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STILL ON TOP 10: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED RANKS PACQUIAO 8th IN POUND-FOR-POUND LIST


FEBRUARY 2 -Manny Pacquiao Despite the obvious decline in his boxing skills, Manny Pacquiao is still among the Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world, according to Sports Illustrated. Pacquiao ranked eighth in SI’s February list that was released Tuesday. At 37 years old, he is the oldest boxer in the list. SI noted Pacquiao’s recent setbacks to archrival Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the main reasons for him sliding down the rankings. “The Pac Man was once at the very top of this list, but losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather in the last three years have removed the aura of invincibility,” the magazine wrote. Pacquiao got knocked out by Marquez in 2012 then, rebounded with wins over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri, and then lost to Mayweather in May last year – in what turned out to be the richest boxing match ever. The Filipino icon will be having his swan song this April when he takes on Bradley for the third time. READ MORE...

ALSO: Marquez trainer - Bradley same fighter, nothing new to beat Pacquiao


FEBRUARY 1 -Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, trainer of Juan Manuel Marquez, says Timothy Bradley will not beat Manny Pacquiao.
The renowned trainer of Juan Manuel Marquez believes Timothy Bradley has nothing new to offer when he goes up against Manny Pacquiao for the third time in April.
In a recent interview with ESPN Desportes, Ignacio “Nacho” Bersitain said Bradley hasn’t changed and will be unable to defeat Pacquiao in their April 9 showdown (April 10 Manila time). “No, I don't think Bradley will have a greater opportunity [to win], because Bradley is the same [fighter] – with that stinking, fast and difficult style,” Marquez’s longtime cornerman said. Other than Freddie Roach, Beristain is perhaps the only trainer who knows Pacquiao from head to toe, with the Filipino icon engaging Beristain’s ward in four epic bouts. After three fights that could’ve gone either way, Beristain finally solved the Pacquiao puzzle when Marquez knocked his rival out cold in their fourth and final meeting in 2012. Interestingly, Marquez and Beristain failed to repeat the success against Bradley the following year, with the Mexican losing a split decision. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao as fighting senator? Roach thinks it’s still possible


FEBRUARY 3 -Manny Pacquiao
Despite Manny Pacquiao’s repeated claims that he will retire after his fight with Timothy Bradley this April, some observers think the Filipino icon will not stay retired.
Count Freddie Roach among them. Speaking recently to Michael Rosenthal of RingTV.com, Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman said boxing won’t be totally out of Pacquiao’s mind even if the Sarangani congressman succeeds in his senatorial bid. “A lot depends on whether he becomes a senator or not,” said Roach. “If he doesn’t win the senate race, what will he do? Does he go back to being a congressman? Being a congressman and a boxer is OK. Being a senator and boxer may be a little too much,” he added. Pacquiao is running for senator under the opposition party of presidential hopeful and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay. In the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations, he ranked eighth among senatorial candidates. If Pacquiao defeats Bradley and becomes the WBO welterweight champion then wins the elections the following month, Roach said his ward might be prompted to defend the title even if he’s already a senator. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao wants to KO Bradley, says Roach


FEBRUARY 3 -In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Manny Pacquiao listens to his trainer Freddie Roach during a workout in Los Angeles. | AP Photo/Jae C. Hong It’s something Freddie Roach hasn’t heard from Manny Pacquiao for a while. Pacquiao’s longtime trainer said the Filipino icon wants a knockout win over Timothy Bradley on April 9 (April 10 Manila time). In a report by RingTV.com’s Michael Rosenthal, Roach said Pacquiao himself told him he wants to win by knockout this time, something he hasn’t done since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto. “If Manny knocks out Bradley, I’ll be happy. That’s the only way I’ll be happy. And he told me for this camp he wants a knockout. That’s the first time he’s told me that in long, long time,” said Roach. Pacquiao is expected to retire after fighting Bradley for the third time and prefers to exit the sport with a bang. Since the Cotto fight, Pacquiao was contented with lasting the distance and winning by decision. He did try to go for a knockout in his fourth meeting with rival Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, and almost succeeded. But just when he was on the verge of stopping Marquez in the sixth round, the Mexican master counterpuncher landed a perfectly timed right straight that sent Pacquiao down and out. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach wants short PH camp for Pacquiao


FEBRUARY 2 -Manny Pacquiao trains with Freddie Roach in this file photo.
If Freddie Roach will have his way, Manny Pacquiao will train in the Philippines for only a short time in preparation for his third fight with Timothy Bradley.
Roach told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com that he’s leaving for Manila on February 12 and will start supervising Pacquiao’s training camp on February 14. Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman prefers to spend much of the Filipino icon’s training camp at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. Roach, however, understands that it might not be possible. “We're trying to make it (Philippine camp) as short as possible but right now, I know Manny's still campaigning to be the senator a little bit. But I'm going to try to bring him back here (US) as soon as possible,” said Roach, aware of Pacquiao’s bid to become a senator, which could get in the way of training. Pacquiao actually started working out last week in his hometown of General Santos City, doing roadwork and other physical exercises. READ MORE...


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Sports Illustrated ranks Pacquiao 8th in pound-for-pound list


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay February 2, 2016 - Despite the obvious decline in his boxing skills, Manny Pacquiao is still among the Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world, according to Sports Illustrated.

Pacquiao ranked eighth in SI’s February list that was released Tuesday. At 37 years old, he is the oldest boxer in the list.

SI noted Pacquiao’s recent setbacks to archrival Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the main reasons for him sliding down the rankings.

“The Pac Man was once at the very top of this list, but losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather in the last three years have removed the aura of invincibility,” the magazine wrote.

Pacquiao got knocked out by Marquez in 2012 then, rebounded with wins over Brandon Rios, Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri, and then lost to Mayweather in May last year – in what turned out to be the richest boxing match ever.

The Filipino icon will be having his swan song this April when he takes on Bradley for the third time.

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It is a fight viewed by boxing observers as the safest route for Pacquiao before retiring from the sport.

“It will be a subdued end to what has been one of the most glorious and entertaining careers in recent boxing history,” SI added.

Interestingly, Bradley is ranked one spot below Pacquiao at ninth. The two boxers split their two fights, with Bradley pulling off a split decision in 2012 and Pacquiao getting even in their rematch two years later.

Nicaraguan star Roman Gonzalez, the king of the flyweights, topped the list. Also making it to the elite group are middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (No. 2), light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev (No. 3), undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward (No. 4), slick junior featherweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (No. 5), junior middleweight star Saul Alvarez (No. 6), rising star Terence Crawford (No. 7), and unbeaten welterweight Danny Garcia (No. 10).

Notably absent from the list were Mayweather and Marquez, with the former retiring last year and the latter having been inactive since defeating Mike Alvarado in 2014.


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Marquez trainer: Bradley same fighter, won’t beat Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated February 1, 2016 - 12:13pm 6 392 googleplus1 0


Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, trainer of Juan Manuel Marquez, says Timothy Bradley will not beat Manny Pacquiao.

MANILA, Philippines – The renowned trainer of Juan Manuel Marquez believes Timothy Bradley has nothing new to offer when he goes up against Manny Pacquiao for the third time in April.

In a recent interview with ESPN Desportes, Ignacio “Nacho” Bersitain said Bradley hasn’t changed and will be unable to defeat Pacquiao in their April 9 showdown (April 10 Manila time).

“No, I don't think Bradley will have a greater opportunity [to win], because Bradley is the same [fighter] – with that stinking, fast and difficult style,” Marquez’s longtime cornerman said.

Other than Freddie Roach, Beristain is perhaps the only trainer who knows Pacquiao from head to toe, with the Filipino icon engaging Beristain’s ward in four epic bouts.

After three fights that could’ve gone either way, Beristain finally solved the Pacquiao puzzle when Marquez knocked his rival out cold in their fourth and final meeting in 2012.

Interestingly, Marquez and Beristain failed to repeat the success against Bradley the following year, with the Mexican losing a split decision.

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For Pacquiao-Bradley 3, emphasis is being placed on Bradley being a different fighter under the tutelage of new trainer Teddy Altas.

But Beristain disagrees.

“I do not think Teddy Atlas will create a change of such magnitude that Pacquiao is going to [retire] with a loss,” he continued.

For Beristain, Pacquiao just picked the perfect opponent for his final fight.

“In addition to being a good fighter, Pacquiao is a responsible fighter, professional. He is not going to walk away [from boxing] with a loss, so he chose Bradley. And Bradley is a good fighter but we all know who will win unless Bradley becomes a different fighter than what he has shown throughout his career,” the trainer said.


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Pacquiao as fighting senator? Roach thinks it’s still possible By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated February 3, 2016 - 1:32pm 1 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Despite Manny Pacquiao’s repeated claims that he will retire after his fight with Timothy Bradley this April, some observers think the Filipino icon will not stay retired.

Count Freddie Roach among them.

Speaking recently to Michael Rosenthal of RingTV.com, Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman said boxing won’t be totally out of Pacquiao’s mind even if the Sarangani congressman succeeds in his senatorial bid.

“A lot depends on whether he becomes a senator or not,” said Roach.

“If he doesn’t win the senate race, what will he do? Does he go back to being a congressman? Being a congressman and a boxer is OK. Being a senator and boxer may be a little too much,” he added.

Pacquiao is running for senator under the opposition party of presidential hopeful and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay. In the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations, he ranked eighth among senatorial candidates.

If Pacquiao defeats Bradley and becomes the WBO welterweight champion then wins the elections the following month, Roach said his ward might be prompted to defend the title even if he’s already a senator.

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“I do know Manny well, though. He would love to be the senator who defended his title someday. I don’t think this [Bradley fight] is his last fight for some reason,” the trainer continued.

“I just don’t see it because he has a lot left in him. His work ethic is still great. I’d be disappointed if this was his last fight. I’ve been with him a long time, we had a great run. I’ll support whatever he does,” said Roach.

Then there’s the looming possibility of another meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“So far he [Pacquiao] says he’s going to retire no matter what. I might be the one that hopes something happens, maybe Floyd one more time. He’d be healthy and do much better than the first time. I was very disappointed with the first fight. I know Manny can do much better than that. I would love to see that fight one more time,” added Roach.


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Pacquiao wants to KO Bradley, says Roach By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated February 3, 2016 - 12:50pm 2 13 googleplus0 0


In this April 15, 2015 file photo, Manny Pacquiao listens to his trainer Freddie Roach during a workout in Los Angeles. | AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

MANILA, Philippines – It’s something Freddie Roach hasn’t heard from Manny Pacquiao for a while.

Pacquiao’s longtime trainer said the Filipino icon wants a knockout win over Timothy Bradley on April 9 (April 10 Manila time).

In a report by RingTV.com’s Michael Rosenthal, Roach said Pacquiao himself told him he wants to win by knockout this time, something he hasn’t done since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto.

“If Manny knocks out Bradley, I’ll be happy. That’s the only way I’ll be happy. And he told me for this camp he wants a knockout. That’s the first time he’s told me that in long, long time,” said Roach.

Pacquiao is expected to retire after fighting Bradley for the third time and prefers to exit the sport with a bang. Since the Cotto fight, Pacquiao was contented with lasting the distance and winning by decision.

He did try to go for a knockout in his fourth meeting with rival Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, and almost succeeded. But just when he was on the verge of stopping Marquez in the sixth round, the Mexican master counterpuncher landed a perfectly timed right straight that sent Pacquiao down and out.

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It was a horrible sight, something Roach said could have been avoided had Pacquiao tried to take Marquez out much earlier.

“I said, ‘If you would knock him out a little earlier, he wouldn’t get lucky and knock you out.’ We disagree on that point. Winning a decision isn’t a goal; winning by knockout is,” the trainer recalled.

Now Pacquiao will try to go for the kill against Bradley, who has lasted the distance in their first two meetings in 2012 and 2014.

Roach, for his part, thinks his ward still has what it takes to deliver a knockout.

“I think he’s still 80 percent of what he was when he was at his best. He’s still up there, he still really works hard, he still has a lot of speed,” said Roach.


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Roach wants short PH camp for Pacquiao By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated February 4, 2016 - 1:41pm 2 36 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao trains with Freddie Roach in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – If Freddie Roach will have his way, Manny Pacquiao will train in the Philippines for only a short time in preparation for his third fight with Timothy Bradley.

Roach told Steve Kim of boxingscene.com that he’s leaving for Manila on February 12 and will start supervising Pacquiao’s training camp on February 14.

Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman prefers to spend much of the Filipino icon’s training camp at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. Roach, however, understands that it might not be possible.

“We're trying to make it (Philippine camp) as short as possible but right now, I know Manny's still campaigning to be the senator a little bit. But I'm going to try to bring him back here (US) as soon as possible,” said Roach, aware of Pacquiao’s bid to become a senator, which could get in the way of training.

Pacquiao actually started working out last week in his hometown of General Santos City, doing roadwork and other physical exercises.

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Roach also wants to hold sparring sessions in Los Angeles, but he’s ready to bring in sparring partners here in the Philippines if needed.

The names of Frankie Gomez and Jose Ramirez came up as possible sparmates for Pacquiao, who will challenge Bradley for the WBO welterweight title on April 9 in Las Vegas (April 10 Manila time).

Gomez and Ramirez are undefeated super lightweights from California sporting records of 19-0 (13 KOs) and 16-0 (12 KOs), respectively.

Roach, for his part, is prepared to stay longer in the Philippines.

“It's the usual thing Manny likes to do. We usually spend time in the Philippines for two or three weeks and then come the last four weeks here in LA,” he said.


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