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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.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Taunts Manny Pacquiao with Facebook Posts

This Floyd Mayweather Jr. character is beginning to look worse and worse by the day. We’ve gone over the legal issues he’s been facing lately, and most of the public has turned against him for his refusal to fight Manny Pacquiao. While Pac Man is working on his third fight since he and Money were supposed to meet, Floyd has been doing nothing but getting into trouble and betting on basketball games.

Oh yeah, he’s also been taunting Pacquiao.

Mayweather spent part of his Saturday reminding fight fans that he’s still undefeated while Manny’s record has been thrice blemished. In four separate posts on his Facebook page, he linked to videos of each one of Pacquiao’s losses, and then he topped it off by writing that he was 41-0 and undefeated.

It’s extremely irritating to see Floyd waste his time that way. We all know that he’s undefeated and that Manny has lost. But Pacquiao has been fantastic over the last handful of years, and it’s universally believed that he’s the only fighter who can challenge — and possibly beat — Floyd. If Floyd’s so good and Manny’s so bad, then why won’t he prove it in the ring?

With every fight that passes between the two of them matching up, Floyd looks worse and worse. And you know what? Even if they do eventually meet, a Mayweather win won’t have as much significance as it would have a year and a half ago when this fight was supposed to happen.

Floyd’s facebook postings pointed out by BSO. Here they are:

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Manny Pacquiao Gets New Haircut – Going Justin Bieber Style

Manny Pacquiao may be one of the most ferocious and feared boxers in the world (just look at these pictures), but the Filipino fighter is really nothing more than a popstar in disguise. In addition to his political involvement in the Phillipines, Pac Man has released two singing albums. Apparently he has more than just music in his heart — he now wears the style on his head. At his press conference promoting his upcoming May fight with Shane Mosley, Manny was seen sporting a new do … the Justin Bieber hairstyle as you can see in the picture above and the gallery below, as directed by SI Hot Clicks.

Manny Pacquiao Haircut Pictures via SI Photos

Now the only question that remains is whether or not the Biebs will be calling out Manny in a rap song. Only difference is it’s one thing to mess with an NFL quarterback, but quite another to goad a boxer. Probably wouldn’t be a good idea for the twerp.

For more funny Manny Pacquiao pictures, check out this gallery.

Bob Arum Seeking Fall Fight Between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley

The Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley fight turned out to be a big disappointment, but the good news is we likely won’t be forced to see a rematch, for which HBO has the rights. Bradley said he’d like to fight Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao eventually, but acknowledged he likely will need a stepping stone before moving onto such a big fight. After his win over Alexander, he said Amir Khan could be a likely opponent. If that materializes and Bradley wins, he could earn a shot at Pacquiao.

Promoter Bob Arum told Lem Satterfield at FanHouse that he’d like to see Bradley fight his prized possession, Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao of course has a May fight coming up against Shane Mosley, but not too many people are worried about PacMan stumbling in that bout. Should Bradley fight someone like Khan and win, he’d have his name built up somewhat, and he’d present a potential challenge for Manny.

Just ask Tim.

“I think that, I, myself, if I fight the perfect fight, man, I know that I can beat him,” Bradley said to FanHouse. “If I fight the perfect fight then I can beat Manny Pacquiao, no doubt.”

Pacquiao’s last three fights were at 147 pounds (his fight against Margacheato was actually a 150-pound limit), but before that he was fighting at anywhere from super featherweight to light welterweight. The potential bout between the two men would likely be at 140 pounds. If Bradley sets a fight with Khan and wins, that would be enough to earn a shot at Pacquiao. Like many of you however, I’d rather be talking about a date with Mayweather finally.

Manny Pacquiao Popularity Will Increase with CBS-Showtime Exposure

A major change occurred in the boxing world recently with the announcement that international superstar Manny Pacquiao would be leaving HBO to fight on Showtime. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, had grown disenchanted with HBO and what he perceived to be favoritism towards to rival promoter Golden Boy. Instead of operating on HBO’s terms, Arum decided to explore other options for airing the fight and he wound up finding a home with Showtime, which is owned by CBS. Though Pac-Man’s next fight is an uninspiring bout with Shane Mosley, but it will present new opportunities in terms of exposure.

Thomas Gerbasi’s detailed piece on Max Boxing outlines the entire story behind the move to Showtime. What struck me was the promotional package CBS and Showtime agreed to in order to land the fight. Check out this ridiculous list of items reportedly promised by CBS:

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Ambassador of the Year Manny Pacquiao Targeting Fight with Shane Mosley

Manny Pacquiao, fresh off a dominating win over Antonio Margacheato, was recently named HBO’s Boxing Ambassador of the Year. It’s an extremely well deserved honor for a man who has become the most popular and prominent figure in the sport. With all of Pacquiao’s recent success and publicity, people have been wondering what’s next. We recently learned that Pac Man’s next fight will be May 7th in the U.S. but we haven’t learned the opponent.

The three potential opponents being mentioned have been Juan Manuel Marquez, Andre Berto, and Shane Mosley. Marquez, despite his history of competitive bouts against Manny, is an unlikely opponent because his representatives (Golden Boy Promotions) are in a fight with Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter). Berto is 27-0, but he’s young and doesn’t have the same recognition amongst fans as someone more established such as Shane Mosley. Which brings us to the negotiations.

Lance Pugmire reports that Mosley’s adviser has a Tuesday meeting with Pacquiao’s promoter to go over a potential fight and possibly sign a deal for a May 7th bout in Las Vegas. Mosley is 39 years old, well known by fans, and he’s fought every big name in the 147 and 154 weight classes. Now that Manny has jumped up in weight, the two can finally meet.

With the way Mosley was battered by Floyd Mayweather Jr., I’m not expecting a competitive bout if this deal gets finalized. If it ain’t Floyd, I’m not interested, and if it’s Mosley I’ll be even less intrigued. This will be a no-contest if it happens.

Antonio Margarito Battered by Manny Pacquiao, Right Eye Nearly Shut

Manny Pacquiao nearly pitched a shutout in his unanimous decision victory over Antonio Margarito on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. One judge had the fight 12 rounds to none while the other judges gave Margarito one and two rounds, respectively. Though Margarito managed to go the distance, he was thoroughly battered in the fight to the point where people speculated that it should have been stopped. Margarito said before the fight that as a true Mexican, he would die in the ring, and he lived up to his words. Just look at his face after the fight:

I’m not really sure how much honor there is in going an extra round and a half getting beat up like that. Margarito already solidified his reputation for toughness taking a beating the first 10 rounds and still fighting back. Keep in mind, carry a five inch height advantage and 20 pound weight advantage, he got plenty of shots in on Pacquiao who said afterward it was his hardest fight. You couldn’t tell based on Margarito’s beat up face:

In 36 minutes he went from looking like a smooth hipster to the parking attendant in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Pac Man straight up rearranged his face.