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Manny Pacquiao Can Get Floyd Mayweather, Fight In Philippines With Victory Over Brandon Rios



It goes without saying that Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming November showdown against Brandon Rios is extremely important. Breaking a two-fight losing streak, particularly given how brutal that second defeat was, would be vital for anyone. Along the same lines, in boxing, where you fight once every few months, it’s not like you can just forget about your most recent loss a day later the way you can in basketball or baseball. It takes months to get the taste of a poor showing out of your mouth.

The main reason why Pacquiao’s bout with Rios is important, though, is because it essentially sets the stage for the rest of the Filipino champ’s career. If he loses, he’s done. No more fighting – ever. Freddie Roach, his trainer, has said this much in recent months. However, if Pacquiao wins, then a whole plethora of opportunities become available for him. A showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the most obvious one, but it’s not the only one.



Manny Pacquiao to Present Monthly Televised Amateur Tournaments

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Manny Pacquiao, who has taken part in numerous community efforts in his dual role as star boxer and elected government official, is reaching out to make an impact on his country’s status as an international boxing center, with a focus on the amateur ranks.

The plan from Pacquiao and those involved with him is to launch a series of matches with a national scope, as a vehicle through which to develop talent that has the ability to compete on an international level. This is an ambitious project to make Filipinos much more relevant when it comes to the signature tournaments in amateur boxing, as it seeks to create a signature tournament in and of itself within the country.

The matches, which are slated to take place every month, will take place in Manila, but the intention is to find competitors as well from other areas of the country and give them the chance to show their wares as a way of developing future amateur champions from the Philippines who might even be able to compete on an Olympic level. The rules as set forth by the AIBA, which governs and oversees international amateur boxing competition, may have changed, but there is still hope for youngsters to come from virtually nowhere and compete for international glory.

Like other events Pacquiao has lent his support to, this one will also carry his name, so they will be known as the “Manny Pacquiao National Boxing Championships.” There will be eight teams that will come from different areas of the country, and eight different weight categories will be covered. The bouts will go six or eight rounds, and that is one of the new changes with the AIBA, which has extended the number of rounds and made provisions for professionals to become involved in international bouts.

The winners in this competition will receive trophies and cash grants that are worth P100,000 a piece. Again, such a thing is allowable under amateur rules. This is designed with emerging talent in mind, as boxers cannot have been victorious in a previous national, regional or world tournament.




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pacquiaoriosFor those who say Manny Pacquiao was washed up and that his stunning KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez was simply evidence, I say BS. As I’ve said for years, Manny and JMM are boxing dance partners made sculpted by the boxing gods. Every time they fight (including if they fought a fifth time) will always be extremely close as they are tailor-made for one another’s styles. It will always be close, competitive, and fan-friendly.  Manny (seen above, in Chris Farina-Top Rank photo) was actually looking great against JMM in their most recent slugfest, that is, until JMM landed a haymaker of a counter-punch. That isn’t to say it was lucky as he’s timed that right hand on Manny dozens of times over the years, but moreso that it was just a picture-perfect punch that landed on the money.
The loss may have derailed the potential superfight of Manny vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr., but it doesn’t mean that Manny is done. In fact, assuming he isn’t too affected by the KO, I would still consider taking Manny over Floyd in a fight as I always have. That said, some fighters respond well after KO losses, and sometimes it’s all downhill from there.
When Manny takes on the ever-entertaining Brandon Rios in Macau this November, there will be multiple compelling story lines. Will Manny’s star in China be so bright that his days headlining fights in the US are over? Will Rios bounce back from two brutal slugfests against Mike Alvarado and emerge as one of the premier players in the most loaded division in boxing? But let’s be real, none of these questions carry much weight relative to the elephant in the room: Will Manny Pacquaio be the same fighter after being knocked out cold by his longtime nemesis?




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It took the world’s “number one” boxer to hit the wall before he got to read the writings on it. Finally, he has resolved to be brave and courageous for he has reasons to be so.

Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s “brilliance” rests on him being aware that “greatness” in boxing can quickly disappear by a single devastating loss in a tightly competitive fight. So he dreads the scenario. And so he decided to play safe.


What befell the once adored “superstar in the making” Nonito Donaire as a result of fighting a better boxer is a recent case in point. He soared precedent to the judgment day, receiving accolades one after another and was unanimously voted 2012 Fighter of the Year. Donaire heaped so much “hallelujahs” from all of media which seems like yesterday. On top of the universe, he was being positioned to be the upcoming “pound-for-pound” king. But, oh, came April 13 of this year when “David,” the underdog Guillermo Rigondeaux, pulled him down from his perch.


Mayweather knows full well that any contemporary boxer can be great in “boxing today” equally as he is “great” in the eyes of gropers should the boxer go the “Mayweather way.”


A boxer’s loss doesn’t make him any lesser than what he was - prior to losing. The loss, like fire, simply reveals what stuff he’s made of. Hence, gold shines brightest under severest heat. Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr. and the other gallant champions of the past could have opted to cherry-pick opponents to remain unbeaten and appear “great,” but they did not. And they are great.


Sorry for “The Flash” Donaire. He is consequently nowhere to be heard and read these days in the praises of his former devotees without probably even one of them considering that anybody who stumbles but loves his father and mother may rise up many times over, and greater.


Take heed those who always “win” for they may be destined to lose, and lose big without hope in the end. Every soul, on his way to greatness, has to suffer loss at certain points. Even superheroes in fiction movies experience losing. It is for a special purpose that Angelo and Da Vinci had always dark colors to use for their majestic masterpieces. How incomparably needful the “colors” would be for frail human beings - to make them better and whole, not bitter and torn apart.


Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios: The Biggest Fight Ever?

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Recently, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, reiterated something he said in February.

“I can’t imagine Pacquiao will ever again fight in the U.S.”


He made the statement not long after Pacquiao vs Rios was confirmed for November 23 in Macau, China.


Arum also recently told the LA Times, “By fighting outside the country, as he’s doing in this Rios fight, Manny doesn’t have to pay U.S. taxes anymore – at a rate of 40% for a foreign athlete.”


Oh, but there is more - Much more.


Manny Pacquiao, although popular worldwide, is perhaps the most well-known Asian fighter the world has ever known - Or second, if you consider Bruce Lee a fighter. However, although Lee was a superb martial artist, he was more actor/filmmaker/philospher/fight instructor than actual combat warrior.

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Blueprint for Manny Pacquiao to Repair His Legacy



Boxing legacies can be fickle. One minute, you’re the scariest man on the planet. The next, you’re lying face down on the floor, helpless as a babe. Ask Manny Pacquiao.

The Pacman has seen both sides of the coin better than most. In his 2009 devastation of Ricky Hatton, Pacquiao became the most popular and imposing pugilist on the planet.

Yet just four short years later, just when it seemed the popular Filipino was about to finally overwhelm his arch-nemesis, Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round of their fourth and maybe final battle, Pacquiao was clobbered down to the ground and out to the hard reality of the unforgiving  canvas by a single, beautiful, savage right hand.


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Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather Could Get Derailed By Amir Khan

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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are obviously booked through the end of 2013, but neither one has plans beyond that. Given their history and the fact that, presuming both win out this year, they’ll need more opponents in 2014, a popular theory floating around has been that they might meet next year.

A slight problem with idea arose this past weekend, though, when Golden Boy head honcho Richard Schaefer suggested that a victory over Devon Alexander would likely earn Amir Khan a shot at Mayweather. Khan, you will recall, is the 26-year-old one-time sensation who seemed destined to take over boxing not too long ago. Then, back-to-back losses to a doped up Lamont Peterson and the underrated Danny Garcia threw his career into a tailspin for a while.

However, after a strong victory over Carlos Molina and a less-than-impressive decision win against Julio Diaz, it appears as though the Bolton-born brawler has regained his footing.


Floyd Mayweather wins $5.9 million with a bet on the Miami Heat

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Las Vegas sports book directors are notoriously tight-lipped about their customers’ wagers, and rightly so. They’re particularly circumspect when it comes to reports of big-money wagers made by celebrities.

So there is no way of telling whether the otherwise innocuous tweet posted on Twitter that superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather bet more than $5.9 million on the Miami Heat minus-7 to defeat the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 is true.

Yahoo! Sports was unable to reach either Mayweather or Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, to verify the report.

Mayweather frequently tweets photos of his betting slips. Usually, but not always, the tweets are of winning tickets.

If Mayweather did make the bet on the Heat and he won, he’d earn a profit of $6.49 million.

So far our sources are telling us the bet is bogus!  

Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao — a Fight They Don’t Want Us to Want


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By Ivan G. Goldman

Is Floyd Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez a better action fight than Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao, a pairing that used to make the whole world salivate? Maybe.

Mayweather deserves all the credit in the world for accepting a Sept. 14 match with the dangerous young Canelo. It’s a fight everybody wants to see, pitting the most popular Mexican fighter out there, charismatic, powerful, quick, and still-improving, up against Number One pound-for-pound Floyd, a lightning fast, smart, super-conditioned veteran, one of the most talented pugilists in history.

As for Pacquiao, conventional wisdom assumes that after Juan Manuel Marquez stretched him out last year, the Philippines Congressman was no longer a credible opponent for “Money” Mayweather. After all, not only did Mayweather beat Marquez easily, Marquez couldn’t hurt him even when he connected. But conventional wisdom doesn’t always get it right.

Let’s go back in time to the Fight of the Century, in Madison Square Garden. Undefeated Joe Frazier versus undefeated Muhammad Ali. Tickets were so scarce Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra had to hire himself out as a photographer for Life magazine in order to get ringside. It turned out to be a heck of a fight in which Frazier knocked Ali off his feet and beat him handily.



Too Early to Definitively Say Manny Pacquiao is on the Decline!!



By Timothy James

Given the way Manny Pacquiao was Knocked Out COLD by Juan Manuel Marquez last December, is it fair to say that he’s definitively on the decline? Or even go so far to suggest that Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO) can no longer compete at boxing’s elite level?

We all seem to forget (mostly because the champ has not fought in almost a year) that Manny Pacquiao had Marquez badly hurt- Juan Marquez was almost out on his feet- stiffed legged and could barely walk. Manny Pacquiao then tripped on Marquez’s foot and fell into a punch he did not see.

In the fight prior to Juan Manual Marquez Manny Pacquiao clearly beat the unbeaten Timothy Bradley.

These are some stark realities to consider when it comes to Pacquiao’s potential decline.

We say support the champ and show him the love he deserves.

This comeback will be one of the biggest comebacks in boxing history!

Manny Pacquiao is #1 on Yahoo’s Top Ten Trending



By Timothy James,

While a lot of critics, haters, and others engulfed in the media are trying to count the Pac-Man out- We all know the truth- Manny Pacquiao has been the most loved athlete in the world.

Manny’s iconic rise from dirt to the pinnacle of boxing was just part of his graceful story. The reasons people fell in love with Manny Pacquiao are because of his charisma, his undeniable champion heart, the love and caring he shows to the world, and the fact that he can inspire anyone.

Manny Pacquiao is still the same humble person today that he was when he did not have a peso in his pocket.

People want to count Manny Pacquiao out because of his last two defeats, yet we forget that he did not lose the fight to Bradley- He was robbed. “A fight that has gone down to be known as the biggest robbery in boxing history.”

Manny’s second defeat was to Juan Manual Marquez. Let’s not forget that Manny Pacquiao was controlling Marquez like never before and basically had Marquez out on his feet. Marquez got in an incredible blow that took out our champ, but that is what happens in the sport of boxing, especially when you are a fighter giving the fans what they want to see. Giving the fans excitement.

Proof of Manny Pacquiao’s popularity is the fact that he is still one of the most search athletes in the world on the internet.

Manny Pacquiao has the #1 spot this week on Yahoo’s trending list- not just in boxing- not just in sports.

Manny Pacquiao holds the #1 trending spot in all aspects of life.

Let’s continue to support our champ and show him the love he deserves!

He will come back and be on top of the sport of boxing again.

Nobody loves a story more than a comeback story for the good guy!