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THE FIGHT: PACQUIAO-MAYWEATHER HERE AND BEYOND SPECIAL WBC BELT FOR FIGHT WINNER


A special belt will be given to the winner of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Maywweather Jr. fight and it might contain possibly emeralds and platinum, said the World Boxing Association in its website.  “For this special recognition, I would like to have emeralds or platinum, but everything will be defined during the next weeks,” World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement. “This is because of the magnitude of the event, which will be broadcast via TV networks globally.”    No additional details were given about what will surely be an epic piece of hardware.  Mayweather enters the fight with a record of 47-0, 26 wins coming by knockout, while Pacquiao has a record of 57-5-2 (38 knockouts). Sulaiman acknowledged the fight would once again bring boxing into the mainstream. “It came in a good moment, and it will be an emotive event,” READ MORE...

ALSO Blown away: Tickets for P2.5M each


Manny Pacquiao 
MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum can’t think of anything that compares to this one. From the fight purse to ticket prices, the May 2 clash between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is something the world had never seen before. “It’s gonna set all records – pay-per-view sales, pay-per-view revenue, tickets, gates revenue, foreign sales,” Arum told The STAR on the phone. “Everything is gonna get blown away,” said Arum. Even before the fight was sealed, everybody had an idea of how much Mayweather and Pacquiao would get in guaranteed purse. For Mayweather it’s $120 million. For Pacquiao it’s $80 million. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Will Mayweather run or slug it out?’


Floyd Mayweather Jr. File photo  --MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao held court inside the Kia dugout as the team prepared for the game against Talk N Text yesterday at the Big Dome.   Pacquiao, the playing-coach, was in his red-and-white Kia uniform and sat on a cushion as he fielded questions from members of the press. The questions did not revolve around the basketball game that was about to be played. They concerned Floyd Mayweather Jr.   Pacquiao was asked what his game plan is for the highly anticipated showdown with the undefeated American.   “Just use my left and right,” was his quick answer.  Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes, can hurt his opponent with either hand. READ MORE...

ALSO: It will have to be a KO


Early betting odds in Las Vegas, which Mayweather calls home, make the unbeaten American a 2 1/2 to 1 favorite to become the undisputed welterweight champion and cement his legacy as pound-for-pound king. Mayweather holds both the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council 147-pound titles, while Pacquiao owns the World Boxing Organization version.
The boxing experts will say, “Wait till you see it” or “Let it come to you.” But for the forthcoming showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao has no choice but to go for a knockout. It should be decisive, clear and unquestionable. No judges will be able to touch that KO outcome or have any influence on it. Mayweather will have nothing to rant about save for a rematch plea. The flooring will be shocking and earthshaking and result in wild celebrations in this country. Pacquiao returns to the ring as an underdog anew, not because of skills or accomplishments but simply because of the context of the battle. The bulk prefight negotiations have mostly been in favor of Mayweather. Pacquiao has allowed Mayweather to announce the fight and have the edge in the prize money. READ MORE...

ALSO Arum: Pacquiao has style to beat Mayweather


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao MANILA, Philippines – If there’s someone who has the skills to deal Floyd Mayweather Jr. the first loss of his career, it’s Manny Pacquiao. This is the belief of Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, saying the Filipino icon has the style to overcome the slick and elusive Mayweather in their May 2 showdown in Las Vegas. “I like Manny’s chances,” Arum recently told Chris Robinson of HustleBoss.com. “I’ve always liked his chances. I’ve always thought Manny had the style and ability to beat Floyd and I certainly feel that way now.”   Mayweather has stayed unbeaten for 47 fights, thanks in large part to his superb boxing skills and tight defense. But the undefeated American, who just turned 38 Wednesday, has slowed down in his recent fights. READ MORE...

ALSO: HBO analysts ecstatic for Mayweather-Pacquiao bout


Roy Jones Jr. compares the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown to a game between Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. MANILA, Philippines – HBO boxing analyst Roy Jones Jr. likened the much anticipated megabuck showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a game between Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, while fellow panelist Max Kellerman labeled it as the biggest fight since the the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier tussle 44 years ago. Jones, a former pound-for-pound king, believes that the fight that should have happened five years ago – when both fighters were still in their prime – will still be one hell of a fight. "To me, it’s like you got Larry Bird in shape right now, and you got Michael Jordan in shape right now, you're still gonna get one hell of a quarter of basketball. We're not sure how long that quarter would last, but you're gonna get a hell of a quarter, because you've got two of the best," Jones told HBO blow-by-blow anchor Jim Lampley. READ MORE...

ALSO Champ undergoes light training: Manny expects best from Floyd


Manny Pacquiao works on the mitts with trainer Buboy Fernandez at the MP Tower Gym. STAR/Abac Cordero 
MANILA, Philippines - Aware that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be coming in at his best, Manny Pacquiao is leaving nothing to chance, shuttling from basketball gym to the boxing ring, chasing the kind of form that would approximate his rival’s come May 2 in Las Vegas. “Wala pa sa kalahati yun (That’s not even half of me),” said Pacquiao as he wrapped up his abdominal exercises at the packed MP Tower Gym in Sampaloc, Manila yesterday. While experts felt that Mayweather had seemed to show signs of slowing down in his last couple of fights with Marcos Maidana, the Filipino icon said he expects the unbeaten American fighter to be in his utmost best when they slug it out in what is tipped to be the richest, biggest pound-for-pound fight ever on May 2 at the MGM Grand. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman skips workout; Gerry Peñalosa sees knockout


Former world champ Gerry Peñalosa STAR/Abac Cordero MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao got stuck in traffic yesterday afternoon and missed his scheduled workout at the MP Tower Gym in Sampaloc, Manila. Members of the press, both foreign and local, waited at the gym for over two hours until they received word that Pacquiao wasn’t coming. Television crew had positioned themselves along the narrow street leading to the gym when told that Pacquiao, who moves around town in his black Escalade and police escorts, was on his way. But at around 4 p.m., they were informed that Pacquiao’s convoy had turned around because of the terrible traffic and was headed back to his Forbes Park home. In no time, everybody packed up. Former world champion Gerry Peñalosa was among those who waited for Pacquiao inside the gym. READ MORE...

ALSO Erap to Pacquiao: Retire a champion


With excitement mounting as the much-anticipated bout between Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and American boxing sensation Floyd Mayweather Jr. draws nearer, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada offered a piece of advice to the people’s champ: “If he wins, he should retire as a champion.”  Even fans are excited to place their bets in what could be boxing’s biggest match-up. Estrada, a long-time fan of Pacquiao who also flew to Macau in 2013 to support the people’s champ in his fight with Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena. Last November, Estrada was again present in Pacquiao’s victorious fight against Cris Algieri where he won via a unanimous decision and retained his WBO welterweight championship belt.  Analysts say the Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown is the biggest fight after the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier match, dubbed “Thrilla in Manila,” in 1975. READ MORE...


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The fight; Pacquiao-Mayweather news here and beyond
SPECIAL WBC BELT FOR FIGHT WINNER

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2015  (MANILA BULLETIN) .A special belt will be given to the winner of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Maywweather Jr. fight and it might contain possibly emeralds and platinum, said the World Boxing Association in its website.

“For this special recognition, I would like to have emeralds or platinum, but everything will be defined during the next weeks,” World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement. “This is because of the magnitude of the event, which will be broadcast via TV networks globally.”

No additional details were given about what will surely be an epic piece of hardware.

Mayweather enters the fight with a record of 47-0, 26 wins coming by knockout, while Pacquiao has a record of 57-5-2 (38 knockouts).

Sulaiman acknowledged the fight would once again bring boxing into the mainstream.

“It came in a good moment, and it will be an emotive event,” Sulaiman said. “Both are obviously putting their legacy at stake, to prove who’s the best, satisfying an enormous created expectance. They are also competing to be considered one of the best 10 fighters in the entire boxing history.”

Still, the WBC president said it was disappointing that a fight so many want to see will be practically impossible to attend for the average person.

“It is a big shame that tickets are staying with wealthy people,” Sulaiman said. “However, boxing fans will have the opportunity to watch the fight via TV. Economic interests are involved with resulting high prices.

PACQUIAO SPARMATES

The stage is set for Manny Pacquiao’s grand arrival at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood following the recruitment of two sparring partners, ESPN reported yesterday.

Wild Card chief Freddie Roach identified the sparmates as Kenneth Sims Jr (5-0 with 2 KOs) of Chicago and Rashidi Ellis (13-0 with 10 KOs) of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Pacquiao plans to show up at the Wild Card on March 2 even if Roach won’t be there to lend a hand. Roach is in Macau to help Zou Shiming rev up for the world flyweight title on March 7.

While Roach is away, expected to handle Pacquiao’s workouts are conditioning coach Justin Fortune and Roach’s Filipino assistant Marvin Somodio.

PRICIEST TICKETS: $5K

MGM Resorts International (MGM) is pinning its hopes on possibly the most awaited boxing bout of this generation. Last week, boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally sealed a deal for a match on May 2 in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand and the record demand for tickets has resulted in exorbitantly priced tickets.

Although tickets are not yet available for sale to the public, Forbes says the starting price is expected to be roughly $1,000 with ringside seats carrying a price tag of $5,000. Reportedly, this translates to nearly $40 million in revenue for the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which has a capacity of 16,800 seats.

NO MASS AUDIENCE

HBO boxing announcer Jim Lampley said on Thursday’s SI Now. that he doesn’t believe the fight will bring boxing back to a mass audience because it will be pay-per-view.

“This is not a mass audience event,” he said. “This is another large pay-per-view event. And if you think carefully about it, the fundamental essence of pay-per-view is that to a certain degree, you’re saying we shrink the audience to maximize the economic impact.”

Lampley said he believes the fight “will expand the degree to which boxing impacts the public discussion” and the number of people thinking about boxing for the next several months, but not necessarily expand the audience.


PHILSTAR

Blown away: Tickets for P2.5M each By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 25, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines - Bob Arum can’t think of anything that compares to this one.

From the fight purse to ticket prices, the May 2 clash between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather is something the world had never seen before.

“It’s gonna set all records – pay-per-view sales, pay-per-view revenue, tickets, gates revenue, foreign sales,” Arum told The STAR on the phone.

“Everything is gonna get blown away,” said Arum.

Even before the fight was sealed, everybody had an idea of how much Mayweather and Pacquiao would get in guaranteed purse.

For Mayweather it’s $120 million. For Pacquiao it’s $80 million.

It could be even more, much more, because the exact amount will never be disclosed – for IRS reasons.

“There’s a confidentiality agreement in the contract,” said Pacquiao’s chief adviser, Mike Koncz.

“We cannot and should not disclose the terms because stuff like that is contained in the confidentiality clause,” he said.

Anybody can speculate on how much the two fighters are guaranteed.

The fight will surely break the pay-per-view record of 2.5 million households for the 2007 clash between Mayweather and Oscar dela Hoya.

They’re pricing this one higher than before at nearly $100 a pop. If they sell over three million, then that’s another $30 million.

Half of the amount goes to the cable providers (Showtime and HBO) then the boxers get their share from what’s left.

In the end, Mayweather could earn $150 million and Pacquiao $100 million or more.

Tickets to the MGM Grand on the evening of May 2 are priced like gold. They’re not out yet but are already as good as being sold out.

Reports said the MGM Grand, large enough for 16,000 fans, will be scaled down so it could generate as much as $40 million in live gate receipts (another record).

Ringside seats will have a face value of $5,000.

ESPN Radio in Las Vegas said only high-rollers with a credit limit of $250,000 will be offered complimentary tickets.

On eBay, the world’s biggest online marketplace, tickets are being sold even if they’re not yet in the hands of the sellers.

You can’t get anything under $1,000.

A pair of tickets to the Floor A section, where you may find Denzel Washington or Jack Nicholson seated, are being sold for $113,435 or roughly P5 million.

There’s another post for one floor section ticket for $21,854 or nearly P966,000.

It’s like no other.

As Bob Arum said, everything’s going to get “blown away.”


PHILSTAR

‘Will Mayweather run or slug it out?’ By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 26, 2015 - 12:00am


Floyd Mayweather Jr. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao held court inside the Kia dugout as the team prepared for the game against Talk N Text yesterday at the Big Dome.

Pacquiao, the playing-coach, was in his red-and-white Kia uniform and sat on a cushion as he fielded questions from members of the press.

The questions did not revolve around the basketball game that was about to be played. They concerned Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Pacquiao was asked what his game plan is for the highly anticipated showdown with the undefeated American.

“Just use my left and right,” was his quick answer.

Pacquiao, the only boxer in history to win world titles in eight different weight classes, can hurt his opponent with either hand.

On May 2, Pacquiao and Mayweather will square off before a world audience. It’s the richest fight in boxing history.

The STAR asked Pacquiao if he expects Mayweather to go toe-to-toe.

“You think Mayweather will run?” was the question.

“Hindi natin alam (We don’t know). Pwedeng hindi. Pero pwede din (He may or may not),” said the 36-year-old Pacquiao.

It will depend on how the fight turns out.

“Pag masaktan tatakbo yun (If he gets hurt he will run). Pag hindi nasaktan, pwede lumaban (Otherwise, he might engage),” he said.

Pacquiao has been flexing his muscles for the big fight up ahead. He’s been in and out of his gym in General Santos City the past week.

Yesterday, he flew to Manila for the PBA game. He was at the Big Dome hours before the game, and joined the team in the pre-game shootaround.

Pacquiao said he will still be around when Kia plays Blackwater on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Then he flies to Los Angeles in the evening to begin serious training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.


INQUIRER

It will have to be a KO Sev Sarmenta @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:02 AM | Monday, February 23rd, 2015


Having hurdled various obstacles as he climbed the boxing ladder, Pacquiao relishes the underdog tag bestowed on him against Floyd Mayweather Jr. “I’ve been in this kind of situation many times in my previous fights. It doesn’t scare me. I love being the underdog,” Pacquiao told AFP Sunday amid reports that oddsmakers in Las Vegas, the site of the May 2 fight, are giving Mayweather the advantage. “It even motivates me to train hard and go for the crown,” Pacquiao said as the Sarangani representative took a respite from training to spend time with his family, attend to his constituents and fulfill his spiritual duties. Early betting odds in Las Vegas, which Mayweather calls home, make the unbeaten American a 2 1/2 to 1 favorite to become the undisputed welterweight champion and cement his legacy as pound-for-pound king. Mayweather holds both the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council 147-pound titles, while Pacquiao owns the World Boxing Organization version.

The boxing experts will say, “Wait till you see it” or “Let it come to you.”

But for the forthcoming showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao has no choice but to go for a knockout.

It should be decisive, clear and unquestionable. No judges will be able to touch that KO outcome or have any influence on it. Mayweather will have nothing to rant about save for a rematch plea. The flooring will be shocking and earthshaking and result in wild celebrations in this country.

Pacquiao returns to the ring as an underdog anew, not because of skills or accomplishments but simply because of the context of the battle. The bulk prefight negotiations have mostly been in favor of Mayweather. Pacquiao has allowed Mayweather to announce the fight and have the edge in the prize money.

Pacquiao also reenters the ring as a dayo (visitor), in spite of all his previous accomplishments in Las Vegas and elsewhere in the United States. Las Vegas is also Mayweather’s town and there are odds makers who believe that “Money” is the fighter worth the bets.

This is probably no different from that early part of Pacquiao’s career when he plied his trade in Thailand and got the call slip to fill in for his first fight in Las Vegas. He’s a little more known now but the call to prove himself arises anew.

The opponent is the undefeated Mayweather and not just another name drawn from a now very short list of possible foes. This is the champion who has beaten 47 previous opponents and wants to finally shut up the Filipino fighter who many believe is the only one who can come close to stopping him.

Mayweather is a skilled opponent whose defensive prowess anchored on a shoulder roll has made him hard to hit. He also has speed and power, capable of matching Pacquiao’s arsenal of quick and powerful hands.

Never one to brag about his skills, Pacquiao will probably say sheepishly in all his forthcoming interviews “Tingnan natin (Let’s see)” when asked about the need for a knockout win. He may not say it out loud but it will be in his mind and Freddie Roach’s as well as they prepare for the biggest fight of their careers.

Mayweather is beatable. When I covered the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya fight in 2007 in Las Vegas, I thought Golden Boy had a chance but was probably fighting Money too late in his career. De La Hoya tagged Mayweather with his boxing skills and just fell short of landing a big punch.

He broke down Mayweather’s defense just like other opponents who have done it. Pacquiao is fully capable of doing that and if he sees the opening, he can land that flurry of punches or one big shot to floor Mayweather.

Again, Pacquiao opponents prepare like crazy to counter the Filipino’s power and speed. It all looks good in training and shadow boxing. But once inside the ring with Pacquiao, that power can be a force of nature, enough to etch the number one on Mayweather’s unbeaten record.


PHILSTAR

Arum: Pacquiao has style to beat Mayweather (philstar.com) | Updated February 26, 2015 - 12:23pm


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – If there’s someone who has the skills to deal Floyd Mayweather Jr. the first loss of his career, it’s Manny Pacquiao.

This is the belief of Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, saying the Filipino icon has the style to overcome the slick and elusive Mayweather in their May 2 showdown in Las Vegas.

“I like Manny’s chances,” Arum recently told Chris Robinson of HustleBoss.com. “I’ve always liked his chances. I’ve always thought Manny had the style and ability to beat Floyd and I certainly feel that way now.”

Mayweather has stayed unbeaten for 47 fights, thanks in large part to his superb boxing skills and tight defense. But the undefeated American, who just turned 38 Wednesday, has slowed down in his recent fights.

Arum pointed out Mayweather’s past couple of fights against Marcos Maidana. Although the Las Vegas-based boxer outpointed the tough Argentine in those two bouts, he absorbed more punches than he used to in his career.

“I think Maidana showed that Floyd is becoming a lot more vulnerable that he was,” said Arum.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach earlier noted that his ward’s got fresher legs than Mayweather, which will allow Pacquiao to trap him and eventually score a knockout.

Arum shares the same sentiment with Roach.

“As you age the first thing that goes is your legs and Floyd doesn’t have the mobility that he had before,” the promoter added. – Dino Maragay


PHILSTAR

HBO analysts ecstatic for Mayweather-Pacquiao bout By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated February 27, 2015 - 3:52pm


Roy Jones Jr. compares the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown to a game between Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

MANILA, Philippines – HBO boxing analyst Roy Jones Jr. likened the much anticipated megabuck showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a game between Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, while fellow panelist Max Kellerman labeled it as the biggest fight since the the first Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier tussle 44 years ago.

Jones, a former pound-for-pound king, believes that the fight that should have happened five years ago – when both fighters were still in their prime – will still be one hell of a fight.

"To me, it’s like you got Larry Bird in shape right now, and you got Michael Jordan in shape right now, you're still gonna get one hell of a quarter of basketball. We're not sure how long that quarter would last, but you're gonna get a hell of a quarter, because you've got two of the best," Jones told HBO blow-by-blow anchor Jim Lampley.

Bird and Jordan are two of the greatest NBA players of all time. Bird’s biggest rival was Magic Johnson when Jordan came into the league. Jordan only started to win championships and dominated the NBA at the twilight of Bird and Johnson’s storied basketball careers.

Jones believes that age wouldn’t be much of a factor as Pacquiao, 36, and Mayweather, 38, will be in the best shape of their careers. Jones went on to make his heavyweight title conquest near the end of his career as a reference.

"I won the heavyweight championship of the world, something I never should've gotten my hands on, except by the grace of God, at the age of 36. Thirty-six is not old in today's society, and neither is 38. So don't think Floyd is too old, and don't think Pacquiao is too old,” Jones said.

“Age is not gonna be an excuse here. It's all about who can come out, execute their game plan, and win the fight," he added.

For Kellerman, this fight will be the biggest since the first showdown between Frazier and Ali in 1971 at the Madison Square Garden.

“Legitimately, this is the biggest boxing event, the biggest fight since the Ali-Frazier 1,” Kellerman said.

It’s even bigger than the Ali-George Foreman, the Sugar Ray Leonard-Marvin Hagler and Leonard-Thomas Hearns, according to Kellerman.

“The world is much more inter-connected now. That [fight] was pre-internet and obviously pre-social media. This is the biggest fight since the Ali-Frazier 1. That’s 44 years ago. And I think the numbers will bare that out when it’s all said and done,” Kellerman said.

The bragging rights of being the true heavyweight champion of their era were at stake when Ali and Frazier, both undefeated during that period, met for the first time in 1971.

Both Ali and Frazier were guaranteed a $2.5 million purse. Ringside seats for that fight cost $150 while gate receipts totaled $1.5 million with a sellout crowd of 20,455.

Forty four years later, Pacquiao and Mayweather will have 40-60 split of the estimated $250 million pay-per-view revenue aside from getting a guaranteed $60 million and $100 million purse, respectively. The staggering numbers are a hundred-fold bigger than what Ali and Frazier each got in what was dubbed as “The Fight of the Century”.


PHILSTAR

Champ undergoes light training: Manny expects best from Floyd By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 27, 2015 - 12:00am


Manny Pacquiao works on the mitts with trainer Buboy Fernandez at the MP Tower Gym. STAR/Abac Cordero

MANILA, Philippines - Aware that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be coming in at his best, Manny Pacquiao is leaving nothing to chance, shuttling from basketball gym to the boxing ring, chasing the kind of form that would approximate his rival’s come May 2 in Las Vegas.

“Wala pa sa kalahati yun (That’s not even half of me),” said Pacquiao as he wrapped up his abdominal exercises at the packed MP Tower Gym in Sampaloc, Manila yesterday.

While experts felt that Mayweather had seemed to show signs of slowing down in his last couple of fights with Marcos Maidana, the Filipino icon said he expects the unbeaten American fighter to be in his utmost best when they slug it out in what is tipped to be the richest, biggest pound-for-pound fight ever on May 2 at the MGM Grand.

“Maybe he was just underestimating Maidana. Pero hindi niya gagawin sa akin yun (But he won’t do that to me),” said Pacquiao.

“Floyd will do his best,” he added.

Pacquiao trained for over an hour, a short but intense workout with a CNN crew among the crowd. It was same crew when Pacquiao played in the PBA the other night.

Buboy Fernandez, in charge of training in the absence of Freddie Roach, took the brunt of Pacquiao’s punches.

They did the mitts for six rounds. A few times, a Pacquiao punch slipped in, and caught Fernandez.

“It doesn’t matter if I get hurt. It’s part of the training,” said Fernandez.

Pacquiao plans to leave for Los Angeles tomorrow evening after playing one more time for Kia in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

Once in LA, serious training under Roach begins.


PHILSTAR

Pacman skips workout; Gerry Peñalosa sees knockout By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 28, 2015 - 12:00am


Former world champ Gerry Peñalosa STAR/Abac Cordero

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao got stuck in traffic yesterday afternoon and missed his scheduled workout at the MP Tower Gym in Sampaloc, Manila.

Members of the press, both foreign and local, waited at the gym for over two hours until they received word that Pacquiao wasn’t coming.

Television crew had positioned themselves along the narrow street leading to the gym when told that Pacquiao, who moves around town in his black Escalade and police escorts, was on his way.

But at around 4 p.m., they were informed that Pacquiao’s convoy had turned around because of the terrible traffic and was headed back to his Forbes Park home.

In no time, everybody packed up.

Former world champion Gerry Peñalosa was among those who waited for Pacquiao inside the gym.

Peñalosa spoke to reporters and shared his thoughts on the coming fight. He sees Pacquiao knocking out Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I see Floyd being rescued by the referee,” he said, hinting of a technical knockout.

“But it will be a tough fight for both boxers. This will be a tactical fight. In between rounds you should come up with adjustments,” Peñalosa added.

A perfect game plan is needed, according to the former two-division world champion.

“You need to have a Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and Plan D,” he said.

There’s no urgency in Pacquiao missing yesterday’s workout scheduled at 2 p.m.. It’s still two full months ahead of the May 2 showdown.

Mike Koncz, the chief adviser to Pacquiao, is not worried.

“We have sufficient time,” he said.

Pacquiao was at the gym Thursday afternoon and trained for nearly two hours. This afternoon he will suit up for Kia’s PBA game against Blackwater.

If plans push through, Pacquiao flies to Los Angeles tonight to begin his training at the Wild Card Gym under Freddie Roach.

Because of the traffic, Koncz had asked trainer Buboy Fernandez to come over to Makati instead so he could work the mitts with Pacquiao.

But Fernandez said it could be a futile effort.

“It’s the same thing. I will be the one to get stuck in traffic,” he said in Filipino.

To make up for lost time at the gym, Pacquiao decided to do some late-afternoon road work inside Forbes Park.

Penalosa has also noticed that Mayweather had seemed to slow down in his last fight against Marcos Maidana.

“Parang bumagal na para tamaan siya ni Maidana. Si Maidana nagpapaalam bago sumuntok. Si Manny parang rocket. Boom,” said Peñalosa.


MANILA BBULLETIN

Erap to Pacquiao: Retire a champion by Jenny F. Manongdo March 1, 2015

With excitement mounting as the much-anticipated bout between Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and American boxing sensation Floyd Mayweather Jr. draws nearer, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada offered a piece of advice to the people’s champ: “If he wins, he should retire as a champion.”

Even fans are excited to place their bets in what could be boxing’s biggest match-up.

Estrada, a long-time fan of Pacquiao who also flew to Macau in 2013 to support the people’s champ in his fight with Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena. Last November, Estrada was again present in Pacquiao’s victorious fight against Cris Algieri where he won via a unanimous decision and retained his WBO welterweight championship belt.

Analysts say the Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown is the biggest fight after the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier match, dubbed “Thrilla in Manila,” in 1975.

The fight will have Pacquiao and Mayweather share 40-60 of the estimated $250 million pay-per-view revenues, reports said.

“Let’s pray for his victory,” Estrada said.

“He is able to unite Filipinos whenever he fights,” Estrada added.

In 2013 and 2014, the city of Manila held free public viewing of the Pacquiao fights. This year, Manila residents will also see the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in designated areas for free.

Estrada said he will hold a victory motorcade for Pacquiao should he again emerge as victor in the fight.

“Let us not think that he will lose. But my unsolicited advice is that if he wins, he should retire as a champion because he is already 36. It is better to retire as a champion,” Estrada said.

The city official also said he might fly to MGM Grand in Las Vegas in May to personally support the Filipino boxing pride.


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