Quantcast

Dana White blames ‘idiot’ Bob Arum for booking bad fight for Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao suffered a devastating loss to Juan Manuel Marquez two weekends ago, and Dana White thinks Bob Arum is to blame for making the match.

The UFC president says it was a bad decision by Arum, who promotes Pacquiao’s fights, to set the Filipino up for a fourth bout with Marquez. Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in their first bout, and then Pac-Man won two controversial decisions after that. It was clear after the first 36 rounds they fought that Marquez had Pacquiao’s number.

“I’m the biggest Pacquiao fan ever, and I bet on Marquez,” White told the media on Saturday, via 5th Round. “Dumbest fight in history. Bob Arum’s a moron. You don’t take that fight, you idiot! Why would you do that fight? It’s all about the money, that’s why.

“That was a money fight, that’s what that fight was done for.”

White felt Arum should have set up a Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch instead of a fourth Pacquiao-Marquez battle.

“[Pacquiao] should have fought [Timothy] Bradley. Bradley’s the fight they should have done. He would have knocked Bradley out, he would have got his belt back and now he’s back in the position he should have been in.

“[Pacquiao's] one of the best fighters in the world. He goes out and fights Marquez again? Bob Arum is the dumbest promoter in the history of the world.”

We’ve been ripping Arum for years for impeding a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather superfight. His unwillingness to work with Golden Boy Promotions prevents the best fights from being arranged, which hurts the overall sport. However, there was very little public interest in a second fight against Bradley when almost everyone felt Pacquiao won the first fight. Marquez presented the most difficult matchup for Manny, so we’ll actually give Arum credit for arranging a legitimately dangerous fight.

Below you can see video of White’s comments:

[Read more...]

Manny Pacquiao to undergo extensive brain testing

manny-pacquiao-knockout

Manny Pacquiao was hit so hard by a devastating knockout punch from Juan Manuel Marquez last weekend that he will be taking extra health precautions before resuming his boxing career.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Pacquiao for 120 days so that he can heal, and they told him to avoid any contact and physical activity for the first 90 days.

Pacquiao’s initial plan was to fight again in April, but that timetable has been delayed because of the knockout. Manny’s trainer, Freddie Roach, says September is the earliest Pacquiao could be back in the ring. Pac-Man’s impending return will also depend on his medical examinations.

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, plans to have his fighter undergo extensive brain testing before another fight is scheduled, The Philippine Star reports.

“I have to take him to the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, the brain center, which is a brain specialist,” said Arum. “We’re going to do an extensive brain examination before we commit him to a fight.”

Pacquiao was literally out cold after the Marquez knockout. His team had to put a cold towel on him to wake him up after he was out for a minute. His eyes were said to be glazed over. Pacquiao’s coach says the fighter did not know where he was or whether the fight was over.

Pacquiao was taken to a hospital following his loss Saturday where he underwent a CT scan. He also reportedly underwent an MRI after returning home to the Philippines, and his results reportedly were clear. But that doesn’t mean Pacquiao is free of serious injury; the effects of a brutal punch like that don’t always immediately show.

Pacquiao has plans to travel to Israel next week. Arum hopes they will be able to return to Las Vegas for the testing at some point during the new year.

There are plenty of people who wanted to see Pacquiao lose to Marquez, but nobody wants to see anyone suffer serious health consequences. Like Pacquiao’s family, I’m hoping he retires to protect is health. He has already done so much in the sport and has little left to prove. He needs to take care of himself.

Manny Pacquiao, wife Jinkee cry during interview after loss (Video)

Manny Pacquiao conducted an interview with GMA network broadcast in the Philippines that left him and his wife, Jinkee, in tears.

Pacquiao’s family has been urging him to retire from boxing after watching him get knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.

“When you see your husband get hurt, you cannot even sleep,” Jinkee said during the interview conducted while she and Manny remained in Las Vegas.

Asked if she wanted her husband to retire from boxing, she said: “You know the answer to that. He knows what I am asking him.”

The interview allowed the Pacquiaos to speak with their children over Skype. One of their sons told his father he didn’t want him to fight anymore. Both Pacquiaos were emotional while speaking with their children, and Manny was particularly emotional when he thought about the entire country and his millions of fans he let down.

“The low morale, the sadness, I accept that. This is my job…. But the reaction of the Filipinos, the many who cried, especially my family, it really hurts me,” Pacquiao said, per The Telegraph.

One of the sweetest moments of the interview came with about a minute left, when two of the Pacquiaos young daughters told their parents not to cry.

Despite his career in politics and the urging of his family to quit, Pacquiao does not appear to have plans to stop boxing. Pac-Man is turning 34 years old this week and is 54-5-2 in his career.

Glove touch to Off the Bench

Floyd Mayweather feels badly for Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has spent the better part of the last few years avoiding Manny Pacquiao in the ring, but he has sent plenty of verbal jabs the Filipino’s way. Maybe Mayweather is maturing, because he actually expressed compassion for Pacquiao after Pac-Man lost to Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.

Mayweather did not see the fight, but he did offer some praise and encouragement for the former champion.

“Marquez is a true champion, Manny Pacquiao is a true champion, both of them went out there and put on a good performance, and that’s a good thing for the sport of boxing,” Mayweather told Fight Hype.

“I wish Pacquiao nothing but the best. I wish that he can bounce back and he can recoup from this. In the sport of boxing, you have to really dedicate yourself to your craft. You have to really, really dedicate yourself to your craft. I think he’s got so many different things on the outside that he worries about, you know. But it was a good thing that he was able to come into the sport, you know, piggyback off my name, and get a bunch of endorsement deals and make a good living. That’s a great thing.”

[Read more...]

Manny Pacquiao KTFO by Juan Manuel Marquez in action-packed fight

Juan Manuel Marquez finally broke through against Manny Pacquiao. After three fights that included a draw and two losses by controversial decisions, Marquez finally recorded a win against Pac-Man.

Marquez knocked the Filipino down in the third, and then put him out for good in the sixth in one of the most brutal knockouts you will see. The knockout was so bad it literally put Pacquiao to sleep.

One of Pacquiao’s coaches, Alex Ariza, confirmed Manny was out cold. He told reporters they had to put a cold towel over Pac-Man’s head, and that his eyes where glazed over and he didn’t know where he was.

Kevin Durant had one of the tweets of the night in response:

Pacquiao drops to 54-5-2 with the loss, while Marquez is now 55-6-1.

This is the first knockout loss for Pacquiao since he was defeated by Medgoen Singsurat in Thailand on Sept. 17 1999.

Pacquiao recovered well from the first knockdown and rallied to put Marquez on the canvas in the sixth. He hit the Mexican so hard that Marquez told reporters after the fight he thought his nose was broken (reports later said it was).

Though many were saying all hope for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is now lost, I disagree. First off, it was highly unlikely that they were going to fight anyhow, so this outcome doesn’t lessen the chances. Secondly, Mayweather might be MORE interested in fighting Pac-Man now that the Filipino had his face rearranged. The only thing this outcome takes away is the excitement and anticipation of what was once supposed to be a superfight. Should they decide to fight, it would still sell extremely well thanks to the huge fan bases of each boxer.

GIF via @ZProphet_MMA

Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao needs to bring back killer instinct

Manny Pacquiao’s reputation as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world has taken a hit over the past few years. The Filipino lost a controversial decision to Timothy Bradley in June, and he narrowly won a majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in his previous fight. Though he battered three straight opponents before that, he hasn’t scored a knockout since 2009.

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, recognizes that Pac Man needs to bring back his killer instinct to regain his reputation as a fearsome fighter in the ring.

“Marquez will be more hittable and not so much a counter-puncher. I think we need a knockout to secure [Pacquiao's] No. 1 spot in the world. He needs to be impressive and a knockout would be impressive,” Roach told Boxing Scene.

“In the first [fight with Marquez, Pacquiao] was aggressive in the beginning of that fight. In the second fight we had one knockdown and in the third fight we had none. He just lost that killer instinct. In the first fight he was trying to knock him out, but Marquez is very resilient also.

“You have to take that factor in also. We need to bring back that killer instinct where he finishes guys like he used to.”

Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a draw in their first fight, and Pac Man won decisions in the next two.

“[Marquez] lost those fights and I still had Manny winning by a little bit. Manny started well and he finished well,” Roach said. “A lot of fans thought that we lost [the third] fight so we have to redeem ourselves.”

The fourth — and hopefully final — fight between the two is on Dec. 8 in Las Vegas. Despite what Roach is aiming for, Marquez seems to have Pacquiao’s number. I don’t see a knockout for Manny in that one.

50 Cent showing off his relationship with Manny Pacquiao (Picture)

50 Cent is just rubbing things in at this point. The rapper/businessman shared the above picture of him with his arm around the shoulder of boxer Manny Pacquiao on Monday, along with the caption “Big business moves.”

It was reported last week that 50 and Pac-Man were planning to team up to form a promotional company. The original plan was for Floyd Mayweather to be a part of the team, but 50 said his boxing buddy has been acting differently since getting out of prison. Rather than wait for Mayweather to get with the program, 50 proceeded and is forming a company just with Pacquiao instead.

Not only will it be interesting to see what happens with Floyd and 50′s relationship going forward, but it will also be interesting to see how the new promotional company affects the boxing game.

H/T Black Sports Online