Friday, September 30, 2011

Do you believe that Manny Pacquiao Getting Lazy for Marquez Fight?

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I might ask you that do you believe that Manny Pacquiao Getting Lazy for Marquez Fight? There were many people ask about this questions because this is the 3rd times of fight between Manny and Manuel that is why we called - Pacquiao Vs Marques 3. This is the fight trilogy of the year. Pacquiiao will fight back againts Marquez for 3rd time in order to win against pride and honor and of course money. For the last two fights, we believe that we are not uncertain who will be the best winner. Now is the decision time, after this fight we can finally judge who is the real owner of the golden belt of boxing. Pacquiao? or Marquez? - 

One second after it was announced that Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez would meet in the ring for the third time on November 12 of this year, the end result was deemed a foregone conclusion.

 

Everyone ranging from pundits to fans to odds makers unanimously came together and anointed Pacquiao the winner, no ands, ifs or ors about it.

 

In fact, aside from Teddy Atlas and 90-year-old Angelo Dundee, there hasn’t been a single notable boxing personality who has suggested the impossible will happen – that Old Man Marquez will pull off an upset against his Filipino counterpart.

 

And therein may lay the problem for Pacquiao.

 

For all of the talk about how he’s a politician, athlete and unique, one-of-a-kind human being, it’s also worth noting what Pacquiao is first and foremost – a competitor. It was his inherent need to compete and be the best in the sport which made him an international icon that catapulted Manny slowly but surely from “pretty good” to “very good” to “amazing” and, finally, to “the best.”

 

It was his need to prove that no opponent was too big, long or strong that motivated the Filipino champion to hold titles in eight different division. And it’s that same essential need to compete that has caused him to keep trekking through the present-day boxing landscape, even though worthy fighters are scarce.

 

Without that need to compete -- which he is clearly lacking this time around -- it will be interesting to see how fiery Pacquiao  will be coming out of the gate on November 12. Equally fascinating will be seeing what kind of intensity Pacquiao exhibits throughout the rest of the match.

 

Already, his conditioning coach Alex Ariza is planting the seeds for his fighter. He doesn’t just believe that Pacquiao will win, rather, he’s expecting a full on knockout victory.

 

“It (knockout) will be earlier than you would think,” Ariza told the Inquirer, when asked if the two fighters’ past will come into play.

 

“[Pacquiao] is more complete now. He has much more speed, power and explosiveness.”

 

Ariza, of course, wasn’t in Pacquiao’s corner back in 2008 when he defeated Marquez in that classic duel. A duel, mind you, that many observers maintained that Marquez deserved to win. Despite his lack of experience against one of the more noteworthy characters from Pacquiao’s past, Ariza has seemingly made it a personal mission to taunt Marquez. Not too long ago, he went on record saying that the Filipino champion would “wreck” his opponent when it was all said and done.

 

While it may have initially appeared as though Ariza was just being boastful, perhaps he was really just giving his fighter some much-needed motivation. It’s a given that Pacquiao will defeat Marquez when they square off, but by putting the prospect of a knockout out there, Ariza is giving Pacquiao something to shoot for.

 

Who knows? Perhaps all of this is unnecessary talk. Maybe Pacquiao is so much better than Marquez at this point in their respective careers that it doesn’t matter whether or not he’s properly motivated.

 

But maybe it does. And if it does, Marquez may have finally found the chink in Pacquiao’s armor that he’s so desperately searched for.

 

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pacman can't wait to rumble vs Marquez

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MANILA, Philippines - If he can’t wait to get his hands on his sparring partner, Manny Pacquiao is even more eager to face Juan Manuel Marquez.

 

“Sparring is not supposed to start yet. Dapat sa Tuesday pa,” said Pacquiao from his training headquarters in Baguio City.

 

“Pero feeling ko kundisyon na ako (But I feel I’m in good condition now),” he said as he explained why he jumped ahead of schedule. Pacquiao said his Nov. 12 fight with Marquez will provide the answers to all the questions surrounding their first two bouts.

 

“Dito magkaka-alaman,” he said. 

 

Even his chief trainer, Freddie Roach, was impressed by Pacquiao’s condition since he flew in a couple of days ago and joined his boxer in Baguio.

 

Pacquiao moved to Baguio last Monday for his three-week training. The last four or five weeks are set at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.

 

But unlike in previous camps, when Pacquiao mostly started from scratch in Baguio, this one is quite different.

 

In the two weeks before he went to Baguio, Pacquiao has been working out, either doing roadwork in the morning and gym sessions in the afternoon.

 

He visited the Planet Jupiter Gym in Makati a couple of times, and the MP Tower, which used to house the old L&M Gym, in Manila.

 

No wonder why after only a few days working out in Baguio, Pacquiao’s couldn’t help but ask Roach he be given four rounds of sparring the other day.

 

He climbed the ring against Venezuelan lightweight Jorge Linares and they sparred for four rounds at the Shape Up Gym.

 

Linares, gearing up for an Oct. 15 fight with Mexican Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC lightweight crown, was impressed with Pacquiao.

 

“He was very fast. You can feel the power in those four rounds,” he said.

 

“We did four rounds, and in the last round he was still very strong and powerful. He’s good,” added Linares, who sees Marquez going down inside four rounds.

 

Meanwhile, Arwind Santos and Willie Miller are expected to see action in Pacquiao’s mini-basketball tournament firing off today.

 

Nine teams, including six local squads – Tea House, Golden Pine Hotel, BMRP, Mustangs, Uno and Autofield – and three by the boxing icon, vie for a guaranteed prize of P350,000.

 

Pacquiao has confirmed Santos’ appearance as well as that of Miller’s in the three other teams.

 

The single-round robin tournament also serves as part of Pacquiao’s training for his upcoming bout with Marquez.

 

– With report from Artemio Dumlao

 

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Manny begins sparring vs Venezuelan

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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao shifted to high gear when he started sparring as he prepares for his title defense against Juan Manuel Marquez in November.

 

 “Patindi na ng patindi ang training namin (It’s just getting tougher in training),” said the Filipino boxing sensation from the City of Pines.

 

He’s in his first week of training in Baguio, and while his chief trainer Freddie Roach said sparring should begin next week, it actually did yesterday.

 

Roach was impressed with what he’d seen in Pacquiao over the last couple of days, and this could be the reason why they went on with four rounds of sparring.

 

Pacquiao, who started doing light training almost four weeks ago, has lightweight Jorge Linares as his sparring partner in Baguio.

 

In a TV interview, Pacquiao said he decided to train with Linares because the Venezuelan fighter needs more sparring rounds in his buildup for his Oct. 15 fight against Antonio Demarco of Mexico at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

 

Pacquiao also told local mediamen that while they’re doing the same training regimen, they’re putting more hours into it.

 

And more hours should mean greater results when the fight is held Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

 

“Padagdag ng padagdag yung oras ng training,” he said.

 

A couple of weeks ago, Roach said he wants a different Pacquiao to climb the ring against Marquez for the third time since 2004.

 

Roach said Pacquiao will be “more scientific” this time compared to their two previous fights when they “got a little careless just trying to land a good shot.”

 

Also training with Pacquiao at the Shape Up Gym of the Cooyesan Hotel are Filipino boxers Lorenzo Villanueva and Rodel Mayol.

 

“I’m here to share with them everything I know,” said Pacquiao.

 

Trainer Buboy Fernandez said the “real thing” comes next week, adding that Pacquiao is not taking anyone lightly, including Marquez.

 

“Hindi basta-bastang boksingero kasi si Marquez kaya dapat paghandaan (Marquez is no ordinary boxer so we need to prepare hard),” said Fernandez.

 

“Kahit na sabihin na nating tinalo natin siya ng dalawang beses eh dapat handa pa rin si Manny (Even if we say we’ve beaten him twice),” added Fernandez.

 

The first fight, at 126 pounds, ended in a draw because one of the judges scored the first round at 10-7 when he should have scored it 10-6 because Marquez went down thrice.

 

“Kailangan nating mag ensayo ng mabuti (We still need to train hard),” Pacquiao said.

 

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Pac-Man Already Sparring For Marquez Fight; Jorge Linares Says Manny Will Stop Marquez “In Four Or Five-Rounds!”

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By James Slater: With a little over seven weeks to go until he climbs into the ring for his third eagerly awaited battle with Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez, Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao has already started sparring.

 

According to an interesting news article that has appeared on Inquirer Sports, Pac-Man surprised even head-trainer Freddie Roach when, just three days into his training camp for the November 12th bout, his star fighter asked if he could spar a few rounds with Venezuela’s Jorge Linares. Linares, who will face Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC lightweight title on the big Las Vegas card, sparred four hard rounds with the 32-year-old mega star.

 

Linares was so impressed with the way Pacquiao looked in the sessions that he gave a bold prediction shortly afterwards: that Pacquiao will halt “Dinamita” in the third fight - inside “four or five-rounds.”

 

While assistant trainer Buboy Fernandez also had nothing but great things to say about Pac-Man’sabilities in camp at this early stage.

 

“He’s on fire,” Fernandez said. “Never in our previous camps has he improved so fast. And the results are good, so we’re giving in to what he wants.”

 

Hence the early sparring Pac-Man asked for being granted. Often, trainers will desist from having their fighters spar too many rounds, as well as preventing them from beginning sparring too early on in a camp, so as not to risk the fighter “leaving it in the gym.” But Roach and the rest of Team-Pacquiao clearly feel Manny is in no risk from early and hard sparring.

 

Roach has gone on record as saying that only a KO win will do on November 12th. Roach wants no further close points wins over the 38-year-old Mexican who pushed Pac-Man all the way in two previous encounters. Roach wants his star to close the show on this series with an emphatic, no chance for debate, knockout. And Manny is already feeling the urge to throw leather at a live body.

 

Pacquiao and Linares will almost certainly spar more rounds in the coming weeks, perhaps when Pac-Man arrives in L.A for the second half of his training camp. Both fighters will obviously be in fantastic shape for their respective bouts on the potentially great Nov. 12th card. Pac-Man is sure to also spar with 140-pound champ Amir Khan. Either way you look at it, that’s great preparation.

 

I wonder who Marquez will choose as his spar-mates for the third, crucial encounter with the Filipino dynamo?

 

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pacquiao vs. Marquez: Roach joins Manny in the Philippines for training camp

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By Chris Williams:Trainer Freddie Roach has joined his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in training camp in Baguio City in the Philippines to get Manny ready for his third fight with 38-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

This will be the first part of Pacquiao’s training camp with the second part ending up in Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, California.

Pacquiao struggled to what many boxing fans saw as a gift 12 round draw in 2004 and then was given a 12 round split decision win in their rematch in 2008, in another fight that many boxing fans thought that Marquez should have won. However, the judges that worked those two fights saw it differently and came up with decisions that they felt were the right ones at the time. I saw both fights and had Marquez winning them both, but that’s how it goes sometime.

 

“This fight will put an end to all the questions,” Pacquiao said to the Manila Bulletin. Maybe so or maybe not. We’ll have to wait and see. We’re talking about a really popular boxer in Pacquiao facing a guy that is nowhere near as popular in 38-year-old Marquez.

 

Anytime you get an imbalance like that, along with a large crowd that will likely overwhelmingly be favoring Pacquiao, it puts the less popular fighter [Marquez] in a one down position where he has to do something extra special to get a win. I think we could have another controversial win for Pacquiao with Marquez dominating most of the action but ending up losing on the judges’ scorecards.

 

There are two things that I think may keep that from happening this time, however. 1. Marquez is really old now, almost 40. It was wise for Bob Arum and Pacquiao to wait this long until fighting Marquez again, because he’s probably old to win now even if he does dominate. 2. not giving Marquez much of a catchweight will almost surely make it nearly impossible for him to win. The fight will be held at 144 lbs, which is nearly 10 pounds heavier than what Marquez has been fighting at. He’s proven that he looks terrible when he fights over 140.

 

So there it is, another advantage for Pacquiao. He’ll be the more popular guy, the younger fighter, have the crowd on his side, will be the bigger guy, and the judges will likely defer to Pacquiao if the fight is even slightly close. I think Marquez doesn’t have much of a chance in this fight with all those thing stacked against him.

 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marquez criticizes Mayweather, Ortiz

 

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MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez is critical of both new WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the man he defeated, Victor Ortiz.

"I think what Victor Ortiz did is unacceptable. A head butt is something for the street and not worthy for a professional boxer in the ring," Marquez told BoxingScene.com.

"And Mayweather, he would retaliate with more street fighting," he added.

In the pivotal 4th round of the Mayweather-Ortiz bout, Ortiz drove Mayweather to a corner and headbutted him.

The referee Joe Cortez deducted a point from Ortiz, who profusely apologized to Mayweather.

But after Ortiz apologized for the 3rd time, Mayweather rocked him with a 1-2 combination that dropped him to the canvas, ending the bout.

Marquez feels both boxers' actions were inappropriate and unsportsmanlike.

He said there will be no shenanigans when he fights Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on November 12.

"Despite the referee's advising you in the dressing room, telling you that you should always protect yourself, there is something called professionalism. There is sportsmanship and professionalism," he said.

"The November 12 fight against Pacquiao will be fair and you can look for a clear winner in the ring," Marquez added.

Marquez also questioned the actions of referee Cortez.

"The referee says you should never let your guard down, but the referee never restarted the fight. It is controversial what they did," Marquez said.

He believes the bout should ultimately have been marked as invalid.

"The referee must stop the bout to speak to a commissioner in the ring and then restart the fight. They give Mayweather a knockout and there is serious error with everyone, including the Commission of Nevada," Marquez said.

He added, "A fight that was starting to turn good was spoiled for everyone."

 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mayweather vs Ortiz fight: Pacquiao not on radar

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Mayweather vs Ortiz fight was a great entertainer. Meanwhile he said that Manny Pacquiao is no longer on his radar

Floyd Mayweather Jr is over the moon right now. He has beaten a formidable foe in Victor Ortiz and made a fortune out of a fight that not many said would be memorable. To be true, only Mayweather camp made it look like a grand fight.

A fight can never be grand till there are two fighters of the same stature. And I wonder if any boxing fan can call Victor Ortiz even remotely comparable to Mayweather. They will say that he was out of ring for the last 16 months and Ortiz had been in the thick of action all this while.

But Mayweather is one of the most gifted boxers of our time. Even those boxing fans who dislike him badly will accept that. Despite hating him, they want to watch all his outings in the rings as it is the real entertainment.

Ortiz too can go out of the ring consoling himself of the fact that the decision was controversial and when he was pronounced beaten and defeated, he was actually throwing some good punches at Mayweather.

To be true, Mayweather is a good plotter of a psychological warfare. He had beaten Ortiz long before he entered the ring. He took potshots at him during their outings before the fight and brought his mother, his father, brother and trainer into the picture by talking about them and making Ortiz look like irresponsible and uncaring.

But not many are sure that this fight will give a boost to his rating as a boxer in the days to come. His punches in the fourth round may be legit, but not expected from a top boxer.

Meanwhile if you are thinking that this fight – almost a one sided affair- will prompt Mayweather to challenge Manny Pacquiao and be a true pound for pound king, you are mistaken. He has dashed all such hopes by bragging about his past and accusing Manny of everything that he is not.

The way he talked about Manny Pacquiao, it was clear that he was not willing to bet his prestige by facing him. Though what he said was juxtopposed. He didn’t challenge mManny but said, “I’m telling you, he doesn’t want to fight”.

He further thundered, “We’ve been talking about this for the longest…This boy don’t really want to fight. All this boy is doing is fighting my leftovers

He went on to parrot the same old line, he has been repeating for years, “I don’t need him. Where was Pacquiao in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 when I was dominating the game? He never asked me (for a fight) when I was in my twenties or when I was in my teens.”

““Floyd Mayweather, from the beginning of his career in the ’90s, we knew he was going to be a great professional. Now ask yourself, a fighter just don’t get to 25 years old and all of a sudden he becomes great”, he heaped praise on himself. A truly great fighter is praised and doesn’t need himself to make a point about his own abilities.

It is about time that he decides to face Manny and let the hands do the talking instead of the big mouth.

 

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Pacquiao vs Marquez: Alex Ariza Says Manny Is Not the Fighter He Was in 2008

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Today let us know the strength the real condition of Manny Pacquiao. How was his preparation for the coming fight between Marquez this coming November 12. Strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza spoke with Crystina Poncher about what has changed for Manny Pacquiao since he last met Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2008:

Ariza: "I think we've seen him be able to go up through the weight divisions with the same amount of speed that he had in the lower weight divisions. But he's a different fighter now. He's more athletic, he's able to execute the game plans the way Freddie wants him to. I wasn't with him in those earlier fights. So I think we've fixed the problems that he felt that he had, as far as his strength and his conditioning, and I think he's shown that as he's moved up through the divisions. ... I think that was the Manny of old and there's a new Manny now. He's a differently-trained Manny, his whole strength and conditioning program has changed. I think Marquez is obviously going to make it a fight, not like Mosley. If you hit Marquez, he's there to fight, and he'll come back even if you hit him, or if you knock him down. I suspect that we're gonna come in just tip-top and ready to fight."

Ariza says he was asked by Paqcuiao to come out on Monday to start working in the Philippines, as he was originally scheduled to go out on Saturday.

 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What Boxing Needs to Become Big Again – More Than Just Pacquiao vs Mayweather

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Big fights. We know that. Pacquiao vs Mayweather, if and when it happens, might be the biggest purse ever in a boxing match. Big fights and big names bring boxing to the mainstream crowd. True, the mainstream crowd won’t get it on Network channels, it’ll have to be HBO, but the money’s there. The PPV isn’t the problem.

But big fights like this potential welterweight clash between the most popular boxer in the world, despite, or maybe because he’s not American and the undefeated Mayweather are short term fixes (a dangerous word when it involves boxing). There aren’t that many opportunities like and names out there to keep a consistent interest in the sport.

 

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Marquez: I won first 2 matches vs Pacquiao

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MANILA, Philippines – Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez again insisted he won his first 2 fights against now 8-divison champion Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez made the statement during the Manila leg of their global press tour promoting their November 12 welterweight title fight.

“I won the first 2 fights… In 2004 and 2008,” he asserted.

This was his reply when asked if his career would be complete even without a win against Pacquiao.

He, however, admitted being grateful to be given the chance to square off with  the fighting congressman again.

“I feel very happy for the opportunity… I expect the best Manny Pacquiao for this fight,” said Marquez.

The two boxers will be fighting it out for the 3rd time at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2004, Pacquiao scored 3 first round knockdowns against Marquez. The Mexican, however, was able to salvage a draw.

 

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