Nonito Donaire goes back to ‘Donaire of old’

October 5, 2012

World super bantamweight king Nonito Donaire Jr. promised to unveil an old version of himself when he fights Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13.

Donaire said his trainer, Robert Garcia, likes what he sees in their preparation for the title fight.

“Robert came up the other day and liked what he saw in sparring, and I’m just ready to show the fans the old Nonito Donaire,” said the “Filipino Flash” in Boxing Scene.

Donaire said fight fans have grown accustomed to the Nonito Donaire who has been hunting for a knockout win.

This time, he said, he’ll prove that he can be patient and calculating, too.

“The Nonito Donaire that you’ve seen lately has been more towards power, towards knocking guys out and being impatient. I’m going back to the person who puts a good, tactical plan together, set up a good punch, and I can knock guys out with any punch because of a great strategy.”

At stake in the fight are Donaire’s World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation 122-pound titles. Also to be disputed at the bout are the RING Magazine and the World Boxing Council Diamond titles.

Philippine Azkals receive best-ever rating in FIFA rankings

October 4, 2012

The Philippine Azkals surged in the latest FIFA men’s list for the country’s highest-ever ranking in world football.

From 150, the Philippines jumped three places higher to 147 following their success in the recent Philippine Football Peace Cup.

The Azkals defeated Guam, Macau and Chinese Taipei in the just-concluded tournament to win their first international title in 99 years.

The Filipino football squad also improved to No. 21 in the Asian Football Confederation list and No. 3 in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) rankings.

The Azkals are currently preparing for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November.

Floyd Mayweather can make $200M by fighting Manny Pacquiao

October 4, 2012

Roger Mayweather, trainer and uncle of unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr., thinks his nephew could earn close to $200 million by fighting Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

Roger, however, maintained that the biggest fight for Floyd remains Pacquiao.

“The fight with Floyd is Pacquiao,” said Roger in Boxing Scene. “That’s the fight. He fights Timothy Bradley, he fights Pacquiao. He’ll make so much money. He’ll make close to $200 million.”

The anticipated Pacquiao-Floyd fight is seen as the biggest bout in terms of popularity and earnings in recent boxing history. Analysts believe that it could eclipse Floyd’s fight against Oscar de la Hoya in 2007, which generated over P120 million in revenues.

However, Floyd remained mum over the Pacquiao fight despite the latter offering a 55-45 share of earnings.

But Roger said that if Floyd could get the $200 million, he expects his nephew to run to the sunset and forget boxing.

“A [expletive] gets close to $200 million and he can’t walk away, something’s wrong with him. [Expletive] don’t even make that kind of money and they still walk away from the sport. If you make that kind of money, what else do you need to do?”

Manny Pacquiao OKs bigger purse split for Floyd

September 23, 2012

Manny Pacquiao said that if Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants the bigger slice of the pie, then he can have it.

The Filipino boxing icon said he is willing to give Mayweather a 55-45 split in the purse just to make the super fight.

“I’m waiting for that fight to happen,” Pacquiao told ESPN. “I don’t know what’s the reason why that fight has not happened. … It’s OK for me if he gets a higher percentage than me.”

The world’s only 8-division champion said he made the offer when Mayweather contacted him about the fight last January.

Back then, Mayweather offered Pacquiao a $40-million guarantee without any share in pay-per-view revenue.

“I spoke to Floyd … and he offered me an amount,” Pacquiao said. “He didn’t talk about the pay-per-views here and that’s it. I can’t agree with that. I told him I agree with 55 and 45 [split].”

Pacquiao added that so Mayweather won’t have any excuses, he agreed to undergo random blood and urine testing throughout the build-up to the fight.

“No problem,” Pacquiao said. “Whatever he wants to do. Even the night of the fight. No problem.”

It was widely believed that the fighting congressman wanted a lucrative fight against Mayweather before he retires from boxing.

It was reportedly the reason why Pacquiao delayed his decision for a December 8 bout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Boxing promoter Bob Arum said he is hoping that the mega fight will finally take place in April 2013.

Marquez to Manny Pacquiao: Worry about Floyd Mayweather later

September 22, 2012

Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez said Manny Pacquiao will first need to worry about their fourth fight before entertaining thoughts of a lucrative fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“If Manny wants to fight Mayweather, he needs to beat me,” Marquez said during their appearance at ESPN’s First Take.

The Mexican warned that Pacquiao will be up for a difficult fight in their fourth face-off, and that it would be better for the Filipino to focus on his training.

“He have a tough fight on December the 8th,” said Marquez.

Pacquiao and Marquez already figured in three close battles.

Their first fight in 2004 ended in a controversial draw, while their next two fights in 2008 and 2011 had Pacquiao winning by decision.

Marquez maintained that he won all of his fights against Pacquiao.

He claimed that the judges have been scoring their fights wrong.

“The judges… I don’t know what happened to the judges,” said Marquez.

50 Cent splits up with Floyd Mayweather, eyes Manny Pacquiao

September 22, 2012

American rapper 50 Cent is reportedly splitting up with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and is now eyeing a venture with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Australian fighter Billy Dib, who was earlier signed to “The Money Team (TMT)” Promotions, has talked about the split between 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson in real life) and Mayweather.

“He (Mayweather) was in partnership with 50 Cent but they’ve decided not to go ahead with that company and Floyd is going to do his own thing,” Dib said in Boxing Scene.

The rapper set up TMT Promotion in collaboration with Mayweather after the American boxer was released from jail.

It immediately signed several fighters, including Cuban exile Yuriorkis Gamboa, middleweight Andre Dirrell and Dib.

Dib is staying with Mayweather Promotions following the split.

“This (contract with Mayweather) is a three to four year deal and as I told Floyd this morning, I’m in this for the long haul,” he said.

Fifty Cent, meanwhile, has been holding talks with Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz.

The Canadian said 50 Cent proposed a joint promotional company.

“I’ve had several conversations and meetings with 50. They approached us with an idea of forming a joint promotional company. I’ve discussed that with Manny, Manny is excited about it. We have MP Promotions, they have TMT Promotions,” said Koncz in RingTV.

Koncz likes the idea of a partnership with 50 Cent because of the latter’s connections to the entertainment business.

“I think that it brings a different flavor with the connections that 50 Cent has in the entertainment industry, and with Manny’s influence with boxers in the sport. Bringing that together, I think, is good for boxing. I’m hoping that this weekend we can finalize it.”

Manny Pacquiao: WBO decision a lesson for judges

June 21, 2012

Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Thursday thanked the World Boxing Organization (WBO), after a panel convened by the sanctioning body said he defeated American Timothy Bradley via unanimous decision.

“Salamat sa naging desisyon ng mga panel, ‘yun naman ang nasa puso ng mga boxing fans, lalo na ng mga kababayan natin,” Pacquiao said in an interview with Ted Failon on radio DZMM.

The WBO commissioned five international judges to re-score the Pacquiao-Bradley bout, which took place last June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Bradley was declared the winner via split decision, with scores of 113-115, 115-113 and 115-113.

But the WBO’s five-man panel saw the bout differently, and all five judges scored the fight in Pacquiao’s favor: 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.

The panel’s decision was reported by RingTV Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

The Filipino fighter said the WBO’s findings should serve as a lesson.

“Ito siguro ay hindi lang para sa akin kundi para sa boxing, mabigyan ng leksyon ang mga judges na gumagawa ng ganoon,” Pacquiao said.

He added that the new decision will help restore the trust of the fans, who were turned off by what many perceived as a “fixed” decision.

“Para ‘yung tiwala ng mga boxing fans ay nandiyan palagi. 100% palagi ang suporta nila sa boxing,” Pacquiao said.

In a separate interview with Mornings @ ANC, Pacquiao said he felt vindicated because of the WBO’s decision.

“Masaya tayo at lumabas ang katotohanan at nabigyan ng katarungan, at sulit ang hirap ng mga fans na pinaglaban nila ako,” Pacquiao said.

No reversal

The WBO, however, cannot overturn the original result of the fight, and thus, cannot return the welterweight championship to Pacquiao.

This is not an issue for the Filipino boxer. “Mahirap siguro ‘yun, nakakahiya naman sa tao,” he said.

“Ang akin lang ay masaya ako, dahil kumbaga naimbestigahan na ang boxing, at maiingatan nila ang pangalan ng boxing at ang tiwala ng mga boxing fans ang iniingatan natin palagi, na hindi mawala,” Pacquiao added.

A few minutes after the decision favoring Bradley was announced last June 9, boxing fans stormed social media to express their disgust. #RIPBoxing became one of the top trending topics online, as many fight fans claimed they will stop watching the sport.

Rematch

Pacquiao’s fight contract with Bradley contains a rematch clause should the American pull off the upset, with the second bout scheduled for November 10.

But Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, has said that he will most likely not push through with the rematch as the first bout was very clearly won by Pacquiao.

Pacquaio told Failon that he and Arum have not yet discussed his next fight since they are both still on vacation.

“I was interviewed after the fight kung sino ang gusto kong makalaban, at sabi ko wala pa naman. Malaking posibilidad na pwedeng mga-rematch kay Bradley, pwedeng mag-rematch kay (Juan Manuel) Marquez, kay (Floyd) Mayweather, or someone else na pwedeng lumaban sa akin,” Pacquiao said.

“Mga July pa siguro pag-uusapan… wala pa akong idea ngayon, hintayin na lang natin ‘yung magiging usapan,” he added.

The Pacquiao-Bradley bout is also being investigated by the Nevada State Attorney General, and is being reviewed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

 

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