Verdejo Wants to Stay Busy While Waiting for Flanagan

WBO number one lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo wants to stay busy while waiting for the WBO lightweight world champ Terry Flanagan’s recovery. Verdejo wants to return to the ring in September either in an interim title fight or stay busy fight.
They were supposed to be the co feature fight of Billy Joe Saunders WBO Middleweight Title defense against Willie Monroe Jr in London UK on September 19th.
Flanagan’s team already submitted a medical report showing injury in his left hamstring and mild injury to his left foot to World Boxing Organization. However WBO indicated that the medical report was incomplete and still waiting for follow up medical reports as well as the MRI of Terry Flanagan.

Top Rank Won Purse Bid of Beterbiev VS Koelling

Top Rank Promotions has won the purse bid of the IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator Fight between Canada based Russian Arthur Biterbiev (11-0,11KOs) and German Enrico Koelling (23-1,6KOs) that may take place on the undercard of Jessie Magadaleno title defense against mandatory challenger Cesar Juarez on October 31.
Top Rank purse bid of $315,000 to beat Team Sauerland which only bid $80,000. The winner of the fight will be facing the IBF Light heavyweight world champion Andre Ward.
“My dear friends and supporters, I am very happy and relieved to be back in the ring soon against a great fight, especially after cancellation of our July 29 Quebec fight. Thanks to the IBF and Top Rank for making it happen” – Arthur Biterbiev

Manny Pacquiao: The Last Dance

Top Rank Manny Pacquiao Fan Page
photo from: Top Rank Manny Pacquiao Fan Page

They both led off turning clockwise for a while, hands to a timepiece in melodic movements, returning to a time in my mind when Manny Pacquiao was just starting to make it big in boxing. I watched his fight with Antonio Barrera for the first time in a bar in Cagayan De Oro and some people were just starting to know about him. Those who already loved boxing were understandably rowdy to an infectious degree, so the heads of the crowd inside concertedly swayed side to side to synchronize somewhat with his punches shown in the television. Then there was the trilogy with Morales that gave him longer exposure locally and abroad, and then Dela Hoya which was a major turning point to the legend that Pacquiao is now.
Tim Bradley, considered by many followers of the sport as a dubious choice for an opponent, tried to make Pacquiao’s farewell dance a tactical one. He came out with a bigger physique at the weigh-in schedule, and from that I discerned he was apt to be aggressive on fight day. On the other hand, Pacquiao was obviously slimmer than he had ever been for some time, that worried his fans. Many had not recognized this as a strategy for his team to prioritize his daunted speed over power. This is an element in Pacquiao’s game that Bradley first got taste of in the seventh round.
After three rounds Bradley turned up the heat against the Filipino prizefighter. For the first time since the match had been promoted many spectators started to regard him as a serious threat. Manny Pacquiao slinks back to the ropes to attenuate the brunt of Bradley’s punches and this terrified many of his fans thinking he must have been hurt. If my mother had been around I am sure she would be one of them, watching in horror doubled for the lack of technical understanding. In fact, a good number of those who come to watch Pacquiao fight over the years, I reckon, aren’t hardcore boxing fans– to the annoyance of those who are proudly such. They do not have the time to watch Boxing, but they pay hard earned cash to watch Pacquiao fight once a year. Tricycle, Taxi, and Jeepney drivers halt diurnal tasks to watch him from outside small openings, windows of a hotel, like my old coffee shop once in Cabadbaran City with their faces crowding against the pane with the sun burning behind their backs. For a brief moment in their economically oppressed lives money is clearly devalued by one’s spirit.
It would have been wiser for Tim Bradley not to slug it out, and close to the end of the fifth round he saw himself swinging top-heavy. He was drawing heavy breaths as he walked back to his corner, where his stagy coach Teddy Atlas, known for his dramatic and popular fireman speech, was getting ready to inject more passion into his game. But Bradley went down on the canvas the following round after being caught with a hook. It was a pivotal point of the match where he could have decided to change his style, but opted to remain aggressive– a style that fits Pacquiao, to the crowd’s liking.
He pushes it and counters with a underhand. He was hell bent on spoiling Pacquiao’s retirement fight. When they got caught in a wax the crowd was treated with sweet remembrances of glorious days past; of times of awakened consciousnesses when the Filipino knows the Filipino can, and so the Filipino must…
Pacquiao’s cat reflexes caught up with Bradley once again in the 9th. It was an awkward punch, thrown partly off balance, only Pacquiao knows how. It seems Bradley had shaken the crust off with his attacks and the Filipino great had shone once more despite his efforts of strategic restraint and maturity as a seasoned boxer. The speed was back, finally, the trademark bursts of defiance, without a sign of exhaustion. He bumped his fists before he dove into the fray. His audience loved it just as it was, as I remembered it in 2003 with Barrera and many fights thereafter. Chortles of laughter ensued as they watched Bradley turn turtle in the ring. People were chanting his name. More than victory, Manny’s fans badly wanted to see if he still had that blinding speed and power in his hands hardcore boxing fans argued he had long lost. But it was there alright, I thought, when sparked by an opponent with just the right aggression. Styles make fights, as we usually say in Boxing, but many had come not for the sport. When I left the hotel and headed back home, the hopes of a people lingered.
Written by: Mark F. Villanueva 

Top Rank boxer Hong Kong’s "Wonder Kid" Rex Tso to face ex World title challenger

One of the Top Rank’s fighter, Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso of Hong Kong will face former WBC World title challenger Young Gil Bae of South Korea in Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center May 14th.

Newly crowned WBC Asian Boxing Council Super flyweight champion Rex Tso who has an unbeaten record of  18 wins with 11 KO’s is looking forward to a title shot against WBA champion Kohei Kono of Japan but before a World title shot he needs to surpass Young Gil Bae of S.Korea,

Bae (27-5-1,21)fought for the title against the current WBC minimumweight World Champion Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand but loses the title even before the fight inside the ring. The Korean was 1.5lbs over the Minimumweight limit (105 lbs.) a limit that he had never previously made. Not only was he over-weight but it appears that he he never tried to make the limit.Despite of his height and reach advantage Bae came up short against the champion and suffered 9th round TKO defeat last November 24 in Choburi Thailand.

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Championship Doubleheader Featuring Crawford & Verdejo on Feb 27 Promo Video

Championship Doubleheader Featuring Crawford & Verdejo Promo

HBO Championship Boxing will air at 10p ET/PT on Feb. 27 a championship double-header featuring Terence Crawford & Felix Verdejo. Jr. welterweight champ Crawford will defend against Top-10 contender Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, while Verdejo will risk his lightweight strap & unbeaten record against Brazil’s William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs).

Terrence Crawford was one of the potential opponents of Manny Pacquiao, but  they chooses a 3rd fight with Bradley instead.

Surprise: Nicholas Walters vs Jason Sosa a draw! VP of Top Rank Disgusted

Was Walters robbed?
Judges Scores: Don Ackerman 95-95, Wynn Kintz 95-95, Tom Schreck 94-96, its a draw! 

“They all stink. They shouldn’t judge again,” said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, which promotes Walters and Sosa.

Statement by Carl Moretti says it all and perhaps most boxing analysts would agree that Nicholas Walters won the fight. Walters came into the fight with an unblemished record of  26-0 and after the controversial decision, he is now 26-0-1, while his tough opponent goes down to 18-1-4.

Former featherweight titlist Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters after outclassing everyone in his former division including our very own Nonito Donaire, he moved up in weight to junior lightweight to challenge Jason Sosa.
I think we should expect a rematch of this fight.

Who do you think won the fight?

Pacquiao – Bradley rematch PPV a disappointment according the promoter Bob Arum!

We just got the news that Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao long time promoter is not happy with the Pay Per View result of the recent fight of Manny Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley.  He was expecting 1.2 million buys instead it is way below that.

According to Bob:

“We’re between 750,000 and 800,000. Sure, it’s a disappointment,” stated Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who recently revelaed the number of pay-per-view buys for last months rematch between previoiusly undefeated former champion Timothy Bradley and multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao:

Bob and Top Rank did however said that the fight is still profitable and it surely is a much better result than the measly PPV performance of Rios vs Pacquiao match that was held in Macau, it only sold 475 buys.

“I’m telling you, it is what it is. The numbers are the numbers,” Arum recently explained to ESPN.com. “The absence of Mexican or Hispanic opponent hurt. 

Bob thinks that black people don’t support their fighters? uhm excuse me?, so how about Floyd Mayweather jr, is he not black? Why is he so successful?

The Question now is:

Did you think Manny Pacquiao marketability have something to do with this result, Do you think he would still earn guarantee 20 million dollars fighting against Top Rank fighters?

The real questions:

Why can’t he try other promotion? Why can’t he fight other fighters that are more sellable like Floyd, which is never going to happen, so forgive me for even mentioning his name. Well Perhaps Golden Boy fighters like Canelo Alvarez, Broner, Amir Khan in UK, maybe? or Sergio Martinez. 

What do you think?

Manny Paquiao vs Timothy Bradley face Off photo

Los Angeles, Ca (L-R) Superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. pose during the commercial shoot for their upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View. — Photo Credit : Chris Farina /Top Rank.

 Manny Paquiao vs Timothy Bradley face Off photo

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Pacquiao vs Mayweather Please…

Bob Arum the promoter of Pacquiao and the once promoter of Floyd jr is the key to making the fight happen literally I think he can make it happen he just choose not to do it because of some reasons. I may be wrong at this but Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer needs to make this fight a reality. No time for childish and stupid acts. There is no reason for this fight not to push thru if they both claimed that all party wants the fight, it should freaking happen. If it don’t materialize then it only means one thing. They are all full of crap and they should go to hell. Everyone wants this fight its the real dream match, It’s what the boxing universe need, Its the cure of all of the boxing sickness, Its the redemption of boxing from all of its sins. Pacquiao vs Mayweather jr will you please become a reality. 


 

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Pacquiao won, forget Marquez and fight Mayweather!!!

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez trilogy was one of the best there is, only few can be compared to the kind of excitement and competition they bring whenever they step to the ring. These fighters are the ultimate nemesis and it is only right that they fight one more time to determine who is the better fighter of the two. But before the fourth fight happens I believe it makes more sense to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. first.

There is just no way they can pass this opportunity. We all know how elusive Floyd Jr is, we all know that it’s very hard to make a deal with the Mayweathers and now that they are publicly saying that they want to fight Manny Pacquiao this May. Bob Arum will pass up the opportunity in favor of Marquez. Hell no!! Let Marquez wait, why do Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao feel obligated to fight Marquez? They won the fight, there is nothing for Pacquiao to gain, it’s stupid to fight Marquez first.
With Floyd Mayweather suddenly feeling more confident because of the recent performance of Manny Pacquiao it is the perfect timing to make the fight happen. So Bob Arum better make this deal or else….
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