WBO CHIEF SAYS PACMAN-MARQUEZ 5 STILL POSSIBLE / MANNY SHAKES OFF SPRAIN ANKLE
MANILA, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay – Archrivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez may have gone separate ways after trading punches for four exciting fights, but a fifth meeting isn’t out of the question.
This even as Marquez had gone on record that he’s done with Pacquiao, having proven his mastery over the Filipino when he knocked him out cold in their fourth bout last December.
It’s because according to the rules of the World Boxing Organization, both fighters could meet again along the way should they hurdle their upcoming fights.
In a report by Ernest Castellanos of notifight.com, WBO president Francico "Paco" Valcarcel said if Marquez wins his next fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in November, he should defend the title against Pacquiao next.
This of course would be possible if Pacquiao also gets past Brandon Rios in their fight, which is likewise scheduled in November.
"If Marquez and Pacquiao both win, the World Boxing Organization regulations would view the Filipino as [the mandatory] challenger to Juan Manuel,” Valcarcel said.
Pacquiao was the previous holder of the WBO welterweight trinket before Bradley beat him in a controversial decision last June.
“Pacquiao goes against Rios for the WBO International title, while Marquez will attempt to capture the world welterweight championship of the WBO from Bradley. If both win, the bout between them would be ready,” added Valcarcel.
Valcarcel, however, understands that it is still up to Marquez and Pacquiao to stage a fifth fight. While Pacquiao is open to it, Marquez has had enough, believing there’s no more unfinished business between them.
“But of course, the fighters have the last word," the WBO chief said.
Pacquiao shakes off ankle sprain By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 28, 2013 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was reported to have sprained an ankle during a pick-up basketball game last Saturday.
But he shook it off by heading to his own gym at the MP Tower in Manila yesterday afternoon and trained for nearly two hours.
“Wala naman sakit (There’s no pain),” Pacquiao told ex-pro Emil Romano who watched the 34-year-old superstar train at the gym.
Pacquiao did not show any effects of the said injury as he did 10 rounds of mitts with Erickson Asilo, a retired Filipino featherweight, three rounds of speed ball and two rounds on the double-end bag.
Pacquiao also skipped ropes for three rounds and shadow-boxed for two rounds. He arrived at the gym unannounced and caught people by surprise.
The re-elected congressman from Sarangani province is in Manila with his family. They attended an anniversary celebration of the River of God Church last Sunday.
Sports commentator Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN spoke to Pacquiao during the church rites and the Filipino superstar said he sprained his ankle because he was not wearing ankle support.
Castillejo was also at the gym when Pacquiao trained yesterday.
“He’s okay now. Parang wala na (Like nothing happened),” she texted The STAR yesterday.
Pacquiao will come off two straight losses when he faces Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 at The Venetian in Macau.
It’s three months to the fight and Pacquiao showing up at the gym is a clear sign that he’s not taking Rios lightly. He said he wants to train longer for this one.
Pacquiao needs an impressive win over Rios following his losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez last year. Another loss could mean the end of the road for the Pinoy boxer.
Pacquiao loves to play basketball and it’s not the first time he got hurt while inside the court. He says it’s his way of staying in shape when outside the ring.
Freddie Roach will be in General Santos City for Pacquiao’s training.
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Manny pacqioao spains ankle while playing basketballby Ronnie Nathanielsz
“Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao sprained his ankle while playing basketball on Saturday but was able to attend the 11th anniversary celebration of the “River of God” church at the Crowne Plaza on Ortigas where he spoke to a huge congregation that listened intently.
After the worship in which his wife Jinkee and their four children participated in actively, BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard and ABS-CBN’S Dyan Castillejo had an exclusive interview with the eight division world champion on a variety of issues.
He said the sprain occurred during a third consecutive game of basketball he played the previous evening but shrugged it off saying “Its not the first time,” conceding that his failure to use an ankle support and to tape his ankles led to the injury but stressed “its okay.”
Pacquiao said that even when he starts serious training for his showdown with Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Macau on November 24 although celebrated trainer Freddie Roach has, in the past, expressed his concern over playing basketball while training for a fight precisely because of the risk of injury.
Right now Pacquiao has been jogging and doing light training. He said “serious training will begin when trainer Freddie Roach arrives in Pacquiao's hometown of General Santos City after the fight of Miguel Cotto (whom Roach now trains) on October 6.
He said he was “excited” to enter the ring after a layoff of almost one year since his stunning 6th round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last December 8 and that he was looking forward to his fight with Rios because “it’s a good fight, a good test and my opponent is good and very aggressive.”
Asked whether he still considers himself an elite fighter. Pacquiao said “that’s what I’m trying to prove to the people on November 24. Its hard to say right now but I’m doing my best in training to show it to them.”
When confronted with the question that he might be careless in trying to go for a knockout because he wants to prove himself to the fans and win impressively, Pacquiao replied “it depends of course. In my last fight (against Marquez) I learned a lot and I need to apply that in training.”
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