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Steward on Paquiao-Margarito: Too Fast, Too Furious

“Even though (Pacquiao)’s physically much smaller, I think he’s going to just be too much for Margarito,” Steward said in an exclusive discussion with US-based On the Ropes Boxing Radio.

66-year-old Steward became known for training boxers in the renowned Michigan-based Kronk Gym, which he fronted the “Save the Kronk” campaign for in 1998.

Steward said the 7-title holder, who is 5’7″ in height and has now weight down to 148 pounds, is swifter against 5’11” Margarito.

“Even though (Margarito) has a physical advantage, I just don’t think he’s going to be sharp enough to deal with the speed and accuracy and pinpoint punching of Manny,” he said.

Paquiao is also said to be a “special, special machine”. The trainer seems to have fun in giving Manny different titles himself.

Alongside being a Filipino lightweight boxer, Manny has a big chance in winning over Margarito. Should he beat him, he will become the first boxer who won 8 world titles in 8 divisions.

We say, go beat him Manny! Make us real proud! Go for the 8th!

Mayweather Jr. another excuse?

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s comments hinting at his retirement from boxing has gone largely undetected by Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who is enjoying a vacation with his family in the United States.

“Wala pang reaksyon si Manny. Nagbabakasyon pa siya [Manny is yet to comment on the issue. He's still on vacation.],” said Pacquiao’s chief of staff Jake Joson to Yahoo! Southeast Asia, adding, “Let’s just leave everything to [Bob] Arum.”

Mayweather said in his video interview for the Make-A-Wish Foundation that he’ll be taking couple of years off the ring.

“I want to devote my time in my boxing gym and just give back to the homeless,” said Mayweather in his interview.

In an ABS-CBN report, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is not buying what Mayweather had said and believes that he “was just babbling.”

“You never know with Floyd. Sometimes he just talks for the sake of talking. If Floyd plans to take a year or two off, we should be seeing a formal press release soon,” Arum said as quoted by boxingscene.com.

“Nagpapataas presyo lang si Mayweather [Mayweather just wants to get a higher percentage in his purse],” added Joson in his phone interview with Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

But if ever the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout will not push through, Joson has this to say, “Kilala naman natin si Manny na as a boxer kahit sino lalabanan nya [As a boxer, Manny will fight anyone].”

A possible rematch between Pacquiao and new WBA super-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who finished off Yuri Foreman at the Yankee Stadium, is Arum’s Plan B according to a Philstar.com report.

Pacquiao will be back in the Philippines on June 14 to prepare for his legislative duties as representative of the lone-district of Sarangani, said Joson.

Pacquiao loses over Mayweather on Yahoo!

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao may have won a seat in Congress but Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s performance against Shane Mosley made him lose his pound-for-pound top ranking in Yahoo! Sports.
According to the Yahoo! Sports list issued by its boxing reporter Kevin Iole, Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao by 6 points in voting conducted by an elite panel of boxing writers from around the world.
Mayweather, who is Ring Magazine’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, received 20 off the 33 first place votes for a total of 317 points while Pacquiao received 13 of 33 first places votes for 310.
In his analysis, Iole said Mayweather “showed complete game in [his] convincing win over Mosley.”
Pacquiao, however, still enjoys Ring Magazine’s No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking.
Iole, meanwhile, said in his report that he hopes the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather will thresh out their differences to finally arrange the biggest fight to date.
“Hopefully, [Top Rank chief Bob] Arum, [Golden Boy chief Richard] Schaefer, Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, Mayweather advisor Al Haymon and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe can work out a deal to make it happen,” he said.
Rounding off Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound list are:
Paul Williams (No. 3)
Juan Manuel Marquez (No. 4)
Chad Dawson (No. 5)
Sergio Martinez (No. 6)
Wladimir Klitschko (No. 7)
Timothy Bradley (No. 8 )
Shane Mosley (No. 9)
Juan Manuel Lopez (No. 10).

Manny Pacquiao rushed in the hospital

World welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao was admitted to hospital to treat a mild stomach ulcer and allow him to rest after campaigning for the May 10 congressional elections.
Pacquiao’s chief of staff, Jayke Joson, said Monday that doctors discovered the 31-year-old boxer had an ulcer during a routine checkup Sunday and his family convinced him to stay in a suburban Manila hospital for a few days.
“Really, Manny can only rest if you confine him to a hospital,” Joson told The Associated Press, adding Pacquiao was receiving intravenous dextrose drips. “It’s been so intense a campaign, he missed some of his meals.”
Pacquiao’s boxing promoters are working toward a possible bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., or another fighter, as early as November.
Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia, told The AP her son was well and may be discharged from the hospital later Monday or Tuesday.
Pacquiao won a seat in the Philippine’s powerful House of Representatives, which he will assume on June 30. Aside from preparing to enter the political arena, Pacquiao is yet to complete advertisements for products ranging from food to sports items, Joson said.
Promoter Bob Arum has said he’ll soon start talking to Mayweather’s camp about putting together the world’s top two welterweights for a Nov. 13 bout in Las Vegas or Texas.
Arum said he hoped to match Pacquiao against former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito if talks with Mayweather fall through.

Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen this year!

MANNY Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is confident that the most awaited fight of the century will with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen this year
Rick Reeno of boxingscene.com reported that Roach laughed off the comments made by Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe, who was quoted by David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press as saying: “Ain’t nobody thinking about Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum or Freddie Roach. Floyd isn’t thinking about none of them, and there ain’t no negotiations starting, period. Floyd is just coming off a great win. He’s not thinking about any of them.”
But Roach thinks otherwise.
“Come on, we all know what he’s thinking about. He knows Arum was in the Philippines talking with Manny. The fight is going to happen this year. I can’t see it not happening. Arum and (Richard) Schaefer are great negotiators…they will work it out.”
Arum earlier told Manila Standard that he will disregard all comments until he gets into a room with Mayweather’s representatives to negotiate.
“I am not going to tip my hand and I’m not going to attack him and say that’s absurd. That doesn’t get us any place. This is a negotiation that I’m going to go into hoping that I can make this happen,” Arum said.
The Top Rank promoter said both the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas are available for Nov.13, which he confirmed will be the date of congressman-elect Manny Pacquiao’s first fight.
The Filipino ring icon scored a stunning upset by defeating his wealthy rival 6-year-old Roy Chiongbian for the lone congressional seat in Sarangani province.
Despite his desire for Team Pacquiao members to stop discussing a possible Mayweather fight, Roach continued to talk. “It’s going to be a 50-50 split. No doubt about it. This won’t be an issue because that part of the negotiations was already settled.”
Talking about the random drug tests demanded by Mayweather, which resulted in previous negotiations for a fight falling through, Roach told boxingscene.com: “I think we’ll meet them halfway on the testing. It’s going to happen.”
Mayweather demanded a 14-day cutoff for the random drug tests conducted by the US Anti Doping Agency, while Pacquiao agreed to a 24-day cutoff.
Theoretically, a halfway point would be a 19-day deadline, but there’s been no indication that Pacquiao would change his original stand.
Roach said Mayweather fought flat-footed, he was hittable and a bit slower on his feet against Shane Mosley in a recent fight which he won unanimously. He still feels Mayweather has very fast hands, but doesn’t consider them to be quicker than those of Pacquiao. If Pacquiao hurts Mayweather in the same manner as Mosley, Roach doesn’t see Mayweather being able to escape to the next round.
“He’s (Mayweather) hittable and anyone Manny can hit I have no fear of. I don’t see no good defense. He makes the same moves every time in the same way. He’s very predictable. He’s fast, but Manny is faster,” Roach told Reeno.

Manny Pacquiao’s last fight is slated for October

Nilinaw ng boxing champ na si Manny Pacquiao ang binitiwan niyang statement na magre-retire na siya sa boxing kapag naging pulitiko na siya.

 ”Actually, sabi nga ng mama ko, magretiro [na ako sa boxing]… Dapat hindi na ako lalaban ulit. Sabi ko, puwede pa siguro ako lumaban isang beses,” lahad ni Manny, na binigyan ulit ng victory party dito sa Pilipinas ng isa sa mga advisers niya, si former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.

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Sayang naman kung magreretire na si Pacquiao, wala ng mapapanood ang mga pinoy na magandang boxing fight.

Martin not sorry, says Pacman liked it

MANILA, Philippines – Singer Martin Nievera on Monday said his version of the national anthem only reflected the “march feel” that the song originally had. Besides, Nievera said it was boxing legend Manny Pacquiao who had asked him to sing the anthem that way.

Nievera said he carefully studied not only the structure of the “Lupang Hinirang” but as well as its roots, even before deciding to sing it during Pacquiao’s winning match against British Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas last Sunday.

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The way Martin Nievera sang the Lupang Hinirang is good.

Pacquiao attends Mass, thanks fans after spectacular win

Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao attended a thanksgiving Mass Sunday morning and spent time with fans in Las Vegas to celebrate his spectacular two-round demolition of British fighter Ricky Hatton on Saturday.

Team Pacquiao members decided not to hold the Mass in Manny’s hotel suite but instead moved the venue to a function room at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. They said the new venue was an added precaution to prevent Pacquiao from contracting any illness, particularly the AH1N1 influenza virus.

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We all know that Manny Pacquiao is a God-fearing person and that he always give the glory to God for his success. Manny Pacquiao is a hero and a model to his countrymen.

Pacquiao KOs Hatton in second round

People’s champ Manny Pacquiao scored a sensational second round knock out victory over Ricky Hatton Saturday (Sunday in Manila), decking the Brit three times during their “Battle of East and West” superfight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao floored the Hitman twice in the first round before ending the fight with a hard left to the jaw that sent Hatton sprawling to the canvass. Referee Kenny Bayless looked at the unmoving Hatton and waved his hands to end the fight.

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Paquiao did very great job, he finished the fight in just 2 round. Wow!

Stars show support for Manny during weigh-in

LAS VEGAS, Nevada–Thousands of British fans trooped to MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas to support  Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton during the official weigh-in.

But even if the Filipino crowd was outnumbered by the Brits, the Pinoys made sure, they were heard loud and clear, as they cheered for the Pacman.

The first-ever male singer for a Manny fight, Martin Nievera, came to back up the Pacman, as well as celebrity couple Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres, and Manny’s friend, Lito Camo, who jammed with Team Pacquiao’s band.

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Filipinos who witnessed the fight were so proud of the ‘Pambansang Kamao’. He is indeed a great boxer.