By Mauricio Carranza: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) is fighting WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) On July 12th at the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel, which should be a good fight if things go well for the young Mexican fighter because let’s face it, Lara has a style that can sometimes put people to sleep.
Even though I believe that Lara can win by boxing and moving well, I think it would be better for boxing if Canelo wins, simply because Canelo seems to be the new Oscar De La Hoya. Read the rest of this entry »
By Will Patino: Hello once again, in this edition of articles written by me I’m going to speak on Manny Pacquiao’s legacy in the aftermath of his rematch with Timothy Bradley. I also will be touching on where he has been and where he is now as a fighter along with my appreciation of Manny. I’d like to start off by saying I DO NOT like to criticize any boxers on their talent or place in boxing’s history. The main reason is because its all really opinion based.
If you have read any of my articles I usually speak on subjects that people rarely touch upon such as “Did you know? Boxing Edition”, “Defense a beautiful art to master” and ” How to market Boxing to expand its demographic and popularity”. All articles in which I do not speak on or criticize boxers with my opinions. This time around in light of his recent win I’ll speak on a fighter I have learned to gain great respect and appreciation for, the little man Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alon Calinao Dy: After winning the fight against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) in handing him his first career defeat last night, former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) told the boxing media that he is willing to face anyone who is going after him. The MGM Grand was filled with fans and celebrities who watched the exciting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This time around, all the three judges were in favour of Pacquiao and they had judged the rematch fairly. I think most of the fans, are happy with the final verdict, and even Tim Bradley himself, admitted that Pacquiao was the better fighter last night. It just says one thing that the integrity of boxing has finally returned after Pacquiao was arguably robbed in his fight against Bradley in 2012, despite his obvious dominance. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s May 2nd fight against Ishe Smith is now off. Instead, Canelo will be challenging WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) for his title on July 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Fightnews.
Canelo Alvarez said this on his twitter today: “Ready! July 12, 2014 – Canelo vs. Lara. We are going to give you what you want.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: If you’re hoping that Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) will now step it up after his 12 round unanimous decision win over WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) last night, then you’re going to have to put that hope in the hands of Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum because Pacquiao gave his famous “I don’t know it depends on my promoter Bob Arum,” line when asked by HBO’s Max Kellerman who he plans on fighting next.
You’d like to have seen Pacquiao take a stand right then and there with Arum looking over his shoulder and said in a firm manner that he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. or someone else really talented like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Erislandy Lara or Gennady Golovkin. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert “Big Moe” Elmore: Tim Bradley had it all for at least two fights. He scored a very controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in their first fight and proceeded to beat Ruslan Provodnikov and hall of famer Juan Manuel Marquez. But then he came to a fork in the road. He had the WBO strap around his waist, his contract had expired with Top Rank, had a chance to become a free agent, and possibly align himself to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But he wanted to prove to the world that he really did beat Pacquiao in the first fight and couldn’t get the rematch without first signing an extension. He mulled things over and finally decided to resign stating Top Rank gave him everything he wanted. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: With his 12 round unanimous decision victory over WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) last night in Las Vegas, Nevada, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) is now hunting for bigger game by offering Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fight against him for later this year in September rather than one of the two guys – Mike Alvarado or Juan Manuel Marquez – that his promoter Bob Arum has for him. Pacquiao says that his line is open for Mayweather to call him to make the fight happen.
Arum also is extending the offer to Mayweather, albeit not in the same patient manner that Pacquiao is offering the fight to him. Read the rest of this entry »
By Gerardo Granados: Last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A, the veteran “boxer” Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) clearly defeated WBO Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) to regain the WBO welterweight strap; I concur with the two fight judges that scored it 116-112 for Manny. Although it was a good fight it can’t be possible to consider it as a candidate for fight of the year award, maybe Pacquiao’s fans considered it as spectacular but the fight simply didn’t lived up to the expectations.
The first five rounds were really good but after the sixth, Bradley was in survival mode, something had changed, according to the fight reports “Desert Storm” hurt his ankle again; if he had not injured the fight might have been closer, but that is not to blame on Manny who had a good fight plan and was able to execute, he was smart and patient to out punch and outwork Tim, who after the fifth round was just trying to land a big punch to end the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Power VCT: First off, congrats to both Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) and Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) for a very good entertaining fight last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110. In my honest opinion, I scored the bout a draw and I don’t agree with the spread of the judges, but I understand boxing and politics.
Now Pacquiao and Bradley are linked into the rematch at some point in the future, as Jim Lampley elaborated on last night. Hopefully the third fight will take place this September of 2014. The bad part of last night’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight is, again, in my honest opinion neither fighter has what it takes to defeat “Pretty Boy” Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s). Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is looking to try and put together a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. if possible. After Pacquiao’s win over WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arum suggested that boxing fans boycott Mayweather Jr’s May 3rd unification bout against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana, which will be televised by Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The idea that Arum has is that if Mayweather’s pay-per-view fight with Maidana does poorly, he’ll be more likely to want to make a fight against Pacquiao sooner rather than later. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) dominated Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) last night through the first part of the fight, but a calf injury caused the 30-year-old Bradley to slow up after the 4th, leading eventually to a narrow 12 round unanimous decision defeat to Pacquiao last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two of the judges had the fight scored correctly at 116-112, 116-112, while the third judge had his scorecard way off to what had happened in the ring last night by scoring it 118-110.
We’ll never know what would have happened had Bradley not suffered the injury, but what we do know is that he was dominating Pacquiao before the injury. You can draw conclusions from that, I guess. Read the rest of this entry »
by Jojo Fugaban: Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) had won convincing 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night against defending WBO world champion Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, full 3 minutes of aggression from Pacquiao had never come. Though judges had scored a unanimous decision (116-112, 116-112 and 118-110) favoring the Pacman. Dominance throughout the fight was not seen, as Pacquiao was as at some point being cautious of being caught by a big lucky punch from Bradley.
Being cautious though is one factor but Bradley should be given the accolades as the young and talented Bradley could not be denied of his prowess of being a counter puncher and having observed to be a solid and well- conditioned coming into the fight. However, the speed and foot work for Pacman has made a huge difference in this fight. Making different angles needed for a counter punching machine to mechanically malfunction throughout the fight. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: Former 8 division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) avenged his previous defeat against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) by beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judge’s scores were 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.
Bradley controlled the action in much of the first quarter of the fight, but Pacquiao came on starting with the 7th and dominated the last 6 rounds to win what appeared to be a close decision.
#1 WBO lightweight champion Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KO’s) not surprisingly defeated substitute opponent Arash Usmanee (20-2-1, 10 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant NABO lightweight. The final judges’ scores were 118-110, 117-111, and 117-111. Read the rest of this entry »
by Alon Calinao Dy: Undefeated American Boxer Timothy Bradley (31-0-12 KO’s) will have his defeat for the first time in his professional boxing career, as Manny Pacquiao has promised his supporters and even his critics that will come out victorious tonight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although Bradley said to ESPN, “Get the pillows ready by the ringside,” it does not affect his 100 percent concentration to knock Bradley out in the first 6th rounds. And I don’t think Pacquiao can beat Bradley ny knockout, but if old Manny is back, I do believe that the American boxer is in serious trouble. Read the rest of this entry »
By Chris Williams: Michael Koncz, the personal adviser to Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s), thinks that Manny will need a really spectacular victory to show boxing fans that he’s still relevant and one of the top guys in the sport. In other words, just beating Bradley by a normal decision won’t be good enough if it’s a fairly close outcome, which is very likely to happen due to the two fighters being close to each other in the talent department.
Pacquiao is going to need more than just a knockout to get a fight against Boxing’s No.1 star Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pacquiao is going to need another big win, and he’s probably going to need to leave Top Rank at the end of the year when his contract expires Mayweather will consider giving a fight. Read the rest of this entry »