Piers Morgan meets with Manny Pacquiao

New York (November 7, 2011) - CNN prime time talk show host Piers Morgan will step into the ring with worldwide boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao when the Friday, November 11 edition of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' features a visit with the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion. In addition to an instructive sparring session with the knockout king, Morgan conducts interviews with Pacquiao, who is a Congressman in his native Philippines; Top Rank chairman Bob Arum; and Pacquiao's longtime trainer, the accomplished Freddie Roach. The interviews take place at Roach's legendary Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA.

The program airs exclusively on CNN, Friday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Pacquiao is preparing to defend his title on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas when he meets challenger Juan Manuel Marquez in the third meeting of their stirring rivalry.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, The Pacquiao-Marquez III world championship telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View' and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.

Pacquiao turning scents into dollars for charity



One-Day Sale of Pacman's Cologne Offers an

Opportunity to Win Tickets to Pacquiao-Marquez III

This Friday! November 11 at the MGM Grand

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 7, 2011) "Scent of a Champion, the exclusively-endorsed cologne of eight-division world champion and Fighter of the Decade MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO, is having a special one-day sale This Friday! November 11 at the MGM Grand.

Only 800 bottles, priced at $50 each, will be available for sale, 50 of them will contain a pair of tickets to the local closed circuit viewing of the Pacquiao-Marquez III World Welterweight Championship and two will have a pair to the actual fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Sales will open in the MGM Grand lobby at 9:00 a.m. with a second outlet opening on Studio Walk at 10:00 a.m. A third location will be available inside the Grand Garden Arena when doors open at 1:00 p.m. for the Official Weigh-in.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

"Manny thought this would be a great way to turn scents into dollars for a worthy charity," said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's advisor.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is currently engaged in the most comprehensive brain imaging study of Professional Boxers to date. It has imaged the brains of over 100 Professional Boxers and Mixed Martial Artists over the past few months and the study will enroll 600 over the next four years.

Meet Undefeated Light Heavyweight Prospect Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson

“Lonnie B” to make UK debut at EventCity Nov 12,

on undercard of Fury vs. Pajkic.

London (7, Nov, 2011) Undefeated American light heavyweight prospect Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson will make his United Kingdom debut November 12, on the Tyson Fury-Neven Pajkic undercard at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England.

The 26-year-old Thompson (10-0, 6 KOs), who lives and fights out of Buffalo, New York, will be fighting outside of North America for the first time as a professional.

Rated as high as No. 2 in his division as a U.S. amateur boxer, Thompson was a five-time New York Golden Glove and three-time Empire State champion. Lionell also qualified and competed in the prestigious U.S. National Golden Gloves Tournament. As a member of Team USA, he boxed in Connecticut on ABC Sports, and in Romania in the Holden Belt Tournament. Lionell also capture gold medals at the Western Olympic Trials and East Olympic Trials.

Thompson, who is trained by pro boxer Ross Thompson (no relations) in Buffalo, is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a degree in Health and Wellness.

"Lonnie B" made his pro debut in 2009, stopping Zaid Malik in the opening round. Thompson has fought all over New York State, in addition to North Carolina, Delaware, Indiana and Montreal.

Hennessy Sports caught up with Lionell before he heads to the UK.

HS: Lionell how do you feel about fighting in the United Kingdom for the first time?

Thompson: "I feel good about fighting for the first time in the United Kingdom. The closest to England I've ever fought was in Romania when I was an amateur. Boxing fans over there are going to love me. I train hard and I'm always in top shape. I’m going to give British fans a brilliant night of boxing."

HS: Are you excited to be fighting on a card headlined by Tyson Fury?

Thompson: “Yes, excited but not nervous. It’s a big show and great opportunity for me to be fighting on a show headlined by a great fighter like Tyson Fury. I was born to be a superstar. TV and big crowds excite me. I'm at my best when the bright lights come on. Fans there will get a chance to see an up-and-coming star, live and in the flesh, before I become a star.”

HS: What kind of style do you bring into the ring?

Thompson: "Fans can expect to see quick hands and quick reflexes. It's going to be a one-sided fight, no matter who I'm in the ring with. I have excellent boxing skills and will execute our game plan to a tee. I guess, you can say, my style is a mix of Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Roy Jones Jr. and Terry Norris. I hit and don't get hit. I come forward, can fight in the pocket, and do what I want to do in the ring. I have a hard jab, go to the body, good ring generalship and head movement, and can fight on the inside, too. I'm not cocky, just confident. I never worry about losing. The hard work is done in the gym and the easiest part is the fight."

HS: Are you concerned about going overseas and fighting in a foreign country?

Thompson: “No. I train hard and I’ll be in great shape. I adapt well to anything, so I’m not concerned with the weather, air or anything over there. I’m ready to go.”

HS: Do you have a statement for British fans?

Thompson: "I want to tell them to get ready to see the next superstar. I'm coming to take over. Tyson Fury is a great fighter. I'm the next big thing in boxing. Get ready for me!"

Fury vs. Pajkic, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports, will be broadcast live on Channel 5.

Tickets for Fury vs. Pajkic, starting at 30, are on sale from and may be purchased via Hennessy Sports Box Office 01925 755 222, 0844 888 4402, 0844 847 2500 and online at

Doors open at 5 PM with the first bout scheduled to start at 5.30 PM.

The Nov. 12 telecast will also be available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.

Go on line at for more information about Fury, his fight vs. Pajkic, or any Hennessy Sports boxers and events.

Article posted on 07.11.2011

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