Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Manny Pacquiao’s camp pushing for talks with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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.



Bradley a lot faster now? Good, says Manny

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.



Hype building for Pacquiao vs Bradley 2

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.



Roach: Pacquiao to show ‘no mercy’ for Bradley in rematch

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

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.



Pacquiao looks good

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.



Pacquiao starts natural diet ahead of Bradley bout

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.



Pacquiao, Rhodes spar for 1st time

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.



Pacquiao sparring next week

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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Pacquiao Watch: Manny needs to be Manny

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.



Shane Mosley On His Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Comparison: Media Turning My Quotes Around

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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