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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Raising thoughts: Four-M's unmade by intimations, plus wishful thinking versus predictions over the hills of Las Pulgas

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Hollywood, California - Boxing predictions are often said in hypocrisy, as powerful honorary prophets preach to aficionados and fans about the virtue of honesty, hard work, and other qualities that they themselves generally lack. Several predictions are cases in point. In the unwarranted malignity of internet and newsprint writers, wishful thinkers cross the path of these prophets who would rather enforce "condemnation" than "correctness" upon a fighter, this for Pacquiao vs. Cotto, dubbed "Fire Power", on November 14, 2009 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is what one said: "Cotto will knock out Pacquiao in seven rounds." And this would surely ignite debates across the land of Pacmania, most especially in the forums where madness hits the core.

But, how about Pacquiao winning by knockout within five rounds?

Although I am not swayed nor dumbfounded by the HBO's 24/7 for Pacquiao vs. Cotto hypes showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of both camps, I still think both episodes become less dramatic than otherwise electric.

But, of course, I have my own version.

I just had a short vacation recently in San Diego, California. And on my way from Los Angeles through freeway 5 south bound just before Oceanside, I passed over the hills of Las Pulgas, of which inspirations of thoughts made my day.

While it is true that "pulga" means "koto" in Cebuano dialect. I never intend to inspire an anecdote of Cotto in this context. And it does not make sense at all. Even then, it does not qualify as a pre-text. But, I expect an upbeat Cotto trying to impose ring generalship in the first two rounds, seeking his finest angles, firing body shots and trying to flex lots of jabs again and again, acting like a horse as if he just has been short-tamed or has just escaped from harm's way and has just found a new ring to explore.

True, just the mere fact that he gets the crack at fighting the pound-for-pound king brings a lot excitements on his part. The challenge he unleashed against Pacquiao just before he lost his bid to Margarito in July of 2008 unexpectedly has met its end with an answer of a fight this Novermber 14. And forget about the exhibitions HBO 24/7 has downplayed of Cotto's speed and power in the series of episodes we view. It's less impressive and less substantive. Cotto is better that those scripted scenes. And take this: I vouch his jabs may throw off Pacquiao's timing especially in the first two rounds. And with Pacquiao's attempts to inflict four to five combos, Cotto is likely to mix up his uppercuts and may try to dig inside, which would somehow give Pacquiao a bit of a problem.

But, Pacquiao's straight left may send Cotto fewer nerve signals in a way that he would feel it as more fatal than Margarito's illegal wraps, even in the second or third round if there's more time left. I see what I saw in Cotto versus Judah wherein Cotto had problems with Judah's straight left. But, most of all, one thing is clear here: Pacquiao has better stamina than Judah. And Cotto would find this insurmountable because of Pacquiao's inherent hand speed and unpredictable footwork. But, Cotto would do anything he can to survive round 4.

If one were to see the true Cotto, then it is his fight against Ricardo Torres in 2005 that must be worth-focusing. Torres got his worth in the arms of Cotto in the first round with an initial knockdown and then Cotto got his in the mind of Torres who kept coming forward with bombs after bombs and dropped him in round 2 after taking voluminous shots to the body and upstairs. And watch Cotto's deliberate quick shot to the left thigh of Torres as he delivered a series of combos and sucked up Torres' unrelenting advances in the same round. (Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_S12SxP7KU).

Then, with the intention of favorably affecting deeper inflammatory processes to Torres's right thigh and lower abdominal quadrant, Cotto successfully fired five to six low-blows in the 3rd round, right before the eyes of referee Dave Fields. Yes, Fields must have lost his mind, as if he's watching a sexual act...just having his eyes fixed, if not suspended at the ill-doings of Cotto in many instances. Or, he just lacked sleep from his previous night outings. In fact, Cotto held his composure and still deliberately dig another low blow, causing a knockdown in the 4th. (Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyZQEl21Yk0&NR=1)

Torres was clearly the better fighter on that night, if not the spoiling, fatigue-inducing low blows of Cotto.

Yes, it was a night adulterated by the worst referee and the dirtiest fighter ever.

But, as for Pacquiao versus Cotto, Pacquiao's style of a fighting cock Kelso would make Pacquiao appear illusive, yes...elusive as well.

Meanwhile, what took place in Cotto versus Torres should not have a repeat on fight night of November 14, 2009.

Referee Kenny Bayless should render a drastic measure, if the same incidents happen.

Pacquiao must press on for a knockout within five rounds.

Another look of Cotto in his fight against Mosley. Mosley overestimated Cotto by being too cautious and waited only in late rounds. He could have knocked him out even in one of the early rounds had he started early - quick and fast - and kept throwing lefts to the head. Cotto could have bleed into submission. But, instead, Mosley chose the "Old Fashion Quaker Oats Brand" style of cooking versus the "Quick Brand" than can be cooked in less than five minutes, as in the case of imposing his ring authority over his calculating foe in Cotto in the early rounds.

Rightly so as for the celebrated boxing guru's plan, as soon as the opening bell rings on fight night, "We will not give Cotto a single chance to think effectively," says Freddie Roach during an ambush interview by this writer at the Wild Card last Thursday. "We will distract his thinking process by way of Pacquiao's display of speed and ring intelligence."

At this stage, Cotto should be less concerned about countering Pacquiao's surgical attacks. That's given. Pacquiao will engage him at close range and then disappear.

But, Cotto's rising confidence may just drop once he starts to bleed. Pacquiao may give Cotto a deep, surgical cut in the left eyebrow from the former's hammering right, that if he won't try to run. That I think he won't. And it is likely to happen between third and fifth rounds, if a knock out does not steal the high intensity of the fight.

Cotto should be concerned about his bleeding tendencies. And what he needs on fight night is a fast coagulating agent.

And forget about Pacquiao's style because Cotto will surely face an illusive one, if not just an elusive bomber.

Intimations and Predictions from Pacquiao Circle

I get a chance to mingle with some of the mighty arms of Pacmania recently at a Thai Restaurant by the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, a place reminiscent of my memorable interviews last spring with Gareth Davies - the formidable English sportswriter from the Telegraph Media Group - and Robert Jorgensen - the publicist of Sky Sports, the Rupert Murdoch owned satellite TV broadcaster who covered the telecast of Hatton v Pacquiao on pay per view for the United Kingdom.

Well, Jaime Zuño, an enterprising boxing veteran both as a trainer and as a manager from Philippines, predicts Pacquiao to win by way of knockout either in the 4th or 5th round. A humble supporter of Pacquiao in his own right who traveled all the way from Florida and a former special agent in the Armed forces of the Philippines, Zuño keeps a low profile but does not hesitate to be bold enough of his assessment of Cotto vs. Pacquiao believing that his prediction will come to pass.

Another boxing veteran who takes pride about the nice ring on his left middle finger that bears the name of Manny Pacquiao on bluish crafted edges, Benedicto Delgado stands firm saying that Pacquiao will knock Cotto out in the 5th.

Fondly called "Manong Ben", Delgado says Pacquiao's punches are as pointed as the corner of a square. "Masiyado'ng kanto, eskuwalado," declares the former trainer of Pacquiao who made his mark when Pacquiao first fought in the U.S. against Ledwaba in 2001.

He believes that his protégé has more than what he needs to take down Cotto within fifteen minutes from the opening bell.

Manong Ben confesses his sense of fulfillment being Pacquiao's confidant as well for more than a decade. He discloses Pacquiao has a ritual to observe after each of his fight, win or loss. " Pacquiao gives three dozens of eggs to the Augustinian Monastery in Manila every after his fight for mysterious reason." He has started giving the same ever since when Sister Superior Marcos was still alive, according to Manong Ben whose knuckles and palms are still firm and thick even at his retiring age.

Tijuana Cheat, a feasible pick of the Four M's status post "Fire Power"

After his devastating defeat from the hands of Mosley and his one year suspension to legally fight in the U.S., Margarito is egging in the dusts of shame.

Contrary to popular opinion, he is now likely to shake off such dusts and to hatch out to emerge victorious over the other three M's: Marquez, Mosley and Mayweather.

Sure, Golden Boy and Freddie Roach would not like this idea. But as a matter of responding to the pulse of time, Margarito is the most viable, if not logical one, to consider after the climax of "Fire Power".

Bob Arum's belief in the theory of economic utility would dictate the choice for Pacquiao's next opponent. And forget about the malignity of the "Jetweight Theory of Conservation". Nothing is better than just having less resistance in the negotiations, as least in matters of petting another in-house fighter against the pound-for-pound king, only if a rematch of Pacquiao and Cotto becomes less foreseable.

For one thing, Margarito's brutal victory over Cotto, though the former is under suspicion of using illegal wraps, remains black and white. That gruesome incident is still alive in the memory of boxing fans. And Arum would rather stifle Golden Boy Promotion's power over its pursuit on Pacquiao for Mosley or Marquez and much more forestall a debacle on another possible match with Jet-weight King Fraud Mayweather, most especially at this point wherein Pacquiao seems to have reached the highest limit of his basal metabolic index that could keep him more effective at catch-weight in the welterweight division.

If Cotto fails to deliver a convincing performance for a rematch with Pacquiao, that if Pacquiao wins impressively, then Arum would surely seek his own measure in the media that pushes to drum up the name of Margarito in the ears of the boxing public. With this in mind, boxing fans should forget all about the hypes and underestimations, Top Rank Godfather must prevail. Oh, yes, Margarito is likely to be penciled for a March fight with Pacquiao. A fight between these two gladiators at 144 pounds catch-weight limit should be fair enough. Jet-weight bypasser should be onerously penalized, I suppose.

The other three-M's, Mayweather, Mosley and Marquez, should just spend their wishful moments for a much lesser retirement package.

And of these three, the probable next is Marquez. But, he must wait his turn until after the Tijuana Cheat retires once more.

Blame it on the heat. But, it's all about having less bumpy and a much easier critical pathway.

And when all else fails, all competing inroads' qualifiers would still depend on Arum's power of choice. After all, Pacquiao would just say: "I am a fighter and it's all up to my promoter."

Being the Top Rank Godfather of power, intelligence, love and the lord of his own thoughts, Arum holds the key to Pacquiao's choosing.

But, wait a minute..., my friend!

Yes, these are just all about my intimations, plus wishful thinking versus predictions over the hills of Las Pulgas.

Source: http://philboxing.com/news/story-28826.html

Cotto can handle the speed of Pacquiao or could he?

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Majority of the boxing analysts and historians would agree that speed is everything. A faster fighter would have the ultimate advantage, being able to land those hard to see shots and avoid their opponent’s offensive attempts. Of course everything else plays a crucial role in a fight, and if a given fighter prevails in all the other attributes, speed might not be enough.

In just a couple of weeks Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto will step into the ring to challenge each other. Miguel will try to beat a potentially faster fighter, who is known as the top pound 4 pound king. Miguel knows that Pacquiao is lightning fast, accurate and firm. Pacquiao is also fighting a dangerous opponent, who is the first true welterweight that Pacquiao has ever faced. Cotto is a younger, supposedly stronger, and more determined than Manny. They will be fighting at catch weight of 145lbs, which is Cotto’s natural weight.

The question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is whether Cotto can deal with Manny’s speed. I would like to look at this question from a different angle, asking a differently directed question: Does Cotto have to deal with Pacquiao’s speed? Cotto dealt with all kinds of fighters before. He fought speed in Zab Judah, he fought ring smarts and accuracy in Shane Mosley, and he fought raw power in Antonio Margarito, losing to him for very sad and disappointing reasons. I think questioning Miguel’s resume for this fight is not necessary.

"We know he can and he knows he can but he will have to show everyone what he is capable of doing against this type of opponent. He will come out with a little more fire," said Santiago, Cotto’s trainer. Santiago said something else that I agree with, and something that will make a big difference in this fight: "I not only think he can stay with the rhythm but I think he will enjoy fighting that kind of fight. It will be an interesting fight and Miguel will come out victorious by just doing what he always does, coming forward, throwing punches and being strong." Cotto is a completely new and untested water for team Pacquaio, being naturally bigger, stronger, with a solid chin.

Playing catch the mouse is a game that Cotto (pictured above) will need to avoid. I think that he needs to focus on strategy and pacing himself during the fight. Pacquiao has never been beaten, because every fighter came with the same style and strategy. Only Manuel Marquez came in ready to trade and come forward, which landed Pacquiao in a very dangerous and uncomfortable spot, creating a possibility of an inevitable doom. Pacquaio was able to pull off a draw back in 2004, but many fans disagreed and booed the decision. Clearly, Marquez was the crowd’s winner.

Team Pacquiao is tremendous. They have a terrific fighter, and a superb trainer. But they seem to be very anxious for this fight. Freddie Roach started the interviewing process by complaining about Cotto’s dirty tactics when in trouble. Is this a preemptive strike, or is Freddie nervous and looking for an excuse? Cotto’s response seemed calm and direct, saying: Freddie Roach has to understand that he is only Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, that he can train him the best that he can, but nothing that he might do is going to change the result in the fight.

Cotto’s game plan should be an aggressive one. We all know, by way of the Margarito fight, that Cotto is capable of taking pretty destructive punches and walking right through them. Thanks to the Shane Mosley fight, Cotto had demonstrated that he is consistent, and can keep coming for the whole 12 rounds. This should be his ultimate plan against Pacquiao. I feel that there is no need to adapt to the speed, because it’s a waste of time. Pacquiao is faster, and will be faster no matter what measured camp Cotto takes. Miguel needs to counter punch, and keep pushing Pacquiao back, something he is not too used to. Once he can get Manny in his unnatural state, Cotto should be able to keep coming forward, preventing Manny from throw anything meaningful. Once Manny is catching his breath, he will start moving less and brawling more; also something we have seen him do in some of his fights. If such happens, Cotto’s power will take over, insuring a favorable result for Miguel.

Both fighters have youth, and all the elements needed to win. This should be a blockbuster fight, with moments to remember and future to expand. This is going to give us boxing fans action, excitement, and a winner who deserves a lot of praise and universal respect from the boxing community.

Source: http://www.diamondboxing.com/newsstory.php?list=10141

Pacquiao 100% focused on Cotto; dismisses Mayweather talks

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I guess the consensus belief among majority of casual boxing fans is that Manny Pacquiao will obliterate Miguel Cotto. Las Vegas betting odds seem to mirror that notion as well as Pacquiao enjoys almost a 3-1 line in some sports books. A friend of mine who recently came back from his trip to the Philippines further confirmed that the local faithful are pretty confident of another Pacquiao victory finding it almost senseless to even hint that Cotto was anything that resembled a challenge.

Personally, some of the comments I've heard were along the lines of,

"Who the heck is Cotto? Pacquiao has beaten Dela Hoya, Hatton and Marquez," and "panis yan si Cotto!" (translation: "Cotto ain't nothing!")

As much as I understand where the confidence is coming from, and Pacquiao has been nothing short of phenomenal in his last 3 fights where he came up in weight against bigger guys, conventional wisdom suggest that Cotto is actually something- kind of a big deal too as a matter of fact.

Pacquiao acknowledges that and is focused on overcoming what he considers as the biggest challenge of his career. When baited into talks about the fight boxing fans are fantasizing about between him and Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao simply shrugged at the notion and reiterated that his focus was on the task at hand and said in an article published recently by USA Today,

"I don't think it's going to happen," Pacquiao said. "I'm sure he doesn't want to fight," and further added, "Boxing for him is like a business. He doesn't care about the people around him watching. He doesn't care if the fight is boring, as long as the fight is finished and he gets (plenty of) money. ... I want people to be happy. You have a big responsibility as a boxer."

And if you haven't heard Mayweather's recent radio banter at Sirius Shade 45 with rapper and hardcore boxing fan RA The Rugged Man, allow me to testify and say that Manny hit "Money" right on the money as Mayweather himself proclaimed "legacy don't pay the bills" as his MO.

I'll tell you this much, as much as Pacquiao-Mayweather is what I call a "sexy fight" that will definitely break box office records, I can almost guarantee you that Miguel Cotto is a lot more dangerous than Mayweather. Yes I said it. Cotto comes packing, while Mayweather brings his dancing shoes to the ring. Cotto can hurt Pacquiao and poses a real knockout threat while Mayweather may win by decision if not knock Pacquiao out to sleep out of boredom inside the ring.

So despite reports of Pacquiao's many distractions, his trainer Freddie Roach himself reassures everybody that Pacquiao has his wides open and set on his Boricua target and said, "I'm not worried about it, because he's always known how to block everything out," Roach said. "If anybody can do it, he can." And with the way Pacquiao is looking in camp, how can anyone disagree?

Source: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-10947-Indianapolis-Fight-Sports-Examiner~y2009m10d31-Pacquiao-100-focused-on-Cotto-dismisses-Mayweather-talks

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pacquiao Getting Ready for Display of Superior Firepower

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After the much publicized workout at my gym, Manny flew to Los Angeles California to do the final leg of his intensive training with Freddie Roach, Alex Ariza, Buboy Gonzales, Nonoy Neri and the rest of the Team Pacquiao. He’s back spending much time on the mitts, on sparring sessions and on his runs at the hills of Griffith Park which he does three times a week. He never gets tired going up and down the peak of Los Angeles, California with the team. And it seems he’s asking for more workouts

Billy Keane, my LA-based manager, happened to have witnessed and commented that Manny is back in his fighting form and it seems he doesn’t mind the jet lags. He’s still alert, strong and always looking forward for the win. Furthermore, Billy Keane said that with the kind of firepower that Pacquiao unleashes during his training, Miguel Cotto will not last the distance.

During the media conference call given by Bob Arum, Pacman said that winning the fight against the Puerto Rican champion will be his 7th title and the win would be the first in history which will not only bring him honor and prestige but also for Philippines as well. Freddie Roach has predicted a first round knockout. I am very pleased with what the celebrated trainer has said because being Manny’s friend; I want to see him reap world boxing titles. The whole Philippines are confident that the training camp will prepare him well for the fight. Freddie Roach and his men should be commended for working so hard in order for Manny to reach his top form.

I am very happy with his achievements and his trait which made it all possible is that he is always willing to learn more. He is never afraid of bigger guys or to climb weight because he always looks forward to overcome the challenge. For what he lacks in height this he fills with his blinding speed. In more or less two weeks to go, another Filipino will make the Philippines proud.

Panahon na naman ng Undas o All Saints’ Day. Sa Pilipinas isang tradisyon ang pagdalaw sa mga kapamilyang namayapa na dala ang mga bulaklak at kaunting salusalo. Sa panahong ito, mas naaalala ko ang aking ama, si Carl Penalosa. Pitong taon na magmula ng siya ay namatay ngunit hanggang ngayon ako ay patuloy pa ring nagpapasalamat sa pagmamahal, pag aaruga at pagdidisiplina sa aming magkakapatid. Sila ng aking Ina ang siyang tanging dahilan kung bakit ako ay napasok at masaya sa pagiging boksingero. Maraming maraming salamat, Tatay.

Sa lahat ng Pilipino sa buong mundo, isang mapayapang paggunita sa Kapistahan ng mga Patay.

Ito po si Gerry Peñalosa para sa isa na namang balitaang boksing.. Maraming salamat sa inyong pagtangkilik.

Source: http://philboxing.com/news/columns.php?aid=1881&id=28792

Manny Pacquiao puts on a show

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Manny Pacquiao returned from a Wednesday-long nap Thursday and gave his trainer Freddie Roach a vigorous workout at Hollywood's Wild Card Gym.

Pacquiao spent 11 rounds sparring against two opponents, flashing his brilliant ability to charge an opening and deliver either a powerful left or right uppercut.

Roach was so giddy about the performance he dressed up two days before Halloween as Batman, complete with the rock-hard abs.

Not to be outdone, Pacquiao took off his shirt and showed his abs.

Two weeks and two days away from Pacquiao's welterweight title fight against champion Miguel Cotto, Roach announced, "Miguel, the superheroes are coming to get you!"

Pacquiao's intensity is picking up after Wednesday"s lengthy nap. The gym will be closed to any public and media access until media day, Wednesday.

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/10/manny-pacquiao-miguel-cotto.html

Is Manny Pacquiao bigger than Ali, Tyson, and Oscar?

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In a recent interview, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum - a source who would know - spoke on the fact that he finds Filipino Manny Pacquiao to be more adored and admired than the sports once lone icon, Muhammad Ali. In the same interview, trainer Freddie Roach also chimed in on his thoughts about Pacquiao, whom in his estimation has "more drawing power" than Mike Tyson.

For such a little warrior, one would think those shoes would be quite large to fill, but just as we've seen Pacquiao's weight increase in size, so has his name based on his latest heroics.

Despite the fact that there seems to be a few brewing within Team Pacquiao, no one can deny that the brave warrior has never failed to step up and seize the moment when opportunity comes knocking.

Regardless of what happens in the ring, Pacquiao's star continues to rise for various reasons, many which go well beyond the squared circle.

Muhammad Ali had core issues like politics and racism in his era to help propel him to an iconic status that remains larger than the sport. Mike Tyson had the ferocity and explosive mystique that only comes once in a lifetime, and Oscar was, and remains perhaps the biggest draw the sport has ever seen among women worldwide with those golden looks.

For Manny Pacquiao, there seems to be a union of all three elements, yet on a smaller scale.

His explosive nature in the ring (ala Mike Tyson) is surely a claim to fame, as evidenced every time he squares off. With regards to his political impression, many in his country are not truly sold on his aspirations, but in another sense, those same people support him, because he's in the fact an ambassador, and technically the face of his entire country.

That point alone sheds light on why he is who he is. Michael Jordan was a global icon and so is Tiger Woods, but neither man serve as the face of their country.

In the case of Manny Pacquiao, not only is he that global icon, but when you think Philippines, you think Manny Pacquiao, earning him a status that no other athlete on the planet today has.

So, in the end, we can question his worldwide status, but every time you see the Filipino flag wave, the fact that you think of him without his face being on it can only serve as perhaps the best and only answer.

My parting thoughts to both his critics and supporters.....Enjoy him while you can....This type of phenomenon only comes around once a generation, or perhaps even once in a lifetime.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-845-Boxing-Examiner~y2009m10d30-Is-Manny-Pacquiao-bigger-than-Ali-Tyson-and-Oscar

Pacquiao vs Cotto is talk of the town

I do quite a bit of traveling and get to hear a lot of different opinions on a lot of different fighters. In boxing gyms across the country, the topic of the town is without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto.

Currently, I am visiting Houston, TX. I had a chance to visit with good friend, and world renowned boxing trainer, Ronnie Shields. My stop at Savannah's gym in Houston, TX gave me the opportunity to watch up close and personal, former undisputed lightweight world champion Juan Diaz prepare for his rematch against Paulie Malignaggi.

I had a great opportunity to speak with many different people in the gym that day, including Diaz, and got their thoughts on the big fight between Pacquiao and Cotto. The general consensus was that the outcome of the fight would heavily depend on which fighter sticks to his game-plan.

Boxing legend and manager of Juan Diaz, Willie Savannah, said that, " It all depends on Cotto being able to effectively land those body shots on Pacquiao." Former champion Juan Diaz feels the same way, Diaz said, " Its a matter of styles, if Pacquiao chooses to slug it out with Cotto, and Cotto can land body shots it can be a victory for Cotto. If Pacquiao boxes and uses his speed and turns Cotto, and moves, he will win."

As I walked around the gym that day, the boxing talk of the day was either the Juan Diaz vs Malignaggi rematch or Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto. Considering I was in Juan Diaz' gym, it was not surprising to hear of the rematch talk. Every boxing event that this writer attends, the talk sooner or later is of Pacquiao vs Cotto.

There are some articles out there that claim that Manny is getting too popular. What does "too popular" mean? Pacquiao has earned his popularity, so what is the fuss about? If people are getting sick of reading and hearing about Manny Pacquiao they are just going to have to get used to it, because he isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Pacquiao like him or not, has earned his status in the boxing world through hard work, dedication, and brilliant fighting in the ring.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-23590-Mississippi-Fight-Sports-Examiner~y2009m10d30-Pacquiao-vs-Cotto-is-talk-of-the-town


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"Freddie Roach is going to eat his words," promised a confident Miguel Cotto as he took time out from his training camp in Tampa, Florida to address recent comments made by Freddie Roach during a media conference call when he questioned Cotto's confidence and stood firm by his prediction that Pacquiao will knockout the Puerto Rican star. "What Freddie Roach says, I do not care. The best thing he can do is prepare Manny Pacquiao to be the best he can possibly be...Roach is not going to get in my head. He talks a lot and thinks the same thing will happen when Pacquiao fought Hatton and he and Floyd Mayweather Sr. argued," Cotto said with a smile, insisting that he was ignoring the comments of the world-class trainer.

"We are not going to fall into that game. No stupid thing that they say is going to affect me and nothing he says will change the outcome of the fight," the WBO welterweight champion reiterated as he spoke to Raul Alzaga of Primera Hora. To his credit, Cotto has remained focused on his training despite all the talk and distractions that have gone on in both camps leading up to November 14th. "The fights are won in the gym and here we have worked 100 percent. Also, the nutrition has helped a lot, so the state of mind I'm in is very different now than it has been in the past. In fact, we are very near the weight," Cotto revealed, showing little concern of making the agreed upon 145-pound catchweight.

While Cotto does recognize Pacquiao's achievments throughout his career, he's still unimpressed with his skills inside the ring. "Pacquiao is a great fighter, but he's a 126-pound fighter...he will never have the strength of Miguel Cotto," he continued. "The only thing different about Manny now from three years ago is that he gained weight and had victories over Hatton and De La Hoya. That has its merit, but in boxing terms, he's still essentially the same type of fighter."

It's clear that Miguel Cotto is extremely confident in his abilities and his preparation for this bout. The question is will he have the right gameplan when he finally steps into the ring with the Filipino phenom. Hopefully Cotto doesn't truly believe that Pacquiao is the same fighter that he was three years or that he's going to be that much stronger than him. If he does, then Cotto, like all of Pacquiao's past opponents, is going to be in for a rude awakening on November 14th.

Source: http://fighthype.com/pages/content6067.html

Miguel Cotto bulges like Popeye but Manny Pacquiao won't notice

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EL PASO--If muscles mattered most in boxing, good heavyweight Ken Norton would have won some world championship bouts...but he didn't.

If being so cut and so muscular mattered most in the ring, Mike “Hercules” Weaver would have flattened Larry Holmes but he did not.

If looking like Charles Atlas was the most important attribute for a fighter, then Evander Holyfield, chiseled and cut like some Greek god, would have gone undefeated. But he didn’t and the strong but lumpy Rocky Marciano did.

This is just my way of saying, I applaud Miguel I’m No Angel Cotto for his washboard abs and I bet there are many females who will swoon looking at his cut up chest.


But even his muscles have muscles it does not necessarily mean that the Boricua Banger will thrash Manny Pacquiao.

Pacman won’t show up at the Nov. 13 weigh in looking Lumpy Rutherford, you know.

So let’s put boxing aside and detail what, based on his shirtless gymnasium poses, it appears that Cotto would beat Megamanny in:

1. Weightlifting.

2. Muscleman photo posing.

3. Discus throwing.

4. Javelin tossing.

5. Hurling the Scottish caber.

More seriously, for Pacquiao to take the WBO regular belt and the special, glittering, new WBC Diamond Belt home on the 14th, Manny will not be depending on bulging muscles.

Fast twitching, fast reacting muscles…oh, yeah they matter. Because what Pacman is depending on the most, the front of his train, is a combination of speed and punching power.

Pacquiao will have to strike first, strike fast and strike often. If he gets lucky early, maybe Manny slices up the eye gash that Cotto had to protect so carefully in the closing rounds of the Joshua Clottey title bout at Madison Square Garden.

I’m sure Gov. Schwarznegger and other bodyubuilders are impressed by Cotto’s carved up belly.

Imagine how much spinach Cotto had to swallow.

As for Pacman, I don’t think he’s even noticed.

Just because Cotto looks like a guy who has been pumping iron, Pacquaio does not have to play the dumbbell.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-5699-NY-Boxing-Examiner~y2009m10d30-Miguel-Cotto-bulges-like-Popeye-but-Manny-Pacquiao-wont-notice

Roach going to eat his words, Cotto vows

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Freddie Roach has somewhat succeeded in getting under Miguel Cotto’s skin.

Less than a week after Roach told the Filipino press that he is placing a $1,000 bet on a first-round knockout win by Manny Pacquiao, Cotto lashed back at the famed American trainer, boasting that “Roach is going to eat his words” on November 14 in Las Vegas.

“It’s going to be a tough battle, but I can assure you that in the end I am going to leave (the ring) victorious,” Cotto told Primera Hora as he was wrapping up his training camp in Tampa, Florida, en route to Sin City.

“I don’t care what Freddie says. The best that he can do is help Manny Pacquiao reach his best form. I will not mind Roach. He talks a lot,” said the obviously slighted Puerto Rican puncher.

Team Cotto, made up of head trainer Joe Santiago, conditioning coach Phil Landman, cutman Joe Chavez, aide-de-camp Bryan Perez, lawyer Gabriel Penagaricano and key members of the Cotto clan, are flying to Las Vegas on Sunday.

Perez said Cotto will stay in a rented house at first but will transfer to the MGM Grand on fight week and train at the Top Rank Gym.

Cotto spent six weeks in Tampa and Perez described the entire training period as “excellent” and “great camp.”

Cotto, who turned 29 on Thursday, said he can’t wait for the scheduled 12-round catch weight title bout to take place, stressing that he is in tip-top shape and ready to rumble.

“We are prepared for whatever he (Pacquiao) will bring to the ring,” added Cotto.

Meanwhile, Cotto will hold an open media workout at the Pound-4-Pound Gym at La Brea in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels.

Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/227195/roach-going-eat-his-words-cotto-vows

Puerto Rican pride for Miguel Cotto: Camacho Jr., others make picks

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EL PASO—Hey, I tried to fool Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. I tried to get this SOL (Son Of Legend) to pick Pinoy Idol Manny Pacquiao over Miguel Cotto.

But it didn’t work. For Camacho, who has an important bout on the UTEP campus Friday night (check your PPV TV listings) against Mexican journeyman personified Luis “Yory Boy” Campas, it’s not his first rodeo.

He grew up around big fights and in boxing gyms. He knows where his ring loyalty must belong.
“It’s a good fight, man, a good fight,” Camacho said at the Camino Real Hotel. “But I got to pick Miguel Cotto because, if I don’t my Puerto Ricans won’t love me no more.

“I think Cotto will beat Manny. Manny won’t be in there with a weight drained Oscar or a defenseless Hatton. Cotto is coming not only to fight but to win the fight.

“Cotto will, I think, hit Manny and hurt Manny. I don’t know if he will KO Manny but he could. He is simply too strong for Manny.”


Camacho isn’t the only Boricua around these parts who is backing the boxer from Caguas.

Miguel Hernandez, 30 bout veteran middleweight out of Chicago, is a pal of Pacman foe David Diaz and a PPR (Proud Puerto Rican).

But he’s going against the grain and picking Pacman to prevail.

“I pick Pacquiao. You know, David gave Manny a better fight than the last two guys did. And that was when Manny was at a more natural weight, at 135 pounds,” Hernandez said.

Former fighter and now all-around boxing man and certifiable loony character Eric Bonilla votes the PR ticket like a good Boricua should.

“Pacquiao is getting hit and hit hard by Cotto,” the ex-California state welterweight champion said. “I like Cotto win on points after 12 rounds.”

Hernandez is handled by veteran Chitown trainer Sam Colonna. Colonna has trained the likes of action fighter and world champion Angel Manfredy and now retiring Polish heavyweight slugger Andrew Golota.

Colonna, who owns a gym in the Bridgeport section of Chicago, can’t see Pacman losing on Nov. 14.
“Something is not the same with Cotto after the loss to Margarito,” Colonna said. “It seems to have taken a lot out of Miguel. And, with (Joshua) Clottey, he was really only fighting in spurts. If he had fought more steadily, he would have beaten Cotto in the Garden that night.”

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-5699-NY-Boxing-Examiner~y2009m10d30-Puerto-Rican-pride-for-Miguel-Cotto-Camacho-Jr-others-make-picks


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NBA basketball player Ron Artest, right, shakes hands with boxing pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao during Pacquiao's workout at the Wildcard Gym in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009. Pacquiao, of the Philippines, is preparing for his megafight with WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto on November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Source: http://philboxing.com/news/story-28776.html

Pacquiao to test credentials for crossover stardom

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Muhammad Ali had it. Ken Norton did not. Sugar Ray Leonard had it. Thomas Hearns did not. Mike Tyson had it. Lennox Lewis did not. Oscar De La Hoya had it. Pernell Whitaker did not. Manny Pacquiao?

The question spikes Pacquiao’s date with Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand with a potent shot of intrigue that turns an already-interesting fight into a potential game-changer for the boxing business.

Can Pacquiao cross over and capture the public imagination in a way that makes the casual fan stop, talk and pay to watch?

Crossover stardom is hard to measure. Like former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart when asked about another business in the red-light district, however, I know it when I see it. I’ve seen it in Pacquiao for years, or at least since he climbed through the ropes in 2005 smiling like a kid on a playground swing and then talked referee Joe Cortez out of a mid-round stoppage for a nasty cut in a fight he lost by decision to Erik Morales.

Pacquiao is genuine, vulnerable and dangerous all at once. The mix is as compelling as it is unlikely. The way in which it is expressed can also be as different as Tyson, the looming train wreck, and De La Hoya, the well-appointed luxury suite.

What I’m not sure of, however, is whether Americans care. A wise friend bet me that Home Box Office won’t generate as much pay-per-view income for Pacquiao-Cotto, Filipino-versus-Puerto Rican, as it did on Sept. 19 for Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez, American-versus-Mexican. It was a lousy fight, but the pay-per-view milestone, one million customers, is a big victory for Mayweather, much bigger than his one-sided win over Marquez. My friend’s contention is that Americans want to see American fighters.


Maybe, Mayweather’s pay-per-view triumph says exactly that. If so, then Pacquiao will be more like Pele than a De La Hoya. There is plenty of international kick in that. But Pele, a Brazilian, is as popular in America as soccer is or never has been.

In an internet-connected world turning into a global village, however, I’m betting that Americans have begun to notice Pacquiao. His promoter, Bob Arum, introduced a conference call Wednesday by saying that Pacquiao-Cotto is generating interest he hasn’t detected since Leonard, Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran put some buzz in to the 1980s. The reason, Arum says, is the emergence of Pacquiao’s crossover appeal to people who measure everything they know of boxing by what they remember about Ali.

“I’m just noticing it now,’’ Arum said a few weeks ago during a visit to Cotto’s training camp in Tampa.

Arum said he was in a fashionable Manhattan restaurant, the Monkey Bar, when a couple of celebrity diners, broadcast journalist Charlie Rose and editor Norman Pearlstine, talked about Pacquiao as though he were an emerging market.

During the conference call, there was talk that Pacquiao is poised to become one of history’s five best. Argue over three or four, but Ali would have to be one of them, in large part because of his larger-than-life role in the culture wars of the 1960s and ‘70s.

“Ali was a proponent of a political position and also became a spokesman for the civil rights movement at the time when it was really emerging,’’ said Arum, a former promoter for the iconic ex-heavyweight champ who Friday at his home in Phoenix celebrates the 35th anniversary Friday of his 1974 victory over George Foreman in Zaire. “Ali had a tremendous political impact, particularly his stance on the Viet Nam War. When he came back to fight, people just idolized him.

“Manny does not have that major political statement because he is not controversial. But he is engaged in politics in the Philippines. Everything that he does is pro-humanity, so he is rather loved in the Philippines, the United States and all over the world. …I have never seen anything like the adulation that he is treated by Filipinos all over the world. That is something that even Ali never even really had.’’

For Arum’s generation and my own, Ali’s politics echo down through the decades. In the ring and out of it, Ali’s timing was perfect, although I will forever blame him for Floyd Mayweather Sr.’s poetry. A bygone era wanted a rebel and it got one in Ali.

In a current era plagued by uncertainty heightened by a troubled economy, Pacquiao, surrounded by worshipping fans when he arrived in Los Angeles from Manila a few days ago, is also a man for his times. He is a lousy interview. He doesn’t say much. But these are noisy days. Everybody seems to have a web site or talk show. It would be easy, if not redundant, to just be another noise maker. While the rest of us talk and write about what we should do, shouldn’t do, won’t do and might do, Pacquiao reassures with action. He looks like somebody who knows what to do. Imagine that.

In the final accounting, however, I’m not sure it will matter. I’ve watched Ali interact with the public at various times and places in Phoenix. Parkinson’s has silenced him. The rhyme, the original rap, is gone. But it doesn’t matter. He never fails to attract a crowd, including kids who think Viet Nam is a neighborhood restaurant that specializes in Asian fusion. They don’t care or don’t know if Ali stood against a controversial war.

They just see somebody who, at 67, is as genuine as he was when he was 27. He can’t hide that.

Neither can Pacquiao.


· Kudos to light-heavyweight Chad Dawson for dedicating his Nov. 7 rematch against Glen Johnson in Hartford, Conn., to slain UConn football player Jasper Howard. “One of the things that Chad is behind, as well as all of my fighters, is keeping violence inside the ropes,’’ promoter Gary Saw said Thursday. “We have T-shirts that say that. It’s on the web site. If they want fight or feel violent or whatever, then let them to lace up the gloves. Real men wear gloves.’’

· More Dawson: The 27-year-old might be a star in waiting. Eventually, the plan is for him to be a heavyweight. “He will absolutely be the heavyweight champion,’’ predicted Shaw, who first might have him drop back down to super-middleweight for a shot at the Super Six tournament title if – as expected – retires Taylor withdraws. Dawson’s eligibility for Taylor’s spot hinges on negotiations with HBO, Shaw said.

· And Pacquiao’s regimen includes getting hit with a stick while doing sit-ups. The idea and the stick comes from Thailand, where trainers use it to toughen up their fighters. “It deadens the nerves so you can absorb a punch better,’’ Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said. Although Pacquiao has employed and apparently enjoyed the training method for years, Roach concedes he is not altogether comfortable with the tactic. “If somebody is going to hit me with a stick, they better bring a big one,’’ Roach said.

Source: http://www.15rounds.com/pacquiao-to-test-credentials-for-crossover-stardom-103009/

Don’t sleep on Manny Pacquiao, trainer warns

The term “to throw out” in sports prognosticating means to dismiss a particular result as fluky.

Picture a horseplayer drawing a line through the description of a recent race while studying past performances in the racing form.

Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, has a warning for anyone trying to make a case for Miguel Cotto in their Nov. 14 welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand.

If you throw out the results of Pacquiao’s two most recent fights, you’re doing so at your peril.

As Roach sees it, a sort of revisionist history is taking place regarding the two bouts — a one-sided stoppage of Oscar De La Hoya and a thrilling knockout of Ricky Hatton.

Somehow, Roach pointed out, the conventional wisdom has become that De La Hoya was clearly a shot fighter by the time he met Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in December.

This so-called wisdom runs counter to the fact that right up until the opening bell, De La Hoya was not only a solid betting favorite but also an overwhelming choice to win the fight among boxing insiders.

“Before the fight everybody said Oscar was going to kill Manny,” Roach said. “Why do you have to say that Oscar had a bad night? Why can’t you say it was Manny having a good night?”

Likewise, in retrospect the story line of the Hatton fight describes a game and brave fighter in Hatton, who was quite obviously out of his league against a world-class boxer in Pacquiao.

Roach, though, recalls answering repeated questions leading up to the fight about how Pacquiao would deal with Hatton’s greater size and supposedly superior punching power.

The pattern is developing again in the buildup to Pacquiao’s fight with Cotto, another physically larger opponent.

“Miguel has a good left hook, but I don’t think he is the strongest that we have faced,” Roach said. “Hatton was supposed to be stronger than us also. I have no worries about that because that’s not what wins fights. Boxing ability wins fights, and Manny is a better boxer. We’ll show it on the 14th.”

Roach, in fact, has come around to believing his fighter will not only win the fight against Cotto, but knock him out.

“It is kind of growing on me,” Roach said. “Working the mitts with Manny at this weight, he is punching so much harder than he ever has. He is punching fast and hard and I don’t think Cotto has enough. He is hittable and people that Manny can hit, he knocks out.”

It sounds suspiciously — and, for Cotto backers, alarmingly — like Roach’s discourse before the Hatton fight, when he told me: “If Manny Pacquiao hurts him, we will finish him.”

Pacquiao, for his part, made his usual statement on a conference call this week that he considers knockouts a bonus. If they come, fine. But he trains to win the fight.

“I always believe in my power, but if I am lucky to hit a good punch against my opponent and knock him out that will make me happy too,” Pacquiao said.

Roach did have one more prediction. If Pacquiao does prevail Nov. 14, Cotto will be portrayed as a used-up fighter unable to recover from his brutally tough recent fights with Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito.

“That is everyone’s nature,” Roach said. “No one likes to give credit where credit is due.

“But I think Manny looked great in his last four fights and we are going to look great in this one too. Just put him in front of us and we’ll beat him. I think I have the greatest fighter in the world today and I think we’ll prove that again with Miguel Cotto.”

Source: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/30/dont-sleep-pacquiao-trainer-warns/


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As I looked through the upcoming boxing schedule I was blown away by two Pay Per View boxing cards that will take place within the next two weeks. On October 30th, on something called Latin Invasion 2, Hector Camacho Jr. will be fighting Yori Boy Campas as the main event of this PPV. You read it right...Camacho Jr. vs Campas is the main event of a PPV card.

This fight should have been scheduled for October 31st; just the thought of it is truly scary. Want to know what’s even more scary? This is the second time in less than five months that Campas has headlined a PPV! Are you’re wondering who he fought in the prior PPV, which was held this past May? Well, I'll tell you... He fought none other than Hector Camacho, Sr. What?!? you ask. Yes, you read it right, he fought Camacho Sr.

The fight between Camacho Sr. and Campas was originally set to take place in New Jersey. However, the New Jersey Boxing Commission would not grant “Macho Man” Camacho, Sr. a license to box in their state. Well, there goes a Commission with integrity and common sense, right? Yes, definitely, but subsequently enters the state of Florida Boxing Commission, and its illustrious Executive Director, Thomas Molloy, who welcomed the fight with open arms, thus putting smiles on the faces of all the retirees that now call Florida home, as they got the chance to watch two of their childhood idols meet in the ring for the much coveted “Just For Men“ (who is kidding who here?) world title.

Camacho Sr., (age 47), and Campas, (listed at age... gulp...38), battled to an eight round draw in what I imagine has to be a top candidate for Fight of the Year. So, as the story goes, the young Camacho Jr., who at 31 years of age is almost as old as Campas, (if you buy into Campas being 38 years of age), was so livid with the decision that he demanded a fight with Campas to restore honor to the Camacho family name. (Why is it that honor and the Camacho family name does not work for me?). I’ll give you a prediction right now as to who the real loser will be on fight night, and the answer is ANYONE WHO ACTUALLY PAYS MONEY TO WATCH THIS FARCE!!

The second Pay Per View that grabbed my attention takes place on November 6th, and features Zab Judah and Joel Casamayor in separate bouts against opponents most of you have never heard of. Both Judah and Casamayor still have name value in the sport but not enough value to sell this kind of crap. So I ask, what is going on here people? How do these garbage PPV’s keep popping up? Oh, that’s right because some folks outside of the fighters' family are actually paying to watch these disasters.

To be perfectly honest, I would let it slide if you were to buy one, maybe even two suspect PPV’s a year, considering that once in a while the boxing schedule is so slow that most boxing fiends have no choice. But may I suggest you get your fix by watching ESPN Classic or youtube to watch classic fights that actually had meaning behind them. To those boxing promoters who might read this, I ask, you want to know why so many people find these fights on the internet to watch them on a live stream? Simple. Because you keep putting out junk like the above mentioned. The Camacho Jr. - Campas fight has no meaning behind it, unless you actually buy into the honor thy father crap being put out. And as far as Judah and Casamayor these are tune up fights, nothing more nothing less. Judah hasn’t fought in over a year, and the same goes for Casamayor, so let’s pay money to watch them fight in glorified sparring sessions, right? Wrong, wrong, wrong!

In closing, I want to make a point, and here it is. We need to be appreciative of fights like the upcoming Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto fight. Earlier in the week I upset many Pacquiao fans by saying Miguel Cotto will destroy Pacquiao, but let me set the record straight. I do believe Miguel Cotto will score a knockout and a big one at that, but I also believe it will be a competitive fight that is worth fight fans' hard earned money. PPV is not going to go away, but as long as it’s here, can we please have quality cards with quality undercards? Is that so much to ask of those who run the sport of boxing?

Stop feeding us this trash and stop with the pathetic under cards you force feed us; as boxing fans we definitely deserve better. Boxing needs less Camacho-Campas, (how about no Camacho-Campas), and a hell of a lot more Pacquiao-Cottos.. Most boxing fans will always choose QUALITY over quantity.

Bye, bye.....

Source: http://www.braggingrightscorner.com/montgomeryppvs_103009.html

Manny Pacquiao favorite sports icon of Filipino kids

MANILA, Philippines---Not only boxing enthusiasts love pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao but Filipino children also recognize him as their favorite sports icon, according to a recent study of Cartoon Network dubbed as “New Generations Philippines 2009.”

The study conducted in three major cities in the Philippines—Manila, Cebu, and Davao—showed that kids aged 7-14 years chose Pacquiao as their idol in sports with 14 percent of the votes. Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant was the second choice with 11 percent while NBA superstar Michael Jordan and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shared third place with five percent each.

But in terms of gender, 19 percent of the boys ranked Bryant first on their list while Pacquiao came in second and James in third place, with 14 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

Pacquiao won the girls’ hearts, voting him as number one with 14 percent followed by Purefoods’ James Yap, Bryant, and Smart Gilas’ Chris Tiu, each with three percent vote.

In a survey question, where kids were asked to choose between two things, they preferred the National Basketball Association over the Philippine Basketball Association. Seventy-two percent of the respondents chose the NBA while only twenty-eight percent selected the PBA.

Aside from the kids’ interest in sports, the study also found that kids prefer eating over sleeping, talking over texting, studying Math over English, watching television over surfing the internet and real life friends over virtual friends.

Sixty-five percent of the respondents also expressed that having a high-paying job would be their number one goal in life, followed by being happy and being rich, forty-seven percent and forty-four percent, respectively.

Source: http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20091030-233117/Manny-Pacquiao-favorite-sports-icon-of-Filipino-kids

IBO: Pacquiao Must Defend or Vacate Belt

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Promoter Bob Arum called it "fair" that Manny Pacquiao has 60 days from the day after facing WBO welterweight (147 pounds) champion Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 to decide whether or not to defend the IBO junior welterweight (140) crown he won by second-round knockout over England's Ricky Hatton in May.

The notification, issued by IBO president Ed Levine on Wednesday, calls for Pacquiao to relinquish his crown should he fail to comply.

"Yeah, they called me about that. I think that's fair," Arum told FanHouse on Thursday night. "It's 60 days to decide whether he wants to defend it. Otherwise, there's other people who are waiting to get a shot at the title, and Manny will make a decision after the fight."

In accordance with IBO rules, "all champions, with the exception of the heavyweight champion, shall defend their titles at least once every nine months unless medically excused for valid cause and/or at the sole and absolute discretion of the IBO," Levine wrote in a statement.

"He's a really nice guy, Levine, and that's really fine," said Arum. "And if Manny decides no, he's not going to defend the title, he still is the Ring Magazine champion at that weight -- 140 pounds -- so it's just no big deal."

The 32-year-old Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 knockouts) is ranked No. 1 in the organization's computerized rankings for October, while Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) is No. 2.

Should Pacquiao elect to vacate his title, Levine said the championship would be filled by a subsequent bout between the top two available contenders.

Unbeaten Russian prospect Denis Shafikov (22-0, 12 KOs) is the IBO Intercontinental champion at 140 and a likely contender if the title were to become vacant.

"If Pacquiao-Cotto is a great, great fight, we can do a rematch. Or he could fight Shane Mosley, whom he wants to fight," Arum told FanHouse during an interview earlier this month. "Manny could fight Juan Manuel Marquez a third time down at 140, or he could fight Floyd Mayweather Jr."

A unanimous decision loser to Mayweather last month as a welterweight, Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) has twice fought Pacquiao, losing a split-decision and battling him to a draw.

But in February, Marquez won the vacant WBO and WBA 135-pound titles with a ninth-round knockout of Juan Diaz, making him a lucrative, trilogy matchup in what would be a unification bout opposite Pacquiao at 140.

Source: http://boxing.fanhouse.com/2009/10/30/ibo-pacquiao-must-defend-or-vacate-belt/

Thursday, October 29, 2009


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“He’s going to be a seven-time world champion.”

Thus was the words uttered by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in answer to questions by sportswriters during an international press conference held Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) in regards to Manny Pacquiao’s coming fight against Puerto Rican welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.

“He (Pacquiao) is still learning and very hungry to improve. “I think I have the greatest fighter in the world today and I think we’ll find (that) out again with Miguel Coto,” he told his international audience.

Despite reports to the contrary, especially coming from the foreign media, Roach, again, defended the choice the Philippines (Baguio City) to set up Pacquiao’s training camp in the first month of his preparations.

“That was the best first four weeks we’ve ever had,” the three-time ‘Trainer of the Year’ awardee asserted.

Asked what strategy he will use against Cotto in the fight set November 14 in Las Vegas, Roach said there’s nothing new, except to add that he had studied all of the tapes on Coto’s fights.

“He's never fought a guy like Manny Pacquiao, with his speed. I think that's where he's going to have trouble is with the speed,” he emphasized.

Echoing what he said in previous interviews with Filipino sportswriters during last week’s SCOOP Sa Kamayan weekly session while still in Manila, Roach said he wants Pacquiao to start as quickly as possible and avoid staying at the ropes.

The plan, he said, to keep the fight in the middle of the ring where his ward can use his speed and movement to confuse Cotto who has the reputation to be a plodder. To stay off the ropes would be to our advantage, I feel.”

Saying he had observed Coto’s style of fighting, Roach said, that for a change, “we will force him to counter punch and not come at us,” a plan, he explained will catch Cotto by surprise since he has been characteristically a stalker who presses the action, comes forward, and looks to land damaging shots in an effort to take his opponent out.

Roach reiterated his respect on Cotto’s left hook, which he thinks is the punch they will be watching and will try to concentrate in the next three weeks of training.

“Miguel has a pretty good left hook,” said Roach. “But that doesn't win fights, boxing ability wins fights.”

Roach believes Pacquiao is the quicker, faster fighter who possesses the more refined boxing skills which will the world junior-welterweight kingpin to victory, possibly by knockout.

“We’re working the mitts with Manny and at this weight he is punching so much harder than he ever has,” said Roach who had a touch of weariness in his voice. “He’s punching fast and hard and I just think Miguel Cotto’s defense isn’t good enough - and people that Manny hits, he knocks out.”

Welterweight contender Urbano Antillon and former two-time world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo had been relieved in favor of Rashad Holloway and Ray Beltran and along with middleweight prospect Shawn Porter, Roach said Pacquiao is getting well in sparring.

“He was getting a little too used to the sparring partners we had,” Roach said. “We got some fresh guys in there to liven it up a little bit and keep Manny more focused.”

Source: http://philboxing.com/news/story-28769.html

Pacquiao won't sleep through title fight

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Soon after participating in a conference call from Los Angeles with boxing writers Wednesday at noon, Manny Pacquiao went back to his condo and fell asleep.

The six-division world champion — who will be shooting for a title in a record seventh weight class (welterweight) when he fights Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas — slept the entire afternoon and into the evening, missing a workout at Wild Card gym.

Jet lag, his publicist Fred Sternburg cited, from his flight from his native Philippines, where Pacquiao battled deadly typhoons, torrential rains and needy politicians and did humanitarian work in five weeks of training for the Cotto fight.

Jet lag can affect anyone, but there's little doubt that Pacquiao's four weeks in Baguio and five days in Manila took its toll on the fighter. His longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, says it was one of Pacquiao's best camps despite the distractions.

"We had four really good weeks in Baguio," Roach said. "We had a couple typhoons that came, but we didn't miss a beat, we had great sparring. Last week in Manila was a little tense because of lots of distractions, so we had to break camp a little early."

Roach said the biggest task in the Philippines was keeping people away from a man they idolize.

"We asked people to stay away; we closed the gym; there was no problem at all (in Baguio), no politicians bothering him," Roach said. "The weather messed with us a little, but we ran in the rain, went in the pool, ran inside sometimes ... no distractions. The last week in Manila was tough, because a lot of politicians were trying to make meetings with Manny and everyone was trying to pull him in a different direction."

Pacquiao was back sparring Thursday afternoon as Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest looked on. "He's back on track; he's very close to being ready for the fight," Roach said.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2009-10-29-Pacquiao-trains-for-Cotto_N.htm

Pacquiao: Mayweather doesn't want to fight me

LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao believes the biggest potential fight in boxing will never happen because Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants no part of him.

Pacquiao is training in Hollywood for his meeting with Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, but the pound-for-pound champion spared a moment on Thursday to evaluate his chances of fighting Mayweather, the unbeaten pay-per-view king. Although the matchup almost certainly would be a financial bonanza for both fighters, Pacquiao thinks fans shouldn't hold their breath.

"I don't think it's going to happen," Pacquiao said. "I'm sure he doesn't want to fight."

Mayweather has been circumspect about his plans for his next bout, saying only that he has never ducked anybody and would consider any opponent. In his comeback bout from a 21-month layoff, Mayweather demolished Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19 in a fight that generated more than 1 million pay-per-view buys.

Mayweather's advisers claim they haven't ruled out a bout with Pacquiao, likely among the world's few fighters who could match the American's speed. But the Filipino champion has surprisingly strong opinions about why it won't happen.

"Boxing for him is like a business," Pacquiao said. "He doesn't care about the people around him watching. He doesn't care if the fight is boring, as long as the fight is finished and he gets (plenty of) money. ... I want people to be happy. You have a big responsibility as a boxer."

If Mayweather and Pacquiao don't make a deal, Sugar Shane Mosley has been outspoken in his desire to fight Mayweather, even calling him out in the ring moments after his victory over Marquez. Mosley is slated to meet welterweight champion Andre Berto in Las Vegas in January.

After arriving in California last Saturday, Pacquiao has been ramping up his training regimen this week while also battling jet lag that forced him to sleep for about 20 hours on Wednesday, wiping out a day of training. Because of tax issues, Pacquiao's camp began in Manila and moved to Hollywood later than trainer Freddie Roach usually prefers.

"I'm not worried about it, because he's always known how to block everything out," Roach said. "If anybody can do it, he can."

Pacquiao looked fairly sharp while sparring 11 rounds on Thursday at Roach's Wild Card Gym in front of a small group of spectators including Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest and his father, Ron Sr., both avid boxing fans and Pacquiao admirers.

Pacquiao will spar 12 rounds on Saturday before gradually scaling back in preparation for his trip to Las Vegas to meet Cotto, the once-beaten welterweight champion whose combination of size and strength will be unlike anything the former flyweight champion has faced. Cotto is in camp in Tampa. Florida before traveling to the West Coast next week.

"I consider this one of the hardest fights in my boxing career," Pacquiao said.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/boxing/2009-10-29-1936657975_x.htm

IBO calls on Pacquiao to defend boxing title

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CORAL GABLES, Florida — The International Boxing Organization has issued a challenge to Manny Pacquiao to defend his junior welterweight title or risk being stripped of the crown.

The IBO said Thursday that the 32-year-old Filipino has 10 weeks to decide whether to defend the title he won in May from Ricky Hatton.

Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Miguel Cotto in a mega welterweight bout in Las Vegas on November 14. The IBO title is the only current belt Pacquiao holds.

"Manny Pacquiao was notified that he will be given time to decide whether to defend his championship at 140 pounds or vacate the title," said IBO president Ed Levine said. "He is still well within his time requirements to make a title defence in the weight class. So, we'll allow him a chance to decide and notify us."

Pacquiao, of General Santos City, is 49-3-2 with 37 knockouts and is unbeaten since a losing to Erik Morales in 2005.

According to IBO rules, "all champions, with the exception of the heavyweight champion, shall defend their title at least once every nine months unless medically excused for valid cause and/or at the sole and absolute discretion of the IBO."

Pacquiao has one previous fight at welterweight, scoring a technical knockout win over Oscar De La Hoya last year. Since turning pro 14 years ago he has competed at least once in every weight class from junior flyweight (108 pounds) to lightweight (135 pounds),

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5irCP17Ka7DmmQwkIwy_2jnECrZXA

PACQUIAO WATCH: A battle of hooks

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After all is said and done, the welterweight championship bout between Filipino whirlwind Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican raging bull Miguel Angel Cotto could be set up and decided by the powerful hooks both boxers possess.

Cotto’s left hook is arguably his main weapon in wearing and slowing down his past victims.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, has again fallen in love with that right hook which, lately, has developed into a weapon of second choice other than his thundering left straight.

When a lefty and a righty meet, those hooks could set up for the kill.

Who gets to land those hooks to earn the respect of his opponent will dictate the tempo of the fight. And between two men noted for brawling, that could spell the difference.

Cotto is a slow starter and fights with both his hands raised up high. He would wait for Manny to throw lazy jabs to be able to dig into the body of the Filipino southpaw.
If he goes forward firing his jabs, Manny will employ the same weapon Cotto prefers but from a lefty stance – with right hooks either to the head or to the body.

I see Manny throwing right straights to the body early on to see how fast the Puerto Rican champion could counter with his left hook. Manny will also occasionally unleash his left straights to see if he can penetrate the peek-a-boo defense of Cotto. But Manny will be up and about and all over the ring in the first two rounds if it doesn’t end in the first as coach Freddie Roach predicted.

Cotto knows that the longer the fight takes, his chances of winning by decision or knocking out Manny Pacquiao will take a dive.

He has to pressure Manny into an early brawl and cut the ring. Coaches and trainers will always tell their slugger-wards to go for the body in order slow down a speedy opponent. With Manny, that is exposing your chin to a devastating KO left punch.

Technically and stylistically, Manny is the better boxer of the two. Cotto’s edge is in the power department, but they are not too far apart. Both are even in motivation - Cotto for a shot at redemption, Manny for a tab at immortality.

But as Manny has shown in his last three fights that his hooks are the barbed sticks that wear down the bull before the coup d’ grace - the swift lethal sword stab.

Manny has the qualities of a torero to bring down that bull from Puerto Rico.

But watch for those right hooks, please.

Source: http://asiancorrespondent.com/edwin-espejo/pacquiao-watch:-battle-of-hooks.htm

Watch Manny Pacquiao’s Wild Card workout!

HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured seven Sports Emmy Awards, returns this month to present its seventh installment with 24/7 Pacquiao/Cotto, an all-new four-episode, all-access series. Debuting this Saturday Oct. 24 (10:15-10:45 PM ET/PT), the show follows Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, two of the sport’s brightest stars, as they prepare for their Nov. 14 pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Episodes two and three of 24/7 PACQUIAO/COTTO debut on subsequent Saturdays – OCT. 31 (11:00-11:30 p.m.) and NOV. 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m.) – while the finale debuts FRIDAY, NOV. 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m.), just one night before the fight. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand.

The executive producers of 24/7 PACQUIAO/COTTO are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; coordinating producer, Dave Harmon; producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates.

Source: http://fightfan.com/2009/10/watch-manny-pacquiaos-wild-card-workout/

Does Pacquiao have one more Titanic Performance in him?

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Manny Pacquiao must feel that he has the weight of an entire nation on his shoulders. You get the sense that Pacquiao is really all that his strong and proud nation has to look forward to. I feel that Manny Pacquiao truly is the true meaning of The Peoples Champion. Pacquiao's countrymen, the people of the Philippines are not only dealing with the aftermath of a devastating typhoon that has recently ripped through parts of their beautiful land, but his country is also dealing with extreme poverty and political leadership that is suffering and seems to get worse by the minute. It's no wonder that Pacquiao is running for office in hopes to land on a congressional seat. Manny Pacquiao to the rescue.

It is no secret that Manny is indeed a very giving helpful person. To most of the world, Manny Pacquaio is simply just a boxer who fights with all his pride and gives it his all. To the people of the Philippines however, Manny is much more than just an action hero, Manny is their world. When one really sits back and really thinks of all the pressure that Manny must feel back at home like the poverty, the typhoons leaving many families homeless or in some cases torn, his land ravaged by a savage storm leaving some parts completely wiped out. The many injured the many left for dead, Manny indeed faces the biggest beast of all when he closes his eyes and thinks of all this. Sheer images of pain must play in his head.

Yes, it's very true that Pacquiao is now thousands of miles away from all of that now as he trains in sunny California. However, One can not help but to wonder how is Pacquaio able to deal with all this madness. I mean physically we can see that he is looking like a vicious monster, but how is Pacquiao doing mentally? I mean it is no shock to anyone that Roach wanted to hit the road not just for the fear of getting stuck back in the Philippines, the main objective was to get his guy away from seeing all that pain back home so that his guy could focus at the task at hand. That is fine and all, but the thing is that sometimes the farther you are from a problem the closer you really are. Will the huge problems back at home serve as a distraction for Pacquiao come fight night? Or, Will the problems at home push Pacquiao that much harder to give his nation a much deserved injection of life?

Come fight night on November 14th under the bright lights in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, many will bet on the larger Cotto to derail and wreck the Pac-Man. Many others will be betting on the Pac-Man to gobble up the Caguas Crusher. The final result is anyones guess, heck the fight may even end in a draw. One thing that I am certain about is that we can all expect to see both fighters giving it their very best. On one hand you have Cotto, Cotto is a fighter who desperatly is trying to get back to the top. Cotto is a fighter in heavy pursuit of something he once had, he is wanting to get his mojo back. In order for Cotto to get that feeling of invincabilty back, Cotto must go through the man that currently holds that distinction.

That is where the other hand comes in. Manny Pacquaio is a man that holds all the power right now, all roads right now lead to Manny Pacquiao, none more than the roads at home. Pacquiao is going to come to fight as if he doesn't own a single thing. Pacquaio will fight as if he is homeless because Pacquiao knows that many of his beloved countrymen back home are indeed now left without a single thing. So for all those back at home left suffering, Manny Pacquiao will fight his heart out for the simple fact of knowing that the People's Champion is on his way to give you all a brighter better tomorrow. So does Pacquiao have one more titanic like performance left in him? You tell me.

Source: http://diamondboxing.com/newsstory.php?list=10118


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10/29/09, Tampa, Florida --- Three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico,surrounded by fans, stretches as he celebrates his 29th birthday with many members of the press and fans during a huge media day turnout Thursday in Tampa, Florida. Cotto prepares for his upcoming "FIREPOWER" World Welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank.

"SURROUNDED" --- Three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico,surrounded by media, wraps his hands as he celebrates his 29th birthday with many members of the press and fans during a huge media day turnout Thursday in Tampa, Florida. Cotto prepares for his upcoming "FIREPOWER" World Welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank.

"NEXT TARGET" --- Three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto (pictured), Caguas, Puerto Rico celebrated his 29th birthday with many members of the press and fans during a huge media day turnout Thursday in Tampa,Florida. Cotto prepares for his upcoming "FIREPOWER" World Welterweight championship fight against six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, General Santos, Philippines. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Cotto Promotions,MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank.

Source: http://philboxing.com/news/story-28758.html

Opinion: Points of Reference on the Pacquiao Ego Issue

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Boxing Superstar Manny Pacquiao was uncharacteristically depicted as somewhat of a spoiled brat, or having a big ego in some scenes of the first installment of HBO's 24/7 series which aired last Saturday, October 24 in the US. Let's find out why.

Much has been written recently in various sites about Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao’s ‘big’ ego in relation to some scenes shown on the first episode of HBO’s 24/7 series.

Being from the Philippines and naturally an avid Pacman fan myself, I would like to bring to light some information to serve as background for those aforementioned scenes so that we may try and examine them from their proper context and hopefully draw more reasonable conclusions on the matter.

The choice of training camp location. In previous fights this wasn’t an issue since Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in LA was always the default training facility (save for one, in the rematch against Barrera). For this fight with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto however, US Tax Laws prompted the team to look for an initial training venue outside of the US since non-US citizens would be levied excess tax if they stay more than 180 days in US soil within a three-year period. By the team’s own calculation they can safely enter the US towards the final three weeks of fight date without fear of being slapped the surplus tax. Vancouver, Mexico, Baguio City, and even the Bahamas were initially considered, with Pacquiao leaning towards Baguio and Roach favoring either Vancouver or Mexico because of their proximity to the US.

There were anxious moments before the decision was arrived at due to the fact that Roach has not been able to talk to Pacquiao for months since he was busy with his ‘off-season’ responsibilities and commitments in the Philippines while Cotto already started his camp a full month ahead of the Pacman. Once Roach and Pacquiao got the chance to discuss in New York where the first leg of the Pacquiao-Cotto press tour was held however, Baguio City was then decided rather unanimously. In an interview with Brad Cooney of 8countnews, Roach confirmed the decision-making process as such:
“The thing is, once I got Manny alone I knew that I could talk to him and work things out. I went to visit him in New York in his hotel room. We talked about training camps, and he told me that he checked out Baguio, and it's 5000 ft above sea level so it's cooler than Manila weather. We will train for 4 weeks there. Me and Manny are like father and son. We have no problem whatsoever, and as soon as we get face to face, we have a lot of respect for each other. We'll go 4 weeks in the Philippines, and 4 weeks in Los Angeles”.

In the HBO 24/7 segment where the topic of the choice for training camp location was brought up, the always witty Roach was just drawing the production crew to the irony of the fact that the team decided against Vancouver because it was ‘raining too much’ and yet here they were, holed up inside the hotel caught up in a super typhoon instead.

The basketball pick-up games. In another segment from the same HBO 24/7 episode

Freddie Roach gave an interview where he told the production crew:
“He (Pacquiao) calls the shots pretty much. You know, with Manny Pacquiao you have to negotiate deals. We work things out. Like the basketball playing. We have a deal four weeks before the fight no basketball. But he’s playing basketball every night now and if I put my foot down and said no he’d resent it but he’d follow my order”
After saying that the screen then focuses on Pacquiao handling the basketball and throwing an assist pass to a team mate, and then showing off his dribbling skills on a coast-to-coast fastbreak play in a pick-up game with some friends. Viewers misinterpreted this scene as showing Pacquiao’s disobedience to the rule that Roach set, which was no basketball four weeks before the fight.

But HBO’s 24/7 production crew was only in Baguio City around the same time that typhoon ‘Pepeng’ (international name Parma) hit the country which was starting October 3. That’s a good six weeks away before the fight. Hence, Freddie’s ‘no basketball’ rule was not in effect yet.

The fact that HBO released the first episode of 24/7 only last October 24 as per programming schedule further made the impression that the said events were recent and inside the ‘four weeks’ window when the reality was that they were taken about three weeks earlier.

HBO did not bother to clarify the timeline as to when events and statements were made and even added to the misconception when after one interview with Miguel Cotto wherein he said he’s gonna beat Manny Pacquiao on fight night of November 14, the narrator followed up by saying: “the fight is 21 days away”.

Just HBO’s way of building interest for the fight I guess.

Interruption by Freddie Roach of Pacquiao’s lunch with politician where the Pacman allegedly rolled his eyes and raised his eyebrows presumably against Freddie.

I saw the episode and there was really nothing to it aside from the fact that Freddie really wanted to leave Baguio City already for fear of getting stuck with another typhoon.

The last one, typhoon Pepeng, effectively cut access to Baguio City for several days as all roads were closed due to landslides. This new typhoon called Ramil was forecast to hit Baguio by Thursday, October 22, as confirmed by the news footage shown on the video. Typhoon Ramil was expected to hit Baguio City area but not Manila which is about 250 km away.

Freddie Roach wanted to break the Baguio camp early to escape the oncoming typhoon and set camp in Manila where it’s safer and from where they will eventually be flying out for LA on the Saturday of that week.

Team Pacquiao was in Manila already by Monday of October 19 as I have reported in a previous article, so the confrontation scene could have happened a day or two before that which was the weekend of October 17-18. This was still days away from the expected landfall of typhoon Ramil set by Thursday so there was still enough time to go down to Manila in any eventuality.

In the video Pacquiao agreed to the idea of going down to Manila ahead of schedule but it may have been said half-heartedly especially since we were not able to see both Roach and Pacquiao’s faces in that scene but only their voices supposedly coming out of a closed hotel room door.

Since it was the weekend, Pacquiao may have already committed to some requests for audience with some personalities who travelled all the way to see him up in Baguio. Knowing the time and effort it takes just to get to Baguio, he did not want to disappoint them by not showing up. The politician seen with Pacquiao in the video was Sen. Manny Villar, a presidential candidate for next year’s national elections.
But the alleged confrontation itself did not look as bad as the narrator made it sound to be. It was just Freddie setting his foot down to implement what he thinks is the best for the team at that crucial point. And Manny’s alleged raising of the eyebrows was actually just a way of saying yes and nothing more.

As Filipinos, we are used to sometimes saying yes by just nodding our head, or raising our eyebrows without necessarily saying a word. Sometimes we even give directions to people by just pouting our lips and pointing it towards the intended direction as if to say ‘you go there’. And I did not see a rolling of the eyes in that scene either.

This particular scene was simply a little misunderstanding that got ironed out immediately anyway. It was not as bad as the narrator made it sound to be. It was just Freddie Roach’s way of telling the team emphatically ‘let’s go, we have to pack-up, now!’

When Team Pacquiao is in training mode Freddie gives the orders and this incident is just a prime example of it.
As Top Rank promoter Bob Arum confirmed in an interview with ESPN’s Dan Rafael earlier this week: “ In Pacquiao's camp, there is no question who the boss is and that's Freddie”.

Questions on why Roach and Assistant Trainer Buboy Fernandez were able to visit the landslide victims while Manny presumably just stayed at the hotel.
Roach explained it himself in the scene when he talked to the villagers, “Sorry, Manny couldn’t make it up here ‘coz he’s getting ready for a fight coming up and I made him stay in training camp”. No need to read between the lines. The man is known enough for his candor that we tend to believe him when he says it is what it is. He doesn't have to play mind games with the villagers such as what he's doing with Team Cotto.

Freddie Roach is a disciplinarian coach and getting his fighter ready for a fight is his main responsibility and he deems it best for Manny not to break his routine at least during training days.

Pacquiao’s willingness to help his people should no longer be questioned at this point. He’s already done countless charitable acts even without the cameras rolling that we believe it's actually second nature to him. In fact on the very weekend that the said scene was shot, Manny snuck out of camp and went down to Manila on his day off to personally help in food distribution efforts, and about a week earlier he also donated Php1 million for the victims of typhoon 'Ondoy' (international name Ketsana) to the Kapuso Foundation, one of the many non-government organizations conducting relief campaigns for those who were affected by the typhoons.

In closing, I believe that 24/7 is a very clever marketing tool for HBO. To sell human interest points to the audience however they had to edit carefully or perhaps even selectively in such a manner that whatever conflicts that arise within both camps are fully emphasized so as to spur further interest for the fight, and convert them into PPV buys.

It’s just unfortunate that in the process, Manny Pacquiao somehow came out as spoiled and having a big ‘ego’ which is the exact opposite of his actual disposition.

Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/281279

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