ARUM GROOMS LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMP FOR PACQUIAO

JULY 2 --If he keeps his winning ways, undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford could end up facing Manny Pacquiao in the future. Top Rank chief Bob Arum is grooming Crawford as a potential Pacquiao foe following the American’s impressive dismantling of previously unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa over the weekend to retain his title. Crawford floored the dangerous Gamboa, a Cuban, four times en route to a ninth-round knockout victory in front of fans in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska last Sunday. The remarkable win put Crawford (24-0, with 17 knockouts) on the road to superstardom. More importantly, the victory could send him on a possible collision course with Pacquiao. "Down the road – and it's very possible – that a year from now we put him in with Pacquiao. That would be a huge fight and a great fight,” Arum said in a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. Pacquiao holds the WBO welterweight title and could slide back to junior welterweight in his next fight in November, making a future bout with Crawford within reach. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao is a hero, inside and outside the boxing ring

JULY 3 --It was just like home, although Manny Pacquiao, 35, was hundreds of miles from the Philippines. Surrounded by compatriots, who flocked to Macau to watch his bout and proudly sang the national anthem,
Pacquiao went on to win a unanimous decision in front of 13,000-plus boxing fans. Filipinos like a big stage, and many are leaving their mark around the world. There is Arnel Pineda, a vocalist with the American rock band Journey, and Charice, a pop singer who debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. But it is Pacquiao, a champion boxer in six weight classes, who holds pride of place. The fight in Macau pitted Pacquiao against American Brandon Rios last November. It was historic in terms of the cash it made for Asia's gambling capital. Bob Arum, CEO of Las Vegas boxing promoter Top Rank, which has Pacquiao as a client, said the sellout event "couldn't have been more of a success." Including undercard bouts, it generated "well in excess of $30 million," Arum said. Because Pacquiao is one of the few boxers who can attract a pay-per-view audience in the U.S., the main event was held midday on a Sunday in Macau -- prime time on Saturday night in North America. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao next fight with Amir Khan? Talks ongoing 

JULY 4 --Well, with the looks of it, Manny Pacquiao won't be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. this year and Amir Khan won't be facing The Money either. So, a fight between Pacquiao and Khan is indeed possible. Khan aired his opinion about fighting with Pacquaio, and he believes he should be Pacman's next opponent in Macau, on November 27. The Manila Standard Today reported that Khan said, "We have a good history together; we both were trained by Freddie Roach, we sparred together hundreds of times, we are friends. But boxing is a business and I want to fight him and beat him." * READ MORE...

Mayweather, Pacquiao, Canelo: 3 factors for 2015

JULY 3 --It has been sensed that perhaps in 2015 things will arrange themselves in a way that history could possibly be made. There are a couple of factors involved, to which all would have to fall into place for the history of boxing to change. There has been talk of a possibly Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight and a possible Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto in 2015. It is imperative to know that before we jump into those fights, one of them a “dream fight” there has to be some determining factors involved. First as we all know the mentioned above opponents have to go through one more challenge before even getting close to the history fights. First, we got Canelo taking on Erislandy Lara, a close and risky fight for Canelo on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For soccer fans of Brazil this fight is similar to the Brazil vs. Chile game they almost lost Chile being the underdog. The Same philosophy applies here. Canelo is yet to prove himself against Lara and leave the boxing fans “Canelo thirsty” after the fight. * READ MORE...


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Arum grooms lightweight champ for Pacquiao


Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (right) is being groomed as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao. (AP photo)

MANILA, JULY 6, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - If he keeps his winning ways, undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford could end up facing Manny Pacquiao in the future.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is grooming Crawford as a potential Pacquiao foe following the American’s impressive dismantling of previously unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa over the weekend to retain his title.

Crawford floored the dangerous Gamboa, a Cuban, four times en route to a ninth-round knockout victory in front of fans in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska last Sunday. The remarkable win put Crawford (24-0, with 17 knockouts) on the road to superstardom.

More importantly, the victory could send him on a possible collision course with Pacquiao.

"Down the road – and it's very possible – that a year from now we put him in with Pacquiao. That would be a huge fight and a great fight,” Arum said in a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.

Pacquiao holds the WBO welterweight title and could slide back to junior welterweight in his next fight in November, making a future bout with Crawford within reach.

* Arum, for his part, wants to put Crawford in big fights.

“If you really think you have a great fighter with superstar qualities, you move him that way, you don't protect him. You move a superstar into the biggest fights you can make for him, and that's what we are going to do," the promoter added.

Meanwhile, veteran boxing commentator Larry Merchant believes a Pacquiao-Crawford duel would be a barnburner.

“I’d like to see Crawford fight Manny Pacquiao next. I think if he’s going to move up to 140 lbs as he said and to me the ideal weight for Manny has been 140, why not?” Merchant told ThaBoxingVoice.com.

And who wins this one?

“I think right now it’s a 50/50 fight,” he ended.

FROM ASIA.NIKKEI.COM

Manny Pacquiao is a hero, inside and outside the boxing ring July 3, 2014 12:00 am JST KENJI KAWASE, Nikkei deputy editor


Manny Pacquiao wears the champion's belt as he celebrates winning his comeback fight against Brandon Rios of the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2013, in Macau.

MACAU/MANILA -- It was just like home, although Manny Pacquiao, 35, was hundreds of miles from the Philippines. Surrounded by compatriots, who flocked to Macau to watch his bout and proudly sang the national anthem, Pacquiao went on to win a unanimous decision in front of 13,000-plus boxing fans.

Filipinos like a big stage, and many are leaving their mark around the world. There is Arnel Pineda, a vocalist with the American rock band Journey, and Charice, a pop singer who debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.

But it is Pacquiao, a champion boxer in six weight classes, who holds pride of place.

The fight in Macau pitted Pacquiao against American Brandon Rios last November. It was historic in terms of the cash it made for Asia's gambling capital. Bob Arum, CEO of Las Vegas boxing promoter Top Rank, which has Pacquiao as a client, said the sellout event "couldn't have been more of a success.

" Including undercard bouts, it generated "well in excess of $30 million," Arum said. Because Pacquiao is one of the few boxers who can attract a pay-per-view audience in the U.S., the main event was held midday on a Sunday in Macau -- prime time on Saturday night in North America.

* Punching his ticket

Pacquiao made $41.8 million last year, according to a survey by Forbes magazine in mid-June, putting him 11th among the world's highest-paid athletes.

Two years ago he was No. 2 and outearned Tiger Woods. Pacquiao spent about a year away from the ring before his successful comeback in Macau. That pushed him out of the top 10, but he is still the best-paid athlete in Asia.

Success did not come easy. Boxing was one of the few paths out of poverty for a boy born into a poor rural family on the island of Mindanao.

After turning pro at age 16, the southpaw quickly became known for his quick punches and fighting spirit. He is renowned as one of the best attacking boxers of all time and is a sports icon in the Philippines.

More than a fist

Whenever Pacquiao is in the ring, the Philippines is glued to the TV.

Even the crime rate is said to drop sharply during his fights. Following the bout in Macau, he notched another victory in April in Las Vegas against American Timothy Bradley, bringing his professional record to 56 wins -- 38 by knockout -- five losses and two draws.

Pacquiao owes his popularity to more than boxing prowess. He is a devout Christian and does a lot of charity work, providing scholarships for needy students, for example. His first words after his victory in Macau were condolences to the families hit by typhoon Haiyan, which struck Mindanao right before the match. "This fight is for you, especially for people and families affected by the typhoon. I am happy that God answered my prayer."

Outside the ring, Pacquiao is a sitting congressman, since May 2010, who devotes himself to fighting for the underprivileged. "My journey will continue. We will rise again." Pacquiao's achievements are an encouragement to Filipinos at home and abroad.

Nikkei staff writer Minoru Satake in Manila contributed to this report.

FROM SWEET SCIENCE BLOG (CHRISTIAN NEWS)

Manny Pacquiao next fight with Amir Khan? Talks ongoing Published 04 July 2014 | Azalea Pena

Well, with the looks of it, Manny Pacquiao won't be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. this year and Amir Khan won't be facing The Money either. So, a fight between Pacquiao and Khan is indeed possible.

Khan aired his opinion about fighting with Pacquaio, and he believes he should be Pacman's next opponent in Macau, on November 27. The Manila Standard Today reported that Khan said, "We have a good history together; we both were trained by Freddie Roach, we sparred together hundreds of times, we are friends. But boxing is a business and I want to fight him and beat him."

* Khan reasoned to Bad Left Hook, saying "We are both fighting next in November or December, so everything is perfect for us to fight. Its speed, explosiveness and entertainment from both fighters and this is what fans want from boxing right now." Bad Left Hook reports that there are talks about the fight already.

It seems like Khan is setting his eyes on the big names. Unfortunately, his fight with Mayweather didn't push through as Mayweather had fought Marcos Maidana last May. And even if Mayweather is slated to fight again September 13, it won't be against Khan since he won't make it due to the Ramadan. Instead, Khan calls out Pacquaio as he "will be ready in time" for the fight on November.

Khan also said that if Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya want to make it good with their recent reconciliation, they should work together and co-promote fights, "why not Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao fight?

Mayweather and Pacquiao's next opponents are still uncertain. Both camps haven't picked their next fight yet. Mayweather's possible opponent list includes Miguel Cotto and Khan, while the other possible opponents for Pacquaio are Chris Algieri and Juan Manuel Marquez.

FROM BOXING NEWS

Mayweather, Pacquiao, Canelo: 3 factors for 2015 July 3rd, 2014 | Post Comment - 558 Comments By Francisco Gurrola

It has been sensed that perhaps in 2015 things will arrange themselves in a way that history could possibly be made.

There are a couple of factors involved, to which all would have to fall into place for the history of boxing to change. There has been talk of a possibly Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight and a possible Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto in 2015.

It is imperative to know that before we jump into those fights, one of them a “dream fight” there has to be some determining factors involved. First as we all know the mentioned above opponents have to go through one more challenge before even getting close to the history fights.

First, we got Canelo taking on Erislandy Lara, a close and risky fight for Canelo on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. For soccer fans of Brazil this fight is similar to the Brazil vs. Chile game they almost lost Chile being the underdog. The Same philosophy applies here. Canelo is yet to prove himself against Lara and leave the boxing fans “Canelo thirsty” after the fight.

* Then, we got Mayweather, which we all could assume he will take care of business on September of 2015 against Marcos Maidana on a 2nd fight. I don’t see the fight being much different from the 1st fight. Mayweather could very well once again win by decision. Now, Pacquiao, there has been talk of a Pacquiao vs. Juan Manul Marquez, Pacquiao vs. Terence Crawford, Pacquiao vs. Amir Khan, and Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto. Not so sure what will be the opponent here for him, but I am positive that whoever Pacquiao fights he will come out victorious.

If these 3 fights end up with a Mayweather, Canelo and Pacquiao victory we could possibly make history in 2015. There are 2 factors I see involved that could make this happen. First, Mayweather has mentioned recently that he has a “big surprise in May” coming up for boxing fans.

That leaves the door open to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, sounds unlikely; but what other surprise would really be big if it’s not that? Also the second factor to consider is if Canelo decides to fight in May battling Mayweather’s pay-per-view numbers. A Canelo vs, Cotto would push Mayweather to put on a great PPV card, and one of the only options I can see it would be facing 8th division champ Manny Pacquiao.

Of course, it is important to note, these are all speculations and not proven facts. But I will say, that I see light at the end of this tunnel, and I perhaps see the possibility of it coming true. If this all takes place, the history of boxing will be marked forever and fans will finally be satisfied that we got to see the best 2 boxers of our generation so far.


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