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Manny Pacquiao gains revenge, likely Marquez date in win over Tim Bradley

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Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao (right) weathered Tim Bradley’s attack early and used an aggressive approach to win a unanimous decision for the WBO welterweight crown. (Jed Jacobsohn/SI)

LAS VEGAS — Three thoughts on Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decision win over Tim Bradley

Pacquiao’s revenge. While most observers believed Pacquiao won his first fight with Bradley, officially, it was a loss. Pacquiao avenged that defeat Saturday night, outpointing Bradley in an entertaining slugfest that shifted the WBO welterweight title back to Pacquiao. Bradley looked comfortable early, taking advantage of Pacquiao’s aggression with crisp counterpunches. When he moved forward, he landed flush shots. It was clear from the last fight that Bradley has no fear of Pacquiao’s power and he showed that same fearlessness in the early rounds. Pacquiao was able to connect with combinations, but Bradley’s head movement gave him problems.

The second half of the fight was a different story. Pacquiao’s aggression clearly took its toll on Bradley, who was consistently fighting on his heels. Pacquiao pressed the action, and though he wasn’t as active as his trainer, Freddie Roach, promised he would be, he was active enough to keep Bradley backpedaling and unable to mount a sustained attack. Per CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 198 of 563 punches (141 out of 627 for Bradley, including 148 power shots (109 for Bradley). It wasn’t vintage Pacquiao — unfortunately, we may never see that relentless brawler again — but it was enough to beat a very good fighter in Bradley. Read More…

  • Published On Apr 13, 2014
  • Marquez to fight Alvarado on May 17; winner to face Pacquiao-Bradley victor

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    Juan Manuel Marquez lost his last fight in October to Tim Bradley.

    Juan Manuel Marquez lost his last fight in October to Tim Bradley in a split decision. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

    At 40, Juan Manuel Marquez is ready for another fight. Marquez (55-7-1) will take on Mike Alvarado (34-2) in a 12-round fight on May 17 at the recently refurbished Forum in Los Angeles, Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti told

    According to Moretti, the winner of Marquez-Alvarado will fight the winner of Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley — who are scheduled to fight for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title on April 12 — sometime in the fall.

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  • Published On Mar 13, 2014
  • Quick Jabs: Russian promoter shells out big bucks for Wladimir Klitschko fight

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    Wladimir Klitschko is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in August. (Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    Wladimir Klitschko is expected to face Alexander Povetkin in August. (Nadine Rupp/Bongarts/Getty Images)

    • In a shocker, Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov won a purse bid for the right to promote Wladimir Klitschko’s future heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin with a whopping $23.3 million bid, far more than K2 Promotions ($7.1 million) or Sauerland Event ($6.01 million) put up. Assuming both Klitschko and Povetkin make it through their upcoming bouts, the fight will take place August 31 in either Moscow, Berlin or Las Vegas. Under the terms of the bid, Klitschko would receive $17.5 million with Povetkin entitled to $5.8 million. As big as Hryunov’s bid was, it falls well short of the $32.1 million Las Vegas businessman Steve Wynn put up to secure the rights to Buster Douglas’s title defense against Evander Holyfield in 1990.

    The obvious question: Can Hryunov come up with the cash? Occasionally, a promoter will come in and submit an outlandish bid for a fight, and then default. Don King has done it twice in the last year, first with a $1.1 million bid for the right to promote a heavyweight fight between Cris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne and later with a $1.5 million bid for Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi. King would default on both, losing the ten percent deposit he was required to put down. Sources involved with the bid told that Hryunov, who is being backed by a Russian-based businessman and real estate developer, will spend the next few weeks exploring ways to monetize the fight.

    • Some numbers from a busy boxing weekend: Last Saturday’s Showtime-televised fight between Saul Alvarez and Austin Trout peaked at 734,000 households and 1.061 million viewers, a modest increase from the 1.031 viewers Alvarez attracted for his September fight with Josesito Lopez. Meanwhile Saturday afternoon’s fight on NBC, headlined by heavyweights Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham, did a strong overnight rating that translated to 1.2 million viewers. Expectations are that when the full numbers come in later in the week, peak viewership will exceed 1.8 million.

    • I love Juan Manuel Marquez-Tim Bradley. Like most, I was surprised that Marquez didn’t take a fifth fight with Pacquiao. Despite all the rhetoric, I figured Marquez would go for the biggest check. But in fighting Bradley, Marquez can still cash a big check and give himself a chance at history by becoming the first Mexican to win titles in five weight classes. And if he beats Bradley — and Pacquiao gets past either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios — a Pacquiao fight will still be there.

    • I don’t think I’ve ever been less interested in a notable fight than this Saturday’s heavyweight bout between Deontay Wilder and Audley Harrison. It’s another absolute joke of a fight for Wilder, a 2008 bronze medalist whose résumé as a pro is pathetic.

    • If Danny Garcia beats Zab Judah on Saturday, I think he becomes the favorite to face Floyd Mayweather in the fall. Mayweather clearly isn’t overly interested in facing Saul Alvarez; if he were, he would have agreed to face him already and fought together on the May 4th pay per view. I’ve been told that during negotiations with HBO and Showtime Mayweather’s representatives mentioned Garcia often as a possible opponent.

    • Ishe Smith-Carlos Molina: The very definition of not-made-for-TV.

    • Golden Boy’s ability to get Bernard Hopkins’ upcoming title defense against Karo Murat on premium television could get interesting. The fight stinks. Murat (25-0-1) is not a particularly big puncher and a complete unknown in the U.S. And everyone knows that at this stage of his career Hopkins (53-6-2) needs a certain type of opponent (Tavoris Cloud, Jean Pascal) to look impressive. I’m told Showtime is interested in showing the fight, but will require a strong co-main event to make it worth their while.

    • There is still nothing to make me think that a fight between Nathan Cleverly and Bernard Hopkins will be anything but dull.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Apr 25, 2013
  • Podcast: Amir Khan, Nonito Donaire look ahead to weekend fights, look back at Pacquiao-Marquez IV

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    Sports Illustrated staff writer Chris Mannix looks back at Juan Manuel Marquez’s devastating knockout of Manny Pacquiao last weekend at the MGM Grand, then speaks with Amir Khan and Nonito Donaire ahead of their fights this weekend.

    Click here to listen:

  • Published On Dec 14, 2012
  • Manny Pacquiao’s wife, mother say he should retire

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    Manny Pacquiao’s wife and mother said the Filipino fighter should retire after Saturday’s knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.

    “When you see your husband get hurt, you cannot even sleep,” Jinkee Pacquiao, Manny’s wife, said in an interview on the GMA Network that aired Monday in the Philippines.

    Jinkee was highly emotional Saturday following the knockout, weeping inconsolably as she attempted to climb into the ring to reach her fallen husband after a counter right hand from Marquez left him face down and unconscious on the canvas for nearly two minutes.

    Does that mean she wants Pacquiao, the first and only eight-division champion in boxing history, to retire?

    “You know the answer to that,” she told the interviewer, according to Agence France-Presse. “He knows what I am asking him”.

    Pacquiao’s mother Dionisia was more direct in a separate interview on the same network.

    “I have long asked you son, it is time to retire because you started boxing at such a young age. I always pray that he will stop. I asked God to tell my son to stop,” she said.

    Dionisia had previously blamed Pacquiao’s defeat — his first by way of knockout since 1999 — on the religious recommitment he’s undergone over the past year, attributing his lost sleep to late-night Bible studies with “Protestant pastors.”

    “That’s what he gets for changing his religion,” she said, a quote that led a front-page story in Monday’s Philippine Daily Inquirer.

    Pacquiao turns 34 on December 17. He’s amassed a record of 54 wins, six losses and two draws with 38 knockouts since turning pro as a 106-pounder in 1995.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Dec 10, 2012
  • How Juan Manuel Marquez’s win played on newspaper front pages in Mexico

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    Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning knockout of Manny Pacquiao concluded early enough to make the close of most Sunday newspapers in Marquez’s native Mexico. Here’s a look at how the victory played on the front pages.

  • Published On Dec 09, 2012
  • Why is Snooki in the ring? Apparently no one really knew she’s a promoter

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    Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi made her top-flight promotional debut Saturday, appearing in the ring with her fighter, Patrick Hyland, who fought on the Pacquiao-Marquez undercard. This confused people.

    1. @snooki representing Hyland in the first fight of the night of the #pacquiaomarquez fight?
    2. snolasco
      Snooki Boxing? That’s just wrong. Very wrong. #boxing
    3. lala_les
      I was wondering wow @snooki is working it she even showed up to the fight.
    4. dkrpjazz
      If you have snooki in your corner you deserve to lose. #sorrynotsorry
    5. TheBrownBooger
      What is snooki doing in the ring at the MGM idk ???
    6. MrDuff_Duff
      Snooki in the irishman’s corner & not the latino’s corner makes no sense. Not sure wut she doin anyway ��#undercard #selfhate #marquezpacquio
    7. ciso27
      @snooki was that you in the ring, thought you were gonna fight,haha
    8. xoedithh
      I just saw snooki, Wth is she doing up there
    9. Hadouken_33
      WTF Is Snooki Doing In The Boxing Ring������lol
    10. marieegee_
      wtf was snooki doing on the ring. -________- waiting to see #PacMarquez
    11. TheRealJamesWal
      Snooki standin behind pajo hyland before the fight started
    12. JustReal_E
      Why the fuck is Snooki at a boxing match? Maldita lambona
    13. LindsaySmith84
      Why is Snooki standing next to the Irish guy in this first fight? #boxing
    14. Kathy_Pdizzle
      Snooki’s in Vegas. I know…random. Lol. She’s representing an Irish boxer, Patrick Hyland…uh why?
    15. james_tiny
      Snooki’s lost bare weight! Never knew she was married to a boxer as well aha
    16. DinoDilly
      WHY IN THE FUCK was snooki in the ring!? She just ruined the whole thing t-_-t
    17. RealSeanB
      Yo #Snooki has a boxing promotions company?? O.o

  • Published On Dec 08, 2012
  • Heavy action on Juan Manuel Marquez hours before fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao

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    The line on Juan Manuel Marquez (above), who opened as a 3-to-1 underdog, have moved closer to even odds as Saturday's fight draws near. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

    The line on Juan Manuel Marquez, who opened as a 3-to-1 underdog, have moved closer to even odds the fight draws near. (Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — The shifting odds at the MGM Grand sports book hours before Saturday’s fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are reflecting a rush of action on the underdog.

    Marquez started as a +300 longshot when betting opened on Sept. 19, meaning a $100 wager returns $300 in winnings. Those odds had been slashed to +260 by Friday afternoon, after the bulk of Marquez fans arrived and created a vocal presence at the weigh-ins.

    Yet the line on a Marquez victory was down to +175 as of 1:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, approximately seven hours before the non-title fight (9 pm. ET, HBO PPV, $59.99).

    Pacquiao, who opened as a -400 favorite (meaning a $400 bet returns $100 in winnings), had fallen to -370 on Friday. Those odds had been slashed to -220 by Saturday afternoon.

    Experts’ predictions on Pacquiao-Marquez IV

    Marquez was a far more lopsided underdog — opening at +500 — for his third fight with Pacquiao in November 2011.

    That fight ended in a controversial majority decision for the Filipino, with a majority of the media at ringside scoring it a draw or a narrow victory for the Mexican. The announcement of that outcome by Michael Buffer prompted a cascade of boos from the heavily pro-Marquez crowd, many of whom hurled bottles and cans toward the ring.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Dec 08, 2012
  • Juan Manuel Marquez fans make themselves heard at weigh-in for Manny Pacquiao fight

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    Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) both made weight for Saturday's welterweight showdown, their fourth meeting in eight years.(AP)

    Manny Pacquiao (left) and Juan Manuel Marquez (right) both made weight for Saturday’s welterweight showdown, their fourth meeting in eight years. (AP)

    LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao will bring a slight weight advantage into Saturday’s welterweight fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, the fourth in a classic series between surefire Hall of Famers that’s spanned eight years.

    But if the crowd split at Friday’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was any indicator, Marquez will enjoy a marked edge in fan support. Approximately 4,000 fans, mostly Marquez supporters, made themselves heard throughout the afternoon — waving Mexican flags, doffing sombreros, drowning out the Pacquiao fans with still another cascade of “Olé, Olé, Olé” chants.

    Yet there were no theatrics after the fighters hit the scales — Marquez weighed in at a chiseled 143 pounds, Pacquiao matched a career-high at 147 — only the traditional staredown between two longtime rivals who prefer to do their talking in the ring.

    “We know each other really well and it’s going to be a war,” Marquez, 39, said afterward.

    It marks the second straight fight Pacquiao has weighed 147 pounds, the division limit. Before his June bout with Timothy Bradley — a highly controversial loss that cost him the WBO welterweight championship and rendered Saturday’s bout with Marquez a non-title fight — the 33-year-old Filipino had always come in comfortably under the limits for fights at welterweight or above.

    Even when he fought Antonio Margarito for the super welterweight title at a contracted limit of 150 pounds, Pacquiao weighed in at 144.6. As trainer Freddie Roach explained it, preserving Pacquiao’s speed took precedent over a few extra pounds of muscle.

    Pacquiao, a sitting congressman in the Philippines who is running for vice-governor of Sarangani province in May, voiced his concerns about the effects of Typhoon Bopha, the strengthening storm that’s already responsible for at least 500 deaths in his homeland.

    “This fight is dedicated to those fans,” the eight-division champion said.

    The weigh-in came hours after Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced the fight was an official sellout, generating a live gate of $10.5 million.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Dec 07, 2012
  • Here come da judges: Everything you need to know about the people who will probably decide Pacquaio-Marquez IV

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    Adelaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld and John Keane (from left to right) are the three judges charged with scoring Saturday's Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (

    Adelaide Byrd, Steve Weisfeld and John Keane (from left to right) are the ringside judges for Saturday’s Pacquiao-Marquez fight. (

    That, after all, is how the previous three installments were decided. Pacquiao and Marquez have fought 36 rounds, with just seven points separating them on the nine scorecards. Their first meeting — a draw — would have been a split-decision win for either fighter if judge Bert Clements had scored any one round differently. Pacquiao’s split-decision win in the second fight would have gone to Marquez if he’d won just one more round on Tom Miller’s card. And Pacquiao’s controversial majority-decision victory last November would have been a majority draw if Dave Moretti had given one more round to Marquez.

    I’m talking close.

    What follows — a refresher course for veteran fight fans, a primer for neophytes — contains everything you need to know about the three people who will probably decide the winner of Saturday’s fight.

    Who are the judges?

    Adelaide Byrd from Las Vegas, Steve Weisfeld from New Jersey, and John Keane from England.

    What will they be looking for?

    The four scoring criteria are clean punching (power versus quantity), effective aggressiveness, ring generalship and defense. However, judges in Nevada have a track record of rewarding punch volume, a philosophical point laid bare when Timothy Bradley won a highly controversial decision over Manny Pacquiao in May. Bradley threw more punches than Pacquiao — that he connected with far less frequency proved inconsequential to the judges, who aren’t privy to the punch stats you see at home and at times can’t see whether a punch lands flush or not.

    “The biggest misconception is you don’t score a fight as a whole, you score it round by round,” says Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “Every round is a self-contained entity. You judge the first round as if it’s the only round, and then you judge each additional round as if it’s the first round of the fight. A close fight can be scored 12 rounds to zero.”

    How does one become a judge?

    The Nevada commission has around 15 licensed judges. Other states have as many as 100, but Kizer prefers to maintain a smaller pool so they’re kept busy and in form. The state hosts about 40 boxing cards per year, with most judges working about three-quarters of those.

    Most judges work their way up through the amateur circuit, not unlike an NFL referee that comes up through the high-school and college ranks. When there’s an opening, Kizer will meet with the commission and identify several candidates who have shown both skill and professionalism. Both Kizer and the chairman will “shadow-judge” the candidates at smaller events, not only reviewing their scores but to observe how they act. Judges from other states who move to Nevada — even decorated ones — are subject to the same scrutiny.

    Since none of them do it for the money — Kizer says the top judges make about $20,000 per year — nearly all of them have day jobs or are retired. The evaluation process is constant and ongoing: “At least card by card, if not round by round,” Kizer says.

    How were the judges chosen for Saturday’s fight?

    Kizer tries to avoid selecting the same judges for rematches, which left him with very few choices for Saturday’s fourth installment. He uses — the comprehensive boxing records website — to see how certain judges from outside Nevada scored certain fights or handled given situations. This independent research includes reaching out to his counterparts from other commissions.

    After he compiled a list of three to four Nevada judges, three to four American judges from outside Nevada, and three to four international judges as possibilities for Pacquiao-Marquez IV, Kizer sent the list to the promoter and the camps, giving each party a chance to voice an objection. When none were raised, Kizer made his recommendations to the five-member commission panel, which voted to accept them — Byrd, Weisfeld and Keane — at a public meeting held last month.

    “Referees do need to know what to be ready for and should do their homework on the fighters,” Kizer said. “But you don’t want any anticipation or preconceived notions from a judge. It’s fighter blue corner against fighter red corner, it doesn’t matter if it’s a four-round fight or a 12-round fight.”

    Is there any concern judges will be predisposed to lean towards Marquez because he lost controversially the last time?

    Kizer is not concerned the judges will give Marquez the benefit of the doubt in any way — a concern articulated by Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach — standing by the professionalism of his judges and noting that Byrd, Weisfeld and Keane had no part in the previous three Pacquiao-Marquez fights. “For the promotion it’s the 37th round,” he said. “As far as the judges go, it’s the first round. They have nothing else to base it on because they’ve never done a Marquez-Pacquiao fight before.”

    Has the selection process been any different for Pacquiao-Marquez IV due to the contested nature of the first three fights?

    The additional scrutiny can alleviate rather than amplify the pressure, according to Kizer, because the judges know they’re going to be criticized either way. “Whenever De La Hoya lost a close fight, Bob Arum said the judges were bending over backwards to show they didn’t favor him,” he says, “and whenever De La Hoya won a close fight, the other promoter would say the judges are favoring De La Hoya because he’s the golden goose.”

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On Dec 07, 2012