On 05/09/12 in an article titled “Mayweather’s Just Starving The Public, Money-Manny Will Definitely Happen,” I said: “Rest assured boxing fans….we will get to see the biggest fight of this era. Don’t fret for a moment, you’ll get to see the top pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, Floyd Mayweather, fight the number two pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, Manny Pacquiao. The only way that Mayweather-Pacquiao doesn’t happen will be if Pacquiao loses in the interim, because we know Mayweather won’t be defeated before they fight.”
Well, Pacquiao has lost twice since then. Once on the the scorecards to Timothy Bradley (June 2012) and then he was stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez (December 2012) in his last fight. When I wrote that Mayweather-Pacquiao would definitely happen, Mayweather had just defeated Miguel Cotto in his last fight and looked terrific. Since then he’s won a lopsided decision over the under-sized Robert Guerrero and in his last fight this past weekend he looked great in beating the slightly over-hyped but undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. With Mayweathers’ recent showing versus Alvarez distancing himself from those in the running to next fight him, such as Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Brandon Rios and Manny Pacquiao, there’s only one fighter amongst them who could generate monumental fan interest for a fight versus Floyd, and that is Pacquiao.
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Despite the fact that Floyd “Money” Mayweather is set to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night in one of the biggest boxing matches in recent years, questions persist regarding when Mayweather will fight Pacquiao. Based on recent comments made by Mayweather, though, it’s time to give up on the notion of a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao dream fight.
According to Lee Hawkins of The Wall Street Journal, Mayweather is open to discussing a potential bout with Pacquiao, but that comment comes with a massive caveat. Mayweather would only be interested in fighting Pacquiao if Pac-Man agrees to join Mayweather Promotions.
Ever the businessman, it should come as no surprise that Mayweather told Hawkins, “It’s all about business.” Unfortunately for boxing fans, business is the main thing that seems to be preventing two of the all-time greats from stepping into the ring with one another.
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Manny Pacquiao makes his return to the ring on November 24 in Macau, China, as he takes on Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Does Pacquiao have anything left in the tank? Does Rios have enough to pull off the upset? Right here, you’ll find the latest Pacquiao vs. Rios betting odds to see where the lines currently are and see if there’s anything you should jump in on as well.
Since the fight was announced, Pacquiao has continued to become a larger favorite, as his supporters have been backing him and taking advantage of the lower opening odds.
Certainly, Pacquiao at his peak and his prime would be able to overwhelm Rios with his speed and his furious offensive attack. But is Pacquiao still there, or did that brutal knockout loss after a long and busy career take too much out of him? There’s a contingent out there that thinks that Pacquiao’s chin has been broken and that he won’t have anything left. In that case, you have to love taking a slugger and finisher like Rios at +325.
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Manny Pacquiao may get his revenge on main rival Juan Manuel Marquez soon enough. Both boxers have scheduled fights in the coming months, but they could meet shortly after.
On Oct. 12, Marquez will face Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight championship at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the Marquez vs Bradley tickets are on process now and soon to be available in ticket center.
Six weeks later, Pacquiao will take on Brandon Rios on Mancu, China. If the two rivals are victorious, WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel says they should meet, once again, according to notifight.com.
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Amid reports he is going broke, if not already broke, Rep. Manny Pacquiao pitched camp and started training for his November comeback fight against American Brandon Rios.
He began his daily early morning run at the P. Acharon Sports Complex and shadow boxed at his Wild Card Gym Wednesday, August 21, although longtime friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez said Pacquiao always kept himself fit by playing basketball.
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LOS ANGELES – Fight night is still more than three months away and a grueling media tour of more than 22,000 miles was finally coming to an end.
Manny Pacquiao was unusually ebullient Thursday as he met the American media for the final time until the week before his Nov. 23 fight against Brandon Rios in Macau, China.
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