PACQUIAO MAY HAVE TO SETTLE FOR RIOS OR ALVARADO - BOXING ANALYST

MANILA, APRIL 29, 2013 (ABS-CBN) Among all the possible choices for Manny Pacquiao, the rematch against Juan Manuel Marquez seems to be the toughest bout to secure.

Boxing analyst Paul Magno said Marquez has all the reasons to avoid a fifth clash with the most beloved Filipino boxer.

“While a bout with [Timothy] Bradley may be nowhere near as lucrative as a fifth Pacquiao clash, it certainly is a viable alternative should the Mexico City native decide to close the Pacquiao chapter of his career,” said Magno in his Yahoo! Sports commentary.

Magno added that Marquez truly believes he won all of the first three bouts with Pacquiao.

In those three bouts, Marquez received one draw and two losses from the Filipino boxer.

“Marquez truly feels that he should've won all four previous bouts with Pacquiao and many boxing experts would also agree that he deserved to win at least three of their four encounters,” said Magno.


[Brandon Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs) may be a truly unlikeable human being for many, but there’s no denying the fact that he can sure deliver some entertaining battles. Against Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) in his official debut at the junior welterweight limit, he proved that he not only could deliver entertainment, but that he could also hang with the elites of the jam-packed junior welterweight division. THIS PHOTO TAKEN OCTOBER 2012 when Rios beats Alvarado with a bang, Nishioka goes out against Donaire with a whimper Paul Magno | Oct 13, 2012 FROM THE BOXING TRIBUNE ONLINE]

Other potentials for a Pacquiao comeback in October are Bradley, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios.

But since a WBO title fight between Marquez and Bradley seems to be taking shape, the Filipino boxer would have to settle for either Alvarado or Rios.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that Marquez and Bradley seems ready to seal the deal.

“Looks like it will happen,” he said. “[Which would leave Pacquiao] to fight either Alvarado or Rios.”

Arum added that Pacquiao’s return might take place in Singapore instead of Macau.

Alvarado camp: Who doesn't want to fight Pacquiao? ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/26/2013 8:28 PM | Updated as of 04/26/2013 8:28 PM

MANILA – The camp of Mexican-American boxer Mike Alvarado welcomes the challenge of taking on Manny Pacquiao, saying the bout will be an easy “money-maker.”

“Who doesn't want to fight Manny Pacquiao? It's a money-maker that's for sure,” said Alvarado’s boxing coach Rudy Hernandez in Fight Hype. (http://www.fighthype.com/news/article14276.html)

Alvarado recently tangled with with Mexican Brandon Rios and won a unanimous decision in an exciting fight.

But Hernandez stressed that they won’t accept the Pacquiao fight just for the sake of getting a hefty payday.

He said that a win over an elite fighter like Pacquiao will open more doors for Alvarado.

“Given the opportunity, of course we would go in it with the intention of beating Manny Pacquiao because that would open up an even bigger opportunity,” said Hernandez.

Alvarado and Rios are among Pacquiao’s options for a November fight date.

At 5’9”, Alvarado is a bigger welterweight compared to the 5’6.5” Filipino boxer.

However, Hernandez said that against Pacquiao, Alvarado is more likely to rely on his boxing skills rather than his superior size.

“It wouldn't be so much of us trying to impose size on him. It would be about Mike's boxing. He would have to resort to boxing skills more than his size and strength," said the coach.

Pacquiao needs KO to get No. 1 spot: Roach ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 10/09/2012 6:40 PM | Updated as of 10/09/2012 6:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao can regain his standing as the No. 1 boxer in the world if he knocks out his rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, on December 8.

Pacquiao and Marquez will meet for the fourth time after three previous fights failed to produce a decisive finish. They fought to a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao won the rematches in 2008 and 2011.

In the fourth encounter, both fighters promised to be more aggressive, with both aiming to win by knockout.

In an interview with Boxing Scene, Roach said that if Marquez decides to be more aggressive on December 8, then that may work in Pacquiao’s favor.

“He will be more hittable and not so much of a counter-puncher,” he said, aware that Pacquiao has never been truly able to solve Marquez’s counter-punching ways.

He also believes that the Filipino boxer needs to knockout his Mexican rival in order to once again be considered as the pound-for-pound king of boxing.

“I think we need a knockout to secure his No. 1 spot in the world. He needs to be impressive and a knockout would be impressive,” Roach said.

Pacquiao’s lackluster performance against Marquez in November 2011, as well as his disputed loss to Timothy Bradley last June, has led some pundits to rate him lower in pound-for-pound ratings.

In some lists, he has even been overtaken by super middleweight champion Andre Ward.

Roach said the key to beating Marquez in the fourth fight is to regain Pacquiao’s killer instinct, which he has not shown in recent fights.

“In the first one, he was aggressive in the beginning of the fight. In the second fight, we had one knockdown, and in the third fight, we had none,” Roach pointed out. “He just lost that killer instinct.”

“In the first fight he was trying to knock him out, but Marquez is very resilient. You have to take that factor in also. We need to bring back his killer instinct where he finishes guys like he used to,” he added.

Pacquiao last won by stoppage in 2009, when he defeated Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto with a 12th round technical knockout.


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