David Diaz Prepares For Manny Pacquiao

World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz arrived in San Antonio, Texas on Monday night in advance of his meeting with the fans and local media on Tuesday at 11:30am at Mi Tierra Café, 218 Produce Row in San Antonio..

Diaz is visiting San Antonio for the first time in fifteen years. “I’m thrilled to be here, the fans were terrific to me when I fought here as amateur in 1993 and I look forward to meeting many of them on Tuesday. San Antonio has a great history in boxing so this is a perfect place to start our press tour.”

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Pacquiao Defeats Marquez On Questionable Decision

pacquiao4323353.jpgBy Manuel Perez: For the second time in four years, WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-4-1, 35 KOs) finds himself on the losing end of a dreadful decision, this time a 12-round split decision loss to Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (46-3-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 115-112 for Pacquiao, 112-115 for Marquez and 114-113 for Pacquiao.

I personally had Marquez winning 8 rounds to 4, but with the knockdown of Marquez in the 3rd round, it came out to 7-5. Many other sports writers at both ringside and on the internet are in agreement with me about the outcome being a horrible decision.

I can’t say that I’m particularly surprised, though, because Pacquiao is the bigger named fighter and it would have taken almost a miracle performance by Marquez to pull out a decision, even though he was the WBC super featherweight champion going into the bout and should have had that going for him. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough cache to get the win, but for most people that saw the fight, they know really won the fight, so I consider Marquez the people’s champion.

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De La Hoya’s Golden Goodbye Card

by Nick Kelly: It was entitled ‘Unfinished Business’ but even after Michael Buffer announced the split decision scorecards we were no nearer to knowing who is the superior of Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Ever since the synonymous draw between the two in 2004, arguments have raged that either fighter could and should have been the victor.

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Marquez-Pacquiao: Will It Be Worth The Wait?

By Nate Anderson: For some boxing fans, this fight has come too late and it’s not the same as it could have been. However, for most people, they could care less how long they had to wait, it’s worth it none the less. On Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs), considered to be one of the Pound for Pound best fighters in boxing, will challenge WBC featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3, 35 KOs) in a rematch of their 2004 bout, which resulted in a disappointing draw. Both fighters are four years older now and look slightly different from the natural process of aging, along with a few more battle scars.

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Could Hatton Beat Pacquiao?

Normally I would frame the question the other way around, asking whether the super lightweight Ricky Hatton, the naturally bigger fighter, could beat Manny Pacquiao, a super featherweight, but in watching how poorly Hatton did against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their December 8th bout, I have my doubts about how well Hatton would do against a fighter as fast as Pacquiao.

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Roach: “If we win that (fight against Diaz), we want Ricky Hatton”

According to the latest boxing news, the trainer for Super featherweight Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs), Freddie Roach recently said to boxingtalk website “If we win that fight against Diaz, we want Ricky Hatton. Ricky had a great performance against Mayweather. There are certain guys at 140 lb that I will let Manny fight, and Ricky Hatton is one of them.” Perhaps Pacquiao and Roach noticed how limited Hatton looked against Mayweather, and figured that if Floyd could make Hatton look so marginal, than a fighter as lightning fast and as powerful as Pacquiao could box circles around the slow-footed Hatton.

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Marquez Looking Forward To Rematch With Pacquiao

marquez555557551.jpgWorld Boxing Council super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3-1, 35 KOs) is getting ready for his March 15th rematch with Manny Pacquiao, whom he fought to a controversial 12-round draw with in May 2004. Marquez, 34, was knocked down three times in the first round of the fight, but from then on he rallied back, appearing to win most of the remaining rounds of the fight behind his sharp counter-punching style.

Despite the many knockdowns, it appeared that Marquez had done enough to earn the decision to many people that saw the bout. Afterwards, Marquez was eager for a rematch, but he was unable to reach agreement with Pacquiao and the fight never came off. Now, three years later, Marquez wants to prove that he is the better fighter once and for all, and is training hard to make that happen.

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Pacquiao vs. Marquez on March 15th

After flirting with the idea of a bout with World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz, Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs) has opted for a rematch with World Boxing Council featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3-1, 35 KOs), which will be taking place on March 15th. Pacquiao, 28, has faced Marquez, 34, before in May 8, 2004, fighting to a draw. Though Pacquiao was able to knock Marquez down three times in the first round, he wasn’t able to sustain his momentum as Marquez came roaring back in the second half of the fight and appeared to have beaten the Filipino star.

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Marquez: “I’ll destroy Pacquiao”

In perhaps an effort to get Manny Pacquiao into the ring, World Boxing Council super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3, 35 KOs) has reportedly said “he’s really scared and doesn’t want any part of me. He knows I’m the only man who can beat him. I’ll destroy him.” This was based on Marquez’s frustration of having learned that Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs) was interested in fighting World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz next rather than taking on the 34 year-old Marquez, who fought Pacquiao to a draw in May 2004. It’s hard to blame Pacquiao, however, for taking the easier fight against Diaz.

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De La Hoya – Pacquiao: “Ain’t Going To Happen”

According to the trainer of Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) “Ain’t going to happen,” he said to the Manila Bulletin. Apparently, the weight differences between Pacquiao, a 130 pound super featherweight, and De La Hoya, a light middleweight, would be too extreme for Pacquiao to handle. Based on reports, De La Hoya, 34, is highly interested in the bout, knowing perhaps the huge amount of money that could be made off a bout of this nature.

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