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PACMAN: BRADLEY FIGHT WILL BE MY LAST


JANUARY 6 -Pacquiao Confident of victory in the May 9 elections, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has reiterated that he will retire from the sport after his fight with Timothy Bradley. Their third showdown will take place on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Bradley’s WBO welterweight title, which used to be Pacquiao’s, at stake. On record, Pacquiao and Bradley are 1-1 after two fights in 2012 and 2014. Pacquiao said the deciding fight will be his farewell fight. “My April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley will be my last,” said Pacquiao, denying a recent report that he’s pursuing a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. “I’m retiring from boxing to focus on my new job,” he told Philboxing.com. A report came out a few days ago, also at Philboxing.com, saying Pacquiao, 37, will not retire until he gets the second fight against Mayweather, who beat him last May. “I never said anything like that. No one has interviewed me regarding that,” said Pacquiao yesterday in General Santos City. “After my fight on April 9, I will retire from boxing.” He has won 57 fights, including 38 knockouts, lost six and had two draws in a professional career spanning more than 20 years after being raised in poverty. Pacquiao, a two-term congressman in the southern province of Sarangani, is running for senator in the national elections. Early surveys said Pacquiao is inside the Magic 12, the number of seats that need to be filled in the 24-seat Philippine Senate. Pacquiao is confident that he will make it. “Consistent ‘yong ranking natin sa mga surveys. Among the top 10, palagi tayong nasa (we’re always) number seven or number eight,” he said. Once the campaign period starts, Pacquiao expects his ranking to go even higher. “I expect na aakyat pa ang ranking natin, lalo na kapag naikot natin ang buong bansa (once I move around the country),” he said. If he becomes senator, Pacquiao said all his time and energy will be spent in serving the people, and it will be very difficult for him to stay a boxer. READ MORE...

ALSO: The only one fight for Pacquiao to come out of retirement is a  Mayweather rematch


JANUARY 4 -Manny Pacquiao throws a punch as Floyd Mayweather eludes in this file photo.
Manny Pacquiao is expected to retire after his third meeting with Timothy Bradley on April 9 (April 10 Manila time) to become a full-time politician. Only one fight can make him return to the ring. The Filipino icon recently told Philboxing.com he is willing to lace up the gloves again if it involves a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. “I have been very vocal about it (fighting Mayweather) even before the Bradley fight was made official on New Year's Eve,” Pacquiao said. "The reason is simple, I want to end my 21-year boxing career with a big bang so to speak," he added. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in last May’s fight that smashed pay-per-view records but was a critical failure for failing to live to the hype. The fighting congressman, it was later learned, fought on a bum right shoulder that he injured in training, further tainting the highly anticipated showdown. He insisted he wants another shot at Mayweather, who himself retired after defeating Andre Berto a few months later. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao -320 favorite against Bradley


JANUARY 5 -Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will clash for the third time. STAR/File photo
Regardless of what the record books show, Manny Pacquiao will always be the favorite against Timothy Bradley Jr.
Pacquiao was a -450 favorite against Bradley when they first met in 2012. Bradley won that fight when fight fans thought he lost it. A rematch took place in 2014, and despite the loss in the first meeting, Pacquiao again was considered the favorite against, that time at -280. It meant then that you needed to put $280 to win $100 for Pacquiao. For the rematch, Bradley was at +240 ($100 winning $240). Pacquiao was a clear winner in the rematch. The judges saw it right. For their third meeting, scheduled April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the 37-year-old Pacquiao is once again listed the favorite. Lootmeister.com, an online betting station that’s been in the business since 1998, has the Filipino superstar at -320 and Bradley, who’s 32, at +240. It’s been reported that this could be Pacquiao’s last fight. But depending on what happens in the fight and then the Philippine elections in May, nothing is cast in stone. READ MORE...

ALSO: WBA set to strip Mayweather of title


JANUARY 8 -Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The World Boxing Association said it will soon strip the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the WBA “super” welterweight championship. Mayweather unified the WBA, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization welterweight titles when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in May last year. Pacquiao entered the fight holding the WBO version of the crown. But the WBO later stripped Mayweather of its belt after he refused to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee for his unification fight with Pacquiao. Timothy Bradley, who at that time was the WBO interim welterweight champion, was then elevated to full champion status.
Mayweather went on to fight once more, dominating Andre Berto then announcing his retirement from the sport. At that time, he was the WBA and WBC champion. The WBC has removed Mayweather in its list of champions during the sanctioning body’s recent year-end convention. The WBA, for its part, is set to follow suit, saying Mayweather will no longer be champion by the end of the month. "It is a matter of formality, in late January [Mayweather] will not be [the champion]," WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. recently told ESPN Deportes. THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Bradley's trainer Teddy Atlas starts reviewing Pacquiao fights


JANUARY 10 -Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 to fight welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jnr for a third time, promoter Bob Arum said. And although Pacquiao is seeking election to the Philippines Senate, he and Arum have agreed not to market this as his final bout. The Bradley who beat Rios was better than the Bradley I’ve seen of the last five years, says BOB ARUM. Pacquiao has repeatedly said he is hopeful to return with an impressive performance and then try to talk unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jnr out of retirement for a rematch. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) has been sidelined since a May 2 unanimous-decision loss to Mayweather in a record-setting bout in which Pacquiao aggravated a shoulder injury suffered in training.FROM BOXING.COM FILE MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley’s trainer has started doing his homework even before the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and the chiseled American boxer was sealed just over a week ago.
Teddy Atlas, who has taken over Bradley’s training since late last year, said he’d started analyzing the first two fights between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2012 and 2014. The first fight ended with a very close and controversial decision for Bradley. Two years later they figured in a rematch, and Pacquiao won unanimously. When it came pretty clear that the third fight would happen, Atltas said he didn’t waste time and started going through the fight tapes. “I already looked at it,” Atlas told ESPN.com after third fight, set to take place April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was sealed on New Year’s Eve. “I don’t believe in waiting,” he added. READ MORE...


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Pacman: Bradley fight will be my last


Pacquiao

MANILA, JANUARY 11, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Abac Cordero, January 6, 2016 – Confident of victory in the May 9 elections, boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has reiterated that he will retire from the sport after his fight with Timothy Bradley.

Their third showdown will take place on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Bradley’s WBO welterweight title, which used to be Pacquiao’s, at stake.

On record, Pacquiao and Bradley are 1-1 after two fights in 2012 and 2014. Pacquiao said the deciding fight will be his farewell fight.

“My April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley will be my last,” said Pacquiao, denying a recent report that he’s pursuing a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I’m retiring from boxing to focus on my new job,” he told Philboxing.com.

A report came out a few days ago, also at Philboxing.com, saying Pacquiao, 37, will not retire until he gets the second fight against Mayweather, who beat him last May.

“I never said anything like that. No one has interviewed me regarding that,” said Pacquiao yesterday in General Santos City. “After my fight on April 9, I will retire from boxing.”

He has won 57 fights, including 38 knockouts, lost six and had two draws in a professional career spanning more than 20 years after being raised in poverty.

Pacquiao, a two-term congressman in the southern province of Sarangani, is running for senator in the national elections.

Early surveys said Pacquiao is inside the Magic 12, the number of seats that need to be filled in the 24-seat Philippine Senate.

Pacquiao is confident that he will make it.

“Consistent ‘yong ranking natin sa mga surveys. Among the top 10, palagi tayong nasa (we’re always) number seven or number eight,” he said.

Once the campaign period starts, Pacquiao expects his ranking to go even higher.

“I expect na aakyat pa ang ranking natin, lalo na kapag naikot natin ang buong bansa (once I move around the country),” he said.

If he becomes senator, Pacquiao said all his time and energy will be spent in serving the people, and it will be very difficult for him to stay a boxer.

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The Senate is a traditional springboard for future presidential campaigns. Three of the last Philippine presidents, including the incumbent Benigno Aquino III, were senators before they were elected to the country’s highest office.

Promoter Bob Arum, however, said he still won’t sell the Bradley fight as Pacquiao’s last.

“No. I’m not sure if this will be his last fight. I don’t want to mislead anybody. I don’t know if this is his last fight,” Arum told The STAR.

Arum said he doesn’t want people to blame him once Pacquiao suddenly decides to fight again.

“People will say, ‘Hey, you said that (Bradley) was his last fight and now he’s fighting again.’ I don’t know if this is his last fight,” he said.

The former fish vendor is adored by the Filipino masses who are inspired by his rags-to-riches life story.

Aside from politics, Pacquiao has parlayed his ring legend status to a career in movies, television and product endorsements.

He is also a pastor in a born-again Christian group and credits his renewed faith for transforming him to a devoted family man from a hard-partying womanizer.

In a recent television interview, Pacquiao said he “prayed to God for guidance” before deciding to concentrate on politics.

Pacquiao, however, has been criticized for putting his boxing training before his duties in Congress. Last year, he attended just four of the 70 legislative sessions.

In one of the rare times he took the floor in Congress in 2011, he argued against a bill that would provide free condoms for the poor, citing his Christian beliefs. The bill was eventually signed into law.


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Pacquiao to come out of retirement for Mayweather rematch By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated January 4, 2016 - 12:28pm 5 570 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao throws a punch as Floyd Mayweather eludes in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is expected to retire after his third meeting with Timothy Bradley on April 9 (April 10 Manila time) to become a full-time politician.

Only one fight can make him return to the ring.

The Filipino icon recently told Philboxing.com he is willing to lace up the gloves again if it involves a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I have been very vocal about it (fighting Mayweather) even before the Bradley fight was made official on New Year's Eve,” Pacquiao said.

"The reason is simple, I want to end my 21-year boxing career with a big bang so to speak," he added.

Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in last May’s fight that smashed pay-per-view records but was a critical failure for failing to live to the hype. The fighting congressman, it was later learned, fought on a bum right shoulder that he injured in training, further tainting the highly anticipated showdown.

He insisted he wants another shot at Mayweather, who himself retired after defeating Andre Berto a few months later.

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“And what would be the biggest fight to end a career than fighting the best and finest boxer at least in this era? We could have given that last May when we faced each other but due to unavoidable circumstances, sports fans failed to get the results they wanted,” Pacquiao continued.

Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum earlier said Pacquiao-Bradley 3 won’t be marketed as Pacquiao’s last fight, keeping the window open for a comeback by the Filipino later this year.

Pacquiao, for his part, urged the undefeated Mayweather to settle their “unfinished business.”

“Not that Floyd's legacy and mine can still be questioned, but wouldn't it be more colorful and meaningful closing our respective careers on higher notes at the same time putting an end, too, on the business we started but we were unable to finish?” said Pacquiao.


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Pacquiao -320 favorite against Bradley By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 5, 2016 - 12:00am 4 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley will clash for the third time. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Regardless of what the record books show, Manny Pacquiao will always be the favorite against Timothy Bradley Jr.

Pacquiao was a -450 favorite against Bradley when they first met in 2012. Bradley won that fight when fight fans thought he lost it.

A rematch took place in 2014, and despite the loss in the first meeting, Pacquiao again was considered the favorite against, that time at -280.

It meant then that you needed to put $280 to win $100 for Pacquiao. For the rematch, Bradley was at +240 ($100 winning $240).

Pacquiao was a clear winner in the rematch. The judges saw it right.

For their third meeting, scheduled April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the 37-year-old Pacquiao is once again listed the favorite.

Lootmeister.com, an online betting station that’s been in the business since 1998, has the Filipino superstar at -320 and Bradley, who’s 32, at +240.

It’s been reported that this could be Pacquiao’s last fight. But depending on what happens in the fight and then the Philippine elections in May, nothing is cast in stone.

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Pacquiao is 57-6-2 with 38 knockouts while Bradley, who has a perfect body, is 33-1-1 with only 13 knockouts, his only loss in the hands of Pacquiao.

At 37, the eight-division world champion is fighting Father Time, and while his popularity remains the same, the fact is he’s lost three of his last six fights.

He suffered a horrific knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, also in 2012, but won three in a row, against Bradon Rios, Bradley and Chris Algieri, before losing to Floyd Mayweather last May.

For the first time in his career, Pacquiao underwent surgery, to repair a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, and he hasn’t fought since May.

In its short analysis, Lootmeister.com said Pacquiao “is breaking down physically” but added that Bradley “isn’t fresh as a daisy himself.”

Pacquiao is a clear favorite in this fight.


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WBA set to strip Mayweather of title (philstar.com) | Updated January 8, 2016 - 3:17pm 1 1565 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – The World Boxing Association said it will soon strip the retired Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the WBA “super” welterweight championship.

Mayweather unified the WBA, World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization welterweight titles when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in May last year. Pacquiao entered the fight holding the WBO version of the crown.

But the WBO later stripped Mayweather of its belt after he refused to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee for his unification fight with Pacquiao. Timothy Bradley, who at that time was the WBO interim welterweight champion, was then elevated to full champion status.

Mayweather went on to fight once more, dominating Andre Berto then announcing his retirement from the sport. At that time, he was the WBA and WBC champion.

The WBC has removed Mayweather in its list of champions during the sanctioning body’s recent year-end convention.

The WBA, for its part, is set to follow suit, saying Mayweather will no longer be champion by the end of the month.

"It is a matter of formality, in late January [Mayweather] will not be [the champion]," WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. recently told ESPN Deportes.


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Atlas starts reviewing Pacquiao fights By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 10, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring April 9 to fight welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jnr for a third time, promoter Bob Arum said. And although Pacquiao is seeking election to the Philippines Senate, he and Arum have agreed not to market this as his final bout. The Bradley who beat Rios was better than the Bradley I’ve seen of the last five years, says BOB ARUM. Pacquiao has repeatedly said he is hopeful to return with an impressive performance and then try to talk unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jnr out of retirement for a rematch. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) has been sidelined since a May 2 unanimous-decision loss to Mayweather in a record-setting bout in which Pacquiao aggravated a shoulder injury suffered in training.FROM BOXING.COM FILE

MANILA, Philippines – Timothy Bradley’s trainer has started doing his homework even before the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and the chiseled American boxer was sealed just over a week ago.

Teddy Atlas, who has taken over Bradley’s training since late last year, said he’d started analyzing the first two fights between Pacquiao and Bradley in 2012 and 2014.

The first fight ended with a very close and controversial decision for Bradley. Two years later they figured in a rematch, and Pacquiao won unanimously.

When it came pretty clear that the third fight would happen, Atltas said he didn’t waste time and started going through the fight tapes.

“I already looked at it,” Atlas told ESPN.com after third fight, set to take place April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was sealed on New Year’s Eve.

“I don’t believe in waiting,” he added.

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Atlas dissected the two fights, looking for ways to win. He must have found some and from there he would draw the battle plan for Bradley.

“When this fight was first discussed, I looked at it and I see what I should see and I see why Pacquiao was able to be effective and why Tim was able to be effective at the times when he was effective,” he said.

“It’ll be a tough challenge, but we’ll make sure we’re ready for [it]. Will do what we’re supposed to do and be 100 percent prepared. It will be a difficult fight,” Atlas added.

The April 9 rubber match will be Pacquiao’s last.

“My April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley will be my last,” said Pacquiao, who’s running as senator in the May 9 Philippine elections.

He’s confident of victory.

“I’m retiring from boxing to focus on my new job,” he said.


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