PACQUIAO MAKES IT TO SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 'FITTEST 50'  

Manny Pacquiao ranked 39th in Sports Illustrated's list of the world's 50 fittest athletes. Manny Pacquiao has been included in Sport Illustrated’s list of 50 fittest athletes in the world. The Filipino boxing icon, who was ranked 39th, registered scores of 6.5 for speed, 5 for strength, 6.5 for agility and 6 for endurance for a total rating of 24. Pacquiao ranked higher than American swimmer Ryan Lochte (47th) and football star Reggie Bush (41st). The fighting congressman’s rival to the pound-for-pound throne, Floyd Mayweather Jr., ranked way higher at fourth with a rating of 36. Pacquiao will face Chris Algieri in November while Mayweather will take on Marcos Maidana in a September rematch. * READ MORE...

(ALSO) Khan: Pacquiao a ‘harder fight’ than Mayweather

British boxer Amir Khan believes he and Manny Pacquiao will still cross paths in the future. Although Pacquiao is already booked to face Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in Macau, Khan is not giving up on a future showdown with the Filipino icon. “The Manny fight can still happen at some point,” Khan (23-3, with 19 KOs) said in an article by Donald McRae of The Guardian. Khan and Pacquiao have a history together, having sparred against each other before and at one point shared the same trainer in Freddie Roach. It’s something Khan thinks will make a fight between them an interesting one. “My promoters, Golden Boy, and Bob Arum [Pacquiao’s promoter] are about to start working together again. Me and Manny sparred a lot, and I often went with him to the Philippines, so it would make a great fight,” he said. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Marquez sees Pacquiao KO win over Algieri   

If there’s one previous opponent who knows Manny Pacquiao from head to toe, it’s got to be Juan Manuel Marquez. The Mexican star, who fought Pacquiao four times and even knocked the Filipino out cold in their last meeting, recently gave his thoughts on his rival’s upcoming fight with Chris Algieri. Marquez is picking Pacquiao even as he gave Algieri a slim chance to pull an upset in their Nov 23 fight in Macau. “He (Algieri) barely has a chance to win. Algieri is strong and he's durable. He has also boxing ability, as he's shown against Ruslan Provodnikov – but he doesn't have the style to beat Pacquiao, who has great speed and power,” he explained in a report by Salvador Rodriguez of boxingscene.com. So certain is Marquez that he even predicts a knockout win for Pacquiao. “I believe that Pacquiao can win by knockout,” added Marquez, who has gone 1-2-1 (win-loss-draw) against the fighting congressman. Pacquiao and Algieri will meet at the Cotai Arena of the posh Venetian Resort in Macau, with the Filipino icon an overwhelming favorite to emerge victorious. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Algieri thanks Roach for praising his jab

PHOTO: ROACH AND MANNY: Manny Pacquiao’s challenger, Chris Algieri, thanked Freddie Roach for commenting on his left jab. Algieri said he felt good after hearing a world-renowned coach praise his jab. “‘Alright, thank you Freddie, I got a good jab’. If 1 of the best boxing coaches in the world says you got a good jab, that’s a good thing,” the Long Island-based boxer said in an interview with Tha Boxing Voice. Roach earlier acknowledged that the undefeated American's jab deserves some credit. He, however, said that it's about the only thing Algieri has in terms of offense. “He's got a good jab. That's it," the feisty boxing trainer said. But Algieri stressed that he’s got more things going for him than just a good left jab. He said these qualities will put Pacquiao in trouble when they meet in the ring on November 22 in Macau. “I got good footwork and I got heart. So that’s a problem [for Pacquiao].”  READ FULL REPORT....

(ALSO) Arum tells Pacquiao: Stick to boxing and avoid basketball  

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is cautioning Manny Pacquiao not to take his Nov. 23 defense of the world welterweight crown for granted. Pacquiao is set to face Chris Algieri and the Top Rank chief told the Bulletin yesterday that the Filipino star should focus on boxing in light of Pacquiao’s foray into the world of professional basketball. Pacquiao will call the shots for Kia Motors when the PBA opens shop on Oct. 19 and the fighting congressman is also going to make his presence felt when the annual draft is held on Aug. 24. “He can’t do both (boxing and basketball),” Arum said from Los Angeles, fully aware of the plans to put up Pacquiao’s training camp on the same venue where the basketball squad is going to hold its practice sessions.*READ MORE...

ALSO: Algieri dismisses lopsided odds 

Chris Algieri is unfazed by the bettings odds for his Nov. 23 faceoff with Manny Pacquiao, saying those are just numbers. “That is fine by me. That is on paper. And on paper, I am not supposed to win. Championships are won on intangibles, and not on paper,” Algieri told Michael Woods of The Sweet Science. Algieri, who remains unknown even after his rousing victory over Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov last June, will challenge Pacquiao for the Filipino’s coveted World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at the CotaiArena. Oddsmakers have started to list down the odds and the 30-year-old Algieri started as a 14-1 underdog although it should have been wider, according to fight aficionados. * READ MORE...


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Pacquiao makes it to Sports Illustrated's ‘Fittest 50’

MANILA, AUGUST 11, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - Manny Pacquiao ranked 39th in Sports Illustrated's list of the world's 50 fittest athletes MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao has been included in Sport Illustrated’s list of 50 fittest athletes in the world.

The Filipino boxing icon, who was ranked 39th, registered scores of 6.5 for speed, 5 for strength, 6.5 for agility and 6 for endurance for a total rating of 24.

Pacquiao ranked higher than American swimmer Ryan Lochte (47th) and football star Reggie Bush (41st).

The fighting congressman’s rival to the pound-for-pound throne, Floyd Mayweather Jr., ranked way higher at fourth with a rating of 36. Pacquiao will face Chris Algieri in November while Mayweather will take on Marcos Maidana in a September rematch.

Other prominent athletes who made the list include NBA stars Dwight Howard (36), Ray Allen (30), Blake Griffin (14) and Serge Ibaka (7); mixed martial arts standouts George St. Pierre (25) and Jon Jones; tennis superstar Roger Federer (31); many-time Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps (10) and Usain Bolt (3); and soccer heartthrob Cristiano Ronaldo (2).

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers topped the list with an overall rating of 40

Sports Illustrated published the list to stress the importance of fitness for professional athletes, saying “it is the very foundation of success.”

The athletes were assessed using a 40-point rating system based on four criteria: strength, speed, endurance and agility.

To view the complete list, click here.

Khan: Pacquiao a ‘harder fight’ than Mayweather By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated August 6, 2014 - 10:38am 3 431 googleplus0 0


Amir Khan thinks fighting Manny Pacquiao would be more difficult than taking on Floyd Mayweather. (File photo)

MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir Khan believes he and Manny Pacquiao will still cross paths in the future.

Although Pacquiao is already booked to face Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in Macau, Khan is not giving up on a future showdown with the Filipino icon.

“The Manny fight can still happen at some point,” Khan (23-3, with 19 KOs) said in an article by Donald McRae of The Guardian.

Khan and Pacquiao have a history together, having sparred against each other before and at one point shared the same trainer in Freddie Roach. It’s something Khan thinks will make a fight between them an interesting one.

“My promoters, Golden Boy, and Bob Arum [Pacquiao’s promoter] are about to start working together again. Me and Manny sparred a lot, and I often went with him to the Philippines, so it would make a great fight,” he said.

* The former lightweight and light welterweight champion even envisions a bout with Pacquiao to be tougher than one against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr., another boxer he has set his sights on.

“Boxing is all about timing and Manny and Floyd are getting older. Someone has to take their place. Mayweather would be a very technical fight, like a game of chess. But I think Manny would be harder,” Khan explained.

“He’s much more aggressive and it would be more intense. But with my trainer Virgil Hunter I’m a much better and more defensive fighter,” he added.

Khan was supposed to fight Mayweather until the latter decided to take on Marcos Maidana, whom the pound-for-pound king will also face in a rematch this September.

The Bolton, England-based fighter wants either Pacquiao or Mayweather, but both stars are busy with their respective assignments for now.

The waiting game continues for Khan.

Marquez sees Pacquiao KO win over Algieri By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated August 7, 2014 - 11:12am 3 1248 googleplus1 0


Juan Manuel Marquez thinks Manny Pacquiao will knock out Chris Algieri in their fight on Nov. 23. (File photo)


MANILA, Philippines – If there’s one previous opponent who knows Manny Pacquiao from head to toe, it’s got to be Juan Manuel Marquez.

The Mexican star, who fought Pacquiao four times and even knocked the Filipino out cold in their last meeting, recently gave his thoughts on his rival’s upcoming fight with Chris Algieri.

Marquez is picking Pacquiao even as he gave Algieri a slim chance to pull an upset in their Nov 23 fight in Macau.

“He (Algieri) barely has a chance to win. Algieri is strong and he's durable. He has also boxing ability, as he's shown against Ruslan Provodnikov – but he doesn't have the style to beat Pacquiao, who has great speed and power,” he explained in a report by Salvador Rodriguez of boxingscene.com.

So certain is Marquez that he even predicts a knockout win for Pacquiao.

“I believe that Pacquiao can win by knockout,” added Marquez, who has gone 1-2-1 (win-loss-draw) against the fighting congressman.

Pacquiao and Algieri will meet at the Cotai Arena of the posh Venetian Resort in Macau, with the Filipino icon an overwhelming favorite to emerge victorious.

* But the undefeated Algieri (20-0, with 8 knockouts), a 16-1 underdog, is unfazed with the odds.

“That is fine by me. That is on paper. And on paper, I am not supposed to win,” the WBO light welterweight champion told Michael Woods of thesweetscience.com.

The New Yorker added that it’s too early to consider the betting odds.

“Championships are won on intangibles, not on paper. Not to mention we are three and a half months away. Those odds will tighten up as the world sees my hard work and dedication," Algieri ended.

FROM ABS-CBN

Algieri thanks Roach for praising his jab ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 08/09/2014 10:57 PM | Updated as of 08/09/2014 10:57 PM


PHOTO OF FREDDIE ROACH AND MANNY FROM BOXINGSCENE.COM: Trainer Freddie Roach belittled Manny Pacquiao's next fight, as the multi-awarded boxing coach boldly declares that the match up "is not a problem." In a report by Boxingscene.com, the six-time Boxing Writers Association of America Trainer of the Year awardee had very little to say about Manny Pacquiao's next fight, and the opponent that they will be facing. Like Us on Facebook "He's got a good jab. That's it," Roach simply said. Manny Pacquiao's next fight against Chris Algieri is scheduled for November 22, back in what is considered as Asia's boxing mecca, Macau, China. None other than Top Rank Promotions executive, Bob Arum, confirmed the news two weeks ago. "We have a deal. On my end, it wasn't a hard deal at all," Arum said in an interview with ESPN. "I came up pretty much with what they were looking for and then Joe and Artie had to sit down with Algieri and cut it up fairly amongst themselves." Both men are coming off victories, as "Pacman" redemeed himself against Timothy Bradley in a rematch for the WBO Welterweight title in April. Chris Algieri, on the other hand, fought a tough battle against another one of Freddie Roach's students, hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov. He is currently a WBO light welterweight champion, and holds an immaculate win-loss record of 20-0 with eight knockouts. But despite Algieri's accomplishments inside the ring, odds-makers in the United States have the eight-division world-champion as the heavy favorite. In a report by Reuters, Manny Pacquiao is billed as the -1400 favorite, while Chris Algieri was billed as the +800 underdog.

MANILA – Manny Pacquiao’s challenger, Chris Algieri, thanked Freddie Roach for commenting on his left jab.

Algieri said he felt good after hearing a world-renowned coach praise his jab.

“‘Alright, thank you Freddie, I got a good jab’. If 1 of the best boxing coaches in the world says you got a good jab, that’s a good thing,” the Long Island-based boxer said in an interview with Tha Boxing Voice.

Roach earlier acknowledged that the undefeated American's jab deserves some credit. He, however, said that it's about the only thing Algieri has in terms of offense.

“He's got a good jab. That's it," the feisty boxing trainer said.

But Algieri stressed that he’s got more things going for him than just a good left jab.

He said these qualities will put Pacquiao in trouble when they meet in the ring on November 22 in Macau.

“I got good footwork and I got heart. So that’s a problem [for Pacquiao].”

* Algieri added that being the underdog is nothing to him. He’s been an underdog in previous fights, but is still undefeated in 20 bouts.

“I was an underdog against Emmanuel Taylor. I was an underdog against Ruslan Provodnikov. Everyone was saying I didn’t belong in there. Obviously I proved I belonged to be there,” he said.

“People are saying I don’t belong to be in with Manny. You will see on November 22nd, that I belong to be there. I’m gonna go out and be me and if I’m me, to a 100%, I’m gonna win that fight.”

FROM THE MANILA BULELTIN

Arum tells Pacquiao: Stick to boxing and avoid basketball by Nick Giongco August 9, 2014
 


ARUM AND MANNY

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is cautioning Manny Pacquiao not to take his Nov. 23 defense of the world welterweight crown for granted.

Pacquiao is set to face Chris Algieri and the Top Rank chief told the Bulletin yesterday that the Filipino star should focus on boxing in light of Pacquiao’s foray into the world of professional basketball.

Pacquiao will call the shots for Kia Motors when the PBA opens shop on Oct. 19 and the fighting congressman is also going to make his presence felt when the annual draft is held on Aug. 24.

“He can’t do both (boxing and basketball),” Arum said from Los Angeles, fully aware of the plans to put up Pacquiao’s training camp on the same venue where the basketball squad is going to hold its practice sessions.

* Arum said the site of Pacquiao’s training camp will be discussed during the six-city press tour beginning Aug. 25 in Macau.

Arum said the promo tour will continue to Shanghai and onward to the US mainland for stops in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

“We’ll talk to Manny if it is possible that he spend six weeks in Los Angeles,” said the 82-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer.

If Pacquiao turns it down, something that is very likely, Arum would suggest that he set up camp in General Santos City, stressing his stint in the PBA is an added distraction.

Algieri is the overwhelming underdog against Pacquiao but the native New Yorker insists he has what it takes to shock the world.

Algieri dismisses lopsided odds by Nick Giongco August 7, 2014


Chris Algieri

Chris Algieri is unfazed by the bettings odds for his Nov. 23 faceoff with Manny Pacquiao, saying those are just numbers.

“That is fine by me. That is on paper. And on paper, I am not supposed to win. Championships are won on intangibles, and not on paper,” Algieri told Michael Woods of The Sweet Science.

Algieri, who remains unknown even after his rousing victory over Pacquiao sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov last June, will challenge Pacquiao for the Filipino’s coveted World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at the CotaiArena.

Oddsmakers have started to list down the odds and the 30-year-old Algieri started as a 14-1 underdog although it should have been wider, according to fight aficionados.

* Algieri, who hails from Long Island, New York, said he expects the odds to get closer once he begins training camp after the press tour.

“Not to mention we are three and a half months away. Those odds will tighten up once the world sees my hard work and dedication,” added the 5-10 Algieri.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao’s last fight was a decision win over Tim Bradley in Las Vegas.


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