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JANUARY 19 -Manny Pacquiao poses with TV host Crystina Poncher during an interview upon his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport early Tuesday. | Screengrab from Top Rank's video
Manny Pacquiao and his entourage arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning, ready to hype his rubber match with Timothy Bradley in a two-leg press tour. A video posted by Top Rank Inc. showed Pacquiao being interviewed by TV host Crystina Poncher, saying he could hardly wait to start training for Bradley. Video from Top Rank's YouTube channel “Excited for this next training camp because I've been resting for almost one year,” said Pacquiao, who had been sidelined by a shoulder injury he suffered in the lead-up to his showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year. He, however, insisted that his shoulder has healed. “Shoulder is good. I'm feeling a hundred percent better,” Pacquiao added. On Wednesday, Pacquiao and Bradley will grace the first of two scheduled pressers at the Crystal Ballroom of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Blvd. in California. The boxers will then fly to New York City the following day for the second press conference. READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny’s next fight, his 26 in US soil could be his last


JANUARY 18 -Nanny Pacquiao’s third fight with Tim Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas – his 26th on US soil– could be his last.
Since making his US debut in June 2001, Pacquiao has racked up a record of 19-4-2 (with 12 KOs) in fights held in America. Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao The victories were against Lehlo Ledwaba, Jorge Eliecer Julio, Emmanuel Lucero, Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Erik Morales (twice), Hector Velazquez, Jorge Solis, Juan Manuel Marquez (twice), David Diaz, Oscar De la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and Tim Bradley. The defeats were dealt by Morales in 2005, Bradley in 2012, Marquez in 2012 and Floyd Mayweather last year, while the draws came opposite Agapito Sanchez (2001) and Marquez (2004). Between 2001 and 2015, Pacquiao fought in the Philippines four times, getting past Fabbrakob Rakkiatgym, Serikzhan Yeshmangbetov, Fahsan 3K Battery and Oscar Larios and likewise travelling to Macau for two bouts. Pacquiao easily beat Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri in the former Portuguese colony. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao eyes fond farewell, looks forward to politics


JANUARY 20 -Boxer Manny Pacquiao listens to a question during a press conference with opponent Timothy Bradley announcing their upcoming 12-round world welterweight championship at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, January 19, 2016. Pacquiao said he is looking forward to swapping the boxing ring for the political arena as the countdown began towards his farewell fight with long-time American rival Timothey Bradley on April9, 2016. / AFP / ChrisFarina LOS ANGELES -Manny Pacquiao said he is looking forward to swapping the boxing ring for the political arena on Tuesday as the countdown began towards his farewell fight with long-time American rival Timothey Bradley in April. Pacquiao, whose last bout was the money-spinning ‘Fight of the Century’ with Floyd Mayweather last May, insisted he will hang up his gloves for good after the third and final instalment of his rivalry with Bradley. The 37-year-old eight-division world champion is planning to run for a seat in the Philippines senate later this year after already serving as a representative in the Asian country’s congress. “I’m so happy to be hanging up my gloves after this fight,” Pacquiao told a press conference at the luxury Beverly Hills Hotel. “I’m sure I will feel sad but that’s life. You can’t keep on fighting all the time. But it’s time I think. “I started out in boxing because I wanted to help my family, my mother. Now I’m ending my boxing career because I want to help my countrymen, the Filipino people. I’m ending because I want to serve the people.”  Bradley’s WBO welterweight title will be on the line in the April 9 bout at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand in what is the third meeting of the two fighters. READ MORE...RELATED, Pacquiao hints of retirement, looks forward to public service...

ALSO: Jinkee happy Pacman hanging up gloves


JANUARY 23 -Jinkee Pacquiao
NEW YORK CITY – Jinkee Pacquiao watched from a distance as her husband, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, addressed the media during Thursday’s press conference at the Madison Square Garden.
Jinkee listened as the 37-year-old Pacquiao reiterated his decision to retire from the sport after his third fight with American Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas. “It’s sad to say that this will be my last fight. I have to focus on a bigger responsibility – to help the people. But it’s good that I will end my career in a good way,” said Pacquiao. It was music to the ears of his wife. “I’m happy that he has decided to retire because I’ve waited long for this. Matagal ko na gusto eh. I thought there won’t be another fight,” she said. However, the current vice governor from Sarangani, where the boxing icon is a second-term congressman, knew Pacquiao has a commitment, a contract to honor with Top Rank. So the deal was that after this fight, it’s over. “He has a contract to honor. But I was still surprised because he didn’t tell me he would make such announcement in Los Angeles the other day,” said Jinkee. But it’s been said a number of times over the past two days. Pacquiao has made up his mind that this is going to be his farewell fight. “I’m happy and our children are happy, especially the girls. I don’t know but the boys don’t seem to mind,” said Jinkee. Once it’s over and done with, after watching her husband go through countless battles over the last 20 years, Jinkee said they will miss a lot of things. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao ‘happy, sad’ to end boxing career


JANUARY 20 -STEPPING OUT WITH JINKEE TO START NY PRESS CONFERENCE -FROM MANNY'S INSTAGRAM Manny Pacquiao started the build-up to what’s expected to be his last fight early Wednesday, saying he's both “happy” and “sad” to end his storied boxing career. Happy, because he’ll now have the chance to help his countrymen as a full-time politician; sad, because he’ll be leaving the sport that has made him one of the most remarkable human beings the planet has ever known. Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. faced the media at the Crystal Ballroom of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel in California for the first of the two stops in the promotional tour for their third fight on April 9 (April 10 Manila time). Top Rank, Pacquiao’s longtime promoter, tweeted (READ TWEETS BELOW) some of Pacquiao’s words during the presser that was streamed live on the Internet. For his part, Top Rank chief Bob Arum had nothing but kind words for the Filipino icon. Pacquiao and Bradley will be in New York on Thursday for the second and last leg of their promo tour. Top Rank said tickets to Pacquiao-Bradley 3 will go on sale Friday, January 22 (Saturday, January 23 Manila time). - Dino Maragay THE FULL REPORT.


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Pacquiao arrives in LA, wary of 'improved' Bradley


Manny Pacquiao poses with TV host Crystina Poncher during an interview upon his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport early Tuesday. | Screengrab from Top Rank's video

LOS ANGELES, JANUARY 25, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated January 19, 2016 -Manny Pacquiao and his entourage arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning, ready to hype his rubber match with Timothy Bradley in a two-leg press tour.

A video posted by Top Rank Inc. showed Pacquiao being interviewed by TV host Crystina Poncher, saying he could hardly wait to start training for Bradley.

Video from Top Rank's YouTube channel

“Excited for this next training camp because I've been resting for almost one year,” said Pacquiao, who had been sidelined by a shoulder injury he suffered in the lead-up to his showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year.

He, however, insisted that his shoulder has healed.

“Shoulder is good. I'm feeling a hundred percent better,” Pacquiao added.

On Wednesday, Pacquiao and Bradley will grace the first of two scheduled pressers at the Crystal Ballroom of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Blvd. in California. The boxers will then fly to New York City the following day for the second press conference.

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Pacquiao and Bradley will figure in a third clash on April 9 (April 10 Manila time) for the WBO welterweight title, after splitting their first two fights. The American pulled off a stunning split decision in their first encounter in 2012, while Pacquiao got even in their rematch two years later.

Many boxing pundits and fans believe Pacquiao won the first fight and have frowned upon Bradley’s selection as the fighting congressman’s final opponent.

But Pacquiao defended Bradley, saying “The Desert Storm” is a different fighter this time.

“Looking forward for more action. We know that Bradley improved a lot since our last fight. He improved a lot this time,” said Pacquiao, aware of Bradley’s impressive technical knockout win over Brandon Rios in November last year.

Rios, incidentally, was the same man Pacquiao battered in Macau in 2013.

Pacquiao concluded the interview by baring his training plans.

“We're going to start training in the Philippines then after one month, come back to LA to finish it,” he explained.


MANILA BULLETIN

Manny’s next fight, his 26 in US, could be his last by Nick Giongco January 18, 2016

Nanny Pacquiao’s third fight with Tim Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas – his 26th on US soil– could be his last.

Since making his US debut in June 2001, Pacquiao has racked up a record of 19-4-2 (with 12 KOs) in fights held in America.

Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao The victories were against Lehlo Ledwaba, Jorge Eliecer Julio, Emmanuel Lucero, Marco Antonio Barrera (twice), Erik Morales (twice), Hector Velazquez, Jorge Solis, Juan Manuel Marquez (twice), David Diaz, Oscar De la Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and Tim Bradley.

The defeats were dealt by Morales in 2005, Bradley in 2012, Marquez in 2012 and Floyd Mayweather last year, while the draws came opposite Agapito Sanchez (2001) and Marquez (2004).

Between 2001 and 2015, Pacquiao fought in the Philippines four times, getting past Fabbrakob Rakkiatgym, Serikzhan Yeshmangbetov, Fahsan 3K Battery and Oscar Larios and likewise travelling to Macau for two bouts.

Pacquiao easily beat Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri in the former Portuguese colony.

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Pacquiao’s record stands today at 57-6-2 with 38 KOs and the 37-year-old eight-division world champion is aching to put an end to a long KO drought stretching back to his 12th-round demolition of Cotto in Nov. 2009.

If there’s one thing that Pacquiao wants to do before capping his Hall of Fame career is to score a resounding stoppage win over the durable Bradley.

But Mike Koncz, the fighter’s Canadian adviser, insists Pacquiao has to rediscover his old ways to get the job done.

“Manny has to look good and to do that he has to train really, really hard,” said Koncz.

Since Pacquiao has been saying that the Bradley bout in April will be his swan song, the famed southpaw should make it extra memorable by getting back his knockout ways.


MANILA BULLETIN

Pacquiao eyes fond farewell, looks forward to politics by Agence France-Presse January 20, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share11 image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/000_784C5.jpg


Boxer Manny Pacquiao listens to a question during a press conference with opponent Timothy Bradley announcing their upcoming 12-round world welterweight championship at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, January 19, 2016. Pacquiao said he is looking forward to swapping the boxing ring for the political arena as the countdown began towards his farewell fight with long-time American rival Timothey Bradley on April9, 2016. / AFP / ChrisFarina

LOS ANGELES -Manny Pacquiao said he is looking forward to swapping the boxing ring for the political arena on Tuesday as the countdown began towards his farewell fight with long-time American rival Timothey Bradley in April.

Pacquiao, whose last bout was the money-spinning ‘Fight of the Century’ with Floyd Mayweather last May, insisted he will hang up his gloves for good after the third and final instalment of his rivalry with Bradley.

The 37-year-old eight-division world champion is planning to run for a seat in the Philippines senate later this year after already serving as a representative in the Asian country’s congress.

“I’m so happy to be hanging up my gloves after this fight,” Pacquiao told a press conference at the luxury Beverly Hills Hotel.

“I’m sure I will feel sad but that’s life. You can’t keep on fighting all the time. But it’s time I think.

“I started out in boxing because I wanted to help my family, my mother. Now I’m ending my boxing career because I want to help my countrymen, the Filipino people. I’m ending because I want to serve the people.”

Bradley’s WBO welterweight title will be on the line in the April 9 bout at Las Vegas’s MGM Grand in what is the third meeting of the two fighters.

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Bradley, (33-1-1, 13 KOs), won a highly controversial split decision against Pacquiao in their first meeting in 2012.

Pacquiao then won their 2014 rematch in Las Vegas with a comfortable unanimous decision to end Bradley’s undefeated record.

The Filipino slugger (57-6-2, 38 KOs) said he is anticipating a sterner challenge from Bradley in their decisive bout.

“I chose Bradley again because he’s different from before,” Pacquiao said.

“He’s improved a lot.”

Bradley meanwhile also warned fans to expect a different fight to the previous two bouts.

“I’ve heard that Manny Pacquiao chose me because he knows me,” Bradley said.

“I think it’s different now. I honestly do. “I think this will be a different fight than the first two altercations. That’s all I can tell you. It’s going to be a great fight — he wants it really badly and so do I.”

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Pacquiao hints of retirement, looks forward to public service by Nick Giongco January 21, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share2 Beverly Hills, California – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, eager to trade his boxing gloves for public service, spoke on the dais Monday and delivered what sounded like a farewell speech rather than drumbeat his April 9 bout with Tim Bradley.

While Pacquiao touched on the subject matter of facing Bradley for the third time, it was his remark about retirement that took the spotlight during the kickoff press conference of his two-city promotional tour that will bring him and his foe to New York on Thursday.

Pacquiao profusely thanked those who helped him in becoming what he is today, an all-time great owing to his being boxing’s only eight-division world champion.

But the 37-year-old Pacquiao maintained that he has reached a dead-end and since he is running for a seat in the Senate, he might as well devote his time in “serving the Filipino people.”

“I am sure I will feel sad but that’s life,” he said.

Pacquiao’s showdown with Bradley will be his 26th on US soil stretching back to mid-2001.

Pacquiao reasoned that public service is simply hard to ignore.

“Before, I wanted to go into boxing because I wanted to help my family. But now I am ending my boxing because I want to help my countrymen,” said Pacquiao, who was applauded by those in attendance at the Crystal Ballroom of The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum, the master of ceremonies for the nth time, admits that it will pain him to see Pacquiao disappear into the horizon.

“It (Pacquiao’s last fight) could be and could very well be (his last fight),” said Arum. “I can’t get to grips that this will be his last…he always gave his everything and if this is truly the last time, Manny, it’s been a great ride and thank you.”

Still, Arum feels that Pacquiao might have a change of heart since retirement, he said, is the most abused word in the fight game.

Muhammad Ali did retire once and came back while Sugar Ray Leonard did it three times before returning to the ring.

Pacquiao actually has a live contract with Top Rank and Arum declared that since the fighter was sidelined because of a right shoulder injury sustained during his loss to Floyd Mayweather, his contract will extend until 2017 instead of the end of this year.

“When he returns, don’t blame me.”

A huge part of Pacquiao’s decision to call it quits was Mayweather being retired.

But if Mayweather comes knocking, Arum believes Pacquiao will make a comeback.

“I don’t know how busy is he going to be in the Senate, (but) he won’t turn it (a rematch with Mayweather) down.”

Pacquiao will be so juiced up for a chance at exacting payback, according to Arum.

“Even if it meant training on the Senate floor (for a Mayweather rematch),” he added.

CLINTON ENDORSEMENT

Meanwhile, a possible meeting between Pacquiao and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is being arranged by Arum which could mean an endorsement for the former US first lady from the popular Filipino fighter in the coming US election.

Arum Top Rank, a Brooklyn-born and Harvard-educated lawyer told Filipino reporters on Tuesday that the meeting could happen during the Democratic caucus in Las Vegas on Feb. 20.

“She’s my candidate and I like her,” said Arum of Clinton, who also served as New York senator from 2001 until 2009 and Secretary of State from 2009 until 2013.

A Pacquiao endorsement could mean a boost for Clinton because of the huge Fil-American population in the US.

Rubbing elbows with political bigwigs and celebrities is nothing new to Pacquiao, also a politician himself being the congressman from Sarangani. He has audience with the high and the mighty nearly everywhere he goes and has met with Hollywood stars in the past and also appeared in late night talk shows in the US.

In 2011, Pacquiao, while on a press tour, visited the White House and met President Barack Obama.

A few years ago, he endorsed the senatorial bid of Harry Reid of Nevada.

Arum has yet to finalize the matter with Pacquiao although it is expected that he will find time to meet Clinton, having also met former US President Bill Clinton many years ago.

Arum said getting Pacquiao to endorse the 68-year-old Clinton would not violate US laws, unlike in the Philippines when he showed up twice to boost the candidacy of Pacquiao in 2007 and 2010.

“It’s not illegal here unlike in the Philippines where it is illegal for me to campaign being a foreigner,” said Arum.


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Jinkee happy Pacman hanging up gloves By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 23, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Jinkee Pacquiao

NEW YORK CITY – Jinkee Pacquiao watched from a distance as her husband, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, addressed the media during Thursday’s press conference at the Madison Square Garden.

Jinkee listened as the 37-year-old Pacquiao reiterated his decision to retire from the sport after his third fight with American Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas.

“It’s sad to say that this will be my last fight. I have to focus on a bigger responsibility – to help the people. But it’s good that I will end my career in a good way,” said Pacquiao.

It was music to the ears of his wife.

“I’m happy that he has decided to retire because I’ve waited long for this. Matagal ko na gusto eh. I thought there won’t be another fight,” she said.

However, the current vice governor from Sarangani, where the boxing icon is a second-term congressman, knew Pacquiao has a commitment, a contract to honor with Top Rank.

So the deal was that after this fight, it’s over.

“He has a contract to honor. But I was still surprised because he didn’t tell me he would make such announcement in Los Angeles the other day,” said Jinkee.

But it’s been said a number of times over the past two days. Pacquiao has made up his mind that this is going to be his farewell fight.

“I’m happy and our children are happy, especially the girls. I don’t know but the boys don’t seem to mind,” said Jinkee.

Once it’s over and done with, after watching her husband go through countless battles over the last 20 years, Jinkee said they will miss a lot of things.

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“Maybe we will miss going to Las Vegas to watch him fight. Next time, we will be there for a vacation. It will be family time,” she said.

Pacquiao can also focus his time and attention to serving the people, especially if he is elected senator in May.

“He can take on the responsibility without other people having something to say and talk about his absenteeism in Congress. This time there will be no issues,” she said.

“Wala na masasabi ang tao. Full time na siya sa politics,” she added.

Jinkee was asked if she’s seriously buying the thought of the Bradley fight being Pacquiao’s last.

“I will continue praying that he never returns to fight again,” she said.

She’s keeping her fingers crossed on this.


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Pacquiao ‘happy, sad’ to end boxing career (philstar.com) | Updated January 20, 2016 - 6:48am 10 16 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao started the build-up to what’s expected to be his last fight early Wednesday, saying he's both “happy” and “sad” to end his storied boxing career.

Happy, because he’ll now have the chance to help his countrymen as a full-time politician; sad, because he’ll be leaving the sport that has made him one of the most remarkable human beings the planet has ever known.

Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. faced the media at the Crystal Ballroom of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel in California for the first of the two stops in the promotional tour for their third fight on April 9 (April 10 Manila time).

Top Rank, Pacquiao’s longtime promoter, tweeted some of Pacquiao’s words during the presser that was streamed live on the Internet.

For his part, Top Rank chief Bob Arum had nothing but kind words for the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao and Bradley will be in New York on Thursday for the second and last leg of their promo tour.

Top Rank said tickets to Pacquiao-Bradley 3 will go on sale Friday, January 22 (Saturday, January 23 Manila time). - Dino Maragay


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