PACQUIAO 'EXTRA-MOTIVATED' VS BRADLEY

Despite criticisms that he’s already lost the hunger to succeed atop the ring, Manny Pacquiao insists on the opposite, raring to prove he still has the competitive edge as he seeks victory against Timothy Bradley on April 12. In a training blog released by HBO Sports, Pacquiao, already at the twilight of his storied boxing career, said his winning days are far from over. “My motivation is the same now as it was when I started my boxing career. I love the competition and I love to win. When that stops, so does my professional boxing career,” the fighting congressman stressed. “But I don't see that happening for a long time. Because I am facing Tim Bradley again, I am extra motivated for this fight,” he added. Pacquiao is about two weeks away from getting a chance at payback against Bradley, who controversially defeated him a couple of years ago – a fight the Filipino himself believes he won. “I may not have won the decision the first time we fought but I know I did not lose that fight. I want the world title he won from me back around my waist. I want to prove I am the better fighter,” Pacquiao continued, referring to the WBO welterweight title that Bradley took from him in June 2012. Bradley, undefeated in 31 fights, almost saw his record blemished by Pacquiao, Ruslan Provdonikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. But he managed to stay unbeaten.

ALSO: Pacquiao won’t mind judges in Bradley rematch

He might’ve gotten robbed of a decision the first time around – as most boxing observers would agree – but Manny Pacquiao says judging would be the least of his concerns when he takes on Timothy Bradley again on April 12. Pacquiao appeared to dominate Bradley during that fateful night two years ago, but in the eyes of two judges, it was Bradley who got the better of the Filipino. Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross each scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley, while the third judge, Jerry Roth, had Pacquiao winning 115-113. Bradley thus escaped with the WBO welterweight title via a majority decision win, a result that was slammed by many ringside observers. The WBO would later conduct a review of the fight, and its five-man international panel would then conclude that Pacquiao should’ve gotten the decision. The multi-awarded trainer, Roach said that aggressiveness is the key for Pacquiao, and he expects the Filipino icon to throw more punches than he did in his first meeting with Bradley. “We need to fight three minutes of every round. I think that if we're able to fight at a fast pace like that, then we'll be able to shock Bradley along the way," Roach continued.

ALSO: Chavez, Barrera visit Pacquiao in training

Legendary Mexican boxers Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera dropped by Manny Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Tuesday. Chavez and Barrera made sure to chronicle their visit by posing for a photo with Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach. Chavez, 51, is considered to be the greatest Mexican boxer ever, compiling a massive record of 107-6-2, with 86 knockouts. He is a six-time world champion in three divisions, the first Mexican fighter to achieve such a feat. Barrera, meanwhile, was a former rival of Pacquiao, fighting the Filipino twice. He got knocked out by Pacquiao in their first match in 2003 and was outpointed in their rematch four years later. Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight championship on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Philip Ella Juico: A focused Pacquiao; Lao-Tzu on claiming credit 

In less than three weeks, Manny Pacquiao gets a chance to avenge his controversial split decision loss in June 2012 to American Timothy Bradley Jr. Bradley will defend the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title he wrested from Pacquiao at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Since grabbing the title from Pacquiao, Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), who delights at being called “Desert Storm”, has successfully defended his title by decision twice. Pacquiao arrived in LA on Saturday, March 8 and has been training intensively and smartly for the last three weeks with new routines being introduced by conditioning coach, Julius Fortune. Upon Pacquiao’s arrival in LA, Roach said, “We had a great camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning and very motivated. Referring to the start of the second phase of Pacquiao’s preparations, Roach emphasized, “Manny wants that title back. If Bradley thinks he’s going to see the same compassionate Manny he saw the first time they fought, he is in for a very big surprise.” While Pacquiao’s camp and his promoter, Bob Arum, are certainly focusing on this “revenge” fight, there’s no denying that after getting rid of Bradley, Pacquiao and Arum are still entertaining hopes of a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout that should be the biggest in the history of boxing. Perhaps, a quote from Laozi (Lao-Tzu), a philosopher from ancient China during the Zhou dynasty can be instructive: “Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”


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Pacquiao ‘extra motivated’ vs Bradley


Manny Pacquiao works on the speed bag at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Tuesday. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

MANILA, MARCH 31, 2014, (PHILSTAR)  By Dino Maragay - Despite criticisms that he’s already lost the hunger to succeed atop the ring, Manny Pacquiao insists on the opposite, raring to prove he still has the competitive edge as he seeks victory against Timothy Bradley on April 12.

In a training blog released by HBO Sports, Pacquiao, already at the twilight of his storied boxing career, said his winning days are far from over.

“My motivation is the same now as it was when I started my boxing career. I love the competition and I love to win. When that stops, so does my professional boxing career,” the fighting congressman stressed.

“But I don't see that happening for a long time. Because I am facing Tim Bradley again, I am extra motivated for this fight,” he added.

Pacquiao is about two weeks away from getting a chance at payback against Bradley, who controversially defeated him a couple of years ago – a fight the Filipino himself believes he won.

“I may not have won the decision the first time we fought but I know I did not lose that fight. I want the world title he won from me back around my waist. I want to prove I am the better fighter,” Pacquiao continued, referring to the WBO welterweight title that Bradley took from him in June 2012.

Bradley, undefeated in 31 fights, almost saw his record blemished by Pacquiao, Ruslan Provdonikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. But he managed to stay unbeaten.

Dealing Bradley’s first loss is Pacquiao’s motivation.

“No one has ever defeated Tim Bradley during his professional career. I want to be the first name in his loss column. It will not be easy,” he said.

“I still have the hunger and the desire to win and I appreciate Tim Bradley giving me this rematch to prove it. Unfortunately for him, on April 12, I will not be able to repay him that favor with kindness,” Pacquiao ended.

Pacquiao won’t mind judges in Bradley rematch By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated March 26, 2014 - 12:44pm 2 113 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao works the mitts with Freddie Roach during training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Chris Farina/Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines – He might’ve gotten robbed of a decision the first time around – as most boxing observers would agree – but Manny Pacquiao says judging would be the least of his concerns when he takes on Timothy Bradley again on April 12.

Pacquiao appeared to dominate Bradley during that fateful night two years ago, but in the eyes of two judges, it was Bradley who got the better of the Filipino. Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross each scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley, while the third judge, Jerry Roth, had Pacquiao winning 115-113.

Bradley thus escaped with the WBO welterweight title via a majority decision win, a result that was slammed by many ringside observers. The WBO would later conduct a review of the fight, and its five-man international panel would then conclude that Pacquiao should’ve gotten the decision.

In a conference call with media members late Tuesday, Pacquiao just brushed off the controversial verdict, believing he had clearly won the fight in the eyes of the public.

"I'm not angry after the decision. I understand that with the officials, nobody's perfect in this world. I have to understand that it's part of boxing. I wasn't bothered after that fight," Pacquiao said.

"I went home and the reaction of the people was not negative, it was positive, so, they understood that I won the fight,” he added.

Although Pacquiao and Freddie Roach would prefer a knockout win this time to avoid a similar controversial ending, the fighting congressman won’t let the pursuit of a stoppage win get in the way of his game plan

“We're not focusing on a knockout. Our focus is to put more discipline into it and to throw a lot of punches. If the knockout comes, then it comes. I just want to prove that I still have the hunger and the killer instinct," he explained.

Roach, for his part, could hardly wait for his ward to exact revenge on Bradley two weeks from now at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"There's nothing to get mad over. It's part of life, winning and losing, and revenge is great, and that's what we have a chance to do here. We have a shot at reversing that bad decision and to get the win this time, and hopefully, if everything goes well and we fight the right fight, then we'll knock this guy out," said Roach.

The multi-awarded trainer added that aggressiveness is the key for Pacquiao, and he expects the Filipino icon to throw more punches than he did in his first meeting with Bradley.

“We need to fight three minutes of every round. I think that if we're able to fight at a fast pace like that, then we'll be able to shock Bradley along the way," Roach continued.

Chavez, Barrera visit Pacquiao in training (philstar.com) | Updated March 25, 2014 - 11:19am 11 2259 googleplus1 0


From left to right: Freddie Roach, Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera pose for posterity at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. The two Mexican legends visited Pacquiao, who training for his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley. Chris Farina/Top Rank

MANILA, Philippines – Legendary Mexican boxers Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera dropped by Manny Pacquiao’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on Tuesday.

Chavez and Barrera made sure to chronicle their visit by posing for a photo with Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach.

Chavez, 51, is considered to be the greatest Mexican boxer ever, compiling a massive record of 107-6-2, with 86 knockouts. He is a six-time world champion in three divisions, the first Mexican fighter to achieve such a feat.

Barrera, meanwhile, was a former rival of Pacquiao, fighting the Filipino twice. He got knocked out by Pacquiao in their first match in 2003 and was outpointed in their rematch four years later.

Pacquiao faces Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight championship on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

A focused Pacquiao; Lao-Tzu on claiming credit SPORTS FOR ALL By Philip Ella Juico (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 26, 2014 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 1


By Philip Ella Juico

In less than three weeks, Manny Pacquiao gets a chance to avenge his controversial split decision loss in June 2012 to American Timothy Bradley Jr. Bradley will defend the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title he wrested from Pacquiao at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Since grabbing the title from Pacquiao, Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), who delights at being called “Desert Storm”, has successfully defended his title by decision twice.

Bradley won by unanimous decision over Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia in March 2013 despite being staggered in the first round and by his own admission suffering a concussion. He went down on one knee in the last round but managed to get the judges’ nod. In his last fight, Bradley won by split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez who was bidding to be the first Mexican fighter to win titles in four divisions.

Before getting into ring on April 12 (April 13, Sunday, in Manila), boxing enthusiasts are being treated to a lot of verbal jabbing between the Pacquiao and Bradley camps. The American’s camp has said that Pacquiao has lost his killer instincts and needs to be “ruthless” to beat him. Bradley claims that if Pacquiao doesn’t knock him out, he’ll beat the Filipino boxing icon convincingly.

The Pacquiao camp, on the other hand, doesn’t relish what it claims is Bradley’s lack of respect for Pacquiao. Freddie Roach and company promise that fans will see the same Pacquiao who overwhelmed Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto and even Juan Manuel Marquez before that fateful perfect punch in the last second of the sixth round in December 2012.

Pacquiao arrived in LA on Saturday, March 8 and has been training intensively and smartly for the last three weeks with new routines being introduced by conditioning coach, Julius Fortune.

Upon Pacquiao’s arrival in LA, Roach said, “We had a great camp in the Philippines and Manny, as usual, is way ahead of schedule in his conditioning and very motivated. Referring to the start of the second phase of Pacquiao’s preparations, Roach emphasized, “Manny wants that title back. If Bradley thinks he’s going to see the same compassionate Manny he saw the first time they fought, he is in for a very big surprise.”

While Pacquiao’s camp and his promoter, Bob Arum, are certainly focusing on this “revenge” fight, there’s no denying that after getting rid of Bradley, Pacquiao and Arum are still entertaining hopes of a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout that should be the biggest in the history of boxing.

Mayweather is due to face Argentinian Marcos Maidana who will defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title against the flamboyant “Money Man” on May 3, also at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Maidana, 35-3, 31 KOs, will try to put a halt to Mayweather’s winning streak of 45 victories (26 by knockout).

Maidana has beaten noteworthy fighters, among them Adrien Broner who was unbeaten before fighting the Argentine. Broner was the heavy pre-fight favorite (3:1) but lost via unanimous decision. Maidana decked Broner in the second and eighth rounds on his way to that lopsided victory.

Aside from being more than an average power puncher, the 30-year old champion, has tremendous recuperative powers like Marquez who can come off the canvas and still made life difficult for the opposing camp, if not win ultimately. In Maidana’s debut in the U.S., Victor Ortiz knocked down the Argentine three times within the first two rounds but Maidana recovered and won by TKO in the sixth round.

Maidana’s three career defeats, all by decision, came from the hands of Andreas Kotelnik, Amir Khan (another former sparring partner of Pacquiao) and Devon Alexander. Khan was considered as a Mayweather opponent but was dropped strangely by the undefeated American after conducting a poll among fight fans which Khan won.

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Last week, we found ourselves (unwillingly) in the middle of a mild controversy involving the “architect and engineer” of the De La Salle Lady Spikers first three-peat from 2003-2005. We were rather amused when someone who is an enthusiastic supporter of women’s volleyball had told our colleague Quinito Henson he was the manager of the Lady Spikers when the team achieved its first and second three-peats. A La Salle alumnus had called Quinito to clarify the statement which had no basis in fact. We were manager from 2002 to 2008 and this alumnus pointed out that the first three-peat was during that period. In a subsequent interview conducted by Quinito to correct the claims made by the man, the same person denied he claimed credit for the two three-peats and said he “worked behind the scenes”. Certainly, there is a whale of a difference being manager and “working behind the scenes”.

Perhaps, a quote from Laozi (Lao-Tzu), a philosopher from ancient China during the Zhou dynasty can be instructive: “Accomplish but do not boast, accomplish without show, accomplish without arrogance, accomplish without grabbing, accomplish without forcing.”


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