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Pacquiao punching harder, less careless »

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LOS ANGELES—Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has matured a lot since his six-round knockout loss to Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.   “He has learned a big lesson out of that. He became more cautious and has matured a lot as a fighter,” said Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez, assistant trainer for Pacquiao.   Fernandez said Pacquiao was winning the fight and about to finish off Marquez when he became hasty.   “He is a fearless fighter…

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Boxing legend: Whoever wins, it’s still biggest fight in history »

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  HONG KONG—Boxing legend Marvin Hagler’s fabled clash with Sugar Ray Leonard was the superfight of its day but the massively anticipated showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will eclipse it, Hagler says.   Speaking with Agence France-Presse during a visit to Hong Kong, the 60-year-old said the fight between the world famous welterweights in Las Vegas on May 2 would be the “biggest fight in history,” regardless of who wins.   The…

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Roach: Mayweather will go the way of Dela Hoya »

FILE - This Sept. 13, 1997 file photo shows Hector Camacho, left, of Puerto Rico, and Oscar De La Hoya of Los Angeles exchanging blows in the first round of their WBC welterweight championship in Las Vegas. Police in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamon say they found drugs inside the car in which former champion boxer Camacho was shot and critically wounded. Camacho was in critical condition Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.  (AP Photo/Mike Salsbury, File)

  MANILA, Philippines—Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach believes that Manny Pacquiao will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. so thoroughly on May 2 that the American—like Oscar De La Hoya before him—will be forced into retirement.   Unlike ring pundits and Pacquiao himself, though, Roach thinks that a rematch with Mayweather will not happen if the Filipino eight-division title holder prevails in their fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.   “If Floyd loses that fight…

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Sugar Ray Leonard torn between Pacquiao, Mayweather »

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MANILA, Philippines—Legendary Sugar Ray Leonard could not predict a winner between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. While he may be leaning towards Mayweather, Leonard admitted that he couldn’t predict how long the fight would last and who would emerge victorious. "Part of me thinks Mayweather, he has never lost, he has never tasted defeat and has not had that feeling of having to come back," Leonard said in a report from…

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Roach: Mayweather-Pacquiao will be ‘great for the sport’ »

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MACAU--The May 2 superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be great for the sport of boxing, no matter what the outcome, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said on Friday. Speaking ahead of the weigh-in for his charge Zou Shiming's world title fight against IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng on Friday in Macau, Roach said he expected the boxing's popularity to surge on the back of the huge interest in the…

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Roach: Pacquiao will do ‘public service for boxing’ when he beats Mayweather »

Manny Pacquiao (right) spars with trainer Freddie Roach. AP FILE PHOTO

LAS VEGAS— Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao's sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight.   Freddie Roach may be in Macau for a title fight involving China's Zou Shiming, but he's making plenty of noise before his return to Los Angeles on Sunday to train Pacquiao for his fight with Floyd Mayweather…

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Pacquiao to fans: Give me time to rest up »

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  MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao loves company. Wherever he goes and whatever he does, he’s usually surrounded by friends, fans, and hangers-on.   A very accommodating person, he obliges requests for photographs, autographs and appearances.   But as much as he wants to satisfy his fans, Pacquiao needs all the space and time to fully prepare for his fight against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.   The…

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