Manny Pacquiao gave chief trainer Freddie Roach a preview of what lies ahead Tuesday, probing the capability of Lydell Rhodes in their first sparring session at Pacman’s Wild Card Gym in General Santos City.
Already well-conditioned, Pacquiao chose to play it lightly against the unbeaten Rhodes (19-0 with nine knockouts) for four rounds and got Roach’s nod of approval.
“Nothing has changed. Boss’ (Pacquiao) speed and stamina are still there,” said Roger Fernandez, a trusted assistant of Pacquiao, in Filipino.
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Manny Pacquiao will level up his conditioning regimen next week when he steps into the ring for the first time since dominating Brandon Rios last Nov. 24 in Macau.
Slowly getting into shape, Pacquiao again did the mitts with Filipino trainer Buboy Fernandez at Pacman Wild Card Gym Tuesday, according to trusted aide Roger Fernandez.
After doing his routine training sequence, Pacquiao met with sparring partner Lydell Rhodes, who arrived in General Santos City from the United States on Monday afternoon along with his adviser Michael Koncz.
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Manny Pacquiao has a score to settle and he knows outboxing Timothy Bradley will not be enough to erase the memory of his controversial split decision loss to the American in 2012.
An emphatic stoppage win will certainly expunge that loss which also broke a string of 15 consecutive victories. That sorry setback was followed by a shock knockout defeat to perennial nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
The two consecutive lossed led to an 11-month hiatus for the Pacquiao. These drained his psyche. They also harmed his pockets.
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Shane Mosley expressed disappointment with the way several media outlets used his recent statement regarding a possible showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd is looking forward for Mayweather vs Khan fight to be possible on May 3rd.
Recent reports indicated that Mosley, who had a chance to face both fighters, allegedly said that Mayweather is more skilled than Pacquiao, but that the Filipino boxing icon could put the undefeated American in trouble with his punching power.
However, in a recent interview with Fighthype, Mosley blasted several media outlets for turning his quotes around to indicate that he believes Pacquiao will emerge victorious if the two boxing superstars decide to go up against each other in a mega-buck showdown.
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According to the Manila Bulletin, a source close to Pacquiao has stated that negotiations are almost finalised for him to face the unbeaten American for the WBO welterweight title in a rematch, tentatively scheduled to take place on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight is almost a month ahead of the Mayweather vs Khan fight.
So confident are the Filipino news website in their source, they expect a formal announcement from Pacquiao’s promoters Top Rank next week, followed by press conferences in the first week of February in Los Angeles and New York.
Six-weight world champion Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) returned to action last November in Macau, China and won a landslide unanimous 12 round decision over former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios. It was Pacquiao’s first ring appearance in almost a year since being knocked out in six rounds by long-time nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.
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Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao apparently has had enough of taunts from Floyd Mayweather Jr. Many people think that Mayweather vs Khan will happen this year.
The eight-division Filipino world boxing champion finally threw down the gauntlet.
Saying he did not want to disappoint boxing fans around the world, Pacquiao on Saturday night challenged the undefeated American fighter to face him in the ring— and donate all the proceeds from their fight to charities.
“I’m not desperate to fight him just for the sake of money or material things. I’m not the one seeking this fight; rather it’s the boxing fans all over the world,” Pacquiao told the Inquirer on the phone.
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Manny Pacquiao said he didn’t mind being called a “desperate dog” by Floyd Mayweather Jr. who has continued to distance himself from a lucrative mega bout with the Filipino boxing star.
In a report by Philboxing’s Eddie Alinea, Pacquiao said he rather be called a desperate dog chasing for a bone “than a dog running with its tail wrapped between his legs in utter show of fear.”
The fighting congressman is proud to say that he doesn’t run away from fight, unlike his American counterpart, who is known to cherry pick his opponents.
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Freddie Roach agreed that the rumors about a supposed mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are not true. However, the five time Boxing Writers Association of America trainer of the year insists that he will be pushing for that fight and that it’s “closer now than ever.”
“I think we’re closer and closer to a Mayweather fight,” Roach said in an interview with Michael Woods of The Sweet Science. “It’s only rumors now, but I think the rumors will come true. I don’t think either Manny or Mayweather has anywhere else to go.”
Pacquiao and Mayweather still do not have opponents for their upcoming fights in April and May. the Filipino has narrowed down his choices to Timothy Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikob while the American has his sights set on Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana. However, all of these possible fights pale in comparison to a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in terms of the money that could be generated.
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The fight almost every boxing fan wants to see remains as elusive as ever. For a few years now, boxing observers had been craving for a showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, two of the sport’s biggest and most bankable stars.
People often mention Mayweather and Pacquiao in the same sentence after each boxer’s fights. A Mayweather-Pacquiao duel has the potential to break existing pay-per-view records and bring both fighters career-high paydays.
The fight, however, remains a dream. While Pacquiao has openly expressed his willingness to take on Mayweather, the latter isn’t keen on the idea. The undefeated boxer has brought up a slew of reasons for not facing Pacquiao, from the Filipino’s supposedly weaker PPV performance to his association with Bob Arum, whom Mayweather disdains.
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He has been undefeated for almost 18 years and won titles in five different weight classes, defeating numerous world champions and future hall of famers in the process.
He’s a skillful fighter who has accomplished great things inside the ring.
The sheer fact he has yet to suffer an official knockdown is testament to how good he really is.
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