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Manny Pacquiao Fight Camp 360 Preview on Showtime and CBS (Video)

Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming May fight against Shane Mosley will be airing on Showtime, marking a landmark departure for Pac Man from his traditional home on HBO. The move, which we told you about two months ago, allows for extra exposure for Pacquiao on CBS, which owns Showtime. For the first time, the premium channel is running a series called Fight Camp 360 which is Showtime’s answer to 24/7, a wildly popular program HBO runs to promote its fights. Here’s a sneak preview of what to expect on the first episode of the show:

The entire first episode of the four-part series will air at 12pm ET on Saturday, April 2nd on CBS. The fight between Pacquiao and Mosley is on May 7th and no matter how much you hear that Shane can beat Pacquiao, don’t believe the hype. He doesn’t have a shot.

Video: Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins Brawl at Press Conference, Was it Real?

Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins are set to meet for a rematch of their December 18th draw on May 21st. The boxers had their pre-fight press conference on Monday and did exactly what a pre-fight conference is supposed to do — drum up interest in the show. An actual scuffle broke out between Pascal and Hopkins over Pascal suggesting Hopkins take a blood test to prove he was clean. Check out this video of their fight and let me know if you think it’s real or fake:

If you see B-Hop and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy, you’ll see they’re both smiling and appear to be laughing. Maybe it’s a nervous laugh because they don’t know what’s going on, but fighting at a pre-fight press conference is the oldest promotional strategy around. Many writers seem to buy it thinking that the Hopkins’ anti-Canada viewpoint is fueling the feud (Pascal is from Canada and their two fights are in Quebec).

I certainly am not buying it. Not only is this a classic promotional move, but if Pascal were really concerned about Hopkins’ legitimacy he would have put the blood test stipulations into their contract, not drummed it up now. What do you think?

Ricardo Mayorga Wants to Face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September

Just two weeks ago Ricardo Mayorga fought Miguel Cotto and lost in the 12th round when he couldn’t continue because of a dislocated thumb. The 38-year-old said after the loss that he planned to retire, but only two weeks later it appears he’s had a change of heart.

La Cronica de Hoy in Nicaragua says Mayorga is targeting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for a September fight. Chavez Jr. is fighting Sebastian Zbik in June, so only a three month layoff would be a quick turnaround, making it unlikely in my opinion.

Notifight and Boxing Scene add that Mayorga wants to fight in September because they’re having a tribute show to Alexis Arguello who died in July of 2009. As I said back when he declared his impromptu retirement, I wouldn’t hold him to his word. My guess is he’ll wind up fighting at least one more time. Heck, look at Roy Jones Jr. — he’s 42 and still fighting.

Roy Jones Jr. Is Still Fighting. Why?

Roy Jones Jr. is 42 years old, 54-7 overall, and he’s lost his last two fights in a row. Sadly, like so many other former legends in the ring, Jones Jr. hasn’t figured out that it’s time to quit and instead he continues to sully his once pristine legacy every time he takes the ring.

Luckily for him, most fans don’t notice.

Jones Jr. has signed on to fight yet again, this time against Denis Lebedev on May 22 in Moscow. They’ll fight at cruiserweight where Roy hopes the 200-pound weight limit will give him advantage over his 31-year-old opponent.

The way he’s looked his last two fights — a loss to Bernard Hopkins and this butt kicking by Danny Green — the only ring he should be worried about is the one he aspires to receive in heaven.

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Bernard Hopkins and Mike Jones Want you to Neuter Your Pit Bull (Video)

Philadelphia boxers Bernard Hopkins and Mike Jones are supporting a pit bull spaying and neutering campaign based out of Camden, New Jersey called “Project Knock Out.” The project offers people to have their pits fixed for free in Camden to the non-profit New Jersey Aid for Animals. Talking about the project, Hopkins says “I’m happy to lend my name and likeness to this great cause.” For the animal lovers, check out this behind-the-scenes video of pit bulls getting photographed in the ring to promote the campaign:

Next time, I say he and Mike Vick should team up on a pit bull effort. For more info, you can go to the NJAFA website.

Nonito Donaire Leaves Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Golden Boy Promotions

A shock was sent through the business side of boxing Wednesday when it was announced that Nonito Donaire would be leaving promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. This is just the latest twist in an ongoing saga between the rival promotional groups, and there is little doubt it is a massive gain for Golden Boy.

Nonito Donaire is one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and an emerging star in the sport of boxing. The 28-year-old has been moving up in weight class steadily and picking up fans along the way while posting a 26-1 record. The Filipino Flash’s most recent fight was an eye-opening second-round knockout of Fernando Montiel last month that rearranged his opponent’s face.

Donaire has speed, power, and size for a bantamweight. Whether or not he can become as big as Manny Pacquiao in terms of popularity remains to be seen, but we do know that Donaire is an emerging star.

That’s why his promotional sidestep is so significant for boxing.

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Zab Judah Thinks he can Beat Manny Pacquiao and Wants the Fight

I used to be a huge Zab Judah fan for a simple reason — he has Jewish roots and was shouted out in a Wu Tang song. That’s about as unbeatable of a combination as possible. But Zab went from being a promising southpaw in the light welterweight division to someone who lacked focus and a proper work ethic to succeed. He lost three fights in a row from 2006-2007, falling to Carlos Baldomir, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Miguel Cotto. Three fights later, he lost to Joshua Clottey. While the losses to Floyd and Cotto were understandable, Zab is too good to have ever lost to guys like Baldomir and Clottey, but that’s what happened.

Zab has said he’s rededicating himself to the sweet science and has put together a nice run of five straight victories, including a split decision win over Lucas Matthyesse in November. Super Judah now has two light welterweight belts and apparently has his goals set pretty high. Not surprisingly, he wants a piece of Manny Pacquiao, though not for a lack of respect.

Judah told Boxing Scene that though he respects Pacquiao and what Manny has done, he’d like to get with Manny in the ring because he knows he can beat him. He says the matchup of speed and southpaws would be intriguing, but I think Manny would own him.

Though I respect Zab’s lofty goals, I feel like he’s in a long line of fighters who want their shot at Manny. Why is that? Because Pacquiao’s the most popular figure in the sport, and a fight against him brings major guaranteed money and publicity. There’s no shame in losing to Manny and at least you get compensated handsomely. If you win, then you’ve done something historic. Fighting Pacquiao is a win-win proposition for any of his potential opponents.