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Hall Of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach insists Manny Pacquiao could beat Floyd Mayweather


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ROACH STATED, “Mayweather is I think slipping a little bit, with his age and so forth.” “He can’t move like he used to. He doesn’t use his legs like he used to. He doesn’t have the movement. He’s not as fluid. He stays on the ropes a lot more. He exchanges a lot more. I think that would benefit Manny Pacquiao in a fight.

“Obviously, Mayweather is very good at what he does. I’m not saying that would be an easy fight. We’d have to come up with a great game plan. We’d have to really stick to it to win that fight. He has some flaws. Nobody is perfect out there. If we could draw those flaws out and take advantage of them, we’d be in a good spot. I still pick Manny to win that fight.”

Manny Pacquiao Takes Two Days For Rest and Is Now Closing In On Nov 23rd

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A good decision was made in the camp of Pacquiao- and that was to rest the fighter for two whole days in a row.

Muscle only builds when one is resting.

Now that we are under the 3 week mark until fight day- it is time for the Pacman to taper off and focus on timing, power, and accuracy.

Cotto, Roach eager to see if their new partnership pays off

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ORLANDO — The cell phone buzzed in Freddie Roach’s pocket, and it didn’t take Roach more than a few seconds to think he was getting punked. It was last July, and on the other end of the line was a voice claiming to be Miguel Cotto, calling to ask if the Hall of Fame trainer would take him on for his next fight.

“I said ‘Stop f—— around,’” Roach told “Honestly, I thought someone was playing a joke.”

And why wouldn’t he? Roach and Cotto had never been close. In 2009, Roach’s prized pupil, Manny Pacquiao, squared off against Cotto for a welterweight title. At the weigh-in, a skirmish broke out between Roach and members of Cotto’s team. In the middle of it, Roach said, he told Cotto “to go f— himself. And Miguel told me the same. And that was the last time I really talked to him.”

Time — and circumstance — have a funny way of resolving old rifts. Last year wasn’t a particularly good one for Cotto. In May, he dropped a decision to Floyd Mayweather, a fight Cotto made competitive but one which nobody, save for perhaps Cotto himself, thought he won. In December, Cotto lost another decision, this time to Austin Trout — and watched a lucrative payday for a fight with Saul Alvarez vanish in the process. There is no shame in losing to Mayweather or Trout, of course. But after more than a decade of wars in the ring, including battles with Pacquiao, Mayweather, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley, it was fair to question just how much Cotto had left.

Roach admitted he wondered that, too. “Watching the Trout fight, you might want to think that [he was almost done],” Roach said. “But something was wrong in that fight. He was really flat.” So as Cotto and Roach talked, Roach quickly warmed to the idea of training him. “I’ve got at least three good fights left in me,” Cotto told Roach. “And I want you to be a part of them.” So after clearing it with Pacquiao — who quickly approved — Roach took over Cotto’s camp.

From the start, Roach said, the goal wasn’t to change Cotto, who will face Delvin Rodriguez on Saturday at the Amway Center (HBO, 9:45 p.m.). It was to get him doing some of his best stuff again.

“I want to bring back that work to the body, his bread and butter,” Roach said. “That’s what got him to where he is today. I am not going to change him, of course, because he is a great fighter as he is. We just need a reminder of the fundamentals of boxing.”

“When he was at his best it was the fundamentals of boxing which he excelled at. He’s been getting a little older and so-forth, so we cut back in the roadwork and do more conditioning, because running every day for six days a week your whole life is hard on your body. So we cut back on that a little bit and added a few things to replace it.”

By all accounts, the Roach-Cotto pairing has been successful. Roach calls this Cotto camp the best he has ever been a part of, high praise from a man who has spent more than three decades in the sport. He says Cotto is “100 percent” receptive to his suggestions and is a tireless worker. Consider: In the past, Cotto has struggled to make weight. Fight week often involves long runs to cut down to the limit. For this fight, Cotto’s conditioning has been so good that on Thursday, Roach gave him the day off.



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Official Statement from Manny Pacquiao- I have something to prove


Official Statement from Manny Pacquiao to his fans:

For the fight against Brandon Rios I did not pick an easy opponent. I picked an opponent that will fight in the ring, so we can give the fans an exciting fight. I need to have a good fight to show the fans I can still fight and restore their confidence.

Manny Pacquiao Must Improve Defensive Skill Set to Beat Brandon Rios


manny pacquiao fight dateWhen Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2) starts his camp in preparation for his fight against Brandon Rios (31-1-1) at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China, the focus of the former champion’s training must be on his defensive skill set.

As seen in Pacquiao’s knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, his offensive attack is almost unstoppable, but the way he defends leaves a lot to be desired. Add in the loss to Timothy Bradley, and it is clear that Pac-Man allowed Bradley the chances to land punches and steal the decision win.


Pacquiao’s attack was relentless over his last two losses, but it was the openings that he left that were capitalized on by his opponents. With Rios fighting an aggressive style and bringing the battle to his opponent, Pac-Man has to be sharp defensively.

After seeing the struggle from Pacquiao over the last year, Rios said about his preparation for the bout and how he is ready to bring the fight to his challenger:

I’m moving up in weight, so I don’t have to kill myself. I’ll have better muscle tone and better everything. But you know what? I’m going to be ready. Pacquiao is no joke. I’m getting ready for the best Pacquiao ever. But like I’ve been telling everybody, it’s my time. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I’ve been promised Pacquiao or Marquez, Marquez or Pacquiao for the longest time. Now, I’ve got Pacquiao, and I’m going to take this opportunity to go out and to dominate in every way that I can to come out victorious



Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Continue To Mock Each Other

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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are the boxing equivalent of Jersey Shore’s Ronnie and Sam. They periodically break up, but only so that they can make up not too long afterward. When they’re on bad terms, the terms are really bad, but that’s only so that the reconciliation will get more attention and acclaim than it otherwise would have. You’re never quite certain whether they’re saying what they’re saying and doing what they’re doing because they genuinely want to, or because they know it’ll get them the most publicity.

Either way, though, there is no denying that in recent weeks both men have amped up the trash talk. Despite the fact that neither has any openings in their calendars for a super fight in 2013, both Mayweather and Pacquiao have taken time out of their schedules recently to speak out about the other.

While doing press for his upcoming showdown against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Mayweather was asked a passing question regarding his Filipino rival. Rather than just ignoring it, he took the opportunity to drop this line: “Pacquiao is a has been.”



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.




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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?



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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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.



Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Continue to Play it Cool



The greatest fight to never happen may or may not go down at some point within the next 16 months. As numerous sources have mentioned on multiple occasions, the stars are lining up perfectly for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. within the next year and change. However, despite the fact that this match-up makes all the sense in the world to put together, all involved are being very hush hush about the whole thing.
Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, explicitly stated that he does “not see the fight between Floyd and Manny happening.” To hear him say it, the camp is “focused on the November 24 fight with Rios and nothing else.”
While unwavering focus in the lead-up to a fight is an admirable trait, it’s doubtful that Pacquiao’s team isn’t looking past Rios at least a bit. They specifically chose him because they know that their guy needs a win, and odds makers responded immediately by installing the Filipino star as a 3-to-1 favorite. The short-term goal is beating Rios, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an endgame in mind.
Mayweather, much to the shock of everyone, agreed to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez this week. While the news caught everyone off guard, it doesn’t much change the fact that, win or lose, he’ll need more big name opponents after this. It’s very likely that the reason he chose Alvarez is because rumors of his bout against Robert Guerrero underperforming in PPV sales are true, and he needs to get back to selling out events the old fashion way – with good fights against legitimate, recognizable foes.


Does Mayweather Deserve Respect For Picking Saul “Canelo” Alvarez?



Does Mayweather “The Pound For Pound” best boxer in the sport deserve respect for picking Saul Alvarez?

One thing we know for sure is this bout with Alvarez is the most exciting and significant fight that can be made in boxing right now.

This fight carries a lot of risk for Money May. The truth is, Mayweather is a true welterweight - 147 pounder and this weight is where he feels most comfortable fighting at. He has chosen to fight the bigger and very talented Alvarez for the WBA and WBC Championship belts. Alvarez is most likely going to weigh 20-30 pounds more than Mayweather come fight night.

Over the past few years Floyd Mayweather has had the coward label stapled on his back- Do you think that this fight erases that label and now even Manny Pacquiao based fans can respect Mayweather’s courage?

What do you think?

Mayweather-Alvarez: boxing finally gives back to the fans

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Floyd Mayweather announced to the world today, via Instagram, that he would give boxing fans what they wanted and he would take on Saul Alvarez on September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

You have to commend Mayweather, as he has taken the most dangerous fighter possible and the man who many feel will eventually take over his crown, as the king of boxing, once “Money” Mayweather decides to hang up the gloves.

But you have to wonder if the decision to take on Alvarez has come too quickly, and if the young star is indeed ready.

Alvarez has certainly done the round, that’s no question.

He is 22 years old, yet has a record of 42-0, which is what happens when you turn professional at the age of 14. Mayweather is 36 and is 44-0.

But Canelo only really has two notable names on his record, Shane Mosley and Austin Trout.

Sure Carlos Baldomir and Lovemore Ndou have been vanquished also, but in my opinion the record still lacks a few more big scalps.

Mayweather has Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Zab Judah, etc.

The Mayweather-Alvarez fight is still going to make money and do big business for all involved, but with some patience the fight could have been even bigger.

Alvarez is obviously a star in the world of boxing, but I don’t know how prominent he has become on the radar of casual sports fans.

With the boxing world swept up in the whole Mayweather-Pacquiao saga for the last five years, the deeds of the likes of Alvarez have gone unnoticed on the grander scale.

Another couple of notable names on the record of Alvarez and another couple of tidy defences for Mayweather and suddenly the fight is worth that little bit more.

From a business perspective too, it’s strange to see this fight happen now.

Mayweather still has five fights remaining on his mega deal with Showtime, and given he has dispatched nearly every credible challenger, who looms on his radar if he does gets past Alvarez?

Sure there’s still the Pacquiao fight, but there’s no doubt the question of “who’s better” has already been answered given their recent performances.

Juan Manuel Marquez was soundly beaten by Mayweather a few years ago, and Tim Bradley still has things to prove at the elite level.

I thought Mayweather-Alvarez would be one of the final fights in the Showtime deal, that way in a perfect world, assuming Mayweather defeats Alvarez, Mayweather could roll into the sunset having defeated anyone and everyone.

Floyd Mayweather Breaks Record For Highest Purse In A Fight



Floyd Mayweather has decided to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this September 14th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The motivation behind this fight has to be the money! Floyd Mayweather is guaranteed to receive in excess of a $40 Million dollar purse.

What this means is right after Floyd Mayweather is done fighting Alvarez, win or lose Mayweather will go back to his dressing room and pick up his check for $40 million dollars. Floyd Mayweather will still be entitled to his pay-per-view revenue splits he has worked out with Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions. The estimated dollar figure Floyd will make on this one fight will probably upwards of $80 million!

Breaking News! ~ Floyd Mayweather Vs Canelo Alvarez! It’s On…..


September 14 2013 will possibly be the biggest fight of all time- Two undefeated fighters known for being two of the best fighters in the world will be going head to head and toe to toe.

Not all the information is in, but from what we are told the fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and there will be a catch weight. The catch weight will be 152lbs and this fight will be for the jr middleweight title!

Pacquiao future depends on Rios

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Eight-division champion and ten-time world titlist Manny Pacquiao will be told to consider his boxing future if he does not overcome Brandon Rios, the fighter’s advisor Michael Koncz has confirmed.

‘Pac Man’ meets ‘Bam Bam’ in Macau on November 24, but Koncz admitted if the 34-year-old suffers a third straight defeat then time will most likely be called on one of the sport’s most glittering careers.

“If we are not able to win this fight with Rios impressively than yes, it will be time to sit with Manny to discuss hanging up the gloves,” Koncz told World Boxing News.

“Rios is a young hungry fighter and his style of coming straight forward and throwing a lot of punches will give the fans a very entertaining fight.”

Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight crown on a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley before being knocked out on his December 2012 return by old rival Juan Manuel Marquez.


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Pacquiao vs. Rios: Manny will take a lot of punishment in this fight

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By Chris Williams: November 23rd is an important day for  Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s) with him fighting for the first time since his brutal 6th round knockout loss to Marquez last December.

That is one of the worst knockouts I’ve seen in a while in the sport, and there are big questions about whether Pacquiao will be able to stand up to another big shot like that for his next fight against Brandon Rios(31-1-1, 23 KO’s) at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

Manny’s promoter Bob Arum is kind of doing him a favor in putting him in with a pumped up lightweight instead of career-long welterweight

Rios is essentially a lightweight that ate his way out of the division instead of grew his way out. This means that Pacquiao won’t be getting hit as hard as he would if he were to face someone like Keith Thurman.


Rios can still punch hard, but he punches like a lightweight instead of a welterweight, and that could help Manny from getting knocked cold in this fight. However, I think Rios punches hard enough to give Pacquiao plenty of problems if he’s able to hit him enough times with one of his big right uppercuts, left hooks or even his jab. Rios has one of the best jabs in the division and he’s going to give Pacquiao huge problems if he remembers to use it for this fight.



Manny Pacquiao Fights Battle Against Human Trafficking

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Manny Pacquiao’s greatest victory may have come far away from the ring lights and electric atmosphere of a main stage, world class Las Vegas prizefight.

On February 13 of this year, Philippines’s President Benigno Aquino III signed a strong, sweeping anti-human trafficking bill that the fighting congressman from the Sarangani district had been championing for two years.

The iconic fighter from the Philippines has been a world champion in eight divisions and has held numerous belts, but this could very well be the greatest accomplishment of Pacquiao’s storied career.

The journey began more than two years ago when Pacquiao was contacted by social worker and activist, Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, who ran the Visayan Forum in Manila, a shelter for young girls rescued from the illegal sex trade.

It is estimated that as many as 100,000 children work in the Filipino sex industry, most lured away from their families with promises of work and then forced into subservience with threats and violence. Tucked away in dark corners of red light districts and illegal cyber sex rooms, the children are sold to sex tourists and suffer through unimaginable daily degradations.

Flores-Oebanda had been giving of herself tirelessly, helping conduct raids to rescue girls as well as serving as a mother figure for the children, some as young as nine years old, as they work to rehabilitate their fragile psyches.

Perpetually strapped for cash and working against a mostly ambivalent Filipino government, she began pushing for legislation to help in her efforts and hoped to win Pacquiao’s attention to her cause as a way to pump up interest and assure victory.

Pacquiao, who literally fought his way out of poverty in one of the nation’s poorest slums, gave little hesitation to the plea for help and would pledge his support in a visit with Flores-Oebanda and the girls from the Visayan Forum in 2010.

“I think Manny is a very important milestone in our fight against human trafficking here in the Philippines because young people actually believe and listen to Manny,” said Flores-Oebanda. “He’s a hard-working guy, he came from a very poor family. He inspires a lot of people. Of course, everybody wants Manny in their own campaign, but I’m happy Manny is joining our fight.”

Manny Pacquiao’s Camp Slams Juan Manuel Marquez-Timothy Bradley Fight


t’s no secret that Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley absolutely despise Manny Pacquiao. They made that quite apparent when each one opted to skip what could have been a huge payday in order to fight one another instead.

So, with no love lost between all of the camps involved, it probably shouldn’t come as a massive surprise that Pacquiao’s team is now slamming the upcoming match-up between two guys that kinda, sorta ducked him.

“[Bradley] and Marquez had a good deal together or something like that, but I don’t really see that fight as being too interesting, because who really cares who wins that fight,” Freddie Roach said recently,

He’s not wrong. While there is obviously a certain level of intrigue surrounding this match, mostly just because of the names involved, it’s nowhere near the level Pacquiao-Marquez V or Pacquiao-Bradley II would have been. There are no real ramifications for this thing, and seeing as Bradley has already pledged to go back to his old way of fighting, it’s not like we can expect a slobber knocker of the sort we witnessed between him and Ruslan Provodnikov.

Of course, seeing as Roach made his comments mostly out of bitterness and loyalty to his guy, all of that logical reasoning on why this thing won’t be as interesting as what we could’ve potentially gotten is sort of irrelevant.

Manny Pacquiao will KNOCK OUT Brandon Rios Just Like Hatton


Come November 24 2013 Manny Pacquiao will literally destroy Brandon Rios. Brandon Rios’s chin is already suspect and with Manny Pacquiao’s explosive speed and power this fight will not get out of the 2nd round.

What round do you think this fight will go to?

How do you think it will end?

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Manny Pacquiao’s Fight Against Brandon Rios Must End in KO Victory


When Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2) takes on Brandon Rios (31-1-1) November 23, at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China, the only outcome that would benefit Pacquiao will be a knockout victory over the challenger.

Anything less will be viewed as an utter failure.

After losing to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in his last two fights—by decision and knockout respectively—Pacquiao needs to find redemption, and a convincing win over the No. 6 ranked welterweight in the world would mark the beginning of his ascension back to the top of the weight class.

Rios is no joke, and if Pac-Man doesn’t take his opponent serious, he could end up face down on the mat once again. Unlike Marquez, Rios pushes the tempo of the fight and will be matching the amount of punches that Pacquiao throws.

This is the kind of fight where Pac-Man must be as sharp defensively as he is offensively. Just like Floyd Mayweather uses his defensive prowess, Pacquiao will be looking to capitalize on the openings his opponent leaves while being aggressive and making them pay with firm counterpunches.

That doesn’t mean Pac-Man won’t be aggressive, though.

What do you Manny Pacquiao Fans Think? Post your comment here!



Can Rios Do Better Than Margarito Against Pacquiao?

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After Manny Pacquiao’s devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last year, boxing fans wondered what would be next for the Filipino icon. Would he retire? Would he fight Marquez another time, or would he take the easy route and face a weaker tune-up fight?

In steps a young fighter in “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios. Rios is coming off the first loss of his career in a close entertaining fight. Fans are quick to write a fighter off after a loss but Rios is far from done.

Rios is an action brawler which many think will play into Pacquiao’s hands and Rios will fall the way that Antonio Margarito did but that is far from what Rios is and his trainer Robert Garcia will allow to happen. Rios’ defense is very underrated. His defense is written off to the fact that he doesn’t mind taking punches and when he takes punches he “f*cking loves it.” One could see Rios do a little more defensive training for his upcoming fight but that will not slow the action down.

Is Pacquiao underestimating Rios? Quite possibly. Pacquiao has had great fights against action fighters but Rios is by far the youngest and possibly the move up to 147 pounds could see him as the strongest opponent Pacquiao has faced since he has become a superstar. This is a make or break fight for Pacquiao and if he underestimates Rios he will be in for a long night.

For Rios, it’s another day doing what he does best; fighting. In getting a victory over Pacquiao, Rios sees it as his time to shine and make it out with the old and in with the new.

CNN Documents Manny Pacquiao, Human Rights Pioneer’s Anti-Slavery Fight

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The CNN Freedom Project has announced the premiere of “The Fighters,” a documentary on the groundbreaking work of one of the world’s most renowned anti-trafficking organizations and the help its founder received in combating modern-day slavery from boxing champ, Filipino congressman and outspoken Christian Manny Pacquiao


“The Fighters,” airing for the first time this weekend on CNN International in a two-part series based on nearly two years of investigative reporting, provides an in-depth look at how Cecilia Flores-Oebanda and her Philippines-based anti-trafficking organization, the Visayan Forum Foundation, work unceasingly to get the message out that “Filipinos are not for sale.” Joining her in the fight is the Philippines’ own favorite son Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, boxing champ and congressman of the country’s Sarangani province.

In a riveting and provocative pre-screening of “The Fighters” shared with The Christian Post, CNN’s Leif Coorlim informs viewers that many of the Philippines’ more than 90 million residents, who are predominantly Roman Catholic, suffer from extreme poverty. A need for survival drives many Filipinos overseas with the hope of finding employment. Traffickers, looking to stuff their own pockets, sometimes pose as employment agents and trick women and children into sexual and bonded slavery.

If not victimized overseas in countries like the Middle East, Filipino women and children find themselves being bought for sex by Westerners on vacation or business trips at home.



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Will It Take More Than One Win for Manny Pacquiao to Be a Superstar Again?

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It’s hard to believe that Filipino star Manny Pacquiao, who previously won 15 consecutive fights spanning seven years, has now lost two fights in a row.

It’s harder still to believe that the last time we saw him in a ring, he was snoozing face down on the canvas


There are more questions surrounding Pacquiao than ever before as he prepares to fight Brandon Rios in China. What did that vicious knockout at the hands of nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez take out of him? How much does he have left? Does he have the same desire to fight that he once had?

Will a victory over Rios allow him to reclaim his superstar status? The answer isn’t a simple one. The truth is, it really depends on how he wins.

When the fight was announced this week, it was met with a surprising amount of frustration from many fans, most of whom claim that Rios is tailor-made for Pacquiao to look good against. It’s true, Rios won’t be dancing around the ring attempting to counter punch.

He’ll come straight forward, offer little head movement and try to pound out a victory. Critics of the fight are calling Rios a smaller version of Antonio Margarito. Some criticism might be warranted; Rios has never been in with a fighter as skilled as Pacquiao. He’s also coming off an exciting but clear loss to Mike Alvarado.

But if we look closely at Pacquiao, one could argue that he has been far from his old self lately. He hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009, and he really hasn’t put in a great performance since he fought Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in 2010. That, and he was just vaporized with one punch in December.

It’s understandable that he would want a tune-up fight, as some are calling it. But one could tune-up a lot easier than throwing down with Brandon Rios.

So if Manny is to ascend back up the ranks of the boxing world immediately, he’ll have to turn in a performance that is nothing short of vintage Pacquiao. Indeed, a close-decision win would do nothing to dispel the notion that he is a sliding fighter.




Rios Says, “Pacquiao Picked Me, Because I lost… BIG MISTAKE!!”

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Brandon Rios stated, “He picked me because I lost.” they probably think. “Brandon Rios is easy to hit all the time, but it’s a very different story when you get in the ring with me.” “I’ve been waiting for this fight all my life.” Rios continued, “They made a big mistake by picking me.” This is my chance to show what I can do with a great fighter in front of me.”


What chance do you think Brandon Rios has in this fight against Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao Demands PEDs Testing for Rios Bout: Is This Hypocrisy or Common Sense?

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Late last week it was revealed that Manny Pacquiao had requested random blood and urine testing for his upcoming bout on November 23 with Brandon Rios in Macau. On Friday, it was confirmed that the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) would be the organization entrusted with the task of testing both fighters.

To those who have followed Pacquiao’s career for the last several years, the decision to actually request PEDs testing has to be more than a bit jarring, especially after his own tumultuous relationship with the concept.

For those who recall, a proposed mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather was all but signed, sealed, and delivered when a dispute over random blood testing forever killed the deal. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Demands PEDs Testing for Rios Bout: Is This Hypocrisy or Common Sense?” »

Floyd Mayweather ‘very likely’ to fight again in September, according to Showtime

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Though there are understandable doubts that Floyd Mayweather will indeed return to the ring on September 14, which would be his quickest turnaround in several years, Showtime Sports boss Stephen Espinoza says that Floyd recently met with Showtime executives in New York, and and he feels that will happen.

“I think it’s very, very likely [that Floyd will fight in September]. Floyd has been saying it for months. He was in New York earlier this week and stopped by the Showtime offices on Wednesday, and said it yet again. Floyd intends Continue reading “Floyd Mayweather ‘very likely’ to fight again in September, according to Showtime” »

Breaking News! Manny Pacquiao Now Wants Random Blood Tests For His Upcoming Fight


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For the first time, eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao has requested for random drug testing prior to his scheduled ring return against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios at the Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau on November 24.


Pacquiao has requested the US Anti Doping Agency or USADA to handle the drug testing protocol.


The reason for the request is unknown, except that Brandon Rios is now being trained by the controversial strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia who was known to have been involved in peddling performance enhancing drugs  Continue reading “Breaking News! Manny Pacquiao Now Wants Random Blood Tests For His Upcoming Fight” »

Floyd Mayweather Boxed into a Corner by Canelo Alvarez?

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, unlike any fighter to set his sights on Floyd Mayweather before him, just may win a battle of wills against the controversial 5-division world champ. Unlike Robert Guerrero, who proved to be little challenge for Mayweather in a face to face fight on May 4, Alvarez is looking more and more like the big winner in his quest for a big money Mayweather bout on September 14.

Assuming that early reports are true and the Mayweather-Guerrero pay-per-view buy rate was an overall disappointment, Showtime and those with an actual vested economic interest in Mayweather’s six-fight, thirty-month deal will likely be putting copious amounts of pressure on the fighter’s team to pick things up with this next event. They’ll likely want an opponent who can carry his end of the promotion and whip fans into a buying frenzy.

But looking out over the horizon at possible bouts with fighters from 140 to 154 lbs., there just aren’t all that many bankable names who fit the bill of good guy to Mayweather’s well-hyped bad guy. Continue reading “Floyd Mayweather Boxed into a Corner by Canelo Alvarez?” »

Manny Pacquiao: Does Pac-Man Have More to Gain or Lose in Brandon Rios Bout?

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Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Brandon Rios on Nov. 23, in Macau, China.

Rios is a the obvious choice for Pacquiao’s return. Not a safe one, but the obvious one. The Mexican puncher loves to turn a boxing fight into a war and a brawl, which will suit the Pacman just right.

Just one year ago, Pacquiao was arguably considered the best fighter in the world. Then he lost two consecutive fights.  Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao: Does Pac-Man Have More to Gain or Lose in Brandon Rios Bout?” »

Floyd Mayweather Jr How much money is he making?

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Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr., the highest-paid athlete in the world last year with earnings of $85 million, according to Forbes Magazine, is well on his way to the top spot for this year.

Mayweather’s contract, filed on Friday afternoon with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, calls for him to earn a record-tying guarantee of $32 million for his welterweight world-title fight against Robert Guerrero on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. $32 Million is the check he will receive right after the fight- about $25 million dollars more than Manny Pacquiao gets- who do you think handles their fighter’s careers better Continue reading “Floyd Mayweather Jr How much money is he making?” »

Juan Manuel Marquez says he’s done fighting Manny Pacquiao


Juan Manuel Marquez says that he wants to remember Dec 8 just the way it was for the rest of his life. He feels vindicated for the 2 losses and 1 draw on his record that he truly feels deserves to be 3-0.

Juan Manuel Marquez says, no amount of money can make this fight happen. It is not about the money- Unlike most athletes Marquez has been smart about his money and does not need to continue to fight because of money. Continue reading “Juan Manuel Marquez says he’s done fighting Manny Pacquiao” »

Is Mayweather Only Focussed On Staying Undefeated?

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mayweather_2Mayweather Stated, “My thing is trying to leave all of the negative things behind me and trying to focus on the positive, and the positive thing for me is just going to the gym every day, doing what I’m supposed to do and working hard,” Mayweather said. “As far as me talking about what me and my dad, the arguments we had in the past or the differences my dad and my uncle had in the past, that’s the past. That’s why we call it the past because we try to leave that in the past and focus on the future and the future should be bright and at this point in time, everything is going the way it should go.”


“My thing is trying to leave all of the negative things behind me and trying to focus on the positive, and the positive thing for me is just going to the gym every day, doing what I’m supposed to do and working hard,” Mayweather said. “As far as me talking about what me and my dad, the arguments we had in the past or the differences my dad and my uncle had in the past, that’s the past. That’s why we call it the past because we try to leave that in the past and focus on the future and the future should be bright and at this point in time, everything is going the way it should go.” Continue reading “Is Mayweather Only Focussed On Staying Undefeated?” »

Manny Pacquiao Really Annoys Juan Manuel Marquez And Timothy Bradley



Manny Pacquiao was supposed to face Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth and final time this year. It was the fight that made the most amount of sense for all involved, and it would have resulted in both men getting massive, massive paydays.

When it became apparent that Marquez’s heart wasn’t really in the proposed match-up, Pacquiao’s team set their sights on Timothy Bradley. After all, the 29-year-old had spent the better part of the past year calling Pacquiao out – so it sort of made sense. They could get Bradley on the cheap, the bout came with a built-in storyline, and there were plenty of Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov highlights they could play to convince fans that this wasn’t going to be a repeat of last year’s debacle.

But then Bradley turned Pacquiao down, too. Instead he went and agreed to a showdown against Marquez – one that absolutely nobody was clamoring for. Mind you, that’s not to say this is a bad fight. It’s not. Stylistically, it will be interesting to see Marquez, new body and all, take it to Bradley. It’s just a fight nobody was really asking for.

The point is: Both Marquez and Bradley passed up on a bigger potential payday, against an easier opponent (maybe), to fight each other. Why would they do that?


What is your answer?

Floyd Mayweather Demands a Rematch



Floyd Mayweather Jr decides who he will fight. He also decides how much they will get paid. It seems that Robert Guerrero was prepared for everything in his contract with Floyd Mayweather Jr except for what jumped out at him as he first read the contract. Floyd Mayweather Jr asked for a “Rematch Clause”

What did Robert Guerrero think about this clause? Well according to ESPN This shows Guerrero where Floyd’s head is at.

Do you think Floyd has genuine concerns about losing to Robert the Ghost Guerrero? Post your opinions here!

Arum not critical of Chavez Jr. for testing positive for marijuana

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By Dan Ambrose:

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is defending his fighter former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after Chavez Jr. tested positive for marijuana for his loss to Sergio Martinez on September 15th of this year. Arum doesn’t see Chavez Jr. testing positive for Marijuana as being a big deal, because it’s not considered a performance enhancing drug.

Speaking with, Arum said “I’m not gonna condemn a kid for smoking a joint a month before a fight to go to sleep…Cheating…performance enhancing drugs..that’s cheating. That’s wrong.”

There are a lot of boxing fans who are in agreement with Arum about this stance. Marijuana is definitely not a drug that would give Chavez Jr. any advantage against anyone he faces in the ring. If anything, it would hurt him by messing with his stamina if he smoked it. It could also make it harder for him to make weight if he were to get the munchies and overeat while using the drug.

However, the fact remains that it’s one of the banned drugs by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and it’s against the rules for fighters to be using this drug. If the Commission were to ignore their own rules it would make a mockery of the whole process.

Arum obviously is hoping that Chavez Jr. receives just a small slap on the hands by the Nevada Commission in terms of a fine and possible suspension, and Arum may get his way. But it looks bad for the sport for world title holders to be caught using drugs, even lower level drugs like marijuana.

This is the first offense for Chavez Jr., so it’s possible he’ll get off relatively light by the Commission when it comes time for them to penalize him with a suspension and fine. However, it looks bad when a fighter is breaking the rules, especially a fighter like Chavez Jr. who has already been caught using diuretics in the past three years ago.

Diuretics is a water weight losing drug that some fighters use to lose water in order to make weight for divisions that they couldn’t normally fight in without tons of exercise and dieting.

Boxing needs to be a clean sport, which is why it’s not good when you see a fighter using any kind of banned drug.

Bob Arum talks Chavez Jr.’s failed drug test for marijuana: ‘Let’s be f**kin’ real’

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Bob Arum defends Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the wake of failing a drug test for marijuana saying that the drug doesn’t enhance performance and anyone bashing him is likely being a hypocrite.

Bob Arum was recently asked about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s failed drug test following his fight with Sergio Martinez. Chavez had tested positive for marijuana and we’ve heard excuses ranging from that he smoked a joint a month out from the fight to that he had a special tea that he was given to help him sleep.

FightHub was there to capture Bob’s response to the question and it’s about as Arum as Arum gets:

“I was…sorry that it happened, that he tested positive. But I’m not gonna condemn a kid for smoking a joint a month before a fight to go to sleep. What the fuck has happened?! I mean, let’s be real about it, let’s not be hypocrites about it. Cheating…performance enhancing drugs..that’s cheating. That’s wrong. Smoking a joint a month before a fight…take a poll here. What kind of percentage do you think of people who’ve smoked a joint in the last month? So let’s be fuckin’ real!”

Donaire in race for Fighter of Year award

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By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum had something else at the back of his mind when he decided to pit Nonito Donaire Jr. against Jorge Arce on Dec. 15 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

It will be the fourth fight for the year for the reigning WBO super-bantamweight champion. He won the first three, including a TKO of Toshiaki Nishioka last Oct. 13 in Carson City.

Donaire, actually undefeated over the last 11 years, also outpointed Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. last February, before dominating Jeffrey Mathebula last July.

It’s been a busy, successful and lucrative year for the 29-year-old Donaire.

Perhaps without him knowing, those three wins also put Donaire in the hunt for the Fighter of the Year award being given out by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

A big win over Arce could be the icing on the cake, according to Arum.

“We wanted to get Donaire a fourth fight this year because it enhances his chances for the Fighter of the Year,” the Top Rank chief told The STAR the other day.

Arum said there was really no plan setting up Donaire vs Arce exactly one week after Manny Pacquiao faces Juan Manuel Marquez in what could be the fight of the year.

But the ageless promoter found the opportunity for Donaire.

“It was not intended,” said Arum of the back-to-back presentation featuring Pacquiao and Donaire along with another Filipino title prospect, the undefeated Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta.

“But when the December date opened up for Donaire we grabbed it. Three Filipinos will be fighting that week,” said Arum.

Gesta, who’s 26-0 with 14 knockouts, will shoot for the IBF lightweight title against Mexican Miguel Vasquez on the undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez Part 4.

It’s a red-hot December for Philippine boxing.

Bob Arum on Donaire-Arce, Brandon Rios’ desires, meeting with Bradley, more

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After getting a few updates on Manny Pacquiao’s training camp from promoter Bob Arum on Wednesday afternoon, I continued our conversation by getting his thoughts on some other key fighters in the Top Rank fold as well as looking at some upcoming events he is staging.

Arum has a pair of shows in December in back to back weekends when Pacquiao’s fourth pay-per-view encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez goes down inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 8th while unified junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire faces the fan-friendly style of former champion Jorge Arce in Houston, Texas one weekend later.

Arum took a look at each card, including the undercard for Pacquiao-Marquez IV as well as speaking on the impending announcement of Donaire-Arce. The veteran Hall of Famer also revealed the latest with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios, former two-division champion Juan Manuel Lopez, and former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik.

This is what Arum had to share…

Putting Yuriorkis Gamboa on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV undercard after releasing him from Top Rank earlier this year…
“Everything worked out OK with the Gamboa situation. He got a release from us, they paid for it. Todd [duBoef] has a good relationship with Gamboa’s promoter now, 50 Cent. So why not? Gamboa’s still an attraction and we have him matched really tough on the card, so it should be a good fight.”

Lightweight contender Mercito Gesta’s challenge of IBF champion Miguel Vazquez on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV bill…
“Vazquez, as you know, is an incredible boxer, a very good defensive fighter; but he doesn’t run, you know what I mean? He just makes you miss and everything. And Gesta is a pressure fighter, so it should be an interesting match.”

Getting ready to announce Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce for Dec. 15…
“Well, that certainly looks like it’s coming into play. And we still have to get contracts back. We’ll have an announcement shortly and hopefully a press conference in Houston next week.”

Happy to see Donaire staying busy with four fights in 2012…
“Absolutely, that’s what these young guys should do. They should fight more than less. I mean, the idea that they fight twice is absurd and Nonito wants the action. We’re going to use him next year as many fights as we can. Why not?”

Tim Bradley’s future…
“We’re going to work things out with Bradley. I think that Todd is going to meet with him, so we’re optimistic that we can get him back in the ring first quarter of next year.”

Brandon Rios vs. Ruslan Provodnikov ordered by the WBO despite rumors of a Pacquiao fight for Rios this coming April…
“Obviously, we have to respect what Rios wants. If Rios has the opportunity to fight Pacquiao, why would he take another fight like that before that? But I haven’t talked to Pacquiao about the fight. If the Pacquiao fight is not going to happen, than that’s a terrific fight, Rios against Provodnikov.”

Thoughts on Juan Manuel Lopez’s suspension being lifted by the WBO and future plans for the Puerto Rican star…
“We’re going to use him sometime in December, or Peter Rivera [will] use him. And then we’re trying to make a Lopez-[Wilfredo] Vazquez fight in February for Puerto Rico.”

The possibility of Kelly Pavlik vs. super middleweight king Andre Ward in 2013…
“I’d love to make that fight, I know Pavlik would. We’re talking with Dan [Goosen] about putting that fight together.”

Gamboa added to Dec. 8 card

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By Dan Rafael |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manny Pacquiao back in the ring preparing for Marquez

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

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

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

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

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By Joseph Herron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Alex Groberman

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

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

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

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

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

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

And Pacquiao, for his part, hears the questions.

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

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

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


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By: Ashley White

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juan Manuel Marquez on Possible Robbery, Rafael’s Loss

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By Ernesto Castellanos,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dashing Donaire delivers again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Floyd Mayweather

2 Manny Pacquiao

3 Andre Ward

4 Juan Manuel Marquez

5 Nonito Donaire

6 Sergio Martinez

7 Miguel Cotto

8 Wladimir Klitschko

9 Timothy Bradley

10 Carl Froch

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

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by Jordan Stoddart

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

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

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Arum: Donaire vs Arce on December 15

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

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

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

Arum said the fight will take place on December 15.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donaire was actually targeting Arce on October.

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

The Filipino Flash halted Nishioka in 9 rounds.

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

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By Yahoo! Sports

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

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

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

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

Manny Pacquiao Trains in Private, Roach is Very Happy

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by Ronnie Nathanielsz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manny Pacquiao: Fans Will Still Pay to See Fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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By Joseph Zucker

Millions of people will pay to watch Manny Pacquiao knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr.

This fight remains boxing’s dream match, but for various reasons, those involved in the sport have conspired to kill it.

A lot has been made of the fact that the longer this saga is dragged out, the older the boxers get, which equals less money and attention since nobody is going to pay to watch two over-the-hill guys fight each other.

But if you were to ask the average sports fan to name two current boxers, those two guys would come up the most.

However, recent history tells otherwise.

The biggest fight in terms of revenue is Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, 2007. The event made $120 million and had 2.15 million buys.

That was despite De La Hoya being past his prime and a massive underdog against the undefeated Mayweather Jr.

Prior to that, the record had belonged to Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson. Tyson was a shell of his former shelf, and yet, people paid to watch him fight.

Both Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. are in their mid-30s. While their primes are behind them, they’re probably the two best boxers in the world in their weight class.

The moral of the story is, within reason, age is not the kind of deterrent it would appear to be for boxing.

In addition to that, this fight has the most basic tenet of good storytelling behind it: good vs. evil.

Storytelling can make a fight.

Gerry Cooney-Larry Holmes shouldn’t have been anything. Cooney had no business being in the same ring with Holmes, but the racial battle lines had been drawn.

It was promoted as the Catholic Cooney trying to be the first white heavyweight champion in two decades going against the big, bad and black reigning champion Holmes.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. fight has a much different dynamic, but one that fans would get behind.

Pacquiao is the humble guy who has tried to help his native Philippines. He recorded a version of “Sometimes When We Touch” and jokes around with Jimmy Kimmel.

Mayweather Jr. is the braggart who takes pictures of $100,000 gambling slips and has Justin Bieber accompany him to the ring.

Along with the boxing fans who want to see a great fight, you’ll get the casual fan who just wants to see Mayweather Jr. get the crap kicked out of him.

If this fight were to be confirmed, you could only bet that Mayweather Jr. would stir the pot even more in order to get more attention.

He’s someone who loves to be the villain, and he’s great at getting fans to root against him.

Meanwhile, Pacquaio will remain reserved, the perfect foil to his counterpart.

The reason why people think this super fight has lost luster is the fact that it hasn’t happened yet and doesn’t appear to be anytime soon.

The bandwagon will get in gear the minute both fighters sign the contract.

Sure, maybe slightly less fans will watch it than would have in years prior, but a Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. card would still be the highest grossing in boxing history.



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Pacquiao trains hard in Gensan, allays Arum’s fears

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MANILA, Philippines — Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao allayed Bob Arum’s fears that he might be losing focus on training for his fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Despite delaying his US training for one more week, the fighting congressman appears to be going all out in his preparations in General Santos City.

During his training session with assistant coach Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao showed off his strength and speed while Fernandez simulated the fighting style of Marquez.

“’Yong galaw ni Marquez gagayahin ko. Mahirap naman kung bitaw ng bitaw lang ng suntok. Ang pinag-aaralan naming talaga ‘yung paano kung tayo na ang susuntok, so kung saan iilag si Marquez, anong bibitiwang suntok,” said Fernandez.

The Pacman does 18 mitt sessions daily, which include studying the possible dirty tactics that may be employed by Marquez.

Top Rank’s Arum earlier expressed concern that Team Pacquiao is still in General Santos.

The fighting congressman was supposed to arrive in the US over the weekend to kick off his training at the Wild Card Gym.

However, Pacquiao has chosen to prolong his stay in General Santos to take care of several matters.

As a result, the boxer’s promotional activities in the US for his upcoming fight have been stalled.

This prompted Arum to ask Pacquiao to choose between boxing and politics.

“Manny has to decide whether he is a boxer or he’s a politician,” a peeved Arum told local sports commentator Ronnie Nathanielsz.

“I would like for the next two months for him to be a boxer and then the politics will take care of itself when he finishes the fight with Marquez. But that’s up to him.”

But Fernandez insisted that Pacquiao is more comfortable in his hometown.

“Walang istorbo at napakiusapan natin yong mga kaibigan natin at maganda yong ipinapakita ng training,” he said.

Pacquiao is now in his third week of training in General Santos City, and team Pacquiao doesn’t plan to leave for the US until October 27.


Meanwhile, his trainer Freddie Roach is not worried over Pacquiao postponing his US training.

In an interview with Philboxing’s Rich Mazon, Roach is confident that they still have plenty of time to prepare against Marquez.

“No big deal. He’ll be a couple days late but we have eight weeks before the fight, plenty of time,” assured Roach.

Roach said he already lined up Pacquiao’s sparring partners who will mimic Marquez’s movements.

This includes Pacquiao’s training partner Ray Beltran, who is a skilled counter-puncher just like Marquez.

Roach will also be retaining Russian boxer Ruslan Provodnikov, who helped Pacquiao prepare against Timothy Bradley.


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Roach on Pacquiao’s Late Arrival, Khan Split, Chavez Jr.

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By Ryan Maquiñana

On Saturday afternoon, five-time BWAA Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach stood behind his usual counter at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, fielding questions from a pair of writers as he oversaw the packed gym.

With his prized pupil Manny Pacquiao reportedly choosing to stay in his hometown of General Santos, Philippines, and postpone the American portion of his training camp until October 27, Roach gave an update on the matter.

“He’s going to be a couple days late,” Roach said. “I talked to him this morning. He’ll be here by the mid-week.”

Despite Pacquiao’s earlier promise to hold his entire camp at Wild Card with Roach in order to better prepare for his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, the trainer was unconcerned about the delay.

“We have eight weeks until the fight,” Roach said. “I’m not really worried about it. He’s running now. He’s getting in shape, and that’s all we do the first couple weeks anyway. The sparring won’t start until about six weeks out, so it should be no problem.”

As for the fight itself, Roach admitted that there would be an emphasis on keeping it from going the distance.

“It’s always going to be a competitive fight,” he said. “Manny told me he needed a knockout to win. I’m going to hold him to it, and we’re going go in there looking for a knockout. Something we didn’t do before, we need to do now, because we’re not going to win a decision.”

Another of Roach’s charges, former junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan, parted ways with him following his stoppage loss to Danny Garcia in July. Khan has since moved camp from Southern to Northern California to work with Virgil Hunter. When asked if the split was acrimonious, Roach replied the opposite.

“No, he’s up there with Virgil Hunter to teach him how to box,” he said. “I wish him the best of luck, and there are no hard feelings, no. We had a good run.”

The brief conversation concluded with the topic of whether Roach has had any contact with middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. following his positive drug test in September. Chavez, who stormed back in the final round against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez only to lose by decision, has long been hampered by a lackadaisical attitude toward training.

“No, I haven’t talked to Chavez,” Roach said. “If I do train him again, the first day he misses, I’ll go home.”


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Floyd Mayweather JR – Manny Pacquiao BOXING SHOCKER

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By Jim Minkle

The pound for pound best in the world, Floyd Mayweather, JR., has to pay Manny Pacquiao, $113,000 for legal fees that stemmed from a defamation lawsuit. Money Mayweather was too busy to go to court on several occasions and it cost him here, and now Manny can rejoice as he has more money to gamble with. Las Vegas, here he comes.

Did you see how HBO is already shoving that Pacquiao – Yawn Manuel Marquez Pay Per Screw down our throats? No matter how they dress it up, it’s still the same fight that we saw three times before. They are going to do their 24/7 shit and try to sell this as something different. Bob Arum gets wood at the idea that he can keep on milking the same fight over and over again and that the public is stupid enough to buy and buy. Do you really care who wins? Pacquiao doesn’t have it any more and Marquez is slipping as well. This fight is meaningless. If Marquez wins, where does he go? He already lost badly against Floyd and couldn’t beat him if Floyd was tied to his ring stool. If Manny wins, where does he go? Let me guess: Marquez 5.

We are still waiting for Floyd to make that decision. Who will he face in his next fight? Canelo Alvarez is the guy that the fans want, but if you haven’t noticed yet, the fans’ opinions do not matter to these guys all that much. They have given us blue balls for the last four years for the Mayweather – Pacquiao fight. People are still talking about it. “Oh, it will happen in mid 2013,” I heard some complete idiot say. It’s not going to happen. Pacquiao doesn’t want the fight. Bob Arum doesn’t want the fight. Floyd demands too much. It’s a mess. There used to be a time where fighters would want a fight just for personal reasons, but that time has passed. Everything is money now.

So, get ready for HBO to push this fight between Marquez and Pacquiao like it is something different then what it is. “Oh this time, it will be a knockout,” I heard Arum say. No it won’t…unless he climbs into the ring and belly-bumps one of them. This will be close, it will go 12, and it won’t matter who wins. It’s a garbage fight that Manny considers safe.


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Manny Pacquiao: Controversial Loss Raises Stakes for 4th Fight vs. Marquez

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By Matt Fitzgerald

Manny Pacquiao will fight familiar foe Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time in December. It may be a non-title welterweight bout, but Pac-Man’s most recent controversial loss raises the stakes significantly nonetheless.

Two of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters—including arguably the best in Pacquiao—have provided high-quality, 12-round thrillers, with the Congressman netting the 2-0-1 advantage.

The WBO welterweight title should still be Pacquiao’s, if not for a ridiculous split decision loss to Timothy Bradley back in June. A committee of five WBO judges reviewed the fight after the fact, unanimously scoring it in favor of Pacquiao. Unfortunately, the result can’t be changed.

Many want to see the highly anticipated showdown with Floyd Mayweather, but that has not materialized itself yet. Until then, this pending fight with Marquez is all the fans can look forward to, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

All three previous fights have come down to the wire and gone the full 12 rounds. The uncanny ability Marquez has to bounce back from a flurry of Pacquiao punches is essentially unmatched, and the stamina both fighters have to produce high-quality boxing for a full-length fight is staggering.

In an interview with Bob Velin of the USA TODAY, Pacquiao certainly didn’t sound like he was treating this as a non-title fight. He has used the loss to Bradley as motivation to push himself to what he hopes are greater heights—against Marquez and beyond:

I want to erase the last fight and any doubts…I will focus this time. I have to study and train using new techniques and strategy, and apply techniques never used in my previous fights. I will fight and train like the old Manny, the 25-year-old Manny.

It’s hard to believe that Pacquiao wasn’t focused in his last outing, since he put forth what should have been a winning effort. But that loss seems to have served as a wake-up call for him, pushing him to increase his already vast arsenal and KO Marquez for the first time.

This new, even more aggressive strategy from Pac-Man will be interesting to watch against an opponent he has traditionally used the entire fight to beat. At the same time, experimenting with new strategy against an opponent he likely knows better than anyone will likely allow Pacquiao the creative latitude to do so.

If Pacquiao were to lose in this one, it wouldn’t devastate his legacy—Marquez has competed very evenly in every prior bout—but implementing new techniques and concepts may serve Pacquiao well in a potential future fight with Mayweather.

The familiarity factor will make this fight spectacular as usual. The ratings are sure to be through the roof to see how Pacquiao responds coming off of his loss to Bradley. But that’s not the point. This fight is about pride, passion and mutual respect between Pacquiao and Marquez.

The fourth edition of this matchup should be another one for the ages, even absent a welterweight title on the line.


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Rios boasts: I can KO Pacquiao, Marquez

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MANILA, Philippines – Mexican Brandon Rios is game on the possibility of fighting either Manny Pacquiao or Juan Manuel Marquez in the near future.

Rios, who had his first junior welterweight fight against fellow Mexican Mike Alvarado, said he is more than capable of defeating the winner of the Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

He engaged Alvarado in an all-out brawl, halting the latter in 7 rounds.

“You see what happened to Mike Alvarado? I think I could do the same thing to them, too. Mike Alvarado, I think, he hits harder than them and he’s more tougher,” Rios told HBO’s Max Kellerman following his win.

His performance nearly eclipsed Nonito Donaire’s 9th round stoppage of Toshiaki Nishioka in the main event.

Rios, the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion, said he is open to fighting fellow Mexican Marquez.

But he seems to prefer a bigger fight against Pacquiao.

“Pacquiao’s an in-and-out guy. But you know what? Like I always do, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. taught me very well. Break the body down and the head will fall down,” said Rios.

He is also confident that he can retain his punching power even if he climbs up to 147-pounds.

“I have power and I brought it up to 140. And I can take it up to 147. I have power, it just takes a little longer,”

Rios’ name was recently floated by boxing promoter Bob Arum in connection with the fourth Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

Prior to the Rios-Alvarado fight, Arum said a fight between Pacquiao and the Rios-Alvarado winner “could be unbelievable.”

“The public will go crazy for that fight. Imagine Manny against either of these animals (Rios or Alvarado.) Manny will have to become an ‘animal’ himself. Absolutely. These guys will make him an animal.”

Arum has reserved an April 2013 date for Pacquiao’s ring return after the Marquez fight.

“He (Pacquiao) wanted to fight no later than the middle of April so he can come back (to the Philippines) for the elections [next May],” said Arum.

He said that they can talk to Rios if the Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao fight fails to materialize again.


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Donaire recalls sparring with Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. credited fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao for teaching him how to fight southpaws.

Donaire, World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantam king, said he was just starting out as a professional when sparred with the left-handed Pacquiao.

“It was an experience that you know really taught me how to fight a lefty, I am just growing up in the United States,” the Filipino-American told On The ropes Boxing Radio.

Donaire said he had difficulties sparring Pacquiao because he could not figure out the latter’s rhythm and timing.

“You know fighting here, we kind of look for patterns and we tend to look for timing, and when I sparred Manny the first time, there was no timing. It was just a bunch of punches coming at you,” he narrated.

He said the lessons he picked up from that session came in handy when he fought southpaws like Tyson Marquez, Vic Darchinyan and most recently Toshiaki Nishioka.

Against Nishioka, he retained his WBO and IBF titles. He also won the World Boxing Council (WBC) diamond belt and the RING Magazine super bantamweight strap.

“You know but it was something that really got me better,” Donaire said of his sparring session with Pacquiao.

“Because it made me really think and how to defend with people like that, that have no rhythm, so you know it was really cool to be able to just do that.”


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By Lester Salvador

Tonight we witnessed the Filipino Flash get exposed as an average fighter who just like his Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao has been over-hyped by the media to be something they are not.

Nonito beat an over the hill 37-year-old Toshiaki Nishioka with a lucky punch — a right hand in the 9th round. Nishioka couldn’t pull the trigger and was shot, and he still gave Nonito trouble. If Nonito was so great, like HBO and his fans hype him up to be, how come he kept missing punches on a guy who wasn’t throwing any punches?

The Japanese guy showed that just like in the Jeffery Mathebula fight, Nonito cannot fight defensive fighters well, and in the mold of Manny Pacquiao they both get hyped up and praised even when they struggle against guys who are not really prime or world class anymore.

Pacquiao struggled against old Shane Mosley who like Nishioka was a shell of himself, and Nonito was just lucky to get a TKO this time around, if that TKO never happened he would have just won another boring decision.

It’s clear that Donaire is being moved in the same direction as Manny Pacquiao, by being fed cherry picked opponents and avoiding the best fighter in the division. Pacquiao avoids Floyd Mayweather and Nonito avoids Guillermo Rigondeaux.

After the fight Donaire blatantly ducked Guillermo Rigondeaux claiming that Rigondeaux needs to build his name and get more fights to make him interested in that fight. What type of building does he have to do when Nonito isn’t exactly a draw himself, he could barely sell any tickets in his previous fight against Jeffery Mathebula and the only reason there were more people tonight was because the majority of those in attendance came to watch Brandon Rios fight Mike Alvarado in a real exciting blood and guts fight. Nonito doesn’t have any fans, so it’s clear he is ducking Guillermo Rigondeaux and the real boxing fans can see it.

I think Nonito knows that he has no shot against Rigondeaux this is why he makes up some many excuses like Guillermo is too boring, or he doesn’t have a name, well he needs to look in the mirror because his last fights were fireworks and he doesn’t have a name either, he is not Manny Pacquiao, who at least has a huge fan base. The fans want to see Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux and it’s an easy fight to make since they are both under Top Rank, but it’s up to Nonito if he cares about the fans to tell Bob Arum to make the fight happen.


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Brandon Rios: Mike Alvarado is tougher than Manny Pacquiao

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By Larry Brown

The light welterweight fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., on Saturday night lived up to its billing. The two traded major blows and put together some of the most entertaining rounds fans have seen all year. Rios won the fight by 7th-round TKO to remain undefeated.

After the fight, Rios was asked by HBO’s Max Kellerman about potentially facing the winner between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, who are fighting in December. He doesn’t think he’d have a problem with either fighter.

“See what happened to Mike Alvarado? I think I could do it to them too,” Rios stated. “Mike Alvarado — I think he hits harder than them and he’s tougher. Pacquiao, he’s an in-and-out guy, but like I always do, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. taught me very well: you break the body, the head will fall down.”

Rios would likely have to move up to welterweight if he were to face the Pacquiao-Marquez winner. If that fight doesn’t happen, and we’re guessing it doesn’t, there will likely be a big push for a Rios-Alvarado rematch.

When presented with that possibility, Rios said he was willing to fight Alvarado again.

“The fans, you want it? Do you want it? If they want it, I want it, my manager want it, f— it, let’s do it again.”

Alvarado was also open to a rematch.

“I’m still a warrior, I’m still the best in my weight. We could do it again if he wants to,” he told Kellerman after the fight.

Alvarado was disappointed with referee’s Pat Russell’s stoppage in the 7th.

“I was still warming up in there … but the fight went the way it had to go. He shook me up a little bit, but I thought that was stopped a little too early. I could have kept going. I would have gotten my head back and fought through it,” Alvarado told Kellerman.

“I was surprised about [the stoppage]. It was only a couple shots.”

Russell defended his decision to step in and call the fight.

“He had no defense for any of those,” referee Pat Russell said. “I don’t think there’s a fan out there who wants to see a fighter permanently hurt.”

We think Russell made the right decision to stop the fight after the way Alvarado had been rocked. He was defenseless and getting pummeled when Russell stepped in. Some have pointed out that things may have turned out differently had Alvarado gone down to the canvas and taken some time to recover. We’ll never know what could have been. I just know that the decision to stop the fight was the right one.


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