PAQUIAO RESPONDS TO ALI's TWEET, HAILS 'THE GREATEST'

A few days after Muhammad Ali went to Twitter to urge Floyd Mayweather to consider fighting Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino icon tweeted his appreciation for the boxing legend.  Boxing great Muhammad Ali’s recent tweet expressing hope for a showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has taken the Twitter-verse by storm. It also most likely left a big smile on Pacquiao’s face. A few days after Ali went to Twitter to urge Mayweather to consider fighting Pacquiao, the Filipino icon tweeted his appreciation for the boxing legend. Ali posted the tweet to Mayweather just a few hours after the American escaped with a majority decision over a determined Marcos Maidana to remain unbeaten. READ THE TWEETS AND MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao and Mayweather: It is Now Time for the Fight of the Century

Manny Pacquiao has had an up and down road as of late. He would lose a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley back in June of 2012 when everyone except the judges could see that Pacquiao was dominating the fight and had clearly won. To make matters worse for team Pacquiao, Manny would get the business from his long-time nemesis, Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez in a shocking sixth-round KO that put Manny into a state of unconsciousness before he hit the canvas. However, all became right with the world last week as one Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, otherwise known as “Pac-Man,” worked over a very game Timothy Bradley in a twelve-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Quite the opposite can be said for Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He has continued to dominate everything with a pulse in the Super Feather weight to the Light Middleweight divisions for years, and even though he retired from the game for a short period, he has not missed a step with four unanimous decisions, one majority decision and one knock out in his six fights after coming out of his hiatus. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao: Likes to Come Forward Making Him Susceptible to Knockout

Manny likes to keep things moving forward; often attacking his opponents in a rash of aggressive shots that force them to take to their heels. In his recent contest with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Pac-Man forced his younger nemesis against the ropes time and time again, and any shots that Bradley was able to land, only energized Pac-Man into a blitzkrieg style attack that left Timothy stunned and bewildered. He is one of those fighters that appears to get stronger as the fight goes on, and is much more interested in keeping his opponents on the defensive; such is the style of Pacquiao. However, as Juan Manuel Marques showed the world on December 9th, 2012, Pac-Man is susceptible to the knockout. READ MORE...

ALSO: Mayweather: Defense Minded

One of the reasons that Floyd Mayweather can still refer to himself as “Pretty Boy” is because he rarely gets hit. He is an expert at making himself the smallest target possible and has transformed the act of slipping punches into an art form. Mayweather accomplishes this with endless shoulder rolls, (tucking his chin behind his shoulder which then deflects the incoming shot); something that frustrates his opponents to no end. According to Compubox, Pretty Boy is only getting touched up 18% of the time, and of that 18%, few blows are actually impressive enough to be called damaging. According to sources, Mayweather states, “Defense is an art and with a great defense you can last a lot longer in this sport.”
THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao: God-like speed

One of the biggest complaints of any opponent is that Pacquiao is just too quick. Even though the odds heavily favored de la Hoya in their 2008 matchup, the Sports Inquirer stated that “Pacquiao snatched those odds and ran them through a shredder, pummeling de la Hoya with a dizzying combination of speed and power for eight rounds until the latter quit in the ninth.” The “Golden Boy” could even be overheard complaining to his cornermen, “He’s too fast.” After receiving a proper beat down at the hands of the Pac-Man, Brandon Rios shared a similar sentiment. Rios, sporting oversized sunglasses and a hat to cover the carnage that was once his face, stated, “I was trying, I tried, man. I tried my heart out. … I’ll say it over and over: the speed is what got me. The speed was the factor in this fight. He’s very fast. He’s faster than I thought he was. Motherf*****’s fast.”

ALSO: Mayweather: Likes the Long Haul

Money’s last six fights have all gone the distance with the exception of the embarrassing knockout of the choir boy, and dare we say naïve Victor, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry” Ortiz. As a matter of fact, According to Boxrec.com, Mayweather has won 15 of his previous 20 fights in the maximum time allowed, making him the marathon man of the fight game. This is just another testament to the champs desire to wear his opponents down and score points as fast as the judges can record them. Even his knockouts take time with 5 of his last 7 coming in round 8 or later.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao as Kia playing coach?

Manny Pacquiao will dip his hands in another field: coaching and playing professional basketball starting the next PBA season. Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion, has agreed in principle to become the playing-coach of the KIA Philippines squad, which will make its PBA debut in October as one of three expansion ballclubs.
Columbian Autocar Corp. president and CEO Ginia Domingo confirmed that the company, which owns the KIA franchise, met with Pacquiao and said in a statement that “we are elated and excited at the possibility of our nation’s most popular and revered sports icon, Cong. Manny Pacquiao, becoming part of Team KIA.” Pacquiao had earlier said he would play an active role with the team, but Domingo did not specify the role. “We will continue our discussions and will announce our plans as soon as they are firmed up,” Domingo’s statement read. All that stands in the way of Pacquiao coaching and playing at the same time is being picked by KIA in the Rookie Draft scheduled in August. A source said that Pacquiao’s looming PBA stint is part of a deal where the boxing superstar will become the new image model of KIA vehicles in the country and in Asia. The PBA said there is no way that Pacquiao can become a player in the league if he doesn’t go through the Draft. The application of KIA, along with Blackwater (Ever Bilena) and NLEX (Metro Pacific Investment Corp.) to join the PBA was approved last month. They will form their teams through the expansion draft, the signing of unrestricted free agents, and the Rookie Draft. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: All happy with Pacquiao in PBA?

A day before Columbia Autocar Corp. (CAC) confirmed it was formalizing negotiations with Manny Pacquiao to be part of Team Kia in the PBA, there was a report saying the boxing superhero would be suiting up as playing coach. The report, posted at Philboxing.com, said Pacquiao would most likely be working as assistant to a former national team mentor once negotiations for his stint in the PBA are finalized. “We are both elated and excited at the possibility of our nation’s most popular and revered sports icon, Rep. Manny Pacquiao, becoming a part of Team Kia,” CAC chief executive officer Ginia Domingo said.READ MORE...


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Pacquiao responds to Ali’s tweet, hails ‘The Greatest’


A few days after Muhammad Ali went to Twitter to urge Floyd Mayweather to consider fighting Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino icon tweeted his appreciation for the boxing legend. (AP)

MANILA, MAY 12, 2014, (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - Boxing great Muhammad Ali’s recent tweet expressing hope for a showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has taken the Twitter-verse by storm.

It also most likely left a big smile on Pacquiao’s face. A few days after Ali went to Twitter to urge Mayweather to consider fighting Pacquiao, the Filipino icon tweeted his appreciation for the boxing legend.

Ali posted the tweet to Mayweather just a few hours after the American escaped with a majority decision over a determined Marcos Maidana to remain unbeaten.

  1. Congratulations @FloydMayweather. Maybe after you rest up we can see you rumble with @MannyPacquiao!

@MuhammadAli @FloydMayweather God Bless You, Muhammad. YOU are The Greatest!

It turned out that Ali, widely acknowledged as “The Greatest” in boxing, is among those who haven’t given up on a possible fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Pacquiao had gone on record about his willingness to face Mayweather in a megabuck fight that can go down as the richest in history. But the same can’t be said about Mayweather, who after beating Maidana talked about a rematch with the Argentine.

Mayweather and Pacquiao have tried negotiating a deal before but failed due to a number of reasons.

Ali, 72, compiled a professional record of 56-5, with 37 knockouts. He is known for his heavyweight showdowns with fellow greats Floyd Patterson, George Foreman and Joe Frazier among others. But his storied trilogy with Frazier stands out the most, culminating in their 1974 “Thrilla in Manila” rubbermatch at the Araneta Coliseum.

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Pacquiao and Mayweather: It is Now Time for the Fight of the Century by Johnnie Loftus • 04.23.14• 82,210 views• Boxing

Manny Pacquiao has had an up and down road as of late. He would lose a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley back in June of 2012 when everyone except the judges could see that Pacquiao was dominating the fight and had clearly won.

To make matters worse for team Pacquiao, Manny would get the business from his long-time nemesis, Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez in a shocking sixth-round KO that put Manny into a state of unconsciousness before he hit the canvas.

However, all became right with the world last week as one Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, otherwise known as “Pac-Man,” worked over a very game Timothy Bradley in a twelve-round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

Quite the opposite can be said for Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He has continued to dominate everything with a pulse in the Super Feather weight to the Light Middleweight divisions for years, and even though he retired from the game for a short period, he has not missed a step with four unanimous decisions, one majority decision and one knock out in his six fights after coming out of his hiatus.

Both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have fought everyone there is to fight, and have shown that they are the two best, pound for pound champions in the boxing world; it is now time for the match of the century.

The public has been clamoring for this meeting for years and the consensus is that Money Mayweather has been ducking the Pac-Man. It appeared that a fight was on the verge of happening a few years back, but then Mayweather’s camp made a demand that Pacquiao agree to a drug test the week of the event, something that the Filipino fighter balked at.

Some saw this as Pacquiao not wanting to risk a positive test, while others felt that this was just another way for Mayweather’s team to avoid the fight all together because they knew that such a request was uncommon, and that Manny would never agree to it.

We have created ten points on the two greats and will leave it up to you to decide who may come out on top in what will surely be the fight of the century, (if it ever happens).

Pacquiao: Quality of Opponents


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Pacquiao has a record of 56-5-2 with 38 by knockout and has been no slouch in his choice of opponents, boxing every top contender in the past 10 years with a ferocity and determination that is unmatched.

While the fighting man from the Philippines has not remained undefeated, he has beaten down on most of the poor schleps that have dared to lace up the mitts with him.

Victims include Timothy Bradley, Brandon Rios, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, and Oscar de la Hoya. It is clear that Pac-Man is the real deal.

Mayweather: Quality of Opponents


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Some would like to argue that Floyd Mayweather has maintained his undefeated mark of 45-0 (with 26 by Knockout) by taking on the has-beens of the squared circle, but this cannot be further from the truth.

Money Mayweather has remained unbeaten by going through an array of top caliber opponents, (many of the same ones that Pac-Man has fought), often handing them only their first or second defeat. In the last 10 years, his victims include Saul Alverez, Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, Victor Ortiz, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, Carlos Baldomir, Zab Judah, Shaba Mitchell and Arturo Gatti.

Pacquiao: Likes to Come Forward Making Him Susceptible to Knockout


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Manny likes to keep things moving forward; often attacking his opponents in a rash of aggressive shots that force them to take to their heels.

In his recent contest with Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Pac-Man forced his younger nemesis against the ropes time and time again, and any shots that Bradley was able to land, only energized Pac-Man into a blitzkrieg style attack that left Timothy stunned and bewildered.

He is one of those fighters that appears to get stronger as the fight goes on, and is much more interested in keeping his opponents on the defensive; such is the style of Pacquiao.

However, as Juan Manuel Marques showed the world on December 9th, 2012, Pac-Man is susceptible to the knockout.

Even though Manny was clearly winning this fourth contest, he wanted to make a statement and continued to aggressively attack Marquez; a poor strategy as during the 6th round, Pac Man walked into a devastating right hand that would have sent Mike Tyson reeling.

After the fight, he had conceded that he was on a mission to knock out Marquez after their previous contest ended in a controversial majority decision for the Pac-Man.

However, that was two and a half years ago and much has changed. Manny, with the help of the great Freddy Roach, has revamped his style by adding a stick and move weapon to his arsenal. This has already proven fruitful against his last two opponents who have had a tough time finding him after absorbing a shot.

Mayweather: Defense Minded


Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Images

One of the reasons that Floyd Mayweather can still refer to himself as “Pretty Boy” is because he rarely gets hit.

He is an expert at making himself the smallest target possible and has transformed the act of slipping punches into an art form.

Mayweather accomplishes this with endless shoulder rolls, (tucking his chin behind his shoulder which then deflects the incoming shot); something that frustrates his opponents to no end.

According to Compubox, Pretty Boy is only getting touched up 18% of the time, and of that 18%, few blows are actually impressive enough to be called damaging.

According to sources, Mayweather states, “Defense is an art and with a great defense you can last a lot longer in this sport.”

Pacquiao: God-like speed


Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya


One of the biggest complaints of any opponent is that Pacquiao is just too quick. Even though the odds heavily favored de la Hoya in their 2008 matchup, the Sports Inquirer stated that “Pacquiao snatched those odds and ran them through a shredder, pummeling de la Hoya with a dizzying combination of speed and power for eight rounds until the latter quit in the ninth.”

The “Golden Boy” could even be overheard complaining to his cornermen, “He’s too fast.”

After receiving a proper beat down at the hands of the Pac-Man, Brandon Rios shared a similar sentiment.

Rios, sporting oversized sunglasses and a hat to cover the carnage that was once his face, stated, “I was trying, I tried, man. I tried my heart out. … I’ll say it over and over: the speed is what got me. The speed was the factor in this fight. He’s very fast. He’s faster than I thought he was. Motherf*****’s fast.”

Mayweather: Likes the Long Haul


Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Images

Money’s last six fights have all gone the distance with the exception of the embarrassing knockout of the choir boy, and dare we say naïve Victor, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry” Ortiz.

As a matter of fact, According to Boxrec.com, Mayweather has won 15 of his previous 20 fights in the maximum time allowed, making him the marathon man of the fight game.

This is just another testament to the champs desire to wear his opponents down and score points as fast as the judges can record them. Even his knockouts take time with 5 of his last 7 coming in round 8 or later.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Pacquiao as Kia playing coach? By Musong R. Castillo Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:28 am | Friday, May 9th, 2014


Rep. Manny Pacquiao. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines –Manny Pacquiao will dip his hands in another field: coaching and playing professional basketball starting the next PBA season.

Pacquiao, the only eight-division world champion, has agreed in principle to become the playing-coach of the KIA Philippines squad, which will make its PBA debut in October as one of three expansion ballclubs.

Columbian Autocar Corp. president and CEO Ginia Domingo confirmed that the company, which owns the KIA franchise, met with Pacquiao and said in a statement that “we are elated and excited at the possibility of our nation’s most popular and revered sports icon, Cong. Manny Pacquiao, becoming part of Team KIA.”

Pacquiao had earlier said he would play an active role with the team, but Domingo did not specify the role.

“We will continue our discussions and will announce our plans as soon as they are firmed up,” Domingo’s statement read.

All that stands in the way of Pacquiao coaching and playing at the same time is being picked by KIA in the Rookie Draft scheduled in August.

A source said that Pacquiao’s looming PBA stint is part of a deal where the boxing superstar will become the new image model of KIA vehicles in the country and in Asia.

The PBA said there is no way that Pacquiao can become a player in the league if he doesn’t go through the Draft.

The application of KIA, along with Blackwater (Ever Bilena) and NLEX (Metro Pacific Investment Corp.) to join the PBA was approved last month. They will form their teams through the expansion draft, the signing of unrestricted free agents, and the Rookie Draft.

All happy with Pacquiao in PBA? By Recah Trinidad Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:10 am | Sunday, May 11th, 2014


FROM ABS-CBN: Manny Pacquiao- Oldest Rookie & First Boxer to Play in the PBA?

A day before Columbia Autocar Corp. (CAC) confirmed it was formalizing negotiations with Manny Pacquiao to be part of Team Kia in the PBA, there was a report saying the boxing superhero would be suiting up as playing coach.

The report, posted at Philboxing.com, said Pacquiao would most likely be working as assistant to a former national team mentor once negotiations for his stint in the PBA are finalized.

“We are both elated and excited at the possibility of our nation’s most popular and revered sports icon, Rep. Manny Pacquiao, becoming a part of Team Kia,” CAC chief executive officer Ginia Domingo said.

* * *

Of course, practically everybody in the national basketball backyard got excited when word first got around last week that Pacquiao could be figuring in live action on the PBA hardcourt.

It was a startling sales coup (for Kia), by any measure.

The popular impression was that the PBA itself would gain from a Pacquiao stint in the national pro league.

There was however a minor jolt after PBA Commissioner Chito Salud was next quoted as saying Pacquiao would have to first go through the rookie draft.

* * *

A source in the PBA media bureau told the Inquirer yesterday that nobody, regardless of stature and playing worth, can be excused.

“This is part of the official time-honored process, all rookies go through the rookie draft” the source explained.

To clarify, it was stated that, based on the drafting order, Kia, at best, would be 11th in the drafting order.

“The drafting order will be based on the finish of the 10 involved teams in the past three conferences,” the source said. “The three new teams will then go through a lottery in order to determine the 11th, 12th and 13th in the draft order.”

* * *

By the way, there was not a single dissenting voice among active PBA mentors who were asked their vote on the Pacquiao PBA stint by veteran sportswriter Nelson Beltran.

“If he’s good enough to compete in the PBA, then why not?” said Talk ’N Text mentor Norman Black. “He certainly will draw in the crowd.”

Nodding in agreement were Yeng Guiao of Rain or Shine, Pido Jarencio of Globalport and Biboy Ravanes of San Miguel Beer.

Not to play killjoy, but incoming Ginebra coach Jeff Cariaso offered a word of caution while also happily welcoming the prospect of Pacquiao in the PBA.

* * *

Cariaso said professional basketball is far too different from recreational basketball and the sport of boxing.
Meanwhile, there was one resounding dissent from the press box.

“Pacquiao guarding Tenorio or Caguioa?” asked veteran sports editor Joe Antonio of People’s Journal. “Sa boxing na lang, sana.”

A great fan of the late Fernando Poe Jr., Antonio swore there’s the danger of the PBA ending up with an eyesore.
Still, he said he’s for having Pacquiao in the PBA in any other capacity.

As long as they don’t hire him as fiery, fearless team mascot.


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