News: Pacquiao & Roach; Alex Perez; Fight 2 The Finish


LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 31, 2008) – In a battle between Oscar De La Hoya, boxing’s top attraction, and MANNY PACQUIAO, the sport’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, Pacquiao, a 2 -1 underdog, emerged victorious on December 6, stopping De La Hoya at the end of round eight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on a pay-per-view broadcast seen by over 1.25 million viewers. Since that triumphant year-end finale, accolades from media around the world have been heaping praise on both Pacquiao and his trainer, WORLD-FAMOUS FREDDIE ROACH

While securing his claim as 2008’s Fighter of the Year, Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs), also capped off a Henry Armstongesque year, winning three fights in three different weight divisions – two of them for world titles. Armstrong, the Hall of Fame fighter, is the only man to hold three world championships simultaneously, a feat he accomplished 70 years ago, capturing world titles at featherweight, welterweight and lightweight (in that order) during a nine-month span between November 1937 and August 1938. Pacquiao, officially proclaimed a National Treasure by the Philippines, captured the WBC super featherweight title in February by defeating Juan Manuel Marquez and the WBC lightweight title in June by knocking out defending champion David Diaz. He completed his personal trifecta by stopping De La Hoya in a welterweight battle. It should be noted that Pacquiao’s last two victories were his debut in each weight division with the latter two full divisions above his previous fight.

And let’s not forget Roach, a shoo-in for Trainer of the Year, and the architect of Pacquiao’s victories, who confidently predicted that Pacquiao would knock out De La Hoya in the ninth round. Roach was the man who not only convinced Pacquiao to take the fight, but that he would win the fight. Roach virtually guaranteed a Pacquiao victory with the boldest prediction this side of Joe Namath on the even of Super Bowl III.

Alex Perez Named Main Event of 1/22 Darwish Brothers Show

East Rutherford, NJ- Undefeated prospect Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez will make his first ring appearance in over a year as the main event of the Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions show at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. Perez, 9-0 with 6 knockouts, is a southpaw power puncher from Newark, NJ. Standing 6’1, this welterweight cuts an imposing figure over all of his opposition. His opponent will be named shortly.

“It is an honor to be a part of this show,” says Perez, 26. “I actually made my pro debut on one of their cards. I have a lot of respect for the Darwish Brothers, they take good care of their fighters.”

Perez, a graduate of Newark’s Central High School, amassed an amateur record of 46-3, racking up two NJ Golden Gloves titles, three Diamond Gloves titles and a New Jersey Amateur State championship.

In the gym, Alex Perez has worked with many top fighters, including former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Joel Julio and two-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm. That experience has helped shape him into a world caliber fighter.

“Being in there with those quality fighters has given me a lot of confidence. When I get in the ring, I feel if I can beat whoever is in front of me.”

“We’ve liked what we’ve seen from Alex since the first time we saw him fight,” said the Darwish Brothers, Wally and Hani. “Watching his maturation as both a man and a fighter, we’ve grown to care about him. He has a great future in the sport and will one day become a world champion. We just want to be there when he does.”

Also featured on the card will be fan favorites Archak Ter-Meliksetian, Noriko Kariya, Carlos Zambrano, Victor Valenzuela, Elvin Sanchez, Victor Valenzuela, Tyyab Beale and Rashad Bogar in separate bouts.

Tickets, priced $100 for Ringside and $50 for Reserved, are on sale now and moving fast. For more information on Knockout Promotions, visit . For ticket purchase information and other inquiries, call (973) 339-9611. The Sheraton Hotel is located at 2 Meadowlands Plaza in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


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