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MAYWEATHER BLASTS ROACH FOR COTTO LOSS


NOVEMBER 24 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a swipe at Freddie Roach, blaming the multi-awarded trainer for Miguel Cotto’s defeat at the hands of Saul Alvarez in Sunday’s middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. Speaking recently to fighthype.com, the retired Mayweather claimed Roach gave Cotto the wrong advice in between rounds of his showdown with Alvarez, who came away with a unanimous decision win to claim the WBC middleweight title. “I can understand him being a little hurt, but Cotto didn't have the right trainer. He wasn't giving him the right advice. What fight was he watching? When you're a trainer, you know what you have to tell a fighter if the fight is close? ‘Listen, you gonna have to pick up the [expletive] pace! You know what? The fight is extremely close,’" Mayweather told fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson. Mayweather and Roach have had a history of animosity toward each other, with the latter working against the former in two previous fights. Roach trained Oscar De La Hoya in his showdown with Mayweather in 2007, then worked the corner of Manny Pacquiao during his turn to face the former pound-for-pound king last May. The undefeated American outpointed both De la Hoya and Pacquiao. Now he’s gotten back again at Roach for Cotto’s setback against Alvarez. “If you're losing, your coach don't need to wait for you to get to the 10th round to tell you that you losing. If your coach knows you're losing in the fourth round, if that was the case, that's when a trainer needs to step up and say, "You know what? Pick up the fucking pace. You losing" or "[Expletive] it! Go out like a soldier! Go for the knockout," Mayweather continued. READ MORE...RELATED, Miguel Cotto's next fight: Is retirement in the cards after loss to Canelo Alvarez?...

ALSO Mayweather warns Crawford: 'Pacquiao’s better than I thought'


NOVEMBER 26 -Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford
Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently reiterated that Manny Pacquiao is a better fighter than he thought prior to taking on the Filipino icon in boxing’s richest fight ever last May.
Mayweather made the comment as he issued a warning to rising star Terence Crawford, who is reportedly the frontrunner to become Pacquiao’s next opponent. "If Terence Crawford happens to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to let him know that it's not going to be easy. Even though I know I made it look easy, it's not going to be easy," the retired Mayweather told Ben Thompson of fighthype.com. Crawford, the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, is awaiting Pacquiao’s decision regarding his opponent for a planned fight in April next year. It could either be him or Timothy Bradley, whose recent stoppage of Brandon Rios positioned himself for a rubber match with Pacquiao. The fighting congressman is reportedly reviewing tapes of Crawford and Bradley’s past fights and will come up with a decision anytime soon. Mayweather, for his part, advised Crawford not to take Pacquiao likely if ever they end up fighting each other. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum hopes Pacquiao doesn't pick Khan


NOVEMBER 27 -Bob Arum (left) is hoping that Manny Pacquiao does not choose Amir Khan to be his next opponent.
If it were solely up to him, Bob Arum will rule out a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.
In a recent interview with Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Arum though said Khan is still in the mix as a possible opponent for Pacquiao next year. The British fighter joins Terence Crawford and Timothy Bradley in hoping for a date with the Filipino icon. It’s safe to say that Arum prefers either Crawford or Bradley for Pacquiao, as the two Americans are fighting under Top Rank Inc.'s banner. But of course, Pacquiao will have the final say. "I purposely kept myself out of it because at this point it doesn't matter who Manny picks," said Arum, adding that Pacquiao is guaranteed a purse of $20 million whoever he chooses to fight next. The fighting congressman is expected to soon name his opponent for what’s reportedly his final fight in April next year. He’s been given tapes of Crawford and Bradley to study and help him come up with a decision. READ MORE...

ALSO: Arum assures Pacquiao of least $20M in April 2016 fight


NOVEMBER 28 -Pacquiao with Arum in 2012 Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines waves to the crowd as he is introduced by promoter Bob Arum during a news conference to announce his upcoming World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. of the U.S., in Los Angeles, California February 21, 2012. The bout is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9, 2012. Reuters/Bret Hartman
Top Rank Promotions head Bob Arum is guaranteeing at least $20 million (AU $27.8M) for Manny Pacquiao for the latter’s comeback fight since a shoulder injury and the first bout since his disappointing loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.
According to an ESPN report, Arum stated that Pacquiao, who is still undecided on whom to fight in April of 2016 but is reportedly nearing a decision, would be netting Arum’s guarantee—plus his share from the profits generated in what could be his final fight before retiring from the sport.Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) lost to Mayweather Jr. via a 12-round unanimous decision but earned at least $150M (AU $208.5M) for the “Fight of the Century” which broke the all-time record for pay-per-view buys and sales as well as the live gate revenue. Among the opponents reportedly under consideration as Pacquiao’s next opponent are American boxers Terence Crawford (27-0-0, 19 knockouts) and Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13 knockouts) and British pugilist Amir Khan (31-3-0, 19 knockouts). Earlier in November, Arum said in an interview that they had sent tapes of Crawford to Pacquiao’s camp to help the Filipino decide on his next opponent. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao still undecided on next opponent


NOVEMBER 27 -General Santos City—Boxing took a backseat on Friday as Manny Pacquiao hardly made mention of his career as a top fighter amid the growing confusion over the selection of his opponent for a comeback bout penciled for April 9 in Las Vegas.
As his camp and promotional team eagerly await his decision as to the identity of the guy he’s facing next year, Pacquiao said he hasn’t decided yet who among Terence Crawford, Amir Khan, and Tim Bradley would be his dancing partner at the MGM Grand. Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao “Wala pa akong desisyon,” said Pacquiao, who is neck-deep in political commitments but continues nevertheless to look in terrific shape despite the inactivity. During his free time, Pacquiao regularly plays basketball and goes scuba diving as well. READ MORE...


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Mayweather blasts Roach for Cotto loss


Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 30, 2015 (PHILSTAR) November 24, 2015 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a swipe at Freddie Roach, blaming the multi-awarded trainer for Miguel Cotto’s defeat at the hands of Saul Alvarez in Sunday’s middleweight title fight in Las Vegas.

Speaking recently to fighthype.com, the retired Mayweather claimed Roach gave Cotto the wrong advice in between rounds of his showdown with Alvarez, who came away with a unanimous decision win to claim the WBC middleweight title.

“I can understand him being a little hurt, but Cotto didn't have the right trainer. He wasn't giving him the right advice. What fight was he watching? When you're a trainer, you know what you have to tell a fighter if the fight is close? ‘Listen, you gonna have to pick up the [expletive] pace! You know what? The fight is extremely close,’" Mayweather told fighthype.com’s Ben Thompson.

Mayweather and Roach have had a history of animosity toward each other, with the latter working against the former in two previous fights. Roach trained Oscar De La Hoya in his showdown with Mayweather in 2007, then worked the corner of Manny Pacquiao during his turn to face the former pound-for-pound king last May.

The undefeated American outpointed both De la Hoya and Pacquiao. Now he’s gotten back again at Roach for Cotto’s setback against Alvarez.

“If you're losing, your coach don't need to wait for you to get to the 10th round to tell you that you losing. If your coach knows you're losing in the fourth round, if that was the case, that's when a trainer needs to step up and say, "You know what? Pick up the fucking pace. You losing" or "[Expletive] it! Go out like a soldier! Go for the knockout," Mayweather continued.

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Mayweather went on to further downplay Roach’s achievements as a boxing trainer. The bespectacled cornerman has been named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for a record seven times (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014).

“I hear people talking about Freddie Roach is a legendary trainer, but I think Cotto was fighting the same way before he got with Freddie Roach. I think Pacquiao was fighting the same before he got with Freddie Roach. Both guys were already world champions before they got to Freddie Roach,” said Mayweather.

“But when Pacquiao lost to [Juan Manuel] Marquez and he lost to me, they still keep talking about how legendary the coach is. When are y'all going to get on the coach's ass and say, "You know what? This coach done a [expletive] job."

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Miguel Cotto's next fight: Is retirement in the cards after loss to Canelo Alvarez? By Scott Christ  @scottchristBLH on Nov 22, 2015, 6:15a 5


Isaac Brekken/Getty Images After 14 years and another big fight loss, Miguel Cotto just might be ready to hang up the gloves.

Miguel Cotto is no longer a young man in the fight game. At 35, the Puerto Rican star suffered another big fight setback last night, losing to Canelo Alvarez by decision, which snapped a three-fight winning streak and may have ended the career rebirth that Cotto has experienced under trainer Freddie Roach.

Cotto (40-5, 33 KO) has been in this position before. In 2008, he lost for the first time, falling at the questionable hands of Antonio Margarito. In 2009, he was battered into submission by Manny Pacquiao. And in 2012, he was outboxed, though competitive, against Floyd Mayweather.

But Cotto was younger then, and there was still a major future for him to look forward to each time. After he lost to Mayweather in 2012, Canelo Alvarez was on his radar. An upset defeat that December to Austin Trout derailed those plans, and saw him seek out Roach for new guidance.

The pairing worked out well. Cotto found his groove again as a vicious offense-first fighter, rediscovering the punishing left hook to the body that had been his calling card as a younger fighter, and had gotten lost along the way with his rise to stardom. Roach led Cotto to an easy win over Delvin Rodriguez, followed by a carefully-timed and chosen victory over reigning middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in 2014.

Martinez was himself an old fighter by then. 14 months removed from his last fight -- a mediocre performance against Martin Murray -- and yet another knee surgery, Martinez was closing in on 40 and showed up on fight night looking feeble. Cotto took advantage, dropping Sergio three times in the first round and smashing him for the next eight, stopping Martinez after nine rounds of one-sided action.

Once again, Canelo entered the conversation. The two negotiated late in 2014 and into early 2015, hoping to sign a fight and take the May 2 date. But when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao appeared close to a deal, Canelo pulled out of labored talks with Cotto, and signed a May 9 fight against James Kirkland. In turn, Cotto signed on for a June 7 title defense against Daniel Geale, a former titleholder.

After years of discussion and rumor about the fight, Cotto-Canelo was finally a reality. Now, with the fight over and done with, attention turns to the future for both fighters.

Canelo, of course, has a lot going for him. He's 25 years old, just entering what should be his prime, and has enormous popularity with Mexican boxing fans, who have helped to create some of the biggest stars in the sport's history. With Mayweather retired and Manny Pacquiao on his way out, Alvarez's win over Cotto established him as the obvious choice for a new top dog in the pay-per-view game, as the new big draw in American boxing.

Cotto does not have that sort of future. He's been through the wars for years now. Though it would be untrue and almost slanderous to suggest that he's "cherry picked" fights in his career, he's been much more careful about the fights he selects in recent years, particularly after the upset loss to Trout in 2012.

Cotto's decision to compete as a middleweight was calculated. Martinez wanted a big payday, and Cotto presented one. (In 2011, Cotto scoffed at the idea of fighting Martinez, deeming that Argentine fighter a non-star, and instead rematching a disgraced Margarito for bigger pay.) With a questionable last outing and some piling knee injuries, Martinez was ripe for the picking. Cotto even flexed his muscle, forcing a 159-pound catchweight rather than the normal 160-pound limit of the middleweight division. It was done simply because it could be done, and any advantage is worth taking if you can make it happen.

Against Geale, Cotto pushed the Aussie to agree to 157 pounds for the limit. Geale hadn't weighed so little on the scales since 2007, when he was 25 years old instead of 34. It may not have been the reason that Cotto walked through him inside of four rounds, but it certainly didn't help Geale, who looked gaunt on the scales and weak on fight night.

To make it clear for those who may not be avid followers of boxing, Cotto did these things in part because he can, as mentioned, as the money player in these fights, and in part because he's not a middleweight. Standing 5'7", Cotto began his pro career in 2001 as a junior welterweight, 20 pounds lighter than the middleweights. The jump has been made before, but it's rare, and Cotto has never even been particularly big for his more natural weights. Even as a junior middleweight, he was small and carefully selected opponents, and his power just wasn't what it was at 140 or 147, where he enjoyed his most notable success.

With his best days behind him and no realistic (or at least good) hope of returning to the welterweight division, Cotto (40-5, 33 KO) may not be long for the sport. There aren't a lot of great options for him at middleweight, because he isn't a middleweight. There aren't many attractive options at junior middleweight, either, where the young fighters on the rise are tall, rangy fighters like Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade and twins Jermell and Jermall Charlo. For welterweights he could face at junior middleweight, there are some names who might take the bout, but is it really worth it for Cotto anymore?

He's made a lot of money, and he's been helping promote fights for years now, too. Cotto's flirted with the idea of retirement before, and has been open about the idea for the last few fights. He also skipped not only his post-fight in-ring interview last night, but the post-fight press conference, too. Maybe, just maybe, Cotto is ready to hang up the gloves.

If he continues, he'll find a fight. There will be no shortage of fighters who would like to take their shot at an aging star fighter, as has been tradition, so to speak, in boxing. Cotto just might be ready to quit, however, and there's a chance that last night was the final fight of his career.

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Canelo Alvarez beats Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision


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Mayweather warns Crawford: 'Pacquiao’s better than I thought' (philstar.com) | Updated November 26, 2015 - 2:59pm 25 2432 googleplus0


Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently reiterated that Manny Pacquiao is a better fighter than he thought prior to taking on the Filipino icon in boxing’s richest fight ever last May.

Mayweather made the comment as he issued a warning to rising star Terence Crawford, who is reportedly the frontrunner to become Pacquiao’s next opponent.

"If Terence Crawford happens to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to let him know that it's not going to be easy. Even though I know I made it look easy, it's not going to be easy," the retired Mayweather told Ben Thompson of fighthype.com.

Crawford, the undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, is awaiting Pacquiao’s decision regarding his opponent for a planned fight in April next year. It could either be him or Timothy Bradley, whose recent stoppage of Brandon Rios positioned himself for a rubber match with Pacquiao.

The fighting congressman is reportedly reviewing tapes of Crawford and Bradley’s past fights and will come up with a decision anytime soon.

Mayweather, for his part, advised Crawford not to take Pacquiao likely if ever they end up fighting each other.

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Crawford, according to Mayweather, shouldn’t consider his win over Pacquiao as an indication that the Filipino is easy to defeat. Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao in their Las Vegas showdown to become the unified welterweight champion.

"[Pacquiao] can fight. He's a lot better than what I thought he was. From me being in the ring with Manny Pacquiao, I take my hat off to him and I can see why he went so far in his career. Terence Crawford gotta realize that Pacquiao is bigger and stronger than [former Crawford opoonent] Yuriorkis Gamboa, and he hits harder," the former pound-for-pound king continued.

“He [Crawford] can fight, but I don't want him to think that just because I made it look that easy with Pacquiao, it's going to be that easy." – Dino Maragay


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Arum hopes Pacquiao doesn't pick Khan By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 27, 2015 - 3:06pm 6 576 googleplus0 0


Bob Arum (left) is hoping that Manny Pacquiao does not choose Amir Khan to be his next opponent.

MANILA, Philippines – If it were solely up to him, Bob Arum will rule out a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.

In a recent interview with Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Arum though said Khan is still in the mix as a possible opponent for Pacquiao next year. The British fighter joins Terence Crawford and Timothy Bradley in hoping for a date with the Filipino icon.

It’s safe to say that Arum prefers either Crawford or Bradley for Pacquiao, as the two Americans are fighting under Top Rank Inc.'s banner.

But of course, Pacquiao will have the final say.

"I purposely kept myself out of it because at this point it doesn't matter who Manny picks," said Arum, adding that Pacquiao is guaranteed a purse of $20 million whoever he chooses to fight next.

The fighting congressman is expected to soon name his opponent for what’s reportedly his final fight in April next year. He’s been given tapes of Crawford and Bradley to study and help him come up with a decision.

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Arum is hoping his ward bypasses Khan.

"Would I prefer it not to be Khan? Yes, but this is Manny's last fight. I have a duty to him to present him all of the options. Do I hope he doesn't pick Khan though? Of course [because I don't promote him], but I don't think he will pick Khan,” the veteran promoter continued.

Arum added that his preference for Khan dwindled once the Middle East was ruled out as a venue for Pacquiao’s final bout.

“Khan was an option when we considered having this fight in April in the Middle East, so he was a guy on the table. Now the Middle East is not on the table, but he's still one of the guys on the table," he also said.

It’s all up to Pacquiao.


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Boxing News: Arum assures Pacquiao of least $20M in April 2016 fight By James Quizon on November 28 2015 3:36 AM Share on facebook 5 Share on twitterShare on linkedinShare on google_plusone_shareMore Sharing Services


Pacquiao with Arum in 2012 Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines waves to the crowd as he is introduced by promoter Bob Arum during a news conference to announce his upcoming World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. of the U.S., in Los Angeles, California February 21, 2012. The bout is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 9, 2012. Reuters/Bret Hartman

Top Rank Promotions head Bob Arum is guaranteeing at least $20 million (AU $27.8M) for Manny Pacquiao for the latter’s comeback fight since a shoulder injury and the first bout since his disappointing loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May.

According to an ESPN report, Arum stated that Pacquiao, who is still undecided on whom to fight in April of 2016 but is reportedly nearing a decision, would be netting Arum’s guarantee—plus his share from the profits generated in what could be his final fight before retiring from the sport.

Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) lost to Mayweather Jr. via a 12-round unanimous decision but earned at least $150M (AU $208.5M) for the “Fight of the Century” which broke the all-time record for pay-per-view buys and sales as well as the live gate revenue.

Among the opponents reportedly under consideration as Pacquiao’s next opponent are American boxers Terence Crawford (27-0-0, 19 knockouts) and Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-1-1, 13 knockouts) and British pugilist Amir Khan (31-3-0, 19 knockouts).

Earlier in November, Arum said in an interview that they had sent tapes of Crawford to Pacquiao’s camp to help the Filipino decide on his next opponent.

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Khan, who has been snubbed multiple times by Mayweather Jr. in the past, is still looking for a big money fight against a big name opponent and was actually considered a frontrunner for the Pacquiao sweepstakes about two months ago although a deal was never finalised.

Bradley, if he gets another date with Pacquiao, will be facing the Filipino for the third time in his career after a controversial split decision win in 2012 and a unanimous decision loss in 2014.

"I purposely kept myself out of it because at this point it doesn't matter who Manny picks," Arum said to ESPN. "Would I prefer it not to be Khan? Yes, but this is Manny's last fight. I have a duty to him to present him all of the options.

Arum admitted that he prefers Pacquiao not choosing Khan since he does not promote the British boxer. Both Crawford and Bradley Jr. are under contract with Top Rank Promotions.


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao still undecided on next opponent by Nick Giongco November 27, 2015 Share53 Tweet1 Share0 Email0 Share65

General Santos City—Boxing took a backseat on Friday as Manny Pacquiao hardly made mention of his career as a top fighter amid the growing confusion over the selection of his opponent for a comeback bout penciled for April 9 in Las Vegas.

As his camp and promotional team eagerly await his decision as to the identity of the guy he’s facing next year, Pacquiao said he hasn’t decided yet who among Terence Crawford, Amir Khan, and Tim Bradley would be his dancing partner at the MGM Grand.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao “Wala pa akong desisyon,” said Pacquiao, who is neck-deep in political commitments but continues nevertheless to look in terrific shape despite the inactivity.

During his free time, Pacquiao regularly plays basketball and goes scuba diving as well.

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Pacquiao’s last fight was against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May when he tore his right rotator cuff that eventually had to be operated on.

Now that the operation has healed completely, Pacquiao is on the cusp of answering the question his fans are dying to know.

But it’ll take a few more days or even a few weeks especially if there is movement in the bid to convince Mayweather to come out of retirement so he and Pacquiao can get it on for the second time.

In the meantime, the only thing about boxing Pacquiao is into these days is the revival of the TV program Blow by Blow (Reloaded), which is set for a rousing revival tonight at the city gymnasium.

The fights will be aired starting Dec. 13 on TV5, which is holding the slugfest with the help of Black Mamba Energy Drink.

With former North Cotabato Gov. Manny Pinol, the promoter of Pacquiao’s world title defense in Davao in 2002, leading the way anew for Blow by Blow’s comeback, the event will open with 10 fights.


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