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Ring Life: Manny Pacquiao & Juan Manuel Marquez Premiering Saturday, Oct. 8 on HBO

New York, NY – Two of boxing’s elite prizefighters – who are set to square off on Nov. 12 in an electric pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas – will be featured on the next installment of the Emmy-nominated HBO series Ring Life, which will be available on the network as well as all the digital media platforms that distribute the series.

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will be meeting in the ring for the third time in their brilliant careers, but their respective path to boxing greatness is a world apart. Born amid poverty in the Philippines, 32-year-old Pacquiao has overcome every barrier in front of him to become a worldwide figure. He is also the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province of his homeland.

Juan Manuel Marquez, 38, is the pride and joy of Mexico City, Distrito Federal, a place where the prizefighter was born, raised and still calls home. He began his boxing career at the age of eight while sharing a spartan two-bedroom house with his parents, two brothers and five sisters.

Ring Life chronicles the lives of fighters as they define the spirit of boxing; balancing work, family life, training, expectations and the pursuit of their dreams. Front and center in these fighters’ lives, Ring Life presents a chapter on each fighter that delves inside their hearts and minds to discover what drives them in the ring and beyond, in the ultra competitive sport of professional boxing.

The Pacquiao and Marquez Ring Life profiles will air back-to-back on HBO beginning Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Each profile is approximately six minutes.

HBO playdates: Oct. 8 (10:30 p.m.), 11 (5:45 p.m.), 14 (12:30 a.m.), 19 (10:45 a.m.), 23 (10:45 a.m.) and 26 (1:30 a.m.), and Nov. 1 (12:30 a.m.), 4 (2:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m.), 5 (10:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m.), 7 (10:45 a.m.), 9 (8:15 p.m.) and 11 (12:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m.).

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 10 (7:15 a.m.), 13 (6:15 p.m.), 17 (7:45 a.m.), 21 (1:30 p.m.), 24 (9:45 p.m.), and Nov. 10 (9:45 p.m.).

New installments of Ring Life will also be available across HBO Digital Media platforms including HBO.com/boxing, HBO’s YouTube Channel, iPad and iPhone applications, and as free podcasts via Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Additionally it can been seen at www.dailymotion.com/hbo. Ring Life is also offered on HBO GO® and HBO On Demand® to subscribers 24 hours a day as well as on affiliate Free on Demand services and affiliate online platforms.

The series received a 2010 Sports Emmy® nomination for Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming – Short Format, and was also nominated for a Sports Emmy® in 2009 for Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III takes place Saturday, Nov. 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.

Team USA’s Rau’shee Warren Prepares for a Run at a Second World Title at the 2011 World Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) is in a familiar position at the 2011 World Championships. The 24-year-old history maker is preparing to compete in his third straight World Championships semifinal contest, just days after he clinched a berth in his third straight Olympic Games. He has enjoyed success in past pre-Olympic World Championships, winning gold at the 2007 World Championships, the 2008 Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Chicago.

Prior to winning the flyweight crown in 2007, Warren won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships in Mianyang City, China. With the first task of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games taken care of; Warren is fully focused on gold in both Baku and London. “I’ve been down this road before,” Warren said. “I’m excited to make history, but there’s still a lot to do here at the Worlds and down the line in London.”

Warren will face 2009 World Championships bronze medalist Misha Aloyan of Russia in Friday’s semifinal bout. Friday’s match-up will be the first bout between the two as Warren did not compete in the 2009 World Championships in Milan, Italy.

The 24-year-old father of two officially punched his ticket for London with a third round victory over Rey Saludar of the Philippines on Tuesday, making him the first U.S. boxer ever to qualify for three Olympic Games. Warren couldn’t help but feel the momentous accomplishment as he rolled through his bout with Saludar. “At the moment, when I was fighting the boxer from the Philippines and landing blows, I was thinking history, history,” Warren said. “After the referee raised my hand. I put the number three real high in the air and I realized that I really made history.”

Warren has been boxing since early childhood, following his older brother to lifelong coach Mike Stafford’s gym as a youngster. He was a natural from the start, calling out the older and more experienced boxers out during his first visit to the gym. He has been a dominant force since that time, winning Silver Gloves and Junior Olympic championships before entering the open division in 2004. Warren shocked his older opponents, winning the 2004 Olympic Trials at only 16 and was the youngest U.S. male athlete in any sport at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Due to his young age, Warren made the rare decision to return to amateur boxing following his first Olympic Games. He was only the second U.S. boxer to compete in two Olympic Games, joining Davey Lee Armstrong in the accomplishment.

He entered the 2008 Olympic Games as the favorite in the flyweight division following his world title in 2007, but suffered a heartbreaking first round defeat. After taking time to consider his options, he shocked the boxing world and decided to remain amateur and continue to chase his dream of placing an Olympic gold medal around his mother, Paulette’s neck. “People give up on their dreams too easily,” Warren said. “Just because things don’t go the way you hoped doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dreams.”

With his successful performance in Baku, Warren’s dreams of winning Olympic gold are still within his reach. Yet before he gets there, he will vie for a different gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Baku. His next step will take place at 7 p.m. (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT) at the Sport & Exhibition Centre in Baku as he battles Aloyan for a berth in the flyweight final. Warren’s bout and all the 2011 World Championships semifinal bouts can be view online at www.aibaboxingtv.com.

Warren advanced to the semifinals with wins over Ukraine’s Georgy Chygayev, Saludar and England’s Khalid Safai. He is the sole remaining U.S. boxer in contention but bantamweight Joseph Diaz, Jr. (S. El Monte, Calif.) and welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) both clinched berths in London with quarterfinal finishes.

Friday’s U.S. Schedule

114 lbs: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA vs. Misha Aloyan, RUS (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT)

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

JOHN LENNOX TO RETURN ON OCTOBER 28TH AS PART OF SHO BOX UNDERCARD

CARTERET, NJ (October 6, 2011)—Despite suffering his first professional setback in controversial fashion, Heavyweight prospect John Lennox will get right back on the horse when he returns to the ring on Friday night, October 28th at Ballys in Atlantic City when he takes on Donnie Crawford in a four round bout as part of the SHO BOX undercard that will be headlined by the IBF Heavyweight elimination bout featuring “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Tony Thompson.

Lennox is coming off his first professional setback which was a controversial first round stoppage over former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko on September 14th in Newark, New Jersey.

The bout was stopped prematurely after Lennox took a couple of hard shots from Dawejko and despite Lennox not being hurt, referee Lindsay Page stopped the bout much to the chagrin of Lennox and his team.

Lennox manager Rich Masini filed an appeal with the New Jersey Athletic Commission to get the bout ruled a “No Contest”

“John is training harder and we are looking to get right back on the track on October 28th”, said Masini.

“John, who started his career at Cruiserweight and has never weighed more than 219 lbs, is doing a lot of work with free weights and we want to come in heavier”

Lennox has added the services of Ray McCline to his team which headed by lead trainer Charles Thomas.

McCline is based near Atlantic City and Lennox will spend 2 ½ weeks before the fight with the focal point being for Lennox to get off to quick starts.

“We would not be supporting John in the matter that we have if we didn’t believe that he could make an impact in the Heavyweight division”, continued Masini

“At some point we will rematch Dawejko as that fight is defiantly unfinished business for us. We have the October 28 fight then we would like to fight in November and December and be in good position to make that next move”

Article posted on 07.10.2011



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