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Manny Pacqiuao-Strength and Conditioning Neglected For Rios?

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It has been reported that Manny Pacquiao will have a solid 10-12 weeks of camp.

Freddie Roach will only be working with Manny Pacquiao for the final 4 weeks of camp.

This being noted, how will Freddie Roach work the strength and conditioning of Manny Pacquiao if he is not even in camp?

Freddie Roach has gone on record to say Alex Ariza is one of the best strength and conditioning coaches.

It is a fact that Alex was asked to be let go by Freddie Roach, because of personal issues.

Is Roach letting his personal issues effect the biggest fight in the Pacman’s career? Is Pacquiao getting the best training he can get?

What are your thoughts?

Leave your comments hear for Manny to read

Alex Ariza defends his work, says Freddie Roach became more interested in being a TV star than a trainer

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Alex Ariza, who was let go Wednesday after five years as Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, said he wants nothing but the best for Pacquiao but said trainer Freddie Roach has become a problem.

Ariza became a prominent figure in Pacquiao’s camp by aiding his rise in weight. He helped as Pacquiao moved up and became one of the dominant fighters of the 21st centry. Ariza said he worked for Pacquiao, not Roach, and that Roach didn’t have the ability to fire him. But Ariza said he heard rumblings that he may be let go from Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee. He said if Pacquiao wanted him out, he didn’t want to cause any problems and would accept it.

He said that Roach became a changed man after the 2012 HBO series on him, “On Freddie Roach,” was broadcast. Roach was more of a celebrity than a fight trainer from that point on, Ariza said.

 

“My fiancee is real good friends with Jinkee, Manny’s wife, and she said that Freddie had been complaining about this, that and the other for the last couple of weeks, so it wasn’t a surprise,” Ariza said. “It didn’t come as too much of a shock, because over the course of the last couple of fights, obviously, Freddie and I were having differences of opinion on how to train Manny.

“After [Roach was] nagging him too much, I’m sure Manny felt he didn’t need that much disarray in the camp. That’s OK. But I don’t work for Freddie and I haven’t in a couple of years.”

Ariza said the problems between he and Roach began after Pacquiao’s fight with Antonio Margarito in 2010. He said Roach and he never hit it off after that point

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

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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 Vs Brandon Rios- This one is Personal There will be a Knockout

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By Timothy James,

Freddie Roach has gone on record to state that he wants to teach Brandon Rios a lesson.

Freddy also wants to send a message to the 2012′s boxing trainer of the year Mr.Robert Garcia.  Garcia the boxing trainer who now hogs the limelight as the best boxing trainer in the world.

Who can blame Freddie Roach a man that used to hold that spotlight as the greatest trainer in the sport- now with a record of almost 1-12- (that is 1 win with his last 13 fights and 12 losses) If Freddie Roach was in any other sport he would be on the bench wondering what went wrong.

Freddie Roach will use Manny Pacquiao’s ferocious knockout power, incredible skill set, coupled with Brandon Rios’s suspect chin to deliver an exciting win for the “National Fist” (and himself) Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Vs Brandon Rios- This one is Personal There will be a Knockout” »

Freddie Roach on Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez: “We’re Not Going to Win a Decision”

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By Alex Groberman

Manny Pacquiao and his camp are well aware of what’s on the line this December when they face off against Juan Manuel Marquez. Whereas the Filipino champ’s previous loss was disregarded because of the porous judging that bout will be remembered for, expecting the same sort of treatment this time around is unrealistic. If the unthinkable happens and Manny ultimately falls to Marquez, there will be no more excuses.

Given the stakes, Pacquiao (understandably) doesn’t want to leave anything to chance on this go-round. Even though he hasn’t recorded a knockout in nearly three years, putting Marquez down for the long count is precisely how he is planning to win his next match. His trainer, Freddie Roach, confirmed this much during an interview with Boxing Scene this weekend.

“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.”

He’s right. Last June’s Timothy Bradley fight made it okay for judges to rule against Pacquiao. He will no longer get the benefit of the doubt that he has gotten in the past; anything other than a clear-cut victory could be construed as a loss.

With everything that’s on the line, Pacquiao must be training like crazy for his upcoming bout, right? He must have gotten to the U.S. early, just to get a head start on all the work that he needs to do, right? Right? Wrong. Yesterday, reports surfaced that the champ put off his trip to the U.S. because of some pressing political issues that had come up.

You will recall, Bob Arum was less than pleased with this latest development.

“Manny has to decide whether he is a boxer or he’s a politician,” he said.

For, for what it’s worth, Roach was much less animated about the delay.

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

“We have eight weeks until the fight. 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.”

Let’s hope not.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV goes down from the MGM Grand on Dec. 8.

 

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Freddie Roach lashes out at Amir Khan for comparing himself to Manny Pacquiao

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by Imran Shaukat Khan

International Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is not happy at all with the former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion Amir Khan. Roach has worked with Khan for almost three years but now the Brit has left him as he wants to work with a new trainer.

Khan wants someone to teach him more about defence and he believes Roach doesn’t know much, when it comes to the defensive side of the game.
Recently Khan stated that he and Pacquiao are the best offensive fighters in the world but they are not good with the defence and this thing has irked Roach.

Khan lost his title to Danny Garcia via a fourth round TKO but Roach thinks the Filipino boxing icon wouldn’t have lost a single round against the American.

“I wanted (Pacquiao) to fight the guy Garcia, Danny Garcia. I wanted that fight because Amir Khan says that I don’t teach defense to him and Manny Pacquiao,” Roach said.

“Why did he compare himself to Manny Pacquiao? It depends on what I taught him. Let’s see what Manny does with your opponent. Manny wouldn’t lose a round,” he added.

In the end, Roach also commented on Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with his archrival Juan Manuel Marquez, which will take place on December 8 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roach said his man has not been able to produce the game plan against Marquez but he is sure he will produce it this time.
“The game plan I’ve set for him for the last three fights, I know it’s the right game plan, but the thing is, it’s not working in the fights. I haven’t come up with a good idea yet to know what I need to do for him to win that fight but I’m thinking every day. As I watch tapes of his opponent, we will come up with an answer.”

Well, all said and done, let’s see if Amir Khan responds to Freddie Roach.

 

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Freddie Roach on Pacquiao-Marquez IV, Chavez Jr, Split with Khan, 50 Cent, and More

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by Bad Left Hook

Radio Rahim, Max Boxing: “It seemed that Chavez couldn’t stay in the fight competitively. The 12th round was amazing, but those first 11 rounds were so tough. Can you tell me what happened?”

Freddie Roach: “Well, you know, I think — honestly, I think our timing was a little bit off, and that we actually didn’t box enough. We needed a little more sparring, I think. And a little more gym workouts instead of living room workouts. I want him to be more on a schedule than training at, like, sometimes 12 o’clock at night, 11 o’clock at night, three o’clock in the morning. He’s just all over the place. We got the work in, but it was kind of scattered. If your body’s not on a schedule, it won’t respond as well. When your body’s on a schedule, it’ll respond better. I think he just couldn’t let his hands go in the early rounds.

“I think it was the 10th round, he took a real bad — he ate a lot of shots. I told him, ‘Hey, if you don’t show me we can win this fight, I’m gonna stop it.’ And he went out and did a little bit better. And then the last round, I said, ‘We need a knockout to win. Let’s go. Let your hands go.’ I said, ‘All you gotta do is throw punches. Exchange with this guy. When he throws punches, his head’s way up in the air.’ He did that and knocked him down.

“But the thing is, the sad part about it is, we could have done that in the sixth round, and we would have had time to knock this guy out. But the thing is, you know, I feel it’s my fault for letting him get away with it. I told him next time, we’re going to be on a schedule. We’re going to train at reasonable hours. Even late hours is fine with me. As long as it’s the same every day. As long as you’re on a schedule, your body will respond better to a schedule. So I think we need a little bit more discipline with that, and I think you’ll be able to get the best of him. Early in the fight, he wasn’t letting his hands go, because I think he was afraid that he might get tired in the later rounds. And then in the later rounds, towards the end, he knew he had the gas to do it.

“I think it was just more of a mental letdown. If we had been better prepared and more confident in that fight, and had a better training camp, I think we would have knocked him out, like, in six rounds. Martinez is definitely beatable. We showed that in the 12th round. We almost had him. But almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.”

 

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Pacquiao, Marquez want to settle 4th bout with KOs

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By USAToday.com

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — (AP) Manny Pacquiao scribbled intently on a piece of paper Monday while promoters and managers hyped his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez from the dais in a posh hotel ballroom.

Pacquiao eventually showed the paper to his trainer, Freddie Roach.

“He wrote, ‘I need a knockout,’ ” Roach said with a gleam in his eye.

Three compelling bouts in the past eight years still haven’t resolved the rivalry between Pacquiao and Marquez, so they’re stepping in the ring together for a fourth bout on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

And this time, they’re both looking for the only decisive ending to any fight: a stone-cold KO.

“I want to erase the doubt of the last three fights,” Pacquiao said. “There’s so many people still asking if I won the fights. I think to myself, ‘Something is wrong. I have to do it again.’ This time, I will train hard to put this fight up in the history of boxing. I want to make this fight short. I want to knock him out.”

Although they’re extending a rivalry to rare lengths in modern boxing, the fighters and promoters believe fans will warm to the matchup when they remember just how good the first three fights were.

Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in 2004, while Pacquiao won by split decision in 2008 and again by majority decision last year. The bouts featured knockdowns, wild momentum swings and fascinating contrasts in technique — but Marquez and many fans still believe he won all three fights, while Pacquiao says he clearly won the last two.

“It’s been an incredible ride,” Top Rank promoter Todd duBoef said. “People ask me whether it’s going to be hard to sell a fourth fight. Did you see the first 36 rounds? There wasn’t a dull moment.”

With a combination of unfinished business and unmatched financial reward, Pacquiao and Marquez both had plenty of incentive to get together again. They have fought at 125, 130 and 144 pounds, and their fourth fight will be a straight welterweight contest at 147.

Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) is coming off his first loss since 2005, a wildly disputed decision to Timothy Bradley. Still stinging from that embarrassment, he says he’s going back to the ferocious, relentless style of fighting that made him an eight-division champion. Pacquiao hasn’t stopped an opponent in more than three years, a once-unthinkable drought for a relentless puncher.

 

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Freddie Roach wanted Pacquiao to show up Amir Khan with Danny Garcia clash

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BY: CHRIS ROBINSON

There has been a lot of uncertainty with trainer Freddie Roach these days, as question marks had hovered around his three recent high-profile athletes.

Tonight, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Roach will lead Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. into battle against Argentina’s Sergio Martinez. Despite being the WBC’s champion at 160 pounds, the 26-year old Chavez is an underdog heading into what undoubtedly is the most dangerous fight of his career.

It was recently announced by various outlets that Roach’s number-one fighter, eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, is in line for a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The process of ironing out Pacquiao’s next opponent was extremely exhausting, however, and the latest rumors of the Filipino star’s connection to rapper 50 Cent have raised even more questions.

It was July 14th when Roach worked the corner of former champion Amir Khan, but it was a disastrous night for the British star. Facing off with brash Danny Garcia inside of the Mandalay Bay, Khan was leveled by a wicked left hook in the third round and he saw the bout waived off one round and two knockdowns later.

So devastating was Khan’s loss to Garcia, that Amir has decided to part ways with Roach and appears to be on the verge of announcing of announcing his new trainer.

Speaking to a select group of media members on Thursday inside of the Wynn Hotel and Casino, Roach revealed that he had actually had a preference of Pacquiao facing off with Garcia with the obvious hope being that his star fighter would end up outperforming Khan.

“I wanted him to fight the guy Garcia, Danny Garcia,” Roach revealed. “I wanted that fight because Amir Khan says that I don’t teach defense to him and Manny Pacquiao. Why did he compare himself to Manny Pacquiao? It depends what I taught him. Let’s see what Manny does with your last opponent. Manny wouldn’t lose a round.”

But Roach can’t focus on Garcia, as Pacquiao will surely have his hands full with Marquez in less than three months. And for as hard as Pacquiao has tried to upend Marquez clearly and despite his 2-0-1 record against his Mexico City rival, he never clearly defeated him on the scorecards, as their first three fights were all back-and-forth thrillers.

“The game plan I’ve set for him for the last three fights, I know it’s the right game plan, but the thing is, it’s not working in the fights,” Roach would continue as he looked towards another Marquez match. “I haven’t come up with a good idea yet to know what I need to do for him to win that fight but I’m thinking every day. As I watch tape of his opponent, we will come up with an answer.”

Roach then gave credit to Pacquiao, pointing out that he never had to go through with another Marquez fight in the first place.

“It’s the most challenging fight but the thing is, he picked it,” said Roach. “He didn’t have to pick Marquez. He could have picked a [Tim] Bradley rematch or an easier fight.

“He has balls,” Roach added of Pacquiao.

 

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Freddie Roach Continues to Prioritize Manny Pacquiao over Amir Khan

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By Boxing Fancast

Freddie Roach has conceded that he is no closer to finding out whether he will be in the corner for Amir Khan’s next fight.

Khan has worked with Roach for the last three years, however the American has seen his charge lose his last two fights as the Bolton born fighter suffered a controversial points loss to Lamont Peterson in Washington last December and then a devastating stoppage at the hands of Danny Garcia in July.

Roach has attracted criticism for attempting to divide his time between Khan and eight-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao whilst continuing to stave off the effects of a long-standing battle with Parkinson’s disease.

 

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A Night of Heavyweights and Chavez shows improvement

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Tom Donelson

 

On NBC, it was a night of heavyweight beginning with Bryant Jennings facing Steve Collins. Collins came into the fight with only one knock out in his last fourteen victories after winning his first eleven fights by knockout. The first round was a feeling out round as neither fighter threw much but Jennings got his jab going and started to open up.

 

This became more prominent in the third round as Jennings added his left hook and right hand to the mix as he started to score. In the fifth round, Jennings landed two left jabs followed by a right hand which sent Collins to the rope and the only thing that kept Collins from going down was the rope.

 

From this point, it was all Jennings but there were times that Jennings relaxed and allowed Collins to stay in the fight. Collins could no longer hurt Jennings after the third round and Jennings landed several combinations including upper cuts, right hands along with hooks to the body and head. The biggest flaw was his failure to finish off Steve Collins; who had nothing left over the last two rounds and wasn’t even really throwing any punches. Collins was hoping to make it through the last two rounds to end the fight on his feet. Jennings won the fight easy and showed growth but part of growth as a Heavyweight contender is to stop people who are your inferior.

 

In the main event featured Tomasz Adamek and Fast Eddie Chambers in a bout between two heavyweights who want one more shot at a title and a loss could end that shot. Chambers came into the fight at the lightest in his career and Adamek came in slightly heavier. Chambers began the fight by jabbing and moving while Adamek moved forward but unable to connect on solid shots due to Chambers’ defense.

 

In round three, Chambers connected on some excellent right hands as he seemed to befuddle Adamek whose punches on occasion forced Chambers to retreat but he failed to score as Chambers managed to block or slipped punches. However at the end of the third round, Chambers told his corner that he hurt his left arm; maybe pulled something.

 

While his quickness and speed appeared to be his ally in fourth and fifth round; Chambers found himself fighting with one arm. Adamek proved to be more aggressive in the sixth round as he may have sensed that something was amiss with Chambers. Chambers played like a second coming of Chris Byrd or for an older generation, Jimmy Young; a slick boxer with elusive skills but no real power. In the ninth round, Adamek jab started to connect and off those jabs came combination as Adamek countered Chambers. After ten rounds, Chambers looked good as he managed to avoid Adamek power shots but could Chambers count on a decision in Adamek backyard? The answer came after final stanza as Adamek won 116-112, 116-112 and 119-109. While Chambers connected on many clean punches and while the fight was closed, NBC announcer BJ Flores noted that the referee who scored 119-109 in favor of Adamek should find another line of work. The case could be made that Chambers won the fight and you can make the case for Adamek but not an 11-1 round difference. Being in Adamek backyard, the Polish fighter benefitted from being the hometown fighter as the judges gave him the benefit in close round. Chambers showed that he is still fast but fighting with one arm put him at the disadvantage. At 202 pounds, maybe Chambers might think losing those two extra pounds and go for a Cruiserweight championship.

 

 

 

 

 

On HBO, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. defended his version of the Middleweight title against Andy Lee, and with additional extra twist for boxing fans, Chavez had Freddie Roach in his corner and Lee had Emmanuel Steward in his corner. The fight had two Hall of Fame trainer in the corners matching wits with each other. Lee began the fight with a jab and during the first round, connected on two quick right hooks while Chavez connected with three left hooks. Lee jab allowed him to control the real estate and land the more punches.

 

Chavez best punch, the left hook, found a home early in the fight as he moved the right hand off the left hook and shot it over Lee right jab. Lee nailed Chavez with two solid lefts but Chavez kept moving and ended the third round with three vicious left hooks to the body. At the end of the fourth round, both men nailed each other with solid shots off the rope as Lee nailed two solid uppercuts but Chavez pounded the body with left hooks. Both men landed solid upper cuts but Chavez won the round since his punches were harder.

 

As the middle portion of the fight approached, Chavez was turning this fight into a war of attrition with his attention to Lee’s body. While Lee connected on combinations, his punches did have the steam to force Chavez off the rope.

 

In the seventh round, Chavez pounded Andy Lee from one corner to the other side of ring with one big punch after another. Chavez has a short sharp right with his left hook and his defense was better than it has been before. Lee throw nearly 200 punches over the first seven rounds but his connect average was far less than Chavez and Chavez power proved decisive.

 

I did get to see the Pacquiao-Bradley a second time and guess what, Pacquiao still won the fight in the ring and Bradley won on the scorecard, which is what count. According NBC boxing reporter Chris Mannix, Top Rank is looking for a fourth Marquez-Pacquiao but if this is true; what is Top Rank thinking? Marquez has the style to win and we know that in a rematch with Bradley; Pacquiao will win. So why risk a fight against a fighter whose style present trouble whereas another fighter has the right style to beat? Doesn’t make sense if you are looking for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. If you are not, then it does make sense.


Has Freddie Roach reached a peak with Pacquiao!

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Keith Terceira

It’s a simple question, that needs to be examined!

Has Freddie Roach and the tensions created in Team Pacquiao reached a point where Roach can no longer get all the needed focus out of Manny Pacquiao.

The relationship between Freddie Roach and Top Rank  is strong, so if Manny Pacquiao decides after his contract is up with Bob Arum to promote himself will the eight time world champion be forced to find another trainer or go with Buboy Fernandez and Alex Ariza. Roach already has been receiving some pressure from Arum to leave Julio’s camp according to reports.

So when the time comes that Pacquiao makes the final break from Top Rank, which side will Freddie Roach take, the future or the past?

Jeff Mayweather stated today in an interview that the Floyd -Manny mega bout will not happen until Pacquiao is free of Top Rank , so a showdown is inevitable between Arum and Pacquiao , unless the Philippine star decides to never fight Mayweather , rather than retire with a huge nest egg, win or lose.

With Roach receiving nearly a third of Pacquiao’s purses and Arum another 25% or more , a split between both parties would be a huge savings for Pacquiao , who could get any other trainer for less then 10% of his purse.

Some writers and trainers  have suggested that it has been Manny  that has made Roach and not the other way around.

Where leg cramps were not a reported issue in the Bradley bout , Ariza may be safe from termination but his constant battle with Arum may force Pacquiao to take some actions prior to his next fight.

With one, if not two fights remaining under Top Rank, the next year will be interesting, will Pacquiao refuse Bradley rematch and simply give Bob one more event with Marquez to finish off his obligations with Arum , then proceed to sign a fight with Floyd and both greats call it a career, of will both fighters make it a trilogy before ending an era.

Time will tell!

One thing is certain, financially, the best return on his future  earnings would be a split with both Freddie Roach and Bob Arum!

Roach - Ariza Conflict Update!

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Keith Terceira

Photo Credit; Stacey Verbeek

Alex Ariza has always held that HBO is fabricating the drama swirling around him and Freddie Roach…

Another example of HBO’s lack of interest in Pacquiao’s workouts was put out there this morning while Manny and Team were preparing for the morning run.

“I’ll fill you in, since HBO not here as usual… We are checking Mannys weight and planning the morning training…”

“I won’t talk to them cause it’s a scripted show… Not cool to the fans thinking its real.”

Ariza also sent this twitter message out that appears to confirm that the whole 24/7 conflict garbage is scripted

“you & @FreddieRoach still cool though right? That’s just @HBOboxing scripted reality drama right?”(AA response) Of course we are, HBO garbage

We’ll keep you posted as the fight week drama continues!

Khan jumps in on Ariza Smackdown!

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Keith Terceira

Photo credit; Stacey Verbeek

Amir Khan who now suddenly considers himself, the previous number two guy in the shrinking stable of fighters trained by Alex Ariza, stated yesterday that he never gave permission for Alex Ariza to leave him  during training in Baguio.

Right around April 21, Ariza left the Philippines to train with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with the permission of his CONTRACTED (save that for future reference) boss Manny Pacquiao ..

By May 8th , two weeks later the news broke that Peterson had failed his drug test for the Khan fight, and the entire card was called off, but Khan still contends that Ariza left him, though, two things were happening simultaneously.

Peterson failed drug tests were known and yet to be released to the press.

Alex Ariza had no signed contract to even work with Amir Khan for the Peterson rematch.

Khan has still come out with the following statement;

“Alex left my camp in the middle.  Manny said it was okay to leave - but I didn’t -  I was his number two fighter. My new strength coach is down to earth. He doesn’t want his name mentioned ,” Khan said

Alex Ariza informed MP8 shortly after leaving camp;

“Amir and I had no contract to train him for the Peterson fight, they never signed one”

Ariza also re-explained his position on Twitter ;

“He didn’t give me permission, that’s because I didn’t ask for it. Julio and I havé contract, the Khans didn’t, it was a Con game”

In my neck of the woods , no contract means no work, no work means no shoes for the baby, so I wonder why Amir is jumping on the bandwagon to slam Ariza, if he didn’t even bother to hire the guy in the first place. You have to have money on the table before you have a right to control the movements of an employee, at least in America.

Khan who holds no title, was defeated by a Peterson with a normal testosterone level instead of low, can’t truly believe he is the number two guy in the group of Manny , Julio and Khan. Perhaps someday Julio and Khan will meet in the ring to decide that for themselves.

Is Khan just following Freddie Roach’s lead in slamming Ariza?

Roach continues tensions, Ariza may not be in corner!

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Keith Terceira

The thought that Pacquiao might train for the Bradley bout with less tension and drama in camp , was just, that a thought, after the 24/7 boxing drama production continued to focus on tension versus training.

Manny has been relatively silent, he has stayed focused on his spiritual renewal , and he appears to be in the best shape we have seen him in the last few years, but unfortunately, some members of the team can’t come to grips with the fact that Manny is the boss, and ultimately decides whom he employs.

Once again Freddie Roach, whose attempted power play of  getting Alex  Ariza removed from Team Pacquiao as strength and conditioning coach was halted by “Boss” Pacquiao , decided to pull another move just days before facing Timothy Bradley in a fight that Pacquiao needs to be superb in order to influence a Mayweather 50/50 split.

“Manny likes him and wants him on board, so that’s the way it is,” said Roach. “Alex will be there until the fight and once we get to the fight and I put down my four corner men, he won’t be on the list.”

One thing is certain , if Manny Pacquiao desires that Alex Ariza is in his corner the night of the fight, he will be there, irregardless of Freddie Roach’s plans.

“I said some things on 24/7 last night that Alex might not like,” stated Roach. “If he has something to say to me about it, he’ll say it. But I won’t let it affect my fighter and I know what’s important here and that’s the focus of Manny Pacquiao.”

Roach, who continuously contradicts himself in front of cameras, doesn’t seem to realize that his opinions towards Ariza, which frankly may not be his own, but more of Bob Arum’s pulling on the puppet strings, has an effect on the champ, as he continuously slams Ariza in the press creating exactly the tensions he proclaims to wish to avoid.

This camp was supposed to be drama free, with no sinful influences, with less entourage, with less leakage of inner strife, instead has become even more tension-packed because Roach, Arum , and the media seem to be attempting to remove Ariza, whose “pull no punches” style towards the bunch, including Michael Koncz, is a balancing force inside Pacquiao’s world of deceit.

After several interviews with Ariza, what comes to the forefront is that Alex is actually fond of Manny Pacquiao and that fondness will transcend his employment status. I would not be surprised if Ariza has an exit strategy planned in case the pressure on Manny to replace him gets to great. It is my personal belief that Ariza has no desire to see Manny harmed by people less than genuine towards his friend, so watch for an explosion of grand proportions should Team Arum succeed.

Ariza has been unusually select or  silent, when compared to other people pushing drama in camp, and MP8 was informed that Manny has instructed Alex to let things go and not speak until the fight is complete.

There has always been pressure to remove Ariza, whose carefree style, blatant honesty. and open hostility against HBO irks the ones attempting to control Manny, but now it appears to be a group effort between Roach and Arum, Roach taking the front-line offensive in Pacquiao camp, and according to Ariza, Bob waging guerrilla warfare in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s camp creating issues that distract both Alex and ultimately Pacquiao.

All this side action and drama only makes it appear that Team Arum desires to get Pacquiao defeated, instead of protect him from anything Alex Ariza could do. Like during the removal of VisionQWest, it seems that all guns are pointed at Ariza, with the intent to drive him off, but this time Pacquiao is standing his ground, at least for now.

“Arum won’t let Manny fight anyone outside Top Rank fighters, Manny wants to fight Sergio Martinez but you won’t see it.” Ariza has stated.

Let’s see come fight night, whether Ariza is in the corner or if Roach’s battle-plan is executed!

 

Murad Muhammad; “Mayweather fight will never happen…I kept Pacquiao from Black Fighters”

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Keith Terceira

Former Manny Pacquiao promoter, Hall of Fame inductee, Murad Mohammed opened up to MP8 today in an exclusive interview.

Mohammed, who has dealt with Bob Arum and Freddie Roach many times over his long career as a promoter as well as in the case of Arum back in the days when both were with Ali, had several opinions regarding why the Mayweather fight has not occurred and probably never will.

“Bob Arum, when he is down is the most generous person you can ever meet, but when he is on top he has a diabolical mind. He hates Mayweather, he doesn’t like the idea that he built Mayweather and Mayweather left, he called Mayweather on the open mike a “n-ger” and said he ain’t promoting another “n-ger” so that’s the worse thing you can say to an African American when he is half rich. I say Mayweather is half rich because he doesn’t have Bill Gates type money. THe young man is just messed up in the mind(Mayweather) , he says Arum stole from him and then Arum calls him all these names. So, Bob Arum will never let that fight happen. Now the fight is bigger than Bob Arum, but nobody got the heart. They let Bob Arum , hold up a multi-million dollar deal for two minorities, one from the Philippines, a third world country where children play in the streets with no shoes, living in huts, and now he can make a hundred million. Mayweather is from Detroit , which is damn near the worst city in America for poverty. How is it that a Harvard graduate lawyer that is wealthy and made his money off of minorities is gonna stand in the way. That is the court of law I would go to. Arum is not going to allow that fight to happen because, he is making a lot of money  with Pacquiao, and he never believed in Pacquiao, he thought Pacquiao was gonna get beat by Morales, by Marquez, he threw everything at him and now he realizes that Manny is a good fighter. He is still trying to get him beat because he is like his partner, Manny asks for a great deal of money and Arum would prefer that Bradley beats him, because if Bradley beats him , he doesn’t have to pay Bradley that type of money, and that’s whats he is used to. If he makes fifty million the fighter makes ten, if he makes a hundred million the fighter makes twenty, but in this case that’s not happening. So Arum’s not going to let two African Americans , who just dropped in to make 200 million for himself and give him forty or fifty million, it’s not in his nature.”

Murad, let me get this straight, you actually think after all your dealings with Arum that he is trying to get Manny beat putting him with Timothy Bradley.

“Hell yeh, because he knows how big Bradley will be if he wins, but he will pay one-third to Bradley of what he is paying Manny, and Bradley will be happy to have it. It’s all about the money. When I say things its profound , you can’t attack me for what I say, I know Arum , I grew up with Arum. Keep in mind, I was there, Arum owes the Muslims and he owes the African Americans, Ali made Arum king, Herbert Mohammed made Arum big, Murad Mohammed made Arum big, and Brown when he was afraid told him to go and get his promoters license. We have been good to Bob, but Bob has a side that a lot of people don’t want to see. Remember I used to travel with him.”

Do you feel from your experience with Bob Arum in the Ali days and beyond that Bob is a bigot?

“Oh Yeh, when I had Eddie Mustafa to fight Marvin Johnson, he offered me $150,000 for the first fight, $175,000 for the second fight and so on. I turned it down. He threw an ashtray against the wall, threw it like it was a ball on the other side of the room, I guess that was to scare me, he called Eddie a yellow bellied dog, he told me he took the fight and he wasn’t giving me a damn thing. I stood up an left my finger like I was gonna break a brick next to his eyes and I said Are you God, and he humbled himself and he sat down and said no I’m not God, and I told Arum “Don’t you ever tell me what I can’t do”. When I beat him with Mendoza he offered 25 thousand and I had to go to my boxer and tell him to take the 150 grand and he said no I’m not leaving you, I’ll do it for the 25 grand. Arum knows me and he knows me very damn well , he made money with me.”

When you were with Ali did you see that side of Arum then as well?

“Arum was afraid of Herbert Mohammed, but if you caught Arum wrong he was like a little kid, Herbert used to describe him as a little kid that wanted to break up all the toys if things don’t go his way. That’s Bob Arum. When he and I did Erik Morales, I bought thirty thousand dollars worth of tickets and had important people from China coming to the fight, the Olympic Committee people as my guests from China. That was our agreement not to take complimentary tickets because I knew Arum knew more people in Vegas. So I had these people seated around ringside so when I went to get my tickets, Arum told me he had scalped them, true story, he told me he made more money then the face value. I said number one I don’t want no scalped money I wouldn’t do it with King and I’m not doing it with you. Whatever you scalped those tickets for that your prerogative, as long as I get the face value , but you have to give me my seats. I hit the table real hard like I was gonna break it at the press conference, and the noise went all over the room, and I said “you wait until you have one foot in the grave and one out to be a thief and a scalper, what kind of an individual are you” and he dropped his head and said “ I’ll make it up ” . How you gonna make it up you can’t get them back Bob. So it worked out though because the people from China loved the seats and loved seeing the action.”

Murad in your dealings with Freddie Roach and Arum do you feel that they are a team, that Freddie is in Arum’s corner!

” First of all Freddie is not an intelligent man at all, and he used to fight for Bob Arum. So he kept running to Arum, and telling him he could get him Pacquiao. Arum told me , himself, that Freddie kept coming in the office because he didn’t want me to sue him. Freddie Roach got involved with two lawyers and Shelly Finkle. Those were the three that got him doing what he was doing. I didn’t fault Freddie Roach because my boxer (Pacquiao) would tell Freddie Roach when he got 500,ooo that he got 200,000, and when he got 750k he got 300k, so Freddie was under the impression that I was beating the kid. I wasn’t beating the kid the kid was lying to Freddie. Freddie was in Arum’s office once a week and he lived in LA, they were in there planning all the time, but Arum stayed neutral because he felt he owed allegiance to the Mexicans at the time.”

Murad, you had a contract , what are you saying Manny was taking cash money?

“No , not cash money. Let’s say Pacquiao was fighting for 750,000 but he wants 200,000 for training  expenses, he wouldn’t show the 200k he would just show the 550,000 , but Pacquiao didn’t have to show Freddie anything. So Freddie is thinking that Pacquiao is being shorted and not showing the advances. In hindsight , how Freddie knew what I was getting is because  Larry Merchant knew how to get information out of HBO how much they were paying me…. If the story be told I could have sued HBO, and probably won because of Larry disclosing my dealings and won big time, but I was with HBO for twenty something years, I made a lot of money why would I sue them. It wouldn’t have been right. That was the first time they disclosed a promoters dealings with them and it was wrong.”

“Pacquiao was bombaded and tricked, right now if you do and investigation, right now Pacquiao is paying for what he did and that is now why he is seeing God. Pacquiao , 80% of his money is gone. He gives Arum 30%, he gives 30% to Freddie which is unheard of, unprecedented, that he takes thirty percent of this mans money off the top as trainer and manager. That’s how they justify it, but he is not the manager, he is just the front man for Colin’s gang , for Shelly Finkle.”

“Remember Keith , I brought Mayweather 125 million to fight Manny, and his reply at the table was give him 50 million for a tune-up, that’s what broke the deal. Floyd said he was greater than Ali, greater than Joe Louis, he was greater than all the fighters before him. He is a crazy young man. I was saying yesterday that he has no respect for the legends that went before him. I guarantee you that from Ray Robinson , Muhammad Ali , Joe Louis, and all of them didn’t go to jail for beating up their wife. It will haunt him for the rest of his life , that a fighter on his level went to jail for ninety days , for not the first time but for a second to beat a woman.”

Let’s talk about Timothy Bradley and this fight with Manny?

“I told Mike Gordy, I kept Manny Pacquiao from Black fighters, he said “what, you are telling me you keep Manny from Black …”.I said yes, because Black fighters, the reason why they ain’t making money today, is because they are bastards, they can’t draw, but they will upset you on any given night. I said look what Frankie Randell did to Chavez, look at what Ali did to Liston, look what Buster did to Tyson, out of no where. That’s the problem with the African Americans , they can fight, they got pride, so I knew that Manny would be in an early war with an African Amercian. And Bradley is scaring Pacquiao, because no one trains like Pacquiao, until I saw Bradley.The way that kid trains is equal, if not better than Pacquiao. Pacquiao trains like he is going to fight for twenty rounds  but it’s only gonna be for 12. That’s what makes him different, nobody trains like Pacquiao, but if Pacquiao saw Bradley training, he is worried. I’m not saying Bradley is going to win the fight, I always believed that Pacquiao has power in everything he throws, but this kid  can knock you out if he catches you but he is relentless, you can;t hurt him to the body, you have to hit him on the chin and if Pacquiao can’t hit him on the chin he ain’t winning the fight. Bradley is hungry, and he is an African American with Pride . Mayweather is the only African American fighter that would chase a dream  being undefeated , then to fight against  someone who says they are better. Ali would have fought Manny just to bring  the belts back to North America, Ali would have fought Pacquiao just to prove that you can’t beat an American fighter. Sugar Ray Leonard , he just would not have quit against Tommy Hearns. Bradley , he doesn’t want to lose. However Pacquiao is a former martial artist and in martial arts there is no weights, it doesn’t matter if you six feet tall and your oppoent is six feet, if you are 250 and he is 150, martial arts is taught different,  its what you don’t see is going to knock you out.”

“The Speed is power, power is speed , so in martial arts you have to take big men down, moving up in weight doesn’t intimidate Pacquiao, he trains the same way, like a martial artist ,every punch has the intentions to knock you out. His intentions are to knock you out, if it is only to the body. Manny hurts you so bad with every punch, and he is consistent , he’ll hit you as long as you are standing there. This is the first time ,though, I saw a little doubt in Manny, that is because he just got back to doing what he used to do. What makes Manny among the greats is that they never get out of shape. Pacquiao and Bradley are like the greats, they have not been out of shape since they were  nine years old. Though, Pacquiao didn’t look like he was training right the last fight, cutting corners and he almost paid for it.  ”

 

 

Tangled webs weaved with Arum, Roach, Ariza, Pacquiao, and Chavez Jr.!

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Keith Terceira

While the smiling face of Bob Arum shuffled about the Wild Card Gym, singing praises of Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning and the progress of his training, behind the scene, Arum was courting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and according to sources attempting to push out both Alex Ariza and Freddie Roach from training the second generation champion.

While one hand is shaking Freddie Roach’s the other appears to have been reaching around attempting to decide which rib to place the knife between.

In a camp that has been praised as being the least drama filled for Manny Pacquiao in recent history, rather than keep it that way, Freddie Roach is now quoted as saying, he will attempt to have strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza replaced.

Makes one wonder just how drama free and tension-less, Pacquiao’s trainer wishes camp to be for the eight time titleholder.

“One thing about Alex, he’s very good at what he does but he just overdid it,” said Roach. “He’s a great strength coach but he wants to be the trainer, cut man, and everything else. His head has gotten too big and we needed to calm him down a little bit. I think he’s bullshitting a little bit. I don’t appreciate that and I’m going to suggest immediately that we get rid of him or we get a new strength coach.”

Roach knows full well, the close relationship that has developed between Ariza and Manny, the attempt to come out publicly , just before the Bradley fight ,at the tail end of camp, and create tension is counter productive. Roach, of course, has always been protective of his Philippine champion, standing between him and promoters, trainers, entourage, in a motherly manner that may have other motivations.

While some feel that Freddie Roach made Manny Pacquiao, learned trainers in the boxing world have been vocal that Manny made Roach. Three fights, 36 rounds with Juan Manual Marquez and Freddie still had no answer to Marquez’s counter punching style which supports that assumption. Roach who is offensive minded as a trainer should be able to come up with a defensive plan that prevents Manny from eating left hands, but to date it appears beyond the trainer’s ability.

Timothy Bradley, who sports a very nice left hook, may be hoping Freddie doesn’t suddenly have an answer that has been evading him much of his career with Pacquiao.  Bradley who leads with his head, also leads with his shoulder when throwing the right , telegraphing his cross and semi-straight right.

It remains to be seen how Freddie trains Manny defensively for Bradley’s style, but lets get back on track here and discuss Ariza’s comments in leaving Baguio which left an opening for the Arum and Roach to get between the relationship Ariza has with Pacquiao.

“It’s not my fault that Manny did not feel that Freddie needed to know about me leaving Baguio, I work for Manny not Freddie” Ariza recently stated in an interview with MP8.

Arum , who recently invited Julio Cesar Chavez to train at the Top Rank Gym while in Las Vegas, is reported to have put up Julio in a luxury suite, and provided a elegant atmosphere for the champ.

According to Alex Ariza, maneuvers were made not only to replace Ariza, put also suggestions to remove Julio’s manager Billie Keene, and trainer Freddie Roach.

Confidential sources tell MP8 that while Arum was wining and dining Julio , that Chavez Jr. was recently meeting with promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr. and getting the low down on just how much Floyd makes for his fights, and how Mayweather has enjoyed Julio’s fights and Chavez Sr. career.

The attempt to push Billy Keene, out from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s team may prove to be a tactical error on the part of Arum and Top Rank, as Billy is nobody’s fool in the boxing business.

Alex Ariza, the outspoken member of the training team, offers no excuses just simple fact.

“I work for Manny , when Manny wants me out, I’m gone”

A simple statement, but one that Manny may find refreshing, when dealing with the tangled webs weaved around his boxing career.

 

Bradley Conference Call Transcript!

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BOB ARUM: I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday weekend. I was just at the gym with Timothy at his public workout in Palm Springs yesterday [Thursday] and he looks tremendous and we’re looking forward to a great, great fight. One thing that I have to say that hit me immediately is how confident he is and his camp is about the battle that will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9.
TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I want to thank God for this opportunity and I want to thank my manager Cameron Dunkin, Top Rank, Bob and of course I want to thank Manny Pacquiao and his team for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. The time is already here, the moment. I am ready to take the throne. I’m excited. Training and preparation have been going great. I am in the best shape of my life. When we are done I will have sparred about 160 rounds. I have been training for almost three months now. I am on weight. I left the gym at 147 pounds today so I will probably be coming in kind of light the day of the weigh-in maybe 145 or 144. I am just eating a little bit more and I feel great. I am confident and I am ready to deliver.

CAMERON DUNKIN: This is the biggest fight for me and I am just so proud of Tim. I went and say him last Friday and like Bob said, his confidence is just unbelievable. He’s taking this real seriously and I think you’re going to see a new champion really soon.

Roach thinks your style is tailor made for Pacquiao…

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I don’t care what Freddie Roach thinks. He isn’t in the ring fighting for Pacquiao and he isn’t in my training camp. He can say whatever he wants. I know I am training and prepared to do what I need to do. I know I come to fight and they know I come to fight. There is no secret to this. In order to beat the champion you’ve got to take it to the champion. We are setting out to win this fight and not sit around and look pretty. I don’t care what Roach says or what Pacquiao says, I am ready to go. I am going to take it to Pacquiao.

Do you think your fight against Casamayor, a crafty veteran, will help you in this fight?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I systematically break guys down. I get in the ring and they say I don’t have any power but then they feel me and feel my strength. As soon as they get hit they want to hold me. The last couple of fights guys have been holding me all night. It makes it hard for me to really get my work in. I break them down and take every punch away from them. Starting with the jab, I take that away then I take the straight left away. Hit them in the body, break them down and apply the pressure. If you’re not hitting hard in there and I don’t feel threatened then I’m going to take it to you. My last opponents have been southpaw. Casamayor is a little over the hill, but he is still crafty and people said he had tremendous power but I didn’t feel any power. So I stepped in there and brought the pressure to him all night. My pace was high and most people can’t fight at that pace which is my strength and how I win the fights the majority of the time. For this fight I will have to be a lot smarter. Pacquiao hits hard with the right and the left hand so I’ll be able to feel him out in the first round and see what he really has. If he does have some power then I will definitely have to be smarter in there and outbox this guy. But if I don’t feel like he can hurt me then I’m definitely going to step into him to make a fight out of it.

CAMERON DUNKIN: As you can tell Tim is a very focused guy. He is hyper and lit and gives 1000%. I have never seen anyone more focused on getting stuff done than Tim. He has an incredible work ethic. He eats it, watches it, sleeps it, breaths it. He takes his career more seriously than anyone I have ever seen. Tim is smart. I’ve seen him box. I’ve seen him go around guys, change angles. I have also seen him put on major pressure if he feels that. He is capable of doing so many things. He is such a great athlete. He is so strong with such fast feet. If he feels like he’s got to go get it he’ll go get it. He finds a way to win. He is a true winner and a real warrior. I don’t know what I’m going to see that night but I’m going to see the greatest Tim Bradley.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I am so confident I am just ready. I am in the best shape of my life. I have put in the time in the gym - and for the last four years I have been studying this guy, looking at this guy, I have admired this guy. This is my time. An opportunity of a lifetime and I’m going to give it 110%. I’m putting it all on the line so you are going to see a great fight. If you miss this fight you are going to miss some greatness. At the end of the day I’m putting it all on the line. I’m not in there to survive. I’m not in there for a paycheck. I am in there to win. This is the beginning of a new career. This is like my first fight all over again. That’s the reason I wanted to be with Top Rank because they build superstars and this is my opportunity right here.

How do you plan to deal with Pacquiao’s left?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Oh man. I know in training I’m not getting hit a whole lot with it. In the beginning of training camp I was getting hit with it but now I am stepping underneath it – great defense and great footwork and counter-punching. I’ve been looking really good and not getting hit a lot in training camp. I am dialed in on the left hand.

What have you done to get ready for his power?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I had some big guys come in. Some big punchers come in to keep me on my toes. I had a kid coming out of LA, an undefeated kid, a big puncher, lefty and strong. He threw 150 punches in one round and he’s a heavy puncher so my eyes were wide open. I was ducking and weaving and trying to counter punch to get this big guy off me before he took my head off. Most of the time I have 3 or 4 different sparring partners and go a few rounds with each. Each guy was fresh and we put this guy on the end when I was extremely tired. My eyes were wide open and I was able to do every well in breaking this guy down.

Do you feel Manny has lost a step?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: No. He can fight, man. He’s a great fighter. He’s coming to take me out. There is a huge fight looming over his head – the fight everyone wants to see – Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao — whatever. He has to deal with me on June 9 and that’s going to be a tough task. I think he is going to be at his very best and he’s going to try to take me out early.

Has the talk of head butts altered your preparation?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: It has altered preparation and we are trying to eliminate head butts — throwing my shots out before coming in with my head and then stepping in, as opposed to leaning in then throwing shots. We’ve been working on it in the gym and have been very successful with it in sparring and keeping my balance. I definitely don’t want this fight to end on a head butt.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Drug testing was never brought up during our negotiations. Is it something I would like? Sure, I wouldn’t mind. If you are clean, you shouldn’t have a problem taking the test. I’m not worried. Pacquiao is Pacquiao. I don’t know if Pacquiao ever used steroids or not, you know, bring it on. His last couple performances have not been that great..

Well, Pacquiao attributes his last performance to personal problems…

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I think personal problems can definitely affect a fighter in the ring. Mentally you have to be dialed in and be focused. If not, it will take a toll on you in the ring. You need to be dialed in on what you need to do. If that’s the excuse he is using then I believe it. Marquez has that style that gives you fits and they have fought three times already and each was a very close fight. I think Marquez just knows how to fight him.

Have you been taking left hands and getting hit by left hands in the gym to get ready?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Hell no. I take the least amount of punishment as possible. I am trying to elude shots, not take shots. I have a really good chin man, and I have only been down once by a shot I didn’t see by Kendall [Holt]. And on that you did see me get up and fight hard and get the victory. I’ve been on the canvas before so it is nothing new to me. I’ve been down there before so I know what it feels like and get back up and fight to the end, man.

How is training with all the media coverage?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: It doesn’t bother me at all. It’s actually great. It makes me train harder. I don’t know what it is. It’s something about those cameras that pumps me up. I definitely want to put on a show for the cameras. I just do my workout and whatever I do they just tend to follow. They don’ say anything and I don’t say too much unless something is on my mind. Just staying relaxed is the key with the cameras. You just have to act like they are not there.

Do you think it’s dangerous to focus on new technique trying to deal with the head butts?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Yes and no but we definitely have to take into consideration to limit the head butts. No one wants to see the fight end on a head butt and I don’t want to leave a bad taste in the mouth of the fans. They pay to see a show. They pay to see a fight, not a head butt clash. That’s not how you want it to happen. I have to take it into consideration to try to elude it. Just be smart, but it won’t take away from my game plan. I’m going to step inside, bang the body and apply the pressure. Against Casamayor I was aware of the head butts and kept my head out of the mix.

How much focus are you putting on your plan B?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I just train for every aspect of the game. I’ve been boxing and moving, then I go to the sparring partners and just duke it out. Marquez sat there and counter-punch and counter-punch but he didn’t get the decision. It didn’t seem like he wanted to win. If you want to win you’ve got to take it to the champion. You’ve got to grab your balls. If Marquez stepped up the last couple of rounds he could have won the fight. But he didn’t do that. He laid back and let Pacquiao control the tempo and the action and he didn’t and Pacquiao ended up winning those rounds. I know how to win and I know when I’m down how to pick it up. I just have to make adjustments in the ring and I know how to do that. We are working 50% on boxing and 50% on brawling – it depends on how Pacquiao comes out.

Is it hard to prepare for a guy you don’t know what to expect?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I prepare myself for me. I don’t prepare for what I think he is doing. I don’t care if he climbed Mount Everest. I don’t care if he’s walking on water. This is about me. Every morning I wake up and look at myself in the mirror. If I am at my very best on June 9, I will win the fight. I will be victorious. I put in the time, the dedication and the hard work. It’s not a battle with Pacquiao, it is a battle with me first and foremost.

Does it bother you all the talk regarding head butts?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I have heard everything and it is old. And it doesn’t get under my skin anymore. I don’t care what people think about me. I know how to fight, I am 28 years old and won three world championships and going after my fourth. I am fighting the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. It doesn’t bother me at all.

How do you plan to fight?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I am going in there and doing whatever it takes to win. If it takes infighting, that’s what I’ll do, because Pacquiao doesn’t fight well inside. You look at all his fights – he doesn’t fight well inside. He throws combinations then steps out and comes in on an angle. He doesn’t like to stay there and bang but maybe that’s what they are working on now and take it to me. So we are aware of that. We prepare for the worst. If he comes in to bang – I’ll go to boxing. I am a schooled fighter – I know when to box. I know when to move and I know when to brawl. I just have to put it all together, plain and simple.

Does the extra weight affect you?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Man, I am faster than ever, and stronger. Pounding combinations. The strength is there, the power is there. Cameron Dunkin came down to watch me spar – the speed is still there, isn’t it Cameron?

CAMERON DUNKIN: Oh, it’s there.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: It’s there and the footwork is there. Everything is there and I’m firing on all cylinders. It is going to be an exciting fight and you all need to be there.

KO?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I don’t know if it will be a knockout. I’m not a prediction kind of guy but I know at the end of the fight I will have my hand raised. I am going to be the winner, plain and simple (laughing). I am going to have my hand raised.

How do you think the fight will start?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I’ve got to be smart. I’ve never been in the ring with this guy. I have to find out what his best punches are and have to feel him out and get the timing down. I can’t come out too fast. I came out too fast before and the guy made me pay. Go out for a few rounds, read him, and then start picking him apart.

What about your family?

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: The whole family will be at the fight. They have to see what daddy does. Everybody is going to be there.

Do you feel any pressure to match or surpass the PPV numbers of Mayweather-Cotto?

BOB ARUM: No, we are just going to do the best number that we can. We are going to do a really good number. That’s silly to say that we are going to get more or less than Mayweather-Cotto. You’ve got to realize — you’ve got to give Cotto a lot of credit for the good number that they did. Cotto is the No. 3 box office attraction. We did 600,000 when Cotto fought Margarito. So Cotto has been used to putting up big PPV numbers and combined with Mayweather, they put up a really big number. We have put up terrific numbers with Manny against Mosley and Marquez and that’s what we’re shooting for, a good number, for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.

CAMERON DUNKIN: I am so excited I can’t sleep and I can’t wait to see Tim Bradley do his thing. I think everyone is going to be really surprised.

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Great call, great questions. I want to thank everybody that made this all possible. I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait. I am sick of training and I can’t wait to get it on.

BOB ARUM: This is going to be a great fight. All the media in the Los Angeles area Tim will be doing a media workout at Fortune’s Gym on Tuesday arriving on the new Tim Bradley Bus. On Wednesday Manny Pacquiao does his media workout at the Wild Card Gym. Then we’ll see everybody in what I think will be one of the great fights in recent times at the MGM Grand on June 9.

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All-new editions of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY debut on Saturdays – May 26 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and June 2 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT) – while the finale debuts Friday, June 8 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the welterweight title showdown.

Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The Pacquiao-Bradley world championship fight will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, remaining tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

TRAINING CAMP QUOTES & NOTES: ANTONIO TARVER & LATEEF KAYODE

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Training camp continues in full steam for the talented and confident boxers who’ll be fighting on “Four Warned” - the highly anticipated quadrupleheader featuring a pair of boxing legends in dangerous assignments and two world championship fights on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion and current SHOWTIME boxing analyst Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s), of Tampa, Fla., will face unbeaten, hard-hitting Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s), of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Lagos, Nigeria, in a 12-round cruiserweight bout.

Former world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s), of St. Petersburg, Fla., returns to the ring to face undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s), of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a 10-round junior middleweight co-feature.

In the featured world title fights, WBA super welterweight titlist Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s), of Las Cruces, N.M., will defend against third-ranked WBA contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s), of Danbury, Conn., by way of Santiago, D.R., and IBF No. 1-rated bantamweight contender Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s), of Johannesburg, South Africa, and unbeaten IBF No. 5-rated bantamweight contender Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1,11 KO’s), of Lincoln Heights, Calif., will clash for the vacant IBF bantamweight crown.

Other than Malinga, who’s still in South Africa, all the fighters on “Four Warned” train in the United States. Here’s what the seven fighters said from their training camps:

Antonio Tarver
“I changed things up starting with my last fight against Danny Green. I ran when I needed to run and I got into condition. I didn’t overdo it and over-train like I normally had to do in order to make weight. I had to kill myself to get down in the past and we’re not doing that now. We’re taking our time, working in the gym and working on strength and conditioning and we’re being consistent.

“If we miss a day to get some rest, that’s OK and it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m eating good, living right and getting my rest, that’s the main thing. We’re not going to beat ourselves up in sparring. If I get fatigued to the point where I’m not as sharp anymore, they’ll pull me out. I’m doing things like the veteran that I am and we’re doing it real smart.

“We’re keeping things in perspective. It’s about having my body catch up with my mind, because my mind is there. I’m sharp. The reflexes are still there as well, but the body has to catch up because when I put my mind on it, the mind is already there and I’m dialed in, but the body needs to get the endurance built up. Don’t worry, things are coming along great and we’ll peak on fight night.

“I’m working in Tampa with my longtime trainer Jimmy Williams and Buddy McGirt comes down three or four days a week. He’ll also be down the week before we leave for the fight and he knows what we’ve got to work on. Jimmy and Buddy work together great and I think I’ve got the best of both worlds with these guys. Jimmy is a great guy in preparation and I think Buddy is the best trainer in the game between rounds as far as giving the proper instructions and making sure he has his fighter’s attention and focus.”

Lateef Kayode

“I’ve had a great camp at The Wild Card. I have a great team. We started early, so I’ve been working for a long time. It will be three months by fight time. I’m in the best condition ever. My body can take anything he throws at me. If he wants to trade, I will trade and if he wants to box, I will box. I can go 12 rounds without a problem, but there is no way he will be able to withstand the kind of punishment I will give him unless he plans on running away all night. Either way I am knocking this man out.

“If it goes the distance, they might try to rob me, so I am going to put Tarver to sleep before the 12th round. That way I am the judge and the jury.”

Winky Wright

“Camp is great. We’re ready to fight. I’m ready to kick some butt.

“It’s been great training in Tampa, while being home to see my kids. It motivates me even more to have my family around, but I’m glad I went away to Phoenix for a month to get my body used to the intense training again.

“Now I’m just fine-tuning and getting ready for June 2. There are a lot of different things I’m doing in camp with my trainer Dan Birmingham, but you have to wait to see it on fight night.”

Peter Quillin

“The day of the fight will mark the 32-year anniversary of my father leaving Cuba and coming to the United States. He arrived in the United States on June 2, 1980, so I have a stronger reason why this fight means so much to me. I’m living the true American Dream.

“Winky keeps saying he is coming to knock Kid Chocolate’s head off. I really want to know who put a battery in this man’s back. Now the fans will expect Winky Wright to keep his word, but I will continue to be the powerhouse that I am. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

“This camp has taught me that if I want to perform at the top level, then I have to prepare at the top level. You can expect nothing less from me - only hard work. I’m a fulltime fighter that believes the job can never be done. When it comes to boxing, there’s always room for improvement and ways to get better.

“The atmosphere at Wild Card is really supportive. You feel like you are going into the ring with a posse of other professionals right there with you. I’m fortunate to have Freddie Roach and Eric Brown working (with me) six days a week and I’m also blessed to work with Brad Bose who does my condition training three days a week. My brother Chedrick and my father Pedro have been the key to me in this camp with their support and love for me. That’s why I know I’m going to take Winky Wright to Pluto.

“Thanks to all my sparring partners for prepping and pushing me. I’m the sharpest I ever been.

“I can’t relate to Winky’s saying he’s excited to be fighting on the same card as Tarver and that ‘it feels good, it makes it easy to have your homeboy on the same card.’ Winky makes it sounds like Tarver is going to help him fight me, but on June 2nd, it’s just me and him. He’ll wish he had Tarver’s help.”

Austin Trout

“I’m training at Las Cruces PAL Boxing Gym, the same gym I’ve trained at since I was 10-years-old.

“Camp has been great. I’m focused. I’m in terrific shape. I’m right on schedule. My weight is good. All I need is for time to go by so I can get in there on June 2nd.

“I’ve been running six or seven miles a day and sprinting three or four of those miles. I’ve been sparring 12 rounds with 30 seconds rest with three different guys - Shiju Shabazz, Aie Han and J.C. Candelo.

“I want to dedicate this camp to my good friend Lavar Washington, a childhood friend who passed a few days ago.”

Delvin Rodriguez

“I’ve been training in the Adirondacks for the last four weeks and will stay here until I leave for the fight. This is my first time at this location, up in the mountains, and it’s perfect, with no distractions and great running.

“This is my third camp with my trainer (former heavyweight contender) Fernily Feliz and we’ve had an excellent camp. Sparring has been terrific with Sechew Powell and Denis “Mama’s Boy” Douglin.

“This is my third fight at 154 and I feel much stronger since moving up from 147. I don’t have to worry about making weight.”

Leo Santa Cruz

“This is a great opportunity to become a world champion. It will be the toughest fight of my career because I know Malinga will come very well prepared, but am very optimistic that I will win.”

“It’s been a great camp. I’ve been training for almost two months and have had something like 95 rounds of sparring (with Julian Ramirez, Raymond Chacon and Joseph Diaz). I’m in great shape thanks to Jose Santa Cruz (trainer) and Daniel Garcia (conditioning trainer).

“This is a dream come true fore me. I am really looking forward to June 2nd.”

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“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

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Ariza comments on Peterson, Leaving Baguio, and PEDS

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Keith Terceira

Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza is back with Pacquiao and training is progressing at a tremendous rate. Pacquiao appears slick and in fight ready condition at the Wild Card, so much so that three and a half weeks out from the bout , the team has called in a fourth sparring partner to give the three in attendance a bit of a break.

Ariza, who is no longer training with Amir Khan informed me that , he really wasn’t officially working with Khan as no contract had been offered or signed, when we discussed the cancellation of fight between Khan and Peterson.

Alex is everything good with Manny and yourself?

“I never had a problem with Manny, the press likes to pump it up like there was but there wasn’t”

Both Freddie Roach and Bob Arum criticized Ariza leaving Baguio to train Julio , Alex though insists that his agreement was with Manny and even Michael Koncz did not come out publicly against the move.

“In regards to Freddie, it’s not my fault that Manny didn’t feel that he was important enough to let in on the secret. The funny thing is it’s because of Arum, that I had to leave. I told Manny that Arum was trying to get me out of Julio’s camp so bad that he was trying to pull all these maneuvers and things like that, so I asked Manny if I could go. I remember they were telling Julio that I wasn’t gonna be able to be with him and this and this, we got to find a new trainer. So Manny says “I know , I know” he knows what Arum is doing. So he said “go, Julio needs your help with the weight” and he told me it’s only a couple weeks anyway it’s not a big deal. Believe me if it was a problem Michael Koncz would have been the first one to say something. Instead Michael told everyone to shut up.”

Michael Koncz , Pacquiao’s business adviser was quiet on the subject, while both Freddie and Arum were on similar pages and Ariza informed that all is not well between Arum and Freddie when it comes to Julio Chavez Jr.

“Arum wants Freddie out of Julio’s corner and maybe Freddie feels that I should have stayed with him and  had loyalty to him instead of going to Julio, I don’t know, it’s not how I saw it.”

With all the things that have been alleged against the fighters you work with regarding PED’s ,and then Lamont Peterson winds up the one that fails a drug test for synthetic testosterone, what are your feelings on that, are you fist pumping in private?

“Not really, it’s one of those things, reporters are only asking the easy questions nobody is really asking the hard questions. Like the time I left from Manny, these guys are crying over two weeks and Manny told me that Freddie left him for a whole camp once, when he went to train Oscar De La Hoya , I said I didn’t know that. Reporters obviously aren’t asking Freddie the hard questions but they want to ask me them. With the whole Peterson thing , you have to take alot of testosterone to make a difference in a fight. I mean alot of testosterone. I don’t know what medical or clinical reason for taking the pellets or whatever, but I don’t imagine that those pellets can be more than 25-50 milligrams. So how much did it really change the fight, I don’t know.You have to watch what you say in the press like Peterson saying before the first fight “I know their are people using it” of course you do because you are the one using it.”

We spoke with Alex regarding the ABC President , informing us about disclose and certain forms required to be filled out before testing in some states, and Ariza informed us of what he remembered the night of the first Khan Peterson fight.

“When we did our medicals with Amir, it’s kind of ironic , they didn’t ask us anything in regards to medicines , they just did a quick physical, filled out the forms and boom we were out of there in less than 5 minutes. Usually the forms have something on there but honestly I can’t remember if they did or didn’t.”

Though Khan and Ariza have gone separate ways Ariza wishes him the best!

“THere is no hard feelings , good luck to them, they have to go do their thing, I know what Arum did, and I know what Freddie did, I’m not going to comment on why they did what they did, or said what they said. It takes to much energy for me to be bitter with these guys. It’s like Manny told me when it was really really bad  for a while there , like for the first couple of weeks and I text Manny and told them that man they are killing me , and he said ” listen bro, I know , you know, and God knows and that’s all that matters. You know that I gave you permission, and that’s all that matters.” So if you notice I didn’t respond much or answer any questions, try to clear the air, Manny wanted me to leave it alone and that is really important for him right now, that we don’t have so much turmoil in camp. Most people would have said how come Michael Koncz isn’t saying anything, because Michael Koncz knew.”

“I work for Manny , if Manny wants me , he’ll keep me. If Manny doesn’t he will get rid of me. When it comes to the Peterson thing, I was a little upset with him , they seem genuinely nice and good people, but when you say “I want the test because I know everyone is using PED’s”. You know,  how do you know, I mean that is a strong statement, to say that.”

In War of Words, Bradley losing badly!

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Keith Terceira

Timothy Bradley may be an undefeated boxer and his upcoming bout with legendary champion Manny Pacquiao may just be rattling the 28-0 fighter more than he admits.

While discussing Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao’s training for their upcoming event in June, Bradley showed anything but the face of a champion while speaking in regards to methods being used to prepare for him.

On WLIE radio in New York , Bradley used a long outdated, socially unacceptable, and crude term in reference to Freddie Roach who suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
“I hear Freddie Roach is comparing me to Ricky Hatton and I’m like ‘dude, you guys are retarded if you think I fight like Ricky Hatton.’ Honestly, but no offense, what you guys looking at? And then they bring in this Russian guy [Ruslan Provodnikov] who comes forward and is a banger, and I’m like ‘wow, these guys really don’t know what I can do.’ It’s funny, they think I’m just this face-first brawler and I’m like ‘you guys are going to be in for a rude awakening.’ I can fight, I can box and I can brawl,” Bradley said.

Being mentally challenged is not a joke or a negative to be used as an insult to people, it is a serious illness that effects millions of children and adults worldwide.

Tim, it’s 2012 and not 1960

Bradley, may not feel that Manny is prepared for him come June 9th, but one thing is for certain Pacquiao, Freddie, and the Pacman team could teach Bradley a bit about style, class, and grace.

One needs to remember that when you are attempting to be the face of boxing, a champion, or a mega star, your words are magnified a thousands times to the young or impressionable.The use of outdated terms and insults, that can be carried to schools today and used to hurt some child that does suffer from mental challenges, is insensitive and unacceptable.

If no offense is intended then don’t use the term in that fashion.

 

Cotto gives Pacquiao, Blueprint for Mayweather!

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Keith Terceira

Shortly after the Saturday night event ended, my old trainer’s mindset took over, as pieces of the fight began to materialize and Miguel Cotto’s game plan was super imposed over a Manny Pacquiao skillset and style, I realized why this fight has not yet been made.

Cotto, who gave Mayweather all he could handle and who was on the way to the gate holding the keys to victory before Floyd’s conditioning trumped a fading Cotto after round nine, showed to the world that Mayweather can be beat and if he is, finally defeated, it will be by a southpaw.

The infamous Mayweather shoulder roll, worked very well with the right hands that Miguel tried to connect with, but often it was the left hooks that caught the “Money Man”  on the button of his nose, along with the jab that Cotto threw while boxing and creating angles,  unless Mayweather turns southpaw that shoulder roll will only be effective against Pacquiao’s jab or straight rights during a combination.

Arum and Top Rank will prove pivotal by the way they handle working with whichever commission that the eventual mega fight takes place under because Mayweather will need to return to his clinching style versus Pacquiao as the shoulder roll is less effective.

If Arum can force the commission to use a referee that is less likely to allow clinching without a point deduction then the fight swings in favor of Manny by a wider margin.

One combination that will work well against Floyd will be a lead right hand followed by a left hook as Mayweather tucks his chin into his shoulder after rolling his shoulder in defense of the right. After a few attempts at this combination Floyd will begin to use his right hand to protect his face from the follow up left hook and that’s when his body well be exposed to the hook downstairs.  The double left hook up and downstairs will prove an effective weapon, especially when it’s reversed downstairs upstairs later in the fight

Taking Mayweather’s range away and keeping close as did Cotto will be important, should the two fighters meet but unlike Cotto Pacquiao can create angles and step around Floyd which Miguel did not do often –or at least often enough.

Cotto definitely gave Freddie Roach a blueprint, a basic game plan to defeat Mayweather but that of course will depend on the fight ever happening.

One reason Mayweather may never meet Pacquiao isn’t fear, it’s intelligence.

Mayweather is intelligent enough to realize that styles make the fight, just as Pacquiao knows that a counter punching Marquez will always have a hard time defeating the aggressor in  Pacquiao, Floyd must know that Manny has the style, being an energetic, combination throwing , southpaw that would not mesh with the style that Mayweather displayed on Saturday evening.

Cotto who caught Floyd often, while bigger than Pacquiao, is a shade slower and less accurate. One confusing aspect of the fight was that when Cotto boxed and created angles to hit Mayweather he was much more effective with the jab, as well as with the left hook but only really went that direction sparingly, rather when action got heavy stood directly in front of Floyd and fought more like a straight at him mauler most of the fight.

That is not a mistake I feel Roach will allow for Pacquiao.

The blueprint is there, now all that is needed, is a contract, and a fight night, to see if I’m correct.

Ciao!

 

Pacquiao to arrive at LAX tonight

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Manny Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of Team Pacquiao are scheduled to land tonight at LAX International on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 8:05PM PT. Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will begin his four-week U.S. training camp, on Monday, May 7, at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacman will be defending his WBO welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs).

It remains to be seen whether Alex Ariza will be welcomed to the Wild Card with open arms when Pacquiao begins training on Monday or whether there will be residual effects from Ariza’s departure from Baguio.

The Pacquiao vs. Bradley welterweight championship collision will take place Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Bradley or Alvarez Looking Beyond Current Fight is Unhealthy!

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Keith Terceira

Timothy Bradley has made the statement, that after he defeats the eight time champion Manny Pacquiao, he feels that Mayweather as well is beatable, and he will set his sights on Floyd.

With the headlines and media swirling around this weekend’s bout between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, it stands to reason that both Bradley and Pacquiao will issue statements about fighting Mayweather. Realistically, seems like everyone is coming out of the woodwork to issue challenges to Mayweather for his next fight including Canelo Alvarez.

Not one statement has come out in regards to a bout against Cotto or Mosely, for either champion, they’re immediately overlooked and practically guaranteed a loss this weekend.

It is just this sort of hype that gives boxing a tone of disgrace and shadiness, with the majority of writers and fighters assuming that they already know the outcome of these boxing events, then when it comes true, the casual fan, can’t help but think that the fix was in.

 

Let’s start with Canelo Alvarez (39-0-1, 29KO) looking past Sugar Shane Mosely (46-7-1, 39KO);

This is a do or die fight for Mosley, who is one of the top champions of the past 15 years, he has power, speed, and while slowed by age and possible injury in his last couple of big events, he is not someone the 21 year old Alvarez can dismiss as a walkover opponent and start contemplating Mayweather.

Alvarez may have a firm belief in himself, and the confidence needed to win this bout, the experience is on the side of the veteran, who has already faced both Pacquiao and Mayweather, with neither being able to finish Mosley inside the 12 rounds.

Mosley may be on the tail end of his career but this is still a step up for Canelo, and being on the undercard of Mayweather – Cotto may be the prep for Mayweather’s next bout.

Two of the world’s greatest boxers in the prime of their careers, out boxed Sugar Shane but what they didn’t do is stop the aged Hall of Famer and they definitely didn’t overlook his skills, Alvarez to even consider anyone after Mosley could be a serious distraction from the job that lies ahead.

Canelo Alvarez will not out box Mosley if Sugar can get his 40 year old body returned to form, and unless Alvarez can loosen up a bit and not just count on his amazing power, he may just walk away this weekend with nothing more than a boxing lesson.

In fairness to Saul, his power may be his answer to Mosley’s craftiness and experience, you can’t make them all miss and if Shane lets the wrong punch slip through then out of all the young welterweights Alvarez is the one that could end this fight early.

Timothy Bradley (28-0-0, 12KO) versus Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KO) ;

For Bradley to be looking past Pacman to Floyd kind of like the guy who gets his first job and starts talking about how after he makes his first million, he is going to be a billionaire, not quite so easy as talking about it. Timothy Bradley has been skillfully moved along in his career fighting some of the best fighters a couple of rungs on the ladder below Pacquiao.

His toughest opponent Devon Alexander his defeated on a clash of heads in the tenth round and the fight was close enough to be in doubt prior to the stoppage. Devon Alexander is a solid fighter who will, if allowed, be a solid champion one day, but only after the likes of Manny and Floyd finished their careers.

Bradley had a very difficult time getting past Junior Witter, let alone having the likes of Cotto , Margarito, Juan Manual Marquez, Mosely, and Ricky Hatton on his recent resume.

Twelve knockouts in his career against lesser quality fighters doesn’t encourage many to believe that he will suddenly develop the tremendous power needed to stop the Filipino star. Frankly I can’t imagine Bob Arum putting his cash cow in the ring with a fighter that could prevent the future payday that Manny brings to Top Rank.

Looking past Manny Pacquiao a month before the fight is not only comical to fight fans but could very well be an unhealthy proposition for Bradley. Saying things in the press, that may solidify Manny’s determination in training, give him ammunition to further motivate him to be in deadly shape, is the sign of Bradley’s inexperience at this level.

Freddie Roach is a master at finding the holes in a fighter’s defense and creating the combinations and arsenal needed to capitalize on the gaps he locates. Quiet confidence combined with a great performance the night of the event will better serve Bradley in the long run, instead of promises of great performances after this opportunity. Seeing weaknesses in a fighters style is easy at times , it’s the getting in the ring and creating the offense needed to take advantage of those weaknesses that is the part that opponents of both Pacquiao and Mayweather have found difficult.

I agree that Bradley could be dangerous for Manny, as does Emanuel Steward but could be, is not will be.

At the end of the night, Manny Pacquiao will add the WBO title to his trophy cabinet, and all the talk will be back on to Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, as soon as Floyd exchanges his orange jump suit for his boxing trunks again.

Frankly when comparing all the upcoming bouts , it appears to me that if Mayweather – Pacquiao doesn’t occur Pacquiao stands a better chance of either facing Sergio Martinez or Canelo Alvarvez in the future than does Mayweather, who seems to avoid difficult challenges until the odds are swung in his favor. Mayweather may decide though that getting Alvarez in the ring before he has a chance to develop further will be his best move.

It’s all in the numbers fight fans and those numbers begin with dollar signs.

 

Andy Lee, Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Senior hit El Paso!

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Keith Terceira

WBC Middleweight Champion arrives in advance of the  open press conference scheduled for today at the Sun Bowl Stadium Field at 12:30 pm MT, the Chavez’s arrived in good spirts ready to face the public and the media to announce the June 16th title fight with Ireland’s Andy Lee.


Top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland arrives in El Paso, Texas Monday night for a press conference Tuesday, to announce his upcoming challenge to Chavez’s title.

Not seen Monday night was Alex Ariza , whose choice to leave the Pacquiao camp is now drawing the ire of even Freddie Roach.

One wonders if Ariza will be at press conference , and if he is will he steal the thunder from the two combatants with the press.

Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Chávez Jr. vs. Lee World Title Fight Tickets on Sale April 28 at 2 P.M. ET

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JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. vs. ANDY LEE WORLD MIDDLWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ,Saturday, June 16 at Sun Bowl Stadium Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® .

Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, April 28!

Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. returns to the boxing metropolis of El Paso, Texas for the first time in nearly six years, headlining “Viva Chávez!” on Saturday, June 16, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Chávez Jr., who will be making the third defense of the title he won last year, against No. 2-world-rated contender ANDY LEE, marks the first world championship fight to be held in Sun Bowl Stadium since June 13, 1998 when Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Patrick Charpentier in the second round to retain his welterweight crown. The Chávez Jr. vs. Lee world championship rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, AT&T and Tecate, tickets to the Chávez Jr. vs. Lee world title tilt go on sale Saturday April 28 at 2 p.m. ET / Noon MT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable service charges, can be purchased at the UTEP Ticket Center, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (915) 747-5234.

These two warriors boast a combined record of 73-1-1 (51 KOs) – a winning percentage of 97% and a victory by knockout ratio of 70%.

“I am facing a tough, difficult opponent in Andy Lee. This will be the toughest fight of my career,” said Chávez, Jr.

“I am honored to have this opportunity. I have been waiting my whole life for this opportunity. It is going to be a great show,” said Lee. “I’d like to thank Emanuel Steward, Perry Mandera, my entire management team along with Lou DiBella and DiBella Entertainment for everything they have done to make this a reality. I also would like to extend a very special thank you to Top Rank and the Chávez Family and Freddie Roach. The Boxing World is going to see a World Class Fight!”

“This fight between Julio César Chávez Jr and Andy Lee is a remarkable one - two young, handsome warriors, from different parts of the world,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “Chávez Jr is from Mexico, Lee is from Ireland and each will be doing his best to make his country proud.”

“I am thrilled that Andy Lee is getting his long-deserved shot at a middleweight championship,” said Lou DiBella, Lee’s promoter. “Julio César Chávez Jr. deserves credit for taking on the biggest challenge of his career. On June 16th a new champion will be crowned in El Paso, Texas.”

“Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. Andy Lee is a terrific matchup that will intrigue fight fans everywhere,” said Kery Davis, senior vice president of programming, HBO Sports. “With the Sun Bowl in El Paso as the backdrop this will be a very compelling and significant World Championship Boxing telecast.”

Chávez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOs), of Culiacan, México, making his first appearance in El Paso since August 19, 2006 when he knocked out Jermaine White in the fourth round of their welterweight bout, is the son of Mexico’s greatest fighter Julio César Chávez. Chávez, 26, took up the “family business” in 2003, winning a four-round decision in his professional debut. Eight years later, the reigning World Middleweight Champion and superior gate attraction is poised to make his own mark in the boxing world. He took a major step toward that goal by enlisting legendary trainer Freddie Roach to take him to the next level. Their first fight together was a gigantic success, a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory over top-10 contender John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) in June 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. After his January 29, 2011 unanimous decision win over Billy Lyell, Chávez Jr. became the second family member to win a world title, dethroning undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik via a majority decision. That June 4, 2011 slugfest took place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles just a few blocks north of the Olympic Auditorium where the legendary Julio César Chávez won his first world title. Chávez Jr. successfully defended his title on November 19, 2011 with a fifth-round knockout of Top-Five contender Peter Manfredo, Jr. at Reliant Arena in Houston, followed by a hard-fought unanimous decision on February 4 over No. 1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio at the Alamodome.

Lee (28-1, 20 KOs), who at 6’2, is one inch taller than Chávez, Jr., was born in London but is Irish of heritage. Ireland’s sole boxing representative in the 2004 Olympics, Lee made his professional debut in 2006, winning a six-round decision over Anthony Cannon. Trained at the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit by Hall of Fame inductee Emanuel Steward, who has referred to Lee as “my left-handed Tommy Hearns,” Lee possesses exceptional skills, speed and movement, complemented by good punching power and experience against good opposition. He enters this fight riding a four-year, 13-bout winning streak with eight of those victories coming inside the distance, including a win over Bryan Vera last October to avenge the only loss on his professional ledger. He enters this fight as a consensus Top Three world-rated contender, ranked No. 2 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) and No. 3 by the WBC.

Baguio watch; Pacquiao still missing!

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by Keith Terceira

Parties close to Manny Pacquiao informed us several hours ago that Pacquiao was in Manila rather than Baguio doing some religious works.

Freddie Roach last week had reported that camp was to officially start yesterday but the legendary fighter was a no show on day one.

“Manny is Manny, you know. We’ve been together more than a decade. He’s always been like that. But when he starts working out, he’ll make the most out of it even to the extent of killing himself,” Roach stated during a recent interview. “As I trainer, I always allow him to do whatever he wants, but in training, he knows I would do whatever I want. He’s the fighter, he fights. I’m his trainer,” he said. ‘That’s what our relation is all about. That’s why we are successful, perhaps.”

“That’s the reason why I felt glad learning from Manny’s mouth himself that he’s changed. No more gambling, drinking, night owling. Just teaching his fellowmen the Bible,” he added.

Though Pacquiao by all accounts has changed his life for the better he stills needs to focus his attention on the task at hand and begin preparing for a rough fighter that has been handed a chance to dethrone and embrass the Pound-4-pound king.

Freddie Roach: Senchenko’s jab the difference vs. Malignaggi

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HOBOKEN, NJ (April 12, 2012) - Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach predicts the jab of World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko will be the difference in hisApril 29 world title defense against challenger Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, airing live on pay per viewfrom Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine ..

Undefeated Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs), rated No. 5 in the world by The Ring Magazine, has been training at Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. The 2000 Ukraine Olympian captured the WBA title in 2009, winning a 12-round decision from previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko, and Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times: Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and more recently Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last fight.

“Senchenko is a very, very good boxer with good technique,” Roach recently said from the Wild Card Gym. “He has good height and a good punch. He had a great amateur background. The Ukraine has the No. 1 program in the world this year. It has a very good program and Senchenko is very well schooled. His jab is his best weapon and I think that will be the difference in this fight. He has a faster jab than Malignaggi and it should control the fight.

“I think Senchenko’s boxing ability will enable him to out-score Paulie to win a decision. Paulie is very game. He’ll bring the fight and make it exciting. Going to the Ukraine is not like going into hostile territory. The promoter (Yuri Ruban, Union Boxing) over there is very fair. One time I had a fighter from there - I thought he won - but he lost a decision at home. There will be neutral judges and the winner will be the real winner.”

Senchenko vs. Malignaggi,” presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET - 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

The brash Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs)a former International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) junior welterweight champion, is unbeaten since moving up to welterweight with impressive wins against Michael Lozada (TKO6), Jose Miguel Cotto (DEC10) and Orlando Lora (DEC10).

“Paulie has a lot of heart,” Roach noted. “He always tries to win and gives 100 percent. He came to my gym after he lost to Amir Khan - my fighter - but I didn’t have time to work with him. One of my best trainers, Eric Brown, is training Paulie. It wouldn’t have been fair for me to watch Paulie train here to a fight a guy I train. A decision was made by all of is that it would be better if Paulie didn’t train here. Paulie’s getting ready for this fight at home (New York City but he recently shifted training camp to Milan, Italy). There were no bad words or feelings. Paulie’s a nice kid. He speaks his mind and I like people like that.”

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Team Pacquiao splitting at seams AGAIN!

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Keith Terceira

“Sliding down a 50 foot razor blade into a shark infested pool with only your private parts for brakes” is probably the best way to describe navigating around Team Pacquiao for news these days without running a fowl of some team member.

It makes no sense whatsoever that Manny Pacquiao puts up with the distractions surrounding him and that those distractions themselves can cause performance issues with the eight time champion.

Whether the charges leveled against Bob Arum and Pacquiao “Business Manager” Michael Koncz by Strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are accurate remains to be seen, but the fact that they are being levied at all lends substance to the allegations that Arum and Koncz are working together to prevent or stall the Pacquiao – Mayweather bout in the eyes of a team member.

Whatever, the real inside scoop are the fact remains that Team Pacquiao continues to fracture at an incredible speed and this is just prior to the toughest fight of Pacquiao’s career, should a Mayweather bout occur.

Strong, successful personalities surround Manny yet this division needs to end before it affects the outcome of future fights.

Each member of Pacquiao’s cabinet has had success in their specific fields and without one of the key ingredients, perhaps the career of the champion looks quite different.

Freddie Roach stood beside Manny through lawsuits and slick management that resulted in Pacquiao walking away from Murad Muhammed with Pacquiao regaining some missing funds, and Roach has done a masterful job developing a one dimensional fighter into a master at the sweet science.

Alex Ariza has the knowledge and skill to turn Pacquiao into a well-oiled machine when Manny decides to follow Alex’s brand of training regime.

Both trainers have made statements that are often counterproductive to the Team as a whole, granted with Manny’s best interest at heart, and the fact remains that all four of these major components come out in public with some real whoopers at times.

Michael Koncz appears to have both Arum’s and Manny’s ear when it comes to successful branding of the world’s most recognized fighter, but has been an issue for several team members.

Bob Arum has put a lot of money in the pockets of Manny Pacquiao as well as his own with the promoting of Manny Pacquiao’s career during his tenure yet continues to do things that mainly benefit Top Rank rather than Manny Pacquiao.

If Bob Arum disagrees with a fighters choice of whom is on his team then Arum should not interfere unless he is picking up the tab on that cost. Should Arum be working behind the scenes to interfere with a contract between a fighter and his trainer or coaches, it can further expand the explosiveness of this fracture within the team by opening the door to litigation.

We don’t know which one of these gentleman are correct in their positions, hopefully we can get Manny’s take on the issue in the future.

Personally, I would pay to see Manny give them all a baseball bat and put them in a steel cage together for a battle royal or a tag team event.

It would be Bob Arum’s best Pay Per View.

Perhaps the time has come in Manny Pacquiao’s life where he takes the bull by the horns and promote himself for the rest of his time in the ring.

Pacquiao promoting himself would get rid of a lot of the infighting and perhaps erase many of the problems that disease the camp at the moment.

One thing is certain in my opinion it is time for Manny Pacquiao to display the leadership skills that may one day make him the President of the Philippines and put an end to the public display of infighting.

Alex Ariza, Freddie Roach careers soaring despite Arum’s intervention

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by Leo Reyes

Despite alleged intervention by Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, in their professional careers, it appears trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza are doing exceptionally well with their recent victories and signing up by new clients, including Omar Chavez, the unbeaten brother of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

In the earlier article by Ben Thompson of Fytehype, Ariza disclosed that Arum is trying to have Freddie Roach and Alex Ariza removed as coaches for Julio Cesar Chavez with the intention of moving him to Robert Garcia’s training camp.

Ariza was fuming mad after he learned of Arum’s intervention in his and Freddie Roach’s relationship with Julio Cesar Chavez. He also recalled Arum did the same thing in the past by trying discredit him and Freddie Roach in their relationship with Pacquiao.

Ariza has a lot in his arsenal against Arum and here’s the link (below) to Ben Thompson’s article for everyone to read and to comment on.

With regards to Pacquiao’s next fight after his controversial win over Juan Manuel Marquez last November 12, Ariza said Arum is standing in the way to the bout that everyone in the world wants to see — the match between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Arum is rooting for a fourth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao while Freddie Roach and Ariza, with the backing of Team Pacquiao want a Pacquiao vs. Mayweather match.

Ariza noted that Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, was reported to be meeting with Arum in Las Vegas this week to discuss the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight.

The popular strength and conditioning coach, who continues to shine in his chosen career despite criticism (or jealousy?) from Arum and other people with vested interests, said Koncz is going to see Arum to make sure the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather does not take place now and ever.

“I know that Michael Koncz says that he’s meeting with Bob arum to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They’re having a meeting on how to make sure that the fight doesn’t happen. That’s what their meeting is about.” Ariza said.

Meanwhile in a press conference after Pacquiao’s arrival in General Santos City, the fighting congressman from Sarangani said the negotiations  for his much talk-about fight with Floyd Mayweather is on-going.

“Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final.” as reported by ABS-CBN News.

Apparently, Pacquiao was misinformed according to the article posted on Fytehype by Ben Thompson.

“Evidently the fighting congressman from the Philippines has been misinformed. Contrary to his belief, negotiations have yet to even begin and far from ongoing, especially considering that both his adviser Michael Koncz, and his promoter, Bob Arum have made it crystal clear that they have no plans whatsoever to negotiate or even discuss Pacquiao’s next opponent until after the holidays.” the article said.

Koncz has yet to issue a statement on his meeting with Bob Arum regarding the long-delayed and most talked-about fight between Pacquiao and Maywether.

 http://www.fighthype.com/pages/article11250.html

Roach to US Troops: “I’ll put Manny in front of Martinez”

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Keith Terceira

 

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach conversed with US Army soldiers of Task Force Duke, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Ft. Knox, Kentucky via a Skype call yesterday, the soldiers are currently stationed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Continue reading “Roach to US Troops: “I’ll put Manny in front of Martinez”” »

Pacquiao by KO in 6 – Roach

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By Jun Medina

The Manila Times

 

The first two fights between Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez were close, but their November 12 showdown will not go beyond six rounds, according to Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach. Continue reading “Pacquiao by KO in 6 – Roach” »

Roach dissects top Philippine boxers

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By Manny Piñol

HALL of Famer Freddie Roach, a former lightweight contender who is now considered as the world’s best boxing trainer, is one of the nicest people to talk with about boxing because his insights are deep and cerebral.
In fact, he could be fatherly to boxers he is fond of, like Manny Pacquiao, who calls him Tatay.
But Freddie Roach could be brutally frank, at times cruel, when his honest thoughts on select fighters are solicited.

Two days before tiny Donnie Nietes won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight championship in Bacolod City, Roach called him as the Philippines’ “best after Manny Pacquiao.” Continue reading “Roach dissects top Philippine boxers” »

Roach’s Plan: Pacquiao Won’t Try To KO Marquez Early

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Chris LaBate
Trainer Freddie Roach has revamped Manny Pacquiao’s strategy for his upcoming defense of the WBO welterweight crown. On November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquaio will face Juan Manuel Marquez for a third - and likely final time.

Read more: http://www.fighthits.net/2011/10/roachs-plan-pacquiao-wont-try-to-ko.html

Marquez will pay for disrespect - Roach

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The Philippine Star

Joaquin Henson

MANILA, Philippines- Celebrated boxing trainer Freddie Roach predicted the other day Manny Pacquiao will stop Juan Manuel Marquez inside six rounds in their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 12 and said the spark in the Filipino icon’s eye in training camp indicates he’s going all out for a decisive victory in their third encounter.

Read more: http://www.fighthits.net/2011/10/marquez-will-pay-for-disrespect-roach.html

Freddie Roach: I Could See Pacquiao-Khan Happening

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Pawel Pronishev

Earlier this year, trainer Freddie Roach spoke to reporters from his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. The interview took place prior to Manny Pacquiao’s May bout with Shane Mosley. During the interview, Roach was approached about the possibility of Pacquiao fighting Amir Khan in the future. Pacquiao and Khan are Roach’s two top students.

Read more: http://www.fighthits.net/2011/10/freddie-roach-i-could-see-pacquiao-khan.html

Pacquiao wraps up Baguio training on Friday

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ABS-CBN Sports News

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will wrap up his high altitude training in Baguio City on Friday, after which he will be leaving for the US to continue his preparations for the Juan Manuel Marquez fight.

Pacquiao’s boxing coach, Freddie Roach, said he was pleased with his ward’s training in the City of Pines.

Read more: http://www.fighthits.net/2011/10/pacquiao-wraps-up-baguio-training-on.html

Pacquiao wraps up Baguio training camp, to resume preparation at Wild Card gym

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GMA Sports News

Manny Pacquiao’s high altitude training in Baguio ends on Friday as the camp of the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion moves to the trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.

Team Pacquiao will leave for Los Angeles over the weekend. Pacquiao’s entire entourage will return to Manila after Friday’s training camp.

Read more: http://www.fighthits.net/2011/10/pacquiao-wraps-up-baguio-training-camp.html

ROACH IMPRESSED WITH NEW FILIPINO BOXING PROTEGE

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By Press Release,

Baguio City - Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach started his training program with his new Filipino boxing protege, undefeated featherweight Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva, at the Coyeesan Shape-Up Boxing Gym Wednesday and after four rounds of mitts sparring described the 24-year-old southpaw from North Cotabato as “impressive.”

Villanueva, 21 wins with 20 KOs, becomes only the second Filipino boxer to be currently handled by Roach, widely acknowledged as one of boxing’s best trainers. Roach is in the Philippines to start the first phase of the training program for his favorite boxer, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao who will figure in a third bout with Mexican challenger Juan Manuel Marquez.

“I don’t want to be excessive with my praises but this boy learns fast, disciplined and he definitely packs power,” proudly told Pacquiao of his new ward. Pacquiao arrived at the Coyeesan Gym to work out shortly after Roach finished his first training session with Villanueva.

The 5′ 7″ tall orphan, who Roach said is tall for a featherweight, was brought up to Baguio City by former North Cotabato governor Manny Pinol who is Villanueva’s manager. He was presented to the American trainer for the first time in the plosh The Manor Wednesday morning in the presence of Baguio City businessman Jay Sobrepena.

“Don’t be too shy,” Roach told Villanueva after he noticed that the fighter from the southern Philippine island of Mindanao would just meekly smile and bow his head as the American trainer and Pinol discussed the training plans for the Filipino southpaw widely touted as a bright prospect for Philippine boxing.

The first training session at the Coyeesan Gym was supposed to start at 1:30 p.m. but Villanueva and his group were at the gym at 12:30 p.m.

After four rounds of shadow boxing, Roach asked Villanueva to get up the ring with him and started a mitts sparring session which lasted for four rounds.

Roach started demonstrating to Villanueva the techniques to shorten his punches and move his body. He appeared impressed as the World Boxing Oriental Featherweight champion easily implemented the moves that the American training wanted him to do.

After four rounds of mitts sparring, Roach got off the ring with a thumbs up sign and a big smile on his face.

“It’s a bit too early to say this but this boy could make it. He has the power and the discipline and he learns fast,” Roach said.

Roach said he expects to bring Villanueva back to the United States with him to continue his training program at the famed Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California.

Villanueva, along with Braveheart Boxing Club assistant trainer Bruce Lerio, will stay in Baguio City for about three weeks and train alongside Manny Pacquiao in his high-altitude training program.

Roach: Pacquiao out to settle grudge vs Marquez

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MANILA, Philippines – Boxing coach Freddie Roach is confident that Manny Pacquiao won’t be compassionate when he faces Juan Manuel Marquez for the 3rd time. Continue reading “Roach: Pacquiao out to settle grudge vs Marquez” »

Roach wants KO victory

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ONLY Manny Pacquiao can decide the outcome of his third fight with Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12 (Nov. 13 in Manila) in Las Vegas, according to trainer Freddie Roach. Continue reading “Roach wants KO victory” »

When The Checks Start Coming In: Trainer Freddie Roach Says Manny Pacquiao Is Broke As A Joke!

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“Those with short memories or those that were not on board the Pacquiao express back in 2003-2004 probably don’t recall the intense discussions in the boxing world when Freddie Roach warned the world that something was amiss with the money Pacquiao was getting from then promoter Murad Muhammad. Continue reading “When The Checks Start Coming In: Trainer Freddie Roach Says Manny Pacquiao Is Broke As A Joke!” »

When Roach Speaks People Should Listen!

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For the second time or is it the third, in the relatively short career of Manny Pacquiao there are rumors swirling around the globe about financial concerns, missing monies, and not so honest members of a Pac-Man team. Continue reading “When Roach Speaks People Should Listen!” »

Freddie Roach: Bradley should face Khan before Pacquiao

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Wildcard Gym boss Freddie Roach would like to see his protégé Amir Khan take on Timothy Bradley in December to unify three of the light-welterweight titles. The fight would be between the division’s top two boxers but Roach believes that ‘Desert Storm’ has an alternative agenda and will avoid a bout with the unified belt holder. Continue reading “Freddie Roach: Bradley should face Khan before Pacquiao” »

Zab Judah: “The strategy that Pernell Whitaker put together for Amir Khan is unbelievable!”

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by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani, Photo by Geoffrey Ciani)

This week’s 130th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) who is scheduled to have a unification bout against WBA champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) on July 23. Judah spoke about his upcoming fight, and also discussed Continue reading “Zab Judah: “The strategy that Pernell Whitaker put together for Amir Khan is unbelievable!”” »

Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather’s bodyguards assault man for asking about Pacquiao

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by Freddy Fresco

Is Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. trying to set the record for how many lawsuits he can rack up in a given time period?

Another new lawsuit has just popped up and this time a boxing fan named Anthony Cliff was supposedly assaulted by Floyd Mayweather’s bodyguards, just for asking him when he is going to fight Manny Pacquiao Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Mayweather’s bodyguards assault man for asking about Pacquiao” »

Manny Pacquiao- Pacman Knows Not to Underestimate Juan Manuel Marquez

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by Zachary D. Rymer

Manny Pacquiao Is Well Aware that His Next Challenger Must Not Be Taken Lightly

It has now been nearly two months since we last saw Manny Pacquiao in the ring. It was an embarrassing spectacle, as the once-great Shane Mosley barely lasted 12 rounds against the world’s greatest pound-for-pound boxer Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- Pacman Knows Not to Underestimate Juan Manuel Marquez” »

Manny Pacquiao- to grace 87th NCAA season opening

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by Reuben Terrado

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will give inspiration to all NCAA athletes as he will be the guest of honor when the 87th season of the oldest collegiate league opens on July 2, Saturday, at the Araneta Coliseum Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao- to grace 87th NCAA season opening” »

Baby On The Way for Beyonce and Jay-Z?

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Beyonce talks about turning 30 years old, and whether a

Flooding Threatens Power Plants

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CNN’s Don Lemon talks to Patrick Oppmann about two nuclear power plants in danger of being

Wladimir KLITSCHLO vs David HAYE - JULY 2nd 2011

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Who is Gilbert Brown and What Can He Do for the Celtics?

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It’s no secret that the Boston Celtics are going to have get younger, a fact Danny Ainge knows all too well. Ainge recently said as much on WEEI, and fans like me are well aware that the upcoming season will almost certainly be the last hurrah for the big three. This year’s draft was arguably a good haul, with Purdue’s top two scorers joining the Cs, including big man JaJuan Johnson(notes). Gilbert Brown could be yet another solid offseason addition.

Continue reading “Who is Gilbert Brown and What Can He Do for the Celtics?” »

Pau Gasol: To keep or not to keep, that is the question

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LOS ANGELES — In the still of the NBA postseason, when the news is slow and the rumors are fast, the Los Angeles Lakers are making a lot of noise. Trade noises, that is.

Although the talks involve Lamar Odom and a handful of disposable Lakers, the eye of the gossip swirls violently around Pau Gasol, LA’s 7-foot, 250-pound center-forward, who can be electrifying on his best days, yet so painfully drab on his worst days.

Gasol played all 82 games last regular season, norming 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per. But his numbers declined badly in the playoffs —- 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds —- making it way easier for the eventual champions Dallas Mavericks to sweep LA in a one-sided second round series. Continue reading “Pau Gasol: To keep or not to keep, that is the question” »

‘Time to Shine’: Exclusive Interview with Mark Melligen before his fight on ESPN Continue reading on Examiner.com ‘Time to Shine’:

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Hard work pays off. And for ALA Boxing welterweight standout “Mighty” Mark Melligen (21-2-0, 14 KOs), it’s time to cash in on all the blood, sweat and tears he has sacrificed to get himself to where he is today, as he debuts on US National Cable TV network ESPN this Friday against the tough and dangerous Argentinian, Sebastian Andres Lujan (37-5-2, 23 KOs) in San Antonio, Texas, as part of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights. Continue reading “‘Time to Shine’: Exclusive Interview with Mark Melligen before his fight on ESPN Continue reading on Examiner.com ‘Time to Shine’:” »

Pacquiao, Mayweather, Martinez and the biggest argument in boxing!

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The Greatest: Muhammad Ali stands over Sonny Liston in 1965

Boxing, like all sports, is a fount of passionate opinions.

Many of them are poured out in pubs, clubs and wine bars around the world as well as at ringside and it is almost impossible to reach an absolute consensus.

Muhammad Ali is generally regarded  as the GOAT – Greatest Of All Time – but not even on that does everyone agree. Continue reading “Pacquiao, Mayweather, Martinez and the biggest argument in boxing!” »

Take this (open book) test right now, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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By Michael Marley,

Even his worst, sworn enemies would have to admit that, when at his office, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never given less than his all.

Ditto for the gym, the one exception being the overplayed fluke sparring session when southpaw Paul Spadafora, a big talent who has problems with his social conduct, caught him not in tiptop condition.

If Manny Pacquiao is the salt of the earth Pinoy who was born in an extreme cradle of poverty, then Mayweather is the pepper who adds needed spice to the present day fistic scene.

Has it escaped everyone’s attention that, just as students nationwide are chanting “no more classes, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks” and going on summer vacation, Mayweather is going back to his square ring classroom? Continue reading “Take this (open book) test right now, Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.” »

Manny Pacquiao Shows The Fans They Come First

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By Timothy James,

These are the last years of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing career. At the same time it is also the beginning of a new era- the era of Social Media.

We saw how powerful Social Media is first hand in America when President Obama was elected to President of the United States after a hard fought battle- the battle was won on Facebook. It was clear that Social Media got him elected.

Just a couple of weeks ago Shaquille Oneal announced his retirement on his own Social Network.

Manny Pacquiao understands the power of the Internet and Manny Pacquiao understands how important it is to make his fans happy. Continue reading “Manny Pacquiao Shows The Fans They Come First” »

UFC LIVE 4- 5 LESSONS LEARNED

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PITTSBURGH - Before, during and now after, Sunday night’s UFC Live 4 on the Versus Network was a wild one.

From Nate Marquardt’s sudden expulsion from both the event and the company to Charlie Brenneman sidetracking Rick Story’s momentum to Cheick Kongo pulling off the unbelievable in the main event, there were some plot twists. Even the UFC president seemed pleased, as Dana White called it one of the best events his organization has ever done. Continue reading “UFC LIVE 4- 5 LESSONS LEARNED” »

Serena Williams, Manny Pacquiao, Ron Artest and Today’s Sports News

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a play during her fourth round match against  Marion Bartoli of France on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Serena Williams will not be winning her third straight Wimbledon title this year. Marion Bartoli saw to that on Monday, defeating Williams 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) to knock her out of Wimbledon in the fourth round. Continue reading “Serena Williams, Manny Pacquiao, Ron Artest and Today’s Sports News” »