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DECEMBER 8, 2012. MGM GRAND. After three months from being robbed of his titles against Timothy Bradley, Eight division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-4, 38KO’s) has finally chosen his opponent, and that is his nemesis, Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6,39KO’s). This will be their fourth meeting, Pacquiao winning two of those fights and a draw in the third battle. All of the fights have been controversial and Marquez is getting his final chance to try to redeem himself of the close losses. At the beginning of the potential opponent process, I was not sure if a Marquez fight was worth seeing. But even worse than that was the idea of Pacquiao fighting Bradley, a fighter who hit the lotto and still doesn’t appreciate what he has. There is no need for a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley, because Pacquiao already won the first fight. If it wasn’t for money, the fourth fight between Marquez and Pacquiao wouldn’t even have been discussed. As to the ducking Mayweather, he continues to run from the Pacman. The only satisfaction to the fans in this fight is to see Pacquiao finally knock out Marquez, and settle all the questions of who is the better fighter. Clearly Marquez has Pacquiao’s number, but the question is, can he knock him out. The answer to that is unclear, but what is clear, is that Marquez cannot win without a knockout. Thank God Pacquiao did not give Bradley another fight, because he never really deserved the first one.

ROBERTO MARROQUIN – After a scheduled world title fight was set for Roberto Marroquin (22-1, 15KO’s) against Guillermo “El Chacal/The Jackal” Rigondeaux (10-0,8KO’s) and then cancelled because of legal complications, it is now back on. It is now scheduled to be on the undercard of the mega fight between Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. v. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on September 15, 2012. After the cancellation of the Rigondeaux fight, Marroquin was rescheduled to fight another opponent, who then had visa problems and that fight was cancelled. To take his place, another fighter was put in as his next opponent. Yesterday, the contract dispute between Rigondeaux was patched up and Marroquin is now set to fight against the two-time gold medalist from Cuba. Rigondeaux will be making his third defense of his WBA super bantamweight title and all of them have been by knockout. Throughout the contract dispute, Rigondeaux the southpaw was still training at the request of Bob Arum and he is said to be in fighting shape. Nevertheless, he too is in fighting shape, under the tutelage of Paul Reyes, best known for his former training of world champions, Paulie Ayala and Donald Curry. For this fight, Dallas’ son, Roberto Marroquin must bring the best fight of his young career into the ring to capture the title. It will be a hard road, but anything can happen between the ropes. All it takes is one punch.

AMIR KHAN tells Freddie Roach to dump Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., and Roach say’s, “I wish you the best.” After his loss to Danny Garcia, Khan has the gaul to give Roach an ultimatum on making him the number one boxer to be trained by the hall of fame trainer. To suggest such a thing, Khan must still be recovering from the lucky punch that he caught in his last fight.

RICKY HATTON – Rumors abound as to the return of former welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32KO‘s) to the ring. After his devastating knockout by Manny Pacquiao in May of 2009, Hatton is on the verge of making a comeback. The British welterweight is scheduled to make an announcement on Friday. Stay tuned.


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Juan Manuel Marquez wins in Mexico – Scheduled to fight at Cowboys Stadium in June of 2012

In what was believed to be a short night for Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6, 39KO’s), current WBO light Welterweight champion, it turned out to be a full night’s work. Marquez took the fight to Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, ), but the lanky and taller Ukranian held his own. In the early rounds, the bulked up Marquez was able to connect with his punches, but Fedchenko stood his ground and fired right back. To the amusement to the Mexican crowd, Fedchenko had the audacity to showboat in the third round, but after a few hard body punches and rights to the face, he changed his attitude. Throughout the fight, Marquez connected with both hands and started landing crisp uppercuts. In the end, Marquez’ crisp punches that were landing on Fedchenko’s face were evident at the end as Fedchenko was bleeding from his nose and looking the worst for the wear. Marquez went on to win by unanimous decision and the scorecards read 119-109, 118-110 (twice). This title makes Marquez a world champion in four different weight classes, putting him in the category of other world class Mexican champions, such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera, to name a few. Marquez was scheduled to have a possible fight with Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, this coming June, but that is up in the air, because of the poor performance Rios had with his controversial win over Richard Abril (17-3-1).

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios gets split decision against Abril in Vegas

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1) failed to make weight for the second time in a row, and he fought the way he looked at the weigh-in, exhausted. In rounds one through three he started off good, as he forced the action as Abril (17-3-1) moved backward and held on to Rios when the action was in close. Throughout the fight, Abril used his reach to land quick combinations and occasionally he threw flurries of quick punches. His punches had no effect on Rios, and every time Rios did get in close, Abril tied him up. Toward the end of the fight, Rios’ corner pleaded with him to turn it up, but Rios never could land any hard punches on Abril. The entire fight was a clinch and hold match, and even as exhausted as Rios was, the light punching Abril could still not hurt Rios. Rios will most likely move up to 140 pounds and he might get a chance against Juan Manuel Marquez at the Texas Stadium in June of this year. The scorecards read 116-112, 115-113, 117-111, although the actual fight looked in favor of Abril.


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Pacquiao offers a 70/30 split to the winner against Mayweather.

No more ducking and excuses for Mayweather not to fight Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao now. First, Mayweather used the excuse of blood tests to not fight the pound for pound best fighter in the world. Not only was that ridiculous, but an insult to the 8 division world champion. This is professional boxing, not the Olympics. Nevertheless, the ridiculous blood test excuse was agreed to, and then another excuse evolved.

Then Mayweather made another ridiculous offer to Pacquiao to take $40 million and no Pay Per View money. This was done after Mayweather rejected a 55-45 split, wherein the winner would get the majority portion. So to prove how stupid a $40 million offer and no PPV money was, Bob Arum made Mayweather a $50 million offer and no PPV money, just to show him how ridiculous his previous offer was.  In reality, things are backwards here. Pacquiao is the one who should be making the demands. He is not only the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, but his last several PPV fights have made more money then all of Mayweather’ fights.

Now, according to sources, Rex Salud, business advisor of Pacquiao, confirmed to GMA News Online that the Pacquiao camp has offered Mayweather to get a 70/30 split to the winner for the PPV money. This is an offer he can’t refuse. But it won’t surprise me that he will, with another excuse. But wait, could the Mayweather camp have been ducking all along to frustrate the Pacquiao camp to make the 70/30 deal….with the ridiculous idea that their fighter was better…..and then take all the money? No, they are not that smart, and even if that was the plan, Mayweather is not the better fighter, Manny Pacquiao is. Manny IS the Money, not Mayweather.



Larry “Slomoshun” Smith (10-8, 7KO’s) from Dallas, Texas is taking on James “Boogie” Freeman (9-4, 7KO’s) in the rubber match to be held in Waxahachie, Texas. The fight is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2012. Title belts will be on the line.

Luis Yanez (5-0-1) from Dallas, Texas is scheduled to fight Joseph Rios (10-6-2, 4KO’s) in El Paso, Texas on March 24, 2012. His last fight with Rios was in February of 2011, which was a draw. and this will be their third fight.


Andy “the Destroyer” Ruiz, Jr. (13-0, 8KO’s), an up and coming Mexican heavyweight who hails from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico will be fighting on the undercard of the March 23, 2012 fight between Diego Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KO’s) and Miguel Beltran (26-1, 17 KO’s) at the Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona. He will be fighting Homero Fonseca (9-4-3, 2KO‘s) from Kingsville, Texas. Keep an eye on this young heavyweight because he will soon be in the headlines as a heavyweight


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Sad news in the boxing world today was announced. Angelo Dundee (born Angelo Mirena; August 30, 1921 – February 1, 2012) passed away today at the age of 90. He trained many great champions such as Carmen Basilio, Jimmy Ellis, Jose Napoles, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, and the “Greatest,” Muhammad Ali. I remember him the most from his corner work for all the Ali fights, most notably when Ali fought Ken Norton, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Leon Spinks. In addition to these heavyweights, Dundee also trained Sugar Ray Leonard. Dundee was in his corner for the great fights Leonard had against Wilfred Benítez, Roberto Durán, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler. He will be remembered most for his training of Muhammad Ali and for his love of the sport of boxing.

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (44-0, 33KO‘s), the reigning WBC middleweight champion puts his undefeated record on the line in San Antonio this weekend against Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46KO‘s). He will be taking on a dangerous knockout puncher in Rubio and an experienced fighter in the ring. Chavez, the son of the great Mexican champion, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. has a lot on the line and is coming off his first defense of his belt, which was against Peter Manfredo, Jr. (37-7, 20KO’s). A win for Chavez could set up a possible fight for him against Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2, 27KO’s), who is considered by many to be the real middleweight champion. The event is promoted by Top Rank and will be televised on HBO World Championship boxing.

On the undercard of this fight will be the exciting Nonito Donaire, the “Filipino Flash” (27-1-0, 18 KO’s) against Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. (21-1-1, 18 Kos) for the WBO super bantamweight title. Donaire is coming off recent wins against Fernando Montiel (44-2-2) by a TKO in the 2d round and Omar Narvaez (35-1, 19KO’s) by decision, in defense of his WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. He is now stepping up to the super bantamweight division and it will be his first test at this weight. He will be tested against the tough Vasquez who has the same amount of knockouts as he does. So look for an all out war against Vasquez and the “Filipino Flash“!

Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30KO’s) will be taking on Floyd Mayweather Mayweather (42-0, 26KO‘s) for Cotto’s WBA title at 154 lbs. on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto is coming into this fight after three successful wins against Yuri Foreman (28-0) [ for the WBA light middleweight title], Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1) [for the WBA Super middleweight title], and his rematch win against Antonio Margarito (38-8,27KO’s). Mayweather will be moving up to the 154 lb. division, since his unconvincing win over Oscar DelaHoya in 2007. Golden Boy Promotions will help stage the event, which will be made available on pay-per-view.

Sources have said Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO) has been offered a fight against Lamont Peterson (30-1, 15KO’s), the current WBA and IBF light welterweight champion. Peterson recently won a controversial decision over Amir Khan (26-1,18KO’s) back in December and a rematch of that fight is a possibility as well. Nevertheless, Bob Arum has been quoted as saying if this fight happens, it will be at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium somewhere in July of this year. If so, this will be a great boxing event for all the Texas boxing fans.

The word is Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-3, 38KO’s), the reigning pound for pound king of the ring may be having an upcoming fight against current WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. (28-0, 12KO’s). According to Top Rank, the fight could be held at the MGM Grand on June 9, 2012. Negotiations are being discussed for the possibility of this fight. Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, has told sources that he was not happy that a Pacquiao fight against Mayweather has not been made. It was also said that the ducking Mayweather was offered $50 million to fight the Pacman back in May and that part of the deal was for the purse to be divided 55-45 with the majority share to the winner of the fight. It was also said that Mayweather declined the offer. Nevertheless, the Pacman will continue to take on any and all fighters that Bob Arum puts before him.