BRADLEY IS PACQUIAO'S PREFERRED APRIL FOE

Timothy Bradley is a cinch as Manny Pacquiao’s foe when the Filipino boxing icon returns to the ring in Las Vegas this year. Pacquiao himself has chosen the unbeaten American over former sparring partner Russian Ruslan Provodnikov for his next fight scheduled April 12, but may still be moved to May. “Yes, I want to fight Bradley, simply because I want to win back the title he took from me by a questionable decision,” the 35-year-old congressman from Sarangani announced during the Scoop sa Kamayan On Air radio program on dzAR.

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Boxing's superstar arrived in South Africa on Wednesday wearing a T-shirt with a bright yellow map of Africa on the front. Below it, his TMT logo — that stands for The Money Team — was in the colors of the South African flag. Mayweather told South African fans he had arrived in the "motherland." He even said he might fight here one day. "Money" Mayweather swooped into Johannesburg for the start of a four-city visit to South Africa and first trip to the African continent, and was hustled by security straight through a packed airport terminal and into a Rolls Royce. Mayweather also suggested Pacquiao's renewed desire to make their mega fight happen came out of desperation after the Filipino's back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, and his tax problems. "I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before," Mayweather said. "We didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen.

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — World boxing eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao dared undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to face him in the ring and donate all the proceeds of the fight to charities around world.
“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, also Sarangani’s legislator, told the Inquirer by phone Saturday night.
Pacquiao said he was willing to fight Mayweather anytime, anywhere – and even without receiving a single centavo as prize money. “As to my tax problem, my lawyers are fixing it already. I’m paying my taxes religiously. It is just a matter of reconciling our records with the tax agencies both here and abroad. Should there be any discrepancy, rest assured, I will settle it. I’m a lawmaker and I’m a law-abiding citizen,” Pacquiao said. “The public clamor for Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is getting stronger. The only way he (Mayweather) can avoid facing me in the ring is to retire from boxing,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao challenged Mayweather, saying “Floyd, if you’re a real man, fight me. Let’s do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”


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Bradley is Pacquiao’s preferred April foe


Timothy Bradley, left, lands a punch against Manny Pacquiao in their WBO world welterweight title fight last June 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. Bradley won the fight by split decision. AP FILE PHOTO/CHRIS CARLSON

MANILA, JANUARY 20, 2014, (INQUIRER) By Roy Luarca - Timothy Bradley is a cinch as Manny Pacquiao’s foe when the Filipino boxing icon returns to the ring in Las Vegas this year.

Pacquiao himself has chosen the unbeaten American over former sparring partner Russian Ruslan Provodnikov for his next fight scheduled April 12, but may still be moved to May.

“Yes, I want to fight Bradley, simply because I want to win back the title he took from me by a questionable decision,” the 35-year-old congressman from Sarangani announced during the Scoop sa Kamayan On Air radio program on dzAR.

Bradley snatched Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in 2012 by split decision that was so unpopular the WBO later formed an independent panel of judges, who went on to conclude that Pacquiao was the unanimous winner.

“Almost everybody believes that we won that fight,” Pacquiao said in Filipino. “It’s but proper that we get it (title) back for those who, like me, became victims of judges’ bum decision.”

The rematch with Bradley did not materialize as Pacquiao subsequently suffered a sixth-round knockout to arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez later that year.

Pacquiao, however, rebounded with a masterful unanimous decision over brash Brandon Rios last Nov. 24 in Macau.

Pacquiao clarified that he has yet to confer with his promoter, Hall of Famer Bob Arum, regarding his choice of Bradley and his preferred date.

“We will still meet to finally decide on who I will fight,” said Pacquiao. “Definitely, I would insist that Bradley be it. We’ll know before the month ends.”

Arum has actually reserved the MGM Grand for April 12, but Pacquiao wants to defer this to May because his wife, Sarangani Vice Gov. Jinkee, is expecting their fifth child in April.

“Not that I’m afraid to face Ruslan,” Pacquiao explained. “He’s a very promising talented fighter who has a very bright future that suffering a loss this early in his career might be detrimental to his aspiration of becoming a great fighter.”

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Mayweather: Pacquiao is desperate now By Gerald Imray (Associated Press) | Updated January 16, 2014 - 10:27am


Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows his audience, there's no doubt.

MANILA -Boxing's superstar arrived in South Africa on Wednesday wearing a T-shirt with a bright yellow map of Africa on the front. Below it, his TMT logo — that stands for The Money Team — was in the colors of the South African flag.

Mayweather told South African fans he had arrived in the "motherland." He even said he might fight here one day.

"Money" Mayweather swooped into Johannesburg for the start of a four-city visit to South Africa and first trip to the African continent, and was hustled by security straight through a packed airport terminal and into a Rolls Royce. He sped off with no more than a few words, delivered on the run, to hundreds who had gathered to greet him.

It didn't seem to disappoint any of them.

Later, Mayweather was more generous with his time, speaking to reporters for around an hour about his future fight plans and this trip. Well, part of the audience was reporters. Many of those fans had also somehow infiltrated the news conference, beefy security and all, meaning there were fewer questions and more statements of Mayweather's general greatness.

James Dalton, a former South African rugby international, stood up and thanked "Mr. Mayweather" for making the trip and honoring South Africa. Rugby players are a big deal in South Africa, but Mayweather apparently is bigger. The biggest thing in boxing.

No surprise that Mayweather Jr. earned a guaranteed $41.5 million in his last bout, a dominating majority decision over Canelo Alvarez that was the richest fight in the world and made around $150 million on TV sales alone.

And with those kinds of figures, the 36-year-old five-division world champion is in no rush to give in to Manny Pacquiao's pleas for a fight, he said.

"As far as my last fight with . I can't even remember the guy's name. Canelo! They all the same to me," Mayweather said. "So, as far as my fight with Canelo, they said Floyd Mayweather's record could never be broken without the Pacquiao fight and as you have seen what we did, the fight done crazy numbers."

Mayweather also suggested Pacquiao's renewed desire to make their mega fight happen came out of desperation after the Filipino's back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, and his tax problems.

"I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before," Mayweather said. "We didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen.

"All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'"

Instead, Mayweather named Britain's Amir Khan and Argentina's Marcos Maidana as contenders to be his next opponent on May 3 in Las Vegas. Mayweather said nothing was finalized but they would know who it was within a week.

And it wasn't all business. Mayweather had a couple of pretty good wisecracks saved up, too.

He said he didn't call himself "the greatest," as that was Muhammad Ali. He rather referred to himself as "TBE" — the best ever. Asked how he would go about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., he replied, deadpan: "I wouldn't fight Floyd Mayweather."

Mayweather is due to also visit the cities of Bloemfontein, East London and Cape Town on his near week-long trip, which South Africa says will help "resuscitate" its own struggling boxing code. And he gave South Africans a glimmer of hope of their own Mayweather mega fight.

"It's been a dream of mine to fight here," he said.

Pacquiao to Mayweather: Let’s fight for charity By Aquiles Z. Zonio Inquirer Mindanao 2:52 pm | Sunday, January 19th, 2014


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.  FILE PHOTOS

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — World boxing eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao dared undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. to face him in the ring and donate all the proceeds of the fight to charities around world.

“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, also Sarangani’s legislator, told the Inquirer by phone Saturday night.

Pacquiao said he was willing to fight Mayweather anytime, anywhere – and even without receiving a single centavo as prize money.

“I am ready to submit myself to any kind of stringent drug testing. Above all, I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds of the fight – guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements – to charities around the world,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao added that if Mayweather is not afraid to fight him, the latter should agree to tangle with him in the ring.
Pacquiao said he has nothing more to prove in the world of boxing.

“I have carved my own niche in the annals of boxing. There’s no reason why should I be desperate to fight him? But since the boxing fans worldwide are seeking and demanding for Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, I don’t want to disappoint them,” he said.

During his trip to South Africa last Wednesday, Mayweather suggested Pacquiao’s renewed desire to make their mega fight happen came out of desperation after the latter’s back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, and his tax problems.

Pacquiao, however, clarified he has moved on from that losses as proven by his classic ring performance against Brandon “Bambam” Rios in Macau, China last November.

“As to my tax problem, my lawyers are fixing it already. I’m paying my taxes religiously. It is just a matter of reconciling our records with the tax agencies both here and abroad. Should there be any discrepancy, rest assured, I will settle it. I’m a lawmaker and I’m a law-abiding citizen,” Pacquiao said.

As to the reported retirement of Mayweather in 2015, Pacquiao said that is the American boxer’s tactic to avoid facing him in the ring.

“The public clamor for Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is getting stronger. The only way he (Mayweather) can avoid facing me in the ring is to retire from boxing,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao challenged Mayweather, saying “Floyd, if you’re a real man, fight me. Let’s do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”


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