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Manny Pacquiao says he won’t leave Timothy Bradley fight to judges

Manny Pacquiao Timothy BradleyManny Pacquiao was already screwed over by the judges in his first fight with Timothy Bradley, so he’s not about to let that happen the second time around.

Pacquiao lost a controversial split decision to Bradley in June 2012. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley and the third had it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao. But most people — including us — felt like Pacquiao won the fight with no dispute.

Whether you believe he will be able to do it or not, Pacquiao says he won’t leave their rematch in the judges’ hands.

“I know what I need to do to win this time round,” Pacquiao said this week.

“Bradley has said that I only fight for money and have lost my hunger but he’s very wrong if he truly believes that. This fight you’re going to see a very aggressive and exciting Manny Pacquiao because I don’t want to leave it to the judges’ scorecards. If I can get the knockout then that’s what I’m going for because I’m going to show the world that the best is yet to come from me.”

That is definitely some weak trash talk from Bradley. Manny hasn’t lost hunger, though he definitely is fighting for money. He looked very good in his November fight with Brandon Rios and did exactly what we would have expected.

I don’t anticipate Pacquiao knocking out Bradley just because that’s difficult to do, so the question again becomes what will the judges do with their decision? That part none of us can answer. You never really know what the plan is.

Pacquiao also sent a tweet along the same lines prior to the fight, which really let’s you know that the plan is to end the fight without leaving it in the judges’ hands:

Bob Arum furious with MGM over posters, says it’s Tecate-Corona issue

Bob-Arum-Floyd-Mayweather-Hitlers-publicistWatching Bob Arum handle his business is almost just like watching another episode of “Grumpier Old Men.”

The boxing promoter is 82 years old and always seems to be complaining about something. His latest issue leading up to the Saturday fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley concerned the signage and posters around the MGM Grand hotel.

The Pacquiao-Bradley fight is being held at the MGM, which is the same hotel where Floyd Mayweather Jr. always fights. Instead of having signs up promoting this big fight, there were a ton of signs up around the hotel promoting Mayweather’s May 3 fight with Marcos Maidana.

The MGM listened to the complaints and said they would address things. There was a lot more Pacquiao-Bradley signage after he whined:

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Timothy Bradley was seriously depressed after beating Manny Pacquiao

Timothy Bradley wheelchair

Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao by a controversial split decision in June 2012. You would have thought that he would have been thrilled after the win. After all, he remained undefeated, beat a high-profile opponent, and he was going to command some respect finally.

But none of that happened.

Instead, Bradley was harassed about how he didn’t really win the fight and received insults and death threats over social media. He felt embarrassed over being in a wheelchair to let his hurt feet recover from the fight.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix described the depression he fell into after the fight:

Members of his team describe a man in the throes of a deep depression. After he recovered, Bradley showed little interest in going to the gym. He ballooned to 185 pounds, a staggering weight for a fighter who routinely keeps himself in top shape. He didn’t return phone calls or text messages.

Bradley snapped out of it and got back in the gym. He’s fought twice since then, defeating Ruslan Provodnikov by unanimous decision and Juan Manuel Marquez in another split decision. He still has a lot to prove when he fights Pacquiao a second time.

I’m sure most people can relate to Bradley and have been in his position before. The thing is you usually don’t feel that way after reaching such a high accomplishment in your field. But with Bradley, the accomplishment was not at all how he would have hoped it would have gone, which probably explains why he felt badly.

Bradley still doesn’t have all the respect in the sport that you would figure someone who is 31-0 would receive. To me there’s a whole bunch of reasons to explain that: he’s not a fun and exciting fighter, he used to headbutt opponents too much, and he lost the fight to Pacquiao. About the only thing that could really turn around his reputation is if he destroys Manny with a knockout punch the way Marquez did. And I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Adrien Broner and Amir Khan on Floyd Mayweather undercard

Mayweather Maidana

Amir Khan didn’t exactly get his wish of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he will have some ties to Floyd’s upcoming fight.

Mayweather announced this week that Khan and protege Adrien Broner will both be fighting on the undercard for his May 3 fight with Marcos Maidana. Khan will face Luis Collazo, while Broner will take on Carlos Molina.

Golden Boy Promotions, which works with Mayweather to promote his fights, boasted about the strong card.

“It would be easy for us to simply put a great fight like Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana on top of this card and leave it at that, but that’s not fair to the boxing fans that demand and deserve more,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “So with the rest of this pay-per-view card, we’ve stacked it with an important bout between former world champions Amir Khan and Luis Collazo, the return of one of boxing’s top young superstars as Adrien Broner faces tough Carlos Molina, and an opener between J’Leon Love and Marco Antonio Periban that could produce the next super middleweight world title challenger. It will be an unforgettable night for all boxing fans.”

J’Leon Love is part of Mayweather’s Money Team and is managed by Mayweather’s manager, Al Haymon. He is 16-0 with one no contest that came as a result of him using a diuretic to cut weight last May.

Broner was being billed as the next Mayweather, but he lost his last fight in December. Broner is still every bit as cocky as ever despite the loss.

“I had minor setback but I am back on May 3rd. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven’t lost it,” said Broner. “I’m still “The Problem” and anyone can get it, whether you are African, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban or Mexican.”

You like that? Anyone can get the problem. And you wonder why so many people are eager to see him lose.

Even though Khan didn’t get the fight with Mayweather that he wanted, he is still optimistic that it will happen.

“The fight with Mayweather will happen in the future, but I’m just going to concentrate on one style which is Collazo’s,” Khan said this week.

First he needs to beat Collazo convincingly, otherwise Floyd won’t give him the fight. But being on Floyd’s undercard will help him further build his name. I’m sure he recognizes that and knows what he needs to do to get the fight.

Manny Pacquiao switches to organic diet for Timothy Bradley fight

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao is altering some of his preparation as he gets ready for his fight with Timothy Bradley next month.

Pacquiao, who rebounded from consecutive losses in 2012 with a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in November, has taken on a new strength and conditioning coach. That coach, Cecilio Flores, has put Pac-Man on an organic diet in order to help ensure the Filipino fighter’s strength and stamina are at their peak for the April 12 fight in Las Vegas.

Flores is making sure Pacquiao only eats chemical-free fish, vegetables, meat and other natural foods, according to the Inquirer.

Flores has worked with Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik, Marcos Maidana and Sergio Martinez in the past, and this is his first time working with Pacquiao. The story of how he got the gig is pretty interesting.

You may recall that Pacquiao used to work with Alex Ariza for strength and conditioning. However, Ariza and Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, did not get along. Roach did not agree with Ariza’s training methods and specifically commented that Manny’s legs looked tired and heavy during fights (that he lost) because of too much training.

After being dumped by Pacquiao’s team, Ariza was hired by Rios before the fight between the two men. Whatever Ariza added did little to help Rios for the fight.

According to Rappler, after Pacquiao split with Ariza, Flores flew to the Philippines on his own expense, located Pacquiao, and did his best to convince the boxer to hire him. The plan worked and Flores is now part of Pacquiao’s team for at least this fight.

The crew recently came out to Los Angeles for the final month of preparation ahead of the Las Vegas fight. In LA, Flores will likely be working with Pacquiao’s old strength/conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Flores told Rappler he would likely focus more on conditioning while Fortune would focus on the strength part.

Of course, Flores is wisely being sensitive to Pacquiao’s history and recognizes he is new to the team. Because of that, he doesn’t want to do anything too drastic ahead of the big fight.

Pacquiao, 35, is 55-5-2 and still looking to rebuild his name after the back-to-back losses. I thought he got a terrible deal from the judges in the first Bradley fight, but there was no way to get around the awful knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. A convincing win over Bradley would go a long way to rebuilding Pacquiao’s standing as a top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Floyd Mayweather allegedly had goons savagely beat workers he suspected of stealing

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may been in some serious trouble.

According to TMZ, Mayweather allegedly had some goons savagely beat a few workers he suspected of stealing jewelry from him, and the men have supposedly hired legal representation since.

TMZ says the two men who were beaten were hired by Mayweather to work on his Las Vegas homes. After some jewelry went missing, Mayweather reportedly suspected the men of the theft. He then supposedly arranged a meeting with the men at an off-site location.

When the men showed up, they were allegedly beaten by Floyd’s goons nearly to the point of death. The guys used weapons including clubs to beat up the two men.

The two men were hospitalized for several days and had broken arms and legs. They were supposedly adamant that they never stole the jewelry, and Floyd believes that now. But since the beating, the guys have hired a lawyer.

This sort of thing is nothing new for Mayweather. Not only was he charged with felony domestic violence in 2010 for allegedly beating up his baby mama — something he later served jail time for — but he also had domestic violence incidents in 2002 and 2005. Also in 2010, one of Mayweather’s bodyguards was arrested and charged with shooting a man in a parking lot after Mayweather confronted the man. In 2011, a club bouncer sued Mayweather, alleging that the boxer’s bodyguard assaulting him at the club.

Maybe it’s time Mayweather stopped having people beat guys up for him. Maybe it’s also time he stopped having so much jewelry around; it only seems to cause problems for him. Remember when he was robbed of $7 million in jewelry back in 2008? Or how about when his ex-girlfriend allegedly robbed him on one of his fight nights?

Canelo Alvarez beats Alfred Angulo with vicious uppercut (GIF)

Canelo Alvarez uppercutHas Canelo Alvarez been studying tape of a young Mike Tyson? Because sheesh, the man just UNLOADED a vicious uppercut straight to the face of Alfred Angulo during the 10th round of their fight on Saturday night.

Canelo was cruising in the fight and inflicting a lot of punishment on his opponent, so it wasn’t too surprising to see the fight called by the referee. But it was somewhat surprising that the fight was stopped at that moment when it looked like Angulo could continue. He was clearly upset that Tony Weeks stopped the fight:

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