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PACQUIAO NEEDS TO BE PERFECT VS MAYWEATHER 

What will it take Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather? Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach thinks Pacquiao needs “to fight the perfect fight to win,” if ever their projected blockbuster bout pushes through next year. That, of course, was an ambiguous statement. While Pacquiao may have the skills and power to finally hand Mayweather his first loss in 47 bouts, Roach knows that the eight-division world champion must go the extra-mile to dispose of his pound-for-pound rival. “He (Mayweather) is a challenge. I have a great fighter, but we have to fight the perfect fight to win. I know that,” Roach told fightsaga.com. “We have to do certain things to win… we have to be a little bit meaner and a bit more feisty.”  And there lies the problem. The fiery, feisty Pacquiao, of old, is virtually gone, especially after that shocking sixth-round knockout he suffered against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012. While Pacquiao still pursues a running prey, he does it with caution now. READ FULL REPORT...

(ALSO) Pacquiao’s Christmas wish: Mayweather fight in 2015

Manny Pacquiao has one more wish to make for the Holiday Season. And that is to finally get it on the ring with the narcissistic Floyd Mayweather in 2015. Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao “That’s one thing that I would like to happen next year,” Pacquiao said in the final hours during Christmas Day. As the stakeholders work behind the scenes to make it happen, Pacquiao remains hopeful that the much-awaited super fight gets done to end all the speculations as to who is the better fighter. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Christmas wish list  by Joaquin Henson 

It’s the happiest day of the year. Whether you’re young or not-so-young, Christmas Day is special. It’s the day you look forward to all year round. It’s the day for families to get together, to share love and happiness. It’s the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to thank the Lord for the gift of life. It’s the day when peace and goodwill reign all over the world. It’s the day we wish could be every day in this world. As there are 12 months in a year, we thought of making a list of 12 wishes for Santa Claus to work his magic. With God’s grace, prayers and a little luck, here’s hoping the wishes come true. • Samboy Lim to regain consciousness. The PBA legend suffered a cardiac arrest last month and remains in a coma even as he has been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit of The Medical City. Home care is being planned for Samboy. While his organs are stable and functioning, he is still in a deep sleep. A trache has been attached to his throat to expel mucous but he breathes on his own. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Former world light-heavyweight champ Tarver predicts explosive Manny-Floyd fight  

Antonio Tarver, the former world light-heavyweight champion, has the potential super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao all figured out. Now 46 and seeking a shot at the heavyweight title, Tarver graced the On the Ropes radio program and talked about the fight everybody wants to see. Tarver has the script in his hands. “I can see Pacquiao hurting Floyd and Floyd fighting back and taking over the fight and winning the decision but it’s going to be an exciting fight. I can’t wait,” he said at the latter part of the interview. Tarver, who won and lost his title a number of times over the past decade, said it’s actually a tough call but said, “It’s hard to go against Mayweather.”  READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Abu Dhabi group dangles $120M offer to Mayweather

-------PHOTO: Floyd Mayweather Jr. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has been talked about for many years now, and the public can’t wait to see it materialize. If it does, it should break all existing records in boxing, from the purse to the pay-per-view sales. If Mayweather takes the offer, he sets another record. “This dwarfs by far any amount an individual in the richest sports – baseball, football, basketball, soccer, cricket, tennis, golf and Formula 1 racing – has ever received,” Muhammad told www.boxingscene.com. “This is in keeping with my instructions: to do whatever it takes to make this fight happen,” he added. Mayweather holds the key to this fight. Show him the money. READ FULL REPORT FROM BEGINNING...

ALSO: Floyd playing hard to get – Roach 

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach (photo with Manny) believes Manny Pacquiao’s camp is doing everything possible and reasonable to make a fight with Floyd Mayweather happen but the unbeaten US fighter is simply acting like a prima donna. “We’re doing everything possible to make this fight happen on our side and that’s all we can do,” Roach told BoxingScene.com over the weekend from the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood. Two weeks ago, Mayweather came out smoking on US television, issuing Pacquiao a challenge but demanding that he calls the shots every step of the way. Roach, who began training Pacquiao in mid-2001, feels Mayweather is not entitled to run the show. Still, Roach remains hopeful that the mega-fight becomes a reality in 2015 as the public is demanding for it to take place after years of botched negotiations. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Roach wants multi-fight deal for Pacquiao-Mayweather

PHOTO: Mayweather slowing down, can be beaten by Pacquiao, says Golovkin trainer ---Freddie Roach thinks the best way to go about the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather matchup is to do it more than once. “Possibly we’ll do a multi-fight contract, I thought that was the best idea in the world,” the long-time Pacquiao trainer told thaboxingvoice.com. “I’d love to see these guys fight more than once, if they split the first two, then the third could be a rubber match, and we’d have three big fights," Roach added. READ FULL REPORT...


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‘Pacquiao needs to be perfect vs Mayweather’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, DECEMBER 29, 2014 (INQUIRER) Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:07 AM | Saturday, December 27th, 2014

What will it take Manny Pacquiao to beat Floyd Mayweather?

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach thinks Pacquiao needs “to fight the perfect fight to win,” if ever their projected blockbuster bout pushes through next year.

That, of course, was an ambiguous statement.

While Pacquiao may have the skills and power to finally hand Mayweather his first loss in 47 bouts, Roach knows that the eight-division world champion must go the extra-mile to dispose of his pound-for-pound rival.

“He (Mayweather) is a challenge. I have a great fighter, but we have to fight the perfect fight to win. I know that,” Roach told fightsaga.com.

“We have to do certain things to win… we have to be a little bit meaner and a bit more feisty.”

And there lies the problem.

The fiery, feisty Pacquiao, of old, is virtually gone, especially after that shocking sixth-round knockout he suffered against Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.

While Pacquiao still pursues a running prey, he does it with caution now.

Though Pacquiao claims that the fire in his eyes is back, fight pundits see otherwise.

Pacquiao is no longer the mercurial, merciless fighter he used to be four or five years ago.

Having evolved into a complete boxer, under the guidance of Roach, Pacquiao has also become more calculating, even compassionate when going for the jugular.

This “soft” side showed up against Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley, Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri, in Pacquiao’s last fight on Nov. 23 in Macau.

Being a six-time trainer of the year, Roach knows Pacquiao can’t afford to do the same against a crafty defensive specialist like Mayweather.

If ever Pacquiao-Mayweather comes into fruition on May 2 or whenever, Roach feels that his ward needs to attack without letup.

Pacquiao will have to a apply constant, continuous pressure throughout, not just in sporadic outbursts, so that Mayweather will have no room to counter-attack.

“I like guys who bring the fight, and that’s what we’ll have to do against a guy like Mayweather.”

Of course, Pacquiao always dictates the tempo of his fights. He tends to initiate and engage.

When his opponent begins to cover-up or run, however, Pacquiao’s concentration occasionally wavers. Sometimes, he even gets irritated and frustrated.

That’s another pitfall Roach intends to check if ever Pacquiao faces Mayweather.

Roach will come up with a perfect plan and wants a perfect execution from Pacquiao.


FROM THE MANILA BULLLETIN

Pacquiao’s Christmas wish: Mayweather fight in 2015 by Nick Giongco December 27, 2014 Share this:

Manny Pacquiao has one more wish to make for the Holiday Season.

And that is to finally get it on the ring with the narcissistic Floyd Mayweather in 2015.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao “That’s one thing that I would like to happen next year,” Pacquiao said in the final hours during Christmas Day.

As the stakeholders work behind the scenes to make it happen, Pacquiao remains hopeful that the much-awaited super fight gets done to end all the speculations as to who is the better fighter.

The thing is, everything is still up in the air with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum still clinging to the thinnest fiber of hope that efforts to discuss the matter with CBS owner Les Moonves bear fruit.

Even Pacquiao is starting to realize that issuing a statement accepting Mayweather’s challenge for them to slug it out amounts to almost nothing since there are major obstacles to hurdle especially on Mayweather’s part.

“Nothing’s final yet but I hope to finally face him,” said Pacquiao, who turned 36 last Dec. 17.

Money doesn’t appear to be a game changer since Pacquiao has made it public that he is amenable to getting the smaller percentage although it doesn’t mean that he will agree to being served scraps, something the 37-year-old Mayweather apparently wants to happen.

Mayweather said that for a fight to happen, Pacquiao has to bow before him and agree to just everything that he will say, reminiscent of the time when he fought and agreed to all Oscar Dela Hoya’s whims and caprices in 2007.

Dela Hoya, noted Mayweather, called the shots in every aspect of the promotion and he understood his place in the event. Even though he beat Dela Hoya, Mayweather had to settle for a $25 million paycheck, while The Golden Boy ran away with a total purse of $55 million.

Pacquiao, according to Mayweather, doesn’t have the authority to demand for anything since he is the A-side and the eight-division Filipino titlist is the B-side.

Being the star of the show, Mayweather said Pacquiao’s main job is to show up during fight night.

Despite the sense of negativity prevailing, Pacquiao remains wishful.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao spent Christmas Day the way he had in the previous years.

“Just like in the past, I gave away grocery items to the people,” said Pacquiao, the congressman of the lone district of Sarangani.

Pacquiao actually spent almost the entire day trying to fulfill his obligations to his constituents and only got the chance to savor some quality time with wife Jinkee and their five kids during the evening.

Taking advantage of the rare free time, Pacquiao even took a selfie with his family that was later posted on Jinkee’s social media account.


FROM PHILSTAR

Christmas wish list  SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 25, 2014 - 12:00am 18 6 googleplus0 0

It’s the happiest day of the year. Whether you’re young or not-so-young, Christmas Day is special. It’s the day you look forward to all year round. It’s the day for families to get together, to share love and happiness. It’s the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to thank the Lord for the gift of life. It’s the day when peace and goodwill reign all over the world. It’s the day we wish could be every day in this world.

As there are 12 months in a year, we thought of making a list of 12 wishes for Santa Claus to work his magic. With God’s grace, prayers and a little luck, here’s hoping the wishes come true.

• Samboy Lim to regain consciousness. The PBA legend suffered a cardiac arrest last month and remains in a coma even as he has been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit of The Medical City. Home care is being planned for Samboy. While his organs are stable and functioning, he is still in a deep sleep. A trache has been attached to his throat to expel mucous but he breathes on his own.

• The Philippines to bag the gold medal at the FIBA Asia Championships and earn a ticket to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With new coach Tab Baldwin at the helm, Gilas hopes to regain the Asian title the country last held in 1986 and as a reward, return to the Olympics after a 44-year absence. The FIBA Asia Championships will be held in Changsha, China, on Sept. 23-Oct. 3.

• Manny Pacquiao to fight Floyd Mayweather once and for all. It’s the boxing event of the century and the bout that could save the sport from the market encroachment of mixed martial arts. The fans deserve this duel. They’re the best welterweights and pound-for-pound fighters today. There is talk of a May 5 showdown in Las Vegas and even a rematch in September. One fight will do for the meantime. The whole world is waiting for Manny to shut Mayweather up for good and blotch his unblemished record.

• More Filipinos to become world boxing champions. Manny is the WBO welterweight king. Donnie Nietes is the WBO lightflyweight titlist, Bruno Escalante the IBA superflyweight ruler and Rey Loreto the IBO lightflyweight champion. There is no Filipino champion recognized by the WBC, WBA or IBF. Brian Viloria, Johnriel Casimero, Sonny Boy Jaro and Nonito Donaire, Jr. are all former world champions in the hunt to reclaim another title. Milan Melindo, Denver Cuello, Albert Pagara, Arthur Villanueva and Randy Petalcorin are prospects waiting in line for a title shot.

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• The Philippines to break back into the top four of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. At the 2013 edition, the Philippines plummeted to seventh in the gold medal standings, an all-time low, and has been overtaken by Myanmar and Vietnam. In 2005, the Philippines topped the ladder as the host nation and now, it’s biting dust. PSC chairman Richie Garcia said a fourth place finish at the SEA Games on June 5-16 in Singapore is “acceptable” but it will take a focused, gallant and concerted effort to get the job done.

• POC to whip NSAs into shape. No more pussy-footing and hand-slapping. This time, the POC means business. With the Commission on Audit cracking down on the PSC to disburse funds only to legitimate and eligible NSAs, the POC is determined to clean house. POC president Jose Cojuangco, Jr.’s marching orders to his lieutenants are to put every NSA in order with duly-approved Constitution, By-Laws, elections and programs of action. POC first vice president Joey Romasanta is bearing down on problematic NSAs in volleyball and swimming in his first salvo.

• The Azkals to continue their progress with coach Tom Dooley. The team will compete in the Asian Football Confederation U-23 Championships in March with the goal of ultimately qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. A tough grind is ahead as the Philippines is in the same elimination bracket as Thailand, North Korea and Cambodia. The Azkals will also begin their quest for a World Cup ticket in the first round of qualifying matches in June.

• The Philippines to win the bid for the right to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Six countries are in the short list of bidders with the Philippines joining Germany, France, China, Qatar and Turkey. A five-man FIBA technical team is expected in Manila in January for site inspections. The minimum bid is 8 Million Euros. The FIBA Central Board will meet in June in Switzerland to decide the winning country.

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• Philippine volleyball to spike to unprecedented heights. With the increasing popularity of the women’s game, the timing is ripe for Philippine volleyball to break out and become a power in Southeast Asia. Manila is hosting the Asian U23 women’s championships in May and it’s a perfect opportunity to get ready for the SEA Games. But while the attention on the women’s game is gaining ground, the interest in the men’s game is waning. Perhaps, the POC might want to look into reviving the men’s game, too.

• The Philippine government to make sports a priority in the national agenda. A new president will be installed in 2016 and if there is no move to prioritize sports next year, maybe it will finally get a shot in the arm in the succeeding administration. Sports deserves a cabinet position and a Secretary of Sports will ensure a proper budget and direction to get things moving on the right track. Through a Department of Sports, Filipinos could be made aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Sports is wholesome entertainment, a vehicle for spectators to enjoy competition and for fans to pay homage to their heroes. But beyond watching, fans should also get involved in some kind of physical activity. Raising the level of health consciousness is a key to nurturing a society that is mentally and physically stable.

• The PBA to achieve record attendance and revenues this season and the next. Starting the season with a crowd of 52,612 at the Philippine Arena was an incredible kick-off. An innovative format for the Governors Cup to feature Asian imports is a tasty recipe for success. The handicap system for the Commissioner’s and Governors Cup, related to imports, should balance out the competition and provide for more exciting games.

• New heroes to emerge in sports like boxing, bowling, billiards, taekwondo, wushu, archery, cycling and shooting where the Philippines has an even chance to excel internationally. The country awaits the coming of new Manny Pacquiaos, Paeng Nepomucenos and Bata Reyeses.

Let’s hope Santa Claus is generous this Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to everyone!


FROM PHILSTAR

Former world light-heavyweight champ Tarver predicts explosive Manny-Floyd fight By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 29, 2014 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Antonio Tarver, the former world light-heavyweight champion, has the potential super fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao all figured out.

Now 46 and seeking a shot at the heavyweight title, Tarver graced the On the Ropes radio program and talked about the fight everybody wants to see.

Tarver has the script in his hands.

“I can see Pacquiao hurting Floyd and Floyd fighting back and taking over the fight and winning the decision but it’s going to be an exciting fight. I can’t wait,” he said at the latter part of the interview.

Tarver, who won and lost his title a number of times over the past decade, said it’s actually a tough call but said, “It’s hard to go against Mayweather.”

If and when the fight happens, what’s certain is that both boxers will be in their best fighting form, regardless of their age, and that it will be worth watching.

“I just know it’s going to be a hell of a fight whenever they do fight,” he said.

Mayweather is a great boxer who hasn’t tasted defeat. He is undefeated in 47 fights. But against Pacquiao, there’s no guarantee he’d stay that way.

Pacquiao is perhaps the most explosive fighter of his era – win or lose.

“Pacquiao is going to be pressing, coming from different angles, giving Mayweather movement. Mayweather’s going to be sharp on his defense, throwing those pot shot accurate punches, working off of that beautiful jab to the stomach and to the head,” said Tarver.

The former World Amateur champion sees Pacquiao landing some very good shots and Mayweather getting hurt. But he said Mayweather also has the heart and can fight back even when hurt.


FROM PHILSTAR

Abu Dhabi group dangles $120M offer to Mayweather By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 25, 2014 - 12:00am 2 8 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - All they have to do now is show Floyd Mayweather Jr. the money.

The investment group from Abu Dhabi, hell-bent on staging the super fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao next year in the Middle East, has sweetened the pot.

M. Akbar Muhammad, a boxing executive who’s making representations for the rich Abu Dhabi group, just told www.boxingscene.com that their offer to Mayweather now stands at $120 million.

It was previously announced that the group is willing to put up $200 million to host the fight in the first half of 2015, and that $110 million should go to Mayweather.

Pacquiao will get his purse from what’s left in the pot although it was not stated how much the Filipino superstar would actually get.

If it’s bigger than $40 million, which Mayweather offered to Pacquiao in 2012, and was eventually turned down, maybe it’s worth looking at.

Because he fights for the money, Mayweather wouldn’t say no to a guaranteed purse $120 million. He’s a firm believer than in boxing, “money talks.”

“The media has been speculating the offer has gone up $10 million to a guaranteed $120 million, and they’re right,” Muhammad said.

Mayweather said he’s willing to fight Pacquiao on May 2 next year, and the latter dared the undefeated American to quit talking and make it happen.

“Mr. Mayweather has said he’ll fight Pacquiao in the spring, so the only matter that has to be resolved is the money,” said Muhammad.

“I defy any other offer to come anywhere close to what Mr. Mayweather and the ‘Money Team’ will net by fighting in Abu Dhabi. It simply can’t and won’t be done,” he added.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has been talked about for many years now, and the public can’t wait to see it materialize.

If it does, it should break all existing records in boxing, from the purse to the pay-per-view sales.

If Mayweather takes the offer, he sets another record.

“This dwarfs by far any amount an individual in the richest sports – baseball, football, basketball, soccer, cricket, tennis, golf and Formula 1 racing – has ever received,” Muhammad told  www.boxingscene.com.

“This is in keeping with my instructions: to do whatever it takes to make this fight happen,” he added.

Mayweather holds the key to this fight.

Show him the money.


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

Floyd playing hard to get – Roach by Nick Giongco December 28, 2014 Share this:



Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach (photo with Manny) believes Manny Pacquiao’s camp is doing everything possible and reasonable to make a fight with Floyd Mayweather happen but the unbeaten US fighter is simply acting like a prima donna.

“We’re doing everything possible to make this fight happen on our side and that’s all we can do,” Roach told BoxingScene.com over the weekend from the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.

Two weeks ago, Mayweather came out smoking on US television, issuing Pacquiao a challenge but demanding that he calls the shots every step of the way.

Roach, who began training Pacquiao in mid-2001, feels Mayweather is not entitled to run the show.

Still, Roach remains hopeful that the mega-fight becomes a reality in 2015 as the public is demanding for it to take place after years of botched negotiations.

Pacquiao is also nursing hopes that Mayweather gets to see the light and sign his name above the dotted line.

“This is my Christmas and New year’s wish…for the Mayweather fight to happen,” said Pacquiao from General Santos City.

Although Pacquiao has made it clear that money won’t stand in the way of the talks, Mayweather has other demands that are simply outrageous to say the least.

Mayweather, who is very protective of his 47-0 record, wants the fight to happen on May 2, 2015 and that every other thing about the promotion will be handled by him alone.

Pacquiao’s only role, according to Mayweather, will be “to show up” on fight night.


FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Roach wants multi-fight deal for Pacquiao-Mayweather December 25, 2014 2:34pm 3661 39 0 3816 Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Freddie Roach , Manny Pacquiao


Mayweather slowing down, can be beaten by Pacquiao, says Golovkin trainer

Freddie Roach thinks the best way to go about the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather matchup is to do it more than once.

“Possibly we’ll do a multi-fight contract, I thought that was the best idea in the world,” the long-time Pacquiao trainer told thaboxingvoice.com.

“I’d love to see these guys fight more than once, if they split the first two, then the third could be a rubber match, and we’d have three big fights," Roach added.

Negotiations are ongoing to make the biggest fight of this generation a reality, but many obstacles still remain. Roach, however, said that making the fight happen is possible, despite the fact that the fighters are currently signed to different networks.

“Mike Tyson fought Lennox Lewis, they used both [Showtime and HBO] and it came out fine. We can do that again," the trainer said.

He said that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight would be a "great gift to the whole world" and remained positive that both parties can work on an agreement to seal the deal.

"This is the only way we are going to get this fight done. We get both sides talking," he added. "This is the biggest fight in the world, let's make it happen." — Marisse Panaligan/JST, GMA News


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