Horn: Atlas Tried To Ruin My Moment, Say What You Want Teddy!

WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) was not happy with the way Teddy Atlas spoke to him, during their post-fight interview.

Horn is the new owner of the WBO championship after a controversial points victory against Pacquiao on Sunday in a brutal slugfest at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

The unanimous decision in favour of the 29-year-old has prompted a storm of debate over the scorecards, with a host of prominent US celebrities, broadcasters and sports stars weighing in, and some even suggesting the outcome was rigged.

Judges Waleksa Roldan (117-111), Chris Flores (115-113) and Ramon Cerdan (115-113) adjudicated the fight. Roldan and Flores are from the United States and Cerdan is from Argentina, yet there have been accusations it was a hometown decision.

According to CompuBox statistics, Horn landed just 92 punches to Pacquaio’s 182, but some rounds were tight and difficult to score.

Atlas, a veteran trainer and longtime boxing analyst, was working ringside as part of ESPN’s broadcast team.

When the decision was announced, Atlas was furious and expressed his anger to millions of viewers who were catching ESPN’s coverage.

“They gave a trophy, a win, a huge win to Horn, the local kid for trying hard,” Atlas moaned. “You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard, you’re supposed to get it for winning!”

Then, in a post-fight interview at ringside, Atlas told Horn to his face that he didn’t think he won the fight.

“Congratulations, great effort, but I thought you lost,” Atlas said. Pacquiao, standing alongside them, cracked a wide smile.

On Monday, Horn explained that he felt the timing of Atlas’ rant was lacking class.

“Everyone has a right to their opinion. The timing of their opinions can be a bit off sometimes. He was trying to ruin the moment for me at that point. It would have been good for him to say it another time. Say what you want, Teddy,” Horn said.

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Pacquiao y Bradley combatirán por su legado

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El filipino Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao y el estadounidense Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley se vieron las caras ayer en rueda de prensa de cara su tercera pelea que se celebrará este sábado en el MGM Grand Hotel de Las Vegas, Nevada, EE.UU.

El teatro David Copperfield del MGM Gran Hotel fue el escenario que albergó el acto público entre Pacquiao y Bradley, a falta de dos as para subir al tinglado. 

La conferencia fue dirigida por el promotor Bob Arum, quien se encargó de llamar al estrado a las figuras principales. 

Declaraciones de Timothy Bradley: 

“Agradezco a mi familia por el apoyo, en especial a mi esposa quien es mi pilar fundamental, sin ella esto no fuera posible. Mi mente esta puesta en el bado, es ahora o nunca”. 

“Pacquiao es un boxeador único y le agradezco por esta revancha, vengo listo para dar una gran pelea y buscar la victoria a toda costa. El trabajo con Teddy Atlas lo verán esa noche, venimos diferentes en comparación a las peleas anteriores con Pacquiao”, agregó. 

Como dato curioso, el púgil estadounidense estuvo acompañado de su abuela en el teatro. 

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Declaraciones de Pacquiao: 

“Quiero agradecerle a todos, principalmente a las personas que me apoyan en Filipinas y Estados Unidos. Este deporte me ha dado mucho, así que este bado daré un gran espectáculo para mi gente. Luego de este combate quiero compartir con mi familia, atender mis cosas y mi trabajo, veremos que sucede después de esta pelea”. 

“Solo puedo decirles que daré lo mejor y quiero pedirles que apoyen el evento, porque vengo con la mismas ganas que cuando llegué a EE.UU. hace 15 años”, agregó. 

El dato curioso del filipino se da cuando anuncia que del dinero recaudado por las ventas de los boletos del evento y el que pague por ver (PPV), él dona un porcentaje a los más necesitados en su natal Filipinas. 

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Título de la OMB: 

El título internacional wélter de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), que disputarán Manny Pacquiao y Timothy Bradley fue presentado ayer en rueda de prensa por Francisco Valcárcel, presidente del organismo.

La corona tiene un gran valor y está compuesta por 91 piezas de diamantes y un ribete de 150 gramos de oro de 22 quilates.

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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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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.

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Bradley batters Rios to keep welterweight belt

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 07: WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (C) poses with cutman Malcolm Garrett (L) and trainer Teddy Atlas after defeating Brandon Rios in a title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 07: WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (C) poses with cutman Malcolm Garrett (L) and trainer Teddy Atlas after defeating Brandon Rios in a title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Timothy Bradley battered Brandon Rios en route to a ninth-round technical knockout on Saturday (US time) in a lopsided welterweight bout that had a dejected Rios announcing his retirement.

Bradley retained his World Boxing Organization world title, improving to 33-1-1 with 13 wins inside the distance with the triumph at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Fighting for the first time under the guidance of trainer Teddy Atlas, Bradley was quick and aggressive against a challenger who struggled to make the 147-pound weight limit.

Bradley, 32, was fast off the mark, landing a series of combinations in a big first round.

Rios, a former World Boxing Association lightweight champion, absorbed a big right in the second, but responded in a battling exchange.

He was doing good work in the third before a body shot from Bradley clearly rattled him.

“I hurt him early to the body,” Bradley said. “I kind of wanted to get him not thinking about it for awhile, and then I went back downstairs.”

Bradley sent Rios to the canvas with a left to the body in the ninth. Rios beat the count, only for Bradley to unleash a barrage that had him down again and referee Tony Weeks calling a halt at 2:49 of the round.

“That’s the best Bradley I’ve ever seen,” promoter Bob Arum said of the fighter who has been mentioned as a possible foe for Manny Pacquiao next year in what will likely be the Philippine legend’s last fight.

The two fought twice in 2012, when Bradley took a controversial split decision before losing the rematch by unanimous decision.

Rios, 29, wasn’t contemplating any future in the ring after falling to 33-3-1, with 24 knockouts.

“I think it’s time to get out,” he said.

 

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