“I knew I had to do more in this fight than I did in the last fight,” said Pacquiao, who showed all the fire Bradley had accused him of no longer having.
Pacquiao’s next fight could be against the winner of the May 17 title elimination bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado. The winner will be Pacquiao’s mandatory challenger, but what makes it more likely is that Arum promotes all three of them.
If Marquez wins, it would mean a fifth showdown between the all-time greats, the most recent match between them ending with Pacquiao face down on a one-punch sixth-round knockout loss in December 2012.
“I have no problem with fighting Marquez again, but that’s up to my promoter, Bob Arum,” Pacquiao said.
Whatever Pacquia does next, he said he feels reborn in boxing after a tremendous performance.
Karim Mayfield (18-0-1) and Thomas Dulorme (20-1) will fight for the NABF light welterweight title in Atlantic City tonight. During Friday’s weigh-in, Mayfield and Dulorme had to be separated and a brawl nearly broke out between the two fighters’ camps.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be in legal trouble again. Two men who were working at Mayweather’s Las Vegas home(s) were thought to have stolen some jewelry from Mayweather. So Floyd allegedly got a bunch of his people together, beat them up and put them in the hospital. Allegedly. From TMZ Sports:
We’re told the men claim they were contacted several weeks ago and instructed to meet Floyd at an off-site location. When the men arrived, they claim Floyd was waiting for them — along with a number of his “people” – who proceeded to beat the living crap out of them with various weapons, including clubs. Our sources say the attack was so brutal the men could have easily died. Both men had broken arms and legs and were hospitalized for several days.
The unidentified men have hired a lawyer and the words attempted murder, mayhem and kidnapping are being mentioned. According to TMZ, the men claim they didn’t steal anything and Floyd “realizes that now.” This is JUST LIKE in the latest season of Downton Abbey when the Dowager Countess thought her new gardener stole her letter opener! I’m sure Floyd will rehire these guys and apologize just like she did.
In 2012, Mayweather spent a few months in jail for attacking his ex-girlfriend. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Marcos Maidana in May.
Canelo Alvarez turned things around Saturday night against the perfect opponent in Alfredo Angulo, stopping his Mexican countryman in the 10th round of a brutally one-sided fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KO) started fast, didn’t let up and bludgeoned the extremely tough Angulo in his first fight back since his disastrous defeat by Floyd Mayweather last September.
It was an impressive performance from Alvarez and certainly set him up for more big business. At the time of the stoppage, Alvarez was ahead 89-82 on two scorecards and 88-83 on the third. ESPN.com had him winning by shutout, 90-91.
Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao traveled all the way to Macau, China on his quest for redemption after suffering two consecutive losses, and he left with a win under his belt and a belt around his waist as he defeated Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios via unanimous decision for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title.
The 34-year-old Pacquiao may no longer be in the prime of his career, but he proved against Rios that he is still capable of competing at a very high level. This was pretty much a must-win fight from Pacquiao’s perspective since another loss would have damaged his credibility significantly, and he came through in a big way when he needed to most.
If you don’t have 11 minutes to watch this entire video of rival boxing camps nearly getting into a fight, then here it is in a nutshell: Manny Pacquiao is facing Brandon Rios this weekend in a match struggling to get the spotlight because Pacquiao missed his window to fight Mayweather, then got knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquaio’s trainer, Freddie Roach, got his panties in a bunch when Rios camp was going past their allotted gym time, so he popped off. Roach, who was significantly outnumbered, continued to mouth off, and then he got kicked in the chest by one guy. Lots of words and slurs were exchanged. Punches were nearly thrown. Roach’s friends wisely got him out of there before he got hurt.
Drama sells! The fight is Saturday night on HBO PPV.