Manny Pacquiao and his team still haven’t announced who his next opponent will be for his April 12th fight, but it’s assumed that WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley will be the one facing him, as long as he doesn’t price himself out of the fight by asking beyond what Top Rank is willing to give him to be the B-side.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. says he was really impressed with what he saw of Pacquiao in his win over Brandon Rios last November, and based on that fight he feels that Pacquiao could be too much for Bradley in a rematch. Floyd Sr. thought the previous Pacquiao-Bradley fight was one that could have gone either way. He didn’t think Bradley clearly won it or Pacquiao. Continue reading
For Manny Pacquiao, despite his phenomenal popularity and status in the sport of boxing, the road back to the top, will be much harder and longer than for any other currently in the sport.
Winning a fight is a good step forward, but it’s getting the nod from the fans that might take more effort than most assume.
Believe it or not, but I would bet that his knockout loss to Marquez has probably affected Pacquiao in the most minimalistic fashion. Not only did he hold victories against Marquez before he lost, but Dinamita is an established world class champion with unbelievable technical boxing ability and heart. Continue reading
Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum hasn’t changed his mind about his desire to have Pacquiao fight either Tim Bradley or Ruslan Provodnikov in his next fight on April 12th. The only change that Arum has made is he’s stopped mentioning 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez as one of three candidates for the fight because of Marquez repeatedly saying that he doesn’t have any interest in ever facing Pacquiao again after having fought him 4 times.
“The two guys that are the front runners are Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov,” Arum said to 8countnews.
Arum’s not concerned about Pacquiao drawing low numbers in facing these guys, because he sees the disappointing numbers from Pacquiao’s last fight against Brandon Rios being because the fight took place in Macao, China and not in the U.S. Continue reading
The Pugilist KOrner: Sugar Hill, Joel Diaz, Lamont Peterson, Jermell Charlo, Gary Russell Sr., and Bruno Escalante
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents Kronk Gym trainer Javan “Sugar“ Hill, Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz, IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, Junior Welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo, expert trainer and boxing mentor Gary Russell Sr., and Super Flyweight prospect Bruno “Aloha Kid” Escalante on tonight’s two hour episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.
It’s a privilege to welcome Kronk Gym trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill to the Pugilist KOrner. The hungry young boxing mentor will discuss Adonis Stevenson’s dominant performance over Tony “The Bomber” Bellew on November 30th, as well as the prospect of facing Sergey Kovalev in 2014. “Sugar” Hill will also talk about Anthony Dirrell’s opportunity to fight for the WBC Super Middleweight title, which will take place this Saturday night against incumbent champ Sakio Bika. Continue reading
The most difficult part for Brandon Rios in facing Manny Pacquiao, is not the physical or even psychological portion of it all, but the significant difference in Pacquiao versus any other opponent that Rios has ever faced. The unexpected surprise that Rios might encounter during the fight, the revelation that Pacquiao is significantly faster and stronger than team Rios had anticipated, may force Rios to abandon any fight plan, and try to swing hard in hopes of landing a “Marquez” punch.
Timothy Bradley, the first man in a long time to claim a victory over Pacquiao, suggests that Pacquiao is very hard to land on, and that Rios needs to be ready to deal with frustration: Continue reading
Timothy Bradley was not the only fighter to receive a boost from his victory of the great Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night. In an indirect, but very real way, Manny Pacquiao also benefited from the outcome of the fight.
Marquez is Pacquiao’s biggest rival, and the man against whom he shall be most often judged. Fighters are measured against their greatest opponents. But the analysis does not end with a simple stat listing what the two men have done against each other. Evander Holyfield lost his trilogy to Riddick Bowe. When their careers are seen in the bigger picture, however, Holyfield is a clear Hall-of-Famer, while Bowe is thought of as a very good fighter who had held the title. Continue reading
The second episode of a 5-part series examining welterweight champion TIMOTHY BRADLEY versus Mexican legend JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ.
The fight airs on HBO Pay-Per-View broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/6p.m. PT from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Continue reading
Starting Monday, Oct. 7, ESPN will present multi-platform pre- and post-fight coverage of the Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Márquez WBO Welterweight title fight Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. SportsCenter and ESPN Deportes will provide daily news and information throughout the week. The fight will air on HBO-Pay-Per-View.
As part of ESPN and HBO Sports’ boxing programming and marketing agreement, ESPN news and information platforms will have access to key content, including post-fight, in-ring interviews, press conference and weigh-in coverage, HBO’s behind-the-scenes reality series 24/7 Bradley / Márquez, and classic Bradley and Márquez fights.
Bradley vs. Márquez Coverage across ESPN Platforms Continue reading
Episode #2 (series finale)
Debut: SATURDAY, OCT. 5 (12:30-1:00 a.m. ET/PT immediately following World Championship Boxing)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 5 (4:10 a.m.), 6 (10:45 a.m.) 7 (12:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) 8 (7:00 p.m., 2:10 a.m.), 9 (9:30 p.m.), 10 (midnight), 11 (7:30 p.m.) and 12 (9:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 6 (12:10 a.m.), 10 (10:00 p.m.), 11 (11:45 p.m.) and 12 (4:15 p.m.) Continue reading
NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2013 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 17 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns for its 17th boxing installment with 24/7 BRADLEY/MARQUEZ, an all-new series debuting SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 (1:00-1:30 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO, immediately following the “World Championship Boxing” presentation beginning at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT). The all-access series follows two world-class fighters as they prepare for their compelling pay-per-view welterweight title fight.
Episode # 1
Debut: SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 (1:00-1:30 a.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 29 (11:15 a.m.) and 30 (11:30 a.m., 2:30 a.m.), and Oct. 1 (6:30 p.m., 2:35 a.m.), 2 (9:30 p.m.), 3 (midnight), 4 (6:30 p.m.), 5 (10:00 a.m.), 11 (7:00 p.m.) and 12 (9:00 a.m.) Continue reading