Pacquiao-Horn headed to U.A.E.?

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With just ten weeks before the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, it appears that there may be a snag as conflicting reports have come in regarding the location of the fight. Although both Duco Events and Top Rank have indicated that the fight was to take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Australia, Pacquiao’s advisor and marriage counselor Michael Koncz threw a curveball yesterday when he announced from Abu Dhabi that the fight would “100%” be held in the United Arab Emirates.

Shortly thereafter Manny Pacquiao Tweeted “See you in UAE for my next fight. #TeamPacquiao”.

The announcement came as a surprise to many fight fans in Australia, but Duco Events head Dean Lonergan still believes the fight will go forward in Australia.

“Duco have been working with Top Rank over the past three months to have the fight in Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.” Lonergan told Fightnews.

“We are nearing completion of the deal, and as far as I’m concerned Top Rank is the exclusive promoter of Manny Pacquiao and until Top Rank tells me otherwise we shall continue to try and get this deal done.”

Lonergan is hopeful to finalize the deal in the coming week.

“We had discussions today with the team of Top Rank that we continue on. I like to think that if we get a deal done it will be in the next week.”

Lonergan also told Fightnews that he “would be very surprised” if any other city or state could be ready to host April’s Pacquiao-Horn fight in “such a short space of time.”

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MANNY PACQUIAO STILL A CANDIDATE FOR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR

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By Maloney L. Samaco –Manny Pacquiao won two times the past year 2016, the first one on a trilogy and the second one coming out of brief retirement. Those two impressive wins make the fighting senator a candidate for the Fighter of the Year honors.

Ranked No. 7 pound-for-pound by The Ring, Pacquiao knocked No. 9 P4P Bradley down twice in Rounds 7 and 9 and outpointed him in practically the twelve rounds of the fight.

Pacquiao landed 28% (122 of 439) punches thrown, and 46% of power punches (92 of 201) compared to Bradley’s 33% (99 of 302) punches landed and 40% (87 of 218) of power punches thrown according to CompuBox.

Pacquiao won the WBO international welterweight title fight by unanimous decision with a score of 116-110 from all three judges.

In his comeback fight, Pacquiao defeated Jessie Vargas by 114-113, 118-109, 118-109 unanimous decision becoming the new WBO welterweight champion. The 37-year-old aging warrior knocked the 27-year-old champion down in the second round with a sharp counter punch and dominated the American all night.

Pacquiao landed 36% (147 of 408) punches thrown, and 48% of power punches (101 of 212) compared to Vargas’ 19% (104 of 561) punches landed and 23% (70 of 305) of power punches thrown according to CompuBox.

In its Fighter of the Year ranking, CompuBox placed Pacqiuao 5th behind its 1st placer Terence Crawford with 49 points, 2nd placer Vasyl Lomachenko with 44, 3rd placer Andre Ward with 39, and 4th placer Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez with 31. Pacquiao got 27 points ahead of 6th placer Carl Frampton with 20.

Point Totals were based on each listed six fighter’s 2016 fights with 6 pts. awarded for the leader in each of the 10 listed categories, 5 pts. for No. 2, 4 pts. for No. 3, 3 pts. for No. 4, 2 pts. for No. 5 and 1 pt. for No. 6.

The categories are Total Landed/Round, Total Thrown/Round, Total Connected %, Jabs Landed/Round, Power Landed/Round, Power Connected %, Opponents’ Total Connected %, Opponents’ Power Connected % and Opponents’ Total Landed/Round.

Pacquiao placed No. 2 in the Power Connected % category.

Even if he is a darkhorse for the FOTY, Pacquiao still showed the world that he is still one of the top fighters of the world in 2016.

www.philboxing.com/news/story-124895.html

11/05/2016 Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas

Date:   Saturday, November 5, 2016

WBO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BOUT

Location:   Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Promoter:  Top Rank / Bob Arum

Supervisor:  Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Referee:  Kenneth Bayless

Judges:   Glen Feldman, Dave Moretti; Glenn Trowbridge

Results:  Manny Pacquiao beat Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision (114-113, 118-111, 118-111) on his return to the ring to win the WBO Welterweight Championship Title.

TV:  Panama RPC Channel 4, Australia Main Event, Hungary Sport 1

Photos: Manny Pacquiao Drops, Batters Vargas For WBO Title

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The 37-year-old Pacquiao systematically dismantled the former welterweight champion despite Vargas’ size and reach advantage.

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He used a short right-handed counterpunch to floor Vargas in the second round en route to a one-sided win in front of a crowd of 16 132 at the Thomas & Mack Centre.

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“I feel happy,” Pacquiao said. “I’m trying every round to knock him down but also not be careless.”

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Pacquiao, 59-6 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, showed he still has a lot left in the tank but he failed to get the knockout victory that has eluded him for the past seven years.

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All three judges scored the bout for Pacquiao, two of them by 118-109 and the other by 114-113.

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Pacquiao won the WBO title for the first time in 2010 when he beat Miguel Cotto. He lost it two years later to Timothy Bradley, then got it back by winning the rematch with Bradley in 2014.

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He then lost it last year to the now-retired Floyd Mayweather, who had a front row seat for Saturday’s bout.

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Pacquiao said he was retiring following his April 9 two-knockdown victory over Bradley in their third fight.

 

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Pacquiao looked impressive in stopping Bradley, showing that he has recovered from a shoulder injury which hampered him in his mega fight against Mayweather in May 2015.

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Pacquiao took seven months off to concentrate on his job as a newly elected politician in the Philippine Senate. After serving his first stint as a rookie senator, he says the fire was rekindled and the stage set for a return to boxing.

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On Saturday, both fighters felt each other out as very few punches were thrown in the first round.

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Pacquiao was quicker to size up his opponent as the Filipino learned early on that he could counter Vargas’ left jab with a right to the jaw.

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Manny Pacquiao Drops, Busts Up Vargas For WBO Belt

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By Francisco Salazar –

Manny Pacquiao was not going to stay retired after his April 9 win over Timothy Bradley. Not when there are potential fights against the likes of Terence Crawford or Floyd Mayweather.

How convenient was it for both to be sitting ringside amongst the 16,132 in attendance at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

What were both thinking as they exited the venue after Manny Pacquiao won a unanimous decision over Jessie Vargas remains to be seen.

But they both know Pacquiao brings a lot of money and large continent of fans to fill any arena to the table.

Pacquiao improves to 59-6-2, 38 KOs, while Vargas falls to 27-2, 10 KOs.

If Saturday night was a showcase of sorts, Pacquiao did what he had to do and what was expected of him: dominate a fighter in Vargas throughout 12 rounds.

Lost in all this was Vargas, who would lose the WBO World welterweight title to Pacquiao. But he tried and made the popular Filipino fighter earn the victory.

Vargas was defending the title he won on March 5, when he stopped Sadam Ali in Washington, D.C. It was an impressive win for the Mexican-American, but it made him a likely target for Pacquiao and his handlers.

Would Vargas realistically land a fight against Pacquiao if he did not have a world title belt? Most like not, but Vargas was up to the challenge, even after a proposed fight with Kell Brook evaporated over the summer.

Vargas said all the right things in the build-up to the fight, but from the opening bell, looked overwhelmed by Pacquiao’s speed, albeit it was not what it once was.

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Pacquiao used his speed to drop Vargas with about a minute left in round two, courtesy of a left hand to the head. Vargas was not visibly hurt, looking more embarrassed that the punch dropped him on his rear.

Pacquiao continued to be in control, but Vargas did his best work in the middle rounds, finding a home for straight right hands to the head. Some of those punches snapped Pacquiao’s head back, especially during rounds six, Vargas’ best round.

But, like the consummate pro that he is, Pacquiao was able to weather the storm, utilizing his speed and aggression to swing momentum back in his favor.

As if Pacquiao’s speed was not enough to deal with, Vargas had to deal with a cut over his right eye that was caused by a head-butt, although the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled that a punch opened the cut.

Pacquiao walked Vargas down at times, controlling the action as the fight moved into the championship rounds. Vargas did all he could, but Pacquiao’s pedigree was too much on this night.

Two judges scored the bout 119-108, as did Boxingscene.com, while the third judge (Dave Moretti) scored the bout closer than many expected (114-113), all for Pacquiao.

Pacquiao had to have 12 stitches for a cut over his right eye and did not attend the post-fight press conference.

Now that Pacquiao holds a title (and another eight figure purse to boot), what is next?

Rumors amongst boxing insiders is that a possible rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather could be penciled in May. Many in boxing cringe at the idea of another fight that would produce 12 anti-climatic rounds at a steep price.

Then there is the possibility of Terence Crawford, a fighter who has mentioned he is staying put at 140 pounds until he unifies all the world titles.

Since Bob Arum is now doing business with Al Haymon, there are also possibilities of Pacquiao fighting other elite welterweights like Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman. Both are scheduled to fight each other in March.

“I’ll let the fans pick who they want me to pick,” said Pacquiao after the fight. “I don’t pick anyone.”

When he was pressed, Pacquiao responded, “Anyone at 147 pounds.”

Is a potential fight with Crawford a possibility.

“Yes, I don’t have any problems going down to 140 pounds. It would be better for me.”

As for Vargas, the loss to Pacquiao does not hurt him. He is still a player at 147 pounds and would likely fight on HBO programming in 2017.

“We’ll come back strong for my next fight,” said Vargas afterwards. “We’re still young. Fighting a legend in Manny Pacquiao will elevate my game.”

www.boxingscene.com/manny-pacquiao-drops-busts-up-jessie-vargas-wbo-belt–110476?print_friendly=1

Video: WBO Prez on Canelo-Saunders, Parker-Ruiz, More

By Ryan Burton

In just two days, boxing’s only eight division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade Senator MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (58-6-2, 38 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, collides with World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion JESSIE VARGAS (27-1, 10 KOs), of Las Vegas.  Pacquiao and Vargas will go mano a mano and toe-to-toe in a high-stakes welterweight showdown.  Photos by Mikey Williams/Top Rank.

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While Pacquiao will be looking to become a three-time WBO welterweight champion as well as the first senator to win a world title, Vargas will be resolute in enforcing a term limit on the future Hall of Famer’s boxing career.

Pacquiao vs. Vargas takes place This Saturday!  November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its three co-main event world title fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank® Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be available on all conventional platforms, including all major cable and satellite systems, as well as Top Rank’s digital distribution via www.TopRank.tv and  mobile devices.

The three additional world championship fights on the pay-per-view telecast include:  four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE (37-3, 24 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, defending his WBO junior featherweight title against undefeated No. 1 contender JESSIE MAGDALENO (23-0, 17 KOs), from Las Vegas; and newly-minted WBO featherweight champion and two-time Mexican Olympian ÓSCAR VALDEZ (21-0, 18 KOs), from Nogales, Mexico, making his first title defense, against No. 1 contender  HIROSHIGE OSAWA (30-3-4, 19 KOs), from Osaka, Japan.

The pay-per-view telecast will open with the rematch between top-rated contenders Chinese Olympic icon ZOU SHIMING (8-1, 2 KOs), from Guizhou, China, and PRASITAK PAPOEM (39-1-2, 24 KOs), of Buriram, Thailand, battling for the vacant WBO flyweight world title.  Zou a two-time Olympic gold medalist trained by Freddie Roach, will have his hands full against Prasitak, who enters this fight riding a two-year, 12-bout winning streak, with all of his victories coming by way of knockout.

www.boxingscene.com/video-wbo-prez-on-canelo-saunders-parker-ruiz-more–110392?print_friendly=1

Pacquiao-Vargas Final Press Conference

Former multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas faced off at the final press conference before their PPV showdown on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

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Manny Pacquiao: I thought I wouldn’t see you again, but now I’m here to continue my journey and all I can say for this fight is I respect Vargas and his team, how dedicated they are. I feel what he’s feeling right now because I’ve been there when I was 27 years old, 28 years old, and how hungry I was. What I’m thinking when I prepared for this fight was I have to make sure I’m in condition, work hard even though I’m working in the office. It’s not easy being a senator working in the office and being a boxer while you’re training. It’s hard, but it’s a good thing when you are happy and enjoying it.

Jessie Vargas: I had a great training camp. This has been my best to date. I’m very happy with my team, they’re bringing out the best in me. I said before my last fight and we’re planning on outdoing that performance. We’re looking stronger, faster, we’ve over-exceeded every aspect in training when it comes to speed, power, intelligence in the ring, ring savvy. We have a strong hook, we have a strong right, either way. If he wants to sneak over to the right we’ll catch him there, if he wants to sneak over to the left we’ll get him there. So we’re ready. I can’t be any more ready than this.

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Champion Jessie Vargas confident he can upset Manny Pacquiao and vault to stardom

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A few days away from the biggest fight of his career, Jessie Vargas is supremely confident he will pull off an upset against former eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and become boxing’s next big star.

“I’ve prepared for this moment for so long. It’s the only thing on my mind, every day when I wake up and when I go to sleep,” Vargas, 27, said by phone. “I have a great team behind me, and things could not be any better.”

Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), the WBO welterweight champion, and Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), the first-term Filipino senator who is coming out of a short retirement, are promoted by Top Rank, which, in addition to marketing the fight, is handling its own pay-per-view telecast (Saturday, 9p.m. ET) from Thomas & Mack Center in Vargas’ hometown of Las Vegas.

Despite the fact that Pacquiao, 37, is a 7-1 favorite, Top Rank chairman Bob Arum thinks Vargas, a decade younger than his opponent and several inches taller, has a great chance to defeat Pacquiao, who has not won by a knockout in seven years.

“The reason is that Manny has been consumed by all of this talk that he has to become a knockout guy again, he has to go all out to sustain his popularity,” Arum said, “so Manny will go after Jessie and be very, very careless. … If Manny is going to go in there with the intention of knocking out Jessie and being very aggressive, that gives Jessie the best opportunity to win the fight.

“He becomes not just a champion but a superstar. I will deny to him that I said that because I will have to negotiate his next fight,” Arum said, laughing. “He would be a superstar, there is no question about that, if he were to beat Manny Pacquiao.

“I don’t know who is going to win, but I’m confident it’ll be by knockout. Jessie has a hell of a shot to win.”

If that happens, Vargas says, a star will be born. “That’s what’s going to make me into a household name and Top Rank’s main guy in the stable,” he says.

Vargas’ confidence comes from his newfound power, which the fighter credits to the training methods of his new team, led by head trainer Dewey Cooper.

Until his last two fights, Vargas was considered a light-hitting boxer with a low knockout rate.

But in June 2015, after getting outboxed most of the way by Timothy Bradley, Vargas connected with a right hand late in the 12th round that seemingly had the former champion wobbly and out on his feet. Vargas went for the kill, but referee Pat Russell mistook the 10-second warning for the final bell and ended the fight eight to 10 seconds early. Thinking Russell had stopped the fight and he had won, Vargas celebrated. He thought he could’ve been the first to stop Bradley with the extra time but ended up losing a unanimous decision for his only career loss.

In April in Washington, D.C., Vargas fought undefeated former Olympian Sadam Ali for the vacant WBO belt. With Cooper in his corner for the first time, Vargas stopped Ali in the ninth round, and suddenly people began talking about Vargas’ power.

Yet few give him a chance against future Hall of Famer Pacquiao, who will try to win back the belt he once held. Many experts, including those in the media, think Vargas has little or no shot.

“People are underestimating my power, and possibly if Manny underestimates my power it’s going to backfire on him,” Vargas said. “Everybody got a taste of the new and improved Jessie Vargas early this year when I captured my second world title and will see an even better Jessie Vargas Nov. 5. Not even I have seen myself this strong and this fast. And it all has to do with my team.”

Pacquiao, who trained for the fight around his Senate sessions, is not taking Vargas lightly.

“Vargas is a world champion, and you can never underestimate a boxer who is a champion,” Pacquiao said. “He is good. I just have to make sure that I am 100% ready for the fight”.

www.boxingjunkie.usatoday.com/2016/11/02/welterweight-champ-jessie-vargas-confident-pset-manny-pacquiao/

Vargas Warns Critics: I’m Going To Beat The Sh*t Out of Pacquiao!

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By Edward Chaykovsky –

World Boxing Organization [WBO] welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10KOs) has warned the critics out there, because he intends to give Manny Pacquiao a severe beating in the fall.

Vargas landed the major opportunity last week, when Pacquiao selected him to become the opponent for his November 5th return at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao had announced his retirement in April after winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Timothy Bradley in their trilogy fight. The Filipino superstar was planning to pursue a full-time career back in home in the Philippines. He secured a senatorial seat in the May elections.

Not everyone is pleased with Pacquiao’s selection of Vargas. Many critics would have preferred if Pacquiao would have picked WBC/WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford, who dominated unbeaten Viktor Postol last month.

Vargas disagrees with the critics. He sees no reason for a smaller fighter to get selected, because Pacquiao has been a player in the welterweight division since 2008.

“Crawford’s a super-lightweight champion, I’m the welterweight champion – isn’t Manny Pacquiao a welterweight? Why would he be negotiating to fight a super-lightweight?,” Vargas told Boxing News.

Vargas predicts that after November 5th, when he sends Pacquiao packing into retirement, that these same critics will be tabbing him as the next superstar in the sport and singing his praises.

“I’m going to surprise the world, I’m going to let them know who Jessie Vargas is. Tune into the fight November 5, I’m going to beat the sh*t out of Manny Pacquiao and then I’ll be the next star, everyone will be talking about me. It’s plain and simple,” Vargas said.

www.boxingscene.com/vargas-warns-critics-im-going-beat-sht-out-pacquiao–107719?print_friendly=1

Crawford es un gran riesgo para Pacquiao: Márquez

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MÉXICO – Juan Manuel Márquez aseguró que él no está disponible para pelear con Manny Pacquiao, pero nada le encantaría más que el filipino se enfrentara en su pleito de regreso al estadounidense Terence Crawford, quien tiene lo necesario para convertirse en un auténtico dolor de cabeza.

Márquez dijo que no estaba sorprendido por el anuncio del posible regreso de Manny Pacquiao, pues cuando dijo que se retiraba en abril pasado tras derrotar a Tim Bradley no se le vio convencido, y además hay buenos retos por enfrentar en las 147 libras, donde ha estado combatiendo.

“Son muy buenos rivales, Danny García, Keith Thurman, son rivales de primer nivel, serían peleas competitivas, cerradas, pero con Terence Crawford correría un gran riesgo, sabemos de la calidad boxística de Terence Crawford, que te maneja las dos guardias, que te maneja la velocidad, tiene una pegada paralizante, tiene todo el estilo para darle una pelea competitiva”, opinó Márquez durante su participación en Golpe a Golpe de ESPN.

“Broner es difícil en cuanto a su defensiva pero lo hemos visto con rivales duros y no ha dado el ancho. Además, no pueden exigir si no ha podido ganar las peleas competitivas”, añadió el tetracampeón del mundo, quien pensó de alguna manera que el retiro del tagalo no iba a ser definitivo.

“Lo dejó entreabierto, él está comentando que quiere ayudar a la gente, pero dijo que se retiraba después de la pelea con Timothy Bradley y de alguna manera lo comentó, pero luego Bob Arum interfirió, habló de dinero y ahí es el dolor de cualquier peleador. A mí me encantaría más Crawford, es un gran rival, metería en aprietos a Pacquiao, pienso que es una pelea difícil”, destacó el ‘Dinamita’.

Cuando a Juan Manuel le preguntaron sobre si estaría disponible para una quinta pelea con el ‘Pacman’, reiteró que no había razón alguna para pensar en ello. “No yo ya no, ese tema ya se cerró, ya le gané, muchos me dicen que Pacquiao me dio la revancha cuatro veces (sic), pero fue porque él no me había ganado, si le hubiese ganado de la misma forma en que me ganó hubiera firmado la quinta pelea”, apuntó.

Márquez dijo que por el momento las negociaciones para una pelea con Miguel Cotto están detenidas, pero estará pendiente para un posible duelo en el mes de noviembre, si es que el boricua accede a combatir con él en un peso de 147 libras.

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Bob Arum eyeing return fight for Manny Pacquiao in October

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Veteran promoter Bob Arum is now looking for Manny Pacquiao’s next foe ahead of his impending decision to continue fighting after he gets his job in the senate sorted out to give way for an eight-week training camp to culminate in October planned fight.

In an exclusive interview with Boxing Scene, Arum said he is awaiting Pacquiao’s decision and once he gets a positive feedback he will immediately fly to Manila to make arrangement for Pacquiao’s comeback fight in October this year.

Pacquiao has announced his retirement from boxing right after his trilogy fight against Timothy Bradley last April 9 but he did not discount the possibility of coming back for one or two more fights.

Pacquiao was sworn-in as Philippine senator late this week after winning in the May 9 national elections garnering over 16 million votes to rank seventh in the Top 12 winning candidates.

“Well we gotta see. If he will fight this year, then he will fight next year. We are thinking about him fighting in October if he wants to fight. Once I get the opponent that I am working on – we are working on opponents and once I get that, I will fly over to the Philippines and he will see if his schedule in the senate allows him to train for a fight and participate in a fight.” Arum said.

“I know he wants to continue fighting but the impediment is how labor intensive his work as a Filipino senator is and he is not going to really know that for another week or so. He was just sworn in as a senator yesterday,” he added.

While Arum did not mention Floyd Mayweather as possible opponent in a rematch, he was vocal about Pacquiao facing Vasyl Lomachenko in 2017.

The 28-year-old Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine knocked out Roman Martinez last June 11 to bag the WBO Junior Lightweight title. Lomachenko has only seven pro fights to his credit but his amateur record is very impressive with 396 wins and only one loss.

Lomachenko is the latest hot find of Top Rank who has the potential of becoming a pay-per-view attraction because of his active and aggressive fighting style. There are similarities in the way Lomachenko and Pacquiao behave in the ring. Both of them are southpaws and with awesome power in their left hand. They are likewise noted for their hand and foot speed.

Arum believes Pacquiao will soon announce his decision to continue fighting which is the reason why he is now making a shortlist of Pacquiao’s next possible opponents.

Arum’s Top Rank Promotions holds a promotional contract with Pacquiao until 2017.

www.digitaljournal.com/sports/bob-arum-eyeing-return-fight-for-manny-pacquiao-in-october/article/468410

 

LA O.M.B. PREMIARÁ CON EL CINTURÓN ‘BATTLE OF SUPER CHAMPIONS’ AL GANADOR DE ‘PACQUIAO-BRADLEY III’

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LAS VEGASNV(04/07/16)– La Organización Mundial de Boxeo presentó el cinturón especial ‘Battle of Super Champions‘, el cual será entregado al ganador del tercer combate entre el ex Campeón Mundial en ocho divisiones, Manny Pacquiao y el cinco veces Campeón del Mundo, Timothy Bradley, a celebrarse este sábado, 9 de abril en el MGM Grand de Las Vegas. 

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“Este es un reconocimiento bien importante que la OMB le está dando a estos dos Súper Campeones”, mencionó el Presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, Lcdo. Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel. “Tanto Pacquiao como Bradley, le han dado mucho prestigio a nuestro organismo, a la división wélter y al boxeo en general. Bradley siendo un cinco veces campeón, entre las 140 y 147 libras, y Pacquiao con todo lo que ha hecho en el boxeo, ya posiblemente despidiéndose de este deporte, queremos perpetuar el legado de ambos. Este cinturón es una edición especial del campeonato Internacional, hecho a mano con oro y diamantes. Tiene un costo de más de 100 mil dólares, pero un valor inapreciable. Simplemente algo único para reconocer a estos dos Súper Campeones”. 

El combate por el campeonato Internacional wélter de la OMB será supervisado por el Vicepresidente de WBO Asia PacificLeon Panoncillo, Jr. 

La cartelera presentará otros dos combates de títulos OMB, donde el Campeón Mundial súper mediano de la OMB, Arthur Abraham chocará ante al Campeón Internacional de la OMB, Gilberto Ramírez. Mientras, Oscar Valdez y el ex Campeón Mundial, Evgeny Gradovich, disputarán la vacante correa NABO pluma. 

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***La vigésimo novena Convención Anual de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) se llevará acabo desde el lunes, 17 de octubre hasta el viernes, 21 de octubre de 2016 en el Hotel Caribe Hilton en San Juan, Puerto Rico.  

 

Para más información, formularios de inscripción y todo lo relacionado a la 29na Convención de la OMB, accedan a: www.wboboxing.com/conventiony/o pueden llamar al (787) 765-4781/765-4628.***

WBO INTERNATIONAL WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BELT

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WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and Leon P. Panoncillo, Jr., Vice-President WBO Asia-Pacific, showing the WBO International Welterweight Title commemorative Belt for Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley in the “Battle of Super Champions”, this Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A Timothy Bradley victory over Manny Pacquiao could be in trainer Teddy Atlas’ cards

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Teddy Atlas is obsessed with finding ways for his fighter, Timothy Bradley, to defeat Manny Pacquiao, and the proof of that exists on what he pulls from his pocket.

A large index card covered with scribbled notes, like “Block and move drill,” “Step and punch,” are the reminders to Atlas of what he needs to address and perfect during his training camp time in Indio with Bradley, the two-division world champion from Coachella Valley who’ll meet Pacquiao for the third time April 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“I joke [about the index cards] that this is what you do when you’re born in 1956 … you remind yourself of things you don’t want to forget,” Atlas said. “They’re important. I know what I’m going to do already, but this will ensure it gets put out there. I thought I was the only one who did it. I did it quietly, privately. Then somebody said John Wooden used to do it, so I said, ‘I’m not in bad company.’”

Following Bradley’s disputed split-decision victory over Pacquiao in 2012 and Pacquiao’s convincing triumph in 2014, this is the once-beaten boxer’s first shot at the record eight-division champion with Atlas in his corner.

An ESPN analyst, Atlas was hired for Bradley’s November fight against former lightweight champion Brandon Rios, and Bradley’s improvements were evident as he picked apart the far bigger Rios and scored a ninth-round technical knockout.

Atlas has reinforced lessons, such as schooling Bradley that sometimes the best thing you can do in a corner is not throw a punch, but to wait and let a better opening emerge.

The pair spend quality time together before each workout sitting in a car outside the gym, talking boxing, making sure the thoughts that cross Atlas’ mind since the prior workout and land on the index card get addressed.

“I want to give Teddy Atlas praise after this fight,” Bradley said. “He’s one of a kind. I never came close to meeting a person — a trainer — like him. He’s like a second father, a special human being. I do think I’m going to win this fight, I really do.”

Atlas’ preparation for pushing his fighter to beat Pacquiao began with full respect for the challenge before them.

While Pacquiao turned 37 in December, hasn’t fought since his May 2 unanimous-decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr., and has undergone right shoulder surgery to correct an injury aggravated in that bout, Atlas is not banking on a lessened product.

“I don’t think [Pacquiao’s age and 11 months of inactivity] is part of it. I think it’s going to be the same physical talent we’ve always seen. Very explosive, the same combination of speed and power,” Atlas said. “He’s an uncommon athlete. Speed and power is very rare. That’s still going to be there. And he’s a lefty. He’s not diminished, not used up, not a shot fighter.

“And as far as motivation, it’s his last fight and he carries the pride and hope of the Filipino people on his shoulders. He wants to make sure he does that. If anything, he’ll be a more aggressive guy trying to prove his point in a lot of ways. We’ll be prepared for that. If I’m prepared for that, I haven’t missed anything, haven’t come up short on my responsibility for my fighter.”

There is an advantage Bradley has in fighting 24 prior rounds with Pacquiao, and Atlas has worked this camp to inspire his fighter about the value of that experience with another colorful analogy.

During the Rios fight, Atlas gained attention by barking to Bradley that he’s a “fireman,” unafraid of the heat of opposing punches, daring to find himself in harm’s way but smart enough to cover and land blows that can extinguish the opponent.

Bradley loved that exchange, and at a recent workout, local firefighters presented him with a new yellow fire helmet.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has sought to diminish the impact of Atlas, saying he doesn’t see much difference between this Bradley and the former version, saying that Rios was badly out of shape and seemed uninspired.

“I don’t care what that guy says. I think I know why he says it. I don’t think it’s for sincere or legitimate reasons. It doesn’t concern me,” Atlas said. “The thing that concerns me, the thing that burdens me every day — morning, noon and night — is not to fail my responsibility to this kid.”

For the Pacquiao fight, the buzzword has changed from “fireman” to “ferris wheel.”

“This guy’s iconic,” Atlas said of Pacquiao. “It’s like going to an amusement park the first day and you see this big ferris wheel. You saw it in books, your eyes are big, it’s as big as the sky, touching the clouds, going 100 miles per hour. You say, ‘Oh my God, look at that.’

“But then you get in it and by the time the ride’s over, it didn’t quite touch the clouds, it didn’t quite go 100 miles per hour and you realize it actually stops in spots. You can actually view and see things. That’s how we have to view Pacquiao. We have to see things now we didn’t see the first time we rode the ferris wheel.”

Still, Atlas said, Bradley’s past difficulties with Pacquiao need to be analyzed closely too.

“He’s done a lot of good things with Pacquiao, but he also has to recognize both sides of the coin and has to be able to see what should be seen,” Atlas said. “It’s obvious he comes at you in surges. What else is there to see? To take advantage of?”

It’s all on the index cards, then taught in the gym.

“The only thing I’m looking to is beating Manny Pacquiao,” Bradley said. “I’m just worried about 36 minutes, complete focus. Thirty-six minutes can change my life. History lasts forever. They can say, ‘This guy beat Manny Pacquiao solid.’ I want that legacy. His legacy is part of mine.”

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Photos: Manny Pacquiao Ripped and Ready For Bradley Trilogy

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Hollywood, California – 8-time Division Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao held his media day inside the world famous Wild Card Gym Wednesday afternoon as he prepares to face 5 time world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley April 9 at MGM Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) and Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs) are less than two weeks away from their date with destiny — their 12-round welterweight battle for pound for pound supremacy. This fight will also mark the first time Roach and Atlas have ever faced each other from opposite corners — an amazing fact considering they have a combined 70 years of training experience between them and scores of world champions to their credit.

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Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions, the Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley championship event will take place on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®  beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

 

The NoTrump pay-per-view undercard will feature World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion “King” ARTHUR ABRAHAM defending his title against undefeated No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMIREZ, undefeated No. 1 WBO featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian ÓSCAR VALDEZ defending his NABO featherweight title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight world champion EVGENY GRADOVICH and 2012 U.S. Olympian JOSE RAMÍREZ defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas super lightweight title against MANNY PEREZ.  The Abraham vs. Ramirez world championship fight is co-promoted by Sauerland Event and Zapari Boxing Promotions.

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Answer to Timothy Bradley WBO Welterweight Division

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Dear Timothy:

I am in receipt of your February 4, 2016 letter wherein you state that given your upcoming fight against Manny Pacquiao on April 9, 2016 you are unable to comply with WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests, the WBO Championship Committee’s Resolution of November 6, 2015 (ordering the winner of Bradley vs. Rios to face WBO Mandatory Challenger Sadam Ali), and must vacate your WBO Welterweight Title.

Do know that we wholly understand your decision and commend you for always giving fans the best fights possible and doing what is best for your career at this important juncture. You have been an outstanding, honorable and loyal WBO Junior Welterweight and Welterweight Champion of the World and the doors of the WBO will always be open for you. Finally, I am pleased to inform you that we are preparing a special recognition for the Pacquiao vs Bradley III winner— two remarkable fighters and worthy ambassadors to the WBO.

Wishing you all the best,

paco-firma

Francisco Valcarcel, Esq.

Cc: Luis Batista Salas, Esq. – Bob Arum

PACQUIAO GIVES 150 HOUSES TO THE HOMELESS IN SARANGANI

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ROWS of newly-built houses were turned over by Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Cong. Manny Pacquiao to 150 homeless families in Barangay Bales, Maasim, Sarangani Province. The project, dubbed Pacman Village, had a total cost of P28.5 million funded with Pacquiao’s personal money. Photo by Aquiles Z. Zonio. 

SARANGANI PROVINCE – Just about a week before his 37th birthday, world eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao gave away 150 housing units to homeless residents of Bales village, Maasim town in this province.

Pacquiao, however, told recipients to thank God, not him as he is just being used by the Almighty One to help people in need.

The project, dubbed Pacman Village, with a total cost of P28.5 million was funded out of Pacquiao’s personal funds.

Ricardo A. Marcellana, project contractor, told Philboxing.com that a total of 300 housing units will be built in the four-hectare land purchased by Pacquiao a few years back.

“The P28.5 million was just a total project cost. It does not include the cost of buying the land used for the project,” Marcellana revealed.

Marcella further disclosed that construction of the second phase, which is comprised of additional 150 housing units, will start this week and is expected to be completed by February next year.

Joseph Abatayo, one of the beneficiaries, thanked Pacquiao for his concern and generosity towards poor residents in the area.

“He (Pacquiao) is the only politician I knew who has a big heart for poor people like us. Imagine, he’s spending his own hard-earned money for high-impact project like this,” Abatayo said.

In his speech, Pacquiao urged the beneficiaries to value the property given to them.

“Give thanks to God for what you have received today. It’s a gift from Him. He’s just using me to help you. Take good care of this property and don’t sell it,” Pacquiao told the project recipients.

Pacquiao disclosed that more homeless residents may receive similar blessings as his target is to build a total of 600 housing units in the area.

“There are still lots of spaces here where we can build more houses. I’m targeting a total of 600 housing units to accommodate more homeless residents here,” Pacquiao said.

The Filipino boxing legend asked residents in the area to be meticulous in electing local and national candidates in the coming 2016 elections.

“Vote for candidates who are competent and with a good heart. The future of this country depends on the kind of leaders we choose,” Pacquiao said.

The boxer-politician told the crowd he has never compromised his principle while serving as congressman of Sarangani.

“You should be proud of me as your congressman. I don’t steal government money, in fact, I’m spending my own resources to help you. I neither sell my principle nor my vote in Congress,” he said.

Tino Alcala, chair of an impoverished and rustic Bales village, hailed Pacquiao for doing his job as their representative in Congress.

“This is the kind of leader we’re looking for. Unlike other congressmen, who disappeared and could no longer be seen after election, Cong. Pacquiao is always there everytime we need him,” Alcala said.

Alcala added “Pacquiao makes us feel government is taking good care of us.”

http://philboxing.com/news/story-114694.html

Negotiations for Pacquiao-Bradley still ongoing

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Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines hits undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley of the U.S. during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Steve Marcus, Reuters

Reigning WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. said negotiations with the camp of Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao are still ongoing, amid reports that he had been selected as the Pacman’s opponent for his final fight in April 2016.

A report on The Mirror two weeks ago claimed that Pacquiao “rejected” British boxer Amir Khan and will instead face off against Bradley for the third time.

Bradley controversially defeated Pacquiao when they fought in June 2012, although Pacquiao got his revenge in their April 2014 rematch.

Bradley, however, told Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News last weekend that nothing is set in stone yet. “We’re still negotiating,” he said.

He stressed that he would love to fight Pacquiao again, noting that the “Pacman” is “still one of the best fighters in the world.”

“I would love to (fight Pacquiao), but right now, we’re still negotiating. We’ll know something real soon, if we’ll do it or not,” Bradley said.

Bradley last fought on November 7, stopping Brandon Rios in the ninth round to defend his WBO welterweight championship.

It was Bradley’s first fight since hiring new trainer Teddy Atlas, and the boxer believes Atlas can be of great help to him should he wind up fighting Pacquiao in a trilogy bout.

“Manny is a tough guy. He always come prepared. He’s very durable, a very tough opponent, he’s one of the best in the world. He’s always tough,” Bradley said.

“But you know, with my new trainer, I feel that maybe I’ll be more prepared for what Manny brings, and we’ll come with a really good game plan to try to win the fight,” he added.

Pacquiao was supposed to announce who his opponent will be last weekend, during the Top Rank fight card in Puerto Rico that saw Nonito Donaire defeat Cesar Juarez via unanimous decision. The Filipino icon, however, delayed the announcement.

http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/12/14/15/negotiations-for-pacquiao-bradley-still-ongoing

Pacquiao: I Want Mayweather Again

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Asian icon Many Pacquiao visited Japan to attend the World Basketball Conference here as a Congressman in order to invite the Word Cup event to his home country Philippines, and received an interview by our fight scribes in Tokyo on Thursday.

Q: How about your right shoulder after the surgery?
A: (Rotating his shoulder) I can lift my shoulder like this. No problem any longer.

Q: You are called “Asian hero” and greatly respected even here in Japan.
A: I truly appreciate your people’s respects to me.

Q: How do you review your fight with Mayweather this May?
A: He was running away all the time. I was making the fight by stalking him and believe that I deserved a victory.

Q: What’s your plan from now on?
A: I’d like to concentrate my efforts on working as a politician this year, and want to fight Mayweather in a rematch. I’ll be ready for that mentally and physically next year. I’ll show a better performance against him than in the first encounter.”

Q: What do you think on the Mayweather-Berto bout in September?
A: It will be a good fight as Andre Berto is fast and strong.

Pacman, one of the Philippine representatives therein, departed from Japan on Friday after giving us a good impression with his humbleness.

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