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WITH PACQUIAO AS SENATOR, ARUM SAYS MAYWEATHER REMATCH WON'T HAPPEN


MAY 11 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao | AP  Top Rank chief Bob Arum is no longer optimistic about a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. now that the Filipino icon is bound for the Philippine senate. Speaking to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Arum said he’s aware of Pacquiao’s impending victory, with the Sarangani congressman now at seventh place in the senatorial race with at least 15.4 million votes. "I texted him congratulating him," said Arum, adding that he will personally talk to Pacquiao soon. The veteran promoter said he realizes the additional obligations Pacquiao will face as senator, effectively removing boxing out of his schedule. "I'll talk to him when I get there, because it will be easier being in the same time zone. But my feeling is that he's been elected to a very, very important position in the Filipino government. So he owes an obligation to the people to work on his government responsibilities, and that doesn't give him time to screw around and train for a fight the way he has to. You can't do that,” Arum continued. "Being a congressman is one thing. There are like 400-plus congressmen, so if he does his job for his constituency, he can take time off and train for a fight. But now he's been elected to nationwide office, and he has no specific constituency. The entire people of the Philippines are his constituents, and he owes an obligation to them to handle business." READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao set to win place in Philippines Senate


MAY 10 -Manny Pacquiao throws his receipt after casting his vote during the Philippine elections. Photograph: Kim Tiblani/EPA Associated Press in Manila
•Boxing great is 3m votes ahead of boundary needed to win seat
•Campaign has recovered after criticism over homophobic remarks •Philippines election: Duterte declares victory and promises change Manny Pacquiao appears to have won a seat in the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results. The former boxing world champion has garnered more than 15m votes, with about 93% of precincts reporting on Tuesday. That places him eighth among candidates for 12 Senate seats, and nearly 3m votes ahead of the candidate in 13th place. Official results are days away. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach confident Pacquiao can beat current WBC champ Canelo


MAY 12 -Can Manny Pacquiao defeat a much bigger and more powerful Canelo Alvarez? Freddie Roach thinks so.
  Freddie Roach likes Manny Pacquiao’s chances against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is currently considered as the new face of boxing.
Alvarez, who knocked out Amir Khan in the sixth last Sunday to retain his title, showed vulnerability in the early rounds as he struggled against the British fighter’s speed and footwork. Speaking recently to boxingscene.com, Roach said a quicker and more skilled Pacquiao can do a better job than Khan. “If someone can go out there and outbox him and stay disciplined, they would be okay. I was offered the (Alvarez) fight from Bob Arum, for Manny Pacquiao, and I didn't say no – because the thing about Pacquiao fighting him (Canelo), and maybe not being strong enough, is being smart enough to fight him for twelve rounds,” said the bespectacled trainer. “And I think Pacquiao can pull that off,” he added. But boxing is out of Pacquiao’s mind right now, with the Filipino icon poised to become a Philippine senator after placing as high as seventh in the senatorial race as of posting time. READ MORE...

ALSO: Boxing's next big fight could be a real knockout


MAY 11 -Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin | AP
  LAS VEGAS — The good news for boxing fans is the fight they really want to see may actually happen before they grow too old to enjoy it.
Even better news is that it has nothing to do with Floyd Mayweather Jr., or newly elected Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao. Circle the date of September 17, but don't plan on buying tickets just yet. This is boxing, after all, and a ton of good fights that should have happened never have. Still, Canelo Alvarez says he wants it. Count Gennady Golovkin in, too. Two big sluggers with one loss between them for all the middleweight titles they can bring to the ring. "It's one of those fights we can make," said Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin. "Clearly it's the biggest fight that can be made in boxing and it seems pretty clear Canelo wants the fight." That was evident Saturday night when Alvarez laid out Amir Khan with a vicious right hand, then used the same hand to motion Golovkin, who was watching at ringside, to get in the ring himself. Another interested observer at ringside was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who would like nothing better than to steal a big fight from Vegas and fill his stadium for the biggest fight since Mayweather and Pacquiao put on a snoozefest last May. "I invited him personally," said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez. "That's how seriously he takes getting a Canelo fight." READ MORE...

ALSO: Khan still hopeful for a Pacquiao fight: ‘Definitely a possibility’


MAY 13 -Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos. Despite a devastating knockout loss to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Amir Khan is still egging for a bigger fight against an even larger name. His next potential opponent? Manny Pacquiao. As per BoxingScene.com, Khan is hoping for a possibility of a bout against Pacquiao who he previously worked with when the two were training under Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. Khan and Pacquiao sparred with each other when the Filipino prepared for his fights against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez, to name a few, before the Brit hired Virgil Hunter in 2012. “That fight against Pacquiao is definitely a possibility,” Khan told BoxingScene.com. “We are just going to sit down with the team. For sure I think he will fight again.” Pacquiao, though, insisted he’s retired after defeating Timothy Bradley in the third installment of their trilogy last April. READ MORE...


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With Pacquiao as senator, Arum says Mayweather rematch won't happen


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao | AP

MANILA, MAY 16 2016 (PHILSTAR) Updated May 11, 2016 - Top Rank chief Bob Arum is no longer optimistic about a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. now that the Filipino icon is bound for the Philippine senate.

Speaking to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Arum said he’s aware of Pacquiao’s impending victory, with the Sarangani congressman now at seventh place in the senatorial race with at least 15.4 million votes.

"I texted him congratulating him," said Arum, adding that he will personally talk to Pacquiao soon.

The veteran promoter said he realizes the additional obligations Pacquiao will face as senator, effectively removing boxing out of his schedule.

"I'll talk to him when I get there, because it will be easier being in the same time zone. But my feeling is that he's been elected to a very, very important position in the Filipino government. So he owes an obligation to the people to work on his government responsibilities, and that doesn't give him time to screw around and train for a fight the way he has to. You can't do that,” Arum continued.

"Being a congressman is one thing. There are like 400-plus congressmen, so if he does his job for his constituency, he can take time off and train for a fight. But now he's been elected to nationwide office, and he has no specific constituency. The entire people of the Philippines are his constituents, and he owes an obligation to them to handle business."

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Pacquiao fought and defeated Timothy Bradley last month before announcing his retirement to concentrate on politics. Nevertheless, speculations about a comeback continue to swirl, especially now that Mayweather himself is reportedly on the verge of fighting again.

The two superstars figured in the sport’s richest fight that earned them record-high purses, something impossible to repeat against other opponents.

So is Mayweather-Pacquiao still possible?

"I don't think so," Arum said. "My mindset is that it's over. When it's over, it's over. People say fighters always change their minds, but this is a different situation. If a guy like Sugar Ray Leonard retires and two months later decides to come back because he's bored, he can do that. Manny can't do that, because he has plenty to do and an important job.

"Not only does he have an extraordinarily time-consuming job, Manny has to take time to learn how to do it and how to work day to day with the 23 other members of the senate." – Dino Maragay


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Manny Pacquiao throws his receipt after casting his vote during the Philippine elections. Photograph: Kim Tiblani/EPA Associated Press in Manila

•Boxing great is 3m votes ahead of boundary needed to win seat
•Campaign has recovered after criticism over homophobic remarks
•Philippines election: Duterte declares victory and promises change

Manny Pacquiao appears to have won a seat in the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results.

The former boxing world champion has garnered more than 15m votes, with about 93% of precincts reporting on Tuesday. That places him eighth among candidates for 12 Senate seats, and nearly 3m votes ahead of the candidate in 13th place. Official results are days away.

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He cast his vote on Monday in his home turf of southern Sarangani province. He had bounced back in polls after losing support in February over remarks he made about same-sex marriage. Pacquiao had said people in same-sex relations are “worse than animals.” He apologized to people hurt by his comments but made clear he opposed gay marriage.

He is the Philippines’ most famous athlete and among the wealthiest athletes in the world. He has represented Sarangani province in the House of Representatives since May 2010.

Pacquiao ran under the losing ticket of presidential candidate Jejomar Binay but has also been endorsed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the winner of the presidential race according to unofficial results.


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Roach confident Pacquiao can beat Canelo By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated May 12, 2016 - 2:24pm 2 933 googleplus0 1


Can Manny Pacquiao defeat a much bigger and more powerful Canelo Alvarez? Freddie Roach thinks so.

MANILA, Philippines – Freddie Roach likes Manny Pacquiao’s chances against WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is currently considered as the new face of boxing.

Alvarez, who knocked out Amir Khan in the sixth last Sunday to retain his title, showed vulnerability in the early rounds as he struggled against the British fighter’s speed and footwork.

Speaking recently to boxingscene.com, Roach said a quicker and more skilled Pacquiao can do a better job than Khan.

“If someone can go out there and outbox him and stay disciplined, they would be okay. I was offered the (Alvarez) fight from Bob Arum, for Manny Pacquiao, and I didn't say no – because the thing about Pacquiao fighting him (Canelo), and maybe not being strong enough, is being smart enough to fight him for twelve rounds,” said the bespectacled trainer.

“And I think Pacquiao can pull that off,” he added.

But boxing is out of Pacquiao’s mind right now, with the Filipino icon poised to become a Philippine senator after placing as high as seventh in the senatorial race as of posting time.

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Even Pacquiao’s longtime promoter Bob Arum has ruled out a comeback by Pacquiao, who last fought in April against Timothy Bradley. With Pacquiao locking in on a senate post, Arum said even a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. will no longer happen.

But if ever Pacquiao returns, only two names can give him another huge payday – Alvarez and Mayweather. And with both Mayweather and Pacquiao retired, the Mexican superstar is widely regarded as boxing’s torchbearer right now.

If it is Alvarez, there will most likely be a catchweight, and Pacquiao is no stranger to fighting bigger guys. Pacquiao battered Antonio Margarito, a super welterweight, at a contracted weight of 151 pounds in 2010.

Roach, for his part, said he needs to sit down with his ward to get a clearer picture.

“I don't know exactly where we're at on that [Alvarez fight], because my fighter is somewhat retired because he's a senator. I have to have a long talk with Manny and see what he thinks about that fight, and see if he thinks the same way that I do – he could be the next guy [for Canelo], unless we get Mayweather back to the table,” Roach continued.

Nevertheless, if Roach will have his way, he’ll have Pacquiao in the ring for one more bout.

“I think Manny has one fight left in him, because of the way he trained for the last fight, the way he fought the last fight. I saw a lot of the old Manny Pacquiao come back. I was really happy to see the old Manny Pacquiao come back. I would also be happy if he retired. Whichever way he wants to go, but I would like him to get ready for one more fight,” he explained.


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Boxing's next big fight could be a real knockout By Tim Dahlberg, AP Sports Columnist (Associated Press) | Updated May 11, 2016 - 12:54pm 24 886 googleplus0 0


Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin | AP

LAS VEGAS — The good news for boxing fans is the fight they really want to see may actually happen before they grow too old to enjoy it.

Even better news is that it has nothing to do with Floyd Mayweather Jr., or newly elected Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao.

Circle the date of September 17, but don't plan on buying tickets just yet. This is boxing, after all, and a ton of good fights that should have happened never have.

Still, Canelo Alvarez says he wants it. Count Gennady Golovkin in, too.

Two big sluggers with one loss between them for all the middleweight titles they can bring to the ring.

"It's one of those fights we can make," said Tom Loeffler, who promotes Golovkin. "Clearly it's the biggest fight that can be made in boxing and it seems pretty clear Canelo wants the fight."

That was evident Saturday night when Alvarez laid out Amir Khan with a vicious right hand, then used the same hand to motion Golovkin, who was watching at ringside, to get in the ring himself.

Another interested observer at ringside was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who would like nothing better than to steal a big fight from Vegas and fill his stadium for the biggest fight since Mayweather and Pacquiao put on a snoozefest last May.

"I invited him personally," said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez. "That's how seriously he takes getting a Canelo fight."

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Up until Alvarez landed the right hand that flattened Khan and then called out Triple G it seemed like the fight was not going to happen, at least anytime soon. Alvarez is De La Hoya's biggest attraction, and the word among boxing insiders was that he didn't want to risk him in a fight against Golovkin, who has walked through everyone who has gotten in the ring with him.

There also was an issue with weight. Alvarez holds a middleweight title, but fought at a catch weight of 155 pounds against Khan. Golovkin says any title fight he has will be at the 160-pound middleweight limit.

But Alvarez and De La Hoya now say weight is not an issue. And the invitation by Alvarez for Golovkin to join him in the ring after the Khan fight dispelled any notion that he wasn't eager to fight.

"I invited him because I'm not afraid," Alvarez said. "And I wanted to prove to him I'm not afraid."

De La Hoya reached out to Loeffler on Sunday, and the two planned to begin negotiations Tuesday. Loeffler said he and De La Hoya worked together for Golovkin's fight with David Lemieux last October, and will have no issues working together for a September 17 fight.

Adding to the pressure to make the fight is the mandate by the WBC that Alvarez come to an agreement to fight Golovkin within 15 days of the Khan fight or he will be stripped of the title.

"I'm pretty sure we can make a deal," Loeffler said. "There was absolutely no reason for Canelo to invite Gennady into the ring the other night unless he really wanted the fight."

The fight should prove attractive, even to casual fans who felt burned by paying $100 to watch Mayweather and Pacquiao in the richest fight ever. It won't do the record 4.6 million pay-per-view buys that fight generated, but should do good enough numbers to make both fighters millions.

Golovkin sold out Madison Square Garden for Lemieux, and did the same at the Forum in Los Angeles last month for a knockout of Dominic Wade. Alvarez, who is Mexico's biggest boxing star, drew more than 30,000 fans to Minute Maid Park in Houston last year, and nearly sold out the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for Khan.

Loeffler said the two together could draw 70,000 fans to Jones' stadium, or easily sell out in Vegas. De La Hoya also mentioned Dodger Stadium as a possible site.

Both fighters are knockout artists, so there is little risk that the fight will be tough to watch like Mayweather-Pacquiao was.

"Everyone knows with Gennady's style and Canelo's style people aren't going to be disappointed with the action in the ring," Loeffler said. "They are two machismo warriors."

Indeed, it's a fight that sounds almost too good to be true. And, unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao it won't take five years go make.

Remember, though, it's still boxing. And that means don't count on it happening until the tickets actually go on sale.


INQUIRER

Khan still hopeful for a Pacquiao fight: ‘Definitely a possibility’ By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ
INQUIRER.net 06:03 PM May 13th, 2016


Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. File photos.

Despite a devastating knockout loss to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Amir Khan is still egging for a bigger fight against an even larger name.

His next potential opponent? Manny Pacquiao.

As per BoxingScene.com, Khan is hoping for a possibility of a bout against Pacquiao who he previously worked with when the two were training under Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym.

Khan and Pacquiao sparred with each other when the Filipino prepared for his fights against Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez, to name a few, before the Brit hired Virgil Hunter in 2012.

“That fight against Pacquiao is definitely a possibility,” Khan told BoxingScene.com. “We are just going to sit down with the team. For sure I think he will fight again.”

Pacquiao, though, insisted he’s retired after defeating Timothy Bradley in the third installment of their trilogy last April.

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Another factor is Pacquiao’s Senate seat in the Philippines.

Khan could have been Pacquiao’s last opponent in his illustrious career but the Filipino’s camp opted for another fight against Bradley.

Danny Garcia, the reigning WBC welterweight champion, is another option for Khan as he is the mandatory challenger for the title but the former Olympian does not leave out a Pacquiao match.

“I can go straight to another big fight, I was winning the fight [against Canelo]. The skill, fitness, and strength was there, I just got caught by a big shot,” said the 29-year-old Khan. “These are the last fee tears of my career now. I want to maximize it and fight the biggest names in boxing and leave a great legacy behind.”


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