Manny Pacquiao says he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. If that is true, then he theoretically should be willing to meet his arch rival’s terms. Prior to this past week, Mayweather Jr.’s terms were a bit unclear.
First he wanted a specific type of extremely rigorous performance-enhancing drug testing. Then he wanted the vast majority of the fight purse. Then he wanted all of the pay-per-view money that would come from a bout versus Pacquiao. And each time, he never quite made it clear what he was willing to budge on, and what was set in stone.
Thankfully, Roger Mayweather has cleared things up. Mayweather Jr.’s uncle spoke with Hustle Boss recently and laid things out in very understandable, very specific terms: Pacquiao needs to prove that he deserves a shot at the pound-for-pound king.
The Mayweather clan seems to acknowledge that Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios in dominant fashion last week. However, they don’t think Rios was a worthy foe. They think Pacquiao needs a step up in competition before he qualifies to take on the king of the hill.
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao says he is furiously training like a 20-year-old to break a losing streak and re-establish his reputation as one of the world’s best fighters.
Pacquiao also said his match against American Brandon Rios in the Chinese territory of Macau next month would be “a good window” to promote boxing in China, and that he felt honored to take part in the landmark bout.
“This training camp, I believe, is one of the longest preparations in my boxing career. I trained early because I want to prove that I can still fight in the top (tier) of boxing,” he told reporters late Wednesday in his home town of General Santos in the southern Philippines.
“This time my preparation is more serious, more focused. My mind is like when I was 20 years old.”
A former champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, Pacquiao, who turns 35 in December, is seeking to come back from two consecutive defeats which have led supporters to question if he should hang up his gloves.
He lost a controversial split decision to American Timothy Bradley in June last year, then suffered a sixth-round knockout to Mexican arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez six months later.
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Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios are participating in one of the most talked about bouts of 2013. Unfortunately, the fight isn’t being discussed because it’s such a thrilling showdown between equals. It’s mostly just because, as a result of how top-heavy boxing is, there are only a few notable fighters that are followed in each division. Pacquiao, and to a lesser degree Rios, happen to be two of those fighters.
Because of how genuinely uninteresting the storylines surrounding this match are, people have been struggling to find anything of interest to talk about. That’s why Alex Ariza has been in the headlines as much as he has over the past month.
You will recall, Pacquiao and Ariza parted ways earlier this year after a mostly successful run together. Ariza’s tendency to butt heads with Freddie Roach made things at that camp tense, but so long as Pacquiao was winning, everyone gritted their teeth through it. When Pacquiao stopped winning, a change needed to be made.
Given the fact that Pacquiao turned Ariza into a recognizable name, and Ariza helped push Pacquiao into all-time greatness, you’d think that the pair could keep things reasonably amicable even during a divorce.
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Let’s go back 17 months. Before Manny Pacquiao was robbed of the WBO Welterweight title, partly by a judge who just stepped down from her post. Before the desperation fourth Juan Manuel Marquez fight. Before Marquez showed up looking cut from marble and turned Pacquiao into one big uproarious internet meme.
Seventeen months ago—May of 2012 for those of you without a Gregorian calendar handy—Manny Pacquiao was arguably the best and most influential boxer in the world. Floyd Mayweather wears the crown now, but in that period there were droves of supporters who would verbally flog you for even taking May over Manny.
Pacquiao had the flashy knockdowns. He had enough power to make sand of diamonds.
Pacquiao was also the new(ish) kid on the block. Mayweather has been perhaps the best-known active American boxer from the moment Mike Tyson unlaced his gloves a final time. (The competition is between him and Oscar de la Hoya.) Pacquiao was new famous, a guy beloved by insiders but who hadn’t reached that dude status running on a decade when their two paths were expected to collide.
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By Babatis Banda: Even in the midst of the politics and the egos, economics will prevail. There is so much that has gone down since the first talk of a Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.
Without delving into the issue that never brings a conclusion to the debate, it is clear that politics and to some extent, egos in the two camps prevented the fight from taking place until now. With Floyd having cleaned the welter weight of any real challenge, very little formidable opposition remain, if any at all.
Common sense tells us that the only big money fight left for Floyd is the Pacquiao fight. This is not because Pacquiao is any different from the other fighters that have tried, but because the controversy and the same national clout that existed with Alvarez exists with Pacquiao.
The Filipinos may not buy the pay-per-views in the same lines as the Mexicans, but they bring interest into the sport through their amazing belief in Pacquiao. They ultimately have a snow-ball effect with casual fans around the world as they create an illusion that Pacquiao, despite his recent poor showing, is the only one that is capable of beating up Mayweather.
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MANILA, Philippines – They threw a 160-pound middleweight at Manny Pacquiao yesterday as the Filipino boxing icon marked day one of sparring for his coming fight against Brandon Rios in Macau.
Marlon Alta, nicknamed “Bone Crusher,” didn’t really have a choice when he was asked to spar with the hard-hitting Pacquiao at the Wild Card Gym in General Santos City.
Min Wook Kim was supposed to come in to spar with Pacquiao. But the WBO Orient Pacific welterweight champion didn’t make the flight from South Korea.
Alta, a 23-year-old local boxer with a ring record of 12-3-0 with nine knockouts, took the cudgels and slugged it out with Pacquiao for three rounds.
“Sparring went three rounds,” said Mike Koncz in a text message to The STAR.
“It went very well. Manny started to take control at the start of the second round and had complete control by the third,” the Canadian adviser to Pacquiao added.
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