ARUM TO PRIORITIZE PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ 5 FIGHT

Bob Arum says a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is 'the fight I want to make more than any other.'A couple of boxers other than Juan Manuel Marquez join the list of possible opponents for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight. But Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum isn’t keen on anyone but Pacquiao’s bitter rival. According to a World Boxing News report, Arum’s priority is staging a fifth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez, likely in Macau this November. Pacquiao recently signed a fresh deal with Top Rank that will run through 2016 and includes at least two fights per year for the Filipino icon. British Amir Khan has expressed interest in facing Pacquiao, his former sparmate. A bout with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is likewise possible, even though the popular Mexican currently fights under Top Rank’s chief rival Golden Boy Promotions. But Arum is looking at no one else other than Marquez for now. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao’s Macau fight moved to Nov. 23–Arum

MACAU—Celine Dion has “boxed out” Manny Pacquiao from the spotlight. The superstar singer will stage a concert on Nov. 8 at Cotai Arena in the palatial Venetian Hotel and Casino here, forcing Top Rank to move Pacquiao’s next fight from the previous scheduled date of Nov. 16 to Nov. 23. Top Rank big boss Bob Arum, in town for the Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vetyeka WBA featherweight title fight, said they have moved the date for the Pacquiao mega fight. The reason behind the move is to give organizers enough time to drumbeat the two major spectacles to be held in the biggest casino complex in the region. Arum said he has talked to Pacquiao camp but has yet to name the next opponent. Among those mentioned are Amir Khan, Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. “We have lots of names, list and list of names,” Arum told Filipino sportswriters during the grand arrival of Donaire and Vetyeka at the hotel main lobby. Arum added that Pacquiao could get the biggest paycheck of his career in the next fight. “Manny can’t make less—for any fight—than $20 million,” said Arum. “It goes up from there, somewhere between $20 million to $30 million,” he said.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao wants to fight Mayweather

The newly-enthroned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has chosen Floyd Mayweather as his next ring opponent in October. The newly-enthroned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has chosen Floyd Mayweather as his next ring opponent in October. "You know, I want to fight Mayweather. But I am ready to face anyone whom my promoters want me to fight in the ring," Pacquiao who became the International Boxing Organisation junior welterweight champion, said in a radio interview aired in Manila. "I will wait for the result of Mayweather's fight against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18," said Pacquiao. "I am now preparing for my next fight in October or November," said Pacquiao, but did not name his opponent. Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach earlier said that Pacquiao will be paired with Mayweather only if the latter gets his weight down to 140 pounds. Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he, his wife Jinky and their children will go on a tour. He did not give details. He returned to his home in Los Angeles after Saturday's bout in Las Vegas in which he knocked out the British IBC welterweight champion in the second round. READ MORE...

ALSO: Merchant: Donaire no Pacquiao, but beating Vetyeka could lead to bigger things

BOLANDO MACAU – While Nonito Donaire will never be the next Manny Pacquiao, one couldn’t help but wonder if the Filipino-American fighter could possibly be Philippine boxing’s next torchbearer – especially now that the beloved Pacquiao is already at the twilight of his storied career. Boxing sage Larry Merchant thinks marketing Donaire as Pacquiao’s successor is just a ploy of fight promoters. Nevertheless, he believes Donaire can at least trek the trail that Pacquiao blazed when the boxing icon stormed through weight classes and hauled an unprecedented eight world titles in as many divisions. Donaire can continue traversing the said path with a win over a relatively unknown Simpiwe Vetyeka at the 15,000-capacity Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort here. Merchant, a highly respected figure in the boxing community having done precious commentaries and no-holds-barred interviews in countless fights over the years, is in this bustling city to work on the Donaire-Vetyeka bout. Philstar.com got hold of Merchant, who talked in great depth about Donaire possibly taking over from Pacquiao and the significance of Saturday’s fight. “I thought that's what some promoters were trying to make happen (packaging Donaire as the next Pacquiao),” Merchant said. “Because Manny created so much worldwide interest and such a big fan base in America.” “And Donaire is similar in a sense that he came from the same place originally,” added Merchant, well aware that Donaire hails from General Santos City, which is also Pacquiao’s hometown. Donaire is seeking a fifth world title against Vetyeka, who holds the WBA featherweight belt. He has won championships at flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight. Merchant noted the similarities to Pacquiao, who started out as a skinny flyweight who started leapfrogging from one weight class to another. READ MORE...

ALSO: Donaire defeats Vetyeka, gets 5th belt in rough fight

MACAU – It was a bizarre ending to what was shaping out to be an action-filled albeit rough fight. Hampered by a nasty gash he suffered in the opening round that kept getting worse as the bout progressed, Nonito Donaire Jr. settled for a technical decision win over Simpiwe Vetyeka to seize the WBA featherweight title in front of a sold-out crowd at the Venetian Resort’s Cotai Arena here. The bout was halted shortly after the bell sounded to start the fifth round after Donaire couldn’t see due to a cut on his left eyebrow, which was earlier caused by a head butt. The fight went to the scorecards, and Donaire won on all three judges’ cards, 49-46, to take home the championship. Cheered on by the local crowd, Donaire started the fight studying Vetyeka, who often leaned his head forward as the Filipino-American launched his offense. But an accidental clash of heads near the end of the first round opened a cut on Donaire’s left eyebrow. It turned out to be the start of Donaire’s ordeal. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd, JuanMa, Canelo out as Manny’s next foe

MACAU – You can count some very good names out as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent. Renowned matchmaker Bruce Trampler sat down with Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz, yesterday at The Venetian Hotel. Trampler told Pinoy scribes that Pacquiao wants to do five more fights before he considers retiring in 2016. Bob Arum has penciled Nov. 23 for his next fight although it was reported that it may even be pushed to September. Juan Manuel Marquez has fought Pacquiao four times, each fight as controversial and as exciting as the other. But a fifth fight is not the best fight for the Filipino superstar out there. With his stunning knockout win over Pacquiao in 2012, Marquez has put a hefty price tag on himself if it’s a fight involving Pacquiao. “Manny would fight Marquez but Marquez is at a point where he wants to get his biggest payday. He wants the money that Manny wants,” Trampler said. “That’s very difficult a very expensive fight,” the Hall-of-Fame matchmaker added of the Mexican who may be asking for at least $10 million to face Pacquiao again. READ MORE...


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Arum to prioritize Pacquiao-Marquez 5


Bob Arum says a fifth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez is 'the fight I want to make more than any other.' (AP photo)

MANILA, JUNE 2, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - A couple of boxers other than Juan Manuel Marquez join the list of possible opponents for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight. But Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum isn’t keen on anyone but Pacquiao’s bitter rival.

According to a World Boxing News report, Arum’s priority is staging a fifth meeting between Pacquiao and Marquez, likely in Macau this November.

Pacquiao recently signed a fresh deal with Top Rank that will run through 2016 and includes at least two fights per year for the Filipino icon.

British Amir Khan has expressed interest in facing Pacquiao, his former sparmate. A bout with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is likewise possible, even though the popular Mexican currently fights under Top Rank’s chief rival Golden Boy Promotions.

But Arum is looking at no one else other than Marquez for now.

“I can say that there have been talks regarding Khan or Canelo, but perhaps Canelo is an opponent for next year,” the promoter said.

Pacquiao and Marquez had already been at it four times, with the Mexican getting the upperhand the last time around when he knocked his rival out cold in their fourth meeting. Both fighters have recently scored wins – Pacquiao over Timothy Bradley last month and Marquez over Mike Alvarado just a few weeks ago – fueling talks about another rematch.

Marquez is still non-committal about trading gloves with Pacquiao again, although the Mexican wants something that Pacquiao has – the WBO welterweight title.

Arum will make sure Marquez gets a crack at that championship, and Pacquiao a chance for payback.

“For now, the fight I want to make more than any other is Pacquiao-Marquez 5,” he ended.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Manny Pacquiao’s Macau fight moved to Nov. 23–Arum By Marc Anthony Reyes Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:47 am | Thursday, May 29th, 2014

MACAU—Celine Dion has “boxed out” Manny Pacquiao from the spotlight.

The superstar singer will stage a concert on Nov. 8 at Cotai Arena in the palatial Venetian Hotel and Casino here, forcing Top Rank to move Pacquiao’s next fight from the previous scheduled date of Nov. 16 to Nov. 23.

Top Rank big boss Bob Arum, in town for the Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vetyeka WBA featherweight title fight, said they have moved the date for the Pacquiao mega fight.

The reason behind the move is to give organizers enough time to drumbeat the two major spectacles to be held in the biggest casino complex in the region.

Arum said he has talked to Pacquiao camp but has yet to name the next opponent. Among those mentioned are Amir Khan, Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez.

“We have lots of names, list and list of names,” Arum told Filipino sportswriters during the grand arrival of Donaire and Vetyeka at the hotel main lobby.

Arum added that Pacquiao could get the biggest paycheck of his career in the next fight. “Manny can’t make less—for any fight—than $20 million,” said Arum. “It goes up from there, somewhere between $20 million to $30 million,” he said.

FROM THE GULF NEWS

Pacquiao wants to fight Mayweather By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau ChiefPublished: 22:44 May 4, 2009Gulf News


Image Credit: AP Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) is on Manny Pacquiao's radar.

The newly-enthroned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has chosen Floyd Mayweather as his next ring opponent in October.

Manila: The newly-enthroned boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has chosen Floyd Mayweather as his next ring opponent in October.

"You know, I want to fight Mayweather. But I am ready to face anyone whom my promoters want me to fight in the ring," Pacquiao who became the International Boxing Organisation junior welterweight champion, said in a radio interview aired in Manila.

"I will wait for the result of Mayweather's fight against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18," said Pacquiao.

"I am now preparing for my next fight in October or November," said Pacquiao, but did not name his opponent.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach earlier said that Pacquiao will be paired with Mayweather only if the latter gets his weight down to 140 pounds.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he, his wife Jinky and their children will go on a tour. He did not give details.

He returned to his home in Los Angeles after Saturday's bout in Las Vegas in which he knocked out the British IBC welterweight champion in the second round.

Pacquiao's humble beginnings included odd jobs in a bakery and in the port area of General Santos in the southern Philippines. He was a light-flyweight champion and clambered up to a total of six weight titles, the world's only boxer to have achieved such a feat.

Last December, Pacquiao defeated Oscar de la Hoya and sealed the latter's retirement.

Congratulations for Pacquiao came from almost all Filipinos.

President Gloria Arroyo said "that Manny showed the world the best in the Filipino."

"His victory is the victory of every Filipino," said Vice-President Noli de Castro.

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Merchant: Donaire no Pacquiao, but beating Vetyeka could lead to bigger things By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated May 30, 2014 - 8:09pm 4 4 googleplus1 0


Veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant (inset) underscored the importance of Nonito Donaire's fight with Simpiwe Vetyeka as the boxer steps up as a possible successor to Manny Pacquiao. AJ

BOLANDO MACAU – While Nonito Donaire will never be the next Manny Pacquiao, one couldn’t help but wonder if the Filipino-American fighter could possibly be Philippine boxing’s next torchbearer – especially now that the beloved Pacquiao is already at the twilight of his storied career.

Boxing sage Larry Merchant thinks marketing Donaire as Pacquiao’s successor is just a ploy of fight promoters. Nevertheless, he believes Donaire can at least trek the trail that Pacquiao blazed when the boxing icon stormed through weight classes and hauled an unprecedented eight world titles in as many divisions.

Donaire can continue traversing the said path with a win over a relatively unknown Simpiwe Vetyeka at the 15,000-capacity Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort here.

Merchant, a highly respected figure in the boxing community having done precious commentaries and no-holds-barred interviews in countless fights over the years, is in this bustling city to work on the Donaire-Vetyeka bout.

Philstar.com got hold of Merchant, who talked in great depth about Donaire possibly taking over from Pacquiao and the significance of Saturday’s fight.

“I thought that's what some promoters were trying to make happen (packaging Donaire as the next Pacquiao),” Merchant said. “Because Manny created so much worldwide interest and such a big fan base in America.”

“And Donaire is similar in a sense that he came from the same place originally,” added Merchant, well aware that Donaire hails from General Santos City, which is also Pacquiao’s hometown.

Donaire is seeking a fifth world title against Vetyeka, who holds the WBA featherweight belt. He has won championships at flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight.

Merchant noted the similarities to Pacquiao, who started out as a skinny flyweight who started leapfrogging from one weight class to another.

“He (Donaire) was a small guy with a big punch. And it looks like he could grow into a bigger fighter,” the 83-year-old commentator said.

Donaire himself isn’t ruling out the possibility of moving up in weight again, saying he’s still packing the pounds. He tipped the scales at exactly 126 pounds during Friday’s official weigh-in.

“Lumalaki pa din (I’m still growing),” he told philstar.com during a late workout on Wednesday.

Notwithstanding the similarities between Pacquiao and Donaire in terms of physical growth, Merchant stressed that there’s only one Manny Pacquiao.

“I don't know if there's time enough now for him (Donaire) to achieve those heights. That's very rare. What Manny Pacquiao did happens once in a generation, so it's unfair to expect Donaire to follow in his footsteps,” he said.

A win over Vetyeka on Saturday will not only net Donaire another crown, but it could also open new doors for him.

“If he wins this fight, he could be in some big, important events over the next couple of years,” Merchant continued.

More importantly, the Vetyeka fight will determine if Donaire is indeed capable of campaigning at heavier divisions.

“Will his punch be as strong? And will he be able to withstand the punches he gets? That's what we have to see on Saturday night,” Merchant said.

“And he himself said it, that he wants to make a statement and to find out how good he is and for everyone else to find out,” he ended.

It is now up to Donaire to prove if he can be the next face of Philippine boxing.

Donaire defeats Vetyeka, gets 5th belt in rough fight By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated June 1, 2014 - 12:18am 27 169 googleplus11 0


Nonito Donaire Jr. defeated Simpiwe Vetyeka to annex the WBA featherweight title at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort in Macau. AJ BOLANDO

(UPDATED 12:01 a.m)

MACAU – It was a bizarre ending to what was shaping out to be an action-filled albeit rough fight.

Hampered by a nasty gash he suffered in the opening round that kept getting worse as the bout progressed, Nonito Donaire Jr. settled for a technical decision win over Simpiwe Vetyeka to seize the WBA featherweight title in front of a sold-out crowd at the Venetian Resort’s Cotai Arena here.

The bout was halted shortly after the bell sounded to start the fifth round after Donaire couldn’t see due to a cut on his left eyebrow, which was earlier caused by a head butt. The fight went to the scorecards, and Donaire won on all three judges’ cards, 49-46, to take home the championship.

Cheered on by the local crowd, Donaire started the fight studying Vetyeka, who often leaned his head forward as the Filipino-American launched his offense. But an accidental clash of heads near the end of the first round opened a cut on Donaire’s left eyebrow.

It turned out to be the start of Donaire’s ordeal.

“After the first round there was a headbutt. The ref asked me if I want him to stop the fight. I told him I want to continue," he said after the fight.

A couple more headbutts from Vetyeka in the second round made matters worse for Donaire, who claimed he couldn’t see the punches because of the blood pouring from the cut.

RELATED: Donaire wants Vetyeka rematch

Nevertheless, Donaire brushed off the nuisance and stormed out of the third round to rock Vetyeka with some right straights. He gathered the most steam though in the fourth round, decking Vetyeka with a booming right-left combo that sent the champion on wobbly legs throughout the canto.

Vetyeka would survive the onslaught, but it turned out he didn’t need to fight as the bout was stopped entering the fifth round. It was Donaire himself who told referee Luis Pabon he couldn’t see any more.

“I wasn’t able to see his right hands, which were his power shots,” he added.

As per professional boxing rules, the fight goes to the scorecards after four rounds in case of an accidental head butt.

“I didn't want the fight to be stopped because I want to continue for the fans," Donaire continued.

Vetyeka, for his part, disagrees with the fight’s outcome.

“I didn’t think it was a headbutt. I’m terribly upset,” he said.

But Donaire assured his foe of a rematch.

“He’s (Vetyeka) a great fighter. He deserves a rematch,” he said.

Donaire thus became a five-division champion, having previously won titles at flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight and super bantamweight.

Vetyeka fell to 26-3, with 15 knockouts.

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Editor's note: Philstar.com's special coverage of the Nonito Donaire-Simpiwe Vetyeka fight is made possible by Cebu Pacific Air, why every Juan flies.

Floyd, JuanMa, Canelo out as Manny’s next foe By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 31, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


PACQUIAO WITH KONCZ

MACAU – You can count some very good names out as Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent.

Renowned matchmaker Bruce Trampler sat down with Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz, yesterday at The Venetian Hotel.

Trampler told Pinoy scribes that Pacquiao wants to do five more fights before he considers retiring in 2016. Bob Arum has penciled Nov. 23 for his next fight although it was reported that it may even be pushed to September.

Juan Manuel Marquez has fought Pacquiao four times, each fight as controversial and as exciting as the other. But a fifth fight is not the best fight for the Filipino superstar out there.

With his stunning knockout win over Pacquiao in 2012, Marquez has put a hefty price tag on himself if it’s a fight involving Pacquiao.

“Manny would fight Marquez but Marquez is at a point where he wants to get his biggest payday. He wants the money that Manny wants,” Trampler said.

“That’s very difficult a very expensive fight,” the Hall-of-Fame matchmaker added of the Mexican who may be asking for at least $10 million to face Pacquiao again.

Koncz said it’s not going to happen.

Trampler said Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t on his mind right now, either.

“He’s had so many opportunities to say, ‘Yes,’ and he’s come up with so many excuses that I don’t really consider him anymore,” said Trampler.

CANELO ALVARES

Also not in Trampler’s mind right now is Canelo Alvarez simply because the Mexican is too big for Pacquiao.

“Canelo is way too big at 154 pounds. Amir Khan is a possibility. (Mike) Alvarado no. (Tim) Bradley, we’ve done that twice. And Danny Garcia is also a possibility,” said Trampler.

“We hope to come up with good names by the time Manny retires so he can run for office (in 2016). I don’t know if there are five guys out there who qualify,” he added.


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