know the name of the game, whoever has the money can host the fight. So ultimately it depends on who can financially host it,” he added
Pacquiao has won an unprecedented eight world titles in different weight divisions, and was until recently regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer.

But Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organisation welterweight crown in June last year in a controversial points decision to US fighter Timothy Bradley, then suffered his shock knockout defeat to Marquez.

His losses prompted calls for him to retire, but Pacquiao has consistently signalled his intention to keep on fighting.
Pacquiao’s sporting achievements lifted him and his family out of deep poverty, as he became one of the highest paid sportsmen in the world and an endorser of a myriad of products in the Philippines.

He translated his boxing success into the political ring, winning a seat in the nation’s lower house of parliament in 2010.
Pacquiao is running for re-election unopposed in the May polls, while seeking to build a power base for his family. Pacquiao’s wife and brother are also running for political posts in the May elections.

Many Filipino politicians draft in relatives to stand for other elective positions to spread their influence and strengthen their power networks.

 

Kudos (Gulf News)