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ARUM: PACQUIAO FIGHT NOT IN CONFLICT WITH ELECTIONS


Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao
Top Rank chief Inc. Bob Arum said postponing Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Timothy Bradley this April is not an option, stressing there is no conflict of interest between the bout and Pacquiao’s bid to become Philippine senator. Speaking to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Arum reacted to a senatorial bet’s petition urging the Commission on Elections to halt Pacquiao’s third fight with Bradley on the grounds that it violates the fair elections law. Former congressman Walden Bello on Monday claimed Pacquiao’s scheduled fight on April 9 in Las Vegas (April 10 in Manila) gives the boxer an unfair advantage in the form of extensive exposure for his campaign as senator. But Arum on Tuesday countered that there is nothing to worry about, insisting that the Pacquiao-Bradley fight will proceed as planned. "This is like the (US presidential candidate) Donald Trump birther issue (with Ted Cruz)," Arum told Carp. "There's no chance the (election) commission will force him to postpone the fight. Our attorneys looked into this very carefully before we made the fight (with Bradley) and there was nothing there to suggest Manny's fighting constitutes a conflict of interest in terms of campaigning. The Comelec earlier said it will study whether the fight indeed violates election law. READ MORE...

ALSO Pacquiao in training: Sparmate on Pacquiao- 'I couldn't catch him'

 
Manny Pacquiao went four rounds with sparring partner Ghislain Maduma in General Santos City on Tuesday. (Maduma photo from Boxrec.com)
In just four rounds, Manny Pacquiao already impressed sparring partner Ghislain Maduma.
The Filipino icon laced up the gloves for the first time in almost a year and went 12 minutes against Maduma on Tuesday in General Santos City, looking sharp as he steps on the gas in his training for Timothy Bradley. Maduma, a Congolese-Canadian, took notice of Pacquiao’s speed and power. "He's good. Very fast and powerful. I've seen Bradley fight and what I can say is Pacquiao is stronger and quicker than Bradley," the 31-year-old super lightweight said in a PhilBoxing.com report by Eddie Alinea. Pacquiao’s sparring partner added that he stood his ground against the Filipino and tried to mount his offense. He, however, found it hard to find his target. "Yeah I did, but to tell you frankly, I couldn't catch him. He moved a lot," continued Maduma, who arrived in the country on Monday. READ MORE...

ALSO: A waiter sues Pacquiao over Mayweather fight profits - Report


Floyd Mayweather Jr. greets Manny Pacquiao after their welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. | AP (UPDATED 4:00 p.m.)
A waiter claiming to have played a part in arranging the megabuck showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year has reportedly sued Pacquiao and broadcast firm CBS Corp. to obtain a share of the fight revenue.
The Los Angeles Times’ Stephen Battaglio reported that the complainant, Gabriel Salvador, claims he was promised a finder’s fee for facilitating a meeting between members of Pacquiao and Mayweather’s that led to the finalization of the fight. The Mayweather-Pacquiao clash in May last year ended up as the richest fight in boxing history, raking in over $400 million in revenue. Salvador, according to the LA Times report, is demanding a finder’s fee of $8.6 million. Meanwhile, Pacquiao's camp on Friday denied having dealt with Salvador. "First and foremost, Manny or I do not know or have never spoken to this waiter Gabriel Salvador. Furthermore, we have no knowledge of this alleged meeting between Salvador, Roach and Moonves other than what we have recently read in the media nor was anybody authorized on Manny Pacquiao's behalf to participate," Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz said in a statement. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman skips training with swollen eye


Manny Pacquiao STAR/File 
Manny Pacquiao skipped training for the second straight day but left no reason for his chief trainer Freddie Roach to feel concerned heading to the April 9 fight with Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao, returning to the ring following a bitter loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May last year, spent the whole day yesterday resting in his General Santos City mansion. The 37-year-old superstar, who said he’s bidding boxing goodbye after his next fight, has been working out the past couple of weeks, the past week under Roach. He sparred four rounds last Tuesday against Ghislain Maduma of Congo, and must have exerted too much effort trying to impress his American trainer. His Filipino trainer, Buboy Fernandez, said Pacquiao showed no ill effects of the shoulder injury during sparring. It was his first sparring session in 10 months, and his body ached. He had some swelling on his right eye and also opted to stay home Wednesday. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Joaquin Henson - About Uncle Bob


BOB ARUM Going over my sports files from way back, I recently came across a biofile on Top Rank CEO Bob Arum by Scoop Malinowski in a newsletter called Professional Boxing Update, published out of Capitola, California. The newsletter was a handy 12-page compilation of results, views and schedules painstakingly assembled by publisher Virgil Thrasher, a ring enthusiast who as a world-class harmonica player, had performed at the Monterey and New Orleans Jazz Festivals. For over 15 years, Thrasher put out the trade paper once every 10 days. Before the internet flourished, Professional Boxing Update was the primary source of the most recent world-wide fight results. I wrote a column called Philippine Ring for Thrasher and was honored to be in his staff box as a “feature writer” with Bruce Bebb, Graham Houston, Joe Koizumi, Mario Rivera Martino and Per-Ake Persson. I don’t recall ever getting paid for my writing but Thrasher never failed to send me a copy of the publication by snail mail, free of charge. It was an honor to be associated with the paper which was supported by big-name boxing figures in ads. In 2005, Thrasher closed down the publication which had become obsolete with the emergence of real-time fight reports and boxing websites like fightnews and boxrec. Not too many publications dedicated to boxing remain today. The Ring Magazine is still around as strong as ever but gone are Boxing Digest, Boxing Today, Fight Game, Boxing Scene, KO Magazine, World Boxing, Inside Boxing, Boxing and Wrestling, Fight Beat and Boxing Illustrated. Another survivor is a tabloid called Boxing News USA which comes out quarterly and appears to be more like a labor of love than a money-making venture. In the UK, the weekly magazine Boxing News is easily the best in the business and there’s another magazine called Boxing Monthly which is also well produced. Anyway, I found the biofile on Arum quite revealing. READ MORE...


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Arum: Pacquiao fight not in conflict with elections


Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, FEBRUARY 29, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay February 23, 2016 - Top Rank chief Inc. Bob Arum said postponing Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Timothy Bradley this April is not an option, stressing there is no conflict of interest between the bout and Pacquiao’s bid to become Philippine senator.

Speaking to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Arum reacted to a senatorial bet’s petition urging the Commission on Elections to halt Pacquiao’s third fight with Bradley on the grounds that it violates the fair elections law.

Former congressman Walden Bello on Monday claimed Pacquiao’s scheduled fight on April 9 in Las Vegas (April 10 in Manila) gives the boxer an unfair advantage in the form of extensive exposure for his campaign as senator.

But Arum on Tuesday countered that there is nothing to worry about, insisting that the Pacquiao-Bradley fight will proceed as planned.

"This is like the (US presidential candidate) Donald Trump birther issue (with Ted Cruz)," Arum told Carp. "There's no chance the (election) commission will force him to postpone the fight. Our attorneys looked into this very carefully before we made the fight (with Bradley) and there was nothing there to suggest Manny's fighting constitutes a conflict of interest in terms of campaigning.

The Comelec earlier said it will study whether the fight indeed violates election law.

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Arum, however, said Pacquiao had been in the same situation before when he ran for congressman of South Cotabato province in 2007, wherein he lost to then incumbent Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

A month before the poll that time, Pacquiao fought and defeated Jorge Solis in San Antonio Texas, a fight also perceived to give Pacquiao unfair advantage in his campaign. Nevertheless, the fight went on.

Arum, for his part, said they will steer clear of campaigning in the US for Pacquiao’s senatorial bid in the lead-up to the Bradley fight.

"The rule is plain — you can't publicize that you're running for office. We're not going to be holding any (political) rallies for Manny while he's here in the States preparing to fight Bradley. But he still has to be very careful what he says," the veteran promoter explained.

Aside from his senatorial bid, Pacquiao has hogged the headlines in the past few days due to his controversial comments on same-sex relationships, which gained further attention when it led to Nike dropping the boxer as an endorser.

Pacquiao has already apologized for the remark and brushed off the Nike issue, saying he remains focused on training for Bradley.


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Sparmate on Pacquiao: I couldn't catch him (philstar.com) | Updated February 24, 2016 - 11:10am 10 400 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao went four rounds with sparring partner Ghislain Maduma in General Santos City on Tuesday. (Maduma photo from Boxrec.com)

MANILA, Philippines – In just four rounds, Manny Pacquiao already impressed sparring partner Ghislain Maduma.

The Filipino icon laced up the gloves for the first time in almost a year and went 12 minutes against Maduma on Tuesday in General Santos City, looking sharp as he steps on the gas in his training for Timothy Bradley.

Maduma, a Congolese-Canadian, took notice of Pacquiao’s speed and power.

"He's good. Very fast and powerful. I've seen Bradley fight and what I can say is Pacquiao is stronger and quicker than Bradley," the 31-year-old super lightweight said in a PhilBoxing.com report by Eddie Alinea.

Pacquiao’s sparring partner added that he stood his ground against the Filipino and tried to mount his offense. He, however, found it hard to find his target.

"Yeah I did, but to tell you frankly, I couldn't catch him. He moved a lot," continued Maduma, who arrived in the country on Monday.

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Pacquiao takes on Bradley for the third time in Las Vegas on April 9 (April 10 Manila time), wanting to exit the sport with a bang.

Trainer Freddie Roach said they are on track in training and expects his ward to become better in the next few weeks

“He's okay," said Roach. "There are still a lot of room for improvement. The speed is still there and so is the power and based on what I saw today, we can easily attain our target in no time."

Aside from sparring, Pacquiao hit the mitts with Roach for seven rounds, and then worked the double-end bag and speed ball for two rounds each.

He appeared to be fully recovered from the shoulder injury he sustained while training for Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year.

“I’m okay. Pinaghandaan naman natin ang sparring, kasama sa training yan,” Pacquiao said in the same PhilBoxing.com report. – Dino Maragay


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Report: Waiter sues Pacquiao over Mayweather fight profits (philstar.com) | Updated February 26, 2016 - 1:23pm 7 277 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather Jr. greets Manny Pacquiao after their welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. | AP (UPDATED 4:00 p.m.)

MANILA, Philippines – A waiter claiming to have played a part in arranging the megabuck showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year has reportedly sued Pacquiao and broadcast firm CBS Corp. to obtain a share of the fight revenue.

The Los Angeles Times’ Stephen Battaglio reported that the complainant, Gabriel Salvador, claims he was promised a finder’s fee for facilitating a meeting between members of Pacquiao and Mayweather’s that led to the finalization of the fight.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao clash in May last year ended up as the richest fight in boxing history, raking in over $400 million in revenue.

Salvador, according to the LA Times report, is demanding a finder’s fee of $8.6 million.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao's camp on Friday denied having dealt with Salvador.

"First and foremost, Manny or I do not know or have never spoken to this waiter Gabriel Salvador. Furthermore, we have no knowledge of this alleged meeting between Salvador, Roach and Moonves other than what we have recently read in the media nor was anybody authorized on Manny Pacquiao's behalf to participate," Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz said in a statement.

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"The statement made by Salvador that 'Keith Davidson an attorney for Manny tried to strong arm him' is a flagrant misrepresentation of fact as Keith Davidson is not Manny Pacquiao's attorney and or business associate," he added.

Koncz also downplayed Salvador's complaint as merely a form of "extortion."

"The claims asserted by this waiter against Manny Pacquiao are a total shakedown and amount to nothing more than extortion which will be vigorously defended in a court of law by our attorney David Marroso of O Melveny & Myers. Moreover, we shall seek all damages incurred to Manny Pacquiao by these frivolous and merit less allegation made against him by Salvador," he continued.

Mayweather defeated Pacquiao to become the unified welterweight champion. He fought once more, routing Andre Berto in September, then announced his retirement.

Pacquiao, for his part, will take on Timothy Bradley this April before also calling it quits.


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Pacman skips training with swollen eye By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 26, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao STAR/File

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao skipped training for the second straight day but left no reason for his chief trainer Freddie Roach to feel concerned heading to the April 9 fight with Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao, returning to the ring following a bitter loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May last year, spent the whole day yesterday resting in his General Santos City mansion.

The 37-year-old superstar, who said he’s bidding boxing goodbye after his next fight, has been working out the past couple of weeks, the past week under Roach.

He sparred four rounds last Tuesday against Ghislain Maduma of Congo, and must have exerted too much effort trying to impress his American trainer.

His Filipino trainer, Buboy Fernandez, said Pacquiao showed no ill effects of the shoulder injury during sparring.

It was his first sparring session in 10 months, and his body ached. He had some swelling on his right eye and also opted to stay home Wednesday.

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Yesterday, Pacquiao skipped training all together, dropping his morning roadwork and afternoon gym session. He was supposed to spar against Maduma.

“Nothing serious about it. Nothing to worry about,” Roach told Philboxing.com.

Pacquiao’s information officer said the swelling on Pacquiao’s eye may have nothing to do with last Tuesday’s sparring.

The swelling, he said, may have been caused by something that got into Pacquiao’s eye the other day.

“He decided to rest today (Thursday) and coach Freddie gave him time to rest,” the Pacquiao lieutenant said.

Paccquiao’s ring adviser, Mike Koncz, said there’s no definite date yet on Pacquiao’s trip to Los Angeles where he would resume his training.

Roach wants Pacquiao to leave on March 5 but the boxer is hoping he could stretch his days in the Philippines and fly to the US on March 15 instead.


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By Joaquin Henson - About Uncle Bob SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 26, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


BOB ARUM

Going over my sports files from way back, I recently came across a biofile on Top Rank CEO Bob Arum by Scoop Malinowski in a newsletter called Professional Boxing Update, published out of Capitola, California. The newsletter was a handy 12-page compilation of results, views and schedules painstakingly assembled by publisher Virgil Thrasher, a ring enthusiast who as a world-class harmonica player, had performed at the Monterey and New Orleans Jazz Festivals.

For over 15 years, Thrasher put out the trade paper once every 10 days. Before the internet flourished, Professional Boxing Update was the primary source of the most recent world-wide fight results. I wrote a column called Philippine Ring for Thrasher and was honored to be in his staff box as a “feature writer” with Bruce Bebb, Graham Houston, Joe Koizumi, Mario Rivera Martino and Per-Ake Persson. I don’t recall ever getting paid for my writing but Thrasher never failed to send me a copy of the publication by snail mail, free of charge. It was an honor to be associated with the paper which was supported by big-name boxing figures in ads.

In 2005, Thrasher closed down the publication which had become obsolete with the emergence of real-time fight reports and boxing websites like fightnews and boxrec. Not too many publications dedicated to boxing remain today. The Ring Magazine is still around as strong as ever but gone are Boxing Digest, Boxing Today, Fight Game, Boxing Scene, KO Magazine, World Boxing, Inside Boxing, Boxing and Wrestling, Fight Beat and Boxing Illustrated. Another survivor is a tabloid called Boxing News USA which comes out quarterly and appears to be more like a labor of love than a money-making venture. In the UK, the weekly magazine Boxing News is easily the best in the business and there’s another magazine called Boxing Monthly which is also well produced.

Anyway, I found the biofile on Arum quite revealing.

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Of course, we all know that Arum has played a major role in Manny Pacquiao’s rise to fistic fame and fortune. Before Arum came into the picture, Pacquiao was managed in the US by Murad Muhammad then Shelly Finkel. Pacquiao’s first manager was the late Polding Correa of Malabon. It was Correa who brought in the late Rod Nazario as Pacquiao’s business manager. And it was Nazario who took Pacquiao to the US in 2001 and hooked up with Muhammad to open a new chapter in his storybook career. Pacquiao is now his own manager but retains Arum as his promoter.

* * * *

Arum, 84, was born in New York City. An accountant’s son, he attended New York University and earned a law degree at Harvard University where he was a cum laude graduate and the top tax student in class. In 1961, he joined the staff of Attorney General Robert Kennedy at the US Justice Department. It was during his stint with Kennedy that Arum was introduced to boxing as he was assigned to track down funds illegally deposited in a Swiss bank from the profits of the Sonny Liston-Floyd Patterson world heavyweight title fight. Arum was able to locate $5.5 Million, opening his eyes to the lucrative business side of the sport.

Arum left the law practice to concentrate on promoting fights, particularly as he was designated by Nation of Islam religious leader Elijah Muhammad to represent Muhammad Ali as lawyer and promoter. Arum went on to promote 25 fights for Ali over 12 years and in 1975, was at the Araneta Coliseum ringside to witness the Thrilla In Manila. The fight fight he attended was the first fight he promoted in Toronto in 1966 between Ali and George Chuvalo.

Arum has now been involved in boxing for 50 years. If he didn’t do a good job of making multi-millionaires out of Ali, George Foreman, Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao, among others, Arum wouldn’t have lasted so long in the fight game. Sure, Arum made money, too, but he earned every cent of it looking at every fighter he promoted in the eye without blinking. De la Hoya and Mayweather eventually left Arum to go on their own but they learned the ropes from Uncle Bob and would never have been successful without his guidance.

Arum has five children, including two stepchildren with wife Lovee Duboef. One of his sons John died in a skiing accident at the age of 49 in 2010. His stepson Todd is now Top Rank president and stepdaughter Dena is vice president.

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Here are some interesting tidbits from Malinowski on Arum. First job: “As a busboy at the Catskill Mountains, Kiamesha Lake Lodge at the age of 16.” Musical tastes: “I’m a crazy Beatles fan. I love the Beatles, I love Rod Stewart. I can’t stand hip-hop. Or heavy metal. I still love the songs of Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, I like Frank Sinatra, Carol King, Carly Simon. That era – I love that music. I don’t particularly care for what passes as music today.”

Favorite movies: “I love to go to the movies. My favorite is ‘Casablanca.’ I have a big collection of movies at home. I love Mel Brooks, Woody Allen. I could watch ‘Blazing Saddles’ for the rest of my life and always collapse in laughter. I’m just a movie buff. I go to the movies in addition to watching at home on DVDs. I love movies and I like movie people, including Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Samuel Jackson. I like guys who are in the movies, they’re interesting people.” Qualities most admired: “I like guys who are loyal, dedicated, no-nonsense guys that are not all ego.”

Funny boxing memory: “There was a fight on ESPN that we were doing about 25 years ago. One guy was taking a pounding against the ropes so the referee breaks it up and stops the fight. The guy who’s getting pounded hits the other guy and knocks him out. So the referee stopped it, right? The guy who won the fight was knocked out.”

In 1999, Arum was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. There’ll never be another Uncle Bob.


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