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Pacquiao vs. Provodnikov

Freddie Roach would watch Pacquiao vs. Provodnikov on TV from home

It is no secret that most, if not all boxing trainers would prefer not have their fighters face each other. Aside from having the difficulty of choosing which one to train, it is a mental burden knowing that you could have potentially ended one of your own client’s careers.

The idea of Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Manny Pacquiao has been slowly gaining ground, although no official talks ever taken place. Still, the two explosive styles would most certainly make a crowd friendly event. It would most likely turn out to be a non-stop action from bell to bell, with one of the fighters probably leaving the arena with a KO loss on their record. Continue reading

Pacquiao-Provodnikov: Is this as good as it gets for Manny?

provodnikov673With Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) talking himself up as a possible next opponent for Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) for his next fight on April 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada, it could be that this is as good it’ll get for Pacquiao for the remainder of his career if he stays with Top Rank until retirement.

A rematch with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley promises to be a boring affair, because Bradley will no doubt choose to move around the ring for 12 rounds like he did with his recent win over 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez. We’re not going to see Bradley use the same fighting style that he did in barely beating Provodnikov last year. Bradley already said that he won’t make that mistake again. Continue reading

Provodnikov saying he could get Pacquiao fight on April 12th

provodnikov65WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KO’s) thinks he has a good chance of being the next opponent for Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) on April 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Provodnikov says he didn’t want the fight originally, but he’s changed his mind about it and he’s willing to fight Pacquiao in April.

This could be a very difficult fight for Pacquiao if it takes place, because Provodnikov is more rugged and powerful than the guys Pacquiao’s been facing. This is a much tougher fight for Manny than his last opponent former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios. Provodnikov is naturally bigger, faster and stronger than Rios. He also appears to be a smarter fighter than Rios, so it would be a tougher fight for Pacquiao. Continue reading