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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:

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.

Manny Pacquiao won’t leave Bob Arum for Floyd Mayweather fight

pacquiao-arumOne of the biggest impediments for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is promoter Bob Arum. Not only did Arum come up with every excuse possible to block such a fight from happening when the fight was most in demand, but Mayweather despises Arum and refuses to do business with him. Mayweather even told Fight Hype recently that he will not do business with Arum.

Though he really wants a fight with Floyd and the money that comes with it, Pacquiao says he will not leave Arum’s Top Rank Promotions to increase the chances of him getting a fight with Floyd.

“Floyd Mayweather Jr. never runs out of excuses just to avoid fighting me. If I leave Top Rank, there’s no guarantee the fight would push through,” Pacquiao said in an interview with the Inquirer.

“So, why should I leave Top Rank? Just to make Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen? No way.”

Pacquiao also said the promotional group you’re with shouldn’t prevent a fight from happening and that there shouldn’t be any “lame excuses” to block things.

A few years ago, Mayweather asked Pacquiao if he wanted to leave Top Rank to join Floyd’s “The Money Team” promotion. Pacquiao declined.

In recent weeks, Mayweather has mocked Pacquiao for his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and for his tax problems. Clearly Pacquiao has not been impressed with Floyd’s behavior.

“When Floyd Mayweather was jailed for domestic violence, I prayed for him. Did you ever hear me say anything bad against him? I did not insult him while he was down and inside the prison cell. Instead, I prayed to God to change his heart,” Pacquiao said to the Inquirer.

He makes a good point, and that is the big difference between the two. Pacquiao is humble and has a big heart. His charitable ways have even threatened to ruin his fortune. Contrarily, likes to mock opponents and show off his wealth. The two couldn’t be more different, which is another reason the potential fight between them was so enticing.

Floyd Mayweather jabs Manny Pacquiao, Marcos Maidana and Amir Khan on Instagram

Let the Floyd Mayweather Jr. crap talking commence.

Mayweather (or whatever assistant runs his Instagram account) spent part of Christmas posting photos on Instagram mocking his potential opponents.

There was this photo of him knocking out Amir Khan.

Floyd Mayweather Amir Khan

“Just imagine what Amir “Con Artist” will get if his name gets picked in the Mayweather sweepstakes,” the caption said.

Khan is likely to be Mayweather’s next opponent for his May fight.

Then there was this photo of him deckin Marcos Maidana in the face:

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. rips Manny Pacquiao with ‘Christmas card’

Floyd-Mayweather-Manny-Pacquaio-Christmas-card

Most boxing fans have already given up on the prospect of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao getting together in the ring. The list of reasons why the two have not fought during their careers is longer than Mayweather’s credit card statement, but that does not mean Floyd wants people to forget about it.

Mayweather posted the image you see above on Twitter on Monday, referring to it as his “Christmas card to the world.” Promoter Bob Arum recently said that it would be “stupid” if the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight doesn’t happen, despite that fact that Arum has always come up with countless reasons why the two should not square off.

It’s probably no coincidence that Top Rank is suddenly interested in the Mayweather fight, given the fact that Pacquiao is reportedly having some financial issues. Pacquiao’s camp needs the fight more than Mayweather now, and I’m sure Floyd knows it. I still doubt it ends up happening.

Photo via Twitter/Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Manny Pacquiao has big tax problems – owes IRS $18.3 million

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao continues to have major tax problems in both the US and Philippines.

TMZ reports that Pac-Man owes $18.3 million to the IRS for income earned from 2006-2010.

Here’s how the money owed breaks down for those years, according to TMZ:

2006: $1.16 million — fought twice in Las Vegas

2007: $2.03 — fought once in Vegas and once in Texas

2008: $2.86 million – fought three times in Las Vegas

2009: $8.02 million – fought twice in Las Vegas

2010: $4.23 million – fought twice in Texas

Pacquiao recently had to borrow money to give to charity to help Typhoon Haiyan victims because his bank accounts in the Philippines were frozen. The Philippines said he owed $50 million in taxes for 2008 and 2009, but Pacquiao’s team says that money has been paid. The government is waiting for concrete proof.

Pacquiao’s tax, and to a larger extent money problems, have been rumored to be the reason why he fought in China in his last fight. But things didn’t go as well as hoped for Top Rank Promotions, so promoter Bob Arum said Pac-Man’s next fight would be back in the US. Maybe by then, Pacquiao’s tax situation will be squared away. My guess is he doesn’t have the money to pay that off.

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight likely to be against Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao Timothy BradleyManny Pacquiao is already making plans for an upcoming fight next year, and his next opponent is likely to be Timothy Bradley.

While promoter Bob Arum was making the rounds this week and telling everyone that Pac-Man vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to happen, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who helps promote Mayweather’s fights, says he hasn’t received a call from his rival promoter about setting up the match. Instead, Arum has actually listed three potential opponents for Pacquiao — none of whom are Mayweather.

Arum told ESPN’s Dan Rafael on Wednesday that Timothy Bradley, Ruslan Provodnikov, and a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez are possibilities for Pacquiao. He says the fight would likely be in April back in the US, which seems to be a sign that the experiment in China did not go as well as hoped.

In an interview with SI’s Chris Mannix, Arum indicated a rematch with Bradley is most likely.

“[Juan Manuel] Marquez isn’t going to fight him,” Arum told Mannix. “I’m not going to get on my knees to get Marquez to do it. Period, he isn’t going to fight him. So I have Bradley, Marquez and Ruslan Provodnikov. What I would like to do is if Pacquiao fights Bradley, have Ruslan fight Marquez. That would punish Marquez for refusing to fight Pacquiao.”

Pacquiao and Bradley are Top Rank Promotions fighters, while Marquez is promoted by Mexico-based Zafner Promotions and Arum’s Top Rank. That explains why the same opponents keep being mentioned for Pacquiao — Arum only likes having his fighters go against each other rather than setting up cards that include other promotions’ fighters.

But this actually isn’t a bad idea. I’m not sure how much intrigue there would be for a fifth installment of Pacquiao-Marquez after JMM destroyed Manny last time. And there is some unfinished business between Pac-Man and Bradley after Manny was robbed in a bad decision. Plus, with Bradley beating Marquez in October, there is more allure to him.

If Pacquiao and Bradley meet in Las Vegas in April and Arum sets up a proper promotional tour, I certainly think the fight would sell well. Being in China last time caused them to lose a lot of attention in the US.