Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Manny Pacquiao says he’s ready to fight Floyd Mayweather.
Asked about the possibility of the oft-hyped megafight at a promotional trip in Hong Kong, Pacquiao said he hopes his and Mayweather’s sides can come to an agreement in 2015.
“Hopefully that fight will happen by next year,” Pacquiao said, per The Telegraph. “I’m crossing my fingers that that fight will happen but right now my mind is already set to focus on my next fight with Algieri. I think the time to talk about that issue is after the fight.”
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Although Floyd Mayweather Jr. has yet to announce his plans for 2015, his father has no doubt that a fight against Manny Pacquiao will happen.
“It’s gonna happen. That fight’s gonna happen. Trust me,” Floyd Mayweather Sr. told fighthype.com. “That fight’s definitely gonna happen. It’s a fight for the world, man, right there. It’s the biggest fight that has ever been in life, so like I said, man, that fight’s gonna happen.”
Mayweather Sr. said his son never told him that the fight was in his plans, but with his son saying that he will retire after finishing the two fights left on his six-fight Showtime deal, he believes all signs point to the megafight with Pacquiao.
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It was the press release heard ’round the world.
At precisely 1:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the media relations types at Top Rank Inc. hit “send” on their collective devices and informed Bleacher Report and the boxing-consuming public that their company’s crown jewel, Filipino title-belt collector Manny Pacquiao, had extended his promotional deal through the end of 2016.
“We are pleased that, together with our partners at HBO, we will continue presenting to the public fights of the great Manny Pacquiao,” the release read, quoting 82-year-old founder/czar Bob Arum.
“The partnership among Manny, Top Rank, MP Promotions and HBO has been a wonderful one for all parties and for the public, and it’s great that is will continue for the years to come.”
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Manny Pacquiao is coming off a career-saving victory against Timothy Bradley, but the aging fighter will never truly capitalize on his immense popularity until he steps into the ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pac-Man proved that he is still one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of boxing during his rematch with “Desert Storm,” as he demolished his opponent to reclaim the WBO welterweight belt that he lost back in 2012.
The victory allowed the Filipino star to put his first controversial loss to Bradley and his embarrassing knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez in the rearview mirror. He re-established himself at the top of the sport, just under Mayweather.
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LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao may not have returned entirely to his dominance of a half-decade ago in beating Timothy Bradley, yet the performance easily had enough credibility to “go there” once more.
Yes, with unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he’s heavily favored to win May 3, a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is back on the table even if it’s uncertain anyone who could successfully negotiate the sport’s ultimate fight will sit at in that table.
By taking Bradley’s World Boxing Organization welterweight title Saturday with a unanimous-decision success by scores of 116-112, 116-112 & 118-110, Pacquiao (56-5-2) is positioned, like Mayweather, to fight again in the fall.
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LOS ANGELES, California – Timothy Bradley has improved a lot, becoming faster than the first time he met — and defeated — Manny Pacquiao in June 2012.
But that’s fine for Pacquiao. In fact, he likes what he heard about Bradley.
“Good, meaning we’ll be giving boxing fans a good fight,” said Pacquiao.
“He’s faster now they said. He should be because I will be throwing him with so many punches from all angles which he wouldn’t know would hit him,” added Pacquiao.
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The hype is building for the long awaited rematch between Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), and Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) for the WBO welterweight title, the title currently held by Bradley. Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. The event is being presented by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tacate.
The first meeting back in 2012 ended badly for both fighters. Although Bradley won the fight by split-decision,the boxing world was shocked by the outcome of the scores by the judges. Through no fault of his own, Bradley had to endure some unjust critisism for the win, he hopes to silence the critics come April 12.
Manny Pacquiao is in the twilight of his career, he will surely go down as one the greatest fighters in history. The first meeting with Bradley left a sour taste in his mouth, a win would right the wrong in his eyes.
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MANILA, Philippines — Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao needed only a week of training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood to impress his long-time Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
“Manny (Pacquiao) started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it’s ever been,” Roach said in an interview with www.boxingscene.com.
The eight-division champion Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) arrived in Los Angeles last Tuesday (Manila time) to continue his preparations for his upcoming rematch with unbeaten American Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) set on April 12 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
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MANNY Pacquiao has looked very good in sparring, going eight exciting rounds on Saturday at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who watched Pacquiao spar eight rounds on Thursday–going four rounds with former world lightweight champion Steve Forbes and four rounds with undefeated Lydell Rhodes and eight additional rounds on the punch-mitts–said Pacquiao “looks very, very good.”
“He is very focused and very determined, which is the most important part of the battle,” said Arum.
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Boxing icon and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao is now on a strict “organic diet” to keep his health in superb, if not perfect, condition, his strength and conditioning coach said.
“I go for organic,” Mexican-American Cecilio Flores told the Inquirer here.
Flores said by going organic, Pacquiao could only eat chemical-free fish, vegetables, meat and other “natural foods.”
Flores, a nutritionist, started Pacquiao’s organic regimen as soon as he arrived here a few days ago.
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