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REPORT: MAYWEATHER KO'd IN SPARRING


Floyd Mayweather Jr.  
A sports website claims Floyd Mayweather was knocked out in sparring by former world champion Zab Judah.
Citing an unnamed source, allsports.com.gh reported that Judah floored Mayweather with a body shot while sparring at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. The undefeated fighter was reportedly down for more than 10 seconds. "Zab hit Mayweather with a good shot, a left hook to the body, and he went down," said the source, who witnessed the session but requested anonymity. If true, it could be a cause for concern leading to Mayweather’s May 2 showdown with Manny Pacquiao, who is faster and deadlier than the faded Judah. Aside from being unbeaten in 47 fights, the Las Vegas -based Mayweather has never been knocked down. READ MORE...

ALSO Rich get richer: Purses for Mayweather, Pacquiao soar


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao  
LAS VEGAS — The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day. New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up. The money is staggering, though not exactly unexpected. Five years of waiting seem to have only piqued the public's demand for the one fight even casual fans of the sport want to see. "For whatever it's worth, the buildup over these years has certainly enhanced the fight," promoter Bob Arum. "Everybody knows about it now, even people who don't follow boxing. Plus we have a good economy, unlike in 2009 when people were out of work and didn't have the money to spend."   Fans will certainly have to pay a price to see the May 2 welterweight title bout, especially those lucky enough to score a ticket inside the MGM Grand arena itself. Ticket prices there range from $1,500 in the upper deck to $7,500 at ringside — and only a small percentage of the tickets will actually be put on public sale. READ MORE...

ALSO Roach: The whole world will be disappointed if Mayweather wins against Pacquiao


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Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach thinks that the boxing world are hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) will taste defeat for the first time when the two fighters go at it on 5/2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roach sees the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight as a good vs. bad type of thing, and he thinks that the boxing fans are ready to see Mayweather’s perfect record receive its first defeat. Roach said via Philboxing.com “the whole world will be disappointed.”  It looks like Roach is taking his own personal values and including the entire world with them. It’s a very odd way of thinking, because it’s a warped way of seeing things. If you look at it from a logical standpoint rather than from Roach’s emotions, you can see that Mayweather brings in the superior pay-per-view numbers. It stands to reason that if Mayweather is bringing in the better pay-per-view numbers than Pacquiao, then it means that the fans prefer to see Mayweather over Pacquiao right now. While this only accounts for the American public, because they’re the ones who are buying the fight on PPV, it still suggests that the rest of the world will likely follow in line with the way the U.S fans see the fight. “I can see it in his eyes, in his body movement, his attitude in training that he really wants to win and win decisively,” said Roach about Pacquiao. “I can feel when we’re doing the mitts. With the way he hits the mitts, I can see it on how he responds to the things we want him to do. The efforts he has been doing which I didn’t see in his previous similarly important fights.”  CNTINUE READING...

ALSO Doping penalty: Tensions brewing around Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight


Floyd Mayweather Jr (L) and Manny Pacquiao, pictured during a press conference in Los Angeles, California, on March 11, 2015 .
.Los Angeles (AFP) - Tensions appeared to be rising around the long awaited welterweight world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, with the fighters' camps reportedly at odds over a proposed doping penalty. Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that he was "a little puzzled and dismayed" that Mayweather wouldn't agree to the $5 million penalty Pacquiao had proposed should either fighter test positive for a banned drug. Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe, however, told the newspaper that the drug testing protocol for the May 2 fight in Las Vegas had been "rigorously negotiated" by Pacquiao promoters Top Rank. In comments to ESPN.com, Ellerbe called Koncz an "idiot." "If this moron didn't convey his fighter's wishes when the negotiation was going on that's their problem," Ellerbe said. "This is a lame-ass attempt to generate publicity."  Drug testing was an issue in attempts to put a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight together in late 2009 and early 2010.  Floyd Mayweather has submitted to USADA testing for all of his bouts since 2010 .READ MORE...

ALSO: I need more speed, strong legs, says Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao (right) spars with trainer Freddie Roach. AP FILE PHOTO 
Manny Pacquiao’s stamina is back. Focus now shifts on strengthening his legs. Chief trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune have decided to stop Pacquiao’s uphill Griffith Park morning jogs, replacing these with runs and exercises at University of California track oval. Pacquiao tried the 400-meter oval last Monday (Tuesday in Manila) and found the conditions to his liking. “He doesn’t need it (mountain-climbing) anymore,” Roach told Philboxing.com Tuesday after overseeing Pacquiao’s sparring session with Kenneth Sims and Gibson Keandri (four rounds each) at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. Pacquiao’s stamina, according to Fortune, is already where it needs to be so attention will now be on enhancing his speed. Video clips by local TV stations covering Pacquiao’s preparations for his May 2 megabuck bout with Floyd Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas even showed the eight-division world champion running up the bleachers sideways. “I need more speed, strong legs” Pacquiao said on TV. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd more dangerous now


Floyd Mayweather: Deep in training  
EIGHT-DIVISION world champion Manny Pacquiao ripped into two sparring partners, going four rounds with each at the Wild Card Gym of celebrated trainer Freddie Roach yesterday.  According to publicist Fred Sternberg, Pacquiao went eight “vigorous rounds and looked tremendous.”    He said Roach had to hold him back, because Pacquiao wanted to do more even after a full schedule of punching the heavy bag, working on the speed ball and the punch-mitts.   Meantime, longtime pound-for-pound king and four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. has dismissed claims by Roach that age has taken its toll on Mayweather and that his legs are gone. According to featured columnist Matt Jones in a piece on Bleacher Report, Jones warned Pacquiao that Mayweather “is capable of doing things now that he wasn’t doing a decade ago and that Pacman should be careful of underestimating the American’s power.”   READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao is ready — Roach


Manny Pacquiao works out with Freddie Roach in this PHILSTAR file photo. LOS ANGELES, California—World Boxing organization welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao closes his one month camp here Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with chief trainer Freddie Roach and his team happy with what they’ve seen so far in the past four weeks. Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri, Roger “Haplas” Fernandez and Marvin Somodio are all convinced that everything has been set in place toward Pacquiaos’ victory over undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he’ll meet May 2 in what is billed as the biggest fight in boxing history that will unify the 147-pound division. “I like where he’s (Pacquiao) now. And everybody in the team feels the same way, too,” the 55-year-old Roach declared following a routine training session at his own Wild Card sweat shop along Hollywood, where Pacquiao did 12 rounds in the mitts with and the speed balls. Earlier, Pacquiao ran at the UCLA track and field stadium where the team focused on how to further strengthen the Pinoy icon’s legs and add speed to his already fleet feet. “Everything went well in the camp, Manny’s responding well to the training regimen we’ve prepared,” Roach said. “Manny’s in shape, physically and mentally fired up as we started drawing and slowly, but surely, implementing strategies and game plans.” THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Pacquiao breaks sparmate's nose  WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao continued to impress in sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, dominating a sparring partner and even bloodying his nose. In a report by veteran scribe Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.com, Pacquiao's assistant trainer and best friend Buboy Ferndandez said the boxer on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) went four rounds against Keandre Gibson and another four against Kenneth Sims Jr. But it was Sims - a young welterweight from Chicago who's an eight-time US amateur champion - who got beaten up the most. He ended up with a busted nose courtesy of a Pacquiao signature left straight. "I just forgot the exact round and time when our fighting congressman smashed the nose of his sparring partner with his whopping left straight. Blood started flowing from his nose," Fernandez said. Pacquiao has stepped on the gas in training as he heads into the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Their bout, expected to be the richest ever in the sport, will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2 (May 3 Manila time). To help get the Filipino icon in shape and ready to take on the undefeated Mayweather, chief trainer Freddie Roach has assembled a battery of sparring partners. So far, Fernandez said they are giving Pacquiao a good workout. "They were young, fast and strong and they have the ability to mimic Mayweather's fighting style," Fernandez added. - Dino Maragay FROM PHILSTAR THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.


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Report: Mayweather KO’d in sparring


Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MANILA, MARCH 30, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  (philstar.com) | Updated March 25, 2015 - A sports website claims Floyd Mayweather was knocked out in sparring by former world champion Zab Judah.

Citing an unnamed source, allsports.com.gh reported that Judah floored Mayweather with a body shot while sparring at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. The undefeated fighter was reportedly down for more than 10 seconds.

"Zab hit Mayweather with a good shot, a left hook to the body, and he went down," said the source, who witnessed the session but requested anonymity.

If true, it could be a cause for concern leading to Mayweather’s May 2 showdown with Manny Pacquiao, who is faster and deadlier than the faded Judah. Aside from being unbeaten in 47 fights, the Las Vegas-based Mayweather has never been knocked down.

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The report of Mayweather going down came just a few days after it was chronicled that he was actually beating up Judah in sparring.

“To my knowledge Money has never gone down ever. Not in sparring, or in the ring,” the source added.

Mayweather has tapped Judah to be one of his sparring partners in preparation for the Pacquiao bout, primarily because of his speed and southpaw stance. The two boxers actually fought before, with Mayweather fashioning out a unanimous decision win.

But Judah had his moments against Mayweather in that 2006 fight, tagging him with some straight lefts and giving him trouble for the first half of the match.

Now, it appears that Judah is again giving Mayweather a run for his money.

Meanwhile, Mayweather, according to the source, made a good account of himself after the knockdown.

"It's not unusual for a boxer to get hit hard in training and go down. And Floyd responded well. When he got up, he finished the session,” the source continued.

"And he beat Zab to a bloody pulp. However, he was down for more than a 10 count so technically he was knocked out." - Dino Maragay


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Rich get richer: Purses for Mayweather, Pacquiao soar By Tim Dahlberg (Associated Press) | Updated March 25, 2015 - 10:24am


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS — The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.

New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up.

The money is staggering, though not exactly unexpected. Five years of waiting seem to have only piqued the public's demand for the one fight even casual fans of the sport want to see.

"For whatever it's worth, the buildup over these years has certainly enhanced the fight," promoter Bob Arum. "Everybody knows about it now, even people who don't follow boxing. Plus we have a good economy, unlike in 2009 when people were out of work and didn't have the money to spend."

Fans will certainly have to pay a price to see the May 2 welterweight title bout, especially those lucky enough to score a ticket inside the MGM Grand arena itself. Ticket prices there range from $1,500 in the upper deck to $7,500 at ringside — and only a small percentage of the tickets will actually be put on public sale.

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Arum said Tuesday the gate at the MGM alone will be more than $72 million, obliterating the previous live gate record of $20 million in Nevada set by Mayweather's 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez. Though the MGM will provide some tickets for its biggest gamblers, Arum said even the celebrities who can normally get free tickets to sit ringside will have to pay full fare for the fight — if they can get their hands on tickets at all.

Promoters announced a deal Tuesday with Sky Sports to televise the fight on pay-per-view in England and parts of Europe, part of another $35 million expected to come in from foreign rights. Add in another $10 million in sponsorships — Tecate beer will be the main sponsor — and the fight will gross more than $100 million before a single home in North America buys the pay-per-view.

Less certain is how many people will spend what is expected to be $100 or so for the pay-per-view in the U.S., but that could easily break records, too. Mayweather's 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya currently tops the charts with 2.44 million buys, but many think Mayweather-Pacquiao could do more than 3 million homes despite softness in the pay-per-view market in the last few years.

"That's the one element that's a mystery," Arum told The Associated Press. "It seems like it will break the record, but who really knows? Anyone who predicts the total pay-per-view is whistling in the dark."

Cable networks HBO and Showtime have yet to announce the pay-per-view price, saying they are still in negotiations with cable systems and satellite providers. Those negotiations are mostly about how the money will be divided between the broadcasters and the fight promoters, who historically have split revenues fairly equally.

With promoters holding the upper hand for this fight, though, that split could end up 65-35 in favor of the promotion. And if 3 million homes buy the fight at $100, that would mean about $200 million in revenue to Mayweather Promotions and Arum's Top Rank from pay-per-view alone.

Add in the other money and the two camps will have more than $300 million to divvy up. With Mayweather getting a 60-40 split, that would mean a purse of $180 million or more to Mayweather and $120 million or more to Pacquiao.

Both purses would dwarf the biggest ever in boxing, including the 2007 fight with Mayweather in which De La Hoya made a reported $52 million. Mayweather's biggest payday was against Alvarez, when he was guaranteed $41.5 million and may have made another $20 million off the pay-per-view sales.

"You get to this level where you're making nine figures in 36 minutes," Mayweather said at the fight press conference this month in Los Angeles, "and you have to be a winner."

Judging from the money on the table in this bout, it's hard to find a loser.


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Roach: The whole world will be disappointed if Mayweather wins against Pacquiao date March 17th, 2015 | Post Comment - 188 Comments By Chris Williams:


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Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach thinks that the boxing world are hoping that Floyd Mayweather Jr (47-0, 26 KOs) will taste defeat for the first time when the two fighters go at it on 5/2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Roach sees the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight as a good vs. bad type of thing, and he thinks that the boxing fans are ready to see Mayweather’s perfect record receive its first defeat.

Roach said via Philboxing.com “the whole world will be disappointed.”

It looks like Roach is taking his own personal values and including the entire world with them. It’s a very odd way of thinking, because it’s a warped way of seeing things. If you look at it from a logical standpoint rather than from Roach’s emotions, you can see that Mayweather brings in the superior pay-per-view numbers.

It stands to reason that if Mayweather is bringing in the better pay-per-view numbers than Pacquiao, then it means that the fans prefer to see Mayweather over Pacquiao right now. While this only accounts for the American public, because they’re the ones who are buying the fight on PPV, it still suggests that the rest of the world will likely follow in line with the way the U.S fans see the fight.

“I can see it in his eyes, in his body movement, his attitude in training that he really wants to win and win decisively,” said Roach about Pacquiao. “I can feel when we’re doing the mitts. With the way he hits the mitts, I can see it on how he responds to the things we want him to do. The efforts he has been doing which I didn’t see in his previous similarly important fights.”

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If Pacquiao is over-punching while working the mitts with Roach, it doesn’t mean anything at all. It just means that Pacquiao could be putting himself in danger of suffering a hand injury if he doesn’t take it easy in training.

Pacquiao obviously punches as hard as he can during his fights, so I don’t see him being able to punch any harder than he ever has before.

Pacquiao will only punch himself out if he goes out there trying to throw with ever more power than he has in the past.

We are talking about a 36-year-old fighter who is on the verge of turning 37. I don’t think it’s realistic to assume that Pacquiao is going to be punching harder in this fight than he was in his earlier fights in his career. You don’t get stronger as you get older; at least that’s how it normally is.

We have seen in the sport of baseball how some sluggers are able to develop power and start hitting tons of homers in their late 30s. However, I think it’s safe to say that we’re not going to see Pacquiao suddenly turn into King Kong overnight and come out with the kind of punching power that would knock over brick buildings.

Pacquiao is going to be the same fighter he was in his recent fights. History tells us that Pacquiao won’t be punching any harder than he was in his recent fights against Chris Algieri, Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios. In those fights, Pacquiao wasn’t a murderous puncher. He was just a guy who needed to throw a lot of shots each round to get a decision.

“Manny’s anger could be because everything has to be his (Mayweather’s) way,” Roach said.

There Roach goes with the anger thing again. If he’s on the level about Pacquiao being angry for this fight, then we could see Pacquiao get knocked out, because he’s going to come out there fighting in a wild and uncontrollable manner. Once Pacquiao loses his senses completely, he’s going to be a sitting duck for Mayweather.

This is the exact style that Mayweather has always loved to fight during his career. Roach needs to get a clue that Pacquiao needs to be using his brains instead of his brawn, because he’s going to wind up getting knocked cold again. I think we’re about to see history repeat itself with Pacquiao getting knocked unconscious like he was in his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. Roach also encouraged Pacquiao to fight like a wild man in that fight too, and we saw what happened to Pacquiao.


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Doping penalty: Tensions brewing around Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight AFP March 20, 2015 4:53 AM .. .


Floyd Mayweather Jr (L) and Manny Pacquiao, pictured during a press conference in Los Angeles, California, on March 11, 2015 .
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Los Angeles (AFP) - Tensions appeared to be rising around the long awaited welterweight world title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, with the fighters' camps reportedly at odds over a proposed doping penalty.

Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that he was "a little puzzled and dismayed" that Mayweather wouldn't agree to the $5 million penalty Pacquiao had proposed should either fighter test positive for a banned drug.

Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe, however, told the newspaper that the drug testing protocol for the May 2 fight in Las Vegas had been "rigorously negotiated" by Pacquiao promoters Top Rank.

In comments to ESPN.com, Ellerbe called Koncz an "idiot."

"If this moron didn't convey his fighter's wishes when the negotiation was going on that's their problem," Ellerbe said. "This is a lame-ass attempt to generate publicity."

Drug testing was an issue in attempts to put a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight together in late 2009 and early 2010.

Floyd Mayweather has submitted to USADA testing for all of his bouts since 2010 .

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Mayweather wanted random Olympic-style blood and urine testing, but Pacquiao objected to some of the protocols and the deal disintegrated.

Mayweather later accused the Filipino ring icon of using performance-enhancing drugs, a charge which Pacquiao denied.

Pacquiao sued Mayweather over the accusation and the two settled out of court.

Drug-testing differences have been just part of the long and winding road to the May 2 match-up between the two fighters widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighters of their generation.

The bout has required rival telecasters Showtime and HBO to work together to produce a fight considered a lock to break all records for pay-per-view viewers and revenue.


Manny Pacquiao (C), trainer Freddie Roach (L) and promoter Bob Arum arrive for a joint press confere …

Pacquiao, a two-term Congressman from Sarangani province in the Philippines, is 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts while Mayweather is 47-0 with 26 knockouts.

Last week, the US Anti-Doping Agency said both fighters had agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug testing prior to the bout.

Mayweather has submitted to USADA testing for all of his bouts since 2010.

Both fighters must provide USADA with their whereabouts and make themselves available for blood and urine tests for drugs including human growth hormone (HGH) and the blood-boosting erythropoietin (EPO).

Pacquiao first suggested the reciprocal fine for a failed drug test as extra insurance that a doping issue wouldn't scupper the fight that fans worldwide have clamored for.

But Ellerbe charged the arrangement was an attempt to "put a $5 million price tag if Manny tested positive."

"It will cost Manny a lot more than some $5 million if he comes up positive," Ellerbe said.


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I need more speed, strong legs, says Pacquiao Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 2:06 AM | Thursday, March 26th, 2015


Manny Pacquiao (right) spars with trainer Freddie Roach. AP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao’s stamina is back. Focus now shifts on strengthening his legs.

Chief trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune have decided to stop Pacquiao’s uphill Griffith Park morning jogs, replacing these with runs and exercises at University of California track oval.

READ: Pacquiao trains in public, goes full Rocky Balboa

Pacquiao tried the 400-meter oval last Monday (Tuesday in Manila) and found the conditions to his liking.

“He doesn’t need it (mountain-climbing) anymore,” Roach told Philboxing.com Tuesday after overseeing Pacquiao’s sparring session with Kenneth Sims and Gibson Keandri (four rounds each) at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.

READ: Manny Pacquiao draws large crowd in LA during Day 12 of training

Pacquiao’s stamina, according to Fortune, is already where it needs to be so attention will now be on enhancing his speed.

Video clips by local TV stations covering Pacquiao’s preparations for his May 2 megabuck bout with Floyd Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas even showed the eight-division world champion running up the bleachers sideways.

“I need more speed, strong legs” Pacquiao said on TV.

READ: Manny Pacquiao: We’re making sure no injury happens

Fortune told Philboxing.com that “UCLA has the equipment, facilities, gadgets and other components not available elsewhere. UCLA definitely compensates what Griffith cannot.”

For Roach, however, the more compelling reason is the privacy UCLA offers to Pacquiao.

Pacquiao’s early morning run at Pan Pacific Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, however, will be retained for variety. Runs shift to UCLA Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday.


MANILA STANDARD

Floyd more dangerous now By Ronnie Nathanielsz | Mar. 26, 2015 at 12:01am


Floyd Mayweather: Deep in training

EIGHT-DIVISION world champion Manny Pacquiao ripped into two sparring partners, going four rounds with each at the Wild Card Gym of celebrated trainer Freddie Roach yesterday.

According to publicist Fred Sternberg, Pacquiao went eight “vigorous rounds and looked tremendous.”

He said Roach had to hold him back, because Pacquiao wanted to do more even after a full schedule of punching the heavy bag, working on the speed ball and the punch-mitts.

Meantime, longtime pound-for-pound king and four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. has dismissed claims by Roach that age has taken its toll on Mayweather and that his legs are gone.

According to featured columnist Matt Jones in a piece on Bleacher Report, Jones warned Pacquiao that Mayweather “is capable of doing things now that he wasn’t doing a decade ago and that Pacman should be careful of underestimating the American’s power.”

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From Jones’ point of view, the fact that Floyd “can’t do things at 38 that he did at 28 makes him more dangerous.”

“Mayweather has always been a great puncher, but he’s never had to use it because he was so much better than everyone skillfully, and he had so much athleticism that he hasn’t had to depend on his punching power,” Jones said.

Mayweather appears hell-bent on focusing on his punching power.

“Pacquiao may think he’ll be able to outwork him and not worry about (Mayweather’s) power because he hasn’t had to use it. Now that he’s gotten older, he will use his power, and that’s going to be a bigger problem for Pacquiao.”

Meanwhile, the United States Anti Doping Agency has acquired Pacquiao’s urine sample for the fourth time, the same number as Mayweather’s, and is expected to yield out another negative doping result.


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Pacquiao is ready — Roach By Eddie Alinea | Mar. 29, 2015 at 12:01am


Manny Pacquiao works out with Freddie Roach in this PHILSTAR file photo.

LOS ANGELES, California—World Boxing organization welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao closes his one month camp here Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with chief trainer Freddie Roach and his team happy with what they’ve seen so far in the past four weeks.

Roach, conditioning coach Justin Fortune, assistant trainers Buboy Fernandez, Nonoy Neri, Roger “Haplas” Fernandez and Marvin Somodio are all convinced that everything has been set in place toward Pacquiaos’ victory over undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he’ll meet May 2 in what is billed as the biggest fight in boxing history that will unify the 147-pound division.

“I like where he’s (Pacquiao) now. And everybody in the team feels the same way, too,” the 55-year-old Roach declared following a routine training session at his own Wild Card sweat shop along Hollywood, where Pacquiao did 12 rounds in the mitts with and the speed balls.

Earlier, Pacquiao ran at the UCLA track and field stadium where the team focused on how to further strengthen the Pinoy icon’s legs and add speed to his already fleet feet.

“Everything went well in the camp, Manny’s responding well to the training regimen we’ve prepared,” Roach said.

“Manny’s in shape, physically and mentally fired up as we started drawing and slowly, but surely, implementing strategies and game plans.”


Pacquiao breaks sparmate's nose Updated Friday March 27, 2015 - 1:07pm

MANILA, Philippines - WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao continued to impress in sparring at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, dominating a sparring partner and even bloodying his nose.

In a report by veteran scribe Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.com, Pacquiao's assistant trainer and best friend Buboy Ferndandez said the boxer on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) went four rounds against Keandre Gibson and another four against Kenneth Sims Jr.

But it was Sims - a young welterweight from Chicago who's an eight-time US amateur champion - who got beaten up the most. He ended up with a busted nose courtesy of a Pacquiao signature left straight.

"I just forgot the exact round and time when our fighting congressman smashed the nose of his sparring partner with his whopping left straight. Blood started flowing from his nose," Fernandez said.

Pacquiao has stepped on the gas in training as he heads into the biggest fight of his career against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Their bout, expected to be the richest ever in the sport, will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2 (May 3 Manila time).

To help get the Filipino icon in shape and ready to take on the undefeated Mayweather, chief trainer Freddie Roach has assembled a battery of sparring partners. So far, Fernandez said they are giving Pacquiao a good workout.

"They were young, fast and strong and they have the ability to mimic Mayweather's fighting style," Fernandez added. - Dino Maragay FROM PHILSTAR


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