Manny Pacquiao

Thankful for my Pacquiao ringside seats

 

It just suddenly hit me this morning!  I have been able to cover 9 of Manny Pacquiao’s fights sitting at ringside…live!  I have called maybe over 15 of his fights some of which I have done off-tube (meaning I was watching the TV feed and was speaking into a mic as the voice over) and some I have done for radio…but man I have been ringside 9 times.

Manny Pacquiao fights are always exciting specially upclose

Manny Pacquiao fights are always exciting specially upclose

 

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Pacquiao Bradley meet again

Pacquiao Bradley meet again

Situations are different now. Pacquiao is at a crossroad attempting to extend career. Bradley’s last two fights seems to show a

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better and more improved fighter. How will this fight end?

 

Pacquiao Rios-  What they really want to say!

Pacquiao Rios- What they really want to say!

 

Pacquiao Rios

Just got home from the fight.  I did not attempt to even write any post fight articles. Was too tired and clearly so many write ups have already been posted.  The story took the headlines of most if not all relevant media portals and broadsheets. 

The story is clear , it is what it is.  Pacquiao put on a dazzling show to beat Brandon Rios.

As I read through a lot of articles I would just like to share my thoughts on something.  Given my little knowledge in boxing, allow me to decipher  what I think these fighters want to really say when they say what they say.

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Pacquiao and Rios- fighting for their future

Pacquiao and Rios- fighting for their future

Pacquiao looks good!

Ripped and ready

I was at the weigh in for the Pacquiao Rios fight and here are the facts:

Rios came in at 146 and a quarter lbs while Pacquiao registered at 145 lbs

Pacquiao looked fresh and buffed.   Rios cheek bones were pronounced and though he is thinner than usual, he had no muscle definition.

Both fighters were smiling while Rios was having fun with the crowd asking Filipinos and Mexicans alike to cheer.

The expected tension between the camps were not evident, everyone seemed civil.

Alex Ariza was not quite visible but he was on stage for a few minutes.

Several minutes backstage, Pacquiao was his usual jolly self allowing ambush interviews and several photo opportunities.   He stayed for at most 20 minutes and proceeded to walk out the arena using the backdoor.  No one from team Pacquiao stayed behind except for Freddie Roach who had to formally approve the gloves and join the pre-fight meetings.  All in all, Pacquiao and team stayed at the weigh-in for not more than one hour.

Bandon Rios’ smile was gone as soon as he passed the through the backstage curtains.  While Robert Garcia, Rios’ trainer, was taking care of business talking to media people and then proceeding to check out the gloves, Rios was seated with two 1 litter bottles of what looked like juice and or a sports drink.  He was clearly in need of liquid to hydrate himself.

Rios showing off what he has

Rios at his best

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Pacquiao needs to dispose Rios

Pacquiao needs to dispose Rios

It has been almost a year since Marquez pulled one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he floored Manny Pacquiao.  Sitting at ringside, the moment Pacquiao hit the canvas I was up on my feet not believing what I just witnessed.

If only Pacquiao did not fake an attack before going in the round would have ended and Pacquiao in all probability would have won.

If only the bell sounded a second sooner, the fight would have gone on without Manny tasting his worst defeat ever.

I obviously have not gotten over it.  I am not sure if Pacquiao has.

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Could Doliguez be the next Pacquiao?

Could Doliguez be the next Pacquiao?

Jun”Hercules” Doliguez (16-0-1), a Filipino boxer, a virtual unknown in the local boxing scene secretly flew to the United States kicking of a campaign aimed at bringing home a world championship belt. He will face the dangerous Mexican Giovanni Caro (24-13-4). A win against Caro will do two very important things for him.

This bout is scheduled as an undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez card and a win by Doliguez will be a fitting introduction of himself to his countrymen.

Secondly, and just as important, a win here puts Doliguez directly on target for a shot at a world championship in the 126 lbs division.

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Is it Mayweather’s time?

Is it Mayweather’s time?

Just a thought. It would be so apt if it would be Saul Alvarez who would stop the winning streak of the self-proclaimed best boxer in the world.

Personally, it would be cool for Mayweather to keep his record unblemished. But, it seems cooler if, this young Mexican nicknamed El Canelo would be the one to deal Money his first loss.

Oddsmakers are not quite sure about Mayweather’s advantage over Alvarez. Nearing the fight, odds are at 2-1. Nowhere near the 5-1 odds given in favor of Mayweather in his last 3 fights. It seems that Saul provides a string of variables and characteristics that may just do the job.

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Farenas carving out his destiny

Farenas carving out his destiny

Gamboa Pacquiao Marquez courage

Farenas all set against Gamboa

When opportunity knocks one must take it.

I believe that this great advice will only be followed by those who have a clear goal in mind.  You see, opportunities are everywhere.  The ability to identify which one to take depends solely on one’s  commitment to his objective. 

Michael Farenas took center stage in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Marquez 4 boxing event.  He was one of three fighters being considered to face Yuyorkis Gamboa whose original opponent backed out at weeks before fight day. 

When he was told of the opportunity, Mike “Hammer Fist” Farenas had a choice.  In fact he was given a choice by his manager and mentor, former world champion Gerry Penalosa.  Penalosa explained to Farenas that fighting Gamboa as part of this megaevent will provide him the experience of performing at the highest level possible in boxing.  It is a chance for him to present himself to the boxing world and that if he did well ensures more fights at this level.  The downside was, Penalosa said, was that he was going to go up against a very talented fighter. In fact,  Mike was told that Gamboa was so much better than him.  Gamboa was coming in undefeated, with outstanding records both in the amateur and professional ranks.  Gamboa hands down was technically superior, physically stronger and had more experience than Farenas. More

Pacquiao Marquez IV- your call

It is already a given that the fight will be non-stop

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and interesting. However, with the additiomal variables of age, the controversial decisions, the presence of the law of averages plus the added pressure of legacy, who do you think will win?