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MAYWEATHER VOWS TO STOP PACQUIAO


Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, works out with his uncle Roger Mayweather Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2. AP Photo/John Locher
- The uncle and longtime trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed his nephew will knock Manny Pacquiao out in their May 2 showdown (May 3 Manila time).According to a report by Jon Saraceno of USA Today, Roger Mayweather said he heard it from Floyd Jr. himself. “Floyd hasn't said much about anything,'' said Roger Mayweather. “But he has said this: 'I am going to stop him [Pacquiao].'” Pacquiao is no stranger to getting knocked out – he has been stopped three times in his career – but it would take an opponent a lot of power to achieve it. Juan Manuel Marquez successfully did it when he sent Pacquiao to dreamland at the end of the sixth round of their 2012 fight. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao receives speed bag with Mayweather's face


Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach holds a speed bag emblazoned with the face of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Screengrab from Top Rank's video
MANILA, Philippines - Will this new boxing gear make Manny Pacquiao work extra hard in training? The Filipino icon recently received an interesting gift - which is probably meant to motivate him more in training and at the same time hype his megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. - in the form of a speed bag. What makes the speed bag interesting is that the face of Mayweather is emblazoned on it. The giver, according to Top Rank's official Twitter account, is famed attorney Robert Shapiro. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: ‘Time for Floyd to lose,’ says ‘underdog’ Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao doesn’t talk a lot of smack, but this time he did, and he just laid it down. In an interview for HBO’s “At Last” which BoxingScene.com posted, Pacquiao described himself as the “underdog” for his welterweight unification megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. “It is time for Floyd to lose,” Pacquiao said. “When I enter the ring on May 2, it will be no different than when David faced Goliath.” “I was an underdog in the negotiations for this fight. I have been the underdog in the wagering on this fight. I am the underdog to win the fight by the media who are covering it,” Pacquiao said. “The odds that this fight would happen, five years after our first negotiation, was considered a long shot. And I love it. I love it all.” Pacquiao and Mayweather will attempt to unify the WBO, WBA, and WBC Welterweight titles in a fight that took six years to make. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cause of concern for Pacquiao


Controversial trainer Angel “Memo” Heradia helping Mayweather’s preparation for Pacquiao. /Roy Luarca  LAS VEGAS—There’s a new addition to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. camp, and he should be a cause of concern for Manny Pacquiao. Angel “Memo” Heredia, considered a guru of sports medicine, said he’s helping Mayweather prepare for his Fight of the Century against Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. According to Heredia, of the infamous doping fiasco involving track and field stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, he’s giving advice to Alex Ariza, Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach who formerly worked for Pacquiao before being given the boot due to a rift with chief trainer Freddie Roach. Heredia, who was credited for Juan Manuel Marquez’s perceptible change in physique and strength when the Mexican legend fought and knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth showdown in 2012, said Ariza is a friend and colleague, but relishes the thought they will be at opposing corners anytime. Though Heredia, who listed himself as a chemist, scientist, nutritionist, admits that Pacquiao is “dangerous,” he said he’s picking Mayweather to prevail. READ MORE...

ALSO: Floyd's dad says Pacquiao not son's toughest opponent


Floyd Mayweather Sr.. File Photo. 
Boxing pundits have touted Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao as the toughest challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s celebrated career, but the American boxer's father and trainer vehemently disagrees. The outspoken Floyd Mayweather Sr. told Boxing Scene in a recent interview that several of his son's previous opponents are far better fighters than the "Pacman," the only boxer in history to win titles in eight different weight divisions. "I'm not going to say that Pacquiao is the biggest victory of his career," said Mayweather Sr., citing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, and Marcos Maidana as three of his son's previous foes who are better than Pacquiao. "People like Alvarez was a better opponent. I believe Guerrero was a good opponent. Even the last guy he fought, Maidana, was better than (Pacquiao)," he said. Maidana gave Mayweather all he could handle when they fought in May 2014, losing a majority decision. He was dominated by the American in their September rematch. The elder Mayweather is convinced that Maidana will beat Pacquiao if given the chance. "Put Maidana and Pacquiao in the ring and see what happens," he said. "After Floyd gets through whooping his a**, put Pacquiao in the ring with Maidana and see what happens." Mayweather will have the chance to prove his father right when he fights Pacquiao in a highly-anticipated super-fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

Pacquiao running for president—Arum

 



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ALSO: Pacquiao running for president in 2022— says Arum with pride


REP. MANNY PACQUIAO 
Filipino boxing champion and Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao will run for president, promoter Bob Arum said. A report from TMZ Sports quoted Arum as saying Pacquiao would run as Philippine president in the future. “He’s gonna be a president. He’s gonna run for Senate in the Philippines in 2016 … and then in 2022 or maybe later, he’ll run for president of the Philippines,” Arum was quoted as saying in the report. In 2010, then 32-year-old Pacquiao won a congressional seat in the province of Saranggani in Mindanao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao-Mayweather fight ticket prices still rising


Boxers Manny Pacquiao (R) from the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather from the US pose during a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, to launch the countdown to their May 2, 2015 super-fight in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN
HOLLYWOOD—The tickets have not gone officially on sale and yet, prices are getting astronomical. Bob Arum, head of Top Rank which promotes Manny Pacquiao, confirmed this Wednesday, adding that the tickets could be released Thursday. According to Arum, a top official of MGM Resorts International called him up and assured that the tickets will be made available soonest. Fans, however, may find fewer than a thousand tickets available owing to complimentary commitments to Mayweather Promotions, the MGM group, Top Rank, Pacquiao and major sponsors of Pacquiao’s showdown with Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. News on the very limited number of available tickets has boosted demand— and prices—that estimates now range from $1,500 to $10,000. Still, promoters expect the fight to be sold out just minutes after the tickets go on sale. READ MORE...


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Mayweather vows to stop Pacquiao


Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, works out with his uncle Roger Mayweather Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. Mayweather will face Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2. AP Photo/John Locher

MANILA, APRIL 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) Updated April 15, 2015 - 4:04pm - The uncle and longtime trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed his nephew will knock Manny Pacquiao out in their May 2 showdown (May 3 Manila time).

According to a report by Jon Saraceno of USA Today, Roger Mayweather said he heard it from Floyd Jr. himself.

“Floyd hasn't said much about anything,'' said Roger Mayweather. “But he has said this: 'I am going to stop him [Pacquiao].'”

Pacquiao is no stranger to getting knocked out – he has been stopped three times in his career – but it would take an opponent a lot of power to achieve it. Juan Manuel Marquez successfully did it when he sent Pacquiao to dreamland at the end of the sixth round of their 2012 fight.

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Mayweather isn’t known for his punching power, with only 26 of his 47 wins coming by way of knockout. But the undefeated American is an accurate counterpuncher, and it is possible that he can hurt Pacquiao with perfectly timed counters.

It was exactly what Marquez did as he caught Pacquiao with a beautiful counter straight just as the Filipino icon was moving in with his head during the closing seconds of the sixth round in that fateful fight – the fourth one in their storied rivalry.

Mayweather, meanwhile, held a media workout as his Las Vegas gym on Wednesday, looking sharp and confident heading into his clash with Pacquiao, which is seen to go down as the richest boxing match ever.

He is aware that Pacquiao commits mistakes in the ring, even labeling him as a “reckless” fighter. That’s why for Roger Mayweather, knocking Pacquiao out isn’t out of the question. – Dino Maragay


PHILSTAR

Pacquiao receives speed bag with Mayweather's face Updated Wednesday April 15, 2015 - 12:34pm


Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach holds a speed bag emblazoned with the face of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Screengrab from Top Rank's video

MANILA, Philippines - Will this new boxing gear make Manny Pacquiao work extra hard in training?

The Filipino icon recently received an interesting gift - which is probably meant to motivate him more in training and at the same time hype his megabuck showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. - in the form of a speed bag.

What makes the speed bag interesting is that the face of Mayweather is emblazoned on it.

The giver, according to Top Rank's official Twitter account, is famed attorney Robert Shapiro.

THE TWEET: Top Rank Boxing ✔ @trboxing Follow Famed attorney Robert Shapiro gifted @MannyPacquiao a speedbag emblazoned w/@FloydMayweather's face. #MayPac 12:22 AM - 15 Apr 2015


INQUIRER

‘Time for Floyd to lose,’ says ‘underdog’ Pacquiao Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ NQUIRER.net 12:16 PM | Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Manny Pacquiao doesn’t talk a lot of smack, but this time he did, and he just laid it down.

In an interview for HBO’s “At Last” which BoxingScene.com posted, Pacquiao described himself as the “underdog” for his welterweight unification megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“It is time for Floyd to lose,” Pacquiao said. “When I enter the ring on May 2, it will be no different than when David faced Goliath.”

BACKSTORY: Pacquiao sure of beating Mayweather

“I was an underdog in the negotiations for this fight. I have been the underdog in the wagering on this fight. I am the underdog to win the fight by the media who are covering it,” Pacquiao said. “The odds that this fight would happen, five years after our first negotiation, was considered a long shot. And I love it. I love it all.” Pacquiao and Mayweather will attempt to unify the WBO, WBA, and WBC Welterweight titles in a fight that took six years to make.

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Both fighters are argued as the best of their era with Mayweather going undefeated in his professional career and Pacquiao the only boxer to hold world titles in eight weight divisions.

“I love being the underdog because every time I have been the underdog in a fight I have won,” Pacquiao said.

BACKSTORY: Mayweather Sr. expects Pacquiao to bend the knee

Oscar Dela Hoya, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Lehlohonolo Ledwaba were all, as Pacquiao said, favored to “destroy” him. He obliterated all three.

“Being the underdog inspired me in training. Winning those fights gave hope and inspiration to those who needed it. It gave proof that someone like me, born in poverty, who came from the dirt, can achieve success against all odds with hard work and prayer. Being an underdog has always spurred me on to greater heights,” he said.


INQUIRER

Cause of concern for Pacquiao Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:19 PM | Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Controversial trainer Angel “Memo” Heradia helping Mayweather’s preparation for Pacquiao. /Roy Luarca

LAS VEGAS—There’s a new addition to the Floyd Mayweather Jr. camp, and he should be a cause of concern for Manny Pacquiao.

Angel “Memo” Heredia, considered a guru of sports medicine, said he’s helping Mayweather prepare for his Fight of the Century against Pacquiao on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

According to Heredia, of the infamous doping fiasco involving track and field stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, he’s giving advice to Alex Ariza, Mayweather’s strength and conditioning coach who formerly worked for Pacquiao before being given the boot due to a rift with chief trainer Freddie Roach.

Heredia, who was credited for Juan Manuel Marquez’s perceptible change in physique and strength when the Mexican legend fought and knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their fourth showdown in 2012, said Ariza is a friend and colleague, but relishes the thought they will be at opposing corners anytime.

Though Heredia, who listed himself as a chemist, scientist, nutritionist, admits that Pacquiao is “dangerous,” he said he’s picking Mayweather to prevail.

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“I like Floyd, he trains hard,” said Heredia, now working with the Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Acedemy where he’s training Filipino prospects Marvin “Marvelous” Sonsona and Johnriel Casimero.

Though Mayweather hasn’t knock out an opponent for a long time, Heredia said “there’s a strong possibility it would come (in this fight).”

Heredia said Mayweather is fast, explosive and technical while Pacquiao’s vaunted power seems to be decreasing.

For more updates on Pacquiao-Mayweather “Fight of the Century,” visit The Pacquiao Files.

Ever since the Fight of the Century between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. was announced, everyone and anyone has had something to say about who will eventually emerge victorious.

But in this survey, INQUIRER.net wants to know only one opinion: yours. Who do YOU think will win the bout on May 2 and how?

The results of this survey will be published in an infographic, to be released on Fight Day, showing how your prediction compares with the rest of the survey's participants.


ABS-CBN

Floyd's dad says Pacquiao not son's toughest opponent ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 04/15/2015 8:48 PM | Updated as of 04/15/2015 9:15 PM


Floyd Mayweather Sr.. File Photo.

Boxing pundits have touted Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao as the toughest challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s celebrated career, but the American boxer's father and trainer vehemently disagrees.

The outspoken Floyd Mayweather Sr. told Boxing Scene in a recent interview that several of his son's previous opponents are far better fighters than the "Pacman," the only boxer in history to win titles in eight different weight divisions.

"I'm not going to say that Pacquiao is the biggest victory of his career," said Mayweather Sr., citing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, Robert Guerrero, and Marcos Maidana as three of his son's previous foes who are better than Pacquiao.

"People like Alvarez was a better opponent. I believe Guerrero was a good opponent. Even the last guy he fought, Maidana, was better than (Pacquiao)," he said.

Maidana gave Mayweather all he could handle when they fought in May 2014, losing a majority decision. He was dominated by the American in their September rematch.

The elder Mayweather is convinced that Maidana will beat Pacquiao if given the chance.

"Put Maidana and Pacquiao in the ring and see what happens," he said. "After Floyd gets through whooping his a**, put Pacquiao in the ring with Maidana and see what happens."

Mayweather will have the chance to prove his father right when he fights Pacquiao in a highly-anticipated super-fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao running for president—Arum INQUIRER.net 8:38 AM | Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


REP. MANNY PACQUIAO

Filipino boxing champion and Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao will run for president, promoter Bob Arum said.

A report from TMZ Sports quoted Arum as saying Pacquiao would run as Philippine president in the future.

“He’s gonna be a president. He’s gonna run for Senate in the Philippines in 2016 … and then in 2022 or maybe later, he’ll run for president of the Philippines,” Arum was quoted as saying in the report.

In 2010, then 32-year-old Pacquiao won a congressional seat in the province of Saranggani in Mindanao.

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By the 2022 national elections, Pacquiao will be 43 years old, above the 40-year-old age requirement to qualify as candidate for the presidency.

The Filipino boxing icon on May 2 will face undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing match dubbed as “Fight of the Century.” NC/CB

For more updates on Pacquiao-Mayweather “Fight of the Century,” visit The Pacquiao Files.

Ever since the Fight of the Century between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. was announced, everyone and anyone has had something to say about who will eventually emerge victorious.

But in this survey, INQUIRER.net wants to know only one opinion: yours. Who do YOU think will win the bout on May 2 and how?

The results of this survey will be published in an infographic, to be released on Fight Day, showing how your prediction compares with the rest of the survey's participants.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao-Mayweather fight ticket prices still rising Roy Luarca @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 9:30 PM | Thursday, April 16th, 2015


Boxers Manny Pacquiao (R) from the Philippines and Floyd Mayweather from the US pose during a press conference on March 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, to launch the countdown to their May 2, 2015 super-fight in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN

HOLLYWOOD—The tickets have not gone officially on sale and yet, prices are getting astronomical.

Bob Arum, head of Top Rank which promotes Manny Pacquiao, confirmed this Wednesday, adding that the tickets could be released Thursday.

According to Arum, a top official of MGM Resorts International called him up and assured that the tickets will be made available soonest.

Fans, however, may find fewer than a thousand tickets available owing to complimentary commitments to Mayweather Promotions, the MGM group, Top Rank, Pacquiao and major sponsors of Pacquiao’s showdown with Floyd Mayweather on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

News on the very limited number of available tickets has boosted demand— and prices—that estimates now range from $1,500 to $10,000. Still, promoters expect the fight to be sold out just minutes after the tickets go on sale.

READ MORE...
The 83-year-old Arum has raised a howl on the unavailability of tickets—Pacquiao has many complimentary commitments— and the astronomical prices in the resale market.

SeatGeek has 560 tickets on its website with the cheapest listed at $4,815, up from $4,116 in February. Floor seats start at $32,800 from $22,441 and run as high as $54,600. The median price is $10,420, leapfrogging from $1,200. Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez holds the record with a median price of $1,616.

For more updates on Pacquiao-Mayweather “Fight of the Century,” visit The Pacquiao Files.

Ever since the Fight of the Century between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. was announced, everyone and anyone has had something to say about who will eventually emerge victorious.

But in this survey, INQUIRER.net wants to know only one opinion: yours. Who do YOU think will win the bout on May 2 and how?

The results of this survey will be published in an infographic, to be released on Fight Day, showing how your prediction compares with the rest of the survey's participants.


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